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If You Have A Cell Phone……….. Beware!!! Guard Your Privacy

As if we haven’t seen ( and some of us been a victim of ) nasty invasions of our privacy, yet another one pops up and this one uses your cell phone to attempt to gain private information.  When my cell phone rang today I never dreamed that the number calling me would be my own, listed under the caller name MY INFO, when I answered it the robotic voice stated that it was AT&T calling because the accounts security was breached, it wanted the last four numbers of the account holders social security number. Needless to say I hung up immediately and called my carrier, of course they had nothing to do with the call and documented this latest scam.

The IRS breach, the Equifax data breach, the recent Yahoo breach, identity theft is at an all time high and there is little, if any privacy left! I feel the worst for the elderly people that don’t know to be suspicious of calls such as the one I received. While there are computers there will always be hackers that just don’t give a damn about anyones privacy, it’s a vicious cycle that will steadily get worse. If there is a solution to the problem, I certainly don’t know what it is, we all enjoy technology but at the same time it comes with at a high cost to all of us.

Be careful if you get any cell calls wanting any information at all, don’t give any account information out to anyone because your carrier will never call you and ask for your info. Get off of the phone asap and report it to your carrier, don’t think that you don’t have to report it because someone else will either, if you don’t then they cannot tell how widespread the problem is becoming, and those people that are affected. Good luck.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Personal Stories

 

Judging The Toothless?

I think it’s human nature for most people to have unrealistically high opinions of themselves, most everyone claims tat they are not prejudice, that they do not form an opinion of another person based on income, material possessions, race, religion, and especially not on looks. Truth be known, everyone at some point in time judges another, it’s just life and I doubt that some people can help themselves.

Recently I noticed a peculiar, disturbing fact while working at a friends small shop that is located in a small town in PA. Some drive cars that look as if they will fall into a heap when they open the drivers door, some have loose windows held in place with duct tape and still others have cardboard where the windows should be but guess what? No one judges the driver of the  car! There are those that come into the store wearing the same pajamas they wore all week, some carry sandwich bags filled with unrolled change, and though there’s no nice way of saying it, there is the occasional one that never showers and believe it or not, still no one is judged. The community I refer to is a relatively poor one and most of the locals there are fairly tight knit, however, there is one exception that I have seen that is always judged, and in every community I have seen too.

Regardless of what a person drives, no matter how well dressed, no matter how intelligent or beautiful they may be, if they open their mouth and are missing teeth or have visibly bad teeth, they are almost always judged. I witnessed a woman enter a business and she was stunning, though not wearing a suit she was very clean and neatly dressed. Employees were nice to her until she opened her mouth to speak, she was missing a few teeth and was painfully conscious of it. As soon as the woman left, the talk began, though the curled lips were immediate, what a skag the woman must have been, wasn’t it something that such an attractive woman would be seen walking around like that. A fellow shopper knew the womans story though and told the others that she lived alone, had no living relatives and had lost her home because she was left without much financially when her husband died. It was also revealed that she didn’t talk a lot in public because she was so embarrassed of her teeth! Bottom line, the woman didn’t want to be without all of her teeth, she had no choice because she couldn’t afford to get them fixed.

A person can change their clothing, their residence, the car they drive maybe but they cannot get dental help if they cant afford it, so they can’t change their teeth! I began to pay better attention to such cases and I was deeply disturbed by what I saw each and every time, no matter who it was with bad teeth, they were called names and it was automatically assumed that they were real low lives, Hillbillies, or scumbags because of their teeth. I talked to a couple of them and was disgusted to find that not one of them didn’t care, all were ashamed, not one would eat out because of their shame, each had serious health issues because of their dental state and none could get a loan to get them fixed!

Society worries about health care for children, seniors, and in general, but rarely have I seen a whole lot of coverage for dental work, in fact, I have never seen adequate dental coverage, if at all. I have also seen only one dentist in my life that does free dental work one day of the year and there are so very many lined up before he opens that over half are not even seen. Needless to say, that dentist is an anomaly, like many professions that bring high pay they simply want the money and do not care about the patient.

A final point, a woman that I’ve known for many years who has severe dental issues and cannot get a loan for the extensive dental work she needs, several years ago woke with her entire head and neck swollen. She was in agony from pain and I took her to a dentist to be seen right away, he charged her $80.00 for the visit and told me to get her to the emergency room immediately or she would die within 48 hours! After her being in the ER all night with rounds of IV antibiotics and shots to ease her pain, they told me to get her to an oral surgeon right away. I then took her to an oral surgeon who confirmed that she’d die without all of her bottom teeth being removed, which would leave her unable to chew without dentures. When she stated that she couldn’t afford the seventeen hundred dollars but could make payments, he told her to get a loan and call him when it was approved! Of course she’d tried getting loans for years prior and was denied. Luckily, after being hospitalized the infection was cleared up, in spite of it having traveled just about to her heart and brain but still today, she has not been able to get help with fixing the issues! She was told that it was only a matter of time and that next time it’ll be worse.

