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  •  That Peter Poppov guy sent a letter to (13+ / 0-)

    my house that contained a little packet of water. It was only "miracle water" after you sent in a donation. What a creep!

    •  Oh for crying out loud! (3+ / 0-)
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      honestly, and idiots buy that chit?

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 12:01:36 PM PST

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    •  Making millions (4+ / 0-)

      A one time acquaintance ran a telemarketing for hire company. Many times it was just taking inbound calls from Cable TV . One of the religious Charlatans was selling a small package of seeds and a hankie ( I think it was something like that) at any rate, the cost on it was less than $0.50 and they were getting 10s of thousands of orders at $75.00 each every time the TV program ran.

      I honestly have no idea what the seeds were for or what the scam was. I was just amazed at the volume of money these people can get out of the people who have the least amount of disposable money to buy into scams like this.

      The fact that both sides do this to a degree in the voting arena shouldn't be a surprise. Vast sums of money attract many more bad people than good. After all, you have to be an operator to a degree to get in on the booty.

      Scare tactics to Greed are time honored traditions to make people part with their money. The fact that political consultants are some of the highest paid people in politics with a single campaign meaning millions for a small organization, with successful campaigns worth at least 5-6 major unsuccessful campaigns after it, it's a wonder that GDP measurements don't include the political sector in the measurement.

      You can bet the media companies who stand to gain billions in this election especially thanks to the Supreme Court are counting every penny and giving thanks to the higher Deities called SCOTUS for Citizens United in that it  gives the broken business model of traditional media a new lease on life until people in power finally realize having 22 political ads in a 1 hour newscast is the definition of the law of diminishing returns.

      Wait till the next election as software engineers figure out a way to spam every single device you have with political ads with a changed kernel in your operating system.  The minute you turn on your connected device you have the ultimate malware system with a life altering virus that spews  thousands of political ads you have to click through to get to PowerPoint for 120 seconds of work before it recycles with a whole new branch.

      We'll pay companies huge amounts of money for special software to kill the viruses only to find later that the software was from the other side which blocks ads from them but delivers thousands more annoying ads.

      How about Wake-on-Lan Political ads that come on in the dead of night even though you disconnected your computer from the internet. They were stored on one of your PCs in the house or office from that day  and spreads through your wired connection  and unwired connections, wakes up devices , turns on lights and a loud squelch is heard followed by a Deep voice that at 3:30am :

      Geeetttt UUUUPPPP! and listen because what we have to say today concerns your future this day and for every day thereafter.

      There is no way to turn it off. None. The Nightmare of 2016 when iOS, Windows, MacOS and Android take over every device that requires power as commercials are delivered via your power lines.  You pay for them too as electric bills are jacked up to nose bleed levels . Utility stocks have PE ratios that Make Worthless.coms look like staid conservative companies.

       You can't use any device to complain. Even marches on Town halls are rudely interrupted by your bullhorn being overcome with political ads until people start throwing rocks at you.

      It's even in your trusty Kindle Reader...

      The Horror...

      You have turned into a complete Cosmic Shit Magnet

      Not far from the truth either.  I honestly can't see  many technical impediments to all of it. Refrigerators and stuff may be problematic as you need a converter and a vid screen or amplifier to convert the signal to annoying ads, but hey, appliances have to be replaced sometime. Cars all have computers , radios, MP3 players, and now TV Screens to help one back up. It's just a matter of time when people who absolutely have to get their message out to everyone and have the money to do so will be able to do so against our will using our own desire for modern conveniences as a weapon.

      The only way to opt out is to place your vote and it better be to the right party. Got it?  Wrong vote and you still get blasted only this time it's worse and unrelenting until the next election or when you go stark raving mad and are found shivering in a rat eaten blanket , unwashed, speaking in tongues jammed  in a outhouse...

      Whichever comes first.  

      Elections that even the dogs and cats hate.

      They're coming to an iDevice near you...

      Hey how about electronic medical implants...Cheneyware

      •  ...time to switch to decaf... (0+ / 0-)

        I definitely know where you're coming from.

        They're going to kill off television by making it unbearable.

        The Fail will continue until actual torches and pitchforks are set in motion. -

        by No one gets out alive on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:01:56 PM PST

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      •  It's another kind of spam (1+ / 0-)
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        There are enough idiots that will fall for the pitch, at least once, that the scammers can continue to make money, so long as they continue to contact new "marks".

        That's why the snake-oil salesmen and faith-healers have always based their business around traveling to new places, where nobody has become disillusioned with them. Recall the song line in the Music Man, "but he doesn't know the territory". For the legitimate salesman, knowing the territory, the customers, their needs, and their history with your products, is important. For the scam-artist, the main thing is for the territory NOT to know YOU.

        Nowadays you don't need to travel when you can use the internet to scam marks.

        We must believe in free will. We’ve got no choice. –Isaac Bashevis Singer

        by Ruthtopia on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:49:13 AM PST

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