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This is a Public Service Announcement

No guitar, though. Sorry. My dad just forwarded me a couple of those emails you see where people claim some terrible thing is going on and could happen to you, but turns out to be an internet rumor. Well, for once, these emails are actually true. A quick search on Snopes verified them.

  1. Identity thieves trick the unwary into revealing their personal details by telling them they've failed to report for jury duty and warrants for their arrest are being issued.
    The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you've failed to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

    The victim will often rightly claim they never received the jury duty notification. The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for "verification" purposes.

    Specifically, the scammer asks for the victim's Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information — exactly what the scammer needs to commit identity theft.


  2. Scammers pretend to be fraud investigation agents for Visa and MasterCard in order to obtain credit card security codes.

    My husband was called on Wednesday from "VISA" and I was called in Thursday from "MasterCard". It worked like this: Person calling says, "This is Carl Patterson (any name) and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card issued by 5/3 bank. Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona?"

    When you say "No". The caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?"

    Caller then says he "needs to verify you are in possession of your card. Turn the card over. There are 7 numbers; first 4 are 1234 (whatever) the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are in possession of the card. These are the numbers you use to make internet purchases to prove you have the card. Read me the 3 numbers." Then he says "That is correct. I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions? Don't hesitate to call back if you do."


For those of you who have been afraid of people digging through your trash to find out your personal information, i hope this will alleviate some of your fears. Clearly, the cons are way more sophisticated than that. So, put away your shredders, secure in the knowledge that when they come to steal your identity, it won't be in a way that's so obvious. Con artists have too much panache.

By min | October 31, 2006, 8:38 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Oh dear.

They've finally abandoned whatever remnants of sanity they had on racmu:


I'm always looking for good and intelligent individuals like you to
visit my website, www.ChezBrandon.com , and it has pictures of
beautiful women, information about aged clones, and a link to Ultimate
Fighting Championship, a very good show.

My name is Brandon, and I'm in my 20s, am a college student, and as lie
detectors, both conventional and unconventional would show, I've never
been sexually penetrated. Moreover, I could be shown pictures of X, Y,
and Z, and it would show that I'm only sexually attracted to women.

The Murders of Our Leaders were Stopped.

I can take lie detector and psychological tests. I tell the truth. A
mini-psychological test: 8 times 2 = 16, the world is round, not flat,
and the year is 2006. Feel free to call me, cellphone number is
503.740.0272, and utilize a GK-1 voice analyzer truth detecting device

>From Congressmen Bill Frist to John Kerry to Dennis Hastert to Hillary

Clinton to John Warner to Ron Wyden to Gordon Smith to John McCain to
Joseph Lieberman to Nancy Pelosi to Diane Feinstein to Ted Kennedy to
anyone else who happened to be in the Congressional chambers during
either a joint session of Congress or a State of the Union address from
Masons to Skull and Bones members to Secret Service agents to pages to
visitors to other good individuals, they all would have been murdered,
all of their accomplishments stripped away, their earned wealth
stripped away, their homes stripped away, their family and friends
stripped away. Moreover, someone else would have been sleeping with
their spouses.

Elements of an organization, not of course the Masons or Skull and
Bones -- I was able, thank God, to thwart the conquest of the USA and
the world, and was able to thwart the murder of United States and world
leaders, via a psychic vision of Senator John Warner and other
Congressmen being choked to death by gas, which was confirmed
auditorially from both ears, such as "He saved Congress," who they were
going to kill "all of them,""how did he know that?" and "he's psychic"
-- murdered my biological Aunt Gloria Atkinson, whom I loved very much,
as she did of me, and there is a tribute to her on my website. Please,
friend, be sure to barricade your bedroom door at night. I'm not afraid
of aged clones or the attempted chopping off of my appendages (elements
of an organization talked about chopping off my right middle finger and
right ear, and 10 out of 10 of my toes, like my right middle finger
have unique steeple designs).

I'm not afraid of anything. I'll defend myself to the best of my
ability, and I commit my life to saving the lives of men, women, and
children and strengthening good organizations. Sincerely, Brandon

By fnord12 | October 30, 2006, 3:51 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

Delicate Flowers

I always thought it was a well-known stereotype that the French are extremely rude and snobby. Apparently, it's not well-known to the Japanese, who, also apparently, have very delicate psyches. We should go mess with them.

Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

"A third of patients get better immediately, a third suffer relapses and the rest have psychoses," Yousef Mahmoudia, a psychologist at the Hotel-Dieu hospital, next to Notre Dame cathedral, told the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

Already this year, Japan's embassy in Paris has had to repatriate at least four visitors -- including two women who believed their hotel room was being bugged and there was a plot against them.

Previous cases include a man convinced he was the French "Sun King", Louis XIV, and a woman who believed she was being attacked with microwaves, the paper cited Japanese embassy official Yoshikatsu Aoyagi as saying.


