Irma, &c

Sep. 12th, 2017 06:20 pm
auguris: (watching the moonrise)
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The Battered Southeast Grapples With Irma’s Aftermath

After Irma, a once-lush gem in the U.S. Virgin Islands reduced to battered wasteland Just sad all around, but the governor insisting that no looting had occurred really pisses me off. Why lie about it? Is your reputation THAT important? Because a moment of basic research will reveal the plain truth, and everyone will know you're a horrible liar.

(Also the fact that he escaped the island via helicopter... I understand the impossible logistics of evacuating the entire island chain, but I'm sure the weakest and the smallest could have been saved.)

A Pizza Hut manager threatened to punish workers evacuating for Irma, because preparing shit-tier pizza is more important than being alive, apparently.

Hurricane Irma: Prisoners still on the run after 100 escape. Well, uh. Oops?

So a Berkeley bicycle officer caught a street vendor without a permit, and instead of just asking him to leave, he emptied the guy's wallet.

Then, over 60K is raised via GoFundMe in the vendor's name. Note that the GFM was NOT started by the vendor, and the man who is running it is only giving the vendor enough to cover legal fees & personal losses. The rest will go to support other vendors, and to educate street vendors on permits and whatnot. To be honest I'm a bit skeptical.

In surprise vote, House passes amendment to restrict asset forfeiture. However, this amendment is attached to H.R.3354, which hasn't even passed the house. It's a good step, though.

Police hit by flying butter knives in booby trapped home. The officer was not injured. I mean, they were butter knives.

Kitty time

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:51 pm
auguris: Close up shot of the bottom of a kitten's foot. (Kitty!)
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Little Pancho is still so shy. And tiny; he's growing much slower than Basil, now. I've kept an eye on their eating habits and he IS eating enough, so I'm not sure what it could be. Perhaps he's simply a smaller cat; I just hope this is normal and nothing's wrong. He doesn't like to be around any people but me, and spends most of the day under the bed, even when I'm home. He does wander around the house at night, and he likes to sit on top of their cat tree and watch the TV while I game. And he'll cuddle with me some nights, which is nice. :) It's okay if he wants to be a lonesome kitty, I just don't want him to be afraid.

And some Pancho pics :) )
auguris: (I'M ANGRY)
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Suspect trading in Equifax options before breach might have generated millions in profit. So basically, they waited to announce to 143 million people that their servers had been hacked, in order to maximize profits. Because fuck us, that's why.

PSA: no matter what, Equifax may tell you you’ve been impacted by the hack. Because they're not sorry for what happened, no, they want to trick you into signing up for their monitoring service. Because they were so careful with our information in the first place!

And honestly, the worst of it is? You never had a choice to give these people your personal information. All you need to do is exist.

Equifax Security Breach

Sep. 8th, 2017 05:07 pm
auguris: (ugh)
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THIS IS IMPORTANT. Equifax, one of the three credit report bureaus, has had a security breach. The odds that you have been effected are very, very high. This reddit thread has a good summary and explains what you may need to do. This affects Americans, Canadians, and UK citizens.


Please, please check to see if you have been effected. If you have, then your SSN, DOB, full address, and potentially DL number have been stolen. This could SERIOUSLY fuck you over if you don't deal with it.

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