A Bit Of This And A Tad Of That

Just a few short snippets on my radar today …


Invasion of privacy

Beginning this summer, in order to access your file on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, you will have to scan your face!!!  No!  Just NO!  The IRS can keep their damned website and I’m sure that if they need information or money from me, they will let me know … sans my picture!  This, to me, is a gross invasion of privacy!  According to an article in Popular Science …

“Users will need to submit a combination of documents and even a video selfie to ID.me, a third-party company, to verify their identity.”

And we should trust either this “ID.me” company OR the Internal Revenue Service WHY???  No!  Just NO!  Believe me, if the IRS wants to get in touch with you, they will definitely do so and without the invasion of your privacy that this photo ID scheme would involve!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …

The process might be a barrier even for the tech-savvy, as Brian Krebs, who runs the Krebs on Security blog, found. In his post about the ID.me system, Krebs details having to re-enter his personal information several times before being asked to join a video call and was told the wait time was over three hours to do so.

Call me paranoid if you wish, but long ago I disabled the video cams on both my phone and laptops … a little bit of privacy, please!


Not the brightest bulb in the pack

Sarah Palin … remember her?  She was the floozy who John McCain misguidedly selected as his running mate in 2008 when he ran against Barack Obama, and she likely cost him the election.  She was once the governor of Alaska, famously and falsely claiming that she could “see Russia” from her back door.  Well, she seems to be determined not to fade into oblivion, much to our chagrin.  Recently, she made the statement that …

“It’ll be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot. I will not do that. I won’t do it, and they better not touch my kids either.”

Never mind that her ‘kids’ are all, except the youngest, well above the age of legal consent.  Well, karma stepped up to the challenge and last week she tested positive for Covid.  It’s what I call poetic justice.  But wait … there’s more!

Ms. Palin is an egomaniac, apparently, who feels no sense of responsibility to those around her, and so two nights in a row this week she dined out in New York in the company of several other people and sans mask.  New York City Hall spokesman Jonah Allon said in a statement …

“By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons. The city offers multiple resources to support isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19, and we encourage Ms. Palin to join the 98 percent of New Yorkers who report they have followed guidance on isolation and have helped New York City stop the spread.”

What a selfish and self-focused woman Sarah Palin is.  You’d almost think she was a Republican … oh wait …


WTF Pennsylvania???

Back in 2019, before we had even heard of Covid, a law was passed in Pennsylvania that permitted no-excuse absentee voting, created a permanent mail-in voter list, reduced the voter registration deadline from 30 days to 15 and provided for $90 million in election infrastructure upgrades. It also eliminated straight ticket voting.  Act 77 was passed by a Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf … truly a bipartisan effort that would benefit the people of the state.

But now, in the shadow of the Big Lie, the former guy’s false claims of a ‘stolen’ 2020 election, eleven of the fourteen lawmakers who voted for the bill in 2019, sued to kill the bill … and succeeded, at least for now.  A state court struck down the state’s landmark election law as unconstitutional. The majority opinion, written by Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt, a Republican, ruled that the legislature could not make changes to voting laws without amending the constitution.  An appeal has been filed … whether it is successful or not is anybody’s guess, given the current climate of political divisiveness in states and courts around the nation.  This is yet another attempt to restrict our rights to participate in the democratic process via our vote, our voice.

23 thoughts on “A Bit Of This And A Tad Of That

  1. We recently had to provide a selfie to a third party notary to have something notarized online. That was bad enough. But a video of my facial features to a third party person for identity purposes to the IRS, the single worst government entity in the US? As you said, “Just, NO”.
    Sarah WTF Palin has always appalled me. Why should it be any different now?
    Voter suppression is frightening. Georgia has to be the worst (must have been MTG’s brainstorm). Passing legislation that no one is allowed to provide food or drink to people waiting in line to vote?! If that isn’t unconstitutional I don’t know what is!

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    • Exactly … I don’t trust the IRS any further than I can throw a feather! I once applied to work at the IRS and was told I was qualified, but “too nice”! Moi? Nice?

      Ha ha … I see you have the same nickname for America’s #1 Bimbo that I do!

      Georgia is certainly among the worst, but it seems that Texas and Florida are vying to be competitive with Georgia. What a lot of bigots and idiots we have in this nation. Sigh.

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  2. Regarding your ‘invasion of privacy’ piece: no, you’re not paranoid. This kind of ‘identification’ system is seriously flawed. What if you get mugged, beaten up? Black eyes and facial bruises would almost certainly cause such systems to refuse to acknowledge that you are you. Have these ‘expert systems designers’ never heard of Bell’s palsy? Or strokes? Or take my own situation: if such a system had existed in 1980, a picture of my face taken then would most definitely not be recognised by any such system just a few short months later.
    *shakes head in disgust at the cluelessness of some morons*

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  3. What? They do not only want payment, they also want a photo of their bread givers??? Thanks for the news. I had this problem with Facebook. With a long term account (i honestly had it used not much) last year i wanted to log in. They wanted me to upload a document with a photo. I am a little bit a privacy guy, and there is no photo of me on the web. xx Michael

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    • Yes, and I have a feeling that they won’t get far in their quest, for surely I’m not the only one who is leery of sharing a photo with strangers. Facebook? I’ve been on Facebook for about 15 years or longer and they’ve never asked me for a photo! Strange. I think you’re right to keep your photos off the web. xx

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    • Indeed, it does seem that the whole world has gone bonkers, but the UK doesn’t get to solely own ‘Bonkersville Central’ for the U.S. has a pretty good stake in that title, as well. Hugs, dear friend! ☕☕

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  4. And here in Aotearoa New Zealand we can register to vote up to and including polling day. No registration ID is required although having one does speed up the process slightly. Likewise you can vote outside your electorate (voting district) with minimal fuss. As for outlawing assisting others to vote as seems to be the trend in the US, here the Electoral Commission (the independent body that administers and oversees elections and referenda) actively encourages us to help neighbours, friends, family and even strangers get to a polling station.

    One final comnent: I’ve been voting since 1972 and twice every 3 years since then (once for national elections and once for local elections), and not once in all that time have I needed to queue more than 5 minutes. On most occasions I have not needed to queue at all. This has been the case whether I resided in a metropolitan or rural area. And a polling station has always been within 15 minutes of my home. In rural areas, 15 minutes driving, elsewhere 15 minutes walking. Postal voting is easy and you can even register for proxy voting if your disability prevents you from reliably completing a voting form. Every resident, whether citizen or not, can vote and is encouraged to do so.

    Unless you really don’t want true representative democracy, I don’t understand why the US is so hellbent in making voting so difficult.

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    • You guys have the right idea! I’m impressed with all you’ve told me, but most of all by hearing that your Electoral Commission actively encourages people to help others who might need help getting out to vote! We could/should take lessons from your country!

      I also started voting in 1972 and have voted every two years since then. I’ve been lucky that I’ve never had to wait very long … I think the longest was about 15 minutes … but I know of others who have had to travel an hour or more by bus just to reach their designated polling station, then wait in line for hours to cast their vote. This is more often the case in predominantly Black neighborhoods … no surprise there.

      The truth is that most southern states really DON’T want their people to vote … or at least only want the white, male, Christian people to cast a vote. I have lived here all my life and I still don’t understand the lack of concern over voting rights. Dr. Martin Luther King fought long and hard to ensure our right to participate in our government via our vote, and most of what he accomplished has been wiped out in recent years.

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