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20th August 2003 # Issue
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Still enjoying your Spam ?
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A thought for Discussion
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The Other Moderator's Comment
Ok, so I won't correct Gunjan's spelling in the Table of
Contents "Primative Stuff!"
Can you imagine actually having fun at the tax collector's
I spent yesterday morning at IRS headquarters in
Los Angeles. They hold they periodic meetings with key
people in the tax professional community. (Someone CALLED
to invite me - so they must have thought I was 'key'.) There
were a bunch of people I hadn't seen in ages. And I just know
I'm going to get in trouble with Treasury again. I was hugging
IRS staff - in public. Shame on me! (I did receive a formal
reprimand for this once. I simply MUST restrain myself.)
You're probably all aware of California's campaign to recall
Of course. As ever, the whole world is laughing at the antics
of American politics. (Who needs professional comedians when
we have politicians?)
It seems California is very aggressive about insisting tax
professionals do the state's job for them. They have been trying
to pass a law to force tax pros to file ALL their tax returns
electronically. (Many do. Some don't. Some won't - because
it means inputting hundreds of lines of data from wage reports
for those clients in the entertainment industry, and similar
industries, that work in dozens of short-term jobs during
Ted Myers, running the meeting yesterday, informed us that
two weeks ago, Governor Davis signed legislation stating that
all tax professionals who prepare 100 or more tax returns
MUST file ALL of the returns electronically, or face a fine of
$50 for each one filed on paper.
Raising my hand, I asked, if Governor Davis is recalled, will
this bill be voided?
Doncha love breaking up a room full of suits?
Well, my friends, these days, our tax collectors are less
stressed, have more of a sense of humor - and, remarkably
are doing their best to try to fix your problems.
Hearing about problems we, or our clients were having
with the system, this meeting really did result in reports going
in about recommended fixes to the system - which WILL be implemented in
the short term.
I love watching people in power exercise it for good.
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===== CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS ========
=== > Primat-ive Stuff !
Getting carried away on the Primate Programming
yours truly has scribbled away some limericks on
the subject. If you enjoy limericks check out my
scribbles at http://workinghumor.com/limericks/chimp.shtml
Please feel free to comment on them,
===> Are you enjoying your Spam?
I bring this up as an old discussion cause we have
discussed it a couple times albeit it was quite some
On one hand spam is becoming the most painful
problem online ... right ? For people like me it's
twice as painful. Firstly because the amount of spam
I get (On an average 200-250 mails per day out of
the total of 300-325 mails.) On the other hand the
fight to remove spam by using spam filters catches
out genuine lists like ours.
And yet, I can't help but smile at some of the messages
that I come across as I'm deleting them.
Recently there was mail with the subject 'Trust Me'.
I was just about to delete it when my eye fell on
the sender's email address - email@example.com
(or something to that effect)
And then there's the message from a debt elimination
company which for some reason I mistook as coming
from a pharmaceutical company. The subject read ...
"Are you hard at work?"
Well, I do hope you have your share of smiles as you
delete your spam too !
Do share them whenever you come across some like
===> Speaking Tip
Use Your Friends . . . Carefully
After you've done the best job you can preparing new
material and practicing, try it out on friends and small
groups. Don't tell your friends you are testing. Just plunge
into the joke or story and see if they laugh or give you the
kind of response you expect. You must learn to distinguish
polite and real laughter on your humorous material. On your
straight material you must be able to read a genuinely
enthusiastic response compared to the "I'm-being-nice"
enthusiastic response. Your study of audience body language
will help you with this. If you are the boss, don't try things out
on your subordinates. Try them out on your peers. Your
subordinates may feel obligated to laugh or give you
The best test for humorous material is to deliver it to the
company sourpuss. If he or she laughs, you know you've
got a winner. Also, be careful to recognize that some people
laugh at anything. Don't let them convince you you've got a
good joke or story until it's been tested on many different
While you are in the testing phase, try out different deliveries.
Only change one element of the joke or story at a time and
watch closely the reactions you get. If you make too many
changes at one time, you will never know which change was
the one that got the better response.
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===> Thought for Discussion ...
Although quite a few of you may not have enjoyed
the Evolution/Creation/God topic, the participants
really enjoyed it and I got some comments on how
it was really neat trying to introduce some humor in
to a topic they felt passionately about.
