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For all the fans who are disgusted by Bon Appetit’s leadership, we can take action to support BA’s BIPOC staff and contributors.

--Edit-- Since this post has gotten some attention, please consider donating to these organizations:
In addition, consider going to and ask your local government officials to reallocate police budgets towards education and social service programs.
—Edit 2— Adam Rapoport has stepped down, but there is much left to be done. Please stay unsubscribed from BA/CN content, and don’t back down until they take real concrete steps to fix their broken leadership, tear down their toxic company culture, and do right by Sohla and every other BIPOC employee.
—Edit 3— If you were going to donate to Reclaim The Block, please check out this post from them listing other great organizations to donate to instead. (Thank you IllustriousTruck)
—Edit 4— Sohla has been (rightfully) getting a lot of attention during this whole debacle, but major props to Hawa Hassan @hawa_22 for exposing more of BA’s horrible discriminatory business practices. Check out her upcoming cookbook In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean.
—Edit 5— A few days late with the update here but BA video lead Matt Duckor has resigned.
—Edit 6— Hunzi has been suspended from Condé Naste, “pending investigation.” Three employees came forward and expressed the belief that this is retribution for his social media posts that have been critical of CN.
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Foreign woman who committed suicide in Italy in 2007 is still unidentified

I don't know why this particular Jane Doe remains with me. In 2007 I still lived in Italy, though not in the area as I was away at Uni, but I don't remember reading or hearing about this, even though it must have been in the news for a while. I just "found" her while going through the "Chi l'Ha Visto?" (an italian TV programme aimed at finding missing people and things like that) archives and found it so strange that a foreign woman would go in the hills outside of Prato to die.
Who was she? Was she Danish or Polish? Was she involved with the Danish Royal Family? Was she a doctor or a scientist?
As follows, all the information I could find.
On November 13th 2007, at 08:30, the body of an unidentified woman was found hanging from an olive tree in a field near Via di Cavagliano, in Prato, Tuscany. To this day, she hasn't been identified and she's buried in the Chiesanuova cemetery in Prato as "Ignota" ("Unknown"). Various sources that I used to sum up the little is known about her (unfortunately none of them in English):
Original article that came out when the body was found (in Italian).
Chi l'Ha Visto? page (There's an "English" version linked at the bottom, but it's not a very good translation). This page has a picture of her face.
This newspaper article (in Italian), which has pictures of the items found with the woman as well as two pictures of her.
Another article has some more info, but it really goes over the top with the melodrama (still in Italian).
The woman looked to be between 50 and 60 years old, around 160cm (about 5'2") in height ( blonde, well-groomed and well kept. According to the ME she died a not too long before she was found, likely around 7 a.m.
Note that I found her height stated as 170cm/5'7", weight as 75Kg/165lb and shoe size 41/US Men 8 in the National Registry of Unidentified Bodies, but I can't find the post mortem report online to check which one is true.
She was wearing a dark grey t-shirt, a dark jumper, dark trousers and shoes. A woolen coat was carefully folded at the base of the tree, with the shoes on top. Articles mention that both the coat and the shoes were of a "particular make" with labels leading back to Eastern Europe brands but fails to mention anything more than that. One article I found mentions that the shoes were Polish. All clothes were clean and in good conditions.
A bag was hanging from the tree, inside of which there were a leopard print hard headband, white-frame sunglasses with wide tiger-striped stems (branded "Vinetic)), a small comb, a €20 note and the following items:
  1. A coupon for subscription to Scientific American filled in block letters with the name Henrik Eis and PO Box address: 211 - 85547 Payson AZ USA. The option of paying by credit card is checked. Written on the back of it: Victoria Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada. (NOTE: At the time the Chi l'Ha Visto? article came out, looking for Henrik Eis on the web brings up a doctor in Malov, Denmark, who specialises in laser dermatological surgery, but in some articles the name has been misspelled as Enrick Eis, so I'm not sure if this is reliable information. Source in Italian.)
  2. Page with an article in the Scientific American from September 2007 with a picture of a molecule (NOTE: or an actual drawing made on said molecule, text isn't too clear, but from the picture in the article, I'd say the former). The article is about a software to aid in the development of molecules. (? Once again, the source Italian text is unclear)
  3. A tourist map of Vancouver Island in English.
  4. An article from a Danish magazine about the royals of Denmark, the article is accompanied by some colour photos: there is an underlined phrase and in the white margin of the page some sentences written in pen, mostly taken from the text of the article. No idea about this, I don't know Danish, but a Facebook post on a Polish community that deals with unsolved cases mentions that there are several spelling mistakes in the handwritten notes ("Dater" instead of "Datter", "Kong" instead of "Konge") these errors may suggest that Danish was not the native language of the deceased woman.
  5. Page of the Florentine Metro newspaper from 9th November 2007. November 8-10 the Laser Florence 2007 international conference took place there.
  6. A map of Copenhagen airport, with a map depicting sea connections between Copenhagen and the other islands of Denmark on the back.
  7. A Trenitalia 20Km ticket valid for regional routes, unstamped, with the annotation in pen "Time 13.15 Viareggio" (Viareggio is a seaside town, in the opposite direction of Prato from Florence). One article mentions that there was a train leaving for Viareggio at 13:15 on November 12th from Firenze Campo di Marte.
  8. A post-it note with scientific-related sentences in English (from what I can read in the pic: "generation of surfase [sic] plasmans[?]-density waves of electrons that propagate along the interface like the ripples that spread across the surface of a"), “I lowe Niels Bohr” written on the back. (NOTE: I'm pretty sure the "lowe" is a misspelling in the Italian article, but I can't find a picture of this post-it note to confirm this).
  9. Fragment of a French greeting card that appears to have been signed by "Roberta" and "Michel", with partial text in French on the back of it. The words as far as I can make out are as follows, with / marking when it's a new line:"lieu de prière/esprime très b[on?...]/matérnité ch[??]/Qu'elle vo[...]/J'admire". My French isn't great, but a tentative English translation would be: "place of prayepraying/expresses very (well?)/maternity/That she/I admire".
  10. Victoria Map with circles made in pen around the Conference Center and note written down: "24-27sept Conference". On that date in that Center, there was at least one event: the annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference.
  11. A leaflet about dioxide carbon laser used in dermatological surgery with the address "Cambrige Science Park Milton Road Cambridge CB4 4FR U.K." penned on the back.
  12. Blank SAS baggage label.
  13. A potato flat bread from a Tuscan bakery brand, packaged on 12th November 2007, BFE 15th November 2007, packed in a container.
  14. Minute Maid soft drink, "ACE" (orange, carrot and lemon) flavour.
  15. Livol Multi Total Teenager by Dansk Droge AS (vitamin supplements from what I understand).
  16. Part of an envelope with sender Hendes Majestaiet dronning Ingrids hof Federik VIII’s palae 1257 Kobenhavn, stamped 17th December 1999. From the Polish FB post: "a fragment of letter paper and an official envelope of the Danish royal family with a stamp on December 17, 1999. This type of envelope was attributed to the Queen of Denmark, Ingrid, who abdicated by giving the crown to her daughter Margrethe five days after sending the letter and who died a few months later."
  17. A postcard with cut corners overlooking a seaside resort, with "Antalya" (Turkey) written on it.
Since 2007, no one has asked for the body of the deceased woman and no one has been able to identify her. No Italian hotel has reported unclaimed luggage. DNA was collected in 2008 with the intent of being compared with archive in Northern Europe as Well as Canada, but there doesn't seem any development on that front.
According to this article, the only person who seemed to have recognized the woman was a psychologist from San Marino, Doctor Pelagalli, who is sure she saw her during a conference in Florence, at Villa Viviani. Accoding to the article, Pelagalli remembered the woman clearly, having noticed the unique sunglasses that she also had. According to the doctor, the woman had the handbag with her, as well as several scientific publications. She had been following several talks and apparently she also asked questions about computer science applied to laser technology. She spoke in Italian with a foreign accent and told her she was a medical doctor. She wore make-up and was well-groomed, but she seemed to be sweating a lot and removed her make-up at some point.
According to the article, the convention was invite-only and neither Doctor Pelagalli nor the deceased woman were among the speakers. The organisers, however, added that they could have simply been interested in the subject matter and followed the lectures.
I've seen several theories around, mostly in the Italian press or on some forums:

The official Danish Royal Family letterhead lends some credibility to this, but I don't know how she could still be unidentified to this day if this were the case.
Maybe? The scientific note written in English (#8) seems to have some misspellings or words that don't make sense, but maybe she wasn't EFL or my transcribing skills aren't very good.
Not sure about this one. While the glasses seemed to have been a company gadget (Vinetic produced microchips, nothing to do with sunglasses), she could have obtained these at a conference. Sometimes companies give out such gadgets, I have so many sunglasses from companies such as Lufthansa, Samsung, Red Bull and such and I'm not affiliated with any of them.
This seems plausible? According to some articles and the Polish write-up, the shoes do seem of a Polish brand that doesn't export. Could be she also went there on a conference and bought a pair of shoes?
I mean... It could be possible? She seems to know at least three languages (English, Danish and French) and if that witness testimony is to be believed, she also spoke Italian, but other than that and the how she came to be where she was, I don't really see how she could be linked to secret services.
This seems to me more plausible than the secret services theory to be honest, but it's impossible to know.
I'm originally from a city close by and while I've never been to the particular location where the body was found, it seems pretty remote and I find it really puzzling that a person not familiar with the area would choose to end their life there. And even if this woman was specifically looking for a remote or peaceful place, how did she get there? There is no bus at that time in the morning. The distance from the train station or the city isn't much, but going on foot doesn't seem plausible. Even if she'd set off at 5 or 6, in November it's quite dark and these streets have little to no lights, not even taking into consideration the fact that she probably was unfamiliar with the roads.
If she went by taxi, how come there's seemingly no record of it? It could be that it was a unlicensed cab or something like that of course, but it's still pretty strange.
I can't find any news in English apart from a couple of posts on web sleuth forum threads and I don't really know any Danish to try and look, but maybe someone here does and can find more information? It seems most avenues of investigation have been followed, including the one relative to this Henrik Eis mentioned in #1, but seemingly without anything resulting in concrete evidence.
Other Italian language articles I used to write this up:
I also found a Polish Facebook post related to this woman, I can't post the link here as it seems it's against community policy, but from what I understand it's from a "Unsolved Mysteries" community and running it through google translate results in pretty much the same information that I mentioned above. It's also the same article that mentions the misspellings in Danish.
It would be great if someone with Danish knowledge could either confirm or deny the claim that the Danish written text has misspellings and maybe see if they can find any information about this in Danish language media.
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/r/Scams Common Scam Master Post

Hello visitors and subscribers of scams! Here you will find a master list of common (and uncommon) scams that you may encounter online or in real life. Thank you to the many contributors who helped create this thread!

If you know of a scam that is not covered here, write a comment and it will be added to the next edition.

Previous threads:
Blackmail email scam thread:
Some of these articles are from small, local publications and refer to the scam happening in a specific area. Do not think that this means that the scam won't happen in your area.


Caller ID spoofing
It is very easy for anyone to make a phone call while having any number show up on the caller ID of the person receiving the phone call. Receiving a phone call from a certain number does not mean that the person/company who owns that number has actually called you.
Email spoofing
The "from" field of an email can be set by the sender, meaning that you can receive scam emails that look like they are from legitimate addresses. It's important to never click links in emails unless absolutely necessary, for example a password reset link you requested or an account activation link for an account you created.
SMS spoofing
SMS messages can be spoofed, so be wary of messages that seem to be from your friends or other trusted people.

