Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Those lazy days of summer
Don't worry. I'm still here, and I'm not resting
on my laurels just because my Whirled has survived for a decade. Chalk up my absence to a case of the summer doldrums
-- August often has that effect on me -- combined with some
real-world engagements. There's a lot to write about, and I will.
Soon. Thanks for stopping by, and if you've a mind to donate a few bucks,
thanks for that too.
Trumpdeau redux: Kevin Trudeau is excited about Donald Trump's vibes
As the Democratic National Convention
kicks off today in Philly, with wild buzz about the potentially
disunifying, even shattering, effects of the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz scandal, one of this blog's favorite snargets, imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie, is holding forth on social
media (with a little help from his proxy) on the presidential
campaign and his own spiritual superiority and prognostication
skills. It's all in the service of selling some of his frauducts so he can keep feeding money to the lawyers who are trying to spring him. On a Facebook post today he
boasts about having all but called the election results over a
year ago. And he brags that he sent his prediction to the New
York Times (they've been strangely silent about it, but I'm
sure he would say that this is just because they're part of the
liberal establishment that has worked so hard to shut Katie up).
And now here he is again, boasting about making his predictions
to an elite group of his fellow prisoners, a group that he takes
time to assure us "included former billionaires, CEO's of
major US Corporations, a judge, former Politian's [sic],
Washington DC insiders, lawyers and others."
Katie outsmarted them all. As he tells it:
In May 2015 there was talk about a possible Trump run for
President of the USA. Immediately a group of men here got
together and began discussing the upcoming primaries. I was
invited to participate.
The group included former billionaires, CEO's of major US
Corporations, a judge, former Politian's, Washington DC
insiders, lawyers and others. On the Democratic side, Clinton
was a foregone conclusion. Everyone agreed it would be a
coronation for her. As for the Republicans, they talked about
Bush, Rubio and others, but at the end. everyone agreed 100%
that Bush would win easily. No one mentioned Trump.
I remained silent for over an hour as each man made their
points and gave their opinions. They all sounded smart,
knowledgeable and rational. They all made intelligent
comments. After all, these are amazing men with amazing
backgrounds. I knew I could learn a lot from them.
As the discussions were winding down, someone mentioned that
I had not said a single word! I was actually listening
intently, taking some notes, and during the discussion wrote
a short prediction about the primaries that I intended to
send to the NY Times.
Everyone turned and looked at me as I was asked for my
opinion and what I thought about the primary elections. I sat
quiet for a moment.
Everyone just looked at me in silence. You could hear a pin
drop. I smiled and thanked them for asking for my opinion.
I told them I had written a prediction that I was going to
send to the NY Times. I said I would like to read it. Here is
what I read (as I still have the original), "I make the
following prediction as to the Democratic and Republican
primaries. This is what is going to happen.
On the Democratic side, Sanders will push Clinton to the very
end. But the fix is in, and the system is rigged. The
insiders choose the candidate, not the people. Candidates are selected, not elected.
Clinton will win, because the Democrat insiders will make
sure she wins. On the Republican side, Gandhi's 4 step
process of breaking the status quo will be obvious. Trump
will first be ignored. Then he will be laughed at. Then he
will be attacked. And then he will win.
Trump will win the Republican nomination easily, even though
the system is designed to "elect" the
"chosen" candidate. Trump will win because the
overwhelming energy of the people is consistent with Trump's
He will resonate with a powerful energy, and activate and
awaken a dormant energy in people. This energy is very
intense. I know this because I can read the energy of the
"The group just laughed. I did send my prediction to the
NY Times, and also to Janine and some other close friends. I
also shared it with Donald. I say this not to brag or show
off. I share this with you to point out the power of being
able to read "group energy".
You too can release this power.
You too can be able to "read group energy". All you
need is desire, and the right training by a person who has
this power released. (I also predicted the UK vote to leave
the EU). I am not saying who will make the best President.
The group energy, intention, and desire will determine the
outcome of the election and how our government is run.
The play of consciousness that we are all a part of is a
"perfect" play. Sometimes it is a drama, sometimes
a horror show, sometimes a comedy, and sometimes a romance.
Rather than be a part of it and feel all the emotional ups
and downs, you can observe and witness the play and simply
enjoy the show. Much love..KT
So. There is Katie, blathering away from the
confines of Camp Cupcake (his fake-fond nick for FPC (Federal
Prison Camp) in Montgomery, Alabama), telling us some things that
everyone already knows about American politics (the
behind-the-scenes maneuvering, the fact that the fight is fixed
in many ways, and so on).
But that's not what grabbed my attention enough to
warrant a whole blog post about the matter. What made this
Whirled fodder is that Katie, currently serving a ten-year
sentence for criminal contempt related to fraudulent advertising
-- is posing as the serenely detached prognosticator and
McSpirituality guru who can see the human condition so much more
clearly than most of us fast-asleep sheeple, and even more
clearly than the other elites in Cellblock B -- but never fear,
for he is willing to gift us (for a price, of course!) with his
special training so that we too can be able to "read group
And the proceeds from sales of this special
training will presumably all go to his legal defense fund, so he
can continue his fight to get out of that blissful retreat in
Alabama -- a fight that has already cost him and his followers
many millions of dollars. He loves it there so, so much, but he
so wants his freedom.
