May 7, 2020
Part of the challenge in finding a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic is determining the original source of infection. The majority of scientists are convinced it came from bats, but they don’t yet know how it transmitted to humans. Others suggest it was caused by accidental release from a research lab, while war hawks propose theories that relate to a bioweapon. But the best answer to complex mysteries is often simple and Free The Press Canada has determined the likely culprit.
The solution for this missing link is so unassuming that it was under everyone’s nose all along. The records have existed since the 1700’s and this bat-to-human conduit is cited as the legal basis for the American Empire. It’s the original cause of blackbirding (kidnapping) and Chinese slavery, Indigenous slavery, as well as Black slavery, in case anyone didn’t grasp the meaning of that famous Beatles song. It solidified Peru’s existence and reshaped entire countries in South America. It poured the foundation for British and European wealth. It won and lost wars as a prime ingredient to make gunpowder. Its Indigenous name appears in an early American law and it traces all the way back to 5,000 years ago, as a resource worshipped by the Incas. (1. original / archive, 2. original / archive, 3. original / archive, 4. original / archive, 5. original / archive, 6. original / archive, 7. original / archive, 8. original / archive, 9. original / archive, 10. original / archive, 11. original / archive, 12. original / archive, 13. original – PDF)
Today this product is exported by Africa and Asia and it can fetch as much as $350USD per ton, or $2,400USD every three hours with a very small crew of labourers. The organic food revolution, hydroponic agriculture, and the legalization of marijuana have made it so popular again that western grandmothers are trying to produce their own. The colloquial phrase ‘bat-sh*t-crazy’ may even be derived from this common carrier of several coronavirus types. So what could be in everyone’s garden shed that has the potential to elevate or wipe out the human race, depending on the quality of each batch? (14. original / archive, 15. original / archive, 16. original / archive)
Bat Guano – The Garden Saviour
Bat guano is the feces of this hideous looking creature that makes a cameo appearance each year at Halloween. It’s long been known as the best crop fertilizer on earth, at half the cost of chemical competitors and usually with no negative side effects. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that comes with organic certification and it gained special prominence with cannabis producers, as well as moms and dads with tabletop hydroponic kits. (17. original / archive, 18. original / archive, 19. original / archive)
The high concentrations of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and potassium are so effective that bat guano can rehabilitate soil and reduce the need for crop rotation in large agricultural operations. It is Mother Nature’s wonder drug and can be used in the pharmaceutical setting to grow the ingredients used in medicines that are increasingly sourced in China. That’s not to suggest guano residues could appear in medications, but the workers who handle raw materials at the beginning of the supply chain may certainly come in contact with it. (20. original / archive, 21. original / archive)
The versatility of guano is far greater than industrial grow-ops and it can be found just as easily at community gardens and retirement villas. Across the world in Portland, Oregon a seniors residence is getting into the guano business to support the retiree neighbourhood, in addition to a farmers market and popular local restaurant. Plants as delicate as lettuce are treated with the natural fertilizer and it’s reported to sweeten the taste of produce as an added benefit. (22. original / archive, 23. original / archive, 24. original / archive)
Bat guano is also easy to purchase, if you’re not down with keeping them as pets to generate a self-sustaining and free supply. It can be found through Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba, or any hydroponic store. It comes in dry and wet ‘tea’ slurries that are pre-mixed to make using it rather simple. This wonder-dust is so spectacular that it can allegedly grow pumpkins the size of Smart cars. It’s possible there may be off-label uses in the beauty market as well. (25. original / archive, 26. original / archive, 27. original / archive, 28. original / archive, 29. original / archive, 30. original / archive)
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Needless to say there’s an obvious means of transmission between bats and humans that strikes at the heart of the global food chain and every nation’s ports of entry. It’s further been discovered that coronavirus and COVID-19 can be spread to humans through fecal matter. (31. original / archive)
Bat Guano – The Agent Of Death
Unbeknownst to the vast majority of home gardeners and organic farms, bat guano was confirmed by the Canadian government to be contaminated with the Ebola virus in years prior. (32. original / archive)
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Bats are also an established carrier of several coronavirus types, according to the Wuhan lab researcher who is central to the current pandemic. A single cave can produce numerous samples of various strains, meaning they’re a plausible breeding ground for mutations as bats interact with each other and the natural environment. (33. original / archive)
Through the guano specifically, bats can infect humans with histoplasmosis and it has much in common with the symptoms of COVID-19. Although the former is bacterial and the latter is viral, complications can result in death for young children, seniors, and immuno-compromised patients in both examples. (34. original / archive, 35. original – PDF)
Research on the coronavirus family appears to be limited to the bats directly, or humans directly, but little is known about the bridge between them. At least that’s what the mainstream media and governments generally report. But bat guano serves as that very connection and Canada highlighted its ability to vector an even deadlier virus, many years before the appearance of COVID-19.