The most common scams

The fake check scam (Credit to nimble2 for this part)
The fake check scam arises from many different situations (for instance, you applied for a job, or you are selling something on a place like Craigslist, or someone wants to purchase goods or services from your business, or you were offered a job as a mystery shopper, you were asked to wrap your car with an advertisement, or you received a check in the mail for no reason), but the bottom line is always something like this:
General fraudulent funds scams If somebody is asking you to accept and send out money as a favour or as part of a job, it is a fraudulent funds scam. It does not matter how they pay you, any payment on any service can be fraudulent and will be reversed when it is discovered to be fraudulent.
Phone verification code scams Someone will ask you to receive a verification text and then tell you to give them the code. Usually the code will come from Google Voice, or from Craigslist. In the Google version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Google Voice account that the scammer will use to scam people with. In the Craigslist version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Craigslist posting that the scammer will use to scam people. There is also an account takeover version of this scam that will involve the scammer sending a password reset token to your phone number and asking you for it.
Bitcoin job scams
Bitcoin job scams involve some sort of fraudulent funds transfer, usually a fake check although a fraudulent bank transfer can be used as well. The scammer will send you the fraudulent money and ask you to purchase bitcoins. This is a scam, and you will have zero recourse after you send the scammer bitcoins.
Email flooding
If you suddenly receive hundreds or thousands of spam emails, usually subscription confirmations, it's very likely that one of your online accounts has been taken over and is being used fraudulently. You should check any of your accounts that has a credit card linked to it, preferably from a computer other than the one you normally use. You should change all of your passwords to unique passwords and you should start using two factor authentication everywhere.
Boss/CEO scam A scammer will impersonate your boss or someone who works at your company and will ask you to run an errand for them, which will usually be purchasing gift cards and sending them the code. Once the scammer has the code, you have no recourse.
Employment certification scams
You will receive a job offer that is dependent on you completing a course or receiving a certification from a company the scammer tells you about. The scammer operates both websites and the job does not exist.
Craigslist fake payment scams
Scammers will ask you about your item that you have listed for sale on a site like Craigslist, and will ask to pay you via Paypal. They are scamming you, and the payment in most cases does not actually exist, the email you received was sent by the scammers. In cases where you have received a payment, the scammer can dispute the payment or the payment may be entirely fraudulent. The scammer will then either try to get you to send money to them using the fake funds that they did not send to you, or will ask you to ship the item, usually to a re-shipping facility or a parcel mule.
General fraudulent funds scams The fake check scam is not the only scam that involves accepting fraudulent/fake funds and purchasing items for scammers. If your job or opportunity involves accepting money and then using that money, it is almost certainly a frauduent funds scam. Even if the payment is through a bank transfer, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Interac e-Transfer, etc, it does not matter.
Credit card debt scam
Fraudsters will offer to pay off your bills, and will do so with fraudulent funds. Sometimes it will be your credit card bill, but it can be any bill that can be paid online. Once they pay it off, they will ask you to send them money or purchase items for them. The fraudulent transaction will be reversed in the future and you will never be able to keep the money. This scam happens on sites like Craigslist, Twitter, Instagram, and also some dating sites, including SeekingArrangement.
The parcel mule scam
A scammer will contact you with a job opportunity that involves accepting and reshipping packages. The packages are either stolen or fraudulently obtained items, and you will not be paid by the scammer. Here is a news article about a scam victim who fell for this scam and reshipped over 20 packages containing fraudulently acquired goods.
The Skype sex scam
You're on Facebook and you get a friend request from a cute girl you've never met. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. She'll ask you to send pictures or videos or get on webcam where she can see you naked with your face in the picture. The scam: There's no girl. You've sent nudes to a guy pretending to be a girl. As soon as he has the pictures he'll demand money and threaten to send the pictures to your friends and family. Sometimes the scammer will upload the video to a porn site or Youtube to show that they are serious.
What to do if you are a victim of this scam: You cannot buy silence, you can only rent it. Paying the blackmailer will show them that the information they have is valuable and they will come after you for more money. Let your friends and family know that you were scammed and tell them to ignore friend requests or messages from people they don't know. Also, make sure your privacy settings are locked down and consider deactivating your account.
The underage girl scam
You're on a dating site or app and you get contacted by a cute girl. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. Eventually she stops communicating and you get a call from a pissed off guy claiming to be the girl's father, or a police officer, or a private investigator, or something else along those lines. Turns out the girl you were sexting is underage, and her parents want some money for various reasons, such as to pay for a new phone, to pay for therapy, etc. There is, of course, no girl. You were communicating with a scammer.
What to do if you are a victim of this scam: Stop picking up the phone when the scammers call. Do not pay them, or they will be after you for more money.
Phishing is when a scammer tries to trick you into giving information to them, such as your password or private financial information. Phishing messages will usually look very similar to official messages, and sometimes they are identical. If you are ever required to login to a different account in order to use a service, you should be incredibly cautious.
The blackmail email scam The exact wording of the emails varies, but there are generally four main parts. They claim to have placed software/malware on a porn/adult video site, they claim to have a video of you masturbating or watching porn, they threaten to release the video to your friends/family/loved ones/boss/dog, and they demand that you pay them in order for them to delete the video. Rest assured that this is a very common spam campaign and there is no truth behind the email or the threats. Here are some news articles about this scam.
The blackmail mail scam
This is very similar to the blackmail email scam, but you will receive a letter in the mail.
Rental scams Usually on local sites like Craigslist, scammers will steal photos from legitimate real estate listings and will list them for rent at or below market rate. They will generally be hesitant to tell you the address of the property for "safety reasons" and you will not be able to see the unit. They will then ask you to pay them a deposit and they claim they will ship you the keys. In reality, your money is gone and you will have no recourse.
Craigslist vehicle scams A scammer will list a vehicle on Craigslist and will offer to ship you the car. In many cases they will also falsely claim to sell you the car through eBay or Amazon. If you are looking for a car on Craigslist and the seller says anything about shipping the car, having an agent, gives you a long story about why they are selling the car, or the listing price is far too low, you are talking to a scammer and you should ignore and move on.
Advance-fee scam, also known as the 419 scam, or the Nigerian prince scam. You will receive a communication from someone who claims that you are entitled to a large sum of money, or you can help them obtain a large sum of money. However, they will need money from you before you receive the large sum.
Man in the middle scams
Man in the middle scams are very common and very hard to detect. The scammer will impersonate a company or person you are legitimately doing business with, and they will ask you to send the money to one of their own bank accounts or one controlled by a money mule. They have gained access to the legitimate persons email address, so there will be nothing suspicious about the email. To prevent this, make contact in a different way that lets you verify that the person you are talking to is the person you think you are talking to.
Cam girl voting/viewer scam
You will encounter a "cam girl" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to go to their site and sign up with your credit card. They may offer a free show, or ask you to vote for them, or any number of other fake stories.
Amateur porn recruitment scam
You will encounter a "pornstar" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to create an adult film with hehim, but first you need to do something. The story here is usually something to do with verifying your age, or you needing to take an STD test that involves sending money to a site operated by the scammer.
Hot girl SMS spam
You receive a text from a random number with a message along the lines of "Hey babe I'm here in town again if you wanted to meet up this time, are you around?" accompanied by a NSFW picture of a hot girl. It's spam, and they'll direct you to their scam website that requires a credit card.
Identity verification scam
You will encounter someone on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask that you verify your identity as they are worried about catfishing. The scammer operates the site, and you are not talking to whoever you think you are talking to.
This type of scam teases you with something, then tries to make you sign up for something else that costs money. The company involved is often innocent, but they turn a blind eye to the practice as it helps their bottom line, even if they have to occasionally issue refunds. A common variation takes place on dating sites/dating apps, where you will match with someone who claims to be a camgirl who wants you to sign up for a site and vote for her. Another variation takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where the scammers setup fake rental scams and demand that you go through a specific service for a credit check. Once you go through with it, the scammer will stop talking to you. Another variation also takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where scammers will contact you while you are selling a car and will ask you to purchase a Carfax-like report from a specific website.
Multi Level Marketing or Affiliate Marketing
You apply for a vague job listing for 'sales' on craigslist. Or maybe an old friend from high school adds you on Facebook and says they have an amazing business opportunity for you. Or maybe the well dressed guy who's always interviewing people in the Starbucks that you work at asks if you really want to be slinging coffee the rest of your life. The scam: MLMs are little more than pyramid schemes. They involve buying some sort of product (usually snake oil health products like body wraps or supplements) and shilling them to your friends and family. They claim that the really money is recruiting people underneath you who give you a slice of whatever they sell. And if those people underneath you recruit more people, you get a piece of their sales. Ideally if you big enough pyramid underneath you the money will roll in without any work on your part. Failure to see any profit will be your fault for not "wanting it enough." The companies will claim that you need to buy their extra training modules or webinars to really start selling. But in reality, the vast majority of people who buy into a MLM won't see a cent. At the end of the day all you'll be doing is annoying your friends and family with your constant recruitment efforts. What to look out for: Recruiters love to be vague. They won't tell you the name of the company or what exactly the job will entail. They'll pump you up with promises of "self-generating income", "being your own boss", and "owning your own company." They might ask you to read books about success and entrepreneurs. They're hoping you buy into the dream first. If you get approached via social media, check their timelines. MLMs will often instruct their victims to pretend that they've already made it. They'll constantly post about how they're hustling and making the big bucks and linking to youtube videos about success. Again, all very vague about what their job actually entails. If you think you're being recruited: Ask them what exactly the job is. If they can't answer its probably a MLM. Just walk away.

Phone scams

You should generally avoid answering or engaging with random phone calls. Picking up and engaging with a scam call tells the scammers that your phone number is active, and will usually lead to more calls.
Tax Call
You get a call from somebody claiming to be from your countries tax agency. They say you have unpaid taxes that need to be paid immediately, and you may be arrested or have other legal action taken against you if it is not paid. This scam has caused the American IRS, Canadian CRA, British HMRC, and Australian Tax Office to issue warnings. This scam happens in a wide variety of countries all over the world.
Warrant Call
Very similar to the tax call. You'll get a phone call from an "agent", "officer", "sheriff", or other law enforcement officer claiming that there is a warrant out for your arrest and you will be arrested very soon. They will then offer to settle everything for a fee, usually paid in giftcards.
[Legal Documents/Process Server Calls]
Very similar to the warrant call. You'll get a phone call from a scammer claiming that they are going to serve you legal documents, and they will threaten you with legal consequences if you refuse to comply. They may call themselves "investigators", and will sometimes give you a fake case number.
Student Loan Forgiveness Scam
Scammers will call you and tell you about a student loan forgiveness program, but they are interested in obtaining private information about you or demanding money in order to join the fake program.
Tech Support Call You receive a call from someone with a heavy accent claiming to be a technician Microsoft or your ISP. They inform you that your PC has a virus and your online banking and other accounts may be compromised if the virus is not removed. They'll have you type in commands and view diagnostics on your PC which shows proof of the virus. Then they'll have you install remote support software so the technician can work on your PC, remove the virus, and install security software. The cost of the labor and software can be hundreds of dollars. The scam: There's no virus. The technician isn't a technician and does not work for Microsoft or your ISP. Scammers (primarily out of India) use autodialers to cold-call everyone in the US. Any file they point out to you or command they have you run is completely benign. The software they sell you is either freeware or ineffective. What to do you if you're involved with this scam: If the scammers are remotely on your computer as you read this, turn off your PC or laptop via the power button immediately, and then if possible unplug your internet connection. Some of the more vindictive tech scammers have been known to create boot passwords on your computer if they think you've become wise to them and aren't going to pay up. Hang up on the scammers, block the number, and ignore any threats about payment. Performing a system restore on your PC is usually all that is required to remove the scammer's common remote access software. Reports of identity theft from fake tech calls are uncommon, but it would still be a good idea to change your passwords for online banking and monitor your accounts for any possible fraud. How to avoid: Ignore any calls claiming that your PC has a virus. Microsoft will never contact you. If you're unsure if a call claiming to be from your ISP is legit, hang up, and then dial the customer support number listed on a recent bill. If you have elderly relatives or family that isn't tech savvy, take the time to fill them in on this scam.
Chinese government scam
This scam is aimed at Chinese people living in Europe and North America, and involves a voicemail from someone claiming to be associated with the Chinese government, usually through the Chinese consulate/embassy, who is threatening legal action or making general threats.
Chinese shipping scam
This scam is similar to the Chinese government scam, but involves a seized/suspicious package, and the scammers will connect the victim to other scammers posing as Chinese government investigators.
Social security suspension scam
You will receive a call from someone claiming to work for the government regarding suspicious activity, fraud, or serious crimes connected to your social security number. You'll be asked to speak to an operator and the operator will explain the steps you need to follow in order to fix the problems. It's all a scam, and will lead to you losing money and could lead to identity theft if you give them private financial information.
Utilities cutoff
You get a call from someone who claims that they are from your utility company, and they claim that your utilities will be shut off unless you immediately pay. The scammer will usually ask for payment via gift cards, although they may ask for payment in other ways, such as Western Union or bitcoin.
Relative in custody Scammer claims to be the police, and they have your son/daughtenephew/estranged twin in custody. You need to post bail (for some reason in iTunes gift cards or MoneyGram) immediately or the consequences will never be the same.
Mexican family scam
This scam comes in many different flavours, but always involves someone in your family and Mexico. Sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been detained, sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been kidnapped, and sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member is injured and needs help.
General family scams
Scammers will gather a large amount of information about you and target your family members using different stories with the goal of gettimg them to send money.
One ring scam
Scammers will call you from an international number with the goal of getting you to return their call, causing you to incur expensive calling fees.

Online shopping scams

THE GOLDEN RULE OF ONLINE SHOPPING: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
An ad on reddit or social media sites like Facebook and Instagram offers items at huge discounts or even free (sometimes requiring you to reblog or like their page). They just ask you to pay shipping. The scam: The item will turn out to be very low quality and will take weeks or even months to arrive. Sometimes the item never arrives, and the store disappears or stops responding. The seller drop-ships the item from China. The item may only cost a few dollars, and the Chinese government actually pays for the shipping. You end up paying $10-$15 dollars for a $4 item, with the scammer keeping the profit. If you find one of these scams but really have your heart set on the item, you can find it on AliExpress or another Chinese retailer.
Influencer scams
A user will reach out to you on a social media platform, usually Instagram, and offer you the chance to partner with them and receive a free/discounted product, as long as you pay shipping. This is a different version of the dropshipping scam, and is just a marketing technique to get you to buy their products.
Triangulation fraud
Triangulation fraud occurs when you make a purchase on a site like Amazon or eBay for an item at a lower than market price, and receive an item that was clearly purchased new at full price. The scammer uses a stolen credit card to order your item, while the money from the listing is almost all profit for the scammer.
Instagram influencer scams
Someone will message you on Instagram asking you to promote their products, and offering you a discount code. The items are Chinese junk, and the offer is made to many people at a time.
Cheap Items
Many websites pop up and offer expensive products, including electronics, clothes, watches, sunglasses, and shoes at very low prices. The scam: Some sites are selling cheap knock-offs. Some will just take your money and run. What to do if you think you're involved with this scam: Contact your bank or credit card and dispute the charge. How to avoid: The sites often have every brand-name shoe or fashion item (Air Jordan, Yeezy, Gucci, etc) in stock and often at a discounted price. The site will claim to be an outlet for a major brand or even a specific line or item. The site will have images at the bottom claiming to be Secured by Norton or various official payment processors but not actual links. The site will have poor grammar and a mish-mash of categories. Recently, established websites will get hacked or their domain name jacked and turned into scam stores, meaning the domain name of the store will be completely unrelated to the items they're selling. If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is. Nobody is offering brand new iPhones or Beats or Nintendo Switches for 75% off.
Cheap Amazon 3rd Party Items
You're on Amazon or maybe just Googling for an item and you see it for an unbelievable price from a third-party seller. You know Amazon has your back so you order it. The scam: One of three things usually happen: 1) The seller marks the items as shipped and sends a fake tracking number. Amazon releases the funds to the seller, and the seller disappears. Amazon ultimately refunds your money. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to re-order the item directly from their website, usually with the guarantee that the order is still protected by Amazon. The seller takes your money and runs. Amazon informs you that they do not offer protection on items sold outside of Amazon and cannot help you. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to instead send payment via an unused Amazon gift card by sending the code on the back via email. Once the seller uses the code, the money on the card is gone and cannot be refunded. How to avoid: These scammers can be identified by looking at their Amazon storefronts. They'll be brand new sellers offering a wide range of items at unbelievable prices. Usually their Amazon names will be gibberish, or a variation on FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME. Occasionally however, established storefronts will be hacked. If the deal is too good to be true its most likely a scam.
Scams on eBay
There are scams on eBay targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who privately message you regarding the order, especially if they ask you to ship to a different address or ask to negotiate via text/email/a messaging service. As a buyer you should look out for new accounts selling in-demand items, established accounts selling in-demand items that they have no previous connection to (you can check their feedback history for a general idea of what they bought/sold in the past), and lookout for people who ask you to go off eBay and use another service to complete the transaction. In many cases you will receive a fake tracking number and your money will be help up for up to a month.
Scams on Amazon
There are scams on Amazon targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who message you about a listing. As a buyer you should look out for listings that have an email address for you to contact the person to complete the transaction, and you should look out for cheap listings of in-demand items.
Scams on Reddit
Reddit accounts are frequently purchased and sold by fraudsters who wish to use the high karma count + the age of the account to scam people on buy/sell subreddits. You need to take precautions and be safe whenever you are making a transaction online.
Computer scams
Virus scam
A popup or other ad will say that you have a virus and you need to follow their advice in order to remove it. They are lying, and either want you to install malware or pay for their software.

