In the mail this morning, this screed:
There is an IMMEDIATE NEED for all types of companies to assist with Remediation, Flood Clean Up, Renovation, Inspections, Debris Removal, Security and Engineering work for both Services and/or Products. All types of companies needed such as Veteran-Owned, Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned, HUBZone and 8(a)-Owned as well as Small Business's are NEEDED NOW.
Once registered through (DHS) Department of Homeland Security and (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency a company will be able to work under many other agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just to name a few.
This is the problem with conspiracy theories - they don't hold up under even the most mild of scrutiny. People posit that the powers-that-be want to lock us all up and put us in detention camps. Years ago, a friend of mine sent me a scary video of a "Bush internment camp" being built - right near a railroad track! They would ship us all in to the camp in rail cars, and the turnstiles and barbed-wire topped chain-link fences would keep us all prisoners!
Or maybe, it was an Amtrak train station under construction. Hence the railroad tracks, turnstiles, and chain-link fencing. But some ominous music and a little narrative and selective editing, and my friend believed - to the point where they left the country in terror. Drugs were involved, as you might imagine. (Fast-forward a few years, and the same video is repurposed as an Obama internment camp under construction).
Yes, pot makes you paranoid. So paranoid in fact that the powers-that-be can get you to vote for a guy who will outlaw pot so long as he doesn't "take away your guns" (How's that working out by the way? I mean, how many guns did Obama take away? I have yet to hear the tally).
And speaking of which, what ever happened to Jade-Helm? That was a military exercise which was supposed to be Obama's plot to take over Texas - or something - using these domes and closed Wal-Marts. Nothing ever came of that, and the conspiracy theorists seemed to conveniently forget this, just as "end times theologians" conveniently forget when their predicted "end of the world" date comes and goes.
By the way, the e-mail produced above is a con. Since I am a registered government contractor (for at least one more year) I get e-mails all the time exhorting me to "sign up" with companies with official-sounding names, who promise to get me all sorts of government contracts in areas that I am not qualified to work. The joke is, these are not government agencies sending these e-mails, but often are con-artists, who want a fee for me to sign up with them, and in turn, they would send me lists of contracts that I could obtain from the government SAMS site by clicking on a few links.
Yes, even lawyers and government contractors are hoodwinked this way. Especially the lawyers. You'd be surprised how many "urgent legal needs!" there are on Jekyll Island, judging from the five or six e-mails I receive daily in my SPAM box.
But I am astute enough not to believe that an island of less than 500 residents has such "urgent legal needs!" but instead is a cut-and-paste SPAM e-mail that uses my name and address data scraped from my website or the State Bar website (I wrote the Patent on the scraping technique!). I can see this, can't you?
So why do people fall for such SPAM? Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? People are not very bright and will squander their emotional and physical energy on nonsense.
Just don't do that. Pretty simple thing. You'd be surprised how many people fail to see it - even smart people!