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  • What's the deal with Trump Wine?

    03/13/2016 3:50:19 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | March 11, 2016: 10:58 AM ET | Aaron Smith
    What's the deal with Trump Wine? by Aaron Smith @AaronSmithCNN Donald Trump doesn't drink but he owns his own vineyard - Trump Winery - with a landing pad for his helicopter. CNNMoney (New York) First published March 11, 2016: 9:18 AM ET he site says the winery has 50,000 square feet of winemaking facilities, tank capacity of 100,000 gallons, and a 750-barrel cave. Trump also operates the vineyard's Albemarle Estate, a 26,000-square foot, 45-room mansion, as a hotel that can fetch up to $999 per night. The winery produces 40,000 cases annually and receives 100,000 visitors a year who taste...
  • The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle

    07/13/2015 12:55:54 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-07-2015 | Len
    In the past, I documented the overstatements by both the IEA and EIA in 2014 & 2015 in terms of supply, inventory and understatements of demand. Others also noticed these distortions and, whether intentional or not, they exist and they are very large in dollar terms. These distortions, which are affecting price through media hype and/or direct/indirect price manipulation, are quite possibly the largest in financial history. Putting numbers behind it, with worldwide production running some 95 million barrels per day, and assuming $55 per barrel for oil, the market for crude oil is about $5.2 billion per day. Each...
  • Cops: Woman claiming she needed 'spinal transplant' scams $1.2 million from man, 86

    06/04/2015 7:27:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 04, 2015 | Liam Ford
    Cops: Woman claiming she needed 'spinal transplant' scams $1.2 million from man, 86 Candy Ely, 35, lured an 86-year-old Chicago man into a romantic relationship and stole more than $1.2 million in cash and items from him, including a car, police said. (Cook County Sheriff's Office) By Liam Ford Chicago Tribune contact the reporter Crime Theft A 35-year-old woman is accused of luring an 86-year-old man into a romantic relationship and then stealing more than $1.2 million in cash after claiming she had cancer and needed a "spinal transplant," police said. Candy Ely “baited” the man “into a false relationship...
  • Blunt questions DOL media policy

    05/11/2012 3:26:15 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2012 | Mark Tapscott
    "Does DOL believe that the new policy is consistent with the First Amendment? What precedents exist for forcing journalists to utilize government-owned systems and networks to report the news," Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, asked Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in a letter today.
  • Solar-Panel Company Lays Off 40 Employees (Another Obama Green Scam Failure!)

    01/17/2012 9:04:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 1-17-11 | Kris Turner
    Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC laid off about 40 people indefinitely at the beginning of January until changes to its production line are completed, a company official said Monday. Michael Cicak, the company's chief executive officer and chairman of the board, would not say when the changes would be completed or when the laid-off employees could return to work. "We have some technical people in here improving the efficiency of the assembly line," Mr. Cicak said, adding that the Perrysburg-based facility still has about 30 employees. He said Willard & Kelsey has a little more than 80 employees when...
  • Getting Worse: $1.7 Billion Customers' Money Missing

    11/22/2011 11:42:01 AM PST · by lbryce · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2011 | Mark Duell
    MF Global's missing money mystery has taken a twist after a bankruptcy trustee said the figure is double what the firm reported to regulators. James Giddens said up to $1.2 billion is missing from customer accounts at the broker, which filed for bankruptcy protection three weeks ago. He said his plans to release $520million from accounts that have been frozen will mean nearly all the assets under his control will be distributed. Court-appointed trustee Mr Giddens has been going through the accounts and finances of MF Global since it filed for bankruptcy protection. But an investigation source told the New...
  • Tea party has a point

