The God Delusion

I’ve just finished reading Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation.

If you haven’t read these books, I suggest you go to Kino and buy them before they are banned by the authorities. It happened to Karen Armstrong’s History of God. Her book was banned after the authorities realized that it was “blasphemous”.

Read these books and let us “pray” that more and more people will read them so that our world doesn’t end being ruined by the flames of an imagined, and totally man made apocalypse.

Click on the graphics above to buy from Amazon. Read the first chapter of the God Delusion here.

Nigerian Scam with a Sino-Anglo Twist?

I’ve received an interesting e-mail today about a lawyer who had come across a sum of money and how my trustworthiness would entitle me a cut of these said monies. Normally, I would delete the mail but the thing that caught my attention was that instead of being an African despot’s (or the Baath Party of Iraq’s) treasure loot, it was an inherintance from a chinaman called Jimmy Wong.

The full letter reads:-


>From – Barrister Russel Wansfell
12 Campshill Road,
London United Kingdom.
Email – russel_wansfell001@yahoo.com

Dear Friend,

Please permit me to introduce myself to you, I am
Barrister Russel wansfell an american citizen and a
Legal Practitioner in London, United Kingdom. I got
your contact from the UK Chambers of Commerce and Trade,
and I have decided to contact you so that we can carry out this mutually beneficial business transaction.

My late Client Mr Jimmy Wong a chinese citizen,until
his death deposited a total of US$6.5M three years ago with Bank Of America( Rhodes Island)He was a Director with Shell Petroleum Development Company in Gabon,Western Africa.

Since I am the personal attorney of Mr.Jimmy Wong,he gave me the
custody of the deposit documents,and as such entrusted me with the Legal Rights to transfer and execute this deposit to any
Next of Kin after his demise. I have since tried to locate any of his relative to no avail.

hence I decided to contact you so that you can rightfully stand as the next of kin to inherit the deposited sum of US$6.5M

This is a staggering sum,and I need a reliable person to help me with necessary arrangements to transfer the deposited sum from ank Of America( Rhodes Island).By virtue of my position as an Attorney,I will arrange the documents in your name so that you can rightly apply as a Next of Kin to Late Jimmy Wong in a capacity of a Family Friend.

You will be entitled to 40% of the total sum if you will be willing to assist me in this business transaction, and I will get the remaining 60%. I will prepare a formal agreement to guide us in this transaction for accountability purpose.

Please contact me as soon as possible so that we can start processing the documents.for security reasons,contact me through
(russel_wansfell001@yahoo.com )

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,

Russel wansfell (Legal Practitioner)
12 Campshill Road,
London United Kingdom.

Now, we all know that this is a scam from the tell-tale template misspelled strings like “Bank of America ( Rhode Island)” and “Russel wansfell” appears twice in the body text.

I did a Google and found that before Mr. (sic) Russel (sic) wansfell changed his name from Mr. Charles Lambert, he was serving another client who was also a Director of the said company in Africa:-


Dear sir,

Please permit me to introduce myself to you, I am
Barrister Charles Lambert, a Legal Practitioner in
London, United Kingdom. I got your contact from the UK
Chambers of Commerce and Trade, and I have decided to
contact you so that we can carry out this mutually
beneficial business transaction.

My late Client Mr Harold Wilson an American, until his
death deposited a total of US$5.5M three years ago
with Barclays Bank London, United Kingdom. He was a
Director with Shell Petroleum Development Company in
Gabon, Western Africa.

Since I am the personal attorney of Mr. Harold Wilson,
he gave me the custody of the deposit documents, and
as such entrusted me with the Legal Rights to transfer
and execute this deposit to any Next of Kin after his
demise. I have since tried to locate any Next of Kin
to Harold Wilson without success, hence I decided to
contact you so that you can rightfully stand as the
next of kin to inherit the deposited sum.

This is a staggering sum, and I need a reliable person
to help me with necessary arrangements to transfer the
deposited sum out of the United Kingdom. By virtue of
my position as an Attorney, I will arrange the
documents in your name so that you can rightly apply
as a Next of Kin to Late Harold Wilson in a capacity
of a Family Friend.

You will be entitled to 40% of the total sum should
you be willing to assist me in this business
transaction, and I will get the remaining 60%. I will
prepare a formal agreement to guide us in this
transaction for accountability purpose.

