Starbury Sneakers – A Lesson to Be Learned

Back in 2006, before eating Vaseline on Youtube went Viral, Stephon Marbury attempted to do something admirable. He decided to create his own line of basketball sneakers and sell them for a grand total of $15. Marbury was born and raised in Coney Island, New York (Coney Islands Finest DUH), played a year of basketball at Georgia Tech and than took his basketball talents to the NBA which led to him playing in China after some absolutely stupid behavior where he has reinvented himself.

The sneakers were made the way sneakers are made…rubber, leather, padding and laces but of course due to the price tag people crapped all over them. They broke apart too easily and they weren’t as good as Nike, Reebok or Adidas not because they weren’t constructed in the same way (they were!) but because people are so fucking stupid that they think the price tag of a fucking basketball sneaker has anything and everything to do with how good the basketball sneaker.

Nike pays around $20 to make a fucking sneaker. They wholesale whatever the fucking wholesale them for and dumb ass tardfuckers spend over $100 a pair because King Douche, Melo, Durant and other basketball stars are paid a shit load of money to wear and market them. Lebron was paid $90 million by Nike before he ever set foot on an NBA court, Melo received around $60 million and now rumor has it that Andrew Wiggins may get a sneaker contract for over $100 million.

Yes the basketball sneaker industry is huge but apparently there is no current NBA star who has a problem with kids getting shot in the fucking head for a pair of their kicks. When Marbury tried to launch Starbury here in the states he was not even close to the best player in the league. Al Harrington attempted to sell low cost Protege sneakers through Kmart back in the day but who in the hell would have seriously showed up to a game and said “Check out my Harrington Protege’s!”? Amazingly enough Stephon Marbury had a problem with kids getting shot in the head 7 years ago but the news simply came and went as this is Stephon Marbury I’m referring to after all.

Where is today’s basketball star? Why doesn’t King Douche, Melo, Durant, Westbrook, CP3, Rose and Howard and the likes give a flying fuck? I guess it has to do with the ludicrous amount of money being thrown at them. High School star, college star, get drafted, get a shoe deal….”LOOK MOM I MADE IT!” It’s a fucking disgusting cycle.

Can’t wait until the day comes when a fucking sports star attempts to do what Marbury did so many years ago. Than again, I may as well wait for the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. Stupidity is contagious………….

Fuck Google Not Provided Keywords!!

fuck yeah If you didn’t know the reason why I created StupidityIsContagious.com is to vent so I wouldn’t wind up as a fucking vegetable from the rather large tumor in my brain that would have appeared from keeping all the things that really pissed me inside. I created this very blog for no other reason to vent and have enjoyed thousands of people coming to my blog every month to read the rantings of your very own KnowItAll.

However, to keep this rather large (or small for the matter) tumor from ever appearing I really have to rant about the Google “not provided keywords”!! I want to fucking know how people are finding my blog. I want to know EXACTLY what fucking keywords people are typing in to find StupidityIsContagious.com. I’m sick and fucking tired of having to work in reverse! Work in reverse? Yes fucking work in reverse!!! If you don’t know what I’m referring to it’s seeing what page a person landed on and having to manually type in the keywords on the page to find out where in the hell the person clicked through.

Over 10,000 fucking visitors yet I have the pleasure of logging into my Analytics account to look at this crap!

Fuck You Google

Over 8,000 visits I have no clue as to what the fuck a person typed in order to arrive at my blog!!! I don’t get it at all. Nothing was broken so why in the hell did Google have to “fix it!”? I know that this is not something that just went into effect but its been really pissing me off. I can’t imagine having to deal with this shit if I had an eCommerce store! Data on the web is king and search engine optimization is the best way to get traffic for free but Google found it necessary to block webmasters from getting their hands on the data? For what reason? Did they hope that people in need of traffic would start paying for adwords?

All I know is that I miss the days of being able to know exactly what keywords were used to find my damn blog.

How Do People Fall Victim to Shit Like This?

From time to time I check my spam folder to find out the kind of crap people are trying to send me. A few days ago I came across the below email and decided to have a little fun. I omitted my personal email but my responses can be found in bold.

Hello ,

Good day to you and your family, I got your email contact during my
random internet search while looking for a reliable and trustworthy
foreigner for assistance.I apologize if the content here under are
contrary to your moral ethics but please treat with absolute secrecy
and personal.My name is Engr. Dr. Ahmad Mualla from Damascus Syria. I
am now 66 years Old, and i am now a retired government officials I was
former personal investor & financial consultant advisers to some Top
Politician in Syria, also an oil Tycoon from Syria and Saudi Arabia.
Al Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC) the leader in the region in
Reservoir Management AFPC was established under Service Contract no.
210 ratified by Law no. 43 of 1977 and named as per decree-law no.12
in 1985.