    11/10/2011 11:51:25 AM PST · by ancientart · 9 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | November 10, 2011 | Art Marmorstein
    It happens occasionally even to the best chess players in the world. You're only eight or nine moves into the game, but somehow you've drifted into a position so bad that it looks like the loss is inevitable. But before tipping the king, one last strategic gambit: Seek complications. You try an aggressive counterattack, a piece sacrifice or giving up the exchange for an extra tempo - anything that will make the situation more complicated and confusing. Maybe your opponent will lose his way and you can pull off a swindle, winning a game you should have lost. And if...
  • Roger Waters - Occupy ("Well, yeah, we did really swindle people.") San Fran tour tix only $700

    11/06/2011 11:31:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/06/11
    Click the link above for his so-called opinion. Click below to pay out da ass. Roger Waters Fri. May 11, 2012 8:15 PM AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA
  • Feinstein Swindled

    09/19/2011 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 19, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Some 200 California Democrat clients have fallen victim to a Madoff in their midst. Could it turn the state light blue? It's said that word-of-mouth advertising is the best kind. It certainly worked for Ms. Kinde Durkee for more than 12 years. It would still be working if she hadn't helped herself to some of her clients' bank accounts once too often. Durkee's nearly 200 clients weren't stores and small factories. They were California Democratic office holders, candidates, and committees. For all those years she was the go-to person to be treasurer for any Democrat's campaign accounts. Campaign treasurers serve...
  • Jesuit Worships Shiva with Ravi Shankar

    12/16/2010 9:51:20 PM PST · by 0beron · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/15/2010 | Tancred
    Remember when the 60s were fun? Father Jegath Gaspar Raj SJ has had a lot of interesting connections, playing an intermediary in the peace talks between Tamil Tigers and the government of Tamil Nadu, running businesses and then becoming implicated in running the 2G Spectrum Scam. Now he's worshipping Shiva to promote his musical endeavor and get himself and the local Archdiocese out of a financial jam. Some people seem to think that the Jesuits in India are pretty good. We're inclined to think they might be even worse than the ones in the West. Has anyone warned Father that...
  • Bureaucrats Swindle Greens In Cancun

    12/13/2010 9:26:36 AM PST · by Signalman · 10 replies
    American Interest ^ | 12/12/2010 | Walter Russell Read
    The climate conference in Cancun was a turning point for the world’s greens. There were two possible outcomes. One was a total political meltdown in Cancun that would have been hideously embarrassing in the short run but that in the long term would have cleared the way for more hopeful approaches to carbon issues. The other was a cobbled together pseudo-deal of some kind that would have avoided short term embarrassment but over the long run would doom the greens to a future of frustration and futility. The news at Cancun is that the global green agenda has now turned...
  • Swindle of the year

    12/12/2010 7:41:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/12/10 | Charles Krauthammer
    Barack Obama won the great tax-cut showdown of 2010 - and House Democrats don't have a clue that he did. In the deal struck this week, the president negotiated the biggest stimulus in American history, larger than his $814 billion 2009 stimulus package. It will pump a trillion borrowed Chinese dollars into the U.S. economy over the next two years - which just happen to be the two years of the run-up to the next presidential election. This is a defeat? If Obama had asked for a second stimulus directly, he would have been laughed out of town. Stimulus I...
  • Group accused in elaborate bank scam (Pictures!)

    09/29/2010 1:59:45 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 38 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 09/29/2010 | Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
    USAA and San Antonio police said they uncovered a complicated scheme by a group of people that skimmed thousands of dollars from the financial firm's bank and two other banks over the past year. Meilee Diaz, 25; Deonte Kershaw, 24; Rhonda Ellison, 27; Takeisha Martin, 30; Shanika Todd, 32; Frances Griffin, 36 and Beverly Ellison, 52, were arrested this week in connection with the scheme, according to Bexar County records. Each of the seven faces one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with theft from $20,000 to $100,000. Arrest warrant affidavits state Todd was one of two people who...
  • To Congress: Your Loan Has Been Called

