CLOUD: AMAZON pulls the rug out

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dear ferdinand j. reinke, 

Amazon is no longer offering an unlimited storage plan. As a current unlimited storage plan customer, you can choose to keep your existing unlimited plan through the end of your current subscription. Your Prime Photos benefit of free unlimited photo storage is not changing, so you can continue to store all your photos, plus 5 GB of additional content, for free. 

At any time, you can cancel your subscription or switch to a new annual storage plan of 100 GB for $11.99 per year, or $59.99 per 1 TB per year, up to 30 TB, by visiting your Manage Storage page

If you have auto-renew turned on and less than 1 TB of non-photo data, you will be automatically renewed into a new 1 TB plan for your existing rate of $59.99/year at your renewal date. If you have auto-renew turned off or have over 1 TB of non-photo data, we will notify you by email before your subscription end date to remind you that you will need to choose a new storage plan. If you choose not to renew your subscription, digital files that exceed your allotted free storage will be deleted after a grace period of 180 days in accordance with our Data Retention Policy

For more information about our storage plan changes, please visit our FAQ page

Thank you, 

Amazon

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VOCABULARY: “Tender Vittles Retirement Plan”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/06/investigator-who-exposed-madoff-fraud.html

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
Investigator Who Exposed Madoff Fraud Reports New Boston Transit Authority Fraud

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“Tender Vittles retirement plan,” meaning (sarcastically) that its participants would be eating cat food.

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So sad.

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POLITICAL: Menendez has a short memory

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017-Jun-21 2026

https://outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter.aspx?id=204269&c=quorum_menendez-iq

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As I send this note to you, 13 Republican men are meeting behind closed doors, secretly writing a healthcare bill – a bill that will impact every American and one-sixth of our nation’s economy.   I haven’t seen their plan and I know you haven’t either.  Because there hasn’t been a single public meeting or hearing to discuss it.   

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And, Senator Menendez, how is this different than Obamacare? 

“Have to pass it to see what’s in it?”

Also, how are your legal troubles going? No updates on that from you!

Argh!

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CLOUD: Another free sharing site bites the dust

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-shut-down-its-docs-com-file-sharing-site-december-15/

Microsoft to shut down its Docs.com file-sharing site December 15
Microsoft is shutting down its Docs.com site in December and advising affected users to go with LinkedIn’s SlideShare and/or OneDrive for their file storage needs instead.
By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft | June 9, 2017 — 11:40 GMT (04:40 PDT) | Topic: Cloud

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Officials posted a notice of the planned end of service on June 9 on its Docs.com site. In that note, Microsoft attributed overlap between SlideShare, which is part of LinkedIn, and OneDrive with Docs.com as the reasons for the December 2017 closing. Microsoft bought LinkedIn last year.

Microsoft is advising users to migrate and/or delete content they shared on Docs.com as soon as possible.

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Clearly, you can NOT depend on anything that is free.

It either goes PAY or goes away.

That, imho, reenforces Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud as reliable services.

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RANT: Why pay Congress Critters? They’re all grazillionaires. Or will be!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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FROM THE WSJ

READER RESPONSE

Responding to yesterday’s question on Anthem’s decision to pull out of the health-insurance exchange in Ohio next year,  … … 

Harry Fisher of Connecticut weighed in: “Corporate America works full time and makes decisions on behalf of shareholders within the framework of the law. By dithering and working part time, Congress proves again that it is not qualified to manage the economy or any industry. It should repeal Obamacare in its entirety and leave the rest up to the states.”

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But we pay the congress critters a lot more than full time wages. Why?

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LIBERTY: Rights are not Gifts from Government

Monday, June 19, 2017

https://youtu.be/xcC0FC5o5bQ

Rights are not Gifts from Government
Tenth Amendment Center
Published on Jun 8, 2017

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Did you know, your rights don’t come from the Constitution? Or even the Bill of Rights? Today, we’re talking about the source of your rights – and how you defend them.

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“We, The Sheeple” need to claim and exercise our rights weather the Gooferment wants us to or not!

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RANT: “We” need to rethink out antiterrorism strategies

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FROM THE WSJ

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The Jihadis Next Door

One of the three knife-wielding assailants who killed seven people in a terror attack in London was known to security services, authorities said Monday. Neighbors said Khuram Shazad Butt’s extremism was broadcast to the nation early last year in a television documentary called “The Jihadis Next Door,” but police said they had no intelligence suggesting the 27-year-old Pakistan-born British citizen was plotting violence. Police identified the second attacker as Rachid Redouane, 30, who they said had claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan, and the third as as Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian of Moroccan descent. Meanwhile, with national elections set for Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s political opponents have gone after her on security issues. We look at British counterterrorism authorities’ soul-searching following the third terror attack since March, as well as the challenge online terrorist propaganda continues to represent for companies such as Google and Facebook, where videos and other content are still widely displayed.

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Seems obvious that Humanity needs to rethink our strategies and memes.

(1) Clearly, “religion” is a meme that drives people to act. Sometimes for good (i.e., Mother Teresa) and sometimes for evil (i.e., Islamic terrorism; Child marriage; Child abuse).

(2) Our current responses to terrorism is reactive. “War” is often immoral, ineffective, and inefficient as a response to terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic; not a strategy or an “opponent”.

(3) So the “civilized world” needs some more effective tactics. 

(4) I heard one tactic that struck at the heart of the religious beliefs of Islamic terrorists. And it responded me of the 1857 Sepoy Rebellion in India die to “greased cartridges”. The bodies of terrorists should become the property of the State and nothing further said. The corpses would not be released to the families or groups. It could be buried in a way that is inconsistent with their “religious beliefs”.

(5) The Swiss have a tougher standard to become a citizen. The potential citizen must demonstrate their actions to integrate into Swiss society. The USA needs to adopt that as does the world democracies.

(6) The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. When it turns a blind eye to ANY violation of law by immigrants or non-integrating minority. That means: ZERO no go zones like in Paris; no “religious accommodation” for “special spaces” in public building; and no exception to child education requirements.

(7) Revoke citizenship of those who go to fight for ISIS overseas and don’t readmit them. Strong prosecution of citizens / residents of those who communicate with or provide material support to terrorist organizations. DO something with those on the watch list — restrict their access to the country.

(8) END welfare for non-citizens now. (Really should be ended for everyone!) It appears that our society are funding these terrorists with welfare. No welfare for any immigrant. 

(9) Bring back the sponsorship requirement for immigrants. Used to be required. Then the sponsors are held responsible for those they sponsor.

(10) Prosecute enablers of terrorists.

(11) Cut off Saudi Arabia funding of these terrorist mosques.

That might be a start?

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