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National Healthcare

Thanks to Mark Levin, here is a compilation of the horrors of national healthcare.  For those of you who keep inisiting that national health care is a requirement that the government needs to provide everyone.

http://www.liberty-page.com/issues/healthcare/socialized.html


Introduction
Background on problems caused by government intervention in the health care market.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS INCLUDES the UNITED STATES health care industry, which is HEAVILY regulated…with the usual results.

Worldwide Experiments in Socialism
Links, articles and figures detailing widespread and specific problems in countries with varying degrees of socialized health care.

  • Great Britain
  • Other European Countries
  • Canada
  • Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • Cuba
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Americans Blindly Supporting More Government through so-called Universal Health Care
    Socialist health care system supporters often point to sky rocketing health insurance prices in the U.S. as a problem with a “capitalist” system. However, all of the pervasive problems within the U.S. health care system are a direct result of statism.

  • U.S. health care problems caused by government intervention
  • Economicsyes, it applies to health care, too
  • Straight from the Statist Guide Book…

  • What about those “40 million without health insurance”?
  • Why does “the U.S. spend such a high percentage of its GDP on health care”?
  • Great Britain
    [Top]
    Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was created on July 5, 1948. As with all government programs, bureaucrats underestimated initial cost projections. First-year operating costs of NHS were 52 million pounds higher than original estimates1 as Britons saturated the so-called free system.Many decades of shortages, misery and suffering followed until 1989, when some market-based health care competition was reintroduced to the British citizens2.

    Unfortunately for those requiring care, a mostly socialist health care system has problems. The articles and commentaries in this section identify some disasters caused by government intervention in the British health care system.

    I also recommend reading David G. Green and Laura Casper’s economic report, Delay, Denial and Dilution: The Impact of NHS Rationing on Heart Disease and Cancer to see the inevitable outcome of the necessary rationing of government health care.

    Straight from the newspapers

    Other European Countries
    [Top]

    Canada
    [Top]
    Parliament unanimously passed the Canada Health Act in 1984 and established a single-payer, publicly-financed health care system. To ensure a true government monopoly (is there any other kind?) Canadian provinces outlawed private health insurance. Chaoulli v. Quebec UPDATE (June 9, 2005): In a 4 to 3 decision, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down Quebec’s law that prohibits private medical insurance.

    U.S. Patients have Greater Access to Advanced Medical Technology Than Do Canadians


    Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    [Top]

    Cuba
    [Top]
    The Cuban Government has implemented a two-tiered medical system (e.g. “medical apartheid”) that caters to foreign tourists while denying native Cubans access to basic medical necessities (at least it is “free” to them). This attempt to draw foreign dollars is one of many programs that were necessary once the Soviet subsidies ended in the early nineties.

    New Zealand
    [Top]
    New Zealand’s Ministry of Health is the New Zealand “Government’s principal agent and advisor on health and disability.”

    Australia
    [Top]
    Australia’s universal health care scheme is relatively new (introduced in 1983, which built on the 1974 Medibank program). As with all socialized health care systems, there is a mixture of public versus private care (approximately 30% of Australians also retain private health insurance). As a result, the private patients receive better care than their medicare counterparts. The salary caps and artificial increase in demand for care that always occur in a national health care system are resulting in predictable physician shortages.

    U.S. health care problems caused by government intervention
    [Top]
    All of the pervasive problems within the U.S. health care system are a direct result of statism. Unfortunately, most Americans buy into the feel-good soundbites and look to the socialist utopia to provide answers, not understanding that additional government intervention always worsens the problems.Not even the so-called experts who villify capitalism understand the difference between Statism/socialism and liberty (see Dr. Arnold S. Relman’s For-Profit Health Care: Expensive, Inefficient and Inequitable, in which he refers to “HMOs that would be paid by the government” as “care under the private system”).

    Economics
    [Top]
    Health care is a limited commodity- even if the statists ignore this fact.



