Netizens scamming the scammers


A Canadian woman weary of e~mail scams said she is fighting Internet crooks by playing naive and wasting their time.

The Surrey, British Columbia, woman, who identified herself as Nissa, said she constantly asks scammers for more information so they’ll pay her special attention and spend less time scamming more gullible Internet users, the Vancouver (British Columbia) Province reported Tuesday.

“I think I can get a few months out of him,” she said of one scammer, who gave his name in the e~mails as “Patrick Chan,” who she has been stringing along for three weeks.


Nissa is one of an increasing number of Internet users to devote time to scamming the scammers. The results of some successful scam baiters can be seen at Web sites including and

Despite the growing trend, Canadian anti~fraud hotline Phonebusters said at least 4,000 Canadians were victimized by e~mail scams in 2007. The victims lost a collective $18 million, the company said.


Thank you United Press International
There you go Baby Boomers…where there is a will there is a way…Scammers have just found one more way to cheat honest people out of their hard earned money!

They say that prostitution is the oldest profession under the sun…I didagree…I think it is grafters and con men!

Becareful…if it seems too good to be true, most likely it is!!! Don’t let greed overcome you.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~




I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon..

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24 hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34 storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.


An one (1) degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.


One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up, most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.




Gas rationing in the 80’s worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor.

An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS.

Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don’t import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends.

I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import Middle Eastern oil.

These companies import Middle Eastern oil:

Shell……………………… 205,742,000 barrels

Chevron/Texaco……… 144,332,000 barrels

Exxon/Mobil…………… 130,082,000 barrels

Marathon/Speedway… 117,740,000 barrels

Amoco……………………….62,231,000 barrels


Citgo gas is from South America, from a Dictator who hates Americans. If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION! (oil is now $90~$100 a barrel)

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

Sunoco………………0 barrels

Conoco………………0 barrels

Sinclair………………0 barrels

BP/Phillips……………0 barrels

Hess………………….0 barrels

ARC0…………………0 barrels

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It’s really simple to do. Send them to my blog so that they can read this.

Here is a my link on this article:
I don’t know who wrote this article…it was sent to me vai Cananda…but the tips are correct…I worked for Chevron USA for a while, while in Texas…even as far as being on thier “Energy Crisis Committee.” Is that an OXIE MORON or what???


Lupus got its name from the Latin word for wolves, Canis Lupus. Lupus manifests it facial rashes, like facial markings of a wolf.


MOST IMPORTANT: Finding the Right Doctor

You do not necessarily have to find a specialist to diagnose your lupus. A family practitioner, internist, or general practitioner can also diagnose the disease. However, when it comes to dealing with the variety of symptoms and side effects of lupus, you may end up visiting with a variety of physicians known as your treatment team.

For the most part you will end up seeing at least one of two specialists besides your current family doctor. If you have cutaneous lupus you will probably see a dermatologist to definitively diagnose your condition. A dermatologist is a doctor that specializes in skin disorders. However, you could also end up seeing an urologist, neurologist, cardiac specialist, and an orthopedic surgeon depending on your symptoms.

Yet when it comes to SLE, you will most likely be visiting with a rheumatologist. A rheumatologist is a doctor that specializes in treating arthritis, and other conditions of the joints, muscles, and bones. While these two medical specialties are focuses on symptoms that fit with your type of Lupus, there are some doctors that are more qualified than others, because they actually specialize in treating Lupus patients.

When you suspect that you have lLpus, you will probably start off working with your family doctor. He or she may recommend that you find a specialist, so you should know where you can find a Lupus doctor and how to choose the best doctor for you. Not every person’s disease travels the same path and people relate to doctors differently. Discuss your options with your family doctor to find someone who is well respected in the field but also fits with your payment options and personality. Also, be sure to check credentials and board certification. Do not be afraid to interview your doctors, because you cannot be intimidated about following your treatment.

Here are some resources that can help you find a specialist:

American Board of Medical Specialties:

American Medical Association:

Lupus Foundation of America:

St. Thomas Lupus Trust (UK) :

Preparing for the Consultation
Before you head out to discuss your Lupus with a specialist, you need to do some preparation on your own. Make sure you look up the doctor’s qualifications. There is no sense going to meet with a specialist that doesn’t specialize in treating Lupus. Also, talk to your insurance provider to if your visit is covered or what percentage will be covered.

Your medical history is also important prior to going in for your consultation. Start off by going through all of your prior doctor visits and write down any diagnoses and symptoms you have experienced. Write down a list of your medications. You should also write down some of your current symptoms like where you experience pain, how often, and how severe. Are there any triggers? What time of day is worse? Also, if you have any copies of your medical records, bring those with you. Finally, write down your family’s medical history, too.

You also need to write down some questions to ask your doctor. Why should you write them down? Sometimes the doctors will be giving you a lot of information, and you can often forget to ask something. If you take some time to write down your questions you will be less likely to forget something. Also, if you leave space, you can take notes so you don’t forget what the doctor is telling you.

