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Hippocratic oath updated to include vow of loyalty to insurance giant

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New York - In an effort to modernize the ancient ethics pledge, officials from the American Medical Association announced Tuesday an update to the Hippocratic Oath that includes a vow of loyalty to national health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield.

"This newly revised pledge requires doctors to uphold their allegiance to Blue Cross Blue Shield, to avoid pricey tests and referrals whenever possible, and to do no harm to any in-network patient so far as it remains sufficiently cost-effective," said AMA spokesperson Amanda Cummings, noting a further addition to the professional oath that obligates doctors to enforce all co-pays and coinsurance payments.

"The updated text also requires physicians to have a comprehensive working knowledge of their specific financial agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield. And above all, a doctor must, at all times, avoid inflicting any injury or wrong upon the company's bottom line."

Officials added that the new pledge would no longer require doctors to swear by "Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, and likewise Hygeia and Panacea," but rather by Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Scott Serota.
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Experts say that record heat causes record ice

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It is one of the greatest puzzles in the science of climate change, and has been used by skeptics to cast doubt on global warming: Why, when the world is getting hotter, is the Antarctic getting colder?

Now, a scientist thinks she may have uncovered the answer.

Cecilia Bitz, an atmospheric scientist from the University of Washington in Seattle, believes that oceanic currents are taking heat away from Antarctica and carrying it north, reports the Sunday Times.
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Daily Show invites South African comedian to give his first impression of America - It's not pretty


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On The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart invited on South African Trevor Noah to give Americans his outsider's view of how things are going in the United States. Luckily for us, Noah is a comedian because if we weren't laughing, we'd have to cry.

Stewart introduces Noah as The Daily Show's newest contributor, and while it appears that this will be a good fit, Noah admits that he was hesitant to come to a country with a reputation as bad as America's.
Stewart: I know that you flew in, I guess, yesterday from South Africa.

Noah: Yeah, I just flew in and boy are my arms tired.
The audience laughs and Stewart gives him props for the cheesy joke, but it becomes clear that Noah had something altogether different in mind. Raising his hands in a "Hands up, don't shoot" gesture," Noah adds, "No, seriously, I've been holding my arms like this since I got here."

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Canada: Watch 'Calgary's worst driver' struggle for almost 5 minutes to leave a parking space

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Calgary's worst driver is really, really bad at driving.
Calgary Police are trying to track down the incompetent driver who was caught on surveillance video backing into another vehicle while trying to leave a parking lot for several excruciating minutes.

On Twitter, Calgary Police spokesperson Jeremy Shaw nominated the person behind the wheel "Calgary's worst driver" and said police were opening a hit-and-run investigation - although "hit-and-run" seems like a charitable description of what happened.

In the video, which has gotten hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, the driver of the grey SUV is seen backing into a maroon sedan and then struggling for another four minutes to escape the nearly-empty parking lot.
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Say 'no drone delivery': Corporate America winning the war on Christmas by weaponizing cheer

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On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert praised TGI Fridays for its innovative use of drones to spread holiday cheer in his "Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude" segment.

"You know nation," he began, "it's getting colder and colder outside and I'm starting to get a hankering for some spiced alcoholic drinkable egg - which can only mean that Christmas is around the corner."

"But this year in 'The War on Christmas,' Christmas is fighting back! Folks, Christmas needs a hero once again, and this year - it's TGI Fridays."

Colbert then cut to a clip from the Today show reporting about the company's plans to attach mistletoe to drones and fly them over the heads of patrons.

"That's right," he said, "TGI Fridays is weaponizing Christmas cheer with a mistletoe drone that forces you to kiss - which is something to keep in mind before you take your dad to lunch."

"But what a fantastic idea this is! The only thing missing from your boozy night out was four whirling blades steered by a sixteen-year-old busboy."

Comment: However many times the truth is told via alternative media activism, media personnel exposing the truth in palatable comedy, it has not stopped the Wall Street-sponsored drone invasion into our lives from manifesting. Now, it's a reality with Amazon kava robots and TGI Friday drones. It will not end there, as corporations will have to follow suit to survive as competitive businesses.

The only choice we have is this: STOP buying from these corporations that use drones or, if you need to buy from them, say "No Drone Delivery".

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About 100 brains missing from University of Texas in Austin

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Brains!
The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains - about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman.

"We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don't know at all for sure," psychology Professor Tim Schallert, co-curator of the collection, told the Austin American-Statesman.

His co-curator, psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack, said, "It's entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them for living rooms or Halloween pranks."

The Austin State Hospital had transferred the brains to the university about 28 years ago under a "temporary possession" agreement. Schallert said his psychology lab had room for only 100 brains, so the rest were moved to the basement of the university's Animal Resources Center.

"They are no longer in the basement," Cormack said.

The university said in a statement that it will investigate "the circumstances surrounding this collection since it came here nearly 30 years ago" and that it's "committed to treating the brain specimens with respect." It says the remaining brain specimens on campus are used "as a teaching tool and carefully curated by faculty."

The university's agreement with the hospital required the school to remove any data that might identify the person from whom the brain came. However, Schallert said Whitman's brain likely was part of the collection.

Comment: Out of sight, out of mind?

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Pigs can't fly on US Airways

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A woman boarded a flight in Connecticut with a 70-pound pig she claimed was for "emotional support." But after the porky pet got totally out of hand, the odd couple was forced to disembark.

The woman brought the animal onto a US Airways flight on Wednesday, apparently having had no trouble taking it through customs.

A professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jonathan Skolnik, who was also a passenger on the flight, told ABC News of his shock after initially thinking the large animal was a duffel bag.

"But it turns out it wasn't a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash," he said. "She tethered it to the arm rest next to me and started to deal with her stuff, but the pig was walking back and forth.

Comment: Pigs really can't fly. Service animals have their place, but a pig might be a little too much. In any case it would be better than a stiff drink.

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A Russian grandma gives advice to Obama(shka)

This video is wildly popular on the Russian internet.

A Russian babushka (grandma), gives Obama advice, in rhyme!, in the best Ru
Babushka gives Obama advice
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The Russian Babushka - the glue of Russian society
ssian tradition.

She calls him Obamashka, an affectionate rendering of his name in Russian.

She offers to pray for him, to cook him blinis (pancakes), to take him to church to meet her priest so that they can all pray for America together, and advises against cozying up to Nazis, explaining that this always ends up badly.

She explains that Crimea is Russian, and always fought on Russia's side.

Finally she urges him to make friends with Volodya (affectionate name for Vladimir), and wishes him well.

We are Russia experts, and we can assure you, there is no force on earth that can withstand the charm and goodness of the Russian babushka.

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The Trews: Anarchy, psychopaths in business, and other assorted wonders

The Trews (episode 199)
Russell Brand answers questions and comments on subjects including anarchy, psychopaths, immigration, fascism, voting, and what happens when he's not talking.


Comment: Brand is funny about it, but the issue of psychopaths in business really and 'trewly' is serious, and deserves looking into more closely: Ponerology 101: Snakes in Suits

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Rap News: The New World Order


Comment: We heartily agree!

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