Assorted scams

Chinese Brushing / direct shipping
If you have ever received an unsolicited small package from China, your address was used to brush. Vendors place fake orders for their own products and send out the orders so that they can increase their ratings.
Money flipping
Scammer claims to be a banking insider who can double/triple/bazoople any amount of money you send them, with no consequences of any kind. Obviously, the money disappears into their wallet the moment you send it.

Door to door scams

As a general rule, you should not engage with door to door salesmen. If you are interested in the product they are selling, check online first.
Selling Magazines
Someone or a group will come to your door and offer to sell a magazine subscription. Often the subscriptions are not for the duration or price you were told, and the magazines will often have tough or impossible cancellation policies.
Energy sales
Somebody will come to your door claiming to be from an energy company. They will ask to see your current energy bill so that they can see how much you pay. They will then offer you a discount if you sign up with them, and promise to handle everything with your old provider. Some of these scammers will "slam" you, by using your account number that they saw on your bill to switch you to their service without authorization, and some will scam you by charging higher prices than the ones you agreed on.
Security system scams
Scammers will come to your door and ask about your security system, and offer to sell you a new one. These scammers are either selling you overpriced low quality products, or are casing your home for a future burglary.
They ask to enter your home
While trying to sell you whatever, they suddenly need to use your bathroom, or they've been writing against the wall and ask to use your table instead. Or maybe they just moved into the neighborhood and want to see how you decorate for ideas.
They're scoping out you and your place. They want to see what valuables you have, how gullible you are, if you have a security system or dogs, etc.

Street scams

Begging With a Purpose
"I just need a few more dollars for the bus," at the bus station, or "I just need $5 to get some gas," at a gas station. There's also a variation where you will be presented with a reward: "I just need money for a cab to get uptown, but I'll give you sports tickets/money/a date/a priceless vase."
Three Card Monte, Also Known As The Shell Game
Unbeatable. The people you see winning are in on the scam.
Drop and Break
You bump into someone and they drop their phone/glasses/fancy bottle of wine/priceless vase and demand you pay them back. In reality, it's a $2 pair of reading glasses/bottle of three-buck-chuck/tasteful but affordable vase.
CD Sales
You're handed a free CD so you can check out the artist's music. They then ask for your name and immediately write it on the CD. Once they've signed your name, they ask you for money, saying they can't give it to someone else now. Often they use dry erase markers, or cheap CD sleeves. Never use any type of storage device given to you by a random person, as the device can contain malware.
White Van Speaker Scam
You're approached and offered speakers/leather jackets/other luxury goods at a discount. The scammer will have an excuse as to why the price is so low. After you buy them, you'll discover that they are worthless.
iPhone Street Sale
You're approached and shown an iPhone for sale, coming in the box, but it's open and you can see the phone. If you buy the phone, you'll get an iPhone box with no iPhone, just some stones or cheap metal in it to weigh it down.
Buddhist Monk Pendant
A monk in traditional garb approaches you, hands you a gold trinket, and asks for a donation. He holds either a notebook with names and amounts of donation (usually everyone else has donated $5+), or a leaflet with generic info. This is fairly common in NYC, and these guys get aggressive quickly.
Friendship Bracelet Scam More common in western Europe, you're approached by someone selling bracelets. They quickly wrap a loop of fabric around your finger and pull it tight, starting to quickly weave a bracelet. The only way to (easily) get it off your hand is to pay. Leftover sales
This scam involves many different items, but the idea is usually the same: you are approached by someone who claims to have a large amount of excess inventory and offers to sell it to you at a great price. The scammer actually has low quality items and will lie to you about the price/origin of the items.
Dent repair scams
Scammers will approach you in public about a dent in your car and offer to fix it for a low price. Often they will claim that they are mechanics. They will not fix the dent in your car, but they will apply large amounts of wax or other substances to hide the dent while they claim that the substance requires time to harden.
Gold ring/jewelry/valuable item scam
A scammer will "find" a gold ring or other valuable item and offers to sell it to you. The item is fake and you will never see the scammer again.
Distraction theft
One person will approach you and distract you, while their accomplice picks your pockets. The distraction can take many forms, but if you are a tourist and are approached in public, watch closely for people getting close to you.

General resources

Site to report scams in the United Kingdom:
Site to report scams in the United States:
Site to report scams in Canada:
Site to report scams in Europe:
FTC scam alerts:
Microsoft's anti-scam guide:
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Hi Customer Service,
Two things; 1. We have never received our subscription in the mail, 2. Please cancel/do not auto-renew this until Sohla, Hawa and all BIPOC employees/affiliates are compensated fairly and equally.
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Covid-19 update Saturday 14th March

Good morning from the UK.

Virus Statistics as of 9am UK time today

Region Today Yesterday % change
Global 142,320 132,567 +7.4%
China 81,021 80,981 +0.5%
Italy 17,660 15,113 +16.9%
Iran 11,364 10,075 +12.8%
South Korea 8,086 7,979 +1.3%
Spain 4,231 2,965 +42.7%
France 3,640 2,860 +27.3%
Germany 3,062 2,369 +29.3%
USA 2,174 1,663 +30.7%
Switzerland 1,125 858 +31.1%
Netherlands 804 614 +30.9%
UK 802 594 +35.0%
Denmark 801 674 +18.8%
Sweden 775 620 +25.0%
Norway 750 489 +53.4%
All other countries with under 750 identified infections not listed (yesterday's threshold was 500). Total countries infected worldwide = 129, an increase from yesterday of 6. Source: The WHO dashboard (Link), except for USA where I'm using the John Hopkins University dashboard (Link). (Personal note: Western countries infection counts are increasing each day much faster than Asian countries but that may be due to cultural differences or it may be that they're doing my testing, if anyone can shed light on this please do).
Reminder, these are identified case counts and medical experts are reporting this virus has a long incubation period with people being infections despite displaying no symptoms; the true infection figures are likely to be much higher.
As of today, 71,694 people have recovered, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University.
Note: The new infections count in South Korea has been dropping steadily for the past week - you can see it for yourself on the WHO website if you click on the Republic of Korea on the right (not the map) and view the resulting chart that appears on the left.

Virus specific news (sources: Guardian live blog, Al-Jazeera live blog, CNN live blog)

WHO Director says Europe now the epicentre on twitter- “Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China,” World Health Organization (WHO) director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has tweeted. “Our message to countries continues to be: you must take a comprehensive approach to fight. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all,” he said.

US Hospitals may face difficulties during coronavirus pandemic, experts say - CNN reports (link) that some health experts are warning that hospitals are not prepared to manage the anticipated number of patients, if there is a large spike in severe cases. "If we have a large spike of cases -- no, American hospitals are not going to be able to handle it," said Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. CNN obtained one estimate presented to the American Hospital Association by Dr. James Lawler, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on March 5 predicting that over the next two months, 4.8 million patients will be admitted to hospital because of coronavirus, including 1.9 million stays in the intensive care unit. "This estimation is just that, an estimation," Lawler said in an emailed statement. "However it is based upon the best epidemiological modeling and opinion of experts in pandemics and respiratory viral disease." Lawler's report estimates 4.8 million patients could be admitted to hospitals in the coronavirus pandemic -- but the US doesn't even have 1 million beds. According to the American Hospital Association, there are a total of 924,107 staffed beds across all the hospitals in the United States. West Virginia is the only state to have not reported any cases.

CDC chief: Certain materials critical to coronavirus tests​ 'now are in short supply' - Supplychaindive reports (Link) that CDC Director Redfield's public acknowledgment of the shortage came a day after FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn's testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee in which he warned of "pressures" on the supply of reagents for commercial and public health labs. Qiagen, a major supplier of RNA extraction kits, confirmed to MedTech Dive on Thursday that "extraordinary demand for coronavirus testing workflows" is challenging the company's capacity to supply certain RNA kits used for SARS-CoV-2-related LDTs. A spokesman for Qiagen said it is ramping up production at its manufacturing sites in Germany and Spain.​ Nonetheless, the American Society for Microbiology,​ which represents thousands of public health and clinical lab microbiologists, warned "there are limits on how rapidly companies can realistically accelerate production of the necessary reagents" and "increased demand for testing has the potential to exhaust supplies needed to perform the testing itself.​"

Apple is closing all retail outlets outside Greater China in an effort to reduce exposure to its employees - A letter from the CEO Tim Cook detailing the steps the company is taking is available on Apple's website here.

Contrary to Trump’s claim, Google is not building a nationwide coronavirus screening website - Theverge reports (link) that Google is not working with the US government in building a nationwide website to help people determine whether and how to get a novel coronavirus test, despite what President Donald Trump said in the course of issuing an emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a much smaller trial website made by another division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is going up. It will only be able to direct people to testing facilities in the Bay Area.

Other virus news in brief (same major media sources as above) -

- Inditext, the owner of Zara is closing its stores in Spain. The Spanish stores contribute about 18% of the group's total sales.
- Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Saturday it would ban all international flights into the Kingdom for two weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that everyone entering the country from midnight on Sunday must self isolate for 14 days in an effort to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Pacific island countries (which currently have no cases) are exempt. Cruise ships will not be allowed to dock until the end of June. Separately, the memorial for the Christchurch terrorist attack has been cancelled (it was expected to draw considerable amounts of people from around the world).
- Stocks of coronavirus test kits have run out in parts of Australia -- and supplies elsewhere are running low, the government's chief medical officer has warned.
- Netflix has paused film and TV show production in the US and Canada for two weeks.
- Other TV shows also suspended include Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, “Lights Out with David Spade”, “Last Week Tonight”, “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
- The Pentagon has banned all US domestic travel for everyone affiliated with the Department of Defense unless mission critical.
- UK budget airline Jet2 has cancelled all flights to Spain, Balearic Islands and Canary islands with immediate effect. At time of writing 7 of their flights that are airborne have all turned round and are heading back to the UK according to Flightradar24 tweets.
- A handful of fights break out in US stores over panic buying (Source: Fox news link)

Supply chain

Air freight rates start to surge as carriers unveil plans for the transatlantic - As I suggested yesterday, The Loadstar says (Link) that air freights are starting to surge for trans-Atlantic cargo shipments due to President Trump's announcement that visitors from 26 Schengen zone countries will be banned for 30 days. Some carriers have promised existing bookings will be honoured for between two days and a week, after which there will be rolling bookings, while forwarders are talking of being quoted from €6.50 per kilo to £10 per kg out of the UK into the US, which is “unheard of”. Geodis announced this morning it is launching a four-times-a-week round-trip service next week. It will operate from Liege to Chicago, with connecting services to US and European gateways. Dachser said it was extending its chartered air freight service between Frankfurt and China. From Monday, it will offer round trips to the US, Latin America and Frankfurt, to Shanghai. (Personal note: the problem is that very few cargo planes fly transatlantic because there are 550 passenger flights each way every day and they can carry cargo - as a result there is huge carrying capacity under normal conditions which is why airfreight rates are rapidly rising. If the UK and/or Ireland also get banned, it will only exacerbate the situation and drive rates higher still).

IAG CEO pens a letter to employees: "The survival of British Airways" - Alex Cruz, the CEO of IAG which is the parent group which owns BA and Iberia has written a letter to all employees says the BBC (link). "We can no longer sustain our current level of employment and jobs would be lost - perhaps for a short term, perhaps longer term" he wrote. British Airways was suspending routes and parking planes in a way they had "never had to do before" and Cruz underlined the severity of BA's position by telling staff "not to underestimate the seriousness of this for our company". The article also points out that multiple other major airlines are also in the same position and are beginning to announce flight suspensions and significant job cuts.

