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If it is someone I care about enough to wish them happy birthday then I will do so less publicly.
I also disable my account the evening before my birthday to avoid the empty wishes of others.
A mate of mine has his birthday set to a completely different date from his real birthday, each year he gets the standard "Happy birthday, have a good one" message from loads of people, each year he tells them it isn't really his birthday.
“I believe that there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck.” Bill Hicks
Well there are a few job sites that want you to pay for the privilege. Interestingly, I never paid for the ladder but I checked my inbox on tech listings and I got the same spam from "free sites" for jobs that were being advertised on the ladder. Why pay if you get the same garbage elsewhere for free. Now if it wasn't garbage ...
Surprised, no. Furious, yes. Being "free" (actually not free, you pay by allowing them to serve you ads) is no excuse for betraying their users and selling their email addresses (and more) to spammers.
I was a career contractor for the better part of 20 years, and have used those sites for the most part There's no getting around this. Agencies don't go directly to those sites. They have mining tools that usually go so far as to write the introductory emails for them.
My suggestion is to create a 'job search' email account, hold your nose, and just barrel ahead.
IT recruiters are people who failed the ethics exam to be used car salesmen and the intelligence test to be toll takers.
When you find one that's an exception (they do actually exist) hold on with both hands.
Many of us have heard about the tragic deaths of the firefighters in Arizona. A few years ago I read the book about some smokejumpers who were caught in a gulch and many died that day as well. What I find really amazing is that they went into temperatures higher than 40 degC and still had the temperature raised higher by the wind fanning the forest fires. They had to contend with that and having to dress in heat-resistant clothing which must weigh a ton itself and still wear a heavy hat and have to carry backpacks and heavy tools as well. They must have been at the point of exhaustion but still they worked on. Top blokes indeed. They deserve all accolades.
If there is one thing more dangerous than getting between a bear and her cubs it's getting between my wife and her chocolate.
Any cop who pulls a gun purely based on the suspicion of someone buying alcohol when underage is a danger to themselves and the general public. They should not be in a position of authority and certainly should not be in possession of a firearm.
Some time back, there were two lawsuits that unfortunately established case law in the US. The first had to do with provisional immunity for government workers (including police). In this situation, the police officer was acting in good faith. Something didn't go right, someone got hurt, and of course, sued the police. The court ruled correctly that for the police to be effective, they cannot have the threat of personal lawsuits hanging over their heads.
The other lawsuit had to do with a citizen upset that police did not come in time to protect him. In that case, the court established that it is NOT the police's resp. to protect you. You can't make this stuff up....
Fast forward a few years...
The police behavior has so degraded that anyone with a gun is immune (official duty).
These idiots were not even police, they were ABC - the state version of the fed's BATF (otherwise known as F-troop, bringing you great police operations like Fast and Furious and Waco).
They should all be fired.
<italic>You're going to tell me what I want to know, or I'm going to beat you to death in your own house.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759