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Brews with Brett; Why the Supreme Court Nominee’s Favorite Drink May Be His Downfall

Daniel Chase

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When electing government officials or appointing Supreme Court justices, it’s always a pleasure to have common interests. Clinton got jazzy with his saxophone solos, the notorious RBG (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is a major gym rat, and Obama sang Marvin Gaye at press conferences, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh enjoys the finer things, the beer necessities, if you must.

If my allusions to the nominee’s support of this cereal-grain based alcohol are not sparking any fuses, please let me elaborate.

Last Thursday, on September 27, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing during which Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavaunaugh was asked to testify in response to several allegations against him made by two different woman, alleging that during his time in high school, he committed actions of sexual misconduct.

One of the women, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, also testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee. While Dr. Ford was forced to relive the trauma of the alleged event that has haunted her and followed her for the last 30 years, Kavanaugh’s mind was elsewhere.

During Thursday’s committee hearing, Kavanaugh used the word “beer” almost 30 times in his testimony. I will digress and say that the Supreme Court nominee assured the committee that he did, in fact, have other interests in high school. He spoke on his adoration of “lifting weights, playing basketball, or hanging out with friends” on multiple occasions. After sensing that the committee understood he was a real renaissance man, he went on to disclose that,  “Yes, we drank beer. My friends and I, the boys and girls. Yes, we drank beer. I liked beer. Still like beer. We drank beer.” I think Anheuser-Busch has found its new spokesperson.

I can see it now, a herd of beautiful brown Clydesdale horses galloping across the plains of Montana, the sun at high noon. A sultry cover of John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home” is playing, and we see a man in the distance sitting on a rocking chair on his porch, chocolate Labrador Retriever on his right side. He pulls a tall, cold one out of the cooler on his left and we get a close up of his face, Kavanuagh’s face. “My friends and I, boys and girls, drink beer. I like beer, still like beer. We drink beer.”

Fade out…black.

All kidding aside, Kavanaugh’s public adoration on beer during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where he is being accused of sexual assault is problematic.

Brett Kavanaugh denies any/all allegations of sexual misconduct made against him, claiming that “he never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is out, we do not know if he is lying or telling the truth.

If we take into consideration his intense, seemingly forced, emotional reactions to the questions of the committee, one could argue that he truly believes he is isn’t, or something which is drastically worse, he truly does not remember.

Kavanaugh began his testimony with an immediate negation of all allegations made against him…

“Less than two weeks ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing wrongdoing at an event more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, categorically and unequivocally….This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination. This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country”

Many, many moments later, Kavanaugh beings to sob and drink very large amounts of water, as if he had drunk nothing but beer for the past 35 years and forgot what water tastes like.

“I never sexually assaulted anyone! Not in high school, not in college, not ever!”

And then it happened…he disclosed to the committee that “sometimes I had too many beers.”

Following discovery of this information, Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked Kavanaugh what he considered to be too many beers. His snarky response was to be expected and had something to do with his cluelessness and insistence that she check a “BAC (blood alcohol content) chart or something.”

Deflecting the sarcasm, Mitchell pressed on. “Have you ever passed out from drinking?”

Kavanaugh hesitated and responded, “I — passed out would be — no, but I’ve gone to sleep, but — I’ve never blacked out.

This friends, is where my concern lies. While I believe Dr. Ford’s testimony, as well as any survivor who comes forth and speaks on being sexually assaulted, I see where Brett Kavanaugh is struggling. He does not remember. Be it because of the cursed, wonderful beer that he fell pray to in his high school years, or the fact that those years are 36 trips around the sun behind him. It doesn’t matter, if he believes he is telling the truth, it is because the memory is nowhere to be found.

As for his love of beer, it may very well be that his rhetoric surrounding the beverage was crafted to depict him as a blameless, “average Joe,” just trying to enjoy beer with his friends. How could he sexually assault someone? He just wanted to drink beer.

He didn’t know any better, and if he did, he doesn’t remember.

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The Dangers Of Automation

Daniel Chase

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Four score and many miles per gallon ago, society took a massive leap forward following the invention of the automobile. Trips that would otherwise take days on horseback or in horse-drawn carriages were reduced to hours thanks to the advent of the internal combustion engine.

In 1905, Henry Ford, and the Ford Motor Company released the first Model T, representing the first American-made automobile, as well as the beginning of Ford’s use of the assembly line. It has been said, by many theorists and data scientists, that humanity goes through a significant shift every hundred years or so, with that gap lessening over time.

