Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Sad Case of Milli Vanilli

Rob and Fab

Welcome back, readers/listeners!

It's been a while. I know. Several factors come into play about the missing blog posts. But, it's mainly because, I believe I may having an existential crisis? 

At, least that's how it feels. I might need mood elevators...

But I digress. Let's get into this week's topic...Milli Vanilli and Frank Farian!

The Late 80s, Early 90s Were Weird

So, during our talk Sunni kept singing her version of "Girl You Know It's True." Not wanting this song to get stuck in my head, I tried to think of their other songs, but could remember them.

However, this was quickly remedied when I had an epiphany. Blame it on the Rain! That's right. That was the other song they had that was A-MA-ZING.

But what I think is funny is, some if you listen to the lyrics to some of these songs, they make no sense. 😂 Like, "Baby, love is stronger than thunder." And, he wants to spend his life with her, but he wants her not to forget his number. It sounds like they haven't even had a first date yet... Just so many unanswered questions about these songs. 

Yes, they were written by Frank Farian, whose first language is not English, but they make no sense.

The Swedish are famous making hit after hit, after hit in English. Hello, ABBA! But Germans...not so much.

Anyway. That's what I found to be funny. Because Frank Furian obviously created a juggernaut business of making artists lipsync to songs that had already been produced.

Lipsyncing as a Money Maker?

Who creating music and using more attractive faces to put it out was such a moneymaker? I feel like I've seen a movie about this.

It's about a songwriter to believes he's not attractive enough to perform his own songs, so he hires someone to be the face. And of course in the end, he realizes looks don't matter. Or some shit like that.

Either way, I think it wouldn't have been such a scandal had we known from the start. Did we even ever find out who actually recorded the songs? What's the name of that band? Where are they now? I need answers!

It's funny how so many people were butt hurt over this, meanwhile, the government has been lying to us for years, and they have no problem with that. But, again, I digress.

It's Time For Jerry's Final Thought

We've come a long way from Milli Vanilli. It's sad what happened to Fab, but Rob is still pushing, so at least there's a silver lining.

But, I believe transparency would've been better for these two. Nowadays, we want more transparency with everything, right? 

We want to know where our food is sourced. We want to know what our leaders are doing. We want to know how our money is being spent.

Well, here's a little transparency from me. We'll never have true transparency until we weed out the bad apples among us in all areas...business, politics, healthcare, law enforcement, education, etc We have a long way to go, people.

Until next week, Don't Get Scammed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Post BlackOut-Black Lives Matter-COVID19 and Other Traumatic Experience


Yep, it's been a while since we've had a blog post. And, there's a reason for that.

With everything going on in the country: the unfortunate, traumatic, unnecessary death of George Floyd, COVID-19, and president bent on dividing this country, a break from life was needed.

Now, I won't say I've spent that last few weeks in a stupor, but--with senses dulled is more accurate.

Sure, we've been trying to find ways to lift our spirits. Sunni's been active in her garden, growing corn, pumpkins, beets, and lots of wonderful and nutritious delights.

I've been trying to not go insane. I had partially taken to bed unless I needed to leave the house. It wasn't pretty. But it's how I maintained my sanity, and that's just what it is.

But we still recorded episodes--our latest being the blackout episode to stand in solidarity with the protests of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was literally crushed out of him by three policemen and one who stood idly by.

I wrote a poem about what he might've been thinking in his last moments. And, one day, when it's not so bitter in my heart, I'll read it aloud. But at this point I can't do it without crying, so...

For now, let's just keep it positive.

We've got some goodies to share with y'all in upcoming episodes. And by goodies, no, I don't mean free shit.

But some garbage people doing garbage people deeds. Such as an auto manufacturer that lied to the government to make a buck. We're working on some stuff for you guys. Our listeners.

Don't worry. Once the mental health is back to optimal functionality, the blog will be an entertaining addition to the podcast episodes.

But, for now, thank you for sticking around with us. It's been a GD rollercoaster.

Much love, and until next week,

Don't Get Scammed.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Guardianship Fraud and That Bitch April Parks

The woman who ruined the lives of hundreds of seniors, April Parks, laughs as she thinks she' going to get away with this shit.

Once again we convene in the pod room to talk about a lying bitch who ruined hundreds of people's lives.

Still on COVID-19 lockdown, but podcasts are considered essential in California so we continue to do what we do. As more than half the states have begun to re-open, it seems our stay at home order has been extended until May 30. So, the day drinking continues for many of those who can't go to work or don't have more pressing matters to attend to.

