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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I got one on my answering machine. I should have saved the callback number for you.

    My wife did report it to the IRS, but I assume it was just added to a big list.


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    I reported mine online to the Treasury Inspector General, as instructed on the IRS website. I will keep the recording in case the TIG investigators call back and wish to have any more details about what the scammer said.

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    The camera I mislaid two and a half weeks ago is still missing. I have one last place to check, and then I just have to assume it's lost for good. There were some great pictures I hadn't unloaded from it, too.
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    Not in the last place. My camera is gone.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Not in the last place. My camera is gone.
    So sorry. Perhaps even more for the pictures than the camera. Camera? XX dollars. Pictures? Priceless.
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    Oh, yes. And I had some great pictures of Simon and a friend's daughter playing together.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    I am so angry I can't even post today except to say this.

    I have a rant forming that will take at least a day of mental work not to get me in trouble here even though there is no politics or religion in it.

    Gaaaawwwwdddd! I'm near the point of violence! Against plastic surgeons! And I'd normally just as soon hit a woman or a priest as a doctor!
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    Why, Don?

    All they're doing for their customers is putting on their outside what is inside: fakeness. Plastic surgeons are time-savers, really, allowing one to gauge the vapidity of others by how much money they've spent trying to conform to an absurd ideal--no conversation needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkepticJ View Post
    All they're doing for their customers is putting on their outside what is inside: fakeness. Plastic surgeons are time-savers, really, allowing one to gauge the vapidity of others by how much money they've spent trying to conform to an absurd ideal--no conversation needed.
    I take it you're talking about aesthetic plastic surgeons, rather than plastic and reconstructive surgeons in general?
    Plastic surgeons who spend their careers reconstructing damaged faces and bodies don't seem like they (or their patients) deserve to be in your line of fire.

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    The last few posts remind me of the Seinfeld episode with the dermatologist.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I take it you're talking about aesthetic plastic surgeons, rather than plastic and reconstructive surgeons in general?
    Of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Plastic surgeons who spend their careers reconstructing damaged faces and bodies don't seem like they (or their patients) deserve to be in your line of fire.
    Aren't they in the minority of their profession, though? Most people never get mangled in a car wreck, war zone, horribly burned and suchlike; there's not a massive market without people who just aren't happy unless they look like a doll with distended mammary glands.

    I'm not criticizing the surgeons. They're getting paid by shallow people with money to blow; they're not screwing anyone. I'm criticizing the shallow people who derive their self-worth by what they look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkepticJ View Post
    Aren't they in the minority of their profession, though?
    Certainly not in my part of the world. The Royal College of Surgeons:
    Reconstructive procedures are the mainstay of nearly all plastic surgeonsí work: covering all aspects of wound healing and reconstruction after congenital, acquired and traumatic problems, with aesthetic surgery playing a smaller but important part in their working week.
    Probably cancer reconstructions account for more of the major work than major trauma and burns do. But there's a lot of "minor" work: if you get a dog bite, you're likely to have it closed by a plastic surgeon.

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    1) A while back, the US Office of Personnel Management was hacked, and personal information about many government employees was stolen. Supposedly, this included information regarding who has security clearances.

    2) Shortly thereafter, a website called Ashley Madison, which facilitates adulterous affairs, was hacked. Its user information was supposedly released online today.

    3) Cross referencing these two lists could result in a treasure-trove of people who could be extorted for classified information.

    Of course, these people could have been extorted previously; but identifying potential targets probably just got easier.
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    Nothing to see here. Everything's cleaned up. Move along please.

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    Car's battery went kaput about 4 hours ago (2 miles away - grocery store), while husband there. I'm working. He's STILL trying to find someone to take him back, to retrieve the car. Waiting for a phone call. Watching TV.

    {glances at the time}

    By midnight?

    I want him to call a female friend who can drive him there. Our truck is also in the shop, and his motorcycle won't do.

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    Gee, even trouble is Bigger in Texas . Good luck, Buttercup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danscope View Post
    Gee, even trouble is Bigger in Texas . Good luck, Buttercup.
    He's finally on the phone with that female friend. Good thing - because this gal doesn't stay up much past 9:00 p.m. I want that car *back here* before the grocery store owner has it towed away.

    (p.s. we're not in Texas <smile>)

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    Three firefighters have now died as result of my state's wildfires. So sad.
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    Thanks to Blueshift's recent thread, I thought I'd mention yesterday's episode.

    I got a call from Nike asking if I bought [some apparel] Yep; someone got my credit card number. Thank you Nike for catching some kind of discrepancy and taking immediate action.

    So; I immediately called the number on the card to report the fraud. Yep, two meaningless menus and a 20 minute wait, I finally got an operator. How can a credit card company not have an option to report fraudulent activity?

    Wow; so many security questions. I appreciate they go to such lengths, but it does give me some jitters answering all those personal questions.

    So; I got it cleared up. While on the phone, the operator saw the Nike charge and Nike credit to clear it up. I got my card cancelled.
    The problem? I might not get a new one for at least a week or two. I just hope nothing major comes up.

    It happened before with no real issues, but Arrg, it's scary.

    What was really scary is that they had my birthdate and phone number wrong.
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    Your birthdate and phone number might have been changed by the thief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Your birthdate and phone number might have been changed by the thief.
    I thought of that, but it was changed nearly a year ago, and this is the first indication of fraud. Maybe a lazy or failed fraudster, but at least it wasn't a problem until now.

