Being Honest is Worth the Trouble, but it’s Still Trouble

This morning I went through an annoying formality which I hope most of you would also be willing to tolerate.  A $45.00 item which I bought online has shipped, but the charge for it has disappeared from my bank record. Initially, the charge was visible when I made a checking inquiry, and I thought everything was fine.  However, after I went through something complicated with a different order placed with the same retailer, the charge disappeared. I thought I’d get it cleared up this morning, by using the shopping site’s Customer Service chat feature.  The person I communicated with was … Continue reading Being Honest is Worth the Trouble, but it’s Still Trouble

Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

We hear about identity theft precautions all the time.  Always shred documents before discarding them.  Empty your mailbox every day.  Don’t share your credit card number with someone who calls you on the phone and tells you there’s a misdemeanor warrant for your arrest, and paying a fine will resolve the matter (and please don’t judge people who have fallen for this scam.  The callers know how to induce panic). Other precautions are less practical to carry out, so we have to decide how many risks we’re willing to take for our convenience or to make a system more efficient. … Continue reading Keeping Your Info Safe on Public Transit, and Unrelated Irony

Seek the Truth Only

At the end of this post is a link to a CBS News story shared on MSN’s site. Actress Natalie Wood died in an apparent accidental drowning in 1981.  Since then, there have been questions about her death, and the investigation was reopened in 2012. Right now, we’re hearing about powerful men doing horrible things to women (and a few men, and children), and we know it’s unlikely those men will be held accountable. The timing of this news story is disturbing, only because the public is mad as hell about men in the performing arts getting away with unspeakable crimes.  If Natalie … Continue reading Seek the Truth Only

How Often is This Covered up — or Just Ignored?

At the end of this post, please click the link to an article on The Guardian’s site.  The report is just the predictable tip of the iceberg, while the root problem is on the iceberg itself.  Is anyone looking at the iceberg?  I am, because I have experience being assaulted. I was molested by more than one person when I was a child, but none of the assaults on me were as extreme as what Larry Nassar has apparently done. The assaults against me did not involve penetration, but they were frequent.  They were also dismissed as either harmless or justified whenever … Continue reading How Often is This Covered up — or Just Ignored?