Feigned, phonies, fakes & fraudsters

We have had them with us before common literature. You know the type, those that promise wealth, power, security, pleasure, happiness and sometimes something for nothing. They may appeal to our vanity, our greed or even something like a renewed life, here or elsewhere. If you were to carefully and objectively follow the money trail you would quickly realize their schemes are primarily designed to enhance their wealth at your expense.

I’m including a few excerpts which highlight some current scams, schemes and flim-flams. Perhaps you, like me, may laugh or I might make you a little uncomfortable if you are tied in anyway, either as a participant or an instigator or in some cases, an impassioned follower. Those who are true believers will never see the falsehood by these fraudsters and are always going to be used.

FBI Headquarters at night.

FBI Headquarters at night. (Wikipedia)

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters In Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Attention: Beneficiary

This is the final warning you are going to receive from me, do you get me? I hope you understand how many times this message has been sent to you.

We have warned you so many times and you have decided to ignore our e-mails or because you believe we have not been instructed to get you arrested and today if you fail to respond back to us with the payment details below, then we would first send a letter to the MAYOR of the city where you reside and direct them to close your bank account until you have been jailed and all your properties will be confiscated by the FBI, CIA and other enforcement agency. We would also send a letter to the company/agency that you are working for so that they could get you fired until we are through with our investigations because a suspect is not supposed to be working for the government or any private organization.

I pleaded on your behalf so that this agency could give you till 6/25/2012 so that you could get this process done because i learnt that you were sent several e-mails without getting a response from you. Bear it in mind that this is the only way that i can be able to help you at this moment or you would have to face the law and its consequences once it had befallen on you. You would make the payment through western union money transfer with the below details.

Senders Full Name ======
Sender Full Address: ====
Direct Phone Number: ==================
MTCN: =========


Yes, and I’m the tooth fairy..

  At least 21 treated for burns after xxxx event

Fire officials in California say at least 21 people were treated for burns after attendees of an event for motivational speaker xxxxx tried to walk on hot coals.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that at least three people went to a hospital and most suffered second or third-degree burns.

Witnesses say on Thursday, a crowd went to a park where 12 lanes of hot coals were on the grass. Witnesses heard “I heard wails of pain, screams of agony.” “First one person, then a couple minutes later another one, and there was just a line of people walking on that fire.”

The website promotes “The Firewalk Experience” in which people walk on super-heated coals.

Fire Captain ___ _____ says organizers had an open fire permit and emergency personnel were on standby.

I say if it takes walking on hot coals to realize that this is all a facade you need this group.

  Snakes alive! – This is gonna hurt a little

Pastor ____ ______, the son of a snake-handling pastor who died from a rattler bite, lived by faith and died on Sunday, like his father before him, from a serpent bite.

A xxxxxx pastor from West Virginia, refused treatment for snake bites and, like his father before him, died within hours of a Sunday afternoon service in an isolated park. Pastor _____ ______ was known all over Appalachia as a daring man of conviction. He believed that the Bible mandates that Christians handle serpents to test their faith in God, and that if they are bitten, their trust in God alone will heal them.

Their belief in miracles defy mere rational understanding. Unfortunately the snake wasn’t a believer.

  Group Dynamics – the power of the mob

Any movement or organization that exerts powerful control over followers have a lot in common and many bear some of these traits.
■ Authoritarian – strong central or singular charismatic leadership. Often times making claims of possession of complete truth. May give minor recognition to other groups or individuals but doesn’t tolerate outside ideas.
■ Totalitarian – doesn’t allow people to make independent decisions, has authority over all. Anyone that chooses to listen or entertain thoughts other than those espoused by the group are generally not tolerated and often harshly punished and or removed in communication from the group.

Health Care Reform Act will cover anyone unable to afford care and lower medical costs

Starting in 2014 health care services are to become available to approximately 32 million who currently can’t get insurance. One of the premises of the HCRA; Hospital emergency rooms have been the principal resource for medical treatment of the uninsured thereby increasing costs for everyone. In theory, if everyone is covered than all will see lower premiums. For people who can’t afford health insurance, the Federal government will pay the states to add them to Medicaid.
The ACA will expand Medicaid enrollment and hence both state and federal costs will increase. A penalty in the form of a tax will be levied on those opting out but can afford to pay. This is formula driven in the law and the IRS will be the enforcer.

CBO estmates years 2012–2021 additional costs of $1.5 trillion for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), tax credits and other subsidies for the purchase of health insurance through the newly established exchanges and related costs, and tax credits for small employers. Offset in part by about $0.4 trillion in receipts from penalty payments, the new excise tax on high-premium insurance plans, and anticipated budgetary effects by increased tax revenues.

In truth medical costs have risen dramatically due to several factors.

1) Increased testing due to litigation and increased premium costs for insurance to defend against law suits. Another side effect are the requirements imposed by this litigation which demand added diagnostics.

2) Increased demands by private insurers and government regulation of payment for services.

3) Increases in immigrant populations which require medical services but are unable to pay for services. This is a reason not acknowledged at a Federal level but still burdens many hospitals.

Health care coverage for all seems like a great idea until you accept the factors of covering people previously un-insurable which would have dramatically increased cost to individuals as part of the risk pool. Some individuals willing opt out because they think due to their age they aren’t likely to need health care services, so perhaps there will be a slight offset. Statistically Medicaid prior to these new calculations of increased cost was projected to go broke. Simple population projections of an increased retired baby boomer generation followed by a much smaller youthful population signalled this problem. Even though Medicare covers the senior population, the decrease in active employed tax payers reduces revenues intended for the Medicaid programs. These new demands will hasten the economic collapse of the  Medicaid program.

Probability Of Winning The Lottery – Don’t Waste Your Money – Send it to me.

Have you ever gone fishing for large game fish with pebbles? If you have tried it and wondered why you weren’t successful than you understand the lottery.
Multi-state lotteries have odds as high as 190 million to 1. If you have ever thought you’d win the lottery, you’re not alone. About one out of every three people in the United States think that winning the lottery is the only way to become financially secure in their life.

Winning the lottery may be something that you want, but lets consider a comparison of odds. The National Safety Council says between 70 and 120 people a year die in the US by lightning – so let’s take 100 as our base. With the US population being approximately 314 million people, that means that the chances of being killed by lightning are roughly 3,140,000 to 1. Not very likely. However you are still about 40 times more likely to die from a lightning strike than you would be to win the lottery.

What are the chances that if you’re playing with a group of four that two of you will get a hole-in-one on the exact same hole? At 17 million to 1, they’re better than the chances of you winning the lottery.

You don’t imagine finding yourself on death row for a crime you committed. Still, it’s a lot more likely that you will be legally executed than win the lottery. In fact, you are 30,000% to 200,000% more likely to die in a legal execution than to win the lottery.

If I told you that you were 450,000 to 3,000,000 times more likely to die in an asteroid collision in the year 2037 than to win the lottery, what would you think?

If you drive 10 miles to purchase your lottery ticket, it’s three to twenty times more likely for you to be killed in a car accident along the way than to win the jackpot.

If none of this convinces you in the futility of a lottery than I recommend you go back to a worship service while holding a poisonous snake, because you are a true believer.