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Talossa Aid: Beric’ht promises Molinar revelations, $192 for BHAID

Beric’ht Talossan editor Sir Alexandreu Davinescu MC has announced that following BT’s investigation into the collapse of Talossa AID (TAID) US$192.56 has been recovered from the accounts of the defunct charity and has been donated to BHAID. Sir Alexandreu claims that “we have almost the complete story behind TAID at this point — how it began, who donated and how much, and how it ended”.

[ETT: Inxheneu Crovâ was appointed Administrator of BHAID on 27th November 2015]

Promising that “revelation has piled upon revelation” in the next issue of BT, which is due after the US Thanksgiving holiday, Sir Alexandreu stated that the newspaper has been able to contact S:reu Flip Molinar, who acted as financial trustee of Talossa AID, and was a founding director. Sir Alexandreu also claims that BT now has “managed to get the full records for the accounts, including all donations and expenditures”. This will resolve one striking anomaly in the available financial records already pointed out by ETT, where the cash balance appears to have been substantially understated, based on the income and expenditures reported.

A revised Financial Update by Burgermesiter of Internal Revenue Istefan Perþonest confirms that US$192.56 has been received from Molinar. As pointed out by Sir Alexandreu, these funds more than double the amount available to BHAID for its work.

Talossa AID, which managed to raise over US$700 during its existence in support of various human rights and international aid causes, appears to have collapsed completely following the renunciation of founding Board Convenor S:reu Istefan Lorentzescu in 2012. In announcing his renunciation S:reu Lorentzescu “left” Talossa AID to Flip Molinar, who had been responsible for financial matters since the organsations formation. Molinar appears to have become inactive in the organisation by 2011, having failed to vote in an attempt by Lorentzescu to wind up the charity.

While the contribution to BHAID made by Molinar was welcomed by Foreign Minister Breneir Itravilatx, he questioned the lack of notice of the transfer, stating that he was uncomfortble with the Bureau being “involved in the Talossa AID mess”. Sir Alexandreu responded that he “likes to get things done”, and that he was “really glad to be able to help out those people who donated to TAID but whose money was just sitting there for years (!!), and now that money can be passed on to people who need it”. 

Sir Alexandreu was a notable critic of BHAID at the time of its establishment, predicting in his comments on the organisation’s founding legislation that it would be an “embarrassing failure“. He has also criticised the governors of BHAID in the columns of the latest issue of BT for an apparent lack of enthusiasm for donating to the latest fundraising drive themselves, stating that “some of the officials involved in the drive will now decide how to spend it..an odd state of affairs”.

Talossa Aid: Cash balance 60% greater than reported

ETT’s analysis of Talossa AID financial reports from December 2009 to June 2011 shows that the reported cash position in the last published report was understated by $106.00. This means that the net total of the reported activity of the defunct charity was actually US$290.62, and not US$184.62 as originally claimed, almost 60% greater.

TAID

Two errors in the preparation of the statements of January and February 2010 led to a difference between the sum of the activity listed and the final balance reported. As the final balance of each statement was carried over to the next, the error remained in the reports until Talossa AID ceased to publish them in July 2011. The revelation will deepen the mystery surrounding the organisation’s financial affairs, as a reconciliation between Talossa AID’s PayPal account and the statement should have made the error immediately apparent.

Talossa AID, which managed to raise over US$700 during its existence in support of various human rights and international aid causes appears to have collapsed completely following the renunciation of founding Board Convenor S:reu Istefan Lorentzescu in 2012.

ETT has not been able to contact S:reu Flip Molinar, who was finanical trustee of Talossa AID during the period, and to whom S:reu Lorentzescu had “left” Talossa AID. S:reu Lorentzescu homself appears to have completely cut his ties with Talossa. Breneir Itravilatx MC, who is currently serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs and was the third board member of Talossa AID, appears to have abandoned his role with Talossa AID and indeed all his Talossan activity at some point in 2011. The Minister whose responsibilities include supervision of BHAid, a state-sponsored charitable agency, has denied any knowledge of the financial affairs of the charity.

Talossa Aid: Cash balance 60% greater than reported

ETT’s analysis of Talossa AID financial reports from December 2009 to June 2011 shows that the reported cash position in the last published report was understated by $106.00. This means that the net total of the reported activity of the defunct charity was actually US$290.62, and not US$184.62 as originally claimed, almost 60% greater.

