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“They betrayed you for chump change”

In Government, Lists, Opinions, Uncategorized on March 31, 2017 at 6:11 pm

“The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISP’s, and how much it cost to buy them”The Verge

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… but we did get a response email from our Representative.

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why we need political reform.

In Opinions, Uncategorized on March 30, 2017 at 8:36 am

POLITICAL REFORM

  • So we don’t keep spending lives and incredible sums of money getting involved in no-plan, no-reason wars just to direct mountains of cash into military businesses and contractors.

“and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver” – Matthew 26:15

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“The U.S. Senate voted last week to allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ online activities to advertisers. The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday; President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law.” – Read this article at The Conversation in its entirety: Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests.”

How do these people sleep? Probably like Scrooge McDuck … on huge sacks of money!

But Jesus said again, ‘Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God.  In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!’”

Today’s news – Thursday, March 30, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2017 at 6:15 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “Around 3:45pm today right by the washington boro park Alexis Allen and i spotted a mother and 17 month old boy in trouble! The baby was not breathing and non responsive! Lexie quickly performed CPR and after about 1 minute the baby was revived!” – Beginning of a string at this facebook page, “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” on March 27.  Today, the article about Alexis Allen’s heroic actions are a top-of-page one LNP – Always Lancaster article.

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A Second quote for today … “Smoke Alarms Save Lives! The American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in parts of Columbia, Lancaster County to install FREE smoke alarms on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9am to 1pm. Please visit www.columbiapa.net and click on ‘Departments and Services’ then ‘EMS/Fire/Community Services’ to see if your house is in the designated area.” – A “Notify Me” email from Columbia Borough.

smoke alarmsPut this date on your calendar – if you life in the defined area.

  • That’s one way to handle school malcontents – suspend ’em. – FOX43-TV
  • When young teenage girls disappear they’re often “running away” despite rumors – West Manheim Township Police Department uses its facebook page to clear up the York County “disappeared teen” rumors.

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  • Snail Mail Congress “is a tool that makes contacting your members of congress through postal mail even easier than sending an email.”
  • Food and access to it gets good coverage in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster with an article about a program designed to introduce healthy foods in place at Taylor School and a column by Ismail Smith-Wade-El about the dearth of access to healthy foods in Lancaster or in any community.
  • Ed Schopf’s letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster marvels that, at age 80, he’s still alive after living in a house with asbestos, lead and other apparent contaminants. He also asks, “And why are the landlords always singled out and put upon by the governing bodies?”

Free eye exams for children on Saturday

In In Columbia, Opportunities on March 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm

free eye exams

Sell out – for a few pieces of silver

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on March 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

“and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver” – Matthew 26:15

sold out

“The U.S. Senate voted last week to allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ online activities to advertisers. The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday; President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law.” – Read this article at The Conversation in its entirety: Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests.”

How do these people sleep? Probably like Scrooge McDuck … on huge sacks of money!

But Jesus said again, ‘Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God.  In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!’”

Today’s news – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2017 at 5:48 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … We should support the police, but when they adopt the street code of not snitching, then they are just as bad as the criminals they arrest.” – One of the comments following the Lancaster Online article about the city police officer on trial for excessive force-related charges.

A second quote … “Lancaster city police Sgt. Raymond Corll has been paid nearly $120,000 since he was placed on administrative leave in 2015.” – From a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster about the person on trial.

A third quote … “Keep shaking your head. We are all shaking our heads.” – Comment following this Penn Live article: “Sean Spicer snaps at reporter April Ryan: ‘Stop shaking your head’”

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  • This post at the “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area” facebook site includes the above photo and this statement: “So I thought trash wasn’t supposed to be visible from the street? Trash day today and nothing has been picked up, in fact the trash company came and picked up the ‘regular’ trash…. this has been sitting since last week…. 3 phone calls to the boro office and NO response yet……..” And a string of comments follow.

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  • Bob’s Critters is now Mike’s Critters – maybe new owners will do better than cruelty. The Website remains: http://www.bobscritters.com/
  • Got this personal email reply from one of our elected public servants yesterday. The email was in response to my email to him encouraging him to consider voting against the bill that takes away individual Internet privacy and transfers more power to the Internet providers.

