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Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kevin Trudeau updates: court docs still flying, minions still crying, GIN ripoffs still trying

If you landed here hoping to (finally!) see Part 2 of my two-part post on the awful new up-again/down-again bio site of Mockter Leonard Coldwell, ex-b.f.f. of caged serial scammer Kevin Trudeau (Part 1 of the Loony C post is here), I'm sorry to say that this isn't that post. But don't worry: that will be coming up soon...prolly next. I just need to do a little more tweaking, mostly for word flow. As many of you may know, I got sidetracked by some really serious sh-t that Coldwell has been pulling since July 14, falsely accusing me of poisoning his pit bull Blue. But let's take a break from that little skeev for now. He is beginning to bore me.

Besides, there's a ton of amusing stuff about Trudeau, or KT as he likes to be called, or Katie as he is fondly known on this Whirled -- as well as some buzz about a few Katie wannabes. Let me catch you up...

Court case updates
Civil contempt case [1:03-cv-03904, Hon. Robert Gettleman presiding]
As you no doubt know, what is arguably Trudeau's biggest scam of all, the Global Information Network (GIN)
was sold in May 2014 to a group of Katie's buds. And on July 7, 2014, Robb Evans & Associates, the court-appointed receiver, filed its fourth report and supporting exhibit, as well as a request to be paid for all of its hard work. The report is on Robb Evans' site, or you can grab it here. This doc provides a summary of the receiver's activities since they took over in August 2013. It's good catch-up or review for anyone, including you reporters and producers out there who might need to get up to speed on the case.

Here are some of the numbers from the receiver's report:

Closing the Receivership Estate and Distribution of Cash
The Receiver anticipates that after completion of the forensic accounting report in the near future, there will be very little in ongoing fees and expenses associated with collecting the amounts discussed above.

The Receiver is currently holding approximately $5.1 million. After collection of all of the funds, the Receiver estimates over $8 million will be available for distribution upon future instructions from this Court.

This money, or most of it, is supposed to go to help pay Katie's $37.6 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is eventually supposed to distribute it to the consumers who complained about losing money as a result of buying Katie's weight-loss book years ago. But who knows where that cash will ultimately end up?

Apropos of the above, something that is not on the Robb Evans site is the document in which the receivers ask the court for approval of fees and expenses, and provide an account of their activities over the past few months.
I shared this on Facebook on the GIN Network Truth group, but you can also find it here. On July 10 these documents were presented to the court, and the court, as expected, approved the payments to the receiver (Document number 867).

Criminal contempt case [1:10-cr-00886-1, Hon. Ronald Guzman presiding]
As reported here previously, Katie
finally got the money together to file the appeal for his criminal contempt conviction, which resulted in a ten-year sentence in a Federal lockup. Currently he's at a minimum security sleepaway camp in Montgomery, Alabama, while it's all sweetness and light on his Facebook fan page as his proxies continue to pretend he's having a wonderful time on his "adventure." Frauduct peddler and GIN "faculty" member Mary Miller wrote on a post that was published on the Katie fan page July 20:
From Mary Miller...
Last week I had the opportunity to visit with Kevin. He looks very healthy and is very much at peace with his new home. He continues to grow and learn. All of us hit bumps in the road from time to time..Seeing Kevin reminded me that these are truly opportunities to change and grow...I left him reminded that I am only a victim of my life when I give over control of the driver's seat. It was just the right day to visit..Mary Miller
"Bumps on the road?!?" Is that what you call a ten-year prison sentence? But last time I checked, the post had 654 "likes" and more than 50 comments, most of them very supportive of Katie.

Even so, given the way that Katie's luck has been going with judges in the past year or so, I am thinking that his appeal will not be successful. And someone mentioned to me that it could backfire, noting that if an appeals court judge decides that a sentence wasn't harsh enough, he or she can change that. In addition,
according to this piece on trial, sentencing, and appeal...
When appellate courts review cases, they may affirm the decision of the lower court, reverse the decision of the lower court, or affirm only a portion of the lower court's decision and reverse other portions of it. Although a reversal accomplishes the same thing, they also have the power to order the whole case dismissed, as if it didn't happen. More often, if this is the case, however, the appellate court will remand the case, which means that it is returned to the trial court and may be retried. If they feel strongly about what the ultimate outcome should be in a case, they will indicate reverse and remand. If the appellate court indicates that there was insufficient evidence to convict in the first place, the state trial court cannot even retry the case because double jeopardy protection kicks in. In any retrials the state cares to do, they cannot charge the defendant with anything other than what they were charged with in the original trial, but the sentence at the retrial can be harsher following a successful appeal.
In addition, today (July 22) I stumbled upon some letters to the court that appeared on the criminal docket since my last visit to PACER. I'm sure that hundreds if not thousands of letters and emails have been sent about this matter since Katie's sentencing, but the ones that just popped up on the docket are mostly anti-Trudeau.

One thing that people just can't seem to understand why Katie's infomercials are still on TV.

I've explained the infomercial thing here (see under the sub-head, "Katie is still on TV, and here's why"), and some mainstream journos such as Jason Meisner at the Chicago Tribune have too, but it hasn't sunk in.

Look, people, you all have a perfectly valid point, but what you need to know is that the big sick machine is so big and so sick that scads of other scammers will continue to find ways to make money off of the Katiescams, even though Katie's in a cage. NO NEAT AND TIDY ENDINGS, Y'ALL.

Point is, there's a lot of anti-Katie sentiment out there. Here's some more of it...

This is the one supportive letter that appeared on the docket.

If those five letters are representative of the ratio of anti- to pro-Katie messages coming in, it appears that sentiment is running 4 to 1 against him. But I can't say for sure.

At any rate, more than likely there won't be any decisions made on the appeal until some time in October at the very earliest. Katie asked for extra time to prepare his appeal brief, through his new lawyer, Mr. Christopher M. Bruno, Esq. (another attorney with Katie's long-time firm Winston & Strawn, LLP).
Here is the link to the document requesting more time.

Bruno, who has primary responsibility for preparing this brief, explained:

Winston & Strawn LLP was trial counsel for Mr. Trudeau and has continued to represent him on this appeal on a pro bono basis. I was recently admitted to the bar of the Seventh Circuit and entered my appearance on July 3, 2014. On June 17, 2014, the Court notified Mr. Trudeau that all necessary fees for his appeal had been paid in full, after Winston & Strawn LLP paid the appellate fees.
To justify the request for more time, Bruno cited the complexity of the case, the unique aspects of criminal contempt, and the fact that Bruno has other projects whose deadlines conflict with the deadline for the Katie case. He also noted:
8. Finally, Mr. Trudeau is currently in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Maxwell Air Force Base Prison Camp. Given that he is incarcerated at a location far from my office [Bruno is in Washington D.C.], I do not meet with him in person. Accordingly, to provide him counsel, I am required to separately schedule calls with him and communicate by mail. Although the Bureau of Prisons has been accommodating, these realities create delays in the process of effectively preparing Mr. Trudeau’s appeal.
9. Transferring responsibility for this appeal to another attorney at Winston & Strawn, LLP would be an inefficient use of resources, given the time I have already spent researching the legal issues and reviewing the record in this matter.

Bruno anticipated that he could prepare and file Katie's brief by August 22, 2014. Just reading between the lines, it appears to me that Winston & Strawn, LLP does not want to spring for air fare for Chris Bruno, since they're already doing so much work pro bono anyway. But on July 14, 2014, the motion for extension of time was approved. So at least Katie was granted that much.

Meanwhile, Katie's supporters continue to try to raise money for his legal battle -- and they'd better work hard, because if the above is any indication, those bills will continue to pile up despite the pro bono stuff.

Meet me in St. Louis: Neo-stinkers rally to Katie's defense
The other day someone alerted me to a discussion taking place on
the Twelve Visions Party page on Facebook. As you may know, the Twelve Visions Party (TVP) is an invention of Mark Hamilton -- real name Wallace Ward, Jr., Whirled name Mark Scamilton -- a long-time buddy of Kevin Trudeau and current head of the Neo-Think/Neo-Tech/NovaTech/Nouveau Tech/Society of Secrets Scampire. On July 9, Jill Reed, former U.S. presidential "candidate" for the TVP, shared the status of a Neo-stinker named Kenneth W. Townsend. Jill wrote:
Kenneth W Townsend was one of the original founders of the Twelve Visions Party Sunday Night Calls. I remember when he went to Chicago to meet Michael Dilworth and Jay Solether II to check out sites for 2009. I now am in those same shoes! Planning an event with the hopes that you will join me as we make the next leap into the Great Technological Revolution as this party's only goal is to "Make All The People Wealthy Including the Poor!" The computer dynamics (dropping prices and rising values) are here! Enjoy what Kenneth has to say.

And here's what Kenneth had to say:
In July 2009 Kevin Trudeau spoke at the first Twelve Visions Party national convention. Not sure whether he did it as a favor to MH or because he wanted to introduce the people who attended to GIN it doesn't matter which. You see I don’t know what I don’t know and I don’t even know if Kevin supports the Twelve Visions Party, but what I do know is that the Twelve Visions Party supports Kevin and everyone else who has been pushed around, put down, called names, or bullied because force and threat of force is unacceptable. With a Twelve Visions Party Government Kevin would never have been prosecuted for a crime he didn’t commit. Yes I said a crime he didn’t commit. You see Kevin never forced or threatened to force anyone to buy his book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” don’t want you to know about.
I bought the book, the information in the book was accurate and I lost weight therefore I believe the information in the book is not fraudulent. So Kevin ended up being sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Those of you who “stand by Kevin” should be interested in knowing that with a Twelve Visions Party government in place Kevin will be granted a full pardon. I am taking action and doing everything I can to get the Twelve Visions Party in place.

Now, I am paraphrasing Edmund Burke here when I say, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.” You can continue doing nothing and go along with the ruling class government and you will see more and more injustices being done like what was done to Kevin or, you can Take Action and support the Twelve Visions Party which will end the rule of man and launch the wealth of mankind.

There is a Gateway to Prosperity Party in St. Louis Missouri July 25th and 26th. This event is the beginning of the end of the ruling class that put Kevin in prison. Please join us in St. Louis. You can register for this event by calling Jill at [phone number redacted] and even if you cannot attend this event I strongly encourage you to register and support a new beginning for America, a new beginning for America where the government does not use force, threat of force or fraud against the people. Help get Kevin a full pardon and help yourself to a wealthy and healthy America by supporting the Twelve Visions Party. You can learn more about the gateway to prosperity on Facebook @gateway to prosperity.

