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dixiegrrrrl

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 36,623

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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel....,Warns Americans in Yemen to Leave Now

Getting hot and heavy on multiple fronts now...


U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel
(CNN) -- The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.
About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines were evacuated from the embassy in the early hours of Saturday morning and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm to CNN.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/26/world/africa/libya-us-embassy-evacuation/



US Warns Americans in Yemen to Leave Now ( July 21)
The U.S. government has renewed its warning to Americans in Yemen they should leave the country in response to an “extremely high” security threat “due to terrorist activity and civil unrest.”
“Terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), continue to be active throughout Yemen. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about the possible attacks on U.S. citizens (whether visiting or residing in Yemen), and U.S. facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests,” the travel warning says. “An ongoing risk of kidnapping exists throughout Yemen.”
In addition to the terror threat, the State Department warning said, “Demonstrations continue to take place in various parts of the country and may quickly escalate and turn violent.”
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/07/us-warns-americans-in-yemen-to-leave-now/


Posting for score card reference ........................

Very good short article on the problems facing Isis' "Caliphate" goals.

By Gwynne Dyer,Author, Historian & Independent Journalist, who is very familiar with the Middle East.

So much for the fantasy. What’s the reality? A group of jihadis have seized a big chunk of eastern Syria and western Iraq, erased the border between them, and declared an Islamic State. As little as ten thousand strong only a month ago, they have been rapidly growing in numbers as ISIS’s success attracts new recruits – but they are obviously never going to reconquer India, Spain or Siberia.

They aren’t going to make a dent in the two powerful states to the north of their Islamic State either. Iran, being overwhelmingly Shia, is immune to their charms and far too big to take by force. Turkey, although now governed by an Islamic party, is still a modern, secular state that is much too strong to attack.
To the west and east ISIS is already at war with regimes that are either very tough (Bashar al- Assad’s war-hardened dictatorship in western and central Syria) or very Shia (the south-eastern slice of Iraq, densely populated and with a large Shia majority). The Islamic State’s central position between its two enemies gives it a strategic advantage, but not a decisive one.

To the south are desert frontiers with more promising territory. Jordan’s population is about two-thirds Palestinian, and even among the Bedouin tribes that are the mainstay of King Abdullah’s rule there was some enthusiasm for ISIS’s victory in Iraq. If Jordan fell, the Islamic State would reach right up to Israel’s borders, with incalculable consequences.
http://gwynnedyer.com/tag/iraq/

Here's a fun quiz--depending where you are from, that is. (Up-dated answers)

Many common names for products are, in fact, trademarked.
Which means that they have a trademarked name and a generic name, but we mostly know them by the trademark name.
Example:
Band-Aid trademarked name is owned by Johnson & Johnson
Generic name: Adhesive bandage

Do you know the generic names for these trademarked names?

Updated to show that folks are getting some of these correctly....in bold type/

1.Bubble Wrap

2.ChapStick.....Lip Balm.

3. Crock-Po...Slow cooker

4. Dumpster..( yes, it is a trademark)

5. Fiberglass

6. Frisbee.......Flying disc/throwing disc

7. Lava lamp

8. Popsicle

9. Scotch tape........Clear adhesive tape

10. Velcro...........Hook-and-loop fastener

Bonus item, depending on where you are from:

11, Bubbler....what is the generic name for a Bubbler?.....drinking fountain

Hackers bypass online security at 34 banks-can get past two-factor authentication

Cybercriminals are sneaking past security protections to access online accounts across 34 banks in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Japan. And in doing so, experts say, the hackers are defeating what’s often touted as one of the more effective online security protocols.

The attack can get past two-factor authentication, which requires customers to type in a code sent to their cellphone or inbox to ensure the user is who he or she claims to be, by convincing customers to download a malicious smartphone app, according to a report released Tuesday by the security firm Trend Micro. The researchers dubbed the technique “Emmental” — like the Swiss cheese — because they say it shows the security flaws in online banking. So far, funds “in the seven figures” have been taken from bank accounts, according to Trend Micro spokesman Thomas Moore.

In typical form, the attack begins with realistic-looking phishing emails that install malware to give hackers control. Then the malware deletes itself, leaving no traces, and users are redirected to malicious servers when using banking websites. The website asks users to log in, and then install a special mobile app to receive the security code to log on. Instead of fostering more secure transactions, the app intercepts customer data.

Two-factor authentication, hailed as an essential second gatepost for online accounts, can sometimes prove to be an empty promise. Experts have found that the text messages that banks send customers can be intercepted, or in other cases, the hackers can scrape peoples’ screens to know the answers to extra security questions. Last month, PayPal said it was working to fix a flaw in its two-step authentication that virtually made the extra layer useless.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hackers-bypass-online-security-at-34-banks-2014-07-22?link=mw_suggested

Takeaway: European banking security is more stringent and “if this attack code is viable against those institutions, then it will be even more prevalent here in the U.S.”

Meet the newest fraudulent sub-prime market: car loans

This market is EXACTLY the same game as the sub-prime housing fraud.

Auto loans to people with tarnished credit have risen more than 130 percent in the five years since the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, with roughly one in four new auto loans last year going to borrowers considered subprime — people with credit scores at or below 640.

