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First ‘Strava’, Now ‘Under Armour’ — I Suspect ALL Fitness Tracker Apps Are Vulnerable & Probably Already Compromised!

by Anura Guruge


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So the ‘Under Armour‘ breach, impacting 150 million users (and you read that right) took place in mid-February 2018 and we heard about it now.

What makes you think that Garmin and Fitbit has NOT been compromised? They very well could be. They either have not found or have not got around to telling us.

I am kind of resigned that all my data online is open to compromise and that this is now a fact of life.

I don’t think I have that much ‘secret’ at either Garmin or Fitbit. Following Equifax and Anthem ‘they’ already have my date-of-birth etc. I am NOT that fussed about my e-mail. That is available on the Internet.

But, I am giving you a heads up.

Just assume that any and all Fitness Tracker APPs you use are UNSAFE.


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by Anura Guruge

BEWARE: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Dental Insurance In New Hampshire.

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Related posts:
>> Kudos to healthcare.gov Reps.
>> Automatic re-enrollment.
>> NH health care premiums up 29%!

>> 88% tax penalty on Obamacare!

>> Anthem 2016 premiums up 29%!

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It would appear that NOT too many dentist in New Hampshire ACCEPT Anthem Dental insurance.

So it could very well turn out to be a TOTAL WASTE of MONEY.

So check, and check carefully, before YOU sign-up for Anthem Dental.

I signed up, because I also get Anthem Medical, BUT was FORTUNATE enough to be able to CANCEL (without a penalty or a premium payment) and switch back to Delta Dental VIA healthcare.gov.

So a HUGE Heads Up.


flyingpigrrHere is what I found when I tried to see IF my current dentist was covered.

NO DENTIST within 50 mile radius!

I am so glad that I was able to get out BEFORE it was TOO late.

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Healthcare.gov (Obamacare/ACA) Does Have An Automatic Re-Enrollment & That Is What I Am Doing.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> NH health care premiums up 29%!

>> 88% tax penalty on Obamacare!

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Starting in October I started getting letters and ‘packets’ from my current health insurance provider, Anthem, saying that I could be — and would be — automatically re-enrolled in the same plan as I now have IF I opt not to login to (bloody) healtcare.gov and chose another plan.

I thought they were joking. I was sure that it would not be that easy.

Last week I got another letter, from Anthem, stating what my revised new premium would be, as of January 2016, IF I stayed on the current plan and opted to re-enroll.

It was still up 19%.

But I am going to take it. I really can’t stomach the aggravation of dealing, yet again, with healthcare.gov.

As I found out this year, to my COST, it doesn’t really matter what you do on healthcare.gov. The day of reckoning is when you do your Federal taxes! So why bother. Just pay what you have to pay and then be PREPARED to pay MORE as a tax penalty in April. So screw it. I am NOT going to bother messing around with healtcare.gov. That alone would be good for my health.

So a heads up. Public Service Announcement. IF you have health insurance this year, i.e., 2015, you can keep that for 2016 — most likely with a higher premium — without bothering with healthcare.gov.


Stay Well Clear Of ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ & Especially Their Insurance Cost Comparisons.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Be leery of ‘coveringnewhampshire‘.

>> You may LOSE Obamacare Healthcare Subsidies.

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I gave YOU a similar heads up last year. Click this image to access that post.





“Coveringnewhampshire.org” is a predatory wolf in sheep’s clothing.

They are but a front for the totally useless, rapacious, money-grabbing, ‘New Hampshire Health Plan’ — the OLD plan that those of us who had pre-existing conditions HAD to use before Obamacare.

PLEASE be wary of them. They are not an honest, ethical entity. They are out to exploit you whichever way they can. So PLEASE do not fall pray to their relentless, slick marketing and smooth talking.

Just a public announcement service to help YOU.