TAID

Two errors in the preparation of the statements of January and February 2010 led to a difference between the sum of the activity listed and the final balance reported. As the final balance of each statement was carried over to the next, the error remained in the reports until Talossa AID ceased to publish them in July 2011. The revelation will deepen the mystery surrounding the organisation’s financial affairs, as a reconciliation between Talossa AID’s PayPal account and the statement should have made the error immediately apparent.

Talossa AID, which managed to raise over US$700 during its existence in support of various human rights and international aid causes appears to have collapsed completely following the renunciation of founding Board Convenor S:reu Istefan Lorentzescu in 2012.

ETT has not been able to contact S:reu Flip Molinar, who was finanical trustee of Talossa AID during the period, and to whom S:reu Lorentzescu had “left” Talossa AID. S:reu Lorentzescu homself appears to have completely cut his ties with Talossa. Breneir Itravilatx MC, who is currently serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs and was the third board member of Talossa AID, appears to have abandoned his role with Talossa AID and indeed all his Talossan activity at some point in 2011. The Minister whose responsibilities include supervision of BHAid, a state-sponsored charitable agency, has denied any knowledge of the financial affairs of the charity.

Itravilatx speaks to ETT on Beric’ht Talossa AID report

An article in the latest issue of Beric’ht Talossan has revealed that funds raised by Talossa AID, a private organisation created in 2009 by a group including the Foreign Affairs Minister Breneir Itravilatx MC, have been unaccounted for since 2011. BT also noted the “similarity” between the newly established Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and Interntional Development and Talossa AID, as well as the responsibility exercise by the Forign Affairs Minister over both organisations.

Reporting on the launch of BHAID for BT, Sir Alexandreu Davinescu notes that Talossa AID was “successful in many respects, raising hundreds of louise”, and that its last published financial statement showed a balance of L122.40 (approximately US$182). However no further statements have since been published leaving the final destination of these residual funds unexplained. According to BT these funds would be “presumably held by Ministreu Iravilatx”.

In an exchange in the Wittenberg Shoutbox, S:reu Itravilatx encouraged Sir Alexandreu “to make sure you get the whole [TalossaAID] story. I am as curious as you are”. Sir Alexandreu pledged “to follow the truth wherever it leads”. The BT publisher further stated that as the Minister responsible for BHAID was a board member of TalossaAID, where “hundreds of louise…are missing” that “it seems a wee bit like a public service to investigate.”

Speaking to ETT, S:reu Itravilatx stated that while he was a board member of TalossaAID in 2011, he was inactive with respect to Talossan affairs in the period in question “due to family issues”. S:reu Itravilatx also told ETT that “the chief financial officer duties were shared by Istefan Pethonest (Convenor) and Flip Molinar (Budget Officer)”. He also stated that on receiving questions from the BT publisher he had informed Sir Alexandreu that he should refer inquiries about financial matters to S:reus Pethonest and Molinar, as they “were more active in the organization’s existence than me.”

While acknowledging that “it is important to figure out” if any residual funds remain from Talossa AID’s operations, the Minister told ETT that he felt that “this [the BT allegations] is an effort to discredit the new BHAID by sowing uncertainty as to the maintenance of contributions.” While it was not referred to in the BT article, Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, in his other role as an MC and RUMP party leader, opposed the BHAID bill and declared in the Ziu that he expected it to be “an embarrassing failure.”

The Minister also stated to ETT that “BHAID is governed by the Administrator and his/her Board of Directors. The Board decides organizations to fund, then funding decisions are submitted to the Ziu for approval. Also, the Administrator is required to make information concerning funding, monies available and internal processes accessible to the public via the BHAID website”.

A review of the Wittenberg record appears to bear out the Minister’s description of his connection with Talossa AID. S:reu Itravilatx was reported as being re-appointed to the board of TalossaAID on 17th January 2011, under his then name, Breneir Tzaracomprada. He was joined on the board at this time by a certain Istefan Lorentzescu and by Flip Molinar, listed as Convenor and Financial Trustee respectively. These three individuals were founder members of Talossa AID and were associated with the original Progressive Party and its successor organisations.

S:reu Lorentzescu later resigned his official posts in the Kingdom, including his role in Talossa AID, as a prelude to an eventual and it seems broadly lamented renunciation in March 2012. In his public announcement, he declared that he left “Flip Molinar as the only remaining board member [of Talossa AID] fully in charge of its considerable charitable funds.” (ETT’s emphasis) It is not clear at the time of writing whether S:reu Lorentzescu is the Istefan Perthonest S:reu Itralivatx refers to above, or a different individual, and ETT’s attempts to contact S:reu Molinar were unfortunately not successful.

