Monthly Archives: May 2013

Just Another Way to Take it Away from the American Economy

Comment By Bob L.
05-27-2013

This is just an other way that Obama and his Administration are trying to Destroy relations with Canada and the American People with more taxes and FEES. Remember, he said that he was going to stuff it to the American people if he got Elected. You got what you Elected, DESTRUCTION.

Just think when YOU the American Citizen, go up in to Canada you will have to pay that same fee to come back, so by all means, SO HAVE AT IT YOU GREEDY PEOPLE you will get what you ask for, more FEES and more TAXES.

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U.S.-Canada border entry fee study sparks opposition in Wash.

By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press
Published: May 27, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) – By Michael Hill’s estimation, 90 percent of the people pumping gas at his station just south of the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state are Canadians.

Gas north of the 49th parallel, he said, is about $1.30 per gallon more expensive than in the United States. But that’s not the only product that Canadians seek in visits to Washington state: Beer, wine and milk are significantly cheaper (beer and wine alone are roughly half the price in the U.S.).

Add a strong Canadian dollar and the result is a key element of the economy in the towns of Whatcom County. For example, the town of Blaine, population just shy of 5,000, generates over $225,000 from a penny per gallon gas tax, which is about 30 percent of its street maintenance budget.

That’s why Hill and others are troubled by the notion of charging a fee to enter the U.S. by land. Last month, in its 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study a fee at the nation’s land border crossings.

“It’s a deterrent,” said Hill, whose station is fully stocked with wine and has a reader board that says “Thank you Canadians.”

“They should be doing anything they can to get them down here to buy more,” he added.

That lone request sparked wide opposition among members of Congress from northern states, who vowed to stop it. A fee, they say, would hurt communities on the border that rely on people, goods and money moving between the U.S. and Canada.

“The imposition of such a toll would act as a barrier to the greater economic integration that we seek, and is the absolute last thing we should be doing to grow our economy,” stated a letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano earlier this month signed by 18 Republican and Democratic House lawmakers.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is sponsoring an amendment to the immigration reform bill that bars Homeland Security from conducting the study. The senator has also promised to stop any funding for the study. In the House, Democrat Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state introduced a bill to stop the creation of a fee.

This week an amendment by Democrat Rep. Bill Owens of New York to stop the study was introduced to the House to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.

Lawmakers and people from the southern border, though, did not show such strong opposition, highlighting a north-south divide on how to pay for border infrastructure.

Democrat Congressman Ruben E. Hinojosa, who represents a district in Texas that includes McAllen and its nearby border region, said fees would be good if the revenue stream is used to improve infrastructure.

“I would support crossing fees only if the funds garnered would be used to upgrade our facilities, provide better equipment for our agents, or used for the hiring of more agents at our border crossings,” Hinojosa said.

Currently it costs nothing to enter the country by land. Air and sea crossings already have a fee of under $2, which are included in ticket prices.

The proposal would mean creating a pilot program that tests all the steps needed to create a fee collection – short of actually collecting money. The proposed fee would offset costs of providing border screening and infrastructure. Customs and Border Protection did not specify the cost of the study.

The quick response from northern states lawmakers bolsters the thought that the study won’t happen this fiscal year, said Ken Oplinger, president of the Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce in Washington state.

But he thinks that due to the expensive border security measures that have been implemented since Sept. 11, the idea could make a comeback in the future unless other sources of funding not reliant on a border fee appear.

One of busiest northern border crossings – the Peace Arch – is located in Whatcom County. It connects Washington state with British Columbia. In places, the border is just farmland, with no wall or fence and grazing cows. About 12,000 people cross the border there every day, according to CBP figures.

Oplinger has two main concerns. The lesser is people who will refuse to pay the toll and thus stop visiting Whatcom County all together. His greater worry, however, would be any increase to the wait time at the border. He said border traffic has just fully rebounded to pre-Sept. 11 volumes, adding that on summer weekends the wait to enter the U.S. can be as high as two hours. He fears that adding some sort of mechanism to collect the toll would mean more waiting time.

Border fees, albeit local ones, already exist on the southern border. In Texas, local municipalities charge fees to use bridges that connect Mexico and the U.S.

For Kenn Morris, president of marketing research firm Crossborder Group Inc. in San Diego, the future of the border is in public-private partnerships, unless the government acts to improve ports of entry. For example, a private company operates and builds a port of entry, booths and roads, and charges a fee to recoup investments.

