Links 9/19/13

Does gold come from outer space? BBC. Not sure, but I bet goldbugs do.

Google launches healthcare company Calico to extend life Los Angeles Times. Hahaha. It clearly has not occurred to the folks at Google that what passes for health care data is hopelessly corrupt (go read Ben Goldacre for details, particularly on anything related to drugs).

Linus Torvalds Admits He’s Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux Slashdot

Oil & Gas Exploration: Turning Middle Earth into Mordor OilPrice

China’s second richest man Zong Qinghou injured in knife attack by unemployed labourer Daily Mail (Lambert)

In China, ‘nobody takes care of us’ Washington Post

Breaking news: 34 year old antifa dies after being stabbed by neonazis the unbalanced evolution of homo sapiens (no more banksters)

Poll Suggests Happy People Mean Boring Politics Der Spiegel

Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi supporters called worse than Mubarak era McClatchy

Egyptian forces clash with militants BBC

Iran president rules out ever building nuclear bomb Guardian


Chemical Weapons Expert: U.S. Deadline for Syrian Chemical Weapons Is Contrary to International Law George Washington

Russia to provide evidence ‘implicating Syrian rebels in chemical attacks” Guardian

Syria: UN Report Does Not Point To Chemical Attack Origin Moon of Alabama

Big Brother is Watching You Watch:

By “Secret Law” Did They Mean “Not Written Down”? Marcy Wheeler

New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data Quartz

The Many Flaws of Dual_EC_DRBG A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering

U.S. debt hike emerges as main battleground over Obamacare Reuters

We Are Now Just Waiting for the Crisis to Ripen Jon Walker, Firedoglake

Nameless And Shameless: Masked DEA Agents Raid Innocent Women, Refuse To Reveal Their Identities Huffington Post (Carol B)

Federal Judge Throws Out Major Convictions of Former Police Officers Due To Prosecutorial Misconduct Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)

To Taper or Not to Taper…

This Fed Is the Economy’s Hero Bloomberg. Eeek. Sort of like praising the person who ran you over for bringing you to the hospital.

Fed recoils from 1937 tightening error as jobs evaporate Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

No Taper – Yet Tim Duy:

Never underestimate the Fed’s dovishness Gavyn Davies, Financial Times

FLECKENSTEIN: ‘All Hell Is Going To Break Loose’ Clusterstock

No taper: the Fed loses its nerve Jeremy Warner, Telegraph

J.P. Morgan ‘Whale’ Fine Put at More Than $900 Million Wall Street Journal

Women Waiting Tables Provide Most of Female Gains in U.S. Bloomberg

The Kids Today Atrios


Death of an adjunct Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Susie Madrak). If you have any connection to Duquesne, I encourage you to write the president and the board of overseers and tell them they should be ashamed of themselves.

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  1. kimyo

    ‘Pink slime’ returns to school lunches in 4 more states

    Schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas have now done an about face and also put in orders with the USDA for ground beef that may contain the product…..

    (joining Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota)

    Chinese-processed chicken will be allowed to skip the ‘Product of China’ label in several instances because the country of origin labeling law, or “COOL,” does not regulate cooked meat.

    Tufts University researchers revealed Tuesday that a member of their team violated ethics rules in a study designed to measure the nutritional efficacy of so-called “golden rice,” genetically modified rice with the nutrient beta carotene added. NPR’s science blog The Salt said that Tufts stands by the results of the study, but that one researcher in China broke the rules by not informing test subjects — who were all children — or their guardians that the food they were eating had been genetically modified.

    1. Optimader

      1.) PB&J and an apple -carrot -bannana worked for me (stilldoes)
      2.) dont eat processed food ( w or w/o ) cooked meat

    2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      The Imperial Japanese Army’s biological units still operate in Manchuria and the rest of China today?

          1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

            Testing GM rice.

            Sorry to break it up like that. Twice without breaking up and both times got eaten up by something.

  2. XO

    RE: Gold

    The biggest gold bugs on the planet are the Central Banks. Gold will truly be a barbaric relic as soon as these Masters of Finance leave their gold holdings in the street, for passers-by to take, if they want it. Until then, gold will remain what it has been since before the great Pharaohs of Egypt recognized it as being eternal.

