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AN URGENT SUMMER UPDATE From Gene Steinberg of the Gulled Paracast!

Lehmberg:  Like a spawning mushroom Gene Steinberg scatters his too eager pleas for your hard cash to a large list of once interested patrons.  It is such a spam fest of mawkish helplessness and pecuniary invalidism that the embarrassment one feels in the reading for Steinberg is actually difficult to bear, until, that is, one remembers the argued duplicity and hypocrisy Steinberg displays vis a vis the Emma Woods affair.  This is not to forget his support of garden troll Don Ecker and a litany of Don Ecker's grievous slanders using the gulled standard Paracast message board as a ready springboard.  Let's take Gene Steinberg's pathetic plea for your cash line by line.  Yeah, yeah-yeah... tedious by necessary. 

Steinberg:  These are difficult times... .

Lehmberg:  We "manage to survive" and discount your hypocrisy for what it is, a misogynistic and self-interested lynching of an innocent woman's sensibility and self-respect.  What is she owed for that, ironically?  

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Steinberg:  Despite a stagnant economy, ...

Lehmberg:  I would offer that you do what I would do if disposable cash was needed.  Deliver papers... work a fast food shift... a tour at Walmart... anything but beg able bodied! 

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Steinberg:  I had hoped ...

Lehmberg:  I get letters like this all the time from Africa with the kicker that there's millions of dollars in it for me!  Hey wait, I'm an American Vet, at 15to20% disability!  I'd like to be a UFO personality and tour the states for Big UFO seminars and workshops and actualities and conventions then write about them in UFO Magazine!  Send _me_ the cash you'd send Gene Steinberg, reader!  At least with me you get something back for it! 

Steinberg:  Unfortunately, in light of the current situation, ...

Lehmberg:  ...Just one more time... but wait!  Isn't every iteration of this uncomfortable cash campaign just "one more time"?  ...And loans?  Loans?!  Loans against what, guaranteed where, and payable when?  Moreover, someone else on this board has already asked, "Has anyone ever been paid _back_ by Gene Steinberg?  Is he a good risk?  Based, then, on what production?  On what pertinent reputation?  On what non-cash asset?  Closing, the reader has of course heard about "good money thrown after bad." 

Steinberg:  Yes, this is a situation that has an end. ...  

Lehmberg:  Awwwwww!  ...And you say that like it's good news!?  I detect only a reawakening troll after summer aestivation!  

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Steinberg:  There's also that large payoff...

Lehmberg:  It is my understanding that "a relative's investment, delayed for several years and Due this fall" is an old tune and this must be the current refrain.  I'm once again reminded of pleading African Bank managers begging you and a list of thousands to allow them the privilege of sending you millions of Euros!  Does anyone else sense this?   

Steinberg:  If you are willing to assist, here's what you can do:

Lehmberg:   Wow!  See reader?  It's all laid out for you.  Easy, peasy, punkin, and pie!  See how easy it is for you to give your money to Gene Steinberg... bollocks!  Send ME your money via PayPal and I'll give you a penny by penny accounting of how that cash is spent in YOUR service! 

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Steinberg:  Please write me directly...

Lehmberg:  Wow!  Wire transfer?  Reasonable payback.  ...If.  I.  Wish!  What transcendent gall! 

Steinberg:  Once this situation is fully resolved,  

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Lehmberg:  Well, least until _next_ summer, eh, Mr. Steinberg? 

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Steinberg:  I also plan to set up a site to help others... 

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Lehmberg:  Wow!  What compassion!  Though, let's see if it leaves the launching pad, or it there is a missile even there to blast off!  I'm betting there's not even a pad! 

Steinberg:  I also realize you have received many fraudulent requests ... 

Lehmberg:  Wow!  Forgetting that there is little doubt this request is real, the reader is assured that every dime will go to Gene Steinberg, you know... ..."someone you know"! 

Steinberg:  My actual mailing address ...

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Lehmberg:  Or, reader, just to be sure: you could flush your paper cash down the commode straight away and assure yourself that the money will go right where it needs to go and be put to the purpose for which it was intended.  Feel free to use it first so you can get any utility you're going to get from it, at all; Gene Steinberg won't mind.  No really!  He won't mind! 

