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Satanic Pedophilia Within Our Society

Our guest blogger, Tony Mead, is a Sandy Hook researcher — an administrator of the Facebook page, “Sandy Hook Hoax“; a contributing author to the book Nobody Died at Sandy Hook; and a member of Independent Media Solidarity that produces the videos “We Need to Talk About Sandy Hook” and “Life of Adam”. Mead is also the author of the outstanding “Lenny Pozner’s HONR Network: The Fine Art of Online Stalking and Harassment,” which FOTM republished.

Satanic Pedophilia Within Our Society

By Tony Mead

As the headlines are teeming with such stories as the Harvey Weinstein scandal and admissions of involvement in sexual misconduct by the infamous from Justin Beiber to Kevin Spacey, it is an important time for us to look deeper into what is really going on in our world today!

Actually, this is not some new phenomenon and is certainly not limited to those prominent Hollywood actors and notorious musicians, but instead, permeates every corner of people in power in our society and has done for centuries.

Is this some affinity for sex with children that is shared by these culprits, or is it something that they have been forced to engage in to procure their prominent positions in society? Although the cognitive dissonance that I possess has made it difficult to thoroughly assess the enormity of the epidemic, I have found myself compelled to research this topic more fully. What I have discovered will shock every person of high morality into a state of disbelief!

As a man of Christian faith who was born into a modern (non-religious) family, I was raised with certain values that have helped me to adhere to a type of morality that conforms with that of my peers. I have learned to know right from wrong and have experienced great joy when commended for “doing the right thing” as well as feeling guilt and shame for any transgressions that I have made. I learned that cheating and lying were not acceptable behaviors. I learned that honesty and integrity were respected values. I learned that sex was a pleasure to be shared between a man and a woman, but was to be a private, yet intimate experience. I learned to have respect for my fellows and to be polite and compassionate.

Of course, my Euro-centric upbringing somewhat defined my morality and, as a child, I expected everyone else to adhere to a similar standard. When they didn’t, I was offended, and I would report the offender to an adult, who would then render consequences to keep them in line. In fact, if another person engaged in such conduct regularly, they would be chastised and even ostracized by their fellows and in this way, Social Conformity is achieved. In order to maintain a peaceful society, I think we can all agree that social conformity is a necessary ingredient. We, as a society, need to know what is acceptable, and what is not.

What is considered morally acceptable in some societies may not be acceptable in others. In some African tribes, the women wear increasingly abundant “necklaces” that gradually extend the length of their neck until the begin to look like a human giraffe. This is considered attractive to their men. Other tribes have arranged marriages of girls as young as 12 years old. To them, this is normal. Other, more subtle differences arise within our own culture such as different religious practices. The circumcision of an infant may be as abhorrent to some as is the baptism of an infant to another. But, I think we can all agree that there is an established morality within our society that precludes the idea of adults having sex with children.

So then, why does it seem to be such a common occurrence among one particular segment of our society? Is it because once someone is rich enough to afford whatever luxury they desire that they seek out the “forbidden fruit”? Imagine that you have enough money to last several lifetimes and enough to take care of everyone that matters to you in your life! Now imagine that you have access to every simple pleasure such as the finest food and drink, the best entertainment, the best drugs, the most beautiful places imaginable. What is there left to enhance your pleasure? The finest of sexual pleasures that money can buy?

At first inspection that is what I had considered to be the root cause – these people just have too much money! But, as I explored the phenomenon further, I came to believe that may be putting the “cart before the horse” as it was their affinity for sexual deviance that led to their powerful positions in society!

What becomes especially shocking to someone such as myself is that it is not the mere compulsion of sexual desire that leads to their position of prominence, but their involvement in something so deviant, so disgusting and revolting, that the average person will immediately dismiss it as being “impossible’! In fact, despite overwhelming, indisputable elucidations of the existence of this phenomenon, it seems too incredible to digest!

When I think of Satanism, what comes to mind are the witch burnings of Salem and some antiquated obsession with devil worship. Perhaps a more modern version includes the likes of Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan, or Wicca, which is a modern cult of witchcraft believers. A lesser known proponent of Satanic worship is Michael Aquino, a former Military Officer who specialized in psychological warfare and founded the Church of Set, which is an offshoot of Lavey’s Church of Satan.

