I do find it interesting the desire to harm/screw other people over and feel no remorse. Like those scams getting busted in certain places eg. fake virus support. People show up to their actual office and do the scam like their 9-5 haha... Idk crazy. I sometimes wish I had that malintent vs. just being a passive people pleaser. Like I'm sorry of my existence. Meanwhile guy jaywalks across traffic to me and asks me for some money so he can go to McDonalds... Idk. Conversely I see a legitimely homeless person and I offer them money, they refuse.
I'm not sure this is the driving force here, especially when your description sort of fits the worst psychopaths, and I can think of other principles these people live by which aren't necessarily driven by such 'evil' forces. E.g. desire to survive (==food/shelter) which in modern society usually translates to desire to earn money, see an easy way to do that, feel remorse but ignore it.
Alos, after having talked to so-called tinfoil hatters, it seems that a large part of them genuinely believe all these theories (well, or were extremely good in tricking me into believing they believe) and as such also believe they can actually help people so from their point of view it's not a desire to harm or screw over but rather to help. As crippled as that might seem to others. I.e. do not underestimate the power of the human mind to play tricks on itself, or mental problems in other words.
Hmm I did not think of that. My rant was mostly about scams where you know it's a lie eg. a fake virus and then you proceed to convince someone they have to pay you money to fix this problem you made up.
But yeah I see your point about the need to make money too in this particular situation(what I'm talking about) it is a fast way to make a lot of money.
A number of these people made a business out of 'helping' others who believed the same things. Most of the time my impression was that they really did do it from an honest conviction.
It makes sense, of course. If you believe something is true, making a business out of helping others within this belief system is pretty much what many of us do. If anything, it's at the very least more admirable than selling shit you know won't help others. It's just maddeningly misguided.
For example, a couple I met tried to sell some expensive woo-woo device to another friend of mine. Some other friends approached me to pool money so that we could buy this device for her birthday.
I'm convinced these friends meant well, the sellers meant well, and possibly the 'manufacturer' meant well too. It's quite possible that making this custom device was expensive.
I deflected by buying a nice book for her instead, but it was really difficult to keep from criticising. Thankfully, I was pretty sure enough of my other friends wouldn't participate and the gift wouldn't happen, so it was easier to just let things be.
An example would be a productivity app that only has a flip switch for High or Low productivity. Whenever you need to be extra productive, just open the app and set it to High.
Some users were utterly convinced that their machine was running faster than ever before, when in reality the malware did nothing other than begging for cash payments. Often the opposite by slowing down the machine with continuous pop-up advertisements and other nasties.
Placebo apps that make your Internet faster are as old as the Internet itself though. I am guilty. In my defense, that was 20 years ago.
The fact that placebos are effective is precisely /because/ they're effectively tricking whatever badly-understood connection there is between our thinking and our body. I imagine that there are degrees to this: 'tricking' ourselves to be productive by deciding to clean our house instead would generally not be called a placebo, whereas taking a sugar pill that lifts us out of depression probably would.
But fundamentally they're just the same thing on a spectrum: an improvement as a result of something that we /know/ should not be effective by understood, biological pathways.
Would work at what? Make people 'happy'?
OTOH, the reasoning for poor construction of these devices is probably similar to the reasoning for poor English in 419 scam emails.
But then it's more about self discipline. You can always shut down the devices yourself instead of relying on a curtain measure for that which might prove annoying.
Surrounding yourself with a strong electromagnetic field should help you shield against electromagne... forget it.
Clearly you haven't read the advert, it's a 'nano-layer of quantum holographic catalyzer technology'
Really it's not much different than selling a wooden cross that will "protect you against satan".
(Unless it is passive - aluminum foil or a mesh cage, which is perfectly legal.)
Therefore it's false advertising.
Vitaminwater has some drink called "balance", would that fall under the same thing? They also have something called "revive" but I don't think you can call it illegal just because it won't revive people from death.
Neither "balance and harmonisation" or "imbalanced electric radiation" are precise enough terms to disprove I'd think. Then again, I'm in no way an expert on quack healing devices or RF engineering.