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Bonus Content (Illustrations, More In-Depth Details) by Post, from Certain 2019 Posts, ‘Oct. 3 Clarifications’ and my FNAQs (Publ. Nov. 4, 2019).

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This post was assembled and written and published (about 5,000 words only) within one day, then tweaked the day after.

POST TITLE: Bonus Content (Illustrations, More In-Depth Details) by Post, from Certain 2019 Posts, ‘Oct. 3 Clarifications’ and my FNAQs (Publ. Nov. 4, 2019).  (Short-link ends “-bvP,” with last update to add headings and reformat some images, Nov. 7, now  about 6,500 words)

The top part (Pt. I, My FNAQs) is freshly written; the bottom two-thirds (now, Pt. II, Oct. 3 [2019] Clarifications and Pt. III, Extra Content) were moved/reallocated from another post, to air the content again, as explained below.  Pt. III has the most images and may be the longest.  I have a brief footnote, commentary on a previous “find” on the blog which only asking the FNAQs would’ve unearthed.  And an important one, too…

Pt. II, “Clarifications” summarizes my approach to this blog and links to footnoted content on  “Acknowledgements, Executive Summary” (Sticky Post #3 now).  I think those footnotes will be my next post.

Comments fields are open; let me know if this post raises questions you had, but hadn’t found answers to yet or questions you do not routinely ask when evaluating, assessing, or simply deciding whether to follow (read, support, engage with) a cause featured on a website or referenced in the media, but might consider asking from now on.  Or any other relevant question.

Going after the answers to certain basic types of questions for even ONE organization* immediately starts building [your] transferable skills in reading and assessing basic life situations and government, philanthropy, causes.  It’s a good habit!  I believe identifying certain basic facts (and using the vocabulary to express them: entity/non-entity; public/private; registered for-profit/not-for profit; home legal domicile (country, province, state or territory (if USA)…) should also be basic citizenship skills, necessary in keeping government honest. **when you hadn’t asked or even wondered about these things/asked yourself such questions before.

If you still think that’s someone else’s job, so long as you vote and read/listen to the news, please reconsider!

I haven’t been back to high school recently (or teaching in them), but I don’t see that asking these questions or providing the skills to answer them (or even the websites where they might be) is taught as basic part of “critical thinking” skills in at least (USA) public schools who are often the testing grounds for privatization of behavioral transformation efforts (etc.).

How could they be?  Public schools (categorically) are projects of the government specialized school districts which are government entities; finding their financial statements (CAFRs) would shed light on the entire assets to liabilities, revenues to expenses status of government itself, and how a Budget =/= a Balance Sheet, and how convoluted, in fact, are the programs contracting with and run in the entire operational infrastructure, often targeted by private collaborating foundations (tax-exempt, nonprofit, etc.) testing new technological, psychology, behavioral modification tactics, how to turn schools into social service centers, and at times, sad to say, also drugs.  (Texas TMAP, replicated, later whistleblower, in Pennsylvania, etc.).Many people may think public school financials come under county governments but typically they do not, and are reporting separately.

This also relates to the major asset investment platforms, i.e., institutional funds.

Meanwhile, locally, people are often encouraged to fund-raised for (separate) foundations (tax-exempt 501©3s named after the school districts without having ever looked to see what resources are actually available, and how they are being handled. I’ve seen this in both urban (inner-city) and wealthy (SF Bay Area suburban) areas.  Real estate values tied to quality of schools conceal how much extra money poured into them from outside supplements education quality, or how much extra effort parents (who can, often, afford this) put in to bring their own children’s performance levels competitive (for college…) with those in private schools in the same communities.  I’ve seen this as both a parent and a service provider to for what a public school budget, typically, eliminates, even in “good” school districts.

A few years ago I  wrote a series of posts (out of my own curiosity and where it overlapped with Family Court matters) on organizations focused on running programs for and through public schools, USA to close income and wealth gaps.  The same collaborations also pushing, heavily, for starting schooling at age ZERO; this will continually blend public and private revenues to places untrackable…


All this has to do with attention:  what you pay attention to, and notice when that information is absent in a presentation.   Much of this can be looked up on a cellphone.


Pt. I., My FNAQs

I decided to start with my persistent “FNAQs,” which Pts. II and III reminded me about).

FAQs are Frequently Asked Questions, according to whoever designed a particular website.  They are commonplace.

Here are many FNAQs (Frequently NOT Asked Questions) which I asked and sought answers to time and again over the years during my blogging, to the point most of them became a basic checklist and (when answers were not found) a mental note about the missing information to that entity (or, non-entity) as well as (verall) an ongoing irritant and motivator to keep looking.

I think they are good questions but sad to say, not routinely asked by the public regarding organizations they deal with, seek help from, donate to, or become aware their (respective) government entities fund.  In fact the first question is about identifying “Entity or Not?” when faced with these circumstances.

