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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Tom Hanks to be in Pittsburgh for When We All Vote, new nonprofit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/09/12/Tom-Hanks-When-We-All-Vote-new-not-for-profit-pittsburgh-michelle-obama/stories/201809120145

Actor Tom Hanks will be in Pittsburgh Sept. 25 to speak on behalf of When We All Vote, a new organization.

The group describes itself as a national, nonpartisan not-for-profit that “brings together citizens, institutions, and organizations to spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy. Namely, the responsibility of registering and voting,” according to a press release.

It is holding a series of events in cities around the country from Sept. 22-29. Michelle Obama is a co-chair, and a number of celebrities and politicians are listed as co-chairs, including Mr. Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw.

"Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy— a government of the people and by the people,” Mr. Hanks said in the release. “It's up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn't just represent a small some—not just the most powerful—but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union."

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, Kiya Tomlin, wife of head coach Mike Tomlin, and Jim Rooney will join Mr. Hanks in Pittsburgh. To sign up to attend the Pittsburgh event, go to weall.vote/pittsburgh

Michelle Obama announced the group in a video.

Date: Tuesday Sept. 25th
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland

This website has more info on the event, plus signup: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/whenweallvote/event/8851/

Rolling Stone: Ticketmaster Has Secretly Been Cheating You With Its Own Scalpers

Rolling Stone Sept. 19, 2018

Link: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/ticketmaster-cheating-scalpers-726353/

Music fans’ ire toward Ticketmaster for expensive concert tickets may be somewhat justified, according to a fiery investigation by CBC News and the Toronto Star on Wednesday detailing a secret scalping scheme run by the ticket sales company itself. The two outlets sent journalists undercover as scalpers to a live entertainment convention this summer, where Ticketmaster reportedly pitched them on its underground professional resale program, through which it takes a cut of profits.

Ticketmaster, which is owned by live entertainment juggernaut Live Nation, enlists resellers to grab batches of tickets from its site and then flip them for higher prices on a Ticketmaster-owned, invite-only platform called TradeDesk (touted by the company as “The most powerful ticket sales tool. Ever”), according to the report. Ticketmaster gets extra fees from the pricier resale tickets on top of its fees from selling the original ticket. CBC and Toronto Star journalists were told that despite the existence of a Ticketmaster “buyer abuse” division that looks for suspicious online activity in ticket sales, the company turns a blind eye to its TradeDesk users. A sales representative told one of the undercover journalists that there are brokers with “literally a couple of hundred accounts” on TradeDesk, and that it’s “not something that we look at or report.”

Ticketmaster has sued groups in the past for using bots to grab up live events tickets from its site, which prompted counterclaims that Ticketmaster was itself supplying scalpers with bot software — which, per this week’s investigation, TradeDesk appears to be doing. “This is going to be a public relations nightmare,” popular Canadian radio program host Alan Cross told CBC upon seeing the findings, noting of previous “whispers of this in the ticket-selling community, but it’s never been outlined quite like this before.”

Ticketmaster has not issued any public comment, but in a statement to CBC, said that “as the world’s leading ticketing platform, representing thousands of teams, artists and venues, we believe it is our job to offer a marketplace that provides a safe and fair place for fans to shop, buy and sell tickets in both the primary and secondary markets.”

- see link for additional info and comments -

It looks like the Canadians are fed up with the abuse from Ticketmaster. I sure hope American concert-goers wise up and stop throwing their money at Ticketmaster. This has been going on for at least 20 years, probably longer.

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So Much for the Sex Temptress Russian Spy? Prosecutors Admit to Major Screw-Up

Link: https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/so-much-for-the-sex-temptress-russian-spy-prosecutors-admit-to-major-screw-up/

Law & Crime blog, Monday 9/10/18
By Matt Naham

The lawyer for accused Russian agent Mariia “Maria” Butina is mad as heck and isn’t going to take it anymore, it seems.

