A reason to be afraid of the Boston Police Department

Cops investigating cops.  It’s time for a real Citizens Review Board.

The initial story: video shows boston police officer roughing up a civilian

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/25/video-shows-boston-police-officer-roughing-civilian/P2BNi0esFeknfj7IPvXaJM/story.html


The following appeared on BostonGlobe.com:
Evans defends officer in Back Bay pedestrian incident –

The Boston Globe Date: Sep 21, 2016

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/09/20/bpd-release-results-investigation-officer-filmed-roughing-pedestrian/e4uSoK4VU5JJZsQYjjSBjP/story.html?s_campaign=8315

A comment by a person with the tag of Oceanlover617.

Imagine you are Mr. Gurin, an unassuming, 64-year-old law-abiding man who has just put in a hard day’s work. Like the rest of us, you are a kind and loving man who supports your family, are loyal to your friends, and love the city in which you live and pay taxes. Sure, you’ve gotten a speeding ticket or two, and there was that parking violation when the parking meter was broken, but those are pretty much the only smudges on your citizenship record. You’re fatigued and walking home and, whether it’s your fault or not, you’re nearly hit by a car in an intersection; “fight or flight” kicks in and, in a nanosecond, you lose your temper and tap on the car’s window with your umbrella. Suddenly, a furious, brawny man in a Red Sox jersey jumps out of his car (which, by the way, is NOT a cop car, so you have no way of knowing he’s a cop) and starts screaming at you. Realizing this man’s fury dwarfs yours after being cut off by his car and, realizing he’s approximately half your age, twice your size and screaming angrily, you run for your life, zigzagging your way through pedestrians on a busy Boston street. You trip and fall, injuring yourself. Instead of rendering aid, this man’s knee is in your back and you are being held down to the ground. “How dare you challenge my power by tapping on my window with an umbrella, don’t you know who I am?” Is this what the officer (or in the eyes of Chief Evans, presumably “soldier,” as you are later referred to as a “civilian”) was thinking? Infuriated and emboldened by the fact that he wears a badge to work, the man starts humiliating you by dragging you down the street by your shirt collar in a makeshift “perp walk” witnessed by dozens, hundreds of people (including one of your co-workers) on one of the busiest streets in Boston. As is proven on cell phone video, you remain calm and respectful the entire time, even when dozens of BPD officers converge on the scene as if you’ve just committed armed robbery. The officers take the cop’s side of the story, not yours, and the cop realizes the window of the personal car he drives as a “civilian” is smudged, not broken or even scratched. You consider this a major event but proceed with caution, filing a complaint against a public servant who behaved inappropriately. You discover this is not the first complaint filed against this officer. One day, the boss of the police department you have trusted to defend and protect you calls a press conference to discuss the “exhaustive investigation” that has occurred. The chief figuratively throws you under the bus (perhaps in the same intersection where the incident began), sullying your name and reputation in order to protect a man who obviously is prone to these types of incidents and outbursts. Remarkably, he produces video to counteract the video shot and posted by a “civilian” who witnessed the incident (perhaps because the “civilian’s” video was viewed more than a million times on social media). You can’t believe your eyes or ears as the leader of your police force almost totally exonerates the actions of a man who clearly is a hothead, not a hero. The chief impugns the integrity of the “civilian” who shot the cell phone video and implies you are somehow to blame for not acting as quickly and impulsively as the off-duty officer did in that intersection. Sadly, when it dawns on you that this “exhaustive search,” that included interviews with other “civilians” who witnessed the event, would never have been conducted if this cell phone video had never surfaced. In that moment, what emotions would you feel? Anger? Sadness? Disappointment? Mistrust? Yesterday afternoon, human empathy transported us into the mind of Mr. Gurin; amazingly, we were let down by the very people we have idolized, trusted and paid to protect us. The chief called a press conference because he could, and local media carried it live because that’s what they do, and an entire region watched as the chief implied this was all your fault. You were hardly the Marathon bomber, yet you were feted with a BPD press conference. Boy, the BPD must have been livid that you would have the nerve to consult an ACLU lawyer and yes, you know they must have felt an extra sense of urgency to defend their own given recent officer-involved incidents around the country.

You were not fooled, and neither were we. This press conference was a classic “CYA” stunt, and this morning, we have a little less respect for Chief Evans and a little more mistrust for the people who report to him. It is sad and disappointing, but it is true. In this case, in this city in which we take so much pride, a city that was a beacon to the world for strength in adversity, the tables have been turned. Boston Wrong.

