Friday, March 19, 2004
EMF experiments in UK too?
Another rash of malfunctioning car alarms, this time in England
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Don't pay through Western Union
ebay miffed at posses of fraudwatchers, says it can handle spiking fraud
Yet far more rampant than art forgeries and fake collectibles these days are fraudulent listings for expensive consumer goods. Plasma televisions and laptop computers, mountain bikes, fancy espresso machines, treadmills, telescopes, even vehicles are prime candidates to be phantom objects on eBay, sometimes promoted with photos and descriptions lifted straight off the manufacturer's Web site. Often, the seller uses auction software to post dozens of items at once, flooding a category with fake listings.
Last year, some $200 million lost to online fraud was reported to the Federal Trade Commission. And nearly half the 166,000 complaints the agency received last year were about online auctions, a 130 percent increase from 2001. While the F.T.C. does not break out figures by companies, the vast majority of online auctions are conducted on eBay.
"It's gone nuts just since November of last year," said Greg Schiller, a computer and network technician in Aztec, N.M., who says he reports hundreds of fraudulent listings every day to eBay.
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Looks like 2 recent books on the rise and context of Nazism are complementary and definitive: Richard J Evans' The Coming of the Third Reich (actually the first of a trilogy) and Michael Burleigh's The Third Reich: A New History, a single volume
Here's a capsule review of the Evans with reference to Burleigh.
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Thursday, March 18, 2004
Scientists now admitting November's huge solar flare was much bigger than they had claimed -- upgraded from X-28 to X-45 [Urban Survival]
That's more than twice as big as the previous record, and would undoubtedly have created havoc with satellites and electrics if it had been pointed our way.
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Sunday, March 14, 2004
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell says alien bodies under study, presidents since Kennedy not briefed on ETs [Subtle Energies]
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