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Other more successful healthcare systems in Israel, Singapore and others could teach the US to lower health costs by two to four times while getting better results

January 21, 2017 1 comment

The United States should copy and adapt an improved healthcare system based upon analysis of international systems. This article will review the last attempt at a universal healthcare policy (Medicare for All) and then some of the more successful healthcare systems in the world will be reviewed. Here is a 180 page document that reviews health systems around the world in 2015

Medicare for All

A number of proposals have been made for a universal single-payer healthcare system in the United States, most recently the United States National Health Care Act, (popularly known as H.R. 676 or “Medicare for All”) but none have achieved more political support than 20% congressional co-sponsorship. Advocates argue that preventative health care expenditures can save several hundreds of billions of dollars per year because publicly funded universal health care would benefit employers and consumers, that employers would benefit from a bigger pool of potential customers and that employers would likely pay less, and would be spared administrative costs of health care benefits. It is also argued that inequities between employers would be reduced. Also, for example, cancer patients are more likely to be diagnosed at Stage I where curative treatment is typically a few outpatient visits, instead of at Stage III or later in an emergency room where treatment can involve years of hospitalization and is often terminal. Others have estimated a long-term savings amounting to 40% of all national health expenditures due to preventative health care although estimates from the Congressional Budget Office and The New England Journal of Medicine have found that preventative care is more expensive.

Any national system would be paid for in part through taxes replacing insurance premiums, but advocates also believe savings would be realized through preventative care and the elimination of insurance company overhead and hospital billing costs. An analysis of a single-payer bill by Physicians for a National Health Program estimated the immediate savings at $350 billion per year. The Commonwealth Fund believes that, if the United States adopted a universal health care system, the mortality rate would improve and the country would save approximately $570 billion a year.

In 2013, a fiscal study by Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst was made for Medicare of All. There would even be money left over to help pay down the national debt, he said. Friedman says his analysis shows that a nonprofit single-payer system based on the principles of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R. 676, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and co-sponsored by 44 other lawmakers, would save an estimated $592 billion in 2014. That would be more than enough to cover all 44 million people the government estimates will be uninsured in that year and to upgrade benefits for everyone else.

Under the single-payer system created by HR 676, the U.S. could save an estimated $592 billion annually by slashing the administrative waste associated with the private insurance industry ($476 billion) and reducing pharmaceutical prices to European levels ($116 billion). In 2014, the savings would be enough to cover all 44 million uninsured and upgrade benefits for everyone else. No other plan can achieve this magnitude of savings on health care.

Specifically, the savings from a single-payer plan would be more than enough to fund $343 billion in improvements to the health system such as expanded coverage, improved benefits, enhanced reimbursement of providers serving indigent patients, and the elimination of co-payments and deductibles in 2014. The savings would also fund $51 billion in transition costs such as retraining displaced workers and phasing out investor- owned, for-profit delivery systems.

World Health Systems Compared

58 countries have universal health coverage

Israel has a system with government payment but with four competing service providers. Israel costs are half the USA.
Singapore has some of the best health results and among the lowest healthcare costs by percent of GDP. Singapores overall GDP costs are four times less than the USA.

Hong Kong has early health education, professional health services, and well-developed health care and medication system. The life expectancy is 84 for females and 78 for males, which is the second highest in the world, and 2.94 infant mortality rate, the fourth lowest in the world.

There are two medical schools in Hong Kong, and several schools offering courses in traditional Chinese medicine. The Hospital Authority is a statutory body that operates and manages all public hospitals. Hong Kong has high standards of medical practice. It has contributed to the development of liver transplantation, being the first in the world to carry out an adult to adult live donor liver transplant in 1993

