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    4 hours later

    Friday, December 5, 2008, 8:01 AM [General]

    I had one of those days yesterday. No, the car didn't overheat nor was I late for work, but I did spend 4 hours in an emergency room bed. I started having chest pain, well for me chest pain. I had no idea what it was I had never had chest pain before. I tried to shrug it off. After an hour I had to go see a doctor. We chatted for about 15 minutes and an EKG later, after I played it down to anxiety,I left with a script for nitro. My instructions were to return to my doctor the next day for a stress test. If the pain got worse, go to the ER. From there I left and went to Wal-Mart to get the script filled. As I wandered around the store the pain got stronger. Ooppss, off to the ER.

    That was the quickest trip to an ER bed I have had since I broke my leg. Heart monitor, O2 sensor, a hellatiously painful BP cuff and O2 were hooked and I thought, OMG! They took the blood for cardiac enzymes and my history. I laid there. Four hours later, they practically kicked me out the door. "You're not having a heart attack. Your blood work is fine. keep you appointment for tomorrow. Have a nice day."

    Out the door I went. I have to admit that after the nitro patch they gave me my symptoms went away. But, as I walked down to the car, the pain started coming back. After I got home, I ate a bowl of cereal and after an hour, went to bed. I still had some discomfort in my chest.

    Obviously, I made if through the night. I am soon off for my stress test. I would start to worry, but I'm afraid my chest will start hurting again with NONE cardiac symptoms. LOL! 

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    Do you TRUST Oprah?

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:52 PM [General]

    If you take a look around You Tube, there are some serious videos about Oprah Winfrey. I knew there was something weird about her but I could not put my finger on it. Now, I have found the confirmation about my feelings. Oprah is a New Age fanatic. Oh, I don't have issues with most New Age beliefs. Most New Agers are quiet folks who don't try to spread their message around to convert others. Oprah, on the other hand, it using her television presence to spread a new cult. The Cult of Oprah.

    Here's a look... copy and paste (Guess Beliefnet isn't advanced enough to let you embed)

    In this clip, Oprah is pounced on by her audience. It's funny.

    It's not about Christianity vs the World, but how a person with a 20 million person audience is trying to convert folks from one religion.

    Remember, Don't Drink The Kool Aid. 371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
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    Best Buy Keychain Fraud

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:48 PM [General]

    If you purchased anything at Best Buy recently and took home a free Guitar Hero key chain, check your receipt. November 29th, we went into our Jackson, TN Best Buy and bought a few items. While at the cash register, we were asked if we wanted a free Guitar Hero key chain. I commented that as much money Best Buy makes they could afford to give away a lot of free stuff. We took out stuff home, including our free key chain and found that we were charged $1.29 for the key chain.

    Now, you can laugh if you want to. But, IF this was done intentionally, think about how many key chains they sold for free on Black Friday and the following weekend. A single store could have made a $1,000 or more just on key chains. Make that nationwide and you have $100,000s of extra income. This is fraud.

    I called Best Buy's customer relations. Michelle informed me that the key chains were indeed intended to be free but wasn't sure where the mistake came from. It was suggested that I take the key chain back for a refund and that I must do it within 30 days (within the normal return policy period).

    Check your receipts and see if you were a victim! Complain is you were. 371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
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    Gov't tracking cell phones

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:47 PM [General]

    I usually don't copy and paste stuff, but I found that this was important.

    FOIA docs show feds can lojack mobiles without telco help

    By Julian Sanchez | Published: November 16, 2008 - 10:45PM CT

    Courts in recent years have been raising the evidentiary bar law enforcement agents must meet in order to obtain historical cell phone records that reveal information about a target's location. But documents obtained by civil liberties groups under a Freedom of Information Act request suggest that "triggerfish" technology can be used to pinpoint cell phones without involving cell phone providers at all.
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    Triggerfish, also known as cell-site simulators or digital analyzers, are nothing new: the technology was used in the 1990s to hunt down renowned hacker Kevin Mitnick. By posing as a cell tower, triggerfish trick nearby cell phones into transmitting their serial numbers, phone numbers, and other data to law enforcement. Most previous descriptions of the technology, however, suggested that because of range limitations, triggerfish were only useful for zeroing in on a phone's precise location once cooperative cell providers had given a general location.

    This summer, however, the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the Justice Department, seeking documents related to the FBI's cell-phone tracking practices. Since August, they've received a stream of documents—the most recent batch on November 6—that were posted on the Internet last week. In a post on the progressive blog Daily Kos, ACLU spokesperson Rachel Myers drew attention to language in several of those documents implying that triggerfish have broader application than previously believed.

    As one of the documents intended to provide guidance for DOJ employees explains, triggerfish can be deployed "without the user knowing about it, and without involving the cell phone provider." That may be significant because the legal rulings requiring law enforcement to meet a high "probable cause" standard before acquiring cell location records have, thus far, pertained to requests for information from providers, pursuant to statutes such as the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and the Stored Communications Act.

