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greetings and salutations. this week the united states observer is observing the seventeenth anniversary of the tragic september morning when the fate of four planes changed the world as we know it september the eleventh is and will continue to be one of the most tragic horrific and controversial days not only in u.s. history but world history as well more than three thousand lives were lost that day along with hundreds maybe even thousands more in the days and years that followed thanks to the toxic dust and debris that hung in the air around ground zero in lower manhattan like a virus and the aftermath the blame was laid upon osama bin laden and the terrorist group al qaeda the war on terror commenced military budgets bloom to countless more innocent lives were lost this week as the out of mercy of nine eleven is observed the world's eyes are focused on the syrian city of the of it as syrian forces back syrian forces backed by russia are prepared to liberate the city from the terrorist
groups and rebel groups that control it terrorist groups that are predominantly made up of al qaida and their affiliates you see it lead to a city of around three million people was seized according the los angeles times by al qaida and their allies back in two thousand and fifteen and represents the last major city held by the terrorists in the seven year long quagmire that has been the war in syria. but you'd never know that if you looked at the headlines today from the economist all the way to the new york times they all refer to the forces holding it simply as syrian rebels but as a journalist right here colic and others have pointed out it's the seventeenth anniversary of nine eleven and the media has honored it by referring to al qaeda as largest affiliate in history and syria's and leave as rebels and mourning their looming defeat. so they're all were mourning the defeat of al qaeda
remember folks the constructed enemy of your propped up anime is still ultimately your enemy and you would know that if you were always watching. the. real thing. as it were the bottom. like you know that i got. this. welcome aboard to watch the hawks i am tyrell the turks and have a fly list so how about the incredible day obviously. but wow really we're backing al-qaeda now that's apparently what we do.
i mean you see though this cycle that you know it's interesting to live through an entire cycle of this and obviously it's something that other people have talked about from vietnam war into again the iraq war where they're seeing people about what they were fighting now become leader is and deaf acto the victim and the fight against terrorism. yeah i don't know how to sort of i. i get really upset and i get that it's it's that thing where you can't get you trying to get your emotions involved in it you try to look at it intellectually but then you look at it intellectually and in this situation it's even more infuriating when you look at it intellectually. so you know we said there's a lot of you know there are. a seat at the philly. and these are mostly things that the groups that grew out of out of and what happened during the iraq war and sort of have spread throughout obviously you know it's sort of. like starbucks not to
have in every corner that it's terrorist groups and the u.n. doesn't made a terrorist group that was formally known as. you know a new shura because obviously the u.s. government wants to give them lots of guns all the time to get their help which again. it's a strange thing to go. and they're said to be digging in and they don't want to leave though you know there's but. one person's and i mean you say you know someone else is that one person's terrorist is someone else's freedom fighter but they're not fighting for anybody's freedom they're taking it away from the people. exactly correct i mean look do you remember the washington post reporting the latest version of al nusra. and its partners of actually erected gallo's around it lead province for the public execution of traitors and anyone who wants to negotiate an exit of the city like you said they're digging in now from what i understand they control like sixty percent of a lot of the city about three million people and what i understand the history of
it is the kind of what came. in the initial like we don't want you know we're going to you know rebelling against assad's government they kind of came in took over because they were the biggest baddest on the block being al qaida. have been you know. running the city into the ground ever since you know there was an amnesty international report that documented the. armed forces controlling the cities of love and then as we knew before aleppo. it was titled torture was my punishment abductions torture and summary killings under armed group rule in aleppo in syria the amnesty report says that armed groups opposing the syrian government have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law including abductions torture and summary killings. of the people that we're go to war if they're killed in this huge fire for what we're not supposed to care about the
millions of people who are stuck in this situation and being held and that's what bothers me because you know god forbid if it's some sort of mildly socialist leader or somewhere in south america who just wants people to be able to you know not. ruined by you know corporations or governments these people need to be these are just their dirty dirty rebels and they don't want them in there and they're you know opposition it's all negative connotation and yet in this one you're saying. because helping a terrorist and training them to be even worse to fight after someone else has never a bit nuts exact with osama bin laden. it's kind of the big watch thing circles around. you would quickly you know you you lived you were in new york and you were one of the people there this character right with you what do you think of the tape so i mean i would. you know believe me i am i am very anti-war and part of because i don't when you see that when you see the pain and when you
