"It’s called the 'One Ring' scam because the scammers program
computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring
once and then disconnect. The scammers then hope you are curious enough
about the phone call that you return the call right away. "When the cell phone owner returns the call, they are charged $19.95
for an international call fee. After that, there is a $9.00 per minute
charge. It’s reported that often they will first hear music followed by
advertising. So,it’s easy to see how quickly these charges can add up. "Consumers who have been duped by these calls report that they are
coming from the Caribbean Islands including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica
and the British Virgin Islands. "If a person thinks they may have fallen for this scam, they should
immediately alert their cell phone carrier and keep an eye on their cell
phone bill. The earlier they document the fraud, the better their
chances of having some or all of the charges removed. "To be as safe as possible, the BBB recommends the best thing to do if
your phone rings and it’s an international number you don’t recognize,
don’t answer it and don’t call back."
Hello everybody and welcome back! What do you know, I remembered to set my alarm clock! Seeing I'm up bright and early, at BLB's request I'm going give you EIGHT questions instead of my usual four. So fire away with your answers and enjoy!
1) What do you prefer warm, snowy days or the frigid sub-zero temperatures?
2) Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
3) Do you sleep with your closet doors open or shut?
4) Who you think is going to win the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahwaks or the Denver Broncos?
"SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Attackers
now own an undisclosed number of Yahoo! Mail usernames and passwords,
stolen from a third-party site, the Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet giant
"As a result, Yahoo! will now require affected users to change
their passwords and use a one-time second sign-in verification to
re-secure their accounts, Yahoo! Inc. Senior Vice President Jay Rossiter
wrote in a blog post.
"'We regret this has happened and want to
assure our users that we take the security of their data very
seriously,' Rossiter said in the blog.
"He did not say when the
breach occurred, other than 'recently.' He called it a 'coordinated
effort' but did not say which third party was involved."
"RACINE — The former Porters
of Racine owner will not redevelop the existing buildings into retail
spaces and apartments — but instead will remove the historic buildings
to make a clear development site.
"Micah Waters, who co-owned the
former high-end furniture store at 301 Sixth St. and owns the property,
told The Journal Times on Thursday of his family’s decision not to
proceed with an estimated $6 million redevelopment there. "The
project was to have converted the 80,000-square-foot historic building
into 37 market-rate apartments and enough ground-floor retail space for
up to seven storefronts. "Now, Waters said, 'The plan is for the
property to be developed in another way — maybe with another developer.
... We are going to develop this property one way or another.'” Read more: http://journaltimes.com/news/local/porters-project-stopped----buildings-to-be-removed/article_e25bf0bc-8a0e-11e3-ae0e-0019bb2963f4.html
How is it that every Joe Blow in Racine knew that this project was goiing to be a disaster, but not the high profile people involved?
As I understand it, three million taxpayer dollars have been invested in this project. How much you want to bet that the money goes, "Poof!"
An online petition: "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card."
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."
"Did you hear that Justin Bieber was arrested?Like, for sure.I don’t know why everyone keeps picking on
the poor guy.He should teach them a
lesson by returning to Canada
and never singing another note again.Please."
"On Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, stop out at
Barnes & Noble on Hwy. 31 (S. Green Bay Rd) to have a cup of coffee
with Police Officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. Meet the
officers that patrol your area and get to know them a little more than
just the person in the squad car.
"Ask questions about the job. Ask questions about safety or just ask
how the day is going. This event is designed to bring the community
together to get to know each other in a relaxed setting and allow the
community to learn about the police department and its officers. It also
allows the officers to get to know the community on a more personal
Hello, my Frosted Flakes. How are you?The deep freeze is supposed to break today,
but we still have plenty of winter left for subzero atrocities.I want to move to JTIsland now.We should just pick out an island and invade
it.Drive out the locals.Then we can declare ourselves a sovereign
nation and apply to the USA
for foreign aid.Give us a few millions dollars
and we won’t ally with the bad guys.It
all sounds so lovely.When do we start?
I see that the documentary, Pattern or Practice, is causing a brouhaha in the city.Good.We need more brouhahas and hullabaloos.
All that methane going to waste while we starve for
Did you hear that Justin Bieber was arrested?Like, for sure.I don’t know why everyone keeps picking on
the poor guy.He should teach them a
lesson by returning to Canada
and never singing another note again.Please.
The “rock star” pope, Pope Francis, has made the cover of
Rolling Stone magazine.He’s also the
subject of graffiti in Rome
portraying him as the “ Super Pope.”His
love of the common people is being returned many times over.Bless you, Pope Francis.
Bless anyone who tries to make this a better world.There are far too few who do.Woo-woo.
Thank you, my dears, for reading my blog today.You know that I love to have company.You know that I love my readers.You know that I love you.
Stay with the layered look for now, my dears.There’s no reason to believe that February
won’t be just as bad as January.Or
worse.Remember, the best way to stay
warm is to share body heat with someone else.You can take it from there.I
love the Irregulars!Jerque!
