Not content with spamming my phone, sometimes multiple times a day, the car warranty scammers have resorted to using the mail.
I have received two car warranty scam letters in the past two days.
Show politeness to your neighbor when remonstrating with him about the behavior of his feline companion.
He went to his neighbor’s home in Umatilla and threatened to shoot the cat, officials said.
James Arland Taylor Jr., 41, asked him not to shoot the cat, according to deputies. That’s when Bliss shot Taylor, they said.
The Eff looks at the proliferation of what it refers to at one point as “neighborhood watch” apps and reminds us, once again, that “social” media isn’t. They mention three apps specifically: Citizen, Nextdoor, and Neighbors.
These apps might seem like a helpful way to inform your neighbors if the mountain lion roaming your city was spotted in your neighborhood. But in practice they have been a cesspool of racial profiling, cop-calling, gatekeeping, and fear-spreading. Apps where a so-called “suspicious” person’s picture can be blasted out to a paranoid community, because someone with a smartphone thinks they don’t belong, are not helping people to “Connect and stay safe.”
As I pulled into the parking lot at my barbershop for my October haircut, driving my new(er) car with the top down, a woman was coming out of the adjacent child care center with her son, who looked to be about four years old.
As I maneuvered into a parking space, I could hear her say, “It’s called a convertible.”
I suspect that I’m not the only person who might find this to be rather a bit of overreach–and not just a little sadistic.
New York University’s Social Justice Lab explores why persons who lean right politically are more susceptible to conspiratorial thinking than those who lean left. Here’s a bit, in which University of Cambridge (UK) professor Professor Sander van der Linden responds to a question:
Sander: “It is important to clarify that my position is not that liberals are somehow impervious to conspiracy theories. What I am saying is that the extent and magnitude of endorsement is strongly asymmetric so that extreme conservatives tend to be much more conspiratorial in their reasoning than extreme liberals. This is explained, at least in part, by growing distrust amongst conservatives which dates back to a long history of paranoia in the U.S. political system about other groups. I think this nuance often gets lost when people say ‘both liberals and conservatives have political biases.’ This may be true, but the extent of the bias need not be the same, and importantly, the nature of the bias matters too, as the consequences for society might be radically different.”
Give the entire piece a read. It helps illuminate dis coarse discourse.
David discusses how the pandemic paranoia is being harnessed to fuel anti-semitism. (Warning: Short commercial at the end.)
Here’s the link to the MIT report David refers to.
Spocko wonders why bullies not only pay no price for bullying, but are, indeed, actively rewarded. A snippet (emphasis in the original):
The media never want to be seen as being against people’s speech. But threatening speech is not protected speech. When I use that phrase, it starts questions of definitions. What is the definition of a threat? What is “true threat”? What is actionable by law enforcement? What was the intent?
The justice system is slow. Social media & TV news is fast. When the media run threat stories, they usually can’t show any immediate legal consequences to the ones making the threats. Occasionally they can show people getting fired. Or kicked off social media. But often there are no negative consequences at all.
People are rewarded for their violent rhetoric with likes and shares. In some cases it leads to donations, electoral votes and political power.