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Behind the Bastards | Stuff Media
From Hitler’s love of young adult fiction to Saddam Hussein's shameful romance novels, this podcast sheds new, weird light on history's monsters.
podcasts  crime  fraud  scams  grifters  grift  bizarre 
april 2019 by po
The Dropout and The Inventor: Theranos’s uniquely queasy grift - Vox
Holmes’s lies didn’t just cost investors. They trashed the hope of a medical breakthrough.
con.artists  grifters  grift  corruption  theft  crime  fraud  documentary.film  literal.vampires 
march 2019 by po
‘The Inventor’ Review: The High Price of Good Intentions| Sundance 2019
It may be a Silicon Valley ethos to “fake it till you make it” but Holmes lacked the humility and the honesty to say, “We haven’t made it and it will take an unspecified amount of time until we do. Hard things are hard and revolutionary technology doesn’t happen overnight.” Instead, she constantly worked to further her deceit and cover up her company’s inability to fulfill its promises.

However, it’s also difficult to see The Inventor as a story about Silicon Valley since Holmes largely got her money from private investors who didn’t look at her books rather than venture capitalists who would demand a full accounting. There are certainly stories to tell about the toxic culture of Silicon Valley and how it facilitates fraud, but The Inventor never seems like the best vehicle for it.

Instead, The Inventor is at its best when it looks at how Holmes conned respectable figures who bought into her narrative rather than taking a hard look at the data. The cautionary tale at the heart of the movie isn’t about self-delusion in service of noble ambitions, but how smart people can be hoodwinked by those noble ambitions. No one wanted to look too closely at Theranos because Theranos was aiming to do something good.

It would be nice to think that victims of con artists are simply greedy. But as The Inventor shows, it’s just as easy to be conned by someone pushing good intentions. And perhaps that’s a darker con because rather than preying on our avarice, it preys on our conscience.
Theranos  Elizabeth  Holmes  Silicon  Valley  Con  Grift  Cynicism  Business  CA  Tech  Blood 
january 2019 by dbourn
The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company - Bloomberg
Some former staffers say they called customers “marks” and referred to themselves as “lions,” “tigers,” and sometimes “fluffers,” a term borrowed from porn sets. “You fluff someone to get them energetically and emotionally hard,”
silicon-valley  grift 
june 2018 by jomc
Trump Couple, Now White House Employees, Can’t Escape Conflict Laws - The New York Times
Unlike Mr. Trump, who is exempt from conflict of interest laws, both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump — who took a formal White House position this past week — are forbidden under federal criminal and civil law to take any action that might benefit their particular financial holdings.
Kushner  Trump  corruption  grift 
april 2017 by craniac
Donald Trump's sons behind nonprofit selling access to president-elect | Center for Public Integrity
RT @samsteinhp: Wow. The Clinton Foundation was set to offer access to Clinton during inauguration in exchange for $1m donations
grift  grifters  trumpkids  paytoplay  inauguration 
december 2016 by maxfenton

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