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GNN is moving!

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 22 December 2008

Well… a new number on the same street, so to speak.

GNN is now ThissenThat (say it, you’ll hear This ‘n’ That).  

Same basic premise though with more news (current events, politics, and human interest) and possibly something personal on occasion.  At this moment, the aim is to put news blogs on one page, and entertainment/gossip/snark on another.  However, the best laid plans and all that…  

Hopefully updated more often (yes, yes, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa).  

For updates as they do come head over to http://thissenthat.wordpress.com   Bear in mind it will be rather bare for a day or two until I can get it set up.

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I’d need that much Bud too, If I lived in The Hills!

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Apparently Audrina Partridge is a huge (well not physically) fan of Bud Light…  A couple photos show her loading up a whole lot of the beer into the trunk of her(?) car.  Of course, if I had to deal with the drama surrounding my fellow actors reality stars known as Spencer, Heidi, and Lauren, I might need that much beer too!

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Photo Credit to Amy Graves

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Keni Thomas needs your help

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Many of you may not know who Keni Thomas is.  He is a retired Army Ranger who served in Somalia in 93 (the incident was the basis for the book Black Hawk Down, and the movie of the same name).  Keni is also a musician, playing christian/country/southern rock.  Let me tell you, his music is kick-ass.  Keni is also a truly nice guy, good to his fans.

Now, his music is getting better known.  For the last 3 months, his band has had a video (Shreveport 2 LA) in Great American Country (GAC)’s top video countdown, and it’s done quite well.

They want to make GAC’s Top 50 of 2008 list, which requires voting.  So, check out the song at Keni’s MySpace (his player has the audio single, or click here for the video.

To vote, click here

Voting ENDS starting MONDAY DECEMBER 1ST!!

PS: Gunslinger is a good album, but make sure to also check out Flags of Our Fathers!

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Okay, so I need your help :)

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 16 November 2008

Two of the actors in the movie I worked on (and blogged about) last year, Cooper Harris and Brendan Bradley (the film is Love Conquers Paul), enter video contests.  So I may periodically post links and ask my wonderful readers (apparently I have a few 😀 ) to go watch and vote for them, please and thank you!

Two today:

The first is a hilarious take on a popular movie (not saying what one, you’ll have to go watch O:-) ).  This one, they only needs views, so you just have to watch it.
http://www.crashthesuperbowl.com/#/gallery/video/1223/

This second one, they need votes. Clck on the link below, and find the one titled “Krazy Wedding.” Watch it, and if you like it (I think you will, click the vote button.  It takes about 7 minutes to watch both of these.
http://commercialsgonekrazy.com/videogallery.aspx

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Gov. Kilmer?

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Interesting… Val Kilmer may be considering a run for NM governor and it appears that current Gov Bill Richardson may endorse him should he run.

Source NY Post

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Discrimination and Civil Rights v. 2.0.08

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Well… votes are still being counted thanks to provisional and absentee ballots in California, but it looks as though prop 8 passed.  In addition to California, Arizona and Florida also voted to ban gay marriage, and Arkansas voted to ban same sex couples from adopting or fostering kids (because, yunno, there are so FEW kids in the system that we can afford to limit the number of homes like that…)

Gays are the 21st century answer to blacks, apparently, because just 40 or 50 years ago, interracial marriages were being banned like this (never by vote though).

When did legal discrimination become okay again?  WHY did it become okay again?!  Whether you believe gays were born ‘that way’ or choose it, love is LOVE.  Why does it matter WHO you love?

I have never been so disappointed and disgusted as I was reading the ballot measure results on CNN.

To all of you who voted to ban gay marriage, shame on you.  Civil unions do NOT (as you may mistakenly believe) provide the same benefits of marriage.

If a straight person gets married, in any state in the union, and moves to another state, the other state MUST recognise their marriage.  If a gay person has a civil union, it’s not valid in the new state.

Once you (straight person) get married, you are eligible for over ONE THOUSAND federal ‘benefits and protections’ (and several hundred more at the state level) including:

  1. Joint parental rights of children
  2. Joint adoption
  3. Status as “next-of-kin” for hospital visits and medical decisions
  4. Right to make a decision about the disposal of loved ones remains
  5. Immigration and residency for partners from other countries
  6. Crime victims recovery benefits
  7. Domestic violence protection orders
  8. Judicial protections and immunity
  9. Automatic inheritance in the absence of a will
  10. Public safety officers death benefits
  11. Spousal veterans benefits
  12. Social Security
  13. Medicare
  14. Joint filing of tax returns
  15. Wrongful death benefits for surviving partner and children
  16. Bereavement or sick leave to care for partner or children
  17. Child support
  18. Joint Insurance Plans
  19. Tax credits including: Child tax credit, Hope and lifetime learning credits
  20. Deferred Compensation for pension and IRAs
  21. Estate and gift tax benefits
  22. Welfare and public assistance
  23. Joint housing for elderly
  24. Credit protection
  25. Medical care for survivors and dependents of certain veterans

While SOME of these benefits can be set up privately, legally, through lawyers (at RIDICULOUS cost) or are offered through companies privately, most cannot/are not.

