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  1. kamadul is offline

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    Stolen honor

    http://news.yahoo.com/exposing-navy-...opstories.html


    How the hell do people think they can get away with this?
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    It's a combination of factors, they usually lack an understanding of how small the military community can be, they over estimate their own intelligence and bs abilities, under estimate other people's intelligence, and put their faith in the " it's classified" cover story to close the gaps. And in the case of idiots who claim MOH (or multiples), the must forget that the Internet has been invented (Al Gore FTW) and that anyone could check that in 15 seconds.
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    There's just too many counter info floating on the net for an average person to successfully separate what's good data and what's not, so with lack of time and better experience they'll just go with what they want to believe.


    On some local forum there's a thread where we debate society etc., and some conspiracy nuttrider started to plaster it with HAARP (earthquakes, chemtrails, affecting mood through it), alien-Icke-reptiles, all conspiracy hypothesis he can get his hands on. And to him it's all gold and is offensive and verbally terrible aggressive against those with different opinion, especially to those, who try and put some common sense into him - he mostly cleansed the thread of anyone with a bit of reason. Sometimes they just come back to drop an interesting link and flee. The counter opinion is stupid, and such people are government brainwashed imbeciles. Period.
    One of his latest exploits is yapping how fire alone cannot collapse a steel frame building (conveniently ignoring a fact that 257 + lbs travelling at around 600 miles, will do something more than just a fire although 11,000 + gal of fuel won't go to waste) people have linked examples of such buildings collapsed countless times.

    It's incredibly amusing and sad, because he's turning more and more visitors into his direction of personal 'religion'. :-)


    If I'd really suck as a human being I could totally make some solid buck out of society. Like Hubbard did for example.

    Just that I'm not dumb enough to use stolen honour for it. Such people must be really, really sick and belong into mental institution. Still a part of the joke is on those, who believe them. What this site has given me is that I'd immediately ask him for his rank, unit,... and checked the net and send some mails if I'd consider to work with him. I mean sitting in an office would be ok, but going to African failed state is a totally different matter. I mean I am just as silly from time to time and get fooled much too easily, but checking the medal of honour awards is really an easy task with net access.
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    He did get away with it, though, and for a lot longer than he should have. The Bullshido encyclopedia is full of stories like this. There are a lot of people out there willing to trust their money and their safety to strangers without doing any research. The saddest thing about this story is that he was eventually done in by an internet video that could have been easily found on Google before things got dangerous if anyone had just bothered to check.
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    Sadly, he's not alone. James Shortt, Bob Spour etc....and they have the brass neck to believe their own fantasy and then become ever more invested in it and gull others for lots of money.
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    Perhaps subject of internet literacy should be addressed more. In schools, educational programmes,...

    First lesson: Everyone can write anything on the net or speak anything in person. Be aware all are not facts. Do at least some minimal research before giving $ or jumping head on into ponzi schemes, pyramid structures,...

    Second lesson: The basics of a research work.
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    I just thought that most people would realize that there are no living people with two Medals of Honor. Why would you ever need to claim more than one? One CMoH isn't enough to stroke your ego?
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    Posted On:
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamadul View Post
    I just thought that most people would realize that there are no living people with two Medals of Honor.
    "There's a sucker born every minute"--David Hannum (generally credited to P.T. Barnum).
    People want to believe in heroes and patriots, it is our nature. People believed in Bernie Madof, some people believe in ninjers, people believe that the government is meant to provide for them. People buy in to charismatics bullshit. For those of us who take the time to go through the layers, there is reality.

    I have really strong feelings about this stolen valor issue, but SCOTUS shot down one of the only laws preventing it. They believe that anyone CAN say anything they want to, as long as they are not attempting to use their deceit to take the property of others.

    This joker did exactly that; he played on the ignorance of the intelligent and relieved them of some of their hard-earned money.
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    ...the ignorance of the intelligent...
    Not sure why this verbal juxtaposition caught my eye, but it did.

    And now, please ban Vieux Normand for submitting a low-content post.
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    Ok, I'm going to slide into a seemingly massive offtopic again.



    "There's a sucker born every minute"--David Hannum (generally credited to P.T. Barnum).

    Haha, Slamdunc, this quote also reminds me of Osho who, when asked how his awesome collection of Rolls - Royces goes with his teachings honestly replied: 'Well, people are basically stupid.'

    But it's not just stupidity, it's also desperation. I spent some time as unemployed to the point I was getting that desperate, that I would gladly work for anyone and I was beyond grateful for an opportunity to the point I was ignoring bad omens popping up. Luckily some more rational friends did some google-fu for me and alerted me on what they found. There were more than enough people on the net talking about their experience with this company and combined with what I noticed on the spot it was enough. I left in the middle of in-service training. It was a pyramid structure.

    I know I strayed again from the topic, but there you have it. It's really not that surprising how people like Madoff, Skilling, Dicken... keep popping up.

    All you need to have is sweet mouth, some plausibility and some skill in knocking on people's emotions and beliefs. I am literally fascinated on how even the most terrible people can achieve such scams. Luckily most are like Dicken, far too sick to really climb and do some real massive damage.


    Take Hitler as the worst possible example. He could enchant the masses with his speeches (an excellent book about him just came out), but to understand his true nature, you need to read Mein Kampf. It really shows you how deeply disturbed, confused and small minded person he was. Now are you gonna call such a person stupid? Hardly, he would never jump in the saddle if he was. Utterly insane yes, but not stupid. His verbal magic could pull even some of the most educated, skilled, rational people behind him, even after they gave up on him multiple times. He just needed to run his 'Blahblahblah...' again. Stalin had to use more blunt force to secure his position in the saddle.

    The problem is that times of crisis are ripe for something similar to happen again. I mean pestilential populists in charge of whole nations. Not another world war. Not necessarily. If that would happen it would really be for the last time :-).
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