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Politics…Or Just Ticks?

Yes…. it’s Monday, so let’s start casual

feelin cool

Instead of stressed!

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Does it feel crazy out there? Of course it does. Lots of grab for power. And right now federally, the Republicans are doing everything they can to hold on to the House and Senate with the upcoming mid-term elections.

Conversely, the Democrats feel that they will win the House and Senate majority. Probably part of Speaker Ryan’s reason for not seeking re-election. Probably a better chance in the House according to political analyst. But if they win the Senate, you will probably see them try to start impeachment proceedings for the President.

Meanwhile, we suffer while no one works together. The desire for power!

But, uncertainty is the only certainty in politics. There is a long way to go before November. With that background, I thought that a look-back in this day in history would serve as a contrast to the seeking of power of today.

On this day in 1789, George Washington left his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia, to travel to New York to be sworn in as President. According to the George Washington Papers, many had previously written him and visited him, hoping to get him to agree to be the first president.

In one letter that he wrote to Alexander Hamilton, he let Hamilton know his thoughts, “it is my great and sole desire to live and die, in peace and retirement on my own farm“.  In another letter to Hamilton, he wrote, “I call Heaven to witness, that this very act would be the greatest sacrifice of my personal feelings & wishes that ever I have been called upon to make”.

On April 6, 1788, the senators and representatives met in New York to count the electoral college votes. Washington received all 69 votes for president. Washington was not there. He was reached at Mount Vernon and told of the election results.

And now April 16, 1789, before leaving for New York to be sworn in as president, he spoke to a group of citizens in Alexandria to express his emotions about leaving. “At my age what possible advantages [could I gain] from public life?”

And for our pic o’ day

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Seriously… December 2?

I truly feel as though 2013 has been the fastest year of my life. Now, the hustle of the holidays.  Sometimes, I feel like my desk is on Interstate 95. Maybe that’s why people wish for the fictional town of Mayberry.

Of course, how can you argue with the simplicity of the Mayberry character Earnest T with such famous quotes as, ” I already know the front part of the alphabet: A-B-C-F-L-G.  I know a lot of other letters too, but not in a row like that.”

I remember my Bible teacher, Dr Custer, who taught us the meaning of the Bible term “walking circumspectly”. He defined it as “walking with eyes in the back of your head”.

We live in a day and time when individuals of bad character are trying to take advantage of our busy lives. They dream up schemes and scams. We have to walk with eyes in the back of our head to be careful.

USA Today is warning of scams for our holiday online shopping. According to the article, criminals are concentrating on mobile devices and social media. Cybercriminals have begun to flood emails and social media postings with tainted web links, offers for worthless products and attempts to get us to fill out fake forms, to give them our personal information.

There are fake delivery confirmations and order notices that are supposedly being sent from such companies as FedEX, UPS, DHL, Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Target and even ToysRus. Just clicking on those links can cause a hacker to take control of your computer.

Companies that are working to fight these fraudulent attacks such as Signifyd, instruct us not to click on these sites unless you specifically know that you are expecting a specific package and the email is coming from a person that you personally know. Even then, these corporate companies almost never send personal confirmation emails.

One cybersecurity analyst noted that, “We tend to trust our mobile devices because no one else touches them. Plus, we’re human and we feel compelled to click”. That is why these cybercriminals are focusing on online scams.

On Monday, privacy solutions vendor Abine released a DoNotTrackMe browsing tool. There are other tools online that can fight these tracking software mechanisms. Still, I thought that a blog reminder at this time of year is a good reminder…  for me. Some things have been popping in the “in box” that are tempting to click.   Instead, I shake my head and wish for simpler days! A reminder of Dr Custer’s instruction.

And for simple things, DID YOU KNOW that the chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933? Here is some cookie history that made me smile and hungry,  that includes the Toll House Inn.

For pic o’ day from Amy M.

Sandwich Dog

 

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