Sunday, December 26, 2021

Web sites are selling counterfeit postage stamps from China


Our shocking Parliament: only one-third of federal MPs deserve any respect

Next year’s election is an opportunity for voters to replace the liars and misfits in Parliament with quality independent candidates. 

BBC:  Two year investigation, leaked documents, show scope of activity by Nigerian violent gang Black Axe around the world
Question of the week:  What is happening with emails claiming I’m being charged for renewing Anti-virus programs I’ve never had?  I get on average three of these a week, supposedly from Norton, Geek Squad, or other companies.  They have a phone number to call.  Who is behind these, and what is the scam?
BBB Studies. Here are links to the study topics of my studies: puppy fraudromance fraudBEC fraudsweepstakes/lottery fraud,  tech support fraudromance fraud money mulescrooked moversgovernment impostersonline vehicle sale scamsrental fraudgift cards,  job scams, and online shopping fraud.
Virus ScamsFraud News Around the worldHumor FTC and CFPB  Virus Benefit TheftBusiness Email compromise fraud Ransomware  IRS and tax frauds ATM skimmingJamaica and Lottery FraudRomance Fraud and Sextortion
  1. “The broadening of personhood to include some nonhuman entities is not so much a recent adaptation of an old legal concept as it is a return to an even older one” — Justin E.H. Smith (Université Paris Diderot) on the personalization of nature
  2. Making discussions of cosmopolitanism more cosmopolitan — short reflections from nine philosophers initiate a project to draw upon Chinese philosophical traditions in order to explore alternative understandings of the nature and future of cosmopolitanism
  3. Part of his legacy is the motivating of “a history of political philosophy that does not cleave to exclusionary conceptions of the discipline” — an appreciation of Charles Mills by Sophie Smith (Oxford)
  4. “Almost every person has reason to avoid subjection to digital recording whenever possible” — Elizabeth O’Neill (Eindhoven) on the “spectacular set of new threats” we face owing to the combination of digital recording, the internet, and artificial intelligence
  5. “Living in the now does not entail a refusal to care about the future, only a refusal to condition happiness and meaning on it” — John Martin Fischer (UCR) on a common insight of Stoicism and Buddhism
  6. “Just as we would be loath to dictate what art people must engage with, we should be wary of social pressures that decree what they can’t” — Erich Hatala Matthes (Wellesley) on consuming the art of immoral artists
  7. “Ten Propositions of Baruch Spinoza for Tenor and Piano” by British composer Michael Zev Gordon has been shortlisted for an Ivors award — you can listen to the 21-minute song cycle sets of texts from Spinoza’s Ethics at the link