60% of U.S. Manufacturers Say Business Has Been Impacted by Coronavirus but this may be the beginning of reshoring away from China - ThomasNet has a report detailing the impact so far on US manufacturing (requires free subscription, link). 34% of survey respondents expect business to decline, while 13% say they expect their business to grow as a result of this outbreak. 46% of suppliers report that their shipping and logistics have been disrupted, 35% report incidents of offshore factory suspension and/or production restrictions, and 8% report that the coronavirus outbreak has caused the cost of goods to surge. The report adds that there has been more than a 1,000% increase month over month in sourcing activity for hazmat suits, masks, and respirators. “This event is putting a lot of pressure on Indian and Mexican sources as OEMs and Tier Ones seek alternative to Chinese sources," said a custom manufacturer in Wisconsin. "If this sustains, it should result in some reshoring." “We've long aimed to be a domestic alternative to Chinese manufacturers, anyhow," a Washington-based agricultural OEM shared. "If anything, this just further asserts that we are on the right path.”

How coronavirus is upsetting the US blood supply chain - Live Science has a piece written by Professor Anna Nagurney. Our nation's blood supply is essential to our health care security. Blood transfusions are integral parts of major surgeries. Blood is used in the treatment of diseases, particularly sickle cell anemia and some cancers. Blood is needed for victims who have injuries caused by accidents or natural disasters. Every day, the U.S. needs 36,000 units of red blood cells, 7,000 units of platelets, and 10,000 units of plasma. The problem is that multiple blood donation centres are closing and blood products are perishable, in some cases only lasting as short as 5 days. She urges people to continue donating blood if at all possible, noting that blood donations have dried up in China.

S&P Global warns the global coronavirus spread may paralyze apparel supply chain for months - Although clothing companies have a large exposure to China, they have so far managed to limit the impact, industry observers say. Even before COVID-19 struck China, many businesses were shifting manufacturing to Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh due to rising labor costs and uncertainty around the U.S.-China trade war. The problem is that these new manufacturers are still reliant on a large percentage of their raw materials coming from China (in Vietnam's case it's more than 50%). Hong Kong-listed Lever Style Corp., which manufactures for brands including Paul Smith and Hugo Boss, has set up a major production base in Vietnam. Executive Chairman Stanley Szeto said in an interview that although their factories have yet to experience any meaningful delays, it is not easy to find supply alternatives beyond China for factories that are based in Southeast Asia. "There may be a gradual shift in the supply chain. That gradual is going to be very gradual," said Szeto, adding that while raw materials from China are not necessarily more price competitive, the country's scale, capacity and fast turnover is unmatched by any alternatives.

Workers in Cambodia and Myanmar feel coronavirus fall-out - (Link) says that material shortages caused by the China shutdown last month have begun impacting garment manufacturers in the two countries with one source claiming that 5,000 workers have already lost their jobs. Cambodian factories who have suspended operations are obliged to pay workers 60% of the minimum wage, and the Cambodian government has offered affected employers to pay 20% of that. During the suspension, workers are to receive training conducted by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.

India: Coronavirus causing severe disruption in supply chain, logistics - The Week (weekly magazine in India) says (link) that whilst many Indian firms will have had a good supply of stock to last them over the normal outages associated with the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday period, these stocks are now running out with a report by Kotak Securities highlighting likely impacts to the automotive, consumer durables and certain non-durables sectors. The report says that the prolonged shutdown of manufacturing units in China will also limit the availability of key components for automobile OEMs as well as spare-parts in replacement markets, consumer durable companies (refrigerators, washing-machine, electrical appliances) and non-durables like adhesives, paints and the like.

As input disruptions loom, Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal calls for industries to meet - the Hindu business line (owned by The Hindu newspaper) quotes the minister as saying that the threat of input supply disruption from China is becoming very real for pharmaceutical, electronics and automobile industries due to the coronavirus-induced shutdown of factories in China. Indian Missions abroad as a result have been asked to explore the possibility of sourcing raw material for Indian production in their respective countries. The minister mentioned that the sectors hurt by the coronavirus should be present at the meeting so that there is a better idea of the extent to which they are getting impacted. Simultaneously, the Commerce Ministry has been identifying items where Indian manufacturers can increase their production to step up exports for filling the supply gaps left by Chinese exporters.

Good news section

Major UK supermarket chain Morrisons moves to support supply chain through coronavirus outbreak - CityAM (a UK business newspaper) says Link that the supermarket has decided to make immediate payments to smaller businesses and re-classify suppliers to help 1,000 more firms as it moves to protect its supply chain from the impact of coronavirus. The grocer will also temporarily scrap its 14 day payment terms and pay small suppliers as soon as an invoice is received.
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James A. Farrell, president of the United States Steel Corporation (1911-1932) had a cousin who was a Jesuit priest and was close friends with Jesuit Edmund Walsh S.J. !

James A. Farrell, president of the United States Steel Corporation (1911-1932) had a cousin who was a Jesuit priest and was close friends with Jesuit Edmund Walsh S.J. !
James A. Farrell was an intriguing Papal agent. He was the founder and first chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council in 1914 : and President of the United States Steel Corporation "the first billion dollar company" from 1911 to 1932. It will be seen that James A. Farrell had a cousin who was a Jesuit priest! This being Father Joesph Farrell S.J. , based out of Fordham University in New York City. James A. Farrell was also a huge advocate of establishing the Edmond A. Walsh school of Foreign Service at Jesuit Georgetown University. Much alike how the Roman Empire expanded world-wide, there was now a demand for corporate elites, military generals and government ambassadors/agents to become more "educated" on the parts of the world where American imperialism and corporations had conquered--hence the school of foreign service at Jesuit Georgetown University was created in 1919. This is also the reason why the first U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1903), George B. Cortelyou was trained by Jesuits at Georgetown University! ; or why Knight of Malta, Jesuit trained John McShain designed the Pentagon building!--U.S. Military Headquarters :

These quotations come from the book A Catholic Cold War : Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., and the politics of American anticommunism , Patrick McNamara (2005) :
pg 17 : "While he was in the Northeast, Walsh was also working to recruit donors for the future school. In November 1918, he wrote Creeden{a Jesuit} that he had recently visited Father Joseph Farrell, S.J., at Fordham. A close friend of Walsh, who had entered the novitiate with him in 1902, Father Farrell arranged for Walsh to meet his cousin James A. Farrell, president of the United States Steel Corporation and a longtime advocate of foreign trade. Walsh successfully presented the foreign service school plan to Farrell, who took a personal interest in Walsh’s project, giving twenty thousand dollars toward a permanent endowment in 1919 and contributing regularly to the School of Foreign Service until his death in 1943."

" He died on March 28, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City.[1][5] 1,500 people attended the funeral mass at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola) on March 30, 1943 in Manhattan.[6] "

The New York Times ran a detailed story on James A. Farrell's endorsement of the Edmond Walsh school of Foreign Service at Jesuit Georgetown University titled James A. Farrell Announces Plans for Establishment of School of Foreign Service. MAKES GIFT OF $20,000 Issues Appeal to National Foreign Trade Council for Support of the Institution. Tells of Need for School (August 22nd 1919) :
"Plans for the establishment of a School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., were formulated yesterday by James A. Farrell, Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council and President of the United States Steel Corporation. Mr. Farrell has headed the subscription list with a gift of $20,000 and has invited the other members of the Foreign Trade Council to give the movement their substantial support. The school, according to Mr. Farrell is to be established on “a broad, nationwide basis of sound, liberal, economic principles, and American ideals." Mr. Farrell explained that his plan is the culmination of the policy in support of commercial education for foreign trade pursued by the council since its inception in 1914, and approved by all the National Foreign Trade Conventions. The school will be the first of its kind to be endowed along the proposed lines by any national or commercial organization of business men. Not less than $500,000 will be required to start the organization, but Mr. Farrell believes this money will be forthcoming as soon as the purposes of the school become known. The curriculum for the coming year is planned along the most modern lines. Special attention will be paid to teaching foreign languages as a flexible rather than as a mechanical instrument. Japanese and Russian, as well as French, Spanish, and Portuguese, are among the languages to be taught from the outset, and more will be added as America’s trade opportunities with world markets eventuate. Besides the language group of studies there are to be three other groups, the economic and commercial, the law and political science; and the shipping. A special Faculty of twenty men has been mobilized from the commercial personnel now available at the national capital. It is considered that the location of the school in Washington will afford an unusual advantage, because of the proximity of dozens of educational and commercial organizations, such as the Pan American Union, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States,. the Congressional Library, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Commerce. In a letter addressed to the members of the council, associated organizations, and all individuals interested in the development of the overseas commerce of the United States, Mr. Farrell says, in part:
Tells of Need for School.
"(James A. Farrell speaking ) From its beginning the council has not failed to emphasize the need of adequate educational preparation for men going into foreign countries as commercial representatives of American industries, or as consular and diplomatic agents of the United States. The emphasis which this council has placed on proper education for foreign trade has constantly been indorsed by the National Foreign Trade Convention, notably at the last gathering in Chicago. I firmly believe that we have reached the moment for definite action. This action, can be initiated by nobody more appropriately than by the National Foreign Trade Council. Hence, after mature deliberation and examination of the elements involved I have decided to submit the following plan to your serious consideration. As the first essay toward filling the long-felt want of a specialized form of commercial education, a scientific program for systematic and sustained training for foreign service has been formulated, and, in fact, applied by Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., working in close co-operation with governmental bureaus and practical business men. A provisional half year was begun on Feb. 17, 1910, and closed on June 23, 1919. Twelve members of the first class have already been placed in the foreign service of the Government and with private corporations engaged in export trade. For the next session, which begins Oct. 2. 1919, so many applicants are already in sight that the chief difficulty will be that of finding adequate space. The overhead expenses of the school might readily be met without a wide appeal, but the ultimate, purpose for which it has been established cannot be fulfilled on the broad, nation-wide basis desirable unless a large endowment is provided. Definite provision must be made for the expansion of the program, to emphasize to the utmost sound, liberal, economic principles and American ideals. Not less than $500,000 will be required at the outset as the endowment necessary for the proper conduct of a school conceived on such broad lines. Already twenty expert instructors, each a specialist in some phase of government, commerce or finance, have been added to the faculty. For the construction of an adequate building which shall serve both as a fitting home for the School of Foreign Service and a centre of foreign trade activities, a second $500,000 will later be required. I therefore, earnestly recommend this institution to the generous support of all the members of the council and; to all organizations and individuals interested in the expansion of our foreign trade. As an indication of my own appreciation of the soundness and opportuneness of the policy outlined I hereby make an initial contribution of 20,000 to the endowment fund."
O.K. Davis, Secretary of the National Foreign Trade Council, it is announced, will receive, and deposit all funds donated for the purpose of furthering the endowment of the school. His address is India House, 1 Hanover Square, New York City."
Photo of James A. Farrell, President of the United States Steel Corporation on the cover of Time magazine, June 6th 1927.
It just so happens that Myron C. Taylor who was a Knight Malta and became CEO and chairman of the United States Steel Corporation in 1938, became the personal representative from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt to Pope Pius XI in 1936! The United States Steel Corporation was involved in building up both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany--playing its role in the Papal Hegelian dialectic conspiracy controlling all sides of the "World Wars". Further reading-- Walter Schellenberg, the head of Nazi foreign Intelligence, admits in his memoirs that Heinrich Himmler, the murdering psychopath modeled the Nazi SS--Secret-Police, after the Jesuit order! : , Jesuit priest Edmond A. Walsh S.J. was in the Oval-Office with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt on the day Roosevelt began diplomatic negotiations with the Soviets (October 1933) :
A photo from 1940 of Knight of Malta Myron C. Taylor (right), chairman/ CEO of United States Steel Corporation and Cardinal Francis Spellman (left), Archbishop of New York
Anthony C. Sutton, in his great study Western Technology and Soviet economic development(trilogy) documented some of these concessions made from the United States Steel Corporation to the Soviet Union :
"Sales of manganese ore were further facilitated in 1929 by the negotiation of a five~year contract with United States Steel Corporation for an annual supply of between 80,000 and 150,000 tons" pg. 91 Volume 1
" In 1928 a Soviet commission of four members visited the offices of Arthur G. McKee and Company in Cleveland. These Cleveland discussions resulted in broad agreement on the type and location of another major unit, the Magnitogorsk plant, although the drawing completed in early 1928 was 'one small general plan showing the proposed plant layout that had been agreed upon by our engineers and the Russian Commission .... '. This McKee design was based on the Gary, Indiana, plant of United States Steel, at that time the largest integrated iron and steel plant in the world. " pg. 62 Volume 2
" CONSTRUCTION OF THE MAGNITOGORSK COMPLEX BY McKEE CORPORATION--Planned as the largest steel complex in the world, Magnitogorsk is a replica of the United States Steel plant at Gary, Indiana, with an annual capacity of 2.46 million tons of finished steel products. " pg. 74 Volume 2

