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Hatty-Cool-White-Summer-Hat“It’s a cool summer!”

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Not a feature it’s a bug.

Colorado business owner fights back after falling victim to ‘caller ID spoofing’

When Stayc Lafean launched a small towing company last month, spending $5,000 to print her new business phone number on trucks and advertisements, the Colorado woman never imagined she would fall victim to “caller ID spoofing” — a scam in which virtually untraceable parties use someone else’s number to disguise the identity of their own and inundate cell phones and land lines with relentless telemarketing robo-calls.

In Lafean’s case, the phone number for her Colorado Springs towing company is being used as a front for a company claiming to sell time-shares and robo-calling people all over the U.S. and beyond.

The problem began on Monday when Lafean said she received 275 phone calls within six hours “from people who had my number on their caller ID.”

“This company put my new number into some auto-dialing system,” said Lafean, who filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming her business is suffering because people are “constantly” calling her number — in most cases angry about the robo-calls — and potential customers are unable to get through.

I stopped paying for Caller-ID on my home phone several years ago.  At the same time I turned off all the ringers for that line.  I still need a phone number to give out to the numerous doctor’s offices, banks and anyone else who demands a phone number to conduct business these days. Everyone sells their customers numbers today and I refuse to be someones marketing fool tool.

I’ve written about this subject which is near and undear to my heart.

Unlawful verus Unwanted Calls and Verizon’s response.

Unknown Caller

Caller ID and Robocallers. Jeeves to the rescue?

“Swatting” is related to my earlier posts on Caller ID spoofing. Updated Feb 2013.

If Caller-ID was absolutely accurate and only showed valid information then I and many other people would be willing to pay for it.  As a telecom engineer of forty years experience I can affirm that it is not impossible to stop the transmission of false data.   How shortsighted of the carrier companies to not have stopped this from happening many years ago.  It devalued the worth of the feature for which they charged a premium. They could do it now, but they won’t.

I might have retained Caller-ID if it cost no more than 25 cents monthly.  But $9.95?  Forgetaboutit! 

It’s the sad comment of the early 21st Century, nothing gets fixed. Everything slides into a miasma of festering corruption.  It’s the age of Obama.  (Sorry, never miss an opportunity to piss in his ear).


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Where are the bullet holes?

As an urban legend these photos purport to show a series of road signs along the highway.  The accompanying email text claims that the Federal Government is threatening to withhold federal highway funds unless the signs are removed, but the brave state government has refused.

The state involved has been identified as Virginia, Washington, Texas , etc…

Likewise the road or highway changes (although in one case someone forgot to change the road to one that actually runs through the state mentioned).

Examination of the photos (based on identical blemishes) show that there are only two signs, one with Obama holding the sign in his right hand, one holding it in his left.  Where-ever these signs are they were up long enough to see the trees in the background go from bare branches to fully leafed.

Anyone know where these signs are (or were)?   Let me know.   My guess is that they were erected on private property and far enough back from the road to preclude pot shots.  If you put these signs near a major road they would be swiss cheese in a week.



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First good news in a long, long time.

Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman who faced death sentence for apostasy

Pope Francis met privately Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet.

The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as “very affectionate.”

The 30-minute encounter took place just hours after the family landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport, accompanied by an Italian diplomat who helped negotiate her release, and welcomed by Italy’s premier, who hailed it as a “day of celebration.”

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope “thanked her for her faith and courage, and she thanked him for his prayer and solidarity” during the half-hour meeting Thursday. Francis frequently calls attention to the suffering of those persecuted for their religious beliefs.

Lombardi said the presence of “their wonderful small children” added to the affectionate tone of the meeting. Ibrahim was presented with a rosary, a gift from the pope

Meriam, talk to the guy in white will you?  Straighten him out will you, he thinks in a world in which Christians are being wiped out in some parts of the world that “Capitalism” is the biggest problem.

Hey, “Rio Frankie”.  Capitalism isn’t your problem, the lost churches in the middle east that for over a millennium have kept the faith of Christ and been an example to Christianity lost on your watch are your problem.

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What would George Washington say?


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Ya, I got a thing for space weather, makes more sense than planet earth at present.

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

Solar flare preceding CMEs on July 22, 2012 (NASA)

On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA.

But Climate Change is the most serious threat to human civilization according to the One. /snark off.

Solar physicists compare the 2012 storm to the so-called Carrington solar storm of September 1859, named after English astronomer Richard Carrington who documented the event.

“In my view the July 2012 storm was in all respects at least as strong as the 1859 Carrington event,” Baker tells NASA. “The only difference is, it missed.”

