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The Difference Between Compliance and Ethic (Dr. Heather Mark’s Blog) July 10, 2015

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“HIPAA does not apply to news organizations” – ESPN Statement

Last night, a news story broke that combined two of my favorite things; compliance and American football.  This is a rare occurrence, indeed.  It seems that Jason Pierre Paul was celebrating the 4th of July, when he had a fireworks mishap, resulting in a major injury to his hands.  As a football player that had recently been franchise-tagged, this is major news.  Understandably, the sports reporters were anxious to get the story, as JPP, as he’s called, hadn’t yet signed his $14.8M dollar contract.  One reporter, though, went so far as to tweet a copy of the player’s medical record, as proof of the procedure.As you can imagine, compliance professionals immediately hopped on this broadcast of Protected Health Information (PHI).  This is an unscrupulous invasion of privacy, but does the tweet constitute a HIPAA breach? READ MORE.

Chris Mark in the National Review (Smearing Snipers) July 2, 2015

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June95http://www.nationalreview.com/article/396505/smearing-snipers-what-many-americans-dont-get-about-our-warrior-elite-chris-mark

Someone called me out for ‘not finishing SEAL training’ (I was injured and discharged on a disability)..I am still proud to be able to say I was an Active duty Marine Corps Scout/Sniper and Recon Marine…BUDS didn’t work out as I was hurt but at least I got a Combat Action Ribbon (CAR) as a Marine…;)

Originally posted on Global Security, Privacy, & Risk Management:

COBRAI was asked to write a review of the movie American Sniper.  The National Review asked for a ‘sniper’s’ perspective on the movie.  I asked if I could write a larger piece on how snipers are maligned as ‘hate filled killers’ and ‘murderers’.  I am excited that I was given the opportunity to tell a story that is not often told.  I am grateful to the National Review for providing the opportunity to give insight into the dangerous job of being a sniper.   The name o the article is “Smearing Snipers; What Many Americans Don’t Get About Our Warrior Elite”  If you are so inclined, please consider donating to the R&S Foundation.   We are a group of volunteer former Reconnaissance Marines and Scout Snipers who work to support our brothers in need.  You can donate here.  Thank you for anything you can give!…

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Gun Control & Causality; A philosophical discussion -2015 June 19, 2015

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causeThis is an update from a post in 2014.  

It is now June 2015 and with yet another shooting in the news, the debate is again raging about gun control.

I personally believe these are healthy debates but I am often frustrated by the seemingly illogical positions taken on both sides of the debate.  Last year I wrote a post titled “A Perspective on Killing from a Marine and His Rifle” in which I provide personal as well as third party information on what is required to create a ‘killer’.   Adding to this I am including information that should help people better understand causality and point to the ‘actual’ cause of an event in which a firearm is used.  This is taken from the research brief titled: “Failed State of Security II; Victim Blaming in CyberCrime

With each shooting or killing the relevant question is certainly asked as to “what caused the action?” and “how could it have been prevented?”  We all want to stop crime and violence but we must balance a number of issues.  Irrespective of political leanings or other aspects, to get to the heart of the issue it is important to understand the “cause” of the event.  Many gun control advocates posit that guns are the ’cause’ of the murder.  With this in mind let’s take a look at the concept of causality.

Understanding Causality

The simple term “cause” can be deceptively complex to understand and apply.  The application becomes much more difficult when applied to social issues and events where ambiguity, subjectivity, and moral and ethical aspects must be considered.  While the concept of cause and causality has been studied and debated by philosophers for millennia a commonly accepted definition is still not found.   It was Virgil who, in Georgics 2 in 490 said: “Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas” or “blessed accomplishment theirs, who can track the causes of things.[i]   The difficulty of defining the concept of “cause” is familiar to those with an interest in philosophy or science.  Without becoming a primer on the intricacies of the debate, suffice it to say that cause, like security, is necessarily contextual in nature.   Within the context of Victimology, it is important to understand the distinction between identifying what a person emotionally or philosophically believes is a ‘cause’ of an event that impacts a victim and the philosophical and legal concepts of ‘cause’ as they applies to a crime.

The Philosophical View of Causality

People often ascribe blame  or identify a cause of an event based upon their internal logical calculus or emotional belief as to what ’caused’ the event.  Within the context of firearm violence, this is particularly true.  Firearm control advocates often state that “firearms cause” violence.  While not always explicit even the argument that “if they did not have a gun, this would not have happened” is an implicit nod to the idea that the firearm was the causal agent of the event.  For this reason, it is important to understand the philosophical underpinnings of reasoning and how they apply to determining ‘cause’.  As important is the understanding of errors in logics. Within logic, errors in either reasoning or structure are known as fallacies.  With an understanding of the common fallacies that pertain to identification of cause, it is easier to understand and identify the true, or actual cause of an event. (more…)

Communism, Socialism. Same Difference, Right? June 18, 2015

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Dr. Heather Mark talking about the differences of Socialism and Communism.

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MarxHow often have you, either in jest or out of frustration, referred to someone as a communist?  What about, horror of horrors, a socialist?  I will admit that I often besmirch my husband’s good name as a result of failure to appreciate the splendor that is the game of baseball.  The term “communist” is not infrequently hurled in his direction during baseball season.  (He’s a remarkably patient man in that respect). Seriously, though, these two terms are often used interchangeably and usually to cast aspersions on someone’s political ideology.  Scratch the surface, though, and the common understanding of these terms is fairly shallow.  That’s not to denigrate anyone’s intellectual abilities.  It’s simply that as Americans, we tend to have a visceral reaction to these terms.  A vestige of the Cold War, for those of us that experienced it.  (Another vestige of the Cold War, for your viewing pleasure).  This…

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New Political Blog! (Dr. Heather Mark and her ‘help’)… June 16, 2015

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MarkTankElection season gets people interested in politics.  For this reason we (Dr. Heather Mark) and I decided to create a new blog TheMarkTank specifically focused on educating people on various political topics!  In truth, Heather will do the heavy lifting and I will try to keep up and sound smart by ‘borrowing’ some of her work!…Either way..please send questions and comments our way.  Heather has a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration and a BA and MA in Political Science.  In short..she knows politics!…We would love to hear from you. Check out the site!

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