Archive for September, 2009

FINALLY – A Democrat says it on the floor of the US House…turning the Death Panel nonsense back at the Republicans

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Story is here

Freshman Congressman Alan Grayson attempted–about 2 months too late–to turn the GOP death panel rhetoric around, taking to the House floor for a late-night, only-for-CSPAN speech to tell the five people watching that “Republicans want you to die quickly.”  The video is located at this page

Although the GOP death panel rhetoric died out in August after Senate Democrats removed from their legislation language that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors for consultations with patients about end-of-life care, Grayson apparently thought he had the speech-making skills to recapture the rhetorical flag from the GOP. And so he said:

“If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly.”

He apologized shortly after making that speech on the floor of  The House.  Here is his apology which must be seen.  A little bit cleaner audio and video is here

And here is a confrontation on CNN with Representative Grayson.

The Republicans had something to say immediately after Grayson spoke to the chamber and that video is here. What the Republicans did not say was that Grayson was correct in that they are not supporting health care for individuals but rather they are supporting the Health Insurance industry.  If the Insurance companies would have wanted to lower costs and contain their overhead which is upwards of 30% they could…but they have yet to do this.  If they wished to strong arm hospitals to put all information into databases and not ask patients 10 times what their problem was they could do that.  If they would lower more costs by reducing the obscene pay scales to their executives and instead insure people with those billions of dollars they could have done that.  Many more things could have been done by insurance companies but it is not being done by insurance companies.  So what needs to be done is a Government Plan with low overhead and the power to strong arm efficiencies into the systems at play here.  This will lower costs of health care for all.  Without it…as the Republicans want…the efficiencies will not be seen and this will simply be a handout to the insurance companies…who in turn will make donations to the lawmakers supporting them.  It is the laundering of money for the benefit of the lawmakers.  If we had publicly funded elections this would not happen.  We do…so it does…and 44,000 people die annually because of it…for the sake of profits.

In America people die for the sake of profits.  This plan is accepted by our nation.  What must the world think of us!

States with the most uninsured and what those opposing Health Care are really fighting FOR.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Texas is #1.  Story is here.

People who do NOT have insurance DO get treatment and the people who HAVE insurance pay for it.  Now if there was  a national plan to deal with the uninsured as one big group this group would have the ability to get deals for treatment and drugs.  By the laws of mathematics this would drop the cost to deal with uninsured.  This in turn would lower the costs if people WITH insurance continued to pay for those without HOWEVER those without would also pay into the system as it would be cheaper whichj in turn drops the costs to cover them even more.  This is what the people opposed to Health Care Reform seem not to understand.  They have the laws of masses of consumers…a bigger group…more affordable for those without it…all pointing to lower costs to cover those without insurance.

By LAW those without insurance DO get coverage in America.  This is a great law because we are looking out for everyone…that is the first half of the equation.  Next is the paying for that treatment.  Those opposed to Health Care Reform are only opposing it because it is from Obama and they are also FIGHTING FOR HIGHER COSTS.  Again…the laws of mathematics say so as does the laws of history where insurance premiums have doubled in the past 10 years.

It is that simple and those fighting Health Care Reform do not get it.

Do you want cheaper health care costs?  Support Health Care Reform.

Do you want very much higher health care costs?  Oppose Health Care Reform.

Medicare and VA overhead for providing health care to their patients is about 3%.

Private Insurance has upwards of 30% overhead as we were told.  In order to cut 25% off the nation’s health costs simply stop Private Insurance and have everyone receive Medicare For All.  This is simply math.