Take action now call Jill [phone number redacted] and register for this life-changing event, you will be glad you did the first one hundred people to register whether you attend the event or not will be sent a value worth more than what it costs to register after the event. Call now! Jill Reed [phone numbers redacted]
Thank You and I Hope to See You All There
With love Kenneth

Clearly, the Neo-stinkers are supporting and promulgating Kevin's martyr-to-the-government shtick, which I first wrote about back in August of 2011. The sad thing is that thousands of people apparently still believe Katie's spin.

But it's not surprising that Neo-stink would come out in support of Katie, although to my knowledge Scamilton himself --
who really cleaned up in GIN's defunct-for-now MLM, as reported here back in September 2013 -- has been mostly silent. I've heard he is expected to be at the St. Louis wingding later this month, though. Some ex-GIN folks, who are still loyal Neo-stinkers, intend to confront him about GIN. But something tells me he won't be very confrontable, provided he even shows up.

As you no doubt remember if you've been a Whirled visitor for any length of time, I've written about Neo-stink and Scamilton and Katie several times. Apart from the September 2013 post linked to in the paragraph above, there's
this May 2013 post elaborating on the Neo/GIN connections, and this December 2013 post about a new Neo-stinkin' flopportunity.

And before that, way back in August 2011 (that was a busy month for me), there were these:
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
If attending a Katie party in St. Louis in July won't work for you, maybe a martial arts flopportunity in Park Ridge, Illinois in August will make your qi quiver. On July 6, 2014,
an invitation was issued on Katie's Facebook fan page.

I am Grand Master Tsai and I am hosting a Life Changing Qi Gong workshop to help my dear friend and Kung Fu student Kevin Trudeau. I have known Kevin Trudeau for over 25 years. He is a very unique mentor to a lot of people. Although I taught Kevin Kung Fu I have also learned life changing knowledge from him.

I want to share the priceless life changing benefits of my Qi Gong studies experience and knowledge with people like you and take this opportunity to rally donations to assist Kevin Trudeau’s court case.

I believe my tiny effort with our workshop will show Mr. Trudeau our heartfelt appreciation for all that he has done for us.

The workshop will take place on Sunday, August 9th from 1p-5:30p in Park Ridge, Il. The exact location will be emailed once you have made a contribution of $200.00 or more at the link below. Just put "GMT" in the memo box. I sincerely look forward to meeting you there and supporting our dear friend!

[Link to KT Legal Defense page]

Here's a little bit about Grand Master Tsai. Here's a lot more about Grand Master Tsai. I'm no martial arts expert (truth be told, I'm one of the miniscule number of people on the planet who find the whole martial arts thing rather boring -- so shoot me), but one thing seems clear to me: Grand Master Tsai and Kung Fu Katie are practitioners of that most venerated martial art of all: Ka-Ching.

Lamp unto my feet
While Katie cools his heels in sleepaway camp and the minions cry for his release and think up new ways to try to get suckers to fork over to pay his legal bills, business goes on in the newly purchased GIN, which has apparently resumed its weekly calls to the suckers, and is excitedly planning the next Family Reunion in September in Phoenix, Arizona (any symbolism in that? Phoenix? (
See January 24, 2014 update on this post.)). There's been some excited buzz on the Facebooks recently...

Bidness seems to be going on as well as in the GIN Store, which, besides selling the usual GIN-branded merchandise, is busily promoting its frauducts as per usual. For instance, a post from the GIN Store popped up on my Facebook timeline in June. It was a promo for a frauduct called The Mind Lamp, "THE WORLDS FIRST MIND MATTER INTERACTION DEVICE," according to a promo pic that was posted on July 1. 

"YOU THINK... IT RESPONDS," promises the copy on the July promo. The June 24 post from the GIN Store Facebook page 'splains it all:
What color is your chief aim?

For the first time ever in the history of GIN, we now have a device that PROVES and demonstrates before our very eyes that our minds really do affect matter! We have hinted about this here on Facebook before, but we felt this was so big that we weren't ready to divulge the details UNTIL NOW! We are thrilled to introduce THE MIND LAMP!

In case you're tempted to think this is some fly-by-night gadget, or something like the old "mood rings," we'll explain a little bit about the origins of the Mind Lamp. A team of scientists from Princeton University began exploring mind-matter phenomena several decades ago, and now have DECADES of extensive, documented PROOF that our thought vibrations really do affect the physical universe and can influence events in our lives! Basically, they are proving scientifically what we GIN members have known all along!

Known as The PEAR lab, or Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research, these Princeton Engineers began constructing devices called RANDOM EVENT GENERATORS (or REGs) which allow you to see in action how your mind can affect a physical machine. The Mind Lamp is just one of the devices that we have partnered with PEAR to offer to GIN members. PEAR's research was virtually unknown to GIN members prior to its discovery by one of GIN's Inner Circle members. The research they have published, and the products they have invented, we believe, are ESSENTIAL to understanding the concepts we are taught in GIN, as it firmly grounds it in quantifiable reality!

The premise of the Mind Lamp is simple: The lamp starts out white (neutral) and changes color when the computer inside of it picks up various thought vibrations. The lamp may turn a lighter color if the thought vibration is a little weak, or it may turn a deep, vivid color if the broadcast is really intense. One other observation is that with a bit of practice, the lamp seems to turn one specific color for a specific thought. One of our staff members observes that when he thinks about his chief aim, the lamp turns pink; another staff members observes the lamp turning yellow when he this about his chief aim. Because of this, the Mind Lamp is a PERFECT Intention Training device! Just think...if you can train your thoughts to turn the Mind Lamp one specific color, and hold the thought pattern as long as possible, using the Mind Lamp as your gauge, you could virtually train yourself to blast out 68 second vibrations virtually all of the time!

There are less than 200 Mind Lamps available and the manufacturer is not sure WHEN or IF they will be available again. Be sure to own one TODAY while supplies last, and take your GIN training to a whole new level!

And kids, it's only $249! And the words "quantum" and "nano" are used in the promo copy on the GIN Store web site, so you know it's real scientifical.
Because of the Mind Lamp's technology, its behavior is not predetermined, and is ultimately driven by probabilities derived from the nanoscopic realm.

The most interesting feature however, is that probabilistic devices and systems like the REG used in the Mind Lamp can be influenced by the human mind. In other words, our MINDS which includes our thoughts, intention, emotion, and our subconscious processes can influence the colors of the lamp.

And now indulge me for a little bubble-bursting. Contrary to what the June GIN Store promo copy implied, PEAR -- the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab -- wasn't "virtually unknown" until a GIN Inner Circle member "discovered" it. In fact there's a lot of info about it online. Start with Wiki, which notes, "Despite the name, the project had little to do with engineering but rather was dedicated to the study of parapsychology."

Then there's this,
from Skedic:
Perhaps the most disconcerting thing about PEAR is the fact that suggestions by critics that should have been considered were routinely ignored. Physicist Bob Park reports, for example, that he suggested to Jahn two types of experiments that would have bypassed the main criticisms aimed at PEAR. Why not do a double-blind experiment? asked Park. Have a second RNG determine the task of the operator and do not let this determination be known to the one recording the results. This could have eliminated the charge of experimenter bias. Another experiment, however, could have eliminated most criticism. Park suggested that PEAR have operators try to use their minds to move a 'state-of-the-art microbalance' (Park 2008, 138-139). A microbalance can make precise measurements on the order of a millionth of a gram. One doesn't need to be clairvoyant to figure out why this suggestion was never heeded.
Skeptical Inquirer/CSI published a couple of articles about PEAR as well, one in 2006 and one in 2007.

So there's that, for those who don't automatically filter out anything that contains the word "skeptic." In any case, I think my friends and I can out-lamp those GIN store hucksters. I have a lamp shaped exactly like that, and even though it doesn't change colors it's pretty cool. Ron bought it for me at Ikea for twenty bucks years ago. I leave it on at night in our office because it emits a soft blue glow for the dogs who sleep there.

I also have an LED nightlight that does change colors randomly, and that little gem has been going strong, 24/7, for more than seven years. I got it for 99 cents at a 99 Cent Only Store in Houston. It's plugged into a room in the cats' part of the house. I wonder if they use their nefarious feline brains to influence the color changes. I wonder if they know about quantum tunneling and whatnot! Oh, my, I think I could build an entire scam around this thing.

My Facebook friend Jonathan wrote that he has a pyramid salt stone lamp that changes colors randomly. It cost him $14 at Earthbound Trading Company in the mall. Another friend named Roger had some sage advice: "If you grab a single white glove, fill it with rocks, and slap yourself with it every time you do something dumb, it will influence your thoughts (you are guaranteed to be horrified of white gloves too). Info brought to you by my fake medical team."

Elron would be so proud... maybe: SciWINtology updates
One of my favorite GIN ripoffs, the World Information Network (WIN), released
an update video on June 18, naming WIN's board of directors and regional directors. Head honcho Perry "I don't need no stinkin' combination" Kiraly has neither gained any charisma nor lost any of the creep-out factor since his last video update.

And as for that Scientology connection I've been blogging about (
here and here, for instance), credible sources tell me that WIN is going to hook up with WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, which, according to Wiki, promotes the ideology of Scientology and its wackadoodle late founder, Elron. One source told me:
The Church has a business branch called W.I.S.E. that allows businesses to become members or buy/sell church services. If a business becomes a member, depending on their membership level, they pay either a flat fee for services or ten percent of income. The course that Perry wants everyone to take is a $50.00 course. WIN would buy these in bulk, and then resell them to everyone. The church will eventually push to get people's personal information...When someone joins WIN, and wants to move up the levels, they will have to buy this course. They will NOT be told [beforehand] that it is from the Church of Scientology. They will see it is indeed from the C of S once they get the course pack as it is written all over it, etc....the church will give a 10% "commission" to Perry for each person in WIN that takes any service from the C of S.. Even Kevin Trudeau did this with GIN--- and was caught....I just wanted you aware that whatever is being put on your site is getting to Perry--and will eventually get to the C of S so that they can figure out PR on how to get around it all with the members...
'Nuff said. But y'all have been warned. And so have I. If any Xenu's pals come knocking on my Whirled door, I will let you know. For lots more about Scientology's wacky horridness and horrible wackiness, see Tony Ortega's fine site, The Underground Bunker.

Another Katie wannabe ends up behind bars
Finally, Eric Plantenberg, another "successful" GIN speaker, was sentenced earlier this month to a year in Federal prison for failing to report $1.3 mil in income. He wasn't really on my Whirled radar that much, but in any case the news wasn't all that surprising. Here's a vid Eric and his dear wife made about his "adventure."

