Nobody knows who first used the expression, “If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck; it is a duck” but they were referring to an obvious axiom to some which may not be readily apparent to others. For instance, recently someone claiming to be from Microsoft called me a number of times trying to convince me to allow access to my computer in order to fix terrible viruses and threatening to revoke my Windows license if I did not comply with them and pony up a few hundred bucks.
Question: I got a notice of copyright infringement via Fedex from a company called Masterfile for an image that I have posted on my website. They want $2,500 as compensation; is this a scam or should I take this seriously? — Anonymous
Every year, many Arizonans fall victim to identity theft, investment fraud and scams. A recent report by Javelin Strategy and Research finds that nationwide about 13 million Americans in 2012 were victims of I.D. theft in which about $20 billion was stolen.
“I’m not shocked that our fast food culture would fall for Paul Ryan’s ‘Coupon-Care’ insurance scam. Everybody gets a coupon for Ryan’s plain-jane hamburger. You want cheese? That’s extra. You want lettuce and tomato? Extra money! Remember the old commercial, ‘Where’s the beef?” That’s extra, too. But you do get a tasty bun, according to Mr. Ryan. ‘Have it his way!’”
There are moments in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” where it feels like you’re watching one of the great Martin Scorsese pictures. It’s a slick, passionately constructed crime drama full of smooth dialog and intriguing characters. Of course “American Hustle” never gets quite as brutal as “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” or even “The Departed.” The film is just as much a crime comedy as it is a crime drama. In that sense, perhaps “American Hustle” is more along the lines of “The Sting,” or “Catch Me if You Can,” or maybe even “The Ocean’s Eleven” movies. Whatever you compare it to, “American Hustle” still works beautifully as an enormously fun con artist picture while also managing to be something deeper.
Director David O. Russell has a knack for bringing out the very best in his actors, whether it’s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo in “The Fighter,” or Jennifer Lawrence in last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook” – all of whom won Academy Awards for their performances. With his latest, “American Hustle,” Russell assembles a cast of veterans (Bale, Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper) and newcomers (Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K.) to his work, who may not achieve similar Oscar glory come February, but are clearly having a ball sinking their teeth into a smorgasbord of outrageous characters.
Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell's sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, "Flirting with Disaster," to last year's acclaimed "Silver Linings Playbook," he effectively unravels the disarray.
Q: I am having an increasing number of emails that are sent from Gmail, not being received and not in their spam folder. If I send it from my Cox address, they receive it. This is very frustrating. Any ideas? — Eileen
My assignment: In 700 words or less, I’m supposed to keep you and your money safe while you’re out buying for the holidays. How about I do it in 17 words and two punctuation points: do not buy gift cards, do not shop online, and do not get talked into extended warranties!
Maricopa County has decided to refashion its cyber-security website to help local citizens, employees and businesses protect themselves against the increasing volume and sophistication of electronic attacks.
The Mountain Pointe football program enters the 2014 season with a new standard for success after winning its first state championship.Produced by David JolkovskiNarrative by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Head Coach Norris VaughanBruce HesterPaul LucasCollin LambdinGarvin AlstonMusic: 1:13am by Soap and Foam