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Mexican activist judges are destroying America
Guest post by Ima Goode-Merkin, CNHCPP,
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 Lower Louisiana Baptist College. 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.
But as you get further down the rabbit hole of truth you will see there is more. Kevin
also defended Donald Trump as a truth teller a few years ago. Maybe that was when he sealed his fate at the hands of
the Mexican judiciary cartel.
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.
Copyright © by Dr. Ima Goode-Merkin, CNHCPP, PhD
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* 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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Donald Trump's Scamworld playbook isn't unique
Note: I've added A LOT of content and
links since first publishing this post on May 31. At this point it's still best to just consider this post a work in progress.
As I mentioned in passing in a blog post on April 29, 2016, US presidential candidate and enemy of the First Amendment
Donald Trump has been whining about some civil lawsuits against his fraudulent flopportunity Trump University, claiming the cases (and there are actually two of them under the judge he is scapegoating)* are going forward only because a "Spanish" or"Hispanic" judge had it out for him.
became progressively more ranty and bigoted-sounding as Drumpf
railed against the "Mexican" judge, Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court -- a man who was born in
Indiana and as a citizen of the United States is technically not Mexican. In fact Judge Curiel has been a very strong and brave fighter against the Mexican drug cartels. And contrary to the claims of the neo-con alarmist nitwits who are also vilifying the judge, he does not have ties to a radical "pro-Mexican" group.
But never mind that. Trump has repeatedly said of the "Mexican" judge, "...I
have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He's a
Whether the rants influenced Judge Curiel or not, the judge has unsealed documents related to the one of the cases.
As Politico noted:
It's unclear whether Curiel knew of
Trump's latest volley of attacks when the judge issued the
order Friday afternoon, but it seems possible. Curiously, the
Republican candidate laid into Curiel at about the same time
the judge was holding a hearing less than a mile away on a
motion by The Washington Post seeking unsealing of the Trump
University-related files. The judge's order was released a
couple of hours after the hearing.
Trump has made noise about moving to recuse
Curiel from the suits, but as of the day of the Politico writeup
from which the above quotation was pulled, his lawyers had not yet brought such a motion.
Even though some of his allies, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, have winced at the remarks about Curiel, Trump has not backed down, not only sticking by but escalating his rhetoric against the judge, and continuing to call for his recusal. It's all about the Rule of Trump versus the Rule of Law. The possible consequences of Trump having his way on this matter are pretty scary to contemplate. Trump's insistence is absurd on its surface anyway. Should female judges not be allowed to preside over cases involving alleged male rapists? Should African-American judges not be allowed to preside over cases against white racists? It seems to me (and to others who know much more about the law than I do) that the judge would be within his rights to slap Trump with contempt, but he probably won't, and in fact he has postponed the trial on the case that he had cleared for trial until after the election.
And in case you are wondering, the reason Judge Curiel has not yet spoken out in his own defense is that he is bound by the judicial code of ethics, which precludes a judge making public comment about the merits, or lack thereof, of a pending case.
The case of the disappearing plaintiff
Trump has actually been bitching about Curiel for a couple of years now, since long before the judge's latest actions. Currently Trump bases his public anti-Curiel rants mostly on the judge's Mexican heritage (because of that whole Wall thing, y'know). One complaint he has made, most recently on CBS's Face the Nation on June 5, is that the case (though he didn't specify which one, it is the Low (formerly Makaeff) case) should have been dismissed when the plaintiff's lawyers asked that the originally top-named plaintiff be removed, and the judge agreed. That should have been the end of it, insisted Trump... but the judge is "Mexican!" And Trump wants to build that Wall. It's so unfair, don't you know.
Trump did not mention that the woman who had been removed in the referenced case -- he didn't name her but she is Tarla Makaeff -- had only been removed recently, by her own request, because she said she was sick of being publicly harassed by Trump. Obviously there were plenty of other plaintiffs in the case, and sufficient contested points to move it forward. But Trump tells a different story. On Face the Nation he said that the plaintiffs' lawyers had decided that this woman was a "terrible witness" and that she had fallen apart during her deposition, and that any judge who wasn't a Donald Trump hater would consequently have seen that the whole case was invalid and would have thrown it out.
Trump also insisted that Ms. Makaeff had previously written glowing reviews of Trump U, as had thousands and thousands of other folks, according to him. What he didn’t mention, perhaps because he doesn’t know, is that people at Scamworld events such as these, particularly pricey events, often write those reviews while in the throes of event afterglow, and often it’s because they’re strongly encouraged (manipulated/coerced) into doing so, and also because they are trying desperately to convince themselves that they didn’t just throw hundreds or thousands of their hard-earned dollars down the toilet.
More to the point here, the article about Tarla Makaeff that I linked to above (here is that link again) addresses the matter of her formerly positive reviews.
One of the key Trump attacks against Makaeff center on videos of her praising Trump University when she was a student.
In March 2016 Judge Curiel granted Makaeff's request to remove her name from the litigation, apparently agreeing with her that she had suffered undue stress from Trump's attacks on her character and his attempts to silence her via a (failed) counter-suit. But the judge did allow her to remain on the case as an unnamed plaintiff, eligible for any moneys that may be collected should the plaintiffs prevail. Clearly Judge Curiel simply examined the evidence and saw sufficient reason to warrant moving the case forward. From what I have seen, the content in those unsealed documents tends to support his decision. As do the complaints from numerous former "students"
about the utter scamminess of the operation.
Closing the barn door after the horses have escaped
But her lawyers argued that she didn't realize at the time that she and other students had been deceived by false promises from Trump University, and because the school had promised students it would continue to provide contacts and other assistance on future real estate deals.
The court agreed with that argument when dismissing Trump's counterclaim against Makaeff. It ruled two years ago that "as the recent Ponzi-scheme scandals involving onetime financial luminaries like Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford demonstrate, victims of con artists often sing the praises of their victimizers until the moment they realize they have been fleeced."
In light of the content of those documents, it is no surprise that the Trump attorneys had been fighting to keep them sealed, citing "trade secrets," the release of which
they claim could harm new incarnations of the scam that may be
launched once the court cases have been resolved. But Judge
Curiel poo-pooed the notion of a new and improved Trump U, and said that besides, much of that proprietary information is already public anyway.
