I absolutely despise this season. I’m not talking about the holiday season, I’m talking about politics season. This is the time of year where everyone that has an opinion has an uncontrollable urge to convince you that they are right about something and you should think the same way. It’s like a Caribbean straw market.
And of course, nothing is off the table when it comes to pitching your case. At a public event a couple weeks ago, a crotchety old woman came up to me to explain why I needed to be opposed to a public transit initiative. “It’s going to go from City A to City B. What’s in City B? Nothing. There’s no reason to go to City B. It’s stupid.” Well, that’s a convincing argument. Especially for people who live in City B. Since I didn’t live in that county, I couldn’t vote on it anyway.
But yesterday, I got a spam political email for a public transit referendum in my own county. What is it with the hatred of public transit? There’s a bunch of selfish fucks that think if it’s not for them, they’ll fight it to the bitter end. But before I rant on that too much, this is the point of contention for that email.
The email was delivered to an email address used exclusively for paying my electric bill. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve started using a single email per website, so I can track how my addresses are misused. So I responded and asked how he was able to acquire an email address that is used for a single purpose. Did my electric company sell my email address?
I was surprised I got a response and more surprised by what he said:
No, they did not.
Beyond that, I will say nothing other than what I do is in full compliance with the law.
I chose not to engage him any further. It is clear that the best criminals are the ones that use the law to their advantage.
Knowing that my email was not sold tipped me off as to how the address was collected. Somewhere in the electric company’s website (couldn’t find it on a quick search), there is a notice that says that communications with a government agency – which my electric company is – are public record. Somehow, somewhere, there is a way to request these communications, which would include email addresses. It’s legal, for sure; it’s also immoral, for sure.
And that pretty much sums up this season. It’s a bunch of fuckasses doing anything they can to manipulate you and get done what they want done for their own personal gain. It’s all selfishness. Two generations before mine – the “greatest generation” – knew that by creating infrastructure for everyone, everyone benefits. The current in-power generation, throughout their entire life, has created an a la carte existence, where you pay only for whatever you want. More importantly, you don’t pay for anything that you don’t want.
There is no sense of community anymore. There is no sense of making the world a better place. There is no sense of altruism. The selfish pricks keep screaming their heads off about taxes and how “I’m just looking out for my children’s future!” Well, how about you do some looking out for other children’s future?