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You Are What You Make Of Your Self

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Direction We Are Headed

You are you and not some ones Dummy, but today people let some one tell them what to do, well you make of your life for what you want out of it, you want a job then get an education and not let some one tell you that you are so dumb that you will never get a job, but there you are you get out of life what you put into it

People are not born dumb, they are just taught to hate, and not taught to get a good education, a good education come from you and what you want out of life, not what some one else wants you to be, people who work to together have a better chance to excel in life. Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act: Is This What We Have To Look Forward To?

Bob L.    Just My Opinion
Jan. 20th 2014

Is this What we have to look forward to in the coming years, hit and miss health care, sign your life away to go to the Doctor, nothing against these Doctors, but a language problem to under stand what you are saying about your problem.

 How many doctors have or are going to give up their practice because of Obama and the Democrats mandatory health care scam, and how many Insurance Companies are going to close their doors if the Democrats health care does not bail them out for their losses, while sticking it to the American people for profit, (oh I mean GREED) by them all, Obama, Democrats and some Republicans.

Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and AARP said that you had to have insurance, but they did not tell any one that you can not have your own insurance, you had to have one that they picked out for you, now that goes against what they said al along, they broke their own law that every one had to have insurance, but the thing all along was for their own profit and a bailout for any insurance company that went along with their scam.

Now if they give the Insurance Companies a bailout, are they going to give a bailout to the Doctors who will be losing  as well, there is going to be a lot of profit made from Obamacare scam, off the backs of the American people.

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AFP
By Carolyn Beeler
01 20 2014

Language a hurdle as Germany seeks foreign doctors

Berlin (AFP) – Germany is relying more on foreign doctors to fix a crunch in its healthcare system but a notoriously daunting language barrier is complicating patient care, with potentially disastrous results. Continue reading

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True Meaning Of Medical Marijuana

Bob L. Just My Opinion
Jan. 5th 2014

Mayor Como has it right, medical marijuana should be only for patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma and other serious diseases, not just because they have a backache, every one has a backache of some kind, but medical marijuana was supposed to be for terminally ill people (not recreational use) where drugs did not help, or it took to many to relieve the pain which could be worse than death, they just want to relieve the pain while they are still alive, not so stoned on pain killers that they don’t know if they are dead or alive.

Major Hospitals should be the only ones to prescribe marijuana and prove that person is terminally ill and need it, and put the hospital on the hot seat for giving it to any one who is not terminally ill, and could lose their license, and if that person gives it to some one else, then they lose that right to get medical marijuana, and then they are banned from having any marijuana in their possession.

But today the law got a bunch of druggies, and Yuppies in Government, so any sensible program will be ignored for more costly programs to be passed without looking at the out come before any mistakes are made, once made then try to reverse them, but they all went to college which shows how much they learned other than dumb and dumber, they sure did not learn any thing else. And to make it worse, they want to lace food you eat with it, now this is where food labeling should be mandatory, and a ban to stop spiking food with drugs of any kind.

Now that Government has opened the door to marijuana, what is the next drug they are going to try to get legalized, give them an inch and they will want a mile, and there will be no end to it, it has already started with the Environment to where jobs have been lost, you can not solve any problem with people out of work to solve and work on the problem, but a hand full Environmental Terrorist think that they are the solution and not the problem, how many farms have been closed whether it be cattle or produce, Environmentalist and EPA, they are the biggest problem in this Country for that and jobs.

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New York Gov. Cuomo to allow limited use of medical marijuana

Reuters

Reporting by Chris Francescani; Editing by Jon Herskovitz, Dan Grebler and Diane Craft
Jan. 4th 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York will soon allow the limited use of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients under a plan the state’s governor will announce in the next few days, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Continue reading

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Is It Discrimination Returning From The Past

My Opinion By Bob L.
Dec. 20 2013

As we go into another year, discrimination keeps getting closer to the 1950, but no one seems to see that, they only see what is happening for some sports game, if people put as much energy in to protecting this Country as they do for some sports game, we would not have Government taking over all Legal Americans lives.

Where discrimination comes in is Government is passing laws for some and crucifying others, a good example is the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech when some one makes a comment about Gays, Minorities, they want to plaster it all over the news, or take them to court, but when it is on the other side it is not alright.

By doing this, the Government is telling these people go after any one who says any thing bad about you, or denies you service, when did it become a law that you do not have the right to follow your beliefs or the right to deny service or say how you feel personally, if that is the case then NO ONE can deny you service or say any thing about any one, if that is the case, then you have to stop these double standards laws, and enforce laws to all, no exceptions for who you are.