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Steinberg:  I also realize that some of you think it's inappropriate to ask for help...

Lehmberg:  No Mr. Steinberg, people need to know you facilitate this _facile_ panhandle.  Forgetting that I pass... let me wish all lack of success with this disgustingly couched activity.  Be ashamed then get a summer job!

 

Posted on 08.27.2011 by Registered CommenterAlfred Lehmberg in | Comments101 Comments

Reader Comments (101)

This is pretty much the same letter he has been sending out for at least 2 years now. I really can't imagine there are still people willing to help someone that does absolutely nothing to help himself. I would rather flip burgers at McDonalds or peddle Avon door to door than to send out letters like that. The situation always will according to Gene "have an end," but it never does.

August 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterLesley

"Cash flow is gone, and the clients from whom we depend to earn a living are on vacation, but not us."

You've been on vacation for at least 3 fucking years, Gene, living off the generosity of others! Christ! Get a fucking job already!

Oh, right: this IS your job. Got it. Does everyone else get it now? I hope so.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Vaeni

I am reminded of a very long forum thread over at BOA where Gene's luxury lifestyle was outed in all it's glory by people who were in a position to know the real truth behind the scam. If living in Scottsdale, Arizona and driving around in a leased BMW is being poor then I am truly at a financial rock bottom.

Gene, you divorced self respect a long, long time ago. Pull your pants up, leave the house and get a job like the rest of us have to.

These begging requests need to stop. They are no better than the 401 scams.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

"Send ME your money via PayPal and I'll give you a penny by penny accounting of how that cash is spent in YOUR service!"

We have an accounting: he spends it on a BMW, Starbucks coffee, and living in an affluent region, two of which Paul covered. He also spends it on bills that seem to take him by surprise, such as electricity and rent. You know, things all adults have to pay? And then he has to pay every time his wife fucks up. She's the real liability here. Plus let's not forget the expense of running a website and two podcasts that make him zero income. Well, except for the revenue from ads that are so overwhelming they have all but destroyed his listenership.

Yeah, all on all, I'd say Gene's a sound investment.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Vaeni

I thought that I would let you know that Gene Steinberg has written about his recent email exchanges on a select if hostile email list in the latest edition of his facile newsletter.

http://www.theparacast.com/forum/threads/9100-Your-Paracast-Newsletter-%C2%97-August-27-2011

Steinberg’s pompous, "appeal to authority" driven, and re-visioning account in his newest newsletter is another example of rank dishonesty in bald-faced action. Watch him new-view the history so as to be written out of a discursive narrative! He says:

“Just as a point of history, Bizarro is a comic book character that was envisioned by creators Otto Binder and George Papp as a “mirror image” of Superman. Now I knew Binder slightly. He was a friend of Ray Palmer, who was co-founder of Fate and a notable figure in early UFO research."

“As to Bizarro, I thought about having one’s viewpoints fed back to them not just in mirrored fashion, but in the fashion of a broken mirror, after a couple of days of correspondence with the members of a small group who are evidently interested in UFO abductions. The interaction came after my co-host, Chris O’Brien, made a funny crack about a certain abductee having an OCD issue for reasons not worth mentioning here."

“It appears that some of the members of this Bizarro group concluded that I had actually made the statement in question, though I like to think that our two voices are instantly distinguishable. When I made that correction, I was told that I had failed to keep my co-host in lock step. Lock step for what?"

“I have never directed any of the co-hosts of The Paracast to hold a particular point of view. Within the usual family friendly constraints of traditional radio, they are allowed to speak their minds, even if they disagree with me. Certainly they have disagreed with each other, but that’s the price of having an open discussion that covers an awful lot of ground each and every week."

“Well, that particular Bizarro discussion went far beyond that singular phrase, when I was accused of being the mouthpiece of a UFO researcher who believed that ET was abducting humans to create a hybrid race. When I pointed out that I do buy the concept, I was told I was just repeating that researcher’s talking points. If you are confused about what any of this means, join the club. It didn’t make sense to me either. As I said, Bizarro."

“Try as I might, there was no way to communicate with this crowd. Simple words, expressed in a straightforward fashion, were distorted to mean something totally different. In frustration, I sent one of these people a link to an online course on remedial reading."

