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Interestingly facebook has figured out when my birthday is by people posting messages to me. I've never entered my DOB but it keeps suggesting that I update my profile with their suggested date which, disturbingly, is correct.
Probably tracks whenever people wish you a happy birthday, regardless of what date you put on there. Would be a clever way to find people lying about their birth dates. Not sure why they would want to do that other than maybe tracking the minors that aren't supposed to be on there.
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
So many problems here:
- Who pulls a gun on an unarmed suspect? Pretty sure they aren't supposed to do that until they are actually in a threatening situation.
- Why does it take 7 police to deal with underage alcohol possession? (And how many of them would it take to screw in a light bulb?)
- Jumping on the hood? Really? I hope he dented it and is charged for repairs.
The whole thing is a minor violation (in most places it's a slap on the wrist, you go to some class, charges are dropped), and the worst case scenario is they flee, and the cops grab their plates and find them later. The ones who need to be charged with something are the cops in this scenario, especially the one who pulled a gun.
If it had been 7 guys posing as police officers who then subsequently gang-raped the girls the police would be standing around saying "why did you give un-uniformed police officers with fake badges access to your vehicle?"
The girls did the right thing - especially by immediately calling 911.
I feel like that is the one hole in her logic. Every car I've been in allows you to turn the key to the "ON" position without engine ignition, in order to use any of the electronics, such as the windows.
The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative. -Winston Churchill
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -Oscar Wilde
Wow, even the French showed a little more spine than that before they got their sh*t pushed in.[^] -Colin Mullikin
Why does the US get so bothered about UK teeth, I first became aware of it in the Simpsons now its everywhere! I don't think the our teeth are that bad (not great but...) I have seen worse in general...