10. Fooled by the Illusion

Sep-14-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: Premise #1. You can’t cheat an honest man. (WC Fields) #2. Banks aren’t honest. #3. Therefore, … (dial 419, and ask for the Nigerian prince). A set of stories about how banks, people, snakes, and fish can all be conned. The video of Brett Cohen is stunningly well done.

* Banks Desperate For Funds Victimized By Con Men   Problem Bank List

This post should trigger a snicker from many consumers who feel that they are victims of the banking industry.  In a new twist, banks themselves are now at the top of the list for many con men

…The reason banks are viewed as a prime victim to defraud is because, quite simply, many banks are desperate for money.  It’s no secret that 772 banks or almost 11% of all FDIC insured institutions are on the FDIC Problem Bank List.  Since investors are in no mood to put money into banks considering their poor profits and earnings outlook, banks must search out unconventional sources of capital.

Trying to take advantage of banks’ desperate need for capital, con men are approaching banks using the classic scheme of offering to obtain funds for an upfront fee.  In many cases, the desperate borrower makes the payment and the happy con man heads on out to relax in the Caribbean. 

* Fake Celebrity Pranks New York City In Social Experiment Caught On Video   Boing Boing

Brett Cohen pranked NYC on the night of July 27th, 2012, and he has video proof: he “came up with a crazy idea to fool thousands of pedestrians walking the streets of Times Square into thinking he was a huge celebrity,” and succeeded.

He is not a celebrity—or at least, he wasn’t before this video went viral.  …This social experiment, of sorts, makes a profound statement about how modern culture is so attracted to pop culture, without any real credibility needed. He dressed up like a typical celebrity and was accompanied by an entourage of two professional bodyguards, two assistants, and photographers pretending to be paparazzi. While the assistants and photographers waited for Brett to exit the 49th street marquee at NBC Studios, they started a buzz that a “big star” was about to walk out, thus making it worth their while to wait and get a picture…. As the crew walked over to Times Square, the crowds around Brett grew on each consecutive block. Very few people even questioned who he was, where he was from, or what he does. Brett took pictures with nearly 300 people before the stunt ended. The video even includes interviews with people who had just taken a picture with Brett, and puts them in an awkward position when they’re asked questions such as, “Where do you know Brett from?” and “What’s your favourite movie he was in?” Many of them were overwhelmingly excited over Brett’s walk through Times Square, and it showed.

* When The Snake Met The Water Balloon

* Clever Bird Goes Fishing The Presurfer

This Green Heron shows some real learning behaviour. It actually feeds bread to fish to catch it. The method succeeds, a true testimony to bird cognition. The most amazing is, it seems to be hungry but does not eat the bread like the surrounding Ibises do.



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