    12/15/2009 1:19:08 PM PST · by FromLori · 9 replies · 595+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 12/15/09 | Karl Denninger
    Leaders are considering a hike of roughly $300 billion to the nation's $12.1 trillion deficit, though the final figure has not been nailed down, congressional aides said on condition of anonymity. Democratic leaders had previously hoped to raise the limit by at least $1.8 trillion, enough to take care of the government's debt needs through the November 2010 congressional elections. What was your first hint the former $1.8 trillion increase attempt was a bad idea? Perhaps this? Or was it China buying a literal zero of Treasury debt in October? Or was it the TIC report this morning (which I'm...
  • Obama's Treaty-Making Powers Broader Than Recognized

    12/09/2009 1:10:45 PM PST · by Riflema · 14 replies · 684+ views
    solveclimate.com ^ | 12/7/09 | David Sassoon
    It's Possible for Both Houses of Congress to Ratify a Treaty by Majority Vote Though arguably the most powerful man on the planet, U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen later this month wearing handcuffs. The failure of Congress to pass domestic climate legislation has meant the president has had to advance slowly, lest he get ahead of lawmakers in the Capitol. After all according to the Constitution, international treaties must be ratified by 67 "yes" votes in the Senate.Also still fresh in everybody's mind is the 95-0 vote the Senate cast in opposition to US participation in the Kyoto...
  • Nigerian Accused in Scheme to Swindle Citibank (bank transfers $27Million to crooks' accounts)

    02/22/2009 10:18:05 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 855+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/20/09 | Benjamin Weiser
    Swindles in which someone overseas seeks access to a person’s bank account are so well known that most potential victims can spot them in seconds. But one man found success by tweaking the formula, prosecutors say: Rather than trying to dupe an account holder into giving up information, he duped the bank. And instead of swindling a person, he tried to rob a country — of $27 million. To carry out the elaborate scheme, prosecutors in New York said on Friday, the man, identified as Paul Gabriel Amos, 37, a Nigerian citizen who lived in Singapore, worked with others to...
  • Billionaire Stanford Charged With Fraud: Texas banker swindled billions with improbable rates.

    02/17/2009 2:25:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 650+ views
    Forbes ^ | Feb 17,2009 | Duncan Greenberg
    Hoping to halt what it called "a fraud of shocking magnitude that has spread its tentacles throughout the world," the Securities and Exchange Commission charged billionaire R. Allen Stanford and other executives at his massive financial services company, Stanford Financial Group, with operating a multibillion-dollar fraudulent investment scheme. In a complaint filed early Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Dallas, the SEC alleged Antigua-based Stanford International Bank (SIB) fabricated investment returns in order to market and sell high-yielding certificates of deposits. The complaint charged SIB with selling approximately $8 billion of CDs to investors by promising improbable and unsubstantiated interest...
  • Taxpayers get to cover CalPERS risky bets

    12/21/2008 2:53:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 568+ views
    Desert DIspatch ^ | December 21, 2008 - 11:22 AM | The Orange County Register
    The front page of Wednesday's Wall Street Journal featured a shocking news story about severe financial problems in the public employees union-dominated California Public Employees' Retirement System, which has lost a quarter of its assets since July after investing heavily in real estate schemes — including high-risk speculative ventures on vacant land. According to the Journal, CalPERS has experienced its worst decline since 1932 and has lost 103 percent on its housing investments in the latest fiscal year. Here's the kicker: “CalPERS invested not only its own money, but billions of dollars of borrowed money that must be repaid even...
  • Obama Left With Little Time To Curb Global Warming

    12/14/2008 1:30:26 PM PST · by FreeManWhoCan · 46 replies · 2,452+ views
    WASHINGTON – When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid. *Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.* *Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.* Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama...
  • Vanity: MSM hides Political Affiliation of another corrupt individual.

