The winner of this weeks coveted “You’re Just Fucked” award is Casey Anthony. If you don’t know who this is you should review this to get up to speed. For the rest of us that live above ground and are coherent, here she is living it up.

Casey Anthony

I don’t get it. Even a 5 year old half awake would have convicted this bitch on the spot with AT LEAST child abuse. I just don’t get how not reporting your child missing for over a month isn’t at least neglect. Last time I checked neglect is a form of abuse.

 

OJ vs Casey

Ok, I can see not convicting her on murder one, there really was no smoking gun and they couldn’t really show beyond a reasonable doubt she was directly responsible for the murder. Second degree was iffy at best. There was more than enough evidence for that I thought. Then again I wasn’t on the jury and only saw what the media presented. They pretty much convicted her on day one. However I do think there was more than enough circumstantial evidence to prove that this chick was completely fucked.

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Do you  think the court system failed?  Myself, I wouldn’t be so quick to say that. Sure it can seem imbalanced if you have a good defense attorney that can spend 24 hours a day on a case and is an expert at blowing smoke screens and diverting and distorting facts in every direction away from their client. But I think in the end the jury had the power to make the right decision, and they in this case felt they did the best they could to serve justice. I think that a lot of people don’t realize that the jury doesn’t hear what we do. They don’t get the 5-10 pieces of evidence played over and over and with constant dialogue with an ever present prosecutorial undertone attached to it. Over time you would have been convinced that the prosecutor himself did it if they said it enough times while flashing questionable pictures and some random circumstantial evidence.

Florida Missing Girl

There were over 400 pieces of evidence in this case yet the media just focused on about 10 of them, over and over. So before you rage on the jurors thinking they are incompetent idiots just think for a second. They saw the other 390 pieces of evidence, and they were presented in the same light as the 10 you have had crammed into your cranium for the last month. 

Not Guilty

And I can just hear someone say that “Well, I watched the whole trial and saw exactly what the jurors saw”  Really. So you turned your TV off during the commentary during recess’s that was pretty much telling you what to think about what just happened in the court room.  I would have a hard time believing that. I don’t blame the jurors, I think they did the best they could with what they had available.

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Well, the reality is this. Soon she will be getting out of prison and we will se lots more of her on TV doing interviews with Nancy Grace and the like to help them boost ratings. She will be paid a lot of money and will ultimately get EXACTLY what she wanted all along. Money, freedom from being a parent, and more money.

Justice System

Today the judge pretty much saved her life delaying her release from custody. I think the emotional equity built up on this case could easily boil over for a lot of people and result in a bad situation for her if she was found in public.

Casey anthony slap on the wristCasey Anthony Single

Rage all you want, you’re supposed to.  Her commercial value will be higher than yours ever will. And for what. If the media didn’t invest into this like they did, and no one watched, you think she would be leaving custody a millionaire? Congratulations for creating another Kardashian family. Get used to seeing shit like this for the next forever.

Casey Reality Star

Congratulations Casey, you have worked hard and deserve the You’re Just Fucked award. See you around on the internet, and on TV, and probably in advertisements, and giving commentary of other child murder cases, and probably in court again over some minuscule charge so the public can relive this.

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Last year I attended an in-home presentation for a product guaranteed to make my life easier.  A friend of my girlfriends had a family member that was part of this company that sold this revolutionary widget. Reluctantly we went just to see what it was about. Her friend seemed pretty excited about it. So I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

During the presentation I was just amazed.  Amazed how structured the pitch was, how it was delivered, terms used.  Rhetorical art I would call it.  The words, the phrases, all pre-coached to some degree, like any sales pitch I guess, but this one had a different twist. In the past I had worked in sales for a number of years so I was pretty familiar with the art of pitching being more how you say something than what you actually say. Perception is everything you know, and this group had it down to a science. I was impressed.

But what had confused me about the whole thing before I even got to the house was why was I having to go to a presentation to get this product.  Why not just pick it up from a local retail store or order from some online marketplace. During the presentation it started to become clearer to me why this platform was chosen. For this to be effective, you need to have your audience comfortable and somewhat obligated to stay put for a while. What better way to do this that having them come to someone’s home with people they know that had invited them. Comfortable setting, familiar face(s) around. Perfect.