    1. Bruno Marr

      Slightly off-topic but, the Pre-Columbus American (North & South) gold didn’t succumb to Old World steel. The natives succumbed to microbes (small pox). It is estimated that up to 70% of native population died not by steel guns, but germs. [See: Colin Calloway; Jared Diamond]

    2. JGordon

      The great thing about gold is that it’s a kind of currency that can’t be created out of thin air. While most people enjoy using fiat currencies (when they aren’t collapsing at an excessive rate) there will always be a market for currencies that can’t be infinitely diluted by corrupt moneyed/political interests–central banks for example.

      1. F. Beard

        Gold has severe problems of its own – worse than fiat’s government-enforced monopoly for the payment of private debts, imo.

        The true solution is ethical money creation but until recently that has been a laughable “impractical” notion to most though it should be, but isn’t because of long experience with the banks, self-evident.

        We’ve been flattered with the notion that some of us are so-called creditworthy when, in fact, none of us are worthy of stolen purchasing power.

          1. F. Beard

            No. Do you think you deserve the same wealth as my lovely, talented, hardworking female dentist? I think not.

            You just want a different form of injustice to which I say:


            BTW, why don’t you live in a Buddhist country? Cause you’d starve to death?

              1. F. Beard

                Of course it’s OK – if it’s JUST!

                You should be glad I fight on behalf of the so-called non or less creditworthy but instead you fight me?

              2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

                You think the current wealth inequality is just and therefore OK?

                I think wealth equality has been stolen (back an earlier post).

                1. F. Beard

                  The current system is unjust and thus so is a lot of the current wealth inequality.

                  Nevertheless, even with a perfectly just system, some JUST wealth inequality would occur.

                    1. F. Beard

                      No. What has been stolen is wealth. Wealth equality was never a just option to begin with. Some deserve more than others. Live with it or try harder.

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          We are all made of star dust…way back in the previous incarnation of the current sun.

          Nothing escapes the law of karma.

      2. TK421

        “when they aren’t collapsing at an excessive rate”

        Yes, gold-based currencies are so stable. Before the USA left the gold standard, there was only about one depression a decade, nothing to worry about at all.

        1. zygmuntFRAUDbernier

          I don’t see that what you say shows that gold bullion and objects made of gold don’t function as wealth-stores. I think they are wealth-stores, but that it’s hard to put a precise figure on the wealth of one Troy ounce of 24 carat gold (or whatever is 100.0000000000% fine gold). Secondly, bugaboos can tell the masses of ordinary people: “You, you can’t keep more than 1 gram of gold; or else, I’ll send you to jail.”

  3. PQS

    Awful story about that poor woman who worked at Duquesne…but why weren’t her medical bills covered by Medicare and orMedicaid? She was 83 and shouldn’t have had to pay very much oop for anything.

    1. Lambert Strether

      That’s a good question. I asked Susie Madrak and this was her response:

      Most likely, she simply couldn’t afford it.

      Most people don’t pay a Part A premium because they paid Medicare taxes while working. If you’re a freelancer and you didn’t pay those taxes, you don’t get premium-free Part A. You’d have to pay up to $441 a month.

      Part B is a little over $100 a month.

      Fortunately for me, I paid Medicare taxes for most of my working life. Sigh…

      I guess all those 50 to 65s who improvised System D jobs for themselves after the political class decided to keep disemployment permanently high are going to find themselves in deep do-do. Because silly me, I thought Medicare would be some kind of safe harbor.

      1. craazyboy

        There is still the 20% deductible too. You can buy private supplemental Medicare insurance to cover the deductible. Last I heard that could run $250 – $300 month.

        ‘course you have to compound that going forward at the 8% healthcare cost inflation rate to estimate your retirement cost for as many years as you are planning on living. But the good news is your SS gets increased too at the rate of Chinese stuff inflation, tho we may go to a chained Chinese calculation there if that looks overly generous.

      2. PQS

        Thanks for the response. It still doesn’t quite add up to me. My grandma worked maybe 10-15 years in her life and had full Medicare coverage for Part A…..perhaps this woman only started working as an adjunct and didn’t have enough “in the system”?

        The larger issue for me is that there should be a LOT MORE outreach to older people to help them access services…..and they need to take the help when us youngsters try to offer it. I just went through this with same grandma, who we finally had to threaten to call Social Services on when it became long, long past clear that she needed help at home…..she kept refusing, for whatever reason, and it was frustrating all around.

