The easiest way to get rich is to con people into believing something really ridiculous and then keep them captive to this belief system and tell them all other people are evil and the money will flow in effortlessly. People love to believe stuff. We are hard wired to believe we are good and others are evil. This duality belief system is easy to exploit and we see this in politics, for example, with the ‘good versus evil’ game played by nearly everyone. The best scams of all are religious con games because they are not taxed. This is why L. Ron Hubbard created his ‘religon’: to evade taxes. Modern hedge funds and bankers do this via bribing Congress.
Various tax evasion/fleecing of the credulous schemes in the news this week are interesting since it shows that shining the light of financial examination on these scams ends them pretty quickly. These con games focus on brain damaged people: Being ‘Born-Again’ Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study
As people age, a certain amount of brain atrophy is expected. Shrinkage of the hippocampus is also associated with depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In the study, researchers asked 268 people aged 58 to 84 about their religious affiliation, spiritual practices and life-changing religious experiences. Over the course of two to eight years, changes to the hippocampus were monitored using MRI scans.
The researchers suggested that stress over holding religious beliefs that fall outside of the mainstream may help explain the findings.
The last line is pure speculation. I believe, from personal experience, that when someone is going into early Alzheimer’s Disease like my poor mother, they do two things: deny anything is wrong and become fanatically religious including getting rid of family members who are not religious nuts. These sorts of people…and I have seen this more than once in my life…are prime hunting grounds for an army of cynical and vicious con artists who simply want the loot.
They know which sales pitches work best and use modern broadcasting technology to fish for people with brain damage and then coax as much money as possible out of them. Since brain damaged people tend to be socially isolated or scared, it is particularly easy to prey off of them. Just as online scam artists prey off of people wishing for riches with various fake lottery/money exchange schemes, the religious wolves hunting for injured deer to devour seek people who dream of getting rich.
Down south, in particular, is a number of right wing Republican-protected scams doing exactly that. The latest one to go into turmoil this week is the TBN: Televangelists feuded over millions, motor home for dogs – latimes.com
The Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Orange County-based televangelist ministry that bills itself as the world’s largest Christian network, is embroiled in a legal battle involving allegations of massive financial fraud and lavish spending, including the purchase of a $100,000 motor home for family dogs.
Brittany Koper, a former high-ranking TBN official and the granddaughter of its co-founder, Paul Crouch Sr., was fired by the network in September after discovering “illegal financial schemes” amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Orange County Superior Court.
The properties include mansions used by the Crouch family in Newport Beach, side-by-side mansions in Windermere, Florida., and homes in Nashville, Miami, and Irving, Texas, the suit claims.
TBN directors received $300,000 to $500,000 in meal expenses and the use of chauffers, and oversaw “fraudulent donation and kickback schemes involving third party ‘ministries’ ” the network controlled, the suit claims.
The directors also misused funds to cover up sexual scandals, the suit claims.
There is a host of big and small ministries which preach the doctrine, ‘If you give us a lot of money, Jesus will give you even more in return and you will win the lottery!’ sort of story. This ‘If you make us rich, Jesus will make you rich’ vein is pure gold for con artists. Casinos rake in billions peddling the identical frauds to credulous gamblers so it is no surprise that the headquarters of the Christian broadcasting con men look like a Las Vegas casino:
The founders and hosts of the network look like they are in Vegas, too. The man looks like he runs the blackjack table and the wife looks like she does bed work upstairs for tips:
What is paradoxical about all of this is, Las Vegas is Sin City and is all about wild sex, wild parties and wild spending. And the lifestyles of these fake Christians is identical to vacationing in Vegas. Meanwhile, they rake in the dough attacking gays, women using birth control and other ‘sin’ issues! The Whore of Babylon appears daily on the Christian Broadcasts and they worship her.
Another abusive rip off cult is in the news this year over and over again because it, too, is falling apart as it breaks laws, enslaves believers and viciously attacks anyone…INCLUDING ME…for talking about it. I have a great bone to pick with them since Hubbard did things to my father back during WWII and he hated me and I hated him and we had a fun encounter many, many years ago (he wanted to hypnotize me and instead, I drilled into his brain and made him regret it greatly). David Miscavige once tried to have his private investigator pay me a visit and we scared him enough, he retreated (showing our gun helped the process).
Well, as more and more people manage to flee the Madame Mao/Khmer Rouge camps run by the chief, Miscavige (we call him ‘Miscarriage’) the truth of these noxious places are finally appearing online even though the media is still incapable of covering the news about these open prison camps: Scientology’s Shocking Treatment of Children Held in a Suburban Labor Camp – New York News – Runnin’ Scared. This news is from Australia where there is a move to outlaw this criminal operation due to using child labor as slave labor.
This winter, we saw the story about allegations that Miscarriage and his gang are robbing the organization: Scientology Rocked By Allegations of Greed in E-mail to 12,000 Church Members – New York News – Runnin’ Scared
A woman named Debbie Cook dropped something of an atom bomb on the membership of the Church of Scientology last night, and as of this minute — about noon on New Year’s Day — her Facebook page is still going a bit crazy as her fellow church members deal with the fallout.
