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Making money out of cretins
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Making money out of cretins
We spend hours of our time debating with idiots about why they shouldn't believe in spiritual or anti science nonsense. It is frustrating, but we do it because we want a world free of this shit. Does anyone ever feel like just giving in and instead just try to make money out of it? It almost feels like these fuckers are asking for it. What to do:

1. Write a book/TV documentary and make up a load of pseudo-history that will entertain morons? This one isn't too bad as you'll only be aiming it at people who would otherwise be watching reality TV. They will go around afterwards thinking they are now more educated than history professors though - something to have on your conscience.

2. Start a religion? Sounds like a lot of effort, and you may end up in a religious turf war. Make it a liberal sexy religion and you could sleep with lots of young female followers, so perhaps worth considering.

3. Become a pastor of an established religion? Declining market, not sure what the entrance exams are like. Little work to do once in though.

4. Become a medium? You need to be pretty nasty to exploit the bereaved - perhaps not.

5. Sell herbs/magic crystals to the anti-vax alternative medicine brigade? Would feel bad if they were giving it to their kids, but I wouldn't hesitate making vast sums out of the middle class pseudo-intellectuals.

6. Ghost hunts? Probably not a huge amount of money in this one, and it's been done to death on TV. Filming dust floating around sounds a bit boring,

7. Conspiracy Theorist? Apparently Alex Jones is worth a few million now, so there is money to be made. Cons - you come across as a nutcase.


With all these you can apply such creative licence, and not being bound by facts or evidence would be highly liberating, though possibly soul destroying. However, you'd never be annoyed by idiots again. The more stupid the person you come across, the more potential you have to make money!


(ps this is a tongue in cheek thread in case anyone thinks I'm a monster)
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#2
RE: Making money out of cretins
Any loony idea you can come up with has already been done. But if I had to pick, becoming a fake-guru or cult leader seems the easiest, safest and most profitable choice. But you will need a lot of practice to keep yourself from laughing when people fall for your antics though
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#3
RE: Making money out of cretins
Even outside the issue of religion, no, I don't think the private sector should be promoting consuming just to consume. Our current climate is creating more pollution and more of a unsustainable pay gap.

I write poetry, so far I have not made a dime off of it. I would like to be able to pay my bills with it, but I also not in it for the money. There are plenty of ways to contribute to humanity and titles and paychecks are only ONE aspect of a society.

And no, I do not want to see the word "atheist" turned into a political party or a religion or even to be used as either an Ayn Rand or Che economic model. It merely means "off" and should not be treated as a group mentality.

The way to "compete" is to use our own voices, and if you manage to make a living doing it, that is fine, but it should not be the selfish reason you do it, it should be providing humanity with truth outside the issue of profits or political or religious ideology.
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#4
RE: Making money out of cretins
I don't know how people can peddle all this bullshit. I wouldn't be able to, I'm just too honest. I am terrible at lying to people. And of course I would never do it anyway.

I think all these con artists are sick. Especially stuff like mediums pretending they can talk to your dead relatives. I've seen how much that can mess with someone who believes that stuff. I don't think it should be allowed.
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RE: Making money out of cretins
That is why I like the million dollar challenge. I often imagine that in a not-so-distant future we would have a government who would mandate all mediums and gurus and such to have licenses before being able to practice, and in order to get that license they would have to face and pass the million dollar challenge Tongue
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RE: Making money out of cretins
(February 9, 2015 at 8:16 am)robvalue Wrote: I don't know how people can peddle all this bullshit. I wouldn't be able to, I'm just too honest. I am terrible at lying to people. And of course I would never do it anyway.

I think all these con artists are sick. Especially stuff like mediums pretending they can talk to your dead relatives. I've seen how much that can mess with someone who believes that stuff. I don't think it should be allowed.

Even outside this, I have quit jobs before where they wanted me to sell bullshit I knew the customers didn't want or need.
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#7
RE: Making money out of cretins
Need me a pair of aviators and a compound in Guyana...
I reject your reality and substitute my own!
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#8
RE: Making money out of cretins
Making money out of cretins is a pretty competitive business. Even though there's no shortage of "marks", most of them have next to no money, because they've been fleeced throughout their entire lifes. Sure - a few people are making millions, but the majority of crooks barely scrape-by. Personally - I'd rather earn a pittance and hate my day job, than earn a pittance and hate myself...
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." - George Bernard Shaw
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RE: Making money out of cretins
(February 9, 2015 at 8:25 am)Aoi Magi Wrote: That is why I like the million dollar challenge. I often imagine that in a not-so-distant future we would have a government who would mandate all mediums and gurus and such to have licenses before being able to practice, and in order to get that license they would have to face and pass the million dollar challenge Tongue

I would pay to watch that.

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£35 ($50) an hour to stroke your dog, although slightly cheaper if it's a rabbit.

Even better is distance healing, as I don't even need to turn up at your house!

There's money to be made people!
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RE: Making money out of cretins
(February 9, 2015 at 8:33 am)Spooky Wrote: Need me a pair of aviators and a compound in Guyana...

And a giant pitcher busting through a brick wall.
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