Where is Investigative Reporting?
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2017-07-17 08:41 by Karl Denninger
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Folks, brain surgery is not routine.  Ever.

Further, you do not discover a blood clot in the brain during a routine physical.  In fact a so-called "routine physical" in today's world catches damn near nothing -- ever -- simply by design, since you usually spend less than 5 minutes with an actual physician.  Granted, a Senator doesn't get "your" physical, he probably gets an hour with an actual physician.  But the point here, in addition to the vast difference between "you" and "Senators", is that there is no instrument that a doctor has in his office that is diagnostic for a clot on the brain.  Generally you find them on a CT (or similar), which is never done routinely because (1) it is relatively expensive and (2) it involves ionizing radiation exposure, which is never appropriate without a damn good reason.

A 2 centimeter "clot" is of course inadequate to describe what was found, since it only speaks to one dimension and such a thing occurs in three dimensions.  Second, a clot occurs after bleeding does, which leads to the next question: What caused it?

Third, where was the clot?  Was it inside the brain or around the brain?  Yes, it matters, but only in terms of degree -- it's not a routine or minor event in any case.

That the press refused to push on this originally is outrageous, but hardly surprising.  We no longer have a Press that actually investigates anything.  They don't even bother calling someone who ought to know and asking them questions; they simply parrot whatever they're giving and call that "reporting."

Folks, that's not reporting -- it's simply amplification.

Reporting requires work, and we're not seeing any of it -- at all -- from any of the so-called "press."  They simply amplify whatever someone feeds them, and choose the sources of said "feeds" to suit favored constituencies.

That sucks, but it is what it is.

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Being reported as a 5cm (2 inch) mass.

CNN reporting it may be "more serious than thought."
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I heard this news this morning and thought it awfully convenient. Not that the Sen. health bill is any solution but I wouldn't put it past Sen. Mc**** to have fabricated this entire thing just to scuttle something Trump wants. My bet is he's a vengeful a-hole who is pissed he didn't get the Oval while Trump did, and this is one nugget of that anger.

But you're right. Short of me doing my own investigation it's just speculation based on what the slobs in the media are telling us.
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Maybe he fell on Harry Reid's treadmill.

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He's probably getting some bionic parts installed... these old c**k suckers in Washington who keep getting elected want to live forever... even the term "get a life" triggers them into wide eye terror.

They can't even imagine a life without the giant teet to suckle off of. McCain has been pretending to be "the honorable gentleman from Arizona" so long he actually believes it himself.

Dead POW's in SE Asia certainly disagree. War hero, my ass. Should have been court martialed and done prison time.
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Karl.

You are so correct. I bet he has metastatic melanoma to the brain. If so he should resign immediately. He has served his country quite enough.


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The MSM love McStain because he hates Trump, would not doubt that their affection for him led them to down playing the story. Every bad story that comes out against Trump begins with "even fellow republicans like Senator John McCain think the President is in trouble...".

At his age, no matter what it is they found, uh, is he capable of doing anything? I mean heck even if he was a Wal-mart greeter he should retire. Let a lone a US Senator. He is not going to be able to walk up a flight of stairs for 6mo, yet he is going to stay in the Senate.

And along this same line of thinking, oh my Grandma Pelosi needs to hang it up too, right now! She is losing her mind, she is losing her words and forgets what she is talking about and time after time she calls Trump Bush by mistake.

Welcome to the fall of Rome, where are "elected" leaders refuse to let go of the position and power, even though they literally are not fit to do the job anymore.

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Eli, I have to take exception to that, they were never fit for the office to begin with! They are doing the job they want (not what they were elected to do) which is to steal from all of us and line their pockets and the pockets of those that buy them, uh, I mean give them campaign donations.
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That demented old ****-face gets way more than just the one hour physical that the garden variety parasite, err, mean senator gets. Keep in mind, he's upper middle management in the deep state and the husband of an heiress worth a few billion.

In any event, I'm hopeful that I'll soon be able to post "burn in Hell!" At the news of his passing.

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Yep, he had a brain bleed before the clot. The chances of him having a stoke and further problems are extremely high.

During the Comey testimony McCain was very very confused, would not doubt he was having a stroke.

The only people who want these guys still in office are the people that paid for them.

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Or maybe glioblastoma. Not a pleasant way to die.
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Regardless of how it was diagnosed this has to be very serious. Any brain surgery has to be complicated.

My own father in 1942, after playing high school football and sustaining broken vertebrae in his back and neck, had a serious aneurysm. He lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and long story short they had to take him to Memphis, TN to find a Brain Surgeon that could operate on him. He was 18 and in superior physical health and he survived. His brain rewired and he never had another complaint, He died about six months ago at age 93.

McCain's neurological problems are unknown and we have to assume they are very serious and he is not young kid that can make any kind of fast recovery. If I had to guess I would think some kind of Myeloma that has spread to the brain. Only time will tell if he ever goes back to the senate. How nice though for McConnell, McCain is his excuse not to bring the Bill to a vote.

