[digg-reddit-me]I love subscribing to TownHall.com’s emails. They are often good for a chuckle.
But what truly surprises me is the absolute contempt they show for their readers. Obviously, the website promotes political lies and makes no attempt to disguise this. But, as conservatism today has devolved into a reality-show equivalent of thrillers like The Da Vinci Code or any Vince Flynn novel – complete with ominous music that would play in the background if these novels are movie-fied – the fictional world created by these lies seems to provide enjoyable entertainment.
But TownHall.com apparently believes its readers will not only gullibly accept lies that confirm their political convictions, but are gullible enough to invest money in all sorts of shady enterprises and get-rich-quick schemes. Back in August, I posted one such email – in which TownHall.com allowed an advertiser to use its brand and email list to send out a promotion for a newsletter suggesting that you too could get “A potential 6-figure fortune within 12 to 24 months” by investing in Constitution Mining Corp. Nearly 5 months after this email – but to be fair, less than the 2 years they are talking about – Constitution Mining Corp. has increased in value from $1.25 per share on the day of the post to $1.53 today. A significant increase, but nowhere near the 430% return discussed in the email.
Now, TownHall.com has sent out another amusing email (full text here for the patient and curious) – this time promoting a special investigative exposé:
The email, when printed out, was 21 pages long. But in its 21 pages, it did not manage to mention the name of the company it was promoting. To get that, you need to buy the $49 subscription fee for BreakAway Investor. Of course, Michael Robinson, editor of BreakAway Investor, didn’t make that clear until about 15 pages in. But in the meantime, Robinson spun a fantastical story of a dark, nefarious conspiracy – which you too could become rich by participating in!
I can’t emphasize enough how extraordinarily unique this situation is. In fact, the last time an opportunity this explosive… and this lucrative… came along was in 1933…
… right in the middle of the Great Depression…
… when a similar U.S. government “conspiracy” sent tiny military contractor EBC soaring 55,000%… turning a handful of people into multimillionaires.
Folks who got in early had the chance to turn a $5,000 investment into $2.5 million.
The opportunity I’ve uncovered today offers similar riches. And while a 55,000% return might take a while…
… folks who get in now — on the GROUND FLOOR — could be $97,500 richer by March 2010. Maybe a whole lot more…
There is one catch, however…
When I first uncovered this situation, I was a bit skeptical. After all, “crackpot” conspiracy theories come a dime a dozen, and they’re hard to take seriously…
Which is why he decided to work “undercover” to uncover the facts…
I wish I could have given you more time… but as a matter of policy, I had to be absolutely certain of the FACTS before I went public with this shocking story.
Bottom line: Time is short, and it’s essential that you act now to avoid missing out.
At this point, three pages in, without any facts, but several exhortations to “act now” even the most credulous person must be a bit skeptical. The giant conspiracy revolves around the Stimulus Bill. The mainstream press “tied the buzzword, ‘infrastructure,’ ” to the bill. And at first “like most Americans hoping for a quick recovery…[Robinson] bought into the idea that the government stimulus program was all about building new roads, creating jobs, and making the economy better again.” But Robinson’s research revealed that this was a “DECOY.”
In fact, I began by looking at the “infrastructure/construction” industry. BIG MISTAKE. Thankfully, I wasn’t 24 hours into my investigation when the story took a surprising turn… a turn that could make YOU very wealthy, very soon. Let me explain…
Then there is a page of extraneous information, leading to what he said he was trying to explain:
That all changed on July 23, 2009, at 2:34 p.m. when I received a text message from my inside source, whom I’ll call “Branson” (not his real name).
They’re leading you astray. Infrastructure is a decoy.
The real story is GSA#: GSOOQ09BGD.
Apparently, “Branson” – like me – is a stickler for proper capitalization and punctuation in his text messages. But I’ve never seen anyone sign a text message, “Regards.” But let’s not examine this too closely – but instead, focus on the conspiracy. Robinson naturally followed up this lead:
What I found made me furious…
After digging into the records, I discovered that the REAL WINNER in the stimulus package is NOT infrastructure. Not by a long shot.
And it’s NOT America’s workforce…
And it’s NOT the U.S. economy…
The real winner is a powerful syndicate with a very dangerous agenda… an agenda that will likely make YOU a pile of money — as much as $97,500 or more — by March 2010.
Let me explain…
A few pages later, after explaining “how Washington works,” Robinson reveals this “powerful syndicate with a very dangerous agenda” – tech companies:
I realize on the surface, big technology spending sounds like a win-win situation… a good deal for everyone.
But the truth is, technology spending will spark a “shadow recovery”… a recovery that LOOKS REAL at first glance… but ultimately disappears, leaving millions of Americans in severe financial pain.
Let me explain…
And finally, Robinson reveals the giant conspiracy – sort of. It’s TECHNOLOGY!! itself – which by increasing productivity reduces the need for workers. As the StockGumshoe commented:
That strikes me as a bit of an odd endorsement of neo-Luddism, and an argument against the creative destruction of capitalism, for the editor of an investment newsletter that generally focuses on emerging technologies, and one whose business model would be much more challenging without the Internet (government funded and built, natch). But, of course, he goes on to say that though this will be terrible for the country’s economic recovery … you can still profit from it.
And that company that will make you rich beyond your dreams is one tech company which was listed among more than 50 on a military contract worth $50 billion, a fact which the letter glosses over (i.e. fails to mention.) Robinson goes on to say what a remarkable investment this company will be, as “the rest of the stock market will likely drop another 25% by January 2010.”
Buy now. Now! Right now! Robinson urges:
Play this situation correctly, and you may never have to work again.
So… is this opportunity suitable for you?
Well, the question you need to ask yourself is this:
How Much MONEY
Do You Want to Make…?
Well, if that’s the only question. Of course, the other question you need to ask is: Am I ready to shell out $49 for this guy’s investment advice.
The solicitation concludes:
In fact, T. Rowe Price is holding a multimillion-share position… this stock could double or even triple in the coming weeks… and in the next 12 months, a 2,400% gain is very possible.
Things are going to move fast, and you need to get in position now to ensure full profit potential.
So please, take just a moment to reserve your space by clicking the Order Now button below.
But please do it now! This opportunity won’t wait, and I’d hate to see you miss out.
Editor, BreakAway Investor
P.S. My source indicates that this stock is starting to move… here’s your chance to pocket 2,400%. But this is for folks who act now. Please don’t miss out…
Notice when the letter is dated – “September 2009.” “This opportunity won’t wait,” he says – yet three months later, he didn’t feel it was necessary to change his message. And while he warned that “this stock could double or even triple in the coming weeks” it instead has remained steady since its split in September.
To summarize: The Giant Conspiracy is that some of the stimulus and military funds are going to technology companies. Technology itself destroys jobs. At what point Michael Robinson went “undercover” to figure this out is unclear since every source is in public records, and though he describes visiting each building in which the records for keeping track of the stimulus and for SEC filings, both are also available freely online. But if you want to subscribe to a newsletter that publishes fiction along with investigative journalism, and don’t like the New Yorker‘s bias or distinction between its news and fiction, Michael Robinson’s stock tips might be for you…