RANT: Bribes to Brazil to Continue

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bribes to Brazil to Continue | Cato @ Liberty.

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An amendment to end what Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) rightly called “lunacy” failed this afternoon in a depressing show of cowardice on cotton subsidies. The amendment [Amendment No. 89] would have ended payments to Brazilian [yes, sic] cotton farmers that cost U.S. taxpayers $150 million a year.  The House rejected the amendment 183 to 246.

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Argh!

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POLITICAL: Hillary and free speech; say one thing, do another

Saturday, February 19, 2011

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/02/free_speech_for.html

FEBRUARY 18, 2011
Free Speech for Them but Not for Us
David Henderson

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Does Hillary Clinton Understand Irony?

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech at George Washington University in which she criticized foreign governments for cracking down on freedom of speech.

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Right while Clinton was touting free speech and look at the back of the small room and could, presumably, see McGovern, goons roughed up McGovern and hauled him away. Did Hillary Clinton protest? No. She didn’t even miss a beat.

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Interesting. And, no media attention at all.

Hillary is making a lot of missteps if she’s trying to become President?

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POLITICAL: Hillary “Israeli Settlements Illegitimate”

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hillary Clinton: Israeli Settlements ‘Illegitimate’ – ABC News.

Wonder how this will impact the liberal Jewish vote and it’s “love affair” with the Democratic Party?

I’d feel like I got <synonym for the act of procreation, past tense>

Argh!

Think Hillary is bolstering her foreign policy credentials for a POTUS2012 run? Not with this blunder. And, not by associating with this blundering naive administration.

Hope we survive to 2012.

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SERVICE: DROPBOX client didn’t restart after reboot

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Interesting!?!

Could have been disastrous. So there is nothing in the MACOSX operating system that ensures everything that should be in your environment is. And, by extension, nothing that shouldn’t be there isn’t either.

Argh!

What else can’t we see?

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SOFTWARE: LibreOffice 3.3 recommended “Office” suite

Saturday, February 19, 2011

http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7959?hq_e=el&hq_m=1174302&hq_l=4&hq_v=e357d8d5d7

LibreOffice

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Sure, LibreOffice 3.3 is basically a recolored OO.o, at this point. But, adding its own fixes and features sets it in a new direction. LibreOffice should retain its compatibility with OO.o so that extensions, fixes, patches, and code enhancements can be used in either product.

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RECOMMENDED!

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POLITICAL: Gooferment Skrules

Friday, February 18, 2011

Commenting on:

http://libertyslifeline.com/2011/02/17/let%E2%80%99s-get-serious-about-k-12-education/

Let’s Get Serious About K-12 Education
by Bill O’Connell on February 17, 20112012

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Does anyone see any mention about students or learning in that quote? It focuses on teachers. How to pay them and how to evaluate them; it is about the unions, not the students. The delicate negations about pay (unions favor) and evaluation (unions oppose) has nothing to do with our children learning. The unions can run all the TV and radio ads they want about “the children” but when you hear the tag line about who paid for the ad, it is not about the children.

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Despite having no children of my own, I fought about this during the NJ Tax Revolt of the 80′s. This is a multi-part problem. And, it’s not ALL the fault of the Teachers’ Union. The politicians and bureaucrats have created a mess and “We, The People” have allowed it to happen.

First problem is the Parents. Yup, they are part of the problem; probably the most important part. They tolerate this “barbara streisand”. No one has children and wants to see them ruined. Yet, that very decision they make to procreate, I am expected to pay for. Education is the parent’s responsibility. First and foremost. No one else’s. To assume that the Gooferment has a role, any role, in “education” is to cede the very ground that the battle must be fought on.

So now let’s deal with the situation at hand. We can’t wave a magic wand and make it “magically delicious”. People have been trained, like dogs doing tricks, into thinking that this is the best or only way. We have to reverse that over time and allow people to adapt.

