Judge Napolitano Robo-calls?

So I’m sitting here at work making sure the tickets are all squared away like usual and the phone rings.  Pop out my headphones and pick up the handset to hear the phone system identify which client is calling and sure enough it identifies one of our clients and passes the call on.  Instead of getting a human on the other end of the line I was greeted with what was obviously an audio recording of someone giving a well rehearsed speech.  I sat there for about 30 seconds repeatedly asking for a human and what they wanted, but the recording just went on and on so I gave up and hung up; if it was that important I figured they would call back.

So I sat here puzzled by what I had just heard, so I started googling around to find out where the audio was from and with just a little effort turned up that it was Judge Andrew Napolitano, who used to have his own show Freedom Watch and has been featured on Lew Rockwell’s website.  Further digging around and I come across several results where people have been recieving robo-calls from random numbers playing this audio file.  The creepy part about this whole thing was that right when the phone rang I was in the middle of a semi-heated political discussion with some folks I know online so needless to say I was a little disturbed by the coincidence.

I haven’t figured out who would be behind something so random as this, however so far my leading suspect is some fringe group of wanna-be revolutionaries like Anonymous as it seems like the kind routine they would pull to “like, try to wake people up, and stuff…..man.”  Considreing this call didn’t sway my oppinon, light a fire under my ass or even wake me up (pretty tired right now honestly) what do they thing can be accomplished by annoying the hell out of people?

Ugh Why IE WHY??!?

So for some completely unknown reason I find myself unable to use Firefox or Chrome in a reasonable manner at work.  Through some manner of network or desktop wizardry all web requests are MUCH slower in either of the two aforementioned browsers, like 30 seconds or more from the time I hit enter to the time a webpage loads, sometimes closer to a whole minute when I’m particularly unlucky.  This has sadly driven me to resort to the one thing I said I would never ever do again; use Internet Explorer.  The best part about this whole mess? Like just about every other large (see also: stupid) company out there the baseline is IE 8 and pretty much any security conscious web platform advocates using the latest up-to-date release (of which this is obviously not).  I can’t explain why its not up to date, nor can I figure out a reason to go to such lengths as to manipulate requests from other browsers to make them painfully slow but it all has the same result of driving me to return to using what is perhaps the worst web browser out in a manner that falls miles outside of what could be called secure.

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