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Republicans want to give employers (and their friends) your genetic test results

tcr! · Mar 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

House GOP would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results

A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.

Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a “workplace wellness” program.

The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but the genetic testing bill is expected to be folded into a second ACA-related measure containing a grab-bag of provisions that do not affect federal spending, as the main bill does.

LOVE IT. Genetics are all fun and games until your boss finds out your momma was a leper.

Elsewhere:

New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

Despite the heavy financial pressure, employee participation is still considered voluntary. Under HR 1313, GINA wouldn’t apply to anything voluntarily collected through wellness programs, and companies would have access to genetic data. That information would be stripped of identifiers, but in small companies, it could be fairly easy to match certain genetic profiles to specific employees.

Moreover, employers tend to hire third parties to collect and manage health data. These companies are not heavily regulated and can review genetic and other health data with identifiers. Some of the companies even sell health information to advertisers, STAT notes.

Read the HR 1313 bill on congress.gov →

#politics #healthnews #worknews

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 15, 2017 at 3:39 am

I have to apply an EEG setup to every patient I see for a sleep test. The more redneck and backward, the more I love ‘em, of course, but sometimes I’m in no mood. Some people are naturally suspicious of anything they don’t understand and want to know if I can tell what they’re thinking or dreaming. (We can tell if you’re asleep, and if you’re dreaming. We don’t know what the dream is about, but sometimes we can assume. :})
I have been so tempted to tell people that I can tell they love negroes or clown porn.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

I was talking to someone recently on how it’s okay to say “white trash” and also not okay to say the N word.

What’s jimi’s take on “black trash” as a socially acceptable stand in for the latter?

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 16, 2017 at 1:30 am

I wrote all of the following very quickly and then had a good laugh at myself. I replied as if I were an expert and you had consulted me. LMAO. Suffice to say, my opinion is worth spit.
Original reply:
Yeah, it’s not necessary to say what color trash we’re talking about. It becomes complicated but only because we make it so. When we talk about “white trash” that’s completely cool because we’re white. We shouldn’t comment on other races until it’s necessary, and the necessity then transcends the rule and we can comment but we don’t have to say “black trash” because it’ll be inplicit (sp?) by context. Does that make sense?
White people can always say white trash.
White people rarely need to comment on black people’s shortcomings, but when we do we shouldn’t “colorize” it because then it can sound like we’re saying “only” black people. The context almost always makes it clear. If we purposefully don’t say what race we might be trying to make a (slightly) different point.
Black people can say the N word. (BTW, Gay people can say the Q word too, same difference.)
Just like white people shouldn’t use the N word, black people shouldn’t use “white” trash.
When white people talk about other white people and call ‘em white trash they risk offending them. Some exceptions apply.
When black people use the N word about other black people, they risk offending them. Some exceptions apply.
WHEW!
I think if it’s absolutely necessary to make a disparaging judgement call when we’re describing a group, “trash” is stand alone useful and prudent, making the color unnecessary.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 16, 2017 at 1:39 am

Same topic, different example. White trash is kind of tricky to define. It’s not necessarily a poverty or education thing. Example?
Donald Trump. Epitome of white trash. He should be so far above and removed from almost all of the stuff he puts himself in the middle of. He’s the President of the US for cryin’ out loud. He’s drawn to gossipy slander like a welfare mother to Nat’l Enquirer.
Some examples work the best. The whole Nat’l Enquirer aura is what we’re talking about when we talk about Trump. His supporters, being eyeball deep in it, don’t understand or appreciate that it’s them we’re describing when we talk about the problem. They got what they voted for and I will accept zero excuses. It won’t be long now and people that you know damn well voted for Trump are going to start back-pedaling. I usually stop myself before going this far. I think it’s going to be painfully obvious before it’s through, and it’s heartbreaking.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 16, 2017 at 9:06 am

Your opinion is worth more than spit — White people rarely need to comment on black people’s shortcomings, but when we do we shouldn’t “colorize” it

In all seriousness that bit is from a socially sound scholar.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

Speaking of Trump and white trash…

Been banned from an Applebees

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

they were only banned due to a health code restriction on the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” clause. they’ve since been shod and found a clean shirt but that manager bears a grudge. i think there were cousins involved.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 16, 2017 at 10:03 am

Also: “they got what they voted for” is pure gold. Accept no excuses.

New this morning is that I will continue to listen to them (it’s important to listen to the other side) but when I hear any hint of back pedaling or “had no choice” or “aw shucks” or “damn, I didn’t know he was mentally ill” or “damn i didn’t know he was a criminal” or “damn i didn’t know he was retarded” or damn “i didn’t know…” I am going to be so fucking smug it will kill them.

Also new this morning, and it deserves it’s own bleat: Have you ever seen such a group of “sore winners”? It’s hard to tell they won, listening to most of ‘em. Already.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

Wes president now

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Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders

tcr! · Mar 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

Peeps, here’s your I’m-winking-at-you Friday jam.