Privitize the police department

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

A funny video showing the nuttyness going on surrounding health care reform.  Video is here

Anti woman…anti birth control…anti choice…TRULY pro-government being in charge of what goes on with their bodies and health care

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The right-wingers truly want government control of their health in that they want birth control made illegal and abortion illegal.  So much for the rights of women…they are just….women.  Story is here

How to contact your Representative or Senator in Washington DC

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Simple page with simply instructions.  Story is here

More about Michael Moore and his latest movie

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Michael Moore at the Commonwealth Club. Story is here

Pretty good clips from the movie plus facts and figures about how people are doing.  Story is here

AND he did an hour with Amy Goodman and DemocracyNOW! Video is here

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I’m gonna show you the stuff the nightly news will rarely show you. Ever meet a pilot for American Airlines on food stamps because his pay’s been cut so low? Ever meet a judge who gets kickbacks for sending innocent kids to a private prison? Ever meet someone from the Wall Street Journal who bluntly states on camera that he doesn’t much care for democracy and that capitalism should be our only ruling concern?

You’ll meet all these guys in “Capitalism.” You’ll also meet a whistleblower who, with documents in hand, tells us about the million-dollar-plus sweetheart loans he approved for the head of Senate Banking Committee — the very committee that was supposed to be regulating his lending institution! You’ll hear from a bank regulator why Timothy Geithner has no business being our Treasury Secretary. And you’ll learn, from the woman who heads up the congressional commission charged with keeping an eye on the bailout money, how Alan Greenspan & Co. schemed and connived the public into putting up their inflated valued homes as collateral — thus causing the biggest foreclosure epidemic in our history.

There is now a foreclosure filed in the U.S. once every seven-and-half SECONDS.

None of this is an accident, and I name the names others seem to be afraid to name, the men who have ransacked the pensions of working people and plundered the future of our kids and grandkids. Somehow they thought they were going to get away with this, that we’d believe their Big Lie that this crash was caused by a bunch of low-income people who took out loans they couldn’t afford. Much of the mainstream media bought this storyline. No wonder Wall Street thought they could pull this off.

Jeez, I guess they forgot about me and my crew. You’d think we would’ve made a better impression on these wealthy thieves by now. Guess not.

So here we come! It’s all there, up on the silver screen, two hours of a tragicomedy crime story starring a bunch of vampires who just weren’t satisfied with simply destroying Flint, Michigan — they had to try and see if they could take down the whole damn country. So come see this cops and robbers movie! The robbers this time wear suits and ties, and the cops — well, if you’re willing to accept a guy in a ballcap with a high school education as a stand-in until the real deal shows up to haul ’em away, then I humbly request your presence at your local cinema this weekend in New York and Los Angeles (and next Friday, October 2nd, all across America).

In the meantime, you can catch us on some of the TV shows that have been brave enough to let me on in the past week or so:

Nightline (as we take a stroll down Wall Street to Goldman Sachs)

Good Morning America (where they let me talk about Disney employees who don’t get medical benefits)

The View (where the Republican co-host told everyone to go see it! Whoa!)

The Colbert Report (this guy is a genius, seriously)

Larry King (where a spokesperson for the Senator who got the sweetheart loans responds for the first time)

Keith Olberman (where we both wonder just how long these media corps are going to let us get away with what we do)

Wolf Blitzer (yes, he’s back for more abuse – and lovin’ it)

… And the amazing Jay Leno. This man called me after seeing the movie and asked me to be his only in-studio guest on the second night of his new prime-time show. I said, “Jay, shouldn’t you be thinking of your ratings in the first week of the show? Are you sure you didn’t misdial Tom Hanks’ number (the area code where I live is 231; 213 is LA)?” He told me he was profoundly moved by this film. So I was the guest on his second show, and he told all of America it was my “best film” and to please go see “Capitalism: A Love Story.” That was Jay Leno saying that, not Noam Chomsky or Jane Fonda (both of whom I love dearly). The audience responded enthusiastically and, after 20 years of filmmaking, it was a moment where I crossed over deep into the mainstream of middle America. Jay’s bosses at General Electric musta been… well, let’s just say I hope they didn’t place a reprimand in his permanent record. He’s one helluva guy (and following the example he set with his free concerts for the unemployed in Michigan and Ohio last spring, I’ve gotten permission from the studio to do the same with my film in ten of the hardest-hit cities in the U.S. next week).

