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My Name is Tatyana; Can I be Your Girlfriend? 2


Today we are continuing our series on our talented scammers, Tatyana.   These
letters are intended to seduce; then comes a request for money. Where these
money requests are made, I will include some of my conversation to show how I
deflected this attempt at fraud.

Tatyana appears to be a young girl, despite the fact that  she claims to be 29 years old. I believe that this is a common practice by  these types of scammers, to more reliably entice intended victims; it is slimy and very regrettable.

This Part Two of our series on her (and the scammers that  are using her image and name). As has been my practice, I am not correcting  spelling syntax or layout of these notes from her, so that you might recognize  a similar letter in your incoming email!  You can find Part One of Tatyana here.

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Hello again my friend Cliff! I am very pleased to again receive your letter. Thank you very much for what you told me a little about you! I am very glad to know you. I am interested to talk with you! You know, I’m very worried. After all,
this is my first communication on the Internet. Today, I have mad a great mood,
as you wrote me. I’m very happy that now, we begin to learn new things about
each other.

How are you? How is the weather in your city? I think that all is well. Now in Russia it gets cold. Temperature of the day, only +12, +14 degrees. In this letter, as I told you and promised to tell a little about yourself and about the relationship that I seek.

I was very pleased to receive your pictures, you’re very handsome man.

I hope that you in the future will be sending me a lot of his paintings, because they will cause me a lot of emotion.

As I told you, I live alone and I do not have parents. After University, I rented an apartment, because I could not afford to buy his apartment. After the death of parents, I had only a small house in a remote village, and then I could not get his inheritance, he lacks a lot of documents.

I sued and the trial lasted about 10 years, and only after my persistence I was
able to assert their rights. About a year ago, the trial ended. Then I sold the
house for a very small amount and decided to buy a flat. I was able to buy a communal apartment, but she is very comfortable and I’m happy that I have my own angle.  I have one room in 20 squares, and also I have a common shower and toilet with their neighbors. Of course, this is not very good conditions, but I’m glad that I have my own accommodation. Especially since I did so myself. Also, thanks to the state program, I obtained a loan for 5 years for buying a house, as money from the sale of the parent’s home was not enough. The only disadvantage that every month I pay money for my apartment in order to repay the loan. My friend, though I and a small room, but it is very comfortable and there is always pure.

Also I would like to tell you about my daily routine. On weekdays I get up at 5 am, because my work is not close to my house. Then I have breakfast. Usually for breakfast I eat sandwiches and tea. I clean teeth, wash my face and go to work. Usually at work I get to the bus.

It takes approximately 30-40 minutes. My working day begins at 8 pm and lasts until 18 o’clock in the evening, after which I go back home.

You know, all my friends tell me that I am cheerful girl. I really am an active lifestyle. I like meeting new people and learn. I love the cheerful company. Now, unfortunately, I do not have much time to communicate with friends, because I have a lot of work. Also, most of my friends now live in other cities. I am very calm, romantic and intelligent girl. At heart, I am a sensual and tender. In his free time, I like hanging out with friends in a city park. In his free time, I swim. Also I go to the gym. In the winter I like skiing, skating. In the summer, with friends, we go to hike, bicycle.

Sometimes we go away from the city, hundreds of kilometers.  I always wanted to try water ski, but I never did. This is my big dream. You love to travel? You like to play sports? In the summer, I just like to ride a bicycle, do aerobics, swim and bask in the sun. In winter, I love skiing and skating. I always dreamed of skiing. But, unfortunately,  I’m never succeeded. I have never traveled outside of my country.

I very much like to greet the dawn and sunset to accompany. I love nature. I also like to walk along the river bank, to feel his feet the water. Cliff, you love nature? Also I like listening to music. In general, I prefer classical. I also listen to chill out and pop music.

At  home, I have a lot of tapes, classical and popular music of Russia, my favorite
singer Dima Bilan. What music do you listen to? I like to read books. During  his life, I read many books on psychology, human behavior. Also I like novels and  Detectives. Also I like fantasy books. The last book I read – it is “Perfume”. She left me an excellent impression. What was the last book you read? I think that while reading an interesting book, immersed in it. Through all the events, along with the characters.

I have heard many good things about your country. I’m trying to follow all developments in the world. Now, unfortunately, I can not watch TV very often, because I have a lot of work. All my friends tell me that I am an active girl who is unstoppable. I like to communicate, to know new people. But in my life is not completely happy because I do not have enough love and affection. I always like to see next to me was a man who can truly love me.

I am looking for my love. You’re looking for love as well, Cliff? I think that we are largely similar. In relations I am looking for trust, understanding, and of course love. I want a man with whom I have always understood me, never hurt and love. I only want a serious relationship, I do not want any games. I think that you are looking for a serious relationship as Cliff? Please tell me more about you!

What do you mean by relationships? What hobbies do you have in life Cliff? On this I must finish my letter to you, because my time has come to an end, and I must go home.

I look forward to wait for your new letter for me Cliff. I am very interested to talk with you and recognize you Cliff! Your friend from Russia, Tatyana.

 And on Saturday…

Hello my dear friend Cliff!!!!

Today in Russia some day. The sun’s shining. I came to the Internet cafe and saw your new message. I was very pleased that you wrote to me again. Thank you very much for what he told me more about yourself!  How are you today is the day? How are things Cliff? I hope that you all well!

