Monday, 15 May 2017

New (Timeless Vie) petition to Facebook requesting a "Do Not Contact" list for 'MLMs'

Blog Readers are invited to sign this petition:

"Are you tired of being targeted by multi-level marketing reps like Isagenix, Younique, Mary Kay etc in your community or on social media?  Have you seen vulnerable people pulled into these schemes?
We want to create a Do No Contact list so that this stops.  We know a lot of people find it hard to say no to friends and family who are sucked into these schemes - this way they'll know beforehand you aren't interested and take the personal element out of it for you. We have big plans  - please sign!"

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Trump clan caught peddling American Dream in China.

The latest developments in Donald Trump's American kleptocracy almost beggar belief.

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Jared Kushner                                                                   Nicole Kushner Meyer

Immediately before President Trump 'terminated' FBI Director, James Comey (who just happened to be in charge of ongoing investigations into Trump's Putin connections), it emerged that a member of the Trump clan, Nicole Kushner Meyer, has (in a series of live public performances) been trying to persuade wealthy Chinese citizens collectively to invest $150 millions in a cash-strapped Kushner Companies New Jersey real-estate development project (formerly run by her brother, Jared Kushner), by implying that, by doing so (above a level of half a million dollars), they would almost certainly be guaranteed a US Green Card (under visa program EB 5 approved and controlled by President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner).

Furthermore, when it was discovered that journalists were present with cameras at the Kushner Companies latest American Dream-peddling event (held in a swanky Beijing hotel), an attempt was made to destroy the evidence that Donald Trump and Jared Kushner's names, and images, had been invoked. The reporters were also intimidated and excluded.

David Brear (copyright 2017)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Closer Magazine challenges the pernicious 'MLM' fairy story in the UK.


Experts warn stay-at-home mums to AVOID online job schemes that promise to make you thousands

Many stay-at-home mums are falling victim to schemes that promise to make you loads of money for just a few hours work, but insiders are warning people to avoid them at all costs.
Being a stay-at-home mum can be extremely tough, but even if you find yourself thinking about going back to your job it’s not always an option. Finding (and affording) childcare or wanting to spend more time with your children are just a few reasons some mums choose not to rejoin the work force.
However, if you have been thinking about going back to work but aren’t keen on getting back into the nine to five office slog, you may have seen some very tempting job adverts on Facebook. They’re the kind that promise a financially stable life by working just a few hours a week AND from the comfort of your own home.
They’re usually accompanied by pictures of someone who has already worked their way to the top and are enjoying the benefits – posing next to a flashy car, or lounging by the pool on a lavish holiday.
*It's an attractive offer for stay-at-home mums* (Credit: Getty)It's an attractive offer for stay-at-home mums (Credit: Getty)
Sometimes your friends may even be involved, and they'll convince you to do it too. All you have to do is sign up and you’ll see the money rolling in.
It all sounds too good to be true, right?
Insiders are warning that’s because it is.
The schemes, known as ‘Multi-Level Marketing’ (or MLM for short) usually comprise of people selling a particular product. They’re then expected to recruit people to join their ‘team’, and so on and so forth, until the individuals begin making money from their sales.
Although pyramid schemes are illegal, these are currently legal but work in a similar fashion - the difference being that there is a sold product involved. They work within a triangle structure, with recruitment being the key to actually making money as the cash gets passed backwards.
*These schemes target mums* (Credit: Getty)These schemes target mums (Credit: Getty)
However Kate Dyson, founder of The Motherload, warns mums not to get lured in by these attractive offers. And they can be very attractive. Who doesn’t want to work just a few hours a week and have enough money in the bank to afford all of life’s luxuries?
But in her insightful piece about the inner workings of these schemes and how stay-at-home mums are targeted, Kate discusses the fact that the Direct Selling Association reports that 77.4% of individuals involved in schemes like this are women, and the vast majority of those are mothers.
“Why do women join these schemes? Well, being a stay-at-home mum can be bloody tough, and yet conversely, many of us would give our right arm to do it. Mum-guilt is a powerful factor, that MLM businesses know will lead to new recruits. But many of us feel redundant at home, with CBeebies on constant loop, and burbling baby talk filling our days,” Kate says.
*Many women lose thousands of pounds* (Credit: Getty)Many women lose thousands of pounds (Credit: Getty)
“It’s understandable that women look for something to keep them ‘busy’, to give them their worth back as a working adult, and generate income. Single mums, low income families are an easy target.”
One former MLM link, Sammy, lost around £10,000 to the schemes she was involved with.
“I was sucked in by Forever Living... Two whole years I dedicated to it. I did ok, but looking back my biggest problem was the success above me. I was VERY close to the top bot in the country (4 levels away from her) my direct upline was earning £6,000 a month, her upline £10,000 and her upline £50,000. This definitely skewed my vision on it...I was just told over and over again that if I just worked a little bit harder then I would be that successful too.
“When I eventually left because I was getting nowhere with it (sucked into ANOTHER MLM which was a complete joke) my lovely supportive uplines turned on me so quickly it was unbelievable! Only once the second MLM flopped did I realise all of what you said in your blog. Looking back it's scary how cult-like MLM is. I felt totally stupid.”
If you’ve seen something similar and are tempted to get involved, make sure you do your research and check out all the information before handing over any money.

