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ObamaCare’s Security Disaster

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When ObamaCare is launched October 1st, none of the systems that run the State-run Healthcare Exchanges will have been tested.  None of them. No testing.  Did you get that?  What could possibly go wrong? We’ll be facing inevitable crashes, delays and frustration — but that’s not the worst of it.

The ObamaCare computer systems have not had any security testing.  That’s right. None of the systems that will hold all of our health information, along with all of our personal financial data, will have been tested.  It turns out that the highly trained exchange employees may not be top-of-the-stack employees, either.

Today’s triumph of government data security comes from the Minnesota health care exchange, where a highly trained employee accidentally emailed 2,400 Social Security numbers – on an unsecured Microsoft Excel spreadsheet – to an insurance broker who was applying to become a member of the vast army of ObamaCare “navigators” we’ll need to make sense of the flaming bag of bureaucratic excrement our health care system has become.

But don’t worry, because as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune assures us, it was all just a silly mistake, and the ObamaCare crew called the broker right away “walked him and his assistant through a process of deleting the file from their hard drives.”

The response to a massive breach of data integrity, which put the security of 2,400 Americans at risk, was to call the guy on the phone and walk him through the highly complicated procedure for deleting a computer file.  And that’s with a “good guy.”  How about the millions of records that will inevitably find their way into hands who won’t be willing to delete them from their systems?

An IT expert quoted by the Star-Tribune urged “caution in pushing the federal hub online before it has been thoroughly tested.”  The people in charge of this disaster cannot possibly afford to hit the launch date without a massive number of Americans crammed into the passenger cars of the ObamaCare train wreck.    There are reports that they’re trying to stagger enrollment to keep the entire system from crashing the minute it goes live in October, but they can’t afford to admit that the entire thing is insecure and unready.

Uggh… Maybe it’s time to read the bill?

 

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Western IQs Dropped 14 Points Since 1900 – And It Shows

The best front page headline ever!

By Yahoo! News

A new study from researchers in Europe claims that the average IQ in Western nations dropped by a staggering 14.1 points over the past century.

“We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study,” the researchers wrote in the study, which was published online in the journal Intelligence on Thursday. “Simple reaction time measures correlate substantially with measures of general intelligence and are considered elementary measures of cognition.”

The results were measured using data from 1889 to 2004 and were analyzed by Michael A. Woodley of Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Jan te Nijenhuis of the University of Amsterdam and Raegan Murphy of the University College Cork in Ireland.

So why has there been such a steady drop? As UPI notes, previous research studies have found that women of higher intelligence tend to have fewer children on average, meaning that population growth may be driven by those with a lower IQ. And over time, the abundance of less intelligent offspring would affect the overall IQ average.

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Genetic Engineering Technology and Research Yield Positive Signs Toward Cancer Cure

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Count another huge win for the medical community in its fight against cancer.  We’ve talked with Aubrey de Grey on the show before about living to be 1,000 years old and some of the most promising technologies.  Looks like we’ve got another winner.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are reporting that they have been able to genetically engineer a type of our body‘s natural defense system’s white blood cells and train that cell to attack cancer cells in advanced cases of leukemia.  This is a huge win.

The report goes on to say that the patients have been “Cancer-Free for more than a year,” and that the patients’ immune systems have remained strong, something that isn’t typical in cancer treatment.

“This is a huge accomplishment — huge,” said Dr. Lee M. Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at Harvard Medical School, who is credited with the initial discovery of the molecule which is part of the cancer cells which is being destroyed by this treatment.

They are using a technique where a virus is modified to carry the genes of the modified white blood cell and cause various other of the host body’s cells to create the new defending T-cells.  They found that by using the virus technique, the new cancer-destroying cells were able to multiple to more then 1,000 times the initial dose and survive for months.  They were even able to stimulate the body’s own defenses to create their own “memory” T-cells which could be used to counter the cancer if it were to return.

