Thoughts of the Week

So it appeared that someone sim swapped my MetroPCS sim card at around 2AM on 5/14/2021, used my number for 2-factor-verification to log into my crypto accounts and wiped out about $15k worth of assets. I believe I've made from about $2k to $10k in a month, mainly dealing with XRP and dogecoins. The thief probably felt very proud of himself/herself. And yes I was angry at first, even now, there's temptation for me to seek them out, study their family, and do something to them, like chop off their fingers, etc. something memorable for them. But then, I thought about how these thieves would need to pay back 4 times worth of what they stole, it's never good for them, no matter how they feel like they are getting away from it. And I don't think if they were caught and did times on Earth would satisfy God's judgment unless they obeyed God's punishment. Even when Zacchaeus was converted, his mentality was so fixed upon paying back 4 times what he cheated from others. This lesson does show that phone companies can't be trusted with this, though it doesn't mean that we shouldn't track down the thieves. The temptation for me is, once tracked down, should I give it to the authorities, or take the matter into my own hands (if you want something done right...).

If I were to share something (i.e. articles, books, videos) long to others, I should be able to summarize the points to them. With my experience introducing Paul Washer to Michael Liu, the timing of sharing the pointers is very important as well. This is why I never look at those shared by others, if they are unable to summarize them. I would just treat them as spams, regardless of where they come from. Am I ignorant? Not if I am using my time wisely and only attend to those "supposed meaningful" spams if I come across them myself somehow. Credit goes to me or whoever that were able to summarize at the right time, while the rest were just mere advertisers, like the commercial videos you see in TV, they have no say in when I benefited from those, in spite of how they try to label those "important".

Learned from a trusted source, Dr. R. C., that Redeemer indeed was overpaying her pastoral staffs. John Lin was paid $175k+ without housing tax, 15 years ago. And he was already known to not want this job. Looking for MBA/Law jobs that he couldn't get, he felt he was trapped in this pastoral role with such high pay. The way I see Lin, he's not one to be into anything Christian. Then what was he doing? I don't know. We always try to run when it was his turn to preach. Tim Keller was the only one anybody cared, until he stepped down. Keller, began his NYC ministry with 6 bedroom 2 unit apartment paid for and a $150k+ salary, with the additional of his 3 boys' private school paid for at $75k/yr. I believe Keller was doing pastoral works before Redeemer, and perhaps attempted it until his wife began smashing china plates. So that was it. They all love to talk about using their pastoral roles to promote themselves either with books and ultimately, to become pastor trainers (higher than pastor) and thus, need no pastoral responsibility themselves. They've "graduated" from it. This sickness is the result of people like Scott Sauls and Revoice. This is not jealousy, because I've already called out their shame before knowing all these figures. But of course, the materialists would come, never forget about them materialists, they would say, if these pastors don't deserve such pay, then why God allowed it? I best just avoid answering them, or else I might be tempted to get a grenade launcher.

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One Response to Thoughts of the Week

  1. timlyg says:

    It appears that the thief that stole my crytocoins was someone by the name Ebrahem Adeeb. At least that's what the FBI thought.
    Not long ago I was mailed by FBI a notice that I may be victim of a crime, both via email and post mail. Then I tried to follow up, online and via email, thinking I could join the court case only to find out that even the Zoom session was cancelled and the link above was the result of it, pasted below. I was certainly very angry before, but now, I hope he only learn his lesson and not get hooked on materials. As for me, I have learned my lesson in cybersecurity as well (there had been suspicion in my yahoo mail access as well as prompts that I shouldn't ignore thinking that "haha, they tried but failed to hack coz they don't have my phone sms text code":

    May 23, 2023

    NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for conspiring to steal more than $500,000 worth of cryptocurrency from users’ accounts with a cryptocurrency exchange platform, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

    Ebrahem Adeeb, 20, of Bayonne, New Jersey previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with conspiring to commit wire fraud.

    According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

    From October 2020 through May 2021 Adeeb and his conspirators “swapped” the subscriber identity module (SIM) associated with a victim’s phone number for another SIM loaded into a mobile device they controlled in order to access and control the victim’s accounts. Adeeb and his conspirators then sent a password reset request to a digital currency exchange platform, which caused the company to send a password reset link to the victim’s email account. Adeeb and his conspirators then accessed the victim’s email account and account at the currency exchange company and transferred cryptocurrency from the victim’s account to a cryptocurrency wallet they controlled. Adeeb and his conspirators stole cryptocurrency valued at more than $500,000 at the time of the thefts.

    In additional to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Adeeb to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $504,418.

    U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

    The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark.


    Defense counsel: Peter Aziz Esq., Clifton, New Jersey

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