Here's a blog post he wrote a few days before his sentencing:
"Above all, find gratitude in each moment.
be free!

Here's his GIN Store page:

an October 2013 story about the indictment.
Here's an April 2014 news story about Plantenberg pleading guilty.
And here's
a July 8, 2014 story about his sentencing.

From the July 2014 story:
Starting in 2000, Plantenberg became involved in the Church of Compassionate Service, taking a vow of poverty to avoid paying taxes. Plantenberg’s income, and that of other church 'ministers,' was given to the church, which then gave the money back to its ministers.
Wow. Nice work if you can get it, eh? Those crazy kids and their "churches."*
Someone who told me about Plantenberg's sentencing said they had been to one of his workshops, promoted by GIN and costing $99, a discount from $495 (or so GIN said. But Scamworld is always offering those amazing "discounts."). This person also said there were rumors that Eric's company bought Mega Memory. I don't know if this is true but it does seem that many of Eric's infofrauducts are about memory and brain-training. My correspondent added, "Also in his video he claims he used the money for schools instead of taxes.  What schools?  His 4-day 'life changing' seminar that cost $4995 or so?  I'm calling bullsh-t.  He was simply greedy and got caught."

Yep, that sounds pretty accurate.
Although this source (which exists to promote one of those Scamworld books about inspirational "heroes") says Eric started "a language school for children in Egypt."

Okay, so that makes it all right.

Le me say that in general, I do NOT believe in prison sentences for tax evasion. That said, this story is one more example of the M.O. of so many Scamworld players. (Maybe Eric should have run away to Thailand or some place.) But hey... a year in the clink and he can comer right back out and start hustling again, perhaps adding some "lessons learned in the lockup" content to his shtick.

Well, that's it for now (isn't that enough?). Stay tuned for more. Soon.

* Another example of a spurious "Church," which of course I have mentioned before, is The Church of Inner Healing: http://www.churchofinnerhealing.com/
THAT church may not have been a tax evasion thing so much as a way to dish out medical advice without getting into trouble. In any case it is apparently now dissolved as a corporation, according to this:
http://www.bizapedia.com/nv/CHURCH-OF-INNER-HEALING-LLC.html. (BTW, Jens Anskohl is the real name of "Nicholas Coldwell" -- Lenny Coldwell's half-brother.) Also, regarding The Church of Inner Healing as a fake church, there's also this listing on the Universal Ministries site: http://universalministries.com/charter.php#SC

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Leonard Coldwell goes too far: lies about me poisoning his dog

Fake doctor Leonard Coldwell, ex-b.f.f. of imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, has finally gone too far in his attempts to silence me. He has publicly and falsely accused me of poisoning his pit bull Blue, or of being somehow behind the deed, and since July 14, 2014 he has been running a campaign on social media to get people to pity him and rally behind him against me. Most dangerously of all he has published my name and address in conjunction with these false accusations several times. The picture above speaks for itself, and deserves addressing here on this very public blog, since I am not allowed a voice on the social media pages on which it appears.

Various people have posted on those social media pages in my defense -- of their own accord, not because I asked them to -- and their comments have soon been deleted, after which Coldwell falsely accused me of signing up under fake Facebook accounts, or ordering or paying others to speak up for me. In some cases he lied about the content of the deleted posts, apparently being unable to accept the idea that I might actually have some support.


The screen shot above shows a July 15, 2014 re-post of a screed that was originally put on Facebook on July 14, 2014. The post was published on Coldwell's new page, The Only Answer to Cancer, as well as his personal profile page, Leonard Coldwell Nmd PhD., which have a combined following of several thousand. It was immediately shared by numerous people on their own Facebook pages, including a fan page for a conspiracy-nut radio show. Several folks complained about the original post to Facebook and Facebook took it down, and then Coldwell's gang put it right back up, and Facebook took it down yet again.

This did not stop him. Sometimes pretending to be his brother "Nicolas" (though his brother's real name is Jens Anskohl, aka Nicholas (with an h) Coldwell), sometimes pretending to be someone named "Barbara," sometimes pretending to be an assistant named "Katie," and sometimes writing as himself, Coldwell continues even now to spread the lies about me on other Facebook posts. Some have not contained my address but still state my name and say I had something to do with the poisoning of his dog. I am blocked from participating on these public conversations.

Unfortunately, some people apparently believe Coldwell's lies. I am getting emails from people asking me if I poisoned the dog or know who did. But most aren't even questioning me; they're simply rallying to Coldwell's side and making all sorts of speculations about me and implied threats, and calling me an animal murderer (even though the dog is not dead). Nevertheless I hold out a little hope for rationality, so here is my open letter to any Leonard Coldwell fans who have the broadness of mind to read it. (And I promise I'll get back to my intended and mostly-finished posts soon!)

Dear unquestioning Leonard Coldwell fans who believe Coldwell's lie about who poisoned Coldwell's dog Blue:

I respectfully ask that
you read this blog post -- and follow all necessary links -- and perhaps then you will see why Leonard Coldwell, whom I've never met and never tried to meet, is on a rampage against ME, rather than the other way around. Everything he has been telling you fans about me is a lie and he knows it, and everyone who knows me or has followed my blog knows it too. As a lifelong animal lover who has several dogs and cats, I would NEVER poison a dog, condone poisoning a dog or be part of anything so atrocious.

Moreover, I have no idea what Coldwell's home address is. He keeps that very private and wouldn't even give it to the courts in his
recent major fail of a lawsuit against another blogger (Salty Droid). More than likely, if the dog was indeed deliberately poisoned as he claims (and we only have Coldwell's word for it at this point), it was one of his neighbors. Unfortunately many people hate pit bulls, a breed I happen to be quite fond of (though I am fond of all dogs).

In fact, I've written about my dogs and cats a few times on this blog. I've deeply mourned the ones I have lost (such as Rex and Noelle and Coca), though I have yet to write about our sweet Layla, a pretty hound-terrier mix who died last August as a result of eating tainted dog food. (I still need to blog about that. It's hard.) Layla's was a terrible death, the worst dog death I have ever seen, and I have seen too many four-legged loved ones through their final hours over the years. The sounds of Layla's cries and the smell of her blood (she was hemorrhaging from both ends) will haunt Ron and me forever. I would never wish such an experience on an innocent dog or on any of the people who love that dog -- no matter how vile the people themselves are.

As for some of the other lies...
Coldwell has accused me of hacking into his new web site, a site that I wrote about at length
in my previous blog post. I am too technically inept to hack anyone's web site, not even my own. I do not condone hacking because I do not believe in playing dirty. So Coldwell's and his little web-girl's claims or insinuations that I had ANYTHING to do with "hacking" are simply absurd. His pages were no doubt removed because of numerous complaints from the people he lied about, such as Bernie O'Mahony, whom he falsely accused of being a child rapist (as well as falsely accusing him of hacking into his web site -- and, more recently his Dr. C Opinion Radio show). Bernie has some more about that; his links are at the end of this post.

Anyone who has been following Coldwell for any length of time knows that "hacking" is his most frequent defense. If you're to believe him, that man's sites get hacked more than all of the banking, government, military and other major sites in the world. He must be a very important little man!

And for the benefit of those of you who aren't familiar with me or my blog -- and if you believe Coldwell's stories, you obviously are not familiar with me or my blog -- I am a professional writer but I blog as a hobby. I have been blogging since July 2006 and have written about many Scamworld artists, not just Coldwell. Coldwell came on my radar only because of his close ties with the above-mentioned serial scammer
Kevin Trudeau. In fact if it hadn't been for Kevin Trudeau promoting Coldwell's shtick in Trudeau's first Natural Cures book, and then later elevating him to such lofty status via Trudeau's huge Global Information Network (GIN) scam, Coldwell would almost certainly still be scrabbling around in obscurity. Coldwell deeply owes nearly his entire platform and any prominence he might have in the U.S. to Trudeau -- and when Coldwell was fired from GIN in spring of 2012 his wallet took a huge hit from which he is clearly still trying desperately to recover.

The point I wish to make is that I have only ever written about Leonard Coldwell on this very blog, which as you can clearly see has my real name, and on various Facebook forums, also under my real name (my current avatar is the well-known symbol for marriage equality), and on other people's blogs, usually under the name "Cosmic Connie" because that is an online name used on my blog, but everybody knows it is I. So when Coldwell says I have created hundreds of fake accounts and spent thousands of hours "defaming" him, he is lying. Well, maybe he really believes that is true, but I seriously doubt it. He is desperate and searching for any way to silence me.

By the way,
Alexandra Nouri (not "Nuori," as he spells it) is a real and separate person who runs her own blog and writes books and helps people deal with the narcissists and sociopaths in their lives. She wrote one blog post about Coldwell -- one! -- and he intimidated her into taking it down. But her blog is still up there, big as life. At first Coldwell said Alexandra was Bernie O'Mahony. Now he says she is I. Go figure. It's not the first lie he's told, or even the worst lie, and it won't be the last.
There's more insanity in the post depicted above. His implication about that "false police report" is truly daft. He cites one woman who very recently retracted her accusation against him (failing to mention that she was just one of numerous women filing complaints). And he says she admitted it was a false report that she filed under pressure, adding, "guess from whom?" By context, the clear implication is that I pressured the woman to file the report at the Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Police Department (case number 2007-04652) in the first place. Really, Leonard?!? That report was filed in 2007, years before I'd ever even heard the name Leonard Coldwell. Back in those blissful days I was occupied with joyfully skewering The Secret. I had no idea of the evil that was in my Whirled's future.

Or perhaps he mean that the woman filed the complaint under pressure from Big Pharma. As is usually the case with his incoherent rants it is difficult to determine.

What is truly awful is that on his "Bio" web site and in a subsequent Facebook post he mentions another woman who supposedly committed suicide because she could not live with herself after making the false accusations against Coldwell. That is codswallop, and one of the crassest and most cynical things he has ever written. According to documents attached to the police report this woman -- actually a teenage girl -- was murdered under mysterious circumstances a few months after the alleged incidents with Coldwell. Reportedly she was never the same after her alleged encounters with him, and she started hanging around a bad crowd. The full story of her murder has not been told.

And here's an important point that you Lenny fans need to assimilate: The only reason I am "obsessed" with Coldwell is that he provides so much easy material. To suggest that I have any sexual interest in him whatsoever is a lie -- a highly amusing one, but a lie nevertheless.