Thank you Oceanlover617, for taking the time to put this incident into the proper perspective.  IMHO, the BPD does not care what the people of Boston think about them.

To all the officers who work really hard to keep us safe, I thank you.  But, the “Blue Wall” has to come down.  It is not you versus us.  We are all in this together.

Caligula for President

I have bionic Rottweilers that piss nerve gas and have three rows of titanium shark teeth.

I have a dead-loyal bunch of absolutely ruthless, buck naked Liberian ex-child soldiers from Charlie Taylor’s “Boy Brigade”, armed to the tits with TDI KRISS Super V Machine guns, flamethrowers, MP7A1s, 50-cal Barett sniper rifles, silenced  High-Standard .22 assassination pistols and MP-5s, quite a handful of grenade launchers and all the meth they can smoke.

Excerpt from Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny, Cintra Wilson

In this inventive and biting satire, acclaimed novelist and cultural critic Cintra Wilson reimagines America’s Manifest Destiny as helmed by Caligula, the only leader in world history capable of turning our floundering democracy into a fully functioning-and totally fun-tyranny, both here and abroad. With Caligula running the show, America will finally be able to achieve what the founding fathers really wanted, but never had the nerve to admit.

Smoke Detector Battery Rage

We have 7 smoke detectors, 2 carbon monoxide detectors, in hallways.  The acoustics in the hallways are such that it is difficult to determine which smoke detector is beeping.  Standing on a ladder with your ear next to the detector can take up to 3 attempts before locating the ringing detector.  Not the world’s most pressing problem, but aggravating enough.  The common workaround is to replace all batteries once a year (daylight savings start is an oft suggested time).  I do not like to throw about stuff before it is used up, so I wait for the alarms to beep.

First, a little background.  If you want to skip to the idea for making this easier, scroll down past the horizontal line.

Why do smoke detectors beep so infrequently when their batteries are low, making the sound impossible to localize?

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-smoke-detectors-beep-so-infrequently-when-their-batteries-are-low-making-the-sound-impossible-to-localize

Here a take on solving the problem, in the case where you have a mix of hardwired and battery operated alarms:

http://ask.metafilter.com/274485/Which-smoke-detectors-battery-of-6-is-defective

Code in our area requires hard-wired smoke detectors with battery backup for multi unit dwellings.  You can’t just turn these off like the above article does for battery only alarms.

This article hints at another problem.

Alarm Battery Chirps Aren’t Pre-Programmed to Interrupt Sleep.  (Really??)

http://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/news/news-article/myth_buster__alarm_battery_chirps_aren_t_pre_programmed_to_interrupt_sleep.aspx

When one of the 7 starts beeping in the middle of the night, it is really annoying.

I could replace the 9 volt battery ones I have with a new one that has a sealed 10 year battery.  But, they are not cheap to replace.

Worry Free Hardwired Inter Connectable 120-Volt Smoke Alarm with 10-Year Lithium Battery Back Up (3-Pack) $79.99

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Kidde-Worry-Free-Hardwired-Inter-Connectable-120-Volt-Smoke-Alarm-with-10-Year-Lithium-Battery-Back-Up-3-Pack-21025981/205422332

In addition, to the cost of an electrician time to swap out the old with the new.


So I had the brilliant idea of using my android phones sound meter app to help me detect which one is going off .

http://androidboy1.blogspot.com/2010/11/smart-sound-ver-10-manual.html  Sound Meter (as well as a lot of other tools) by Android boy is available on Google Play.

There is a disclaimer about the accuracy of the meter:

If the measured value of a quiet room is between 35-45db, it should be accurate.  For more accuracy, you have to compare the value with a REAL sound meter. By the way, do you have a REAL one?🙂  Just use this app as an auxiliary tool.

Nevertheless, for measuring relative loudness, it should work just fine.

The sound meter has a very convenient logging function that tracks the decibels it records over time.

You do have a problem with background noises, so you might need to track the external none beeping noises against the every 30 second or so beeps.

Of course, I thought of this, right after I spent 15 minutes sitting in the hallway determining which smoke detectors battery I had to replace.

I will use the sound meter to locate the one going off, next time.

