Helena’s News Roundup. Opiods, Obamacare’s Perverse Economics, Kim’s Nuclear Tunnel Collapse and More

Trump’s Decision on Opioids Triggers Debate on Addiction — And Much Misinformation

Interesting! “Trump’s declaration that opioid abuse is a public health emergency is sparking debate about addiction. Tragically, myths and misinformation are blocking the path to preventing more deaths.Start with the causes of the opioid crisis. Gov Christie, chair of Trump’s opioid commission, blamed over-prescribing doctors. “This crisis started not on a street corner somewhere. This crisis started in the doctor’s offices and hospitals.” That’s untrue, Governor. It contradicts scientific evidence and lets drug abusers off the hook. At least three quarters of opioid pill abusers and almost all heroin addicts got hooked without ever having been prescribed pain medication for an injury or illness, according to the Nat’l Survey on Drug Use and Health. Emergency room records show only a fraction – 13% – of opioid overdose victims began taking drugs because of pain, according to the medical journal JAMA.”

ObamaCare’s Perverse Economics: Massive Rate Hikes = Lower Premiums For Millions

Must Read! “The Obama admin used to brag about this. Just before the exchanges opened for business last year, it issued a report explaining how the bigger the premium hikes, the more money enrollees would save.If premiums in 2017 climbed by 10%, it said, the result would be that 71% could get coverage for $75 a month or less. But if premiums jumped by 50%, that would mean 76% could buy plans for $75 or less.Obama’s HHS also boasted that 286,000 people became newly eligible for subsidies in 2017 because of that year’s 25% premium hike.That does leave one nagging question. If enrollees aren’t paying for those massive premium hikes, who is? Two groups ignored by ObamaCare aficionados:1) Taxpayers and 2) Millions who aren’t eligible for ObamaCare subsidies.”

Report: NYC Foreign Terror Suspect Entered U.S. with ‘Diversity Visa’ Trump Wants to End

Predictable with a diversity lottery program! “The suspected foreign national terrorist behind the NYC attack that has left at least 8 individuals dead came to the US years ago through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that Trump and pro-American immigrant reformers have demanded an end to. According to ABC NY, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov – the man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of NYC – entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card.The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorist problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.”

Florida politicians become surveillance targets as political payback rumors swirl

What intrigue!”Private investigators have pursued state legislators, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala, secretly recording their daily lives in search of scandal, according to state law enforcement records and private surveillance reports obtained by POLITICO Fl.It’s unclear who is behind the multiple spying efforts, but in at least four separate incidents — one dating back to 2015 involving Latvala dining with 3 female lobbyists — private eyes have been watching politicans more than ever in the capital city. One surveillance operation became the subject itself of an investigation by the Fl Dept of Law Enforcement this spring, when a legislator spied a camera, hidden on a table behind a vase in a condo hallway, fall on the floor.”

Education Establishment Fails America Academically, Morally and Civically

Must Read! “The Education Establishment refers to the long-term administrators, teacher’s unions and tenure system in K-12 public schools and higher education that has been eating away at America for the past 60 years. Declines in academic accomplishments in K-12 can be directly traced to the founding of the teacher’s unions and the US. Dept of Educ in 1978. The nearby Cato institute chart illustrates that the only thing increasing in education is spending. Reading, science and math scores are flat or declining. Academically, America is falling further and further behind the developed world while at the same time, spending more per pupil than any country on the face of the earth…..US performance hasn’t budged in a decade. For 2012, U.S. students placed 26th in math.. and 17th in reading and 21st in science, close to the average.”

KIM’S DISASTER North Korea nuclear tunnel COLLAPSES ‘killing at least 200 people’ amid fears of a massive radioactive leak

WOW!!! “A TUNNEL at an underground N Korea nuclear site has collapsed with up to 200 people killed, according to reports.The collapse happened at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country on Oct 10.The disaster has prompted fears of a massive radioactive leak which could spark a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-style disaster. A N Korean official said the collapse happened during the construction of an underground tunnel. Some 100 people are said to have been trapped by the initial tunnel collapse, with a further 100 lost in a second collapse during a rescue operation.The accident is believed to have been caused by Kim Joing-un’s sixth nuclear test on March 3 which weakened the mountain, according to the report.”

It’s Starting To Look Like Putin’s Real Goal Was To Drive Americans Crazy — And Guess Who’s Helping

Interesting Take!! “What if Russia’s goal in its machinations before the Nov election wasn’t to get Trump elected, but to sow discord and dissent in the U.S.? If that’s the case, Russia’s investment has paid off handsomely, and blame for that rests not with Trump, but his political enemies.In an interview with Politico, Obama admin Clapper said that “The Russians succeeded, I believe, beyond their wildest expectations. Their first objective in the election was to sow discontent, discord and disruption in our political life, and they have succeeded to a fare-thee-well.”He went on to say “they have accelerated, amplified the polarization and the divisiveness in this country, and they’ve undermined our democratic system. They wanted to create doubt in the minds of the public about our government and about our system, and they succeeded to a fare-thee-well.”