I heard this driving to work a few minutes ago and the “got new skank, it’s so reet” line always makes me wonder what Chrissie Hynde meant by that.

Regardless, Chrissie Hynde’s the best.

#musicvideos #thepretenders

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 15, 2017 at 3:41 am

So I looked up the “new skank, reet” stuff. It’s slang from Northern England, where Chrissie was visiting. I still like Van Morrisson’s quote, “Jackie Wilson said, It was reet petite!”

tcr! tcr! · Mar 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

Yep, it’s a good one!

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Peeps, the sunset was double plus awesome tonight

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Peeps the sunset was double plus awesome tonight

#photos #sunsets #forsale

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Photo of rush hour traffic and the man

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

Photo of rush hour traffic and the man

Peeps, here’s a photo I took of rush hour traffic yesterday while driving home.

I also inadvertently took a photo of a police SUV WATCHING MY EVERY MOVE.

#photos #trafficnews #thepolice

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Sean Spicer: “No, that’s above my pay grade”

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Daring Fireball: Trump Has Proven Himself Unfit

Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, reporting for The New York Times on the fallout from Donald Trump’s completely unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” during the election:

So for Mr. Trump’s allies inside the West Wing and beyond, the tweetstorm spawned the mother of all messaging migraines. Over the past few days, they have executed what amounts to a strategic political retreat — trying to publicly validate Mr. Trump’s suspicions without overtly endorsing a claim some of them believe might have been generated by Breitbart News and other far-right outlets.

“No, that’s above my pay grade,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary and a feisty Trump loyalist, when asked on Tuesday at an on-camera briefing if he had seen any evidence to back up Mr. Trump’s accusation. The reporters kept at him, but Mr. Spicer pointedly and repeatedly refused to offer personal assurances that the president’s statements were true.

“I don’t know anything about it,” John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, said on CNN on Monday. Mr. Kelly shrugged and added that “if the president of the United States said that, he’s got his reasons to say it.”

How’s this for a reason: Donald Trump is not mentally fit. He is unhinged from reality. Many of us have said this ever since the election began, and were dismissed as being blinded by partisanship. Now that he’s in office, Trump is proving it by his own words and deeds.

He’s a delusional psychopath on Twitter

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping on Twitter


One good thing to come from this is Mark Hamill reading Trump’s wiretap tweets in his Joker voice


PS- In case you didn’t know, Hamill is the voice actor for The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Yes, the show is good and so is Hamill’s take on The Joker.

PPS- I keep seeing the title as Sean Spicer: “No, thatโ€™s above my gay parade” — ๐Ÿ˜

#politics #trump #markhamill

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 15, 2017 at 3:43 am

#gayparade

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InHouse Physicians - Operations Meeting

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

InHouse Physicians - Operations Meeting

I really feel like I should be in there ๐Ÿค”

I’m practically a doctor with my WebMD and Wikipedia education. Plus, I like to operate.

#photos #operations

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 15, 2017 at 3:44 am

“…not a Dr. but I play one on the internet.”

No. Not really.

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Just What I Needed by The Cars

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 10:58 am

Peeps, here’s your you-look-so-fancy Thursday jam.

These guys are one of the few bands I’ve been listening to for as long as I can remember. At one time I had two of their 8-tracks in my high school car. Because 8-tracks.

Benjamin Orr (vocals, bass) looks like he’s darkly-cool ready to star in the next Flash Gordon.

Also..we should all teleport back to 1978 for this show. Like today.

#musicvideos #thecars

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

t: that guy in the spider/alien suit? i can’t stand it. finally, somebody gets me. is there an emoji for swoon?

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

I would probably go with the Heart Eyes — ๐Ÿ˜

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

This kept coming up in my YouTubes after I posted this video yesterday. Emily is killing it.

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Bill Nye and his mom

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

Bill Nye and his mom

Peeps, I missed this yesterday because sorting algorithms but it’s damn cute.

His Netflix show will start airing April 21st.

See also: International Women’s Day (Wiki).

#billnye

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Peeps, here’s your happy-morning photo for today

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

your happy morning photo for today

My fortune said it’s gonna be your best day ever. Because you guys are the best!

And my ๐Ÿ”ฎ fortune app doesn’t lie.

#photos #sunrise #forsale

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Is Rey a Kenobi or a Skywalker??

tcr! · Mar 9, 2017 at 7:48 am

Rey returning Lukes lightsaber

Last night…

Me: I think Rey is related to Obi-Wan. The Kenobis haven’t had a family yet. What do you think?

Maggie: I don’t think so. I think she’s related to Luke. The whole Star Wars saga is about the Skywalkers.

Me: That’s a good point.


This morning…

Msg'ing about Reys origin

She’s quick with The Google.

My current fave speculation: Rey is Luke’s daughter and Kenobi’s granddaughter →

#starwars #maggie

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