The U.S. Congressional Record in 1949 reprinted an article from Drew Pearson that appeared in the Washington Post on March 7 1949 , titled RUHR EASED BACK UNDER CARTEL. Pearson concluded that : "Today, therefore, control of Ruhr steel, the key to war in Europe, will be under 12 German cartelists picked by a former Nazi officer, and under the supervision of four United States steel men whose boss made a secret deal with the Nazis even while Hitler was waving the big stick over Czechoslovakia and Poland."
Avro Manhattan wrote about the Nazi side of dialectic in his book The Dollar and the Vatican, highlighting the connection to Myron C. Taylor who was chairman and CEO of the United States Steel Corporation. Keep in mind that the President of the United States Steel Corporation from 1911 to 1932 , James A. Farrell had a cousin who a Jesuit priest at Fordham University whom was close friends with Jesuit priest Edmond Walsh! Walsh would be present at the Nuremberg trials in an "advisor" role to ensure the highest level Nazi's would be completely safe from punishment. Walsh even bragged about getting Roman Catholic Nazi Karl Haushofer off of trial at Nuremberg in a Life magazine article! ( Edmond Walsh S.J., The Mystery of Haushofer, Life Magazine (September 16th 1946) : ) Walsh, it should be noted was stationed in Bolshevik Russia in the 1920's, doubtlessly overseeing and ensuring that all the technological, military and economic transfers made from the United States to the Soviet Union would be running smoothly! Remember that Joseph Stalin was Jesuit educated and the founder of the Bolsheivk secret police, the Cheka , Felix Dzerzhinsky was a Polish Roman Catholic who wished to become a Jesuit priest! Joseph Stalin, the brutal dictator, admits in an April 30th 1932 interview with German author Emil Ludwig that the Jesuits terrorized him while at Tiflis Seminary in Georgia, and inspired him(Stalin) to become a Marxist revolutionary! : When Avro Manhattan is speaking of the anti-communist strategy below he is referring to the blowing up of the threat of the Soviet Union so the Jesuits in control of the U.S. Government could continue to create more police state laws under the farce of a war on communism. ( The McCarran Internal Security Act (1950) for instance. Senator McCarran was given a honorary doctorate degree from Jesuit Georgetown University in 1943!)
Senator Patrick A. McCarran received a honorary LL.D. from Georgetown University in 1943 , photo is a screenshot from the Arkansas paper The Guardian, September 10 1943 :
" It had been not so much the necessity of maintaining close connections between the President and the Vatican which kept the link between them intact. It was the necessity of maintaining the invisible close connections, screened by the official channels, between the Vatican and the “invisible government of the U.S.A.”—namely, between the two powerful anti-Bolshevik, pro-Nazi partners. Because of this, the President’s personal representative in reality was also a de facto representative of the invisible government, and, while acting as the envoy of the President of the U.S.A., acted simultaneously as the envoy of the invisible government of the U.S.A. President Roosevelt knew this. Hence the skillful choice of his representative, a master-stroke of Rooseveltian political perspicacity. The man whom he charged with the task was a power in his own right, representing far bigger powers even than the U.S. Government. In 1939-40, when world Fascism was at its height and both the Vatican and the American giant trusts were doing what they could to consolidate it throughout Europe, Roosevelt had to make a difficult choice. He had to please all—the Vatican, the Fascist Powers, the American Protestants, the American Catholics, and, above all, his most formidable opponents at home, the giant trusts. The ideal choice was Myron Taylor. Myron Taylor was a High Episcopalian, and that pleased the Protestants; he was an admirer of Fascism, with a weakness for Mussolini, and that pleased the Fascist dictators“ The whole world has been forced to admire the success of Mussolini in disciplining the nation,” he said in 1936. He was on intimate personal terms with President Roosevelt, and that pleased Roosevelt’s supporters; he was a personal friend of Pope Pius XII, and that pleased American Catholics and the Vatican. And, last but not least, he was a millionaire, the Chairman of the Board of the United States Steel, the director of banks, corporations, trusts, and affiliated enterprises, with very long and deep associations with the House of Morgan —a big dinosaur in his own right—and that pleased the giant trusts of America. The U.S.A.’s unofficial representative at the Vatican, therefore, in reality was the representative of the American giant trusts, accredited to the court of their anti-Communist associate, the Vatican. Myron Taylor acted as such. His paramount success: his contribution to the laying down of the global anti-Communist strategy of the invisible government and of the Vatican, initiated in 1943-4, which subsequently became the basis of the American foreign policy from 1945 onward." ----The Dollar and the Vatican, Avro Manhattan (1957), pg. 256/257

The United States Steel Corporation was of course formed by J.P. Morgan interests in 1901. John Pierpoint Morgan was also knighted into the Roman Catholic Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus! Morgan "coincidentally" died in Rome at the Grand Hotel.
" For the last twenty-four hours the Grand Hotel has been deluged with messages of inquiry and sympathy. Among them were frequent notes from the King of Italy and the Pope."

Vatican investment into the J.P Morgan empire during WWI is sourced in Edmond Paris's book The Vatican Against Europe, pg. 293 : "But the war provided a new trend to the sacred monies", writes Roger Garaudy.4 "The war industries offered a profitable investment. The precious help given by Morgan's Bank, the biggest bank in the world, which had become the Holy See's power of attorney in America, enabled the Vatican to enter the 'Anaconda Copper' Trust, and later, the field of petrol. . . ." footnote--4 Les mysteres du Vatican (Ce Soir, 14 April 1948).

The first president of U.S. Steel, Charles Schawb (1901-1903) was a Roman Catholic. Schawb later founded the Bethlehem Shipbuilding and Steel Company.
"Charles Schwab was surely the most atypical, the least orthodox, of American tycoons. He was a Roman Catholic..... He became a Carnegie partner at 30, president, of Carnegie Steel Company at 35, and president of United States Steel at 39. Three years later he became head of his own company, Bethlehem Steel. " ,

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Covid-19 update Thursday 12th March

Good morning from the UK. Sorry for a late post, real life got in the way again.
Virus statistics

Region Today Yesterday % Change
Global 124,518 118,162 +5.4%
China 80,980 80,955 +0.3%
Italy 12,462 10,149 +22.8%
Iran 9,000 8,042 +11.9%
South Korea 7,869 7,755 +1.5%
France 2,269 1,774 +27.9%
Spain 2,140 1,639 +30.6% (Spain is one to watch, its daily increases are high)
Germany 1,567 1,296 +20.9%
USA 1,312 1,039 +26.3%
Switzerland 645 476 +35.5%
Japan 620 568 +9.2%
Netherlands 503 382 +31.7%
Countries with under 500 identified infections not listed (I've increased the threshold from 250 to 500). Total countries infected worldwide = 118, an increase from yesterday of 5. Source: The WHO dashboard (Link), except for USA where I'm using the John Hopkins University dashboard (Link). (Personal note: Western countries infection counts are increasing each day much faster than Asian countries but that may be due to cultural differences or it may be that they're doing my testing, if anyone can shed light on this please do).
Reminder, these are identified case counts and medical experts are reporting this virus has a long incubation period with people being infections despite displaying no symptoms; the true infection figures are likely to be much higher.

Virus news and reaction

Trump suspends travel from Europe for 30 days as part of response to ‘foreign’ coronavirus - (link, that's their headline not mine) CNBC reports that President Trump announced that a ban on travelers to the United States from Europe would be in place for the next 30 days, in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (a later tweet clarified that goods are not affected). The ban only applies to the Schengen zone countries in Europe meaning the UK, Ireland and Cyprus are not included. How the US will prevent passengers taking connecting flights (e.g. from Warsaw to New York via London) was not made clear.

White House told federal health agency to classify coronavirus deliberations - Reuters reports leaks from White House advisors (Link) that the White House is classifying meetings about the virus, preventing key personnel from attending. Two democratic senators have attacked the ruling. “Pandemics demand transparency and competence," said Mark Warner of Virginia. "Classification authority should never be abused in order to hide what the government is doing, or not doing, just to satisfy domestic political concerns." Ron Wyden of Oregon said: "The executive branch needs to immediately come forward and explain whether the White House hid information from the American people as a result of bogus classification." On the same topic, a report on Axios suggests that between 70-150m Americans (roughly 1/3 of the country) could be infected before the outbreak is over.

'Massive shortages': rural Australian pharmacies low on essential medications amid coronavirus - The Guardian reports (Link) that at least three major drug wholesalers have written to pharmacists warning of unprecedented demands for stock and apologising for supply chain challenges, according to documents seen by The Medical Republic and shared with Guardian Australia. In one case, a drug wholesaler said that demand for over-the-counter and prescription drugs was 30-40% higher than the company’s forecasts, which had already been adjusted to account for coronavirus whilst another said he was experiencing difficulty ordering asthma preventers like Ventolin and Asmol, asthma relievers, broad-spectrum antibiotics, diabetic medications and blood pressure tablets.

Seattle (a virus hot spot in the US) has announced closure of all schools and affiliated services (e.g. day care centres) - Local authorities have announced that this is effective today for at least 14 days (Link).

New York cancels its St Patricks day parade for the first time since before US independence - The NY Post is reporting (Link) that New York City's world famous St Patrick's Day parade has been cancelled to avoid spreading the coronavirus. The newspaper added that this is the first cancellation since 1762, 14 years before the USA declared independence from the UK.

Missouri reporter returns from Paris honeymoon, husband is unwell, they're denied Covid-19 testing - A reporter has written on twitter about an inability to get a Covid-19 test for her husband from US health authorities. Despite having over 2,000 cases, France is not viewed as high risk. Link


75% of companies report coronavirus has disrupted their supply chains - Fortune magazine reports (link) that the effects of the Coronavirus continue to spread through supply chains. “For a majority of U.S. businesses, lead times have doubled, and that shortage is compounded by the shortage of air and ocean freight options to move product to the United States—even if they can get orders filled,” said Thomas Derry, CEO of ISM (US Institute of Supply chain Management), in the report. "Companies are faced with a lengthy recovery to normal operations in the wake of the virus outbreak." Over 60% of firms are experiencing delays in receiving orders from China, and 53% are having difficulty getting information from China. CNBC has compiled a list of 150 major companies who have warned of earnings hits here across multiple industry sectors.

Stock markets experiencing another day of significant drops - provides an overview of stock market indexes if you're interested. At time of writing (10:00 UK time), Hong Kong is down 4.75%, Japan down 6.83%, Shanghai down 0.94%, London is down 5.83%, Frankfurt 5.53% whilst the Australian market finished down 7.36%.

Supply chain news

Major Western USA seaports POLA and POLB see significant drops in February traffic - Supply Chain Management Review reports (Link) that the major sea ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw significant drops in handled cargo in February 2020 compared with February 2019 with POLB down 9.8% and POLA down 22.9%. “While cargo volumes are important, the coronavirus is first and foremost a public health crisis that needs to be brought under control with the collaboration of governments and medical experts from around the world,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are more interconnected than ever with our global partners so it’s no surprise that Trans-Pacific maritime trade has been significantly impacted. As factory production in China remains at low levels, we expect soft volumes in March. Looking ahead to anticipated manufacturing improvements, we will need to return empty containers to Asia and push lingering U.S. export boxes out swiftly,” Seroka added. “We’re actively working with our supply chain partners to be prepared for a cargo surge once production levels ramp up.”

Will seafreight volumes come back though in the medium term? - Peter Tirschwell (VP of Maritime and Trade at IHS Markit, an industry information supplier) writes on twitter ( link) "The prevailing view is that a spike in ocean volumes out of China is coming. Some however believe that if due to travel restrictions manufacturing contracts can't be signed, samples can't be inspected, i.e. regular contact is completely disrupted, how do the volumes materialize?" (Personal note: He's got a good point!)

Vermont companies slow business travel, as they monitor virus’ spread - Vermont Digger (an investigative journalist site specialising in the state) carries a report of micro-level examples of disruption affecting companies based in Vermont (link). Companies based in cruise ship ports are expecting a significant drop in sales if the cruise ships are turned away, a cannabis company has shortages of bottles it normally gets from an American supplier but it's good news for FulFlex, a Brattleboro elastic manufacturer that makes the straps for medical masks who has seen significant jumps in demand as global demand for medical masks continues to rise.

Air freight rates expected to soar to $10/kg but Atlas keeps aircraft grounded - The Loadstar reports (link) that airfreight rates may soar as high as $10 per kg as shippers become ever more desperate to move cargo. One European forwarder said “Demand is through the roof. And supply is not increasing as carriers, if anything, are reducing further the scheduled passenger flights from Chinese gateways, especially in the north, around Beijing. The market is going very much one way – I reckon rates could hit $10 per kg by the end of the week." The forwarder added that whilst intra-SE Asia seafreight remains stable, demand is “exceeding supply massively”, but this could change. “The market may slow if the world goes into isolation and people stop shopping. If there aren’t shoppers, then there isn’t demand, and supply becomes balanced.” Lloyds List chimes in on the topic too (link), adding that freighter airlines are finding it difficult to crew planes owing to confusion from different countries changing regulations or not being specific in requirements. Singapore Airlines owned Scoot has announced that it will begin flying passenger jets with cargo only (link)

An insider's view from behind Italy's 'coronavirus curtain' - The Loadstar has a report from Italy from Massimo Roccasecca, group cargo director for four airports – Venice, Verona, Brescia and Treviso. He said that on Monday this week passenger numbers dropped by 80% but Brescia (a cargo only airport) is not affected. Both the Italian postal service and DHL continue to operate as normal. "I think there is a lot of misunderstanding in the market. Everyone is afraid to do anything. It feels like the government has taken so long in choosing the right people to take the right decisions, and that has backfired." He added that “It looks like Italians are the disease carriers of Europe, but we are tired of that portrayal – we got it from somewhere. The speed of the contagion is impressive, and it’s a problem for the whole world. Italy is not responsible.”

‘I’m So Tired’: Stranded Hubei Trucker Becomes Unlikely Hero of Coronavirus Lockdown - the WSJ has a report on a truck driver from the epicentre who has been left stranded 500 miles from home due to his truck's number plate. For more than a month, truck driver Xiao Hongbing has been stuck living at a roadside service area more than 500 miles from home, with little to occupy his time besides writing poetry and corresponding with hundreds of fans captivated by his harrowing journey. He was hoping to earn $3000 USD by September to pay for his child's tuition.