Oh, and he made me sing! Prepare yourself!

Thanks everyone — and see you at the movies!

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What is the #1 killer in the USA

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

What adds up to more deaths than anything else in the USA???  Think about it for a minute and then check out the facts here

Rush Limbaugh adjusts his cochlear earpiece on national TV

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Rush Limbaugh was on Jay Leno last night.  As he sits down with Jay he looks like he scratches the left side of his head but actually he is adjusting his cochlear earpiece.  He received this earpiece as he lost his hearing from his abuse of Oxycontin.  He later drives the electric car.  He refuses a helmet…again…considering he has a delicate cochlear earpiece borged onto the side of his skull he cannot have anything squeeze his head so he cannot wear a helmet.  Again his drug use gets in the way.

The video of him on TV is here.

Overview of his drug arrest is here

Here is the video from Jay Leno’s site

CNN report on his addiction is here

Images of Rush and Oxycontin pills

Rush Limbaugh’s twisted view of the world

People Magazine with a report on his drug usage

Latest Republican health care notes

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Here are the latest Republican health care programs in action.  Get your coffee can out and put one at the cash register at your local store.  I think we are going to run out of coffee cans at this rate.

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Gary Doepke neeeds medical costs covered.  A soup & sandwich benefit for Gary Doepke will be held Sept. 13 from noon-2:00pm at Washburn Baptist Church. There will also be a silent auction.

Gary is in need of a heart transplant. Proceeds will help cover travel, medical and living expenses.  Story is here

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Kathy Minor needs help with medical costs. Please join us from 5:00 to 10:00 PM on Sunday, April 22 for a Benefit and Fundraiser for Kathy (Kat) Minor.
Kat is a wonderful person and has worked at Bud & Alley’s for several years and is not in good health.
Cover charge, a portion of the bar sales, 1/2 of the bartender’s tips and all other money will be donated to Kat to help with Medical and Living expenses.
We will have a band, food, a silent auction, a raffle for a flat screen TV and more.
Help us help Kat!  Story is here

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Suzanne Perry did not have insurance and she needs donations.  Local hairstylist Suzanne Perry didn’t know whether the lump she discovered in January 2009 was cancer, but with her family history of breast cancer she knew she couldn’t put off seeing her doctor for very long. Suzanne is now facing what many family members, neighbors and friends are facing and have faced – she didn’t have health insurance.

To help offset Perry’s medical expenses, the public is invited to join a fundraising effort on Friday, September 18. The FREE Hawaiian Luau Dinner/Dance will be held at St. Williams Catholic Church, 750 Seagate Drive in Naples (just west of Waterside Shops).  Story is here

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Jeff Frisk needs you to play golf so he can receive chemotherapy as his insurance will only pay a portion of the cost . We invite you to participate in the Jewel of a Day golf tournament in any capacity you can. You can golf, be a sponsor, come out for the luncheon auction, or donate items for the auction/drawing. If you cannot participate in any of these ways, you can always make a donation online or send it to Rocky Mountain Hope directly.  Story is here

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A nation as rich as ours has people begging for help like this so they can live.  What does this say about our nation and what it thinks of people?  We have enough money to treat these people with dignity but we don’t.  This is merely putting profits ahead of people.  We are the only “real” nation on Earth where this happens.  Why?  Because we choose it to be this way.  This is the Republican plan for Health Care Reform….get lots of coffee cans.

Anthony Weiner just dominates the health care discussion with facts.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner just owns these people who do not know their topic and are looking to protect their corporate Private Insurance masters.  2 videos here

Video 1 is located here

Video 2 the second part is here

College student dies from Swine Flu. She did not receive treatment because she had no health insurance

Friday, September 25th, 2009

How many more times do we have to hear this story before we do something? This truly is a national security issue in that the loss of productive people from the workforce for no real reason is a hit to the nation. This is just wrong on so many levels and the only developed “real” nation this happens in is the USA. We’re #1??
Story is here

Have a heart attack? Walk it off!

