Last time they called, I asked for website/callback info, because it sounded preposterous. Supposedly, it is this survey, in which Nanny is checking to see if you're a good little girl or boy, and wear your seat belt, and refrain from smoking and eat all your beans and fresh fruit and, and, and....
And no. They called back Sunday night and I told 'em I wasn't answering their questions, which are invasive of my privacy. "Mark me down as 'refused to answer,'" I told the guy, who replied, "Even the question about wearing your seat belt?"
I guess that's supposed to be something everyone does; in my opinion, you're a fool if you don't -- but if you don't and reply honestly, in this state, you just confessed to committing a crime. Or something even more complicated, since sometimes I am operating a motor vehicle in a lawful manner and not wearing a seat belt: motorscooters don't have seat belts. I just told him yes, I would not answer even that question.
(They also have questions about alcohol use, mental health and a worryingly-specific section about both "race" and a series of leading questions about if you feel you have been treated unfairly because of it. Yeah, what was the last well-meaning government that tracked the "race" of citizens, and remind me how that turned out? "Survey" refused; maybe CDC's use of that data is innocent as can be, but once gathered, who else will make use of it, by and by? When did this become okay again?)
The young survey-pusher told me I'd probably get another call. The answer is still no. Go ask questions of someone who wants a Nanny. Go ask questions of someone who trusts that governments never, ever turn on their citizens, either individually or in conveniently-labeled groups.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
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