Indeed, Politico published one of the Trump U playbooks back in
March of this year, though Trump U playbook content had actually been leaked as early as 2014, as noted by The Atlantic. From Politico:
The book told employees to collect financial information
from those who attended and rank them by their liquid assets
to see who could afford more coursework. And staffers kept
hotel ballrooms at a precise temperature — no more than 68
degrees — at the expensive real estate seminars.
The link to the PDF of the 2010 playbook is
embedded in the quotation above, but here it is again in case that link doesn't work. As appalling as it may seem if you're not somewhat familiar with these types of schemes, this is in many ways a typical Scamworld playbook, with every detail
covered: from the temperature of the room, to the positioning
of the chairs, to the grilling about participants' assets, and it was all orchestrated to ensure maximum coercion and money extraction.
These details and scores of others are embedded in thousands
of pages of documents that comprise the lawsuits attacking a
set of education courses GOP presidential front-runner Donald
Trump has boasted about.
Among many other things the playbook outlined methods of suckering attendees of free
sessions into buying a $1,495 ticket to a three-day workshop. That
workshop was promoted at the free sessions as providing
everything participants needed to start getting rich. It will come as no
surprise to anyone who is familiar with Scamworld tactics that
the $1,495 classes were not all-inclusive after all, but were
merely conduits for upselling. The playbooks urged the sales team
to aggressively promote classes with a "mentor," which
could cost between $9,995 and $34,995, presumably depending upon how much the marks had in liquid a$$ets.
Kevin Drum at Mother Jones weighed in with a piece titled, "Trump U Records Unsealed, And It's Not a Pretty
Sight." Among other sources he
quoted a piece in the Washington Post, regarding
Trump's involvement in the scam.
Donald Trump was personally involved in
devising the marketing strategy for Trump University, even
vetting potential ads, according to newly disclosed sworn
testimony from the company’s top executive taken as part of
an ongoing lawsuit....“Mr. Trump
understandably is protective of his brand and very protective
of his image and how he’s portrayed,”
Michael Sexton, Trump University’s president, said in the
2012 deposition. “And he wanted to see how his brand and
image were portrayed in Trump University marketing materials.
And he had very good and substantive input as well.”
And then there's this from the New York Times, and it will be very familiar to any of you who have
followed the saga of imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau's
big fraud, the Global Information Network (GIN) -- or any of the other sad Scamworld stories
so diligently covered by bloggers such as Salty Droid for years.
Corrine Sommer, an event manager,
recounted how colleagues encouraged students to open up as
many credit cards as possible to pay for classes that many of
them could not afford. “It’s O.K., just max out your
credit card,” Ms. Sommer recalled their saying.
According to a separate deposition
Trump did not personally select instructors and
"faculty" members for his "university," even though the promotions for Trump U had clearly stated that they had been "handpicked" by him, with Trump himself saying as much in some of the ads. He
was certainly involved in crafting the ads, and clearly the scam company
eagerly leveraged Trump's celebrity status, with his approval. It was all about the Trump brand.
....Ms. Sommer recalled that a member of the
Trump University sales team, who had previously sold jewelry,
was promoted to become an instructor. He
had “no real estate experience,” she said. She added that
many of the instructors had the quality that the school
seemed to value most: “They were skilled at high-pressure
sales,” she said.
The 2014 Atlantic piece I linked to above (here is that link again) concluded:
Even though Trump University is facing
two multi-million dollar fraud lawsuits, Donald Trump
continues to defend his educational efforts, calling Trump
University “a terrific school that did a fantastic job.”
But if Trump had read his school’s own playbook, he might
have foreseen the likely outcome of running a university with
comically lax standards. At one point, the playbook advises
Trump staffers: “If a district attorney arrives on the
scene, contact the appropriate media spokesperson
But Attorneys General should be okay, as long
as they're from Texas or Florida. More on that in a moment.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Drumpf
Apart from being a scam, Trump U was yet another example of Donald Trump's hypocrisy. On June 2, David Corn at Mother Jones wrote about the big con behind Trump's phony university, citing several instances in which Trump clearly said that success in business and in life owes more to intrinsic factors than to anything else. In other words, Trump doesn't really believe that success can be "taught." From the article:
Trump, who has campaigned as a champion of the little guy, has often stated his belief that only certain humans have the potential to be achievers. In a video for a 2006 book he co-wrote, Why We Want You to Be Rich, Trump was asked, "Do you think anybody can be rich?" His answer was no, and, in explaining this, he dumped on the most famous line of the Declaration of Independence:
No, I don’t think anybody can get rich. I think unfortunately the world is not a fair place. I think you have to be born with a certain intelligence. And it doesn't have to be a super intelligence, it has to be a certain intelligence. You can't take somebody that's not a smart person and say, "By the way, this is what you do, and here's your little card, and you're gonna follow these rules and regulations and you're gonna become a rich person." The world is not fair. You know they come with this statement "all men are created equal."
Well, it sounds beautiful, and it was written by some very wonderful people and brilliant people, but it's not true because all people and all men [laughter] aren't created—now today they'd say all men and women, of course, they would have changed that statement that was made many years ago. But the fact is you have to be born and blessed with something up here [pointing to his head]. On the assumption you are, you can become very rich.
Trump's all-folks-are-not-created-equal view was nothing new. In a 1990 Playboy interview, he noted that when it came to success, "I'm a strong believer in genes." Years later, in a CNN interview, Trump noted, "I think I was born with a drive for success. I had a father who was successful. He was a builder in Brooklyn and Queens. And he was successful and, you know, I have a certain gene. I'm a gene believer. Hey, when you connect two racehorses, you usually end up with a fast horse. And I really was, you know, I had a good gene pool from the standpoint of that." And at a Trump rally earlier this year in Biloxi, Mississippi, the mogul proclaimed, "I have Ivy League education, smart guy, good genes. I have great genes and all that stuff which I'm a believer in."
That was not the message of Trump University. Its ads promised
that its students—who paid up to $35,000 for courses—would learn
Trump's "secrets" for amassing wealth and be taught how to apply them
right away. "Above all," Trump said in the promotional video for this
business, "it's about how to become successful." The pitch essentially
said this: Anyone can do it. Yet Trump has frequently indicated that he
doesn't really buy that. Instead, you need good genes, Trump-type genes,
to succeed and score big in this not-everyone-is-created-equal world.