What does seem apparent is that by March 2012 the Convenor of the board of Talossa AID did not consider S:reu Itravilatx a fellow board member, though whether this involved a resignation or simply an abandonment of the position through inactivity remains to be clarified. This would however suggest that any fiduciary responsibility S:reu Iravilatx might have had for Talossa AID’s funds had been extinguished at this point.

In 2013 S:reu Eðo Grischun, who had been strongly supportive of the establishment of Talossa AID, provided his perspective on the fate of Talossa AID. Discussing the programme of the CSPP, of which he was leader at the time, he explained his party’s support for a state-sponsored charitable organisation as being informed by the “failed” TalossaAID experiment.

S:reu Grischun, now Senator for Vuode and associated with the RUMP, explained that “Brenier became busy outside of the nation. Flip, too, grew more and more inactive with College studies taking his time away from Talossa. Istefan, unfortunately, left the nation altogether.” He stated that as result of what he claims was the collapse of the Talossa AID private initiative, he and his CSPP colleagues had become convinced that “with governmental oversight the problems of inactive membership would be limited. We also feel a governmental fund would appear more appealing and trustworthy vs a private fund”.

Civil Service Commissioner resigns amidst corruption allegations

In it’s latest issue (26th July 2015), Beric’ht Talossan has alleged that Senator Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù attempted to persuade Socialist leader Gaglhen Fortaleça MC to withdraw a controversial bill posted to the Hopper that would extend territorial claim to the Moon by offering him the post of head of the national space exploration agency, BEER (Bureau of Space Exploration & Rocketry). Following the revelations and facing general criticism from both government and opposition MZs, Senator Rôibeardescù has resigned as Civil Service Commissioner, but has announced that he intends to remain as Senator for Cezembre, an office to which he was elected unopposed at the 48th Cosa general election in 2015.

The Civil Service Commissioner had initially announced on 14th July that he was offering the job to S:reu Fortaleça. Opposition MZs immediately criticised the appointment as being not only beyond the powers of the Commissioner but improperly done, since the post was neither advertised nor apparently even available to be filled. This was confirmed by Seneschal C. Carlüs Xheraltescù himself, who stated that he had specifically informed the Commissioner that the Bureau was to remain vacant (Note: Xheraltescù is the publisher of ETT). Fortaleça, expressing surprise at the hostility over the manner of his appointment, then resigned to allow a formal application process to go forward.

Beric’ht alleges that Senator Rôibeardescù and S:reu Fortaleça had made a secret agreement that the former would appoint the latter as head of BEER in return for not clarking a bill he had introduced in the Hopper to extend the Kingdom’s territorial claims to the Moon.

S:reu Fortaleça had published his proposed bill in the Hopper on 7th July. The Claiming the Moon Bill would have extended a territorial claim to the Mare Imbrium region of the Moon. Facing general scepticism, S:reu Fortaleça defended his legislation by making an analogy with Talossa’s long-standing claim to a portion of Antarctica, known as the territory of Pengopäts. Senator Rôibeardescù was one of the most vocal opponents of the bill during the Hopper debate. On 13th July S:reu Fortaleça declared that due to some (possibly facetious) support expressed for the zaniness of the proposal, he was prepared to add the bill to the next Clark. On 14th July, as mentioned above, he was appointed as head of BEER by Senator Rôibeardescù, and has not proceeded with his bill since.

According to later statements made on Witteberg, after the unexpected controversy S:reu Fortaleça approached the Seneschal privately to get to the bottom of the matter, and subsequently spoke to Beric’ht Talossan editor Sir Alexandreu Davinescu. After the Beric’ht story became public on 26th July, Senator Rôibeardescù then confronted S:reu Fortaleça on Wittenberg, where Senator Rôibeardescù, who was outraged by what he saw as press mistreatment and personal betrayal, and under the influence of alcohol (as he has himself acknowledged) proceeded to claim that S:reu Fortaleça was afraid to face him, and that he was resigning as Civil Service Commissioner, but remaining as Senator for Cezembre. He has also however publicly accepted that S:reu Fortaleça’s account of the incident as given to Beric’ht is correct.

