How and When to Change, Ditch, (or Track) the Conversations of “Public Interest” Crusades.
I took this from the middle of a post advertising “CAFR SCHOOL WEEK” to keep its material on the top. No one asked me to, it just came up in the context and is a handy teaching point of how we might clean up some of these conversationalists.
But I wish more people would look up the tax returns FIRST, and based on whether the individuals seeking donations, wanting to reform society, or crusading for a cause can be trusted in the most basic levels of honesty, or not, expose’em, and if an honest response (and change of heart) isn’t posted showing remorse (which it won’t be) ditch ’em!!!
Some of the loudest mouths, I’ve learned over time, are the biggest cheats on basic honesty, they refer-but misquote and don’t link to the source (one clue) where the misquote could be caught. A person who freely misquotes or censors information in favor of a private, or personal cause — of course this cause should be applied to the entire nation, most times — will often also be a tax cheat, or working with one. It’s a basic fact-check anyone can do, and over time, if it’s habitual (though annoying) you can tell at a glance if you’re dealing with one.
Figure out whether it’s worth confronting with the facts and noting a response (I’ve done this a few times) and then notice how followers respond — whether they’ll hear, or continue in denial. Then you can screen your own associates for who will waste the least time on the way to finding some more sensible individuals to talk to, and if that’s the goal, strategize with.
This one actually showed me a characteristic of progressive cause-based advocacy and how if the public won’t get on the stick about the CAFR material, they will continue getting fleeced by others who, by contrast, DO know where that giant investing platform is — and have plans on it, too. So, I looked longer than intended at this one. HOWEVER, the first clue was -misquoting Burien, then while talking about finance reform, demonstrating how to be very dishonest on their own projects.
I’ll summarize again below, this is a (quick enough) “FYI” show and tell post, that’s all..
Again– the CAFRs are the FOUNDATIONAL understanding of governments, which takes a while (but it shouldn’t take more than a month, of sporadic, or a week of consistent looking, if that) to comprehend that we’ve been lied to, and should keep it in mind, from that point on, when a government group talks about a budget, or a reformist talks about reform, where to file the information, or the group.
For me, a corporate, nonprofit (if it applies) a tax return for a nonprofit, once identified simply gives me a little basic information. Do this enough and I can sense pretty quickly what the patterns are (so, with some practice, could you).
This one initially took 15 minutes, plus I’d previously noticed the group’s agenda under “webofdebt.org,” which I didn’t agree with at the time. Sounds intelligent, for a while, but doesn’t have the follow-through.
The person apparently has miquoted (and mis-understood) Burien, which he addresses, and has (simple websearches showed) is since 2011 starting a “project” not as a nonprofit, but underneath another nonprofit as their “Fiscal Agent” which from 2001 through 2009 fall has been CONSISTENTLY violating California Franchise Tax laws, or whatever is the law that says — “File Annually means– File ANNUALLY” and has not, to date, filed for the year their revenues increased the most (2010-2011) at ALL — and then suddenly THIS group is the one that “Public Banking Institute” wants to work with as their fiscal agent?
Do we need to speculate very much longer on possibly why? File this one under handles some terms and ideas, but not close enough for jazz, and not ethical enough for a NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF PUBLIC BANKS? Basically, the person left the US it looks like in 1988, one year before Burien began discovering and exposing (seriously publicizing) the CAFR concept (1989), the person returns in 1999 (during which time our entire budget has undergone some major changes in welfare law, further enabling several money-laundering and diversionary programs, see this blog) and then came back in town (USA) with “the answers.”
Once CAFRs are understood you can more quickly sort through WHO TO LISTEN TO, or not, by keeping them honest:
(it will help if you actually LOOK at some, I also have some on-line over at ColdHardFacts blog), it’s much harder to “slip one over” even by others talking about them — You’ll know by their talk where people are coming from. For example, in 2010 Walter Burien correcting misquotes in a piece by Ellen Brown (former attorney):”Know Misdirection / Omission when seen: Ellen Brown CAFR article” Incidentally, that (as per usual) is a fantastic teaching article also, … BOOK-MARK….
- He has the courtesy to include the link in the correcting post, the EB post didn’t link to WB, seems like. This woman, from my state who cannot spell the word “hoard,” (yet passed the California Bar in — what, 1977 or so?) is recommending a California state bank — not ceasing taxation and making the public beneficiaries of investments already held, or educating people to read their own CAFRs. She graduated from UCLA in 1977, practiced law (doesn’t say where) till 1988, then left the country til looks like about 1999 (real helpful — the welfare reform years) and is selling books and the “fixes” for the US economy). (Amazon bio). In my opinion, attorneys and/or former attorneys have such a certified-expert mindset, they not only have blind spots but want to lead the charges in a reform effort anyhow. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that non-certified (non-ABA people) may know more than they do and ought to be heard.
- Ms. Brown is using personal reputation to push a personal agenda FOR the US, despite having lived overseas for eleven years. I see she wants to establish a network of public-owned banks, has launched a 2011 “institute” (i.e., a nonprofit) and 2013 coalition, and has probably dropped the concept of educating the public on the CAFRs and asking US what WE want to do about it. Typical attorney behavior. At least there’s the courtesy to identify their EIN# and Fiscal Agent on the “Donate” page. Most groups WON’T do that. I’m wondering why it was made so easy for us to follow up on.
Please make checks payable to “Public Banking Institute” and send to:
Public Banking Institute
PO Box 2195
PBI is a project of Inquiring Systems, INC. (ISI), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. Tax ID number: 94-2524840.The address of our Fiscal Sponsor, Inquiring Systems Inc., for your records, is 21885 Bonness Rd., Sonoma, CA 95476.
Why would inspired genius attorneys need a separate nonprofit “Fiscal Agent” to handle their finances, when the topic is, we want to file a national network of public banks because we, kinda sorta, grasped the concepts of CAFRs???
- People who lie and misquote in public will often go on to cheat in private. Dishonesty is Dishonesty, and often seeks other dishonest groups to help raise funds with. Here are some of the staff associate with this “not registered” charity. You can straighten out who’s who on the website “Board and Staff” link (one declined to, or hasn’t uploaded a photo yet).
BELOW — way below — I just
(after finishing this post, basically) took a look at their “Advisory
Board,” who I feel are interesting — particularly this one who it says worked with Ms. Brown (top left, above) on the Web of Debt project, AND was involved with pension funds in Mexico…. (also — may be coincidence, but one of the advisory group also with the last name “Brown” has a similar look (facial structure) to Ms. Brown, above. I may be imagining the mother/daughter relationship completely , however, The THUMBNAIL is a link (just for Ms. Jamie Brown, young woman to the left) to see that what we’re talking about here is a UN connection and a UNEP (UN Environmental Programme) connection to a “Financial Initiative” which apparently was the brainchild of commercial banks as follows — after which back to the regular topic. It’s not enough ON-topic to make another post, so here is some follow-up:
History of UNEP Statement of Commitment
The concept of the UNEP Finance Initiative was launched in 1991 when a small group of commercial banks, including Deutsche Bank, HSBC Holdings, Natwest, Royal Bank of Canada, and Westpac, joined forces with UNEP to catalyse the banking industry’s awareness of the environmental agenda. In May 1992, in the run up to the Rio Summit that year, the UNEP Statement by Banks on the Environment and Sustainable Development was launched in New York, and the Banking Initiative was formed.
