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Monday, March 04, 2013

Coldwell and Wink target vulnerable women with IBMS Master's Society "coaching"

“Will you step into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”

Can you say "blatant targeting of vulnerable women," boys and girls? The above screen shot apparently was posted recently on the Facebook page of one of
Not-Doctor Leonard Coldwell's proteges, business partners, and fellow freedom fighters, Abe Husein. It was also shared by a Facebook participant who calls himself Jared Schlehuber, not to be confused with the baseball player. Here's that one:

But apparently Peter didn't post this on his own page.

Now, given that
the IBMS Master's Society is run by "Supreme Partners" Peter Wink and Lenny Coldwell, can anybody write a brief essay on why this type of relationship "coaching" is a really, really bad idea?

Here is a link to get you started.

From what I have seen, Lenny has a penchant for targeting women who are in circumstances that render them particularly vulnerable -- e.g., young, naive, inexperienced, abused, lonely, self-esteem-challenged, or emotionally unbalanced in some way. Or perhaps married, with children whose welfare the women feel they must protect at all costs. Many seem to be in some way susceptible to his manipulation, and intimidated by his threats regarding what he will do if they "tell."

I have to wonder why this post by Peter Wink, if it is in any way well-intentioned, is targeted to women. After all, many men are in abusive relationships too -- relationships in which they are abused emotionally or even physically by their intimate partner, whether that partner is a woman or a gay male lover. (Lenny likes to make fun of gays, though, according to reports from people who have been to some of his live events. Whether that's a cover-up for latent tendencies or just ugly prejudice is anyone's guess.)

Frankly, this is one of the most blatant and disgusting posts ever written in the short time that the IBMS Master's Society scam has been in operation.

But it is not really surprising. After all, look at one of the scheme's poster children, Amy Chappell, whose big contribution to the IBMS franchise and the Lenny Coldwell mythos seems to be a series of heartfelt confesstimonials* about "the ones who have to go." In Amy's case, the ones who had to go from her life were, at one time, her parents --
see this September 2012 presentation -- although apparently she now has a surrogate momma, whom she met at Lenny's horsey camp in January 2013. In a testimonial on one of the horsey camp videos, Surrogate Momma referred to Amy as "my baby." (Note: Previously I erroneously referred to this woman as Amy's mother, but apparently Amy really has abandoned her birth parents in favor of the Coldwell cult.)

But I digress. By posting that Facebook link targeting women, Peter has, in my opinion, taken another giant step towards proving that he has no conscience,
despite his earlier attempts to paint himself as a heroic advocate for women (particularly single moms). Call me naive, but even at this point, I would have thought better of him.

And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed;
Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.

PS ~ If you really are in an abusive relationship, there are many other resources to which you can turn. If you are in the US or Puerto Rico, start here.

PPS added 5 March 2013: Will the exploitation never end? A friend of mine just alerted me to the fact that Peter Wink posted the targeted IBMS promo on a Facebook page for abused women, the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project. Fortunately, as you'll see, his comment was countered by someone who provided this very useful link.

PPPS added 6 March 2013: Bernie weighs in on "Unqualified therapists looking for young, abused women."

* Props to Salty Droid for coining the word "confesstimonials."

More True-dough (and Lenny) on this Whirled:

  • February 2013: Kevin Trudeau's GIN: The sky is falling (again)...yawn
  • February 2013: Loony Coldwell: Cheesy video and bad spelling
  • February 2013: IBMS Master's Society Supreme Loony Coldwell strikes again
  • February 2013: Faux heroes and hypocrisy in action
  • February 2013: Meet the new scam, same as the old scam, Part 2
  • January 2013: Vital signs: "Immortal" (former) breatharian Mony Vital dies on GIN cruise
  • January 2013: Meet the new scam, same as the old scam, Part 1
  • December 2012: 2012 ~ The Whirled goes on
  • November 2012: Kevin Trudeau: justice delayed...again
  • November 2012: Kevin Trudeau exposé on KSHB-TV: buzz, backlash, and big beginnings
  • November 2012: Alien nation: just how crazy is Kevin Trudeau (not to mention his sheeple)?
  • November 2012: Kevin Trudeau: KSHB-TV undercover investigation
  • November 2012: Kevin Trudeau gets some more mainstream lovin'
  • October 2012: Evil has not won
  • October 2012: Kevin Trudeau: Rats in our heads, GIN down the toilet...and life goes on
  • October 2012: Kevin Trudeau: The shape of things to come?
  • September 2012: Leonard Coldwell and Fred Van Liew: Pot, meet kettle
  • August 2012: Truth is better than GIN any day
  • July 2012: Drunk on GIN, and you can too!
  • July 2012: Kevin Trudeau's GIN: part of the big sick machine
  • July 2012: Independence Daze
  • May 2012 (updated September 2012): Paging Dr. C: Bernd bridges in Deutschland?
  • May 2012: Can alien DNA save Kevin Trudeau's GIN?
  • May 2012: Does a canary with a GIN hangover sing as sweetly?
  • April 2012: Viva Lost Wages: Sin City Become GIN City for a weekend
  • February 2012: A. Rose by any other name would shill as sweet
  • December 2011: True-dough updates: Bad poetry for KT, hate mail for CC
  • November 2011: A jumpsuit for Jimmy
  • August 2011: First Amendment Stuporhero
  • August 2011: Calling all lazy men: let's build a pyramid together!
  • August 2011: Everything old is Nouveau again (or, Neo-scam by any other name), Part 1 of 2
  • June 2011: Holy Guacamole! True-dough's racist rants
  • June 2011: For he's a jolly good felon: True-dough speaks out for Death Ray
  • December 2009 (amended several times in 2010): Illuminutty: the secret brotherhood of the chronically gullible
  • November 2009: How to take over the world
  • July 2009: Horse farts and related matters
  • January 2009: Mr. Fire meets up with true dough
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    Blogger Sheila O'Shea said...

    I need a shower. Quite possibly several. That is the most horrifying pitch I've seen in the history of ever.

    Monday, March 04, 2013 1:42:00 PM  
    Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

    Yeah, Sheila, I had the same thoughts. It would actually be funny if it weren't so awful.

    Monday, March 04, 2013 2:39:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As a graduate of Criminology, and a student of law, I'm completely horrified at the extent to which Peter Wink and Leonard Coldwell can actually get away with being Peter Wink and Leonard Coldwell.

    Leonard Coldwell made a comment several days ago on his FB page:

    "This vaccine causes infertility and does not work for anything anyway it causes cancer and maybe aids. It is and assault with a deadly weapon and if you have or will ahve your kid vaccinated with the HPV vaccine I will work on that your children will be taken from you by social services for child endangerment and assault."

    I will be passing it onto my local parliamentarian this week, asking for advice.


    Monday, March 04, 2013 5:11:00 PM  
    Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

    Hi, Roger, and thank you for your input. I have seen some of the inane remarks Lenny has recently made about the HPV vaccine. On one of his comments he actually said that HPV does not cause cervical cancer and that in fact the vaccine causes cancer and AIDS. He also said that in his experience HPV can be completely cured by one cleanse with sodium bicarbonate.

    Monday, March 04, 2013 7:34:00 PM  
    Blogger Roger said...

    If only scammers and bullshit-artists can be cured with one cleanse of sodium bicarbonate.


    Monday, March 04, 2013 10:54:00 PM  
    Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

    LOL, Roger. I agree. "Scammers can't exist in an alkaline environment." If only.

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013 12:30:00 PM  

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