Segment 1-2 The most corrupt governments of 2012 have been revealed On Wednesday, Transparency International released a list of the most corrupt governments in the world. The organization hopes to draw awareness to the corruption deeply embedded in governments, politics, business, and civil society around the globe. In less than a decade, the organization went from a few individuals to more than 100 national chapters worldwide. The “Corruption Perception Index” scores countries on a scale from zero to 100. A score of zero means that the government is very corrupt and a score of 100 means that the people who live under that government embrace freedom. No country has a perfect score.
Corruption, as defined by Transparency International, is human suffering. AN example of such would be poor families having to pay bribes to see doctors or get access to clean drinking water while the leaders in these governments steal money from the people. Two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories ranked have scores below 50, meaning the lives of people in those countries or territories are most likely spent in fear of their government.
Ed Asner Narrates ‘Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale’ The video was written by the CFT’s Fred Glass, who according to EAGNews.org earned $139,800 in 2011.
As the fairy tale began, Asner said, “Once upon a time, there was a land that was happy and prosperous. They had a great education system, safe streets, and jobs for everyone.”
“There were a few poor people and a few rich people. Most were in the middle,” he continued. “The people of this land paid for their good life by investing in their future together. They called this ‘paying taxes.’”
From there, Asner said the tax system was set up so that the poor paid a little in taxes, the middle paid a moderate amount, and the rich paid a lot.
But the rich of course didn’t like this, and according to Asner, they began changing the tax code so that they would pay less while creating loopholes and even breaking the law through tax evasion.
Of course, Asner completely ignored the immutable fact that in the past 50 years, changes to the tax code have continually shifted the burden of taxation from lower wage earners to higher wage earners so much so that today almost 50 percent of workers don’t pay a cent of federal income taxes.
That didn’t come up.
Instead, Asner said that as a result of rich people’s greed, “Schools, public safety, the roads, parks, libraries, public transportation all went into decline. The rich people didn’t care.”
Segment #4 Vending machines used to dispense medical marijuana PHOENIX (CBS5) –
With the drop of a few coins, or a dollar bill, vending machines provide a plethora of products: a candy bar, a bag of chips, coffee, a sandwich, fingernail clippers, combs and toothpaste among them.
But medical marijuana?
Dr. Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox Inc., said his company is using its technology to distribute medical marijuana.
“We provide technology that is patented for storage, inventory control and dispensing of pharmaceuticals,” Bedrick said.
Medbox is similar to a vending machine. Bedrick said a patient would choose their medicine from a display, and staff would dispense the prescription from the machine and hand it to the client.
“It’s completely safe. In fact, that’s the point,” Bedrick said.
He said patients would register at a dispensary by showing their state-issued medical marijuana card and a driver’s license.
“They will receive a HIPAA compliant ID card, as well as we will take their fingerprint so that on follow-up visits to get their medicine, we can verify they are the actual patient,” Bedrick said.
He said more than 150 dispensaries across the country and in Canada are using MedBox.
The company expects to have between 25 and 40 machines operating in Arizona within the next few months, Bedrick said.
Segment 5-6 Saad al Barrak , former CEO of Zain Group launched his biography, entitled A Passion for Adventure – Turning Zain into a telecom giant.
About the book Passion for Adventure: Turning Zain into a Telecom Giant
As the Arab spring sweeps the Middle East, old ways are disappearing. Communications technology is breaking down national barriers and undermining rulers, while the youth look to new role models. Instead of the litany of Arab political failures, they look to business and the arts for inspiration.
Saad al Barrak has been a pioneer of this Arab renaissance. In just seven years, he transformed a moribund ex-state-owned telecoms operator, MTC, from its base of 500,000 customers in Kuwait into the international giant Zain, a company with 72 million customers across 22 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Over the same period, revenues leapt from $400 million to a staggering $8 billion.
Saad al Barrak has followed a distinctive philosophy of leadership and management, insisting that the purpose of business is to create “a wonderful world.” Indeed, leading global consultants McKinsey admit Saad al Barrak has changed their business models.
His approach has its origins in the souks of his native Kuwait, but is shaped by a US education; by invasion, occupation, and war in the modern Middle East and by modern management gurus like Steve Jobs.
His call to “be bold, be daring, be different” saw Zain operate in challenging markets like post-war Iraq and sub-Saharan Africa and, for the first time, in A Passion for Adventure, Saad al Barrak tells the inside story of the audacious, 2005 “Easter weekend” $3.3billion purchase of the African operator Celtel.
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Segment #7 – 8 Prop. 37: Genetic food labels defeated
Sen. Rand Paul voted yes for the $650 billion 2013 NDAA The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been passed again. By a vote of 98-0, the 2013 NDAA was unanimously passed in the Senate Tuesday evening. Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Kirk (R-IL) abstained from voting. The controversial bill authorizes funding for the 2013 military.
Somewhere, in the midst of the $650 billion funding bill, mixed in with $88.5 billion for ongoing wars and $60 billion for the Navy’s F-18 fighter program, remains the indefinite detention clause that had many so upset in 2012. An amendment to the 2013 NDAA included the right to trial for “citizens and permanent legal residents”, despite the fact that the Constitution demands all accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) angered many of his father’s supporters by voting for the 2013 NDAA. Doug Stafford, Paul’s chief of staff, stated that Sen. Paul believes that “the full panoply of due process rights should apply to all persons, not just American citizens.” Sen. Paul, however, still voted for the passage of the NDAA.