Robert Driscoll was none too pleased that federal prosecutors buried on page 19 of a “near midnight” filing on Saturday the fact that they were wrong when they said Butina offered sex “in exchange for a position with a public interest organization.”

Driscoll responded on Sunday evening, saying that the government’s filing was an “extraordinary document that reeks of desperation.”

“On page 19 of a 22-page brief filed near midnight, the government shamelessly admits it had no factual basis for a proffer made in court that Maria Butina ‘offered . . . sex’ in exchange for a position with a public interest organization,” he said.

He added in a footnote that the government’s focus on Butina’s sex life has “gone too far and transformed into an irrelevant obsession.”

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Bottom line - if the judge lets her out of jail, she's gone! Don't let her post bail, she's a severe flight risk.

Every state has one, if you have a dirty mind :-)

If you have any other "naughty" town names, please add below!

After grand jury report, a flurry of new tips emerge on clergy sex abuse

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Aug. 19, 2018

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/08/19/Pennsylvania-catholic-church-diocese-clergy-priests-child-sex-abuse-grand-jury/stories/201808170163

HARRISBURG — Almost as soon as the phone number flashed onscreen at a press conference about the blistering grand jury report examining Roman Catholic dioceses, calls began pouring into the clergy abuse hotline.

The staff of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro shuffled workers around, pulling in specially trained agents from its Child Predator unit to help sift through tips about misdeeds by religious officials.

By week’s end, 17 people were staffing the hotline and they had received more than 300 calls and emails — and the number was still growing. It was the single largest surge in calls since the line was created two years ago, following a similarly scathing report.

“Our agents will call and speak to every person who has called the hotline, hear the facts and investigate where appropriate,” Joe Grace, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, which staffs the line, said Friday.

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Current Pennsylvania law allows criminal charges in some cases, depending on how long ago the incident happened, to be filed up until the victim’s 50th birthday.

There is one bill in the state legislature that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations in most future cases — in effect, adopting one of the grand jury’s key recommendations. Such efforts have stalled in past, as they often get tied to controversial measures that would also offer windows for older survivors to sue — a measure championed by victims’ advocates by staunchly opposed by the church and insurance industry, who have argued it could deliver a crushing financial blow.

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House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, has promised to bring the bill up for a vote when the House returns this fall, noting that it will likely be revised based on the grand jury’s recommendations. It’s too early to know exactly what the revised bill will look like.

In the meantime, the attorney general’s office will continue to field calls and emails relating to clergy abuse. In addition to their normal hours, agents are scheduled to work in the evenings and through this weekend.

“It is our plan to be responsive to every single call,” Grace said.

Anyone with information can contact the Clergy Abuse Hotline by calling 888-538-8541 (a toll-free number) or sending an email to info@attorneygeneral.gov.

- more at link -

Lifelong Republican tells CNN that Trump has driven him to vote for Democrats for the first time

Source: RawStory (as told to CNN)

Paul Rosenzweig, an attorney who formerly served as senior counsel to Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation into former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told CNN on Monday that he’ll be voting for Democrats at the national level for the first time ever this fall.

During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Rosenzweig explained that he was appalled by the recently released recordings of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) saying that his top job is to protect President Donald Trump from oversight.

“It’s the abdication of responsibility,” Rosenzweig explained about his decision to ditch the GOP this year. “The Republican Party seems to me to no longer deserve my support, or frankly the support of anybody who thinks that the legislative branch should act as a check and a balance against executive authoritarianism. Essentially Rep. Nunes has said aloud what everybody is assuming, which is that his only goal — and apparently the only goal of the party — is to defend the president no matter what.”

In particular, he said that Nunes’ obedience to Trump was completely at odds with the Constitution’s framework of Congress serving as a co-equal branch of government alongside the presidency.

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Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/lifelong-republican-tells-cnn-trump-driven-vote-democrats-first-time/

I believe we're going to see more of this in the next 3 months. Many have reached their limit with this traitorous bunch.

FRIDAY jokes for old ladies

Hi friends! From time to time my dear friend (an older woman) sends me her forwarded emails just like you get from your mom or your grandma. Once in awhile her jokes are good enough to share with you.