Despite the sparse availability of public data, relevant studies have been conducted involving bat guano since 2006. The World Health Organization (WHO) participated in that early sequencing more than a decade ago. It was determined that bat guano carries the family of coronaviruses in a study arising from the guano caves (mines) in Thailand. Deeper investigation of that yearlong data appears to indicate that positive samples follow a cyclical pattern that coincides with spring and fall flu seasons as well. The guano seems to test negative during the summer and winter months and this phenomenon may need to be considered in future research endeavours to achieve an unbiased interpretation. (36. original / archive)
Another study was conducted by scientists in Myanmar from May 2016 to August 2018. Testing was done by the University of California – Davis that produced results consistent with Thailand. They confirmed coronavirus pathogens in bat guano including new strains that hadn’t been discovered prior, as well as seasonal fluctuations. They also identified that guano samples produce a much higher rate of infection than oral and rectal swabs taken from bats. (37. original / archive)
Islands in the Western Indian Ocean were studied from 2014 to 2015, but the researchers failed to sample guano and only tested the bats. Even lacking that crucial context, several types of coronavirus were detected that share a relationship to COV strains in Africa. Unfortunately the authors pursued their study with a mistaken hypothesis that an intermediary host is required to affect humans, so they were left with questions about transmission pathways. Due to that regrettable bias, they overlooked the role of bat guano in the spread between different regions. (38. original / archive)
The Smoking Gun
Free The Press Canada did its own research to assess the prevalence of bat guano testing on Google Scholar. It was there that a noteworthy result appeared, amounting to a smoking gun. (39. original / archive)
In October 2018, genomic researchers completed the sequence for a bat guano miner who tested positive for a coronavirus in Thailand. Coincidentally, he worked in the same region referenced earlier in a separate study assisted by the World Health Organization, from 2006/2007. (40. original / archive, 41. original / archive, 42. original – PDF)
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The results indicate that a bat guano miner in Thailand carried the same strain of coronavirus (99 percent match) as samples that were tested from Hong Kong in 2006. It came from the same group of pathogens (with a common ancestor) as samples arising from China and the United States in 2016 as well.
It’s unlikely that either superpower is responsible for infecting a bat cave in Thailand, where several coronavirus types are naturally occurring. The alternative is American and Chinese growers may have purchased guano fertilizer that originated from a Thai source. In any event what this demonstrates is an intercontinental transmission pathway that was indirectly established over a period of twelve years, specifically related to a guano mine.
