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They also encouraged bidders for a nonsensical auction where losing bidders still lose their bitcoins. The winner of the auction gets the password to an encrypted file that comprises the rest of the data. A screenshot, released by the Shadow Brokers, showing directories filled with dumped data.

But the code samples they've released are no joke. The dump contains offensive tools designed for someone who's aiming to do larger-scale, network-level monitoring. How Are Vendors Responding? Other code is aimed at modifying firmware, adding hidden user accounts or slipping backdoors into network equipment.

The nature of some of the code and files suggests an intelligence agency or one of its partners left its virtual garage door open, allowing the Shadow Brokers to swipe some of its half-finished tools. Many of the files contain comments and test strings that suggest the Shadow Brokers maybe have breached a developer's repository, Komarov says. The leaked code is also not terribly current. Some of the most recent files are from , with others date back to The code isn't sexy, either.

The NSA has a powerful collection of hacking tools and exploits, which were confirmed three years ago through the leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden. The once-in-a-lifetime leak gave deep insight into the methods and techniques the agency uses. It's hard to say, and experts are reluctant to tag anything on the spy agency given the difficulty of attribution. But the samples of the code - and their tongue-in-cheek code names - echo the NSA's Tailored Access Operations catalog revealed by the publication Der Spiegel in December The naming conventions, of course, could just be part of be an elaborate ruse.

But some experts suspect otherwise. According to Weaver, the router-hacking tools, as well as tie-ins to software to which only the NSA would have had access, suggest that the dumped code is legitimate.

There should be some really uncomfortable oversight questions asked of the NSA over the Equation Group dump. The Equation Group first surfaced publicly in February , when Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab published a lengthy report calling it the "god of cyberespionage. Equation also engineered the worm Fanny, which was used against targets in Asia and the Middle East. Fanny used the same two zero-day exploits that were coded into Stuxnet.

The United States and Israel are suspected of creating Stuxnet, which was aimed at bridging Iran's air-gapped networks in order to sabotage its uranium centrifuges, disrupting the country's nuclear program. Kaspersky Lab officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment on the new data dump. The company has never said the Equation Group was part of the NSA, but the group's tactics and targets left little doubt that it was likely part of some Western intelligence operation.

It seems unlikely that the Equation Group would make a mistake that would allow some of its older tools to be stolen by hackers. But it's not unheard of for hackers and cybercriminals to make mistakes. The Equation Group may have just made its first big one. Kirk is a veteran journalist who has reported from more than a dozen countries. Further back, he covered military affairs from Seoul, South Korea, and general assignment news for his hometown paper in Illinois.

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Why Cybercrime Remains Impossible to Eradicate. The Moral Responsibility of Social Networks. Secure US Elections: Which is why they are the best businesses in the world its no wonder that the biggest insurance company is owned by Warren Buffett.

They basically know the odds are massively on their side and everyone takes the bet. Insurance transfers risk at a price.

Properly valued, it protects you from incurring catastrophic and rare costs, at the price of processing your claims and the expectation of you incurring that risk.

Poorly priced insurance is a scam. Harmful medically and psychologically. Only the most extreme cases ever cause premature mortality. Starvation and underweight kill faster than any other weight condition. To find links to the real research and facts about the Obesity Myth, go to junkfoodscience. Prepare to have your eyes opened to the massive scam called health care in this country.

I agree that an underweight condition is very dangerous. I think health insurance providers share in promoting an unhealthy focus on weight loss. I think health insurance providers know that a skinny, weak individual contracting a serious illness will be more likely to die before he has a chance to generate many claims. Just another excuse not to work….

One more a friend of mine coined: Used in a sentence: You might as well go to the Starbucks and ask people if they got any jobs. I want to go into advertising. People roll their eyes when I tell them that. But what I realized is that the majority of the people want to be told what to buy. If we were to stop all ads from tv and magazines people would be confused. But the feeling is there. I want to create that feeling. Plus, the wedding is mostly a chance for my mother in law to show her friends that she can throw a good party.