During the Carrington event, the northern lights were seen as far south as Cuba and Hawaii according to historical accounts.  The solar eruption “caused global telegraph lines to spark, setting fire to some telegraph offices,” NASA  notes.

NASA says the July 2012 storm was particularly intense because a CME had traveled along the same path just days before the July 23 double whammy – clearing the way for maximum effect, like a snowplow.

“This double-CME traveled through a region of space that had been cleared out by yet another CME four days earlier,” NASA says. ” As a result, the storm clouds were not decelerated as much as usual by their transit through the interplanetary medium.”

NASA’s online article about the science of this solar storm is well-worth the read.  Perhaps the scariest finding reported in the article is this:  There is a 12 percent chance of a Carrington-type event on Earth in the next 10 years according to Pete Riley of Predictive Science Inc.

“Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct,” Riley tells NASA.  “It is a sobering figure.”

From NASA, description of the 1859 event…

At 11:18 AM on the cloudless morning of Thursday, September 1, 1859, 33-year-old Richard Carrington—widely acknowledged to be one of England’s foremost solar astronomers—was in his well-appointed private observatory. Just as usual on every sunny day, his telescope was projecting an 11-inch-wide image of the sun on a screen, and Carrington skillfully drew the sunspots he saw.

On that morning, he was capturing the likeness of an enormous group of sunspots. Suddenly, before his eyes, two brilliant beads of blinding white light appeared over the sunspots, intensified rapidly, and became kidney-shaped. Realizing that he was witnessing something unprecedented and “being somewhat flurried by the surprise,” Carrington later wrote, “I hastily ran to call someone to witness the exhibition with me. On returning within 60 seconds, I was mortified to find that it was already much changed and enfeebled.” He and his witness watched the white spots contract to mere pinpoints and disappear.

It was 11:23 AM. Only five minutes had passed.

Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii.

Even more disconcerting, telegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.

“What Carrington saw was a white-light solar flare—a magnetic explosion on the sun,” explains David Hathaway, solar physics team lead at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

In 1859 water distribution was by gravity, animal or muscle power (bucket/well  some assembly required), today the majority of human water supplies rely on power to move the billions of gallons.  (East coast cities are the luckiest since their primary systems were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.)  No heat, no light, no emergency services.  Oh, and did I mention the fires?  Thousands, tens of thousands of fires just within the US sparked by shorted out transformers and overloaded electrical wires.  And the fire trucks trying to get out of their stations but delayed by the need to find someone who remembers how to open the damn doors manually.

The danger can be minimized or even averted by planning,  spending some money in the right places and early action.   This is not a political football and is the one place where partisan politics should not interfere.

We are Doomed!

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A Beautiful Sentiment

Go Israel Go! – Wild Bill

Israel is finally giving Hamas the a$$ whooping they deserve!



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Do little boys still have heroes?

Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, … He was 86.

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The first two WWII movies I remember seeing were Up Periscope  (1959) with James Garner as a US Navy frogman, and when I later saw the earlier Destination Tokyo (1943) and compared the two films I was more impressed with Garner’s film.   It was (to my adolescent eye) more realistic, “Destination Tokyo” seemed fake (I hadn’t encountered the phrase “shot on the Studio Backlot” yet).   I couldn’t see myself a hero like Cary Grant, (too reserved), but James Garner I could try.   That summer on Cape Cod when I was snorkeling and skin diving underwater, I was really trying to surprise the Nips!  I suppose little boys are discouraged to emulate men like Garner today; too straight, too big and tall, and of course too straight.51LnJmrW3PL._SL500_

I liked every movie I saw with James Garner in it and I never missed Maverick.  My late wife loved him, Rockford Files was her favorite show, she never missed it.  James Garner was one of the men that she threw at me from time to time; “My next husband will be a Welshman like Richard Burton“, or “My next husband will be able to grow a decent mustache like Tom Selleck” and (of course) “My next husband will be hunky like James Garner!“.

When Garner was doing Nichols he gave an interview where he said that he definitely wasn’t a comedian, he didn’t do comedy.  He did humor, he didn’t want big laughs, he preferred to invoke a lengthy grin along with a chuckle.

I can’t think of any actors today that can fill his shoes.  Or any US studios interested in making shows like the Rockford Files.  That’s all, I’m heading over to the video library and see if I still have a copy of Up Periscope.  Lieutenant Braden, you may leave the boat.   RIP, Jimmy.  Say Hi to Rocky for me.

Update:  Item of interest, James Garner’s obit for the AP was written by Bob Thomas, apparently a prolific writer of obituaries for many years.  At Big Hollywood they added the detail that Thomas predeceased Garner by four months,  I wish they had asked Garner to write a obit on Thomas, nice symmetry.

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