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Basic Definitions and Etymology (Roots) of the Word ~syndicate. Syndicates are formed for legal OR illegal purposes. Know the Difference! (Recent context, My USDOJ Tobacco RICO post + Others’ Lasker Syndicate references) [From 8/26, Publ. 10/3/2017]

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Basic Definitions and Etymology (Roots) of the word ~syndicate. Syndicates can be formed for legal OR illegal purposes. Know the Difference! (8/26/2017)

@ Early October 2017: I’ve been busy the second half of September, first with handling personal writing necessities (for my own situation which continues to develop new twists and turns over time) and worked a good while on completing the 2017 Table of Contents for this blog and updating the pages referencing it.

Now, having handled those tasks, or at least made my intents clear (as to the personal situation) to avoid being kicked further down a certain dead-end road (as has been attempted towards me also, over time), I am starting to publish several posts left in the pipeline during that time.  Because of the two-week delay, during which other major, national events, and some family court reform activities are being publicized and moving down their “pipelines” too, the points of reference here back to subject matter on the anti-tobacco movements as it works through federal agencies and was promoted by specific private wealth with a cause..may seem odd…..There have been horribly destructive hurricanes, debates and complaints re: FEMA’s help getting to a devastated Puerto Rico and the largest mass-shooting in US history at a concert venue in Nevada, police indicating the shooter is a 64-year-old white guy without a criminal history, is still raw and  headline news.

However, here, the concept of “syndicate” is universal, and whether it’s health, news, or anything else, we should be aware of the basic definition and common usages, for better concepts where legal and valid syndicates may stray from legal OR valid.

Syndicates in any field are not to be lightly ignored, and are, through organization and the use of technology (i.e., electronic communications/ media) redefining what is and is not “local.”

Some posts in the short-term writing pipeline need more updating than others.  This post is fairly self-contained, didn’t really need fixing or expanding, and will be the first up.

This short post reminds us of the basic definitions (not necessarily legal definitions, if there are any) of “syndicate” and some of its usages.  Reviewing these should help also (hopefully) put readers at rest when they hear possibly discomforting, and less than complimentary references or quotes (in earlier posts herein) from “smokershistory.com” talking about the “Lasker syndicate.”  I see that even government websites on the history of the National Cancer Institute (Mary Lasker Papers, Mike Gorman Papers) and even some on-line books (see next image), document the appropriateness of the terminology, while not exactly featuring the word “syndicate” as a label because of its potentially negative connotations, i.e., “crime syndicate.”  (This next image is repeated below, click either one to enlarge):

Gov’t and Public Health in America (excerpt of footnotes referencing Mary Lasker influence), book by Ronald Harnowy.

This post, in its current, longer title (but with the same underlying shortlink), which adds the blogging context and references start and publication dates:

Basic Definitions and Etymology (Roots) of the Word ~syndicate. Syndicates are formed for legal OR illegal purposes. Know the Difference! (Recent context, My USDOJ Tobacco RICO post + Others’ Lasker Syndicate references) [From 8/26, Publ. 10/3/2017] (shortlink ends “-7vi” Both links above are the same, though their labels differ some).

Moved here from this post, but typed much earlier, while I try to wrangle this one into publish-able form:  USDOJ Tobacco RICO (Civil Suit) Intervenor NAATPN, Inc (2000ff, Total Current Assets, $0) and Caffee, Caffee and Associates PHF, Inc. (HattiesburgMS, 2003ff, Total Assets $0) — and trying to squeeze a California Network into that recipe. (shortlink ends “-7rm” post material moved here 8/15/2017)

I’m fairly sure the Tobacco Cessation networks qualify, now that I’ve spent another week (and more) reviewing tax returns of member / component organizations and noticing who sits on which inter-related boards, while some of the component and featured nonprofits are looking more and more like front groups, or at least “stooges” for continuing to repeat the same rhetoric year after year, failing to post their own tax returns, and when those are dug up (such as exist), revealing a casual disrespect for the norms of language, basic math (addition and subtraction), accounting practices (like taking a number reached in one part of the turn and having corresponding other parts actually match, carrying forward End of Year balance from one year and posting it as “Beginning of Year” Balance the following years; distinguishing balance sheet from expense and revenues, posting credible figures in the first place, and correctly labeling the hundred-thousand-dollar beneficiary federal agency…  For starters.  ((That paragraph and what’s below is ca. 8/15/2017//LGH))


WHAT IS MEANT BY A “SYNDICATE”?

Investopedia Definition (I selected just three, nonconsecutive paragraphs here):

What is a ‘Syndicate’

A syndicate is a temporary professional financial services group formed for the purpose of handling a large transaction that would be hard or impossible for the entities involved to handle individually. Syndication allows companies to pool their resources and share risks. There are several different types of syndicates, including underwriting syndicates, banking syndicates and insurance syndicates. ….

Examples of Syndicates

Companies may form a syndicate for a specific business venture that carries a high level of risk but also an attractive potential rate of return. In many cases, these businesses operate in the same industry and form a separate entity to apply their expertise to a product or service. Two drug companies, for example, may combine research and marketing knowledge to create a syndicate and develop a new drug. A large real estate project may be developed using a syndicate formed by several real estate companies. ….

How Companies Combine Available Expertise

Some projects are so large that no single company has all of the expertise needed to efficiently complete the project. This is often the case with large construction projects, such as a stadium, highway or railroad project. Companies form a syndicate so that each firm can apply a specific area of expertise to the project. In addition, subcontractors are assigned specific components of the project, such as lighting or concrete work. Each subcontractor obtains financing for its portion of the contract.**

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Regarding that last paragraph, by now we should be well aware that the public is often made part of such “syndicates” in “public/private partnerships” involving public funds.  That’s why it’s important to keep such vast projects on the honest, non-criminal side of the ledger, including when science and scientific experts are used to justify the project.

Unfortunately some projects are so large they are going to be by nature violating jurisdiction, authorized use of public funds, and INFORMED consent of the public.  When such projects are so large, they had better darned well be legitimate, and legitimately executed.  The more tax-exempt organizations are involved in any such project (as well as many types of organizations) and the more federal funding involved, the greater the likelihood for corrupt interests to get involved, and plan well ahead (years, or decades) for the eventual payoffs.

Unfortunately, from an individual’s perspective, and from mine over the years, the more I look into almost ANYTHING associated with the largest grantmaking agency, HHS, the less integrity at the grants level (let alone the contracts) I find, and the same goes for organizations large AND small dealing with the public issues.

Basic dictionary definitions of “Syndicate,” two images from “CambridgeDictionaries.com” (which has a simplified version for Americans, a more complex one for “English”!), and another two from (a single page in) the Oxford English Dictionary  Notice the Oxford  image (verb definition) is “Control or manage by a syndicate.” Click any image to enlarge as needed.
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An Alternate Viewpoint on the Anti-Smoking / Smoking Causes Cancer! Campaign and its Syndicated (?) Backers incl. the Whiteheads, the Laskers, the NIH and the U.S. Congress (from SmokersHistory.com and Other Sources. See also Tobacco Lawsuits and 1998 MSA Settlement Funds ~~} American Legacy Foundation, now the so-called Truth Initiative®) (Published 8/5/2017)

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An Alternate Viewpoint on the Anti-Smoking / Smoking Causes Cancer! Campaign and its Syndicated (?) Backers incl. the Whiteheads, the Laskers, the NIH and the U.S. Congress (from SmokersHistory.com and Other Sources. See also Tobacco Lawsuits and 1998 MSA Settlement Funds ~~} American Legacy Foundation, now the so-called Truth Initiative®) (post started 7/31, published 8/5/2017) with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7na” (15,400 words, “Fasten Your Seatbelts –this one’s details are SO still relevant to FAMILY COURT issues!! <~That comment, Aug. 7, 2019.  I’m re-posting this (or Tweeting, etc.) in preparation for a follow up post//LGH)

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PREVIEW

After working on this post and its background material for about a week, I’m publishing it “as is,” with an alert that it may be revised substantially after publication, or further split. It is a good read, however some of its information leads to awarenesses and understandings that are disturbing, if not shocking, on the scope of activities and reach (influence on government policies) by some of the people and organizations covered.

I wouldn’t expect it to be grasped in a single read anyhow. If there are substantial revisions (you’re reading one right now), the purpose is to clarify, or supply missing documentation to support some statements where a post-publication read may reveal the need.

Some areas in this post newer to me, others not entirely new, but not my main area of research (such as the details of the tobacco class action and RICO litigation, although I have looked at periodically and am aware of it as a force in social services programming — such as the First 5-type funds —  at the state levels).** On other areas (backgrounds of some of the greats in psychology or public relations — this post adds a key advertising great name) I may sound more authoritative because I have done more research on them  over the years, as it intersects/overlaps with “Family Court Matters.”

** USDOJ Tobacco Lawsuits and Settlements (Just a~First 5~Footnote to the 2016 TOC Intro. (a Page with WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5e8” published Dec. 2016.  Added to the sidebar near top of “Vital Links/Info” menu in Aug. 2017.)

However, probing this new area and historic account of major system movements referenced by the website “SmokersHistory.com,” I am seeing people, foundations, and systems transformation characteristics in common with material I’ve already processed in and around this blog.  If I’d not seen the commonality, I would probably not have referenced so prominently the “smokershistory.com” post, especially not even knowing who its author is.  Because just now I do not know, and because of some of the angry tone of that website, I felt obliged to look further, and more independently at at least its claims which resonated as reasonably probable with what I already knew.