But as indicated above, I cannot defend myself on the forums he is using to incite people to hate me and take action against me. He has blocked me from seeing most of them or from participating in any way. He does not want to give me a chance to speak up for myself and provide links that tell the truth about HIM. Similarly he does not want to give a voice to people who write supportive comments about me. Comments supportive of me have been immediately removed from his pages and then have been subsequently misrepresented to his small and shrinking fan base. To me that reeks of cowardice. That is what bullies do. So much for the courageous "Dr." Coldwell.

Again, read
this blog post (or, at the very least, the rest of the one you're on now) and try to consider what you are doing by supporting the man who is spreading these outrageous lies about me and several other people.

Coldwell is angry because ever since
May 2012, when I wrote my first blog post about him, I have been asking questions he does not want to answer. Questions about his credentials, his medical qualifications, his cure claims, and the REAL reasons that he changed his name from Bernd Klein (aka Bernd Witchner) and moved from Germany to the United States.

The first lies he told about me were that I am an AIDS-infected ex-prostitute who gave bad STDs to her clients, and am now being paid by Big Pharma to discredit and defame him. When nobody believed those lies (not even his closest fan-girls) he switched to the story that I tried to have sex with him. That tale first surfaced last November. The person named "Peter" to whom he refers in the non sequitur is his close friend and business partner Peter Wink, who knew Coldwell was lying about my asking Peter to set me up with Coldwell, but said nothing publicly, at least to my knowledge (he has me blocked so I honestly don't know). This screen shot was taken on November 6, 2013:

More recently Coldwell has been saying I tried for more than two years to have sex with him. Soon after he changed that to nearly three years.
He can't even be consistent with his lies.

He is also saying that I have been "defaming" him for three years now. I did not write my first blog post about him until May 2012, as noted above. As of July 2014 that has been only a little over two years. Maybe they do years differently in Germany.

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The bottom line is that Coldwell's latest campaign to silence me -- by crassly and cynically using his dog to incite people to action against me -- has put me in serious jeopardy because he published my address in conjunction with the false accusations, and he all but invited people to come and get me. And you fans accept his baloney without question. You're ready to come hunt me down and poison and shoot me (well, some of you are). Check out that deranged woman with the caps-lock problem in the two shots below:

(You've been reported, Haiah.)

You're all ready to condemn me as a crazed, sex-obsessed stalker -- or "a relentless zionist sub-human scum" (well, some of you are).

Later in the same conversation, a woman named Gloria Winters Anderson wrote, "I would LOVE to catch her and defame her the way she defamed Blue!" Duly noted and reported, Gloria. I may have to re-think the relatively respectful tone of this blog post.

And some of you are willing to believe beyond-the-pale, crazy stupid stuff (talk about being mentally ill):

And you guys don't even know me. If you believe what Coldwell is saying about me you are clueless about the real context here, and you won't even bother to try to do a little rudimentary research (well, most of you won't).

Instead you'll believe crap like this gem, where Coldwell imagines that I am some almighty controller who is making other bloggers, such as Bernie O'Mahony, Omri Shabat at GlancingWeb (the guy in Israel), and a "wannabe lawyer" do my bidding. In reality we're all independent bloggers who write what we want, when we want. We just happen to know scum when we see it.

I wonder if Coldwell was referring to his "4 lawyers" when he said, in the sentence immediately following the 4 lawyers reference, that "they are 4 crazy and criminal people." At this point any lawyer who takes any case that Lenny thinks he has against me would have to be crazy, criminal, or both, so maybe this is something on which Lenny and I can agree.

And incidentally, that "mentally ill wannabe lawyer without a license" who has been "hiding two years" is the above-mentioned Salty Droid, aka Jason Jones, whom Coldwell comically confused with Omri in Israel. Here is a direct link to Coldwell's complaint. Coldwell has told numerous lies on Facebook about this, including the lies he is telling in his current social media campaign. For instance, in the shot above he says he has been trying for two years to hunt Jason down to serve him with court papers. In a subsequent post he said he has been trying for one year to serve him. Both are lies. As of now, it hasn't even been a full two years since Coldwell even heard of Jason/Salty Droid. Salty did not write about Coldwell until late August 2012. [Language advisory for all of Salty's posts.] He wrote about Coldwell again -- a more damning post -- in early September 2012. He wrote about him again a little later that same month, in response to Coldwell's hilarious attempts to track down "that Salty Droid loser."

And then Salty wrote about Coldwell yet again in early November 2012, in response to my concerns about some threatening things Coldwell said about me (but not directly to me). Shortly after that, on November 4, 2012, Coldwell sent a private message directly to me via Facebook, pretending to be his "brother" and using the fake name Rudi Kauder. It was a threatening message which you can read on this blog post if you don't mind another brief diversion. I didn't actually see the message until January of 2013, however, because it went directly to my "other" folder, which I rarely check. In that message Coldwell-as-Rudi threatened to do exactly what he has now done: report my personal information to Coldwell's "millions of friends, fans, patients, readers etc to make sure that they know that you caused harm..."

But back to Salty. In truth Coldwell could not serve Salty/Jason papers because Jason had moved to another state a little over a year before Coldwell filed the suit on February 10, 2014, but not to "hide" -- he just moved. People do. (Coldwell himself has moved numerous times since he came to the U.S. in the late 1990s -- he started out in Virginia but in the year 2000, according to an account on the 2007 police report, he felt he had to leave that state, and ended up in South Carolina, though he is cagey about his home address, of course.) Coldwell's lawyer obviously did not bother to do any research to find out if the address Coldwell gave him for Jason -- which had previously been a valid address -- was still good. Nevertheless Coldwell went on Facebook and bragged about the suit. I got wind of it, and someone who is still in Chicago went down to the courthouse and got a copy of the filed lawsuit, which she forwarded to Jason. He promptly replied to the suit with papers of his own, even though all of the blog posts that Coldwell cited in his defamation complaint weren't even Jason's.

But that sham of a lawsuit that Coldwell filed was
dismissed for want of prosecution on April 17, 2014. In fact Coldwell's own lawyer, Dennis J. Kellogg (actually a personal-injury guy that Coldwell found through one of those Lawyers-R-Us services) removed himself from the case early on, no doubt because he realized he'd made a major career blunder by taking the case in the first place. Here's Salty himself writing about it. And here's the Lexis-Nexis link indicating the thing was dismissed. So once again, Coldwell is lying. And he knows it.

But most of you fans probably aren't questioning his claims.

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On the other hand, if you're here, and you've read this far, maybe you will be the exception. Maybe you'll be brave enough to open your mind to the possibility that Coldwell is lying about me, and about his other critics as well.

And if he tells such outrageous and extreme and blatantly desperate, legally actionable lies about us, what else is he lying about? "I'll take 'VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING' for $10,000, Alex!"

That $10,000 figure, incidentally, isn't just something I pulled out of my hat. Coldwell actually put a bounty on me on July 15. Or rather, on information about me that links me to whatever it was that happened to his dog (who reportedly and thankfully is now recovering).

A missed opportunity to educate people about pit bulls and pet poisoning
Coldwell could have actually used his dog's suffering in a positive way. If his dog truly was deliberately poisoned by someone -- and again, we only have his word for this -- he could have used this as a pulpit to raise awareness about the irrational hatred of pit bulls (if he had reason to believe that this was the impetus for the act). He could have embarked on an education campaign about the breed.

He could have launched an awareness campaign about the importance of keeping an eye on your dog, because
there are horrid people everywhere who do not like specific breeds of dogs, or dogs in general, or cats, or any animal. The story linked to in the previous sentence was published in April 2014. It concerns a woman in the Baltimore, Maryland area whose pit bull was apparently fed a poisoned treat when the dog was left unattended in her yard. Reportedly numerous other area residents' pets were poisoned too. Investigators noted that similar stories are all over social media. Apparently it happens everywhere. It even happens in South Carolina.

And by the way, one of Coldwell's recent claims (pretending to be his assistant "Katie" writing on behalf of his dog Blue) is that the dog was "poisoned with strychnine and some form of neuro-toxic chemical in an oatmeal cocky!" (Which I originally thought was a cutesy way of saying "cocktail.") But in a subsequent posting on another page, it was corrected to "oatmeal cookie." So, Coldwell, was any of the cookie left as evidence? Did you save it and hand it over to the police? For that matter, have you reported this incident to the police department at all? Or are you afraid to even go there, because, like the TV bar Cheers, it's a place where "everybody knows your name" -- but not in a good way?

Here's a thought: Is it possible that somebody at the Coldwell Mansion baked oatmeal cookies with raisins, and fed some to the dog? Raisins and grapes are VERY bad for dogs, raisins especially, because the toxins (toxic for dogs, anyway) are more concentrated than in grapes. Clinical signs of raisin or grape toxicity:
Vomiting and jittery (hyperactive) behavior are seen immediately to within the first 24 hours after ingestion. Diarrhea may also be seen, and the vomitus and feces may contain partially digested grapes or raisins.
After 24 hours, the dog may be come anorexic, lethargic and depressed. Additionally the abdomen may be painful, the dog may stop drinking and urinating. Ultimately, the kidneys fail, and without aggressive treatment, many dogs will die.
At any rate Coldwell's stories are more and more NOT adding up. 

Coldwell could have also run an awareness campaign if his dog had been poisoned accidentally, e.g., because the food he ate or a treat or chew toy he was given was tainted at the manufacturer's facilities (it happens even with the most exclusive, expensive, made-in-the-USA brands). Or if the dog got into something around the Coldwell Mansion, such as rat poison or bourbon
(could it be possible that someone at the Coldwell Mansion put out a poisoned oatmeal cookie to lure rats, and poor Blue got into it?), Coldwell could have raised awareness about the importance of keeping toxins out of the reach of your precious pets.

Instead he chose to use his dog's suffering to make this about his suffering at the hands of the "criminal" forces who are out to get him. He chose to turn the spotlight on me and not just imply, but actually accuse me of doing this or being behind it. He chose to publish my address in this context. And it does not matter if my address appears on some of my other sites. The context in which Leonard Coldwell published my address shows a clearly malicious intent to incite violence against me.

That is unconscionable. It is one of the lowest things I have ever seen any Scamworld guru do to combat criticism.

Conspiracy radio crowd weighs in
If you've read this far, I thank you for your time, Coldwell fans. I realize there's probably no hope that some of you will be convinced, and I know of at least one Coldwell fan-girl who is deliberately promoting these lies even after she privately apologized to me for "accidentally" sharing the post that had my address.

