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McQuiston: How To Stop Targeted Ads On Facebook

on June 19, 2019 - 5:25pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

A little off the topic of insurance, but I thought you might find this helpful.

You probably already know that your Facebook news feed is full of advertisements. But have you ever been surprised to find advertisements for items you just searched for using your phone’s Internet browser?  Were you a little creeped out that Facebook could do that? Or maybe just curious about how they did it? Either way, here’s a little bit about how it works and how to turn it off (if you want to).

So what is a Facebook ad?

Catch Of The Week: What To Do…If You’re Caught In A Data Breach

on June 18, 2019 - 7:57pm
Caricature by artist Paul Ziomek. https://paulzcreative.com
 
By REBECCA RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Data breaches … they happen all the time, right? It can be easy to ignore them, but it’s important to pay attention when these show up in the news, or you could end up with fraudulent charges, your identity stolen, or worse.
 
Last week the American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) revealed it was the victim of hackers who had unauthorized access to their system from August of 2018 until March of 2019. Over 20 million LabCorp, Quest, and OpkoHealth patients who had been placed into

Letter To The Editor: Time For Impeachment Is Now

on June 17, 2019 - 8:56am
By WILLIAM MEAD
Los Alamos
 
President Trump declared June 12:
 
"If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent' -- oh, I think I'd want to hear it." (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/id-exclusive-interview-trump-listen-foreigners-offered-dirt/story?id=63669304)
 
I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI," [Trump] said. (https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/politics/donald-trump-abc-political-dirt-foreign-country-rivals/index.html)
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Fr. Glenn: Father’s Day

on June 16, 2019 - 7:47am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A very happy and joy-filled and blessed Father’s Day to all you dads out there! (Is it “Fathers”,  “Father’s”, or “Fathers’”? Ah well … no matter.) What an honor you have to be entrusted with the care and teaching of God’s precious little ones—your children … those little images of God as we all are, but they with that innocence that we adults have most often lost but are called by Christ to emulate: “Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me…” (Matthew 18:4-5) 

To emulate

Letter To The Editor: On What Was Written 2,000 Years Ago

on June 15, 2019 - 8:04am
By DAVID HAMPTON
Los Alamos

At the LBGTQ+ interfaith panel discussion this last Wednesday, one of the panel members stated that what was written 2,000 years ago may not apply today and may have been incorrectly written down.

I guess no one let Paul know before he wrote 2 Timothy. Apparently, Peter didn't get the memo either before writing 2 Peter, where he says that Paul's letters are scripture. Since nothing in Paul's letters are in conflict with other Scripture, if there are any transcription errors, they must be minor and inconsequential.

If all Scripture is inspired by God and if

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Letter To The Editor: What Pride Means To Me...

on June 14, 2019 - 6:55pm
By KEN NEBEL
Los Alamos

There has been some controversy as to whether or not PRIDE, the commemoration of historic steps toward the LGBTQ+ community stepping out into the mainstream and the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, is still a current need.

As we celebrate Pride month and host our 2nd annual Pride festival today here in Los Alamos, I’d like to tell you what Pride means to me.

Pride is an affirmation that I live in a supportive community when, even in todays culture, I don’t always find acceptance or tolerance.

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World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing And Statistics – Part One

on June 14, 2019 - 8:33am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
A couple of years ago I penned The List of 18, areas that will affect the future of earth and humanity.
 
The elements of the list are broad in context such as energy: storage, conversion, efficiency and distribution. It is a pretty straightforward list that should be easily controlled and administered.
 
But, as an example, the sub-elements of the energy element affect other items on The List of 18. For example, another item on the list is the distribution of products, stuff needed by the 7.346 billion people that comprise humanity,

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