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Credit Bureau's Shoddy Security

You'd think companies in the data business could make a rudimentary effort to protect that data. "Turns out Equifax isn't the only credit reporting agency with garbage security, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise at this point. As Brian Krebs reports on his security news website, Experian has a few issues too, namely some incredibly lax barriers to obtaining a PIN used to unlock a credit freeze."
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Vox.com: Bernie Sanders wants world peace and prosperity. But he has no idea how to get there

Gee, Bernie's against bad things and for good things. Stridently. If not coherently. But what's your plan on -- well, anything? Healthcare: Say "single-payer" three times and click your heels. Fighting terrorism: Well, if everyone was fat and happy, they wouldn't fight. ... North Korea? Sanctions are failing so we should do sanctions ...

Jennifer Williams via +Vox "Standing on stage at Westminster College, the very place where Winston Churchill delivered his famous 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech and Mikhail Gorbachev declared the end of the Cold War in 1992, Sen. Bernie Sanders offered up his grand vision of US foreign policy.

"He offered a moving portrait of the world as it should be. What he didn’t offer, though, was any sort of new or innovative or even particularly concrete ideas for how to achieve this grand utopian vision.

"Does he have an alternative idea of how to approach the threat from international terrorist groups, beyond the vague notion that if everyone is happy and prosperous, terrorism will automatically disappear? If he does, he failed to share it with the rest of us during his speech.

"He’s absolutely right {about authoritarian regimes being, well, authoritarian}. But when it comes to exactly how the US should go about fighting these things — especially when the US also needs many of those same corrupt authoritarian governments to work with it on broader challenges like climate change and North Korea — Sanders is noticeably silent."

Perhaps that is why the most significant Senate bill he's gotten passed after all these years are ones to name Vermont Post Offices.


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Trump Hates, Hates, Hates the Iran Nuke Deal, but Does He Know Why?

WaPo: "There’s no evidence that he does. During the 2016 campaign, he repeatedly complained about the money we “gave” Iran (in fact, we agreed to release Iranian funds that had been frozen in Western banks), but these days he can’t seem to offer a reason that it was supposedly the worst deal in history. And yet, it now looks entirely possible, if not likely, that he will pull out of the deal, which could lead it to collapse. Which would then leave Iran free to pursue nuclear weapons. Mission accomplished!'

Aside from the tiny matter of either the rest of the developed world continuing to honor the deal with Iran, while we don't, or the alternative that Iran starts building nukes, there is this little by-product: "Indeed, at this point, why would any government anywhere — particularly North Korea’s — believe that if it made an agreement with the United States and upheld its end of the bargain that we’d do the same?"
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Opinion: Senator Cassidy, Please Stop Lying about Health Care

David Leonhardt: The last word on health care this morning goes to Nicholas Bagley of the University of Michigan. “Graham-Cassidy is a brazen effort to block any level of government, state or federal, from achieving near-universal coverage,” he writes.“That’s what the debate is about. Everything else is just noise.”
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WaPo: "Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.
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Photo of Trump Addressing United Nations

The annual "airing of grievances" metastasized into 4, long years of torture.

Again, the Trump Administration is simply, four continual years of the alt-right's airing of grievances. The goal is not actually doing anything constructive, not actually solving real problems, but whining endlessly. "The future wasn't what I was promised!" No kidding. Get in line.


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The Climate May Be Changing More Slowly Than We’d Thought

Some cause for optimism, or at least less pessimism.

"But a new study challenges the IPCC’s data — and suggests that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees is far more possible than previously thought. According to a team of researchers led by Richard Millar of the University of Oxford, the Earth-system models that the IPCC has been relying on have been slightly overestimating the pace of warming — while, simultaneously, slightly underestimating the amount of CO2 emissions required to produce such warming. These minor discrepancies have, thus, led the international panel to underestimate how much time humanity still has to avert dangerous levels of warming. In truth, humanity can still emit a little more than 700 billions tons of carbon dioxide without ensuring warming in excess of 1.5 degrees Celsius — or so this new study in Nature Geoscience suggests."


http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/09/the-climate-may-be-changing-more-slowly-than-wed-thought.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t via @intelligencer
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“This is more consistent with how you’d go after an organized crime syndicate.”

--- Jimmy Gurulé, a Notre Dame law professor and former federal prosecutor.

That seems perfectly appropriate here, doesn't it?

A few hints from the large, senior team Mueller has gathered: One is lauded and/or feared for his "scorched earth tactics", another once ran an investigation into a Mafia kingpin, while a third prosecuted high-profile terrorism cases. Again, all relevant training IMHO.

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OpEd: "Almost No Country Has Single Payer"

While this OpEd overstates its case, in my opinion, the core argument is valid. The Democratic politicians jumping on the "single-payer healthcare" bandwagon actively misrepresent the healthcare systems in other countries to make a simplistic argument because it's easier to sell. Actually getting real healthcare reform done will be hard work, and that work will be made harder by the Sanders-Warren pie-in-the-sky PR bill.

In my amateur view, the OpEd authors are being misleading in their efforts to protect vested interests, but no more so than Sanders-Warren. No country in the world has a healthcare system like the one that Sen. Sanders is proposing. None.

Excerpt: "Some of the highest-rated international systems rely on private health insurers for most health care coverage — Germany’s, for example, is something like Obamacare exchanges for everyone, but significantly simpler and truly universal. The Netherlands and Switzerland have both moved recently to add more competition and flexibility to systems that were already built on the use of private insurers."


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