NOT A PAID ENDORSEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

House of Blues – Bait and Switch

House of Blues – LiveNation

JB1

jb2

Dear Michael Rapino
President and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment

When I bought my ticket, You showed that I had seats. When I get to the venue, I see that its standing room only.
That is bait and switch. I want my money back. If you give me my money back, I will take this down. If you don’t, I will see how many other folks do not like this practice.

A Little Charlestown History

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/dea/pubs/briefing/4_4.htm

Between 1975 and 1992, the small Boston community of Charlestown experienced 49 murders, 33 of them unsolved. Police were frustrated by the unspoken “Code of Silence” that the citizens of Charlestown adopted. Whether fear of retaliation by the criminals, anti-police sentiment, or vigilante justice motivated the town’s citizens, no one would talk to police.

Charlestown was a main distribution center for PCP and cocaine, with several career criminals, known as the “Irish Mob,” in charge of the drug trade. Because drugs were a large part of Charlestown’s crime problem, DEA got involved, joining forces with the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, and Boston Housing Police Department. A task force was formed to tackle Charlestown’s crime.

DEA agents and local officers worked together to establish a comprehensive case against the criminals. By bringing federal drug laws to bear, the task force was able to develop solid cases. Information was developed that would lead to prosecution on charges of murder to further the drug trade. In addition, special agents of the Department of Housing and Urban Development were able to take action against tenants living illegally in Charlestown housing.

As a result, 40 defendants were indicted on charges that included racketeering, murder, attempted murder, murder for hire, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, armed robberies, and carrying firearms during the commission of crime of violence. Several of the defendants were subsequently convicted of murder.

Once the violent criminals were taken from the community, the threat of retaliation was removed, and the code of silence was broken. A hot line set up by DEA yielded hundreds of calls from community residents that developed into valuable leads and significant arrests. The seriousness of the federal charges reassured the residents that they no longer had to live in fear.

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/26/us/neighborhood-finally-talks-and-loosens-crime-s-grip.html

Published: March 26, 1995

BOSTON, March 25— For decades in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, witnesses to crimes never breathed a word, either out of loyalty or out of fear.

But on Wednesday, two leaders of a drug ring and their enforcer were convicted in Federal District Court on charges of racketeering, cocaine trafficking, murder and attempted murder, with the help of testimony from about a dozen witnesses.

The two leaders, Michael Fitzgerald and John Houlihan, were charged with running a drug ring, using Joseph Nardone as their enforcer, out of Kerrigan’s Flower Shop in Charlestown, a one-mile-square neighborhood on Boston Harbor that is also the home of Old Ironsides, the frigate Constitution.

The three are to be sentenced on May 18. Prosecutors are recommending that they get life in prison without parole.

Before the convictions, the Irish, working-class neighborhood of 15,000 was well known for its residents’ habit of not talking to the police, its code of silence. The situation left many police officers frustrated.

“Most of the crime committed over there, we know who did it,” said Capt. Edward McNelley of the police homicide unit. “But our knowing doesn’t mean anything. We need a person to come forward and say, ‘I was there and I will testify.’ ”

The authorities managed to crack the code of silence with a three-year investigation in which the Government spent more than $1 million to protect witnesses, including a half-dozen residents who asked to be moved out of the neighborhood for fear of retribution.

About a dozen thieves and drug dealers were granted immunity from prosecution and received new identities under the Federal witness protection program.

“This has been a long time coming, and it has given families some belief in the system again, that the system can work and we don’t have to accept the way things were in the past,” said Sandy King, whose two sons were shot in front of witnesses who would not talk.

Five years ago, she helped found the Charlestown After Murder Program, an organization of women who meet every Sunday in a Catholic church to talk about unsolved homicides that have affected their lives. The police say that of the 50 homicides the group has tracked since 1975, arrests have been made in only about half.

Ms. King said the code of silence was started long ago by Irish immigrants who distrusted authority. A longshoreman, for example, might steal a case of tuna from the docks but give a little of the fish to his neighbors so that when the police inquired about the theft, no one knew anything.

Over time, the silence allowed criminals to thrive.

Charlestown became known by law-enforcement officials nationwide for its small-time hoodlums, thieves, drug dealers and murderers. Crime became so commonplace that arguments normally settled in a fistfight often ended in murder.

Today, the Bunker Hill Monument divides a small group of young professionals who live in renovated brownstones from a far greater number of “townies,” longtime residents who live in row houses and a sprawling housing project. Ninety-six percent of Charlestown is white.

