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  • Cancer charities used public's $187 million for cruises, dating sites: FTC

    05/19/2015 6:41:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-19-15 | Robert King
    The federal government has charged four sham cancer charities for bilking more than $187 million from consumers for cars, trips, luxury cruises and even dating site memberships. All 50 states and the District of Columbia joined federal officials to charge in federal court the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The four charities and various executives were charged with using telemarketing calls, direct mail, websites and other materials to raise money. The money was supposed to provide cancer patients in the U.S. with...
  • Obama says climate change is personal....daughter Malia had an asthma attack as a toddler

    04/08/2015 1:58:04 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 90 replies
    Dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4/8/15 | By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
    Obama says climate change is personal to him because daughter Malia had an asthma attack as a toddler Said he can relate to 'fear a parent has when your four-year-old daughter comes up to you and says, "Daddy, I'm having trouble breathing" ' Health scare resulted in a single trip to the emergency room for Malia - who at the age of 16 now lives an active life, inhaler free But other children aren't so fortunate; they they find themselves in and out the emergency room several times a year, he said White House says higher temperatures lead to increases...
  • Philly Woman Sues Angie's List , Calls Service "Fraudulent,Deceptive" (Obama bot Angie is Outed )

    03/28/2015 2:44:47 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 33 replies
    philadelphia magazine ^ | 3/26/2015 | Victor Firrolla
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/26/angies-list-class-action-lawsuit/
  • World Financial Group

    03/13/2015 10:19:39 PM PDT · by Falconspeed · 11 replies
    The question is whether the World Financial Group (WFG) is a good and trustworthy manager of wealth? I accept, allow and approve this question, because I am convinced that the WFG is an incompetent and untrustworthy overseer of a person’s wealth. Here are fifteen reasons why. The final cause and goal of the WFG is confusing. I was told to meet “the manager” at the WFG office in Encino at 10:00 am on a morning in December. When I arrived early at 9:30 p.m. and sat in the waiting room for thirty minutes, two people kindly asked me who I...
  • MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND OBAMA'S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 13 replies
    americancommitment.org ^ | 2/25/15 | americancommitment
    MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND OBAMA'S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET In the Wall Street Journal's stunning expose of how political operatives at the White House overruled the FCC's own experts to pave the way for this week's upcoming vote to regulate the Internet, we learned that the key link between a small group of liberal tech executives and President Obama was David Karp, the president of Tumblr. Specifically, the Journal reported:
  • Tax Hacks: Beware the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams (Husseincare not mentioned)

    02/21/2015 2:50:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    msn ^ | 2/21/15
    Tax season is bad enough without getting caught in a tax scam.
  • Republicans outfox Democrats on climate votes

    01/22/2015 7:15:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 21, 2015 | Elana Schor and Darren Goode
    The GOP accepts the notion of climate change - but not the way Democrats wanted them to.Senate Republicans head-faked Democrats on climate change Wednesday, agreeing in a floor vote that the planet’s climate was changing, but blocking language that would have blamed human activity. In a complicated maneuver that was the first politically perilous test for Senate Republicans, the new majority party split up the votes that Democrats had hoped would force the GOP into an awkward roll call on whether they believed in the science behind climate change — just hours after President Barack Obama slammed Republicans in his...
  • The Tulving Company is Out of Business?

    03/03/2014 1:41:20 PM PST · by pterional · 38 replies
    Blog ^ | about.ag
    March 3, 2014 3:45PM As we predicted/requested on Friday, The Tulving Company has gone out of business, as of Monday morning. They are no longer answering their phones, and we have reliable information confirming that they are ceasing operations. This page will be updated as more information comes in. There is a lot of information on our old page about The Tulving Company. We hope to update this page with information about what will happen next. At this point, our best guess is that The Tulving Company will file for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, we believe that there will be little in...
  • Obama Administration to Unveil Plans to Cut Methane Emissions

