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Who Owns the Basic Asset Infrastructures of the World? Keep It In Mind!

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*disclaimer, again:  I’m not a CPA or an attorney.  Anything I’ve learned here has been from a combination of the School of Hard Knocks (aka marriage), the Family Court gauntlet (next decade) and from comparing what I read with what I see, i.e., deductive reasoning, and from the lifelong habits of noticing where the status quo and theories that justify it, are just too irrational to swallow.  Starting long before, “What’s the Excuse for Abuse, THIS time?” and that abuse will often be FIRST, economic, and SECOND, if that’s not sufficient, physical force, and both covered up with what some call reasons, others call excuses and I call (depending on who’s speaking), lies.

When children lie about something, it’s often to cover up misdeeds, protect others, or get what they want.  Same goes with parents, who shouldn’t demonstrate lying for children.  But what we have is “IN LOCO PARENTIS” not exactly precisely technically speaking LYING — simply consistently forgetting, not bothering to, well, tell the Truth (the most important parts of it) in order to get what THEY want, which is to play parents for other adults who have already paid their way to prosperity, either through buying things they sell, or working as a tax-deductible expenses in their businesses.

Another thing I’ve clearly deduced is that there are downside and upsides to believing REALLY big lies and collectively, the downsides are that they tend towards slavery and genocide, large-scale and ongoing, and induce by misleading information most of the population and coerce those who aren’t misled, into not just participating, but to funding it.

IF there is an upside, by continuing the pretense long enough, you may not have to swim upstream, might be able to blend in long enough and (some use drugs or distractions for this) might be able to fool even yourself that what you think are the most important truths in life (IF thinking gets that far) indeed are, and retain employment until retirement, or enough to make ends meet, etc.

People who pay taxes and expect government services (including “protect our children” etc.) need to understand that they are paying for, as they work, and are taxed, a government that already owns the major infrastructures of the world.  A look at who else is on the list should show us the power of ownership of such infrastructures and what fields they are in.

Basic accounting concepts relate to ownership, to labeling, and to keeping track of it.   Without accepting and understanding that governments (not just corporations) are actually “corporations” (businesses) and run as businesses — we don’t know who owns what (or how much), or have a tool to assess, IF we are being misled by accounting technicalities from the underlying truth.  While something technically might not be a LIE if all it’s done is withhold most of the truth, withholding most of the truth is generally done in order to perpetuate a lie as the TRUTH.  To produce an intended result bypassing due process and informed consent of the people who will foot the bill, or  suffer the consequences.  These people are going to be poor, or they are going to be people who’s only known source of income to buy food, housing, transportation, education (which they’ve already been billed for IF it’s via public school systems) — and by definition unless those wages are from government jobs themselves, or nonprofits (etc.) — these people are going to be disenfranchised on the deal of what goes on in their neighborhoods.

When Governments LIE BY MISLEADING — the intended result is ongoing compliance, and voting for and continuing to pay taxes to “balance the budget” when the budget itself doesn’t reflect the actual holdings.   Taxes are only “needed’ to fund government services (including all the services we neither want nor need — like solving he fatherless problem, or preaching abstinence, or soliciting equal participation of faith-based organizations (which is an oxymoron.  By “organizations” is meant, corporations — and while PEOPLE may have faith — a corporation is a corporation is a corporation, i.e., it is incorporated by declaring itself to exist under specific laws, and in the United States, being a “person” (as are any citizens also) it has to declare a home state IN a specific state (or territory) to do business there, as its home.

I wouldn’t have known about the Bentley 500 if the courts hadn’t caught my attention AND to the point that I diligently seek to pay attention.


I have referred to the Bentley 500 often enough decided to “stick it” to the top.  Don’t forget to read the explanation underneath — this doesn’t even include equipment, furniture, software etc. It is a visual reminder that the United States of America (must mean, the federal government, as state governments are subsidiary lower — some of them not that much lower — in the list).

