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MD Anderson Fined $4.3 Million For HIPAA Violations

23 Jun

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An administrative law judge has ruled that MD Anderson Cancer Center must pay $4.3 million to the HHS Office of Civil Rights due to multiple HIPAA violations. This is the fourth largest penalty ever awarded to OCR.

OCR kicked off an investigation of MD Anderson in the wake of three separate data breach reports in 2012 and 2013. One of the breaches sprung from the theft of an unencrypted laptop from the home of an MD Anderson employee. The other two involved the loss of unencrypted USB thumb drives which held protected health information on over 33,500 patients.

Maybe — just maybe — MD Anderson could’ve gotten away with this or paid a much smaller fine. But given the circumstances, it was not going to get away that easily.

OCR found that while the organization had written encryption policies going back to 2006, it wasn’t following them that closely. What’s more, MD Anderson’s own risk analyses had found that a lack of device-level encryption could threaten the security of ePHI.

Adding insult to injury, MD Anderson didn’t begin to adopt enterprise-wide security technology until 2011. Also, it didn’t take action to encrypt data on its devices containing ePHI during the period between March 2011 and January 2013.

In defending itself, the organization argued that it was not obligated to encrypt data on its devices. It also claimed that the ePHI which was breached was for research, which meant that it was not subject to HIPAA penalties. In addition, its attorneys argued that the penalties accrued to OCR were unreasonable.

The administrative law judge wasn’t buying it. In fact, the judge took an axe to its arguments, saying that MD Anderson’s “dilatory conduct is shocking given the high risk to its patients resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of ePHI,” noting that its leaders “not only recognized, but [also] restated many times.” That’s strong language, the like of which I’ve never seen in HIPAA cases before.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the administrative law judge agreed to OCR’s sanctions, which included penalties for each day of MD Anderson’s lack of HIPAA compliance and for each record of individuals breached.

All I can say is wow. Could the Cancer Center’s leaders possibly have more chutzpah? It’s bad enough to have patient data breached three times. Defending yourself by essentially saying it was no big deal is even worse. If I were the judge I would’ve thrown the book at them too.

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Your #BigData Assumptions May Be Flat-Out Wrong

23 Jun

 

It’s an article of faith in healthcare circles that leveraging big data stores can improve patient care. But what if this cherished assumption is flat-out wrong?

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that big data number-crunching might actually undermine providers’ ability to improve patient health.

To conduct the study, researchers from UC Berkeley, Drexel University and the University of Groningen compared data collected on hundreds of people, including both individuals with psychiatric disorders and healthy individuals. They found that group results didn’t capture some wide variations in symptoms from person to person.

Researchers concluded that big data analyses are a poor substitute for working with individuals, noting that these analyses are “worryingly imprecise” and that the variance between individuals is four times larger than those captured by big data. In other words, it concludes that big data analyses minimize differences between patients dramatically.

The authors said that it doesn’t work to generalize conclusions about individuals, whose emotions, behavior and physiology can vary greatly.

“Diseases, mental disorders, emotions, and behaviors are expressed within individual people, over time,” said study lead author Aaron Fisher, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley in a prepared statement. “A snapshot of many people at one moment in time can’t capture these phenomena.”

At this point, you’re probably thinking that this is terrible news. But Fisher believes that there are practical ways to address the problem. “Modern technologies allow us to collect many observations per person relatively easily, and modern computing makes the analysis of these data [points]  possible in ways that were not possible in the past,” Fisher said.

I don’t know about you, but I doubt that gathering loads of individual patient data will be as easy as Fisher suggests. Our current methods for documenting patient encounters in EHRs already impose significant burdens on physicians. Asking them to do more probably won’t fly, at least for the near term.

Not only that, there’s the question of how to work with this new data. We’d all like to see patients get highly individualized care, but current systems used by providers probably aren’t up to the task just yet.

I guess the bottom line here is that while Fisher et al are on to something, it will probably be a long time before healthcare organizations get there. In the meantime, it’s good to see that researchers are challenging our assumptions and keeping us on our toes.

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MD Anderson Fined $4.3 Million For HIPAA Violations

Jun 21, 2018 02:10 pm

An administrative law judge has ruled that MD Anderson Cancer Center must pay $4.3 million to the HHS Office of Civil Rights due to multiple HIPAA violations. This is the fourth largest penalty ever awarded to OCR.

