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Friday, June 09, 2006

Letters from behind enemy lines

It's been 1 month since I've been behind the lines in the land of SYN.

In 1 month, I have seen how greedy man can be, and the sins that they can do to their fellow man. Friends, some say, are your worst enemy, because they will use the friendship to bait you.

If you value the friendship, and your SYNner friend asks you to join, do not desecrate the friendship by joining. Just say no and walk away. Cherish the memories of that friendship, because if you are to join, your friendship will degenerate into nothing more than a business transaction, where you are the loser from the get go.

Be there for them when they come out of SYN. For sure, they will feel ashamed and embarassed to meet up with their old friends/prospects. But to spurn them is a greater sin. Just like how prisoners who have turned over a new leaf are rehabilitated into normal society, so do ex-SYNners who have renounced SYN. They have been prisoners of greed and lies.

Then why did I go behind the lines?

Simple.

That's my job.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Head Hunting!

Time for some good old fashion humor,
An old saying: “A picture describe a thousand words”
Yes, today I went to Cari.com a Chinese forum dedicated for all sorts of matters.

So, without further delays, here’s your lovely picture.

(did the picture reminds you of "head hunting strategy"?)


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Translation: Bad Experience

DCHL/Lampe Berger BAD EXPERIENCE

I was asked to translate the following experience. So, please refer to the original page for the comments and other post.

Lampe Berger HelpDCHL/Lampe Berger BAD EXPERIENCE

The translation has removed some personal feelings and some advises due to irrelevancy.

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Hi LB Help,
LB Help,

Thanks for sharing your story. My case was worse than yours. Like loan-shark only. Anyway you should ask your upline to pay you back RM3k from his own pocket because he cheated you. If he tries to put the blame on you by saying you didn't work or whatever just say you don't care because he took your stock and cheated you. You should ask him, ask his family, continue to bug him... where does he live? I hate these kinda people man.
多谢您分享了您的经验。我的遭遇可不比你的好,感觉就好像遇到高利贷。我想你还是去跟您的上线讨回你的三千零吉。如果他以种种理由,例如指责你不曾付出而把责任推在您的身上。这时,您更需要强调你被误导而进入,所以他必须退还你投资的款项。
My story is like this,
详细经过如下,
My upline took me to the LB office to listen to their marketting plan, at that time I was the very first upline he approached and he sounded very nice... caring... willing to help me do the business... he agreed to lend me the capital of RM2xxx to start the business because I told him I had not enough money to start and he told me that I can pay him back only when I got the money from the business because he had faith in me.
我被带我去DCHL的办公室去听他们的市场策略,在那时我是他第一个接触的下线,所以他的热忱与关怀,以及他答应协助我的承诺等等的。当我说我没有足够金钱进会,他更答应借钱给我。
So oklor I was thinking what the heck man I pay a little but get the stock from him which is worth even more... so okla I went to listen to the thing and he told me ok pay him RM150 first he will lend me the rest so I did lor... I paid him RM150.
所以,在他强烈的攻势下,我答应开始了。因为当时我想我只须付出区区的一百五十零吉,就可得到价值不菲的货物。
After few days he came back and told me some reason he couldn't sign me up la asked for RM600 instead... so oklor I gave him RM600 and then continue going for the meetings and NDO and all that crap. Finally he said his upline told him that uplines cannot lend money to downlines because it's not allowed in their business so he asked me to fork out RM2xxx lor.. and I was stuck because all my money was already with him and he told me that he already used the money to register me as a buying member. Later I found out it was fake because the money was with him all the while. So I was stuck la.
几天后,他却说他需要我付六百零吉才能帮我负担其余的会费。没有办法之下,我又给了他钱,然后便上了他们的聚会,以及给新会员课程。最后,他却告诉我说上线不应该借钱给下线,所以他需要我把全数付清。当我问及是否能把已付的钱退还呢?他却说他已经把它们用于报名/登记了。之后,我却发现我的钱一直都在他那儿。进退不得的心情,好无奈!
I decided to use credit card to pay. I had cash but I needed the cash for something else. Even then he asked me to use my cash and assured me I could earn back my cash in time. Now I think about it, good thing I didn't trust him otherwise I would not have any money left.
最后,我决定以信用卡付款,那时我是有足够的现金,但是那笔款项是另有别用的。奇怪的反应就是,当我答应付款时他却指定现金会比较好,更坦言保证我能在短期内赚回来。现在回想回去,还好我没有完全相信他,不然后果可能就是一贫如洗了。
So okla I swiped card but he cheated me as well. As you know Counts are allowed to sell their stock to their downlines but then they can only accept cash right? He didn't tell me this fact either. No wonder he kept telling me if can pay cash better la because paying by credit card would be very inconvenient for him. And that also means I must take whatever stock he has so I can't choose my oil or lamp. So I still swiped card at the counter but then I didn't swipe it for my own product. He made me swipe for RM2xxx worth of products which other uplines wanted to buy from LB. I swiped and his uplines gave him the cash of RM2xxx for the products which I have just swiped for. The downside to this is, I do not have any receipt from LB for my purchases so then I cannot return for my refund right? My receipt from LB were for the products for his uplines which I had swiped my card for. So I was stuck la how to refund?
当你认为误导的作风就到此为止,那接下来的更令人发指。冲突是这么发生的,我没有被告知伯爵是被允许把他们的货物买给下线,但是前提是他们只接受现金。所以,当我决定以信用卡付款时,他会那么的抗拒。其中潜在的理由是,如果付现金的话,我只能领取他手头上的货品。所以,进退两难之下,他说我必须帮其中的上线购买他们所需的货物,而我的上线就从中套取现金。所以,现在我所得的货品是他所囤积的,而单据又不在我的手上。这更使得退款难上加难了。
So after that I felt very cheated coz of all these facts he was hiding from me while he was asking me to go gather the cash. I feel very angry.
之后我当我发现种种的事实时,觉得被欺骗。
What can I do about this? I can give you my DHCL number but I need to search for it coz I deleted and burned all my LB related stuff already. If you want to know my upline I can provide you information about him.
所以在这种困境,我能怎么做呢?