Israel has a system of universal healthcare as set out by the 1995 National Health Insurance Law. The state is responsible for providing health services to all residents of the country, who can register with one of the four national health service funds. To be eligible, a citizen must pay a health insurance tax. Coverage includes medical diagnosis and treatment, preventive medicine, hospitalization (general, maternity, psychiatric and chronic), surgery and transplants, preventive dental care for children, first aid and transportation to a hospital or clinic, medical services at the workplace, treatment for drug abuse and alcoholism, medical equipment and appliances, obstetrics and fertility treatment, medication, treatment of chronic diseases and paramedical services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Prior to the law’s passage over 90% of the population was already covered by voluntarily belonging to one of four nationwide, not-for-profit sickness funds which operated some of their own medical facilities and were funded in part by employers and the government and in part by the insured by levies which varied according to income. However, there were three problems associated with this arrangement. First, membership in the largest fund, Clalit, required one to belong to the Histadrut labor organization, even if a person did not wish to (or could not) have such an affiliation while other funds restricted entry to new members based on age, pre-existing conditions or other factors. Second, different funds provided different levels of benefit coverage or services to their members and lastly was the issue mentioned above whereby a certain percentage of the population, albeit a small one, did not have health insurance coverage at all.

Before the law went into effect, all the funds collected premiums directly from members. However, upon passage of the law, a new progressive national health insurance tax was levied through Bituah Leumi (Israel’s social security agency) which then re-distributes the proceeds to the sickness funds based on their membership and its demographic makeup. This ensured that all citizens would now have health coverage. While membership in one of the funds now became compulsory for all, free choice was introduced into movement of members between funds (a change is allowed once every six months), effectively making the various sickness funds compete equally for members among the populace.

Singapore spends just 4.7 percent of its GDP on health care (World Bank Health Data, 2014). Cost is controlled in a number of ways, perhaps foremost by the manner in which the government both fosters and controls competition—intervening when the market fails to keep costs down. Public and private hospitals exist side by side, with the public sector having the advantage of patient incentives and subsidies. Because it regulates prices for public hospital services and regulates the number of public hospitals and beds, the government is able to shape the marketplace. Within this environment, the private sector must be careful not to price itself out of the market.

At the same time, the government sets subsidy and cost-recovery targets for each hospital ward class, thereby indirectly keeping public sector hospitals from producing excess profits. Hospitals are also given annual budgets for patient subsidies, so they know in advance the levels of reimbursement they will receive for patient care.
Within their budgets, hospitals are required to break even.

Singapore currently has the second lowest infant mortality rate in the world and among the highest life expectancies from birth, according to the World Health Organization. Singapore has “one of the most successful healthcare systems in the world, in terms of both efficiency in financing and the results achieved in community health outcomes,” according to an analysis by global consulting firm Watson Wyatt. Singapore’s system uses a combination of compulsory savings from payroll deductions (funded by both employers and workers) a nationalized health insurance plan, and government subsidies, as well as “actively regulating the supply and prices of healthcare services in the country” to keep costs in check; the specific features have been described as potentially a “very difficult system to replicate in many other countries.” Many Singaporeans also have supplemental private health insurance (often provided by employers) for services not covered by the government’s programs

 

 

Virtually all of Europe has either publicly sponsored and regulated universal health care or publicly provided universal healthcare. The public plans in some countries provide basic or “sick” coverage only, with their citizens being able to purchase supplemental insurance for additional coverage. Countries with universal health care include Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom

 

China steps up censorship for Trump inauguration

January 21, 2017 1 comment

News outlets limited to state media content as testing time looms for bilateral ties

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Beijing censors have ordered media outlets to tone down their reporting of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, as the Communist party weighs its response to a new administration that threatens to tear up the rule book of US-China relations.

