Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Another tempest in a teapot: Google delists and relists whiny Health Ranger

A fiery screed from the rabid right
A cloud of lies and a piercing, "I've been censored!"
...The Health Ranger whines again!
[Cue William Tell Overture]

I've been noticing that lately there is a lot of intensely whiny snowflakery in Scamworld, and some of these whimpering snowflakes happen to be alt-right nuts as well as scammers. They do love their persecution narratives, it seems, even more than they love their Cheeto Jesus and their guns. One such alt-right scammer (and friend of scammers) is Mike "The Health Ranger" Adams, long-time frauduct peddler, histrionic promoter of conspiracy narratives, and passionate Donald Trump supporter.

For quite some time now Adams has been beating his chest about being a heroic voice of truth, standing bravely on the front lines of the fight against the "lying mainstream media." More recently he volunteered himself as a soldier defending the "legitimacy" of Trump's "presidency." I
wrote about that just this past December:
In an "open letter" to His Unholy Orangeness, Adams urges Trump to refuse to let the mainstream press corps into his (ultra)White House at all. After all, declares Adams (repeating by rote what every faithful Trumpian knows), the mainstream media are Drumpf's enemy and "they will do anything and everything to destroy you."

Though Adams' faux-fight against the legitimate press has been an overwrought attempt to get the #NotMyPresident's attention, so far I've seen no evidence that Drumpf has even acknowledged the existence of Mike Adams. This is in contrast to
Trump's bromance with top-of-the-steaming-heap conspiracy monger, Alex Jones.

But being ignored has not kept Adams from sticking his nose as far up Drumpf's aperture as he can possibly get it, rooting around up there and then smearing the results all over his pro-Trump platforms. Apparently he thinks that if he keeps on doing that, his efforts will be rewarded eventually. In that regard Mike Adams is like
many other loudmouths on the alt-right, as noted by the Washington Post last November, immediately following the election.

So let's get to the whiny part already. Adams' latest online drama, which plays right into his "brave warrior for truth" shtick, occurred last week when his main site, Natural News, got penalized -- "delisted" -- by Google. For several days he whined and whined and whined about it, beginning with
a "Red Alert" on February 23, which bore this headline (accompanied by a picture of a nuclear bomb detonating):

RED ALERT: Fascist Google begins PURGE of pro-Trump websites as prelude to massive false flag or coup attempt

On that same day, a White House petition was initiated to "Ban Google's Blatant Suppression of Free Speech." At the time I'm writing this, the petition has 64,851 of the 100,000 sigs needed in order for the White House to at least acknowledge it.

By February 26
Adams was in full shrill conspiracy mode:

Mike Adams, Alex Jones attacked… is it a prelude to a false flag event targeting Trump?

As most of you are aware, last week we witnessed massive attacks on independent media. Alex Jones, who is by far the leading voice in the war against tyranny, was stripped of $3 million in ad revenue after being banned from AdRoll. We saw Milo, one of the loudest Trump supporters, be ripped apart after making irresponsible statements that the media was able to manipulate into pro-molestation remarks, causing him to lose his $250,000 book deal and step down from Breitbart. And now NaturalNews.com, which has been a pioneer in exposing the lies of big pharma, vaccine makers, and dirty food pushers, has had all of its 140,000 articles scrubbed from Google, even while Google refuses to provide any evidence justifying the blacklisting. We see this for what it is; a massive conspiracy to silence the truth.

Before all of these events unfolded, Mike Adams, a.k.a. The Health Ranger, had a suspicion that something was about to happen when an anonymous person offered Adams $50000 to destroy Alex Jones. On his February 17th podcast Adams explained that after he had refused to take the money or lie about Jones, the person threatened that the media would retaliate and destroy Adams. Just five days later we witnessed this come to fruition.

Are these attacks on such high profile independent media members a result of being Pro-Trump? Jones has a direct connection to Donald Trump and had a significant influence on him being elected. Milo has been an avid cheerleader for Trump and his executive orders on immigration. Adams owns the popular
Trump.News website, which provides real news about what is happening in the Trump administration, and threatens the fake news spewed out by mainstream media.
The mention of Milo above was, of course, a reference to Milo Yiannopoulos, whose book deal was recently canceled by Threshold Books, a division of publisher Simon and Schuster. Here's Vox:

Shortly after Threshold’s deal with Yiannopoulos was announced, prominent liberal intellectuals announced that they would be boycotting Simon & Schuster. The Chicago Review of Books announced that it would not review any Simon & Schuster books in 2017. Literary superstar Roxane Gay pulled her upcoming book from Simon & Schuster’s list.

