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Trezor GPG Setup with Forwarding Over SSH

I recently got a Trezor One hardware wallet. For the uninitiated, this is a small hardware device that securely stores the cryptographic data needed to manage a cryptocurrency wallet. Check out their wiki for more information. There are other similar devices on the market, the Trezor just happened to be a good fit for me and my needs. Along with cryptocurrency transactions, this device is also able to perform a number of other cryptographic operations including SSH and GPG key operations. I use GPG with git to sign my commits. I’ve recently come back to git and coding after an extended hiatus and realized that I let my previous GPG key expire and honestly, forgot the passphrase. Yes, I know, I am a garbage person, I can’t help it. So, as I was getting ready to shamefully generate a new GPG key, I started considering algorithms and trying to decide the best way to set up the new key. That’s when I remembered the Trezor and its GPG capabilities. I ran into a lot of hang-ups along the way since this process is not overly documented and honestly a bit obscure. I also needed to be able to forward my GPG key over SSH to a remote computer for signing remotely. Since the key resides permanently on the Trezor device there’s no way of just copying the private key to the remote machine. I’ve outlined my process below to maybe save someone else the headache I experienced.

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Contraceptive Dogma and Reproductive Health Access in the US

It’s been nearly a year since I submitted the final draft of my master’s thesis. I reflected on the process today and decided to release the final draft. At the time it was an immense source of stress on top of a busy clinical year in the middle of a pandemic. Looking back on it, I’m thankful for the opportunity and the learning experience that it was. I’m also hopeful that my work can help influence others for good. I’m thankful to Professor Applegate for her guidance in the process and my family for their much needed mental and emotional support.

I chose to write my thesis paper on misinformation and dogma in contraception because of my experiences in clinical rotations and talking to patients and friends about their experiences related to obtaining contraception from providers. I initially intended to do original research and send out surveys to clinicians across the country to gauge the extent of misinformation and dogmas among providers. Unfortunately, 2020 had other plans for me in the form of COVID-19. The review board was no longer meeting/approving research and I couldn’t conduct surveys without their approval. With the deadline looming I chose to opt for a literature review. The results were shocking. The extent of misinformation and dogmas among providers in the US is staggering. The effect on access, especially among the medically underserved community is heartbreaking. My hope is that this research can in some way help dispel these myths and contribute to better reproductive health access in the US. Please take the time to read and share this paper especially if you are a healthcare provider involved in primary care or reproductive health.

— David Nichols, MS-PAS, PA-C

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Privatized vs Universal Healthcare: A Comparison of Preventative Healthcare in the United States and Cuba

This summer I wrote a brief research paper comparing the healthcare system in Cuba to that of the United States as part of my physician assistant studies program. The paper was inspired by my recent trips to the isolated Caribbean nation. I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to study the healthcare system there and the first hand experience I had while I was there. The physicians in Cuba are very well trained, kind, and compassionate. If you’re as curious as I was about how the Cuban health system manages to keep it’s population healthier than the US at a tenth of the price, read the abstract below and check out the full text over at ResearchGate.

The success of the Cuban healthcare system in the face of economic hardship serves as an example of how to provide effective and equitable care at low cost. The core principles that drive that success are an emphasis on preventative healthcare and the conceptualization of healthcare as a basic human right, not a commodity. This paper investigates the innovations of the Cuban system in structure, community involvement, education, maternal care, and vaccinations. Public health statistics demonstrate the positive effect of each of these innovations. These innovations are contrasted with the preventative care found in the United States and the resulting health outcome statistics. Cuba’s success stems largely from the fact that the nation views healthcare as a basic human right, not a commodity.

Full text available on ResearchGate.

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.19549.56809