Chosen to Win 1/2 million dollars

This scam is the-all-time winner for creativity. Like all scams, it draws you in. Is it believable? It has all the aspects of being authentic.

Suppose you respond. Then, you’ll be asked for more personal information, until suddenly you’re like the ACCOUNTANT in nearby Idaho who did bite on a scam like this and lost all his retirement
income when he made many trips abroad to collect.

Here is today’s email scam: RWG wishes to notify you that your email account has been picked as a winner in the results of the September Royal Wings Gold Strike Email Program held in Bolton, Lancashire – United Kingdom on Saturday 8th, Sept. 2012.

Collect 620,093.71 Pounds Sterling:
Cheque collections at Royal Wings UK Collection Center at 32 Ormrod St., Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 3D4 United Kingdom, Mon-Fr. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding public holidays.

Or, call to collect in person at our office due to your location or another reason, please send an email with details to rbgc@tech-center.com
(and here they show a fax number)

In this scam, THEY will call you if you leave your full name address, phone number and best time to call.

If you do call, please note, they will know they have a sucker on the hook.

All participating emails were picked out from World Wide Web on a random basis. This program was held in conjunction with major email providers in over 120 countries worldwide.

Can you top this e-mail scam?

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Chet O’Keefe, a Name to Remember

Newport, a little town bordering Idaho, is just now wrapping up a Bluegrass Music Festival.

Fall is in the air. A nice crowd placed their chairs in front of the bandstand to hear a variety of performers. Soon the sun’s rays, which were shining in the eyes of the musicians, would no longer be in their eyes and folks would snuggle into jackets.

A 21-year-old kid from Texas got our vote for best guitar player; a man playing the mandolin from Flintwood in Sandpoint, ID., was top choice for that instruments, but best singer was the tall, lanky guy Chet O’Keefe who announced that after nine years in Nashville, he had relocated to Kettle Falls in NE Washington.

He found the area when he had come to help his parents build their off-the-grid residence.

Remember the name: Hopefully he’ll be the lead performer during the upcoming Rotary Chili Cook Off next Sept. 21 at the fairgrounds in Colville. The event won’t be topless as the one Texas offers, but it will offer lots of good eating, cooking, entertainment and camping out.

Bavaria May Send 87-Year-old to Germany for Nazi Charges

“Germans are not as patriotic as you Americans,” reported a young Rotary exchange student from Germany recently.”

His impressions later prompted a discussion among those who had heard him give his impressions of America. One woman said, “I think Germans are still atoning for their past. No wonder they aren’t patriotic.”

Perhaps that is true because a woman from Washington State has been requested by sons of former SS men to come to Germany to help them reconcile their Nazi past.

This blog has pointed out that since WWII has ended, Germany has been giving one-time outright payments to holocaust survivors and then continuing to send them monthly compensations, as well as maintaining museums and providing education about the Nazi era to German students as well as others.

In fact, we were in Dachau when a class of German high school students were in tour. We learned from their teacher that the German need for extreme order existed even in the death camps. If even a speck of straw were found on the floor, the entire building was put outside to stand for 24-hours at attention.

In a recent Associated Press report, an international news story points out that the German special prosecutors’ office, which pursues Nazi-era crimes, reports it has recommended charges be filed against an 87-year-old man on the allegations that he served as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

The case has been turned over to prosecutors in Weiden, Bavaria, who will determine whether or not to file charges against the man who was thought to live there and return him to Germany for trial.

One of the top Nazi hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Center said that although he welcomed the news of the Bavarian investigation, he cautioned that even if the suspect were charged, bringing him to Germany for trial could present challenges.

He noted that the Australian high court just last week ruled that a 90-year-old man could not be extradited to Hungary to face accusations that he tortured and killed a Jewish teenager during WWII.

“A lot will depend on whether or not his country of residence has the political will to extradite him to Germany.”

The pain of Nazi-era atoning continues to haunt history and to remind Americans to stand up and protect our Constitution and freedoms.

The Actual Size of Things

Here’s how the interior looks fashioned from just one piece of an Idaho log.

Items today are getting smaller: q-tips, matches,
packed foods.
Photos of the huge trees and the logs they provided have been sent from Idaho friends, who like us, see logging trucks every day on our rural roads.

RV exterior. Notice the wheels. They’re smaller than the ones today.

You might not believe the photos until you see another of the photos. They are logs pictured on a train.

Think of the size of hand-held saws which cut these logs. They must have been almost too big for a men to hold.

Living in the U.S., we often forget how fortunate we are to have large spaces of breathtaking beauty through which to travel and to live. In England, for example, appliances, cars, space is tiny.

This Labor Day, appreciate the dedication and
hard work of those who have made our nation
outstanding. Including the creativity of those who live here. Who else would have thought to make an RV out of the inside of a log!

Harm in a Wine Label?

Labor Day holiday will have many exclaiming, “I love the label. Guess I bought the wine because I liked the label.” Fuhrer wine label causes uproar.

