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Tennis player forced to quit Australian Open qualifier after suffering coughing fit due to smoke from wildfires

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A Slovenian tennis player attempting to get into the Australian Open was forced to retire from her qualifying match after suffering a coughing fit due to the raging wildfires plaguing the country.

Dalila Jakupovic, 28, dropped to her knees during her qualifying match against Stefanie Vogele in the middle of the second set Tuesday. She appeared to struggle while gasping for air.

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“I was really scared that I would collapse,” Jakupovic told Australian Associated Press. “I don’t have asthma and never had breathing problems. I actually like heat. The physio came again and I thought it would be better. But the points were a bit longer and I just couldn’t breathe anymore and I just fell on the floor.”

Jakupovic said it was “not fair” that officials asked players to take the court in those conditions.

SERENA WILLIAMS BREAKS 3-YEAR TITLE DROUGHT AT ASB CLASSIC

“It’s not healthy for us. I was surprised, I thought we would not be playing today but we don’t have much choice.”

Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority said the air quality in the state was deemed “hazardous” and officials were advising people to stay away from the smoke.

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An exhibition match in Melbourne between Maria Sharapova and Laura Siegemund was also called off in the second set.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Viewers trash CNN following debate for biased questions against Bernie Sanders

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I’m Warren this time around, but it was so painfully obvious that CNN Corporate execs were bought out by centrist / Republican bidders…

“Bernie Sanders… You advocate for Medicare For All.. Why are you raping and pillaging the people as they drown in the taxes wrought by your disastrous plan?”

Quick facts:

  • These questions NEVER consider how much excess we pay ALREADY

  • They never consider how many people are UNINSURED or UNDER-INSURED AND DIE because of this.

  • They never look at the ROI of true Universal Healthcare and its positive-feedback loop on society.


Foreword: I work in the healthcare system from a logistical standpoint. My wife is also an RN. I’ve researched this passionately for a while. I’ll do my best to target exactly what makes it more efficient while simultaneously being more ethical:

Americans pay 1.5-2x MORE per-capita for the cost of healthcare than comparative first-world industrialized OECD nations. So when people say “how will we pay for it?” tell them in all likelihood it will be cheaper than what we’re paying now. And yet they’re able to provide healthcare coverage to their entire population. In America? Even today despite the ACA helping, ~28 million people still lack healthcare coverage despite gains with the ACA. Because of this, up to 40,000 people die annually due solely to a lack of healthcare. Even a fraction of this figure is disgusting and causes more deaths to innocent Americans than 9/11 every 28 days.

  • They’re able to closely match (and sometimes out-pace) the health outcomes of the United States (WHO, OECD, Commonwealth)

  • They’re able to do this at almost half the cost (whether it’s private or via taxes, it makes no difference when you’re broadly paying less).

  • They’re able to provide ethical coverage to EVERYONE.

  • In doing so, you standardize administrative costs and billing (where a much higher overhead and waste occurs in the U.S. Up to 30% in administrative costs is unparalleled from elsewhere, even Medicare has much lower overhead).

  • You have a Return On Investment (ROI). It’s no surprise that when your workforce is healthier, happier, they’re more productive seeing as they’re less stressed and more capable of tackling their health ailments while they’re small instead of waiting for them to snowball to the point they’re unavoidable. (Per Kaiser Family Foundation, ~50% of Americans refuse to seek medical attention annually due to concerns for medical costs. Being in the healthcare industry, I assure you this is not what you want as you will inevitably be forced to confront your ailment when it’s exacerbated and exponentially more costlier to treat).

  • Medicare (what would likely be expanded to all) has superior patient satisfaction, leverages better rates against Hospitals, and is better at auditing fraud–all the while keeping things transparent (which is why their reports are broadly public and private insurers keep their data a closely guarded secret).

