Dr. Michael Swango is one of the prolific medical serial killers in history. He murdered a number of our nations heroes in Veterans hospitals. On August 16, HLN (CNN Headline News) aired the show Very Scary People - Dr Death, detailing the investigation and conviction of this doctor based largely upon my book Behind The Murder Curtain. It will continue to air on HLN throughout the week.
The story is nothing short of terrifying and almost unbelievable, about a member of the medical profession murdering patients since his time in medical school.
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TL;DR - The US lacks in almost every quantifiable category I can think of, especially when compared to European and Scandinavian nations. Only exception being if you have money and/or influential connections. Cue long list of stats and sources.
Repost removing references to the global you-know-what that ends in 19. I feel that our response to that situation is worth discussing, but the automod suppressed the original post and I don't feel those points are integral to the overall view for the purposes of this sub.
Why I believe this:
We are not the most free -
We are number 1 in incarceration, both total and per capita. Here, being convicted of a felony takes away your right to vote.
The US is 45th in press freedom My view has been thoroughly changed on this, I recognize the ranking isn’t legitimate
Or the most democratic..
We are actually 25th
We have a massive wealth gap in our country -
The US has a Gini coefficient (measurement of wealth inequality) of 0.852 (with a coefficient of 1 meaning almost complete wealth inequality).
We also have one of the highest homeless populations
Healthcare is only truly accessible by the rich -
Average health care spending per person in the US hit $10,000 in 2016 and is predicted to be $14,000 by 2023. Explains why over 66% of bankruptcy filings in the US are due to medical-related expenses. Even just getting to the hospital in an ambulance here can cost you thousands.
And we are not a healthy country -
We are number 12 in the world for obesity, with over 36% of our population obese. By far the highest ranking Western country.
The US consistently has more deaths from treatable diseases than comparable countries (UK, Canada, France, Australia, etc)
Quality education is only accessible to those with money -
Average cost of higher education ranges from $10k to $36k, compared to virtually nothing in other Western nations. This means higher education either burdens US students with a lifetime of debt, or keeps all but the wealthiest from attending.
The US is 31st in the world in reading, math and science, with 27% of top US performers registering as wealthy while only 4% as poor or disadvantaged.
And when it comes to raising a child...
You need a ton of money for that too, due to lack of free child care and no federal family leave policy. And that link shows Alabama, probably one of the cheapest states to live in in the whole country.
With the police In response to police brutality, police around the country responded with unprecedented violence (going as far as to run protesters over with cars and shoot people (who aren’t even protesting) on their porches. They specifically targeted journalists trying to report on the situation. Nations around the world have condemned the US response to what have been by and large peaceful protests.
And many Americans are still very dumb
Consider that only 83% of American adults think that the measles vaccine, which has been around in some form since the 1960’s, is safe. That’s almost 55 million Americans who are either unsure of its safety, or think it’s unsafe.
Certain (aka Southern) states get textbooks edited to portray the Civil War as being about states rights, not about slavery.
And many of those same Southern states have as little as 75% of students with high school diplomas.
*Now for things that have become partisan for some reason*
Despite Roe v Wade being a bipartisan decision by the Supreme Court, Republicans still campaign on stacking the court and directing them to overturn the decision, not only taking away a woman's right to seek an abortion, but grossly overstepping the separation of the executive and judicial branches, all because of religious values.
Trump has outright said he won't fund the post office so he can disrupt mail-in voting, a clear attack on a basic democratic principle. And this was after he Tweeted about wanting to delay the election (even if it was a red herring to distract from the disastrous economic numbers). McConnell also refused to consider the stimulus bill due to the USPS funding, further screwing over average Americans.
And don't get me started on McConnell, the man who has basically made it his life's work breaking our democracy. Most famous of which being when he blocked Obama's (legitimate) Supreme Court nomination just on principle.
People deny climate change, and our government is destroying the environment for the sake of helping corporate interests.
In most of the country, the "gay panic defense" is a legal justification for killing an LGBTQ+ person, and conversion therapy is legal in most areas as well. Just a few examples of the deeply rooted homophobia in this country.
We're number 1 in gun violence, but large swaths of the country still prefer that to any form of gun control.
I'm sure I'm forgetting one stat or another, but I feel like it's been covered pretty sufficiently. Is America the worst country in the world? No. I'm not going as extreme as to say we live in a 3rd world country. But by the standards of other developed nations, the US lags far behind in almost every aspect I can think of.
For Americans who don’t have money (or aren’t willing to go into crippling debt because god forbid you want healthcare or to be educated), you’re basically screwed, and would almost certainly be better off living somewhere in Western Europe or Scandinavia instead. Change my view.
*Feel like I should put a disclaimer that I am going by the numbers. I have lived a comfortable life here, as I'm sure many others have. But my argument is also that if you have lived a comfortable life here, either that indicates some level of wealth/power, and/or that your quality of life would still be better in a European/Scandinavian country.
Change my view.
*Edit - Felt that I should include that our federal minimum wage is only $3k a year above the poverty line and unable to support a person living anywhere in the country
A sprawling report released Tuesday by a Republican-controlled Senate panel that spent three years investigating Russia’s 2016 election interference laid out an extensive web of contacts between Trump campaign advisers and Russian government officials and other Russians, including some with ties to the country’s intelligence services.
The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, totaling nearly 1,000 pages, provided a bipartisan Senate imprimatur for an extraordinary set of facts: The Russian government undertook an extensive campaign to try to sabotage the 2016 American election to help Mr. Trump become president, and some members of Mr. Trump’s circle of advisers were open to the help from an American adversary.
|Republican-led Senate panel finds Russia interfered in the 2016 election to aid Trump||chicagotribune.com|
|Senate Intelligence Committee releases report detailing Russia's 2016 election interference efforts||edition.cnn.com|
|Senate Intel Releases Volume 5 of Bipartisan Russia Report||intelligence.senate.gov|
|WikiLeaks likely knew it helped Russian intelligence in 2016: report||reuters.com|
|Bipartisan Senate report describes 2016 Trump campaign eager to accept help from foreign power||nbcnews.com|
|Donald Trump belongs to Russia, Moscow's state-run media says||newsweek.com|
|Manafort worked with Russian intel officer who may have been involved in DNC hack, Senate panel says||politico.com|
|Members of Trump 2016 campaign posed major counterintelligence risk to US, intelligence report says||independent.co.uk|
|Trump’s 2016 campaign chair was a ‘grave counterintelligence threat,’ had contact with Russian intelligence, Senate panel finds||washingtonpost.com|
|Putin Ordered 2016 Democratic Hack, Bipartisan Senate Panel Says||bloomberg.com|
|Senate report finds Manafort passed sensitive campaign data to Russian intelligence officer||axios.com|
|Senate panel releases final report on Russian interference, details counterintelligence threats||thehill.com|
|Volume 5 of bipartisan Senate report on Russian election interference concludes Trump team posed major counterintelligence risk||marketwatch.com|
|WikiLeaks likely knew it helped Russian intelligence in 2016, Senate report says||reuters.com|
|Read: Final Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian election interference||thehill.com|
|Trump's 2016 campaign eager to accept help from a foreign power, bipartisan report finds||news.yahoo.com|
|Report: Trump campaign’s Russia contacts ‘grave’ threat||apnews.com|
|Paul Manafort was 'a grave counterintelligence threat,' Republican-led Senate panel finds||usatoday.com|
|Report: Trump campaign's Russia contacts 'grave' threat||local12.com|
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