A "legalistic pamphlet" that informed [Weinberger] he has 45 days to opt out of 'agreeing' to let Verizon share his personal information.The story leads to this blog post, which tells of the tale of trying to opt our online and eventually tells you how to do it.
Weinberger, unlike the majority of us who rarely read the associated paraphernalia that arrives with bills and the like, noticed that Verizon's modus operandi was to share Customer Proprietary Network Information - the data created as a result of your relationship with Verizon Wireless - unless you ask them to stop.
This information includes "services purchased (including specific calls you make and receive), billing info, technical info and location info. They promise to only share this with 'affiliates, agents and parent companies.' It will definitely not be shared with 'unrelated third parties' ... unless, perhaps that third party pays Verizon to become an affiliate, whatever the heck 'affiliate' means," Wienberger wrote.
The uproar revolves around a report released last month by the Missouri Information Analysis Center, a “fusion center” for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to collaborate on domestic security issues. The report concerned militia movements in Missouri and across the U.S., and described how they had evolved over the last several years.And what happens when you get "lumped in" with stereotypes?
But it suggested that domestic militias often subscribed to radical ideologies rooted in Christian views and opposition to immigration, abortion or federal taxes. The report also stated that it was “not uncommon” for militia members to support third-party political candidates.
Conservatives in Missouri and nationally have criticized the report for lumping people with conservative political views in with domestic terrorists and potentially opening them to harassment from law enforcement.How many of those who are "outraged" by this report think it is perfectly appropriate to pull someone over because the color of their skin makes them stand out?
Local officials are seething about Thursday's announcement of $168 million in federal stimulus funds for education -- the bulk of which they say will go to help wealthy towns and cities that routinely fail to meet the state's required minimum contributions.If the Governor's asinine formula considers North Adams and Adams to have a strong "foundation" compared to wealthy suburban districts, then there is obviously something wrong with the formula.
While a few local communities received funding as part of the package, others, such as North Adams and Williamstown, were left out in the cold.
The town of Adams received a mere $30 -- to assist with tuition payments to other districts.
As part of the announcement, Gov. Deval L. Patrick said the funds would assist cities and towns in meeting their obligation to fund their school districts at "foundation" level -- the minimum contribution to run a school district.
The issue is that Timmeh [Treasury Sec. Geitner] and friends never distinguished between bailing out the system and bailing out the players. There was a way to do that, and they didn't do it.
Question: What do you think caused the Cumby's to burn down?
Answer: I heard that the Slushee Machine blew up.
PITTSFIELD — A woman who allegedly intended to artificially inseminate her wife with her brother's semen has been charged with domestic assault and battery.While same-sex marriage is certainly still in its novelty stage, I doubt that a "straight" spousal rape story would have been given the same coverage. Then again, the Eagle's online reader have made it the most viewed story of the day. And the ad hoc Topix thread (which was started by reader because the paper did not create a forum on the story. hmmmm...) is absolute comic gold.
Dunkley and his father Daniel Reddy, who live in Tulsa, went to Broken Arrow Tuesday night for a hunter safety course normally required to get an Oklahoma hunting license....It's just one case of some poor schmuck losing it, but I have a suspicion that we'll be hearing more and more about incidents like this.
But when father and son arrived at the lesson, the volunteer instructor, Kell Wolf, asked if any of the students voted for President Obama.
Reddy, a transplanted Californian - and ex-Marine - raised his hand.
According to Reddy and others in the room, Wolf called Obama “the next thing to the Anti-Christ” and ordered Reddy and Dunkley from the room. When Reddy refused, Wolf said he would not teach “liberals” and would cancel the course if Reddy didn’t leave.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 52ND OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:"Dignified," indeed.
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representative strongly opposes the invitation to speak on the campus of the University of Oklahoma to Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, whose published statements on the theory of evolution and opinion about those who do not believe in the theory are contrary and offensive to the views and opinions of most citizens of Oklahoma.
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representatives encourages the University of Oklahoma to engage in an open, dignified, and fair discussion of the Darwinian theory of evolution and all other scientific theories which is the approach that a public institution should be engaged in and which represents the desire and interest of the citizens of Oklahoma.
An Augsburg College student and Sarah Palin supporter from Alaska was beaten on election night while walking to her dorm and was called a racist by a group of four young women because she had on a McCain/Palin presidential campaign button, authorities and the victim said.
Roach is nothing more than pro union nut who thinks he knows everything,just ask the people he works with,a Williamstown wanabee.It's kinda' like my Topix Bar Mitzvah.
The nation's second-largest home improvement chain is also cutting the number of new stores it plans to open this year. In September, it said it would open 75 to 80 stores in 2009; Friday, it cut that figure to 60 to 70 new stores, and officials said the figure could change again. Lowe's opened 120 new stores in 2008.What I wrote in 2007 (on CJ's defunct blog):
'I'll believe the store is opening only after the ribbon is cut simply because the housing market is getting ready to crash and Lowe's depends on contractor business.'(Hey. I did a better job predicting the recession than our Federal Reserve! Oh, that's right - 'Nobody could have predicted....')
SPRINGFIELD - To gather support for his proposed 19-cent gas tax hike, Governor Deval Patrick launched a statewide campaign yesterday in the home of a woman who had called the idea "unconscionable."OK. You drink the expensive stuff at Starbucks. What's your point?
Sitting in front of a fireplace in Teresita Alicea's home, Patrick blamed the need for the gas tax hike on a failure by previous administrations to address a looming transportation funding crisis.
"Our grandparents sacrificed with less income to build this infrastructure," Patrick said. "We're asking for the equivalent of a large cup of coffee a week to maintain it for the next generation. I don't think that's unreasonable."
He said that given the number of trips he has made to Western Massachusetts - Patrick has a home in the Berkshires - he felt comfortable striking at the knee-jerk criticism among many in the area who consider any funding for transportation to be unfairly charging them for the Big Dig.Look - It's nice when the Guv walks in our parades. It's great that he even acknowledge we exist, unlike his predecessor. It's even better that he owns property out here. BUT A country estate built with a personal fortune so he could claim residency to run for governor does not give him "bonafides." Until he actually lives here, rather than "weekend in the Berkshires", saying something so clueless will get him the same reaction I give the summer tourists who wonder why all the stores close at 6pm.
"We're going to have to get past . . . policy-making [based] on regional grievance," Patrick said. "And I say that among friends. I think my western Massachusetts bonafides are sound."