Just some friction in The Machine

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I just read an interesting blog post from Jim Mathie in August 2006. He was talking about John Kerry's ideas for health care at the time, but the logic still applies..... what if Congress passes a health care plan, a case questioning its constitutionality is brought to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court decides to revisit the 1937 Helvering v. Davis decision that allowed for implementation of Social Security? Would they find that Social Security is unconstitutional? Medicaid?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Kudos to Remote Area Medical (RAM) for hosting a free medical event in Inglewood, CA this week.

It makes me wonder, why is a universal/socialized/single-payer health plan the only thing being discussed in Washington and the media? Don't they realize that such a plan can't be Constitutional from the outset? If the feds really want to help the uninsured, they'd take a clue from Remote Area Medical and set up mobile clinics with free services to all comers, leaving them in place for as long as the line lasts and moving to the next location. There you go, free health care for anyone who needs it, and no mandates on anybody who chooses to provide their own health care, thank you very much.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tonight I attended a training class using the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Live CD. The Live CD is packed with security testing tools like nmap and WireShark. I was really impressed with the ability to use WebScarab proxy to log, interrupt and modify HTTP calls to a localhost copy of WebGoat webserver. Ever since I earned my CISSP certification in 2001, I've maintained a laptop of security tools, after tonight, I'm thinking OWASP may be my new toolbox.