Though it may seem foreign to people in modern society, there was a time when “jaywalking” wasn’t a fineable offense, and there was no such thing as “running a red-light.” 

Interestingly enough, the “right of way” law we’ve all come to know and struggle with was invented so that horse-drawn carriages, which were still around at the time, could avoid engine-powered cars.

It was something to do with loud noises scaring the horses, it makes perfect sense. Generations have passed and we have become a people dependent on transportation, in all its iterations. Why spend months trying to make good on your promise to pursue manifest destiny when you can simply grab a seat on a Southwest flight? 

Amidst all the constant movement and commotion, we’ve created a monster of an issue. Streets are overrun with automobiles, motorcycles, buses, and all three demons are contributing to polluting the air.

Avoiding the obvious tirade one could take in terms of environmental degradation, the problem is simply that there are too many cars being piloted by inefficient operators.

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 18,720 people died on U.S. roadways between January and June in 2018. An additional 2.1 million people were estimated to have sustained serious crash-related injuries during the first six months of last year. 

If humans are anything, we smell terrible. Well, if we possess a second quality, it’s that we are inherently problem solvers. In the face of adversity, the great minds of our time have worked their cerebellums off to pioneer autonomous vehicular technology. In laymen’s terms, we’re talking about self-driving cars. 

Though we’ve talked about companies who’ve invested in self-driving technology before, we’re focusing on what the rollout of this tech actually means for our future.

Artificial intelligence posits that technology will one day, if it hasn’t already, be able to make its own decisions based on feedback loops and other data. Tech experts refer to AI as “machine learning,” which is based on humans training computers to duplicate human intelligence and effectively “make decisions” with their own autonomy. 

Artificial intelligence posits that technology will one day, if it hasn’t already, be able to make its own decisions based on feedback loops and other data. Tech experts refer to AI as “machine learning,” which is based on humans training computers to duplicate human intelligence and effectively “make decisions” with their own autonomy. 

Taking this to a mind-altering place for one moment, several writers from TechCrunch suggested that issues related to patent laws could come to hinder the progress of AI-fueled tech. In the article, the authors suggest that because the “self-learning process of AI means that subject matter could be developed by the AI itself,” would that make the AI the inventor of the newfound answers? 

Assuming for the moment that your brain hurts, allow me to explain. If machine-learning scientists accomplish what they’ve set out to do (i.e. create computers that can think for themselves), what’s stopping these sentient bots from making decisions that they think is best. 

Take a self-driving car for example. Let’s say a family of four is driving down a highway in their self-driving vehicle, and they’re traveling at 65 miles per hour. A mile down the way, another vehicle, which is not self-driving is swerving in and out of lanes.

This car will collide with the self-driving car if nothing is done, so it is left to the AI to decide how to handle the situation. Now this could go a number of ways. The AI could decide to protect the family and swerve out of the way, but on the right of the car is a cliff, so this would be dangerous.

The self-driving vehicle could calculate a crash that would cause the least amount of harm and hit the oncoming vehicle, but this could injure the other driver.

Who would be at fault? 

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A Formidable Opponent

Daniel Chase

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Though this is purely speculative, I firmly believe that if time travel were possible, and we decided to send a representative from the present to share news of the future with our founding fathers, they might not take the news seriously. I think the fact, alone, that slavery has since been outlawed would send Washington, Adams, and Jefferson into the 18th century equivalent of cardiac arrest.

Having said that, it still amazes me that society allowed for slavery, sexism, spousal abuse, racism, and countless other toxic practices that continued for hundreds of years. I can only imagine how the founding fathers would react to the fact that we have a myriad of different races, cultures, and gender identities represented in our current political system. In a country that previously abused and hanged individuals solely based on the color of their skin, we saw the first African-American president get elected to not one, but two terms in our time. 

If America’s founding was based on any principle that has remained over the years, its that the future of our existence is dependent on our ability to adapt and make changes where they are needed, not just where we feel like making adjustments. I write to you as a cis-gendered, heterosexual white male, and with that comes privileges I never asked for, but nonetheless give me significant advantages over many others in this world. Yesterday, the groundwork was set for history to take a step, once more, in a positive direction. 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced in a television interview that she will run for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. The former California Attorney General turned Junior Senator made her plans public on Martin Luther King Day, a holiday that many associates with federal offices being closed, but others know as a day to reflect on a man who was assassinated for advocating for the civil rights of all living people. Harris is not, by typical measures, representative of what many Americans associate with a typical presidential candidate, namely because she isn’t an older white man. It does not matter what side of the aisle you think has the comfy seats, as a society, we are all to blame for the subjugation of people of color, and Harris’ announcement of her planned candidacy is a step in the right direction for fair and equal representation in politics. 

