Paying Off a Credit Card

That's a nice headline, and it felt good doing it today.  Granted, the bulk of the balance was simply transferred to another credit card.  But still …  🙂  I also closed out the checking account associated with the card, making sure to close the checking account first. 

My fear was that if I paid off the credit card first, they (US Bank) would add a fee to my checking account because its balance was below $1,000 and no longer connected in any way to a credit card.  It was that connection that was keeping them from charging me a monthly checking account fee.

It gets complicated, like everything to do with finance these days.  Anyway, the card and account are now closed, and it still feels good.  🙂

How the Us Government Secretly Reads Your Email

via How the US Government Secretly Reads Your Email

"Somewhere, a US government official is reading through a list of those who sent or received an email from Jacob Appelbaum, a 28-year-old computer science researcher at the University of Washington who volunteered for WikiLeaks. Among those listed will be my name, a journalist who interviewed Appelbaum for a book about the digital revolution."

Times Sues Government for Refusing to Reveal Its Interpretation of Patriot Act

What sort of democracy are we living in when the government can refuse to even say how it's interpreting its own law? That's not democracy at all.

"We've been covering for a while now how Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been very concerned over the secret interpretation the feds have of one piece of the PATRIOT Act. They've been trying to pressure the government into publicly explaining how they interpret the law, because they believe that it directly contrasts how most of the public (and many elected officials) believe the feds are interpreting the law. While the two Senators continue to put pressure on the feds and to hint at the feds' interpretation, just the fact that the government won't even explain its own interpretation of the law seems ridiculous."

via NYTimes Sues The Federal Government For Refusing To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The PATRIOT Act  Techdirt.

A Visit to Walmart

I hate Walmart.  It’s a company run by slimy executives who don’t care about the mom-and-pop businesses they destroy, and its stores are frequented by the lowest class of people.  I always feel the need for a shower afterward.  But, this morning it made more sense to go there because they were the closest place that I thought would sell Frontline flea and tick treatment.

I was wrong.  I ended up at the much smaller chain, Nashville Pet Products.  At least they’re local, as far as I know.

You know, I was going to post an actual story here, but I lost interest this far into it.  That should make Walmart happy, anyway.  🙂

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Things That Make You Say, You’ve Got to Be Kidding

Just the other day I had bought a second wi-fi router from a seller on Craigslist to daisy-chain the two together (somehow) to improve the wireless signal throughout my house. No, it’s not a big house.

Anyway, last night our power went out for about a minute. No big deal, I thought, other than having to reset all the digital clocks. I’ll give you one guess which device was the only thing damaged by the power surge. That’s right, the old wi-fi router. And yes it was on a surge protector with other devices that were not damaged.

It was as if someone “out/up there” knew what was coming and made me start shopping for a new wi-fi router. Or, maybe God wanted to make sure I never lost my connection to the Internet … so I could post stupid things like this! Yeah, that’s it.