Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ban on Transgendered People in the Military

Wednesday’s ban has nothing to do with money and everything to do with lingering prejudices.

Stating that transgender medical costs are a factor in this decision is the same ignorance being used to tear down our first comprehensive medical care act. Let’s face it, as humans, we are living longer, facing medical issues brought on by diet, environment, and genetics. And our current armed forces already struggles to get quality recruits WANTING to serve in our armed forces. And what is with “disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” This is disgusting as with any gay or straight or male-to-female, or female to male we as professionals work to perform a job and surely are not on the job to pursue any sexual desires.

When we start condoning employers to decide on who to hire based on what that candidates potential medical costs would pose to that company; then we have a serious problem indeed.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2017/07/trans_service_members_don_t_present_a_medical_burden.html

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My sister, the computer, FaceBook, and the Internet

I have a story….with much hesitation, I helped my sister several, several years ago in setting up her new computer, log in, wifi password, email accounts, virus protection, etc. I wrote all her passwords down for her and kept a copy for myself. I severely warned her about the vicious internet world and told her specifically NEVER download anything, don’t click on sites that ask something of you, only go to major sites, only go thru sites thru the provider’s browser and NEVER, NEVER give out passwords or personal information for anybody, anything, or person. I installed a free antivirus program, Avast, for her and told her never to shut it off. I told her to take a windows course on using the computer thru her local community resource center. Of course she never took the classes. I’ve had to help her several times thru those years in providing her log in information and eventually she being frustrated of the computer only for me to realize later she had already broken it and left it to the side to not be used again until years later when I helped her over the phone resolve the computer issue of not turning on.

Recently she was online again, with a new Netbook, on Facebook, twitter, dating sites, chat sites, etc. I severely warned her again about the vicious internet world and that FaceBook is not the “all friends” world people think it is. I warned her about accepting friends, this after she friended every one of my “drag” personality friends (not a bad thing but personalities on FaceBook LOVE friends), people from the Middle East, troubled East, and the Asian continent. I attempted to lay out the rules and suggested a process for her in accepting friends, only to find out she friended her slumlord, the father of her daughter’s son, the son who was distanced from the mother and my sister. I tried to explain again that not everyone is her friend and that people will friend you to get access to what you are posting, who you are affiliated with, or who is on your friend’s list. She countered that they friended her and I advised probably not because FaceBook in it’s all out “friendly” attempt to connect the world probably suggested these people either thru geographic location, church, community affiliation, or common friends. I again warned her about the “not everyone is your friend” philosophy. Three FaceBook accounts later two closed she is now upset with FaceBook and filing a complaint with the FCC and other powers that be that her rights were violated. I told her that all FaceBook wanted was to send a verification to prove her identity but of course of her many telephone numbers, she no longer has this one. I advised then that FaceBook will ask to prove your identity by sending a picture ID. She argued of course and I said well then you won’t be on FaceBook. Apparently someone did attempt to create a fake profile under her name but given she couldn’t prove with her own credentials either with a valid phone number associated with the account, log-in information to attempt to log in – she is now no longer on FaceBook. Now mind you I did tell her she still has one active account, the original one she created, but she doesn’t remember the password and the telephone number associated with the account is no longer valid so FaceBook cannot send a verification code. I, knowing my sister thru the many years of countless scenarios like this, told her that I have done the best I could to help her and that I was done with this situation. She said that was ok because she likes Twitter better and insisted that I join and tell our entire family to join as well. I advised I do not use twitter as FaceBook accomplishes the same agenda. I tried to equate that if you have too many ways to be contacted, no-one will know how to contact you. Having three phone numbers, multiple email accounts and now Skype and Twitter in no way makes it an easy process to get ahold of someone.

So last night I get three emails from her stating that she had been hacked and had to create a new email account. Each of the three emails contains a different email address totally 4 email address so I assumed this has to be related to the hacker and I responded as such that I have blocked all of them. I spoke with her today and after 10 minutes of clarifying with her that she could not have been hacked via email unless she opened up something, she was insistent that she didn’t and I countered then how did you know that the email said you were hacked. So another 10 minutes of clarifying and she said that when she turned on her computer she got the blue screen with the “files held for ransom” hack. So another 5 minutes I try to ascertain if she had been to a website that brought up this screen, she of course said no. I finally said that she had to have gotten the virus either by opening up an email and clicking on a link or clicked on a malicious link while web browsing. I tried to ascertain if she had virus protection on her new netbook as I suspected not or at best it was a 30 day trial now since expired. I tried to explain to her that she will have to take the computer in to get the virus taken off which will result in losing the files anyway. She said she spoke with a company and to myself I said, “O no” and asked how did she find this company and she said she called the number on the screen. I said, “Ina that is what they wanted you to do!” Anyway, she said they wanted $300 to release the files and to install malware. I said I hope you didn’t comply as they will never release your computer files and one would never want malware installed on their computer – not a good thing. She told them she didn’t have the money and I said they will forever call you now because they have the number you called from. I knew this would be the most I could try to reason with her so said I would call her tomorrow. I told her again that she needed to find a computer repair shop to have them reformat the computer or attempt to remove the virus (doubtful). I said to have them install anti-virus software as well such as the free version of Avast.

My story summarizes in that having a computer, laptop, or device to access the internet is not a safe process to the less informed. One cannot and shouldn’t be jumping on the internet without conceptually knowing how the internet works, how to use the windows or mac operating systems, and just how vicious a world the internet can be by constantly attempting to take advantage of the less informed, the exposure it creates from just being 1 person in a community of 100 to 1 person in a faceless realm of millions. Please don’t let your family, children or friends get on the internet unless they clearly know how to use computer operating systems and understands just how the internet works. The virtual world is just as dangerous as our real world if not more because of the facelessness that people on the internet can inflict upon others although not physically but with more of an evil agenda to steal your identity, destroy your financial wealth, steal your valuable and treasured information, photos, and intellect.

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My sister, the computer, FaceBook, and the Internet

I have a story….with much hesitation, I helped my sister several, several years ago in setting up her new computer, log in, wifi password, email accounts, virus protection, etc. I wrote all her passwords down for her and kept a copy for myself. I severely warned her about the vicious internet world and told her specifically NEVER download anything, don’t click on sites that ask something of you, only go to major sites, only go thru sites thru the provider’s browser and NEVER, NEVER give out passwords or personal information for anybody, anything, or person. I installed a free antivirus program, Avast, for her and told her never to shut it off. I told her to take a windows course on using the computer thru her local community resource center. Of course she never took the classes. I’ve had to help her several times thru those years in providing her log in information and eventually she being frustrated of the computer only for me to realize later she had already broken it and left it to the side to not be used again until years later when I helped her over the phone resolve the computer issue of not turning on.

Recently she was online again, with a new Netbook, on Facebook, twitter, dating sites, chat sites, etc. I severely warned her again about the vicious internet world and that FaceBook is not the “all friends” world people think it is. I warned her about accepting friends, this after she friended every one of my “drag” personality friends (not a bad thing but personalities on FaceBook LOVE friends), people from the Middle East, troubled East, and the Asian continent. I attempted to lay out the rules and suggested a process for her in accepting friends, only to find out she friended her slumlord, the father of her daughter’s son, the son who was distanced from the mother and my sister. I tried to explain again that not everyone is her friend and that people will friend you to get access to what you are posting, who you are affiliated with, or who is on your friend’s list. She countered that they friended her and I advised probably not because FaceBook in it’s all out “friendly” attempt to connect the world probably suggested these people either thru geographic location, church, community affiliation, or common friends. I again warned her about the “not everyone is your friend” philosophy. Three FaceBook accounts later two closed she is now upset with FaceBook and filing a complaint with the FCC and other powers that be that her rights were violated. I told her that all FaceBook wanted was to send a verification to prove her identity but of course of her many telephone numbers, she no longer has this one. I advised then that FaceBook will ask to prove your identity by sending a picture ID. She argued of course and I said well then you won’t be on FaceBook. Apparently someone did attempt to create a fake profile under her name but given she couldn’t prove with her own credentials either with a valid phone number associated with the account, log-in information to attempt to log in – she is now no longer on FaceBook. Now mind you I did tell her she still has one active account, the original one she created, but she doesn’t remember the password and the telephone number associated with the account is no longer valid so FaceBook cannot send a verification code. I, knowing my sister thru the many years of countless scenarios like this, told her that I have done the best I could to help her and that I was done with this situation. She said that was ok because she likes Twitter better and insisted that I join and tell our entire family to join as well. I advised I do not use twitter as FaceBook accomplishes the same agenda. I tried to equate that if you have too many ways to be contacted, no-one will know how to contact you. Having three phone numbers, multiple email accounts and now Skype and Twitter in no way makes it an easy process to get ahold of someone.

