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610KONA, 10/21/19: Company selling unauthorized insurance policies in Washington fined $100,000

...Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler fined Wisconsin-based United States Concealed Carry Association, Inc., for violating Washington state laws by selling unauthorized insurance to cover defense costs for shootings. ...

USCCA bundled the insurance product, called a protection plan, with membership in its association. The protection plan provides payments for criminal defense costs if a member is charged with a crime related to the intentional use of a firearm or other weapon. Washington state law doesn’t allow a person to buy insurance for their own criminal activity.

Additionally, USCCA was not authorized to sell policies in Washington state, and their policies had not been approved by Kreidler’s office. ...

Kriedler’s office says USCCA could sell insurance legally in Washington by changing its policies to not insure criminal activity, and either becoming a registered insurer or by placing insurance business through surplus lines brokers.
Communications / Re: Social Media Alternatives to FB
« Last post by Mr. Bill on October 21, 2019, 03:43:23 PM »
Facebook is getting increasingly frustrating, and I've been trying a few alternatives.  The big problem is that nearly everyone has Facebook, the same way that nearly everyone has e-mail, and there is no substitute for this.  You won't get even 5% of your friends and family to switch to another platform, because they won't get even 5% of their friends and family to switch, etc.

So I've quit looking for a general-purpose Facebook alternative, and instead I'm looking for social media options for specific uses.

For example, we've got this forum. 8)  You won't find all your friends here, but you'll find a bunch of people who share some overlapping common interests.  Most Internet forums are like that, so you can pick a few that match your own interests.

Since forums are so antique that many people don't even know what they are anymore, I wrote up an intro:
An Introduction to Internet Forums for Facebook Users

MeWe is an okay privacy-enhanced Facebook emulator, but it's hard to find friends and discussion groups unless you already know where they are.  Since Jack started pushing MeWe, a fairly active TSP group has gotten going there:
As is typical for MeWe, you can't find out one damn thing about the group until you join it.

The alternatives that really get my attention are the decentralized networks, and there are a lot of them, and most are teeny.  The basic idea is that a whole lot of people set up "hubs" or "nodes" or whatever, and information is shared between them, such that you can be a menber of one hub/node and interact with all the members of all the other hubs/nodes.  There is no big central server, so the system doesn't operate at the whim of one central authority.

Mastodon is positioning itself as the largest decentralized alternative to Twitter.  I haven't tried it yet.  A female friend of mine gave it a try, and said she was inundated with crude propositions and dick pics within 2 hours, so she deleted her account.  Apparently there are features in Mastodon to help avoid such problems, but newbies don't know how to set them up.

I've heard that this is a problem for most of the decentralized FB alternatives.  A too-large part of the membership already got booted off Facebook and Twitter for violations, and they have moved to "unregulated" networks where they can freely engage in their favorite assclownery.

Because of this, I'm looking most favorably at Hubzilla (and its simpler, but as yet poorly documented, offspring Zap).  Hubzilla/Zap are functionally something like Facebook, plus extra features, and with good built-in ability to control who you interact with.

Which is cool if you can find anyone to interact with.

But this is an entirely different model of social media.  Some people are setting up Hubzilla or Zap hubs just for their immediate family.  This lets all the family members share calendars, have access to a Dropbox-like file storage system, and exchange messages with each other.  As a side-benefit they can also interact with members on all the other Hubilla and Zap hubs, plus (if the site owner enables the option) other networks such as Mastodon.  I think this is a believable usage scenario -- the resident nerd of a family or group of friends sets up a hub, and it's not open to the general public, but it still provides connectivity to the rest of the world.  I'll probably try setting up a Zap hub just for me and my wife next year.
Well, that will take the wind from his sails, assuming he had any left.
Police Groups Slam Beto’s Plan to Send Cops to Collect Americans’ Guns

National law enforcement organizations harshly criticized Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's plan to send police officers to collect AR-15s and AK-47s from those who refuse to turn them in under his mandatory buyback scheme.

In interviews with the Washington Free Beacon, leaders from groups representing hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers described Beto's gun confiscation plan as "ridiculous," "asinine," and likely unconstitutional.
A leader of the National Fraternal Order of Police—the nation's largest police union, representing more than 330,000 sworn law-enforcement officers—said that not only was Beto's plan unlikely to be constitutional but that Beto himself was unlikely to ever be elected.

"Mr. O'Rourke may not be aware that state and local police officers (who comprise more than 90% of all police in the U.S.) receive their orders from their local jurisdictions – not from the Federal government," Jim Pasco, executive director of the FOP, wrote in an email to the Free Beacon. "Further, any such legislation, if it passed, would no doubt be vigorously litigated with a view to its apparent inconsistency with the Second Amendment."
Communications / Social Media Alternatives to FB
« Last post by GoBettyGo on October 21, 2019, 11:00:55 AM »
I'm attempting to diversify my comms plan. Right now, I communicate frequently through the book-of-the-face with my family and friends who are spread far and wide. I am well aware of the limitations of this specific platform, but it is so widely used that it meets my needs for now. What are some other sites? I am aware of MeWe, but are there others? Also, I'm aware that in a BIG event, digital comms would likely be interrupted or go away completely, this is only one component of the plan.
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Tech Support and Forum Bugs / Re: downloading podcast on moto Z4
« Last post by iam4liberty on October 21, 2019, 06:25:29 AM »
You should be able to long press "Download" then choose "Download link" from the menu that pops up.
Tech Support and Forum Bugs / Re: downloading podcast on moto Z4
« Last post by littleamix on October 21, 2019, 02:06:48 AM »
I just got a new Razer Phone 2
The Beyondpod is increasingly buggy lately on my phone so I'm looking for a new podcast app. I've tried to look for a free good one on Apknite but there was nothing. That's why now I'm not afraid to pay for another good one. Needs to be able to use SD card for storage, would love if there were a 4x1 widget for it, would love a nice clean interface.
What do you use?
The HAM Radio Board / Re: Testing tomorrow
« Last post by armymars on October 20, 2019, 06:27:23 PM »
  Way back when we ran phone patches for service people over seas. Today we do whatever the DOD wants us to do. Mostly gather county status and weather reports without using the internet. As always it's to proved back up communication when the normal systems are down.
The HAM Radio Board / Re: Testing tomorrow
« Last post by LvsChant on October 20, 2019, 05:31:26 PM »
Congratulations, Fritz!!!
« Last post by fritz_monroe on October 20, 2019, 01:28:37 PM »
Old thread, but I figure that since I just did the exam for Technician and General, I'd toss out what I found most useful. 

I have an electronics background, so had to read up on the bands and laws, that sort of thing.

I watched several of the YouTube videos.  I also did a lot of online reading.

What really helped me focus on what I did not know was to use the practice exams on  I also found the ARRL app useful for occasional use when waiting for my daughter to get out of dance.
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