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Saturday Lecture Series: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

by coldwarrior ( 81 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Medicine, Open thread, saturday lecture series at July 13th, 2013 - 8:00 am

Being dour, grumpy, and pissed/outraged at the world will kill you. So lighten up.

 

So says research at John’s Hopkins:

 

Don’t Worry, Be Healthy

Release Date: 07/09/2013
Johns Hopkins researchers link positive outlook to reduction in cardiac events such as heart attacks

People with cheerful temperaments are significantly less likely to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.

Previous research has shown that depressed and anxious people are more likely to have heart attacks and to die from them than those whose dispositions are sunnier. But the Johns Hopkins researchers say their study shows that a general sense of well-being — feeling cheerful, relaxed, energetic and satisfied with life — actually reduces the chances of a heart attack.

A report on the research is published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

“If you are by nature a cheerful person and look on the bright side of things, you are more likely to be protected from cardiac events,” says study leader Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “A happier temperament has an actual effect on disease and you may be healthier as a result.”

Yanek cautioned that cheerful personalities are likely part of the temperament we are born with, not something we can easily change. While some have suggested it’s possible that people lucky enough to have such a trait are also more likely to take better care of themselves and have more energy to do so, Yanek says her research shows that people with higher levels of well-being still had many risk factors for coronary disease but had fewer serious heart events.

She emphasized that the mechanisms behind the protective effect of positive well-being remain unclear.  She also noted that her research offers insights into the interactions between mind and body, and could yield clues to those mechanisms in the future.

For the study, Yanek and her colleagues first looked at data from GeneSTAR (Genetic Study of Atherosclerosis Risk), a 25-year Johns Hopkins project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to determine the roots of heart disease in people with a family history of coronary disease. They analyzed information gathered from 1,483 healthy siblings of people who had coronary events before the age of 60 and who were followed for five to 25 years. Siblings of people with early-onset coronary artery disease (CAD) are twice as likely of developing it themselves.

Among other things, study participants filled out well-being surveys and received a score, on a scale of 0 to 110, which gauged cheerful mood, level of concern about health, whether they were relaxed as opposed to anxious, energy level and life satisfaction. Over the course of an average 12-year follow-up, the researchers documented 208 coronary events — heart attacks, sudden cardiac death, acute coronary syndrome, and the need for stents or bypass surgery — in the sibling group.

The researchers found that participants’ positive well-being was associated with a one-third reduction in coronary events; among those deemed at the highest risk for a coronary event, there was nearly a 50 percent reduction. The findings took into account other heart disease risk factors such as age, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

To validate their result, the researchers then looked at similar information in a general population using data from 5,992 participants in the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). In this population, over an average 16-year follow-up, there were 1,226 coronary events (20.5 percent). They found that this group also benefitted from a cheerful temperament, which reduced their risk of a coronary event by 13 percent.

The findings held whether the participants were white or African-American, men or women.

The research was supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research (NR02241), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01 HL49762 and R01 HL59684) and National Center for Research Resources (M01 RR00052) to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine General Clinical Research Center.

Other Johns Hopkins researchers contributing to this study include Brian G. Kral, M.D., M.P.H.; Taryn F. Moy, M.S.; Dhananjay Vaidya, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.P.H.; Mariana Lazo, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.M.; Lewis C. Becker, M.D.; and Diane Becker, Sc.D., M.P.H.

For more information:

http://www.genestarstudy.com

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81 Responses to “Saturday Lecture Series: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”
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  1. waldensianspirit
    1 | July 13, 2013 8:05 am

    Obama still sucks


  2. RIX
    2 | July 13, 2013 8:56 am

    Major labor unions led by James Hoffa are
    calling for a boycott of the Affordable Care
    Act.
    They are also asking all Democrats to join
    them.
    The irony, they were the foot soldiers to
    get the thing passed.


  3. 3 | July 13, 2013 8:56 am

    Eff JH and the horse they rode in on…

    Is that happy enough?


