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(TFN Insider)   Stop me if you've heard this one before. Four Texas politicians walk into a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a guy who claims he found Noah's Ark   (tfninsider.org ) divider line
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2014-03-01 07:27:51 PM  
If there were ever a project to bring together David O. Russell and Matthew McConaughey
 
2014-03-01 07:28:12 PM  
*sad trombone*
 
2014-03-01 07:28:13 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

Would be proud.
 
2014-03-01 07:42:01 PM  
I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.
 
2014-03-01 07:48:57 PM  
Where I went to college there is a church that has been raising money for decades to build Noah's ark, I don't know how much money they have raised, but the foundation for the ark is still sitting on top of the mountain on the side of the highway.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10061
 
2014-03-01 08:00:23 PM  
politicians often aligned with religious-right groups that use faith as a political weapon

Who'd have thunk these guys would be gullible?
 
2014-03-01 08:04:12 PM  

Confabulat: I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.


It would be so so easy.  So easy to identify the idiots and so easy to bilk them based on their own fears and/or greed.  There are literally people paying services to take care of their pets after the rapture.
 
2014-03-01 08:07:13 PM  

mrshowrules: There are literally people paying services to take care of their pets after the rapture.


CSB: My older brother actually tried to open one of those with me before we realized we weren't the first. The girl I was dating at the time said she'd dump me if I did though, so I said no. She ended up dumping me anyway, sigh.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-03-01 08:09:31 PM  

mrshowrules: Confabulat: I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.

It would be so so easy.  So easy to identify the idiots and so easy to bilk them based on their own fears and/or greed.  There are literally people paying services to take care of their pets after the rapture.


People that do this kind of thing with the idea that they are willingly preying on religiosity is the sort of thing I have as an understanding of the commandment, "Thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain," not "I hate that goddamned yappy dog!"  I lack that kind of soullessness that Confabulat describes, too - I think that acting like that would be an unending headache of stress and woe.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-03-01 08:10:39 PM  

Confabulat: CSB: My older brother actually tried to open one of those with me before we realized we weren't the first


Rapture insurance gets big hits on Google
 
2014-03-01 08:16:33 PM  

vernonFL: Where I went to college there is a church that has been raising money for decades to build Noah's ark, I don't know how much money they have raised, but the foundation for the ark is still sitting on top of the mountain on the side of the highway.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10061


Ken Ham just got a municipal bond to fund his. A MUNICIPAL. BOND. For an ARK.

Noah's Ark Project in Ky. To Move Forward
 
2014-03-01 08:20:06 PM  

433: Confabulat: CSB: My older brother actually tried to open one of those with me before we realized we weren't the first

Rapture insurance gets big hits on Google


Sharia Law insurance (guaranteed high priced lawyer services to protect you against and law suit or criminal charges in the US stemming from Sharia Law)

Homosexual  unbrainwashing service with a twist.  This service would offer you constant intense and unbridled homosexual sex in a secluded 2 week vacation. So intense, basically your psyche would be overwhelmed and reset to God's heterosexual default.  Discretion insured and regular prayer meetings or whenever safety word is used.

Knock-out game insurance.
 
2014-03-01 08:20:46 PM  

433: Confabulat: CSB: My older brother actually tried to open one of those with me before we realized we weren't the first

Rapture insurance gets big hits on Google


Yeah this was like 20 years ago. We thought we were geniuses. I suppose we were.
 
2014-03-01 08:25:47 PM  

Confabulat: I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.


That's why I can't have nice things. I need a better marketing plan.
 
2014-03-01 09:08:58 PM  

shanrick: Confabulat: I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.

That's why I can't have nice things. I need a better marketing plan.


Same here.  If only I could find it in my heart to use their willful ignorance against them and benefit myself in the process...
 
2014-03-01 09:23:27 PM  
onnema, who claimed to have helped find Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat a few years back

How could anyone be suspicious of this guy.  Oh right, fundies...
 
2014-03-01 09:23:52 PM  
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-01 09:26:59 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: shanrick: Confabulat: I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.

That's why I can't have nice things. I need a better marketing plan.

Same here.  If only I could find it in my heart to use their willful ignorance against them and benefit myself in the process...


You need to have a degree of psychopathy I don't sense in any of you (although there are some here on Fark I'm unsure about). Or myself either, alas. Here I work all day long with all kinds of confidential information that I could wreak financial havoc with--and I'm not even tempted to do it.

It's very sad, really. We're just too moral.
 
2014-03-01 09:27:08 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-01 09:30:09 PM  
Beautiful.
 