By min | October 24, 2006, 11:32 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Grandpa Rewls!

A 70-year-old British pensioner, trained in martial arts during his military service, dispatched a gang of four would-be muggers in a late-night attack in Germany.
The man, a native of Birmingham who now lives in Germany, was challenged by three men, demanding money, while a fourth crept up behind him. Recalling his training, the Briton grabbed the first assailant and threw him over his shoulder.

When a second man tried to kick him, the pensioner grabbed his foot and tipped him to the ground. At this point, the three men, thought to be aged between 18 and 25, fled, carrying their injured accomplice with them.


By min | October 24, 2006, 11:21 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Anything For Appearances

The Chinese will do lots of things for appearance. I thought having your makeup tattooed on and your eyelids cut and re-sewn was pretty bad. Both of these don't hold a candle to the newest attempt to look "better".

China has warned image-conscious citizens against using the rack to lengthen their legs after several such operations went badly wrong, Xinhua news agency said. ADVERTISEMENT

Ten people were reported to have been disfigured after they underwent stretching surgery last year, it added.

The operation, which involves breaking the patient's legs and then stretching them on a rack, has become popular among young professionals "desperate to climb up the ladder in the country's height-conscious society," Xinhua said.


Height is usually listed as a requirement for jobs or certain schools in China. Many employers require women to be over 1.65 meters (5 ft 5 in) and men over 1.70 meters.

It is also an important factor in courting, when many Chinese women expect their partners to be over 1.70 meters and men also care about their potential wives' height to avoid short offspring.

I guess it's good that i didn't move to China to get a job so i could learn Chinese since i don't meet the height requirement for employment anyway.

By min | October 11, 2006, 11:42 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

The End is Nigh

I thought last week was fucked up. This week is turning out to be even worse. First the woman who uses her 4 week old baby as a weapon and now this. Glenn thinks it's signalling the end of the world. In that case, what the hell am i doing at work?

A Bulgarian woman who killed her son was released from prison because of terminal cancer. She then went home and killed her husband, police said Tuesday.

The 57-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in jail for killing her 29-year-old son with a garden hoe in April 2005 while he was sleeping.

Last month, authorities judged her to be in the final stages of cancer and let her go home, where she stabbed her husband in the throat with a knife.

"It was established she was in the last stage of cancer, she had it all over her body," said a spokeswoman for the Bourgas regional police.

"They presumed she was feeling bad and she would treat herself and rest. But nothing of the kind. She got aggressive and ... she killed her husband."


"She threatened that, if she is released again, she will kill her second son as well," the police spokeswoman said.

By min | October 10, 2006, 1:42 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Birth Control. Public Water Supply.

WTF is wrong with people?

A woman used her 4-week-old baby as a weapon in a domestic dispute, swinging the infant through the air and striking her boyfriend with the child, authorities said.


By min | October 9, 2006, 3:13 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

Math Fun

Thanks to fudge005:

By min | October 4, 2006, 2:56 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Hell in a Handbasket

What the hell is going on this week?

In Colorado, a guy walks into a classroom, take the girls hostage, molests and sexually assaults them, then kills one of the girls and himself.

In Pennsylvania, a milk truck driver takes over an Amish school and kills the girls execution style before killing himself.

Republican Congressman Mark Foley gets caught sending sexually explicit emails to teenage pages and everyone's standing around mumbling, 'Um...yeah....we kinda knew he was doing that....but, um.....we didn't do anything to stop it." Including the FBI and the House Speaker. Tony Snow, the moron that he is, says they were simply "naughty emails" and nothing to squawk over. Matt Drudge, not to be outdone, blames the teenagers for "preying" on the good congressman. To top it all off, i hear the media are doing their part to help muddy the situation by conflating homosexuality and pedophilia. It's prolly the best strategy for the Party of Family Values to preserve their severely tarnished reputation. Blame the gays.

And as if that weren't enough, North Korea is nuclear testing. You know why? Because the only way to protect yourself from getting invaded and overthrown by the U.S. is to arm yourself with nuclear weapons. If Iraq had had nuclear weapons, they wouldn't be in the mess they're in now. That's the lesson the world's learned from our "mission to spread democracy" over in the Middle East. Too bad nobody saw that one coming - oh, except for the liberals who kept saying we shouldn't invade Iraq, but they're a bunch of pansy-asses, so ofc nobody listened to them even if they are always right in the end. Good job, assholes. I sure feel safer now.

The one almost good thing that happened is this:

An inmate serving a life term for molesting and killing a 10-year-old girl named Katie somehow got "Katie's Revenge" tattooed across his forehead, and prison authorities were trying to determine how it happened.

Right. Prison authorities have no idea how it could have happened. Or how that picture could possibly have found its way to the interwebs.

By min | October 3, 2006, 11:38 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

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