There are still side effects, including the loss of a part of the body’s immune system as well as some complications caused by the break-down of the cancerous cells themselves, but overall the treatment has proven to be very potential.

Wow!

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miBook – Watch, Do and Progress

If you learn by seeing and doing, then miBook is for you.  Yes, we are talking about a book, which will show you everything and you just need to watch and do it.   Here is a multimedia books with lots of titles which has sounds, video clips, pictures, audios, which will help you to do something live than a mere exercise.

It is easily portable, just 7 inch, designed to bring how-to titles to life.   It revolutionizes traditional cookbooks, travel guides, parenting primers, and home improvement books by bringing them to life with video clips, images, and sound. It’s never been easier or more fun to master the things you’ve dreamed of doing.

miBook has various titles such as Cooking, Decorate Garden, Build and Repair, Fun and Healthy Pregnancy, new born babies, travel, etc.

miBook Parenting Titles walk new Fathers through everyday tasks, such as changing a diaper and warming a bottle, with easy to follow visual instructions.

Cooking titles guide the viewer in planning a menu and fixing a complete meal, stopping after 3 minute vignettes in order to let the viewer keep up, perfect for new cooks.   It helps to move through recipes in a step-by-step, seeing exactly how your craeation should look every step of the way.

Don’t just read it – see it!

Hundreds of projects come alive with video clips, images & sound.  Move through each project step-by-step, seeing how it should look at every turn. miBook stops automatically after each step, letting you work with expert skill & confidence. Push play to move on whenever you’re ready. With a few button taps, you’re onto a world of possibilities. Pick a project & work like a pro!

Includes 2 home titles: Home Projects – 150 everyday projects – install light fixtures, TV’s, dimmers, PC networks, thermostats & more: refinish floors & organize. Home Repairs – 150 everyday repairs – - leaky faucets, wall cracks, lamps and much more.

Available in More Titles: Cooking, Decorating, Gardening, Parenting, Travel, Repair, Fun and Healthy Pregnancy & more.

Share your digital photos: You can also use miBook as a digital photo frame. You’ll be able to show off hundreds of photos at the touch of a button. The beautiful 7” LCD display makes your photos and videos look great-no matter the format. Control the show with the included remote or let photos run automatically in a slideshow.

Enjoy your favorite MP3 tunes through the two built-in speakers or the headphone jack. With just a couple of simple clicks, you can even put your slideshows to music.

You can keep track of time with the built-in calendar and clock. It adjusts brightness, contrast and color with ease. And switch between standard 4:3 and 16:9 widescreen display modes. These are some of the cool features of miBook

You can play home videos or videos you download from the internet. To enjoy your favorite images, simply plug in your camera’s memory card (SD/MS/MCC/XD).  If you want to transfer photos music and videos from your computer, use the USB cable which is provided with miBook. AC adapter and rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack included.

Its suggested retail price is $129.99 for a package with two titles, $19.99 for each additional title.  It is available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens-n-Things and at more than 800 The Source locations across
Canada.

Bruce
C.E.O.,
Photoco Inc.

Bruce Teicher -  A biography

Mr. Teicher is a graduate of Amherst College, Columbia Law School, and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. After school, he worked briefly as an attorney, then founded a consumer magazine about law to help people with their everyday legal problems.

He joined CBS, where he helped fight for media access to courtrooms. He then moved to Viacom, where he structured television production deals with networks, actors, producers, and writers. After Viacom, he returned to his writing roots and worked as a television writer for numerous network TV shows.  Most recently, he’s worked as C.E.O. at Photoco, a consumer products company that specializes in consumer electronics.

About miBook:

miBook, a portable multimedia book designed for playing “how-to” titles. It’s 7 inches and launching with titles from Parents.tv (parenting titles cater to new dads and dads with toddlers), HGTV, Food Network and DIY Network. The titles take the viewer through a series of easy-to-follow steps and since the device is so small, it’s easy to tote from task to task.

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