I haven't posted anything for a couple of months, but today I got some pretty good ones:

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!

Trump snubs Sen. Casey over bill signing ceremony

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/08/02/Trump-snubs-senator-Bob-Casey-jobs-bill-signing-pennsylvania/stories/201808020117

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 8/2/2018

President Donald Trump invited Democratic and Republican Congress members to watch him sign a jobs-training bill Tuesday but snubbed the U.S. senator from Scranton who worked hard on the legislation.

Sen. Bob Casey, whose election opponent the president will stump for Thursday in Wilkes-Barre, wasn’t invited to the Oval Office to see Trump sign the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law, said Jacklin Rhoads, Casey’s deputy communications director.

“While it is disappointing the White House chose to play politics with this bill signing, Sen. Casey is pleased he was able to work in a bipartisan fashion to reauthorize this important legislation for the first time in 12 years, ensuring students and workers have the skills they need to get family-sustaining jobs,” Rhoads said in an emailed statement.


Casey was the bill’s Democratic co-author. The bipartisan bill aims to overhaul education and training for the first time since 2006 for students interested in technical careers.

By all accounts, Casey, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which oversaw the bill, worked long and hard on the bill. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and the committee chairman, credited Casey for working with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, to come up with a bipartisan compromise.

“They have worked hard to reach a bipartisan result and should receive the recognition they deserve for it,” Alexander said, according to an online transcript of his Senate comments in the Congressional Record. “I would also like to thank Ivanka Trump for her leadership in helping create an environment where we could get a result.”

Rhoads said the White House invited U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, of Washington, the top-ranked Democrat on the HELP committee, but not Casey. Murray did not attend the ceremony, but let Casey know she was invited, Rhoads said.

The president* is scheduled to campaign for Lou Barletta, Casey's GOP opponent, at 7 p.m. tonight in Wilkes-Barre. We're supposed to believe this wasn't politically motivated?

Bookmark this: How to permanently delete your Facebook account

Link: https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-delete-your-facebook-instagram-twitter-snapchat/

Wired / March 12, 2018 / Gordon Gottsegen and Josie Colt
"How to Make a Clean Break with the Clingiest Social Networks"

Now, to permanently delete your account, you'll need to learn where the delete option resides. The easiest way to find it is by clicking the "Quick Help" icon in the top-right corner, then the "Search" icon. When you see the search field, type “delete account.” You'll see a list of search results. Click on "How do I permanently delete my account?" and Facebook will give you the obscure instructions to “log into your account and let us know.” In this case, “let us know” is code for “delete my account,” so click on that link. From here, the final steps are clear: Enter your password and solve the security captcha, and your request to permanently delete your account is underway.

Yes, you read that right—it's just a request. Facebook delays the deletion process for a few days after you submit your request, and will cancel your request if you log into your account during that time period. You know, just in case you change your mind. It's crucial that you don't visit Facebook during this waiting period. Delete the app from your phone.

If you want to delete your account but don't want to lose all your account information, download all your crucial data first. The information you can download includes everything from the photos and statuses you post, to the ads you’ve clicked and the IP addresses you’ve used. The list of what’s included is extensive, but you can view it in its entirety here. Also, due to the nature of this data, you’ll want to keep it in a safe place.

To download your account, go into Settings> General Account Settings > Download a copy of your Facebook data and then click “Start My Archive.” When your download is ready, Facebook will send you an email with a link to download. For added security, this link will expire after a few days, so download it quickly.


In a nutshell, here's the link to delete your FaceBook account:

(Facebook will demand proof that you really are the owner of the account, so be ready to answer a few questions.)

Further down this Wired article you'll see instructions for deleting Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and a few others.

After many years of pretending I never had a Facebook account, and never having visited FB for 15 years, I finally deleted my old account yesterday, using these instructions. I got a nice feeling of accomplishment in doing it too.
Take that, Mark Zuckerberg!

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