    12/13/2008 5:39:13 PM PST · by Swingj · 15 replies · 1,349+ views
    prolifeblogs.com ^ | 12/13/2008 | Prolifeblogs
    Why doesn't the MSM tell everyone that Bernard L. Madoff was a prominent Democrat and donor. I guess it is for the same reason that they don't Say that Illinois Gov is a democrat.
  • Paulson shifts course, won't buy troubled assets (The Bait and Switch Swindle Continues)

    11/12/2008 1:30:29 PM PST · by mojito · 111 replies · 3,769+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | 11/12/2008 | Unattributed
    In a stunning turnabout, the Bush administration Wednesday abandoned the original centerpiece of its $700 billion effort to rescue the financial system and said it will not use the money to purchase troubled bank assets. “Our assessment at this time is that this (the purchase of toxic assets) is not the most effective way to use funds,” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told a news conference. Paulson said the administration will continue to use $250 billion of the program to purchase stock in banks as a way to bolster their balance sheets and encourage them to resume more normal lending. [snip]...
  • Swindler played faith card in his sales pitch (Played Mormon Card)

    06/14/2008 6:23:23 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies · 347+ views
    Salt Lake Trib ^ | 6.14.08 | Tom Harvey
    Through the years, convicted swindler Val E. Southwick had many things going for him as he convinced investors to part with their money, not the least of which was his standing in the LDS Church. Yes, he was a convincing speaker, had 20 years of investment experience, controlled a web of 150 companies collectively known as VesCor and drove expensive cars to flaunt his wealth. But it was Southwick's ability to tout his faith to the faithful that cleared the way for him to make some of the deals that eventually cheated more than 800 investors out of as much...
  • Green Swindle

    06/09/2008 11:47:36 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 9, 2008 | Ben Giles
    Green Swindle by: Ben Giles, June 09, 2008 Since Martin Durkin’s controversial documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle originally aired on the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 on March 8, hundreds of complaints have been filed to Ofcom, the independent regulator of communications industries in the UK. In one case, Carl Wunsch and Eigil Friis-Christensen, both featured in Swindle, said they felt their contributions were “completely misrepresented.” Wunsch alleges that global-warming has occurred and must be addressed. “I had never before encountered a filmmaker who clearly quite deliberately understood my point of view but set out to imply, through the way...
  • Madame made millions in 'magic cheese con'

    02/17/2008 9:07:16 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 27 replies · 1,173+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/17/2008 | Henry Samuel in Paris
    A French woman is facing embezzlement charges for ruining thousands of South American peasants by persuading them to produce "magic cheese", which she insisted would be sold for a massive profit to the French cosmetics industry. Gilbertte Van Erpe, 67, was arrested last week in Nice after nearly two years on the run. Police allege she made between £11 million and £13 million by persuading 5,000 Chileans and 25,000 Peruvians to invest their savings into what they believed was miraculous "cheese paste". "Madame Gil", as she is known, talked her unwitting victims into parting with £260 to buy a cheese-making...
  • Global Warming Swindle Web Site

    07/11/2007 5:03:24 AM PDT · by rickdylan · 25 replies · 635+ views
    The organization which produced The Great Global Warming Swindle now has its own website, which is worth taking a look at. Apparently the production which was shown in British televsision has been enhanced and made into a DVD.
  • Freedom, not climate, is at risk

    06/14/2007 7:00:59 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 27 replies · 868+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | June 13, 2007 | Vaclav Klaus
    We are living in strange times. One exceptionally warm winter is enough – irrespective of the fact that in the course of the 20th century the global temperature increased only by 0.6 per cent – for the environmentalists and their followers to suggest radical measures to do something about the weather, and to do it right now. Ask President Klaus Vaclav Klaus Is climate change just propaganda? Vaclav Klaus will answer your questions in an online Q&A. Post a query now In the past year, Al Gore’s so-called “documentary” film was shown in cinemas worldwide, Britain’s – more or less...
  • The Great Global Warming Swindle Documentary Film

    05/20/2007 8:50:44 PM PDT · by Creationist · 2 replies · 253+ views
    WTF Matrix.com ^ | Mar. 19, 2007 | ???
    A good view if you are not a supporter of man made global warming. A must see if you believe Al Gore. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4499562022478442170