With that in mind I bring up another topic which is
quite serious in nature, and I know that whichever
way one feels about it one feels strongly about
(as is evident from the words of the writer.)
This is extracted from a post by Brad Jensen
to the NT group
Actually, I've had the recurring thought this weekend
that Rachel Carson has probably killed more children
than Stalin & Hitler combined.
You remember Rachel Carson, the author in the 1960's
of 'Silent Spring', which was the first shot fired in the
Her thesis was that DDT was killing off the birds as well
as innocent insect species. While the science was flimsy,
the clarion call to action was heard loud and clear, by those
who love to shame our culture for scientific advances, and
who desire the power to tell others what to do.
The long-term result of her book was the banning or severe
reduction in use of DDT, the chemical that wiped out mosquitoes
that caused and continue to cause the death of millions of
children each year. The latest estimates are that 3 million
African children die each year from mosquito-borne diseases.
Unrestricted use of DDT, an inexpensive solution,
might reduce that number by 90% or more.
How many bird species are worth the 67.5 million
people murdered by the decisions of environmentalists
in each generation? And that is for Africa alone!
Those babies are just as dead as if you shot or bombed
Some day, every mosquito capable of infecting a child
will be dead. Be a part of the life-affirming, scientific,
humanity-loving solution - not a part of the self-hating,
cult-of-nature, science-as-scepter, babykilling problem.
Babies come first. Nature comes second.
Looking at it another way, if we destroyed nature, what
would we feed these babies whom we so 'wisely' saved
from the nature ? Other Babies ??
So what do you think ... is all this eco stuff all bull ?
Is nature less important than mankind ? Let's hear your
views on the subject and of course let's see if we can
all manage to keep things on a lighter vein ...
===> Hate Mail ...
I hate you ... so let me do you a favor !
Sounds ridiculous ? But you'll be surprised to see this
happening at many places online.
Recently Alex at the PUNY group mentioned a
Dr Seuss Parody at this URL -
I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I started looking over
other pages of Maddox's site. It has a few pages
which should thrill Bush haters, but other pages
which are raves and rants.
What I found most interesting was his hate mail
pages. So many people ... wasting their breath
and their time trying to tell him that he was an
@r$e**** and thereby providing him with more
Heck, I thought, with enemies like those, who needs friends !
===> Oh No ...
The school I'm associated with has been trying to buy some
land for sometime now and for some reason or the other the
deals just haven't gone through.
Recently, we came across another property that we felt would
be ideal so we were pretty keen that every thing goes smoothly.
The initial discussion and price finalization went quite well.
And then the realtor drew up an MOU and brought
it up for us. Our advocate was called and as he was
going through it I was sitting right beside him.
I kept looking at his face and suddenly to my
horror he winced. "Oh No," I thought, he doesn't
like one of the clauses and we're going to have to
go right back to the negotiation table. As I was
thinking these thoughts the advocate pulled out a
pencil and started scratching out something on the
Very surreptitiously, I leaned across and peeped at
what he was doing ! He had just found a sentence
which read "On the behalf of". It was the grammar
that was making him wince and what he was so busily
doing was deleting the offending 'the'.
This carried on and on through the document. By the time
he got to the end, I felt from his reaction that if we hadn't
been so keen on the deal, he may not have read the entire
thing at all, used it for basketball practice and tossed it
into the waste paper basket.
Makes me feel like scrolling back all the way to the top
of this and changing the spelling of 'Primative' in the Table
of Contents... But then that is not supposed to be 'Primitive'
but a deliberate shortening of Primate-ive Stuff. So I'll let
it go for this week.
Let me know if it makes you wince. If it does I'll alter it
next week ! ;-)
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=========== This week's Humor ==============
Sweet Offensives !
An 18th-century vagabond in England, exhausted and
famished, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading:
"George and the Dragon."
He knocked. The Innkeeper's wife stuck her head out a
window. "Could ye spare some victuals?" He asked.
The woman glanced at his shabby, dirty clothes. "No!"
"Could I have a pint of ale?"
"No!" she shouted.
"Could I at least sleep in your stable?"
"No!" she shouted again.
The vagabond said, "Might I please...?"
"What now?" the woman screeched, not allowing him to
"D'ye suppose," he asked, "that I might have a word with
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