Section 1, BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD
Terru Van Duyn’s presentation to Jim Barrett:
I am so sorry everybody, but the Governor asked me to do something, and I almost forgot. You know I’m already in trouble with about two-thirds of the General Assembly, so I really can’t afford to be in trouble with the Governor as well.
Governor Cooper and I were talking and he said to me, “You know, Terry, I used to be the Attorney General, the lawyer for all the people of the State of North Carolina, and I really appreciate the work that the folks at Pisgah Legal Services do. Could you tell the staff how much I appreciate it and let everyone at Jazz for Justice know how grateful I am for all the ways they support that work.”
And I said, “Sure, I could do that, but you know we’ll be giving out awards, how about maybe the Order of the Long Leaf Pine?”
And he said, “Terry, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine! I reserve that for really special people. People who’ve had a big impact on North Carolina. Maya Angelou, and Bill Friday, Andy Griffith and Micheal Jordan. People who have made significant contributions to their communities through the exemplary service and exceptional accomplishment.”
So I said, “What if, as a young attorney, someone worked for 10 years, representing hundreds of individual clients helping them find safe housing, and they also successfully fought for minimum housing codes so that everyone in the community could be safe in their homes, and they helped to establish a housing trust fund so there could be more affordable housing. Would that merit an order of the long leaf pine?”
He said. “Yeah, that’s really good work, but no – not really.”
So I said, “What if, on top of that, someone became executive director of nonprofit legal firm, and work another 35 years, increasing the capacity of that firm so they could go from helping about 2000 people/ year to more than 15000 people a year.”
And he said, “I get it Terry, that’s important work, but I don’t know that it’s exemplary.”
So I said, “What if that person, as Executive Director of that nonprofit law firm created:
The Children’s Law Project – to represent children
The Mountain Violence Prevention Project – to help victims of domestic violence be safe in their homes,
The Henderson Family Assistance Project – to extend services further in the region
The Disability Assistance Project – to help people who can no longer work can accesses basic income,
The Homelessness Prevention Project – because you need a home to be able to work and take care of yourself
The Elder Law Project – to protect senior citizens
The Justice for ALL Project – to help the undocumented in our community.
“And what if that person created a medical-legal partnership with Mission Hospital, the call it HEALS for Health Education and Legal Support.
“And what if, because he knew access to decent healthcare is fundamental to escaping poverty, he created a program to help people get access healthcare through the affordable Care Act.
“And then I said What if this person also had the tenacity to successfully execute a multi-million dollar capital campaign in the middle of the Great Recession.”
And the Governor looked at me and he said, “You know someone crazy enough to do that?”
And I said, “I know someone who had done ALL of these things, and so much more.”
And to that, the Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper agreed, it would be an honor to bestow the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Jim Barrett, for his truly exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments from the grateful people of North Carolina.
Section 2, FYI
(1) Mike Yow: I’m Kickstarting another book in my game series.
(2) Keith Challenger: Sorry but I have to disagree with you about calling Verizon to blacklist annoying callers.
As you point out, you can only add five numbers to that list and these callers are VERY sneaky at calling from what appears to be a local number. It’s much quicker and easier to simply select the number and click “add to contacts” then give it a name; Jackass1, 2, 3 etc is a good one, but I just call them Z1, Z2, etc so I never have to scroll through them to find a legitimate contact (I don’t have any friends called Zack, Zeke, or Zebedee). So far I’m up to Z12 which is far more than I can block by adding them via the method you blogged.
(3) Pat Hannigan: Re crank robo calls… Boy did I get an education!!!
First when you hear about people and companies sharing electronic search and email information and making a profit on it, we have no idea of the mess we are in….Here is my story…..
First, it seems that whenever I would be on line and look at any kind of home improvement products, or tools or services or for that matter anything related to a home I was being tracked. I did not connect the dots or understand what the issues were till later.. But I would get many many multiple calls from all over the world. I had no idea why they were calling me and targeting home improvement issues and why so many calls… (??) Different phone #s would show up in my phone and different people would all call me with home improvement offers. And with all due respect I think most of the solicitations were coming from India or some other foreign place. But they were slick. When I would try to call back 99% of the time the number that showed up on my called ID was not in use or it did not allow incoming calls or it was busy. The callers role was to simply get me to agree to have them send someone out to give a free estimate..
So at first I kept hanging up on them or I would ask for their phone # and they would hang up and tell them I was not interested. I even had a few foul mouthed comments from people when I would get them on the phone and waste their time. But the calls kept coming at all hours of the day and night…….The initial problem for me was that whenever I called back the line was dead, or I would get a fast busy signal or it would go dead…So the number on my caller ID was useless. I had no idea what was going on…And trust me I was getting lots and lots of these calls..And they would call on multiple #s from various area codes etc. So trying to block them was a joke….
Finally I had enough. I figured if I could get someone out to the house I could have them arrested. So I agreed to allow for them to have someone come out to my house to give me an estimate. Since they were just tele-marketers I wanted to get someone here locally, in person at the house and then I could call the police and have them arrested for not having a license to operate in Newtown. Its the only option I had. The goal was trying to find out who these callers where and their organization, etc. and where all this was coming from. I got a call back from a few local contractors after I had agreed to the “free Estimate” from the telemarketer….
