Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Blow, Gabriel, Blow (or, The Eyes of Flatley Are Upon You)

Back in this blog's early daze, when I was still mostly trying to be funny, before the darker side of Scamworld (and later, the real-life dystopian novel that is Trumpistan) began weighing down these pages, I used to snark a lot about a variety of New-Wage/McSpirituality/alt-health kooks. One such was a character who calls himself Gabriel of Urantia (formerly Gabriel of Sedona).

Gabriel, born Tony Delevin in Pittsburgh, PA, runs a multi-generational cult community in southern Arizona, where he teaches folks about their cosmic origins and the end of the world and whatnot. In addition to being a cult spiritual leader he is a "musician." I had a bit of fun with him years ago, the predictable result of which was that I got blowback from some of his supporters.

In particular,
an April 2007 post got the Gabe-heads' feathers ruffled. One guy, who claimed to be a cousin of Gabriel's, was annoyed by my calling his cuz a scammer, as well as by my general "sarcasm." Another person was intensely annoyed by my elegant critique of Gabriel's vocal talents; I had described the holy man's voice as sounding like Neil Young might sound if Young were completely unable to carry a tune and had been kicked in the balls and then run over by a Mack truck. I don't know why anyone would be offended by that, particularly since I'd compared Gabe to the great Neil Young. Some folks are entirely too sensitive, if you ask me.

I hadn't thought about ol' Gabe in years, but yesterday I got a notification from a Facebook friend of mine, investigative journalist/author/filmmaker Joseph L. "Lenny" Flatley. Naturally, this sparked my interest, as I've been following Flatley's work off and on for years,
and cited him on this blog a few years ago. In May of 2012, drawing in part upon info from another pal of mine, Jason "Salty Droid" Jones, Flatley wrote an excellent piece for The Verge about Scamworld. A few months later he posted a followup article in which, among other matters, he discussed at length a super-scam called Miracles Coaching, perpetrated by one of this Whirled's favorite snargets, Joe "Mr. Fire" Vitale.

And yesterday Lenny invited me to a new Facebook page of his called
The So-Called Prophet from Pittsburgh.
The So-Called Prophet from Pittsburgh is Gabriel of Urantia, a self-proclaimed holy man who currently presides over a spiritual community (some call it a cult) in the desert of Southern Arizona. In a fenced-in compound, three generations of the Global Community Communications Alliance soak in Gabriel's teachings as they wait for the end of the world. Join investigative journalist Joseph L. Flatley as he travels around the country, speaking to Gabriel's ex-followers, cult experts, and people who knew him before he was a so-called prophet. You'll learn why people join a group like this, why they stay as long as they do, and the challenges they face when they decide to leave. And you’ll hear some groovy music in the process.
Podcast. New episodes released on Tuesdays in January and February 2020.
I'm looking forward to catching up on the adventures of Gabriel and his extended family of cosmic minions (cosminions?); in Flatley's able hands it should be quite a journey. Here's a link to a short teaser video, which ends with a cliffhanger: Gabe reveals that he has been misrepresented by the corporate media. Wow, didn't see that coming.

here's the link that will lead you to the podcasts that have been released so far. They're also available on:
iTunes / Stitcher / Google Play / Spotify / PodBean / Castbox / TuneIn

Happy listening.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

So long, Marianne: McSpirituality star Williamson drops out of 2020 race

As you may know, McSpirituality guru Marianne Williamson has finally dropped out of the 2020 US presidential race. She made the official announcement on her campaign web site a couple of days ago.
January 10, 2020

I ran for president to help forge another direction for our country. I wanted to discuss things I felt needed to be discussed that otherwise were not. I feel that we have done that.

I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible opportunity to share our message. With caucuses and primaries now about to begin, however, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now. The primaries might be tightly contested among the top contenders, and I don’t want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning any of them.

The extent to which Williamson was able to "elevate our conversation" is debatable; I've written quite a bit on that and related topics on this blog (see links at the end of this post). As I've noted on some of those earlier posts, Marianne made a couple of valid points on the debate stage, and the policy outlines on her campaign web site seemed well thought out. For the most part, though, the snide memes and other responses inspired by her candidacy were well-deserved.

Reporting on the news of Williamson's exit from the race,
Vox's Emily Stewart led with a snark.
New Zealand’s prime minister can rest at ease that she won’t be getting a call from Marianne Williamson in January 2021 — at least not from Marianne Williamson from the White House.
Stewart's reference was to Williamson's vow at the first Democratic debate in June 2019 that her first action in office would be to call the Kiwi PM, "who said that her goal is to make New Zealand the place where it’s the best place in the world for a child to grow up. And I would tell her: ‘Girlfriend, you are so on.’ The United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up."

The Vox piece provided a capsule review of some of the controversies surrounding Williamson, most of which her critics have known about for years, but which gained wider attention once she hit the campaign trail.
Williamson’s record...came under scrutiny, including not only some of her weird tweets but also some of her questionable advice on weight loss and seeming suggestions that mental illness can be addressed through spirituality instead of medical treatment. (Her campaign has said that Williamson believes Western medicine should come first and she would “never tell anybody to get off their medication.”) On the campaign trail, Williamson’s comments about vaccines were also scrutinized after she called mandatory vaccines “draconian” and “Orwellian” at a campaign stop. She later walked back the comments and said that “many vaccines are important and save lives,” though she understands the skepticism around drugs “rushed to market by Big Pharma.”
But it wasn't the sheer fact of being controversial that stymied Williamson's efforts. Nathaniel Rakich, writing for FiveThirtyEight, offered a more analytical view of why her run for prez never really caught on.
Maybe one reason why Williamson didn’t fare better in the polls is that the more voters got to know her, the less they liked her. According to an average of polls conducted in May, Democrats were not very familiar with Williamson; 13 percent of them had a favorable impression of her, 10 percent had an unfavorable one and the remainder didn’t have an opinion. And even though Williamson’s favorable rating increased by 9 points after the first two debates (according to an average of polls conducted Aug. 1-25), her unfavorable rating increased more — by 16 points. This made her one of the few Democratic candidates who was more unpopular than popular among members of her own party — generally speaking, not a good place to be.

