I saw some anecdote the other day that the FCC expects “spam” phone calls (automated marketing junk) to exceed 50% of all calls this year. I believe it. Today alone I’ve had seven automated calls advertising things like solar panels, chronic pain solutions, and tax preparation help. I can mark the number as “blocked” on my phone, but all that means is the next time they call, my phone doesn’t ring but I still get a voicemail message with their recorded garbage. Ugh.