See comment on NOTworking. Just another excuse not to work. But it is worse than that, it is group procrastination. No one wanting to step up and make a decision or confront someone who is going in the wrong direction. Actually, agile software development already does stand up meetings: The Food Industry, in all its incarnations. Funerals — How they sell you a timber and brass coffin that is actually plastic.

Fashion, Cosmetics, and the Health and Beauty product industry other than tooth paste and the basic things you need to maintain good hygene…and while I think of it, what we consider proper hygene these days might be a scam too…removal of all body hair, perminantly manicured fingers and toes, artificially white teeth? All these industries aim to tell me what to find attractive. When I see people in the real world, wearing the latest fashions and made up to look artifical, they look cartoonish to me.

Cosmetics is not a scam. Women naturally want to look beautiful and men naturally want to pick beautiful women. The reason why it is a scam is not because women want to change the way they look and these companies conveniently provide a service. The idea to shave body hair was the brainchild of Gillette in the early 20th century.

The expectation that women will be hair free is a marketing scheme. I always wondered about that. Gonna google this for sure. Anyone can read the statistics. Did you ever have sea monkeys? They were Brine Shrimp.. Graduate school spending your 20s not working and not learning practical skills will not make you wealthy or productive Labor unions Management consulting Organized religion 1-Year apartment leases vs month-to-month City living.

A huge scam imho…. Section1; You want to go to the trouble of making a card deck about scams? Why not make a card deck about something you love, not something you despise? You get what you focus on. Government Sales and Consulting. Zero times anything is Zero. All of those are scams.

Its amazing when you think about it how deep the list is. I shop for groceries in Walmart whenvever I can. The TSA and airport security. That it stops terrorists? Do those machines even work? Actually, taking off shoes can help move things along through the metal detectors. So many shoes, even running shoes, have metal shanks in them that set off the metal detector, meaning additional screening.

The shoe bomber justification for it is all wrong, but it actually helps. Many European airports do not require that passengers take their shoes off and I do not see any additional screening issues. Ditty to drink it, and we pay up for the same rotten fruit that cavemen drank.

Not only expensive wines, but the wine industry in general is a huge amount of BS. But the wife makes me get bottles when we have friends over. Cant convince her how phoney that is. Pour the boxed wine into a nice earthenware pitcher and serve to guests. Now you are doing it like the French and Italians, which makes you classy, of course. Although there is definitely a difference in how wines taste, just like whiskeys and beers and what-all-else, but taste is subjective and not dependent on price tag.

I live in Boulder Colorado and I get sick of people giving you a hard time if you accidentally throw a soda can in the trash while they drive their huge SUVs. How about Carbon Credits. Does anyone really believe that this money goes to anything real? Boulder is beautiful but I know exactly what you mean.

I used to kind of like Al Gore until he started selling that snake oil. The conventional nutritional wisdom that saturated fat is evil and that we all need to eat rabbit pellets and bird seed to stay healthy is a scam. Cholesterol is a scam to sell drugs. Recently found your site after a friend pointed me towards some of your articles on self-publishing. Very interesting and useful stuff, please keep it up!

Many of the career paths that used to be a near-guarantee of that life are leaving people high and dry with six figures of debt. Given the speed at which new dollars are being printed, the looming realization by central banks that the dollar is a pretty crappy reserve currency, and the continuing stagnation of the American economy, I think dollars and dollar-denominated assets are going to wind up the scam-iest scam of them all.

Check out a blog by a guy who calls himself The Last Psychiatrist. Keynesian economics is a total and complete scam and was designed to be. Austrian economics, however, is a scholarly field which attempts to explain human behavior as the actual driving force of an economy, not manipulations as in Keynesianism.

Agree about all economics. At the end of the day, economics is a social science at best and astrology at worst. So no matter what economists tell me, Im going to ignore them and do my own thing. Read von Mises and the other Austrians. So much FREE, downloadable material there by excellent authors. The Austrian School explains economics in terms of human action not convoluted math.

