Category Archives: ID Cards and Identification

Tripit Three

I sent in my form, and that seems to have done the trick.


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Tripit Two

Next act in, Does Tripit Think I’m on a Watch List or Financial Sanctions List?

After I wrote in asking why my account was suspended, the Tripit help desk promptly sent me a form to fill out attesting that I’m me, and asking where I live and what my birth date is; they promised not to share it with any third parties. Top of Tripit form requesting ID confirmationThe form didn’t ask for any proof, other than my signature, but I’m sure it’s a trivial thing to validate the information against many commercially available data bases.

I sent in the form last night, and we’ll see how long it takes them to chew on it. Worst case, I suppose I can always open a new free account with a different email address. I’ve got several…

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Does Tripit Think I’m on a Watch List or Financial Sanctions List?

Admittedly, its been a long time since I tried to use Tripit, the handy travel itinerary planner site. Today I noticed that my Tripit widget on my phone wanted me to re-login, so I tried to do that. Didn’t work.

OK, maybe I have the wrong password, let’s try the web version. Password manager confirms I have the right password, but still no dice:

OK, maybe the link to the help page will explain this?

Well, that’s odd.

Seems to me there are four possibilities:

  1. Tripit is having a bad day.
  2. For some weird reason (unlikely to be my VPN since that’s set to a domestic location), Tripit wrongly thinks I’m located abroad or on a watch list / Treasury sanctions list.
  3. Tripit has decided that Florida is a foreign country they will no longer serve.
  4. I am on a watch list or a Treasury asset control list. (Would be news to me.)

I’m betting on #2, but we’ll see.  I opened a ticket with Tripit, and will report back if I hear anything.  Then again, if they think I’m on some list, maybe they don’t even answer help requests.

Other possibilities?


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Five Random Mysteries

  1. A constitutional question. Why do people who think Donald Trump won the 2020 election think he’s eligible to run again in 2024, when the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution says, “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.”? (Gary Trudeau wonders this too.)
  2. An ID theft ‘prevention’ question. What is the point of (for pay post-website-breach) so-called ID-theft-prevention services sending me notices that my email has been found on some (unspecified) hacker site and I should change my (unspecified) password? I have few emails and many passwords, all unique except the worthless ones. How am I supposed to figure out what to do? Why not send me the password if it’s compromised anyway so I could search my password manager and password spreadsheet and change it?
  3. A basketball question. Why does the NBA penalize teams for taking good shots that miss when it doesn’t penalize bad shots? The NBA uses a shot clock to force teams to move quickly to score. Ordinarily a team has 24 seconds from getting possession to attempt a shot on pain of losing the ball. If they miss but hit the rim and rebound, the clock is reset to 14 seconds. That makes sense if the offense took the shot with fewer than 14 seconds remaining on the shot clock, and matches how the clock is reset if the other teams fouls or kicks the ball when there are fewer than 14 seconds left on the shot clock. But unlike fouls and kicks, where taking the ball out on the side never costs a team shot-clock seconds but only adds to them if the shot clock is running down, when a team shoots with more than 14 seconds on the clock, misses but hits the rim, then the short clock is shortened to 14 seconds. This just penalizes a team for quick offense. The absurdity of it is even clearer when you consider what happens to a team that attempts a shot when there are more than 14 seconds on the shot clock, but the shot is so bad that it doesn’t hit the rim — that wild shot has no effect on the shot clock at all! The incentives are all wrong: the NBA should reward good shots more than very bad ones rather than the other way around.
  4. A religion in the public sphere question. How come more evangelicals don’t entertain the idea that COVID was a plague sent to punish us for electing Trump?. Goodness knows they’ve claimed all sorts of earlier natural disasters were chastisement for progressive policies.
  5. A shopping question. You have to figure Gatorade is suspicious given the origin story with U. Florida…but this bad? Maybe it’s a good thing G2 is missing from stores? And is lemon-lime G2 cancelled? It does seem to have gone missing from the G2 website.
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ACLU Brings Important Freedom-to-Travel Lawsuit

The ACLU’s blog post is actually not over the top here: We’re Suing the Government for Violating the Rights of Passengers on Delta Airlines 1583 in Police-State Fashion.

The full complaint in Amedei v. Duke is online.

Some key bits below the fold: Continue reading

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Windows 7/8/8.1 Is Spying on You. This Batch File Will Reduce It.

Concerned by this batch file from an elevated command prompt to clean things up. I adapted it and slimmed it down from the to my eye excessive version at

Text of the key parts of the file below if your system blocks downloads of .bat files, as well it might.
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