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Propaganda officials have ordered the press only to use reports on the ceremony written by central state media, according to several Chinese journalists. “It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” said a copy of censorship instructions seen by the Financial Times. Internet media outlets should not give the event top billing on their homepages, the instructions add, reminding them to “take care of news comments . . . and negative and harmful speech”. Similar orders are common ahead of big world news events but analysts said in this case they reflected uncertainty in Beijing over how to handle public perceptions of Mr Trump. The instructions apparently also extend to foreign-facing outlets. “Wasn’t allowed to discuss Trump today on my radio show, he’s now an official sensitive topic,” Elyse Ribbons, an American who hosts a programme on Chinese state-run radio, said on Twitter on Thursday, adding: “Chinese leadership still trying to figure him out (sigh)”. opinion Donald Trump: the three-faced president Mr Trump has suggested abandoning the “One China” policy that has been the bedrock of US-China relations for decades, in order to use Taiwan’s status as a bargaining chip in negotiations over Beijing’s alleged currency manipulation and its island-building in the South China Sea. Last week Mr Trump’s pick for secretary of state Rex Tillerson set the stage for a big diplomatic — and possibly military — clash by saying China should not be allowed to access artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Beijing lodged a formal complaint with Washington after Mr Trump broke with decades of diplomatic precedent by speaking on the phone with Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen. But it has taken a muted response to other remarks by Mr Trump.

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China’s tightly controlled media often portrays Washington as a hostile power attempting to curtail China’s rise. At the same time authorities are struggling to rein in increasingly nationalist voices on the internet. “Trump is a very different kind of president than [Barack] Obama. He has a less friendly attitude . . . he’s unpredictable,” said Zhan Jiang, a professor of international news at Beijing Foreign Studies University. “The government is still working out how to react to him, which is why in this case they are taking very close control of the media for this event.” Early state media reports highlighted the ceremony’s expense, pricing it at more than $100m. The information office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, tweeted in English: “How much does #Trump’s #inauguration cost? The number must be staggering”.

Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

January 21, 2017 Leave a comment

The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation that will slash $10.5 trillion from government spending over the next decade, according to a report Thursday in the Hill.

The main budget priorities of the Trump administration are to be published within 45 days of the inauguration and the full budget proposal is expected sometime in April.

According to the Hill, the Trump administration’s budget proposal is being drawn up by Russ Vought and John Gray, former Heritage Foundation employees and one-time aides to Vice President Mike Pence. Vought was also the executive direction of the Republican Study Group, which has proposed similar cuts in recent years, while Gray served as an aide to Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan when he led the House Budget Committee.

The implementation of the reported budget cuts would mark a massive escalation in the social counterrevolution and attack on the living standards of the working class carried out by the Democrats and the Obama administration over the last eight years.

Among the “dramatic” reductions that are being prepared are significant cuts to funding for the Commerce Department and the Department of Energy, with programs currently under their jurisdiction either eliminated entirely or transferred to other departments.

Other federal departments that will reportedly be significantly impacted by cuts and program elimination include the Department of Transportation, Justice Department and State Department.

Under the Heritage Foundation plan, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which oversees the operations of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), would be entirely privatized. While the CPB still relies on the federal government for a portion of its funding, it has increasingly relied on donations from large corporate sponsors and from the wealthy.

The Heritage Foundation’s budget blueprint is a litany of attacks on benefits and social programs which benefit the poor, as well as an assault on scientific research.

Under the guise of “reducing fraud,” the foundation calls for new restrictions on the Earned Income Tax Credit, which benefits millions of single mothers and low-wage workers. Other reactionary measures under consideration are new work requirements for adult Food Stamp recipients and eliminating Social Security payments for disabled children.

Federal funding for the arts and humanities research would be totally phased out with the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Scientific research carried out across multiple departments, including in the Department of Energy, will be completely or partially defunded.

The savagery of the reported budget proposals is yet another expression of the fundamental class character of the incoming Trump administration, in which billionaire oligarchs are taking direct control of the federal government, rather than pulling the strings from behind the scenes.

Reports of the incoming administration’s budget plans came as the Senate held cabinet hearings Thursday for multimillionaire corporate raider and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin, nominated to serve as the Treasury Secretary, and former Texas governor Rick Perry for head of the Department of Energy, an agency which Perry called to eliminate in 2012.