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    My wife and I both just got texts purporting to be from our bank saying we need to call urgently. To different numbers. The numbers were also links. Phishing, obviously. Grrrrr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    How can a credit card company not have an option to report fraudulent activity?
    Seems absurd, but my bank is the same way. I got a voicemail from them saying to call their fraud department at a particular number.
    Of course, I didn't call that number, I called the one on the back of my card and also sat in the queue after guessing the best menu option.

    My inner cynic thinks that the bank doesn't want its customers to worry their pretty little heads about fraud, as it will somehow discourage the use of their card.
    Of course, that thinking is about 30 years out of date...which is about right for my bank.
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    When Graham's debit card information was stolen from Home Depot a few years ago, his bank called us to report fraudulent activity on his card. By asking us to confirm, by robocall, I believe zip code--and the last four digits of his Social Security number. Naturally, we didn't do this. Because why would you do that? So they shut off Graham's debit card. There was no number to call on a Sunday to talk to a human about the whole thing; we had to go in on Monday.
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    "You can't erase icing."

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    Windows 10 popups urging us to reserve a free copy are most annoying. As I said in another thread, I will wait a while for debugging time, and get help from an expert in any operating system "upgrade."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkepticJ View Post
    Of course.



    Aren't they in the minority of their profession, though?.
    In the US, at least, there is a distinct difference between plastic surgeons, who are quite capable, and cosmetic surgeons, which can be anybody with an MD who has passed the state licensing exam. Of course, plastic surgeons do have expenses and boob jobs are both more remunerative and easier than putting somebody's face back together. Alo, do recall that some portion of those despised boob jobs are to repair damages due to disease and injury.
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    Extremely non-trivial: My state is burning. When we set out from Everett for Port Townsend this afternoon the sky was thick with smoke and soon my eyes and throat were burning. And we aren't very near any of the fires. That's nothing compared to what's going on on the other side of the mountains. People have lost their homes -- more of them than the official tally because officials can't even get to some areas to confirm losses. And three firefighters have died. One was just 20 years old. It's heartbreaking.
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    I can understand. We had a spate of bad wildfires in our part of Florida some years ago. For weeks, there was always smoke in the air. When we heard thunder, we were hopeful of some much-needed rain -- and then heard that the associated lightning was starting new fires! Depressing and scary.

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    We are now 8 hours and 40 minutes into an 8.5 hour power outage; i.e. the power came back on ten minutes ago.
    I missed most of today's Seahawks game. That's trivial.
    I have to reset a bunch of clocks. That's trivial.
    I couldn't have a warm dinner. That's trivial.

    But when we went out in the car to see if we could see how widespread it was and to recharge our phones, I was looking for information on the radio. No such thing. We got assorted music, Canadian stations in French and Chinese, preachers, and the Seahawks pre-game. And no news whatsoever. Don't the civil defense types always tell you to have a radio? What good is that going to do?
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    Some Non-trivial Things That Annoy Me.

    One of the things implemented by my power company after Hurricane Sandy is a web page showing where outages are, how many people are affected, and estimated time until restoration. You can also report outages.
    I can access it on my phone as long as the cellular system is still up.

    It works well for local outages, but would probably be useless during a Sandy-sized event, when the cellular system was overloaded.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Dang. I sooooo want to get one of those calls. It could be more fun than the Microsoft support center or the Viagra supplier.
    We got the "windows error" call again, the other night, during dinner. I can't believe my name is not flagged yet because we mess with them every time. This time I cut him off and asked him what he meant after every few words and I tried to sound panicked, "problem with my windows, what do you mean?" "Errors? what do you mean?" I let him go on about unprotected computers getting infected and he said something about getting into my modem but when he said you can get viruses from certain web sites I freaked out on him, "You mean like those websites? The dirty sinful websites? Can you tell me which computer it's coming from?" He told me he couldn't because it was in my modem and I went off screaming about my daughter who keeps going on those sites. Meanwhile, my whole family is staring at me trying not to laugh. I eventually call to my daughter and start screaming at her, into the phone about how bad those sites are. She starts screaming back, "Mommy no, it wasn't me this time," I tap the phone against the table and start rolling it around for a second, then I hit the hangup button. It was a wholesome family moment.

    The next morning, I am getting ready for work and my husband calls to me, "Remember the joke about the dirty websites last night?" He points to an $89 charge on our account and it doesn't look like any of the other charges. It just says, "Tropic" and then a phone number. Neither one of us wants to call the phone number so we Google it and the first thing that shows up is adult movie productions. He went down to the bank and they said his card was likely skimmed so they reversed the charge and issued him a new card. The two incidents were unrelated but it feels like no matter how careful you are, you can't protect yourself from everything.

    I have not gotten the tax evasion call but I have been getting calls on my cell that the IRS is paying me $5000 for taking a survey. What really ticked me off was a few days later, my husband got a call on his cell that he was getting $8000 for taking a survey. We were driving so the conversation was through his speakers. After they said $8000, I cut him off demanding to know why I got paid only 5 and he was getting paid 8000. He kept trying to get back to his script but I was mad. That's pure and simple sexism. We can't even make equal pay in fictional money.

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