  4. RIX
    4 | July 13, 2013 9:12 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    Eff JH and the horse they rode in on…

    Is that happy enough?

    Seems upbeat.


  5. huckfunn
    5 | July 13, 2013 9:30 am

    @ RIX:
    @ Mike C.:
    The union bums thought that they had Comrade BO bought and paid for and they would get permanent waivers from O-Care. Ha!


  6. RIX
    6 | July 13, 2013 9:44 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    @ RIX:
    @ Mike C.:
    The union bums thought that they had Comrade BO bought and paid for and they would get permanent waivers from O-Care. Ha!

    They made a serious misjudgement, they
    trusted a snake.


  7. RIX
    7 | July 13, 2013 9:46 am

    The Chicago Tribune is reporting that
    a “blackout” is being planned if Zimmerman
    is acquitted.
    Facebook & other social media are being
    used to organize a boycott work day , the
    following day.
    That’ll learn em.


  8. 8 | July 13, 2013 9:47 am

    @ RIX:

    I didn’t actually shoot, so yeah, that’s upbeat.


  9. RIX
    9 | July 13, 2013 9:55 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ RIX:

    I didn’t actually shoot, so yeah, that’s upbeat.

    Exactly.


  10. huckfunn
    10 | July 13, 2013 9:57 am

    RIX wrote:

    They made a serious misjudgement, they
    trusted a snake.

    They misunderestimated him. :grin:


  11. RIX
    11 | July 13, 2013 9:58 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    They made a serious misjudgement, they
    trusted a snake.

    They misunderestimated him.

    Because they had the wrong strategery.


  12. lobo91
    12 | July 13, 2013 10:34 am

    Whistleblower, Who Reported Prosecution Concealment of Evidence In Zimmerman Case, Is Fired

    State Attorney Angela Corey fired her office’s information technology director Friday after he testified last month about being concerned prosecutors did not turn over information to George Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    On the same day attorneys finished their closing arguments in that nationally watched trial, a state attorney investigator went to Ben Kruidbos’ home about 7:30 a.m. to hand-deliver a letter stating Kruidbos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office.”


  13. RIX
    13 | July 13, 2013 10:43 am

    @ lobo91:
    No whistleblower protection?


  14. waldensianspirit
    14 | July 13, 2013 10:44 am

    They thought Obama would just stick it to people they don’t like. They be wrong


  15. RIX
    15 | July 13, 2013 10:53 am

    off for a bike ride. See ya.


  16. 16 | July 13, 2013 10:55 am

    @ lobo91:

    That alone is information that should get Zimmerman a new trial if he is convicted. Suppression of Brady type evidence is illegal. Corey should be disbarred for that.


  17. waldensianspirit
    17 | July 13, 2013 11:42 am

    @ lobo91:
    Serious animosity to hand deliver and enjoy up close and personal his loss of a job!


  18. texasam7
    18 | July 13, 2013 12:38 pm

    @ waldensianspirit:
    She should have fired him to his face, if she’s so convinced he did something wrong.


  19. huckfunn
    19 | July 13, 2013 1:14 pm

    Possible Senate seat pickup for the GOP? Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) will not run for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Senator Max Baucus (D-Trainwreck).

    Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s surprise announcement Saturday that he won’t run for Senate in Montana imperils Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and could further narrow an ever-shrinking 2014 Senate map.

    Already, Republicans are favored to win two seats left vacant by Democratic retirements — in West Virginia and South Dakota — and the Schweitzer move will make it much easier for the GOP to win in Montana.

    That means the battle for the majority will likely be fought in a handful of red states with Democratic incumbents, including North Carolina, Arkansas and Alaska.

    To capture the net six seats it needs to take back the majority in 2014, the GOP will also have to successfully defend Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and avoid a bloody primary in Georgia that could give Democrats an opening in the red state.


  20. lobo91
    20 | July 13, 2013 1:35 pm

    Texas Passes Abortion Restriction Bill

    The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions late Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol and made the state the focus of the national abortion debate.

