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    Daily Digest 4/6 – NY’s Paid Sick Leave Law Begins, Bad Science From Big Data

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, April 6, 2014, 4:59 PM


Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills (jdargis)

Traditionally, insurers lost money by covering people with chronic illnesses, because they often ended up hospitalized with myriad complications as their diseases progressed. Today, the routine care costs of many chronic illnesses eclipse that of acute care because new treatments that keep patients well have become a multibillion-dollar business opportunity for device and drug makers and medical providers.

New York’s Paid Sick Leave Law Quietly Takes Effect (jdargis)

The law went into effect on April 1. And despite the naysayers and the critics, the skies didn’t fall. Instead, without hoopla or hullabaloo, the city quietly became the largest in the nation to ensure that the vast majority of workers wouldn’t lose their jobs or a portion of their paychecks if they or their close relatives got sick.

US slams Europe’s plan to build anti-snooping system (Arthur Robey)

Now, US trade officials are up in arms over proposals by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (in which the German government owns less than 30 percent), to avoid passing communications to the United States, saying the move would give European companies an unfair advantage over their US colleagues.

Under attack: Depth of federal arms race should surprise, shock citizenry (Dana T.)

“It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.”

Power Of Elites Influences Gold And Silver Price More Than China’s Gold (Taki T.)

The subtext to the Rothschild formula of control is, “If you do not comply with our rules, you will be destroyed.” That destruction can be brought about financially or literally. The United States, formed as a Constitutional Republic, has been replaced by a mirror, de facto corporate federal government that has substituted [destroyed] the organic Constitution and the Republic itself, and replaced it with a deceptive federal constitution. The switch in constitutions is just as we addressed the deception in switching U S currency with fiat Federal Reserve Notes, aka the “dollar.”

Google and the flu: how big data will help us make gigantic mistakes (jdargis)

It’s largely Google’s fault. Four years ago, its researchers caused a storm by revealing (in a paper published in Nature) that web searches by Google users provided better and more timely information about the spread of influenza in the United States than did the data-gathering methods of the US government’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. This paper triggered a frenzy of speculation about other possible public policy applications of massive-scale data analytics.

Quick Take: Ebola Outbreak (jdargis)

Ebola doesn’t travel through the air, making it harder to transmit than other pathogens, such as influenza, as long as adequate health-care practices are followed. Other diseases kill many more people. Influenza kills up to half a million people a year around the globe, and resurgent diseases such as tuberculosis and the growth of antibiotic resistance are a bigger focus for global public health organizations. While Ebola is unlikely to leave Africa, the stigma and fear associated with it can prompt people to flee to hospitals outside the affected area, spreading the disease across borders and around the continent. That panic gives governments an excuse to impose travel and trade restrictions on the affected countries each time Ebola emerges from the forest.

Finding Fellowship After Deadly Washington Mudslide (jdargis)

Families bonded, with generations joining the search for neighbors and friends. Last Sunday, the DeYoung family sent six people into the mud to dig, with a seventh staying back at the Darrington fire station, about 10 miles from the debris field, giving free therapeutic massages to stressed and exhausted responders.

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