And that’s because Yiannopoulos is not a garden-variety conservative author. He is a professional troll who weaponized Twitter as a tool for (racist, sexist, transphobic) harassment so effectively that
Twitter was forced to permanently ban him. On his ongoing college speaking tour, he has doxed trans students, putting their lives in danger. He routinely makes hyperbolically offensive statements like “feminism is cancer,” designed to rile up liberals, and then when liberals get angry, he winks and says he didn’t really mean it: He was just being provocative.

But none of that — not Yiannopoulos’s history of harassment and bigotry, not the widespread outcry and the loss of major authors — was enough for Threshold Books to think twice about acquiring his book in the first place, let alone cancel his contract. It took
the resurfacing of a video in which Yiannopoulos explicitly defends pedophilia for Threshold to pull the plug.

For many on the left, including writers like Gay, the timing of
Threshold’s decision demonstrates that the publisher doesn’t really care about Yiannopoulos’s right to free speech so much as it liked what he was saying before he got to the part about pedophiles — and, more importantly, that it believed its customers would like what he was saying. Threshold thought it could make money from his book, and now it doesn’t think it will.

...In other words, Threshold has sent a clear message: Explicit bigotry, harassment, and hatred are tolerable among conservative thinkers. Defense of child molestation is where we draw the line in the sand.
Don't shed any tears for Milo, though; I have no doubt he'll take his book elsewhere and find acceptance. I suspect he still has a large platform and a dedicated fan base. It's all about free speech, you know.

Anyway. In a separate post on February 26, Adams groused that
Google had refused to 'splain its "blacklisting" of Natural News.

Conspiracy-fan-in-disguise Erin Elizabeth, the Health Nut (
previously mentioned on this Whirled) got in on the hysteria and histrionics early on with this brief post. Her conspiracy-minded fans joined in the conversation; you can read their thoughts about "censorship" and various devious plots thereof in the comments to the post.

And my favorite blogging doctor David Gorski, aka Orac,
whom Adams has viciously defamed, enjoyed a brief moment of schadenfreude.

Google did speak up about the matter shortly after the whinefest began. Apparently
a webmaster guidelines violation was the real reason for the "banning," which, it should be noted, wasn't an outright ban but just a penalty. And as for the delisting occurring without warning, the Search Engine Land article noted this:
Natural News said in its post that “Google sent no warning whatsoever to our ‘webmaster tools’ email address on file with them,” but not all penalties will receive a notification via Google Search Console. More extreme and deceptive violations will not receive such notifications.
But Adams insisted that Google was lying about their reasons, and he insisted that several "liberal" sites such as CNN, HuffPost and BuzzFeed were guilty of the same violations he'd been accused of, and they hadn't been penalized.

Whine, whine, whine.

In any case,
as of today (February 28) Natural News is safely back on Google's index.
Naturally Adams claimed credit, insinuating that the petition he had started had done the trick and that "your voices have been heard." Basically his "official statement" about the relisting was yet another extended whine...
As Natural News was being censored by Google, we were also being assaulted and called liars by the same left-wing media that routinely attacks Donald Trump. By censoring Natural News, Google empowered a massive wave of defamation articles that deliberately sought to exploit the absence of Natural News in the rankings to spread knowingly false lies and hatred about Natural News and myself in particular.

In essence,
Google just enabled one of the most vile hate campaigns ever witnessed on the ‘net, all while denying Natural News any ability to defend itself against such hate-based smears and malicious lies. It is the electronic equivalent of binding your hands, slapping duct tape over your mouth, and throwing you to the lions. All this from a company that once claimed to “do no evil.”

In effect, Google censored us, then allowed others to smear us, then hosted a webmaster forum which attacked us and called us liars, then refused to provide us with any evidence of wrongdoing, all while silencing our ability to defend ourselves in the public space.

There’s no question in my mind that none of this would have ever happened if Natural News had been a Clinton-supporting website. There’s no question in my mind that Natural News was discriminated against because we were a convenient political target that could be silenced as part of an elaborate smear campaign to drag our reputation through the mud, scare away future visitors and harm our revenue-generating traffic as a form of economic sabotage...

Somebody call the waaahhhhhmbulance.  

Speaking of vile hate campaigns, Google has also enabled Natural News' vile hate campaigns against people such as David Gorski/Orac, and for that matter, against Hillary Clinton and everyone who voted for her... but I digress.