“Someone once used the term, “you can’t argue with idiots,” but the real phrase is “never argue with a fool,” widely attributed to Mark Twain. But I’m not about to suggest these people are either fools or idiots. However, they are so wedded to a particular set of beliefs that it’s impossible to talk sense to them. Worse, they do not seem to understand opinions aren’t necessarily either/or affairs, that there are many shades of gray that define the positions one expresses."

"But I do agree with the concept about not arguing with people who will not listen. Most of “the members of that group are now on my email “blacklist,” meaning their messages will no longer enter my mailbox. The server’s spam and virus protection hardware will automatically trash those messages.”

In fact, this is one of the defamatory statements that Steinberg himself made on his show:

“There is a character who calls herself Emma Woods who has been stalking UFO abduction researcher David Jacobs for several years.”

And yet, in his newsletter he tells people:

“The interaction came after my co-host, Chris O’Brien, made a funny crack about a certain abductee having an OCD issue for reasons not worth mentioning here."

“It appears that some of the members of this Bizarro group concluded that I had actually made the statement in question, though I like to think that our two voices are instantly distinguishable. When I made that correction, I was told that I had failed to keep my co-host in lock step."

It seems like Steinberg really is without a scintilla of shame! But it doesn't go unnoticed, eh? The attention span of the Internet can be forever. I'll be right here to shove that fact up Gene Steinberg's officious nose at every opportunity.

You know... the substnance and thread of those offending E-mails could be published right here so the depth of "Bizzaroisity" could be exposed to the viewer...

Gene Steinberg could do that to prove his point and make his case. He won't because within that thread he looks like a duplicitous, uninformed, and insentient fool.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLehmberg

I think it would be a grand idea if the co-moderators of The Paracast: Christopher O'Brien, Don Ecker, Schuler, Ron Collins, The Angel of Ioren, Wickerman (and any I may have left out) make personal loans to Gene Steinberg so he can get all caught up on his debts. That's what friends like that are for.... ;-)

~ Susan

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Brown

There's nothing inherently wrong with asking for donations. Mac Tonnies used to do it with a "Tip" button at his site. Greg Taylor does it at Daily Grail, as does Greg Bishop at Radio Misterioso. Paul Kimball used to do it at his blog, as do other bloggers and podcast hosts like Tim Binnall. But they didn't or don't hit readers over the head about it over and over again - just a little PayPal button in a corner somewhere which people are free to use or not as they see fit based on whether or not they valued the content that these people otherwise provide for free. The difference is that none of them were or are running a commercial enterprise for which they are presumably paid (I hope those horrible ads Steinberg subjects listeners to are at least paying him something), and none of them ever - EVER - begged.

It's beyond pathetic.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDuke

And I think it's safe to say they wouldn't jeopardize their own shows by embarrassing their co-hosts with incessant begging of them and their guests. Yes, Gene has asked his many of his guests for money whether he knows them or not. He's been doing this at least since 2006. It's sick.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Vaeni

That's definitely another major point against him. Gene is a scumbag.

He really is beyond redemption isn't he? And yet people like Leslie Kean (recently) still go on his show to plug their latest book or film. Don't they have some responsibility to be more discriminating?

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDuke

Which is worse? Some "serious" UFO "expert" going to a conference run by someone like Steven Bassett and speaking, or going on a show like the Paracast?

At least Bassett seems to be sincere in his belief system, as delusional as it may be.

Steinberg and O'Brien are just money-grubbers, as evidence by O'Brien having no problem working on and endlessly and breathlessly promoting his disclosure "film" while at the same time being a co-host on a show with a long history of making its "bones" by bashing disclosure advocates.

As Scooby Doo might say - "zoinkers"!

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Briggs

Although, I know there are some guests that will not go on that show - I don't think we can blame the guests that do or go to certain conferences. It is kind of their job to sell their books wherever they can and it is far better than sending out emails begging for money. :-D

August 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterLesley

"It is kind of their job "

That's where Gene has it all wrong. He sees hosting the panhandlercast as a job. He feels he an entitlement to be compensated for it, just as real authors and conference speakers are.

In light of seeing things not working out, a real man would drop the show, downgrade the vehicle, tighten their belt when it comes to lifestyle choices, put themselves out there, get a real job and support the family but Gene wants YOU to support them instead.

