Do I Have A Job Or Not?

Where have I been (looking at the blog stats, not like it seems to matter)? Well, I’ve been seeking employment. In the last week, I’ve been through an interview and a criminal background check for a well known, reputable temp agency. Yesterday, I turned in a mound of paperwork, including an I-9 and W-4, and was told I’d be starting on a three week project this morning, 48 hours/week, at a ridiculously high hourly rate. That was until I got an e-mail last night, 12 hours before I was supposed to s report for work, that the project had been initially downsized and I wouldn’t be needed right away, maybe next week, maybe next project, maybe . . .

/so, do I count myself as one of the employed?

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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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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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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