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Scams and scamming: Updates

A post that I wrote some years ago, about scams and scamming, is among the most frequently visited posts at my website. I originally posted the item, which is about door-to-door energy scams, on the advice of the late Phil … Continue reading

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Mr. Putin (2015) illustrates that story management is possible even in the absence of evidence-based biographical details

In a previous post, I’ve discussed the Story of Mississauga, which I’ve been following since January 2017. The project is drive, first of all, by a focused approach toward heritage management. Secondly, the Story of Mississauga is concerned with community … Continue reading

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Phishing expeditions: That’s why the most important thing experts recommend is to listen to your gut (March 19, 2017 Wired article)

A March 19, 2017 Wired article is entitled: “Phishing Scams Even Fool Tech Nerds—Here’s How to Avoid Them.” An excerpt reads: “At the heart of phishing is a scam,” says Aaron Higbee, chief technology officer at the phishing research and … Continue reading

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Will The Trump Tape Have A Bigger Effect On The Race Than Past Controversies? Oct. 8, 2016 Five Thirty Eight article

An Oct. 8, 2015 fivethirtyeight.com article is entitled: “Will The Trump Tape Have A Bigger Effect On The Race Than Past Controversies?” Partisan activation The article includes a reference to the concept – which I found most interesting to read … Continue reading

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Mississauga approves motion to ban door-to-door sales – CBC report, April 27, 2016

An April 27, 2016 CBC article is entitled: “Mississauga approves motion to ban door-to-door sales: Ban not about ‘the girl guides who are maybe selling cookies as a charity,’ says Coun. Karen Ras.” The lead paragraphs note: Mississauga City Council has … Continue reading

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Prose must be attributed, Globe and Mail headline writer asserts on April 25, 2016; meanwhile, plagiarist continues to write

Update A Dec. 6, 2016 Toronto Star article is entitled: “College of teachers finds Chris Spence guilty of professional misconduct: Former TDSB education director, accused of plagiarism, will now face penalty hearing.” [end]   You can access the April 25, 2016 … Continue reading

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Stories and frames

Stories drive outcomes Storytelling is wired into our brains. Stories are part of who we are. The frame, within which a story is presented, is a story in itself. Stories can lead to real-world consequences as the following blog post notes: … Continue reading

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Beware the occupancy probe knock – Message from Toronto Police Service, 54 Division

The following message has arrived my way through the Long Branch Neighbourhood Watch Facebook group, and I am pleased to pass it along: **Please “share” & discuss this with your friends & neighbors** Toronto Police (54 division) states … “Criminals … Continue reading

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When immersed in a story we may tend to let down our guard

A Dec. 29, 2015 New Yorker article is entitled: “How Stories Deceive.” The book refers to a book by Jerome Bruner: Actual minds, possible worlds (1986). The wider topic concerns scams and scamming. One of the protections against scamming is … Continue reading

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Charbonneau report calls for whistleblower protection, stiffer penalties for lawbreakers: Nov. 24, 2015 CBC article

Scams and scamming In previous posts, I’ve discussed scams and scamming, as in this post: Beware of energy scammers going door to door Gangsters and corruption In previous posts, I’ve discussed gangsters and corruption, as in this post: Farmers’ fields … Continue reading

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