Pregnant Woman, Hid 89 Heroin Packets In Vagina

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/marina-mccarthy_n_6880426.html

The arrest came after officers pulled over the car [Marina] McCarthy was riding in over a minor traffic violation…

Will this mother-to-be (who might also be a victim of domestic violence) get help as a criminal?

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What’s the cost of beating NHS waiting lists?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/privatemedical/8438496/Whats-the-cost-of-beating-NHS-waiting-lists.html

Most people assume they only have two choices when it comes to health care: the NHS or private medical insurance.  But while the politicians continue to debate the future of the NHS, a growing number of people are voting with their feet and opting out of both systems altogether…

Voices of pain patients

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-levy/broken-health-care-system-treats-elderly_b_6824088.html

How Our Broken Health Care System Treats The Elderly

Under comments:

Paula Peterson Gardner said:  Last week I accompanied a neighbor to an appointment at a pain specialist clinic. The lobby is the size of my closet. While we are waiting it was impossible not to over hear the conversation between the receptionist and another patient who was a woman probably late 70’s. It seems that she had missed an appointment and owed $100, which her insurance would not cover, before the doctor would see her again, before he would refill her current pain med prescription, or schedule another appointment to see her. I heard this woman pleading for some help. She was in pain and her prescription med was gone. She discussed that she is the only caregiver of her husband who has Alzheimers. She was hurt when he tripped and landed on her back. She didn’t know about the $100 to be paid before todays scheduled appointment. I tried to intervene and asked if we couldn’t work something out. Could she be given a week to get the money. NO; Could she be given a weeks pain pills to give her time to get the money together. NO…

Funding Approved By Congress Will Help Clear Rape Kit Backlogs

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/joe-biden-rape-kits_n_6881570.html

BALTIMORE (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes.

How much does New Mexico get?

Biden toured a Maryland State Police forensic laboratory in Pikesville on Monday and addressed the importance of clearing the backlog of an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested throughout the U.S…

“a retarded fool”

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/16/howthefbicreatedaterrorist/

How the FBI [and lack of mental healthcare] Created a Terrorist

In these cases, the FBI says paid informants and undercover agents are foiling attacks before they occur. But the evidence suggests — and a recent Human Rights Watch report on the subject illustrates — that the FBI isn’t always nabbing would-be terrorists so much as setting up mentally ill or economically desperate people to commit crimes they could never have accomplished on their own…

It wasn’t just his physical appearance that was changing; by the beginning of 2010, his family also believed he was deteriorating mentally. He’d become paranoid and delusional. His skin was pale. He was sleeping on the floor of his bedroom and complained about nightmares in which he burned in hell. He stopped working at the family bakery because they served pork products. Near the end of the year, his family repeatedly asked him to see a doctor. He rebuffed them, saying that the doctors would want to kill him. (Osmakac later told a psychiatrist he in fact “was scared to go to a mental home.”) ...

Money is a common motivator for FBI counterterrorism informants, who can earn $100,000 or more on a single case. Dabus estimates the FBI paid him $20,000 for his role in the Osmakac sting, though insists money did not motivate him…

In constructing the sting, FBI agents were in communication with prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, the transcripts show…

This is a long-running, if controversial process known as “parallel construction,” which has also been used by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration when drug offenders are identified through bulk collection and then prosecuted for drug crimes…

Too bad our President lacks… courage

Obama: If Enough States Decriminalize Marijuana, Congress May Change Federal Law

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/obama-marijuana-decriminalization_n_6881374.html

While relaxed state marijuana laws have begun to affect incarceration rates, an average one person is arrested for marijuana possession every minute in the U.S., according to FBI statistics.