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Hermitage Capital, Hamilton Securities, and Time to Speak Up…

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How valuable is life?  Does it depend on whose life?  Where’s your outrage and action?

I apologize for my inability (so far) to say this in a concise, trademarkable format.  I tend to the conversational:  “Consider this!”

I caught a hair-raising fragment of a Charlie Rose show; however, this horror story from Russia is NOT unique to Russia, IF we have ears to hear the Hamilton Securities and other similar stories.

Please learn with me….I know my blog isn’t good enough to communicate, but who else is explaining that what they say is unique to Russia isn’t — or isn’t yet — here. It could be anywhere, and is in parts, here.

Charlie Rose Hears Businessman’s Horrific Russian Nightmare That Has Enraged The U.S. Congress

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Brent Lambert

William Browder (born 1964) is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management.  The other night he sat down with Charlie Rose and proceeded to share his shocking and devastating story about his experience in Moscow that led to the imprisonment, torture, and eventual death of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Although Browder was a supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in 2006, after ten years doing business in the country, he was blacklisted by the Russian government as a “threat to national security” and denied entry to the country.  The Economist has accused the Russian government of blacklisting Browder because he interfered with the flow of money to “corrupt bureaucrats and their businessmen accomplices”.  And when you interfere with the corrupt Russian government your life instantly becomes a living hell.  The story that Bill Browder shares with Charlie Rose is so unbelievable it’s hard to imagine that something like this is still possible in 2012.

Is it?…. Not for me…

As Browder explains, his experience has enraged members of the U.S. Congress who are pushing through The Magnitsky Law, named in honor Sergei, which would impose a visa ban and asset freeze against the officials responsible not only for Magnitsky’s murder but also for other human rights abuses, including against individuals who “expose illegal activity” carried out by Russian officials or who seek to “defend or promote internationally recognized human rights and freedoms.” This includes journalists who have been murdered when they have dug too close to powerful officials or oligarchs. It includes human rights activists who have been beaten and crippled or killed for exposing the mistreatment of their fellow Russians.

To learn more about how organized crime has permeated every facet of the Russian Government be sure to visit Russian-Untouchables.com.  You can also read Bill Browder’s full story in his own words by reading his gut-wrenching personal story which he wrote for The Financial Times in 2009 entitled “They Killed My Lawyer.”

It is gut-wrenching.  But, by comparison, what would you call “The Franklin Coverup” — that also was gut-wrenching, involved the unconscionable, and resulted in several people involved in exposing it meeting their deaths by very violent means.

How invested are you, really — in the belief that that’s THERE but HERE’s it’s much better and significantly different; that that would NOT take place here (or has not).  In other words, do you still believe in US sovereignty?

Congress is outraged and ready to pass a law – but this is NOT a U.S. Corporation — it’s headquartered in Guernsey, has Office in the Cayman Islands and Moscow. Yet the US Congress inherently moral about human rights abuses, is so enraged about the pilfering of its assets, and torture and murder of its attorney(s)  . . .  not that human rights abuses aren’t outrageous, but . . . . .

But I have to still ask the hard question — why is Congress protecting a non-US firm, while at the same time — and let’s quit pretending, OK? — selling off the assets of its own people who reside here, also treating horribly those who expose local corruption, and running (very profitably) a prison population which is not only a virtual slave labor force, but also a great investment for those who have no conscience about ongoing rapes and sexual assaults of minors in its cages (Correction Corporation of America)?  (Read how Alex Friedman, Prison Legal News, an ex-CCA prisoner and now shareholder, obtained 20% of shares to do something about the situation)

Bear with me if it’s a language or concept stretch; but we all ought to know stuff like this.

How often do you run across a website with a warning like this?  As a “U.S. Person” I cannot even access this site!  Does that include the “About Us” page?

 [[I’m not seeking information for purposes of purchase or joining…]]


Our warning and disclaimer below is addressed to you whether you access our site for yourself or for somebody else. You must draw this caution to the notice of anybody for whom you access the Hermitage Capital Management site (the “Site”) and/or who may access the Site using your password and who is thus not compelled to register as a new user.

The Site contains data and facts on investments. These are provided for information only. Hermitage Capital Management Limited reserves the right at any time without notice to (a) change or withdraw the content or format of any part of its site and/or (b) vary or withdraw references or connections to other parts of the Internet and/or (c) restrict your access to parts of the Site.

The format and contents of the site are the copyright property of Hermitage Capital Management Limited. All rights herein are reserved.

Units or shares in the fund(s) described on this or the following page(s) are not available for sale in any jurisdiction in which such sale would be prohibited.

US Investors 

If you are a US citizen or resident, or represent a trust which is subject to taxation under US Internal Revenue Service requirements, or represent a partnership or corporation organised under the laws of the United States of America or any state, territory or possession thereof (“US Persons“) you are prohibited by law from buying investments other than those authorised for sale by the SEC. Units or shares in the Funds for which information is provided on this site are not authorised for sale by the SEC and are therefore not available for sale in the United States or to US Persons. Although the information provided on this site is not an invitation to subscribe for shares or units in such Funds, US persons may not access this site. 

UK Investors

In the United Kingdom (“UK”) the Fund is an unregulated collective investment scheme for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. As a consequence, the promotion of the Fund in the UK is restricted by Sections 21, 238 and 240 of the Act and shares in the Fund cannot be offered or sold by an authorised person in the UK other than to certain categories of persons specified under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001or the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Promotion of Collective Investment Schemes) (Exemptions) Order 2001. The information on this Site does not and cannot be taken to provide an introduction to the Fund and should not be taken to impliedly offer advice relating to the Fund and does not form any arrangement in relation to all or any third parties.

Investors are prohibited from accessing this site except for investors that are able to, and agree to give the following undertakings 
Undertaking 1
I undertake that I am:

  1. An existing or former investor in The Fund or Funds to which Hermitage Capital Management is the Investment Adviser: or
  2. An investment adviser, bank, broker or other intermediary duly authorised to undertake investment business.

Undertaking 2
I undertake that I will not hold myself out to be an agent of the Fund(s).

Undertaking 3
I undertake that I will indemnify the Fund(s), HCML and its agents against any losses, claims, costs or damages suffered or incurred by virtue of a breach of any of the foregoing undertakings.


This confirms my plan also to start a new blog (or topic) on the matters of SEC, CAFR, and other matters people just don’t understand — in other words, divorced from the topic of custody and the family court system (although there’s interplay).  Like this blog, my learning is in part through blogging.  The back burners, in other words, are rarely empty with me, in assembling a useful navigation of the world (and leaving some footprints, as I know others walk in similar shoes…)

See how clearly this defines “US Persons” as a commercial designation?   The term “US Citizen”  or US Person (which comes up FIRST in any lawsuit, i.e., jurisdiction is established; that such and such is a “person” residing in ……) — it is a commercial designation.  Title 28 of the U.S. Code.

