Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BS meter prevents the big Iceman in the office from getting scammed.

When you run a small business you have to wear many hats.  I am not just an ice delivery man.
not these hats, but hats
I make ice, deliver ice, sell ice, blog, vlog, tweet and upon occasion I get in fights with the company we hired to build our website which is going to lead to me building us a website.  My boss on the other hand other than being the guy we call to fix the bagger when it breaks down handles phone calls, emails, organizing drivers, making ice, delivering ice and my least favourite thing in the world.. PAPER WORK.  I have a fear I will die from a paper cut just as sleeping beauty will sleep from a spindle prick.  Death is just the sleep that never ends.  

Ernie gets to deal with people calling about all sort of things.  The other day he gets a call from some guy saying he works with the collections department of first line publishing and we owe them money.
image of what a scammer could look like.
Dan the Scammer
Ernie asks a few questions, says email us the information guessing they were a scam.  

The scammer sent an email saying we owed them approx $800 for SEO work his business did.  He had a fancy invoice so at first glance it looked legit.  At this point I told Ernie that I would handle it. A legitimate business will usually pay attention to details.  So after doing a few searches, researching the company I found there was no mention of  First line publishing on the internet.  Not a website, a mention or a tweet about First line publishing in Quebec.  I then drafted an email which I sent to Dan.


Dan,

Yesterday you contacted Ernie Graveline saying we owed you money for a two year contract of what seems like SEO work.  We have no record of this and you certainly did not do any work for us in terms of SEO.  We also did not find a website or any online information regarding your existence.  Because of the lack of information and the fact the only SEO work done for us has been in house we will not be issuing a cheque.  If you feel we have the wrong information please provide us with a detailed document highlighting the work you have done for us.  We would also like a web and social media addresses for your business so we can better understand who first line publishing is because you do not show up on google when I search "first line publishing."  Someone with SEO knowledge would know how to set their website to show up.  www is not the appropriate beginning of an email address.  Your address should be firstlinedanlewis@outlook.com not www.firstlinedanlewis@outlook.com another thing someone with knowledge of the web should know.  

Please do not contact us again either by phone or email unless you can provide much more detailed information.  

Sincerely,

Graham Michaels


If you look at the way Dan signed his email below, "Fist" Not "First" you can further see he is nothing more than a scammer trying to take advantage of the fact someone might be over busy.  

Dan Lewis Collections Manager , Fist Line Publishing Inc.
www.firstlinedanlewis@outlook.com 

I wonder if back in the day, when you had to scam in person, in the wild, wild west, did a cowboy give the evil eye, pull out his six shooter, fire and then say... how do you like those bags of ice pilgrim?

Can't answer from the beyond?

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Why do we even have a senate if its power is ceremonial in Canada? | #rWeStupid

If we were more logical than sentimental it would be easy to have a smaller, more focused government, instead the bloated idiocy it seems from the media we are exposed to in the satire sites that shape our minds.  There is no objective media, there is only unique clicks.  Our world is painted in the gore, violence, sex and scandal because that gets the most clicks.  We paint and see our world like this .001%, the worst of us never delving more deeply beyond the headlines to the deep truths and understanding.

I look our government and wonder why we are so willing to spend taxpayer money on largely ceremonial positions like a senate which we don't need nor want, but apparently can't get rid of.  I don't understand this because laws are written on paper, then digitized.  It would be as simple as asking someone to write up a new law saying we refuse to spend another dime on fat guys and gals in suits eating large and living like a godfather.   The days when the senate actually used it's power are gone like the glory days of the Edmonton Oilers unless they keep Todd Nelson and go young in goal, on defence with Nurse and that german Gretzky whose name I cannot spell.  Canada is more than laws written on paper, it is an evolving nation where money can be better spent on Canadians, not rich friends of the party who like to wear suits and live fat off the money I pay the tax man.

It seems asinine, ridiculous, that here we are a bunch of men standing around our constitution and laws saying we don't want a senate but it is not possible to get rid of.  Burn it to the ground if it no longer works and write a new one.  Why are we bound by the imaginations of the past where monarchs ruled the world believing they were second to god?  The greatest con is the fact we all still pay homage to british imperialism.  How many positions in government are largely ceremonial to the queen?  Why are we so obsessed with a symbol of something we died to revolt against because they were horrible tyrants?  I get having one person elected representative to be our international Canadian diplomat to the world.  Sort of a ceremonial face to play the game abroad to get the investment dollars we want.   If the laws don't work for the people then the law should be changed.

This whole idea of g8 or g20 or gwhatever summits baffles me.  You can't use skype.  You spend a billion dollars on security because you can't buy an island, an aircraft carrier, a Tim Hortons, a bunker, a submarine, a destroyer, a private resort only a few people actually know about with lots of missiles and guns preventing something bad from happening like a military base with lots of guns?  Anything would have been cheaper than the photo shoot that is really what they summits are about, not that anyone ever really pays attention to the summit when g8 or g20 is also an excuse for the disenchanted to act out until they are saddled with criminal records preventing them from leaving a nation they do not recognize.

Do you ever need to yell at a bag of ice because when you read about the world, its politics and the bullshit things men and women in suits say and do that are contrary to the best interests of a nation I love enough to get mad at.  We shouldn't be bound by the ways of the past if they hinder our future.  Canada and Canadians should be able to write their own future and create the type of government that represents who we are, who we were.

Get rid of the bullshit.

Stop blaming each other for the failures of the past like we didn't read about it on twitter, facebook and every news channel or station or website or radio program a million times over.  Once upon a time I would like to believe someone got up and said this whole king and queen concept is idiotic, lets ask the people what they want.  Lets give every single Canadian a choice in their future.  Someone who had vision and wasn't lost in a silly game of men and women in suits who can't be civil enough to talk directly, having to go through a mr. spreaker.

Lets have a vote.  End the senate or continue to pay fat people to get fatter because taxpayer money is fattening.  Stop spending money on Bullshit positions to a monarch which are just people and never really did the have the ear of god.  We sadly were duped by cunning men and women of the past who had enough military power to control the masses.  Learn to use skype or even buy blackberry and build an app that NSA can't listen in on.  Take what you save and give it back to the people and businesses in Canada who you took it from.

Man should never be bound by paper and ink like ice should never be bound by ink and plastic.  Break the mold, pop the bag.  Politics make me wants to scream... how about you?  What about it makes you want to scream?  bob my friend the one I scream at is just a big bag of ice.  You can order 15 bobs which is 15 25lb bags of ice if you are having a party or just needing to yell about the illogical nature of men and women in suits.

#gIceman