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Posted by TJ on Friday October 3, 2008 @ 10:13 AM
[Tags: links, amazon, humor]

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Posted by TJ on Monday September 29, 2008 @ 07:54 PM
[Tags: scam, internet, rant]

Today I was going through a pile of old mail I have yet to open and found an notice that I was selected for inclusion into the "famous" Strathmore's Who's Who. Wowzer's!! Right?

Now at first I figured this is probably a scam, the same as when I poem I wrote got selected to be included in a special edition collection of elite authors by All you need to do is pay some elaborate fee for the "publishing".

But then I thought hey maybe they saw I received my CPA or maybe saw this website which would definitely earn me a spot on any list(Ok that's an embellishment).

So I did a search and found it was definitely a scam.

What makes me wonder most about these scams is how do the people... the owners, the sales people, or even the secretaries of this company ... how do they wake up everyday and knowing that they are going to work for a company that is completely worthless to the society and just a fraud to the American dream? A cashier at the McDonalds, a disgraced politician, hell even staff at an abortion clinic earn more admiration then these people do, I just can't imagine the type of people who could make a career doing stuff like that.

And what sucks more is people actually fall for this type of scam. This press release by Wayward Community College congratulates a professor for their successful induction (buying) into the list.

Posted by TJ on Saturday September 27, 2008 @ 11:11 AM
[Tags: news, tv, rip]

I added Paul Newman to the list of famous colorblind people on the colorblind facts YESTERDAY. I checked the news today and the poor man died of cancer. Talk about weird coincidence, huh.

RIP Paul Newman January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008

Posted by TJ on Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 12:40 PM
[Tags: scam, links, internet]

Note: This is part one of the Job Scam Series

I just received an email offering a career with PHC Consulting and confirmed that this is a scam. Despite it's elaborate looking website I'm 99.99% positive this website is a scam.

How do I know this is a scam?
It's registry data says the website was registered/create September 21 2008. No legitimate business can be created in 2 days.

Why am I writing about this?
Hopefully I this blog will show up in search results and prevent potential victims. Since this is a new scam there were no search results for this company so I thought I should make some.

How does a scam have such a sophisticated website?
Anybody can create a professional looking website in a matter of minutes by copying an existing website. You can do this is Firefox by selecting File->Save as File->Webpage Complete. A scammer would then change the logo and text to coincide with the name of their fictional company.

What's the purpose of this scam
They want to get information from you... SS#(from application), bank account number (from direct deposit info), email address (for spamming), or they are going try get you to send them money somehow or another.

Here's a copy of the email I received:

PHC Consulting has an opening for a TRANSACTIONS SPECIALIST position. We do our best to fit all our customers' needs as soon as possible. That's why all are staff is a professionally trained and can solve any problem that occurs on their way. We are not just a set of people, we are a family. We offer you, our potential colleague, to join us. See below, what we offer you.

General Requirements:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Not special Qualifications Needed.
- Have a minimal experience and knowledge of basic bank operations.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of all information.
- Willingness to work from home, take responsibility, set up and achieve goals.
- The Ability to create good administrative reporting.
- Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations.
- The ability to operate with more than one task effectively, and have an adaptable, flexible, professional attitude.
- The ability of stable communication with our company and on
-time and detailed reporting.
- Familiar to working online, Internet and e-mail skills.

What we offer:
- Generous salary (over 3,000.00 USD monthly).
- Social benefits and medical insurance. - Free training and seminars.
- Paid Holidays plus 2 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO).

This is easy job, but your help is very important for us and our clients. This job does not require any special education. You wouldn't have to pay us for taking you on our list. However we guarantee stable income.

Please send your answer letter or resume to our e-mail:
(!) Add ours e-mail in your Address Book!!!

Best regards,
Linda Makovski.

What should I do if I provided my information to scammers?
  1. Do not respond to further communications.
  2. If you sent bank Information: Call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. They should be able to change your account number or cancel your account.
  3. If you are still concerned you might want to enroll in credit monitoring such as LifeLock Identity Theft Prevention
  4. You can also file a claim with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). They are probably overloaded with these types of claim though, so I would not expect an individual response.

Posted by TJ on Saturday September 20, 2008 @ 04:28 PM
[Tags: news, article, tv]

Okay I feel like traveling by airplane is getting a lot more dangerous while advances in technology should be making it more safer. Below is a list of plane crashes involving famous people. Note that these are all private planes so don't worry commercial airlines are probably still the safest way to travel, however, it does seem like a lot more famous people die from private airplane crashes then car accidents.

  • James Stephen Fossett (April 22, 1944 - missing September 3, 2007, declared legally dead February 15, 2008) was an American aviator, sailor, and adventurer who became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. Partial remains and wreckage of his plane was not found until a year later on September 29th 2008. Source

  • Cory Fulton Lidle (March 22, 1972 – October 11, 2006) was a Yankee right-handed baseball pitcher who died when the small aircraft he owned crashed into a residential building in New York City. Source

  • Peter David Tomarken (December 7, 1942 – March 13, 2006) was an American television personality primarily known as the host of Press Your Luck. Tomarken, a private pilot, and his second wife, Kathleen, were killed when his Beechcraft Bonanza A36, N16JR, crashed a few hundred feet offshore in Santa Monica Bay during climb-out from the Santa Monica Airport in California on the morning of March 13, 2006 Source

  • John Thomas Walton was a decorated American war veteran, and a son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. On June 27, 2005, Walton died when the CGS Hawk Arrow homebuilt aircraft that he was piloting Crashed shortly after takeoff. Source

  • Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was a Grammy-nominated American singer, dancer, actress, model, teen idol. Aliyah's plane crashed shortly after takeoff killing all 7 on board citing overweight cargo (sound equipment) and an unqualified pilot as the cause. Source

  • John F Kennedy Jr, the third son of the late president JFK. On July 16, 1999, at the age of 38, Kennedy died along with his wife and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, when the aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Source

  • John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), One of the most popular artists of the 1970s, was an American Country Music/folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician. On October 12, 1997, Denver was killed when the Long-EZ aircraft he was piloting crashed just off the coast of California at Pacific Grove, shortly after taking off from the Monterey Peninsula Airport. Source

  • Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Yankees from 1969 to 1979. Munson was killed at age 32 while trying to land his personal airplane during a test fligh. Thurman is one of three Yankees who died in aviation accidents, including pitchers Jim Hardin in 1991 and Cory Lidle in 2006. Source

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd was an American Southern rock band that would be later inducted into the Rock and Roll of fame in 2006. Their plane crashed October 20, 1977 due to low-fuel killing 6 including the lead vocalist, guitarist, and road manager. Source

  • Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1952 to 1956. In August 31, 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, Marciano died when the small private plane crashed in bad weather with an unqualified pilot. Source

  • Otis Redding is best known for his hit, “Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay,” which was released after his death. Redding had recorded the song just three days earlier. Him and and four members of his band were killed when their Beechcraft H18 plane crashed during a fog. Source

  • Buddy Holly (Holley), the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) , and Ritchie Valens all Rock and Roll Hall of famers died on February 2, 1959 when their Beechcraft Bonanza crashed during a winter storm "The day the music died". Source

Other interesting incidents:
Travis Barker, Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) Four people died but Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein survived when their private plane crashed off a runway on September 20, 2008. Travis Barker was best known as being former guitartist for the rock band Blink 182.
  • Barak Obama was a passenger in private plane on January 12, 2008 that clipped another airplane on the ground source
  • Patrick Swayze survived a emergency landing on June 1, 2001 Source
  • Sandra Bullok Survived a crash landing on Decmeber 20, 2000. Source

  • Posted by TJ on Thursday September 18, 2008 @ 02:10 PM
    [Tags: tjshome, facebook, myspace]

    The status message page has become pretty popular. I figured since Facebook has eliminated the condition that status messages start with "X is" a long time ago (Myspace never had this provision) I would finally eliminate the restriction from my site. So you can now add your favorite status messages that start with additional prefixes like "x was","x has","x was", or the favorite "x ".

    I had originally held up on making this change because I felt removing the "x is" start would lead to more erroneous submissions that do not fit the definition of a status message (the status message should give you some idea of what the author is doing) I currently remove about 90% of submissions because they are either unoriginal, not a "status" message or contain vulgarities. But hopefully by adding more prefixes it will lead to more of the original and funny status message submissions that makes Tjshome the best source of status messages on the internet.

    Check it out:
    Status Messages

    Posted by TJ on Friday September 5, 2008 @ 11:23 AM
    [Tags: bookclub, thoughts, shopping]

    Someone bought a book from my amazon affiliate link (thank you by, the way). "Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World" looks like a very interesting read, especially if you're a teacher. I believe teacher's have the opportunity to affect our nation's future by investing time, energy, and wisdom in our students. Pretty important role I'd say. I think it's also interesting when teacher's step out of the textbook and teach stuff based on current issues. This book is written by by Bill Bigelow, Bob Peterson and received excellent reviews.

    So here it is the first TJshome book club nomination #1...

    Posted by TJ on Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 10:08 AM
    [Tags: links, internet, business]

    If you want to find out how your salary compares to others in your field or even at your company there are website's to help.
    Glass Door New site with even more information.

    Posted by TJ on Monday August 25, 2008 @ 07:42 PM
    [Tags: lyrics, accounting, personal]

    [Music: Blind Melon - Three Is a Magic Number]

    Here is a glimpse of what is going on in my mind...

    Three is a magic number
    Ya it is, its a magic number
    Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity
    You'll get three
    As a magic number
    The past, the present, the future,
    Faith, and hope, and charity,
    The heart, the brain, the body,
    Will give you three,
    Its a magic number

    It takes three legs to make a tripod or to make a table stand,
    And it takes three wheels to make a vehicle called a tricycle
    And every triangle has three corners,
    Every triangle has three sides,
    No more, no less,
    You dont have to guess
    That it's three
    Can't you see?
    Its a magic number

    A man and a woman had a little baby
    Yeah they did
    And there were three in the family
    And thats a magic number

    3, 6, 9,
    12, 15, 18,
    21, 24, 27,

    Now multiply backwards from 3x10
    3x10 is 30
    3x9 is 27
    3x8 is 24
    3x7 is 21
    3x6 is 18
    3x5 is 15
    3x4 is 12
    And 3x3 is 9
    And 3x2 is 6
    And 3x1 is 3 of course
    (now dig the pattern once more!)

    3, 6, 9,
    12, 15, 18
    Oh yeah

    3x10 is 30
    3x9 is 27
    3x8 is 24
    3x7 is 21
    3x6 is 18
    3x5 is 15
    3x4 is 12
    And 3x3 is 9
    And 3x2 is 6
    And 3x1
    What is it?

    A man and a woman had a little baby
    There were three in the family
    And that's a magic number

    Posted by TJ on Sunday August 24, 2008 @ 12:44 AM
    [Tags: internet, links, hints]

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