In that case, there's not much point in trying to teach inferior Trump
wannabes to be like the superior Trump, unless your aim is to
redistribute wealth—from them to you. But, in keeping with Trump's
elitist belief in the power of genes, this setup might be called
financial Darwinism. (To the guys with the good genes go the spoils—and
the cash!) And soon the courts will determine if it's also fraud.
Just another day in Scamworld
The same day the Drumpf U documents were unsealed, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman slammed Trump U as being "phony" and "shameless." Schneiderman subsequently appeared on Morning Joe on June 2 to discuss his ongoing lawsuit against Trump U, which is a separate one from the California case that spurred the release of the potentially damning documents. Writing for the Washington Post, Greg Sargent noted that Trump had been caught in yet another fib.
The quote from Schneiderman that drove some
buzz today is the one in which he claimed that Trump University
was “fraud,” and added that Trump had privately offered to
“settle” the lawsuit with New York’s Attorney General. If
true, this contradicts Trump’s previous claim that
he has not sought to settle the lawsuit “out of principle.”
After all, only a big loser would settle a lawsuit, while winners
like Trump win them, right?
Gosh. If only the New York AG had been as cooperative (or cheap whore-ish, perhaps) as those in Florida and Texas, both of whom chose not to pursue action against Trump U, and both of whom received political donations from Trump -- $25,000 to the Florida AG and $35,000 to the Texas AG who was running, and won, the gubernatorial seat. Texas' current AG, Ken Paxton, is actively trying to shush the conversation about the decision by the office of former AG and now-Gub'ner Greg Abbott not to pursue the case. And more information has resurfaced about Florida AG Pam Bondi, who apparently asked Trump for a donation before she stopped the fraud case. And to keep the circle jerk unbroken, both Bondi and Abbott have endorsed Trump.
But I think another quote from Schneiderman deserves some
attention: He noted that a lot of the victims of Trump’s
alleged scam were people who had come to the school amid a dark
period in the aftermath of the financial crisis, when they were
desperate to find a way to make money.
So there's that. And there's also the fact that even though the former Trump University LLC, now known as the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC -- was shut down years ago, Drumpf is still earning a little pocket change from it.
But...yawn. I don't expect that this blatant proof of Donald Trump's Scamworld creds
will faze most of his shouting, cheering, red-hat-wearing
worshipers and hatriots. Many are already shrugging it off with
the rationalization that the techniques in the playbooks are just
par for the course with sales training in any industry.
"What's the big deal?" they say. "Hillary's the
real criminal! Make America great again!" It is actually a big deal, but most of Trump's supporters probably won't think it is.
Moreover, as I've griped about several times
previously (such as here), and as Salty
Droid has noted many
times over the years, few people in the
media or outside of it seem to really care much about the bigger
Scamworld picture, of which Trump U is but one piece. For instance, I'm pretty sure that Tony Robbins, the reigning king of Scamworld, has his own playbooks that use much of the same manipulation/coercive persuasion techniques to sell and upsell and up-upsell his pricey seminars. (I wouldn't be surprised if some of the folks behind the Trump U scam were Robbins graduates.) And Robbins has his own money-mastering infofrauducts and flopportunities. However good his intentions may seem to many who are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, Tony Robbins is pretty much a flopportunistic huckster who apparently has no qualms about allying himself to the scum of the Internet. But at least he doesn't appear to buy into the idea that Trump's legendary business acumen qualifies him to be president.
The point is that these types of scams go on and on and on and
on and on, and for the most part very little is done about them. The fallout from the scams is good for an occasional feature piece or
"expose," especially if there's a high-profile player
and/or a lawsuit involved... and then it's back to business as
usual, with the media often playing their own parts in
perpetuating the scams (e.g., by running scammers' infomercials and other more cleverly disguised paid content, and by playing softball on "investigative" pieces).
So I think that Steve Benen, speculating on the Rachel Maddow blog that the Trump U brouhaha has turned into a full-fledged scandal for which there is no defense, may be exaggerating the case. And Benen, like most of the other reporters and commentators covering this matter, doesn't seem to realize that the real story isn't that one of a front-running presidential candidate's companies is a scam. The real story -- and the real outrage -- is that this type of scam isn't all that unusual. It's horrible, it's disgusting, and good people get screwed, so Trump should not be given a pass by any means... but it happens all the time.
Furthermore the media seem to have turned their attention away from another big Trump boondoggle: the Trump Network multi-level marketing (MLM) scams, which received a spate of attention for a while earlier this year, but since then seem to have slipped back into the shadows. And few of those covering the scams correlated them to the much larger MLM scourge in this country. As usual, Salty Droid got it, years ago.
I'm not trying to trash the mainstream media; I'm just saying they could do a better job. Some are moving in the right direction. A more mainstream journo who also seems to get it, at least regarding Trump U, is Charles P. Pierce, writing for Esquire in a June 2 piece titled, "Always Remember, We Live in a Nation of Scammers" :
If there is a single, overriding question in
the unfolding Trump University scandal, however, it is this: Why
in god's name is anyone surprised?
Corporate America is held aloft by scams and scammers, and it goes far beyond the selfish-help/New-Wage/McSpirituality/alt-health industries that are the normal beat of this blog. Again, Salty Droid got that too (and hopefully will be writing more about it in future posts on his new and improved site). Here he is in November 2015:
Of course, the fact that He, Trump was behind this scam is prima
facie evidence of some thoroughgoing shenanigans, but that's
not what I mean. He, Trump is an apex bunco artist, but he also
is a high-profile American corporate businessman of the late 20th
But I repeat myself.
Bernie Sanders gets roasted in some quarters for saying this, but
it's true—for going on 40 years now, the primary business model
for the American corporate class has been fraud. What we're
getting a peek at now with the Trump University is indeed garish
in its contempt for the suckers, but what it's not is surprising.
Scamworld isn’t creeping upward toward the real world in an effort to
increase its reach/credibility. Scamworld is just the trickle down of
the devastating devotion to lies and corruption that form the basis of
the real world.
And here's Pierce again on the June 2 Esquire piece:
This isn't cynicism. This is the universe of
our politics today, and it has been for almost four decades now.
There are those In The Know and there are the suckers. There's
nobody in between any more, and it's certainly not the
government. Too often, the government is on one side while
pretending to be on the other.
So, yeah, it's a goddamn shame what Trump University did to those
poor people and I hope they sue him for everything, including his
socks and underwear. But please, don't ask me to be shocked.
This is the world we live in. The American democracy is becoming
the longest con of all.