But again, this post is for those of you who don't have so much of a stake in believing Coldwell's lies that you are unwilling to see another side. I suspect there are many more of you in the open-minded category than Coldwell is willing to acknowledge.
Still, he has his ill-willed allies. I know of at least one enthusiastic supporter and sharer of Coldwell's screeds against me -- including the ones with my address -- who has not blocked me from seeing the fan page for his conspiracy-nut radio show, but had at one point apparently blocked me from commenting.

But as I later found out -- after first posting the above screen shot on this blog -- the host of the radio show Late Night in the Midlands, Michael Vara, had actually tried to contact me via private message on Facebook when the kerfuffle first started. I did not see his message because it came into my "other" folder, which I rarely check. But instead of responding to me civilly, Michael had this to say (and my response to his comment appears ABOVE his comment):

I went to my "other" folder, and sure enough there was a PM from Michael Vara, which
he sent to me on Tuesday, July 15. I did not see it until July 17, after the rancorous exchange pictured above.

I have to wonder if by "great work" Vara meant great work on my blog, great work in getting an obvious lunatic stirred up, or great work in the poisoning of an innocent dog, which of course I had nothing to do with. Or maybe just "great work" in stirring up sh-t, which is the bread and butter of hosts of sensationalist radio shows. I think that "Dr." C and his friends and followers should know, however, that Michael Vara of the Late Night in the Midlands radio show apparently thought the whole dog drama was a big, LOL-worthy lark.

In any case I cannot ask him to clarify because Vara isn't speaking to me anymore. He shut down the private conversation he started from his personal-page account, disallowing me to respond to it. Via his Late Night in the Midlands fan page, I sent him not one but two private messages apologizing if I was wrong about him continuing to spread messages with my name and address in them. But he has not responded to me. For the record, here are the two private messages I sent to his Late Night in the Midlands fan page (Vara is now apparently accusing me of harassing him, or perhaps Lenny is just making up that accusation as he has made up everything else):

To clarify: Vara had indeed shared the first post -- the post that Coldwell wrote on July 14, 2014 -- on both his personal page and on his Late Night in the Midlands fan page. I had publicly commented on the latter page, as had Ron and some of my friends. The original post was removed by Facebook, and Vara's share post was as well, so the point became moot. However, I saw indications that Vara was continuing to share Coldwell's posts, which is why I tried to post again on the Late Night fan page. Apparently Vara has a short fuse.

But enough about that. The only reason I went into it in such detail is that Vara's radio show seems to promote sensationalist, "out there" ideas, and to pander to paranoia-porn fans and conspiracy nuts. And these are some of the very people who have been posting the most disturbing comments about me. Some of these people seem certifiable, and by that I don't mean that they have earned a phony certificate in some questionable alt-health practice like their beloved "Dr." C. Understand that I am not saying that Vara himself is certifiable. But clearly he knows his audience and plays to them and their beliefs. At any rate for several reasons I felt the radio-host exchanges needed to be documented publicly. If this makes me a "f----g psycho troll," or someone who can't get over herself, so be it.

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I hope all of the above is enough to make at least some of you devoted Coldwell fans start asking questions about his stories, which are constantly changing even now. I hope at least some of you will realize how nefarious he is for using his dog's suffering to go after someone whose only "crime" is asking questions about his life of lies and deceptions. He's all about free speech when it comes to the questionable content he spews out, but all about trying to suppress free speech when the speech turns an unflattering spotlight on him. You guys need to think about that.

Just one more thing: as promised above, here's Bernie O'Mahony at GINtruth.com weighing in. He goes more into the false accusations about the critics hacking Coldwell's web sites, and has screen shots to prove that Coldwell and his fan-girl are lying about the site being "hacked."And here is Bernie's subsequent post about the matter. Well worth reading, as it appears that Coldwell's actionable lies and threats just keep escalating.
I warn you that Bernie will not be nearly as kind as I have been, but then, he has been falsely accused by Coldwell of being a child molester, and his picture was pasted on Coldwell's new (and currently removed) site, in conjunction with that atrocious accusation, so he has every right to be angry.

Connie L. Schmidt
aka "Cosmic Connie"

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Coldwell rolls out hilarious new bio site, tightens rope around his own neck, Part 1 of 2

Not-doctor Leonard Coldwell has outdone himself, stupid-wise, with his new, lie-filled bio web site. That's the first thing you need to know.

The second thing is that this is one of those long-ish posts, and if you have grown bored with reading about Coldwell and wish I would write about someone else, feel free to skip this post altogether. You won't hurt my feelings. However, if you've wandered over here because you want more information about accusations on that loony new web site, you've come to the right place. Just be glad I am merciful enough to write this post in two parts. As is always the case with my long posts, if you're reading this on your computer and your eyes get tired easily, feel free to print this out and highlight the links you want to follow later.

UPDATE 3 JULY 2014: Due to numerous complaints about the defamatory lies Coldwell told about his critics on his new site, some of the pages have been removed. The links now redirect to the main page, which expands into Coldwell's usual inflated biographical information, including a hilarious picture of him receiving an honorary doctorate "degree" in Humanities from an unaccredited religious "university." A few of the pages from the new site are still on the web, but the direct links to those pages are currently missing. Even so, I am leaving this blog post up for now because I believe that it is important to track and document the lies Coldwell has been telling.

Gosh, June is almost over -- it's already gone, on some parts of the globe -- and I've been neglecting my Whirled again. Sorry about that. Let me tell you, though: there's nothing that can shake a Whirled blogger out of her summer snooze like a big burning (or Bernd-ing) pile of stupidity. Imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau's ex-b.f.f. Not-Doctor Leonard "Loony" Coldwell, the former Bernd Klein of the Republic of Germany and in recent years a fairly frequent unwilling guest on this Whirled, has surely outdone himself in the stupidity department. In a laughably transparent attempt to shore up his reputation (a rep totally built on falsehoods anyway, since he's pretty much a nobody in his native land and his entire U.S. platform was created by mega-liar Trudeau in the first place), he has just damaged said rep even further, while committing some of the most blatant acts of defamation against some of his critics that I've ever seen. Earlier this month he rolled out a comically defensive and hilariously garbled -- yet seriously defamatory -- web site to counter the growing body of criticism and questions about his credentials and his credibility.

Though I just found out about the site a few days ago, he actually announced it on June 20, 2014. I took these screen shots from
Bernie O'Mahony's GINtruth.com post about Loony's new site, because they were already pre-redacted (pre-dacted?). I'm lazy that way.

Coldwell obviously intended for the new site to vindicate and validate him, while increasing his martyr/hero creds by playing on that whole lunatic "conspiracy to destroy" theme. And indeed, a few Coldwell loyalists and obviously clueless knee-jerk responders jumped on the martyr thing by immediately sharing his announcement post on Facebook. Oh, woe is us, the medical establishment is out to destroy all good natural-cures "doctors!"

Nice work, Peter Wink! You and some of
Coldwell's other close buddies
know full well that Coldwell is LYING about me on that site.
And you probably know his other allegations
about other critics are desperate lies too.
And yet you support him and call him a "warrior."

But in the sane world, which I like to think still includes the majority of thinking human beings, all Coldwell has really done is vindicate his critics by shining a harsher light on his own inanities and outright lies. And he has gone beyond the pale in committing the very types of lies and defamation of which he has long accused critics. I will have more on that in a moment.

As noted above, I didn't find out about the new site until a few days ago, when some friends of friends of friends stumbled across Coldwell's June 20 Facebook announcement of the launch. There's sometimes a bit of an info gap because Coldwell has me -- and most of my Facebook buds -- so thoroughly blocked that it's hard to see anything he writes. Evidently he keeps the vast majority of his Facebook posts pretty private, even on his "public" page. It's hard to be a "public figure" when you hide in such a cowardly manner from the public. But it appears that his aim is to set things up so he can talk about his critics behind their backs on Facebook like a junior high girl, and the critics won't be able to join in the conversation or even defend themselves. That's his typical sniveling way of handling things.

Of course, I talk about people here too, often snarkily and, some have said, mean-girlishly. But my posts are public and the subjects are all welcome to join in the conversation. Few ever do.

So let's take a leisurely look at Loony's new site, which is public. Please note that everything I am writing about and sharing screen shots about is current as of the time I am publishing this post: Monday, 30 June, 2014, at 4:14 PM CDT
. This being the web, where things are subject to change, and Loony's site being filled with actionable lies, it is possible that some of the content may not be there for long. But for now, it's up there and it has been duly recorded. [See 3 July 2014 update above. ~CC]

Fighting imaginary defamation with real (and disgusting) defamation
My pal Bernie at GINtruth was on this one first -- here's that link again -- and I don't blame him because he was the target of some of the most egregious defamation on the new site. On Coldwell's DEFAMATION page -- aptly named, as it happens, though not for the reason Coldwell intended -- he posted a picture of a very beaten-up Bernie, accompanied by an outrageous lie. (Can't Lenny even feel the noose tightening around his fat little neck?)

That picture of Bernie was actually taken during the New Year 2013, after Bernie was beat up by a group of young Japanese thugs. Being New Year's Eve/Day, alcohol may have been involved, but the egregious crime of which Coldwell accused Bernie emphatically was not. Bernie explains the true story on his blog post and links to his original Facebook post. (If you are on Facebook you should be able to get to that link; if not, suffice to say that LEONARD COLDWELL WAS LYING. Again.)

In addition, as Bernie noted on his blog post, he isn't "hiding" in Japan; he has lived there for 15 years. He isn't being paid for his blog, and as far as I know he has no criminal record. His main "crime" seems to be trying to get to the truth about Loony.

By the way, if you follow that link you will notice that the "Leonard Coldwell Defamation" page is supposedly written by "Nicolas Coldwell," who claims to be Loony's brother. Actually Coldwell's 12-years-younger half-brother does sometimes go by the name "Nicholas Coldwell" (with an "h"), but his real and legal name is Jens Wilhelm Anskohl.
I wrote about him here. At any rate the "Defamation" screed was very obviously written by Lenny himself.

Anyway, I guess you can't blame Lenny for being a little sore at Bernie, who in addition to GINtruth.com has several other blogs and sites related to some of his areas of interest. But GINtruth is the blog that gets Loony's little pink panties in a bunch. (Note: I don't actually know if his panties are pink, but he does like to wear pink so I am just assuming that his panties match his shirts and socks.)

For the next few paragraphs I'm going to be going over a backstory that you may already know. Be patient; I'll get back to newer stuff very soon.

