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Some people might quit while they're behind, but not the Man Who Says He Invented E-mail

Seems it wasn't enough for Shiva Ayyadurai to lose the Republican primary for Senate to the man who will lose to Ed Markey. Several UHub correspondents report getting robo-calls over the past couple of days urging them to write in "Dr. Shiva" on their November ballots for Senate to avenge what he says was a conspiracy to deprive him of his rightful place on the Republican ticket.

Perhaps next time he can form a ticket with our other perpetual candidates - Roy Owens (on the ballot this time as an independent in the race for the 7th Congressional District currently held by Ayanna Pressley) and Althea Garrison (who is on the ballot with a bid to defeat Felix Arroyo the Elder for Suffolk County Register of Probate.

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I got one of these phone calls. Not sure why he would waste a robocall on someone who voted in the other primary, but there you go.

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in Somerville, so almost the least likely person ever to vote for him, yet he robo-called me too.

I did know him at MIT in the 1980s, when he and I attended some of the same left-wing political events. He was active in the movement to divest from South African apartheid, as you'll see from news articles such as this one. I lost touch with him after that, and don't understand his subsequent political journey.

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of people that went directly from radical left to radical right with no stops between.

Just the other day I read about how John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) is now pro-Brexit and pro-Trump.

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Trump embodies a "fuck everything" mentality. I can see why that's attractive if you don't understand that he actully wants a military state, not a free for all.

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the Sex Pistols were always a huge marketing ploy more than an actual attempt to create music, so it's not surprising to me that one of their members would wind up supporting another con artist masquerading as a man of the people.

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Johnny (like his all of a sudden racist late middle aged English Heart, Irish Blood cousin; Morrissey), lives in California and has for decades, so his support for Trump is moot and who cares what a 30 year resident of Orange County thinks about Brexit.

As far as Shiva goes, perhaps all those late night infomercials with Lyndon LaRouche from the early 80's have finally fermented inside that "brain".

Matching a phone list with a voter list takes time. A list where that would have been done already would cost more.

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Agree that they just got one big list and called everybody. I couldn't believe that anyone would spend the money for a hopeless write-in campaign.

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They probably got a list of registered voters, and are either just working down the list alphabetically, or are calling anyone who's registered either Republican or independent, whether we voted in the Democratic primary, the Republican one, or neither.

Or they might be starting with people who vote in every election: there's nothing like voting consistently in off-year primary elections to get you on everyone's lists for phone calls and junk mail.

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which is a requirement for being elected to, or serving on, a Democratic ward committee. I've never voted in a Republican primary in Massachusetts.

fraud. He’s such a patently shallow, vain, sociopathic crook, so pathetically needy that I’m embarrassed for him. He’s at once hilarious and pitiful: plenty gifted, but chasing the wrong chimera.

Wonder if he’s figured out that most of his fellow Republicans will never truly accept him because of his ancestry except as a shame-soaked PoC prop.

Some kinds of clownishness not even Trump can normalize. I guess he and Donald, the arriviste from Queens who always craved the respect of the Manhattan masters of the universe, share the same thirst that will never be quenched. Those people can spot an empty huckster a million miles away. Sad!

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Wonder if he’s figured out that most of his fellow Republicans will never truly accept him because of his ancestry except as a shame-soaked PoC prop.

Is he smarter than Dinesh D'Souza?

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those two will never be real Aryans.

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'Bring water!!"

The Indo-Aryans are the classification for most South Asian peoples.

That's the joke.

himself pardoned out of a felony, has made millions producing risible right-wing propaganda (books and "documentaries") for gullible conspiracy-theory gobblers.

He's one of many Republicans that have made fortunes as professional hatemongers. He's a human stain, too.

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But I'm sure it still eats him up inside, especially when his right-wing buddies say racist things in his earshot. If you look at any photograph of D'Souza, his eyes make it apparent that his soul died a long time ago.

I've gotten at least four voicemails from him (including the one you've just described; others were prior to primary) and two postcards, but surprisingly, NO EMAILS.

This would seem to cast doubt on his otherwise strong claim to being the inventor of email.

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Not knowing his target audience seems to be pretty par for the course. Or spam for the filter, you might say, though I wouldn't call it E-MAIL or he might sue me.

Hey Shiva, you didn't invent email. Fucking sue me.

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Heard he went to mit. Confirm / deny?

 

He really should have mentioned the MIT degree on his billboards. Might have pushed him over the top.

on the ones I saw in western Mass.

I wonder how he thinks that will help him there.

His signs were all "Professor Shiva, PhD of MIT" (or close to that.)

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where did it go?

Another narcissistic academic of the Nick Negroponte type. He does the school proud, doesn’t he?

Did you see his non-concession speech the night of the primary? Dude just got beat like the big bass drum and he's trying to concoct some conspiracy based on utterly fraudulent math and he's leading his "followers" in this utterly Animal Farm-like chant of "Truth! Freedom! Health!" I feel sorry for the sheeple who have fallen for this con man.

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For president butthurt after Nov 3rd.

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...plastered across a low chain link fence outside a house on 139/Ocean St. in the Fieldston section of Marshfield for “Dr. Shiva” and urging a write-in. Have been passing it en route since the primaries though the write-in panel is new. Will try to snap a pic next time I’m there, unless some member of the Marshfield cell can do so ;-)

out in the Athol-Orange-Erving area in western Mass.

That's where H.P. Lovecraft set his story "The Dunwich Horror" , and the area hasn't improved since when even old Howard was horrified by it.

A republican throwing a temper tantrum and hatching a dumb conspiracy about the election? Sounds familiar!

The only things this will accomplish is annoying people and giving Markey an even bigger win against whoever the hell is the republican on the ballot.

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the first or last name and should I look for JFK jr. at my polling place?

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Honey, he ain't right in the head.

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I was shopping in Burlington at Middlesex Commons this weekend and there were "Write-In Dr. Shiva" business cards being left on car windows as well. This guy doesn't quit.

...that his supporters are like Moonies and that they do stuff like this on his behalf.

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I got one of those on my car when I was in The Container Store pre-primary. I laughed out loud (some teens looked my way wondering what was going on), no other car near mine had one, so either they thought I was one of his people, or the turnover of vehicles was high.

That man will only get scorn from me, no votes.

I got a robo-call from "Dr." Shiva last evening.

FFS I live in the burbs and am a registered Dem and our number isn't registered and we're on the Do Not Call list. What's the damn point?

I didn't know anything about "Dr." Shiva until my dad's gf sent me an email to vote for him during the primaries. When I looked him up, I realized what a lying mofo he was. I told her not a chance and that he didn't invent email, etc. Her reply was "bullshit". I deleted her contact info and blocked her. Go to H E double hockey stix "Dr." Shiva

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I have plenty of people I know who I strongly disagree with politically. I don't block them out, even though they are wrong. It's OK to have friends who think differently than you.

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No. The world is full of people who want to tell you how “they” faked the moon landing, or ask you to invest in their DoTerra career. There are only so many minutes in the day. When someone does you the favor of hanging a “I’m with stupid” sign around their neck with the arrow pointed up, thank them for the favor and block their dumb ass before they waste any more of your time.

This isn't "thinking differently", this is not having a shared basis in reality. That's not hyperbole, that's a literal description of what is happening here. Some of what the gf believes is frankly delusional, and the worst thing you can do with a delusional person is to support or enter into their delusion in any way.

It's OK to have friends who think differently than you.

People who are active in the KKK, or who parade under the Nazi flag, or who travel to the Middle East to fight for ISIS: they all think differently than I do, and there isn't really space in my circle of friends for any of them.

His claim to have invented email is nonsense.

He wrote a program called EMAIL for a dentists office in 1980, half a decade after email had been in use on the Arpanet. He got a copyright, not a trademark on the program. That’s about it.

Does that mean he can claim inventing YELLING ON THE INTERNET?

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He got a copyright, not a trademark on the program.

The important thing would be whether he had received a patent on the process, which, obviously, he didn't. Trademarks only protect commercial naming and logos and such, e.g. Microsoft has the trademark on "Excel" but it doesn't mean that they invented spreadsheet software.

It's amazing how something that dominates the market can go "poof" and disappear. Also, RIP Word Perfect.

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WordPerfect still exists. https://www.wordperfect.com/

When I had the most miserable 6 months of my career working for Shiva (6 months was a lengthy tenure for anyone at Echomail at that point), Shiva in his ever-increasing narcissistic paranoia would have midnite conference calls (at the time, he claimed to never sleep himself, he just meditated) for a group of employees that would range from 15-30 people. The calls always started with "the people on this call are committed to building this into a successful company and everyone not on the call was a fucking loser trying to destroy the company."

You never knew one day to the next if you were a builder or destroyer and therefore had uncertainty as to what time you might you be able to get to sleep... yawn.

Pity this tactic doesn't extend to his campaign efforts where we can all be labeled as destroyers of his campaign and simply left of the call list.

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... and HerrDoktorToaster spent the entire robocall chortling. So much so that his audience (spouse and teen) kept asking, "What's so funny?"

Sore loser, much?

I have to go over to North Cambridge later this week, so I'll see if Dr. Shiva's bus is still hanging around Concord Ave.

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if it's still there, is located right next to the company who employed the actual inventor of email: Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN), now part of Raytheon. No relation to me, though I did work there for a few years.

the company who employed the actual inventor of email: Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN),

Ray Tomlinson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Tomlinson) was modest, pragmatic, had a sense of humor. The anti-Shiva.

I gotta say I found it absolutely delicious when I discovered that BBN's offices were right there. (Where Ray Tomlinson actually built and deployed the first email program on the ARPANET, and first devised the use of the @ symbol to separate users from the email server)

He's such a jealous, obsessive person. It's so clear.

Shiva, Owens and Althea. Someone get me Doug Bennett on the horn, we need a quorum.

He somehow found his way around my call blocker. If a call comes in from a number I haven't white listed the caller needs push a button and record their voice before the phone will even ring. I then pick up the call, hear the recording and then push a button to allow the call through. Works great. Until yesterday I didn't get any unwanted calls. Somehow this call got through all that and also made my phone ring funny. The message was also on my Xfinity account, not my home answering machine (which is current set to pick up first).

I think he did something hinky with that call, but I don't know enough about the technology to know what exactly...

You can expect a letter from his attorney in the morning.