All things considered, though, I doubt that the newly revealed docs will do "irreparable harm" to Trump's campaign, though I would seriously love to be proven wrong on this one.
Many folks probably see nothing wrong with the Trump U "business" model
I acknowledge that my candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton, does not escape the pen of Esquire's Charles Pierce, who cites those infamous Goldman Sachs gigs. Many loyal Trump subjects who are outraged about Hillary's high-dollar speeches to Goldman Sachs, the shenanigans of Bush and Cheney, and the several other examples listed in the Esquire piece linked to above, simply don't see their king as being part of the crony-capitalist political system.
And I think that is largely because they identify with Trump on some level. When attempting to project the real damage (or lack thereof) that the Trump U mess will do to his presidential campaign, we have to take into consideration the "like attracts like" phenomenon that I wrote
about late last month. Not only does
Donald Trump attract haters and a variety of narcissists and psychopaths (like not-Doctor Leonard Coldwell on both the "hater" and "narcissist/psychopath" counts), but he also attracts one-percenter wannabes and scammers who admire his success (again, the notorious not-doc Lenny fits into these categories), and for whom
rationalization about the Trump U documents most likely won't
even be necessary.
"Mr. Las Vegas" himself, Wayne
Newton, showed that he understood the wannabe principle when he voiced his support for Trump last October on Fox
“I love Donald, and he would make a
great president,” Newton told hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck,
Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade.
But mainly Mr. "Danke Schoen" loves
The Donald because "he tells it like it is."
Yet another scammer (and wannabe) who comes to mind is embattled "life coach" and long-time grifter
Coral Grant, a Trudeau cohort (or, more accurately, Trudeau suckup) who is
currently facing a fraud lawsuit of her own, though you'd never know it to see her cheerful Facebook posts. At the moment Coral and her co-grifter, hubby Mac Grant, are scamming through a company called Best Life Coaching
Society, but that could change at any
moment. They are promoting their Subconscious Release Technique,
which is probably exactly what it sounds like: a way to get you
to release all of your money to them without even being aware of
it. Anyway, Coral has made no secret that she's a yuuuuge Trump
supporter who seems to be trying to suck up to The Donald the way she did Trudeau, and who soooo looks forward to seeing Drumpf make America great again, and who recently got all teary-eyed by a pro-Trump propaganda vid that attempted to make her idol seem like the greatest
humanitarian who ever walked the Earth.
“Number one, he tells the truth,” said Newton. “Number
two, he’s been where most of these guys want to be, in
terms of riding on his own plane. He doesn’t have to worry
about what hotels he stays in, he doesn’t have to worry
about how his family gets to Hawaii, so on and so forth.”
So again, I think that for the most part the Trump
U flap won't make a bit of difference to the Trumpians, who will defend their idol no matter what happens. Depending upon how the lawsuits go, the "scandal" might possibly put a slight damper on some Scamworld schemes, since Trump is such a high-profile example. Possibly it will lead to reforms in the industry... oh, who am I kidding?
am glad that the fraud that was Trump U, and that may possibly be a slightly more subtle version of Trump U in the future, is getting some mainstream attention again, and that Trump in general is garnering more critical media attention now. But at this point I think that Paul Waldman's Washington Post opinion piece is a little overly optimistic in its projection that journalists' efforts to (finally) crack down on Trump will significantly harm the Trump campaign. After all, Trump is a powerful demagogue, and as the media light becomes ever harsher and Trump hollers more loudly about the unfairness of it all, it is far more likely that he will be able to turn his ardent admirers against the media (even more so than they are already) than that the media coverage will turn them against him.
But still. It is possible that a few people will wake up, and those on the fence may be convinced that putting the dangerously narcissistic Trump -- a man who truly is too sick to lead -- in the most powerful position on the planet is a horrifying idea.
NOTE (with important links):
Here is a link to a page on the web site of the law firm handling the Low (formerly Makaeff) and Cohen class action lawsuits. It hasn't been completely updated but it has some useful history, devoid of sensationalist headlines and editorializing.
And here is a link to another page, which includes information about the Cohen lawsuit in which civil RICO has been invoked. This page has a link to a portal that will lead you to numerous important court documents in both of the cases in which Judge Gonzalo Curiel is involved. (Also read their FAQ page.)
For those who have jumped on the "Trump is
going to prison over RICO charges" bandwagon, hold on to
your horses. It probably isn't going to happen. Civil RICO is, as
my friend Max noted on a Facebook conversation, easy to invoke
but very hard to prove. Besides, technically speaking, the word
"charges" only applies to criminal cases, not civil,
and at this point it seems unlikely that either one of these
civil cases will become criminal ones, and highly unlikely that
Trump will be imprisoned for anything. (Here's Ken White at
Popehat lawsplaining about the ridiculous overuse of RICO accusations.) Frankly, I don't want to see Donald Trump in prison.
But I damn sure don't want to see him in the Oval Office.
PS added on 8 June 2016: In another comical development, Drumpf is now denying that he ever attacked Judge Curiel's ethnicity, and he has vowed to shut up about Trump U and the judge. We'll see how long that lasts.
* The lawsuits over which Judge Gonzalo Curiel
is presiding are known as Cohen vs. Donald J. Trump, Case No.
3:13-cv-02519 (the Nationwide Action) and Low, et al. vs. Trump
University, LLC, et al., Case No. 3:10-cv-00940
(California/Florida/New York Action). In May 2016, the name of
the Makaeff Action was changed from Makaeff, et al. vs. Trump
University, LLC., et al. to Low, et al. vs. Trump University,
LLC., et al.
~ Source: Trumpuniversitylitigation.com
Drumpf continues his hate-hate relationship with the
press. As well, the man whom his supporters
have so passionately embraced for not being beholden to corrupt
Wall Street interests has been revealed, in one of the media that
have been banned from Trump events, to be a Deutsche-bag with a massive conflict of interest
that is unprecedented for a US presidential candidate. And in the larger world, North Korea has just added itself to the list of Trump
Heaven help us all.
Related on this Whirled:
Labels: Coral Grant, Donald Trump, Gonzalo Curiel, Kevin Trudeau, Scamworld, Trump University, Trump University documents unsealed
Facebook "censors" Leonard Coldwell again: somebody call the waaaahmbulance!