And I do think that these local contractors who were calling to come out were local honest business people trying to make a living. These guys thought they were buying good leads. I got one guy on the phone and told him that I was turning this matter over to the FBI as it appeared he was part of this scam ring. But he was very apologetic and explained that he just buys leads from a marketing company. And they were told that people like me would send in a request looking to have work done and he bought the lead and was simply following up. So the local contractors would pay the bad telemarketing company a fee for my name and contact #. This guy had no idea of the scam going on and gave me the company’s web site, etc that he had paid for the leads. He seemed very scared and in no way wanted the police or FBI involved.
So I tracked the company down… And as much as it could be argued that this bad telemarking company were providing “leads” I noticed that on their web page they were also looking for sub contractors to be telemarketers for them. So I called and got some guy on the phone who thought I was calling in to buy leads. I explained to him that I was on to their scam and if they and all of their subcontractors did not take my name and # off their lists and any lists that they sold or provided to the so called “agents” or “telemarketers” and stop calling and harassing me, that I was going to have multiple contractors show up at my house and have them arrested one by one and that they would all come after him for fraud.
Then I told him my next step was to turn this over to the FBI and have them come after him and have him arrested. Luckily I think the guy realized I knew what I was doing and that I was onto their scam. And I guess he had sold my name and contact # to so many people he realized that he would have many many contractors coming after him if they came out to my house and were arrested. So he agreed to take me off their list. I told him I wanted it done immediately and he said it will take about a week. I also told him I wanted it done immediately and he said it takes time. I demanded that he have his agents and subcontractor tele markers remove my name and contact info too!! I demanded it be done..I could tell the guy was getting nervous and he realized that I was on to him and the potential legal issues he would be faced with. So low and behold, the calls slowly stopped…And now I rarely ever get a call.
Seems somehow this guy was getting or buying info that I was on line looking for stuff related to the home from somewhere on line. I’m not sure if he was tracking me but I suspect one of the big guys ( facebook or other company ) was selling this info to him somehow…Maybe it was generic data. Maybe it was just that I was looking at home improvement issues with nothing specific. As I seem to recall that most of the telemarketers started with their offering all kinds of home improvement services….. the telemarketers were calling from some remote part of the world. like India, Russia or Africa… They were just following a script. Part of their shtick was telling me that I must have filled out an info request card and that’s why they were calling. So I told them I never filled out an info request card.. But it seems the company that somehow got my information and what I was doing on the web kept selling my name to multiple telemarketers who were working as agents or sub contractor for them to make calls. Those people had no concern for me or my privacy. They would be paid when they got a “YES” to have someone come out for the free estimate. Then the original telemarketing company would sell my name and number as a bonafide lead of someone who wanted a free estimate. Big time scam!!! And the guy who starts all this hides in the shadows and makes money. The telemarketer calls in on a BOGUS phone # and is motivated to keep calling.
A vicious cycle!!!
So when you hear about companies like Facebook or other establishments selling your personal data, this is what is happening… Its a scam and a joke!!. And this is only one industry. If I had not agreed to the “free estimate” these guys would continue to do this and no would have known what was going on….. I had no idea where all these calls were coming from. With a little luck I was able to put 2 + 2 together and at least shut this down for me. So its fine to block #s but it could be a worthless endeavor…. Hang in there. Hope this helps!!!
Sorry this was so long and sorry for any typos!
(4) Thanks, Pat, for then sending this clip:
Congresswoman Won’t Let Mark Zuckerberg WEASAL His Way Out Of Her Question About Tracking People!
(5) Candace Mullett: When do you know you’re old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers
(6) Smart Toothbrushes Tell You Everything You’re Doing Wrong
Section 12A, NC events
(2) An Early Mother’s Day Celebration – Songs to Honor All Mothers with Kat Williams and the Richard Shulman Trio
Venue: Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. Asheville NC 28806
Main Stage Seated
Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner (Table) Reservations
$20 Advance / $20 Day of Show
(3) Stage Combat Workshops with Mike Yow
Take one, two or three of these 2-hour workshops that focus on hand-to-hand combat, rapier technique and more. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience in stage fighting and choreography, these workshops will both inform and challenge you.
Workshops are $40 each, two for $65 or take all three for only $90!
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(1) Colleen Dunn: Bucks County is renown as the home of James Michener, Pearl Buck, Margaret Mead, and Oscar Hammerstein. There is no better setting for an annual celebration of the art of writing, the joy of reading, and the coming together of well-known authors and their eager readers.
The Bucks County Book Festival is a two-day event under the non-profit umbrella of Discover Doylestown. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018 and will feature more than 20 professionally published authors.
The Book Festival Committee is asking everyone to Save the Dates and attend, volunteer, and/or become a Friend of the Fest. To learn more about the Book Festival visit https://www.bucksbookfest.org/ , to volunteer for the event visit https://www.bucksbookfest.org/volunteer , to become a Friend of the Fest visit https://www.bucksbookfest.org/donate. If you want to learn more contact Colleen Dunn at email@example.com
We hope you’ll be able to join with us and attend this exciting event.
(2) Joni Dowburd: Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre’s production of Young Frankenstein will take place Fridays, April 6 and 13, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 7 and 14, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at Neshaminy High School’s Theodore Kloos Auditorium, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth 18 years and under when purchased in advance and an additional $2 when purchased at the door. NVMT continues its popular flex-ticket policy — any ticket purchased is good for any seat for any show date and time, so that patrons can purchase a ticket now and decide later which performance to attend. For information, visit nvmt.org or call 267–733–8876.