SCAM Alert!

Us old farts are always trying to be scammed by morons….attempting to access your information so they can screw us out of what little we have.

Recently I got a phone call and the prompt was

“Hello citizen….there is a problem with your social security account and all benefits have been frozen….if you would like more information then…..” and that is where I hang up.

I checked with the SS office and they said that if there was a problem then we would notify you by mail and use your name…..

This scammer tried three times using three different local numbers…..

I gave the numbers to the SS person and hopefully they can track these parasite down and punish them massively.

So please be careful…these asswads are lurking and looking for any chance to slip the screws to you….especially if you are elderly….scammers think we are idiots and that we would worry about our benefits to the point that we would give them a chance to crap on us.

Do not give these people a chance to do the worst to you and your accounts.

Any attempts to access your accounts please let the authorities know immediately….for they will try again.

Hopefully the FCC can get this pack of toads…..

Under a bill Congress passed in 2019, spammers can be fined up to $10,000 for a single robocall. The fine handed out to two Texas-based telemarketers Wednesday worked out to less than 5 cents per robocall, but it was still a new record for the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC says John Spiller and Jakob Mears, who operated under business names including Rising Eagle and JSquared Telecom, have been fined a record $225 million for sending out around a billion automated calls falsely offering affordable short-term health insurance plans from major companies, KHOU reports.

Officials say Spiller admitted sending out millions of calls a day and said he targeted people registered on Do Not Call lists because he thought it would be more profitable. He also admitted using spoofed numbers, the FCC says. The fine is part of a wider FCC effort to crack down on robocalls, CNBC reports. Officials announced Wednesday that a new Robocall Response Team has been formed with 51 FCC employees who will coordinate anti-robocall efforts with other federal agencies.


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Saturday’s News You Cannot Use

There is so much news these days…the antics of the GOP, shootings of Asians, insurrection investigations, Pandemic, on and on…..but there is ‘other’ news that seldom makes the headlines…..and there is where I come in…..

I joyful give you all the news you cannot possible use or could care less about…..

I began with red states…..

Their residents are ailing, dying, homeless and hungry and yet they spend their energies on pure bovine fecal matter…..

Colorado declared Saturday, March 20, “MeatOut Day,” encouraging residents to go meatless on that day. Now, neighboring Nebraska has declared the same day “Meat On the Menu Day” in a direct rebuttal of Colorado’s move. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the nonbinding MeatOut Day, which came alongside a proclamation from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis encouraging Coloradans to eschew meat one day per week, “a direct attack on our way of life,” referring to Nebraska’s largest industry, beef production, the Guardian reports. He was surrounded by officials from the state’s meat, agricultural, and restaurant industries as he signed his own declaration Monday, ABC News reports.

The Farm Animal Rights Movement started MeatOut Day in 1985 to encourage people to consider a vegetarian diet, and Colorado’s own ranching industry has criticized Polis (who does eat meat) for backing the day, as have some local governments and conservative groups. In fact, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association has declared Saturday “MeatIn Day,” per the Denver Post. Polis, apparently in response to the controversy, went on to declare March 22 “Livestock Proud Day,” per the Journal-Advocate. Says Ricketts, “If you were to get rid of beef in our country, you would be undermining our food security, an important part of a healthy diet, and also destroying an industry here in our state that’s very important.”

This ought to solve the problems the peasants in these states.

Peleton is everywhere these days….they want you to spend thousands on exercise equipment that eventually become a coat rack….the company had to submit a warning…..

Peloton has advised treadmill owners to be careful after a child was killed in an accident involving its Tread+ product. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved,” chief executive John Foley wrote in a post Thursday. That treadmill model is the company’s latest, and it has knobs for quickly changing belt speed, People reports. The company urged users to “take care to review and follow all the safety warnings and instructions that we provide” and to keep children and pets away from any exercise equipment. It also advised making sure the area around the equipment is clear before working out.

The treadmill won’t work without a safety key inserted, per CNN. After a workout, users should store the key out of the reach of children, Peloton said. The company did not provide details of the fatal accident. A 2014 study by the National Institutes of Health found that 25,000 children under age 10 are injured by exercise equipment each year. One-fourth of exercise machines are treadmills, but the NIH said they account for two-thirds of all injuries involving exercise machines. In another case, per Bloomberg, a 3-year-old suffered a brain injury in an accident involving the Tread+. Peloton updated its Consumer Product Safety Commission report this week, saying the child is expected to make a full recovery, per the Verge.

I knew those machine were dangerous.

The creator of the worldwide web has an excellent idea…..

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee on Friday marked the 32nd birthday his digital innovation by arguing that “we must recognize internet access as a basic right and we must work to make sure all young people can connect to a web that gives them the power to shape their world.”

Noting that the milestone comes a day after the one-year anniversary of health experts declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Berners-Lee and World Wide Web Foundation co-founder Rosemary Leith wrote in a blog post that “as we repair and rebuild, we have an opportunity to reimagine our world and create something better. The web’s power to catalyze change can and must help shape the world we want.”

Now there is an idea whose time has come….don’t you think?

Those magic ‘shrooms!

Scientists in Denmark believe the psychedelic substance psilocybin might produce rapid and lasting antidepressant effects in part because it enhances neuroplasticity in the brain. Their new research, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, has found evidence that psilocybin increases the number of neuronal connections in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of pig brains.

Psilocybin — the active component in so-called “magic” mushrooms — has been shown to have profound and long-lasting effects on personality and mood. But the mechanisms behind these effects remain unclear. Researchers at Copenhagen University were interested in whether changes in neuroplasticity in brain regions associated with emotional processing could help explain psilocybin’s antidepressant effects.

New research provides evidence that a single dose of psilocybin can boost brain connections

Speaking of neural connections…..

Instead of getting invasive neural implants needled into your brain, doctors may someday be able to flood your head with millions of nanoparticles that can read your neural signals from inside and relay them to a nearby computer.

At least, that’s the future that University of Miami engineer Sakhrat Khizroev is hoping for. He’s developed magnetoelectric nanoparticles (MENPs) that can travel through your bloodstream, permeat your brain, and read individual neurons’ signals in a way that can be picked up by a specialized helmet, according to a university press release.

In short, it’s a tool that could drastically change the way scientists approach brain-computer interface tech by taking away invasive, localized probes and replacing them with millions of particles that are injected like any other shot and can cover the entire brain — and one that’s already attracting interest from the military.

Okay this has scary implications.

This final news item probably means nothing to anyone that does not have to deal with hurricanes every year….well I live on the Gulf Coast and during the Summer we live just North of a hurricane…..and as the season approaches there is an announcement on the naming of these storms…..

The World Meteorological Association’s Hurricane Committee meets every year to decide what hurricane names should be retired. This year, they retired an entire alphabet. The WMO decided that the use of Greek letters was too much of a distraction from the impact of the hurricanes themselves, the Verge reports. In the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Greek letters were used for the first time since 2005 when the regular list of names was exhausted. The WMO used Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, and Theta before the final named storm of the season, Hurricane Iota, formed on Nov. 13. “The Greek alphabet will never be used again as it was distracting and confusing,” the WMO tweeted Wednesday.

It said the names caused confusion when translated to different languages, and the similarity of Zeta, Eta, and Theta also caused confusion. The WMO uses rotating lists of names in six-year cycles and retires names of storms that were especially damaging. The committee, which was mulling over names to retire from both the 2019 and 2020 seasons because last year’s meeting was canceled, decided to retire Dorian because of the severe storm in 2019 and Laura because of the 2020 storm, the Weather Channel reports. Eta and Iota would have been retired even if the entire Greek alphabet hadn’t been dropped. The WMO also released a list of supplemental names that will be used for storms if the regular list is exhausted this year.

There is the news you cannot use for this Saturday.

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