Not-Doctor Leonard Coldwell, he of the
extravagant boasts and faux credentials, is
once again complaining about being suspended -- or "banned" as he histrionically puts it -- from Facebook. This
time around, on his Wednesday, May 25, 2016 entry, which is one of the few
original "blog" posts he has ever published on his main
site, he is claiming that the reason for the suspension is that he wrote posts supporting
US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Dr. Coldwell Banned from FB for Support of Trump – Lets [sic] Sue FB!
...screamed the big headline.
As usual, Coldwell's claims make no sense at
all. Look at it logically, though to do so you have to overlook the fact that logic and Lenny don't even belong in the same blog post together. If people got suspended from Facebook merely for writing
supportive posts about Trump, there would be no pro-Drumpf
content on Facebook whatsoever. But my feeds are constantly cluttered with
users' posts supporting The Donald's presidential run (I do have
Facebook friends who are Trump supporters), as well as links to
"news" and opinion pieces that are favorable to the
orange blowfish. And there are scads of Facebook pages and communities devoted to supporting Trump's presidency.
Nevertheless Lenny is crying martyr again, and not surprisingly is once again waving the
litigation banner, inviting his idiot followers to join him in a
one-billion-dollar class action lawsuit.
Dr. Coldwell Re-Posted on FB a post
in regard to the fact that Trump is not a Muslim Hater.
He was shortly after banned for his actions despite the fact
that we, as Americans, still have free speech under the
second [sic] amendment.
It is time to start a Class A Lawsuit
against Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg. He believes his
corporate policies are binding for the Facebook user without
any form of justice or way to question their unlawful
actions. There is no method set up to defend a post and
reverse their unlawful and criminal Actions.
Law is not a one-way street. Since
Facebook profits from our posts and participation, we have
the right to sue for a part of that money and as freelancers.
Simply put, we have rights, possibly employee rights. We
have the right to get our regular hourly rate if Facebook
does not obey and adhere to their own policies and rules.
Let's take a closer look at this matter.
First...Second... one of those numbers... the point is, we love Trump!
To begin with, it is the First Amendment
that addresses free speech, not the Second Amendment, and you would think that the guy who
describes himself as "one of the
leading authorities for Constitutional Law (Common Law )
Sovereignty and the fight for Liberty and Freedom" -- and
who is co-author of the best book ever written about the subject would know his First from his Second Amendments. (By the way, as mentioned here a few times previously, Coldwell's co-author on that great law book, "Dr. Sam Kennedy,"
is currently serving prison time for tax evasion).
husband Ron attempted to set little Lenny straight.
Nice try, Ron, but I doubt that your comment will
ever see the light of day. Except here.
On a Facebook discussion about the matter, Ron added, "And
BTW, Herr Genius, before you can claim to have rights as an
employee or freelancer, you must first have an employment or
work-for-hire contract. Feel free to post evidence that you have
either. We'll wait."
I suspect we will have a long wait. I do have a feeling that
eventually LoonyC or one of his admins [I originally speculated it would be Sarah, but she seems clueless or indifferent about it at the moment] will
realize the mistake about the amendment, most likely as a result
of reading Ron's comment, and will silently correct it, hoping no
one else noticed. But look, I have a screen shot (as usual, click to enlarge).
And here's the rest of the little screed.
The amendment gaffe was proudly paraded on Facebook as well, also on May 25, on The Only Answer to Cancer page, which is one of numerous pages Coldwell maintains and from which he has not been suspended. (Which makes his whining seem all the more... whiny.) His favorite admin and "little sister" Sarah provided a supportive comment without making note of the First/Second confusion.
Now, I suppose this whole thing could be viewed as a Second Amendment issue if you stretched the definition a little and framed it as a case of Lenny being deprived of an opportunity to "shoot off" his mouth. But clearly this was an error on the part of Lenny and/or his admin(s), and it hasn't been corrected yet as of this writing.
For the benefit of Lenny and Sarah and anyone else who may be reading this: here is a very basic summary of both the First and the Second Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. Be sure to take scrupulous notes so you can work the information into your presentations about sovereignty and freedom and Constitutional law at the next IBMS Masters Society (GIN ripoff club) meeting... or are you not having those in the USA any more? That club was doomed from the beginning, though the death knell really seemed to be ringing back in December 2014 when Peter Wink apparently left the party... but I digress.
Regarding amendments, your idol Donald Trump is indeed a supporter of Second Amendment rights, or at least he comes across that way, though your ignorance about amendments and numerous other subjects might endear you to the man who says that he "loves the poorly educated." But what about the First Amendment, which -- not to belabor the point -- is the relevant one in this instance? Donald Trump is clearly no friend to freedom of the press, at least when it comes to content that is critical of him. In that regard, he's much like... well, you know.
Not to belabor the point, of course.
Is Coldwell telling the truth (stop snickering) about the Facebook suspension?
Is there any truth to Lenny's claim? Did he really get suspended (not banned, but suspended) from Facebook simply for
saying that Donald Trump is not anti-Muslim? In light of the fact
that there are hundreds of much more passionately pro-Trump (and
stupider, more toxic anti-Muslim rants) on Facebook -- and that all of these
are allowed to remain unmolested by that criminal Zuckerberg -- I
think we can safely assume that Lenny is not telling us the
entire truth, to put it very kindly.
Here is a May 21, 2016 screen
shot that appears to show a part of the story Lenny didn't
tell on his blog post.
Although there is indeed a relatively innocuous
(though comically misinformed) pro-Trump statement in this post,
that statement appears to have been written by someone else,
judging by the fact that everything is spelled, capitalized and
punctuated by someone much more literate in written English than
Lenny is. But look at the clearly anti-Semitic comment about
that statement by "Dr. Leonard Coldwell" (the name he
uses on his German-language Facebook page):
How the Jews
run the world -- lets [sic] see is [sic] Zuckerass blocks me now
too in that case.
On his German page on the same day, "Dr." Leonard
Coldwell posted essentially the same complaint.
I simply do not have the ability to trace the entire history of the
posts on both the English and German pages, but I think the above screen shots give enough of a clue. If Facebook did
indeed remove a post of Coldwell's because "it doesn't
follow the Facebook Community Standards," you can be pretty
sure that there was some anti-Jewish or other hate-filled screed
(possibly a toxic anti-Muslim screed that he's not showing us)
attached to that non-Coldwellian #TRUMP2016 post. You can also be pretty sure that the
removal happened because someone reported Loony for the hatement,
not for being a Trump supporter.
