Robocalls threatening people who post negatively about Trump

My friend Eric received a threatening robocall today warning him to “lay off the negative social media posts about President Trump”. He shared the call on Youtube and it’s worth listening to:

I shared the video on Twitter and heard from a few other people who received the same call chimed in too. The message above is missing the intro, but Gizmodo reports the caller claims to be part of Citizens For Trump. The phone number used for this call belongs to¬†a company often used by scammers for sending outgoing robocalls. It’s unclear what the people behind this scam are trying to achieve, are they trying to scare people who have posted about Trump lately or are they trying to sound like such an obvious scam that conservatives will think they are a liberal hoax trying to defame the president? Maybe it’s a hoaxer intending to further anger liberals?

Unless part of the message got cut off before the voicemail began recording, the voice on the line doesn’t state who they are, but it’s clear they are trying to impersonate someone with authority. Here’s a full transcript:

We’ll we’ve been monitoring some of your posts and it does seem that you’ve been making some rather negative comments about President Trump.

Is that correct? Listen. We’re going to have to ask you to lay off on the negative and derogatory posts about President Trump, okay?

What’s your problem anyways? Don’t you want to make America great again?

Ok, well you’ve been warned. We’ll be keeping an eye on you. Have a nice day.

A few weeks ago, people in Alabama started receiving similar robocalls from someone claiming to be from the Washington Post and offering big bucks for false accusations about Roy Moore. These fake calls were intended to anger conservative voters who already held biases believing the liberal media was out to slander Moore. Could this new call be from the same organization? Are they dialing random numbers or targeting specific lists of phone numbers? How can we find out more about them? Either way, threatening phone calls like this are against the law in Florida.


Oddly satisfying mix of chiptune and melting candy

My buddy Greg Cohen recently published this video from his candy shop, Lofty Pursuits, in Tallahassee, Florida. This video shows a montage of melting candy mixed with one or two of my own chiptune songs. The results are oddly satisfying.

The song, Four Million Lines of Basic, originally appeared on Destroy All Presets.


Street artist paints the Berkeley riot

During a recent riot between alt-right and black bloc protestors in Berkeley, Paige St. John spotted an artist documenting the scene in an oil painting.

The artist’s name is John Paul Marcelo and you can see the final piece on his Instagram page. It even sounds like the piece can be purchased for $400.


Music Video Round Up

Here is a collection of music videos that have made me smile lately. They don’t really have much in common other than they are kind of older and mostly hip hop. Since a few of them (like Dizzee’s “I Don’t Need A Reason” and Wiley’s “Numbers“) seem heavily inspired by gif culture, I’m also embedding The Idea Channel’s episode on that topic too.

Dizzee Rascal – Bassline Junkie

Mac Lethal – Weekly Wage

Wiley ‘Numbers in Action’