A final note is that apologists like to tout our advanced medical technologies. But here are a few points to make on that: 750,000 Americans leave to go elsewhere in the world for affordable health care. Only 75,000 of the rest of the world engage in “medical tourism” and come here to America annually. Let’s also note that most people lack the top-tier health insurance plans to access/afford such pioneering procedures. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and Japan are still innovators, so don’t let the rhetoric fool you. Worst case, America could easily take the savings from streamlining the billing process and inject that into research grants to universities, CDC, or NIH.

It is more efficient and ethical, and momentum is building. I’ll end with posting this AskReddit post of people telling their heartfelt stories in universal healthcare nations. While these are a collection of powerful anecdotes, it is 99% highly positive, with valuable views from those who’ve lived both in America and elsewhere. Simply speaking, both the comparative metrics and anecdotes do not support our current failed health care system.

If they’re still asking, “how will we pay for it?” Ask them if they cared about the loss in tax revenue that resulted from unnecessary tax-breaks on the wealthy, or the $2.4 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War for which we received no Return-On-Investment (ROI). Remind them what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Project did for us as an ROI. Remind them what technology we reaped from putting men on the moon, or the cost of WWII and development of the atom-bomb. Curiously, these people do not speak a word to these issues. Put simply, America is “great” when we remember that we have a reputation for a can-do attitude. Making excuses for why we cannot do something isn’t our style when we know it’s the right thing. We persevere because it’s the right thing.

Please, support Universal Healthcare in the form of Single-payer, Medicare-For-All. Be it Sanders’ plan or Warren’s plan, it doesn’t matter. Both are sufficient to push the concept forward into actual policy which will evolve.

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Florida police department cuts ties with Antonio Brown after profane outburst

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A Florida police department cut ties with former NFL star Antonio Brown after the wide receiver’s outburst at officers outside his home Monday, which was live-streamed on social media.

It was the third domestic incident involving Brown in the last three months, Hollywood police said in a statement Monday. According to CBS Miami, the latest incident, which included a profanity-laced tirade aimed at officers, was the last straw and police told Brown he was no longer welcome as a donor and volunteer for the Police Athletic League. Police returned the unemployed wide receiver’s donation.

ANTONIO BROWN FILMS PROFANITY-LACED TIRADE AT EX-GIRLFRIEND, POLICE IN FRONT OF HIS KIDS OUTSIDE FLORIDA HOME

“We made the decision to sever ties between Mr. Brown and the Hollywood Police Athletic League,” public information officer Christian Lata said in a statement. “We did not want our youth to be subject to this type of behavior nor emulate the actions of Mr. Brown.”

Lata said that Brown used profanity in front of his children. Police said Brown’s donation to the 7-on-7 league was returned Jan. 9.

“These incidents have caused an irreparable rift between the Police Department and PAL and Mr. Brown.”

According to ESPN, Brown was also given a trespass warning because the department “did not want him to continue to affect our youth nor influence them in a negative way.”

ANTONIO BROWN DECIDES HE’S ONLY PLAYING WITH TOM BRADY IN 2020

Brown responded to the statement on Twitter, saying “Hollywood police and I need a meeting unless I’m going to show their track record of my injustice consistently.”

Brown live-streamed a confrontation with his ex-girlfriend Chelsie Kyriss and Hollywood police outside of his home. Brown’s children appeared to be present as the wide receiver yelled profanities at police and Kyriss, accusing her of trying to steal a Bentley that was parked in his driveway after coming to pick up her kids for school.

The former New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver filmed the incident on Instagram as police responded to the scene and began questioning him, he got angrier. A sergeant then asked whether Brown had gifted the car to Kyriss.

“I’m telling you this is my f—–g car,” Brown said. “This car is registered [to] Antonio Brown, you want me to show you it? You guys already know that.”

Brown told police that he had evicted Kyriss from his home and only allowed her back to the house to get their children’s clothes and take them to school. He claimed that he had already filed a restraining order against Kyriss and asked officers to jail her for allegedly trying to steal one of his cars.

PATRIOTS’ PLAYOFF LOSS TO TITANS INSPIRES SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS – INCLUDING FROM JOB SEEKER ANTONIO BROWN

“This b—h is broke. She don’t drive Bentleys,” Brown said. “Look at her, she’s a f—–g lost cause. Look at her!”

Brown then began to scream at her from his doorstep while Kyriss was across the street. According to TMZ Sports, Brown threw a bag of penis-shaped gummies at the woman’s direction.

“Bag of d—s for the d—s,” Brown said. “Chelsea, here go eat the bag of d—s.”

Brown continued the yelling as officers and Kyriss began to leave.

ANTONIO BROWN SHRUGS OFF SAINTS WORKOUT AS ‘PUBLICITY STUNT’ AS TEAM AVOIDS SIGNING HIM

“Get the f—k outta here,” Brown said as Kyriss and the officers were leaving. “Go with the b—ch a—police. Look at the little cop, you wish you could take me you b—h a– n—a.”

He repeatedly called Kyriss a bum a— h-e and called on Hollywood police to get out.

The former All-Pro then took to Twitter to complain more about the police.

Brown appears to be focused on his rap career as he faces allegations of sexual assault and rape by two different women.

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He had a tryout with the New Orleans Saints at the end of the 2019 season but his unclear status with the NFL made the Saints avoid the wide receiver.

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Trump says LBJ could be ‘looking up’ from hell, echoing remark about Dingell

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President Trump caught some flak in Michigan last month after suggesting that a longtime lawmaker from the state who had recently died might be “looking up” at the gathering from hell.

On Tuesday in Wisconsin, Trump made a similar remark, this time about President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Trump made the comment while defending his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which sparked his impeachment by the House of Representatives after he allegedlly asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s involvement in the country.

“This is based on a perfect phone call. Did anybody read the transcript? It’s a perfect call,” he told his supporters. “In fact, if you go back and look at Lyndon Johnson, all of ‘em, you know, Lyndon Johnson was sort of a tough guy. Can you imagine his phone calls? He’s probably looking down — or looking up — and he’s probably saying these people have gone crazy.”

TRUMP GETS HELL FROM DEBBIE DINGELL AFTER SAYING DEM’S LATE HUSBAND MAY BE ‘LOOKING UP’ AT MICHIGAN RALLY

The comment drew criticism on Twitter, including from frequent Trump critic George Conway, the attorney husband of White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

“Trump is hoping to meet LBJ I guess,” Conway wrote.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., tweeted, “We can listen to recordings of many of LBJ’s calls and, hard as many of them can be to listen to now for many reasons, he didn’t ask foreign governments to intervene in our elections in exchange for congressionally authorized military aid.”

Last month in Michigan, Trump told supporters that former Rep. John Dingell, who represented Michigan for 60 years until his death last February, might be “looking up” at them.

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Dingell’s widow, Rep. Debbie Dingell, tweeted at the time Trump’s comment made her “healing much harder.”

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Viewers trash CNN following debate for biased questions against Bernie Sanders

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I’m Warren this time around, but it was so painfully obvious that CNN Corporate execs were bought out by centrist / Republican bidders…

“Bernie Sanders… You advocate for Medicare For All.. Why are you raping and pillaging the people as they drown in the taxes wrought by your disastrous plan?”

Quick facts:

  • These questions NEVER consider how much excess we pay ALREADY

  • They never consider how many people are UNINSURED or UNDER-INSURED AND DIE because of this.

  • They never look at the ROI of true Universal Healthcare and its positive-feedback loop on society.


Foreword: I work in the healthcare system from a logistical standpoint. My wife is also an RN. I’ve researched this passionately for a while. I’ll do my best to target exactly what makes it more efficient while simultaneously being more ethical:

Americans pay 1.5-2x MORE per-capita for the cost of healthcare than comparative first-world industrialized OECD nations. So when people say “how will we pay for it?” tell them in all likelihood it will be cheaper than what we’re paying now. And yet they’re able to provide healthcare coverage to their entire population. In America? Even today despite the ACA helping, ~28 million people still lack healthcare coverage despite gains with the ACA. Because of this, up to 40,000 people die annually due solely to a lack of healthcare. Even a fraction of this figure is disgusting and causes more deaths to innocent Americans than 9/11 every 28 days.

