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Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kevin Trudeau: an interview from the clink, and an attempt to take Business Insider for a ride

 
One of the long-awaited media stories about currently imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie, was finally published yesterday, January 20, 2015 on Business Insider. It's pretty lengthy for an online article, but worth the read.

When he first contacted me back in June 2014 after coming across my blog, author
Aaron Gell, who at the time was the features editor for Business Insider but has since become the editorial director for Maxim Magazine, told me that he wanted to paint a more nuanced picture of Trudeau than the usual "he's a scammer" piece. Clearly he is a scammer, Aaron acknowledged, but he wanted to dig a little deeper.

I thought that was a great idea and have even said on more than one occasion, including on this blog, that Kevin isn't all evil or all good, and that the real story about him is no doubt far more complex than is apparent in most of the content that has been produced about him for the past couple of decades -- including the stuff you read here. Aaron also told me that he'd been approved to have an in-person interview with Katie in the cage (that would be
FPC Montgomery, Alabama), so I was instructed to keep mum about it all in order to avoid scaring Katie, who apparently doesn't like it when journalists communicate with his critics. So mum I kept, though the stupidest man in Scamworld mentioned the story months later on Facebook when Aaron finally got around to talking to him. And Abe Husein, who got a mention (though not a particularly flattering one) in the piece, had dropped a few hints as well.

Now the story is out, to decidedly mixed reviews. On the one hand, as a long-time friend and observer of Kevin's told me privately, it's a good walk-through for newbies. And even I learned a couple of new things about Katie, though in some cases they were just newer versions of Katie's older lies (more about that in a moment). Aaron also provided a competent capsule summary of the complex legal cases, duly quoting the investigators and prosecutors and even the judges, and, I thought, offering as good and concise an explanation as any I've seen about how and why the longstanding civil case became a criminal one.
 
On the other hand, as numerous people have noted, there are factual errors, some of which Aaron has since corrected, as well as errors of omission and some notable gaps in the story. Most glaringly of all, some noted that it seemed Aaron was veering too much towards saying that Kevin isn't such a bad guy after all. The piece wrapped with what seemed like blatant rationalizations from long-time Katie cohorts Ed Foreman and Fred van Liew, who, though they pretty much said that Katie is indeed a liar (Foreman all but disavowed Kevin's silly "Brotherhood" and "GIN Council" tales), insinuated that for the most part he lies for good causes, such as inspiring people to dream big and whatnot. This all led to the concluding quotation, which was Katie saying essentially the same thing. One person commenting to the piece called it a "love letter" to Kevin.

I'll tackle the latter problem first -- the apparent soft stance about the scamming -- and then get to the errors and omissions. I admit that even though I was expecting a balanced look at Kevin Trudeau, I too was a little taken aback by that ending, though after discussing it with Aaron I understand his reasoning a little better. His aim, he said, was not to give Katie a pass but rather to raise some philosophical questions. So after mulling it over a little bit I wrote a comment myself. Here it is in part;
you can read the whole thing here (and I'm only quoting myself at length because I'm too lazy to rewrite or paraphrase):

...Yes, there were omissions and some factual errors and a few major gaps in the story. But it's tough to get a book's worth of information down in a single article, and given the short attention span of some folks, this article may have been more than long enough as it is.

And yes, if you read this article superficially, particularly the ending, it may seem that Aaron is being little more than an apologist for Trudeau. But read it more carefully. I think the incidents as reported here, along with the quotations from others (Trudeau's friends/fans and detractors alike), and the silly stories Kevin told Aaron, speak for themselves. Aaron did not say he believed all of these stories. He just let Kevin talk.

And he didn't hit us over the head with the statement that Kevin Trudeau... is a scammer. That wasn't his objective and it's not his job. That's the job of snarky bloggers like yours truly and Bernie O'Mahony at GINtruth, not regular reporters... But ultimately it's the job of readers to draw their own conclusions.

So while Aaron's piece may seem on one level to be morally ambiguous (believe me, I had a little bit of a problem with the ending myself), I think it did flesh this lifelong con artist out a little more, and Aaron managed in the process to demonstrate some of the problems that keep Scamworld going, such as people's need to believe and to be inspired.

"Hope springs infernal," as one of my blogging colleagues, Steve Salerno of SHAMblog fame, likes to say. And even if Kevin's star fades away -- don't count on it yet, though; he still has a hearty fan base -- there will always be more scammers popping up with another version of the same pie-in-the-sky promises. And people will continue to believe.
You know me: I always have to work that "no neat and tidy endings" theme in somehow -- because it's valid.

