The Federal Trade Commission has taken massive action against Herbalife.
Oh my sweet green jesus … I’m flabbergasted! I was sure they’d do nothing meaningful :: because …
a) Herbalife is too big and rich an opponent. b) Because it would step on the toes of the SEC. c) Because it would question the integrity of a stock market without integrity. d) Because it would seem to be done in the service of some rich asshole. e) Because there are 800 softer targets available.
The phrase, popularized by newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin c.1975, has been said to derive from carnie slang for magic acts and ‘freak show’ displays that depend on `Trompe-l’œil’ effects, but also calls to mind the fierce Aztec god Tezcatlipoca (lit. “Smoking Mirror”) for whom the hearts of huge numbers of human sacrificial victims were regularly cut out.
… human hearts sacrificed to fraud :: #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.