    Footnotes [top]
    1 – M. Foot (1997). Aneurin Bevan: A Biography. New York: Atheneum. [Great Britain]
    2 – P. Day and R. Klein, “Britain’s Health Care Experiment,” Health Affairs, Fall 1991, pp. 39-59; and A. Enthoven, “Internal Market Reform of the British Health Service,” Health Affairs, Fall 1991, pp. 60-70. [Great Britain]

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    July 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    Stimulus Checks and Obama Voters?

    Seems kinda funny how bureaucracy can inadvertently tell the truth without realizing it.  Seems I may have found the proof that there were too many voters in the election  of Obama.  Seems that some people are now getting stimulus checks who aren’t even eligible.  What would make them ineligible?  How about lack of life.  Yep.  Being dead.

    So dead people are receiving government stimulus checks.  And in at least one case, a person who died in Italy and was never eligible for Social Security received a check.

    And I can’t help but wonder if he voted for Obama, thanks probably to ACORN.   And the next logical question becomes how many others and which ones…

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/05/15/dead-people-sent-stimulus-checks/

    Thousands of Americans are receiving federal stimulus checks in the mail, this week. Only problem: many of them are deceased.

    Recently, a Long Island, New York woman was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the U.S. Treasury — but it wasn’t for her.

    Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago.

    Romonini was a U.S. citizen when he left for Italy in 1933, but only returned to the U.S. for a seven-month visit in 1969.

    The Santopadres are not alone. The Social Security Administration, which sent out 52 million checks, said some of those checks mistakenly went to dead people because the agency had no record of their death. That amounts to between 8,000 and 10,000 checks for millions of dollars.

    The feds blame a rushed schedule, because all the checks have to be cut by June. But strangely, some of the checks were made out to people — like Romonini — who were never even part of the Social Security system.



    May 15, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008

    http://www.consumerfreedom.com/pressRelease_detail.cfm/release/258

    Hypocritical Animal Rights Group’s 2008 Disclosures Bring Pet Death Toll To 21,339
    WASHINGTON DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2008. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the animal rights group kills an average of 5.8 pets every day at its Norfolk, VA headquarters.

    According to public records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA killed 2,124 pets last year and placed only seven in adoptive homes. Since 1998, a total of 21,339 dogs and cats have died at the hands of PETA workers.

    Despite having a $32 million budget, PETA does not operate an adoption shelter. PETA employees make no discernible effort to find homes for the thousands of pets they kill every year. Last year, the Center for Consumer Freedom petitioned Virginia’s State Veterinarian to reclassify PETA as a slaughterhouse.

    CCF Research Director David Martosko said: “PETA hasn’t slowed down its hypocritical killing machine one bit, but it keeps browbeating the rest of society with a phony ‘animal rights’ message. What about the rights of the thousands of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that die in PETA’s headquarters building?”

    Martosko added: “Since killing pets is A-OK with PETA, why should anyone listen to their demands about eating meat, using lab rats for medical research, or taking children to the circus?”

    CCF obtained PETA’s “Animal Record” filings since 1998 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members of the public can see these documents at PetaKillsAnimals.com.

    In addition to exposing PETA’s hypocritical record of killing defenseless animals, the Center for Consumer Freedom has publicized the animal rights group’s ties to violent activists, and shed light on its aggressive message-marketing to children.