The explosive growth is being driven by some of the same dynamics that were at work in subprime mortgages. A wave of money is pouring into subprime autos, as the high rates and steady profits of the loans attract investors. Just as Wall Street stoked the boom in mortgages, some of the nation’s biggest banks and private equity firms are feeding the growth in subprime auto loans by investing in lenders and making money available for loans.

And, like subprime mortgages before the financial crisis, many subprime auto loans are bundled into complex bonds and sold as securities by banks to insurance companies, mutual funds and public pension funds — a process that creates ever-greater demand for loans.
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/in-a-subprime-bubble-for-used-cars-unfit-borrowers-pay-sky-high-rates/

another bubble being created.

Utah Attorney General charged for taking bribe to dismiss Bank of American lawsuit.

to DU's ms. smiler:

Then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff interviewed for a job with a law firm that represents Bank of America just two months before he personally signed a settlement of a lawsuit against the financial giant over whether it was illegally foreclosing on homes in Utah.

He subsequently was hired for the post.

The disclosure of the two days of job interviews was included in criminal charges filed Tuesday against Shurtleff and his handpicked successor, John Swallow, who resigned in December in the wake of investigations that engulfed the two.

By agreeing at the end of 2012 to dismiss the federal lawsuit against Bank of America, Shurtleff scuttled what attorneys in his own office believed was the strongest case that the bank’s foreclosure arm, ReconTrust, had been illegally foreclosing on thousands of Utah homes. One estimate put the possible loss to Utah homeowners from the dismissal at tens of millions of dollars.
http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/58188015-219/shurtleff-bank-america-attorney.html.csp

News of his arrest,was posted by Don Viejo last week. The details of bribery re: BOA is new info, it seems.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014846698

Firefox spell check using British language spelling, not American.

Isn't that weird?

FF 30, added on with teh new Ubuntu Gnome OS a month or so ago.

It says "color" is a spelling error, and points me to "colour, etc.

Anyone run across this before?

Now , I do not mind, this is not a problem that necessarily needs solving, just curious if this is common.

Transcript of Pres. Obama's remarks this morning on Ukraine and Gaza

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-obamas-statement-on-ukraine-and-gaza/2014/07/18/a3224560-0e8c-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

Did anyone notice we got kicked out of Kyrgyzstan, effective last week?

But we left $30 million worth of arms and equipment there, so there is that....

A mountainous, landlocked country in central Asia, Kyrgyzstan largely lacks industry, natural resources, and energy reserves. But for years, the country has boasted one foreign credential that all other nations lacked, hosting both a Russian and US military base.

Now, that's changed. On July 11, the US officially vacated its lease at the Manas Transit Centre - formerly the Manas Air Base - and rerouted personnel and materiel to a base in Romania. Nearly 13 years after the US first began using Manas for fuelling and transit missions through Afghanistan, management of the facilities was officially handed over to Kyrgyz authorities on June 3, with some $30m worth of equipment and facilities remaining.

While Washington continues to seek potential new bases in the region, the US is, in effect, vacating Central Asia.

But the US decision did not come of its own volition. Rather, the eviction stems from a fraught history and external pressures, which in 2013 convinced the Kyrgyz parliament to demand US withdrawal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/us-power-wane-central-asia-2014714115610933763.html

Remember the Comcast call abusing a customer? Comcast employees say it is pretty much normal.

Here's a link to both the audio and the transcript of the cringe worthy Comcast rep. verbally abusing a customer who just wnated to disconnect form Comcast.
http://consumerist.com/2014/07/14/comcast-demands-an-explanation-before-agreeing-to-cancel-your-account/

And HERE is what Comcast remployees say about it:
As multiple tipsters are telling us, CSRs can only have a certain amount of “discos” — or disconnects — on their personal tallies each day, and must meet a certain quota of “saves,” for which they can earn bonuses and/or commission.
That “save” might just mean hanging up on a customer so the disco goes on another CSR’s list, or in Block’s case, a relentless attempt to keep the customer. Many employees said that with a low hourly pay rate, these saves are the only way to boost their paychecks.

“That rep, (may God have mercy on his soul) was doing exactly as he was told to do,” writes former Comcast call center employee and Consumerist reader M. “Comcast reps make about $12/hour, but they get bonuses for every account that they save.”

That forced reps to either tell customers to go to a Comcast store — which can be a whole other inconvenience in itself — or to keep pushing until customers give up. This is probably what the CSR dealing with Block was told by his supervisors, he surmises.

“Frustrate the customer so that they hang up, and call back to another rep and get them to do the disconnection,” M. explains. “It wouldn’t affect you, and someone else would be at the door. Plus, the longer you stay on a call, the less likely you are to disconnect more customers.”

He adds that if reps disconnected more customers than they were supposed to — he was allowed three disconnects per 8-hour shift — after three days in a row, they “were shown the door.”

http://consumerist.com/2014/07/16/comcast-employees-say-needy-retention-call-is-totally-normal/

Food for thought, if you are a Comcast customer.

This might be a good time to call and re-negotiate your cable bill..they would much rather lower it than lose you.
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