    01/13/2015 1:46:45 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 1/13/15 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Obama Administration to Unveil Plans to Cut Methane Emissions By CORAL DAVENPORT WASHINGTON — In President Obama’s latest move using executive authority to tackle climate change, administration officials are announcing plans this week to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The administration’s goal is to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production by up to 45 percent by 2025 from the levels recorded in 2012, according to a person familiar with Mr. Obama’s plans. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the proposed regulations this summer, and final regulations by...
  • If Your Pastor Has A $60k A Year Clothing Allowance, You Probably Should Leave That Church

    10/11/2014 9:11:03 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-12-2014 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday evening I had my pastor over to Casa de Giles to enjoy one of my fine cigars with the family and me. During the course of catching up, I found out that several new families from a local South Florida mega-church had left that zoo and had joined our church. The reason why they said they absconded had me gobsmacked – and I’m a hard critter to shock. Having been in the ministry for twenty-five years, I’ve pretty much heard it all and have seen it all, but I wasn’t ready for this curve ball. This time it...
  • Woman fights to take back house stolen in deed-fraud scam

    10/12/2014 2:04:13 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/12/14 | By Amber Jamieson
    Woman fights to take back house stolen in deed-fraud scam By Amber Jamieson It’s a case of grand theft house. A Manhattan woman claims an ex-con stole her family home in Queens by filing a phony deed with the city and moving in. Now Jennifer Merin is battling in court to remove the convicted armed robber, Darrell Beatty, 49, and his sons, Darrell Kash Beatty, 25, and DeShaun Beatty, 22, from the three-bedroom Tudor she says they snatched in February. “It just devastates me,” Merin, an online film critic, said as she looked at cherished family heirlooms — photos, a...
  • America's Worst Charities: #1 Kids Wish Network

    10/07/2014 8:28:05 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 18 replies
    Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families. Every year, it squanders almost every penny. The money gets diverted to enrich the charity’s operators and the for-profit companies Kids Wish hires to drum up donations. Sick children wind up with less than 3 cents of every dollar raised. That has been the formula for 16 years, ever since Kids Wish mimicked the respected Make-A-Wish Foundation and launched its relentless drive for money. In the past decade alone, Kids Wish has channeled nearly $110 million donated for sick children...
  • Carbon hypocrites: Greens’ fossil-fuel profits

    09/30/2014 4:34:16 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/28/14 | By Michael James Barton
    Carbon hypocrites: Greens’ fossil-fuel profits By Michael James Barton Billionaire Democrat activist Tom Steyer is using his fortune to combat what he thinks is the greatest threat to America. No, not ISIS or Ebola. To help favored congressional candidates, he’s running an ad that highlights pollution from an oil refinery owned by Charles and David Koch — whose political donations largely favor the party Steyer opposes. And never mind the fact that Steyer had no qualms about fossil fuel back when his hedge fund was making millions in the industry. With this effort, Steyer joins a long list of green...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Owns 5 Luxury Homes, Rented World's 5th Largest Yacht, Now Marches to Save Climate

    09/23/2014 6:42:45 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 44 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 9/23/14 | PJ Media
    Leonardo DiCaprio Owns 5 Luxury Homes, Rented World's 5th Largest Yacht, Now Marches to Save Climate Why do Leonardo DiCaprio and Senator Bernie Sanders say they want change while they jetset around the world?
  • Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly to come out for People's Climate March in New York

    09/20/2014 6:58:58 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 58 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 9/20/14 | BY NANCY DILLON
    Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Evangeline Lilly to come out for People's Climate March in New York A-list actors, including DiCaprio, Lilly and Mark Ruffalo, are set to walk in the massive People’s Climate March this Sunday in Manhattan, which is expected to be the largest march for climate action in history. Lilly told the Daily News she was marching for 'my child, my family, and for everyone who has the great privilege of living on this beautiful planet of ours.' The stars are coming out in a bid to save the planet. A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo,...
  • ‘All hope is lost’: Worried Dems cry desperation in new fund-raising tactic

