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The sickening business of wellness
"Crystals, detoxes, and salt lamps are all scams meant to cure you of your money."
scams  flimflap  bullshit  health  cures  nonsense  hippies 
december 2016 by grahams
The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History
"In 1969, the Zombies had a huge hit single, despite having broken up two years earlier. To meet the unexpected demand, one promoter did the only sensible thing: Hire four kids from Texas to tour America pretending to be a defunct British psych-rock band."
music  history  bands  zombies  labels  records  bullshit 
june 2016 by grahams
Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals …
"… and every other major event on the planet. This is a fan’s guide to why you’re totally screwed."
tickets  markets  economics  bullshit  gouging 
june 2016 by grahams
The Woman Who Took On Popoff: The Hidden Story of Crystal Sanchez, the Peter Popoff Whistleblower
"Peter Popoff says he's a healer and a prophet of God. His former employee says he's something quite different."
scams  flimflam  bullshit  popoff  religion  poverty 
april 2016 by grahams
It's time for Major League Baseball to protect middle infielders from the kind of slide that broke Ruben Tejada's leg | FOX Sports
"In the culture of Major League Baseball, this play is acceptable, because people have been sliding into middle infielders for years, and it's part of the game.

Well, running over catchers at home plate was part of the game, too, until MLB eventually realized it didn't want it to be part of the game. MLB explicitly told players to stop running over catchers. And you know what? I haven't heard one single person complain that they missed catchers getting run over this year. The game has gone on and been as entertaining as ever without that part, and MLB will be just fine without continuing to endanger middle infielders in the future."
baseball  mlb  umpires  history  rules  bullshit 
october 2015 by grahams
Racism in Baseball isn't Going Anywhere | VICE Sports
"We're opening this game to everyone that can play. However, if you're going to come into our country and make our American dollars, you need to respect a game that has been here for over a hundred years..."

This may sound like the kind of thing you'd hear during one of Donald Trump's campaign speeches, but it was actually said by current major leaguer Bud Norris. Alas, many white American players share Norris' beliefs, which may explain why 82 percent of brawls in the last five seasons have pitted different ethnic groups against each other, primarily white and Latino players, according to a story this week in USA Today. It begs the question: Is there racism in baseball?
racism  mlb  culture  baseball  latino  bullshit 
october 2015 by grahams
The making of Dr. Oz: How an award-winning doctor turned away from science and embraced fame
"The making of Dr. Oz: How an award-winning doctor turned away from science and embraced fame"
medicine  antiscience  science  bullshit 
april 2015 by grahams
The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit
"Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling you that you can change your life in 21 days by "breaking free of the hidden toxins in your life." She and her army are out to change the world.
She's also utterly full of shit."
book  food  nutrition  science  gmo  bullshit  fakescience 
april 2015 by grahams
Our Record Industry Nightmare: Unlocking the Truth’s Journey From Viral Craze to Label Hostages
"Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about."
music  industry  labels  bullshit  rock 
march 2015 by grahams
Et tu, Mr. Destructo?: Everything Stupid Is Alive, and Everything Stupid Can Kill You: Welcome to Goodell World
"Here's a horrifying game you can play during this Sunday's Super Bowl and the nearly 12 hours of pre- and postgame content: count the number of times you hear some variation of "deflated balls" and compare that to the number of times during Super Bowls XLV or XLVII you heard the phrases "two-time accused rapist" or "accused co-conspirator in a double murder." Or just compare "deflated balls" to "brain damage." Then see if the first number dwarfs a combination of the last three by an order of magnitude. It will."
bullshit  nfl  psigate  football  sports  domesticviolence 
january 2015 by grahams
'That's Not All!' Kevin Trudeau, The World’s Greatest Salesman, Makes One Last Pitch
"Kevin Trudeau, the undisputed “infomercial king,” is one of the most successful TV pitchmen of all time. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author and a motivational speaker with legions of devoted fans.

In March 2013, he was sentenced to a decade behind bars, earning a new designation: inmate No. 18046036.

Following is the wild story behind his epic rise and fall."
hogwash  lies  infomercials  bullshit  crime  cheat 
january 2015 by grahams
Digital Music: Can You Hear Above 16-bit/44.1kHz?
"Imagine I said, "You should watch my special Blu-ray copy of Star Trek because mine is encoded with extra ultraviolet and infrared data and that totally makes it look better!"