    05/12/2007 7:43:21 PM PDT · by CWW · 22 replies · 1,178+ views
    Google Video ^ | 05-12-07 | CWW
  • Uncertain Science

    04/06/2007 1:47:07 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 4 replies · 559+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 5 April 2007 | Staff
    Climate Change: Delegates from 120 nations have been in Brussels trying to finalize wording for the summary of an upcoming United Nations report on global warming. This is science? No, it's politics.
  • PURE PROPAGANDA - THE GREAT GLOBAL WARMING SWINDLE (Did GGWS present inaccurate information?)

    03/25/2007 7:55:15 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 118 replies · 3,828+ views
    Media Lens ^ | 03/13/2007
    The Scientists Are The Bad Guys On March 8, Channel 4 screened The Great Global Warming Swindle, a documentary that branded as a lie the scientific consensus that man-made greenhouse gasses are primarily responsible for climate change. The film was advertised extensively on Channel 4 and repeatedly previewed and reviewed in newspapers. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Christopher Booker declared: “Only very rarely can a TV documentary be seen as a pivotal moment in a major political debate, but such was Channel 4's The Great Global Warming Swindle last Thursday. Never before has there been such a devastatingly authoritative account...
  • The Great Global Warming Swindle (Man Made Global Warming Debunked - Documentary shown on UK C4 TV)

    03/19/2007 7:20:10 PM PDT · by viper592 · 113 replies · 3,992+ views
    Watch this 1 hour 14 minute video documentary, give Al Gore the Inconvenient Truth about Global Warming.

    03/16/2007 8:22:24 PM PDT · by Reform Canada · 7 replies · 696+ views
    March 15, 2007: Hear Martin Durkin at http://tinyurl.com/3cah3b , the producer of "The Great Global Warming Swindle", now on line at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Wr1hcIp2U (produced by WAGtv and shown on TV4 in the UK) defend his film against criticism on the Charles Adler Show on CJOB radio in Winnipeg, Canada.
  • If They're Wrong About Gore-bal Warming, So What? [Larry Elder]

    03/14/2007 11:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,393+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 15, 2007 | Larry Elder
    Dear Larry, I'm a Democrat, and I enjoy your work. And I get very frustrated by those on the left who whine and are thin on the facts. This brings me to my reason for this letter: Global warming. The global warming debate is unique to humanity. If those who advocate "wait and convince more scientists" are wrong, following their advice may affect hundreds of millions of people, with possibly many killed by famine and flooding. On the other hand, if the people who advocate doing something now are wrong, the worst is mostly economic. That's a price I'm more...
  • FairTax Update -

    09/22/2005 12:29:37 PM PDT · by pigdog · 81 replies · 1,075+ views
    Nealz Nuze Archives ^ | September 20, 2005 | Neal Boortz
    FAIRTAX UPDATE There is no doubt that the story of H.R. 25, the FairTax, has been pushed into the background by the Katrina disaster, and perhaps that is as it should be. When hundreds of thousands of people are suffering as they are in the aftermath of Katrina, that is the story. The FairTax is, however, still on the minds of the political class in Washington DC. Congressman Linder tells me that the Republican leadership is more than impressed with the success of The FairTax Book. They have been receiving a steady stream of phone calls, emails, faxes ... and...
  • [RAMBLINGS] Bu's Views

    09/20/2005 5:50:29 AM PDT · by bu9418 · 351+ views
    Mark Bureau ^ | 9/20/2005 | Mark Bureau
    bureau's take on: The Fair Tax Bill, Newt in 2008? More....
  • Facts on Fair Tax show it's a great idea

    09/16/2005 5:15:32 PM PDT · by Man50D · 359 replies · 2,958+ views
    Tribune & Georgian ^ | 9/16/2005 | Jay Moreno
    Dear Editor, I've just read a new best-seller, which I highly recommend to you and your readers: "The Fair Tax Book, Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS." The co-authors are "reformed lawyer" and syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz, and Congressman John Linder, R-Ga. Linder is also the principal author/sponsor of The Fair Tax Bill (H.R. 25), currently before Congress. In the interest of brevity (the book is only 180 pages, by the way), I'll quote from the back of the dust jacket. "What the Fair Tax will do for America: eliminate the income tax and the...
  • Just how fair is the 'FairTax'?