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

BraveNewFilms has a new video they will make for CIGNA Health Care.  Video is here

The Baucus Bill has one gigantic loophole that could set back health care even from where it is now

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Baucus Health Care Reform Bill could truly set back health care from even where it is now.  Story is here

When the insurance companies simply lie like this why should we believe they have our best interests at heart

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

It truly is us or them.  They are trying to pull for them.  Meanwhile us is missing out on so many things because the insurance companies simply deny paying for treatment.  It is us and them and if you believe any different you are quite delusional.  So the teabaggers are truly helping them while hurting us.  Story is here

FINALLY!!!! Lies are being address!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Where has this been!?!?!  The lies as told by Republicans about Medicare changes are to be addresses by the White House.  About time.  Story is here

If right now there’s no one between you and your doctor, then why do you have to get things pre-approved?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

If right now there’s no one between you and your doctor, then why do you have to get things pre-approved? @RobinGrantham

Good point!

And that is exactly how the Insurance corporations make their obscene profits.

Profits at 10 of the country’s largest publicly traded health insurance companies rose 428 percent from 2000 to 2007, while consumers paid more for less coverage. One of the major reasons, according to a new study, is the growing lack of competition in the private health insurance industry that has led to near monopoly conditions in many markets.

The report says such conditions warrant a Justice Department investigation and, says Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), provide compelling evidence of the need for a public health insurance plan option as part of the health care reform initiative President Obama and Congress are developing.   Story is here

How did Glenn Beck come to be?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Salon has a 3 part series on the background of Glenn Beck and why he is the way he is.  Story is here

American Health Care failing Nikki White

Monday, September 21st, 2009

There’s no lines…there’s people yelling WE’RE #1…there’s plenty of money to pay for her care…but there’s Niki White dead as a result of being denied health insurance for many years.  Being treated at the Emergency Room is not a Health Care Plan…it is a failed Health Care Plan.  Nikki isn’t the only one…just one of 45,000 per year.  Story is here

Glenn Beck supported $700 billion TARP bailout of banks

Monday, September 21st, 2009

OF course he did…Bush was in office then.  Carry that WATER Glenn!  Go sell the Bush Plan and then bash it when Obama takes over despite the fact it was a Bush plan.  Story is here

Fake NY Post brings truth to the Warming Deniers

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Too Funny!

The “Yes Men” continue their lampooning of media and facts with another winner.  The right wing NY Post gets skewered with a fake edition containing all facts they deny about global warming.  Story is here

The whole newspaper is here

Laura Bush was a Democrat all along when her husband was President

Monday, September 21st, 2009

This is nothing new if you followed Laura Bush at all.  There are many other secrets about the W White House in this story.

There are many specific cases with people falling through the cracks which is why we need Health Care Reform

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

There are many people like this that fall through the cracks and are denied care because of insurance issues.  Story is here

There has never been an answer to the question what value insurance companies give to the health care formula. How do they actually help people get better?  Any ideas?

Teabaggers who call Obama a Socialist are wrong – Boehner

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Senator John Boehner who is the Minority Leader in the Seante says Obama is NOT a Socialist.  Teabaggers…you are now contradicted.  Story is here

Here is what happens when you get sick in Canada

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

[T]he last thing I noticed about last night was something that wasn’t there. I’m talking about that little meter in the back of my head, the one that whirred and spun and ticked off every charge from the minute I walked into an American ER until the minute I walked out again. … Even with good insurance, the co-pays alone on eight hours in the ER could bust the family grocery budget for the next three months. That big number hanging over my head was always a real distraction from dealing with whatever crisis actually put one of us there.  Story is here 

FOX News and the slanting of news OutFOXED 2008

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Here is the 2008 Outfoxed Part 1

