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In the United States we have this law that's known as HIPAA.  It's a quite-broad law, although it is often ignored and breaches rarely bring any sort of sanction, especially not criminal sanction (which they should.)

It mandates that health information be private, with a few exceptions -- and it is those exceptions that are the problem.  For instance, your health insurance company is "entitled" to see everything, because you want them to pay your claims.  Likewise, it is also this enabling legislation that has made possible the monstrosity we have today with medical records; they're not actually your property, and because you have no property interest in them you can't insist that they go with you (such as on a Thumb drive.)

You are given the right to access them through these laws, including to make copies, but you might get charged for exercising that right.  There's also no guarantee that you'll be able to do anything useful with them since the coding on them is not necessarily in english (make that "almost never is"), but that is a solvable problem -- again, sometimes, for a fee.

When I ran my Internet company this law occasionally led to some interesting situations, such a person who had a medication denied for coverage at the pharmacy with no warning or explanation.  As the party that actually wrote the check for the vast majority of the health insurance bill for my employees, you'd think I'd automatically have access to everything necessary to try to analyze that decision.  You'd be wrong.  Fortunately the person impacted was very interested in my intervening and gave me written permission to do exactly that, and I did do, shoving that "decision" right up the pooper of the insurance company involved -- the employee had their medication about an hour later.

Now, however, the very basic (and often abused) protections in HIPPA are being destroyed systematically, and you had better rise up and put a stop to it.

Sometime next year, you may hear about a new way to save money on your health insurance. To get the discount, you and your spouse have to join your company’s voluntary “wellness program,” the kind that typically promotes exercising more or losing weight. As part of signing up, you’re both asked to share your blood pressure, weight, diseases you’ve had or have, and your medical records, which may include the results of any genetic tests.

But if you don’t want to fill out a questionnaire or get medically screened? You won’t qualify for the discount. Or your premiums could go up by hundreds or thousands of dollars.

It's not the screening or questionnaire necessarily -- it's that the data isn't private any more.

Where did this come from?  It was stuck into Obamacare, provided the program is "voluntary."

But is it voluntary if the difference in cost is thousands of dollars a year, or making the decision results in materially-poorer coverage?  Not really; it's coerced.

What's worse is that while it's formally illegal to discriminate against people on their health status despite the outrageous difference in cost for someone who is sick .vs. not to the employer, the exposure of this information or anything that can result in inferences being drawn across the entire employee pool of a firm means that now the number of people who have that access and are in a managerial (read: in a position to hire, fire, promote or not) role will be going up dramatically.

Finally, there's a huge secondary problem: The purpose of these programs is supposed to lead to "good advice" being doled out to the people who "share" said data.  What happens when that "advice" is flat-out wrong, as, for instance, has been the case with regard to saturated fat and carbohydrate intake?

Who pays when the advice is given, taken, and the purported situation gets worse?  Who's responsible, in short, for what amounts to force-feeding said "advice" and, presumably, some sort of compliance monitoring that will undoubtedly come next -- probably through your smartphone or other electronic devices!

Don't let that run around in your head for too long for it's unlikely that you will be happy with where this will inevitably lead, or what it will do to you both health-wise and financially.

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If you -- meaning any American citizen -- sit still for this and allow it then you've ratified the death of our Constitution.  You have not only ratified it by your inaction you've cheered it on and as such you are not welcome in my presence, on my property, and, in my opinion, you have no place at the table when it comes to any legitimate political discussion.

In a recent op-ed for Slate, Judge Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, argued that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments “do not speak to today.”

“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” he wrote. “Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century.”

He added, “let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

Let me point something out to you who have not read The Constitution: There is a legitimate means by which it can be amended, without limitation, provided that the people deem it to be inappropriate for the world of today.

It was intended to be hard to do that, incidentally -- on purpose.  To amend the Constitution you need a supermajority of the people defined by their representatives in the States -- and in Congress.  You need that supermajority because while the founders recognized that they were not perfect they also recognized that it is always easy to deem something old, decrepit or no longer relevant by a small group of elites than to actually find a supermajority of the people to agree.

