Saturday 27 October 2012

No matter how much you believe in the 'Lyoness' Utopia, you can never achieve it.

In 1945, whilst most, contemporary mainstream commentators were unable to look beyond the ends of their noses, with a perfect sense of irony, George Orwell (1903-1950) presented fact as fiction in an insightful 'fairy story' entitled, 'Animal Farm.' He revealed that totalitarianism is merely the oppressors' fiction mistaken for fact by the oppressed. In the same universal allegory, Orwell described how, at a time of vulnerability, almost any people's dream of a future, secure, Utopian existence can be hung over the entrance to a totalitarian deception. Indeed, the words that are always banished by totalitarian deceivers are, 'totalitarian' and 'deception.' Sadly, when it comes to examining the same enduring phenomenon, albeit with an ephemeral 'Capitalist' label, most contemporary, mainstream commentators have again been unable to look further than the ends of their noses. However, if they followed Orwell's example, and did some serious thinking, this is the reality-inverting nightmare they would find.

Readers please note that, as a result of well-informed complaints to Carrefour in France and Lego in Denmark, both these reputable European companies now no longer do business with the 'Lyoness'  racketeers ( Jan 7th, 2013).

I have recently been asked some classic questions about the so-called  'Lyoness Income Opportunity' :

  • How can 'Lyoness' be a fraud, when it is partnered with the world's largest companies? 

  • If people were just giving their money to 'Lyoness,' then perhaps it would be a fraud... but since they are buying gift tokens and getting a cash-back discount, surely it can't be a pyramid fraud?

Now if readers just stop for a moment to think, the word, 'Lyoness,' has been taken from various traditional myths surrounding the legendary 'King Arthur,'  in which 'Lyonesse' is the name of a Kingdom that is supposed to have sunk beneath the Atlantic Ocean deep in the mists of time. .

In the Utopian 'Lyoness Income Opportunity' kingdom, the self-appointed ruler, Hubert the Rich, has told his poor, but loyal, subjects that in order that they can also become rich, out of the kindness of his heart, he has formed alliances with the world's largest companies. 

In the adult world of quantifiable reality, Hubert Freidl is a narcissistic little liar who has created a labyrinth of corporate structures which he has then used to buy gift vouchers from hundreds of legitimate commercial enterprises (large and small). Therefore, 'Lyoness' has never been acting in direct association, or partnership, with any authentic business, it has merely been a customer. 

That said, by withholding key-information, Hubert Freidl has effectively-stolen the names and reputations of countless famous (and not so famous) brands around the world in order to commit fraud and also to prevent the victims of that fraud from facing reality and complaining. 

When examined in splendid isolation, the 'Lyoness' cash-back scheme does appear to be lawful. However, membership of the scheme has not been 'free' (as has been widely-advertised). On the contrary, in order to join the 'Lyoness' scheme, members of the public have been obliged to buy an initial quota of gift card/vouchers (several hundreds Euros / $).  In reality, the cash-back scheme has been the entrance to a classic, dissimulated closed-market swindle or Ponzi scheme. In this, a significant minority of existing 'Lyoness' members (with access to independent funds) have been deceived into investing in ever-larger quotas of gift card/vouchers (several thousands Euros / $) on the pretext that if they duplicate a proven plan and recruit their friends and relatives to buy the same ever-larger quotas of gift card/vouchers, and their recruits then duplicate the same plan, ad infinitum, eventually they will arrive at a point where they will have thousands of recruiters multiplying beneath them in the organization, enabling them to earn hundreds of thousands of Euros/$ annually in commission payments, without any further effort. 

There are various commentators on so-called 'Multi-Level Marketing Income Opportunities' who have recently posted lengthy reviews of the so-called  'Lyoness Income Opportunity.'

No matter how linguistically and mathematically complex the presentations (or even attempted explanations) of the so-called 'Lyoness Income Opportunity,' self-evidently, the only money flowing into the economically-incestuous 'Lyoness' pyramid, is coming from a never-ending chain of investors (arbitrarily, and falsely, defined as 'Independent Business Representatives' ) who are condemned to occupy its lower levels. Indeed, for the insignificant minority of grinning schills to have arrived at the profitable summit of the 'Lyoness' pyramid, the overwhelming majority have been required to remain as deluded, de facto slave recruiters in its unprofitable base. At the same time, all these persons' losing-investments, made on the false expectation of receiving future reward, have been laundered as 'lawful sales based on value and demand.' Furthermore, since profits have been generated from, and sales-tax paid on, these ultimately unlawful transactions, by the various companies who have sold 'Lyoness' their gift vouchers, the bosses of 'Lyoness' have actually lured legitimate businesses and governments into deriving substantial benefit from a serious fraud.

The common-sense questions which (if put to Hubert Freidl by intellectually-rigorous  journalists, law enforcement agents, legislators, etc.), would begin to uncover the absurd, but nonetheless pernicious, nature of 'Lyoness,' are as follows:

  • Since the organization's instigation, exactly how many people around the world have signed-up with 'Lyoness,' and exactly how many of these alleged 'Independent Business Representatives' have got back more money than they paid in?
  • What quantifiable evidence can you supply which would prove that the so-called 'Lyoness income opportunity' has had any significant and sustainable revenue other than that deriving from a never-ending chain of losing participants?

Classically of an 'Income Opportunity / Prosperity Gospel' cult instigator, Hubert Freidl has sought to overwhelm his 'Lyoness' subjects emotionally and intellectually by steadfastly pretending that progressive initiation into his own secret mathematical/economic knowledge (coupled with total belief in its authenticity and unconditional deference to the authority of its higher initiates) will defeat a negative force of impurity and evil, and lead to future exclusive redemption in a Utopian existence (where no inhabitant works, but everyone is prosperous, happy and free). By making total belief a prerequisite of redemption, 'Lyoness' adherents are drawn into a closed-logic trap (i.e. failure to achieve redemption is solely the fault of the individual who didn’t believe totally). The so-called 'Lyoness Income Opportunity' is typical of cultic pseudo-science which is always essentially the same hypnotic hocus-pocus, but peddled in an infinite variety of forms and combinations (‘spiritual’, ‘medical’, ‘philosophical’, cosmological', extraterrestrial’, ‘political’, ‘racial’, ‘mathematical’, ‘economic’, New-Age’, 'magical', etc.), often with impressive, made-up, technical-sounding names. 

'Lyoness' has been tailored to fit the spirit of the times and to attract a broad range of persons, but especially those open to an exclusive offer of financial salvation. Obedient 'Lyoness' adherents (who hand over their cash) are granted ego-inflating ranks and titles, 'Premium Members', etc., whilst non-initiates are referred to using derogatory, dehumanizing terms 'losers', etc. Although initiation can at first appear to be reasonable and benefits achievable, the so-called 'Lyoness Income Opportunity' gradually becomes evermore costly and mystifying. Ultimately, it is completely incomprehensible and its claimed benefits are not quantifiable. The self-righteous euphoria and relentless enthusiasm of deluded 'Lyoness' proselytizers can be highly infectious and deeply misleading. They are totally convinced that their own financial salvation also depends on saving others.

David Brear (copyright 2012)

Thursday 18 October 2012

'Income opportunity' racketeers cover their tracks by blaming their victims.

In 1945, whilst most, contemporary mainstream commentators were unable to look beyond the ends of their noses, with a perfect sense of irony, Eric Arthur Blair a.k.a. George Orwell (1903-1950) presented fact as fiction in an insightful 'fairy story' entitled, 'Animal Farm.' He revealed that totalitarianism is merely the oppressors' fiction mistaken for fact by the oppressed.

In the same universal allegory, Orwell described how, at a time of vulnerability, almost any people's dream of a future, secure, Utopian existence can be hung over the entrance to a totalitarian deception. Indeed, the words that are always banished by totalitarian deceivers are, 'totalitarian' and 'deception.'

Sadly, when it comes to examining the same enduring phenomenon, albeit with an ephemeral 'Capitalist' label, most contemporary, mainstream commentators have again been unable to look further than the ends of their noses. However, if they followed Orwell's example, and did some serious thinking, this is the reality-inverting nightmare they would find.


Perhaps the most-notorious example of a cult instigator who was also a prolific sexual abuser, and who was never held to account, is James Warren (a.k.a. 'Jim' or 'Jimmy') Jones (1931-1978).

Jones is now known to have been one of America's most manipulative sexual predators. He concocted a 'religious/political' fairy story of a future Utopian existence on Earth, entitled the 'Peoples Temple,' and then used his self-appointed position of authority within this unoriginal totalitarian fantasy, secretly to abuse and silence numerous, vulnerable men, women and children over a period spanning 3 decades. Classically, at the time, virtually none of Jones' sexual abuse victims came forward. There were, however, occasions when he came close to exposure. Despite his steadfast pretence of moral and intellectual authority, in December 1973, Jones (aged 42) was arrested in San Francisco for ‘making lewd advances’ to an undercover, male police officer in the toilet of an ‘adult-movie theater.' Jones was quickly released without charge and reports of the incident were at first suppressed by his supporters in the media. When rumours inevitably began to circulate about Jones’ sordid sexual adventures, a counter-rumour was launched that the popular 'Civil-Rights' campaigner had been framed by the racist police Dept. However, is now known that Jones was using under-age girls (the daughters of core-adherents) to supply sexual services to influential persons whom he wanted to blackmail. 

It is quite remarkable how many casual observers were completely fooled by Jim Jones' sanctimonious performance. Whilst various commentators described him as:

 a 'Jeckyll and Hyde' - a man who was capable of great kindness and great cruelty

I believe in jim jones

Interestingly, exactly the same far-from-intellectually-rigorous observation was made of Hitler and Stalin; for, when the wider-picture is examined, it makes as much sense as putting counterfeit banknotes under a microscope and concluding that since parts of them appear to be faultless, they can't be completely valueless.

Due to the fact that Jones eventually caused, in a single day in 1978, the deaths of more than 900 persons (of whom around 40% were infants and children), his decades of sexual abuse have largely been ignored. However, it is a matter of public record, that, since the 1950s, the self-appointed sovereign leader of the so-called ‘Peoples Temple,’ the ‘Reverend’ Jim Jones, sought to control all information entering not only his adherents’ minds, but also that entering the minds of casual observers. This was initially achieved by his constantly denigrating all external sources of information whilst constantly repeating his group’s reality-inverting'religious/socialist/humanitarian/charitable' key words and images. During this period, Jones was protected by an echelon of amoral attorneys whilst pursuing various, hidden, criminal objectives (fraudulent, sexual and violent). Behind its Utopian façade, the so-called Peoples Temple was always a brutal totalitarian State in microcosm, and Jim Jones was its first and final Dictator.

As well as the central structure which he arbitrarily defined as the ‘Peoples Temple,’ Jones organized the creation, dissolution and subversion of a mystifying labyrinth of (apparently independent) corporate structures, including the ‘Jonestown Agricultural Project’, pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful, activities in order to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and isolate himself from liability. Eventually, Jones sustained his criminal activities by the imposition of arbitrary contracts and codes (loyaltysecrecy, denunciation,confession, justice, punishment, etc.) within his group, and by the use of humiliation, intimidation, calumny, malicious prosecution (where he posed as innocent victim under attack), sophism, infiltration of traditional culture, corruption, intelligence gathering and blackmail, extortion, physical isolation, violence, assassination, etc., to repress any internal or external dissent. Sadly, for more than quarter of a century, Jones’ increasingly paranoid delusions went completely unchallenged by an alarming number of unthinking observers in US law enforcement, the media and in the political, and religious, establishment. These people preferred to ignore the quantifiable evidence proving that Jim Jones was a mentally-unstable narcissist turned megalomaniacal psychopath. 

After steadfastly pretending moral and intellectual authority throughout most of his life, faced with ego-destroying reality  (in the form of a fact-finding mission led by California Congressman, Leo J. Ryan), Jones not only slaughtered his most-determined critics, but also himself, his family, his followers and even his pet animals, rather be held to account for a gruesome catalogue of clandestine crimes. These chilling events have often been inaccurately described as a 'mass-suicide.'

In the light of the recent exposure of an extensive sexual abuse scandal in Britain concerning the late Sir James (a.k.a. 'Jimmy') Savile, the BBC, the National Health Service and Savile's own echelon of amoral attorneys, the mainstream British media has been belatedly trying to answer an age-old question: 

How do sexual abusers cover their tracks?

Various 'experts' agree that sexual abusers are skilled at hiding their crimes and that, to this end, they use common techniques.

In brief, the 'experts' say that sexual abusers silence their victims using a combination of fear and threats and by making their victims believe that they were at fault.

Common sense would suggest that, in order to encourage the victims of sexual abuse to come forward, these same 'experts' ought to have long-since re-named the problem:  'blame-the-victim sexual abuse.'

However essentially the same question, and essentially the same blindingly-obvious answer, applies to financial and psychological abusers - 'income opportunity' racketeers, indeed most fraudsters, cover their tracks by blaming their victims.

That said, various gangs of 'income opportunity' racketeers ('Amway' , 'Herbalife' , 'Nu Skin' , 'Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing' , 'Xango', 'Lyoness', 'Club Asteria', etc.) have all infiltrated traditional culture and used sinister, reality-inverting, totalitarian, information control techniques which already place them almost as high on the scale of cultic, organized-abuse as Jim Jones.

It is also interesting to note, that, just like Jim Jones, when faced with the looming prospect of a rigorous criminal investigation in the 1970s, the 'Amway' bosses were the first 'income opportunity' racketeers who took the precaution of moving their clandestine activities out of the USA.

David Brear (copyright 2012)

Saturday 13 October 2012

Hubert Freidl and Jimmy Savile, criminals hidden behind 'philanthropy.'

Readers please note that, as a result of well-informed complaints to Carrefour in France and Lego in Denmark, both these reputable European companies now no longer do business with the 'Lyoness'  racketeers ( Jan 7th, 2013).

This Blog has previously received comments from intellectually-castrated 'Amway' worshippers, wanting to know how I can possibly accuse members of the DeVos and VanAndel clans of being crooks, when they have given so much money to charity; particularly, 'UNICEF?' 

'Income opportunity' racketeer, Hubert Freidl posing as a child-loving philanthropist

Predictably, this Blog has now received almost identical comments from an intellectually-castrated worshipper of 'Lyoness,' who wanted to know how I can possibly accuse Hubert Freidl of being a crook, when the mainstream media reports that he has created a 'children's charity?' 

The following is my reply; for the apparently saintly 'Amway' mob and Hubert Freidl, are far from being alone as arrogant little narcissists hiding behind a sanctimonious public façade of  philanthropy in order to prevent, and/or divert, investigation of abusive crimes against numerous vulnerable victims. 

Last year, the media reported the death of a 'British Icon/legend,' Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile OBE KCSG (1926-2011). His official obituaries were universally positive, although it is highly-revealing to note that the media made little of the fact that Savile died alone, whilst the editors of certain well-known publications were so lazy that they couldn't even be bothered to find an accurate spelling of his name. 

Jimmy Savile presenting Elvis with a gold disc, 1960.
Jimmy Savile hanging out with the 'Beatles,' 1967.

Born the youngest of 7 children in a lower middle-class family in the Yorkshire city of Leeds, Savile spent the latter years of WWII as a conscripted coal miner. After recovering from a spinal injury caused by an explosion, for a while after WWII, Savile was known as an aspiring semi-professional cyclist and professional wrestler, but he is credited with being the person who, in 1947, invented the profession of Disc Jockey (i.e. using a microphone to introduce continuous recorded dance music on twin turntables). A flamboyant, eccentric and classless personality, who perfectly reflected the spirit of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, Savile transferred from owning, managing and performing in dance halls, to presenting radio and television.

Savile became particularly associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) where, from the 1960s to the 1990s, he fronted various popular radio and television shows. 1975-1994, he played the role of a kitsch, Rolls-Royce driving, cigar-smoking 'Santa' usually dressed in a track suit or lounge suit and dripping with gold jewellery, on a television show called 'Jim'll Fix It.' 

At the height of Savile's fame, 'Jim'll Fix It' (on which he fulfilled the dreams of  ordinary folk, but particularly, under-privileged youngsters) attracted huge television audiences. He is one of the few celebrities to have featured twice on the UK version of 'This is Your Life.'

Apart from his career in entertainment, which made him into a multi-millionaire, Savile (a practising 'Roman Catholic') is estimated to have raised around £40 millions for charity, particularly Stoke Mandevile Hospital (which specializes in spinal injuries), where he worked as a volunteer porter and was given his own apartment. 

Savile also worked as a volunteer porter at the Leeds General Infirmary and at Broadmoor secure hospital (in which some of the most dangerous criminally-insane offenders in Britain are held). 

In 1988, Savile chaired a task force to advise on the governing of Broadmoor. Again he was given his own apartment at Broadmoor. Savile also supplied substantial funds  to sponsor Leeds University medical students in the University Research Enterprise scholarship scheme.

Savile became a celebrated charity marathon runner; finishing the London marathon as recently as 2005, when he was 79 years old.

As result of his charity work, in 1972, Savile was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire. However, in 1990, he was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

Later in 1990, Savile was created Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, by Pope John Paul II. Over the years, he was also awarded a string of honorary academic titles. 

Jimmy Saville and Diana (Pic: INS)

From bedroom to waiting room: Sir Jimmy shows Prince Charles and Princess Diana around the National Spinal Injuries Centre in 1983 after raising £10million for its opening

Savile was also described as a friend of the late Princess Diana and a friend and unofficial adviser to Prince Charles.


In October 2011, Savile's funeral (for which he left detailed instructions) included the public displaying of a his closed gilded coffin in the Queen's Hotel Leeds, followed by a service at Leeds Cathedral and burial in the Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough.

This summer, an auction of Savile's personal possessions (including a silver Rolls-Royce convertible) raised several hundred thousands pounds for charity.

Last month, various UK newspapers reported that a number of women were claiming that they had been sexually-molested or raped by Savile during the 1960s and 1970s. One of these persons was just 14 years old at the time, but it was believed that Savile had targeted girls as young as 12. An independent television documentary, broadcast October 3rd 2012, contained the same allegations and interviews with Savile's victims. The London Metropolitan Police have announced, that as a result of the recent media exposure, they have received 400 lines of inquiry, and that they are dealing with over 200 persons (including two men) who say that they were victims of Savile's hidden criminal activities. However, this appears to be just the tip of an iceberg; for it has finally been revealed that, in the past, Savile was the object of a string of complaints to the police, and to the press, dating back to the late 1950s, but he was never held to account. Numerous persons (including former BBC colleagues, hospital staff, patients, etc.) have all come forward to testify that they knew all about Savile's abusive behaviour, but felt obliged to remain silent. They feared that, due to Savile's iconic status and friends in high places, no one would believe them. Other witnesses have testified that their complaints to the management of the BBC about Savile had been trivialised, and/or ignored. It has already been claimed that Savile's young victims could number several hundreds and that many of them will still be too ashamed to come forward. Indeed, this former British 'icon/legend' will now almost certainly go down in history, as Britain's most-prolific, evil and manipulative paedophile.

Janet Cope worked for Savile for 28 years and claimed to be the only person who really knew him.

Although Savile cannot be described as a cult guru, there were evidently some very decent persons in his entourage from whom he deliberately hid the ugly truth and who, at first, defended the saintly character he played. I feel particularly sorry for Savile's former personal assistant, Janet Cope. Even though she was sacked after almost 30 years of loyal service, she tried to convince reporters that her boss' behaviour is explained by the fact that he was besieged with young women admirers in search of casual sex, but she insisted that all the people who have recently claimed to be Savile's under-age victims are liars and fantasists in search of money. Janet Cope then gave further interviews in which she began to confront the reality that she'd been duped. She also described Savile's violent temper and the level of control he held over people around him.

Amazingly, all Janet Cope needed to do to discover the truth, was read Savile's autobiography, 'As it Happens,' published in 1974. In this, he openly boasted and joked about having unlawful sex with a pretty, under-age girl who had run away from a remand home, and of being above the law.
This means, that countless persons, including Savile's publishers, his publishers' lawyers, indeed, anyone who read his autobiography of 1974, were party to the written confession of a devious, narcissistic criminal, but they simply ignored it .

Initially, certain members of Savile's family issued statements in which they condemned the press for attacking a dead man and for damaging the charitable trust which bears his name. All the same, other members of Savile's family have already had his recently-installed tombstone removed and destroyed. This had born the ambiguous and inflammatory epitaph:

'It Was Good While It Lasted'

The Director General of the BBC, George Entwistle, announced two internal inquiries into the alleged criminal activities of Jimmy Savile. Mr. Entwistle also stated that he was personally revolted.

'Lyoness Income Opportunity' racketeer, Hubert Freidl,
pretending association with 94 year old Nelson Madela.

Should any more intellectually-castrated worshippers of 'income opportunity' racketeers be considering contacting this Blog to enquire how I can possibly accuse the objects of their unquestioning devotion of being crooks, when they have given so much to charity?, the short answer to their scripted-question is as follows: 

During the course of my research into 'income opportunity' racketeers, I have discovered that all of them have attempted to prevent, and/or divert, investigation of their hidden criminal activities by steadfastly pretending to be 'philanthropists.' When seen in isolation (by casual observers), the creation of, and the giving of money to, charity can appear to be perfectly lawful activities. However, in the case of numerous gangs of  'income opportunity' racketeers ('Amway', 'Herbalife', NuSkin', 'Xango', 'Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing', 'Lyoness', etc.) when the wider picture is examined, these same activities are revealed as a blatant attempt to obstruct justice, forming part of an overall pattern of ongoing major racketeering activity.    

David Brear (copyright 2012)