    09/07/2005 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Man50D · 270 replies · 2,784+ views
    Money.cnn ^ | 9/7/05 | Pat Regnier
    NEW YORK (Money magazine) - If you don't care much for talk radio, or you don't live in the South, the name Neal Boortz might not ring a bell. But pay attention: Around 4 million people nationwide catch his radio show. It's No. 1 in Boortz's home market of Atlanta and ranks first or second in numerous smaller cities in red states. His 180-page polemic for radical tax reform, The FairTax Book, made its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times' bestseller list in August. When Boortz came to Jacksonville for a book signing at a downtown hotel...
  • Fair Tax - Straightening Out Some Confusion

    09/15/2005 7:03:21 AM PDT · by groanup · 438 replies · 5,688+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 9/15/2005 | Neal Boortz
    THE FAIRTAX --- STRAIGHTENING OUT SOME CONFUSION When Congressman Linder and I were busy researching and writing The FairTax Book we knew full well that it would one day become the focal point for those opposed to this tax reform idea. We tried, therefore, to make sure that our numbers and claims were correct and consistent with the research that went into the drafting of HR 25. On review, and after reading the critiques of opponents to the FairTax plan, we have concluded that there is one element of the FairTax that could have been present with more clarity in...
  • Adopt a scammer: Geeks fighting the 419 scammers and having fun doing it

    06/30/2005 2:48:50 AM PDT · by All the good names are taken · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Everyone has gotten at least one of these. Someone in Nigeria has died and left 879 billion dollars to them, but it is a) in a foreign bank b)being held from the poor recipient unjustly c) waiting on someone to pay some fees or any number of other reasons why the recipient can't get the money. Some of the situations change to ruthless industrial tycoons who face death and are now repentant and want to disburse their riches to widows in refugee camps.
  • Chavez Moves Venezuela Caribbean Oil HQ To Havana, Cuba

    04/30/2005 8:33:52 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 284+ views
    The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | May 1, 2005 | Miguel Octavio
    Castro and Chavez in business suits in Havana. Is it one of Chavez' Brioni or a Lanvin? Hard to tell he has over one hundred of them. The opening of the office of PDVSA Cuba makes perfect sense. It is clearly one of those management decisions that has been studied and analyzed and the financial models have spoken: We need to open an office in Cuba, it makes perfect sense! Let's look at the facts: -Cuba has no oil, it produces no oil, all of the exploration wells that have been drilled in the Guld of Mexico have turned out...
  • Researcher admits fraud in grant data(we ain't as fat as we're told we are)

    03/18/2005 2:26:23 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 32 replies · 1,339+ views
    boston globe ^ | 3-18-05 | Carey Goldberg and Scott Allen
    In the worst case of scientific fakery to come to light in two decades, a top obesity researcher who long worked at the University of Vermont admitted yesterday that he fabricated data in 17 applications for federal grants to make his work seem more promising, helping him win nearly $3 million in government funding. Eric T. Poehlman, a leading specialist on metabolic changes during aging, acknowledged that he altered and made up research results from 1992 to 2002, including findings published in medical journals that overstated the effect of menopause on women's health. Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors
  • EU seeks powers to spot-check accounts

