A Scammer Darkly

Colin Sholes
Scams, scammers, and exposing the ways the game is rigged.
Created 04 Sep 2019
  • About Face
    24 Sep 2021 • 17 min read
    Facebook Yeah, it’s going to be one of those weeks. The Wall Street Journal has released five pieces in the Facebook Files, and more scandals have dropped elsewhere, so let’s dive in and cover as much...
  • Honesty is a Virtue
    17 Sep 2021 • 11 min read
    Tenet Healthcare We talked about the ways Tenet contributed to the shuttering of Hahnemann hospital in Philadelphia, but did you know they’re also currently involved in the longest nurses’ strike in M...
  • Outside the Box
    10 Sep 2021 • 11 min read
    Text Spam We have talked a few times about robocalls, and how they’re out of control and nearly impossible to stop. Guess what! Text spam is bad now, and likely to get worse, because it’s even more pr...
  • Treating Parasites
    03 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    Ivermectin Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug, most commonly used in livestock, who deal with a lot of parasites. It’s in the news because lots of people have been taking it to treat or prevent COVI...
  • Endless War
    27 Aug 2021 • 12 min read
    Afghanistan If you didn’t hear, the US pulled troops out of Afghanistan this month, and the Afghan government we had been propping up failed in a matter of days. The president fled to the UAE, and may...
  • Bet the Farm
    20 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    Farm Bank Remember Farmville? For those who don’t, it was a Facebook game that allowed players to run a farm, tending crops and raising animals. Many of these activities took time, and the game would ...
  • Claiming Ignorance
    13 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    Unemployment Claims We have talked about unemployment claim fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic. ProPublica has now provided us with an in-depth look into the reasons why fraud was so bad this last yea...
  • Such a Tease
    06 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    Randall Emmett As COVID-19 forced movie theaters to shut down, a lot of movies delayed release, and others decided to release on streaming services. Mixed in with large budget studio releases, people ...
  • Set It and Forget It
    30 Jul 2021 • 8 min read
    Vanuatu Vanuatu is a small island nation in the South Pacific. It looks beautiful in photos, and is probably a lovely place to visit. One way the government makes money is by selling citizenship to pe...
  • Rig the Odds
    23 Jul 2021 • 11 min read
    College Rankings For the parents of any high school senior, choosing the right college is a big decision. Each year, US News publishes its US college ranking report, which some parents use to determin...
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