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Unwanted Calls From Falungong June 20, 2007

Posted by WishBoNe in Emotions & Feelings, Mobile Phone, Random Thoughts, Software, Technology and Gadgets.
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Seems that Falungong is getting agressive. They have started on calling our mobile to gather feelings for them. Yep, I have started to gather my feelings, mostly, negative. The more aggressive you are, the more I want to stay far, far away from ya. So, stay away, ok?

Mobile call from Falungong Irritated with the constant harping about victims being totured. The solution is to hang up. There is no caller ID because they are using Skype and other VOIP to contact us. I sure hope there will be one day we are able to block individual calls as in how we are filtering spam by email. Not very effective but it’s a start.

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1. Dee - June 20, 2007

I’ve been recently seeing a very annoying increase in telephone spam. It may have something to do with when I switched 100% to VoIP but I don’t understand what’s changed – I’ve always listed my number in book so???

Anyway, I started to doing some research and stumbled on a company that is working on something pretty cool and I think a gadget this cool should really get some public support.

2. WishBoNe - June 21, 2007

@Dee
Sometimes I don’t know if giving out name cards is helpful for us or for spammers. Besides telephone spam, I’ve been getting spam text messages too. They include an unsubscribe number but I applied the same logic, don’t reply, the same for email spam.

3. Susan - June 25, 2007

Hi Wishbone,

Are you based in China? There is a calling campaign there, but I’m not aware that it is occurring to phones outside of China. The reason it’s occurring is to give people there the chance to know what is happening, which many don’t, and to quit the CCP if they want to. As you know it is very dangerous to do so using one’s real identity.

In some respects the campaign has been very effective- lots of people listen to the entire message and ultimately decide to leave the party- and that is great for them. The downside is, of course, that unsolicited anything electronic is spam. We all hate spam, so no argument there. I guess it’s a hard line to walk- some people you will definitely annoy and some people you will really help. Maybe it it is thought of in those terms- how many people it ultimately helps- the momentary inconvenience could be a bit more palatable. Just a thought to consider.

All the best

4. WishBoNe - June 25, 2007

@Susan
No, I’m not based in China. It’s annoying that the calls are being made but nothing can be done about them. There’s no caller number that can be traceable. All I can do is to pick up the receiver and hang up. What they are trying to do here from Falungong is to solicit sympathy but the opposite happens. We are totally turned off by it especially when it’s spam calls.

5. Susan - June 26, 2007

I’ll try to find out how it is happening that you are receiving calls if not in China. Can you divulge your area code and exchange? That would help us to find out how the mistake is being made.

The point I was trying to make earlier was that the calls actually are welcomed by some people and do help them, and the situation is really quite dire. It would be great if those who were unintentionally receiving them could possibly view it in that context- a momentary inconvenience as a tradeoff for a greater good. No one wants to aggravate people, for sure.

Feel free to write me privately at the address I signed in under. We want to avoid engendering bad feelings if at all possible. Thanks for letting us know it’s happening to you. Very sorry. 😦

6. WishBoNe - June 26, 2007

@Susan
I’m in Singapore. There’s no area code, just country code here. Country code is +65. Hopefully this can be eliminated soon. It’s not just me, my colleagues in other departments are also irritated by the calls.

7. Susan - July 1, 2007

Hi Wishbone,

We discussed this situation at a statewide meeting last night, and those in a position to know said that Falun Gong practitioners are not making calls outside of the Mainland. Further, a western practitioner noted that his father in the US gets repeated calls, in Chinese and English, from people purporting to be Falun Gong practitioners, claiming that some practitioners are trying to collect money and that it’s not good and warning to stay away from them. There are, apparently other scripts being followed as well, and that these calls are being received worldwide, as reported by Chinese practitioners. They call repeatedly. However, the calls FG pracs make are not repeated unless we know that the person has listened to the entire message. Then we call back to see if we can help.

So the consensus is that you and your colleagues are being harassed not by Falun Gong practitioners but by CCP agents posing as practitioners, as part of a worldwide propaganda effort to create ill-will directed at Falun Gong.

This is a small piece of the sometimes sophisticated, and sometimes ham-handed efforts the CCP has used to discredit, defame and destroy Falun Gong worldwide. It is extremely insidious. I do apologize, but there is nothing we can do to stop it, although the best thing is to tell people what is really happening.

I hope this helps.

kind regards,
Susan

8. WishBoNe - July 1, 2007

@Susan
Thank you for your help. I am receiving such calls in Chinese and English at times, the only way I can do now is to hang up since there is no number shown on my caller ID. I do wish such unhand tactics will go away though.

9. Tom - July 6, 2007

Susan,

You are mistaken, the English calls are being made by practitioners inside the US. A college professor friend of mine who teaches in Boston/Providence area received the following unwanted voice mail message from a practitioner on April 26, 2007 at 12:17 PM:

“Hi, professor. I’m Gary, Falun Gong practitioner– this is the exercise system that is being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party. I am just calling to let you know
about a movement called the Nine Commentaries which is quitting the Chinese Communist Party and more than 20 million Chinese have quit. You can learn more
about it at the Epoch Times. com on-line newspaper or just search in Nine Commentaries. It’s very interesting because the Western media in order to do business over in China have covered it up and so a very significant movement. And with the recent pet food poison I think it’s significant. Thanks for your time.”

You can’t claim that “Gary” is an agent of the CCP, because if he were he wouldn’t condemn the CCP. Clearly this is part of Falun Gong’s on-going campaign to discredit the CCP. As you know, Master Li requires all his disciples to expose the “evil and wicked” Chinese Communist party as a condition for salvation (which he calls “consummation”). The problem with the FG has always been its willingness to bend the truth in order to achieve it’s objectives.

I would have more sympathy for the FG if it were more honest about its teachings and objectives. I find it outrageous, for example, that practitioners even fabricate stories of torture (live organ harvesting) in China in order to discredit the CCP.


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