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A peek at the seamier side of the movie business is making front pages thanks to Leonardo DiCapiro’s recent involvement with “Save Our Planet,” SOP, folks.  But, a Swiss environmental organization wants Leonardo to resign his U.N. Climate Change post as his foundation has been outed for doing money-laundering.

The movie business has long been a scrubbing board for mob and international crime money as the business has been international doing currency trading and banking vast sums, making profits while hanging out with pretty, famous folk and the powerful people in fun, frolic and fellatio, which is not the small town in Illinois of the same name.   The Kennedys had lots of interesting friends in these classes, for example.  Environmentalism has become a playground for such monies.  Nothing works better for the skunk class than the rich and naive class, save the elected ruling class.

DiCaprio apparently attracted some interesting friends after making “The Wolf of Wall Street,” produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures-Screencap as the movies have been very good at creating sympathetic images for real and silver screen scumbags.

Leonardo DiCaprio premiered his Climate Change documentary, “Before the Flood” in London, and has been asked to step down from his position at the United Nations and return the millions of Dollars allegedly stolen from the Malaysian people and channeled to his environmental foundation. Leonardo can not only play really disgusting characters:  He can be one, but to his credit he has announced he is returning said funds.  There is no mechanism in place to confirm that action so the question will remain.

The Swiss rainforest charity Bruno Manser Fund, which is not only dubious in its mission statement claims to “…fight for the conservation of tropical rainforests and the rights of Malaysian rainforest dwellers,” is pressuring the actor to step down and return the money.   Thus Mr. DiCaprio has been under great pressure from many sides.  It was so great he apparently forget that he is a Democrat.  This will not play well in the Screen Actors Guild union hall as Leonardo is a Democrat and they generally have very sticky fingers.

At a news conference over the weekend, the Fund’s director said the financial scandal DiCaprio’s embroiled in makes him unfit to be a U.N. Messenger of Peace for climate change.  Others think he fits right in as the whole global warming thing is a gigantic fraud; easily the biggest in history and he has the right kinds of values.

DiCaprio is accused of having gotten millions of embezzled Dollars from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, or “1MDB,” for starring in and producing “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a film about an unscrupulous Wall Street trader. The Department of Justice, DOJ, says the movie was funded in part by stolen Malaysian money routed to shell companies, those with no function, operation, employees, products or services, like Red Granite, which was co-founded by Riza Aziz, the stepson of the Malaysian prime minister. Red Granite co-produced “The Wolf of Wall Street” movie.

How long will it be before Bill Clinton is seen on an airport tarmac intercepting Attorney General Loretta Lynch on behalf of Leonardo DiCaprio?  Would that not be the perfect Clinton caper?

Another player, Jho Low, Malaysian businessman is a person of interest of the DOJ and Malaysian authorities. He and his cohorts allegedly used the money to finance movies, purchase high-end properties in the U.S., and throw lavish fundraisers for Hollywood’s elite, like Hillary Clinton.

Jho Low also funneled money into DiCaprio’s foundation after laundering it by buying and selling art at charity auctions as the source identity vanishes in the transaction. This has been a long-standing way of scrubbing money of mob ties by parking it in art for a few years and then selling it off, hopefully for profits after the public and official attention is on yet another scandal in the freezer.

Lukas Straumann, director of the Bruno Manser Fund, told reporters that, “Leonardo DiCaprio has consistently refused to explain his close personal and financial ties with key persons involved in the 1MDB scandal.”

Straumann called on DiCaprio to either denounce his involvement with these individuals and return the now-laundered money he received for his foundation, give up his “UN Messenger Of Peace For Climate Change” or to resign his U.N. post. DiCaprio was given the symbolic title by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2014.

Straumann and others pointed out the “direct link” between the corruption scandal and the environmental issues affecting Malaysia, including unfettered deforestation, a claimed concern of DiCaprio’s foundation. All this comes ahead of DiCaprio’s new documentary about claimed catastrophic global warming, despite a well-publicized pause in rising temps since 1998. A disciple of Al Gore, the actor has recently been criticized by environmental groups.

DiCaprio is notorious for using a private jet to travel around the world calling “climate change” the greatest threat the planet faces. He also has a private yacht and mansions around the world. Critics accuse the actor of using his foundation as a tax-exempt haven for parking multi-million dollar paychecks to avoid taxes, a very “Democratic” move.  Straumann said, “We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption,” saying DiCaprio’s criticism of deforestation in Indonesia and parts of Borneo “…is cynical hypocrisy.”

“He needs to become part of the solution,” Straumann said,”But today he is part of the problem.” Since the press conference, DiCaprio banned anyone from the Bruno Manser Fund attending the premiere of his new movie “Before the Flood” in London. It airs on National Geographic Channel Oct. 30.

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology.
During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean’s office. “You don’t like the way we do things here?” was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion.
After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover’s books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962.
While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series.
For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800.
Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson’s PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70’s. His “Timing Waves to Enter The Sea” article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual.
“UFO’s, The Eye and the Camera” documents his “Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed.” It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically.
Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook’s secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of “The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings,” by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method.
On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD.
When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90’s to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work.
The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the “II” machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the “star” economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves.
Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, “The Stock Surfer” was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at
December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and


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