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  1. You think you've got it bad? Seems that I'm on the "questionable charities sucker list"! The only relief I've found is taking the phone off the hook. Do not call list hasn't helped. 'Tis the season for all the scammers to come out from under their rocks.
  2. Uh, there's somthing wrong with "The Creature from Jekyll Island"? I haven't read it, although I've always meant to.
  3. Yeah! Ya'll come on down! Blind dates got out of hand, no pun intended.
  4. If you want to put your house on the market, see what ideas others have used first. Is this the funniest 'For Sale' sign ever? Owner puts house on market 'because neighbor's an a**hole' | Mail Online
  5. All these pre-approved offers mean is that you are "pre-approved" to apply, nothing more. You got sucked in! To survive in this world that's been created for us, you have to look at everything like a lawyer. A particularly cynical lawyer.
  6. My personal experience is that so called "credit protection insurance" is, indeed, a scam that only benefits the CC companies or the insurers, not the consumer.
  7. It might be hard to find witnesses for the defense. Woman accused of castrating man with bare hands Posted: Jun 05, 2012 11:26 AM EDT Updated: Jul 05, 2012 11:26 AM EDT By Nick Needham - email SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - Police in Shelby say they arrested a woman over the weekend after she squeezed a man's testicles out of his scrotum. Joyce Maxine Gregory, 35, is charged with malicious castration and assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford. Police say Gregory got into an argument with an older man Saturday morning. When he went outside to call 911 she followed him and grabbed his scrotum. The man ran to a nearby rescue squad building for help. Police were sent to the residence on Bowman Street to arrest Gregory. When she was placed in the patrol car, she pulled down her pants and urinated in the backseat. Gregory's bond was set at $20,000. Copyright 2012 WBTV. All rights reserved. Woman accused of castrating man with bare hands - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News, Weather, Traffic & Sports
  8. antiquedave said: Who is owner of hsbc bank? HSBC Holdings Plc. is the company that owns HSBC bank. HSBC stands for Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and it is headquartered in London, England. It is one of the world's largest banks... Read more: Who are the owners of HSBC
  9. Is the Postal Service trying to tell us something? https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNavIds=catBuyStamps&categoryNav=false&navAction=jump&navCount=2&productId=S_688140&categoryId=catBuyStamps
  10. Goldbug


    Read some H.G Wells, he, and others, were writing about life on Mars 100 years ago. There's nothing new, everything is all a rehash of history.
  11. Goldbug


    Get a copy of "Clouded Titles" - Best 50 bucks you'll ever spend. Do you know what a MIN is? You better find out about it ... upfront! Good luck!! Amazon.com: clouded titles dave krieger: Books Clouded Titles (Who Really Owns Your Home?) by Dave Krieger (2012) Formats Price New Used Paperback $49.95
  12. It appears that Merkel is bought, just like our pols. Related to the Boss Hogg clip ... sort of:
  13. Sounds kinda like Greece and IMF, doesn't it?
  14. And ... ... banking in general
  15. "Term limits" sounds like a good idea on the surface, trouble is, a few (very few) of these Congress critters actually have some integrity and have consistently good voting records. Term limits would "throw out the baby with the bath water"! Of course "good" is subjective, my idea of "good" may be entirely different from yours. It would be nice if they represented the voters instead of the lobbyists, however. Educating voters that continually re-elect the self-serving dirtbags might be better, though probably not achievable (unfortunately). A good solution is going to be hard to find.
  16. Depression is a state of mind.
  17. What are you inferring that the OP is implying?
  18. Sorry kutuzov, I've got to disagree with you (or the unnamed economist). Wars are about control and political/financial power. A few people profit from war, the rest of us just pay for it with blood or treasure. Think about our crumbling infrastructure, crippling debt, poverty, etc. All that money wasted just to pay for war. War or higher standard of living ... tough choice! Others may want to go to war, or even worse, sacrifice their children to line some fatcats pocket or give power to a bunch of uncaring psychopaths, but I'll pass.