“I think that it’s inevitable that more border regions use those tools and those who don’t want to use it that’s they’re choice, but they shouldn’t take the ability for other regions to at least look at that option,” he said. “For those regions that want the ability to charge a fee, we need good analyses to create good policy.”

Citing a 2009 University of Texas study, Morris said tolls at the border don’t affect traffic flow negatively, but provide a source of revenue to build more border infrastructure.

At the nation’s busiest border entry at San Ysidro in California, 50,000 vehicles and 25,000 pedestrians go north from Mexico every day. For the past few years, Congress has sent chunks of money to improve the infrastructure. In his last budget, President Barack Obama asked for $226 million to continue the improvements.

In the meantime, people face hours of waiting every day.

“People are tired of waiting,” Morris said.

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Digital pickpockets using technology YOU ALL Just Had To Have!!

Comment By Bob L.
05-23-2013

Now that you got what you wanted, this will cost you your BANK ACCOUNT, and you will get every thing you deserve, you YUPPIES just got a have the best and fanciest of every thing.

Read on Nitwits you got what you asked for, and lets see how you like it now.

Two Years  Ago Mar 9, 2011:  Also, Feb 8, 2011 :


and People Still want these Cards and Phones today, for what, bragging rights to show that you are a Nitwit, (a slow-witted, stupid, or foolish person).

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 KOMO NEWS

Digital pickpockets using technology to steal credit cards

By Matt Markovich
Published: May 22, 2013

SEATTLE — Convenience and speed are reasons businesses often used to encourage early adoption of a technology intended to improve our lives, especially when it comes to paying for goods and services at a cash registers.

But digital pickpockets have found a way to use the same technology to line their pockets with goods and services bought with stolen credit cards. The newest smartphones are making it easy for thieves to steal and use stolen credit cards.

To understand how it’s done, you need to understand our attraction to speed and convenience.

In an effort to speed up credit card transactions at the cash register, major credit card companies have adopted a “contactless” payment systems like MasterCard’s Paypass. It relies on radio frequency identification or RFID technology. RFID enabled credit cards are embedded with a hidden microchip that stores all the account information necessary to complete a transaction.

It’s the same information on a  card’s magnetic strip. The difference is how it’s communicated during the transaction. The RFID enable card uses a hidden antenna to broadcast the information to an electronic credit card reader.  The user completes the transaction by tapping the card over and electronic reader at the register. With the traditional card swipe, the account information is read off the magnetic strip.

Now smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG and HTC are releasing phones that are “NFC” or Near Field Communications enabled.  NFC is  form of RFID technology that takes advantage of both transmitting and receiving data via the smartphone.

NFC enabled phones have the ability to read the data on microchip credit card but they do not come with the software to actually do it.  Software is also needed to translate the information otherwise the credit card data is meaningless.

Enter the hackers or code writers (depending on your point of view) who have not only written software to make the credit card info meaning meaningful, but software that leverages the smartphone’s ability to use NFC to transmit data to an electronic reader.

For years, digital pickpockets have built RFID readers that can electronically sniff someone’s wallet or purse for account information embedded on an RFID enabled credit card. That step has all but been eliminated by the cell phone manufacturers. The newest versions of Android smartphones have the hardware to do the same thing and more.

With a firmware modification and a free open source application that can easily be found on the internet, the average person can turn their NFC enabled smartphone into a credit card stealing machine and then use the smartphone as that stolen credit card.

The Problem Solvers want to see for ourselves just how easy an NFC enable phone make the job of a digital pickpocket easier.

We modified a Motorola Razr and installed the software to test just how easy it would be scan a RFID enabled credit card and play it back to an electronic reader.

KOMO News has elected not to name the application or the firmware modification because we don’t want to encourage others to do this behavior.

We visited eight Seattle area stores that were equipped to accept a contactless payment system like Paypass with and without the store’s knowledge. The Problem Solvers were able to use a variety of credit card numbers that had been scanned into the phone as if they were stolen by digital pickpocket.

We made successful transactions at six of the eight stores we visited. Of the two that were not successful, clerks believed it was a problem with the reader detecting the phone.

“That’s frightening” says Robbie Watson of Zelo Bike Shop after we showed him how I used a credit card that wasn’t my own to make a purchase at his store.  Since the electronic transaction doesn’t include the cardholder’s name, there was no way for Watson to verify the account number I was using was actually mine.

“Even if you showed me your ID, I couldn’t verify the account,” said Watson. “There’s something not right about this”

At Seattle Cigar and Tobacco, owner Naeen Ahmad realized the same problem when we showed him how we used the phone in his store. There’s no way to verify the info broadcast by the phone to the reader is my credit card.