“A small group of commercial banks” sounds almost “folksy.” Sure, the group is “small” (there are 5, I guess you COULD call that a “small group” and just not mention what it represents, or how long, how far-reaching each individual multi-national FINGER of a small HANDful of banks, (ONLY FIVE FINGERs)….), but those banks just happen to be some of the oldest (most started in the 1800s) and LARGEST financial institutions in the world, from ALL over the world (Germany, HongKong, Great Britain, Canada of course and Australia, respectively. See the links I added).
So what our PBI Advisory Board friends here are hooked into is (along with Ms. Brown’s Public Banking Institute) isn’t exactly “We the People, give us back our stolen property and quit taxing us” [Which Walter Burien has been saying for how long??] but, working closely with who’s actually GOT that money (now) and along with the nice UNEP-FI Global initiative, saying — “We recommend, go head and Keep your Assets, just please make them more Green and Environmentally responsible…. and do this while we’re at home being (as to PBI) Fiscally IR-responsible… (I included the links mostly to the history pages…)
- We are one of Canada’s largest banks and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization.
- We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis.
- We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries.
Apparently this” small group of banks” ARE at least are becoming more sustainable, or so it was voted about Westpac (this month)
In 1995, UNEP joined forces with a group of leading insurance and reinsurance companies, including General Accident, Gerling Global Re, National Provident, Storebrand, Sumitomo Marine, & Fire, Swiss Re, as well as pension funds, to launch the UNEP Statement of Environmental Commitment by the Insurance Industry. In 1997, the Insurance Industry Initiative (III) was formed to fund research activities, and to sponsor awareness meetings and workshops and the annual regular meetings of the Initiative.
As I said about the banks, then UNEP goes after other OBVIOUS sources of wealth, above, and wants to work with them too, to sponsor awareness meetings (how nice….) At no point is ownership challenged, and the suggestion made, quit taking too much from (the people, meaning here, of the world) which would certainly lower their stress levels, possibly leave them more to buy food (or develop their own farms, or OWN such farms), and might in the process quit polluting their (our) lands because face it — historically transportation infrastructures DOES tend to strip the landscapes; water and air get polluted and oil gets spilled, for sure…..
This same year, the UNEP Statement by Banks on the Environment and Sustainable Development was redrafted to become the UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment & Sustainable Development, in order to broaden its appeal to the wider financial services sector At this stage, the Banking Initiative was renamed the Financial Institutions Initiative (FII).
From 1999, both the Financial Institutions Initiative (FII) and Insurance Industry Initiative (III) started to work more closely together on issues of mutual interest**, and at the 2003 Annual General Meeting in Geneva, the UNEP Financial Institutions Initiative (FII) and the UNEP Insurance Industry Initiative (III) agreed to merge, forming one Initiative to be known as the UNEP Finance Initiative.
In 2010, so as to duly reflect the common governance grounding of the Initiative, the UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment & Sustainable Development and the UNEP Statement of Environmental Commitment by the Insurance Industry were merged into a single Statement, the UNEP Statement of Commitment by Financial Institutions on Sustainable Development, finalized in 2011.
**”areas of mutual interest” about summarizes the situation, for sure. I’m glad they’re getting along so nicely in deciding how to manage the world, which it looks like, they believe they own (and may just…), for the benefit of all those not invited to the roundtables…who of course are being better served through a UNIFIED approach to reducing pollution….
Another Public Banking Institute (Ellen Hodgson Brown, Chairman) advisory board member has some nice connections, which illustrate who she is interested in, and not people who correct her on being mis-quoted and getting the entire message backwards…
In fact, we’ll find out below, Ms. Brown isn’t a board member, I think, of this PBI, and if ISI is the fiscal agent — ISI and PBI were incorporated by the same man and have the same home address essentially….of course the PBI only having filed for incorporation in May 2011 (A year in which, notably, the ISI itself failed to send the state of California its: IRS form, RRF form either, after having just been in MARCH 2010 nailed for non-filing from 2003 through 2009, per the website posting such things (it’s right below, be patient).
People with REAL important crusades shouldn’t have to do mundane things — like send in a one-page form and state whether or not one has taken government funds that year (and if so, from whom) and what one’s business (nonprofit) revenues were for the year.
In 2009 Leland Lehrman worked for the President of the New Mexico Senate, Timothy Z. Jennings overseeing the State’s [New Mexico’s] $25B public pension and endowment funds. While working for the State, he developed a plan with Ellen Brown for a Bank of New Mexico, currently spearheaded by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe [hover cursor to see: Progressive, worked for Clinton 1996 Relection campaign, Educ: Georgetown, government, law degree, water law]]. He [Lehrman] is now managing partner at Fund Balance, a sustainable non-discretionary investment advisory company focused on environmental and social responsibility. (INCORPORATED WHERE???)
[None of these mention Ms. Brown, but here’s a 2011 “Capitol Report” on it]. (More on Leland Lehrman’s group, below, good grief!)
So, I just looked Inquiring Systems, Inc. up in California, to find it is “Status Delinquent.” I took a look, they’re cheating Californians on their own tax filings, didn’t file til threatened to (twice) and get this — articles of incorporation show (count’em) six PhD’s, four Masters, and the only lowly “Bachelors'” was a “B.S.,” which I feel is a good summary of the situation. This is the nonprofit which Ms. Hodgson’s Public Banking Institute (“everyone donate please”) chose as a Fiscal Agent to solve public debt??? I’m uploading the Articles of Incorporation and details of Tax evasion. The Berkeley founder, still on the corp., has a PhD in “Ecosystemology.” Perhaps this is a good point to mention, I’m not a native Californian — maybe it’s something in the water??? Also remember the alternate adage for Ph.D, sometimes it applies, case in point (“piled higher and deeper”).
The next few links are worth clicking on to demonstrate what Inquiring Systems Inc. thinks of Americans and I believe supports my agreement with Burien that, the first solution is to eliminate taxes (period) making the public the primary beneficiaries — in part to slow down dishonest (as to their corporate identities and as to their concerns about whatever states those corporations were filed in ) groups like this who exploit nonprofit incorporation for political purposes. FYI, they come BOTH Progressive and Republican-Fascist-Whatever. Either way, they do it because they CAN and no one is stopping them.
