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A nice little upgrade.
 
4 years after releasing "This Land Is Mine," I slightly revised it: I replaced the Orthodox-looking mid-century Zionist with a more historically accurate (ha) depiction. Of course if I do that for every character I'll spend my whole life making revisions. Also if you look carefully you can see US flags on the tanks rolling up behind the Israeli soldiers. I'm sure I'll get all kinds of new complaints now.

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Bogus Defamation Lawsuit Threatens Techdirt  That guy who claims to have invented email, who shut down Gawker, is suing Techdirt for $15 million. 
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Yep, Clinton and the DNC gave us Trump by encouraging him and other extremist Republicans. See attachment about the "Pied Piper" strategy. Between this and thwarting the stronger polling Sanders campaign, they screwed everyone. 
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The NSA Watchdog who said Snowden should come to him has been fired for retaliation against whistle blowers. 
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60 German Academic Institutions Ditch All Subscriptions With Elsevier Next, they should publish the journals themselves. A better "deal" is no good. Any library should be able to freely share these journals, and anyone should be free to share their private libraries. Hoarding all that work is a crime and the publishers should be punished, not bargained with. 
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Medical Records Privacy Problems
American University and the Center for Digital Democracy have published a report about the privacy of medical records. It's focus is wearable devices, but the principles there are general. If Fitbit or Apple can sell a record of my sleep and pulse to an insurance company, others will too.

This is not a new problem, but it is a serious one. Back in 1906, Samuel Adams described the sale of medical letters to brokers and other fraudsters in a series of articles to Ladies Home Journal that were appended to his 1905, "The Great American Fraud."

One of the most disgusting and disgraceful features of the patent medicine business is the marketing of letters sent by patients to patent medicine firms. Correspondence is solicited by these firms under the seal of sacred confidence. When the concern is unable to do further business with a patient it disposes of the patient's correspondence to a letter-broker, who, in turn, disposes of it to other patent medicine concerns at the rate of half a cent, for each letter.

Adams goes on to describe the sales food chain that existed at the time and how they preyed on the sick and emotionally vulnerable, mostly to sell ineffective, dangerous and addictive drugs.

I have not read the report yet, but this summary makes things sound grim.

http://mashable.com/2016/12/16/wearable-health-data-privacy-report/

I do not agree with them that "personalized" health insurance is anything good, or that unregulated data collection will lower the cost of anything. These records only create a brokerage market for patients to be bought and sold like cattle. Personalized insurance polices may be what insurance companies would like, but they are the opposite of group shared risks that insurance is supposed to be. According to Wendell Potter and other whistle blowers, insurance companies have been using computerized records to dump sick people for decades. The end result of that "personalization" was not a reduction in average premiums, it was a cost shifting that increased costs for everyone. 

The problem also exists in any medical device or office that uses non free software. The privacy of those records can't be protected because the office and device makers don't have real knowledge or control of the software.

The report mentions the sweeping changes the Trump administration likely represents. One very bad sign of things to come is the weird tech meeting that happened last week. Google, Apple Oracle, Amazon, and Facebook representatives shared the room with Microsoft's puppet CEO and Trump's kids. In a less publicized meeting, Bill Gates had Trump all to himself. 
Washington, D.C., December 15, 2016 : Personal health wearable devices that consumers are using to monitor their heart rates, sleep patterns, calories, and even stress levels raise new privacy and security risks, according to a report released today by researchers at American University and the ...
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aging infrastructure fails again
 
We have about two weeks before we totally run out of water, even though the river and creeks are in near flood. So we are now on water restrictions more strict than during the worst of the drought.

Apparently the first attempt at repair failed.
The City of Santa Cruz declared a local emergency Wednesday after a critical water pipeline connecting the Loch Lomond Reservoir to the water treatment plant was damaged by Sunday's storm.
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That would probably be older white people who think they are protecting their money from shiftless neighbors.  As you note, this is self defeating.  They are afraid of the wrong people grabbing their money and have lost it all to very rich people. 
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Microsoft sets patent trolls on Apple. 
With billions of dollars at stake (maybe over a trillion in the long run), the attempt to claw revenue using patents rather than actual sales has become complicated because of plurality of intermediaries, which Apple is trying to tackle with a new antitrust complaint
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Trump, Microsoft, Health Insurance, and Medical Records.
 
Medical Records Privacy Problems
American University and the Center for Digital Democracy have published a report about the privacy of medical records. It's focus is wearable devices, but the principles there are general. If Fitbit or Apple can sell a record of my sleep and pulse to an insurance company, others will too.

This is not a new problem, but it is a serious one. Back in 1906, Samuel Adams described the sale of medical letters to brokers and other fraudsters in a series of articles to Ladies Home Journal that were appended to his 1905, "The Great American Fraud."

One of the most disgusting and disgraceful features of the patent medicine business is the marketing of letters sent by patients to patent medicine firms. Correspondence is solicited by these firms under the seal of sacred confidence. When the concern is unable to do further business with a patient it disposes of the patient's correspondence to a letter-broker, who, in turn, disposes of it to other patent medicine concerns at the rate of half a cent, for each letter.

Adams goes on to describe the sales food chain that existed at the time and who they preyed on the sick and emotionally vulnerable, mostly to sell ineffective, dangerous and addictive drugs.

I have not read the report yet, but this summary makes things sound grim.

http://mashable.com/2016/12/16/wearable-health-data-privacy-report/

I do not agree with them that "personalized" health insurance is anything good, or that unregulated data collection will lower the cost of anything. These records only create a brokerage market for patients to be bought and sold like cattle. Personalized insurance polices may be what insurance companies would like, but they are the opposite of group shared risks that insurance is supposed to be. According to Wendell Potter and other whistle blowers, insurance companies have been using computerized records to dump sick people for decades. The end result of that "personalization" was not a reduction in average premiums, it was a cost shifting that increased costs for everyone. 

The problem also exists in any medical device or office that uses non free software. The privacy of those records can't be protected because the office and device makers don't have real knowledge or control of the software.

The report mentions the sweeping changes the Trump administration likely represents. One very bad sign of things to come is the weird tech meeting that happened last week. Google, Apple Oracle, Amazon, and Facebook representatives shared the room with Microsoft's puppet CEO and Trump's kids. In a less publicized meeting, Bill Gates had Trump all to himself. 
Washington, D.C., December 15, 2016 : Personal health wearable devices that consumers are using to monitor their heart rates, sleep patterns, calories, and even stress levels raise new privacy and security risks, according to a report released today by researchers at American University and the ...
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I'm a Medical Physicists from New Orleans, Louisiana now living in Mobile, Alabama.  A relatively current resume, links to my pictures and notes can be found here.
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