The Firm

  • Hermitage Capital Management is a leading global investment advisory firm specializing in emerging markets. Founded in 1996 by William Browder in partnership with the late Edmond Safra,** Hermitage Capital has won numerous awards and is recognized by leading international investors for its outstanding long-term performance, deep value focus and activist approach.
  • (**insert — me looking up Edmond Safra.  Not in my social circle, so I had to look, to get a concept of context!):

Edmond Safra Wikipedia Fascinating — Read!  He was murdered at age 67 (asphyxiated) in Monaco.  International banking family active in NY also…

Philanthropic Foundation (this says “philanthropic foundation” but is labeled “Edmund J. Safra”) and has a small, tasteful logo of a green tree with straight-horizontal branches at every level..

“Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute
of Neuroscience in Natal, Brazil (ELS-IINN)”  (Parkinson’s issue in the family…?)
 
In the area of Religion, the Foundation has built and restored synagogues around the world, some of which are the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in New York, St. Petersburg’s Grand Choral Synagogue, the Moscow Choral Synagogue, and over a dozen synagogues in towns and cities throughout Israel. The Foundation sponsored the renovation of the Prayer Hall and Plaza at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and is underwriting French
translations of the Hebrew Bible and the 72-volume Babylonian Talmud.
 
In the area of Education, some of the Foundation’s most significant projects have included endowing the Center for Ethics at Harvard University and the science campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; helping Israeli universities develop, recruit, and retain the very best faculty through the Edmond J. Safra Program for Faculty Excellence; and supporting Yad Vashem (the international memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem) in its efforts to help teachers impart the lessons of the Holocaust and the values of tolerance and courage to their students. 
 
http://www.facinghistory.org/
 
 

  • Hermitage Global is one of the world’s leading investment funds focusing on deep value investment opportunities in global and emerging markets. Hermitage Global relies on the firm’s in-house quantitative and qualitative research methods to identify deeply undervalued securities around the world as well as the catalysts that will unlock value over the term of investment.
  • The Hermitage Fund is the world’s leading public equity fund dedicated to Russia. Founded in 1996, the Hermitage Fund has consistently outperformed the Russian benchmark indices. The fund’s objective is to achieve superior capital gains for its clients by investing in equity or equity-related securities and other instruments of companies incorporated in Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union.

OK, I think we need to read Mr. Browder’s 2009 Testimony before a 2009 Helsinki Commission — we need to hear this. It tells the story.. If I pasted it, or much of it here — the blog would be too long.  Yet it’s essential to the blog, and I ask you to read it — how long can that take?  Not too long!

Law and Order in Russia

The story behind the largest tax fraud in Russian history

Testimony of William Browder. Commission on Security &Cooperation in Europe the U.S. Helsinki Commission. June 23, 2009

”Mr. Chair­man and Dis­tin­guished Mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion, thank you for invit­ing me to appear before you today.  [para.] I have been asked to share my thoughts on the rule of law in Rus­sia. Unfor­tu­nately, my own per­sonal expe­ri­ence shaped by fif­teen years of invest­ing in that coun­try con­firms to me that the sit­u­a­tion in Rus­sia is not a pretty pic­ture, and it is get­ting worse.

When I first started Her­mitage in the mid-1990’s, my clients would ask me about the Russ­ian hor­ror sto­ries they had heard of share­hold­ers get­ting wiped off cor­po­rate reg­istries, hav­ing assets stolen by crooked man­age­ment or being the tar­gets of cor­rupt gov­ern­ment offi­cials seek­ing bribes. What I was able to tell my investors back then is that while cor­po­rate gov­er­nance was ter­ri­ble, val­u­a­tions were cheap, and investors would make money as Rus­sia evolved from “hor­ri­ble” to just “bad.” I am here today to tell you that Rus­sia is revert­ing. The investor hor­ror sto­ries that were largely fan­tas­tic in the 1990’s are now com­mon­place. The sit­u­a­tion in Rus­sia is going from “bad” back to “hor­ri­ble” ­ and it will be more than just investors who lose out in this process.

He goes on.

If there is one image I want to leave you with today, it is this. In most coun­tries of the world, the spheres of busi­ness exec­u­tives, gov­ern­ment offi­cials and crim­i­nals don’t typ­i­cally over­lap. In Rus­sia, these three groups have become essen­tially indis­tin­guish­able. All too often in today’s Rus­sia, there is no con­tra­dic­tion in some­one being a busi­ness exec­u­tive, senior gov­ern­ment offi­cial and crime boss all at the same time.

Oh, just for comparison, CCA (above, see private for-profit prison and sexual assault and rapes of inmates, shareholder resolution, and share holder profits to the Lamars) (NYT, Feb. 1996, by Sam Howe Verhovek):

In 1979, when a lawyer named Lamar Alexander was sworn in as Governor of Tennessee, he and his wife, Honey, listed their net worth at $151,000.

Twelve years later, after a span in which Mr. Alexander was in public office for all but 18 months, either as Governor or president of the University of Tennessee, the Alexanders’ wealth increased to at least $1.5 million. And now their holdings are worth at least $3.4 million and possibly much more, according to the financial disclosure form Mr. Alexander filed last year when he declared himself a candidate for President.

….With considerable help from a small number of politically connected friends in his home state, Mr. Alexander and his wife were able to bring about this increase in their wealth through a handful of exceptionally successful investments: …

Mrs. Alexander invested $5,000 in a prison-management company owned by one of her husband’s major backers; when the company put a business proposal before the state, she swapped the stock for other holdings that she sold five years later for $142,000.

*In his final days as Governor, Mr. Alexander solicited business for a for-profit corporate child-care venture, into which he soon put a $6,600 investment that he now values at at least $1 million.  [[Bright Horizons, I think…]]

<p”>The Alexanders’ finances have drawn the continuing criticism of watchdog groups here, like the Tennessee Conservative Union, whose president, John Davies, described the investments as “sweetheart deals” with partners who had an interest in having a friend in public office. . . . ________

Prison Management After a Stock Swap, A Six-Figure Gain

Another particularly lucrative investment was Honey Alexander’s 1983 purchase of $5,000 worth of stock in the Corrections Corporation of America, a new prison- and jail-management company in Nashville whose owner, Thomas Beasley, was a former state Republican Party chairman and a major backer of Mr. Alexander.

A spokesman for Mr. Alexander’s campaign, Mark Merritt, said Mrs. Alexander bought the shares after being assured that Mr. Beasley’s company would have no business with the state, at least while her husband was Governor. But within two years, he said, the company was enjoying unexpectedly fast growth and in fact was promoting a $250 million plan for partial privatization of the state’s prisons.

And so, in a move that Governor and Mrs. Alexander publicly disclosed and that they said was made to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest, Mrs. Alexander arranged for a swap of stock through a venture-capital firm whose chief partner, the late Jack Massey, was also a political backer of Mr. Alexander.

In August 1985, Mrs. Alexander gave up all the prison-company stock, which was not then publicly traded but which she valued at the time at $8,900, for shares in the South Life Corporation, a privately held Tennessee insurance holding company. And in June 1989, she sold that insurance stock for $142,000 — reporting a profit of $133,100.

