Huge parts of the web are off limits to bulk snooping by Corporations and Governments. We are resetting the net!
That Was Epic!
Today, we took back privacy and blocked government surveillance. It’s still not possible to be totally safe on-line. But we have made it harder. Much Harder. A host of well-known internet names have not only pledged support for online freedom, privacy and personal security – they’re actually doing it right now! See below!
For myself, you can find me here for a few weeks. After this time, I will be still operating as a relay, but operating anonymously. There will be a different fingerprint and different ports – currently I’m using fairly standard ports. So why make it easy for governments and corporate snoops. Make it hard. Make it harder. Make bulk snooping a thing of the past.
Lifevantage (LV) announced that, at the unanimous recommendation of its Board of Directors, it has terminated for cause its relationship with Jason Domingo and Ovation Marketing Group, Inc., one of the Company’s lead distributors. The Company also announced that it has filed suit against Mr. Domingo and Ovation in Federal Court in the State of Utah for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. See typical market report.
The detail (see link below) shows that LV made $10.9m in 2010 and $208m in 2013 – this is despite the investigative activity into Protandim, LV’s main product, by LazyManAndMoney and others…! Distributors were paid $91m from which $2.6m went to Domingo. They say he was the lead distributor.
The Detail in the Lifevantage Case
The case details are on PACER – summarised here:
2:13-cv-01037-DB Lifevantage v. Domingo et al
Dee Benson, presiding
Date filed: 11/19/2013
Date of last filing: 11/19/2013
Assigned to: Judge Dee Benson
Cause: 28:1332 Diversity-Breach of Contract
Court Filings of Lifevantage v Jason Domingo
You can view the court documents (19 pages) on the attached file:
Jason Domingo,President, Ovation Marketing Group, Inc.
Domingo has been in business for many years. This letter of his to the FTC is dated May 28, 2006 and he states he’s been in network marketing for 14 years, meaning he started back in 1992. Chillingly, he quotes a Dr Charles King that by 2016 one in two Americans will be involved in network marketing. Thankfully, we don’t appear to be treading that path.
The Court Case
The letter of his makes good reading, especially with regard to the free market and in comparison to the Lifevantage court case…. In this, they claim he:
Has been laying the groundwork for setting up a competitive business
Disparaged the company
Is setting up a competitive business
Used his disposal of 90% of his stock as proof of these claims
Sent an email to Randy Haag disparaging the company where he said “there is no statement too strong that speaks to the malfeasance of this management team. Greed and ego has gripped my (sic) beautiful company by the throat.” – Stirring stuff indeed!
If Domingo had worked properly, they’d have paid out tens of millions more to distributors.
In total there are three main actions, divided into a myriad of clauses.
They want a 12 man jury public trial.
They want all costs.
They want $775,000
Domingo used the word malfeasance to describe the LV management team. I had to double-check the meaning. It means:
The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful.
In detail, it means:
Intentionally doing something either legally or morally wrong which one had no right to do. It always involves dishonesty, illegality, or knowingly exceeding authority for improper reasons. Malfeasance is distinguished from “misfeasance,” which is committing a wrong or error by mistake, negligence or inadvertence, but not by intentional wrongdoing. Example: a city manager putting his indigent cousin on the city payroll at a wage the manager knows is above that allowed and/or letting him file false time cards is malfeasance; putting his able cousin on the payroll which, unknown to him, is a violation of an anti-nepotism statute is misfeasance. This distinction can apply to corporate officers, public officials, trustees, and others cloaked with responsibility.
Well. Most of what I have seen about LV fits into that. It’ll be interesting to see how this case pans out. I suspect it’ll not come to court.
Instead of being stripped completely of his ill-gotten gains and being chucked in the slammer for a few years, he has reached a settlement whereby no admission of guilt has been made!
This is exactly what I suggested would happen, because the self-proclaimed philanthropist Jesse will do anything, absolutely anything, to stay in business.
To me this isn’t true victory.
He’s not been punished by the law which explains the lingering smell I have, possibly due to his key lawyers having previously worked at the FTC. Maybe it is the old boy network? Whatever.
The millions (yes, millions the FTC say) of people scammed may be temporarily amazed at the $359-million judgement, but seeing as how the original complaint was for over $450m they’ll soon realise that he’s got off with $100m! However it’s worded, Willms has weaselled out of any admission of guilt, which means he’s still in business.
What cunning plans could now be afoot, with $100m to back them up, they’ll wonder? It’s like The Return of Fu Manchu.
Almost 4 Million Questions
Willms’ Blog Release – notice how he promotes the $25k ‘gift’, but not his $359m settlement?
Like me, the millions scammed by him will be questioning how he isn’t, right now, being butt-plugged in Huntsville, instead of having 7 days to calmly surrender his bank accounts to prove that he can stump up the $359m negotiated, meanwhile making gratuitous comments about better business practices in future whilst still singing the praises of his $1000 philanthropic gestures.
True, Willms et al have to hand over all their money and have promised as much under sufferance of perjury.
True, they all have to notify the FTC of their whereabouts for the next 20 years and all their business proceeds. They have to keep compliance records for 5 years.
True, Willms must tell the FTC his jobs, phone numbers, businesses in which he’s involved etc
True, Willms et al have 180 days to hand over all details of all their businesses and contacts within those businesses.
True, Willms for the next five years must give a copy of the FTC order (the pdf attached) to each person he does business with and that they have 30 days to sign and return it to the FTC.
True for all of that, but, Willms can still do business and who knows if any of his victims will get recompensed. A lot of the order’s wording is to ensure that the US & Canadian Inland Revenue get their taxes from Willms et al for the last three years. What about the little people?
This article guesses that victims won’t see any of the cash. My guess is that only those people that actually complained to the FTC will get cash, which is why it’s so important to complain, as I’ve suggested for years.
This article thinks that he’s had to hand over everything (though I can’t see how they justify that, given what we know about business secrecy in Nicosia, Cyprus), yet it also points out that the bans that Willms has had to acquiesce to only apply to the USA! That is, there’s nothing at all saying Willms can’t set up anywhere else, like Korea say, and hammer the world from there!
MSNBC opinionate that Jesse Willms will need to look for a new line of work…..
I, of course, beg to differ, because:
He settled with Microsoft, yet carried on trading as usual.
He settled with Symantech, yet carried on trading as usual.
He settled with Oprah Winfrey, yet carried on trading as usual.
He settled with Dr Oz, yet carried on trading as usual.
He settled with Google yet carried on trading as usual.
Now he has settled with the FTC. I’d be amazed (yet obviously pleased) if he changed the patterns of a lifetime. Only time will tell.
On top of this, Willms himself states on his blog entry (see screenshot above);
We are working to resolve issues relating to past marketing practices for products that our company no longer sells. Through this process, we have taken steps to assure(sic) that our business practices are in full compliance with the law. We are excited by the opportunity to continue giving customers access to a variety of products and services at significant savings. – n.b. the emphasis is mine.
…..which looks to me that it’s more web business, not a change in business type.
It’s a victory, but not the one the whole world wants. It all leaves a bad, lingering, smell…..
Circle Media Bids Limited, also d.b.a. SwipeBids.com SwipeAuctions.com, and SellofAuctions.com;
Coastwest Holdings Limited;
Farend Services Ltd;
JDW Media, LLC;
Net Soft Media, LLC, also d.b.a. SwipeBids.com;
Sphere Media, LLC, also d.b,a SwipeBids.com and SwipeAuctions.com;
I’ve listed these so that they appear in search engines and so that people realise the lengths of obfuscation that Willms has used in his activities.
I say Willms, because he is recognised in the judgement as the prime mover in the scams. He has been pinched for hundreds of millions – the others have been collared for a few tens of thousands at most each, some, for nothing, because (how embarrassing is that for them?), they have nothing – yes really!
How annoying for the two Gravers that their payments are about the same as young Jesse Wilms’ fish tank! ($30,000 in 2010 he paid for it)
I wonder how the Children’s Hospital Boston and the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund both realise that they’ve got less from philanthropic Jesse than he’s spent on his fish tank? ($25k each) I wonder how they feel now, knowing that this money was stolen from ordinary consumers, people like themselves?
Now the BBC article is found here, along with the banned video! The video is below in two parts. It was uploaded after its removal from the BBC website.
In the second part video, Trafigura boss Erich de Turckheim fatuously states that nothing untoward happened with the poisoning vessel, the Probo Koala whereas last year the company was fined (only sadly…) €1m for the very same poisoning.
Trafigura also state that the emails are selective and biaised. Well I’ve read them and they totally back up the BBC story. Here they are.
Alastair Mullis – his view of damages.
In this video, Mullis, a professor of law, states that because the BBC paid damages to Trafigura over their story, this implied guilt. It took Wikileaks‘ Julian Assange to point out thje fallacy in this argument. See video below:
The settlement involved no admission of liability. Trafigura believed that the settlement was the best way for the people of Abidjan, the Ivorian government and Trafigura to move forward.
The People’s View on Trafigura and Damages
Well Mullis & Trafigura are seriously at odds on their view of damages, aren’t they? One says if you pay up then you are obviously guilty – the other says the opposite. (Remarkably, this is very consistent with the damages paid out by Jesse Willms in his dodgy dealings, but that’s another story. Willms of course chooses his own philanthropic view of customer service which is at odds with the thousands of complainees…)
The thousands of people affected by this corporate profiteering nonsense are of course left with bog-all except sores, child defects and an everlasting hatred for all things western.
This site has an even more enlightened view from the west about Trafigura. Quoting the final piece:
The Trafigura case, like the financial crisis, suggests that in business there are people ruthless enough to shut their eyes to almost anything if they think they can make money.
Business without regulation is scarcely distinguishable from organised crime.
Regulation without strict enforcement is an open invitation to mess with people’s lives.
Tedious directives, state power and bureaucratic snooping – the interference that everyone professes to hate – are all that stand between civilisation and corporate hell.
These images will take you to the current IP addresses of Wikileaks. It follows on from my earlier help to the organisation here when a bunch of Swiss bankers mysteriously managed to influence “independent” judicial decisions in America.
The fact that I even have to do this is an abomination on the face of our so-called freedoms.
Governments: Unfit for purpose.
The Wikileaks “Cablegate” revelations have ensured that the vested interests of non-elected mad Arabs (UAE, Saudis) insisting that the US should bomb an elected group of mad Arabs (Iran) are plain for all to see.
They’ve also have ensured that a whole raft of dirty tricks are now afoot. Coincidentally (not), as soon as Wikileaks released all the”Cablegate” stuff into a full download, the US Gov could then see what was coming and the dirty tricks have become even deadlier, nastier, and even less freedom-loving. It obviously proves that worse revelations are to come.
The Obamas/Clinton democrats are now joined in unison with the US republicans bellowing for instant executions without trial, Israelis, Arabs, Chinese and a host of other countries in an amazingly eclectic unholy alliance that proves that the whole diplomatic world is a very unhealthy cabal of back-scratching plebian egoists with the safety and reputation of their own peoples far below that of the maintenance of their own expanding clique of free-loading arse-lickers.
The fact that they can get the tiny oligarchy of the DNS servers to pull the website index globally on whistle-blowers says it all about internet freedom and even the Internet’s resilience to nuclear attack (yes – its first purpose was to ensure that all nukes got released and that there would be some vestige of command and control, when invented by DARPA).
The fact that normal journalism is now so economically cow-towed that they are for the most part meekishly submissive to the authoritarian demands of various states and multi-national corporations, also says it all.
The fact that sexual allegations against Wikileaks founder coincided with the start of the leak about helicopter gunships mowing down unarmed civilians in broad daylight and have since been expanded to continue with the recent shut-down of the site following an unprecedented DDoS website attack says it all.
The fact that Wikileaks has upset all sides of all governments says it all and reveals them all to be unfit for purpose.
It makes me wonder if my father should’ve bothered turning up at D-Day or Okinawa. What was he fighting for, or against?
Buddhism, Ikeda, Mandela and Education
Today (coincidentally!), Daisaku Ikeda in his Daily Encouragement address to the world, said;
Monday, December 6th, 2010
—- DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT —-
“It has been more than 20 years since I first had the privilege of meeting with Nelson Mandela, the lionlike champion of human rights. Recently, former President Mandela, who had just turned 92, sent me an inscribed copy of his latest book. …I wish to share these words…as an expression of my deepest respect: ‘To the youth of today I also have a wish to make: ‘Be the script writers of your destiny and feature yourselves as the stars that show the way towards a brighter future–for our country, our continent and the world.’ ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.‘”
What we see with the attacks upon Wikileaks, is an attack on freedom as it attacks the open knowledge base with which people need to be informed and thus educated. Without knowledge we are nothing.
We are like the women of Afghanistan, shackled by their surroundings of a male hierarchy and ignorant of everything except that which they’re told – except in our case, it’s our elected representatives who choose to hide the truth from us. And in the USA, with over 850,000 people now holding “top secret” status, (which is 1.5 times the population of Washington), we see that the weight of state machinery now devoted to hiding the truth, is immense.
What must be remembered, is that in nearly every single prominent Wikileak, the government has been found out to be doing bad things in our name. It’s nothing to do with national security as they claim, and everything to do with protecting those with comfy state jobs and a falsely clean reputation, no matter what they do.
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