OCR kicked off an investigation of MD Anderson in the wake of three separate data breach reports in 2012 and 2013. One of the breaches sprung from the theft of an unencrypted laptop from the home of an MD Anderson employee. The other two involved the loss of unencrypted USB thumb drives which held protected health information on over 33,500 patients.

Maybe — just maybe — MD Anderson could’ve gotten away with this or paid a much smaller fine. But given the circumstances, it was not going to get away that easily.

OCR found that while the organization had written encryption policies going back to 2006, it wasn’t following them that closely. What’s more, MD Anderson’s own risk analyses had found that a lack of device-level encryption could threaten the security of ePHI.

Adding insult to injury, MD Anderson didn’t begin to adopt enterprise-wide security technology until 2011. Also, it didn’t take action to encrypt data on its devices containing ePHI during the period between March 2011 and January 2013.

In defending itself, the organization argued that it was not obligated to encrypt data on its devices. It also claimed that the ePHI which was breached was for research, which meant that it was not subject to HIPAA penalties. In addition, its attorneys argued that the penalties accrued to OCR were unreasonable.

The administrative law judge wasn’t buying it. In fact, the judge took an axe to its arguments, saying that MD Anderson’s “dilatory conduct is shocking given the high risk to its patients resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of ePHI,” noting that its leaders “not only recognized, but [also] restated many times.” That’s strong language, the like of which I’ve never seen in HIPAA cases before.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the administrative law judge agreed to OCR’s sanctions, which included penalties for each day of MD Anderson’s lack of HIPAA compliance and for each record of individuals breached.

All I can say is wow. Could the Cancer Center’s leaders possibly have more chutzpah? It’s bad enough to have patient data breached three times. Defending yourself by essentially saying it was no big deal is even worse. If I were the judge I would’ve thrown the book at them too.

Beware of the mystery shopper scam

22 Jun

#GFK #Secret #Shopper

The mystery shopper scam has been stealing money from unsuspecting victims for years.

It begins when you answer an advertisement or an email to become a “mystery shopper” —  someone hired by a company to shop at a certain store and then report on the experience for quality control purposes

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The tipoff that these solicitations are scams can be immediate and obvious. Consider this copy of an email for a mystery shopper scam that I recently received, with its glaring grammatical errors and missing words:

“Hello, We are a company engaged in the mystery shopper field.
We need a team filled some people with age, residence location, experience and other different.

“Description;

“You will be assigned to visit the shop, store, bank, etc
You have to pretend to be normal potential customers who’re looking for a specific product/service
You will then complete questionnaires online to share with us your customer’s experience
Get $350/assignment, at least 2 assignments/week will be assigned.

“Requirements;

“18 years old or above
Can read and write English
Can speak the local language well”

And the registration part,

“Registration;

“If you are interested reply this email fill out the information below to get started:”

. . . Which asks for name, address, etc., . . .

“So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service, and your address would also be the need for your payments.”

The bottom of the email identified a copyright date of 2005-2017 for the “Agent Center for Mystery or secret Shoppers.”

One reason this type of scam works so well is that there are real mystery shopper jobs. But keep in mind that so many people are interested in this work that the real mystery shopper companies have no need to advertise to hire people. So, they do not send out unsolicited emails such as the one above.

Once a victim takes the bait, they are sent what may appear to be a certified check. The victim is instructed to deposit it into his or her bank account and use the money to make the assigned purchases.  The check is for more than the amount the mystery shopper is instructed to spend.

The victim is told to keep a specified amount as payment and wire back the remaining funds.  It is only after the money has been wired from the victim’s own bank account that the victim learns that the check was counterfeit and has bounced. Of course, the funds wired from the victim’s bank account to the scammer are gone forever without any effective recourse.

This problem is made worse because banks give provisional credit to deposited checks after a few days so it could appear at first glance that the check has cleared and the funds are fully available.   But provisional credit can be rescinded once a check bounces.   It can take weeks for a check to fully clear and the funds actually be transferred into the account of the person receiving the check.

Many victims of the mystery shopper scam have thought they were prudent because they waited a few days to confirm (or so they thought) that the check was legitimate. Only later do they find out they only had received provisional credit for a check that was in the end no good.

The sending of a check for more than is actually owed and requesting the remainder be wired back is the basis of many scams. These include the sale of products in response to online advertisements placed by legitimate sellers who are scammed into sending their own money to scammers pretending to purchase their items for sale.

