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How Big Data Could Affect 
Your Health Insurance 
by Harold Hutchison
Iran using German companies to finance war in Yemen
{ } ~ Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps employed German companies to disguise illicit activities in its funding of the war... against the pro-US government in Gulf country's capital of Sana'a. Time Magazine reported on Thursday: "For several years, Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had been using German front companies to buy advanced printing machinery, watermarked paper and specialty inks in violation of European export controls. " According to interviews with US Treasury Department officials, Time added: "The IRGC had then printed counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars and used them to help fund its proxy war against the beleaguered pro-US government in the capital of Sana’a. German companies were being used as a cover by the Iranians to finance the world’s worst humanitarian conflict." The report said that US officials, who uncovered the deceptive Iranian operation, met with their German counterparts at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin last April. The Jerusalem Post reviewed intelligence agency reports from German states covering Iran. The reports document Iran's strategy of using front companies to engage in illicit procurement of nuclear and missile technology in Germany during 2017...What are you doing Germany?
Are The Leftists Now Excusing Political Violence?
by Onan Coca
{ } ~ Youtuber Dave Rubin is a former progressive who once worked with the leftists at The Young Turks but has now been reformed into what he describes as a classical liberal... Rubin’s current views are closely aligned with a libertarian perspective of smaller government and more individual liberty. Rubin is a regular guest of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and his most recent visit had him sounding the warning call about how our current political rhetoric is descending into violence. “The amount of hate that it got caused the guy to delete the tweet because the mob just goes after anyone who dares say let’s be tolerant… If that’s really where we are right now then, yeah, what you’ve been talking about on this show for quite some time about this escalating to violence. Well if we can’t talk then the only thing left is violence and I’m doing everything I can to avoid that. I think you’re trying to do and I think there’s a bunch of other people trying to do it too and we’ve just got to get louder and keep showing people that that’s talking truly the answer.”...
The Blue-State Housing Bubble
by Michael Bargo, Jr.
{ } ~ Another housing bubble is beginning to burst. Its financial characteristics are different from the 2007-8 housing bubble but it shares one thing in common... that it is caused by government policies. The 2007 bubble was caused by the Federal government insisting on home loan qualification standards changes. Buyers who were not qualified to obtain traditional home loans were encouraged and even subsidized to get loans in states such as IL, CA, NJ, PA, and all other areas. The details of these changes were documented by Pinto and Wallison. The bubble burst because the easy money home loan qualification changes created two prongs of financial instability: 1) persons who were not qualified were allowed to obtain mortgages and 2) the easy money policies rapidly escalated home prices and placed many mortgage holders underwater when the artificially high housing prices crashed. This bubble now being created in the biggest Blue states, while being driven by government policy, has a completely different financial dynamic. This dynamic is best understood by looking at the financial condition of Illinois. The financial insolvency of Illinois is directly linked to its public-sector pension system.  The unfunded public pension liability of the state is $251 billion.  But that one fact is only part of the story... 
My news testimony about the government’s
intrusions into my computers 
by Sharyl Attkisson
{ } ~ Tuesday, I was asked to testify to Congress about a proposed bipartisan “Shield” law that would protect reporters from going to prison... if they refuse to reveal their confidential sources. There are exemptions in the proposed law for instances where national security is at risk or lives are in danger. Thank you to Congressmen Jordan, Raskin, Meadows, Palmer, Krishnamoorthi and Grothman. At the hearing, I was asked about the government intrusion of my computers. The testimony starts :55 minutes into the YouTube link of the hearing below. If you’re interested in the questions about the government computer intrusion, you can scroll to 1:37:30 and 1:57:45. The Justice Department continues to use taxpayer money to fight my lawsuit against the FBI and others, rather than learning who is responsible for the improper remote intrusions into my computers.
liar-nObama's Dying Vision: The Only Card
in the dummycrats-Democratic Deck
by Russell Paul La Valle

