12.30.09

What you can do about the banking crisis

Posted in corruption, Crime, Economics, Economy, Fraud at 10:53 am by angela

Do you have money in a big bank that you, as a taxpayer, are bailing out, yet it continues to demand more money—nothing but extortion—from the government so it doesn’t…well, what? They’re not lending money to individuals and businesses, they’re raising credit card rates through the roof in an effort to squeeze an extra dollar out of some while driving others into bankruptcy. They’re not giving homeowners with crushing mortgages a break. But they are giving gigantic bonuses and paying themselves huge salaries for taking that government money. And they’re using the money to buy off legislators with lobbying $$$$$$$$$, all paid for by you and me.

At the same time, small local banks and credit unions that are doing everything they can to help people like you and me are getting squeezed to support these big, profligate institutions that caused their own problems with investments that any fool could have seen would be a bad idea.

That’s the problem. It’s not just fools, it’s a special class of fools that are running these financial giants. They think that you and I are even more foolish than they are.

What the hell do you owe them? Nothing. Stop doing business with them.

Take your money out. Move your money to a local financial institution. You owe it to yourself and to your local economy.

They are trying to destroy us for short-term gain, with the blessing of the government. Don’t let them do it. Starve them.

Move your money

01.07.09

It keeps love in your heart

Posted in Accountability, corruption, Crime, Hypocrisy at 12:14 am by angela

In perhaps the most incongruous quote of the year 2008, Governor Blagojevich told a reporter last month that he runs because “it keeps love in your heart.” The Chicago Tribune ran a song contest for its readers, and we now have 38 songs on the joint themes of “Blagojevich” and “It keeps love in your heart.” The winner will be announced soon. Click through the photos in the article to hear them all. Enjoy!

08.03.08

Conveniently dead

Posted in Accountability, Bush legacy, Crime, Fascism, Is Dick Cheney a traitor?, News, Political rant, WMD at 2:48 pm by angela

Ivins, of course. Bruce E. Ivins, not Molly, who is also dead and sadly missed.

It certainly appears that one researcher working alone could have done all the technical stuff involved with this. They decided that before they spent untold millions of dollars focusing on the wrong guy, who is now $5.2 million richer for the harassment.

Maybe they have evidence proving he was the one who wrote all the little terrorist letters and notes that pointed to Islamic terrorists.

But it’s kind of hard to figure how he could also be the four separate highly-placed officials who were feeding disinformation to ABC during the panic, the network’s broadcasting of which was undoubtedly a major part of the cause of the anthrax panic, as well as the subsequent investigative focus on pinning it on somebody, anybody.

I’d like to rank some of the possibilities, but we have multiple threads here. So it’s not a simple “either/or” situation. Let’s just see what is probable (according to my limited knowledge here) and I’ll suggest alternatives where the probabilities seem to require them.

I’m really only trying to make you think and do your own research, not cover such a vast topic comprehensibly.

Did Ivins work alone on the Anthrax-handling part of it?

Could be.

Did Ivins work alone making and mailing out those terrorist notes and letters?

Could be.

Did Ivins carry off the impersonation of four different highly-placed government officials that served up false information to ABC News, which they turned around and fed to the public?

Nope. Didn’t happen that way.

Okay, so what might have happened?

Did government officials use this as a cover for disseminating propaganda intended to convince the public Iraq was involved, even though they had no idea what was going on?

Maybe, but it seems a little far-fetched, considering that the truth might be uncovered at an inconvenient time and come back to bite them.

Did ABC make up their informants after getting tips from Ivins?

Now there’s a possibility. How much do I trust the journalistic integrity of ABC? Not a whole lot. Let’s mark that “strongly possible”.

Did the government participate in the incident fully, guiding the development of propaganda and working to keep the investigation looking in the wrong place, while knowing that if that failed they could probably pin it on him and claim he was a crazy loner? And if worst came to worse, he could be found dead, so as not to turn evidence?

Umm…He did turn up dead, didn’t he?

This should sound like fiction, but unfortunately it does not sound nearly enough like fiction. Is there anyone working in the current Administration who has no ethics, no limits, and no respect for the American public, someone who might have participated in something like this?

I don’t like “conspiracy theories” that dig deep and throw a wide net in an effort to explain something that has a very simple explanation. But this does not have a simple explanation.

The case is made that this is plausible. In the absence of an apology by ABC for making it all up, I’d have to put my money on the last one. And even if ABC did apologize I’d have to take their apology with a grain of salt, since we have to consider the possibility that they might have been knowingly in on it, too.

Story

The History Channel

The only people who know anything about the subject are also the suspects.

Part I

Part II

05.28.08

“Karl Rove sent me an email…”

Posted in Accountability, Crime, Karl Rove at 7:17 pm by angela

3,000,000+ votes not counted in 2004, far more than the margin of victory. That’s 3,000,000 votes challenged, votes by voters who were on lists compiled by Karl Rove’s office. Nine times as many were minorities as whites.