Perhaps someday in the near future, we’ll see some kind of help for people like those with bad teeth, I’m sure not one wants to go around without teeth to chew with, without smiling or talking because of their shame. Might want to remember that if you should see someone like that out there because who knows, unless you’re rich, it could be you.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Personal Stories, Politics

 

Polluting with Friends in Higher Places

It seems that in small towns politics are dirtier than ever! In a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania, if you know or are related to the right person, then you can put a trailer as close to a neighboring property as you like and allow your septic to pollute their well! After it’s polluted, you’re simply told to drill a new well. Do any of you know how expensive it is to drill a well?

If you travel a little bit further up the same road where this property is located, you’ll find that a certain party pollutes the area creek daily. Not only did the people rig it for their toilets to drain directly into it, but they also set up their washer to run into it as well. These same people (at one time there were eleven people living in the same tiny trailer) dump all of their garbage into the well-known large pond nearby, along the road, and onto neighboring properties, a majority of it being dirty diapers! In an area where the majority of people were environmentally conscious, this would never occur, and if by chance it did, they wouldn’t get away with it.

When you call to report these things, no one gives a damn. After all, it’s an issue that truly is a problem for all of us, yet no one cares to go and see for themselves or take action! Now I can tolerate a lot of things, but people blatantly polluting water and land, I cannot. This particular family brags about how they continue to have children so that they can collect public assistance and WIC, and they also have more animals than they know what to do with – the sickly and poorly taken care of animals never receiving veterinary care, either. So because they are this type of people, are we to feel so sorry for them that we allow them to dump garbage all over so that they don’t have to pay for it to be collected? It may seem harsh, but I don’t think that people like that should be allowed to have any pets! You can’t afford to pay for garbage pick up, to have your toilets, faucets, showers and washer hooked up correctly, can’t supposedly afford pet food and vet care, so why torture the animals?

Now before that shadow of pity might cross your mind, consider this: the party I speak of crams a load of family members into a small trailer, push for the females to keep getting pregnant for the benefits, pollute neighboring properties and worst of all, they pollute the creeks and the large well known pond in the area with their garbage, consisting mostly of heaps of dirty diapers. This same crew has a bunch of dogs, birds and outside cats which are never fed and don’t get medical attention. A witness said that one of them was seen beating a dog with a baseball bat until it soiled itself, and when it did, it was beaten until it collapsed. When the witness ran screaming at the person doing the beating, he was told to mind his own ‘F’ing business or he’d be next! The dog warden was called, saying all he could do was to be sure that it had a “tag”. When a call was placed in for animal cruelty not a damned thing was done. A couple of the clan members were jailed for various crimes and released, only to commit more crime and be re-jailed.

You be the judge. What can you do in a case like this? Where no one wants to take action, no one will come investigate, and no one cares? Water is life. You can do nothing without it. Not cook, shower, flush, drink, nothing. Therefore a property is 100 percent useless without usable water. So, what do you do? You can’t sell it like that, can’t afford to drill a well because of some ass who used their connections and basically shit in your well, and you can no longer live in your own home! You can always haul water from somewhere else or buy it, but not when you need it to shower, do wash, wash your hands, drink and cook!

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Personal Stories, Politics

 

Abusing The Old And Animals

Do any of you out there volunteer your time to help out anywhere, like at an animal shelter or a senior citizen center? Surprisingly, it’s very rewarding and can do more for you, as the volunteer, than it does for those you volunteer to help. By the same token, it can be most stressful, especially when you see first hand the abuse that goes on behind closed doors.

I have seen more animals than I could ever count, abused and abandoned, kittens only a few weeks old put in a tiny box, taped up and thrown into a dumpster to die. A three month old German Shepard having been beaten so severely that all four legs were broken, then he was taken into the woods and left to die in horrible agony. He couldn’t so much as crawl, so he laid there barely able to whine from the pain and waited to die. Thank God in Heaven, a man was hiking with his own dog, and his dog sought out the wounded one. The dog now has a forever home, and though he’ll never walk correctly again, at least he’ll be loved and well taken care of for the rest of his life. Could you fathom a beautiful Maine Coon cat, with long striped hair and white on her chest and paws, having some idiot cut half of her tail off, and put some type of accelerant on her, then light her on fire? The sheer excruciating pain  that she must have suffered as she lay in a garbage can to die! I will never, ever, be able to grasp why some people are just cruel, abusive, good for nothing, vile pieces of trash! Why someone would harm a helpless animal who cannot defend itself is way beyond me!