    08/29/2014 4:07:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would like you to donate. Right now. The campaign organization, hoping to lead Democrats to control of the House come November, has spent the past week sending out a series of strongly-worded, seemingly desperate, fundraising e-mails trying to get supporters to donate. "All hope is lost," reads the subject of one such e-mail. "We're in serious trouble," it continues. "Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are massively outspending us...If we get blown out right now, we might as well give up hope until 2016." Another e-mail says Democratic campaigners weren't ready for Republican attack ads....
  • Nanny Refuses to Move Out 3 Weeks After Being Fired, Upland Couple Says

    06/27/2014 4:07:14 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 26 replies
    ktla.com/ ^ | 6/27/14 | Y KENNEDY RYAN AND KACEY MONTOYAN
    Nanny Refuses to Move Out 3 Weeks After Being Fired, Upland Couple Says Upland couple Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte were caught in what they described Thursday as a nanny nightmare. The Bracamontes fired their live-in nanny three weeks ago, but said the woman was refusing to leave and even threatened the couple with legal action. “She said, ‘if you want me to go, you’ll need to evict me. I have rights,’” Marcella Bracamonte said. In March, Marcella Bracamonte placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a retiree to watch her three children — two boys, ages 11 and 4, and...
  • ‘Game The system’? Nonprofits, Including Farrakhan-Tied Group, Enjoy Windfall From Farm Subsidies

    03/09/2014 5:13:21 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-9-2014 | Emily Boyd Walker
    'Game The system’? Nonprofits, Including Farrakhan-Tied Group, Enjoy Windfall From Farm Subsidies Published March 09, 2014 FoxNews.com, Emily Boyd Walker Several nonprofits that have little to do with farming or are in poor standing with their local governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past decade, federal records show. They include an Islamic charity tied to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a Midwestern group devoted to waterfowl habitat, and a major conservation group with few farms to its name. The group tied to Farrakhan, called the Three Year Economic Saving Program, has...
  • As Obama Whined About Drought In California, the Real Story Comes Out

    02/17/2014 4:21:30 PM PST · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Rightwingnews ^ | 2/16/14 | William Teach
    I mentioned Saturday that Obama took a long fossil fueled plane trip all the way to Fresno, California to complain about “climate change” and announce a $1 billion “climate change” slush fund. Part of the trip was to whine about the drought in California. His “science” adviser, John Holdren ( a believer in Malthusian prophesy), even went so far as to say that it wasn’t about reservoirs (which some were calling to be built), but about the lack of water to fill the reservoirs. Actually, he’s half right, and there’s a reason for that
  • Vanity: Google Voice- anyone here use it?

    02/11/2014 6:46:55 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 33 replies
    Google ^ | FEB. 11, 2014 | Google
    Features Explore some of the most popular features of Google Voice by watching these videos: Overview Voicemail transcription One number Personalized greetings International calling SMS to email Share voicemails Block callers Screen callers Mobile app Conference calls Number Porting
  • Don't return calls from these area codes -- it's a scam!

    02/03/2014 12:16:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | Joseph Steinberg
    A scam that repeats itself in modified forms every few years is once again spreading throughout the United Sates. Don’t be a victim! Criminals target people simply by calling them. Intended victims receive a call on their phones from area code 473 which rings once and then disconnects, thereby arousing the call-recipient’s natural curiosity – “who just called me and from where?” Sometimes the caller actually allows the phone to ring long enough for the victim to answer -- after which the caller (or the caller’s robocaller system) makes groaning sounds or otherwise indicates that he or she is in...
  • MONEY: Watch out for the 12 scams of Christmas

    12/16/2013 6:34:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Special to the Herald/Review
    Christmas Day is fast approaching, and although the holiday may bring out the best in people, it can also bring about scammers to take advantage of your generosity. Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona wants everyone to be aware of the “12 Scams of Christmas.” On the twelfth day of Christmas, a scammer gave to me: • Twelve malware e-cards. Viruses and malware often travel in e-mail attachments or links. Don’t click on an e-mail from someone you don’t know or a name you don’t recognize. When in doubt, delete the e-card or e-mail. • Eleven stranded grandkids. It’s the...
  • 1 born every minute: Study says Americans can't spot scams

