Every minute of every day there is always someone trying to make a buck. Most of our are trying to make money the honest way. Then there are some that try to scam your hard earned money from you.
The Scam was somewhat clever. I’m trying to sell a car on one of those car selling sites. There are several sites. They are all about the same. After about 48 hours of posting my car, I get a hit. Some contacts me and wants to know the sale price. Through text messages, they agree to pay full price but they want to transfer the money through PayPal. Okay. That’s fine. Then are going to ship the car themselves. The shipping will cost $820. Okay. So they are going to pay me the cost of the car plus the cost of shipping. So far everything is sounding good.
Now, the rub – The guy who is going to pick up the car only takes MoneyGram. I needed to send this guy $820. Of course they are giving me the $820 so that shouldn’t be a problem. In order for the guy to leave immediately to get the car, I need to go to MoneyGram and send the money now. Oh, and they were going to sent the money to my PayPal account now. Cool.
There was no activity on my PayPal account. I did receive 3 emails that almost seemed that they were from PayPal. The third email was the kicker. It was written by someone who didn’t speak English as their first language. Syntax was wrong. There were words that were misspelled. The urgency of the process was also unusual. So I called PayPal. The transaction number that I was given was wrong. Of Course. I gave PayPal the emails and hopefully they will find those folks because someone had to pick up the money. There is a real person out there. Hope they find him/her.
So, as I understand it, North Korea hacked Sony Pictures because of the new movie called the Interview. This movie looks very, very stupid with Seth Rogen who specializes in movies that suck IQ points out of your head. Sony has decided not to release the picture. Sony is basically buckling to threats from North Korea. George Clooney has it right, “The truth is, it’s all new territory and nobody knows how to handle it. I don’t think anyone was prepared for it. So now we’ll be prepared for it, hopefully. Everybody was doing their jobs, but somehow, we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”
Obama announced that we would change our policy toward Cuba. The purpose of sanctions was to force the collapse of the Castro government. After 50 years, the Castro government still stands. Would another 50 years of sanctions do the trick? I doubt it. Yep, I know that many in the GOP are outraged. Is anyone surprised? Unfortunately, to normalize relations with Cuba, both houses of Congress will have to approve this measure. This is highly unlikely to happen. Maybe Cuban Americans can pressure Congress into action?
From WaPo (I should have some video later):
“If all we achieved over the last nine years was to come into your home each night and help you make a difficult day a little better — man, what a waste,” Colbert said, but offered this: “Nation I want you to know, if i had to do it all again, if I could do it with you, I would do it the same.” The Colbert Report reminds me of the David Letterman Show when it first started. The Letterman Show was described as the world’s biggest inside joke. For those who got the joke, Letterman was funny as hell. Those who didn’t were lost. The same with Colbert. There were jokes on so many levels. Basically, you have Stephen Colbert playing an ultra-conservative talk show host. He constantly pointed out the stupid craziness of Fox News and other conservatives thru this character. His interview with Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia) was classic. Westmoreland was pushing to have the 10 Commandments placed on/in court houses. Stephen asked if there was anywhere more appropriate for the commandments to be posted. Westmoreland responded nope. Of course, the right answer would be in a church or temple. The combination of Colbert’s seriousness and Westmoreland’s cluelessness was priceless. Making liberal points while playing a conservative news anchor: how novel. I’ll miss the Colbert Report.
I’ll add some links later.
Our country has become a welfare state for the rich. Corporate welfare. More tax cuts for the rich. More taxpayers supporting the wild and crazy swaps market. We continue to give them more and more money.
From Robert Reich:
In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table along with potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
But no one on Capitol Hill believes Wall Street’s beloved carried-interest tax loophole will be touched.
Don’t blame the newly elected Republican Congress.
Democrats didn’t repeal the loophole when they ran both houses of Congress from January 2009 to January 2011. And the reason they didn’t has a direct bearing on the future of the party.
First, let me explain why this loophole is the most flagrant of all giveaways to the super-rich.
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