But why would this company choose this model to sell their product. Most companies sell their products in a retail store with a logistics network for getting the product there, traditional advertising to drive interest and thus sales. Simple really, tried and true. During the presentation it seemed increasingly less time was spent on selling the product to me and more about how I could sell this to other people. Then it dawned on me, I am not being sold the tangible widget they have demonstrated in front of me, I was in fact brought here for my undivided attention so they can convince me to invest into this amazing opportunity.

It was the ideal job. To work from home, make your own schedule, be your own boss etc.. Sounds great to me. One little problem though. If you break down their model into two sides it starts to make more sense as to how it’s wrong.  One side is the sales of a tangible product. They present the product to you, you in turn purchase it, deal done. By itself, I don’t see anything wrong with retailing a product to your friends and neighbors. Whether the widget sold actually works or not is really a moot point here, that’s an entirely different post. The other side is the opportunity start up kit they are also trying to sell.  This is the part that’s fucked.

So during the presentation as the speaker was showing me example after example of people that were once living in dire straits and now own beachfront houses with big boats etc. I started to wonder how many people fell into this idea and never got anything out of it. That’s when it hit me. The real ‘product’ has nothing to do with the widget presented. This particular model was in the business of selling opportunities wrapped in bullshit. The company made some money selling the widgets I’m sure, but the real money was made on the failure of others.

Think of it this way. If in a small community of 20,000, 10 people were distributers of this widget, and lets say that they each recruit 5 each month and a ‘starter kit’ was $250. Over time that adds up fast. And it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that if most were successful in being a distributer that this model would ultimately fail miserably within a year. It would be like opening  50 new Wal-Marts in Toledo. Doesn’t make sense. It would just saturate the market. Unless, the parent company knows something.  Hmm, what do they know that they don’t present in their shiny brochures…

Most people that know statistics well don’t play the lottery very much, and if they do it’s more for fun, not trying to get their nest egg. This type of scam really isn’t much different.  The hope and probability sold is much different than the reality. Although, if one does have an outgoing personality and naturally extraverted with a large circle of friends they may do pretty well recruiting those around them into this scheme whereby earning themselves  some of their victims failure money because not all of them will succeed.

So while sitting there listening to this crap and realizing what it really was I only got more and more pissed. I had wished I was an attorney or politician; someone in a position to stop this cycle of victimization. It’s bullshit. When you apply for a job at Wal-Mart you don’t have to pay them $200 to get the job.  If you did you would be pissed.

At the end of the presentation I had figured that the other people there would mirror my sentiments on the opportunity presented but to my surprise there was positive feedback. I just stared wide eyed as people started signing up. Knowing that most of them couldn’t really afford to do it anyway how could they justify the investment? I didn’t say anything.  When asked, me and my girlfriend politely declined and left.

On our way home we were talking about the sheer number of people that sign up for this and fail. Most of the time it’s not their fault either. They just don’t have the skills or natural ability to sell on the scale required to really make a living out of it. Now, I could understand just being a home based distributer for a widget and selling the widget, and getting paid primarily on commissions from actual widget sales. But that’s not the case here. People are paying a lot of money for essentially nothing. An opportunity that there is no screening process whatsoever and most people fail. If a 5 year old wanted to join in, they would take the money.

I know, this is a long post, sorry about being long winded but I needed to explain all that to get to the part I consider fucked about all this.

My problem is this. The people that do make it. They are the ones that are profiting on the failure and hardship of others.  These people invested in your scheme believing that they could make money from home and with a little work, make more than they do in their current job. This is complete bullshit for over 97% of your victims. And what’s worse is the distributers themselves are oblivious to the scheme they are fueling. They think they are entrepreneurs selling this widget attached to an opportunity for the greater good.  News flash, they are ultimately screwing lots of people out of their hard earned money and what’s fucked is they don’t believe they are because they were told over and over with colorful brochures, videos, detailed binders, conferences and some random paid celebrity that it wasn’t so. Omgitmustbetrue!

Anyway, here are some red flags to watch out for if you think you are being sold on this crap from mlm-thetruth.com.

Red Flag #1: Endless chain of recruitment

Participants are recruited into an endless chain of recruitment.