Today I would like to tell you about my past relationship with a man and why I
am looking for my love on the Internet! When I was 26 years old. I met a man by
the name of Yura. He was then 32 years old. We met with him in the movie, when we went there with friends. He sat next to us and the whole film, he looked at me. After the movie, he came up to me and met. At first glance, I liked him.
Yura asked my phone number. But I do not have your own phone, so I was not able to give him room. After that we had started dating. I liked him more. He always looked after me, he gave me flowers. I really loved it! I thought that this is
the person I’m looking for. I thought that was the man with whom I want to
spend my whole life! But once, we agreed to meet in the library. I wanted to
take the book. But Yura did not come to the meeting. I waited for him about 3
hours, but it was not. Then I went home. But the next day, my friend told me
that she saw Yura with another girl. She told me that they kissed. I very
strongly cried, I nearly killed myself. My friend stopped me. I was very hurt
and sad at heart. After all, he told me he loves me and wants me to be his
wife.

He deceived me. He just used me. He had another woman. All these years I have not been communicating with men. I told myself that I’ll never love. But my girlfriend was able to persuade me that I tried to find love on the Internet. I was very disappointed in the Russian men. All men in Russia are using their women. They do not want a serious relationship. All they need is sex and they offended over women.

Russian men, women need only to slavery. So I decided to try to find love abroad! Now I do not regret the advice of a friend. I am very pleased that we met. I like to communicate with you Cliff!

Please tell me your story. Why are you lonely ? You just broke up with his love
Cliff? We’re very similar, since we both are looking for true love! Now I must
finish my letter. I look forward to wait for your new letter. By this letter, I
fasten photo. Your best friend from Russia, Tatyana.

On Tuesday I learn that I am Very ‘Cool’…

Hello my dear Cliff!!!! I am very glad to receive your new letter. I am very interested to talk with you and each of your letter I read very carefully! When I see a letter from you, on my face always a smile. Thank you for this great Cliff!!!!
Thank you for your wonderful photos! You’re very beautiful! I’m very happy to
know you more and develop our relations.

Today I would like to tell you more about my work and about how I like to spend
my weekend.

As you already know, I work as a psychologist in a children’s home, where I lived my whole life. Our orphanage is not very big, so he can not put a lot of children. It is home to 60 children. They have no parents. Some of them with mental health issues. They are experiencing due to the fact that they have no parents, and I understand it, because I, too, an orphan. We have very friendly staff. It consists of 25 people. Basically in our orphanage run elderly. But I respect them all, because some of them brought me. My duties at work is to provide psychological assistance to kids, find out the cause of their illness, helping them find a way out of a bad situation, give them advice. Last week in our children’s home, a new girl named Natasha. Her parents are very much drank vodka. They were alcoholics. Therefore, parents Natasha deprived of parental rights. I was terribly sorry for her.

Now, Natasha no one talks and eats almost nothing. I think that everything will be fine when I’m with her I can talk. At the weekend from work while I’m trying to hold the most good. Sometimes I go to the park with my girlfriend Katya. She is very funny woman. I know her since childhood. We grew up together in an orphanage. Sometimes I go to Katya to visit, and we spend good time together. On weekends I like to go to the movies. But this is not always possible, because the work takes a very long time. Usually I just read a book or listening to music. So I am doing cleaning house and preparing to eat.

Please tell me how you love to hold your weekend? You have a lot of friends?

I am very pleased to learn more about you, you’re a very good man and I am
pleased that we were able to meet with you. Cliff. We are with you in many ways
similar. You are very cool Cliff!!! I very much would like to see some more of
your pictures! Please send them to me! I look forward to wait for your letter
to me Cliff Gently kiss on the cheek. Your best friend, Tatyana.

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MAY JOBS REPORT DISASTER: UNEMPLOYMENT HITS 9.1%


As a follow-up to several of my posts:

Here is the current US economic  situation as of today…  There is no joy in Mudville!

It’s Friday, June 3rd, the end of week 23 and the May jobs report is out.  As others have said, it is a disaster!  Briefly:

  •  The unemployment rate is now 9.1%, but the average work week has risen from 34.3 to 34.4 hours per week.  Average hourly earnings grew 0.3% vs. expectations of 0.2%.  This is more evidence that additional people are not being hired; existing workers are
    worked harder!
  • There were just 54,000 new jobs created in May, 2011.  The forecast was 154,000 – three times reality.  I need to get a set of those rose-colored glasses that they wear in Washington DC.  (Along with one of those white fedoras that Mat Lauer sported in Rome this week!)
  • Private sector jobs?   No joy; just 83,000 jobs were created and again, way below expectations.
  • Manufacturing employment went down 5,000 jobs.  This is the very sector we need to pull us out of this longest-running recession in modern times!

You can read the full Bureau of Labor Statistic report, ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2011’ here.

You can read Joe Weisenthal’s excellent report, May Jobs Report Disaster – Unemployment reaches 9.1% in Business Insider.

From my side of the peninsula, a double dip recession is inevitable!  Mind you that I am no economist but common sense tells me that with interest rates near zero (no chance of lowering them further) and the fact that almost half of the current mortgages in many areas of our country are ‘underwater’, and manufacturing jobs gone for good, how can you come up with any other conclusion?

If you have any money available for investment, buy gold or silver.  I’d love to tell you to get back into the stock or bond markets, (futures are sliding hard on the news today), I just can’t in good conscience tell you to do anything else!

What a mess!

Cliff

Proof: The iPad Is Affecting Consumer PC Sales


In my recent post, The iPad is becoming The Only ‘PC’ That Matters, I postulated that the computers that we have used since 1978 are becoming less and less relevant, due to the introduction of smaller form-factor computers that we have today.  These new devices, Smartphone’s, tablets and the like, are really cutting into traditional computer sales and use.

In a recent article in Business Insider, Proof The iPad Is Affecting Consumer PC Sales , my prediction appears to be validated.

Please take a look to follow the conversation!

When will you add a tablet to your digital inventory?  I know that I can effectively write stories and chapters on my iPhone 3GS.  I have read entire books on my phone.  They are viable and a starting to become pervasive.

Yes, I still own a laptop and a home PC.   They still have their place but they don’t integrate well into my current lifestyle.  ‘Choices’ aren’t they wonderful!

My Name is Ekaterina: Can I be Your Girlfriend? Part 7


Today we are continuing our series on our talented scammers,  Ekaterina.  Ekaterina is notable by the fact that our ‘conversation’  lasted more than a month.  We survived the first demand of money, $570 to  purchase ‘airplane tickets’, only to have the demand repeated two weeks  later.  Where these requests were made, I will include some of my  conversation to show how I deflected this attempt at fraud.  This is the last post on ‘this’ Ekaterina.

Ekaterina appears to be a very young girl, despite the  fact that she claims to be 29 years old.  I believe that this is a  common practice by these types of scammers, to more reliably entice intended  victims; it is slimy and very regrettable.

This Part 7 of our series on her (and the scammers that are  using her image and name).  Parts OneTwo ,  ThreeFour,  Five and Six  can be found by following the links.

I’d appreciate it if you would carefully review our Copyright  Notice at the end of this post.  You may not: Use, Borrow,  Extract, Copy, or in any way, perform any action that could limit the writer’s  future rights to: Leverage, Sell, Publish, Distribute or Infringe any  commercial consideration that damages the author or his rights in any  way.  Lastly, please remember that I have done no editorial ‘clean-up’,  allowing our readers to see exactly what they might see in their  inbox!

On Another Beautiful Thursday in Paradise…

Hi my love Cliff! I have received your message.Today  I have reached agency and my agent has informed me that my visa is approved and  that I need to pay the remained sum of contract 570 US dollars. Please send me this money today or tomorrow that I a haze to receive them and to pay  to my agent. As soon as you will send to me of money you owe me the full  address and a full name as should inform me control number of transfer that I could receive your money. As soon as I will receive  your money I will pay to their agent for payment of my contract.

I very much miss  on you and I wish to arrive somewhat quicker to you. You for me the unique man  on this earth and me more are necessary nobody. I wish to spend all my life  only with you and any more with whom. I every minute and every second think of  you and I can do nothing with myself. Now I will finish the message and with  impatience I will expect your message.

One million  kisses. Your love Ekaterina

And the next day my owl flew in with this missive…

Hi my love Cliff!
I was very glad to receive your message. It is pleasant to me to read all that  you write to me. I wish to be your wife and more a drawn  game.  I  very much love you and I wish to spend with you all my life.  You  for  me the unique man on this planet and more such as you are  not  present.  I wish to appear in your embraces and to feel your gentle  kisses.  I wish to be always near to you and to support you in all.

 But  all  problem in money I hate money because money now solves presently
all.  I  do not want that money was a problem before us and would  prevent  together  I  cannot  go  through  it.  My  mum is very disturbed  by it. She wants that I had a  beloved which will care of me and  will love me. I am ready on all to  arrive to you. At me in a head many  silly  thoughts how to get money  to arrive to you I are ready to plunder  bank is ready on all if only to  be with you. I think that you understand  me. I do not know that to me to  do I even am ready on that to  go  to  work as the prostitute to  earn money and to arrive to you.

This  very  bad idea but is unique chance that I could earn money but I think  that  after  that you will not love me more but for me a unique way  to  arrive  to you I do not wish it to do and I wish to make love only  only to you. If I do not arrive to you as soon as possible that I do  not  know  that I with myself will make I cannot live without you.

This  damned  money  all  business  in  any  papers  which anything in comparison  with love. I am ready to work  at once on several works and not to sleep if only at me there was this money  but I do not know such way  except  prostitution to earn this money  so quickly but besides me other  men will touch and you will not forgive  me it but I any more do not  see  other exit. I could take the loan  in bank but to me will not give  because I earn very little. I do not know  that to me do I cannot to  constrain  some  the tears of grief  and feeling that I cannot make anything  with  it…  Now  I will finish the message because I cannot write any more and to me it is very  bad.

Your love for  ever Ekaterina

The next day…

I love you with every fiber of my being. If I could do  anything to get the money to you in the next week, I would do so. My only  alternative is to steal the money from a bank or other place of money. I cannot  do that.

There is a difference between I cannot send the money  (because I don’t have it) and I will not send the money  (assuming that I can get it but, for many reason refuse to do so). My situation  is that I DO NOT HAVE IT AND  CANNOT SEND WHAT I DON’T  HAVE! Your agent can put all the deadlines that he wants to  impose, but if it is not available – I say GET ANOTHER AGENT! Who is this agent  anyhow? Perhaps if I talk to him I can appeal to his better nature.

Greetings my love, my future sweet husband Cliff!!!

I read your letter and I am very glad, that you have  written to me.

How your health? How you have lead day? You thought  about me?

I think about you constantly, every waking moment and  when I dream as well. I cannot get you out of my mind.

So you do not suffice me here. At me all time of idea Only about you and  all my desires it only you. I of you Very strongly I like also to me it is very  a pity, that we not together.

I very much miss you, without your words, at me drip  Tears from eyes when I think of us with you. I pay Because I can not live without you, my tenderness.