Some of the questions you should ask when you are interviewing a potential specialist include:

How will you communicate with my other physicians?
Do you treat other patients with lupus?
What are your results in your other lupus patients?
Where will my tests be conducted?
How will your nurses be used in my care?
Have you ever worked with any of my other doctors?

When you finish “interviewing” the specialist, you should ask yourself the following questions to determine if this doctor is the right fit:

Did the doctor and the staff treat me with respect?
Was I given all the time I needed to ask questions and get answers?
Did the doctor appear knowledgeable about lupus?
Did the doctor and I communicate well?

Thank you Freedon from Lupus
Chosing the right Doctor is like chosing the right marriage partner…
When you talk to this Physican, ask them about the number one Super FOOD in the World the Acai Berry.
If they don’t tell you about all the great advantages to taking this fruit…then they are the wrong doctor! Medications are wrong for a Lupus patient…as drugs induce worse actions/reactions with your body.
If I can help you in any way…contact me…I will assist you in any way that I am able. I am NOT a Doctor, but I am a Lupus Survivor and I want you to be too!

Smiles and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Baby Boomer Women:
Secure Futures or Not? is a “first-of-its-kind” study. With baby boomer women facing unique employment, financial, retirement, housing and health care challenges, this study provides answers on how baby boomer women and women of all ages may experience abundant, secure and fulfilling lives.

As a collaboration between the Harvard Generations Policy Program and the Global Generations Policy Institute [GGPI], Baby Boomer Women:
Secure Futures or Not? comprises a series of “cutting edge” research articles. The expert authors, drawn from the academic, business and policy communities, examine a number of critical and often overlooked employment, financial, health care, housing and retirement challenges facing women. GGPI’s Chair Paul Hodge has observed:

“Baby Boomer Women:
Secure Futures or Not? is a culmination of a year of rigorous collaborative work by and among our Harvard partners and our most gifted authors. This pro bono, groundbreaking, public service venture was conceived, funded and led by GGPI as part of its Women’s Abundance Leadership Initiative.

As I have cautioned in my publications and presentations to, among others, the White House, the Aspen Institute, the World Economic Forum and recently at Oxford University:

Baby boomer women are in trouble. Unlike any other time in our nation’s history, unless there are dramatic policy shifts, in terms of absolute numbers, baby boomer women, most particularly minority women, will find their elder years to be a “never ending” struggle. After selflessly caring for their children and aging parents, a significant number of our country’s 40 million plus boomer women will not be able to afford to retire, will fall below the poverty line and experience financial insecurity and poorer health in their later years with limited aid from traditional safety nets.

Many of our boomer women will not have secure retirement futures because of diverse and interrelated demographic, social, cultural, political and economic societal factors. Almost 30 million boomer women will face uncertain employment, financial, heath care, housing and retirement futures because of gender-biased public and private sector policies.

Now is the time for our nation to recognize the singular needs of women as they age and to develop and implement public and private policies which target and address this demographic reality. In the workplace, we must update policies to reflect the changes in family structures and accommodate the compelling needs of single parenting women. We must eliminate the “glass ceiling” and age/gender discrimination policies and practices in the work place.

We must guarantee our nation’s baby boomer women and women of all ages an equal chance for capital accumulation, growth and retention in their working years and an abundant, secure and dignified quality of life in their increasingly vulnerable elder years.

Baby Boomer Women: Secure Futures or Not? is a unique study because it provides answers and solutions to women planning their employment, financial, retirement, health care and housing futures. It will stimulate informed dialogue among our nation’s citizens and business, governmental, spiritual, nongovernmental and academic communities and will lead to the creation of caring, “out-of-the-box”, systems-focused, intergenerational national policies which address the critical needs of our nation’s women.”


For more information, please contact us at (617) 491-1171, fax at (617) 547-1431 or email us at

Thank you The Global Generations Policy Initiative, Inc.



Every 13 minutes a new name is added to the national waiting list for organs in the United States.
One of those names could soon be mine.

Facts about organ & tissue donation from the New York Organ Donor Network website

*In the U.S., More than 96,000 people are waiting for organs and tissue for transplantation .

* Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people.

*This year, over 6000 people in the U.S. will die waiting for organs.

*So the next time you are at the DMV and the clerk asks if you want to be an organ donor, take a minute to think about the 96,000 folks who are waiting for a second chance to lead a healthy life.
And if you’ve ever said to yourself, “It doesn’t affect me. I don’t know anyone who needs a transplant…” Well, now you do.

If you would like to learn more about organ and tissue donation, please take a look at these websites.


Baby Boomers…there is nothing on me that they could use for a transplant…but the rest of you out ther who are healthy…please consider being a donor.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Get Your Hanukkah Fry On


Menorah candles around the world will burn brightly tomorrow night, kicking off Hanukkah, the Jewish eight day festival of lights.

In this hemisphere, we need all the light we can get as we inch closer to the darkest, shortest day of the year, aka the winter solstice [Dec. 22]. If there’s wind and other wintry conditions contributing to the atmosphere [which has been the case over the past few days in various parts of the country], frying up a storm seems like the right thing to do, whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah.