One Man's Perceptions
Calvin

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Table of Contents

One Man’s Perceptions
07 April 2006~One man's Perceptions
07 April 2006~A Conversation
09 April 2006~Learning Progress!
22 April 2006~Rich Dad, Poor Dad?!
27 April 2006~Brainstorming: Quote from News
27 April 2006~Irony & Agony
26 April 2006~Hidden Information: A comment from Jeffery
28 April 2006~Defining Google & Relevancy to MLM Companies
Distributor Agreement
07 April 2006~Distributor Agreement (PART 1)
14 April 2006~Distributor Agreements (PART 2)
Facts
08 April 2006~Fact 1: Product Value
11 April 2006~Fact 2: Product Awards
19 April 2006~Fact 3: Advertising
Hazardous substance
08 April 2006~Hazardous substance Fact Sheet
08 April 2006~Hazardous substance Fact Sheet - Explanation
20 April 2006~Hazardous substance Fact Sheet – Real Cases
Hunger for Humor?
14 April 2006~Memorable Quotes from V for Vendetta
14 April 2006~ The Scream?!!
Backup Datas
01 January 1990~Information: Comments from Jeffery

For those who are lazy, e.g. one of my friends, I have purposely created this table of content for the sake of your comfort~ so, please enjoy yourself!

One Man’s Perceptions
Calvin

Friday, April 28, 2006

Defining Google & Relevancy to MLM Companies


So, you all might wonder why I put this news report titled "Defining Google" on this post, first of all, I would like to address the issue of duplicity that MLM people always emphasized with their approach for recruiting new members. In the success of Google, it is the endless attempts of bringing creativity on the table that makes them stood out from the crowd of competitors. In contrast being a copycat won’t make you as successful as Google, at majority of MLM people will find themselves being the sources fuelling someone’s dream life. At the end these people who were at the base of the structure ended the business with shame and guilty, for bringing their loves one into such business, and worst, facing denial dramas when their whole journey in the business was teaching them to blame themselves for failure. (Above is supported with the report titled “Myth of MLM Income”)

Few years back before I start observing MLM companies, I came across a quote in an anime.