        1. Alexa

          I hear that, PQS.

          My sibling (out-of-state) and I finally got our Mother to stop driving in her early 90’s (can’t remember if at age 91 or 92).

          And she finally allowed someone to give her at least limited assistance when she was in her mid-90’s.

          She was in remarkably excellent health all her life (physically and mentally).

          She literally “sailed through surgery” for a hip fracture, resulting from a fall on her 97th Birthday.

          The only thing the doctors did differently for her (they said), was they had to wait before they operated on her, because her local hospital had dosed her too heavily on barbiturates in the ER (before she was transferred to “the city.”)

          She was very lucky, of course, to have Medicare and an excellent Medigap policy (I think Medigap policies should be subsidized by the feds for folks who can’t afford this type of insurance).

          As far as I know, the only cost to her was meeting the annual deductibles for both policies (and maybe a few co-payments).

          This would help those seniors who are not low income enough to be “dual eligibles,” but are too “well-off” (for lack of a better expression) to afford a Medi-Gap policy.

          Especially, since I understand that Medi-Gap premiums have shot up considerably over the past few years.

          Or maybe comprehensive “long-term care insurance” should be made a standard part of one’s Medicare coverage.

          That would even be better . . .

    2. Alexa

      I’m a bit puzzled, too.

      Really low income seniors are able to get help with their Medicare premiums.

      And for that matter, it would seem that under her dire circumstances, she should have been a “dual eligible.”

      Unless she never paid into the system long enough to “qualify for” Medicare, period.

      And of course, one problem with our system is that you have to “know enough” about the Medicare and Medicaid programs, to ask the “right questions.”

      Otherwise, you’ll never get the benefit of the supplemental programs for poor and low income people.

      Certainly, it is a tragic story.

      And probably repeated much more than any of us would want to know . . .

  4. David Lentini

    Hahaha. It clearly has not occurred to the folks at Google that what passes for health care data is hopelessly corrupt (go read Ben Goldacre for details, particularly on anything related to drugs).

    It’s worse. Many comptuer scientists think they can “hack” biology and genetics to replace medical science. I remember back in the ’90s that a group of programmers led (as I recall) by Sun’s CTO, Bill Joy, met to discuss how they could cure diseases by “re-programming” DNA. Their logic was that since DNA is “just a program” and they were all crack programmers, then with a little background biology they would solve all of our problems. Haven’t heard anything since.

    Over many years of working with programmers, I’ve learned never to underestiamte both their ignorance of science and their arrogant belief that computers can solve every problem. I think this arises from the hacker culture of the ’70s and ’80s, in which ignorance was seen as a badge of honor. This is also the result of losing sight of reality in a fog of metaphors.

    1. subgenius

      yeah, used to be academically involved with AI…prior to that I spent a year post-grad studying development, genetics, cognitive neuroscience etc to prep. On starting the program I quickly discovered that only 1 prof. had any real understanding of the biology of the brain, the rest were “its just a load of interconnections and simple weightings, we can easily model that”. Apparently hormones, chemical balance at neural junctions, etc etc etc have NO bearing on intelligence. That’s why you can’t modify your consciousness with substance use/abuse…

      …o wait, need my caffeine…

      Brings to mind the never-to-be-true meme that AI of human-level intelligence is “a decade away” – it has been since the 50s…

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        Substance use/abuse – I am curious if the intention one has in one’s heart has anything to do with how the result of altering one’s consciousness?

        If you want to cure someone in the tribe/village and you undertake the journey for that purpose, would you experience it differently than if you use that substance for recreational abuse?

        Science would probably ignore the intention thing.

        1. F. Beard

          I am curious if the intention one has in one’s heart has anything to do with how the result of altering one’s consciousness? Beefy

          It does. I know from personal experience. On those occasions where I abused drugs for ignoble, perverse reasons the aftermath was horrid.

          Conversely, I used a drug to unlock my memory of a traumatic sexual temptation that I just narrowly escaped and to consider numerous “What-if” scenarios to see if I had done the right thing. The aftermath of that was very mild.

            1. F. Beard

              It wasn’t that noble; it was, in fact, very peasant indeed considering those various “What-if” scenarios. Nevertheless, the Lord did not see fit to punish me for my pursuit of the truth – however selfishly.

