Over the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ comp system with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year, a ProPublica and NPR investigation has found.
The cutbacks have been so drastic in some places that they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty. Workers often battle insurance companies for years to get the surgeries, prescriptions and basic help their doctors recommend.
Now, 2 1/2 years after he lost his arm, Whedbee is still fighting with North Dakota’s insurance agency for the prosthesis that his doctor says would give him a semblance of his former life.
The changes, often passed under the banner of “reform,” have been pushed by big businesses and insurance companies on the false premise that costs are out of control.
In fact, employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp insurance since the 1970s. And in 2013, insurers had their most profitable year in over a decade, bringing in a hefty 18 percent return.
The FBI says a person believed responsible for shootings along highways in the Baltimore-Washington area, including shots that damaged a National Security Agency building, is in custody.
In a statement, FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson says investigators believe the person in custody is responsible for shootings over the last two weeks along Maryland highways, including one near the Fort Meade Army installation which is home to the NSA. She says no other information was available early Wednesday.
The Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt Tuesday to same-sex marriages in the state despite a U.S. Supreme Court order allowing them to proceed. The ruling capped a wild month of confusion and resistance in Alabama following a January decision by a U.S. district court invalidating Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.
The Alabama justices were defiant. “As it has done for approximately two centuries,” the court said, “Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman.” Alabama judges have a duty “not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.”
The resistance in Alabama, where states’ rights has always been sacred writ and state supreme court justices are elected rather than appointed, has been compared by many to that state’s resistance to school desegregation orders in the 1963, when Gov. George Wallace (D) stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama to prevent the court-ordered enrollment of black students.
The U.S. Justice Department report on Tuesday that found Ferguson, Mo., police use racially discriminatory tactics stoked a new round of outrage among the community leaders most active in the ongoing protests there.
Elected officials, protest organizers and community leaders renewed calls for Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to resign, with some saying that that the department should be disbanded. They also said the DOJ probe should have gone further by investigating other municipal police forces.
Above all, they said, the report serves as vindication. Their protest chants following the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown declared that Ferguson police were racially discriminatory. Now, they noted, DOJ has said they were right.
and of course she does, the email thing is really just another attempt to loop back to Benghazi. We should expect many more.
“Elections should be contests of ideas,” Clinton said. “Women who have entered the arena well-equipped … can make their case, can be elected.” In another veiled reference to her plans, which are likely to include launching a campaign in April, she said: “Along life’s way you get a chance to make millions of decisions. Some of them are big, like do you run for office.”
While Clinton wasn’t shy about hinting at what might be next, she didn’t talk about a recent flurry of unflattering stories swirling around her, including the Clinton Foundation’s history of accepting contributions from foreign governments, and her use of a personal e-mail account while at the State Department.
Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock did, however, allude to the scrutiny Clinton has received in her introduction of the Democratic frontrunner. “Nobody in American political history has faced more unfair attacks, more desperate opposition than Hillary,” she said. But Clinton has “shown us how to shake off the setbacks, ignore the haters and keep focused on moving our country forward.”In an interview earlier in the night, Schriock said her focus Tuesday night was to “celebrate” the former secretary of state, who’s been “such a champion for women and children around the country.”
In slightly under three weeks, Israel will be holding its 20th parliamentary election, which was declared after a long period of internal power struggles within the ruling coalition. Eventually, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to dissolve the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) after less than two years out of a four-year term. The initial public response to the election was outrage, with the common opinion being that the election is a waste of public funds caused by ego-driven quarrels rather than legitimate policy disagreements. However, that sentiment seems to have withered down as the election became more competitive and surprising.
Political parties in Israel can be categorized into five groups: Right, center, left, ultra-orthodox (“Haredi”) and Arabs. The right consists of Likud, the Jewish Home, and Yisrael Beiteinu. In the center we can find two parties: Yesh Atid and Kulanu. The left parties are the Zionist Camp (a union of Labor and Ha’tnua) and Meretz. In a historic move, the Arab parties decided to unite in the coming election and to run together as one united party. The Haredi (ultra-orthodox) parties also considered the idea of unity briefly but eventually decided to stay as separate parties: United Torah Judaism party (UTJ) for the Ashkenazi Haredis, Shas party for the Sephardic Haredis and Yachad for the hard-right wing Haredis.
The current government was formed by a coalition of center-right parties, in contrast to the right-Haredi coalition who ruled before. However, the coming election might put an end to the Netanyahu regime, which has been in power since 2009. The alternative to Netanyahu is the political couple Issac Hertzog and Tzipi Livni. Together, they lead the Zionist Camp alliance and aim to bring the Labor party back to power for the first time since 2001. Do they have a chance? The polls suggests a complicated answer.
Here are the numbers from the most recent polls (there are 120 members of Knesset):
(Babushka ranks the parties in brackets, not the WP)
Likud 24 [Right]
Zionist Camp 23 [Center-Left]
Jewish Home 13 [Hard Right]
United Arab Party 13 [Left]
Yesh Atid 8 [Center-Right]
Shas 8 [Religious Grifters]
Kulanu 8 [Center Right]
UTJ 8 [Religious Grifters]
Yisrael Beiteinu 6 [Hard Right]
Meretz 5 [Hard Left]
Yachad 4 [Religious Convicted Felons]
The first thing that pops up is just how close the leading parties are, with just one seat separating them. However, what bothers the Zionist Camp is not so much the number of votes it will receive but rather the number of votes that will be cast in favor of the political center.
Unaffiliated Christian group failed to find church where service to commemorate the life of Star Trek star was being held.
The Westboro Baptist Church were foiled in their attempts to protest at the funeral of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy on 1 March, because of their failure to find it.
The church posted a Twitter update lamenting its inability to picket the event, which it said was due to a lack of publicity over the location. The organisation also referenced the widely-publicised failure of Nimoy’s Star Trek co-star William Shatner to attend the funeral.
Proving once again that Westboro Baptist Church is the Charles C. Johnson of religion.
Buried somewhere deep inside the code of some Web browsers and websites is an old, weak version of encryption that can easily be cracked. And the only reason it exists is because of bad U.S. policies that have since been abolished.
Back in the 1990s, the federal government restricted the export of powerful data encryption. Computer companies were forced to employ two versions of encryption: weak and strong. But the weak stuff stuck around long after it was no longer needed.
The bug was found late last year by academic security researchers at the French computer science institute INRIA. They’ve been quietly helping Apple and others fix this behind the scenes since November. They dubbed it the FREAK bug, short for “Factoring Related Attack on RSA Keys.”
Akamai (AKAM), a company that hosts websites with an extra layer of protection, made the bug public on Tuesday. The company said it’s racing to fix the problem for all of its customers.
Kevin talks about a pervasive industry problem - being compliant according to your auditor and their checklist, but still being highly vulnerable. One of the common faults in compliance is senior level managers who don’t really know enough end up classing systems as outside the targeted population that must be compliant when the servers really should be part of the population that gets audited.
Compliance has been a buzzword in the cyber security industry for quite some time now. Many organizations have dedicated teams with the sole purpose of ensuring that their systems are in compliance with industry-regarded best practices, standards, and guidelines. We race toward compliance not fully understanding to what extent it impacts our overall security posture. Along this race many fail to realize that compliance doesn’t necessarily lead to systems being more secure.
We’ve seen from Target and others that you can be in compliance with industry-regarded best practices, standards, and guidelines, and still be compromised. Compliance doesn’t always lead to tighter security controls; often it’s a checklist to ensure that at the least, minimum security practices are being followed and implemented. As long as you can provide and produce artifacts or documentation, and be able to speak intelligently with some understanding of risk management, you can zip through the compliance process with flying colors. As an industry, we have to move past checklists, and doing “just enough” to provide the necessary security protection commensurate to protect sensitive data.
In the federal government the first thing people want to know is…has the system been C&A’d (certification and accreditation process)? This is the formal process of evaluating, testing, and examining security controls for an information system against a federal standard or industry mandated best practice. Having led and participated on many C&A teams, I became extremely frustrated with this checklist or checkbox approach. Oftentimes the teams would be comprised of individuals with very limited technical knowledge and system experience conducting the compliance review. This leads to information systems passing the compliance tests, but failing majorly from a security protection perspective.
Justice Department Spokesman Marc Raimondi released the following statement Tuesday:
“Three documents - a criminal Information, a plea agreement, and a statement of facts - were filed today in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division in the case of United States v. David Howell Petraeus. The criminal Information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1924. The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information.”