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#MalditosSionistas? SÍ. ¡Alto al genocidio sionista! | #IStandByIsrael? NO. End Zionist Genocide!

Zapatista MX: #MalditosSionistas? SÍ. ¡Alto al genocidio sionista! | #IStandByIsrael? NO. End Zionist Genocide!

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#MalditosSionistas? SÍ. Soldados israelíes sionistas disparan niña palestina desarmados y la dejan morir desangrado.

En este video editado por la agencia PalMedia aparece una joven palestina desangrándose sobre una acera de la ciudad ocupada de Hebrón, en Cisjordania, después de que el martes por la mañana unos soldados israelíes le dispararan en un puesto de control. Por la tarde, los medios palestinos informaban que la mujer, de 18 años de edad y de nombre Hadil Salah Hashlamun, había muerto a causa de las heridas de bala. En vez de procurarle atención médica de inmediato, el video muestra cómo es arrastrada para sacarla del objetivo de la cámara mientras su cabeza se golpea contra el suelo. A su alrededor puede verse a varios soldados y colonos, que en algunos momentos comentan y ríen ante la escena.

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#IStandByIsrael? NO. Zionist Israeli soldiers shoot unarmed Palestinian girl and leave her to bleed to death.

This video posted by the news agency PalMedia shows a young Palestinian woman left to bleed on a sidewalk in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after she was shot by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday morning. By evening, Palestinian media reported that the woman, 18-year-old Hadil Salah Hashlamoun, had died of her injuries. Instead of being given immediate medical treatment, the video shows her being pulled roughly out of the frame of the camera, her scarf coming off as her head drags on the ground. Israeli settlers and soldiers can be seen standing around, and in some cases smiling and laughing in the background.

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For McKesson Corporation, the Mission is Price Manipulation

For McKesson Corporation, the Mission is Price Manipulation

With 2010 revenues of $108.7 billion and earnings of $1.2 billion, McKesson Corporation ranks #15 on the Fortune 500.  It is the nation’s largest healthcare provider, with pharmaceuticals distribution being the backbone of the company:  One-third of all medicines used in the U.S. run through the McKesson pipeline.  The company is also the dominant player in healthcare information systems, as more than 70% of our major hospitals use its technology to digitize prescriptions and patient medical records.

McKesson is also one of the U.S. government’s largest contractors with billions in federal contracts awarded annually, over $4.6 billion in 2010 alone.  It also ranks high in the POGO (Project On Government Oversight) Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD), with 14 documented instances of misconduct totalling more than $1.3 billion.

http://tinyurl.com/7xl7yws

Aside from a history of securities fraud beginning with the infamous McKesson-Robbins scandal of 1938 to their more recent McKessonHBOC debacle, the focus of McKesson’s white-collar criminal activity is the manipulation of prices paid for pharmaceuticals.  As they compete with the CIA for the “America’s Drug Dealer” moniker, obviously the more they charge for each prescription that moves through their pipeline the more money they make.  Here’s a judge’s description of how one of their recent schemes worked:

“Beginning in 2001, FDB and McKesson reached a secret agreement to raise the markup between WAC (wholesale average cost)and AWP (average wholesale price) from its standard 20% to 25% for over four hundred drugs. … McKesson communicated these new 25% WAC to AWP markups to FDB, which then published AWPs with the new markup…  McKesson has estimated that by 2002, 95% of all prescription drug manufacturers used the inflated 25% markup, and by 2004, 99% of all prescription drug manufacturers did so. … The scheme ended on March 15, 2005, when FDB told its customers that it would ‘no longer survey drug wholesalers for information relating to’ AWP.  The scheme resulted in higher profits for retail pharmacies that purchase drugs on the basis of WAC but are reimbursed on the basis of AWP, a differential called ‘the spread’. … McKesson implemented the scheme in order to provide a greater ‘spread’ to important retail pharmacy clients like Rite Aid as well as to its own pharmacy related businesses.”

