I am updating this donation post at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) on Aug. 7. Donations have been received from 12 readers, and the Blog is back from the edge of the abyss. Thank you, dear readers.
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This Blog does what it does because its author — and many, many of its readers across the globe — are deeply concerned that criminals and hucksters have created what effectively are templates that enable fraud on a scale unprecedented in the history of mankind.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the damage a pickpocket could do was limited to, say, the size of the crowd a local community celebration or carnival that came to town once a year could draw. If Dad was the family breadwinner — and if Dad deposited his paycheck on a Friday night, took out $100 in cash, stuck it in his wallet and headed to the park to meet Mom and the kids — Dad was the pickpocket’s mark.
More than one Dad could get hit, of course, but the supply of Dads at a local event was limited. A pickpocket could put Dad and his family on boxed macaroni and cheese or soup for a couple of weeks, to be sure. And a pickpocket could turn Mom into a creative cook and storyteller — beans and wieners on one day and wieners and beans on the next, she might joke to the kids — but the pickpocket could not visit devastation on the family.
That all changed with the Internet and with the speed at which money moves these days. Put simply, the pickpocket no longer has to wait for a community event or for the carnival to come to town. He or she could use electronic templates, study what was “working” to the maximum criminal effect, create their own carnival audience — and start picking the pockets of a global audience of sums that put individuals and families in ruin.
The criminal template for HYIPs and autosurfs, for example, are getting more diabolical, more sinister. The template gets tweaked — perhaps called something else — but still is misery waiting to happen. The pickpockets have created what in effect is a criminal combine of pickpockets. This combine, however loosely associated, is eviscerating wealth at the local level in tens of thousands of communities across the globe and transferring it to a select few.
Perhaps most galling is that the criminal ventures are presented as the latest and greatest in Capitalism. People down on their luck and struggling to get through lean times are particularly susceptible to this message. Indeed, the crooks know what “works.” On one day, the criminal message may be targeted to people of faith; on the next, it may be targeted at people angry at the government — either for doing too much, or too little.
Over the years, the PP Blog has been chastised for being a puppet to the government masters, for being too stupid to recognize that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme (or pyramid scheme), for cheerleading for the law-enforcement agencies, for not exposing the Great Conspiracy at the Federal Reserve, for being a Democrat, for being a Republican, for being a Nazi, for being a Socialist, for being against the little guy.
Friends, what I am is an American journalist who happened across the greatest crime story in history while publishing was going though the greatest upheaval in its history. This crime story only is expanding, and the situation only is getting more dangerous. I need the help of my readers to continue to cover it.
This month’s need is on the order of $550. Please help if you’re able.