40 years of faulty wiring

Psychopaths in Suits – Corporate Criminals in Our Midst

Recently another ponzi scheme was exposed after its evil mastermind,  Jeffery White, passed away in 2011, from a brain aneurysm at the age of56. Lucky for him.   Brown, one of the “investors” whom he bilked out of his life savings to the tune of $250,000.00, has stated “if he wasn’t already dead, I’d kill him.” Indeed.  The truly evil thing about White was that he knew Brown and his wife, Anne, and they were his friends.  Imagine how he treated his enemies?  Brown’s wife used to teach White’s wife, Henny, in grade school, hence the connection between Brown and White. It turned out to be a devastating connection, personally and financially. Too bad Anne didn’t teach Henny about business ethics.

Ponzi schemes are named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian businessman and con artist in the U.S. and CanadaCharles Ponzi promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States as a form of arbitrage.In reality, Ponzi was paying early investors using the investments of later investors. Some ponzi schemes also pay investors with their own initial investment, masquerading it as accrued profit. An interesting flick that presents a ponzi scheme (without calling it so) is Green Guys, about a group of 20-something hot shots who bilk unsuspecting investors for millions of dollars.

There are 5 main characteristics of a ponzi scheme:

  1. The Benefit: A promise that the investment will achieve an above normal rate of return.
  2. The Setup: A plausible explanation of how the investment can achieve these above normal rates of return.
  3. Initial Credibility: The person running the scheme needs to be believable.
  4. Initial Investors Paid Off: For a time, the investors need to make at least the promised rate of return.
  5. Communicated Successes: Investors need to hear about the payoffs.

Steps in the Ponzi Scheme

The steps are as follows:

  1. Convince a few investors to place money into the investment.
  2. After the specified time, return the investment money to the investors, plus the specified interest rate.
  3. Convince more investors to place their money into the system by referring to the profits of the earlier investors.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3.
  5. During step 2 at one of the cycles, break the pattern.  Escape with the money and start a new life. Or, in Jeffery White’s case, drop dead.

White’s known investors say they are out as much as $5 million. The scheme unravelled after White’s sudden death. Trustees of White’s estate became “extremely uncomfortable“with the discoveries they made. White solicited investments from many of his insurance clients, while treating their moneys as funds that were loaned to him for his general use. White’s business and personal accounts were intermingled, making the tracing of investments impossible.  At the time of his death, White was carrying more than $300,000 in credit card debt and was behind his time-share at Diamond’s Edge Muskoka Cottages. The vintage Porsche 911 Turbo he drove around the GTA was leased. There were no red flags but court documents show White had money problems dating back to the early 1990. Reassessment of his personal income taxes of the years 1996 to 2000 resulted in a substantial debt to Revenue Canada. Testifying at his tax court appeal White claimed his sister left him $1.3 million in debt.The judge in the case called White “vague” and his records “woefully inadequate.” By moving funds about through numerous bank accounts, he made it impossible to prove his case. In 2006, he dropped his appeals and paid $400,000 in arrears.

Psychopathy runs on a continuum with white collar criminals falling in the middle. They’re deceitful and egotistical. White-collar criminals might not physically destroy people, but they have no problem financially destroying them. This type of psychopath is high-functioning. They’re intelligent, have great interpersonal skills, are powerfully persuasive and able to disguise themselves very well. A psychopath is all about manipulation. They’re always assessing, “How can this particular job or person meet my needs? How can I exploit them?’” 

The list of white-collar psychopaths is almost endless. To a certain extent, most people compartmentalize and lead different lives. It’s normal for your work persona to be divergent from your family life. With psychopaths the compartmentalizing is much more exaggerated Jim Hammes, formerly a controller with a Cinncinnati-based company, embezzled $8.7 million of company money into a bank account in the name of a second company doing business with his company. He is currently a fugitive wanted by the FBI and has been on the run since 2009. Hammes also abandoned his two families, neither of whom knew about the other: he was married to two women and had children with both.

