My response to messages of bigotry on Facebook

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I’ve noticed an unfortunate increase in hate messages spreading on Facebook. These messages tend to be spread by people who might characterize themselves as politically unsophisticated; that is, they likely didn’t fully consider the meaning or social consequence of the message they are spreading through a simple action of a “like”. Yet the world’s greatest […]

Spying on Amercians pays off with arrest of two Chesapeake watermen

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Those who feared that expansion of surveillance for national security reasons would eventually cross legal boundaries and be used in other law enforcement now have tangible proof. CBS Baltimore reports that Homeland Security cameras and radar systems were used to arrest two oyster poachers in the Chesapeake Bay. It’s now only a short legal jump […]

We still get an “F” for courting for environmental tourism

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Watermen (the term used to describe the people who harvest fish, shellfish, crabs and other resources from the bay) are known for their intelligence and sharp wit combined with a lack of formal education. The result can often be offensive to those with a deference to politically correct positions. The Money Island Marina community has […]

Privacy and security

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I’ve been convinced for years that the concepts of “privacy” and “security” as most people imagine them no longer exist. Recent news surrounding NSA capabilities and activities brought that discussion into the mainstream. There is some value gained, I believe, in living with the presumption that all of our individual and collective actions and communications […]

The detail of my complaint against the Better Business Bureau

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I became aware that the BBB had removed my A+ rating on Saturday September 21, 2013 I don’t known when they actually initiated the action. This was about one week after Yahoo Finance published an article on the potential for abuse by scammers playing off the federal health insurance exchange launch scheduled for October 1. […]

Advertising investigation by BBB

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I am frustrated by the Better Business Bureau’s “shoot first and ask questions later” policy in pulling my A+ rating for an advertising review. I wrote about my original complaint with BBB staff behavior at https://novaktony.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/the-detail-of-my-complaint-against-the-better-business-bureau/. I became aware that the BBB replaced my A+ rating with a “NR” (not rated) on September 28 when a […]

Tax planning notes for 2013

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Following are unformatted meeting notes from a Presentation by Al Klingan JD, LLM, CLU, ChFC in a meeting 11/8/2012 hosted by First Financial at the Philadelphia Union League. CURRENT LAW FOR 2013 (if no congressional action) All brackets rise CG rise to 20% Dividends 39.6% Deductions phase out Exemptions phaseout Social Security to 6.2% Additional 3.8% […]