Please contact me as soon as possible so that we can
start processing the documents.
[charles_lambert@linuxmail.org]

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,

CHARLES LAMBERT (Legal Practitioners)
12 Campshill Road,
London United Kingdom

Just for kicks, I’ll reply this and see how far the scamming goes 😉

Chapter 1: Goldhalbinsel

A long time ago there was a village called Goldhalbinsel. In this village, there lived a few big families. These families were not small like the families of yours and mine. Indeed these were very large families. In fact, they were so large that cousins would bump into each other in the streets and they wouldn’t even know that they had the same great-grandmother.

As in all tales, this one is no different as I will start the story from the very beginning, or atleast, at a beginning that is important to the story. So I shall start with how the village came to be.

Of all the families there, the largest of them was the Bodensohns. They were the family that fled from a nearby town to found Goldhalbinsel. When they first arrived, the town was filled with useless trees and plainly equipped with neither commerce nor activities. They decided among themselves that they liked the place. Therefore, they drew lines in the soil and started to settle down there. They befriended the local lumberjacks working in the forest nearby and started a small trading shop, attracting people from nearby town and villages.

After that, tumultuous times befell the village. Foreign families came and plundered Goldhalbinsel. Of these marauding families, none stayed as long as the Steife-Lippes. They stole trees, crops and other natural resources for the giant scary beast that they worshipped back home called Industrialisierung. And while Steife-Lippe were in Goldhalbinsel, they destroyed the idyllic lifestyle of the village and smudged the landscape with roads, schools, railroads, modern buildings, water piping and introduced electricity, and bureaucracy. To help them retain their grip on the village, the Steife-Lippes became advisers to elders of the Bodensohn family.

The Steife-Lippes also encouraged the arrival of the second family of our tale. They were the Dracheabstammungs. They left their own village, a mighly and a big one called Mittleres Königreich, to go in search of better opportunities elsewhere.

Following closely was another family, the Schwarzes. They arrived seeking a better life for themselves. They came from one of the oldest village in the world but now, the village was getting too crowded and it was difficult to make ends meet.

As they had skills that no one in the village had back then, the Steife-Lippes welcomed them. The Dracheabstammungs were particularly adept in alchemy, seemingly able to turn anything into gold. The Schwarzes, on the other hand, were intelligent and seemed to be very proficient when equipped with quills and parchments. Soon these 2 families slowly made Goldhalbinsel into their own home too.

All this while, the family elders of the Bodensohns had had an understanding with the Steife-Lippes. By appeasing the Bodensohn family elders with corrupt mechanisms like outright bribery, concessions and preferential treatments, the Steife-Lippes ensured their continuing presence in the village.

However, this practise can only go so far as the Bodensohns in general grew resentful of the plundering Steife-Lippes. Soon they made calls to get rid of Steife-Lippes from Goldhalbinsel. The Dracheabstammungs and the Schwarzes also came to realize that a secured future meant being independent from the Steife-Lippes. As a result, the 3 families of Bodensohn, Dracheabstammung and Schwarze got together and decided that they shall rule Goldhalbinsel together. They relied on each other’s strengths while overcoming each other’s weaknesses.

With combined efforts, they ran the Steife-Lippes out of their village. Or so they would like to believe. The truth is, the Steife-Lippes would have left the village anyway because the family fortunes were running dry.

But back in Goldhalbinsel, the families celebrated their new found freedom. They’ve installed the Bodensohns elders as figurative leaders but everybody knew that the real power rest in the hands of ordinary Goldhalbinselians. In fact, they liked that idea so much that they started thinking of themselves not as Bodensohn, Dracheabstammung or Schwarze but as Goldhalbinselians.

The 3 families had all the recipes of being able to live happily ever after but our tale does not end here, as troubling times laid ahead for Goldhalbinsel.

More of this tale in days to come….

The alpha

This is the very first entry in my weblog using iBlog- a great product given away for free by the good people of .Mac with every subscription!

I think blogging is a good way to preserve one’s ideas and personality after the inevitable expiration of one’s material self. The Egyptians believed that mummification of a pharaoh king allows for eternal life after death. And in a way it is true. What the pyramids preserved, in addition to mummified remains, are the writings, jewelry, stories and documents from the pharaoh’s life. By studying these artifacts, one experiences again the pharaoh king through the richness of the written language.

What I’m trying to do here is to record my thoughts as much as possible. What triggers an entry for me will be one of the following reasons:-
1. I am bored.
2. I am ecstatic
3. I am sad
4. I am happy
5. I have nothing to share
6. I have lots to share

Each pair is a contradiction but then again, so am I. These writings, before the blog, are normally written and stored in my Powerbook, but now, I am publishing them for the world to read.