Bernie started GINtruth in spring of 2012 when the Kevin Trudeau/Global Information Network (GIN) sh-t started hitting the fan big time. He wrote in detail about Trudeau's lies and broken promises as they became more apparent, and he wrote about some of the other speakers and principals in GIN. He shared stories and opinions from ex-members and members who felt they had been taken by Trudeau's extravagant promises and lies. Bernie's blog has been a great resource for those with questions about GIN, since Bernie himself was a GIN member and is still in contact with many current and ex members and insiders.

And for a while, thanks to that "common enemy" factor, he was in alliance, more or less, with the most vociferous anti-GIN voices, including one Abe Husein, self-proclaimed GIN Destroyer and
media star, and even Leonard Coldwell. They were all bros back then. Abe even made sure that Emmy Award winning journalist Ryan Kath mentioned GINtruth.com on his first story about KT/GIN (the mention is on the last page of the article).

But then as more information came out about Coldwell throughout the summer of 2012, and particularly as Bernie got wind of the infamous 2007 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police report (and no, I did not send it to him; apparently someone else did), he began writing critically about Coldwell on GINtruth. By December of 2012 it had dawned on Coldwell that Bernie was not going to back down on calling out Coldwell on his lies, lack of credibility, and general ickiness. So Coldwell began threatening Bernie. This is from a private message exchange between Bernie and Coldwell, circa December 13, 2012.

(Here's a brief May 2013 blog post, with picture, about some of that cash that Lenny showed Peter.)

And this is from a public post, also from December 2012, when Lenny was trying to get Bernie to "pick a side":

And here are two of the follow-ups (same date):

Okay, that's enough of that. You get the idea. (And if you're new-ish here and are puzzled by the talk about prostitutes and so forth, keep reading.)

The point is that by December of 2012 Bernie had clearly drawn his line in the sand, separating himself from Coldwell and not long after that from Abe Husein, who continued to vigorously support, defend, and even promote Coldwell. As indicated in one of the shots above, Abe was and presumably still is in business with Coldwell, selling his overpriced BePure "cleanse."

So that's the origin of Coldwell's beef with Bernie. It also explains why Abe has also made a point of trying to discredit Bernie to various producers and reporters, who nonetheless seem to have no qualms about reading GINtruth. (Or about reading my blog either, for that matter. Or Salty Droid's.) While all of this background may seem trivial, and probably is in the larger Scamworld picture, I recounted it here because I think it is vital for people who care enough about this matter to research to see why Coldwell has gone after Bernie so viciously. Very simply, it is because people read Bernie's blog, and I think that scares Lenny big time.

But on his new site, Coldwell didn't stop at lying about Bernie. He posted a picture of one of his former ghostwriters (and yes, he uses ghostwriters for his English language books because his written English is so comically bad). He wrote:
Here is a women [sic] that Never ever even meet Dr Leonard Coldwell in person, but filed a false police report that she is sure, if he ever would meet her, he would want to rape her.
Coldwell seems to be implying that she was having rape fantasies about him, but with his garbled writing it is difficult to tell. In truth, this person wrote an email to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department back in July of 2012, and that email became part of Coldwell's permanent file, added to that 2007 police report I mentioned above. But the email itself was not a police report. And the ghostwriter did not say she thought Coldwell wanted to rape her. Here is the context of the rape mention in the email:
Dr. Coldwell is a dangerous person, very narcissistic and mean-spirited... Dr. Coldwell's former [employee] warned me, "It's a good thing that you never met him face-to-face -- he would have tried to rape you!" [Former employee] told me stories about getting his college friends jobs at [a company run by Dr. Coldwell's former partner]. These were friends straight out of college, with no work experience. It was tough for them to find jobs... so they'd start working for Dr. Coldwell. Eventually, they would all quit, one after another... and when [the former employee] followed up with them, each story was the same...
You get the drift. I may have provided more context than necessary, but maybe not. And by the way, although I redacted names, all of the ellipses, with the exception of the ones I inserted at the end of the passage, were in the original email, so I wasn't leaving anything out.

I think it is pretty clear that the ghostwriter's email was not a formal complaint or "false report" filed with the police. It was an opinion based upon her own experiences working with Coldwell, and with her impressions from conversations she'd had with others who had worked with him. The email simply became part of Coldwell's file at the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.
For more information see here.

Incidentally, I have not and will not publish the police report, and I will not send it to you if you ask. I do not want to compromise the safety of the alleged victims or of anyone else whose names and contact information appear on the very poorly redacted report.

Lenny didn't stop at posting his accusation and a picture of his former ghostwriter. He also posted pictures of her minor children -- all without her permission. Bad, bad move, Loony.

And then there's
Omri Shabat at the Glancingweb blog, who, though neither named nor pictured on the new site, was also slammed by Loony. Lenny, claiming that the cancer industry hired Omri to defame him, described Omri as a gay Jew, and he accused Omri of the same heinous crimes against children as he'd accused Bernie of committing. That accusation seems to be a new obsessive theme with Lenny. We can only speculate as to why.

What seems apparent is that Coldwell thinks that being Jewish or gay is on a par with sexual crimes against children. I have seen several posts that indicate Coldwell is both anti-Semitic and homophobic. He has been known to make crude homophobic jokes and remarks, even at his live events where presumably he is supposed to be playing the role of a leader, worthy of emulation. And Coldwell's hatred and suspicion of Jewish people has been reflected in some of his Facebook rants -- as well as in private correspondence to which I was made privy but am not yet at liberty to share. I'm sure that the Jewish screenwriter who had been hired to do the screenplay for the fictionalized Kevin Trudeau movie (currently titled The Platinum Bonus) -- and whom Lenny had boasted that he spoke with to give her his valuable input for the project -- was really impressed with some of the stupidly anti-Semitic things he wrote on Abe Husein's page on the Facebooks.

And then we have the artist
formerly known as the Cosmic Slut. AKA Cosmic Connie. AKA your Whirled host. On his "Defamation" page on the new site, Lenny writes:
There also is a Woman out there that tried everything to have sex with Dr. Coldwell and because he refused, she started to post lies, libel, slander, and defamation against him. She posted hundreds of hours’ worth of posts on her own, created websites and web addresses under fake names to verify her own fake posts with other fake posts on fraudulent websites she herself created. If you see how many posts she made with the help of her buddies creating fake Facebook pages pretending she was Dr. Leonard Coldwell, and the hundreds of hours’ worth of hateful posts and absurd attacks, you can easily conclude on your own how obsessed she is with Dr. Leonard Coldwell. There could not even be another reason, besides jealousy and feeling rejected by Dr. C, since she does not even get any money or benefit out of the hundreds of hours’ worth posting hateful posts.

Though the little twerp was careful not to call me by name or to post my pic, it's pretty clear from context that he was talking about me. After all, there's a precedent, as I've noted here before. This is from November 6, 2013; Coldwell's remark, by the way, is completely out of context with the rest of the conversation:

Coldwell also recently told a reporter that I had hit on him. So I think we can all conclude that he's talking about moi on that new site. And I have just this to say to him:
Really, you pathetic little twerp?!?
Coldwell, you and I have never met in person and I hope to Goddess we never do. So just how would I be "trying everything" to have sex with you? Where are the emails, snail mails, voice-mail messages, Facebook posts, private Facebook messages, or whatever I supposedly used to convey my undying lust for you? Surely you would have those, if they existed, and you would share them with the world if you did. They would be right there on your demented new web site. But they aren't, because they don't exist. Moreover, even if I were in the market for a new partner, which emphatically I am not, it would be someone of my own species. And actually, I strongly prefer Jewish guys. Sorry, Loony.
As for the rest of the lies in that paragraph... as I explained in my comment on Bernie's post, I have never made up any accounts or written any posts pretending to be Coldwell, and I write all of my posts about him either on Facebook under my real name, or on my blog, which also displays my real name. However, someone pointed out that he may be claiming I have been impersonating him so that if I decide to pursue any action against him because of some of those screen shots that bear his name and pic, he can say they were either a result of hackers or of my spoofing his account.

As I also noted on my comment to Bernie's post, Coldwell's lie that I sexually harassed him is a relatively new angle. Previously he claimed I was an ex-prostitute (with AIDS and other STDs) being paid by Big Pharma. He also said I am a "cancer tumor of society" and need to be "eliminated." This is from late October 2012:

If you are completely new to my Whirled and/or to this part of the Loony Coldwell saga, you might be saying, "But he still didn't mention you by name, Connie! And there is actually a Cosmic Slut on the Interwebz!" Why, yes there is, which I discovered as soon as Loony began rambling about the "cosmic slut" back in October of 2012. But clearly, from context, he was talking about yours truly, because I do use the moniker "Cosmic Connie" on this blog (though my real name appears right below that moniker on this blog, and I use my real name on Facebook). And I am the Cosmic one who has written about Lenny; to my knowledge, the group of creative artists/musicians using the name Cosmic Slut haven't even heard of the pervy little skeev who named me the "cosmic slut."

And he carried on the slut/prostitute/paid shill theme for well over a year (references were made to that in those December 2012 Facebook shots I shared above). At some point this year he dropped the "cosmic," and I was just "the slut." This is from early March 2014:

At some point prior to that, he had apparently decided I wasn't being paid to write posts about him, so he began formulating a narrative that the only reason I could possibly have for writing about him was sexual obsession. Uh-huh.

But given what he wrote about Bernie, Omri, and his former ghostwriter on the Leonard Coldwell Defamation page on his new site, I'd say I got off pretty easy. Of note, he really didn't specifically reference Salty Droid at all. Maybe he is still smarting from
being humiliated when he tried to sue Salty (and Omri). More on that below, under "Timing & Context = Everything."

Even so, he told nothing but lies on the entire page: SOP for that SOB (no offense intended to mother dogs or their progeny). Here's another lie...

The imaginary Katie conspiracy
Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie, gets a category of his own here. And it's well deserved, because it was Katie on whose scam-encrusted shoulders little Lenny stood for a few brief shining moments, and whose GIN scam gave Lenny a platform he never would have had in the U.S. (and for that matter, didn't really have anywhere in Europe, near as I can tell, despite his numerous boasts that he is the most well-loved motivator and healer of our time).

