American becomes a Muslim

 
Another Famous American becomes a Muslim
 
 
 
 
It is becoming a very scary world out there . . . . .
Another Famous American converts to

Islam ...


It was announced today that Buckwheat,
Of Our Gang fame, Has converted To
The Muslim faith and changed his name to:

Kareem of Wheat

.
I just hope he doesn't become a

cereal killer!

I love the sense of humor of SENIORS!!

Costco & a book titled "AMERICA: Imagine a World without Her


Some may have seen me tweet about this or post something regarding Costco pulling copies of this book which is Number 1 on Amazon's Kindle Store and is a Number 1 bestseller in Books section as well. We saw it as political. Others saw it as political and some of us took to the net to lodge complaints with Costco about this.

Well today, I received a reply from Costco. Someone took the email and marked it as ESCALATED. I guess mentioning a Class Action Lawsuit against them helped to kick some ass in gear and get things moving.

I say GOOD!!! Censorship in this country is bad enough with the government watching every move, the NSA listening to every phone call or tweet or text, Hell I know they're getting an eyeful on some of mine (HA HA HA), that's why I send them!!!

Anyway, I thought amidst the day that everyone out there who follows would like to read the response from Costco which is basically bullshit. They got caught with their pants at half-mast, never thought people would rise up like they did and BAM! RESULTS.

It helps to speak one's mind from time to time. Since I am too damn reachable, I pulled my contact information out of here, but it's good to see that someone stepped up.

Now, if they'll just put the book back on the shelves immediately since they're in the back room, that will be better.

You can purchase a copy by clicking on this: AMERICA: Imagine a World without Her

And here's the email for your reading pleasure. (I've included header information so it can be verified as legit)

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Dear Michael,

We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale.


Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on Costco.com. This includes our selection of books. Our book buyers are solely interested in book sales, and do not favor any political persuasion over another. Recently, after deciding to sell the book "America: Imagine the World Without Her", beginning on June 1, a decision was made to pull the book from sale on July 1. This decision was based solely on the number of copies sold during that month, and had nothing to do with the content of the book. 

Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can't carry every title that our members are interested in reading. We are constantly monitoring book sales, and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on sales volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.

After we made the return, a documentary was released about the book. Since then there has been heightened interest by our membership base and brisk sales at locations still in stock. Therefore, we have made the decision to reorder the book.


Thank you,

Tracy L. 
Member Service Center
Costco Wholesale Corporation


--Original Message--
From: murdock....com
Date: 7/8/2014 7:05:12 AM
To: service@contactcostco.com
Subject: Other

Note this message was submitted through the costco.com web site customer suggestion page on Tue Jul 08 2014 07:04:03 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Message:
Why would you pull a book called: America: Imagine the World Without Her off your book shelves after selling thousands of copies of it?

Hopefully the Obama Administration is not dictating Costco Inventory Policies now. I know you're not going to want to be involved in the Class Action Lawsuit being formed due to this because it's going to stretch the entire country and it's going to involve all 50 States and a LOT of your membership who are hardcore Republicans.

So...how about getting that title back on the shelves.

Sincerely yours,

Michael Murdock, US NAVY VETERAN

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Domain Services or Domain Notification: Emails...

There is a scam going around the web which everyone who is registering domain names should be aware of.

It's the DOMAIN SERVICES email scam which arrives to your email inbox looking like you're either doing something wrong, or that you're in danger of having something happen to your domain name if you fail to do nothing.

NOTE: ENOM.COM is not the one perpetrating the scam, they are merely HOSTING the SCAMMER and I believe should be held liable for any and all damages to domain holders who are suckered into this type of arrangement. 

One of the companies that allows these emails safe passage which really surprises me that nobody has shut them down yet is http://www.enom.com or https://twitter.com/enom on twitter, or https://www.facebook.com/pages/eNom/104056076298290 which is their facebook page.

These emails will generally arrive to you as your domain is either expiring, has been renewed or is coming up for renewal

In a second I will share with you the content of one of their emails. What is frustrating about these things is that if you're not aware of this scam, you could be tempted to sign up for their services which are a ripoff and which in some cases will cause you to turn over your domain registration to them, costing you substantially more to renew your domain in the future than you should be paying.

I like to see people avoid these issues. So that's why I am investing time in writing this to point out the problem.

Okay, so let's examine the email:

From address is generally Domain Services, or Domain Notification Services. (something to note, If you are a GODADDY customer or a SNAGADOMAIN customer you will receive notifications, but they will come from an address that mentions godaddy or snagadomain, so check the email before deleting it).

