The blog moved. Not that it was moving much before.

February 1, 2010

An official website. A MySpace. A Blog. A Reverbnation. A Facebook fan page. This is silly. I need to start consolidating all my pages. So I’m starting now @ assaultofknowledge.com.

moved!

Moved!!

MOVED!!!

Elite Star Marketing scammers change name

November 18, 2009

Just a quick note about the scamming fake job agency, Elite Star Marketing — who target people who are looking for new, better jobs (everyone) and try to solicit their account information through credit checks — they have changed their names to “Impact Media Drive.” Stupidly they forgot to change the browser header title on their website (once you get past the first page, that is).

Here is the letter I got from them with the subject “Omar CREATIVE WRITERS.” (Hmmm, they must do their research! Or just send out their research-bots.)

Note: the letter I was sent was pull of spaces in between every other letter (eg: “Thank yo u f o r your interest in the po si t io n at our firm”) presumably to avoid Google checks. But in order to help both my Googling brethren who have the time to remove the spaces and those who don’t, I’m posting the letter twice.

Thank yo u f o r your interest in the po si t io n at our firm. A li t t le more information about us: As a re c en t ly founded and ra p id ly growing ma rk e ti ng fi r m, we ho pe to fo s te r a f u n y et efficient environment fo r ou r new e m pl oy ee s. U nl ik e other co m pa ni es, we be l ie v e an e as y g o in g and f r i e n dl y at m os ph e r e is facilitative to qu al it y and actually i n cr ea s e s pr o du ct i vi ty. To be co ns i d er e d, candidates must p os se s s s tr on g co m mu n i c a t io n/interpersonal sk il ls, th e ab i l it y t o interact wi t h p eo p le at al l l e ve ls of th e f ir m, an d excellent organizational s ki l ls. Candidates must be self st a rt er s and b e ab le to un d e rt a ke r e sp o n s i b i l i ti e s w it h l i m it e d supervision. T h e y must also be a b l e to multi-task, an d have a w or k in g knowledge o f M S Of fi ce. Familiarity w i th ot he r ty pe s of software is a p l u s. O ur po l ic y is to gr o w and maintain a l on g l as ti n g and m u t ua ll y be ne f ic i al business re l at io ns h i p w i th ou r e mp lo y e es. In keeping with that standard, our firm offers a comprehensive benefits pa c ka ge th a t i s se c on d to no n e. In addition, we pa y our employees higher th an any co m pe t i to r i n this i n du st r y. Compensation wi l l be fu r th e r d is c us se d during the i n te rv ie w  p ro c es s, af t e r r ev i ew in g ca n d i da te ap pl ic at io n s.  Please take a few mo m e nt s t o fi l l out ou r online a p p l i ca ti o n b y cl ic k i ng on th e ‘apply’ l i n k be lo w. APPLY HERE. H R Staffing

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Thank you for your interest in the position at our firm. A little more information about us: As a recently founded and rapidly growing marketing firm, we hope to foster a fun yet efficient environment for our new employees. Unlike other companies, we believe an easy going and friendly atmosphere is facilitative to quality and actually increases productivity. To be considered, candidates must possess strong communication/interpersonal skills, the ability to interact with people at all levels of the firm, and excellent organizational skills. Candidates must be self starters and be able to undertake responsibilities with limited supervision. They must also be able to multi-task, and have a working knowledge o f MS Office. Familiarity with other types of software is a plus. Our policy is to grow and maintain a long lasting and mutually beneficial business relationship with our employees. In keeping with that standard, our firm offers a comprehensive benefits package that is second to none. In addition, we pay our employees higher than any competitor in this industry. Compensation will be further discussed during the interview  process, after reviewing candidate applications.  Please take a few moments to fill out our online application by clicking on the ‘apply’ link be low. APPLY HERE. HR Staffing

Fox 11 news investigates ACN

May 17, 2009

NOTE: On January 11, 2013 I received a cease and  desist from ACN Corporate Counsel “Jeremy J. Smuckler, Esq.” I have therefore removed my opinions, which were concern for libel, from the site. At the time of writing it, I was not a working journalist. Now I am, so it would be inappropriate for me to report on it without a rigorous investigation.