Nobody went to jail over this, but thanks to a class-action lawsuit McKesson was forced to pay a $350 million penalty:

“The prices of about 1,400 branded drugs are about to get a little cheaper because of a $352.7 million class action settlement with wholesale drug distributor McKesson…  In addition to the payment, the prices of 1,442 medicines will be lowered by 4 percent, according to a federal court ruling…  The court-approved deal wraps up a lengthy case in which McKesson and First Databank were accused of engaging in a ‘racketeering enterprise to fraudulently increase the published ‘average wholesale price’ (‘AWP’) of over four hundred branded drugs by five percent from late 2001 to 2005,’ Judge Patti Saris wrote.  MediSpan published the same false prices…  Affected drugs include Lipitor, Claritin, Prozac, Nexium, Plavix, Allegra, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Prilosec, Zantac, Valtrex, Zyprexa, Celebrex, Imitrex, Risperdal, Seroquel, and Neurontin.”

http://tinyurl.com/7feoxy3

In April 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the “AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion” case made it easy for corporations to shield themselves from class action lawsuits like this going forward.  But even if that shield is taken away, McKesson has an ample $442 million litigation reserve set aside so they can continue to focus on profits regardless of propriety:

http://tinyurl.com/7evs5bx

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The Pfelons of Pfizer: Too Crooked to Fail and Don’t Go to Jail

The Pfelons of Pfizer: Too Crooked to Fail and Don't Go to Jail

THE PFELONS OF PFIZER: TOO CROOKED TO FAIL AND DON’T GO TO JAIL
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 52: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles for 7 Nov 2011 (g1a2d0052c1)
How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?

With 2010 revenues of $67.8 billion and profits of $8.2 billion, Pfizer Inc. ranks #31 on the Fortune 500 and is the world’s largest pharmaceuticals corporation.  Brand names include Viagra, Celebrex, Norvasc, and Lipitor.  The company also manufactures animal care products such as Revolution, an anti-parasitic.  In 2009, Pfizer acquired its rival Wyeth for 68 billion dollars.  Wyeth’s over the counter brands included Advil, Centrum, Robitussin and ChapStick.  The majority of its sales are conducted through the wholesale companies McKesson and Cardinal Health.  Here is a complete listing of the Pfizer’s products:

http://www.pfizer.com/products/

Since 1989 Pfizer has contributed over $21 million to federal and state politicians, with George W. Bush and Barack Obama being the top recipients.  And since 1999 the company has spent more than $105 million in lobbying on issues that have more to do with Pfizer’s wealth than America’s health.

http://tinyurl.com/coa5lcc

In return for their political payola and lobbying investment, Pfizer has been awarded over $5 billion in U.S. government contracts over the past few years, mostly for drugs ordered by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs:

http://tinyurl.com/d2jj48v

At the same time Uncle Sam was handing billions of your tax dollars over to Pfizer, he was spending millions more investigating their illegal activities.  As reported by the New York Times on 3 September 2009…

“The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations that it had illegally marketed its painkiller Bextra, which has been withdrawn.  It was the largest health care fraud settlement and the largest criminal fine of any kind ever…  It was Pfizer’s fourth settlement over illegal marketing activities since 2002…  The government charged that executives and sales representatives throughout Pfizer’s ranks planned and executed schemes to illegally market not only Bextra but also Geodon, an antipsychotic; Zyvox, an antibiotic; and Lyrica, which treats nerve pain.  While the government said the fine was a record sum, the $2.3 billion fine amounts to less than three weeks of Pfizer’s sales.  Much of the activities cited Wednesday occurred while Pfizer was in the midst of resolving allegations that it illegally marketed Neurontin, an epilepsy drug for which the company in 2004 paid a $430 million fine and signed a corporate integrity agreement – a companywide promise to behave.  John Kopchinski, a former Pfizer sales representative whose complaint helped prompt the government’s Bextra case, said that company managers told him and others to dismiss concerns about the Neurontin case while pushing them to undertake similar illegal efforts on behalf of Bextra.  ‘The whole culture of Pfizer is driven by sales, and if you didn’t sell drugs illegally, you were not seen as a team player,’ said Mr. Kopchinski, whose personal share of the Pfizer settlement is expected to exceed $50 million. Mr. Kopchinski left Pfizer in 2003.  Altogether, six whistle-blowers will collect $102 million from the federal share of the settlement and more from states’ shares.  Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia will collect $331 million, with New York State alone getting $66 million.  Only South Carolina chose not to participate in the settlement…  As news of the riches earned by whistle-blowers spread through the industry in recent years, scores of fraud cases have been filed by former drug sales representatives using a Civil War-era law that pays a bounty for fraud alerts.  The cases charge that illegal drug marketing cost the federal Medicare and Medicaid program millions.”