Right now, “we” have Gooferment Skrules. The Gooferment “pays” and “operates”. So I would suggest we have to adapt out of it in two steps. Two twenty year plans! (Yeah, I know it sounds like the USSR and its always failing Five Year Plans.) Focus first on operation. Create vouchers equal to 20k and give them to 5% more students each year. At the end of 20 years, parents will have been trained to “buy” their children’s education. Then, for the next 20 years, reduce the voucher by 5%. This will push the bill more and more to the parents. (They decided to have them and they will have to pay to educate them.) Churches, businesses, and a civil society will create new forms of schooling for new subjects and the poor. (Remember Catholic schools were created for the poor.)

I think this would solve the problem. Not quickly but eventually it would. Permanently!

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FUN: I wuz robbed!

Friday, February 18, 2011

201102181306.jpg

I wuz robbed! Can’t fool me. I ain’t that tired, drunk, or stupid not to know when I’m being cheated.

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RANT: Advertisers offend this fat old white guy injineer

Friday, February 18, 2011

Now it probably doesn’t mean a hill of beans to the advertisers, but I’m going to take a stand.

I REFUSE to buy any product whose advertising denigrates men!

First candidate: Hillshire Farms. You know the “Go Meat!” folks.

Who think that young girls can make young boys look dumb.

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INTERESTING: STATEFARM responds about their ad

Thursday, February 17, 2011

In your recent commercial, who backs up over another car, who is the young woman who plays the girl friend? Or who are the two women? Idle curiosity. Yeah, I know, shouldnt let little things bug you. But, no one has a definitive answer — one girl, two, or twins? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks, fjohn

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From: Tim J Thomas @ statefarm.com

Subject: Actress in
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:07:29 -0700

The actress playing the “Before” girlfriend is Gabrielle Dennis. The “After” girlfriend is model/actress Salita Ebanks.

Thanks for your interested in our advertising!

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Amazing invention the internet!

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INTERESTING: A new story echos what I wrote in my novel!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

http://www.impactlab.net/2011/02/08/hole-digging-competition-in-japan/

February 8th, 2011 at 9:28 am
Hole-Digging Competition In Japan

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Over a thousand people gathered on the outskirts of Tokyo, shovels in hand, to dig it out for the top prize in the Japan All-National Hole Digging Competition and claim the coveted Golden Shovel award.

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When I read this story, I went nuts! Life imitating art. Or some sort of repressed memory? Did I hear this, forget it, and it bubbled up in my novel?

Here’s the passage from CHURCH 10●19●62 (Vol 1) 978-0-557-08387-9 page 14

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He wanted to teach life skills, encouraging boy scouts, track, and public speaking. He knew that one couldn’t stand in a corner and pray. Like the old joke about praying to win the lottery and God says ‘help me out a bit; buy a ticket’. He had weekly awards, monthly awards, special recognition, and anything he could to motivate his children. He had ‘dig a hole’ competitions with prizes for deepest, widest, best teamwork, fastest fill in, and even prettiest. He focused on all the children — boys and girls.

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Isn’t that weird?

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RANT: So I go to tgi Friday’s in North Brunswick

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

… For a quick dinner. Steak, mashed, and cole slaw. Had it a ton of times before. I take a gob of cole slaw and I almost puke. It’s rotten?

Give it the bartender and tell Hume to have the manager taste it. He comes back — the bartender, not the manager — and says it a new formula. The other bartender says “I should have warned you no one likes it” — are you kidding me?

There’s enough lessons in this to choke a horse. Now how can I make my displeasure hurt?


TECHNOLOGY: APPLE is enforcing its headlock on “their” hardware

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/15/ibooks-1-2-1-detects-some-jailbreaks-disables-ibookstore-purchases-in-response/

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Users of devices jailbroken by one of the methods that allows Apple’s test binaries to successfully run who attempt to open content purchased from the iBookstore are met with the following error message:

There is a problem with the configuration of your iPhone. Please restore with iTunes and reinstall iBooks.

Restoring a device from iTunes obviously removes the jailbreak, again rendering the device in compliance with Apple’s standards.

Apple’s tactics are of course drawing some scrutiny from jailbreak fans, many of whom are pointing to recent actions by the U.S. government to explicitly allow jailbreaking. Consequently, Apple’s move to prevent access to legitimately purchased iBookstore content just because the user attempts to view it on a jailbroken device is seen as interference with legal usage.

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Now, I remember why I didn’t like LOTUS. And, why I shouldn’t like APPLE.

DRM!

APPLE sells me some hardware and dares me to use it.

Henceforth and forever more, all APPLE hardware is, be definition, “NOT RECOMMENDED”. Windoze may be “bad”, but at least you can be “OPEN”!

On to Linux!!!

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GOLD: The poor man’s gold investment

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/02/the_nitty_gritty_on_nickels.html

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$300 face value (150 rolls @$2 face value per roll) fit easily fit in a standard U.S. Postal Service Medium Flat Rate Box, and that weighs about 68 pounds.) They can be mailed from coast to coast for less than $25. Doing so will take a bit of reinforcement. Given enough wraps of strapping tape, a corrugated box will securely transport $300 worth of Nickels

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Everyone will laugh at “investing” in nickels, but he who laffs last …

Today, pre-64 silver coins command a 20 times face value. And, that’s what you get retail.

2011 – 1964 = 47 years

20x = 2000%

2000 / 47 = 42% roi

There is NO reason to think that nickels won’t have a similar experience.

Like the author says, the only the things that are certain in life are death, taxes, and inflation!

In fifty years, you’ll be saying “Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! if I’d a listened to that crazy fat old white guy injineer, I’d be rich.” I will be dealing with other problems when you say, so I will be unavailable to say “I told you so.”

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RANT: Gooferment abuses its power

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

http://www.cnbc.com/id/41372870

http://www.loweringthebar.net/2011/02/immigration-officer-puts-wife-on-the-no-fly-list.html or http://tinyurl.com/4qghpxg

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351937/Immigration-officer-fired-putting-wife-list-terrorists-stop-flying-home.html

http://tinyurl.com/67ofkgo

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A UK immigration officer decided to get rid of his wife by putting her on the no-fly list, ensuring that she could not return to the UK from abroad. This worked for three years, until he put in for a promotion and — during the routine background check — someone investigated why his wife was on the no-fly list.

Okay, so he’s an idiot. And a bastard. But the real piece of news here is how easy it is for a UK immigration officer to put someone on the no-fly list with *absolutely no evidence* that that person belongs there. And how little auditing is done on that list. Once someone is on, they’re on for good.

That’s simply no way to run a free country.

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Gooferment just does stuff. No appeal. No checking. No oversight.

There’s a reason that the judicial systems requires a battle of adversaries to determine the truth.

Where’s the “Appeal to God” when you need it? You know like in the movie “Ivanhoe”.

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MACBOOKAIR: Fails to restart from sleep

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Don’t think I lost anything. No obvious error message. Send report to Apple.

Argh!

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DATA: Open Gooferment data in New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/02/08/0112246/New-Hampshire-Begins-Open-Data-Efforts

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Now, with over a dozen Free Staters elected to the NH legislature, these geeks are starting to affect government data-sharing policy.

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http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/new-hampshire-opens-its-states-legislative-data

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Chalk up a new one for the open-government-data geeks.

In the past few days, New Hampshire’s General Court, as the state legislature is officially known, started releasing data on legislation and legislators in nerd-friendly, “pipe-separated” files, uploaded daily. In non-geek speak, this means the data is presented in a way that any competent web developer can easily process for use in an application or a researcher can feed into a database system to explore.

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Seems like the “crazy Free state Project members” are making a change that was completely unexpected.

They are cracking the Gooferment data open like a dropped Chinese porcelain urn.

Imagine that people are actually interested in what the Gooferment is up to.

“Very interested”!

Now we just need to make the Gooferment switch to free Open Source Software and save some money.

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TECHNOLOGY: Serendipity! I get to watch a red light camera from wife’s ICU room

Monday, February 14, 2011

I find the Universe has a sense of humor.

In observing the Red Light Camera by Saint Peter’s University Hospital, I think it’s “unacceptable”.

I don’t have a stop watch to determine the timing.

Some folks obviously enter the intersection on red and it ain’t even close. Other’s not so clear.

If a car is in the intersection to make a left turn, and the light goes red, sometimes it “fires”.

If a car yields to a light’s ‘n’ sirens ambulance while in the intersection, it fires?

If a pedestrian interrupts some poor slob making a legal right or left, and he’s caught in the intersection, it fires.

To do a good study, we need to mark the pavement with what I’d call the 25mph line. If a poor slob is doing 25mphs, how much distance does the yellow give him to stop. I can’t tell with out some tools: radar gun; pavement markings; and a stop watch.

If the Old Lady is stuck in the ICU long, maybe I’ll have time to do a real study.

Make a movie?

Yeah, I have too much time on my hands.

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TECHNOLOGY: Red light camera as like an ATM to the Gooferment

Monday, February 14, 2011

http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/07/more-fights-over-red-light-cam

More Fights Over Red Light Cameras
Radley Balko | February 7, 2011

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Actually, the argument is that there’s good evidence showing that lengthening yellow times is a far better way to prevent intersection accidents than red light cameras. It’s more effective, and doesn’t come with the creepy surveillance state vibe. Somehow, that doesn’t seem as appealing a policy to city governments. Another reason we critics have impugned the motives of public officials is that several cities have been caught shortening yellow times at intersections after they’ve been outfitted with cameras. That would seem to be a pretty good indication of a government that values revenue more than safety.

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Yes, cash-strapped jurisdiction would have a very good motivation to install the camera and then shorten the yellow.

See the Gooferment can’t be both a participant in the game and the game’s referee.

Any illusion that there is a difference between the supposed three branches of Gooferment is just a corrupt illusion.

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Happy Saint V’s Day

Monday, February 14, 2011

After a weekend of mostly “altered mental status” — with unexplained causes, and after the innumerable transports of Frau Reinke to the toilet, I returned her to the comfort of her recliner. She couldn’t get comfortable. In a raspy strained voice struggling for breath, she said: “I have to get fresh air. I have to stand up.” So for the innumerable plus one time, I helped her to stand. I doing most of the lifting. “Just stand here” was her quiet words as she tightened her grip around my neck and held me close. Like one of the many slow “dances” we shared forty plus years ago. Until her legs tired out, she said “thanks”, and I placed her back in the recliner. Where she promptly was sound asleep. And, I was energized for the innumerable plus two times to come. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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NETWORK: “In the same way”? Not Quite

Sunday, February 13, 2011

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/ipv6-marks-next-chapter-in-history-of.html

IPv6 marks the next chapter in the history of the Internet
2/03/2011 01:39:00 PM

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In the same way your phone is associated with a unique number, your computer is assigned a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address when you connect to the Internet. The current protocol, IPv4, allows for approximately 4 billion unique addresses—and that number is about to run out.

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Unfortunately, not really.

I’ve had the same home phone number for more than three decades. Thru three PSPs (Phone Service Providers).

ISPs play all sorts of games with “my” IP address. Not to mention that I have wifi router that automagically “counterfeits” the mac addresses to allow me to “fool” the ISPs network.

Argh!

It’s more imprecise language that encourages fuzzy thinking.

We really have two different kinds of internet. An internet of things controlled by the manufacturers with mac addresses and the internet of people controlled by the ISPs.

We can say that the IPV4 problem is an ISP problem; not a User problem.

Certainly, not MY problem. I get nothing out of it.

I’m more interested in mesh networks and P2PDNS.

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FUN: Vote Betty White as the new Wonder Woman

Saturday, February 12, 2011

http://www.tvguide.com/photogallery/wonder-woman-cast-1029055

Photo GalleriesWonder Woman: Who Should Be Cast?

Why Betty White, of course. Who else is a wonder!

Vote Betty White! #wonderwoman #bettywhite

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NEWJERSEY: Revolving door?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

https://local.nixle.com/alert/4652443/?sub_id=241886

Community Message has been issued by the South Brunswick Twp Police Department.
Friday February 11, 2011 11:21 AM EST
3 ARRESTED IN TARGET PARKING LOT

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At 3:25pm Thursday afternoon South Brunswick Police were called to the Target department store on Route 1 for a theft. Officers arrived and learned that Target loss prevention personnel stopped Ashley Vohdin age 27 of Metuchen as she was leaving the store with stolen baby formula. Officer Ken Herman and Officer Lazlo Nyitrai determined that two other suspects were in the parking lot waiting for Vohdin.

Officer approached the two men Brian Bomba age 31 of South River and Anthony Kunsevich age 29 of East Brunswick. Officers obtained consent to search their vehicle and discovered another 17 cans of stolen formula. In addition police recovered heroin and a syringe in the car. The officers investigation determined that the suspects had been shoplifting all day. The suspects had stolen the items from a Target and A&P in Edison prior to coming to South Brunswick. The suspects had intended on selling the formula to small stores and getting money.

A judge authorized all suspects to be released on summonses pending their first court appearances. All three were charged with possession of stolen property. Bomba and Kunsevich were charged with heroin possesion. Vohdin was charged with shoplifting

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4652443/?sub_id=241886.

Contact Information:
Sgt Jim Ryan
PIO
732-329-4646 jryan@sbtnj.net

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Summonses?

Does this judge live in my world?

They are addicts. They need a fix. How are they going to earn the money to get that fix.

That’s why the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” has to end. It’s stupid.

If drugs were legal, then they’d be cheap and maybe addicts wouldn’t have to steal to feed their habits.

Argh!

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GOLDBUG: The FED “preserves the dollar’s value

Saturday, February 12, 2011

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/fry5.1.1.html

Tracing the Fed’s Vital Role in the Decline of the US Dollar
by Eric Fry

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… let’s consider the plight of two hypothetical buddies from 1914. The first buddy, Caleb, stashes a $500 “rainy day” fund under the floorboards of his house – a roll of ten $50 Ulysses S. Grant dollar bills. The second buddy, Josiah, also stashes $500 under the floorboards – he walks into the neighborhood bank with ten $50 Ulysses S. Grant Gold Certificates and exchanges them for gold. Josiah then takes his gold and hides it under his floorboards.

Both buddies forget about their hidden stashes. Eventually, let’s say 2010, the respective heirs of these two long-deceased buddies happen to conduct simultaneous renovations of their respective residences. Caleb’s heirs find the ten ancient $50 bills. “How quaint,” they think to themselves. Josiah’s heirs find $32,172 worth of gold!

Thus, 98 years of history demonstrates conclusively that a blind monkey could have preserved the dollar’s purchasing power better than a Federal Reserve Chairman. Unfortunately, it’s tough to find a blind monkey who will take the job.

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Reckoning.

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A longer version of my summation: “Which would you rather find? A pirate’s chest of gold coins, a chest full of Confederate money, or a chest full of Federal Reserve Banknotes?”

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MONEY: The IMF turns against the USA and its dollar

Friday, February 11, 2011

http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/10/markets/dollar/index.htm

IMF calls for dollar alternative
By Ben Rooney, staff reporterFebruary 10, 2011: 4:37 PM ET

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

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And, why are we funding this group of snakes?

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SERVICE: GOOGLE starts to make two factor authentication available

Friday, February 11, 2011

Advanced sign-in security for your Google account
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 08:30 AM PST

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Most of us are used to entrusting our information to a password, but we know that some of you are looking for something stronger. As we announced to our Google Apps customers a few months ago, we’ve developed an advanced opt-in security feature called 2-step verification that makes your Google Account significantly more secure by helping to verify that you’re the real owner of your account. Now it’s time to offer the same advanced protection to all of our users.

2-step verification requires two independent factors for authentication, much like you might see on your banking website: your password, plus a code obtained using your phone. Over the next few days, you’ll see a new link on your Account Settings page that looks like this: …

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Now maybe this will embarrass the financial institutions into real security. As opposed to “password theater”.

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SERVICE: Extended Opt Out Time is unacceptable

Friday, February 11, 2011

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Opt out

You have successfully opted out of Clearance Jobs Communications. It may take up to 10 days to fully process your opt-out request.

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TEN DAYS!

Ya gotta be kidding?

CONSTANTCONTACT does it INSTANTLY!

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