Mnuchin, if confirmed, would join a cabinet comprised of billionaires, multimillionaires and former generals. While Mnuchin has an estimated net worth of $400 million, that puts him well behind Trump’s picks for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos ($5.1 billion), Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross ($2.5 billion), and the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon ($1.35 billion).

During his testimony Thursday, Mnuchin defended his time as the head of California-based IndyMac Bank, renamed OneWest, where he made massive profits aggressively pursuing foreclosures against homeowners during the height of the foreclosure crisis.

Mnuchin sought in his remarks to present himself as a savior moved by the plight of homeowners who was hindered in his efforts to help by too many government regulations. “If we had not bought IndyMac,” he said, “the bank would likely have been broken up and sold in pieces to private investors, where the outcome for consumers could have been much bleaker.” (And Mnuchin just happened to make millions in the process!)

He promised that if confirmed as Treasury Secretary, he would work to eliminate financial regulations that had kept him from becoming even wealthier. Mnuchin will also be taking the lead in formulating Trump’s tax plan, which is to include cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to only 15 percent.

Demonstrating the practically nonexistent character of the vetting process for Trump’s ultra-wealthy nominees, the Washington Post reported Thursday that Mnuchin had failed to report his corporate interests in the Cayman Islands as well as more than $100 million in real estate and art holdings in an initial submission to the Senate panel reviewing his nomination. Though this lapse drew some flak from committee Democrats, it did little to hurt the former Goldman Sachs executive’s chances of confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate.

While some of Trump’s nominees may take their time to get through the confirmation process, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday that a deal had been reached to approve retired Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Pentagon chief and retired Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security shortly after Trump’s inauguration today.

“I looked at their records…and I think they’d be very good,” Schumer noted approvingly. He also indicated that Republican Representative Mike Pompeo would be confirmed as CIA director either today or on Monday.

Germany To Deploy Troops Near Russian Border

January 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Germany To Deploy Troops Near Russian Border

Germany is sending hundreds of soldiers to the Baltic region near the Russian border as part of NATO’s anti-Russia force.

The troops will form part of a NATO force to deter Russia by deploying combat battalions in the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as in Poland.

Press TV reports:

The 500-strong military contingent, including 450 troops from German armed forces and the rest from Belgium and the Netherlands, assembled in the Bavarian town of Oberviechtach on Thursday for deployment to Lithuania.

The mechanized infantry soldiers attended a farewell ceremony before their deployment in what the US-led military alliance has described as a “deterrence” force against Russia.

“In the past few months, we have undergone a highly intensive training,” said Christoph Huber, commander of the so-called German Panzergrenadiere force, emphasizing that the soldiers were looking forward to the “great task.”

According to the reports, soldiers from Battalion 122 of Germany’s mechanized infantry, along with 26 Leopard-2 tanks and 170 armored vehicles would be stationed in Lithuania nearly 100 kilometers away from the Russian city of Kaliningrad in the coming weeks.

The troops would contribute to NATO’s “deterrence” force against Russia, which is deploying combat battalions in the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Poland.

Up to 600 troops from members of the NATO military alliance are to be stationed near Kaliningrad by the end of next month.

The development comes as Germany’s main opposition party, The Left, has slammed NATO’s aggressive efforts and “escalation with Russia.”

However, the alliance’s military moves in the Baltics were welcomed by members of Germany’s ruling party as well as the Green Party in the nation’s parliament, the Bundestag.

Meanwhile, senior NATO military officials anticipated that the Kremlin will respond to the troop deployment, pointing to recent reports that Moscow has deployed its mobile nuclear “Iskander” missiles in Kaliningrad, which are capable of striking targets as far as Berlin.

Earlier this month, the US deployed nearly 4,500 troops and more than 2,800 pieces of military hardware to Poland in a bid to take part in NATO war games that Washington touted as “defense against Russian aggression.”

Moscow hit out at the biggest deployment of US troops in Europe since the end of the Cold War, criticizing the move as a threat to Russia’s national security.

“We perceive it as a threat. These actions threaten our interests, our security, especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It’s [the US], not even a European state,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at the time.

