A visit to Yes on Q headquarters

So I hopped on my bike and rode down to Yes On Q headquarters. It is, not surprisingly, located in spacious offices owned by the same organization that wants to build the high rises. Sigh. Democracy at it’s finest.

I talked to a nice guy there named Bill Ferguson. Here are the things we talked about:

  • me: Get me off your freakin’ list!
  • him: No problem. (He scribbles down my name and number.)
  • him: Your phone number is public knowledge once you register to vote, and we’re allowed to call you.
  • me: Yes, you are allowed to call me. ONCE. Then I’m allowed to ask to be on your do not call list.
  • me: Your telemarketers are not respecting do not call lists, and treating callers unprofessionally when they ask to be removed
  • him: I don’t know how the call centers feed that back that list to us.
  • me: Please figure it out, because I will file a formal complaint against your organization if it happens again.
  • me: This reflects very poorly on your organization, and makes me unsympathetic to your arguments. I’m likely to vote “no” now.

So, a constructive conversation was had. I expect to keep getting calls, and I expect to have to learn how to file a formal complaint. Luckily, I’m currently unemployed (by choice, thank god) and so I have plenty of time to make Bill Ferguson’s life hell.

Sorry about that Bill. Call off the tele-spammers, and I’ll go easy on you.

Measure Q tele-spammers

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I’ve been getting a number of call and hang-up calls on my cell phone with “caller id unavailable”. This is usually an indication that you are in a predictive dialer system’s phone list, and they are having trouble matching the call they made outbound to you with an telemarketer on their end. I kept answering them hoping to finally get someone to talk to to get me on their do not call list.

Today I got someone, and it turns out it was the friendly people at the Yes on Q campaign. I told her that (1) it was a cell phone, and she shouldn’t be calling it, and (2) that I’d like her to put me on the do not call list. Polite, simple, quick and painless.

So a few hours later I get another couple of hangups, and get really excited, because now I know that soon I’m going to get to nail their asses to the wall. Eventually I get a call where they manage to hook me up to a human, and stupidly mention the do not call list before I get all the info from her to let her know I’m going to be sending in a formal complaint. She hung up as soon as she heard “do n-“. I swear to god, no goodbye, nothing. Evil.

By the way, I went and reread the stuff at donotcall.gov and found out that political organizations that are looking for a handout are allowed to hassle you, even if you are on the national do not call registry. However, if you ask them to add you to a local do not call list, they must respect that, after the first call.

Update: As I was writing this, I got ANOTHER CALL! These guys are INSANE. I managed to keep this guy on the line long enough to attempt to get the information I needed to file a complaint. This guys had two excuses. First, he said his company had just gotten the telemarketing job an hour ago, and that there was no chance that I’d already been called by his company. And second, he told me there was NO SUCH THING as a do not call list. He ended up hanging up on me while I was giving him my phone number for a message to his supervisor.

Un-fucking-believeable.

Because the ditz the No-on-Q people sent to pester me at home was such an idiot, I had actually considered voting yes, just to spite her. However, now I’m caught in the crossfire between “concerned parents” (GRRRR) and “evil telemarketers”. Right now, the tele-spammers at Yes on Q are winning, 3 to 1: I’m currently leaning toward NO on Q.

An interview with an insurgent

The Guardian carried a really scary article recently about the new face of the insurgency in Iraq.

One quote that surprised me was this one:

Black soldiers are a particular target. ‘To have Negroes occupying us is a particular humiliation,’ Abu Mujahed said, echoing the profound racism prevalent in much of the Middle East. ‘Sometimes we aborted a mission because there were no Negroes.’

Wow. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me to find racism here too, as I’ve found it in Europe and the US too.