Cars 20 years ago were getting better mileage than these, without the hundreds of pounds of toxic batteries that will someday need to be dealt with. Tax scam, environmental scam…manipulation of the system. A marketing scheme to allow these companies to sell basic skin moisturizers for hundreds of times the actual cost of manufacture. No — sunscreens are the one skin care product you can buy that truly medically benfits the customer. Everything else is basically hand-cream with miniscule amount of make-up like ingredients that give the customer the impression that their wrinkles just disappeared or their sun spots skin lightened.

Actually, sunscreen IS a scam. Sun Screen stops the ability of your skin to make vitamin D, of which most Americans are severly deficient. As a fair-skinned Irishman with many trials under my belt, I can personally vouch for the effectiveness of sunscreen. Ok, I am not a scam. But how do you differentiate between being a scam and a fraud? Which is the hard part. People mostly from middle, and lower middle classes are starting taking loans for the higher education of their children, seeking for foreign universities.

People are afraid to left behind and they seek only solution is to get higher education for their children. Finally, they turn to religious guys, who take advantage of the all fears, add some more, and make money and build influence. I go to a college in the states, but my spoken English is horrible. I lived in the states for over 4. My GPA is currently 3. My pronunciation is bad also. And here is my future plan: After I graduate from college hopefully , I want to work in the states for at least 1 year.

Also I want to start and do my own business in the states I have several ideas. However, it seems to me that everything in real life requires good communication skills It is even difficult for me to talk on the phone with someone about my credit card charges. What should I do? What would you suggest? I just want to speak English like a native so bad!

To me, the whole point of going to a college in the states was to learn to speak English well. Get a job even as a volunteer where you are forced to speak English. Nevertheless, building sprinkler systems are a scam in most cases. It would be a temporary disruption, no doubt. But would we be any poorer if people stopped doing things that were useless to begin with? Goes in the general category of government regulations that are desinged for your safety, but in actuality were designed by lobyists, trade associations, and special interest groups!!!

We do not need these scams for the jobs. Pay them to do nothing, instead of pay them to fuck with us would be better, not the best but better. So you go on a binge because last time you tasted something sweet it was zero calories.

Parents do all the work, they pay all the money, they suffer from all the pressure, wrap all the presents, do all the decorating, and then they LIE to their children……and to top it off….

Santa gets all the credit. Stay useful and relevant to stay alive. Do things you want to do for your whole life, not just after you quit working. If I had done what I wanted, when younger, I would have run out of money having been born without the sliver spoon. If you think retirement is a scam, either you have not tried it, or you are doing it wrong.

Does not work for everyone, I admit, but I have been retired for 11 years, and it has been wonderful. Timing is important, you want to retire while still able to do the things you enjoy, but you have to wait until you have set aside resources to allow you to do those things. And if you think retirement excludes being useful and relevant, again, you are doing it wrong.

It reads as more of a rant than anything of value. This is why so many stations are closing down and cutting back on investment in programming. Housing is still a solid investment in a lot of cases. Not every parent can afford to give up work and home school. Agree on your points on Happiness, I think this is why depression in the western world is so high. There are numerous news outlets that offer outstanding reporting and investigative journalism.

Not everybody has the knowledge or the time to do everything themselves and middlemen can save time and money for you. Are you suggesting a move towards a more socialist approach? To say that two pieces that are equal in creativity but can vary by millions of dollars is a massive over simplification. Art exists as part of a free market and value is based on what people are willing to pay for it.

If you see something as amazing as a million dollar piece of art — buy it! Moreover, it vaporized any equity that more responsible homeowners might have had — mine too. Well — I find it somewhat ironic that you consider the news a scam because of their fear mongering something I partially agree with. That is too black-and-white. First of all, education certainly is not a scam.

You and I both take for granted our education in K because we had it. Also, do not forget the social aspects of K that are just as important for the real world as anything else we might learn. How to deal with people for example, how to deal with people after pooping on them. How to deal with authority teachers etc. So I guess it is more a matter of not agreeing enough to consider all of these things scams.

