18 former NBA players charged in alleged $4 million health insurance fraud!

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/07/18-former-nba-players-charged-in-alleged-4-million-health-insurance-fraud.html

“….false claims totaled about $3.9 million and the players received about $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, the indictment said.”

“Terrence Williams, 11th overall in the 2009 NBA draft…allegedly recruited other NBA players by offering fabricated invoices to be used in false claims in exchange for the payment of kickbacks to him.”

A very sad day for professional sports, especially considering almost 30 million Americans are without health insurance (as of 2019).

Facebook goes down the day after the whistleblower appears on “60 Minutes” to discuss alleged abuses at the company. Coincidence?

https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/facebook-whatsapp-and-instagram-go-down-for-hours-in-widespread-outage/

(CNET): “The three social networks — all owned by Facebook — started having issues around 11:40 a.m. ET, according to Down Detector, a crowdsourced website that tracks online outages.”

“Security expert Brian Krebs said it appears to be a DNS related-issue, adding that something ’caused the company to revoke key digital records that tell computers and other Internet-enabled devices how to find these destinations online.'”

https://www.npr.org/live-updates/facebook-whistleblower-allegations

(NPR): “A Facebook whistleblower says the social network puts profits over safety, and has handed thousands of pages of internal company documents to federal law enforcement.”

Intel and other chip companies are hiring students who are still in college to plug a labor shortage, a report says

https://news.yahoo.com/intel-other-chip-companies-hiring-130645886.html

“Chip makers in Oregon are hiring college students to ramp up production, The Oregonian reported. A massive semiconductor shortage has hit the production of cars, computers, and phones.”

How dependent the world has become on computer technology. A chip shortage can affect not just the computer industry, but the auto and cell phone businesses too. At the dawn of the age of personal computers, a chip shortage would have had little impact on society. Now, it could potentially affect global business and industry!

“The global chip shortage is a much bigger problem than everyone realised. And it will go on for longer, too.” See article below:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-global-chip-shortage-is-a-bigger-problem-than-everyone-realised-and-it-will-go-on-for-longer-too/

Switzerland approves same-sex marriage

I am surprised it took until now for an advanced Western nation like Switzerland to do so.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58696604

“Some 64% supported the measure, making it one of the last countries in western Europe to legalise same-sex marriage.”

“Over the last 20 years, most countries in western Europe have recognised same-sex marriage. However, in Switzerland many big decisions go to a nationwide ballot, and this can slow down major changes to social legislation. The new law, which had the backing of the Swiss government and all major political parties except the People’s Party, was passed by parliament in December. However, it was then challenged by opponents, who gathered enough signatures to force a referendum.”