This Double Standard is also used when it comes to HATE Groups, like the CCC, the Skin Heads, or any one that goes after any one or Group, but when it comes to a Church Group that does what these other groups do, they are not classified as a hate group by the Government, this means that out Government is out of control, but what do the people do about it, nothing but complain about not making enough money.

If the people would break that mirror in front of them they would see that this Country is slowly being taken over by Dictators and why, because people are so wrapped up at looking at them selves in the mirror to see what is going on, Americans have to start taking care of this Country before it is lost, once gone always gone. 

1378017_351915341610802_1560812093_nThis is what America has become, give me give me money, money more money so I can buy, buy, buy, then go out and file Bankruptcy because you did not give me more money to buy the fanciest thing on the market, and by this greed is now starting to bring down this Country by Tax, Tax, and more Taxes, you have people out there scraping for food and a place to call home that they can afford, while the greedy keep wanting more, NOW we have a Government that wants more control over the people while letting the rich have their way.

Merry Christmas and a Safe New Years to you all, and just remember after the first of the year, the more you make the more you will pay the Government Insurance Company, and the IRS for Penalties.

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Is This Going To Be The End Of A Free Country?

Comment By Bob L: He might be a swell of a person, but a leader of this Country, he is not.
July 28th 2013

obama_symbolI can see a lot of problems mentioned in this video, one is Republicans saved money on their campaign stage, while Democrats spent large amounts of money for theirs, and to this day they are constantly spending large amounts with no regards to Americans and Future Generations.
Look at the Obama seal on his webpage in 2008, impressive, an eagle ready to fly away, an American Flag slowly disappearing, and the Obama Symbol getting brighter. Listen to the video, it explains it in more detail.  http://youtu.be/GdtqtfXdR-c

http://alessatheisraeli.blogspot.com/2011/07/meaning-of-obamas-symbol.html This Possible meaning of it

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At the rate this Country is going down, I think Obama is going to try to get the Constitution and the Bill of Rights changed to where he can stay in Power as long as he wants.

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This is a President that turns his back on the American flag when it is being honored, this is not a person who is for America and the Constitution, and wanting it to survive, he wants to see his own flag flying over this Country.

 He has good intentions, but he has a problem with America and it’s people, I am not just talking about whites, I am talking about all American Citizens, he has divided this Country since day one, it is like he is out to destroy all working class people, and make them his slaves where you have to answer to him, well look around, just about every thing has his symbol on it, just like in Hitler’s reign of terror.

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State shutdown would close state parks

 

Comment By Bob L.
June 21st 2013

Contingency planning for state agency operations

I can not believe that the American people are so Stupid, they complain about the intrusion of the Government in to their lives, and then turn right around and let the Governments tell them that they don’t own these State, City, County, and State Parks.

These entities’ don’t own any thing they are owned by the American people and they are only care takers of them for the people who give them Tax money to maintain them, so I do not under stand how they can tell the people how they are going to use them and when, or even charge them to use them just to have a family Picnic for the day.

Now I did not say Camp, I said Picnic for the day, that should Always be free, if you want to camp then that should be chargeable, like they say, Water if an Electric pump is used, and Power are there, they are not free to any one. 

But when they say they say they own them, they DO NOT the PEOPLE DO.

If the Government says they need money to Operate, then they need to do some House Cleaning in their Organization of Offices that are not needed, and should have never been started.

Looking at that list if Offices that will close if a budget is not achieved, they are nothing more than a Duplicate or Triplicate that one Office with fewer people could do, I know you have to give your Family and Friends a Lavished job with some one else’s money. 

A good example is Liquor Control Board could be cut and be run by the State Patrol, being the state washed their hands of Alcohol and went private, Board of Education can take over all the Colleges with fewer people, you can go on and on and see where they can cut a lot of money in this Bureaucracy of Government Agencies. 

These 34 state agencies could be totally cut in and made in to one, not Three Offices for every one office, and this could save money, Contingency planning for state agency operations, who will be shut down and who won’t.

There are probable more that could be phased into one, and use fewer people to do the work, but they think that they are so over worked, every time I have gone to a Government Office, all I see, is people waiting in line to talk to some one, while the people working there, were talking to each other and drinking Coffee, and all but two windows were closed out of Six or More that were unattended, then when someone opened a window one that was open, Closed.

It seems that Government Employees have more Breaks on the Taxpayers Dime, than they have time in working.

 

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State shutdown would close state parks

By Lee Stoll
Thursday, June 20, 2013

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The list of state-run programs that would be cut or scaled back by a government shutdown is 12 pages long. It would affect everything from state park summer trips to how officers keep tabs on sex offenders.