To those who believe homosexuality is a choice I ask you: were you born straight or did you chose?  Could you CHOOSE to be gay “if you wanted?”  Or does the thought disugust you (and not for so-called moral reasons).  If you cannot HONESTLY answer that you would CHOOSE to be gay, then you have refuted your OWN argument.

And finally, why would someone CHOOSE to be gay, knowing they will have an uphill battle, be discriminated against (even legally), harrassed, insulted, and possibly even assaulted or killed (think that doesn’t happen?  It does–Matthew Shepard wasn’t all THAT long ago, and we haven’t come THAT far in gays’ rights).

Sources:
Civil Union v Gay Marriage
What are the Legal Benefits of Marriage?

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YES WE DID!!!

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

That’s right.  Even though half a dozen states, including some battleground (swing) states, have not yet reported, and one is still voting, McCain has conceded the election.

I am so emotional writing this, because this election has been historic, and has cost me, personally.  I am… overwhelmed with joy at this point

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

1) Being gay is not natural.
And real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning, tattoos, piercings and silicon breasts…

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay.|
In the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behav​ior.
People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. Lamps are next.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all;
Hence why women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed;
And we can’t let the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children.
So therefore, gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our population isn’t out of control, our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children,
Since, of course, straight parents only raise straight child​ren.

8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion.
In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home.
Which is exactly why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms.
Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

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Steve Young shows that not all religious people believe in H8

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Steve Young, football star and direct descendant of noted Mormon Brigham Young, and his wife are showing their support for the No to 8 side, by speaking out against the California proposition but making a financial contribution as well.

Prop 8 would add an ammendment to the state’s constitution banning gay marriage.  Even the Governator is against prop 8

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Just one thng to say right now:

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

GO VOTE!!!!!!

IF YOU DON’T VOTE, YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO BITCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

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Before you make an excuse not to vote…

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

… take a look at this couple.  Susan Scott-Ker and her husband didnt receive their absentee ballots in India where they work, so they flew back to NY, where they are legal residents, to make sure they were able to vote.

Makes the drive across town seem inconsequetial, no?

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Still dancing!

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 18 October 2008

Rocco DiSpirito may no longer be Dancing With the Stars, but he’s still dancing!  This past weekend at the NYC Food & Wine Festival he had a ball with the Evian models.

(click thumbnails to enlarge)

[Photo credit: Soul Brother]

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Gale Harold “Improving” after accident

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 18 October 2008

I have to admit, I was more than a little freaked and upset about Gale’s motorcycle accident.  I’ve loved him since I saw him on Queer as Folk, although by virtue of not having cable, haven’t seen him in his DH role.  But medical professionals indicate he’ll recover fully and is awaiting transfer from LA County-USC Medical Ctr to Cedars-Sinai once a bed opens up there for him.

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And we’re back!

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 18 October 2008

After a (VERY!) long hiatus; we’re back up.  We probably won’t be as comprehensive as previously, currently there’s only one writer and I’m a full-time college student, but I’ll give it a go 😀

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DVD Giveaway is closed

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 24 November 2007

The DVD giveaway is now closed and the 3 winners have been notified by email.  Congratulations to the winners!

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when did the meaning of illegal change?

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 20 November 2007

I live in New York state.  So I have been following Gov Spitzer’s now-abandoned plan to give driver licenses to those who are here illegally.  Now, another blog I just read makes a great point.  In New York, it’s a bloody pain to get any form of ID from the Dept of Motor Vehicles.  Every ‘i’ must be dotted and every ‘t’ crossed, just so.  You have to provide a certain number of ‘points’ of proof of identity, and certain documents are worth a certain number of points.  People, legal residents–people who were born in this country–can be (and have been) denied an ID with all their valid point of ID, simply because of a (legal) name change (read the linked blog above).

Now, MY big sticking point is the word illegal.  Once upon a time people who were found to be illegal were deported.  Now they get drivers licenses.