Aaron told me he had another reason for avoiding blatant accusations, beyond his desire to raise philosophical questions, and beyond the fact that this was not a blog post or op-ed piece. He felt that Katie's devoted fans might be more likely to read -- and think about what they are reading -- if he took a more subtle approach.

There may be some validity to that point, though my sense is that the true devotees are not going to see the bad in Katie at all, and aren't going to perceive the contempt that he clearly holds for them. Early on in the piece Aaron cites Fred van Liew, reminiscing about Katie's youthful shenanigans.

After high school, Trudeau found work at an auto dealership, where, Van Liew says, he soon became the No. 1 salesman by eagerly chatting up the customers whom his colleagues stereotyped as window shoppers and cheapskates. “The other guys would say, ‘This guy’s a loser,’ but Kevin didn’t do that. And he’d sell them [a] car.”
He also became adept at pushing auto loans. “He would tell people, ‘Save your credit with your bank in case you need it for something else,’” Van Liew recalls. “Was it the best advice? No. Was he doing it to get you the best deal? Hell no. He was in it for profit and money! He knew most people are idiots.” Still, like many friends and associates we spoke to, while Van Liew is up front about Trudeau’s ethical shortcomings, he nonetheless praises him as a fundamentally good-hearted person: “When Kevin found someone in genuine need or who was ready to move forward, he’d help.”
"Most people are idiots." That's it in a nutshell, according to more than one disgruntled ex-insider or ex GIN member I've corresponded with over the years, who say the belief that most folks are idiots and ripe for manipulation sums up Katie's general attitude towards his customer base. (And it's not just Trudeau; it is apparently a distressingly common attitude in Scamworld, as I wrote about years ago.)

Will Katie's most devoted followers see the subtext and realize that Katie himself actually holds them in contempt? Maybe some will, but my guess is that most won't. We all see what we want to see.

Despite any real or perceived weakness in the moral message of Aaron's piece, most of the readers who have commented so far really seem to "get it" where Kevin is concerned. They see him for the con artist he is. They're not fooled by the rationalizations of Fred van Liew or Ed Foreman or Kevin himself. One wrote:

Great sales people don't lie, cheat and steal from the customers. Kevin is a convicted crook and for good reason -- he is one. Thousands of doctors aren't withholding cures from their patients. Only a fool would believe this but then there are a lot of fools. Goebbels is laughing from his grave.
A few even connected the dots between Katie and the rest of Scamworld, recognizing that the problem is much bigger than Katie and is pretty much intractable.

Even so, nobody I've seen, on this piece or elsewhere, has ever stated the core issues in the blunt terms that
my pal Salty Droid did on his famous "Conspiracy to Destroy" blog post last year. I've quoted this before but it bears a re-quote:
After a lifetime of epic grift :: serial huckster Kevin Trudeau is finally in jail … rotting like he always was. KT got ten years for failing to comply with some government paperworks he signed ten years ago as a punishment for the bullshit he’d been pulling the ten years previous to that. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been brutally sucked from the sad in the meantime :: and basically … nobody gives a fuck.
It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the total revenues from Trudeau’s life of scamjobery had topped a billion dollars. This book :: that book … whatever … the books don’t matter. It’s about cartels of badguys buying {preselected for sadness} people in bulk from media/info companies :: and then trading those people around until they become empty vessels … robbed of their money … and often of their sense of self.
The media :: the government :: and the courts … will all tell you a different story though. A much less complicated story :: disconnected from the hard problems of reality …
“He is a habitual liar and a fraudster,” Assistant U.S. Attorney April Perry said.
As a result of the size of the fraud and Trudeau’s two previous felony convictions, federal sentencing guidelines called for 20 to 25 years in prison, a range that Guzman said he thought was “appropriate.” However, he eventually agreed with prosecutors who said a 10-year term was sufficient since — unlike in many fraud cases — no one who bought Trudeau’s book was financially ruined.
Just a little bit :: totally …wrong.
I've often said that despite the fact that he's a lifelong scammer, I don't really believe Katie belongs in a cage -- certainly not for ten years -- and that's one area where Salty and I disagree. Even so, I'm hoping that future pieces on Kevin Trudeau will dig a little more deeply into the true harm that Scamworld hucksters inflict, though again, I understand that this wasn't what Aaron set out to do with this piece.