In Tennessee, groups like the Conservative Union have suggested that the Alexanders received valuable stock in return for the Governor’s broad endorsement of the concept of privatizing the state prisons. (The Legislature never shared his enthusiasm, though it did approve a pilot privatization project in which the Corrections Corporation was involved, so Mr. Alexander never reached a point where he had to indicate publicly whether he favored one company’s plan over another.)

Mr. Merritt also said that despite Mrs. Alexander’s favorable return on the insurance stock she would done better to keep the prison stock: her original $5,000 investment would be worth $1,065,000 today, he said

_______

(PARA out of ORDER from in ARTICLE):”Lamar and Honey were not satisfied with being Governor and First Lady — they wanted to be multimillionaires,” Mr. Davies said in an interview. “And he did it by trading on either his past, current or future service as a public official.”


In case you are about to get overwhelmed and think, what can I do (especially after what’s coming up next), take a look at what a very smart ex-prisoner Alex Friedman did, up to having an influence against (year, 2008) getting a Bush Federal Court nominee who was EVP and General Counsel for CCA!  (in case you are wondering, that CCA are not “the good guys,” by a long stretch!)  “A number of organizations, including the Alliance for Justice and the National Lawyer’s Guild, have challenged Puryear’s nomination, with “all of them using research that originated with Friedman.”

AS TO BROWDER TESTIMONY (lavendar background, above)

I’ve lived here, with a very brief exception, ALL of my life in the U.S.  So did both my parents. And, I cannot agree, and here’s the commentary (background green, as above, for the interruption):


I personally do not agree with the previous few lines, especially the first sentence.  I have heard from some people who’ve visited other countries for a while, that they are actually better than the US as it is now…

BUSINESS EXECS, GOVT OFFICIALS and CRIMINALS don’t typically overlap?  Under what definition of “Crime” do they NOT overlap around here?

This is not how I personally now view the US Departments of HUD, HHS, the courts OR the police and I say that as an average woman in an average situation in the USA.  I do not deal in or use drugs, I am not an investor because historically I’ve had next to nothing to invest but my time and the results of my education in a work life, and my life in my kids — this is what my parents both did, and what I was taught to do.

That practice — moral ethics, work life surrounding service to others (including others less fortunate)  and in general participation in the community, not just in seeking individual or personal riches — has seriously backfired as the US became more and more collectivist and, if I may use this word, “fascist” — and the rule of law eventually became (it’s probably past tense by now) the rule of profits.  We are seeing family members seized without cause and with law enforcement complicit, or refusing to act.   Racial minorities are targeted for family breakups (i.e., mother Maryanne Godboldo facing off a SWAT team in Detroit; her disabled (prosthetic leg) daughter was wanted to inject with Risperdal; no valid warrant was around, but the girl was seized and the mother prosecuted for a felony anyhow).

This has prompted many of us to borrow terms from Russian dissidents to characterize it, i.e., the “Family Court Archipelago;” or I noted (in comment forms, not ongoing personal correspondence) to  prominent feminist writer & psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Chesler — who may not agree; not to imply a personal connection; but nevertheless, while acknowledging a HUGE disparity in the quality of honor killings from domestic violence, I’ve raised the similarity in principle — and in participation of the family “tribes,”including other female relatives, to destroy the dissident person protesting, or who left, abuse and with it, a marriage or relationship) terms such as “shari’a” to describe the direction the courts are going.  I do not personally agree that business executives, government officials and criminals typically do NOT overlap — when was the last time Mr. Browder lived here and needed something he couldn’t buy from someone in the U.S. justice system?

What I’ve learned since then (and studying this) was that the seeds of destruction were planted earlier and relate to economic warfare, are closely related to teh wars (WWI, WWII, Korean, Viet Nam, Iraq, etc.) that US soldiers have fought — and NONE of our families were unaffected by this…. OK, I had to say that. Now, more from Mr. Browder….


Her­mitage Cap­i­tal and Share­holder Activism

Speak­ing before you today car­ries on a fam­ily tra­di­tion of sorts. My grand­fa­ther, Earl Brow­der, was the head of the Amer­i­can Com­mu­nist Party and appeared before his fair share of Con­gres­sional com­mit­tees over the course of his life­time. He had met my grand­mother dur­ing his trav­els in the Soviet Union, so you could say that Rus­sia and pop­ulist pol­i­tics were in my blood. As the fam­ily rebel, how­ever, I decided to go to an Amer­i­can busi­ness school and ulti­mately went back to Rus­sia fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the Soviet Union to build a business.

I founded Her­mitage in 1996 in part­ner­ship with the late Edmond Safra as a way for west­ern investors to invest in the Russ­ian stock mar­ket. The firm ulti­mately grew to become the sin­gle largest for­eign port­fo­lio investor in Rus­sia, with some $4 bil­lion under man­age­ment in 2006, a sub­stan­tial por­tion of which came from U.S. insti­tu­tional and indi­vid­ual investors. One of the big rea­sons for the firm’s suc­cess was our strat­egy of invest­ing in the stocks of com­pa­nies that were out of favor due to bad man­age­ment, cor­rup­tion, share­holder rights abuses or out­right theft. We would then work to change man­age­ment, stop fraud and defend the inter­ests of minor­ity share­hold­ers through share­holder activism. If we were suc­cess­ful in improv­ing cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, the mar­ket would ulti­mately rec­og­nize this. As the com­pany came back into favor, its stock price would rise, our investors would profit and the Russ­ian econ­omy would be bet­ter off for hav­ing a more pro­duc­tive, trans­par­ent econ­omy. For sev­eral years it was a win-win sit­u­a­tion for every­one except cor­rupt cor­po­rate man­age­ment and their part­ners in government.

Due to weak courts and legal pro­tec­tions, our biggest lever­age was often the bully pul­pit of the press. Since 1996 we waged dozens of high-profile pub­lic activist cam­paigns tar­get­ing mis­man­age­ment and cor­rup­tion at some of the largest com­pa­nies in Rus­sia. These included Gazprom (the state-controlled nat­ural gas monop­oly), Uni­fied Energy Sys­tems (the national elec­tric­ity util­ity), Sber­bank (the largest bank in Rus­sia) and Surgut­nefte­gas (the fourth-largest oil com­pany in Russia).

Most of the com­pa­nies we sought to reform were con­trolled by the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment, and in the course of our anti-corruption work, Her­mitage stepped on many high-placed toes. In Novem­ber 2005, I was sud­denly denied entry at Moscow’s Shereme­tyevo Air­port and despite promi­nent inter­ven­tion and sup­port both here in theUSand in Europe, my visa has not been restored. Regard­less of my being the sin­gle largest stock investor in the coun­try, and despite hav­ing attracted bil­lions of dol­lars of cap­i­tal into the Russ­ian econ­omy over the past decade, the Russ­ian Gov­ern­ment banned me from enter­ing the coun­try in the inter­ests of “national secu­rity, pub­lic order or pub­lic health.” * * *

While work­ing to regain my Russ­ian visa, I had the oppor­tu­nity to approach then First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter ­ and now Pres­i­dent ­ Dmitry Medvedev at the World Eco­nomic Forum in Davos, Switzer­land in Jan­u­ary 2007. I asked him for help in restor­ing my visa. He asked for my doc­u­men­ta­tion and said he would look into it. Unfor­tu­nately, what hap­pened next was worse than los­ing my visa in the first place.


DO read the rest.  And know that if it happened there, it can (and in parts has) happened here, and in the same manner.  I’m not the only person stating this now …. Perhaps because Mr. Browder inhabits a different sector of the economy (I’m still unsure is he a US Citizen, doesn’t sound like it, given Hermitage Capital, which is definitely not a “US Person” as it’s based in Guernsey, ….

Here I go again.  LAVENDAR background is Hermitage/Browder.  LIGHT BLUE is Hamilton/Fitts

Compare:  Done to Hermitage Capital Assets: Raid on their offices and on a supporting Law Firm:

  • Soon there­after, on June 4, 2007, Lieu­tenant Colonel Kuznetsov led a team of 25 Inte­rior Min­istry offi­cers on a raid of our Moscow offices. They seized all of our com­put­ers, net­work servers and doc­u­ments ­ in total two van-loads of mate­ri­als. Kuznetsov left the Her­mitage raid mid-way through to join another raid that was tak­ing place simul­ta­ne­ously at the offices of Fire­stone Dun­can, an American-owned Moscow law firm that advised on Russ­ian legal and account­ing affairs for the Her­mitage Fund. In this raid the Inte­rior Min­istry removed files that con­tained the stamps, seals, orig­i­nal arti­cles of asso­ci­a­tion and other statu­tory doc­u­ments for the Fund’s Russ­ian invest­ment com­pa­nies

Done to Hamilton Securities, and as I understand it (“Bivens” lawsuit against) Cisneros, which utilized Hamilton Securities.  Like Hermitage, Hamilton was turning a profit by turning back corruption and exposing it.

Fitts’ firm which localized (through software) HUD fraud by geography; it had a raid of computer software from the office on her exposition of mortgage securities fraud, shutting down a successful company.  Fitts was a multimillionaire; because of this attack she had to liquidate her assets and shut down the company.   The company actually brought more control of local assets (and computer literacy to track them to geography) back to local residents and saved US taxpayers on mortgage defaults which were sold on the open market at 70cents/$$ (versus 35cents/$$).  

  • Where is the Money? Litigation
    Ervin & Associates and the US Government shut down Hamilton Securities after it developed software for citizens to learn about HUD spending by place, seized the software, bankrupted the company, and never produced any evidence of wrongdoing … see http://www.dunwalke.com/gideon/The story of Hamilton Securities is a real life case study about how the U.S. mortgage bubble was engineered—and how federal enforcement and the courts were used from 1996-2006to try to stop Catherine’s efforts to prevent mortgage fraud and to warn communities and investors about what was happening and how to protect themselves.Hamilton was involved in numerous civil lawsuits, three of which were primary:
  1. Hamilton Securities v. The United States
    US Court of Federal Claims Docket
  2. Ervin relator for United States v. Hamilton Securities (Qui Tam)
    US District Court for the District of Columbia Docket
  3. Hamilton v. Ervin & Associates & John Ervin
    US District Court for the District of Columbia Docket

“HUD’s Victim?” – Insight (21 May 2001)  [scanned in actual news articles…]

Paul Rodriguez’s two part series on the targeting of Hamilton Securities Group. His first article went up on the Internet on Friday afternoon. By Tuesday, the HUD Inspector General was “retired.” Several week’s later, his associate sent a series of questions to the HUD Inspector General’s office about their financial audits and $59 billion+ missing from HUD. Two hours later, the HUD Inspector General office faxed a message to Hamilton’s attorneys informing them that the investigation of Hamilton was closed. Rodriguez’s second article describes the success – a compelling story of investigative journalism.


And yet, the US is not at all incapable of similar activities of those who expose corruption on the HOME front, and in fact while maybe it was less overt and horrific, I begin to wonder, after all we are the world’s largest jailor, have a corrupt justice system based on the existence of a mental health archipelago, there is evidence that the US is trafficking in children for the purpose of blackmailing politicians (that’s US Congress and others) for the purpose of money laundering (The Franklin Coverup (Nebraska, John DeCamp) and several people died violently during the investigation (hence the word “coverup.”).   Americans own assets have been off-shored, and the biggest business around is likely “Narco-Dollars” which one of our own (Philadelphia born & bred), Catherine Austin Fitts (link below to a summary) exposed, for which her firm suffered badly, computers were seized.  She eventually restructured and her money is now based off-shore also, after her business exposing US Corruption was shut down.

I didn’t comprehend this all in one or two sittings, but it is starting to make serious sense.  I urge you to read the rest of this article and compare what Fitts was proposing to do to the US economy, and what Browder says he was doing for the Russian economy, and how his asset management firm (and its lawyers) were then treated.  These posts take me a while to put up (and are laborious to “color-code” by background color so viewers can quickly distinguish who’s talking.  Please respect by considering them! (feedback also solicited).

(this is most of the article, right here — or read it on-site):

Financial Coup d’Etat

CatherineNews & Commentary on August 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm · 184 Comments

[Note from CAF: This post was originally published here in February of 2009. In light of recent events,  I am republishing.]
By Catherine Austin Fitts

In the fall of 2001 I attended a private investment conference in London to give a paper, The Myth of the Rule of Law or How the Money Works: The Destruction of Hamilton Securities Group.

The presentation documented my experience with a Washington-Wall Street partnership that had:

  • Engineered a fraudulent housing and debt bubble;
  • Illegally shifted vast amounts of capital out of the U.S.;
  • Used “privitization” as a form of piracy – a pretext to move government assets to private investors at below-market prices and then shift private liabilities back to government at no cost to the private liability holder.***

{{**I’m not expert enough, but I began looking at real estate deeds and tax records in Lackawanna County, CA — and noticed how property transferred hands, i.e., when judges and attorneys were co-trustees, or when mortgages were suddenly satisfied in full, and come to find out, one of the owners was sitting on the board of the bank that issued the mortgage; intermarriages in which significant properties, some in which court business was literally done (or clients coming through the courts were ordered to participate in services by, i.e., counseling type services) — and were bought for $1.00, etc.  I had even begun looking up criminal reports in some of the local paper, property deed, and several were tied to property transferred for $1.00 either to the landlord or in one case to the alleged criminal.  