Frauds can be very deceptive in terms of their appearance, status and age. Joanne Schneider, a 71-year-old woman in Ohio was recently charged with operating a ponzi scheme and bilking $60 million dollars from 900 investors. The scheme unraveled when a Schneider family member became suspicious after his mother was promised a 16 to 20 percent return on her investment. Schneider’s criminal resume is impressive: securities fraud, selling unregistered securities, engaging in corrupt activity, misrepresentations in securities, theft, and money laundering. Schneider’s husband, Alan Schneider, played a lesser role in the scheme, pled guilty to security and theft charges. He got probation. She got 10 years. If she serves the full sentence, Schneider will be 81 when she is released from prison – either that or deceased from natural causes.

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August 23, 2012 Posted by | Bizarre yet True, BullCrap, corrruption, Crime and Punishment, Education, Finance, Human psychology, money, Politics, Pop Culture | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cult Phenomenon – Series II – Profiles of Cults and their Victims

WHAT IS A CULT?

There are numerous definitions and popular misconceptions about cults. watch 2012 NASA scientist speaks the real truth about 2012. Generally speaking many sociologists define cults as:

  1. a group of people led by a strong authority figure with negative intentions
  2. practice mind control using several manipulative mechanisms
  3.  oppressive and defying basic values of a particular society
  4. promises falsely to fulfill needs not filled by society
  5.  sexually and physically abusive
  6. watch cults: dangerous devotion pt 10

CULT RECRUITMENT TACTICS

  1. Milieu control – cults bring recruits onto their milieu or an area where they have territorial control
  2. Mystical Manipulation – cult believe they have been mystically called by God to fulfill a special role
  3. Sacred Science – these cults present themselves as a science to quell opposition (eg. Scientology) watch scientology is a fee based religion  watch family guy road to the multiverse
  4. Loaded Language – a special jargon that makes members feel they possess an esoteric knowledge
  5. Doctrine over person – the recruit is expected to place the cult’s interests ahead of their own
  6. Dispensing of existence – only members of the group meaningfully exist
  7. Emotional control – attempt to convince recruit that within the group everything is joyful Read Cults: Public Perceptions vs Research

SOME MODERN CULTS BY NAME

  1. Unification Church – recruit through warmth and acceptance. After indoctrination, the recruit is forced to work 16 – 20 hours a day with little rest and offered a low protein diet to become more malleable. Enforced sexual purity due to the leader’s jealousy that a member might become loyal to a member than to the cult. watch unification church on Fox news
  2. International Church of Christ – the Boston chapter of this Church so devoutly believes their mission they permitted a supposedly qualified church growth researcher who was not a member of the cult to study members. The researcher conducted two psychological studies on 835 members, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The researcher concluded that the Boston Church of Christ was producing unhealthy changes in personality types. watch international church of christ part 1 of 6
  3. Villa Baviera – established by a former Nazi party member Paul Schäfer Schneider. Their compound was used by Chilean police to torture and interrogate subjects. Many former Bavierans publicly apologized for sexually abusing children.
  4. Raëlian Church – a UFO religion whose doctrine includes sexuality, the belief that extraterrestrials created humans, and use the swastika as a symbol of peace. watch raelian movement videos – summary of the messages ; 
  5. The Concerned Christians – a group of 78 adults and children who have the potential to be violent. The founder, Monty Kim Miller’s predictions all have failed to materialize including that of his own death in 1999 and his resurrection 3 days later. Most CCs live in Denver, Colorado or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. watch doomsday cult says nuclear war starts next week june 12
  6. House of Yahweh – located in Texas this group is considered potentially dangerous although there has been no loss of life within the cult. They believe Satan is a female in control of all the world’s governments. They exert mind control over their Abilene sect. They practice polygyny and believe they will play a role in Armageddon (the Nuclear Baby). watch Dr Phil House of Yahweh 3

CULT VICTIMS

  1. Between 18 and 25 years
  2. naive
  3. recruited during a difficult, transitional period in life
  4. restriction of emotions
  5. new way of talking
  6. splitting from family watch family guy chitty chitty death bang
  7. victims of thought reform programming
  8. suddenly go “missing”
  9. some are ejected by cult
  10. intelligent, capable and able to fulfill cult’s needs
  11. watch dangerous devotion part 1 of 9