By the way, Gandhi's "4 step
process of breaking the status quo," which Katie referred to in describing Trump's road to victory, is bogus. There is no evidence that Gandhi ever said that. It is one of several phony Gandhi quotations that people love to pull out of the hatbox of cliches (along with "Be the change you wish to see in the world") when they are trying to be inspirational or profound or something. Trump has used that phony quotation about the four steps himself, but in all fairness so have Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to Politifact. But more than likely the veracity or lack thereof is is a non-issue to Katie, who has never been shy about invoking Gandhi when attempting to polish his own hero/martyr image. Gandhi seems to be quite popular in Scamworld. At any rate, Katie constantly touts his relatively newfound serenity as being the result of his
ability to transcend emotion and judgment. He begs us to believe
that he has achieved that consummate state of detachment so
vaunted by Buddhists and practitioners of other spiritual paths.
He encourages us to be like him, to eschew participation in the
"perfect play" and simply to look upon the events
around us as entertainment.
But it's pretty hard for anyone who actually participates in
American life -- unlike Trudeau these days -- to be entertained
by the prospect of a Trump presidency, to dismiss it as a mere play. Granted, it was
entertaining at first; now it is mostly terrifying, and only
becomes more so as the resistance weakens and more people fall
into lockstep with Trump's scary vision.
And heaven forbid if the "overwhelming energy" of
America as a whole is "consistent with Trump's
vibration," as Katie claimed about the throngs who pushed
Trump to the nomination. Fortunately there are many folks in this
country whose vibes aren't consistent
with Drumpf's. (And lots of folks in other countries are similarly unaligned with the Trump vibration.) I
don't think I like the "dormant energy" that Trump has
awakened in his followers. As far as I'm concerned, Cheat-o
Jesus' crowning achievement has been to fuel the hatriarchy.
And I guess I am just not evolved enough to dismiss this as mere
* Apropos of the scandal regarding the leaked
emails and hacked DNC accounts, there's this... which sounds
like a wild conspiracy tale on first glance but may not be.
PS ~ I don't want to let this day go by without mentioning that
today -- July 25, 2016 -- is the seventh anniversary of the day
that Colleen Conaway died at a San
Diego shopping mall during an event hosted by another one of the scoundrels that Katie has defended
(and vice versa): star of The Secret James
Arthur Ray. Although Ray served a brief prison sentence for the deaths of three
people -- Kirby Brown, James Shore and
Liz Neuman -- who died as a result of his gross recklessness at
an October 2009 event in Sedona, Arizona, he was never charged,
tried or convicted of any criminal wrongdoing in Ms. Conaway's
death. Here are my past blog posts about this sad anniversary. I
haven't written a blog post on every one of the anniversaries but
I have acknowledged it on my social media and on the blogs of
others, such as Salty Droid.
Sex cults, dead dogs, dead docs, scammer skirmishes, sticky fingers... just another day on my Whirled
It has been a busy and crazy few weeks, both in
the real world and on my own Whirled beat, though you might not
think the latter, judging by the couple of weeks of silence on
this blog, which, incidentally, will celebrate its tenth birthday
on July 27, 2016. It isn't that there is nothing to write about;
on the contrary, there's almost too much, and I've been busy with
other things. But I wanted to throw together a few snippets and
musings to catch you up so you'll have something to occupy your
brain while you're monitoring the coverage of the Clown Party Convention in
Since this isn't a political blog, except of course when it is, I
won't delve too deeply into the clown show; there are plenty of
other blogs and sites to do that, and they'll do a far more
thorough job because that's what they do. But I did want to share
this Mother Jones piece that nailed what the GOP, the
fabled "party of Lincoln" has become: the party that
from all appearances has finally and fully embraced the politics of being an a$$hole.
So this week the Republican Party is
poised to anoint a man whom House Speaker Paul Ryan, the
GOP's highest ranking elected leader, has said made racist remarks. That is—or should be—stunning. But even
this highly significant fact becomes lost in the torrent of
Trump's offensive conduct. And most of the GOP has accepted
him as the nominee, enabling and legitimizing his behavior.
Per its electorate's wishes, the party has shoved aside
traditional conservative principles, basic decency, and
fundamental standards of competence—this guy didn't know
what the nuclear triad is—to embrace hatred, nastiness, and
cruelty. With malice toward none,
with charity for all? No,
it's opposite day. This convention marks the moment when the
party of Lincoln has become the party of reality-show trash
talking. As Trump might say, sad!
Apropos of that, and particularly of the pre-Trump-tive Clown
Party nominee, my husband Ron Kaye wrote a short blog post today about
the decline of real journalism, which he worries about as much as
he does "the rise of bullies who would lie, threaten, bully,
and frighten their way into public office, because journalists
who are brave enough to demand truth are our single best weapon
Yeah, what Ron said.
And now to the snippets and musings. I've posted some but not all
of what follows on Facebook, so if some of it seems familiar, I
apologize for the redundancy.
Access Consciousness in the news
again; Whirled Musings, not so much
As long-time followers of this blog know, I've been writing about
the wackadoodle sex-and-money-obsessed cultlike scam known as Access Consciousness (formerly
Access Energy Transfer) since 2007. My Access posts remain the
most-read posts on this blog, which probably isn't saying much
since this is not exactly the world's most hottest spot in the
blogosphere, but it's something.
