Undersea is Well Hidden
Charitable Antarctic expedition hopes for Ernest Shackleton Ship?
BBC news has come out with a story from Vienna (?) about an expedition that as a sideline will look for Endurance which was the ship in Shackleton’s ill-fated but heroic expedition.
Curious, I thought.
Why bother, I also thought – since it’s 3km down in the Antarctic ocean and haven’t they got anything better to spend the money on?
As the BBC piece says, it is funded by The Flotilla Foundation, a charitable trust in the Netherlands.
A bit odd, I thought.
It is nigh-on impossible to find out anything on this lot. The whole website is supposed to be under construction (since March 2017 indeed, over a year…) with it being a single full page image that links to a pdf file of high ideals and limited content. The image has alternate text that says:
“Approximately 70% of the surface of the Earth is water, yet the Oceans and seas are one of the least understood, explored, mapped and analysed parts of our environment.”
This matches the text in the image. Three names are mentioned as directors in the pdf:
“Oliver Plunkett”, “Melanie Smith”, “Anneka Treon”
Anneka Treon doesn’t appear on the front page image, instead it’s Tjin van Hooven at the bottom. Searching for these three names together comes up with next to nothing. 3 results:
- Malaysia Looks Set to Restart MH370 Search – UPDATED – Jeff Wise
- [PDF] Stichting The Elba Charitable Foundation Policy Plan
- [PDF] Stichting The Flotilla Charitable Foundation Policy Plan
….this last is where I started! So let’s check that Elba pdf – oh gosh! It’s virtually identical. This time it’s for funding yet another charity called ARK, for kids.
Searching for “Oliver Plunkett”, “Melanie Smith”, “Tjin van Hooven” comes back with just the Jeff Wise link to the MH370 jet.
Weirdly the website does not show in search results but checking the root URL takes us to a similar one image webpage that clicks through to the pdf file in the search results above.
It too is full of high ideals and limited content. Except for one thing……The alternate text on the image reads thus:
“<p>The primary purpose of the foundation is to, acting exclusively in the public interest and with an aim for profit.</p>”
Obviously someone has been in a hurry editing but seriously, a charity exclusively in the public interest and with an aim for profit!!! Shurely shome mishtake?
The actual Elba pdf says, “The primary purpose of the Foundation is to, acting exclusively in the public interest and without an aim for profit, provide means and measures to create cohesive, sustainable and beneficial conditions for people to achieve their full potential and for the societies in which they live to thrive. ”
Looking at the image used on these two websites leads me to think that they have been edited too. It’s what you do when versioning. Elba’s image is called Elba_Web_Desktop_1680-3.jpg
Sure enough, overtyping the full URL shows images called:
A similar state of affairs exists for Flotilla:
There is no Flotilla_Web_Desktop_1680-4.jpg or Elba_Web_Desktop_1680-4.jpg
The small edits are easily visible, just as in a blink comparator. What is important is that these WordPress platformed websites choose to use a single image which cannot be text searched by search engines. Why? It’s almost as if they’re trying to hide. The use of pdf files is also unusual as a means of self-promotion, just like all the oceaninfinity.com press releases as seen in the references to flight MH370. Nobody else does that, much.
If they’d used the editing features of WordPress they could quite easily do all the edits that I’ve revealed in the image histories above with minimum effort. A sledgehammer to crack a front page edit nut – or a means of concealing content?
Both Dutch charities are created in Feb 2017, they say. A year gone and no website changes? It’s a bit like shell companies being opened and closed for tax avoidance or something….
Circle of Hands
So much for that. Now this.
This is Jeff Wise’s post on the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 and is very interesting The comment chain shows that several people, like me, are very interested in what it is all about too… Hedge funds, Caymans, Marshall, Wace, reference to the ARK project and Plunkett too. Read the whole piece to save me pulling too much from it.
This news article makes interesting reading too:
Malaysia to pay U.S. firm up to $70 million if it finds missing MH370
The firm is mentioned in Jeff Wise’s post and is Ocean Infinity whose CEO is Oliver Plunkett and Ops Director is Melanie Smith. They’re all here on LinkedIn which has links to Swire’s (who my dad worked for under the name of China Steam Navigation Company) … well it would, Swire’s is enormous.
Cold Spirits’ Plan
I just hope that the charity and finance don’t get mixed up which to my ordinary guy’s eyes is not clear at all. Mr Plunkett’s past history on LinkedIn (maybe, like me, he doesn’t keep it updated enough…) shows an entry that sounds charitable, but isn’t, or rather it wasn’t. Company records show that it was dissolved in 2015. One director started in housing and appeared to be a private mental health counsellor at Remedy. Remedy Partnerships was described thus in Plunkett’s LinkedIn:
“Remedy is a social enterprise with a bold mission: to improve the ability of UK public services – such as health, social care, police and prisons – to deliver ‘as full a rehabilitation as possible’ to vulnerable people who have survived violent abuses of human rights. Remedy enables specialist agencies to disseminate their best practice to front-line service providers so that they can deliver better services for survivors.
Remedy was a community interests company (CIC) which are “designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good” according to the Community Interest Company Association. In common with a lot of the internet these days and certainly these websites I’ve been looking at here, they are very shy. They don’t have any links apart from one to join, and that isn’t even on their domain!
Searching My Land for an Enemy
I’m getting pretty pissed off with this pseudo charity pimp malarkey. Not just here, but everywhere. Charity pimps, healthcare pimps, political pimps. All fronts for right wing (mainly) organisations, pressure groups and an endless sea of interconnected think-tanks – but I’ll leave that for another time.
The names above all churn round and round in a miasma of hedge fund, accountancy and businesses that pop up, die and that may or may not be a charity or a company. It’s the blurring, you see?
If they were all a bit more open it’d help, but they’re not. The Ocean Infinity website is Denis Hopper in True Romance when the Christopher Walken character says to the Denis Hopper character (at 5:43 in this clip),
“You show me nothing but you’re telling me everything”
The various LinkedIn accounts of directors and employees are likewise the same. Mick Rooney on the Jeff Wise site posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:44 AM,
“I’m all for conservation foundations, but I do think before embarking on a search, Ocean Infinity itself needs to be somewhat more transparent on who/what partner companies are financing the upfront costs of the search, and if that is Swire Seabed or some other significant donor, then fine. But state that clearly when and if a deal is struck with MYG.”
Sky Full of Eyes
I can agree with that from Rooney.
The funding of the Flotilla Foundation is just such a thing. So far it looks like a herd of right-wing brexiteers shuffling money behind the scenes with all-encompassing promotional high ideals as a front for something else. Buying up Scottish islands to rent out doesn’t help.
To quote from another film, Bulletproof Monk (aye!) at 1:17,
My dad always told me that the best place to hide is the last place that they would expect. And the Human Rights Organization is the last place anyone would ever expect to find some of the biggest human rights abusers in history.
Minds Full of Lies
So it’d be nice to find the MH370 jet. The relatives and aviation engineers will be pleased.
Remember that little piece of alternate text on the ARK/Elba image…. “The primary purpose of the foundation is to, acting exclusively in the public interest and with an aim for profit.”
How does that tie in with hedge funds from the Cayman islands?