How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide

As part of an ongoing effort to “exploit medical intelligence,” the National Security Agency teamed up with the military-focused Defense Intelligence Agency to extract “medical SIGINT” from the intercepted communications of nonprofit groups starting in the early 2000s, a top-secret document shows.

Fuente: How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide


Diputado Jorge Rathgeb: “El TPP nos va a traer más problemas que beneficios” – UCV Radio 103.5 FM – Portal UCV Medios

El parlamentario, que representa a la región de La Araucanía e integra la Comisión de Salud de la Cámara de Diputados, anticipó que votará en contra de ratificar el Acuerdo Transpacífico que será discutido, probablemente, a partir de abril próximo en el Congreso Nacional. Rathgeb se suma a la lista de parlamentarios y senadores de diversas tendencias políticas que rechazan el acuerdo.

Fuente: Diputado Jorge Rathgeb: “El TPP nos va a traer más problemas que beneficios” – UCV Radio 103.5 FM – Portal UCV Medios


Google, Costco y Facebook lideran lista de empresas que pagan los mejores sueldos – BioBioChile

Google, Costco y Facebook lideran lista de empresas que pagan los mejores sueldos – BioBioChile.


Sean MacEntee (CC)

Sean MacEntee (CC)

Publicado por Daniela Bravo | La Información es de Agencia AFP
Los gigantes de internet Google y Facebook, así como el distribuidor Costco, lideran la lista de empresas que pagan los mejores sueldos y beneficios en Estados Unidos, según una clasificación publicada el sábado por el sitio web Glassdoor, especializado en empleo.

Aparte de Costco, que se distingue por sus generosos beneficios sociales, cuatro de las cinco empresas más generosas están en el sector de tecnología, según la encuesta que califica a las compañías según el trato a sus empleados.

En Google, donde un pasante de ingeniería informática gana un promedio de 6.452 dólares por mes, los empleados tienen además acceso gratuito al gimnasio, la lavandería y el bowling, además de una especie de guardería para perros.

Pero algunos comentarios hacen notar que “es raro que los empleados de Google descansen el fin de semana libre o se tomen vacaciones”.

Facebook, que destacó por “la autonomía” que ofrece a sus empleados, quedó en tercer lugar seguido de la compañía de software Adobe.

La petrolera Chevron quedó en el octavo lugar y el polémico grupo agroquímico Monsanto se en el décimo, antes del grupo de telecomunicaciones Verizon y los laboratorios Pfizer y Procter and Gamble.

En cambio Microsoft se ubicó en el puesto 18, mientras el gigante de subastas en línea eBay, que emplea a 5.000 personas, quedó en último lugar de la lista al ocupar el escaño 25.


Contractors defend work on Obamacare website at congressional hearing – live | World news | theguardian.com

Contractors defend work on Obamacare website at congressional hearing – live | World news | theguardian.com.

• Contractors blame government for insufficient testing
• ‘You’d have to ask CMS,’ top contractor says
• Vow of full functionality by mid-December
• Decision to eliminate anonymous shopping came late
• Read the latest blog summary

Obamacare website hearing
Senior vice-president of CGI Federal Cheryl Campbell testifies during a hearing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act before a House committee. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Summary

Here’s a summary of where things stand:

• The contractors were not contrite. They acknowledged that “issues arising in the federal exchange made enrollment difficult for too many Americans,” in the words of the top contractor. Questions about the source of those issues, however, were inevitably referred to the government. “You’d have to ask CMS,” said Cheryl Campbell of CGI Federal.

• The lawmakers expressed frustration that the contractors did not admit fault. “You’re essentially saying that everything was all right. It’s not all right!” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, Democrat of California. Said Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia: “I have not heard the word I’m sorry. I know men have a hard time saying that.”

 Contractors suggested that a lack of overall site testing was to blame for the bad rollout – again, the government’s fault. The contractors said their individual parts of the site tested well, but when end-to-end tests began, just two weeks before rollout, site-wide problems became apparent. “Months would have been nice,” one said.

• The site will work, they testified: The contractors said that bringing healthcare.gov to full functionality would not take six months or a year but a matter of weeks or months. Campbell said consumers would be able to hit the 15 December deadline for buying insurance that would kick in by January 2014, which is the first month the government starts keeping track for potential future penalty purposes of who has insurance and who does not.

• Republicans pushed for an explanation for a late-stage decision to disable anonymous shopping on the federal health exchanges.Two weeks before rollout, the government decided that consumers would have to register on the site before they could see what products they might buy, the contractors testified. One Republican said that decision was taken to “hide the true cost of Obamacare.”

• The sharpest exchange at the hearing came after a Republican asserted that the web site violated patient privacy laws. Democratic congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey said that was bushwa and accused the GOP of scare tactics. “No I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever it is,” said Pallone. “I will not yield!”