James Dyson says coronavirus is 'the worst crisis in living memory' and warns of supply shortages - iNews (a large online newspaper in the UK) has an article from Dyson's founder (Link) that he views this as "the worst crisis in living memory", adding that Dyson is suffering product supply and component shortages as a consequence. Dyson is known for inventing bag-less vacuum cleaners and has in recent years branched out into hair dryers and blade-less fans. "It's affecting production, we're short of components, it's affecting our customers, the people who buy them, in an awful way, and it's affecting distribution." he added. "Whereas the financial crisis of 2008 was merely a confidence and banking crisis, and the 1998 crisis was an Asian bubble-burst, this - this affects everybody and everything."

3 ways to manage coronavirus risk in the supply chain - reports mild excitement at the port of Los Angeles as the first container ship from China in 10 days arrived but the delay in shipping is generating risk in supply chains. The article goes on to suggest three things supply chain managers can do to mitigate the risk: Understand your supply and demand properly, map your supply chain, start gaming "what-if" scenarios to identify mitigation procedures (e.g. if a major supplier shuts down, do you have backups?

Good news section
Cathay Pacific announces surprise $44m USD profit in last six months of 2019 - The SCMP reports (link) that the airline managed to make a surprise profit in the last six months but its chairman has also said “Travel demand has dropped substantially and we have taken a series of short-term measures in response … despite these measures we expect to incur a substantial loss for the first half of 2020.”

BMW India says its supply chain is fine until at least June - India Express says (link) that BMW's supply chain is stable in India and that they feel "comfortable". BMW Group India's president and CEO Rudratej Singh said “Already, 95 per cent of our volumes come from locally manufactured products already. We are fairly high in our localisation levels over the last few years. We intend to make sure that our strategy going ahead also is in line where barring very very niche products we would look at all our volume products to be manufactured in Chennai,” he added.

US FAA and European aviation authorities see sense and suspend grandfather slot rules for airports - Rules exist in busy airports in the US and EU where busy airports such as Heathrow or JFK demand that airlines allocated a landing slot use it regularly or run the risk of losing it (in some airport cases it must be used up to 80% of the year). Airlines have been pleading for the rules to be relaxed (already there have been some nearly empty planes forced to fly to retain the valuable landing slots - example story link). Finally the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the USA and European equivalents have seen sense given the global collapse in demand and suspended the requirement according to the FAA itself (Link) and Aircargoworld respectively (Link, requires subscription)

Some factories in Hubei province finally allowed to reopen - SupplyPro Canada reports (Link) that some factories have finally been allowed to reopen in a further sign that Beijing believes it is overcoming the virus outbreak. Companies in and around Wuhan that are reopening include makers of electric car batteries, pharmaceuticals, telecom components and Chinese-style liquor, according to news reports. Controls have been eased in other areas of China that are considered at low disease risk, but travel and other curbs still are in place. Factories are reopening, but automakers and other industries aren’t expected to return to normal production until at least mid-April due to disruption to supplies of components.

MIT is doing another webinar on the supply chain issues with the virus - if you missed the last one and want to catch this one (next Monday 9am EST), click here for more info: Link
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{Discussion} Why Witchcraft Is on the Rise?

{Discussion} Why Witchcraft Is on the Rise?

Why Witchcraft Is on the Rise?

Americans’ interest in spell-casting tends to wax as instability rises and trust in establishment ideas plummets.
by Bianca Bosker
Juliet diaz said she was having trouble not listening to my thoughts. “Sorry, I kind of read into your head a little bit,” she told me when, for the third time that August afternoon, she answered one of my (admittedly not unpredictable) questions about her witchcraft seconds before I’d had a chance to ask it.
She was drinking a homemade “grounding” tea in her apartment in a converted Victorian home in Jersey City, New Jersey, under a dream catcher and within sight of what appeared to be a human skull. We were surrounded by nearly 400 houseplants, the earthy smell of incense, and, according to Diaz, several of my ancestral spirit guides, who had followed me in.
“You actually have a nun,” Diaz informed me. “I don’t know where she comes from, and I’m not going to ask her.”
Diaz describes herself as a seer capable of reading auras and connecting with “the other side”; a plant whisperer who can communicate with her succulents; and one in a long line of healers in her family, which traces its roots to Cuba and the indigenous Taíno people, who settled in parts of the Caribbean. She is also a professional witch: Diaz sells anointing oils and “intention infused” body products in her online store, instructs more than 8,900 witches enrolled in her online school, and leads witchy workshops that promise to leave attendees “feeling magical af!”
In 2018, Diaz, the author of the best-selling book Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within, earned more than half a million dollars from her magic work and was named Best Witch—yes, there are rankings—by Spirit Guides Magazine.
Now 38 years old, Diaz remembers that when she was growing up, her family’s spellwork felt taboo. But over the past few years, witchcraft, long viewed with suspicion and even hostility, has transmuted into a mainstream phenomenon.
The coven is the new squad: There are sea witches, city witches, cottage witches, kitchen witches, and influencer witches, who share recipes for moon water or dreamy photos of altars bathed in candlelight. There are witches living in Winnipeg and Indiana, San Francisco and Dubai; hosting moon rituals in Manhattan’s public parks and selling $11.99 hangover cures that “adjust the vibration of alcohol so that it doesn’t add extra density and energetic ‘weight’ to your aura.”
A 2014 Pew Research Center report suggested that the United States’ adult population of pagans and Wiccans was about 730,000—on par with the number of Unitarians. But Wicca represents just one among many approaches to witchery, and not all witches consider themselves pagan or Wiccan. These days, Diaz told me, “everyone calls themselves witches.”
What exactly they mean by that can vary from witch to witch. According to the anthropologist Rodney Needham’s 1978 book, Primordial Characters, scholars’ working definition of a witch was, at that time, “someone who causes harm to others by mystical means.” To Diaz, a witch is “an embodiment of her truth in all its power”; among other magic practitioners, witch might embody a religious affiliation, political act, wellness regimen, “hot new lewk,” or some combination of the above.
“I’m doing magic when I march in the streets for causes I believe in,” Pam Grossman, a witch and an author, wrote in a New York Times op-ed.
Casting spells and assembling altars have become quite lucrative. You can attend a fall-equinox ritual organized by Airbnb, sign up for subscription witch boxes offering the equivalent of Blue Apron for magic-making, and buy aura cleanses on Etsy.
Instagram’s reigning witch influencer, Bri Luna, has more than 450,000 followers and has collaborated with Coach, Refinery29, and Smashbox, for which she recently introduced a line of cosmetics “inspired by the transformative quality of crystals.”
Many professional witches, including Diaz, can also be hired to do magic on your behalf. Diaz’s most popular offering is her Ancestral Candle Service, a $45 ritual for manifesting intentions that I’d come to her apartment to try. (“Last month we had 4 pregnancies, 33 job promotions, 12 business startups, 12 wedding proposals! and 4 court wins,” claimed a promotional email.)
Diaz—who grew up on food stamps, was homeless for parts of college, and, as an adult, sometimes skipped lunch to save up for rent—said she has “manifested an entirely new life” from her candle work. Features of that new life include her book deal, its best-seller status, her store, and a stronger relationship with her husband. She performs up to 100 candle services each month, and said she usually sells out within a day.
Good luck tracing the history of witches. While the idea of witches is exceptionally old—Horace’s Satires, already embracing the negative stereotype circa 35 b.c., describes witches with wigs and false teeth howling over dead animals—the day-to-day business of being a witch has continuously evolved, which complicates attempts to reconstruct a tidy family tree.
The history of witchcraft has also long suffered from unreliable narrators. The Salem witch trials loom outsize in the American imagination, yet no official court records exist, and the accounts of the trials that did survive are, per the historian Stacy Schiff, “maddeningly inconsistent.”
From November 2015: How Satan came to Salem
More recent historians haven’t fared much better: The Wicca faith grew out of the writings of Gerald Gardner, a former customs officer whose 1954 book, Witchcraft Today, recounted his experience in a coven whose tenets were allegedly passed down from the Middle Ages. But scholars later concluded that they were at least in part Gardner’s invention.
And then, no culture can claim a monopoly on witches. “There is little doubt that in every inhabited continent of the world, the majority of recorded human societies have believed in, and feared, an ability by some individuals to cause misfortune and injury to others by non-physical and uncanny (‘magical’) means,” writes the historian Ronald Hutton, who has studied attitudes toward witches in more than 300 communities, in places such as sub-Saharan Africa and Greenland. The belief in witchcraft is so widespread and so enduring that one historian speculates it’s innate to being human.
In the U.S., mainstream interest in witches has occasionally waned but mostly waxed, usually in tandem with the rise of feminism and the plummeting of trust in establishment ideas. In the 19th century, as transcendentalism and the women’s-suffrage movement took hold, witches enjoyed the beginnings of a rebranding—from wicked devil-worshippers to intuitive wisewomen. Woodstock and second-wave feminism were a boon for witches, whose popularity spiked again following the Anita Hill hearings in the ’90s, and again after Donald Trump’s election and alongside the #MeToo movement.
The latest witch renaissance coincides with a growing fascination with astrology, crystals, and tarot, which, like magic, practitioners consider ways to tap into unseen, unconventional sources of power—and which can be especially appealing for people who feel disenfranchised or who have grown weary of trying to enact change by working within the system.
(Modern witchcraft has drawn more women than men, as well as many people of color and queer or transgender individuals; a “witch” can be any gender.) “The more frustrated people get, they do often turn to witchcraft, because they’re like, ‘Well, the usual channels are just not working, so let’s see what else is out there,’ ” Grossman told me. “Whenever there are events that really shake the foundations of society”—the American Civil War, turmoil in prerevolutionary Russia, the rise of Weimar Germany, England’s postwar reconstruction—“people absolutely turn towards the occult.”
Trump must contend not only with the #Resistance but with the #MagicResistance, which shares guides to hexing corporations, spells to protect reproductive rights, and opportunities to join the 4,900 members of the #BindTrump Facebook group in casting spells to curb the president’s power.
Throughout history, attempts to control women have masqueraded as crackdowns on witchcraft, and for some people, simply self-identifying as a witch—a symbol of strong female power, especially in the face of the violent, misogynistic backlash that can greet it—is a form of activism.
“Witchcraft is feminism, it’s inherently political,” Gabriela Herstik, a witch and an author, told Sabat magazine. “It’s always been about the outsider, about the woman who doesn’t do what the church or patriarchy wants.”
Diaz’s own history of witchcraft long predates the 2016 election.
She said that she had her first vision at age 5, was taught by her mother to make potions to cure her nightmares in elementary school, and quietly used her gifts as a seer while working in crime-scene forensics after college. Ten years ago, following what she says was guidance from her ancestors’ spirits, she quit her job, divorced her first husband, and threw herself full-time into working as a witch.
Diaz, a self-described “plant witch,” draws extensively on Taíno traditions and herbs, jars of which occupy almost an entire room of her apartment. But the fact that there are no set criteria for being a witch is, for many, precisely the appeal.
Witchcraft beckons with the promise of a spirituality that is self-determined, antipatriarchal, and flexible enough to incorporate varied cultural traditions.
Which is not to say anything goes. Although Diaz has emerged as a leading voice for an inclusive, no-wrong-answers form of witchery, she and others prickle at the creeping tendency to claim the witch label without actually practicing magic. “A lot of girls, young girls, they post pictures of their house with their room with upside-down crosses, Goth clothes, with their potions.
They don’t even practice witchcraft, and they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m a witch,’ ” Diaz told me. “It takes away from the sacredness of the word.”
Diaz also says she’s troubled by what she sees as the commodification of witchcraft—though, of course, she’s benefited from its commercial appeal—and the cultural appropriation that’s come with it, such as white witches borrowing from indigenous or African-diasporic traditions.
Palo Santo, a wood that is traditionally burned by shamans and is now a staple of yoga studios everywhere, can be purchased from Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdale’s, Madewell, Anthropologie, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Crate and Barrel’s CB2, and, once it’s back in stock there, Goop. (In her own store, Diaz aims to source from indigenous people and sell only products she develops herself.)
Despite all this, calling oneself a witch can still be risky. Grossman told me she’s received letters from numerous people who fear that if they openly embraced magic, they “would be either fired from their jobs, or have their kids taken away, or be kicked out of their families.”

The stakes are even higher in other parts of the world, where, per a 2009 United Nations report, being labeled a witch remains “tantamount to receiving a death sentence.”
Amid a rise in witchcraft-related abuse—including the case of an 8-year-old who was tortured to death in 2000—London established a police team dedicated to reducing violence targeting accused witches; by contrast, officials in Saudi Arabia established an antiwitchery unit that trains police to “scientifically battle witchcraft,” which is punishable by beheading.
On a brocaded ottoman beside her couch, Diaz set out a tray containing the ingredients necessary for her candle ritual, which included a vial of straw-thin mouse bones (“for speed”), a snake carcass suspended in milky liquid (“for protection”), and frankincense oil (for “opening up a portal for the candle and sending a message into the roots of the wax”).
She lit a stick of Palo Santo wood and wafted its smoke over each item, carefully encircling a tall candle that she said she would “fix” with my intention, then burn later in the sacred area she maintains in her basement.
Diaz told me my intention should be specific, one I hadn’t already made in the past 30 days, and couldn’t be to make someone fall in love with me. I settled on a classic intention: money. Specifically, I was hoping to get paid for an outstanding invoice and get a friend to return money I’d lent her a year before.
“No. 1, don’t loan money out,” Diaz told me as she dripped frankincense oil onto the candle. “Two, always get paid up front for work that you do.” She is a plant witch, but also a practical witch.
When a woman messaged the community board of Diaz’s online school asking for a banishment spell to expel a vet tech she thought was rough with the cats, Diaz replied, “I would personally call inspectors and or health department.”
As Diaz sees it, magic is inseparable from the mundane. “I’m trying to bring awareness to [the idea] that what we think is normal is actually magical,” she said.
“Being on a planet that’s revolving around, floating in the universe, is magical. But we’re so used to these fantasies that we see on TV—you flick a wand and something just apparently happens. [People] start thinking that’s what magic is, and they forget that they, themselves, are the magical beings.”
Diaz finished fixing my candle and, after promising to light it soon, sent me off with instructions to complete her 13-page candle-magic workbook.
I followed its directions to burn sage, express gratitude, and meditate for at least five minutes daily. Not much seemed to be happening. I tried to help the magic along by emailing, again, about the invoice and, again, about the loan.
Two weeks after my visit, Diaz emailed me out of the blue: “Your candle by the way is done, it burned really well!” I was surprised to hear from her, and by her timing.
Twenty minutes before, I’d found two undeposited checks misfiled among the papers on my desk, each worth more than the money I was still owed. It was a coincidence, I’m (almost) sure. But I felt, in that moment, like a disorganized, but magical, being.
This article appears in the March 2020 print edition with the headline “The Witching Hour.”
#witchcraft #modern witches #modernwitchcraft ##wicca #wiccan #pagans #modernpagans #modern pagan #modern witch
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Anyone know anything about the Seasons Collection Service?

