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The Long Island Medium
Theresa Caputo, also known as the Long Island Medium, can totally talk to dead people, for reals, no joke. She claims to have started Haley Joel Osmenting when she was 4 years old and has been a practicing (and certified!) medium for over 10 years, showcasing her amazing abilities on her hit TLC reality show since 2011. She presumably keeps her hair in the shape of a microphone to help her receive transmissions from the spirit world.

The Fraud:
Watch her bomb spectacularly in front of a room full of people who stubbornly refused to have recently deceased mothers and then marvel as she blames it on fickle spirits, because clearly it’s the ghosts’ fault and not the fact that she can’t actually communicate with the dead.

Professional debunker James Randi examined Caputo’s act and, to no one’s surprise, determined that it was nothing more than a very familiar sideshow routine. Just like John Edward and countless others before her, she’s simply quite skilled at an age-old technique known as cold reading, a method in which a performer “can pick up enough information in what seems like innocent, idle conversation” to make it seem like they are reading your mind. Basically, it’s just intuitive guesswork. She’s so good at it, in fact, that along with D.J. Groethe (president of the James Randi Educational Foundation), Randi awarded her the 2012 Pigasus Award, reserved for “the most deserving charlatans, swindlers, psychics, pseudoscientists, and faith healers.” It’s the kind of award you don’t accept in person.

Meanwhile, an investigation by Inside Edition found that, while Long Island Medium is edited to make it appear as though Caputo is a font of supernatural wisdom, she strikes out again and again during live readings. She brushes off these embarrassing gaffes by insisting that the blazingly incorrect message she received must have been intended for someone else (this is known as “piggybacking”).

Private investigator Ron Tebo maintains a collection of Caputo’s failures on YouTube (he did the clip above) and spent over a year interviewing her past clients to discover that the majority of them felt ripped off (because Caputo happily demands cash payment in exchange for sharing her incredible gift). Her response to fraud allegations is the verbal equivalent of a shrug — “I respect and understand skeptics. I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone, that’s not why I do what I do. I feel, and have been told by my clients, that my gift has really helped them, and that’s all that matters to me.”

Source: Cracked.com, YouTube

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Twitch viewers beware: there’s a malware-using chatbot about

If you’ve ever hung out in the Twitch chat of even a moderately popular streamer, you’ll have realised what a madhouse it can sometimes be in the chats. Those without a good modbot, moderators or an engaged slowmode can quickly become unreadable. Now there’s a new hazard that’s going around, …… read more »

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Okay, so many of my watchers on deviantART are already aware of this, but last month I was scammed for thousands of dollars by a user named Pixlett / ToxicMutagen. (They both use the same PayPal address) Pixlett has since deactivated her account.

My account of the fraud:

[ Part 1] [ Part 2 (Today) ]

Pixlett bought some artwork from me for very large sums of money. Then, a few months later, I notice that a couple grand went missing from my PayPal, because she filed a credit card chargeback against me, claiming that she never got the item. Obviously, it was digital artwork, so there was no physical item to ship. She did this for every single piece of artwork she bought from me, and even after backing myself up with a ton of evidence, PayPal ruled in her favor.

And now, today, it has happened AGAIN. Pixlett has filed MORE chargebacks against me, putting me into negative $2,000 in my PayPal account. I start school in a week and need money to pay for my new textbooks, supplies, and gas, but looks like that’s not gonna happen thanks to this fraud.

I have set up a PayPal Donation button on my page, where you can help me out. Even just a dollar helps. Small amounts add up quickly, and I need to get out of the negatives as soon as possible.

I apologize, because I never ask for help, but this is just beyond my capacity of fixing in such a short amount of time. Several other people were also affected by this scammer, so please consider helping them out too.

Thank you! ;u; If you have any questions or concerns, you can message me on here or on my dA.

-witchpaws

If you wanna get into being a magic doctor, that’s your co-star.