Anyway, Access made the news again earlier this month when
Complex.com posted an article announcing that "Ricky Williams is in a Cult." Williams is a former Pro Bowl NFL player who has also recently made the news for his cannabis-centered gym. He first made
Access-related news in 2012 when he accepted a $50,000 donation for his Ricky Williams Foundation from none other than Access
founder Gary Douglas. Natch, I wrote about that here.
As such articles go, the Complex piece is a pretty good one,
despite the fact that, as the Houston Press's Craig
Malisow wrote in a short post about the piece,
"...we wish the writer had prodded Williams a little more
about the most troubling aspect of Access, which is this:
Douglas, the group's founder, believes that
'young children are incredibly sexy.' To those of us who aren't
card-carrying members of NAMBLA, language like that is a bit
Craig, to whom I'd given assistance and information while he was
writing his November 2012 feature article on Access, gave a passing nod to all of the writing I've done on
this topic. Craig said my research into Access "still stands
as some of the best work on the subject."
Alas, the Complex article didn't acknowledge my blog at all,
merely noting, "There are over a dozen blogs and forums that have
lent considerable bandwidth to deconstructing
the validity of Access Consciousness."
The link embedded in the word "blogs" directs to post
on a Christian blog, "Women of Grace," warning about
the evils of Access.
But at least I got a mention on this Access
apologist site a few years ago, a site
whose main purpose seems to be to invalidate Craig's 2012
article. Being the phony good sports that Accessories are known
to be, the person or persons responsible for the page wrote:
"Connie Schmidt writes a blog that is very funny and her
articles poke fun at Gary, Dain and Access Consciousness in
general. Her work is provocative and engaging so it usually
inspires people to go to Access Consciousness website for more
information. Her 'Whirled Musings' are not really a creditable
source of accurate information about Access Consciousness."
(Pssst. Yes, they are.)
And a former "Accessory" who "did" Access
Consciousness for quite a few years wrote in an email to me a few
months ago, "I remember Gary Douglas mentioning you on a
number of occasions. He basically vilified you and also the
journalist Malisow... It clearly rattled him and he was reacting
and trying to deny and dismiss any negative comments."
This person also wrote, "In the upper echelons of Access
I've heard that Gary and Dain [have claimed] that if people are
causing problems for them or those close [to them] that they will
crush their universes."
Gary Douglas himself had actually written to this blog several years previous to that. He fake-thanked me for
making people aware of Access. My former Accessory correspondent
said that Gary told his classes about writing to my blog, but
this person seemed to share my opinion that Gary's good-sport
response was just a veneer, perhaps a way of whistling past the
graveyard. "Clearly," my correspondent wrote,
"you've gotten to him, or he wouldn't mention it."
Take that, mainstream media people who think that you're
being really scoopy when you tell the world about about Ricky
Williams' "cult." I may be doomed to eternal obscurity,
but I still manage to get under scammers' skins.
And despite my narcissistic whining about getting no love, the important point is that Access's lunacy continues to receive publicity, which one can only hope will encourage parents to carefully vet any activity that is even remotely related to Access before they entrust their kids to the care of crazies.
The dog pictures in the fake news article were
taken from various real stories about incidents that had taken
place in various parts of the country over the past couple of
years. A reverse Google image search can easily uncover this
fact. But if you don't feel like reverse-Google-image-searching,
the author of this article from the hoax alert section of the Lead
Stories site has done it for you. The
picture of Mikkelson supposedly being arrested was a poorly
Photoshopped piece that had been used for another fake Mikkelson
arrest story last year. I wrote about that here. The Lead Stories site also covered it.
But just as he did with last year's hoax, LoonyC
copied and pasted the pit bull article to his own site as if it
were real. He soon deleted last year's post, but the latest one
is still on his site as of this posting.
The source of the current hoax article about Mikkelson is News 4 KTLA, a fake news/clickbait site, Granted, unlike some other sites, News 4 KTLA doesn't
trumpet the fact that it's a fake news/parody/satire site. But
the clues are in the text, for those with the snap to see them.
The Snopes/pit bull piece, for
instance, begins like this:
Nearly a dozen people are in custody,
including Snopes CEO David Mikkelson, following a bust of a
major dogfighting ring. The San Fernando Police Department
and the FBI all took part in the early morning raids
targeting the home of the popular Internet “writer” who
is known for making his money by copying the original
writings of fake news sites. [emphasis
I tried twice to post a comment on Coldwell's blog post, using my
full real name. I 'splained that the article was a hoax and that
the source of the article is a notorious fake news site, and I
also cited the original sources of the photos used in the fake
article. I was respectful, despite the fact that Coldwell
deserves no respect whatsoever, but my first comment was not
published. And when I tried to post a second time, it appeared
that I had been blocked from even trying to comment.
But these people were allowed to comment. The second
commenter, who posted twice, is particularly disturbing.
Don't get me wrong. As a lifelong dog lover I
think people who abuse dogs and our other fellow creatures should
be dealt with harshly. But David Mikkelson did not do
what the fake article accuses him of doing. Yet LoonyC's idiot
followers, who apparently bear the same irrational hatred of
Snopes that Loony does, didn't even question the veracity of the
It all reminds me eerily of what I was going through two years
ago at this exact time, when Coldwell was publicly and repeatedly
and falsely accusing me of poisoning his pit bull dog, Blue (and
publicly and repeatedly publishing my home address and cell phone
number, and telling his sympathetic fans to get in touch with
me). I wrote about this at great length here and here. (Those of you who have
been with me a while know this whole story, so again, my
apologies for the redundancy.)
