Tuesday, November 28, 2017

GOP's hypocrisy on Indian Health Service coming to a head

Guess who stands to benefit if the Indian Health Service is privatized.
From Indian Health Services emergency rooms that have been shut down because they pose a threat to the health and safety of patients to others that don't meet the requirements established by Medicare and Medicaid, Sen. Mike Rounds says the health system is a disaster.
Read the rest here.

Steve Rounds enjoys an unusual 30-year lease on land managed by a state agency. Rounds got the lease to the Oahe Marina from South Dakota Game, Fish and Plunder while his brother was governor and when his banker, Larry Deiter was named South Dakota Director of Insurance.
“We are obviously concerned about the impact that Wellmark’s decision will have on consumers,” South Dakota Insurance Director Larry Deiter told the Public Opinion this week. “The current environment under federal health care reform is causing companies to either raise premiums, narrow networks, or cease marketing of products.” Lonnie McKittrick, who heads up the Health Department at Fisher Rounds and Associates, echoed those comments. “ACA is just not working,” he said. “People are getting hammered. Everybody on the inside knew this is what could happen. You crossed your fingers and hoped it wouldn’t, but it did. It’s a system that was set up to fail, especially in a small state like ours.” [Looking for health insurance? Good luck]
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia require insurance commissioners to file some kind of personal financial disclosure report. All but two of those jurisdictions — Hawaii and Vermont — make the documents available for public inspection. Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming have no such disclosure requirements. [Drinks, dinners, junkets and jobs: how the insurance industry courts state commissioners]
Here's Mike Rounds' career donor page at Open Secrets.

Here is how Mike Rounds took federal money then gave it to SDGOP donors.

From 2015:
Specifically, the CBO determined that maintaining sequester-level cuts would lead to 500,000 fewer jobs and 0.4% less growth in 2016, and 300,000 fewer jobs and 0.2% less growth in 2017. Many Americans have been led to believe the emerging crisis is solely about Planned Parenthood funding, and that may be somewhat true. However, at the rate Republicans love killing Americans’ jobs and retarding economic growth that the CBO warned is the result of not addressing sequester cuts, pundits should consider the real impetus for the looming crisis is the GOP’s rejection of eliminating their precious sequester.
Read that here.
The “unimaginable horrors” comment came from U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., during testimony to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington about his bill to force the Indian Health Service to undergo a wide-ranging audit. The tribe is alleging that the federal government has failed to uphold its legal obligation to provide health care to tribal members, in part by temporarily closing the Rosebud emergency department in 2015.
Read the rest here.

Rounds' donors Sanford, Avera and Rapid City Regional have virtual medical industry monopolies in their markets.

Kinda makes you sick, init?

I like the idea of rolling the funding for Obamacare, TRICARE, Medicare, the IHS and the VA together then offering Medicaid for all by increasing the estate tax, raising taxes on tobacco and adopting a carbon tax. Reproductive freedoms should be included with conditions just like the military does under TRICARE.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pipeline resister: US an apartheid government vs. oppressed minority

After Manape LaMere renounced his citizenship, disenrolled from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and gave up his Social Security number he joined the resistance to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline at the Wiconi Un Tipi Camp near Lower Brule.
He describes the current state of American-tribal relations as that of an apartheid government toward an oppressed minority. To break free from that dysfunctional relationship, tribes must break free from America completely in order to be treated as equals, LaMere said.
Read the Kevin Abourezk story at indianz.
Launching a $30,000 fundraising drive for a kitchen at Wiconi Un Tipi Camp, the No KXL Dakota Alliance announced a November 21 signing ceremony for the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred Against Tar Sands and the KXL Pipeline. The camp in Lower Brule is strategically located to block the path of a proposed power line that TransCanada Corp. has slated to carry electricity to a pumping station on the Keystone XL tar-sands crude pipeline route through unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory.
Read that here.

Crews from TransCanada shut down its Keystone pipeline after 5,000 barrels of diluted bitumen (dilbit) spilled near Amherst in Marshall County, South Dakota.

An assessment and investigation are underway after the leak was detected around 0600 local time. Hackers with nefarious intent have been stepping up attacks against American infrastructure recently and overloading sensors that control pipeline pressure has not been ruled out.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has just approved an alternate route for the planet-killing pipeline but anti-KXL leader Jane Kleeb says an appeal of the decision is expected.
Pipeline opponents already had planned to appeal the commission's decision in court. They say the panel's decision on Monday brings up new issues that could be challenged in court. Ken Winston is an attorney representing environmental groups. He says the vote, "opens up a whole new bag of issues that we can raise."
Read more here.