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Interlocking, Dysfunctional Definitions, Cont’d: “NJII, a NJIT Company,” and (how, exactly, NJ became) “the State of Innovation.” [“Incorporated” March 17, 2019]

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Interlocking, Dysfunctional Definitions, Cont’d: “NJII, a NJIT Company,” and (how, exactly, NJ became) “the State of Innovation.” [“Incorporated” March 17, 2019] Published March 20; 8,600 words, including some repetition.  Shortlink ends “-9wS

This post is not a business entity or doing commerce, so technically speaking it’s not “incorporated” in any state for doing commerce (tax-exempt or not) within the state. However, if you consider my “body of work” in this blog, and that I just injected another post into it, with its separate page and personality (so to speak), in the generic, broader sense, I did “incorporate” it. (Corpus, habeas corpus, corporation, corpse, “corps,” corporal, corporeal, corpuscle: common roots):

This post was inspired first, by a recent Bloomberg.com co-sponsored Tweet, leading to a sponsored article, When Innovation is a State’s Main Industry, March 5, 2019: that’s where I started looking.

Second, and within just a few days, having read the article and begun looking at websites, I also picked up on one of its projects launched under “HealRWorld,” announced in May, 2018 (This link drops many involved names See nearby link with NJII logo, “New Jersey Innovation Institute and HealRWorld® Form Sustainability Accelerator”).”

Among those names dropped is an easily searched name (because it belongs to a Greek Orthodox priest; the Greek connection had already surfaced via maternal family line of HealRWorld CEO/Founder (Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni).

May 14, 2018, NJIT announces the launch.

Sept., 2018, Institutional Investor article, “Priest, Hedge Fund Manager Charged with Fraudulent Short-Selling (of “Ligand Pharmaceuticals” based in San Diego, CA). The SEC charged, said priest vows to challenge and said it’s retaliatory for whistleblowing on accounting fraud at Ligand.  RECENT news as you can see.  Related, under SEC, reads (also Sept., 2018), “SEC Charges Hedge Fund Advisor with Short-and-Distort Scheme

{He charges SEC fell down on its duties. Went looking, 3/21/2019; this is from Lemelson’s Amvona blog; posts a letter to the SEC cc’d to various authorities, warnings in 2016, etc. (TheLanternFoundation (<=FY2014) is a 990PF with small amount of investments in the Amvona Fund, EIN# 461737666 in Massachusetts}}

http://njii.com/sdgaccelerate/. Oct. 1, 2018, shortly after “Priest, Hedge Fund Manager Charged with fraudulent Short-Selling Scheme (Charged by the SEC). Click link and read agenda to see that only 5-15 minutes time was allotted to the many, well-connected individuals. Entire event only 3hrs long.

Also referenced (a different presentation, similar theme) at NJII.com/SDGaccelerate/, featuring a video message from NJ Governor Murphy, here, mentioning yet another involved nonprofit and more clues, though no direct links, to Who’s Who).  (See nearby image, “The Global GOALS”).


RE: NJII + HealRWorld + the UN Summit on SME’s to further the UN’s 17 SDG’s 

That image & link, (“New Jersey Innovation Institute and HealRWorld® Form Sustainability Accelerator“) was the first NJII project beyond the usual and overall Public/Private Incubator Accelerator situation which caught my attention as having too many unanswered questions about who was (ownership) and what  is/are (type of business entity and/or product) was this “SME”and why was it chosen.

The situation and concurrence of people and organizations with disturbing lack of transparency even without the SEC report above had set off several of my observational alarms, from the start.


ALSO involved is the ICSB (International Council for Small Businesses) whose editorial offices are housed at and whose current Executive Director is at George Washington University (MBA and PhD) but originally from Egypt: Dr. Aymen El Tarabishy. He is popular, by having been voted “Outstanding Faculty Member” by the students, every year from 2010-2015, and:

Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty member in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally-ranked programs. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students throughout the GW School of Business.

Dr. El Tarabishy is the originator of the United Nations International Day for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs Day) that will always be celebrated on June 27th. MSMEs Day recognizes the important of entrepreneurs and small businesses worldwide.

MSMEs: Micro-, Small, Medium Enterprises.

(Link to that April 11, 2017 UN resolution”A/RES/71/279  reaffirming prior resolutions also, as to 2030 Agenda:

…Reaffirming also its resolution 69/313 of 27 July 2015 on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supports and complements it, helps to contextualize its means of implementation targets with concrete policies and actions, and reaffirms the strong political commitment to address the challenge of financing and creating an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development in the spirit of global partnership and solidarity,

“sustainable development in the spirit of global partnership and solidarity”.. such a thrilling call to action, especially if one is in the business of providing finances or software platforms from which to unify the planet.