My N.H. Anthem Obamacare (ACA) Healthcare Insurance Premium For 2016 Is Up 29%! 50% Increase Over 3 Years.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 88% PENALTY on IRS Taxes!
>> IRS Form 8962 is a nightmare.
>> ObamaCare ‘Death Panels’ are real!
>> 2015 enrollment.
>> 5 Healthcare carriers in NH in 2015.
>> 2015 Obamacare coverage in NH.
>> ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ …

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From Forbes — from TODAY, Nov. 4, 2015.

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Washington Post from yesterday. So these are all recent.

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November 2, 2015.


Given that I do circulate in Democratic circles I often encounter folks that tell me how great Obamacare is.

One amusing problem. None of those that tell me how great Obamacare is get their health insurance from Obamacare!

Walk in my shoes. I do get my insurance from Obamacare. Let me tell you that it is NOT affordable. Obamacare is a FRAUD.

I, in 2015, paid an additional $1,450 in TAXES because they said that my Obamacare premiums had been too low. So my 2014 Obamacare premiums, in reality, were 88% higher than what bloody, duplitiious healthcare.gov quoted me.

I have had with Obamacare.


The ‘Holy See’ National Anthem, i.e., Pontifical Anthem, Charles Gounod’s ‘Marche Pontificale’.

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>> Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — THE book.
>> ‘Vine Voice’ Amazon review of Pope Francis book.
>> Pope staying at Seminary as predicted in book.
>> Pope’s arrival at Andrews.
>> Holy See flag at the U.N.

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Click to listen to the anthem, as a YouTube video, played by the Prague Castle Guard & Police Orchestra.


It was played at the White House, on Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, 2015, when Pope Francis was being welcomed by President Obama. It is an anthem that is not familiar to many in that it does not get played at sporting events, e.g. the Olympics.

That it was referred to by U.S. media as the Holy See national anthem, though not incorrect per se, was misleading. The ‘Holy See’ is not a nation so it doesn’t have a national anthem. The anthem is a Pontifical Anthem for the pope. It was composed in 1869 by French composer Charles-François Gounod [1818 – 1893] best known for his rendition of the ‘Ava Maria’.

Wikipedia has a good entry for the Pontifical Anthem. Check it out.


IBM: ‘Watson Health Cloud’ — Could End Up Being But High Level Flannel.

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I am already on record in stating that IBM’s ‘Watson‘ technology is the new jewel in its now slightly tarnished crown. ‘Watson’ is the future. Mainframes, at long last, the past.

I am sure that Watson has the potential to do much to enhance medicine and healthcare in the decades to come.

But knowing IBM as well as I do, I am not convinced right now, that IBM has the wherewithal and the will to make this ‘Watson Health Cloud‘ into anything meaningful. Yes, it will, of course, do specific, carefully crafted “party tricks” — but those aren’t going to get anybody far. Basically what I am trying to say is that we are unlikely to see this Health Cloud deliver useful, germane results for many years to come. Watson does have the technology analyze huge quantities of data BUT we still don’t know the right questions to ask. And that is going to take some time to work out how to best exploit what Watson can deliver. In the meantime Watson Health Cloud could end up becoming what they refer to as ‘High Level Flannel’ — i.e., a nice fluffy feeling without much substance behind it. Think ‘fluff’ and appropriately we in this case are also talking Cloud.

So this is my fear. IBM is going, through financial and marketing necessity, try to make this Cloud impress. But it is not going to ready. It will do, as I said, before some ‘party tricks’. People might get disillusioned with it before it gets a chance to mature and be productive.

And heaven help IBM if there is a data breach as happened to Anthem. IBM will, of course, have better security than bumbling Anthem, but you cannot always protect against insiders who are bought off!

So, I am happy to see this initiative, I just hope IBM doesn’t rush it.


I Signed Up For 2015 Insurance On Healthcare.gov, aka, Obamacare [i.e., ACA], Website Without Too Much Grief.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Prior logons appear to work — Oct. 9, 2014.
>> 5 Healthcare carriers in NH in 2015 — Sep. 4, 2014.
>> 2015 Obamacare coverage in NH — Sep. 3, 2014.
>> ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ … — Aug. 26, 2014.
>> You may LOSE Obamacare (i.e., ACA)
>> Healthcare Subsidies — July 17, 2014.

