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If I could steal without guilt, I might do it.

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment

I have read everything I can find on the subject of fraudsters, Pyramid and Ponzi schemes, but I have not been able to find the information I seek.

I want to understand how the Ponzi schemers can live the high life on their ill-gotten gains, free of concern over the inevitable disastrous end to which they are headed. How can they calmly steal hundreds of thousands and even millions or billions of dollars without envisioning the final humiliation that they face.

They embezzle money from charities, investment firms, individuals and even direct relatives, all so they can have the homes, boats, cars and travel that they have not earned and do not deserve. How can they enjoy any of it? How can they warmly smile upon their victims, shaking their hands, enquiring as to the health of their families?

I imagine myself using my mature, charming appearance to win the confidence of a familiar couple, perhaps neighbours or relatives. I would have to be in dire straights, desperate for survival. I think I would first simply ask for a loan. Failing that, and assuming my situation is untenable and drives me to creating a lie that would encourage kind, generous people to invest in me.

How could I live my daily life, knowing that I’m enjoying life on the funds of others? How could I not contemplate the end of the line that must some day arrive? I would worry constantly, unable to sleep nights, unable to eat the rich foods afforded by my stolen wealth.

The lingering question will always haunt me: how do the con artists and fraudsters live with themselves and their families while living on the wealth of others?

How do they pretend to their own minds that the house of cards is solid and will not crash? I’m grateful that I don’t know how they do it. It would be so easy to be like Madoff or Earl Jones that I might be tempted to do it. But my life would be a misery of angst and guilt, so I’m just going to live on what I can earn, and to Hell with mansions, yachts and mansions.

Lest we forget the disgusting evil of Bush and Cheney.

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Perhaps some Americans are waking up to the realization that the Iraq war was a complete put-up job to increase the billions of dollars already in the possession of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. How could they ever have believed otherwise?

Bush is an out-and-out thief, deep into the excessive profits of manipulating the world’s oil wealth. Undoubtedly, the real reason for the Iraq invasion was oil and power. Bush, former Texas governor, is steeped in oil filth. Both he and Cheney personally benefit financially from military services, weaponry and the attendant corruption. In reality, they should both be doing time for all their disgusting self aggrandizement.

Bush and Cheney both tossed aside reason and empathy and just went for all the grabbing they desired. Cheney says if one wants to be popular, be a movie star. He says he wanted to serve the people. Bullshit! The two of them had nothing in mind but to serve themselves.

I wish I believed in Heaven and Hell, so I could at least be satisfied that both those dismal bastards would burn in eternal agony. The amount of crime, death, bereavement and humiliation they foisted upon society is every bit as horrible as were the atrocities of the ancient Impaler.

Who can forget the bald-faced lies from both those criminals. Sitting in plush, comfortable offices and luxurious mansions while causing thousands of starry-eyed young people to exist in conditions unfit for descent people.

While those perpetrators of heinous deceit loll about in marble Jacuzzi tubs and sip fine wines, the young victims of their avarice wallow in filth, lacking toilets, cleanliness and comforts of any kind. At the same time, these innocent spirits, believing that they are working for the greater good are actually fuelling the ongoing vile goals of Bush, Cheney and all their partners in corruption.

I hope I’m wrong about Hell. I hope it exists as an appropriate terminal for the evil ones.

How much wealth is enough?

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

One would think that many millions of dollars would be enough, even for self-indulgent stars.  Apparently it is not.

Imagine how much money major television stars like Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston must have, and residuals just keep rolling in from endless re-runs of the television series “Friends”. 

I recently saw Courtney Cox in a television commercial for some hair product, and Jennifer Aniston in a commercial for a skin care product.  These two “friends” probably have more money together than do several small countries.  Why then are they selling their status and image to hustle products to their gullible fan base?

To be sure, Cox is gorgeous, and in the commercial her hair shows the benefits of a team of dressers that probably spent hours making the sleek, shimmering mass of protein gleam under the carefully placed lights and lens.

