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March 06, 2012

The mystery of the severed feet washing ashore in Canada has probably been solved

Or at least a very plausible theory has been put forward. Missing feet solved - NYPOST.com
Since 2007, nine disembodied feet, most still inside sneakers, have washed up off the coasts of British Columbia and Washington state, sparking an international guessing game over their ghoulish origins. Among the most popular theories: that the feet belonged to victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, or illegal stowaways, or were the final remains of the victims of a serial killer who had come up with a highly original calling card. Finally, the mystery has been cracked, and the cause is as pedestrian as it is tragic: These feet, according the coroner’s office of British Columbia, almost all belong to suicides, and almost all of them jumped from bridges spanning the powerful Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver. Once the bodies sank — a dead body will expel the gases that keep it afloat within hours — the body begins to decompose, limbs begin to separate and marine life begins to feed. Feet shod in polymer-based sneakers, however, survived — fish can’t chew through them. “It’s very explainable,” said coroner Stephen Fonseca, who’s worked on each of the cases. “The unusual nature of this is that the feet were found in a very short period of time.” . . .

February 29, 2012

Texas doctor caught running biggest Medicare scam ever

Feds Accuse Texas Doctor Of Largest Medicare Fraud In US History | TPMMuckraker
A Texas doctor was accused Tuesday in the largest Medicare fraud case in US history, with federal prosecutors charging him with scamming the government with $375 million in phony billings. Justice Department officials announced that Dr. Jacques Roy was arrested in Texas and faces life in prison as well as fines of more than $250,000 if convicted, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported that Roy and his assistant, who was also charged, sent “recruiters” door-to-door in the Dallas area to get people to sign bogus medical forms that were then used in the alleged scam. The pair even went as far as to pay homeless people $50 each to sign the forms, according to the DOJ accusations.

February 23, 2012

Pretty much everyone knows that Romney and Paul are working together

Here's the question: Can a Romney/Paul 2012 ticket win? Could the Paultards choke down their disgust over Romney to get their man into the White House? Conspiracy! Rivals Accuse Romney And Paul Of Collusion | TPM2012
The warm friendship between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney is starting to annoy their rivals, who are openly accusing the two candidates of forming a Survivor-style alliance. Ron Paul has mostly refrained from tough attacks on Romney, who has some kind words in turn for Paul. The libertarian-leaning Congressman has instead used his debate performances and advertising dollars to go after the rest of the field. Thursday’s debate was no different as Paul lashed Santorum as a “fake” conservative, an attack he’s deployed in a TV spot in Michigan this week as well. Earlier in the race, he took a similar tack with Newt Gingrich. Neither campaign is pleased. “You have to ask Congressman Paul and Gov. Romney what they’ve got going together,” Santorum told the Washington Examiner’s Byron York. “Their commercials look a lot alike, and so do their attacks.” Santorum’s chief strategist, John Brabender, got into the action as well. “Clearly there is a tag-team strategy between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney,” Brabender told reporters. “There’ve been 20 debates, right? Why don’t you go back and see how many times Ron Paul has ever criticized anything Mitt Romney has done.”