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Friday, May 02, 2003

HoustonChronicle.com - Charges grow for ex-Enron execs
"There are many people at Enron and other institutions, including Merrill Lynch, who are responsible for reducing the seventh-largest corporation in America to rubble," said Enron prosecutor Andrew Weissmann. "The Enron task force is continuing to sift diligently through the rubble that is Enron -- piece by piece, scheme by scheme, and lie by lie."

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

WSJ.com - Hutchison Whampoa Will Likely Pull Out of Global Crossing Bid
A U.S. government committee said in a letter late Monday in the U.S. that it was opening a 45-day investigation into the proposed deal, after months of previous scrutiny. U.S. defense officials and some politicians have said Hutchison Chairman Li Ka-Shing is too close to Chinese government officials and should not be allowed to control a system that carries data traffic of strategic importance to the U.S.

Cost of War
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraqis killed in Falluja protest
Thirteen Iraqis were reportedly killed when US forces opened fire on demonstrators on Monday night in the Iraqi town of Falluja.
There are conflicting reports as to what happened in the town, which lies 50 kilometres (35 miles) west of Baghdad.
US paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division started shooting after coming under fire from approximately 25 armed civilians mixed within a crowd of some 200 protesters outside a compound they were occupying in the town, a statement from US Central Command (CentCom) said.
But Iraqi witnesses said the protesters were unarmed and that the soldiers opened fire without warning on a peaceful crowd, which was protesting against the US forces' use of a school as their barracks.


That is, a violation of the Geneva Convention by the US Army.
ZDNet |UK| - News - Story - Moore's law 'is biggest threat to privacy'
Moore's Law is the biggest threat to privacy today, according to Phil Zimmermann, the man who in the early 90s developed the Pretty Good Privacy encryption product to bring strong encryption to the masses.
Zimmermann, who was in London for the Infosec security conference in London's Olympia, told ZDNet UK that Moore's Law represents a "blind force" that is fuelling an undirected technology escalation. "The human population does not double every 18 months but its ability to use computers to keep track of us does," he said, referring to what he sees as the threat to privacy from the increased use of surveillance cameras. "You can't encrypt your face."


Via Tomalek

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

SPECIALISTS LEAVING IN DROVES - DOCTORS CANNOT PAY FOR 'ACTS OF GOD'
18 Jan 2001
The Australian Medical Association (NSW) today expressed its dismay at the number of specialist doctors resigning from their posts in regional centres throughout NSW.
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Michael Ridley said that at least 3 out of 5 Obstetricians in Tamworth had resigned from public Obstetric practice and Inverell has lost their sole Anaesthetist, leaving the town's surgeon with little choice but to resign as well.
Dr Ridley added that the situation in Lismore is fragile, with individual Anaesthetists seriously considering their contractual arrangements with the public system. There had also been problems in speciality fields in Wagga, Orange and Nowra.
"These are only some examples of what is happening in country areas around this state. Specialists are walking away from their profession in droves. There are many reasons for these resignations, but high on everyone's list is the skyrocketing cost of medical insurance," Dr Ridley said.
"Doctors are being bled to death by the courts. Will we have to wait until there are no specialists left in NSW before something is done about this issue? What we have is a real and significant crisis in speciality medicine in NSW."
AMA (NSW) Councillor and Chairman of the AMA (NSW) Hospital Practice Committee, Dr Keith Hollebone is one Tamworth Obstetrician who will no longer be practising Obstetrics in the region's public hospitals..."





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