EMAIL - 

One I received yesterday was:

From: Domain Services

To: Michael Murdock

Subject: Domain Notification: MICHAEL MURDOCK This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing - 24HOURLISTING.INFO

Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

Domain Name: 24HOURLISTING.INFO

Complete and return by fax to:

1-716-242-0416

ATT: MICHAEL MURDOCK

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT

DOCMURDOCK

email address removed

contact address removed - HUNTINGTON BEACH - CALIFORNIA - 92648

UNITED STATES

WWW.24HOURLISTING.INFO

Please ensure that your contact information is correct or make the necessary changes above

Requested Reply

JUNE 30,2014

PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION

Attn: MICHAEL MURDOCK

As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your registration and save. (SAVE???? I don't think so!)

Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this offer. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you on the web.

This Notice for: WWW.24HOURLISTING.INFO will expire on JUNE 30,2014 Act today!

Select Term:

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By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the DS 3501 Jack Northrop Ave. Suite #F9238 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA, This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.

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The problem with this notice is that the removal of your information is for that one domain ONLY. If you have 300 of these, you have to send 300 requests to remove your information which is a waste of time and someone should have to pay for that time wasting.

As a domain reseller and also one who purchases domains for myself and for others, I consider this type of marketing abusive in nature and something that someone should be held accountable for.

These people will switch providers and change domains that they email from to avoid getting caught, but they do provide a valid fax number and a mailing address which means some attorney could potentially make a literal fortune off this company as they are getting sales from somewhere, otherwise they'd not be continuing to email people.

Do yourself a favor, if you see one of these solicitations coming into your email box, delete it, don't sign up for the service because once they have you, they have you and if they get access to your domain control panel they can literally steal your domain from underneath you and then hold you ransom to get it back.

Notice also that by entering into this agreement with them, that you agree not to hold them liable for anything. So they have you there as "oh you were told about this".

I am going to forward a copy of this email that I am posting to ENOM.COM as well so that they are aware that their ethics are being questioned, and since it appears they're a company formed in the USA that they would fall under FTC guidelines for such things and that they could be fined for such activities or shutdown should they be found to be complicit. But that would be a for a court to decide, not me. Am not a lawyer, just one who's been exposed to legal matters for many years so I tend to read a lot.

Thanks for taking time to read this and if you run into one of these and want me to look at it, please reach out and I'll see if I can help for a very affordable fee.

Best regards,


Michael Murdock, CEO

DocMurdock.com

Drones or Quadcopters??

Dear @nbcnews I saw your article on Drones in the sky and how you focused on them and what they're taking pictures of.

What you neglected to tell your viewers but I will is for them to look around their streets, where they shop, where they eat, where they walk in the evenings, where they change, etc...and see how many cameras are filming them each and every moment of every single day vs. 18-20 mins at a time, (the amount of charge which will carry a QUADCOPTER as it's really called.

The quads are getting a bad name due to uninformed people reporting on them. Instead of having one of your people doing a story on this, why not come out and interview someone who actually flies one. I'd be happy to stand with your people, and do a demo of one and let you see not only what is seen during the quads flight, but the resulting images as well so that you can do a properly informed story about the technology and what it's being used for, not perverted for.

Flying these over a crowd of people in Los Angeles...DANGEROUS because those spinning blades can not only take fingers and hands, but if you hit someone just right they can cut into a skull. These are not toys, they are tools which should be used by people who have trained or been trained in their operation.

And they should be used for good things. I for example had to explain to a policeman why I was flying one in my housing area safely sending it from the ground to 200 ft into the air to snap a sunset after a less than educated employee of Boeing (of all places) decided to film me (without my permission, not sure the officer made her destroy that footage, but it could be part of a lawsuit brought against Boeing for the actions of their employee and unfounded accusations of me filming her, which I was not, and never would).

I fear as a professional photographer using this tool for the right purposes that organizations like yours will infringe on my rights to enjoy this tool and the great results it produces because of the lack of education and paranoia.

Did you know that the product has software that indicates no fly zones and sends the quad back to its home point when it approaches things like airports? No, you neglected to cover that in your story.

Did you know that there's a RETURN HOME FEATURE so that if the quad loses signals from your remote control that it will initiate a flight pattern which brings it back to where it was launched from? No, you left that out of your story as well.

The woman that complained in Seattle about the "drone photographing her in the nude on the 26th floor of her home tower", did she express concern about the voyeurs across Seattle with the high powered telescopes who were watching her and masturbating to her appearance while she was freaking out about the drone and then proceeded to post her pictures on the web? No, you left that out of your story as well and now, she'll be admitted to a psych ward when you go back and ask her about that because her response would be "REALLY??? NO!!! There's nobody out there doing that!!! and then she'll go google it and find out that yes, someone did see her.

(I am guessing on the previous paragraph, but I'll bet if you put the word out there, somewhere someone did see her and did exactly that) It happens every single day in many cities across the USA and around the world.

Check this site out for some interesting images: http://www.gallerydirect.com/marketplace/search?q=voyeur

And when you're done, then go to this page and see some images shot by someone who is using this tool the right way:


You will see some pictures of people in my page. Those people, all of them stopped by and asked me questions about the QUAD and what I was using it for, and they were asked if they minded their picture being taken and all said no, even the girl on the beach with the cellphone walking with the quad following her. It was funny because she just kept talking as it hovered behind her. An example of what cameras do each and every single day of the week around the world to many many more people.

The other thing you didn't cover is the resolution of what the government is watching us with. Why? Because they told you that you couldn't, but I can tell you that it can read the date on a dime around 1000 feet in the air and the DJI Phantom 2 Vision and Phantom 2 Vision+ that you showed in your story cannot even come close to that.

The hobby versions capture at around 4,000 x 3,000 pixels per inch resolution or High Definition for those who love to use that terminology.

Stability of the resulting image is dependent on a bunch of things, but one is whether or not the quad you are flying has a GIMBAL on it that allows the camera to remain stable while the quad rocks and rolls with the wind. Some days you'll find there is no wind affecting you, and other times you'll find there's a lot of wind affecting your flying.

If you're smart, you're not flying the smaller quads in wind speeds in excess of 8-10mph. If you are, you'll notice that your flight time is decreased. The other thing you neglected to cover is that these things have a GPS in them which allows them to be tracked and to maintain a fix on what's called a HOME point which they will return to if they lose signal.

So...now you know a little bit more about the QUADCOPTER, DRONES are used by the Military for a number of purposes including killing people. These QUADS are used for photography.

Now, in closing as with ANYTHING out there, there are some people that are less than proper with these. Those people deserve what they get as a result of their flying where they shouldn't, buzzing girls in bikini's on the beaches, or intruding near someone's window and photographing them. Although in order to get a good picture of someone you have to pretty much be flying in the room with them which most people will not do because a shoe or a chair will turn this whirring tool into a pile of garbage quickly. But then again...computers can be use adversely, as can cars, knives, pots, pans, pants, sneakers, high heeled shoes...I hope you get my point.

EDUCATE THE PUBLIC and DON'T PENALIZE those of us that are using these tools for the purpose they were designed for.

I am personally all for training and licensing of people to use these things, but that will also mean that they'll be sold illegally and bastardized the way some other things are and that will be a sad time in our country as once again the legal system will be taxed by those who can't follow the rules.

Lastly for some additional education and images, you can see this posting which I put up following the incident with my neighbor the other day:


You have my expressed permission to use the images in these pages on the web in a story to educate your viewers. However, you must use them without edits because they are 100% factual and any changes will remove the clarity and precise message of the postings and the images.

If these don't work, then pack a camera crew and come down to Huntington Beach in the morning around 6:30am and let's take my quad and head over to Huntington Dog Beach / Huntington Beach Cliffs and you can shoot a story of what is entailed in taking one of these out of a car, getting it set to return home and then watch the flying, and landing and leaving the area as well, all within the bounds of the law as there is no law against flying them over or on a beach anywhere in California that I am aware of.

Best regards,

Michael E. Murdock, US NAVY VETERAN and CEO

It's a QUADCOPTER, not a DRONE

and it's not peeking in your window!!! Really it's not.

Oh what a peacefilled sleep last evening. 

But after the Huntington Beach Police Department were taken away from more important matters to come and visit me to talk about a quadcopter that was no where near the windows of a neighbor and makes a LOT less noise than her dog does howling at 0500 nearly every single day of the week. Another neighbor filed a complaint against her, but she probably thinks it was me. I'll bet the CEO of Boeing would love to know about this and consider whether or not this person, initials CW, should be in their employ any longer. I'll be happy to discuss that should they read this posting. Definitely not a good reflection on their company and they need good reflections in these times.

I've decided as a Veteran to exercise my 1st Amendment FREE SPEECH rights with this posting. I don't like being falsely accused of ANYTHING, much less of taking pictures of someone like this person. If you want to lie, lie to your husband, don't lie about me because I ignore you. Just saying.