Condemnation of the alleged corruption and of Senator Rôibeardescù’s subsequent behaviour has been swift and general. Senator Miestrâ Shivâ announced that she would be asking the steering committee of the Free Democratic Alliance to withdraw Senator Rôibeardescù’s membership. Senatorial colleagues Sevastáin Pinátsch of Atatûrk and Lüc sa Schir of Benito have called on Senator Rôibeardescù to consider his position in the Senate. Senator Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun has stated that the Senator may face “consequences” in the Senate, and that he may well face prosecution in the Uppermost Cort, despite his claim that he could avoid prosecution due to the media coverage. Beric’ht editor Alexandreu Davincesu has stated on Twitter that he is impressed by the swift government response, but questions whether the Civil Service programme, which is a major policy goal of the Seneschal, can survive the scandal. Beric’ht also reports via Twitter that the Seneschal is travelling but that a staement is expected from him shortly.

Senator Rôibeardescù himself has not directly commented this morning, except to post a “Senatorial Office” message in the Cezembre provincial board, stating that he was “waiting for someone to come and deservedly shout at me”. He has attempted to explain his conduct the previous evening to personal difficulties dealing with depression. The Senator had already created controversy in the days leading up to the publication of the Beric’ht article by abstaining on the vote on the Democratic Amendment, to the public incredulity of a number of government figures.

Changes at Beric’ht Talossan?

Beric’ht Talossan editor Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, in response to questions about rumours that the newspaper may end its regular publishing schedule, stated that “I have thought about it seriously, recently. I’ve been scaling back my activity [in Talossa]”. Beric’ht Talossan has appeared on a bi-weekly basis since March 2014.

Sir Alexandreu was responding to comments by coalition supporters on an article in the latest edition of Beric’ht Talossan, which characterised the coalition as “willing to use its power in a more confrontational manner than in the previous two terms”. The article expressed particular concern over the future of the public discussion boards on Wittenberg, accusing the government of overturning previously agreed arrangements, as well as the proposed introduction of mandatory Cosa candidate lists.

Indeed a later post to the BT Twitter feed has characterised the recent period as “the most chaotic and controversial time since the Great Abdication of King Robert I”.

ETT cartoonist Glodaral wins Journalism Award

Where On Earth is Béneditsch Ardpresteir

Beric’ht Talossan’s Sir C. M. Siervicül and Glüc da Dhi, and ETT’s own Greg Goldoral were honoured by the Talossan Press Association in the 2015 Journalism Awards. The reporters shared the prize for Journalist of the year, and Sir Cresti picked up both Article of the Year (for his article “A History of Catchmenta” in Beric’ht Talossan #13) as well as the Saint Maximilan Kolbe Award for fine Writing.

Greg Glodaral won both Cartoonist of the Year and Best Cartoon for his immortal (and still highly relevant) “Where on Earth is Beneditsch Ardprestéir?”

BT Cartoonist “Dismissed” in Flawed “Investigation”

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Preamble

Some time ago, I published another of my Photoshopped pictures (“cartoons”, if you prefer).  This particular one was in response to the publication of the Beric’ht Talossan ‘cartoon exchange’ which was alleged to have occurred by an agreement between Eric S. Mildew and I. A stupid cartoon in answer to an even stupider cartoon seemed like the most direct answer to what should have been obvious to everyone.

glodaral - bt sockpuppetsTo be frank, I’ll publish my work in Beric’ht Talossan at a quarter past never. I would never entrust my work to BT and could not feel proud to see it published there.  More fundamentally, I could never work for an organization I do not respect: not for money, so certainly not for free.

That’s an article in itself, and not one I’m interested in writing, much as you might want to read it. Insert your own personal sob/horror story with the BT’s management or its politics and I’m sure you’ll taste the general flavor of my disenchantment.

Now… had there been a compelling place to publish, I could have done this gig a long time ago, but the one-man news outlets around here—much as I do love some of them—are hard to get behind. True collaborative productions, though … they are exciting to be a part of.

And so, my delayed entry into political cartooning is only possible because of the existence of this organization. I am enormously thankful to S:reu Xheraltescù for providing this vibrant platform for those of us on other parts of the political spectrum.

Cartoonist Dismissed

Early today I was intrigued to read about S:reu Mildew’s removal from the BT staff roster. Intrigued in that it means little—except that the same artist will now have to adopt some other pseudonym and an alternate style in order to continue to publish. But also intrigued that he was dismissed without having to face his accuser.

Yeah. So much for due process.