The ultimate end of evolution is self-destruction.”

Somewhere along the movie clip, they did mention about their concerns on the uncommon rapid growth of Google. In order for Google to become a long lasting cooperate, the will have to cope with the speed of growth, and managing it carefully.

Similar to MLM companies, the growth of the network is always under the spot light. When they grow too fast, faster than they can handle, things will start to become wild. Deceptions, cults, and unethical practices will emerge within the network itself, eating the reputation of the company at its core. With such signs indicating failures within the core of Management, from these sorrows (1, 2, 3, 4, etc)we receive a clear message that action must be taken to prevent further harm to our people. Yet, no much action was taken remedying these unpleasant incidents, yet, the worse scenarios happen when authorities turn a blind eye on some incident.

So, some people like Dexter sought for the root of these problems, which is the company. Within a degree of extend, I do agree that the company should be accountable for the exploitation within the network. As one said:

"Deliberately breaking rules is fine; ignoring them is not -- ignorance is bad."

If the company enforce their regulation strictly when some bad apples deliberately breaking the rules, would there be so much heart breaking events?

Anyway, I’m not putting all the weight on the company itself, but they sure play a major role in the incident.

One Mans’ Perceptions

Calvin

Resources:

  1. Famous quote – Wikiquote
  2. Bad Experiences – Lampe Berger Help
  3. Report titled “Myth of MLM Income” – Pyramid Scheme Alert
  4. Dexter – The Author of “Stop MLM Scams” blog
  5. Movie Clip (Defining Google - Download) – 60 Minutes CBS News Report
P.S.: The length of the movie is 21 min 50 sec, it is not recommended for dial-up users, and for those are facing problem in watching the clip due to frequent delays while playing the clip, are sugested to download it.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Irony & Agony


"BAD APPLE" Heather Wilson

I'm a person who likes art, and since I have just written something regarding bad apples, I google and found this art work.

Somehow, the painting reminds me of apples. I love Granny Smiths, which is a type of apple in Green colour and originate from Australia.

Anyone noticed the bad apple in the painting?

P.S.:
The artwork is a property of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts founded on 1882. In this post the painting is just merely serve as an irony contrast with my previous post.

The author is not responsible for any violation to the intellectual properties. Action will be taken to remove this post if there were any infringement.

Resources:

Brainstorming: Quote from News

Today, when I was reading news, I found some issues very similar with what Lampe Berger having rite now. So, let’s look at the following news.

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Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo
Detainee abuse, torture and killings implicate 600 US personnel
04/27/2006

"There were not just a few bad apples but it was in fact a systematic pattern of abuse," human right groups reported.

Human rights groups said Wednesday that allegations of detainee abuse, torture and killings have now implicated at least 600 U.S. military and civilian personnel deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison for terrorist suspects.

Those findings counter the Pentagon's assertion that Abu Ghraib was an aberration, according to a report compiled by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First.

"The abuses were widespread," said Joanne Mariner, Director of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights Watch, "There were not just a few bad apples but it was in fact a systematic pattern of abuse. So we documented 350 cases of credible allegations involving more than 460 US personnel and more than 600 detainees."

In response to similar criticism over the past two years, Pentagon officials have defended the Defence Department's response to the Abu Ghraib abuse, calling it one of the most closely scrutinised matters in the history of the military.

Only a fraction - 40 people - have been sentenced to prison time for the abuse, according to the report by the human rights groups.

The groups said they researched and analysed tens of thousands of pages of government documents, interviews with witnesses and victims and previous Pentagon probes into the abuse.

Basic doctrine of military law is that commanders are responsible for the act of their subordinates," says Mariner, "So we should be seeing some kind of high level accountability or even mid-level accountability, but that is just not happening."

