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    Kingpin Arrested

    No offense to the newspaper but I don't think this guy is a "kingpin," even if he has a swanky car.

    Fake degree certificate kingpin arrested
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet
    I don't think this guy is a "kingpin," even if he has a swanky car.
    If it's a Maruti -- definitely not. A Bentley, however...

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    Or maybe he's just a State-authorized kingpin, rather than a National or Regional one...

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    Princepin?

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    Maybe a Baronpin?
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    I really doubt if he's a kingpin - may be just another cob in the wheel.

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    Brevetpin.

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    maybe a pinhead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    maybe a pinhead?

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    I belonged to a union once. I'm not really sure they did much for me but it's hard to say what the job would have been like without them. I think they helped a bit with safety stuff because there were things you couldn't do or had to do in specific ways to protect people. Of course, they were good at collecting dues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    I think they helped a bit with safety stuff because there were things you couldn't do or had to do in specific ways to protect people.

    I somewhat understood this before experiencing the callousness of overseers and more so after. And add to that the idiocy of too many co-workers. Genuine protection of workers is, IMO, most of what unions should be doing.

    I apologize for having driven this thread so far off topic.

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    When I was closing in on 64, and had been retired for 14 years, I had to go back to work for a year-and-a-bit. Got my first and only union job. I'm sure they fought long and hard to get us statutory minimum wage. Useless. Made me pay for some "mandatory" supplemental health insurance I had no need of, too. I was covered by the Province, plus all the extras covered in my retirement package.

    Employer was bad enough. Union was worse.

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    Article appears to have been written by a journalist who did their coursework at a mill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTFaculty View Post
    Article appears to have been written by a journalist who did their coursework at a mill.
    Yes, it's off-the-wall, by our standards, but I wouldn't be so hard on the journalist. It appears to be fairly standard South Asian journalese English. India has more English-speakers than any nation in the world, (800 000 000 +) but they all put their own spin on it. In India, English is not spoken/written as it is in London, Los Angeles or Toronto. To us, it can sound stilted, adhering partly to an obsolete British mode of yesteryear. That's not surprising, is it?

    The webpages of perfectly legitimate Indian schools often contain the same strangeness, including my favourite, "Lovely Professional University," a fully UGC-approved school. If you examine the article, I don't believe there are any spelling mistakes or incorrect grammatical relationships -- but yes, it does sound odd. Odd, but understandable. One gets used to it and makes allowances, I think.

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    I get quite a few phone calls out of India - legit telemarketers hired by North American businesses - and also FRAUD calls, "your computer has a wery bad wirus, etc." Most callers, legit or not, use familiar-sounding names like "Jack" or "David." Lately, a few callers have acquired somewhat convincing accents. The best attempt was by a bogus "Officer Dan Ryan" who threatened to have me arrested for alleged income-tax fraud if I didn't call back. He was obviously reading from a script, but his accent was quite good. Perhaps a struggling Bollywood actor, between jobs, who didn't like being called "waiter." Maybe he should try Axact - the pay might be better.

    Crooks are getting (a little) smarter - at least some of them.

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