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Meow Wolf’s new Denver development is urban predation in sheep’s clothing.

DENVER, COLO- Alternatively, Santa Fe alt-art venue Meow Wolf is URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN CAT'S CLOTHING. Here's the scam: Laud an arts collective of "creative types". Let them pitch an arts space project to city planners for which you'll supply the ownership investment. Let their non-profit creative-class cred prompt city leaders to provide otherwise unavailable land and the tax incentives and exclusions which come to cultural projects. Let them lead community fundraising to support art etc etc. You buy the land, you own the building, and you give them a 20-year lease. Their rent is subsidized by more community and city support. Cha-ching. 52043

Capital strikes again and again…

This is completely off the wall (street) but I had to laugh at it anyway. There's one of those K-Tel type commercials, if you don't remember K-Tel then go ask your mommy, kiddo. Now it's "As Seen On TV" or, as I like to call it, a warehouse in New Jersey where they keep the money they freeze on your debit card, something like a hundred dollars if you order twenty dollars worth of crap (plus shipping+handling but that's another story) and collect interest on your money for a month until they decide to finally process your order and take the hold off your account. All very legal and ethical if you have the morals of George Bush on crack. This newest product is something called Slim Away Belt or something really lame like that. It's... a corset. An invention that was first marketed during the Dark Ages when torture was considered fun of some kind. So they take a thousand year old device to keep women from enjoying life, changed the laces out for zippers et voila ici, it's still a corset. It would come in handy as a back brace in case you ever do real work. But when they

Fox puts $ where mouth is, admits phone whore best career chance

In one of their many late night commercials which seem to have a lot to do with sex products. It's a recruiting ad for women to do "phone valet" work in the "telecommunications industry". Other ads, not as spicy, but just as hideously depressing "Yo Name TOBY, boy!" that show your destination to be eternal slave-level jobs... go to Tech School and be an entry-level nurses aid, orderly, grease monkey or similar Peasant Work. All that "American Dream" crap they sell about deregulated Capitalist economics affording everybody a chance to become CEO of a multi-trillion dollar corporation... purest bullshit. When it comes to what they REALLY believe your "career" opportunities to be, it involves coveralls or scrubs or a chambermaid uniform... or perhaps a whore. Glorify it how they will, they speak great words of "Land of Opportunity" if we only allow the Corporates to have their way... and then tell us how they really regard us in the commercials. Republican Hypocrisy in action.

QuiBids internet racketeers threaten Not My Tribe with scam legal letter

Game On QuiBids. We received a letter today from an Oklahoma law firm, on behalf of "QuiBids LLC," apparently the preeminent of "penny auction site" confidence scams, who took exception to our earlier look-see into their rip-off operation. Frankly, I assumed our cries of foul were latecomers, while someone more responsible was ringing the OK attorney general. As QuiBids has the temerity to threaten "whatever action is necessary," I'll make the call personally. As it is I already feel duped for reprinting the letter below, because it reads like typical QuiBids fake advertorials. Name-dropping Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, yada yada. And of course: "Sadly, the same cannot be said about some of QuiBids' competitors," the we're-not-like-the-other-con-artists routine. The phoniest passage pretends that QuiBids "was forced to file suit against another online penny auction site for its unlawful activities." HAHAHA. Unlawful activities are prosecuted by the state, you flunkies. As you'll learn presently. 19674

Scam auction site Swipebids poses French celebrity Melissa Theuriau as generic newsperson all over the web

Penny auction scammers know their audience. Stupid Americans aren't going to recognize one phony news reporter over another, even if it's French anchorwoman Melissa Theuriau. Imagine if Lisa Hartman's misnamed image popped up in embedded advertorials.   Not only are fake "penny auction" news pages posing the A-list celebrity as a generic TV spokesperson, but ads have been placed across the internet, on authentic media like MSNBC. Certainly the banner ad managers of MSM websites know that Theuriau is not shilling for penny auction scammers.

Filipina teenage actress allegedly has Botox for role

That's... taking things a bit far. OK, it's taking things WAY too far. Teen actress Charice has "anti-aging" treatments including Botox, WHY? The encouraging of young girls as young as toddlers to wear makeup, when makeup is designed specifically to make you look YOUNGER, that's a marketing scam worthy of note, and people have noticed it. So the notion of injecting Poison into your skin to look like a Teenaged girl, understandable in somebody who's much older than teenaged, seems kind of redundant in a child. Imaginary Conversation in The Sandbox "yes, dahling, this makeup takes years off my appearance, now instead of looking 18 months I look like a newborn, only, you know, not as tiny. However, the diet regimen my beauty counselor has me on will take care of that part as well" "Oh, yes, I can see the results... that one over there, though, she's 4 and looks 5... perhaps she could use the benefit of your counselor?" Our society is SO screwed. 18860

Another currency scam, like the Bass Brothers pulled in the 70s

There's an infomercial on TV right now, for the "presidential dollar coin" collector series. Seems, according to the Sellers, who have apparently bought up a huge amount of these coins... Are warning us that there's a conspiracy run by unscrupulous coin dealers to buy up huge amounts of these coins in order to manipulate the currencies market by saying that current buying trends on these coins indicate they would be a Hugely Profitable Investment... But they fail to mention, only if enough people fall for their scam. The Bass brothers did that in 1977-78 with the silver market, buying up just enough of the available silver, starting a rumor that some powerful Multi-billionaire investors were buying silver, thus driving up the price of silver... then dumping it en masse on the market. 18596

Scriptmatix “penny auctions” such as Quibids are less scams than pure fraud

Shell games tempt only the gullible, don't they? So long as YOU don't fall for them, what's a little income redistribution among wretches? That's an attitude shared only by the uninitiated. So-called internet "penny auctions" exploit human vulnerability like trust and avarice, leaving victims to blame their own stupidity or greed. You may shrug off getting burned as a lesson learned, but all confidence tricks count on that. Websites like Quibids and Scriptmatix's PennyAuction are neither novel discount methods, adventure shopping, gambling scenarios or lotteries. They are con games that lead you to believe you are getting something for your money, until you don't. 18056

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