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How To Disappear Online And Fly Under The Radar

I’ve had serious identity fraud problems

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There was a time when you didn’t have to look over your shoulder to see if you’re watched. Privacy was as normal and real as paying the bills at the bank, or buying milk from the grocery. Those days are gone. You don’t need to go to the grocery to buy milk or enter the bank for paying the bills. Thanks to internet, they are just one click away.

But even if you can’t see anybody standing right behind you, you know they are there, watching every page you visit, every payment you make, and following your traces through the virtual world. Then they could easily steal your data, empty your card, build your profile and scan your everything till you have nothing private left.

Are you ready to face these scammers and protect your right to privacy? Here’s what you need to know!

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Eight Years

Good article on CA

Under Western Skies

Today is the 8th anniversary of Under Western Skies.

It’s too big a task to look back over nearly 650 posts and well over half a million words from the entire run. Focusing on year 8, though, it’s been good, and I’ve enjoyed covering a lot of territory with you.

Nature and wild places have been an important part of this blog since the beginning. This year I realized a longtime desire to see the Big Trees: the Coast Redwoods in northwestern California’s Redwood National Park.

Redwood National Park Brad Nixon 7396 (640x480)

In April, the wettest winter in recorded history turned southern California’s landscape a lush green, carpeted with tall grass and flowers, as in this shot made at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange County, 30 miles east and inland from my house.

Santiago Oaks Brad Nixon 6547 (640x470)

I also wrote about the spring bloom from Joshua Tree National Park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and right here along the Los…

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Rosemary: The Essential Oil That Fights Arthritis, Anxiety And Hair Loss — And Kills Bugs, Too

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10 Edible Greens to Plant Now

Good info

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In most climates, leafy greens such as lettuces, arugula, spinach, chard and mustard greens grow best planted in late summer or early spring, where the plants thrive in the warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime ones. In mild-winter areas, or with the help of cold frames and frost blankets, you can grow these crops throughout winter.

Inspired to try growing edible greens this fall? You don’t need much space or time to do it. Plant them in garden beds or grow them in containers to make harvesting easy. Greens can be grown from either seed or seedlings — the latter will give you a jump-start on the growing season. To get started, use this guide to select the mix that best suits your taste.

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Dr. Strangelove: or how Nazi scientists ended up on Long Island


Designing the Parks

Even sleepy weeks at the Olmsted Center prove to be interesting! While much of the office was conducting fieldwork in Maryland, I was mapping and continuing to research my site: Long Island (Boston Harbor: Long Island, not New York: Long Island). If you’re a history geek with a short attention span like I am, you too probably find yourself falling down a variety of rabbit holes while doing research. Lucky for me, Long Island has many rabbit holes to explore. I figured I should share with you one of my favorite rabbit holes which has to do with Long Island and ingloriousshrugOperation Paperclip (I prefer Project Paperclip, I think the alliteration is nice, however it’ll be many years before anyone puts me in charge of naming secret military operations).

As WWII began to wrap up, the US government began to address the question of what would happen to the alliance…

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State Brand Registration Underway

Curious about the brand on my horse, he was in MA for years but obviously came from somewhere else, he is a smart horse, many discipline  …I found the brand T lazy E brand registered in Polson, Montana to a Michael E. Davis in 1991. But the horse is not that old, suspect that maybe the mother, a half appaloosa, QH, registered appaloosa that might be his mother had the brand. He is either 1993, under a different name(not registered) or a 1996 model, entirely different from this find. Curiosity can get squashed if you wait too long to ask the question.

Oklahoma Agriculture Blog

All registered cattle and horse brands in the state of Oklahoma are set to expire on January 1, 2010 unless renewed.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), under contract with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry, is the official state Brand registrar. The OCA began mailing out over 13,000 brand renewal forms to current brand holders in October.

“We have had a very good response rate so far during this renewal process,” said Scott E. Dewald, OCA Executive Vice-President. “We have made every effort to ensure everyone receives their renewals, despite this we have had some renewals returned to us because of inaccurate addresses. Because of this we encourage anyone who has not received a renewal form to contact us at (405) 235-4391,” added Dewald.

The brand renewal process takes place every five years and the fee for renewing brands is $20.00. “I encourage everyone to register their brands.”…

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Clear writing – explain it to me as if I were a kid

Re read what you wrote, edit, next day, read it again before pressing send

Consultants Mind

Frankly, many people are bad writers.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Most of it takes years and years of reading and writing to correct.

  • If you don’t know the elements of composition, or just misuse grammar, it will be a tough road to writing for you
  • If you don’t read, you don’t have pattern-recognition of what clear writing looks like
  • If you don’t write a lot, it’s just a difficult exercise
  • If your readers (customers, suppliers, boss) are not discerning, you will gravitate to the lowest writing common denominator.  Remember my ex-CPA who attached an invoice without even writing hello?

However, there are four poor writing habits (which many consultants have) which can be corrected with some conscious (new years resolution-type) effort.

Don’t use jargon.  Don’t do this more than necessary.  It is not clever, or sophisticated. Everyone knows what these pseudo-intellectual words mean and it’s trite.

Don’t ramble. Edit yourself.  After you have written the 500…

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Women in the Military: Fiat Equality: Unwelcome Facts from a Closet

Probably spot on in most cases

You can always tell when old Fred has been hitting the Padre Kino a little too hard by the number of typos. lol But, never-the-less, he is usually spot on and always entertaining. Here he updates us on a scourge that has inflicted us for a long time.

Recon Marines first go to the Army’s Jump school. It is not until later (after a specified number of helicopter jumps) that they earn the Marine Corps’ Gold Jump Wings.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsBack in the early 90s, I was Ops Chief (S3) at 4th Recon Battalion. As such, I was a part of the selection process for sending Marines to the Army’s Jump school. We had an I&I, female, admin type who decided she wanted to go to jump school. So we sent her. And guess what? Yep, the silly bitch washed out–used up a quota that could have been used by a Recon Marine.


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