877 556-1057: Received a voice mail from Physician's Billing Office about my bill in radiology. Had me reference an account #. When I called, the voice mail would not let me circumvent the requirement to give up my birthdate (supposedly needed to ensure privacy) no matter how I tried with pressing "0", "#", "*", or just waiting it out. Since I had gone through such services recently, at first I thought it was legitimate, but by having to reveal private identity info before knowing with whom I was speaking, I decided it must be a phishing scam.
The Absent Game Involving me and my husband we have owned much more MP3 garmes through the years than I can count, such as Sansas, iRivers, iPods (traditional & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few several years I've settled down to one line of garmes .
Anonymous2009/01/05Living in a Buddhist country that peratis everything, I have had to deal with this a lot. I feel that it's something you have to pray about in each situation, and know what your motivation is for buying things. For example, are you buying pirated copies because that's all you can get there, or is it because you want to save money on legal copies? Is it something you really need, or the Kingdom of God needs, or is it a waste of your time and money? (I believe that God wants us to have fun and times of rest, so I'm not saying that if it's only entertaining, it's wrong). But if your heart condemns you, it is best not to. I sometimes buy illegal DVD's here because legal American copies aren't dubbed in our local language like the illegal copies are, and I show these movies to street kids to build relationship with the. So I think you should just ask the Lord what to do. He leads us all differently in areas that aren't clear in the scriptures because He calls us t
noahsark2009/01/14One reader coetmnmed that few (or perhaps none) of us would ever walk into a store and walk out with a product such as a television without paying for it.I see the logic in that but I also know that much of the technology in certain (or most?) parts of Asia have been copied or reverse engineered. So do I feel guilty, am I sinning if I purchase a locally produced television that was built on technology stolen from Panasonic or Sony or Phillips? What about the toaster that I use to toast my bread? Or the microwave oven? Are the companies that produced the designs for these products getting their just royalties for these knock-offs? I doubt it. Am I contributing to this injustice by purchasing local products?To me it all seems to be a very slippery slope when we start to condemn others for things that we are personally convicted about. I am just not sure that we can find biblical justification for condemning a brother (either a fellow ex-pat or a local) for these
Don't worry -- you're not alone. I am right there with you. But the problem is, my Kiddo's clseost friends mom is the exact opposite. They can have all the candy they want, anytime (yet wondered why their 3-yr-old had a mouthful of cavities), Pringles ARE breakfast, showers and baths optional, and these LITTLE girls have make-up. And they think I am a square. Grr.
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Ah, chin up. You're doing great. Being Mom means saying no and setnitg up the boundaries. It's not always fun. We're working on thumb sucking over here and I think my little girl would nominate me for the meanest mom ever award for my contstant reminders to keep that thumb out. Talk about being a broken record. She'll get here one of these days, right???
they can't do this (if they do then make it a hypothetical siittuaon). The fact of the matter is that we recognize ownership as something that transcends national laws. The artist/programmer/etc has the right to determine who may use their product BECAUSE THEY MADE THE PRODUCT. If the company who made the software was instead a little old lady who lived hand to mouth and was barely able to buy bread your purchase price on the software pays for her meals for this week would that change the way we look at software piracy? If so, what does that say? That stealing from the rich is OK but stealing from the poor is not OK? Condemning is a word which carries a lot of baggage with it. This is an area I have done some extensive study on wrt the ethics and I've come to some clear conclusions based on the fact that all arguments I've seen to date simply don't hold water. Thus I'm identifying a particular act as one which is morally and ethically wrong. I really don't think there is