Theodore Gorath
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Apr 19 Theodore Gorath commented on Oregon Nonprofit Has Information on the Murray Allegations, But They're Refusing to Share It.
@3: You are incorrect about the scope of HIPAA, it applies to any medical information (including that any treatment was even received), and also applies to anything that could also be identifying information (names, address, etc.).

It is a very strict law. I work in health insurance, and I can be held legally and financially responsible if I leave any document with medical or identifying information, called Protected Health Information (PHI), in the open, or if I send any correspondence containing PHI without it being heavily encrypted.
Apr 19 Theodore Gorath commented on The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black.
@11: I think it may be due to how Americans (I am going to assume you are American) are conditioned by our history and society to view racial issues between whites and blacks as THE defining equality issue, while other racial/gender issues kind of just exist on the peripheral.

Many minority groups will say that their particular struggles are pushed aside for the more "mainstream" issues facing the black community.

So our gut reaction is to see the transgression of "biologically white person viewing themselves as black" to be problematic, whereas "biological male viewing themselves as female" is not. There seems to be a thicker line to cross with the former, but for the life of me I can not figure out an objective intellectual or philosophical reason why.

We seem to agree now that gender is a social construct, and people used to say race was too, but now it seems more muddled. But if race is not a social construct, if it has real biological and irreversible weight to it, then it becomes harder to dismiss things like the Bell Curve on purely philosophical grounds.
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Apr 19 Theodore Gorath commented on The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black.
@6: "she centers herself in her narrative and discards any facts which would upset her centering. That's white privilege."

No, that is just kind of what almost every human on the planet is biologically and socially conditioned to do. I bet you have done it a dozen times today, and you can witness it for yourself an infinite amount of times by visiting any internet forum.
Apr 19 Theodore Gorath commented on Excerpt: We Sent Ijeoma Oluo to Spokane to Meet Rachel Dolezal.
Funny how easily we accept that gender is a social construct, but race can not be, when both are physical characteristics derived from cold, unfeeling genetics.

Or are they not? and If they are not, who gets to decide what a "real" woman is, or what a "real" black person is?

You may not agree with Dolezal, but you have to at least admit that she raises questions that are not as easily dismissed as Oluo wants them to be.
Apr 18 Theodore Gorath commented on Mike McGinn Gives a First Glimpse at His Mayoral Campaign Platform.
The first thing in his platform should be tending to that unkempt beard and getting a trim. He looks like shit.
Apr 18 Theodore Gorath commented on Is North Korea Going to Bomb Seattle?.
While predicting the actions of people who are basically insane is always a crapshoot, everyone making decisions in North Korea knows the fact that any attack on the United States would lead to North Korea becoming a sea of fire in about 24 hours. It would be laughably suicidal in every way, and even if by some miracle the US did not launch a massive retaliation, NK would have lost any prospect of future aid, which is the only thing keeping this decaying regime afloat.

Of course, all of this assume that NK will successfully build a rocket system which can deliver a payload across an ocean, something they are not even close to doing, but are making progress.
Apr 17 Theodore Gorath commented on Andrew Sullivan to Black and Brown People: You're Poor Because You're Not Hardworking Like Asians.
This is one of those situations where you really need to make a distinction between legal immigrants and those who arrive illegally.

If we are talking about legal immigration, then it stands to reason you are looking at a more educated pool of people, regardless of their country of origin. Even with the comparatively unenforced and relaxed US immigration policy, you still need to generally have education, specialized skills, and a fair amount of liquid assets on hand.

Hell try emigrating to one of those "tolerant" European countries or Canada without higher education/skills, and a few tens of thousand of dollars in cash on hand. You are going to get laughed at. Like most developed countries, they only want productive and educated immigrants, not just anyone.

Of course, if you are just walking past the border, or are being accepted en masse as a refugee (not an immigrant, there is a distinction), no such standards exist.
Apr 17 Theodore Gorath commented on The Morning News: Why Cars Are Allowed in Pike Place Market, Andrew Sullivan to Black and Brown People: You're Poor Because You're Not As Hardworking As Asians.
@35: You are not really talking about military strategy then, you are talking about what essentially amounts to just a goal of military engagement. Those have not changed as far as I can tell: We are trying to reign in NK through shows of force, trying to destroy ISIS with aerial bombardment, and attempting to nudge regime change in Syria without putting boots on the ground by using a mix of diplomacy and airstrikes.

The doctrine has not seemingly changed, because Trump has more or less inherited these conflicts. He came in the middle of the military already being engaged, so your demands for an explanation of why we are engaged are kind of whistling past the graveyard at this point.
Apr 17 Theodore Gorath commented on The Morning News: Why Cars Are Allowed in Pike Place Market, Andrew Sullivan to Black and Brown People: You're Poor Because You're Not As Hardworking As Asians.
@31: Your first statement is emotional and baseless drivel (as well as false, if anyone warned Assad, it was Russia), your second is laughably misinformed and dumb on its face (Well, he dropped a BIGGER bomb!) and the third is also laughably ignorant of the history of the conflict.

Obama signed off on a program (hurriedly implemented under Trump after the latest NK aggression) to send a Terminal High Area Altitude Defense system to South Korea (A move that angered China, NK, and some in SK), and if you think that is somehow less aggressive or threatening than the DoD stating that a preemptive strike would be possible, I don't even know what to tell you.

Your last line really makes it clear why you know so little about these things, and why your statements are so dumb: No one is comparing Obama and Trump as people but you. We are talking about the actions of their administrations. You are just banging your sippy cup against the kid's table.

Better luck next time!