TGIF/Weekend edition - December 11-13, 2009
at Politico – Thu Dec 10, 11:07 pm ET
Since the inauguration, McCain emerges as
one of the leading critics of Obama
Report: Blackwater guards linked to CIA raids
AP – Fri Dec 11, 3:37 am ET
WASHINGTON – Private security guards
working for Blackwater USA participated in clandestine CIA raids against
suspected insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan...
"Stupid is as stupid does."
- Forrest Gump would have said
if he met Glenn Beck
Limbaugh says black people are depressed because President Obama isn't doing a
very good job. That proving, once again, that no one has their finger on the
pulse of the African-American community like Rush Limbaugh." –Conan O'Brien
Are The Russians Going Back to
NATO wants Russia to help the escalating war effort in Afghanistan by
donating more weapons — including AK-47 assault rifles, grenade launchers, field
artillery and armored vehicles — and by providing other military assistance to
the expanding Afghan army, officials said Friday.
you hear about this, ladies and gentlemen? I thought this was exciting. Our top
commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal, says that it's time now to get
Osama bin Laden. Why not? All right." –David Letterman
you know, Santa Claus is working very hard with his elves to make sure every
child gets at least one toy this Christmas, or as Glenn Beck calls that,
'socialism.'" –Jay Leno
Cracking Open the
An internal investigation of the
concluded there was no criminal conduct by employees caught on
videos offering advice on how to hide assets and falsify lending
The report, which ACORN's CEO
described as "part vindication, part
criticism and complete roadmap for the future,"
was unlikely to stem continuing political criticisms of the group
and its efforts
was hard at work today trying to come up with a fair playoff system for college
football. Congress was working on this. Meanwhile, the NCAA spent the afternoon
kicking around ideas for how to win the war in Afghanistan." –Jimmy Fallon
Gets "Impeached" By His Wife
Carolina's first lady, a former Wall Street vice president who helped launch her
husband's political career, announced Friday
filing for divorce months after his tearful public confession of an affair with
an Argentine woman.
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Subject: Anyone else?
I’ve made a couple of donations, in the past with no problem.
I also have a fairly extensive background in computers, and I believe that
perhaps Jim’s problem is that he has a worm or virus in his computer that is
redirecting paypal payments to a spoof site. This is indicated by the fact that
he got the “unusual changes” while making the second contribution. This
infection probably occurred if he got a message from paypal stating that he
needed to confirm his security settings, by clicking on a button in the email.
(Hint: If you get an e-mail like this, always close it, then go directly to
paypal, or whatever site needs to be “confirmed”, rather than clicking on the
It may be that it has inserted the IP address of the spoof site into his “Hosts”
file, so that any attempt to access Paypal are directed to the spoof site. He
may be able to cure this by doing a search on his hard-drive for “hosts” (don’t
include the quotes), there is no extension on the hosts file (i.e. it isn’t
hosts.txt, or hosts.doc, etc, just hosts.) He should open the file in notepad,
remove any lines pertaining to paypal, and save the file.
However, the only sure way to cure this will be to run a ‘destructive recovery’
on the hard drive of his computer, which will erase the entire contents. If
there is an option on his computer to do this by merely pushing a button, or
combination of buttons, rather than using a set of cd’s or a dvd, DON’T DO
IT!!!. Viruses have been able to attack the recovery partitions of our computers
for some time, now, and thus the computer could be reinfected as soon as the
recovery is complete. He will need to obtain a copy of the recovery disks from
the manufacturer of the computer, and run the recovery from the disks.
If he saves any pictures, documents, etc, before the recovery, he should run the
recovery, reinstall and update a good, up to date antivirus program, prior to
replacing the backed up files onto the computer. This will reduce the
probability that he would reinstall a virus hiding in his backed up documents.
Please pass this on to Jim.
I hope this helps,
Thanks John for taking the time to
Yes, I too had my credit card number stolen when trying to send you some funds
via PayPal. That was on 5/11/07. I was using a very slow, 10-year old computer
with no protection programs. I clicked on the PayPal link on your site and it
gave me the PayPal home page and another frame pop-up asking me for verification
of my account by checking my personal information... including my credit card
number. Now I think that it was really dumb of me to fall for that one. I had
never heard of this type of computer theft before.
In the next few days I got a call from my credit card company asking me about
two charges, some Gucci shoes and some gold coins. I contacted the company
selling the coins and canceled the order. But the shoes had been shipped to an
address in LA. I filled a police report with the Fresno PD, Case 07-xxxxx
(edited out). A few months after that I saw a story on TV by one of the
investigative magazine shows about how this type of computer scam was being
worked by groups of criminals in Nigeria or one of the other African nations
with little governmental structure. They would use a stolen card number obtained
in the same type of request for conformation of account information to order
stuff on-line, get it delivered to a co-conspirator or some dupe in the US who
would then ship the stuff to the African country. One of the items they showed
on the show was the purchase of Gucci shoes! Nice coincidence!
So you might have some type of bot hidden in your PayPal link, or these criminal
hits on PayPal just may be part of very dangerous dark side of the internet. I
hope you get your security checked out though. It might increase the donations
you receive, and I would love to see you stay on-line.
Thanks for your humor.
Check my security? I'll get
Homeland Security on it right away. lol
Thanks for writing Brian but I doubt
the problem is in my link to PayPal, your pc might have had a virus/worm as
described above in the e-mail from John.
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