His fans, who had no idea who I am and apparently didn't bother
to question his claims, were ranting on his Facebook pages about
the horrible things that should be done to me in punishment for
the crime I had supposedly committed against Lenny and his dog.
They were suggesting that I should be hunted down, shot, poisoned, tortured. Someone
even threatened to burn my house down in the middle of the night.
It was pretty scary. And I had no legal recourse; though I
reported the matter, law enforcement said there wasn't enough
evidence to pursue the matter.
So I feel for David Mikkelson.
Dead holistic docs conspiracy rages on One topic I addressed in last year's
Lenny-got-Snopesed post -- and here's that link again --
was the dead holistic doctor conspiracy drama that so may people
refuse to relinquish. Here is one of all too few rational articles about the matter, published last year. Granted, the body count was lower
back then, but this doesn't invalidate the need to be skeptical
of the conspiracy narrative, particularly since not all of the
people on the supposed list of dead docs were even doctors, and
of those who were, not all of them could be considered
Some of the deceased parties in the conspiracy narrative have
been murdered, while the deaths of some were reported as
suicides, and some died of heart attacks or other ailments. Not
surprisingly, the conspiracy buffs refuse to accept that any of
these good people committed suicide, despite the fact that
doctors and other medical professionals have a relatively high suicide rate, at least in the US. And the conspiracy fans insist that the docs who died
of various ailments had been in perfect health up until their
deaths. The deaths reported as homicides, of course, are
self-explanatory and fit perfectly into the dastardly-plot
narrative: Clearly, Big Pharma and/or other forces opposed to
natural healing are somehow responsible.
Apart from the fact that she owned a chain of acupuncture
clinics, Jenny Shi had much more going on in her life than "holistic" doctoring. She was an
international businesswoman with enterprises that included real
estate and angel investment, and she had business connections in Shanghai and Beijing, China. Investigators suspect that Shi knew her attacker. She
reportedly rented rooms in her home to multiple tenants, and
detectives are investigating these as well as her numerous
As the debunking article I linked to above concluded:
Saying that these deaths are a
coincidence may be supported by the facts and our
understanding of statistics, but it is emotionally
unsatisfying to our pattern-seeking brains. We find apparent
patterns in the world very compelling, and we want there to
be an underlying explanation. We just don’t like the idea
that the pattern is an illusion. That is why we fall prey to
excessive pattern recognition and hyperactive agency detection (seeing a deliberate agent in random or natural
When the apparent pattern fits our pre-existing narrative or
world view, the temptation to accept the pattern becomes
overwhelming. Only the most diligent application of critical
thinking can overcome such a temptation.
But don't expect much of that critical-thinking
stuff from Erin and gang.
Has Troy McClain become an impotent
figurehead in GIN? Speaking of Katie, his biggest scam ever, the Global Information Network, or GIN, is still chugging along. I've heard from more than one
knowledgeable source that there has been a massive power struggle
because the GIN principals and staff just don't care for GIN CEO Troy McClain, former star of
Donald J. Drumpf's "reality" TV show, The
Apprentice. The mass dislike apparently has something to do
with Troy's yuuuge ego and lack of ethics. (I thought those were
job requirements for a Scamworld player, but there do seem to be
some actual decent human beings on the remaining GIN staff who
seem genuinely dismayed by the unethical stuff. As for the
principals, it's just one big clash of egos and behind-the-scenes
Our most recent Whirled visit with Troy was back in March of this
year, when Troy was making a big self-righteous stink about removing someone from "our Club" for some
great ethics violation. Well,
apparently lots has happened since then. Long-time Katie buddies Chris "Voldemort" McGarahan and Blaine Athorn, a couple of the
co-owners of GIN (along with Troy and another fellow), are
reportedly trying to force Troy out of their tree house club
altogether. Blaine is reportedly in charge of GIN now. That may
prove to be a win for Katie, eventually, since Troy reportedly
does not like Katie, but Blaine presumably still does.
So I wonder how this will all play out. As I find out more, I'll
be sure to tell you. Or you can tell me, if you know more. We all
help each other around here. In any case, as far as I'm
concerned... Troy, Blaine, Chris... meh. They're all turds of a
Also well worth reading: the interview, published in The New
Yorker, with the person who really wrote The Art of the Deal,
ghostwriter Tony Schwartz. To this day
Drumpf brandishes the book as proof that he's the greatests, and
that he's qualified to be the leader of the free world. Schwartz
has earned millions in advance and royalties for writing this
book, but he never really felt good about it, and has pledged to
donate royalties from here on out to groups of people that
Trump's bigotry, xenophobia and elitism could seriously harm.
Schwartz reveals some pretty disgusting things about Drumpf,
which of course won't make a bit of difference to the Drumpfians,
but go ahead, read it anyway.
Are Freddy's fingers in Coach
Coral's scam pie? Another Whirled unfavorite, Fred Van Liew, long-time
friend and defender of Kevin Trudeau, is apparently involved in
cross-promotional (or should that be crass-promotional?)
shenanigans with scammy "life coach" Coral Grant and
gang. In January I wrote about a lawsuit against Coral and her hubby Mac, but it appears that it's just business as usual for
Coral despite the lawsuit. Fred posted on his Facebook page July 16
about an event he attended with "Best Life Coaching Society," a company in which Coral and Mac are currently
involved. They're not listed as the owners of the company; that
honor goes to Scott
and Jen Kazmierczak, "the true
power couple," according to the Best Life Coaching Society
web site. Coral and Mac are simply listed as the head trainers,
although according to the site, Scott and Jen "never got any
real results until a few years ago, when they met Coral and Mac
and learned their Subconscious Release Technique..."
As you know if you've been here a while, apart from being a long
time Trudeau buddy and now an apparent Coral buddy, Van Liew is
also involved in multilevel marketing schemes -- particularly one that's a lot like Herbalife. It's a Youngevity/Livinity merger called 90forLife --
and again, there's a Trudeau connection, as Barb and Dave
Pitcock, proteges of Trudeau, are principals in the MLM. And Fred
has his own line of pseudo-scientific products to purify water
and protect people from various evil electromagnetic forces.
After high school, Trudeau
found work at an auto dealership, where, Van Liew says, he
soon became the No. 1 salesman by eagerly chatting up the
customers whom his colleagues stereotyped as window shoppers
and cheapskates. “The other guys would say, ‘This guy’s
a loser,’ but Kevin didn’t do that. And he’d sell them
He also became adept at pushing auto
loans. “He would tell people, ‘Save your credit with your
bank in case you need it for something else,’” Van Liew
recalls. “Was it the best advice? No. Was he doing it to
get you the best deal? Hell no. He was in it for profit and
money! He knew most people are idiots.”
"He knew most people are idiots." To
me that sums up the contempt in which most con artists hold their
marks. My friend Julie Daniel, who formerly worked with some of
the Trudeau enterprises, agrees. She says, "I heard some of
the back-room conversations, and if people only knew what exactly
was said about them... [Mark] Hamilton likes to say that his
little group is a family. But when they are not listening, they
are brain-washed sheep." (Mark Hamilton, aka Mark Scamilton,
is the Neo-think founder and former co-scammer with Trudeau in
Anyhow, it appears that Freddy and Coral have a good thing going
on. Or maybe Fred is just trying to keep a close eye on Coral for
the benefit of his true scambuddy Trudeau. I've heard scuttlebutt that Coral and Kevin aren't really as tight as Coral has implied in the promos where she brags that she is one of the few folks to have been personally mentored by Katie. Word has it that she pretty much pushed and shoved her way into Kevin's inner circle (not to be confused with the now-defunct GIN Inner Circle, whose members paid $50,000 to $75,000 for that privilege back in GIN's heyday). At any rate Coral and Fred seem to be scratching
each other's backs, which I assume is only a figure of speech
because the thought of any literal physical contact between the
two is enough to put you off your feed for a month -- but be that
as it may, here's a
disturbingly topless-looking Coral in mid-June 2016, praising Freddy after an "energy work" event
at which he was one of the "trainers." She describes
the training as "getting into it [whatever it is] on the
scientific but not on the 'woo-woo' level." She also calls
it, "...Insane... absolutely the best training I've ever
Well, okay. The "insane" part is probably correct.
In any case it seems pretty clear that Freddy and Coral have
their sticky fingers in each other's schemes. The road goes on
forever, and the scamming never ends.
That's it for now (isn't that enough?). Stay safe, stay cool, and
don't let the circus this week or next week eat up too many of
your brain cells. I'll be back soon.
Cheat-o Jesus's Prosper-ity gospel, #Lexit, and other wacky Whirled matters
The past few weeks have been pretty crazy, and
as summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the political season both heat up, it is almost
certainly going to get even crazier. But just for the sake of
putting in my two-cents' worth on some of the craziness, here are
a few tidbits and aggregated links.
Salty Droid and Daily Kos dig into Drumpf U's Prosper
connections In case you were worried about the little fake
robot's prolonged absence, there's no cause for concern. Salty
Droid returned earlier this month with a teaser about the yuuuuge
scam formerly known as Trump University, which he had exposed years ago
for the massive fraud that it was/is. In the teaser he took a
potshot at Donald Trump's obnoxious, tone-deaf self-congratulations in the immediate wake of the mass shooting in Orlando,
Florida on June 12. Salty also put together a short video that
competently demonstrated the cynical lie that was Trump U.
That was just the appetizer. A few days later Salty came back with the main course, a post focusing on the intimate connection between
Cheat-o Jesus' phony institution of liar education and notorious
Utah boiler-room company Prosper Inc.
As many of you may know, Salty has been on Prosper's and Utah's case for
years, being one of the very first to call out that "rotting
vortex of fraud," as he put it. Salty's postings inspired me
more than once to add my own voice to the
(still-too-small) chorus too. One reason I found the matter of
such interest was that Joe "Mr. Fire" Vitale,
a frequent snarget on this Whirled, "partnered" with
Prosper years ago for his extravagantly overpriced "Miracles
Coaching" scheme. Over the years,
others such as In the Limelight blogger Jonathan Timar, as well as The Verge, have also nabbed
Joe for Miracles Coaching and its dependence upon the
Prosper-generated hard sell. There have been consumer complaints
about Prosper's "business coaching" as well -- see here and here and here, for instance.
At any rate, Trump U is far from the only scam in which Prosper
has been involved. But it seems clear that Trump U got a lot of
help and enabling from the Willis boys -- not just Ethan but his
brother Damon -- back in the day when Prosper was still Prosper.