                1. F. Beard

                  Don’t be so sure you know what noble is. That’s a slippery slope to spiritual pride – which Buddhists seem to be prone to*.

                  *Rather ironically, if you ask me.

                  1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

                    You must do what you think is noble.

                    I will leave it at that.

                    If you think only you know more about what is noble and what is not, that’s your choice.

                    I am more for respecting people and letting them decide.

                    1. F. Beard

                      If you think only you know more about what is noble and what is not, that’s your choice. Beef(forBrains?)

                      I never said that. You’re putting words in my mouth which is akin to lying. You do know who the Father of Lies is, don’t you? Think it’s wise to serve him, do you?

                    2. zygmuntFRAUDbernier

                      Given the expulsion of Jews from Spain in the last 500 years or so, and the religious wars between Catholicism and Protestant faiths in England, France and other parts during the Reformation, and given furthermore the militant Buddhist monks in Burma just this year, I view the whole “One True Religion” viewpoint with immense skepticism. In Lao Tzu’s Tao De Ching, it is written: “Those who know don’t preach; those who preach don’t know.” I’m quite fond of Lao Tzu’s Tao De Ching. But I hope I would not preach Lao Tzu.

  5. Jim Haygood

    From today’s NYT:

    At the core of Iran’s recent diplomatic charm offensive — a process that has included the release of 11 prominent political prisoners and a series of conciliatory statements by top Iranian officials — is an exchange of letters, confirmed by both sides, between Mr. Obama and President Hassan Rouhani.

    Mr. Rouhani said in an NBC News interview broadcast on Wednesday [that] the tone of Mr. Obama’s letter was “positive and constructive.” He added, “It could be subtle and tiny steps for a very important future.”

    Mr. Obama, speaking to the Spanish-language network Telemundo on Tuesday, said there were indications that Mr. Rouhani “is somebody who is looking to open dialogue with the West and with the United States, in a way that we haven’t seen in the past. And so we should test it.”

    Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani both plan to speak to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Will they try an even more direct from of diplomacy: greeting each other in person? The White House says nothing is planned.

    While many of Obama’s initiatives lie in ruins, ameliorating relations with Iran is one of the few issues on which Obama could still deliver a breakthrough that might up defining his presidency.

    Iran was on friendly terms with the U.S. until 1979, and could be again. But the Israel lobby relentlessly demonizes Iran, and even agitates for Obama to commit the heinous war crime of an unprovoked attack.

    Hugs for Rouhani next Tuesday, Mr. O! One gesture could flush the 15-year neocon/MSM hate campaign down the drain, and finally send AIPAC’s paranoid generation riding off into the sunset for good.

    1. James Levy

      I ask un-rhetorically: where is the $85 billion a month going to go that it will do any good? Is Bernanke an idiot (that’s not rhetorical)? There used to be this idea called the velocity of money. If you injected liquidity into a system, you wanted it to slosh around, change hands, create what we used to call economic activity like designing, making, selling, and using tangible goods and services. As far as I can tell, the QE funds have gone into real estate speculation and the stock market. Money is injected into the system then hits a brick wall. Not only doesn’t it trickle down, it doesn’t even move.

      Under capitalism, it seems the Powers the Be will try any damn stupid trick, anything, except actually giving workers more money to spend.

      1. Walter Map

        You want too much:

        I ask un-rhetorically: where is the $85 billion a month going to go that it will do any good?

        Present economic policy requires liquidation of the real economy to optimize the extravagance of the hyperrich. The obscenely wealthy have no clue about what they’re actually going to do with all that money, but they’re quite adamant that it’s nowhere near enough. The more you feed them, the more famished they become.

        What they haven’t figured out is that as the global economy which supports their wealth collapses, so too will their wealth collapse.

        What goes around, comes around, or not, as the case may be.

        1. Whistling in the Dark

          Accepting that what you are saying is true, perhaps the super-rich are compounding their superlatives out of an anxiety for the future: they have a sense that some bad shtt is coming, like a lot of us, and they are stocking up on the cold, hard stuff, because — well, it doesn’t have to make sense — what else would they do; what else is in their power?