Lots of great scams listed here. Here are two of my many faves:. But hey, having a boogey-man is the oldest government con game in the world, to encourage citizens to willingly collaborate in their own oppression, through fear.

The power of nightmares. Vive our Corporate Overlords! Yes, we are living the Orwellian nightmare. We are what the Soviet Union used to be. We already knew who did it. Shut up and be patriotic. How else are we going to convince our young people to die for Halliburton? If we had a draft, it might become well known that these overseas military adventures are not in our national interest. Hands down prescription drugs are far more dangerous. Has its roots in class warfare. Compare the effects to alcohol: Hell, even so-called reality shows are rigged six ways from Sunday.

American Football is a huge scam. The average game has only about 15 minutes of the ball actually being handled. Use to watch sports a lot, but it took up too much of my time. I watch most football games in 45 minutes. My dad took me to a game. And at one point the players were just standing around.

Years later I watched the World Cup and the US station would actually break away from the game for commercials. Inevitably, someone would score. That certainly says something about the ignorance of the masses IMO. You HAVE to give football another shot. My fiance is a lifelong fan and got me into it. There is a lot of thinking, planning, and management going on behind the few minutes of athleticism and aggression, and it changes every play.

In hockey, they play a full 60 minutes. Professional hockey is just as much a scam as the other pro sports. Not to mention the mandatory fights in every game to really froth up the team loyalty.

As a retired police officer — I was only involved in 20 or so gun incidents in my career — mostly suicides. Think of all the wasted young lives from gangs and punks who for some reason thought they had to shoot someone else to prove their mettle! OK — maybe I live in a nanny state — and believe that governments in general are too intrusive in our lives, but the alternative — to me — is unthinkable.

Thanks for letting me vent; your posts continue to uplift me, make me think deeper about myself and the things that affect me — and make me a better person. A couple scams — one — that gun owners are nutty — absolutely ridiculous. Second, that it is all about protection — its not. Anything more specific is splitting hairs.

And how about competitive shooting? It has nothing more to do with violence than lumberjack competitions have to do with felling trees. The true scam is the thought that some people have to control individual rights to that degree to avoid a potentially life-threatening situation. Guns get a bad rap. Where the heck were the police to protect him? You guys are always there to harass the crap out of me for stupid things like no front license plate, or some stupid parking fine. On top of that, I get interrogated like a criminal.

Not gangs, not druglords, but people like YOU!!! Maybe as part of the Federal Mafia who aids in stealing our money at gunpoint, you get decent health care, but having to bow to our overlords while we take it up the ass…we have shitty health care. Not quite as bad as Canada…yet. Funny, that is precisely why the 2nd Amendment exists.

It can take decades to unravel these scams. One example — Andrew Wakefield. He flat out lied about vaccines causing autism and now measles is killing kids because parents are still afraid. Some of academic research is faked. However, I think the bigger point is that even research that is valid is, with very few exceptions, completely useless.

I think this point is well made in http: I state this as an academic researcher. Throwing people in prison for drugs!! They say addiction is a disease right? So how is this legal? Most prisons are privately run and get money from the government. They said if you really want to learn how to be a criminal spend time in prison.

We are actually creating criminals with our justice system. Also the legal profession is scam. I have met lots lawyers and not a one of them was honest. However we have allowed the law makers to be lawyers. They have set it up so you have to have them in order to get anything done. It is very hard to not be part of some these scams if you are just regular broke person. I am someone with no money and no connections. I know that I am not a scam.

However, in order to keep food on the table I participate in perpetuating a scam. I agree with the imprisonment for marijuana possession as a scam. Considering the usage of hemp before WWII — pretty widespread.

Maybe in a big city, but most places is a scam. Maybe they keep it from burning to the ground, but they total it anyway by the time they are done. Nevermind the traffic accidents they cause on their way to the fire. They work so little, most of them have second careers. Give out free smoke detectors and send out a recon team in a fast car to make sure no one is trapped.