None of this is to suggest that Google is a completely benign force or that its penalization of websites is always logical or consistent. We all know that's not the case, and website owners and bloggers have been bitching about this for years and years. But in this case the reason for Natural News' delisting seemed fairly straightforward, and with the problem fixed... there's no problem, right? Wrong. Adams felt compelled to inject his overwrought conspiracy narrative and political ranting into the matter, even bringing Herr Drumpf and Adams' customary nattering about "false flags" into the drama. But hey, it added to Adams' martyr creds and probably didn't hurt his revenue stream.

And don't forget that Adams has his own search engine,
GoodGopher. GoodGopher filters out what they consider "disinformation" and government/Big Pharma propaganda, instead stacking their search results with alt-nutty and rightwing sites (euphemistically dubbed "independent news media") such as NaturalNews (of course!) as well as Breitbart, The Blaze, Washington Times (which is owned and run by Moonies), Drudge Report, Western Journalism and more.

On GoodGopher you can choose "mainstream media" for your results, but you'll mostly get FOX News results, and if you get an outlet such as the Washington Post you'll see it has been "flagged by the user community for malicious or misleading content." 
Clearly, "misleading" and "malicious" are in the eye of the beholder. (This blog doesn't show up in the listings under either independent or mainstream media. It's as if it simply doesn't exist on the Internet at all. Maybe this going-on-eleven-years experiment was just a dream...) 

Adams also has his own "alternative" to Wikipedia, the ludicrously misnamed "TruthWiki," which is chock-full of fluff/promo copy for predatory fraudsters and right-wing nutcake political ranting. 

In any case Adams is still fighting the good fight
and continuing to wax histrionic about the "vile assaults" that he and Natural News are "enduring" from "lunatics" and people whose minds have been poisoned by fluoride and mercury and whatnot.

Adams' whining reminds me of the whining of the stupidest and most evil man in Scamworld, Not-Doktor Lenny Coldwell, whenever Lenny gets suspended from Facebook, which is fairly frequently. Lenny generally whines that he got "banned" because he supports Trump and/or because he tells the "truth" about cancer cures. But in truth he gets thrown in Facebook jail because people report him
for hate speech. Both Lenny and Adams play the martyr card to the max, falsely claiming they're being censored for truth-telling.

In a more general sense the Health Ranger's laments also remind me of serial scammer Kevin Trudeau's vintage whines (and current gripes) about being oppressed by the government for telling the "truth" and
fighting for your and my First Amendment Rights.

the true threat to the First Amendment (and much of the rest of the Constitution) is sitting in the Oval Office with his wrecking crew, plotting out ways to destroy America and re-mold it according to their plutocratic, theocratic agenda.

By the way, there is
another Natural News article that has been making the social media rounds lately, bearing the headline:

In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler arrested and executed ‘fake news’ journalists who rightfully claimed that Jews were being exterminated

Adams didn't write that piece; it was authored by prolific right-wing propagandist and Natural News contributor Don Wrightman, but it is prominently featured on the Natural News site, and as I write this it is at the top of the list of "Most Viewed Article" on the site. And even though it was published in December 2016, it is currently being shared on numerous right wing sites. Some folks who are emphatically not right-wingers are sharing it as well on social media, not considering the source and the real reason for the article.

Given the context, including the links within the article (particularly the link to Adams' "truth-telling" site liberty.news), it is abundantly clear that this piece was a protest against critics of Mike Adams and his fellow "independent journalists" rather than a statement about Herr Drumpf's war against the legitimate media. So all of you Trump critics who have been sharing this article should probably reconsider your choice. Clearly this piece is little more than another blatantly transparent effort to make Trump's and Adams' critics, including the media, look like the real "Nazis"/threats to freedom, while portraying Adams, Alex Jones, Breitbart and the rest of the fact-free "press" as the true First Amendment defenders/martyrs.

And c'mon people. Y'all are too smart to believe that.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Kevin Trudeau & cronies beg Trump to pardon & free serial scammer

I've added a few links and pics since this post was first published.
~ CC, 11 February 2017

In the turds-of-a-feather category...  
I suppose it was inevitable. Ed Foreman, former Republican Congressman and loyal long-time pal of imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau (aka KT, aka Katie), has apparently written a letter to Not-My-President Donald J. Trump, begging him to pardon Katie for the criminal contempt of court charges for which Katie is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in a relatively cushy Federal Prison Camp (FPC Montgomery, Alabama). Or, lacking a full pardon, Ed implores Trump to release Katie from prison, as he has, according to Ed, "been punished enough."

