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Archive for June 17th, 2009

Psychic Gets Scammed

Posted by mattusmaximus on June 17, 2009

This was just too funny, I had to share it.  Kind of like one of those “truth is stranger than fiction” sort of things.  It seems that uber-psychic & medium Rosemary Altea – who has for years touted her abilities as a psychic who can speak with the dead – got scammed out of roughly $200,000 by a bookkeeper…

Feds: Bookkeeper steals fortune from psychic

The former bookkeeper of an internationally known psychic from Dorset has agreed to plead guilty in court to federal felony charges levied against her by prosecutors who say she executed a scheme to swindle roughly $200,000.

Denise Hall of East Arlington faces one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return after investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s office say she stole money from self-proclaimed spiritual medium Rosemary Altea — using four credit cards to obtain cash advances, forging checks and giving herself unauthorized electronic paychecks all under Altea’s name for the past seven years, according to court records.

So, I suppose the most pertinent question to ask here is: Why didn’t Rosemary Altea, supposed master psychic, see this one coming?

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Crop Circles Predict… The End of the World?

Posted by mattusmaximus on June 17, 2009

Every now and then you run across a really silly bit of woo cross-fertilization.  Such is the case with a recent article in the UK’s Telegraph wherein the reader is told, in no uncertain terms…

Crop circle experts believe the latest pattern to be discovered, a phoenix rising from the flames in Wiltshire, may give a warning about the end of the world.

Are you kidding me?!  No, really… you must be kidding… right?  Because, knowing how these crop circles are made, no one in their right mind could seriously mean this.

Sadly, they aren’t kidding:

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