That's the majesty of the Constitution -- it wasn't perfect -- but it was defined in a way that made amendment possible but difficult, and was intentionally designed to take people like Posner and expose them as unamerican traitors who deserved to be impeached, indicted, convicted and imprisoned should they attempt to run this sort of crap without first managing to sustain said supermajorities.

Why?

Because the alternative -- what Posner puts forward -- is to invite war by trampling the rights of the many on the claims of the elite.

The Founders knew this because they had just suffered under this exact illusion put forward by a King, and had to pay in blood to successfully challenge same.  They knew damn well that if they allowed the same mistake to be made again the same payment would be necessary.

Those who incite same are not Americans.  They are kingdom builders, destroyers of truth and jackbooted jackasses who have no place in a political debate, no place on a bench and definitely no place in educational institutions. 

Any university that employs such a person is one that deserves to have every degree they have ever certified, past, present or future, burnt by any employer who may come across it and any applicant sporting same deserves to have their shoes spat on.

The University of Chicago is one such school, but hardly the only one.

Oh, by the way, if you didn't catch the title Judge, yes, Posner is.  A sitting Federal judge.  Who declared, in print, that the hierarchy of law he swore to uphold is something he not only doesn't believe in but should not receive any attention from Judges and those going to law school.

Go perform an anatomically impossible act, the dishonorable and traitorous Mr. Posner.

PS: Mr. Posner ought to contemplate very carefully the implication of willfully, intentionally and publicly ignoring the hierarchy of law in this country and the lawful means by which it is amended.  You see, if he can ignore the Constitution and said law, then anyone else is justified in doing so as well, and should the thin veneer of "respectable behavior" in society be lost neither he or anyone else that gives aid and comfort to him is likely to enjoy the consequences that flow from his decision in this regard.

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That's enough.

Being a jackass is one thing.  Arming terrorists is another.

Remember, ISIS and it's various pieces (Al-Qaida or however they're spelling it this week) and similar have declared war on the United States.  They did so on 9/11 and have done so since, explicitly.  This is not supposition, it is fact.

Treason is defined under the law as giving aid or comfort to a declared enemy in a time of war.  We are at war with ISIS / Al-Qaida/whatever-whack-job muzzie group pops up next to take the same mantle.  Remember that before Congress declared war against Japan in 1941 the President said a state of war existed as of the attack on Pearl.  Duh.

The same is true here.

If this proves up, and Judicial Watch is incidentally known to be right and does not shoot from the hip, then Obama, Holder, and everyone else in the DOJ and BATFE involved in "Fast-n-Furious" must face charges.

One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

Eric Holder and President Obama personally, along with other members of the BATFE, did knowingly and intentionally allows guns to be sold to people who they knew were ineligible to buy them by virtue of either (1) not being American citizens or (2) not being the actual purchasers (e.g. "straw purchases.")

One of those guns killed a US Border Agent.  A second - a BMG .50 cal -- was found in El Chapo's (yes, the Mexican drug lord) house.  Those are crimes for which nobody has been indicted, charged or tried.

Now it is being alleged by Judicial Watch that one of the weapons used in the Paris terrorist attacks passed through the hands of someone who the Obama Administration intentionally allowed to traffic in weapons illegally and that person sold one of the guns that was used in the Paris attacks.  Specifically, it is alleged by Judicial Watch that agents were told to not arrest that very person prior to the attacks and, presumably, delivery of that weapon for possession of an unregistered (and thus illegal) fully automatic gun they caught him with -- that is, a machine gun!

This is an allegation that this act of international terrorism was perpetrated in part through conspiracy of action and intentional inaction caused by the President of the United States and his attorney general -- one Eric Holder!

Sweet Jesus, it literally doesn't get any worse unless Holder and Obama literally gave a terrorist an atomic bomb!

Are you going to sit still for this America?

Those people in Paris died at the hands of terrorists as a direct and proximate result of the actions and intentional inactions of our President and Eric Holder, the US Attorney General!

These acts certainly appear to be the giving of direct aid and comfort (in the form of guns!) to declared enemies of our nation.

If this does not fit the definition of Treason... what does?

