A Back Rub Gone Bad, the Woes of the Modern Doctor, and a Bit of Rumble With Tumblr… and SoundCloud
Hello everyone, and welcome to our USA Really daily podcast for September 26. As always, we’re providing you with the most up-to-date, important, and interesting news and opinion pieces from real Americans on real American issues that touch upon all of our lives. Yesterday we had cocaine, and today it’s cigarettes and weed. We’ve also got some cool nature pieces today, and the messed-up story of how far one woman was willing to go to get a baby.
And make sure to stick with us to the end today, where we’ll give you an inside look at some of the media attention, not so friendly, that USA Really has been getting.
As always, before jumping into today’s news, we’ve got some pieces to catch up on from the day before, that got published after our podcast was recorded. The site was busy yesterday, so we’ve got a number of them to look at today.
First up: “Pensacola Man Who Stole 10 Cartons of Cigarettes Gets 20-year Sentence.” He broke into a Pensacola store and made off with about $600 worth of booty. Now, he’s also got 31 previous charges on his record, and thus why Johnny Law came down on him so hard this time around. But dang, I wonder what the guy who sent nearly $2 million worth of coke to that Texas prison is going to get?
And back rubs just got dangerous! Well, alright, there’s more to the story than that. 30-year-old Alfredo Vela IV was charged with sexual battery after his neighbor on a plane complained that she fell asleep and woke up to find him rubbing her back. She also claims he groped her, though it isn’t clear when that was to have happened. Anyways, there’s a simple rule, guys—hands to yourself! Better safe than sorry.
And from cigarettes to weed. It’s already legal in New York to buy and sell pot for pain management, but now Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators plan to consider a proposal on the legalization, sale, and taxation of cannabis for recreational use in 2019, so they’re holding public hearings across the state to help them hammer out the details of the bill. Of course, one of the purported perks would be over a $1 billion in revenue brought in. But listen, I went to college, I’ve been to plenty of Phish and Allman Brothers Band concerts. I’ll grant you, recreational pot smokers have great taste in music, and I love me some patchouli, but I can’t say I’m impressed with the results I’ve seen from recreational weed.
Then we’ve got the tale of a drugstore owner who faked patients and drugs to swindle Medicare out of $8 million. The suspect could get up to 10 years in the slammer. Head on over to “Private Pharmacy Caught Stealing Money From Medicare” for the full scoop there.
Our next piece is on “Supervolcanoes and New Facts About Yellowstone National Park.” Yellowstone has, in recent years, attracted a lot of attention because a third of its territory is one of the largest supervolcanoes in the world. Experts have long tried to determine the date of a future eruption, and, remarkably, the longer experts engage in the study, the more mysteries the giant volcano presents. And now, contrary to scientists’ calculations, the geyser directly over the Yellowstone Caldera has woken up, having recently flung water, rocks and debris into the air, and covered part of the Upper Geyser Basin in coins, cans and other refuse. That’s not necessarily a sign of a big boom though. But head on over to this piece to find out more about what went down, and to learn a little more about Yellowstone.
That takes care of the rest of yesterday’s posts, so let’s get going with today’s opinion pieces.
First up is the next installment of Duende Diary, the continuing adventures of the spirit of evocation around the house he inhabits. In each installment we find out what the mistress and house pets are up to, with news from around the world weaved into the story. Apparently, a Connecticut woman mistook a stick of dynamite for a candle during a power outage and suffered severe hand injuries. Then there’s a story about the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft involving a crazy woman that the Americans couldn’t wait to send home. Supposedly they drilled a hole in the Russian section of the ship in order to force an emergency evacuation, just to get rid of the woman. Who knows—it’s an interesting hypothesis. Through the rest of the week, El Duende also gives you his thoughts on beauty pageants, trade wars, and a female cop who returned home… to the wrong apartment, and killed the 26-year-old Botham Jean who was there. It reminds me of a story from my high school, where there was a party going on. One of the guys went outside for whatever reason, maybe to go to the bathroom, but he accidentally returned to the neighbor’s house. He was loaded, and so was the owner’s gun, and he wasn’t messing around, what with his pregnant wife sleeping in the bedroom. He shot the kid in the stomach. Thankfully he survived and is doing fine today.
Then Pradeep Banerjee has a pretty eye-opening piece for you. “EHR: The Real Reason Why Doctors Quit” brings you the story of government-mandated electronic health records, or EHR, and how they’re driving doctors nuts, and driving them out of their profession. Government agencies and health IT technology companies are using the EHR to exploit the patient-physician relationship for their own ulterior motives. To get paid, doctors now have to spend long hours clicking boxes and engaging in clerical activities in the EHR to prove compliance with the demands of these third parties. One doctor has said that for every minute with a patient, he had to spend four minutes on the computer. Tom Davis, MD, FAAFP, a medical practitioner with over 25 years of experience said that he was forced to quit his successful practice because of EHR. He cited its use as being distracting and ethically wrong as it made the doctors share confidential doctor-patient information. The burnout caused by EHR was more than he could handle. And he’s not alone: In a 2018 survey, 40 percent of physicians said EHRs have resulted in more challenges than benefits. And, as always, there’s more to this story than meets the eye, and EHRs are more than just electronic charts. Be sure to check out Banerjee’s piece to find out why you, the patient, should be wary of EHRs just as much as the doctors are.
