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Campus Question – April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012

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Campus Question – April 30, 2012

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Tonight’s Campus Question
Yesterday Twitter suspended the account of Chris Loesch, husband of conservative radio host and CNN contributor Dana Loesch. The staff at Twitchy argued that Chris Loesch had been targeted by progressives who reported his account as spam, a charge picked up by the National Review Online‘s Nathaniel Botwinick, although none cite an official response from Twitter on the suspension. Does navel lint always wiggle when you gaze at it?


  • NCrissieB

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  • NCrissieB

    Apparently at least one Twitter app (for IOS) automatically reports as spam anyone you block. Other Twitter apps may also, but I don’t know. Blocking a Twitter user simply means you won’t see their tweets and they can’t follow you. Reporting for spam sends a message to Twitter and, if enough reports come in, can cause automatic suspension.

    If Twitter has officially commented on Chris Loesch’s suspension, I found no record of that comment. So the only evidence of “orchestrated attacks” of malicious spam reports – which Dana Loesch likens to a “gulag” – is an unfounded rumor.

    Chef put out a box of Q-Tips for those who want to contemplate navel strategy.

  • Most of my “block and report for spam” are … spammers. Every now and then I take a look through my followers, and get rid of the spammers, but that’s it. The paranoia they have is remarkable, though. 😆

    Well, today they dropped off (late afternoon) a generator. Tomorrow they’re supposed to be out to hook everything up and check the gas lines. I spent the day moving boats, as well as humping batteries around to where they need to be, so I’m a bit … stiff. Hopefully I get to fire up the cabin, as well as the pump – which ought to be interesting to see if anything leaks. I’m not too happy with the job the previous supervisor did in closing down things.

    • NCrissieB

      Sounds like a good evening to soak in a warm bath. Hope you feel better by tomorrow, Norbrook. 🙂

      The Squirrel blocks Twitter users who are annoying, but only reports actual spammers (e.g.: p0rnbots) for spam.

      • It’ll have to be a shower – I don’t have a bathtub. 😆 One of the things I noticed was that someone decided to replace the water heater with an “on demand” water heater. While I have nothing against them, they happen to need … electricity … to function. Which, given that I’m not on the grid, makes this problematic. Everything else runs on propane – including the refrigerator. Yes, I have gas lights, too. 😀

        • addisnana

          My refrigerator and my hot water heater are both gas ( propane) or electric. I have solar panels which took a bit of a ding from flying branches last season. They are on the list of things to check out but fixing my shower is at the top of the list. Right now, turning on the water pump has helped me identify the place of the leak. Friend Doug told me what parts to replace. Tomorrow I’ll get on those parts. In the meantime I am hauling water to wash dishes. I would have been a grumpy pioneer woman. Just saying.

  • Jim W

    A little good news.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012


    MENLO PARK, Calif. – Consumers and businesses are expected to receive an estimated $1.3 billion by this August in rebates from health insurers who spent more on administrative expenses and profits than allowed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), finds a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation of the latest estimates provided by insurers to state insurance commissioners.

    The rebates include $541 million in the large employer market, $377 million in the small business market, and $426 million for those buying insurance on their own. Rebates in the group market will generally be provided to employers, and in some cases be passed on to employees as well.

    Rebates are expected to go to almost one-third (31%) of consumers in the individual market. Among employers, about one-quarter (28%) of the small group market and 19% of the large group market is projected to receive rebates. The share of consumers in the individual insurance market expected to receive rebates ranges from near zero in several states to as high as 86% in Oklahoma and 92% in Texas.

    “This study shows that asking insurance companies to put more of their premium dollar towards patient care rather than administration and profits is not only popular but also effective,” said Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman. “There are tangible benefits for consumers and employers.”

    “Does navel lint always wiggle when you gaze at it?” No