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Are We Puppets in a Wired World?
New York Review of Books, by Sue Halpern

Original Article

Posted By:toledo, 10/28/2013 7:50:24 AM

Early this year, as part of the $92 million “Data to Decisions” program run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research began evaluating computer programs designed to sift through masses of information stored, traded, and trafficked over the Internet that, when put together, might predict social unrest, terrorist attacks, and other events of interest to the military. Blog posts, e-mail, Twitter feeds, weather reports, agricultural trends, photos, economic data, news reports, demographics—each might be a piece of an emergent portrait if only there existed a suitable, algorithmic way to connect them. DARPA, of course, is

      


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Are We Puppets in a Wired World?
New York Review of Books, by Sue Halpern    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 10/28/2013 7:50:24 AM     Post Reply
Early this year, as part of the $92 million “Data to Decisions” program run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research began evaluating computer programs designed to sift through masses of information stored, traded, and trafficked over the Internet that, when put together, might predict social unrest, terrorist attacks, and other events of interest to the military. Blog posts, e-mail, Twitter feeds, weather reports, agricultural trends, photos, economic data, news reports, demographics—each might be a piece of an emergent portrait if only there existed a suitable, algorithmic way to connect them. DARPA, of course, is

   

 

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More HealthCare.gov woes:
Website loses connectivity
NBC News, by Simon Moya-Smith    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 10/27/2013 10:06:21 PM     Post Reply
The company that operates HealthCare.gov experienced a connectivity glitch on Sunday, another complication for an already beleaguered population of would-be health care applicants. White House officials said the company that operates the hub, Terremark, is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Health and Human Services spokesman Joanne Peters said in a statement that the website is down because the company "experienced a failure in a networking component, and planned maintenance to replace it brought down network connectivity to the data center." "Our understanding is that this failure is likely impacting several other sites, in addition to HealthCare.gov and the Data

60 Minutes confirms Benghazi is a
real scandal, and you’ve been lied to
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 10/27/2013 8:44:09 PM     Post Reply
60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. I’ll post the video when available (update – available and added), but the heart of the report is that there were clear and unequivocal warnings which were ignored, and the Obama administration lied about these warnings after the attack. Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie. And remember how almost all of the media obsessed with Mitt Romney’s statement over Benghazi, and colluded to ask Romney gotcha questions while downplaying and obfuscating what really

Roland Martin Gets Into Fiery
Shouting Matches with Callers Over
Grayson’s KKK-Tea Party Email
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 10/25/2013 11:46:12 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday afternoon, radio host Roland Martin got in a series of heated debates with callers who agreed with Rep. Alan Grayson‘s decision to liken the tea party movement to the Klu Klux Klan. Martin asserted at the top of the segment that he thinks Grayson’s email derails any sort of meaningful conversation between both sides. “To brand the tea party as the same as the KKK is wrong,” he said. “I think it’s wrong when the left does it, I think it’s wrong when the right does it.” One caller, identified as “Walter in Washington, D.C.,” told Martin he completely concurs

CBS Video: Obamcare Takes Away
Woman´s Health Care Choices
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 10/25/2013 10:47:49 AM     Post Reply
A new CBS report highlights the story of Natalie Willes, "one of the millions of Americans who already have private health insurance but whose policies do not comply with the Affordable Care Act." Obamacare Watch the video here. "I was completely happy with the insurance I had before," Willes tells CBS. "Now I´m being forced to choose from a bunch of new plans that I don´t want to choose from that are all more expensive." The report shows a clip of President Obama saying at a rally in 2010 that "if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it." Is it possible to characterize

At the White House: Obamacare
success stories that aren´t
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/21/2013 2:02:22 PM     Post Reply
President Obama invited a number of people to stand behind him as he delivered his speech on the state of Obamacare at the White House Monday morning. One of them, Janice Baker, a small business owner from Delaware, introduced the president, and Obama spoke of Baker and the others gathered there as people who have benefited from Obamacare. But after reading the White House-provided descriptions of each of those behind the president, it´s clear the administration was stretching to present people who, beyond supporting Obamacare, have actually gained from it in any tangible way. For example, a Pennsylvania man named Malik

   

 

  


 
Consumer Reports: ‘Stay Away
From HealthCare.gov’
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/21/2013 11:46:27 AM     Post Reply
Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks. Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting successive

Snowden leaks: France summons
US envoy over spying claims
BBC (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/21/2013 6:59:27 AM     Post Reply
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the US ambassador over newspaper claims that the US spied on millions of phone calls in France.France has labelled such activity between allies as "unacceptable".Le Monde says the data, based on leaks from ex-intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, suggest the US NSA agency monitored businesses and officials as well as terrorism suspects.The intercepts were apparently triggered by certain key words.The paper says the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on 70.3 million phone calls in France in just 30 days between December 10 last year and January 8, 2013.

How Crazy Are The Democrats?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/20/2013 8:07:49 PM     Post Reply
The Democrats have achieved a public relations coup that any ministry of propaganda would be proud of. Worried that the United States is $17 trillion in debt? Radical! Unconcerned about deficits that pile up as far as the eye can see? Responsible! Unhappy about an anemic economy in which a generation of young people struggles to find full-time employment? Traitor! Content with record levels of poverty and non-employment? Moderate! Want to get rid of a law that is opposed by most Americans, decimates the economy and is patently unworkable? Crazy! Delighted at the sight of millions of Americans losing their

A software installer´s view
on the Obamacare IT mess
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/20/2013 6:32:43 PM     Post Reply
A reader who says that he has done large software installations for one of the big accounting firms wrote the following in an email. It seems to validate the concerns discussed in my Washington Examiner column on the Obamacare IT mess.1. The integration aspect is most difficult. In this case, the integration of various Federal Systems to determine subsidies is proving a daunting task. You are dealing with legacy systems that don’t integrate very well. Also the integration with the insurers consisting of sending an insurance application to the insurance company, a much easier task, was also screwed up. 2. The

HHS calls in high-tech cavalry
for Obamacare website fixes
Politico, by Jason Millman    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/20/2013 3:08:48 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration Sunday said it’s called on “the best and brightest” tech experts from both government and the private sector to help fix the troubled website at the root of the Obamacare enrollment problems.The unusual Sunday 600-word blog post from HHS was the first update in more than a week on the many failings of an expensive website that HHS itself described as “frustrating for many Americans.” But it didn’t specify who the administration had called in, or when the American people would see clear-cut results on Healthcare.gov.

   

 

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JFK´s Brother ´May
Have Stolen His Brain´
Sky News (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 10/20/2013 3:05:10 PM     Post Reply
A new book claims John F Kennedy’s brother may have stolen his brain from the National Archives to conceal the true extent of his illness.The revelations are made In End of Days: The Assassination of John F Kennedy by James Swanson, excerpts which has been published in the New York Post.He writes: "Not all the evidence from the assassination is at the National Archives. One unique, macabre item from the collection is missing - President Kennedy’s brain." Mr Swanson rejects conspiracy theories that the brain vanished as part of a plot to hide the facts of the assassination. He adds: "My conclusion



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Mediate, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/27/2013 10:13:49 AM     Post Reply
Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning and defended Obamacare, telling host David Gregory that the 300,000 figure—the number of people being dropped from the insurance rolls, a number being used as evidence that President Barack Obama was not correct when he said people would get to keep their insurance—was not an accurate representation of the Affordable Care Act’s effects. “We’re not cutting people,” Geraghty said. “We’re actually transitioning people. What we’ve been doing is informing folks that their plan doesn’t meet the test of the essential health benefits; therefore, they have a choice

   

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