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Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Namarrgon posted:

Alternatively, you could say it is a fantastic scan that corporations have played on the general population.
Yeah, capitalism is great.

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Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



The "Campaign for the Environment" jobs get mentioned yet? They have legions of 16-35 year olds collect money and signatures from folks, ostensibly for environmental causes, which then go to... paying organisers to get people to collect more money? I'm not sure where the environment comes into play. There's always a quota to reach, as if we could EVER bribe politicians more than oil etc companies.

In America, presumably higher concentrations around urban population centres.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Platystemon posted:

Predatory towing is common, but it usually doesn’t get this illegal.

Jfc, reading that thread gave me the urge to commit some illegal acts against that dry cleaner and towing company. I hope he rawdog barebacks those fuckers until they prolapse and bleed out, legally speaking.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



SEKCobra posted:

Going to someone that claims to be a professional who is actually incompetent is a scam in itself.

No, that's a free market.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Microsoft tech support stopped calling me once I got them into describing the process to install their ransomware and began playing a peppy Bollywood tune at them. Months of hanging up did nothing and they'd call once every two days, but it just stopped altogether after that.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



HerStuddMuffin posted:

Theft by theft you say? Why I never

I feel like that's more specifically like equipping other peoples' items and just kinda wandering away.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



America. America is the most common scam in the entire world and somehow people keep falling for it.

quote:

What about America is a scam?
Literally the entire loving country, literally everything they advertise.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Sparkle sparkle!

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



I was hardcore sketched out when some dudes with clipboards came 'round my mattress store, purporting to be checking network connectivity and signal, etc. Turns out they were legit. Was still quite odd, though.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Quote-Unquote posted:

This happened at the 2012 London Olympics. The whole thing was such a monumental omnishambles and security was pretty much non-existent, since the company that was hired to provide it (G4S) completely failed to provide enough people. Like, it was maybe a third of what they had promised. The government ended up bussing in random unemployed people and forcing them to work security for a pittance, then ditching them under a bridge to sleep at night. Meanwhile, various pranksters were getting pretty much anywhere they wanted to go simply by putting on a high-vis jacket and looking busy.

G4S continue to get incredibly high-value government contracts, despite having scammed the government on multiple occasions - including the time they charged hundreds of millions of pounds for ankle monitors for people that were already in prison or dead. They later repaid a few million.

Of course, almost everyone in the government just happens to have shares in G4S, or in a company that has stock in them. It's so transparently corrupt that it's kind of hilarious, or at least it would be if there weren't people starving to death because their welfare has been cut in order to keep paying into this blatant scam.

G4S is apparently directly involved in supporting Israeli Apartheid, which is why they get sweetheart government contracts.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



bamhand posted:

Now let me tell you how real estate is a scam.
Okie dokie.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



MightyJoe36 posted:

AARP is all about scamming seniors.

AARP is a major funder of ALEC, as well! So, ultimately, scamming everyone out of civil society itself!

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Non Serviam posted:

The podcast is still fun, it has the dude from Catch Me Of You Can.

Also, I'm not American. What's the deal with AARP?

The American Association of Retired Persons is ostensibly a union for old people to keep them from getting hosed by the cruel and usurious system(s) they themselves voted to implement to separate Americans from their money at a more rapid pace, but in practice is an extremely wealthy lobby for any industry that makes its money selling LifeAlert- and TracFone-type products and services. The AARP contributes money to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political lobby that LITERALLY submits prefabricated pro-Capital bills to be voted into law by republicans and especially-craven democrats.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



peanut posted:

SA is my most secure password, lol .

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Sanford posted:

They picked him up half a mile down the road and brought the spade back.
Lucky. American police would've kept the spade as evidence and sold it at auction, then charged you a fee.

Did I mention literally every aspect of American life, top to bottom, is a scam? 'Cause it really, truly, sincerely is.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Thanatosian posted:

You are allowed to award damages to the defendant in a criminal case, right?
I am 100% sure this is why I have never once been summoned for jury duty (that, and I'm jobless).

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Newman's Own products are a scam; even if his entire charity weren't a tax dodge/PR campaign like basically every charity in existence, they range in quality from bad to mediocre.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



I fry really good rice myself, though it's usually much simpler, but I like to add onion and jalapeño and garlic if I'm thinking about it first. Start with bacon grease, fry up moist (fresh or reconstituted with water in microwave) brown rice in that until the grease is pretty much absorbed, pour in two scrambled eggs into the rice and stir that slurry until it's cooked. Rice should be approximately evenly coated by the egg.
Fry up the herbs in the grease first, a good couple minutes head start, then add rice and continue on.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Siselmo posted:

when I was at uni they pretty much had to silence their phones during classes.
No joke, everyone should be doing this anyway.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Many of them had (have?) multiple dollar fees for checking your loving balance.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



MrNemo posted:

I am astounded that the free market paradise of the USA cannot promote innovation that socialist Europe hellholes can.
It's because the market is only free for the people siphoning off money literally every single step.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



We've been over this, it's a reverse-funnel system. Now please let Danny Devito out of the playground equipment.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Sk8ers4Christ posted:

That very well could be how they described the method to her, but she definitely went reverse-funnel system when she explained it to me.