you know it's it was it was one of those things that there's just like collective mourning. that you never you never want to see it again but it also makes you realize that there is a moment where i had at that time it was my israeli friends it was my egyptian friends it was a lot of my friends who lived in places where they grew up seeing things like car bombs and people dying and that it wasn't all that you know they were the one. help me through it because they said this happens every day like i've been through this i know what you're doing and that made me realize that what we were experiencing what you can do with it is to help those people who have it even worse. before we preach or more. before. while the rest of the healthier civilized world practices some level of socialized medicine we are in the united states to continue to plow our way forward down the rugged and randian path of privatized health care despite the fact that the united states has the highest rate
of deaths amenable to health care among comparable countries meaning deaths that could have been prevented with proper health care that doesn't stop their whole care industry from still worshipping the almighty dollar over there have a crowd of goats so it has even more startling numbers for you. a recent study by the moran company found that one in five hospitals in the us spike medication prices by at least seven hundred percent this means that if a hospital purchased this medication for the cost of one hundred fifty dollars that cost for the patient could be up to one thousand and fifty dollars in some instances that markup was even higher one in twelve hospitals mark up the drugs over a thousand percent this is important as drug prices continue to rise president trump has already addressed the issue in may of this year trump released american patients first the plan to lower drug prices and reduce patient out of pocket costs american drug companies spend millions of dollars in lobbying and according to the
center for responsive politics just last year their lobbying efforts totaled a staggering one hundred seventy one point five million dollars the moran company also noted that almost fifty percent of medicare hospitals in the us participate in the three forty drug pricing program this was created in one thousand nine hundred two to help vulnerable or uninsured patients access prescription medicines at safety net facilities. now according to the study the average mark up at three forty b. hospitals the hospital's out of discounted prices on covered outpatient drugs is likely higher and could be the cause for driving up health care costs and given the state of the opioid crisis president trump is calling on the justice department to bring a federal lawsuit against big pharma companies who are abusing the law very very troubling because what's happening with drugs in this country and throat world but in our country is discreet and we can stop it we can certainly make a big dent and with the overprescription of antibiotics and medicare discounts
a group of hospitals are pushing their way into big pharma with our x. the new nonprofit generic drug company that's taking initiative to offer generic prescriptions at a cheaper cost their priority lies in making drugs that have been on the f.d.a. shortage list and those that have higher prices because they have no competition now according to the journal of the american medical association brand name drugs make up a whopping seventy two percent of drug spending across the u.s. but as concerns continue to grow over the rising drug prices we may be seeing more hospitals turning to the not for profit generic drug company in washington thera montecito r t. one. to stop the cost to produce resold across rejoice because one hundred per cent higher than what they paid is highway robbery no there are bugs of the room member
back in the ninety's when it came out the hospitals were charging one hundred dollars for aspirin. nothing strange they just got better at it they figured out even better ways as they charge a ridiculous amounts for simple things to it seventy five eighty five eighty five one hundred dollars for sale. for a white for those you really look at your bill when you go in the hospital and astronomical it's a room and again it speaks to i'm sorry you can call me a dirty evil socialist but the day i'm sorry. life liberty the pursuit of happiness you can't have liberty and the pursuit of happiness without life you can't have life without proper health care and right now we're failing at that our privatized version of the system has failed it's done it's dead what more evidence do we need at this point doesn't work i mean. no i mean i'm just going to say i mean look at you know we have more and more health problems in this country
than we did twenty years ago yes we have more obesity more heart disease more and you know what the only thing we can get the f.d.a. or anybody to do about it is to complain about coconut oil. you know i mean that's where you're concerned. people who literally are dying of cancer left and right and for entire families being taken out more worried about coke and i don't know let me drop this on really quickly because these numbers are pretty incredible to when you look at the rising cost of health care i mean the united states health care spending is projected to rise five point three percent and twenty eighteen the u.s. centers for medicare and medicaid services estimated twenty seven thousand spending was a four point six climbed nearly three point five trillion and i was going to jump up to five and it gets even worse yes because what they're saying is there's a lot of numbers in between but ultimately what what's coming out is the c.m.s. projected that by twenty twenty six health care spending is projected that it will reach five point seven trillion trillion with
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our disdain become educated and engaged because betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart. just to look for common ground. peering into the abyss the syrian arab army is determined to liberate good live and to eliminate the terrorists they are essentially ending this international proxy the us and its regional allies are dead set against this why is the trumping ministration siding with terror. free speech in the united states delicate thing despite being and trying that our