It should come as no surprise that in 1987, Michael Aquino was accused of Satanic Ritual Abuse of a 3 year old child but was exonerated after police “could find no evidence linking him to the crime”.

What is the link between Satanism and pedophilia? I had always considered pedophilia as some sort of psychological disorder. I thought that pedophiles had somehow transfixed on some period of adolescence and never fully matured into adulthood. Perhaps those afflicted suffered such immense insecurity as to be incapable of having intimate relations with other adults. Or perhaps they were infatuated with the physical characteristics of pre-pubescence. I really couldn’t fully understand something that I have never experienced myself, but I was of the belief that it was a psychological affliction that resulted in behavior that was unforgivable in my opinion.

I really had no idea that people could be indoctrinated into this deviant practice through their own family. Unfortunately, that rude awakening eventually became what I hold to be truthful.

In order to understand Satanic Ritual Abuse, we must first recognize that there is a definite pattern of repeatedly exposed techniques that are used to indoctrinate individuals into this cult. These reports come from hundreds of “victims” who have been sexually tortured and made to perform despicable tasks, including murdering infants, in order to appease their captors. These children have been either in the care of their own parents or in some cases kidnapped into these Satanic cults where they are then forced to participate in the sacrifice of a baby by being forced to hold a knife in their hand as their parent aids them in the beheading, mutilation and cannibalization of the infant!

This ritual has been explained, in detail, by hundreds of whistle-blowing survivors. It occasionally gains some traction, but inevitably loses momentum as the cognitive dissonance of the general public, coupled with the media’s concerted efforts to dismiss the stories, helps them gradually fade away.

Stories such as the McMartin Trials were dismissed as Satanic Panic even though 360 children had confirmed that they had been sexually assaulted!

On March 22, 1984, Virginia McMartin, Peggy McMartin Buckey, Ray Buckey, Ray’s sister Peggy Ann Buckey, and teachers Mary Ann Jackson, Betty Raidor, and Babette Spitler of the McMartin School were charged with 115 counts of child abuse, later expanded to 321 counts of child abuse involving 48 children! Eventually all charges were dropped for “lack of evidence”. This is how corrupt the court systems are, and have been, because they are infiltrated by these same pedophiles.

The Franklin Cover-Up, written by former U.S. Senator John DeCamp, details the kidnapping of John Gosch and Paul Bonacci and their indoctrination into Satanic Ritual Abuse that led them into a life of prostituting themselves to wealthy politicians. Their story took them from catering to the powerful politicians in Nebraska all the way to servicing the Bush Family occupied White House!

The rituals of human sacrifice and drinking the blood of a slaughtered infant are also recanted by these young boys.

DeCamp’s book inspired the documentary “Conspiracy of Silence”, which had been produced to be aired on the Discovery Channel on May 3, 1994. It was canceled just 24 hours prior, for still undisclosed reasons. Of course, most people assume that it was due to political pressure from the Satanists who did not want the exposure, but, to this day, the Discovery Channel has never said why it was scrubbed. You can still view it here:

Then there is the story of Vicki Polin, a woman who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1989 and, once again, described in detail how she was forced to participate in her family custom of Satanic Ritual Abuse by killing and devouring babies. She also disclosed that not only has her family been doing this for multiple generations (dating back to the 1700’s), but that there were many Jewish families throughout the United States who also regularly practiced these rituals!

These Satanic practices are not limited to the United States, but indeed are a global epidemic. “Theresa” from Australia explains in detail how her family also raped her and forced her to engage in the exact same rituals described by all of these other outspoken victims! Traumatized beyond repair by the involuntary participation in the murder and cannibalization of infants and repeated sexual torture!

Perhaps the most poignant words of Theresa are when she describes the feeling of helplessness while engaging in these rituals. She compares it to having to “eat your vegetables” as a young child — you don’t really WANT to do it, but you know that it is something that you HAVE to do.

More recently, the case of the Hampstead Cover Up has come to light, in which Alisa and Gabriel Dearman have spoken out about the Satanic Ritual Abuse in their school in England. The 9 year old girl and 8 year old boy, once again, described in detail how they were forced to hold a knife in their hand and decapitate a baby and then drink it’s blood. They’re whole school engaged in this “black mass” on a weekly basis. These children are completely comfortable as they explain, in detail, the sexual abuse that they have endured when interviewed on multiple occasions and yet, somehow they are taken from their family and remanded into State Custody, never to be seen again! Many of the concerned parties advocating for these children claim that their father Ricky Dearman (an actor), along with the entire staff of the school and the local police department are all involved in this Satanic Ritual Abuse!

Of course, the mainstream media once again assists in the denial of such atrocities! See, for example, this article in the Mirror.

There is no way in hell that these kids were fabricating the EXACT SAME SCENARIOS that were detailed by all of the aforementioned victims unless they had experienced it themselves!! For more information please Google search “The Hampstead Cover Up”.

The fact that their father is an actor should not be so easily brushed off either. Every day we are being fed tiny morsels of allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood actors, producers and agents. Television personalities are suddenly being discharged for even the slightest transgressions! But why?

I would suggest that this is some serious maneuvering and “damage control” as the public has become increasingly aware of pedophilia in Hollywood. Whistle-blowers like the late Corey Haim and Corey Feldman are garnering more attention as their stories get more widely distributed. Documentaries have been produced exposing Hollywood Agents and Producers with ties to the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and other extremely popular children’s TV shows that expose just how predatory these men in power behave. Are they Satanists? It’s hard to know, but it seems unlikely that pedophilia is a prerequisite for their positions. Perhaps they wind up in those positions due to their affiliations with these secret societies.

https://vimeo.com/142444429

In fact, I think it has become evident in our society that the more likely someone is to corrupt their own morality, the more likely they are to amass substantial personal wealth! What I mean by that is that people who are willing to lie, cheat and steal are better equipped to become Politicians or even CEO’s. Bill Gates actually stole the idea for Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea of Facebook. They are highly revered because of their massive wealth and “altruistic” endeavors, but make no mistake about it, they corrupted their own morality to get where they were going.

I’m really not sure exactly HOW these people wind up in positions of power, but it is without a doubt that they do. They wind up in politics and in government! In 2010 it was discovered that thousands of Pentagon employees (including Department of Defense) had been purchasing and downloading child pornography! Over 5,000 suspects were accused, but the story gradually faded away and few, if any, arrests were made.

The entire Political System is infiltrated with these pedophiles!! How can that be? Perhaps one of the requirements to advance your career is to be “one of them”. It seems impossible to me to explain away the overwhelming number of sexual deviants in the Federal and Local Governments. Lori Handrahan has done exhaustive research and discovered thousands of government employees have been arrested and charged with committing sexual crimes (such as rape and torture), pedophilia and possession of child pornography in agencies such as the DOJ, FBI, CIA, Pentagon, DHS, DOT, TSA, ICE, and just about every single arm of the government that you can imagine! These are only the people who have been CAUGHT!! You can imagine that this is just the tip of the iceberg as for every one person exposed there are probably dozens who remain hidden!!

So there you have it! An inexplicable epidemic of sexual deviancy permeating our government! The accusations go all the way to the top! Perhaps that is why “Pizzagate” was so thoroughly ridiculed by the MSM, even though there was substantial evidence to call for an independent investigation. Why did GQ Magazine list the owner (James Alefantis) of Comet Pizza as one of the most 50 influential people in Washington D.C.? Since when does the owner of a pizza parlor, supposedly for kids, have any political influence anywhere? And why did his website for the “pizza parlor” host pictures of children posed in precarious, sexual, and inappropriate settings?

I would speculate that it was PizzaGate itself that led to Hillary Clinton’s defeat! Hillary had been groomed for her entire life to become the “First Woman President”. I really don’t think that voting ever mattered as we saw by the defeat of the people’s candidate (Bernie Sanders). Exit polls were discounted and in some states completely eliminated for fear that they would show just how compromised the vote counting has become! In some states, the results of the exit polls were the exact opposite of the results of the election. Of course, Mainstream Media always tows the line which is aptly demonstrated by this New York Times article which simply explains away the importance of the exit polls!

The only people who ever wanted to see Hillary as President were those that had groomed her and those who had their heads so buried in the Liberal Ideology sand that they couldn’t see just how corrupt and evil the Clinton regime was. I think that the only reason Donald Trump was presented as a candidate is that it could at least justify, in the minds of any rational American voter, that “no wonder Clinton won — she was up against Donald Trump!”

Trump himself was shocked to have won the Presidency! In fact, he went the longest period in the history of a President-Elect without holding a Press Conference, probably because he had no idea what to say! This is not some brilliant man who is adept at understanding Foreign Affairs and balancing the budget of a nation. This is a man who, in 1990, was so heavily in debt, that he explained to his daughter that a bum on the corner had more money than him.

“How can that be ?”, she asked.

“Well, he may have no money, but he also has no debt. I have over $90,000,000 in debt!”

How could a man so heavily in debt ever recover to become a billionaire unless some serious back room deals were made with his creditors? Did Donald Trump sell his soul? Was his participation in the 2016 election a premeditated contingency of his debt forgiveness? I mean, although Trump had been vocal about the Presidency early in his career, why on earth would a man who had amassed enough of a fortune to last 3 lifetimes want to take on a job that requires his full attention 24/7, opens his personal life to intense scrutiny, takes away from his ability to enjoy the benefits of his wealth and family, and causes a man to age at twice the normal rate?

But, I digress – the point is that no matter how much the informed general public hated Hillary, she had been pre-selected and groomed her entire life for the position. Unfortunately for Hillary, the PizzaGate story broke just weeks before the election, and the elitists had to scramble to protect themselves! These cockroaches scatter when the light is shone in their direction and emergency measures were enacted immediately! Independent researchers had linked John Podesta (Hillary’s campaign manager) to the pedophile ring run by James Alefantis and there was no way out!

Videos were flooding YouTube explaining how code words that were used in Podesta’s emails used terminology that had been identified by the FBI as pedophiles’ means of communicating with each other! Connections were made between Marina Abramovic and her Spirit Cooking ceremonies that had been attended by Podesta and his brother! Suddenly it became evident that this wasn’t simply about pedophilia and sexual deviancy, but more about Satanism and Occult rituals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epzOg5cS3N0

There is no way that Washington could allow this public investigation to continue! They had to act fast and remove any further public scrutiny! Removing Hillary was their only option, because if she had been elected, the Public Pressure to expose this bizarre activity would have been too tremendous to control!

Mainstream media acted swiftly to discredit alternative media researchers and came up with a plan to demonize those intent on exposing Hillary. They immediately discredited any talk of PizzaGate as “fake news” and arranged for a deranged lunatic to go to Comet Ping Pong (James Alefanitis’s place) and shoot an AR-15 rifle, thus casting an appearance of “violent conspiracy theorists” on those investigating and, once again, using the “victim” model of Alefantis to protect themselves from further scrutiny!

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/business/media/comet-ping-pong-pizza-shooting-fake-news-consequences.html

The idea that a Pizza Place would be a hub for child trafficking was a ridiculous idea! So easily dismissed by the average American who would have enough cognitive dissonance to avoid even the slightest inclination to investigate further. But, to anyone who looked at the evidence uncovered, it became undeniable that Comet Ping Pong Pizza had catered to the elite pedophiles of Washington DC and perhaps entertained foreign dignitaries who indulged in these Satanic Rituals and pedophilic practices!

PizzaGate is real. It is not some lunatic fringe conspiracy theory. These people in Washington D.C. participate in Satanic Ritual Abuse. This is not about some perverts looking at kiddie porn on their computers, although that is a common side effect of ritual abuse, it is about the acquisition of longevity and power through Lucifer. Because this is such a foreign concept to most people (including me), our own cognitive dissonance will keep us uncertain.

“Surely this can’t be true”, we think!

We have actually shielded the perpetrators by trusting that our own morality is shared by them. These acts are so horrific that we don’t believe other humans could be capable of such things — at least not on such a large scale as we are told. But, as more and more evidence is presented, it becomes apparent that these cults do exist. They are widespread, secretive, and have somehow procured the most prominent positions of power in our government, entertainment industry, food supply, and every other vital institution that we rely on for sustenance!

As George Carlin once said, “It’s a BIG CLUB and you ain’t in it!”

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Why does actress Morena Baccarin have an Adam’s apple?

I know there are more important things for me to post about, but this is one of those trivia that nags and bugs.

From Wikipedia:

The Adam’s apple, or laryngeal prominence, is a feature of the human neck, and is the lump or protrusion that is formed by the angle of the thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx.

