California Auditor: Most State Entities Vulnerable to IT Security Breach

CA Personal DataCalifornia Personal Data at Risk –Image: CalWatchdog

(AllGov) Although California is a prime-target for computer data breaches, only 4 out of 77 state entities responding to surveys from the California State Auditor, indicated that they were in full compliance with security standards.

They were crummy at “information and asset risk management, information security incident management and technology recovery.” The audit warned that their vulnerabilities could prevent them from performing day-to-day operations which could jeopardize public health, wealth and safety.

The Auditor laid blame at the feet of the California Dept of Technology — Not only is the department not addressing these deficiencies, “until our audit, it was not aware that many reporting entities had not complied with its requirements.”

Forty one of the entities surveyed by the Auditor had told the technology department they were 100% compliant with security standards. As it turns out only 4 were. — The Auditor’s emphasizes that important private data could include medical, tax and other sensitive information, like Social Security numbers.

In June, the federal ‘Office of Personal Management’ announced a major hack that exposed personal information of about 20 million current and former federal employees and job applicants.

According to California Auditor Elaine  Howle, “Given the size of California’s economy and the value of its information, if unauthorized parties were to gain access to this information, the costs both to the state and to the individuals involved could be enormous.”

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U.S. Continues to Decline in Economic Freedom

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(Daily Caller) In a new report on the ‘Freedom of Countries Around the World’ ranks the United States 20th which puts countries like Chile, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and China Hong Kong ahead of the United States.

The United States has seen more than a decade of declines having been ranked No. 2 on the index in 2000 — 8th in 2005 — 17th in 2013 according to the CATO Institute and Fraser Institute which jointly created the study.

Co-Author of the report Ian Vasquez said that the steady growth of government, increased regulations of business and labor contribute to the U.S. low rating.

Read the full report here from CATO Institute

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California Environmental Regulator has a Plan to Permanently Kill Jobs & Prosperity as We Know It

California RepublicCalifornia Exodus: Go East Young Man… -Image: Political News Now

(Bloomberg) Just ask California Air Resources Board Regulator Mary Nichols how to kill jobs and end prosperity in the ‘Golden State’ and she’ll tell you her plan: Ban the internal combustion engine from all roadways and force automakers to sell nothing but electric cars statewide. 

There’s just a little tiny huge problem with this latest brainstorm from the wacky environmentalist left says Ozzie Zehner Researcher, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and Author of Green Illusions, who in 2013 wrote in IEEE Spectrum that electric cars lead to hidden environmental and health dangers, together with producing only ‘marginally’ fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their gasoline or diesel counterparts adding:

A Norwegian study published October, 2012 in the ‘Journal of Industrial Ecology’ compared life-cycle impacts of electric vehicles. The researchers considered acid rain, airborne particulates, water pollution, smog and toxicity to humans as well as depletion of fossil fuel and mineral resources. According co-author Anders Stromman, ‘electric vehicles consistently perform worse on or par with modern internal combustion engine vehicles, despite virtual zero direct emissions during operation.’

“Moving from petroleum fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more-and-more like shifting from one brand of cigarette to another…Lets not be seduced by high-tech illusions.”

Related: Study Electric Cars No Greener than Gasoline Vehicles –UPI

Lame Duck Obama Wanting to Stay Relevant to Issue New EPA Regs to Take Effect After his Term

Obama Lame Duck(NY Times) Obama is set to announce sweeping new EPA Regs mandating ‘the first ever federal limits on power plant emissions’ according to Market Watch that are intended to cut emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030

The new EPA rule also demands that power plants use more renewable sources of energy like wind and solar power–states will be expected to submit an initial version of their ‘plans’ by next year. — Already, the ‘State of Indiana’ together with Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin have indicated that they will reject Obama’s latest initiative.

White House officials concede that Obama’s latest EPA mandates to address his fears of ‘global warming’ are a part of his legacy building.

