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Beware Card Skimmers at the Grocery Store

As of yesterday yours truly is mired in a first-ever credit card skimming experience resulting in a large fraudulent charge that all but cleaned out my account. The primary place I use the victimized card is at a neighborhood Publix grocery store but occasionally I shop at Kroger.

My suspicion rests with Publix because approximately a month ago I was behind a young man in the check out line and upon completing his transaction – and with me in process of purchasing my stuff – he stood nearby and continued to peck at his smartphone and was still doing so as I left the store while glancing at me every once in a while. Not much to be suspicious of perhaps but I had one of those what you call ‘feelings’.

As I drove from the parking lot, his truck was in front of my car and I saw which street he turned on as I turned into my neighborhood. Oddly enough, he turned onto Woodstock Road and maybe it’s a coincidence but the GoPro camera that was fraudulently purchased with my card may have come from one of several official GoPro stores in the Atlanta area. One of them is in Woodstock. My bank had the unusually large transaction On Hold and called me to ask if I had authorized the transaction (no!) so in checking my account, it showed the debited amount to be On Hold — and for a purchase at a camera shop for a GoPro.

Curiously, the Publix store in question replaced their swipe machines with new models about a week ago. Perhaps other customers have had similar issues of card theft and fraudulent charges. I shall mention my experience to the store management soon.

Anyway, I write to express a bit of my frustration and to caution those who use their cards in swipe machines no matter where. Here is a Daily Kos contributor who had a similar experience and knows more about the technology of the matter than little ole me:

Beware New Credit Card Skimmers.

Wonder why in America credit card companies won’t give our cards the same kind of security enjoyed by card holders in other countries?

Written by Jude Cowell

March 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

mysterious death at Davos

A security officer at Davos has been found dead in his hotel room and the Swiss police say that it looks like suicide to them.

Well, isn’t that the obvious conclusion? And the fellow chose that particular time, place, and event to make a point that ____ __ _______ ___ ______. Perhaps he wished his inconvenient and violent passing to send a message to all _______ _______ _____ __ ______ to _____ down their ________.

Or maybe he’s one of the ‘blocks’ or ‘obstacles’ that are now ‘violently or tragically removed’ – energy left over from the ‘systems fail’ July 21/22, 2009 Solar Eclipse @ ’30 Cancer’: “A Daughter of the American Revolution.”

Hmm…I’m feeling especially suspicious this Wednesday morning. And if I were breakfasting after sunrise on a cozy terrace in a lovely Davos, Switzerland hotel, I might order a slice of buttered toast with a dab of I-don’t-believe-you jam on the side.

Coffee? Make mine black. As black as the hearts of internationalists who have blackened everything decent they can get their shriveled claws into in this whole wide world.

Then they marked it up and passed it on.

But you know, that’s one thing about these top notch, high level, conclaves: you just can’t count on all the scoundrels to make it through till the end.

ICC files against Bush-Cheney and crew

The International Criminal Court at the Hague has filed complaints against “the Accused” – Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Tenet, Rice, and Gonzales for their practice of ‘extraordinary rendition’ which led to the torture of about 100 people.

Is this a move to undermine the authority and sovereignty of the US government? Or is it a legal exercise honestly meant to hold accountable our homegrown war criminals?

Or perhaps a ‘fix’ is in to tamp down constant calls for something to be done about practices of the Bush-Cheney administration – can you imagine them “acquitted’?

Would a majority of Americans like to see the lot of them in the dock? This particular one certainly would.

This post is being filed under the Politics and Crime categories even though most of Politics IS a Crime.

Written by Jude Cowell

January 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

FEMA videographer on 9/11 speaks out

FEMA’s videographer at Ground Zero on Sept 11, 2001 and for a month afterwards, Kurt Sonnenfeld, has written a book and is living in exile since 2003 with his wife and family.

Questions linger about the attacks of 9/11 and it’s important to consider that the 911 Commission was a white-wash of events and of the culprits’ true identities and motives.

Mr. Sonnenfeld was one of very few people allowed into the rubble of buildings in 2001 and has his video tapes showing certain anomalies with him. Yes, his home, his computer, and other files were ransacked and confiscated by US authorities years ago, but he asserts that he has the tapes and is ready to share them with experts.

The Astrology of 9/11/01’s attacks has long informed me of the dubious nature of the official story, and they very possibly qualify as a ‘false flag op’ – so I have linked here previously to VP Cheney’s progressed chart set for the morning of the attacks which primarily concerns Cheney’s Pluto/Chiron midpoint at Midheaven, the Goal Point of any chart.

So on behalf of my much-loved and native America I must echo one of the statements of 9/11’s video eye-witness Sonnenfeld in his above-linked interview, “Things are not what they seem.”

9-11 oddities resurface

Raw Story informs us that traces of a high-tech explosive superthermite have been identified in WTC debris.

Meanwhile The Daily Ed reports new information that foul play may have been to blame for the August 2008 death of key 9/11 eyewitness, Barry Jennings, who was emergency coordinator for the NY Housing Authority on 9.11.01.

Mr. Jennings, as I remember, gave an on-the-spot, real-time interview with the press that morning – he heard explosions which would indicate that the official story of the 9/11 attacks is off by several miles at least or is criminally misleading at best.

Then there’s this particular astrologer, who previously posted on a synchronistic astrological oddity concerning Dick Cheney’s natal chart progressed to the morning of 9/11/01 with results which must be seen to be believed – and perhaps not even then.


Nostradamus’ predicted ‘King of Terror’ or ‘King of Alarm’ Eclipse horoscope chart may be found in the sidebar column of Pages – the Solar Eclipse of August 11, 1999, aka the Mother of All Eclipses, and which ushered in the New Millennium.

Cracking down on ‘selling away’

Well, I must say the world of high finance has many descriptive terms for their sly practices which were unknown to me until the ongoing financial crisis brought them up from the bottom of Fraudulent Ocean:


You know, the love of money is the root of all evil – not money per se, but the LOVE of it. So there and here we are…selling away on Fraudulent Ocean and tacking toward a secret island concealing a few offshore accounts.

And the secure password is:  iamacrook2008.

Not my password, silly – the bandits’. If I were a money-lover, I suppose I’d have a bunch more of it than I do. Or so my daughter tells me!

Written by Jude Cowell

January 6, 2009 at 10:59 pm

FBI’s anthrax case on Capitol Hill

Political Theater returns to Capitol Hill as Congress returns today.

FBI Director Robert Mueller has been invited to appear before the House Judiciary Committee in September to elucidate the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins concerning 2001’s anthrax letters.

Here are a few notes I’ve posted on the subject:


Such as it is when Crime and Politics meld – and they do so often, don’t they?

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