The letter, posted to a new blog, "Stand With KT," repeats all of the distortions, rationalizations, excuses and outright lies that Katie, his legal team and his legions of fans and followers have been repeating for years. (Here's a February 2016 Whirled blog post that calls out some of those lies and addresses some of the legal and moral contexts.)

Essentially -- and this will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been following the Trudeau saga -- Ed's plea frames Katie's struggle as a heroic one and Katie as a martyr to an overreaching, tyrannical government and an unjust legal system. It also cites a "biased Judge," playing right into Trump's own disdain for judges who have ruled against Trump. As well, it indicts the evil mainstream media who are constantly distorting things, which again panders to Trump's own mediaphobia. It heavily plays the sympathy card too, and of course wouldn't have been complete without a hearty dose of sycophancy towards the Orange Emperor.

Kevin loves America, and has been a tireless champion for Free Speech and the US Constitution. He has been one of your biggest supporters and fans. When you announced your candidacy for President he immediately said you would win and did many things behind the scenes to promote your victory...

...During his more than 3 years of imprisonment both his mother and father passed away. And he was not even allowed to attend their funerals! He has been punished enough.

I am asking you, in fact I am pleading with you for your consideration, compassion and understanding to Pardon Kevin Trudeau or at least commute his sentence to time served and have him released immediately.

Having worked closely with 5 US Presidents, I can say with compete confidence, that you will be one of, if not THE, greatest Presidents of all time.

You have my complete support in every way, and I know you will always have Kevin's complete loyalty and support forever.
Kevin himself has also petitioned Drumpf directly, as documented on another post on the Stand With KT blog. And here is a direct link to his letter, which is more of the same old same-old and includes the obligatory brown-nosing of Drumpf.

You are a brilliant business person and a marketing genius. You have dealt with state AG's, government regulators, and lawsuits. You know what it is like to have false allegations and misleading statements made about you in the media, in court papers, and on the internet.

You were wrongfully attacked about Trump University, and had to deal with a "biased judge", untrue media reports, and lies about you and Trump U. You will "get this" better than anyone.

But again... who didn't see this coming? Since
Trump himself is such a major scammer (one whom Salty Droid began nailing years ago), and since Katie has on numerous occasions expressed admiration for Trump (as have several of Katie's fans and followers, such as notorious "coach" Coral Grant), it's only natural that some of Katie's cronies would actively petition Trump to free their hero. And it's no big surprise that Katie himself would do some petitioning on his own behalf.

After all, Trudeau lost his appeals in the lower courts, and in December 2016 the Supreme Court of the United States made the choice not to hear his case. (Here's them, thumbing their collective noses at him, or more accurately, having one of their clerks do it.) Over the years, Katie and some of the principals of his numerous shell companies have spent millions and millions and millions of dollars (of Trudeau's as well as other people's money) beating what amounts to a legal dead horse, in recent years trying desperately to buy Katie's freedom. And they've done this despite Katie's numerous Facebook posts about how blissfully happy he is in Camp Cupcake (his nickname for the prison camp in which he is languishing).

And so, having failed in his attempts with the judiciary, he is now appealing to the executive branch. But he's not doing so as a "wronged" citizen appealing to the pretend leader of the free world, so much as a lifelong swindler appealing to a fellow swindler. At its essence Kevin Trudeau's missive to Donald Trump is a desperate plea for professional courtesy.

The Stand With KT blog isn't moderated, yet, though I suspect it soon will be, in light of the fact that I chose to join the conversation.

[Update 11 February, 2017: So far my comment remains, and a few others have been added since then.]

There's also
a new web site (which I found out about from Bernie O'Mahony of GINtruth fame -- thanks, Bernie!), which is a call to action for Katie's dimwitted fans to inundate Herr Drumpf with pleas.

We are going to use a very successful military strategy called
During the next 30 days we are going to SHOCK the White House with
Millions of tweets, millions of email and tons and tons of physical letters.
Nothing has an impact like dozens of trucks dropping off tons of mail.
It will make a huge splash.
This will be a movement like nobody has ever seen before.
Done properly it will save our Freedom of speech rights
Here’s what we can do to help
#1 Read the following letters
Read the reason for Kevin’s incarceration in his own words (Click to Read)
Starting today and for the next 30 days do as much of the following
as you can and do it multiple times per day.
#2 Using all types of media, send this website address,
www.kevintrudeau.com to as many people as you possibly can
#3 Go to www.Whitehouse.gov/contact Write a letter in your own words
Advocating for Kevin Trudeau’s release and submit it via their online form
#4 Mail as many copies per day as you possibly can for 30 days, to the addresses below. For every letter the Government gets they calculate that 100 other people believe the same thing but just did not take the time to write. So every letter is important. It has a very powerful impact...
There are several other recommended tactics, including sending Instagram messages to Drumpf, sending daily messages on Drumpf's Facebook page, calling the White House daily and leaving "a message for the president to free Kevin Trudeau," and so forth, and doing all of the above as often as you possibly can during the next 30 days -- and, of course, sending money to Katie's Legal Defense Fund. It's all in the service of saving "our right to Free Speech."

Katie's old
cohort and scam partner Lee Kenny, who is safely in the UK away from all US government harassment, wrote a post on the Kevin Trudeau Facebook fan page on 9 February, urging people to get involved in Project Free Katie. (I have removed all of the embedded links from Lee's message and added one of my own: a link to the Kevin Trudeau '"facts" section, which once again is a repetition of the same old misrepresentations, distortions and bald-faced lies.)
Kevin has asked if we can help him in a 30-day massive action push to have his sentence pardoned, or at least reduced to time served.
I have been working with the wonderful Ed Foreman and key behind the scenes people to create a 30-day massive action plan to highlight Kevin's cause to President Trump, the most obvious person who has the power to get Kevin released.
Social media has the ability to play a huge role in taking this all the way and will be done in concert with offline methods too.
We will be encouraging you to use the #FreeKevinTrudeau message in this 30 day push on Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness.
Kevin has also created an official website that just launched at KevinTrudeau.com
It is certainly not the finished article, and will have information added daily. Make sure you read
the Kevin Trudeau facts section which goes in to granular detail about why Kevin is currently taking an all-expenses paid break in Alabama! This has already been sent to President Trump.
For many, many reasons now is the time to focus the energy on this and help Kevin. When I tell you we were a hair's breadth away from being on Obama's final pardon's [sic] list, you should be encouraged. If you can play your part, in any small way, it will be appreciated and acknowledged
If you have any questions, please feel free to reply or message me. But most of all go to KevinTrudeau.com and tag any friends or colleagues who may be able to join us in this 30-day push!
Many Thanks
"All-expenses paid break in Alabama"... heh. Also, I'd take that claim about Trudeau being a "hair's breadth away" from Obama's final pardons list with a huge grain of salt too. By the way, here's Bernie O, responding to a misguided soul on Facebook who shared the new KT web site link. 
Apparently the minions are obeying the directive and are trying to communicate directly with Drumpf. I don't know which is more pathetic: their requests to the Scammer in Chief to free a fellow scammer, or their belief that Trump is actually an advocate of free speech.

But whether or not Trump will respond favorably to Katie and his fans, or will even acknowledge their harassment, is another matter entirely. After all, we have no evidence (yet) that Katie's passion for Drumpf is at all requited. Unlike the situation with Trudeau and convicted killer
James Arthur "Death" Ray, who gleefully promoted Katie's scams while Katie defended Ray (and Katie's scammy brainchild GIN even featured Ray as a keynote speaker in 2015), I've yet to see any indication that Donald Trump is an admirer of Kevin Trudeau or that he has even heard of him.

Certainly Drumpf has many other important things on his mind, such as tweeting, pissing off other nations,
signing our rights away, and so forth. Who's to say when or if he will turn his attention to a Scamworld colleague who got caught and actually punished for scamming? Maybe he'll dismiss Trudeau as a "loser." Winners don't get caught. In any case I'll keep you posted on any developments in the Trumpdeau saga, and of course you're free to do your own research too, and give me a heads-up if you see anything. We all help each other here.

Related on this Whirled:

PS ~ Trudeau isn't the only scummy scammer whose dimwitted fans seem to think that Herr Drumpf will exercise his superpowers on behalf of their dubious hero. Not-Doctor Leonard Coldwell, ex-b.f.f. of Kevin Trudeau, once again landed in Facebook jail for 30 days after being reported for hate speech (again). After he was released from jail he once again claimed that the blocking happened because he was "fighting for Trump." As you'll see in the second screen grab below, one fan suggested that now that Drumpf is in power, Facebook (which the fan doesn't seem to realize is a privately owned company that has every legal right to set its own "community standards" of what is and is not allowable speech) will no longer be allowed to block LoonyC. Um, that's not the way it works.

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