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Meryl Nass

* Hospitalist, Mount Desert Island Hospital (2003 â?? present) * Private Practice, Freeport, Maine, 4 years (ended 2002 with surgery for a spinal meningioma) * Chair of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (2006 â?? present) * Director of... Full Bio
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Committee to Protect Journalists issues scathing report on Obama administration/ Guardian by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Glenn Greenwald (who left the Guardian to start a new online news service Nov 1) has long had a unique ability to pile on the pithy quotes.   This time he outdid himself, si ... Read on »
Seattle police can track the last 1,000 times your wifi-enabled device looked for a signal /... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Yes, thanks to a tiny $2.6 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security, local Seattle police know everywhere your cell phone, ipad, and laptop have been for quite ... Read on »
Long before you board, TSA "searches a wide array of government and private databases" on all... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Buy a plane ticket, and TSA not only searches numerous databases about you, but then can share the information with state, local, foreign governments and may even sell the i ... Read on »
Euro-US Trade Accord Negotiations Now Involve Issue of Data Privacy/ Senator McCain says NSA head... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here is today's NY Times' update on negotiations between Germany and the US on spying; it appears we have not given Germany much besides a promise to leave Angela's phone ... Read on »
What are world leaders proposing to do about NSA snooping at this point? / Guardian, CNN by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From the Guardian : [A new NSA document revealed in Germany's Bild newspaper said there was a] "... not legally registered spying branch" (illegal under German la ... Read on »
Anger Growing Among Allies Over U.S. Surveillance / Obama Lies / NY Times, Reuters, WaPo by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine  From the Times: Leaders and citizens in Germany, one of America’s closest allies, simmered with barely contained fury on Thursday over reports that American intellige ... Read on »
StopWatching.us: New anti-surveillance coalition video (w/Hollywood stars), Rally, Websites by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From the organization itself: StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations (especially the Electronic Freedom Foundation ) and groups fro ... Read on »
NSA spying programs galore: "everything you've ever done on the internet"--spyware--phone... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Le Monde (France's leading newspaper) discussed spyware and various NSA programs used to obtain information.   Discussing internal memos it has obtained: We discover he ... Read on »
Dianne Feinstein remains NSA's biggest defender, while she herself was subject of NSA wiretaps... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I've wondered why Dianne Feinstein so persistently defends NSA and other surveillance abuses.  Now she is proposing a bill designed to avoid reining in these abuses--an atte ... Read on »
NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally (and plenty more) / Washington Post by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine How does NSA avoid the legal restrictions that exist in FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) regarding data collection on US persons?  The Post article is expl ... Read on »
Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance / NY Times by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The NY Times details how (borrowed) federal money spares no expense to equip US cities to achieve a level of surveillance of citizens thought only possible in science fic ... Read on »
"What, in Fact, Is the Evidence That Vaccinating Healthcare Workers against Seasonal Influenza... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Israeli doctor Zvi Howard Abramson reviewed the literature on healthcare worker flu vaccinations in 2012 and found the evidence to support vaccinations wanting. Read the w ... Read on »
Libya's Prime Minister asks for help securing 3-8,000 surface to air missiles (SAMs) and other... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Rumors of Syrian rebels being armed through weapons coming from and transiting through Libya abound.  Rumors I cited earlier suggest that the Benghazi consulate (which some ... Read on »
Don't forget to charge your homing device, I mean cellphone / NY Times by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Times titled this article: In Test Project, N.S.A. Tracked Cellphone Locations .   In his testimony, Mr. Clapper revealed few details about the project. ... Read on »
Despite some hype, the yearly flu epidemic has NOT begun in the US yet/ CDC by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From CDC:  (the numbers at the bottom of the graph refer to the year followed by the week (by week number)).  Even in the midst of summer, there are about 100 positive tests ... Read on »
Ex-top US nuclear regulator counsels end to atomic power/ Japan Times by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From yesterday's  Japan Times  comes a sobering piece quoting the last chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Jaczko only stepped down in 2012) suggesting there i ... Read on »
US informed by Iran in July 2012 that Syrian rebels had chemical weapons/ Christian Science Monitor by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From the CSM , citing leaked diplomatic correspondence it had acquired ... According to leaked diplomatic correspondence, Iran has been warning Washington since July 2012 t ... Read on »
Still shameless: Obama's silver, forked tongue at the UN by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine No proof has surfaced to assign blame for Syria's sarin attack of August 21.  The US government document that was supposed to lay out the proof was simply a litany of asser ... Read on »
Disposing of chemical weapons / BBC by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine You can hire mobile units to destroy chemical weapons (including those in munitions) from Eisenmann Corp. near Stuttgart, Germany  if the US Army won't share its mobile unit ... Read on »
Flu shots: 50% more costly this season; staff vaccinations have failed to protect nursing home... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine You may have noticed that flu shots are "stronger" this year, there are more brands available , and the newer ones cost more .  What should you know? Stronger flu shots ... Read on »