During the trial, one witness told of driving the getaway car for Mr. Nardone and hearing the squat, bull-necked hit man laugh about killing an informer. The witness said he and Mr. Nardone had split a $5,000 fee.

But not everyone is sure that things have changed.

“I got nothing to say about nothing,” said a clerk in a coin-operated laundry who would give her name only as Patty.

The owner of the laundry, who refused to give his name, said he doubted that the code of silence had really been broken.

“You talk about things you’re not supposed to talk about, you get killed,” he said.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/19971223/news/312239965

Posted Dec. 23, 1997 at 12:01 AM
Updated Jan 11, 2011 at 1:34 AM

CONCORD, N.H. — Before yesterday, ratting to police on your neighbors was a good way to get killed in the tough, blue-collar section of Boston known as Charlestown.

But the testimony of their neighbors helped convict five members of a Charlestown-based bank robbery gang yesterday, and the lead prosecutor said the town’s “silent majority” was all for it.

“I don’t think Charlestown is going to be the same. If the code of silence isn’t dead, it’s definitely moribund,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Vicinanzo.

“We have received a tremendous outpouring of support from the citizens,” he said. “The silent majority was rooting for us to get rid of these thugs who have been intimidating their town for some time.”

A U.S. District Court jury delivered guilty verdicts on 54 of 55 counts, including ones charging the five in the Aug. 25, 1994, robbery in Hudson in which two armored car guards were shot to death. One defendant, Patrick McGonagle, was found innocent of a carjacking count.

The jury deliberated for 32 hours over seven days. The trial began in September.

Convicted with McGonagle, 58, were Michael O’Halloran, 40, Anthony Shea, 34, Stephen Burke, 41, and Matthew McDonald, 35.

None was indicted for murder because witnesses could not clearly identify the masked robbers in the holdups, which began in 1990 and lasted into 1995.

When the five were charged last year, Charlestown was notorious for its code of silence. But the intensive investigation and a change of heart in the community broke the code, prosecutors said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Connolly said Charlestown residents and criminals alike decided to come forward following the Hudson deaths.

“Numerous career bank robbers threw in the towel and testified in this trial,” Connolly said at a news conference following the verdict. “So many broke the code, shattered the code. Many of them testified that they had grown tired of a life of stealing, of drugs, of broken relationships.”

In one sign that fear of retribution remained, Judge Steven McAuliffe sealed the list of jurors’ names.

Connolly called the verdict a victory for the armored car guards’ families and “a total victory for justice.”

“These men were highly professional, violent and ruthless criminals who took every step not to be identified. Today they were identified,” he said.

Vicinanzo described the men as part of a close group of career criminals, many of whom grew up together.

“There has been a culture in Charlestown that fostered that,” he said. “(But now) the people are changing. I don’t think they’re going to let it happen again.”

Most of the holdups were in Massachusetts, including two in Fall River. The Hudson robbery was one of two in New Hampshire; the others were in Connecticut and Rhode Island in 1991. The indictment also included a 1995 armored car holdup in West Palm Beach, Fla.

A sixth defendant, John Burke, pleaded guilty in October, partway through the trial, and testified against the others, including his brother Stephen. He is to be sentenced next month.

Prosecutors estimated that the gang committed more than 100 armed robberies and made off with millions of dollars during more than 30 years.

Lawyers for the men promised appeals.

“I really thought … there would be more, perhaps different results, rather than just blanket ‘guilties,”‘ said Peter Anderson, Stephen Burke’s lawyer. He said he planned to appeal on the admission of DNA and fingerprint evidence during the trial.

The men will be sentenced April 2. Prosecutors said they will ask for life sentences without parole, prescribed in federal sentencing guidelines, on two of the Hudson robbery counts.

