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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Earth Diet evangelist v. Bourbon Diet buffoon: trouble in imaginary paradise?


Oh, dear. It looks as if there will be one less pretty face in the shrinking group of stragglers who show up at the semi-annual IBMS Master's Society gatherings, hosted by Mocktor Leonard Coldwell, former b.f.f. of serial scammer Kevin Trudeau. Not that the 2014 T-Day weekend "mega-seminar" attendance in Charlotte, NC (the most recent event as of this writing) was terribly impressive...



...particularly in comparison to the ginormous (or GIN-ormous) crowds that Lenny was able to draw -- mostly by default -- when he was still scamming with Kevin in the Global Information Network (GIN). He still uses this pic for his social media cover photos, though it's doctored a little to make it look like it was purely a LoonyC Chumpions event:


My point is that increasingly, it appears that IMBS-ing U is not doing very well at all. Why, I didn't even see co-founder and Supreme Partner Peter Wink in the pics of this latest event, in contrast to the happy-couple photos that were snapped at the IBMS wingding a year ago:



Maybe Peter was hiding behind the camera for the whole thing (that seems very un-Wink-like, though). Or maybe his wife didn't let him go. Or maybe Peter stayed home to roll up his sleeves and make yet another desperate stab at becoming a New-Wage A-lister instead of just a serial pimp.




Or maybe it has finally dawned on him that surgically attaching himself at the hip to someone like Coldwell was the stupidest move ever in a career filled with questionable moves, although the screen shot above would tend to negate that theory. Maybe he put that shot up to placate Lenny or circumvent any questions or raised eyebrows regarding his seeming absence from the little huddle in Charlotte. Someone please find out if "Captain Winky" (thanks, Kenneth Reimer) was or was not at the IMBS-ing U event and tell me, and I will correct, clarify, or retract as necessary.
Not that Peter will probably appreciate my earnest attempts at accuracy, since he clearly no longer likes people who write BLOGS. I guess he sort of hasn't liked me in a long time, even though we used to be such good frenemies. But Coldwell was the line in the sand. Here is a link to a video from early 2014, where Peter grouses about critics, including people who write BLOGS. The still shot below captures him at the precise moment when he says the word "BLOGS." He really has the crazy eyes in that one. But sometimes I have that effect on people, particularly scammers and their enablers.


 

Be that as it may, Peter was not the one I had in mind when referring to "one less pretty face." It appears that LoonyC has had a falling out with one of his former trophy girls: the lovely young Liana Werner-Gray, founder of the Earth Diet and author of a book by the same name, and winner of the Miss Earth Australia pageant in 2009... okay, so apparently she wasn't exactly Miss Earth Australia 2009 after all (that was Melinda Heffernan), but she evidently was in the contest. Most of her publicity material reads something like this blurb from the LianaWernerGray.com site:
She was named "Miss Earth Australia" in 2009 by People's Choice, the third largest beauty pageant in the world. During the same competition, she was also awarded "Best in Environmental Speech", "Green Achievers" and the "Innovators Award."
That sort of sounds as if she won the whole shebang, and that is apparently how most people -- myself included -- interpreted it. Maybe it is just a poorly structured sentence. But I am told that the People's Choice thing is sort of the equivalent of Miss Congeniality. Still, it's an honor, and there is no doubt that Liana is very pretty, which is probably the main reason that Lenny tried to use her as a prop for as long as he could.

The girl fight between Ms. Earth Diet and Mr. Bourbon Diet only broke out fairly recently, although I sense that it has been brewing for a long time. Maybe Lenny tried to stick his filthy bourbon-soaked paw up Liana's miniskirt one too many times. Maybe underneath her pretty smile and cheery demeanor she harbored a growing revulsion to Lenny. Or maybe there were some business deals that went sour. I honestly don't know. But until recently, all looked hunky-dory on the surface; Liana was a speaker
at the aforementioned tiny IBMS gathering on T-Day weekend (and here's another publicity shot of that).

But something happened... and it seems clear that as of now Liana and Lenny are on the outs, and Lenny has been Facebooking his rage again. (Liana has actually been pretty silent, but then she has more to lose at this point. Lenny has nothing to lose; he has already revealed to the world that he's a nut job.) He chose December 7, the day that
Liana had a book signing in his neck of the woods, Charleston, South Carolina, to rage under his own name on the timeline of his friend Sarah Barendse:



I'd take that "served with the official legal documents" thing with a few grains of Himalayan pink salt if I were you, though. Lenny's a great one with the bluster about people getting served with legal documents and whatnot. More on that below. (And it's Barnes and NOBLE, you moron, not "Nobel.")

Lenny found other things to fuss about regarding Miss Earth Diet, including something about her snubbing the "taxi cap" service he ordered for her. You'd think that a rich man like Lenny would have sent the very finest private car service for his star speaker -- a stretch limo at the very least. But apparently not.




And Lenny's good and faithful servant, little Amy Chappell King -- who renounced her parents more than two years ago and
ran away from home to join the Coldwell circus -- piped in as well.


All things considered, the things Lenny and Amy were going on about seemed quite petty.

Lenny wasn't content to Facebook-fume under his brand name; he did so under one of his favorite fake names as well: Rudi Kauder. He must have truly thought he was writing incognito on this December 7 thread, but as you'll see, I called him out there, and I'm calling him out again here.



Here's more about Loony as Rudi
.

And earlier this year he also popped in on one of Omri's Facebook threads:



The thread containing "Rudi's" catty comments disappeared from Sarah's page soon after I called him out; at least, I can't see it any more, and soon after that Sarah posted a message about how she was tired of people posting under fake names. She wrote, "...if you don't have the balls to say what you want to say as yourself then you likely have no business saying it......that goes for everyone."

But Rudi was on a roll, and he waddled right on over to
Liana Werner-Gray's public Facebook page. This is also from December 7, 2014:
 

I would have called him out there as well, but had recently been banned from commenting on Liana's page, and I'll 'splain why in just a moment. Fortunately the intrepid Armza Kimbo stepped in, as did this really cool guy I know named Ron Kaye. As of today (December 16) the whole thread is still up there on Liana's page. But I wouldn't be too worried about it if I were Liana; it just makes Lenny look stupider.



I know only bits and pieces about some of the conflicts that have been going on, and almost nothing about the part that directly involves Lenny, though I can probably make a pretty educated guess. The conflict that I do know about involves Sarah Barendse, who
had a few complaints about Liana's Earth Diet "coaching" scheme. She was concerned not only about what seemed like a series of false starts and broken commitments, but also about a four-year non-compete agreement that prospective "coaches" were asked to sign along with their nondisclosure agreement. Four years does seem pretty extreme, and if Sarah was quoting the agreement correctly it seems that the wording was vague enough to prevent any Earth Diet coach from doing pretty much anything in the field of nutrition and alt-health. So Sarah asked for her money back, and... well, read the blog post yourself, and you can see the story from her perspective, complete with screen shots of conversations.

At any rate, I actually spoke up on Sarah's behalf on Facebook.
Here is the link to my comment (and here is a link to the main thread). Believe me, my participation raised a few eyebrows. Some folks were justifiably confused. How could I be so anti-Lenny and yet seemingly pro-Sarah on this one, given the close friendship and business relationship between Sarah and Lenny?

It's simple. I was seeing things through the filter of my own years of observation, and I've seen numerous cases of other people being misled or actually screwed by similar "coaching" schemes. I have also seen many cases of people -- men as well as women -- who became insufferable divas after reaching a certain level of New-Wage stardom, forgetting their friends and business partners who helped and supported them on the way up the ladder.
Rhonda Byrne (The Secret), anyone? (Closer to home (since I once knew him personally): Joe "Mr. Fire" Vitale, anyone?)

Accordingly my very first thought was that Sarah could possibly have a legitimate gripe about
Liana's Earth Diet Coach scheme, details of which are here -- and possibly about Liana's behavior as well. And so I wrote a supportive comment on Sarah's Facebook timeline and even nosed in on related threads on one of Liana's Facebook pages. My comments were quickly deleted from Liana's page, and I was blocked from further participation.

It's no news to me that Sarah has been an enabler of Coldwell for more than two years, and she and I have had our conflicts as a result. But we are civil to each other these days, and notwithstanding any issues we may have with each other, she did speak up on my behalf when
Loony was accusing me of killing his dog. So there's that. On the pages where she has admin authority, she also deleted some of Lenny's posts that were endangering me because he posted my address and cell phone number. I'm sure Lenny was not happy about that.

Notwithstanding the above, I see now that I may very well have stuck my nose in the controversy prematurely, before I fully realized that Lenny might actually be behind a lot of the agitation. I am a little slow on the uptake at times. But I did not see the Loony posts until after I spoke up for Sarah. Even so, I'm not retracting my semi-supportive statement of Sarah. It is possible that she and some of the other prospective "coaches" may have had a legitimate gripe; I simply don't know. That's between these individuals and Liana. I will say this: even Sarah
has since written that many of the Earth Diet Coaches' pages seem to be up and running, though she insinuates that there are still some issues with people who want a refund of the $399 fee that they paid to become part of the coaching program.

Sarah explained on her blog post that after some back-and-forth, she got her $399 back, so it would seem that in her case, the issue probably isn't lawsuit fodder. In her original blog post she also wrote that she has an issue with Liana not paying her for social media and graphic design work she did for Liana -- but again, that is between the two of them and isn't necessarily lawsuit-worthy at this point.

But even so, it appears that Lenny is waving around lawsuit threats, because... well, that's what he does. For any and everything. In this case it's a recipe for comical disaster if I ever saw one. If anyone does have a legitimate legal issue with Liana's coaching scheme or with her, Lenny is only messing things up for them if they get at all involved with his dramas.

Many of you may remember what happened -- or didn't happen -- with those "class action suits" against GIN and Kevin Trudeau, which Lenny was supposedly orchestrating back in 2012. He totally hosed it for any potential plaintiffs who eagerly and hopefully boarded his scamtrain, and possibly he hosed it for anyone else (other than the government) who may have had a valid legal case against Katie. But it was no skin off of Lenny's back: more than likely he grabbed hundreds if not thousands of names for his mailing list. And he was able to make himself look like a hero, for a while anyway, to no telling how many shell-shocked ex-GIN members. (I wrote a little bit about that
on my first Lenny post in May 2012.)

So the big story here is not about Sarah and the other Earth Diet coaches or would-be coaches. That was only my portal to getting marginally involved in some Facebook kerfuffles, foolishly or otherwise. The big story is that Lenny now seems to be on the warpath against Liana, bound and determined to "expose" all of his former promotional partner's alleged lies and deceptions. The entertainment value in that alone is enormous, since any missteps Liana may have made pale in comparison to Lenny's blunders, lies, and worse. While we're waiting for the popcorn to finish popping, let's snack on a little bit of perspective.

Putting it all in context
It's a given that in general, New-Wage coaching/affiliate schemes often over-promise and under-deliver. At the risk of overstating the blatantly obvious, a "coach" of this sort is little more than a brand ambassador, and "coaches" have to march to the beat of the brand. (Someone who's...um... fiercely independent like Sarah would probably not do well under such a plan, unless given enough leeway to do her own thing too.)

Leeway or not, I am reasonably certain that very few of these types of "coaches" can ever really quit their day jobs, if they're lucky enough to have one of those -- whether they are an Earth Diet "coach" or
an Access Consciousness "facilitator" or a "life coach" through Kevin Trudeau buddy Coral Thomas Grant's "Secrets to Life Coaching" scheme, or for that matter, a "certified" IBMS Coach (which will set you back many thousands of dollars for a basically worthless "certification"), or even if they become involved in a boiler-room (in this case, Prosper Inc.) scheme like Joe Vitale's "Miracles Coaching." (What... you didn't really think Joe does the actual coaching himself, did you?)

As I noted above, I don't even have to know much about Liana -- and I really don't know much about her -- to be pretty certain that any deceptions she may have committed, either on her own or at the behest of publicists, agents, publishers, image consultants, etc., are small potatoes compared to the whoppers that Coldwell has been telling for decades. And for that matter, the money that any of the prospective Earth Diet coaches may have spent to join the team is trivial in comparison to the many thousands you'd have to spend to be one of Coldwell's IBMS "coaches." (Yo, Dr. Tom, you are truly a sucker.)



But back to Liana. I'll admit that I never really bought her story about curing herself of a precancerous throat tumor, or that her mom was cured of advanced stage breast cancer just from adopting a more natural lifestyle. Liana goes into some detail about her health problems in her book, but those deets are still something you pretty much have to take on faith. (Still, her own claims in that area are modest compared to Coldwell's boasts that he cured 35,000 cancer patients, "many in a terminal state.") Beyond the iffiness of her personal health narrative, though, I have no particular objection to Liana's Earth Diet message or her cookbook, which was recently picked up by
major New-Wage publisher Hay House.

If you are a New-Wage author/speaker/guru/content provider, being picked up by Hay House is a very big deal, so from a purely marketing and platform-expansion standpoint it is quite an impressive accomplishment, if you're inclined to be impressed by such things. But since Hay House has also published the works of imaginary-friends scampire founders Esther and (the late) Jerry Hicks
of Abraham-Hicks fame, as well as numerous other New-Wage gurus whom I have snarked about on this blog (like this clown), I think that the Hay House bar for integrity and honesty in their authors is set pretty low. Truth, in other words, isn't a priority at Hay House; marketability is. I get that. Fair enough. Hay House is a bidness, and exists to make money.

Apropos of the above, it seems that little Lenny is trying to give Queen Louise a run for her money regarding the "true causes" of various diseases. Louise, as many of you may know, earned her original fame decades ago by publishing a list of physical diseases and what she opined were their true emotional/spiritual causes, along with affirmations -- or "new thought patterns" -- to correct the disease in question. The list was first distributed via a booklet called Heal Your Body, which in 1984 was expanded into the perennial New-Wage/McSpirituality/alt-health bestseller
You Can Heal Your Life.

Flash forward to Lenny on Facebook, December 12, 2014:




Compare to this (and
here's the link to the article from which I took the screen shot):



I wonder if it is just coincidence that Lenny is currently posting about the specific emotional "causes" of a specific type of cancer, or if it is just another sneaky way of trying to steal a little thunder from Liana through attempting to steal thunder from her famous publisher. Or maybe that's too subtle for Lenny's little mind. I dunno.

Whatever you might think of Louise Hay's list of diseases and the emotional/spiritual causes (and the "new thought patterns" to help heal them), there's no denying that she has been much, MUCH more successful over the years than Lenny. (And interestingly but not surprisingly, caged Kevin Trudeau has been flogging Louise's work via his Facebook fan page, e.g., on
this December 13, 2014 thread, and on this December 5 thread, on which he also flogs Abe-Hicks and Rhonda Byrne's infofrauducts, among many others.)

But I digress. Even as my main objection to Liana is not her Earth Diet message, it is not her Hay House affiliation either. My big objection is and always has been to her alliance with Leonard Coldwell. I mean... ugh.

Omri seemed to sum it up very well, back in January 2013.

But there's a larger context to all of this too. Decades of observing the New-Wage/selfish-help/McSpirituality/alt-health industries -- which have increasingly become part of that larger entity that some of us bloggers call Scamworld (
thank you, Salty Droid) -- have convinced me that branding throughout these industries is built almost entirely upon illusion... or to put it more bluntly, on deception, misrepresentation, and bald-faced lying.

Now, if these industries and their gurus billed themselves merely as entertainment and entertainers, this probably wouldn't matter too much, ethically or legally. But when you are clearly in the business of selling people advice on how to live their lives, and you are promising or at least strongly implying that you have the keys to health/wealth/happiness/emotional healing/spiritual fulfillment -- and you're marketing your own accomplishments and life as "proof" of the validity of your claims -- you should be held to a higher standard of truth than, say, a Hollywood celebutante who looks pretty but acts ugly.

