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The More You Know...
This still cracks me up every time I see it... #wine #winelover #reversewinesnob
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So with all the 'bleeding hearts' out there, do we have enough to satisfy the gov't agency who developed the insidious bleeder?

Although panicking seems to be the best policy, jumping too quickly could mean you miss the life raft...

If the site you are busily protecting yourself from by switching out your passwords or changing your info on hasn't been 'fixed' yet, you are just handing over the life jacket. 

Keep from sinking... stay aware and watch for alerts that the site is/has been 'fixed', then, by all means, panic!

I figure with NSA already doing the job of compromising EVERYONE'S security, doesn't it make sense that this little seemingly innocuous glitch was developed for use by governments? Not sayin' which one, 'cause hey, NSA isn't the only one out there, are they?

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+Jeffrey McArthur Yep, aware of all of the above... also aware I have been 'compromised' (or at a site where it was located as operating for several months; and a few that probably got their start two+ years ago); not my computer, because, as you point out, not a virus/bug... doesn't have to be in this case; it's so much worse... (or the POTENTIAL to BE so much worse.)

True, no one is quite sure if it was set up or accidently incorporated through poor code-man-ship. We will all have our personal theories...
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FanBox - what is it?
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Okay okay... so it's a commercial and I don't normally 'do' commercials... but check out Mr. McLaren... we're gonna see lots more of him!

(If I get my way and Hollywood pays attention... they pay everything else! lol)
A series of 5 web commercials for Samsung, with me playing the husband and dad.
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I have just counted the number of novels I have in various stages of completion...

You do not want to know the staggering number. Writing is therapy; it's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

But, reality rears it's head; I need to get that tax number!!! How slow DOES Uncle Sam crawl???
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Tonight was painful... but ridiculously fun...

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Brat! But I'm an ELF! We're known to be mischievous... they should have held the rope tighter, right? At least we didn't die... We did manage to kill 2 croc... oops! Alligators... I skinned 'em and hauled their teeth. E...
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+Mark S. You are so interesting! I'm not at all sure what you are asking or need, but, well, ask away... (I think you can send a gmail if it's private.)
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Are you KIDDING ME??? Check out what you CAN'T do because YOU 'LIKED' them, or, simply tried their coupon to see if you like their products... UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE!
General Mills Decides You Can't Sue them Because You Clicked "Like" on Facebook

There is a dirty little secret in the consumer world: for some industries, you might be inadvertently giving up your right to access a courtroom through forced arbitration provisions buried in legal documents you sign.  We see it with nursing homes--although some states, like Ohio, ban requiring arbitration  (if you notice and argue)--and other industries where they'd rather bar your right to sue than clean up their act.

Now we see it with kid's breakfast cereal.

But General Mills is doing more than just inserting this into contracts (because when do you sign a contract with Cheerios?).  They're inserting language on their website suggesting you agreed to this simply by interacting with them: liking a page on facebook, or downloading a coupon.

“General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways.”

Why does this matter?  

First, forced arbitration is designed specifically to take away your constitutional right to access the justice system, by forcing you to work in a costly system where the judge is an arbitrator whose living is based on making rulings favoring businesses.  (There's a reason the companies that force you, a consumer, to arbitrate, never enter into those agreements themselves with other companies!)

Second, what this is really aimed at is avoiding class actions, an important legal vehicle the sole purpose of which is to help consumers right wrongs that they could not do alone.  (Think crazy overdraft fees or illegal foreclosure practices: no one can sue Bank of America by themselves, for $30, but BoA can make tens of millions through such practices.)

Third, we're talking about lives, here:

"Companies have continued to push for expanded protection against litigation, but legal experts said that a food company trying to limit its customers’ ability to litigate against it raised the stakes in a new way.

"What if a child allergic to peanuts ate a product that contained trace amounts of nuts but mistakenly did not include that information on its packaging? Food recalls for mislabeling, including failures to identify nuts in products, are not uncommon.

“When you’re talking about food, you’re also talking about things that can kill people,” said Scott L. Nelson, a lawyer at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group. “There is a huge difference in the stakes, between the benefit you’re getting from this supposed contract you’re entering into by, say, using the company’s website to download a coupon, and the rights they’re saying you’re giving up. That makes this agreement a lot broader than others out there.”

So what to do?  I suggest going public: share the news, stir people up, maybe boycott the GM brand.  Because if they get away with this, they will be the first, not the last, to try it:

“Although this is the first case I’ve seen of a food company moving in this direction, others will follow — why wouldn’t you?” said Julia Duncan, director of federal programs and an arbitration expert at the American Association for Justice, a trade group representing plaintiff trial lawyers. “It’s essentially trying to protect the company from all accountability, even when it lies, or say, an employee deliberately adds broken glass to a product.”
The food company General Mills added language to its website to alert customers that they cannot take legal action against the company if they download coupons, enter a contest or connect with it in other ways.
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Sometimes it pays to sneak down into dark tunnels and open locked doors... you never know if its a monster or someone in serious trouble...

Sometimes you can only rescue one... how do you decide who is worthy? When do you play God? There are no 'good' answers... only guilt that a decision need be rendered at all... 

Take joy in the life you do save...
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Well I'll be damned...
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Okay... you listen... I'll talk!
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I am a dreamer... I live in a delusional world where the walls can cave in at any moment so I keep myself surrounded by steel with no windows or doors - metaphorically speaking...
~ ...Dreams are gossamer threads bound with iridescent rainbows and reflected in golden clouds; they let us reach for the unattainable and believe we will touch it... they hold our spirit and remind us to chase the vision... We admire those who attain greatness and strive to follow in their footsteps... ~ krd...
I am a writer...a dreamer...I chose writing as a form of therapy. It LEGALLY allows me to kill the kids; divorce my husband; sleep with movie stars; mangle the dogs; destroy the house. It also permits me to take expensive vacations; fly starships through galaxies we've never heard of; or swim deep in the Mariana Trench! It keeps me sane. I live inside my imagination imparting useless bits of trivia that are important at the time... Don't EVER try to put me in a box... you'll find I simply will not fit... *hugs* luv khrys... PS: English is my language of choice...
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