AFPC is a joint venture company between the General Petroleum
Corporation (50%) and private shareholders Syria Shell Petroleum
Development (SSPD) etc I have plan to relocate my investment planning
to your beautiful country, out of Syria, Now that Syria security and
our Economic independent has been lost to the greatest lower level,
and our culture has been lost forever and our happiness has been
taking away from us, i will like to relocate my family out from Syria,
here in my country there is fire on the mountain, i need a foreign
partner to enable me transport my investment capital and then relocate
with my family, honestly, i wish you and i will discuss more and get
along, i need a partner because i don’t have any bank account outside
Syria.Am interested in buying properties houses, Building real estate
and some tourist places,I will appreciate your idea and knowledge
regarding this or any other profitable investment you may suggest,on
my next email i will explain to you the full details of this
investment Proposal.

I shall tell you more about myself and my family on my next email,
upon your respond, you may as well tell me little more about
yourself.Kindly reply to my private email address
at:engr_ahmad_mualla@engineer.com

I’m waiting for your good responds.

Thanks

Engr.Dr.Ahmad Mualla
Damascus Syria.

Please tell me more. How can I help you?

I am so happy to read from you today and i truly appreciate your readiness to help me and my family out of our present situation. It is no more news what has been happening in my country Syria. I have tried since considering my age to stay but things are getting worst every day and it is affecting my family, my business and almost every thing I have worked for. This is why I contacted you for your assistance as i want to relocate my business out of my country to your country or any where you want us to put up the investment.

Again my family too I need to move them as well so that they will have rest of mind and settle down again.Meanwhile when the problem in Syria started, i quickly moved my fund out of my country being that my former position as personal investor & financial consultant advisers to some top politician in Syria, i had the opportunity to traveled in and out of Syria as i move funds oversea for some top politicians and the amount moved out is $27.5 Million which is presently lodged with KASIKORN BANK PCL,BANGKOK,THAILAND.

So please I need your help as a front and my next of kin to claim the said funds on my behalf for a possible yielding investment in your country that you will advise me on. Be rest assured that all due legal documents that will back you up in the claim will be make available to you.

It is also of utmost importance i let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free as i will be providing you with all due legal documents to ensure that the funds is move to any account of your choice successfully without any hitch. I am interested in real estate and any other possible yielding investment you may also advise me on.

To indicate your seriousness and readiness to assist me get out of this ugly situation in my country, you should urgently send me the below demands with A copy of your international passport/Drivers License to enable my lawyer commence on due legal documents that will back you up for this claim.

Thus:

Full names: ………………………… …….
Complete Residential Address …………………………
Personal mobile number: ………….
Fax Numbers………………….
Profession/Occupation ……………………….
Marriage status: ……………………….
Age………………………………

Those information is highly needed for self assurance and you have to promise me that you will not betray me because the money involve will be transferred into your account. On receiving this, I shall have my lawyer prepare a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a better mutual agreement in this transaction and make sure you keep this transaction Strictly Confidential to yourself alone and no Third Party to avoid all that i have worked for not be taken away please note this.

Tell me more about your country, how good it will be to invest in your country. Such as real estate or any profitable investment venture that will yield good profitable values. I will appreciate whatever result you may brief me. Do let me know your idea and knowledge regarding this or any investment venture you may suggest. Tell me little more about yourself. Attached is a copy of my passport to know whom you are working with.

Waiting for your reply.

Thanks,

Engr. Dr. Ahmad Mualla
Damascus Syria
PASSPORT DR AHMAD

I would really like to help you but I’m concerned about how we came to meet. Did you just randomly email people? How do I know you’re not asking another person for the same help or 100 for the same help?

Before I provide my information, please provide me with the same information you seek.

Thanks for your message.However I came across your email contact and two others making it three email contacts during my random Internet search while looking for a reliable and trustworthy foreigner for assistance and I contacted you alone first for now waiting to hear your responds because I use to have a very good foreigner friend years ago when i was still in the University his name was Tony.

My Full Names:Engr. Dr. Ahmad Mualla
Current Residential Address : Refugee Camp for now.
Personal mobile number: None
Fax Numbers:None
Profession/Occupation :Retired Government Officials (Former Personal Investor & Financial Consultant Advisers)
Marriage status:Married
Age:66 years

Waiting for your reply.

