Now this is a new and novel approach … The United Nations now has my millions.
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We wish to inform you that the United Nations Organization (UN) has
taking over the Inheritance/Winning payment issue in which you presently have
with your transaction agents. Your funds was withdrawn by UN on your behalf
based on the fact that you where subjected to too many process that will make
you spend more money before receiving your funds.Your Inheritance/Winning
payment was paid out to the United Nations Organization, and they have
succeeded in depositing your funds with us.
They have ordered Western Union to take full responsibility in the transfer
process of your funds, and we have received your application for the first
installment of $5,600 USD from the total amount of $1.million.USD.
For some security
reasons ,we need you to reconfirm your personal data’s
before receiving the MTCN for the first installment, and we will email you
others after 24 hours of receiving each payment.
Well, at least he didn’t outright ask for my Social Security Number and Bank Account information. But I’m so glad the United Nations Organization has taken over the responsibility of getting me my millions of dollars, on $5,600 transfer through Western Union at a time.
Seriously, does anyone fall for this stuff? Really?
A month ago I joined TechShop. If you don’t know about TechShop you should. It’s like heaven. Really. Tools. Tools. Tools. Equipment. Tools. All the tools you can’t afford to buy, don’t have the room to store, and would only use once a year are there. And you can use them whenever you need them.
Did I say Tools? Yeah. Heaven.
I love to work with wood. We’ve made lots of furniture — end tables (2 of them), a coffee table, and a sofa table out of Claro Walnut
and 2 night stands out of Canary Wood with stained glass windows in them that we also made. I actually designed those from scratch.
I have always wanted to learn how to turn bowls on a wood lathe though. My neighbor in California was a master wood turner and I could stand in his driveway for hours watching him turn bowls and baby rattles and round boxes. The ‘bottles’ he made for us are air-tight. Yes, air-tight.
Last week my son and I took the Wood Lathe SBU (Safety and Basic Use course) at TechShop. You have to take an SBU before you can use stuff. So far I’ve taken MIG Welding and Aluminum Casting. Those were great fun, but I don’t really need to cast a whole lot of stuff in solid aluminum, and, while there are plenty of things I’d love to take a welding rod to, not much I actually need to take a welding rod to.
Turning bowls though. That’s something that you don’t need an excuse to do! Last night I went off to Lowes and bought a plain poplar board and glued up some blanks. One for me and one for my son — actually 2 each, but the other two are twice as thick.
Earlier tonight, after a day that made me extremely stabby and aggravated, off we went to spend some time practicing on the lathe. It was just what I needed. Nothing quite like generating a huge amount of mess and creating something to set you straight. I didn’t create exactly what I had in mind, but as our instructor said last week, there are no mistakes, just opportunities to change your original design.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Small, yes, but I sort of like the shape. It’s going to take a lot of practice. I can live with that. The practice is a lot of fun! And next week we’ll go back and turn those bigger blanks into something. Then we’ll practice some more and maybe break out some of that Claro Walnut (yes, I still have some squirreled away) or some Cocobolo that I have stashed, or we’ll order some burls or something.
This will be a fun adventure in creating. I hope it doesn’t end up being an expensive adventure in buying all sorts of exotic woods, too.
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Bev Perdue stunned the GOP leadership today by issuing an Executive Order for the immediate release of federal unemployment benefits to 47,000 out of work North Carolinians.
The order ends nearly two months of deadlock during which Republican legislators employed the jobless as pawns in budget negotiations with her office. Finally, these unemployed – our friends, family and neighbors – will have help paying bills, mortgages and putting food on their tables.
In a statement moments ago, the Governor explained that she had finally had enough of the GOP’s petty political games and the very real suffering they were causing:
“Just yesterday, they voted down a measure to separate this issue from their budget. Enough is enough. They continue to use desperate people as leverage to extort my support for an ideologically-driven budget that needlessly cuts millions from our public schools and inflicts millions of dollars more in damage to our universities, pre-school programs, community colleges, job creation efforts and vital health care services. I will not stand for it and I will not sit by idly as the legislature continues to play these games and deny the jobless the unemployment benefits they need.”
There will be howls from the offices of the Republican leadership over the next few days, but I think that what our Governor did today is nothing short of heroic.
I’ve watched the honest attempts of Governor Perdue and the legislative Democrats to work with the Republican majority during this session. She has been equally clear about the limits to cuts she’ll tolerate for schools and services. With this unprecedented move, however, she has demonstrated that there are no limits to the lengths she’ll go to preserve the rights of the people of our state.
