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(CBS News)   New York City psychic gets prison in six figure scam case. Judge rules that taking people's money without actually doing anything to help them is only permissible if you have a psychiatry degree   (cbsnews.com) divider line 109
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2013-11-16 09:32:35 AM
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Submitter?
 
2013-11-16 09:35:26 AM
But medical diagnosis based on astrology is still legit?
 
2013-11-16 09:35:50 AM
Or if duly elected by the people.
 
2013-11-16 09:36:30 AM
"Won an election" works better in the headline than "degree in psychiatry"
 
2013-11-16 09:37:13 AM
I lold at the headline. well done, subby

/some shrinks can and do help people
 
2013-11-16 09:38:54 AM
Or if one is a priest.
 
2013-11-16 09:40:25 AM
Let's talk about your father, subby.
 
2013-11-16 09:40:55 AM
If you're stupid enough to get taken for a ride for six figures by a "psychic", then you deserve to lose your money.
 
2013-11-16 09:40:57 AM
"Therapist" still has no legal definition, right?
 
2013-11-16 09:42:26 AM
"She wasn't telling the future. They came to her for help, and she told them that she would pray for them and perform certain rituals to try to get rid of whatever negativity she sensed around them," Mitchell's former attorney, William Aronwald, said after her conviction.

But prosecutors said Mitchell was a swindler who picked on desperate people.

"The defendant has a knack for spotting people's insecurities and using them," Assistant District Attorney James Bergamo said in his opening statement.

...

Since when is making money off of people's insecurities illegal?

That'd be the end of capitalism.
 
2013-11-16 09:45:52 AM
sucker born every day....
 
2013-11-16 09:45:59 AM
 
2013-11-16 09:48:39 AM
You ever try getting Xanax from a fortune teller?

/jk, nice one subby
 
2013-11-16 09:50:47 AM

hardinparamedic: sendtodave: "Therapist" still has no legal definition, right?

It's a licensed profession and a reserved title in the State of New York.


"Counselor," then? Psychic counselor.

Seems legit.
 
2013-11-16 09:55:32 AM
One former client testified she paid more than $120,000 after Mitchell said she'd help rout "negative energy."

That's a ripoff. I'd do it for $110,000 and you'd get a card where nine negative energy routings would get you a free one.
 
2013-11-16 09:57:14 AM
Subby just described politics to a tee.
 
2013-11-16 10:01:05 AM

starsrift: Let's talk about your father, subby.


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2013-11-16 10:02:51 AM
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2013-11-16 10:03:58 AM
Well, it is obviously OK if you hold political office.
AMIRITE?
 
2013-11-16 10:06:54 AM
or elected to Congress
 
2013-11-16 10:08:23 AM

alienated: I lold at the headline. well done, subby

/some shrinks can and do help people


some...

/ the one I saw was about as useful as a New Age "Healing Crystal" or Reiki practitioner.
 
2013-11-16 10:10:56 AM

netcentric: sucker born every day....


Yep, we call them "voters".
 
2013-11-16 10:11:11 AM
Or dermatology or a chiropractor. Farking scammers, all of them.
 
2013-11-16 10:13:38 AM

kling_klang_bed: Subby just described politics to a tee.


and the TSA.
 
2013-11-16 10:18:14 AM

abhorrent1: Or dermatology or a chiropractor. Farking scammers, all of them.


Ehhhh. The chiropractor I saw the first time around got me back to a normal status after two of my lower vertebrae became mis-aligned (don't know the technical term). Unfortunately once you injure your back you're pretty much screwed; I don't know exactly what's wrong at this point but the term 'degenerative disc' was floated by the last actual doctor that I saw.

The second one I saw was pretty much a waste of money and kept trying to push a line of vitamins on me.

Maybe once I move back to civilization I can resume getting that figured out...
 
2013-11-16 10:23:33 AM
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"You're being glib subby..."
 
2013-11-16 10:23:33 AM
Anyone who advertises themselves as a psychic should instantly open themselves up to fraud charges unless they can actually demonstrate verifiable supernatural power. Why we allow these fraudulent assholes to continue to fleece people is something I have trouble understanding.
 
2013-11-16 10:23:52 AM

sendtodave: "The defendant has a knack for spotting people's insecurities and using them," Assistant District Attorney James Bergamo said in his opening statement.


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2013-11-16 10:32:43 AM

mongbiohazard: Anyone who advertises themselves as a psychic should instantly open themselves up to fraud charges unless they can actually demonstrate verifiable supernatural power. Why we allow these fraudulent assholes to continue to fleece people is something I have trouble understanding.


World's second oldest profession.

Lotsa luck.
 
2013-11-16 10:36:06 AM

sendtodave: "Therapist" still has no legal definition, right?



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2013-11-16 10:37:04 AM

Deep Contact: kling_klang_bed: Subby just described politics to a tee.

and the TSA.


Yeppers!
 
2013-11-16 10:38:51 AM

sendtodave: "Therapist" still has no legal definition, right?


Subby grew up watching Newhart- has 'shrink' confused with licensed therapist.

Shrinks spend 5 minutes every few months with 'patients' so they can refill their meds.

/spent years working in mental health... and these times will be fondly regarded like bleeding with leeches - in the future.
 
2013-11-16 10:39:21 AM
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2013-11-16 10:40:06 AM

filter: sendtodave: "Therapist" still has no legal definition, right?

Subby grew up watching Newhart- has 'shrink' confused with licensed therapist.

Shrinks spend 5 minutes every few months with 'patients' so they can refill their meds.

/spent years working in mental health... and these times will be fondly regarded like bleeding with leeches - in the future.


You have Newhart confused with The Bob Newhart Show.
 
2013-11-16 10:49:44 AM
Let me save you all money on therapy:  be honest with yourself.

/that'll be 50 bucks
 
2013-11-16 10:50:44 AM

edmo: Or if duly elected by the people.


Bing-F*rking-DING!
 
2013-11-16 10:55:38 AM
Or a judge, handing out fines.
 
2013-11-16 11:02:13 AM
I have no love for $cientology. (Obviously; I'm using the dollar sign.) But psychiatry today is a little like medicine in the 15th century. They just don't know what they're doing.
 
2013-11-16 11:06:52 AM

Fabric_Man: I have no love for $cientology. (Obviously; I'm using the dollar sign.) But psychiatry today is a little like medicine in the 15th century. They just don't know what they're doing.


Medicine today is a lot like the 20th century. They just don't know what they're doing.

Umm, re: medicine. They definitely know what they are doing re: PROFIT.
 
2013-11-16 11:11:47 AM

sendtodave: "Therapist" still has no legal definition, right?


Depends if it's legitimate rape.
 
2013-11-16 11:13:21 AM
This ruling just put every preacher at risk. They claim to talk to dead people every day. And they take a boat load more than $120,000. This poor psychic just needs to redefine her argument as religious and not only will it be legal, it will be tax deductible and tax exempt!!!
 
2013-11-16 11:21:06 AM

snocone: Fabric_Man: I have no love for $cientology. (Obviously; I'm using the dollar sign.) But psychiatry today is a little like medicine in the 15th century. They just don't know what they're doing.

Medicine today is a lot like the 20th century. They just don't know what they're doing.

Umm, re: medicine. They definitely know what they are doing re: PROFIT.


Pretty sure I don't have to go to work today worrying about catching polio.
 
2013-11-16 11:22:04 AM
A former friend of mine wanted to go see a psychic once and said if I went with her, she would pay my appointment fee. So, I went.

I don't know whether all these people are for real or not but this woman didn't ask me anything other than my birth name and date of birth. She then preceded to regurgitate my entire past back to me in amazing detail right down to my crazy fundamental born again Christian parents and abusive husband (now ex).

She told me very little about my future. I came home and wrote everything down that she said and then forgot about it. Every once in a while, I find that little journal and I'm still a little freaked out about what she seemed to see. The future stuff she told me did turn out to come true but I don't really think she was making predictions. I think those things were just bound to happen.

Long post just to say that I am skeptical of most psychics but willing to believe there are a few people who are "gifted" that way.
 
2013-11-16 11:22:48 AM
There are only two professions which have to pay up-front for yellow pages ads: escorts and psychics.
 
2013-11-16 11:26:26 AM

Trixie212: Long post just to say that I am skeptical of most psychics but willing to believe there are a few people who are "gifted" that way.


That "gift" is called "cold reading".  You got played.
 
2013-11-16 11:27:37 AM

Cpl.D: snocone: Fabric_Man: I have no love for $cientology. (Obviously; I'm using the dollar sign.) But psychiatry today is a little like medicine in the 15th century. They just don't know what they're doing.

Medicine today is a lot like the 20th century. They just don't know what they're doing.

Umm, re: medicine. They definitely know what they are doing re: PROFIT.

Pretty sure I don't have to go to work today worrying about catching polio.


Still no cure for cancer.

Possibly treatments include poison, or lopping body parts off.
 
2013-11-16 11:30:52 AM

Trixie212: Long post just to say that I am skeptical of most psychics but willing to believe there are a few people who are "gifted" that way.


you were taken in by an amazingly good cold reader.

it is a skill one can learn.  I used to read tarot.  I got really good at creeping people out by telling them things that there was no way I could know, simply thru cold reading.

It can SEEM really pointed....  but it is still mostly bullshiat.

There is no such thing as true psychic power.
 
2013-11-16 11:31:28 AM
Trixie212:  I am skeptical of most psychics but

Because I am sexist and I assume you are female, this sentiment may pass un-mocked.
 
2013-11-16 11:32:10 AM

Trixie212: A former friend of mine wanted to go see a psychic once and said if I went with her, she would pay my appointment fee. So, I went.

I don't know whether all these people are for real or not but this woman didn't ask me anything other than my birth name and date of birth. She then preceded to regurgitate my entire past back to me in amazing detail right down to my crazy fundamental born again Christian parents and abusive husband (now ex).

She told me very little about my future. I came home and wrote everything down that she said and then forgot about it. Every once in a while, I find that little journal and I'm still a little freaked out about what she seemed to see. The future stuff she told me did turn out to come true but I don't really think she was making predictions. I think those things were just bound to happen.

Long post just to say that I am skeptical of most psychics but willing to believe there are a few people who are "gifted" that way.


You are probably unaware of how much a perceptive person can glean from the way you dress, hold yourself, your age, your regional background, your accent, the way you speak, your hairstyle, etc. Also, if a video were to played back from the session, I'd be willing to bet she "asked" (or suggested) far more than you realize or remember, and you gave the "psychic" the answers she needed just by your subconscious reaction to them.

My guess is she was simply a "gifted" cold-reader.
 
2013-11-16 11:32:32 AM
You left out this bunch ..

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