I was contacted recently by the Seasons Collection Service about a delinquent account from a magazine subscriber by the name of Subscriber Renewal House. I knew the call was a fake because while I had fallen for the magazine subscription scams years ago (I was 18 and figured something a recurring purchase like that would help build credit), but I've since closed all my accounts with the companies that scammed me, and none of their names matched the one listed on the phone. The guy on the phone claimed that his company was a third-party company that wasn't affiliated with the magazine company. He kept pressuring me to pay by saying the three options I had were to 1) do nothing and let it affect my credit score (not possible because the purchase was made with a debit card because I was dumb and didn't know how credit worked) 2) dispute the claim by providing documents, and 3) pay the outstanding balance. I said that if it was a delinquent account, then the company should have provided some kind of information on the account number, or at least the last 4 digits of the card used to initialize the transaction, and he stated he was unable to give out personal information (even though it was my information???). I told him that I would take a look for some supporting documentation to dispute, and ended the call.
I'm pretty damn sure this is all fake, but I'm double checking my transaction history from the time he said just to be safe. Either way, I tried to do some looking into this collection agency, but there doesn't seem to be anything on it other than the actual website itself. Anyone else have experience with them?
tl;dr, weird collection agency called me trying to collect money for fake subscription account, can't find anything on them
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How to make money on YouTube

Can people really make money on YouTube? This is a question many of us have thought to ourselves — after all, we’ve heard the success stories of how much money some of the top influencers make through advertising and sponsorships.
The reality is, yes, you can make money on YouTube — and if you are creative and strategic enough, you can earn good money doing it.

Why the world loves video

How many hours of streaming video do you watch in a week? If you’re like me, it’s probably more than you’d like to admit.
Why do we do it? Why do we pay for multiple streaming TV subscriptions, watch videos from our friends on Snapchat and Byte, and find ourselves going down deeper and deeper into YouTube rabbit holes?
Video content is compelling. It’s captivating. It’s memorable. It’s impactful.
If we all agree that a picture tells a thousand words, think about what that means for videos.
Videos can give us a lot of information in a pretty short amount of time. Videos can teach us, make us laugh, make us cry, make us think.
Videos are easy to produce, easy to watch, and easy to share. This perfect trifecta has a real influence on our daily behavior as consumers.
According to HubSpot, “78% of people watch online videos every week, and 55% view online videos every day.”
And this demand for videos is only growing, according to Cisco, which reports that, “by 2022, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic — 15 times higher than it was in 2017.”
The prevalence, convenience, and efficiency of online video also has an influence on the marketing strategies we invest in as entrepreneurs and business owners.
HubSpot reports that “81% of businesses use video as a marketing tool — up from 63% over the last year.”
Invisia reports that “A website is 53 times more likely to reach the front page of Google if it includes video.”
Tubular Insights reports that “64% of consumers will make a purchase after watching branded videos on social platforms.”
It’s safe to say that video is not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it’s only going to become a bigger part of our world and our daily lives as consumers, marketers, and entrepreneurs.
So the question is, can you make a living just by creating videos for people?

YouTube breeds millionaires

The answer to that question, as you might have guessed, is a resounding “YES!”
You can make money from videos. How do people do it?
By leveraging the tools and reach that YouTube provides, you have the potential to make a lot of money off of videos.
But, that being said, it’s important to recognize and remember that simply participating in YouTube does not guarantee your success. Some people make a little money; others make a staggering amount each month.
The difference usually comes down to things like time, effort, audience, creativity, and strategy.
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it and we’d all be rich. But it’s not easy. It takes a lot of work.
Here are a few people who made it happen and became millionaires — YouTube legends — in the process.

Ryan Kaji — YouTube’s Top Earner in 2019

At only eight years old, Kaji is one of the most successful YouTube celebrities of all time. In 2019, he earned a whopping $26 million by posting videos to his channel, Ryan’s World. Ryan’s audience of 23.7 million subscribers tunes in regularly to see him unbox and play with toys, perform kid-friendly experiments and explore the world.

Dude Perfect — YouTube’s Runner-Up for Top Earner in 2019

Dude Perfect is a channel that features five friends in their thirties who perform stunts, play sports, and battle each other in a variety of unique challenges. The channel has 48.8 million subscribers and over 9 billion views across over 200 original videos. According to a CNN report, Dude Perfect earned $20 million from YouTube in 2019.

Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link

The duo behind the channel known as Good Mythical Morning comes in at number four on the CNN list of top YouTube earners for 2019, pulling in an impressive $17.5 million dollars. They create videos that allow them to, in their own words, “eat truly unbelievable things, explore surprising new products and trends, compete in original games with celebrity guests, implement serious experiments in hilarious ways, and more.” Good Mythical Morning has 16 million subscribers and over 6 billion views across over 2,000 videos.
It’s almost unbelievable when you stop and think about how successful each of these channels has become. But if you think it happened overnight for any of these YouTube personalities, you’d be wrong.
Getting to this place took a lot of time, energy, and planning. It wasn’t fast or easy. Consider the following: the Dude Perfect channel was created in 2009, the Good Mythical Morning channel in 2008, and the Ryan’s World channel in 2015.
Remember this: each of them was once in the same place you are now — wondering what kind of videos to start creating and sharing, feeling doubt and fear and wondering whether it’s even worth it, and eager to figure out how people actually make money on YouTube.

How to make money on YouTube — The basics

So here’s the big question: how the heck DO you actually make money on YouTube?!
It might seem like a mystery, especially if you’re thinking in terms of millions of dollars, but there’s actually a fairly clear playbook that you can follow to start earning from your videos and viewers. You won’t make a million bucks in your first year, but you’ll likely make something.
Remember, everyone has to start somewhere, and if you can prove that you’re able to make even $1 dollar from the time and energy you put in, there’s likely an opportunity to make more.
Ready to jump in? Here are 5 steps to follow that will put you in a better position to make money on YouTube.

Step 1: Create a channel and build your audience

Before you even think about making money on YouTube, you need to spend time thinking about what kind of videos you want to create and share with people. Knowing the blueprint for earning money is one thing, but creating videos that people actually want to consume is an entirely different challenge.
Not sure what kind of channel or videos to create? Here are a few questions you can ask to help you decide:
Once you have some answers to your questions, your next job is to find out if any of the topics, categories, or niches are underserved on YouTube.
In other words, where are the gaps that you could be filling with your own original video content? We’ll learn more about finding your niche a little later in this article.
When you think you have a good idea, create your YouTube channel.
From there, the best thing you can do is start planning and creating videos that will connect with people and help you build your audience.
YouTube actually has a great guide that offers a handful of tips and videos on how to get viewers once you start creating videos. They recommend focusing on five areas: Targeting, Discoverability, Accessibility, Collaboration and Shareability. You can learn more about each of these areas and hear from experts by visiting this section of the YouTube Creator Academy.

Step 2: Join the YouTube Partner Program

To monetize your channel and start earning money from your videos, you’ll need to apply to join the YouTube Partner Program, or YPP for short. Joining the YPP will give you access to a handful of features that you can use to start monetizing your video content, including ads.
According to YouTube, in order to be eligible to apply to join the YPP, you must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 valid public watch hours on your channel.
This is why joining the YouTube Partner Program shows up as step 2 on this list — it can’t happen right away. In order to be considered, you have to first spend time creating and publishing content AND building your following (see step 1).
To apply, you’ll also need to set up an Adsense account. You can learn more about Adsense here.
When you meet the minimum requirements of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours, spend some time reviewing the application checklist that YouTube provides to potential partners. It will help you understand how your channel and content will be evaluated and what to expect when you apply.

Step 3: Create, create, create

Whether you’re in the YouTube Partner Program or not, you should always be focused on creating original content for your audience to watch and engage with. The whole point of YouTube isn’t to make money — it’s to provide value to a community of people. Money is just the byproduct of good video content that people like watching.
Brian Dean takes this approach with Backlinko, a channel that over 280K people subscribe to for actionable SEO and marketing tips. Says Brian:
“The main goal is really just to get our content in front of people. So it’s partly to get a new audience, but also to send really compelling content to our existing audience. And that’s just how cool YouTube is that you can actually do both with a single video and a single channel.”
“And in fact, in our videos, we don’t even really have a call to action to sign up for an e-book. A lot of people do this thing called a bridge where at the end of a video it’s like, hey, if you like this, come to our site, you can get an e-book or for a webinar or whatever. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But I just like to focus on the content.”
Brian is one of those people that pumps out A TON of great content all the time.
If you want to get to his level of consistency and quality, the easiest way is by creating and following an editorial calendar each week.
I like to use Asana when I build editorial calendars, but there are a lot of tools out there to choose from. Pick the one that you think will work best for you over time.
The purpose of an editorial calendar is to force you to plan ahead. Engaging content on YouTube is creative, but it’s also strategic. This doesn’t need to be anything crazy, but you do have to have a clear strategy and a consistent schedule that you can commit to if you ever want to start earning money.
There are always exceptions to that rule — but it can make it much easier if you aren’t trying to come up with content on the fly.

Step 4: Start testing different ways to earn money

There are a number of different ways to earn money on YouTube.
If you get accepted into the YouTube Partner Program, you may get access to the following monetization features:

Ad revenue

When you turn on video monetization, you’re allowing ads to show up on or near your videos. There are a variety of different types of ads that could appear with your video, including display ads, overlay ads, skippable video ads, non-skippable video ads, bumper ads, and sponsored cards. Your videos must meet YouTube’s advertiser-friendly content guidelines to be eligible for ads.

Channel memberships

Channel memberships allow you to give members-only perks to viewers who subscribe to your channel for a monthly recurring payment. You can go here to learn more about how channel memberships work.


Some partners will get access to a feature called “the merch shelf,” which allows you to showcase your channel merchandise right on YouTube. The merch shelf will also allow you to link directly to a store where viewers can purchase merchandise from you through a supported merch partner.
You can go here to learn more about how to sell merchandise on your channel.

Super Chat and Super Stickers

These features give your viewers the opportunity to engage and interact with you more prominently during a live chat. Viewers can purchase a Super Chat to highlight their message within the chat, or they can purchase a Super Sticker to pop a static or animated image into the live chat feed.
Live streams can be surprisingly profitable if you put the time and effort into them. That’s what Nick Nimmin, a YouTube educator with over 500K subscribers has learned over the years. His channel is an incredible resource for anyone that’s serious about digging into YouTube and looking for tips, tricks, app, etc. Nick states:
“When it comes to profitable content, almost every video my channel makes some kind of money. However, the things that generate the most money on my YouTube channel are my live streams.”
“And the reason for that is because we have people’s attention from anywhere from three to six hours, almost every single week. And during that time we have a bunch of different questions that we’re answering about YouTube and over and over and over again.”
Nick explained that because they spend so much time interacting with viewers and proving that they are experts, it builds trust and creates additional revenue-generating opportunities for their business outside of YouTube.

YouTube Premium revenue

YouTube Premium revenue gives you a portion of the fee a premium subscriber pays if they watch your content.

What if you can’t join the YouTube Partner Program?

If you *don’t *have the ability to join the YouTube Partner Program yet, you can earn money through the following routes:


You can use sites like Patreon to give subscribers and fans additional perks and exclusive content in exchange for funding your channel or efforts. You can learn more about crowdfunding from YouTube experts on this YouTube Creator Academy page.

Creating influencer content for brands

You can get hired by companies and brands as an influencer and create original content for them. This is usually easier once you have a loyal following and a clear niche or community you’re serving with your videos.
It’s a tip that Shayla Christine, from the YouTube channel Living On A One Way, recommends. She says:
“To monetize in the beginning, you want to work on brand partnerships more than you want to try and get money from your views.”
Shayla explained that if you’re really committed to a particular niche or community (like travel), you’re probably already talking about certain products and brands anyway — so you might as well reach out to them and find out if they’d be interested in partnering with you.
Bradley Hoos also gave me some great advice when it comes to finding the right partners to work with when you’re looking to make some money as a creator. Bradley is the Chief Growth Officer of The Outloud Group, a leading agency in the influencer marketing industry.
“YouTube creators should start to explore partnership agencies or managers once they start consistently getting 30K views on YouTube,” said Bradley. “At this stage, when dollar amounts are still relatively low, creators still have time to do their research and test out partners without meaningful downside financial risk.”
“I always encourage creators to ask other creators for their take on who is trustworthy and adds value,” he added. “As an influencer agency that represents talent, the greatest compliment we receive is when creators recommend us to other creators — and we do our best to ensure that we live up to the high standards creators have shared.”