Williamson may have hoped that her New Age rhetoric (“
I’m going to harness love for political purposes”) would help her appeal to the spiritual side of the Democratic Party, but it looks like it just turned voters off. As my colleague Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux wrote in September, although “spiritual but not religious” people make up around one-third of the Democratic Party, they are not a cohesive group, do not vote as a monolith and tend to prioritize shared values and policy positions over a shared spiritual identity. They also tend to be more highly educated than the broader public, which might disabuse them of a candidate who has heterodox views on vaccines and antidepressants or who ridiculed the idea that “wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country.” Ultimately, it was harder than Williamson probably expected to get, as she once quipped, “everyone who has a yoga mat” to vote for her.
While that gives me hope for the survival of critical thinking in America, at least among the more progressive voters (yes, even some of the McSpirituality-inclined folks), Rakich concludes that most likely, the failure of Marianne Williamson's presidential campaign ultimately came down to money, or lack thereof. Marianne simply wasn't able to raise enough cash to continue appearing on the debate stage, or to continue maintaining a campaign staff, which she laid off earlier this month. Apparently even the donations of puckish republicans, who willingly gave money to Williamson's campaign because of her entertainment value, were unable to keep the love guru's boat afloat.

Williamson insists that a "politics of conscience" is still possible, and that "love will prevail." I'm not so sure, but in any case, I think I'm far from the only person whose first thought, upon hearing that Marianne has officially taken her hat back out of the ring, was, "Good riddance." I'm all for entertainment value, but given what we currently have sitting in the Oval Office, we need to clear the stage as much as possible for the serious candidates.

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Monday, January 06, 2020

Meet the new year, same as the old year(s) in Scamworld

A belated Happy New Year to everyone who observes the Gregorian calendar, and a Happy New Decade if you're on Team Zero. It may be a new year/decade, but the scammers are still up to their same old tricks. Let's revisit three of my unfavorites.

Death Ray still trying to convince himself that he's on a "hero's journey"
Late last month my friend and
fellow blogger Chris Locke (aka Kat Herding) gave me a heads-up about a December 23, 2019 tweet by star of The Secret/convicted killer James Arthur "Death" Ray. Ray had tweeted:
Each and every hero of all myths (no exception) went through tremendous suffering, agony, pain, disillusionment, and sometimes premature death. All of them!
The tweet included a link to a blog post written by Ray, titled, "Life is Yours for the Taking." Though there's no date header on the post, a scroll down to the comments section shows that it was actually written in 2014; for some reason Ray dredged it up again for that December tweet. The post offers a bit of drivel about how suffering can potentially be the path to salvation, a concept that Ray has often exploited, using his own life as an example. It's congruent with that whole hero's journey/martyr theme that he has been flogging ever since he was sprung from an Arizona prison where he'd served a far-too-short sentence for killing Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman.

Maybe I am being an overly sensitive snowflake again, but I think that "Life is Yours for the Taking" is a distasteful title for a blog post penned by a reckless, ruthless sociopath whose unheroic actions have demonstrated that he believed other people's lives were his for the taking as well. Even more offensive is Ray's ongoing narrative that casts him in the light of the wise hero who has suffered much but has emerged stronger for the suffering, and is willing to guide others through their own tribulations (for a price).

Twitter was reluctant to show me this at first, describing it as possibly offensive -- I'm guessing that's because it contains the word "asshole" -- but I insisted on seeing it, and what I saw was that my friend Dave Cook made a Christmas Day comment to Death Ray's tweet.

You tell him, Dave.

Nefarious Silicone [sic] Valley leftist plot against Kevin Trudeau
On my previous post -- and my last one of 2019 -- I wrote about a new-ish fake-guru scam that's being orchestrated by imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie, and some of his most loyal proxies. Said proxies were terribly upset because Katie's main Facebook page had been temporarily suspended by Facebook, supposedly because of new rules about Facebook pages that use celebrity names but are handled by third parties.

A little later that month,
on December 23, 2019, to be exact, the Free Kevin Trudeau page announced that the embattled main page, which had more than 40,000 followers, had been permanently deleted. This being Katie fan territory, there had to be a sinister "they" behind this outrageous action.
We’ve just been informed that the official Kevin Trudeau Facebook page (with 42,000 followers) has been permanently deleted. It’s totally clear that the exercise of “free speech” is now 100% at the mercy of a handful of Left-Wing Silicone [sic] Valley tech giants. Unbelievable!

Please share this post so that as many people are aware of this as possible. Our page and “Kevin Trudeau Teachings” are all that’s left in terms of promoting KT on Facebook. We will do our very best to continue to build, inspire and inform KT’s support base to best of our ability.
The fans rallied in the comments following the post. A person whose name I recognized as that of a long-time Katie fan wrote:
Who deleted it and for what pretext or reason, does anyone know?
The lesson is, for adminstrators [sic] in the future, to always safeguard a separate copy of the page, in case of cyber-attacks, accident or politically motivated censorship.
Have the administrators of his Official Facebook Page kept a copy of it anywhere?
What are the legal recourses (if any) against such unjustified censorship?
Let's rebuild what they've been trying to destroy or stiffle [sic], and learn from our past mistakes.
Merry Christmas to all lightworkers.
The Free Kevin Trudeau admin responded to the fan with a reiteration of Facebook's new policy, adding, "Was this the real reason? Who knows?"

