Good morning! Oh, i t rained! Evena little bit! Oh, happy joy in the dry! :-) Life-giving universal solvent! (That's water, btw.)
Meanwhile, my husband did a great imitation of a dying moose all night, after he was crashing from sugar/caffeine at some work-related event, and I am... on fumes. And fuming. Ye gods, y'all. I've heard people claim "That was BIgfoot!" and laughed it off as "Yeah, no, that's bear/puma/coyote/etc.". This noise? Oh, hear that in the dark woods, an dit's gotta be not human or one hell of a case of emphysema for a moose. Not to say I can't give out a good "snort-snrk" of my own once or twice a month, but yeesh, hours of it?
Think today is weird? IN 1943, the Office of Price Adminstration annoucned that hot dogs/frankfurters/wieners would henceforth be called "Victory Sausages". Yeah. Didn't stick. Yes, we had an office of price oversight. Given how people would cheat and gouge in wartime, atop the Great Depression? Yeesh. The OPA, established in 1941, was disbanded in 1947. Its parent agency was, appropriately, the Office for Emergency Management (which morphed eventually into today's FEMA). Rents in particular were a sticky point. Wartime dynamics meant anything could go sky-high, and woudl have. The only products not given a price ceiling? Agricultural ones. Farmers were already broke, basically, and also, with the need for factory workers, hey, you had to keep 'em on the farm somehow. (That's a cynical version of it, btw.)
It's almost a sense of nostalgia to look back on this event now, in the era of Twitter and Insta-shi* (yeah, I went there).... In 1998, while other people worried about banning human cloning --- as 19 European countries did in that year --- Linda Tripp cashed in by taking to Ken Starr the tapes she had of her conversations with long-since-no-longer-a-White-House-intern Monica Lewinsky. I want to point out that whatever one's views of then-POTUS Clinton... There is something really freaking gross about taping someone's conversations for future use against someone else. Yuck. Of course, now, there's instant "proof" all over the dang internet. Or is there?! *cue ominous music* At any rate, yeah... Back when tapes were still a scandal, and newspapers were a primary source of information, closely followed by cable news, but there was not yet even a nightmare of Facebook. *sigh*
Which brings me to the Do Not Call Registry. Don't ask how. Jsut assume I'm sleep-deprived (I am) and run with it.
WHY are we all still getting unwanted calls?
Robocalling. Turns out you can, if you're a mogul of the contract-to-robocall industry, you can drop $25 MILLION on a fine and shrug it off and not even lose much sleep, let alone profit margin. Programs that replace human dialers with robo-calls by computer... whether used fraudulently, or honestly, or just annoyingly... well, the companies that use them have this great habit of suddenly being bankrupt when busted by the Federal Trade Comission. Number one complaint to the FTC in America? Yep, unwanted phone calls. I get the kind that hang up and leave a dial tone on my answering machine for my landline, b/c they're fishing (phishing) for my voice so they can get me to say yes or no to a recording device, and use that somehow. (Note: When humans were on the phones, nobody would believe that my "yes" was authentic if generated by a computer, but computers can't tell the difference. Automated phone trees with all that press-one-say-yes-etc. crap? Enable such things.)
Anyway, turns out that once you own a robo-calling program... you can cash in big, and by the time th eFTC catches up to you? You're already using a new company name, or made enough to not give a damn, and pay the fine and shrug.
How will this issue be solved?
Believe it or not, corporations are testing technology that will block all unwanted calls and robocalls of that sort, etc., and it must be working during tests, b/c the telemarketing robo-calling companies are freaking the heck out. So hopefully by end of 2018, y'all, the phone companies will provide a service that means no more stupid-a** unwanted calls or "phishing" scam calls. Hopefully. I can't figure out all the tech stuff, but basically, we may be able to see a new version of the Do Not Call list, one that will work against these robocalling twits. BTW, most of the time, if you end up talking to a person after answering one of those and so forth? It'll be one of a handful of people probably all hanging out in the same room, eating Cheetos and watching TV as they "work". Some of the "companies" use BItcoin and other cryptocurrency, since it's not regulated, and can't be traced. Fun,r ight?
Anyway... Uh... The happy thing is that there's something effective enough int he works that the 'bad guys' are freaking out!:-) Always a good sign when they start to panic and lobby for the right to call people who want to be left alone.
I lsot my train of thought. In fact, I think I fell off the tracks completely. This little caboose is rolling along like a bad comedy skit. Time to go back to bed.
May your day be easy, or at least easier than other days! :-)
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