Obama Bombshell: ‘DNC Emails Were Leaked’ – Not Hacked By Russia

January 21, 2017 Leave a comment

President Obama dropped a bombshell during his final press conference, admitting that the DNC emails published by Wikileaks were leaked from within the DNC - not hacked by Russia.

 Obama dropped a bombshell during his final press conference, admitting that the DNC emails published by Wikileaks were leaked from within the DNC – not hacked by Russia.

As such, Obama just called Hillary Clinton, the Democrat establishment and the mainstream media – who have all been frantically trying to convince the world that the Russians did it – a pack of liars.

Around the eight-minute mark of the press conference, Obama says he hasn’t “commented on WikiLeaks generally,” and that the “conclusions of the intelligence community with respect to the Russian hacking were not conclusive as to whether WikiLeaks was witting or not in being the conduit through which we heard about the [Democratic National Committee] DNC e-mails that were leaked.

To Craig Murray, an author and broadcaster, Obama’s comment clarified that the U.S. government has “no evidence of how WikiLeaks got the DNC material.”

Obama’s statement is important, Murray continues, because it “undermines the stream of completely evidence-free nonsense that has been emerging from the [U.S.] intelligence services this last two months, in which a series of suppositions have been strung together to make unfounded assertions that have been repeated again and again in the mainstream media.

Referring to the emails “that were leaked” and not the servers that were hacked, Murray adds, Obama appears to agree with several experts on this subject, making it clear the entire ordeal revolving around the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is but a smokescreen.

I have been repeating that this was a leak, not a hack, until I am blue in the face,” Murray added. But he isn’t the only one. William Binney, a whistleblower who previously worked as Technical Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), has also stated this incident wasn’t a hack. It was a leak.

If it had been a hack, Binney said, the NSA would be able to provide the public with details regarding the actual attack. But from the reports presented so far, that’s clearly not the case.

Adding that Obama’s reference to the leaked material “appears very natural, fluent and unforced,” Murray celebrates, saying that it “is good to have the truth finally told.

George Soros Vows To ‘Take Down President Trump’

January 21, 2017 1 comment

Billionaire globalist George Soros has publicly threatened to

Notorious globalist billionaire George Soros has gone on the record threatening to “take down President Trump” and promising an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the New World Order are making the necessary preparations to completely and utterly obliterate every single Trump plan.

Speaking to a packed audience at his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Soros warned large multinational corporations to hold off from doing any business in the United States until he’s ended Trump’s presidency – or else face the consequences.

Asked what advice he would give to businesses preparing for the impact of the new presidency, he saidI’d keep as far away from it as I can“.

The hedge fund manager and convicted felon, who initially became famous for having made $1bn by betting on the devaluation of the pound in 1992, is reported to have lost close to a $1bn after the stock market rallied following Trump’s win.

Mr Soros attributed the rise in the markets to Mr Trump’s pledge to cut regulation and taxes, but told the elite gathered at the World Economic Forum that the good times under Trump wouldn’t last.  Soros said that after Trump takes office – in under 24 hours – “reality will prevail“.

Soros, a Jewish Nazi collaborator, said he was confident Mr Trump’s powers would be limited by Congress. “He won’t be able to get away with being a dictator,” he added.

Soros’s comments to the international economic elite in Switzerland come after Wall Street analysts have begun referring to him as a “wounded beast” and warned that he is “hell bent on revenge” after his candidate failed to win the election.

Pundits and market analysts have been keeping a close eye on the “wounded beast” in recent weeks to determine his next move and reports are now emerging that the funds Soros wasted on Clinton are set to be dwarfed by the amount of money he is now spending on the bond market.

The plan is to create “financial Armageddon and unleash hell“, driving the Western world, and in particular the United States, to the edge of ruin.  Out of the flames a phoenix will rise and this will be Soros’ vision of the New World Order.

Soros believes the market is Trump’s weak point. He claims Trump has “no chance” of surviving his upcoming market assault, gloating that the future POTUS will be destroyed and unable to focus on making America great again.

