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In Cincinnati, and elsewhere, another identity-theft scam is making the works. Only this time the bogus offer is not to help a Nigerian diplomat, it’s to get money from a phony program supposedly put in place by President Obama.
The emails offer people the opportunity to participate in a program where the federal government will supposedly pay your summer electric bills. All you need to do is provide your Social Security number and bank routing number, and your bill supposedly will be paid. Of course, there is no such federal program, and once you provide your Social Security number and bank account information the scammers will empty your account and take you for all you’re worth.
What’s sad about this isn’t that crooks are preying on innocent saps — that’s been happening since the dawn of mankind — but that people are being duped by the ploy because it has the air of plausibility. With all of the stimulus programs and bailouts over the last four years, wide swathes of people evidently find it entirely believable that the federal government will pay your utility bills, just like it bailed out banks and GM and made stupid loans to companies like Solyndra.
Don’t you find it troubling that rational people could believe that such a program might actually exist? We’re rapidly becoming a nation of greedy suckers.
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Keith Richards is being quoted as saying that the Rolling Stones have met for a few rehearsals and are thinking about touring to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary together.
Sad, isn’t it? It’s embarrassing to even contemplate a bunch of 70-year-olds preening and prancing on stage, trying to live up to their old tag line of being “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.” Of course, that description hasn’t been accurate for a very long time. It’s been decades since the Stones have released a meaningful studio album, and they’re not really relevant to modern music, except for the enormous contribution they made back in the ’60s and ’70s.
As the linked article indicates, the Stones’ last tour, in 2007, was hugely profitable — in fact, for several years it held the record as the most profitable tour of all time. Could they possibly have squandered all that money already, and be desperate for a paycheck? Do they honestly think that since, say, 1977, anyone has gone to a Rolling Stones concert to hear their new music? How many times can these guys play I Can’t Get No Satisfaction and Gimme Shelter?
The Rolling Stones aren’t, and shouldn’t be, like Styx or Kansas or any of the other sad “legacy” bands that need to hit up their diehard fans every summer for a few concert bucks. The Stones produced some of the greatest rock music ever released in the ’60s and ’70s. Why not let that body of work stand, without being further tarnished by lame geriatric tours and pathetic tell-all books?
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