Yet another false alarm...

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Yet another false alarm...
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Sun, 05-22-2011 - 5:03pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-us-canada-13489641

This scam artist bilked millions from people for his billboard ads. Maybe his victims should sue him for fraud? :O I guess not so funny since some emptied their bank accounts, sold their homes, quit jobs. And now what? :|


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 1:44pm
Here's one more article, that apparently he talked to a reporter finally:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/harold-camping-speaks-after-rapture-fails-to-begin-on-may-21/2011/05/23/AFxMIp9G_blog.html

So, I hope there's a media blackout about this nutjob now. And his radio station is still in business. I hope people learn like they have about scam artist televangelists, not to send any more money. He deserves to go bankrupt and the radio station go down, since it perpetrated fraud in the millions of $$$. :smileymad:


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 3:28pm

It's too bad some people are so gullible. In all honesty I can't summon up a whole lot of sympathy.

Can't they think critically for themselves?

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Mon, 05-23-2011 - 4:47pm


You know, at first, that was my reaction, also. But then I realized that it's the "human condition" after all. We're always looking for the "right" answers. What car to buy. What religion to commit to and practice. What parenting theory we believe in. What shoes to buy. What house to buy. How to negotiate the best house mortgage or car loan. What's the best healthy diet? Supplements? Exercise options? Always looking for that illusive "best deal." :P Our society has set us up to think this way. It's like a cultural imperative to look for the answers outside ourselves, believing that we can't possibly know the answers, or trust our own instincts and common sense, to make our own best decisions. "Experts" or "Specialists" always have to know best. So, is that any different when we're looking for the reassurance we believe in the "right" god and is that particular deity going to look out for us? If the "salesperson" or the "scam artist" or that "preacher" over there is good enough at manipulating us emotionally or psychologically, or we turn off our intellect and common sense in our desperation to believe in something, then horrible things can happen. Like this guy selling his religious theories, and people losing their $$$ because he did such a good selling job. Or like Jim Jones and his scamming his people to their deaths with his bogus religious beliefs. Or the Comet Hale-Bopp suicides. Because we have this deep inner NEED and we want to fill it, whether it's a religious dogma/doctrine or something else. And sometimes we just don't look closely enough at what we're "buying." Until it's too late. :| Hopefully people will learn from this experience and be more cautious next time someone tries to sell them religion. One can only hope.



Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Tue, 05-24-2011 - 9:43am

Take for example the "birthers" or those that believe the earth is only 6,000 years old. Remember how many believed Saddam was behind 9/11? Too many our society are conditioned to believe what they're told without questioning the source or motives. They're like sheep.

They have no common sense or gut instinct & completely ignore facts or curious enough to explore options.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Tue, 05-24-2011 - 1:21pm
Amen!! I'll always be grateful to my mom for teaching me to question, to use critical thinking skills. And I'm glad that my DD's school taught that as well! It should be mandatory!

 nwtreehugger  

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Tue, 05-24-2011 - 4:12pm

"Despite being pressed by reporters, Camping refused to take responsibility for any pain or suffering his prediction may have caused, saying that he was merely interpreting the Bible, and that he did so incorrectly."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/23/BAH01JK1GT.DTL

What a total scumbug! :smileymad: I hope he's sued. And I hope his followers desert him in droves, figuring "fool me once, that's on you" but "fool me twice, that's on me."

And ITA, that we should teach our children as well as grownups, to use critical thinking and common sense, question everything! That was how I was raised. Not to accept any bald statement of anything without doing my own research. Question authority and question what any so-called self-positioned "expert" says.


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Fri, 05-27-2011 - 10:31am

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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 12:55pm
Apparently, it's happening 'quietly' & the main 'rapture' will happen in October! This guy is a piece of work & anyone who believes him after this deserves whatever!!!

 nwtreehugger