The Robberies

Robberies in the indictment, approximate amount stolen, if known; and the defendants named in each robbery July 28, 1995 Fall River Five-Cent Savings Bank, Fall River, Mass.; Shea, Burke. May 11, 1995 Brinks armored car, West Palm Beach, Fla.; $122,000; Shea, Burke. Aug. 25, 1994 Northeast Armored Transport Inc. armored car, Hudson, N.H.; $500,000; Shea, McDonald, O’Halloran, Burke, McGonagle. March 1994 Wells Fargo armored car, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Shea, O’Halloran, McDonald, Burke. Jan. 25, 1994 Wells Fargo armored car, Charlestown, Mass.; Shea, O’Halloran, McDonald, Burke. May 4, 1993 Manchester Security Services armored car, Seabrook, N.H.; $280,000; Shea, O’Halloran, Burke. Dec. 22, 1992 Transit Systems Inc. armored car, Lynn, Mass.; $500,000-$600,000; Shea, O’Halloran, Burke. Feb. 27, 1992 Bank of Boston, Newton, Mass.; Shea, McDonald. Late 1991 Banks and armored cars in Fall River, Mass; Shea, McDonald, Burke. Dec. 5, 1991 Pioneer Finance Cooperative Bank, Malden, Mass.; $95,000; Shea, McDonald. 1991 Banks and armored cars in Connecticut and Rhode Island; Shea, McDonald. March 15, 1990 Bank of New England, Charlestown, Mass.; Shea, McDonald.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown_Mob

The gang was headed by the McLaughlin brothers (Bernie, Georgie, and Edward “Punchy” McLaughlin) and their associates, brothers Stevie and Connie Hughes from Charlestown. Some of its notorious associates included Will Delaney, Spike O’Toole, Harry Hannon, William Bennett, Edward Bennett, John Shackelford, Frank Murray, Leo Lowry, Ron Dermody and Joe “Rockball” O’Rourke.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown_Townies

Townieism accepts that criminal activity exists in Charlestown’s past and present, most notably in the form of bank and pharmacy robberies by Townies as well as narcotic sales and use, and does not pass judgement on this behavior. Townies refer to serving a federal prison sentence as “going to college” and the area experiences a rate of drug-related hospitalizations and deaths 50% higher than the rest of Boston.[3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown,_Boston

Throughout the 1960s until the mid-1990s, Charlestown was infamous for its Irish Mob presence. Charlestown’s McLaughlin Brothers were involved in a gang war with neighboring Somerville’s Winter Hill Gang, during the Irish Mob Wars of the 1960s. I

 

The green square mile : story of the Charlestown Irish

Coping with a Heat Dome

“A heat dome occurs when high pressure in the upper atmosphere acts as a lid, preventing hot air from escaping. The air is forced to sink back to the surface, warming even further on the way.”

The National Weather Service recommends that people take precautions such as staying indoors in air-conditioned spaces, drinking enough water, wearing lightweight clothing, and eating “light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.”

What about ice cream? It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

Windows 10

A work in progress

Windows Anniversary Update

More integration with the Microsoft world.  I accepted the express settings and set my default location.  I will write here if I find anything egregious in the access. Given Google tracks so much, and if you have a smartphone, your tracked already, I am not overly concerned.  If you are concerned about your privacy, run Ubuntu or the Tails os https://tails.boum.org/. If you think you can run windows and/or chrome and stop Mickeysoft or THEGOOGLE, and every website you visit from tracking you, you may be delusional.

They changed the left start menu by adding and breaking out a few more things.  NBD.

Windows Defender is no more visible.  I see it on my status bar

Windows Dark Theme: Settings app. Go to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors. In the main part of the Settings screen, scroll down to the bottom and under “Choose your app mode” select the Dark radio button.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3103560/windows/how-to-enable-windows-10s-dark-theme-in-the-anniversary-update.html

I am running the dark theme with a black background. Windows settings and Control Panel items are still confusing. For example, right click on the desktop and hit personalization and Control Panel personalization are different. CP has themes, which is different than the theme stuff mentioned above.


Right Click on the Windows Icon, bottom left corner, it shows you a context menu of the most frequently used systems stuff, like Control Panel, Event Viewer, Device Manager, File Explorer, Cmd prompt etc

Security Essentials is now Windows Defender

Disk Cleanup is now in Windows Administrative Tools

Windows Store – get Windows DVD Player or another app that plays DVDs. Provided your PC has an optical disc drive, Windows DVD Player will play DVD movies (but not Blu‑ray Discs).

Auto Play and  DVD Playback is different

Insert CD
Open File Explorer
Right Click on your CD drive
Choose Auto Play
Chose Play DVD

or select Windows Dvd player from all programs

Solitaire is different

Play Solitaire in Your Browser

solitaireforfree.com
minesweeperforfree.com

or Search for “Chrome Web Store”
(in Chrome)
Search For Solitaire, Choose one to install in your Chrome Browser

A collection of a lot of versions of Solitaire

http://pysolfc.sourceforge.net/

If you do not want to use a microsoft account to log in, Got to All Settings – Accounts and change how you log in. As of Jul 2016, I use a pin to logon inot my machine. http://www.howtogeek.com/232557/how-to-add-a-pin-to-your-account-in-windows-10/  I still have my microsoft accunt associated with the machine.

