Friday, April 29, 2022

Scammers Exploiting the Elderly

Many people, especially the elderly, have been victimized by scammers who intimidate them into buying pre-paid gift cards to pay for correcting non-existent problems such as IRS debts, law enforcement action, Social Security or utility shut offs and actual problems such as scammer-installed computer malware and viruses. See https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/gift-card-scams.

I have written to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggesting that a warning label be placed on each pre-paid gift card, much like the warning labels on cigarette packages.

Because the elderly population is largely composed of people who get their information from reading than video content, a written warning is likely to be effective.

The pre-paid gift card warning label might say: “Government offices, including the IRS and Social Security, are not allowed to accept payment with pre-paid gift cards. No Sheriff, no court, no county, no state, no city, no town is allowed to accept payment with pre-paid gift cards. No legitimate business accepts payment with pre-paid gift cards. If you have a computer problem, call your Internet or cable provider. Only scammers ask for payment with pre-paid gift cards.”

Please join me and contact the FTC to request that it require such warning labels on each pre-paid gift card.

Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580 Telephone: (202) 326-2222

By email to: antitrust@ftc.gov

Thursday, April 28, 2022

We have a Constitution--No more Czars and Kings.

My paternal great grandfather and maternal grandfather, from Belarus in the Russian empire, and from County Kerry in Ireland, respectively, immigrated to the United States and became citizens.

One renounced and abjured “all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever – and particularly to Nicholas II Czar of Russia whose subject he has heretofore been . . . .”

The other renounced “forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and particularly to Edward VII King Of The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland, of which I am now a subject . . . .”

They both declared themselves to be “attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States.”

I, too, am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States. I believe that candidates for public office, at all levels, must support the US Constitution, the rule of law, and the results of elections. Failure to be attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States is a disqualification for office.

Incumbents who cannot support the US Constitution, the rule of law, and the results of elections should resign from office. Where proven by evidence, incumbents who have committed acts that interfere with the US Constitution, the rule of law, and the results of elections should be removed from office.

With my forefathers, I renounce fidelity to any and all individuals, who are not attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Facts

 

To communicate, argue, and persuade, facts need to be described or defined in context and both questions and answers must be specific.

 

For example, take “the date” of the U.S. Constitution.  There are many significant dates. To get a true (specific) answer, specific questions must be asked, and, in turn, the answer must be specific.

1.  From May to September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met and wrote the proposed constitution; delegates from 12 states [Rhode Island did not send delegates] approved it and recommended to the Congress [of the then-existing federal government, the Articles of Confederation] that it be adopted by ratification of nine of the 13 states..

Specific questions for the above:  When was the U.S. Constitution written?  When was the U.S. Constitution adopted by the Constitutional Convention?

2.  By June 21, 1788, nine states had ratified the U.S. Constitution.  According to the US Constitution Center, on this date, the Constitution became the official framework of the government of the United States of America.

https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/the-day-the-constitution-was-ratified

Specific questions for the above:  When was the U.S. Constitution ratified by the states? When did the U.S. Constitution become the framework of the US government?

3.  On March 4, 1789, the House of Representatives met but did not have a quorum.  The US Senate also met that day, but also without a quorum.

[On April 1, 1789, the House of Representatives first achieved a quorum and elected its officers.]

[On April 6, 1789, the US Senate first achieved a quorum and elected its officers.]

Specific questions for the above:  When did the first House of Representatives meet?  When did the first US Senate meet?  When did the first House of Representatives meet with a quorum?  When did the first US Senate meet with a quorum? 

4.  On April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president under the U.S. Constitution.

Specific question for the above:  When did the first US president take office?

 

 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

bostunphoto on ETSY

 

Please visit bostunphoto, my new store on ETSY.


At https://www.etsy.com/shop/bostunphoto you will find downloadable wall art for purchase for your own personal use.  You can make prints in popular frame sizes on your own printer (using the “fit to page” setting) or by way of an online service of your choice.  You will have access to high resolution jpg digital files in five common file ratios.