State of California DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE March 25, 2010
CT FILE NUMBER: 034547
1300 I Street P. O. Box 903447 Sacramento, CA 94203-4470
Telephone: (916) 445-2021 Ext 6 Fax: (916) 444-3651 E-Mail Address: Delinquency@doj.ca.gov
INQUIRING SYSTEMS, INC. 21885 BONNES RD SONOMA CA 95476
RE: SECOND NOTICE : WARNING OF ASSESSMENT OF PENALTIES AND LATE FEES, AND SUSPENSION OF REGISTERED STATUS
On November 30th, 2009 the Registry of Charitable Trusts sent a Warning of Impending Tax Assessment (copy enclosed) to the captioned organization. To date, no response has been received. Pursuant to that letter, the following required filings are delinquent:
1. Registration Renewal Fee (RRF-1) Report (s), together with required renewal fee, for fiscal year(s) ending: 06/30/03, 06/30/04, 06/30/05, 06/30/06, 06/30/07 & 06/30/08.
[[Cute: from 2003 through 2008, they basically didn’t file, while taking in enough revenues they should’ve….]]
2. IRS Form 990, 990-PF, or 990-EZ report(s) for fiscal year(s) ending: 06/30/03, 06/30/04, 06/30/05, 06/30/06, 06/30/07, 06/30/08 & 06/30/09.
Failure to timely file required reports violates Government Code section 12586.
|Entity Number||Date Filed||Status||Entity Name||Agent for Service of Process|
|C0893973||08/08/1978||ACTIVE||INQUIRING SYSTEMS, INC.||STUART LOREN COLE|
|Entity Number||Date Filed||Status||Entity Name||Agent for Service of Process|
|C3382791||05/19/2011||ACTIVE||PUBLIC BANKING INSTITUTE||STUART LOREN COLE|
Notice, after being caught by California Office of Attorney General in 2010, Dr. Cole (HE’s a Ph.D. it says) simply files another corporation — out of the same street address in Sonoma. I notice that the zillow graph (scroll down) shows it consistently pretty far below value for the area, and that it was bought in 2000 for only $185,000. (str # 21885). Did this ISI group file RRFs from 1978 through 2001 either???
*****Somebody has GOT to look at the list of PhDs and MAs, etc. on the articles of incorporation. This is an uploaded media file, I”m not technically good at the display– but here’s the link. Main person still signing tax returns had a PhD in “EcoSystemology” from UCBerkeley…
How many PhDs?? the ones in bold were first three on “Policy Council” All are from immediate SF Bay Area, UCBerkeley and thereabouts.
- Loren Cole, Ph.D. Ecosystemology
- Pat Charley, M.A. Visual Design
- C. West Churchman, Ph.D. Philosophy, Operations Research [1913-2004]
- Kreg Eacret, B.S. Conservation of Natural Resources**
- Marilyn Hadley, M.S. Nutrition
- Leonard Joy, Ph.D. Economics*
- David Kafton, Ph.D. Genetics
- Ritva Kaje, Ph.D.Social Systems Design****
- Robin Moore, M.S. City and Regional Planning
- Phil Ratoosh, Ph.D. Psychology ***
- David L. Romain, M.A. Economic Development
A Brief Look (search) on who were those 1978 PhD’s who came together on the board of this organization? Loren Cole is all over it and also registered agent for “Inquiring Systems” — I’m looking however at the others. What do they have in common?
LEONARD JOY, Ph.D. (found at UNUSA-East Bay, in list of Board Candidates. I don’t know if he was elected, but let’s look t that, also note the British connection, “including the London School of Economics”):
Leonard Joy – Leonard was for 30 years an economist in academia. He held posts at Makerere University College of East Africa, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and at the University of California at Berkeley. His field of interest has been development. He spent many years in Africa as well as in India. He consulted world-wide for the World Bank and other United Nations agencies (FAO, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, IFAD, and, more recently, UNDP, ADB and UNHCHR) as well as USAID and the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. He brought his expertise to issues of governance and public administration, agriculture and nutrition, and anthropology. It also led him into roles in the public sector, parastatal bodies, and the UN system, including advisory and oversights roles within the UN system, and as adviser to the UK House of Commons Committee on Aid. After leaving academia in 1982, Len shifted to become a self-employed consultant – the principal focus of which has been on the UN system, especially as a consultant to the UN Development Program (UNDP) and an expert in its programs. Len has been engaged in strategic planning, major programs, and analysis and policy papers. He’s worked in the UNDP’s Management Development and Governance Program; written policy papers on Sustainable Human Development, governance, and more recently on human rights and capacity development for UNDP, UNICEF and UNHCHR.
Len has also written operations manuals and led training programs. Under UNDP auspices over a period of about ten years, he has had retainer contracts with several governments (including former Soviet Union countries), supporting efforts at governance systems changes and capacity development. Len is interested in the wider relevance of Quaker process and organization. He was a member of the committee for the revision of the Quaker book of Faith and Practice. He recently served as Clerk (President) of the Peace and Social Order Committee and is currently Clerk of a newly created “think tank” about the Quaker’s “Institute for the Future.” Len has expressed an interest to help with the UNA-USA East Bay Chapter’s Education and Program activities.
(THE UN-USA Association – East Bay (San Francisco area in general):
UNA-USA is part of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), which began in 1946 as a worldwide public movement for the UN. WFUNA is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 country-based UNAs and their thousands of constituents. It is an independent, non-governmental organization with Category One Consultative Status at the UN’s Economic and Social Council and consultative or liaison links with many other UN organizations and agencies.
These are some international treaties the UN-USA Association (East Bay) wants the Obama Administration to sign, and has petition to our two Senators to this effect. Notice, they are not in alphabetical order, and the order; the second will and does affect family courts and custody decisions.
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ␣~ Convention on the Rights of the Child ~␣Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women [“CEDAW”] ~ ␣Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families ~ ␣Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ␣~ Convention on the Law of the Sea ␣Kyoto Protocols [as updated] ␣~ Statute of the International Criminal Court ␣~ *Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [ratified by U.S. in 1970; goal: to reaffirm and implement 2010-2015] ␣~ Convention on Cluster Munitions ␣~ Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction ␣Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
TIMELINE of the UNA_USA-EAST BAY (notice the flag celebrations, prominent (“Jack London Square” is tourist destination in downtown Oakland and on the water):
1966 Committee formed to have the UN flag placed in a prominent place in Jack London Square, Oakland. Chairman Jean Apaydin brought Arthur Goldberg, US Ambassador to the UN, to speak at the dedication ceremony on March 25. Since 1966 the Chapter has held a ceremony each year around UN Day October 24 to accompany the raising of the UN flag at Jack London Squar
1995 50th Anniversary of UN—marked by all day celebration on October 21 at Jack London Square, Oakland with the Parade of 185 flags representing UN member nations, UN flag-raising, speeches, entertainment by various multicultural groups, painting of tiles for World Wall for Peace, storytelling and Model UN demonstration. 1997 United Nations Foundation is established after Ted Turner donated $1 billion to the UN and UN causes. 2000 UNA Information Center closed temporarily in June 2000 due to budgetary constraints.
There have been many (107) “United Nations” corporations in California. You can only view 10 at a time. This one was formed in 1956 and one of only 3 active on this page. The “mid-Peninsula” on is in Palo Alto, think “Stanford University.”
On an average page, only about 3 or 4 “UNITED NATIONS” corporations remain active, usually the older ones — although newer ones are continually being formed. Some are obviously referring to churches, but it’s still interesting when you think about what CORPORATIONS are for (privately organized business entities responsible to their own boards of directors — for the purpose of raising money, and if, nonprofit also, for some charitable purpose).
|Entity Number||Date Filed||Status||Entity Name||Agent for Service of Process|
|C3552162||03/05/2013||ACTIVE||UNITED NATIONS POVERTY RELIEF FOUNDATION||AMERICAN CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE|
|C3235137||09/29/2009||SUSPENDED||UNITED NATIONS POVERTY RELIEF FOUNDATION||RONG NIE|
|C3233493||08/26/2009||SUSPENDED||UNITED NATIONS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY||LUSTER (USA) INC.|
(that last one shows a business address in Hong Kong…)
|C3649541||02/21/2014||ACTIVE||UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF NORD U.N.U.E.I.N. DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES||MHYO KYUNGN SENIM|
|C3624186||12/06/2013||ACTIVE||UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY UNU UNIVERSAL BUDDHISM & RABBINICAL JUDEO-CHRISTIAN SEMINARY INSTITUTE OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES||ELLEN HAN|
|C0190978||07/11/1942||DISSOLVED||UNITED NATIONS WAR RELIEF COUNCIL|
C3649541= a Brand new Religious Exempt Charity @ 500 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004, already a Buddhist Temple.
C3624186, (2nd row above, formed 12/6/2013) shows a street address
@ 1200 Arizona St. Unit 4A-UNU, Redlands, CA 92374. Searched, that’s the address of the “UNU” The address is a 42,000sf industrial warehouse
**(2014 May update: Found Mr. Eacret’s linked in, got a better understanding of perhaps why PBI isn’t interested in turning the excess profits back to individuals, but keeping it in state-owned public banks). He has a 1980 M.A. in Architecture (UCBerkeley) and has been working in healthcare architecture, systems, evaluation of commercial and residential construction and public works, AIM Consulting & Services (since 2012), etc. See the listing.
***Link is just to an SFState Univ listing of professors and instructors (alpha by last name), from which I see Dr. Ratoosh (who taught there in 1962) was: 1947 BA Yale, and 1948, 1950, Columbia University. I’m showing this for the colleges and the dates:
Completely unrelated (but interesting, and next-door alphabetically in that list):
EUGENE E. REBSTOCK (1958), Professor of Speech and Communication Studies; B.A. (1949), University of California, Berkeley; M.A. (1953), San Francisco State University; Ph.D. (1958), Northwestern University; post-doctoral study, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (England), London School of Economics. [relates to the status of psychology in America, see post with “Tavistock” in the title, also posts re: Nicholas Cummings ,Ph.D.]
****Ritva Kaje (not much comes up, however this did):
|Entity Name:||RITVA KAJE, INC.|
|Entity Address:||1270 LA PLAYA #106|
|Entity City, State, Zip:||SAN FRANCISCO CA 94122|
|Agent for Service of Process:||RITVA KAJE|
|Agent Address:||1270 LA PLAYA #106|
|Agent City, State, Zip:||SAN FRANCISCO CA 94122|
DnB search says (“Unverified”) the firm was founded in 2002 had one employee (guess who), avg. salary $90,000.
May or may not be related (just searched on the last name, California Secretary of State):
|Entity Number||Date Filed||Status||Entity Name||Agent for Service of Process|
|C2429604||07/19/2002||DISSOLVED||KAJE CONSULTING, INC.||MARK SCWARTZ|
|C1987047||06/27/1997||DISSOLVED||KAJE INTERNATIONAL, INC.||LILI SONG|
|C0882992||02/05/1979||SUSPENDED||KAJE RESTAURANTS, INC.|
|C1950990||10/03/1995||SURRENDER||KAJE TRANSPORT, INC.||GROVER A. PERRIGUE|
|C1080171||06/09/1981||SUSPENDED||RITVA KAJE, INC.||RITVA KAJE|
In ‘Technological Forecasting and Social Changes” a 1974 issue Ritva Kaje shows as Associate Editor (see item #24) and for $39.95 — for one page — or possibly some other way, we can read what was written.
This paper (old: 1979?) but actually very interesting — has one faded reference to “Ritva Kaje: Bringing the Feminine into Forecasting.” . . . . .COMMUNICATION THEORY AND THE CAUSE OF MAN ”
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C. West CHURCHMAN:
An Appreciation of C. West Churchman, International Society for Systems Sciences: (recommended reading):
Re: West on Moral Outrage: “ “It would be a good thing,” West avows in Thought and Wisdom, “if the systems planner’s germination was moral outrage and not just a mild felt need. In other words, I do not think we should view the major problems of the world today with calm objectivity. We shouldn’t first ask ourselves for a precise and operational definition of malnutrition. We should begin with ‘kids are starving in great numbers, damn it all!’” (Churchman 1982b, p. 17)”
Churchman originally studied philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (BA in Philosophy, 1935; MA in Philosophy, 1936). His doctoral thesis of 1938 was Toward a General Logic of Propositions. At Pennsylvania University he also began his career of half a century of academic teaching and writing. Already before completing his dissertation, in 1937, he became Instructor of Philosophy; in 1939, he was appointed Assistant Professor; in 1945, the young Assistant Professor was elected Chairman of the Department of Philosophy.
His two chief philosophical teachers and mentors at the University of Pennsylvania were Edgar A. Singer, Jr., who had been a student of the well-known exponent of American pragmatism, William James, and Henry Bradford Smith, who himself had been a student of Singer. Singer’s pragmatic stance never allowed him to understand philosophy as a merely theoretical enterprise; rather, philosophy to him was an intellectual effort to improve social practice.
We can recognize the same pragmatic stance in Churchman’s earlier-quoted basic question, which he often used to begin his courses, “How can we secure improvement of the human condition by means of the intellect?”
C. West Churchman “In Memoriam” from “Senate.UniversityofCalifornia.edu/inmemoriam/cwestchurchman.htm” shows that he was a heavyweight among the boards of directors, must have been an amazing person. He also, however, was about 65 when ISI was formed in 1978, and can’t really be held to account for what was going on about 25 years later (do the math!) when ISI simply quit obeying California law, i.e., quit filing it’s yearly charitable “RRFs” as required!!
C. West Churchman, a philosopher and an always-active scholar, had a leading role in developing the worldwide field of operations research/management science (OR/MS). Churchman earned degrees, including the Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania, and was appointed assistant professor of philosophy there. During World War II he was responsible for methods of testing the quality of small arms ammunition, working at Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia. This work in quality control formed a bridge to his subsequent involvement in operations research.
