The Next Time a Revenue Canada or IRS Scammer Calls…

06/02/2018 § Leave a comment

…try this! Try to get it recorded, then send me a link to the video or audio file!
Copypasta from a comment to a YouTube video in which a licensed attorney has fun with a Bangladeshi scammer:

“I’ve had real fun with these bastards twice now. I wish I had recorded mine… I told the first one that I was an officer that worked for the local IRS office, googled the info to my local one, gave names of those listed in the phone directory and said I needed off my cell and asked for his inter office transfer number so I could call him inter office, he said he was a field office, I said fine our lines connect to every office in the U.S. I stated asking questions to confirm identity, gave a fake badge number, asked for his and his supervisor’s name and phone number, then he started cussing me, that’s when the redneck in me came out to play. We have so many more colorful things to call them.

“My second call came to my home number, listed different from my cell, and it was the same people about 3 weeks later. Well this time I was a disturbed prepper who hates the law and was prepared to go to war, I was arming all the booby traps, seeing up the kill zones and calling for my family to take up their positions, the man was finally coming and it was time to go to war. I was saying to shoot at and dust kicked up by any cars driving down our dirt road, I said that’s not a school bus, they are trying to trick us and to open fire, so a little back story here about this day, I was at private land for some target practice with a couple of people who played along with me, and we started shooting about that time, this guy lost his shit, stated screaming in the phone that’s not him that’s real children, no one’s coming, he was cancelling the warrant, don’t shoot any more, about that time, I shot an exploding target which is really loud and claimed we blew up his bus and everyone on it, he’s now screaming into the phone to stop, someone else gets on and is screaming to not shoot at anyone else, then I wave everyone down to stop shooting. I said we got them all, who’s next? The man was shaken up and said it’s not worth going to jail over this, I said they’re all dead, why did they send all these kids to arrest me?

The guy goes into derka talk to someone, and when he came back, I told him we are gonna be waiting for all the rest of his officers and they would all die no matter what their age, he said he was gonna call my local police. I said that I thought he said he was a treasury agent, why isn’t he coming to get me, I would only go quietly with his cause I liked him, to tell me when he was coming down the road and we wouldn’t shoot, then asked if that dust was him, he said no, so we started shooting again, after a mag dump each and saying that one was finished for sure and was on fire, again said I would only let him come get me because he had been so nice to me. I asked why he sends agents so young, he said he didn’t, they weren’t coming, that the local police would be there soon… I yelled out to everyone that the local fix was coming and we knew what road officer Andy Taylor would come down, get ready for him. I yelled to a buddy for a count of the dead so far, he yells back 41 on the bus, and he thought there were four in the car on fire. After that, we all got closer to my phone and all started laughing listening to him trying to speak and his English got horrible, then told him that if he could lie to me about who he was and what he was doing, I didn’t feel bad about doing that right back to him, we know that he’s a scammer and that he’s full of shit, then at least two of them attempted to cuss us, but didn’t do a very good job. They finally hung up, funny thing is they called back like three times but just cussed on the phone and hung up. Moral to this story just have the most absurd fun with them as possible, because the IRS will never call you, period.”


A poem for the socmed people

15/10/2017 § 1 Comment

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy’s harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Nolan Lawson’s 23 October blogpost, “What is Mastodon and why is it better than Twitter“, Read the Tea Leaves

Instagram: My life is a party.

Snapchat: My life is a quirky TV show.

Facebook: My life turned out great!

Twitter: We’re all going to die.

Mastodon: Don’t worry, while we are on a quirky, meandering path towards an inevitable apocalypse, we might as well enjoy the ride and show eachother some love in an unorthodox, yet irresistible manner, not in any way hindered by considerations of style, identity or consistency.

Not holding my breath for explanations of…

05/10/2017 § Leave a comment

Why the Democratic and the Republican Parties in the United States couldn’t find an electable candidate who didn’t have associations with Jeffrey Epstein;

How fecal transplants from slim donors to obese recipients made the obese LESS SENSITIVE to insulin and thus the obese were better at losing weight as Kurz Gesagt claims in a youtube video supported by the Gates Foundation;

Quantitative analysis that Person A’s remarks to Person B adhere to “good, kind, and loving” guidelines, where the remarks are “If I did that I’d be psychotic” or “If I did that I’d feel murderous”;

How an onslaught/barrage of replies with ad hominem attacks yet nary a citation to a peer-reviewed science or medical journal article or finding outweighs in verity the one to three replies with at least four citations to peer-reviewed science or medical journal article or finding;

Why a Lifehacker contributor would choose as a reference an article written in poor English, instead of the original source the referred article plagiarizes;

How “a good guy with a gun will defeat the bad guy with a gun” when four armed police officers are shot dead by a bad guy with the element of surprise and first shot;

How people lost weight eating mostly meat or mostly vegetables claim it’s either the vegetables or the meat that made them fat or sick, yet eliminate grains, sugars or starches from discussion. Hint: it’s the grains, sugars and starch pushing us toward ‘hamplanet’ status.