Thanks,

Engr. Dr. Ahmad Mualla
Damascus Syria.

So because I have the same name as your friend you decided that I can be trusted? I guess if that’s what your comfortable with. You made mention of a politician you worked for. What was the name of the politician?

I received your email.I worked with Major General Bassam Abdel Majeed is the current Syrian Ambassador to Kuwait. He also served as the interior minister of Syria between 2006 and 2009.Please make sure that everything regarding myself, my family,yourself and this transaction is kept Strictly Confidential to yourself alone and no Third Party please.The war is becoming more worst here and the refugee camp is no longer safe for me and my family anymore.I need to move them out from here now asap so please let me know if you are ready and willing to help us by providing me with the requested information’s about your self below with A copy of your international passport/Drivers License to enable my lawyer commence on due legal documents that will back you up in this transaction.

Thus:

Full Names: ………………………… …….
Complete Residential Address …………………………
Personal mobile number: ………….
Fax Numbers………………….
Profession/Occupation ……………………….
Marriage status: ……………………….
Age………………………………
Waiting for your reply.

Your Sincerely,

Engr. Dr. Ahmad Mualla.

Full Names: You should have it genius!
Complete Residential Address: 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA.
Personal mobile number: 212-857-6309
Fax Number: don’t have a fax #
Profession/Occupation: Fucking with assholes trying to scam me by email
Marriage status: Trying to find out if I’m available? I’m flattered but taken.
Age: Guess.

Waiting for your reply.

Next time I’m setting up a phone number so I can fuck with a person like this over the phone.

Motor Club of America (MCA) – Scam or Legit?

Motor Club of America, also known as MCA has been marketed aggressively online. So what is Motor Club of America? Motor Club of America is a roadside assistance program in line with AAA but offers additional services/discounts such Emergency Road Service, Travel Assistance Reimbursement, Trip Planning and Travel Reservations, Arrest Bond, Attorney Fees and more with varying levels of membership programs ranging from $9.95 per month up to $39.99 a month.

Motor Club of America appears to be owned by a company called TVC Matrix. Although the company is not accredit by the Better Business Bureau they do have a B- rating with most of the complaints being related to sales tactics by independent sales representatives of the company. There is nothing that I can find that will allow me to arrive at a conclusion that Motor Club of America is a scam. It appears that the services that are advertised are being provided. However, you may be researching Motor Club of America as part of your due diligence process from a business opportunity prospective. With regard to Motor Club of America from a business opportunity prospective I will not call Motor Club of America or TVC Matrix a scam but share a few things that turned me off about the opportunity.

For starters, in order to be eligible to earn commissions as a sales representative you have to enroll at the highest membership level of $39.99 per month. However you have to pay $79.98 for the 1st month, $39.99 a month up until the last month when another payment of $39.99 is due…a total of $559.86 a year. Why do I have to become a member in order to sell memberships or recruit others to sell under me? Perhaps if I wanted a membership I wouldn’t mind as much but I don’t have a need for any of it. I get road side assistance as part of my auto insurance policy, already have access to discounted legal fees and have prescription, eye and health coverage. Even if I didn’t have the coverage that I do almost $600 a year seems pricey to me.

Second, as a representative you are held liable for chargebacks as well as having to pay back any commissions that are fronted to you. Of course, this is not totally terrible as fronting commissions has long been practice in the insurance industry. However it is my opinion that this could potentially put someone in a serious financial bind if people cancel at a quick rate.

Third, many states view membership sales such as Motor Club of America as service contracts. As such there are 20 state that require a person to register and obtain a license with the respective state department of insurance. I cannot find any evidence online that states that TVC Matrix cares or even knows about this.

Fourth, the TVC Matrix website looks like it was put together by a 3rd grader. It is not visually appealing and doesn’t provide much information. As far as I can tell there is not a corporate website for Motor Club of America but rather dozens of websites that could be misconstrued as corporately owned but are run by affiliate marketers.

Last, professionalism and Motor Club of America does not equate. There are tons of YouTube videos with affiliate marketers waving cash in front of the camera, making wild income claims and dressed like they’re heading to play a game of pick up basketball. How could I go into an auto parts store or speak to a tow truck dispatcher and speak about all the great benefits that Motor Club of America offers only to run the risk that the person is going to do their due diligence online and come across the same garbage that I have?

In closing, I cannot say that TVC Matrix/Motor Club of America is a scam and that you can’t make money by selling memberships but I would think long and hard before jumping in for the reasons above.