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Given all the cruel and unusual grief I suffered last year trying to sign up for 2014 coverage, and the amount of harassment I have endured this year with ‘the system’ incessantly demanding documents from me, I was dreading having to sign up for 2015 insurance. Not only is it the law (and I can’t afford to cough the penalty) my precarious health dictates that I have at least catastrophic coverage to keep the family from the ‘Poor House’ the next time I fall ill.

I had kind of worked out a strategy to hopefully minimize any system load related grief. I was going to sign up on the late afternoon of Wednesday, November 26, when everybody else would be busy trying to get where they were going for Thanksgiving. I had assumed that the day before Turkey would be a quiet day for healthcare.gov. I am sure the same will be true over the whole 4-day Thanksgiving period but I didn’t want to tackle it on a holiday or when Internet traffic would be at a peak on Black Friday.

2015healthcaregov1But as with all my plans I didn’t stick to it. Over the last 2 weeks as the very observant among you may have noticed I have switched my schedule around. I no longer pots or doing anything serious on this blog during the day. Instead I work on the book. That way I can devote some quality writing time to the book. Today, for a change, I made some good progress on the book. 30% done. I was ready to start a new section. It was just past 4 pm. Occurred to me that IF I try and get my Obamacare taken care of today, I will have tomorrow free to work on the book. So I gingerly logged onto healthcare.gov around 4:10 pm. Being who I am, I had made sure that my logon worked on November 15th itself — i.e., the very day the system opened for 2015 enrollment. Actually, being who I am, I checked it a few times! Remember I am the one that has contingency plans for contingency plans.

Logon worked fine. Quick. No problems. Like night and day compared to the nightmare of last year. The process wasn’t too bad. Yes, I did NOT have to enter much data. Just verify and confirm information from last year. But they do insist on a tedious Q&A process. But, it was OK. I was done within about 45 minutes.

My premium went up 12%. I could have got a lower premium with one of the new carriers but from what I could see their network really had no doctors. So wasn’t much use having insurance with them if they don’t have any ‘in-network’ doctors.

I am SURE there is a GLITCH with dental insurance. As was also the case last year, though dental is OPTIONAL, it doesn’t appear to let you SKIP dental! I was going to skip it this year. But after 2 attempts to say NO and move on I decided that it must be fate. I had to have the damn insurance. So I got it. It had gone up 16%.

Yes, being the PRO I am with this system I UPLOADED the documents I had to submit. Got all the GREEN submitted and completed boxes. BUT, of NO! I already created a fat envelope with copies of the documents. Going to send it certified mail tomorrow. Not doing the same dance as last year.

But now will begin the tango with Anthem and Delta. But at least I have stuff already in place with them.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

Happy Turkey.


The 2 Dallas Nurses From Presbyterian Who Contracted Ebola & 76 Other Health Workers — Have They All Been CHASTE?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Why aren’t heads rolling at Presbyterian — October 15, 2014.
>> Doctor who misdiagnosed Eric Duncan — Oct. 9, 2014.
>> Who is paying for Dallas Ebola patient — Oct. 1, 2014.


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chastitybeltWhen the media glibly talk about Ebola only being transmittable by bodily fluids they rarely if ever mention that these fluids include semen and as such most likely also vaginal secretion.

So if any of these poor folks were having sex, and the chances are pretty high that they were (given that the 2nd nurse, Amber Vinsonwas planning her wedding), there is a WHOLE new category of folks in risk.

I do not hear these folks being talked about. I can understand the media being squeamish to talk about sex partners in their news reports but what about the CDC.

Were they told to lay off sex?

Maybe the CDC, in addition to Hazmat suits, should also be dishing out chastity belts.

I think about such things. That is what I do.


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