But as much as it pains me to say this, no one should vote for Sen. Harris solely on the basis of her being a female person of color. Believe it or not, you are wasting your vote if you don’t do your homework and understand how candidates feel about different issues, and if elected, what they will do to correct these injustices. 

“On the issue of climate change: Every parent wants to know that their child can drink clean water and breathe clean air. And that same parent wants to know that they’re able to bring home enough money with one job to pay their bills and pay their rent and put food on the table, instead of having to work two or three jobs. Every person wants to know that there will be a criminal justice system that is fair to all people, regardless of their race.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

Perhaps Harris’ most attractive quality as a presidential candidate is that she believes no one American lives their life through the lens of one particular issue. We are a nation of people as complicated as our systemic injustices have catalyzed and then some. There is no catch-all opinion to slap on a platform and run for office, except that every person deserves to live freely and enjoy a healthy life. Harris said that “every person wants that a mother and father should not have to sit down with their teenage son and have the talk, and tell that child about how they will be stopped or arrested, or profiled and potentially shot because of their race.” 

It’s morally repugnant and disgusting that people of color walk American in streets in fear of being persecuted, profiled, arrested, and unfortunately shot. As an informed citizen of this country, though I will be participating in the upcoming election, it matters more to me that a candidate does everything in her power to make every American feel protected under the law, not live in fear of those who enforce it. 

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Multi-Trillion Dollar Industry Providing Massive Opportunity in 2019 & Beyond

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According to [1] Deloitte, global health care spending is projected to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020. This growing, multi-trillion-dollar industry is evolving to meet the demand of global consumers.

The way people receive health care is evolving. Advancements in telemedicine and artificial intelligence are making way for innovative health care approaches that combine human skill-based expertise with emerging technologies.

Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) is a Canadian publicly traded company strategically poised to take advantage of business opportunities in the global health care industry.

THE PROBLEM: The Health Care System is Dated & Broken!

  • Rising Costs: Governments and payors facing increasing costs that are simply unsustainable.
  • Inefficient Use of Resources: 39% of Canadians who visited an ER indicated that they could have avoided the visit if they had better access to primary care.
  • Doctor Supply: A shortage of primary care doctors and nurses, especially in remote and rural communities, leads to clinician burn out and patients frustrated by long wait times. Newly licensed doctors are avoiding primary care because of these dynamics, which increases the pressure on an already stressed system.
  • Accessibility: Approximately 15% of Canadians aged 12 and older don’t have a primary care physician. Nearly two-thirds (59%) of seniors are unable to get a same-or next-day appointment. Almost 7 in 10 Canadians avoid seeing a doctor when they are sick.

THE PREMIER HEALTH SOLUTION:

  • On Your Time: Patients can book appointments & be seen by general practitioners & specialists 24/7.
  • Ease of Access: Patients, Doctors, Nurses & Pharmacists can review your medical chart in real-time, anytime.
  • No Borders: Doctors can be anywhere in the world and still see their patients. Patients can visit any clinic and have their medical charts follow them.
  • At Your Convenience: Prescriptions electronically submitted to the pharmacy of their choice or delivered free to them by a preferred pharmacy partner.

    Latest News:

  • February 14, 2019 – Premier Health (OTC:PHGRF) (CSE:PHGI) Provides Corporate Update


Premier Health’s Future Is Happening Right Now!

HealthVue, a subsidiary of Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) currently has an ecosystem of over 100,000 active patients and plans to rapidly increase that number both domestically and internationally.

Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) is rapidly expanding. On 12/10/2018 the company signed a binding Letter of Intent to acquire a Vancouver, British Columbia based pharmacy. Premier Health expects the acquisition to close in or about Q1-19. It’s worth mentioning that this is not just a “startup pharmacy” Premier Health is aiming to buy. For the fiscal year 2017/18, this pharmacy has revenues of approximately $1MM and an adjusted EBITDA of about 30%.

Just the Tip of the Iceberg

On its own, Premier Health currently has 4 medical clinics and 20+ licensed medical professionals. In 2018 the company has reported 36,521 patient visits, 6869 online bookings and 418 of telemedicine visits.

On December 17, 2018, Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) announced that it had signed a binding LOI to acquire all the outstanding securities of Cloud Practice Inc. And on January 10, Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) signed a definitive agreement to solidify this acquisition!