I’m proud of her and the Democrats in the General Assembly, who have fought so tirelessly on this issue. In these troubled times, when it seems that the Republican agenda is boundless in its capacity to hurt working people, women, children and the shrinking middle class, North Carolina feels like one of the luckiest places left.
Bev Perdue is truly one of the strongest Democratic leaders serving in America today.
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With the end of May, we wrapped up a great month for lupus awareness. Events were held throughout the country in support of Alliance for Lupus Research(ALR) and people affected by lupus. Just a few of the events that took place during Lupus Awareness Month:
5/10 Dine for a Cause at Trattoria Amici – Glendale, CA
5/12 Tory Burch Shop for a Cause – Chicago, IL
5/14 Seattle Walk with Us To Cure Lupus – Seattle, WA
5/17 Collaborating for a Cure Reception – New York, NY
5/21 New Jersey Walk with Us To Cure Lupus – East Rutherford, NJ
The ALR hosted our annual Collaborating for a Cure meeting, where ALR-funded scientists discussed their current research and exchanged ideas about possible future areas of study. At areception held on May 17, we celebrated their achievements as they help us lead the way to a cure with their innovative research.
On World Lupus Day we launched our Get In On It campaign and people everywhere have joined us in the effort to spread awareness and rally behind our mission to find better treatments and a cure for lupus. Visit our Get In On It page to see why ALR supporter Addy Batiquin and ALR-funded researcher Dr. Earl Silverman are In On It. Get In On It on our Facebook page and help us as we continue to spread awareness and raise crucial research dollars until we find a cure.
Today this came across one of the disability support email lists I am on. Given the onset of heat and high humidity, at least here in the South, I thought this might be worth a wider read.
I’ve changed all the names/references, but this is from someone local whose son is on the Autism spectrum.
So, just as dehydration can be a serious concern, so can over-hydration.
I’m posting this in the hopes that nobody else will have to go through what we did this past weekend.
I had to take Billy to the ER on Friday. He was admitted because his sodium levels were at life threatening levels (111, where the range is supposed to be 135-140). That morning he vomited stool, and then kept vomiting, so his gastroenterologist told us to go for a KUB in case he had an intestinal blockage. They thought they saw a “loop” in his left upper quadrant but weren’t sure if it was the large or small intestine. We were waiting to find out what to do next, but he was vomiting non-stop at that point so our pediatrician told us to get to the ER. They ran blood and urine tests and that was when they discovered how low his sodium levels were. The doctor told me the lowest he’d ever seen was 115. We spent 9 hours in the ER, had a CT scan of his brain and abdomen, and then he was admitted to the hospital.
He’d been drinking HUGE amounts of water for about 3 months, apparently because if you do, it gives you a “high”. (We thought it was because he also eats huge amounts of salt whenever he gets the chance – I have to keep it locked up but sometimes family members forget!) We also thought he was drinking so much because he has so much trouble with constipation. Apparently there was so much fluid in him, it caused the brain to swell, which is what started the seizures. The neurologist had put him on Trileptal, the week before, and told us to increase the dose last Monday. His therapists kept saying he didn’t seem right, but we attributed it to the medication increase, and figured he just needed time to adjust to the higher dose. On Thursday, his 18th birthday (and the day before the crisis), he had another seizure in the morning and I took him in to the neurologist. I was somewhat surprised to see he had gained 10 lbs in 10 days when he hadn’t been eating much, and stated this to the doctor. He said it was probably just an error reading the scale the week before. I insisted it wasn’t, because he had weighed 119 at his pediatrician’s office too, and this was the exact same scale. Nevertheless, my concern was dismissed.
That night we noticed Billy was twitching right before dinner. After dinner he began non-stop hiccupping. His stomach was distended and tight as a drum. At 10:30pm, he was still hiccupping, so I called the neurologist on call, after googling “seizures and hiccups” and finding that it is a symptom of myoclonic jerks. She told me to administer diastat, which helped calm things down.
I am just glad we got to the ER when we did. Had we delayed any longer, I might be telling a different story.