6 Tricks I Learned as a Faith Healer (for Scamming You)

#4. Faith Healing Involves More Chicken Guts Than You’d Think

We did something called psychic surgery. We’d have someone lay on a table, and beneath the table would be a bowl of chicken gizzards and livers mixed with blood. We’d lift the person’s shirt up and act as if we were going to take out a tumor or an infected gall bladder or like, a possessed kidney or something. We’d pretend to cut the stomach open, putting a hand in front of our fingers to hide it, then pull out the gizzards and the liver, calling them “cancer” or “Yendik, the Kidney Demon.” Applause and donations would follow. I wouldn’t perform this sort of act until after the first year of faith healing. By then, I knew we were phonies, so it wasn’t a big surprise when I learned that the surgery act was basically performance art. My pastor told me that an act like this bolstered the congregant’s faith and “portrayed a deeper reality,” which is a line I plan to use if the IRS ever audits my income tax returns.

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That guy’s considered such an expert on undercover journalism that he wrote a book about it that almost instantaneously became a New York Times best-seller.

5 Successful People Who Everyone Forgets Are Exposed Frauds

#4. James O’Keefe

James O’Keefe has been called a right-wing Michael Moore, which means he is a documentarian who carefully edits his footage to make his subjects look like total dickheads to serve his own political agenda. … As we’ve previously discussed, O’Keefe’s most famous antic — the one that allegedly discovered evidence of ACORN employees advising people how to disguise the source of any illegal income — was proved to be categorically false, and he was forced to pay out $100,000 for slander (ACORN still got shut down, though). His other famous expose, in which he revealed how the head of fundraising for NPR was in favor of pushing an agenda of worldwide sharia law so long as it resulted in donation dollars, also turned out to be a steaming butt biscuit (O’Keefe had edited NPR’s Ron Schiller quoting various politicians in such a way as to make it seem like Schiller was reciting his own personal views — imagine someone deleting the phrase “According to Adolf Hitler” from the beginning of a sentence and you get the idea).

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And that’s “Gargoyles” producer (and Greg Weisman’s partner on the series), Frank Paur, responding to the recent controversy caused by a Mr. Kurt Lehner.

For those of you who don’t know…

Kurt Lehner, an artist who did designs for one or two episodes of “The Goliath Chronicles” is attending conventions, selling lithographs of Goliath, Demona, Xanatos, etc and, according to some second hand accounts, taking credit for the character designs of the characters and series. Again, these are second hand accounts, but they are be piling up.

Here’s his WizardWorld bio: http://www.wizardworld.com/kurtlehner.html
Here’s his website: http://kurtlehner.blogspot.com/
Here’s an interview he did for “Graphically Christian Comics” (where he was careful to word things so that he didn’t actually LIE, but would cause the interviewer (who clearly hadn’t done very much research) and the average listener to take misconceptions.):http://graphiclychristian.com/kurt-lehner-character-designer-for-gargoyles-interview/
Here he is saying that he was the “Senior Character Designer for Gargoyles”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIkKRYfFX6Q&feature=youtu.be&t=1m11s

If you do a google search on “Kurt Lehner Gargoyles”, I’ve seen several people coming away from his booth with this misconception. I haven’t seen it myself, so I can’t be sure what he is saying, but just for the record, as Frank himself said up there, Mr. Lehner did not work on the first two seasons of Gargoyles. Mr. Lehner did not create nor did he design Goliath or Demona (both were designed by Greg Guler), he did not design David Xanatos (that was Bob Kline); and all these characters were created by Greg Weisman and their designs were finalized by Kazuyoshi Takeuchi and Frank Paur.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A warrant won’t be issued for the arrest of Gov. Rick Perry following his indictment on two felony charges of abuse of power.

Linda Estrada, a grand Jury clerk in Travis County, said Monday that the judge overseeing the case decided against issuing an arrest warrant.

Estrada said that Judge Bert Richardson decided instead that Perry will receive a summons to appear which has not been issued yet.

It won’t be until Perry’s defense attorney and the state set a date for him to appear in court.

It wasn’t clear if Perry was going to have to be booked or have a mug shot taken.

Perry was indicted Friday on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run.

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