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HIPPA, PHI, and ACA Navigators

Today, I started a new position with a non-profit human service organization in NYC. A very large, very old, very respected one.

Not that the size and age are relevant to anything; it's JIC you can read between the lines.

The data center for the NSA appears to have a scaling issue

WSJ article. It seems that the electrical system inside the center randomly arcs, destroying a lot of equipment. That's a plural arcs. Almost once a month in the last year; with a destroyed equipment cost around $100,000 each time. That's before multiple consultants to identify the problem were paid and before the repairs were made.

Cryptography

In case anyone is interested, Bruce Schneier is a recognized face for cryptography and related issues. While I am sure there are others, I find Schneier to be accessible and he is covering this latest issue on his blog.

If interested, one can read a live thread by hackers concerned with such issues here. The first line in the thread:

Europeans agree with Snowden

 

At least several someones get it:

 

Fugitive Snowden in running for European rights prize

 

Snowden, who is in hiding in Russia, is one of seven nominations made by members of the European Parliament for the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought [emphasis added for those who don't get it], a move likely to upset Washington which wants to try him on espionage charges.

Finally, some good news

Rumor has it that the Pope faces arrest.

Reuters:

Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican

http://itccs.org/ has several blurbs; apparently, an arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 4; six days later Ratzinger resigned; and then the PR spin began: pity the poor old man who is physically degenerating; he can hardly stand up!

Ann Coulter continues to be horrible

It's old; and hardly news...and I don't think I've seen it here, so in case it's interesting:

http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2013-01-16.html

GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, THE MENTALLY ILL DO

 

I really don't like that whole "play the nazi/fascist card" thing. But sometimes, statements like this specific one by Coulter seem to exhibit  a willingnes of the speaker to walk right up to the boundary between "other stuff" and outright fascist-like eugenics.

News Flash: Republicans still dancing to DJ ToneDef

Race and "My body, not yours.": Virginia DA Cuccinelli falls down, spins on back: TPM

Race: Virginia Senate apartheids the dance floor.

Mental Health at the Washington Post

FYI: I recently discovered the Blogs at the WP under She the People.

Several of the recent entries there concern the issue in the subject line, mental health. I think it's recommended reading.

For instance:

The NRA’s school safety plan: Round up the sick and arm the children

and:

After Newtown: What mental health system?

The mentally ill and the security-industrial complex in schools

Earlier this week, I noted that no one had yet gone over the line and scapegoated the mentally ill.

I have just finished reading Wayne LaPierre's remarks, and I'm here to let you know that Wayne has done just that: put out the cat's paw  or trial balloon to scapegoat the mentally ill:

Page 3, first paragraph:

"A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?"

Child soldiers

What's the difference between a child soldier in, say, Africa and Adam Lanza?

While the child soldier in Africa is at least as heavily armed as Lanza, he's killed fewer people.

That's not intended to be a joke.

Since I'm usually interested in sarcasm as a means to, metaphorically, slap people who are in a panic I can ask this:

Since at least one group in Africa cites the bible as a source for fielding child soldiers, will those people scapegoating video games commission an equivalent investigation into the bible?

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