Is online dating a big scam for men?

logo-Match-Tinder-OK-CupidToday, in this day and age of technological advancement, we are presented with tools that aim (sincerely one must say) at helping us in our endeavor in human interaction and forming new connections.

Social tools such as Facebook and online dating websites such as OkCupid, Match.com, eHarmony and the likes, all try to help us connect, form new connections, make friends (with or without benefits) and often times just hook up.
Other tools aim to take advantage of the technology to make it even faster to connect with people by simply letting you provide very little information about yourself (a bunch of pictures for example) and then they offer you a quick and brutal way to judge the profile of other participants and see if they are worthy of your attention (Tinder anyone!?).

Those technological social tools are nice concepts but have failed miserably at helping people connect properly with each other on all dimensions. Instead those tools only cover shallow dimensions of the human interactions without providing the full spectrum of such.

Electronic social interaction is like junk food, whereas face to face interaction is like wholesome and organic food.

This article will be based on my own experience as a male and on the sentiments of many men from various manosphere websites and blogs.

In this article, I will be addressing some aspects and realities that I have observed in this day and age regarding online dating. Continue reading

AuthorHouse.com – Unprofessional and dishonest from the get go

fish-hook-bookI was shopping around for online businesses that help authors self-publish. I had questions related to: print on demand, ISBNs, text formatting services, book cover design, etc.

Many sites showed in my search results and in particular Authorhouse.com. I went to their website and they offered to send a free starter guide if I fill in my information. No harm there. I fill my information: name, email and phone number.

After I filled the form, I received the PDF file. That PDF was really nothing more a flyer containing the services they offer. Not as much tips as they promised. Anyway, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Let me continue with my story.

So the next day, I get a phone call from an individual by the name of “Eric Lundy”, a senior author consultant. He seemed friendly on the phone. He was in a hurry while delivering his “we don’t need you, you need us” pitch. He also made sure he gets off the phone as soon as he can while telling me to continue the conversation by email if I have more questions. Continue reading

An encounter with an Amway / WWDB recruiter

amway-logoThe other day, I was in Starbucks, working on my laptop, until I said hello to the lady that just came in and sat next to my table and started chatting.

What follows is my story and experience from meeting with an Amway/World Wide Dream builders recruiter.

I will make efforts to be as objective as I can and share with you the short journey that unfolded thereafter. Continue reading

Jesus sells

These days religion has become a conduit used to sell products and attract people.

I can think of some recent cases where it was obvious that Jesus was a launching point to fame and riches: Continue reading

Free Bahamas Cruise Scam and how to protect yourself from scammers and unwanted telemarketers

Hello, Today I got a call on my cellphone from an unknown number:  (913)-370-9619. When I picked up the phone, the lady started talking so fast that I missed the introduction. Her voice was smooth and computer like but I could not really tell for sure. She asked me if I wanted to go for a free cruise to the Bahamas in exchange for telling my friends and family about their service.

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Before she can tell me more details she wanted me to see if I qualify:

  • If I am above 18 years of age
  • If I have a credit card (because on the cruise’s casino you can pay by credit card only)
  • If I am willing to travel within the coming 18 month

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Beware of Vehicle protection center

Hello,

Two weeks ago, I received a phone call while having lunch:

  • Phone operator: “Hello, is this Mr. NAME…”
  • Me: “Yes”
  • “I am calling because your car warranty is about to expire, are you the owner of Honda Civic 2012?”

I was a bit surprised when this guy called me. I had an immediate sense of a scam taking place. I kept silent and listenened furthermore.

The phone operator sounded like in his twenties and he sounded an amateur. He was surprised by my silence. I could sense hesitation in his voice. Continue reading

Meeting Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (2013)

Introduction

On 05/24/2013, Amma (also known as Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) was visiting Bellevue, Washington as part of her north America tour.

It was the first time for me to go and see her. Many of my acquaintances talk about her, be it acquaintances from France, Belgium or those from where I currently live (in the Seattle area).

They say she has lots of energy and that she can help me in my spiritual path. A quote attributed to her is worthwhile mentioning:

Amma’s hugs and kisses should not be considered ordinary. When Amma embraces or kisses someone, it is a process of purification and inner healing. Amma is transmitting a part of Her pure, vital energy into Her children. It also allows them to experience true, unconditional Love. When Amma holds someone it can help to awaken the dormant spiritual energy within them, which will eventually take them to the ultimate goal of Self-realization. — Amma

She hugs people for free, however during her visit, a 3-days retreat (that costs $290) is offered.

During the retreat, spiritual lectures are given, a proprietary meditation technique called “IAM – Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique®” is offered for free among the other things that are part of the retreat.

I mainly went to the retreat in order to learn the IAM meditation technique and also to get to experience this infamous hug and see how it bestows unconditional love.

The rest of the article will describe my experience from my point of view. Please know that I am not bashing or defaming Amma in any way. This blog post is to share my observations and thoughts with others. Continue reading