I understand some of the thinking behind them: for one, they’ll be able to get car insurance, so if there’s an accident, there is coverage.  Two, it can be a way to track illegals (Hilary Clinton’s words).  WHY track them?  Either give them legal status or take the necessary steps to uphold the law you swore to uphold when you were elected.

Spitzer scrapped his plan in the face of massive criticism.  Well, today, CNN.com has a column by Ruben Navarrette Jr, criticising us critics, saying we are in denial, and playing the racism card.

Excuse me?  I have a problem with illegal immigrants, whether they come from North of the Border, South of the Border, Europe, Asia, or Arab countries.  That does NOT make me racist.

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AWESOME photo

Posted by gnn1 on Thursday, 15 November 2007

The Human Statue of Liberty-I’ve never seen this one before. I verified it with Snopes; it is true.

If you want more info on the picture, click the Snopes link above–there is plenty of info and a couple more links.

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Sounds like the plot of ‘On the Line’

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 13 November 2007

New Yorkers rally to help online romeo

By Belinda Goldsmith Fri Nov 9, 8:21 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A tale of online love inspired usually cynical New Yorkers this week to help a young man find the girl of his dreams after he spotted her on a crowded subway train.

For Web designer Patrick Moberg, 21, from Brooklyn, it was love at first sight when he locked eyes with a rosy-cheeked woman while riding in Manhattan on Sunday night. She was writing in her journal.

The train was so full that he lost her in the crowd when they both got off, so he set up a Web site dedicated to finding the mystery woman — http://www.nygirlofmydreams.com.

He drew a picture of the girl, who was wearing blue shorts, blue tights, and a red flower in her hair, and posted his cell phone number, e-mail address and an appeal for help finding her.

It worked.

Within hours Moberg’s inbox was overflowing with e-mails and his phone ringing non-stop. He told the New York Post that he even received e-mails offering him love. “Some people said I’m not the girl but you’re so adorable, pick me instead.”

Tuesday night a friend of the woman contacted him and sent him a picture so he could confirm her identity. “Found Her! Seriously!” a notice on his Web site said.

“We’ve been put in touch with one another and we’ll see what happens.”

The mysterious subway brunette was named Thursday as Camille Hayton, an intern at magazine BlackBook from Melbourne, Australia, who also lives in Brooklyn.

“This is crazy. I can’t believe it’s happening,” Hayton, 22, told the New York Post.

But Moberg said he is now pulling the shutters on his love life, scribbling out the cell phone number on his Web site and leaving a message on his phone saying he will do no more interviews.

“In our best interest, there will be no more updates to this website,” he wrote.

“Unlike all the romantic comedies and bad pop songs, you’ll have to make up your own ending for this.”

Some New Yorkers may already, wondering if Moberg had made it sound too easy to find a needle in a haystack in this city of eight million people.

If you’ve never seen it, On the Line,  is a movie starring Lance Bass and Joey Fatone (of N Sync).  In it, Lance’s character meet a girl on the El (Chicago’s mass transit) train and falls in love doesn’t get her number.  Sound familiar so far?  Then his friends set out trying to find her, launching an ad campaign that would make most major companies drool.  Hmm… Methinks this guy saw the movie…

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Remember folks-if it looks to good to be true, it is!

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 10 November 2007

MySpace Overcome By Severe Phishing ‘Epidemic’

Cyber Superbug Invades Members’ Friends Lists, Then Spams Relentlessly

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Social networking giant MySpace stumbled to its knees at the hands of a cyber superbug recently, falling ill to a severe phishing epidemic that is plaguing a vast and vulnerable segment of its membership.

The viral scam, which targets the site’s younger users, promises victims a free $500 Macy’s gift card.

It sounds like a steal. And actually, it is. It’s the stealing of a member’s identity.

The spam scam involves users unknowingly sending their MySpace friends e-mails and posting comments on their profiles that plug a ploy for the supposedly free gift card that they’ll never actually see, touch, or spend.

In fact, to lead the younger members on, the ads are written in “kids-speak.” One such posting starts off by telling the victim, “Hey dude, check it out! You ain’t gunna believe this!”

Another one reads: “i’m just hittin you up, as a friend, to fill you in on this exclusive deal to get a FREE $500 Macy’s Gift Card, yes, FREE! just answer a question or two and BOOM you got a shopping spree lol!”

Members fall into the phishing net by clicking on a provided link in the posting, which in some cases comes in the form of what looks like a video featuring a scantily-clad young woman. After clicking on the link, the member is taken to a faux MySpace login page where the user is asked to re-enter his or her username and password. That information, however, is actually being sent to the “phisher,” a third party illegally acquiring the member’s personal information.