Questions you have to ask yourself:

Would you as a new recruit, by permitted and even encouraged to recruit other participants, who would in turn be encouraged to recruit still others, and they still more, etc. – from whom you could collect commissions and /or bonuses on what they buy or sell?

Visualize yourself recruiting a chain of recruiters recruiting recruitiers, including friends and loved ones, just to enrich yourself. Wouldn’t you rather preserve and protect, rather than exploit, those relationships?

In other words if you have a crapload of friends, you have a shot at stealing lots of peoples rent money.

Red Flag #2: Advancement by Recruitment

Advancement in the hierarchy of participants is not achieved by appointment, but by recruiting more and more participants into a downline, or pyramid of participants.

Ask yourself these questions:

Is advancement in a hierarchy of multiple levels of participants achieved by recruitment and/or by a combination of recruitment and sales volume, rather than by appointment – as in other work or sales settings?

Would you be uncomfortable if you knew that to succeed, you must be able to recruit your way to the top where the money is, and that doing so would require that hundreds, even thousands, of downline recruits could lose money?

Red Flag #3: "Pay to play" purchases

In order to "play the game," or qualify for commissions and advancement in the program, participants must buy a minimum amount of products or services, either at the outset or in ongoing purchases (usually by monthly subscription).

Questions to ask yourself:

Are you being encouraged to make initial or ongoing purchases in order to take advantage of the "business opportunity," and later to continue qualifying for advancement in (or payout in overrides and bonuses from) the MLM company?

Even though there is little or no cost to "sign up" for the program, are there minimum volume requirements that must be met in order to advance to higher levels in the hierarchy or to receive greater commissions or bonuses at some level?

Are you expected to pay for training seminars, workshops, audio or video programs, weekend retreats, etc. in order to stay in the good graces of your upline?

This would also apply to people that have to pay for a starter kit or something to that affect to participate as opposed to a subscription program.

Red Flag #4: "The upline gets most of the rewards.

The company pays more in commissions and bonuses to upline participants than to the person making the sale.

Questions to ask yourself:

Would the total amount of commissions (or discounts, bonuses, etc.) paid by the company to your entire upline be more than you would receive for actually making the sale?

Are products priced higher than at standard retail outlets, making sales to non-participants difficult? And if prices are not competitive, can you see that to earn a substantial income from commissions from the company you would have to build a large downline of purchasers – who are also buying to take advantage of the "opportunity?"

Red Flag #5: Five or more levels in the pay plan

The compensation plan allows for five or more levels, which is more than are needed to manage the sales function. (In conventional sales settings, sales for the entire country can be managed in four levels – national, regional, divison, and branch sales managers – with those beneath them selling to customers.)

Additional levels only further enriches those at or near the top of the pyramid of distributors. Excessive levels in a downline is another sign participants are expected to sell primarily to their downline, rather than to the general public.This makes it an exploitive money transfer scheme, or product-based pyamid scheme.

Ask yourself these questions:

Does the company pay overrides (commissions and bonuses) to distributors in a hierarchy of more than four levels?

Is the compensation plan so complex- with such a complex set of bonuses and other enticements – that you would find it difficult to explain it to a friend?

After  Harold’s failed attempt at being right for once I had thought that no one could top him. Wrong.  Riding on the heels of Harold’s shitstorm of fail comes a knight in cloth armor and white horse that has graciously decided to reveal himself to us as…drum roll..you guessed it.  The second coming  of Jesus.  I can’t make this up.  As creative as I am even this would be a stretch.  According to the folks at Ra-el.org:

He(Ra-el) is the prophesied “Second Coming of Jesus the Christ”, and we will provide proof of His identity.

Aaand here are some of the points of ‘proof’..

1. Matthew 24:30 tells us that right before the appearance of Christ, “…the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens…”  On January 28th 2011, over a billion people in India could see the clear image of Jesus on the moon, and though the story was widely reported throughout the region, it was suppressed throughout the rest of the world.

Really? They open with this? I mean, you’d think that they would reel people in with a better example than that. I think for most people including myself, realize that it was not reported throughout the world because it had as much credibility as a poorly staged UFO sighting. Even the local priests in the area didn’t take it seriously.

More proof..