Errors and omissions
Although I didn't really learn much new information about Kevin in this article, since I've been obsessed with this topic for so many years, I did learn a few new things. One of the eye-openers for me was a glimpse into the nastier side of Katie's personality, if the narrative from his ex-wife Kristine Dorow is any indication. (See the content under the sub-head, "Up Close and Personal"
on Aaron's piece.) Though I don't know for sure, I have a feeling that this was one of the leads provided to Aaron by the aforementioned stupidest man in Scamworld, Not-Doctor Leonard Coldwell. I'd heard some gossipy things about this particular ex from Coldwell but knew to take them with a grain of salt until and unless I heard the same thing from other sources as well. Apparently Aaron really did interview Ms. Dorow.

One of the seeming errors of admission, however, was the lack of any mention of Trudeau's ex-wife
Christie Marie Sheldon, who is running some "psychic" schemes of her own these days. I still have a partially-finished blog post about her and another person who was reportedly a big influence on and inspiration for both Christie and Kevin: a clownish looking, Q-tip-headed "psychic" who goes by the name of Gary Spivey. Kevin and Christie reportedly perfected some of his pseudo-spiritual and manipulative shticks by hanging with Gary back in the day. Eventually I'll get around to finishing that post. But I wonder why Christie wasn't mentioned at all in Aaron's piece, which noted: "He has been married at least three times (a number he declined to confirm)." Court documents indicate he has been married at least four times, though.

As another friend of mine who worked with Katie years ago said, "He kept his private life private." But it's fairly well known that he was at one time married to Christie, so I can only speculate that Aaron didn't mention Christie for the same reason he didn't mention Kevin's older brother Bob (Robert Trudeau, Jr.): he didn't interview them.

Bob reportedly refused an interview with Aaron because Aaron wouldn't pay him, and Bob said he is tired of telling his story for free. Since 2012 he has also been saying he's working on a book about his life with his troubled younger brother. And he is one of the consultants for
a fictionalized movie that is being made about Kevin and GIN, The Platinum Bonus, although Abe Husein, another one of the consultants, told me they won't be paid for their consultancy work until the movie is in production. Knowing Hollywood, that could be... never. Bob also recently told a group of friends on Facebook that he had plans to turn his mother's house into a paid tourist attraction after she passes away (his father passed late last year), but I think he may have backed down on that. I'm sure he'll find some way to capitalize on his infamous brother. (The Dream Stealer: The Kevin Trudeau Story appears to be another movie project in which Bob is involved.)

But interview or not, it's curious that Bob wasn't even mentioned at all in Aaron's piece. As a matter of fact, former colleagues of Katie's have told me that Katie rarely or never mentioned his brother at all. I've always cut Bob more slack than some say he deserves, simply because I still kind of feel for him, being in the shadow of his sociopathic brother.

There are other shortcomings in the article, according to several GIN members and ex-members who said that Aaron's piece told the GIN story incorrectly or incompletely. One omission I noticed was that even though he mentioned the $150 monthly fee, Aaron didn't mention the $1,000 "initiation" fee for Level 1 membership (which was the "product" for the now-defunct MLM). Beyond that, I'll leave it to ex-GIN members to help fill in the story for Aaron, if they wish. My friend
John Foster, an ex-Katie fan, founding member of GIN and author of a self-published book about some of the inner workings of the organization, might be a good source to help fill in some of the gaps.

Aaron also mentioned that as a major asset of Trudeau's, GIN was sold for $200,000 to some of Katie's buddies, which I reported here last year
here and here. He didn't mention the proposed sale of the Natural Cures holdings, another major foundation of Trudeau's scampire. I reported this item in November (see under "New-ish Katie court docs"), and linked to the motion for approval of sale that had been filed in September. This is an important asset because Natural Cures, though originally launched to feed Kevin's legal defense fund, according to court documents, was the vehicle by which he became an ersatz health hero, and attracted many of the fans who were ultimately funneled into GIN. His UK crony Lee Kenny supposedly purchased Natural Cures for a mere $100k in late 2012, but there's been a bit of a custody battle since then.

But that's a minor omission compared to the total lack of mention in Aaron's piece of Mark Hamilton (aka Mark Scamilton on this Whirled) and the entire Neo-think (aka Neo-stink) scampire.
I've long speculated that the Neo-stink "Secret Society" shtick played a big role in Kevin inventing his own Secret Society scams. And Scamilton, according to court documents, earned more in the GIN MLM than virtually anyone else. It's possible that Scamilton, being the secretive sort he is, refused an interview too. Or it's possible that he was a behind-the-scenes source like me and not mentioned for that reason. But Scamilton was an actual player in the big scam that was GIN, and in the Natural Cures scampire before that, and he and Katie have been buddies and business partners for a long time.