http://tinyurl.com/ckgb7zc

Will a fine of only three week’s sales change the greedy corporate culture at Pfizer, or simply be viewed as a small price to pay for billions of dollars in profits annually from illegal operations, including crimes against humanity?

http://tinyurl.com/ct4upn5

“Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said the Pfizer settlement ‘may sound large, but it’s not enough to ensure drug companies will curb their bad behavior.’  Wolfe pointed out that the Pfizer agreement topped a landmark settlement set by Eli Lilly in January, when that company paid more than $500 million in criminal penalties for improper marketing of the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.  Five other major drug manufacturers logged smaller settlements over the past decade…  ‘The U.S. pharmaceutical industry, long one of the most profitable in the country, with profits last year of close to $50 billion, has engaged in an unprecedented amount of criminal activity in the past decade,’ Wolfe said. ‘Unfortunately, the ever-escalating fines are unlikely to stop drug companies from continuing to bribe doctors because they represent just a fraction of drug company profits and no one has gone to jail.'”

http://tinyurl.com/ctdz8pn

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Mighty Monsanto, King Corn & The End of Family Farms

 Mighty Monsanto, King Corn & The End of Family Farms

Video 1 of 3: The World According to Monsanto

“Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE [genetically engineered] seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4OwBYDQe8

Video 2 of 3: The Future of Food

“Patenting of life is now permitted, no labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) in food is required, research is conducted on these issues by universities beholden to the “agri-corps” who fund them, and the major regulatory agencies are run by former execs from these very companies.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnD-DiDRIJA

Video 3 of 3: King Corn

“The film shows how the perception of industrialization in corn has all but eliminated the image of the family farm, which is being replaced by larger industrial farms. Cheney and Ellis suggest that this trend reflects a larger industrialization of the North American food system.”–Wikipedia

http://www.hulu.com/watch/255609/king-corn

 


Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues Ahead of Rehabilitation

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues Ahead of Rehabilitation

Part 1 of 4: Gaming the System: How the Political Srategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies (JusticePolicy.org)

“At a time when many policymakers are looking at criminal and juvenile justice reforms that would safely shrink the size of our prison population, the existence of private prison companies creates a countervailing interest in preserving the current approach to criminal justice and increasing the use of incarceration.

Approximately 129,000 people were held in privately managed correctional facilities in the United States as of December 31, 2009; 16.4 percent of federal and 6.8 percent of state populations were held in private facilities. Since 2000, private prisons have increased their share of the ‘market’ substantially: the number of people held in private federal facilities increased approximately 120 percent, while the number held in private state facilities increased approximately 33 percent. During this same period, the total number of people in prison increased less than 16 percent. Meanwhile, spending on corrections has increased 72 percent since 1997, to $74 billion in 2007. The two largest private prison companies, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, combined had over $2.9 billion in revenue in 2010.

