The Future Of The Payment System Is The Chip Card

Meet George Jetson. See how George automates his house. Apple Pay is the talk of the day. The giant corporation tried to pull a fast one and monopolize the mobile payment system, only to get rejected by Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Apple is not the only company trying to automate our lives.

It looks like the future of the payment system is the EMV card. This means the chip card is king.

I do not like the idea of big corporations trying to control everything, but it seems like we live in an age where they want to control every aspect of our lives. Society will have the last word on this one.

It appears that all merchants will at least have to offer the EMV card option. At least 80 countries have already made this transition, including Canada, so the United States may be next in line. The time has come. Apple has seen the future.

Supposedly, the main reason is security. Using the three steps, the EMV chip is allegedly a foolproof method, to the point of “virtually impossible to create a counterfeit”, at least this is being said.

Instead of wondering about what computer George Jetson was using, we now must contemplate what type of payment system he was using.

Meet George Jetson: Apple preps iPhone ‘big play’


Hitchhiker Weeds: Is This The Jerusalem Artichoke?

Helianthus tuberosus

There are numerous showy flowers that bloom in the late Summer/early Fall and I’ve tried to make an identification of this one. I think this is Helianthus tuberosus.

The flowers are quite charming actually, however, this is considered a very troublesome perennial weed and is prolific in forest edges, pastures, roadsides, etc. This weed tends to prefer full sun. It is tall and grows up to 12 feet in height.

The flower resembles a daisy and also looks something like a wild sunflower.

“Despite its name, the Jerusalem artichoke has no relation to Jerusalem, and it is not a type of artichoke, though both are members of the daisy family.”

The Jerusalem artichoke is native to North America and grows in most of the country. It also grows in most of Canada.

The potential for making ethanol from this ordinary weed is promising. The ‘Sunchoke’ may be a better producer of ethanol than corn.

If my memory serves me well, the flowers fade and a bunch of black seeds (with stickers) are available to catch a ride on the unsuspecting pedestrian. These stickers are troublesome to deal with.

Other hitchhikers that are painful to deal with are Hackelia virginiana (Beggar’s Lice) and Xanthium strumarium (Cockleburs). Anyone that has picked up the beggar’s lice on the pants will immediately know what it is.


A G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Is Predicted

If you were listening to HF radio on September 10, 2014, you would have discovered that the bands dropped out completely for several minutes. At 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT) on Wednesday, a major solar flare disrupted radio communications.

Aurora watchers in the northern U.S. should be looking for possible activity both Thursday and Friday nights. A pair of CMEs could cause geomagnetic storms. A G3 (Strong) has been issued.

More news can be found at the Space Weather Prediction Center.