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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Martha Raddatz and the awkward GOP debate introduction

I'm a big fan of Martha Raddatz, don't get me wrong.  Who isn't?  I am also a big fan of the female voice.  And nothing I say in this blog entry changes either of those facts.  But I use this blog to say things that I don't see anybody else saying, so at the risk of offending both Martha Raddatz's other fans and females generally, here goes:

If you watch the reruns of last night's awkward GOP introductions, you'll hear a resonant baritone male voice announcing Chris Christie, the first candidate, and then what sounds like a female voice from the audience yelling out Ben Carson's name.  Then the deep baritone announces Cruz -- who steps past Carson and comes to the stage -- and there is a female call for Donald Trump, who joins Carson but does not go on stage.  The deep baritone then calls for Marco Rubio, who walks past Carson and Trump.  The female voice then calls for Jeb Bush, who hears it and answers the call. The male voice then calls for Kasich, who does not hear it above the audience noise.  The moderators turn around and that's when they realize something has gone wrong.

What has gone wrong is either that Martha Raddatz's microphone was not on loud enough, or her voice just didn't convey what needs to be conveyed in making an introduction.  Or at least it didn't convey it to Carson or Trump.

I've looked at various news outlets, and they all say essentially the same thing -- that the "moderators" clearly called Ben Carson's and Donald Trump's names, but they appeared not to hear it.

For example:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/02/06/carson-doesnt-hear-his-name-called-debate-stands-awkwardly-off-stage/79947082/ ("As ABC moderators called the candidates out one by one, Ben Carson, apparently, failed to hear his name.")


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/02/06/us/politics/ap-us-campaign-2016-the-latest.html?_r=0 ("The Republican presidential debate got off to a bumpy start Saturday when Ben Carson apparently didn't hear his name called by the hosts from ABC News.  Carson was to come on stage second, but walked to the edge of the stage and stopped, not hearing his name. He awkwardly remained as several of his rivals walked pass him to the podium.")

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/02/06/carson-causes-awkward-debate-opening/

http://www.politico.com/blogs/new-hampshire-primary-2016-live-updates/2016/02/gop-debate-abc-rocky-introduction-218870 ("As Gov. Chris Christie walked out on stage, moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz called out Dr. Ben Carson. A camera backstage showed Carson starting to walk out, but he stopped himself once he heard the moderators announce the next candidate, Ted Cruz.").

Nobody seems willing to even point out the obvious -- that the men were conditioned to be introduced by a strong male voice, and didn't not realize that the female voice yelling their name was actually an introduction.  In fact, most of the news outlets are tripping over themselves to avoid pointing this out -- look at the way Politico says that the "moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz" called out Carson, when really it was only Martha Raddatz.  Others say "the moderators" or simply use the passive voice.  To its credit, the Washington Post actually does mention the fact that the moderators were taking turns announcing the candidates (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/07/am-i-on-abcs-amazingly-awkward-start-to-saturdays-debate/) but it doesn't spell out the connection: i.e.  that everybody who was called out by David Muir heard it and came on stage (ok, except for Kasich, but by then things were very confused) and those called out by Martha Raddatz did not (ok, Bush heard her, but he was the only one -- she tried to introduce Trump twice without him getting it; he only reacted when Muir finally said his name).

This is not to take away anything from Martha Raddatz or women generally.  It is really just a commentary or perhaps a question on why the news outlets are uniformly blaming the candidates, while it's clear that they simply had not been prepared to be introduced by a female voice.  And it didn't help that the female voice sounded so weak compared to the male voice that had gone just before. It's also true that the audience was kicking up quite a bit of noise; as mentioned, Kasich missed his cue from David Muir.

Of course, it's tricky.  Ben Carson can't point out what I have said above, since that would make him seem anti-Martha and anti-female.  Not even Donald Trump would dare to do that.  And it's quite possible that this does reveal something sexist about those two candidates.  Trump must have heard the female voice announcing Bush, who stepped by him, and yet he missed two cues for himself from the female voice, and only came in when Muir announced him.

Anyway, my apologies to anyone offended by this.  I'm just doing it so it's out there somewhere.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Synapsyl scam -- or is it Addium scam?


An alert reader posted a comment on my Synagen post with the following phrase:


"Brain Scientists Invent World's First IQ Boosting Supplement.