I really hate to rain on that conspiranoid parade about left-wing political bias... well, no, I don't. Look, Katie fans, I know that y'all get a big kick out of riding your leader's martyr coattails; I get that it gives you a sense of being part of something grand and righteous. But there is abundant evidence that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has actually been working overtime, especially over this past year, to court the rabid right-wing political camp, including and especially the big sick Trump machine. Since so many of you seem to be Trump fans, like your hero is, you should be cheering rather than jeering Facebook.

As Politico reported in October 2019:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to talk about issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.

The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg’s broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald Trump and his allies over alleged “bias” against conservatives at Facebook and other major social media companies. "I’m under no illusions that he’s a conservative but I think he does care about some of our concerns,” said one person familiar with the gatherings, which multiple sources have confirmed.

News of the outreach is likely to further fuel suspicions on the left that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the White House and stay out of Trump’s crosshairs. The president
threatened to sue Facebook and Google in June and has in the past pressured the Justice Department to take action against his perceived foes.
An opinion piece penned by Daniel Newman in early December 2019 on the MapLight site was more blunt.
Mark Zuckerberg has rigged the rules of Facebook political advertising, making him complicit in lies and voter manipulation. The result is the most powerful propaganda amplifier in history, boosting campaigns that traffic in falsehoods.

Zuckerberg’s company screens some paid political advertising for lies. But since early October, it makes an exception: When candidates pay for the ads, it will run any ad —
even those with blatant lies. Who does this exception help? Politicians who lie.

The most prominent lying politician in America is, of course, President Trump. Of more than 700 of Trump’s claims reviewed by the fact-checking site
Politifact, more than 70% were rated “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants-on-fire” lies....

.What is Zuckerberg’s motive? He is afraid of a president that will rein in Facebook’s power. Several Democratic candidates have said that they would do exactly that: seek to break up Zuckerberg’s company. This would “suck,” said Zuckerberg in leaked audio recordings. “If someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.”
Newman goes on to explain that several key executives advising Zuck on ad policies have ties to Trump and Trump's allies. For instance...
Peter Thiel, a prominent Trump supporter, is a longtime Facebook board member. Zuckerberg and Thiel dined with Trump at the White House in late October, in a secret meeting uncovered by NBC News. What did Trump and Zuckerberg discuss during this meeting, held so soon after Zuckerberg changed his company’s ad rules to help lying politicians? And why was the meeting secret? Neither Zuckerberg nor Trump will say. Based on what we have learned from the impeachment hearings about how Trump does business, he may have offered benefits to Zuckerberg. Perhaps he suggested that he won’t ever regulate Facebook — if Zuckerberg keeps the ad rules that help him get re-elected. This is Zuckerberg’s quid pro quo, whether explicitly spoken or not.
MapLight, by the way, is a worthy org that has been exposing negative influences on American democracy for more than fifteen years. Their mission includes illuminating the influence of money in politics, and empowering voters with facts. Check 'em out here.

I realize I've probably wasted my time trying to address the diehard fans of Kevin Trudeau, to whom facts or informed opinions have never really mattered. And in case you're wondering, I would be saying all of this directly to the Katie fans' faces on Facebook, but as I've mentioned previously, I am blocked from commenting or even responding to all posts on the Free Kevin Trudeau page, just as I was blocked from the now-defunct Kevin Trudeau page.

In any case the intrepid Trudolts are working round the Web to rebuild what Facebook has so ruthlessly destroyed, creating social media pages and web sites to carry on the "teachings" of their guru while they continue to campaign for his liberation from government custody. Their worship of this incorrigible con artist has not diminished at all, but has only increased, as he continues to languish at Camp Cupcake. Apparently he has been elevated to the status of GOAT in the selfish-help rogue's gallery. Plus, he can change your DNA.

Need your face, boobs, butt, or wallet lifted? Try the Access Energetic Facegrift TM
It's been a while since I've written about the vaguely Scientology-inspired sex-and-money scampire known as
Access Consciousness. Figuring it was time for at least a brief check-in, I popped onto their Facebook page and came across a couple of recent posts about something called the Access Energetic FaceliftTM, which has actually been a thing for a few years now, but I hadn't written about it yet. Some of the posts link to a fairly creepy video that apparently gives a general idea of the process.

The Facebook posts also link to
a blog post on the Access web site, which invites aging targets to explore some exciting new possibilities.
What if you could undo the ravages of aging so you could appear younger and more vibrant, without surgery, injections, creams or pills?

And what if, as you experience these physical changes, you could experience other changes, too, as your points of views (aka judgments) about aging shift?

How might this change how you view yourself in the mirror, no matter your age or appearance?

Would you be interested in this other possibility? If so…

Welcome to the Access Facelift™.

The Access Energetic Facelift is a wonderful way to rejuvenate and reverse the appearance of aging on the face, while creating similar effects throughout the body. It reverses the effects of gravity and activates the muscle structure in the face that can become less dynamic as you get older. All by having someone place their hands, in a non-invasive way, on your face and upper body.
It may be non-invasive, but if that video I linked to above is any indication, you still have to take your clothes off.