Licensing original content

You can use services like Jukin Media to allow companies and media organizations to license your videos.

Promoting your products or services

You can use your videos to educate viewers about the products you sell on your ecommerce store or the services your business provides. It might seem like an indirect way to make money, but a lot of YouTube influencers find success with this strategy.
They record a great video that features their business or promotes their products and then they add a link right in the description of the video that sends viewers right to a product page or sign up screen.
Jim Fricker II and May Larios, hosts of Spanish and Go, a wildly popular and creative YouTube channel with over 80K subscribers, agree. Here’s what they had to say when I spoke with them:
** “Our biggest tip for someone trying to make money on YouTube is to diversify your income sources. If you get enough views, you can make decent money simply from monetizing your videos through Google Adsense, but the real money is in finding and creating resources to help your audience in other ways.”**
“You can partner with a company and make sponsored videos, develop your own online courses, use affiliate marketing, design and offer merchandise for sale, and even create in-person events like we do with our Spanish immersion retreats in Mexico,” they added.
But as you go about creating content, just make sure you stay on top of the ever-changing guidelines from YouTube. That’s the warning I got when I asked Kevin Kohler, the creator of TheBackyardScientist with nearly 5 million subscribers, about any trouble he’s run into with generating an income from YouTube. “The biggest issue that I’ve had is trying to monetize content on YouTube, is the changing content guidelines. YouTube is always changing its advertiser friendly guidelines. So it’s best to stay on top of that and know what kind of content you can and can’t make. And if a video does get demonetized or deemed unsuitable for all advertisers, not only do you lose out on ad revenue, but also potential viewers, because the algorithm is less likely to recommend a video that’s been deemed unsuitable for advertisers.”

Step 5: Keep going (but stay healthy)

The final step in the journey to making money on YouTube is to just keep going. It’s a long game, after all. It’s going to feel pointless at the beginning when you’re still building your audience, developing your style, and figuring out how to make videos efficiently, but keep at it and don’t give up.
That being said, don’t keep going if it’s risking or negatively impacting your physical or mental wellness. Taking care of yourself should always be your first priority — not making videos. If you need to take a break from your work, by all means, take one.

The importance of discovering your niche

The most successful people on YouTube aren’t the ones who create content for everyone — instead, they create content for a very specific kind of person. They identify a niche, or small subset of the population, that acts as the center of their universe when it comes to developing ideas and producing new content.
Think of a niche like a community of friends that shares the same one hobby, skill, or passion — like nerding out on mathematics.
Finding and deciding what your niche is will help you build community with your content, and when you build community, your videos and your channel are both more popular.
The result of that? More potential earnings from ads, viewers, and loyal fans.
Here are two examples of people who have carved out a very specific niche on YouTube:

First We Feast

First We Feast is the channel that created the _Hot Ones _video series. In this series, host Sean Evans interviews guests — popular actors, musicians, and famous figures about their lives and work. You might be thinking, “that seems pretty broad…not much of a niche.”
That’s where the hot wings come in.
On this show, Evans not only interviews famous people — he asks them to join him in eating a progressively hotter wing for each question he asks them. The result, as you know if you’ve seen his videos before, is pretty entertaining.
This year, Evans will premiere his 11th season of Hot Ones. His First We Feast channel has over 8 million subscribers and his video content has been seen over a billion times since he launched the channel in 2014.

Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz makes bad robots. She creates funny videos on YouTube that show her building robots and mechanical creations that don’t always hit the mark.
One of her most famous examples is an alarm clock that literally slaps you in the face when it goes off in the morning.
Despite the deadpan brand of humor she infuses into her content, Giertz has used YouTube to successfully position herself as a bright scientist/engineer and an incredibly creative and inspiring artist.
It’s another example of someone taking a broad topic or interest (robotics and engineering) and zeroing in on a specific niche (making bad, barely-functioning robots that delight and entertain viewers).
She calls herself the Queen of Shitty Robots, and now everyone else does too. Her channel has over 2 million subscribers and her videos have over 100 million views.
Today, her fame and dedication has allowed her to move beyond just building bad robots. Most notably, she recently produced a video that documented the process she went through to turn her Tesla into a pickup truck (she called it Truckla).
She’s also created videos on meditation, art, and the extremely personal and scary experience of finding out she had a brain tumor (and getting surgery and radiation to remove it).

How to find your niche

You might already know exactly what kind of videos you want to create and what kind of person you want your videos to connect and resonate with. If you aren’t quite there yet, here are a few steps you can follow to find your niche:

Step 1: Know yourself

As marketers and entrepreneurs, it can be tempting to focus only on the data and the trends, but I’m going to urge you to think a little selfishly when trying to land on your niche.
You should ask yourself what kind of videos you want to create, how you can help people, and what kind of legacy you want to leave. What are you passionate about? What do you love talking and learning about? What do you like to spend your time doing?
These are all questions that can direct you toward the right niche and community on YouTube.
Remember: the majority of top earners on YouTube have been doing this for a long time — some even a decade or more.
Adam Likenauger, the genius behind ILoveBasketballTV, a channel that over 1.92M people subscribe to, echoed this thought when I asked him for his advice.
“YouTube is hard,” he said. “It’s difficult. If it was so easy. We’d all be walking around with these massive gold play buttons for having a million subscribers. There is a reason so few people accomplished that level of success. And to me, it has more to do with the long struggle and road ahead.”
“Staying consistent and staying passionate vs. anything else when it comes to YouTube. If you want to succeed with YouTube, I’ll tell you honestly. Start with the passion.”
YouTube is a long game, and your niche should be something that you’re confident can grow and evolve with you over time.

Step 2: Keep an eye on emerging trends

If you’ve taken time to complete step 1, you can and should try to identify and keep an eye on emerging trends that could influence the niche you operate within.
You can follow trends by seeing what’s being viewed and shared most on YouTube, spending time digging into Google Trends, or just by subscribing to and following channels that inspire or interest you.
The YouTube Creator Academy also has a great resource on how to find your niche. You can go here to read the articles and watch the videos.

Step 3: Think about who you’re trying to reach

When you’re working on landing on the right niche, it’s also worth thinking about your future viewers — the people you want to see, share and engage with your videos. You should ask yourself: what does this group of people care about? What are their interests? What content could help or entertain them? What channels and websites do they visit and subscribe to now? How old are they? Where do they live? What do they do for work? Do they have families? Are they single?
Answering these questions will help you start to build viewer profiles that you can use when creating video content that actually connects with and entertains people.
It’s not easy — if it was, everyone would be doing it. When I talked to Rob Terkla about this, he agreed. Rob runs LunkersTV, a YouTube channel that has over 1.5M subscribers. Here’s what Rob had to say:
“It’s extremely hard,” said Rob. “Probably one of the hardest, hardest things to do to make money on YouTube is to gain an audience and capture their interest for at least seven to eight minutes. That’s the only way you’re going to make money.”
Rob has spent a lot of time trying to create videos that pique the interests of his viewers. He must be doing something right because collectively, his videos have over 232,000,000 views!

Step 4: Just start creating

At some point, you have to stop analyzing and planning and start doing. The sooner you can get started, the faster you will evolve and improve.
You can have a general idea about the niche or community you’re trying to serve with your video content, but eventually, those ideas need to be tested.
When I asked Jim Meskimen, a famous impressionist and actor with over 30K subscribers and 12M+ video views, for his take, he gave this advice:
“Be productive. In other words, don’t expect to make just one video or 12 videos or even 100 videos. You’ve got to really knuckle down and be productive. It’s gonna take more than you think.”
Don’t wait too long to start creating and sharing videos with your audience. They are your best source for understanding whether you’re on the right track in terms of the focus of your videos and the overall theme of your channel.

Creating video content people will love

When you’ve created your channel and landed on your niche, your main job going forward is to create video content that people love. You want to produce videos that drive people to subscribe to your channel, engage with your videos, share it with friends, and return to see your new content each time you hit publish.
Here are a handful of tips on how to create video content that people will love to watch and share:

Be obsessive about quality

To make a compelling video, you have to be obsessive about audio and visual quality. Competition for attention on YouTube is fierce — you only win by creating a presentation that draws people within the first few seconds and keeps them watching until the end.
To ensure that you’re able to produce high-quality content that meets the ever-increasing expectations of viewers, invest in professional recording equipment and software, or hire someone that can help you produce your videos.
You don’t need to spend a fortune — but it’s typically important that your videos are better than what your mom posts to Facebook. Equipment does make a difference, but understanding how to use even the most basic equipment is what really counts.
Learning about the rule of thirds, transitions, and other technical things that make a shot either look good or look odd will be 10x more effective than simply buying the most expensive camera around.

Be consistent

The biggest mistake most people make when getting started on YouTube is that they ignore the importance of consistency. They publish one great video, drive a ton of engagement and land a bunch of subscribers, then go dark in publishing and lose all the momentum they built with the first video.
To build a loyal following on YouTube, you have to commit to a consistent publishing schedule. You have to keep giving fans and subscribers (and the algorithm) more of what they want. That’s again where the editorial calendar comes into play.
Producing more videos will not only help you build your audience, but it will also help you create better videos over time.

Watch your metrics

Don’t just create videos you think will do well—look into your analytics on past videos to understand what topics and ideas really resonated with people.
You can access a lot of data from your YouTube videos, but here is a list of the most important metrics to keep track of, according to HubSpot:
To learn more about each of these metrics, explore the guide from HubSpot.

Ask for feedback and ideas

Get feedback from your subscribers whenever you share a new video on your channel. You can do this by verbally making the ask at the end of your video (“leave a comment below and let me know what you think!”) or by including a graphic with a call-to-action (“send me an email about what else you’d like to see on this channel!).
Asking for regular feedback shows your subscribers that you’re not just broadcasting content for them to consume, but that you are willing to engage with them and listen to their ideas, which can help you build loyalty and keep viewers coming back for more each month.

Be different and test bold ideas

More than 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. To cut through the noise, you have to be willing to go out of your way to make videos that surprise and delight people.
That means thinking more creatively and taking more risks.
It means seeing what everyone else is doing with video and intentionally choosing to do something wildly different.
It means not being afraid to produce and publish something that falls completely flat with your subscribers.
“It’s difficult to get traction for certain videos,” says Nathan Chan, who manages the Foundr Magazine YouTube channel. “You just don’t know what will work. So it’s important for us as we cover many topics, with many sales funnels, and many courses to ensure that we do a series of videos i.e. 8-10 on a certain topic with the hope that one will take off!”
Going viral typically doesn’t happen when you do what everyone else does.
It happens when you create something truly unique that stirs emotion in people and compels them to share with others.
Creating original content also makes it a lot easier to earn money on YouTube. That’s one of the many lessons musician and songwriter Molly Kate Kestner shared with me.
“YouTube rewards consistent uploads,” said Molly. “And if your content is original, then you can actually monetize off of it. That’s probably one of the biggest challenges that I’ve ever faced with monetization is I realized, oh, if I’m uploading covers of songs, I can’t actually make money from this because it’s not original. So it’s been beautiful because it’s inspired me to upload more and more original music and content.”
By taking action on this lesson, Molly was able to publish a video of an original song that earned over 1.5 million views in less than 2 weeks (it currently sits at 16+ million), a performance on Good Morning America, and a recording contract.
Need some inspiration? Here are the top 100 YouTube videos of all time.

A crash course in recording equipment

If you want to create great YouTube videos that have the potential to make you money, you need to invest in the right recording equipment.
While this section could easily have an entire post written around it, here’s a quick list of budget-friendly starter equipment you should have at your disposal.
But remember, you don’t NEED the gear. The content itself, the emotions you invoke, the personality — that’s what people are subscribing to, not your “L-series lens.”

Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera Deluxe Video Creator Kit

This video creator kit from Canon will provide you with all the starter tools you need to start shooting high-quality video and audio. It includes a camera, three lenses, a shotgun microphone, a tripod, chargers, batteries, memory cards, and a backpack case. This will be your most expensive investment as far as equipment goes, but you can buy it online for around $800-900 dollars.

Photo Video Studio 10Ft Adjustable Background Stand

This backdrop kit will help you create a professional background for your videos. It includes an adjustable crossbar, light stands, spring clamps, sandbags, and a bag to store and carry everything. You can buy it online for around $40.

LED Video Light Kit with 2M Light Stand

This lighting kit will make it easy to create the right ambiance for your videos. It includes stands, filters, lights, and batteries. You can buy it online for about $80-90 dollars.
If you’re not quite ready to make an investment into any professional-grade equipment, don’t let it prevent you from getting started. iPhones and Android phones have great cameras and lots of apps you can use to create great low-budget videos for your YouTube channel.
If you decide to go this route to start, spend time reviewing these helpful tips on how to record a professional-grade video using your iPhone from Wistia.

Wrapping up

Making money on YouTube is hard, but it is possible. There are countless examples of people who were just like you that were able to put in enough time, energy, creativity, and consistency to make it happen.
They had different journeys and challenges along the way, but they all began with the same first step: they started creating videos and never looked back.
Kallen, the YouTube creator behind Slapped Ham, a YouTube channel with over a million subscribers, echoed this call to action when I asked him for his thoughts.
He said, “my best piece of advice for people looking to make money on YouTube is to just start! So many people get frozen by the creative process and think what they have to put out, it has to be perfect. It absolutely doesn’t have to be. So jump in, get involved, have fun and find your voice first.”
So there you have it! If you want to earn money on YouTube one day, make your commitment to get started this year — don’t wait for the perfect ideas or the ideal time. Start now.
I came across this article and thought a few entrepreneurs here would find it valuable. You can find the original article here.
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