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So remember how even Trump and the NRA says that "oh no, you shouldn't have anyone carrying in a club."

Well, someone was. And a jackass at a club decided to try to play "mass murder" -- but after getting off four rounds he was shot by the concealed carrier and his rampage was stopped.

So much for it being a bad idea; the guys who want to play "shoot-em-up" don't give a damn about the law so if you disarm those who are good, decent people then you wind up having to wait minutes for the cops to show up instead of seconds and instead of 4 shot people before a good guy can shoot the bad guy you have 50 dead and even more shot instead (depending on however much ammunition the bad guy happens to have!)

Here is your proof that in fact good guys carrying guns do stop bad guys.

DEMAND THE RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT'S FOUR WORDS -- SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED -- NOW!

ANY Politician opposing same is violating his oath of office AND MUST BE IMPEACHED.

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It's quite amusing to read the talking-head nonsense coming out of the various quarters on Brexit, along with Merkel and other's pontification this morning.

Let's dispense with Merkel and the rest of the EU crowd first: They have continued to repeat that there can be no "free trade" access without allowing Brussels to ram down everyone's throat millions of uneducated and culturally-incompatible "rapefugees."

Let's be clear with this: The reason that Merkel and the other "leaders" are so devoted to this issue is that they understand the fraud they have perpetrated on the entirety of Europe via their leverage (debt) games, especially in the periphery and the liabilities that has placed on institutions (banks) within their borders, along with what will happen to them when that inverted pyramid topples over.  To be blunt Deutsche Bank is a smoking hole and so are a number of other banking institutions, probably including the ECB itself.

Since attempting to entice the developed societies in Europe that have educated and motivated people to reproduce at a rate that will (for a while) sustain said promises has failed and there is no willingness to admit to the frauds nor to dial back their progression the only alternative is to import a huge number of people on the speculation that they will allow the game to continue, even if just for a little while.

It won't work, of course, because said rapefugees will not assimilate; they are not only culturally unwilling to do so they have no reason to do so since they are guaranteed handouts that make it unnecessary to do so!  Never mind that their present circumstances vastly improve on their previous condition even without work.  As a result statistically zero of them have found work thus far but they sure have assaulted women and children across the entirety of Europe whether it be in public swimming pools or at New Year's celebrations.

In other words the "price" of no-tariff "free trade" is the reduction of women to serfdom and sexual slavery, the murder of gays on a wholesale basis, the destruction of civil society and law along with the wholesale******of children.

Can I ask where the men are in this discussion and why there haven't been a plethora of declarations of war against Frau Feurher Merkel and the rest of the Euro "leadership" over this crap?

Is the rest of Europe literally so addicted to "cheap credit" and the promulgation of mathematically provable ponzi schemes that will and must collapse that they're willing to sacrifice half of their society to keep playing the game of increasing stock and other asset prices for a few more months or years?  And where is the half that is being sacrificed?

Are the women of Europe willing to put up with this crap without reaching for anything at their command, even if it's just a frying pan or meat cleaver, demanding that all of this stop right damn now?

As for the markets you have to be kidding me.  Cramer and the rest are a disgrace; there is literally nobody that can rationally speak to the concept of infinitely-compounding leverage being sustainable, because that is mathematically impossible.  Yet that is exactly what is being propounded and has been over the last 30 years and now that the wall is being hit increasingly-desperate (and obviously-so) measures are being taken on ever-shorter time lines to buy just a few more years (and now months!) on a clearly-unsustainable path!

I remind you that all ponzi schemes are great right up until you run out of suckers, at which point they collapse.  That's arithmetic, not politics.

When you start importing people into your group of nations by the millions that have no skill set relevant to your economy and have a cultural set of expectations that includes the wholesale subjugation and assault on half your population plus all of those who are gay you have demonstrated to anyone who cares to dispassionately observe from the outside that you know damn well that you're at the end of the rope of ever-increase compound leverage and are desperate to the point of being willing to sacrifice the dignity, freedom and sexual choice of half your population in order to maintain your scam for just a few more months or years.

Yet the media pundits think this is a buying opportunity?

You're all on drugs.

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