    Republicans used their large majority in the Texas Legislature to pass the bill nearly three weeks after a filibuster by Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and an outburst by abortion-rights activists in the Senate gallery disrupted a deadline vote June 25.

    Apparently, the pro-abortion crowd wasn’t pleased:


  21. darkwords
    21 | July 13, 2013 1:49 pm

    Texas Abortion Law Poll. Just fooling around with surveymonkey.


  22. 22 | July 13, 2013 1:50 pm

    This is good news:

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri schools will be encouraged to teach first-graders a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association as a result of legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

    The new law stops short of requiring schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. But by putting it in state law, Missouri is providing one of the stronger state-sanctioned endorsements of the NRA-sponsored firearms safety course, which the group says is taught to about 1 million children annually.

    The legislation also requires school personnel to participate in an “active shooter and intruder” drill led by law enforcement officers.

    Gun safety courses save lives. It really is that simple. That people with a religious conviction against firearms want to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us is reprehensible. And Leftism is a religion. They are against guns and for abortion on strictly religious grounds.


  23. lobo91
    23 | July 13, 2013 1:57 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    They could always substitute one of the gun safety programs sponsored by anti-gun groups if they don’t like the Eddie Eagle program.

    Oh, wait…there are no such other courses.


  24. lobo91
    24 | July 13, 2013 2:12 pm

    Greenwald: Snowden Has Enough Information To Cause Harm To The U.S. Government

    Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States’ “worst nightmare” if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview.

    Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst.

    “Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.

    “The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.”

    I hope that anyone who still thinks that Snowden is some sort of hero takes note of the implied blackmail here.


  25. 25 | July 13, 2013 2:17 pm

    @ lobo91:

    I think they’re all bad guys. The NSA is violating everybody’s Fourth Amendment Rights, and they aren’t doing it to go after terrorists. If they were going after terrorists they’d have caught Nidal Hasan and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. THey are doing this data mining for political reasons, and it is one step from there to political tyranny. We’ve already seen that out of the IRS. We basically need to fire the entire IRS and replace them. All of them. At a time when unemployment is as high as it is in the United States, I think we can find the requisite people who aren’t thugs.


  26. Da_Beerfreak
    26 | July 13, 2013 2:21 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Iron Fist:

    They could always substitute one of the gun safety programs sponsored by anti-gun groups if they don’t like the Eddie Eagle program.

    Oh, wait…there are no such other courses.

    Sure there is. It’s a two part program that has been used for years.
    1.) Teach all kids to fear guns.
    2.) Teach kids to hate gun owners.

    Simple as pie…


  27. lobo91
    27 | July 13, 2013 2:24 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    We basically need to fire the entire IRS and replace them. All of them. At a time when unemployment is as high as it is in the United States, I think we can find the requisite people who aren’t thugs.

    We could, but we won’t.


  28. 28 | July 13, 2013 2:31 pm

    @ lobo91:

    That’s because all the anti-gun groups want to see guns destroyed. The only good gun is a melted-down gun!

    I’ve got my home defense class next Tues/Wed. Looking forward to it!


  29. RIX
    29 | July 13, 2013 2:36 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    Tyrannies always need an enemy , external or internal.
    Hitler used Jews, Islam uses Jews & Christians..
    Obama demonizes other Americans, the Tea Party etc.


  30. waldensianspirit
    30 | July 13, 2013 2:41 pm

    @ lobo91:
    Snowden oughta reflect on how positive he is on his ‘righteousness’


  31. waldensianspirit
    31 | July 13, 2013 2:45 pm

    Zimmerman verdict is taking too long


  32. 32 | July 13, 2013 2:45 pm

    @ waldensianspirit:

    I don’t expect it before Monday. Then the media can be outraged all week long.


