Discover Card "Enhanced Sercurity"

A week or so ago, I logged into my Discover Card account and had the following message:

“A Discover Card with a new account number has been mailed to you as a replacement to the card you currently carry. Your account number has changed as part of a systems upgrade that offers you even more
benefits, such as, enhanced security monitoring on your account to help detect fraud earlier.”

I then received a new Discover Card in the mail.  When I called to activate, I asked them why one 16-digit account number is more secure than another one.  The CSR claimed that in November 2007, they did a system update to “better manage” my account to give me “the quality of service” that I deserved.  I then asked them why they couldn’t do that with my old account number.  The CSR seemed a little dumbfounded.  He then said that it was because the way the old accounts were numbered, they couldn’t do that.

This seems funny to me.  It seems like Discover Card / Discover Bank had some kind of security breach and they aren’t telling their customers.  This is enough for me, however, to take Discover from being my primary personal credit card to an emergency one that I keep at home, at least until I get a satisfactory answer.

What do you guys think?  Am I blowing this out of proportion?  Does it seem like Discover is hiding something?

Work more or play more?

We were at the store yesterday (Saturday, 29 June 08) and we were getting Mikey a toy that, with a coupon we had, was going to make the toy free.  There was another toy right next to it that Mikey wanted.  It was $50.00 or so.  He asked me if we could get it.  I told him something along the lines of “Mikey, we don’t have enough money to buy that right now.  If you want us to get it, Daddy is going have to work more.  Do you want Daddy to work more or do you want Daddy to stay home more and play with you?”  Mikey thought about it for a second and then said “Stay home and play with me.”

Food Price Changes: May 2007 – May 2008

We all have heard that food prices have been increasing.  The Cattle Network has put together a schedule that lists the average price on various food items in May 2007 and the price for the same item in May 2008.

Here’s a few highlites:

Pruduct             07       08      change
Wheat            $4.88      $8.80    80.33%
Milk               $3.259   $3.760  15.37%
Celery            $18.30   $37.70   106.01%
Cucumbers    $28.50    $17.50   -38.60%
Lettuce           $13.60    $16.80   23.53%
Onions            $24.20    $31.70  30.99%

for more information, and the rest of their charge, visit http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=230814

Quote of the Moment

“The Supreme Court got this one right. While the ruling still contains elements gun owners should denounce, the justices acknowledged that the words “shall not be infringed” mean just what our Founders meant; and two centuries later the meaning of those words has not changed… Countless assaults against the right of the people to keep and bear arms by both Republicans and Democrats over the years have taken a toll through draconian gun laws and oppressive legislation which has slowly and steadily chipped away at Americans’ vital, God-given right to self-defense.”

Chuck Baldwin
26 June 2008

Quote of the Moment

“The Supreme Court got this one right. While the ruling still contains elements gun owners should denounce, the justices acknowledged that the words “shall not be infringed” mean just what our Founders meant; and two centuries later the meaning of those words has not changed… Countless assaults against the right of the people to keep and bear arms by both Republicans and Democrats over the years have taken a toll through draconian gun laws and oppressive legislation which has slowly and steadily chipped away at Americans’ vital, God-given right to self-defense.”

Chuck Baldwin
26 June 2008

KXNT Sponsorship

I’m proud to announce that Las Vegas Geeks is now sponsoring “Jerk of the Week” on Newsradio 840 KXNT.

Jerk of the Week is a weekly segment held during the Casey Hendrickson show on Fridays in the 6 pm hour.

I just found out that the wife already posted this news already.