Here is the 2008 Outfoxed Part 2

Here is FOX News stopping the truth regarding milk and hormones

9/11 and the coverup or obstruction of finding the facts

FOX News producer coaches audience on reacting during 9/12 fake protest

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

A FOX News producer tells the audience to respond even more…so they were not reporting news they were trying to make news.  This is not journalism this is Jerry Springer.  FOX News is not news.  FOX News is entertainment.  Video is here

CNN did a piece on it too.  The report said the Producer has been disciplined HOWEVER the specifics of the discipline were not outlined.  In the FOX world discipline would be a pay raise.  Video is here

Obama vs W in the stock market

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

So it seemed the stock market didn’t like W all that much but it sure loves Obama.  Story is here

If Teabaggers are serious about what they believe….these are the things they can no longer do since they represent the Socialistic side of the government.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Here is the pledge Teabaggers must take and adhere to in order to prove they are serious about what they shout.  These are all Socialistic programs funded by the government which goes against those yelling they want the government out of their lives.  Actually this list does not include ALL TV AND RADIO broadcasting and anything over the airwaves which are tightly regulated by the FCC…and satellite communications was developed by government funding.  Story is here.

A graphic showing 70,000 vs 2,000,000

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

This is pretty funny.  Story is here

Where did the bigger # come from?  Story is here.

The term CZAR means nothing. It is merely ADVISOR. If we called them ADVISOR there would not be the complaints but they are the same thing.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The White House czars are presidential assistants charged with responsibility for given policy areas. As such, they are among the president’s closest advisers. In many respects, they are equivalent to the personal staff of a member of Congress. To subject the qualifications of such assistants to congressional scrutiny — the regular confirmation process — would trench upon the president’s inherent right, as the head of an independent and equal branch of the federal government, to seek advice and counsel where he sees fit.   Story is here

So Czar=Advisor. The people upset about the term CZAR are really upset over nothing other that a term describing an ADVISOR.  So they truly are upset over nothing.

Forget about God-given inalienable rights. Women got the vote because men let them vote.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

HA!

This is their thought process.  This is how they see the world.  This is quite contrary to the Constitution in that is was NOT the graciousness of men that gave women the right to vote but the Constitution says they were given the right at birth.  BUT NO.  Too funny! Typical!  Video is located here

Glenn Beck on the cover of Time Magazine.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

However the article did not highlight the obvious facts that Beck leaves out or distorts.  This article corrects the incorrect article from time.

45,000 die without insurance annually

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The new numbers show 45,000 people die as a result of not having insurance annually.  Story is here

Robert Reich with a couple scenarios as Health Care Reform comes down to the wire

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Sept. 17, 2009 | How is it that a decision next week by a single senator from Maine will almost certainly determine whether America’s future healthcare system is still in the hands of private for-profit insurance companies and Big Pharma or enables more Americans to get better healthcare at lower cost? Bear with me, because you need to know what’s likely to happen if she signs on, and if she doesn’t. The next few weeks are crucial.   Story is here

Rick Sanchez takes FOX News to task over 9/12 coverage

Friday, September 18th, 2009

CNN’s Rick Sanchez takes on FOX News about their coverage of the 9/12 event.  Video is here

Finally CNN is taking on FOX for not showing news.  Video is here

If fire departments operated like health insurance companies

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The next time someone you know has been brain-washed by FOX (Faux News Channel) into railing against socialism, ask them how they would like to be the caller in our little story. Sound far fetched? This is exactly how the health insurance companies treat their customers.

If all else fails, suggest they visit the one country with no taxes, no government regulation, no government paid for infrastructure, and no limits on what a person can do. Welcome to the Libertarian paradise of Somalia. Armed street gangs, Warlords, Pirates, and no central government. The Cato Institute must be so proud.  Story is here

 

Government that works FOR people is a great thing

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The government we have gotten from Republicans has not worked FOR people but has worked FOR corporations.  Government has been blamed and vilified but the things it does have often times had massive payoffs for the whole nation. Story is here

Michael Moore spoke in San Francisco today and I was there.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Introducing his new movie to San Francisco…Michael Moore spoke to a group of about 400 or so at Justin Herman Plaza today.  I was there.  I recorded it and to see the video click here.  He spoke for 40 minutes which is here in one file….which is 250 megs or so.

