Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 28, 2008

Left Behind Insurance

Wow.  Just Wow.

The sad thing is that there are people who would probably fall for this.  There are three sites.

The first is You’ve Been Left Behind.  They state:

We all have family and friends who have failed to receive the Good News of the Gospel.
The unsaved will be ‘left behind’ on earth to go through the “tribulation period” after the “Rapture”. You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing “God Bless America” at baseballs’ seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You will also be able to give them some help in living out their remaining time. In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys’ (you won’t be needing them any more, and the gift will drive home the message of love). There won’t be any bodies, so probate court will take 7 years to clear your assets to your next of Kin. 7 years of course is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the AntiChrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

“WHY” is one last chance to bring them to Christ and snatch them from the flames!

All for the low low cost of $40/year for the rest of your life.  And all you get is 150MB of encrypted storage and 100MB of unencrypted storage, and only 62 email recipients?  Why such arbitrary limitations?  I feel tempted to call out Poe’s Law on these people.  The PayPal link is very real though, so I’m tempted to call scam instead.  Especially since they don’t go into any details of how their system will even work.  I mean, seriously, if these people are “Christians” who really believe in the Rapture, they won’t be around when the Rapture arrives.  It’s also extra fishy that they decided to register their domain via domainbyproxy.

Now, the Post-Rapture Post at least is honest.

Just write your letter and it will be hand-delivered immediately following the exodus of the pure from the Earth. But you must be thinking to yourself, “How can the letters be delivered after the Rapture?” The answer is simple. The creators of this site are Atheists. That’s right, we don’t believe in God. How else would we be able to deliver your correspondence after the Rapture?

The emphasis is in the original text.  See?  At least that would work.  Costs range from $5 for a handwritten letter to $10 for a typed letter on resume quality paper to $800 for a medieval parchment.

The best one though is probably Rapture Letters.  Unlike all the others, this one is completely free.  And it operates off a dead man’s switch so it’s guaranteed (theoretically) to send the letters out should the owner disappear (whether via the Rapture or through physical death).  Now that’s the correct way to do things on the Internet.

Still, Pre-Tribulation Rapture beliefs are pretty hokey to begin with and these websites are a glimpse to the kind of life such beliefs entail.

May 23, 2008

Acquiring Wii Fit

Continuing from my last entry on Wii Fit. After camping the ToysRUs site for that one Wii Fit they were selling every hour yesterday, I finally managed to get one. After a brief celebration, they emailed me several hours later and said it was backordered. WTF. Then why the hell were you playing that stupid stupid 1-Wii Fit-every-hour game and wasting people’s time? Urgh. That’s just false advertisement/scamming. And I had already opened my copy up ’cause I thought it was finally settled.

Well, this morning, while checking the Wii Fit tracker I noticed that Amazon had it for sale. Ordered one immediately then called my friend who then ordered one. Canceled mine after that (as well as the stupid ToysRUs order) once I got confirmation from my friend. It’s actually cheaper than ToysRUs and doesn’t seem to have that stupid 2-3 day processing time too. Though it looks like the one sold on Amazon is actually being sold by Target, which is also selling a Wii+Wii Fit+Wii Wheel+Sports Pack+rechargeable batteries bundle for $400, which is kinda decent, except for the Sports Pack (and the wheel’s useless if you don’t get Mario Kart).

My friend ended up getting Wii Fit through Craigslist this morning after making the order though. Craigslist prices actually aren’t that bad either. The lack of shipping and sales tax makes the lower-end prices comparable to ordering it online. Gamestop/EB Games preorders should also be released pretty soon if people are still looking for it.

Anyway, since the Amazon/Target deal couldn’t be canceled, my friend will have an extra copy, which you may find for relatively cheap next week on Craigslist. :P

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