Another variation of the mystery shopper scam involves thieves that solicit payments for information about becoming a mystery shopper or offering a certification program or registration program for which you have to pay.

MSPA Americas, which was formerly known as the Mystery Shopping Providers Association of North America, is a trade organization made up of legitimate mystery shopping companies.  Scammers will often send emails or make telephone calls posing as either MSPA Americas or one of its member companies.  But of course neither the MSPA Americas nor any of its member companies will ever ask you to deposit checks and wire excess funds to them.

So how do you recognize and avoid this scam?

1.  Simply ignore emails or advertisements for mystery shopper jobs.  They are scams.
2.  Research online particular mystery shopping companies you may want to consider contacting to make sure they are legitimate.
3.  Don’t pay a fee to get a list of mystery shopping opportunities.
4.  Don’t pay to become certified as a mystery shopper.
5.  Always be skeptical when you are asked to wire money in any business transaction.  Unlike credit card payments where you can get fraudulent payments erased or sending a check that you can stop payment on, wired funds are irretrievable from the moment they are sent.

And the most important tip of all:

6.  Never deposit a check for more than you are owed and wire money back to the person sending you the check, and never consider a payment you receive by check as being in your account until it has fully cleared.

Steve Weisman, an expert in preventing cyberscams and identity theft, is a lawyer and professor at Bentley University. He writes the blogscamicide.com, where he provides daily updated information about the latest scams. His new book is Identity Theft AlertSecret shopper 2Secret shopper 3Secret shopper 4

#FAKEJOBS, #FAKECHECK: SCAMMERS ON THE LOOSE

22 Jun

#Share before reading!  #GFK #Secret #Shopper

This is a new trend of which fraudsters claim to give you job to work at home.

They will send you a check and pressurize you to cash it and buy a gift card and send to them. They ask you to keep about $350 as commision.
After cashing the check and withdraw it, the bank will tell you the check was a fake and bank will withdraw money from your account and you will be penalized for that.
Another method these scammers use is to hide under the faces of politicians, ie use politicians name on Facebook, to chat with you and gain your confidence. Then they will ask you to buy a something for them, like a house, computer, phones, etc.
They have already defrauded hundreds of people using companies like GfK – Secret Shopper and others.
Don’t accept advance check or collect a check to buy any product.
Ask to chat with them on Whatsapp-video, Facebook-video or Skype. They will run.
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Zimbabwe:: #WomanWithTwoHusbands and They All Live Under One Roof Explains How She Enjoys Sex With Them. Is This An ABOMINATION???

22 Jun

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For more than a decade, Jack Chako, 38, has been living happily with her two husbands, Michael Hwita and Liford Chimoto, with whom she shares one bed.
Chako is the head of the family. On how she gets maximum sexual satisfaction from her husbands,

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“We are a happy family, I live with my two husbands and we love one another. My two husbands are best friends and they are always together. Chimoto is the elder husband, while Hwita is the junior.

I married the second Hwita because Chimoto is elderly and increasingly becoming weak in bed and was starving me sexually. In terms of conjugal rights I favour Hwita. He gets me there. I only do it with Chimoto as a token.


At times, I feel pity for Chimoto and give him token conjugal rights and he appreciates that. The rule is no one gets out of the room, because he is not on duty. Whoever is not on duty, just watches us at it.
I am in charge and my two husbands are now used to sleeping side by side in one bed.” Speaking further, the mother of five, three children from a previous marriage and two from this polyandrous affair, said, “I use some concoction to pacify my husbands. .

It is not a secret that I used a concoction to cow them down. I also sell this concoction to other women to cow down their errant husbands and make them compliant. None of my two husbands wishes to leave me.”

The husbands, Hwita and Chimoto, on their parts, said they don’t have problems taking Chako says their joint wife. Chimoto said, “I know my failings and I appreciate the decision which was taken, we have various duties and life goes on.”

Hwita said, “I see no problem. She loves both of us and we understand our situation. “I respect Chimoto as the elder husband because I found him here.”#Youneedtoknow#

An Open Letter To A Nigerian-US Fraud Called Clement Ikpatt

21 Jun

From the archive! First Published October 6, 2011

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor

 

I will start this email with a quote from a famous Bob Marley Song in which he said,” Your best friend can be your worst enemy and your worst enemy can be your best friend”. I really do not care where you will classify me at the end of this letter but one thing for sure is that the readers of this letter will know where to put me.