Now Roger, that is just plain wrong. You obviously have never had your house burn down i have. Tell that to the children who have been pulled out of burning bedrooms. But it really is about suppressing the collateral damage.

Both were accidental and unrelated, but nevertheless, it took firefighters from 7 companies to put out the fires. The August house was more than sq. I work in high tech, but used to be in a liberal arts doctoral program. My choices are influenced by both of these experiences. MBA programs and Business Degrees in general. There is the useful exception of those who study accounting and actually graduate with some set of specific skills. The vast majority are never read, excruciatingly dull and of no importance whatsoever.

Public School and the Standards of Learning requirements. Alternative Medicine especially Homeopathy. Simon Singh has a great book on this called Trick or Treatment. You pay the highest amount for the most current fashion which, by definition, has a shorter lifespan precisely because it is so of the moment.

Crazy waste of money. How much can they know? Whoever invented it is a genius. It never fails to satisfy. Cool Whip on the other hand is a scam. High quality shoes for men. They last for years, can be resoled and only improve with age.

It works and the kids lucky enough to do it kick ass when they get into college or the job market. Great music is a scam?

Music is the best of all the arts. Sorry for the confusion. And about homeschooling not being a scam! Real whipped cream sours quickly when applied to the body. Cool whip will allow you ample time. If my memories of college serve me, I recall whipped cream melting long before it sours.

Of course, the rate of souring is probably in direct proportion to the heat of the substrate on which it lies. You must be with exceptionally hot partners. I stopped going to doctors years ago. They never seemed to do much for me.

The word homeopathy has different meanings in different parts of the world. Where I grew up it commonly refers to using herbs as opposed to pharmaceuticals. No offense, but if you need to ask how, you are likely subject to his scam.

Trumpeted as the worlds best investor and advertised daily on CNBC as such…he is easily one of the mentioned in the post. Thanks for not explaining how. Try reading his original partnership letters. He started with nothing.

He was in micro-caps and doing merger arbitrage and workouts when very few others were. Folklore there Brian in his partnership letters. Very clever marketer though.

Dig a little deeper. Kinda easy to look so impressive and create a self-fulfilling prophecy if you deal the cards at the house. But in that universe, Buffet is the nicest of the con-men. He returns the largest of return to retail investors. My mistake, I am completely wrong, you are right.

Buffet is indeed a benevolent genius! How could I have been so wrong? You are right — those were not the droids I was looking for…. You left out the Love Game—which include the adornment industry, the smell good industry, the bridal industry, divorce industry to mention just a few.

Thank you for the space. Although,Leonard, you are much more articulate. If you consider the hydrocarbons behind mining and transporting the materials and the fuel involved in industrial agriculture, including energy embodied in the manufacture of equipment, then organic agriculture uses far less energy. For a sensible comparison you have to look at the total energy in and the total energy out.

I agree that there is scamming going on behind some of the pricing of organically labelled products. Therefore, if you want to obtain the same amount you need more land. If you want to preserve the wilderness, as I do, you have to increase yields with fertilizers and genetic engineering to use less land. For example, in Italy, Mr.

Today they produce the same in 1. Thanks for your time. Very similar arguments went around when corn ethanol was being promoted as a substitute for oil. My opinions are all based on mainly 2nd hand experience.

If you have have some substantial personal experience on both types of farms I will be very interested in hearing why it leads you to conclude as you do.

Otherwise I think we could both better spend our time identifying scams as facts rather than theories. Again, I agree much of the marketing and pricing of organic products is a scam.

The company that throws the event is owned by a trophy making company. This is so true. All of these awards were started by people who all got trophies in little league. You get a trophy for showing up. James, as the founder of Stockpickr and promoter of StockTwits — does that make you a scammer? It scraped obscure SEC filings and allowed people with a similar passion to talk about their passion. First off, I love this post. Second, be as corny as you want — it is the truth.

