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Whatchoo Talkin' About, Twitter?! Modern life - Stranger by the day Is stupid really stupid... or just a new kind of smart ? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ #Football#Finance#Networks
Apr 3, 2023 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Footballs potential big issue, in plain sight! πŸ‘€

Every game you watch now features advertising for random Asian gambling co's

Clubs take that money in seeming blissful ignorance

Remember Wigan Athletics collapse?

FBI crack down on World Cup betting?

The problem is the unregulated nature of these Asian betting markets.

Dominated by Organised Crime

Links to propping up the North Korean regime

Ex Thai PM (Man City/Abu Dhabi)

Big clubs in Greece, Belgium etc

Great article/infographics πŸ‘‡

Mar 31, 2023 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
The tragic and dangerous spectre of Gun crime has brought this back into focus recently

This @BBCPanorama tries to give some historical context with some commentary from people with good knowledge
@MiloPete πŸ“š #DrugWars

Stops short of naming bosses tho!
bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod… #LiverpoolNarcos

This was a good series that got more into the detail and characters...

But still, the upper echelon not identified.

Who are they?

Big property developers?
Sports club owners?
Local businessmen?
Nightclub owners?

Untouchable?? 🚨

Feb 15, 2023 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 18 min read

*Golden Visas

*Golden opportunity for OCG's, spooks, middle-men, dodgy lawyers = Online payment processing 🌐

*Gold standard for fraud = offshore

*Gold smuggling/laundering

*Golden characters!


Brinks Mat ⏩️ Wirecard

@FD @mrneilforsyth There's a #Diamond geezer pioneer;

Crime, Money Laundering ⏩️ Payment processing fraud ⏩️ Crypto...

Patrick Diamond #Gold

See also;
*Gordon Parry
*Shaun P Murphy
*Michael Levine
*Mossack Fonseca
*Christopher Samuelson (Valmet/⚽️/Oligarchs/OCG)

Crime - Middle Men - Money
Nov 10, 2022 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 14 min read
Oct 3, 2022 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Stevie G's daughter dating son of reputed #Kinahan Cartel gang boss...


dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/… Stevie G hanging out with reputed #Kinahan Cartel gang boss

Mar 30, 2022 β€’ 13 tweets β€’ 17 min read

Look forward to catching up on this @BBCiPlayer

His legacy lives on in so many ways (most nefarious)!

His dealings were never really understood by the wider public when he was alive - So much has come out posthumously☠️

@MattyStu77 @sisu_sanity #Derby #OUFC #RobertMaxwell #PergamonPress #TodorZhikov #Lukanov #Gorbachov #Israel #Mossad #MountOlives #Promis #Inslaw #MI6 #Epstein #Ghislaine #MoneyLaundering #DarkMoney #Football #Politics #Mirror #BlackMirror πŸ€ͺ

Some convoluted tales... πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’Έ


Oct 2, 2021 β€’ 16 tweets β€’ 23 min read
There's lot's of things that just don't add up in the #DerbyCounty story (not just the balance sheet)!


Fortunes squandered
Rules bent/broken
Financial Engineering

It's not the first time the poor DCFC fanbase have been exposed to these c*nts I was reminded of this incredible story from the mid 2000's that had passed me by at the time... but could be instructive of things to come.

- MD Nissan
- Fraud/Financial Engineering
- Offshore
- Loans/Mortgages on the stadium
- Dodgy solicitors & administrators

Sep 30, 2021 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 4 min read
#EuanBlair Doing bits! πŸ€‘

#Multiverse goes from being valued at Β£14m in 2018 - Β£648m today

To be fair, it sounds like a good idea (and apparently, unlike many other 'Unicorns' is actually turning a profit)

US Hedge Fund driving that #valuation though #D1 πŸ’Έ

Shades of #WeWork? -Kernel of a good idea & proof of concept
-Focal Point (Euan Blair - son of former PM)
-Attention of monied US Hedge Funds hunting returns πŸš€ in a bubble
-Hedge Funds have influence in big Tech co's. Intro the two parties πŸ“ˆ
-Highfalutin aims
£130m investment ⏩ £260? in a year🎲 ImageImageImage
Sep 29, 2021 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 10 min read
This is a brilliant thread 🧡by @uglygame

A fraudster with a shady #Crypto company looking to invest in football clubs (#PerthGlory / #Nantes)

It's a great tale - It also links to some seriously questionable characters...

