Are the Gods Driving us Crazy?



I’ve had a Yahoo email account for at least 20 years, and I’ve never had as much trouble with it as I’m having today. First, there was a flood of messages telling me that some email I did not send could not be delivered. It seems my entire contact list was emailed with some phishing thing.

If you get one of these emails, please don’t click on the link in it. I don’t know what bad thing they have in store for you, but I’m sure it’s bad.

After deleting the messages about the undelivered emails, I was locked out of my account. And I spent the entire morning trying to contact Yahoo Help and follow their instructions. There is apparently no way to phone them for clarification. And when I clicked on “Chat,” it didn’t work.

There’s just no way to talk to a human being at any big company these days. Like it or not, you have to deal with a machine.

I kept trying to enter the codes Yahoo’s’ help bot texted to my cell phone but for no reason I could figure out, the codes repeatedly failed to work. Then when I finally got into my mailbox and changed my password, the new password did not work.

That set off a new round of failed exchanges with the Yahoo bot until somehow, inexplicably, one of the codes clicked. I changed my password again, and it’s working now. But who knows for how long?

So much for the wonders of technology!

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Anyway, that’s my excuse for not writing a blog about some pressing issue today.

I don’t know what I have to say that’s useful, anyway. With Donald Trump triumphantly cruising toward the Republican nomination and Bernie Sanders tying Hillary in Nevada, I am at a loss for words.

I keep thinking of this quote from the ancient sage, Euripides::

Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

You think this confusing new technology could be driving Americans crazy? Is that why nothing seems to work any more?

And does that explain what’s going on in American politics?

Are the gods out to get us?