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This category is for posts that raise or discuss issues related to spiritual development or its study.

Pope Francis under fire from the right.

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Pope Francis has used language to describe problems in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, which has rubbed some sensitive areas among some in the conservative blogosphere/talk radio world. The Pope, of course, has admitted recently that he is not an expert on the technical matters of an economic system.

The geek's bane

One of the more common approaches hackers take in attacking a large web site is known as DOS, or denial of service. The method is to attack and exploit personal computers using a variety of Trojan Horse methods (enticing emails, official looking or otherwise enticing websites with "poison apples", enticing downloads loaded with computer viruses, etc.) to install automatic programs that can be directed by instructions from a remote computer. These PCs, once appropriated in this way, are directed to attack the target site with a level of "traffic" the site is not equipped to handle.

Cultural challenges of taking over a major sector of the economy...

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When one giant conglomerate acquires another, it always finds the greatest challenge is uniting their corporate cultures. You can get some idea of the challenges the federal government faces in taking over the healthcare industry if you multiply that difficulty by a factor of hundreds.

Only an ivory tower progressive could believe it could be done in three years. Only a CEO with a titanic ego would take on such a challenge.

The major socialists of history had titanic egos.

Technical challenges of the healthcare enrollment website...

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As any systems engineer can tell you, there are a number of major technical challenges in implementing a system as large as the federal healthcare enrollment website. They include (1) defining healthcare benefits data standards for the purpose of information interchange, (2) defining plan enrollment rules to define the operation of the website, (3) defining plan implementation rules and standards to qualify participating companies, (4) defining customer plan qualification rules to determine eligibility standards for customers with a given medical history, income, etc.

Our historical trajectory

It's been said that the problem with America is we have socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. That's not quite accurate. It would be more accurate to state that we have rich socialism for the rich, poor socialism for the poor, and "what middle class?" Oh, yeah, that middle class. Well I suppose we have a sifter, known as crony capitalism that sorts the middle class into two categories: rich and poor.

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