Also missing from Aaron's narrative is Donald Barrett, Kevin's infamous infomercial partner, who actually did some jail time himself. Then there's Janine Nubani Contursi, Katie's former girlfriend, long-time business partner, and former co-defendant in earlier FTC cases. And there's Reno Rolle, who helped Kevin build his publishing scampire with the first Natural Cures book (and who joined the production team of The Platinum Bonus in December 2013). And there's the aforementioned Lee Kenny. Again, I don't know if Aaron tried to contact them and couldn't, or if he just ran out of time and space. I do think he gave too much space to ex-GIN marketing director and current Coldwell cohort Peter Wink, who laughed to Aaron that he and other insiders knew for a long time that the GIN Council was sheer fantasy, and joked about it among themselves. To me that smacks of complicity... but that, of course, is a whole other topic.

Lies and rationalizations
Reading Aaron's article and the stories Katie told him about being approached in his bedroom by sinister government operatives, it's pretty clear to me that Katie was trying to play him, and was continuing the same old cycle of lies that he has used with everyone else for years. Some criticized Aaron for not following up on some of those stories and trying to verify those that were verifiable. But it could be that Aaron just assumed they were lies and decided to let Kevin ramble, letting the absurdity of the tales speak for themselves. As I mentioned in the above-linked comment on the Business Insider site, I don't see any indication that Aaron actually believed the b.s.

In any event, as is often the case with Katie (and many other scammers I've written about), he can't even keep his lies straight,
as I noted in another comment to Aaron's piece. Kevin has often told the story that the Brotherhood first recruited him when he was 15, not in his 20s. Here is one example from an infomercial for Your Wish Is Your Command (the recruitment tool for GIN); thanks to my friend Julie Daniel for finding this.




Yet as I've noted numerous times before, on an earlier infomercial for YWIYC he told the "interviewer" that he was a member of the Brotherhood from 1975 to 1999. He was only 12 in 1975.

And now he tells Aaron that he was in his 20s when he was first approached by the Brotherhood -- in a bowling alley, of all places.

As I also wrote in my comment, I'm really a little surprised that Trudeau is still telling the Brotherhood story instead of just letting it drop, but since many people, including Abe Husein, were fooled into joining GIN because of this story and the closely related tall tale of the GIN Council, that may be one of the matters still under investigation as fraud, so perhaps Katie feels he has to keep the lie going for the sake of the GIN scam that is still going on under the leadership of Trudeau's long-time cronies. But if he's going to stick with it he should at least be consistent.

I have never been a GIN insider or member or anything remotely close to being a Trudeau fan, but even I -- along with probably millions of other people -- could tell GIN was poppycock just because of those stories, particularly taken in the context of Trudeau's long history of scamming.


* * * * *

Overall, and notwithstanding the seemingly soft ending, I think Aaron did a pretty good job with an unwieldy topic. Even Lenny Coldwell, writing on his Facebook timeline, called it an objective "summery" [sic]. I don't think that any one article, no matter how carefully crafted and fact-checked, no matter how many people are interviewed, can really capture Kevin Trudeau. The real story remains untold, which isn't say that I'm the one to tell it, even though I have obsessively covered aspects of his story for years on this blog. Actually, I wouldn't be a bad choice at all, come to think of it. Even so, Katie, though fascinating in and of himself, is significant to me primarily as a cog in the big sick machine of Scamworld. But his true story may never be told, in large part because his entire narrative is a hopelessly tangled web of lies and evasions, and too many people are still willing to protect him. Those who seemingly want to spill the goods on him sometimes have ulterior motives of their own and are chronic liars in their own right (e.g., Coldwell). So where Kevin Trudeau is concerned, truth remains as elusive as that GIN Council.

As someone who is in a position to know said to me privately, "He's never been who he says he is and never believed any product or service he's sold. That's the real story. He's just a 12-year-old magician looking for his next audience."

And that may sum it up better than just about anything else I've read recently.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Kevin Trudeau: you too can be an infomercial huckster!

 
Though still languishing in Camp Cupcake, aka minimum-security cage FPC Montgomery (Alabama), awaiting the results of his appeal (more about that momentarily), serial scammer Kevin Trudeau (aka KT, aka Katie) and his buds are busy keeping his legacy alive. GIN, the Global Information Network, seems to still be humming along (complete with a single-level Referral Bonus Program, if the current Member Agreement is any indication), and Katie is still dictating the inspirational nonsense for his Facebook fan page.

And then there's the infamous baccarat scam, visited some time back on Omri's
Glancingweb, and mentioned a few times here as well. For nearly two weeks and possibly longer, a sponsored link has graced the Facebooks, popping up on the right-hand side of the screen on various pages, timelines, and forums with Katie's smiling face. I first noticed it on January 6. It leads to a site called Baccarat Revealed, which is owned and operated by Katie's UK cohort Lee Kenny, who remains, for the most part, out of reach of the U.S. Feds. Currently the baccarat flopportunity is going for $297 US, though the site claims that it has "sold consistently for over a year at $997."
 

But the thing that really made me open my eyes was something I saw on Facebook the other day: a promo for Katie's much-talked-about Infomercial Secrets course, for which, claim the promoters, many people have paid $50,000. And now it can be yours for... are you sitting down?... only $997 (there's that magickal Interwebz marketing number again!).



The promo popped up on my feed because it was shared by one of my Facebook friends via
a page called StartUpPlan UK. Oddly enough, the promo now seems to be missing from the page; maybe they got a little bit too much flak about it. StartUpPlanUK is a little cagey about some of their information; instead of sharing the URL to their web site, you have to ask for the URL.

Anyway, the original promo leads to
this web site, which is also pretty cagey about its ownership and origins. However, if you follow the "Add to Cart" link you will see that it is a UK URL. My first guess was that Lee Kenny is also behind this one. There don't seem to be any links to company-specific "legal" pages on the main promo page. But if you go to the payment page there are links at the bottom of the page to Paypal legal pages.

My other guess is that anything that benefits Lee -- whether it's the baccarat scam or the infomercial scam -- will ultimately benefit Kevin personally and will more than likely remain out of reach of the Feds.

Looking at the URL of the main site, I noticed it's a Kajabi URL, about which our pal Salty Droid has had a few things to say.

My friend Kenneth, former GIN member and Katie fan, tells me he watched a part of that course and got a glimpse into Katie's unethical marketing strategies. He said Katie shows you how to sell something by playing on people's insecurities and weaknesses, and says Katie stresses that even if you have a great product, folks aren't going to want it unless it meets some emotional need. Well, that's pretty much the way Scamworld works. (I know it's pretty much the way most consumer marketing works, and has for decades -- particularly in the cosmetics and personal-care products industries -- but it's still reprehensible.) That's prolly the crux of the Infomercial Secrets message, anyway: appeal to people's emotions, especially their negative or baser ones. The rest will no doubt just be Katie gabbing about logistics and so forth -- information that he claims is "25 years in the making," but some of which may be outdated.

What probably isn't mentioned in Infomercial Secrets is that his infomercials were what landed Katie in nearly two decades of the legal troubles that ultimately got him into Camp Cupcake, a place from which, despite his joyous screeds on Facebook, he is fighting desperately to escape.

Escape from Camp Cupcake... will it happen, and if so, when?
Meanwhile,
as noted and quoted in my previous blog post, Katie's legal defense team is furiously working on the appeal. On Katie's Facebook page yesterday (January 17, 2015) there was this:

Kevin Trudeau Appeal/Legal Updates!
Hello All. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday Season. First, thank you all for the massive amounts of cards and Holiday wishes I have had the privilege and honor of receiving over the last months. I am deeply humbled and appreciative of all your love and support. I return the love and positive energy to you! As you know I have appealed my conviction of contempt of court, (because I am 100% innocent), and I appealed the 10 year sentence as being excessive for contempt of court. (10 years is one of the longest, if not THE longest sentence for contempt of court in the history of America). Contempt of Court is NOT a felony, nor even a misdemeanor.

All the briefs have been submitted. You can read our briefs by sending an email to KTlegaldefense@gmail.com and requesting a copy. [I uploaded the initial ones myself months ago. For links, see this blog post, under "Camp may be fun..." Or see the direct link (to the briefs only) here. ~CC]

Now I wait. The appeal is being heard by a panel of 3 appellate judges. They will rule and make a decision any time now, although it could take up to 18 months before they make a decision. I have a feeling I will hear the decision by the middle to end of the year, although it could be sooner than that or later.

I am asking the appeals court to overturn the verdict of guilty and issue a complete acquittal (not guilty) on the grounds that the government had the burden of proof to show that I KNEW I was violating the order when I made the infomercials and I KNEW I was committing a crime (instead of my belief that I was exercising my First Amendment Rights, which is what I 100% believed I was doing). They government provided absolutely NO evidence as to my intent or state of mind and NO evidence that I KNEW I was committing a crime. Thus I SHOULD be found not guilty, because I am innocent.

