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  • IRS strikes back as agents make big dent in identity theft

    03/09/2017 5:22:33 AM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The number of victims dropped by 46 percent, to 376,000, the IRS said. These taxpayers had their identities stolen by criminals who used their Social Security numbers and birthdates to obtain fraudulent tax refunds. The IRS stopped nearly 1 million fraudulent refunds from being issued last year. They totaled almost $6.6 billion, the agency said. “It’s a much more challenging time for the cybercrooks,” said Mark...
  • Flashing a peace sign in a photo could lead to identity theft

    01/22/2017 3:35:16 AM PST · by fso301 · 44 replies
    www.DPReview.com ^ | Jan 17, 2017 | Lars Rehm
    The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan claims that taking and publishing photos of subjects who are flashing the popular two-fingered 'V' or peace sign could lead to identify theft. It warns that fingerprint recognition technology is now so advanced that even casual snapshots can be used to retrieve fingerprint information. The report also says the technology is widely available and easy to use.
  • The Purple-Red Scale Offers New Ways to Define Sexual Orientation

    12/21/2016 8:22:24 AM PST · by dccomix · 17 replies
    Mic.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | Nicholas DiDomizio
    Parks told Mic that he came up with the idea for the Purple-Red scale after learning about asexuality and realizing that he was a "heteroromantic asexual, or a B0 on the scale" — someone who is interested exclusively in romantic, nonsexual relationships with the opposite sex.
  • Why People Are Using The Term Latinx

    12/21/2016 8:15:20 AM PST · by dccomix · 41 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 5, 2016 | Tanisha Love Ramirez, Zeba Blay
    The word “Latinx” (pronounced “La-teen-ex”) has been used more and more lately. And, yet, while many people are using the term and identifying as Latinx, there are still others who may look at the word with skepticism and confusion.
  • The Perils of Identity Politics

    11/09/2016 4:26:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    American Conservative ^ | November 9, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Somebody as consistently wrong about Trump as I was doesn’t really have the right to say “I told you so,” but I’m going to do it anyway, with respect to something I’ve been saying for a long time to liberals. Let us examine a characteristic liberal reaction this morning, this one courtesy of Miss L.V. Anderson, a white, female editor at Slate. Excerpt:
  • Shocking New Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

    10/08/2016 4:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/16 | Dustin Siggins
    In 2016, holding to biological truths in America might get you in legal hot water – religious liberty, freedom of speech, and common sense notwithstanding.On Saturday, a Massachusetts law that could throw pastors in jail for using biologically correct pronouns took effect.But you wouldn’t know that from The Associated Press’ article on the matter. Quoting in part: Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say they can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.A new law taking effect on Saturday bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. Among other things, the statute allows transgender people...
  • Transgender school house Rock:I'm just a bill but I wanna be Jill

    05/18/2016 12:06:00 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Steven Crowder
    From http://LouderWithCrowder.com How does a bill become a law? How does a law cause so much controversy like in North Carolina or Georgia. Why are the LGBTQAAI warriors so angry at the transgender bathroom bills? Allow trans-gender bill to explain.
  • ICYMI: White Swedish Girl Tells College Students She’s Japanese—Lunacy Ensues

    05/09/2016 10:45:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/09/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Remember when Joseph Backholm, director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington State, ventured onto the University of Washington campus and told them that he was a Chinese woman? Remember the idiocy that ensued from these students who went to absurd lengths not to offend him, and tell him that his identity as an Asian woman was fine? Well, that lunacy has gone international. In Sweden, a Swedish woman told students at Södertörn University that she was a 6’6” Japanese man. These students also went to great lengths to avoid saying what is an absolute fact; that this woman is...
  • Majority of Muslim Migrants Come Without Identity to Germany

    02/24/2016 7:53:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | February 24, 2016 | PamelaGeller
    Hmmmm, why do you think that is? And to think President Obama means to inflict this upon us. Google translate:
  • The Crisis of Character: Identity Politics and the Death of the Individual

    12/30/2015 6:53:08 AM PST · by all the best · 11 replies
    Spiked Review ^ | December 2015 | Bendan O'Neill
    Nothing speaks more profoundly to the crisis of character than the phrase, ‘I identify as…’. In the past, individuals were. ‘I am a builder.’ ‘I am a mother.’ ‘I am a Jew.’ There was a confidence, a certainty, to their sense of identity, and to their declaration of it. ‘I am.’ Today, individuals identify as something. ‘I identify as working class.’ ‘I identify as non-binary.’ Or, in the notorious case of Rachel Dolezal, the American white woman who effectively blacked-up as she rose up the ranks of the NAACP, ‘I identify as black’. The rise of the i-word in our...
  • Attempted Fraud

    09/29/2015 6:55:59 PM PDT · by wally_bert · 25 replies
    Self | 9/29/2015 | wally_bert
    If I post incorrectly, please forgive me. I think it is the first one.... A new Go Pro showed up that wasn't ordered from a reputable outfit today. It was addressed to my wife so I didn't open it on arrival. I don't go through other people's mail. Figured it was a typical purchase even though it wasn't from an outfit I would expect. It was a technology dealer and I do that buying. A little while ago she brings in a box with a new Go Pro. She checked her CC and there was a charge from a couple...
  • Your Laptop Computer's Built-In Camera is a Hidden Privacy Hazard

    09/15/2015 12:04:03 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 19 replies
    9/16/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Google webcam privacy risk - this is a real issue.  Your laptop webcam can be hacked.  If you have to make videos, get yourself a cheap outboard web-camera that YOU control by unplugging it. Put tape over the built-in web-camera, find where the microphone is and tape it over too (find your laptop's manual online, look at the parts/features diagram.) I got a cheap web cam to use on my desktop computer. I downloaded Skype. My daughter is too busy to Skype to help me test it. The first thing that happened, "Esther" from Ghana wanted to Skype with me....
  • Calif. students now given six ‘gender identity’ choices on college admissions applications

    07/27/2015 11:02:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 07/26/2015 | JACOB KOHLHEPP - UCLA
    Questions about gender identity and sexual orientation have been added to admissions applications used by the University of California system, including no less than six choices for students when checking off their “gender identity.” One new question posed to those seeking admittance to the system – which educates 233,000 students enrolled in 10 campuses statewide – is “How do you describe yourself? (Mark one answer).” The choices are: “male; female; trans male/trans man; trans female/trans woman; gender queer/gender non-conforming; and different identity.” The application also asks “what sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original birth certificate?”...
  • Computer hack reveals identity of Syrians in contact with Israel

    07/12/2015 10:16:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/12/15 | Elhanan Miller
    Computer hackers likely working for the Syrian regime and Hezbollah have managed to penetrate the computers of Israeli and American activists working with the Syrian opposition, exposing sensitive contacts between the sides. Al-Akhbar, a newspaper serving as Hezbollah’s mouthpiece in Lebanon, published a series of articles over the weekend purporting to divulge correspondence between Mendi Safadi, a Druze Israeli and former political adviser to Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, with members of the Syrian opposition around the world, taken from taken from Safadi’s computer. The article also contains screenshots of word documents and text message exchanges saved on Safadi’s...
  • Liberals Are Playing A Racial Shell Game

    06/26/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let me get this straight. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is something of a dashboard saint to American liberals, principally for her retrograde leftism on economics. It was alleged a few years ago that she spent much of her professional career lying about her fictitious Native American roots. Warren listed herself as a minority in a professional directory and identified herself as a Native American. There was no evidence to support her claim, other than her own family lore and her personal conviction that she feels part Indian. And yet, when Republicans criticized her for it, they were denounced as racist...
  • ‘Gertie’s Babies,’ Sold at Birth, Use DNA to Unlock Secret Past

    04/10/2015 12:58:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04 April 2015 | Kirk Johnson
    Sue Docken’s start in life, in 1951, with a no-questions-asked cash adoption at the hands of a midwife, had strong elements of the crime scene that it was. Her adoptive father was told to stay in the car and keep the motor running. His wife went into a nondescript office building in Butte, Mont., where she met with the midwife, Gertrude Pitkanen, and was handed the hours-old infant and the afterbirth, offered a peek through a curtain at the young mother lying in a bed, and told to leave. The afterbirth was thrown out the window on the drive home,...
  • Orly Taitz files third lawsuit in federal court [Brownsville, TX]

    03/26/2015 3:24:52 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 66 replies
    Valley Morning Star ^ | March 25, 2015 | EMMA PEREZ-TREVIÑO
    California dentist and attorney Orly Taitz has filed a third lawsuit in federal court in Brownsville to stop what she says is the granting of bogus asylum and refugee status to undocumented immigrants and to stop the government from, as she alleges, helping people engaged in identify theft. The latest civil lawsuit, filed Wednesday, has been assigned to Senior U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle. Taitz filed the lawsuit against Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Acting Commission of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama, John Does who steal Social Security...
  • Federal Worker Raided Student Data For Identity Theft

    03/03/2015 9:40:47 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Blake Neff
    Employees at the U.S. Department of Education have repeatedly treated the U.S. government’s trove of student information as a personal playground and piggy bank, according to a Freedom of Information Act release obtained by the Daily Mail.(excerpted)The Daily Mail’s inquiry found other cases of bizarre wrongdoing by the department’s 5,000 employees, including one worker who was caught searching for the student loan records of “Barrack Obama” (sic), apparently unaware that the president has already made most of his student loan details public. (excerpted)
  • Who's safe from risk of identity theft? No one

    03/01/2015 7:48:03 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-1-15 | Ruben Rosario
    I got hacked twice this month. The first time I was going for a layup at the local gym. The second time was learning I'm among the more than 313,000 Minnesotans and nearly 80 million Americans whose personal information might have been accessed during the recent Anthem health insurer data breach. The compromised information includes names, member health identification numbers, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and employment and income information. Now, I'm an old-school, practical kind of guy. I try as much as I can to pay bills and items face to face with cash. I shred...
  • Dear White People: 3 Acts Of Casual Racism That You May Be Guilty Of Doing

    10/12/2014 12:07:17 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 81 replies
    WebProNews ^ | October 11, 2014 | Toni Matthews-El
    “Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has been raised to two….Sorry, your ‘weed man’ Tyrone does not count!” Just like that, the upcoming Dear White People movie moved into highly controversial territory. The trailers (both standard and the recent red band) touch on scenarios that call out the casual racism still acted out in a supposedly “post-racial” America. Although the statements and questions raised by the lead character Samantha White may seem outlandish to some white Americans, for far too many African Americans her rants represent everyday reality. Here are some things...