I wrote about this issue here a few years ago;
go read it now if you haven't already. I'll wait.

In various ways over the years, I have played on the theme of the sweet little lies that gurus tell about themselves in order to market themselves and their frauducts and flopportunities. (
This is one such post, from earlier this year.) If there's one thing I have learned in the eight-plus years that I've been blogging about New-Wage/selfish-help/McSpirituality/alt-health, and the many years before that when I was participating, observing, and later satirizing the gurus and the sub-cultures, it is this: Scamworld gurus and wannabes fluff their resumes. Rare is the one who doesn't.

And they do it not only with exaggerated claims of accomplishments (complete with
phony degrees, in many cases), but also, quite often, with a big dramatic backstory about how they came to be a peddler of whatever it is they are peddling. In most cases the details are vague enough, and/or the events of the backstory are far enough removed in time and/or distance, to make verification impossible. Sometimes the stories are totally woo-ish and involve other-wordly entities or miracles from on high, removing them even further from the verification process. Think of Abrascam-Hicks, or of Access Consciousness founder Gary Douglas and his partnership with Rasputin and a few disembodied entities no one ever heard of...

All that is necessary is for the backstory to be wow-worthy in some way -- it has to be, or it wouldn't work to convert wide eyes into wide-open wallets (and/or, in many cases, wide-open legs).

The gurus are working at an advantage anyway in most cases, because many if not most of their marks don't even want to bother with trying to verify those backstories -- particularly if the guru in question is likeable or attractive, or makes audiences feel good about themselves, or reinforces their beliefs and biases. For many people, in other words, the facts don't matter if the story is good. (
Where have we heard that before on this Whirled?)

The point, of course, is that having a dramatic backstory is almost a requirement to really make it in Scamworld. Everyone from Tony Robbins to
Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki to Internet marketing scammer Brendon Burchard has a story. You can see capsule versions of some of their backstories in this article about the 25 most influential Scamworld gurus of 2014. (You don't hear Tony's rags-to-riches backstory so much any more, because he's so well known that he doesn't need that story any more to draw people into his funnel. But he used to tell it all the time.)

And the other point -- bringing it back home -- is that in the dramatic back-story area, as well as the resume fluffing, I'd say Liana has a long, long way to go before she catches up to the veterans.

The same goes with the getting-too-big-for-one's-britches area; again, to cite but two examples, see links to
Rhonda Byrne and Joe Vitale above (or in this sentence, if you don't feel like scrolling). Maybe Liana has been acting like a diva. Maybe all of the attention she's getting has thrown her off course a bit. I really don't know.

I'll grant that where Liana is concerned, at least some of her critics could be simply jealous or envious. Since Liana is from Oz, I'll honor her by bringing up an expression that my Aussie friends tell me is popular in their part of the world:
"the tall poppy syndrome." Sometimes this expression is used to describe the tendency that some people have to want to cut down anyone who is successful, whether the successful person truly deserves criticism or not. Sometimes, though, it refers to the justifiable humbling of someone who is flaunting their success and being arrogant. There are various shades of meaning to this expression, which may or may not apply to Liana. Again, I don't know.

But I know this for a fact: not everybody who criticizes a "successful" person is doing it because of envy and jealousy. And that is another point that prompted me to horn in on conversations that were probably none of my business on Liana's Facebook pages. Sometimes -- quite often in these industries, in fact -- people have legitimate gripes about the criticized person's teachings, practices, or behavior. It's not surprising, because these industries seem to attract more than their share of the egotistical, the narcissistic, even the sociopathic or psychopathic. (Not that I am in any way suggesting that Liana is a sociopath or a psychopath, of course. I reserve such judgments for the likes of Lenny.)

But the point is that sometimes it's not about cutting down a poppy simply because it's tall and lovely, but because it's obnoxious or toxic. Even so, an accusation of jealousy is often the first line of defense that New-Wage gurus and their fans and followers use against their critics.

As you probably know, I get that fairly frequently myself because of this "hater" blog. In fact, I've gotten it quite a lot from Lenny, and I'm anything but a tall poppy chopper-downer. Here's how Lenny started off the New Year 2014 on Facebook:


And Lenny couldn't have been more wrong about me, or about Bernie, or about "James" (actually he meant Jason, aka Salty Droid. At that time, he didn't mention Omri because, apparently, he was still operating under the wacky delusion that Omri and Jason are the same person.).

Does Lenny have a legit beef with Liana? I don't know... but I'm thinking probably not.
Liana may very well have snubbed Coldwell in some way, but it's hard to tell whether he has a legitimate (as in lawsuit-worthy) complaint or not. Knowing Lenny's past history, though, I tend to think not. All Sarah would say on her December 1 blog post about the matter was this:

Up until now I have kept this out of the public because of Liana’s professional affiliation with my very good friend Dr. Coldwell who was supposed to be working with Liana to open the Earth Diet Bakery and Cafe… Apparently though Liana has decided that loyalty and friendship are worth less to her than money as a bigger investor has come along…..Yet she snapped up the opportunity still to speak at the [latest IBMS Master's Society] event, taking every chance to promote herself while stepping on others.
Well, jeez, if it's mainly about the Earth Diet Bakery and Cafe, I wouldn't be too concerned if I were Liana. Lenny has apparently been making big promises to people for years. Some of you may recall that he was going to help his little buddy Abe Husein open an organic fast-food restaurant back in 2012. Abe was trying not to get too pumped about it but clearly was, and said that "Dr. C" was going to talk to him about it in earnest once Coldwell got back from Germany. I let Abe know that the Internet trademark and business registration listing sites are riddled with information about failed Coldwell enterprises. Abe didn't seem to think that was any big deal. Well, heck, see for yourself. This is from November 3, 2012:



But after that thread, we never heard another peep from Abe or Lenny about the big plan.

And Lenny has mouthed off about so many other things over the past couple of years --
that 130-acre "health resort" he supposedly purchased, for instance -- and has then said nothing more. So I think that anybody who takes any of his business propositions or ideas seriously is only fooling herself or himself.

In other words, if Liana wants to open the Earth Diet Bakery and Cafe, she can probably use her own star power to do it, without giving Lenny another thought.

A closer look at some other Lenny gripes about Liana
Regarding the Alive New York Expo: In one of his comments to Sarah under the nick "Rudi Kauder," Coldwell mentioned the Alive New York "Hoax and scandal." It may have been a hoax but it really wasn't a scandal -- just another New-Wage con (or maybe just one of those "good ideas" that the people with the idea were too crooked or inept to bring to fruition). I wrote about it
on this blog post last year.

At the time the "scandal" happened in April 2012,
Lenny was righteously siding with "my dear friend Liana Werner-Gray," who he said was a co-founder of the Alive NY event. Lenny was totally blaming the other co-founders, Josh and Anna Scurry, for the mess-up. "They took her money and as I see it they screwed Liana over."

Liana was even touted by Mike Adams and Lenny as being the "whistleblower" in this matter.

As per usual, Lenny was shaking his little fist back then and threatening to sic his legal team on the Scurrys. But apparently Lenny is now blaming Liana for being one of the screwers instead of one of the screwees.

Quite honestly, I don't know who did what to whom, but at the very least, the Alive NY incident would seem to be yet another indication that Liana does not choose her business partners very wisely.

Regarding the lawsuits that are supposedly flying around now, at least according to Lenny: As for those legal sabers Lenny is apparently now rattling, I know next to nothing about that, as I noted above. But as most of you who have been following this and a few other blogs probably know, Lenny has a long history of either lying about legal action or filing groundless lawsuits. Remember
the false alarm about his lawyer "finishing off" the "marinated troll/droid" (Salty Droid) and his "playmate" (me) back in December 2012? If you don't feel like reading the entire post linked to in the previous sentence, here is a direct link to a screen shot of Lenny's lie, which, as I noted, he wrote in December of 2012 -- more than two years ago

(In case you're wondering, Salty and I have not yet been driven to the poorhouse, and neither one of us is dining on dog droppings yet, though I am constantly almost stepping in cat droppings, due to a certain spiteful pooper in our household. And none of us lives in a trailer either, though actually I think trailers are pretty cool (and here's a very cool book about them). Maybe LoonyC just isn't "dont" with us yet.)