IF the appeals court does not acquit me, then we are asking that the case be dismissed because the Government violated the Speedy Trial Act by not bringing the case to trial within the time frame under the Act.

If the appeals court does not dismiss the case as requested, then we are asking them to order a new trial because Judge Guzman did not allow me to use my belief in the First Amendment as a defense. I was forbidden to even say the words First Amendment in court. He also would not allow me to show all the evidence I had proving that I am innocent. (it is all explained in the court briefs we submitted).

Thus a new trial should be ordered where I will be allowed to show ALL the evidence PROVING my innocence.

If the appeals court does not allow for a new trial, then we are asking them to reduce the sentence from 10 years to a max of 6 months because the original Judge who issued the order to show cause for contempt said this was to be "treated" as a misdemeanor with a max of 6 months incarceration if found guilty.

Whatever happens is perfect.. There are no good or bad outcomes other than OUR thinking makes it so. Remember, 99% of all is off the radar screen. What we might THINK is the best outcome, might not actually be for our highest good. Simply know that all IS perfect, as Source/God is ALL things. Everything is one. Thus, perfection at ALL times.

Will Keep you posted!
...and after that he went on a bit about his Nuggets of Gold newsletter, which, of course, I snarked about in my previous post. When you make a "contribution" of $19.95 per month ( "you must hit 'Make this payment recurring – monthly button'") or a one time "contribution" of $210.00, you receive his special, Katie-energy-infused newsletter for a whole entire year. In that newsletter, he will share never-before-shared seekrits, blah-blah-blah.

As many of you may recall, a newsletter is how he started his "Natural Cures" scampire years ago (which was actually launched to feed his legal defense, according to court documents), and consumers are still complaining about signing up, wittingly or unwittingly, for "recurring" payments, and then not being able to disentangle themselves from the scheme when they want.
Here's one of the best-known sites that has complaints about Trudeau. Presumably the current scheme, sponsored by the Legal Defense Fund that was formed some after the receiver took over, is tied in somehow to the Feds, so that proceeds will go towards his legal defense, and anything left over will go towards paying down Katie's FTC massive fine... but you never know.

Still... does anyone really believe that Katie has any new seekrit information to offer?


In an email sent over the past couple of days by one of his minions, Katie was a little more specific about the dates of the appeal.
Please forward and subscribe! Written by Kevin Trudeau

My appeal oral arguments have been set for Feb 24th in front of 3 Appellate Judges in Chicago.  It is not open to the public. But the audio recording will be up on the 7th Cir Court website within a few days of Feb 24th. (you can read all my appeal briefs online as well)I should get an answer on my appeal as early as April (although very unlikely that fast). More likely, the answer will come between June and the end of this year (although it could take longer). The outcome, and timing, no matter what is is, will be Perfect! The Universe has it  Perfect all the time! (most just don't realize it until much much later, if at all)

All IS perfect right now..so feel great NOW (like me!)Now, more exciting and very good news. (all news is just news, it is your THINKING that makes it good of bad..thus ALL news to me is GREAT!)To help pay off the legal expenses and continue to get legal representation, The Kevin Trudeau Legal Defense Fund (KTLegalDefense dot com) will be marketing a monthly emailed newsletter/training course called "Kevin Trudeau's Nuggets of Gold".

It is time for me to start sharing the revelations and breakthroughs in training/awareness/manifesting, that I have been eluding
[sic -- though "eluding" is actually unwittingly accurate ~CC] to over the last year on my face book posts! (Kevin Trudeau Community Face book page)The first newsletter (Feb Edition) will be emailed to all who subscribe, immediately. It is already written and ready to send to you RIGHT NOW!


...and after that he went on and on again about his Nuggets of Gold newsletter. He's really flogging that thing.

This is and will be a very special, and a very powerful newsletter/training course for you. The "Lessons" will be like nothing you can imagine. They will be unlike anything you have experienced in my training, or any training ever before. They WILL have a monumental impact on you and the releasing of your abilities.These lessons are no intended to "replace" any training/courses/books/clubs/seminars/events etc that you are already participating in or involved. Rather, they will  "add to" and "supplement" what you are already doing to increase your material success, happiness potential, and life experience. I believe they will make everything work better, faster..and EASIER in your life.

