Eco-hypocrisy, celebrities and Copenhagen

Check out this article entitled “Taking the Private Jet to Copenhagen“.

Sheryl Crow, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Truie Styler (wife of Sting), Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Barack Obama (flying a St. Louis chef flown 850 miles to make pizza at the White House), Al Gore  are not only eco-crusaders, but all are eco-hypocrits with things like multiple houses, fleets of private jets, and fleets of cars.

Read the article for the details.

Smith Barney, Intuit Payroll, and Amex update

Smith Barney sent a welcome message to Harold Bxxxxx, welcoming Harold B to Smith Barney online and another for account number ###-##099 being enrolled in E-Delivery with the last 3 SSN ending in 040.  Smith Barney, like others, links to their privacy policy, and does a wonderful job following it.  They do give an 800 number (800-221-3636) to call, but no link or email address to notify them.

Next we have Intuit QB Basic Payroll sending order # SBL36468501 for 243.89 to me for Grant Kxxxxx in Boca Raton, Florida with no reply address and no way to notify them that they are sending information to someone else.

An update on the American Express “Settlement and Payment Advice Report for SE No: 9740108691.”  American Express is still sending them.  While asking to be notified by email, but messages to their notification email address still bounce.

How about companies adopt a standard link at the end of their emails to notify them to review the address?

For most Americans, the world beyond the US’s borders is nothing more than an irritating nuisance

For most Americans, the world beyond the US’s borders is nothing more than an irritating nuisance. Hence arguments based on appeals about drowning Bangladeshis, starving Africans and flooded islands in Indonesia have little effect. … Many Americans clearly also believe that real climate change is just something dreamt up by the entertainment industry.  – Der Spiegel.  (See article).

You have to wonder about the author of the article with such short-sighted and ignorant comments.  We might say something like the following: “The people that brought us two world wars now want to control the rest of the world through climate change agreements instead of by force, but controlling us is what they want.”

Then again, we wouldn’t want to step down to anywhere near the level of Der Spiegel, but the authors comments are still some of the most ignorant we’ve heard from Germany in a while.  Der Spiegel might want to encourage to give freedom a try instead of pushing a socialist agenda. Freedom does not sit well with much of Europe.  Seeing a country that still is much freer than all of Europe can’t sit well when looking in the mirror.  Freedom in a country that saved them from complete totalitarianism twice in the last century can’t sit well when they have slowly given away their freedoms to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.  Slavery for a good cause is still slavery.  Being manipulated into believing in man-made global warming may be comforting in that you can be “for” a “good cause,” but it is still being manipulated.

Best Buy sends credit card info!

Following in the footsteps of others, Best Buy and HSBC Bank send private information without a method of notifying them of their mistake.  They obviously do not bother to verify email addresses.   So, Tom H***** is getting information from Best Buy about his account ending in 8954 sent to us.

The kicker is that Best Buy and HSBC included the statement that  “We maintain strict security standards and procedures to prevent unauthorized access to information about you.”  I guess that is, unless of course HSBC and Best Buy send it to the wrong email address they do not bother to verify them.

After speaking with a supervisor, they intended to “try to find the account number” and delete it, but apparently there is no method for them to look up an account number by email address, name or last four digits.

BMW Financial Still sends private information!

After our update from last week and 3 calls to BMW FInancial, BMW is still sending Sandra A’s private information to us.  Now, BMW Financial assured me that they would look into the problem of why they were sending someone else’s private information to me and correct it.  Alas it appears they did not.  And they still provide no simple means of notifying them of their mistake.


Dear Sandra Axxxxxxxx:

The payment for your 2006 BMW 325xi was received on 11/15/2009 and applied to your account.

Payment Amount          : $430.57
Confirmation Code       : 939159xx

Please allow up to 3-5 additional business days for your payment to be reflected on your bank account statement.

Please do not reply to this message. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions regarding your account, please go to the My Account website and click the ‘Priority Email’ link or call 1-800-578-5000, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

Continental Sends someone else’s Flight check-in information

And yet another example for poor privacy practices by Continental Airlines sending me flight check-in information for “Annmrs Zgonena”.  Now it seems a bit strange that someone would be using an email address that does not belong to them to book a flight and the airlines wouldn’t know it.  But it is also amazing the amount of information they share including the confirmation number, complete itinerary and the food selection with a complete stranger.

To make matters worse, Continental provides no method to notify them that someone is not using their own email address to book a flight.

HomeDepot and private information

As a follow-up, HomeDepot is yet another company that plays fast and lose with your privacy.  Check the email out below.

Now in this same email, the Subject says “DO NOT REPLY.”  In the text HomeDepot says “This is an unmonitored mailbox; please do not reply directly to this e-mail.”  Then a few sentences further, it says “if this message has been sent to you in error, please immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail.”  The do include a link to their privacy policy (  Fortunately OUR terms of service that apply to email sent to us, is that we may quote it here. Otherwise, emailing us is strictly forbidden.

HomeDepot should be including a link to report problems that are either fraud or honest errors.  Likewise, HomeDepot should take the time to proofread their emails in order to ensure that they make sense.


Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM
subject DO NOT REPLY: The Home Depot Home Services Appointment Details [47638xx]
Dear: Paul Jxxxxxx,
Thank you for submitting your information with The Home Depot’s Installation Services:

Home Insulation

Our representatives will contact you within 24 to 48 hours.

This is an unmonitored mailbox; please do not reply directly to this e-mail.

If you are not the intended recipient of this message, or if this message has been sent to you in error, please immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and then delete this message, including any attachments.