My head is hammered by ideas only about you, about  mine Handsome man!!!!! At work I can not concentrate, therefore That before my  eyes only your image, your beautiful Eyes, your gentle hair, your strong  body…

My dear, at me heart can not without you. My heart  Young and gentle, sensitive to all. I have grown fond of you All soul and all  heart. If you will injure this heart, That I can not live in this world more  and I can not more To grow fond of whom – that, because you and only you my  most The big love in my life and as I love you, I whom not Liked. You became my  beacon in my way. You have made me The happiest in this world, you have  presented me a lot of happiness.

And I want to give you a lot of happiness and each  second. I wish To be yours the main person in life, your assistant and Your  desired woman.

My sweet, we should try to reunite the friend with The  friend that it would do not cost to us. For the sake of you I shall bypass all  terrestrial Sphere on foot. I want to go to you and to know, that with everyone  past In meter, I all is closer and closer to you. You want it? If yes, That I  today shall go to a way.

I shall run to you and to not stop For one second. I  shall cross through the seas and oceans only to be Near to you and to feel your heat. And if I in a way, People will tell about  me, that what not clever, was lost for the sake of love.

But I am ready for the sake of us with you to make  not possible(probable), my future husband.

My love to you is huge and very strong as a nuclear  bomb.

My prince, I you see already wrote to you, that at my  sister in Moscow am The girlfriend. She is ready to help us. She will try to  make all quickly And it is good. My husband, I wants to arrive to you and to kiss you all life.

Let’s start movement each other, because under a  laying stone Water does not flow. We should aspire to each other and then the  god Will help us. I know, that he on our party and I pray for it.

If I had opportunity and means I not would began to  ask At you the help, and all would make and has arrived to you, my fruit.

But you know, that I earn very little though I work  very much Much very much I try. Why in Russia a standard of living so low? I  Executed these people which think out different laws at us. People

Very much work also their work here so it is a little estimated.

My loved if you have opportunity to approach our  hearts And on always to connect them enable me to arrive to you and I shall  thank You the life love and a fidelity to you. Lovely, I can not It is more to  sit on a place. My soul is torn to you and my heart is poured Hot blood from  distance of us with you. You understand me?

Let’s not wait for a miracle, and we shall create  this miracle. And this miracle Will consist in our happy and long life with  you!!!!!!!!

My agent has told, that he will not wait neither this  nor other month.

As there has passed a lot of time. The agency can wait  week. After that will not work any more with me, and it means, that I cannot be  with you. I to all girlfriends have told, that soon I will with you and to  sunbathe on a beach, to bathe with you in the sea, to have a rest on the  nature. It is all all means what not to be to us together because of money. If  you can send next week I will arrive to you. If is not present, my heart means  will be broken and I can not be with you.

Your damn agent can wait as long as it is necessary! Where  does this agent get the power to tell HIS CUSTOMER when the customer will  travel, and when his customer pays? It is none of his damned business ‘when’;  It is only his business about the ‘how’. Tell this damned primadonna to quit  treating us like we OWE HIM a favor. He is our AGENT. HE WORKS FOR US! He gets profit from our ticket purchase – nothing more. HE HAS NO POWER OVER US ABOUT THE  WHEN!  Damned asshole! What the heck;  does he live in Russia or something? In the modern world, HE serves US!

 

My mister, I hope, that all have clearly written.  It is very a pity to me, that my time comes to an end. I shall write to you later, my future husband.

I give you the most gentle kisses and!!!!!!!!!

Your loving Ekaterina on always.

As you have clearly written, I too have written clearly. We  will pay when we can. He will arrange the tickets when we tell him to do so.  Until then he can stick his god dammed deadline up his ass!

I love you my darling Ekaterina. Please give this message  directly to that poor excuse of an agent directly. I am not a pushover. I know  our proper roles in this transaction.

I will see you soon my Love!

I love you,

Cliff

And on the last day…

My beautiful love,

I’m sorry that you don’t understand my situation. It is not  that I don’t WANT to send you the money this week; it is that I CANNOT send you  the money this week – I don’t have it and can’t get it. I know that you are  unhappy – so am I

 And in the final chapter…

Hello my lovely Cliff!!!!

To me was a little sad to read your last letter. Yes, I understand your fears, that you can deceive. Means you have no full trust to me.

It is insulting for me because I trust you. Though we  did not meet in the person never. But I have no opportunity to find such money.

 All my friends and familiar have no such money. I went to bank and tried to  take the credit, but to me have given up in the credit because my wages are  small very much and according to the manager of bank I have no guarantees to
pay then my credit. It has upset me very much. Now all your and my dreams will  be destroyed only because I have no money.

Think, if I had money I would not ask you about the  help. Yes, now it is difficult to receive the visa in the USA. But having cash  it is possible to receive the visa without special problems and to buy tickets.

 You really worry about our joint future. But now we have only 2 variants. The  first – we when we can not meet and it is bad, because my heart again will be
broken!!! I did not tell to you when, but I loved once one man strongly very
much, but he deceived me and met other women. he liked to drink vodka. And in a  result he has thrown me! My heart has been broken. I could not reconcile to it  during 1 year, it was hurt me on soul and bad. But now I have understood, that  I was possible has again found my love, but money solve all! I hate money
because now everyone solve only money. And if the person has money he can make  everything and if the person has no money he cannot make that. But for me money  not the main thing. But without money I cannot arrive to you and except for you  to me not to whom to help with money. I promise you when I shall come to you I  be employed and I shall gradually give you money.