So last night I get three emails from her stating that she had been hacked and had to create a new email account. Each of the three emails contains a different email address totaling 4 email address so I assumed this has to be related to the hacker and I responded as such that I have blocked all of them. I spoke with her today and after 10 minutes of clarifying with her that she could not have been hacked via email unless she opened up something, she was insistent that she didn’t and I countered then how did you know that the email said you were hacked. So another 10 minutes of clarifying and she said that when she turned on her computer she got the blue screen with the “files held for ransom” hack. So another 5 minutes I try to ascertain if she had been to a website that brought up this screen, she of course said no. I finally said that she had to have gotten the virus either by opening up an email and clicking on a link or clicked on a malicious link while web browsing. I tried to ascertain if she had virus protection on her new Netbook as I suspected not or at best it was a 30 day trial now since expired. I tried to explain to her that she will have to take the computer in to get the virus taken off which will result in losing the files anyway. She said she spoke with a company and to myself I said, “O no” and asked how did she find this company and she said she called the number on the screen. I said, “Ina that is what they wanted you to do!” Anyway, she said they wanted $300 to release the files and to install malware. I said I hope you didn’t comply as they will never release your computer files and one would never want malware installed on their computer – not a good thing. She told them she didn’t have the money and I said they will forever call you now because they have the number you called from. I knew this would be the most I could try to reason with her so said I would call her tomorrow. I told her again that she needed to find a computer repair shop to have them reformat the computer or attempt to remove the virus (doubtful). I said to have them install anti-virus software as well such as the free version of Avast.

My story summarizes in that having a computer, laptop, or device to access the internet is not a safe process to the less informed. One cannot and shouldn’t be jumping on the internet without conceptually knowing how the internet works, how to use the windows or mac operating systems, and just how vicious a world the internet can be by constantly attempting to take advantage of the less informed, the exposure it creates from just being 1 person in a community of 100 to 1 person in a faceless realm of millions. Please don’t let your family, children or friends get on the internet unless they clearly know how to use computer operating systems and understands just how the internet works. The virtual world is just as dangerous as our real world if not more because of the faceless maliciousness that people on the internet can inflict upon others although not physically but with more of an evil agenda to steal your identity, destroy your financial wealth, steal your valuable and treasured information, photos, and intellect.

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3-in-1 Oil

Lubricant
Murphy’s’ old lady had been pregnant for some time and now the time had come. He brought her to the doctor and the doctor began to deliver the baby. She had a little boy, and the doctor looked over at Murphy and said, “Hey, Murph! You just had you a son! Ain’t dat grand?!”
Murphy got excited by this, but just then the doctor spoke up and said, “Hold on! We ain’t finished  yet!”
The doctor then delivered a little girl. He said, “Hey, Murph! You got you a daughter!!!! She is a pretty lil ting, too”
Murphy got kind of puzzled by this and then the doctor said, “Hold on, we ain’t got done yet!“ The doctor then delivered another boy and said, “Murph, you just had yourself another boy!”
Murphy said to the doctor, “Doc, what caused all of dem babies?”
The doctor said, “You never know Murph, it was probably something that happened during conception.”
Murphy said, “Ah yeah, during conception.”
When Murph and his wife went home with their three children, he sat down with his wife and said, “Mama, you remember dat night that we ran out of Vaseline and we had to use dat dere 3-in-1 Oil?
She said, “Yeah, I remember dat night.”

Murph said, “I’ll tell you, it’s a freakin’ good ting we didn’t use WD-40!”