    11/10/2013 10:49:40 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 26 replies
    msn.com ^ | 9/12/13 | By Mitch Lipka
    1 born every minute: Study says Americans can't spot scams A study by an investment regulatory group finds that a large percentage of Americans can't spot even obvious attempts at separating them from their money. By Mitch Lipka Hey consumers and investors, it's time to get your game on. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation made some disturbing findings about your ability to figure out when someone is trying to rip you off. First, let's be clear. People are trying to rip you off. More than 80% of those surveyed said they had received solicitations to buy into a potential scam....
  • Grand Island Police Department warns of healthcare scams

    10/23/2013 2:43:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    KHAS-TV, Hastings NE ^ | October 23, 2013 | By News 5 Staff
    The Grand Island Police Department warned citizens Wednesday of a number of new scams related to the Affordable Care Act. A press release from Officer Butch Hurst outlined five possible ways people could be trying to take advantage of consumers trying to sign up for healthcare coverage. #1 The fake “Obamacare Card" Scam. #2 The information Update Scam. #3 The fake Navigators Scam. #4 The Fake Coverage and Mandatory Payment Scams. #5 The Fake health Exchange Website.
  • 'RATS in A Panic in Massachusetts (Gomez)

    06/11/2013 7:25:52 PM PDT · by publius911 · 34 replies
    Democratic Party | June 11, 2013 | email
    Sucker=xx=xx Bad news: After Republicans spent $400,000 in sickening ads to hijack John Kerry's old Senate seat, a terrifying new GOP poll shows an incredibly close race: Markey (D) 45, Gomez (R) 44% And the election is in JUST TWO WEEKS away I know you're a top President Obama supporter, so you need to know that the next 36 hours are critically important for the President. If we lose this seat, Mitch McConnell will be a step closer to: -blocking every single sensible gun law -completely repealing Obamacare -tearing apart Social Security and Medicare President Obama needs you to finish...
  • Who is Ed Mezvinsky? [Can Anyone Verify This?]

    05/21/2013 2:10:15 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Email | 5/21/13
    Edward "Ed" Mezvinsky born January 17, 1937, is a former Democrat congressman. As a Democrat, he represented Iowa 's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for two terms, from 1973 to 1977. He sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided the fate of Richard Nixon. He and the Clinton's were very politically intertwined for years. In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to 80 months in (Federal) prison. Ed Mezvinsky embezzled more than $10 million...
  • Swedish women warned off dating 'US men' online

    02/25/2013 7:01:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    A US engineer whose online claims didn't turn out to be true have left a Gothenburg woman out of pocket and brokenhearted, and one of dozens of Swedish women who have fallen victim to an increasingly common online dating scam.
  • US Officials: China Refuses to Help Stop Investment Scams

    01/09/2013 6:55:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    ABC News | 1/9/13 | Matthew Mosk & Brian Ross
    The Chinese government snubbed a U.S. request for help in cracking down on a string of alleged investment frauds that have cost Americans billions, outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro told ABC News. The lack of cooperation has stymied efforts to recoup investor losses, she said, in one of the largest sprees of alleged financial crimes in recent memory -- one that has gone largely unnoticed by most Americans. "The consequence is it´s very much more difficult for us to prove our cases," Schapiro said in one of her final interviews before leaving the post,
  • Profitable not-for-profits (tax dollars fund high life tax-free)

    12/07/2012 5:34:54 AM PST · by Liz · 16 replies
    NY POST ^ | 12/7/12 | EDITORIAL
    New York pols turn non-profits into personal piggy banks with tax dollars. * Queens state Senator Shirley Huntley steered $30,000 to her niece; Huntley was arrested and lost reelection. * Ex Brooklyn councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted of funneling $1.5 million to his mistress, his sister, two brothers and other pals through a network of nonprofits. * Ex Bronx state senator Pedro Espada was convicted of looting $545,000 from his federally funded health clinic for vacations, lavish parties...and $1 million to cover his legal fees. * Ex Queens assemblyman and powerful labor leader Brian McLaughlin stole $3.1 million from public...
  • PBS and Big Bird

