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Just Delete Me

Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 24th, 2014


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Good morning!

It seems that my life, and most likely yours, is filled with joining things…groups, websites…you name it. We have to open up accounts to practically do anything on the net.

Do you even remember all of the sites that you have registered with? Well…if you keep track like I do, and have pages of websites and passwords, and decide that you want to delete some of them, it may not be that easy. Have you ever wanted to delete an account but couldn’t find where to delete it on the site? If so, you aren’t alone. The “Where do I delete my account?” info is intentionally designed to not be easily found.

But…I have a solution. Read on…

This Shortcut Could Help Delete Account Details


Have you ever found yourself battling to delete accounts you set up online, in an effort to make yourself less vulnerable to spam emails and identity theft?

Every time you sign up or register on a website, you give away your contact details and add one more group or organization that now knows how to contact you.

Of course, if you’ve already wised up, you may have created a “throw-away” ID and got yourself one of those one-time email addresses that you can delete later if you want.

But what about all those places where you already registered and now wish you hadn’t?

You may think it’s going to be easy enough to delete your name and your account. That is, until you try — then you discover it’s nowhere near as easy to unregister as it was to register.

Most organizations don’t like you quitting on them, so they make it as difficult as they can. Sometimes it’s downright impossible.

But a new website called JustDelete.me (note the dot before the “me”) aims to make it a whole lot easier.

Free Global Service

The site is actually based in the UK, but its service is global — and it’s free.

Founder Rob Lewis wrote, when he launched the site in 2013: “After seeing a few tweets about how difficult it can be to delete your Skype account and then hearing that Netflix flat-out won’t delete your details I decided to build JustDelete.me.”

The site doesn’t actually do the deleting for you but it offers a series of links for scores of organizations that mostly either take you directly to their cancellation page or tell you what to do.

And yes, in some cases, they’ll tell you it’s impossible to cancel certain accounts — but at least you’ll know, so you won’t waste your time trying to do it.

It’s true also that JustDelete.me is a work in progress. It’s a social venture in which users are invited to contribute more cancellation links as they discover them.

That means if the site you’re looking for isn’t listed yet, you should revisit regularly until it turns up. Or discover the link yourself and then let them know.

After starting out with just 16 links, the site now has over 300, ranked in terms of cancellation difficulty — which the site categorizes as easy, medium, hard and impossible.

They include names like Amazon (hard), Barnes & Noble (impossible), Facebook(medium) and Hulu (easy).

With some sites, there’s a drop-down note providing more information. For instance, when you click on Groupon (hard), you get this info:

“According to Groupon’s privacy statement, you have to contact support directly and ask them to delete your account.”

Also, when we put some of the links to the test, they didn’t always make it as straightforward as the name JustDelete.me suggests.

For example, clicking the Google (easy) link takes you to your Google+ personal info page where you can certainly edit your profile, but you can’t delete it.

And of course, removing information from your Google+ profile is not the same as deleting your entire Google account.

(If you want to do this, read Google’s Delete or restore a Google Account article.)

But still, JustDelete.me seems to be a valuable step in the right direction.

Another neat feature the site offers is the ability to generate a fake identity.

Obviously, you can’t use a fake identity when you are using a credit card or signing up for a service that has legal status.

But it enables you to create a persona for those sites that are simply harvesting personal details for future use — maybe to bombard you with spam or to sell you on details to a marketing agency.

Obviously, you can dream up your own fake ID but this site will also do it at the click of a button, including a name, a non-existent address, a bogus biography and date of birth, a username (which you can actually use if you want) and a password (which you can also use).

And if you happen to use Google Chrome as your web browser, you can also download an extension that puts an icon by your address bar. You can click this while visiting a site and it will provide the link — if there is one — to the account deletion page.

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  1. We can’t vouch for the accuracy of this site or its interpretation of what’s possible and what’s not.

  2. You don’t have to sign up or give any personal details when you visit, although we did note that the site does track users’ connections with Twitter and Facebook. This is not unusual.

  3. If you visit the site, make sure you use that dot in the address. There are other sites with similar names. No need to key in “www” either. Just type “justdelete.me” in the address box.

Lewis reports visits from thousands of users from more than 170 countries every single day.

It’s a sign of how desperate people are to delete account information to escape some areas of the Internet and to secure themselves against identity theft.

News Alert of the Week: We’ve been seeing a surge of spammy phishing attempts recently, disguised as account-related messages or attachments from big names like Apple and Amazon. They contain malware or links that lead to trouble. Don’t click them! Go to the specific company website instead.

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Readers: This info was sent to me from a trusted source. However, I confess, I haven’t tried this, so if you do, please report your findings. Thanks.

 Peace out. 

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michelle

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Wonderful Women Of The World

Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 23rd, 2014

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Elizabeth Warren on The Rachel Maddow Show last night. I really like this gal. I love her tenacity, strength of purpose, and solution driven attitude. Warren’s determination and passion  to get something done is palpable. Just what we need in politics.