A pan sized latke, cut into fourths and ready for applesauce. I’m not suggesting that we hop aboard the deep fried fatty train, but a little fried fun is quite okay every once in a while, particularly when done in small batches at home.

For many, Hanukkah wouldn’t be the same without a plate of potato latkes, cute little patties of grated potatoes and onions, mixed with a little egg and crumby binder, fried until crisp and served with applesauce or sour cream.

Last night, I made a batch of “batter” and instead of dropping several patties into the oil, I decided to make one big latke as an experiment. I poured my grated potato onion mix into a hot puddle of oil about 1/4 inch deep, pressing the pancake down to flatten and keep thin.

A few things to keep in mind: Unlike the smaller patties, a big latke requires more time, a slightly different rig and a more patient cook. For starters, I recommend a shallow skillet, so that when it comes to invert the latke, you will minimize breakage [although I did mine in a nine inch cast iron skillet without a hitch].

Yes, you will need to flip the latke, but more importantly, you need to let the latke cook for at least 10 minutes without fussing over it. Yes, you can peek, but go easy, and keep an eye on that flame and adjust if the latke is starting to burning. When the latke appears golden on the first side, place a plate on top of the skillet and then invert, then slide latke onto a baking tray and finish cooking in a 400 degree oven. It will need at least 15 minutes, maybe more.

Many of you have asked if sweet potatoes can be used in place of the olde spud, and the answer is affirmative. Sweet potatoes are wonderful in this dish, and I like to add a smidge of cinnamon to the batter.

If you live somewhere within reach of zucchinis, you could try these zucchini “crabcakes”, zesty little fritters packed with flavor and seasoning flexibility. Use the above recipe link as a template and have a ball experimenting.

One of my favorite home fried treats is a batch of pakoras, Indian-style veggie fritters made from a seasoned chickpea batter. These are great fun for a crowd, so if you’ve got Hanukkah revelers stopping by, everyone can pitch in, frying up a few pakoras to order. Don’t forget to make the accompanying green chutney, a little bit of spice heaven on your tongue!

If you’ve got a little bit of time or a cooking partner, I highly recommend trying your hand at your own falafel, without the mix.

You need 24 hours of soaking time for the dried garbanzos or fava beans, but once they’re ready, you can make the falafel batter in advance since it needs an hour to set up in the fridge and then fry when your guests arrive, who will be duly impressed by how wonderful these little morsels are, particularly if you take a few extra minutes to make your own tahini sauce.

What a spread you’ll have!

Of course, you can finish the evening off with a batch of sufganiyot, aka jelly doughnuts, or perhaps make these for brunch over the weekend.

After all, you’ve got eight days to go fry crazy.
Thank you Thw Washington Post and Kim O’Donnel
Out of apple sause? Use your can of apple pie filling. Take out some of the sause if you like it drier and add cinnomon and nutneg…zip it in your food processor and they will think you made it from scratch.

I just smile and take the compliments. “PLEASE” I tell them…”anything for you, my favorite guest!”

~The Baby Boomer Queen~


What is Lupus?

It’s been said that understanding Lupus means understanding medicine. Lupus, also known by its formal name “Lupus Erythematosus,” is caused by factors that reflect the core of immune system functioning. Still, Lupus is actually difficult to diagnose. While over one million people suffer from Lupus in the US alone, it is a little publicized disease – despite the fact that it has more sufferers than leukemia, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined.

Systemic Lupus

The simplest way to explain lupus is that the body becomes allergic to itself. The immune system overreacts to stimuli, resulting in too many antibodies being produced. This autoimmune disease then causes the high number of antibodies to attack normal tissue. While there are several different types of Lupus…including Systemic, Discoid, Neonatal, and Drug-Induced Lupus. Systemic Lupus is the most common form.

Systemic Lupus (SLE) is diagnosed by using specific criteria determined by the American College of Rheumatology. Despite the fact that he criteria are outlined, it can actually take along time to diagnose. While some tests help in the diagnosis, there is no one definitive test for SLE.

SLE symptoms can appear on the skin, as can be seen by the first four criteria. It can also cause major damage to the internal organs, as noted in the systemic criteria. Finally, the diagnosis is usually confirmed via at least one of the laboratory criteria, most often through the antinuclear antibody test, or ANA. While the ANA test tells a physician that there is a potential autoimmune disease, it does not give a definitive Lupus diagnosis alone. While 4 out of the 11 criteria are usually required for a lupus diagnosis, there are rare occasions when a diagnosis can be made with less.
Thank you Freedom from Lupus
Hello Baby Boomers

Though I am not a Doctor…I am a survivor if Lupus or should that read with Lupus…

If there is anything that I can help you with…PLEASE contact me…on or off line.

Though out my blog there are all kinds of reports on Lupus…just do a search.

What has helped me the most and a HUGE world of difference to me and my health is Mona Vie…I attack Lupus thru a NON-PHARMACUETICAL approach…since I am one of the Drug Induced Lupus Survivors.

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