Demand phone companies put anti-robocall technology to work
Promising technology to help stop unwanted robocalls is being tested now, but we need the FCC to require phone companies to adopt it – and to make sure companies are implementing it at no cost to you.
Add your name to our petition to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to take strong action and require all phone carriers adopt free call-verification technology that will help stop ‘spoofed’ robocalls.
Consumers banding together helped pressure the FCC and phone companies to come together and develop anti-number-spoofing technology.
Last month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called on the phone companies to adopt this technology and implement it by the end of 2019.
But we know robocallers are stealthy and adaptable. The longer phone companies wait to get on board -- or if they are not forced to act at all -- the more time spammers have to change tactics. That's why it is critical the FCC require the phone companies adopt this technology ASAP, and to police how it is implemented.
Sign on to our petition, and let the FCC know that you want this promising technology ASAP, at no charge, to help stop robocalls.
Sign the petition
And if you have friends and family who are fed-up with robocalls (no doubt!), please let them know how they can help us ramp up the pressure on the FCC as much as possible.
John Gear to Host Radio Celebration: 227th Birthday of the Bill of Rights, Saturday December 15, 1 p.m. on KMUZ (88.5/100.7 FM, or at KMUZ.org)
The internet depends on the First Amendment, part of the first set of amendments to the Constitution that became known as the Bill of Rights.
It is no exaggeration to say that the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and their application to the states through the 14th Amendment, are the backbone of American life and what it means to live in the United States.
To help celebrate the Bill of Rights and discuss some important omissions from it, Salem's community radio station KMUZ (at 88.5 and 100.7 FM in Salem area and at KMUZ.org anywhere on the web) will air a special 227th Birthday Celebration on December 15 at 1 p.m. with KMUZ sponsor, John Gear of John Gear Law Office.
And if you have questions about the Bill of Rights or your civil liberties, you can send them to Info@KMUZ.org with BILL OF RIGHTS SHOW in the subject line.
All questions will be considered and some will be addressed during the show. That’s
Saturday, December 15 at 1 p.m.
on community radio station KMUZ (88.5 and 100.7 FM in the Willamette Valley, streaming at KMUZ.org to anywhere in the world).
We are launching a new “Tell YOUR Story” tool that will enable residents, families, ombudsmen, and those who work with them tell their story about nursing home or assisted living care.
Clear proof of Lily Tomlin's saying that
"No matter how cynical you get, you can't keep up."
Attorneys for Wall Street and bottom on the barrel debt collectors alike are trying to get out of having to follow federal law that protects consumers by limiting the kinds of tactics that collectors can use.
Right now, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act covers debt collecting attorneys the same as all other debt collectors. Lawyers for the collectors are trying to give themselves an immunity shield so that they can go back to using these abusive tactics without fear of being held to account by consumers.
If anything, by virtue of being attorneys, attorneys who collect debts should be held to a HIGHER standard, not allowed to break the law with impunity.
Let your congressional representatives know that you
OPPOSE ANY EFFORT TO EXEMPT ATTORNEYS FROM THE FDCPA.
Here's the text of an alert on the subject from the National Consumer Law Center. The complete text with end notes is at the end (click on it below to download file).
A bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 5082, Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018 (Mooney-Gonzalez) (amending the previously filed H.R. 4550), would exempt attorneys and law firms engaged in litigation from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) authority over them.
Salem Harvest's November Newsletter worth sharing entirely
Notes from the Field
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
On November 20th, Salem Progressive Films is showcasing the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at the Grand Theater at 7:00pm. This in-depth film covers all the bases on where food is being wasted throughout the global food system and offers innovative solutions as well.
Salem Harvest will be there in the lobby before the film sharing information about our program and how we reduce wasted food. After the show, I will be addressing the attendees, sharing my experiences as Executive Director and that of our growers and harvest leaders surrounding food waste at the farm level. Please join us!
What do you do with plums so sour and astringent that they are nearly impossible to eat? Cook them down with sugar, turning them into jam, of course!
On November 10th and 15th, Salem Harvest volunteers will be gathering to turn 120 pounds of otherwise inedible plums into the tastiest plum jam ever created. Lots of fun, team building, teaching and learning the art of jam making, and keeping food from being wasted.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Each year, John Gear Law Office helps sponsor an important event for Salem, the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser put on by Willamette Art Center to raise funds for Marion-Polk Food Share. These two nonprofits team up to give you the opportunity to buy gorgeous things, lovingly made and finished by all-volunteer potters, with all the proceeds going to support the food bank that fights hunger in the Salem area all year round.
Make out your gift lists for the holidays and maybe for all 2019 as well -- friends, family, parents, kids, teachers, coworkers, you name it -- there are so many beautiful, one-of-a-kind things that there is sure to be a perfect gift for everyone you know at Empty Bowls, and you can help boost the total raised to fight hunger in Salem to over $200,000.
Willamette Art Center is on the State Fairgrounds, use the Silverton Road (Yellow) Gate. The event is Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18.
The Willamette Art Center hosts the annual Empty Bowls Benefit sale benefiting Marion-Polk Food Share.Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 9AM to 5PM
Sunday, November 18th, 2018 from 12PM to 4PM
Pick of the Litter benefit screening & meet the JLAD pups
Sunday, November 11th at 3:15PM ~ at Salem Cinema (1127 Broadway NE)
Help us raise money to purchase a service dog for a veteran in need!
Tickets available now at our box office during regular business hours or online at boxofficetickets.com!
All seats $12 with $4 from every ticket going directly to help purchase a dog for a veteran!
no coupons, passes or CineBucks accepted for special events
United States. 2018. Directed by Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman. (81 mins.) Not Rated.
Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil—five spirited puppies who, from the moment they’re born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It’s a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion. At every step of the way, the puppies will be tested, challenged, and evaluated. Only the best of the best will be chosen for the job of guide dog—who has what it takes? Introducing viewers to an unforgettable cast of canine personalities and the dedicated individuals who work with them, Pick of the Litter is an uplifting, bighearted celebration of the unique bond between humans and dogs.
The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing skilled, devoted companions to support and assist persons living with disabilities -- creating cohesive teams focused on building lives of greater freedom and independence. Assistance dogs provide the perfect combination of companionship, obedience, usefulness and affection. Persons with disabilities rely on these special animals to perform a multitude of tasks and provide practical aid. When an ideal match is made, the mobility and freedom the dogs' efforts afford, help provide a new and profound sense of independence to the owner, creating a pathway toward a safer and more empowering way of living.
Founder and director Joy St. Peter launched JLAD in 2004.
"Don't buy a used car until you've read this"
Excerpts from a great article from the cool folks at IFixIt (IFixIt.org)
We’re afraid of warranty stickers, but really, manufacturers should be
I have had a number of very unhappy consumer victims of scams where they received very convincing calls from someone with an authoritative voice who told them that they were going to be arrested/audited/exposed as a liar/cheat/unfit parent/tax fraud unless they went to Apple (or Google or Wal-Mart) and bought gift cards and gave the codes from the cards to the person calling.
It's easy for you and I to sit back and say "That's an obvious scam" but it's not obvious sometimes, when you're tired and don't expect someone to call and threaten you. Once your amygdala fear response kicks in, your reasoning declines dramatically.
So just remember -- just like money never calls you on the phone, only scammers demand payment in gift card codes.
Never buy a gift card because someone threatened you! (Unless it's your wife.)
Scammers demand gift cards | Consumer Information
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice