Spam, Spam, Not So Wonderful Spam

Oh sure, he’s an “ambulance chaser”. But hey, in this case, the ambulance deserves to be chased.

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of course. But he has acted on his hate as few have, going far beyond simply hitting the delete button. He sues them.

Eight years ago, Balsam was working as a marketer when he received one too many e-mail pitches to enlarge his breasts.

Enraged, he launched a Web site called Danhatesspam.com, quit a career in marketing to go to law school and is making a decent living suing companies who flood his e-mail inboxes with offers of cheap drugs, free sex and unbelievable vacations.

“I feel like I’m doing a little bit of good cleaning up the Internet,” Balsam said.

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Still, Balsam settles enough lawsuits and collects enough from judgments to make a living. He has racked up well in excess of $1 million in court judgments and lawsuit settlements with companies accused of sending illegal spam.

His courtroom foes contend that Balsam is one of many sole practitioners unfairly exploiting anti-spam sentiments and laws. They accuse him of filing lawsuits against out-of-state companies that would rather pay a small settlement than expend the resources to fight the legal claims.

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Balsam certainly isn’t the average Internet consumer.

When San Mateo Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner in March ordered Trancos Inc. to pay Balsam $7,000 for sending spam that recipients couldn’t stop, she noted that he has more than 100 e-mail addresses.

See also:
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Daniel Balsam, the Man Who Quit His Job to Make a Living Suing Spammers
Daniel Balsam Job: Suing Email Spammers
The Man Who Makes His Living Suing Email Spammers
Man Quits Job; Now Makes Millions Fighting Spam
Daniel Balsam, Anti-Spam Crusader
Daniel Balsam, the Man Who Quit His Job to Make a Living Suing Spammers
Calif marketer goes to law school to sue over spam
Breast-Enlargement E-Mail Spurs Marketer Into Law School and Anti-Spam Practice
Calif marketer goes to law school to sue over spam
San Francisco attorney on crusade to end spam
DanHatesSpam.com

So, Balsam maintains hundreds of e-mail addresses to deliberately collect spam and then turns around and sues the senders for sending him the spam. Talk about you niche law practice. It’s not the most ethical and noble way to use a law degree to make a living, but the spammers are worse and they’re the one’s violating the law.

/pretty harmless as far as “ambulance chasers” go, at least Balsam isn’t filing frivolous lawsuits against legitimate companies

Just How Stupid Are U.S. Kids?

Apparently, they’re really dumb. Seriously, how smart do you have to be to enlist in the Army?

Fourth of students fail military entrance exam

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a study released Tuesday.

The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.

“Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the AP.

Read the report:

Shut Out of the Military:
Today’s High School Education Doesn’t Mean You’re Ready for Today’s Army

Take the test:

ASVAB Practice Test

See also:
APNewsBreak: Nearly 1 in 4 fails military exam
APNewsBreak: Nearly 1 in 4 fails military exam
1 in 4 high school graduates unable to pass military entrance exams
Shut Out of the Military: More than one in five young people do not meet the minimum standard required for Army enlistment
APNewsBreak: 23 percent can’t pass military exam
New study finds U.S. high school grads not ready for military
Nearly 17% of young Utahns score too low on military exam to enlist
Almost half of state’s young black Army applicants failed enlistment exam, study finds
The Education Trust

And the Pentagon and Michelle Obama think childhood obesity is a threat to national security? What about childhood imbecility? Fat is a lot easier to correct than stupidity. What a total national embarrassment, what the bloody hell has happened to the education system in this country?

/don’t bother answering that, it was a rhetorical question, remember, the Jimmy Carter created United States Department of Education has only been around for the last 30 years and, apparently, they’re doing a damn fine job of steadily stupefying our kids to the point of illiterate idiocy