Marisol Silva’s first trip to Deception Pass State Park may be her only trip here this year.

“It’s terribly sad news,” said Silva.

If the state does not approve a new budget, parks will close just as the tourist season is starting.

Campsite and cabin reservations will be canceled.

“I’m going camping with our church in July over in Leavenworth.  I don’t know if it’s a state park.  I sure hope not,” said visitor Melynda Bly.

The list released Thursday says several offices will close down, including the Lottery, Liquor Control Board, Services for the Blind and the Arts Commission.

GPS tracking information for sex offenders will be suspended.

“I’m just astonished,” said Heidi Bride., who lost her job two weeks ago and is using WorkSource to get back on her feet.  The state will close those offices, too.  A skeletal staff will process unemployment benefits but Bride will have to find a job on her own.

“I depend on this.  I’ll be out on the streets without WorkSource,” said Bride.

College students and their families face uncertainty too.  They won’t know what financial aid will be available as they plan for the 2014 school year.

 

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Law Makers Continually Blead the State for Their Own Gain

Comment Bob L.
06-03-2013

It seems that this state does not know how to spend money wisely, it seems every year that they go through this same thing, this shows the people of Washington State that the government does not care what they do, it is about time that the people of Washington State put a stop to these Special Sessions. If they can not do the job that they were Elected to do in the time set, then get people who can.

This is not the only job they have, so why are they doing this, is it because the other Washington does it and they think that they are entitled to do so.

These greedy people should get paid TEN Dollars and A Forty Hours a week and nothing else, and they pay for their own medical and retirement out of their pay just like the private sector, and lets see how the like it,  and then maybe they would get the message that they are not privileged and give them selves any thing they want, unless the same also goes to the private sector the same that they get. 

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Lawmakers start final stretch of special session

By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press
Monday, June 3, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

With just over a week left in an overtime legislative session, negotiations on the state budget continue, but without a deal in sight and limited activity at the Capitol, one lawmaker on Monday said the possibility of a second overtime session was more and more likely.

Senate Minority Leader Ed Murray, D-Seattle, said that the next 24 hours are crucial.

“If there isn’t some break, it’s inevitable we’re heading toward another special session and I believe that will drive us over a fiscal cliff,” he said.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said he was going to “focus on the positive.”

“We’re still talking,” he said. “We’re still working.”

Lawmakers are in the midst of a 30-day special session that began on May 13 and is set to end June 11. They face a $1.2 billion budget shortfall for the two-year cycle that ends in the middle of 2015. That doesn’t count an additional approximate $1 billion that lawmakers are seeking in response to a court-ordered requirement that the state spend more on its basic education system.

Budget negotiations have been taking place for weeks between the Democratic-controlled House and the Senate, which is controlled by a coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats.

The original House and Senate budgets were about $1 billion apart, with House Democrats seeking new revenue by extending taxes and eliminating tax breaks, and the Senate majority looking to balance the budget without new taxes, relying on cuts to social programs and fund transfers.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, said that while logistically it is possible to get an agreement and budget passed by next week, he’s still worried about what happens if lawmakers haven’t agreed on a spending plan before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

“I’m very concerned it will have a dramatic impact on our ability to provide services,” he said.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement late Friday saying that he’s become “increasingly concerned about the pace of budget negotiations.”

“All sides need to realize that it is time for significant compromise,” he said in the prepared statement.

The only public activity on Monday was a floor session in the Senate for senators to share their remembrances of Sen. Mike Carrell, who died at age 69 last week from complications related to treatment for a blood condition.

With his death, the Senate is currently in a tie, with 24 Democrats and 24 members of the Majority Coalition Caucus. The Pierce County Council could choose a replacement for Carrell as early as Tuesday.

Another deadline lawmakers face is dueling bills in the Senate and House on how to address a Supreme Court ruling that found some married couples could avoid the estate tax if they used a certain trust. The House last week passed a bill requiring the tax to be paid on the value of the estate above $2 million, regardless of marital status.

The Department of Revenue says it has already received 70 refund requests totaling between $40 million and $50 million from estates that had paid the taxes prior to the court ruling. Spokesman Mike Gowrylow said the department started processing checks Monday, and that the first checks could be sent out next week unless a legislative fix occurs before then. The state has said that without a fix, it could cost the state $160 million over the next two years, including refunds, cancelled assessments and future lost revenue.

A bill put forth by Senate Republicans would address the refund issue, as the House bill does, but lower tax rates and phase in raising the value of estates to be taxed from $2 million to the federal level of $5 million.

Inslee blasted that version Friday, saying it “would take us in the wrong direction.”

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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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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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