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Lampe Berger, of course we can not accusing all of them being the unethical ones. I personally do believe that within that company still held a bunch of distributors that are doing the business honestly. But after reading through tons of negative feedback from the community, I began to concerns about the dominating group in Lampe Berger’s business.

Ethical Distributors Vs. Unethical Distributors

Which side is the majority? I don’t have exact figures, so I won’t be pin pointing anything. I just want to share a thought where I got from the quote:

"There were not just a few bad apples but it was in fact a systematic pattern of abuse,"

What if there are systematic pattern of abuses in the Lampe Berger’s so call legitimate business? So, please spend more time investigating the legitimacy of the MLM business before joining them.

Anyway, I’m not giving any personal opinion on the post-warfare happening between America and Iraq. So, just read as you like and don’t comment anything regarding the politics.

One Man’s Perceptions
Calvin

Resources:
  1. © eitb24 - 2006

    Detainee abuse, torture and killings implicate 600 US personnel

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Hidden Information: A comment from Jeffery

Recently, I came across a comment by Jeffery. One of the 17 years old whom claim himself joined Lampe Berger.

From I noticed a lot of useful information. And yes, these information might not be so direct, so let me lead you (reader) through the journey of the BIG PICTURE.

The following text is two comments I retrieve from Anti Lampe Berger - Middle Class Mentality - 10:32 AM & 3:44 AM

Quoted:

“I face a lot of rejection from much more elderly people when I talk to them about LB. I was even condemning that LB was a cheat because I realized how hard it is to earn the big bucks in this business.

From here we know that the business is not easy, and it requires a lot of hard work to accomplish a reasonable income.

(Let’s just assume the MLM system has no flaws)

So, what most of the Lampe Berger Distributor left out was, RISKS, and it was delivered by Mr Jeffery in the quoted text.

MLM distributors often intentionally left out the time & money needed for this business. Tactics approach such as saying starting it is just as simple as 1, 2, 3 to becoming a billionaire.

When a person joined into these so call “business”, the motivating classes tell teaches you that failure are due to personal reasons, not because of the flaws in these MLM businesses. Two contradicting facts under one same company, I wonder why!

After I read through “Merchant of Deceptions”, the author whom was once a high level distributor in Quixtar exposes the parallel business in Motivational Materials (such as, Seminars, Cds, tapes, trips… - which are non-refundable). The author mentioned that these Motivating Classes edify a distributor to blame them for failure, in order to keep those drop out to shut up. If this is not brainwashing I don’t know what is.

Quoted:

“As I said before, All our dreams will come true if we have the courage to pursue it.

And unfortunately, people like Asroof just join in the business and started full of energy and a big dream. But faced a few rejections, and then they died off. And now, posting in forums condemning about his loss, becoming a more sad person. Asroof, friend, no offence but what can negative cynicism accomplish?

Personally, I think it is very sad if you are in a business and you need someone else to tell you that everything is okay. In a business one have to plan for the worst. And I do have to remind you all that planning for the worst scenario is not cynicism/negative. One the other hand, MLM distributors joining all the motivating classes seem to be clouding these MLM distributors’s judging ability. Try to look at these comments from LB distributors… “fucking” or “sucking” phenomenon

Quoted:

“After all, I admit that this business have also brought Joy and Sorrow at the same time to people.

Those who gets the sorrow are the people who join, faced a few rejections, can't cope with them, and then die off. And the lips of these sad people aren't zipped. They just go to the public negatively criticizing this whole industry, feeling that they're doing something noble. Oh please, if you're a loser, that doesn't mean everyone else is a loser.”

So, here is a good example on what I said just now, typical information control! Making those drop out feel even guiltier. Well, so much for those that claim MLM business can improve life.

Anyway, that’s all I would like to add. There are tons of other comments from the original post, do stop by to read them. Middle Class Mentality

One Man’s Perceptions
Calvin

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rich Dad, Poor Dad?!

A reply to our dear reader,

“At 11:19 AM, Anonymous said…

out of curiosity, are we say that all MLM's are bad. If that is true, why would Robert T Kiyosaki actually recommends network marketing in his book ?”

