Chain of Fools – Weak Links Welcomed

Chain text messages usually warn of imminent danger. The sender convinces themselves the concept is out there, so they want to keep friends and family safe. But some recipients say, “don’t hit send;” instead, they want them to play the weakest link and break the chain.

The chain messages are never helpful. These warnings give incomplete information and never come from law enforcement in an official capacity. Still, we’re moved to act somehow because the content taps our emotions. Except, fear leads to confusion that can compromise our safety. Especially when the messages arrive during a crisis.

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Omicron variant is on the rise; the Biden Administration announced on Wednesday, January 19, every family in the United States will be eligible to receive nonsurgical N95 face masks. According to the New York Times, 400 million nonsurgical N95 Masks will go to local U.S. retail Pharmacies and Community Health Centers. These masks come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Strategic National Stockpile.

Yet, two days before the announcement, I received no less than two chain text messages. Both, including one that went to a group I am in, warning of chemically treated face masks.

According to the text warning, people would come to your home with an offer of free masks. These chemically treated face coverings would render the homeowner unconscious – and the intruders would proceed to rob your house. This chain text message has been shared globally since 2020, with law enforcement denouncing it in each of their jurisdiction.

 A version of this story happened in Arlington Heights, IL *- but it occurred at the pandemic’s beginning. In 2020, home invaders wore surgical masks and rubber gloves and forced their way into a house. One of the intruders was reported shot to death, and the other was apprehended by authorities.

End of story. 

When the chain message popped up again this month, The senders helped poison the well of rational thinking. In this case, some recipients are leery of the safety and security of any masks. Especially those being offered from “the GOVERNMENT.”

We can stop this mass hysteria.

Not sure what to do if you get a chain text message warning of impending doom and gloom? There is only one way to stop the spread of disinformation. Do not forward a message with incomplete information. It is propaganda used to influence or confuse the reader. Instead, ask yourself a few questions about the text. 

  • Who was hurt?
  • What happened.
  • Where did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Why did it happen,
  • and how did it happen?

Contact your local law enforcement agency if you can answer all those questions. Either they will issue an alert or provide you with the following steps to protect yourself and others.

* Video shows men in surgical masks, gloves invade home during coronavirus crisis. by Sun-Times Media Wire – Published April 10, 2020, @5:23 PM
https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/video-shows-men-in-surgical-masks-gloves-forcing-way-into-home-during-coronavirus-crisis/2253972/

Truth Hurts: Website content might not have copyright protection

Recently, Popular recording artist and songwriter Lizzo came under fire for using a 2017 tweet by Mina Lioness in her #1 Billboard top 100 single “Truth Hurts.”  Lizzo conceded and gave writer credit to Mina Lioness in October (2019). Today, Mina Lioness is a songwriter with a record-breaking, chart-topping hit song.

And for now, all is well in the music world.

But with all this intellectual property consistently being promoted on social media websites, protecting valuable content might be an arduous but necessary task.

And before anyone thinks copyrighting artistic content applies only to music, think again.

Original content on your WordPress website or anywhere on the internet may not enjoy copyright protection, either.

Updated in March 2019,  Circular 66 Copyright Registration of Websites and Website Content says there are specific circumstances in which website content can get copyright registration.

“The Copyright Act does not explicitly recognize websites as a type of copyrightable subject matter.”

So what is a website owner to do to protect their original digital content?
In short,  Circular 66 indicates the content owner will have to register content the same way they would submit a manuscript for copyright registration.

“The deposit requirements for websites and website content are generally the same as for any other work. If the work is unpublished or if it has been published solely online, you must submit a complete copy of the work. For example, if you want to register an entire website, you must submit all of the pages as they actually appear on the site, regardless of volume. If you want to register an individual work that appears on the website, the deposit must depict the work in the context in which it appears on the website or web page. ”

It took two years before Mina Lioness received credit for her iconic tweet on Twitter.  And that’s because she had so many witnesses who retweeted or liked her original content.   Most website owners don’t have that reach.  In the absence of that level of support, copyright registration is the next best thing.  Especially since a certificate of registration is required to bring a case of infringement. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-571_e29f.pdf

Check all the requirements on Copyright.gov –
https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-digital.html
https://www.copyright.gov/registration/other-digital-content/index.html

Words Into Matter

If our thoughts create our world, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that saying the words aloud could change the invisible into Matter? Creatio ex nihilo?

Well, this thought sprouted wings after reading how Pinterest successfully drives traffic to websites. As I was updating my Pinterest board, I quickly learned working on Pinterest is no easy task. And I made my job more difficult when I decided to name my board the Daily Mind F-ck.

I needed visitors to open their minds when they saw my boards. So, I used words that would have the desired effect. I discovered I was the first one to have my mind blown.

Initially, I had several boards divided into sections. Then I thought – how cool it would be to give the board a magazine-feel. I formatted the boards’ entitled quintessence, black press, semantics, media and entertainment, oh stewardess, higher learning finance, wardrobe wish list, and a magic bag of tricks into sections on Daily Mind F-ck board. Since the titles didn’t hit the right tone, I used the Latin origin of each.

And that’s when the power of words came into view!

Quintessence became its Latin equivalent Quinta Essentia, the fifth essence. The perfect embodiment of what it possesses.

Since the Black Press is the conscience of mainstream media, using Perspicere, Latin for I see clearly or see-through seemed accurate.

Semantics is now Semanticus, the study of meanings. I’ve been fascinated with symbols and meanings since I learned the word “why.”

Media and Entertainment are Medius & Intertenere, and here’s where the meanings speak to their function. Medius means in the middle and Inter / Tenere means “between/among” and “to have, hold, or possess.” The Latin etymology of Media and Entertainment screams distract and possess.

I exchanged Subdiunare for Oh Stewardess, which in my opinion, is a better fit since subdiunare means to spend the day (anywhere).

Redemptio is Latin for ransom. Ransom was the original meaning of finance until it wasn’t. So, when I was pinning scholarship information, I was sharing ways to finance higher education. With the outstanding student loans now estimated to be nearly $1.5 trillion, paying a ransom to redeem an education is an appropriate description.

Investire replaced the wardrobe wish list. After searching for a Latin word that indicates clothing, I settled on Investire, “to clothe.” Its Latin origin of investiture is related to investing or ceremonial dress. It was a perfect substitution for a “wardrobe wish list.”.

And finally, the section formerly known as “Magic Bag of Tricks” is now Alkimia, the Latin word for alchemy (transformation of Matter).

So, there you have it. After my painstaking investigation and longwinded explanation, I realized there’s no such thing as ‘bad’ words. Instead, some words produce desired and undesired intention when spoken.

The denotation of some words may have changed over the centuries, but can we rule out that the original meaning of these words when spoken won’t manifest in our lives?

English has its foundation in Latin, French, and PIE (Proto-Indo-European) languages. In the United States, we also have quite a few Bantu words that have entered the language. All loaded with undiscovered meanings. Therefore, as the meme suggests, use words wisely. And the good news is many of the younger generations will be equipped to do just that.

The New York Times (2008) and the 74 (2017) reported that after 50 years, Latin is making a comeback in U. S. public schools.

I wouldn’t be surprised if all those children who read the Harry Potter books (1997-2007) decided to cast a spell to resurrect the dead language. This way, they would be better equipped to work their magic.

By the way, do you pin? What is your Pinterest strategy? How do you use it?