There is also a famous proverb from our area in which the simple translation is that” The observer of the game sees the loopholes better than the players themselves”.The Ghanaians have one too that says,” The dancer thinks he is dancing straight but the person behind him sees the flaws in the dance”.

I would like to call your attention to how I perceive your position.

I will put it to you that there may be no position like yours in other states in Nigeria, I have spoken with a lot of my friends from other African countries and they have not heard of such a position given to one man before. They were amazed. In fact, there may not be a similar position as yours in any other African state.

In speaking with friends from most of the United States, South America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia etc. They have not heard of such incursions of the local state Government into the affairs of the citizenry in foreign lands. Some received my revelation with suspicion of the motives of Akwa Ibom State and some felt it was a novel idea.

However, I feel you are in a position to make history(I would if I were you). On the other hand, you could end up failing miserably and this position could be a mockery. Why do I say so?

Firstly, it is what we may call “a position in experimentation“. It never existed before and may not have had a prepared job description. It is up to the first occupier of this office to define what the office duties will and could evolve into in the future. In such a position the first occupier can fail miserably if he or she does not identify the pros and cons and resources and lack of resources thereof at their disposal. Also, his/her mindset could defeat the purpose of the office in question.

So let us examine the resources at your disposal that I already feel that you are underutilizing. You are in charge of Diaspora worldwide, you have no counterpart created for the other continents. This means like in the United States you should be in talking terms with every single Son and Daughter of Akwa Ibom State in the 51 states of the USA. These should be your connections from Engineers in Intel to Engineers in Apple to Engineers in Microsoft(I have met them before) to Plastic Surgeons to Professors in Universities to Medical Doctors to Nurses to Teachers to Business People to Pilots and the amount of people you can connect with in this regards is just mindboggling. In every field, every person (if approached the right way) will not hide from you the question of how their industries work and how their fields are enhanced to create maximized output. In every state, you should have teams breaking into every sphere of influence in every state including the much coveted private sector, teams that are helping you connect with every Governor in the 51 states that you should link up to his Excellency the Governor. Teams that are “secretly penetrating to learn how we can make the system work for our state. Please do not forget that the Governors here are accessible by the common man and that all you need is a call to get the protocol needed to get Akwa Ibom State connected as a “Sister State’ to all these states and there are trade agreements and programs to that effect. There should have been a team already created to do a “feeling” of Wall Street and the investors there and possible trade agreements that would change the landscape forever.

Do not deceive yourself, as a rule, if our industrialization program does not involve trade we will watch the industries die a natural death all over again. That is why trade agreements is big news in this part of the world

Chinese volunteer scientist in the same vein took nuclear weaponry secrets back to China from the USA and those in Wall street took the secrets of the trade to China and now they own 85% of the loan notes of the USA.

I know you will say that you have committees that have been created,I do not need to explain to you the good committees have done Nigeria for the past 51 years. It is one of those things we inherited that waste a lot of time and nothing gets done.

In other words, you should be helping in solving the investor problem that we are talking about with the vast resources you have which are; Akwa Ibom State indigene in every part of the World !!!!!

However when I read the tone in which you write in this forum you are still just someone that relays information from Akwa Ibom State to the internet or you step in to “crack the whip “at whosoever you feel does not stay in line.

Respectfully, I just wonder if you have any idea of what you could do with the resources at your disposal. It would be such a pity if you think that the direct interpretation of your position is that of “Disciplinarian For Diaspora”. That would be such a bastardization of your office. It would be such a sad mistake. Someone who is always out to just show how stupid someone’s statements is when you do not agree with them. Nobody in the Diaspora deserves that kind of treatment, it is totally unacceptable. Even the Oyinbo and all their racism do not address us that way. You may receive a pat on the back from people back home like,”You really put them in their place” but it will be such a failure of the office when you look at the kind of resources at your disposal. I doubt if you even know your people residing in Nevada or Idaho or Wyoming or Nebraska.

If I asked you today about your people in Iceland, got any idea ???????

Sometimes in companies, I have worked for , when a new CEO is brought in, he sends an email asking everybody to write a short email to give him an idea of who you are.I thought it was a joke until you come across him at the Meet-and-Greet ceremony and to your surprise, as you begin to reintroduce yourself he cuts you short and tells you more about yourself. It makes you feel a certain level of loyalty when the guy at the top recognizes you.

