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I know that any new computer system has problems, but why was the government's enrollment in the afca such a disaster? Reuters investigated why this happened.They used five outside technology experts who were interviewed by Reuters. Their say they believe flaws in the system architecture, not traffic alone,contributed to the problems.

For instance when a user tries to create an account on,which serves insurance companies in 36 states,it prompts the computer to download 92 sites,56 were JavaScript files,including plug-ins that makes  it easier for code to work on multiple browsers such as Microsoft Corp's internet Explorer, Googles and also lets them upload massive data to
.It is not clear why the upload function was included. Hancock describes the situation as similar to what happens when hackers conduct a distributed denial of service,they get large numbers of computers to simultaneously request information from the server who runs the website, causing it to crash or stumble.Many others experienced problems involving security questions they had to answer in order to create an account. No questions appeared in the boxes, or an error message that said they were using the same answers for different questions when they were not. Hancock's analysis suggested that the security questions were coming from a different server.The more you have to ask another data base for information, the more it gets overwhelmed. There were so many added consultants that were paid very well,having ties with corporations and the military. Why?
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Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 05:30 AM PST

Don't let this happen to you.

by pipercity1

   I wanted to let you know what happened to my husband and myself when he had a nuclear stress test for his heart. My husband is 65 years old and otherwise in good health. He felt some chest discomfort that he described as soreness which was probably his chest tightening. He had no muscular discomfort when I palpated his chest. I wanted him to go the ER immediately but he refused. He agreed to tell his primary Dr. about this pain. His Dr. ordered a nuclear stress test which he did almost immediately.He travels, plus it was a sore point between us so I didn't follow it up thinking he probably was told he had a normal stress test. I asked if he heard the about the results. We found that the results weren't sent to his Dr's office after almost a week and when we called the testing center they said  they had a week to get the results read. I am a nurse and so I knew that these test can be interpreted by the end of the day at the latest.The results were sent to his primary Dr's office that day. I found out later that the report said that there was a minor variation and should be checked by a cardiologist but there wasn't any urgency. As a result his primary Dr. told him to make an appointment with a cardiologist that he recommended.

A week later we had the appointment. The cardiologist (different one, thank goodness)said that he had a very abnormal stress test and wanted him to have a heart cath as soon as possible. He had the heart cath 2 days later. He had a 99% blockage in his circumflex artery and 90% blockage in "the widow maker" which is the left anterior descending.  He had two stents which completely opened up the arteries.The Dr.said he could have had a major heart attack at any time that he probably wouldn't survive or be a severe "cardiac cripple".
   It's important to note that this is a well respected cardiac group in a large city! I called the office shortly after this, asking to speak to the manager, who once again reiterated their policy that they had a week to read the tests. I told her that this was essentially B.S. and asked to speak to her boss. When I talked to the woman who is in charge of several cardiac clinics she once again said they had a week to read the results. I told her that my husband could have easily died during this delay and I wondered how often this had happened to other clients. I also asked her how this would hold up in a court of law. She called shortly after and told me she had reprimanded the manger saying this wasn't their policy. I asked why she had also stated the same thing. I told her that they had better change this policy soon or I would go to the press! She called two days later stating they had an emergency meeting to discuss medical protocols and had changed this while thanking me for pointing this out. Unbelievable!
  He had cholesterol problems which were controlled by Lipitor. His last reading was 177 but they did a more advanced test that is called LDL-P. The P stands for particles of LDL. You can have two times of LDL cholesterol, some are big and fluffy and some are more numerous and smaller. My husband had a very high reading of LDL-P which means he had the small,numerous ones that can easily permeate the artery wall causing more plaque build up inside the artery. The large, fluffy ones can't penetrate nearly as easily.This test was done months ago and hadn't been addressed.
    We could have sued but we didn't. Our main concern was that this didn't happen to others.
    Update: I am so thankful that my story will help people. I contacted the administration of this conglomerate of clinics today. I explained my concerns and the same woman I had talked to before called me back. She explained that she had chastised the manager of the clinic and that their policy was the report was to be done in 24 hours.
 I reminded her that she had also said that they had up to a week to complete the report. She didn't say anything. I told her that I was glad to see there were new protocols in place.

Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 05:47 AM PDT

Rick Scott, the real voter fraud.

by pipercity1

   There was a recent article about a woman, in Miami who was caught helping seniors  fill out their ballots. I live in Florida and wondered immediately about Scott's involvement.

After some research I found that Rick Scott was a featured speaker in August, 2012 at the Florida Health Care's annual convention. The audience for his speech were 400 professionals,representing different long term skilled nursing facilities. He was also given a special award for his "continuing support." With his power and influence how hard would it be to commit voter fraud in some of these facilities? Voting a straight Republican ticket perhaps.
    I decided to investigate other suspects. I found that in 2010, before he was sworn in as governor, Scott Walker and the state's health care agency visited the headquarters for WHCA and WICAL These are both agencies supporting assisted and long term skilled nursing care facilities. He also put a cap on enrollment for Family Care that allows seniors to stay in their homes. Forcing some to pay the steep charges of nursing homes. He removed this cap,with great political fanfare,only because the federal government made him.
Tommy Thompson will be a featured speaker at the annual convention for WHCA and WICAL this September.
   I realize this is a complicated situation that needs in-depth analysis.

 Forbes magazine just published their list of the wealthiest people in the world.Many are Americans who are head of leveraged buyout or private equity firms. Carl Icahan who is the CEO of a leveraged buyout firm reported wealth is 14.8 BILLION...not counting his offshore tax shelters.

There are many examples of multi-billionares who are have gotten  wealthy this way. I stopped counting at 3.2 billion. Makes you wonder why Romney is so "poor" in comparison.
     Why was Romney's reported worth of 250 million just accepted and hardly questioned? Was the story buried? I was excited after I read the list. This was short-lived because almost right below, Forbes questioned this also!
    I am sorry if this diary is  short. I'm sure there will be more in-deapth articles later. I felt this was so important.

Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 05:41 AM PDT

What if this happened to L. Bush?

by pipercity1

    I'm sure that many of you remember in July, the cop that was given desk duty after he said ,"HE WANTED TO SHOOT MICHELLE OBAMA!"  This statement was made by a motorcycle officer in a D.C. police unit that helps escort motorcades for dignitaries, including President Obama and his family. The Washington Post reported this yesterday.                                                                                  

"Our investigation is complete and there will be no criminal charges resulting from it",said Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, which conducted a joint inquiry with D.C. police detectives. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said that federal prosecutors reviewed the findings of the investigation and "made the decision not to go forward."
   That's it, move along, nothing to see here. This was a viable threat made by a person with the means and access yet, it's being virtually ignored to protect the D.C. police image. If this had happened to Laura Bush or Ann Romney that cop would probably be in Guantanamo!
    I hope you agree that this story needs more attention and further investigation.



Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:04 AM PDT

Monitoring the AARP blogs

by pipercity1

    Out of curiosity I went to the national AARP website. I was impressed how well informed many are. Many are outraged by the constant lies by Romney and the obstructionism. They have a section called, "Politics, Current Events". Any member is allowed to post a "diary". Some of these were very good and the ones that were not,often had well-informed replies.
    MY problem is with the posts that were represented as facts.741 read this and 157 commented on it!

One example of this is "500 economists support Romney for president!" The article was vague but talked about increasing the tax base and lowering who is eligible for social security,ect. and of course how much better their plan is then Obama's,who increases the power of the federal government to impose one size fits all and creates greater incentives for waste! None of the economist's names were mentioned.

    Another diary was read by 2943 with 495 comments.
"Are you better off then 4 years ago?" (This is a slightly condensed factual version,lots of redundant info. ) Been to the grocery store and can only afford to buy from the end caps? Take out a loan to fill your car, heat your home or have electricity. Can you afford 4 more years of communist rule?
Another diary that 459 read with 111 comments. "Obama care to start penalizing Medicare Providing hospitals." This is dealing with patients who are readmitted to the hospital before 30 days. They talk about how unfair,dangerous and how Dr's are upset. It's not fair to penalize a hospital. In a SMALL paragraph at the end it is mentioned that every case will be reviewed and extenuating circumstances will be taken into account.
"Economic model correctly picks last 8 presidents." This was written on August 28th several days after it had been proven false by Nick Silver. 90 read this with 14 comments.
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