In all this, it was also very clear to me that a single person (me) or dozens of similarly motivated people (and I don’t know that dozens exist) could NOT find out things in enough time using present software.  the software available to the public just doesn’t tell the public enough — just as our schools don’t teach even our brightest kids enough.  Coincidence?  When did compulsory public school education really gain a foothold?}}

Other presenters at the conference included distinguished reporters covering privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia. As the portraits of British ancestors stared down upon us, we listened to story after story of global privatization throughout the 1990s in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.Slowly, as the pieces fit together, we shared a horrifying epiphany: the banks, corporations and investors acting in each global region were the exact same players. They were a relatively small group that reappeared again and again in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia accompanied by the same well-known accounting firms and law firms.

Clearly, there was a global financial coup d’etat underway.

The magnitude of what was happening was overwhelming. In the 1990′s, millions of people in Russia had woken up to find their bank accounts and pension funds simply gone – eradicated by a falling currency or stolen by mobsters who laundered money back into big New York Fed member banks for reinvestment to fuel the debt bubble.

Reports of politicians, government officials, academics, and intelligence agencies facilitating the racketeering and theft were compelling. One lawyer in Russia, living without electricity and growing food to prevent starvation, was quoted as saying, “We are being de-modernized.”

Several years earlier, I listened to three peasant women describe the War on Drugs in their respective countries: Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. I asked them, “After they sweep you into camps, who gets your land and at what price?” My question opened a magic door. They poured out how the real economics worked on the War on Drugs, including the stealing of land and government contracts to build housing for the people who are displaced.

At one point, suspicious of my understanding of how this game worked, one of the women said, “You say you have never been to our countries, yet you understand exactly how the money works. How is this so?” I replied that I had served as Assistant Secretary of Housing at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the United States where I oversaw billions of government investment in US communities. Apparently, it worked the same way in their countries as it worked in mine.

We were experiencing a global “heist”: capital was being sucked out of country after country. The presentation I gave in London revealed a piece of the puzzle that was difficult for the audience to fathom. This was not simply happening in the emerging markets. It was happening in America, too.

I described a meeting that had occurred in April 1997, more than four years before that day in London. I had given a presentation to a distinguished group of U.S. pension fund leaders on the extraordinary opportunity to reengineer the U.S. federal budget. I presented our estimate that the prior year’s federal investment in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area had a negative return on investment.

We presented that it was possible to finance places with private equity and reengineer the government investment to a positive return and, as a result, generate significant capital gains. Hence, it was possible to use U.S. pension funds to significantly increase retirees’ retirement security by successfully investing in American communities, small business and farms — all in a manner that would reduce debt, improve skills, and create jobs.

The response from the pension fund investors to this analysis was quite positive until the President of the CalPERS pension fund — the largest in the country — said, “You don’t understand. It’s too late. They have given up on the country. They are moving all the money out in the fall [of 1997]. They are moving it to Asia.”

Sure enough, that fall, significant amounts of moneys started leaving the US, including illegally. Over $4 trillion went missing from the US government. No one seemed to notice. Misled into thinking we were in a boom economy by a fraudulent debt bubble engineered with force and intention from the highest levels of the financial system, Americans were engaging in an orgy of consumption that was liquidating the real financial equity we needed urgently to reposition ourselves for the times ahead.

The mood that afternoon in London was quite sober. The question hung in the air, unspoken: once the bubble was over, was the time coming when we, too, would be “de-modernized?”



We are still — as I understand it — a capitalist economy.  Which means, if you don’t have access to capital with which to do business, you will be subject to (and probably employed by and buying your life necessities) from those who do, who set the prices.  

It means that  THE primary literacy for all of us has to include economic literacy, which does NOT mean just get an education and get into a good professional niche.  

Here’s a start (and I have to deal with this information regardless of how it’s delivered, just as honest people have to deal with my reporting that promoting marriage & fatherhood is a form of theft from the public  and five more steps (through TANF) to socialism.

Nine Myths About Money that could Kill You (posted June 2011)

The Essential Catherine Austin Fitts (posted this week)

Catherine was US Housing Commissioner in the first Bush administration. She once said she found one block in San Diego that had lost 20 million dollars in HUD loans made on properties that never existed and did not even have postal street addresses.

On March 22, 2000 Susan Gaffney, Inspector General of Housing and Urban Development, testified before the US House of Representatives that she had to adjust the books 284 times and write off 77.2 billion dollars for the fiscal years 1998 and 1999

Catherine developed Community Wizard which was a program that would tell voters how much federal money was spent in each zip code so we could get control of government spending.  Catherine was sued and investigated 19 times to run her out of Washington DC. Honest men and women of integrity are not allowed to be anywhere your Banker Occupied Government

She’s a good teacher also, there are some terms I understand better now, that were “Greek to me” previously.  However, I already had a frame of reference from experience and personal work done on this blog earlier.

It means understanding the relationship of the “professional” class to who employs them, and the relationship of those who employ (and subsidize universities & colleges that educate) this class to those who are lower on the wage scale, or unemployed — and a good deal more.

This language may by now be familiar to many.  Does that make it somehow irrelevant in 2012?

http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/sw4qw/

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, An Introduction Programming Manual was uncovered quite by accident on July 7, 1986 when an employee of Boeing Aircraft Co. purchased a surplus IBM copier for scrap parts at a sale, and discovered inside details of a plan, hatched in the embryonic days of the “Cold War” which called for control of the masses through manipulation of industry, peoples’ pastimes, education and political leanings. It called for a quiet revolution, putting brother against brother, and diverting the public’s attention from what is really going on.

Social engineering (the analysis and automation of a society) requires the correlation of great amounts of constantly changing economic information (data), so a high-speed computerized data-processing system was necessary which could race ahead of the society and predict when society would arrive for capitulation.

. . . (read the intervening paras. pls.)  <>Relay computers were to slow, but the electronic compute…<> Then in 1948, the transistor, invented by J. Bardeen, W.H. Brattain, and W. Shockley, promised great expansion of the computer field, <> With these three inventions under their direction, those in positions of power <> Immediately, the Rockefeller Foundation got in on the ground floor by making a four-year grant to Harvard College, funding the Harvard Economic Research Project for the study of the structure of the American Economy <>..(after that terminated….) <>a high-level meeting of the Elite was held to determine the next phase of social operations research. The Harvard project had been very fruitful, as is borne out by the publication of some of its results in 1953 suggesting the feasibility of economic (social) engineering. (Studies in the Structure of the American Economy – copyright 1953 by Wassily Leontief, International Science Press Inc., White Plains, New York).

Who is Wassily Leontief? Did I know 5 minutes ago? No — but thanks to Google,

Wassily Leontief

Wassily Leontief

(1906-1999 )

From the time he was a young man growing up in Saint Petersburg, Wassily Leontief devoted his studies to input-output analysis. When he left Russia at the age of nineteen to begin the Ph.D. program at the University of Berlin, he had already shown how leon walras’s abstract equilibrium theory could be quantified. But it was not until many years later, in 1941, while a professor at Harvard, that Leontief calculated an input-output table for the American economy. It was this work, and later refinements of it, that earned Leontief the Nobel Prize in 1973 

At the time of Leontief’s first work with input-output analysis, all the required matrix algebra was done using hand-held calculators and sheer tenacity. Since then, computers have greatly simplified the process, and input-output analysis, now called “interindustry analysis,” is widely used. Leontief’s tables are commonly used by the World Bank, the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Early on, input-output analysis was used to estimate the economy-wide impact of converting from war production to civilian production after World War II. It has also been used to understand the flow of trade between countries.  . . .