But all right. If not will trust me, all right. I  leave the option to you! I want that you listened only to the heart!!! Variant  of the second. If you decide to send money I shall come to you! And it is  possible we shall be happy up to the end of our lives. I shall not speak more  about money. I want that you have decided that you to do. But please make a correct choice. But if you decide to  not send money I shall understand you it is your choice and a choice of each  any person is solved correct.

For ever yours and only your loving and gentle
Ekaterina

My heart aches to tell you this. My heart too, with the  large hole left in from the death of my wife hoped that you would fill that  space. Unfortunately, unless we wait until I can earn the money or you get a  new agent, we cannot be. For that I am very, very, sorry.

It is what it is my Love,

Cliff

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The iPad Tsunami: Does it Matter? and how is it Used?


Behold the iPad in All Its Glory.

Image via Wikipedia

The iPad is becoming The Only “PC” That Matters

As I have stated on this blog and to my friends, Business Insider has become one of my favorite resources.  I am a struggling author who needs to spend my money very carefully.  To do so I lean on technology and business authorities such as CNET, BI, Consumer Reports, and sources of their ilk.

As a writer, I am dearly in love with tablet computers.  I bought my iPhone 3GS on sale when the iPhone 4 was introduces.  As a ‘tool’ it is probably the most important device that I use for all manner of things useful.  Using its 287 Apps, I have been exceptionally empowered – and I LOVE it!  So, (I) imagine how much better I could operate with an iPad.  How significant is the iPad and how are people using them?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Recently Business Insider published two very interesting charts, which I am referring to today.  The first that I’ll talk about is “The iPad Is Becoming The Only “PC” That Matters”.  I refer to the links provided for the discussion content and background of these charts.

The first element that I notice in this chart spanning the time from November, 2010 and May, 2011, is that the iPad is used a higher percentage of the time than all the other devices.  We can conclude that it is the device of choice, and is only NOT used because of a lack of functionality that the other devices additionally provide, e.g. phone calls, printer services and enhanced computing with applications.

From my personal experience, I have written chapters of my books on my iPhone.  It was not easy given the ration of my finger size to the keyboard, but it was certainly more convenient as I could work when I felt like, regardless of my surroundings.

Further, not being content to jot down a few keywords of an idea, that occurs sporadically, with the iPhone I can jot down a quick paragraph that ensures that I don’t lose elements of content that I might with ‘keywords only’.

OK, we have learned that the iPad is increasing its lead over the other devices, particularly laptops, and is the most popular platform.  How do people actually use the iPad today?

 How People Actually Use iPads

What can we learn from this chart?  First and foremost, we seen that the iPad is primarily a consumer of information, with over 59% of its ‘time’ used for Web Browsing and watching videos, plus game playing.  This is contrasted by the uses of Email and Other Applications (40.7%) – creators of information.  It is the former, consuming information, which clearly drives its use because it is so much more convenient, given its form-factor.

So, since November, 2010 when the iPad was introduced, it has become the dominant and preferred form factor, and I can now certainly understand my growing longing.  The iPhone 3GS became affordable because I bought it when the iPhone 4 came out.  Unfortunately, there was no large price decline when the iPad 2 was introduced. 

Until a miracle happens, I’ll just have to continue to save my pennies.  I also urge you to purchase my second book, Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment, available from the following points of purchase:

It is a fun, informative, engaging, interesting and useful view of what lies on the other side of ‘The Pond’.

Love each other!

Cliff

 Author: Jay Yarow:  http://www.businessinsider.com/author/jay-yarow

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More on Drug-Resistant Bacteria and MRSA


As a follow-up to our blog post “This is a Horror Show! MRSA and Giant Bedbugsposted on May 12, 2011, our post was referenced in the following article on the Health Rebel blog.  “Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria. Now it is starting to get really scary!

Grab Networks, on May 18, 2011 (today) released a video “Bed Bugs May be Spreading MRSA” that provides an overview of the MRSA danger promulgated by bed bugs, and a few common-sense steps that you can take to deal with these horrible and pervasive creatures.  I highly recommend that you take the three minutes that it will take to view it, and learn from it.  Now, on to the danger…

I don’t know how familiar you are with Necrotizing fasciitis or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). 

Image via Winkipedia

I also don’t know about you but I can’t think of a more horrific situation to find one’s self in than to contract a disease that eats your flesh, at an alarming rate, and is resistant, nay Highly Resistant, to treatment.  The thought of losing muscle, flesh and limbs, while suffering the pain and horrific odor of YOUR rotting flesh being eaten away faster than the situation can be controlled, presents the ultimate hellish scenario.

I include cancer in this conversation.  My wonderful wife Lynn suffered immeasurable pain for 62 agonizing days, as we fought with every fiber of our beings – to beat back Renal Cell Carcinoma.  She suffered more than anyone should ever have to suffer, but I don’t think that even that can compare to a flesh-eating disease.  So, what do we do about this and how can we protect ourselves.

We know that MRSA bacteria can enter a simple cut on our body, take root, and spread.  A scratch that we get while pruning our roses, a scrape on the ground when we fall, any of these simple accidents, can leave us wide open to a MRSA infection.

More startling news:  HA-MRSA has mutated 3 times in 12 years !  Am I missing something here?  That was published in 2008!  Where are we now?  We know that the rate of growth of MRSA is increasing.  That says that there is an acceleration of incidents – we are losing the battle to beat back this horror and we are not able to slow the increasing rate of growth, see recently.  The newest losers are athletes and children.  These are the most vital and healthiest amongst us.   We are losing, not only the battle, but also the war!

In addition, now we hear the meat we buy at the grocery store; you know, the USDA approved and deemed safe for consumption, can expose us to MRSA.  What the He** is going on here? Are you outraged?  I know that I am! 

Getting back to the purchase of meat and products that can be tainted with MRSA, we learn from Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria that we must not consume factory farmed produce. Since most meats from these sources are found in supermarkets it is best not to buy your meat from these establishments. A Doctor Mercola states that your meat should be from local organic farms that you can check out yourself. This is particularly true in the U.S. If you cannot do the research yourself to source all your food, check out the local farmers markets and any organic delivery services. Is this practical for our modern society?  Is it affordable?  I would answer NO.

Now the question is, is it really Necessary?

According to the New York Post:

“For the study, researchers looked at 136 samples involving 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 grocery stores … According to the findings … industrial farms, where food animals are steadily fed low doses of antibiotics, ‘are ideal breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that move from animals to humans.’”

So, drug-resistant bacteria may be lurking in your grocery meat aisle. A study found that Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that causes most staph infections, was present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at “unexpectedly high rates.”

Researchers found nearly half of the meat and poultry samples were contaminated. What’s more, over half of those bacteria were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics.

Further, from Doctor Mercola, “If you’re still buying meat from your local grocery store, you have a 50/50 chance of choosing meat that’s tainted with drug-resistant bacteria every time you shop. This staggering, and quite disgusting finding comes from a study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, which revealed 47 percent of the meat and poultry samples they tested contained antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

These were samples from 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from more than two dozen grocery stores scattered across the United States, in large cities from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. So it likely applies to a grocery store near you …

It should be noted that all of these bacterias will be rendered moot by cooking.  Heat will kill them completely.  Having said that, do you like your beef rare; I know I do!

Please go to the main article for further information on the following topics:

  • Can You Get Staph Infections From Meat?
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs in Your Meat is a Very Bad Sign …
  • Do You Know Who Uses the Most Antibiotics in the United States?
  • Will Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Soon be in Your Produce, Too?
  • Other Countries are Taking Steps to Keep Superbugs OUT of Their Meat …
  • Another Reason to Choose Your Meat Wisely

I believe that an article from the Mayo Clinic provides the best overview of MRSA. Please study their graphic on what a staph infection looks like, in the two photos that they present!   I urge you to read it here.  Stay safe, watch what you eat, and be very careful outdoors.

Cliff

Image Credit: Image by mroczknj via Flickr

Image Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mrsa_cyst_exploded.jpg

My Name is Ekaterina; Can I be Your Girlfriend? Part 5


Today we are continuing our series on our talented scammers, Ekaterina.  Ekaterina is notable by the fact that our ‘conversation’ lasted more than a month.  We survived the first demand of money, $570 to purchase ‘airplane tickets’, only to have the demand repeated two weeks later.  Where these requests were made, I will include some of my conversation to show how I deflected this attempt at fraud.

Ekaterina appears to be a very young girl, despite the fact that she claims to be 29 years old.  I believe that this is a common practice by these types of scammers, to more reliably entice intended victims; it is slimy and very regrettable.

This Part 4 of our series on her (and the scammers that are using her image and name).  Parts One, Two ,  Three and Four can be found by following the links.

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On another fine Sunday in Paradise I found out that I was a ‘Lovely Man”… Who Knew?

Our Ekaterina

Hello My Lovely Man And My Sun Cliff!!!!
Thanks for erotic history and sexual photo.
Cliff I very much miss you all day and is very glad when I receive
your letter.
I with impatience wait for our meeting and I hope that it soon happen.
I very much want to be with you. Today I prepared for supper of a
house and thought as it would be good if you too could try that that I
have made. I cooking soup from meat, beet, carrots, an onions and
other spices. It name to Borsch, Cliff you heard about it? I think
that this most well-known dish in Russia after pel’menis and pancakes.
As I was going on the second mashed potatoes with a cutlet and roast.
I have cooked compote from dried apples with sugar and was very tasty.
I so would like that you have tried my dishes and could estimate their
taste and I would think that was pleasant to you. I like to prepare
and I adore to prepare for delicacies, for example a pizza, pies, a
shish kebab and many other things. I name their delicacies because not
so frequently for them cooking.
Cliff I very much would want to stand on kitchen and feel as you
embrace me, kiss, touch my hips help me to be going, you would help
me? I hope what yes. I with impatience wait for your letter. I hope
that your today’s dream will be fine also you as well as I will see in
the dream a fine meeting of us with you.
I love you,
Yours and only yours Ekaterina

And on Monday…

Hello My Lovely Man And My Sun Cliff!!!!!!
Cliff, I am glad to receive your letter. I with impatience waited for
it both my heart was warmed also my heart knocked when I today have
opened it.
I think of that as it would be good if could in weekend go on a nature
and have a rest there. I will be cooking tasty salads, we would take
with ourselves tent, knifes and all other accessories to a campaign
and have put in the car. Then I have still taken a bottle red wine. I
do not love alcohol, but a red wine I drink on holidays but not much.
We would take meat what to fry it on a fire and would go to a wood or
on seacoast. Where you would want Cliff? I would like closer to water.
There we would put tent, would grow a blanket what to sit on it. Would
put on a table salads, a wine glasses, have dissolved a good fire.
Then together I would shall send swim in water, to lake or the river.

Anyone for a Swim?