Compare with ICSB’s stated purpose (on its tax return):

TO PROVIDE EDUCATION, RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, CONFERENCES AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL & TRAINING FORUMS FOR ITS MEMBERS AND OTHERS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT SKILLS & UNDERSTANDING OF SMALL BUSINESS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

and, under its third category of “Program Service Accomplishments” (shown below as an image and link to tax return also provided), you can see where the UN might come in.  Incidentally, this doesn’t show that year’s accomplishments, as the IRS form directs.  It talks about purpose:

SPECIAL PROJECTS ICSB, FOUNDED IN 1955, BRINGS TOGETHER MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE WORLD BANK, THE UNITED NATIONS, AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) WITH PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES LIKE VISA INC ,SAMSUNG, DELL INC ,GALLUP INC ,CAPITAL ONE AND WITH UNIVERSITIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (70 PLUS COUNTRIES) THIS KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND COMMUNITY BUILDING PLATFORM IS BASED ON THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SME DEVELOPMENT WORLDWIDE THE NOTION OF DOING WELL IN BUSINESS IS ALSO TIED TO DOING GOOD FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, NATION, AND THE WORLD TOPICS LIKE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND CREATING SHARED VALUES ARE EXPLORED WITH AN EYE TO CREATING A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR THE FUTURE ICSB CURRENTLY WORKS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE VISA INC SMALL BUSINESS TO SUPPORT A GROWING NETWORK OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MOVING THEIR BUSINESSES FORWARD BY GAINING NEW KNOWLEDGE ICSB HOSTED EVENTS, FOUND SPEAKERS, AND CONDUCTED RESEARCH FOR VISA INC

 

It was tough locating the ICSB’s actual EIN# (it’s not posted on their colorful website), however that EIN# is 941698897.  On FY2016, the latest return shown at my usual provider — which I learned has recently merged? with or bought the trademark Guidestar® and/or its data and now is labeled “Candid“– there are internal financial inconsistencies which would affect the expenses and as a result, net assets balance, as well as missing paperwork (Schedule R, which should list George Washington University as a “related” organization but does not.  It does aknowledge separately (Schedule O) that GWU pays ICSB Exec Director’s salary, which ICSB then reimburses).  Link and some description in next paragraph.

{{March 21, 2019 — I kept looking. That’s only the beginning of the anomalies for this CALIFORNIA legal domicile entity calling itself (though not registered there as a corporation) a legal domicile District of Columbia entity, on tax return header pages…}}

(ICSB Tax Return FY2016, YE March, 2017 claims “0” employees, but about $167K salaries for them.  The only paid officer, Dr. Tarabishy, received “$40,000” (even for 25 hours a week, with his qualifications, not much!) under “Received from Related Orgs” per Part VIIA, but then credited as from the entity (Part IX, Expenses).  No page for Sched R (which would identify any “related entity” paying the only paid officer here) is uploaded.  I haven’t checked other years yet).  Lists “California” as another state it must file in.

The main assets are listed as “intangible.” If you’ll notice that Page 2 (Program Service Accomplishments) is artificially shortened (not a full 8X11 showing; it says “See additional data” but shows the numbers (Expenses, any grants, Revenues) for Lines 4 a, b, and c.  Obviously by those numbers (whether Revs are greater or less than Expenses), Line 4a and 4c activities help support line 4b.  Then go to “Schedule O” and read the description for Line 4c, “Special Projects” which ties in directly to the UN projects referenced above.

See 3rd image (explanation for “Program Service Accomplishments” labeled Special Projects, Line 4c; I also quoted it above in normal-sized print.

This membership organization’s name came up with another presentation featuring (Guess who: again, — HealRWorld®) which is why I looked it up.  The images will not upload, but here are similar and searchable links:

etc.  Bahamian business registry not searchable without a valid credit or debit card (Not going to provide, so I DNK whether it’s free to just look).  Brief history of Bahamas with map shows history of enslavement dating back centuries, prosperity (because near shipping lanes) during American civil war, later American Prohibition (i.e., rum-running), final independence not until 1973, and it’s currently a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, i.e., recognizing Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and the Governor-General as her representative.  That’s where “Unify Earth Systems Ltd” seems to be registered, although its ownership because of the level of privacy here isn’t exactly known.

Basic (simple statements) at US Dept. of State regarding the Bahamas also points out that the main trade is tourism and financial services, as well as concerns due to its proximity to Florida.  Diplomatic relations with the US were only established in 1973 when it became independent from the UK.  Here is also the CIA’s “WorldFactbook” (probably one on every country). See “telephone, Telecom, internet, broadcast” sections.  Also “Transnational” only mentions two items: one, a dispute about the maritime border; two,  “transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for US and Europe; offshore financial center”

 


Too many red flags there also, but I start below with the recent Bloomberg article. I have already Tweeted some of this () (@LetUsGetHonest, Twitter thread, March19, 2019, three tweets and one reply with attached “media” (images), and some links to more information) , but do not expect a discussion to make this post. It should be a separate post.  Feel free...to pay attention and cut through the PR to concrete, declarative statements about what is taking place among how many individuals with what collective vested interests.
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