The spill came just days before Nebraska ruled on a permit for the Keystone XL.

Human error is cited as the cause in a Sunday spill in North Dakota that leaked 270 barrels, or 11,340 gallons of saltwater mine waste because crews there failed to close a valve.
The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that the tribes' proposals aren't needed. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline's impact on tribal interests. While that's done, the tribes want additional protections such as emergency equipment staging at the pipeline's Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, which is their water source. [KSFY teevee]
In 2016 even earth hater South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson said the Keystone XL won’t happen without State Department approval.

Despite the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Excess Pipelines fuel costs in the region are soaring.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is expected to take up two water rights settlement bills next month.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Chairman Dave Flute said his tribe will stand with other tribal nations and oppose the KXL pipeline.

The same West River geology that thwarts railroad improvements in South Dakota makes KXL untenable.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Despite failure of NE Wyoming aquifers mountaintop-removal mine applies for more water

Ogden Driskill is an obese earth hater Wyoming legislator running cattle near Devils Tower National Monument in the Belle Fourche River watershed.

At his request the Crook County Commission is asking the City of Gillette in neighboring Campbell County to allow access to the Madison water pipeline for landowners whose wells have been depleted or compromised by over a century of livestock grazing, coal mining and other extractive industries.
“We’ve got a number of wells that went dry, we’ve got acid in wells – there’s a problem,” said Driskill. He noted that the wells did not dry up slowly, but that the problem appeared virtually overnight. “The City of Gillette is unwilling, partially for liability reasons,” he said. “These guys are hauling water for cows and hauling water for houses. That’s not right.” Commissioner Kelly Dennis, whose own land sits near the affected area, commented he has heard talk that another well may have run dry near Thorn Divide, several miles from where the problem was initially identified. [Sundance Times]
Thorn Divide is visible as an open green rise in front of Mahto Tipila in the background of the above image.

In January of 2016, the US Forest Service suspended the Draft Environmental Impact Study for a Wyoming Black Hills mountaintop-removal mine that would take rare earth minerals in the Belle Fourche watershed.

Now, Rare Element Resources CEO Randy Scott says its project to strip mine a part of the Bearlodge Mountains just upstream of the South Dakota border has a new investor.
RER announced earlier this month that Synchron, an affiliate of General Atomics, has purchased around 33.5 percent of the company’s issued common shares, a total of 26,650,000, for $4.752 million. “We are looking to complete one or two more steps of that to firm up the further downstream separation of the valuable rare earth elements, those that are used primarily in the production of permanent high strength magnets,” Scott says.
Read more here.

At least 23 prehistoric sites near Devils Tower National Monument, some of which are archaeological treasures eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, are also at risk to an 8000-acre expansion of Australia’s largest US aquifer uranium mining operation.

Monday, November 13, 2017

TDP logs over a hundred posts this November

The Dakota Progressive is burning up the South Dakota blogosphere after posting more than a hundred pieces on red state failure.