    The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices. For media comment, contact our media department at 202-463-7112 ext. 115


    March 30, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | 2 Comments

    Green Scam 2

    OK, so a couple of days after my first post on the Green Scam I find the following  articles:
    Heaviest Snow in 18 Years Brings Much of Europe to a Halt

    and the Weather.com forecast from February 4,2009:

    Chill all the way to Florida
    Tom Moore, Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
    Feb. 3, 2009 8:42 pm ET
    Northeast
    In the wake of the southern New England snow and wind event, the Northeast will be left with scattered snow showers on Wednesday. A weak storm system over North Carolina by Wednesday morning may send some snow over the lower Chesapeake Bay and the southern Del-Mar-VA Peninsula. Wind chills will be low with temperatures forecast to range from the mid-teens in areas near the Canadian border to the upper 30s in south-central Virginia.
    Midwest
    Much of the Midwest will be quite cold and windy on Wednesday with scattered snow showers extending from the Great Lakes southward into eastern Kentucky and the central Appalachians.  Lake-effect snow will continue overnight across portions of northern Indiana just south of Lake Michigan. Several more inches are likely to fall. This activity will gradually diminish by morning. Gusty southerly winds on the Great Plains will drive temperatures up to near or above average. High temperatures will range from the single digits on parts of Michigan’s U.P. to the low 60s in far western Kansas.
    South
    An Arctic cold front will sweep down through Florida on Wednesday leading to a very cold Wednesday night. Light snow will continue across the southern Appalachians through Wednesday. Some overnight and early morning snow, with light accumulations are likely in the Raleigh, N.C., to the Norfolk, Va., corridor. Above average temperatures will prevail across the southern Plains and Texas, however. Highs will range from the mid- and 20s in central and eastern Tennessee and the southern Appalachians to the mid-70s in extreme southern Texas.
    West
    High pressure aloft will hang on for another day across the West. The result will be dry conditions. All of that will change by Thursday as a storm system pushes into California. The parched state will at least see some much needed rain into Saturday. High temperatures range from the 20s in the northern Washington Cascades and Glacier National Park to the low 80s in parts of Southern California and southwest Arizona.

    There have been a lot of stories this winter about how cold it is.  And there is one on how sunny Florida is expected to have record cold.  Many other places are having a record cold this year too.  Has anyone informed Al Gore or the rest of the eco-scammers?  Oh, that’s right, they’ve started changing their ritualistic religious mantra.  The  environmental scammers have started calling the scam “climate change” in stead of “global warming”.  Le’s look at that for a second, shall we?  What is “climate change”?  Wouldn’t the yearly season changes of spring, summer, fall, and winter, qualify as a “climate change”?   I think it would.  Don’t believe me, grab a dictionary and start reading.  Look up the definitions of the words climate and change.  These people like to redefine things to fit their needs.  But the twisting of the English language and misuse of wording is another rant for another time.

    Here are some of the things that these people don’t take into account when they start their “climate change” scam conversations:

    • What are the Earth’s weather and climate trends for the last 500 years?  How about 1,000, years?  5,000 years? or 10,000 years?  We don’t have a clue.  Why, because the ancient Romans, Egyptians, Mayan or any other ancient culture didn’t keep records.  But these scammers would have us believe that their predictions for the next 20 to 50 years are absolutely correct even though they have no clue about what long term cycles the Earth’s climate may have.

    Enough ranting about the Green scam for now.  I’ll just leave these links here for those that are interested in additional information.

    Freezing Temperatures Follow Al Gore to Harvard!
    http://chemicallygreen.com/al-gore-global-warming/

    More Inconvenient Truths for Al Gore and the rest of the enviro-scammers.
    http://cei.org/gencon/019,05394.cfm

    February 4, 2009 Posted by | Funny / Humorous, Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    Democrat Empty Suits

    OK, I know I’ve been ranting a bit lately about politics and other stuff, but it has really been irritating the hell out of me.  I was never that into what happened politically until recently.  I think the 2008 Presidential Elections and the media circus leading up to it got me interested in what happens in politics.  So I saw this today and can’t help wondering if this rare glimpse into the workings of the Democrat party aren’t more revealing than the original author intended.  Let’s look for a moment.  We have a Democrat Congressman admitting to a liberal radio talk show that he and other elected representatives are actively encouraged to just vote on legislation without reading it.  He admits to being told how to vote by senior Democrat leaders.

    Holy crap.