          On the other hand, perhaps having such a crystalline ethic as “greed is good” (as in, who wants a nuanced and smoky quartz of a diamond?) enables a certain clarity of mind and thought, providing a wellspring for a calculated and optimized protocol for a range of contingencies. For instance, one can imagine a cool-headed and ruthlessly pragmatic pursuer of the win also thoughtfully planning for an armageddon brought on by climate change: survival is not enough for him; what about the win? Knave or a knight, his loyalty to his calling is unshakeable; what, thou lord, would thou have me do in the face of such circumstances? Ah, the sage voice from the throne: winning is not a function simply of your final score, but rather the spread between you and the others; one only tests his mettle to the finest extent in playing king of the hill atop a landslide. Go forth.

          You know, it is vain to think we’ll all be running around like chickens with its head cut off come doomsday.

      2. djrichard

        If we wanted this result it would have been more direct simply for the Fed Gov to resort to unsterilized fiscal spending: spend money into the economy (as it does now), but don’t issue bonds to sterilize the spending. The end result is the same, whoever mops up the currency (guess who that would be) spent into the economy, keeps it and comes up with “creative” ways to spend it.

        Of course, having the Fed Gov implement such a policy would be correctly seen as insane (particularly from an MMT perspective). And the idea that it would help anybody except the 1% would be seen as ludicrous (from any perspective).

        But when the exact same outcome is effected by the Fed Reserve, the “serious” people are transfixed. The thinking must be that we simply have to worship more feverishly at that alter, and we’ll get a different outcome.

    1. Optimader

      Without even reading the article, McCain is right. But so is a stopped clock at least twice a day.
      AZ deserves better than McCain;
      US deserverves better than BHO;
      And so foth, insufficient bandwidth…

    2. susan the other

      I know. For sure McCain is on the attack to fog up the test results about what kind of sarin it was and who delivered the missile. Because McCain himself has been an outspoken supporter of the “rebels” for years. He was particularly upset when it looked like the “rebels” had failed and were giving up – just about the same time the sarin attack cleverly killed the “rebel’s” own sympathizers. Assad and Russia have important evidence that exonerates Assad in this mess but the US, France, now Germany (!) and the UK are saying the UN’s inconclusive evidence is better. Better because it hides the puppet masters behind the “rebels.” McCain could be sent to the Hague.

      1. MyLessTHanPrimeBeef

        I hope this gets squeezed thru the insufficient bandwidth:

        The world deserves better than Nomo Not-So-Sapiens Not-So-Sapiens

    3. craazyboy


      Putin has great timing.

      Just released this statement:

      BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin says he may seek 4th presidential term in 2018.


      That’s PRESIDENT, John, so na na na nana!

  6. diptherio

    Re: Nameless and Shameless

    I’m shaking with anger after reading that piece. How do these a–holes look at themselves after pulling this kind of crap? And why the f— do we keep giving them the authority to do it? Oh yeah, because we’re all scared little children who desire nothing more than for daddy to protect us, so we give a bunch of armed thugs the role of society’s parent, and just like in a real family, the parents ARE NOT accountable to the kids. But keep payin’ your taxes so that these thugs can keep getting a paycheck, I’m sure we’ll eventually be able to reform the “justice” system (hahaha!).

    After that I need an antidote. Fortunately, Lev Yilmaz just posted a new “Tales of Mere Existence,” and it’s actually an uplifting one:

    Random Acts of Somethingness

    1. Walter Map

      How do these a–holes look at themselves after pulling this kind of crap?

      How? Easily.

      “The time of the most contemptible man is coming, the man who can no longer despise himself.”

      Thus Spake Zarathustra.

      “My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.”

  7. Walter Map

    Top Climate Scientist: Today’s Leaders Will ‘Determine the Fate of Humanity’

    “…the World Bank warned last year that a rise of just 4 degrees Celsius is looking almost inevitable on our current track.”

    “…with average temperatures rising 16 degrees Celsius on land and 30 degrees Celsius at the poles, would leave just a fraction of humanity clinging to life”

    That’s the best-case scenario, and therefore overly conservative. A rise in average global temperatures of 12° C should just about do it. As civilization gradually succumbs, what remains of TPTB will hotly deny culpability, saying “Sorry, but nobody could have foreseen this.”

    There’s a 90% probability, still increasing, that it is now too late to prevent catastrophic climate change, practically a dead certainty, so to speak.

  8. TK421

    The 5 Stages of Obamanism:

    1) Anger: “These Republicans and their sequester are destroying the country!”

