'Shill' or 'Schill' (a.k.a. 'Outside Man'), is American slang for one of a crew of charlatans who is used to lure victims into frauds (particular rigged gambling games) by appearing to be an ordinary everyday guy in the crowd who keeps winning or (sometimes) losing. In the classic sleight-of-hand scam known as, the 'Shell Game', (a.k.a. 'Three Card Monte', 'Three Card Trick', 'Three Card Molly', 'Chase The Lady', 'Chase The Ace', etc.), victims are deceived into believing that the game is genuine and they can win, by the use of innocent-looking shills (often with highly-distracting females on their arms). In the end, no victim can win, because they are up against a team of experienced criminals who all act-out a carefully-scripted, closed-logic scenario which always inverts reality. If a losing victim begins to challenge the honesty of the front man 'Handler' (a.k.a. 'Tosser'), other muscle-bound criminals, also pretending to be ordinary members of the crowd, will falsely-accuse the victim of cheating, kick over the table, start a fight or an argument, etc., all these are pre-planned distractions created just to enable the 'Tosser' to run away with the money. Complaining-victims can also be silenced by telling them that they cannot go to the police, because they were breaking the law by gambling in the street.
Interestingly, if you disregard what finally happened to 'Enron,' then this multi-billion dollar shell game, and the multi-billion dollar version of the 'MLM Income Opportunity' fairy story entitled, 'Herbalife', are remarkably similar, in that they both survived for many years by hiding in plain sight; for right under the noses of a flock of dunces with diplomas, the market price of shares in both these effectively-valueless corporate structures was maliciously inflated, and maintained, by the constant repetition of mystifying lies, and half-truths, and the withholding of key-information.
In both cases, the racketeers behind 'Enron' and 'Herbalife' were assisted by echelons of attorneys (some of whom were former US regulators), accountants, stockbrokers, stock analysts, bankers, economists, academics, financial journalists, politicians, etc., and it became against the interests of almost everyone concerned (particularly, major investors) even to consider the truth in private, let alone face reality and blow the whistle in public.
We all now know that, in reality, 'Enron's' massive, and chronic, hidden trading losses were merely being off-loaded onto an expanding labyrinth comprising hundreds of legally-registered corporate structures, which (to casual observers) gave 'Enron' itself the appearance of perpetual expansion and prosperity.
Similarly, some of us have long-since worked out that in the 'Herbalife' racket, massive, and chronic, hidden losses have been off-loaded onto an endless-chain comprising millions of ill-informed persons whose unlawful investment payments have been laundered as 'sales,' and who have been (until very recently) arbitrarily defined in their take-it-or-leave-it contracts as 'Independent Distributors.' Yet again (to casual observers), these crimes have given 'Herbalife' itself the appearance of perpetual expansion and prosperity.
Just as in the case of 'Enron', there are far too many intellectually-rigorous observers who now know exactly how the 'Herbalife' racket has functioned. Thus, making it an inevitability that it too will eventually collapse.
Readers should also be aware that, in the late 1990s, the bosses of the 'Enron' racket hatched a deal with the bosses of the 'Amway MLM income opportunity' racket, and the two gangs then used numerous deluded adherents of the 'MLM Income Opportunity' fairy story, to commit related-frauds in California.
Although briefly-reported by the media, these particular crimes have never been fully-investigated, let alone prosecuted.
|'Herbalife MLM Income Opportunity' Tossers |
(left to right):
Michael O. Johnson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Brett R. Chapman General Counsel
Des Walsh President
Richard P. Goudis Chief Operating Officer
Y. Steve Henig Chief Scientific Officer
John DeSimone Chief Financial Officer
'Herbalife MLM Income Opportunity' shill, Pedro Cardoso
|Pedro Cardoso + trophy wife, Juliane.|
|Pedro Cardoso + trophy automobile.|
Deluded 'Herbalife' adherents, like Scotsman Ewan Robb, can be found on the Net admitting that virtually no one makes money from 'Herbalife,' but praising Pedro Cardoso as an 'Awsome Herbalife Leader.' The most deluded adherents have been conditioned to duplicate the example of their masters, by pretending to have access to a miraculous secret knowledge which has transformed their lives and which they are prepared to share with anyone.
Pedro Cardoso is yet another (otherwise-mediocre) little, grinning charlatan play-acting the unoriginal comic-book role of ordinary poor man: turned multi-millionaire 'MLM' superman Saviour (admired by men and desired by women) who is prepared to share his miraculous secret knowledge with anyone (for a price). However, due to the fact that they have to keep acquiring, and flaunting, the kitsch trappings of wealth (trophy: cars, helicopters, planes, yachts, houses, wives, etc.), 'MLM' shills like Pedro Cardoso invariably turn out to be living the lie that they are financially free, when they are actually up to their eyeballs in a sea of mounting debts.
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I will confidently predict that Pedro Cardoso will be air-brushed out of the 'Herbalife' fairy story in the very near future.
David Brear (copyright 2014)