I find Aniston much less beautiful than Cox, but all the same, pretty enough for stardom.  Perhaps Jennifer is even more wealthy than Courtney, given that it seems she’s made several movies while Cox might not have done.  No matter.  Both are wealthy at a level that will provide them easily with several magnificent, exclusive homes, yachts, private planes, servants, and just about anything else they desire.

Why “perform” in commercials when they have more money than a hundred families would need to satisfy all their needs?

I can’t imagine.  Were it me, I would live quietly and happily in more altruistic pursuits.

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March 7, 2013 Leave a comment

I’d like to see the religious symbols red crescent, Star of David, Buda and whatever other silly symbols exist to identify religious groups springing up all over the place. I’m fed up with crosses and crucifixes everywhere, as if Christianity and Catholicism were all there is. I’m sure the Christian majority never has a thought about how these symbols effect people who are not followers of the Christian beliefs.

Why is it that Jesus people find it necessary to put their advertising all over the place, but other religions do not? Because it’s marketing, that’s why. During the recent hullabaloo about the Pope retiring I was reminded by television coverage of the very ornate costumes the involved perverts… er… holy men don for their appearances. It’s all marketing, folks.

The gold-laden vestments and tall hats are all just advertising. There is no other reason except to act as a theater marquee or advertising poster for the weak-willed followers. How can they keep glossing over the immoral and illegal behavior of the sick individuals in the church? What is the hold that the obvious phoney-baloney pomp and circumstance has over otherwise logical people. There is obviously no god, and the entire aim of the church is to enslave, in one way or another, the faithful followers.

How sad to see kindly old ladies and idiotic organizations pouring money into the coffers of those outright liars and thieves who pretend to be evangelists. Those assholes in their coiffed hair and white suits are absolute bandits, and obviously so, yet millions of citizens buy into the bullshit. Why?

It puzzles me that people feel good about a lying thief like George W. Bush and his disgusting sidekick Dick Cheney claiming to attend church on Sundays. They might, but I doubt it. I really wish there was a heaven and a hell, because I know that those scumbags would be definitely going to hell. They have perpetrated some of the most disgusting assaults on free people that have ever been known to civilized society.

I hope and believe that in a future, more enlightened time, religion will be outlawed, and perpetrators of the fake organizations will be severely punished for their evil deeds, as they should be now.

I have no fear of the afterlife, partly because I know there isn’t one, and partly because even if there is one, I have lived an honest, honorable, generous life, and would be invited through the pearly gates even though I’m an Atheist. At the same time, I’ve known dozens of people of various religions who would surely go to hell. They are liars, thieves, greed-driven phonies and worse. They take the spirit of innocent idiots and taint them with bullshit.

I’ve had the misfortune to be involved in business with three different cults of Hasidim.  Each one, in silly hats and black garb, has proven to be a thief, liar, and welsher on agreed fees.  I sought an explanation from an orthodox but not hassidic Jew, and this was his answer: They consider their life in society to be one compartment, and their life in religion to be between themselves and God.  Hence their multiple prayers each day are what matters, while their damage to people is meaningless.  I know of people who have been forced into bankruptcy and others who have had to drop out of university because their incomes have been stolen by these thieving, lying, unholy men and women of God.

There was a time when I was helping a friend feed pigs in a pig barn while the pig farmer was vacationing.  Not only was I appalled by the squalid condition of those comparatively intelligent animals, too horrible to retell here, but I was doubly disgusted by the crucifixes that hung on the walls over these tragically suffering animals. I hope the farmer family burns in Hell, even though they do sing beautifully in the church choir.

 

I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Old parents should allow access to their aging offspring.

March 1, 2013 Leave a comment

I know of several people, my brothers and I included, who have been cut off from our very old parents. Perhaps the old seniors believe they are making our lives more convenient by isolating themselves, but it’s not so. My brothers and I, after our father passed away, made every effort to get Mom to come live with us… any one of us. Each of us had our own homes, and each home had a spare room for Mom, but she refused, saying she wanted to continue as she was. That was not the worst of it. She also refused to take phone calls after she was forced by a stroke to live in an assisted living home.