2. The Bible tells how the Messiah will make His return known “in the clouds” so that “every eye will see Him”.

The Bible often speaks in metaphors, and as many who study ancient prophecies will tell you, quite often a prophecy cannot be properly interpreted until the time of its unfolding, because the language used in the original prophecy wouldn’t make sense without a modern understanding. An example is Hopi prophecies that described an “iron snake” crossing the country, we now know that the Hopi were prophesying “trains”.

We know that if the Messiah appeared in the clouds, it would be impossible for every eye to see Him, because the earth is round, and clouds only cover about half of the planet. On the other hand, there are “clouds” that everyone can see at the same time… The Internet, as well as private intranets, are now called “the clouds” (as in “cloud computing”), and the announcement of Lord Ra-El, on May 21st 2011, less than 4 months after the sign on the moon, has been made in the clouds, so every eye can see him.

I prophesize that we will be watching holographic tv in our living rooms with different channels depending on what side of the room your sitting on. This does not make me a prophet. Just a guy with a lucky guess. Also, sorry to burst your bubble..er..cloud.. But the global access to “cloud computing” is more like 30% against the world population according to these folks. Maybe you should send Jesus an email and tell him to pass the word on to stick to the actual clouds because the average global cloud cover at any one time is more like 40%.

More..

3. Generally, Gnostics do not believe Jesus was born of a literal virgin; they do however believe His was a divinely ordained “miracle birth” during the zodiac period of Virgo (a later misinterpreted astrological reference to “virgin birth”). It is believed that when He returns, He will be born under the sign of Gemini (astrologically representing “II” or “second”). Many Gnostics further believe that by the will of God, the mother of Jesus was actually impregnated by a Roman Soldier.

During the post WWII eugenics movement that swept the United States, Lord Ra-El’s mother (Ruth, daughter of Mary) was surgically forced sterilized, and rendered completely unable to have children. Years later, she laid with a man named William Collins, an Italian man who was in the Army (Roman Soldier), this man was also a Rosicrucian (those that carry the hidden knowledge of Christ). By this union, Ruth miraculously became pregnant, and gave birth to Lord Ra-El under the sign of Gemini.

Interestingly, in modern Illuminist teachings, it is understood that the Collins bloodline is the “mystical line”, that many believe is actually the true Davidic bloodline of Jesus.

Ok one more, then i’ll stop.

23. On May 21st, Lord Ra-El addressed the world, and warned that He was about to carry out a bitter chastisement upon the Christians of America. As the Lord’s justice is swift, within hours the “buckle of the Bible Belt” (the area of the U.S. with the highest concentration of Christians) was nearly erased from the map, as never before seen powerful tornadoes suddenly and unexpectedly exploded through the region. Weather officials said that they had never seen such powerful tornadoes, that seemed to “target” populated areas. What happened that day was never witnessed before in recorded history.

This is a key part of the “judgment against the church”, and the fulfillment of prophecy in the Gnostic Testament of Levi. In Levi 5:12-14 “And after their punishment shall have come from the Lord, the priesthood shall fail. Then shall the Lord raise up a new priest. And to him all the words of the Lord shall be revealed; and he shall execute a righteous judgment upon the earth for a multitude of days.

Wow, talk about shaving a square peg down to get it to fit into your round hole. This is a bit of a stretch.

Anyway, people actually believe this shit. I have one question though. What would have happened if Harold was right and the rapture took place as he predicted? Ra-el would have announced his coming and then shortly thereafter been whisked away by the  rapture or did he plan on hanging around with the rest of us during the tribulation?

Here is what gets me about this.  Notice the name in the website URL ‘Ra-el’. Now look at the name of the registrant from a simple whois lookup of the site owner below (who, by the way, is his mom):

Domain ID:D162078387-LROR
Domain Name:RA-EL.ORG
Created On:20-Apr-2011 08:54:14 UTC
Last Updated On:14-May-2011 14:40:22 UTC
Expiration Date:20-Apr-2012 08:54:14 UTC
Registrant ID:D130327274219249
Registrant Name:Ruth Howard-Lear < <<<< (This is his mom, LOL FAIL)
Registrant Organization:Private Registration US
Registrant Street1:PO Box 61359
Registrant City:Sunnyvale
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:94088
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.5105952002
Registrant Email:contact@myprivateregistration.com

Ra-el – Lear See the similarities. And apparently Jesus is in Sunnyvale Ca too. Not a bad place to point your cannons of bullshit at everyone else around you.   Also, try not to kill anyone with your crap.  Mr. Ra-el and his mom are definitely deserving of  “we’re just fucked”  status.