And, third, I really like Tony Robbins. He is a goofball and gets very cheesy, but he also has a load of good advice and cannot simply be dismissed as some scammy guru who just wants to make money. The dogs of the dow continue to work. Value still works-just avoid leverage, all the time. Love your enemies-pray for them to get what they want. Smile at people, engage strangers. Well, I live a pretty simple lifestyle. Many people from many countries who want to travel to Europe for business or tourism need a Schengen Visa to do so.

You only get it for months at a time, then you have to apply again. Oh and you have to go through a corporation VFS Global which has a monopoly as an agency for the embassies. High end jewelry industry. There can be a x or more difference in price based on clarity differences that are invisible to the human eye. Best thing is to go to a pawnshop in a ghetto and try to buy jewelry there.

As to Christianity, it spread among the slaves of the Roman Empire, officially persecuted off and on for three hundred years by a succession of kings who most certainly did not see the new movement as an ally of oppression. I had a former family doc tell me I was depressed and needed to be on Celexa. It took me ten years to learn that her diagnosis was flat wrong, and another year to gradually ween myself off that highly addictive garbage.

The pharmaceutical scam is one that many doctors, who a lot of people think they can trust blindly, have bought into. The first step in treating depression or depression like syndromes should be what James calls the Daily Practice.

Frozen fruits and veggies are cheap and work great. Crossfit classes can teach you how to get a super intense workout with minimal gear and space. Take a few classes each work and do the rest at home. Sleep 8 hours if you can manage it. Otherwise, just prioritize it after eating and exercising and as much as you can.

The Pharma industry will deny this the data gets skewed because people drop out often so you have to account for that. A company I invest in has 10, brain scans of patients where the drugs worked for all the different varieties of depression. They then take a new patient andmatch the brain scan against their database and prescribe the drug that mataches the best. I want in on that action…I mean…I want to learn more about this nifty super science.

Where can I learn more?! Those steps are helpful for depression but in most cases they are not enough to cure this illness, which, like many other illnesses, must be treated with medication. And some of the antidepressants are very good at treating it. Trade Schools are important: Where do you think the cloud exists?

In the black mater of the universe. No, it sits in massive servers all over the world. These servers require construction workers to create the building.

Then machinists, fabricators, welders and massive metal forming equipment construct the actual server housing. If anything technology has made trades more important than ever. The Illusion of freedom through, marriage, mortgage, career, k and retirement. Religion is a HUGE scam. If you are a good little boy or girl that god will reward you when you are dead and if you are bad he will punish you some even believe he will torture and kill you. I would never harm my child ever. If a parent did that to their child, they would go to prison.

Besides the fact that the majority of the religious stories are recycled over and over from history. That was going to be 1 on my list of scams! I used to think Social Security was the greatest Ponzi scheme ever. A straw man is so easy to knock down, and faulty understanding of religion and faulty religion, for that matter is the most prolific straw-man factory there ever was.

I joined the military which defends the freedoms of American citizens on US soil, rather than generally supporting overseas dictatorships, colonies, client states, and international corporate interests. It would never violate the rights or liberties of its own citizens, or try to force them to believe or not believe something like the ever-evolving food pyramid, for instance , or imprison them for trying to protect their own money from excessive taxation.

I will be vilified for this one…Feminism is a scam. NOW is a dinosaur. We crucify women who choose to stay home, who choose traditional gender roles etc… And I say this as some who works in Academia…. In not crucifying him, they crucified themselves.

I have never felt scammed, as a woman, by a man liking sex. Not any man, not once, ever. That Bill Clinton likes sex is his business, and you sound jealous, frankly. That he lied about it is another kettle of ethics. If a male boss Clinton sexually harasses a female subordinate Paula Jones and then lies about having sex with another female subordinate Monica in order to evade responsibility for the harassment….