South Dakota infrastructure suffers to prop up ret...
Bjorkman calls out culture of abuse in Pierre
Nelson: DWC is fake news
Red ink no surprise to GOP legislators
Ecocide in South Dakota driving districts to share...
Capital Journal sounds alarm on SDGOP
School districts eat TIF risk
Woster returns to RC Journal
Jackley admits Gear Up a 'scandal'
Drinking Liberally: Kristi Noem is a creature of D...
Rapid City homeless population mounts under SDGOP,...
Earth hater Tapio urges lawgivers to keep stigmati...
Little Missouri at risk to oil and gas earth hater...
Whitey threatens violence as South Dakota diversif...
Poor ag, ranching practices still plaguing West Ri...
Sen. Tester offers Veterans Day essay
Belle Fourche watershed still at risk to mountaint...
Senate advances Klobuchar harassment training bill...
SDGOP increasingly desperate to keep white workers...
Jackley is itching to kill
Daugaard still putting South Dakota's tribal membe...
Journal board: legislature a threat to democracy
Ellison working for zero waste, workers rights
Noem at home in the swamp
Giago: Native genocide all too real
Deadline approaching for Cobell payments
Plain Talk: Rounds abandoning science
Superintendent who oversaw Sturgis racism named SD...
Suicides are epidemic in South Dakota
Flight of Democrats, young people from South Dakot...
Revenue crisis highlighting red state failure
Pressure forces SDGFP to rethink hunting cougars w...
Patient belongings: GOP creates unimaginable IHS h...
DWC hosting anti-Muslim hate speech
Tester wants science to stay in forest discussions...
Klobuchar moving to close gun loophole
South Dakotans reminded to sign up for Obamacare
New Deal program puts $16M into South Dakota broad...
Video lootery driving Sioux Falls violence
Thune called out by fellow earth hater
Noem snuggling with serial abuser
South Dakotans racing to their deaths
Today in socialism: Watertown's air subsidy
Pheasant collapse underway
Goss: Trump bad for agriculture
Hubbel accuses Soros of treason
Krebs surprised at drop in concealed carry applica...
Doc: discharge of Aanning political retribution
South Dakota coddles earth hater voting bloc
GOP Brookings blogger thrives on socialism
South Dakota Lt. Governor denies Pierre rape cultu...
Daugaard suspends federal propane rules for Vale B...
Retiring state epidemiologist concerned about obes...
North Dakota finalizing cannabis rules
Cannabis advocates claim victory
Hunting revenues are in the shitter
Obamacare signups surging
Tribes force uranium miners to seek permit in Wyom...
South Dakota bankers not sweating new Trump Organi...
South Dakota lakes are at risk to state law
Refugees are doing the work in South Dakota
Deadwood gaming struggling under Republican contro...
Democratic candidate self-imposes term limits
Aberdeen American calls out SDGOP misogyny in Pier...
Sutton concerned about Pierre's culture of corrupt...
SDDP exec says Dems will field candidate from ever...
TRICARE taking hit from Trump Organization
Gender dysphoria linked to consumer products
Small government Jackley wants to raise taxes
Today in socialism: South Dakota eighth in ag subs...
Abdallah takes job with Bjorkman campaign
Tester polling strong ahead of election
South Dakota media complicit in Pierre's rape, cor...
Quinten Burg blasts Daugaard, SD legislature for l...
Wismer calls out Noem for lying
Franken bashes earth hater tax plan
Bjorkman calls out swamp monster Noem
Sutton posts sappy campaign tweet
Socialism! Red state governors want fed help on in...
Noem donor balking on BHNF plans
Montana Supreme Court voids voter-approved 'Marsy'...
Powers: do as we say not as we do
DC earth haters finally saying #metoo
Blogger's home town school on cutting edge
Dakota Excess sued for damage to farmland
Ganje: uranium mine needs further study
Poor ranching practices still plague West River
South Dakota earth hater: Democrat blogger an agen...
DWC: earth haters crowding AG field
Why do South Dakota winters suck? Because you dese...
Marty Jackley wouldn't know tax fairness if it wro...
SDGOP accuses SDDP of being...smart?
Bullock reminds Montana to get enrolled
KELO: SDDP promises to field more candidates
Al Franken evolving on cannabis
Kristi Noem poses with serial pussy grabber
South Dakota cannabis advocate announces for Distr...
Bjorkman weighs in on health care
Earth hater logging bill DOA

Check it out.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Mexico close to adding opioid use disorder to medical cannabis rules

Jessica Gelay is the policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico.

She spoke with KSFR radio about treating opioid abuse with cannabis. Her position aligns with the Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial board.
The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has made the best decision for addicts by recommending opioid use disorder be named a qualifying condition for the use of cannabis. All that needs to happen for patients to get relief is for Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher to listen to experts. [editorial, Santa Fe New Mexican]
Our Cheeto-dusted Führer has issued an edict to address the opioid epidemic spreading through his white voter base but is missing an opportunity to actually fix it.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Front Range rail service closer to reality

Growth on the Front Range is driving planners to pick up the pace on passenger rail.
"Roads are not enough," said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who chairs the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. "… I think congestion on our roads is proof in itself of the need for alternatives." "Our major competitors, particularly Utah and New Mexico, have these (passenger rail systems) and have had them for awhile," said Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat who leads the review committee, in recognizing the commission's work. [Longmont Times-Call]
As the New Mexico Rail Runner suffers a downturn in ridership Move Cheyenne is studying passenger rail to Denver. Denver is lobbying hard to attract Amazon's second headquarters although Albuquerque has an outside chance.

Equip the Rail Runner to connect with Amtrak farther south in New Mexico then on to El Paso and put the Rail Runner into downtown Denver to connect with the California Zephyr, maybe into Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Legal cannabis for New Mexico's adults could help foot the bill for Positive Train Control.

