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The wonderful thing about us..

Today I read a blog post that totally disgusted me and made me sorry to even walk the same planet as the poster. We’ve all seen these, stuff that is so far off of what you consider right that you find yourself getting upset.

And you have a right to be, just like that poster has the right to put whatever they want on blog. It is their blog. I may not agree with him, I may even think he is a {Insert preferred string of profanities here}, but I will defend his right to post his opinions. That is the beauty of living in the western world, or even parts of Europe.

As a Canadian I like to think I have an even better perspective on the freedoms that Americans frequently tout. Growing up I wasn’t bottle fed American history, I was given world history. I saw the U.S. from the outside, yet was still in many ways, was considered one of them. The U.S. was founded by a religious group who fled Europe in the hopes of finding a place they could follow their beliefs as they wished, they were the Puritans. The Puritans then proceeded to do what they claimed everyone else did and forced their beliefs on the native people and anyone else they could get hold of. That has been continuing ad nauseam for all of recorded history. Freedoms are only freedoms that the dominant party perceives.

Everyone thinks that their beliefs are correct, everyone else is wrong. You as ‘free thinking‘ American will let Jimmy-Jo continue to think that the moon is made of cheese, but you can’t keep yourself from pointing out moon rocks and laws of probability. You might even ask him how the fermented milk product made its way up there, after all you don’t see any space cows (or goats). You want to point out the error of his ways, you want to show him how wrong he is. You might even tell him that you believe he is wrong, but you can’t force him from his beliefs.

And as a resident of the U.S., a Canadian and a human being I will laugh at him behind his back…becuase that is my right.

And I think I rambled on this post, that’s what happens when you type while aggravated and then distracted by a child, but I’m going to post this anyhow…because once again, that is my right.

April Carvelli
Killer Tea Cup

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Scams, scams everywhere

Scams, they are everywhere. You’ll find scams in your mailbox, on your screen, you’ll even find them on legitimate job posting boards. As per normal I’m going through all the boards looking for work. Writing is where I look first, then I start looking at other things.

Well I found a sweet looking job posting. A small but known art gallery out of London was looking for a representative in the U.S. I immediately applied and asked for more details on the job. I had visions of art shows and museum tours. I even figured the job would entail negotiating shipments or scouting for new artists. The employer sent me back a rather lengthy email detailing the history of the gallery and how his time was consumed by new a new family and how he didn’t have time for some of the tasks that were required to handle overseas (for them) deals. He needed someone in the U.S that would handle them. He then went on to state how it wouldn’t be a full-time job, only a few hours a week a the most. At the end of his letter he made a small comment that started ringing some bells for me, the primary job responsibility would be to handle the American finances. If it sounded like a job I was still interested in then email him.

I cautiously replied and got a response a few hour later. It still sounded pretty good until I got to “…collect payments from our numerous customers within your region, process the payments, deduct 10% of the amount issued to you as your personal bonus and you transfer the rest of the funds to our main account officer whose information will be provided to you in due time …”. Now alarms are fully ringing in my head. I pull up the gallery’s website and start searching for the name of the owner. I can’t find the name from my email, but I can’t find any one elses names either. At that point I decide, I’m going to call them, only by then it is midnight London time.

Next morning, once I’ve settled in I pick up my Ooma (Great internet phone system BTW) and call the gallery. The phone is answered by an older gentleman named Paul who is quite charming. It turns out that Paul is the owner of the gallery and he only hires a few people from his family to help with the gallery. He was a little surprised about the job posting. I spoke to him for about twenty minutes (actually he spoke to me) about his current artists and art show. At the end of our conversation I sent him an email with all the information I had on the job posting and then I went to the job board and connected with their live chat board to let them know it was a complete scam.

After going back and forth for a few minutes on the chat board Odesk escalated the complaint and is investigating the job poster. I just hope that no one has actually fallen for this and taken the job. Worst of all would be if the reputation of that gallery was harmed by this.

And by the way, just to give Paul a nice boost the gallery is the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms and the artist is Adam Neate

April Carvelli
http://killerteacup.wordpress.com/

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