If you’re short on time, I recommend you watch the second video I posted.

 

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Readers: In the words of Elizabeth Warren: “We have our voices and our votes and as long as we stay active we can win.” Hooray! I echo her positive attitude and her words because they are so true. “Remember where we were just 4 years ago…” Yep, I remember. We all remember the state of this country. And thank God that Obama became our president so that Warren and others could make these changes that she is talking about, and feeling HOPEful about our future.  Because if Romney had won, she wouldn’t be having this conversation with Maddow.

Big kudos go out to Elizabeth Warren – Wonderful Woman Of The World. Congratulations on her book “A Fighting Chance.”

Social Butterfly: Thanks for posting that cool write on Madison Kimrey. Absolutely awesome. I am blown away be her intelligence and logic. Her future is looking bright. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next. Definitely a Wonderful Girl Of The World to watch!

Democrats in Kentucky: Did you read the comment yesterday from the DSCC? We need to keep Democrat Alison Grimes in the lead ahead of Mitch McConnell. It is very important that Grimes wins and we hold the Senate majority.  If you can contribute to the Alison Grimes campaign, I HOPE that you will take action now and do so. (I just did!) Give a little now (Just $5!) or we’ll all pay big time later.

Oh…before I sign off, can someone please send over a sweater.

Peace out. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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michelle

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The Effects of the Fracking Boom in North Dakota

Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 22nd, 2014

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Good morning!

Living in  North Dakota? You need to read this.

 

North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom

Bags full of radioactive waste in an abandoned North Dakota building.

Bags full of radioactive waste in an abandoned North Dakota building.

North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily.

Existing fines have apparently not been enough to deter contractors from dumping oil socks — coiled filters that strain wastewater and accumulate low levels of radiation.

“Before the Bakken oil boom we didn’t have any of these materials being generated,” the state’s Director of Waste Management Scott Radig told the Wall Street Journal. “So it wasn’t really an issue.”

The state is in the process of drafting rules, out in June, that require oil companies to properly store the waste in leak-proof containers. Eventually, they must move these oil socks to certified dumps. However, North Dakota has no facilities to process this level of radioactive waste. According to the Wall Street Journal, the closest facilities are hundreds of miles away in states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Montana.

Even though it is illegal, contractors have taken the occasional shortcut to dump the oil socks in buildings, on the side of the road, or at landfills. And the rate of dumping incidents has been on the rise as drilling activity has increased in the Bakken shale region, according to one North Dakota Department of Health study. Dump operators now even routinely screen garbage for radiation.

If things don’t improve, oil drillers may risk turning parts of the state into EPA Superfund sites, which would mean a long and expensive clean-up.

North Dakota’s oil activity has delivered a string of bad news for the area that disrupts the rosy portrayal of the state’s economic growth. The oil boom has brought along with it more frequent oil and wastewater spillsskyrocketing rent and homelessness, as well as drug addiction and STDs.

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Readers: One way to get these North DaKota oil producers to clean up their act and not pollute their state, is if they are heavily fined for dumping oil socks in undesignated areas, so that they don’t do it again. Any other ideas you can think of? Blog me.

Venus: I apologize, if you did not think my response was satisfactory. I agree with you, voting men out of office will not stop a raping man from raping, and it isn’t enough. But at least it would keep them from being able to have the power of the office to take advantage of women in the worst of ways. Who knows what men like this will do once they are in office – obviously this scumbag was able to order  his aids to do his dirty work.

As Ellen mentioned, “…it will certainly send a message that anyone in that position can’t hold that position with that attitude.” Let’s certainly HOPE she’s correct, because with men like Zhirinovsky in office what’s the next step?  Legitimize and legalize rape? Then every woman would be shit out of luck. And you know men will go as far as they can if people allow them the grounds to do it. Look at your anti- LGBT laws in Russia. Wishing you the best, Venus.

Lucy:  Thank you! I’ll read it at my next opportunity.

Peace out. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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michelle

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Money Matters

Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 21st, 2014


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4:57 PM update:

Readers: Sorry – this post got published on January 23rd of this year, and I just noticed it. Not sure how this happened.

 

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Conservatives Line Up To Oppose Minimum Wage Increase

Yesterday, during a public forum hosted by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), a fast food worker named Shaneeka Rainer stood up to ask the Congressman to support increasing the minimum wage. Rainer has worked an entire decade receiving only one raise: when Congress increased the minimum wage in 2007.

Here is what happened, as reported by Think Progress (head over there for a video of the exchange):

Ross, who is seeking a third term representing Tampa’s northwest suburbs, was unmoved by Rainer’s plea. “It’s not right,” the Florida Republican said. “If we are going to make it a living wage, who’s going to pay for it?”

