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1…………> Applied Global Warming: US Economic Losses
“With continued growth in emissions at historical rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century—more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many U.S. states. The full extent of climate change risks to interconnected systems, many of which span regional and national boundaries, is often greater than the sum of risks to individual sectors,” a newly released report said.
The National Climate Assessment studied looked the impact climate change would have not just on the economy but all sectors of American society and found that damage to the economy could be massive, costing the United States hundreds of billions of dollars every year by 2050 unless drastic measures are taken to reduce carbon emissions.
2…………> Health-Care Fraud: Dallas
A federal grand jury indicted two clinic workers yesterday for their roles in a scheme involving approximately $5.9 million in allegedly fraudulent Department of Labor claims for unprovided drug screening and improperly coded physical therapy and reported writing services.
Melissa Sumerour, 47, of Waco, Texas, and Latosha Morgan, 41, of Dallas, Texas were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud from January 2011 to March 2017, with the defendants and their co-conspirators allegedly engaged in an “upcoding” scheme to bill DOL for more expensive services than those that were actually performed, if any.
The defendants reportedly defrauded DOL of approximately $5.9 million through fraudulent worker’s compensation claims. The indictment alleges that Sumerour and Morgan worked at clinics in Temple and Fort Worth, Texas, respectively, which treated almost exclusively DOL patients and that they routinely billed for higher reimbursable services to earn bonuses based on the percentage that their clinics charged. The Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, has charged nearly 4,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion.
3…………> “Viva La Liberte”: Tear Gas & Water Cannons In Paris
“We know there are ultra-right and ultra-left infiltrators. You can also expect gangs from the suburbs and ‘black-blocks,'” said Denis Jacob, secretary-general of police union Alternative Police.
He was referring to a militant protest force of almost 30,000 protesters as police have fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse violent crowds in the capital of the Islamic Sheikdom of France, Paris, who are angry over rising fuel costs and Grand Rabbinical Ayatollah President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.
French protesters are angry about the sharp rise in taxes on petrol and diesel, an initiative designed to move people to electric vehicles. The security forces are fighting the protests could be co-opted by fringe political extremists that lead to two people have been killed and 606 injured during the second weekend of “yellow vest” protests that have disrupted across France.
Some protesters sang the national anthem while others carried signs with slogans saying “Macron, resignation” and “Macron, thief.”
4…………> F-35A Combat Exercise: Hill AFB
Pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings taxi F-35As on the runway in preparation for a combat power exercise Nov. 19, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. During the training, the wings confirmed their ability to employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, demonstrating the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force Photo By Cynthia Griggs)
5…………> “Home, Sweet Home”: San Diego
(Nov 21, 2018) Mineman 1st Class Derek Smith, assigned to the future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), is greeted by his family during a homecoming at Naval Base San Diego. Tulsa arrived at its San Diego homeport after completing the ship’s maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Tulsa is the eighth ship in the littoral combat ship Independence-variant class and is scheduled for commissioning Feb. 16, 2019, in San Francisco. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Isaacs (Released) 181121-N-CZ893-0436
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