At best you'd think, "My TV doesn't display UV or IR so it won't make any difference since I can't see those frequencies anyway." At worst you'd be concerned about getting a sunburn or a heat rash."
audio  music  pseudoscience  science  hogwash  bullshit 
january 2015 by grahams
The boy who didn't come back from heaven: inside a bestseller's 'deception'
"Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience – and then last week admitted he made it up. So why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted the truth to be heard?"
bullshit  shittyparents  heaven  hoaxes 
january 2015 by grahams
I Was One of America's Top Psychics—And Like All of Them, a Complete Fraud | Alternet
"Every time I get a little too high on my psychic horse or start taking myself too seriously, I stop myself from spinning off into the dark world of delusion and psychic self-deception by watching the 1947 film-noir classic Nightmare Alley. It helps me cope."
fake  psychic  frauds  bullshit 
january 2015 by grahams
Unspinning The Mythical Gyroball, The Demon Miracle Pitch That Wasn't
Misunderstanding. Myth. Marketing coup. What exactly is the gyroball, that esoteric, invincible pitch from the Far East that supposedly dazzled NPB batters for years before coming to our shores in Dice-K's repertoire, promising to reshape the art of pitching, and what ever became of it? When I read Uehara's eulogy last week—eighteen years after the gyroball's discovery, nine years after it first caught the West's eye, and six years after it threatened to take MLB by storm—I realized I didn't have any answers.
mlb  baseball  pitching  gyroball  hype  myth  bullshit 
october 2013 by grahams
Michael Lewis: Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?
A month after ace programmer Sergey Aleynikov left Goldman Sachs, he was arrested. Exactly what he’d done neither the F.B.I., which interrogated him, nor the jury, which convicted him a year later, seemed to understand. But Goldman had accused him of stealing computer code, and the 41-year-old father of three was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Investigating Aleynikov’s case, Michael Lewis holds a second trial.
crime  finance  bullshit  overstep  wallstreet  michaellewis 
august 2013 by grahams
The Criminal N.S.A.
The two programs violate both the letter and the spirit of federal law. No statute explicitly authorizes mass surveillance. Through a series of legal contortions, the Obama administration has argued that Congress, since 9/11, intended to implicitly authorize mass surveillance. But this strategy mostly consists of wordplay, fear-mongering and a highly selective reading of the law. Americans deserve better from the White House — and from President Obama, who has seemingly forgotten the constitutional law he once taught.

The administration has defended each of the two secret programs. Let’s examine them in turn.
nsa  surveillance  spying  bullshit  constitution  rights 
june 2013 by grahams
The LIBOR scandal: The rotten heart of finance | The Economist
THE most memorable incidents in earth-changing events are sometimes the most banal. In the rapidly spreading scandal of LIBOR (the London inter-bank offered rate) it is the very everydayness with which bank traders set about manipulating the most important figure in finance. They joked, or offered small favours. “Coffees will be coming your way,” promised one trader in exchange for a fiddled number. “Dude. I owe you big time!… I’m opening a bottle of Bollinger,” wrote another. One trader posted diary notes to himself so that he wouldn’t forget to fiddle the numbers the next week. “Ask for High 6M Fix,” he entered in his calendar, as he might have put “Buy milk”.
finance  economy  bullshit  shenanigans  from instapaper
july 2012 by grahams
Five years after the iPhone, carriers are the biggest threat to innovation
Five years ago, the iPhone revolutionized the mobile business and kicked off a seismic shift in the technology industry that continues today. But the massive success of Apple's phone has overshadowed the grim reality of an American wireless marketplace that has become increasingly hostile to innovation — a market tightly controlled by carriers who capriciously pick winners and losers while raising prices and insisting that their use of valuable public spectrum remain free of any oversight. While the iPhone is a raging success, the wireless market is headed towards total failure.
phones  mobile  us  market  cellular  iphone  android  carriers  bullshit 
july 2012 by grahams
The “No Nitrites Added” Hoax - ruhlman.com
Ruhlman on how "No Nitrates Added" Bacon (and other cured meats) are bullshit.
food  cooking  bacon  nitrates  safety  bullshit 
may 2011 by grahams
The Real Housewives of Wall Street [longform.org]
America has two national budgets, one official, one unofficial.
us  government  budget  banks  finance  bailout  bullshit  from instapaper
april 2011 by grahams
Downsized Girl Scout Cookies In Just Six Flavors, Say What? - WSJ.com
To cut costs and increase revenue, a dozen Girl Scouts councils are testing out a plan to hawk just six different cookies.
food  cookies  scouts  economy  bullshit 
january 2011 by grahams
Contrast | The Blog | SEO is bullshit
SEO is using deodorant instead of washing. SEO is masking bad coffee with sugar. SEO is cramming instead of studying. SEO is using pain killers instead of going to the dentist. SEO is taking weight loss pills instead of exercising. SEO is a comb-over. SEO is Scientology. SEO is Paris Hilton. SEO is the Zune. SEO is the morning-after pill. SEO is astroturf. SEO is not the real thing. SEO is cutting corners. SEO is not the solution. SEO is bullshit.
lol  funny  seo  search  google  marketing  bullshit 
october 2008 by grahams

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