Tag Archives: Google

Bishop Alan Wilson: “a learning experience…”

Phil Groom writes:

Today, I’d like to highlight a comment left by Bishop Alan Wilson on David Keen’s blog:

The whole Brewer thing has been a learning experience for us all about the dangers in selling off bits of the family silver without checking that the people to whom it goes have the character or competence to handle it. These things call for light, not a conspiracy of darkness and silence…

My thanks to both David and the Bishop for helping to keep a little light shining in this dark and wearisome situation.

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Ask No Questions: Google De-index Unity’s Questions for J Mark Brewer

Phil Groom writes:

From Unity’s latest Liberal Conspiracy column, Libel, Google and a cause worth supporting:

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Google’s Webmaster Tools and came across a rather curious stream of messages from Google, which appear to have started last November:

For legal reasons, we’ve excluded from our search results content located at or under the following URL/directory:

Removed from:

  • *.google.uk

Cause: We were requested to remove this URL from our search results in order to comply with local law.

The message also provides a link to a web page at the Chilling Effects Clearing House to which Google sends any cease and desist notices and other legal threats it receives, as a matter of policy, although five months on from this complaint, the only additional information this page provides is this:

Notice Unavailable

British Defamation Complaint to Google

The cease-and-desist or legal threat you requested is not yet available.

Chilling Effects will post the notice after we process it.

Google has received a legal complaint and submitted it here to the Chilling Effects database, as described in Google’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act policy. In response to the complaint, Google may have removed content from a search results page or hosted page.

The back story here starts with a cease and desist notice sent by J Mark Brewer, a Texan lawyer, to a British blogger and cartoonist, Dave Walker…

Head on over to Liberal Conspiracy to read Unity’s full report, and over to Unity’s original page to revisit the questions Google don’t want us to ask

Questions for J Mark Brewer: SPCK Bookshops Asset Stripping. Ministry of Truth cross-post.

Cross-post from the Wardman Wire: Matt Wardman writes:

stand-up-spck-upIn the second half of 2008, I devoted a lot of time and space to a campaign to expose the way in which a a pair of Texan Brothers, J Mark and Philip Brewer, had been despoiling and asset stripping the chain of bookshops that used to be owned by the SPCK Christian Charity.

Their activities include bullying, sackings by email, large property transactions that appear to be fraudulent, having an attempt to take a UK-based charity into liquidation in the USA “dismissed with prejudice” and much more. You can read about it in great depth at the SPCK/SSG News Blog. There are also in excess of 30 Employment Tribunal claims – from a previous workforce of only a couple of hundred. The questions in this post only scratch the surface of a 2 year saga.

I been off this campaign for several months, due to family complications as I mentioned previously.

Now, however, Unity from the Ministry of Truth, who has been working on this campaign as well, has discovered that someone has pushed Google into delisting one of his key articles.

Read Unity’s account of the immediate background over at Liberal Conspiracy.

This is the full text of the article excluded from Google, which is a set of questions Unity sent to J Mark Brewer asking him to account for his actions.

I’ve noticed that a few bloggers have taken to sending “I am Dave Walker” e-mails to J Mark Brewer at his office e-mail address. I’m not sure quite how wise a move that is on its own, although his rather santimonius comments in reply are quite amusing.

That said, I’ve taken the liberty of send Brewer an e-mail of my own, as there are a few questions I’d like him to answer:

Dear Mr Brewer,

Having reviewed the documents filed with the US Bankruptcy Court in relation to the chapter 7 application by ‘SSG LLC’?

1. It has been suggested that St Stephen the Great LLC, the company name used in the chapter 11/7 application does not exist as a legal entity – is this true and, if so, why was the application filed in this name, which was also used in the redundancy notices issues to employees of SPCK?

2. It has also been suggested that the actual legal entity to which the application relates is St Stephen the Great Ltd/St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust, a UK registered company/charity. Is this the case and, if so, can you explain why you are seeking to liquidate a UK registered entity in a US bankruptcy court?

3. The schedule of creditors indicates that the largest creditor of ‘SSG LLC’ is the Orthodox Church Mission Fund of Houston and that, in addition to payments of around $325,000 to this organisation from the funds of ‘SSG LLC’ since September 07, including $75,000 or so just prior to announcing that it would go into chapter 11, there is still an outstanding balance of $494,000. How is that that a charity running a chain of Christian book shops in the UK can come to owe a US-based private grant making foundation over $800,000?

4. Assuming that the ‘SSG LLC’ named in these papers is the UK registered charity, were the Charity Commission notified that it has incurred debts of this size and have they been notified that you are seeking to liquidate the charity in the US?