The link is #AlanJohnFrankHitchins

#Portsmouth & #AstonVilla fans may have seen his name before.

Think mining scams, laundering money via offshore & criminal networks

Jul 24, 2021 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 23 min read
🧡I love #football

Have done since the 1980's ⚽️

Nowadays though, the off-field stuff seems to get as much coverage & column inches as the game itself πŸ—žοΈπŸ“ΊπŸ“±

Competition isn't just about trophies - it's about eyeballs, soft power, geo-politics, PR and #money

Quick tale... Did you see that news report from the #US this week about the #billionaire financier #TomBarrack being arrested? ($250m bail)

In the weird (but fun) world we live in, that incident ties to #NewcastleUnited & the #PremierLeague

Say what?! 🧐

#FollowTheMoney #Networks #Power πŸ’Έ
Jun 8, 2021 β€’ 25 tweets β€’ 25 min read

Wow! Big news!!

With this operation, #Encrochat #Sky #MPC & other encrypted networks being infiltrated, does this mean the end of #Drugs #Corruption #OrganisedCrime ?πŸ€”


It's a brilliant operation BUT may have unintended consequences

A #Thread I got sucked into doing some amateur study of the economy of drug trafficking because of brilliant TV shows.

When you study the numbers, understand the geo-politics, social, criminal & financial elements behind the global industry... you realise just how powerful it really is!🎬
Jun 5, 2021 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 24 min read
#DAZN #Matchroom
#disruption #sport
#Legacy v's #PurePlay specialists

This week #EddieHearn announced the worst kept secret in sports broadcasting - He's taking his show, Lock Stock, to Mr #Blavatnik first-mover streaming service.

#Thread with a different perspective...🧐 ImageImageImageImage 2.
This is exciting for #Sports fans - Especially #boxing

Lower cost access
More shows
Bigger production

Interesting, it's announced a week after #SundayTimes named the owner of #DAZN as the richest man in the UK (again)!

That rich list is an good starting point to explore Image
May 12, 2021 β€’ 18 tweets β€’ 24 min read
Yesterday was another crazy day for #Football & specifically in this case, for #Derby #dcfcfans

#EFL ruling on their accounting practices

Threat of sanctions - What will that mean?

#RichardKeough ruling - They have to pay him £2.3m (bonkers episode)🀯

bbc.co.uk/sport/football… Then add in the farce of the #takeover process

A 29 year old front-man masquerading as an Instagram Billionaire (complete with macho boxing backstory & links to Indonesian investors & looted billions) #Suharto

πŸ‘ @secondtierpod ‡️

#DCFC #FitAndProper

Apr 16, 2021 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 23 min read
The news cycle is a confusing space sometimes;

- #ElectricCars are the future for the planet
- Mining #Lithium batteries is destroying parts of Bolivia/Chile/Argentina

- Decentralised #Cryptocurrencies are the future
- Mining #Bitcoin = huge energy consumption The narrative around everything nowadays is all about #Values

Corporates latch onto every opportunity

Individuals the same (just read some of the stuff on LinkedIn) 🧐

Life & business is essentially a game
#Winning is always key! (Be nice tho)

The rest is Perception=Reality
Apr 13, 2021 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 21 min read
Few major headlines recently seem to be connected;

- #Greensill #Cameron #Softbank #Wirecard #Fintech
- #Bitcoin #Coinbase #Crypto #NFTs
- #Ant #JackMa #China #BeltandRoad
- New opportunities & Race to 'be first' in the new era
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’ͺπŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ πŸ’°πŸŒπŸŒŽπŸŒ
- #GeoPolitics
- #disruption
πŸ™„πŸ€” While lockdown has been slow for some, it's certainly not been for others who have smelt the winds of change!