  33. RIX
    33 | July 13, 2013 2:52 pm

    @ mfhorn:
    The wants riots, they think that it would be
    great theatre.
    They can comment that the ensuing prpoerty damage & loss
    of life “while regrettable is understandable.”


  34. RIX
    34 | July 13, 2013 2:54 pm

    @ RIX:
    The MSM wants……………………..


  35. 35 | July 13, 2013 2:57 pm

    @ RIX:

    Exactly.

    I’m in a mixed race neighborhood, close to some areas that are a bit iffy. Hope I don’t have to defend my place.


  36. huckfunn
    36 | July 13, 2013 3:01 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    Zimmerman verdict is taking too long

    That’s worrisome. At this point, I think the best we can hope for is a hung jury. If Zim is lucky, maybe they won’t re-try.


  37. RIX
    37 | July 13, 2013 3:06 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    @ RIX:

    Exactly.

    I’m in a mixed race neighborhood, close to some areas that are a bit iffy. Hope I don’t have to defend my place.

    I have a daughter in grad school, living in
    downtown Chicago.
    The girls are having a bachelorette party at a restaurant
    tonight.
    I tried to explain to her to be very careful if the verdict is
    delivered today.
    I don’t believe that that she & her friends truly appreciate
    the situation.


  38. waldensianspirit
    38 | July 13, 2013 3:07 pm

    @ huckfunn:
    Yep it’s either hung or it’s bad


  39. lobo91
  40. AZfederalist
    40 | July 13, 2013 3:15 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    This +100


  41. RIX
    41 | July 13, 2013 3:16 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    Popular shirt among people outside the courthouse

    And it says “Creepy Ass Cracker” on the back
    Nothin racist or threatening here. Uhuh, nothin
    at all


  42. lobo91
    42 | July 13, 2013 3:21 pm

    @ RIX:

    And it says “Creepy Ass Cracker” on the back
    Nothin racist or threatening here. Uhuh, nothin
    at all

    Of course not. Only white people can be racist.

    Ask any Ivy League professor


  43. 43 | July 13, 2013 3:22 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    @ huckfunn:
    Yep it’s either hung or it’s bad

    Обама and The Meerkat have got goods on the Jury.


  44. RIX
    44 | July 13, 2013 3:24 pm

    huckfunn wrote:

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    Zimmerman verdict is taking too long

    That’s worrisome. At this point, I think the best we can hope for is a hung jury. If Zim is lucky, maybe they won’t re-try.

    This prosecutor Angela Corey has committed enough
    improper conduct to be removed, like Nifong was in
    the Duke trial.
    An appointed prosecutor should apologize to & exonerate
    Zimmerman, as happened in the Duke trial.
    That is of course if the verdict is a hung jury, not an
    outright acquittal.
    Whatever happens Corey should be removed.


  45. 45 | July 13, 2013 3:28 pm

    @ waldensianspirit:

    Juries are impossible to read. I wouldn’t put too much into it taking this long. If it is still going on Tuesday or Wednesday even, I wouldn’t bet on the outcome. It all depends on if the Jury goes with the facts or if the Jury goes with emotion. The prosecution pitched emotion, the Defense stuck with the facts. They weren’t allowed to enter testimony about the penalty that Zimmerman is facing. I think that was wrong.


  46. RIX
    46 | July 13, 2013 3:32 pm

    @ lobo91:
    After Rachel Whatshername used the term “Creppy Ass Cracka.”,
    lefty types tried everything to say that it’s not racist.
    One guy actually wrote that “In Florida , Cracker is a homage to
    Florida’s cowboy past & is used that way.”
    Riiiiight, she could have said “Creepy Ass Cowboy” same thing./


  47. waldensianspirit
    47 | July 13, 2013 3:33 pm

    RIX wrote:

    And it says “Creepy Ass Cracker” on the back
    Nothin racist or threatening here. Uhuh, nothin
    at all

    Term of endearments don’ ya know


  48. lobo91
    48 | July 13, 2013 3:34 pm

    @ RIX:

    One guy actually wrote that “In Florida , Cracker is a homage to Florida’s cowboy past & is used that way.”

