October 14, 2010

Exposing Another Scammer

The same thing I've told you about before. They want to settle an estate in the UK, but do not even put my name in the e-mail. The headers indicate "Yahoo" for the mailer, not what is written in the letter. Nothing wrong with Yahoo Mail, but established legal firms do not use free Web mail services. For people who are not regular readers, this is a scam. If you get a letter like this, delete it.

What is funny is at the very end, they have the "misuse of this letter may be illegal" tag line, when the entire thing that was sent to me is illegal. Ha! 

I put in extra line breaks to make the letter fit:

From: Mrs Kathy McGowan
AGGS Consultants Service Ltd.

This is a confidential message from AGGS Consultants: private consulting firm in London, 
United Kingdom.

I have been directed to contact you with regards to ongoing investigations involving a 
deceased client of Royal Bank of Scotland. The client, who shared the same last name with you, 
died intestate so it is standard and mandatory that a next of kin be sought who may inherit the 
estate. Kindly clarify the following:

 - Are you aware of any relative of yours whose last known contact address was Zurich, 
Switzerland, with investments of considerable value with Royal Bank of Scotland?

 - If you answered yes to the above then can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility 
to assume status of next of kin to the deceased?

Understand that we are at this point contstained to share more details of this matter with 
you. We will need to hear from you urgently and hope you can assist us in bringing this inquiry 
to a conclusion.Please respond to my private email below as soon as possible to afford us the 
opportunity to close this investigation. Thank you for accommodating our enquiries.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Kathy McGowan
AGGS Consultants Service Ltd
For: Royal Bank of Scotland.
364 Windbridge,London Uk.
Email: McGowan.aggs@consultant.com
to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that you have 
received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, 
copying of, or any action taken in reliance upon it, is strictly prohibited and may be illegal.

Tel/fax: +44-7005-921-477

This e-mail is confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual(s) 

October 12, 2010

Reserved Word Rumble

Buon giorno. This has been fermenting in my mind for quite a while, and finally got tapped and poured out. 

Do you know what a "reserved word" is? Normally, it's computer jargon for, "Don't go there, girlfriend". Ever try to name a file and get a "reserved word" error? You cannot use certain words in your file name because they belong to the computer system or application.

I've taken the expression and used it in other ways.

F'rinstance, a high school clique starts bandying a word about in their enthusiasm. Normie Nerdley tries to get in on the fun and uses the word along with them. Silence and death stares ensue. He did not earn the right to use that word with them, it was like a reserved word for that clique.

The most common example I can think of is the word "nigger". (Yes, I still have free speech and the Politically Correct Police haven't caught up to me, so let me get on with my example. It's not like I'm using it in reference to someone...sheesh.) Anyway, it's an emotion-laden, hate-filled word. Unless is used by black Americans. Have you seen the movie "Rush Hour"? No, the first one in the series... Chris Tucker's character is greeting people with, "What's up, my niggah?" Later, Jackie Chan's character (just in from Hong Kong), tries to be friendly and say, "Woss up my niggah?" Race riot ensues; he used the reserved word ("That's our word", I've heard people say, even though it should be nobody's word because of the anger it produces, capice?). Also, in "Silver Streak", Patrick McGoohan calls Richard Pryor a nigger, and Pryor says, "You don't know me well enough to call me a nigger!"

But I'm beginning to digress into funny scenes from movies.

Now I'm coming across a new, ugly episode of reserved words: freethinker (written various ways). Yes, I know that word has been around a long time, but it's growing in popularity. So is its reserved word status.

I even saw a Weblog rant about how Christians cannot be freethinkers because — now get this — by some kind of definition, Christians are not "freethinkers". Yep, Leroy Logic is using circular reasoning to protect a reserved word: You have to be an atheist or "skeptic" to say it, and Christians are not freethinkers because they're not freethinkers because we said so.
Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith earned three doctorates

I've noticed that "skeptic" is becoming a reserved word, along with "rationalist", "logical" and other words that, in context, mean, "I do not believe in God (or Christianity, or Jesus, or the Bible), and I clam those words as our words, and you can't use them!" Ironically, some so-called "freethinkers", "rationalists" &c. are actually badthinkers.

So, when you come across words like "freethinker", "skeptic", "rationalist" and similar, check the context. It's probably being used as an anti-Christian diatribe or other sneer. 

Those people love to play word games and bait others. I've encountered codswallop such as, "You xtians are deluded. I'm a freethinker!" (Another tangent: They use "xtian" as an emotional provocation, and then say, "What? It's a common expression. Don't be so sensitive". Yeah, you're fooling me big time, Blossom. And no, you don't own those words or have the right to control them.)

I'm just saying to watch for it. You'll see that I'm right. Again.

But guess what? I'm a freethinker, too; I don't have to think in the way you "skeptics" tell me to think. Now excuse me, I'm going to check and see if there's a new article by True Freethinker. Hey, dig this one on Nietzsche! Arrivederci.

October 11, 2010

Another "I Told You So!"

"I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning, consequently assumed it had none and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics. He's also concerned to prove that there's no valid reason why he should personally not do just what he wants to do. For myself, as no doubt for most of contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously a liberation from a certain political and economic system and a liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom."
—Aldous Huxley, in Confessions of a Professed Atheist
Another "I told you so!" for me. Several times, I have pointed out to atheists that the cornerstone of their religion is evolution. If there is no Creator, then you can justify your actions, there is no objective morality, nobody to whom you have to explain yourself.

But that is just wishful thinking. The truth is, there really is a Creator. He makes the rules, we had better find out what he has to say. Jesus has been here once, and he is coming back. And he won't be "Mr. Nice Guy" like people have in their imaginations. No, he is going to be a fearsome judge, and we have to stand before him and explain ourselves. Some will enter into everlasting joy, others will enter into everlasting condemnation (Luke 16.19-31). Yes, Hell is real (Revelation 14.11). You don't want to go there; you don't have to go there (Romans 6.23).

October 10, 2010

Looks Like We've Met Some of the Same "New" Atheists

An interesting article by Vox Popoli about the so-called "New Atheists" (elsewhere, he says that they're a "spent intellectual force"). Read him and cry to Richard "Daffy" Dawkins.

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