  • They’re able to closely match (and sometimes out-pace) the health outcomes of the United States (WHO, OECD, Commonwealth)

  • They’re able to do this at almost half the cost (whether it’s private or via taxes, it makes no difference when you’re broadly paying less).

  • They’re able to provide ethical coverage to EVERYONE.

  • In doing so, you standardize administrative costs and billing (where a much higher overhead and waste occurs in the U.S. Up to 30% in administrative costs is unparalleled from elsewhere, even Medicare has much lower overhead).

  • You have a Return On Investment (ROI). It’s no surprise that when your workforce is healthier, happier, they’re more productive seeing as they’re less stressed and more capable of tackling their health ailments while they’re small instead of waiting for them to snowball to the point they’re unavoidable. (Per Kaiser Family Foundation, ~50% of Americans refuse to seek medical attention annually due to concerns for medical costs. Being in the healthcare industry, I assure you this is not what you want as you will inevitably be forced to confront your ailment when it’s exacerbated and exponentially more costlier to treat).

  • Medicare (what would likely be expanded to all) has superior patient satisfaction, leverages better rates against Hospitals, and is better at auditing fraud–all the while keeping things transparent (which is why their reports are broadly public and private insurers keep their data a closely guarded secret).

A final note is that apologists like to tout our advanced medical technologies. But here are a few points to make on that: 750,000 Americans leave to go elsewhere in the world for affordable health care. Only 75,000 of the rest of the world engage in “medical tourism” and come here to America annually. Let’s also note that most people lack the top-tier health insurance plans to access/afford such pioneering procedures. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and Japan are still innovators, so don’t let the rhetoric fool you. Worst case, America could easily take the savings from streamlining the billing process and inject that into research grants to universities, CDC, or NIH.

It is more efficient and ethical, and momentum is building. I’ll end with posting this AskReddit post of people telling their heartfelt stories in universal healthcare nations. While these are a collection of powerful anecdotes, it is 99% highly positive, with valuable views from those who’ve lived both in America and elsewhere. Simply speaking, both the comparative metrics and anecdotes do not support our current failed health care system.

If they’re still asking, “how will we pay for it?” Ask them if they cared about the loss in tax revenue that resulted from unnecessary tax-breaks on the wealthy, or the $2.4 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War for which we received no Return-On-Investment (ROI). Remind them what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Project did for us as an ROI. Remind them what technology we reaped from putting men on the moon, or the cost of WWII and development of the atom-bomb. Curiously, these people do not speak a word to these issues. Put simply, America is “great” when we remember that we have a reputation for a can-do attitude. Making excuses for why we cannot do something isn’t our style when we know it’s the right thing. We persevere because it’s the right thing.

Please, support Universal Healthcare in the form of Single-payer, Medicare-For-All. Be it Sanders’ plan or Warren’s plan, it doesn’t matter. Both are sufficient to push the concept forward into actual policy which will evolve.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Illinois zoo staff, visitors heartbroken after female lion euthanized less than 2 weeks after longtime mate

In just two weeks, the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois has been forced to euthanize both of its African lions.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Zoological Society announced that Isis, a 14-year-old female lion, was found injured and lying on the floor of her enclosure’s moat. Officials believe Isis fell sometime Monday morning after animal care staff checked on her around 9 a.m.

Despite intensive treatment by the veterinary staff, she reportedly suffered “significant injuries” and “the difficult decision was made” to humanely euthanize her, according to the zoological society.

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 Isis, female African lion, at Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)

“The safety and well-being of the animals in our care is our utmost priority,” said Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs. “Although it is unclear what caused her fall, we are reviewing all aspects of this tragic occurrence.”

Isis’s passing was devastating for zoo staff considering her longtime mate Zenda — Brookfield’s 13-year-old male African lion — was euthanized Jan. 2 after his health had declined dramatically.

He would have turned 14 in July.

