Sunday, August 15, 2010

Two things to note, one good and one awful

The good is an article daughter sent to me,6 Amazingly High-Tech Ancient Weapons, consisting of the repeating crossbow, flamethrower, multi-stage rocket, land mine, the Claw of Archimedes(I know, from what I've read this one is doubtful) and the really big Hellenistic warships.

I'd never heard of the pressure-plate mine detonator described, that's downright neat.

The bad:
Four Massachusetts community hospitals are investigating how thousands of patient health records, some containing Social Security numbers and sensitive medical diagnoses, ended up in a pile at a public dump.

The unshredded records included pathology reports with patients’ names, addresses, and results of breast, bone, and skin cancer tests, as well as the results of lab work following miscarriages.

By law, medical records and documents containing personal identifying information must be disposed of in a way that protects privacy, and leaving them at a dump is probably illegal, privacy lawyers and hospital officials said.
Ya think maybe?
Violators face steep fines
I should bloody hope so.

Aw, hell, let's make it TWO bad, this one from our professional journalists we're supposed to trust:
A reporter for the Torrance (Calif.) Daily Breeze sent an e-mail to a political consultant saying the newspaper is “not interested” in covering Republican candidate Mattie Fein, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in California’s 36th District.

In the e-mail sent Wednesday (see text below), Daily Breeze reporter Nick Green told consultant John S. Thomas of Thomas Partners Strategies, “Don’t call or e-mail us – we’ll call you if we’re interested. And if you haven’t got it yet, we’re not interested.”

You have to wonder about the state of the country, when a mainstream media outlet feels comfortable enough to admit that it’s doing its best to brainwash its readership all the way to the polling place.
Actually, the state of the COUNTRY is largely 'Tar and feather the 'journalists' along with the crooked politicians and bureaucrats', but if he'd said 'state of the media' I'd agree.

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