More recently, Coldwell told his fans that his lawyers have been dealing with me for four years. But I've never heard a peep from any of them.

And do you remember Lenny's
impotent threats to sue Bernie O'Mahony at GINtruth?

And even when he does occasionally follow through with his legal saber rattling... remember his
unsuccessful lawsuit against Salty Droid and Omri Shabat?

Then, of course, there was that German lawsuit initiated by Lenny in the late 1990s against a German cult expert, Karin Patow-Froese. Lenny lost the lawsuit, though he has claimed otherwise.
Here is the English translation of the document that has extensive information about the lawsuit.

Less well known is a South Carolina lawsuit in which Lenny sued his former business partners for infringing on his intellectual property rights and for hacking his web sites; the suit was dismissed, apparently because one of the defendants actually owned all of the rights to the very property that Lenny was suing over.



Lenny has been involved in a few other civil actions too, including
one against a transport company that was responsible for moving some office equipment to Germany back in the early 2000s.

At any rate, the records available on the Charleston County SC Clerk of Court's public index really don't seem to support Lenny's frequent claim that he never, ever, ever lost a battle in his life.




And for that matter, since he is listed as a defendant in at least one of these cases, it sort of makes a liar out of the proud but awkwardly stated claim on his Bio web site:
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 or convicted of any crime.
Well, it appears that he has at least been sued, doesn't it? And that may just be the tip of the iceberg. There may be a smattering of other lawsuits here and there with him as either the fuming plaintiff or defendant; I don't have access to all of those records. But I'm hearing some buzz...

Anyway, from what I have seen, I'd say that Liana probably does not have much to worry about from Lenny's "legal team" or any of the other supposed lawsuits that he says are coming at her from Australia and all over. More than likely he is just blowing hot air. However, since Liana is a woman and he's clearly a misogynist (notwithstanding his ladies' man shtick, and notwithstanding that he used to slobber all over her), she can probably expect some more vicious, catty attacks from him.


But legal action or no legal action, I think that Liana's association with Lenny was a huge mistake and could possibly be an ugly pink splotch on her career for years to come (the "pink" is in honor of Lenny's favorite shirt and tie color). Even so, I suspect that his very public railing against her -- even apparently turning some of his own former friends and allies against him -- will put an even bigger black splotch on what is left of his career.

Pass the popcorn.

Lenny is loony, but it DOES take two to tango...

To me, the truly popcorn-worthy part of this is that Lenny, using the ridiculous cover of Rudi Kauder, has been going all mean-girl on Liana on Facebook, making fun of her looks and so forth ("humongous feet and hands Male like NO lips and too tiny teeth"). WTF, Lenny? He seems to have conveniently forgotten that
he joyfully used her as a prop to shore up his own sagging ego for years. In addition, he proudly embraced Liana's narrative that his advice/protocol was a source or inspiration in her own healing process.

On the other hand, it appears to me that Liana also shamelessly used Coldwell to expand her own platform -- although it is equally obvious to me that she was always destined for bigger things than being a speaker at meetings of a GIN ripoff club (that would be IBMS, of course). She always had several irons in the fire, having lived in New York for a few years and being involved in acting, modeling and so forth. If she did actually do something to cheat Coldwell in some way, business-wise (which at this point I seriously doubt), that makes her just as wrong as he. But that's between the two of them.

What's clear is that for an extended time Lenny and Liana were allies, promoting each other all over the place, even as recently as the October 26, 2014 NAVEL Health Expo in New York.
Here's Liana's blog post about it... and here's mine.

And here is a link to a video that Lenny has been promoting again recently (he posted this link on his various Facebook pages on December 18, 2014). It includes the portion of the October 2014 NAVEL Health Expo where Liana, apparently introducing keynote speaker Lenny, clearly states that it was her application of "Dr." Coldwell's books and practices to her life that healed her from her numerous health challenges. It starts at about 4:35 (be sure to read the comments too, particularly the one from Tom Banjo).



So as lovely as I think Liana is, and as nice as her message about healthy eating and environmental awareness seem to be, there is that Lenny thing. It may not be quite the turds-of-a-feather deal that it was when Lenny started opening fire on his ex-buddy Kevin Trudeau, or for that matter when Lenny and Fred Van Liew started taking potshots at each other. I'm open to hearing more, from all sides in the controversy. But as I recently told someone who was puzzled about my speaking up for Sarah and who asked me where I really stand, if someone forced me at gunpoint to choose sides I would choose Liana over Leonard Coldwell any day. That may be damning with faint praise, but truly, it's the best I can do at this point.


Oh, yeah, and I did order
her book, The Earth Diet. It looks interesting. I'll let you know what I think of it.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday blowout: I'm back (and the scammers never left)


Well, November has come and almost gone -- for many of us, Thanksgiving flew by in a fabulous food-family-and-friend-filled flash (how's that for alliteration?) -- and once again some of you may have wondered if I forgot you. Maybe you thought that despite my protests to the contrary, I'd finally abandoned my Whirled. Maybe a few folks even hoped that was the case. 


Let's get the ultra-stupid out of the way first.
Apropos of the (hopefully) tiny group that wishes I'd just disappear, I'm thinking, for instance, of
the stupidest man in Scamworld, who unwittingly offers a hint here about what might actually be wrong with him. But no, Lenny, I haven't gone anywhere, and you're still on my radar. I am not going away. By the way, for those of you who have no life and are going to be in the Charlotte, NC, area this as-we-speak-end, Lenny and his Supreme Partner Peter Wink of the IMBS-ing U Society are putting on another dog and pony show at the Duke Mansion, starting today. Actually it's night already, as I press the "Publish" button, so the bourbon should really be flowing by now. Hail Chumpions! *Maybe English grammar is one of the things they will eventually get around to teaching at IMBS-ing U. But that doesn't seem to be tops on the priority list. "One thing I always says is that the winners do whatever it takes to attend seminars..." Spoken like a true Chumpion, Loony.

 

And while we're on the topic of Not-Doktor Stoopid, he recently announced that he and two other "cancer cure heroes" (read: quacks) -- the infamous Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and ex-physician and convicted criminal (wrongful death, fraud) Tullio "Cancer is a Fungus" Simoncini -- will be doing a Euro-tour this coming year, teaching people how to cure cancer.


 

Frankly, there's no telling when or if this "tour" will actually take place; I have found zero info about it online so far, other than Coldwell's boasts on various Facebook pages. There's no indication of "tour" dates, though Coldwell's listing of "tour" stops implies that it is a physical tour and not some Skype-ish thing. On one thread Coldwell indicated that one purpose of the Euro-tour will be to promote one of his new books, but I seriously doubt that either Burzynski or Simoncini would be building any of their own live events around this daft little C-list motivational speaker’s work. It may just be Coldwell’s ego talking again. It does a lot of talking. I'll keep you posted if I find out anything more, and you do the same for me, 'kay?

Finally, Loony took an opportunity on Thanksgiving day to post, on his personal Facebook timeline and several other Facebook pages he runs, a rambling screed about his splendidly successful year. He even says there's going to be a real Hollywood movie about him, "Life of a Healer," that will be in theaters! The screed is yet another blatantly transparent attempt to counter the growing body of criticism against him with a fake "living well is the best revenge" scenario.




He says 2014 has been his most successful year ever, neglecting to mention
the major and comical failure of a lawsuit against two of the "co-conspirators" he says are acting in concert to defame him (the case, though a sham from the get-go, was ultimately dismissed "for want of prosecution"). Although he mentions none of us by name in his Thanksgibberish homily, he does make a mention of a "mentally ill women" [sic] who murdered his beloved dog Blue and is being paid by the pharmaceutical industry to harm his reputation. I guess he has returned to that lie, although just a few months ago he said I am NOT being paid and am simply writing about him because I'm angry over his sexual rejection of me (this is from July 15, 2014):



"Do you think a normal person would do this [write posts about Lenny] without a personal grudge since she is not making money on it?" wrote Lenny back in July.

Make up your tiny little mind, Lenny. You can't have it both ways. Well, I guess with some of your more idiotic, unquestioning followers, you can say anything you want, no matter how contradictory, and they won't question it. But the thinking world is waking up to what a fraud and a charlatan and chronic liar you are.

And for now, anyway -- though probably not for long --
there's this:



 

And now on to other things... 
At any rate I hope that most of you know better than to mistake my decreased frequency in posting for lack of interest. I have not forsaken you. And I'll try to make it up to you now, with a few updates on imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie, and the club he originally founded to be his personal piggy bank, the Global Information Network (GIN). I'll also toss out some tidbits about some of the other scammers and frauduct and flopportunity peddlers who are, in their own ways, trying to carry on Katie's legacy while he cools his heels at Camp Cupcake.

I've posted a lot of this on various Facebook threads over the past couple of weeks, so you may have read it already. But since not everybody is on Facebook, here it is again, with extras.

Also please see my friend Bernie's blog,
GINtruth.com, because blogging-wise, he has been a lot more on the ball than I have lately.

I realize that some of you are probably wishing I'd get off the Katie kick (even as you may have wished I would get off of the Not-Doc Stoopid track), and go back to reporting on some of the numerous other scams and scammers who have graced this Whirled over the years. The A-listers alone --
Abraham-Hicks, Access Consciousness, and Anastasia** -- are worth an extended revisit, not to mention some of the other sillies covered in the past and still to be covered.

And I still plan to do that. But Katie remains the low-hanging fruit, the easy topic for a hopelessly distracted blogger, and very much a "thing." He is if nothing else a consummate illustration of this blog's overarching theme: No Neat and Tidy Endings. Plus, he'll be the subject of a couple of media stories that are coming up; I'll give you more details when I have them. For now, I've got this...

GIN promotes killer

Thanks to a heads-up from Bernie a couple of weeks ago, I learned that GINster Nancy Ashley, a passionate long-time defender of Katie and GIN, was promoting James Arthur "Death" Ray's work earlier this month.

Bernie commented on the post, but his comment was soon deleted and he is now blocked from participating.


This promotion does not really surprise me. As reported here previously, some James Ray packets had been handed out at the recent GIN Family Reunion in Phoenix. Turns out it was the same content that Nancy has been promoting: the 16-CD "Harmonic Wealth" Home Study set.

Ask
the late Colleen Conaway's family about James Ray and "Harmonic Wealth..."

But I digress. (Actually it is not a digression; refusing to let people forget about Ray's atrocities has become one of the purposes of this blog.)

You may be familiar with Nancy Ashley -- who seriously needs to pick her heroes and role models more carefully -- as one of the handful of women who showed up every day at Katie's trial and sentencing. She was also one of the members of the GIN Leadership Round Table while GIN was waiting to be sold or otherwise disposed of. I don't know if Blaine Athorn, Chris McGarahan, Troy McClain, Jeff Devine, and Greg Kramer retained the Round Table after they bought and took over GIN, but in any case Nancy is still very much involved with GIN. (And she is also very involved with Coral Thomas Grant's Secret to Life Coaching scam; see below. They're all related.)

GIN is apparently continuing to cross-promote with James Ray,
if this comment from Linda Patenaude, wife of GIN "faculty" member Jacques Patenaude, is any indication:
...Everybody should listen to this [James Ray CD set] and stretch their mind. we highly recommend them We will be going to his event on Feb 21st. The Patenaude FSD / GIN group has a special price if you are interested message me we have almost 20 people going so far.

Whoopee.

Here's
the Death Ray event that Linda P was apparently talking about (and here's another link).

And Ray himself is busily promoting it on his Facebook page:


This chance to have some of Ray's evil cooties rub off on you will only set you back $497.00 -- a discount of $200.00.

I sent a private message to Nancy Ashley asking her about her promotion of Death Ray.

Hi, Nancy, I saw that you promoted the works of James Arthur Ray on a recent Facebook post, and apparently GIN is promoting him too. Don't you even care that James Ray is a convicted killer? It's disgusting that this man served less than two years for his recklessness that led to the deaths of three wonderful people in his phony sweat lodge in Sedona (2009). In case you've forgotten... no worries. Some of us will never forget.
http://cosmicconnie.blogspot.com/2014/10/james-arthur-ray-full-blood-moon.html

Her response spoke volumes.

Just because someone is "convicted" in this country, does not mean a thing to me any longer. I have personally sat in the courts and personally watched the "lynch mob" mentality the judges allow in the courts of this country. Do you know they won't even let defendant witnesses take the stand, etc. My eyes were opened wide and I was shocked!! It's a true "lynching" mentality at times and I wouldn't believe one verdict in one of our courts - there is NO justice there. There are other things at work here. I have to look at the overall good, and I believe James has an amazing heart, he's helped thousands of people and has the ability to help thousands more with his message - there are so many people out there hurting and he can help. It is not my place to judge him "guilty". I think what happened was a HORRIBLE and TRAGIC ACCIDENT and maybe he did't [sic] handle it well (he paid for his lack of judgement by going to jail), but it was an ACCIDENT, he did NOT intend to kill those people and he was made a "scape goat". I'm so in grief for families who lose their loved ones - but I also believe in all the teachings we've learned and know that there is a divine reason for everything and it's always for good. God doesn't make mistakes!!. My little pea brain can't begin to comprehend the DIVINE PLAN. I also believe we have all agreed as to how we will leave this world according to what we all agreed to before we even came here - we all came to learn lessons. Even Abraham/Hicks say we all choose our death and time. Everyting [sic] happens for a reason. It's not my place to judge, let alone judge God . But I will not believe someone is "guilty" just because our "courts" say so. Thank you for writing and know that we will probably always disagree ... But holding us all in the Light and Sending love ............ Nancy
My response to her:
Actually I think Kevin Trudeau was given too harsh a sentence, and James Ray was given one that was too lenient.

I followed Ray's trial as carefully as I did Kevin's, and I read transcripts and saw evidence that was not allowed in court (at Ray's trial) and that the jury was not allowed to see. Had they been, I am pretty sure that the charges they convicted him on would have been more serious and his sentence considerably longer.

I think Ray is a sociopath, an egotist, and a leopard who has not really changed his spots despite his new "I've walked through fire and come out stronger" shtick.

I also think that the Abraham-Hicks shtick is a fraud and that "Abraham" is a product of the imagination of Esther and the late Jerry Hicks. I do not think that James Ray intended to kill his paying customers, but his utter recklessness and disregard for their welfare should, in my opinion, have earned him a much longer sentence. If it makes you feel better to tell yourself that the people who died under James' tutelage pre-selected the time and method of their departures, go ahead. I am familiar with that belief but in the end it is simply a belief: a matter of faith/opinion, and not comforting or helpful to the vast majority of people.

But... yes, I think we will probably always disagree about these matters. Anyway, thank you for your reply.
I am pretty sure that Nancy is basing her observations about the courts on her perception of the way things went at Kevin's trial. As I noted above, she was one of the small group of loyalists who showed up at the court every day during the trial. But I am reasonably certain that she didn't follow Death Ray's trial like I did.

The purpose of writing this is not to single Nancy out or to pick on her. It is to illustrate the crucial point that many people don't even know -- and many who do know simply don't care -- that James Arthur Ray was convicted and served time for the deaths of several people. Unfortunately, followers and those who want to believe are willing to overlook little details like that. Whether the person they're following is a serial scammer, an alleged sex predator, a psychopathic liar, or a killer... it just doesn't matter if the guru has a good story to tell or a charismatic personality and a knack for making followers think that the guru holds the key to wealth, happiness, and success. (Once again,
the facts don't matter if the story is good.)

That's why there are... all together now...
NO NEAT AND TIDY ENDINGS in Scamworld.