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EagleSaver.com Review – Turn Your Books, CDs, DVDs & Games Into CASH?

I used to be a CD junky. If there was an artist or song that I was into I would immediately go out and buy. Of course, as time has gone I listened to them less and less instead opting to listen online. Long story short, my better half was all over me to get rid of all those damn cd’s that I no longer listened to.

Of course, being a man I instead boxed them all up and threw the box in a corner of the living room. I was able to get away with it for a while until the holidays came about and my better half, with a puzzled look on here face, said “This better not be what I think it is! I’m throwing this box out.” Considering that I had wasted hundreds if not thousands of dollars them I instead started to try a way to at least make a few dollars.

During my research I came across EagleSaver.com. The site itself is not all that impressive from a visual standpoint but I opened an account and one by one ran each bar code through the EagleSaver.com system to see if they would purchase the CD and if so for how much. Granted they weren’t paying much for most of the cd’s, usally around $.30 per each but the way I figured it was better $.30 than no cents. Besides they pay for shipping as well. All I had to do was box them up and take them to a local FedEx drop off location.

After running every single CD I ever owned through they system I had a price on a little over 70 of them. I submitted the list, printed the packing slip, threw them all in a box and dropped the box off at FedEx. Out of all the CD’s I sent they wouldn’t except 5 due to heavy surface wear but at the end of the day they paid me a little over $25 for a bunch of CD’s that were going to wind up in the trash.

All in all, dealing with EagleSaver.com was a pleasant experience and I’m probably going to wind up selling a few books to them if they will take them. If you have old books, CD’s, DVD’s and games that you no longer want and would prefer to make some cash instead of just tossing them into the trash, EagleSaver.com is the way to go.

Scientology – Cult, Religion or Simple Stupidity?

FlexKom Review – Are They Really This Stupid?

Earlier today a site visitor left a comment on the BeepXtra review I wrote and made mention of a company named FlexKom so of course I had to check it out asap. It appears that FlexKom is a German based company that is changing the economy of a country although what country is cleverly omitted.

During my research I visited FlexKomSystem.com where there is a 21 minute Vimeo video on the homepage. Within 2 minutes I knew that this “opportunity” was nothing more than a crock of shit. Why? In order to get into the super profitable discount loyalty card business with FlexKom a person in the United States would have to pay $2,000 for a franchise license? A franchise what? You know the same thing that your would need to become a franchisee of McDonald’s? Are these people smoking crack? Comparing McDonald’s to FlexKom?!!

You would think that the geniuses in charge of FlexKom would stay far and clear from the term “franchise” here in the United States considering that the FTC regulates all franchise activity in the country. The FTC Franchise Rule requires franchisors to provide each prospective franchisee with a disclosure document. Laws in more than a dozen states also require franchisors to provide a similar disclosure document. Because the FTC format for disclosure does not satisfy the state-law requirements in these states, most franchisors choose to use the UFOC (Uniform Franchise Offering Circular) format which is acceptable in all of the registration states.

The franchisor must give the UFOC to the prospect at the earlier of:

the first face-to-face meeting with the prospect involving a discussion about the sale of a franchise; or
at least 10 business days before the prospect signs any agreement with the franchisor; or
at least 10 business days before the prospect pays any money to the franchisor.
The franchisor also must provide the prospect with a complete version of the franchise agreement (with all blanks filled in) at least 5 business days before the prospect signs any agreement or pays any money.

Of course FlexKom simply provides a fucking video and asks people for $2,000 in order purchase a franchise license in order to become a FlexKom coordinator with no face to face meeting!!! I can’t believe that the people behind FlexKom could be this fucking stupid. There are 14 registration states in the United States and I can’t find any evidence that FlexKom is registered with any of them. FlexKom could have easily called this a membership fee or a registration fee but these dumb asses chose to use the term franchise license. Using the term franchise opens FlexKom to all sorts of liability and compliance issues but I don’t think they’re bright enough to figure this out as there are probably thousands of stupid fucks here in the United States that are proud and happy that they are now FlexKom franchisees and are thinking about all the money they’re going to make.

It appears to me that these discount loyalty card MLM’s are popping up like mad in the UK and are finding their way across the pond to the US of A. BeepXtra and now FlexKom with probably a dozen or more so to follow if they’re already not in existence. Stay far and away from FlexKom as this company is heading straight to the crapper faster than a Bugatti can get from 0-60 MPH. I can’t wait to the genius comments on get on this review.

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