Friday Open Thread

Time for a new open thread. Is anyone besides me following the Genaro Garcia Luna trial in Brooklyn? Or the capture of Ovidio Guzman in Mexico? Or watching the new Season 8 of El Senor de los Cielos on Telemundo?

Whether you are or aren't, that's okay. All topics welcome.

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    Required: An investigation (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 01:36:48 PM EST
    into the investigation of the investigation.

    The NYTimes reporting of the Durham investigation, that evolved into a Special Counsel probe, describes corrupt, if not criminal activity by William Barr and the "straight-shooter" John Durham.

    For starters, the ethical violations present the basis for the suspension/removal of their licenses to practice. And, Merrick Garland needs to pick-up the pieces of likely crimes. If Garland is fearful of charging the top banana, maybe he will be up for, a least, a gimlet's eye on these lower bananas who have disgraced the DOJ. And, the country.

    The Senate should empanel a select committee to delve into the Trump/Barr/Durham ersatz investigation--perhaps the most egregious of them all. And, Durham is still at it, just now completing his Special Counsel's report.

    Barr and Durham, Opus Dei well-wishers, readily shared the opinion that the Russian investigation stemmed from a conspiracy of Intel and FBI agencies. Having come up empty-handed on that front, they turned to their tried and true: Hillary and George Soros.  Again, empty handed.

    These two pals hardly kept an arms-length as might we expected with a Special Counsel (meeting regularly over "sips of scotch" and dinners as well as traveling together to Europe). But, lo and behold, they did find something: their Italian contacts provided a salient and credible tip of Trump and financial crimes.

     So, what to do?  Nothing, that is what. Durham's scope was enlarged to include this tip.  However, that hot tip ran silent.  No indication was ever made, other than that a crime was being pursued, which was allowed to be misinterpreted as a crime embedded somewhere in the Russian investigation.  No clarification was offered, in keeping, apparently, with the Opus Dei tenet of "divine deception".

    A Senate investigation is needed to keep this scandal in the public eye, and to pursue the possible connections with Charles McGonnigal, the FBI counterintel agent on Putin's friend, Oleg Deripaska's payroll ($25,000/month).

     Such an investigation may not be as flashy as  Gym Jordan's and MTGreen's investigation of Hunter's laptop, but it needs to be done.


    This (none / 0) (#9)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 02:33:11 PM EST
    too will pass, it is already fading from the news cycle, I am pretty sure CNN never mentioned the Times story and only briefly touched the McGonnigal story. I would be pleasantly surprised if the NYT even bothers to follow up and anything close to butter emails is out of the question.

    The DOJ will suddenly rediscover "ethics" and proceed "cautiously" as they always do when investigating Republicans and everything will fade into the background noise.

    Maybe the Senate can make something happen, but trusting that broken institution is risky IMO.


    Excellent (none / 0) (#22)
    by FlJoe on Sun Jan 29, 2023 at 06:30:49 AM EST
    reporting from the Times, but it doesn't mean anything unless they follow up on it.

    BTW: It's a certainly that they know more they are letting on. It is far past time that they tell us who was leaking falsehoods and half truths to them from the SDNY, FBI and the Durham probe.

    These leakers were not brave, honest whistleblowers, they were were hostile agents running a psy-ops disinfo operation against our country, an operation that wittingly or un-willingly paralleled that of the Russians.


    Yes (none / 0) (#24)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Jan 29, 2023 at 11:41:24 AM EST
    I remember some false information regarding Benghazi being given to the press and the discussion about burning a source if they give you false information. As far as I know the source was never identified so whomever got away with  spreading false information. So there is some reluctance to burn a source that knowingly lied to them.

    Eventually we will get answers. We are just now finding out definitely the Russian infiltration of the FBI. Trump did us a favor by getting rid of Comey albeit for the wrong reasons & Wray needs to go. Not only has Wray let the NY FBI field office continue to run amok but ignored 4500 criminal complaints  about Kavanaugh


    Garuda news (5.00 / 3) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jan 30, 2023 at 09:07:05 AM EST
    I've decided to give Garuda to a Hindu temple.  They seem excited by the prospect.

    he has guarded my home for more than 20 years

    I will miss him.  But I don't trust my christian relatives to treat him with respect when that time comes.

    ACO REACH (none / 0) (#1)
    by jmacWA on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 11:03:12 AM EST
    I am pretty certain that this is just another scheme for healthcare companies to bilk Medicare.  I really can't find too much about it other than the propaganda (as I see it anyway) put out by Medicare CMS.  I doubt much of what they tout as the benefits, especially to the Medicare recipient, and see this as just another scheme to privatize Medicare.  Sadly, it seems Democrats seem to be getting behind it my Rep. now consistently disregards my questions since I indicated that I think she has no clue what this is about.

    If anyone has any information on this that does not come from the CMS.gov sight I would appreciate links and/or hints as to what to google.

    I found this (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by MO Blue on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 11:54:53 AM EST
    Not familiar with website but the article sounds right.

    But the House Progressive Caucus still wants to get rid of the model, now rebranded as ACO REACH.

    The caucus released a list of recommendations for executive actions it calls for the administration to take. Chief among the recommendations is to quickly end the ACO REACH payment model that provides partial and full capitation payments to physician groups to spur greater coordinated care.

    Progressives wrote that the program enables "third-party middlemen to manage care without seniors' full understanding or prior consent, and often through for-profit businesses with incentives to restrict care."

    The recommendations underscore that progressive lawmaker concerns around the model still remain despite a slew of changes in ACO REACH.

    fierce healthcare

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Physicians for a National Health Program are against it as is.


