Saturday, December 22, 2007

Big Dan's Big News Dec 22, 2007

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(17-year-old's life not worth the $$$ to CIGNA!!! What has become of America? Rich Americans' lives are more important than poor/middleclass American's lives!!! Do YOU know if your insurance covers transplants? I bet you don't know, and I bet it doesn't!!! Do YOU know if your insurance covers chemotherapy? NO! Because you don't check on those things until you need them!!!)

· Family of dead teen to sue insurer that dallied on liver transplant; California nurses group says insurer CIGNA has 'blood on their hands'; The family of a 17-year-old California girl who died after being initially denied payment for a liver transplant is suing the teen's insurance company, an attorney for the family said Friday.

· We posted this story yesterday with an update to the heartbreaking result. While battling CIGNA for a new liver, her family and friends fought and protested until CIGNA finally gave in, but it was too late—the seventeen-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan died. (bd: same post as clicking on picture at top)

· More on CIGNA denying transplant to needy teen...

· Diebold Now Also Under DoJ Investigation as Stock Price Hits FIVE-YEAR Low!; Once-Great, Now-Disgraced American Company Also Facing SEC Probe, Lawsuits, Upcoming 2008 Election Meltdowns; Not to Say We Told Ya So, Diebold Shareholders...

· Attorneys Representing Gitmo Detainees Request Full Inquiry into Preservation of Evidence; CIA Destruction of Torture Tapes Raises Questions about Spoliation of Further Evidence, Attorneys Say; DOJ Says the Destroyed Videotapes Have No Connection to Gitmo, Where the Tortured Detainees Were Transferred

· Food banks face 'critical shortage' over holidays

· Torture Tape Updates: White House Lied! CIA Violated Court Order! Mukasey Covered Up! ... [yawn] What Else Is New?

· Remember Karen Hughes, a devoted Bushie from Texas who was sent to the Middle East to tell women how lucky they were that we invaded and occupied Iraq, because it brought them freedom? Karen has gone home to Texas again, but the Bush administration still needs a snake oil salesman undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs to tell everyone that things are really going great. Guess who they picked? (T)he AP has learned that the Bush administration has named her replacement: James Glassman. So who is James Glassman? Read on, dear reader, read on.

· Limbaugh At War With Huckabee

· Huckabee: The GOP's Cynical Use of Religion Has Come Home to Roost The holy-rolling monster the GOP's Dr. Frankensteins have created has thrown off the shackles, fled the lab, and is currently leading in Iowa. And the party doesn't know what to do.

· Cheney Repeatedly Met With Auto Execs Before White House Killed California’s Emissions Law

· Tony Blair TWICE blocked a major corruption investigation!

· Bonuses on Wall Street surge 14 percent This might have been one of Wall Street's most dismal years in a decade, but that hasn't stopped bonus checks from rising an average of 14 percent. Four of the biggest U.S. investment banks — Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos. — will pay out about $49.6 billion in compensation this year. Of that, bonuses are traditionally estimated to represent 60 percent, or almost $30 billion.

· UNICEF REPORT: Little respite for Iraq’s children in 2007; But window to reach more vulnerable families opening for 2008; Iraqi children were frequently caught in the crossfire of conflict throughout 2007. Insecurity and displacement continues to cause hardship for many in the most insecure parts of the country and further eroded access to quality essential services country-wide. Iraq remains volatile; however conditions begin to allow for more a concerted effort to deliver assistance.

· The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans

· “After protesters clashed violently with the police inside and outside the New Orleans City Council chambers on Thursday, the Council voted unanimously to allow the federal government to demolish 4,500 apartments in the four biggest public housing projects here.”
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