“The AMA’s decision essentially makes diagnosis and treatment of obesity a physician’s professional obligation. As such, it should encourage primary care physicians to get over their discomfort about raising weight concerns with obese patients. Studies have found that more than half of obese patients have never been told by a medical professional they need to lose weight — a result not only of some doctors’ reluctance to offend but of their unwillingness to open a lengthy consultation for which they might not be reimbursed.”
AMA declares obesity a disease - latimes.com
1. Fuck that.
2. Doctors being reluctant to bring up weight is the exact opposite of everything I hear from fat people.
Amen. (File under Doctors are assholes, Part 295250)
Then don’t forget to also file it under People are stupid because if you don’t “realize” you need to lose weight, maybe evolution needs to take care of you.
WASHINGTON: Mangled facts, secrecy brew confusion about NSA - Politics Wires - MiamiHerald.com
In a Senate hearing, Army Gen. Keith Alexander implied that had the program been around before 9/11, the intelligence community might have sifted through records of past calls to catch the hijackers before they crashed airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
He pointed to hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar.
“We didn’t have the data collected to know that he was a bad person,” Alexander said.
But the U.S. did know that Mihdhar was a bad guy. The CIA knew that Mihdhar had met with other al-Qaida operatives at a January 2000 gathering in Malaysia.
The big problem was the CIA failed to immediately share what it knew about Mihdhar.
The information wasn’t passed to the FBI until late August 2001. The FBI began searching for Mihdhar in early September, but it was too late.
“There’s something awesome about being held down and watching your family get raped on a beach. It’s liberating. It makes you focus on what’s important”
Six reasons why choosing Hong Kong is a brilliant move by Edward Snowden
Word has it that Beijing may “solve” the problem of what to do about Snowden in the easiest way possible—by encouraging the Hong Kong courts to take their time. Not that Hong Kong courts ever need any encouragement to take their own good time—even a decade— making absolutely, positively sure that justice is served.
3 NSA veterans speak out on whistle-blower: We told you so
Q: Do you think President Obama fully knows and understands what the NSA is doing?
Binney: No. I mean, it’s obvious. I mean, the Congress doesn’t either. I mean, they are all being told what I call techno-babble … and they (lawmakers) don’t really don’t understand what the NSA does and how it operates. Even when they get briefings, they still don’t understand.
Radack: Even for people in the know, I feel like Congress is being misled.
Radack: I call it perjury.
Q: What should Edward Snowden expect now?
Binney: Well, first of all, I think he should expect to be treated just like Bradley Manning (an Army private now being court-martialed for leaking documents to WikiLeaks). The U.S. government gets ahold of him, that’s exactly the way he will be treated.
Q: He’ll be prosecuted?
Binney: First tortured, then maybe even rendered and tortured and then incarcerated and then tried and incarcerated or even executed.
“Conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them.”
Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!
Secret to Prism success: Even bigger data seizure
Schneier, the author and security expert, said it doesn’t really matter how Prism works, technically. Just assume the government collects everything, he said.
He said it doesn’t matter what the government and the companies say, either. It’s spycraft, after all.
“Everyone is playing word games,” he said. “No one is telling the truth.”
If you only read one article about PRISM, make it this one.
“I’m much more frightened and concerned about real-time monitoring on the Internet backbone,” said Wolf Ruzicka, CEO of EastBanc Technologies, a Washington software company. “I cannot think of anything, outside of a face-to-face conversation, that they could not have access to.”