Moreover, if you look at the screen shots that Coldwell shared on his May 25 "blog" post, it appears that all of the controversy centers around content on his German ("Dr. Coldwell") page, and as noted, he hasn't been suspended from that page. He's still posting, as anyone who has Facebook access can see by clicking on this very public page. But the tone of his challenge to "Zuckerass" ("Lets [sic] see is [sic] Zuckerass blocks me now too") makes it appear that he actually wanted to be blocked/suspended, just so he could have another opportunity to whine. Also worth noting is that if the offending post
was originally published on his German page, this would make
arguments about the First (and Second) Amendments all the more
Now, if Lenny would be
willing to share a screen shot of his complete original post-- and the entire message from Facebook about it for that matter
-- perhaps it would tell us a different story.
Otherwise we can just assume that he is lying as usual. I know, I am as shocked as you are.
flawsuits and Lenny's history of Facebook abuse
I seriously doubt that Zuck is quaking in his
boots about the prospect of being fake-sued by Lenny, who has
fashioned a third or fourth career as a vexatious -- and unsuccessful -- litigant.
I also question the Len-sinuation that Zuck and Facebook are
making tons of money from Lenny's poorly spelled, semi-literate,
conspiracy-meme-filled and often hateful rants on his numerous
Coldwell has often promoted himself as one of the few sources of valuable information that can't be found anywhere else; therefore, according to him, every time he gets blocked or banned or suspended, people who could benefit from his valuable info are being criminally deprived. Oh, the humanity!
But does anyone really benefit from (and does anyone in the sane world really miss) moronic
posts such as this one (posted a few days before the Great Ban),
in which Loony says that HAARP is killing us with
Hey, I know another
guy who had a great volcano tale too.
Incidentally, the article that Coldwell's post linked to said
nothing about HAARP (which was shut down in 2013).
That was Coldwell's spin. If you really want to know about the
possible causes of increased volcanic activity worldwide, there is plenty of legitimate information and informed
speculation on the Web.
Granted, the volcano post isn't hate speech; it's just stupid speech, and is merely one random example of the lunacy he likes to share when he isn't spewing hatred all over his Facebooks. But getting back to the subject of hate speech, I seriously doubt that many people (except for a few cretins)
miss, or that Zuck is making millions off of, Lenny's unhealthy
obsession with trans-genitals:
As many if not most of you know, Leonard Coldwell
has a long history of writing abusive and hate-speechy posts on
Facebook. Here's one of the abusive posts (personally abusive to
me, that is) from October 2014. I
reported this one to Facebook, even though I had not reported
dozens of other abusive and defamatory posts he had written about
me. Since this one had my home address and phone number I felt it
endangered me. Facebook did remove this one and of course
Coldwell complained about being censored, as usual.
Here are another couple of posts, from the same time period, which he posted on his
friend Abe Husein's page, but which Abe later removed after I
brought them to his attention. I have mentioned, displayed and
linked to these several times previously, of course, and ask
those of you who have seen it all before to forgive the
redundancy. But this is for the benefit of new readers. It's good to have all of the essential information in one place.
And if you want to complain about "aristocracy like kingdoms, declaring rules and cutting people off at the knees when opinions do not match up" (in the words of Sarah the Creative on the aforementioned May 25 Facebook post), what about Coldwell's refusal to allow dissent on his own forums, and his decision to completely block people like me from participating on all of his many Facebook pages (and blocking me completely from even seeing his main page) -- while he freely used Facebook to publish my home address and cell phone number along with foul false accusations that I had killed his dog and was sexually harassing him?
I wasn't allowed to speak up in my own defense, and anyone else who tried was promptly blocked and accused of being me under a fake name. I had to fight Facebook to get the worst of the posts removed, but some remain up to this very day, searchable on Google. When LoonyC failed at his attempts to shut me up by discrediting me and encouraging some of his rabid followers to get in touch with me, he tried to sue me (and a few others who had criticized him) into silence. We saw how that worked out.
So don't bawl about "cutting people off at the knees when opinions do not match up." Leonard Coldwell is one of the worst offenders in that regard.
UK wag Longdog has written a few blog posts about some of Lenny's
past Facebook suspensions, such as this one in January of this year. That time around, Lenny claimed he'd been locked out because of his posts about
Obama. Longdog pointed out that the
real reason was that Lenny was constantly posting "racist shite"
The January suspension followed a long string of hateful posts,
over the previous few weeks, some of which Longdog documented in this December 2015 post.
Longdog posted several screenshots of Lenny's spittle about
Muslims and the "Negro," President Obama -- shots that clearly displayed Lenny's racism, bigotry and xenophobia. Then for good measure Longdog
posted a shot of one of the complaints about me
that Lenny made in his failed 2015 lawsuit against Salty Droid,
RationalWiki, me, and a few other parties and web sites. The main complaint against me was that I had written posts accusing Lenny of engaging in hate speech. No irony intended there, either.
By the time Lenny was allowed back on Facebook after that suspension, he'd changed his story about the reason for the suspension, as documented again by Longdog. This time (and not for the first time), Coldwell blamed Facebook for writing posts on his page and then blocking him for those posts that they had planted.
"My Staff and I will start making new Posts here for a while but we will
eventually supporting FB. FB made Posts that I did not make and blocked
me because of their on Posts on my Site here. I deleted some of my FB
Pages already but they are still there. Since they will block me soon
again please write to..."
Bernie at the GINtruth blog also wrote about this matter in January 2016, sharing some more of Lenny's hateful and racist Facebook posts. The entire GINtruth post is not about Coldwell but a substantial part of it is. And it is noteworthy that Bernie included a link to an article about Facebook's announcement in early 2016 that it was going to take extra steps to monitor hate speech among its European users -- of which Coldwell (as "Dr. Leonard Coldwell") is emphatically one.
More recently, in the wake of attention drawn to an insidious and potentially dangerous strategy whereby Jewish writers are targeted by vicious anti-Semites and Neo-Nazis on social media, Facebook, Google and Microsoft partnered with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech, making a pledge to delete offensive comments on their respective platforms in under 24 hours. (Note: As of June 3, Google has pulled the Chrome extension called "Coincidence Detector" that had been used to target Jewish people. So it looks as if the alt-right haters will have to come up with new code to do their dirty deeds.) In any case, if Leonard Coldwell continues to write posts about the nefarious Jews and the ways they rule the world -- or to make snide remarks about "the Negro" Obama or blacks in general or Muslims -- he can expect to be reported for those posts, and most likely to be suspended yet again.
I want to make it clear, as I have previously, that I have never reported Coldwell for hate speech on any social media platform. I have only reported him to Facebook for those posts that endangered me by posting my home address, and for writing posts accusing my friend Bernie O'Mahony of being a child rapist. And whether you agree or disagree with the policies or actions or the intent behind monitoring and removing hate speech -- and as I've said numerous times, for the most part I lean towards granting haters, including Coldwell, the right to spew -- this is not a matter of Facebook or the New World Order or the pro-Obama or anti-Trump forces or Big Pharma or anyone else targeting one little mustachioed madman. Rather it is a matter of Facebook policy, applied to everyone, in keeping with the platform's efforts to minimize hate speech.
Going back further in time: In a January 2015
blog post, Bernie wrote about Coldwell's
social media and Internet martyrdom. And going even further back: In this
February 2013 post Bernie wrote about
the same issue, this time focusing on Coldwell's propensity for
confusing spam with hacking.
Though Coldwell's claims about being "hacked" are for
the most part bunk, he has been suspended from Facebook
numerous times over the years -- thrown into "Facebook jail," as it's sometimes called. And every time it has happened he
has made up some excuse about the reason: Facebook is censoring
him for telling "the truth" about natural cures for
cancer and other diseases; Facebook is trying to shut him up because they are part of some big criminal cartel that has it out for Lenny; Facebook doesn't like what he says
about Obama; Facebook is banning him because he supports Trump.
Or in some cases, Facebook is in cahoots with
"criminal" bloggers who are being paid by Big Pharma to
ruin "Dr." C's reputation.
But anyone with the ability
to see Coldwell's actual Facebook posts, either on his pages or
through some of those "criminal" blogs, knows better.
Lenny uncorks another
bottle of whine
The day after publishing his fib about being banned from Facebook
for supporting Trump, Lenny was back in curation mode,
copying and pasting a lament from Mike "The Health
Ranger" Adams' Natural News site about how Facebook has it
out for conservatives and alt-health heroes. Here is the link to the original rant on the Natural
News site; note that the article was
not written by Adams himself, but clearly it is consistent with
his line of propaganda.
The Natural News whine was apparently in response to a recent
flap about allegations regarding Facebook's anti-conservative/pro-liberal bias, as reflected in the way Facebook determined "trending topics." But when I read about Facebook's response to the allegations, it appeared to me that Facebook didn't list something as "trending" until it was mentioned in one or more sites on a list of mainstream or major media -- and there were several conservative sites on that list. Accordingly it appears that if there was any bias, Facebook was
simply more biased in favor of mainstream media over
"alternative" media, rather than liberal over
conservative. And that is not at all the same thing as an
anti-conservative or pro-liberal bias.
In any case, in an extravagant effort to equalize the platform
(or kowtow to conservative whiners with a persecution complex, as the
case may be), Facebook announced changes in its policies in order to make sure that conservatives have their
say. And following the initial allegations, Zuck himself had reached out to the cons.
But here's some perspective on the larger issue, written by Clay Calvert, the director of the Marion B.
Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida.
Do we really want or need social
networks telling us what is important and what is trending?
The very notion of “trending” itself is troublesome, as
it reflects much larger problems with news delivery in this
country. It mirrors, albeit on much more rapid timetable, the
short news attention span we have and the exceedingly quick
news cycles cable channels provide in an effort to keep
eyeballs. An issue arises, it garners attention and then it
rapidly fades away…
Me? I rarely click on the "trending topics" either on Facebook or Twitter. But the gist of Calvert's message was this:
… We need to acknowledge that bias – be it by man or
machine – is inherent in news and, finally, we must seek
out as many different and diverse sources as possible to
learn what’s going on in the world and to find out what
truly matters to us, not to a news curator or an algorithm.
Of course if you don't like the new improved Facebook or any of
the other "news" or information sources, you can always
turn to Mike Adams' alternative and totally objective resources,
mentioned in this recent Whirled post (see
under, "Trying to conquer the Internet, one comical alt-site
at a time"). Or you can just hold out for Adams' stale
reruns on "Dr." C's "blog."
Zuck is the guy everyone loves to hate
Coldwell's constant whining about Facebook and his screeds against Mark Zuckerberg are so amusing because clearly, Facebook is very, very important to him. But he seems to be operating under the delusion that Facebook participation is an absolute birthright, not a privilege, and that the rules and guidelines and terms that are clearly spelled out for all participants simply do not apply to him. Instead of using Facebook merely to connect with others and promote his businesses, he continually does the online equivalent of accepting an invitation to a party and then spending the entire time trashing the host and being rude to many of the other guests. He is like the obnoxious drunk who just won't leave until he is kicked out. And he especially seems to enjoy the trashing-the-host part.
But everybody loves to hate on Mark Zuckerberg, I suppose. And
many (me included) have a love-hate relationship with Facebook -- and for many
reasons that's understandable. It's not just the conservatives,
of course. Left-winger Peter Sunde, for instance, recently dubbed
Zuck the dictator of Facebook Nation.
Sunde did have a few valid points; for instance:
Sunde also decried the technology
world's lack of perspective. He denounced Facebook's policy
requiring people to use their real name, as in some
countries, this can get people persecuted and makes it hard
to organize political movements.
Yep. As I and others have said, Facebook users
aren't its customers; they are its product. And in that regard
Facebook does make money off of all of us. But we're also all
willing participants who can't participate unless we agree to
to sue Zuckerberg for a billion bucks is just more lunatic
"Mark Zuckerberg is a rich white dude from a really
privileged background," Sunde said, explaining why he
thinks the Facebook boss doesn't understand cultural
"The reason for the real name
policy is Mark Zuckerberg wants to make another dollar."
In any case Lenny Coldwell has little to worry about regarding
Facebook's real-name policy, or regarding any suspensions, for
that matter. He has lots of Facebook pages, even apart from the "Dr." Leonard Coldwell mostly-German page, and the Only Answer to Cancer page. He just created
another on May 27, 2016, using the name "Eyn Rand" (he is a worshiper of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged, although I seriously doubt that he has ever actually read that weighty tome. But clearly he loves what other people say is in it.).