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Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

This selling back to the grid is a ridiculous concept to begin with and the utility companies are ignorant in exploring other ways to tap into this renewal resource whether it was paid for by a homeowner or put up by the utility company. They of course are hesitant to invest in other means of providing electricity and of course are scared to death that for once their consumer base has an alternative to reducing their utility cost to minimal or even free. Personally I believe every new home built should have solar panels installed on the roof as part of the building process even if the life expectancy of the panels are only 20-30 years.

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Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists
By HIROKO TABUCHIJULY 8, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/climate/rooftop-solar-panels-tax-credits-utility-companies-lobbying.html?smid=fb-share

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“Summer Jam West brightens Hilltop”

“Summer Jam West brightens Hilltop”

True leadership is not about being a part of an organization or becoming involved with the status quo. Patti Von Niessen​ is a true inspiration and a much needed visionary in bringing quality events to the Columbus Westside Hilltop. She accomplished this without affiliation but rather taking her vision in bringing art to our community. In doing so she brought people from all cultures together, to mingle, eat, enjoy art, enjoy music, and make new friends. She has accomplished more in bringing people together with a solid theme of activities, events, and learning in the past 4 years than any organization here on the Columbus Westside Hilltop has attempted to do in the past 25 years. This in my opinion makes for a true leader, an inspiration for us all!

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By Andrew Keiper
The Columbus Dispatch

Posted Jul 8, 2017 at 9:01 PM
Updated Jul 8, 2017 at 9:01 PM

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170708/summer-jam-west-brightens-hilltop

Laughter rises from the mingling crowd, mixing with music booming across Westgate Park and the smoke from the eclectic array of food trucks. For an afternoon, all is right on the Hilltop.
The fourth annual Summer Jam West arts and culture festival kicked off early Saturday afternoon, bringing in a diverse group of community members, artists and vendors. From a children’s face-painting tent and a local ice cream shop to a broad display of area bands, the festival hosted a bevy of Columbus offerings.
The festival is an attempt to break down the formal cultural and physical distance that make Downtown galleries often inaccessible to Hilltop residents, said Patti Von Niessen, the executive director of the Summer Jam West nonprofit.
“Being able to have art brought to them is huge,” Von Niessen said. “We’re an art desert out here. There’s virtually no public art.”
This year’s theme is “Moving and Grooving,” and, per tradition, a huge mural was painted to commemorate it. Local artist Roger Williams donated his time and talents to complete the massive 95-foot-long painting along the nearby Camp Chase Trail. Murals from years past can be found dotting Westgate Park.
Von Niessen has been a neighborhood resident since 2009, and began the organization in 2012. What started as a modest 1,000-attendee festival has blossomed to attract an estimated 6,000 this year, taking up most of Westgate Park’s 43 acres.
Brian Marcus, Hilltop resident and local artist, has witnessed the growth and positive effects of the festival over the years. His hand-drawn, psychedelic artwork decorated his vendor’s tent, which he said was meant to help showcase the creativity of the community rather than turn a profit.
Marcus was commissioned by Von Niessen’s organization to paint a panel that was awarded to a local business for quality work in the community. Such initiatives aren’t uncommon for Summer Jam West, which Von Niessen said tries to proliferate permanent art installations throughout the neighborhood.
“We keep as much of our money on the Hilltop as possible,” she said. “We try and live up to our socialist attitude, you know?”

Her hyperlocal commitment is recognized by a wide coalition of sponsors from across Columbus. The $30,000 festival is made possible by donations from Heartland Bank, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, Hollywood Casino and Puffin Foundation West, to name a few.
Summer Jam West is a welcome change of pace for community members and local police officers alike.
Horse-mounted and K-9 officers watched as children played with the animals, a cruiser was open for kids to inspect and take photographs, and patrol officers roamed the park grounds with ice cream or fried chicken in their hands.
Brian Newsome, a community liaison officer for the Hilltop precinct, has worked at the festival for the past several years. He’s noticed the benefits brought on by the artistic initiatives of Summer Jam West.
The event, which he said has remained peaceful in years past, helps to revitalize and bond the neighborhood.
“Just trying to bring back that neighborhood feel of community, to know your neighbor,” Newsome said. “I just think all around, it makes it more of a community event.”
akeiper@dispatch.com
@keiperjourno

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