Based on that experience last evening after speaking with the nice officer, I decided to take my quad to the park this morning which sits next to another neighborhood, and to do some flying along with some picture taking to show what a person looks like from 200ft up in the air being filmed from one of these things that does not have zoom in it (unlike the military versions). And that person was ME and I have my permission to film me. By the way, if I ever snapped a photo of someone who didn't want to be filmed, I'd be happy to delete it. Hasn't happened yet out of more than 50 hours of flight time, but just in case.

This is one of the images I shot last evening where I was accused of filming some neighbor. Am not sure if you know this, but this image was taken 200ft in the air looking towards a sunset. No neighbors at that altitude unless they're high!!




Notice the pictures below. One is of the iphone screen showing what the camera is looking at. Where it says ALTITUDE, that's feet above sea level - 221.7ft in this case, the Distance number is horizontal distance in feet away from home point (set before takeoff), in this case 129.6ft. You set a home point with this equipment so that if it loses signal from your remote the gps onboard will initiate a RETURN TO HOME command so that the quad comes back to where it took off from. This is provided you've not run so low on battery that this is not possible. In the upper right corner of the image, you see the wireless icon, 69% is how much battery power is left, SD is that it's filming to a microSD card, the 15 is next to a satellite which means this has a fix on 15 satellites which know exactly where it is and where it will return to should there be a problem. Lastly the icon above the 6355 is the wireless repeater which shows I have a connection between my phone, the repeater and the quad, and the 6355 is the number of potential high resolution snapshots (HD 4,000 x 3,000 pixel pictures) or HD Video I could shoot.

Now, notice the tiny red dot? That's ME! So this camera is not looking in any windows.


The next image is me from around 100 ft up. Can you tell what my footwear is? Can you see whether or not I am wearing glasses? If I didn't tell you that the white thing near my chest is the remote control controlling the quadcopter would you know? Can you discern any details about my facial features?


I thought so. Before you make a phone call to tell the Police outright lies about people, be sure you know exactly what the heck you're talking about, or you could open yourself up for a lawsuit which may cost more than the house you're living in.

Here's a video sample as well and there are more on my Pinterest page (see info before the end of the posting)



I don't screw with people. I live my life, I go visit my 84 year old (this year Mom with Alzheimer's twice a day, 5-7 days a week) and I make sure others rights are respected. Unlike this person who took it upon themselves to accuse me of inappropriate things. I wish the Policeman would have taken time to see the images shot yesterday because he could have easily called her on her lies, but...I want to make sure others are informed and so they can become less paranoid.

People want to know what I am going to use my quad for. Real Estate for one. Great pictures of surfers for another. Amazing Sunsets that you cannot capture from the ground, and other things. I am always approachable by people and many have approached me on the beach and such when I fly asking questions, etc., always nice. In fact on my pinterest page you can see some of those images of those people.

I don't peek in windows. I don't buzz women in bikinis on the beach, and I don't scare kids with this piece of machinery (in fact, before launching last evening to shoot a sunset I asked my other neighbor to keep his kids back and he did so, we've talked about these things before so he's totally cool with it). I answer questions, I share, and I empower others with knowledge. That's my mission in this lifetime, and should the Huntington Beach Police or other departments wish for me to take some time to share what I know with their people, it would be my honor as a US NAVY VETERAN to be of service and do just that.

Don't waste the time of the Police. Whether you're a man or a woman with a chip on your shoulder because your husband is out of town a lot, ASK questions, and become informed. Don't ASSUME, and don't lie to law enforcement, it's not the right thing to do.

**And for those asking "is it illegal to fly these over the beach? I was actually approached by a Huntington Beach Supervisor after flying near the Pier one day, and we were talking, he was asking me questions and then asked if I'd ever flown out to the end of the Pier. I said no, and in fact one of your guards just told me that there was a rule about flying this over the beach. He replied "We have no such rule. As long as you're careful, you're not buzzing the girls in the bikinis or endangering anyone, have fun and be safe. We have some people who do those things, but I watched you fly and you're very safe, very respectful so we have no problem with what you're doing sir".

Nice to know there are people out there who get it, and who understand. If anyone in the NEWS MEDIA would like to do an interview based on this, please find me at @docmurdock on twitter or on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/docmurdock private message me and I'd be happy to speak with you, or you can look my contact information up on my ABOUT section on facebook.

And if you'd like to see more of my images, please feel free at: http://www.pinterest.com/docmurdock/phantom-2-vision-images/ 

**NOTE - If you are reprinting any images or using them in any footage, please use the following credit: Images by Michael Murdock, DocMurdock™

Thanks for reading, God bless and may you have a Happy Monday


Michael Murdock, US NAVY VETERAN