The bottom line, according to Salty:
It’s not enough to call this fraud.
It’s intentional manipulation :: a full degree darker than
deception … and it works like a motherfucker. These guys
are so good at it :: scary good … which is why they
generally contract to take more than half the money in these
Trump University didn’t slide gradually into scam after
being confronted with the reality of the web’s unprofitable
profit model … as happens to so many companies. Trump came
to this game partnered with Prosper … because he was always
going straight for the jugular.
That sounds pretty accurate.
By the way, Salty isn't the only one on the Prosper/Drumpf U
connection. Lenny Grover put some good info together and
published it on The NewsHub and on Daily Kos. Here's the Kos link.
But as I noted on my own very long post about the Drumpf U playbooks -- a post that totally overlooked the Prosper
connection, I'm sorry to say (and really, there was no excuse for
that, since Prosper was mentioned in the playbook PDF to which I
linked) -- I don't think that knowing that Donald Trump is a
scammer will make any difference to the hatriots and scammer
wannabes who are pushing for a Drumpf presidency. For the scammer
wannabes, in fact, it will just be a selling point.
LoonyC gets out of Facebook jail,
and he's loonier than ever Another frequent snarget on this blog, Not-Doktor Leonard Coldwell,
was recently sprung from Facebook jail. I wrote about his most recent 30-day suspension in late May, detailing his whines about being "banned"
because, according to him, he was writing posts in support of
Donald Trump. More than likely, however, he was suspended for
hate speech -- not that it stopped him from posting on Facebook.
The only account that was actually suspended was his main
English-language page, but he continued to post on his main
German page, as well as several other pages he maintains, and he
even created a new fake account under the name "Eyn
Well, Lenny has been back on Facebook in full force now for a few
days, and he hit the ground whining that he is probably going to
be blocked again. Even more amusingly, he is boasting that he has
a huge fortune of 100 billion dollars... or maybe euros; he
doesn't seem to be sure which it is. And he is going to use that
fortune to create his own sovereign nation. Now, where/when have
we heard that before? Oh, yeah, here -- back in April 2013 when he was boasting about having purchased 130-plus
acres in South Carolina, near the Georgia border.
As I noted on my comment on Bernie's blog post, in all of the
posts that Lenny wrote immediately after getting out of Facebook
jail, he hasn't made one mention of having been “banned”
because of his pro-Trump posts. Yet his Trump advocacy was the
excuse he gave at the beginning of his 30-day suspension.
Post-suspension, he is only blaming the New World Order, or NWO.
Maybe, I suggested, he just doesn’t remember the lie he told
previously. Then again, that was 30 days ago, and
probably (at least 30) bottles of bourbon ago as well.
And it seems that Lenny hasn't learned his lesson
about hate speech, or perhaps he is simply trying to bait
Facebook so he'll get suspended again, and can whine about it and
gather more names and email addresses for his
"exclusive" newsletter. On his German page, under the
name "Dr." Leonard Coldwell, there's this, from June
In light of the above, I'm all for Leonard Coldwell forming his own
sovereign nation, but I hope it's far, far away from the United
States. Actually, I'm thinking that the location for Loonyland
might be somewhere in Russia, since Lenny has such a mad
man-crush on Vladimir Putin and is supposedly going to be talking
to him soon about how to save our world.
If I'm reading his garbled garbage correctly,
it appears that Lenny did not personally reach out to Putin; he
merely signed an online letter. So are we to believe Putin is
singling Lenny out of the 93,000-plus other souls all over the
world who supposedly signed the same online letter, and that Vlad is going to be meeting personally with Lenny?
fantasizes about himself and Vlad prancing shirtlessly on horseback
together, parading around the new sovereign nation of Loonyland, supervising drills of Lenny's Pinkshirt troops, overseeing the
Lenions toiling in the organic gardens or attending the animals. Possibly he envisions Vlad and him hunting and shooting shirtlessly together like the man's men that they
Now that I've spoiled your appetite for dinner, let's get back to that sovereign nation notion. Like his idol Donald Trump, Lenny has been a
big and mostly ignorant advocate of #Brexit. Lenny has also gotten behind #Amexit
(the US leaving the United Nations) and #Texit (Texas seceding
from the United States). Well, I'm here to get behind what I hope
will be a #Lexit.
Goodbye, Lenny, and good riddance.
Burning soles redux: it's not the
firewalk that's the main problem Nearly four years ago, the Emperor of Scamworld
Tony Robbins' firewalking shtick made the news because some folks
at a California event got their tootsies burned. I blogged about it here. Well,
it has happened again, this time in Dallas, Texas. (My pal Steve Salerno at SHAMblog was invoked by ABC News to provide insight, but they apparently did a piss-poor job of it; they ran a mere snippet of a prolonged comment he'd made after the 2012 incident.)
bad things that scale + the internets =
6000 people walking down 10+ lanes of hot coals for 90
minutes :: seems like a big bad … but it’s not the big
number we should be worried about. Each one of the those 6000
people represents approximately 100 other people who were
offered the opportunity to Unleash the Power Within in San
Jose July 2012 and declined. Hundreds of thousands of sales
messages constantly spammed across all mediums :: to the
whole world … generating the contrivance of attention.
Tony Robbins will never stop telling you that the way to move
forward with your life is to keep giving ever larger amounts
of yourself and your life to Tony Robbins :: but he’ll
never give it back … because he is a nothing and a nobody
so he can’t. As shallow a god as ever there was.