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s amazing what you can see when you look. But they didn’t have to look very hard, as the emails were accidentally sent to the wrong address.



Now here’s one about the theft of the 2000 election:

02.21.08

RIAA Training Video: Video Piracy the Root of all Evil

Posted in Accountability, Communications breakdown, Crime, video at 9:31 am by angela

Well, whadd’ya know? It turns out that the first step into a life of crack-dealing, murder, and terrorism is video piracy. I suppose it’s a good thing we have the RIAA to tell us this, because otherwise I don’t think a single person among us would have guessed.

Watch this clip from an RIAA training video and see for yourself how whacked-out they are.
STORY

09.29.07

Is it Khalid Sheikh Mohammed…

Posted in Crime, humor, Modern life at 9:58 am by angela

Looking through some old newspapers, I noticed that photo of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and I was struck by his resemblance to Ron Jeremy.
“Well!” said I to myself, “I’ll write a funny blog entry showing that they are twins separated at birth.”

Turns out there’s already a cottage industry of people who’ve made the connection (or others) and have been busy photoshopping other people’s heads onto KSM’s hairy body. I guess I’m going to need to get caught up on my newspapers and stay caught up if I want to keep ahead of these trends. Click on the photo below


to read about the connection between the two of them.

06.18.07

Dealing with phishing

Posted in Bad boys, Crime, Phishing, Spam at 10:03 am by angela

I thought it was time to do a little public service work here. Like many people, I’m tired of receiving those phishing emails. You know, the ones that tell you you may have had unauthorized activity in your account, and you need to use this link to login right now to get it straightened out.

Or maybe you don’t know, which is why I’m trying to do this as a public service and not just poking fun at the idiots. It’s pretty obvious to me that if people didn’t click on their link and type in their account info, thus giving god knows who access to their accounts, that these emails wouldn’t be going out. The crooks would give up.

But I’ve heard perfectly intelligent people relate to me how they were phished not once, but multiple times. So I’m going to show you what to look for in the hopes that I save at least one potential victim from the phishing scam.

First of all, consider what account it came in on. Is this the account that you normally receive email from this company? If not, then it’s absolutely a scam. I actually heard a woman say that she responded because it came in on a different account. No. That’s completely wrong.

Do you even have an account with this company? The fact that you receive emails from multiple companies that you don’t even have accounts with asking you to verify information should make you suspicious of all contacts like this, even when you do have an account with the company in question.

The email address I received this on is one that goes with this website. I do no day-to-day business on it, just stuff having to do with clients and porn. Therefore, I should not be receiving official correspondence on it from financial institutions, and thus, it’s all phishing.

The webmail account I use will not show suspect images, even in the html mode. So I can’t show you the header image. But you may see an exact replica of the official company email header. It may even link to that company, to give you the illusion that this is an official email.

On the other hand, you may see a poor imitation of the company logo. So watch for that.

So looking at this email I received, first of all, you can see that they did not address me by my customer name. (1) If they do not do that, immediately assume it’s a scam. In this case, I am not a banking customer of Bank of America, but even if I was, I would assume it was a fake for this reason alone.

Now look at (2), the link address. Many people probably don’t know that when a text link shows up, it is actually a piece of text that links to a URL you don’t see. Most of the time when a URL shows the link is same. But there’s no reason it has to be. You know that any piece of text can be a link. So http://principalquattrano.com/news,
Breaking news!, http://www.whitehouse.gov, http://www.georgebush.com, and even http://www.georgebushistheantichrist.com all link to my news blog. Clearly none but the first two should be linking to my news blog.

If you look at the link, it looks official. It starts with ‘http://www.bankofamerica.com’, which is the company’s official website. Now look in the yellow box at the actual URL you’d be going to if you clicked on that link. When you mouseover a link in Opera, this is how the actual link address appears. In most other browsers you will see it at the bottom of the window. Mouse over my links above, so you can see where they are actually linking to.

This link goes to a URL ‘http://www.baliparty.com’, which clearly has nothing to do with the Bank of America website. I followed it to a Japanese company, but could not get any more specific information than that. In any case, seeing that the two URLs are different should raise red flags for you.

Now look at (3). “Tank you”? These are often full of spelling errors. Spelling matters. No big company would send out an email with dumb, really dumb spelling errors like this. It’s telling you the thing was written by a foreigner.

And finally, (4). They’re going to put a ‘temporal’ hold on your funds? What the hell does that mean? You’re going to have access in the next life? The correct word is ‘temporary’.

Like I said at the beginning, they wouldn’t be sending these emails out if suckers weren’t clicking on those links to send their account login to Japan and other faraway places. Don’t be a sucker. Read and think.

And if you’re still not sure whether your account has been compromised, go to the company’s website the way you normally do, through your bookmark, or by typing the company URL into your browser.