The company is Paparazzi Accessories if anyone is wondering. It looks like they sell costume jewelry for $5 a piece, and they claim you'll make 45% commission. I know they offer different packages, but their website is having issues right now, and I can't remember how much those packages cost. I tried to checking their social media, but they're just full of convention montages and vaguely inspirational quotes.

LMAO WTF, just go to loving Goodwill and/or Salvation Army or something, Christ-amighty.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



I can't imagine that Wolff is involved, fucker's broke and unpopular with their crowd.
Randi is at least chud-adjacent or extreme succ, as he does not feel that American Atheists is an Islamophobic organisation. It hella is. Source: Ran into him in a hotel hallway at an American Atheist convention. American Atheists is headed by a chud whose goal is to normalise godlessness in the halls of power, an ostensibly righteous cause, but his god is Mammon, and their Atheism is in fact a Theism. Sister still a member but doesn't worship it as many others do.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



American Atheists is a scam and a poo poo organisation under present leadership.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



It's too bad chud the bounty chudster didn't get conned.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Jesus was a Palestinian anarchist. Fight me.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



I used to reflexively hate Christianity at one time, then learned Jesus was loving awesome, he's just been whitewashed by capitalists of all stripes. Then I saw American Atheists and realised I was headed down a dark road.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Absurd Alhazred posted:

In TYOOL 2019 nobody's going to try to attack atheists for "worshipping Mammon" unless they're evangelical Christians.
I am, and regularly yell at an evangelical Christian for being a lovely loving Christian.
Mammon is a god of desolation and ruin, it just so happens American "Christians" like to feign fealty to Jesus while acting in the benefit of Mammon, against their fellows.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Yeah, real shame 'bout him, he was really funny before I learned he was a prick and now I can't unsee it.
His episode of Extras, featuring Liam Neeson, was extremely funny though.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013




I mean I attack atheists for mammon worship without being a Christian. In American Christianity, this is known as "heresy."
Evangelical Christians also tend to freak out when you patiently explain that the divine and earthly realms are not separate, but one and the same.
Science has unfortunately been coopted by Capital so it seems like it contradicts "Science," but the new quantum understanding of physics is tantalisingly mystical.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013





CSPAM to the rescue again!
https://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1907/socialism-religion.htm

Tubgoat fucked around with this message at 03:20 on Aug 27, 2019

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Absurd Alhazred posted:

This ties right in to this thread because you've really managed to con yourself into thinking you've found Jesus to be really cool and cannot stop proselytizing about him to all and sundry, but you're somehow not a Christian.

I'll tell any brainwashed schlub whatever they need to hear to work toward the common good. Turns out you can use the bible to justify literally anything.

Raskolnikov38 posted:

over the past week I have come to hope that there is indeed a god just so that there also exists an unquenchable lake of fire to throw liberals into for eternity

Tubgoat fucked around with this message at 04:03 on Aug 27, 2019

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Non Serviam posted:

That might explain why the Israelis had him tortured and killed
Specifically corrupt ones who felt threatened by his principles not matching with those of Capital, yeah. Kinda like Holocaust truther Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking of scams (and if you don't know yet, this one is loving wild).

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Lol, no, I'm a hypocritical dick that wants souls to reincarnate on a not-burned-to-death-planet-earth, numbnuts.
I only try to convert people who believe in lovely versions of religion.

God made this? Fine, he also made physics and chemistry, or do you not believe your all-powerful creator set in motion the conditions that allow you to get to work to sell broke assholes overpriced bullshit they don't need?

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



MightyJoe36 posted:

TBF this is a thread about cons/scams and we're talking about religion, so....
And religious leaders use it to scam people out of their very souls, such that they spend their entire time on this planet toiling inexorably for their own destruction and their enemies' tax-free profits.
Can you think of a more common scam?

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Oh, without a loving doubt. No one with a networth of millions of dollars who begs poor people for money from a stadium jumbo-tron inside a multiple-thousand-seat "church" is not a scammer.

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Ha, persistent depression wins the day again!

Also, given all those steps, HOW THE gently caress IS IT SO HARD TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE SANDERS!? ALL BASIC THE CULT LIES ARE LITERALLY loving TRUE!

Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Honestly, just the specific pattern of "You all suck but if you give me money you legitimately can't afford to part with, I'll put in a good word with my imaginary friend," is a surefire sign the religion in question is a scam.

Whereas religion that attempts to unite people and reconcile differences between populations without demanding money for themselves is less likely to be a scam.

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Tubgoat
Jun 30, 2013



Did cars get mentioned yet? Everything about cars is a loving scam.

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