Want proof that the Access Energetic Facelift really works? Well, there's a very blurry series of pics of a woman in Mumbai, India, who claimed the Facelift caused subtle but desired shifts in her facial skin texture and chubbiness. Here, judge for yourself.

The blog post has a link to a page on the Access site that has more "information" as well as a class schedule. The page answers burning questions such as, "What occurs during class?"
This class is a one-day, hands-on class in which participants learn the Access Energetic Facelift and participate in gifting two sessions and receiving two sessions.

During this class, you will work with the energies in the body and face, and while applying these, discover what can be released.

Once we get rid of the judgments we project at our faces and bodies daily in the mirror, our body has the space to regenerate itself.
Well, okay. Regeneration is a big thing in some New-Wage/alt-health circles; I wrote about it back in 2011. At any rate, the Access Energetic Facelift can apparently lift more than just the face.
People have reported changes in the following:
  • The light and luminosity of the face
  • Elasticity of the skin
  • Clarity of the eyes
  • Glow in the hair
  • Lifting of breasts and buttocks
  • Improved energy
  • Increased relaxation
What are the prerequisites for the Access Energetic Facelift? You may be pleased to know that there are absolutely none. Even if you're an Access virgin you can take advantage of this wonderful flopportunity.

But how much does it cost? Sorry, that's a seekrit until you register:

Global pricing, Repeat pricing and Age pricing applies.
Your individual and applied pricing can be seen under Billing & Payments after registering.

I'm not going to register, but if you do, let me know how much they're trying to stick you for. And as always, I'm interested in hearing from folks who have experienced this miracle for themselves.

That's it for now, and I'm guessing you get the drift, or the grift. It may be a new year/decade, but where New-Wage crapitalists are concerned, it's the same old story.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Saint Kevin Trudeau becomes GuruKev as Facebook clamps down on his "celebrity" page

When I was called KT, I had a fun “business mode” tycoon type vibration, as many wealthy tycoons used their initials as their “names”.

When I am called “Uncle Kevin”, I am broadcasting the frequency of a family member, a “sage” who can “read” you, teach you, and mentor you with love and kindness, someone who is wise and cares about you as family.

When people call me GuruKev, I am putting out a frequency mostly of love and light, and someone that can “transform” and totally plug into the “ether” thus being a total conduit of knowingness (and much more that I will not reveal here).
~ Kevin Trudeau, "What Is In a Name?", from
his new GuruKev web site

* * * * *

Lies are flowing out
Like golden showers on the Interwebz
They slither while they pass
Onto the feeds of brand new waves of rubes
Schemes to suck their wallets dry
Are targeting their open minds
Astounding and confounding them.
Lie, Guru Kevin, oh,
Leopards never change their spots
Leopards never change their spots
Leopards never change their spots
Leopards never change their spots...

~ To the tune of "Across The Universe" (with profound apologies to The Beatles)

As you may know if you're a regular reader of this blog, being confined to a Federal Prison Camp for years has never stopped serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, a Whirled-favorite topic for more than 10 years, from thinking up new scams and schemes and shticks. Clearly he's paving the way for his release in 2024 (or sooner, if he and his minions can only get #NotMyPresident Donald Trump to commute his sentence and maybe even pardon him).

Shortly after he was first incarcerated in Chicago's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center, ahead of the criminal-contempt trial that resulted in a conviction and ultimately landed him at FPC Montgomery (AL), Trudeau seriously began trying to re-brand himself as a spiritual leader. Through some of his most loyal proxies, he spread messages on social media of
miraculous revelations he was receiving from behind bars, promising that all would be revealed in good time. And with the help of minions and a passionate fan base, he built up impressive martyr creds, earning him the Whirled nickname of Saint Kevin.

Accordingly, I halfway thought he might be working up to a new shtick as a "Christian" prosperity preacher of some sort, once he got out of the clink. After all, even though he has certainly appealed to New-Wage/McSpirituality believers as well as motivational geeks who aren't particularly religious or spiritual, a significant part of his fan base considered themselves "Christians."

But it seems that Kevin Trudeau may be going in a different direction, spirituality-wise. Lately he has taken to branding himself as Guru Kev, and he is not using "guru" in the Western sense of being a master or ultimate expert at some mundane pursuit such as deceptive marketing or robbing people blind. Nope, he's using the word in the Eastern sense of being a spiritual master.

his new GuruKev web site, visitors are met with some new hype that sounds a lot like the old hype:

Your Wish Has Been Granted.
You have been looking for something and now you’ve found it.
What you have been seeking is here.
You asked, and this site has been given to you.
All your answers will be given to you.
Attain SUCCESS beyond your wildest dreams.
Riches – Health – Happiness
A “Real Guru” can help you make
all your dreams come true, in
EVERY area of your life.
A “Genuine Guru” can give you
that “something” that has been always
missing in your life.
An “Authentic Guru” can reveal
that “missing piece within” that
you always knew has been missing,
yet you cannot describe.

On the page from which I pulled the first passage preceding this post, as well as on a Facebook post I'll link to below, Trudeau 'splains the origin of his "Guru Kev" moniker. It is not a name he gave himself, he says, adding that the nicknames he's had in his life have been bestowed upon him by other folks, depending upon the sort of vibration or frequency he's putting out at the time. The implication is that he is controlling the vibes and therefore the nicknames, and that other people are simply responding to his skillful maneuvering and manipulation. (Of course he can teach you to be a master maneuverer and manipulator too, for a price.)