The way Soros broke the Bank of England and ruined the Malaysian economy, these will one day just be seen as warm ups for his full scale tilt at global financial Armageddon,” according to a Wall Street analyst.

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Clinton Family Friend Arrested After Threatening to Assassinate Trump: “I Am Following Orders”

January 21, 2017 Leave a comment

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This article was written by Lily Dane and Melissa Dykes and originally published at The Daily Sheeple.

Editor’s Comment: There is an abundance of creepy, foreboding anomalies and events taking place ahead of the inauguration. Is something chaotic going to happen? Will an attempt be made on Donald Trump’s life? There shouldn’t be any reason to think so, despite plenty of people who dislike or hate the president-elect. Hopefully that is certainly not the case.

Nonetheless, proper protocol should be in place. But if for any reason it isn’t, the magnifying glass will turn around on the intelligence community officials that Trump has defied, and those who have been connected to the sources of contention and disorder – in this case, a man, possibly deranged, with conspicuously close ties to the woman who was almost elected president instead, and desperately wanted the job.

Such a move would be drastic, and unprecedented, and very transparent. Nonetheless, it would surely plunge this country into very difficult constitutional questions, and a battle for who retain control of the country. Civil disorder, riots and even civil war is at stake. Short of that would surely come a chaotic battle for a successor, for special elections, and a reassessment of everything that has gone wrong.

Why are we even contemplating this nightmare? Ask those who’ve been dangling the suggestion of it in the media for the past several weeks; those who’ve joked or sniped about a coup against the president-elect, and those who would use fear to rule, and intimidation to undue anyone who would challenge an order based on fear. There are many sides to this story, and even more who stand to gain.

“I am following orders”: Clinton Family Friend Threatens to Assassinate Trump — on Video

by Lily Dane and Melissa Dykes

Dominic Puopolo, a 51 year-old Florida resident, was arrested by Miami Beach police Tuesday for allegedly threatening to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump in a video he admitted to posting on Twitter.

In the video – which is posted below – Puopolo says, “Yes, I’ll be at the review stand at the inauguration and I’m going to kill President-elect Trump. What are you going to do about it, Secret Service?”

Then he went on to say he has four children with three wives and that “my other name is the Lord, Jesus Christ. What are you going to do about it? I challenge you. This is not the way. I am following orders.”

Puopolo was arrested and charged with threatening to kill a public servant after leaving a Washington Avenue Subway sandwich shop on Tuesday afternoon.

But who is Puopolo?

Puopolo is a member of a prominent northeast family that is close to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

He reportedly lost his mother on Sept. 11, 2001. According to her obituary, Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo, 58, died on September 11 on American Airlines Flight 11. She was described as “an internationally recognized leader in philanthropy and politics as well as a patron of the arts, devoted herself to enriching the lives of others.” Her obituary also says, “With her husband, Dominic, Mrs. Puopolo contributed significantly to the Democratic Party and was a top backer of the election efforts of former president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

According to The Daily Mail, she was sitting two seats away from terrorist Mohammad Atta.

The story takes an even more bizarre turn: Workers at the World Trade Center site miraculously found Sonia Morales’ hand — with her wedding band still on it — 11 months after 9/11 and returned the band to her daughter, Sonia Tita Puopolo. The ring is said to have been found unaffected, buried under 1.6 million tons of smoldering steel, rubble, and rock that had laid on top of it all that time.

Hillary Clinton personally delivered her eulogy… where Puopolo sat two seats away from Clinton.

Hillary Clinton sits with the Puopolo family at the funeral of Dominic Puopolo’s mother Sonia

Puopolo once posted a photo of himself holding an image of his mother in front of a wall that sports a picture of him with Colin Powell and a famous shot of Ronald Reagan. Puopolo has published a number of pictures of outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry, whom he calls a friend.