You, too, can learn things if you aren’t so easily distracted all you do is repeat things others want to talk about.

I ran across “Bentley Systems” and this list during 2011-2012, a time of intensely looking at and blogging, participating on a forum (which has since been shut down) some issues out of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, who’d just recently had the FBI raid their courthouse.  However, I’d come there (see archives from that timeframe) tracking down why is a state court site in Kentucky marketing a parental education program with connections to Georgia, but a mailing address in Pennsylvania. (Kidsfirst.cc) and marketing AFCC material and agenda.

….Later, it developed that Scranton, PA was facing bankruptcy and the Pennsylvania Economy League was to supervise their plan for getting OUT of bankruptcy…. Scranton, and Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, continue to be an area of interest, and are referenced in “Hindsights from an Outpost” in recent posts on push for more Unified Family Courts from the Baltimore area.  See blogroll late 2013/Jan. 2014.  Also see extended discussion of how (deceptive, in truth) the reporting of who is whom, and where the money was contributed to, regarding this same PEL (Pennsylvania Economy League).  The “front” organization — named below – turns to be a fictitional business name of note even PEL itself, but one of its “related organizations” — listed as a “Program Purpose Accomplishment” on the PEL Tax return.     The Statewide PEL uses the same website, per its tax return, as one of its own projects who didn’t incorporate until 2005, and within the next two years, changed its name perhaps to better match the purpose — but to also conceal the corporate relationship with the statewide organization.

In association with also the “Allegheny Community Development Conference” formed in 1994 and mentioned on the tax return as the controlling entity? of one of the groups mentioned on the TEL tax return, we have a corporate identity and flow of funds (power, and government direction = business direction) which even the most diligent taxpayer wouldn’t have time to track — even if they were alert enough to understand why they should.  ALL these groups retain tax EXEMPTION for public benefit, have been late producing their own tax returns, and are so interwoven and inter-related it’s a maze to find out who influenced whom.     (Allegheny being a western PA county which contains Pittsgburgh.  Pittsburgh-WEST, Philadelphia southEAST if you’re geographically challenged).

ALL of these groups I’m sure understand clearly that a budget is not one’s holdings, and read comprehensive annual financial reports of the municipalities, counties, and regions they are “re-envisioning.”  They just don’t report it openly.  As to corporate structure, that’s a LOT of clout and in effect, another form of government.

So, the PEL, given my ongoing level of curiosity, led to the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (hover or click for the top of the list), here, and I looked at their board of directors, noticing just how highly placed some of the associations were, tracked back a few corporations, and had never heard before of “Bentley Systems, Inc.” and so looked that up.  I also looked up the Executive Director, Steven Wray (very interesting background):

Robert J. McNeill, Chair  Managing Partner for the Greater Philadelphia Region, Deloitte

Steven T. Wray, Executive Director  Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

Anyone can get a general idea of the companies by simply reading their names, some are more familiar than others — like Sunoco, Bank of America, KPMG, IBM, Price Waterhouse Coopers, some Health Systems (more than one), PECO Energy Company (I didn’t know, but looked up — real interesting), Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, the various LLPs (Law Firms), the person who is also on the Board of Pennsylvania Economy League:

Gregory J. Nowak, Esq. Partner, Pepper Hamilton, LLP  Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc. Board 

A variety of universities, groups that said “Bank” and others that said “Asset Management.”  And eventually I came to:

Gary Griffiths 
Industry Sales Director, Local and Municipal Government, Bentley Systems, IncVice Chair, Regional Impact, Infrastructure 

Source, copied 1/24/2014:

http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Engineering+Architecture+Construction+Software+Resources/Bentley+Software+Publications/Top+Infrastructure+Owners/

Introducing the Bentley Infrastructure 500

The Bentley Infrastructure 500 is a ranking of the top owners of infrastructure around the world from both the public and private sectors that is published annually. The rankings make it possible to readily compare investment levels across types of infrastructure, regions of the world, and public and private organizations.

Bentley Systems has compiled the Bentley Infrastructure 500 to help global constituents appreciate and explore the magnitude of investment in infrastructure and the potential to continually increase the return on that investment. The infrastructure value represented, which is over US$15 trillion, exceeds the U.S. GDP for 2011 and is close to the combined annual GDPs of China, Japan, and Germany. Bentley itself is committed to enhancing ROIs through leveraging information modeling in integrated projects to create more intelligent infrastructure on behalf of owner organizations.

Data Results for 2012

Top 10 Owners in the Bentley Infrastructure 500

Rank Company Name Headquarters Country Infrastructure Value*
(millions USD)
1 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT United States 343,200
2 EXXON MOBIL CORP United States 214,664
3 STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA China 209,727
4 OPEN JOINT STOCK COMPANY GAZPROM Russia 208,677
5 PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. – PETROBRAS Brazil 184,133
6 HIGHWAYS AGENCY United Kingdom 173,148
7 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC Netherlands 152,081
8 ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE SA – EDF France 144,875
9 NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION Japan 126,110
10 CHEVRON CORPORATION United States 122,608

*As measured by reported net tangible fixed assets.

Top Owners’ Infrastructure
Value by Country
Top Owners’ Infrastructure
Value by Sector
Top Owners (Count)
by Country
Top Owners (Count)
by Sector
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View the Complete Bentley Infrastructure 500
Top 10 | 1-100 | 101-200 | 201-300 | 301-400 | 401-500 | A-Z

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About the Bentley Infrastructure 500

The Bentley Infrastructure 500 ranks owners according to their reported tangible fixed assets (or other comparable noncurrent physical assets such as buildings or fixed structures, land, and machinery). Included in the rankings are public- and private-sector entities with financials reported in the past three years (to allow flexibility in varying reporting schedules). The values presented are assessed net of depreciation and amortization and calculated to exclude, where data is available, assets not representative of infrastructure, such as equipment, furniture, and software.

Additional footnotes:

  • Data sources for this ranking include financial statements and third-party data providers.
  • All values have been translated into U.S. dollars (millions).
  • Majority-owned subsidiaries with parents already in the rankings have been excluded (unless explicitly reporting separate financials).

The Bentley Infrastructure 500 will be updated annually. Please fill out this form if you wish to provide new or updated information about your organization for consideration in the 2013 edition of the Bentley Infrastructure 500.

Disclaimer: These rankings are based on information available to us concerning the tangible fixed assets of each entity. They incorporate discretionary judgments and are necessarily inexact for a number of reasons, including that information publicly available may not be up to date, information is not equally available concerning every entity, values must be converted from different currencies, and in some cases estimated non-infrastructure values must be deducted from overall asset figures to approximate the value of tangible fixed assets. Bentley Systems, Incorporated expressly disclaims all representations and warranties as to the accuracy of the information or its suitability for any purpose. Please fill out this form if you wish to provide new or updated information about your organization for consideration in the 2013 edition of the Bentley Infrastructure 500.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive architecture and engineering software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries, $500 million in annual revenues, and, since 2001, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.


 Bentley’s 2012 Annual Report | The Year in Infrastructure



Worth reading some more below, let’s talk about the process of paying attention — but on the next post.  This involves paying attention to some corporate names (and mis-namings), tax return EIN#S and a few details best not done at the BOTTOM of a long wordpress post.   This should give us an idea of how it goes in the Public/Private Ventures world — and from there, what the people collaborating think of the citizens who may be working in some of the businesses they wish to attack to (here) the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, home to “The Liberty Bell,”  -and how it’s done through Projects of Interlocking Tax-exempt Corporations.  Which leads us back again to the point of, why are we still being taxed when the collective AND many individual CAFRs (which are the business annual reports — only for a government entity) show us that the existing assets and enterprises are still earning a pretty good take!

+++++TO BE CONTINUED +++++

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January 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

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martinplaut

Journalist specialising in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa

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