Churchman held appointments at Wayne State University and then at Case Institute of Technology. He joined the University of California, Berkeley faculty in 1957, developed courses in management science, and was instrumental in establishing the Center for Research in Management Science at the Haas School of Business. Churchman died on March 21, 2004 at the age of 90, leaving as his written record seven books and an extraordinary range of articles and working papers. He was a leader: a founding member of The Institute of Management Sciences and its president in 1962. In addition, he was founding editor of the journalManagement Science and was its shepherd through its first 10 years of publication.
Establishing a pioneering program in operations research at Case Institute of Technology, he wrote, with Russell Ackoff and Leonard Arnoff, the well-known textbook Introduction to Operations Research (1957), the first to cover this field. This book was the backbone of most university curricula in OR/MS in the early years.
Churchman wrote a series of books exploring the connections in science among planning, systematic thinking, action, and ethics. These were: Prediction and Optimal Decision (1961), Challenge to Reason (1968), The Systems Approach (1968), The Design of Inquiring Systems (1971), The Systems Approach and Its Enemies (1979), and Thought and Wisdom (1982).
These contributions established the philosophical foundations of his field. Churchman advocated a “systems approach” or a “systems theory”, embracing not only the task of developing a model of a management problem but also its underlying premises, demonstrating the proposed actions its conclusions made possible, and gauging the true impact on humankind of decisions forthcoming from the model. This wider view was characteristic of Churchman’s own values.
At System Development Corporation, Churchman served as research director in 1962-63, and he convinced NASA’s director, James Webb, that NASA should work on society’s problems. Churchman became associate director of UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory from the time of its founding.
Tax return 2011 reveals a utopian, green, progressive, new-age (in some parts) organization whose board members reportedly spent 1/4 hour per week (for zero pay) to change the world. Public Institute Banking (Ms. Hodgson Brown’s brainchild, looks like) gets one paragraph under several pages of their Projects” although the IRS tax returns normally give room for only Four main projects, plus a Schedule O for others.
Their schedule O is a “thing to behold,” and who knows where the money goes — without tracking down the ones that are actually bonafide nonprofits. Ideas? Probably some of them very fine ones. Business Structure. WTF??? They now have board members in PA and OH, and were so kind as to let us know that the Gaia Trust was the first to join the “Founders Circle” page by contributing over $1,000. (Someone oughter’ write a law requiring such groups to link to their contributors’ website and post an EIN# if one exists also). My take? People taking money from this group are still taking money from a tax cheat corporation, probably contributors who don’t want their money tracked.
Samples, I think you can catch the flavah…
Public Banking Institute
The Public Banking Institute (PBI) was formed as an educational non-profit organization. Its mission is to further the understanding, explore the possibilities, and facilitate the implementation of public banking at all levels — local, regional, state, and national. …
The Dream Institute is a participatory cultural center whose mission is to encourage interest in dreaming as a natural human resource, democratically available to all that can inform and inspire our cultural and personal lives.
Nepal Education Fund
An organizationofvolunteerswho raisefundsfromdonorsthroughouttheUSA andothercountriesin order to provide financial support for the education of young girls in Nepal as an integral aspect of preventing the sale of young girls into slavery.
Temple of Light& Sound
This project provides training, education and associated services, events and activities that are designed to inspire sustainable, equitable, ethical and peaceful ways of living on the planet.
A combined US, Peruvian and Bolivian project that intends to sustain indigenous Shamanistic medicine that would be fully integrated with selected aspects of Western Medicine in order to provide a more holistic approach to health and wellness.
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Daily Miracles”Believe in Daily Miracles!”Live One. Give One. TM
“Daily Miracles enriches the experience of doing good for everyone by helping ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
Green Century Institute
To foster the development of sustainable communities and an ecologically sound integration of human settlements and activities with the natural systems of the planet in the 21 st Century.
Spirited Medicine Alliance just so happens to have a board member in common (current — not from the above list which dated to 1978) Connie Grauds, with the ISI who is of course its “Fiscal Sponsor”:
Here indeed is a University of Minnesota Adjunct Faculty bio:
Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists, since 1994 (membership page) which Donate link says, “In association with Living Shaman Museum” (which has, among others, Graud and Cole on its Board, along with two from The Saybrook Institute, one from Gallo Wines, an MSW and (SOMEONE has to fund this stuff)
A physicist by training; Managing Partner of Jaguar Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software and business services with international holdings.
(and a street address in the SF Praesidio — the Museum above, that is).
The Living Shaman Museum is a nonprofit project of the Spirited Medicine Alliance,* in collaboration with Inquiring Systems, Inc. (ISI) as its fiscal sponsor. Founded in 1978, ISI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has provided services to 3,650 nonprofit and NGO organizations in 32 countries. Ninety percent of donations go directly to benefit projects. The fiscal sponsor for the Living Shaman Museum is ISI, and the Chief Executive Officer is Loren Cole, PhD.
*itself a nonprofit project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. So, guess that museum is a project of a project of a nonprofit.
(there are 22 business entities with the word “shaman” in them in California,only 3 of which are status “Active” — and these were formed in 2005, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Since about 1982ff…) The only Charitieis with the word “shaman” in them (in california) are either exempt (i.e., probably because religious) or not registered. Go figure):
And that’s just a short sample (there is no “Dream Institute of Northern California” registered under search “Dream Institute”)
|C1941462||05/25/1995||SUSPENDED||THE DREAM INSTITUTE, INC.||MARAL M NIGOLIAN|
**Their website (nicely designed) reads:
CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDER Board of Behavioral Science—#206Board of Psychology—BOP #DRE01
Dream Seminars for Professionals
The storybook architecture (ca. 1940s) was designated a historic landmark on Nov 20, 1978, another in 1986, and another in. (Inquiring Systems, incorporator also in Berkeley, Aug. 1978), and the Dream Institute in 2003. Again, see above for how many years ISI didn’t file its tax returns…. I think dreams are significant and can tell us certain things also. I just believe the people with PhD’s, MS’s BS’s or without them, should when choosing fiscal agents, check in occasionally to find out if their fiscal agents are filing their tax returns with the state; is it that hard to do? And if they neither check, nor detach when the fiscal agent isn’t filing, then what does it say about them?
Parallel? For example. . . . (short diversion here):
This may not be the largest one around — but there are larger ones, say, “MACSA“? (see my sidebar near the bottom, text widget on women judges, one of who formed “Building Peaceful Families” (2004 — very end of year) and let MACSA function as their fiscal agent for several years, until MACSA got caught embezzling. In the interim, they were running “High Promise Dads” conferences. including in cooperation with a dominionist-style religious group in San Jose, etc. …)…
- High-Promise Dads Fatherhood Conference
- No Ifs / It’s Good to be Me Campaign
Which I blogged elsewhere. Anyhow, you can’t tell a nonprofit by its cover — which is its website…
Who they served — a close reading includes the word “mother” doesn’t get in there except in partnership with “teenage fathers and mothers” as “underserved” population. Look at the nouns:
Our programs and events specifically target the underserved: grandparents raising their own grandchildren, fathers and father figures, single parents, parents in the criminal justice system, teenage fathers and mothers, survivors of family or community violence, and people with physical challenges
Mother over 19yr old, which includes plenty in the family courts these programs help coach the fathers through, are not referenced. We are the un-segregated collective term “Parents”. The devious omissions in language are also echoed by devious nonprofit behavior. Often go together…
Judge Sharon Chatman: Founder & Board Chair // Judge Shelyna Brown (Advisory Board)
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Incidentally, ladies and gentlemen (with custody issues) — these are professionals in fields like to get involved in custody evaluations, and so the are conducting their trainings under a “project” (not its own corporation) whose fiscal agent is a noncompliant nonprofit. So, who’s to track the costs? Good luck with that one. Make a note of Meredith Sabbini, Ph.D. and Greg Bogart, Ph.D., LMFT (you know what LMFT stands for, right?), and Terry Ebinger, M.S. So, if the bill seems high, say you’re just seting up an Inquiring System, and if proper answers aren’t giving, tell them, “ya gotta be Dreaming, right?”
What the short table below doesn’t reveal (and which I only included for an easier link to their 2012 return) is that INQUIRING SYSTEMS, INC. ran the group about $244K in the hole that year after not filing with California for 2011, and have not provided a list of their “Schedule O” projects, expenses, or revenues. They cite 1,500+ volunteers, which such groups need to keep going as there’s no sound fiscal policy.
|ORGANIZATION NAME||STATE||YEAR||FORM||PAGES||TOTAL ASSETS||EIN|
|Inquiring Systems Inc.||CA||2011||990||30||$537,191||94-2524840|
|Inquiring Systems Inc.||CA||2010||990ER||1||$147,295||94-2524840|
|Inquiring Systems Inc.||CA||2010||990EZ||5||$147,295||94-2524840|
From their website, I have to ask if this is typical for a UCBerkeley Ph.D., and what do other PhD’s of similar persuasions think about forming nonprofits that are essentially setting up tax shelters, or whatever you call this — and screwing Californians out of accountability (in part because we never look) — while describing in glowing terms on the websites all the good they’ve done for humanity? How many times can you use the word “ethical” in one paragraph while running organizations which aren’t, which indicates YOU aren’t?
Is it necessary to improve the world in unethical manners such as these, which fail to consider that the public who DO pay taxes, might want to know where they’re going?
Dr. Cole is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inquiring Systems, Inc. (ISI) a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation. Founded in 1978, ISI provides ethical and sustainable ecosystem management services primarily to nonprofit organizations, community-based projects, value-driven for profit entities and selected government agencies and supported projects throughout the world. Dr. Cole serves on the Board of Directors and Advisors for 14 companies including being Chairman of the Board for BeOn Holdings and Essential Living Foods, Inc.*
See (explore “history”) link of Essential Living Foods, and note that it was dissolved as a California Domestic Corporation(formed 2003) and within 4 years moved to Florida, which matches street address on the link, above:
|Entity Number||Date Filed||Status||Entity Name||Agent for Service of Process|
|C2916011||04/03/2007||ACTIVE||ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS||KIPP STRODEN|
|C2620756||12/19/2003||DISSOLVED||ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS, INC.||CHRISTOPHER DAUGHERTY|
Keeping straight that one has an “, Inc.” in its corporate name….
Well, per Florida’s corporate database, if I can narrate, somehow on 11/4/2004 Christopher Daugherty showed a Florida Drivers’ license to a CPA hence Essential Living Foods, INC. was incorporated with 1,000 shares of stock, for $1.00 — in MIAMI, Florida. In 2006, added a director Harleman from Santa Monica, California. that goes along for a while with just the two directors (one from each state), then in Year 2010 (April), Daugherty becomes Registered Agent ONLY, leaving Harleman (California) as the only listed director of this (Florida) corporation. In 2011, same deal only now the mailing address of this Florida Business is in Santa Monica, with its only corporate officer being in Sherman Oaks (both, Calif) — but it’s doing business (place of business), Miami, FL. where its registered agent (Daugherty) lives. Oct. 2012 statement reads “Reinstatement” On 4/12/13 the only thing left in Florida is the registered agent, and Kipp Stroden is added as a director (the only one).
At no point in time does the FLorida corp show Dr. Cole on the board, although he might have been during it’s duration in California — California doesn’t let its citizen see such things on-line as Florida does. This is from California…… which matches the Florida address except that doing business here, it does NOT have the “, Inc.” in its name.
|Entity Name:||ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS|
|Entity Address:||3550 HAYDEN AVE.|
|Entity City, State, Zip:||CULVER CITY CA 90232|
|Agent for Service of Process:||KIPP STRODEN|
|Agent Address:||3550 HAYDEN AVE.|
|Agent City, State, Zip:||CULVER CITY CA 90232|
Kipp Stroden is ExecDir of “BeOn Holdings” which shows the Culver City Address ,and it says “private July 2013) per Bloomberg.
This also may indicate where some of the (?income??) is coming from:
- Founder, principal developer & administrator of the comprehensive, systemic & interdisciplinary Environmental Program: The Conservation and Resource Studies major at U.C. Berkeley.
- Assisted with the establishment of the California Environmental Education teaching credential.
- Developed & Coordinated the Ad Hoc Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at U.C. Berkeley.
- Co-founder of the first urban recycling program in America.
- One of the founding members and developers of the Berkeley, CA Ecology Center
- One of the founding members of the First Earth Day and Co-coordinator of the first Earth Day activities on the U.C. Berkeley campus in 1970.
- Founder & CEO of Inquiring Systems, Inc., a nonprofit corporation founded in 1978 to improve the human condition through ethical and sustainable ecosystem management services.
- Co-founder and CEO of a deep ultraviolet energy company.
- Designed and built a universally designed, active and passive solar home in Sonoma, CA.***
- Founder & business manager of a retail business providing assistive technology products.
- Member of the Board of Directors for 24 nonprofit and 9 for profit corporations.
ALSO takes responsibility for the fiscal management of ISI:
Principal management of the business is under the direction and guidance of the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. S. Loren Cole. . .
**the one where two noncompliant corporations, at least (or, is it all 24?) are registered from? Hard to tell as you can’t search for “officers” in California databases they way you can in Florida ones (@ sunbiz.org).
Hmm, so Gaia Trust (and others) is funding the non-filing Inquiring Systems, which is, in its remarkably FOCUSED (sic) vision of improving the world nationally, internationally, through anything human, or shamanistic, green, or sustainable (etc.) picked up the Public Banking Institute run by an attorney (plus others), and here are THEIR 2014 projects, from the website seeking, what else, donations for the good causes:
For a fun (?) search, plug in the word “Gaia” and don’t limit it to California, like I did here, and see what comes up. My favorite how many politically correct words can we squeeze into ONE corporate name? title comes from Illinois, though. This is a Delaware Corporation reporting returns in IL, and unlike many, it looks like they are actually providing a legitimate recycling service, and operating with minimal donations; they collect and resell clothes at some profit, from drop boxes; in this year they also wired $27,500 to “Europe” (where, it doesn’t say). I don’t have a problem with this and have seen their boxes around town. The group formed up in 1999. “The Gaia Movement Living Earth Green World Action.”
|ORGANIZATION NAME||STATE||YEAR||FORM||PAGES||TOTAL ASSETS||EIN|
|GAIA Foundation, The||CA||2007||990PF||19||$0||95-4502745|
|GAIA Foundation, The||CA||2007||990PR||3||$0||95-4502745|
|GAIA Foundation, The||CA||2006||990PF||14||$0||95-4502745|
|Gaia Foundation, The||CA||2005||990PF||13||$0||95-4502745|
|Gaia Fund ***||CA||2012||990PF||23||$14,066,757||94-3215541|
**(the Gaia Fund is a private, not public foundation 501(c)3 on Montgomery Street, CA, managed by two people (see tax return) It holds its money, being private, in PUBLIC traded securities listed (yr 2012) as these (I guess “Sh” means “Shares”):
Pimco Low Durantion Fd II 126,366.609 Sh Eaton Vance Parametric, 11,479.592 Sh Pimco Low Durantion Fd, 103,189.494 Sh Ridgeworth Seix Floating, 100,446.429 Sh Templeton Global Bd Fd, 66,420.664 Sh SPDR S&P 500 ETF, 4,750 Sh Greycourt Partners Fund, 8,250 Sh
Christine H. Russell contributes more than 2% of $5,000 to the fund, and Mark L. Schlessinger handles the grants program, evidently — and it’s worth a look who and what is getting the grants, as it is on other private foundations. Interesting.
I don’t know which of the Gaias (including if it was even in California) gave “The Public Institute” some money for the Founders Circle. Nor do you unless you see it on a tax return somewhere acknowledged.
Public Banking 2014: Bypass Wall St., in Detroit will build on the momentum of the extremely successful Public Banking 2013: Funding the New Economy conference. Public Banking 2014 will feature speakers, panel discussions, and social events to further educate, collaborate, and energize advocates for public banking and economic sovereignty.
OurFunding the New Economy Symposium Series, with symposia in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boulder, and Albuquerque, will present day-long conferences, meetings and events, and will feature local and national groups and individuals in our effort to showcase and educate communities on public banking. Each event will have well-known keynote speakers, strategy meetings, fundraisers, and special events.
Our stepped-upmedia effortbuilds on the momentum of PBI videos such asNo More Detroits, and will include videos, podcasts, and more of our articles and editorials, produced by our veteran media team.
The onlineInvest Local Tool Kithelps create a model to support planning and consulting efforts to build public banks in local communities. The online kit will include an online calculator for modeling a public bank loan portfolio, feasibility studies, and business plan templates for citizens to assess the possibility and desirability of public banks in their counties, municipalities, and states.
The appointment of aNational Field Organizerwill greatly improve our ability to coordinate efforts on several fronts, including PBI participation in local events, the cultivation of media contacts, organization of educational and advocacy events, and legislative efforts.
So, although our government has already been robbing us for generations, and directly working with private corporations to do so, the solution is to just give the government entities control of the funds they now have (continue taxing as normal? Where’s the talk about quitting taxation, completely?) and let the Public Bank be a “dba” of government itself?? Yes, that’s what the website says the Institute recommends:
What are publicly-owned banks? Why do we need them?
Public banks are financial institutions owned by government entities, such as cities, states, and nations. The initial capital for a public bank often comes from a government appropriation or the proceeds of a loan arranged for the purpose of making the initial investment, but there are also other ways this money could be acquired. They include (a) reinvesting money from idle state and local funds – funds that must currently be maintained as “rainy day” funds because state and local governments do not have the sorts of instant credit lines available to banks; and (b) setting the bank up as a DBA of the state, making all of the assets of the state assets of the bank.
Both public and private banks do two fundamental things: (1) Keep account of our money, and (2) issue credit (i.e., loans). Money and credit can create, slow, or accelerate economic activity. A bank matches borrowers and depositors, and profits from the spread difference between the interest paid to get funds (supplied by depositors or other lenders) and the interest collected on loans and investments made by the bank. Transaction fees add to profits. If private shareholders own the bank, the profits go into private hands and investment accounts. If government owns the bank, the profits go into public hands and offset the costs of government operations. Most states dispense their investment funds through revolving loan programs, in which the funds are lent, repaid, and lent again. A “bank” has several significant advantages over this current loan arrangement – advantages that states give away by depositing and/or investing their assets in out-of-state banks.
. . . . .
How would a publicly-owned bank be different from a privately-owned one?
First, the mission of the publicly-owned bank is to serve the public interest, while that of the privately-owned bank is to serve its shareholders by delivering profits.
[[Give me a break!! So, who defines “the public interest” then if people are still being taxed unfairly, and the private systems which, to date, run government essentially, remain?]]
Second, the profits of the publicly-owned bank would be returned to the public, with the benefit of increased public services and reduced taxes. Conversely, privately-owned banks increase taxpayer costs through compounding interest, and the loss of other benefits that would be derived if the publicly owned bank were leveraging public funds for local needs, such as the effect such projects have on the economy’s of local communities.
Third, the employees of a publicly-owned bank are public servants earning civil service wages, versus the millions in salaries and bonuses paid at private banks; so, with publicly owned banks, the public interest is not sacrificed to short term gains of a few.
Who would benefit from a publicly-owned bank?
We the People and our common wealth, including the governmental entities to which we belong and the public lands that we share, and the environment in which we live, according to the priorities that we assign, would all benefit by publicly owned banks.
Gary North (who also attempted, not very successfully, to take down Burien elsewhere, I don’t remember, or care about, the detail at this time, not my main point) also warned that Ellen Hodgson Brown says, keep the Fed, just embed it in government, make it behave better. Or, something similar.
Ellen Brown has thrown in the towel. She is no longer willing to argue with me. I finished my critique of her on November 17, 2010. On November 20, she publicly switched sides. She came out in favor of Bernanke, the Federal Reserve System, and quantitative easing.
Hard to believe? Read it here: http://www.garynorth.com/public/7286.cfm
I spent almost 200 hours over a two-month period refuting this left-wing lawyer, line by line. I said repeatedly that she is intellectually unreliable. She has just proved my case. She has joined the Federal Reserve’s cheeleaders.
On November 24, 2010, she followed up with a long article in praise of quantitative easing. She said quantitative easing is the Populist solution. It took me 52 articles and 30 responses, but I finally flushed her out.
Therefore, the following is ancient history. Here is what this department originally said.
