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I Had a Health Crisis in France. I’m Here to Tell You That ‘Socialized Medicine’ is Terrific
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two days after my 54th birthday, I came very close to dying. I was sitting in an armchair in my Paris apartment, reading a newspaper, when I became dizzy. The next thing I knew, my heart was beating violently. When the paramedics arrived, it was racing at 240 beats per minute.

I was taken to Lariboisière, a major hospital in the north of Paris. In the intensive care unit, I learned that I had been born with a defective aortic valve. Basically, I’d been walking around my entire life with a ticking time bomb in my chest. How could I not have known? In high school, I ran track and played football; every summer, my wife and I took long hikes in the Swiss Alps. But an experienced nurse was not surprised. “With your condition,” she said, “the first symptom is often sudden death.” OK, I replied, what’s the second symptom?

So began my sojourn in the French healthcare system. In the United States, opponents of the Affordable Care Act often raise the nightmarish specter of European “socialized medicine.” For what it’s worth, here is a brief account of my experience with a single-payer system in the face of a life-threatening crisis.
france  healthcare  american  experience  2016 
november 2016 by Frontrunner
This High-tech Card is Being Rolled Out by French Banks to Eliminate Fraud
Your bank security is pretty broken. It’s not your fault, it’s just really hard to keep people’s money safe, especially online.

Part of the problem is that once your card details are stolen – whether through a phishing attack or by someone copying the digits on the back – fraudsters are free to go on a spending spree until you notice something’s up.

They’re getting away with millions, and it’s a problem affecting over half a million people in the first half of 2016 alone.

Normally by the time you get around to actually cancelling your card, it’s all too late.

But what if the numbers on your card changed every hour so that, even if a fraudster copied them, they’d quickly be out of date?

That’s exactly what two French banks are starting to do with their new high-tech ebank cards.
creditcards  security  france  innovation  randomnumbers  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
Driverless, Electric Shuttles Now Operating in Lyon, France
The City of Lyon in eastern France has brought a driverless shuttle service to its streets, according to an announcement made earlier this month. These battery-powered minibuses are integrated into the city’s broader public transport network and will initially operate for a year-long trial.

The shuttles travel along a 1,350 meter (0.8 mile) circular route with five regular stops. This route is located in the Confluence district in the 2nd borough in Lyon and is free of stop lights, crosswalks, or intersections.

Each shuttle carries up to 15 people for free along the route, using a number of navigation technologies to steer along the route and avoid obstacles including:

01. LiDAR
02. Sterovision cameras
03. Real-time kinematic GPS
04. Odometry: data from motion sensors
autonomouscars  autonomousvehicles  transportation  shuttleservice  lyon  france  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
Privacy and Control Need to be Put Back into the Hands of the Individual
Corruption and oppression go hand in hand. Nothing exemplifies this more than the recent news from China that their corrupt and oppressive government has recently shut down several online news operations. These include political and social news sites together with social network accounts. The harsh rhetoric used by the Department of Mind Control shows how much the Chinese government despises those entities and individuals whose only goal is to distribute news and information and give all people a voice. State controlled media is the name of the game in China and the single-party state is not content to just ban Facebook and Twitter but it is going after homegrown networks also.

We see this trend worldwide where governments want to stifle dissent in order to stay in power and, in the worst of cases, wanting to cover up human rights abuses.
privacy  mindcontrol  government  china  germany  france  venezuela  facebook  twitter  whatsapp  vpn  bitcoin  visa  mastercard  gold  encryption  cryptowars  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
NSA Hacked French President’s House
French newspaper “Le Monde” just published an article confirming that the US/NSA indeed hacked the Élysée Palace in 2012.

‘Quantum Insert’ has been used to hack the machines. This type of attacks was used in the GCHQ/NSA operation against employees of the Belgian telecom Belgacom (renamed Proximus today).
nsa  hacking  quantuminsert  france  security  privacy  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
Russia Asks for the Impossible With its New Surveillance Laws
It’s been a rough month for Internet freedom in Russia. After it breezed through the Duma, President Putin signed the “Yarovaya package" into law—a set of radical “anti-terrorism” provisions drafted by ultra-conservative United Russia politician Irina Yarovaya, together with a set of instructions on how to implement the new rules. Russia’s new surveillance laws include some of Bad Internet Legislation’s greatest hits, such as mandatory data retention and government backdoors for encrypted communications—policies that EFF has opposed in every country where they’ve been proposed.

As if that wasn’t scary enough, under the revisions to the criminal code, Russians can now be prosecuted for “failing to report a crime.” Citizens now risk a year in jail for simply not telling the police about suspicions they might have about future terrorist acts.
internet  russia  surveillance  privacy  security  law  terrorism  encryption  holland  france  usa  2016 
july 2016 by Frontrunner
Americans Think the Country’s Muslim Population is Much Bigger Than It Really is
Americans have a tendency to overstate the number of Muslims living in the United States — and at least 13 other countries are dealing with the same misconception.

Only 1% of America’s more than 319 million residents are Muslim, according to the research group Ipsos MORI. But during a recent global survey, Americans told researchers that the Muslim population is 15 times greater than it really is.

On the other hand, Americans grossly underestimated the number of Christians living in the country — with an average guessing around 56% when the true figure is closer to 78%.
islam  muslims  christianity  estimation  statistics  australia  belgium  canada  france  germany  greatbritain  hungary  italy  japan  poland  southkorea  spain  sweden  usa  2016 
july 2016 by Frontrunner

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