Set Up Your Financial Accounts Like You’re Going to Be Hacked

I HIGHLY recommend taking the steps described in this article for any financial accounts you have, especially this one:

The most important step is also the most obvious: Creating a strong password. “If I could get people to stop two practices, they would be: Don’t use an obvious password like your name, your kid’s name or your birthday, and don’t use the same password for everything,” writes Frenkel. Use a password manager. Lifehacker likes LastPass and 1Password.

2018 USBands Mid-Atlantic State Championships Recap

Total miles driven this weekend – 758.7

Total band performances announced and viewed – 40 (including TWO by Towson University!)

Pictures taken – 343 (I had a slow start.)

You can see the photos I took on my SmugMug account. If you would like a photo for your own use, feel free to comment below and I’ll give you access to download the photo. All I ask is that you give me photo credit if you use the photo publicly (ex. social media or website).

I also found a video of the Towson University Marching Band’s evening performance. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Warren Falls for Trump’s Trap—and Promotes Insidious Ideas About Race and DNA | The New Yorker

I wasn’t impressed by Elizabeth Warren as a presidential candidate to begin with. Her grandstanding in response to Trump’s grandstanding just reinforced my opinion. The Democrats can and must do better.

Warren ended up providing one of the clearest examples yet of how Trumpian rhetoric shifts the political conversation. The woman who is hoping to become the most progressive Democratic nominee in generations is not merely letting herself get jerked around by a Trumpian taunt. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood. Genetic-test evidence is circular: if everyone who claims to be X has a particular genetic marker, then everyone with the marker is likely to be X. This would be flawed reasoning in any area, but what makes it bad science is that it reinforces the belief in the existence of X—in this case, race as a biological category. Warren’s video will hardly convince a Trump voter, who will see only a woman who feels that she has to prove something. Trump himself has already walked back his promise of a million-dollar charity donation. Warren, meanwhile, has allowed herself to be dragged into a conversation based on an outdated, harmful concept of racial blood—one that promotes the pernicious idea of biological differences among people—and she has pulled her supporters right along with her.

Source: Elizabeth Warren Falls for Trump’s Trap—and Promotes Insidious Ideas About Race and DNA | The New Yorker

2018 USBands Mid-Atlantic State Championships

This is a late yet exciting edition to my 2018 marching band schedule! I have been asked to announce the 2018 USBands Mid-Atlantic State Championships this Saturday, October 20! The competition takes place at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University in Towson, Maryland, north of Baltimore, and will feature 41 high school marching bands from Maryland and Virginia. The show starts at 8:45 Saturday morning and runs throughout the day. I hope to see you there!

Pump and Trump

Another reminder of how corrupt, dishonest, and sleazy the Trump family is, including our President.

Some long-assumed beliefs about Trump are being re-investigated, with surprising results. This month, The New York Times published a 13,000-word examination of how Donald’s father, the late Fred Trump, and his estate, funneled millions of dollars to his children, in possible violation of tax rules and criminal laws. With copious documentation showing that Fred directed $413 million in today’s dollars to Donald — not the single loan for $1 million, with interest, that Donald has always claimed — it exploded Trump’s long-propagated claim that he is a self-made man.

This article examines another Trump claim: that his post-millennium comeback and global expansion rested on the brilliant purity of a licensing strategy that paid him millions simply for the use of his name. That, it turns out, is no truer than the notion that Donald Trump is self-made.

Source: Pump and Trump

Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don’t plan to vote in November

This is my worry. So many people were already disillusioned by politics after 2016. Will we see even lower turnouts next month and in 2020?

“I just think that it’s a waste of my time,” said Leo Meeks, 39, a lifelong Clarksvillian who majored in political science in college but hasn’t voted in at least eight years. Even if he did vote, he said, the winner is often determined by gerrymandered districts or the electoral college, not voters. “Because whoever’s going to get into office is not going to be influenced based on what my goals are or what my needs are or what the public’s needs,” he said. “It’s going to be driven by capitalism, by big companies . . . Money controls.”

Source: Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don’t plan to vote in November

2018 Election Tools

With the change to fall and the start of October, it’s time to start looking at the upcoming election in November. Seeing as how this is a mid-term election, not to mention the non-stop controversies which seem to afflict every  branch of the government right now, it is safe to say that this year’s election is very important. What is also important is making sure that I am an informed voter and not just voting a straight party ticket or making random selections on the ballot when I don’t know anything about the candidates. To that end, here are some of the tools I am using to research the candidates and issues on the ballot for Ohio and Medina County next month.

  • Ohio Secretary of State Elections page – This resource provides information on statewide elections (results and calendar), Ohio election candidates, and important information for voters.
  • Medina County Board of Elections website – This is where I go to check out what the ballot will be for the upcoming election. I can also verify my voting status and arrange to vote early or via absentee ballot from here. Your county elections board site will have similar resources for you.
  • Ballotpedia – This is one of two sites dedicated to gathering information about what will be on the ballot across the country. Since the site is a wiki, information about who or what is on the ballot is updated as it is discovered and vetted. The site is non-partisan and non-profit, making it an excellent source of information for voters all over the country.
  • Vote Smart – This site is very unique while also very resourceful. Another site which is non-profit, Vote Smart depends on many volunteers and workers who research each and every candidate gathering a comprehensive snapshot of the candidates based on their biographical data, voting record, finances, and public statements. The organization is as independent and balanced as possible, which you can read about on their About page.

What do you use to inform yourself about upcoming elections?

2018 Drum Corps Retrospective – DCA Finals

And so we come to the end, my friends. Once again, the Reading Buccaneers win the Open Class title, and deservedly so, while Carolina Gold pulls off an upset in Class A. Now it’s back to scanning Twitter and Facebook for videos and waiting for marching band season to start.

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