    Not when it’s used by illiterate black teenagers, it isn’t


  49. lobo91
    49 | July 13, 2013 3:41 pm

    Report: Teen arrested over Zimmerman tweet

    A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after authorities say he tweeted out a threat to commit a “mass homicide” if George Zimmerman is found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

    The since-deleted tweet, which came from @mark12394995, read “If Zimmmerman free imma shoot everybody in Zion [Illinois] causing a mass homicide, and ill get away wit it just like Zimmerman.”

    The teen, whose name was not released, was charged with disorderly conduct, although deputies told the News-Sun that there was no credibility to the threat.


  50. Da_Beerfreak
    50 | July 13, 2013 3:42 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    And it says “Creepy Ass Cracker” on the back
    Nothin racist or threatening here. Uhuh, nothin
    at all

    Term of endearments don’ ya know

    Sounds like a load of Male Bovine Excrement to me…


  51. 51 | July 13, 2013 3:44 pm

    @ lobo91:

    15 years old? How old were the kids that did Columbine? I don’t know that I wouldn’t call this a credible threat. Did he have access to guns? Probably. I know it is Illinois, so it isn’t like around here (80% of the homes have guns in them in our area, roughly), but it is still likely that there were guns around he could have stolen. If the shoe were on the other foot, and he were white threatening to shoot everyone, they’d charge him with more than Disorderly Conduct.


  52. lobo91
    52 | July 13, 2013 3:58 pm

    Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Defund Obamacare

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, along with 17 other Senate Republicans, has introduced the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, which would fully defund Obamacare, in the wake of the recent string of bad news surrounding the law.

    “The Administration’s recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start–this law is a colossal mistake,” Cruz said in a press release.

    There are now actually 19 co-sponsors, not 17


  53. The Osprey
    53 | July 13, 2013 4:02 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    And it says “Creepy Ass Cracker” on the back
    Nothin racist or threatening here. Uhuh, nothin
    at all

    Term of endearments don’ ya know

    What’s crumblin’ my crackah?
    You feelin’ salty, Saltine?


  54. RIX
    54 | July 13, 2013 4:11 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    And it says “Creepy Ass Cracker” on the back
    Nothin racist or threatening here. Uhuh, nothin
    at all

    Term of endearments don’ ya know

    Right, It means much esteemed Caucasion fellow.


  55. RIX
    55 | July 13, 2013 4:14 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ RIX:

    One guy actually wrote that “In Florida , Cracker is a homage to Florida’s cowboy past & is used that way.”

    Not when it’s used by illiterate black teenagers, it isn’t

    It’s synonymous with Honky.


  56. 56 | July 13, 2013 4:29 pm

    @ RIX:

    Neither term is raaaaacist when used by minorities. Of course.


  57. 57 | July 13, 2013 4:32 pm

    @ mfhorn:

    Only whites can be racist. It’s RAAAAACIST to think minorities are racist. Ask any Ivy League professor and they’ll tell you that.


  58. RIX
    58 | July 13, 2013 4:33 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    @ RIX:

    Neither term is raaaaacist when used by minorities. Of course.

    Of course, that’s undedrstood.


  59. Bumr50
    59 | July 13, 2013 4:44 pm

    Good news, everyone!!

    American Mustache Institute moves headquarters to Pittsburgh

    ht -- RedAlert Politics

    Carry on…


  60. lobo91
    60 | July 13, 2013 5:03 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    Good news, everyone!!
    American Mustache Institute moves headquarters to Pittsburgh
    ht — RedAlert Politics
    Carry on…

    I thought Geraldo lived in New Jersey


  61. 61 | July 13, 2013 5:04 pm

    I was right! The judge is a Democrat:

    Years before they would endure a televised pummeling in the Florida courtroom of Judge Debra Nelson, the two lawyers representing accused murderer George Zimmerman actually donated money to the prickly jurist’s first election campaign, records show.