Read Excerpts from cults in our midst

That there exist harmless cults is difficult to comprehend since they all expound a measure of mind control. Breatharians appear to be relatively harmless if patently false and ridiculous. They don’t live in unity on a single compound, however they encourage a “movement” that discourages people from eating or drinking.Their leader changed their name to the bezerk divine label Jasmuheen. She makes money from her “followers” through motivational speeches and the sale of her books. watch family guy – dinner with nudists

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Bizarre yet True, BullCrap, Human psychology, Pop Culture | , , , | Leave a comment

Cult Phenomenon Series 1 The Breatharians and Diet Coke (again)

CULT MEMBER

a very suggestible, gullible person (sucker)

  1. an outcast and loner (loser in life)
  2. weak or no family ties (daddy had boundary issues)
  3. transient person (homeless)
  4. desire for power
  5. Internet followers find easy, virtual access

 

 

CULT LEADER

  1. desire to exert power and control (bully)
  2. narcissistic/sociopathic
  3. validated by the admiration and dependency of others (Blanche DuBois comes to mind)
  4. mentally ill or have a  personality disorder (who would have guessed)
  5. unrealistic life plan – no job, frequently states “the Lord will provide” (unmotivated)
  6. secretly afraid of being “found out”
  7. goal is the total enslavement of victims  Read Profile of Cult Leaders

The Breatharians are a group of utterly delusional people who believe they do not need food or drink to survive.   They are a cult but not one that is grouped together into one creepy, old church or in a corner of northern Guyana. They have shares in Dentyne gum…just kidding. Watch Mr Breatharian. Some of their beliefs include:

  1. Eating has little to do with hunger or nourishment .
  2. Many people are drawn to food that causes physical suffering thus mirroring emotional suffering.
  3. Bodies don’t have to age and there doesnt have to be a time-limit on a person’s life. So all those midwestern Americans are right about Elvis.
  4. People only need the sustenance that comes from light nourishment. So turn on the lights and suck in those calories.

JASMUHEEN

The “goddess” of the Breatharians is an aging, grey-haired woman named Jasmuheen (Ellen Greve), one of the biggest con women the world has ever known.  One of her claims is that in relation to aging she has “discovered an ability that lets me “psychicly see” things on cellular, chemical, and vibrational levels.” Another claim is” I crave for some specific food item perhaps once every two weeks, and will eat the specific amount that I need, or half a mouthful if it is liquid.”And my personal favourite, “I can go for months without having anything other than a cup of tea.”Watch universal laws with jasmuheen

 

She was revealed as a fraud on Australian 60 Minutes in a hotel experiment. 60 Minutes holed Jasmuheen up in a comfortable hotel 24/7 without food or water. day 2: symptoms of acute dehydration, stress and high blood pressure. Jasmuheen claimed it was polluted air.  day 3:  she lost over 14 lbs in weight. day 4 the producers stopped the experiment since Jasmuheen was facing kidney failure. Jasmuheen’s teachings led to the deaths of 3 followers. Jasmuheen’s sensitive response was that a victim was “not coming from a place of integrity and did not have the right motivation.”  watch breatharian fail jasmuheen 60 minutes

WILEY BROOKS

Wiley Brooks is founder of the Breatharian Institute of America. In 1983 he was reportedly observed leaving a Santa Cruz 7-Eleven with a slurpee, hot dog and twinkies. He told Colors magazine in 2003 that he periodically breaks his fasting with a cheeseburger and a cola, explaining he’s surrounded by junk culture and junk food, and that consuming them adds balance. He claims polluted people cause him to have difficulty in adjusting fully to the Breatharian diet. Hey, excuse us for farting now and then. He insists that Diet Coke is “liquid light”(He ought to read my blog  . watch breatharianism – Wiley Brooks on the tomorrow show with tom snyder  That said, I’m going to pick up a copy of Jasmuheen’s more ridiculous of her Breatharian books (coin toss), make a bologna sandwich and a slurpee, and settle in for a good read.  watch prezi jasmuheen and the breatharians

July 5, 2011 Posted by | Bizarre yet True, BullCrap, Health and Wellness, Human Biology, Human psychology, Pop Culture | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments