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.)
Friday, September 30, 2016
The Whirled wags on
And once again I'm just under the wire for the end of the month,
scrambling to keep up my tradition of blogging at least once
every month. I've managed it so far for more than ten years, but
lately I've been terribly lazy. Last month I cited the summer
doldrums, which was valid enough, but in reality I can't
completely blame summer for draining my blogging energy. I've
been devoting much of my energy and attention to the horror, which just keeps getting more horrible, of a potential Trump presidency, and have been
spending most of my non-work-related writing time on Facebook
conversing about the unfolding nightmare.
Trump not only sucked all of the oxygen out of the room, as he promised/threatened in advance of announcing his
2016 presidential campaign, but he also sucked a lot of energy
out of this blog. The latter is entirely my fault, and I
apologize to readers who might have been expecting something
Before I return my attention to my normal non-political beat,
though, let me state the obvious: Hillary Clinton did indeed win the first presidential debate, despite the inane ramblings of
Drumpf and the Drumpfians -- at least to the extent that it could
be called a "debate," and to the extent that it could,
in fact, be "won." Not surprisingly, the cynical
conspiracy mongers and alt-right hucksters, most notably Mike "the Health Ranger" Adams of Natural News infamy, put a different spin on it.
But that is pretty much what one would expect from someone who,
in all apparent seriousness, has written:
You really should read that DEATH/LIFE post
linked to in the quote above. In a fit of histrionics and
hysteria, faux-hero Adams claims that under a
"Clinton dictatorship," the entire independent media
(read: alt-right) will be "censored out of existence"
for publishing stories that criticize Black Lives Matter, radical
Islam or the Clinton administration itself. As well, warns the
Health Rager (that's not a typo), your individual rights to free
speech will disappear under a Clinton regime -- unless you're a
"lunatic leftist," that is.
Never mind about Donald Trump's continual threats to the free press and
the First Amendment, and his implicit
and explicit threats to sue the bejeezus out of any media outlet
or individual who criticizes him. I still wonder if Adams really
does believe half of the stupid drivel he writes. Whether he
believes it or not, though, clearly his legions of
critical-thinking impaired followers do. And many of those people
can vote. So please, all of you rational people who are eligible
to vote in the U.S. presidential election: get out there and do so. If sane people stay at home
or vote for a "third party," the real dystopian
nightmare could come to pass, not under Clinton but under Trump.
My name is Cosmic Connie, and I approve the above message.
I didn't actually see the Facebook post that started the little
drama, but Longdog did, and he took a screen shot. Apparently
Lenny has been getting some criticism from some of his German
followers and readers as he has tried to expand his IMBS-ing U Master's Society scam into Germany. Some had recently been questioning his
extravagant claims and his boasts of enormous wealth, and some
had even admonished him for lowering himself to that level.
Well, apparently they got under his thin skin. Hmmm. Maybe we
should call him "Thin-skin Len." I rather like the
sound of that.
Anyway. It seems that in a fit of pique, and in order to prove to
his detractors that he is indeed as rich as he says he is, Lenny
posted a picture of three Rolex watches on his main
German-language Facebook page, Dr. Leonard Coldwell. But he
pretended that his assistant "Catherine" was actually
doing the posting. Along with the pic was this text (translated
from German to English via the Bing auto-translate on Facebook):
To all the jealous people here is at the request of many a
small part of dr cs Rolex collection, these are the 3
especially for him from Rolex made watches. Value for the 3
watches 290 000 euro. 22 and 24 carats are the brilliant, the
dr c on champions weekend was wearing. If it's the envious
people to stomach ulcers can help. Catherine
On his blog post Longdog recorded many of the jeers that Lenny
received in response. Longdog himself went on Twitter to mock the
post, and claims that within minutes of his tweet, Lenny's post
had been deleted from Facebook. An hour or two after deleting the
post, Lenny wrote an "incandescent-with-rage screed,"
as Longdog put it, explaining that the Rolex post had only been
published as a test to weed out stupid, jealous, loser-type
people. Again, you can read all about it here
-- not just the screed itself but also Longdog's annotations. It
is an excellent capsule debunking of Lenny's most outrageous
Increasingly, people in both the U.S. and Germany are refusing to
buy his tall tales. And increasingly, he is making it easier to
catch him in his lies, particularly when -- to give just one
random example -- he posts pictures on Facebook of luxurious
homes, and boasts that he has purchased them, and then basks in
the accolades from clueless followers who don't even bother to
Let me just say that Google reverse image search, and public tax
records that reveal the real property owners, can be the
nemesis of daft little liars. Caged Katie and his fellow scammer: "Life is but
a dream" at Camp Cupcake It has also been a while since I've written about
now-imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka
Katie. I'm still following his ramblings-by-proxy on his
Facebook fan page. Earlier this month there was a post from one of his fellow scammers.
KT IS FREE
A short while back, I had the pleasure of seeing my dear
friend Kevin at his present address at the Federal facility
in Montgomery, Alabama. I’ve known KT since 1996, so I
guess we celebrated our 20th anniversary of friendship that
weekend in the deep South.
Prior to my visit, I had a sliver of unease about seeing him;
it had been a couple of years since I’d seen him last. But
I was immediately put at ease when Kevin appeared in the
common meeting area of the facility. He looked thin and well-
in fact, in better shape than I’d ever seen him. His eyes
were clear and spirited.
We spent hours talking, sharing news, disagreeing
(profoundly) over Presidential politics, reminiscing,
Kevin has always been a remarkably positive person in my
life; I owe him a great deal relative to my career and to my
own personal growth. We’ve also had an incredible range of
What I always loved about Kevin was his indomitable mettle-
and sense that everything- energetically, spiritually and in
physical, tangible ways- would be fine, as long as you
projected that to the universe. “You are what you think”,
I recall KT saying. “Go as far as you can see,” he said,
“and when you get there, you’ll see further.”
Even given his present circumstance, Kevin still sees further
than most. He remains steadfast in his belief that everything
that has transpired in his life was meant to be. He sees his
current state of affairs as life lessons, teaching him what
he needed most. Equally, he remains the same hopeful,
powerful and spirited force that he always was- even more so.
I laughed when he said that he used to spend tens of
thousands of dollars to go to fancy yoga and meditation
retreats (we’ve been to a couple of those in our day!)- but
now, he gets it all for free. He seems relieved that his life
has become more simple but somehow even richer.
I wasn’t surprised that a couple of Kevin’s new
acquaintances inside the facility credited him with helping
them not only endure but thrive. KT’s gift as a teacher and
sage has only grown over the past couple of years. There is
not an ounce of “victim mentality” about him. If “life
is but a dream”- an old song lyric I recall him
particularly liking (and occasionally singing)- then his
present situation is not a predicament, but a moment in time-
a unit in time- that is giving him greater illumination and
In that way, and many others, Kevin Trudeau is more
unfettered than most of us. In fact, he may be the most free
man I know. That’s why his teachings and insights are so
valuable to me personally- and to us all.
I look forward to seeing him again soon, wherever the
universe- and his incredible life force- takes him.
A quick Google search for Jon Denny/Kevin
Trudeau revealed this old Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) complaint regarding "unfair or
deceptive acts or practices." I know, I am just as shocked
as you are.
Meanwhile, Katie's lawyers are still trying to get the Supreme
Court to hear his case, a point I mentioned on this July 2016 post (see under
"Katie and the Supremes"). Here again is a link to the petition. As of the September 23 Facebook post
on his Facebook page, the Court has yet to decide if they're
going to hear it. I'll let you know when I find out something
more. Or you can let me know. As I like to say, we all help each
other out here.
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).
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