I have hobbies I would like to pursue but I would not get paid to do so, therefore I work a job that is nowhere near as fulfilling as the hobbies put pays a much higher rate. My family appreciates me making that choice.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Yet another diatribe striking yet another nail into the coffin of Ufology as a whole.

Why are you far more interested in picking fights than in doing any actual research? You sound like an intellectually bankrupt whiner who can do nothing more original that call someone names in painfully overwrought prose.

You rarely contribute anything positive to any subject. You are one of Ufology's most negative forcces.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. Nona Moose

I guess that is proof that there are still people dumb enough to believe in Steinberg and that for some reason they think he does "actual research," unlike others who just call people names. Oh wait! Didn't this all start with name calling by those wonderful paracast hosts? Couldn't be, they are so positive! :-D

August 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterLesley

Factual correction: I DO NOT buy the concept of alien hybrids. Error fixed in archive of newsletter.

And, as with many networked radio shows, I am not compensated by the network for my efforts. I fend for myself, and the economy is a mess.

Finally, I do not visit Starbucks, and my one and only vehicle is a Honda.

Back to your factual travesty.

Gene Steinberg

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGene Steinberg

I think that the person picking fights here is Gene Steinberg. He has consistently chosen to make defamatory comments about people on his show and forum, supported his co-host and forum moderators in doing the same, and allowed his guests to make unsubstantiated defamatory statements about people.

Alfred Lehmberg is one of the people in Ufology who has addressed this issue. As one of the people affected by Gene Steinberg’s defamatory statements, I am grateful to Alfred for doing it.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

If you are not paid by the network you need to find a REAL job.

August 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterLesley

Yet another diatribe striking yet another nail into the coffin of Ufology as a whole.

Ufology will survive me as assuredly as it will survive you, eh? Who are you? Well, I suspect, based on literary patterns as overworked as your canted accusations, you are an intellectually flaccid nose-bubbler too ready to criticize, not what is said but how it is said and the first to complain when someone, like myself, notices a scurvy dog you happen to like is crapping loose scat in everybody's yard and digging in their flower beds like a scuttling sow... or Rich Reynolds of RRR Group and a cesspool of thoughtless, homocentric, and therefore toxic websites... take your pick.

Why are you far more interested in picking fights than in doing any actual research? You sound like an intellectually bankrupt whiner who can do nothing more original that call someone names in painfully overwrought prose.

_See? So quick to criticize the "How" so a "What" gets lost in the shuffle. You sound like someone who believes they do no wrong themselves in glad defense of persons who do plenty of wrong with regard to libel, slander, and social infidelity--forgetting cowardice, gravid sociopathy, and a mean lack of constructive imagination, eh? I bask in the glow of your anxiously furtive opprobrium.

You rarely contribute anything positive to any subject.

Rarely? I'll take a "rarely"! That will far and away exceed your anonymous, whining... forget weak contribution to same, am I right? Yes, I fear that I must be most correct.

You are one of Ufology's most negative forcces.

I write my conscience, Sir or Madam, and I'll live with the consequences of that gladly, happily, and readily. In comparison, it seems you write anonymously from canted cowardice, biased complacency, and uninformed prejudice. I'll match my contribution with yours and then roll over it like an M-1 tank.

Meet me in debate, eh? ...Or just piss off. Six of one, half dozen of the other... right? Mon'back, Skippy!

August 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterAlfred Lehmberg

Factual correction: I DO NOT buy the concept of alien hybrids. Error fixed in archive of newsletter.

And, as with many networked radio shows, I am not compensated by the network for my efforts. I fend for myself, and the economy is a mess.

Finally, I do not visit Starbucks, and my one and only vehicle is a Honda.

Back to your factual travesty.

Gene Steinberg

Let me take a moment to sit, stunned to incredulity at the expansive and all-encompassing gall of the man! Great suffering and most barragrugous ZOT!!! I mean—...sakes...—really! This is ranked and woolly institutional duplicity bumped out to a furious new quantum level! I collapse in astonished awe!

Where to begin... ...and then you realize that there can be no beginning because there can be no end. Gene Steinberg lives in his own cobbled reality like a faithful neo-con secure in the soundness of his self-interested personal philosophy, I perceive.