In a certain nursing home several years ago, there lived an old man. He was somewhat cranky, as anyone would be in his shoes. Because he was cranky, one of the male aides who worked there decided that he was going to teach the old man a lesson to sum up the disgusting situation. Alfred (the elderly man) ended up with two fractured ribs, bruises covering his body, a black eye and a fat lip! He was put into the home to be taken care of, not to be abused. Now before you go assuming that this was a rare event, let me assure you, it happens a lot, and this I know to be a fact. It may not happen at every home, but trust me it does happen and much more frequently then you or I hear about. There was a bedridden woman at another facility not too awfully far from the first one, she could not communicate, walk, or move by herself. Mildred was ill for several days with no one monitoring her regularly, when one particular aide came on duty that third night of Mildred’s illness, she took her vitals as all aides were supposed to have been doing, and discovered her temperature was 106 degrees! The head nurse was notified immediately, her response was that someone didn’t know how to take a temp correctly, and that if it was that high she’d be dead. Wasting even more time, the head nurse took and retook the temp 5 times! Needless to say, the ambulance was called and she was taken to the hospital, the last place she’d ever be in this life!  One of the saddest things witnessed by visitors to several nursing homes was elderly patients strapped into their chairs, left in the hallways begging for a drink of water or something to eat, and totally ignored!

These are not isolated occurrences, by any means, and I’ve seen so many horrid incidences that make me physically ill. Be it the abuse of the elderly, or the abuse of an animal, it’s unacceptable. Animals are like babies in that they cannot defend themselves, and they depend on us for their very survival. They can’t get up and get a drink for themselves, or make themselves something to eat. They ask so very little and give us so very much, loving us regardless of how we look or act. The elderly aren’t a whole lot different in the way of needing care. Many of them find that one day their home is emptied, their belongings sold along with their house, and lastly their bank accounts are emptied, and then they are taken off to a nursing home and dumped! Most of the time, their loved ones don’t bother to come and visit, and as such they become utterly alone! As if that isn’t enough to dampen their spirits, they are sometimes beaten and have food and or drink withheld from them! Why?

We tend to forget in life that all roads lead to the same place. We’re all going to get old, we’re all going to be at someone else’s mercy, karma’s going to find us, and we’re all going to get back what we give, tenfold! How can one look into an animal’s eyes, or their grandparents’ eyes, and be abusive? How can anyone withhold the very basics of life? Does it bring some warped mind satisfaction, some sick power trip to feel like a big person because they can bully and push around old people or helpless little animals? Whatever the reason, it needs to stop. Things like this should never have been tolerated anywhere to begin with.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Personal Stories

 

Rude People Working With The Public

Why is it that in spite of there being too few jobs to go around, you get those that loathe their jobs so much, that they are rude to the customers? If you hate your job so much, I guarantee that there are at least ten others who would be glad to have it, step aside and let them, if you can’t be courteous!

A couple of days ago as I stood in line at a local grocery store waiting my turn, there was an elderly woman ahead of me who moved slowly, and appeared to be in pain as she did so. The cashier was a blond woman, probably in her twenties, extremely impatient and snotty! She stood tapping her fake nails on the side of the cash register, rolling her eyes and huffing and puffing, as the older woman counted her change. The cashier hollered that she was going to have to cancel the order out, and she’d have to wait in line all over again, if she didn’t hurry up! Naturally, the elderly woman became nervous and started to drop her change on the floor, while the cashier got even louder and asked her if someone was with her, who could hurry it up and pay! After I picked up the change and gave it back to the lady, I told the cashier that she needed to have some patience, that she would be old someday, too. The girl responded that no, she would never allow herself to get that old, she’d shoot herself before she’d ever be such a problem for everyone else!

Why is it that some people out there have such a problem with the elderly? Surely they have loved ones who are older, they have to have some relative who is elderly, do they treat them that way, too? I have no tolerance myself, when I see senior citizens treated like they are a problem to everyone. There’s no reason for it, none at all, we’re all going to be old some day, or at least most people are and I’m sure that they won’t want to be treated like that! But it isn’t just the elderly, either.