    10/11/2012 7:08:29 AM PDT · by greyfox · 6 replies
    Real clear politics ^ | Oct 11/2012 | greyfox
    Dennis Miller joins Bill O'Reilly to lend his perspective on the upcoming Vice Presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden along with comments on the big bird controversy
  • Officials warn DNC visitors of hotel, ticket scams

    08/31/2012 5:47:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/31/12 | Meghan Cooke
    Officials warn DNC visitors of hotel, ticket scamsBy Meghan Cooke The Charlotte Observer Posted: Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 **SNIP** Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont President Tom Bartholomy said credentials to see President Barack Obama deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium, which were handed out recently, will likely go on sale on Craigslist and eBay. But the BBB warns that some credentials sold by third parties could be counterfeit. Bartholomy said legitimate credentials have security features. People with fake tickets will be turned away, he said.
  • Help with 501c's - Vanity

    07/06/2012 9:45:02 AM PDT · by texas_mrs · 25 replies
    USPS | 7/06/12 | me
    My parents are donating daily to these people. My father has Parkinson's & is SO worried about 0bama ruining the country that he donates to nearly everything he gets. Fortunately, my Mom gives the mail to me and I select (with her approval) which ones are forwarded, saving them a pile of money & more mail that is caused by each donation. Today I have FOURTEEN of them!
  • Facebook overvalued at $50 bln: Bloomberg's global poll [IBTIMES story from 1 year ago]

    05/22/2012 11:48:16 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES ^ | 2/2/2011 | IBTimes Staff Reporter
    Sixty-nine per cent of investors say Facebook is overvalued after Goldman Sachs invested $450 million in a deal that valued the company at $50 billion, according to the quarterly poll of 1,000 Bloomberg customers who are investors, traders or analysts. The Bloomberg poll conducted between January 21 and 24 shows investors disagree with Goldman Sachs' assessment that Facebook is worth more than Web pioneers such as Yahoo!, the biggest web portal, and eBay, owner of the biggest online retail marketplace. Palo Alto, California-based Facebook surpassed Yahoo! in October as the third most-visited website in the world, the report says. "Those...
  • Marshals use fatal flaw to catch fugitive in scam case

    05/14/2012 9:44:40 AM PDT · by 4buttons · 6 replies
    Virginian-Pilot Online ^ | May 14, 2012 | Kris Hundley and John Martin
    He had at least $1 million in cash, believed to be from donors who thought they were giving to the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. But he lived like a pauper, stocking up on beef jerky and bumming meals at homeless shelters.
  • MALKIN: 2011 was a year of widespread self-serving scandals, scams

    12/29/2011 6:47:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Gazette ^ | 12/29/11 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    MALKIN: 2011 was a year of widespread self-serving scandals, scamsMICHELLE MALKIN December 29, 2011 6:37 PM With 2011 drawing to a close, it is time to account. As an early-and-often chronicler of Chicago-on-the-Potomac, I am amazed at the stubborn and clingy persistence of President Barack Obama’s snowblowers in the media. See no scandal, hear no scandal, speak no scandal. Dartmouth College professor Brendan Nyhan asserted in May — while Operation Fast and Furious subpoenas were flying on Capitol Hill — that “one of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals.” Conveniently, he...
  • Man who begs for money on New York streets revealed to be legendary comedian living in $3.5m home

    10/14/2011 12:36:41 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 78 replies
    was once known as 'The World's Foremost Authority'. Professor Irwin Corey, comedian, actor and left-wing political activist, strolls along Manhattan's East 35th Street pan-handling every day, seven days a week, for the last 17 years. Of course professor Corey - who has enjoyed a long and illustrious career spanning Broadway, television, theatre and comedy clubs - does not need the money. In fact he is not even homeless, despite his scruffy, scrawny appearance, but has an apartment in an affluent area of New York which he believes to be worth $3.5million. His reasons for posing as a homeless down-and-outer and...
  • Arctic ozone loss at record level

    10/05/2011 10:35:32 AM PDT · by dila813 · 45 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 October 2011 | Richard Black
    Ozone loss over the Arctic this year was so severe that for the first time it could be called an "ozone hole" like the Antarctic one, scientists report. About 20km (13 miles) above the ground, 80% of the ozone was lost, they say. The cause was an unusually long spell of cold weather at altitude. In cold conditions, the chlorine chemicals that destroy ozone are at their most active. It is currently impossible to predict if such losses will occur again, the team writes in the journal Nature.
  • NASA Advances Evaluation of Piantelli’s LENR Research

    09/28/2011 7:18:22 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 81 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | Sept 28 2011 | Steven Krivit
    NASA Advances Evaluation of Piantelli’s LENR Research Posted on September 28, 2011 by Steven B. Krivit Multiple sources have confirmed to New Energy Times that a team comprising NASA engineers and an investment group from the U.S. is expanding its interest in the low-energy nuclear reaction research of Italian biophysicist Francesco Piantelli. A meeting with the group and representatives of Piantelli will take place in the next few days. According to Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, NASA was working months ago on experiments based on Piantelli’s research. Piantelli’s work with LENR goes back...
  • Al Gore's Five Loaves and Two Fishes[pulls Chicago Carbon Trading investments before collapse]

    09/22/2011 9:59:56 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 21st, 2011 | James Delingpole
    Not content with having invented the internet, the great Climate Science communicator Al Gore appears to have developed still more miraculous skills of late: the ability to turn 17,000 into 8.6 million – just like that. The figures refer to the number of "views" for Gore's special "24 Hours Of ManBearPig" which this column helped celebrate the other day. Gore claims that as many as 8.6 million flocked to his thrilling festival of climate fear; but a nasty cruel man called Charles the Moderator at Watts Up With That? has "done the math" and reckons the figure is probably more...
  • Be On The Look Out ~ Big Government Ripoff?

    06/07/2011 4:13:01 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 51 replies
    June 7, 2011 | beachn4fun
    I'm posting my situation on a thread in order to alert others to be on the look out of ways the government, especially the local government, may be ripping us off. I believe we are being targeted as fools to pay for our politicians shortfalls. I live in Maryland, a very liberal state which taxes everything, and am seeing signs they are desperate to raise money instead of ways to cut spending. Here is a situation I found myself in recently: I received a "final notice" for speed monitoring violation from the town of Forest Heights PD (Maryland). However, I...
  • Beware: "Scientists Cure Cancer, But No One Takes Notice?"

    06/05/2011 3:51:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Many people have seen - and shared - an article online with the catchy headline, "Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice." Surely if a cure for cancer had been discovered, people would notice, right? The link being circulated via Facebook and other social media sites is to a poorly-written HubPages article which states, "Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat...
  • Why men are easy prey for investment scams

    05/27/2011 2:30:30 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 5/27/2011 | Robert Powell
    May 27, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EDT Why men are easy prey for investment scams Know if you’re vulnerable to fraud and protect yourself By Robert Powell, MarketWatch BOSTON (MarketWatch) — As someone whose family was affected personally by the Bernie Madoff scheme, and as someone who knew Brad Bleidt, a Boston-based scam artist who misdeeds preceded Madoff’s, I’m deeply concerned about the issue of investment fraud. So, too, is John Gannon, the president of the Education Foundation at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, known as Finra. Gannon was among those who spoke this week at Boston University’s Future of Lifecycle...
  • Help With Possible PayPal/eBay scam

    05/27/2011 12:40:32 PM PDT · by Jim Noble · 24 replies
    Vanity | May 27, 2011 | Jim Noble
    I recently sold a camera on eBay. The buyer was very insistent on 2nd day delivery. Paid by PayPal yesterday, and I shipped FedEx 2nd business day yesterday. I sent tracking info to buyer with expected delivery 5/31 yesterday, he responded with thanks and paid extra again thru PayPal for the expedited shipping. This morning he filed a PayPal claim for nondelivery/not as described. My PayPal account is frozen and, because I already transferred the $$, is overdrawn. Fortunately, I can still retrieve the camera from FedEx. It's obvious to me that this is a scam, but how does it...
  • 'Chaotic' ACS:Law facing costs over file-sharing cases

