Date: September 27, 2019
From earlier today:
“Earlier this month, we told you about a growing scam: people pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, we heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly $210,000. So far THIS year: more than 35,000 people have reported the scam, and they tell us they’ve lost $10 million.
Scammers are saying your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. Sometimes, the scammer wants you to confirm your SSN to reactivate it. Sometimes, he’ll say your bank account is about to be seized – but he’ll tell you what to do to keep it safe. (Often, that involves putting your money on gift cards and giving him the codes – which, of course, means that your money is gone.)
Oh, and your caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call – but they’re faking that number. It’s not the real SSA calling.
Here’s what to know:
Your Social Security number is not about to be suspended. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.
SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.
The real SSA number is 1-800-772-1213, but scammers are putting that number in the caller ID. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls.
Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Or your bank account or credit card number.
If you get one of these calls, tell the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1.”
“Social security robocalls are a frightening type of scam. You receive a robocall, and suddenly, an angry person on the other end is threatening you. It’s the Social Security Administration, and they need you to provide some personal information because their computers are down. Or — you were overpaid and you need to pay it back immediately. Or — your check isn’t coming until you give some information to the caller. These are all scams! These scams have successfully extracted millions of dollars from Americans. Social security scams are especially dangerous to seniors and people on disability. Many of these folks are entirely dependent on their SSA income, so it causes great panic to hear they won’t get their check as expected. This panic unfortunately leads to making payments or providing information to scammers. Remember — the SSA doesn’t call people to request money — end of story. Any call you receive from the SSA requesting money or personal information is guaranteed to be a scam. The SSA, like most US government agencies, prefers to communicate by written mail.”
I don’t usually go out of my way to do this…but, they decided they wanted to target me, today…so…
Anytime you get a wonky telephone call, where someone is threatening to sue/arrest you, or seize/suspend something of yours…always take the callback number they give you, enter it into any search engine you like…and see what results you get.
I’ve received these types of calls a number of times, over the last several years.
…In fact, I’m rather sick of these a-holes…which is why I’m going to punch back at them…by raising awareness.
Date: September 27, 2019
“Antitrust, billion dollar fines, privacy violations and numerous federal investigations. Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are feeling the pressure from a wave of government inquiries. Will they be broken up? Or will they survive? In this video we explore the issue.”
Date: September 27, 2019
“Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Green, Democrat from Texas, who in 2017 was the first congressmember to call for President Trump’s impeachment from the floor of the House of Representatives. We also speak with John Nichols, political writer for The Nation and author of the book, “The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism.”
Date: September 27, 2019
“[S9 E36] U.S. Economy and the Market
This week on Economic Update Professor Wolff delivers an analysis of the state of the U.S. economy at summer’s end, 2019 and it’s a decidedly mixed picture.
In the second half of this week’s show, Professor Wolff presents a counter to the imaginary ‘free market’ with a critique of the institution that is “the market” focusing on its structure, social effects, and particular beneficiaries.”
Date: September 24, 2019
I watched just over seven minutes of this video, during which I found it to be absolutely void of substance and insight. When he stooped to dehumanizing insulting, I disengaged with this utterly disgusting tripe.
1) Please stop with the red herring of “fucking children”, as being the equivalent to “pedophilic sex”.
2) “Physical development” is no genuine rebuff, to the typical pedophilic sex acts of masturbation, or sucking/kissing/licking on the child.
3) Understanding/Consent issues have historically been left to the mercy, of cultural temperament and tolerance.
4) You’re jumping onto the victim train, by being yet another member of a niche minority who makes the absurd claim that “pedophiles being seen and heard, somehow hurts us”?
All people/groups have a right to represent themselves, as well as a right to respond to accusations made against them.
This is what the “pedophile” community has been doing.
Incorrect information should be disputed…Correct information should be promoted.
Do you have an ethical problem with this?
5) Dismissing and demeaning us as “mentally fucked up”…
I’m done commenting on this, except to say that this video is a good example of why most people who “talk about pedophiles”, have no business saying anything on this issue at all.
…trash talking…stereotyping…false arguments…all starting from a place of bad will, ignorance and aggression.
Many of us older MAPs can no longer even stomach people like this, who aren’t here to respectfully discuss anything with us…
…They’re just here to inflict themselves, their inflated egos, and their abusive nature upon us…probably all for sport or personal profit, at that.
September 23, 2019
Thanks to feinmann0!
“Children as young as six are being taught about touching or ‘stimulating’ their own genitals in UK school lessons
All About Me classes involve pupils aged between six and ten being told by teachers that there are ‘rules about touching yourself’. An explanation of ‘rules about self-stimulation’ appears in the scheme’s Year Two lesson plan for six and seven-year-olds.
Under a section called Touching Myself, teachers are advised to tell children that ‘lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice’. They are also instructed to inform youngsters that this may include touching their ‘private parts’ and, that while some people may say this behaviour is ‘dirty’, it is in fact ‘very normal’.
Conservative member of parliament David Davies said: ‘I and many other parents would be furious at completely inappropriate sexual matters being taught to children as young as six. These classes go way beyond the guidance the Government is producing and are effectively sexualising very young children.”
I think this is an objectively good thing.
My sexual education was so laughably bad…that my literal knowledge of sperm began with my own first orgasm…
…I was shocked to see this white goo, shooting out of my twelve [or thirteen] year old boner.
It wouldn’t be until a few years later, that any of this was even “officially” taught to me…
…Sure…yes…I did have my previously mentioned experiences, with my aggressively horny cousins…that doesn’t mean I knew all the finer points…like how messy masturbation was going to be, every day from hence forth…
…And besides…those previously mentioned experiences, weren’t mad dashes towards orgasms…
…I’ve privately thought that most of us probably didn’t even experience orgasms, during all of that…which is entirely possible, when you’re that young and you don’t realize it’s there to push for.
I’m all for full sexual education…Hide nothing…Explain everything.