Corruption

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“They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

-Imelda Marcos

The Marcos Regime is primarily known for its brutality and corruption. However, Imelda Marcos is known notoriously for her love of material things and most infamously shoes.

Imelda Marcos, in full Imelda Romuáldez Marcos, née Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romuáldez (born July 2, 1929, Manila, Philippines) public figure in the Philippines who wielded great power during the 20-year rule of her husband, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. She remains one of the richest politicians in the Philippines through her collection of clothing, artwork, and jewellry, along with money in offshore bank accounts under the pseudonym “Jane Ryan”. As a result, she has been called a kleptocrat by her critics who accuse her of plunder.

The harsh rule of Ferdinand Marcos and the Marcos regime led to much of the poverty in the Philippines and suffering. Yet, Imelda and the presidential family hardly suffered. They lived a lavish, ostentatious, glamorous, royal lifestyle at the expense of their people. Draining most of the funds from the Philippine government, Imelda Marcos purchased extravagantly. Imelda travelled to New York and other destinations to buy fashions, high-end jewellery and other luxury items. She visited all of the major palaces and cities of mankind and purchased items left and right. Imelda bought the world’s biggest diamond in 1983. She bought a Michelangelo piece for three and a half million dollars. In addition, she bought a 26 story skyscraper in Manhattan.

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Lewinsky and then-President Clinton's liaison was big news in 1998.

Lewinsky and then-President Clinton’s liaison was big news in 1998.

Linda Tripp

A Presidential Affair

Linda Rose Tripp is a former U.S. civil servant who figured in the Monica Lewinsky scandal of 1998–99. The former White House employee found herself at the center of a media firestorm after it was discovered that she had secretly recorded conversations with President Bill Clinton’s alleged mistress, White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and handed them over to the man investigating the Clintons’ Whitewater scandal, Kenneth Starr. The tapes played a key role in Clinton’s eventual impeachment by Congress, and Tripp endured intense media scrutiny.

Tripp’s action in secretly recording Lewinsky’s confidential phone calls about her relationship with the President caused a sensation with their links to the earlier Jones v. Clinton lawsuit and with the disclosing of notably intimate details. Tripp claimed that her motives were purely patriotic, and she was able to avoid a wiretap charge in exchange for handing in the tapes. She then claimed that her firing from the Pentagon at the end of the Clinton administration was vindictive, while the administration claimed it to be a standard routine.

Tripp was a White House employee in the George H. W. Bush administration, and kept her job when Bill Clinton took over in 1993. During the summer of 1994, senior White House aides wanted Tripp out, so they arranged a job for her in the public affairs office in the Pentagon which gave her a raise of $20,000 per year.

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Pressure mounts on climate hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio to stand down from his UN Climate Change role

As if it isn’t bad enough that climate hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio flies around the world in private jets while lecturing us on the perils of CO2, he is now being pressured to renounce his UN Climate Change role because of his involvement in a corruption scandal.

A rainforest charity calls on the star to either denounce his connection to individuals involved in a Malaysian corruption scandal and return laundered money he allegedly received or give up his role.

In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to give up his title as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

At a press conference in London, the Bruno Manser Funds offered DiCaprio an ultimatum: either he renounce his connections to the “politically exposed persons” at the center of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and return corrupt money he allegedly received or resign from the position he was given by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in 2014.   Read more »

Aucklanders, not voted yet? Then read this

…a former Senior Manager at Auckland Transport, Murray Noone, is being tried in the Auckland High Court for charges relating to bribery in the course of his employment at the Council.

Jo Holmes, Spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, says:

“It will come as a bitter disappointment, but no surprise, to the ratepayers of Auckland that Council’s culture of waste that the Alliance has been shining a light on for 18 months extends to one of corruption and bribery.”

“The Auckland High Court heard that one of Auckland Transport’s senior managers Murray Noone, accepted nearly $1.1 million in bribes from a private company he was involved in awarding roading contracts to. The proceedings are exposing examples of alleged corruption and bribery up to the highest levels of Auckland Council.” Read more »

No surprises here as corruption trial reveals culture of corruption in Auckland Council

I’m not at all surprised by revelations in the High Court yesterday.

A rare prosecution of alleged corruption in the New Zealand public sector has heard of a claimed cascading culture of bribery that saw a senior Auckland Council manager collect $1.1 million and his subordinates taken for a $3000 lunch.

The alleged gratuities extended to covering honeymoon expenses in Florida for the daughter of a senior council staffer, dozens of overseas trips, and regular monthly payments of around $8000 into the pocket of former Auckland Transport senior manager Murray Noone by roading contractor Stephen Borlase.

Noone and Borlase yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges of corrupting a public official by bribery. Borlase, who road maintenace firm Projenz is at the heart of the case, also declared himself not guilty of charges he inflated invoices.

Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey said part of the Crown’s case is that Borlase arranged matters so the Rodney District Council – and later Auckland Transport – effectively paid to have their own staff bribed.