copyright Closer Magazine 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Petition to stop the 'Herbalife (HLF)' mob buying association with The Great Run Company.



In just a few days, around 2000 people signed the petition requesting that 'The Great Run Company' end its partnership with 'Herbalife.'

Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but since the article (below) was posted this morning, 'Herbalife's' sponsorship deal with 'The Great Run Company' has been cancelled and 'Herbalife's' logo has already vanished from 'The Great Run Company's' Website.

Having taken into account feedback, we have decided not to proceed with a partnership with Herbalife.


Statutory Warning

More than half a century of quantifiable evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that:
  • what has become popularly-known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' is nothing more than an absurd, cultic, economic pseudo-science.
  • the impressive-sounding made-up term 'MLM,' is, therefore, part of an extensive, thought-stopping, non-traditional jargon which has been developed, and constantly-repeated, by the instigators, and associates, of various, copy-cat, major, and minor, ongoing organised crime groups (hiding behind labyrinths of legally-registered corporate structures) to shut-down the critical, and evaluative, faculties of victims, and of casual observers, in order to perpetrate, and dissimulate, a series of blame-the-victim closed-market swindles or pyramid scams (dressed up as 'legitimate direct selling income opportunites'), and related advance-fee frauds (dressed up as 'legitimate training and motivation, self-betterment, programs, recruitment leads, lead generation systems,' etc.).

  • the latest attempts by the bosses of the 'MLM' front-company known as 'Herbalife' to infiltrate traditional culture in the UK (via sponsorship of 'The Great Run Company') forms part of an overall pattern of ongoing major racketeering activity (as defined by the US federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, 1970).


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Brendan Foster

The Great North Run was created in 1981 when popular European and Commonwealth middle-distance running champion, Brendan Foster, organised a half marathon in his native North-East England. Since then, the Great North Run has developed into the world’s most-celebrated half marathon and the UK’s most-popular running event with almost 60,000 participants.
In 1988, Nova International Ltd was established to manage all Great Run assets.
From its initial event, the company has expanded to comprise a portfolio of events which also include various mass-participation running, swimming, and cycling, events and family activities.

In 2014 the Great North Run became the first event in the world to be officially recognised by the IAAF for achieving one million individual finishes.

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In March 2015 Nova International became The Great Run Company.

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  • Simplyhealth
  • Puma
  • Aqua-pura
  • duracell
  • Garmin
  • BBC-Sport
  • Arcadis
  • Pure Gym
  • Athetics Weekly
  • Nirvana Europe
  • Just Giving
  • Herbal Life
  • Ibuleve

A couple of days ago, I began to receive various complaints that the 'Herbalife' mob had bought association with The Great Run Company and other sponsors, including the BBC. I was also informed that a petition had been started to persuade The Great Run Company's management to change their minds.

Blog readers are invited to sign this petition.

David Brear (copyright 2017)

Friday, 14 April 2017

Robert FitzPatrick explains HR 5230

The political landscape concerning pyramid selling schemes has dramatically changed with the election of Donald Trump. The changes include a MLM-connected president and Cabinet who will likely call off the regulators. A recent Slate article documents Trump’s and his Cabinet’s and advisor’s ties to MLM and quotes a pro-MLM financial analyst, “When (Amway’s) Betsy DeVos was named to the Trump Cabinet we took that as a very strong signal that the Trump administration had no real issue with the MLM world. … We are in a post-regulatory world.
With the election there is now also a stronger possibility for passage of a new national law to protect MLMs, such as Herbalife, Amway, Nuskin and Usana, among hundreds of others. The bill is written and pushed by the MLM-lobbying group, Direct Selling Association. This goes beyond “de-regulation” to “alternative-legality,” a consequence of “alternative facts.”
The bill is HR 5230. If it had passed last year when it was introduced, it is questionable the Federal Trade Commission could have imposed the $200 million refund payment to 350,000 consumers and drastic restructuring on MLM’s flagship, Herbalife. HR5230 promises to sweep away the specter of pyramid scheme prosecution that haunts all MLMs. It does this by changing the distinction of “legitimate MLM”, on which all prosecutions have been based for 40 years. The practices determined by the FTC and federal courts to be “unfair and deceptive”, and which were recently banned in the Herbalife prosecution, would be made legal.
Fraud by Any Other Name
Yet the fundamentals that define pyramid scheme fraud and its inexorable harmful effects have not changed, and never will. For this reason, the controversy, protests, class action lawsuits and short-selling around “multi-level marketing”, aka “MLM,” will not cease, despite the election. The proposed law may restrict regulators, but it will not change the reality on which years of prosecutions are based.
A pyramid scheme is not illegal due to any administration or any special law and it cannot be made legal by enacting a law or by halting law enforcement. A pyramid scheme is illegal because of its inherent deception and the inevitable harm it always must cause. Pyramid schemes are frauds per se. An endless chain proposition that requires payments to participate and in which recruiting new people whose own payments to gain the right to recruit provide the promised “profit” are fraudulent by design. The losses and the intrinsic deception will be the same, law or no law. Fraud is fraud, by any other name.
Though the FTC has been inconsistent in pyramid matters, it has built up a war chest of federal court rulings that are based on a common sense, fact-based recognition of the elements of a pyramid scheme disguised as “direct selling” and “multi-level marketing.” These rulings consistently recognize a categorical distinction between a sales business based on profitable retail sales by individuals in the open market, and a closed, “endless chain” recruitment system in which the participants themselves are the primary buyers and where profit requires both ongoing product purchases to get access to the recruiting profits and perpetually extending the “endless chain.” This is flim-flam, a money trap, financial fraud, a racket, or what is commonly called “pyramid scheme.”
Changing Reality by Changing Words
In accordance with these court rulings, the FTC has referenced a definition of a theoretical “legitimate” MLM (without ever naming one) as “a business model in which a company distributes products through a network of distributors who earn income from their own retail sales of the product and from retail sales made by the distributors‘ direct and indirect recruits.” (emphasis added)
The problem is that many trusted MLMs have turned out not to be the retail-based sales companies described by the FTC as “legitimate MLM.” They were revealed as pyramid recruiting schemes only disguised as sales businesses. This jarring contradiction was verified in series of recent FTC, SEC and DOJ prosecutions of MLMs, Burnlounge, Fortune High Tech Marketing, Vemma, Zeek Rewards, Telexfree and Herbalife, in which millions of American households had lost billions, in the belief they were “legal MLM.”
Under HR5230, they likely would have been. With a clever insertion of a few key words, the bill eliminates the fundamental distinction applied by the regulators, prohibiting recruiting-based rewards and play-to-play purchase requirements that must lead to losses for the “last ones in”, i.e., the vast majority. Instead of a business being determined legal or illegal based on facts of its operation, the bill shifts the required proof of illegality to a “motive”. Yet, when the whole purpose of a fraud is to deceive the victims, how can the fraud be determined by the “motive” of the people being deceived? MLM pyramids use products to divert victims from seeing that they are paying for the right to recruit others who pay for the right to recruit. They are led to think it’s about “products” even though no one makes any money from personally selling the products.
HR5230 creates a new definition of “pyramid scheme” that cleanses the classic toxic practices of “endless chain”, closed market, payment for rights to recruit and rewards gained from the recruits’ payments – as long as the promised rewards are derived from “purchases”. In other words, if the pyramid money transfer is laundered through product-purchases, everything is suddenly legal.  Under HR5230, no longer would the MLM have to generate funds from the external retail market like all other sales businesses do. It could merely re-label the reward-incentivized and quota-driven purchases of participants inside a closed market as “sales.” Those who pay for eligibility to gain recruiting rewards by making “qualifying purchases” and are supposedly “distributors” are now renamed “ultimate users”, just like shoppers in a department store. It’s an alternative reality to provide alternative legality.
The final transformation into legality would be achieved with one key word in the HR5230, “solely”. The government henceforth would have to prove not only that the MLM is designed as a pyramid scheme, which is actually easy to do, but that those who were duped into joining had only one “sole” motive for making purchases – to gain pyramid recruiting rewards. Anything less than “sole”, such as maybe trying the product, or being led to think the product is good, or maybe hoping the product is worth the price as well as providing “unlimited income” — those ambiguous and multiple motives would convert the recruiting-reward-endless-chain plan into innocent “direct selling.” Even if the person purchased “unreasonable” amounts of product, still all is okay unless the government can prove a “sole” motive for the purchases of money-making. Of course, proving a “sole” motive, (especially inside a fraud)  is impossible. Hence, an alternative “legality” is established for MLMs.
This proposed law, ironically, is named the “Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act.” To reveal its true intent and effect, Congress and citizens can just drop the word “anti.”

Robert FitzPatrick (copyright 2017)