very first amendment to the constitution currently the debate over free speech on social media platforms is reached a boil politicians like mike warner out of virginia been putting the pressure on social media companies to clean up their act and just recently social media giants like twitter and facebook are once again that called in front of congress to answer to what they're doing to police political speech on their platforms in order to protect the supposed thank to be of the midterms from evil russian mediums recently in august tyrol sat down with famed journalist and writer for rolling stone matt to discuss his article on the slippery slope of social media censorship and government pressure that is driven facebook into the arms of the atlantic council take a listen to the corporate policing of free speech. and political content it kind of as metaphor of the self you know recently with kind of facebook executives teaming up with a group of the atlantic council to decide you know what is fake news and bad political speech and what is good news and good political speech. how many different ways is
this a really bad idea it's it's unbelievably scary and. even if you take the worst case scenario view of what happened in two thousand and sixteen with russian meddling. this is a separate. and extremely terrifying political development that has been going on for a long time even in the. and lee again of the russia story because a huge part of what's happening now with this whole situation with facebook zapping sites that you know some think tank full of x. see the people like the atlantic council that would would not be possible had not. the news landscape been extremely concentrated in the hands of the century two actors now would like seventy plus percent of the district distribution of news in this country is either facebook or google so if you have a government. group meeting with facebook to decide what news to distribute and
what not that's essentially like a you know a government run censorship program and we've never had anything even close to that except in wartime in this country and this is this is it's an extraordinary development and there's a there's a lack of. like a lot of things is i think there's a lack of an ability to see the forest for the trees here because you know down the road you know having the white house and the congress meet with facebook decide what news we see i mean this is pretty fast and that's last was so frightening and you know. given the you know the i don't think we ever really saw this coming or we didn't read again lack of foresight that you know when you suddenly had facebook the internet you know social media pro you don't chat group you know all of that kind of come up in this kind of unrestrained free speech at the market i don't think anyone predicted it would get to the level that was out today even back then . how is that changed how we need to view the first amendment because normally
first amendment is that protects free speech from government you know government can't tell you what you can or can't say. allows private industry which is you know facebook snapshot all these and they can decide what you can or can't say to start a group private industry how do we keep free speech if suddenly corporations are going to decide what is a pretty speech well it's a very important question i think. one of the things that people need to understand is we had we had a pretty decently functioning system for a long time in this country that was based on the idea that bad or noxious or libelous or defamatory speech we dealt with in a very specific way through litigation we deliberately set the bar very high to prove what libel or defamation was going back to like nine hundred sixty four. but when the internet came along we created a carve out for internet companies and we essentially the law is called the
communications decency act i think and this law basically says that you cannot hold an internet carrier responsible for the defamation or the libel that takes place on your platform so that means is all this speech flowered on all these platforms and you can't sue the companies for it so it created the shield for defamatory libelous fake speech everything right. and people are now overreacting in the other direction they're saying there's no natural. way to go back and suppress this so now we need to just appeal to them to be been a benevolent censors for us and that's the really dangerous thing would be if it goes all the way to the point of asking facebook to start working with the government to decide what is and isn't isn't that that's bad it is about it is bad and it's interesting because it's like it feels like we were talking
a little bit about before it feels like everything involving russia is now this kind of catch all it's a lot like al qaeda was right after nine eleven that it's pretty much like any any neat thing we were thinking no need to them but you know it's terrible for us that was would like you know we want to kind of use the russia name and use that fear to been passed something through internet free speech everyone's talking but i think we need to kind of rein that in maybe we can you know i don't know if this is the direct thought butt. you know there's that kind of thing of like maybe now we can use this kind of russia thing to help rein that him because we're scaring these platforms is essentially central self-censorship yeah absolutely it's it's analogous you know the. after nine eleven you had the pentagon the security state they had all these things that they probably wanted forever right they wanted to be able look in our libraries searching histories they wanted to be able to do warrantless the tension they wanted to be able to do enhanced interrogation they wanted to do drone attacks all this stuff they want to go to war
without having to ask congress. and they got it up because people were terrified after nine eleven and this is so you know it's obviously politically a completely different situation but it's similar in the sense that all you have to do is really add russia to the equation and it's it's sort of an instant freakout. and i think facebook. was so terrified of the public relations consequences of being tied to this political story that they you know they turtled and now we have this very dangerous situation we're. money type media distributor is working and with the government and that would never happened you know three years ago people would have been up in arms about it but here we are . you know we're it is this is go you know because it's like all you see is this
kind of condensing down you know ok we have like to google and facebook are now controlling free speech you know you see you know what's five companies now only all of the media i mean it's just this complete condensing down is there do you think we're going to get past this is there hope do you think that we're going to break out of this of some point i don't know because what would what it would require is some kind of anti-monopoly like a you know and i trust action against these companies and i don't really see that on the horizon. i think that. you need a lot of political bravery and what i was really worried about i saw this like a bird hearings earlier this year i wrote about this you know the only person. who brought up the idea of an antitrust action during that entire hearing was lindsey graham. and everybody else what they seem more anxious to do was use facebook's monopolistic power rather than split it up or diminish it and i think that's that's where we're at we're in this dangerous place where these two gigantic companies
that have you know essentially a stranglehold on information not just in america but all over the world rather than try to diminish that power that we have politicians who are anxious to use it and that that should be something that scares everybody i do think some of the problem that we were facing today is that you know we're getting a lot of our leaders political leaders even a lot of the executives and media organizations what it is that everyone is kind of looking two years down the road or the next election cycle down the road rather than thinking in terms of like what happens fifty years from now right yeah no i think that's. it's it's a it's a common problem that's going on across politics right now which is that people are not thinking about the long term implications of things you know these sort of embrace surveyable it's tools right leg where does that lead if we let that go on you know unimpeded without any oversight for another twenty years you know like are
they going to continue to sort of push the envelope on what they're allowed to do what they're not allowed to do like people aren't realizing how quickly things can develop in a negative direction because america has never really had the experience of sliding into full blown to you know totalitarianism or something like that but the technical ability for something like that to happen is there you know and i think that people need to worry about that it was a snowden so it's turnkey dictatorship is kind of already on the books i just haven't had the group come in to really do it right right it's it's there it's there it's possible and all it would take would is a little bit more acquiescence from the population on some on some key issues and this frankly to me this is a big one like the censorship one like it happened last week and it was almost like the entire media landscape just sort of shrugged about it and i was amazed by that it is it is truly amazing last i want to ask you september is coming up which
actually i think marks the ten year anniversary of two thousand and eight crashing when lehman brothers fell or it was september fourteenth or fifteenth or whatever was yeah it was out of the yeah yeah i mean it was going on since two thousand and eleven but that's kind of the ten year mark. what have we learned in the last ten years from the bottle nothing yeah yeah and that and i've been hearing i've been hearing about this for about a year now that a lot of the same behaviors that we saw prior to two thousand and eight with the mortgage markets are going on in some other markets you're seeing you know an explosion of commercial lending instead of instead of mortgage backed c.d.o. as you're seeing. commercial loans with c.l. lows this time corporate borrowing has just now gone above the levels the preachy thousand and eight levels that we have it once again a giant pile of leverage just sitting atop the economy. you know it maybe they'll have more of a read on it this time and it won't happen but i think the failure to really
institute appropriate rules last time creates a lot of the injure it could happen again. while most of the united states has been debating gun laws on the effectiveness and danger danger of concealed carry permits last year texas decided to go old school cone an old school and pass a bill h.b. one nine three five or better known as the sword and carry bill introduced by texas state representative republican john for low yes age b. one nine three five legalizing texas residents right to carry and public swords and knives specifically any knives whose blades are longer than five point five inches this list includes the legendary jim bowie knife dagger stilettos throwing nice machete swords and spears but for all you large birds and knife aficionados you can't just take them anywhere your swords and bowie knives are still banned in schools universities airports racetracks hospitals nursing homes amusement parks religious buildings just to name a few of the places on the very very long list so the next time you find yourself
in texas and you seize on karen at three broadsword just around bar there can be only on. one no never move but like texas was so hungry to carry a sword i mean it seems overly long less so people know that's a sword free zone don't you think there's going to that's where the. i mean i'm just. sort of brit so nursing homes or even some of tell you about to bring a broad sort of members legal right out of his first chauffeur did it hurt remember everyone in this world we're not told or love that of sorts or you well i love you i am i robot and i'm part of the lawless people watching dogs another great day of night everybody.
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