There has been no real Investigative Reporting since Watergate, no story confirmed by Three sources, etc.. Stories today are rushed and reported as fact until proven otherwise and then it's almost too late as the public has accepted the false as true.
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I am on my second Doctor and both have given me a yearly physical and it takes at least an hour. The only thing they don't do anymore is an EKG. Maybe that is unusual but that is what I get. Everything else you said is right on the money. There is no reporting of facts anymore which is why as I have stated before I do not do MSM un-news anymore just local news.

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Tsherry wrote..
Or maybe glioblastoma. Not a pleasant way to die.


To be as un-PC as possible: no one deserves this fate more than Mc****Stain.

To be clear, I am not praying for it or wishing for it - I am merely stating that the ******* POS Mc****Stain deserves it.

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>>To be clear, I am not praying for it or wishing for it - I am merely stating that the ******* POS Mc****Stain deserves it.>>

Totally agree.
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Once the digital age really took off and Google, than later Facebook, began poaching articles from News networks this really took a toll on the financial means of the news networks to conduct investigative reports.

HOWEVER, I think that's only part of the story. The news agencies really took a hit during and after the financial melt down. And for good reason: people lost trust. How can a financial crisis that was threatening to bring the whole financial world down not have been seen by the big news agencies? People may not have always consciously asked this but they unconsciously felt it.

One of the most blatant participant was Angelo Mozilo, who was headquartered in Pasadena, CA, and right under the nose of the Los Angeles Times. That's not to say there wasn't any reporting on Mozilo, the major new agencies always run some kind of investigation or report, but it's where they put it. They bury it so later they can cite it that they did report it, but they don't cite where exactly that story appeared in their own network (usually in the back).

Oh, and now today the NY Times ran an article on the paper work being lost on student loans and judges possibly throwing cases out (see today's NY times article, as paper work goes missing, student loan debts may be wiped away).

Now here's the problem. This is simply reporting. These students are in default and so the cases have gone to court, and now all the ducks Don seem to be in a row.

HOWEVER, once it was obvious the financial world didn't have any kind o care or organization, it was a good bet to assume the student loan debts were in chaos, too. Given that the student loans debts are a significant story, you'd think some editor of some news agency would wonder: hmmm, I don't think they kept good records here either. And I'm sure some paper did out there investigate it, and reported it, it's just a question of where they placed it...in the back pages somewhere.

At some point if these major news network wants to survive they'll have to chose between either taking the short term money, that is, not upsetting the institutions that advertise with them but dying in the long run or, sacrifice the short term for a long term advantage and start doing real journalism and putting it on the front page. Once you have reader and viewership, advertisers will always appear. I'm surprised they haven't learned this by now.

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maybe he fell on Harry Reid's brother-in-law's fist. :)


If McCain has a stroke, how will we know?
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I have to disagree with some of you. I don't think that it was metastatic melanoma or glioblastoma. I think that his atrophied intelligence finally disappeared like a soap bubble and the surrounding sludge flowed into the void, causing a bleed.

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Nonsensical wrote..
One of the most blatant participant was Angelo Mozilo, who was headquartered in Pasadena, CA, and right under the nose of the Los Angeles Times.

Mozilo's company, Countrywide Financial, was headquartered in Irvine, CA. His house in Thousand Oaks, CA went on the market in the fall of 2011, and sold in the spring of 2012. From the looks of the listing, I doubt he'd lived there since 2010. A regular on this board back then said that Mozilo was living in Italy. Later, in 2014, he moved back to the Santa Barbara area, and was trying to get back in business. He likely moved back in 2014 when he got an "all clear" signal from his low friends in high places, perhaps even the joke of a DOJ this country had back then.

Tickerguy made me aware of Countrywide's shenanigans back around 2006. His updates and other discussions on this board helped me hold on to my short position(s) until early 2008, a few months before CFC stock was delisted.

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So we're all in agreement. We hope his recovery goes as well as the economic one has

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Exactly, Flaps10. Exactly.

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The 5cm measurement is the largest dimension.
Causes are usually either traumatic injury, likely a fall, vascular pathology like arterial sclerosis or a tumor, or transference from another part of the body (stroke).
Symptoms are stroke symptoms, as a stroke is simply one variety blood clot in the brain., i.e. confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, numbness, weakness, lack of emotional control and/or paralysis.
The reported location of the clot was "above the right eye", which translates to the prefontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that manages rational thought, judgement, self-control and planning.

My GUESS is that McCain had a serious fall, we already know he has neuro-motor problems from damage incurred in the Hanoi Hilton. When his handlers and/or wife noticed the slurred or incontinent or incoherent speech they got him to a neurologist right away.
Whether he will recover without significant impairment is still an open question.
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Point being -- the story was a lie.

The CLAIM is that it was found during a "routine physical." Horse****.

There was some incident that was hardly routine. A fall or other similar event is certainly possible, but that's not a "routine physical."

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You are right, this was not "discovered". It had to have been symptomatic at the behavioral or sensory level, or it would not have been checked for.
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