Vote Forward

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Vote Forward

I have a friend who is very involved in getting people, especially those from under-represented demographics, registered to vote in the 2020 election. She is volunteering for Vote Forward which sends letters to remind people to register and vote.  It’s easy – sign up as a volunteer and  download the letters to be sent to the voters you ‘adopt’.  You can adopt as few as five.  The only cost to you is the stamps and your time. Voter turnout has gotten very low and the goal is to encourage everyone to vote and increase the turnout.

Robocallers are tricky.  They send a test call to your phone to see if it’s an active number so that they can use it for the annoying sales calls.  The callers are hoping to engage you and obtain your personal informationHere are five tricks to help decrease illegal robocalls:

  1. Sign up for the call-blocking services offered by your telephone company.
  2. Do not answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  3. Do not press any keys or say anything in response to the recorded message. That lets the caller know your number is an active one for more scam calls. I don’t even say ‘hello’ when I answer if I’m suspicious it’s a robocall. If it’s a real person on the other end, I assume they will say ‘hello’ to me.
  4. Don’t follow any instructions to speak to anyone live. This might be a way to obtain personal information.
  5. Don’t judge an incoming call from the number only. Scammers change their numbers (in case you blocked an earlier call) and can make them look like the call is coming from your own area.

See ASE article on blocking Robocalls.

Did you know that private equity firms own many 911 emergency service providers?

Ambulance services used to be funded by local taxpayers, volunteers and hospitals.  Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms have taken over many 911 services that are critical in protecting and saving lives.  The inherent problem with it is that the private equity firms want to make money on 911 services and many have cut the services to the bare bones – a conflict with the traditional mission of 911 services of protecting and saving lives without thought of the bottom line.  According to a 2016 New York Times article, when under the control of these Wall Street firms, response times to 911 calls are longer and prices have drastically increased. Some reports are optimistic, however, that the private equity companies will soon put some money into improving the 911 services and lowering the costs to the public.

My daughter hosted a bachelorette and White Claw was on the menu.  I was helping her set up and it was sold out at Whole Foods.  Enjoying a surge of popularity like La Croix, White Claw is a hard seltzer with a slightly sweet fruit flavor and a tart aftertaste.  Mango is the most popular flavor, and black cherry and lime get great reviews. Each 12 oz can contains 100 calories.  It is seltzer, gluten-free alcohol and fruit favor – except for the Pure, unflavored option. White Claw Spiked Sparkling Water 12-can Variety Pack. $19.49.


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