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  1. There are several apps used for 2FA. Authy is one and Google Authenticate. He must be referring to the Yubikey a USB 2FA device. Note of warning. Two Factor Authentication (2FA) using SMS text messages can be bypassed by criminals using social engineering against your cell phone provider to do a SIMM swap where they take over your phone number. So using Authy, Google Authenticate or a Yubikey is a great deal more secure if your financial institution supports them.
  2. There are areas of the Philippines which practiced tattooing in the past. This article is from 2009 but Whang-Od is still alive at the age of 104. https://www.larskrutak.com/the-last-kalinga-tattoo-artist-of-the-philippines/ PERPETUALLY SHROUDED IN MIST, the Kalinga village of Buscalan sits high up in the Cordillera Mountains of northern Luzon, Philippines. Although all of the tattooed warriors are now gone, the village is teeming with tattooed elderly women that wear the artistry of the last Kalinga tattoo artist: 89-year-old Whang-Od who learned the art of batok (tattoo) from her father.
  3. There are services like Park My Phone which will keep your number active and give you access to text and voice messages sent to the phone number. You can port your US phone number to their service. Of course, there is a monthly fee for this. And to gain access to your SMS or voice mail's you will need internet access.
  4. I have been a member of this forum for 10 years. I am never one to complain and won't make the claim that I have never complained in private, but can't recall anytime when I did. Perhaps I did complain privately about Americano. I know that I did put him on ignore. And I have done that with a few other accounts over 10 years. Who are these members who complain privately? Do they frequently complain? Why can't they just put someone on ignore? In general the forum mods have done a good job of keeping the spammers, scammers and real trolls off of the forum. Thanks. I don't consider the posts of GS as being those of a troll. He generally is civil, informative and interested in discussing an issue. And he continues to do so even when other members have not been as civil to him as he has been to them.
  5. Sell it now! We are considering doing just that. There is another state we want to relocate to which does not have state income taxes. But first I want to complete the unfinished walkout basement to generate some additional sweat equity. Plus we need to unload alot of stuff online or at a garage sale so we don't have to move as much junk. Ok, now back to finishing the drop ceiling in the laundry room.
  6. I don't know anything about prices in the Philippines. But where I live in the US midwest my home estimated selling price according to the internet is up 30% in the last 18 months.
  7. The big question regarding Evergrande is whether this will impact only the chinese construction/real estate business, the overall chinese economy or whether the fallout from this will bleed over into impacting the world economy.
  8. Here is a picture of my wife's prized dwarf calamansi. Picked this up in 2021 and it has been replanted once in a larger pot.
  9. Starlink will not need the overseas cable/fiber. Your outbound traffic goes direct to the satellites. I was at a camping festival for several weeks this spring in the northern US. Someone had starlink setup they would share for a fee. Very fast, like fiber fast. But you can still get brief dropouts because only a small fraction of the orbiting satellite constellation have been put in orbit. The satellites orbit in low earth orbit. So it is kind of like you are driving past cell towers where your signal switches from one tower to another as you drive. Being in LEO is what allows Starlink to have such low latency. Having thousands of satellites in the system is what will allow for millions of subscribers.
  10. No idea. The tag that came with it is long gone. It is small, no more than 2 feet in diameter in any direction. It currently has 3 - 4 dozen fruit on it.
  11. 2 years ago my wife found a small calamansi at the garden center at walmart. That is her prized plant and for being so small provides many fruit. Of course during the winter it is a small decorative plant in our living room.
  12. To answer your question, discrimination or new normal. The answer is BOTH sadly. I feel fortunate that I have resided in a US midwest state with a reasonable response to COVID during the last 18 months. We have been able to conduct a much more normal life during that time than those in many other countries, states or big cities. Even considering the fact the state where I reside was considered an early hot spot for delta.
  13. Update. Little Dylan is 4 weeks old now and it has been a week since his open heart surgery. Finally, after 4 weeks in ICU he has recovered well enough so he can be moved into the general ward to be with his mother. Up to this point the hospital bills are around 2M pesos. I don't know if that is before or after the Philhealth discount. They will be getting some assistance from the home province where my wife's family is from and from DSW.
  14. You can't fix stupid. These are probably the same people who do the tide pod challenge. When taking any medication you need the proper dose for you based on your weight, etc. This doesn't reflect on whether ivermectin can be a treatment for covid if prescribed correctly, just how stupid some people can be.
  15. I must respectfully differ. The statistics definitively show that the elderly and those with comorbidities like obesity and diabetes have a much greater risk of death than those who are younger and healthier. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-who-is-at-risk/art-20483301
  16. Great. So it doesn't matter if you are a couch potato eating Krispy Creme donuts all day, weigh 600lbs with diabeties and are a heavy smoker. Your chances are the same as the trim smoke free athlete who spends time in the outdoors? Rubbish. A healthy immune system and being healthy in general is a much better place to start from and greatly improves your chances of survival. Why is it that the elderly are more likely to succumb to COVID. Because the elderly have more comorbidities with weakened immune systems.
  17. Who is Greg Norman and why would I care what he/she/they think?
  18. The author label himself as a libertarian conservative. Those 3 points you listed sound more like a conservative than a libertarian.
  19. I was going to use World Remit but I couldn't get my debit card to work. World Remit said the card was refused my credit union said they debit was never requested. After wasting a good part of the morning I gave up. The rate was very good and they had a code for 3 free transfers. Then I went to Transferwise. I had forgotten that I already had an account. They ended up with a rate a few USD lower than World Remit on a $2000 remittance. I wasn't able to connect my credit union account using the online Plaid system but was able to connect an older bank account I have. Then it was just a matter of transferring cash from the credit union to the bank so my Transferwise could be funded and go through. All done. My BIL will get the funds Tuesday. Regarding my new nephew. He has been out of surgery for 3 days now and is making progress. No news yet on when he will be able to go home. The bills even with Phil Health already total more than 1M pesos. This will be a huge drain on family resources which will impact them for years.
  20. My understanding was that in order for the vaccines to get an emergency use authorizations from the FDA it was dependent on there not being any safe and effective treatment. One more reason for those who profit from big pharma to discourage testing and research of off label treatment using low cost generic drugs. Another thing is that there are many things you can do to boost your immune system, Vit C, Vit D3, quercetin with zinc, excercise, diet, etc. The major media in the US never mentioned anything about what you could do to boost your immune system or improve your health to help you fight off COVID-19.
  21. My reply wasn't intended to be about Ivermectin but your reasoning. In the US big pharma is very powerful. They spend a great deal of money advertising on all the major networks which of course influences their coverage, big pharma is one of the largest spenders on lobbying the politicians, and finally there is a revolving door between high level positions in big pharma and federal agencies like the CDC and FDA.
  22. Ivermectin is beyond its patent and can be obtained as a low cost generic. Big Pharma can not make much profit from drugs whose patent has run out. So if you are looking for profit motives, big pharma's incentive is to push for newer expensive drugs to be used for treatment rather than older low cost generic drugs out of patent whose side effects are well known.
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