But he is a shallow god who is still able to
collect millions from the hopeful and the vulnerable.
The media doesn’t do stories about
the huge harms done by Tony Robbins. But they love the shit
out of the #footburn #ambulance thing.
Yep. But the problem goes deeper...
People want solutions for their
unsolvable problems … and scammers are allowed to use
deception and manipulation to take advantage of that.
It wouldn’t be possible without buy-in from liars at every level
of our completely corrupted :: propaganda based … power
The problem isn't just with Tony Robbins and
Donald Trump. When someone as influential as former President
Bill Clinton (whom I have supported, as I now support his wife) calls
Tony Robbins a "very good friend," you know the malaise goes all the way up.
We best Awaken the Revolutionary Within
… before there’s nothing left of our great democratic
experiment but lies and burnt feet.
Update 30 June: And here is Steve Salerno, who also gets the big picture
in relation to Robbins, Trump et al. and America's "Positive
Mental Attitude-mania" -- a mania that has eroded common
My friend Julie Daniel has shared this redacted
screen shot of one person's huge refund.
Judging by its news releases, the FTC seems to be patting itself on the back for this one.
Small victories, I suppose. It's nothing, though, compared to the
millions that Trudeau scammed out of members of his mega-scam,the Global Information Network (GIN).
It's not often that I allow guest
posts on this blog, and as you may know I hadn't been a Trump supporter, but in the interests of being fair and
balanced I am publishing this piece. I have to admit that the writer
has a powerful message about restoring sanity to the American
judicial system as well as the political system, and truly
making this country great again. Dr.
Goode-Merkin is a certified naturohomeochiropathic practitioner,
anti-vaccination health activist, and a member of the advocacy
group Americans for a More American America. She holds an honorary PhD from Baptist University of Lower Louisiana. Dr. Goode-Merkin asked that I not
edit her post in any way, shape or form, so I am honoring her
wishes and presenting it here exactly as submitted to me.* Please
give her words careful consideration, as she says that she
represents a significant portion of the American electorate.
Watch out, Hillary!
I am a proud Donald Trump supporter and frankly I
am really sick of being called racist and a bigot and a hater
because of that. I am about as far from a hater as anyone could
be because I love America and so does Mr. Trump and thats that.
And although I am fed up with being called a racist I am even
more I am fed up with hearing my candidate being called a racist
just because he isnt afraid to tell the truth about Mexicans and
about a certain Mexican "Judge" (possible NWO
operative?) named Gonzalo Curiel, who has singled Mr. Trump out
for persecution because Mr. Trump wants to build a wall to make
America great again and take our country back. The truth is that
judge Curiel is part of a conspiracy of activist Mexican judges
that are working from within to tear our country apart and weaken
us and depopulate us and take our guns away to get us ready for
FEMA camps and mandatory vaccinations and conversion to the
The media has been beating up on Mr. Trump for telling the truth
while it has been applauding Judge Curiel for being some kind of
hero. But the truth has finally come out. Not only does Judge Curiel have deep connections to
radical violent Mexican groups, but he is also a Hillary Clinton
contributor! It looks like Mr Trump was right all along that the
Judge had a personal vendetta against him.
And lets talk about Trump University for a few minutes since it is the focus of those unjust lawsuits. The
lamestream media has jumped on this as if it was the biggest
crime of the century but it was nothing more nor less than a real
estate course and a very successful one for many people according
to the investigative article I linked to above. It was only
complained about by a tiny percentage of whiners who were
probably lazy anyway or didnt do what the course told them to do
or maybe they were unhappy because they didn't make a million
dollars immediately. Very few if any people really lost money but
too many people want something for nothing and there are so many
loosers in this world, and thats not Mr. Trump's fault.
Besides many of those classes were free in the first place! A man that goes to my Church told me that his brother-in-law's boss has a next door neighbor who went to the free course and liked it so much that he signed up for another more advanced class. Someone wouldn't do that if they thought they were being screwed.
What you need to know is that there is a Mexican radical connection and a
Clinton connection where judge Curiel is concerned and Donald
Trump was right all along that the judge really does have a
personal grudge against Mr. Trump. You can call me a racist if
you want but facts are facts and I am tired of political
correctness because it is destroying our country from within.
And judge Curiel is only one piece in a scandalous and dangerous
puzzle. The Mexican plot against Donald Trump is ongoing and they
are not even trying to hide it anymore. They even have Donald Trump pinatas now
because they are so mad about the wall and the truths Mr. Trump
has told about so many of the ones they are sending over here
being rapists and diseased robbers and illegals and not the best
people. The writing on the wall (the wall that my candidate is
going to build, ha-ha) couldn't be any clearer: THE MEXICANS MEAN
TO HARM MR. TRUMP.
Now I am confident that once he is President Mr. Trump will ban
the manufacture and import of all of these pinatas because they are
disrespectful but even more important becuase they encourage
violence and also the "candy" in them is reportedly
laced with drugs or with chemtrail poison that studies have shown
disrupts hormones and causes people to be homosexuals or even
trannies who pray on innocent children in public restrooms. But
that is a whole other subject. Anyway unfortunately Mr. Trump
cant do much about the pinata scourge until he is President so
until then beware of all pinatas not just the Trump ones.
