Recently on Facebook I got into a discussion on why the government having unregulated access to any data on the internet is a thing I don’t like. In an attempt to stop posting content into the locked-box of Facebook, it’s here too.
So, the issue - for me, other people may be more militant - is that right now I - as a citizen - have no protection against the police. To arrest me, they need probable cause. To search my house, they need a warrant. To get my personal data from my bank, from my ISP, from my water company they need a legal document *about me* that explains why they want it and a judge has to approve it. The measures the government are currently using, the ones that they want to keep, and the ones they have been using on the *flimsiest* of legal technicalities, allow the security services to access and record my data (which includes financial transactions, personal relationships, business proposals, and data which I am under *legal obligation* to protect to the best of my ability to be not allow access by third parties) without notification, without record, without probable cause, and without protection from abuse. That’s me as a citizen.
Second issue is that I personally own a server, which provides internet services to people I know and trust. It’s SSH access, it’s email forwarding, it’s web hosting. Am I an ISP? Am I under obligation to keep the data that goes though my server? I’m not doing it as a business, I’m a private individual. If I do, then I simply can’t do it. First, morally, but also I don’t have the disk space to keep all this data for three years, and I’m not willing to be responsible for the security of it. That’s why I only forward emails in the first place. It will force me to cease to offer *to my friends* access to a property *that I own* because the government think they have a right to look inside it. It’s not quite being legally obliged to allow an employee to live in my house and record conversations I have when my friends are around, but it’s not far off.
And last, I am a white male, 18 to 35. I do not have any traditional reason to believe the government is predisposed to assume I’m guilty, and *I* have all these problems with the concept of my data being kept without any legal process; I can’t imagine the feelings of people who have good, and historically backed, reasons to believe the government does not have their freedom of expression at heart.
Pictured above: Reporter Kristin Gourlay and Panelists Amy Nunn and Lynn Taylor
Hepatitis C: Cure, Cost, and Challenge
Moderator: Kristin Gourlay - Health Care Reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio
Michael Poshkus, MD - Thundermist Health Center
Amy Nunn, ScD - Executive Director, Rhode Island Public Health Institute, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Brown University
Thomas Sepe, MD - Director, Liver Center at University Gastroenterology & Clinical Associate Professor, Brown University
Thomas Stopka, PhD - Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Lynn Taylor, MD - RI Defeats Hep C, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brown University and the Miriam Hospital
Last Thursday, I attended a forum sponsored by Rhode Island Public Radio, Brown University School of Public Health, and the Rhode Island Public Health Institute about Hepatitis C.
The first thing I thought leaving the Metcalf after the hour-long discussion (plus another half hour of Q and A), was “Why did I not know about Hep C until now?”
I went to the event because I was hearing about it on RIPR all week, I appreciate Gourlay’s work, and I was interested in learning more about the disease. However, I did not know that Hepatitis C was such a massive issue.
Although I came home to a large amount of homework to do, I was glad I went. It seems as though I was only high school student there, but I think the small number of rather young looking people were college/public health/med students. I did not realize until the discussion started, but the rest of the people in the room were doctors and health care workers or public health officials.
One moment from the panel that I keep thinking about is the discussion between Nunn and Taylor. They were obviously very passionate about their jobs and both incredibly hard working. It got tense at one point when discussing the issue of the cost of treating Hep C. Nunn kept insisting on pressing government and business for price cuts as an answer to high costs. However, Taylor responded with saying that we should not even have to do that since these medications cost only dollars per each dosage.
As soon as they said this, there was these waves of pangs inside of me. In my research, I have come across this issue of the cost of medicine and pharmaceutical companies again and again and again.
Each time I find that it hinders patients’ wellbeings, I get angry and incredibly frustrated. When I look at it from a larger perspective all I see greed and injustice but most of all - irrationality.
Below is a link with audio and highlights of the event and a link to Gourlay’s series on Hep C called At The Crossroads.
“Yeah, um *cough* that’s actually supposed to happen. So then you stuff the cream in the shells… y’know what? All that really matters is whether or not all the ingredients make it into your mouth, so just, yeah shove it awl in wike tat. Dere ya go. Mmmmmm mmmmmmm.”
I want an Underland vine where Gregor is standing with Ares, Luxa, Howard, Mareth, Angelina, Larry, and Ripred in a circle like the Avengers. And he talked Lizzie into taking the video, and she walks around them in a circle and Clique is playing. And they’re all trying to look Intimidating but Ripred and Angelia are the only ones who manage to pull it off because everyone else is too busy giggling.
holy shit you made me remember gregor the overlander. like only dimly but DAMN.... i shipped gregor and the princess girl so hard, and that rat dude was baller as fuck.
gregor the overlander is LEGIT my fav book series of all time.
AND LUXA I LOVE LUXA!!! i very Prominently remember that one time gregor was like “well these batteries for the flashlight died” and she was all “GIVE THEM TO ME. I WILL ADD THEM TO THE FIRE SO THEY MAY CONTINUE TO PRODUCE LIGHT” and gregor was just like “oh my god luxa no”
I never shipped them romantically but BOY did i love their relationship it was GOOD SHIT OP (and im glad it in all technicality did not end w a romance between them at all. which i mean also makes sense since they were like 12)