Thursday, April 29, 2021

Obit for John H.

John’s obituary and other information can be found on the Beinhauer Funeral Homes website here: 


John E. Hemington, Jr, 76, died April 24, 2021, at Canonsburg Hospital after a sudden heart attack. He was born July 16, 1944, in Uniontown to John Edward and Mary Lenore (Griffith) Hemington.

John graduated from McGuffey High School, Class of 1962. He took a break while in college to serve in the U.S. Army as an audio specialist assigned to the 15th Psyop Detachment Strategic HQ in Okinawa. After returning home, his sister introduced him to Carrilee J. Lightholder, whom he married after graduation from WVU with a degree in Social Work. They would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary June 30. He earned a law degree at Antioch School of Law, which focused on public interest law. He went on to practice law in Uniontown and the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. He left the practice of law to help form several computer software and information technology businesses. Later, he derived much satisfaction from his many years of work managing computer systems for The Watson Institute, which provides education and support for special needs children and their families.

Societal injustice troubled him deeply. His passion was reading to understand life, history, politics, economics, and the world. He spent countless hours writing about and sharing what he read with a large group of friends by email. Through his active membership in The Battle of Homestead Foundation and as a founding member of the Izaak Walton League of Allegheny County, he worked to realize a small part of the social, economic, and environmental justice that was central to his life. In addition, he was a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, where he loved discussing current events. Golfing with friends and watching NASCAR were two of his favorite pastimes.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Carrilee (Lightholder) Hemington, are his daughter, Carrie E. Hemington and her husband, Tyrone A. West of Ellicott City, MD; his son, John Bryce Hemington, of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren, Gregory, Madeleine, and Daniel West.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Susan (John) Tait.

An outdoor celebration of life service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (Sunnyhill), 1240 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228, on Saturday the 1st of May 2021, with visitation at 1pm and service following at 2pm.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Fwd: Opt out now of cross-app tracking on iPhone

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You asked, Apple delivered

 * * * Mozilla * * *
Click: Ask App not to Track

Now it's easy to opt-out of cross-app advertiser tracking on iPhone.

 See How 

Hi there –

Good news! If you use an Apple iPhone, a new software update will give you the option to opt out of tracking by apps (including Facebook, Instagram, and more) when you use your phone.

Until now, advertisers have been able to track the actions users take across activity on iPhone — kind of like a salesperson that follows you from store to store while you shop, recording every item you look at. Creepy, right?

You can now opt out of this cross-app tracking with a new software update for iPhones. Just be sure to click the button that says "Ask App not to Track" after you update your iPhone's iOS to 14.5

If you don't have don't have an iPhone, you can help spread the word so your friends and family with iPhones can opt-out of tracking.
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Apple's decision to allow users to opt-out of cross-app tracking is a huge win for consumers, many of whom might not even be aware that they can be tracked across apps on their phone. Now, with the option to opt-out of tracking at the point-of-use, consumers won't have to dig deep into their phone's settings to protect their privacy. Mozilla first called on Apple to curb cross-app tracking in 2019 because advertisers shouldn't be able to collect highly personal data across apps without consumers' consent.

If you have an iPhone, be sure to update your operating system so that you can opt-out of tracking, and then share the instructions to opt-out with your friends and family.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Fwd: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at ASCEND Pittsburgh

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Greetings and well wishes!

ASCEND Pittsburgh is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week courtesy of Hieber's Pharmacy. No eligibility requirements necessary and all are welcome to attend. An ASCEND membership is not necessary.  We do ask that you please bring an ID and insurance card if you have it.

Please follow this link to register for an appointment in one of the 20 minute time slots. Each time slot is limited to 4 people. The vaccination will take approximately 5 minutes, then you will wait for 15 minutes before you leave. Second vaccine doses will be scheduled at the time of your first vaccine. No eligibility requirements necessary. Please bring an ID and insurance card if you have it.

Thursday, April 29th | 4p-9p
Friday April 30th | 7a-12p
If you are unable to make these appointment times, please contact If there is enough interest, additional times will be added.

ASCEND Pittsburgh
2141 Mary Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203

Hieber's Pharmacy will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. Hieber's is a local, woman owned and operated pharmacy.

If you have questions about the vaccine please contact Jamin Gross, PharmD  at 412-608-0515. Texts and calls are welcome.

If you have questions about registration or ASCEND Pittsburgh please contact or call 412-745-2141.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Running Mate -- John H -- has passed suddenly

Sad News from Bryce:

Some of you may already have heard and some of you may not have yet. Yesterday morning my Dad/ John suffered a heart attack and unfortunately, he passed away later that morning. I do not really know how to express to you the void that his absence will leave for me and my family. I like you over the years have become accustomed to his informative emails and articles. This seemingly never-ending flow of information that he was carefully curating to keep those of us who he knew and cared for informed was at times overwhelming. I know I did not get to nearly as many of the articles as I should have.  To you all whom he sent these emails, I want to express my deep-felt gratitude for your part in his life.  I saw those emails as an expression of the love he felt for all of you and his desire for a more just and equitable world.  He was an idealist who often struggled with the inequity that is present in the system and the complacency that exists as part of our collective society. I hope that you too felt the love that he gave as he shared his gloom and doom-laden missives. It was his idealism and principled discussion that gives me hope that while the world we inhabit is far from perfect there are always those like my Dad who will devote their energy to make the world a better place. I am reminded sitting here that he would often find the articles then take the time to reformat them so that they were more accessible to those of us who were not as devoted to the research as he was. Whether you agreed or disagreed with the content he presented, it was always with love and concern for the world he inhabited.

Information about funeral services will be available shortly at Beinhauer Funeral home

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Candidate Thompson quote

THOMPSON: Oh, let me just say briefly on the environment, our rivers are uninhabitable, and basically we're putting tons and tons of raw sewage in the river. Other cities, Cleveland and Columbus, they've decided that they want to live in a world with clean water, and we've decided to countersue the government because we want to live in a world of filth and feces. So we need to stop putting feces into our rivers.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fwd: Fw: ParkMobile Data Breach Affects Some Mobile Parking App Users

-- Forwarded message --

Subject: FW: ParkMobile Data Breach Affects Some Mobile Parking App Users


Pitt Information Technology has received reports of a data breach that occurred at ParkMobile in March 2021. ParkMobile makes the popular mobile parking app of the same name and provides metering and parking app services to the City of Pittsburgh. Some University of Pittsburgh garages may accept payments through ParkMobile, if you pay through the application.


What Data Was Affected?


ParkMobile indicates that basic user information was taken, including license plate numbers and, if provided by the user, email addresses, phone numbers, and vehicle nicknames. Encrypted passwords were taken but not the encryption keys necessary to read the passwords, meaning that significant resources would be needed to break the password encryption.


ParkMobile indicates that no credit cards or parking transaction history were accessed, and they do not collect Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, or dates of birth.


What Do I Need to Do?


If you have an account with ParkMobile, out of an abundance of caution, Pitt IT recommends you change that password as soon as possible.


While the data exposed in the alleged breach did not come from University systems, sometimes individuals reuse the same passwords on multiple websites. If you use the same or a similar password at Pitt or other websites, you should also change those passwords. Also, because of the nature of other data taken, be vigilant for an increase in phishing scams or other scams related to this data.


In addition, utilize the following good password practices to minimize your susceptibility to data breaches:


  • Use a password manager to simplify the management of your various passwords. Pitt Password Manager (LastPass) is available at no cost to all students, faculty, and staff. You can use it to create strong, unique passwords for all your online services.
  • Do not reuse passwords across different websites. Scammers try variations of known passwords, so it is important to make sure your passwords are not similar to each other.  
  • Use strong, complex passwords that include symbols, numbers, and uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Change your passwords frequently.
  • Use multifactor authentication on websites that allow it.


Saturday, April 03, 2021

Fwd: End of the Road

A sad post from a friend.

Many of his comments and emails have graced this blog -- as I consider him a real running mate.


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: jehemington <>
Date: Sat, Apr 3, 2021 at 2:15 PM
Subject: End of the Road
To: John Hemington <>

Well folks, here's the deal, I will no longer be sending out these political e-mails calling out establishment policies.  This morning I got hit upside the head with the news that my family believes that I am a loopy, loony-tune heading down a wormhole because my "extremist" politics are so far outside the mainstream.  Now, I do not agree with this assessment at all, but I am also convinced that if this is the way my own family feels then there is no hope and no real point in continuing to put in the effort to try and alert others to what is really happening out there in the world.  This tells me that the plutocrats and the corporate warmongers have won.  That humanity's time on this wonderful planet is not to persist much longer – certainly not for many more generations.  The way things are now trending with the current administration's foreign policy we could well see a catastrophic nuclear war in our own lifetime.  Should we somehow avoid that disaster, we will almost certainly not escape the catastrophe of climate change much sooner than scientists now predict.


Sadly, mainstream politics, whether the Democratic Party variety or the more bizarre Republican variety have no answers to any of the most serious problems facing humanity.  Nor are they even willing to willing to pretend to actually address them.  Furthermore, there is no hope in this country for a viable third-party to develop and prosper.  So, we are left with the endless nonsense of political Kabuki Theater of impossible corporate subsidy solutions that never address real issues while more and more people starve in the streets.  At the same time, this most powerful nation on earth creates almost daily holocausts in nations all around the globe in the name of protecting "human rights".  We are, whether we like to acknowledge it or not, an evil people. We allow our government, in the name of patriotism and corporate profit, to destroy the lives of millions of others, both here and abroad, without any serious concern or dissent.


These have been issues I have struggled with ever since I left the Army in 1970.  And contrary to my family's belief that my obsession is of recent origin.  It is not.  However, I just don't have the energy to keep this up in the face of so much apathy at home and among those "progressive" legislators I have supported financially and otherwise.  Legislators who have refused to use the power of their votes to push the establishment Democrats to really adopt progressive portions that they claimed to support in Biden's campaign in much the same way as the conservative Democrats have used their votes to quash progressive ideas for years.  It is all very demoralizing and I am not willing to continue the battle from here on out.  This is not what I had hoped to be saying today, but my mental health and family health must take precedence over my political desires.





Friday, April 02, 2021

Fwd: [Art-All-Night] Call for Artists

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The next Art All Night will be held April 24th - April 25th, 2021 in a location that couldn't be more convenient - your house!

The show will be open from 4 p.m. Saturday all night long until 2 p.m. Sunday by accessing View art, hear music, watch demonstrations, create art, play games and make memories "All Night" long!


We invite you to submit one (and only one) piece of artwork during this one-of-a-kind event. Artist registration instructions are available at where you can use the online registration system through April 19th for videos and April 21st for photographs.

If you are submitting a 3D piece (sculpture, ceramics, papier-mâché, etc.), please consider submitting next week instead. We are currently working on a feature to make our virtual showcase more multi-dimension friendly. Stay tuned!


Volunteers are also needed to help spread the word. Please consider forwarding this email to your friends and family, liking one of our social media pages and hitting "going" on our Facebook event. However you are accustomed to spreading news please use those channels to get your friends and family to enter art and attend the event. Your help is the only way the show goes on and the only way it continues. Please help us put on one of Pittsburgh's great events in a whole new way.

Art has the power to heal and now is a great time to share your art with Pittsburghers and brighten someone's day.

Art All Night...  412-235-1950