We’ll close with some fine YouTube rhetoric from the biblical duo

Quick bio if you don’t know who this guy is.  From Wikipedia:

Trolls....meet your leader

Harold Egbert Camping (born July 19, 1921) is an American Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio, a California-based radio station that spans more than 150 markets in the United States. Camping’s trademarks include his deep, sonorous voice coupled with a slow cadence. He has also used Bible-based numerology to predict dates for the end of the world, dates which passed without incident. His most recent end times prediction was that the Rapture would occur on May 21, 2011, and that God would subsequently completely destroy the Earth and the universe five months later on October 21. He had previously predicted that the Rapture would occur in September 1994.

Harold has got to be the greatest con artist ever. He hides in public under the protective veil of religion and makes these claims of his predictions.  It’s like a hobby for him. By itself not a big deal, anyone can do this without any real attention from the masses. But when these fallacies start to get more press than the recent death of Osama Bin Laden then that becomes a problem.

I’m no theologin, but this was pretty much crap from the beginning. What’s more surprising is that the press it generated and the attention garnered, to most, only discredited this guy into obscurity as an idiot that spouts off false prophecies. Sadly, not the case. It will actually have the opposite effect. I wonder what the listener numbers were last week on Family Radio compared to others. As anyone knows controversy is good for business and great advertising. Free too.

But sadly with anything fanatical like this and the pool of people that are drawn to it there are inevitable victims. People have sold their possessions, made life decisions that they otherwise would not have in preparation for what they believed was the holy abduction. Some even bought insurance for their pets.  Probably the most disturbing story is when the mother in California slit her daughters throats and then slit her own out of fear of the coming falsely predicted tribulation. From KTLA News:

KTLA News

2:51 p.m. PDT, March 19, 2011

Palmdale (KTLA) — A woman slit her daughters’ throats before slitting her own early Friday evening, claiming that “the Tribulation” was going to occur and she wanted to prevent them from suffering through it, officials said.

Lyn Benedetto, 47, reportedly told her daughters to lie on a bed and proceeded to take a knife to their throats.

The suspect then took the knife to her own throat before driving the victims to an unoccupied friend’s house to die.

Lancaster Station deputies responded to a call regarding an “assault with knife” at about 5:32pm from the owner of the residence where the victims had been taken.

The victims and the suspect were found and the location, and the suspect was subsequently arrested.

The victims were treated at Antelope Valley Hospital for moderate though non life-threatening injuries and released to custody of Department of Children’s Services.

And from Youtube

Harold, no one that is respectable in your religion likes you. They think you are an idiot. Stop trying to kill people with your bullshit. Personally, I think your worthy of receiving the “I’m Just fucked” label. Congratulations.

Facebookitis

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Facebooked

I'll do it later..no really

This is an actual condition. According to the Urban Dictionary (yes, a credible source) it lists Facebookitus as:

A disease in which facebook takes over your life and you cannot do anything anymore besides look at your friends pictures and write on their walls.

Sever cases include times where your trying to get work or homework done on the computer, yet somehow you always find yourself on facebook, getting absolutely nothing done.

Sounds legit. I think it’s worthy of some meds. And for the record, they spelled severe wrong, not me.

Pop Tarts

Words? If there were really one thousand words for every photo, this one would take two. Maybe three. Three with dessert. Is it me or did the artist include a large amount of frosting containers?  Doesn’t matter. All I know is I will never eat another Corn Nut again. Ever.

You think she will be pissed when she realizes that that mars in her hand labelled  ‘2 pack’ only has one?

Image  —  Posted: May 18, 2011 in America-Fuck Yea!

The Scary Interwebs

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

*Sigh, wtf is this crap...really?

There is no shortage of things on the internet that one would classify as ‘fucked’. I only have to click the little Google news shortcut on my desktop to be greeted with a plethora of eye candy attached to rhetoric. I only skim the surface of the giant shithills of humanity and browse the little snippets caught with a camera. This is entertaining for me. If you don’t like what is posted here, leave or rage comment below. I don’t care, no one reads them anyway.