By the way. The picture on this post was taken of that so called
"Judge" who is persecuting Mr. Trump. It was shot
during a (taxpayer-funded) junket to Mexico that the judge went on
early in 2016 with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obummer after they
murdered Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by putting a pillow
on his head. (Does anybody really believe Justice Scalia died of natural causes?) The trip to Mexico was supposedly a "fact-finding
mission" (ha) but it was really to meet with the judge's la raza
buddies according to the source
that leaked the picture. While in
Mexico the judge bought a Donald Trump pinata and proudly posed
with it. Somebody posted it on their Facebook page and it went
viral before judge Curiel could have it removed. It's too late
now Judge Curiel your secret is out. What an insult to the high
position you hold. People say Mr. Trump isn't Presidential but
what about judges who aren't judgelike? People who live in glass
courthouses shouldnt throw stones as they say.
But there is more. It isn't just Mr. Trump that the Mexican judge
cartel hates. And yes it is a cartel, judge Curiel is not the
only Mexican judge in this country unfortunately. Together the
mexican judges are working to make sure that illegals get to vote
and get food stamps and welfare and all of our good jobs. They
are ruining the moral fabric of our society. But what you really
need to know is that they are involved in a elaborate plot
against patriotic Americans who are not affraid to tell the
Did you think Donald Trump was the only person they have gone
after? Well hold on this may shock you. Many of you know about
heroic consumer advocate Kevin Trudeau whose Natural Cures books
ripped the lid off of the government and big food companies and
big Pharma and many other things that they don't want you to know
about. Mr. Trudeau was also not afraid to tell the truth about
Mexicans and how Mexican illegal immigration is destroying
America as we know it. Here is a link to one of his radio shows a few years ago where he talks about that and other important things
(like how the government doesn't want you to be successful which
is why they persecuted motivational speaker James A. Ray according to mr Trudeau.).
And now Kevin Trudeau is in jail! In case you dont know it he is
serving a ten-year sentence on trumped-up charges. All he did was
exercise his free speech and and say that a diet was easy. And
for that they threw him in prison. How could this happen in
America you say. Well remember we are living in Obamas America --
where there is a homosexual Kenyan islamic terrorist with a wife
that was born as a man and two children they are pretending are
their biological kids, living in the Whitehouse! And Kevin was
put in jail during the Obama administration. Coincidence? I think
not. Anyway one of my associates has a cousin whos friend's
mother in law went on the Kevin Trudeau diet and lost nearly 100
pounds and she said it really was easy! Yet Kevin got thrown in
prison for saying the same thing.
So do you know the name of the judge who put Mr. Trudeau in jail
for ten years? No it wasnt Judge Curiel because it wasn't his
jurisdiction but it was Judge Ronald Guzman, another Mexican.
Judge Guzman is definitely not an American he was born in Puerto
Rico where they also speak mexican! And he was nominated to his current high position by
President Bill Clinton so theres another criminal Clinton
connection right there. Are you seeing a pattern here? If not you
haven't done your research or you may be just another sheeple.
But there is still hope for you. We still have a few months until
the election. More and more people are waking up and come
November, we will be casting our votes for Donald Trump the man
who will keep America safe from illegal Mexicans and muslin
terrorists and hopefully from the Rothschilds who really run
everything. (By the way do you think that it is coincidence that
the two judges who oversaw Mr. Trudeau's cases, Robert Gettleman
(probably a jewish zionist name!) and Ronald Guzman,
have the same initials, "RG"? And that those
are the same initials as "Rothschild Goons?"
The New World Order is speaking to us in code and again the
writing is on the wall!)
So forget your political correctness and stop calling the people
racists who are only trying to help save our country. A vote for
anyone but Donald Trump is a vote against America and all that we
hold most dear. He will restore sanity to this country not only
to the courts but to the whole political system because he is not
a politician and cant be bought. He will also be able to finally
rain in the lying lamestream media by strengthening libel laws
and forcing the media to tell the truth or go out of business.
Donald Trump tells it like it is and not like the way the
politically correct crowd and the social justice warriors wish it
Some people say to me how could you support Trump
if your a woman. Well there are millions of us women who proudly
support him. And not just because he has hired many women for his
businesses and gave them all a chance to succeed in a so called
mans world. It's also because he will save us from the
alternative under Killary (which Hussein Obama-nation has paved
the way for), which is an America where we are forced to speak
Arabian and have to live under Sharai laws where women are
treated worse than dogs and they have to keep their heads covered
or they get raped in Mosques by diseased imans. And those will be
the lucky ones because at least they will still have heads to
cover. If people (women or men or children) try to stand up for
their Christian faith there heads will be cut off on TV to make
an example of them. Mr Trump will save us from that. He is the
only one who can.
So a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for American
greatness. God bless America and God bless Donald Trump. In the
name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savor, amen.
* Specifically, this post is presented exactly as the voices in my head submitted it to me, since -- I confess! -- I totally made up Dr. Goode-Merkin and this piece is satirical. But I can't really claim to have made up the sentiments, which are loudly trumpeted (so to speak) all over the Internet by Donald fans and conspiracy nuts -- including some of those who have been snargets on this blog (e.g., "Dr." Leonard Coldwell, longtime Kevin Trudeau buddy Fred van Liew, et al.). The spelling and grammatical errors were deliberate but actually I was being charitable, as I've seen much worse by some of the Trumpians (e.g., the aforementioned "Dr." C). ~CC
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