    Thanks (none / 0) (#10)
    by jmacWA on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 03:10:47 PM EST
    I had not seen that... but this pretty much sums up what I feel is going to happen:

    Lawmakers such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have said that a direct contracting entity could pocket any money that isn't spent on patient care and create an incentive to get overpayments from Medicare

    The thing that really peeves me about this ACO REACH model is that the recipient does not seem to get a choice.  At least that was the case with me, I was simply informed at my Dr.'s office that I was now in an ACO REACH.  Of course I could get out by switching to a new Dr. but why should I have to.

    IMO this will eventually be proven to be as bad as Medicare Advantage plans, which are finally being seen by more people as the scam that they are.


    The new conference about Tyre Nichols (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 12:02:47 PM EST
    as the introduction of this video is not what I expected.  It's strange.  But maybe that's me.  It opened with Ben Crump calling himself America's Black Attorney General.

    I guess the big finish will be the video?

    Later I guess (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 12:10:31 PM EST

    What we're covering. The city of Memphis is set to release video of Tyre Nichols' arrest to the public sometime after 7 p.m. ET, officials said. Five former Memphis police officers involved in the arrest have been charged with murder and kidnapping, the Shelby County district attorney announced Thursday.3 hours ago

    It's impossible not to wonder if the cops were white......


    Meanwhile the Pelosi video is out (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 12:14:41 PM EST
    Yipes. (none / 0) (#6)
    by desertswine on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 12:25:44 PM EST
    I (none / 0) (#11)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 04:18:38 PM EST
    find the endless hyping of the release on CNN and MSNBC to be a bit macabre, breathlessly waiting for the premiere of a snuff film. Kinda creepy.

    Tackling America's important issues (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 02:20:26 PM EST

    House Oversight Chair Promises He'll Investigate DirecTV

    for dropping NEWSMAX

    you really can't make this stuff up.

    I'd rather he investigate (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 08:29:00 PM EST
    why Direct TV doesn't provide English captions to Telemundo shows. Telemundo has assured me that their captions are available to Direct TV and contractually, Direct TV should be broadcasting what is delivered to them, which includes the captions.

    Direct TV says the opposite, that it only provides captions when the network it is airing makes them available. Direct TV has no "CC3" for English captions. You can click captions- English but the captions come up in Spanish.

    At least I am working with the Technical Director of the local Telemundo station now and he has assured me they will get to the bottom of this. I get 75 channels with my over the air antenna but Telemundo isn't one of them. And by the TV maps, it should be.


    and no streaming service (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 27, 2023 at 08:34:39 PM EST
    provides the English captions: Not Roku, Amazon Prime, Apple TV.  Neither does the Telemundo App, the NBC app, the Universo App, etc.

    One bright star: Peacock airs the full show the next day with English captions -- unlike Telemundo's English You Tube channel with only  provides a 15 minute recap.

    Peacock is free (unless like me you want it ad free then it's $7.00 a month, still a bargain, since it includes all NBC stations, including Bravo. Not watching commercials is a huge time-saver.


    Subtiltes (none / 0) (#14)
    by BGinCA on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 12:37:11 AM EST
    I just finished watching La Usurpadora on Amazon Prime with English subtitles. Am I misunderstanding your issue?

    I recently got a new tv (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 07:40:12 AM EST
    and I think it might take care of your problem.   It has its own captioning so if whatever I'm watching doesn't have subsor make it difficult to turn them on I seem to be able to get the TV to do it.

    I will try with what you mention when I wake up and see if it works.


    OK (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 07:52:22 AM EST
    I just downloaded the Telemundo app.

    When I click on it the first screen that comes up says -

    This apps language is set to English

    To view this app in Espanol, go to your ROKU system settings, update the language, and return to the app.

    It's a ROKU tv.  That's the brand.

    I will proceed and see how subs work.

    But in my considerable experience with these things DirecTV sucks.  Have you ever tried with a ROKU, FireStick or APPLE plug in device?


    Nope (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 08:08:04 AM EST
    I have the same problem.  

    I will continue to experiment


    Apparently well known problem (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 08:32:01 AM EST
    Only solution I found

    The only way to watch Telemundo in English is to stream from their Youtube Channel, where you can watch it with English subtitles. However, there is no way to watch Telemundo with English dubbing

    I probably should have read your second comment (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 08:39:36 AM EST
    Coffee is working now.

    This is very odd (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 08:52:06 AM EST
    It's hard to understand why this would be true.  It doesn't seem like a good business plan.  Assuming they want English language viewers.

    Now I will stop leaving comments telling you stuff you already know



    The Scorpion Unit... (none / 0) (#21)
    by fishcamp on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at 07:14:37 PM EST

    Reminds me of the Strike Team from The Shield (none / 0) (#23)
    by McBain on Sun Jan 29, 2023 at 09:44:00 AM EST
    Here's a former Memphis cop talking about SCORPION
    The name SCORPION stands for Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods. There are more than two dozen officers assigned to SCORPION teams. They  wear black hoodies and tactical black vests with "POLICE" emblazoned across the front and back, and drive dark colored Dodge Chargers marked with a SCORPION seal.

    The crime-suppression teams patrol in groups and at times use justified low-level traffic stops as a way to find violent criminals, drugs or weapons.

    "You have to be a go-getter, for the most part," to join the SCORPION unit, the former officer told CBS News. "You have to be someone who wants to make a difference, who wants to catch the bad guy."

    The former Memphis officer who spoke with CBS News said with a large number of officers retiring from the department, younger, less experienced members of the department were being tapped for the specialized SCORPION teams. They were not well-trained and not properly managed, he said, describing the training as consisting of three days of PowerPoint presentations, one day of criminal apprehension instruction and one day at the firing range.