5. The schedule of payments made in the 90 days prior to the bankruptcy application shows payments of around $110,000 to your law firm, with an outstanding balance of £56,000. Given that you are a trustee of the charity, did you obtain the assent of the Charity Commission as a trustee of the charity before contracting out legal work to you own law firm or confirm with them that this would not be considered an unlawful trustee benefit?

6. I note that responsibility for those SPCK stores that remain open in the UK has transferred to a company called ENC Shop Management, but for two shops in Durham and Chichester Cathedral which operate as separate entities. In all case, however, you remain a director of these companies having been a director/trustee of SSG/SSGCT. Were any of the assets of SSG/SSGCT transferred to these companies and, if so, when did the transfer take place and what authorisation, if any, did you obtain for the Charity Commission for such a transfer?

Finally,

7. Given that that you issued a ‘cease and desist’ notice to cartoonist Dave Walker on the same day that Randy Walker filed a motion to dismiss this application which note a considerable number of serious discrepancies in the application, is it not reasonable to infer that that the notice sent to Mr Walker was prompted by a desire on your part to prevent him from commenting on and publicising the content of the motion to dismiss?

Regards

Unity
www.ministryoftruth.me.uk

If I get a response from him, you’ll read it here first

Going for Gold with Google

If getting to the top of Google’s search results was an Olympic sport, here’s how we’d be doing with three important search queries on google.com this week:

Google Search: Brewer and Pritchard

Matt Wardman comes in a close 5th with his Category: brewer and pritchard whilst Elizaphanian (Sam Norton) comes in at No. 6 position with Unbelievable allegations about J Mark Brewer of BPLaw (Brewer and Pritchard)You’re winning on this one, Mark, but I dare say it’s getting a bit close for comfort…

Google Search: J Mark Brewer

The Revd Dr Christian Troll of GAFCON fame takes 4th place with JMark Brewer: Still Seeking to Serve Dave Walker, my J Mark Brewer, I Salute You. Briefly takes 5th place and J Mark Brewer himself comes in 7th place courtesy of lawyers.com. His personal profile at Brewer and Pritchard (bplaw.com) comes in somewhere towards the bottom of the second page: it’s worth checking out — apparently one of his primary areas of practice is employment. Sorry to have to say it, Mark, but you’re distinctly outclassed on this one.

Google Search: SPCK SSG

Ministry of Truth comes in 4th place with SSG/SPCK motion to dismiss chapter 7 application whilst UKCBD: The Christian Bookshops Blog takes 5th place with SPCK/SSG News Archives followed by the Orthodox Wiki at No. 6 with St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust. I gave up on finding any official SSG websites after the fourth page of search results…

Overall I’d say we’re in a fairly respectable position: congratulations to all concerned! And congratulations, of course, to everyone on Team GB in Beijing for putting on such an amazing and truly Olympian performance so far!

Hat tip and thanks to episcopalian whose posts listed below (most recent first) inspired this post:

Google Warns Visitors: Beware spckonline.com

Google Warns Visitors: Beware spckonline.com 

Google has posted warnings, screenshots below, against its search results for spckonline.com, the online trading division of St Stephen the Great (SSG) Bookshops. 

The basic search result is flagged with the message “This site may harm your computer” and visitors who disregard that message are given a second warning: “continue to http://www.spckonline.com/ at your own risk”. No link to the site is provided by Google. 

The warning message was spotted by ‘Steph’, a contributor to Dave Walker’s blog, on March 31st 2008

Links to spckonline.com were removed from the UK Christian Bookshops Directory earlier this year due to the uncertain legal position over SSG’s continued use of the SPCK name and the following advice has been posted against all SSG/SPCK Bookshop entries in the Directory since 19/02/2008:

Although the SPCK name is still in use over the shops and online, that use is subject to ongoing legal discussions. SPCK have emphasised “that they do not own, manage or otherwise run the Bookshops” (online statement dated 12/11/2007), whilst SSG have declined to comment. In view of the uncertain legal position no link to spckonline.com can be provided at present. Online fulfillment is apparently being provided by St Andrew’s Bookshops: again, in view of the uncertainty, prospective customers may be wise to consider shopping elsewhere.

Screenshot 1: Google Search Results for ‘ssg online’ (02/04/2008 ) 
spckonline.com 'may harm your computer'    

Screenshot 2: Google 2nd Warning (02/04/2008 )
continue 'at your own risk' 

Google Help Centre 
Information about Malware Warnings 
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Badware Report for spckonline.com