Jim’s WebLetter for 6-8-13

Hi-ya friends and fellow WebFolks!

You know, a lot of things have been happening here in America that has caused us to think about how we are being led by our government.  But after a report was leaked to the media this past week, about our own phone calls being recorded and emails being hacked, millions of us are facing the reality of what was predicted years ago.  Massive computers store every phone call we make and receive and every email we send or receive.  So much for our right to privacy. 

President Obama has stated that we shouldn’t mind this invasion of privacy saying its for our own good (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-07/obama-defends-data-spying-as-modest-privacy-encroachment.html).  But in reality, it didn’t stop the bombing of the Boston Marathon or the hacking of government computers by China.

What we are learning is our government is trying to control us in the name of security.  They control what we can bring onboard a plane, through the constantly changing rules and policies of the TSA (http://www.tsa.gov/about-tsa). They have control of our medical records through Obamacare ( http://www.aei.org/article/health/healthcare-reform/ppaca/the-irs-is-accessing-your-health-records-you-trust-them/#mbl), and now everything we say and write.  Here’s what you should know about the US Internet monitoring scandal, written by Jon Russell from thenextweb.com … http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/07/prism-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-us-internet-monitoring-scandal/


Without even asking, I will imagine that you have a Facebook page.  Whether you visit Facebook on a regular basis or just once in a while, dressing your page with an image that you like, shows your interests to others who you friend.  In an article entitled, “How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline”, Tina Sieber of MakeUseOf provides links to several programs that make designing a picture for your Facebook page as easy as a click.  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-amazing-facebook-cover-pictures-for-your-timeline/

Next, one of the things I like about reading using my iPad tablet is to read the newspaper, followed by another aggregator that compiles stories from different news organizations.  Well there’s a new source that is worth using.  Imagine reading a story and when clicking a button, another story with a similar theme or subject pops up.  There are more than 4,000 feeds in the NextStories database.   The stories come in by categories and are replaced as you read them.  Download the app for iPad … https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nextstories/id639568752?mt=8

=== HuMoR ===
My four-year-old likes to say the blessing at mealtimes, usually repeating the same short prayer: “Thank you, God, for this gracious food. Amen.”
One evening, however, he offered thanks for the birds, the trees, each of his friends, and asked God to watch over his family and help them to be good.
I was thrilled that he was finally praying from the heart.
But after the “Amen,” he took a spoonful of stew, gasped, then dropped his spoon into the bowl. “I should have said a longer prayer, my food is still too hot!”
(thanks, Robert)
A co-worker was telling us about her sister who was coming to visit her. Someone asked how old her sister was, at which she paused, thought for a bit, and then answered, “She’s half as old as I am, that’s how I always remember.”
So someone else (okay, it was me) said, “That’s neat … so every year that you age, she only ages half a year?”
My co-worker thought about that, and then said, “Oh, yeah, I guess it only works on even years.”
(thanks, Andy)
That’s what I have for you this week … make it a good weekend friends. 
On a personal note, today we celebrate the life of a woman I had the pleasure to know for more than 41 years.  My mother-in-law, Mary Ruth Thirsk went to be with our Lord this week.  Although we are saddened by her passing, we are happy knowing she is with the One who created her and has given her a new body and a new home.  

As always, my friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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