Must Read! “2 former Trump campaign staffers pled not guilty to evading taxes on millions of dollars over a period of years and a litany of other charges sought by Mueller that appear wholly unrelated to the alleged Russian intervention in last year’s election that he was commissioned to investigate. Manafort and Richard Gates were arraigned in federal court and released on a $10 million bond and a $5 million bond…Trump tweeted his disgust at the indictments“Sorry, but this is years ago, before Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Democrats the focus?” .. “there is NO COLLUSION!”Recent news indicate at least one Democrat, “power lobbyist” Tony Podesta, has been under Mueller’s microscope…abruptly resigned yesterday from the Podesta Group.”

Nickens: Rick Kriseman’s ultra partisan campaign is a turn-off

Well put! “Rick Baker has never met Pres.Trump. He has never contributed money to Trump’s campaign or attended a Trump campaign event…Yet Mayor Kriseman’s campaign against the former mayor is centered on tying Trump around Baker’s neck. Never mind this is a nonpartisan race as defined by the city charter that Kriseman swore to uphold when he took office. Never mind there is nothing to tie Baker to Trump besides their Republican Party affiliation.The Fl Democrat Party recently sent to my house a mailer with pictures of Trump and Baker – and of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with his quote, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Baker is supported by Sevell Brown, the former pres of the SCLC chap in St. Pete. Baker decisively won the poor, black neighborhoods of Midtown in the primary.”

George Washington, Un-American

Unbelievable! “When George Washington’s memory has been deemed “unacceptable” to Americans, will America still exist?

In the fundamental transformation of any nation, there will be a moment that stands as the symbolic termination of that nation as anything recognizable, and the beginning of a completely new nation unrelated to the old except in name. EG, you will know England is over when Shakespeare is no longer taught or studied, but has been officially rejected as an elitist remnant of the nation’s sexist, racist past. Likewise, America will be over when she no longer recognizes Washington as the prototypical national hero. Did I say “will be over”? Sorry, perhaps I should have said “is over.”For the church pew where Washington and his family sat .. is about to be cleansed of the first family’s once-honored memory, their plaque removed..”

State Attorney: I’m Reconsidering Criminal Charges in St. Pete Sewage Spills

Wow! “Bad timing for St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. Less than 12 days from Election Day, Kriseman learns Pinellas and Pasco State Atty Bernie McCabe “will reconsider criminal charges associated with sewage dumps over the past two years in St. Pete.”According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, McCabe said he will base his decision on a Fl Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comm (FWC) report recommending 89 felonies and 103 first-degree misdemeanors against the city. Add to this, news of a far larger sewage spill during Hurricane Irma than first was reported: Instead of 430,000 gallons, the revised figure was 15.5 million gallons of partially treated sewage, all flushed underground.”

Maybe Speaker Corcoran Can Get Union Hands off Taxpayers’ Money

Time to stop wasting taxpayer money! “Maybe Corcoran can apply his transparency legislation this session to stop local governments allowing unions to rip off taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars.The Fl House speaker just said he’s looking to promote “conservative principles of transparency” throughout state government. What better time, then, to look at the “blatant misuse of taxpayer money,” as the James Madison Institute (JMI) calls it — paying local government employees to conduct union business during work hours without loss of pay?..It’s all explained in a JMI policy brief, “Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime.”What the brief says is, even though Fl is a right-to-work state — meaning no employee can be forced to join a union in order to get a job — Fl municipalities give public employee unions access to millions of taxpayer dollars each year in the form of release time.”

Newt Gingrich: The Clintons started the so-called Russian collusion scandal and may be destroyed by it

Newt’s take! “The Left has been desperately working for months to find any shred of evidence that Trump had even the slightest connection to Russia during the pres campaign. Despite having the full support of their friends in the media, they have consistently failed to find anything substantive.At first, I assumed the liberal elites were simply driven by their inability to accept that the Am people elected Trump. Now, I have another theory: The Trump-Russia story is meant to serve as a pure distraction aimed at masking real corruption by the Clinton pol machine… while Hillary was Sec of State, a Kremlin-linked bank paid her husband hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also during her tenure as top diplomat, Canadian and Russian business execs directed many millions more to the Clinton Found.”

400 Scientific Papers Undermine Global Warming, and That’s Just for This Year

Must Read! “According to an outspoken university biologist and author, at least 400 scientific papers have been written this year alone that raise serious doubts regarding the theory that recent changes in the Earth’s climate are primarily caused by rising carbon dioxide emissions. Writing for his blog, NoTricksZone, Brown U biology prof Kenneth R. Miller explained that the papers both question the climate change “consensus” touted by left-wing politicians and mainstream media — and also make it clear “that there are significant limitations and uncertainties inherent in our understanding of climate and climate changes.”

WATCH: Confidential Informant Was Told Obama Received FBI’s Report On Russian Crimes

Wow! “The lawyer for the confidential informant who helped the FBI gather evidence that Russian nuclear officials engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering, says that her client was told that the FBI’s report documenting the crimes was included in former President Barack Obama’s daily briefing. Toensing confirmed to Hannity on Tues night that it appears as though Mueller, Rosenstein, Comey, Obama, and Holder all knew about the FBI evidence that Russian officials were engaged in criminal activities to corner the market on uranium.“My client was told this information,” Toensing said. “Now whether the Bureau was bluffing, I don’t think so, because they were very specific, they said ‘the briefing made it into Obama’s daily briefing papers’ so I don’t think they made that up.”