Here's what it says on the new site:

Other defamation was ordered and paid for by Kevin Trudeau who acted for decades like he was my brother’s best friend. The now 3-time convicted felon who is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, Kevin Trudeau, founded a great organization that was helpful and was a great idea, to educate people every weekend with the best speakers on earth for just 150 dollars a month and he involved Dr. C as the leading motivational speaker. As soon as Dr. C found out that greed took over the thinking and the actions of Trudeau, and that Trudeau built the entire organization with lies, fraud, false and misleading advertisement, Dr. Coldwell, contacted the FTC, wrote to all the members he could reach about the fraud and also made sure the FBI and the US District Attorney’s office were informed about the potential crimes Trudeau committed. Instantly, Trudeau paid people, enticed his followers and ordered many of his employees to use every lie and attack possible to discredit Dr Coldwell
Here is just one of the emails Trudeau himself send out.

Well, that was a less than impressive piece of evidence, I must say. To begin with, the email in question was sent out in March 2013, as a result of Trudeau being spooked by ABC's reporters showing up at his luxury digs in Zurich. If Trudeau had "instantly" begun a defamation campaign against little Lenny, as Lenny claimed, you would think that Lenny would have some earlier emails to share with us. After all, Lenny was jettisoned from the GINtanic some time in May 2012.

Moreover, the email is heavily redacted. Here is the full email, as well as another one sent out by Kevin around the same time.

Now compare that top email to the one shared by Coldwell. Notice one of the lines in that email that Coldwell redacted on the version posted on his new site. He totally blacked out the penultimate line on the 11:01 AM email: "-send him dr c email proloting [sic] HIS deal... showing his TRUE motives for lying about me and gin." (Kevin is apparently as bad a writer as Lenny is.)

Now, I'm not saying that I automatically agree with liar Katie that liar Loony was lying about Trudeau and GIN. They're turds of a feather to this day; both are liars, in my view. And I don't know what if anything Loony told ABC; Coldwell was not mentioned at all on the final story. But if Loony simply said that Trudeau was a liar and GIN a lie, then yes, even I have to side with Loony. So I just wonder why Loony would want to redact that line on the email. Maybe he didn't wish to draw any attention on his new site to the thing to which Trudeau was no doubt referring,
the IBMS Master's Society scam, a GIN ripoff that provides a painfully obvious motivation for Coldwell to try to turn people against GIN. Or maybe he just got carried away with his redacting. At any rate, his shot of a single heavily redacted email written by Kevin Trudeau to Trudeau's staff in March of 2013 does not prove anything remotely resembling a paid defamation conspiracy against Lenny.

You may recall that I wrote about those Katie emails and their context
in the PS to a December 2013 blog post. In case you don't want to follow the link and wade through the verbiage, here is what I wrote:
PS ~ Self-proclaimed GIN destroyer Abe Husein is excited because he, Peter Wink and Loony Coldwell were mentioned in a March 2013 email from Kevin Trudeau to some of his cohorts. Katie apparently panicked and clumsily tried to do some damage control after ABC News showed up outside of his luxury digs in Zurich in March. It was apparently those "ambush journalists" who spooked Katie into trying to discredit some of his detractors. It's almost as if he didn't really realize what they were up to until he got shaken out of his complacency by ABC's visit. More than likely he was also inspired by his looming court cases and upcoming hearings and trial. But his main concern besides discrediting his detractors seemed to be to get tons of pro-GIN testimonials into the right hands. In fact, he seemed more concerned with getting those testimonials than with discrediting Abe, Wink, and Loony. Word has it that no one in the GIN offices actually embarked upon a campaign to discredit the Three Stooges, reasoning that the Stooges did their own self-discrediting better than anyone else ever could.
Following that, I posted a shot of the emails that I just shared above.

I continued:
Obviously any efforts at damage control that may have been made in the wake of the ABC "ambush" were ineffective; ABC aired their episodes of The Lookout, one in May and a followup in August, with, it must be noted, a segment featuring Abe (but with no mention of Loony or Wink). I think that most journalists who have had any interaction with Loony or Wink, particularly Loony, can sense that showcasing them as sources would not be the best move, credibility-wise, for any news media outlet...
I actually had spoken to a former GIN principal who was still with GIN at the time Trudeau sent out those emails. This person said nobody at the GIN offices bothered to try to discredit Lenny, Peter, or Abe "because they did such a good job discrediting themselves." And I stress that this source wasn't necessarily anti-Coldwell; in fact this person had previously told me that Trudeau was actually becoming envious of the attention Coldwell was getting in GIN, and in this person's informed opinion, Katie's resentment of Coldwell's growing popularity was a secondary reason for Trudeau's decision to remove Coldwell. (The primary and overriding reason, according to this source, was that Coldwell and other speakers were costing GIN too much money -- money that Katie wanted to put towards his legal defense.)

The point here is that in the wake of the ABC reporters "ambushing" Trudeau in Zurich, Trudeau's people were apparently much more focused on getting pro-Trudeau testimonials for ABC than on getting anti-Coldwell information. Technically, however, Trudeau was paying the people to whom he sent the above emails, because... um... they were working for him.

But was it a conspiracy? Only in Coldwell's twisted little mind.

As for the rest of the narrative, it's patently absurd that Coldwell makes himself out to be the hero who exposed Trudeau's fraud after he "found out" about it. He was fired from GIN, pure and simple. He didn't give a crap about the lies; in fact, later he insinuated that he knew for a long time that there was no GIN Council, and so forth. No doubt he would still be happily promoting or at least defending Katie even now had he not been booted out. The truth is that Coldwell lost a very hefty income stream when he was fired from GIN. Granted, the income stream would have dwindled by now anyway, due to the investigations of Trudeau that had begun long before GIN did. But Coldwell would have had at least another year and a half of raking in money from GIN and Katie, had he not been booted out.

An accuser recants, raising more questions
One of the hot-button items on Coldwell's new site is his sharing of an affidavit by one of the women whose accusations against him were recorded in the aforementioned 2007 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police report. Although the report did not result in any charges against Coldwell, and although under South Carolina law the most serious charge against him would have been "forcible fondling" -- NOT RAPE -- it's still pretty disgusting. (Salty Droid wrote about it first, back in September 2012.
Here is that link again.) The woman, whose first name Coldwell had the enormous bad taste not to redact when he shared the screen shot of the affidavit, apparently recanted her accusation. Lenny crowed about it:
The main false accusations and lies are usually based on the payments from the enemies of Natural Cancer Cures, and are told to use and make up, or to create on their own. One of the usual accusations they use are sex related accusations, so they created a false police report to destroy Dr. Coldwell’s reputation and at the end of this article you see that the person that made the false police report did retract it and confirmed that she was forced to make these false accusations against Dr. C! Another women they used could not even live with her false accusations and took her own life. This is what these criminals and special interest groups are causing- people going to jail for the lies and false accusations they made and others even kill themselves. (You can get the names and addresses of these people and groups if you write to [EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED]. [More on that last sentence at the end of this post. ~CC]
Interestingly, although the woman's original complaint was filed in 2007, her affidavit was dated April 23, 2014, a mere six days after Coldwell's stupid Cook County lawsuit was "dismissed for want of prosecution" (see the section immediately following this one). Probably just coincidence. Maybe Coldwell had actually been pressuring her for months or even years to recant, and she finally folded.

But even if she did recant her accusation, there were several other women who made accusations as well, so this does not render the police report invalid. And it's just horrible that Coldwell would say that a young girl who was murdered not long after her alleged experiences with Coldwell killed herself because she could not live with her "lies" and "false accusations." Moreover, Coldwell's claim that the "enemies of Natural Cancer Cures" was behind the police report is... well, I hope the Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police department is reading this. They'll get a good laugh out of it.

Again, I want to stress (as I have on previous posts) that this report did not result in any criminal or civil charges against Coldwell. But Coldwell's implication that only one woman filed a report about him and that because she recanted, the entire report is fake, is absolutely false. And that old saying, "Where there's smoke there's fire" seems to apply here. In my opinion.

One more thing: I heard from what I believe to be a reliable source that Coldwell or someone representing Coldwell had approached a couple of the women last year, offering them money if they would recant their accusations. I have not followed up on this. But I can't help but wonder if instead of making her accusation under duress, the woman who reversed her accusation was recanting under duress. Perhaps it is a matter worth looking into.

Timing + context = everything
Some might be wondering why Lenny chose to roll out this smarmy scrapbook of misinfotainment after spending years clumsily and defensively dodging the very questions he pretends to answer on his new site. I'm not the only one who sees the new site as a clear sign of desperation, but I find the timing and context interesting. I'm thinking that a combination of factors finally drove him round the bend.

The Whois information indicates that
the domain was actually registered in March of this year, but the site itself was apparently not completed and launched until just last week. And again, Coldwell has been dodging these questions for years. Why is he finally trying to "answer" them now?

I can't help thinking that it might have something to do with his recent lawsuit humiliation, which has been well covered on several blogs, including this one (
here and here); as well as Salty Droid and GINtruth and GlancingWeb. In the event that you don't feel like taking the time to follow all of those links, but you want to know the background, I'll give you a relatively abbreviated version.

February 10, 2014, Coldwell filed a defamation per se complaint in a Cook County, Illinois court (because he thought that Jason Jones, aka Salty Droid, still lived in Chicago). One problem with the lawsuit was that it named, "Omri Shabat, aka Jason Michael Jones," because Lenny stupidly thought the two men are one and the same. The other problem was that at the time the complaint was filed, nobody named in the complaint lived in Cook County. And though the defendant address listed was indeed Jason's former address -- which Jason himself had posted on his web site back when he really lived in Chicago -- all of the blog posts cited at length in the complaint were Omri's, from his blog, GlancingWeb. Needless to say, it was impossible to serve papers on the defendant(s), as one was in another state and one was in another country entirely.

No matter. Shortly after the suit was filed, Coldwell was all over Facebook bragging that he had sued Salty and that Bernie and I were next. Clouding the issue, Abe Husein posted on his Facebook page that Coldwell had sued Salty and Bernie. (I guess Abe got confused
because his buddy had only threatened to sue Bernie.)

As it became more apparent that serving process was not going to be easy, Coldwell wrote a series of little rants about how Salty had found out Lenny was suing him and had gone into hiding -- a total lie, of course. But Lenny vowed that his private investigator and/or his loyal fans would hunt Salty down so he could be served.

On February 27, 2014, a little over two weeks after the suit was filed, Loony's own lawyer, Dennis Kellogg (a personal-injury attorney whom Coldwell apparently got through one of those Lawyers R Us monthly-fee services)
filed a motion to withdraw from the case "for professional reasons." The motion was granted by the court on March 17.