I did want to say that our experience at <local small hospital> couldn’t have been better, once we got past the admissions person at the ER, who didn’t seem to realize the urgency of his situation. She left us standing there for 15 minutes while she did what appeared to be routine paperwork for somebody else, even though our pediatrician had called ahead to say we were coming in. Billy had vomit all over him, (the ride over in the car only worsened the situation) and I felt there was no excuse for that. (Knowing what I know now, I should have just called for an ambulance.) Anyway, once we got past the front desk, they were absolutely wonderful. Billy was admitted to an adult ward since he’s now past the age of 18. Luckily my husband had mentioned to me a few days before that I should keep his guardianship paperwork with me. They didn’t know much about autism on the adult ward, but were respectful of my knowledge of my own son and his medical conditions, and were wonderful with their interactions with him. The nurses and doctors were very kind. The nephrologist who treated him there, Dr. Jason, will be taking over Billy’s case at his adult practice. (It seems so strange to me that one day he’s considered a child, and the next day he’s an adult.)
The moment we came home, the first thing Billy did was go to the cabinet to get a glass out for some water. So this is something we are going to have to watch carefully, and I will be weighing him every day. Although the doctor said we don’t have to restrict fluids (they had him on 1 liter per day while hospitalized), we are going to try to keep him at no more than 2 liters a day for a while.
- Autism is More than Just a Walk (chicagonow.com)
This arrived in my mail from a fellow dog-rescuer. Gigi should be sainted, quite frankly. Anyway, if you’re in the LA area and are looking for a companion, or know someone who is, please contact Gigi. Or contact me and I will put you in contact with her.
Update: So I asked Orbitz to remove my account. Delete it. You know, take my data off of their systems and make my account go away. You can see the original request below. You can also see their rather idiotic reply.
So I asked again after writing this blog entry below. This time they “forwarded my request to a supervisor”
Subject Cancel Account! Discussion Thread Response Via Email (E-mail Customer Service) 05/28/2011 11:13 PM Dear Orbitz Customer,
Thank you for contacting Orbitz.
I understand you wish to delete your Orbitz account.
I have forwarded your issue to a supervisor. They will review and respond as soon as possible. I apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience while this matter is examined. When we do learn of a problem, Orbitz takes immediate action to prevent any future disappointing experiences for our customers.
Orbitz Email Service Team
When you Orbitz, you know!
Oh, and don’t think for a minute that “her” name is “Cara Simpson.” Orbitz email customer service is in New Delhi, India.
Anyway, I waited to hear from the “Supervisor” about this. Guess what? Right. Still unwilling to actually remove me from their systems.
Response Via Email (Athena) 05/29/2011 02:41 PM Dear Orbitz Customer,
Hope this email finds you well.
Thank you for your detailed follow up e-mail. We regret your continued disappointment.
It is my understanding that you wish to delete your account with Orbitz.
Deleting the account regrettably that may not be possible but what we did was that we locked the account.When we lock/close the account rest assured that there’s no further access of information.
Again, don’t believe that “her” name is “Athena.” Customer service supervisors are in the Philipines though, not India.
So the best these people can do is ‘lock’ my account so that I can’t access it? Um, that’s just failure on all levels.
Orbits, you folks really need to figure this out. It is certainly possible to remove someone from your system. Just because your outsourced, $1/day “customer service” people can’t figure it out doesn’t mean it can’t be done. And not giving me an easy, straightforward way to delete MYSELF is double-fail. What am I, your hostage? Once I’ve signed up with Orbitz I can never change my mind a leave Orbitz? You really think your service is that good that I can never live without you?
Get it right folks. Fix this.
I supported the Stop Beck campaign for a long time by writing emails, sending tweets, etc. to companies that advertised on Beck’s freakshows. It worked. So many advertisers dropped him that even the Rage and Bigotry Circus Faux Newz had to finally give it up and cancel his rubber-room hour.
When The Drop Fox campaign started up, I of course thought it was a great thing. I detest encountering Faux Newz on televisions in public places — especially places where one is a captive audience like Doctor’s waiting rooms, etc. I always ask them to change the channel or turn it off, and consider not using Fox as their background noise permanently. It is making people stupid.
But I digress.
The Drop Fox campaign is doing great work. Fighting an uphill battle to get the truth out about what Faux Newz really is: Right Wing Propaganda and Lies. Oh, and Xenophobia and bigotry. Lots of that too. So they asked Orbitz to stop advertising on Faux. Orbitz had always been a “supporter” of LGBT community, and marketed directly to them and quite frankly made a pile of money off of them. So it seemed (and still seems) reasonable to ask them to actually support the LGBT community and not support a network that promotes intolerance and bigotry. You’d think.
But not only has Orbitz refused to stop supporting Faux, but they have doubled-down on the stupid by issuing the following statement:
And then just yesterday, Hoyt issued an response letter saying “Our tone … is the result of dealing with the tired tactics of these shady so-called non-profit fringe groups like the one that attacked Orbitz.” Wow. Shady, fringe groups? Really?
Wow. Shady fringe groups. Interesting way to play this, Orbitz, but ok. Have it your way.
I’ve said I have a zero tolerance policy for racism and discrimination and bigotry. I’ve said it a lot. I mean it. No, really. I MEAN IT.
So off I go to Orbitz to delete my account. I told you I mean it. But I can’t seem to find any way to delete my account. Huh. Weird. There must be a way. I just can’t find it. So I fill out a customer contact form and inform them of what I want, and why.
Straight up and to the point. I want my account cancelled and all my data removed from their systems. I should have that right, right? Apparently wrong.
Dear Orbitz Customer,
Thank you for contacting Orbitz.
I understand you wish to delete your Orbitz account.
In Orbitz we do not have an option to delete an account once it is created. However, you can remove any card information or billing information from the account.
To delete the credit card information from your billing profile, please follow these steps:
1. Go to ‘My Account’ http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewMyStuff.
2. Click on the link ‘Billing Information’.
3. Click on the link ‘Delete.’
4. Click on ‘Save’ which is at the bottom of the page.
To edit your billing profile, please follow these steps:
1. Go to ‘My Account’ http://www.orbitz.com/App/ViewMyStuff.
2. Click on the link ‘Billing Information’
3. Click on the link ‘Edit this billing profile.’
4. Make the necessary changes and click on ‘Save’ which is at the bottom of the page.
However, you may also get your Orbitz account locked by calling Orbitz Customer Service at (888) 656-4546 from the US and 001-312-416-0018 from outside the US. Our Customer Service Agents will be able to assist you more efficiently on the phone.
Sophia Robertson Orbitz Email Service Team
Really?? So once you create an account at Orbitz, you’re theirs for life. No way to get removed. No way to have your data removed. The best you can do is to remove the credit card you have on file with them. (Guess what? The card they have on file was already cancelled.)
Sorry, but this is unacceptable. Maybe it calls for some new legislation, but as a customer, I should be able to have my information deleted from their systems upon my request.
This isn’t over. Not by a long shot. I have every intention of getting my information deleted from Orbitz’s system. I most certainly won’t be using Orbitz any longer. They have shown me that they do not wish to listen to their customers so I don’t plan to hand them any more of my money.
- Not Cool, Orbitz! (perezhilton.com)
- Orbitz Snubs Media Matters’ ‘Drop Fox’ Campaign: ‘We Aren’t Going To Engage In That Fight’ (mediaite.com)
- Tell Orbitz It’s Time To Drop Fox (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- GLAAD: ‘LBGT groups urge Orbitz to pull ads from Fox News over anti-gay rhetoric’ (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Media Matters Targets FOX Over Anti-Gay Content By Going After Their Advertising Income (lezgetreal.com)
I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again and again: It’s not okay. Here, let me gut-punch you.
So stop it. I’ve said I will have zero tolerance for racists and birthers (same thing as far as I am concerned) and all the other bigots knuckle-dragging their way through this world and refusing to join a modern, civilized society. Now I’m adding this to my lists of things I simply will not tolerate.
So if you think it’s funny, or cute, or clever to call someone retarded, or a retard, it’s not. It never was. And fancying it up to call them a Foxtard for watching Faux News, or a Libtard, or any other kind of -tard doesn’t make it any more acceptable to me, or any more clever or funny. It’s the same thing. It reminds me of how my Grandmother used to use the word “Niggra” because it finally became clear to her that she couldn’t use the word “Nigger” anymore, but she still couldn’t stand to treat black people like, well, people. We all knew exactly what she meant. I hated it then and I hate it now.
It makes you look crass and insensitive and like the kind of person who preys on people that may not be able to stand up for themselves. It makes you look like the kind of person who pushes others down to make yourself look taller. Who preys on people’s weaknesses because you are too much of a coward to pick on someone your own size. But guess what? We see exactly who and what you are when you do this. More clearly, in fact.
So, if you want to insult someone’s intelligence, then might I suggest that you actually apply some of your own first? Be creative. Be funny. Be sarcastic and snarky. Be as mean or insulting as you think you need to be. But don’t use the word ‘retard’ or any of its more modern forms or I will have something to say about it. To you directly. In public. You won’t like it. I won’t care. If that means we can’t be friends then you’re really not the kind of person I want to be friends with anyway. I’d rather have friends that treat others with respect and dignity and compassion. And yes, you can still insult someone and treat them with some respect and leave them with their dignity. So learn how.