The Gideon Computer Has Arrived

meherddIn 1986 I began my science fiction novel ‘The Gideon Computer’. My friend Nancy Hamren suggested I author the history of the hippies because I could recall so much. Instead, I wrote a story about the Last Hippie in the future who gets arrested for murder and thrown into the Gideon Institute that was designed just for him years before, because he is ‘The Artful Dodger’, the Bohemian who can not be pinned down. John McKaffe was called to testify about the Obamacare site. He is a fugitive from justice. I saw the future. It has arrived. I apologize for being Mr. Know-it-all, and I told-you so, but, we don’t live forever. I am downloading my knowledge for this reason – because there is a bad-ass virus in the works.

In the video below John highly suggests the computer itself is the virus, and, we should stop using it, walk away, and get a life. In my story, the hero destroys the shame-based core of the Gideon Computer, and reprogram it to be a benevolent goddess who frees of us of guilt and shame. She then morfs into a star ship that takes us off the prisoner planet. The Christian-right is weighing humanity with their Guilt Trip that makes sure nothing ever works right, and, no sin is ever forgiven – unless you are one of them. THEM is the virus that exists for the reason things are not divine, and, don’t work right. There is no fault in Jesus, who is a mythical being altered by Satan Paul, the corrupter of the original Judaic teaching about the Go-el Redeemer. Secular Redeemers are Pirates and Hooligans, armed revolutionaries. That John walks away from the virus with a armed black woman, is to declare there exist no benevolent goddess in the computer, just a demon that bids normal folks to go into a obscene rage when they can’t hammer out more grain by pushing more buttons.

Jon Presco

Republicans on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce have asked ex-fugitive and murder suspect John McAfee to review the HealthCare.gov website, a report said on Monday.
According to emails obtained by CNBC, House Republicans asked the founder of McAfee Associates to “guide our oversight and review” of the Affordable Care Act website.
In 2012, McAfee went on the run from Belize authorities after being suspected of the murder of his neighbor. He was later detained in Guatemala and deported to the United States, but has not been charged with a crime.
“This is the Committee of jurisdiction for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare),” House Committee on Energy and Commerce counsel Sean Hayes wrote to McAfee’s lawyer on Oct. 14. “For three years we have been monitoring the implementation of the law and have been trying to dig into what has happened with the Exchange rollout.”
“Given the failures of Healthcare.gov, and Mr. McAfee’s expertise, I was hoping he might be able to discuss his views with staff on the hill,” the email continued. “It would be an informal discussion: we would take notes but these would not be for attribution, it would mainly guide our oversight and review of the program.”
“This would hopefully not be a heavy lift for him: what problems could lead to the compromise of personal identifying information? What could we be doing to prevent data or identify theft? What advice generally does he have?”
Follow-up emails indicated that the plans were scrapped after House Republicans refused to pay McAfee’s travel expenses.
McAfee told CNBC that he did not think it was at all odd that lawmakers would ask him for help with the website.
“I promise you this cannot be fixed without at least scrapping the front-end processing, which is more than half of the systems,” he insisted. “Seriously, if it were me and I were running this and I had been asleep in a hospital for two years and woke up to this mess, I would say OK, throw it out and start over. But start over in the right way.”

Representative Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho told a Heritage Foundation forum on Wednesday that “it would be crazy” for House Republicans now to negotiate with the president on immigration, because “he’s trying to destroy the Republican Party.”

While individual components of the system were tested earlier, they said, the government did not conduct “end-to-end testing” of the whole system from start to finish until late September.

The disclosure came at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating problems plaguing the federal marketplace, or exchange, a central pillar of Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul.

Cheryl R. Campbell, a senior vice president of CGI Federal, a unit of the CGI Group, the main contractor on the federal exchange, said that end-to-end testing of the full integrated system first occurred “in the last two weeks of September.”

Another witness, Andrew M. Slavitt of UnitedHealth Group, said, “We didn’t see end-to-end testing until a couple days leading up to the launch” of the federal marketplace on Oct. 1.

UnitedHealth, one of the nation’s largest insurers, owns Quality Software Services, which was in charge of “identity management,” including the use of password-protected accounts, in the federal marketplace.

Ms. Campbell and Mr. Slavitt said they would have preferred to have months of testing, as required by industry standards for a project of such immense complexity. The federal exchange must communicate with other contractors and with databases of numerous federal agencies and more than 170 insurance carriers.

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been tarnished by technical problems that have made it difficult for consumers to shop in the federal marketplace serving 36 states.

Ms. Campbell said that CGI continually reported to top officials at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer of the agency, and Henry Chao, the deputy chief information officer. Those officials made critical decisions about the federal exchange, Ms. Campbell said.

In response to questions, Ms. Campbell said, “We were not responsible for end-to-end testing” of the whole system. The Medicare agency, known as C.M.S., was responsible, she said.

Mr. Slavitt said that his company had tested computer code for the federal marketplace and had found problems. “We informed C.M.S. that more testing was necessary,” he testified.

Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger during the hearing at the performance of contractors hired to build the online health insurance marketplace, which is still limping along after three weeks.

Lawmakers said they were dismayed because the contractors assured the committee on Sept. 10 that they, their computer systems and the online federal marketplace were ready to enroll millions of Americans eager to buy insurance, subsidized by the government.

“Why did they assure us that the Web site would work?” asked Representative Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the committee. “Did they not know? Or did they not disclose?”

“This is more than a Web site problem,” Mr. Upton said. “The Web site should have been the easy part. I’m also concerned about what happens next. Will enrollment glitches become provider payment glitches? Will patients show up at their doctor’s office or hospital only to be told that they aren’t covered, or even in the system?”

The hearing room was packed with spectators eager to witness the confrontation between lawmakers and business executives whose companies have received tens of millions of dollars to build the federal marketplace, or exchange.

Politics pervaded the session. Republicans said that technical problems crippling the federal Web site epitomized fundamental flaws in the 2010 health care law, Mr. Obama’s most significant legislative achievement.

Democrats said that the law was fundamentally sound, but that the Web site needed to be fixed immediately so people could get the insurance promised to them.

Other speakers at the conference included Louisiana historian Al Benson, author of the book Red Republicans and Lincoln’s Marxists. Benson posited in his work that Lincoln’s actions during the U.S. Civil War were heavily influenced by classical Marxist doctrine.
“Was Abraham Lincoln influenced by communism when the Union condemned the rights of Southern states to express their independence? It’s shocking to think so,” wrote Benson in Red Republicans. Benson calls himself a “true Copperhead,” a war-time nickname for Northerners who supported the Confederacy.
Another speaker at the conference was Ryan Walters, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student who believed that Pres. Obama is readying tanks to invade Texas and that the “great controversy over Obama’s birth certificate” actually “hasn’t really been solved.”

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