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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

Natal planets of Twitter’s first tweet

On March 21, 2006 at 9:50 pm pst in San Francisco, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey posted this message: “just setting up my twttr” and one of the most influential social networking sites began with 24 characters. ‘Twas the first tweet of many 140-characters-or-less messages to be tweeted out to inform the Universe of…well, whatever.

Here is a list of the planets on March 21, 2006 at 9:50 pm pst (which uses over 140 characters but it can’t be helped):

Sun 1Ari27 (one day past Spring Equinox 2006, aka, the Aries Ingress when the Sun reaches 00Ari00:00, the Aries Point of reward, fame, prominence and recognition on the world stage–was some founder reading Astrology charts in order to elect the timing for Twitter’s success?);

Moon (the public) 24Sag31, ruled by broadcasting Jupiter, planet of fortunate breaks and lucky wins;

Mercury 13Pis43–Mercury, planet of Communications in creative Pisces (also ruled by Jupiter and co-ruled by vast Neptune of the Unconscious)–Pisces is the sign of The Collective;

Venus 15AQ00 with Aquarius also associated with The Collective via Humanity–attractive yet distant;

Mars 17Gem04, planet of action, energy, initiative, and motivation and ruler of the Aries Point; Gemini, sign of Communications and ruled by speedy Mercury with wings on his helmet and ankles facilitating instant communications, ideas, and the news; Twitter acts (Mars) as a chatty Gemini;

Jupiter 18Sco23—Scorpio, ruled by forceful Mars and Pluto and sign of Big Business, Corporatism, and intensity; an indicator of gaining plenty of high-level financial investment–Jupiter shows how one relates to others so Twitter relates as a Scorpio;

Saturn 4Leo33–Leo, sign of creativity, entertainment, and leadership, and Saturn, planet of authority, systems, boundaries and restriction (140 characters only!);

Uranus 11Pis53, quirky planet of Technology and whatever is the newest thing or invention; Pisces again (see conjunctions, below); Uranus’ sign describes how one behaves so Twitter behaves as a Pisces…evasively? compassionately? well, constant Tweeting can be used as negative escapism!;

Neptune 18AQ50, planet of creativity, The Masses, and the Media, and as noted above; Aquarius, pouring out its gifts to the world;

Pluto 26Sag44–Sagittarius, The Seeker archetype, ruled by Jupiter; Pluto, the primal motivator and planet of
invisible control and great wealth hidden in secret places (also, the saboteur).

As you see, there are three important conjunctions on the First-Tweet list and contain much energy for creative enterprises:

Moon-Pluto (a pair associated with publicity), Mercury-Uranus (a primary signature for technological communications such as computers and other devices, plus it acts as a marker for intellectual genius and denotes power–Pluto–to the People–Moon), and Venus-Neptune, an artistic combo denoting dreamers, visionaries, mystics, and illusionists–and of being attractive (Venus) to The Masses (Neptune.)

All of these potentials are well supported by Twitter’s Sun Ari-Moon Sag blend, a fire-fire combination of energies that can sense the potential opportunity in every situation and inspire others with its persuasive passion.

With Sun Ari-Moon Sag, Twitter has shown what is obviously an entrepreneurial spirit but with a definite philosophical flair, a competitive nature, and an optimistic attitude. Here is Twitter’s philosophy, or Mission Statement with Mercury-Uranus, Moon-Pluto, and Venus-Neptune vibes in attendance:

“To instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them.”

And so it does!

Wikileaks’ Schmitt leaving

As you may have heard, Dan Schmitt, who joined the upstart activist whistleblower organization of our time in 2007, says he’s leaving WikiLeaks.

Sometimes there is little option to do otherwise.

Written by Jude Cowell

September 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

Few WordPressers now using SpellCheck

After just reading WordPress’ remarks that few WordPress bloggers are using the SpellCheck feature, I wanted to leave a comment of explanation but couldn’t seem to do so. A message that I should Sign In appeared, yet I Was signed in. Sigh.

So here’s my excuse, or justification (however you want to look at it) for not using SpellCheck:

For months now my edit field with the task bar on top has been garbled up with icons displaying over one another. SpellCheck is one of the casualties – I can’t click on it because icons are in the way.

Have I missed using SpellCheck? You betcha!

Especially since I’m often posting on the run as I dash out the door – or it’s late, I’m fatigued, and the typo gremlins tend to mess with me most successfully then, the little dickenses.

Between that and my photos not being enlargeable in the last several months, posting on WordPress has become less enjoyable and more time consuming, sorry to say.

It seems that each time WordPress upgrades its functionality, my pc, browser, and brain have more problems posting, not less! (Probably it’s on my end though, not WP’s.)

Yes, I still adore my WordPress blog, but other hosts are ‘easier’ to publish on, check spelling, and upload images that can be viewed more closely which is especially important with Astrology charts and the chicken-scratch notations I tend to write upon them. The charts do little good if you can’t see them well enough to read them. And posting them in ‘Large’ size is Too Large.

Well, I’m not sure what to do about my WordPress spelling mistakes other than to triple-check things myself, but thanks a bunch for allowing me to vent…

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