How many more examples of people losing their health insurance are we going to tolerate? I want an answer from everyone who has a knee-jerk defense of Obamacare. I want them to defend a totalitarian government that can take away from you something you have legally purchased. And I want them of record. Not just the pundits and public figures either. I want the regular idiots on the record so that we may prioritize who should be stripped of their property first when the time comes. NBC, in an attempt to cover their ass, says that these folks are actually going to get better coverage as a result. Well, not really. What they are going to get is a new, more expensive policy, courtesy of Obamacare. Essentially, these folks liked their plan and could not keep it. But that does not stop NBC from putting the statist spin on it.
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are canceling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Wait a minute, I thought those evil insurance companies denied everyone with pre-existing conditions. Wasn’t this one fo the major justifications for democrats taking over the health care industry? We were told that they were greedy, evil. That they would either deny folks with pre-existing conditions or just drop them as soon as they made a claim. And the solution was to have government take this over and guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions. This was the only way to right that wrong. Just like the death panels, it was all a huge democrat lie.
Here is the truly sick part…Everyone will be fighting over health care now for the rest of our lives. And who is really going to benefit from this? It won’t be Republicans. And it certainly won’t be regular folks.
Well, we can’t seem to go a few hours without the savages taking a few people with them on their mission of martyrdom. If you haven’t heard, shopping malls are considered so offensive to the 7th century-minded losers in Kenya that they decided they must attack the building. Unfortunately, there were people in the building, so naturally, when a 7th century mentality is applied, those folks must be killed as well.
Cryptome has a series of photos taken on the scene during the Nairobi attack. Yet every time I see images like this from any corner of the globe, I think “How much longer will the world tolerate this?” After all, the world only let the Nazi’s go on a worldwide killing spree for just a short time.
UPDATE: DRUEZ.INFO is claiming that 5 of the Jihadist are from the United States. (via PatDollard.com)
This is a great post from the Silent Circle blog. It shows that not all is lost when it comes to government intrusion into our digital lives. As a matter of fact, the Snowden/NSA leaks are really a gift. It confirms that the weakest link is really the user’s platform. This is further confirmed by the amount of time the NSA devotes to them. So, good practices, coupled with good cryptographic products, are still a venerable force to be reckoned with, according to Silent Circle. I must admit that lately I have felt that the entire practice of encrypting sensitive data – years spent using PGP and other methods – has felt like a fait accompli since the Snowden affair. This post got my thinking back on track. Privacy is still attainable…you just have to really want it.
There have been so many disclosures, revelations and speculations since Snowden fled and the media trickled out one tantalizing slide after the next- that it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. It’s hard not to get angry.
Now that the sheer scope and massive worldwide surveillance of the NSA has come to light over the last few months, it seems as if a veritable cloud of “Privacy Depression” has set in lately among citizens and the technology community at large. Adding to that hot mess is the willing complicity of the tech giants, backbone providers and hardware manufactures. Fuel to the fire.
Yes, there are some feigning outrage, some with true concern, and others calling for heads-on-a-platter while western intelligence agencies and big technology firms hunker down and hope it all goes away. It won’t. It’s only going to get worse for them and the government.
Today the Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department illegally obtained two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors across the various agency offices. From the AP story:
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
During the implementation of the Patriot Act the opponents justified their disapproval for this sweeping government power by citing the future potential of abuse in federal agencies having the ability to obtain information that should remain private; information that the government could still obtain through the proper channels (i.e. warrants, subpoenas, etc.). Since the Patriot Act has been in full swing there has been remarkably little abuse of this power. Or maybe I am just the optimist. I had expected intrusions on a regular basis, especially with news groups attempting to protect confidential sources.
Naturally, the administration that thinks government has the power to take over whole industries would have no problem over-stepping the legal boundaries surrounding the first amendment and the protection it offers everyone. The only part that surprises me is that no matter how friendly you are to this administration they always regard you as a potential enemy. Think of how cooperative the AP has been with this administration. Yet they still regard them as an adversary. Can you imagine having to live like that? You even have to be ready to take down your friends.
AP Letter to Eric Holder
While everyone will write their own report on this story and add in their own two cents (like I did above), most wont publish the letter form the AP to Holder. They would rather just drive traffic to their site and give you the opinion they think you should have. Clicking the image will take you to the full letter via our DocStoc account. Comments are always welcome. (PDF direct download)
From late last night/early this morning. This is the video that captured the shootout between police and the Boston Marathon Bombers. One suspect dead and one is on the run. Thought to be in a green Honda Civic Massachusetts plate 116-GC7
From the Islamists that brought you the Black Widow bombers of the Russian airport on New Years and The Hunafa (whom we’ve written about here a few times); Dagestan an area where there is a daily war with Russian security forces trying tobeat back the radical Islamists…
I have an update coming. Hang tight. If it is what I think it is then it could be significant.