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Submission + - Disappearing stuff from the internet (nakedcapitalism.com) 1

inode_buddha writes: Its well-known that removing something from the internet is nearly impossible, like taking the pee out of the pool. That said, somebody or something is doing a credible job of trying lately. First there was the UCDavis pepper-spray video. Now its a Bernie Sanders ad. Nobody seems to know who or why but it was on the net for a few hours and it is rapdly being pulled and scrubbed. Any one got ideas?

Comment President is in charge of Dept of Justice (Score 1) 314

Under the Consitution, the Congressional branch is the most powerful, and can certainly stall either a Sanders or Trump.

However, the President controls the Dept of Justice, so can bring significant charges against the banking and medical industries. Imagine an SEC that actually does it's job. Ditto w/ the Dept of Treasury. A President should be able to cause significant disruption for the Federal Reserve.

Were either Sanders or Trump to win, to me the greatest threats are assassination and removal from office by the Senate. Impeachment by the House is almost a given.

Comment Re:Can a Hillary supporter step up and explain? (Score 1) 634

Sorry for the Fox link, but here is an example of email that cannot be justified. People will die as a result of this.

"At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as "HCS-O," which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record."

Comment Re:Can a Hillary supporter step up and explain? (Score 2) 634

You say " the information in those emails was not classified at the time it was sent, then there has been no real wrongdoing here".

Demonstrably false. If the person had reason to believe the material should be classified then they are obliged to treat it as classified.

Given that we know some e-mails were SCI-level intelligence, there is reasonable suspicion she should have believed it should be treated as classified.

If you disagree, is she really competent to be reading classified material in the first place?

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1310

I support AC. I used to moderate extensively but ever since I gave +5 to "fuck beta" posts I lost my mod points. Don't know if I was somehow banned behind the scenes from moderation, but ever since then I've posted AC because there was no point in signing in.

Slashdot moderation is unique, and far preferable to reddit.

Please leave AC and moderation unchanged. Thanks!

Comment Re:Gorbachev's off the cuff comment I heard live (Score 1) 210

What should not be forgotten is how bad the CIA estimates were on the Soviet economy. They were utter crap. I cannot stress this enough, and I encourage anyone interested in the topic to read the highly-rated (at the time) US texts on Soviet economy.

Virtually all highly rated US texts in 1980-1999 on Soviet/Russian economy were garbage.

So, what does this say about the CIA?

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 1) 157

Oh, and I left out rx, and payments to (and clawbacks from) providers. We can also discuss vision and dental, but again, what is the point???

The American medical insurance is so broken there is no believable reason another nation would wish to copy it.

Why not adopt a more believable (and simpler) hypothesis that the reason medical insurance claims data was of interest was because of mental illness and sexual disease claims?

Comment I call BS (Score 1) 157

I offer my services to the Chinese. For a mere $300K I will elucidate in greater detail if required. Medical insurance is not exactly rocket science (and you've already launched something to the moon! Congrats!)

Let's break it down. There are a few components:

Plans - but in a Communist country I'd expect everyone has the same insurance plan, right? Or is one animal great than another?

Member Information - things like name, gender, age, tobacco user, dependents, etc. Again, though, given it is a Communist country, are there really dependents, or is everyone a participant?

Provider information - things like provider name, address, tax ID. I hate to sound tedious, but in a Communist country I don't think you'd have PPO networks, right? Aren't all providers equal?

Premiums - this ties the member to a plan. In a capitalistic society this gets pretty complicated, as there are a vast number of plans, and different rates based on member age/smoker status/gender, etc. As I have now stated ad nauseum, I expect under a Communist system everyone pays the same, so maybe this becomes a trivial issue?

Claims processing - in a Capitalistic system one would take the billing codes, procedure codes, diagnostic codes, etc., match them against the date of service, connect this to the member and the plan, and adjudicate to determine if 1) the claim falls under the plan, 2) who gets paid what, 3) a bunch of other stuff (like lifetime deductibles). Now, if we were operating under a Communist plan, wouldn't all claims be covered?

When I started writing my response, I sympathized w/ the Chinese, as I've been involved with a few claims processing systems, and there's a ton of institutional knowledge. However, under a Communist system, what really is there?

Ps - Honestly, as an American who thinks theAmerican insurance & medical business is a complete scam, I'd love to hear what Sweden and other civilized countries need in the way of medical insurance software.

Comment The stupid, it burns! (Score 2) 246

I worked for seven years in the medical insurance business (so glad to have left the field!) and the ignorance seen in many high-rated posts here is astounding.

1. GAO report, so no fraud
2. Even if someone wanted to fraudulently create an applicant, I don't see the problem, as long as they don't submit a claim. What's wrong w/ additional premium? (I will ignore the geeky underwriters, as I understand their position, but haven't seen any relevant objections so far about messing up the statistics.)
3. You cannot begin to appreciate the stupidity of pretty much everyone in the insurance business - so the inability to do very basic SSN validity checking comes as no surprise at all.

I left the year ACA came into effect, so got to experience the fun as we tried to implement insurance plans that Congress had not defined. See, ACA went into effect 2014, but we (that is, insurance companies) didn't have black letter law or even Federally-defined policies established (on many different fronts) until way past Jan 2014. How can you determine policies if underwriters don't know what the rules are???

Biut what continues to be under-reported is what a complete disaster/fail the back-office procedures are. Are we finally able to determine if someone is eligible? When I left, there was no way to tell if an applicant was qualfied for subsidies under the various arcane income rules.

If I were dictator, I'd immediately force hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to fall under the anti trust laws that everyone else has to follow. The high-deductible plans were created under the assumption that consumers would be motivited to shop around for the cheapest deal. But, it is impossible to get an actual quote for a procedure. If you require hospitals to produce a rate sheet that applies to all, and permitted people to import drugs from anywhere in the world, a massive amount of money could be saved.

But this cuts into rx profits, and we can't have that.

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