    2) Dissonance: “Okay, so the sequester was Obama’s idea, but why didn’t the Republicans stop it, hm?”

    3) Acceptance: “What’s wrong with the sequester? If our nation can’t pay its bills, we have to cut back.”

    4) Transference: “Obama HAD to do the sequester, or THE NEWS MEDIA would have said mean things about him! THE NEWS MEDIA is destroying our country! We have to do something about THE NEWS MEDIA!”

    5) Turnaround: “You’ll never believe what I just heard on the news–the government wants to give weapons to Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliated rebels! Those damn Republicans!”

    1. Walter Map

      Obama can and has been rightly discredited according to his real deficiencies and policy errors. There’s no need for twaddle.

  9. Paul Tioxon


    “They’re fixing the street,” she said. “It’s a miracle.”

    A miracle: It’s interesting how often residents who have to fight for basic services use that term when they finally break through the bureaucratic iron curtain that separates city residents and the agencies that are supposed to help them. Miracle, my foot.



    2 more paved neighborhood streets and I’ll have to call the Pope to formally invoke the Canonization Process For Sainthood!

    My mother lived on her street for 52 years. Right before she died, they paved the street for the first time in her life. Even more signs of the miraculous! Unfortunately, that was over 20 years ago, and doesn’t count for the present miracle process.

  10. susan the other

    Ambrose Evans Pritchard. Avoiding 1937. I liked his attitude. Why does everybody get hysterical over the Fed providing the necessary support to keep the economy going? He offers some even better systems for public finance, all of which are either MMT or almost MMT. Including direct infusions of money and jobs to the people who really need it, not the emperors of capitalism. Who needs bond vigilantes? The Fed is a good institution – all it needs is a new mandate and we have a defacto nationalized banking system. As always the problem is Congress. I’m not sure about Obama.

  11. Skeptic

    New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data Quartz

    Still waiting for my browser extension which either runs in background or when I am not on the computer. It visits websites I would not normally and skews my profile. Like Flagger, let me pick from Sportz Nut, Right Wing Nut, Priest, Angel, etc.

    Another extension would be the Haystacker which just churns out useless garbage to load up the spying databases. “Hey, you want DATA, I’ll give you DATA!” The bigger the Haystack, the harder to find the needle!

    For both the above, the operative maxim is Garbage In, Garbage Out. The more phony data in a database, the more worthless it is.

    Let’s get on this, Geekoisie!

  12. just_kate

    RE: JPM Settlement

    I find it insane that one firm could be allowed to grow so large as to be penalized at that level. And that’s a level they simply agreed to, it’s no victory of justice. Another perfect example of how messed up the system is.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Hidden government guarantees.

      Can we trust that sort of government to just issue money at will?

    1. skippy


      On ABC tele down under they did a Tepco – Fookmeshima segment on the news last night. Best part was when in front of the cameras a Gov offical, asked the Tepco Mgr, if they keep records of the ITP (inspection test plan) results. On the thousand steel and rubber gasket tanks (conducted by two guys daily) filled with a combination of salt water and radioactive material.

      The answer… drum roll please… NO.

      This in light of one already failing (sand bags around it, lol).

      skippy… metallurgy 101… don’t store salt water in metal containers, radioactive material only excites the process…. progess!!! to the future!!!

  13. Alexa

    Cleveland Clinic “Layoffs” Due to ObamaCare.

    Cleveland Clinic to Reduce Budget by $330 Million Due to ObamaCare, Layoffs Inevitable

    [Posted by Rachel Pulaski on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:41 PM]

    Here is more serious evidence for you, Mr. President that Obamacare is hurting the economy.

    The Cleveland Clinic is cutting their 2014 budget by $330 million and these budget cuts include job losses. The clinic has roughly 42,000 workers The layoffs are expected to be across the board, some workers including doctors will be losing their jobs or forced into early retirement. The company said they have not made any “overall layoffs” in the past 11 years and the majority of the 2014 budget cuts are due to the upcoming implementation of ObamaCare.

  14. Bunk McNulty

    Marcy Wheeler has fun with Thomas Curry.


    In [his speech], a member of the Executive Branch that has made everyone less secure by corrupting encryption said,

    “The growing sophistication and frequency of cyberattacks is a cause for concern, not only because of the potential for disruption, but also because of the potential for destruction of the systems and information that support our banks. These risks, if unchecked, could threaten the reputation of our financial institutions as well as public confidence in the system.”

