Category: snake oil

A Last Vanishing Act for Robert Vesco, Fugitive

HAVANA — Robert L. Vesco, the fugitive financier who spent most of his life eluding American justice, might even have managed to die on the sly. Mr. Vesco, who was sentenced to a long prison term in Cuba in 1996 and was wanted in the United States for crimes...

Loves walk on the beach and money laundering…

Awesome storylifted directly from Salon.com. Better watch the heart/money connection ladies. cd Loves walks on the beach and … money laundering CNN has a public service announcement for all you single ladies looking for love online: Beware of romance fraud! Apparently, Nigerian banking schemes are for amateurs; super-skilled scam...

In Today's World, the Well-Rested Lose Respect

Morning Edition, January 17, 2008 · Almost everyone has heard a story about someone famous who doesn’t need much sleep: Martha Stewart, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Thatcher, the list goes on and on. In our fast-paced, global society, many people consider it a big plus to need as...

The Most Bizarre Scam I've Seen in a While

This is so bizarre that I don’t even have to wonder why I didn’t think of it. cd MONROE, La. – A man was sentenced to more than four years in prison for bilking friends and family out of more than $800,000 by convincing them that his wife was...

Jeanette Winterson comes to the defence of homeopathy

One of my favorite authors defends the alternative therapy that everyone loves to hate. All of my education tells me that homeopathy is claptrap, but I believe in it nevertheless because of personal experience. I had an aching shoulder that had been interfering with my life for days. I...

Man seeks to unravel curse with pants and egg

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Having marital problems? Have you tried putting egg in your underpants? A woman in Cyprus is on trial for sorcery after pledging to shake off a curse apparently plaguing a man’s relationship with his wife and mother-in-law. The suggested remedy consisted of an egg, a spoon,...

Sad barometer of decreasing free time – 'express' board games

This is one of the saddest statements on our culture that I have seen recently. People have so little free time that they need “express” versions of classic board games like Monopoly, Sorry or Scrabble that can be played in 20 minutes. If you don’t have more than 20...

What is driving oil prices so high?

An enlightening summary from BBC. Oil demand around the world is increasing, partricularly from China and India, while several major supply sources are threatened, including the Middle East, Mexico and Nigeria. And with oil wealth rolling in to Russia and Venezuela, Putin and Chavez can afford to discount the...

How George Bush became the new Saddam

A detailed and fascinating analysis of the situation in Iraq – much more substantial than the cartoonish picture would suggest. [Thanks, HuffPo!] It was embarrassing putting my flak jacket on backwards and sideways, but in the darkness of the Baghdad airport car park I couldn’t see anything. “Peterik, put...

Thailand's frenzy for amulets

For advertisers in Thailand, the most spectacular location to promote their products is on the side of the country’s tallest building, the Baiyoke Tower in Bangkok. But the image that appeared there a few weeks ago was not the usual logo for shampoo or a mobile phone company. It...