While private prison companies may try to present themselves as just meeting existing ‘demand’ for prison beds and responding to current ‘market’ conditions, in fact they have worked hard over the past decade to create markets for their product. As revenues of private prison companies have grown over the past decade, the companies have had more resources with which to build political power, and they have used this power to promote policies that lead to higher rates of incarceration.”

http://tinyurl.com/44gtvch

Part 2 of 4: Prisons for Profit (PBS NOW Video)

“Corporations [ esp. Correctiions Corporation of Ammerica and GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut) ] are running many American prisons, but will they put profits before prisoners? A grim new statistic: One in every hundred Americans is now locked behind bars. As the prison population grows faster than the government can build prisons, private companies see an opportunity for profit. This week, NOW on PBS investigates the government’s trend to outsource prisons and prisoners to the private sector. Critics accuse private prisons of standing in the way of sentencing reform and sacrificing public safety to maximize profits.”–PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHVu4ZD9XQE

Part 3 of 4: Immigrant Detainees: A New Profit Center? (PBS NOW Video)

“NOW looks at how the private corrections industry is profiting when immigrants — including children — are held in detention centers awaiting deportation. Loretta Perry-Wilborne, a former employee of the Aurora Detention Center in Colorado, gives us an insider’s view of a detainees’ life behind bars.  ‘It’s freezing in the winter time … and we have a lot of detainees that get sick,’ she tells NOW”–PBS

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/419/video-prisons.html

Part 4 of 4: Florida Judge Calls Prison Outsourcing Unconstitutional (Miami Herald)

“A state judge ruled Friday that the Legislature violated the law and Florida’s Constitution by using budget language to order prisons to be privatized in 18 South Florida counties, and demanded that the project be stopped immediately. ‘Actions taken to date are declared illegal without authority in violation of law,’ Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford wrote in a strongly-worded, six-page decision that faulted lawmakers for a lack of transparency. Fulford said the Legislature trampled on existing privatization law by ordering the Department of Corrections to seek proposals from private vendors to run 29 prisons and work camps. She also found that the project violated state law because the agency failed to do a business-case study of the pros and cons of privatization before seeking proposals from vendors.”

http://tinyurl.com/3t29hoj


The General Electric Company (“GE”): Misinformation at Work

The General Electric Company ("GE"): Misinformation at Work

1.a. GE (the General Electric Company, founded by Thomas Edison) is one of world’s largest multinational conglomerate corporations, and ranks as the 14th most profitable company in the Fortune 500 for 2010:

http://tinyurl.com/3bvzzsq

1.b. Despite reporting 2010 worldwide profits of $14.2 billion with $5.1 billion of the total coming from its operations in the United States, GE paid no federal income taxes for that year. In fact, GE claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

http://tinyurl.com/3fbktst

2.a. GE has been one of the Top 100 federal government contractors and war profiteers for many years:

http://tinyurl.com/4vc7aez

2.b. GE has also maintained a Top 100 ranking in the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database for many years:

http://tinyurl.com/5sxt4jz

3.a. The GE “Ecomagination” PR (propaganda) program herald’s their “…commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth.”

http://www.ecomagination.com

3.b. Historically, however, GE has always valued earnings over the environment.  The Political Economy Research Institute listed GE as the fourth-largest producer of air pollution in the U.S. in 2000, with more than 4.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals released into the air.  And according to the EPA, only the U.S. Government, Honeywell, and Chevron Corporation are responsible for producing more Superfund toxic waste sites:

http://tinyurl.com/4lh5too

4.a. Jeffrey Immelt has been CEO of GE since 2001, and a top economic advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama since 2009:

http://tinyurl.com/68hflmn

4.b. This means “Bushbama” apparently saw no reason to hold Immelt accountable for GE defrauding not only the government but its own investors repeatedly over the course of his tenure:

http://tinyurl.com/mztvfq

5.a. GE claims its “…nuclear performance services business develops innovative and proven solutions that preserve and optimize nuclear power plants.”