2014-03-01 09:31:11 PM  
Sacks of ratshiat ripped off by a sack of ratshiat, what's not to like?
 
2014-03-01 09:35:16 PM  

doctor wu: Sacks of ratshiat ripped off by a sack of ratshiat, what's not to like?


Well, unfortunately none of them died in a fertilizer plant explosion.
 
2014-03-01 09:35:20 PM  
on one hand i'm against taking advantage of idiots... on the otherhand these are some dedicated idiots, but yet at least they put their money where their mouth is... on the other hand people doing the fleecing probably don't even have to convince the idiots to hand them money... why stop capitalism if someone is begging to hand you money for basically nothing...
 
2014-03-01 09:41:53 PM  
D'Errico has ready answers for people who find it hard to believe that any vessel could carry enough animals to repopulate the Earth.

"If you do the math, the total cubic volume inside the ark would have been roughly 1.5 million cubic feet," she told The Huffington Post by email. "That's the equivalent of 569 modern railroad stock cars. The average stock car can accommodate 240 sheep, which would have been the average size animal on the ark.

"Keep in mind that the Bible did not say two of every species, but rather two of every kind. That means that one feline kind, rather than every species of feline, would have been taken aboard the ark.

"Smaller animals would have been kept in cages that could stack on top of each other. As few as 2,000 animal kinds could have been taken aboard the ark, which would have resulted in all of the species we have today."


Donna D'Errico Using Kickstarter To Fund Documentary Of Second Noah's Ark Expedition
 
2014-03-01 09:42:44 PM  
"It seems they trusted the scammer because he appeared to be a good Christian and "godly man."


Well, there's your problem right there. If your trust of someone is based entirely on them being a "good Christian" well, I got a bridge to sell ya.
 
2014-03-01 09:42:57 PM  

Virulency: on one hand i'm against taking advantage of idiots... on the otherhand these are some dedicated idiots, but yet at least they put their money where their mouth is... on the other hand people doing the fleecing probably don't even have to convince the idiots to hand them money... why stop capitalism if someone is begging to hand you money for basically nothing...


I am also against taking advantage of idiots but when people who should know better get snookered by an obvious con I chuckle.
 
2014-03-01 09:50:24 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: politicians often aligned with religious-right groups that use faith as a political weapon

Who'd have thunk these guys would be gullible?


One should not fall prey to one's own game
 
2014-03-01 09:52:13 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Benevolent Misanthrope: shanrick: Confabulat: I'm very ashamed of myself for not having the soullessness to scam stupid people for a living.

That's why I can't have nice things. I need a better marketing plan.

Same here.  If only I could find it in my heart to use their willful ignorance against them and benefit myself in the process...

You need to have a degree of psychopathy I don't sense in any of you (although there are some here on Fark I'm unsure about). Or myself either, alas. Here I work all day long with all kinds of confidential information that I could wreak financial havoc with--and I'm not even tempted to do it.

It's very sad, really. We're just too moral.


*sigh*
 
2014-03-01 09:52:57 PM  

cc_rider: "It seems they trusted the scammer because he appeared to be a good Christian and "godly man."


Well, there's your problem right there. If your trust of someone is based entirely on them being a "good Christian" well, I got a bridge to sell ya.


It would be almost a sin not to take advantage of such stupidity.
 
2014-03-01 09:54:40 PM  

fusillade762: vernonFL: Where I went to college there is a church that has been raising money for decades to build Noah's ark, I don't know how much money they have raised, but the foundation for the ark is still sitting on top of the mountain on the side of the highway.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10061

Ken Ham just got a municipal bond to fund his. A MUNICIPAL. BOND. For an ARK.

Noah's Ark Project in Ky. To Move Forward


Not only that but he has a state tax incentive as well.  All these folks see tons of rubes coming to visit the Ark and spend their money, but somehow I don't think the expected audience will show considering how small the attendance for the Creation Museum has been.  I mean really are your kids going to want to see Ark park or go to King's Island, heck the aquarium in Newport draws better.
 
2014-03-01 09:54:59 PM  

pootsie: JasonOfOrillia: politicians often aligned with religious-right groups that use faith as a political weapon

Who'd have thunk these guys would be gullible?

One should not fall prey to one's own game


Why do men hunt bears and not the other way around? Because you have to be smarter than your prey to catch it.
 
2014-03-01 10:00:54 PM  

cc_rider: "It seems they trusted the scammer because he appeared to be a good Christian and "godly man."


Well, there's your problem right there. If your trust of someone is based entirely on them being a "good Christian" well, I got a bridge to sell ya.


Are you a Christian? If so, do you take cash?
 