In the process, I ended up learning more about key foundations and people, as well as about organization of the NIH, the NCI (National Cancer Institute) and putting some serious timeline and dates to changes within the NIH, which is to say, also within HHS.  I’m confident most readers also will.  I also found it reassuring not to be the only person (many MIT faculty were asking the same question in the early 1980s) (NYT article links below) asking just HOW MUCH of our current universities and current federal agencies is really “up for sale to the highest bidder,” and how reliable is conflict-of-interest-funded science? Is that what our nation needs?

Answering all these questions is not just a matter of posting links and throwing them up in the air, hoping they come down in some sort of order.  It is a LOT of reading; this type of reading involves processing the information as it comes up with an awareness of reasonably objective (vs. name-calling, or personal-values-laden) categories and at a minimum the ability and willingness to look at tax returns, comparing one to another within organizations or across organizations, and an awareness what decision-making by the very-well-endowed may affect in a given year, whether the “Total Assets” are very very big and growing, or while still large by many standards, being spent down.  And an awareness that when the issue (goal) is steering the direction of a federal agency along with the future of a certain are of scientific research, those determined — with each other — rarely operate through just one organization, foundation, or media at a time.

It takes time, and its part skill, part “art” in the sense of a developed skill over time. I look forward to, ideally, connecting conversing with more people who are willing to use some of these skills and willing to encourage/exhort/persuade others that they are basic to comprehending government — with regard to our individual AND collective relationships to it.  Unfortunately (?), when it comes to many advocacy groups (especially in some well-worn ruts within the family court reform advocacy arena) what I know better is where NOT to find such people, or exhaust personal energies attempting to reason with people who for years have continued to demonstrate that group-membership/brainwashed state on the chosen cause is, like old blue jeans conformed to one’s body countours, just more “fun,” or standing apart, too scary.



Previous and related post: Who? (besides Harvard, MIT and other Boston-based Institutes) is Funding and Promoting/Soliciting for Personal Genomics (volunteer your personal, identifiable, genetic code for a global database to be shared internationally) — GET Research (fine-tuning and equipping the Nature vs. Nurture debate) as Essential for Global Public Health Issue? (title’s short-link ends “-7m3”; published 7/31/2017)

This post was inspired mostly by the urge to report on the confluence and long-term influence of two) organizations involving two family lines.  Those two family lines are the Whiteheads and the Laskers, and the two organizations (who both also show close connections with a third organization the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, EIN#061043412) are the Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation (EIN#131680062, with another trust which poured is assets into them on dissolution; see next table below*) and the other, much smaller but well-connected (with Congressmen on board, literally) Research! America (<==EIN#521609875, link to FY2015 Form 990; see next image).” (for contrast, FY2005 Form 990):

Rsrch!America Form 990 FY2005 (10 yrs earlier) showing highest paid fees-for services (see CATEGORIES) and employees (2 diff’t categories). This year Mary Woolley’s salary was 310K + benefits.

Rsrch!America Form 990 FY2005 (10 yrs earlier) describing exempt-purpose activities.

Rsrch! America FY2015 “Additional” page from Form 990 describing PR activities. Not their largest expenses this year (see return for more info).

Porter-Novelli PR Business Agency Report 2015 (4/27/2015):

Former Unilever marcomms chief Christine Cea returned to the firm to lead its global consumer practice, based in New York. She previously worked in Porter’s London and New York offices from 1999 to 2005. Ted Sabarese joined as regional creative director for North America, focused on content strategy, development, and production, as well as advertising, experiential marketing, and design. He previously worked at Chobani. … Amy Nicole Nayar took up the newly created role of SVP of global health and wellness and lead for longtime client Johnson & Johnson. She previously ran a consultancy called Forefront Leadership.

Growth in North America
The North American region grew the fastest in 2014, with New York serving as the impetus after the office added work from Pfizer, Merck, and other blue chips in the healthcare space, expanding digital and analytics work, and a communications brief for The Shops at Columbus Circle.   Read more at [PRWeek.com/article/1344304]

 

With Porter-Novelli a main contractor of Research! America in 2005, and William D. Novelli on the board (1h/week unpaid) at Research! America, I decided to look further.

I found he was CEO of AARP 2001-2009 (severance pay of over $1M protested there, next image) and “his LinkedIn” (another image) shows that, besides co-founding Porter-Novelli and running it (1972-1990) he also founded “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids” and ran it 1995-1999.  See where I’m going with that?  He’s now professsor of “Global Social Enterprise Initiative” (“GSEI”) at “George McDonough School of Business” at the prestigious Georgetown University(since 2011)… While there I see that Georgetown also started, looks like around the same time, a “Global Human Development Initiative”  (<=link to Novelli as faculty on it) stemming from the “Jesuit ideal of using knowledge to serve society” and an “initiative” (guiding paradigm) crossing different schools and degrees within the university. (use that link to access the “About” page on the GHD). It says in part:
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