I would have thought that immediately your appointment is confirmed that you would have sent a mass communique in which you would love people to write in and share their lives and experiences with you. Not to act like the people back home that when given political appointment they act as “gods” in which we see you from a distance and kneel. In the process of reaching out you would lose nothing and you would with the right attitude receive emails from as far as Australia etc. Reaching out with Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, My Space and harnessing the power of the Diaspora. A true Godfather.

I would define a Godfather as a man that is such a statesman that people scramble to help him for nothing. Not just his crowd (AIDN) but people from every walk of life. People scramble to associate with him because he represents the ideals that they long for.Associating with the person brings an excitement like no other, it’s like associating with the future and not a refined form of the status quo.

Let’s get one thing right, I am not a big fan of his Excellency Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio. I do believe he was destined to be Governor and that is why he is there and that is all that is needed for him to have my help if he asks for it. On the other hand those who wish him to fail also are wishing eight failed years for Akwa Abasi Ibom State and that is just unthinkable. Hence we must pray for him to succeed. However, I have seen (Like in my subsequent emails) that subordinates can make the Chief Executive look really bad. Sometimes the Chief Executive may not even know what is being done on his behalf on the streets, press, internet etc. It is up to people like you to create policy that will make a lot of people to soften towards his Excellency and join hands and work to make Akwa Abasi Ibom State a wonder.

Either you figure this out or you lash out on me cuz you really do not know how to go about it. Everything should not be the guys in Uyo trying to tell us how to go about bringing the investors that are living next door to us. Would they die if they rather got info on how to go about it from you? Info that you got from the Diaspora?

You want world-class hospitals, Diasporians work in the world class hospitals over here but we should shut up and have someone in Uyo tell us how to implement world class medical healthcare. Our children are graduating from Colleges of Engineering but we should not be seen as trying to force the system to “use them” so we should shut up and because the guys back home are clueless they call in a foreign company and after Quid Pro Quo execute the contract and then the glory goes to the State Government. So if you really do not want to use the Diaspora until they are “submissive” to you. Whats the use ?

I can also buy your argument that Diasporans duped the Government and did this or that (We can count so much that Diasporans have done that we should cease giving them any form of respect)

Let’s call a spade a spade,I would expect you as the bridge, to also brief back home on how to deal with Diaspora without hushing them down and making them feel “stupid”. It is a waste of time. It is a serious breakdown of communication of an administration with his people when things come down to bets.

A common member of the citizenry spreads rumors about the State Government. It should not entail the system being so pressed that they must fly into the territory to prove a point against a common citizen. The fight against opposition should not be personal;they are still citizens of Akwa Ibom State !!!! I will put it onto you that your present rhetoric and schematics changes nothing in the relationship between Diasporians and back home.

A leader must have a certain level of respect for the subjects he leads and he should give them the benefit of the doubt.Not every move is a publicity stunt against people back home(Baby arm amputated) or a smear campaign or an attempt to overthrow state government and every statement is either “clueless” or “stupid” or people are “disgruntled” or involved in “spinmeistering”. Sometimes with the kind of words that have been used on Diaspora, you wonder if they really want to work with them. Sometimes I wonder if it would have been better off if Diaspora had just minded their own business and left home alone.

With all due respect you have a lot of work to do and right now I do not see the difference between you and Ata Ikkideh. Why? Ata is already doing a good job of spreading info on the internet be it Real or False and stepping into frays. In fact, he claims he is the Info Consultant for the forum.

So please correct me if I am wrong but it will be nice if you could enlighten us on your job as the point man of the Diaspora. The forums are open for you to wing it in that regard.

Finally, my point is that I wish you success in this position but I hope you do not diminish the true power that you could harness as an elder statesman in the position you hold.

Goodluck

 

Clayton Udoh, Mesa, Arizona

 

Why Argentina Is One Of The Worst #RacistNations

21 Jun

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#ArgentinaWorstRacistNation

As I watched the Argentina and Iceland match today and wondered why there were no black players in the Argentinean team when other South American teams had black or biracial players, I remembered a conversation I had last year.

It was while I was on a cruise from Florida to the Grand Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

Between an Argentinean doctor and myself, who had walked up to me during lunch one day and struck up a conversation with me.