Well, frankly, I am offended that I've been overlooked once again. I have been calling Kevin names for years and years, in response to the vibrations and frequencies that he was clearly emitting. I've called him "True-dough," "Katie," the aforementioned "Saint Kevin," and, of course, "serial scammer." And once,
in response to that avuncular vibe of which he seems so proud, I even called him "Unca Kevin." But he didn't even mention those names.

I first found out about Katie's new guru shtick when I decided to pay a visit to the Kevin Trudeau Facebook page to see if there were any new announcements or revelations or something else eminently snarkworthy. Alas, the page did not show up in my search results. I thought perhaps I'd been blocked from seeing it, although that didn't make sense. I've been blocked for years from commenting on the page, or even from responding to it, but never from merely seeing it.

A bit of further searching revealed
a December 17, 2019 post on the Free Kevin Trudeau Facebook page (from which, as it happens, I'm also blocked from commenting or responding). The post, labeled "Priority communication from Kevin Trudeau," explains that the main Kevin Trudeau Facebook page has been taken down by Facebook and made inaccessible, due to new rules about Facebook pages that use celebrity names. Kevin's team is looking into it and will keep us posted.

The message of the "priority communication" is that the sudden inaccessibility of the page is not a problem but rather just another opportunity. And indeed, as you'll see if you scroll through
the Free Kevin Trudeau page, it seems to have taken over the promotion of the various schemes and info-frauducts that were previously promoted on the original Kevin Trudeau page.

There's a small complaint lodged in with all of the good cheer, though.

It has also come to my attention that in the “chaos”, for lack of a better word, that has ensued “out there” while I have been “in here”, there are a number of people, websites, social media pages, etc. that are spreading my messages, some with my permission and blessings, and others that are distorting my messages and even selling my copyrighted creations like “Your Wish Is Your Command”, “The Success Mastery Course”, “Nuggets of Gold”, and the “Science of Personal Mastery”. These particular individuals are claiming “rights” to my creations and selling them, seeking profit only for themselves, without my knowledge nor permission, nor the permission of GIN.

While some of these people have good intentions, this activity is both illegal and unethical. Clearly, this dilutes and distorts the purity of my message and is not in the best interest of ALL.

We are aware of them and they will be contacted and appropriate actions taken.

Many thanks and appreciation to those of you who are serving as my “eyes” to the “outside”. Keep up the good work!

By the way, if you are willing to help with being our “eyes to the outside”, please send an email indicating your willingness to assist with this "COMMENT BELOW"

Subject- “Eyes To The Outside”

We will get back to you with specific instructions. Thank you in advance, you are much appreciated!

Shame on anyone who tries to "dilute the purity" of a lifelong con artist's message!

By way of explaining the GuruKev nick, there's this:

Some of you may be wondering, "Why 'GuruKev'"? When people in the west use the word Guru it means something like "the ultimate expert; a master". I was called "America's Marking Guru" by the Wall Street Journal for example because of my expertise and success in that area.

Guru as used in the EAST, actually means "dispeller of darkness" or "one who sheds light", and refers to spiritual enlightenment, not expertise or mastery in some endeavor.

Over the last 7 years I was called "Kev" most of the time. During that time I taught many of the people here things like yoga, exercise, stretching, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Meditating, and "How to manifest your Dreams". Without any prompting, everyone suddenly started calling me "GuruKev".

I did not choose this name. This was the "title" or "label" that was given to me. Please read the post “What’s In A Name” for a partial explanation.
Reading this and other messages makes it clear that Kevin still has a soft spot in his heart for the Global Information Network, or GIN, the organization that began life as one of his biggest and most successful (for him) scams, and thrived as such for several years. It would seem that GIN still has a soft spot in their hearts for him as well, which I guess is understandable, in light of the fact that it's still being run by some of his pals.

A December 3, 2019 post on the Free Kevin Trudeau page mentions GIN, among other recommended sites. Apparently one of Katie's ex-con buddies, one Jason Sant, millionaire Mormon and proud Kevin Trudeau "mentee," has a paid scheme of his own going, thanks to Kevin (see number 3, "The Science of Conscious Creation"). Here, from the Facebook post that I've been quoting, is a short list of blessed-by-GuruKev sites, with some Cosmic Connie annotations.
PLEASE SHARE! There are so many amazing resources that continue to be made available from KT, both directly and indirectly through highly trained students of his! If you aren’t up to speed on everything that’s available, check out the following websites:

1. “Guru Kev” ( ... some of the latest and greatest FREE content from KT where he expands on many of the GIN principles, including six brand new lessons on “Who do you listen to?” [Fair warning: Nothing is really new in Katieland. ~ CC]

2. “The Science of Personal Mastery” ( ... an ongoing, intensive training course, coupled with KT’s “Nuggets of Gold” newsletter. It’s been said that of all the material KT has ever produced, THIS is his favorite! Available via donation to the KT legal defense fund. [The link on this item leads straight to the "KT Legal Defense Fund" site, on which the home page gives you several opportunities to "send good vibrations to KT, via monetary donations. The mailing address listed is for Winston & Strawn, LLP, one of numerous law firms that Katie has prevailed upon over the years to try to keep him out of hot water. (It's notable that their Wikipedia page does not list Kevin Trudeau in their "Notable Representations." I have a feeling that the firm considers him to be their biggest mistake ever.) Instructions for signing up for "The Science of Personal Mastery" course and the newsletter do not seem to be in evidence on the KT Legal Defense Fund site. In fact on the "Terms" page, it clearly states that the money is a contribution towards Katie's legal defense, that all amounts are non-refundable, and will go directly toward his "management and legal fees" -- and that the contributor does "clearly understand your contribution is not buying or purchasing any product and/or services." There's a "search" icon, but when I typed "science of personal mastery" into the search field, I got "Our apologies, nothing was found." So there's that. ~ CC]

