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Jus saying, please be careful friends ~

Especially during the holiday gift giving season, you may find in your inbox some pretty slick looking scams. This last one came from “AS – Amazon Support” after a recent order was placed, claiming my payment method had been declined. AS is also the initials of the scammer, Andre Shamido, who wanted an updated payment method provided.  

It didn’t come through when I converted the following scam email to a jpg, but the scammers “Update your payment method” was displayed within a gold-colored box, similar to the gold Amazon uses to highlight ordering information when Amazon wants you to click on a link.

Amazon will never send an unsolicited e-mail that asks you to provide sensitive information. 


BEWARE ARTISTS and Don’t Be Duped! Is Tallenge a Scam Website Targeting Creators?

The following was in my inbox the very next morning after posting my short film A Flight of Monarchs:

Hey Kim,

I watched your Short Film “A Flight of Monarchs” & I loved it!

I think you should upload it and some of your other Short films on Tallenge. We have an ongoing Short Film contest with $500 prize. You can sign up & upload for free.

The Winner of this contest qualifies for the annual contest which has a cash prize of $10,000.

Tallenge Short Film Contest Link – (here they provide the link)

I would love to see you compete on Tallenge. Let me know if you need any more info and I’ll be glad to help.

Love & Regards

With their super slick website touting themselves as Earth’s Largest Talent Platform, I immediately began to dream of winning $10,000. to put towards completing several current film projects. Enter the contest and you only have to:

“…irrevocably grant Tallenge, its successors, subsidiaries, parent and related companies, licensees, assignees, and third parties acting on Tallenge’s behalf, an exclusive worldwide, royalty-free right to license to use, exhibit, license, sub-license, distribute, perform, post, display, copy, publish, promote, re-format, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, adapt, make available online or electronically transmit and exploit the Submission, for free, […] for a period of five (5) years from the date you entered the contest. After the term of the foregoing license expires, the license shall automatically convert into a non-exclusive license to Tallenge in perpetuity.”

“Any person uploading any media on Tallenge.com would hereinafter be known as a “Participant”, and any person consuming or voting on any content would hereinafter be known as a “Voter”. By uploading media on Tallenge.com, the Participant consents to the media being subject to Tallenge’s LICENSE, to being subject to Tallenge’s Rules Of The Competition, to being subject to Tallenge’s Privacy Policy, to having the media displayed on Tallenge.com, and to having it enter into any and all periodic contests for which it is eligible running on Tallenge.com, to be determined by the date and time of the media being uploaded. By voting, the Voter consents to having the vote counted for the determination of any and all periodic contests for which the media is eligible.”

Artists, beware!


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Anti Windmill vs Pro Windmill Two GMG Contributors Express Their Views- Sarah Kelly and Ed Collard

Sarah Kelly writes-

Massive 404-foot (that is FORTY STORIES) Turbines Are Coming!

The city of Gloucester is allegedly going to share in the excess electricity generated by two 40-story turbines, soon to be installed by the Gloucester firm Varian. Unfortunately, the residents of the rest of Cape Ann will have two 40-story structures to look at for the rest of our lives without accruing any of the benefits of the energy allegedly generated. And before people respond by saying how much they love the Earth and turbines, let me state for the record that I am very fond of the Earth myself (I even capitalize the word!) and I’m all for turbines, by which I mean the responsible use of appropriately-scaled turbines as a back up for conventional energy sources — sources which come in handy when the wind doesn’t blow or blows when you don’t need it, which, frankly, is much the case with wind — and why we don’t move freight around the world anymore via sailing ships.