Dear Friend, Thank you for contacting me. I appreciate your comments and input. It’s important to me to hear directly from the residents in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District on the issues that matter to you. This reply is to let you know that I’ve received your request, and I will respond to your concerns as soon as possible.

“If you need immediate assistance with issues regarding federal agencies, please contact my district office at (717) 393-0667. If you have pressing legislative inquiries, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2411.

“Additionally, I would encourage you to follow me on social media and sign up for my electronic newsletter. Through this e-newsletter, I will periodically ask for your opinion on votes and will notify you on the issues affecting the district. You can sign up for the newsletter by visiting this link: https://smucker.house.gov/contact/newsletter. Sincerely, Lloyd Smucker, Member of Congress.”

  • So what’s in this bill:Internet Service Providers (ISPs) collect all of your internet activity–browser history, search queries, and location data (including on your phone). ISPs have a complete history of your online persona—-which is a lot more than any single online advertiser or platform.

“With this complete information, ISPs could create a profile of you that could be up for sale to any corporation or government, including things like:

  • Medical conditions from search
  • Sexual preferences from pornography
  • Gender identity
  • Financial overview
  • Political alignment
  • Religious beliefs

    “We know they collect this information. If passed, they will legally be allowed to use it, sell it, and share it as they see fit. This could lead to increased surveillance and discrimination based on a person’s race, religion, gender identity, financial situation, or medical conditions.” – Daily Koz

Today’s news – Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2017 at 6:22 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … The Democrats will make a deal with me on healthcare as soon as ObamaCare folds – not long. Do not worry, we are in very good shape!”Tweet from Wonderland.

A second quote … “who would want to see that lardo strip.  yuck.” – Comment following this Penn Live article: “From reality star to stripper: Jon Gosselin to debut new set of skills.”

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  • $250,000 bail | “A 26-year-old Lancaster man is behind bars after being charged with engaging in sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.” – Lancaster Online
  • $50,000 bail | Columbia’s assault duoLancaster Online [NOTE: Do read the comments following this article – appears there may be more to the story.]
  • Irony in headlines: These two headlines jumped out from yesterday’s vox.com email: “Millions face starvation as Trump plans cuts to foreign aid” and “Millions face starvation as Trump plans cuts to foreign aid.” 
  • They’re at odds with the “American legacy” we grew up with.

billboard“DCCC Targets Costello, Meehan and Smucker With Digital Ads on AHCA”Politics PA

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Windows phone scam

In Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

windows phone scamCredit: FataasTV Mv via YouTube

So a couple days ago, this recording was at our voicemail. Just when we were feeling left out by the Windows scammers / spammers.

We’ve said before we don’t answer the phone unless we’re pretty certain we know who the caller is.

This article tells more about the Windows tech support scam callers.

Columbia’s football coach resigns

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Lancaster Online’s article

March 11, 2017 Columbia news, views & reviews posts

  • “We’re coaching these kids in life, not just football. We want to make an impact on their life, and not just only on the field. ” – This quote is from then-Columbia first-year coach Anthony Sottasante in this August, 2015 Penn Live article.

Today’s news – Monday, March 27, 2017 – the world is flat

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on March 27, 2017 at 7:03 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … I was in Bangalore, India, the Silicon Valley of India, when I realized that the world was flat.” – Thomas Friedman

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The Internet has become and will continue to be the “great equalizer.” It’s been just just over 20 short years since the Internet has been part of the lives of most people in the world. Most of us didn’t really connect until around 1995 or so.  The graphics below show the real revolution that’s happening around the globe.

Real Internet growth is phenomenal in those nations some Americans refer to as “third-world.” Clearly, the US will not be the Internet use leader in the coming years. There are more Internet users today in Asia, Europe and Africa than in the United States and Camada … yet, the percentage of users is lower.

Internet “speeds” around the world are much, much faster than those in the US. In this ranking, the US speeds rank 21st in the world. The leading nations’ speeds are three times faster than ours.

“Home broadband in the US costs far more than elsewhere. At high speeds, it costs nearly three times as much as in the UK and France, and more than five times as much as in South Korea.” – BBC

We pay more to get less – and that’s what our systems (“elected public servants” following the will of the selected and protected Internet providers) want it to be. It’s kind of like insurance and health care … protected and selected, too.

The Internet World Stats Website has these graphics and a trove of data about usage around the world.

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