I am still wondering if Peter Wink, co-creator along with Not-Doktor Stupid of the
IBMS Master's Society, gave up on his attempts to woo Death Ray into the IMBS-ing U sales funnel. You may recall this from August of 2013. Maybe IMBS-ing U was too sleazy even for Ray. I wouldn't be surprised.

Just in case you want to visit and comment on Death Ray's Facebook fan page yourself, here's the link.


I did comment, though my comment is gone now...


... and for some reason I'm no longer allowed to comment there.

But Ray continues with his shtick, presenting himself as the humbled hero who has been through hell and back, and is now on a mission to help others through their own trials.


It just makes me want to throw up.

Daddy's gone, but the snow must go on
So let's get to Katie. As many of you know, his father, Robert Trudeau Sr.,
died on October 26, 2014, a death that was not unexpected, given his serious health problems. But the post that appeared on Katie's official Facebook fan page on the day of his father's passing did not even acknowledge the event. Instead it was all about promoting "Your Wish Is Your Command" -- the infamous upsell for GIN -- and one of the crap books by Rhonda The Secret Byrne. It's possible that the post had already been scheduled to go up on Facebook before the news reached the folks handling Katie's page. But still.

Not until
October 28 was there a mention of Mr. Trudeau's death. Then it was immediately back to business as usual on the fan page, although on November 4 they managed to work the death into a promotion for a Katie Defense fundraiser in Paris (more on that below).

And
this appeared a couple of weeks ago (November 12, 2014:)

As you know my Dad passed and transitioned into another dimension a few weeks ago. (in English, that means he died) The last time I talked to him, a few hours before he passed, he laughed and said he was going to croak! We both laughed. He had never read or listened to any of the Abraham/Hicks material, but it is funny that Abraham always referred to "dying" as 'Croaking". Dad was at peace at his passing and so was I. I was not sad, I was happy for HIM. I was not depressed, I was thankful for a marvelous life we shared. Thank you all for the unbelievable amount of the cards and letters I am getting. Thank you for you love and support. I cannot respond to you when you send mail, as I simply am getting too many letters/cards, and do not have the time! I love reading your letters. Most of you tell me your amazing success stories and how wonderful your lives are now and becoming, because of the Success Mastery Course training, GIN, Your Wish is Your Command, my books etc. Many of you ask lots of questions too! If you have read all the posts here, almost all your questions have already been answered. The rest are all answered in the books or the Success Mastery Course. Many of you fear I am grieving. I am not. I "know" that when one leaves his body he becomes totally free and more powerful than you could ever imagine, experiencing bliss and peace that surpasses all human understanding or comprehension. I love my Dad and it was simply his time. We all will have our time. I am celebrating his wonderful life as he would want me to do. He always wanted me to follow my dreams and simply be true to myself, as he instinctively knew that would put me in alignment with who I really am, and be totally joyful. I am thankful that he was my father. I was very lucky and blessed to have him as my Dad. I am happy as I joyfully recall our times together and all the wisdom I learned from him. Many of the lessons he taught me was by simply living his life for me to witness. Now as I think back, I am seeing his true wisdom in a much clearer light, and at a very deep level, learning the lessons NOW he consciously and subconsciously was teaching me his whole life. I am so appreciative for my Dad and for everything in my life. I am more joyful now than ever. His passing, as was his life, is a gift. Thank you all again for all your love and kindness and for reaching out to me in such a magnificent manner. Many of you ask so many questions about me, my daily life, how I am coping etc. Many of these questions have been answered in these posts. I encourage you to go back and read all the messages that have been left on this page. They are filled with lessons in real time that will help YOU. Maybe even print all the messages into a kind of book for yourself that you can refer to easily, and print each new message and add it in! Now remember, I will be posting some very powerful messages here from now to the end of the year. I should be posting 2 each week and maybe even 3. Check back here often and read and reread the posts… And if you have any questions you can mail them to me, or leave them here. Either they will be answered in a future post, or someone will answer them for you!
In the words of my dear departed friend Charlie "Tremendous" Jones, "Life IS Tremendous!!!"
Much love!!

And the awful specter of Abrascam-Hicks is raised again... As you probably know,
Abe-Hicks have been a frequent guest on this blog. But there are have been many Abe-Hicks believers in GIN, and apparently in Katie's fan base in general. As I was telling someone else in a private exchange about this matter, it's not that I condemn people for having philosophical views about death, because we all have things we tell ourselves and others in order to help us make sense of a universe that sometimes seems to make no sense at all. We all have ways of comforting ourselves (and others) in order to make it all more bearable. And it may very well be that Mr. Trudeau was more than ready to go, after suffering from kidney failure and numerous other health challenges that Kevin's brother Bob told us he was having. But in the context in which Kevin wrote his thoughts, and so soon after his father's death, it seems like exploitation. It seems sociopathic. It seems... like a typical New-Wage guru or... dare I say it... cult leader.

By the way, Katie failed to mention that although "Abraham" preached against conventional medicine, Jerry Hicks fought fiercely for his life at the end. First he and Esther lied about Jerry's leukemia. But then Jerry went on to get aggressive chemo, and ended up "croaking" anyway.
http://cosmicconnie.blogspot.com/.../has-anybody-here...

As I think I've made abundantly clear over the past year or so of reporting on Katie's Facebook posts, he continues to massage his fan base even from behind bars. Many of his posts are sermons about the magickal power of his posts, and the importance of reading them repeatedly and in order, because of their magickal infusion and the "nuggets of gold" he has embedded in them and whatnot. For instance,
there's this one from November 9. "Watch this page often as I am going to be leaving very powerful messges that will have a life changing effect on all those who read them as they will be embedded with energy that WILL positively effect [sic] you." Uh-huh.

And on a November 6 post, he invokes Scientology's notorious dictionary fetish (without mentioning Scientology, of course).
In several messages on this page and in trainings, I used certain words without ever really defining them for you. I did this on purpose. When you read something and come to a word that has not been clearly defined, it can cause confusion. It can also force YOU to investigate and define the word, which brings about knowingness and clarity. Here are the words that have been used and not specifically defined. I suggest you get a massive dictionary and read the definitions, AND find other sources to define the words, and discuss with others the true definitions of the words. THEN go back and reread the posts/messages on this page, and watch a miracle happen right before your eyes! You will experience MAGIC! I am so excited for you! Then report here what happened so others can be motivated to do this simple yet an all powerful process. Here are the words: Ego; Self; Higher Self; Truth; Mind; Thoughts; Enlightenment; Feelings; Emotions; Knowingness; Awareness. Enjoy the mind blowing experience and feel your inner Self expand beyond your wildest imagination.
Love..........
Yup... pretty Scientology-like, I'd say. At various times Katie has recommended Scientology, and clearly has been influenced by its teachings and dogma, so this is not surprising.

Also not surprising is the fact that every post on Katie's Facebook page continues to get hundreds of "likes." Cage or no cage, he seems more popular than ever.

We'll always have Paris...
The big to-do in Paris I mentioned above was to help raise money for Katie's defense fund, and the star of the show was one Coral Thomas Grant,
whom I've mentioned on this blog a few times. As I've also noted a few times -- including on this post -- Coral reportedly has a sweetheart deal with Katie: she'll raise a certain amount of money for his legal fund, and in return he'll let her exploit his brand.

In promoting the Paris event,
Katie's Facebook proxies didn't hesitate to milk the sympathy cow regarding the elder Trudeau's death.

