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Photo: Car and Driver James R. Nichols was ever serious, solemn, and always well dressed, People liked being around him.

Photo: Car and Driver
James R. Nichols was ever serious, solemn, and always well dressed, People liked being around him.

The $21 Million “Miracle Cars”

God Wants You to Roll

Nineteen-year-old security guards Robert Gomez and James Nichols played Americans’ love for cars against their faith in God in one of the greatest frauds in U.S. history. They worked in security together at a local office complex and dreamed of finding the fast track out of their poor L.A. County neighbourhood.

The “Miracle Cars” scam begun in 1994. The boys conned thousands of customers from Los Angeles to New York-mostly devout churchgoers-into buying bargain-priced cars from the estate of Gomez’s deceased millionaire father. The cars cost just a few thousand dollars apiece-Dad’s dying gift to his fellow Bible believers.

Yet, there was no dead millionaire father. There were no cars. And there is still no trace of $8.7 million of the $21 million stolen by the now-convicted Gomez and Nichols.

Armed with a list of cars and evangelical charisma, Buddha and James offered a fictional slice of the good life as a reward for piety, and the pious blindly bought in. They kept the con alive for over four years, cast it nationwide through a network of pastors who sold cars during church services, and briefly realized their dreams until the Feds brought them down. While converting millions of dollars into gambling chips, Buddha became a legend of the California casinos, sitting at poker tables with pornographer Larry Flynt.

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The science is settled huh?

We have been told that the science is settled with global warming, or climate change or climate disruption or whatever other title they use to describe the greatest scam ever foisted on mankind.

Except it isn’t…settled.

One of the world’s most firmly global-warmist scientists says that even if humanity deliberately sets out to burn all the fossil fuels it can find, as fast as it can, there will be no troublesome sea level rise due to melting Antarctic ice this century.

Dr Ken Caldeira’s credentials as a global warmist are impeccable. He is not a true green hardliner – he has signed a plea to his fellow greens to get over their objections to nuclear power, for instance, and he doesn’t totally rule out geoengineering as a possible global-warming solution. But that’s as far as he’ll go: in Dr Caldeira’s view, it is plain and simple unethical to release greenhouse gases into the air. There’s no middle ground on that as far as he’s concerned – he’s not OK with gas power as an alternative to coal, for instance.

But he’s a scientist, and like all proper scientists he’s willing to admit inconvenient truths. In this case, the truth in question is his own prediction that no matter what humans do in the way of carbon emissions, sea levels are not going to rise by more than 8cm this century due to melting Antarctic ice. For context, the seas have been rising faster than that for thousands of years. They rose 17cm just during the 20th century, and the Antarctic cap is far and away the biggest body of ice on the planet.   Read more »

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Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi

Give Me Your Money

Charles Ponzi Had All Of Boston Trying To Give Him Money

Anyone can work a simple swindle, but you have to be a special kind of con man to have your name become synonymous with “fraud.” Charles Ponzi pulled it off, though.

 It was a time when anything seemed possible–instant wealth, glittering fame, and fabulous luxury–and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors’ money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the “rob Peter to pay Paul” scam to an art form. At the peak of his success, Ponzi was raking in more than $2 million a week at his office in downtown Boston. Then his house of cards came crashing down–thanks in large part to the relentless investigative reporting of Richard Grozier’s Boston Post. A classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, Ponzi’s Scheme is the amazing story of the magnetic scoundrel who launched the most successful scheme of financial alchemy in modern history.

After arriving in the U.S. from Italy in 1903, Ponzi knocked around in a variety of unskilled jobs that usually ended when he got into trouble for theft or cheating customers. A few years later, he moved to Canada, where he spent a hitch in prison for passing a forged check. When he eventually drifted back down to the U.S., he needed a way to make some quick cash.

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Facebook Fraud


Labour is a scam?

Finally its official, it appears, Labour is a scam.

The Department of Consumer Affairs has issued a Scam Alert:

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The shell company game (googledirectories part III)

Simon Mcleod hasn’t been a director of SMP Marketing Ltd for very long.  In fact, SMP Marketing Ltd is a new name for Chitosan Financial Limited.


Here is Simon Mcleod’s declaration that he’s allowed to run a company and he’s the right man for the job:



NO GUESSES as to who helped Simon with the paperwork.

No, no guesses, sorry.

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The disinfectant of daylight…. (googledirectories part II)

As we saw from the previous post, the chain of events roughly went like this

  1. An entity calling itself is clearly passing off on Google’s intellectual property
  2. They have been highighted as a potential scam by others
  3. Former staff have gone on the Internet to complain about not being paid
  4. The site says it is owned by Corporate Consultants & Advisory
  5. The Companies Office tell us that the sole director is Simon Mcleod

Ok then.

This piqued my interest:  “On their FB page, SMP Markeing working in conjunction with to launch NZ largest online directory, you are a joke. SMP are initials for the CEO’s name.”

SMP Marketing?  As in Simon Mcleod…. P?

A Companies Office Search into SMP Marketing shows us one Director



Good old Simon.

But then things get interesting.  What happens when you look into SMP Marketing’s shareholding?

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Anyone from Google New Zealand want to look into this scam?

You’d think that passing off on Google’s name would get you noticed, but it appears Google Directory is going strong:



“But wait”, you say, “nobody is stupid enough to believe that is Google”.

And you would be right.  But this is what they send out in their spammy emails

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Wheels are falling off the climate change trolley at alarming rate

The Climate Change lobby are now suffering a rolling maul of bad reports as the wheels start to come off their trolley.

Another scientific study has revealed that not enough evidence exists to support previous claims regarding ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica…a study by scientists who were specifically looking for such details but failed to find them.

New long-term data on the melting of Earth’s polar ice is not the ecological death knell some might expect.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Bert Wouters at the University of Bristol compared nine years of satellite measurements of glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica in an attempt to determine if the melt-off is part of an accelerating trend in ice loss and sea-level rise.

While the study showed a loss of about 300 billion tonnes of ice per year from the arctic and Antarctic regions, it concluded that natural processes cannot be ruled out as the force behind the receding ice sheets and thus that future sea-level rise cannot currently be accurately predicted.   Read more »