Dominic Puopolo posted this picture of President Clinton with his sister Sonia (left) and his mother Sonia, who was killed in one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center

The family is also known in political circles for its generosity toward Democratic organizations and candidates:

The threat suspect, according to federal elections records, gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 1996. He also contributed to Kerry and deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy in the mid-1990s. His name popped up again in contributions in 2006 when he gave $4,000 to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign.

His sister Sonia gave $4,000 to Hillary Clinton’s various campaigns.

Dominic’s sister Sonia has been close with the Clintons ever since.

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She is well-known for writing a book about her mother’s ring called Sonia’s Ring.

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Is Puopolo Hillary’s John Hinckley Jr.?

It is well known the Hinckley family had close ties the Bushes, and John Hinckley Jr. (who was recently freed after 34 years in prison) attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.

Now we have a man who has copious ties directly to the Clintons threatening to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump.

The Daily Mail reports that there is evidence that Puopolo was the target of mental health court proceedings in 2016, although the details have not been made public.

So what happened to him? This man obviously wasn’t always like this. Vanguard reports,

Dominic Puopolo previously wrote for NBC Dateline that he traveled to Germany for the trial of Mounir el Motassadeq, convicted of the 9/11 attacks, because he was “moved to protect our country and seek justice against our enemy”.

His Twitter account @jesuschrist1701, where the video threat against Donald Trump was first posted, is home to dozens if not hundreds of Tweets directly to the CIA and many sound like they are were sent out by a crazy person in some kind of military code. His first Tweet on the account appears to be dated September 21, 2016.

Here he is week ago telling the CIA to “be prepared to avoid the inauguration” and asking them “let me contact my family… just monitor my feed”:

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It’s like he believes he is on or training for a mission.

This goes on and on. The man managed to send out 11,700 Tweets in just a few months. Puopolo also regularly Tweets out pictures of clocks, like he’s checking in. Sometimes he even names names.

He also told police he is homeless… but he used to donate tens of thousands to the Clintons and obviously has money and a cell phone to make videos, send Tweets and eat at Subway.

Following orders

In his final video, Puopolo says, “I am following orders”.

Whose orders? Who told him to threaten to assassinate Trump?

It will be a surprise if it doesn’t come out after his psychological evaluation that he was hearing voices, and yet, just as we’ve seen in similar previous cases, Puopolo at 51 is well past the age when schizophrenia symptoms would typically manifest.

A few weeks ago we reported on Iraq war vet Esteban Santiago who claimed the CIA was controlling his mind and forcing him to commit a mass shooting. He was arrested after he reportedly shot up the baggage claim at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, killing five random strangers after he personally warned the FBI he was afraid he was going to be forced to commit mass violence.

His claims are similar to claims made by Florida University Library shooter Myron May and Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis who both claimed they were targeted and driven insane by the government to commit mass violence.

Eerily, you will find stories similar to these going back for decades. In 1991 for example, Carl Campbell shot U.S. Navy commander Edward Higgins at a bus stop outside of the Pentagon at least five times with a 22-caliber semi-automatic pistol for seemingly no reason. The federal judge who oversaw the case found Campbell not guilty by reason of insanity when it later came out that Campbell believed the government had implanted a computer chip in his brain to control his mind.

On top of that, there are patents for weapons that can beam voices into people’s heads, otherwise known as “Voice of God” weapons. It seems we live in a world where faux schizophrenia can be caused.

The inauguration is tomorrow

Not only does this threat come just days before the inauguration, but it comes weeks after another man claimed he was ordered to assassinate Donald Trump and killed a random stranger in a Walmart parking lot whom he believed (and reportedly still believes) was the president-elect. A British teen was arrested this summer for attempting an assassination on Trump at a Las Vegas rally as well.

We aren’t even to the actual inauguration yet, and already it’s shaping up to potentially be the most violent in American history. Weapons caches including homemade silencers have been found in the DC area, and Secret Service says they’ve had to drill for this one unlike any inauguration before it.

The whole world is watching. What is going to happen tomorrow?

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