My brothers and I all lived either hundreds or thousands of miles from our home town where Mom still lived, so if we wanted to see or speak to our mother, we had to spend a lot of time and money to do it, so we couldn’t do it very frequently. We all had jobs and families, and taking a few days to see our mother was not easy. Mother, on the other hand, had nothing but time on her hands after Dad was gone. Still, she selfishly kept us at bay.

In sharp contrast, my ex-wife had an aunt in her seventies who, every year, took short trips and visits to each of her children. One lived close to her, so they saw each other frequently. Her other children lived far afield, yet she took the time and trouble to travel to their homes, visited for a few days and moved on to the next offspring before returning home.

At this time, my stepson suffers angst because his father has similarly isolated himself, stays at home alone all the time, and will not answer his phone. In fact, he unplugs it. He has several computers, but no Internet, so even that convenient opportunity is removed. Why do these older people do that? I can’t imagine. I’m in my seventies, and I hunger to see my daughter who lives a five-hour drive away. I happily make that drive with my wife and dog as often as is convenient for my daughter. Once or twice a year she and her boyfriend visit us for a few days as well.

I have to admit that I also have a son who has been estranged from me for about 30 years. I’ve seen him superficially on perhaps two occasions in all that time – each time at a family funeral and no more than that. I don’t know why he chooses to ostracize me, and perhaps it’s something similar to Mom keeping us from her… I don’t know.

I just know one thing – when all else fails, only one’s direct relatives can be counted upon to take one’s side and help one through the tough times. I’ve heard stories, after the fact, of unwise decisions my estranged son has made, from which I could have saved him – if I had known what he was up to.

I thank goodness for the warmth of my daughter, toward me and toward her step-mother. We have wonderful visits a couple of times a year, and communications face-to-face on Skype from time to time.

This bit of advice to older parents of adult children – give them lots of access so they can share their lives with you, and have opportunities to show their love and caring.

 

The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.

 

Mark Twain

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I am certain that religion is a negative force in society

March 1, 2013 Leave a comment
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I am certain that religion is a negative force in society

March 1, 2013 Leave a comment

I’d like to see the religious symbol crescent, Star of David, Buda and whatever other silly symbols exist to identify religious groups springing up all over the place. I’m fed up with crosses and crucifixes everywhere, as if Christianity and Catholicism were all there is. I’m sure the Christian majority never has a thought about how these symbols effect people who are not followers of the Christian beliefs.

Why is it that Jesus people find it necessary to put their advertising all over the place, but other religions do not? Because it’s marketing, that’s why. During the recent hullabaloo about the Pope retiring I was reminded by television coverage of the very ornate costumes the involved perverts… er… holy men don for their appearances. It’s all marketing, folks.

The gold-laden vestments and tall hats are all just advertising. There is no other reason except to act as a theater marquee or advertising poster for the week-willed followers. How can they keep glossing over the immoral and illegal behavior of the sick individuals in the church? What is the hold that the obvious phoney-baloney pomp and circumstance has over otherwise logical people. There is obviously no god, and the entire aim of the church is to enslave, in one way or another, the faithful followers.

How sad to see kindly old ladies and idiotic organizations pouring money into the coffers of those outright liars and thieves who pretend to be evangelists. Those assholes in their coiffed hair and white suits are absolute bandits, and obviously so, yet millions of citizens buy into the bullshit. Why?

It puzzles me that people feel good about lying thieves like George W. Bush and his disgusting sidekick Dick Cheney claiming to attend church on Sundays. They might, but I doubt it. I really wish there was a heaven and a hell, because I know that those scumbags would be definitely going to hell. They have perpetrated some of the most disgusting assaults on free people that have ever been known to civilized society.

I hope and believe that in a future, more enlightened time, religion will be outlawed, and perpetrators of the fake organizations will be severely punished for their evil deeds, as they should be now.

I have no fear of the afterlife, partly because I know there isn’t one, and partly because even if there is one, I have lived an honest, honorable, generous life, and would be invited through the pearly gates even though I’m an Atheist. At the same time, I’ve known dozens of people of various religions who would surely go to hell. They are liars, thieves, greed-driven phonies and worse. They take the spirit of innocent idiots and taint them with bullshit.

 

I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.

Thomas Jefferson

 

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