The case has drawn considerable interest from white-collar crime watchers as it wound through the system over the past three years, particularly given New Zealand’s hiterto almost-spotless reputation for having an incorrupt public sector.

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Why does Phil Goff hang around with dodgy, corrupt, convicted ratbags?

Corrupt former Labour party candidate was in the news again last week for more ratbag behaviour.

He is a darling of the Labour party however and in the past both Goff and his putative replacement in MT Roskill Michael Wood have enjoyed being seen with him.

But what we can reveal today after information via the tipline became available is that Phil Goff is still consorting with the corrupt ratbag.

On the 14th of August this year a fundraiser for Phil Goff was held at an Indian restaurant in Papakura.

And there, front and centre with Daljit Singh was Phil Goff.

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Terrorists allegedly build base with millions of dollars of World Vision cash

We have been contacted by World Vision.

You can read their Press release on the topic here.

Due to the seriousness of the allegations World Vision says that they have already suspended operations in Gaza.


As you already know millions of NZ dollars donated to World Vision were allegedly stolen and  funneled directly to the terrorist wing of Hamas. New Zealand was not the only country to have its donations allegedly sent to Hamas. Germany, Britain and Australia  were allegedly ripped off as well.

Back in 2012  World Vision was warned that money was being sent to Hamas.

World Vision said it was standing by its employee Mohammed El-Halabi and was “shocked” at the charges against him. 

-telegraph.co.uk

Hamas didn’t blow all of it on loose goats, camel urine, and tea towels. They also allegedly managed to put enough of the stolen millions of World Vision charity aside to build this terrorist base complete with terror tunnels,  a surveillance tower, and an urban training facility.

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Donations from the United Kingdom made to the Christian aid organization World Vision were used by Hamas to build one of such 70 military bases that operate in Gaza. The allegations are part of the June 15, 2016 arrest of Mohammed El-Halabi, a senior World Vision worker facing charges of funneling $43 million in charity funds to Hamas.

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Davis fails to front with evidence, what a surprise

Yesterday Kelvin Davis performed yet another hit job on Serco, alleging that there were corrupt prison officers delivering contraband to the scumbags in jail.

Paul Henry challenged him to front, so did Judith Collins…but he has failed to deliver up evidence and now the problem is in the hands of Police.

Kelvin Davis “is playing a game” and risks attracting the attention of “violent” criminals, Corrections Minister Judith Collins has warned.

The Labour MP on Thursday alleged a small number of Corrections officers in Auckland are taking bribes and sneaking cigarettes to inmates. He provided Newshub with a recording of a conversation between himself and a family member on the outside, explaining how the smuggling operation runs.

Mr Davis promised to give all the evidence he had to Ms Collins.

“About six o’clock last night he sent through what he said was a transcript,” Ms Collins told Paul Henry on Friday morning.

“Yesterday I spoke to the Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, and Ray and I talked about this, and Ray decided to send this straight away to police because it’s evidence of bribery and corruption — well, it’s an allegation of it.”

Ms Collins appears to not have read the transcript Mr Davis gave her, saying she didn’t know what was in it.

She says Mr Davis hasn’t given her any names, nor the recording of the conversation he had with the whistleblower.   Read more »

NZ drops in corruption ratings

The Herald has asked the question of whether NZ is corrupt. Really? They don’t know? Are they surprised?

Of course NZ is filled with corrupt officials. Local Government is the worst.

Corruption is foolishly assumed by the Media Party to be extreme acts. Like someone getting paid off to make a decision that avoids due process.

They have tried to lay the blame on top line government “scandals” but they are missing the point.

Corruption comes in many forms.

The Electoral Commission has referred hundreds of cases to Police for investigation and prosecution of breaches of electoral law and not a single person has even been charged or prosecuted.

You have prima facie crimes being handed to Police and they fob complaints off as not in the “public interest” or “civil action”. You have people perjuring themselves in court and no one is charged. Lack of action when prima facie evidence exists is corruption.

You also have Crown Law wilfully failing to disclose evidence, committing perjury and misleading judges. That is all corruption, and it isn’t all just for money changing hands, sometimes it is about protecting privilege.

Then you have Local Government, which in NZ is dodgier than a 10-month-old piece of rancid mutton.  Read more »

Union corruption rampant in Australia

Union corruption, and by extension Labor party corruption, is increasingly being exposed in Australia.

Victorian MP Cesar Melhem has been referred for possible corruption charges by unions royal commissioner Dyson Heydon who believes his hearings have only uncovered a small tip of widespread union misconduct.

In his final report released on Wednesday, Mr Heydon says thugs and bullies are involved in unions around Australia and misconduct has taken place in every jurisdiction, except the Northern Territory.

He says the misbehaviour can be found in any unionised industry, in any industrial union at any period of time.

“These aberrations cannot be regarded as isolated,” he said.

“They are not the work of a few rogue unions, or a few rogue officials.

The misconduct exhibits great variety. It is widespread. It is deep-seated.”   Read more »