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Tim O'Pry
Worked at The Henssler Financial Group
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Dumb and Dumber-er

-and I'm not referring to the crappy movie, but the current sideshow of a presidential race in our country. As to which is which, I don't think it matters, neither appears presidential to me and it appears to be a race to see who will have the 'least worse' unfavorable ratings.

Instead of 'Make America Great Again' or 'Im with Her', perhaps they should use 'I suck LESS!'

Congress and the Supreme Court will be more important than ever... Dang, guess we are totally screwed.

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The Gift of Life

Are you registered as an organ donor? If not, please consider it next time you renew your license, and in the interim - tell your next of kin of your wishes and tweet/post #isupportorgandonation  or I want to be an #organdonor .

Personally, I think organ donation should opt OUT. Meaning, by default everyone is considered to have given consent to be a donor. If you do not want to be a donor, you can opt OUT by submitting your name/dob/ssn to a national registry. Then, when you pass - all the hospital need do is check to see if you opted out and if not - lives are saved. The shortage would disappear overnight - it would also do away with the selling/harvesting of organs as there would no longer be a market for them.

Unfortunately, that is not going to happen anytime soon (if ever), so for now #isupportorgandonation .
A grateful recipient of a new heart has inspired a drive to vastly enlarge the pool of prospective organ donors.
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Donald Trump and the Extremes

I did not watch last nights Republican debate as they are never really debates. Just one liners, deflections, accusations and reprisals.

This summary from the NYT shows that Cruz and Rubio have taken the gloves off and tagged teamed 'the Donald' last night. Unfortunately, the debate format left little time for either Kasich or Carson.

I know it's too much to hope that 'the Donald and the Extremes' will self-destruct, but the 3 of them did show more of their true colors.
Here’s what the Republican candidates accomplished and risked in their latest showdown.
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Retired is just another name for unemployed

As of 1/1/2016, I am 'officially' unemployed Retired. I've had some form of employment since I was 12 starting with a paper route, so I've been looking forward to my UNemployment for a while.

The most common question for all retirees - What are you going to do?
My answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dULOjT9GYdQ

While I changed my LinkedIn profile to indicate I am the 'owner' of Internet iN-Security, that's primarily a pun. Though, if anyone wants to pay me to pontificate about security, by all means - drop me a line!

RIP Leonard Nimoy - and may all of you, Live long and prosper...
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Good one!  Yeah, we'll see how this goes!!
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Microaggressions, Catastrophizing and Disinvitation..."
Oh my!
(for the non-Pooh fans, chant those 3 words in place of Lions and Tigers and Bears...)

Articles like this make me glad I am 'old' and retiring soon and I take great solice in the following truism:

100 years - all new people!
Here's hoping they will have more common sense.
College students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education.
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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride for Prostate Cancer

This is a worldwide effort to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research.

The main website: http://www.gentlemansride.com/about/riding-for-prostate-cancer

Currently, over 29,000 riders in 76+ countries.
Help spread the word, and if you are a biker - join the ride!
If you cannot ride, then please consider sponsoring one.

If you don't know someone personally that is riding, then consider sponsoring this young man, Chris Musson:
http://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/musson

I always research any charities I support. The Prostate Cancer Foundation has an 'A' rating from Charity Watch: https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/prostate-cancer-foundation/147   
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Lesser of two evils bad choices

Now with the presumptive bozo prevaricating / pontificating / puss-tulating, I am faced with having to either not vote, write in a candidate or hold my nose and vote for Hillary.

How did we get to this point?

Then I saw this opinion by Scott Adams - so, now I'm practicing my 'Canadian'...eh?
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The Fallen

If you are a history buff or simply interested in the scale of the loss of human life during WWII, this site does an excellent job at presenting the data.
http://www.fallen.io/ww2/
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None of the Above

As 'super-Tuesday' approaches, I am once again left with a feeling of... dissatisfaction with our national politicians and frustrated with yet another cycle of limited options for replacements.

Is this truly the best our country can do? None of the possible nominees for either party instills me with any confidence that they are even nominally qualified to fulfill the duties and obligations of president. Only one has 'real world' (non-lifetime politician) experience and he is..well, a mysogynistic, hate mongering buffoon. While the others are able to show a bit more self-control in public, I'm not thrilled with them - either.

While I doubt Sanders can pull the Dems from Hillary nor that Justice will upend her campaign - which would preclude Bloomberg from jumping in as an independent (assuming the Rump-hole takes the nomination), not that I think Bloomberg would be able to win the general election, but at least it would give us another option.

How bad must it get before we will have a candidate that inspires our citizens and brings confidence back to our political process?

As it stands now, I plan on voting for 'None of the Above', at least in the primary.

My current guess is that the Republicans will have a brokered convention, where Cruz and Rubio join forces to wrestle the nomination from Trump. 
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It's very disheartening. The circus fun of the debates has long lost its luster and now they just make me sick. My wonder: how has it come to the point that Americans are so gullible and morally lost that Trump is the leader of the pack? And how in the world do we change?
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Farm Fresh, delivered to your door

Nope, not groceries - but produce of a different kind... 
CANNABIS! (aka weed, pot, marijuana, ganja)

While not a consumer myself, I am still in favor of the legalization of marijuana. The 'war on drugs' has been an abysmal failure - something I saw up close and personal and participated in (as a cop). Hopefully, the states that are spearheading this initiative won't screw it up and cause the typical backlash where whiners complain for government to 'Do Something'.

