It is not about guns.  Guns were the method used to murder the innocent.

Rosario Espinoza, 33, was once a neighbor of Mr. Mercer’s and moved into the apartment that the mother and son shared when the two moved from Torrance a couple of years ago. She said that the two had “kept to themselves,” but that from time to time Mr. Mercer’s mother would complain that Ms. Espinoza’s young children were playing too loudly and bothering her son.

“They’re normal children that play, but she would get really upset,” Ms. Espinoza said. “It was during the daytime. But I guess the noise would really upset him, the son.”

Other neighbors said she would confront them about their barking dogs when they returned from work. “She would wait till they got home and knock on their door,” Kim Hermenegildo, 48, said.

In the offline world, Mr. Mercer’s mother sought to protect him from all manner of neighborhood annoyances, former neighbors in Torrance said, from loud children and barking dogs to household pests. Once, neighbors said, she went door-to-door with a petition to get the landlord to exterminate cockroaches in her apartment, saying they bothered her son.

“She said, ‘My son is dealing with some mental issues, and the roaches are really irritating him,’ ” Julia Winstead, 55, said.

This is but only one of what I am sure were many things this young person had problems with. He was 26 years old, never had a girlfriend.  Obviously there is a problem when he mentions that he didn’t have a relationship with anyone, including and animal.

Well, it means I’ve never been with anyone, no woman nor man(nor dog or animal or any other)

His response is telling:

Involuntarily so

His online dating profile.

It said he enjoyed horror movies and under hobbies, it listed “killing zombies” along with the “Internet” and other pursuits.

Yes he was an adult, but this did not come to be overnight.  He had been diagnosed as having Aspergers.   IMHO, sounds like there was lots of catering to this nutjob.

I have an entire family of crazy living across the street from me.  First there is the young, physically healthy individual in his mid 20s that runs around in his jammies all day long fixing the home security cameras (so they look into the neighbor’s bedroom window) and playing on the internet. Every once in a blue moon he does go outside to pick weeds from the dirt lot they use as a yard at 9:30PM.  Any animal that dare cross into their dirt lot is poisoned.  Daddy died in a road rage incident.  The son not being any different (assaulted a postman).  Then there is the young one that mama uses to ensure the entitlements keep coming.   The kid is mentally challenged child? and is only allowed outside at night when no one can see him although we can all hear him.  During the day, he’s always in a carrier but at night under the cover of darkness he is behaving like Ruprecht.  The older one picks weeds from the dirt lot that they have sterilized (Monsanto would be proud)  called a yard at 930pm (long after the sun has set).  Why?  Who knows?  And yes, I do believe that this dysfunctional family could very easily harm anyone.  They are crazy and I will never be surprised at anything that they do.

  • U.S. transitions to new health billing codes on Thursday
  • Billions of dollars in hospital, doctor payments at stake

There are 70,000 ways to get sick, hurt or mortally injured, and the U.S. is making them official.

On Thursday, U.S. hospitals, doctors and other care providers have to start using internationally developed standards called ICD-10 codes to bill government programs and private insurers in the nation’s $2.9 trillion-a-year health-care system. The codes cover everything from parrot bites to getting sucked into a jet engine.

Doctors have already begun mocking the diagnostic list, picking out the most absurd and arcane, such as Z63.1, “Problems in relationship with in-laws,” or V91.07XA, “Burn due to water skis on fire.” Yet for health-care providers who have payments at stake, the complex change is no joke.

This is but one reason why healthcare is becoming more costly.  It is also the reason why your physician, or physician assistant stares at the computer screen when you visit and NOT at you.   I bet you never thought that your doc went to school to learn how to check off boxes on a computer screen.  Art of healing?  Not so much.

And the tail is mia.  No it isn’t…it’s behind teh won.

And then there is this one.

Disheartening (PLEASE read entire linked post) because both parties do this.  We have become no better than a third world nation.  We are provided with the correct selection.  Just like Barack was selected.

During the period when McConnell was leading Cruz astray (December ’13 to June ’14) and while Cruz was vice-chair of the NRSC -which was maneuvering to support McConnell’s buddy Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran- unbeknownst to Cruz McConnell was actively engaged with the RNC in creating the GOPe roadmap.

Part of that 2014 activity, which Cruz was presumably unaware of, was the a collaboration between the GOPe and RNC to make changes to benefit the power interests who were planning the future nomination path for Jeb Bush.

Republican primary race rule changes, finance changes (hidden in the CRomnibus bill), delegate distribution changes, party primary date changes etc., were/are all part of the collaborative RNC/GOPe construct to deliver an establishment win for Jeb Bush (similar to 2012 with Mitt Romney).

Our Founding Fathers are seizing in their graves.

More than 80% of healthcare IT leaders say their systems have been compromised.

“More concerning, 16% of healthcare organizations said they cannot detect in real-time if their systems are compromised,” the report said.

Malware, which is designed to disrupt or gain access to private computer systems, was the most frequently reported line of attack during the past 12 to 24 months, according to 65% of survey respondents. Botnet attacks, where computers are hijacked to issue spam or attack other systems, and “internal” attack vectors, such as employees compromising security, were cited by 26% of respondents.

The areas with the greatest vulnerabilities within an organization include external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%).


“The vulnerability of patient data at the nation’s health plans and approximately 5,000 hospitals is on the rise and health care executives are struggling to safeguard patient records,” Michael Ebert, who runs KPMG’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Cyber Practice, said in a statement. “Patient records are far more valuable than credit card information for people who plan to commit fraud, since the personal information cannot be easily changed.”

KPMG listed five main reasons healthcare organizations are facing increased security threats:

  • The adoption of digital patient records and the automation of clinical systems.
  • The use of antiquated electronic medical records (EMRs) and clinical applications that are not designed to securely operate in today’s networked environment — and software vendors who push that problem to the provider.
  • The ease of distributing electronic personal health information both internally (via laptops, mobile devices, thumb drives) and externally (third party firms and cloud services).
  • The heterogeneous nature of networked systems and applications (i.e. network-enabled respirator pumps on the same network as registration systems that can browse the Internet).
  • The evolving threat landscape, where cyberattacks today are more sophisticated and well-funded, given the increased value of the compromised data on the black market.

IMHO, there is no such thing as healthcare privacy.  What a sad world we live in where the physician patient relationship has a third party present at all times.

UPDATE:  France will bomb Syria in response to the crisis.

Sadly, it was a camerawoman who tripped the man with child in arms.

Outraged social media users took to Twitter to condemn the woman’s actions, labelling her ‘pathetic’ and ‘disgraceful’.

Davie McLaughlin wrote: ‘It would appear that a Hungarian camerawoman has become this month’s American dentist. This time, it deserves every ounce of condemnation.’

Usman Ali Khan added: ‘Such pathetic behaviour of a #Hungarian camerawoman deliberately tripping a refugee carrying a child.’

The crisis is unbelievable.  How could anyone behave with such disrespect for human life?  I asked that as a child when I was told of the Holocaust.


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