I don’t think you should 100% absorb what your read, please think through rather than just plainly accept what was fed to you.

Robert T Kiyosaki, indeed earn a great fortune, but from where he earn? So, here is some criticism I obtained from wikipedia. (If you are really lazy to read through the whole thing , please read the part that was underlined)

Why someone whom his success is not from building MLM business, why he allow/can give promote MLM business when he is NOT in the business? Vice versa, why when critics always being accuse for do not understand the business?

Isn't it strange when someone not in MLM promoting the business, they get supportive feedback, but when someone posts some critics, MLM distributors try every means to discredit you. I guess I should say, people tends to listen to what they want to listen, regardless how strong the fact is.

My personal opinion is MLM Company needs his book to be as a tool to kept their members’ mind diluted. Both MLM and Kyosaki are like co-existing creature, where each body needs the other to sustain their life. Kyosaki needs the dependency from the MLM companies to buy his books, whereas MLM companies needs to take credits from his book.

Yes, I know... I know, you all must be blaming me for posting only critics. Anyway, it seems to be a very likely case because every MLM distributor has to read his books! If you read through the book, you will find a lot of common phrase when you speaking with MLM distributor.

Criticism

Kiyosaki's books have been criticized for having lots of anecdotal lessons but almost no concrete advice. Many readers find his work highly motivational, but then lacking information to put it to use. It is also difficult to discern fact from fiction and anecdote in many of his works.

Some advice he gives is thought to be poor or even dangerous by other investors. For example, he advocates focusing on a few "good investments" rather than diversifying as well as "going for broke". He also downplays the importance of (traditional/tertiary) education, and claims that there is no correlation between increased education and increased income. This assertion is contradicted by various academic studies. Nonetheless, he absolutely stresses the need for financial education.

Some have questioned Kiyosaki's status as a successful investor and businessman prior to the formation of his present venture, CASHFLOW Technologies, Inc. They claim that his wealth has come only as a result of selling books and audio presentations about topics he has not personally succeeded in and that he is probably worth far less than the $50 to $100 million USD he claimed in an interview. They note he has claimed to be bankrupt as recently as 1985, a high school dropout and a deserter from the Navy. Some of these items do not agree with records and may have been stated for "dramatic effect". In several of his books he makes claims about his accomplishments which appear to be exaggerations, fabrications or misdirection.

People have speculated on the identity of his "rich dad" and whether this individual even existed, reasoning that such a man, whom Kiyosaki describes as "one of the richest men in the Islands", and his family who carry on his tradition, would have been very well known in as small a state as Hawaii. In the February 2003 issue of SmartMoney magazine, Kiyosaki backed off his claim that his "rich dad" was a real person, instead stating “Is Harry Potter real? Why don’t you let Rich Dad be a myth, like Harry Potter?”

Though he did not make his money in the industry, Kiyosaki is also an endorser of network marketing (i.e. Mary Kay, Quixtar, Tupperware, etc.) which some consider to be illegal pyramid schemes. He reasons in his book, The Business School For People Who Like Helping People, that the companies teach the skills necessary to be a successful business owner, like leadership, the ability to sell and teach, and emotional intelligence. Critics say he is brown nosing the industry to sell more materials.

This is One Man's Perceptions
Calvin

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Hazardous substance Fact Sheet – Real Cases

Figure 1: The lamp that caused the incident


Picture 2: The damaged Car

Hazardous substance Fact Sheet – Real Cases

  1. 薰香精油瓶放車內 緊急煞車導致異丙醇洩漏燒掉車
  2. 薰香精油瓶置車上起火 北市婦人愛車頭燒毀
  3. 薰香精油含異丙醇低燃點 密閉空間不要使用
  4. 「精油隨身帶!」意外灑出火燒愛車

Just when you thought all Lampe Berger’s Distributor were all smart, here is a very ridiculous news reported on PChome Online. The four links refer to the same accident that happened around October, 2005; whereas the report was reported on 19th of April 2006, due to some lawsuit press against DCHL for repaying the damaged of the distributor’s car.