    04/18/2011 2:55:27 PM PDT · by Cardhu
    BBC ^ | April 19th 2011 | Staff
    A controversial law firm that tried to get money from computer users by accusing them of illegal file sharing could be hit with massive legal fees. ACS:Law and its one solicitor, Andrew Crossley, sent thousands of letters threatening recipients with court action if they did not pay out. Now a judge has ruled that the company may be responsible for wasted costs in the case and ordered a full hearing. Mr Crossley's lawyers declined to comment. The proceedings represent something of a role reversal. Originally the Patents County Court had been asked to hear the cases brought by Mr Crossley's...
  • Lawrence Solomon: The $7-billion carbon scam

    12/07/2010 9:08:56 AM PST · by enduserindy · 13 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 5, 2010 | Lawrence Solomon
    Scam artists from around the world, capitalizing on lax regulations at the Danish emissions trading registry, have made off with an estimated $7-billion over the last two years, according to Europol. Denmark’s Office of the Auditor General is now investigating the fraud, which occurred after the Danish registry dropped requirements that carbon traders be documented. While allowing a free-for-all served the carbon market on the short term, by appearing to inflate the interest in carbon as a commodity, it ultimately backfired when much of the trading proved to be phony. Read more: http://opinion.financialpost.com/2010/12/05/lawrence-solomon-the-7-billion-carbon-scam/#ixzz17RgHIzXh
  • A Fertilizer Trading Market? ( More nonsense...by the Maryland Department of the Environment. )

    12/02/2010 11:19:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | December 2, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    The last fertilizer trading market, at the Chicago Climate Exchange, died and closed due to nobody wanting to buy the brand of fertilizer they were selling. Besides that example, I have to think this might not fare any better, simply because farmers really don’t want yet another intrusion into their lives by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Image: Tiny Farm Blog - click for more From the University of Maryland:Rewarding Eco-Friendly Farmers Can Help Combat Climate ChangeUMD Study Advises State on Creation of ‘Nutrient Trading Market’COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Financially rewarding farmers for using the best fertilizer management practices...
  • TSA: New Scanners Kept Many Illegal or Dangerous Items Off Planes This Year

    11/18/2010 12:55:19 PM PST · by kingu · 84 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 18, 2010 | Diane Macedo
    Airport passenger screening measures have become a touchy issue in the U.S. in the past week, but in the past year the controversial measures have detected more than 130 prohibited, illegal or dangerous items that otherwise would have made it onto airplanes, the Transportation Security Administration says. The TSA now requires all passengers at some U.S. airports either to pass through a full-body scanning device, which reveals everything beneath their clothing, or to submit to a thorough pat-down inspection -- a choice that has some travelers livid about their loss of privacy. But the TSA says keeping passengers safe is...
  • Cat Scam Costs Woman $31,000

    10/16/2010 10:07:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Cameroon Online ^ | 10/14/2010
    An Austrian woman failed to look a gift cat in the mouth and ended up $31,000 US poorer and without the free animal promised in an online scam, Austrian media reported Wednesday. The 19-year-old woman from Salzburg province had found an offer for a free “British Shorthair” cat on the Internet, broadcaster ORF reported. Instead of delivering the gift, the purported cat donor started asking for money transfers to Cameroon for vaccinations, air transport, official papers and quarantine costs, promising that the money would be repaid later. The woman made 23 transfers, but her furry friend was never sent, the...
  • Russians in NY aided '$3M bank hack'

    10/01/2010 1:46:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2010 | BRUCE GOLDING and JEREMY OLSHAN
    A baby-faced band of "money mules" helped an Eastern European hackerring transfer $3 million in cash it pilfered from American bank accounts, federal prosecutors in New York said yesterday. The group, including several women who are college co-eds here on student visas, was allegedly tasked with opening hundreds of bank accounts used to receive the stolen funds.
  • McDonald's May Drop Health Plan (but Obama said you could keep your plan!)

    McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul. The move is one of the clearest indications that new rules may disrupt workers' health plans as the law ripples through the real world. Trade groups representing restaurants and retailers say low-wage employers might halt their coverage if the government doesn't loosen a requirement for "mini-med" plans, which offer limited benefits to some 1.4 million Americans.