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NY Times: Consulting firm advised Purdue Pharma to just pay pharmacies when their customers overdosed on OxyContin

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The scandal over major corporations causing an overdose crisis expanded on Friday with a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"When Purdue Pharma agreed last month to plead guilty to criminal charges involving OxyContin, the Justice Department noted the role an unidentified consulting company had played in driving sales of the addictive painkiller even as public outrage grew over widespread overdoses," the newspaper reported. "Documents released last week in a federal bankruptcy court in New York show that the adviser was McKinsey & Company, the world's most prestigious consulting firm."

McKinsey reportedly had a plan to reimburse distributors every time one of their customers was killed by OxyContin.

Comment: From RT:
It is reported that in a 2017 presentation, McKinsey laid out several suggestions for boosting sales of the pill, including by compensating distributors the damage from selling the product. It estimated the number of people who may overdose or get hooked on OxyContin and suggested paying rebates for "events" that could be reliably attributed to it.

For example, the report explains, a rebate of $14,810 for each of the 2,484 cases - which the consultancy firm projected would happen in 2019 due to OxyContin sold through CVS Health's pharmacy chain - would net the distributor $36.8 million. CVS and another firm mentioned in the presentation, Anthem, are among McKinsey's biggest clients. Both companies said they never received any rebates under a scheme described in the court papers.

It is said that senior McKinsey partners also discussed in 2018 doing more than "eliminating all our documents and emails." The suggestion was reportedly floated by Martin Elling, a leader for McKinsey's North American pharmaceutical practice, in response to the news that the state of Massachusetts had sued a former Purdue board member for her role in fueling the opioid crisis. Elling's addressee, Arnab Ghatak, responded as quoted: "Thanks for the heads up. Will do." It's not clear if any records were actually destroyed by McKinsey.

The report also highlights McKinsey's role in persuading the Sacklers family, who own Purdue, to accept their plan to "turbocharge" the sales of OxyContin and in preparing Purdue executives on how to push back against the US Food and Drug Administration.

The firm's involvement in Purdue's predatory business became public knowledge last year, after unredacted legal papers in the Massachusetts case were released. McKinsey has not been charged by the federal government or sued by anyone for consulting Purdue.

The New York Times story was met with disgust and anger online, with many commenters describing the money making advice as nothing short of "evil." The same word was used by an expert cited by the newspaper.

"This is the banality of evil, M.B.A. edition," Anand Giridharadas, a former McKinsey consultant who reviewed the documents, said of the firm's work with Purdue.
"They knew what was going on. And they found a way to look past it, through it, around it, so as to answer the only questions they cared about: how to make the client money and, when the walls closed in, how to protect themselves."

Bad Guys

Pa. Supreme Court dismisses request to declare mail-in voting unconstitutional in state, deny results from 2020 election mail-in ballots

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The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order.November 28, 2020 at 7:02 pm

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed the lawsuit from Congressman Mike Kelly and congressional candidate Sean Parnell to declare universal mail-in voting unconstitutional in the state and deny the votes of the majority of Pennsylvanians who voted by mail in the Nov. 3 election.

The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for challenges to Pennsylvania's expansive year-old mail-in voting law.

Comment: Parnell and Kelly were expecting this result and will file in the Supreme Court next.

Interesting new lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania State Court by Pennsylvania GOP challenging legality of vote-by-mail

Social media has its say:


The thieves who stole our election got sloppy

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Mail-in ballots in their envelopes await processing at the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorders' mail-in ballot processing center in Pomona, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2020.
Laziness leads to sloppiness, and sloppiness is how the most brazen heist in American history is being exposed.

Stealing the 2020 election was a mammoth undertaking, involving widespread lawlessness and illicit partnerships between private actors and public officials. They've been working to cover their tracks since Election Day, but they didn't work fast enough. Now, the courts need to stop them from destroying any more evidence so that the people of Pennsylvania — and the rest of the country — can accurately assess the ramifications of their wrongdoing.

Explosive new litigation filed in federal district court on Nov. 21 details and documents a wide variety of illegal practices that were used to inflate the number of votes received by Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, including disparate treatment of voters based on where they live and outright manipulation of Pennsylvania's voter registration system by partisan activists.

An unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots were cast this year, and practically everyone expected that this would result in a higher-than-usual rate of ballots being rejected for various flaws, such as lacking a secrecy envelope or missing information. In Pennsylvania, tens or hundreds of thousands of ballots were likely to be rejected, based on historical patterns. Instead, a mere 0.03 percent of mail-in ballots were ultimately rejected — somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,000 votes.

Comment: See also:


PCR-based Covid testing has failed

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The problem

Across Europe, including in the UK, we see the following:
  1. Daily 'cases' sky-rocketed in Europe as Autumn arrived.
  2. Daily deaths labelled as 'Covid deaths' rose in line with 'cases' - to levels apparently higher than at the Spring peak.
  3. BUT: Total all-cause mortality does not reflect the above.
What is behind this conundrum?

The central thesis of this paper is that we have a major problem with PCR-testing.

This is distorting policy and creating the illusion that we are in a serious pandemic when in fact we are not.

This is causing:
  • Excess deaths due to restricted access to the NHS.
  • An NHS staffing crisis which is exacerbating matters.
  • Unprecedented assaults on civil liberties and the economy.

Comment: See also:


UK's 'COVID cops' bust women's dinner party in Hull

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British police busted a woman and five of her friends for having an illegal coronavirus dinner party at her house.

The six women live in the so-called coronavirus 'hotspot' of Hull. They were inspired to host the dinner party by the Channel 4 television series Come Dine with Me, where a group of people take it in turns to host a dinner party.