    The Justice Department's electronic surveillance manual explicitly suggests that triggerfish may be used to avoid restrictions in statutes like CALEA that bar the use of pen register or trap-and-trace devices—which allow tracking of incoming and outgoing calls from a phone subject to much less stringent evidentiary standards—to gather location data. "By its very terms," according to the manual, "this prohibition applies only to information collected by a provider and not to information collected directly by law enforcement authorities.Thus, CALEA does not bar the use of pen/trap orders to authorize the use of cell phone tracking devices used to locate targeted cell phones."

    Perhaps surprisingly, it's only with the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001 that the government has needed any kind of court order to use triggerfish. While previously, the statutory language governing pen register or trap-and-trace orders did not appear to cover location tracking technology. Under the updated definition, these explicitly include any "device or process which records or decodes dialing, routing, addressing, and signaling information." 371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
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    UFO attacks the Pentagon

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:43 PM [General]

    I am in a discussion on YouTube about the dynamics of aircraft collisions and the damages caused at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Why do unanswerable questions lead to the most outrageous conclusions? I have not been able to wrap my mind around this. One theory (a term I use loosely) suggests that a UFO destroyed the section of the Pentagon that is normally attributed to Flight 77. There is even a photo of the saucer near the site. Is is easier to believe an alien spacecraft or our own government did the damage on Sept 11th than an attack my terrorists?

    If not a UFO, then it was an A3 plane used by the Navy. Another theory is that a cruise missile did the damage to the Pentagon. Either of these theories are possible. How probable are they when all the other evidence is examined? How about this one...the government was storing classified evidence recovered from the Roswell UFO crash and needed to be destroyed to get rid of the evidence before it had DOD had to comply with a court order?

    I have one question for the conspiracy theorists that I have not really seen an answer for. Where are the people that boarded Flight 77? If a 757 did not crash into the Pentagon, where are the people who boarded the plane at Dulles airport? There were 59 people, excluding the 5 terrorists who board the plane. They have to be some where! The speculation must be that they are all hiding in the Federal Witness Protection Program or imprisoned some where. The former would allow for one of the passengers to break cover and contact family. This would allow information to be leaked out. The latter would preclude any information leaking to the public.

    I have sit and thought about this whenever someone brings it up. Is it me? I think I am a pretty ordinary guy with slightly higher than average intelligence yet I cannot see the things that people are accusing the government for. I know the government isn't perfect and intentionally done things in to past, but to kill over 3,000 people just to justify a war.

    IJDK 371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
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    Suddenly back

    Monday, November 17, 2008, 10:02 PM [General]

    I have made a sudden re-appearance on Beliefnet. The same ole respectful me is here, but I have no quams about challenging you on what you believe. Don't take offense and stand your ground. You will be a better person from having someone else question your beliefs. You will gain a better understanding of yourself.
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    Be cautious

    Monday, May 5, 2008, 10:05 PM [General]

    This is just a note of caution. Be cautious with those you associate with on Bnet. Most are great, but some are not. That is all I can say.
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    Not missed

    Saturday, March 1, 2008, 8:52 AM [General]

    The internet and 'friends' are funny things. Is it possible to have friends on the internet? Are they really friends. I would say that for the most part, internet friends are about the same as 'fair weather friends.' Or, 'I'll be your friend as long as there are no problems, you don't ask for anything and you stay nice. Until recently, I had 20-something 'friends' on my friends page. I got rid of all but three. Of the rest of them, only one has read my journal and made a nice post. To her, I greatly appreciate it.

    What about the rest? There brings up the question about internet friends.

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    Well, sorta

    Sunday, February 17, 2008, 10:17 AM [General]

    Since I came back to B-net, I wanted to build a few bridges. Apparently, I am not such a great bridge builder. It is also possible that people are not ready to have bridges built. Must society continue to be so...separated? I suppose there are some bridges that just can't stand the shaky ground they are built on.


    The widest gap I wanted to span was between fundamentalist Christians and non-Christians. Both sides are too rigid in thinking to peacefully accept the existence of the other. I was stuck in the middle with half the span complete and non one was willing to meet me.


    Then, I tried to build a bridge between Christians and what would easiest be described as New Agers. I thought I was working well on that bridge head as well. But, as it turned out, there were a few personal issues with two members on the far side, and I just didn't want to deal with it any more.


    How sad, that on Beliefnet where we are supposed to be tolerant and respectful, that we just can't get to the ideal place. In one instance, there was no way to build the bridge because of stubornness. In the other instance, ...well, let's just say, I am done with that to.


    I give up on ideal places. The world is just not ready. Perhaps it never will be.

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    On the road again

    Saturday, February 16, 2008, 10:34 PM [General]

    I have had all of Beliefnet for now. I'll be back when, I get back.
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