2014-03-01 10:00:56 PM  
The ark he found (if he even found anything) was there because a group of monks were scamming wealthy land owners to build them and they built many.  They would build ark shaped churches where they thought Noah landed and then fleece land owners for upkeep.  If I remember right, there are about 20 of those ark churches around that part of the world.
 
2014-03-01 10:05:33 PM  
 $331,000

...investors will get back just a small fraction of the money they lost.

"He's still going around to churches playing that game with unsuspecting people after he got off with our money."


[nelsonmuntz]
 
2014-03-01 10:09:04 PM  
I must say that is one of the best articles I've ever read here. If that doesn't prove that Karma exists, I don't know what does.

Sadly, the only way the people learn that their laws are hurting people is when the laws they helped to pass come back around and hurt them.
 
2014-03-01 10:11:56 PM  

cc_rider: "It seems they trusted the scammer because he appeared to be a good Christian and "godly man."


Well, there's your problem right there. If your trust of someone is based entirely on them being a "good Christian" well, I got a bridge to sell ya.


But in selling said bridge, are you being a "good Christian?"

If so, I'm in ;^)
 
2014-03-01 10:13:52 PM  
If you click through to the Dallas Morning News article, the men got scammed by a guy with a software company. Meritorious in itself.

It's only with Christians a fabulist claiming to have found Noah's ark would get investors in anything.
 
2014-03-01 10:15:04 PM  

GvilleZack: I must say that is one of the best articles I've ever read here. If that doesn't prove that Karma exists, I don't know what does.

Sadly, the only way the people learn that their laws are hurting people is when the laws they helped to pass come back around and hurt them.


Some potatohead rubes get rooked I don't see anything mystical about that.
 
2014-03-01 10:15:56 PM  

cc_rider: "It seems they trusted the scammer because he appeared to be a good Christian and "godly man."


Well, there's your problem right there. If your trust of someone is based entirely on them being a "good Christian" well, I got a bridge to sell ya.


They don't need a bridge. They have access to an Ark.
 
2014-03-01 10:19:18 PM  
What is the sound of one invisible hand clapping?
 
Boe [TotalFark]
2014-03-01 10:24:31 PM  
I'm pretty sure if they were in God's good favor they would not have been allowed to be duped out of that money.
 
2014-03-01 10:28:22 PM  

KenShabby: doctor wu: Sacks of ratshiat ripped off by a sack of ratshiat, what's not to like?

Well, unfortunately none of them died in a fertilizer plant explosion.


Yeah, I guess we'll just have to take what we can get.
 
2014-03-01 10:28:28 PM  
Normally "feel good" stories have puppies, sick kids, or some lost and found item returned to an old person.

Not today. Today it is fundies getting ripped off by a Godly Man.

I haz a warm fuzzy now.
 
2014-03-01 10:29:08 PM  
Honestly, I'm surprised.

I always assumed that the people using religion to further their political careers were just fleecing the public (you know, pretending to be holy for the sake of votes and campaign dollars).  It's eye-opening to discover that they're genuinely stupid.

Unless, of course, this is some sort of long con.

/sweet Flying Spaghetti Monster (sauce be upon him) I've become cynical
 
2014-03-01 10:29:15 PM  
... and the Ponzi scheme says: "No way I'm doing business with these four.  Even I have some sense of decency."
 
2014-03-01 10:29:28 PM  
he probably signed then up sell Amyway too.

the faux pious and their money are soon parted.
 
2014-03-01 10:29:59 PM  
I've got to wonder if these politicians decided to invest any of the public's money with this guy.

"I now recognize the Senator from Collin's Country."
"Thank you Mr. Chairman.  I propose a bill to raise a bond to invest in this godly man's enterprise..."
 
2014-03-01 10:32:13 PM  
img2-3.timeinc.net

You meet this woman, and things are going great. You can't believe your luck. Then, you find out that she believes that Noah's Ark was real.
 
2014-03-01 10:34:41 PM  
On the one hand, maybe the guy really is a crook who preyed on people who can't tell the difference between a parable and history. In that case, it's funny that they got ripped off.

On the other hand, maybe the guy honestly tried to make the investment work, but he was just a crappy businessman. In that case, they're a bunch of greedy assholes who think they're entitled to get their money back for making a stupid investment.

Either way, this string of words from the article fascinates me: "former state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center".
 
2014-03-01 10:35:17 PM  
Here is the big question I have.

If they pray to their God to get their money back, will the grifters God cancel the first God's check?


/Issued from the Bank of God, of course.
//Ark Payment in the Memo line.
 
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