From our Virtual Mirage Reporters (at large)

It’s not only M&M’s for lesbians and overweight women. Queer Skittles (taste the rainbow) are now available. If you’re not woke now, you may be after eating them. One day each grievance group will have its own candy. Thanks to Mike_C.

 

Thank you Frank for clarifying that it’s neither a strip club nor a whorehouse.

 

The Addams family reboot looks LEGIT, PaulM

The new Senator from the great state of Pennsylvania. I’m sure that they’re very proud. (h/t PaulM) It goes to show that no matter how moronic you are or how goofy you look,  you can still have a bright future as a US Senator.

 

Bullet Points:

* Firemen make bank – (The Center Square) – Eighty-six Los Angeles Fire Department employees made more than $400,000 in 2022, including a fire captain who made $712,933 last year

That fire captain was the highest-paid employee in the city. The captain had a base pay of $169,764 and was paid $502,681 for overtime, along with $19,637 in other pay and personnel benefits of $20,851. In 2021, the highest-paid employee also was a fire captain. That captain made $434,394 in overtime in 2021, for total pay of $598,532.

A Trump-era rule sought to impose a “most favored nation” status on the prescription drug industry. It mandated that drug companies could not charge American citizens more than what’s charged in other countries for the same medicine. Currently, Americans “subsidize” the rest of the world’s drugs by paying far more for many prescriptions than foreigners pay in other countries. Some drugs that cost hundreds of dollars here in the US are sold for pennies elsewhere. The Trump rule was never enacted.

The following is a relevant excerpt from Reuters.

Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc (PFE.N), GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK.L), Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY.N), AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.L) and Sanofi SA (SASY.PA) plan to raise prices in the United States on more than 350 unique drugs in early January, according to data analyzed by healthcare research firm 3 Axis Advisors.

The increases are expected to come as the pharmaceutical industry prepares for the Biden Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which allows the government’s Medicare health program to negotiate prices directly for some drugs starting in 2026.

* The following is an excerpt from Becker’s Hospital Review.

More than 200 hospitals in the U.S. are at immediate risk of closing because of financial losses and a lack of financial reserves to sustain operations, according to the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform.

All but seven states have at least one rural hospital at immediate risk of shutting down. Six states have half or more of their rural hospitals at high risk of shuttering. Texas had the most with 76, while Hawaii had the highest percentage of at-risk rural hospitals with 75 percent.

Across the U.S., 631 rural hospitals — more than 29 percent nationwide — are either at immediate or high risk of closure. Those at high risk either have low financial reserves or high dependence on nonpatient service revenues such as local taxes or state subsidies, according to the report.

View the state-by-state listing of rural hospitals at risk of closing as of October 2022 by clicking here.

* An internal Twitter document published by journalist Matt Taibbi has revealed that the United States (US) intelligence community warned the tech company about the publicity surrounding a book from a former Ukrainian prosecutor that claimed President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, were involved in corruption in Ukraine.

The book, “True Stories Of Joe Biden’s International Corruption In Ukraine” was written by Viktor Shokin, who served as Ukraine’s top prosecutor between February 10, 2015 and March 29, 2016. In the book, Shokin alleged that Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company that had Hunter Biden on its board, paid Hunter millions of dollars to prevent prosecutors from taking action against Burisma.

Shokin also claimed that then Vice President Joe Biden had ordered Shokin to be fired before he could take action against Burisma. In January 2018, Joe Biden bragged about withholding $1 billion in aid to Ukraine until Shokin was fired.

* File this one under, “That’s Racist!” By way of compensation and reparation, Pedo Joe should be required to go among the public in DC and sniff at least 1000 black people against their will.

* MikeW’s memoirs have cleared the first edit and after banging out the manuscript a few more times it will be available in digital format. In due time Hunting in the Shadows will also be available in print.

* WASHINGTON — Canada on Monday announced plans to buy 88 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters for CA$19 billion (U.S. $14 billion). Defence Minister Anita Anand said in an online briefing the Royal Canadian Air Force would receive its first four Lockheed Martin-made F-35s in 2026, with the next six in 2027 and another six in 2028. The remainder would come in subsequent years.

 

Meme of the day

 

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      • Lifesavers.

        PayDay- to the Big Guy, include Take 5
        Oh Henry!- Gotta be the Veep,
        Milky Way- yup, him…Mr. Gay and Away
        Butterfinger- Goes to the FBI ’cause they’re “watching”
        5th Avenue-
        3 Musketeers- take your top 3 Repub pick’s fighting the Swamp
        Mr. Goodbar- Jim Jordan
        100 Grand- None…it’s chump change to these people
        Whatchamacallit-
        Skor-
        Snickers- Hobbs?
        Sour Patch Kids- The Squad
        AirHeads- Too many to list
        Jolly Rancher-
        Goobers- Most of them
        Atomic Fireball- The Fowch Mengele, innocuous at first but fries you in the end

        To name a few…

          • LL’s comment about satire now being factual proves how easily attributed to [pick your politician] this is as an exercise, which is funny, but is a really bad commentary on how far off the ledge government is teetering while telling us how great they all are for us.

