JennJayBee t1_j9pnrhd wrote

We got them here in Alabama back in December.

Thing is, most of these stories tend to report on them like it's a local or state issue. There's not been a ton of coverage on this as a national story. I just happened to have read stories here on reddit about some other states having similar hoax calls prior to the ones in Alabama, so when I started seeing alerts pop up for multiple schools and that they were hoaxes, I realized that's what had happened. Only a couple of other people I know had heard of the other incidents.

And then there's every time it happens again and the story is published here... I see very few comments (at least at first) from folks not realizing it's been happening all over the country for several months now.

So something has definitely been missing in the national coverage of this. It should be a bigger story than it has been.


JennJayBee t1_j9oxi6g wrote

They have in fact been using Internet-based phone numbers and a VPN. The federal government has been tracking this for months now and working with multiple state agencies. There are also other factors.

I heavily recommend reading the full article. It's quite lengthy, but it's well worth the read.


JennJayBee t1_j9ns39e wrote

None of the above.

>The agency said it is working with law enforcement at every level to investigate the cases. But some news reports, including in Minnesota and Louisiana, have cited local authorities who said the calls may be originating in Africa or, specifically, Ethiopia. The FBI would not comment on this detail.


JennJayBee t1_j8sd1nb wrote

Mine was 16 years ago. I had some pressure to breast feed, but thankfully it wasn't as much as some. I've heard some horror stories of women being pressured pretty hard. I remember sitting in the hospital bed in tears in the middle of the night with my newborn daughter screaming in my arms because she was hungry and not getting fed. One of the nurses was an absolute angel and brought me some formula, which did the trick until my milk came in properly.


JennJayBee t1_j74pph6 wrote

>almost any homeschooling curriculum

I would modify that with any religious based curriculum. Secular homeschoolers are still outnumbered, but there's enough that companies are creating a ton of content to market to them, and there's a nice variety of curriculum that covers a wide range of learning styles for them to choose from. These are often parents of children with special needs or who live in underperforming school districts.

If you want to look and pick them apart, BookShark puts some nice (albeit expensive) curated kits together. Saxon math, not to be confused with the "Saxons" in the above article, is pretty widely used. Khan Academy is a widely used free option. Pandia Press has some excellent secular history and science curriculum. Blossom & Root is a great early education option. And that's just a small sampling.


JennJayBee t1_j4vjxqw wrote

Yikes. Thankfully, I've never had an issue with bad service. It's just that the food/experience has typically been mediocre for the price, with a few rare exceptions. Cinderella's Royal Table, for example, only just brought back the princesses roaming the room. Previously, folks had been fighting over reservations and paying up to nearly $70/person just to have Cindy come out and occasionally wave. (And the food was Denny's quality.)

And that's been pretty much on brand for in park restaurants as a whole lately— underwhelming overpriced food. Places like Boathouse (Disney Springs) aren't cheap, but at least the food and overall experience is better.


JennJayBee t1_j4vh0n1 wrote

The funny thing is... Those are almost all basically exaggerations of things Chapek did. (He never shut down the eggroll cart.)

The janitorial staff has definitely been cut, and he still hasn't managed to get trams back up and running. Food quality has dropped as prices continue to rise. He actually did switch out the ketchup packets from Heinz. Some merchandising/supply issues ended up with long lines stretching through parks and even a few fights, though this was at least not necessarily his fault. He cut passholder perks while raising prices and referred to them as "undesirable." And construction slowed on EPCOT projects despite having plenty of downtime to have worked on them— resulting in what guests refer to as "Wallcot."