From his autobiography (on Nobelprize.org):

Entered the University of Leningrad in 1921. After studying philosophy, sociology and finally economics, I received the degree of Learned Economist in 1925.

Continued my studies at the University of Berlin with Werner Sombart and Ladislaus Bortiewicz, and received the Ph.D. degree, having submitted a dissertation on the theoretical subject “Wirtschaft als Kreislauf.” As member of the staff of the Institute for World Economics at the University of Kiel from 1927 to 1930, engaged in research on derivation of statistical demand and supply curves. This academic work was interrupted in 1929 by a twelve-month stay in China as advisor to the Ministry of Railroads. Moved to the National Bureau of Economic Research in New York in 1931 and to the Department of Economics at Harvard University in 1932. Became Professor of Economics in 1946; organized the Harvard Economic Research Project in 1948, and served as its Director until 1973; have been Chairman of the Harvard Society of Fellows since 1965.

Very influential in the structure of the world we live in.  How many people know?  From “a brief history of wassily leontif’s life” at “lIOA.org”  Do you know what “IIOA.org is?” (see below quote)

His analytic methods, as the Nobel committee observed, became a permanent part of production planning and forecasting in scores of industrialized nations and in private corporations all over the world.

Wassily Leontief stayed at Harvard for 44 years. He then became the director of the Institute for Economic Analysis of New York University from 1975 until 1991. Even after his retirement he still taught at the university until he was in his 90’s.

“The International Input-Output Association (IIOA) grew out of an informal world-wide network of economists, government officials, engineers and managers with interests in input-output analysis.”  (it’s based in Vienna, Austria)

 

I need to restate the obvious:  If you’re not only angry, but strategizing resistance and protesting the submission of entire populations through abusive control of their sources of energy (BOTH food, clean water, housing, etc., AND social connections) — you’re not awake.  Or, you’re living under an illusion, racing the clock hoping it won’t go off before it hits your household, or thinking that thinking only about your household is enough to save, your household.

How were slaves kept in slavery?  Wasn’t illiteracy part of the deal?  So, right now, there’s a need for literacy, and prioritizing what skills we (each person) lacks individually to protect him- or herself, or others, from programming and manipulation into passivity.  Or into failing to understand basic relationships, for example, while WHICH gets elected (Obama/Romney) makes a large difference, there are actually more important issues.

Also, those people who are alert, and active, deserve and need people alongside them to help evaluating the data and planning some form of resistance and training others to resist the incessant hypocrisy of (philanthropic organizations), and particularly in the areas deliberately NOT covered in the mainstream media.

We do not have access to the computer databases or resources of the US Government, or World Bank (etc.), and the information we do have (such as TAGGS, etc.) is NOT reliable, and not timely relevant, nor can it be easily searched to come up with useful determinations. In other words — I’m talking, about where the wealth (money, although I also recognize that “money” in “dollars” is also simply notes on debt) is going and flowing — and how to turn off, or redirect that flow without getting terminated for reporting on it.

And, such people also need a reasonable vision and plan to make it worthwhile to resist (i.e., the possibility of success) rather than going down with others (i.e., lemming mentality).

The ability to manipulate and understand symbolic languages,  and systems of symbols, in one field IS transferable to other fields (with application) and this is exactly how those structuring the economy planned it.

When information is no good (invalid), then it’s time to reject it and head for the most valuable source of information around.  I’m speaking broadly here, because the situation is broad and comprehensive.

The first area any abuser (individually) tends to take control of is the exit door — and that’s often economic.  After that, I’ve found, physical abuse and ongoing intimidation gets easier after enough conditioning.

THE SEQUENCE OF TAKEOVER  — (Anecdotal section)

Physical Means for Independence/Escape usually goes First.

Maybe this changes with others, but I know that (whether consciously or intentionally), I married, my car was taken down, then credit shut down, then bank account shut down, THEN physical — and this happened unbelievably quickly, and while I was invested in the marriage (through pregnancy also), still being “old school” (and Christian) that it’s better than, say, promiscuity or total abstinence.  In other words, in my faith, there’s no moral way to satisfy basic human need (not just for sex, but also good, ongoing human (physical/emotional) companionship with a committed another adult, as opposed to a rotation of roommates) than through marriage, and yet it was not a safe institution for me as a female.

Since this experience, and getting free from it, I have continued to resist and focus on ECONOMIC independence and PHYSICAL Distance, and attacks on exactly that have been more and more blatant and severe over time.  This became a personal, and dangerous, race against time and resources, and against people who (trust me) are not bound by moral codes or the law.

I fought for the right to privacy and independence of action outside the common interest area — our children — but mistakenly thought that the courts were relevant ways to get this, and cared about the same issues.  They aren’t and they don’t.

Like others who have not just individual partner violence, but also extended family abuse (either side; mine just happened to be on my own side), you quickly find out who’s who — and as quickly become a target for having changed the status quo.

THE APPEARANCE OF POWER (CAPITAL) ATTRACTS POWER (CAPITAL)

Controlling lots of people against their will and not for their personal benefit requires energy and can be tiring.  So attempts are constantly made to get people to “give it up” foot by foot, rather than having to fight back with resistors, foot by foot.

I’m going to simply paste a little more from “Silent Weapons for Silent Wars,” and say — think what you want, I’m telling the truth here, as have others.  See title of this post, and I hope read the next one, which will be up in a while (sometimes posts take hours, or a full day, to put together).

And please Tweet to someone you think gives a damn.  Social acceptance is nice, but is highly overrated when it fails to address the obvious — we live in a society that tolerates human sacrifice as a condition of its existence.  I don’t mean the good kind of sacrifice, like parents do to help their children, or teachers do for their students (etc.) or to build worthwhile and noble endeavors.

I mean forcible sacrifice of the many vulnerable for the precarious comfort of those above at the bottom of the pyramid.

Energy

Energy is recognized as the key to all activity on earth. Natural science is the study of the sources and control of natural energy, and social science, theoretically expressed as economics, is the study of the sources and control of social energy. Both are bookkeeping systems: mathematics. Therefore, mathematics is the primary energy science. And the bookkeeper can be king if the public can be kept ignorant of the methodology of the bookkeeping.

All science is merely a means to an end. The means is knowledge. The end is control. Beyond this remains only one issue: Who will be the beneficiary?

In 1954 this was the issue of primary concern. Although the so-called “moral issues” were raised, in view of the law of natural selection it was agreed that a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such people are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent.