However, the merit of starting an ACN business is still up for debate, as the 400-plus comments below have shown, as well as many well-documented criticisms, such as those from the Montana Securities Commissioner who labelled it a “pyramid scheme.” I believe that deleting my site, as Mr. Smuckler has requested, would censor the important conversation around a very controversial business.

Please watch the embedded video, and read some of the comments, and decide for yourself whether ACN is a legitimate business or not. Then vote in the poll below.

Islam and the tolerance of art

August 17, 2008

Recently Random House axed the publication of The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones, a historical fiction novel about A’isha, Muhammad’s youngest wife.

As expected, the backlash from the Muslim communities that claim to represent the Muslim community, as well with other self-censoring non-Muslims, pressured Random House in their decision. They believed that a book, which none of whom had read, that characterizes Muhammad and the umma (Muslims) of yesterday would be insensitive, disrespectful and dangerous.

Judge for yourself. Although the book may never see the light of day, Sherry Jones published the prologue on the blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

From what I read, The Jewel of Medina, is just the opposite: It is sensitive; it is respectful. However, it is definitely dangerous, as any art about Islam that isn’t a simple praising of all things Islamic will be. But the more we are reluctant to tread that ground, the more dangerous any Muslim stories that are not cherry picked right from the Qu’ran will be. Whether or not you are offended by this book, the Muhammad cartoon or any other fictional medium depicting Islam past or present, artistic interpretation of Islam is necessary to inspire discourse — debates and rebuttals and talking points and essays and interest.

Islam is now the biggest religion in the world. It cannot be protected like a baby in the front yard anymore. It has to be treated the way every other religions and philosophies are treated. It has to be treated fairly. And in art, everything is fair, so long as it comes from the heart of the artist.

Edmonton journal responses

June 1, 2008

Although I am proud of my letter response, and still stand by it, I really wish they fixed the typo. Embarrassing.

“Hip-Hop organizers apologize”

Rest assured that for next year’s event we will do a letter-writing campaign to prepare the neighbourhood. Any inconveniences are our fault –not the mayor’s, as Fusco suggested –and we apologize and hope to improve our execution of the concert for Hip-Hop in the Park 2009.

And props to Matthew Bennet (Add-Vice?) for his letter too, “A slice of life.”

It’s a sad state of affairs that it takes loud music to make him look out his window and pay attention to what is going on in his own backyard.

HHitP members met today to discuss, amongst many things, the use of profanity in the music. We decided that for next year all artists will have to choose clean songs or clean their songs up. And that goes for you AOK!

On the real, my parents and my sisters family were in attendance at HHitP. They witnessed me say “Fuck” so many times that on Friday, when I went over for a family dinner, my family had a talk with me about my foul language. I apologized to my nieces and nephews, “Sorry kids. I fucked up.”

No such thing as bad publicity

May 30, 2008

This is the only coverage HHitP got in the Edmonton Journal: “Foul language has neighbour speechless”

I am a very liberal, easy-going person but this kind of disgusting activity, which was also accompanied by drugs and sex in the surrounding bushes, is totally unacceptable.

I’ve written the Journal a response. We’ll see tomorrow if it’s published.

Donny Osmond > Kanye West

May 29, 2008

There are two big sets of tour buses parked across the street from my flat right now.

1) Kanye West & crew

2) Donny Osmond & crew

Scenario #1:
“Hey are you guys with the Glow in the Dark tour?”
“Hell na.” (Despite wearing Lupe and Kanye West shirts)

Scenario #2
“Hey are you guys with the Glow in the Dark tour?
“No, we’re with Donny Osmond. I’m Dave, nice to meet you. You live around here?”

Fuck rappers