Each month the emailed newsletter/training course will contain:-a lesson/message with training/energy/knowledge that will help you manifest your dreams/desires, achieve inner bliss/harmony/joy, and attain complete freedom in all areas of your life on all dimensions. This material will help to "release your abilities" to a level never before attainable. The material/knowledge is coming from new downloads I have had since making it through the "wall of fire"...and many other mental/spiritual experiences that I have had the unique and rare opportunity to discover over the last year during my amazing adventure.
[I still wonder about
that McMiracle he mentioned in December 2013. ~CC]

I have eluded
[sic... again] to many of these in my posts on the Kevin Trudeau Community Face book page over the 12 months. (you can go to that page and read them if you have not already read them. I encourage you to do so, as those posts/messages are powerful)...

...Each issue will be upbeat, motivating, inspiring, positive, revolutionary in it's
[sic] material/data and method of teaching, and will simply be a groundbreaking educational/training/awakening "course" for Successful Daily Living! It will make you feel great after every reading. The messages/lessons will be embedded with "strong awakening energy" that will have a beneficial effect on all who read it.

Subscribers and I will have a special bond and connection, as I will always be so "personally" appreciative, directly, to each and every subscriber in a very intimate way.

I encourage you to consider subscribing to "Nuggets of Gold'. You will be helping me personally. (For which I will always remember)  And YOU will be benefitting tremendously from the material/training and life changing energy transfers that you will be receiving each month.

All proceeds go the the Legal Defense Fund (the law Firm of Winston and Strawn) for all my (KT's) legal expenses past, present and future, and the expenses of managing the website.Each Newsletter is written by me (KT) personally.Please share this message/email with as many people as you can. Email this to every one you know. Talk about it in Social Media. Text people...call them. Spread the word.

Post this on the internet, in as many places as possible. Really promote this. Get the word out.Those who do the lots of promotion of this will be honored and recognized at the first event for your efforts, as well as in all Newsletters.This is exciting. The best is yet to come for all of you. Please accept my humble and sincere thank you for all your love and support over the last years as this "adventure' has been unfolding. You are a part of history. You are seeing in "real time' the training in action. You are lucky. You are special. YOUR thoughts and vibration has
[sic] brought us together in this powerful  intimate way.

The next Chapter is about to begin.....be on board!With love and respect to you.....KNOW with certainty....I WILL see YOU at the TOP!

KT

See you at the TOP... does he mean the top bunk? Oh, I guess I've already used that joke here.

Anyway. I'm still working on getting my PACER account up and running, after which I will be able to download and share more court documents and really catch up on a lot of what is going on behind the scenes. I have a feeling that despite Katie's promise to keep his minions updated on the court happenings, and his assurance that you will be able to see copies of everything by sending an email to his legal defense fund, there's a lot he's leaving out, as has always been the case. I'll try to fill you in as much as I can.

Meanwhile, thank you for the donations... keep 'em coming. I will be back with much more, very soon.

PS ~ When do you think Katie will be released from Camp Cupcake? My good friend Julie Daniel posed a question on the public Facebook forum, GIN Network Truth.
Want to play? Here's the link.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Kevin Trudeau: Pooping out "nuggets" for the New Year

First off: Happy New Year to all who observe the Gregorian Calendar. I hope your year-end/beginning holidaze were filled with fun, food, and friends (and family too, if you're friendly with them). After all, that's what these Special Times are for. Ron and I had a mostly delightful holiday here on The Ranch at the Edge of Nowhere, the only sadness being that we lost another fur baby, our big fat boy cat Sabu, on December 21. I really should write his eulogy at some point, as I have so far failed to do with two others who have left us over the past two and a half years: our elderly white long-haired cat Grace (May 14, 2012) and our sweet hound mix Layla (August 10, 2013). It's always hard to lose any loved one -- human or fur baby -- but especially difficult during the holidays. But as I was saying to dear friends with whom we spent New Year's Day, the crap that happens in our lives doesn't have any regard for the calendar. Loved ones die or otherwise leave, natural disasters wreak their havoc even on the holiest of holidays, and lives that were sucky don't suddenly and magically get on track to become less sucky just because the calendar says it's January 1.

Even as there are no neat and tidy endings in most of life, there are usually no clear beginnings either.

At any rate, for what it's worth, here we are at the dawn of 2015, a decade-and-a-half past the moment that the Y2K bug was supposed to slam us back into the Stone Age, and nearly eight-and-a-half years into this blog. Though largely inactive for the past few months, my Whirled is still spinning (many don't like the way it spins, but c'est la vie), and I hope to keep it spinning for years to come, or until I get totally bored with it, whichever comes first.