#SPACs are bypassing Direct Listings & IPO's in a race to market - Sucking up all that πŸ’° hunting for returns πŸ“ˆ

#Fintech joining 'Democratise & Digitalise everything'
Mar 30, 2021 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 21 min read
Had a brain wave / brain fart today - Don't know which?!

Recently re-read x2 #books that seem pretty consequential to modern day news cycles πŸ“š

- #JohnPerkins #ConfessionsOfAnEconomicHitman

- #BillBrowder #RedNotice

Both began their careers for #Boston based consulting co's #Boston #USA is part of that #IvyLeague playground 🧐

#MIT & #Harvard are in close proximity - Like #Oxford & #Cambridge in the UK (those prestigious institutions also synonymous with producing spy's & leaders)!

Perkins worked for #ChasTMain
Browder for #BostonConsultingGroup
Feb 17, 2021 β€’ 21 tweets β€’ 23 min read
This is the biggest story in World #Sport at the moment

The way the narrative is starting to play out is so reminiscent of the #Trump election - It's a scary template!

Regulated media V's Unregulated Media competing to tell the story 🀯#Boxing #Tribal

bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/5… For any #boxing / #sport fan with no previous knowledge of these characters, we should be sceptical of simplistic caricatures that are served up by Online Fans OR stenographers masquerading as journalists!

There's a lot of sh*t out there! πŸ€³πŸ’»

Research & Critical thinking! πŸ€”
Feb 7, 2021 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Very stylish!πŸ“½οΈ

Very gory!! β˜ οΈπŸ”«πŸ’‰πŸ‘ƒπŸ’Έ

Perfectly set up for Series 2!πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί

Stark visualisation of the key zones for a massive, dark, dangerous/murderous industry;

#Production - #Logistics - #Distribution - #EndMarkets


@skytv @skyatlantic @NOWTV #Narcos #ZeroZeroZero

Has obviously drawn on some recent real-life inspiration.

- Poor deprived zones of production

- Use of big business in distribution βœˆοΈβ›΄οΈ (Price πŸ“ˆ)

- Wholesale & Street dealers

- End Users πŸ‘ƒπŸ’‰πŸ’Έ

Feb 2, 2021 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 4 min read
@BBCPanorama #boxingandthemob #kinahan #MTK

Here's an interesting parallel tale from 1980's boxing! πŸ₯Š


1.Dark Money (Fraud/Stole from banks)
2.Associated with big name boxer (Ali)
3.Paid Boxers/Trainers over the odds
4.Laundered stolenπŸ’Έ

If you control the big name (e.g. Fury) & there is a lack of scrutiny in professional boxing - Bingo!

-Big nameπŸ“ΈπŸ“Ί
-Grow brandπŸ“ˆ
-Attract more fightersπŸ₯ŠπŸ’°
-Appear mainstream
-More shows/opportunities 2 launderπŸ’Έ
-Side deals (podcasts/clothing/vodka/property)πŸ€πŸ’±
-Big following
Jan 25, 2021 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 11 min read
Bigger than #ElChapo bigger than #PabloEscobar πŸ’‰πŸ’Šβ˜ οΈπŸ’°

Big news then, I guess πŸ‘€


Huge numbers! $400 billion+ pa 🌎🌍🌏
National security type influence.

Social - Political - Economic

Where does all that money go? πŸ€”πŸ”πŸ’Έ
Image When illegal drug operations get this big, they cross borders, networks become huge & they need protection/assistance

According to well documented incidents, intelligence agencies sometimes oversee πŸ‘€

Political expedience
#VangPao #Laos #KhunSa #GoldenπŸ”Ί
Jan 22, 2021 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 7 min read
@martynziegler @TheAthleticUK

The 'buzz word' in business - Footy is soon to get it's dose

What's this about though?

#Control #Money #power

These 'Elite' club owners will point to #UEFA & #FIFA chequered pasts & say "We'll do it better"

Despite massive numbers in revenuesπŸ’°πŸ’± Football clubs are so bloated, the top guys feel they need more!

For long term planning, they need control of the rules of competition too.

The huge swathes of capital hoarded by the investment banks/rich are willing to fund this new comp