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If You Like YOUR Country, Then Why Are You Living Here???

Bob L.        Just My Opinion
March 17th 2014

But I thought the people had the right to vote on what they want, not what some other Counties want, the people spoke, now the U.S. is looking to start another war, it is not out fight, it is theirs, if you came to this Country to be a Back Seat Driver to how these Countries are run, (then by all means go there and think you will be in drivers seat), and come here and hide and bring this Country in to your fights because you were cowards to stay and fight for your rights, this Country has enough of its own Cowards, we don’t need any more.

People Say they come to this Country to get away from a Dictator run Country, but when they get here they want this Country to bow to their every whim, and run just like where they came from, people this Country has a Constitution, leave it alone, and that goes for every one else.

If you don’t like out Constitution find your self another place to live and leave out country the way the Constitution is written.

People here in the United States talk big about what is happening in other Countries, and when the U.S. calls for troops, these people leave this Country, and then want amnesty to come back when it is over, I say that is what you call a trader to this Country, and should not get amnesty, they should be prosecuted as traders, just like any President, Cabinet member, or any one who helps promote violence against others, and who help terrorist with Money and guns.

The United States has no place to tell any other Country’s how it will be run, the all the Governments Agencies in the United States can not even run their own little parts of the world, and they think that they think they know better than other Countries, there are idiots born every minute, and this Country is no exception, but I think we have a little corner on it.

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Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote, West readies sanctions

Reuters
By Mike Collett-White and Alastair Macdonald
o3-17-2014

By Aleksandar Vasovic and Adrian Croft

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Crimea formally applied to join Russia on Monday after its leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent result in favor of seceding from Ukraine in a referendum condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West that will trigger immediate sanctions. Continue reading

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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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Media Persecutes GOP With a Double Standard on Gaffes

By Bob L.
11/21/2011


The news media can’t be protecting the Democrats from covering up the screwing up of this country can they? Republicans are not any better, but at least their screw ups are front page, not stuck back in the Obits sections like the Democrats.

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Gary BauerBy Gary Bauer
11/21/2011

The Republican presidential nomination battle has had its share of “oops” moments—gaffes, mental lapses and verbal miscues. Not surprisingly, they’ve become the defining narrative about the GOP for a media desperate to distract the public from the Obama administration’s failures. Continue reading

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So-Called Electability and MSM Bias

David LimbaughBy David Limbaugh
11/20/2011

It is open season for the liberal media on any GOP presidential candidate who displays the audacity to surge in the polls, the latest targets being Herman Cain​ and Newt Gingrich​. A reasonable case can be made for some of these criticisms, and conservatives often concede the weaknesses, Continue reading

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Will tough love fix Greece’s economic woes?

AP
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writers
Sat. April 24

WASHINGTON – Global finance officials are sending Greece a tough love message: Move ahead on economic reforms and we’ll come to the rescue with an emergency loan package.

The rapidly escalating Greek debt crisis was expected to dominate discussions at Saturday’s gathering of the 186-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending agency, the World Bank.

Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou was scheduled to have a separate meetings with IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and finance officials from Russia and Brazil.

Crippled by soaring borrowing costs, Greece triggered an emergency aid plan Friday to draw cash from the IMF and countries that use the euro.

There’s enough money in the package to prevent Greece from defaulting on its massive debts. Eurozone members will contribute $40 billion, while the IMF will pony up $13.4 billion this year. Continue reading

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A different kind of Olympic drama: Foreclosure

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By Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC.com
2/18/2010

The Whistler-Blackcombe resort, where the Alpine events such as snowboarding and ski-jumping are being held, could go into foreclosure this week, smack dab in the middle of the Olympics, and be owned in part by the now defunct Lehman Brothers, one of its creditors.

Whistler Blackcombe is one of several ski resort properties owned by Intrawest. Others include Steamboat and Stratton. The company is in deep financial straits and missed a debt payment of more than $500 million in December. The lenders have given Intrawest a deadline of this Friday to come up with the money, or they say they will foreclose.

Intrawest is owned by Fortress Investments, a well known, private equity firm and hedge fund, which bought Intrawest in a leveraged buyout in 2006 for $2.8 billion. The rationale for the investment was that condo sales slopeside would provide cash to pay back the $1.7 billion in debt they took on as a result of the deal. Then the real estate market collapsed.

The CEO of Fortress, Dan Mudd, was on CNBC and acknowledged Intrawest is having a tough time with the real estate sales, but that the on-slope operations of the business – lift tickets, etc. – are doing better. He says they want to manage their way through the crisis and realize the full value of the investment. He said negotiations are ongoing right now with the creditors.

Resort investments have been particularly hard hit in the economic downturn. On Tuesday, East West Resort Development, owner of various luxury ski resorts and a Jack Nicklaus golf course near Lake Tahoe, filed for bankruptcy.

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Two Escapes delay Ohio-bound flight in Houston

AP
Wed Dec 23

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Passengers on a Continental Airlines flight couldn’t believe it when they saw an otter scurry from the plane’s cargo hold and onto the tarmac at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. The daring escape by a pair of otters delayed the Ohio-bound flight for about an hour Tuesday night.

One passenger said that most on board thought the delay was a joke at first. But another said they watched one of the otters scurry across the tarmac.

Airport workers managed to catch the otters and return them to their cages and the flight took off for Columbus.

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Woman arrested in Hawaii for threat to first lady

Reuters
Wed Dec 23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities arrested and charged a woman in Hawaii last week for allegedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, days before the Obamas were due to arrive in the state for the Christmas holiday.

Kristy Lee Roshia was arrested on December 19 in Kaneohe, Hawaii, by the U.S. Secret Service after determining she had made the threat and had information about where the Obama family would be staying during their visit, according to court documents filed this week.

She was charged with making the threat against the first lady and assaulting a Secret Service agent after she was arrested.

A federal judge on Wednesday postponed a detention hearing for Roshia until a mental competency exam is conducted and she will remain in custody until then, according to court records.

The threat was originally made on November 10 during a telephone call to the Secret Service office in Boston and she also threatened to kill a Secret Service agent and Marines during the conversation, the documents said.

Agents determined that Roshia was living near a Marine Corps base in Hawaii based on correspondence she had sent to the Boston office that arrived the previous day.

During an interview with agents on December 19, Roshia said she had gone to Hawaii in September to “protect Obama,” had been to the location where the presidential family would be staying and was working at the golf course at the Marine base, a Secret Service affidavit said.

After Roshia was placed under arrest, she assaulted the Secret Service agent and claimed she would “blow away the whole Oval Office,” the affidavit said.

Roshia began contacting the Secret Service in 2004 and from 2007 made numerous angry calls to the Boston office, sometimes five to 10 times a day, the affidavit said.

The Obama family is expected to leave for Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday morning after the U.S. Senate votes on his top legislative priority, overhauling the U.S. healthcare system.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by David Alexander and Sandra Maler)

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Consumer spending falls as sentiment sours

American-Eagle-and-Flag--C10055018 By Bob L : NEWS AS I SEE IT!

If this does not show you that this Country is still headed toward a RESCISSION one foot at a time, then you are out of touch with this Country.
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Reuters
By Lucia Mutikani Lucia Mutikani – Fri Oct 30

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumers cut spending in September and turned gloomier this month, underscoring the fragility of the economy’s recovery even as signs emerged that manufacturing may be picking up.

The Commerce Department said on Friday consumer spending fell 0.5 percent last month, the largest drop since December, after a 1.4 percent increase in August. The decline, which was in line with market expectations, followed the end of a government incentive program to boost auto sales. Continue reading

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