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posticon Editorial - Don't Fall For Sextortion

Opinions | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Editorial

On top of the barrage of legitimate email I receive each day there is an even larger volume of spam.  I finally invested in a spam filter that works with the two mail programs I use, and it has done an amazing job of filtering most of the spam.  I have it set to put mail in a spam folder so I can review it before deleting, just in case legitimate email had become ensnared in the filter.  I rarely even review it any more, the program is so good.  So imagine my horror when I recognized one of my passwords in an extortion email just before hitting the delete key!

The email, in broken English, was brief and to the point.  It revealed a password I frequently use to 'prove' the sender had hacked my computer, which presumably meant he had all my private information and most importantly, my contacts list.  He claimed that a porn site I visited had malware installed that used my own computer's camera to record me enjoying a pornographic video, and threatened to send a video he had cobbed together -- that first showed the porn video, and then showed me enjoying it -- to everyone in my contacts list if I didn't send him $7,000 in bitcoin.

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posticon Thoughts - Selling The Disease

Opinions | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts The brain wanders far and wide this week. And when it notices something of interest, it focuses, at least for a few paragraphs.

The chest-thumper-in-chief appears quite upset about the newest nefarious attempt to trash him and the administration: not just anonymous sources (who should get their own byline these days) but an entire editorial in the NY Times headlined 'The Quiet Resistance Inside The Trump Administration'.

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posticon Letters - Kenneth W. Lansing For Re-Election as Sheriff

Opinions | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Harlin R. McEwen Print
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mailmanI have known and worked with Ken Lansing for more than 40 years.

In 1974, while I was serving as Chief of Police for the Village of Cayuga Heights, I hired Ken as a Police Officer and that was the beginning of a strong professional and personal relationship I have had with Ken for many years.

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posticon Letters - Supporting Dick Costello for Lansing Town Judge

Opinions | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Bob Bocchino Print
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mailmanI was excited to learn this week that Dick Costello, one of my instructors and coaches at Cornell, is running in this fall’s election to be Lansing Town Judge and while I am not in the area, I want to share my views of Dick and why there is no question that he would be not only an outstanding choice for each and every Lansing voter, but the best choice. I had the pleasure of working with Dick for 6 years while I was in the Lansing area and he taught me more than how to play golf.

We’ve stayed close since I graduated and have seen each other many times over the years. He and I spoke and speak often and at length about things that go beyond golf but in many ways are showcased by golf. Some voters might question what does a golf have to do with being a “good” Town Judge. Golf is the only sport where you are your own referee. It’s up to you whether you will play the game with honesty and principle and “play the ball as it lies” and call penalties on yourself or if you let it go to get an edge. Dick always “plays the ball as it lies”.

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posticon Letters - Global Climate Change Calls For Global Action

Opinions | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Zoya Mohsin Print
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mailmanI'm an international student from Mombasa, Kenya studying Environmental Science at Cornell University. Growing up in Malawi and Kenya has really shown me the true 'offsite' impacts of climate change. In 2015, there were flash floods in northern Malawi, sweeping crops and livelihoods from the palms of poor farmers.

In 2016, there was a drought in southern Malawi which dried up the soil as well as the income for a lot of families that depend on their crops. Today, Mombasa is at risk of being under water — the thought of my parents' house being submerged because of rising sea levels scares me terribly.

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