    If this is actually the case, and I think it is, then why bother to even have this empty suit in the Congress?  He serves no purpose other than to fool the people that he is supposed to represent into believing that their votes matter.  To fool the people of his district into the false assumption that they are being counted for in American politics should be considered criminally fraudulent.  But he’s a democrat so this story will be completely ignored by the mainstream media.   One thing that the 2008 Presidential Elections proved to the entire world:  the American media is corrupt, incompetent and lazy.  But I’ve already made that rant.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/04/democrat-obama-team-encouraged-defiance-pelosi-stimulus/

    Democrat: Obama Team ‘Encouraged’ Defiance of Pelosi on Stimulus

    A conservative Democrat who voted against the House stimulus package says President Obama quietly encouraged him to oppose
    the “messy bill.”

    Rep. Jim Cooper, a conservative Democrat from Tennessee, told a liberal radio network on Monday that the Obama White House
    encouraged him to defy House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the $819 billion economic stimulus bill.

    “Well,
    I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I actually got some quiet
    encouragement from the Obama folks for what I’m doing,” said Cooper,
    one of only 11 Democrats to vote against the economic stimulus plan
    that passed the House last week.

    “They know it’s a messy bill
    and they wanted a clean bill,” he said. “Now, I got in terrible trouble with our leadership because they don’t care what’s
    in the bill, they just want it to pass and they want it to be unanimous.”

    Cooper,
    whose startling admission came on Liberadio, was one of about 55 House
    Democrats to sign a letter criticizing Pelosi for suspending debate and
    committee rules on the fiscal package, politico.com reported.

    “They don’t
    mind the partisan fighting cause that’s what they are used to. In fact,
    they’re really good at it — and they’re a little bit worried about
    what a post-partisan future might look like,” Cooper said during the
    radio interview. “If members actually had to read the bills and figure
    out whether they are any good or not. We’re just told how to vote.
    We’re treated like mushrooms most of the time.”

    An early supporter of President
    Obama, Cooper is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats.

    February 4, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | 1 Comment

    The Green Scam

    I don’t even  know where to begin on this one.  There is so much to cover and I have too many things to say about it.  So I’ll just plunge in and do the best I can.

    Global warming, “going green”, green energy, green cars, green businesses, green eggs and spam, green whatever!

    Green SCAM!!!

    For crying out loud people, get your heads out of Al Gore’s butt and think for your self!   I can’t stand it.

    carbon offsets.   What the hell is a carbon offset?  I’m supposed to pay money to offset the amount of carbon that I use? And how is that calculated? By my astrological sign I assume? Makes about as much sense as any other possible explanation.  What does that money do for the environment?   Does this mythical carbon offset credit actually change the amount of carbon on the planet or does it just line some environmentalist hippie’s  pocket so that he can by more weed and complain about how the earth needs everyone’s help but his?.  I’m leaning toward the hippie’s pocket theory myself.  Ok, lets think about this for a few minutes shall we?

    BANG! I just had a realization. Astrology and global warming are the same thing!!! Both are psudo-science junk that has been continually proven to be without merit or scientifically provable foundations.  Now back to my previously scheduled rant.

    I saw this one on Drudge Report today and had to rage about this one for a while.
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126921.500-one-last-chance-to-save-mankind.html?full=true&print=true

    Here is one of my favorite parts:
    Your work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons led eventually to a global CFC ban that saved us from ozone-layer depletion. Do we have time to do a similar thing with carbon emissions to save ourselves from climate change?

    Not a hope in hell. Most of the “green” stuff is verging on a gigantic scam. Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry wanted. It’s not going to do a damn thing about climate change, but it’ll make a lot of money for a lot of people and postpone the moment of reckoning.

    What’s this!  Even an environmentalist has noticed the scam.  Shocking I tell you.  And have you ever noticed that the celebrities that make the most noise about saving the environment fall into one of two categories?  Either they are some of the biggest threats to the enviroment, or they are out to make as much money as possible from spreading the Green Scam.  Here’s some things to look at:

    http://www.privatejetsmagazine.com/2008/9-hypocrite-celebrities-with-huge-carbon-footprints/

    So, could someone explain to me how having so many cars and private jets helps the environment?  I’m really supposed to take advice on how I need to recycle from someone who is that far removed from the reality of day to day life.    But my view of celebrities and their crimes against humanity are another rant all together.   I guess that is enough ranting for today.   But before I finish, here is some further reading for anyone who wishes to actually educate themselves:

    http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/monckton/goreerrors.html

    35 Inconvenient Truths
    http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/monckton/goreerrors.html

    Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harold-ambler/mr-gore-apology-accepted_b_154982.html

    http://www.nodnc.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=list_pages_categories&cid=7

    Just do some searching via your favorite search engine:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=green+scam

    February 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    Obama & Socialism

    http://thehill.com/dick-morris/the-obama-presidency–here-comes-socialism-2009-01-20.html

    The Obama presidency: Here comes socialism

    Posted: 01/20/09 06:12 PM [ET]
    2009-2010 will rank with 1913-14, 1933-36, 1964-65 and 1981-82 as years that will permanently change our government, politics and lives. Just as the stars were aligned for Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan, they are aligned for Obama. Simply put, we enter his administration as free-enterprise, market-dominated, laissez-faire America. We will shortly become like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, or Sweden — a socialist democracy in which the government dominates the economy, determines private-sector priorities and offers a vastly expanded range of services to many more people at much higher taxes.

    Obama will accomplish his agenda of “reform” under the rubric of “recovery.” Using the electoral mandate bestowed on a Democratic Congress by restless voters and the economic power given his administration by terrified Americans, he will change our country fundamentally in the name of lifting the depression. His stimulus packages won’t do much to shorten the downturn — although they will make it less painful — but they will do a great deal to change our nation.

    In implementing his agenda, Barack Obama will emulate the example of Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Not the liberal mythology of the New Deal, but the actuality of what it accomplished.) When FDR took office, he was enormously successful in averting a total collapse of the banking system and the economy. But his New Deal measures only succeeded in lowering the unemployment rate from 23 percent in 1933, when he took office, to 13 percent in the summer of 1937. It never went lower. And his policies of over-regulation generated such business uncertainty that they triggered a second-term recession. Unemployment in 1938 rose to 17 percent and, in 1940, on the verge of the war-driven recovery, stood at 15 percent. (These data and the real story of Hoover’s and Roosevelt’s missteps, uncolored by ideology, are available in The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes, copyright 2007.)

    But in the name of a largely unsuccessful effort to end the Depression, Roosevelt passed crucial and permanent reforms that have dominated our lives ever since, including Social Security, the creation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, unionization under the Wagner Act, the federal minimum wage and a host of other fundamental changes.

    Obama’s record will be similar, although less wise and more destructive. He will begin by passing every program for which liberals have lusted for decades, from alternative-energy sources to school renovations, infrastructure repairs and technology enhancements. These are all good programs, but they normally would be stretched out for years. But freed of any constraint on the deficit — indeed, empowered by a mandate to raise it as high as possible — Obama will do them all rather quickly.

    But it is not his spending that will transform our political system, it is his tax and welfare policies. In the name of short-term stimulus, he will give every American family (who makes less than $200,000) a welfare check of $1,000 euphemistically called a refundable tax credit. And he will so sharply cut taxes on the middle class and the poor that the number of Americans who pay no federal income tax will rise from the current one-third of all households to more than half. In the process, he will create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks from the government. The dependency on the dole, formerly limited in pre-Clinton days to 14 million women and children on Aid to Families with Dependent Children, will now grow to a clear majority of the American population.

