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Supreme Court Packing. Pack it or Get Rid of it!

 Why do we need the Supreme court? As far as I am concerned with the exception of a few they are a lawless bunch, and why should any one have to conform to rules handed down by people who have no regards for the law themselves. Rowe V. wade was a law and they struck it down. New York laws against on open carry relative was a law and they struck it down. So why give them any legitimacy?. 

 Furthermore I can name at least two of the right leaning ones that have caused the court to be truly illegitimate. The so called justices are Neil M. Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. First of all none of these two have any integrity. During the last year of President Barrack Obama's presidency, he nominated Merrick Garland to fill Anton Scalia's seat. Scalia had died that year. However, Mitch McConnell denied Justice Garland the vote claiming that no supreme court justice should be seated within an election year. As a result, to Mitch McConnell 's ruthless, thievery and partisan leadership Merrick Garland was denied a vote to be seated. It is my understanding that none of Mitch McConnell 's partisan senators would even give Justice Garland a hearing. Based upon this when Neil M. Gorsuch was nominated he should have called upon his integrity and turned down the nomination, cite the reason I laid out above and cite his integrity as not being someone who could be complicit to stealing a seat. 

Mitch McConnell did it again. Ruth Bader Ginsburg died during an election year and Mitch McConnell broke his own rule which claim no one can be nominated to the supreme court during an election year and nominated the under qualified Amy Coney Barret. Again upon this nomination Amy Coney Barrett should have called upon her integrity and said no because she knew that what Mitch McConnell was doing for the second time was wrong, and that she too should not be complicit in accepting a seat that she knows was stolen. But I guess they were too keen on getting their foot in the door so that they could start overturning laws such as Rowe v Wade. Well what will they come for next?

Why do companies want you to use their mobile apps?

If you have read  my previous blogs you will note that I am, to put it bluntly, not a fan of apps on my iPhone/iPad. The reason for this is because I know that they simply want to spy on how I use my phone in order to turn me the consumer into a customer. It’s called geo-targeting through push notification.
With that said, I would like to share how I handled these geo-targeting that was aimed at me. When I upgraded my Verizon Network, they offered me a free echo-gen as a courtesy for being a long-standing customer. Honestly, although I consider myself to be knowledgeable about the latest technology. I didn't know what an echo -gen was. The item in the picture actually looks like a speaker. I have a very tiny Hp speaker, which I bought when I first bought my Hp Laptop. I actually bought it to use with my mac mini . SO i was excited that i was going to get a 'bigger speaker.'  However, upon its arrival after opening the box,  I realized that it was the Alexa Voice Service. In addition, on the day of Alexa’s arrival  I received an email from Amazon here is how it read:
the Alexa App
Once you receive your new Echo, visit: to download the latest version of the Alexa App. This will direct you through the setup process. Once you've connected to Wi-Fi and associated Echo with your Amazon account, you're ready to start using Echo. Your Echo may receive a software update after you've completed setup.”

I have highlighted in red "and associate Echo with your Amazon Account," because  first of all I don't know what Amazon would have to do to get me to sign up for their Prime Account. So it was a LOL moment for me at the time. To begin with Alexa was a technology, which I found absolutely "revolting." My first knowledge of it was when I saw it being talked about on one of the TV's talk shows. At the time I was appalled that anyone would engage with such a technology. The reason is that  I would be  giving my personal information (to whom I don't know) and having a robot performing basic tasks that I should be performing to keep my mind and physique exercised and healthy.  As of now  ‘Ms’ Alexa resides among the books in my bookshelf.

Furthermore, at the completion of the upgrade, Verizon text me a link to complete, (I know exactly why they chose to text me and i was really trying to keep them from filling up my mailbox with a lot of future promotions) so  I told the representative absolutely do not text me, but to email me the link instead.  So he emailed it to me. At the time he asked me if that’s my preferred way of communicating with them, and I said yes.

About a month later I got a text from them asking me to confirm my zip code. Now I have been with Verizon for years so I am not a new customer. So why would they want me to confirm my zip code? I’ll tell you why, once i respond by text it would give them access to my phone so they could start texting me promotions and telling me to download the app and all that nonsense. In fact they did send me an email telling me to download the app, which I ignored. 

Apparently ignoring them wasn’t enough. So for about six months straight, when I attempt to pay my bill, I would see a big red sign asking me to confirm my phone number.  I ignored them for six months until they got tired and stop asking me. So the most advertisement I get from them is at the time of my bill pay, and when the annoying promotions show up, I simply look for the no thanks  field to whatever they put in front of my face, and continue to my bill pay.

