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    One of the pleasures of creating and maintaining The Inspirations' website has been the opportunity to correspond with so many friends of long-standing and to make new friends. While we are sometimes a little slow in responding (we receive a tremendous number of emails each week and still type with two fingers), please know that we will answer your message in as timely a fashion as possible. Better yet, call me at 828.488.3442 between the hours of 10 AM  and 5 PM, eastern, and I will do my best to answer your question (if I know the answer, that is!)
    On the other hand, one of the trials of having the main email address is that we receive forwards on almost every subject imaginable. We do appreciate receiving the serious ones, so please don't let this message stop those. When you find an uplifting or heartwarming story, or discover a terrific Christian website, please pass it on. We do enjoy receiving those, and we visit almost every referred site.
    However, if you are one of our friends who forwards every alarmist message you receive to every internet buddy you know, please take a few minutes and read the following message. Although it is somewhat tongue in cheek, it is based in reality.
    To get your mind tuned in, let us pose what should always be a basic first question:

"As Christians, do we not have a strong duty
to KNOW that something is true before we pass it on?"

    At the bottom of this page are some very well documented, as well as timely and interesting, "internet virus/email hoax debunking websites" which should benefit us all. Much of what you will read below came from website links you can find contained in them.

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1. Big companies don't do business via chain letters:
    -Bill Gates is not giving you $1,000
    -Disney is not giving you a free vacation.
    -There is no baby food company issuing class-action checks.
    -MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most people.
            (Note: Frankly we couldn't care less about this one for any reason!)
    You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true."
    -Furthermore, just because someone said in a message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's
     legit," does not actually make it true. Most of the time, the stories are bogus, no matter the claim.

2. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend
    swears it  happened to their cousin. If you insist on believing the kidney-theft ring stories, and I quote: "The National
    Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their
    stories. None have." That's "none" as in "zero". Not even if your friend's cousin says it's so!

3. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And even if you don't,
    you can get a copy at:
http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html Then, if you make the  recipe, decide the cookies are
    that awesome, feel free to pass the  recipe on.

4. If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that went to particulates over the eastern seaboard,
   do you REALLY think this information would reach the public via an AOL chain letter?

5. There is no "Good Times" virus.
    -In fact, you should never, ever, ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm that it
     actually exists through an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses.Try:
http://www.norton.com
     -And even then, don't forward it.
     If it is real and dangerous, you can bank on it that it will be on Fox News, CNN or in USA Today.
     -And you cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to download....ya know, like, a FILE!

6. There is no verified gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving at night
    without lights.

7. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape to write email, turn OFF the "HTML encoding." Those of us on Unix shells  can't read it, and don't care enough to save the attachment and then view it with a web browser, since you're probably forwarding us a copy of the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe anyway!
(Ron's Note: We do not download unsolicited attachments from anyone we don't know, and even then we first check with the original sender).

8. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying of cancer or anything else at this time
    and would like everyone to stop sending him their business cards. He apparently is no longer a "little boy" either.

9. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work, but they did have had to establish a special
    toll free hot line in response to the large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation
    It is distracting them from the important work they do.

10. If you are one of those persons who forwards anything that "promises" 'something bad will happen if you 'don't ', then something bad will happen to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley. I promise! LOL
    
Ron's Note: This was in the original forward, and we couldn't resist leaving it in, even though we probably wouldn't
       follow through on it. SEE KEYWORD: PROBABLY


11. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, and PBS and NEA funding are still vulnerable to attack (although not at the present  time) but forwarding an e-mail won't help either cause in the least. If you want to help, contact your local  legislative representative (if you believe you can trust even them) or get  in touch with Amnesty International or the Red Cross. As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to actually do anything about whatever the competition is complaining about.

12. There is NO BILL PENDING before Congress that will allow long-distance companies to charge you for using the Internet.

13. If you still absolutely just have to forward that 10th generation message from a friend,
     at least be thoughtful enough to trim the eight miles of headers showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months. It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the "> > > >" and empty space that begin each line either. Besides, if it has gone around that many times we've probably already seen it.
     The > > >s can be easily removed by clicking on FILE, then EDIT, then REPLACE. Put the >
 
in the REPLACE BOX and hit ENTER, and watch them disappear. Your friends/family that do receive all your
     useless spam will like you a little better, but 'just a little'. GET IT?

14. And last, but certainly not least -given the number of times we have received this one over the years-
     there is no Madelyn Murray O'Hair petition or bill before Congress; This hoax has been on the Internet since at least
     since Al Gore invented it, (sorry, couldn't resist) and it wasn't true even then.
     FACTOID: According to reliable news sources, O'Hair has now met God and without a doubt has finally realized
     how foolish she really was.
     Think about it! -Dead people don't get a hearing in the U. S. Congress.
   

--------- Bottom Line  ---------
Composing e-mail or posting something on the Internet is as easy
as writing on the walls of a public restroom.
Don't automatically believe it until it's proven false...
ASSUME it's false, unless there is absolute proof that it's true.


Now, forward this message to ten friends, and you will win the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. Really! ROFLOL
NOTE: For those of you who will email and ask, that means "rolling on the floor, laughing out loud."

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And THAT'S A FACT WITH OUR HANDS UP!

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For real information on many more hoaxes, scams, etc.
visit any of the following legitimate and informative sites.

Note: We do not endorse any of the content you may find contained in any of these sites,
but we do visit them ourselves; quite often, in fact . . .
 

This page inspired by Kenneth Kirksey
who first had the courage to voice the sentiments contained herein. Thanks, Kenneth.
 

This is a new telephone scam being reported by AT&T
Visiting the site below & having this info could save you a lot of money!


http://www.att.com/fraud/home.html#thre/s/

 
http://www.scambusters.com/legends.html
 
http://www.truthorfiction.com
 

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