“I think it’s very dangerous, extremely dangerous. It’s like anybody’s credit cards are not protected anymore,” said Ahmad.

Security consultant Steve Manzuik believes it’s going to fall on the credit card industry to make contactless transactions more secure.

“It’s a feature that hasn’t been very well thought out,” said Manzuik, who works with Leviathan Security Group, a Seattle firm that works with corporations on fixing their computer security breaches.

“The payment card industry wanted to speed things up a little and make it much faster for people to buy things,” said Manzuik. “They are moving to this standard, which clearly isn’t as secure.”

MasterCard Worldwide says it’s aware of the situation we were testing.

“The circumstances under which it can occur in the real world are extremely rare,” MasterCard spokeswoman Beth Kitchner said in a written statement.

“We don’t consider this to be a serious threat to our cardholders. MasterCard strives to stay far ahead of fraud. However if even one cardholder is impacted, we have a zero liability policy,” Manzuik said.

Nobody is going to buy a phone and be able to start scanning credit cards in an hour says Manzuik. But if you have the technical ability, it’s not that hard to figure out.

Manzuik believes people should be able to tap their phones and pay for something using and RFID enabled credit card.

“It’s the fact that they are doing it insecurely, that’s the problem,” Manzuik said.

There is now a cottage business growing on the internet of devices to protect credit cards, driver’s licenses and passports embedded with microchips from the electronic sniffing of an RFID reader. Most products consist of foil lined wallets and sleeves.

There are also tutorials on YouTube demonstrating how a person with a sharp knife can remove or disable the microchip embedded in a credit card.

If you want to simply get rid of the RFID enabled credit card but not the account, call the credit card company and ask them to issue you a card that does not have the microchip inside.

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A Bunch of Alcoholics Crying In Their Beer

Comment By Bob L.
05-19-2013

Alcoholics Crying In Their Beer, ask a Truck driver what their Alcohol limit is to lose their job.

One guy says I can not afford a DUI, if that is the case, then you should not be Drinking and Driving. Alcohol is to easy to shop lift today.

If a Bar or Restaurant can keep pushing Alcohol, they can afford to help pay for some ones death from it.

Truck drivers can not even use a mouth wash, if they are stopped with one hour of using mouth wash they can be classified as being drunk and some companies will can you for it, I know this for a fact, my son uses Listerine and went to work and the company did a drug test that morning, and eight drivers got fired, and 3 of them used a mouth wash, and mouth wash in most cases have Alcohol in them in turn with in an hour is gone but not from getting a DUI if stopped in that hour.

I have seen what Alcohol can do, get a job driving a tow truck and seeing what it looks like in an accident, especially when kids are involved, what are you teaching you kids, it all right to Drink and Drive and go out and kill others while doing it.

Admit it, any one who can not go a month with out a one Alcoholic drink is nothing but an ALCOHOLIC and lose their Drivers License, and if caught driving, FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE, if they can afford to buy Alcohol they can afford to pay for their Actions.

Insurance companies should do with Alcohol for what they do with people who smoke, make them pay THREE TIMES more their Insurance for their right to drive, and if they get stopped for drinking, THEIR insurance Doubles (if they can afford to drink, then they can afford the Insurance), not every one else should have to support their Drinking habits.

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Federal proposal to lower legal limit hits home for some

By HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News
Posted on May 18, 2013

How much is too much?  It’s a question a lot of folks might be considering over cocktails this weekend, after the federal government proposed lower the legal blood alcohol level for drinking, from .08 to .05.

For people like Lauren Hale and Alicia Bowers of Seattle, it’s an easy decision.

“I’m totally in support of that,” said Hale.

The two friends didn’t always feel that way, but a recent tragedy changed their minds.

‘It’s just not worth it.  You’re affecting other people, not just yourself,” said Bowers.

One of their close friends lost her mother last month, in a fatal accident on State Route 520.  Authorities have said Morgan Williams was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

“Morgan was on her way to work, Eastbound 520, at 5:30 a.m. or so, and the driver, a 25-year-old guy, did a U-turn, came back the wrong way, and hit her head on,” said Hale.

Now, Hale and Bowers say a lower legal limit might force people to think twice about getting behind the wheel.

“Maybe if it’s a little bit stricter, people will be way more on guard and be like, ‘Oh I shouldn’t drive,'” said Hale.