(I wonder whether the MMA Insurance Certificate that they always claimed will be use to repay the distributor’s losses?)

The incident occurred due to few factors:

  1. Unethical uplines telling their downlines to carry a lamp wherever they go.

“…依陳情人說法,該集團還鼓勵經銷商與消費者「帶著薰香精油瓶子走出去」…”

According to the victim, their organization promote their distributor and consumer to Bring along the lamps wherever they go

  1. Misleading information about the properties of ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL. In fact isopropyl alcohol is a flammable fuel doesn’t matter whether it is made from crude oil, or even plants. They still inherit the same chemical structure as an Isopropyl Alcohol.

張小姐:「我所接受到的教育,在公司裡面的教育,也是這個理療燈自己倒了之後,它並不會產生,它並不會起火燃燒,他就會跟你說,我們的異丙醇是純植物的,是什麼特殊的配方,法國來的特殊的配方,我自己的下線,或者是經銷商或者消費者,現在全部我都跟他們說請暫停使用。」

Miss Chong: :「The material that I received and trained, it is directly from the company itself, there were claims mentioned about even if the lamp were tripped leakage will not happen, hence it won’t causes fire. In addition, they will said, isopropyl alcohol is made from plants, …

  1. By common sense she should know that flammable material should not put in a car. Yet, it really amazed me how summit she were towards every words her upline told her. (I wonder if the terrorist were trained in the same way, maybe motivating classes/seminars really did clouded her common senses)
  2. Pregnant woman should not use Aromatherapy/essential oil.

“…The baby should be four to six months old before applying essential oils except through a diffuser. Use one drop per years of age. Always check the oils to be used with a professional aromatherapist as the oils may be harmful to your or the baby.” – From Aromatherapy - Pregnant Women and Babies

“Aromatherapy

Some aromatherapy oils should not be used throughout pregnancy. These include lavender, jasmine and camomile….” – From Medicines & Pregnancy

Other Resources:

Aromatherapy and Pregnancy – Federation of Holistic Therapist


This is One Man's Perceptions
Calvin

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Fact 3: Advertising


In my past experiences dealing with MLM people, when we talking about the over inflated prices on their product, they always claims that their PARTNER (I don’t really think it’s their partner, a.k.a. DCHL) is trying their best cutting down the price by NOT advertising and etc…

The statement were taken Anti-Lampe Berger’s blog from “Comments from LB

“…MLM was just a industry or can say a sales method use by a company to promote their products,same as other business method!Cause with this method,they can save cost like advertising and so on but give it to the distributor who able to sells the products!...”
In the quoted comment from the unknown LB distributor, he stated that MLM does not need to advertise, unlike those conventional businesses.

There are 2 severe mistakes in this quoted text.

  1. He/She did not clarify how much will it save on the product cost if they did not advertise!
  2. He/She did not even bother read his/her DCHL company’s webpage, where DCHL do ADVERTISE!

I don’t think I need to provide any proof to his/her first claim, because in order for that statement to have some value, the second statement have to be 100% true. So, let me proof that DCHL do ADVERTISE!

Under DCHL Malaysia’s – “News and Events” – “Advertisements
Wow…. There are tons of advertisements solely at Malaysia’s media.

  1. VMAG – December 2005 Issue (1)
  2. Ifeel – November 2005 Issue (1)
  3. VMAG – November 2005 Issue (1)
  4. New Icon – October & November 2005 Issue (1)
  5. VMAG – October 2005 Issue (1) (2) (3)
  6. Home Concepts – September & October Issue (1) (2) (3)
  7. Sin Chew Jit Poh – June, July & August 2005 (1) (2) (3)
  8. Health & Beauty – August 2005 Issue (1) (2)
  9. Business Magazine – No. 49 Issue (1) (2)
  10. Home Concepts – May & June 2005 Issue (1) (2) (3)

So, did DCHL Malaysia cut their product cost making it cheaper for consumer by NOT advertising? From what I know, they did advertise! So, it’s another false claim from some unethical Lampe Berger Distributor.

This is One Man's Perceptions
Calvin