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What Privacy?

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I don’t know that it matters any more, seems our  ‘private’ information is already out there, but it is a bit creepy to see all of it listed in the same place.

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Website spokeo.com compiles all public data from other websites (white pages, zillow, facebook, etc.) and creates a public profile page listing everything about you: including age, occupation, income, value of your home, etc.

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It checks out on SNOPES as TRUE.

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See link for directions to remove yourself from the listing, if  you wish.

http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/spokeo.asp

snopes.com: Spokeo

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Thanks to Mandy for the alert to this site.

Hattie Caraway:First Woman Elected Senator

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When I attended Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I lived in Caraway Hall, named after Hattie Caraway. I didn’t know anything about her at the time.  Since then I have learned her place in history.

Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway (February 1, 1878 – December 21, 1950) was the first woman electedto serve as a United States Senator. Senator Caraway represented Arkansas.

Her husband, Thaddeus Caraway, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1912, and he served in that office until 1921 when he was elected to the United States Senate, where he served until he died in office in 1931.

Following the precedent of appointing widows to temporarily take their husbands’ places, Arkansas governor Harvey Parnell appointed Hattie Caraway to the vacant seat, and she was sworn into office on December 9.

With the Arkansas Democratic party’s backing, she easily won a special election in January 1932 for the remaining months of the term, becoming the first woman elected to the Senate, where she remained until 1945.

Although she carefully prepared herself for Senate work, Caraway spoke infrequently and rarely made speeches on the floor of the Senate but built a reputation as an honest and sincere Senator.

She was sometimes portrayed by patronizing reporters as “Silent Hattie” or “the quiet grandmother who never said anything or did anything.”

She explained her reticence to speak on the floor as an unwillingness “to take a minute away from the men. The poor dears love it so.”

Her grave site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 20, 2007.

source:  Wikipedia Commons

Cracking Wise

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An umbrella is a devise

for  keeping two people,

half dry

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