I to shows staring women of color that made me happy to watch.

Sunni gardened and was visited by the spirit fairy.

Disgusting Elderly Abuse and Fraud

This week we discuss April Parks. The succubus of Las Vegas. Or at least, that's what I'm calling her.

Imagine having someone come and kidnap your parents, or loved ones. You have no idea where they are and begin a frantic search for them. Meanwhile, some dickhead has usurped their finances, taken away their autonomy, and placed them in a facility where they know no one and are drugged day and night.

That's what happened to the people April Parks targeted.

She and her network of scumbags overtook the lives of senior citizens for financial gain, often leaving them destitute and with no one one their side to fight for them.

Sunni tells the story of a single man bereft with grief and an elderly couple whose rights were stripped from them  by April and her shitty co-conspirators and the like.

The only thing saving grace of these week's subject is that some laws have been changed and a couple of people got a little bit of justice. But the whole situation is garbage, and people who commit financial crimes against seniors, especially when it involves this type of negligence and abuse, can go straight to hell!

Until next week, don't get scammed.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Return to the Pod Room and Reefer Madness

Image by Herbal Hemp from Pixabay 
It's our latest installment, and I have returned from Utah, we have returned to the pod room, and we unpack the lies and deceit that led to the outlaw of marihuana, aka Mary Jane, aka reefer, the devil's lettuce, etc.

With Love From Utah

Yep, I'm back from my Utah trip. And, before you go off on my for "traveling" it was necessary travel that we'd been putting off for a while. 

My father-in-law gifted us, (hubby and me) a car. Mine was trying to give out, and before we were completely without transportation, he swooped in with a perfectly good vehicle that has saved my our desert-living lives.

Utah is a gorgeous place. I saw more FLDS people in person than I'd ever seen. Ever. I just wanted to grab those women and girls and say, "Come with me. I'll take you to California. You don't have to marry the profit." But, they'd probably look at me like I was an alien with three heads, so...

Meanwhile Back in the Pod Room

The chickens have been relocated to outside. Thank you, Jesus!

Aside from the risk of salmonella, and the light wafting of chicken essence, we were glad to be back. Our alternatives were few, and the crotch goblins can be hard to avoid when we're all in the same space during recording.

So thank heaven for small blessings.

All that's left to do is soundproof that bytch and put a lock on the door. Oh, by the way, have you visited our Patreon page yet? Check it out, and feel free to become a patron. We love our patrons!

Reefer Madness

In this week's episode, Sunni takes us on a journey of the history of prejudice against the cannabis plant and its applications.

From rope to clean fuel sources to construction materials, cannabis plants have a wealth of uses. 5000 to be exact. 

But of course, the rich, old, white men in charge did what they do best and put the kibosh on that. Since they had no stake in the cannabis industry, and instead of getting in on the ground floor, they put cannabis farmers out of business. Bastards!

They left a legacy for you and me, of fearmongering, prejudice and self-shame because the world adopted their inaccurate, blatantly false views on cannabis and the people who use it. So now, we and our children have to overcome stereotypes and bullshit ideas behind their greed and lies.

Enter Our Drawing and Win

We're still giving away a Book of Lies Podcast T-shirt! All you have to do is post about us on social and tag us on Twitter to enter. At the end of the month, Sunni will draw a name and you can rock our faces on your gut. Isn't that exciting? 

Anyway, this COVID-19 shit still has us social distancing. So do your best to stay safe and healthy. And, until next time.

Don't get scammed.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Wells Fraudgo and Covid 19 Masks

American money in different denominations
Image by NikolayFrolochkin from Pixabay 
Going into the third week of "Safe at Home" and week 2 of homeschooling these kids, and we're practicing physical distancing on the podcast this week.
In our first ever, Skype episode, we try to remember how last week went. I still have no idea how my week was. I survived, we survived. That's all I know.

Wells Fargo Bullshit and John Stumpf

Sunni brings us the story or Wells Fargo and the years of fraudulent accounts and bad banking practices co-signed by its former CEO John G. Stumpf.

Unfortunately the unsavory practices he allowed led to millions of dollars in fraudulent bank fees charged to customers, unearned bonuses and incentives earned by account managers and bank managers, and an ongoing lawsuit that may take several years to resolve.

That's why I don't bank with these old banks anymore. They charge fee upon fee, and their boiler room mentality allows for them to commit fraud and screw customers out of their hard-earned money.

My suggestion is to seek an online bank that preferably gives you investment options. I like Aspiration Bank, but I've heard good things about Stash banking.

Also, the Bank of Brandi is opening. We're a bank with no fees, but just know once you make a deposit, you can't make any withdrawals. And, your deposits will contribute to frivolous spending on extravagant purchases like wine and $20 Amazon movie rentals that would've costed $8 at the theater, but are now an arm and a leg to stream while we're all on house arrest.

Updates and Other Things

Last week we had the chance to do a sweet collaboration with our pals Cody and Christian at Nerds with Friends Podcast. And, we talked about none other than the juggernaut that is "Tiger King" with them. We got to relive the train wreck that has captured the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of Americans, and everyone in my Facebook news feed. 

It was fun. You should check them out and give them a listen.

Face Masks for Covid-19

The CDC has suggested the public wear homemade masks while in public. So, to help meet the demand for masks, I've started sewing masks. Send us an email if you'd like to learn how you can get a mask made by me. 

Of course you can use anything to cover your face, a bandanna or even a T-shirt can be used. But my masks are special because I made them. 😜

Homeschooling Elementary Schoolers


That's pretty much the gist for this one. We'll likely be spending the rest of our lives at home, not communing in groups, not eating out, going to the movies or the theater or concerts or bars. So, grab a glass or a bottle of whatever beverage tickles your fancy, and binge-listen to your favorite podcasts.

I've already started on one of my faves. Shout out to Kim and Ket Stay Alive Maybe

And, until next week...Don't get scammed.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Scamminess of Corona Virus and Carole Baskin

Another week of Coronavirus Chaos is underway.

People are going stir crazy, leaving their houses to congregate in groups. And, some might be trying to have small gatherings, play dates, visit friends and neighbors. Others are hitting the outdoors in the RVs, heading to off-roading camp-sites to get out of the house.

Whatever you're doing, remember to stay safe. It's not just your health you may be endangering.

This Week's Episode

Last week resulted in all kinds of interesting things. 

Mainly, scam artists have been working hard to con people out of their money, and Netflix is giving us train wreck after train wreck for our viewing pleasure.

So first we discuss the scams circulating around the country. Then we get into the magnificent grossness that is "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness." Feel free to jump to that part of the blog, if you're not interested in learning what scams to look out for.

Coronavirus Scammers

As we continue to shelter-in-place and do our best to stay away from other people, we also have to be vigilant about the scams developing due to the situation.

There are currently quite a few ways scammers are taking advantage.

Phishing Emails, Texts, and Phone Calls

Scammers are now sending emails with links for the recipient to click. It may contain a form to fill out, out direct you to a website that looks similar to the website the scammers claim to represent. 

They may claim there's been suspicious activity on your account. They may say you've ordered something, but they aren't sure it was you so you can click to verify or to deny the order. Or they may claim they need you to reverify or enter some information, etc.

They even go as far as creating a similar email and formated emails using the company's logo, and other characteristics to make the email or text look legitimate.

When in doubt, ignore these messages. You can call the company to verify they send these types of emails, but often, they'll tell you it's a scam. If this happens, report the event to the Federal Trade Commission.

Undelivered Goods or Items

One of the ways scammers are taking advantage is the promise of hard-to-find items, such as hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, bleach, and Lysol, to name a few.

They may set up a website, and show up in your search. The site says they have the item and you make a purchase. However, you won't receive anything. 

They've taken your card information and your money, and now you have nothing to show for it.

Be careful of where you make online purchases.

Coronavirus Testing Kits

Another scam targets elderly people, offering Coronavirus testing or testing kits for the elderly. It either asks them to pay up front or asks for their Medicare information.

If you have active symptoms and need to be tested for this virus talk to your primary care provider, to go to the emergency room. 

Testing is not available for people who just feel like getting tested. These tests are in short supply, and they're not available for everyone to rule themselves out, yet. 

Consult the FTC

When in doubt, hit the FTC website for information on current scams and report any new activity. They take these reports seriously and will shut down these websites, these emailers/texters/callers.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness

Joe Exotic is the founder of G.W. Zoo.

Where to begin with this circus of a show.

There's a colorful cast of characters, tons of endangered species big cats being used for personal gain, and a crazy hippy lady pretending she's doing God's work who goes by the name, Carole Baskin. Oh, and also she murdered her husband, chopped him up and fed him to her exotic cats.

Our main character goes by the name, Joe Exotic. He's a gay, gun-toting, redneck, who has a flair for the dramatic, and the owner of the G.W. Zoo.

Joe and Carole, along with all the other "big cat people" believe they're doing what's best for these exotic animals. Nevermind the fact their numbers are nearing extinction in the wild.

The level of wrong, in all of their storylines, is just grossly glossed over.

And, we can't forget the crazy cult leader, Kevin "Bhagavan" Antle who is among the creepiest of the cat people. He has a harem of women who seem to be brainwashed by his white facial hair and his tigers. Yuck!!!

Anyway, the gist is-- Joe and Carole have been fighting it out in court. The majority of his online content and music videos, because yes, he's a country singer too, are based on or about Carole Baskin.

Joe has all kinds of personal problems, including two husbands. He thinks he's a celebrity, runs for president then runs for governor. Gets involved with shady-ass Jeff Lowe, tries to hire a hitman to take out Carole, and gets arrested and convicted on charges of animal abuse and murder for hire.

And did I mention that none of these Zoos/Wild Animal Parks/Facilities pay their employees a living wage?


There are so many things wrong with these places. But, apparently, they aren't breaking any laws?

Anyway. Take a listen to the episode, and leave a comment on this post, or hit us on our social media channels. We always love to hear from listeners, whether it's good or bad.

Until next week...Don't get scammed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Finally A Blog!

Characters from the movie American Hustle

Yes! We finally have a blog.

It should've happened already, but since I feel like we have more time now--social distancing and all. But Sunni pretty much does all the podcast stuff, so I had to put my two cents in and get to typing. I mean really. (Pull your weight, bitch!)

So the blog posts will typically be written by yours truly -- Brandi.

With all the doom and gloom on the news lately, we feel like the podcast just isn't enough time to get all the thoughts out. So, here we are with additional content for ya.

How are excited are you?

But, first, onto this week's episode.

American Hustle

This week, Sunni elected to discuss the movie "American Hustle" starring a whole lot of celebrities doing fucked up shit to each other.

This movie was a hit at the box office, that won a whole bunch of awards. Yet, it took home no Oscars, although it was nominated. Oh well, lots of movies and people are robbed during Oscar season. Maybe we should discuss the shadiness of the Academy in a future episode?  (Comment if you want that.)

During this episode we discussed Bradley Cooper's perm, Amy Adams' fake English accent, Jennifer Lawrence playing an unstable wife, Jeremy Renner as an unwitting politician who was duped into dirty deeds, and the ever-welcome Robert DeNiro playing a gangster.

But the bottom line is the FBI frames people. And, FBI, if you're reading this--I SEE YOU!


It wouldn't be fair for me not to mention the state of the world in our first blog post.

If you've been under a rock in recent months, or like Jared Leto, fell off the earth for a minute and hadn't heard the news, the world is under attack. A virus has struck fear into the hearts of earthlings. So much so that they all shit themselves and had to run out and buy up all the toilet paper.

Those of us who didn't hit the stores and hoard all the essentials, are listening and following the guidelines that the Center for Disease Control put forth. The CDC said to shelter in place, practice social distancing, and do go to crowded places unless it's absolutely necessary.

In other words, avoid groups of people larger than 10, unless they're your immediate family.

Lucky for me, that's my natural state. But for some others, they're losing their shit. 🤷

We're doing what we can. We push on because we know this will pass. But, damn 2020 got off to a shitty start. 

This might go down as the worst year in the 2000's to date. No--not might. It is. Bar none. Including the crash of 2008. Which we discuss with KT and OTI of For Your Reference in their The Big Short Episode.

But, this virus is claiming lives, and making people act like utter assholes. 

So we at Book of Lies Podcast want to offer you a few ideas on how to ride this thing out. Especially if you're a high-anxiety person.

Ways to Cope During the Coronavirus Crisis

No, we are not mental health professionals, but we have our share of tips and tricks. For official ones hit the CDC website
  • Journal and free writing
  • Start a garden
  • Dive into a new hobby...soap making, anyone?
  • Read or listen to some uplifting books (i suggest "Manifest Now" by Idil Ahmed) 
  • Binge watch a show (The Office, Bojack Horseman, Daria)
  • Tackle your spring cleaning...(a clean space can help reduce anxiety, improve productivity...)
  • Help the people you know who are high-risk (they can't get out and shop for themselves the way you can. And it feels good to help)
  • Start a planner...(I'm obsessed with The Happy Planner, I love it and all the stickers available
Do you have healthy ways you're managing your stress and anxiety? We'd love to hear about'em. 

What else...

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And until, next week. Dont' get scammed.