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Carl Richards’, Secretary, PGS Exploration UK Limited, Silence Implies Agreement and the Abrogation of Fiduciary Duty


The maxim is “Qui tacet consentire”: the maxim of the law is “Silence gives consent”. If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented, not that I denied. ~ Sir Thomas More, A Man for all Seasons


Silence can be either protest or consent, but most times it’s fear. ~ Paul Beatty, The Sellout


Not all people handle power and money with grace.  Some use their power to exploit and maltreat, knowing they can get away with it, and some getting off on it. ~ Dr Shailla Cannie


In my mind, there is only one mountain top in a company. The buck ends at the corporate board. It sounds like a profound grasp of the obvious. But there is a lot of nuance to this issue. ~ Michael Volkov, Corporate Board Responsibility for Compliance


If justice takes place, there may be hope, even in the face of a seemingly capricious divinity. ~ Alberto Manguel


Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken. ~ Abigail Adams


Criminals look at identity theft and say only 1 in 700 criminals gets convicted of it. And they look at check forgery and they know that for every 1,400 forgers arrested, only about 123 get convicted and about 26 go to jail. So the rewards are great, but the risks are very slim. So that’s one of the reasons that make it very popular. ~ Frank Abagnale


Human cruelty and treachery surpassed all understanding. There were no answers. Only excuses. ~ Dean Koontz


The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy. ~ Robert E. Lee


Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms. ~ Stephen Covey


The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. ~ Zig Ziglar


Norway’s Statoil Corruption Perception Delusion and Moral Turpitude


Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true. This doesn’t mean you should be duplicitous or deceitful, but don’t go out of your way to correct a false assumption if it plays to your advantage. ~ Ivanka Trump


Norway is a small, open, natural resource-rich economy. About a quarter of our GDP is related to oil and gas extraction, and a large share of our petroleum production is exported. ~ Øystein Olsen (March 2017)


Every person has a different view of another person’s image. That’s all perception. The character of a man, the integrity, that’s who you are. ~ Steve Alford


Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. ~ John Adams


We’ve had some quite serious and big corruption scandals in Norway. ~ Guro Slettemark


Changing your location doesn’t necessarily mean losing your problems. They’ll show up wherever you are, changing to fit the situation. But until you break them down and deal with it, there is nowhere far enough for you to run away from them. ~  K.K. Hendin 


I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins. ~ Norman Lear


The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. ~ Simon Mainwaring


The greater the power, the more need there is for transparency, because if the power is abused, the result can be so enormous. On the other hand, those people who do not have power, we mustn’t reduce their power even more by making them yet more transparent. ~ Julian Assange


I think the first duty of society is justice. ~ Alexander Hamilton


The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. ~ Malcolm Muggeridge


Obviously, there’s the temptation to sit back and smile, .. But there’s so much at stake, we have to do our due diligence. ~ Ralph Neas


Carl Richards, Arbitrary and Capricious Company Secretary, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. (24-Feb-2018)


The fact is that white-collar criminals are, in general, incredibly good at deluding themselves that they’re good people, even when they clearly aren’t. ~ Felix Salmon


Most targets are forced out of their positions within two years of a bullying and mobbing campaign. Forced out by being fired, resigning, becoming ill, committing suicide or going postal!  All of this could be avoided if every working person had a knowledge of “workplace bullying and mobbing”. ~ ABC AntiBullyingCrusador’s


The key to forgery is if you have permission, there is no forgery. There was never an intent to defraud anybody. ~ Jere Reneer


We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square. ~ Michelle Obama

The vast literature concerning whistleblowers shows that, far from weird extremists, they are really quite ordinary people: male and female, young and old, junior and senior, no more nerdy or obsessive than most hard workers. ~ Margaret Heffernan

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton


The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too. ~ Stephen Covey


If two individuals enter into a contract to commit trespass, theft, robbery or murder upon a third, the contract is unlawful and void, simply because it is a contract to violate natural justice, or men’s natural rights. ~ Lysander Spooner


Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. ~ Peter Drucker


The humanities teach us the value, even for business, of criticism and dissent. When there’s a culture of going along to get along, where whistleblowers are discouraged, bad things happen and businesses implode. ~ Martha C. Nussbaum

A Texan’s Run-in with Criminals in #Weybridge, #England (30-Jan-2018)


Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may. ~ Sam Houston


Well when you’re down on your luck and you ain’t got a buck in London you’re a goner. ~ Gary P. Nunn, London Homesick Blues


Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling it must increase. ~ Charles Caleb Colton


The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. ~ Stanley Milgram


If you prosecute a CEO or other senior executive and send him or her to jail for committing a crime, the deterrent effect in my view vastly outweighs even the best compliance program you can put in place. ~ Jed S. Rakoff


Psychopaths are social predators, and like all predators, they are looking for feeding grounds. Wherever you get power, prestige and money, you will find them. ~ Robert D. Hare


Most of the evil of the world comes about not out of evil motives, but somebody saying ‘get with the program, be a team player;’ this is what we saw at Enron, this is what we saw in the Nixon administration with their scandal. ~ Philip Zimbardo


Good manners are cost effective. They not only increase the quality of life in the workplace, they contribute to employee morale, embellish the company image, and play a major role in generating profit. ~ Letitia Baldrige


The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. ~ Hannah Arendt


In any society, fanatics who hate don’t hate only me – they hate you, too. They hate everybody. ~ Elie Wiesel


Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn’t hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out. ~ Willie Nelson


“Truth” in Texas is topic sensitive. If you’re doing a business deal, a true Texan always stands by his word. There is nothing more sacred to Texans than their word, and they will do anything in their power to meet their obligations. But when it comes to tellin’ stories, the whole truth thing blurs quite a bit. ~ Jim Gramon

  Norway Oil and Gas Industry Corruption Flows through Petroleum Geo-Service ASA (PGS) (11-Dec-2017)


Happily for human nature, there are always good, moral people who look at what’s happening around them and decide that they can’t live with themselves if they go along with it. Unhappily for human society, such people are almost always bullied, marginalized and destroyed. ~ Fintan O’Toole


The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are the people with something to hide. ~ Barack Obama, POTUS


Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. ~ John Steinbeck


You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live. ~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Act iv. Sc. 1


I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie Wiesel


When policemen break the law, then there isn’t any law – just a fight for survival. ~ Billy Jack character (Billy Jack, 1971)




Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism. ~ Joe Biden


No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. ~ Joseph Addison



Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (28-Oct-2017)


In the absence of truth, power is the only game in town. ~ Richard John Neuhaus


Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. ~ Napoleon Hill


Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. ~ John Steinbeck


You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live. ~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice. Act iv. Sc. 1


I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie Wiesel


When policemen break the law, then there isn’t any law – just a fight for survival. ~ Billy Jack character (Billy Jack, 1971)


Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism. ~ Joe Biden


No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. ~ Joseph Addison


Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (@PGSNews) CEO Reinhardsen Perverting the Course


The phrase “toxic work environment” is code for bad leadership, because a toxic culture simply cannot co-exist in the presence of great leadership. ~ Mike Myatt, Leadership & Toxic Work Environments


The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang. ~ Mary Kay Ash 


Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. ~ Kin Hubbard


The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion. ~ Voltaire


Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money. ~ Peter Drucker

Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money. ~ Peter Drucker


The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


What #PhilipLandau, #London #EmploymentLaw Solicitor taught me about Settlement Contracts


Corporate executives and business owners need to realize that there can be no compromise when it comes to ethics, and there are no easy shortcuts to success. Ethics need to be carefully sown into the fabric of their companies. ~ Vivek Wadhwa


The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. ~ General H. Norman Schwarzkopf


We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. ~ Samuel Johnson

Narrative Tension is primarily about withholding information. ~ Ian McEwan


Truth never damages a cause that is just. ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Power is what men seek, and any group that gets it will abuse it. It is the same story. ~ Lincoln Steffens


Serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth. ~ George Washington


It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour ~ Thomas Jefferson


Truth is truth to the end of reckoning. ~ William Shakespeare

Psychopaths know intellectually what is immoral they just don’t have a feeling of immorality about it. ~ Barbara Oakley



My Philip Landau and Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) London Solicitors Testimonial (Updated 9-Apr-2017)


If you are still in employment and you cannot resolve the matter informally with your line manager, then it is best to first lodge an internal grievance. – Philip Landau, Discrimination at work: understanding the Equality Act


Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees. – Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), Bullying and Harassment at Work


Some of the classic signs of bullying includes being frozen out of meetings which the individual would normally be expected to attend, having people who would normally report to them taken away, not being asked to pub lunches or other office gatherings, being put on unwarranted performance improvement plan, being given a poor appraisal, being overly critical in emails and verbal communications, and being generally unpleasant and belittling. – Office Bullying, Landau Law website

Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims. ~ Alan Barth


One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.~ Ida B. Wells


There are limits, however, to the ‘without prejudice’ rule. It cannot be used to hide perjury, blackmail or ‘unambiguous impropriety’ ~ Reed Smith LLP


“Unambiguous impropriety” amounts to a catch-all description of situations where the cloak of the without prejudice rule acts so as to shield some bad action on behalf of the party invoking it, and is in effect an exception based upon the rule of unconscionability—that such bad action should not be protected by a rule of public policy. ~ Chris Bryden & Michael Salter trace the origins & history of the without prejudice rule


The Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) Should Investigate the Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) CEO Reinhardsen Cabal

 History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them. ~ B. R. Ambedkar


I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power. ~ Patricia Cornwell


To me, it really seems visible today that ethics is not something exterior to the economy, which, as technical matter, could function on its own; rather, ethics is an interior principle of the economy itself, which cannot function if it does not take account of the human values of solidarity and reciprocal responsibility. ~ Pope Benedict XVI


Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. ~ Travis Bradberry


Sometimes corruption is slowed by shedding light into what was previously shadowed. ~ Paul Wolfowitz


Mob law is the most forcible expression of an abnormal public opinion; it shows that society is rotten to the core. ~ Timothy Thomas Fortune


Culture Breathes from Human Resources


To cut short the question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent, and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence? ~ Albert Camus


If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes. ~ Henry Cloud


It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law. ~ Thomas Hobbes


In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate accountability for a breach of faith. ~ James L. Buckley


Research shows that the climate of an organization influences an individual’s contribution far more than the individual himself. ~ W. Edwards Deming


A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. ~ Tony Robbins


If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit. ~ Charles Stanley


Corporate culture matters. How management chooses to treat its people impacts everything – for better or for worse. ~ Simon Sinek


The Crimes of Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) CEO Jon Erik Reinhardsen


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ~ First Amendment of the U.S.A. Constitution


One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real. ~ Klaus Kinski


A writer should express criticism and indignation at the dark side of society and the ugliness of human nature, but we should not use one uniform expression. ~  Mo Yan


Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide. ~  Ice Cube


I believe the process of going from confusion to understanding is a precious, even emotional, experience that can be the foundation of self-confidence. ~ Brian Greene


Reality is self-defined as the mob, any mob, writes its own history, never to be contradicted by the quiet statement of truth. ~ Mike Barnicle


If you don’t fix latent failures in your system, you’re asking for trouble. ~ John Gould


It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. ~ James A. Baldwin


Power should be reserved for weightlifting and boats, and leadership really involves responsibility. ~ Herb Kelleher


Every time you make the hard, correct decision you become a bit more courageous, and every time you make the easy, wrong decision you become a bit more cowardly. If you are CEO, these choices will lead to a courageous or cowardly company. ~ Ben Horowitz



Boycott Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Capital Markets (25-Jul-2016)


An international corporation like PGS is built of many people across many nations. Our business affects and impacts on even more. If you are one of them, then I would be very interested to hear your views on how we can continue to improve – whether you are a PGS employee, customer, shareholder or other stakeholder. ~ Jon Erik Reinhardsen, CEO Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)


A word of advice to those who are striving for a reputation of integrity: Avoid those who are not trustworthy. Do not do business with them. Do not associate with them. Do not make excuses for them. Do not allow yourself to get enticed into believing that “while they may be dishonest with others, they would never be dishonest with me.”  If someone is dishonest in any aspect of his life you can be guaranteed that he will be dishonest in many aspects of his life. ~ Amy Rees Anderson, Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity Is Forever


Corruption is the misuse of latitude, power, or authority to receive illegitimate or illegal benefits for single employees, group of employees, or organizations. ~ Ashforth and Anand.

Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, saying your moral is not the same as acting morally. ~  Alan Dershowitz


Due diligence is the process of investigating the information associated with a particular transaction, so that all parties are aware of the material issues. ~ Det Norske Veritas AS, Managing Risks 5/2012


A coward, a man incapable either of defending or of revenging himself, wants one of the most essential parts of the character of a man. ~ Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations


When scrutiny is lacking, tyranny, corruption and man’s baser qualities have a better chance of entering into the public business of any government. Jacob K. Javits


I take things like honor and loyalty seriously. It’s more important to me than any materialistic thing or any fame I could have. Lloyd Banks


We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square. ~ Michelle Obama


If someone really wants my company’s business, why shouldn’t he be able to do everything he can – including paying me off – to get that business? Because bribery encourages people to make decisions based on the wrong criteria, which means in the business world that it distorts the efficient allocation of resources. ~ James Surowiecki



Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Mob Gaslighting (30-Jun-2016)


The Holocaust teaches us that nature, even in its cruelest moments, is benign in comparison with man when he loses his moral compass and his reason. ~ Samuel Pisar


Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right. ~ Theodore Roosevelt


A sociopath is one who sees others as impersonal objects to be manipulated to fulfill their own narcissistic needs without any regard for the hurtful consequences of their selfish actions. ~ R. Alan Woods


I think a lot of self-importance is a product of fear. And fear, living in sort of an un-self-examined fear-based life, tends to lead to narcissism and self-importance. ~ Moby


So obscure are the greatest events, as some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity. ~ Tacitus



All your life you live so close to truth, it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye, and when something nudges it into outline it is like being ambushed by a grotesque. ~ Tom Stoppard




There are two kinds of people: eaters and bakers. Eaters think the world is a zero-sum game: what you eat, someone else cannot eat, so they eat as much as they can. Bakers think that the world is not a zero-sum game—they can just bake more and bigger pies. Everyone can eat more. People trust bakers and not eaters. ~ Guy Kawasaki


Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the boardroom. ~ Robert D. Hare


Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. ~ William Shakespeare


You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you. ~ Cornelius Vanderbilt


Boycott Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) (20-Aug-2016)


The fact that seemingly sophisticated investors would give Madoff hundreds of millions of dollars after he refused to allow them to conduct ordinary due diligence was a tribute to either greed or stupidity. ~ Harry Markopolos


Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. ~ Albert Einstein


    Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart’s content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defense. ~ Christine de Pizan


Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. ~ Muhammad Ali


Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge. ~ Nate Silver


Ethics or simple honesty is the building blocks upon which our whole society is based, and business is a part of our society, and it’s integral to the practice of being able to conduct business, that you have a set of honest standards. ~ Kerry Stokes


In a mutually dependent, intimately connected global community facing several major crises, brands need to operate with an expanded definition of self-interest that includes the greater good. ~ Simon Mainwaring


What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse. ~ Isabel Allende


Many writers, including myself, have detailed how irresponsible government actions slow economic recoveries. Similar behavior by individuals impedes growth, too. If you can’t find someone reliable to do a deal with, you simply don’t do the deal at all. ~ Amity Shlaes


To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. ~ Douglas Adams



Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Mob Values (14-Jun-2016)


I believe that bullying – at school or at the workplace – is a question of values. It indicates a lack of empathy, which, in the final analysis, comes down to a lack of tolerance and respect for other people. Bullying is about how we treat each other on a day-to-day basis. At its deepest, most profound level, it is about human dignity. ~ Former Norway Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik


There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. ~ Abraham Lincoln


One would not expect a victim of rape to have to single-handedly identify, trace, catch, arrest, prosecute, convict and punish the person who raped her. Targets of bullying often find themselves doing all of these whilst those in positions of authority persistently abdicate and deny responsibility. ~ Tim Fields


The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. ~ Albert Einstein


People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide. ~ Will Rogers


What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer? A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer.


When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. ~ Atifete Jahjaga


Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. ~ Thomas Aquinas


A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. ~ Robert A. Heinlein


The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other. ~ Douglas MacArthur



The Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Ambush Meeting and the Definition of Fraud (24-May-2016)


If you recognise this scenario, what’s about to come is far worse than any of the treatment you’ve been experiencing for X amount of months. It’s known as the Ambush Meeting…and it’s used by every single workplace bully on the planet. – The workplace bully ‘Ambush’ meeting


While unlike a court, an employer does not have the power to compel testimony, however, an employer can impose serious consequences on an employee who fails to perform employment duties. – Jim Patterson and Kirsten Thoreson, Consequences of Employee Silence in Fraud Investigations


The more powerful you make your boss in your world, the weaker you make yourself. ~ Liz Ryan, “Seven Sneaky Ways Weak Managers Keep Employees In-Line”



It isn’t the original scandal that gets people in the most trouble – it’s the attempted cover-up. ~ Tom Petri