There was no hiding the attraction.

We had bonded much to the chagrin of her three Argentinean friends.

On the deck of the ship that day, she kept going on about how she loves black men and looks forward to traveling so she can meet them.

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“Don’t you have black people in Argentina?”

She said with a matter of fact candour.

“No. Long time ago, after slavery, we killed them all.”

I was taken aback.

She smiled.

And continued.

“Very bad. I am ashamed of my people. It was very systematic though. Very well thought out. First they forced most of the men to fight for Argentina against Paraguay. They knowingly sent them into battles that were poorly planned so that the Paraguay army will do for them what they couldn’t themselves do. Kill the blacks. Most of them died there. The remaining of them they forced to live in this province were there was a plague. A disease that the government refused to curb so that it can also do for them what they couldn’t do. Kill the blacks. The refused to set up hospitals, clinics, adequate shelter, food outlets, nothing. They created the best environment for the disease to thrive. It killed the rest of the men that had survived the war. The darker you are, the higher the chance they will send you to that place to live or to the war to die. The lighter skinned women they forced them to sleep with the white men, so that their children are biracial, then they forced the children when they grew older to sleep with white men, so that the blackness of the skin of the children became whiter and whiter until there was no longer any visibly black people seen. It was so bad that blacks fled to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and even Paraquay where they were better treated even though not as well as they should be treated as human beings deserving full equality. Atleast those ones did not want to kill them and accepted to give them protection and a means of livelihood. As a matter of fact in Chile, there was a city called Arica where Black people were so accepted and respected that in the 1700s two black free man, one called Anzuréz were elected mayors. But the white colonial masters from Spain came six months later and nullified the elections, they were afraid of other cities giving black people too many rights. But the blacks who had found succour did not complain, they sent word for others to flee Argentina and come join them. Afterall what was cancelled elections compared to certain death?”

Then she went silent as though trying to replay the magnitude of the crime in her mind again. Then she said it in a sombre tone in order to drive it home to me.

“The ones the Argentineans did not kill through war or disease, and rape and impregnate, fled the country and ultimately we got rid of the blacks.”

I listened in rising sorrow.

She continued academically.

“So although they abolished slavery in 1815 in Argentina, it continued until 1853, after that the main preoccupation of the leaders was how to get rid of the black slaves and their descendants. Our president who ruled us from 1868 to 1874, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, wrote in his diary in 1848, this was long before he became president and slavery ended that – ‘In the United States… 4 million are black, and within 20 years will be 8 million…. What is to be done with such blacks, hated by the white race?’ – It shows that he was already thinking of how to eliminate black people before he became President and when he became President, he succeeded.”

“Didn’t the world say anything?”

“No. They ignored it. I am sure most of them wanted to do the same thing but failed. At that time, they admired them. I remember when I will go to Brazil as a child, my father’s friend will say in disgust as he looked at the black Brazilians – we should have had your guts and finished them off. All of them. Make Brazil white just like Argentina.”

“And the Europeans?”

She laughed.

“It is an open secret, just like King Leopold and his genocide in Congo. No one talks about it, but they know about it. Atleast the older ones do. The younger ones not so much. Why do you think all the Nazis ran to Argentina after World War 2?”

I was silent.

She continued.

“Because it was the perfect place for the most evil racists in history to live.”

Then she looked out to the infinitely blue sea around the ship and sighed audibly before she continued.

” Sadly, to some extent, it still is welcoming and accomodating of racial hatred. We took the Tango from the African slaves and made it our own. In Argentina, not one person will tell you the true history of that dance. They don’t want to associate it with Africa. In fact if you ask them about black people in Argentina they will tell you that there has never been black people in Argentina. They teach them in schools. They rewrite the history. They make it all white. And as I said it is all underneath the surface. They never come out and say we hate black people. Argentina is only for whites or anything like that. They have just fixed the country to only be for white people.”

I looked at her friends, Argentineans like her, who were lounging on the chairs on the deck, clad in their tiny bikinis, drinking pina coladas and smiling.

She followed my gaze and then turned to me.

“Don’t be fooled by all those smiles, scratch the surface and you will see that all they want is for you to disappear.”

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I watched the Argentina and Iceland match today and wondered why there were no black players in the Argentinean team when other South American teams had black or biracial players, I remembered a conversation I had last year.

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