    In 1999, Republican Governor Jeb Bush appointed Nelson, a lifelong Democrat, to fill a vacancy in the 18th Judicial Circuit (covering Seminole and Brevard counties). When Nelson ran the following year for a full six-year term, she donated 85 percent of her campaign’s $151,000 war chest.

    I knew it! She is anti-Self-Defense, as nearly all Democrats are.


  62. lobo91
    62 | July 13, 2013 5:16 pm

    MSNBC’s Race Baiting Scumbag Toure Blames “Slavery” For Predictions Of Zimmerman Riots, “This Is Racism”…

    During a discussion on the Melissa Harris-Perry show of the much-rumored outbreak of violence following George Zimmerman’s possible acquittal Saturday morning, Touré argued that the predictions of race riots by Bill O’Reilly and others was another iteration of the same racial profiling that motivated Zimmerman to approach Trayvon Martin.

    “There’s this expectation of violence from us,” Touré said, “which goes back to slavery, that we must keep them under control in any way possible. They are three-fifths of a human, they are animals, they might explode in violence at any moment…Violence in terms of riots have been used against the black community far more often throughout history than we have used it. So this idea that we’re just going to explode if we don’t get this verdict—that many of us don’t expect to go our way—is absurd and ahistorical and insulting.”

    “This is racism,” Touré continued. “This expectation of violence. And this is what George Zimmerman applied to Trayvon Martin in the dark. Well, he surely will be violent! He is planning violence! He’s a burglar, he’s going to get us! I must stop him! And here, [Bill] O’Reilly and these other lunatics come in to say, all of you are the same.”

    We’ll just ignore the countless actual threats of violence.

    And, by the way, O’Reilly never said any such thing. He specifically said that there might be some isolated minor incidents, but that he didn’t expect to see any actual large-scale riots.


  63. Da_Beerfreak
    63 | July 13, 2013 5:19 pm

    Commerce Dept. Spent $2.7 Million to Fix Nonexistent Computer Virus

    (CNSNews.com) – The Commerce Department destroyed more than $170,000 worth of working computers, televisions and cameras, all in response to a cyber threat that “did not exist.”

    The Economic Development Administration (EDA), which promotes innovation and competitiveness within the Commerce Department, feared its IT network was infected with a widespread virus, and ultimately spent more than $2.7 million to fix a problem that was nothing more than “common malware.”

    According to an inspector general report released on June 26, the EDA based its decision to destroy its computers on “inaccurate information.”

    In December 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first notified the EDA that it had a “potential” malware infection within one of its IT systems.

    Believing the problem was widespread, the EDA “decided to isolate its IT systems from the [Herbert C. Hoover Building] HCHB network and destroy IT components to ensure that a potential infection could not persist,” the report states.

    “However, OIG found neither evidence of a widespread malware infection nor support for EDA’s decision to isolate its IT systems from the HCHB network.”

    Worried it was being hacked by foreign governments, the EDA had hired a cybersecurity contractor to look into the initial threat in January 2012. Within two weeks, the contractor found no evidence of a malware infection, but continued an investigation until May.

    There was never any indication the network was being hacked, and only six components were found to have malware infections that “could have been remediated using typical containment measures.”

    The Country is in the very best of hands… :roll:


  64. lobo91
    64 | July 13, 2013 5:21 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a virus that affects TV sets or cameras, either.

    Is my mom running their IT department?


  65. 65 | July 13, 2013 5:32 pm

    @ lobo91:

    They should donate the cameras to me.


  66. Da_Beerfreak
    66 | July 13, 2013 5:35 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a virus that affects TV sets or cameras, either.

    Is my mom running their IT department?

    It gets even better than that. They got rid of the mice too. They were planning on destroying all three million dollars worth of their stuff. The only thing that stopped them from destroying it all was that they ran out of money halfway through. :shock: :oops:


  67. lobo91
    67 | July 13, 2013 5:39 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    Sounds like the idiots we had running things in Kuwait.