    Will he raise taxes? Why should he? With a congressional mandate to run the deficit up as high as need be, there is no reason to raise taxes now and risk aggravating the depression. Instead, Obama will follow the opposite of the Reagan strategy. Reagan cut taxes and increased the deficit so that liberals could not increase spending. Obama will raise spending and increase the deficit so that conservatives cannot cut taxes. And, when the economy is restored, he will raise taxes with impunity, since the only people who will have to pay them would be rich Republicans.

    In the name of stabilizing the banking system, Obama will nationalize it. Using Troubled Asset Relief Program funds to write generous checks to needy financial institutions, his administration will demand preferred stock in exchange. Preferred stock gets dividends before common stockholders do. With the massive debt these companies will owe to the government, they will only be able to afford dividends for preferred stockholders — the government, not private investors. So who will buy common stock? And the government will demand that its bills be paid before any profits that might materialize are reinvested in the financial institution, so how will the value of the stocks ever grow? Devoid of private investors, these institutions will fall ever more under government control.

    Obama will begin the process by limiting executive compensation. Then he will urge restructuring and lowering of home mortgages in danger of default (as the feds have already done with Citibank).

    Then will come guidance on the loans to make and government instructions on the types of enterprises to favor. God grant that some Blagojevich type is not in charge of the program, using his power to line his pockets. The United States will find itself with an economic system comparable to that of Japan, where the all-powerful bureaucracy at MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) manages the economy, often making mistakes like giving mainframe computers priority over the development of laptops.

    But it is the healthcare system that will experience the most dramatic and traumatic of changes. The current debate between erecting a Medicare-like governmental single payer or channeling coverage through private insurance misses the essential point. Without a lot more doctors, nurses, clinics, equipment and hospital beds, health resources will be strained to the breaking point. The people and equipment that now serve 250 million Americans and largely neglect all but the emergency needs of the other 50 million will now have to serve everyone. And, as government imposes ever more Draconian price controls and income limits on doctors, the supply of practitioners and equipment will decline as the demand escalates. Price increases will be out of the question, so the government will impose healthcare rationing, denying the older and sicker among us the care they need and even barring them from paying for it themselves. (Rationing based on income and price will be seen as immoral.)

    And Obama will move to change permanently the partisan balance in America. He will move quickly to legalize all those who have been in America for five years, albeit illegally, and to smooth their paths to citizenship and voting. He will weaken border controls in an attempt to hike the Latino vote as high as he can in order to make red states like Texas into blue states like California. By the time he is finished, Latinos and African-Americans will cast a combined 30 percent of the vote. If they go by top-heavy margins for the Democrats, as they did in 2008, it will assure Democratic domination (until they move up the economic ladder and become good Republicans).

    And he will enact the check-off card system for determining labor union representation, repealing the secret ballot in union elections. The result will be to raise the proportion of the labor force in unions up to the high teens from the current level of about 12 percent.

    Finally, he will use the expansive powers of the Federal Communications Commission to impose “local” control and ownership of radio stations and to impose the “fairness doctrine” on talk radio. The effect will be to drive talk radio to the Internet, fundamentally change its economics, and retard its growth for years hence.

    But none of these changes will cure the depression. It will end when the private sector works through the high debt levels that triggered the collapse in the first place. And, then, the large stimulus package deficits will likely lead to rapid inflation, probably necessitating a second recession to cure it.

    So Obama’s name will be mud by 2012 and probably by 2010 as well. And the Republican Party will make big gains and regain much of its lost power.

    But it will be too late to reverse the socialism of much of the economy, the demographic change in the electorate, the rationing of healthcare by the government, the surge of unionization and the crippling of talk radio.
    Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill Clinton, is the author of Outrage. To get all of Dick Morris’s and Eileen McGann’s columns for free by email, go to http://www.dickmorris.com. To order a signed copy of their new best-selling book, Fleeced, go to dickmorris.com.

