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The price of printer ink.
American style health insurance
In retrospect it’ll be crypto and NFTs.
Tulips in the Netherlands in the 16^(th) century. There was a point at which one tulip bud cost as much as a good house.
Research suggests that for most Americans, the stuff in a bottle is not better for you than the stuff in your tap. In fact, a recent report found that almost half of all bottled water is actually derived from the tap, but may be further processed or tested for safety
300 percent profit for a natural resource in plastic bottle.
The Church of Scientology
Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme
that dark ages thing where the church asked people for money in exchange for a “ticket to heaven” when they die
This guy sold fake bomb detectors to the army. It cost something like 5 pounds, and he sold it for up to 10,000 pounds each.
I think when any president gets elected, without the popular vote, it is a scam. Name another democrocy where gerrymandering and states with the lowest populations determine results.
When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!
Any MLM. I actually called someone out at my register for trying to recruit me to some MLM WHILE I WAS AT WORK. And as soon as I used the word “pyramid” him and his plug totally disengaged and left.
*See there’s this thing, that nobody but me can see. And it talks specifically to me, and it gives me good advice on how to live my life, and good advice on how you should live yours. And I’m going to give you that good advice, but because I’m going to spend all day giving you good advice that is completely indistinguishable from my own personal opinion, I don’t have time to actually get a real job and work, so I’m going to need everyone else to pitch in just a little bit of their income to pay for my living expenses. Yes, I know that if a thousand people pay me 10% of their income, I would be making the same as 100 times the average of those people. No, I don’t see a problem with that. And if you do anything I think is bad, you’re going to be tortured forever and everything in your life is going to be miserable and I’m going to convince the entire community to treat you like shit completely out of love.*
I mean, really? I still struggle to figure out how anyone was dumb enough to fall for this shit in the first place.
U.S.A said there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. They invaded the country, killed its leader, killed millions, stayed there for decades and returned without finding any Weapons of Mass Destruction.
And they claim to be a beacon of peace and democracy lol. Not one country took action against the USA. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of America’s wrath.
The fight for freedom
Fake selling of Eiffel tower. Twice.
The Franco dictatorship was once sold a water engine during the 1970s.
Politics are here to help us
Going from Hunter gatherers to farming capitalists
Populism and Christian Nationalism