3. “The Science of Conscious Creation” ( ... a training course based on 1,600 pages of information compiled during Jason Sant’s four-year intensive mentorship with KT in FPC Montgomery. SCC is a paid course that will provide a fresh new perspective on manifesting dreams, goals and desires and “consciously creating” the life of one’s dreams. SCC students who complete the foundational course will have access to advanced material disclosing coveted, proprietary business knowledge outlining specific action steps KT took to make millions of dollars in various industries. [Jason Sant went to prison for being a co-conspirator in a nationwide online foreclosure resuce scam. During the four years they were confined together, he became an eager student of Katie's. Turds of a feather... ~CC]

4. The Global Information Network ( Level VII training is now available! [When GIN was first launched the plan was to have 12 levels. Moving kinda slow... ~CC]

While we don’t have KT with us physically, he is still very active in making sure that his students have enough new material to continue creating the life of your dreams! We encourage you to engage in as much of the above-referenced material as possible!
[In other words... Katie and some of his closest cronies can suck your wallet dry remotely, so no worries. ~ CC]
Kevin's big dream: life on a cruise ship, and a new club with even less accountability than the old GIN
For the more materially-minded, GuruKev has
a twin site, "Nuggets of Gold." Fool's gold, I'd say. The intro page features the same type of breathy hype as the intro page on GuruKev, promising that each "Nugget" will give you a secret to help you obtain success in every area of life, and that every "Nugget" will be infused with secret knowledge and "energy." The more things change...

The domain registration info for both the GuruKev and the Nuggets of Gold sites shows an address in Ontario, Canada (96 Mowat Ave, Toronto, ON, M4K 3K1), though the actual owner name is shielded.

If "GuruKev" (and for that matter, "Nuggets of Gold") were just some more silly shticks, they would be merely snarkworthy at this point. After all, the great guru is currently confined to government sleepaway camp. How much damage can he do?

But don't underestimate him, or the loyalty of his fan base. Katie won't be confined forever, after all, and as it happens, he has big, big plans -- plans that not only echo GIN back in the day, but the evil cult-church Scientology as well.

You can get more than a hint by digging a little more deeply into the GuruKev site, such as
this "recruitment" page, which is titled, "POSITION AVAILABLE." It's signed by "Your friend, GuruKev." Here it is in part:
Over the next few years, it is my “desire” to have many great wonderful things manifest for the benefit of all of you...

...This “
Vision” includes the desire to build (or expand) a “Club” having members all over the world.

It also includes the building of a magnificent “Club Ocean Liner”. A SHIP that will be big enough for over 4000 passengers and be constantly travelling around the world.

This “Club Cruise Ship”, called Freedom, with be a virtual floating Clubhouse and similar to a Luxury 5 Star World Class Resort. This Ship will be ONE OF A KIND…The most unique and magnificent vessel on the seas (estimated cost to build: $1.5 Billion USD).

On the ship will be an area for “Residences” where Club members can buy a “Cabin/Home” to live full time, part time or have for vacations. It can also produce rental income when the owner is not “in residence” (like a second home or vacation home).

This Club “Flag Ship” will also be my main residence.

A “hotel” with luxurious cabins will also be part of the ship so that members can come and enjoy a vacation on the most magnificent “Luxury Cruise Ship” ever built.

Members will also be allowed to purchase “fractional ownership” in “Cabins/Homes” as well. This way a member can have 1 week or more on the ship “locked in” every year for “life” and get to cruise on the ship for a tiny fraction of normal commercial cruise rates on the major cruise lines.

The ship will be circumnavigating the globe and staying in exotic ports for up to 3 weeks at a time so that passengers can explore the beauty of cultures in various locations at a leisurely pace.

As a “Floating Clubhouse”, members in the club will be allowed to come on board with their guests, when the ship is in port. “Members Only” meetings, workshops, seminars, and trainings will be held on the ship. The ship will also host “Open Houses” which will include World Class entertainment and Seminars/Lectures, so that potential members can come aboard and see what The Club is all about.

The Ship will have the finest restaurants, spa, a “Natural Cures Health and Anti-Aging Clinic”, world class gym and fitness areas, the largest theater/showroom ever built on a cruise ship, and much more. It will be a utopian society, a virtual living paradise filled with happy, loving people from all over the world.

All new members will be invited to be on the ship for “New Member Orientation” Cruises free of charge. 
GuruKev blabs on a bit, and then gets to the recruitment part.
In order to make all the “Dreams” realities (including the writing of several new books and courses, relaunching my Radio Show and podcasts, establishing and building a “Land Based Headquarters, Community, and Retreat” exclusively for Club Members, and many other projects), I will need a team of dedicated people who share the same Vision as I do, have the same passion that I do, and are willing to devote 100% of their time to making all these dreams come true, as I am.

This fully committed “Mastermind Group” or “Team Alpha” (Team ONE)  will consist of people who will be my personal private staff. The team will live with me, work directly with me, travel with me, and be 100% focused on accomplishing the “Mission” of serving humanity by bettering the lives of people all around the world.

Being on Team Alpha is more than “full time” service to humanity, this is “All the Time” service to humanity while you are a member of this exclusive group. Thus, only a “Few” will be drawn to apply to be a staff member on this highly selective and unique “Team Alpha” mastermind.

Team Alpha will work directly with me and for me, side by side, together working to make the “Dreams” actually “happen”.