    January 22, 2009 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

    While nobody is looking…

    During the inauguration of the United States of America’s 44th President Barrack Obama, while no one is looking and the media is flooded with coverage of the event and every possible detail, the Washington Post decides to publish this article about a massive data breach where millions of credit card transactions may have been compromised.  Why post this during the inauguration?  Couldn’t they have posted this the day after so that other news agencies and media outlets could pickup the story and get the word out that the compromise of a credit card processing company had happened?

    Well, the short version is Heartland Payment Systems was infected with a sniffer application on their network and had millions of transaction recorded.
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/01/payment_processor_breach_may_b.html

    http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/20/1930252
    “Brian Krebs over at the Washington Post just published a story that Heartland Payment Systems disclosed what may be the largest data breach in history. Today. During the inauguration. Heartland processes over 100 million transactions a month, mostly from small to medium-sized businesses, and doesn’t know how many cards were compromised. The breach was discovered after tracing fraud in the system back to Heartland, and involved malicious software snooping their internal network. I’ve written some additional analysis on this and similar breaches. It’s interesting that the biggest breaches now involve attacks installing malicious software to sniff data — including TJX, Hannaford, Cardsystems, and now Heartland Payment Systems.”


    January 21, 2009 Posted by | General Computer Tech, Politics, Security, World News | Leave a comment

    Journalism is dead and the journalist are starting to notice…

    Journalism is dead and the journalist are starting to notice… Obama and the journalists that are in bed with him are starting to scare the other journalists. I find it kinda funny. Many conservative talk show hosts such as Levin, Rush and Hannity have been talking about the mass media and their bias for Obama for months now and finally other ‘journalist’ are noticing. I’m can’t help but wonder how much longer this media love of Obama can last.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2009/01/12/sun-times-journalists-shut-out-obama

    Sun-Times: Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama

    According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now “don’t even bother raising” their hands to be called upon.

    One wonders why journalists are allowing this corralling of the press? Would they have allowed George W. Bush to pre-pick journalists like that? Would they meekly sit by and allow themselves to be systematically ignored, their freedom to ask questions silenced by any Republican? Would journalists so eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Bush like they are Obama’s?

    For her part, it seems that Carol Marin is starting to wonder at the “bizarro world” that is being invented by the pliant and smitten Obama loving press corps.

    As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

    The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    The press corps, most of us, don’t even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who’ve been advised they will be called upon that day.

    Will the rest of the press retake their manhood and again become the tough guys they have always claimed to be or are they going to stay so smitten by Obama and their love for The One that they will allow themselves to continue being forced into a subservient role?

    One has a sinking suspicion that the press is allowing itself to become Obama’s lapdog extraordinaire.

    January 14, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment

    Hippies and WiFi

    I saw this today and I laughed so hard that I had to share this with other people.  I mean, seriously, do people actually consider this as some kind of science?  And exactly how do you measure this “negative energy” and how could you prove that the energy given off from this Orgone Generator is “positive energy”?  Is this “energy” even measurable by any reliable or proven scientific method or is it like every other hippie idea and just something you have to “feel good” about?  I can’t stand this drivel given off by some people as if it is something to be taken seriously.  I know that Fox News is reporting it as news but the underlying ideals that some kind of “mystic energy” is being given off by a radio transmitter is absolutely rediculous.  Damn.  I hate hippies.  I should probalby sit down one day and write up all of the reasons to hate hipppies, but I’m afraid it would take too long.

    Hippies Say WiFi Network Is Harming Their Chakras
    http://idle.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/07/1439210
    Which links to the original articles at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,475206,00.html

    Anti-Globalism writes “A group of hippies is complaining that a recently installed WiFi mesh network in the UK village of Glastonbury is causing health problems. To combat the signals from the Wi-Fi hotspots, the hippies have placed orgone generators around the antennae.” Although there have been many studies that show no correlation between WiFi and health issues the hippies say, “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

    January 8, 2009 Posted by | General Computer Tech, Politics | Leave a comment