I feel a need to apologize again, not only for my infrequent posting, but also for the fact that so much blog space was taken up last year with
the stupidest and one of the most evil men in Scamworld. And I guess I owe you an apology as well for ending 2014 on a seemingly sad note -- announcing the end of the Salty Droid blog -- although it really isn't all sad notes there by any means. New Year, new adventures.

But in Scamworld, it's the same old stuff -- No Neat and Tidy Endings. Currently imprisoned Whirled favorite serial scammer Kevin Trudeau is still running his scams from the prison camp that he calls Camp Cupcake. Here's what he posted -- or had posted for him -- less than an hour ago as I write this:
Happy New Year...HERE IT IS! WHAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR…FINALLY THE CONTINUED TRAINING WE HAVE NEEDED AND WANTED….
-When you make a contribution to the Legal Defense Fund as stated below, each month between the 1st and 5th, you will receive via email the monthly newsletter "Kevin Trudeau's Nuggets of Gold" beginning the first week of February.
-Proceeds go to the Kevin Trudeau Legal Defense Fund to pay for the appeals and the ongoing contempt of court cases
-Each newsletter is written by Kevin Trudeau personally and will contain:
-Real time updates on the KT legal cases/appeals
-Kevin's personal book reviews/insights and in depth reflection on the books he suggests you read
-Answers to your questions
-Special training "nuggets of gold" to help you manifest your desires as well as achieve inner bliss/peace/joy/harmony
-Specific information on overcoming adversity in your life and well as eliminating stress, fear, worry, anxiety, and depression
-A balance of training on improving "the external conditions of your life" (manifesting your desires), and achieving inner bliss/peace/harmony/joy and oneness with the Universe/and all mankind.
-The newsletter will consist of 100% positive messages/images/words and saturated with the essence of Love/Energy/Power that by simply reading it, can awaken your own inner Power/Energy/Love and melt away energy blocks that could be holding you back!

And when you become a subscriber you will also receive a special invitation:
-When Kevin is finally vindicated/redeemed/exonerated and FREE, ALL subscribers will be invited to a Subscriber ONLY event where you will be able to get a one on one picture with Kevin, and a personal hug/handshake and thank you for your support!

The Newsletter is a gift when you make a contribution of only $19.95 per month or the BEST DEAL is $210.00 for 12 months. (That’s only $17.50 per month and you save $29.00 per year!)
Just go to the link below and make your contribution to The Kevin Trudeau Defense Fund – Proceeds go to Winston and Strawn LLP
At the link go to #3 the "donate button" put in the amount and click on the "recurring payment" button OR make a one time contribution and put "Newsletter" in the notes box. Thank you and may this be your best year ever!!
"Nuggets of Gold"... oh, my. Nuggets, nuggets, everywhere! But you only get these nuggets if you make that all-important contribution to the Katie Defense Fund.

Or... here's a better idea. You can send me some money, and I'll be glad to ship you some of the organic nuggets that I am constantly finding here around The Ranch. You can get Dog Nuggets, Cat Nuggets, even Horse Nuggets or Donkey Nuggets. All will be specially infused with something that is almost certainly more useful than the crap that Katie and his friends are pooping out.

I'll have lots more, very soon.

PS ~ But speaking of money... I hardly ever beg, and I hope this doesn't come across as begging now, even though it clearly is. And it pains me to do it. As you know if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, I had been, for quite a while, pretty scrupulous about keeping you posted regarding the developments in Katie's court cases. It's still an ongoing story because the criminal case is under appeal. As you may have noticed, though, I haven't been posting many updates for the past few months. It's certainly not from lack of desire to do so, and emphatically not because I've lost interest in the cases.

It all comes down to funding, lame as that will probably sound to the high rollers of Scamworld and the poseurs and wannabes who are raking in the imaginary wealth by putting pretty pictures on vision boards or dream boards, and then lying about their success on Facebook. But I am not ashamed to say that money is an object at times in my life. And grabbing documents from PACER costs money -- not a lot of money, but more than I can justify budgeting at this point for a project that isn't bringing in any money.

Kind fans of this blog have supported my PACER habit in the past but are not able to do so any more. So what I really need are donations, donations, donations. Every little bit helps. Thank you... and whether you send money or not, I appreciate each and every one of you. I hope the new year brings you peace and joy, and the strength and determination to kick the butts that need kicking, whether they're Scamworld butts or not.

And watch out for those nuggets. Try not to get any on your shoes.

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