Being on “Team Alpha” is not for someone with a mild interest. It is certainly not for everyone. Team members will be those few rare people who, once hearing about this, “Know” this is their calling, their mission, and their purpose. It is for people who are ready to be “ALL IN”.

Here is the most exciting part. While working together, you will also be “trained”, taught, and coached by me personally, together as a group, and one on one. You will receive the highest and most advanced training available. This training will be delivered to you first, before anyone else in the world. Team members will be the most fully trained members in the Club, and in some instances get exclusive training that will not be delivered to the general membership.

This training will make you a master of manifesting your desires, and attaining inner states of total emotional and spiritual freedom. You will attain complete “Liberation” and become a true “Master”.

For the right person, this is a dream come true, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Some of you right now are probably already bouncing off the walls with excitement and enthusiasm. Some of you will have a very hard time sleeping tonight thinking “This is too good to be true!”

Well, it is true.

We will also establish the “Volunteer Service Corps” (VSC).

This will be for people who still want to work with me personally, be a part of the mission, and who share my vision.  But perhaps they have families or have other reasons and responsibilities as to why they who do not want to have a 100% all-consuming life working on the manifesting of the “Dream”.

These people still want to be a major part of making the Dream happen, but would rather prefer to have a more “normal life”, work only normal full time or part time hours, and who get to “go home after work” to be with their family and friends. 
Then he tells you how you can apply to be considered for one of these enviable positions. The address to write to is someone named "Tonya Canada" in Snyder, Texas. GuruKev helpfully adds that the recruitment process includes:
1.) Candidates getting all the information about the opportunity, getting all their questions answered, and deciding if they have a burning desire to be on one of the teams and be considered.

2.)”Testing” the candidates, with such programs as CliftonStrengths assessments and other such tools. Then determining who we will consider offering Membership in the Volunteer Service Corps (VSC) or Team Alpha (TA). This will be based on multiple factors including competence, experience, expertise in various areas that are needed, the candidate’s burning desire level and intensity to be on the team, and other considerations.
I'm pretty sure there will be a "financial fitness" test as well, but there's no mention of it on the page.

So, is any of this beginning to sound familiar? Take that "Team Alpha" bit (please): GIN "Inner Circle," anyone? And as for that "Volunteer Service Corps".... shades of Scientology? In fact, that whole cruise-ship idea is unpleasantly reminiscent of
Scientology's notoriously abusive SeaOrg. A friend remarked that Trudeau is "going full L. Ron Hubbard!"

Indeed, I've heard from various sources over the years that one of Trudeau's long-time goals is to have an organization somewhat like Scientology, with his own body of work as the basis. And it's pretty easy to imagine Trudeau using international waters to violate labor laws and create an entire brigade of volunteers to serve his every need.

None of this should be very surprising to anyone who knows Kevin Trudeau's background. He has dabbled in Scientology over the years,
famously recommended Scientology and its intro book, Dianetics, to his employees years ago (here's a direct link to a 2003 memo), and, according to a January 2015 piece in Business Insider (under "Up Close And Personal"), his prenup required one of his ex-wives, Kristine Dorow, to reach a certain level in Scientology. I've blogged about all of this stuff before, but it certainly bears revisiting now.

On a separate page on the GuruKev site, GuruKev lays out his "Vision" for a brand new seekrit club. And if you think you've seen all of this before, of course you have. This is the same laundry list of promises that accompanied the launch of GIN more than ten years ago. I believe that list also included GIN yachts, as well as banks and schools and an entire separate infrastructure solely for GIN members. As we... well, okay, I... like to say on this blog, it's deja screw all over again.

One point seems clear: Federal prison is a great incubator for scams. Guru Kev -- and his "mentee"
Jason Sant, for that matter -- are living proof. You probably don't need me to tell you this, but I'd advise taking a healthy dose of caveat emptor along with that "love and light" vibe that Guru Kev and his pals are pushing.

This post has been updated to include the information about "The Club," and the 'magnificent "Club Ocean Liner"' -- i.e., with the exception of the last paragraph, everything under the subhead, "Kevin's big dream" etc. I have also added my annotations, including additional links, to the list of "GuruKev-approved" web sites in the first section of this post. ~ CC, 20 December, 2019

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Flawsuits and bad whines and fake Xmas wars: a few Sunday leftovers

It's a lazy Sunday, and since I don't feel like cooking up a substantial post from scratch today, I'm serving a plate of reheated leftovers, in the form of updates on previous posts.

Tony Baloney banks on luck o'the Irish to stifle BuzzFeed News and Twitter
Earlier this year, on
May 29 and June 22 to be exact, I wrote a couple of posts about BuzzFeed News' ongoing series covering accusations against selfish-help icon Tony Robbins. Robbins had been accused by numerous parties of emotional, physical, and in some cases sexual abuse and misconduct. He had repeatedly denied the allegations and had threatened to sue BuzzFeed if they didn't retract their stories and/or quit writing about him.

As I noted in an update to my June 22 post, but am bumping it up here as well (along with some additional content), BuzzFeed published yet another installment in its Tony Robbins series on November 22, 2019 --
that's Part 6, for those who are keeping track. This latest story covered Robbins' alleged sexual abuse of a minor female at a summer camp in Southern Cali way back in 1985, when Tony was 25, but already rich and famous.

Following the publication of that piece, Tony, who denies those allegations as well, had apparently had enough.
He has now decided to SLAPP Buzzfeed with a defamation flawsuit, and is currently threatening to sue Twitter too in the bargain, apparently for allowing people to tweet about the Buzzfeed series. But he's not suing in the United States; rather, he's suing in Ireland, with his lawyer rationalizing that Dublin is Twitter's European headquarters.

a Scribd link to the complaint.