Shortly after the lawyer's motion to withdraw was granted, Coldwell was on Facebook saying that he had been informed that the case was a criminal one and involved multiple jurisdictions, so he would be seeking a new lawyer and filing new criminal cases against all of us bloggers. He continued to figuratively shake his chubby little fist, warning that we "criminal" bloggers might soon find ourselves in a jail cell with Kevin Trudeau.

Meanwhile, Salty/Jason, who had become aware of the lawsuit only because a loyal friend notified him and another one obtained copies of the complaint from the courthouse, responded properly. (I do not know any details about Omri's responses, although apparently he did respond,
according to the LexisNexis summary page.) Jason filed a motion to dismiss the case (due to its utter stupidity) as well as a motion for sanctions against the lawyer and Loony (due to their utter stupidity). Those motions became moot, however, when on April 23, 2014, the case was dismissed for want of prosecution. Obviously, Lenny had not found a substitute lawyer, and nobody from the plaintiff's side showed up -- including Lenny, is my guess. So the judge duly dismissed it and said, "Next!" I imagine that Jason still has an option to pursue sanctions if he so desires, but at this point he's busy chasing down other bad guys so he probably has other things on his mind.

Of note, during the back and forth about the case, Jason had asked Lenny point-blank about his degrees and was prepared to bring his lack of credentials up in court if it had come to that. Perhaps Lenny was growing increasingly uneasy about someday being pressed to prove his creds. In any case, the lawsuit was a major fail -- not exactly a feather in the cap of someone who so frequently boasts, "I will not start the fight, but I will finish it!" and "I have never, ever lost a fight!" In this case, he started the fight, didn't finish it, and he lost. So there's that. Of course the ending of this saga is not mentioned on his new web site, or on any of his sites, including his Facebook page.

Maybe Lenny's desperation was further escalated by the fact that a few mainstream journalists have been poking around his business in the past few months, asking him those uncomfortable questions about his credentials. And perhaps it also has to do with the cumulative effect of the questions that people have been asking him for more than two years now via blogs and Facebook posts.

I also toyed with the possibility that Coldwell had some sort of twisted entrapment scheme going on in his little brain -- deliberately writing lies so his critics would respond vigorously, and then he could try to jump on them for defaming him. Apparently he did something like this in Germany back in the late 1990s; he sent somebody to trick a cult expert into privately speculating that some of the techniques he taught were cult-like and reminiscent of Scientology. Then he turned around and sued that person for defaming him. He lost.

What's clear is that his new site is indeed an expression of deranged desperation.

Echolalia and projection
As I have noted here before, when it comes to his critics Leonard Coldwell has a history of taking accusations that have been leveled against him, and turning them right back around to the accuser. It's like a written form of
echolalia, or echophrasia, the automatic repetition of vocalizations made by another person. My husband Ron has a simpler explanation: it's the Pee Wee Herman defense: "I know you are, but what am I?"

For instance, as I have mentioned here before, shortly after
Salty Droid published his September 2012 blog post about the 2007 Mount Pleasant police report on Coldwell, longtime Kevin Trudeau buddy and frauduct peddler Fred Van Liew (Whirled name Fred Van Loony) posted a link to that post on Facebook, tsk-tsk-tsk-ing about the allegations that Coldwell had exploited his position as a fake doctor and health "expert" to take advantage of numerous vulnerable women.
Fred Van Liew Thursday at 7:01pm

This is not good news regarding Coldwell. Sorry to have to post, however my radio program and my life is about health, and this man evidently represents anything but. The article will keep you from going anywhere near this man.
An extended discussion about the allegations followed. I wrote about that and other aspects of the Coldwell-Van Liew pot-and-kettle saga on this September 2012 post.

Very shortly after Fred "exposed" Lenny on Facebook, Coldwell was on Facebook accusing Fred of molesting women while pretending to "test" them. This is from October 24, 2012:

And a year later he was still accusing Fred of putting his hands on the ladies and practicing medicine without a license.
I wrote about that here.

That is just one example. Coldwell also seems to love threatening his international critics -- that would be Bernie and Omri -- with Interpol. Bernie has some hilarious things to say about that, and has actually contacted Interpol to find out if they really are after him, as Coldwell claims. He will be keeping us posted on his blog. I imagine that the purpose of Lenny's Interpol meme is partly to impress his more dimwitted followers, who might be taken in by the air of international intrigue that the word "Interpol" lends to his lunatic rants. But I also know from reading the police report that Interpol and other international organizations have been contacted during investigations into Coldwell's activities. Once again... echolalia. Or projection: scenes from his own life, projected outward.

Now, as for Coldwell's false claims that I am an ex-prostitute, on first glance that seemed to me to be just a gratuitous tactic to further discredit me. I don't think the echolalia factor applies here, as I do not believe anyone has accused him of being a prostitute (though I could be wrong). But the projection factor may apply. I have heard that he has an affinity for prostitutes and paid escorts; I really don't know and don't care. Perhaps he has some sort of love-hate relationship going on with that profession. Many men do.

As for the pedophilia accusations he has leveled against others, I really don't know where that's coming from. However, Bernie did share a screen shot on
his first post about Coldwell's new web site. Someone who knows Coldwell very well wrote this:
...he is obviously really desperate...this info is coming from a pedophile which is why he calls everyone else pedophile. He projects who he is in all that he says...Desperate is my conclusion the walls are closing in!
It would appear that Coldwell's statements about his critics reveal a lot more about him than about them.

Slithering idiot
For all you herpetologists and serpent fans out there: when I use the word "slithering," please know that I mean no offense to snakes, which actually serve a useful purpose in nature. On his "Defamation" page, Coldwell seems to be taking his usual tack of indirect directness, apparently attempting to slither his way out of any liability for the content by (1) pretending his brother wrote the screed on the "Defamation" page; (2) not actually naming any names in his lies about his critics (although those pictures he posted of Bernie and of Coldwell's former ghostwriter would seem to open him up to liability should the owners of those pictures choose to pursue legal action); and (3) claiming that (in the case of his accusation against Bernie), a "source" sent him the beat-up picture and told him the supposed story behind the picture.

Just like "sources" told him that I am an STD-infected ex-hooker.

As I have noted here before, Lenny has a long history of giving himself what he thinks is an easy out should anyone actually come after him. On several occasions he has claimed that his Facebook account and/or web site were "hacked." He has blamed his "assistant" for some of the rants on Facebook. And then, as discussed here previously, there is the disclaimer at
the bottom of the page on his main site:

The Dr Leonard Coldwell Foundation e V is responsible for the content of this website, all legal issues have to be addressed to Dr Leonard Coldwell Foundation e V Germany. Due to a hack on our sites we cannot retrieve the origin of some articles used on this website. We apologize for that. Articles are also from our friends, colleagues and fellow freedom fighters like: www.rense.com, www.seedsofdeception.com, www.goodlifefoundation.com, www.robertscottbell.com, www.healthfreedomusa.org www.dorway.com, www.prisonplanet.com, www.nvic.org, www.naturalnews.com and www.mercola.com. We appreciate the great work and research of Jeff Rense, Dr. Rima E. Laibow, Dr. Betty Martini, Dr. Thomas Hohn, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Mercola, Mike Adams - The Health Ranger, Alex Jones, and others
Yakaru, a friend and fellow blogger who lives in Germany and is familiar with the way things are done there, says that the Dr. Leonard Coldwell Foundation e V seems to be a nonexistent foundation. You can read Yakaru's take on it here (scroll down to find "The Dr Leonard Coldwell Foundation e V").

But it is quite possible that Lenny's slithering won't get him out of any liability should someone choose to pursue action. I understand that several complaints have been sent to the host of his new site, and there may be other actions taken as well, so it is quite possible that some of the content discussed above will be removed at some point. But as I mentioned above, I am telling the truth here about the site as it exists at the time I am writing this post. In other words, as one of my long-time favorite humorists Dave Barry always likes to say, "I am not making this up." [Again, see 3 July update above. ~CC]

Who's defaming whom?
I have been told by more than one attorney that I have a very good case against Coldwell based upon the lies he has written about me. I imagine that the other critics he's slammed have a pretty good case too. These attorneys have said that Coldwell's statements -- falsely accusing critics of prostitution, of having sexually transmitted diseases, of committing criminal sexual acts -- are the very textbook definition of unprotected speech.

In my case, these attorneys were referring specifically to First Amendment protection, which of course only applies in the United States. But I imagine that there are equivalent points -- related to freedom of expression as opposed to defamation -- that would apply in international litigation. I have not made any decisions myself about pursuing action against Coldwell and I do not know if his other targets have made any decisions. But at this point, this poorly worded statement on his site -- at the bottom of his main bio page -- seems to be tempting fate:
Defamation, Libel, Slander and the Conspiracy to Destroy Ground of Business: To preempt any form of doubt creation: Dr Leonard Coldwell has never been sued, arrested, indicted, trialed [sic] or convicted of any crime.
Is Coldwell trying to incite vigilante "justice?"
Coldwell's perverse sexual fantasies about his critics are disturbing, but even more disturbing to me is the fact that in the context of lying about some particulars of the 2007 police report, he invites people to write to him at a certain email address, and he promises that he will give them all of the names and full contact information of everyone who is involved in his purely imaginary “conspiracy” to “destroy grounds of business” and to “defame” him.

Because of the context in which he wrote this, I believe that this list includes the numerous women (and as I noted earlier, there wasn’t just one) whose accounts appear in the police report, as well as bloggers and journalists who have done nothing more than raise legitimate questions -- questions that he has still not answered with anything except another round of ungrammatical lies, though admittedly this time those lies are enhanced with jpegs of spurious credentials and old German newspaper clippings.

By threatening to share our contact information it seems clear that he is trying to incite vigilante justice -- one step below actually posting all of the names and personal information on a public web site, as, for example, certain extreme groups have done, with the results that some of the groups’ targets have been stalked and murdered. The fact that reportedly Coldwell has also -- with apparent seriousness -- talked about sending hit men after people should also be considered, as should the fact that
he has previously threatened me -- and others -- via private message on Facebook (once again pretending to be his brother, and using still another fake name: "Rudi Kauder").

Ron and I take his invitation to his fanatical fans as a bona fide threat and we are taking appropriate actions.

You might think that after all of the above, there's not much more to be said about the pack of lies on the Leonard Coldwell bio site. But if you are thinking that, you don't know me. I'm not quite finished. On the next post we'll take a closer look at some of those "certifications" of which Mocktor Coldwell is so unjustly proud, as well as other odd bits and pieces on his new site.

Meanwhile, here is Bernie's followup GINtruth.com post about Loony's new site. Enjoy!

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