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Author: Blair Zoń

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Welcome to iilluminaughtii, the podcast that is all about debunking bad business. Whether it's a pyramid scheme or a charity stealing money, everything (and anything) business-related is on the table. Blair Zoń is ready to dig into the underbelly of the business world to find out where your money and time really goes. Subscribe now to make sure you don't miss any of episodes delivered fresh every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Get a 60-day free trial at https://www.shipstation.com/casket . Thanks to ShipStation for sponsoring the show! Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Isn’t sports betting just illegal gambling? For a while, this was the case. But just a few years ago, sports betting was legalized and now, we’re starting to see the consequences of it. Today, we’ll look into the problems around the sports betting industry and see if this new form of entertainment and gambling is as safe as it claims. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/9fmj3 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://shopify.com/multilevel to sign up for a $1-per-month trial period. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Multi Level Mondays, a weekly series all about multi level marketing, pyramid schemes, and ponzi schemes. Lemongrass claims to be different, unique: they’re a clean, sustainable makeup line with an opportunity for women to make money. But we’ve heard these claims from MLMs before—many times. Typically, they’re too good to be true; Lemongrass may have ‘clean’ products, but are their tactics dirty? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/5qjkz Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Get a 30-day free trial at http://www.shipstation.com/casket . Thanks to ShipStation for sponsoring the show! Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. It’s common knowledge at this point: makeup contains toxic chemicals. But how harmful are they really? Can the levels of harm do lasting, permanent damage, or are our beauty products as damaging as anything else we eat and consume? How do we know what to avoid and where to go from here? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/f7r32 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/mlm to cut your wireless bill to $15 a month. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Multi Level Mondays, a weekly series all about multi level marketing, pyramid schemes, and ponzi schemes. Wake Up Now seemed to sell everything, from energy drinks to finance aid. As an MLM, it may not be a surprise to learn that they were accused of being a pyramid scheme. However, the company itself has blamed their CEO for their failure—and their shut down. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/ds5rj Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Get a 30-day free trial at https://www.shipstation.com/casket. Thanks to ShipStation for sponsoring the show! Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Jenny Craig, yet another dieting company has a long history of misleading advertising. Are their products effective at all? Have they really earned their place as a popular weight loss product? Or are they just shilling hope and even dangerous practices to people desperate to lose weight? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/awfpd Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. When natural disasters strike, charitable people leap into action, giving what they can to those in need. But how do you know you’re giving to the right people? Not only are there scammers using natural disasters like Katrina and Hawaii’s wildfires as a cash cow, but there are those that effectively monetize tragedy to line their pockets. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/dfwl5 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/casket to get 3 more months free when you buy any 3-month plan. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Plastic surgery for animals can be necessary; some dogs have been bred to genuinely need them. But what about cosmetic surgery? Is this ever appropriate? Why would a responsible pet owner put their animal at risk merely for looks? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/6rl8x Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/casper to get 3 extra months free when you buy any 3-month Mint Mobile plan Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Ozempic, in recent years, has been touted as a miracle drug for weight loss. But not only is it far from a miracle, but it may lead to a lot of harm for those who use it. Today, we’re talking about the side effects of Ozempic, the shortage, and the pending litigation. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/20t3z Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Dark Dives, a new series where we explore the murky and devious depths of humanity. Jill Coit was married 11 times—her ninth husband was murdered. Despite no physical evidence connecting her to the crime, she was convicted of his death. How? Who is the woman behind the Black Widow Murders? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/5ogby Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Get a 60-day free trial at https://www.shipstation.com/casket. Thanks to ShipStation for sponsoring the show! Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. DealDash is the epitome of ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.’ We all know that you can’t really get iPads and brand-new TVs for pennies, but then how is DealDash still around? And how do they make money? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/6pwp3 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/mlm to get 3 months free when you buy any 3-month Mint Mobile plan. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Multi Level Mondays, a weekly series all about multi level marketing, pyramid schemes, and ponzi schemes. Burgerim was supposed to be the latest, greatest, and healthiest in fast food chains. Unfortunately, not only did it fall short of expectations, but the franchisees that were eager for a new opportunity found themselves broke and in debt. Burgerim wasn't just difficult to operate, but destined to fail. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/ccp5s Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://uncommongoods.com/darkdives to get 15% off.  Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Dark Dives, a new series where we explore the murky and devious depths of humanity. Persuasion is a powerful tool; it monetizes our beliefs and effectively sells them to the highest bidder. But how does persuasion and brainwashing work across different industries? How is a cult different than politics or religion? How do the leaders in these fields persuade us to trust them? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/a1vc5 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/casper to buy any 3-month Mint Mobile plan and get 3 more months free. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. From comedic genius to a figure embroiled in controversy, Russell Brand's story is anything but ordinary. We delve into his rise and fall, examining the allegations and his questionable political stances, revealing the man behind the public image. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/byh1j Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/casket to get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for free. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Half of Americans, year on year, die in hospice care. When done right, this can be a way for patients to spend time with their loved ones and say goodbye on their own terms. When done wrong, this has become little more than end of life abuse. Whether you believe it’s a for-profit hustle or not, there’s no doubt that hospice as a system is broken. Is it too late to fix it? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/5k612 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://uncommongoods.com/darkdives to get 15% off. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Dark Dives, a new series where we explore the murky and devious depths of humanity. When you hear the term ‘redneck’, you probably think of a patriotic southerner. Maybe even a MAGA follower. But redneck used to mean something very different. In fact, you could even argue that it used to mean the complete opposite of what it means today. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/4jmdp Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://shipstation.com and use code CASKET today and sign up for your free 60-day trial.Thanks to ShipStation for sponsoring the show! Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Ron DeSantis has been seen as a younger Trump, but without the personal controversies. Is that true, or could he possibly be even worse? Ron’s actions have already had disturbing consequences in Florida, let’s discuss what may happen if he were in charge of the entire country. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/8gbee Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go to http://mintmobile.com/mlm to get a phone plan starting as just $15 a month. Go to http://shopify.com/multilevel to sign up for a $1-per-month trial period. Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Multi Level Mondays, a weekly series all about multi level marketing, pyramid schemes, and ponzi schemes. You’ve definitely heard it before: those flowery ‘you can do it’ sentiments from MLMs that encourage distributors to keep trying. They may be hollow and meaningless, but people believe in them all too often. But why? As it turns out, those motivational tapes, books, and speakers are part of the scam itself. They keep MLMs alive more than you might realize. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/d45y9 Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Sears was once one of the biggest names in retail, but they started to flounder until—a few years ago—they’re all but dead. What happened to them? Is this the result of all retail succumbing to online shopping, or is it deeper than that? In this story, the killer’s in the house. Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/4inur Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to Dark Dives, a new series where we explore the murky and devious depths of humanity. Vlad Dracula is seen as one of the most evil, sadistic men ever to walk the earth. If you think about it, he was only a teenager when he started his reign, which later consisted of putting people on pikes. But is he really the most evil man? Or has that been exaggerated as history wears on? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/c1mhb Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Last to Fall- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Sacred and Profane- Nicholas Rowe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our Patreon to support what we do! https://www.patreon.com/iilluminaughtii Welcome to the Corporate Casket, a weekly series where bad businesses go to die. Gamestop was an icon in the 90s, it was seen as the place to shop for the latest and greatest consoles and games. But what keeps them around today? It certainly doesn’t seem to be good business practices if you look at their history of trade-ins and overpriced bundles. Are they worth keeping alive? Connect With Me: https://linktr.ee/iilluminaughtii’ Sources: https://justpaste.it/5o6ea Writers/Researchers/Helpers: Ali Z-B This episode was edited and mixed by: G. Thomas Craig Album cover art created by: Betsy Primes Intro Song Credits: Trauma- Will Van De Crommert Outro Song Credits: Electronica Punch- Oleksandr Koltsov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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3 ad breaks before the first 8 minutes, really?

Oct 31st
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Emma Smith

man, I know we all gotta make a living and ads are how you do that but the ad placements in the middle of sentences? I'm 4 minutes in and there have been 3 ads, 2 of which were in bizarre placements. idk, just disappointing

Sep 24th
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Milo

Little german context here: One of my grandfathers was a german POW (not in the US though) in WW2 and his story goes like this: When he was young, soldiers came to his village to transcript young men into military service. Later they killed the ones who refused. Luckily he had already joined the military by then, because he was a raging antisemite and remains one to this day. He spent most of the war eating cooked snails and working in a POW camp and its hard to feel sympathy for that when he talks about how the hewish are the root of all evil. He is a nazi. Not all the soldiers were antisemitic Im sure, but it was incredibly common back then, and a lot of the people who werent,just died. The title of this episode alone made me throw up in my mouth :)

Mar 24th
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nikshikari

Great podcast. Love watching you on YouTube...... Now I get to fill my ears with your 'Witty, Sassy Attitude' anytime.

Oct 1st
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Meidi

Community colleges with career and technical programs are MUCH cheaper than any for-profit school and will provide a better education. They aren't perfect, but they do not use the high pressure sales tactics of a for-profit school, they are far more likely to give credits that actually transfer to a university, and they don't spend millions on advertising, they spend their money on educating.

Sep 11th
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Hannah Fanning

This is a really great episode! The research is incredible as always! I'd love to see Blair do a full episode on the LDS Church. It's a terrifying organization (and arguably a company dressed up as a church.)

Apr 12th
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