People love to say I’m wrong, but they appear silent or confrontationally defensive when I ask for their sources and citations.

C’est si bon c’est mon bon

02/10/2017 § Leave a comment

Coffee and mugs to match classic writers

Thank you, AZenSun, for making my heart giddyap like a good cup of coffee should!

Jan Prashker

12/08/2017 § Leave a comment

I dreamed I was lying on my back in an alley in Lower Queen Anne, and Jan Prashker walked over to me. She wore a combination of grey, white and red and looked healthy and happy.

“I’m so happy you’re my friend,” she told me. And I rose to embrace her. “How is Dave [Rosenbloom]?” I asked.

“He’s good!” she beamed.

And I woke thinking “Wow, I miss Jan. I should talk to her.” Then I remembered she died in 2003 of a brain tumour and I’m wondering about Dave Rosenbloom her partner, and I’m wondering now about my health.

Nagumo Style Diet, Poetry Corner

01/08/2017 § Leave a comment

Learned of this from watching “Longevity – One Meal a Day” on YouTube. Sadly, Doctor Nagumo’s book isn’t translated into English from Japanese, so I’ve relied on this translation.

Not all of this corresponds with my way of eating, but my way of eating is a work in progress. It’s an improvement over my last way of eating. You know who shares my way of eating? HRH Elizabeth II and her consort Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. They’re in their nineties.

There’s lots of evidence to support caloric restriction, whole foods, reduction or elimination of sugar. I probably will not eat small-sized whole fish unless it’s sardines.

Nagumo Style Diet

  1. Walking exercise instead of running
  2. Sleep by 10pm
  3. Growth Hormone is at most active between 10pm-2am

  4. A bowl of rice, Miso soup, and one plate of side dish
  5. Prepare meals in kids size plates. Start with smaller portion from your regular portion. Then when you are ready, start one meal a day diet.

  6. Eat Whole
    Eat veggies and fruits with peels, roots, and leaves. Eat small-sized whole fish. Eat whole-wheat products. Eggs and beans also have whole nutrients
  7. No over eating, no over consumption of fats, sugar, and salt
  8. Only drink when you get thirsty
  9. Healthful benefits of Burdock Tea
  10. A rumbling stomach is a sign that the cells in your body are at work!
  11. One meal a day and you’ll look 20 years younger!

“I am tired of tears and laughter,
And men that laugh and weep
Of what may come hereafter
For men that sow to reap:
I am weary of days and hours,
Blown buds of barren flowers,
Desires and dreams and powers
And everything but sleep.”

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Not So Short Post! Man’s Search For Meaning

24/07/2017 § Leave a comment

The stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

Light sorrows speak, but deeper ones are dumb. – Seneca

From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning:

We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life–daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

Life does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete, just as life’s tasks are also very real and concrete. They form man’s destiny, which is different and unique for each individual. No man and no destiny can be compared with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself, and each situation calls for a different response.Sometimes the situation in which a person finds herself may require her to shape her own fate by action. At other times it is more advantageous for her to make use of an opportunity for contemplation and to realize assets in this way. Sometimes a person may be required simply to accept fate, to bear her cross. Every situation is distinguished by its uniqueness, and there is always only one right answer to the problem posed by the situation at hand.

Everyone has her own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein she cannot be replaced, nor can her life be repeated.

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now. Are you responsible to society or to your own conscience?

Widen and broaden the visual field of the patient so the whole spectrum of potential meaning becomes conscious and visible. The true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it were a closed system. Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone other than oneself by giving herself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human she is and the more she actualizes herself.

According to logotherapy, we can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.

Logotherapy is not pessimistic but rather activistic. The pessimist resembles a person who observes with fear and sadness that her calendar, from which she daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a person who removes each successive leaf from her calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after having first jotted down a few diary notes on the back.

A given symptom is responded to by a phobia, the phobia triggers the symptom, and the symptom, in turn, reinforces the phobia. A similar chain of events, however, can be observed in obsessive-compulsive cases in which the patient fights the ideas which haunt her. As soon as the patient stops fighting her obsessions and instead tries to ridicule them by dealing with them in an ironical way-by applying paradoxical intention-the vicious circle is cut, the symptom diminishes and finally atrophies.

Anticipatory anxiety has to be counteracted by paradoxical intention; hyper-intention as well as hyper-reflection have to be counteracted by dereflection; dereflection, however, ultimately is not possible except by the patient’s orientation toward her specific vocation and mission in life.

It is not the neurotic’s self-concern, whether pity or contempt, which breaks the circle formation; the cue to cure is self-transcendence.