NEWJERSEY: Missing children

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/are-missing-md-children-new-jersey?utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=police%20%26%20fire&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=article-mostrecent

2014 Dec 31 child1

Are Missing Md. Children In New Jersey?

Father continues to search for two children who disappeared four months ago in mother’s care while she remains in mental hospital


SECURITY: Tricks for passwords

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2860418/security0/6-simple-tricks-for-protecting-your-passwords.html?nsdr=true

6 simple tricks for protecting your passwords
By Maria Korolov Follow
Network World | Dec 22, 2014 3:00 AM PT

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We all know that the current username-and-password system is broken. With Russian hackers reportedly sitting on over a billion passwords, and new breaches hitting the news on a regular basis, it’s fair to assume that if hackers don’t have your password already, they’re about to.

“Most websites and companies require passwords that are at least eight characters long, contain lower and upper case characters, a number, and one or more special characters,” says Vincent Berk, CEO of network security firm FlowTraq.

These kinds of password policies have actually reduced security overall, argues Jacob West, CTO at HP Enterprise Security Products. “We need to bring some sanity back to our password policies,” he says. “A human will never be able to meet these requirements.”

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1. Letter substitution cipher: a=b

2. Letter substitution cipher: a=s

3. Never write down encrypted passwords; banana, not nsmsms

4. Use earworms to your advantage: Wheels on the bus go round and round

5. The mnemonic code: a=alpha

6. Add site name to end of password: banana-twitter

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One popular alternative is to use a password management tool that keeps all your passwords in an encrypted file, usually in combination with apps on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices.

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I have used all of these at one time or another.

I think LASTPASS with a complex master password written no where is “good enough” for my non-financial passwords. The few financial ones I have memorized.

AND … …

For those sites who use “security questions”, Users should treat those just like passwords. Do NOT use real answers.

Happy New Year!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Main Street” was financially “raped”

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/business/fresh-doubt-over-the-bailout-of-aig.html?_r=0

Fresh Doubt Over the Bailout of A.I.G.DEC. 20, 2014
By GRETCHEN MORGENSON

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Last week, Edward Kane, a finance professor at Boston College and an expert on financial regulatory failures, said, “We’ve learned so much from this case that everyone wanted to cover up.” Mr. Kane said that while he is not on Starr’s side in the litigation, the facts that it has surfaced are important for citizens to understand.

“These are the equivalent of storm troopers marching in and throwing their weight around and telling lies about it afterward,” he said. “The lawsuit is an effort to make these people accountable that has not been available through the political system.”

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It’s clear to me that Goldman was pulling the strings from behind the scenes.

Bear Sterns, a Goldman competitor, was executed!

The FED and Treasury stampeded Congress into the rescue.

And as soon as the funds were voted, the “rules of engagement” were changed to benefit the Big Banks and Wall Street. AKA Goldman.

Argh!

And “We, The Sheeple” and the Taxpayers, as well as “Main Street” were financially “raped”!

And, Ms. Warren not withstanding, it continues to go on!

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Equip ALL planes with a locator that can’t be turned off

Monday, December 29, 2014

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20141229/as–indonesia-plane-f312b6eda8.html

In crowded skies, lost plane’s request for new path denied
Dec 29, 10:08 AM (ET)
By TRISNADI MARJAN and MARGIE MASON (AP)

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SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn’t say yes immediately — there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

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First, how crowded are the “friendly skies”?

Second, in today’s age, one always thinks of terrorism.

Third, guess “we” still have not fitted ALL planes with a locator that can’t be turned off. 

Fourth, didn’t, after the MH370, we learn that the engines “call home”?

Argh!

Praying for these souls and their families. But it looks grim.

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TINFOILHAT: Did dot gov pay Sony to pull the movie?

Monday, December 29, 2014

http://www.commanderzero.com/?p=2283

Just some ramblings
Posted on December 19, 2014

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Im fascinated at the notion of the North Koreans determining what movies we can and cannot watch. I have a conspiracy theory that the .gov paid Sony to pull the movie and compensate them for their loss in order to avoid the threatened ‘events’ that would take place at theaters in the US that showed the movie. But…thats all conspiracy theory. On the other hand, you can bet right now that industry underwriters are changing their policies to specifically exempt this sort of blackmail in future studio insurance policies.

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Certainly makes sense.

Given how chummy BHO44 is with the Hollywood elite.

Not that “We, The Sheeple” will ever find out!

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Eliminate the death tax

Sunday, December 28, 2014

http://www.economics21.org/commentary/tax-change-business-alive-after-your-death-2014-12-19

This Tax Change Could Keep Your Business Alive After Your Death
Diana Furchtgott-Roth
12/19/2014

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As 2014 draws to a close, many people are thinking of tax planning strategies. Some might donate to charity, others might choose to pay state taxes early. One novel idea that has just been proposed on Capitol Hill would allow people to decide when to pay estate taxes.

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Here’s a better idea. Eliminate the death tax entirely.

Since only “poor” people pay it!

Argh!

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This Tax Change Could Keep Your Business Alive After Your Death

Diana Furchtgott-Roth | 12/19/2014 | 
This Tax Change Could Keep Your Business Alive After Your Death

As 2014 draws to a close, many people are thinking of tax planning strategies. Some might donate to charity, others might choose to pay state taxes early. One novel idea that has just been proposed on Capitol Hill would allow people to decide when to pay estate taxes.

 

GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Utah’s Republican Crony Capitalism

Saturday, December 27, 2014

http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2014/12/15/republican-crony-capitalism-run-amok-out-west/

STATE & URBAN 12/15/2014 @ 6:18AM 
Republican Crony Capitalism On Display Out West

Patrick Gleason
Contributor 

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Utah’s traditional insurance brokerage community is none too pleased about having to compete with Zenefits. On November 20, Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser sent a letter to Zenefits, informing the company that it is violating Utah inducement and rebating laws because it offers its software for free. Kiser said the company should be assessed $5,000 for each violation and twice the profit generated per violation. Because of this, Zenefits would currently be on the hook for at $97,000 penalty.

Kiser told Zenefits that it could come into compliance with state law by raising prices and ceasing to advertise. Zenefits does not charge businesses for their software, but they generate a profit from commission paid by the insurance providers with which they connect their clients. Zenefits understandably does not wish to go along with Kiser’s orders. It’s worth noting that Commissioner Kiser was an insurance broker for 25 years prior to being elected to the state legislature. Kiser’s dictate, at the expense of small businesses, will protect brick-and-mortar brokerages like the one he used to run. He even said, in his own words, “the ease of using Zenefits” is part of the reason why he went after them.

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“Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism.”

Crony capitalism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crony_capitalism

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Anyone, who thinks that EITHER political party is not corrupt, is naïve at best.

This is an example of why the USA isn’t “land of the free”.

You can’t compete if you don’t kowtow to the politicians and bureaucrats! 

At least, the Mafia protects you for your money!

Robbery is robbery reguardless of if you use the guns of Gooferment or your own.

Argh!

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