Lunch Links

Lunch Links: More questions for DHHS, a worldwide tribute for Mandela, and the promise of 3D printing

Look for more questions after lunch today from members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, after the state auditor released a new performance audit Monday.

Among Beth Wood’s findings: DHHS does not have a plan to address the range of problems with NCTracks, the state’s beleaguered Medicaid billing system.

DHHS Audit

Coinciding with that report, WRAL-TV details how DHHS downplayed issues with NC FAST, the system designed to streamline delivery of food stamp benefits.

Other stories folks are talking about this afternoon:

President Obama was among the dignitaries who delivered a powerful tribute this morning at the service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela. You can read the full text of Obama’s remarks here.

Think Progress reports that a record number of Americans can’t afford their rent. The lack of available low-cost housing is part of the problem.

Time offers a rundown of its Top Ten Finalists for Person of the Year in 2013.

The U.S. Senate has approved a 10-year extension of the federal law banning plastic firearms that can go undetected by X-ray machines and metal detectors. For those keeping score, this bill is the only piece of gun legislation to pass Congress, almost a year after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

And while some continue to worry about how 3D printing will be used in the future, the good folks at Asap Science offers some cool ideas that you probably never thought of:

Finally, we’ll close out today’s lunch links with a classic composition from the Vince Guaraldi Trio to lift your holiday spirits:

2 Comments


  1. Jim Wiseman

    December 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Funny thing is, there’s no such thing as an undetectable gun, so the law is moot.

  2. Alan

    December 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Jim,

    On what technical basis do you make your comment/assumption that no gun is undetectable? I work a great deal with hi-tech companies and am well versed in the 3D printing process & technology. Undetectable printed firearms are already a reality, the development & introduction of new materials in 3D printing is moving at a very, very fast rate, you can in fact already download and ‘print’ the component parts of a handgun or semi-automatic. While it may be true that with many existing materials, printed firearms aren’t suitable for firing multiple rounds, it’s only a matter of (brief) time before more robust printed polymers are available that do allow for multiple rounds to be fired without damage to the ‘gun’. Note it only needs one bullet to kill someone, so the prospect of undetectable guns is a very real issue indeed.

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