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  • THE MASK BARONS OF ETSY How a couple of mom-and-pop shops made millions off masks

    09/21/2020 10:08:39 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 23 replies
    The Verge ^ | 9/21/20 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    To make a fortune selling masks on Etsy, you needed three things. First, you needed to be familiar with the garment industry — ideally, already working in it. Second, you needed to be in or around Los Angeles. (Sorry, New Yorkers.) And third, you needed energy, because shipping tens of thousands of masks a month with a tiny crew meant working late into the night, then getting up early the next morning to do it all again, sometimes, while caring for kids in between. For those who went all in, the effort was worth it: some mom-and-pop Etsy shops became...
  • Fauci says he's hopeful that within a year or 18 months, people will no longer 'have to worry about getting infected with this awful virus'

    08/11/2020 8:56:14 PM PDT · by rintintin · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/14/22 | Morgan McFall-Johnsen
    Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that the US could reach a point at which people no longer have to worry about the coronavirus "within the next year to year and a half." Fauci said his cautious optimism comes from the success of vaccine development so far, which could ultimately lead to herd immunity.
  • Pseudo-Science behind the Assault on Hydroxychloroquine

    05/04/2020 2:35:00 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 24 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 2, 2020 | Leo Goldstein
    This is a research article published as information for health care professionals and public officials, and for an open peer review. It is not medical advice. Summary I reviewed the scientific literature on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), azithromycin (AZ), and their use for COVID-19. My conclusions: HCQ-based treatments are effective in treating COVID-19, unless started too late. Studies, cited in opposition, have been misinterpreted, invalid, or worse. HCQ and AZ are some of the most tested and safest prescription drugs. Severe COVID-19 frequently causes cardiac effects, including heart arrhythmia. QTc prolonging drugs might amplify this tendency. Millions of people regularly take drugs...
  • Job Scams [VANITY]

    05/01/2020 8:19:00 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 35 replies
    Vanity ^ | May 1, 2020 | Bon Mots
    I just got a call for a decent job - everything looked really good. The recruiter's name was Alex Jones - funny, he had an Indian accent. I'm out of work and so my resume is posted on the standard sites... free to download by all and sundry. Additionally, this job is 100% remote. Sound too good to be true? Read on... It started with an email from 'Alex Jones', I replied. Then he called. Just another Indian recruiter scouring the USA for tech resources... nothing eye popping so far. They have taken to using fake Anglo sounding names lately...

    01/27/2005 7:29:01 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 5 replies · 421+ views ^ | Jan 27, 2005 | by Chris Mack
    FTC WARNED INVESTORS OFF HUGE DOLLAR GAINS/TAKE 3Jan 27, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby Chris MackWashington’s regulators are supposed to stand up for the little guy. Maybe they also help the little guy stay that way. In the last decade, under the pretense of protecting people from losing their shirts, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released warnings about indium and other strategic metal investing “scams.” Some of these warnings haven’t been updated since - and in any event they are all over the ‘Net. Anyone with a computer and Google can type in “fraud” and “indium” and come up with the following:...
  • CA only using 32% of ventilators

    04/10/2020 8:17:48 AM PDT · by rintintin · 47 replies
    CalMatters ^ | APRIL 10, 2020 | EMILY HOEVEN
    OK, so what’s going on with California’s ventilator supply? California hospitals are using around 32% of their ventilators, with 8,000 remaining unused, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday in the latest development in a saga that’s been giving many of us whiplash. Two weeks ago, the state said it was rushing to procure 5,000 ventilators. Monday, Newsom sent 500 ventilators to other states. Wednesday, surprised and frustrated Riverside County officials said the state recently denied their request for 500 ventilators. Meanwhile, Santa Clara County is offering $1,000 for each ventilator it receives. Newsom defended his decisions Thursday. He pointed out that...
  • ‘Shark Tank’s’ Barbara Corcoran fell for this very common phishing scam — and it cost her almost $400,000

    02/27/2020 11:43:45 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 27, 2020 | Nicole Lyn Pesce
    This common email phishing scam just caught a Shark. “Shark Tank” star and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran revealed Wednesday that she lost almost $400,000 after scammers tricked her bookkeeper by sending a bill that appeared to come from her assistant. “Lesson learned: Be careful when you wire money!” Corcoran tweeted on Wednesday. She also confirmed to ABC News that, “This morning I wired $388,000 into a false bank account in Asia.”
  • Do Not Call: 61 people charged by feds in $300 million call center scam

    01/12/2020 3:29:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Law Enforcement Today ^ | 1/11/20 | Pat Droney
    Sick of “Rachel from customer service?” Tired of those calls about your car’s warranty? Had it up to your eyeballs with the IRS calling about your “2016 income taxes?” This story should bring a tear of joy to your eyes. In Houston federal court on Thursday, the kingpin of an overseas “call center” that scammed thousands of people out of millions of dollars admitted to coordinating a three-year-operation that bilked thousands of people out of millions of dollars, an ending which was lauded by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the first time such a takedown had been made. The...
  • Indian National Pleads Guilty to Owning, Funding, and Operating India-Based Call Centers That

    01/10/2020 8:44:21 PM PST · by ransomnote · 20 replies | January 9, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, January 9, 2020Indian National Pleads Guilty to Owning, Funding, and Operating India-Based Call Centers That Scammed U.S. Victims Out of Millions of Dollars An Indian national pleaded guilty today in the Southern District of Texas for his role in operating and funding India-based call centers whose callers, and U.S.-based conspirators, defrauded U.S. victims out of millions of dollars between 2013 and 2016.Hitesh Madhubhai Patel, also known as Hitesh Hinglaj, 43, of Ahmedabad, India, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and general conspiracy to commit identification fraud, access device fraud, money laundering,...
  • UK's Prince Harry demands end to 'greed and selfishness', for nature's sake

    09/30/2019 11:08:58 AM PDT · by bgill · 79 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2019 | Frank Phiri
    Britain’s Prince Harry appealed on Monday in a national park in Malawi for increased global efforts to protect the environment against “greed, apathy and selfishness”. “This may well sound hippy to some, but we cannot afford to have a ‘them or us’ mentality. Humans and animals and their habitats fundamentally need to co-exist or within the next 10 years our problems across the globe will become even more unmanageable.” Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth, also guest-edited National Geographic magazine’s Instagram account on Monday to encourage people worldwide to appreciate the value of trees, Buckingham Palace said. In a campaign...
  • He's 26 years old but still sees a pediatrician: Why some young adults don't move on.

