The issue is that both direct (A) and standard (V) selection tools add central (pivot) points of other objects to the selection that just happen to be encompassed by the selection.
What I'd like to do is use the selection tools to just select the burgundy rectangle even if my selection area happens to go over the pivot points of other objects.
I could almost swear with 47% certainty that this is not how selection tools in Illustrator worked before.
Is there an option to tell Illustrator to only select anchor points and paths, not pivot points?
pivot points might not be the official name for them but that's how I've always called them.