Snarky snippets for a busy Monday
I would do this on Twitter, but it's more than 140 characters.
The real secret behind Allied victories in WWII
One of my favorite contributors, HHH, pointed me to a link that reveals how the New Wage helped win the war for the good guys.
Reverse feng shui and healing aquamarine crystals... who would have guessed, huh?
The Secret's producer Rhonda Byrne and her merry band o'barristers can't totally stop the wheels of justice from turning, but they are apparently trying to make things as difficult as possible for the original DVD's co-writer and director Drew Heriot, who recently filed a lawsuit claiming that Rhonda and company screwed him out of millions and millions of dollars.
[Rhonda Byrne's] company, TS Productions, is seeking an injunction from the Federal Court in Melbourne to stop Heriot proceeding with a lawsuit in the US. She wants the case heard in Australia, arguing that The Secret was conceived, produced, most of it filmed, edited, and finished by an Australian production company using Australian crews and equipment. Of the 120 people who worked as crew members on The Secret, only 12 were Americans and 80% of cast members were Australians.
Hmmm... 80 % of the cast members were Australians? Now, if we're including all of the minor players, such as the young fellow who wished for a shiny new bicycle and got it, or the gal who lusted for a diamond bracelet and got it, or the dude who did the voice-over for the Big Giant Universe Genie, well...maybe so. But if we're talking about the talking heads, who were, after all, the main selling point of The Secret...gee, I thought only Rhonda and the infamous David Schirmer were Aussies. Sounds like someone's really, really stretching here. But then, that's what lawyers do.
At any rate, Drew Heriot is determined to pursue his case.
However, Heriot's lawyers have applied to have the case in Melbourne delayed until the US case is finalised. They claim Heriot stands to make at least $150 million in damages if the case is heard in the US because that is where most of the revenue from The Secret was generated. They said Byrne wanted the case heard in Australia because she was much wealthier than Heriot and knew if he pursued the case in Australia it would come at "enormous expense" to him as he now lived in the US.
I guess I don't need to tell you that I'm rooting for Drew, as well as for others who have apparently been screwed out of millions by Rhonda and TS Productions (e.g., Dan Hollings, the original Internet marketing strategist for the DVD). (Here's a link to one of my original posts on these matters.)
But maybe he at least got to keep those parking spaces he visualized...and he'll always have those whited-out bank statements
Speaking of Aussie Secret star David Schirmer, that big house he's been bragging about, and even took A Current Affair staffers on a tour of last year, is now on the market. Is he selling it off to help pay his debts, or just movin' on up to the Big House...um...I mean, to a bigger mansion? One suspects the former. No word on whether the $250,000 dining room table he boasted about to ACA is also included.
As noted here earlier, he's also moving out of his offices and warehouse, and rumor has it that his staff continues to shrink...now, stop giggling. I'm talking about his office staff – you know, the people who work for him. Any disgruntled ex-staff members can feel free to send comments to me, either for publication or not.