Of course, if a Republican wins in 2016 - all bets are off. Unless it's Donald Trump - and in that case marijuana laws will be the least of our worries.
Marijuana companies are ditching the stoner image as they use technology to shoot for broad appeal. Goodbye, tie­dye. Hello, cannabis-infused salmon.
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The Retirement Gamble

Do you have any money in a mutual fund? (if you have a 401k, you do).

Do you know what you pay in fees? Most have no idea.

Watch this video from FrontLine to learn about the 'dirty little secret' in the financial services industry and the long term impact fees have on YOUR money.

If you want to see a spreadsheet with a simple example, copy this file and change the fee percentage to see the impact for years 1 - 50. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/101lQn5dyD0zo4SJLxG5_56-HVNVepwyDvAawUXJOBDI/edit?usp=sharing
Neither the return percentage nor starting amount are relevant - so I used the same numbers as their example in the video. You can change any of them to see how they will affect you.

Look up the mutual funds in your 401k to find your exp ratio. Then look on your last statement and try to identify what their 'service' cost you. Odds are, it's not easy to find in your statement. Plug in your exp ratio in the spreadsheet to see the long term impact of those fees.

This interview with Jack Bogle is linked with that video and is another good read: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/business-economy-financial-crisis/retirement-gamble/john-bogle-the-train-wreck-awaiting-american-retirement/
The Retirement Gamble raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our retirement savings.
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Light the WhiteHouse Blue

Update 7/25/15: After observing the poor response to this petition and sending the link to numerous friends and relatives, I began to do some research / ask questions of those who did not sign. Unbeknownst to me at the time, there is some controversy surrounding Change.org and some of their business practices. 

As with most things on the web, separating fact from internet legend can be difficult. While I am still a staunch supporter of prostate cancer awareness and education, it is unfortunate that the organization involved with this effort has such controversy associated with it. I've read there was a similar effort on the petitions.whitehouse.gov site, but it failed to garner sufficient signatures.  Please do not let any controversy surrounding any organization prevent you or the men in your life from getting the facts on this disease. 

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Help raise awareness of prostate cancer by signing the online petition. This disease tends to be misunderstood and rarely talked about. If you are male, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to find out the facts about this disease. Many doctors have inaccurate and/or out of date information on prostate cancer, so it is important that you take responsibility for your own healthcare.

So far, support for this petition has been underwhelming - it costs nothing to sign online and pass it along to at least two others.

This is the dedicates website, which has a link to change.orghttp://www.whitehouseblue.org/
You never expect a prostate cancer diagnosis to happen to you. You never expect prostate cancer will take those closest to you. However, prostate cancer will strike one in every seven American men. Only 10% of cases are genetic – which means we have the opportunity, through education on preventative measures, to save the heartbreak and fear that impact those with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Gabe's Story My name is Gabe Canales . I was d...
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Consultant / Speaker - Internet iN-Security
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  • The Henssler Financial Group
    CTO, 2001 - 2015
  • Simtrex
    COO/co-founder, 1999 - 2001
  • ZebraSoft
    COO/co-founder, 1997 - 1999
  • MicroHelp
    CEO/President, 1990 - 1996
  • DKPD
    Sergeant, 1979 - 1990
  • USAF
    Sergeant/E4, 1974 - 1979
  • Internet iN-Security
    Owner, 2016 - present
    Internet security consultant and speaker
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Waleska, GA
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Marietta, GA - Decatur, GA - Charlotte, NC - Ft. Meade, MD - Misawa, Japan - San Angelo, TX
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Introduction
I've been living in the tech world or its periphery since the late 60s when I learned Fortran using punch cards on an IBM mainframe in high school. ( which means I was a geek when it wasn't cool and the term used was 'nerd' ) Needless to say, I don't miss green lined paper or punch cards, but my first experience with an Altair was Star Trekkian.

In the 70s, while in the USAF, I was stationed at the NSA and had the opportunity to learn APL from one of Dr. Iverson's students at the FANX. Throughout my tour in the USAF, I worked with several computerized systems used for the processing of signals intelligence - cool at the time, archaic by todays standards.

Fast forward to the 80s and the PC revolution, learning innumerable programming languages over the years while working as a police officer with the DeKalb County, GA PD, and moonlighting as a geek for hire.

I retired from the PD in late 90 and took a job with a small software firm in metro Atlanta named MicroHelp. One of 4 employees working from the founder's basement, MicroHelp sold programming tools for BASIC programmers that were written in 8086 assembly. We went on to market and develop a retail software program called UnInstaller, which drastically altered the complexion of the company (both good and bad). MicroHelp was sold in 1996 to a firm in LA (which will remain nameless) and quickly spiraled into the trash bin of obscurity. 

Following MicroHelp I joined two former MH'ers on the serial entrepreneur treadmill through 2 separate companies, until the tech bubble popped in mid 2001. Looking for a short respite of 6 months or so, I agreed to assist a small local financial services firm fix a few IT issues. That was in July 2001 and I finally retired as CTO the end of 2015. I am now officially 'retired', though I still do some part time security consulting.


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Married for 40+ years to wife 1.0, with two exceptional children
Education
  • Brenau University
    BS/Criminal Justice, 1983 - 1986
    Attended part time taking night classes while working at DKPD
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    They actually expected me to study! - I decided to join the military...
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