    My department ordered 4 new laptops for our classrooms. They came loaded with Windows 7.

    Before we could use them, they had to go through the IT department to be configured.

    When we got them back, the hard drives had all been wiped and they were reloaded with XP.


  68. Da_Beerfreak
    68 | July 13, 2013 5:54 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    Sounds like the idiots we had running things in Kuwait.

    My department ordered 4 new laptops for our classrooms. They came loaded with Windows 7.

    Before we could use them, they had to go through the IT department to be configured.

    When we got them back, the hard drives had all been wiped and they were reloaded with XP.

    It’s not at all uncommon for an IT department to ‘rollback’ an operating system. They didn’t want to support Win7 or didn’t know how to support it, so it was easier just to put xp on them.


  69. lobo91
    69 | July 13, 2013 5:56 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    Too bad there were no XP drivers made for those computers.

    We had no end of trouble with them after that.


  70. lobo91
    70 | July 13, 2013 5:59 pm

    The Zimmerman jury asked for clarification on the instructions for manslaughter.


  71. Da_Beerfreak
    71 | July 13, 2013 6:01 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    Too bad there were no XP drivers made for those computers.

    We had no end of trouble with them after that.

    No drivers is a major screw up. The IT people should have been able to deal with that.


  72. lobo91
    72 | July 13, 2013 6:04 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    No drivers is a major screw up. The IT people should have been able to deal with that.

    We had enough trouble talking to them. Not an American in the bunch


  73. 73 | July 13, 2013 6:10 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    When we got them back, the hard drives had all been wiped and they were reloaded with XP.

    That’s not uncommon. A lot of IT Departments standardize the operating systems that they support. A lot of companise asre still n Windows XP because it was probably the best OS Microserf has ever turned out. It isn’t that Windows & isn’t etter in some ways, but XP was fine for Office applications. In the two companies I’ve workd for since Windows 7 was released the migration was slow. Because I am a developer, it was easier for me to justify migrating, so I got there before most of the rest of the company. We haven’t gone to Windows 8 yet, though, so anything new we get with Windows 8on it will have the OS removed and replaced with Windows 7.


  74. lobo91
    74 | July 13, 2013 6:12 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    We haven’t gone to Windows 8 yet, though, so anything new we get with Windows 8on it will have the OS removed and replaced with Windows 7.

    Any sane person would. Windows 8 isn’t made to run actual PCs in the first place. It’s designed for things with a touch screen.


  75. Da_Beerfreak
    75 | July 13, 2013 6:12 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    No drivers is a major screw up. The IT people should have been able to deal with that.

    We had enough trouble talking to them. Not an American in the bunch

    That sure doesn’t help.
    Unfortunately some IT departments are better at breaking stuff then they are at fixing problems.


  76. 76 | July 13, 2013 6:15 pm

    @ lobo91:

    Sounds like they’ve decided to convict him of something if they can. If I’d been them I’d have taken a vote on Self-Defense first, because that trrumps all of the changes.


  77. lobo91
    77 | July 13, 2013 6:15 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    These particular laptops were never going to be connected to the network, either. We got them to run classroom presentations.


  78. Bumr50
    78 | July 13, 2013 6:46 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    State: We have "almost an agreement" about how to answer jury's question. #Fox35 #Zimmerman— Sonni Abatta (@SonniAbatta) July 13, 2013

    Huh?


  79. heysoos
    79 | July 13, 2013 6:48 pm

    @ Bumr50:
    candidate for the Clusterfuck Hall Of Fame


  80. lobo91
    80 | July 13, 2013 6:57 pm

    @ Bumr50:

    I can’t believe they’re showing this on live TV


  81. heysoos
    81 | July 13, 2013 7:01 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ Bumr50:
    I can’t believe they’re showing this on live TV

    bloodsport for the masses, another reality show…seems reasonable to me


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