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Ellen Brown is devoting her life to a cause. She wants Congress to take over the printing presses and provide 100% of America’s money: fiat money, with no gold or silver backing.
She says that if we allow this, Congress can then:
1. Get rid of the income tax
2. Pay off the national debt
3. Pay off Social Security
4. Without any price inflation
To see what she believes in, click here:
Is she nuts, or what?
Her 2007 book, The Web of Debt, has become a best-seller within the Patriot movement. This indicates the extraordinary intellectual vulnerability of the Patriot movement. Its members cannot distinguish conservatism from radical leftism. This book promotes the following:
The Populist economics of America’s far Left
A vast expansion of Federal government welfare
Pure fiat money: printing press money
Total Federal government control over money: “Obama dollars”
Legal tender laws that force people to accept Obama dollars
The American Civil War as a great engine of economic growth
Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as a great economic program
The gold coin standard as a terrible evil that restrains the state
Ellen Brown is the latest in a long line of pro-fiat money, anti-gold currency, monetary statists who have infiltrated the conservative movement.
Whatever. My point is, people that gravitate towards people run their Projects and Institutes under those who want tax-exemption perks, but don’t want to follow the rules for such perks (tax-exemption in the national context is a perk) as does this “Inquiry Institute, Inc.” from California, should be discarded, in favor of conversations with more honest people. After, of course, exposing.
It’s so easy to do, but most people won’t. This example was so straighforward I ran two pdfs and will upload into this post. PLEASE remember, whether you like my formatting or not, I did post a “Look It Up” page, and I practice what I preach (I look things up), too. It would make for more intelligent conversations, and save a lot of time, if others did, referring to web-based conversations and information exchange.
I mean, how hard was it? A few google searches, check maybe three or four websites (several of them ending *.gov), look for some basic patterns (here, once it said Delinquent, I looked at the Details page to find out whether they were filing timely “RRFs” with the state — and simply noticed it. I read a Delinquency letter (summary above), and looked at the articles of incorporation from the charitable return site, noticed, as I said, that plenty of PhD’s apparently don’t care if their organization is cheating on taxes or not
(DEFAMATION DISCLAIMER: The incorporation was 1978. I can only see information from 2001-forward on the California Charitable Return website, therefore if leadership has changed meanwhile, and they WERE honestly filing up until, say, 2001 at which point they quit for (like, almost a decade) and only partially complied (one year still missing), or if all the PhDs are now gone, then OK, maybe they weren’t involved (which can only be figured out by investing a little more time, YOUR time, that is — probably not worth it, once the group has already been identified as dishonest — which reflects on the Public Banking Institute as “full of it” by association).
Also, there’s a disclaimer somewhere I’m sure on this and almost all state-level databases posting corporation information. For a group anyone is serious about investing, go look at the (closest you can get to) actual articles of incorporation on file. Meanwhile, a better use of time would be to start studying the CAFRs and figuring out what to do about it.
I posted this example because too many of the “family court” reformists follow the similar pattern. Wise people won’t follow liars, dissemblers (acting like they’re a registered nonprofit when they aren’t), or people who want to lead the strategy — set up others to lead the charge (where they might get hurt) and withhold vital information about what they’re charging into, like lemmings, or signing up for, as sacrificial lambs in someone else’s professional resume for the next round on the conference and training circuits.
here’s a page from “Fund Balance” (someone who worked with Ellen Brown and is Public Banking Institute “Advisory Board.” — this is from the lengths. Again, nice website — where’s the state (if it’s the US) of incorporation?
Civilization is based on four primary codebases: physics, biology, story and number. We see them as emergent properties of One Sacred Code, and view the concept of stewardship as the guiding principle of our relationship with it. Insights from each branch inform the conscious balanced, loving evolution of our world.
We are problem solvers. On the Planet Earth of today, inherent flaws in the story of civilization have been encoded into the numerical pattern language of finance, resulting in conflict between human enterprise and biophysical reality. This phenomenon – told as the story of War, Pollution, Climate Change, and the Limits to Growth – emerges from defects in the code in the same way that a mutant organism emerges from a damaged embryo.
The Special Case of Finance
In our career in finance, policy, and culture we observe the powerful hold of various assumptions on the direction of human endeavor. Perhaps the most damaging core assumptions of all, binding the verbal and numerate control systems together in a death grip, are the various myths of “fiduciary obligation.” Although groundbreaking work to upgrade fiduciary understandings has been done with the UN, and the debate is moving forward vigorously, a brief analysis of fiduciary obligation in the context of our code metaphor will be useful.
The commonly accepted legal interpretation of fiduciary obligation is that investors must focus on short term profits before and when necessary to the exclusion of all other considerations. Here we see how the story affects the numbers. What is much more infrequently discussed, is that emerging causally from this disastrous narrative are all kinds of mutant civilizations, deformed by their inability to envision or plan for a future which they actually want. Our world is like a bird egg whose genetics required it to think only about how to hatch and eat, providing it with a beak and stomach, but no wings.
Sure, fine. WHOSE world did you say it is? one of the firm’s directors sounds like an Alabama Congressman, Hon. John H. Buchanan, Jr., also showing up on:
Here’s Lehrman’s source of wealth, pre-Yale, and subsequent global involvements. During this time period, some of us in America were struggling locally through the divorce systems as advised by welfare-reform (money-laundering systems which it enables) and not having transparent and understandable information on HOW THINGS WORKED, sometimes had a hard time getting even out of town. This STILL doesn’t say, what state is it incorporated in, which the rest us would have to go hunt down. Why is he advising a group which won’t file tax returns? (Just doesn’t give a damn?) with the state of California?
[[Actually it doesn’t look like a nonprofit, which answers that question, I think]].
Fund Balance is a strategic consultant at the nexus of nature, culture, policy and finance. We accomplish three things for our clients:
Leland Lehrman, Partner
Leland worked with early computers to develop portfolio analysis tools before studying Environmental Science and Policy at Yale. Focusing on technology and socially responsible investing in the nineties, his market analysis and internet firm advised clients regarding a successful early stage investment in Research in Motion, makers of the Blackberry PDA.
His firm then merged with digital venture BKL Media. As BKL’s Chief Technology Officer, he developed a broad range of intellectual property in content management, artificial intelligence and social networking, parts of which went into the development of Nexus Holdings Group, a major shareholder in AI image recognition firm Milabra.
Now married with four children, Mr. Lehrman left the technology business world in 2001 to live with his wife in her home country, the Czech Republic for two years. Returning in 2003, he spent six years working national and state political campaigns, editing a newspaper and directing legislative political action on foreign policy, election reform, public fund investment policy and renewable energy with his company Mother’s Arms in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2009, he capped his career in New Mexico working for the President of the New Mexico Senate, Timothy Z. Jennings overseeing the State’s $25B public pension and endowment funds. His effort to move New Mexico’s pension and endowment funds towards greener investments was controversial given the political environment, and he began to focus more on private sector opportunities.