My other wireless phone is also with Verizon and they would love it if I would just pay them straight from my phone. However, again my preferred way of paying is on my computer. On my computer I have a wide view. On my phone it’s an eyestrain. Secondly, on my computer I have more of a paper trail.
Similarly, I own two Sony smart TVs. The TVs come with several apps: Prime Video; Hulu; VUDU; Pandora; YouTube; Netflix, Kids; Berliner Philharmoniker; and two apps that can organize pictures. About once a year Sony notifies me on screen that they need to update my firmware. However, always after the update they would ask me to choose enable which would allow them to access details on how I use the TV., meaning the apps on it etcetera. As usual I would pick disable.
After my recent firmware update, I happen to go into an email, which I sort of abandoned simply because of the amount of spam I used to receive. I had forgotten that I use to have an unofficial account with them when I bought my Sony Video Camera. In that email I saw several emails  from Sony, all promotions,  except one.  In this one Sony was asking me to take a customer satisfaction survey. They said it would take 10-15 minutes, so I expected to be there for some time. I was happy to take the survey,  because I longed to let them know how i feel about people collecting data about anything I do with the technological equipments I own.
 However, I was surprised at the way the survey turned out. The first question they gave contained a long list of companies that sell electronics and or music subscription, and movie subscriptions. Then they asked me which one of them I use or own. At first I was going to choose the option none of these, because I currently don’t subscribe to music or video. But since all of my electronics are Apple, I checked the Apple box.  To my surprise the next page was a 'thank you'  page, meaning the survey simply abruptly ended.  This leads me to conclude that either they lied to me by telling me that the survey would last 10-15 minutes; or the information I gave them was enough. Indeed, they cannot include Apple TV in their app arsenal, so why waste time by having me complete the rest of the  survey. I was so surprised I laughed out loud, because it didn’t make any sense that all of a sudden they had no more questions for me. Still, I understood perfectly well why the survey ended with my first Q and A. As mentioned above it’s the Apple thing. If anybody has a different take on it, please let me know. All I have to say is that hopefully I got rid of them, because I was sick and tired of them telling me that they have updated my firmware, and then asking for my permission to enable them to spy on me.

In contrast, I was recently at the bust stop where I noticed that the timetable for the buses’ arrival was replaced by a notice that said to download the My MTA app. I had already downloaded the app about a month before. But I wasn’t getting much from it. However, the notice explained how to use it. So far I have not seen one ad, and as I said I have had it on my phone for about a month. Now if they have the gall to start pushing ads I will delete the app. I think its a good app to have but by no means necessary.

Celery, Price Gouging and Celery

Why You Should Care

The cost of celery and other produce items have skyrocketed since Trumps Tariff war with China. Still, much of the increase in cost can be directly attributed to price gouging. Price gouging or over pricing of goods is something a majority of retailers typically do in times like these. The reason is they know that they can get away with it, by blaming it on tariffs. This is unfortunate, because by doing this they are actually stealing from the consumer, some of whom are struggling to pay for baby formula  as well as  keeping a roof over their heads.

Celery is a vegetable that is very good for your health. It contains, calcium, iron vitamins A and C,  and Folic Acid. It also contains a small amount of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, some sugar,  traces of vitamin E,  lots of vitamin K and  salt,  So when seasoning with Celery you can cut back on the amount of salt for your recipe.  Celery also has a very low glycemic load, so if you are a diabetic you don't have to worry about eating it. Indeed, health enthusiasts  often use Celery as a snack food. 

 Celery can me eaten raw or cooked, and it is one of the few foods that you can eat and benefit from a lot of nutrients without gaining weight. As a result, health and diet conscious people gobble it up in spades. I cannot find Celery at places like Trader Joe's.  They claim they get in a small amounts in the mornings and before the after noon its gone. As a result, I recently went there in the morning. I guess I should start camping out there LOL!  I have not been able to find Celery there it there in over a month.  
I recently paid $3.99 twice at the local grocery store for a medium bunch of celery.  I say medium because I have noticed that the bunch have become measly while the cost has been ever increasing. I was in that same store the other day and I picked up a bunch expecting it to be the same over priced $3.99. However, a very thoughtful store clerk asked me if I knew that the celery was $4.99, and I said I didn't know that, and that I  had bought a bunch last week (during the week of May 5, 2019) for $3.99. Needless to say I put 'that there'  celery back where I took it from. I can only tolerate so much. This was now the week of May 12, 2019  and the price had gone up by 25%.

It is my understanding that some of the Celery we consume is imported from places like Australia, South America and South Africa. However, most of it is grown here. Places like Alaska can produce it, and California is the leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables. So I do not know how the tariffs affect the  Celery we grow here.

 Celery is not the only priced gouged  produce for which I am clocking the the rising  in prices.  The price gouging of celery is the one that annoys me the most, because I use it in all my recipes. In the mean time, I will continue to look for stores that are more accommodating on the price of Celery. I will say this though, when you find a supermarket that charges less,  you literally get about 4 to 5 stalks. LOL.  Still its not a laughing matter. it infuriates me. Where is the Consumer protection Board? Who is overseeing these atrocious price gouging  that could eventually lead to more people knocking  on the doors of the homeless shelters. 

Meanwhile the man who is responsible for wreaking havoc on peoples financial well being and spirituality, who has absolutely no business acumen, who has the vocabulary of a 5 year, speaks like a 5 year old, is restless like a 5 year old, is tastelessly nasty and  belligerent because he doesn't have the verbal skills to express himself, Still sits in the White  pounding his chest and screaming.. 'I am the president and I want to be an autocrat!  You can't make this stuff up!

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