Monday, December 9, 2019

China and Cybersecurity

Gatestone Institute -- Gordon Chang
China adopts malicious cybersecurity rules

After all these "cybersecurity" rules are in place, no foreign company may encrypt data so that it cannot be read by the Chinese central government and the Communist Party of China. In other words, businesses will be required to turn over encryption keys.

Beijing's system, once implemented, will be so invasive that Chinese authorities will no longer need to ask foreign businesses to turn over data. Chinese officials will simply be able to take that data on their own.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Russia has indeed disrupted our presidential politics and democratic elections.

Hill says Russia wanted to "delegitimize our entire presidency" in 2016

The Washington Post announced within minutes of his inauguration that the “campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”
Newt Gingrich -- Plot against the president is real and bigger than many think
Since the day Trump was elected president, Democrats have been formulating and executing the plot we have been watching unfold. After Trump won a massive electoral majority, Democrats started digging.

Make no mistake: This is not politics as usual. It’s a concerted effort by one political party, the Washington bureaucracy, and the media to overrule the American people.
Newt”s World -- Podcast 46 -- The plot against the president

Start with Transparency to Reform Health Care

Hospital Cost Transparency is a necessary first step in Affordable Health Care

“No one would buy a car without knowing the sticker price. Few would hire a house painter without getting an estimate — or several — first. Yet, hospital patients usually don’t learn the cost of their medical care until after they’ve been treated and receive a bill.”

“A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule could change all that by demanding price transparency of every U.S. hospital. By January, 2021, the federal agency will require hospitals to disclose charges for every service they provide, including cash discounts and rates negotiated with third-party payers, such as insurance companies. Additionally, they’ll be required to publish plain-language estimated costs for all associated charges for 300 “shoppable” services, such as joint replacements and other common treatments.”

What Does a Knee Replacement Really Cost?

The actual cost? $10,550 at most, including the physicians. The list price was five times that amount.

The Sanctity of Life, Abortions, and the Death Penalty in Ohio

Some of the Republican legislators in Ohio support both a ban on abortions and the death penalty.  If they were serious about the sanctity of life maybe they should consider abolishing the Death Penalty in Ohio.

Some Ohio Lawmakers Want to Ban Abortions and Charge Doctors with Murder.

One-third of Republicans in the state House of Representatives signed onto a bill that would ban all abortions in the state – and charge doctors who perform them with murder.

The proposed legislation, which has not been introduced, would almost certainly trigger a lawsuit. A federal judge temporarily blocked similar legislation in Alabama last month. 

Reconsidering the Death Penalty in Ohio

In 2007, 88% of the executions worldwide occurred in China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. This is the company that we keep…