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Six Word Saturday – October 13, 2012 : A Do-It-Yourself Scam


Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj


Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday:





Last Wednesday, I read a post titled “Opportunist” by Rob in his blog Mental Gymnastics. In it, he mentions news about a work syndicate that won three million pounds between them.

This news intrigued me. Statistically, the chances of winning a million on a one-pound bet are slim. However, by pocketing out an extra dollar, you can better the odds.

I have outlined below an easy scam to dupe your lazy, gullible friends and profit from it.

1. Organize a lottery syndicate with at least 10 members. Volunteer to handle collection and buy tickets.

2. On Saturday mornings, buy eleven lucky dips with the collected ten dollars plus an extra dollar from your pocket.

3. On Mondays scan the results for lottery. If there is a sizeable win, substitute the spare ticket with the winning ticket and pocket the loot. No-one is any the wiser.

4. Email the results to your syndicate members. The number of tickets bought matching the number of members. Everything tallies.

5. Don’t be too greedy. To keep the members interested declare the small winnings.

Soon, the number of members in your syndicate will increase. If you collect 100 dollars then buy 102 tickets and your chances of winning will be better than the chances of winning a million on a dollar.

“Why not try this scam?”

When you hit the jackpot, will you retire and leave these fools to their drudge? I don’t think you will.

However, don’t forget to send me a 1% of your winnings as royalty for this simple but great idea.

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Earthquake Rocks Iran’s Northwestern Province of East Azarbaijan

At least 300 people have been killed and over 1,400 others injured in two powerful earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks that rocked Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

On Saturday, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, at 15:53 local time (1123 GMT). The quake struck 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles).

Another quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan and Haris, which are located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz.

According to unconfirmed reports, four villages have been completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others have been partially destroyed.

Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks have rocked the area so far.

Reza Sedighi, a relief official in the area, told Fars that at least 300 people were killed Saturday, and other officials reported more than 4,500 injured, some severely. Doctors on the scene predicted that more people would be found under destroyed houses, mosques and farms. In total, 133 villages were damaged. Shortages of water and food are being reported throughout the quake zone, a mountainous region near the border with Azerbaijan.

The official, Hassan Ghadami, Iran’s deputy interior minister, said that “all those under debris have been rescued and those affected are now being provided with their basic needs,” the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. The head of Iran’s Relief and Emergency Organization said that rescue operations were continuing.

The head of East Azarbaijan’s Crisis Management Khalil Saei confirmed the death toll and the number of injured people.

He said rescue operation teams are deployed in the area to help the victims of the quakes. Iranian relief workers saved more than 200 people from the rubble of dozens of villages.

Of the 538 villages in East Azerbaijan, 110 villages sustained about 40 to 100 percent damage. About 5000 buildings have been damaged.

Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the quake-stricken areas, and the people affected by the earthquakes have been provided with temporary shelters and food supplies.

Tabriz is the center of Iran’s Turkish-speaking Azeri region and one of Iran’s largest cities. Here tens of thousands spent the night on the streets, fearing further earthquakes.

People in Tabriz, the capital of East Azarbaijan Province, stood in line to donate blood to those suffered injuries in the quakes.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one small tremor per day on average.

In December 2003, about 27,000 people were killed and 30,000 others injured when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake shook the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran.

The deadliest earthquake in modern Iranian history was a 7.4-magnitude tremor that occurred on June 21, 1990 and affected Gilan and Zanjan provinces. About 40,000 people were killed, 60,000 others were injured, and around 100,000 adobe houses sustained major damage or collapsed.



Death toll rises to 300 in Iran quakes (http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/death-toll-rises-to-300-in-iran-quakes/

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Six Word Saturday – June 2, 2012 : Voltaire

Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name ‘Voltaire‘, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state.

In his opinion, the French bourgeoisie were too small and ineffective, the aristocracy were parasitic and corrupt, the commoners were superstitious and ignorant, and the church was a static force only useful as a counterbalance since its “religious tax”, or the tithe, helped to cement a powerbase against the monarchy.

Voltaire distrusted the democratic was of governance. He said that democracy was propagating the idiocy of the masses. He essentially believed monarchy to be the key to progress and change.

Since the king’s rational interest was to improve the power and wealth of France in the world, Voltaire presumed that only an enlightened monarch, advised by philosophers like himself, could bring about change.

Voltaire is quoted as saying that he “would rather obey one lion, than 200 rats of (his own) species”.

Today, Voltaire is remembered and honoured in France as a courageous polemicist, who tirelessly fought for civil rights, the right to a fair trial and freedom of religion, and who denounced the hypocrisies and injustices of the ancient regime.

But he had his own detractors in some of his critics, like Thomas Carlyle, who argued that while he was unsurpassed in literary form, not even the most elaborate of his works was of much value for matter, and that he had never come up with any significant idea of his own.

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday:

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” – Voltaire

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Six Word Saturday – May 19, 2012

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday: Pearls of Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta:

Life is a game, play it.

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Six Word Saturday – May 12, 2012

Olivia Hussey as Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a new television series for Italian TV, produced by Lux Vide.


Renowned English actress Olivia Hussey played the part of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a television series for Italian TV, produced by Lux Vide.

Olivia Hussey has spoken of her delight at being chosen to play Mother Teresa of Calcutta:

“I never met Mother Teresa, but I spoke to some of the sisters of her order: the light on their faces has impressed me greatly … For 20 years, I have dreamt of having this role, and I knew that Mother Teresa would not have been displeased,” said Ms Hussey.

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday: Pearls of Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta:

Life is a duty, complete it.

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Six Word Saturday – May 5, 2012

Deutsch: Mutter Teresa (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); 1...

Here’s my entry for Six Word Saturday:

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Pearls of Blessed [Mother] Teresa of Calcutta.

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