This Acquisition Comes With:

  • Juno EMR (Electronic Medical Record) Cloud-Based Solution.
  • ClinicAid, a Medical Billing Software.
  • MyHealthAccess, an Online Patient Portal.

Juno’s EMR would give Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) access to a system that is currently used by:

  • 287 Clinics
  • 3,000+ Licensed Practitioners
  • 1,500 Medical Staff
  • 2,870,000 Registered Patients

This Gets So Much Better…

ClinicAid, processes upwards of $30,000,000 in payments to over 3000 health providers on a monthly basis. This new potential acquisition would give Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) immediate access to added cash flow and earnings growth.

The Cannabis Connection

On November 15, 2018, Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) announced plans to expand the scope of its practice by launching a Cannabis Clinic for patients.

Dr. Essam Hamza, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Health said, “The role of Cannabis in treating medical conditions is continuously expanding. Our doctors have had success in treating their patients with various ailments from chronic pain to cancer-related symptoms. Unfortunately, there is a gap between the patient’s need for medical marijuana, and the family doctor’s comfort and knowledge to prescribe it. We are looking to fill that gap with various forms of clinics and services to help our patients and healthcare workers”

“Cannabis clinics fit in perfectly with our existing Telemedicine services and comprehensive app plans. The patient will not only be able to see their family doctor with our app but also connect with their Cannabis clinic healthcare worker, the education nurse and eventually even the pharmacy or LP that is providing the prescription. This team-based and encompassing approach will provide the best and most convenient care for our patients.”

The Canadian medical cannabis clinic market is estimated to be worth approximately $2.35 billion by 2025.

According to [2] Dr. Essam Hamza the Company expects to provide additional updates on Cannabis related acquisitions in Q4-18 and Q1-19.

A Man of His Word

On [3] November 26, 2018, Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) provided an update on its expansion into Cannabis Clinics for Patients. The company announced that it had engaged discussions with Licensed Producers under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), other licensed medical cannabis companies and government officials in order to establish a framework for both patient and physician education.

Dr. Essam Hamza, CEO of Premier Health said, “With over 110,000 active patients in our clinic ecosystem it is important that we provide them with the best possible information that allows them to make informed decisions about their personal and family’s health.  Providing our family physicians with the appropriate tools and knowledge to prescribe cannabis or with the ability to refer patients to a specialist within our clinics is a key outcome of this initiative.

The 11/26/2018 Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) news release went on to announce that the company is actively recruiting additional physicians for its existing clinics and a cannabis-focused physician that is licensed in Canada.

Follow the Cannabis Market Leaders

The major cannabis companies can forge the road ahead. Companies like Aurora Cannabis are going after pharmacies with its recent acquisition of Farmacias Magistrales in Mexico. In its latest financial report, Aurora Cannabis reported 67,484 active registered patients and this was up from roughly 43,000 during the prior quarter.

Another cannabis industry leader Canopy Growth reported 84,400 registered patients on September 30, 2018.

For What it’s Worth

Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) has an opportunity via its recently announced potential acquisitions, to access a pool that reaches roughly 3 million patients. Comparatively speaking, how do these numbers compare to the current aforementioned “cannabis market leaders”?

The Premier Opportunity

As stated before, according to [1] Deloitte. global health care spending is projected to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020. This growing multi-trillion-dollar industry is evolving to meet the demand of global consumers.

The way people receive health care is evolving. Premier Health Group Inc. (OTC: PHGRF) / (CSE: PHGI) / (6PH.F) is utilizing advancements in telemedicine and artificial intelligence to make way for innovative health care approaches that combine human skill-based expertise with emerging technologies.

Recent News

February 7, 2019 – Premier Health Announces Partnership Strategy for Expansion into Cannabis Clinics

January 29, 2019 – Premier Health (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI) Announces Closing of Cloud Practice Inc. Acquisition

January 24, 2019 – Premier Health Announces (OTC: PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI) Binding LOI to Acquire Two Operating Pharmacies in Metro Vancouver

January 17, 2019 – Premier Health (OTC:PHGRF) (CSE: PHGI) Announces Strategic Partnership With China’s 360 Health, a Subsidiary of 360 Security Technology Inc.

Endnotes:
[1]
2018 Global health care outlook: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Life-Sciences-Health-Care/gx-lshc-hc-outlook-2018.pdf

[2] Premier Health Group to Expand Scope of Practice by Launching a Cannabis Clinic for Patients: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/premier-health-group-expand-scope-080500501.html

[3] Premier Health Group Inc. Provides Update on Expansion into Cannabis Clinic for Patients: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/premier-health-group-inc-provides-123000166.html

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