The structure of the Adam’s apple forms a bump under the skin. It is typically larger in adult males, in whom it is usually clearly visible and palpable. In females, the bump is much less visible and is hardly perceived on the upper edge of the thyroid cartilage. […]

An Adam’s apple is solely a characteristic feature of adult males, because its size tends to increase considerably during puberty. Its development is considered a secondary sexual characteristic of males that appears as a result of hormonal activity. Its level of development varies among individuals and the widening of that area in the larynx can occur very suddenly and quickly…. During adolescence, the thyroid cartilage grows together with the larynx. Consequently, the laryngeal prominence grows in size mainly in men. Together, a larger soundboard is made up in phonation apparatus and, as a result, the man gets a deeper voice note.

Here’s a pic of a man’s Adam’s apple:

Some time ago, I rented from Netflix Showtime’s Homeland TV series. A character in the first two seasons was Jessica Brody, the wife of Marine sergeant Nicholas Brody. The actress who played the wife is Morena Baccarin — a Brazil-born, attractive, feminine-looking woman, albeit with a preternaturally long neck.

Watching Baccarin, however, was disconcerting because of her prominent Adam’s apple.

Wikipedia says Morena Baccarin has a son with her first husband, and a daughter with her second husband. Below is a pic I found of a heavily pregnant Baccarin at an Emmy party on September 22, 2013:

Baccarin is said to have undergone plastic surgery for breast implants and a nose job. So why didn’t she shave her Adam’s apple?

Among the women I’ve known, I’ve never seen one with an Adam’s apple. Have you?

~Eowyn

Rooster waits for school bus bringing his human home

Dogs, and even cats, are known to wait for their humans to come home.

Betcha you didn’t know that chickens also do that.

Every afternoon, a rooster named Frog runs to the school bus when his human, Savannah, comes home.

~Eowyn

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency put its password on a Post-It sticky

On Saturday morning, January 13, residents of blue-state Hawaii (66.22% voted for Hillary in the 2016 presidential election) went into a panic when one very incompetent and unnamed employee at Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (EMA), as described by Hawaii Gov. David Ige, “pushed the wrong button” on his computer and sent a “this is not a drill” emergency notification of an incoming ballistic missile.

See DCG’s “Worker who “hit wrong button” (twice) about Hawaii’s missile threat feels terrible, will face counseling“.

After the EMA sent the emergency alert, it took the agency 38 minutes before it assured Hawaiians that the alert was a false alarm.

A photo from July recently resurfaced on Twitter, showing the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to be a Mickey Mouse operation.

The photo was taken on Friday, July 21, 2017, of Jeffrey Wong, current operations officer of EMA, standing in front of a bank of computer screens monitoring hazards at the agency’s headquarters in Honolulu. (Business Insider)

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency operations officer Jeffrey Wong

At the bottom of a computer screen next to Wong is a yellow Post-It sticky with a password scribbled on it, helpfully labeled “Password”.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency password

You can’t make this stuff up.

But Democrats, like Hollywood brainiacs Jim Carrey and Jamie Lee Curtis, are blaming President Trump for the false alarm. Go figure.

~Eowyn

Jim Carrey & Jamie Lee Curtis blame Pres. Trump for Hawaii’s missile false alarm

Last Saturday morning, January 13, residents of Hawaii went into a panic when one very incompetent and unnamed employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency pressed the wrong button on his computer, sending a “this is not a drill” emergency notification of an incoming ballistic missile, and advising citizens to “seek shelter”.

Desperate parents even tried to shield their children by putting them in storm drains.

Hawaiians had to endure 38 minutes of terror before they were told it was a false alarm.

See DCG’s “Worker who “hit wrong button” (twice) about Hawaii’s missile threat feels terrible, will face counseling“.

Hollyweirdos, being morally corrupt, spiritually blind, and IQ-challenged, blame — you guessed it — President Trump!

Jim Carrey, 55, a high school dropout who is sued by the family of his former girlfriend, the late Cathriona White, for giving her STDs (herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis A) and illegally-obtained prescription drugs, tweeted:

“I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^\”

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, 59, a college dropout after just one semester, who is best known for her role in the 1978 horror flick Halloween, tweeted:

Being IQ- and education-challenged, both Carey and Curtis conveniently ignore the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who created the monster of a nuclear North Korea.

So if anyone is to be blamed for Hawaii’s missile false alarm, it’s Democrat Bill Clinton and blue-state Hawaiians who voted for Hillary Clinton 66.22% (vs. 30.03% for Trump) in 2016.

~Eowyn

Tuesday all-cats Funnies!

Cats Rule!

H/t josephbc69 and Kelleigh

~Eowyn

Why FTC’s Do Not Call registry doesn’t stop those annoying robo-calls — and how you can stop them!

The short answer: Robo-callers make so much money that they can afford to pay a fine to the FTC.

Simon van Zuylen-Wood of the Washington Post uses the example of one telemarketer to explain why those robo-calls keep calling you.

Virtually all robo-calls, whatever they’re selling, are illegal. But that hasn’t stopped a middle-aged telemarketer named Aaron Michael (or Michael Aaron) Jones, who lives high by spamming people with robo-calls. He lives in a $25,000 a month Spanish Colonial Revival house in a gated community near Laguna Beach, Calif.; has a personal chef; drives a couple of Mercedes; and has a gambling account at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Jones had paid for exclusive access to a computer program capable of blasting out prerecorded phone messages to just about anyone in the country, peddling auto warranties, home security systems and search-engine optimization tools. He works with a revolving cast of co-workers under the auspices of about a dozen corporations, as well as rents the computer program out to other robo-callers.

According to the FTC’s investigation, Jones was “facilitating” roughly a billion robo-calls a year, more than any individual the FTC had ever identified. On Oct. 1, 2015, Jones was called to the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to testify under oath.

Simon van Zuylen-Wood writes:

At 9:50 a.m., Jones and his attorney arrived at a fifth-floor FTC conference room, where two of the commission’s lawyers, James Evans and Ian Barlow, would confront him. But a curious thing happened as they began asking questions: Jones didn’t deny much of anything. When Evans tried to pin down the volume of calls he was capable of placing, he answered, “I did a lot,” then punched out an estimate on his phone’s calculator. Jones eventually grew restless and tried to move the interview along: “Obviously, the underlying issue is the calls are illegal. We know that already.Afterward, he returned to California and resumed robo-calling. In January 2017, the FTC sued him. Five months later, a federal judge banned him from telemarketing and hit him with a $2.7 million penalty. He didn’t bother contesting the judgment. […]

Jones, it appears, didn’t really care about getting caught. The same goes for the rest of the robo-calling industry. The financial rewards of bothering people on the telephone are clearly greater than the risks. “We continue to bring cases and shut down as many folks as we can,” says Janice Kopec, the FTC’s point person on robo-calls. “What we recognized, though, was we shut down an operation and another one springs up behind it almost instantaneously.” Hence our modern scourge. In 2015, the call-blocking app YouMail estimated that close to a billion robo-calls were being placed every month. Two years later, that number has leapt to 2.5 billion. At best, these calls annoy. At worst, they defraud. By far, they constitute the top consumer complaint received by the FTC.

In theory, there is a fix: the National Do Not Call Registry, created in 2003. Today, 230 million numbers are on it. The point, obviously, is to not be called. And yet the FTC receives 19,000 complaints every day from list members who have, in fact, been called. There is a battle being waged over the inviolability of our telephone numbers — over the right to not be bothered. On one side there is Mike Jones and his robot army. On the other side, there is the federal government and its list. It is clear who’s winning. But why?

Zuylen-Wood identifies some key players and moments in the history of telemarketing:

  • In 1967, Murray Roman, a public-relations consultant, first invented telemarketing.
  • In 1969, Douglas Samuelson, a Virginia telecom analyst, invented predictive dialing — a technology that allowed department stores, politicians and scammers to dial widely and quickly, while weeding out phone lines that were busy or unresponsive — which exponentially increased telemarketing.

Note: Hmm, Aaron Michael Jones, Murray Roman, Douglas Samuelson. Does anyone see a pattern here?

  • In 1991, Congress created the first Do Not Call registries, which were ineffective because the registries were maintained by telemarketers so that the only way to get on them was to call the companies themselves.
  • In 2003, Congress passed a bill to create a nationwide Do Not Call Registry, administered by the FTC. (The House bill passed 412 to 8, opposed by Ron Paul, Jeff Flake and a handful of other shrink-the-state types.) In three months, 50 million people signed up. Telemarketing groups found to have called any of the registered numbers could be fined up to $11,000 per call. By downloading the list of numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, and then declining to call them, telemarketers largely policed themselves out of existence.
  • By the late 2000s, though, a new threat had emerged: robo-calls, prerecorded phone messages instead of live telemarketers. Legitimate companies began outsourcing illegal robo-calls to third parties. Will Maxson, an assistant director in the FTC’s consumer protection bureau, explains that voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) dialing “allows telemarketers to make lots and lots of calls for less money, from anywhere in the world. It also allows you to set up shop, tear down, move. All you really need to make a lot of calls is a computer and an Internet connection.” Combine that with an automated dialing platform, plus some co-workers, and you’re Aaron Michael Jones.
  • Robo-calls also employ another technology — “spoofing” or faking a telephone number enables robo-callers to call targets from numbers that bore their own area codes, and, simultaneously, throw law enforcement off their scent. (Now you know why so many robo-calls come from phone numbers with your area code!)
  • In 2009, the FTC outlawed almost all robo-calls, exempting those from political organizations, schools and other entities not trying to sell you things. Alas, the ban had no perceptible effect. From 2010 to 2011, the number of annual Do Not Call complaints jumped from 1.6 million to 2.3 million; in 2012, the number rose again by nearly 70%. In 2017, the FTC received a record 7.2 million complaints. The top violations reported were debt-reduction schemes, vacation and timeshare offers, warranties and protection plans, and impostors.

At the root of the FTC’s public relations problem is a misapprehension about how the Do Not Call Registry works:

  • When you add your number to the list, nothing actually happens. No legal muscle or technological wizardry  prevents a solicitor from calling you.
  • All the list does is provide you with vague recourse in the event you are called, by allowing you to complain that someone has called you, by calling a toll-free number or filling out a form on the Do Not Call website.
  • If the number you were called from shows up in enough complaints, the FTC will leap into action and prosecute the offending dialer. Except, it almost certainly won’t.

The main reasons why the FTC’s Do Not Call registry doesn’t and can’t stop robo-calls are:

  1. Robo-callers couldn’t care less because nobody knows who they are or where they’re calling from since they all spoof (fake) their numbers.
  2. More robo-calls are done every year because it’s cheap and easy to blast out automated calls from anywhere in the world.
  3. 1 and 2 make it nearly impossible for the FTC to identify robo-callers, let alone penalize them. At a hearing on robo-calls in October, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she was getting so many of them, she’d disconnected her home phone. “The list,” she said, “doesn’t work.”
  4. The FTC doesn’t have the resources to go after robo-callers, with an annual budget of $300 million (the FBI’s is $9 billion) and only 43 employees in the Division of Marketing Practices, which oversees unwanted calls, none of whom work full time on the issue. Ami Dziekan, who works in a different department, is the lone steward of the Do Not Call Registry.
  5. Since the robo-call ban went into effect in 2009, the FTC has brought just 33 cases against robo-callers. In those cases, defendants have been ordered to pay nearly $300 million in relief to victims, and nearly $30 million in civil penalties to the government. But even then, the FTC can’t force perpetrators to pay the fine if they argue they’re broke, which robo-callers often seem to be. So the FTC has only collected on a fraction of those sums: $18 million in relief and less than $1 million in penalties.

This is how I deal with robo-calls:

When a call rings and I don’t recognize the caller ID number, I answer the call but stay silent. If it’s a human calling, the person eventually will say: “Hello? Hello?”. If it’s a robo-call, after a few seconds of my silence, the robo-call simply hangs up.

After weeks of employing the silent method, I’ve noticed that the number of robo-calls has greatly decreased.

Let’s hear from our readers of your methods of dealing with these irritating robo-calls!

See also “Beware of cold calls from Windows Technical Support – It’s a scam”.

UPDATE:

Thanks to reader Roy’s advice, I just signed on to a service called Nomorobo, which blocks robo-calls. The service is free for landline phones, but costs $1.99 a month for mobile phones. I followed the instructions, and successfully enabled robo-calls to be blocked from my landline phone. Click here or go to: https://nomorobo.com/.

~Eowyn