KING 5 spoke to other social drinkers who feel the exact opposite.

“It’s a terrible idea, a horrible idea,” said John Hotchkiss.  “Like who will be able to have anything to drink?  A .05 would be like walking by and sniffing alcohol.”

Hotchkiss and others say it will simply overload the system.

“I think overall it won’t pass, there’s be too much against it,” said Jordan Tursi.  “But it still makes me a little nervous.

The federal government wants every state to approve .05 blood alcohol level for driving.

It is too late to bring up the issue during this year’s special session in Washington, but KING 5 has learned many members of the legislature support the idea.

State troopers, meanwhile, say it’s not all about a specific number.  In Washington, you can be arrested for impaired driving even if your blood alcohol level is below .08.

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Computers Are Destroying This Country and it’s Base

Comment By Bob L.
05-09-2013

When I here some one talk about Tech, the first thing I think about is Corruption and voting machine tampering where they rig the voting stations to swing one way like they found out in Florida when Bush ran the second term for President.

This sounds just like the first time Obama ran for president where there was found to be voter fraud, and this story sounds like the same thing, tampering with voting machines so Obama would win a second term.

When it comes to voting, Computers should be banned and not be used for any thing that has to do with getting out the Vote.

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This guy ran the tech that won Obama reelection

Harper Reed, the CTO for Obama’s 2012 campaign, tells us why Obama won, why the GOP lost and what will define 2016
By Jason Gilbert | Yahoo! News
05-09-2013

The Chief Technology Officer for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign probably does not look like what you think he looks like.

In fact, Harper Reed — the Obama for America CTO who led a highly-regarded team of engineers in support of last November’s victorious candidate — likes to compare his looks to those of his predecessor, the CTO for Obama’s 2008 campaign, as he did in this side-by-side photo he showed while speaking at Rhizome’s Seven by Seven conference in April:

No, Reed is not the buttoned-up, neatly-coiffed exec you might expect to run the technology behind the most important election in America; but regardless of his sartorial choices, or the way he shapes his bangs in the morning, Reed has achieved unqualified triumphs, both as CTO for Threadless, the popular online T-shirt storefront, and then as CTO for President Obama’s reelection run.
In other words: You may question his beard, but you can’t question his success.

Since November 2012, Reed has turned away from politics, turning his attention to a stealthy mobile payments app (as well as a repository of pizza GIFs). And though he’s no longer plying his trade in Washington D.C., he did reflect on what made the Democrats successful in 2012, what doomed the GOP’s chances and a couple of the issues that may define the race in 2016 in a recent sit-down interview with Yahoo! News.
You can watch our interview with Reed below, and hit him up on Twitter at @Harper:

An Interview with Harper Reed, CTO of Obama’s 2012 campaign video

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Why is It Always Entitlements Cuts, and Not Their Pork To Get Them Elected

Comment By Bob L.
05-06-2013

They always talk about entitlements, there is one side of that PIG (pork) that they don’t want to talk about, that is their free ride on the taxpayer train, Health care that we Americans will have to have and pay for out of our pockets twice.

One is right up front, Health Insurance, and Second is Taxes to fund Obamacare, how does a person pay for something out of minimum income, and you all know that down the road that what they say will eventually be cut or down sized just like Bush’s drug plan to where you will have to carry all the load, OOPs, spend on and pay taxes on, to support all free riders who don’t pay and won’t work.

This Country today is good for bring people in to work, but won’t make sure Americans have a job first, or they would rather send jobs overseas then to keep them here.

When it all comes down to it, this Government today only cares what THEY can get out of it, and to hell with the American people (not politicians) who make this Country a free place to live, and THIS Administration is unloading it bit by bit to foreign Countries.

Don’t be surprised to see this Country sell Vacant Government buildings to Foreign Countries, and then spend the money they got for them to fix them up for them.

Four Cuts to Save $27.5 Billion video

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What a waste: Four easy cuts to save us $27.5 billion

By Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps | Power Players
05-06-2013

Government buildings sitting empty and unused, many flights to rural airports that carry practically no passengers, and minimum milk prices are based on the gallon’s distance from Eau Claire, Wis.

These are just a few of the 557 government programs and subsidies that the non-profit Citizens Against Government Waste says could be eliminated to save taxpayers close to $2 trillion over the next five years. Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, tells Power Players about some highlights from the organization’s annual suggested cuts, which are outlined in the book, “Prime Cuts 2013.”