When working with the public, especially when the customers are spending their hard earned money, it should be a requirement to be courteous. Nobody likes rude and obnoxious behavior, being polite would gain much more recognition and respect. Maybe some employees fall into a rut, feeling so secure in their positions that they figure they can act whatever way they want to, but it isn’t okay. People are usually quick to complain about bad behavior, but seldom give positive feedback when they do encounter very polite or courteous, that’s why I always take the time to give credit where it’s due and let a manager know when an employee is exceptionally helpful, etc. Somehow it doesn’t seem like it’s enough though, when it comes to those that we all seem to run into, who behave like they hate their jobs, hate the public, hate everything around them. It makes it worse when there are a great number of people who are still jobless, and don’t have many prospects, especially in a small town.

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Personal Stories

 

Just For Those Who Have Read My Posts!

First off, I want to say thank you to all of you who have read any or all of my posts. Naomi, adoptingjames, Teeny Bikini, and Steve C. to name a few. It truly is an honor to have you taking interest enough to read my posts, and no greater honor than to have those of you who follow, interested enough to do so. I truly appreciate comments too, whether they are positive or negative, I can learn a lot from them. Thank all of you again, I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and hear what I have to say, or in many cases, rant about! Please keep the comments coming  🙂

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Personal Stories

 

Cesspool Society!Death Of Religion!Homosexuality!

This Paula Dean situation has me so awfully disgusted with the state of things in this country, I can’t even begin to tell you! My grandfather always said that the only thing that will fix this country is another civil war, I never understood why he was so sure that such a strong action would ever even be needed, until now! There is zero privacy left for any of us, even our own government spies on us, we’re in danger of losing our right to bear arms, and there is no such thing of freedom of speech. Sad that our own citizens are the ones that have robbed the rest of us, that, along with our freedom of religion! They went so far as to disallow prayer in schools!

Back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s life was totally different, people had some religion, currently most children don’t know God and have never heard of the ten commandments, parents don’t make it a priority! Yes, back in the day, most teens went to the drive in rather than go out partying all the time, getting slop drunk and having sex with anyone they could find. Girl’s weren’t encouraged to get pregnant, safe sex wasn’t an issue because they were taught abstinence instead. Freedom of speech was a reality and those gays that were around, they kept their preferences to themselves, rather than flaunt their sex lives. Can you imagine them having the audacity to have ever pushed for the rights given to married men and women, back then?

In those days many people were able to go to bed, without stressing about whether or not they locked all of their doors and windows! Crime wasn’t nearly as bad as it’s become, but what do you expect in a world that’s become far worse than Sodom and Gomorrah? Step back and look at it 100 percent unbiased, without feelings and just letting your logic lead. Don’t let the fact that you might have a gay friend or relative, influence you. Now, think of the Bible, where in that book did you ever see it written that a couple of the same sex should be married? Where does it say that God finds that acceptable? Before you spend a year trying to look, I’ll tell you, you will not find either in the Bible anywhere! Once again, people want to change the word of God, to say what they want, attempting to justify their behavior, their actions, their lust, their sins. In the not so far future, many of us will rue the day that churches will cave in and allow gay marriages, pre marital sex and Heaven forbid, suppressing our right to freedom of speech!

Now I truly believe that God is all loving, that if we follow his word, we will indeed be rewarded. However, the Bible lets us know that while he is a loving God, he will not allow sinners to be rewarded, or for the good books words to be twisted, warped and downright contradicted! It may be a drastic example, but think of a torturing, thieving, abusive brute, who slaughtered twenty people and nineteen of them were small, innocent children. Can you imagine him standing at the gates of Heaven saying that nowhere in the Bible did it say that one couldn’t slaughter 1 adult and 19 children? That those words weren’t written there? How about a gay man standing there, saying that the good book stated that a man shall not lay with another man, and that he and his partner only stood? Or, the same telling God what the book that God wrote did and did not say? How if it was a sin, then why did so many others in the world, also condone it and push for their equality? Huh, there will be endless others in line behind him, who will have to turn back and take a 1 way ride into hell!

Please understand, a good Christian shouldn’t hate or abuse homosexuals, but when it is condoned by a person, it then becomes their sin as well. By agreeing that they should have all of these different rights that are expressly afforded to normal married men and women, well that is the same as you yourself being gay! There’s something else you can forever search the Bible for, and wont find, nowhere does it say that you can be a homosexual, you should go out into the streets pissing and whining about not having rights that a man and woman have, or that you should publicly speak about your sexual likes & dislikes, preferences, sexual positions, etc. Take a lesson from normal heterosexuals, keep such things private! That should be common sense, at the very least, as well as common courtesy!