    A member of a regime that is routinely hacking financial entities said,

    “The global nature of the Internet means they can conduct their activity from almost anywhere, including in countries with regimes that, at worst, sponsor attacks and, at a minimum, act as criminal havens by turning a blind eye toward criminal behavior.”

    And a member of the government that has hacked key third party providers like SWIFT and cooperated with third party telecoms to just steal data said,

    “Banks not only operate their own networks, they also rely on third parties to support their systems and business activities. Some of these third parties have connections to other institutions and servicers. Each new relationship and connection provides potential access points to all of the connected networks and introduces different weaknesses into the system.”

  15. diptherio

    Correspondence between USA Today reporter and DOJ ~Cryptome

    Brad Heath of USA Today tries to get answers about DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility and FISC. Agent Fallon says he’s got the answers…but Heath can’t see ’em!

    Heath: Can we expect anything from you on the OPR question? If there are facts that you have (and that I don’t) that you think should cause us to re-evaluate, I need to have them tomorrow morning, even if only as background. Barring that, my editors are inclined to publish what we know.

    Agent Fallon:I have an answer from OPR, and a FISC judge. I am not providing it to you because all you will do is seek to write around it because you are biased in favor of the idea that an inquiry should have been launched. So I will save what I have for another outlet after you publish…I’m done negotiating. Go forward if you want, and I will work with someone else afterwards explaining why what you reported is off base.

    Heath: Your call. For the record, I’m not trying to negotiate. I’m trying to get answers to basic questions.

    Agent Fallon: …I have information that undercuts your premise, and would provide it if I thought you were able to be convinced that your story is off base. Instead, I think that to provide it to you would just allow you to cover your bases, and factor it into a story you still plan to write. So I prefer to hold onto the information and use it after the fact, with a different outlet that is more objective about whether an OPR inquiry was appropriate.

    Wow…I can’t figure out if that’s chutzpah or stupidity…

    1. diptherio

      And here’s some good analysis (and background) of the story:

      Since Edward Snowden’s leaks, we have been granted access to a number of declassified FISC opinions, among them those that allege DOJ material misrepresentations to the court. (That’s a fancy way of saying “The DOJ told judges things that were not true.”) Hoping to find out whether the DOJ ever investigated these misrepresentations, USA Today journalist Brad Heath filed a FOIA to the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the office responsible for investigating these kinds of charges.

      Heath found that the OPR never looked into any of them. This despite the fact that the office, Heath writes, “routinely probes judges’ allegations that the [DOJ’s] lawyers may have violated ethics rules that prohibit attorneys from misleading courts.” In other words, investigating these kinds of things is actually the OPR’s job, but when it came to the DOJ telling the FISC untrue things about NSA spying, it didn’t perform it.

      1. ChrisPacific

        To paraphrase a Yes Prime Minister quote, we’re obviously dealing with one of those irregular verbs: we make material misrepresentations to the court, you lie, he commits perjury.

    2. psychohistorian

      Chutzpah or stupidity? How about both.

      I just read where there was a SWAT team that got called off the recent shooting at the naval base…and no one is saying why….but heads are rolling.

      Can we add conspiracy to the chutzpah or stupidity options?

  16. u

    Re: the bullshit “US deadline.” We owe Zanders. The international community will have to painstakingly un-brainwash the US population. State propaganda has stuffed American brainstems full of moron slogans about international law to keep Americans from looking at the laws and seeing for themselves. Zanders and other cognitive proctologists are going to try and scoop out six decades of carefully-inculcated ignorance.

    It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it. In violation of the Universal Decalaration of Human Rights, the state has perverted US education and culture so that it fails to protect humans from state overreach. So naturally the country wound up with a criminal state.

    The civilized world knows how to prevent that. It’s not rocket science. Every middling African statelet comes up to the minimal standards: Comply with the UN Charter, the International Bill of Human Rights, and the Rome Statute. Reinforce international review domestically with the Paris Principles.

    Every US propaganda victim, left and right, is programmed to make a cross with their fingers at the very thought. It’s like boing on the knee with the rubber hammer: “UN! Corruption!” “Dictators!” “Unenforceable!” That’s drilled in because these laws rein in the state. People who know their rights do not take shit from government liars.

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