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September 8: Hurricanes, Earthquakes & Identity Theft

by Countable | 9.8.17

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

What to Watch

What Everyone Is Watching
  • Hurricane Irma.The storm was downgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm as of Friday morning and is expected now to progress up the middle of the the Florida peninsula starting Sunday morning. Mandatory evacuations have already been initiated for multiple counties in south Florida. Evacuations have not been mandated as of yet in the majority of Miami-Dade county except in coastal areas, but hundreds of thousands of people are voluntarily evacuating, snarling roadways throughout the state and into Georgia. Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday told residents that many do not need to travel far to find safety, “You do not need to evacuate out of the state or hundreds of miles away to stay safe. Find shelters in your county.”

  • Severe flooding is expected as far north as South Carolina. Irma has already claimed 10 lives as she moved through the Caribbean.

What’s Worth Watching
  • The aftermath following the massive earthquake in Mexico late Thursday. Mexico stepped up to offer aid to the U.S. following Hurricane Harvey. With Hurricane Irma barreling towards the East Coast, will the U.S. be able to return the favor, or will we be too busy cleaning up for two massive storms in a matter of weeks?

  • The cyberattack on Equifax. The New York Times reported Thursday that sensitive, private information on as many as 143 million consumers may have been compromised. Keep track of your credit card statements, folks. This is unprecedented.

The President: D.C. and Camp David

  • This morning the president receives his daily security briefing.

  • At 12:15 PM EDT he is expected to receive a hurricane update and then he and the First Lady are headed to Camp David for the weekend.

The House of Representatives: IN SESSION

  • Because of when Hurricane Irma is making landfall, the final vote on the continuing resolution that includes Hurricane Harvey relief funding and the debt limit will be at 12:30 PM EDT.

  • They will wait on a final passage vote on the appropriations minibus until next week, when it will be merged with the other appropriations bills into an actual omnibus.

The Senate: OUT OF SESSION

The Senate has no business on the floor or in committees today.

Stay safe, CountaFamily.

"We are all on this planet together and only together can we make it a better place for all." —Cynthia Jo Lutje

—Josh Herman & Asha Sanaker

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  • Abbi
    09/08/2017
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    We should return the favor and help Mexico but I don't think our commander in thief will step up. We need to contact John Kelly he's the only adult in the room.

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  • Deirdre
    09/08/2017
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    We need to bring back science instead of defunding it. We should help out Mexico too. Cause they helped us.

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  • Andy1
    09/08/2017
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    So when are we finally going to deal with trump - the bigly-est natural disaster?

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  • Ticktock
    09/08/2017
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    We get what we elect. Next time vote smarter.

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  • Ticktock
    09/09/2017
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    As much as we wish our that our Personal Identifying Information were always secure and safe from prying eyes it never will be except in our fantasies. So long as we have access to the web, cell phones, credit cards, any form of bank account, work or pay taxes our data will be out there sometimes in the open more often than not unsecured. Any system, network or software can be broken on or off the web the weak link are usually people who either in planning fail to secure the system or fail to use safe protocols. Want to be as safe as possible, change passwords frequently, make them complex and random, use a different password for each login and a different user name, password shouldn't be shared or written down, shut down your browser after accessing web accounts and never leave a web account open but unattended, tolls like social media and sites of questionable tastes (bugs can be attached during traffic) and never open unknown emails that you don't recognize, never respond to email with personal data and use common sense if it looks questionable don't open or respond. You can always telephone a bank, credit card company ...... to verify the contact. Only use secure connections: SSL Certificates. Even if you keep your data as safe on your end there is still the potential that you will have a breach through no fault of your on and maybe not anyone's. The tools used today are developed by nation states who have the brightest and best at their behests. Companies who are hacked need to notify their parons as soon as the breach occurs so that we can protect ourselves. Whatever updates they provide later will help but the first line of defense for us is us.

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