    08/20/2019 8:01:39 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2019 | Caren Chesler
    When Joann Alfonzo, a pediatrician in Freehold, N.J., walked into her office recently she mentally rolled her eyes when she saw her next patient: a 26-year-old car salesman in a suit and tie. "That's no longer a kid. That's a man," she recalls thinking. Yet, Alfonzo wasn't that surprised. In the past five years, she has seen the age of her patients rise, as more young adults remain at home and, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, on their parents' health insurance until age 26. "First it was 21, then 23 and now 26," Alfonzo says. "A lot of them...
  • Seniors' weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

    04/16/2019 5:49:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    AP/ MSN ^ | April 16, 2019
    Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a "You've won a prize" voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren't on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer's disease. Elder fraud is a huge problem, and Monday's study doesn't mean that people who fall prey to a con artist have some sort of dementia brewing. But scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer's become obvious, people experience more subtle changes in their thinking and judgment. Neuropsychologist Patricia Boyle of Rush University's Alzheimer's...
  • Watch Out! These 10 Phone Call Scams Could Steal Your Money

    03/16/2019 6:25:52 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 131 replies
    Readers Digest ^ | no date given | Marissa Laliberte
    Those scammers are sneakier than you’d think, but you need to protect your money and information.
  • Morris Dees, a Co-Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Is Fired

    03/14/2019 7:54:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-14-2019 | Adeel Hassan, Karen Zraick and Alan Blinder
    The Southern Poverty Law Center said Thursday that it had fired its co-founder and chief trial lawyer, Morris Dees, after nearly a half-century, during which he helped build the organization into a fearsome powerhouse that focused on hate crimes and with an endowment that approached half a billion dollars. The group’s president, Richard Cohen, did not give a specific reason for the dismissal of Mr. Dees, 82, on Wednesday. But Mr. Cohen said in a statement that as a civil-rights group, the S.P.L.C. was “committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and...
  • A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears

    03/07/2019 8:22:47 PM PST · by Wally_Kalbacken · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/7/2019 | Stacy Cowley and Erica L. Green
    When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised. What they didn’t foresee was just how quickly and catastrophically it would fail. Barely a year after the takeover, dozens of Dream Center campuses are nearly out of money and may close as soon as Friday. More than a dozen others have been sold in the hope they can survive. The affected schools — Argosy University, South University and...
  • Beware of Grandparent Scam

    12/30/2018 10:23:19 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 35 replies
    AARP ^ | April 18, 2018 | Stacey Colino
    This is how the grandparent scam typically plays out: You get a call from someone pretending to be your grandchild. The person explains that he is in trouble, with a story that goes something like this: “There’s been an accident and I’m______ (in jail, in the hospital, stuck in a foreign country), and I need your help.” The caller adds enough details about how, what or where the emergency happened to make the story seem plausible. And the distraught caller, you think to yourself, does sort of sound like your grandson or granddaughter. Often the caller tells you that a...
  • US homeless fundraiser: GoFundMe campaign 'based on a lie'

    11/16/2018 6:45:56 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 12 replies ^ | 11/15/18 | BBC The US protagonists in a viral fundraising campaign for a homeless man have been charged with theft by deception and conspiracy. Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico raised more than $400,000 (£313,000) for homeless ex-marine Johnny Bobbitt. But in August, Mr Bobbitt launched legal action against the couple, claiming he did not get his fair share. Now, prosecutors in New Jersey say Mr Bobbitt was complicit in the alleged plot. All three face the same charges.
  • Homeless vet, couple at center of GoFundMe controversy allegedly made up story: report

    11/14/2018 10:47:41 PM PST · by conservative98 · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 15, 2018 | 1:16am | Ben Feuerherd
    The New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a viral charity campaign for a homeless man were allegedly working with the vagrant as part of an elaborate ruse, according to a new report. Prosecutors believe that Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with homeless man Johnny Bobbitt to create their get-rich-quick scheme in 2017, NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate reported Wednesday. The couple turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday, but Bobbitt was still at large, the news station said. According a source who spoke to the news outlet, which said it had a copy of a criminal...
  • Christine Blasey Ford Indicates She Doesn’t Want to Fly to Testify

    09/21/2018 2:28:56 PM PDT · by blueplum · 260 replies
    Political Insider ^ | 21 Sep 2018 | Jim E
    ...Burgess Everett of Politico reports: The GOP has been told that Ford does not want to fly from her California home to Washington, according to the Republican senator, which means she may need to drive across the country to make the hearing. Ford has reportedly told friends she is uncomfortable in confined spaces, indicating a physical difficulty in making the trip by plane.
  • How Some Rescue Dogs Come From Breeders At Commercial Auctions

    04/23/2018 6:22:06 PM PDT · by Norski · 31 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | April 18, 2018 | Kim Kaven
    Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog. The result is a river of rescue donations flowing from avowed dog saviors to the breeders, two groups that have long disparaged each other. The rescuers call many breeders heartless operators of inhumane “puppy mills” and work to ban the sale of...