An audience member declared that he’d gladly pay slightly more for a hamburger in order to increase the minimum wage, prompting applause from the crowd.

Rainer asked the congressman whether he would be willing to come work at Arby’s with him for one day so he can see how difficult minimum wage work is, but Ross demurred. Instead, he railed against the very notion of a minimum wage and even the concept of labor laws in general.

“If the government’s going to tell me how much I can get paid and when I can work and when I can’t work, then we have a serious problem in this country,” Ross said.

There are numerous reasons that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will increase economic prosperity and not hurt job creation. But Ross is far from the only conservative policymaker who has publicly shared his backward and unpopular view about the minimum wage. Some not only oppose an increase, but they would go so far as to repeal the existing minimum wage altogether. We’ve put together a list of some of these “minimum wage deniers”:

  • Sen. Lamar Alexander: “I Do Not Believe In” The Minimum Wage. At a Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee meeting to mark 75 years since the signing of the Federal Labor Standards Act, which set a minimum wage and mandated overtime pay, Alexander, the ranking Republican on the committee, jumped into a discussion between a witness from the Heritage Foundation and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to say of the minimum wage, “I do not believe in it.” Sanders followed up, asking, “So you do not believe in the concept of the minimum wage?” “That’s correct,” Alexander responded. “You would abolish the minimum wage?” “Correct.”
  • Gov. Rick Perry Questioned The Constitutionality Of The Minimum Wage. The outspoken Texas governor has called Social Security an “illegal Ponzi scheme,” but he hasn’t limited his scorn for the social safety net to just that program. In the 1930s, Perry said, “an arrogant President [Franklin] Roosevelt, an emboldened Congress” and a compliant Supreme Court agreed the federal government could enforce minimum wages — and the result has been “a complete and total failure.” In case those views weren’t clear enough, he also doesn’t think “it’s the government’s business to be setting the minimum wage out there.”
  • John Boehner: I’d Rather Kill Myself Than Raise The Minimum Wage.House Speaker John Boehner is so against raising the minimum wage that he once commented that he would “commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill.” Yikes.
  • Rep. Joe Barton Would Vote To Repeal The Minimum Wage. Responding to President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage, Rep. Joe Barton suggested that the minimum wage should be repealed completely. “I think it’s outlived its usefulness,” Barton said. “It may have been of some value back in the Great Depression. I would vote to repeal the minimum wage.”
  • Gov. Susana Martinez Vetoed Minimum Wage Legislation In 2013. The New Mexico governor is in the news today for other reasons — Mother Jones published previously unreleased audio recordings that aren’t exactly flattering. In 2013, though, Martinez vetoed a bill that passed both houses of the state legislature raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50.
  • Gov. Scott Walker Calls Efforts To Raise The Minimum Wage A Misguided Political Stunt. “I think it is nothing more than a misguided political stunt,’ the Wisconsin governor said of efforts to raise the wage. To Walker, apparently, working to reduce inequality and put money back in the pockets of hard-working low-income Americans is “little more than a political grandstanding stunt.”

BOTTOM LINE: The minimum wage has been a good thing for this country and the effort to increase it is no stunt. You shouldn’t work full time and still live in poverty in America. As incomes at the very top keep going up and up and up, it’s time to put some more money back in the pockets of hard-working low-income Americans too. Republicans have supported increasing the minimum wage in the recent past, and they should again — instead of being the “party of NO.”

 

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Mercedes: I have never heard that story told that way before. How interesting and illuminating. Like /SB, I would be interested in reading the French version as well. Thank you for sharing.

Venus: Your post is frightening to me. I can’t tell you how angry and upset I was from reading the story. I am at a loss of words. I wish I had the solution to end these horrific atrocities against women. When I think of how sick and inhumane it is for a man to order a woman to be “violently raped,” and the fact that his aids did as was told, is just beyond shocking.

Where is the love? Where is the caring and respect of women? These are women, mothers, daughters, who have the ability to give birth to you…the reason why you are here.

I agree with you….I want to say too, “Aliens, have your way with these disgusting men.” Only the better solution is that all women and good men need to come together and help themselves by getting rid of these sickos in office. STOP voting in men who don’t give a damn about women.

Readers: Like with corporations who get fined so little when they break the law, it is barely a deterrent to prevent them from doing it again, I think men need to have worse punishments for rape, because evidently the punishments that exist now are not enough to prevent rape.

If I ruled the world, I would “convict and remove.” You rape a woman and you’re “convicted,” your dick is surgically “removed.”  Sound harsh and barbaric? Maybe, but that’s my solution, because so far nothing else is working. If a man fears having his dick cut off, perhaps, he’ll keep it in his pants, or risk having the rape be the last time he is ever able to enter a woman.

What solution can you come up with to stop men from being so cruel? Thoughts? Blog me.