Windows after version 8 have a different screen layout design to accommodate mobile and tablet devices.  Sometimes (especially in settings) you find you have to scroll down to find everything that’s part of a section.

File History replaced Windows Backup in Windows 8, and Windows 10 makes one of its better features—version histories for files you’ve altered—even more accessible.

Add a disk or leave a usb drive connected.

 

Anomalies

Control Panel -> Programs may have a different list of installed programs than Action Center -> Right Click -> All Settings -> System -> Apps and features.  Some things you get from the Store, (what you get to when you click on store from the apps list ) are called apps, not programs.  So if you looking for a program or app, sometimes you have to check both places

Run the troubleshooter for Windows apps
 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/69e76f90-d54c-44cf-9851-c2d1542790db/run-the-troubleshooter-for-windows-apps

 

Of interest

Windows 10’s Game DVR tool is designed to capture your PC gaming glories, but you can actually use it to save videos from any open Windows app or desktop program.

Links for your browser.  The online file sharing offered by microsoft, Google and Dropbox is awesome.  I keep onedrive and google drive in status area.  I often have to share and change settings for these services.  The following links allow you to change your settings, and in dropbox’s case, add files by dragging and dropping onto the browser window.

Online Data

https://onedrive.live.com/
https://www.dropbox.com/home
https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive

Google Photos
https://photos.google.com/

http://superuser.com/questions/962070/windows-7-windows-update-hangs-on-checking-for-updates

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4fe566bd-31b1-4413-8c4c-412b52533669

June

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52974

Ghosts and Gremlins

On Jul 26, I started getting “cannot log in to group policy master” error message.  I rebooted a couple of times, same thing.   Before this, I had deleted a few old usb devices from device manager and had run my powercfg.bat routine.  It was 85 ° in the house.  Okay, I boot up Jul 27, problem gone.   I had searched around saw people doing a registry fix to get around this. I did nothing to fix this, it fixed itself, of the gremlin moved on.

Your Computer is Haunted – xkcd

Cognitive Distortions

http://garyjohnsoninfo.info/musings/cognitivebt.html

Dr. David Burns has a really nice list of cognitive distortions,see the link above.

One of them is DISQUALIFYING THE POSITIVE:
You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or other.

But in this day of propaganda and the propagenda, I think it’s important to understand if we disqualify the positive, but also “Are we qualifying the negative?

How do you filter out the bull crap?  How do you ignore all the negative labels used to try and influence your beliefs?  How do you separate the rhetoric from what counts?

I thought I was good at separating fact from  fiction, unfortunately, I find that living in the real world puts me in contact with a lot of people who have no idea how to be critical thinkers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking

Critical thinking calls for the ability to:

  • Recognize problems, to find workable means for meeting those problems
  • Understand the importance of prioritization and order of precedence in problem solving
  • Gather and marshal pertinent (relevant) information
  • Recognize unstated assumptions and values
  • Comprehend and use language with accuracy, clarity, and discernment
  • Interpret data, to appraise evidence and evaluate arguments
  • Recognize the existence (or non-existence) of logical relationships between propositions
  • Draw warranted conclusions and generalizations
  • Put to test the conclusions and generalizations at which one arrives
  • Reconstruct one’s patterns of beliefs on the basis of wider experience
  • Render accurate judgments about specific things and qualities in everyday life

All of this is very helpful, but what I really want is a good bullshit detector. Something that can take a political statement and break it down to what is fact or fiction.

Tech Support

 

Why Tech Support Is (Purposely) Unbearable

By KATE MURPHY

Worse, just as you suspected, companies know the torture they are putting you through, with cable and mobile service providers the most egregious offenders.

You may consider yourself even-keeled, the kind of person who is unflappable when those around you are losing their cool. But all that goes out the window when you call tech support. Then you fume. Your face turns red. You shout things into the phone that would appall your mother

It’s called tech support rage.

And you are not alone. Getting caught in a tech support loop — waiting on hold, interacting with automated systems, talking to people reading from unhelpful scripts and then finding yourself on hold yet again — is a peculiar kind of aggravation that mental health experts say can provoke rage in even the most mild-mannered person.