Saturday, March 01, 2014

Good Versus Evil



Checked the e-mail this morning and here is the latest phishing scam. "Hubbell Funeral" home is notifying me of the death of my "beloved friend." Now all I have to do is click on a link they so thoughtfully provided and I have male ware on my computer. You have to hand it to those hackers in Bulgaria (I know this one isn't from Nigeria because there are no misspellings). Always coming up with a new angle to compromise our computers.  See here.

Here is the e-mail I got this morning:


Ah yes, the Evil Ones never give up do they?  Roll over and play dead for the bastards.  One has to be ever vigilant. There are those in this world who are kind and productive and helpful and then there are those who are unkind, unproductive and work all their waking hours to destroy and take from those they consider weak and trusting.  That's the world folks, since the beginning of time.  A constant struggle between Good an Evil.  


You know folks, there are too many in this world who are all too ready to pass judgment on their fellow human beings.  From that ridiculous law that was just vetoed in Arizona that was going to legalize discrimination against The Gays to "protect religious freedom" to the murderers who walk among us, there is evil all around us clothed in so called "religious freedom."  The irony is that if those who are all too quick to condemn actually practiced the peaceful tenants of their religion, we wouldn't have the harm that is done in this world under the guise of "religious freedom."  So there I go again folks, off on another tangent from a simple evil act like someone trying to destroy my computer by a phishing scam.  But when I see something like this first thing in the morning and then encounter similar situations all during the day whether it be politicians blatantly lying and taking us into unnecessary wars, and voting against our own interests to the all too many businesses that lie to us attempting more sophisticated ways of making us part with our hard earned money.  Sometimes it is very difficult not to become mired in cynicism.  



But this one thing I know, I know myself what I am.  I do not wake up each day trying to figure out how to do someone out of something.  Trying to figure out how to harm someone.  No folks, I when I get up my goal during the day is to step through the minefield of those who seek to harm me in my quest to do good in this world.  And that doesn't mean being taking advantage of by those who wish me ill. By those people who are jealous of me. By those people who are envious of me. By those people who don't respect me.  By those people who don't like me. By those people who consider me "less than."  That means having a relationship with those who wish me well as they do with the rest of the world and as I wish them well.  And that to me folks is my daily challenge and has been for all these years I've been on this earth.  

Thus it is refreshing in a somewhat weird way to wake up this morning and the first thing I see is yet another Evil Doer trying to do harm.  But it is a shame isn't it?  One good thing about dying, that's when this crap ends.  


10 comments:

  1. thank bob you have good friends who like you just as you are! :)

    and to hell with all the rest. life's too short to deal with all those assholes.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      There certainly isn't a shortage of a-holes in this world. Every day, bombarded. Why sometimes it's just a struggle to remain the nice duty that I am.
      Ron

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    2. about 2 hours ago, I got one of those spam death notifications. it was in my SPAM folder; I didn't even open it.

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    3. Anne Marie,
      They never give up do they? Unfortunately they must snag a few unwitting souls because they keep doing it.
      Ron

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  2. I get those pesky e-mail scams DAILY. They use every possible ploy to get you to click on a link. I had a similar funeral one and almost fell for it, because my uncle had recently died. Last night I got another one from a Nigerian Prince, assuring me that he'll transfer a few million dollars to my bank account (to hell with the transfer - - if he's that wealthy, I'll marry him......)

    As for Good vs. Evil - - organized religion has done more to screw people up than anything else on earth.......

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    1. Jon,
      One of the many reasons I like you is that you're a lot like me, you don't spend your days figuring out ways to lie, cheat and steal. You tell the truth, always and are Good. Unfortunately there are far too many of our fellow human beings that do just that, putting all their talent and energy into taking advantage of the good nature of the rest of us. I'm glad I'm not one of Them.
      I agree with you wholeheartedly - - - - - - organized religion ("man made religion) had done more to screw people on this earth than anything else. The irony is that organized religion doesn't practice what they preach.
      Ron

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  3. That's a new one, Ron! Never saw that one before (and I see a lot of spam and phishing email, it's part of my job). But I'm not sure I'd mind "male ware" on my computer! HAHAHAHA (Gotcha on the typo.)

    It is interesting that so much spam (like Nigerian 409 scams) is sent, making up some reasonably high percentage of email traffic on the Internet. They send so much spam, ads for Viagra, etc. that they need only a .001% return to be profitable. Apparently there are a lot of gullible people out there, since it is still profitable. As to the phishing schemes like the one above, userids sell for about 10 cents apiece. A new credit card number, with CCV, can sell for $10-$25 each.

    Truly amazing.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      The Nigerian scams continue so they must be working. I get about a half a dozen a year. There was a new twist this year, I got one from an American Army officer leaving Afghanistan who wanted me to pay the cost of shipping a treasure chest he was bringing back from Afghanistan. Now that's a new twist. Maybe those dumb ass Nigerians are getting creative or is this a Bulgarian scam?
      Ron

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  4. Anonymous4:37 PM

    I want to Thank you for the heads up, I just got the exact same email from Hubbell Florida and looks like I could be related to the undersigned mine was Estrada, but my Norton utility stopped them.

    I also wanted to add this comment in support of your efforts.

    Clarence,
    Michigan

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    1. Clarence,
      You're quite welcome! I was almost fooled by that e-mail too because I have several friends in Florida. But I thought it was unusual that the funeral home would be sending me a notice. In the past I've always had to search for the funeral notices. I suspected this wasn't legit. Always go with your first instinct.
      Ron

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