Are we being served?


I am going to start this with a link to an article in the Washington Post about how robo callers outsmart the Government.

We have a comcast phone number, which does not connect due to my putting in a better cable modem that did not deal with phone lines, but before I pretty much dismantle our phones we used to get all kinds of scams from the famous lady calling about our credit card account, which they knew nothing about to people trying to set us up with free cruises.  This we discovered the NoMoRobo, for which you can sign up here, and we did.  I won’t go into the whole thing about how it works other than do say that you set you phone up so that when your phone rings the NoMoRobo system picks it up and checks the caller ID against it’s server list, and if it detects a problem, such as spammers or malicious caller number, it just hangs up…

The system worked for us,, and the number of calls we got fell to nearly zilch, though as far as I know none of our legitimate calls got turned down.

So what is the problem?  Do the people who pass these law not pay attention to what they are doing?  Did they pass these laws with their loop holes in order to show us how much they care, all the while not really limiting the callers in any meaningful way?

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

A Nation of Laws.


Logo for the United States National Do Not Cal...
Logo for the United States National Do Not Call Registry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am sure you have heard this term before..

The question is : just what does it mean..  Sure we have laws that govern almost everything we do.  There are laws that cover how we interact with each other, how we drive, and even laws that govern what businesses can do in pursuit of profit..

So, why do we have laws?  Simple.  In order to have a stable society there must be rules to govern conduct…  We have laws against murder, theft, certain types of lies, though that does not seem to cover politicians, and how we drive….

It seems that anytime there is some kind of even some politician will try to pass a law against it…  Just to give you an example..  I was listening to the radio the other day and the announcer was talking about some Florida State representative who wanted to put forth a bill that if you are diving in the left lane of the road and going more than, say 5 MPH under the speed limit you could get fined…  I ask  you this : where has he been?  There is already a Florida Statute that says if you are the slow traffic, not matter what your speed, and you are still holding up traffic you must get into the right lane…  It is called the “Anti-Road Rage Act”, or something similar..  So can we say “redundant”?

Now that I may, or may not, have your interest.  Just what is todays rant about?

Well, today is about the “Do Not Call Registry”…  There is the Federal DNC Registry and most states have one..  So what does it do?  Theoretically it tells telemarketers that you DO NOT want to hear from there…  The reality is that the law has a number of loopholes it it…  Charity groups, political groups, and surveys can still annoy you.  Of course they might consider that if you put yourself on a Do Not Call list you might not have anything to do with people rude enough to still call….  This is similar to putting up a “NO TRESPASS”  sign on your front yard, and the salesman can’t understand why you chase him off, after all he has a solicitation license.

If everyone obeyed the law we would have a bunch of empty jail around the country.  So for the most part we have people who are responsible for enforcing these laws.  For the National Do Not Call list the responsible party is the Federal Trade Commission…  I suppose they do something along those lines but, just what I do not know…

If you get a lot of, or just some, robo calls you can go to the web page whocalled.us and find out, maybe, who the phone number belongs to..

Today I got a call, on my pre-pay cell phone, from a number 484-589-5591 saying that if I had used Yaz, or Yazim, or something like it, that I might be part of a class action lawsuit..  From going to the whocalled.us website I found that the number probably belongs to something called the R2J2 Company.

If I want to have dealing with anyone, especially if it is going to cost me money, I will call them.  I don’t want some moron calling me so I can tell them that I am on the Do Not Call list, and even if I had a use for them I would not deal with them for that reason alone..

At one time I asked around to see if there was a way to forward these annoying calls to a 976 number so that they would get stuck with the charge but, so far I have not been able to find a way to do it…

The politicians won’t help..  These people are probably donors to their campaigns…

Maybe we could all call this number and let them know we don’t want to hear from therm..

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

Fair is Fair, or it should be.


No Trespassing
No Trespassing (Photo credit: pocius)

As I sit here, in front of my computer, it is Saturday afternoon, it seems as if every moron with a robo-dialer is calling to spew more lies about the other parties candidates  in an effort to see, I guess, just how pissed off they can make us in the last couple of days before the elections.

I have an 82 year old mother who sleeps a lot.  This is no because she is lazy but,  she is too sick to do much more than sleep.  I understand, and agree, that the people we will put into office are important but, I would like that 82 year old lady to be able to get some sleep with out the phone ringing every few minutes, then again I would like to think we would have a shot a getting an honest politician in office and we, you and I, know that ain’t going to happen.

For about two years now we have be subjected to the Presidential Race with each side telling its fairy tales about the other, or what they are going to do.  Now we are coming to the big finale and the push to get our vote is on.

Maybe I could count up the annoyances, keep a list of which party they are, and  then vote for the least annoying group.

My other suggestion is this…  We put our phone numbers on both the State and Federal “Do Not Call” list,  while I understand that the people who pass this law left a number of loopholes, say truck sized, I would think that people would understand calling people on the list is like knocking on their door after stepping around the “No Trespass” sign.

I for one am getting tired of hearing from the Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Clowns, or the Democratic anything.  Maybe they should leave us their phone number so we can call them ad nauseum with our robo-dial machine to let them know we are tired of hearing their lies, or just their voice.  It was bad enough with the mailers.  They are to hard to be useful as toilet paper, they are written on both sides so you can use them for IMPORTANT things like the grocery list, and I am not really sure about how to dispose of them because, just looking at whats on them, I am sure they must belong in the biohazard, or toxic waste, can.

So..  they should either let us fire back, or put some teeth into the Do Not Call list.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.