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May. 20th, 2017


[info]ryan_e_f

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from http://ryanf.dreamwidth.org/120661.html // "WRITING...You'll never know what you wanted to say about something till you're scribbling furiously into it, reaching the center, then scribbling out again. This is BLOWING, accidentally and actually finding your center" (Kerouac, J. 1997. Some of the Dharma. New York: Viking). \\

May. 18th, 2017


[info]schaden_freude

Day 138

May 18, 2017  Farce 

Today, I found out the real reason we're working such long hours and getting money in the door. 
 
In 2014, a physician didn't have his contract renewed over some pretty petty stuff, e.g., a sexual relationship with a coworker, questionable prescriptions for controlled pain medicine, etc.  After his dismissal, he turned whistleblower, accused our healthcare system of ordering unnecessary treatments for patients, incorrect billing to Medicare and other insurance companies, and stated the reason he was fired was because he kept talking to his superiors about the issues. 

He filed a wrongful discharge suit against my employers, then testified in two separate cases for the Department of Justice. 
 
The subsequent investigations determined there was no fraud on our part, we were completely cleared of that charge, but there were a few incidents of incorrect billing – totally benign, not fraud.   
 
The physician's wrongful discharge suit was thrown out as unsubstantiated, but we had to refund quite a bit of money to the insurance companies and the DoJ assessed penalties of $34,000,000. 

So, there you have it... in a nutshell.   



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May. 13th, 2017


[info]schaden_freude

Day 133

May 13, 2017 - Chapter 4 - Again, The Donald

President Trump suggested Friday he was prepared to cancel the White House's daily press briefings unless he did them himself, and only if they occurred "every two weeks."

In a bizarre interview taped hours after introducing the idea of scrapping the briefing altogether, Trump said he was serious about the possibility to "just don't have them."

"Unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don't have them," he told Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" in an interview slated to air in full on Saturday.

"I think it's a good idea … you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair," Trump said.

Excerpts of the interview, taped Friday, were released just hours after a morning Twitter rant in which the erratic executive said he might cancel the White House daily press briefing and indicated the information his press office was providing to reporters wasn't necessarily true.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!.......Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" he wrote in a pair of posts.

Daily White House press briefings have existed in some shape or form for more than 100 years, after first being introduced during the Woodrow Wilson administration.

At the briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — whose job Trump told Fox News Channel was safe amid reports that it might not be — avoided directly discussing Trump's threat to cancel the custom, saying only that Trump was "dismayed" with the news media.

"We see time and time again an attempt to parse every little word and make it a game of gotcha as opposed to trying to figure out what the policies are," Spicer said.

"I think we come out here every day and try to do the best job we can communicating what the President's done," he added. "We work very hard to get you the most accurate and up to date information throughout the day."

Trump wants to stop press briefings because they aren't fair.

May. 12th, 2017


[info]schaden_freude

Day 132

May 12, 2017 Chapter 3 - The Donald

President Donald Trump issued a thinly veiled threat Friday to fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently suggesting there are possibly recorded conversations between the two men that could be leaked to counter the former FBI director if necessary.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press," Trump tweeted.

The remark is an extraordinary development in the ongoing feud between the President and the agencies investigating alleged ties between his campaign and White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at an afternoon briefing that Trump's warning was "not a threat," adding, "The President has nothing further to say on that."

When he fired Comey earlier this week, Trump garnered comparisons to President Richard Nixon and his infamous decision to remove the special prosecutor investigating Watergate crimes in 1973. The Watergate scandal accelerated drastically when it was revealed Nixon taped conversations in the White House. Trump didn't provide further details Friday on whether he was taping conversations.

Asked whether Trump was recording conversations in the White House, Spicer repeated his statement that Trump had nothing further to add.

Comey is "not worried about any tapes" of conversations between him and Trump, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday, adding that "if there is a tape, there's nothing he is worried about" that could be on it.

Trump threatens Comey in Twitter outburst

May. 11th, 2017


[info]schaden_freude

Day 131

May 11, 2017 Chapter 2 - Andrew McCabe

The absence of former FBI Director James Comey loomed large over the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing with top U.S. intelligence leaders, but his temporary replacement, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, assured lawmakers he would not bend to pressure from the White House.

"You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution," McCabe said.

McCabe directly contradicted White House assertions that one of the reasons Comey was fired by President Trump on Tuesday was because he had lost the respect and support of the FBI rank and file.

"Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day," McCabe said, saying he holds Comey in the "absolute highest regard."

McCabe also said the FBI's ongoing probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with the Trump campaign was "highly significant," disputing a White House characterization that the investigation "was one of the smallest things that they've got going on their plate."

"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely," McCabe said.

Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., noted that Comey's absence was atop his mind and that he had plenty of questions for McCabe and the other intelligence leaders about the Russia probe.

"It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to the Russia investigation," Warner said, "and that is truly unacceptable."

McCabe assured Warner that he would alert the committee if anyone tried to influence the FBI probe into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. He later said he would not update the White House on the ongoing Russia investigation.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., made it clear in his opening statement that he wanted the hearing to be about more than just Russia and reiterated that the hearing at large was supposed to be about worldwide threats. But questions about Russia, the ongoing FBI investigation and Comey's dismissal dominated the hearing.

McCabe: You Cannot Stop 'The FBI From Doing The Right Thing'

May. 10th, 2017


[info]schaden_freude

Day 130

May 10, 2017 - And So It Begins - Chapter 1 - James Comey

An unexpected announcement yesterday afternoon from Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It's very unusual for a president to fire the head of the FBI, though it has happened before.

In a letter to the FBI chief, President Trump wrote: While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you were not able to lead the bureau.

One thing that is under investigation, formerly lead by Director Comey, was whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with alleged Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. President Trump has called that story phony, but critics say it was inappropriate for the president to fire Comey while that investigation is going on.

Another reason why Comey was a controversial figure in the government, Democrats and Republicans have criticized how he handled controversies related to Hillary Clinton's email use from when she was secretary of state. Critics say those controversies influenced last year's election when she was the Democratic presidential nominee.

CNN 10 May 10, 2017