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Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:05:28 AM »

He finished: “It's about prevention, because prevention is better than cure. If you are taking two capsules a day you are preventing a tumour from forming.

“It's not just about money, it's about not dying from something that could have been prevented.”

PS If you really do want to eat deer placenta you might want to look online first, where you can get bottles of the stuff for nearer £40.

PPS This is a good place to remind you of Penman's First Law of Health Remedies: the more ailments that something claims to cure, the less likely it is to cure any of them.

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:04:25 AM »

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“If someone has cancer, I can't say this will help your cancer, but I can say this product has helped many people in Singapore, why don't you try it and let me know how you feel?

“I give it to my friends, I give it to my auntie in Spain, her psoriasis is getting better. I know it's having an effect.”

Sekhon wrapped up the sales pitch with yet more claims: “I'm not going bald anymore.”

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:00:03 AM »

Really? What was all that stuff about cancer and diabetes then? Or the aim of “Exceeding medical science's mission”? Who are all those people dressed like scientists in laboratories on the Riway video?

A third speaker, Rajesh Aggarwal, was introduced as a former pharmacist, and he wasn't shy about making medical claims.

“It's helped with conditions like cancer stage one, two, three and four,” he declared, adding his own “personal testimony” - pain caused by a slipped disc had disappeared since taking Purtier Placenta.

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:59:25 PM »

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It's not cheap. To join you have to buy a minimum of a six month supply of Purtier Placenta “therapy”, as it was called, costing around £2,000. This, he said, is why it is not available in the shops: no one would buy it at that price, whereas they might if it comes with a personal testimonial from someone they know.

Posing as a potential recruit, I said that if I was going to persuade anyone to spend that much I'd need copies of independent clinical studies backing up the health claims.

Jason seemed to do a u-turn, now insisting: “We are not marketing this as a medical product, this is marketed as a food supplement. The company does not make any scientific claims."

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:55:55 PM »

He went on: “We are looking for people who've got vision, strategy, execution, who can get involved in this business, who can recruit others, who can spread the word and stake a claim in this business and have financial freedom.

“Many will become millionaires”.

That word “recruit” is important, because this is a pyramid scheme. You pay to join Riway, and then get commission from everyone you recruit, and in turn you get commission on their sales, and so on down the line.

“The bonus scheme that Riway has means that even someone you've never met who's 25 levels beneath you, when they make a purchase, you also benefit,” Solis explained.

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:55:19 PM »

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“IVF failed and someone introduced them to the product and these two babies are the product of taking Purtier Placenta,” he said.

“You hear amazing stories, I've met people who have recovered from cancer, people who have recovered from MS, it's wonderful to be able to hear from people who have had chronic illnesses and recovered from them.”

He promised that Riway was en route to becoming the largest direct-selling company in the world (Penman prediction: it won't) and there were fortunes to be made: “There are people in Singapore making $200,000 a month, that's no exaggeration.”

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:47:25 PM »

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“I don't want to use the word 'cure', but they no longer had their problems”.

He introduced his mother, saying the tablets had “improved” her depression, diabetes and arthritis. Then his mother spoke and added leukemia into the mix.

“Every single person that we give this product to had incredible results,” Sekhon claimed.

Another speaker was Jason Solis, who'd flown in from the Far East.

He told the seminar about how two men who could not conceive became fathers.

Health and Food / Re: Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:41:04 PM »

He's a recruiter for a Singapore business called Riway International, which is said to be huge in the Far East.

This was an opportunity to get in on the ground floor in Europe, a bit like if you'd invested in Facebook when it was a start-up, as Sekhon put it.

Riway makes one product, a tablet called Purtier Placenta, which contains apparently miraculous stem cells taken from the plancenta of New Zealand deer.

Guests at the presentation at a central London hotel were treated to a Riway corporate video, which full of vacuous sound bites such as “Be the master of your perfect life”, “Exceeding medical science's mission” and “Nitrogen-filled technology”.

Health and Food / Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:33:38 PM »

The deer placenta pyramid scheme and promoters who claim pills can help stage 4 cancer

Recruiters for Singapore firm Riway International have made some astonishing claims about their products

By Andrew Penman
29 NOV 2018

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This seemed like too good a chance to pass up.

All I had to do was attend a free seminar and I'd get the chance to join a scheme making loads of money while having the satisfaction of helping others.

“When I say this will not only provide you with purpose and fulfilment but also true wealth and very quickly, I mean it,” gushed organiser Amardeep Sekhon on Facebook.

