Sunday, March 04, 2007

Piece of crap employers eventually have their stories told...

1 The Insider ( This is one of the best whistle-blowing movies about Big Tobacco trying to squash one of their former employees. As if that wasn't bad enough, Big Tobacco then threatens CBS (60 Minutes) with 'tortious interference,' and CBS yanks the 60 Minutes-Dr. Jeffrey Wiegand interview. Eventually the piece airs, but not without casualties. Lowell Bergman left 60 Minutes and went to PBS' Frontline. Ever since CBS lawyers attempted to control journalistic content, 60 Minutes has never been the same. Frontline is now the leader in investigative reporting
2 Silkwood ( The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. On November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood, an employee of a nuclear facility, left to meet with a reporter from the New York Times. She never got there.
3. Damaged Care ( Dr. Linda Peeno worked as a medical reviewer for Humana Inc and medical director at Blue Cross/Blue Shields Health Plans. Her job was to make life-or-death decisions about which patients would be approved or denied the care they needed. She quickly saw that her most critical job was to deny patients the care they required. The more denials, the bigger the profits her employer reaped. Dr. Linda Peeno is a physician and lecturer in Louisville Kentucky, and a renowned critic of the way US health maintenance organizations boost profits by depriving patients of care. She has provided evidence for American patients suing HMOs and testified to the US congress.
Assistant Chief Greg Rupp, Deputy Chief Lupe Almaraz, Acting Labor Commissioner Robert Jones (no Senate confirmation needed), Acting Director John Rea (no Senate confirmation needed), and Agency Secretary Victoria Bradshaw have secrets: some known and quite possibly-unknown.
Howard Hernandez was Jose Millan's boy back in the day. Once Howard was arrested, Jose had to go bye-bye and Marcy Saunders became the Labor Commissioner. Vicky Bradshaw was in charge back then, and she survived Howard's corruption case. But Howard's not alone. Jose Millan's other favorite homie was David Dorame, and Jose is Godfather to David's kid! Greg Rupp had a few choice words about David Dorame's background investigation concerning his becoming a peace officer within DLSE, but since Dorame had suction with Jose MiIllan, there was nothing Rupp could do but watch Dorame holster a's not like Rupp was going to snitch off Jose Millan...Rupp had a career to look after since he left ABC (the state's Alcohol Beverage Control).
When the current Governator recycled Pete Wilson's flunkies, he brought back Victoria Bradshaw, and she brought back Jose Millan. Well, no one had enough time to fart until the administration was in trouble again. Greg Rupp files emergency legislation requests with the meal & rest periods, and Jose's making bad videos. Soon enough, Vicky survives "Lunchgate" but Jose Millan had to go away (again!). He's now taking up space elsewhere and continues to feed from the public trough at $100,000+ a year.
This is the same administration that is trying to justify the multi-million dollar CMS expenditure. From what I hear, Hansen wanted to return $1,000,000 just to rid themselves of the DLSE. It's a total nightmare. If the state's going to suspend someone 30 days for stealing a roll of paper towels, should they (at least) sh*tcan and terminate ALL of the collective desk-monkeys that had their fingerprints on the CMS fiscal appropriations? Where is the transparent accountability from this taxpayer-funded agency?


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