The Potential Threat is Growing Well, out of nearly 400 of the largest U.S. metro areas, the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford metropolitan area ranks No. 96 for identity theft, according to the FTC. During 2018, residents of this statistical area, which includes Glastonbury, went to the authorities with 1,330 cases of stolen identities, which works out to 110 ID theft complaints for every 100,000 residents. … [Read more...] about What’s the Risk to Your Identity in Glastonbury?
Opening a bank account without a social security number
You might think after the extraordinary fraud at Wells Fargo last autumn – bank employees opening millions of phantom accounts and credit cards in customers’ names – that a president on the side of the little guy would at the very least not want to weaken American financial regulation. Rather, Trump is in sympathy with the bankers, horrified at the scale of fines they are now paying – Wells Fargo paid a cool $185m. He is also scandalised that holding so much buffer capital and not being able to trade in securities is damaging the bankers’ personal remuneration. … [Read more...] about Instead of draining the swamp, Trump has become Wall Street’s best buddy
What makes things complicated is that the federal government traditionally leaves the running of elections to states and municipalities. When the Obama administration considered designating voting equipment as critical infrastructure, like power plants, dams, and highways, in the fall of 2016, a small but vocal group of state and local election officials saw a federal takeover in the works and resisted. A few months later, Brian Kemp, a Trump ally who was then Georgia’s secretary of state and governor-elect, accused DHS of trying to hack into his state’s voter registration database. (This was false.) Not until January 2017, in the final days of Obama’s presidency and after the intelligence community published its conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, did state officials agree to a critical infrastructure designation. Congress soon passed a bill to create the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS to help county clerks and secretaries … [Read more...] about Hackers Are Coming for the 2020 Election — And We’re Not Ready
Why this sudden ratcheting up of rhetoric? On the right, it’s fueled by the kind of absurd hyperbole that Trump uses all the time. On the left, it’s Trump himself. His extremism, misogyny, transphobia, and racism have all provoked a sharp turn to the left among Democrats. But, as you can see from the workforce numbers for women, there’s little he can actually do to prevent the future from being female. He could tip the Court, which could, in turn, repeal Roe, but that would be a highly unpopular ruling and likely provoke a backlash that could lead to more moderate federal legislation in its place. Marriage equality is settled law, according to the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Gay visibility is ubiquitous. Black unemployment is at record lows; black women are seeing real improvement in their careers and earnings; crime in urban neighborhoods is a fraction of what it was in the 1980s and 1990s. Yes, we have a bigot in the Oval Office — but his ability to … [Read more...] about Is There a Way to Acknowledge America’s Progress?