The pain and suffering begins immediately and will continue until either the phisher is caught or the member changes his or her password, mainly because victims simply have no clue they’re sending the e-mails until someone finally tells them.

“It is an epidemic on MySpace,” PC Magazine Executive Editor Jeremy Kaplan tells wcbstv.com. “It is a big problem particularly because of the pervasiveness of MySpace. If you’re in junior high, high school, college — half the world seems to have MySpace pages — so the younger you are, the more frequently you use it and the more likely you are to encounter this thing. It is a huge problem.”

Kaplan says members are sending the spam without their knowledge because once their information is obtained, the phisher uses a robotic program to log onto the victim’s account and then disseminate the ad to every single person on that member’s “friends” list.

It has spread so fast and so thoroughly that the site has become, for many, an absolute nightmare to be a part of.

There’s no way to tell for sure just how many users have been victimized, but the number is likely to be well into the thousands by now. Just browsing through various members’ profiles, it doesn’t take long to happen upon one that advertises the gift card scam.

“I was pretty upset, basically because I don’t want people to think I would treat them that way,” says Brad Engler, a 28-year-old musician from Baltimore whose account was infiltrated by the phisher. “I hoped that everyone would realize it wasn’t me trying to get them to shop at Macy’s.”

In fact, Engler’s friends are so tired of receiving his e-mails, which he says have continued for about two weeks, that his profile is highlighted by a barrage of comments from them scolding him for the spam. Placed atop his profile now is a banner that reads: “NO – I DIDN’T MEAN TO SPAM YOU.”

PC Magazine’s Kaplan says he doesn’t think MySpace has done much to help solve the problem.

“It’s gonna be interesting to see how MySpace reacts to the issue. They were very slow to deal with the MySpace predator problem — it took a couple of weeks, months to address that — and so with this crisis, maybe they’ll move a little bit quicker,” he says.

And move quickly the site claims it has. A MySpace official asserted to wcbstv.com that it has already corrected the problem.

“Individuals who try to spam or phish our members are violating the law and are not welcome on MySpace,” Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam said in a statement. “We have identified and stopped the primary source of the Macy’s Gift Card spam and are making every effort to identify and block the future spreading of this spam.”

Nigam would not reveal details of the source’s identity nor what, if any, charges have been filed, citing the fact there is an ongoing investigation.

Oddly enough, though, it seems that Macy’s, which has joined MySpace to fight the phishing scam, is not aware the primary source has been stopped. In a statement to wcbstv.com, a spokesperson for the company made no mention of anyone being caught.

“We are extremely concerned that individuals are being targeted in our name, and when we learn that another person or company is using our brand without consent, we work hard to stop it. However, this can take time, and it also can be difficult to do. Consequently we are advising consumers to protect themselves,” the official said.

So how can you protect yourself from the phishing scam? First and foremost, if you think you’re a victim, you should change your password immediately.

But MySpace’s Nigam offers this advice to prevent phishing scams as well:

  • Install the latest operating system and auto-install for critical updates.
  • Use a firewall.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keep them updated.

Macy’s has also posted a consumer alert on its Web site. Click here to read the alert.

And of course, there’s simple common sense. If the deal looks too good to be true, experts say, don’t believe the hype. It probably is.

(© MMVII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Now, I’ve seen both of these.  People, if you are smart, you will set your comments to must approve, OR, if you see these comments on your page, DELETE THEM ASAFP (as soon as fuckin possible!)!!!  And whatever you do–DON’T CLICK ON THE LINKS!  If you already have, change your password, again ASAFP.

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New Scam to be aware of: Email from the “IRS”

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 3 November 2007

Lately I’ve been getting messages in my email telling me that the IRS has determined that they owe me money–anywhere from $99 and change to more than $400.

Big problem.  I haven’t worked in almost 4 years because of a disability.   I have had no income, therefore no INCOME tax return is possible.

Another big problem.  The link the email provides does NOT go to the IRS.  It starts as a link to DSMLoggers and ends up at a http://www.ohmarshop.com domain.

The site asks for your DEBIT card number, your CV2, which is the authentication that most online sites require in order to complete a purchase (basically it ‘proves’ you have possession of the card), AND your PIN.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that
you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $99.23.
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-6 days in order to
process it.

A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons.
For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.

To access your tax refund, please click here [link intentionally broken by LCP Intern]

Best Regards,
Internal Revenue Service

© Copyright 2007, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.
TAX REFUND ID: A29R113

Here is a copy of the message.  Here is the destination link.  Whatever you do, DO NOT provide ANY information at the link.

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