I never said men liking sex was a scam, I said Femanism is a scam…and I used this as an example of why. No matter the qualities of the person who behaved unethically they should always be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and beyond, no exceptions. I can see your point, though I am not sure I am ready to live in a world without any shades of grey in it, not just yet. The tenants of femanism are diametrically opposed to his actions.

NOW stood behind him and his support among women in particular femanists increased. Is there anyone Clinton could have had sex with, besides Hillary of course, who would not have been called a subordinate at the time, regardless of their professional position? I also find it surprising that women would seek to surround themselves with men of power, then act surprised when they act as powerful men do.

How can you generalize about something like that? Go read some books…. Being expected to be a wife, mother, housekeeper, hostess AND full time paid employee at Acme industries is definitely a scam. Not so much having it all as doing it all. All on your own. His point resounds even better now. I absolutely agree with Betmo.

Feminism has worked beautifully, and exactly as intended: It has driven wages down by nearly doubling the workforce. Createspace will let you be anonymous. But you should call and ask. They have excellent customer service. Somehow let us know when the book comes out. The environmental movement in America is largely a scam. Stressing over your food comes from as if transporting food were some sort of crime. The purpose of the environemtal movement with a few exceptions is to solicit donations for environmental organizations and provide nice jobs for the people that staff them.

My editor, who was really an assistant to an editorial assistant, wrote an entire note saying this was ridiculous and needed to be taken out. She was furious with me, refused to meet me when i came to the office for meetings, etc. I refused to take it out. They left it in. Meanwhile, lives are saved with the greenest energy of all: Marriage also is a hard one. I like being married but almost all the trappings around it the notion of an expensive wedding, for instance and diamond rings, etc have the feeling of scam around them.

Reality TV is almost like an FU to the consumer. But people eat it up rather than reading a good book. Books are not a scam but the book industry is.

Its a shame how publshing has not caught up with modern technology. Its only hurt authors, bookstores, readers, and ultimately the publishers themselves. Thanks for raising this topic James. I have to agree with the war on drugs; the war on terror and the ridiculous charade of airport security you have to tolerate in the U.

It truly lends credence to my prior post of abolishing the Presidency. Why are we in Libya right now, for instance. Or anywhere we have military in ountries even though the last legal was was declared in When I was growing up, our sports consisted of playing games in the front yard using an old bicycle tire as the ball. Now kids are pressured to play for elite traveling teams that cost thousands of dollars and destroy any possibility of a descent family life.

The end result is that, instead of living a descent life with your family, and learning how to enjoy the best years of your life, you are on the road every weekend with 6 kids packed in the car going to exotic places like Turlock, California for the big tournament.

They will run from all organized activities and dread any form of commitment. Somehow playing kickball in the street and riding your bike around the block and even playing touch football in a field has disappeared and an entire ecosystem of expensive kid activities that require planning, driving, and money, has taken its place.

The last 3 weelends have been away tournies including 3hrs plus travel time to destination and hotel reservation costs. Seriously, you have no idea how rediculously ticked off am am about it all. I never had the time or money for soccer or any of the other sports teams for my kids. They felt deprived at the time but look back now and realize they did other things on their own instead like explore the woods. What I have encountered in the youth sports community is despicable.

Better off without it. I think the way you can get Wall St Analysts to not be a scam is to require them to put serious money in every stock they recommend. Then I bet a lot of ratings would change. They seem to have as much accountability as a weather reporter. There are too many to read, so sorry if this was already said… Bond Ratings and Bond Insurance. Take municipal bonds as an example.

Maybe 2 or 3 municipal bonds out of 10,s or more have not paid cents on the dollar even Orange County, the biggest municipal bankruptcy in history, paid back ccents on the dollar. And yet companies make a zillion insuring municipal bonds.

I can go on about this and about bond rating agencies. I wrote an article for a major newspaper abotu what they should do with the rating agencies but the article got cancelled.

Bonds should be rated on yield alone i. Personally, I think the object should be to rate the scam…which of all the scams mentioned is the greatest scam of them all? I will leave out my defense of my position but I think this would be a better object. Since most of us need to work in order to survive no one should be taxed on their labor. Ethically it is plain wrong. We can all choose to buy a cheaper car or live in a smaller house, eat less expensive food and thus make our choices accordingly.