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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Just noticing: Observations of a blogger

Posted by Michelle Moquin on April 20th, 2014


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Good morning!

To all the repubs out there: “just noticing…”

“…Ahh…Obamacare is working.”

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“This Thing Is Working”

A Slew Of Good Health Care News Has Conservatives On Their Heels

The evidence continues to pile up that the Affordable Care Act is doing exactly what progressives said it would: providing the peace of mind of high-quality and affordable health coverage to millions of Americans. Despite the initial bumps, the law is actually exceeding expectations when it comes to enrollment. What’s more, Americans are sick of Republicans who have voted over 50 times to repeal the law without even offering an alternative — the law is working better than expected and it is here to stay.

19 Million Americans Covered

With President Obama’s final announcement of enrollment numbers on Thursday, the tally for the total number of Americans getting coverage (so far!) thanks to the Affordable Care Act is in:

  • 8 million people have signed up for health coverage through the state and federal marketplaces.
  • 3 million more have signed up for coverage through Medicaid.
  • 3 million now have coverage by staying on their parents’ plan.
  • 5 million people have signed up for ACA-compliant plans outside the marketplace.

Altogether, a new Gallup survey reveals that 4 percent of all Americans are newly ensured this year.

Exchanges Working And Costs Down

Opponents of the law claimed that insufficient numbers of young and healthy people would enroll in the exchanges, causing premiums to skyrocket next year. These fears also aren’t panning out; in fact, just the opposite is happening.

For one, young people are signing up for health coverage under the law in droves. The White House reported that 28% of enrollees are between the ages of 18 and 35. That’s the same percentage as in Massachusetts, which has run a successful healthcare marketplace since 2007. Gallup echoes this point, writing that “the newly insured are, on average, much younger than the overall population.”

Additionally, worries about dramatic cost increases have also proven to be overblown. New Congressional Budget Office projections for 2016 insurance premiums are 15 percent lower than previous estimates, a reduction that they estimate to save $186 billion (not to say we called it, but…we called it).

The mix of massive enrollment and a young, healthy enrollment pool has insurers who “got their first taste of Obamacare this year [wanting] seconds,” according to Politico. In at least ten states, insurers that didn’t offer coverage through the exchanges this year have said they plan to in 2015. This creates more options for consumers, and signals the strength of the ACA marketplaces.

Conservatives On Defense

As millions of people experience real, and not just theoretical, benefits of the law, Americans are getting more and more tired of the political battles to repeal it. A recent Kaiser survey found that 59 percent of Americans want keep the law in place or improve it, while only 29 percent want get rid of it. Pew reports that even a “majority of ACA opponents – representing 30% of the public overall – want politicians to do what they can to make the law work as well as possible, compared with 19% of the public that wants elected officials to do what they can to make it fail.”

And constituents are showing their frustration with their conservative elected officials’ fixation on repeal. Without any alternative to point to, and an increasingly frustrated public, these politicians have nobody to blame but themselves.

Think Progress videotaped on one such interaction at a town hall for GOP Rep. Dennis Ross (FL):

Constituent: Why do you think it is so good to deny seniors on Part D to make them pay more, about $4,000 more for medicine, and people with pre-existing conditions get denied insurance, have 26-year-olds have a harder time getting insurance because they can’t get on their parents’? Why do you think those are good ideas?

ROSS: I don’t. I think one of the most unfortunate things my party did the last three years was not offer an alternative to health care.

Ross isn’t the only Republican to face criticism recently. Paul RyanScott Brown, and Chris Christie have also had constituents tell them to end their focus on repeal. Meanwhile, states that have refused to expand health care to low-income residents are also starting to face the music: the uninsured rate is dropping three times faster in states that have expanded Medicaid compared to those that have not.

BOTTOM LINE: We think just a look at a few of this week’s health-care related headlines provides the best summary: the ACA is working.

*A*C*A*!*

Readers: I am in a small girls group and I texted them this morning wishing all of them a Happy Easter and hoping that those who celebrate Passover, were enjoying the holiday as well. One sister texted me back saying how much she “loved this season of miracles and rebirth.” Her comment made me smile.

So, here’s to all of you on this Easter Sunday and nearing the end of Passover. I HOPE you all have a joyous day, and miracles happen all around you. I find that when I appreciate all that I have, the miracles just appear. And I HOPE for all of us, that this rebirth of our nation since Obama came into office will continue to go on and remain strong.

I find that although much of what is written here talks about the atrocities that are happening in our country and around the world, that if we focus on the good that we already have, and continue to appreciate and strive for solutions for the betterment for all, it will come to us. Look at Obamacare –  it is working. Miracles do not have to be miraculous. All of us, working together, can make this a piece of cake.

So happy to have you all here with me. Have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family!  Share of you are inspired. Blog me.

Peace & Love…

 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

Gratefully your blog host,

michelle

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