http://tinyurl.com/67f65u2

5.b. That claim is contradicted by the fact that GE designed the nuclear reactors that failed in Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant (of which there are 23 similar units in service in the U.S. right now), and GE placed those units in service even though one of its own scientists resigned rather than attest to their safety:

http://tinyurl.com/69yyh37

6.a. A global greed-based corporation like GE has more than a minor motivation to “manage” their public image, which is why GE has long been a major stakeholder in NBCUniversal, which in turns controls an alarmingly significant portion of what gets broadcasted on American airwaves (be sure to scan the entire list):

http://www.nbcuni.com/corporate/about-us/

6.b. So before you get led down the wrong path by righteous-sounding Judas goats like MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, think long and hard about who’s buttering their bread.  That should help you distinguish champion from charlatan:

http://tinyurl.com/5vncsaq

Q. Why does a greedy Kleptocrat like GE tolerate and underwrite a gaggle of “Left Wing” talking heads on MSNBC?

A. To counterbalance the “Right Wing” talking heads on Fox News, and keep us attacking each other and not THEM!

http://tinyurl.com/3owuw8m


Lockheed Martin: First in Federal Funding, First in Government Fraud

Lockheed Martin: First in Federal Funding, First in Government Fraud

Part 1 of 4: Lockheed Martin, First in Federal Funding

Lockheed Martin is by many measures the U.S. government’s top contractor, raking in $16.7 billion in new contracts related to “IT products and services, systems integration, telecommunications, professional services and engineering services” in 2010 alone:

http://tinyurl.com/4vc7aez

And that is only a fraction of what they bank as the top defense contractor at the Pentagon, where on any given day they announce billions in new contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin and other members of the Military Industrial Complex:

http://www.defense.gov/Contracts/archive.aspx

Part 2 of 4: Lockheed Martin, First in Government Fraud

Lockheed Martin also ranks #1 in the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD) of the Project On Government Oversight  (POGO) – a toothless Washington watchdog – with 57 documented cases of fraud and other illegal activities since 1995:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm

Lockheed Martin routinely pays fines, penalties and settlements measured in the millions.  That may create a false sense of accountability in the public’s eye, but with trillions in federal contracts at stake it’s a small price to pay:

http://tinyurl.com/3oa3osr

Part 3 of 4: For Lockheed Martin, Uncle Sam is Much More Than Just a Valued Customer

“When Lockheed Martin wanted to sell C-130 military transport planes to the government of Chad in early 2007, the U.S. embassy in N’Djamena was ready to lend a hand. Nevermind that, by the embassy’s own reckoning, the Chadian government probably could not afford the planes, was dishonest about their purpose and planned to use the aircraft to crush a pro-democracy rebellion. ‘Our conclusion is that, like it or not, our interests line up in favor of allowing the sale in some form to go forward,’ the then-ambassador wrote to the State Department.”

http://tinyurl.com/4db7pbd

Part 4 of 4: For Americans, Lockheed Martin is Much More Than Just a Defense Contractor

“Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you?  No?  Then you haven’t been paying much attention.  Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.”

“True, Lockheed Martin doesn’t actually run the U.S. government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well.  After all, it received $36 billion in government contracts in 2008 alone, more than any company in history.  It now does work for more than two dozen government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.  It’s involved in surveillance and information processing for the CIA, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, the Census Bureau, and the Postal Service.”

“Oh, and Lockheed Martin has even helped train those friendly Transportation Security Administration agents who pat you down at the airport. Naturally, the company produces cluster bombs, designs nuclear weapons, and makes the F-35 Lightning (an overpriced, behind-schedule, underperforming combat aircraft that is slated to be bought by customers in more than a dozen countries) – and when it comes to weaponry, that’s just the start of a long list. In recent times, though, it’s moved beyond anything usually associated with a weapons corporation and has been virtually running its own foreign policy, doing everything from hiring interrogators for U.S. overseas prisons (including at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq) to managing a private intelligence network in Pakistan and helping write the Afghan constitution.”

http://tinyurl.com/4wdh66z

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