All over the globe (especially in the American Midwest, English countryside and in Australia), there is a race to install massive, utility-scale turbines in what appears to be an effort to make a pile of money from tax credits while taking advantage of the public’s low-grade (or full-throttle) hysteria about replacing conventional energy sources before the polar bears all die. This well-intended, deeply-felt desire to use energy more responsibly is circumventing common sense, and the profiteers have seen an opportunity to make a whole bunch of money, tearing around the planet to install massive turbines and wind farms — which can sometimes mean hundreds of massive turbines placed too close to homes in a scattershot, absolutely inefficient manner — before the public understands anything about utility-scale wind. The facts about utility-scale wind technology indicate that wind is just not viable as a mainstream energy source, utterly unsuitable for mass distribution. The technology, such as it is, lends itself to micro-development. So if someone wants to mount a wind turbine on the top of their house (or a turbine in a fast-moving body of water running through his/her property for hydro power) to offset the cost of their electricity, fantastic. But wind turbines become less efficient the more you scale up, which begs the question: why are the Varian turbines so huge? Would an installation of 1.0 megawatt turbines — more along the lines of 200 feet, and more to scale with Cape Ann’s existing structures — have served Varian’s needs just as well? By installing two 40-story skyscrapers, Varian has irrevocably, for all practical purposes, altered a landscape that belongs to all of us. And land is the ultimate non-renewable resource. Once land is industrialized, it is not easily reclaimed, which is why rural areas are zoned differently from urban areas. And while the area where the turbines will be located is zoned as industrial, I would bet that no one on the Zoning Board in Gloucester understood “industrial” to include skyscrapers when the zoning laws were put in place.

So I’m wondering: how is it that Varian can install two skyscrapers without a period of public comment from their non-Gloucester neighbors? Where’s the nearest 40-story structure? A city, of course. In Boston,  248 skyscrapers make up the cityscape, only 27 of which are taller than 400 feet. But no longer will you have to go to Boston to experience the joys of seeing one of those 27 structures. We’ll have our very own skyscrapers, a view of which we’ll have from practically every window in downtown Gloucester, Lanesville, Annisquam, Rockport and Pigeon Cove.

Another factor is that these two 2.0 megawatt turbines, although in an area zoned for industry, are still potentially located too close to residences.  International recommendations for the installation of utility-scale wind turbines vary, but the general consensus in Europe is that industrial scale turbines should not be installed within 1.5 miles of a residence, due to shadow flicker and low frequency vibrations that can cause serious health problems for some people. This is no joke, a fact to which people who have been made sick by living too close to massive wind turbines can attest. This situation may be great for Varian, arguably great for Gloucester (we’ll see if the estimations of energy generated actually materialize), but what about the rest of us?

Ed Collard writes-

Windmill Musings

So the windmills are coming to Gloucester. I am of mixed thoughts on this but I’d have to say that overall I’m in favor of this. With the high cost of energy in dollars, the environment and human lives. I believe that we have to make some changes regarding our energy sources and windmills seem to be a clean, domestic and economical choice. Varian has put in a lot of  time and money researching alternatives for their energy needs and would not be spending their money without careful consideration of the return on their  investment. We have charged our elected officials, for one thing, to be prudent with our money and they have come to the conclusion that this will save us, the taxpayers on the city’s energy needs. Regarding the visual aspect I for one will look at them knowing that we are being pro-active in our exploration for alternative energy sources. I don’t like telephone polls but I sure do like my phone and cable. There will be many discussions about this in our coffee shops in the months to come but I think we can be proud of the fact that our city is doing something regarding our energy needs.

Any comments that are not civil on this post will not be approved.

Is this a SCAM?

I put an item on Craig List with a photo a couple of days ago and got this email after his initial inquiry-

“Thanks for the prompt response, I am quite satisfied with the condition .I am also interested and I will like to make an instant purchase, so kindly end the advert on Craigslist, I do not mind adding an extra $25 for you to close the advert on craigslist so that I can be rest assured that I am the prospective buyer, I would have loved to come take a look but I am a very busy man I am very sure you understand. I will also want you to know that I will be paying via Certified Check, and it will be sent to you via courier service due to the distance. You don’t need to bother about the shipment, as that has been taken care of…… So I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

1. Full Name on the check
2. Address where payment will be sent to not p.o.box (because my courier service does not deliver to p.o box)
3. City
4. State
5. Zip Code
6. Phone Number

Once again, I will like to remind you that you will not be responsible for shipping as I will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check .

Have a nice day.”

Think it’s a scam of some sort? Or just some old eccentric?