Free The Press Canada stresses that this data via Thailand doesn’t pinpoint the exact origin of the current COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn’t make any individual country responsible for the spread of coronaviruses. Guano mining occurs on every continent except Antarctica and every country may contribute to infection rates by failing to regulate this product as a hazardous substance. Every country that has bats also has a wide array of coronaviruses lurking within them. Therefore comprehensive study of bat guano in its wet and dry forms is immediately required and it may assist scientists to address COVID-19 from this perspective. (43. original / archive)
Origin of the Spanish Flu remains a mystery akin to the way COVID-19 developed. Researchers may wish to revisit those theories with the guano aspect in mind, because during that era it was the primary ingredient in gunpowder and explosives. It may explain the peculiar onset of cases geographically. (44. original / archive, 45. original / archive)
Successive years of ‘cutting red tape’ to appease the stock market and business class has led us to this place. Regulations might require commitment to one’s product, but they were not designed to be the enemy. Instead they’ve been developed to safeguard human health and avert the insurmountable cost of failing to do so.
The freedom gained by corporations to ignore those responsibilities has resulted in the entire world’s lockdown and loss of the most basic collective freedoms required to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no reason why a Q4 profit margin should result in the loss of visiting family, ability to celebrate birthdays and weddings, or permission to walk out the front door. Imprisoning the working class is not sustainable to generate dividends and every taxpayer is on the hook to pay for this debacle over the next entire decade. That behaviour represents an untenable proposition for business to outsource its overhead to every citizen on the planet.
In the case of bat guano, the few rules that do exist are woefully insufficient and incongruent from one region to another. For example, Canada dragged its feet with respect to classifying guano as a fertilizer so it didn’t fall within any regulatory category whatsoever. The United States has a conflict between which agency oversees the product and each state compounds the problem with different rules or lack thereof, depending on various governors. Certainly no country around the globe is testing guano for coronavirus as a condition of import, export, and public sale. (46. original / archive, 47. original / archive, 48. original / archive)
Bat guano remains a superior fertilizer that is also appropriate for organically certified agriculture. It’s safe in the vast majority of cases, but it only takes one bad batch, one bad season, or one susceptible cave to result in a pandemic. Strict testing and parameters must be implemented to protect this valuable resource, guano mining labourers, and the public. Strict guidelines need to be established for home gardeners who plan to experiment with backyard production and strict enforcement surrounding guano must be genuinely contemplated.
Furthermore, the effects of climate change are now severe enough to impact human health. A warming planet is predicted to affect the emergence of viruses, mutations, and intensity of contagious outbreaks. Bat caves are environmentally sensitive and given the detrimental consequences to the global economy under quarantine, it doesn’t seem wise to ignore the guano they produce when it’s a common additive to the food supply. (49. original / archive)
How Was Guano Overlooked?
International media is in a state of disrepair since the disruption of digital technology. In Canada the regular ‘beats’ were axed in a process of austerity and downsizing. Remaining reporters are now expected to cover any topic that arises while lacking the expertise to tackle complex subjects, especially related to science. The industry is fighting for its life as artificial intelligence (AI) is introduced to automate articles based on business data and algorithms. It’s removing humans from the equation who were able to evaluate context, history, demeanour, insincerity, conflicts of interest, and most importantly, fact-checking. (50. original / archive)
(Full disclosure: I was forced out of mainstream media because investigative journalism is quite expensive and it was the first ilk to be cut. That’s why I started Free The Press Canada, because you can take the reporter out of the newsroom but you can’t take the inquiring mind out of any journo worth their salt.)
The Fourth Estate is what informs governments in any democracy, while holding lawmakers to account. That this bat guano information was always available is proof that something went awry in the absence of subject matter experts to edit, assign, and report.
In North America there’s an extreme problem with media ownership too. No matter what anyone says, the free press has been muzzled by the billionaire class and this guano issue punctuates that unfortunate reality.
Pertaining to the Thai cave that tested positive for coronaviruses at various intervals from 2006 to 2018, there was one report from China and another from a multinational agency that is headquartered in Canada.
The South China Morning Post explained that despite the abundance of bat viruses, if they could make the leap to humans then we would already be extinct. The article emphasized the importance of bat meat to certain cultures and the value of guano to agriculture. It downplayed the rate of COVID-19 infections in Thailand and completely omitted that one of the cave’s miners contracted the coronavirus. It even disinformed readers by suggesting the guano is safe and that humans can only be infected through contact with bat saliva or urine. The erroneous article was then syndicated by Bloomberg in the United States. (51. original / archive)
In Canada, Reuters followed suit with an article about the same Thai cave a few weeks later. It produced a false title that claimed there was only a possible link between bat guano and human infection. Through that statement the editor denied evidence of the miner who contracted the coronavirus that was thoroughly studied. Reuters effectively denied the entire genomic sequence that was conducted on that person. (52. original / archive)
The body of the article goes on to describe the importance of bat guano to the agriculture industry. It implies that keeping the cave ‘clean’ protects miners from catching the coronavirus, at the same time discouraging belief that the guano could carry these pathogens. It further proposes the debunked hypothesis that coronaviruses require an intermediary to jump from bats to another host before the ability to infect humans. An interview with a miner (who’s in an absolute conflict of interest) reinforces this disinformation by claiming no one from the Thai caves has ever become ill from these bat-borne diseases. They assert the coronavirus didn’t originate there, despite undeniable proof in scientific journals that records several strains in that bat cave over a number of years.
No competing press agencies reported on the topic and neither of these entries was ever challenged in the headlines.
To understand how this could happen, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland used to work for Reuters as a managing director. Free The Press Canada is not in any way alleging collusion, but the Canadian government chose a sympathetic stance that is disinclined to point fingers. Reuters is also more than a media empire. It owns Thomson Financial, Thomson Legal & Regulatory, Thomson Reference, Scientific & Healthcare, as well as Thomson Learning. Under any of these banners, billionaire David Thomson could be looking to governments for various contracts and is therefore in a conflict of interest between serving the public and his personal wealth accumulation. (53. original / archive, 54. original / archive)
The bulk of competing newspapers in Canada are managed by Postmedia. This company is owned by American hedge funds, with a controlling interest that is deeply connected to David Pecker. Mr. Pecker is the same person who shielded President Trump in the Stormy Daniels scandal at the National Enquirer and his immunity deal with the Department of Justice may be in jeopardy over what Jeff Bezos claims is extortion. This is due to Pecker’s company acquiring his private text messages and an alleged threat for Bezos to stop investigating Trump or face the embarrassment of his intimate photos being published. Two prominent journalists also claimed to receive blackmail threats in a campaign to end their reporting about Trump, Pecker, Daniels, and the National Enquirer. (55. original / archive, 56. original / archive)
Concentrated and foreign media ownership is not supposed to be permitted in Canada, but for unknown reasons the Competition Bureau has refused to intervene throughout the tenure of both Conservative and Liberal governments. (57. original / archive)
On the stateside, fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos is owner of The Washington Post. He’s also the owner of Amazon, that has entered the media business to compete with Netflix while providing a marketplace for sellers to peddle their bat guano. If all of this wasn’t confusing enough, Bezos is friends with Michael Bloomberg, who is the owner of Bloomberg News. Bezos is the person who encouraged Bloomberg to run for president as a Democrat, in the effort to dethrone the Republican incumbent, Donald Trump. (58. original / archive)
Meanwhile in Asia, billionaire Jack Ma owns the South China Morning Post. He’s also the owner of Alibaba, that provides a marketplace for sellers to peddle their bat guano, in the identical manner as Jeff Bezos. Both men receive a cut for every bag of the natural fertilizer that passes through their platforms and could potentially carry the coronavirus around the entire world. Don’t forget that Ma further syndicates his articles through Bloomberg. (59. original / archive)
Canadian and American media are hopelessly compromised by partisan warfare, whether Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican. Chinese media is directly controlled by the Communist government. Each of these factions has a financial interest in the success of bat guano and matters of food security. But none of the billionaires appear to have an interest in the survival of average citizens in relation to a pandemic. Instead the press keeps bantering about herd immunity that would cleave the weakest demographics from the global population.