One of the women had posted the invitation on Facebook, and later a selfie was posted from during the event. It would appear that someone who had seen the Facebook posts had reported the women to the police.

Remarkably, Humberside Police took the time to respond to the reports of the party that day, knocking on the organiser's door while the event was still taking place, according to Hull Live.

Arrow Down

Get woke, go broke: BBC starting to lose core older audience

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The UK's media watchdog Ofcom has warned the BBC that it is losing its core audience of older viewers, the report coming after the broadcaster has actively sought to attract younger viewers and prioritise diversity.

Ofcom's report found that the proportion of over-55s that have a positive view of the BBC, which is funded through a mandatory television tax called the TV Licence, had fallen from 64 to 62 per cent in two years. The media regulator said in its annual report that "reach is decreasing among these loyal groups, and older audiences, in particular, are starting to show signs of decreasing satisfaction."

The figures also revealed a drop in viewership or confidence amongst 16- to 35-year-olds, ethnic minorities, the middle classes, the working classes, and women, according to The Times, suggesting that not only is it losing core audiences, but failing to increase its share of amongst the youth and BAME communities that it is eagerly seeking to attract.

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Video reveals evidence that over 23K PA mail-in ballots were 'filled out and returned' BEFORE ever being mailed out - UPDATE: PA removes public data

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On November 11, Petr Svab of the Epoch Times wrote about the improbability of more than 10,000 ballots being returned in the state of Pennsylvania on a date that precedes the date they were sent. The article, as one would expect, was completely ignored by the Democratic Party mainstream media.

Here's something else that didn't receive any traction in the media, the investigative work of a young citizen journalist, known as "Greg On The Right," may have provided the single biggest piece of evidence to date that Pennsylvania's elections were anything but free and fair.

In a 3-part video series, the young man, known as "Greg on The Right," first posted his explosive video from the PA.gov website on Tik Tok, where curiously, it was removed. Greg promptly posted his video to Twitter, where he has a little over 5.6K followers.

Comment: UPDATE: A new development.



Russian prosecutors intervene after newspaper kiosks found selling souvenir Hitler stamps in a city occupied by Nazis in WWII

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The Russian city of Oryol has removed souvenir postage stamps featuring Adolf Hitler's portrait from local newspaper kiosks. The country has stringent laws on Nazi propaganda, but the producers insist the stamps are patriotic.

The reproduction stamps, which were being sold for 290 rubles ($3.80) each, came to investigators' attention after they were reported on by a local TV channel. According to the Prosecutor's Office, the products have now been withdrawn from sale.

During World War 2, Oryol was occupied by Nazi Germany for nearly two years, and was almost completely destroyed. The news report explained that the stamps were printed in Karelia, in Russia's north-west, by the organization "For the Motherland." In a statement provided to the media, the organization's head Vladislav Grin explained that the photo is not copied from a propaganda poster, but a genuine portrait from the era. "It is, on the contrary, a strengthening of the heroic context of the great Victory over criminal fascist Germany," he said. The stamp is sold with a warning about the prohibition on Nazi propaganda.

According to the Prosecutor, both the head of the kiosk company and the director of the commercial service at the printing company were warned not to infringe the law. Earlier this year, Russia's Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case after pictures of Hitler and SS leader Heinrich Himmler were found on the website of Immortal Regiment, a movement that celebrates Soviet veterans of World War II.

Comment: These petty Russian bureaucrats need to chill out. The difference between propaganda and a victory trophy is entirely a matter of personal interpretation. But when you have ridiculous nanny-state laws, interpretation doesn't matter. Just the mindless bureaucrats and their obsessive-compulsive drive to control other people's lives.

Yellow Vest

Tens of thousands protest against new 'security' law in France

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Protesters throughout France have shown up for rallies against a controversial draft law on public safety, under which filming a police officer on duty may result in a hefty fine. Critics say it fosters impunity for misconduct.

The protests were organized in many large French cities, including Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Brest and Nice, with thousands participating despite Covid-19 concerns. The main event is happening in the Place de la République in the capital.

The demonstrators are voicing their anger over a draft law on public security, which was approved by the lower chamber of the parliament this week. Article 24 of the bill bans filming of police officers on duty with an intention to harm them. Lawmakers who voted for the bill are among the officials who were shamed by the protesters.

Comment: See also: 150 people arrested as police swarm on massive lockdown protest in London

Stock Down

Michigan analysis suggests absentee votes 'manipulated by computer', flags hundreds of thousands of ballots

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Absentee ballots are processed at the central counting board in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 4, 2020.
New analysis of Michigan voter data reveals hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots flagged as potentially fraudulent, leading statisticians to posit "strong evidence" exists that results were "manipulated by a computer algorithm."

The "non-partisan effort by unpaid citizens and volunteer experts" and PhDs comes to the conclusion that an "audited recount" ought to be carried out in Michigan counties that returned voting results that were statistically unlikely, if not impossible.


The report also raises concerns about Michigan election official's conduct regarding mail-in balloting. Of the 3,507,129 ballots requested, the report flags hundreds of thousands of ballots with qualities, such as "duplicate ballot IDs," "missing ballot address," or "year of birth before 1921."
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The report explains in detail the various red flags, such as "288,783 [ballots] that have the application sent and ballot received on the same day."
The data also includes the voter's year of birth. One is 170 years old, likely an error but their application was not rejected. In total, more than 1400 of these absentee voters are over 100 years old. These could well be nursing home patients. There are 217,271 applications without a recorded date (i.e. never received back). More interesting is the 288,783 that have the application sent and ballot received on the same day.

Comment: Pretty much any way you look at it, it stinks to high heaven. Biden didn't win these swing states.

Here's the above team's Pennsylvania analysis: