Wednesday, May 24, 2017

United Healthcare Doctored Medicare Records, Overbilled U.S. By $1 Billion, Feds Claim


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The Justice Department on Tuesday accused giant insurer UnitedHealth Group of overcharging the federal government by more than $1 billion through its Medicare Advantage plans.

In a 79-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, the Justice Department alleged that the insurer made patients appear sicker than they were in order to collect higher Medicare payments than it deserved. The government said it had “conservatively estimated” that the company “knowingly and improperly avoided repaying Medicare” for more than a billion dollars over the course of the decade-long scheme.

“To ensure that the program remains viable for all beneficiaries, the Justice Department remains tireless in its pursuit of Medicare fraud perpetrated by healthcare providers and insurers,” said acting U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Brown for the Central District of California, in a statement announcing the suit. “The primary goal of publicly funded healthcare programs like Medicare is to provide high-quality medical services to those in need — not to line the pockets of participants willing to abuse the system.”

Tuesday’s filing is the second time that the Justice Department has intervened to support a whistleblower suing UnitedHealth under the federal False Claims Act. Earlier this month, the government joined a similar case brought by California whistleblower James Swoben in 2009. Swoben, a medical data consultant, also alleges that UnitedHealth overbilled Medicare.

The case joined on Tuesday was first filed in 2011 by Benjamin Poehling, a former finance director for the UnitedHealth division that oversees Medicare Advantage Plans. Under the False Claims Act, private parties can sue on behalf of the federal government and receive a share of any money recovered.

UnitedHealth is the nation’s biggest Medicare Advantage operator covering about 3.6 million patients in 2016, when Medicare paid the company $56 billion, according to the complaint.

Medicare Advantage plans are private insurance plans offered as an alternative to traditional fee-for-service option.

Medicare pays the health plans using a complex formula called a risk score, which is supposed to pay higher rates for sicker patients than for people in good health. But waste and overspending tied to inflated risk scores has repeatedly been cited by government auditors, including the Government Accountability Office. A series of articles published in 2014 by the Center for Public Integrity concluded that improper payments linked to jacked-up risk scores have cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

Tuesday’s court filing argues that UnitedHealth repeatedly ignored findings from its own auditors that risk scores were often inflated — and warnings by officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — that it was responsible for ensuring the billings it submitted were accurate.

UnitedHealth denied wrongdoing and said it would contest the case.

“We are confident our company and our employees complied with the government’s Medicare Advantage program rules, and we have been transparent with CMS about our approach under its unclear policies,” UnitedHealth spokesman Matt Burns said in a statement.

Burns went on to say that the Justice Department “fundamentally misunderstands or is deliberately ignoring how the Medicare Advantage program works. We reject these claims and will contest them vigorously.”

A spokesman for CMS, which has recently faced congressional criticism for lax oversight of the program, declined comment.

Central to the government’s case is UnitedHealth’s aggressive effort, starting in 2005, to review millions of patient records to look for missed revenue. These reviews often uncovered payment errors, sometimes too much and sometimes too little. The Justice Department contends that UnitedHealth typically notified Medicare only when it was owed money.

UnitedHealth “turned a blind eye to the negative results of those reviews showing hundreds of thousands of unsupported diagnoses that it had previously submitted to Medicare, according to the suit.

Justice lawyers also argue that UnitedHealth executives knew as far back as 2007 that they could not produce medical records to validate about 1 in 3 medical conditions Medicare paid UnitedHealth’s California plans to cover. In 2009, federal auditors found about half the diagnoses were invalid at one of its plans.

The lawsuit cites more than a dozen examples of undocumented medical conditions, from chronic hepatitis to spinal cord injuries. At one medical group, auditors reviewed records of 126 patients diagnosed with spinal injuries. Only two were verified, according to the complaint.

The Justice Department contends that invalid diagnoses can cause huge losses to Medicare. For instance, UnitedHealth allegedly failed to notify the government of at least 100,000 diagnoses it knew were unsupported based on reviews in 2011 and 2012. Those cases alone generated $190 million in overpayments, according to the suit.

While Medicare Advantage has grown in popularity and now treats nearly 1 in 3 elderly and disabled Medicare patients, its inner workings have remained largely opaque.

CMS officials for years have refused to make public financial audits of Medicare Advantage insurers, even as they have released similar reviews of payments made to doctors, hospitals and other medical suppliers participating in traditional Medicare.

But Medicare Advantage audits obtained by the Center for Public Integrity through a court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show that payment errors — typically overpayments — are common.

All but two of 37 Medicare Advantage plans examined in a 2007 audit were overpaid — often by thousands of dollars per patient. Overall, just 60 percent of the medical conditions health plans were paid to cover could be verified. The 2007 audits are the only ones that have been made public.

CMS officials are conducting more of these audits, called Risk Adjustment Data Validation, or RADV. But results are years overdue.

KHN’s coverage related to aging & improving care of older adults is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Categories: Health Industry, Medicare

Tags: Medicare Advantage

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Tab For Single Payer In California Could Cost $400 Billion

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A proposed single-payer health system in California would cost about $400 billion annually, with up to half of that money coming from a new payroll tax on workers and employers, according to a state analysis.


The report by the state Senate Appropriations Committee, issued Monday, put a price tag for the first time on legislation that would make the state responsible for providing health coverage to all 39 million Californians. The state-run system would supplant existing employer health insurance in California, as well as coverage through public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare.

One of the chief obstacles to the legislation, Senate Bill 562, is the prospect of higher taxes. It also has exposed deep divisions among Democrats over whether now is the time to pursue single-payer — just as the Affordable Care Act comes under attack from Republicans in Washington. At a hearing Monday, one Democratic legislator questioned whether the state can effectively manage a universal health care system.

The legislative analysis estimates a total annual cost of $400 billion to enact the Healthy California program for all residents, regardless of their immigration status. Use Our Content
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To put that in perspective, about $367 billion was spent on health care last year statewide, including public and private spending by employers and consumers, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Legislative analysts said federal, state and local taxpayer funding of about $200 billion a year for existing programs could be available to offset the overall tab of $400 billion for universal coverage. But additional tax revenue would be needed to foot the other half of the cost, according to the report, which raised the possibility of a 15 percent payroll tax on earned income.

Of course, the shift to a single-payer system should reduce current spending on health insurance by employers and workers, so those savings could offset some of the new taxes, the analysts said. The report estimated that employers and employees in California spend $100 billion to $150 billion a year now on health insurance and medical care.

“Total new spending required under the bill would be between $50 billion and $100 billion per year,” the report said.

The Senate analysis noted that all of its projections were “subject to enormous uncertainty” because the bill would mark “unprecedented change in a large health care market.”

A single-payer system likely “would be more efficient in delivering health care,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. (California Healthline is produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.)

But the proposal expands coverage to all and eliminates premiums, copayments and deductibles for enrollees, and that would cost more money, Levitt said. “You can bet that opponents will highlight the 15 percent tax, even though there are also big premium savings for employers and individuals,” he added.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), a chief sponsor of the legislation, said the present system is unsustainable because health spending continues to grow faster than the overall economy, making coverage unaffordable for too many people.

Lara touted the potential savings from creating a public plan with greater bargaining power and cutting out the administrative overhead and profits of private health insurers acting as middlemen.

Overall, many of the details behind California’s single-payer proposal remain in flux. Under questioning from fellow lawmakers, Lara said the 15 percent payroll tax is “hypothetical” and “we don’t have a financing mechanism yet for this bill.”

Lara said he has sought a review from researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst into potential funding sources for the measure.

Lara also said there’s no guarantee the Trump administration would grant the federal waivers necessary for California to shift Medicare and Medicaid funding into a single pot for universal health care.

With so many unknowns, the Senate Appropriations Committee didn’t vote on the measure Monday. Backers of the legislation are hopeful for a vote in the full Senate next month and then lawmakers could continue to work on the financial aspects during the summer.

At Monday’s hearing, many consumers pointed to Medicare as a model for how single-payer works now and urged lawmakers to make California the proving ground for how it can succeed at the state level.

Business groups and health insurers spoke out in opposition, saying it would lead to massive disruption and escalating costs. Even if it passes the legislature, California Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t endorsed the idea and new taxes may require a statewide ballot measure, which are always hard-fought campaigns.

The California Chamber of Commerce said the costs would likely be far higher than what was projected and the taxes imposed on employers would trigger major job losses.

State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), a member of the Appropriations panel, expressed similar concerns. “The impact on employers will be astounding,” Nielsen said. “How can you say this will be fiscally prudent for the state? The state has never gotten anything right in health care.”

State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) also preached caution, questioning whether state agencies are up to the task. “I don’t want California to move toward a program that is not sustainable and one that we can’t manage,” Bradford said.

Other states have taken a close look at single-payer and balked. Colorado voters rejected a ballot measure last year that would have used payroll taxes to fund a near-universal coverage system.

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation.

Categories: California Healthline, Insurance, States

Tags: California State Assembly, Legislation

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Thank You Mr Terhune and KHN. 

Putting A Lid On Waste: Needless Medical Tests Not Only Cost $200 Billion -They Can Do Harm





It’s common knowledge in medicine: Doctors routinely order tests on hospital patients that are unnecessary and wasteful. Sutter Health, a giant hospital chain in Northern California, thought it had found a simple solution.

The Sacramento-based health system deleted the button physicians used to order daily blood tests. “We took it out and couldn’t wait to see the data,” said Ann Marie Giusto, a Sutter Health executive.

Alas, the number of orders hardly changed. That’s because the hospital’s medical-records software “has this cool ability to let you save your favorites,” Giusto said at a recent presentation to other hospital executives and physicians. “It had become a habit.”

There are plenty of opportunities to trim waste in America’s $3.4 trillion health care system — but, as the Sutter example illustrates, it’s often not as simple as it seems.

Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year.

“The changes that need to be made don’t appear unrealistic, yet they seem to take an awful lot of time,” said Dr. Jeff Rideout, chief executive of the Integrated Healthcare Association, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group that promotes quality improvement. “We’ve been patient for too long.”

In California, that sense of frustration has led three of the state’s biggest health care purchasers to band together to promote care that’s safer and more cost-effective. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the Covered California insurance exchange and the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal — which collectively serve more than 15 million patients — are leading the initiative.

Progress may be slow, but there have been some encouraging signs. In San Diego, for instance, the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group said it cut unnecessary lab tests by more than 10 percent by educating both doctors and patients about overuse.

A large public hospital, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, eliminated preoperative testing deemed superfluous before routine cataract surgery. As a result, patients on average received the surgery six months sooner.

These efforts were sparked by the Choosing Wisely campaign, a national effort launched in 2012 by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. The group asked medical societies to identify at least five common tests or procedures that often provide little benefit.

The campaign, also backed by Consumer Reports, encourages medical providers to hand out wallet-sized cards to patients with questions they should ask to determine whether they truly need a procedure.

Critics have knocked Choosing Wisely for playing it too safe and not going after some of the more lucrative procedures, such as certain spine operations and arthroscopic knee surgeries.

Daniel Wolfson, chief operating officer at the ABIM Foundation, said the Choosing Wisely campaign has been successful at starting a national conversation about unwarranted care. “I think we need massive change and that takes 15 years,” Wolfson said.

The state effort, dubbed Smart Care California, is in the early stages as well.

Initially, the group has focused on cutting the number of elective cesarean sections, reducing opioid use and avoiding overtreatment for patients suffering low-back pain. In its contract with health insurers, the Covered California exchange requires that their in-network providers meet a range of quality standards, including low C-section rates.

Dr. Richard Sun, co-chairman of the Smart Care group and a medical consultant at CalPERS, said he’s pursuing safer, more affordable treatments for low-back pain, a condition that cost the state agency $107 million in 2015. “One challenge is developing metrics that everyone can agree upon to measure improvement,” he said.

For patients, overtreatment can be more than a minor annoyance. Galen Gunther, a 59-year-old from Oakland, said that during treatment for colorectal cancer a decade ago he was subjected needlessly to repeated blood draws, often because the doctors couldn’t get their hands on earlier results. Later, he said, he was overexposed to radiation, leaving him permanently scarred.

“Every doctor I saw wanted to run the same tests, over and over again,” Gunther said. “Nobody wanted to take responsibility for that.”

At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, officials said that economic incentives still drive hospitals to think that more is better.

“We have excellent patient outcomes, but it’s at a very high cost,” said Dr. Harry Sax, executive vice chairman for surgery at Cedars-Sinai. “There is still a continued financial incentive to do that test, do that procedure and do something more.”

In addition to financial motives, Sax said, many physicians still practice defensive medicine out of fear of malpractice litigation. Also, some patients and their families expect antibiotics to be prescribed for a sore throat or a CT scan for a bump on the head.

To cut down on needless care, Cedars-Sinai arranged for doctors to be alerted electronically when they ordered tests or drugs that run contrary to 18 Choosing Wisely recommendations.

The hospital analyzed alerts from 26,424 patient encounters from 2013 to 2016. All of the guidelines were followed in 6 percent of those cases, or 1,591 encounters.

Sax said Cedars-Sinai studied the rate of complications, readmissions, length of stay and direct cost of care among the patients in whose cases the guidelines were followed and compared those outcomes with cases where adherence was less than 50 percent.

In the group that didn’t follow the guidelines, patients had a 14 percent higher incidence of readmission and 29 percent higher risk of complications. Those complications and longer stays increased the cost of care by 7 percent, according to the hospital.

In 2013, the first year of implementation of Choosing Wisely guidelines, Cedars-Sinai said it avoided $6 million in medical spending.

For perspective, Cedars-Sinai is one the largest hospitals in the nation with $3.3 billion in revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30. It reported net income of $301 million.

In Northern California, Sutter has incorporated more than 130 Choosing Wisely recommendations as part of a broader effort to reduce variation in care. In all, Sutter said, it has saved about $66 million since 2011.

That’s a significant sum. However, during the same period, Sutter reported $2.7 billion in profits. Last year alone, it posted an operating profit of $554 million on revenue of nearly $12 billion.

Giusto said her team of employees tasked with changing physician behavior and eliminating these variations is separate from administrators who are focused on maximizing reimbursement. She said there can be conflicting forces within a hospital.

“We get real excited about a project with [emergency department] doctors on reducing CT scans for abdominal pain,” said Giusto, director of Sutter’s office of patient experience. “Then I can hear the administration say that was a fee-for-service patient. I just lost money, right?”

Giusto meets with doctors to present data on how many tests or prescriptions they order and how that compares to others. At one clinic, she shared slides showing that some doctors were ordering more than 70 opioid pills at a time while others prescribed fewer than 20. In response, Sutter set a goal of 28 tablets in hopes of reducing opioid abuse.

“Most of the physicians changed,” Giusto said. “But there were still two who said, ‘Screw it. I’m going to keep doing it.’”

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation.

Categories: Cost and Quality, Health Industry

Tags: Electronic Health Records, Hospitals


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Has Seen A Terror Attack Attempted In Europe Every 9 Days


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London mayor, Sadiq Khan says terror attacks ‘part and parcel’ of living in a major city.

Via Breitbart:

Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia have witnessed terror attacks or attempted attacks every nine days in 2017 on average, analysis of security incidents has revealed.

Since January, around 45 people have been killed by mostly Islamic terrorists, while hundreds have been injured. The only known incident not linked to jihadism in 2017 was the attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team by a Russian-German national attempting to profit from short-selling stock in the company.

Attacks and attempted attacks have taken place in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Germany.

Security services in Britain — population 65 million — are known to be tracking 3,500 potential terror suspects or persons posing a threat. Meanwhile Belgium, with its population of just 12 million, is tracking around 18,000 potential jihadists.

A further minimum of 14 terror attacks have occurred in Turkey in 2017, a NATO member country currently being considered for European Union membership.

Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia have witnessed terror attacks or attempted attacks every nine days in 2017 on average, analysis of security incidents has revealed.

Keep reading…

Thank You Breitbart and Huck Funn.

Youngest Victim In Manchester Terror Attack Was 8 Years Old

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Horrific.
Via Daily Mail:

Eight-year-old victim Saffie Roussos has been described as ‘simply beautiful’.
Chris Upton, the headteacher of her school, Tarleton Community Primary, said: ‘The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.’
It continued: ‘Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.
‘Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.
‘We are a tight-knit school and wider community and will give each other the support that we need at this difficult time.’

Thank You Nick and Daily Mail. 


"Mere tolerance is the virtue of a man who no longer believes in anything."

G.K. Chesterton.

Homeless Man Had To Pull Nails Out of A Little Girl's Face After Manchester Attack


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Russ ReadPentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter
1:13 PM 05/23/2017


A homeless man who rushed to help the victims of Monday’s terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena said he had to “pull nails” from children’s bodies and faces.

The man, identified only as “Steve,” recounted the harrowing scene to Britain’s ITV news Tuesday. He noted that many of victims were young children covered in blood.

“It’s just instinct to go and help, if someone needed your help and it was children and it was a lot of children with blood all over them and crying and screaming,” Steve said. “We were having to pull nails out of their arms, and a couple out of this little girl’s face.”


‘We had to pull nails out of children’s faces’: Steve, a homeless man who was sleeping near #Manchester Arena, rushed to help young victims pic.twitter.com/dyxzZpal0Q

— ITV News (@itvnews) May 23, 2017

Steve noted how he and a friend had to hold one victim’s legs up to prevent her from bleeding out after discovering a cut on her side. He said that just because he is homeless, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a “heart.”

Two explosions rocked the arena as concert goers were leaving an Ariana Grande concert Monday night, killing 22 and injuring approximately 50 others. The attacker reportedly detonated his payload outside a ticket kiosk, waiting for the concert to end in apparent attempt to maximize casualties. The use of nails, screws and ball bearings as shrapnel is a hallmark of jihadi terrorist groups.

The Islamic State took responsibility for the attack on Tuesday, saying a “caliphate soldier managed to place a number of devices among a gathering of crusaders in Manchester, and detonated them.”

U.S. officials suspect 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi was responsible for the attack, according to several reports.

Steve noted that he felt it was his responsibility to aid those hurt in the attack.

“It had to be done, you had to help. If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that,” he said.

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Thank You 'Steve. Mr Read and DC.

Trump's Budget Eliminates Funding For U.N. Global Warming Programs

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Michael Bastasch
3:13 PM 05/23/2017



The Trump administration has proposed eliminating nearly $1.6 billion in international programs aimed at promoting green energy and fighting global warming.

That includes providing no funding to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF), which hands out money for programs to adapt or mitigate global warming.

The White House said this proposal is in line with President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “cease payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs.” The budget “fulfills that pledge,” according to budget documents.

The Obama administration gave nearly $1 billion to the GCF in 2016. The Trump administration proposed eliminating that funding, along with zeroing out funding for three other climate programs.

The budget also withdraws funding for the Clean Technology Fund and the Strategic Climate Fund for a savings of $239 million. It would also stop funding the Global Climate Change Initiative, saving taxpayers $362 million.

“America must put the energy needs of American families and businesses first and continue implementing a plan that ensures energy security and economic vitality for decades to come, including by promoting development of the Nation’s vast energy resources,” White House budget documents read.

Trump promised to “cancel” UN global warming payments while on the campaign trail. Trump also promised to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, which the Obama administration joined in 2016.

“We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars. We don’t even know who’s doing what with the money,” Trump said in November.

Trump’s budget makes good on that promise, and Congress is likely to go along with these cuts.

On the other hand, Trump has yet to make a decision on whether or not he’ll keep his promise to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

The White House is split on the issue. European governments and multinational corporations have lobbied the administration to stay in the Paris agreement, which they say may fall apart without U.S. involvement.

Trump is expected to make a decision on Paris this week.



Thank You President Trump, Mr Bastasch, and DC. 


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Prof Who Called Diversity Training A 'Waste of Time' Forced Out

Divide and Conquer. 

Much easier to enslave the serfs once you've got them, and are keeping them, at each other's throats.

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David KraydenContributor
4:07 PM 05/23/2017

The Duke University Divinity School professor who characterized diversity training as a “waste” of time and energy was muscled out of his job, The College Fix reports.

Paul Griffiths told the world last week why he resigned. He became the the focus of harassment from his university colleagues who began disciplinary proceedings against them while the school’s dean banned Griffiths from attending faculty meetings.

The trouble started for the professor when Griffiths suggested that attendance at Racial Equity Institute Phase I Training, scheduled for last March, was hardly worth the effort. The diversity training was advertised as an opportunity to make the divinity school “equitable and anti-racist in its practices and culture.”

Griffiths apparently thought the school already exhibited such a culture, emailing his colleagues, “I exhort you not to attend this training,” Griffiths said on Feb. 6. “Don’t lay waste your time by doing so. It’ll be, I predict with confidence, intellectually flaccid: there’ll be bromides, clichés, and amen-corner rah-rahs in plenty.”

He added that the school had “neither time nor resources to waste. This training is a waste. Please, ignore it.”

Griffiths immediately made himself a prime candidate for diversity re-education as he was accused of being racist and sexist and the object of disciplinary proceedings.

Dean Elaine Heath reprimanded Griffiths for his “inappropriate and unprofessional” message that she said would “humiliate or undermine” the professor who sent the diversity training. invitation.

Griffiths’ dean, Elaine Heath, responded on the listserv that it was “inappropriate and unprofessional” for him to publicly “humiliate or undermine” his colleague who sent the invitation, Prof. Anathea Portier-Young.

Heath wasn’t finished yet. She wrote to Griffith in March: “It is unacceptable for you to refuse to meet with me … Beginning immediately you will not be permitted to attend or participate in faculty meetings or committee meetings … Your continued refusal to meet with me will result in further consequences, including but not limited to the loss of travel and research funds.”

That pushed Griffiths into early retirement.

Griffiths writes in a May 18 Commonwealth Magazine op-ed, “To the University, with Love: Why I Resigned from Duke,” that he was pulling the plug on 34 years in academia. He said his patience was at an end with universities that showed contempt for freedom of though and free speech.

“It’s over because I recently, and freely, resigned my chair in Catholic Theology at Duke University in response to disciplinary actions initiated by my dean and colleagues. Those disciplinary actions, in turn, were provoked by my words: critical and confrontational words spoken to colleagues in meetings; and hot words written in critique of university policies and practices, in support of particular freedoms of expression and thought, and against legal and disciplinary constraints of those freedoms.”

The response among conservative media has been immediate and uncategorically critical of Duke University. “It’s hard to figure out what’s more appalling about this episode: the ease with which powerful faculty members can strip their colleagues of their ability to do their jobs just because those colleagues exercise free speech and don’t sign on to their ideological priorities — or the increasing power of bloated university bureaucracies, especially ‘diversity’ bureaucracies over every facet of existence at a university that is supposed to be devoted to the life of the mind,” writes Weekly Standard contributor Charlotte Allen.

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Thank You Mr Krayden and DC.

Librarians Stock Up On Overdose Antidotes As People Flock To Philadelphia For A Better High

Steve Birr
5:34 PM 05/23/2017



Drug addicts are flocking to Philadelphia to score purer heroin and are using public libraries to shoot up, causing librarians in the city to stockpile the overdose reversal drug Narcan.

Residents are calling the visitors “heroin tourists,” who come to the city in an attempt to seek out the purest or most powerful heroin, which Philadelphia has a growing reputation for. The result is a large uptick in the number of overdoses in the city, particularly inside public libraries, where many librarians are now trained in administering Narcan to revive users, reports Lancaster Online.

The McPherson Square Branch library is getting hit hard by the influx of out-of-state heroin users. The public grass surrounding the library is referred to as “needle park” and volunteers even find needles on a nearby playground. The situation rapidly deteriorated in 2016 as the opioid crisis in the city worsened. Early data shows opioid overdose deaths are up 30 percent so far in 2017 in Philadelphia.

“They had been wanting the training for a long time,” Marion Parkinson, a library supervisor, told Philly.com. “It’s a very, very helpless feeling when someone is gasping for breath and you can’t do anything.”

The librarians say the addicts tend to come from states plagued by addiction to painkillers and heroin, like New Jersey, Delaware and Ohio. Libraries in other major American cities are also experiencing a surge in drug overdoses on their properties.

Police dispatchers received 44 calls from the Denver Public Library’s central branch for drug overdoses on the premises between January and April of 2017. The problem is getting so bad that library security workers, like the librarians in Philadelphia, are now trained to administer Narcan.

A reporter with 9News who stayed in the library for three days undercover, witnessed multiple drug deals, many with children in the vicinity, and addicts injecting heroin.


Thank You Mr Birr and dailycaller.



So let's institute needle exchange programs for junkies all over America.

When will OD Triage become part of the curriculum for degrees in Library Science now?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sheer Lunacy On Campus: When Kindergarten Meets Totalitarianism

College Campuses, famous breeding grounds for junk medical politics.

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Walter Williams May 22nd 2017

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today's institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the professors and administrators who promote or sanction the lunacy, evil and lawlessness. As for the term "institutions of higher learning," we might start asking: Higher than what? Let's look at a tiny sample of academic lunacy.

During a campus debate, Purdue University professor David Sanders argued that a logical extension of pro-lifers' belief that fetuses are human beings is that pictures of "a butt-naked body of a child" are child pornography. Clemson University's chief diversity officer, Lee Gill, who's paid $185,000 a year to promote inclusion, provided a lesson claiming that to expect certain people to be on time is racist.

To reduce angst among snowflakes in its student body, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law has added a "Chill Zone." The Chill Zone, located in its library, has, just as most nursery schools have, mats for naps and beanbag chairs. Before or after a snooze, students can also use the space to do a bit of yoga or meditate. The University of Michigan Law School helped its students weather their Trump derangement syndrome — a condition resulting from Donald Trump's election — by enlisting the services of an "embedded psychologist" in a room full of bubbles and play dough. To reduce pressure on law students, Joshua M. Silverstein, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, thinks that "every American law school ought to substantially eliminate C grades and set its good academic standing grade point average at the B- level."

Today's academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. The radicals, draft dodgers and hippies of the 1960s who are now college administrators and professors are responsible for today's academic climate. The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation's colleges. For example, led by its student government leader, the University of California, Irvine's student body voted for a motion, which the faculty approved, directing that the American flag not be on display because it makes some students uncomfortable and creates an unsafe, hostile environment. The flag is a symbol of hate speech, according to the student government leader. He said that the U.S. flag is just as offensive as Nazi and Islamic State flags and that the U.S. is the world's most evil nation (http://tinyurl.com/kjoax3j).

In a recent New York Times op-ed, New York University provost Ulrich Baer argued: "The idea of freedom of speech does not mean a blanket permission to say anything anybody thinks. It means balancing the inherent value of a given view with the obligation to ensure that other members of a given community can participate in discourse as fully recognized members of that community." That's a vision that is increasingly being adopted on college campuses, and it's leaking down to our primary and secondary levels of education. Baer apparently believes that the test for one's commitment to free speech comes when he balances his views with those of others. His vision justifies the violent disruptions of speeches by Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College, Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley and Charles Murray at Middlebury College. Baer's vision is totalitarian nonsense. The true test of one's commitment to free speech comes when he permits people to be free to say and write those things he finds deeply offensive.

Americans who see themselves as either liberal or conservative should rise up against this totalitarian trend on America's college campuses. I believe the most effective way to do so is to hit these campus tyrants where it hurts the most — in the pocketbook. Lawmakers should slash budgets, and donors should keep their money in their pockets.


Thank You Professor Williams and FPM.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Black Students At UCLA Issue Ultimatum Demanding $40 Million, Free Housing, and 'Safe Spaces'

Imagine the uproar if these were white students


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UCLA has simply become a playpen of radical, leftist black separatists and other assorted lunatics.

Via Heat Street:

The Afrikan [sic] Student Union at the University of California has issued a list of demands– which include a $40 million endowment, their own “safe spaces” on campus, and mandatory “cultural awareness training” for all students — as compensation for what they call racially insensitive incidents. The demands, listed in an open letter, cite different “racial attacks” on campus.

“Black students at UCLA are consistently made the targets of racist attacks by fellow students, faculty, and administration,” the Afrikan Student Union writes in their eight-point ultimatum. “Unfortunately, on April 30, 2017, a photo was released depicting the USAC [student government] President holding gang signs.”

(The white student body president caught making the gang sign apologized profusely, saying “this is a result of my white privilege.”)

ASU goes on citing racist stickers that were posted on campus back in 2015.

(One such sticker listed the criminal rap sheet of Freddie Gray, the black man who died in Baltimore police custody in 2015. Another sticker said “If only Freddie Gray had followed the damn law, he’d still be alive,” and another said “Stop whining and start following the goddamn law”).

Another example of racism given by the ASU was a “Kanye Western” theme party held in 2015 during which attendees dressed in baggy clothes or wore padded bottoms to look like Kim Kardashian.

“Since nothing has been done in recent years, the Afrikan Student Union is DEMANDING that UCLA administrators work with black students towards the development of a more positive campus climate,” the group’s open letter says.

Keep reading…

Thank You Heat Street and Huck Funn

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yale: Social Psychologist 'Diversity' Dean Who Blasts "White Trash" Placed On Leave, Pt II

Autumn Price Virginia Campus Correspondent @AutumnDawnPrice Today at 2:32 PM EDT



Yale University has placed one of its deans on leave after learning of a series of racist comments attributed to her Yelp account.

In one review, June Chu referred to fellow patrons at a local restaurant as “white trash” and “low class folks,” while in another she complained of “barely educated morons trying to manage snack orders for the obese."


Yale University has placed one of its deans on leave for the rest of the academic year after discovering a series of racist and offensive comments on her Yelp account.

June Chu was appointed Dean of Pierson College in May of 2016, and an investigation by The Yale Daily News reveals that throughout her tenure she has periodically left reviews of local establishments in which she makes disparaging comments about white people and the poor.


“These reviews make it clear how Dean Chu thinks about people who are different from her.”

On one occasion, according to screenshots of her reviews, Chu referred to fellow patrons at a local restaurant as “white trash” and “low class folks,” while in another instance she perplexingly praised a movie theater for its lack of “sketchy crowds,” despite its location in a relatively affluent area.

[RELATED: Spurned union plans to disrupt Yale’s commencement ceremony]

The reviews were noticed by Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarribar, who brought them to the attention of Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway, but the Daily News reports that screenshots of the provocative posts had been circulating among students for months beforehand.

Chu sent an email to Pierson students Saturday apologizing for those particular comments, which were the only ones of which Holloway had been informed, but the Daily News contends that several other of Chu’s reviews are also deserving of scrutiny.

In one of the many spiteful reviews discovered on her account, Chu rants about having to “remain in line with all the other idiots” at a movie theater, complaining of the “barely educated morons trying to manage snack orders for the obese.”

Holloway nonetheless commended Chu for being “very honest” in her email to the college community, saying he believes that she is “terribly sorry” and has “learned from this,” and noting that he has decided not to ask for her resignation.

“I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another,” Chu wrote in her apology message. “My remarks were wrong. There are no two ways about it. Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

[RELATED: Judge fears Yale has forgotten commitment to free expression]

Many Pierson students, however, were far less impressed than Holloway with Chu’s mea culpa, saying they’ve lost respect for her not only because of the offensive nature of her comments, but also because she demonstrated such poor judgment in making them.

Kelsang Dolma, for instance, told the Daily News that the comments “floored” her.

“It is always so refreshing to see an Asian American woman in leadership positions, and many of my female and POC friends were eager to see what she would do for us,” Dolma said. “I look forward to continue having [Chu] as my dean, but this incident has left me and other Piersonites disillusioned.”

One anonymous student argued that it was “inappropriate for someone in her position” to make such “demeaning and offensive” statements, pointing out that “These reviews make it clear how Dean Chu thinks about people who are different from her, and how she feels about New Haven, the city all of us call home for a few years.”

[RELATED: Yale administrators succumb to anti-speech activists]

“I will never be able to look at her in the same way,” another anonymous student concurred. “Dean Chu is trained in human development and psychology so should clearly understand the gravity of her actions, yet the fact that she would put such things on the Internet shows that she really should not be in a position of advising students.”

Tom Conroy, the Director of the Office of Public Affairs & Communications, told Campus Reform that he didn’t have “anything to add to the announcement today by the Pierson Head of College that she was placed on leave.”

Campus Reform reached out to Chu for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @AutumnDawnPrice







From her bio, at the end of our first post on Madame "White Trash" 


Chu, according to her Pierson biography, has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California-Davis. She joined the college after serving as an assistant dean of undergraduate students at Dartmouth College. During high school, Chu also worked in a summer program at the Yale Daily News, the same student newspaper that exposed her controversial reviews.


And somebody actually did something about this? 

Way Cool.

FCC Moves Forward With Restoring Internet Freedom

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Posted at 1:15 pm on May 18, 2017 by Neil Stevens

Under Barack Obama, the Federal Communications Commission imposed federal regulation of the Internet. Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the commission, has started the process of reversing that, and today’s 2-1 vote gets things going. Here’s what happens next.

Technically what the FCC did today is give notice of proposed rule making (NPRM). They’ve officially given notice of plans to implement Ajit Pai’s plan to undo the Obama-era power grab, and restore the Internet to a light touch.

What happens next is that the FCC will open up for public comment on the proposed rules. Naturally John Oliver and friends will rabble rouse a combination of racist and spam comments sent to the FCC, claiming that Ajit Pai is a pedophile because he’s Indian, and that he’s not a real American.

Once the public comment period is done, the FCC will consider the comments, make adjustments to the rules, and then move toward a final vote. I expect the plan will survive the comment period largely intact, just as the original Open Internet Order did.

And then we can get back to rolling out home fiber optic Internet, just as we were doing when Obama’s regulations froze that investment. Better speeds for more people.


Thank You Commissioner Pai, Mr Stevens and Redstate.

Austria Just Banned The Burqa

Townhall
Posted: May 17, 2017 3:40 PM


 

Austria is the latest country to ban people from wearing a full-face veil in public. The Austrian parliament approved the ban on Tuesday evening. The ban was part of a series of rules designed to help migrants better integrate to the country, and also included stipulations that migrants take classes to learn German. Migrants were also encouraged to volunteer for charitable organizations.
From POLITICO:

Those who wear veils that cover their facial features from October may have to pay a €150 fine.

Other measures in the new rules include a one-year obligatory integration course including German language tuition for migrants who have a good chance of staying in Austria. The laws also encourage asylum seekers to do unpaid charitable work, with the aim of preparing for the labor market.

The government proposed the measures, which the far-right Freedom Party of Austria criticized for not going far enough and the Greens slammed for going too far, earlier this year. The ban on full-face veils go into effect in October. People who are found to be wearing the veils in public will be fined 150 euro.
Several other European countries, including France and Belgium, have also banned the wearing of full-face veils in public. Austrian courts have previously ruled that companies have the right to ban their employees from wearing a veil.




Thank You Ms Rousselle and Townhall.

Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Taxpayers Nearly $100 Million

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By Michael W. Chapman | May 18, 2017 | 11:20 AM EDT 




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(CNSNews.com) -- Based on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of the Secret Service and the Air Force, the government watchdog Judicial Watch reported this week that the cost of President Obama's family travel during his eight years as president totaled $99,714,527, nearly $100 million.

Some of the new information obtained by Judicial Watch reveals that a March 2014 family trip to Key Largo during spring break cost $1,133,510. the Obamas stayed at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club and the costs for the Secret Service were: $182,120 for hotels and $65,707 in travel expenses. Flights costs were $885,683.

In addition, Michelle Obama's February 2015 Aspen vaction cost a total of $121,876. Hotels for Secret Service cost $47,109 and rental cars and other travel expenses were, respectively, $3,559 and $14,138. 




For the Obamas' family Christmas trip to Honolulu (2016-17), the total flight costs were $2,548,602.

Judicial Watch also announced that it has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking records on former President Obama's travel and activities from Jan. 21, 2017 through March 21, 2017.

"For eight long years, the Obamas spent our tax dollars for a lavish jet-setting lifestyle," said Judiciail Watch President Tom Fitton. "Many in the media would only focus on President Trump's travel, but Barack Obama continues to cost taxpayers with his luxury travel and we aim to get the facts."

In January, the Obama family traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., and President Obama also spent several weeks in French Polynesia. He and his family still receive Secret Service protection paid by the taxpayers. 


Thank You Mr Chapman and CNS.

Governor Moonbeam: "Taxpayers Are Freeloaders"

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Welcome to Planet Moonbeam. Where bums are solid citizens and taxpayers are freeloaders
In response to criticism over a new $52 billion tax hike for the already heavily-taxed state, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) called upset taxpayers “freeloaders.”
“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said at an event in Orange Country last week.
It's always a good look when the liberal mask slips and the hateful totalitarian Socialist glares out from underneath.
“Roads require money to fix,” said Brown. “Republicans say there’s a magic source of money — it doesn’t exist." 
It's Brown who thinks that taxpayers are a magic source of money. Roads require money to fix. Maybe the huge taxes already being collected could be used for that if the money wasn't being eaten up by assorted lefty special interest groups and his allies.
Now that recalls are underway, there's no possible way that this can backfire. Just ask Hillary "Deplorables" Clinton. Calling working people who pay too much already, freeloaders, can only help.


Thank You Mr Greenfield and FPM.

California's Communist Hiring Hall

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Bay Area Democrat seeks a safe space for Stalinists.
May 18, 2017
Lloyd Billingsley

Bay Area Democrat Rob Bonta has authored AB 22, which repeals part of a law allowing state employees to be fired for being members of the Communist Party. Bonta, 44, earned his JD at Yale but like the old-line establishment media he betrays total ignorance of the Communist Party and why the state should never hire or retain any Communist Party members.

American Communists were “volunteer members of a militarized colonial service, pledged to carry out the decisions of our supreme rulers resident at Moscow anywhere in the world but particularly in the land we were colonizing for Communism, the United States.” That was Ben Gitlow, Communist Party candidate for vice-president in 1924 and 1928. The Soviets established the Communist International, the Comintern, to manage their parties in other countries.

Party leaders such as William Z. Foster authored books such as Toward Soviet America, but the CPUSA never caught on with American voters. Many Party members bailed out after Stalin’s pact with Hitler in 1939. Others left after Stalin swung the USSR back to its traditional anti-Semitism in the late 1940s, and others after the Khrushchev revelations of 1956. It took a special kind of person to join the Party after that, but some were up to the task.

Few African Americans joined an overwhelmingly white party that represented an all-white foreign dictatorship. That proved no impediment to Angela Davis, who joined the CPUSA and at UCLA duly gained her first teaching job, which she retained despite attempts to fire her for her Party ties.

Davis left UCLA in 1970 and gained fame for supporting violent convicts such as Black Panther George Jackson, who killed a guard at Soledad Prison. Davis supplied the weapons for a courthouse gun battle in which a judge’s head was blown off. That case made her a national figure and in 1979 Davis won the International Lenin Peace Prize.

In 1980 and 1984 Angela Davis was the vice-presidential candidate of the Communist Party USA, on the bottom of the ticket under white Stalinist Gus Hall. Communists Davis and Hall twice lost to Ronald Reagan and George Bush, but serving as the candidate of a hostile foreign power did not prevent Davis from becoming professor of the history of consciousness and feminist studies, two non-disciplines, at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

There she was a state employee, but never fired for her CPUSA membership and candidacy for a foreign totalitarian state. Davis remains a UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor, and she was the keynote speaker at Washington demonstrations following Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Assemblyman Bonta did not mention Davis’ case, nor that of Bert Corona, who joined the Communist Party in the 1930s and dropped out of USC to become a professional Party agitator, what would now be called an “organizer.” The violence-prone Corona had no college degree and was completely unqualified for a job at Cal State LA, which hired him anyway.

Corona founded Hermandad Mexicana and bilked the state department of education out of $7 million. When investigators discovered the scandal, state education boss Delaine Eastin, another Bay Area Democrat, demoted the whistleblowers and kept the money flowing. The verbose Eastin is now running for governor of California, hoping that nobody remembers the rip-off or knew about it in the first place.

As the record shows, even the most high-profile Communist Party members, representatives of hostile foreign governments, can easily secure and retain high-paying jobs with the state of California. Rob Bonta wants that to continue, but he’s unclear whether members of some National Socialist party, Ku Kluckers and such should be able to get and keep state jobs without fear of dismissal. His bill provides a safe space only for Communist Party members.