There are certain doubts that these new Obama imposed mandates will ever actually survive in the version to be unveiled today. Already more than a dozen states and the coal industry have vowed to sue the EPA, those cases will ultimately go unresolved though Obama’s waning days as president and the next administration may very well rescind Obama’s latest grandiose legacy building directives.

More here from The Wall Street Journal

Related: Obama Climate Change Regs to Kill Jobs, Raise Electric Rates

Obama Fantasizes Compares Himself to Reagan

Reagan v Obama Labor MarketReagan’s Labor Expansion -v- Obama’s Labor Collapse
Image: Kelly@Twitter

(Politico) President Obama says he believes that he’s led a new ‘Reagan Revolution’ so that would make Hillary Clinton, if she wins his “Bush Senior.”

“Much in the same way the ‘Reagan Revolution’ required Bush Senior” to complete his transformation of American politics, Obama told his White House alumni staff in a conference call this week, “we’ve got to make sure we’re laying the foundation” for the next Democrat elected.

Yea Riiight… TPS !!!

Reagan v Obama JobsReagan -v- Obama Foundations: Recoveries & Jobs Growth —IJ Review

PT v FTP/T Jobs Surge by 161,000 — F/T Jobs Tumble by 349,000 –Zero Hedge

Related: Factory Orders Scream Recession–Annual Drop Biggest Since 08

96.3 Million  Not in Labor Force Obama Advisor Blames it on the Calendar

Say It Ain’t So! Women Are Still Short Changed Working for the Obama Administration

Equal Pay Obama(WFB) Women Working for the Obama Administration Make Just
.84 cents or 15.8% Less for Each Dollar Earned by Men, According to a
Recent
AEI Analysis of 2015 Salary Data –Image: Women Vote@Twitter

  • Flashback: On the 07 April, 2014 I wrote here President Obama: Why Do Men Earn More Than Women in Your Administration? Citing Data from 2011 2012 and 2013

Obamanomics: Labor Force Participation Rate Falls to Lowest Level in 38 Years

Labor Force Participation Rate(Marketwatch) Labor Force Participation Rate in June, Falls to 62.6%
Lowest Level Since Democrat Jimmy Carter was President in 1977
Image Courtesy: AEI

Related: Americans Not in Labor Force Soars by 640,000 –ZeroHedge

Record 93,626,000 Not in Labor Force –CNS News

California Democrat Legislature Pass $117.5B Spending Bill While $1 Trillion Unfunded Pension Liabilities Looms, Calls It Responsible

California Obesity...California Budget Deficit $426,757,000,000+ Per Person $11,133
California Debt Clock

(OC Register) California Democrat controlled legislature passes a $117.5 Billion spending plan calling it responsible.

  • Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins D-San Diego said: “Our state is on a firm financial footing and that stability gives us an opportunity which has been rare in recent years.”

Huh??? With a ballooning $426 Billion+ Deficit and $1 Trillion in Unfunded Pension Liabilities what ‘firm financial footing’ is Democrat Assembly Speaker Atkins referring?

Obama’s Watch: Govt Debt Threatens to Send Economy Into a Death Spiral CBO Warns

US Debt ClockU.S. Debt Clock Real Time

(Washington Times) Rising federal debt threatens to choke economic growth within a decade, beginning a death spiral that will sap revenue from government programs even as demand grows forcing the government to borrow even more money Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns:

“If current laws remain generally unchanged, federal debt held by the public would exceed 100% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) within 25 years or by 2040 and will continue an upward path relative to the size of the economy–a trend that could not be sustained.”

  • Flashback: Remember in March when Obama Tweeted that: “The deficit has come down by two-thirds since I’ve been president.”

Obama Debt(Video Flashback) Remember in 2008 when then Sen. Obama claimed
adding $4 Trillion of Debt was ‘Unpatriotic’ During the Bush Admin —
What is Adding $7.5 Trillion+ During Obama’s Watch — Treasonous?

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This Is Another Reason You Don’t Deserve $15 an Hour

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