Posts Tagged ‘Welch’

Judge Blasts Prosecution of Alleged NSA Leaker

August 1st, 2011 08:34 admin View Comments

The Courts

Hugh Pickens writes “The Washington Post reports that Judge Richard D. Bennett harshly criticized US prosecutor William M. Welch III for his treatment of a former spy agency official Thomas Drake, who was accused of leaking classified material. Bennett called the delays in the now-closed case ‘unconscionable’ and compared it to British tyranny in the colonial era. In 2007, FBI agents raided Drake’s house, but it took over two years for officials to indict him. ‘And then, over a year later, on the eve of trial, in June of 2011, the government says, “Whoops, we dropped the whole case,”‘ Bennett said. Drake was given a mild penalty for pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of exceeding authorized use of a computer: a year’s probation and 240 hours of community service while all 10 felony counts were dropped. ‘That’s four years of hell that a citizen goes through,’ Bennett said. ‘It was not proper. It doesn’t pass the smell test.’ In contrast with his tough words for Welch, Bennett singled out for praise Drake’s public defenders, James Wyda and Deborah L. Boardman, saying their work on behalf of Drake was ‘at the highest level of professionalism.’ Judge Welch said the matter was now closed and addressed Drake: ‘I wish you the best of luck in the rest of your life.’”

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Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow Joins SavingStar Board of Directors

June 30th, 2011 06:57 admin View Comments

SavingStar, the national paperless grocery coupon service, announced today that Michael Lazerow, the founder and CEO of Buddy Media, has joined the company’s board of directors. Launched in April 2011, SavingStar provides digital coupons to more than 24,000 stores and over 100 supermarket and drugstore chains across the U.S.

SavingStar’s eCoupons are available on the web and through the company’s iPhone and Android apps, and are linked to users’ registered loyalty cards. Rather than applying coupons at the register, the savings are automatically deposited into users’ SavingStar accounts, where they can pick their payout from a deposit into their bank account or PayPal account, an Amazon gift card, or a donation to charity. Nearly 500,000 users have signed up for SavingStar in the two months since the service went live. Participating brands include Nestle, Clorox, Heinz, Welch’s, Dannon, Ocean Spray, and more.

In 2007, Lazerow co-founded Buddy Media, a Facebook management system for global advertisers. With its scalable, secure architecture and straightforward administrative tools, it is the only solution that allows brands to launch, maintain and measure their Facebook presence in any country and in any language. Prior to Buddy Media, Lazerow founded, which was sold to Time Warner. Before that, he founded University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers and sold it to Student Advantage, helping it grow into the premier college media and marketing company.

Lazerow joins SavingStar’s current outside board members Jeff Bussbang of Flybridge Capital Partners, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital, and David Coppins of Upromise. The company announced a $7 Million Series B funding in April.

Source: Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow Joins SavingStar Board of Directors

Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

May 7th, 2011 05:36 admin View Comments


Hugh Pickens writes “H. Gilbert Welch writes in the LA Times that the threshold for diagnosis has fallen too low, with physicians making diagnoses in individuals who wouldn’t have been considered sick in the past, raising healthcare costs for everyone. Part of the explanation is technological: diagnostic tests able to detect biochemical and anatomic abnormalities that were undetectable in the past. ‘But part of the explanation is behavioral: We look harder for things to be wrong. We test more often, we are more likely to test people who have no symptoms, and we have changed the rules about what degree of abnormality constitutes disease (a fasting blood sugar of 130 was not considered to be diabetes before 1997; now it is).’ Welch says the problem is that low thresholds have a way of leading to treatments that are worse than the disease. ‘We are trained to focus on the few we might be able to help, even if it’s only 1 out of 100 (the benefit of lowering cholesterol in those with normal cholesterol but elevated C-reactive protein) or 1 out of 1,000 (the benefit of breast and prostate cancer screening),’ writes Welch. ‘But it’s time for everyone to start caring about what happens to the other 999.’”

Source: Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients