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Busted Business Bureau

Join Christian Borkey as she performs dissections (and vivisections!) on various businesses’ scanda...more

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The Charles Ponzi Security Exchange Company

Episode 4

June 13, 2022

The Charles Ponzi Security Exchange Company

Late bloomer Ari Levin joins me for, I'm not kidding, probably the best episode I've made thus far. THEE Charles Ponzi's scheme has so many twists and turns. Charles Ponzi is a mama's boy, he's a pisces, he's 5'2. He's.....the man of my dreams. While many historians have actually pieced together a pretty cogent puzzle of the life Ponzi lived, none are as brave as I am because none of them acknowledge that he's a total smokeshow. I'm sure you're reading this like "she's doing a joke right now" but I AM NOT. Anyways, huge thanks to Mitchell Zuckoff, whose book on Ponzi is enrapturing. Ari is also absolutely hysterical in this episode, he's the perfect podcast guest. Follow @remlevin and catch him in Trigger Happy at the Annoyance on Wednesdays at 9:30! Or anything he's in. He's a gem!  1. Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, Mitchell Zuckoff, 2006 2. Ponzi's Scheme, Lizzie Peabody, Sidedoor - Smithsonian Institution Podcast, 2020 3. Ponzi: The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons, Donald Dunn, 2004 4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Ponzi 5. This Week In History: The Boston Post Takes Down Charles Ponzi, Edgar B. Herwick III, 2014 PS I actually PAID for the books I mentioned because they weren't on Scribd. If you like stuff like this, consider tossing coins at my PATREON! It's patreon.com/bustedbizbureau ...

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Episode 3

June 06, 2022

"Climate Certified" Products

KP, who invented being funny, has returned AGAIN for an episode about the market’s solution to the pesky idea of consumers hating climate change: “climate certification.” This podcast is certified carbon neutral because I venmo’d someone in France to get an impossible whopper from Burger King. This episode is not doom and gloom, it’s full of scams and glam! It’ll be fun, I pinky promise! Follow @they.call.us everywhere and thanks for the reviews! Keep ‘em coming! I love and appreciate you <3 FOOTNOTES 1. https://www.climateneutral.org/ 2. https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/carbon-cowboys-20110722-1hssc.html 3. https://features.propublica.org/brazil-carbon-offsets/inconvenient-truth-carbon-credits-dont-work-deforestation-redd-acre-cambodia/ 4. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/to-regrow-forests-us-needs-billions-of-seeds-many-more-seed-hunters 5. https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0420/Carbon-offsets-How-a-Vatican-forest-failed-to-reduce-global-warming PS towards the end I mention that I really believe in individual action to stop climate change, the IMPLICATION being that I also believe in holding companies accountable for their behaviors/believe in strict regulations. I feel like that’s clear from….the entire podcast that I do….but I did in fact fail to mention it in the rant at the end. Cancel me if you feel. ...

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D.A.R.E. America

Episode 2

May 30, 2022

D.A.R.E. America

My brother in christ, Matt McLean, joins for a jaunty-ass personal episode about society's preventative answer to the war on drugs: DARE! Cops certainly did not get this one right, despite receiving an insane amount of funding. Like bonkers. This loosey goosey episode was so fun to record, and if you like drugs, alcohol, and violence, this episode is for you! Stream Matt's music and follow @bustedbizbureau if you're so inclined. :) KISSES! FOOTNOTES 1. DARE Marks a Decade of Growth and Controversy : Youth: Despite critics, anti-drug program expands nationally. But some see declining support in LAPD., Jim Newton, LA Times, 1993 2. DARE takes substance abuse message into classrooms, Mureena Naseer, Journal and Courier, 1999 3. DARE to succeed, Myra Jones, The Bradenton Herald, 2000 4. DARE officers guide our youth, Joe Mazurek, Ravalli Republic, 1996 5. Program DARES youth to resist drugs and violence, Sheryald Cubrey, The Marshall News, 1996 6. Vintage DARE cartoon 7. DARE Scare: Turning Children Into Informants?, James Bovard, 1994, Washington Post 8. A brief history of DARE, the anti-drug program Jeff Sessions wants to revive, Christopher Ingramsen, Washington Post 2017, 9. Local cops defend DARE, Rex Robinson and Phil Rokohor, Southtown Star 1998 ...

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Lockheed Martin

Episode 1

May 23, 2022

Lockheed Martin

National Organizer at CODEPINK, Danaka, joins me for the girliest episode of Busted Business Bureau: the multibillion dollar weapons company, Lockheed Martin! If you pay taxes, I promise this episode is about you. For a company that's been around so long, you think they'd build less stuff that caught on fire or less stuff that made Vermonter children lose control of their bowels. This one's got explosions, missed deadlines, a bit of the red scare, bribery, and the WHITE MAN'S CAUCUS, which I promise is just as funny as it sounds. Follow @wifeoftoast on twitter or @CODEPINK everywhere!  PS, if you live in Chicago, Mike Quigley takes money from Lockheed Martin. Follow @DivestMike and tell him to cut it out!  Footnotes:  Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex, William D. Hartung Inside America’s Dysfunctional Trillion-Dollar Fighter-Jet Program, Valerie Insinna, New York Times 2019 Federal Contractors Are Violating Workers’ Rights and Harming the U.S. Government, Center for American Progress Report Sandia National Labs Bribery Scandal, Department of Justice Summary Lockheed Subsidiary (Tools and Metals) Overcharging Scheme, Jerry Seper, Washington Times 2000 Working for Equality: The Narrative of Harry Hudson, Harry Hudson Wikipedia List of Lockheed Bribery Scandals How Lockheed Martin Makes Money, Investopedia Nooses, Symbols of Race Hatred, At Center of Workplace Lawsuits, Sana Siwolap, NYT 2000 Lockheed's Latest Battle: Bias, Greg Schneider, NYT 2000 Remove Labels This Ramadan <3, Coca Cola XOXO I don't want to plug that right wing guy's website or the White Man's Caucus website but if you're dying to look them up, they're easily googlable lol.  ...

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BONUS EPISODE: The Men's Rights Lawyer Who Makes a Killing off a Technicality

Episode 11

April 04, 2022

BONUS EPISODE: The Men's Rights Lawyer Who Makes a Killing off a Technicality

Chicago improv's biggest hater KP returns to talk about men's rights (and men's wrongs). This men's rights lawyer has unleashed himself upon California to successfully sue people over ladies nights, lesbian gatherings, and Mother's Day baseball promotions. Why is Alfred Rava not a household name? This is literally all I talk about now. TUNE IN! Souces (not enough if you ask me): 1. https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/12/DFEH_UnruhFactSheet.pdf 2. https://www.nrtoday.com/a-hetoo-movement-fighting-for-men-s-rights-in-california-courts/article_7b2a05db-3e71-542b-a7d9-4f21eabf1fbc.html 3. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-may-16-sp-promotions16-story.html 4. https://nypost.com/2018/05/11/woman-sued-by-men-for-discrimination-at-empowerment-events/ 5. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/men-rights-unruh-act-women-discrimination/ 6. https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-mens-rights-20161027-story.html 7. https://ncfm.org/2018/06/news/discrimination-news/discrimination-against-men-news/ncfm-members-file-lawsuit-against-women-only-tech-scholarships-a-man-tax/ 8. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1887382.html 9. https://www.classaction.org/media/riddick-et-al-v-united-airlines-inc.pdf 10. https://www.espn.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=reilly_rick&sportCat=mlb&id=4247723 11. https://www.scribd.com/document/380009632/Pollister-v-Shlesinger-Et-Al Follow @BustedBizBureau or head to BustedBizBureau.com for more updates! Thanks for tuning in. Season 2 coming soon!  ...

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Six Flags: A Chaotic Retrospective

Episode 10

February 21, 2022

Six Flags: A Chaotic Retrospective

Rollercoaster hater Peter Bucci joins the season finale to talk about Six Flags’ insane journey to becoming the world’s largest regional theme park chain. This episode has everything: bankruptcy, a hostile takeover, many gruesome rollercoaster deaths. Also, who knew the politics of parking could be so interesting? Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to follow @BustedBizBureau everywhere for updates on season 2.    Footnotes:    Angus G. Wynne, © Academic, 2000-2022 Restructuring a Theme Park: The Six Flags Bankruptcy, John Capps and Lauren Sherrell Incidents at Six Flags parks, Wikipedia Six Flags faces buying spree hangover, Sean Murphy, My Plainview 2005 The Atlanta Braves Borrowed Their Parking Scam From Dan Snyder, Dave Mckenna, Deadspin 2016 DEFINITIVE CONSENT SOLICITATION STATEMENT FILED BY RED ZONE LLC, 2005 Large Shareholder Files Against Six Flags Sale NFL Owner Backed By Major Investor, Paul Monies, NEWSOK 2005 Six Flags Files For Chap. 11 Bankruptcy, Forbes 2009 Dakota Hickman and Matthew D’Agostino vs. Six Flags New England, 2019 How you can eat every day at Six Flags Magic Mountain for $150 a year, Mercury News 2021 Six Flags 2018 Annual Report Six Flags settles class action lawsuit for charging season pass holders ...

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