OK, so I snagged a line from an Emerson, Lake & Palmer tune and reworked the title. Thought it was clever. Anyways, remember my post about peeps on the subject of plovers? I have been avoiding digging too much into that area because explaining the difference between the many species of sandpipers we have here in Wisconsin can be a chore. However, stilts are much easier.
Wisconsin is the host for two different stilt species, the American Avocet and the Black Necked Stilt. Both are uncommon and a great sight to see, even among birding experts. The American Avocet is mainly found in the western half of North America, however they do venture into Wisconsin for brief stays during migratory seasons.
I have gotten lucky twice to see these gorgeous birds. The first time was at Samuel Myers Park on 5/4/2013 and the other in a flooded pond nearby Union Grove later in the spring.This photo below is from Myers Park.
I had gotten an e-mail report of avocets found at Myers Park and raced down there to see these lifers! Beautiful and majestic these birds are, all in their breeding plumage! Ten of them! They were just wading in the water right as I walking down the sandy ramp. They seemed to not to notice me much... I sat down on a log for more than 20 minutes takings pictures of them pruning and preening themselves, almost symmetrically, on a warm day. I half expected to see a crowd of birders and photographers there. Lucky for me, it was just me, myself and an obnoxious Killdeer "yelling" at me. Talk about a good day! I later learned that the avocets were gone by nightfall, after just a brief stay....
The Black Necked Stilt is extremely rare in Wisconsin, except for the Horicon Marsh where they are known to breed. Why just Horicon is quite unclear, for they quite common in the western parts and the coastal regions of North America. Anyways, Tender Heart and I were fortunate to see some at Horicon on May 25, 2013. After reading reports of Black Necked Stilts possibly breeding at Horicon, this bird quickly became a "target" for us. The one in the picture below was taken on Highway 49 (Yep, THAT busy highway). I spotted it while we were creeping slowly in the car along the gravel shoulder. As I was snapping away, trying to that perfect picture, a van with Minnesota plates zoomed in front of us, scaring the bird off in the process. I did see the stilt family later on in the summer using a birding scope....
I actually became introduced to this wonderful, cozy, cafe during my 1st LL interview, with Nick from Rely Local. I live close and didn't even know it existed.
Their hours are M-Fri 6am-8pm
The Grind has been in business for 3 1/2 years. The feel is warm and inviting, like home. The soups, cookies and pastries are all homemade, using any local ingredients possible. Everything is made right there, and is SO GOOD!
They have coffees, teas, lattes, smoothies, steamers, and tons more beverages, and the makepanini's - even for breakfast!! I can't wait to go back and try one of those, yum!
Then there are the amazing cookies, scones, all kinds of goodies, many visits are needed to try everything.
Steve, the owner, also does catering.
He had a thing for CNH today, what an awesome opportunity.
The 3 words he chose -
(LOVE the homemade factor!)
It's so nice to go into a place that feels like an extension of home.Go check them out, and enjoy the coziness and some of their goodies!
Tell them you saw it here, and help spread the word :)
UPDATE: Due to the continuation of extreme cold, all Racine Unified Schools will be closed Tuesday, January 28th. The official message from the district is: "At this time fully anticipate that school will resume on Wednesday."
21st Century Prepatory School Closed Monday
Catholic Central High School Burlington Closed Monday
Concordia Lutheran School Racine Closed Monday
Kansasville Grade School Closed Monday
Racine Christian School Closed
Racine Lutheran High School Closed
Racine Unified School District Closed Monday
Raymond School District Closed
St. Catherine's High School Closed Monday
St. John's Lutheran School Racine Closed Monday Also no After school Activities
The Prairie School Closed Monday
Trinity Lutheran School Caledonia Closed Monday
Trinity Lutheran School Racine Closed
Union Grove Union High School Closed Monday
Union Grove Christian School Closed Monday
Union Grove Elementary School Closed
Yorkville School District Closed Monday and Tuesday
"On Friday, a Gmail outage
led to widespread panic and confusion across the globe. That same day,
an apparently unrelated glitch also caused thousands of emails to end up
in the inbox of some guy named David S. Peck. (A Hotmail user, it
should be noted.)
"Here’s what happened: users who searched 'Gmail' were led to a
results page with a link that said 'Email.' Clicking that link created a
new email with Peck’s address – email@example.com — already filled
in. A tipster pointed this out
to TechCrunch, who then tracked down the owner of the email address:
David S. Peck of Fresno, Calif. They gave him a call to see just how
badly this bizarre glitch was affecting him. “'I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank emails,' Peck told
TechCrunch. '500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them.'"
From rhe Shepherd Express
, Art Kumbalek comes with his column "Art For Art's Sake," more or less every Tuesday. Art's been doing this for more than 30 years, so he must have something to say.
Dear Madame Zoltar
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” Bob Marley
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