US Treasury makes good on $500 eaten by golden retriever


Sundance – behaving himself

A Montana man who pieced together the five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever said he was reimbursed by the federal government five months later.

Wayne Klinkel of Helena said he and his wife were taking a road trip to visit their daughter and her husband in Denver during the Christmas season and their golden retriever, Sundance, ate the five $100 bills while they were inside a restaurant…

Klinkel said he started collecting Sundance’s droppings during the trip, and his daughter was able to bring the rest of the fragments when she came to visit in March.

Klinkel said he was able to clean the pieces of the bills and tape them back together. He then sent them off to the Federal Treasury in the hopes of receiving replacement money.

“Ten days later I got a receipt back saying my letter was received, but that’s the only communication I had during the whole process,” he said.

Klinkel said he checked his mail Monday and found a $500 check from the Treasury…”I gave Sundance a pat, showed it to him and told him not to eat it,” Klinkel said.

Eeeoough!

One of those tasks I guess our Treasury is good at.

Our government opposes request to reveal spying demands

The U.S. Justice Department has told a secret surveillance court that it opposes a request from technology companies to reveal more about the demands they receive for user information, according to court papers released on Wednesday.

Negotiations between the federal government and companies such as Google have gone on for months, and while U.S. spy agencies said they plan to be more transparent, they have opposed company requests to disclose more detailed data…

Microsoft, Yahoo!, LinkedIn and Facebook are among the companies seeking permission to publish statistics about the extent of the demands placed on them.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post, using former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden as a source, reported beginning in June the companies’ deep involvement with U.S. surveillance efforts.

The companies said some of the reporting was erroneous, so they want to reveal, for example, how many of their users are encompassed in surveillance demands and the total number of compulsory requests under specific laws.

The Justice Department said in its response: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

The surveillance court has not yet ruled publicly on the companies’ request.

RTFA if you honestly feel you need to read the crap the DOJ released as an answer to the questions raised in this confrontation.

Frankly, I think the average 6th grader has heard sufficient phony-baloney press releases read on the evening news by TV talking heads to be capable of coming pretty close to reproducing the excuses offered by any group of American politicians.

Fake Obamacare sites out to steal your information


Nothing to do with the article – Funny, though

As health exchanges opened Tuesday to high traffic and technical glitches, numerous fake Obamacare websites are out there trying to steal personal information.

Although the federal website exists at healthcare.gov, there are numerous state and third-party websites that don’t have uniform domains.

To prevent getting scammed, “absolutely do not use a search engine as your starting point when looking for coverage,” writes Christopher Budd, threat communications manager for Trend Micro security.

Instead, start at a known trusted source including the federal government’s or your state government’s websites. “Use these sites to identify the resources they’ve identified as trustworthy,” Budd writes. “With that information you can then get more information by going to the sites they recommend – by typing the URL in yourself.”

“A survey of state and third-party sites also shows that official sites aren’t required to provide the ability to verify the site using SSL [secure socket layers]: many of them don’t provide it for site verification at all, though the federal site does…”

Identity thieves, and other cybercriminals have been buying vaguely official-sounding domain names for months in anticipation of harvesting unsuspecting healthcare consumers’ data, and some of these scam sites actually have better search-engine rankings than official sites.

There’s a sucker born every minute. And just before the doctor cuts the cord, there’s a scumbag born a few minutes earlier trying to steal his momma’s milk.

Farm law expires again — Republicans still hope to screw the poor!

Overshadowed by the government shutdown, the U.S. farm subsidy law expired for the second time on Tuesday with lawmakers still deadlocked over how to confront cuts in food assistance programs for low-income Americans.

Analysts say Congress is more likely to revive the farm law for another year or two, the path it took when the law expired a year ago, than agree on a new bill.

“They don’t even have the process in place to get it done,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a speech on Tuesday to United Fresh, a trade group for produce growers and processors.

The Democratic-run Senate has proposed $4.5 billion in loophole-closing for food stamps. The Republican-controlled House wants to cut $40 billion over 10 years through tighter eligibility rules that would disqualify 4 million people.

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