            “Give us your worst and most stupid” may not be so bad as it puts them all in one place.

  1. Rural hospital closings – already have rural areas without nearby hospitals/clinics. I remember reading a number of years ago about some gal selling cosmetics in Nebraska cattle country. She managed to run off the road and injured her back. A local rancher came across the scene, rigged up a board to keep her straight while he moved her to the ranch house. As there was no doctor/hospital/clinic anywhere nearby the rancher nursed her back to health. After she got back up on her feet again and could walk they got married.

    • The love story aside, there are a lot of areas in America without readily available hospitals. The cost of doing ANY business is ruinously expensive here. Hospitals are always something to throw rocks at because of the $1,000 Aspirin. But there is a reason for the $1,000 Aspirin and it always leaches back to FEDGOV.

    • That sounds like the makings of either a Hallmark movie or a horror story. Seems the Hallmark part won out.

      People who actually know please correct me, but I have the impression that in many smaller communities even if there IS a hospital or clinic, it’s run by foreign MDs who may not have much connection with neither the local population nor the rest of the hospital staff even. As one example (and this isn’t even close to rural) some years ago I got a look into the Victorville/Apple Valley (CA) system and it was dominated by Indian MDs. The nurses and techs generally seemed to hate the MDs and would trash talk them to patients and their families. I never got to talk (as a family member) to any of the MDs. But they had big, ostentatious, and mostly tasteless, houses that the locals would point out. Anyway, people who had the option mostly would “go down the hill” (El Cajon pass) to get their care at Loma Linda.

      • I think that in many cases, people prefer a doctor to whom they can relate. MRSLL prefers women MDs. My oldest daughter goes to my doctor, a male. Other of my daughters prefer women. It’s important that they speak the lingua franca.

        Victorville/Apple Valley is kind of a slum, though there are some patches of very nice ranch set-ups and homes. I’d think that the average MD should speak Spanish.

  2. I don’t wish to say it’s easily solved, but were the medical profession get together and require med school entry dependent upon a signed statement by the matriculant stating that he/she/whatever will be on staff for two/four(?) years continuously (at reasonable salary) after completing internship (to be determined by need) at — hospital in — state, it might help alleviate this situation.

  3. Is there an intent to close rural ‘more independent’ hospitals to capture those (us) into larger urban hospitals? As some rural communities have done to circumnavigate Big Pharma and corrupt insurance companies controlling medicine delivery, they have been setting up their own collective operation with a local doctor…like it used to be (think Doc Hollywood). MediShare is similar but on a national scale, and Christian focused.

    The FetterFamily- C’mon man, they are just going through that awkward teenager stage. Not exactly our best and brightest as our Founders wanted, but certainly controllable. Twitter comments from the pic are priceless.

    ‘Hunting in the Shadows’ will be on the must read list once available.

    • I don’t know enough about hospitals in general to form an opinion. My sister is a hospital administrator in Portland. She knows a lot about hospitals but we usually don’t talk shop. In general, I think that hospitals are a very large investment and in time healthcare systems become VERY political, throwing money at politicians to support their agendas…and there you go.

  4. At least Ukraine hasn’t had to close any hospitals. I wonder how many are being overwhelmed by Covid patients right now? I sure hope their army is fully vaccinated and boosted……

    • I have been looking for the next place after the White Wolf Mine. I don’t where that will be. Maybe Durango? Maybe Prescott, AZ? I don’t have a burning need for medical care now, but the day will come when I will, and on that day, my present venue won’t work.

    • We moved out (deliberately, before the antifa onslaught) of the Portland (OR) area (which, IMHO, has quite a few very good hospitals) to the west coast of Flareeduh. When you’re 80+, you have to find physicians (and diagnosticians and surgeons) who are experienced in the ills and ailments of the geriatric population (and who have patience by the truckload).

      • Geriatric care is its own specialty. Medicine is a vast industry. The whole covid thing caused me to lose a lot of confidence in the ethical end of things. Suffering with endless kidney stones for 18 months during covid when nobody would see me during the plague built up some irritation on my part – one botched surgery causing me horrible pain and a second one that fixed it. I ran into skilled and caring physicians and turds. (much like life in general)

        In my life, I worked more on the ‘supply side’ of medicine, providing patients and job security.

  5. Social clubs, such as the Eagles club, still in operation, used to self-insure by hiring a “lodge doctor” to take care of non-major-surgery work. Doc got a stable income stream without sales work and patients got a doc dedicated to a small population at a very good price. AMA campaigned against this. Have heard early AMA journals had labor relations content telling their members to talk down lodge doctor-ing, and agitate to get cheaper medical schools shut down by legislating minimum standards.

    https://surgerycenterok.com does work at drastically lower prices than area hospitals the doctors left, because they didn’t hire the administrative deadweight. Drastically lower prices implies health bills could be paid by drastically lower health insurance payments, isn’t this said to be a goal? But this is a doctor-owned hospital, and Obamacare banned the creation of new doctor-owned hospitals or the expansion of existing ones.

  6. I’ve often wondered about those FNARs in 308? Seems you get both pos and neg opinions on it. Always wanted one for some reason.

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