S:reu Davinescu did not contact me to see what I had to say about any of this. I suppose my cartoon itself was testament, but it would have been so simple for the “BT Investigative Team” to ask S:reu Mildew and/or S:reu Xheraltescù for my email address. Or heck, even direct S:reu Xheraltescù to query me himself as a representative or proxy, so we could keep everyone nice and separated and legal-like.

But no.  No emails from anyone.  Except Dame Miestrâ. She’s awfully kind and consistent in writing comments to me about my work, copies of which the ETT software happily deposits in my Inbox. I love her dearly, despite her occasional brusqueness.

At this point it would be useless to re-open the proceedings. I just felt it warranted my input, despite the general disinterest in including me.

tl;dr

BT conducted a flawed internal investigation to impose a meaningless dismissal against a pseudonymous entity who can easily reinvent themselves as another new pseudonymous entity.

Here’s that cartoon again. It’s not my best work, but it sent a message, so I like it anyway.

glodaral - bt sockpuppets

Can you guess who it is yet?

Rolf and self-portrait

NOTE: this article makes no claims that anyone is a sex-criminal.

(A Talossan-language version of this article is available here.)

There are four political cartoonists writing in Talossa at the moment. The writer of this article is one of them. The other three are anonymous. Why?

It’s easy to give reasons for anonymity; that it preserves the free speech of satirists, that it protects them from retaliation for people who don’t appreciate the joke. But Talossa is a small country. Everyone knows everyone else. Therefore, anonymity becomes a guessing game.

It’s quite interesting that one of the anonymous cartoonists, one “Eric S. Mildew” of a competing journal, paid homage to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in one of his recent works. Because the CH cartoonists were not anonymous at all, and no matter whether you agreed politically with their work, they paid the ultimate price for their political and artistic expression.
Anonymous cartooning isn’t Talossan tradition. Ián von Metáirâ, one of the founding citizens of Talossa in its democratic era, did some fantastically pointed pieces for Talossan National News back in the day. Some classics are found in The Big Thick History. A few years later, during the ructions surrounding the Exodus to form Penguinea, Ierémiac´h Ventrútx did a couple of fantastic online animations, my favourite being one of then-Seneschál Tamorán dal Navâ protesting I AM NOT A PUPPET as King Robert I worked his marionette strings in the background.
Back in the day, satirising the politically powerful in Talossa could get you into real trouble. King Robert I didn’t take prisoners and would make your Talossan and extra-Talossan life a misery if he considered you a threat. So why has anonymity become fashionable for Talossan cartoonists of today?

In the case of this own paper’s Greg Glodaral (which I believe to be a pseudonym), I think it´s precisely because Talossa is so small, and that “Greg” is a non-citizen who doesn’t particularly want to be dragged into this particular nest of vipers. In conversation, the editor of Berich´t made it plain that he suspects Glodaral to be, in truth, the editor of El Tamlált himself! When asked to give his reasons for this belief, his reply was:

“I know from personal experience, having endured it myself, that it is wholly irresponsible to publicly speculate about that sort of thing – especially based on nothing but circumstantial evidence.”

Speculating privately seems to be okay, though. He also gave a firm assurance that he did not know the identity of either of the cartoonists for his own journal, and we will have to take his word on that.
In the case of Elo Cutor, only the Almighty knows and She ain´t telling. But in the other case – the above-mentioned Eric S. Mildew – large hints have been dropped that it is in fact a team of cartoonists. Conclusions about some of the primary members of this team can be drawn from a few of his cartoons. It includes someone with real computer-graphic skills; better than mine, that´s for sure.

The main writer of the columns has very plain American-style conservative politics, given the strawman-liberal opinions put in the mouth of Glodaral in Mildew’s last article; and the completely outrageous Muslim-baiting in his Charlie Hebdo tribute. We can probably add the fixation on the republicans in Talossa, in particular, author of this article, as well. As Hilary Clinton could tell you, nothing a Tea Party hates worse than a mouthy, left-wing broad, and if she happens to be queer and some kind of Muslim as well…!

I was once described by a micronational political opponent as “the kind of person Hitler would have killed for so many reasons”, and, similarly, I take the fact that I would only have to be an illegal immigrant to the US to be a Ted Cruz fanboy’s worst nightmare as a compliment. There happens to be one extremely conservative Talossan who has proven skills in political cartooning. Well, two of them, but I don’t think the Head of State is a suspect in this. In fact, I’ve mentioned the name of a skilled cartoonist with right-wing US and anti-Republican Talossan politics in this article already. He’s even an MC. Can you guess who it is yet?