The main thing that we could swim together. We would bathe, laid on a
coast, kissed. Caressed one another, would enjoy a nature. looked at
the sky. Have then returned to tent, have prepared for meat and would
sit to have supper. A fire shine us. Cliff, you open a bottle and pour
a wine in glasses. We drink a little for us and I see that one droplet
has remained on your lips and I kiss you gently, you respond on my
kiss and take me on hands and carry in tent. Cliff, we are engaged in
love, we enjoy each second of love, each minute of passion and it is
very good us together. Then we leave tent, we categorize a blanket
closer as a coast and we look at the sky. You embrace me and warm the
heat. We are closer and closer, we speak we speak and we fall asleep
under singing night birds and under a night rustle of leaves. I think
that soon all of what we dream the reality begins. Each our day will
be filled with love and we shall be happy for ever. I love you, and I
send you the most most sweet kisses and I hope that they warm you at
cold night in your bed. If when you read my letter and in the street
night that look at the sky. There you will see constellation the big
she-bear as a ladle. Cliff I send you this ladle full kiss and
tenderness.
I love you Cliff!
Yours and only yours Ekaterina

The next day…

Hello My Lovely Cliff!!!!!!!
Thanks for beautiful pictures, to me are very pleasant to see it.
I am glad to your letter. I ADORE YOU!!!!!!! I for ever yours Cliff!!!!
Cliff I want to speak with you about much. At me it is a lot of dream
connect with ours with you the general life. It is very interesting to
me, you like dreams in which we with you together? You would would
like that they began a reality? Who knows those their your friends or
relatives about our meeting? They are pleased? My mum and my
girlfriends we shall be very glad that with you together. That ours
lifes have met you also we can enjoy this fine feeling soon. They are
glad that I have met the person at which to me serious relations and
intentions. They very much love you. I want to be with you,Cliff,  I
feel perfectly after have learned you. I want to be obedient and
gentle, my grandmother asked me that I want to make and that we shall
make together. I have told that I want to support in all you to love
and enjoy love and she having smiled have told that I really am in
love also her this feeling is known. She very much would want to test
it once again but the grandfather and has left also she can not forget
it never.
I want to be with you, I want to love you, I want to enjoy our
tenderness, I want to give love and caress to you and I want care
about you and to feel your love in a reality. I think that you my love
and I want to be with you for ever. Cliff,  you my destiny!!!!!
I want to hear more your dreams, I want to know that you think also I
want to kiss you now and to be in your gentle embraces.
I with impatience wait when it happen.
I love you Cliff!
Yours and only your loving Ekaterina

And the next day…

Hello My Lovely Cliff!!!!!!!!
My love of me warm your letters when I receive them. What you affairs
today Cliff? How your mood? You well slept?
I last night have decided to go on park. I went along the street all
over again, have then come in park and sat on a bench. In our park it
is a lot of bushes, it is a lot of trees, lanterns now stand and there
it is bright. I thought of that as it would be fine to go together
with you in park. It is a lot of boys and girls which else study at
university or parents with children went on park. But I noticed only
young pairs. They went together, held hands together, embraced,
kissed, laughed. You would be would be desirable me that with me now
and I could embrace you or sit to you on knees and kiss you gently and
passionately. I want to be with you Cliff. I want to feel yours warm,
your breath, I would want that we groaned with happiness and love.
Cliff you are not present with me and to me is sad without you. I
believe only in one that there will come day happy for us and we with
you shall be in embraces of one another, all we shall make together
and we shall make so our life would be full of happiness and love. I
want to be with you my love. I want to enjoy our happiness and love
and I would want that we for ever were together.
I send you the kisses, the most gentle that you could feel my
tenderness and that your heart would be warmed, that your ideas would
be about me and you have written to me the big and gentle letter.
I love you Cliff!!!!
Yours and only your gentle and sweet Ekaterina

TO BE CONTINUED:

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This is a Horror Show! MRSA and Giant Bedbugs


For Me, This is a Horror Show! How about You?  Bedbugs With ‘Superbug’ Germ Found! 

Giant Bedbugs; Drug-resistant Bacteria?

 I don’t often blog about breaking news, particularly if the information is preliminary.  Today I am making an exception.  I cannot imagine a worse combination of a blood-sucking insect that is particularly adept at hiding – as is the bedbug, and possibly the dreaded Staph infectionMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

From the Huffington Post, 5/11/11, “ATLANTA — Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph “superbug.” Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.

Bedbugs have not been known to spread disease, and there’s no clear evidence that the five bedbugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread the MRSA germ they were carrying or a second less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.”

The highlighted section is the horror part.  Is it MRSA or is it the second less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.  The way I read that, it is an either or question.  Is it the Number One or the Number Two drug-resistant bacteria?  Either one is horrific!

 It is going to make your skin crawl but please follow this link.  Ignorance is no excuse and while unpleasant, you need to be aware of this!

Forewarned is forearmed.  God!  What is next, Radioactive Mosquitoes?

Cliff

My Name is Ekaterina; Can I be Your Girlfriend? Part 2


The first post in this section on Ekaterina can be found here

This will be a series of blog posts, which could very well form the backbone of my fourth book.  A reminder, I am including spelling and grammatical errors to provide an accurate depiction of what you might see in your email inbox.

Because of this, I’d appreciate it if you would carefully review our Copyright Notice at the end of this post.  You may not: Use, Borrow, Extract, Copy, or in any way, perform any action that could limit the writer’s future rights to: Leverage, Sell, Publish, Distribute or Infringe any commercial consideration that damages the author or his rights in any way.

