Archive | November 19, 2014

eBay Sellers Trying To Scam U.S. Postal Service With Bogus Insurance Claims — Making Money Just On Insurance Claims.

scamrrttaa11Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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It is actually quite ingenious. Simple and effective.

Here is how it works. Sell an item on eBay. If the buyer RETURNS it, as is often their right, just turn around the make a CLAIM against the USPS insurance, typically included (for I think $50), that comes with Priority Mail. Genius. The ONLY party that ends up LOSING any money is the U.S. Postal Service!

The buyer gets a FULL refund, including any shipping costs, from eBay (PayPal).

The seller gets the product back.

U.S. Postal Service is stuck with a claim for ~$35.

I saw it first hand recently and yesterday (Tuesday) decided to take action about it. I called up and gave ALL the details to eBay and then went to the Post Office, met with the Postmaster, and gave him all the details too. He was very interested and promised to report it to the fraud protection folks at the US Post Office.

It just rubbed me the wrong way. As I had to repeatedly explain to eBay and the Postmaster I do not have a grievance per se. I got all my money back. Actually given my track record ebay/PayPal, going back over 10 years, PayPal refunded my money as soon as they received automatic notification that I had posted back the item. [I get the same treatment from Amazon and sometimes Google. They give me my refund before they receive the return.]

I just hate to see anybody, even an agency, in this case the USPS getting ripped-off by scam artists.

Deanna Gets An Update On The Status Of My “Tower Of London” Red Poppy. ONE of the 888,246.

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So mine, or at least the order #, is 137,372.

I am kind of surprised. We ordered mine in August.
I guess quite a few beat us to it. I am glad.

November 19, 2014: 151 Anniversary Of President Abraham Lincoln’s Monumental Gettysburg Address.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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It was delivered around 3:30 pm on
Thursday, November 19, 1863.

The ‘address’ was about 271 words long
and Lincoln delivered it in a few minutes.

It was part of a Memorial Service
coinciding with the reburial of the Union soldiers
who had died during the July 1 to 3, 1863
“Battle of Gettysburg”.

The MAIN speaker at the event was NOT President Lincoln.
It was Edward Everett,
a politician, preacher, diplomat, educator etc. from Massachusetts.
His speech, billed as the ‘Oration’
was entitled “The Battles of Gettysburg”.
It lasted 2 hours.

Lincoln spoke after that following
an interlude for an hymn, the “Consecration Chant”.

Lincoln’s short piece was billed in the program as
“Dedicatory Remarks, by the President of the United States”

It were these Dedicatory Remarks that came to the the
iconic “Gettysburg Address”.


An actual photograph, one of two that have been located. of Lincoln at Gettysburg ahead of the Address. From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.


Click to ENLARGE and read. An actual copy of the Address, with corrections by the President, that had belonged to Lincoln’s then private secretary John Hay. From Wikipedia.


A YouTube video of the Address. Click to access. Please remember there was NO recording or filming of the event in 1863!

Inexplicably Google has NEVER done a Google Doodle to commemorate this epi Address or for that matter ANYTHING to do with Abraham Lincoln!

It is possible that they have a policy of not doing anything political — BUT marking the Gettysburg Address. That kind of looks remiss. I might have to ask them, as I did with the Google Doodle Sri Lankan Independence

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