Consequently, in the interest of future world order, peace, and tranquillity, it was decided to privately wage a quiet war against the American public with an ultimate objective of permanently shifting the natural and social energy (wealth) of the undisciplined and irresponsible many into the hands of the self-disciplined, responsible, and worthy few.

In order to implement this objective, it was necessary to create, secure, and apply new weapons which, as it turned out, were a class of weapons so subtle and sophisticated in their principle of operation and public appearance as to earn for themselves the name “silent weapons.”

In conclusion, the objective of economic research, as conducted by the magnates of capital (banking) and the industries of commodities (goods) and services, is the establishment of an economy which is totally predictable and manipulatable.

In order to achieve a totally predictable economy, the low-class elements of society must be brought under total control, i.e., must be housebroken, trained, and assigned a yoke and long-term social duties from a very early age, before they have an opportunity to question the propriety of the matter. In order to achieve such conformity, the lower-class family unit must be disintegrated by a process of increasing preoccupation of the parents and the establishment of government-operated day-care centers for the occupationally orphaned children.

The quality of education given to the lower class must be of the poorest sort, so that the moat of ignorance isolating the inferior class from the superior class is and remains incomprehensible to the inferior class. With such an initial handicap, even bright lower class individuals have little if any hope of extricating themselves from their assigned lot in life. This form of slavery is essential to maintain some measure of social order, peace, and tranquillity for the ruling upper class

Silent Weapons for Silent Wars (from “the lawful path” a website part of which makes sense to me)

While I’m only putting one more section up here, the very next section talks about Theory, and Energy Concepts (including dissipation).

Descriptive Introduction of the Silent Weapon

Everything that is expected from an ordinary weapon is expected from a silent weapon by its creators, but only in its own manner of functioning.

It shoots situations, instead of bullets; propelled by data processing, instead of chemical reaction (explosion); originating from bits of data, instead of grains of gunpowder; from a computer, instead of a gun; operated by a computer programmer, instead of a marksman; under the orders of a banking magnate, instead of a military general.

It makes no obvious explosive noises, causes no obvious physical or mental injuries, and does not obviously interfere with anyone’s daily social life.

Yet it makes an unmistakable “noise,” causes unmistakable physical and mental damage, and unmistakably interferes with the daily social life, i.e., unmistakable to a trained observer, one who knows what to look for.

The public cannot comprehend this weapon, and therefore cannot believe that they are being attacked and subdued by a weapon.

The public might instinctively feel that something is wrong, but that is because of the technical nature of the silent weapon, they cannot express their feeling in a rational way, or handle the problem with intelligence. Therefore, they do not know how to cry for help, and do not know how to associate with others to defend themselves against it.

When a silent weapon is applied gradually, the public adjusts/adapts to its presence and learns to tolerate its encroachment on their lives until the pressure (psychological via economic) becomes too great and they crack up.

Therefore, the silent weapon is a type of biological warfare. It attacks the vitality, options, and mobility of the individuals of a society by knowing, understanding, manipulating, and attacking their sources of natural and social energy, and their physical, mental, and emotional strengths and weaknesses.

SUGGESTIONs — LEARN ANOTHER FRAME OF REFERENCE.  AND I HIGHLY SUGGESTION, ECONOMIC.

How does one know enough to be alert, but not so much one is paralyzed?  The knowledge must be balanced with something to do about it.  Don’t kid yourselves there is NOT an attempt to overwhelm and dissipate public energy, including through media portrayals of where the real sources of danger are in this world.

Where I have found my (intense, in-depth) study and practice of MORE than one field of knowledge has helped is understanding systems of knowledge, and through acquaintance with others, and their different frames of reference and languages, I learned to borrow language from one field, as symbols, to help others (in teaching/coaching situations, as well as myself) better understand what was wanted, i.e., skills, techniques.  Without a mental image (and symbols really help with this), it’s hard to comprehend much at all other than a sensation or experience.

Survival in any landscape demands a minimum comprehension of meaning — and that requires a set of symbols (language) from OUTside the system to express to yourself (if no one else even) the essential truths.

Commonly this is called language – the “language” of emotions, the language of art, the language of sports — and the language of behavioral science.

Nonprofits speak in one language to the public, another language in conference, and their own financial profiles speak a different language.  The economic language is common to all businesses (including the business of government) and needs to be understood by more of us.

Another one is the language of change, and knowing what direction it’s going in, i.e., changes in the balance of power.  To know that, one also needs to know, what is power?

Despite religious abuse, faith-based organizations, and cults like Opus Dei (or Scientology) (or the Unification Church), I still find the language of the Bible, which spanned so many years in its assembly, and over which wars were fought, and martyrs made (i.e., of several of its translators) a valid one to understand.  It also clearly understands the powerful creative force of Words (for which I can say, language).  A few summaries:

(I see Christianity as a political organization and can’t disagree with that last statement, however I don’t organize my world solely around words like “psychopath,” however well it communicates…. My problem with Christianity is that its leaders are dishonest with their own book, or what they proclaim with their book –and dishonesty of this level is anathema.  They also self-define like any cult (as do, incidentally, psychologists) and just as these same (and their followers, who copy their habits) are quite comfortable with the hypocrisy of calling themselves “Christian” (and others who read the book better as cults) — they are also AS comfortable with welcoming into their ranks wife-beaters, child-abusers, pedophiles (and covering them up) and while proclaiming themselves to be in OPPOSITION to the government (where it’s popular for the followers and similar) they are actually in bed with the same through largesse AND through tax-exempt status AND through receiving more grants than you have a CLUE about from HHS.

Bottom line, I’d have to call this immoral — what would you call it?  So there are soup kitchens and refugees are taken in.  Great.  How much has been stolen from the public and nonsubscribers under the same name?  And yet individually, I’ve found many Christians (as well as many atheists) to be merciful and in general ethical.   But the system they participate in, is not.  I have had MUCH personal damage done to me (and no real protection) under the aegis of this church or that one.  Bottom line is, warm bodies pay mortgages.  Check out the real estate.

See next bullets, I’ve brought up these books before:

The Rescue of Jerusalem” (701 BC a close call; it went down in 586 BC or thereabouts).  Pardon me for just pasting an excerpt — apparently Will Smith is about to make a movie based on the Henry T. Aubin Book (which I have and posted about before), but it does make you think about how religious beliefs are formed, and their political consequences:

The figure of Taharqa, who was born in what is today Sudan, is linked to a pivotal historical event that is described in the Bible: the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem in 701 BCE. Hezekiah, the king of Judah, had little chance of surviving that onslaught by one of the greatest military powers on earth; only two decades before, the Assyrians had conquered the neighboring kingdom of Israel and deported many of its citizens.

But the Assyrians eventually withdrew from the walls of Jerusalem and Hezekiah’s throne was saved. Judah kept its independence for another 115 years, until it was defeated by the Babylonians, who went on to destroy the first temple in 586 BCE.

The rescue of Jerusalem had enormous consequences for religious thought. Recent archaeological discoveries have convinced most historians that monotheism had not yet fully taken root among Israelites at the time of the siege, and the Torah had very likely yet to be written down.

It was only after the withdrawal of the Assyrians that the embattled survivors became deeply convinced that their God was truly unique and almighty. That new belief then had more than a century to evolve and flourish, and it grew strong enough to allow the exiled Jews to retain their faith during the Babylonian exile and later return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

Why, though, did the Assyrians withdraw from Jerusalem? The Bible talks about God visiting a plague on the invading army. It also mentions a lack of water in the Judean Hills that bedevilled the besiegers, and archaeologists have since credited King Hezekiah for having the foresight to build a tunnel to Gihon Springs that gave the city a secure water supply.

But in a recent book, journalist turned historian Henry Aubin argues convincingly that it was the approach of the Kushite-Nubian army — headed by young Taharqa, whom the Bible refers to as king of Ethiopia — that made the Assyrians lose heart. Militarily, it makes sense: It’s not the best idea to be caught up besieging a city like Jerusalem when a hostile force approaches from the rear.

The turn of events was arguably one of the most important moments in human history. Had Jerusalem been destroyed in 701 BCE, Judaism very well have disappeared before it really got underway. The other two monotheistic world religions, Christianity** and Islam, might never have been born. It was the timely intervention of a black warrior that convinced an embattled tribe in the Judean hills that their god was so special that they would still pray to him 2,700 years later.

The lessons of this unlikely alliance between Jews and Nubians are worth pondering as Israel approaches its 60th birthday.
Read more: http://forward.com/articles/13182/will-smith-s-lesson-for-jerusalem-/#ixzz273OJmzmS

**Well, strictly speaking as practiced and self-delineated now, Christianity isn’t monotheistic. And who knows how things might’ve played out (would Islam –which IS monotheistic — have even been needed?).   For purposes of this blog, it’s less about which is true, than what happens when discussions are shut down, and fear-based beliefs are circulated in order to justify war, or centralized wealth in the form of taxes, conscription of warriors, appropriation of real estate, and control of the press (since there have been presses around), discussion, literature or — hey wait, aren’t we still in that mode?  Since when were wars not related to appropriation of someone else’s assets?

AD 381 (Wikipedia discussing the councils) One review of the book “A.D. 381 and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State”  (more fine-print discourse I may read later on “Is God a Trinity?” and where the construct came from)

Oh well…..

Again — if they can’t read their own scriptures honestly, and don’t handle finances honestly (which I’ve documented), then when the mouths are open, it ain’t truth coming out.  Keep this in mind when signing up or helping your adolescent enroll in, a trademarked training module (or, singing up for one yourself, either!).

Up next — my AHA moment regarding “American Humane Association.”  this entire post began as an intro, and wouldn’t have happened but for Charlie Rose and my discoveries of the Hermitage Capital situation (and some of its background).

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  1. OK, so I quickly pasted up an article from 2008 about the Will Smith plans to make a movie about “The Last Pharaoh” (Taharqa). Check out the commentary on the article. One thing I learned at it (as a paleface) was how history is drowned — in this case, the Nubian history, literally. It was a lesson in collective amnesia for economic reasons.

    Whatever one calls the treatment that someone else calls marriage, I think the term domestic violence is good enough. And one thing I identified was how targets of abuse or destruction are previously degraded, and dehumanized — their life and accomplishments are completely obliterated from public mention. To witness this happen over a short time — and this is indeed how I was treated by my own — is a real lesson in history. I think that’s one of many reasons Aubin’s book spoke to me. I understood “sudden collective amnesia.” I think the book is one of those “must-reads.”

    Right now, it’s not safe for Americans to be in Sudan — I again wonder how this might have played out had the area been flooded previously.

    http://forward.com/articles/13182/will-smith-s-lesson-for-jerusalem-/
    Will Smith’s Lesson for Jerusalem
    The 
Continental Divide

    By Eric Frey
    Published April 17, 2008, issue of April 25, 2008.
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    Hollywood star Will Smith is reportedly planning to make a movie on Taharqa, a black warrior king from Nubia who ruled over Egypt during the 7th-century BCE. The film is likely to focus on issues of black pride, but if Smith and his scriptwriters do their homework well, “The Last Pharaoh” should also be of particular interest to Jewish moviegoers. According to some scholars, Taharqa played a key part in the early history of Judaism — and his story carries a crucial lesson for the future of the State of Israel.

    Read more: http://forward.com/articles/13182/will-smith-s-lesson-for-jerusalem-/#ixzz273QiwOoM.

    _____Google results, including on the “damn dams” as one phrase had it:
    I searched: “Aswan Dam, nubia, sudan, kushite” (you can too).

    Save Nubia Project: Preserving Historical Sites in Sudan
    http://www.savenubia.org/The Aswan Dam created a 340-mile long lake which flooded 39 Nubian … of the central areas of the ancient Kushite and Nubian civilizations in the Sudan.
    Ancient Nubian Pyramids
    wysinger.homestead.com/nubian105.htmlThe number of pyramids in ancient Nubia (aka Kush & today Sudan) were a total …. construction of the Aswan High Dam in 1968, and the flooding of the Nubian …
    1. What and Where is Nubia? – NubiaNet
    http://www.nubianet.org/about/about_people1.htmlIn the late 1960’s all this land was permanently flooded by the Aswan Dam, … of Nubia lie in northern Sudan, which is known as “Upper (i.e. southern) Nubia.” 1. … Kush: was the name of an early kingdom in northern Sudan and first appears in …
    Save Nubia, Sudanese Dams Set to Bury Ancient African Civilization …
    http://www.africanglobe.net › AfricaSep 5, 2012 – Save Nubia, Sudanese Dams Set to Bury Ancient African Civilization … The Aswan Dam created a 340-mile long lake which flooded 39 Nubian … the central areas of the ancient Kushite and Nubian civilizations in the Sudan.
    Ancient Nubia
    http://www.angelfire.com/oh/AncientKnowledge/NUBIA.htmlOnce the ancient kingdom of Kush, Nubia is the stretch of land next to the Nile … many migrated either to Aswan and Kom Ombo or south to Sudan after Lake … of the area is impossible because of Egypt’s construction of the High Aswan Dam.
    Nubia Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about …
    http://www.encyclopedia.com › … › Asia and Africa › Ancient History, AfricaAfter 1964, and before the Aswan High Dam Lake inundated a large portion of their … The Nubian community, both in Sudan and Egypt, barely reproduced itself prior to ….. Nubia is the land of ancient kingdoms, such as Kush and Meroe, and …

    Let's Get Honest

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  2. Here again is the Helsinki Commission testimony — and it still should be read straight through:

    Testimony of William Browder. Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
    June 23, 2009
    http://lawandorderinrussia.org/2009/testimony-of-william-browder-commission-on-security-cooperation-in-europe-the-u-s-helsinki-commission/

    I’m particularly interested in the process and any parallels over here. It should be read carefully as a record of what criminals can do, and how they do it, and state complicity. Russian state, of course.

    Let's Get Honest

    September 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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