On another sunny day in Paradise, I receive a message from Ekaterina:

Cliff I am glad to receive your letter. Thanks for a photos.
I am always glad to receive from you beautiful photos. I think of us much and I do
not know as to tell to you. I shall begin all over again. You like me.
I like your sincerity. And I would like to communicate with you more.
I would like to learn you better. You like me. I think, what even very
much.   
Cliff it was never interesting to me with men as with you. I like to
answer your questions. And I at all do not represent myself without
your letters.  I very much liked your vital love story to the favourite wife.
It has very much touched me.
Cliff you very much like me. And I would like to tell to you about why
it was impossible to me with men. Many want from me only sex who that
considers me for a toy. But all that I to want. It is love,
tenderness, sincere, caress, passion and love. And I shall belong to
it to the man which will give me it. And I shall love it,Cliff I, as
well as all the girl dreamed in the childhood of prince. But now other
time. And I for a long time to understand, that princes are not
present.      
Cliff I wish to be loving and to love. It so is simple. But why that
men are not ready to it. How you think? What do you want from the
girl? What to be with it for ever? 
I want, what, when together are happy, what never any lie. Only
sincerity and love.
I hope that you to understand me. And to not frighten this letter. But
I wished to tell it. And it seems to me, that you that the man. But I
am not assured yet. But it is not assured only because we are still
poorly familiar.  
Cliff as you think? I wait for your letter.
Yours sincere Ekaterina

The next day…

Cliff I am glad to receive your letter. I am very glad, that we with
you it is pleasant to one another. How your mood? Than you to be
engaged today? 
I am glad to learn more about you. I very much like your sincerity and
I to appreciate it in people. You very much like me and I seem to me
that to test to you the big trust. I know that I can trust you the
same dances as girlfriends. And we can have secrets. The truth?  
I think that the most important in relations is sincerity,
honesty, love. This most important for me.
Cliff I today talked to the grandmother. It came in a drugstore what to
buy medicines for pressure. And to come to me for work. There Is mum
has told to it about you. And it has decided to talk to me about it,
it speaks, that is glad, that I communicate with you. And it wishs our
of good luck in our acquaintance and hopes that when that can will get
acquainted with you as.    
I so am glad, that you today have answered me. Today in the street
there were clouds. And I thought what for? Thought, you can cannot
write. There was that it simply bad weather. And I was happy when to
see your letter.  
Cliff you would like to try grandma a dish? It perfectly prepares. I
spoke you, that it it to learn me. The grandmother has told, that
would like, what you to estimate its dishes. You to try to pickle
mushrooms? Or pies from berries?  
Cliff I today to buy foam for a bath. You heard about it? Speak, that
it well weakens. I wish to try. Never tried. And you? Tell to me about
itself. What at you was today? What you to do? What new in your life?
You are glad, what I have appeared in it?  
I wait for your answer tomorrow. Cliff I wished to ask you.
Your gentle and tender Ekaterina

And on Day 3

Cliff I am glad to receive your letter. I today have woken up with
good mood. The fine dream dreams me. As I was on coast. And you were
with me. You know, what we did? We simply to lay and talk. Then you to
take a cream for sunburn and have made to me fine massage. Then I have
made it to you, Cliff and what you see in the dreams? You would like,
what I to make to you massage? I think, it would be pleasant to you,
as I to do it. I studied in college and us trained massage. Medical
massage.      
On a photo my best girlfriend and I already start to be jealous it of you.
I prefer a bath with a broom. It weakens, clears my body and gives beauty and health.
Cliff I think of you much. About our attitudes. After I have got
acquainted with you, I have noticed, that the life has changed, and
not only I to notice it. I already to speak you about it. You
remember? I feel, that in my life there was, that that good, that does
me happy. You notice such at yourself? Or not? Cliff I very much wish
to tell to you that nobody told. Even to the girlfriend and mum. You
know, about what I wish to tell? You guess? I do not know, that to me
occurs, me well, well when I receive your letters, it is pleasant to
me, when you to answer my questions. I love, when you to ask me. I so
would like to appear now about you. Easier to see, look in your eyes,
to feel your heat. And you? You want it? Cliff tell to me.
Cliff I do not know that this such. But I guess, that with me. But I
wish to hear your opinion all over again. Today I when went to the
Internet of cafe that the man and the woman which saw went and to hold
one another, for hands. I would like as to walk with you, for example
in park. And you? How your day? What do you do? Tell to me. Today I
send you a photos. I hope, it is pleasant to you? Or not?
I wait for your answer,
Your gentle Ekaterina

And the next…

Cliff I am happy, to see your letter. I very much waited for it. I
today thought that such love at night, and I seem, I start to
understand that this such. Cliff you know that such love? I think, that
it when you think constantly about the person, wish to be with it. You
would like to belong to it, to feel it. To see pleasure in its eyes.
To nestle and does not depart, Cliff as you think, I am right? I do
not know, why, but I start to understand it now after dialogue with
you. It is pleasant to me, that you to not forget about me. And I
think of you every day, Cliff that you think?
You would like to come from work, what I to meet you. We could have
supper, do massage to one another, laugh, have fun? How you think? You
would like it? What would you like?
Today there came the grandmother. It was houses when I have come from
work. And then I have gone to the Internet of cafe. They asked to
transfer you “hi”. They have told, that would like will get acquainted
with you very much.  
Cliff you do not represent that I saw today at night when have fallen
asleep. I to float on water and did not see coast, and I did not have
forces, but I to float. And I have seen ahead of myself a boat. And I
had forces, and I have started to float to this boat. There there was
a man. I think, you? I do not know precisely because my alarm clock to
wake me from a dream.    
You see dreams, where we with you together? What do we do?
I send you a photo. I hope, that the today’s photo very much is
pleasant to you. Or not? Tell to me.
Your gentle and thinking of you Ekaterina

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