It's all about consistency of the message you see? Never give up on error. Never give in on error. Never admit an error. Never announce you've backed the wrong horse in error! The unwholesome horse -- the self-serving horse.

A big enough lie will be believed, and the lie doesn't have to be very big, at all, selling it to the person who wants to believe. 'Till then Gene Steinberg can lope along at minimum inflation until the heat's off as he seems adept at such, that much seems clear

It remains, critics have facts and physical evidence at hand, on the web, and even on this board of Steinberg's twitchy behavior traditionally vis a vis David Jacobs and Don Ecker, just to name two (...Still thinking of you, Don).

All Steinberg has is his great voice for radio, ...and that's it.

...Gene Steinberg would lecture on "factual travesty." I soil myself in with a big laugh.

August 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterAlfred Lehmberg

For the record: while Steinberg now claims to drive a Honda, he informed me that he was leasing a BMW in 2009. And it wasn't Starbucks (there are those who like to make stuff up), Steinberg does indeed drive that leased car to buy coffee at a coffeehouse every single day. I once offered to buy him a coffee machine for home, he told me that his wife would obsessively drink coffee all day long if that happened (she's not all together - the whole thing about them getting their back account compromised? Steinberg's wife typed all their personal information into a phishing scheme site, it's not safe to let her anywhere near interactive technology). The fact remains, Gene has used the Paracast as a platform to get $$$ from listeners and advertisers, he's never paid ANYONE back (he started hitting me up for $$$ within weeks of starting the show with him, in 2006), and the stories about getting money from some family legal settlement - that's also been going on for years now, no resolution, because it's a crock of crap.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Biedny

Replying to one of Gene's begging letters equates entering into a phishing scam.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Gene Steinberg says he could not post here, not sure why since we do not block people (except on very rare occasions) and certainly have not blocked him from posting. Anyhow, here is his latest response:

If you people are going to post thousands of words attacking me, surely one or two messages in response from me are appropriate:

This one won't post.

So in response to a message in which I correct an error in the very first paragraph someone makes the foolish claim that I never admit errors. Does anyone see the disconnect?

I also see the disconnect in the assumption that because the network doesn't pay me for the show that I don't derive income from it. Since anyone who visits our sites sees banner ads and anyone who listens to the show hears ads that I read, those who have an ounce of common sense should correctly conclude that income can be derived by selling ads directly.

I also wonder how someone disputes an offhand statement of one's obsessive behavior with a set of responses that come across as evidence of obsessive behavior.

In response to dB: The car I drive is a Honda. Photographs of said vehicle are available to those who care. The legal settlement (involving my sister-in-law's family) is real, and it is the reason I asked some people for donations and loans several years ago, to help THEM, not me. It has nothing to do with my current financial situation, other than the fact that I gave them my life savings to help out some years back. My own problems began at the tail end of 2009.

More to the point, dB seems to begrudge the right of people to be paid for their work. I pity him.

Besides, what does any of this nonsense have to do with a couple of offhand remarks on a Paracast episode other than to stir confusion?

I now return you to your daily dose of insanity and obsessive behavior.

I'm outta here.

Gene Steinberg

August 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterLesley

Besides, what does any of this nonsense have to do with a couple of offhand remarks on a Paracast episode other than to stir confusion?

What?! Those "off-hand remarks" handily facilitate, excuse after-the-fact, and blithely condone emotional rape, utter malfeasance, and gross incompetence in my opinion.

Though, all points for Stunning Gall! Absolutely stunning!

Again, Gene Steinberg is not the one one pronounce upon "a daily dose of insanity and obsessive behavior." Truly, if Steinberg indicates a direction, feel assured that you can run headlong, willy-nilly, and pell-mell in the opposite direction, reader.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLehmberg

As usual, Gene completely ignores the relevant issues, trying to slide between the questions like a slimy worm, spineless and slippery. Some things never change - and there's a big difference between earning an honest living, and panhandling. It's been so long since this sleazeball did the former, he's confusing it with the latter. And he knows all about obsessive behavior and insanity, he deals with it on a daily basis.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Biedny

Gene, you may think that it is perfectly okay to defame people on the Paracast show. However, the people who you choose to defame like that see it differently. I hope that one day you start to behave with more integrity and ethics as a radio host than you have shown to date.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

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