“Is Gen Z so stupid?”

Facepalm X 2I’ll take, “The Decline of Western Civilization” for $100, Alex. Is Gen Z so stupid? Post Malone fans actually believe he discovered Ozzy Osbourne and thank rapper for finding new talent.

Hey, he’s a white male, that means that whatever he did in the 20th Century has absolutely no bearing on the 21st Century, right?

One track on Malone’s album titled “Take What You Want” features Travis Scott and heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.

And they apparently think that is when Ozzy Osbourne became known. OK, not that reminds me of Nineteen Eighty-four. Where history has been erased.

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love. (Hat tip to Death Wish Coffee.)

And we will revisit this travesty in a future Musical Interlude. Though I don’t really care for either Blizzard of Ozz, or early Black Sabbath, this cannot be allowed to stand.

What Anti-vaxxers Have Achieved

Pretty much what would be expected. Measles cases skyrocket.

At least 1,241 people — many of them school-aged children — contracted the viral infection across 31 states so far this year, according to the latest count by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which called it the highest number of reported cases in nearly a generation.

The rise comes amid increased demand for vaccine exemptions as parents, some dubious of government control or worried about the now-debunked link between immunization and autism, seek to opt their children out of the mandatory shot schedule.

And it isn’t just that “if I vaccinate my kids, I’m OK” because for 3% of the population, the measles vaccine fails. In general, that number is small enough that they would be protected by a more completely vaccinated population.

Affects of measles can include permanent hearing loss, permanent brain-damage and death.

3/4 of Calls to 911 Are in Error

At least in Orangeville, Ontario. Oops is no excuse: You’d be surprised how many 911 calls Dufferin OPP receives in error or by accident.

Nearly three-quarters of the time 911 has been dialed in its jurisdiction this year, Dufferin OPP has responded to learn that the call was made in error or by accident.

From January to Aug. 31, Dufferin OPP Const. Shannon Gordanier reports that officers have responded to a total of 413 calls made to 911 — of those calls, police report 307, or 75 per cent, were made in error.

Those 75 percent of calls need to be investigated. Which means those services aren’t available for real emergencies.

17,000 Domains Infected With Credit-card-stealing Code

Thank you Amazon Cloud Services for making it so easy to screw up. Over 17,000 Domains Infected with Code that Steals Card Data.

Magecart. Steals the credit card data you enter when checking out online.

Cybercriminals running Magecart operations have added payment card skimming code to more than 17,000 domains with JavaScript files in misconfigured Amazon S3 buckets.

All made possible by people using Amazon’s cloud storage who refuse to think about security.

The more popular domains are on “Alexa’s top 2,000 ranking list.” Because if you’re going to hack into sites, it makes sense to target the popular ones.

One recommended action to prevent unauthorized editing of files in an Amazon S3 bucket is limiting write permissions to trusted users only.

But that would be complicated. I would have to get a list of users I trust, and update it when new people are hired or old people leave, and that is just too complicated. Can’t I just leave access open? Surely no one will notice and try to hack in, will they? </sarcasm>

And besides, the people screwing up aren’t the ones having their credit card data stolen.

Chicago Goes Full Peak Florida

So far I haven’t found anyone calling it a “monster.” Officials confirm alligator living in Humboldt Park Lagoon, drawing curiosity seekers. Then again it is only about 4 or 5 feet long.

Chicago officials confirmed an alligator is living in Humboldt Park Lagoon after several people reported seeing the animal there Tuesday morning and others shared photos of it.

There’s even a guy called “Alligator Bob” who has helped “officials” catch alligators in the past.

In 2010, Alligator Bob helped capture an alligator in the North Branch of the Chicago River near Belmont Avenue. A 2008 capture in the South Branch of the river was billed at the time as the first time an alligator was found in the river. But a Tribune article from 1902 claimed one was found that July near what’s now Roosevelt Road.

Why people think keeping an alligator as a pet would be a good thing, and then why they would “release” one into Chicago waters… these things mystify me.

Social Justice Fail

JusticeThey didn’t think bail was fair, so they paid to get him freed. Nonprofit Pays Bail For Man Who Attacked His Wife, Hours Later He Murders Her. The dead woman didn’t get much justice, social or any other kind.

First, what happened.

St. Louis, MO – Just hours after a nonprofit group posted bail for a man accused of assaulting his wife, the suspect went to the woman’s home and brutally murdered her, according to prosecutors.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was arrested for domestic abuse on April 5, after he allegedly beat 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, injuring her cheekbone and ear, the Associated Press reported.

He was bailed out of jail by a Social Justice Organization, the Bail Project. (Soon to be renamed as the Fail Project?)

“The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system,” according to the group’s website. “We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”

Hours. Not days. Not weeks. Hours after they bailed him out, the woman he had previously attacked was dead.

There was a court order of protection. Cops arrested him. Though why bail was granted is beyond me. (Don’t you think he presented a clear threat to the public, or at least to one member thereof?)

The Fail Project leaders are “saddened” but claim they are not to blame. And no one could have predicted that a violent husband would continue to be violent.

“No one could have predicted this tragedy,” [Bail Project Executive Director Robin] Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press.

The hat tip goes to The Other McCain who notes, ‘No One Could Have Predicted This Tragedy’ (But It Was Predictable). If you read as much about Domestic Violence as I do, you know that it is hardly ever a one-time occurrence, and it tends to escalate.

The System (with the aid of The Bail Project) failed to protect this woman. But then it fails to protect most people with violent stalkers. If you have a need for a restraining order, then you have a need for a personal protection plan, because you never know when a group of well-meaning dunderheads (e.g. The Bail Project) will enable that violent stalker to attack you. That plan should include something aside from “Calling 911.” Road to Hell. Good Intentions.

Calling 911 – Never Underestimate the Power of Stupid

That people continue to call 911 with non-emergencies is shocking to me. I know I shouldn’t be surprised. ‘How do I start my oven?’: 36% of 911 calls this year in Brampton, Mississauga were non-emergencies.

Every call to 911 for a non emergency (no crime, no fire, no injury, etc.) wastes resources. There are plenty of my “Calling 911” stories about how folks are put on hold, because there are not enough operators to answer all the calls. If your call volume is inflated 36 percent by the idiots in the world, that just puts everyone at risk.

And what are those idiots calling about?

  • Potential recruits asking how to become a police officer;
  • People asking how to start their oven, thinking the operator can talk them through it;
  • People who have forgotten their passwords for their smartphones or computers, believing the police have a database to look up that information;

For that last one, you probably need to call the NSA.

25% of Americans Don’t Know Earth Orbits the Sun

This is sad. 1 in 4 Americans Don't Know Earth Orbits the Sun. Yes, Really. : Discovery News.

The other disappointing statistic: “The majority of young Americans think astrology is a science.”

Astronomy is a science. Astrology is superstition.

But in a country where we have to see Bill Nye debating with folks who think the entire universe is 6000 years old or so, what should one expect?