Category Archives: civics

Watch out for vehicle history report scams :(

So I’m selling my car, and have it listed on a local classifieds website that is really popular in my state.
I have gotten so many scammers contacting me about it using different methods to trick me like doing a password reset which sends a PIN to my phone and them trying to get me to send the temporary PIN back to them! I don’t think so!

The latest is that they ask me to do a vehicle history report (or RV report or VIN check) at a link that they send me.

Beware, it’s either a scam or a ruse to get your personal information and then sell it. The most recent scammer this evening gave me historycheckreports.com but if you check the registration on that domain it did not even exist until 2 months ago.

So maybe they’re new in business? But wait! Take 1 minute to read this: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/10/steering-clear-vehicle-history-report-scams

And then notice that historycheckreports.com is NOT on the list of 8 approved providers:
https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory

Busted!

Think of the people in China and Hong Kong, and …

If you haven’t heard of the Great Firewall of China then this is the latest news story on it.
Non-technical translation?!
It is now even crazy harder to look at sites outside of China. 🙁

So please send good thoughts the way of people in China. Citizens there suffer a lot. AND when they are here in the US you can tell them about the Tuidang movement where over 350 million former Chinese have made official declarations to quit the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). Check it out @ tuidang.org

P.S. You can also tell them about technology to bypass the Great Firewall of China if they can safely let others know about it — see en.greatfire.org

P.P.S. NOT a Chinese citizen but want to do something about the CCP? Sign the petition to reject the Chinese Communist Party @ https://rejectccp.com/ !!!

Apple makes me sad, again…

The maker of Macs and iPhones — Apple — is suing the little guy, a small company because their logo is a pear looking like it’s hanging or been picked off a tree. Really Apple? This is not the first time, is it?! See this news story about it.

Additionally, Apple has sold a piece of their soul and probably will continue to do so to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) when they ask them to control what apps are in the app store like for Hong Kong residents. ‘Tis very sad.

I love their hardware and products but they are overpriced. I used to own a few Macs but ended up selling both of them. Will never buy one new again.

Lastly, it takes more mousing movement and keyboard strokes to get things done on macOS. Avoid Mac’s if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or another RSI(repetitive stress injury) in your wrists, hands, or arms. Will blog about it later showing a side by side table comparison of macOS vs Windows 10 vs XFCE or a similar Linux environment.

Tis a shame. Apple used to rock. Please stop it. Don’t sell your soul for a buck.

Stand with Hong Kong and Taiwan

We live in a time i think where we will look back and wonder what we did when Hong Kong was in it’s hour of need.

Check out this 5 minute piece on what happened this past week in Hong Kong:

Next watch this 10 minute one (and be lenient with the anchor’s sarcasm) — he and his team make some really important points:

So what can you do?

Contact your 2 Senators and your Representative and ask them to end our lenient economic policies with the CCP(Chinese Communist Party) :
https://www.congress.gov/members?q=%7B%22congress%22%3A116%7D

Lastly, track what they do about it @ https://www.govtrack.us

Cool? Let us know what you said when you emailed or called them. Thanks,

P.S. Here’s an article in memory of the last Nobel Laureate from China, Liu Xiaobo, who died just a few days after the CCP released him from political prison for continuing to speak out about the “incidents” that happened in and around Tiananmen Square years ago; also he was one of over 300 Chinese citizens who risked their lives to publish “Charter 08“:
https://www.ft.com/content/0123f17c-5ffc-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1
(Financial Times, 4 July 2017)

P.P.S. Why?
Because if we don’t speak up by asking our leaders to stand with Hong Kong, then they might the next “Tiananmen”.
May we speak up and may they be spared from further suffering. #prayer
https://congress.gov, do it today.