Bonta was born in the Philippines, an “Asian Pacific Islander” in California’s politically correct caste system. He claims his intent is only to change the “McCarthyite, paranoid” intent of the current law, protect people’s rights, and align California with the Constitution. In all likelihood, Bonta intends his commie caper to establish his leftist credentials and prove that all Asians are not anti-Communists like so many of the Vietnamese in Orange County.

Senate Democrats officially dissed them in February by celebrating Tom Hayden, the Uncle Tom of the Vietnamese Communist regime, who passed away last year. A staffer for Senate boss Kevin de Leon forbade Hanoi-born senator Janet Nguyen, a refugee from the Stalinist regime, from speaking out against Hayden. When she did so, the Democrats shut down her microphone then had the woman physically ejected from the Senate floor.

Assemblyman Bonta, who claims dedication to Constitutional rights, has not made it clear whether the denial of Nguyen’s free-speech rights disturbs him. For her part, Nguyen is pushing back at Bonta’s bill.
“Many California residents still bear the painful scars of having lived under communist regimes,” she told reporters. “And now Sacramento wants to allow avowed Communist Party members to work for the state of California. The bill is an incredible insult to Californians who have escaped communism.”

The bill is also an insult to anybody who knows anything about Communism and its history. For that reason alone, the odds are strong that state Democrats will pass Bonta’s Communist protection act and recurring governor Jerry Brown will gladly sign the measure. It’s who they are. 



Thank You Mr Billingsley and FPM.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yale Dean Loves Diversity Except For "White Trash"



 

Unfortunately, this nasty ‘elitism’ is not uncommon in liberal academia, she just got caught.

Via NY Post:

A dean at Yale University who championed cultural sensitivity has apologized for her “insensitive” Yelp reviews of restaurants, gyms and movie theaters, including hot takes on what “white trash” customers would find tasty and employees she blasted as “barely educated morons.”

June Chu, dean of Yale’s Pierson College, apologized for the offending reviews, which had been circulating among students for several months, after the Yale Daily News published screenshots on Saturday.

“To put it quite simply: If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!” Chu wrote in one review of a Japanese restaurant. “This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out. Over salted and greasy food. Side note: employees are Chinese, not Japanese.”

Keep reading…

Thank You Nick and NY Post.



Feel free to insert any of our generic snark lines regarding the origin, incubation, and maturation of mental/political diseases here.

UN Agency Helps North Korean Chemical Weapons Program

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Support for an outlaw regime getting a banned nerve gas chemical.
May 16, 2017

Joseph Klein




The United Nations has been serving as an enabler of North Korea’s chemical program, according to an exclusive report by Fox News. “For more than a year,” Fox News reported, “a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide -- a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun -- which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.”

The international patent application was filed on November 1, 2015 and published on December 15, 2016.

The international agency involved in this fiasco is the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which apparently neglected to mention the patent application to the appropriate UN bodies involved in monitoring North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction programs and compliance with UN Security Council sanctions resolutions.

The UN’s Panel of Experts on North Korea has claimed ignorance of the patent application, but will investigate. The question, however, is how WIPO could have conceivably let this fall between the cracks in the first place. The answer is rather straight-forward. WIPO, like so many other UN agencies, operates in a silo environment. It focuses solely on its own narrow mission, oblivious to the full implications of what it is doing. References to Pyongyang and sodium cyanide in the same patent application should have set off alarm bells. But instead it was business as usual. North Korea was just another UN member state client of WIPO, which needed technical assistance. Never mind what North Korea would do with the chemical it intended to produce, which is a precursor to a sanctioned nerve agent.

This is not the first time that WIPO has assisted North Korea. Fox News, for example, reminded us of its 2012 report “that WIPO had shipped U.S.-made computers and sophisticated computer servers to North Korea, and also to Iran, without informing sanctions committee officials.” WIPO commissioned an independent investigation into what had happened, which concluded that WIPO had acted improperly. WIPO has evidently not cleaned up its act, even reportedly claiming that UN Security Council sanctions that the member states are supposed to comply with do not apply to international organizations such as WIPO.

WIPO’s leadership has sought to retaliate against whistle blowers, including one who exposed the dual use technology transfers to North Korea, and to threaten journalists with legal action for critically reporting on the agency. Drummed up defamation actions against such journalists appear to be continuing to this day, according to a report by Inner City Press.

Moreover, WIPO is not the only UN agency found to have helped North Korea illicitly. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) had previously involved itself in the transfer of hard currency and dual-use technology to North Korea. A 2008 report by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs concluded that the North Korean government had used its relationship with the United Nations Development Program to execute deceptive financial transactions. The UN agency also reportedly transferred UN funds to a company with ties to an entity involved in North Korean weapons activity.

While it was at it, UNDP also aided Iran to obtain potential dual-use technology prior to the completion of the nuclear deal and the lifting of some sanctions. For example, UNDP, along with the World Health Organization and UNESCO, have partnered with the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST). According to Iran Watch, the Japanese government has called IROST an “entity of concern” for biological, chemical and nuclear weapon proliferation. The British government claimed that IROST has procured goods and/or technology for weapons of mass destruction programs. UNDP also worked to strengthen Iran’s export, import and production capacities and ultimately to help its accession to the World Trade Organization, all while Iran was flouting successive UN Security Council resolutions. Indeed, just as was true in the case of its collaboration with the North Korean regime, UNDP’s extensive activities on the Iranian regime’s behalf, and the hard currency pumped into Iran’s economy by the UNDP and its affiliated UN agencies, operated at cross-purposes with the efforts back then by the UN Security Council and Western democracies to isolate Iran from the international financial community.

Out-of-control UN agencies, which believe they are above the sanctions rules imposed by the Security Council and by the United States government in dealing with the likes of North Korea or Iran, should either be drastically reformed or defunded. 



Thank You Mr Klein and FPM.