    03/03/2005 12:54:56 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 11 replies · 368+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 3 March 2005 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The European Commission sought yesterday to establish itself as the EU's chief auditing authority, demanding new powers to police the budget offices of member states. 'Under the proposed law, the Commission could carry out spot checks and "in-depth monitoring visits" anywhere in the EU, at any time, to ensure that Brussels was not being fed bogus data by member states. Eurostat inspectors would be able to demand access to debt figures and "underlying government accounts" to safeguard the "credibility" of monetary union. Findings would be made public if national data was found to be misleading. This follows revelations last year...
  • ChoicePoint's 2 Top Executives Sold Stock 3 Months Before Data Raid

    02/25/2005 2:22:00 PM PST · by holymoly · 8 replies · 547+ views
    Pawtucket Times ^ | February 25, 2005 | Robert Luke and Matt Kempner
    Feb. 25--Thirteen days after the arrest of a suspect in the ChoicePoint identity theft case -- and more than three months before the problem surfaced publicly -- the company's top two executives began selling their stock. Since the sales began in November, ChoicePoint CEO Derek Smith and President Douglas Curling have sold 472,000 ChoicePoint shares worth nearly $21 million, according to the executives' Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Smith said Thursday that he did not know about the security breach at the Alpharetta-based company until well after he began selling the stock. Curling was not available for comment Thursday. The...
  • A very fat swindle by Teodoro Petkoff

    12/13/2004 9:10:06 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 263+ views
    The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | Dec. 13, 2004 | Teodoro Petkoff, translated by Miguel Octavio
    Jesus Bermudez, called “Fat (Gordo) Bermudez”, former Vice-Minister of Finance with Tobias Nóbrega, has been detained in Miami and is going to be subject to a trial for a number of violations of the law, among them, attempting to introduce as contraband forty thousand dollars in cash into the US. But things are not as simple as Jose Vicente (the VP) attempted to make it look, when he denied that the plane in which the “Gordo” traveled belonged to CVG. Let’s see. In order to be free on bail, one hundred thousand dollars were paid in a flash. Who paid?...
  • "suspension@Ebay" email (Fraud Alert)

    06/10/2003 9:37:47 AM PDT · by pbear8 · 24 replies · 1,025+ views
    internet | June 10, 2003 | self
    Subject: TKO NOTICE: eBay Registration Suspension - Misrepresentation of Identity Dear valued eBay member, Verify your identity Due to recent activity, including possible unauthorized listings placed on your account, we have suspended activity on your account in order to allow us to investigate this matter further. If you believe that this action may have been taken in error, or, if you feel that your account may have been tampered with, please respond to this message so that we can provide additional information and work with you to resolve this issue. Your credit/debit card and bank account information along with your...
  • Lowpoint in 152 years [Der Spiegel says Times, Blair scandal an obviously sytematic swindle]

    05/13/2003 7:40:29 AM PDT · by syriacus · 8 replies · 215+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES "tiefpunkt in 152 years newspaper history" A fraud scandal shakes one of the angesehendsten newspapers of the world. A 27-jaehriger reporter the "New York Times" is to have invented systematically reports. Now its colleagues investigate, in order to clear the possible falsifications up. Also the readers are to help. New York - such a thing did not give it in the history of the venerable of New Yorker sheets yet: The title page of its sunday edition (edition 1.7 million) opens the editorship with a detailed history in own thing, which pulls itself then over several sides....
  • Tracey Emin, the Tate and an invisible Christmas tree (IT'S THE ARTS ALERT)

    12/11/2002 4:35:19 PM PST · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 327+ views
    The Times ^ | December 12, 2002 | Dalya Alberge and Alan Hamilton
    YOU commission Tracey Emin to create the Tate’s Christmas tree, and what do you get? Well, you certainly don’t get a tree; you get an empty space. It’s art, my dear. Emin, famous for her messy bed, was asked to provide the seasonal decoration for the rotunda at Tate Britain on Millbank. She ordered a tree all right, a real one, but she sent it to Lighthouse West London, an HIV and Aids charity. From tomorrow, visitors to the Tate will find, instead of a festive fir, an Emin canvas with a message inviting them to leave their name and...