Archive for the ‘scams’ Category

Scammer epilogue

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

In this old story about me baiting a scammer, I posted some of the photos the scammer was sending me to convince me of the authenticity of the photo. Here is a photo of "Mariam" at her father's funeral: It looked obviously photoshopped to include some model's face. Today ...

Twain speaking about the “damned human race”

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

"There has never been a just one, never an honorable one - on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful - as usual - ...

Corn muffin coefficient

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

From a recent Quotation of the Day Mailing List email comes this gem from a collection of letters written in response to the US Department of Agriculture's redesign of the Food Pyramid: "The cleansing properties of urine are not even addressed in the food pyramid. This must be corrected. We cannot ...

My share of the stimulus package

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Now I can pretend to be on Wall Street, seizing untold riches with my filthy, Ponzi-scheme stained paws! ...or does this hyperinflationary currency from Zimbabwe's crumbling economy portend the future of our own currency? By the way... uh... is it just me, or is the typeface on the 10 trillion dollar banknote ...

Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

"There is a story, which is fairly well known, about when the missionaries came to Africa. They had the Bible and we, the natives, had the land. They said 'Let us pray,' and we dutifully shut our eyes. When we opened them, why, they now had the land and we ...

“I’m the founder of Capitalism, and I support this message.”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

We are led to believe by McCain and Palin that "spreading the wealth" is the same thing as socialism. What Would Adam Smith Do? The principle that Obama evinced, which most economists would regard as unexceptionable, can be traced to Adam Smith. In "The Wealth of Nations" (1776), his seminal ...

Fake flier circulating in Hampton Roads, Virginia

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

A fake flier is circulating in Hampton Roads, Virginia. It encourages Republicans to vote on November 4 and Democrats to vote on November 5: It's amazing what people will try to do to mess with the election.

VP debate: It had some words in it.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I couldn't help but follow up my previous Wordle posts with some new Wordles generated from last night's VP debate transcript. As John Hodgman said recently on Twitter during the debate broadcast: "Word salad. Word salad. Word salad. I feel like I'm hearing a spam. So ...

The presidential debate was full of words, part 2

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

I'm a little late in following up my previous post, but I was curious how last week's debate Wordle looked like broken down by each candidate. McCain: Obama: Lehrer: I wish Wordle had a B.S. detection option. But such a thing would be overworked during election season... "We're sorry, this application is not available ...

Tonight’s debate: Full of words.

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Wordle visualizes which ones were most common: (click the image to see the original Wordle generated from the debate transcripts)