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IT experts question architecture of Obamacare website

Sounds like poor planning and execution to me.  Any site that is constructed in such a way as to attack itself is fundamentally designed wrong.  From :

Five outside technology experts interviewed by Reuters, however, say they believe flaws in system architecture, not traffic alone, contributed to the problems.

For instance, when a user tries to create an account on HealthCare.gov, which serves insurance exchanges in 36 states, it prompts the computer to load an unusually large amount of files and software, overwhelming the browser, experts said.

If they are right, then just bringing more servers online, as officials say they are doing, will not fix the site.

"Adding capacity sounds great until you realize that if you didn't design it right that won't help," said Bill Curtis, chief scientist at CAST, a software quality analysis firm, and director of the Consortium for IT Software Quality. "The architecture of the software may limit how much you can add on to it. I suspect they'll have to reconfigure a lot of it."

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"They set up the website in such a way that too many requests to the server arrived at the same time," Hancock said.

Swiss look to go all in on socialism, guaranteed income for everyone

But who pays that bill?  Sure, the government woudl be signing the checks, but where does the government get the money?

Do they ?  No, because it wouldn't be long before the money in circulation would be so devalued that it would be worthless.

Do they collect it from those who can afford to "donate" some of their income?  How long until those who work hard for their money don't bother any more because there is no longer an incentive to do so?  It would be like winning the lottery.  Would you continue to work if you had an unconditional paycheck every month for doing nothing?

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Shocking! Feinstein reverses course on NSA oversight

I'm not sure she actually wants to do this because it is the right thing to do, or if there has been such an uproar that it's just political face-saving.  :

The Obama administration from yesterday’s open hearing looking into the actions of the NSA and its surveillance operations, and from one of its closest allies.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had defended the NSA’s operations as crucial and law-abiding, but reversed course yesterday.  Feinstein announced new legislation that would restrict access to phone records, searches, and require more oversight over NSA operations in the future:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a longtime defender of the National Security Agency, unveiled plans Thursday for legislation designed to rein in some aspects of the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs.

At a rare open hearing of the intelligence panel, Feinstein said her legislation would limit the NSA’s access to the so-called metadata it collects on Americans’ cell phone usage and would seek to codify the legal standard under which such data could be searched by NSA workers.

Thousands around the world pray for imprisoned Boise pastor

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  Romans 8:35-37

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Hundreds in Idaho, and likely thousands more around the world, gathered Thursday to hold a vigil for Saeed Abedini. In Boise, Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, led the vigil with the help of the family’s pastor from Calvary Chapel in Boise.

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of Saeed Abedini's imprisonment in Iran. He is being held in Iran on what the Iranian government says is a threat to national security. Naghmeh says he's imprisoned for being a Christian.

Since then Saeed’s imprisonment Naghmeh has fought and pleaded with some of the highest government officials in the world asking for her husband's freedom. Earlier this week she was at the United Nations vying for her husband’s freedom.

With no more legal appeals possible, Naghmeh and her Christian brothers and sisters gathered to appeal to a higher power.

"We just pray for him every day," said Maxene Bruek.

Bruek and her husband Harley go to the same church as the Abedinis, but have never met Saeed.

N. Idaho school mulls training, arming teachers

It will be interesting to see not only how this turns out, but whether other schools catch on.  :

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- A school board in northern Idaho is considering a new school security policy that includes training and arming district staff and teachers.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the proposed policy has emerged after months of study by the Lake Pend Oreille School Board.

Board chairman Steve Youngdahl presented the proposal this week, saying unguarded schools are more attractive targets for mass shootings.

Under the proposal, the district would strategically select and train staff to carry concealed weapons in school and integrate firearms into a broader emergency response and lock-down procedure. Law enforcement would also be notified of the teachers and staff carrying firearms.

Board officials vow to be open and deliberate with the public and parents. The board has scheduled a public forum on the policy next month.

California poised to become first state to impose full ban on lead bullets

Cali's war against anything remotely related to firearms continues.  From :

California is on the verge of becoming the first state to impose a full ban on hunting with lead bullets -- with environmentalists and gun-rights advocates squaring off as Gov. Jerry Brown decides whether to sign the legislation.

The state already has a ban on lead-bullet hunting in eight counties with an endangered condor population. But the new proposal, overwhelmingly approved this month by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, would impose a statewide ban on all hunting.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 12 to decide whether to sign the legislation, which would not be fully implemented for at least several years.

Environmentalists and other supporters have broadened their argument beyond protecting the prehistoric condor bird, saying the lead bullets, and the left-behind lead fragments on which animals feed, are making their way into the country’s edible meat supply.

And they point to a 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and the North Dakota Department of Public Health that concluded lead is so prevalent in meat harvested through hunting that pregnant women and children should never eat it.  

Developing Story in Texas involving a DHS Operation

Sourced from :

Ladies and gentlemen, if this information is even half-way accurate, it is very disturbing and possibly the beginning of a serious situation in this country. Either way, wrong or right, fake or real, if there is even a 50% chance that this is a legitimate piece of information, I feel it is my duty to report it, even if I end up looking like a fool later.

I have heard numerous chirps, stirrings, tips, and flat-out warnings by people on the ground in Texas, specifically two sources that I know personally who are there. I have been told that this is indeed a real situation and that while not all the information may be 100% spot on, most of it is.

It is being reported by multiple sources that DHS and various agencies in Texas law enforcement, as well as the FBI, are carrying out a Homeland Security Training Operation in Austin, Texas, over the next few weeks (yes, weeks, you did not misread) and if the length of this operation was not disturbing and suspicious enough, a trusted source has told me that there is the same kind of operation being carried out in Pasadena, California.

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by Dr. Radut