Cook was once a very high ranking executive in Scientology’s Sea Org. She led the Flag Service Organization in Clearwater, Florida, which made her one of the most important executives at the spiritual headquarters of the worldwide organization. Several years ago, she left that position and the Sea Org, but she is still a member of the church in good standing.
That will probably change after the e-mail she sent out, reportedly to 12,000 members of her religion, which condemns church leader David Miscavige for turning Scientology into little more than a money-hungry fundraising machine.
She has now appeared in court in Texas (many of these schemes operate out of Texas due to legal loopholes and the blanket ‘get home free’ card these religions enjoy there) about these various abuses of money and power. Remember: the ONLY reason the churches, etc., get tax-exempt status is because they do works of charity, not so that a bunch of crooks can live a Las Vegas life.
Here is a book written by one of the first guys working for Hubbard’s scam: Counterfeit Dreams: Chapter Twelve: Over the Rainbow
The first action when “Black PR” was reported was to bring the person in for a “Rollback” interview. The person was questioned as to where they had heard this critical datum. If they had not heard it from anyone else, then they were the originator of it, so it was to one’s advantage to name someone else as the originator.
Once the “Black PR” has been found, the person is given “Security Checking” on an E-Meter in order to unearth the “crimes” which had inspired this calumny. The Sec Checker keeps at it, hour after hour, getting the person to confess to crime after crime until they recant and publicly retract the “Black PR.” This was the “end phenomenon” – a “viewpoint shift.”..
…It seemed to me, after I had been at the Base for a while, that for every person who was actually doing something, there were legions of Programs Ops, Inspectors, officious martinets and executives of various echelons, all demanding something from the staff member and threatening dire consequences if not “complied to.” It was, in a word, top-heavy to the max. And it was all aimed at making staff “compliant.”
All of which led to a sort of arrogant elitism, a Base-wide, rigid caste system that was defined by who had to call who “Sir.” RTC looked down on CMO International, CMO Int looked down on Exec Strata. And at the bottom of the heap was Golden Era Productions, looked down on by everyone.
This book was written by the guy who made those dumb ‘exploding volcano’ commercials that littered the early cable TV years. He was slowly ground down to total poverty and personal physical abuse by Miscarriage himself. The little punk even got away with punching and slapping his public relations guy! And the poor man would hang his head and cry for mercy! I would have knocked the guy out!
Slowly, the new ruler of these poor chumps emptied out all rivals and cleared out most employees to the point, the entire business began to collapse! HAHAHA…the demonic powers tapped by this black magic operation that went totally for the worship of money and power has ended up, like any evil dictatorship, devouring itself and attacking its own followers.
This process of attacking one’s own followers isn’t just Scientologists going insane (they get into the operation by being brain damaged to some degree in the first place)…this is how all religions operate. They grow quickly and then turn on each other and get involved in very nasty internal wars over virtually nothing. The Sunni/Shia rift or the Protestant/Catholic/Orthodox splits are typical, not unusual at all.
This is epidemic with religions because even if everyone strives to be equally correct, they can never, ever achieve this because there will always be some tiny, insignificant point where there is disagreement and this quickly rises to murderous rage. Even if pure perfection of identically insane thinking is won via battle and vicious abuse, the winners suspect all the losers (the sane people who hide from the winners by pretending to agree) and so they abuse the sane even worse, hoping they will say the wrong thing and then bang: they can be killed!
The communist religion, like many political religions, went very heavily into this and fascism is all about who is more perfect than the other and the actions of the Khmer Rouge is similar to the early Christian Church or the Scientologists and all of these have the same group-abuse/hero worship/intolerance matrix. We see this with right wing broadcasting, we see this in race relations, we see this all over the place: we are not supposed to think carefully, we are supposed to have knee-jerk reactions.
Another feature of religious and political fanaticism is how it is used to give money to family members so…Ron Paul tops list of House members whose campaigns paid families $3.1 million | The Raw Story. I figured this was going on. It doesn’t surprise me. The use of money given to run for office or spread ideology is re-channeled into giving it to family members for ‘work’. This is called ‘nepotism’. Churches do this all the time, too.
Here is the actual report and both the GOP and the DNC do this: http://www.citizensforethics.org/page/-/PDFs/Reports/Family_Affair_House_2012_CREW.pdf?nocdn=1. The problem with Ron Paul is, he is supposed to be a reformer, not a ‘business as usual’ person. His relations should be VOLUNTEERING their time to the cause, not milking it for loot. Many good people volunteer for Ron Paul and give generously. But not his own family???
Sad, isn’t it? And the Ron Paul supporters won’t go after him for this blatant abuse of their time and funds. Miscavige is far worse than Ron Paul, of course. His wife, Shelly, vanished one day and no one has seen her since nor has there been any investigation of what happened to her. Ron Paul’s corruption is far less than the religious leaders in today’s story but it still has the same problem: temptation leads to greed and then to rewarding family and lovers and not doing the good deeds supposedly being proposed.
This is sad but not unusual. It is epidemic to all religions and deep in politics, left or right.
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