Then we’ve got news on some more Trump mockery. A fake image of Donald Trump assisting a man marooned by a flood caused by Hurricane Florence has gone viral on Facebook. The image shows Trump wearing a suit on board a dingy handing a red “Make America Great Again” cap to a man stranded in flood waters. It should be obvious enough that this is a fake, but, well, not everyone is the brightest.
Trump has been known to call people dogs, but in our next piece, a Valley Stream, Long Island man has been arrested for the severe mistreatment of his dog. James Rosenbaum, 30, was arrested Monday after his one-year old dog was found exhausted, hungry, and barely able to walk or raise his head. It was found in the middle of the street, about 20 pounds underweight and suffering from leg deformities. “Studies have repeatedly shown that animal cruelty is a gateway crime to further violence, and we are committed to aggressively prosecuting these cases to better protect the animals and the people of Nassau County,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Long Island Man Accused of Torturing His Dog” has that story for you.
Katey Walter Anthony has studied some 300 lakes across the Arctic, but she’s never seen another one like Esieh Lake. Set against the austere peaks of the Western Brooks Range, the lake, about 20 football fields in size, looked as if it were boiling. Its waters hissed, bubbled and popped as a powerful greenhouse gas escaped from the lake bed. Some bubbles grew as big as grapefruits, visibly lifting the water’s surface several inches and carrying up bits of mud from below. A 2010 video of the ecologist lighting the air above a hole in the frozen lake on fire, creating a column nearly as tall as her got nearly half a million views on YouTube. Find out what causes this wild phenomenon in “When the Oceans Burst Into Flames.”
Our last regular news piece for the day is pretty sad: “Pregnant Native Woman Murdered by Having Her Baby Cut Out of Her Stomach.” A Fargo, North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant neighbor by cutting the baby from her womb testified Tuesday that her boyfriend had pressured her to “produce a baby.” It seems Brooke Crews faked a pregnancy to keep from losing William Hoehn, and when he later doubted her story, he told her to produce a baby. She took that as an ultimatum, to get a baby any way possible. Crews has testified that she didn’t tell Hoehn she was planning to kill their neighbor, Savanna Greywind, and take her baby, so he was shocked when he came home to find the bloody scene in the bathroom. However, he then strangled Greywind with a rope to make sure she was dead. Crews plead guilty to murder and is doing life without parole. There are more shocking details to this story, so make sure to give it a read.
Let’s wrap up our look at today’s articles with a look at some of the press and attention USA Really has been getting. “Why Were USA Really Accounts Suspended by SoundCloud and Tumblr?” gives you a look into what’s been going on. As we’ve talked about before on this podcast, and as you’ve no doubt heard elsewhere, several media outlets are being targeted and removed from various platforms, and now USA Really is among them, with the suspension of its SoundCloud and Tumblr accounts on Monday. “You must not deliberately impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity, for example, by registering an account in the name of another person or company, or sending messages or making comments using the name of another person”, the SoundCloud notice said. Who was supposedly being impersonated? Beats me. Our daily podcasts were removed, although with the creation of a new account, they’re back up. And the best part? USA Really was “reported” to SoundCloud with the simple message, “you have Russians.” It’s amazing that makes anyone blink an eye, but the media fervor over RussiaGate has brought us to this point. Guess what? America has Russians! What platforms shall we remove America from? Tumblr also canceled, but without any explanation whatsoever. I was personally contacted by CNN reporter Donie O’ Sullivan to give a comment on all of this, and now I see that Sullivan is your typical Russophobe whose work shows a sad obsession with Russia. Anyways, dear listeners and readers, check out this piece for more of what’s going on with all of that.
That’s what USA Really has for you today, so let’s take a quick look at tomorrow’s opinion piece before signing off for the day.
This piece from Jeffrey Silverman doesn’t pull any punches. “Bigots and Politicians for Jesus: Can’t believe they didn’t kick the snot outta him!” dives into the intersection of politics and religion, with a focus on those who seem to use religion to further their political careers. In the end, he also gives us some insight into some of the troubles he’s faced for writing for USA Really. Silverman somehow came across a video online entitled, “Racist American missionary brutally attacks a Ugandan hotel clerk,” where an alleged missionary shouts racial slurs and punches the poor clerk in the name of Jesus. Of course, any Christian can tell you this man was not acting on behalf of God. From there, Silverman jumps into the mix of politics and religion, with a special shout out to VP Mike Pence. As our author sees it, using religion to get votes should be grounds for disqualification from public office. Further on in the piece, Silverman shares that he began to write for USA Really precisely because it was the subject of so many hit pieces because of its Russian connections. He was even interrogated at Dulles International Airport. There’s plenty more in this piece, so make sure to give it a gander tomorrow.
That brings us to the end of today’s podcast. For USA Really, I’m Jesse Dominick saying thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and we’ll be glad to see you again sometime.