Learn English Online / Floccinaucinihilipilification
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:06:23 AM »

Floccinaucinihilipilification—one of the longest words in the English language—is the act of estimating that something is worthless

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Learn English Online / Pentheraphobia
« on: October 05, 2019, 04:58:03 AM »

Pentheraphobia is the intense irrational fear of your mother-in-law.

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Health and Food / The Power of Sleep
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:29:47 PM »

Sleep literally cleans your brain. During slumber, more cerebrospinal fluid flushes through the brain to wash away harmful proteins and toxins that build up during the day.

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:08:42 PM »


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Mark Twain with kitten in Tuxedo Park, New York, 1907. Image credit:Courtesy of the Mark Twain Papers, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley via The History Blog

Mark Twain (1835-1910) may well out-crazy even the craziest of cat people. He had up to 19 cats at one time, all of whom he loved and respected far beyond whatever he may have felt about people. "If man could be crossed with the cat," he said, "it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." When he was away from home, he would rent cats, paying their owners a large enough sum to see to their needs for a lifetime.

In keeping with the tradition established by Richelieu, Southey, and Gautier, Twain gave his cats most excellent names, among them Apollinaris, Beelzebub, Blatherskite, Buffalo Bill, Satan, Sin, Sour Mash, Tammany, Zoroaster, Soapy Sal, Pestilence, and Bambino. To be fair, the credit for the last of these goes to Twain's daughter Clara, who took in Bambino during a sanatorium stay. She gave the kitten to her father after one of the other patients ratted her out.

When Bambino escaped one day, Twain was frantic. He put ads in New York newspapers describing the cat as "large and intensely black" and offering a $5 reward for his return. As Calvin Coolidge would find out 20 years later, a famous person asking for aid in the return of a lost cat was subject to an enormous quantity of doppelgangers and would-be changelings from people who just wanted to make contact with the celebrity. Even after Bambino turned up on his own a few days later and Twain sent notice to all the papers, people still turned up at his Fifth Avenue home with cats for him.

This story originally ran in 2016.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:04:18 PM »


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Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) was inspired by his adored cats. Cats feature in close to 30 of his artworks, and those are just the ones where cats are the subjects. Sometimes they were his assistants and he directly enlisted their aid in his work. His cats Fritzi, Bimbo I, Bimbo II, Mys, Nuggi, and Fripouille (Skunk) were by his side when he painted and traveled. American philanthropist and collector Edward Warburg once tried to shoo away Bimbo when he walked across one of Klee's still-wet watercolors. Klee stopped him. "Many years from now," Klee said, "one of your art connoisseurs will wonder how in the world I ever got that effect."

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 08:57:57 PM »


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Calvin Coolidge with one of his cats. Image credit: The History Blog

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th President of the United States, had at least four cats in the White House—Tiger, Blackie, Timmy, and Smokey. Tiger was an orange tomcat Coolidge had moved into the White House from his farm in Vermont. He would come when the President called him by the nickname "Tige" and was often seen draped around his neck when Coolidge walked around the White House.

On the night of March 20, 1924, Tiger slipped out an open door and into the wilds of Washington, D.C. The next morning, Coolidge called for Tiger, but he didn't appear. Alarmed, the President dispatched the staff to search the executive mansion and grounds, but to no avail. Next he enlisted the city police, who were put on alert to look for the orange-and-black cat. Again, no Tiger.

Desperate, Coolidge turned to a medium with a wider reach. He sent Secret Service agent James Haley to WCAP radio where, on the night of March 24, he broadcast an appeal to listeners, asking them to call the White House phone if they had any information about the president's missing cat. Hundreds of people called the White House, either with tips or with offers to give Coolidge a whole new cat.

In the end, the radio appeal did the trick. One of the listeners was Captain Edward Bryant, who the next morning found a sleeping cat in the Navy Building just half a mile from the White House. Bryant tried the president's usual greeting, "Here, Tige!" and the cat ran over to him. A short cab ride later, Tiger was back in President Coolidge's everloving arms. To keep him that way, Coolidge got Tiger a new collar that declared, "My Name is Tiger. I live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 08:15:59 PM »


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Charles Baudelaire 1855, photo by Félix Nadar. Image credit: Wikimedia // Public Domain

The French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) placed cats significantly above most people in his social hierarchy. One of the poems in his masterpiece Les Fleurs du Mal not only praises the feline, but identifies the cat's meow as the very source of his verse.

This voice, which seems to pearl and filter
Through my soul's inmost shady nook,
Fills me with poems, like a book,
And fortifies me, like a philtre.

Baudelaire couldn't resist cats, even the ones he'd never seen before. He would follow them on the street, pick them up, and pet them. When he was invited to someone's home for the first time, he would seek out the cat and then spend the rest of the visit snuggling it, completely focused on the cat to the detriment of all the humans. He would ignore his hosts and the other guests for the duration of his visit.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 08:11:45 PM »


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Theophile Gautier's grave in Montmartre Cemetery in Paris. Image credit: Nico Paix, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

French author Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) adored cats and talked about them all the time. Any collection of quotes about cats can't help but feature at least a half dozen from Gautier. He literally wrote the book, Ménagerie Intime, about his domestic life with his cats.

He started off with Childebrand, a black-and-tan tabby whose name gave Gautier a much-needed rhyme for "Rembrandt." As his pets were not neutered, there were soon more cats. The white Angora Don Pierrot de Navarre and the equally white feline enchantress Marquesa Dona Séraphita had a litter of three black kittens: Enjolras, Eponine, and Gavroche. (Victor Hugo's Les Miserables was the latest literary sensation shortly before they were born.) Eponine had at least one kitten of her own, Cléopatre, who enjoyed standing on three legs. Then there was Madame Théophile, an orange-and-white cat who enjoyed eating food from Gautier's fork, and Zizi, an accomplished musician who did her best work walking across the piano at night.

His love for cats followed him to the grave, where a carved cat peers out from the top of his headstone at the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 07:20:13 PM »


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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States, was a great cat aficionado. First Lady Mary Todd said cats were her husband's only hobby. He took in strays and had several cats in the White House, even though he had left his dog Fido behind in Springfield, Illinois. Secretary of State William Seward gave him two kittens, Tabby and Dixie, and the President doted on them shamelessly even at formal events. He once fed Tabby from the table at a state dinner. When his wife complained, Lincoln reassured her, "If the gold fork was good enough for [former President James] Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby."

In the home stretch of the Civil War in March, 1865, Lincoln went to see General Ulysses Grant, then engaged in the siege of Petersburg in Virginia. While he was at Grant's headquarters in City Point, he saw three kittens in the telegraph hut. He scooped them up and cuddled them on his lap. According to Admiral David Porter, Lincoln talked to them, saying, "Kitties, thank God you are cats, and can't understand this terrible strife that is going on." Before he left, he charged a colonel with ensuring the kittens were fed and sheltered.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 07:03:36 PM »


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Portrait of Robert Southey by John James Masquerier, 1800. Image credit: The History Blog

Poet Laureate Robert Southey (1774-1843) was an out and proud cat lover. His felines made frequent appearances in his correspondence, often relaying messages through Southey to his friends' cats "from the Cattery of Cat's Eden." He too enjoyed picking arcane names for his pets. In 1826, when he was away from home in Leyden, he wrote this in a letter to his 7-year-old son Cuthbert:

I hope Rumpelstiltzchen has recovered his health, and that Miss Cat is well; and I should like to know whether Miss Fitzrumpel has been given away, and if there is another kitten. The Dutch cats do not speak exactly the same language as the English ones. I will tell you how they talk when I come home.

Seven years later, Rumpelstiltzchen's health finally gave out. Southey shared the news with his old friend Grosvenor G. Bedford, a cat lover in his own right.

Alas! Grosvenor, this day poor old Rumpel was found dead, after as long and happy a life as cat could wish for, if cats form wishes on that subject. His full titles were : "The Most Noble the Archduke Rumpelstiltzchen, Marquis M'Bum, Earl Tomlemagne, Baron Raticide, Waowhler, and Skaratch." There should be a court mourning in Catland, and if the Dragon [i.e., Bedford's cat] wear a black ribbon round his neck, or a band of crape a la militaire round one of the fore paws, it will be but a becoming mark of respect.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 07:00:11 PM »


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Catherine the Great of Russia (r.1762-1796) had two fully-fledged cat colonies in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Her personal pets were elegant Russian Blues, a breed she favored above all, giving them to ambassadors as gifts for other sovereigns, reputedly including the British royal family. Catherine's Blues had the run of the upper floors of the palace. The basement, on the other hand, was populated with unpedigreed working cats. Their mission, which they chose to accept with alacrity, was to keep the rodent population at bay. Catherine officially promoted the working cats to guard status, complete with salaries and additional food rations.

She loved cats so much that Prince Grigory Potemkin (military commander, statesman, and the Empress's onetime lover) gave her one to thank her for her gift of the Sévres Cameo Service. The service cost 62,324 rubles, about $70,000 then and about $40 million today. It was so expensive that Catherine spent the next 13 years attempting to renegotiate the price down. Poor Potemkin could never come close to matching this gift, so his response was to give her an Angora cat. She adored the present, calling her new cat "the cat of all cats" and "he of the velvety paws."

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