Labor Day is a just-for-fun holiday. A lot of wine and other beverages will be served. You’ll probably hear people say the wine bottle in their hand has, “the cutest . . . prettiest . . . most imformative . . .label.”
Tourists in Italy recently were incensed (because one of them noted that her father lived through Auschwitz) and protested to Italian authorities, and to local and international press, about wine adored with Adolf Hitler’s image.
It’s only one of Italian winemaker Lunardelli’s tasteless line of Nazi-themed wines. He has produced dozens of different labels with such names as “Ein volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer” a slogan meaning “One people, one empire, one ruler” but he also has another line bearing images and slogans of Benito Mussolini and his fascist regime. The first vintage
bearing personages of Italian and other world political figures was in l993 and it’s not the first time his great label marketing that was a success has caused controversial uproars.
Germany takes the Nazi legacy seriously: neo-Nazi parties are illegal, Hitler’s authobiography Mein Kampf has been officially banned for decades, and the German Parliament has almost blocked approval for a straightforward genetic testing law, apparently over the echoes of Nazi eugenics programs.
Italian law also forbids the glorification of the l930″s fascist regime. However, one month after a formal protest, an Italian judge ruled they were okay to sell.
Some of these wines have carried the labels of Stalin, Marx, and Che Guevara.
The Fuhrer continues to be in trouble. May your wine label with such an attention grabber be as delicious.

Gripping Testimonies

Holocaust survivors tell stories that speak of human courage

The huge complex of Auschwitz was set on fire, including the building which housed the sick and dying. Russians were coming and evidence of atrocities were being destroyed.
Relatively few of us wonder when we see photos or news reels of survivors being liberated at camps, what happened to the people in the camps which were on fire. What happened to them?
Steven Spielberg, in his documentary, Broken Silence, Voices from the Past, and the soon-to-be-released International Tracing Society book, tell us about Death Marches, in which people from the camps being burned were hustled down the road and through villages, dropping dead along the way, the SS guards disappearing, too, into the unknown.
In Spielberg’s film, one story told by an amazing woman, relates, “We were marched to trains and when the train stopped in the middle of a rural area and rockets were being fired overhead fired by Russians and Germans. the train doors opened and as many of us who could ran into the fields. I ran to a farm house in the distance. No one was there. The rockets destroyed all the rooms in the house except the one in which I was standing.”
The horrors of the camps and the Death Marches are, in the words of survivors, “incomprehensible,” and “You had to have been there to understand what happened.”
Survivors cried as they talked, one man in particular who had been a Jewish camp guard, as he described taking the standing dead out of the gas chambers to the crematoriums.
Another man told his incredible story. “I escaped many times from the ghetto in Warsaw to seek sanctuary with a Polish friend on the Aryan side, but I soon learned that the Aryan side had more terror, so I always went back to the ghetto where it was more peaceful.”
That man also escaped from a train heading to Auschwitz through a hole in the wood floor as the train was moving. Where did he go when he escaped that time? Back once again to his Polish friend’s house in Warsaw.
Shots of young people listening to survivors tell their stories were captured by Spielberg and used between segments. These were a portion of the young people who come every every year to Auschwitz to honor the dead.
Broken Silence is not to be missed.

Children of the Nazis

This from the Sydney Morning Herald: Documentary in Australia features “The Last Nazis: the Children of the Nazis.
Tim Elliott, who writes an entertainment blog for the newspaper, says it charts Himmler’s Lebensborn project and interviews the children, now adults, and the nurses who began raising them. “We also get a portrait of Himmler, a chinless nutbar whose inadequacies manifested in a series of surreal contradictions. Raised a middle-class Catholic, he encouraged his men to impregnate any woman of suitable stock, abandoning the strictures of marriage when they only slowed up his breeding program. As for the children themselves, they were mere cogs, raised by the Third Reich in the absence of parents. The lucky few got pewter mugs engraved with Himmler’s signature.
“Gestapo chief Himmler loved children, as long as they weren’t Jewish, Gypsy, Slav, black, Asian, homosexual or handicapped. No, for the architect of the master ace, only pure-bred Aryans would suffice. And, so, starting in l935, Himmler constructed some 30 special homes across Germany – nurseries where an entire generation of perfect Teutons would be raised, the illegitimate spawn of his prized SS troops.”
According to my research there were homes also in many other countries, and almost as many in Norway as in Germany. The number most often used is 26 homes.
The program was first opened to his SS officers and to the Gestapo, but later as the war progressed, to the ordinary troops in Norway who were ordered to seek out the blue-eyed and blonde Nordic goddesses.
These children after the war were shunned, taunted and often physically abused and most all have led conflicted lives. Many are still seeking their “true” parents. Mothers in Lebensborn homes gave an oath under the SS dagger never to reveal the identity of the father.
Many Children of the Nazis are still searching for a “true” parent. Their stories, often heard now in courtrooms in countries around the world, are pitiful and heartbreaking, all because they were to be the Master Race.