  19. Good ol' student loans! Next they'll be hiring someone to break your legs if you don't pay up! "Colleges' withholding of transcripts of graduates who've fallen behind on loan payments makes it even less likely that the student can get a job and resume loan payments." Student loans: Holding transcripts hostage - latimes.com By Dave Lindorff May 2, 2012 Students traditionally have a soft spot for their alma maters. But as growing numbers of students run up debt in the high five and even six figures to pay for college, that may change. Especially when they discover their old school is actively blocking them from getting a job or going on to a higher degree. That's what increasing numbers of students are finding when they try to obtain an official transcript to send to potential employers or graduate admissions offices. It turns out many colleges and universities refuse to issue these critical documents if students are in default on student loans, or in many cases, even if they just fall one or two months behind. This is happening at a time when recent grads are finding it particularly hard to find work, not just in their chosen fields, but anywhere. About half of recent college degree-holders were unemployed or underemployed last year, according to an Associated Press study released last week. And the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates student loan debt has passed $1 trillion, an amount greater than all outstanding credit card debt. The Department of Education put the default rate at 8.8% of student borrowers as of September 2010. It's no accident that colleges are using the withholding of official transcripts to punish students behind in their loan payments. It turns out the federal government encourages the practice. Schools are not required by law to withhold transcripts, but a spokeswoman at the Department of Education confirmed that the department "encourages" them to use the draconian tactic, saying that the policy "has resulted in numerous loan repayments." It is a strange position for colleges to take, however, since the schools themselves are not owed any money. Student loan funds come from private banks or the federal government. For federal Perkins loans, schools get a pool of federal money to apply to students' financial aid, and if students don't pay, that pool gets smaller. But the creditor is still the government, not the college. And in the case of so-called Stafford loans, schools are not on the hook in any way; they are simply acting as collection agencies, and in fact may get paid for their efforts at collection. In Southern California, USC's website makes it clear that unmet loan obligations can prevent students from getting transcripts. As for the University of California, Kate Jeffery, director of student financial support for the system, says transcripts are withheld in the case of delinquent Perkins loans. She concedes it's a difficult issue but says that "it's the only tool we have to make them pay." Schools don't keep transcript extortion a secret, but for many students who miss the fine print, it's a cruel surprise. A music major — and summa cum laude grad — at Philadelphia's Temple University was making payments on his $62,000 student debt after graduation while working as an adjunct professor for Temple. Laid off after three years, he was unable to find work, fell far behind in his payments and went into default. He decided to try to return to school to earn a doctorate and better his chances of getting teaching work. He was accepted at another university and offered free tuition and a $26,000-a-year stipend for five years. That would allow him to clear his default and defer his loans until graduation. The problem: The grad school program requires an official transcript of his Temple work, and Temple so far has said no. He asked that his name not be used because he's afraid it would only make it harder to get help from Temple. "With these policies," he told me, Temple is "helping to crush" students who will "end up with debt that they can never repay." Andrew Ross, an NYU professor who helped spark the Occupy Student Debt movement in November, says of the no-transcript tactic: "It's worse than indentured servitude. With indentured servitude, you had to pay in order to work, but then at least you got to work. When universities withhold these transcripts, students who have been indentured by loans are being denied even the ability to work or to finish their education so they can repay their indenture." The Obama administration, which has made much of trying to ease the student debt burden, could with a simple directive reverse the Education Department's recommendation that schools withhold transcripts. It's past time to do just that. Dave Lindorff is founding editor of the online newspaper ThisCantBeHappening!
  20. Just a heads-up, check it out. Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July - Houston Chronicle WASHINGTON (AP) — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer. Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down. The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, DCWG | DNS Changer Working Group , that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet. Most victims don't even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems. Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers. "We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because ... if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service," said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. "The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get 'page not found' and think the Internet is broken." On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using. Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn't enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July. Now, said Grasso, "the full court press is on to get people to address this problem." And it's up to computer users to check their PCs. This is what happened: Hackers infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide. They took advantage of vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system to install malicious software on the victim computers. This turned off antivirus updates and changed the way the computers reconcile website addresses behind the scenes on the Internet's domain name system. The DNS system is a network of servers that translates a web address — such as www.ap.org — into the numerical addresses that computers use. Victim computers were reprogrammed to use rogue DNS servers owned by the attackers. This allowed the attackers to redirect computers to fraudulent versions of any website. The hackers earned profits from advertisements that appeared on websites that victims were tricked into visiting. The scam netted the hackers at least $14 million, according to the FBI. It also made thousands of computers reliant on the rogue servers for their Internet browsing. When the FBI and others arrested six Estonians last November, the agency replaced the rogue servers with Vixie's clean ones. Installing and running the two substitute servers for eight months is costing the federal government about $87,000. The number of victims is hard to pinpoint, but the FBI believes that on the day of the arrests, at least 568,000 unique Internet addresses were using the rogue servers. Five months later, FBI estimates that the number is down to at least 360,000. The U.S. has the most, about 85,000, federal authorities said. Other countries with more than 20,000 each include Italy, India, England and Germany. Smaller numbers are online in Spain, France, Canada, China and Mexico. Vixie said most of the victims are probably individual home users, rather than corporations that have technology staffs who routinely check the computers. FBI officials said they organized an unusual system to avoid any appearance of government intrusion into the Internet or private computers. And while this is the first time the FBI used it, it won't be the last. "This is the future of what we will be doing," said Eric Strom, a unit chief in the FBI's Cyber Division. "Until there is a change in legal system, both inside and outside the United States, to get up to speed with the cyber problem, we will have to go down these paths, trail-blazing if you will, on these types of investigations." Now, he said, every time the agency gets near the end of a cyber case, "we get to the point where we say, how are we going to do this, how are we going to clean the system" without creating a bigger mess than before.
  21. Way to go, jq! Lots of luck to you! It's worth the sacrifice to do what you want.
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