Sigh. Well, I thought it sounded too cool to be true. Could be a hatchet-job I suppose, but . . . 😦
I’ve written critically about Mars One before, just evaluating their claims at face value. But it appears that I wasn’t nearly skeptical enough. Mars One appears to be a scam. A Mars One “finalist” candidate explains why: Mars One Finalist Explains Exactly How It’s Ripping Off Supporters — Matter — Medium.
“When you join the ‘Mars One Community,’ which happens automatically if you applied as a candidate, they start giving you points,” Roche explained to me in an email. “You get points for getting through each round of the selection process (but just an arbitrary number of points, not anything to do with ranking), and then the only way to get more points is to buy merchandise from Mars One or to donate money to them.”
“Community members” can redeem points by purchasing merchandise like T-shirts, hoodies, and posters, as well as through gifts and donations: The group also…
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