Who's with me?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Dakota Progressive begins new mission

In a Sisyphean effort to rebuke, rebuff and refute South Dakota War College's steady stream of propaganda, vitriol and hatred for the Earth The Dakota Progressive has found a new mission.

TDP will endeavour to produce a counter post for every press release and hit piece Pat Powers puts up with equal time from Democratic lawmakers or newsmakers from other states because the South Dakota Democratic Party is dead. If by some slim chance a South Dakota Democrat makes news TDP will cover that, too.

Meanwhile, hear mostly from Al Franken, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Jon Tester, Martin Heinrich, Amy Klobuchar, Jared Polis and other progressive leaders within the national Democratic Party.

interested party refuses to publish Powers' volume and brand of cascading packaged sewage here but will continue its in-depth reporting of environmental politics and cannabis news from the Mountain West.

The first set is up. Dissent will be tolerated but the author reserves the right to control dialogue.

Check it out.

More tribes are entering the cannabis industry

Aided by a New Mexico firm the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe has opened a big-box cannabis retail store after the State of Nevada legalized. The NuWu Cannabis Marketplace in downtown Las Vegas boasts prices competitive with white-owned shops.

Under a compact with Nevada the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is taking steps to build its own facility and dispensary.

The Winnemucca Shoshoni, a Nevada tribe, is suing the San Joaquin, California County Board of Supervisors and the US Drug Enforcement Administration after a local police department defied sovereignty and raided that nation's grow/op.

In northwest Wisconsin the St. Croix Chippewa Nation would be the first of the state’s 11 tribes to enter the cannabis marketplace but other tribes are moving to build similar capacity.

Using seed imported from Canada the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is preparing to harvest its first crop of cannabis.

Standing Rock tribal member, Chase Iron Eyes, is applying the Necessity Defense after his arrest for protecting the tribe's water resources.
Defense attorneys also have tried the necessity defense when people illegally use marijuana, arguing that it was needed to treat a health problem. A 1976 District of Columbia court decision in favor of a person suffering from glaucoma was the first in the country to recognize the defense in a marijuana case, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]
Meanwhile, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to protect the health of its members the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution “to prevent and deter people from ingesting mouthwash as an intoxicant."

Alcohol remains the most often drug abused by South Dakotans but the lion's share of funding for treatment from the Trump Organization is going to the law enforcement industry.

Legal cannabis has been a Democratic plank but lately even earth haters are coming around.

Indian casinos are small banks. Let’s ensure that cannabis cultivation and distribution stay out of the hands of Big Dope. It’s time to enter compacts with the tribes, empower them to distribute on the rez, on off-reservation properties and in Deadwood.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Kristi Noem is hiding her #metoo experiences: why?

Two of South Dakota's earth hater delegation receive their medical benefits from Obamacare. Rep. Kristi Noem has a full ride and Sen. John Thune is on the DC HealthLink Obamacare exchange.

A medical professional viewed a multitude of videos with this interested party. The following is paraphrased from her assessment of Noem's psychological profile and medical history.

There is evidence of collagen injections, botox, and JUVÉDERM® (at an approximate cost to taxpayers in the five figures).

Absences in committee meetings might be evidence of some surgery: her hairline has been lowered possibly to mask scarring. There is evidence of cryosurgery especially around her lips; and, her gums and teeth show some signs of reconstruction.

She presents with symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder (now likely treated at taxpayer expense). Lately, her speech is laconic, measured: as if being she is being treated with psychotropics. She is far less confident in her abilities than she was (likely the outcome of meeting people towering above her intellectual limitations). At times, it seems as if she is going to crack from the stress.

Her sometimes uncorrected shrillness reveals palling insecurities; but, she can quickly rein in her emotions (again likely from the benefit of extensive coaching and/or therapy at taxpayer expense).

Remember when the earth haters descended on former First Lady Michelle Obama for baring her shoulders? There has been nary a murmur about Noem doing it let alone calling out Melania Trump for her past as a hooker.

It's not like Noem is unattractive or as obese as Linda Daugaard is.

Noem has never supported the Violence Against Women Act and if her abusers were Democrats she'd be singing like a cardinal. Anyone who believes she's never been a victim of sexual harassment or unwanted touching is delusional.

Kristi Noem is a MILF. Is she compliant, infidelitous, or simply jaded?