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Zenda and Isis, the male and female African lion pair, at Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)

“Just before Christmas, animal care staff observed Zenda having difficulty standing and walking,” a Jan. 3 news release said. “Over the past week, veterinarians had been treating his symptoms with medication to help ease the pain. Preliminary necropsy results revealed Zenda had several degenerative discs in his spine that had ruptured as a result of his advanced age and were inoperable.”

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Both lions had arrived at the zoo in May 2008 and were routinely seen “grooming one another other and sleeping together,” according to Tuesday’s release.

They were also reportedly loved “by staff and visitors alike.”

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“Isis and her mate were majestic animals who had a strong bond, said Zeigler. “The staff, who dedicated their lives to care for these charismatic lions, are heartbroken by their loss.”

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Why the U.S.-China Trade Deal Targets Corporate Secrets

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BEIJING — The new trade deal between Washington and Beijing is intended in part to address one of the most acrimonious issues between them: China’s tactics in acquiring technology from companies based in the West.

It’s a thorny topic, and one that is unlikely to be fully solved with a trade pact.

The Trump administration blames China for stealing Western trade secrets, and it used those allegations as the legal basis for launching the trade war nearly two years ago. Trade talks between the two sides quickly became about broader issues, but the partial trade pact set to be signed on Wednesday includes pledges by China to stop some of the practices that Western businesses have long criticized. Depending on the details, that could make the deal more palatable for American businesses.

Underpinning these concerns is that China has repeatedly shown that it can acquire technology and, through heavy government subsidies, build competitive rivals to American companies. Businesses worry that it could do the same in other industries, like software and chips.

China has long denied that it forces foreign companies to give up technology. They do it willingly, Beijing asserts, to get access to China’s vast and growing market. Still, Chinese officials say they are taking steps to address the concerns.

The American authorities have long accused Chinese companies and individuals of hacking and other outright theft of American corporate secrets. And some in the Trump administration worry that Chinese companies are simply buying it through corporate deals.

American companies say Chinese companies also use more subtle tactics to get access to valuable technology.

Sometimes China requires foreign companies to form joint ventures with local firms in order to do business there, as in the case of the auto industry. It also sometimes requires that a certain percentage of a product’s value be manufactured locally, as it once did with wind turbines and solar panels.

The technology companies Apple and Amazon set up ventures with local partners to handle data in China to comply with internal security laws.

Companies are loath to accuse Chinese partners of theft for fear of getting punished. Business groups that represent them say Chinese companies use those corporate ties to pressure foreign partners into giving up secrets. They also say Chinese officials have pressured foreign companies to give them access to sensitive technology as part of a review process to make sure those products are safe for Chinese consumers.

Foreign business groups point to renewable energy as one area where China used some of these tactics to build homegrown industries.

Gamesa of Spain was the wind turbine market leader in China when Beijing mandated in 2005 that 70 percent of each wind turbine installed in China had to be manufactured inside the country. The company trained more than 500 suppliers in China to manufacture practically every part in its turbines. It set up a plant to assemble them in the city of Tianjin. Other multinational wind turbine manufacturers did the same.

The Obama administration questioned the policy as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and China withdrew it, but by then it was too late. Chinese state-controlled enterprises had begun to assemble turbines using the same suppliers. China is now the world’s biggest market for wind turbines, and they are mostly made by Chinese companies.

A somewhat similar industrial evolution occurred soon after in solar energy. China required that its first big municipal solar project only use solar panels that were at least 80 percent made in China. Companies rushed to produce in China and share technology.

The Chinese government also heavily subsidized the manufacture of solar panels, mostly for export. Chinese companies ended up producing most of the world’s solar panels.

Some in the Trump administration fear the same thing is happening in cars.

Shortly after opening China to foreign auto companies, Chinese officials held a competition among global automakers for who would be allowed to enter the market. The competition included a detailed review of each company’s offer to transfer technology to a joint venture to be formed with a Chinese state-owned partner.

General Motors beat out Ford Motor and Toyota by agreeing to build a state-of-the-art assembly plant in Shanghai with four dozen robots to make the latest Buicks. Executives at Volkswagen, the German automaker that had entered China even earlier, were furious, because competitive pressures forced them to upgrade their technology as well.

China is now the world’s largest car market. But except for a few luxury models, practically all of the cars sold in China are made there. Steep Chinese tariffs on imported cars and car parts have also played a role, as has the desire of foreign companies to avoid the costs and risks of transporting cars from distant production sites.

In the trade truce expected to be signed on Wednesday, Chinese officials have agreed not to force companies to transfer technology as a condition of doing business, and they undertook to punish firms that infringe on or steal trade secrets. China also agreed not to use Chinese companies to obtain sensitive technology through acquisitions.

Even before that, Chinese officials pledged to drop the joint venture requirement in areas like cars.

The question is whether China will stick to its pledges. Chinese officials have already issued rules echoing much of what they promised in Wednesday’s agreement. Foreign lawyers say the new rules have large loopholes. The rules give Chinese regulators broad discretion to act as they see fit in cases that involve “special circumstances,” “national state interests” and other fuzzy exceptions.

The trade pact calls for consultations within 90 days if the United States thinks Beijing is not living up to its commitments, but it is unclear whether the Trump administration could then force compliance. More broadly, the pact does not address China’s subsidies for new industries, a key factor in what happened in sectors like solar panels. China has largely rebuffed calls to rein in subsidies for homegrown competitors in industries like semiconductors, commercial aircraft, electric cars and other technologies of tomorrow.

The Trump administration is counting on tariffs to counterbalance that. The partial trade pact will leave in place broad tariffs on many of those industries to prevent Chinese competitors from flooding the American market. Leaving broad tariffs in place also gives Western companies a strong financial incentive to reconsider supply chains that are heavily reliant on China.

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35 Funny Tweets About Bagel Love

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Everyone has their own food preferences, but when it comes to bagels, people have OPINIONS.

From flavor to topping to slicing style, there are many different approaches to bagels, and the good people of Twitter have made it clear there are correct methods and criminal ones. Luckily, most seem to be in agreement on one thing: Bagels are delicious.

In honor of National Bagel Day, here are 35 funny and relatable tweets about bagels.

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Illinois woman missing since late December found dead in trunk of her car

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An Illinois woman missing since late December has been found dead in the trunk of her car on Chicago’s West Side.

Sureel Dabawala, 34, was reported missing by her family after she failed to return to her Schaumburg home Dec. 30, according to an alert from Schaumburg police. The family said she had gone to a local gym, the Chicago Tribune reported.

On Monday, her body determined to be unresponsive was found wrapped inside a blanket in the trunk of her Lexus vehicle around 8:34 p.m., Chicago police said. The car was found by private investigators hired by Dabawala’s family, according to Chicago’s FOX 32.

Authorities did not say whether they suspected foul play in the case, citing a continuing investigation.

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After finding her, the investigators called Chicago police as well as Dabawala’s father — who had a key to the vehicle and was able to open the trunk, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She was pronounced dead less than a half-hour later, FOX 32 reported. Dabawala had been considered an “endangered” missing person because of a medical condition, police added.

A police spokeswoman said the initial report didn’t mention any type of trauma on the victim’s body. She was last seen driving in the Lexus, according to FOX 32.

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The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the body was Dabawala on Tuesday morning, while an autopsy was scheduled later Tuesday to determine a cause of death, the outlet reported.

Dabawala’s sister told the Tribune that she had an outgoing personality and was highly educated.

“This is someone who had her MBA from Loyola,” her unnamed sister told the outlet. “She was a very smart girl, a very lively person. It’s just devastating.”

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No arrests have been made, according to FOX 32. Area detectives are conducting the investigation into her death.

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Viewers trash CNN following debate for biased questions against Bernie Sanders

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I’m Warren this time around, but it was so painfully obvious that CNN Corporate execs were bought out by centrist / Republican bidders…

“Bernie Sanders… You advocate for Medicare For All.. Why are you raping and pillaging the people as they drown in the taxes wrought by your disastrous plan?”