But we all must work. Time working should not be taxed. Look on a torrent site. It explains the word games that the governments in the U.

The news might be the biggest one of them all. I have probably mentioned this here before, but my father works for one of the big three news networks. Borders in Australia is already gone. Its huge stores killed the other stores before it killed itself with lack of focus and really high prices. Twice what you pay in the US. They are the same! Big money pretending to keep fat white people safe from the brown people smoking plants. Judges have absolute power and are self regulated and a bad one will ruin hundreds if not thousands of lives and have total immunity.

That judge who was taking kickbacks for sending kids to prison.. Or the one that was jerking off at rape trials? A paramilitary force, period. Notice how police uniforms look like those in Nazi germany. You are a scam! You make money working on hedge funds and then tell us not to invest. Ha, ok, I agree with everything except me. The FDA combined with the insurance company has become our de factor doctors and yet they hate us.

Things that are not scams: Even if you hate it, it is infinitely important to human civilization, culture, and happiness in countless ways. Most of all, rigorous mathematics study develops the brain like nothing else and I hate math. Just the study of latin develops your brain plus giving a person a huge advantage in modern western language grammar and word origins, esp.

A great life enhancer. Card games, chess, memory games. Not only fun but helpful. As someone else mentioned: One of the great non-scams of all: What is better than a huge laugh that lasts for 10 minutes and hurts your gut and face? The best senses of humor are usually found in intelligent people, so all the above I mentioned contribute to the development of a great sense of humor.

Humor spreads love everywhere. I agree with everything you said. I think if you learn ANY latin language its just as good as going to the source. Except nobody speaks Latin but many speak Spanish. And yes, Humor is not a scam. When you laugh, it comes from the heart. It will help you immeasurably in medical school and law school.

The grammar of Latin helps develop your brain much like math. A year or so of Latin in late elementary or middle school puts kids at a huge advantage later. But I agree that it is definitely not for everybody. The reason for my sales pitch is that Latin is not a scam. If you want what it has to offer and you put in the time, it will most certainly deliver, as with the other things I mentioned. It basically works like insurance. You give money, and in most cases, you never get that money back.

But it was marketed to you as free money. James, Love your writings hated you on Yahoo clips with Henry and Aaron though. Do you still guest there? This has revolutionized advertising and made print directories obsolete. Reading your article reminded me of Ryan Holiday, and I think you would understand what he means in this article: I have a stolen quote for you, by the same man, my favorite author, Ryan Holiday: No girls with hula hoops, but pertinent to the post.

I think post-capitalism is real capitalism. I think about this stuff all the time. People live in this world blindly and refuse to see things for what they really are.

What is NOT a scam. Meaningful relationships based on unconditional love. It requires sacrifice, love, selflessness and becoming vulnerable. It only works when we are honest and willing to work at it. Also, true honest selfless giving is NOT a scam. If you give of your time, money, energy, love or many other things we tend to NOT want to give…especially to those who do not ask and for those who want no recognition. I have found very little of either of these non-scams in my 38 years.

I live my life so it centers around these two things because I believe we are not hear to be drones…but instead to give of ourselves for GOOD. When I had enough money to go out for lunch daily and buy nice things…I might buy my buddies lunch. They didnt ask, but I felt like giving that day.

I remember thinking…nobody does this for me…but whatever. Years later, when I was the one who could barely pay rent let alone go out, I had friends who did this for me and i never asked. Karma, God, whatever you want to call it…. You ask the real difficult question: You mention honest selfless giving and I think this is true but rare which is why its not a scam. The entire medical industry has issues.

But I really wonder if they thought we were taking these obscure antibiotics recreationally or selling them on the street somehow. Just one link in the chain of a massive scam. Truly there is not much difference between scammers and the tick that bit Claudia I hope she is feeling better.

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