COME JOIN US IN BEAUTIFUL PARIS!!!
As you may have heard, Kevin lost his Father last week and we all know this must be an emotional time for him. They did not allow him to attend his own Father’s funeral. In support of Kevin, and to help raise his spirits just a bit, we are planning a European Rally for his Defense Fund.
Television and radio star Coral Grant wowed the crowd in Colorado last month and now she wants to do the same for you in Paris! I don’t know how many of you are aware that Coral is actually one of the very few personally mentored and trained by Kevin Trudeau. She receives one on one coaching from him. Come to the rally and find out the secrets only Coral has learned from the great Master himself. There will also be a special and private message from Kevin sent to you.
(If you cannot make it we will send you the video, not just an audio!)
We have a tremendous “early bird” offer! You will receive $50.00 off when you make a contribution of $150.00 to the Defense Fund and then we will send you a complimentary ticket to the Rally! The price will go up to $200.00 after one week so don’t delay!
The Rally will take place on Friday, November 21st in Paris, France from 1pm-5pm. (For those who cannot attend in person we will send you the very special video) EARLY BIRD SPECIAL is good for one week only so don’t delay… Take advantage of this discount now…Go to the website below and make your $150.00 contribution and join us for an explosive afternoon! Expires in one week – Hurry! Let’s help support our friend Kevin! Thank you!
(Hotel details sent after you make your contribution)
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Here's Bernie's post about the continuing scam and the apparent disregard for the death of Kevin's dad.

The aforementioned Nancy Ashley was all excited about going to the City of Lights to participate in the scam.



But then Nancy had a medical crisis -- some issue with her heart, apparently -- and couldn't go to Paris. But she has apparently recovered and is back to promoting the Secret to Life Coaching scam, as indicated in this post from a few days ago, which seems to concern an October 2014 coaching retreat...


Who knew that Chris "Voldemort" McGarahan -- one of the new owners of the GIN scam -- was also a relationship expert? What is apparent is that
Chris and Coral and gang have a very cozy relationship. And somewhere, somehow, Kevin Trudeau is benefiting from that coziness.

As for the Paris retreat, which took place on November 21, it was a huge success -- at least according to Coral. Those of you who lost thousands of dollars (and maybe much more) in GIN, and/or who were screwed by any of Katie's other scams, or for that matter, those who may have invested in some of Coral's schemes and are still wondering where your money went...all of y'all can just eat your hearts out. They partied in Paris like there was no tomorrow. I wonder how much money was raised towards Katie's defense fund.



Here, for your entertainment, is a little vid about Coral and her new-ish hubby and scam partner, Mac. You can find more info here.

New-ish Katie court docs...
As some of you may know, I have temporarily lost my major PACER patronage so unfortunately I haven't been able to grab the latest Kevin Trudeau court documents, although just before the big loss I was able to get some transcripts of the trial and the sentencing. I did share them here and also put them on Scribd; if you haven't seen them already
you can find links on this September 29 blog post (see under "Camp may be fun, but Katie wants out: the appeals process continues"). 

Recently, though, I had the brilliant idea of going to the web site of the court appointed receiver Robb Evans to see if there were any further developments in the matters with which the receiver was concerned. There hadn't really been anything of significance that I knew of since the sale of GIN was approved in late May of this year. But I knew there were other assets still to be sold, and that Robb Evans' work was not yet done. They don't publish everything on their site -- certainly not the docs where they're begging the courts for money -- but they do publish a record of their activities, and sure enough, when I paid them a visit I saw this document filed on September3, 2014.

This is interesting because it is a motion for the sale of the Natural Cures entities, most of which were allegedly sold to longtime Trudeau buddy Lee Kenny in late 2012. The receiver says it believes the sale was a sham (duh) and had refused to turn the assets over to Lee Kenny, though Lee demanded they do so. (The receiver had also previously asked Lee to provide info on Katie assets, and Lee had been less than cooperative.) Ultimately, of course, the receiver took it to the courts.

Note that the document linked to above is only a motion; supposedly there was a hearing on September 9. I have a feeling the sale was approved but don't have a way to check at the moment. Still, the September 3 doc linked to above is pretty interesting.

What's most interesting to me (though not surprising) is that the "investment group" wishing to purchase Natural Cures, as well as the Trudeau Approved Products (which include all of those unsold KT Supplements) includes Blaine and the Morters. (Blaine and the Morters... that sounds like the name of a really awful rock band.) And the receiver clearly does not care that they are all long-time Katie buds. This is from the above-linked court doc:


12. Upon information and belief, the Proposed Purchaser consists of an investment group including Blaine Athorn, who is the president and founder of the Memory Training Institute which produces professional development seminars and related materials. Mr. Athorn is also one of the principals of the entity that purchased the GIN Club assets.
13. Upon information and belief, the Proposed Purchaser also includes the owners of Morter Health Systems, an Arkansas-based health and wellness company.
14. Upon information and belief, the proposed purchasers are not affiliated with Trudeau or any Trudeau affiliates and are not persons “acting in concert” with Trudeau (as defined in the Receivership Order). Rather, each of the principals of the Proposed Purchasers has run successful businesses separate and distinct from Trudeau.
So they've had businesses apart from Katie. That doesn't make them any less scammy, but perhaps the receiver is tired of messing with this crap and just wants to be rid of it.

At least this explains why the Natural Cures web site was down for a few months, which I mentioned
in this May 2014 post (see under "Natural Cures is feeling poorly these days").

The Natural Cures, etc. sale is all part of the civil case and the ongoing effort to milk Katie's assets, to be put towards that $37.6 million fine (as well as, no doubt, to put money in the receiver's pockets). The criminal case is the one currently in the Appeals court, and I really need to get back to PACER to find out how that's going. I don't anticipate that any decisions will be made until early next year, but I have no doubt that more documents have been filed since the initial ones I shared in September (
again, see this post).

In any case the Natural Cures main site back up for now, and some of my pals report that they are getting emails promoting
the infamous Baccarat scheme.

The ongoing battle of the GIN ripoffs
Which GIN ripoff is the most successful? If you're judging by Facebook "likes," I'd say SciWINtology, run by former safecracker Perry Kiraly, has it over IMBS-ing U, run by Loony Lenny Coldwell and Peter Wink. Then again, WIN may have a boost from the actual Church of Scientology, so there's that. (Note: This isn't idle speculation on my part. See this July 22, 2014 Whirled post, under "Elron would be so proud...maybe: SciWINtology updates.")

Plus IBMS has
a less than professional "Supreme Partner" at the helm, so there's that. At any rate, a glance at the respective ripoffs' Facebook pages earlier this month indicated that Perry's gang is WIN-ning over IMBS-ing U.


Over Halloween weekend, WIN had a big "Family Reunion" event they were able to piggyback on to some Vegas appearance by New-Wage rock star Gregg Braden (who was a guest on this Whirled way back in its early days). Gregg is still peddling his New-Wage paradigm-shattering malarkey, but his apparent willingness to be associated with WIN might reek a bit of desperation.

Some other GIN notables were there too, including Mary Miller (aka Mary Milker -- and thanks to my pal Kenneth Reimer, former GIN member and ex-Katie fan, for the latter nick).... 

 
...and Fred Van Liew (aka Fred van Loony -- shown here being nearly-photo-bombed by a waiter's butt)...



There's more about both of these incorrigible frauduct and flopportunity peddlers immediately below.


Here's a link to some fabulous foto ops from the event. More pics and vids will be posted to the WIN site at WINDDN.COM. I see from the Facebook photo collection that Cowboy Perry and the gang got to ride horsies. Eat your hearts out, IMBS-ing U! (See the first part of this February 2013 post.)

 

And by the way, in case you're interested, here's a link to the details about WIN's current MLM scheme. Don't worry, it has the FTC's blessings, or so sez WIN. Or so sez their MLM lawyer, Thayer Lindauer. Remember, the FTC is pretty easy on MLMs for the most part.



What's that smell? It's Mary Milker passing her "gentle wind" throughout Scamworld
I've never really devoted a whole blog post to Mary Miller, though she deserves one. I have mentioned her a few times on this Whirled, however. She is perhaps best known in scambusting circles for the spot of trouble she got in for her "Gentle Wind" scampire.

[Update: My friend Mirele just pointed me to
a good source of background info about Mary and her past troubles. One old-school-looking but information-rich link shared on that resource is the Wind of Changes site, which outlines some of the tactics Mary et al. have used against critics and whistleblowers. "Most people understand that cult leaders fling out desperate and amazing fabrications to demonize whistleblowers." Sounds a lot like the stuff that Loony Coldwell is doing or has threatened to do to his critics. And if you want more info, here is a direct link to a document with personal stories of apparent abuse by Mary Milker and gang.]