Quick facts:

  • These questions NEVER consider how much excess we pay ALREADY

  • They never consider how many people are UNINSURED or UNDER-INSURED AND DIE because of this.

  • They never look at the ROI of true Universal Healthcare and its positive-feedback loop on society.


Foreword: I work in the healthcare system from a logistical standpoint. My wife is also an RN. I’ve researched this passionately for a while. I’ll do my best to target exactly what makes it more efficient while simultaneously being more ethical:

Americans pay 1.5-2x MORE per-capita for the cost of healthcare than comparative first-world industrialized OECD nations. So when people say “how will we pay for it?” tell them in all likelihood it will be cheaper than what we’re paying now. And yet they’re able to provide healthcare coverage to their entire population. In America? Even today despite the ACA helping, ~28 million people still lack healthcare coverage despite gains with the ACA. Because of this, up to 40,000 people die annually due solely to a lack of healthcare. Even a fraction of this figure is disgusting and causes more deaths to innocent Americans than 9/11 every 28 days.

  • They’re able to closely match (and sometimes out-pace) the health outcomes of the United States (WHO, OECD, Commonwealth)

  • They’re able to do this at almost half the cost (whether it’s private or via taxes, it makes no difference when you’re broadly paying less).

  • They’re able to provide ethical coverage to EVERYONE.

  • In doing so, you standardize administrative costs and billing (where a much higher overhead and waste occurs in the U.S. Up to 30% in administrative costs is unparalleled from elsewhere, even Medicare has much lower overhead).

  • You have a Return On Investment (ROI). It’s no surprise that when your workforce is healthier, happier, they’re more productive seeing as they’re less stressed and more capable of tackling their health ailments while they’re small instead of waiting for them to snowball to the point they’re unavoidable. (Per Kaiser Family Foundation, ~50% of Americans refuse to seek medical attention annually due to concerns for medical costs. Being in the healthcare industry, I assure you this is not what you want as you will inevitably be forced to confront your ailment when it’s exacerbated and exponentially more costlier to treat).

  • Medicare (what would likely be expanded to all) has superior patient satisfaction, leverages better rates against Hospitals, and is better at auditing fraud–all the while keeping things transparent (which is why their reports are broadly public and private insurers keep their data a closely guarded secret).

A final note is that apologists like to tout our advanced medical technologies. But here are a few points to make on that: 750,000 Americans leave to go elsewhere in the world for affordable health care. Only 75,000 of the rest of the world engage in “medical tourism” and come here to America annually. Let’s also note that most people lack the top-tier health insurance plans to access/afford such pioneering procedures. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and Japan are still innovators, so don’t let the rhetoric fool you. Worst case, America could easily take the savings from streamlining the billing process and inject that into research grants to universities, CDC, or NIH.

It is more efficient and ethical, and momentum is building. I’ll end with posting this AskReddit post of people telling their heartfelt stories in universal healthcare nations. While these are a collection of powerful anecdotes, it is 99% highly positive, with valuable views from those who’ve lived both in America and elsewhere. Simply speaking, both the comparative metrics and anecdotes do not support our current failed health care system.

If they’re still asking, “how will we pay for it?” Ask them if they cared about the loss in tax revenue that resulted from unnecessary tax-breaks on the wealthy, or the $2.4 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War for which we received no Return-On-Investment (ROI). Remind them what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Project did for us as an ROI. Remind them what technology we reaped from putting men on the moon, or the cost of WWII and development of the atom-bomb. Curiously, these people do not speak a word to these issues. Put simply, America is “great” when we remember that we have a reputation for a can-do attitude. Making excuses for why we cannot do something isn’t our style when we know it’s the right thing. We persevere because it’s the right thing.

Please, support Universal Healthcare in the form of Single-payer, Medicare-For-All. Be it Sanders’ plan or Warren’s plan, it doesn’t matter. Both are sufficient to push the concept forward into actual policy which will evolve.

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