Yet another Facebook Messenger Scam

There is a scam making the rounds again. Just another variation of an older scam. It starts out something like this: “Have you heard about the U.S Federal Government Assisted Grant Fund program (U.S FGAGFP?”

I just got this message after accepting the friendship request from someone I thought was an old friend, Lynne. This person told me a little more, and I started getting suspicious because it didn’t really sound like Lynne. When I looked at her profile there’s almost no information even though we were friends. I see she has a lot of friends although I suspect it’s a fake profile.

I googled that question above, the one “she” sent in messenger, and came up with several hits including this one partly quoted below.

http://www.dunncountyextra.com/police-chief-warns-citizens-new-facebook-scam/

“The current scam about “grants” actually first popped up last year according to facebook. It is just a variation on the theme of stealing your identity (see, www.facebook.com/scamdb). The message that Chief Braathen got is not unique. Your new “friend” simply went to a facebook page with public information including your name as their “friend” and warm, fuzzy personal photos which you have already “liked”. They then set up their own bogus facebook page including those photos, etc. So, after you “friend” your new friend when they contact you the first time, the message you get back will start off with a few lines about the weather, the new job, the kids and the warm fuzzy stuff. Then, something like this: “OK, have you heard about the good news yet? No? I was just wondering if you have heard about the 2014 empowerment program in conjunction with facebook and the federal government to help…” The thief will then claim that they got their “grant” and, saw your name on the list of eligible recipients too. That’s why they found you on facebook. They then provide contact information for an “agent of the federal government” or a “representative of facebook” to contact to sign up. A facebook contact link is then touted as the best way to make contact the agent with “a private message”.”

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Eclipse 2017, Shaniko

YES IT WAS WORTH THE TRIP!!! Seriously phenomenal!!! We had 1 min 27 seconds totality in Shaniko, Oregon. Not enough but incredible. The sky was violet, the corona alive. My daughter and her friend danced for joy and I am so happy I could share this with them. In fact if it were not for them I might not have come down here. I even managed to get a few shots :).

These are snapshots of the photos from my big camera, taken with my phone of the back of my camera. Can we have a do over please? 😀😀😀⭐️

2017 Solar Eclipse info Links

2017 Total Solar Eclipse info
Even here in southern Washington we will be in the range of 98% totality, which means that during the #Eclipse2017 #greatamericaneclipse it is still VERY dangerous to look at the sun without proper filtering glasses.
I know that the Goldendale Chamber Of Commerce has several pairs for sale for two dollars each. They may also available at the Dalles – Wasco county library and the White Salmon Community Library for free. I will be sharing some links here on the page for information about the eclipse coming up.

This website is where I got the map screenshot from and they sell 11 x 14 posters of this map. The site also has a ton of information relating to the eclipse! You can buy eclipse viewing glasses in bulk on this site great for schools and libraries etc.
>>>CLICK HERE for the website<<< greatamericaneclipse
They also have this handy book comes with two pairs of viewing glasses, $9.99 for the package

Traffic could be a real issue even on Highway 14 leading up to and following 21 August. Be prepared!
This article has excellent tips for important things to make sure you have in your car if you head into the areas of totality in Oregon or other places.
>>Click Here for 16 Essentials for your car<<

There are festivities planned in Goldendale, WA the 20th and 21st with viewing locations set up on the 21st, even though they are not in the path of totality they're close enough to the edge they will still get about 98% of the total eclipse.
Goldendale Chamber of Commerce

**Photographers need to know their camera also needs a filter or it can destroy the sensor.^**.
Here is an example of inexpensive filter you can purchase to create a filter to your lens.
Filter prices are climbing fast now as companies are running out of stock.

I've seen people take this filter and sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard a bit larger, with a circle slightly larger than your camera lens cut out for the filter. That cardboard holder can be clamped together around the edges with those folding paper clips for documents. It can then be glued to the end of a cardboard tubes slightly larger than your lens.
This makes it easy to remove for totality and put back on as soon as the light begins to return. Here is an example compliments of Jamie Hill Photography

Excellent iphone app if you plan to be inside the totality zone for the eclipse, complete with prompts and reminders for each stage of the event.
Solar Eclipse Timer by Gordon Telepun
And here is a video interview with Gordon Telepun with the breakdown on the different parts of the eclipse to watch for.

If you are simply unable to get to a place where you can witness the total Eclipse, there are people live streaming it with telescopes. Here is another iPhone app, but they're probably on a website too.

Total Solar Eclipse by Exploratorium