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HHS Investigates Google-Ascension Secret Medical Records Project for Millions of Patients; Concrete Evidence of HIPAA Violations

Google and Ascension look to be in boatloads of hot water over their secret patient medical data sharing project that involves “ten of millions” of patients. A day after the Wall Street Journal published its expose, which we discussed yesterday, the normally complacent Department of Health and Human Services roused itself to open an investigation. Congresscritters are upset too. And if it so chooses, HHS can lower the hammer on Ascension and Google. The Guardian reports that Google and...

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Google Collecting Medical Data on Millions Without Informing Patients or Doctors

The Wall Street Journal has broken an important story on Google’s foray into the medical arena. Without notifying patients or doctors, much the less obtaining their consent, the search giant has obtained the medical records of “tens of millions of people” in 21 states, all patients of Ascension, a St. Louis-based chain of 2600 hospitals. Moreover, you can see that the effort is aggressive, with the aim of generating patient medical histories, linking individuals to family members, and making...

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Roiled Repo Markets: Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places

Even though this is a finance and economics blog, I haven’t written about the disruption in the repo markets. That is in part because the upset is not in any way, shape, or form like the 2008 period when banks were unwilling to repo even Treasuries to each other overnight because they were fearful another major dealer (say Morgan Stanley, which was on the verge of going tits up) would go the way of Lehman. I thought posting on it would feed the false narrative (which sadly is still kicking...

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German Finance Minister Pumps for EU-Wide Deposit “Reinsurance” But Expected Details Mean Lots of Gaps Likely

The lead story in the Financial Times tonight is that Germany’s finance minister Olaf Scholz is pushing for an EU-wide deposit scheme…of sorts. Even though Scholz’s plan appears to be more modest than the headlines indicate, even a halting move towards EU-level fiscal commitments would be a significant departure from Germany’s traditional stance of barring EU or Eurozone-level financial commitments like Eurobonds. Readers will recall that one of the glaring deficiencies of the Eurozone is...

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Flip Flop: UK Halts Fracking in England, Effective Immediately, Over Earthquake Fears

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The UK on Saturday halted all fracking in England, following publication of a report by the Oil And Gas Authority (OGA) into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, a site operated by exploration and production company Cuadrilla. According to Phys.org in Britain calls halt on fracking following government U-turn: The OGA report found that it was...

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California Nursing Home Residents Told To Find New Homes

Yves here. Yet another case study in neoliberal cruelty. At least in California, nursing home regulations appear to prevent dumping these older people onto the street. But you can imagine their care being degraded so as to force any relatives still left in the picture to haul them out. By Jocelyn Wiener: @jocelynwiener. Published byCalifornia Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation Some of California’s most vulnerable nursing home residents, many of whom have nowhere...

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‘Is This About the Oil Industry?’ House Oversight Hearing Explores Big Oil’s Role in Weakening Clean Car Standards

By Dana Drugmand, a freelance writer and attorney who writes about climate issues. Originally published at DeSmog Blog The House Oversight Committee, which last week heard testimony on the oil industry’s efforts to suppress climate science, continued to probe the industry’s deception and influence with a hearing on the Trump administration’s proposed rollbacks of clean car standards — rollbacks that stand to benefit Big Oil at the expense of consumers and the environment. At Tuesday’s hearing...

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Phase One of Grenfell Tower Inquiry Released, Towers not Up to Code, Suggestions for Firefighters

By Lambert Strether of Corrente We’ve been following the Grenfell Tower story from the beginning (photo essay; one-month anniversary). From June of this year: Today, June 14, is the second anniversary of the GrenFell Tower fire in London, a public housing block where 72 people died in a conflagration where the proximate cause was inflammable cladding installed on the outside of the building during a remodelling, and the ultimate cause was Thatcherite deregulation and a neoliberal infestation...

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Waste Watch: Single Use Plastics, Please Ban Them, Now

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. I know better, I really do. But last night, with my husband sitting waiting for me in the car as I grabbed some groceries, I consented to have my purchases bundled into a single-use plastic bag: crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, sour cream, a couple of hoagie rolls, and two perfectly ripe rose d’anjou pears. I never leave the house without a grocery...

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The Sanders Plan to Legalize Marijuana Does More Than Legalize Marijuana

By Thomas Neuberger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” —John Ehrlichman, Chief Domestic Advisor for Richard Nixon In the welter of plans from the welter of Democratic primary candidates, this should not be missed. Bernie Sanders’ plan to legalize marijuana does exactly that — he will take it off the Schedule I list of controlled substances by executive order and not add it to the Schedule II list (as Biden would do),...

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