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by Bob posted Aug 29 2013 4:21AM

Eight Things in Your House That Might Be Spying on You

If you think virus software and extra-strong passwords make you secure in your own home, think again.  Any regular household item that's connected to a network can theoretically track your behavior and make you vulnerable to hacking . . . or worse.



Not to make you paranoid or anything, but here's a list of eight household items that might be spying on you . . .



1.  Your TV.  If it connects to the internet then you're vulnerable.  One security firm proved they could turn on web cams in smart TVs and watch viewers. 



2.  Your cable box.  Companies are developing them with motion sensors and cameras, so they can see what you're up to and send targeted ads.  Like a roomful of wild kids would get ads for Nerf guns, and a couple on the couch would get ads for romantic movies.



3.  Household appliances like your coffee maker, dishwasher, and clock radio.  The latest models allow you to schedule your morning coffee from a tablet.  And companies use the web connection to troubleshoot performance issues.



But robbers could use that same info to schedule the best time for a burglary.



4.  Your lighting.  The same technology that allows you turn your lights on from a computer allows the criminals to TURN THEM OFF during a home invasion.



5.  Your heat and A/C.  If they're connected to a network, then companies track your preferences to optimize energy efficiency.  And anyone who can hack that could figure out when you're home, at work, or away for a long time.



6.  Security systems.  These are all hooked up to the internet now.  And criminals can hack in and wreak havoc as they please.



7.  Insulin pumps and pacemakers.  Seriously.   They're both basically just little computers in your body.  And security teams have proven that they COULD deliver the wrong dose of insulin at any time and kill you.  If they wanted to.



8.  Your phone, tablets, and computers.   Obviously all three are full of personal information.  But check this out:  The latest military technology can create a 3-D map of your phone's surroundings.


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by Bob posted Aug 28 2013 4:13AM

The Average Person Doesn't Hit Middle Age Until 53 . . . But Here Are the Top 10 Signs You're There

here's never been an official definition of MIDDLE AGE, but people USED to consider those in their 40s middle aged.  Not anymore.  Now people are living longer and acting YOUNGER.  So middle age had to adjust.



According to a new survey, you don't become middle aged until you hit . . . 53.  But that's just the average.  You could hit middle age even later . . . or a lot earlier.  The survey also came up with the SIGNS you've hit middle age.  Here's the top 10.



1.  You lose touch with technology.


2.  You find you have no idea what the "young people" are talking about.


3.  You constantly have new aches and pains.


4.  You need an afternoon nap.


5.  You groan when you bend down.


6.  You can't name any modern bands.


7.  You're always talking about your joints.


8.  You hate noisy bars and restaurants.


9.  You start getting ear hair, bushy eyebrows, nose hair, and female facial hair.


10.  You think all cops, teachers, and doctors look young.

  BOB's Comment:  YIKES!!!! I think I hit most of these a long long time ago. Anybody have any to add?

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by Bob posted Aug 26 2013 10:54AM

Check Out the States That Profit the Most From Our Sins

In 2011, states made more than $50 BILLION because we have no ability to RESIST TEMPTATION.



The website 24/7 Wall Street just figured out which 10 states got the largest percentage of their revenues from our "SINS."  Meaning, the most off of tobacco taxes, liquor taxes, casino taxes, the lottery, and state liquor store sales.



10.  Oregon.  3% of total revenue from sin, with the lottery being most profitable.


9.  South Dakota.  3.3% from sin, with casinos being most profitable.


8.  Michigan.  3.6% from sin, with casinos being most profitable.


7.  Pennsylvania.  3.7% from sin, with casinos being most profitable.


6.  Indiana.  4% from sin, with casinos being most profitable.


5.  New Hampshire.  4.6% from sin, with tobacco being most profitable.


4.  West Virginia.  4.7% from sin, with the lottery being most profitable.


3.  Delaware.  5% from sin, with the lottery being most profitable.


2.  Rhode Island.  5.4% from sin, with the lottery being most profitable.


1.  Nevada.  5.8% from sin, with casinos being the most profitable.

by Bob posted Aug 26 2013 4:25AM

Ten Frightening Statistics You Really Don't Want to Know


HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are some statistics you really don't want to know.  There are up to 50 active serial killers in the U.S. at any given moment.  90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Walmart.  And somewhere between 2% and 4% of people think the wrong man is their father.



FULL STORY:  We've got a list here of 10 statistics you really don't want to know.  So why are we sharing them with you?  BECAUSE WE'RE CRAZY.  In a few minutes you'll be a little sadder but a lot more knowledgeable.



1.  There are between 35 and 50 active serial killers in the U.S. at any given moment.


2.  90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Walmart.


3.  CPR only saves people's lives between 5% and 10% of the time.


4.  More American soldiers died from suicide last year than from combat.


5.  Nine million children under age five around the world die every year from very treatable diseases and illnesses, like diarrhea and pneumonia.


6.  Breast cancer kills 300 men every year.


7.  There are about 800 million people worldwide who are classified as overweight or obese . . . and another 800 million who are starving.


8.  Somewhere between 2% and 4% of people think the wrong man is their father.


9.  For the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the government could've installed solar panels on the roof of every house in America.


10.  And on a lighter note, 9% of people say they never pick their noses.



by Bob posted Aug 22 2013 12:51PM

Primetime Broadcast Total Viewership for the week:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
4 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL(S)-08/12/2013 S ABC 8,299
5 NCIS R CBS 8,089
6 60 Minutes R CBS 7,434
7 Big Bang Theory, THE   CBS 6,712
9 Big Brother 15-SUN   CBS 6,478
10 NFL ON FOX PRESEASON 2(S)-08/18/2013 S FOX 6,469
11 BIG BROTHER 15-THU   CBS 6,331
12 BIG BROTHER 15-WED   CBS 6,169
13 CSI R CBS 6,069
14 Two and a Half Men R CBS 5,877
16 Dateline FRI   NBC 5,608
20 Secret Millionaire   ABC 4,865
21 Blue Bloods R CBS 4,720
22 Mentalist, THE R CBS 4,712
23 MIKE & Molly R CBS 4,687
24 Rookie Blue   ABC 4,674

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

by Bob posted Aug 22 2013 12:19PM
When you get pulled over for going a few miles per hour over the speed limit or having a broken tail light, a sense of humor sometimes helps to relieve the tension.



But when you get nailed for DRUNK DRIVING, is it appropriate to crack jokes?



"Partridge Family" superstar DAVID CASSIDY thought so.  Cassidy was pulled over near Albany, New York yesterday morning, and the cop's name was TOM JONES.



And when Cassidy noticed that, he actually asked the cop, quote, "What's new, pussycat" . . . which is a CLASSIC song by the SINGER Tom Jones.  There's no word whether OFFICER Jones found it funny.



What's NOT funny though, is that Cassidy was driving with a .10% blood-alcohol level . . . and that he's facing FELONY drunk driving charges because of a prior DUI in Florida.


by Bob posted Aug 22 2013 10:47AM

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