Adam Blatner

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At Least They Admit They’re Fake

Originally posted on November 16, 2011

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       So how many of these and their ilk are used? It so baldly appeals to the spirit of cheating, as if it were not a form of wickedness about which folks should be ashamed. This program is wicked, but I wonder how much guilt is rationalized away by those who buy such products. How are they used and who bothers to check? It’s as if people were to publicly admit to mild fraud without shame: “Hey, everybody else does it. I’d be a sucker if I didn’t do it too.” But most folks do not cheat. Are they suckers? Pretty creepy.

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