{ } ~ As the dummycrats-Democratic Party continues to scrum ahead of the 2018 midterm elections – and ultimately the 2020 presidential election... dummycrats- Democrats of all stripes are eager to see who will be squeezed out of the pack and step up to articulate some kind of unified Progressive vision to challenge the Trump presidency. Yet, even at this late date, dummycrats-Democrats appear rudderless and out of ideas – still clinging to their relentless intifada of resistance to shake off Donald Trump's occupation of the American government. As this approach hasn't proven to be an altogether winning strategy, recently, the dummycrats-DNC brain trust announced their intention to enlist the advice of Hollywood writers, directors, and producers to craft Tinseltown-style messaging in the hope of generating dummycrats-Democratic victories. Given the four-letter tirades of scumbag-Robert De Niro, the vulgar tweets of Peter Fonda, the nightly broadsides of talk show hosts, and the rallying cries and rants of entertainment elites everywhere, the Hollywood message is loud and clear and can be reduced to two words: F--- you! What dummycrats-Democrats don't seem to understand is that Hollywood is not a "messaging" apparatus, nor is parading Trump-hating celebrities into the spotlight a winning substitute for a clear enunciation of what the dummycrats-Democratic Party stands for and whom it represents. Let us not forget the bawdy conga line of Hollywood royalty who stepped up noisily during liar-Hillary's 2016 campaign – and delivered nothing. Employing a "long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." approach to a TV political ad or get-out-the-vote appeal bereft of a lucid, straightforward liberal message is, as former dummycrats-Democratic Texas governor Ann Richards once remarked, like this: "you can put lipstick on a hog and call it Monique, but it is still a pig."... 


How Big Data Could Affect Your Health Insurance 
by Harold Hutchison:  Big Data has been in the news over the last couple of years, with Facebook and other sites receiving scrutiny over the sale of personal information. While much of that has centered on politics, the fact is, health insurance companies are also buying up online data — and it could be impacting your pocketbook.

             One big reason for this is because the insurance companies are for-profit businesses. As such, they try to reduce risks (and thus expenses), increase the effectiveness of every dollar they do have to spend, and still provide enough value to you (the paying customer) that you won’t leave them for a competitor. In this, they are no different from an automaker, or the contractors who build (or renovate) your home, or even your local grocery store.
               Then again, you aren’t mandated to buy any of those things
               These days, to help reduce risks (or to at least get a handle on the risks), National Public Radio reports that the health insurance companies are buying up social media and purchasing data and linking them to those they insure to get a better picture of the particular risks they face. When it comes to health, some of it is due to hereditary factors (genes), some of it is due to environmental factors (how good or bad the air and water are, among other things), and some of it is due to personal choices (smoking, drinking, what you eat, etc.).
               Now, this acquisition of personal data is legal, but it is going to still have some side effects. For instance, short-term health plans can still deny people coverage if they are sick. Other companies may decide to charge more for plans across the board. Or the data could be used to generalize for an area, hitting those individuals who don’t quite fit the general picture. Some actuarial companies are reportedly trying to figure out how to use the personal data as a pricing tool.
               The so-called “Affordable” Care Act, which will be defended to the death by dummycrats-Democrats, has been causing the price of health insurance to skyrocket for the last few years now. And we have too much red tape tying up health care, and too many regulations and bureaucrats getting between doctors and patients. Now comes this data fiasco, which is inevitably going to lead to calls for more government involvement to stop the collection.
               What is really needed is less red tape and fewer regulations, and a lot more flexibility in the market. But that market has to protect patients and consumers. How to do that is the question.

~The Patriot Post

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Yikes !!! Ocasio-Cortez: We Need A ‘Multigendered, Multigeographic’ United States

The United States of America needs to be “multigendered” and “multigeographic,” according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who endorsed fellow socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the “Bernie’s Back Rally” in New York on Saturday.

The freshman lawmaker and “Squad” member officially endorsed Sanders during a rally in Queensbridge Park in Long Island City, New York, on Saturday and called for more diversity in the U.S., arguing that it should not only be “multiracial” and “multigenerational” but “multigeographic” and “multigendered.”

“We need a United States that really, truly, and authentically is operated, owned, and decided by working – and all – people in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said to applause.

“That is what it – it is multiracial, multigendered, multigenerational, and multigeographic,” she said, failing to elaborate on what that specifically looks like.

“We have to come together, not ignoring our differences but listening to them, prioritizing them, understanding injustice,” she continued.

The socialist lawmaker also implied that rampant racism is still alive and well in the U.S., telling the crowd that it is essential to understand “that we operate in a context where slavery evolved into Jim Crow, evolved into mass incarceration, [and] evolved into the realities we have today.”


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