He points to agriculture subsidies, such as the sugar subsidy–that Citizens Against Government Waste says inflates the U.S. price of sugar to nearly twice the world average sugar price–as one of the areas where outdated programs are draining taxpayers’ wallets unnecessarily.

“It’s an old style Soviet command and control program,” Schatz says. “By eliminating the sugar program, tax payers could save $1.2 billion in one year and $6 billion over five years.”

After sugar, Schatz says the next program that is in need of reform is dairy.

“Also an old-fashioned program,” he says. “The price of milk is based on the distance from which it’s produced from Eau Claire, Wis.—very old-fashioned way to produce milk. Savings there: $1.1 billion in one year, and $5.7 billion over five years.”

But the agriculture industry is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wasteful government spending, according to Schatz.

Citizens Against Government Waste estimates that there are between 55,000 and 77,000 government buildings sitting empty and unused across the country—but, Schatz qualifies, that’s just an estimate.

“The fact is the government isn’t even sure how many empty buildings they have,” he says.

Another program Schatz says should be cut is the Essential Air Service program that benefits small airports generating little revenue.

“One in particular that comes to mind as very wasteful is the airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania,” Schatz says, referring to John Murtha airport, named after the late congressman, which he says has “very few flights during the day or at night, and therefore little used and heavily subsidized.”

ABC’s Avery Miller, Robin Gradison, Betsy Klein, Alexandra Dukakis, Gary Westphalen, Jim Martin and Bob Bramson contributed to this episode.

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It Is Time To Be Self Supporting Or Close The Doors!

Comment By Bob L.
05-02-2013

Here is a good example of Government greed, keep paying them the same amount of money for the  service to your City, but we are going to cut your service in half.

How about cutting the amount of money to 50%, equal to the amount of service they want to cut.  Why should you pay for something you are not getting, and make the Taxpayer pay for it.

 That money saved could be better used for road and side-walk maintenance, or how about police to enforce traffic laws like speeders, instead of speed bumps that don’t work but slow Emergency response.

What would they say if I as a rider said I was only going to pay you half fare, because I only ride once a month, how fast do you think they would tell you to get off.

And to think, they want more money to widen I5 from Olympia to Lakewood to put more traffic into Pierce and King County to at the cost of more Air Pollution to THESE Counties that have to pay E Check to get their License Tabs or Plates. They tell Pierce and King County Residents NO TICKEE NO WASHEE, same goes for subsidizing a second Transit System that is operated by Pierce Transit, is this a double Tax.

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Puyallup considers public transportation alternatives

ANDREW FICKES; of the Herald
Published: 05/01/13

When Pierce Transit distributed 622,000 service hours within the Public Transportation Benefit Area in 2010, the city was paying about $9.6 million from the six-tenths of 1 percent sales tax and was receiving about $5.6 million in actual value, according to data collected by Puyallup City Council member Steve Vermillion, who sits on the Pierce Transit Board of Directors.

In September, the benefit area will be reduced to 300,000 service hours, about a 51 percent reduction, and city Finance Director Cliff Craig estimates Puyallup is paying between $8 million and $9 million on a continual basis to Pierce Transit.

“We’re probably subsidizing the entire system to the tune of about $4 million,” Vermillion said. “If we can do it better for cheaper, it’s possible we can lower that sales tax down to some number that sustains the transportation.”

Vermillion said one option on the table might be to contract with a private vendor or with Pierce Transit for tailored services.

“We would be paying for our own system, and we wouldn’t be paying for the large overhead of Pierce Transit,” Vermillion said.

The city council discussed alternative transit options at its meeting April 23. City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto explained the process for leaving the Public Transportation Benefit Area, if that were to be an option.

“There is a wide range of options on how you provide those services,” Yamamoto said.

They could include contracting with a private vendor, or establishing either a Metropolitan Municipal Corporation or Public Transportation Systems in Municipalities. By state law, only one public transportation benefit area may be created in any county.

City council members wanted to first define the level of service needed by the population and then continue discussions with Pierce Transit to tailor a program that would fit the city’s needs.

City Manager Bill McDonald suggested bringing in a private vendor to show options to the city council, and Mayor Rick Hansen encouraged the idea.

“Our service is cut, but we’re paying the same,” Hansen said. “What needs to happen is we need to evaluate the best services for our city, and then ask Pierce Transit what it costs for that service. We need to look at all avenues, including what it would cost with Pierce Transit or a private carrier, or partnering with another city like Sumner. We should never exclude anybody.”

Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at andrew.fickes@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew

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