Update – Robbed


My place got robbed last week and I actually have been debating on whether to tell people or not about it.

Partly because there exists a vocal amount of atheists who don’t really care all that much for FTB and who would utilise any opportunity to bash anyone who happens to be part of it irrespective of the issue. It’s made it a problem.

It’s impossible to be anonymous and tell people what I do because the anonymity makes the claim “fake”. It’s impossible to not be anonymous because then the insults get personal.

But I got robbed last week.

The cost?

Well the bars that keep the house safe got levered out so I have to put new ones in. They broke the lock on my fridge but the main reason for the lock is to keep Tigger out since he likes “opening things” and the fridge is associated with food. And there are the vaccines.

But all of these are insured and are being replaced.

What the major cost of this were the injuries. One of the men attacked me and  Tigger (my dog) because the dog attacked him. We managed to subdue him but we got lucky. Both of us have had stitches and I had to be treated for a cracked carpal bone. Mine’s a very shallow wound (the stitches are to help with stopping scarring more than anything) but Tiggers has required proper vet care.

So utilising expertise from a reader and a paid vet in the USA (seriously? $35 for an E-consult? I am in the wrong bloody business!) I treated him. He’s back on his feet and has turned into a right bully because apparently injured dogs are more violent to assert their dominance. So he’s back in his pen feeling sorry that he cannot play with anyone since his idea of play is fighting other dogs at the moment…

So while he is learning the zen of entertaining himself in time out land, I am learning the art of shorter blog posts. Yesterday’s “big” post took a whole day to write rather than the 20 to 30 minutes to an hour I normally spend on each  post.

All my travel funds are on target thanks to the blog’s income (it all adds up when you don’t spend any of it). I also have enough left over for a nice camera for next year and a little set aside for dates with Tiga even with the cost of the vet consult.  So don’t worry about the cash. All the vaccines are pretty useless to whoever nicked them and have zero resale value. They are being replaced by insurance as are the windows and the bars. I also have people helping out and have taken the time to study for my qualification exams because “when life gives you a stabbed hand, you go study”.

Thanks for all the support throughout the year!

I will keep blogging during exams but it won’t be to the level that I normally do and to the length I normally do. Keep reading!

Comments

  1. Schlumbumbi says

    It wasn’t clear from what you said:
    Do you think these people came for the vaccines or did they just break open the fridge because the assumed that there was something of resale value behind the lock ? And what about the person you “subdued”? Has he been arrested or said anything about why they broke in ?

    who don’t really care all that much for FTB and who would utilise any opportunity to bash anyone who happens to be part of it irrespective of the issue. It’s made it a problem

    Some “problems” only exist in the mind.

    Good luck for your exams.

  2. Pen says

    Wow, I’m really sorry to hear about all that, especially the physical attack part. Scary stuff. Good luck with your exams.

  3. yazikus says

    That is terrible! I’m glad that you and Tigger are going to be okay. Just out of curiosity, does Tigger really manage to get in the fridge if it is not locked? Clever doggie! Thirding, best of luck on your exams.

  4. opposablethumbs says

    Avi, I’m so sorry you were hurt – and that Tigger was too. Glad it was not more severe, and that you were able to give Tigger the treatment he needed; hope the behaviour resolves and does not require a lot of re-training.

    All the best for your exams, hope you ace the lot. And get well, especially get well in time to enjoy your holiday.

  5. Jackie: ruining feminism one fabulous accessory at a time says

    That’s awful!
    I’m so sorry, Avi. That’s terrifying. I’m glad you’re both OK.

  6. beardymcviking says

    Wow, that sounds awful!

    Glad to hear you’re ok though, and it sounds like you’ve got some good support too, which I’m happy to hear.

  7. Matt Cavanaugh says

    That’s a terrible thing for any person — or dog — to undergo, and both of you are surely still traumatized as well as physically injured. With utmost sincerity, I wish both of you a speedy recovery, and hope this incident does not deter you from your good work.

    So it saddens me somewhat that you chose this opportunity to join in the bashing of the “hyperskeptic” strawman:

    ‘Partly because there exists a vocal amount of atheists who don’t really care all that much for FTB and who would utilise any opportunity to bash anyone who happens to be part of it irrespective of the issue. It’s made it a problem.
    It’s impossible to be anonymous and tell people what I do because the anonymity makes the claim “fake”.’

    No, an anonymous account is simply unverified. Any good skeptic will reserve judgement and look for outside corroboration before accepting it. Both the plausibility of the account, and the character of the person passing it on, influence credibility.

    Although your first-person account is written under a nom de plume, I’m not sure it equates with the typical ‘anonymous account.’ In any case, the details of the story are highly plausible, and, with no concrete reason to doubt your reliability, I shall lend provisional credence to your account.

    If someone called with an anonymous tip about the identity of your assailants, the police would not immediately arrest the person, but would investigate. If the person ID’d was a carmelite nun, they’d be doubtful; if was a petty thief with a rap sheet, they’d be more sanguine.

    Woodward and Bernstein quoted an anonymous source about the Watergate break-in. They had earned our trust through years of accurate reporting. The information not only matched what we already knew about Nixon, but was extremely detailed and substantiated by hard evidence. The supermarket rags also quote anonymous sources, but the stories are ridiculous, and they have a track record for making things up.

    You can only be referring to the jaundiced eye many of us cast on PZ Myers’ “hand grenade” story. But note well:
    1) Myers related what an anonymous source told him another anonymous source told them;
    2) Myers’ track record of inaccuracy, hyperbole, & vendettas against prominent skeptics — not his socio-political beliefs per se — does not make him credible in our estimate;
    3) The nature of the claim — that a widely-respected public figure is a serial rapist — was so extraordinary and so full of legal ramifications, that far more compelling evidence was required, beyond an imprecise, anonymous, third-person account, before any credence could be lent to it;
    4) We did not definitively reject the claim, rather suspended acceptance until further evidence was presented.

    If we skeptics boast of applying evidence-based reasoning, we must apply it without exception, albeit the threshold for lending credence does lower or rise in accordance to the extraordinariness and impact of each claim.

  8. says

    You can only be referring to the jaundiced eye many of us cast on PZ Myers’ “hand grenade” story.

    Not sure how much you read Avicenna’s blog, but he’s had issues with the “vocal type” prior to that particular thread. It’s been happening for about 2.5 years now (and yes, anonymity was involved in the original contention), in case you’re new around here.

  9. Matt Cavanaugh says

    @Shockna 14

    Yes, I’m new here, having decided to follow Acivenna intermittently as someone I admire for doing good deeds out in the field & as a fellow atheist, though also someone with whom I diverge on certain issues, yet who is willing to reasonably discuss those areas of disagreement. I do so in hopes of finding common cause.

    So I am indeed unfamiliar with the prior issues spanning 2.5 years, or who instigated them. But from your comment, I infer that you reckon The Slymepit’s reservations about the Shermer rape accusations are also part of Acivenna’s concerns. To that end, I can assure you that the consensus at The Slymepit is decidedly against doxxing (especially considering one of our registered users was herself doxxed not too long ago). Doxxing, in fact, is one of the very few things that will get you banned at The ‘Pit.

    I can add that I myself fully appreciate Acivenna’s desire to maintain a certain level of anonymity. In the past, I have received online threats for expressing my political views. My decision earlier this year to self-doxx was a difficult one.

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