In the screen grab below, notice the post from Amy King (real name Amy Lynn Chappell, Coldwell's current "wife"),
whose account is one of the ones Lenny is apparently using at the
moment to continue to have access to Facebook. You can tell it is Lenny writing because Amy is more literate than the writer of that post. I mean, c'mon... "Dr. C is feed up with F B." Amy can do better than that; she may have atrocious taste in men, but she seems reasonably literate. In reality she hasn't been actively participating on her own page in many months, leading some to wonder what actually happened to her. Maybe Lenny has her chained in the second kitchen at that big lake house he fake-bought in South Carolina, baking her Million Dollar Muffin. She had better finish her baking and they'd best skedaddle before the real owners of that house find out they're there, or the real renters get back from their vacation.
Anyway. When I first visited "Eyn
Rand" it appeared that he didn't have any friends yet.
A subsequent visit, though, showed that he had managed to amass a mighty half dozen "friends," including the very "Leonard Coldwell" who is supposedly suspended at the moment. (How does that happen? To become friends with someone on Facebook, one person has to request and the other person has to accept, right? So how could "Leonard Coldwell" accept a friend request from one of his own fake accounts if he is locked out of one of the real account that he is whining about being locked out of?)
Anyway, clearly Eyn wants friends. So do him a favor, as the
NOT-suspended "Dr. Leonard Coldwell" suggests to
englisch (sic) speakers...
...and go friend him. Then maybe you
can share your thoughts on his page. That is, if he allows others to participate.
the "banned" preys on
Make no mistake about it: frequently being thrown into Facebook jail has been a marketing boon for Leonard
Coldwell, who has placed himself at the center of a decades-long fake persecution drama that probably began long before Mark Zuckerberg was
Every time Coldwell gets suspended from Facebook, or is even
threatened with suspension, or every time one of his social media
pages or web sites or email addresses gets hit by spamming or
phishing or just some random technical glitch, he goes into full
martyr mode. Hamhandedly employing fake-scarcity and
forbidden-knowledge persuasion tactics (although I must say that
his ex b.f.f. Kevin Trudeau was ever so much more refined and
skillful at these), Coldwell whines that he is on the verge of
being blocked and banned because of his truth-tellin', and that
the only way you can possibly save yourself from being deprived
of his life-saving information is to subscribe to his
And voila! He gets a few more names to
add to his sucker list. No doubt he has many thousands of names
on his list by now, and this fact is most likely the basis of one
of his recent boasts that his IBMS Masters Society, which costs money you'll never get back to actually join,
has 26,000-plus "members" from 151 countries.
All that Coldwell's "newsletter" consists of are email
notices about his "blog posts," nearly all of which are
nothing more than curated content that mostly comes from
conspiracy-monger sites like those of Mike Adams and Alex Jones.
Coldwell truly has nothing original or ground-breaking or
earth-shattering to offer. Ever.
But he does get new names from every Facebook suspension
incident, and new opportunities to prey upon the desperate,
vulnerable and truly stupid. The Facebook community, in the US and elsewhere, gets a brief reprieve from one consistent source of stupidity, comical misinformation, lies and virulent hate posts. And I get easy fodder for blog
So I guess it's a win-win-win.
Update 30 May 2016: When I tried to follow the link to Coldwell's main site today, I was met with this message:
failed to open stream: Permission denied in /homepages/14/d375068991/htdocs/drleonardcoldwell/wp-settings.php on line 150
Either Lenny had one of his tech people block my IP address (perhaps my husband Ron's attempted comment to his "blog" post was the last straw, or maybe it was this Whirled post that really set his implants on edge)... or his site is down again. If the latter, I'm sure he'll blame the usual cartel of criminals who have it out for him. If the former, perhaps he is setting me up for some lame accusation that I "hacked" into his site even though I'm not allowed.
Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required
(include_path='.:/usr/lib/php5.5') in /homepages/14/d375068991/htdocs/drleonardcoldwell/wp-settings.php on line 150
But I had been allowed, up until today anyway. And the screen shots and quotations from his web site, drleonardcoldwell dot com, were accurate at the time that Ron and I saw them. If any of y'all can get to his main site without receiving the above message, let me know, and then I'll know for sure that I am blocked from this very public site, one of the most popular sites on the Interwebz, according to him. Also let me know if he corrected that silly Second/First Amendment goof. I'm dying to know.
Update 31 May 2016: Well, it wasn't all about me after all. Several of my friends whom I asked also said they received the same error message when trying to get to Coldwell's main web site. But today the site is up and running again, and the Amendment gaffe has yet to be corrected as of this posting.
Not surprisingly, on the Dr. Leonard Coldwell (German) Facebook page, Lenny hollered about hacking. Gee, I didn't see that one coming. He's a little off on his numbers, though, as usual. His threat to sue Facebook was first posted on his "blog" on May 25. I checked the link every day after that and it worked fine. It worked when I originally published this blog post. Only on May 30 (yesterday) did I receive the error message referred to above. So I would say that this is a little longer than "2 hours." Also, how did a one billion dollar lawsuit suddenly become five billion? Or is he counting on his German readers who don't read English to take his word for it, and not to bother with trying to read the original post? Or did something just get lost in translation? Anyway, once again Lenny is crying "wolf," but he has a few idiot followers who won't bother questioning his claims.
As mentioned numerous times before on this blog and Bernie's as well as Salty Droid's, Coldwell loves to whine that his sites and Facebook accounts have been hacked. He has been whining about being hacked for years. If you need another example, in
this August 2014 post I
documented some of Lenny's hilarious false allegations about
"criminal" bloggers, acting in concert with some
"Jews in Israel," supposedly "hacking" a then-new website of
his. (The entire piece isn't dedicated to this subject; the hacking-allegation story is at the beginning of the
I am not completely discounting the possibility that Coldwell's sites have been hacked on occasion, though I also suspect that some if not most of the problems have been due to bungling by an insufficiently competent "technical" team. But judging by the error message I received the other day when trying to get to his main site (see above), that site is powered by Wordpress. And Wordpress sites seem to be particularly vulnerable to hacking as well as technical glitches. It has something to do with the associated database and with various plugins. I don't really understand it. But I do know that Salty Droid learned this lesson the hard way, and with the help of a technically competent person he finally fixed the problem. So maybe Lenny just needs to get someone who knows what they're doing to fix his web problems. He also needs to quit blaming everyone else for his own manic stupidity and hatefulness.
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