The Irish Times reported that Robbins is being represented by a Belfast-based libel lawyer named Paul Tweed, who denies the claim that Robbins, like other public figures who have filed unsuccessful defamation suits in the United States, is engaging in "libel tourism." Tweed also countered BuzzFeed's accusation that Robbins was abusing the Irish courts, since BuzzFeed's headquarters and primary audience are in the US. He noted that the BuzzFeed journalists who wrote the articles are based in the UK. But BuzzFeed spoksman Matt Mittenthal responded to that by pointing out that Ireland is "a sovereign nation that hasn't been part of the UK for nearly 100 years. This is a bizarre and flimsy attempt to justify a transparent legal manoeuvre."

And Mike Masnick,
writing on the TechDirt site on December 4, cut to the chase:
Of course, the real reason to sue in Ireland is because either lawsuit would be laughed out of court in the US. The bar to prove defamation against a public figure like Robbins would make it nearly impossible for Robbins to win a defamation lawsuit here, unless he could somehow prove that Buzzfeed made up the reporting, which seems highly unlikely. And, of course, Section 230 of the CDA would protect Twitter. Even in Europe, it seems unlikely that Twitter could be held liable for how other people tweeted, just because Mr. Robbins is "aggrieved" about how this story spread.
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed continues to stand by their reporting.

Whinemaker Trump Junior gets triggered again
In late November
I posted a lengthy snarkalysis about the reactions to Donald Trump Jr.'s first book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, which had been released earlier that month. The book quickly soared to the top of some prestigious bestseller lists, but lots of folks were crying foul in the wake of revelations that numerous republican/conservative orgs, including the Republican National Committee (RNC) made bulk purchases.

One point I made in my post was that even though sales of DJTJ's magnum dopus were indeed artificially boosted by those mass purchases, the book most likely would have done pretty well on its own, thanks to the cult of Trumpism. I also pointed out that although it's a given that the Trump family are scammers, bulk purchasing isn't illegal and in fact is commonly done, by scammers and non-scammers alike.

But I also made the point, as I have before, that right-wingers and conservatives seem to be more easily "triggered" (and hate-filled) than the lefties and liberals whom they're continually accusing of being hyper-sensitive snowflakes. Junior himself filled the pages of Triggered with his own whining about how awfully he and his family have been treated. As if to reinforce that particular point, on November 30
DJTJ uncorked another bottle of red whine on Twitter when he groused that airport bookstores operated by Hudson News bookstores are refusing to sell Triggered. He griped that he'd been in seven different airports that week and hadn't seen it. "Why not have the #1 book?" he tweeted. "Usual BS I suppose?"

The tweet, with its strong implication of a nefarious liberal conspiracy to squelch the book,
inspired his minions to flood Hudson News' social media accounts, berating them for their alleged participation in the conspiracy. But Junior's lament also inspired a flood of snarky rejoinders from those who are, to put it mildly, not supporters. One Twitter user responded to Trump's complaint by saying that he thought the books were fully stocked in the fiction section; another one, using the handle @MuellerSheWrote, noted that "there are boxes and boxes of them at the RNC."

Apparently Triggered is for sale on Hudson Booksellers' website, but regarding its brick-and-mortar stores, Hudson didn't respond to request from Newsweek for comment about Junior's tweet.

I wonder if Junior also thinks it's part of the "usual BS"/triggered-lib conspiracy that his book
was pretty quickly bumped from its number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list by a scathing tome about his daddy, A Warning, By Anonymous

Phony holiday wars continue
Just the other day I was nattering about the phony "war on Christmas," which this year was joined, thanks to #NotMyPresident Donald John Trump, by the phony "war on Thanksgiving." With my usual gift for stating the painfully obvious, I predicted that despite Trump's declaration that the Xmas "war" had been won, the conservanoids weren't about to relinquish that phony construct entirely.

And along comes
right-wing nutcake/culture-wars veteran/Trump ally/career hypocrite Newt Gingrich to prove me right. He and another top Trumpanzee, former Acting Attorney (and scammer) General Matthew Whitaker, have come right out and stated that those demonic Democrats, with all of that impeachment nonsense, are ruining Christmas. #Impeachment is the new #HappyHolidays, I guess.

Newt went on Fox News to cry his crocodile tears about the degradation of the holiday by the impeachment, which in typical Trumpian form he described as "a modern-day lynch mob." But as many others have pointed out, including Charlie Nash on Mediaite,
Newt himself participated in the ruination of Christmas back on December 19, 1998 when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the House voted to impeach President Bill Clinton.

Jack Holmes,
writing in Esquire, also made note of Gingrich's hypocrisy, adding:
...what tale of shameless grandstanding would be complete without a contribution from Matthew Whitaker, the former Big Dick Toilet Salesman whom the president once saw fit to make the Acting Attorney General of the United States?
That's right, folks: turn off that Bing Crosby. Shut down the Mariah Carey. Nix the "Wonderful Christmastime"—which, contrary to blasphemous reports in this very magazine, is good. It's going to be all impeachment, all the time. Give your Dad a congressional gavel in a box. (Or a T-shirt from War on Christmas x Impeachment.) Of course, what Whitaker's really saying is that people may be forced to discuss the president's assault on the American Constitution at some point this holiday season, which simply will not do. Then again, this is the same guy who jumped on Fox News in October to declare that "abuse of power is not a crime." It is, however, the most essential reason to impeach a president. Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas indeed. And a Happy Impeachment.

That's it for now; more soon.