BY RICHARD MASON
Updated 0202 GMT(0902HKT) Thursday, January 28, 2016"

I googled it, and the first hit was what turned up below.  Yet another iteration of the same old article.  This time, the pill that Stephen Hawking swears by, and which made Anderson Cooper even smarter, is called Synapsyl.  Except for in the place where you order it, where it inexplicably says "Get your bottle of Addium", while the bottles in the picture are labeled Synapsyl.  Whoever posted this particular version of the ad clearly forgot to take their brain-boosting smart pill this morning.

In case this is your first encounter with this scam, I don't really have time to explain it to you right now in any detail.  Just let me assure you that it's obviously a scam, since the same ad has been run again and again, with different names for the supplement.  I.e. in one article, Anderson Cooper tries out Neurocell and comes out twice as smart, and in another, it's Synagen.  And then there's Cogniq, Intellux, etc.  Just check out the other posts on this blog and you'll see the other examples.

The FTC has been notified -- Ref. No. 65703157, phone no. 877-382-4357 -- but apparently doesn't care.  None of the major internet entry points where this fake ad appears -- MSN, Cox, CNN, Aol, to name a few -- have cared enough to do anything.  Neither have any of the celebrities whose names, likenesses, and reputations are being used.

Note that by putting the ads on entry points like these, they are clearly preying on elderly people -- maybe your aging parents or grandparents -- who aren't quite savvy enough to do the google search that you did to find this blog.  Do all those poor elderly victims a favor and take some action -- if only to call the FTC and get them to start moving on this matter.

All I can do is try, whenever I become aware of a new name,  to copy the new scam ad and post the name here.  The current list is (I think):

Synapsyl
Addium
BrainPlus IQ
Neurocell
Synagen
Cogniq
Alpha ZXT
Intellux
Brainfire
Brainstorm

Here's my post on Neurocell:  http://pricefixer.blogspot.com/2015/09/neurocell-fake-cnn-report-scam.html

And here's my post on Synagen:  http://pricefixer.blogspot.com/2015/08/synagen-iq-scam.html

And here's the list of fake celebrity endorsers:

Stephen Hawking
Anderson Cooper
Ashton Kutcher
Denzel Washington
Tom Brady
Bradley Cooper
Kanye West
Tiger Woods
Will Smith
George Clooney
Quentin Tarantino
Daniel Craig
Bill Gates
Dr. Oz
Sir Isaac Newton

Yes, Sir Isaac himself.  One of the ads says the formula for one of these fake products came out of one of his notebooks.  Hey, maybe if I take it I'll finally understand calculus!

Finally, below is the "ad" fake news report I found for Synapsyl.  Again, scroll down to the end and you'll see that the scammer were too dumb to remember the name of their product.  Maybe it's Addium.



BY RICHARD MASON
Updated 0202 GMT(0902HKT) Thursday, January 28, 2016
Recently Hawking made some comments in an interview with Anderson Cooper about a brain booster that would become the biggest event in human history

Stephen Hawking credits his ability to function and maintained focused on such a high level to a certain set of “smart drugs” that enhance cognitive brain function and neural connectivity, while strengthening the prefrontal cortex and boosting memory and recall.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Stephen Hawking said that his brain is sharer than ever, more clear and focused and he credits a large part to using SynapsylHawking went on to add “The brain is like a muscle, you got to work it out and use supplements just like body builders use, but for your brain, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing to enhance my mental capabilities”.

Everyone that has taken this, from athletes like Tom Brady to musicians like kanye West have nothing but praise for the brain booster, which doubles IQ, skyrockets energy levels and connects areas of the brain not previously connected. Synapsylworks so well for these guys, we had to ask... Is it safe?

After 7 years Harvard Scientists Finally Break New Ground & Usher In The Future Of Brain Science With Invention Of New Smart Drug That Increases IQ, Memory And Focus Up To %100

Over a decade ago ago Harvard assembled a team of neuroscientists to work on coming up with a natural brain supplement that could effortlessly boost IQ.

Today, those scientists made the breakthrough they were seeking and made the discovery of a lifetime.They came up with a brain boosting smart drug that surpasses all limits of known science.

The Supplement they created is now THE best treatment available to improve memory, sharpen attention, increase focus and boost overall IQ.

After numerous rounds of testing results were astonishing. One test subject was quoted as saying:
“As soon as I took it started working within minutes of taking it. All of a sudden, it felt like a dark cloud had been lifted up from in front of me. I was more alert, more focused, had long lasting energy, and experienced a mental clarity that I’d never felt before” – Ben Lishger Harvard Sophomore."
The Lead Researcher on the team Dr.Rosenhouse gave us an exclusive inside look at the ingredients that make up this revolutionary smart drug:
“It is engineered with all the ingredients containing vitamins and essentials that your brain needs to ensure improvement in all aspects of cognitive growth, while including short and long term memory, focus, energy, problem solving capabilities and total brain performance. 

We are all very grateful to have this now, as I believe it can help everyone on the planet and take us to the next stage of evolution. We’re very proud."
His associate Dr.cortigan went on to say:
“This revolutionary brain boosterenables your brain to be the most efficient it can. It energizes the tissue and functions deep at a cellular level. It makes your brain cells perform their task genuinely and keeps away all kinds of mental fatigue or weakness. Its truly a remarkable breakthrough.”
But what does this all mean for the rest of us? Could this pill help ordinary people like you and me?

The only way to find out is to try it an luckily The Harvard team has patented and sold the rights to major manufacturers who currently have a limited 3 month supply.

For me, my major concern is my work. I feel taking this brain supplement could help improve my work and increase my income.

Sometimes, just one simple decision can drastically change the course of your life. Literally, one click could be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and taking a bus to work to owning mansions, yachts, private jets and never ever having to worry about money ever again.

As Warren Buffett famously says “the more you learn, the more you earn”.

Are you ready to take the next step inimproving your life, feeling sharper and smarter than ever before and making millions or billions in the process?
“I wouldn’t have developed my patent formula if not for this amazingly incredible brain supplement .” – says Dr. Rosenhouse
Are you ready to find out if this can work for you? We already ordered ours and will be writing a follow up piece on the results, we encourage you to do the same.

The only thing you have to do is try it and see for yourself. Who knows, maybe this could be the one little decision that changes your life. Write us and let us know. Best of luck!
CNN STORY UPDATE - Thursday, January 28, 2016
CNN Experts call this new supplement the biggest advancement in brain science to date...

CNN broke the news first and uncovered that Synapsyl raises levels of focus and performance every day by 300%.
As we researched, we began to see that this supplement has been quickly gaining traction around the world. Celebrities and athletes alike are already rumored to be taking the pill with the full scale public release expected shortly. The company and product is called Synapsyl. The site claimed that Synapsyl contained a very unique formulation of natural vitamins and minerals which together unlock untapped parts of the human brain. Our resident brain scientist Dr Raqif conducted his own independent analysis of the supplement and his findings seemed to mirror Synapsyl's claims. According to Dr Raqif, "he's never seen a food based supplement deliver such a profound upward lift in brain function before".

Genius Steven Hawkings has Admitted To Using Synapsyl To Triple His Memory.
We tested it ourselves - did it live up to the hype?
After our research led to such positive reviews, we simply had to try Synapsylourselves to verify whether this was all hype. Almost every single man in the building volunteered to test it out but we chose our very own Anderson Cooper. Below is his account of using Synapsyl over a 4 week period.
CNN's Anderson Cooper has admitted that takingSynapsyl he memorizes lines better.
14 Day Summary - Anderson Cooper'sSynapsyl Results:

Anderson has been with CNN for years."TheSynapsyl pills were extremely hard to come by" says Cooper. He goes on to say, "If you can get your hands on these pills - get them right away." We had to wait 2 weeks before we got a bottle to test as it was sold out almost everywhere or over $300 a bottle from people trying to sell it for profit eBay People were paying top dollar for them on there.

The free trial bottle ofSynapsyl was delivered in a few days from ordering and with surprisingly inexpensive shipping. Before putting Cooper on the test, our team ran a little bit of our own research before we put Cooper on the test and found:
Synapsyl has been clinically proven to:
  • Sky-rocket Concentration by 32%
  • Improve Creative Thinking
  • Boost Energy
  • Enhance Memory Recall
  • Increase IQ Scores by 47%
Synapsyl arrived within 4 days of having placed my order Online for the free trials and were inexpensive to ship. To test out the product, I took one Synapsyl pill every morning for 4 weeks.
Anderson Cooper's 14 DAY Synapsyl EXPERIENCE
Day 1 Brain

DAY 1

I took one and forgot all about it. Maybe 20-30 minutes later I felt odd. I can only describe it by saying my mind felt calm and still. I was playing a Men's mind game' and scored 100% on every answer. It was like that feeling you get when you have just woken up. Light headed so to speak but this was different. I was light headed and spaced out but in the zone at the same time. Can't explain it - but it was awesome.
Day 5 Brain

DAY 5

I was shocked at the drastic results. Over the course of the next 5 days I found myself bouncing out of bed and felt ready to take on the day - usually I need to snooze 3 times. I felt motivation to get stuff done and often power through.
Day 14 Brain

DAY 14

After 14 days, not only had all my doubts and skepticism absolutely vanished - Thing's that annoyed me were no longer an issue. I hardly got stressed and when I did, I was able to control my emotions and get back into peak performance and state.

My Thoughts On Synapsyl

Synapsyl is the real deal. The increase in focus, creativity and overall mental performance was a little bit scary to be honest - I felt like a different person. I didn't notice any side effects at all either. I need to order a box of these before they are released into stores. - Anderson Cooper

"The results were unbelievable. Every aspect of my mental performance accelerated from day 1. A must try" - Bill Gates's Last Interview With CNN
With the full market release of the supplement scheduled for later this year,Synapsyl is bound to make a splash. Experts say government intervention is likely to limit the release of the supplement due to its potent effects. That said, the company is offering limited bottles of the supplement for the next few weeks. See below a men's health special promotion for you to get a discounted bottle of Synapsyl today. Try it and please do write in to let us know what you think.
IMPORTANT: *Discounted bottles are quickly running out so we cannot guarantee you will get a bottle.
EXCLUSIVE FOR OUR READERS ONLY!
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (free trials limited) As of Thursday, January 28, 2016 there are still discounted bottles available. Act Fast!


REMEMBER TO TAKE 1 PILL EVERY DAY FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT

19 Comments


Dan
 • a few seconds ago
After I started taking Synapsyl I got a promotion at work after just 3 weeks. Three months later I'm CEO and have surpassed all my colleagues

Brandon
 • a few minutes ago
After 2 weeks of taking Synapsyl I was like a different person. It was actually bait unsettling as people began to behave very differently towards me! That said my work efficiency is up and I started learning a new language this week. Incredible stuff

Corey
 • a few minutes ago
I've been procrastinating for years about changing my job. 2 months ago I start a new Online business and began taking Synapsyl. It's hard to believe I know, but I'm steadily generating $500 a day selling shoes. I sometimes go 8-10 hours in a row working at extreme levels. It's amazing.

Brian
 • a few minutes ago
This stuff is amazing! My best friend James took it too. A must try.

David
 • a few minutes ago
This sound pretty easy to do, I don't have my degree so i guess a little help won't hurt, this is a great opportunity to try it

Jordan
 • a few minutes ago
Stoked! Finally a mind booster that I'm optimistic about. I ordered it and will report back!

Rich
 • a few minutes ago
I'm very glad you did research on the suppliers of these products because most of the products out there are shams & flops. I went ahead and ordered the exact brands you recommended on this article, and I can't wait to try it.

Steve
 • over an hour ago
I ordered the free trial a weeks ago and the customer service for these companies are excellent. Will continue to buy from them.. and yes the iq booster works like a miracle! :)

Sean
 • over an hour ago
I ordered it 5 days ago and it arrived in my mail today! I will keep you updated it on it.

Vlad
 • over an hour ago
Already ordered it and my wife and I are both going to try this out, thanks. The Higgins family

James
 • over an hour ago
Thank you for doing a report on this. I've seen the advertisements everywhere and I didn't have the courage to try it until now. Thank you.

Jerry
 • a few hours ago
I want to point out that there are brands of these products out there that doesn't contain the authentic components that have been researched and the ingredients are not high in quality. I think you should mention this in the article. But the good thing is that the brands you recommended are A+ companies with solid track history because I have been taking the expand brands you mentioned.

Bob
 • a few hours ago
It looks like the free shipping and discounts are still active for now! Get em while you can.

David
 • a few hours ago
This stuff is amazing! i couldn't believe it and had to do some research on my own which is how I found this news article. I can't believe they are offering free bottles! I know my friend tried this and was thrilled.. imagine how excited he would be if he found out he could get it at such a discount now. This is a godsend, thanks so much!!

Blake
 • a few hours ago
P.S. - for all male readers out there, I found out that this product does really work, my 22 year old brother has been using it for months.. so give it a try!

Jospeh
 • a few hours ago
I have been procrastinating for 2 months after reading this article and today is the day I am going to get my supply. I've gone ahead and ordered the 5 month supply. I will keep everyone posted on my results!

Aidan
 •
I saw this product on TV a few weeks ago however, i didn't know how to order it and came across your site and found this free bottles promotion. I'm currently on my 2nd month on this stuff and i have to say.. this stuff works and my results are unbelievable :) thank you so much for putting up this article and doing the test.

Roger
 • a few hours ago
My friends and I have all been waiting for this to hit the news. Good luck to everyone who takes advantage of this amazing discovery

Gordon
 • a few hours ago
Can't wait to try!