Not surprisingly, Mary is also a long-time pal and defender of Kevin Trudeau, and has even been to see him in the clink a couple of times. In return for her loyalty she apparently gets carte blanche to use his Facebook fan page to continue to peddle her frauducts and flopportunities, such as her Ka Ching... I mean I Ching, card frauducts.
There's this, for instance, from November 26:
Maybe a bigger picture????
“Hey all, this is Mary Miller of I Ching Systems, Kevin’s good friend for many years. As you know I visited him 2 times in the last 2 months and plan to see him again soon. Many people ask me about Kevin and why I think a man with so much power and success in life could end up in a correctional facility. And I am sure there are many explanations. In our work, I could probably make the argument that these events were planned thousands of years ago. And this is part of a greater journey. On this journey, we think that each of us has within us a higher consciousness, a “Witness” or “Presence.” This aspect, the Spirit if you will, must ultimately end up in the driver’s seat of our lives with the personality sitting in the back seat, going along for the ride. All too often the human personality suffers from hurt and harm, and gets caught trying to resolve the harm instead of moving forward and up in vibration.
From our view, Kevin may be transiting from the human personality to the Presence or Witness. The best way to explain this is through an ancient astrological system called the Destiny Cards where each of the 52 Cards in the deck is assigned a psychological profile. In this system, each of us has many cards that describe different energies. But the key aspects are represented in two Cards, the Birth Card which is your Path in Life and your Planetary Ruling Card which is your Personality. In the end, the Birth Card must prevail as this represents the Witness or Presence.
In Kevin’s case, we have an Ace of Clubs in the Planetary Ruler or Personality Card. Aces are all about the self. Their world is self-oriented and aimed at making sure oneself is comfortable. If we quote from the work of one of the greatest authors in this field, we find Robert Lee Camp saying the following.
"Aces are masters at creating and manifesting. They are natural conduits for new ideas. They bring many things into being that were not there before. Aces are not known for their patience. The Ace of Clubs has a love of knowledge and is also a student of love, always learning about relationships. They never lose that natural curiosity and desire to learn good things...The challenge of all the Aces is to use their ability to manifest things in the world for something greater than their own personal wealth and comfort."
With this Card in the Planetary Ruling position, the personality has to overcome his own tendency toward self-centered thinking, but only after they have fulfilled their dreams in the material world. And getting this aspect under control can make it possible for the Birth Card, the Destiny energy to rule.
In Kevin’s case we have the Six of Spades in the Birth Card position. All Sixes are about world service, improving the lives of other people. According to Camp, your potential for success is enormous. If you are willing to listen to the voice within you, you can find your own destiny. Sixes have come here to fulfill a special and unique purpose. Their mission is to change the lives of others, uplifting people from their difficulties and helping them find better pathways in life.
So maybe if we consider Kevin’s case from a bigger view of life, maybe we are watching a man in transition from a life that was blessed with personal comfort and self-fulfillment, to new life based on how to improve the quality of life for others…It is just a possibility….”
Mary Miller MSW
If you would like to learn more about your own Destiny Card information and other aspects of I Ching Systems technology, feel free to email her at marymiller@ichingsystems.info or visit their website at
www.ichingsystemsmembers.com.
The friend I mentioned above, Kenneth Reimer, wrote this on a thread on our public GIN Network Truth Facebook group:
Am I seeing this right? Is Mary "Milker" using new-wage jibber jabber to admit that Katie is a selfish, greedy POS?
To which I replied:
Good lord, Kenneth, that made my head hurt. You're close, but mostly she is using New-Wage blather to JUSTIFY what some judgmental, narrow-minded sorts might interpret as greedy, selfish, POS behavior. I have been observing New-Wagers for many years and that's how they roll. But thanks for sharing this link; I shall add it to my new blog post (which I hope to finish and get up today -- finally).
Well, I didn't make good on my promise that day... but here you are today. My point was that for the most part New-Wagers are all about appearing not to be judgmental. Behind the scenes, I noted on a subsequent comment, they are often vicious back-stabbers, but the public face is all about being non-judgmental and looking at "the bigger picture and the Greater Good."

For Mary, the "Greater Good" is clearly about selling more overpriced frauducts.


And let's not leave out Fred van Loony!
Fred Van Liew, aka "the Water Doctor,"
whom you have encountered on this Whirled a few times, has been defending Kevin Trudeau all along, and as far as I know he still is. And he may very well still be involved with GIN in some way, though he has said he isn't. He is not listed on their "Faculty" page, but until very recently his stuff was listed in the GIN store (at this point, however, you get a "page not found" message when you follow that link). The newly redesigned GIN Store page seems to be wiped clean of its Freddy/eWater presence, though his legacy may live on in some of these water frauducts.

Anyway, with Katie in a cage and GIN arguably a shadow of its former self (though it does seem poised for regrowth), the "Water Doctor" has to keep on keeping on with other schemes and scams. As indicated above, he's apparently quite involved with Perry K's SciWINtology group, and of course he's still deeply involved with the Youngevity/Livinity MLM, and his own "Wealth Building Seminars." Here's a scrapbook of what Freddy has been up to recently. A friend of mine took these and sent 'em to me, since I can't get to Freddy's page on my own. For some reason he has blocked me. I don't know why so many of these hucksters block me. 




I love Freddy's claim that the WIN training is incredible and condensed and that you should be ready for "mental growth." Yeah, that training is fueled by Scientology. You should be ready for mental SOMETHING, anyway.




I wonder if the person in the number 1 spot on the Youngevity Leaderboard pictured above is THE Alex Jones, the paranoia-porn radio guy. And why are the Coldwell Bros. still on the list at all? See number 481 on that same link. They're listed as being on "Invitation" status, anyway.

But... but... but... didn't Lenny Coldwell have a temper tantrum last year when he reamed out Barb and Dave Pitcock? The following three pics are from a longer conversation that took place in April 2013:








... and so on, and so forth. Many of you may recall this beer-and-popcorn-worthy exchange. Did Peter Wink (who is part of the Coldwell Bros. org too) smooth it all out? Inquiring minds want to know!


But once again, I digress. Back to Freddy. There's also this, which more than likely has something to do with an MLM of some sort..


It seems clear that Freddy is still busily pushing his flopportunities and frauducts, and is even having a Black Friday special. Browse around the site and you're sure to find something you can't live without. Worried about over-stuffing yourself during the holidays? Try Freddy's Appetite Control Mug, "your weight management buddy," which "helps reduce cravings and overeating, while improving hydration properties and coherent energies in fluids or foods" placed in or around it. It uses Freddy's scientifical Quantum Harmonic BioSupport ® Technology, which is permanently infused in the silicon dioxide structure of the Appetite Control Mug. And all this for only $84.50! Tell you what, one look at Freddy's mug is enough to put a damper on my appetite. Which is why his picture was not displayed anywhere near our feast table here at The Ranch on T-Day.

Well, that's it for now, Dear Ones. I apologize again for having been remiss in my blogging duties. I have been preoccupied with work and life (good things) and of course the evil that temporarily took over my blog, LoonyC (a bad thing). But I haven't forgotten my basic mission to inform and entertain, so bear with me.

And thank you, as always, for reading.


* Though nominally equals in the IMBS-ing U Master Baiters club, Peter Wink and Lenny Coldwell still seem to be basically engaged in a pimp-n-ho relationship, as touched upon in this October 2013 blog post (which was published before Kevin Trudeau's criminal trial and conviction). See under, "So let's get to the pimp-n-ho already."

** Speaking of Anastasia, the imaginary Russian nekkid blonde babe-in-the-woods, an alert reader sent me a link to
this hilarious 2010 video review of Vlad Megre's first book in the "Screaming Cedars" series. Even if you haven't read a word of my own posts
about Anastasia, or haven't even heard of the cult, you'll get a kick out of this:
 

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