Here is his official picture of the San Francisco event which had me off his left shoulder.  I cannot see myself in this picture though…hmmm.

Here is Michael Moore on Jay Leno

Article on “Capitalism: A Love Story” is located here

Green 960 is the local radio station I listen to the most.  Their Program Director John Scott spoke with Michael Moore about his movie after it premiered in San Francisco.  Video is here

Michael Moore speaks at a screening of his movie.  Video is here

Chicago Tribune article on Michael Moore.  Article is here

Where in the world do they have Universal Health Care?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Here is a map of Universal Health Care nations.  Map is located here.

The crowd that cannot believe science tries to tell us how to count now.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Come on….they don’t believe in science…how can they count???  Story is here

Domestic Abuse can be termed “pre existing condition” and medical care can be denied by Private Insurers

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

States are looking at making it illegal for insurers to deny coverage for a pre existing condition relating to domestic abuse.  Story is here

CIGNA denies cancer patient treatment while CEO makes $120 million in 5 years.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Typical.

This is why Privatized Insurance is just wrong.

Story is here 

10 simple lessons for Teabaggers

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

10 simple lessons for the Teabaggers.  Story is here

Here, then, are 10 Lessons for Tea Baggers:

  1. President Obama Cut Your Taxes
  2. The Stimulus is Working
  3. First Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt…
  4. …Then George W. Bush Doubled It Again
  5. Republican States Have the Worst Health Care
  6. Medicare is a Government Program
  7. Barack Obama is Not a Muslim
  8. Barack Obama was Born in the United States
  9. 70,000 Does Not Equal 2,000,000
  10. The Economy Almost Always Does Better Under Democrats

Story is here

Right wing bloggers claim large numbers but fail to know the #s reflect Obama inauguration turnout

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

These people are saying the 9/12 turnout was the biggest protest ever.  HOWEVER they are actually using #s from the Obama inauguration which was quite possibly one of the biggest ever.  This is typical in that the followers are saying things they are told to say by the FOX News cheerleaders however those cheerleaders are just wrong….so the followers are just wrong.  The followers are doing what they are told to do by people who are not interested in facts.  That is the problem in the whole debate….the facts mean nothing and mouth yapping means everything.  Story is here

Teabaggers proving they truly do not know what they are even saying

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

These people are just lost and Glenn Beck and FOX News is leading them astray.  Video is here

More comes out about the Bush Whitehouse

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

“In 2007 I finally made it to the Bush White House as a presidential speechwriter. But it was not at all what I envisioned. It was less like Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing and more like The Office.”  Story is here

However Bush DID make a quite good assessment of Palin as she was named McCain’s running mate.  Story is here

Here is a hero in the midst of the teabagger nuttery

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

To walk through a group and have an opposing view is pretty brave.  This guy is simply on the correct side as he is verbally assaulted through the crowd.  Video is here

Your dog is more in tune with you than you think

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Dogs!!!!!  They are great!  Story is here

62% say Republicans are NOT bargaining in good faith over Health Care Reform

Monday, September 14th, 2009

62% say Republicans are NOT bargaining in good faith over Health Care Reform.  Poll is here

30. Do you think the Republicans in Congress are or are not making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats on health care reform?

          Are   Are not   No opinion
9/12/09   31      62           7

Glenn Beck makes up numbers about the 9/12 gathering in Washington DC

Monday, September 14th, 2009

He simply makes up numbers.  Amazing!  Story is here

And a photo of the 9/12 gathering was NOT a photo of the 9/12 gathering at all!  Story is here