Ontario residents have been kept in the dark, but Canada’s most populous province is about to become an unlikely and international battleground. After all, how many times does the Great White North threaten the drinking water of more than 40 million people, including their neighbours in America?
Legislators from south of the border have already taken issue with plans for a deep geologic repository. Less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron, Bruce Power intends to store 200,000 cubic meters of nuclear waste within the natural rock formation. Senators and congressmen shared their dissent with the Canadian government, but the fed responded by sending police to the homes of eco protesters, in what some would call an act of intimidation.
(photo credit: Ontario Power Generation)
It will take at least 300 years for the nuclear waste to decay, to a point that radioactive catastrophes are not a threat to human populations. This Kincardine, Ontario location was also chosen for its low seismic activity, reducing the likelihood of water and soil contamination by earthquake.
This much we’ve always known, due to the federal environment assessment that required public consultation. The Harper government has since levied time restrictions to speed the process along, but this is one project that was too big and too perilous to keep from the radar at all.
Seemingly unrelated, the controversy over fracking and in-situ technologies to harvest oil has been raging around the world. Ohio experts claim it causes earthquakes. Texans say it releases benzene and hydrogen sulfide in the air, causing everything from cancer to nosebleeds and skin rashes. British scientists say it causes radioactive contamination. Researchers at Duke University say it makes water flammable in Pennsylvania and New York, where investigators cite enough contamination to blow up homes with families in them. In Canada, the Idle No More movement continuously defends First Nations from plans to frack their tribal territory and there’s still the argument of numerous toxic chemicals used in the extraction process.
(photo credit: HBO, GasLand)
The topic of hydraulic fracturing is so polarizing that countless provinces, states and cities have sought a moratorium. The mayor of New York City added his voice to the opposition, with strong reservations about the impact to water safety. By contrast and north of this shared water source, scientists from Canada were abruptly silenced by the federal government and environmental laws were gutted, so there is no mechanism or freedom to complain above the forty-ninth parallel any longer.
This much we also knew, but how could it possibly relate to a nuclear waste dump?
Critics warned that sweeping changes to de-monitor water, curtail public input and failure to assess smaller power projects would have a grave and lasting impact on the Canadian ecosystem. They denounced newly legislated secrecy and threw their hands in the air when the government conducted a good old-fashioned, scientific book burning. They went so far as to accuse the Harper administration of oppressing Canadians for the sake of Alberta oil profits, meant to benefit the Prime Minister’s friends at a cost to every other industry in the country. With few studies or consultations required anymore, the public wouldn’t be privy to projects that conflict with each other either.
It was a Nostradamus moment that wouldn’t take a thousand years to come true. It’s just that our first example arises in Ontario, further east than they predicted when pitted against bitumen, LNG or coastal pipelines as the likely candidates. When people think about oil, they don’t naturally imagine the Great Lakes region as an epicenter for this development.
No one can blame residents for being remiss, when information became inaccessible to the public and for that matter to Americans who are impacted by Canadian activity. Former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty claimed there would be no fracking until the province studied evidence to determine if the practice was safe. The new premier has never commented and no elected officials have alluded to anything different.
With all this government subterfuge from provincial and federal levels, the only way to learn about energy projects is through private company investor reports and knowing which ones to research now.
Bruce Power, meet Dundee Energy Limited. The former is an Ontario nuclear giant and the latter has the largest stake in Ontario oil. The two may operate side by side, but you’d never know from asking any level of government including municipal managers. These companies also favour the same rock formation, but for very different reasons.
Nuclear proponents believe the shale is strong enough to store radioactive waste, while oil competitors have chosen the area due to rich deposits and the porous nature of the same rock, making it a perfect specimen for fracking. It’s hard to see how both could be correct, but everyone drinking water along the Great Lakes is in the crosshairs of this corporate aggression.
From Neil Young to Yoko Ono, concerned stars have raised alarm bells regarding each of these topics, but no one thought to consider the impact of running these operations together. Fracking beside nuclear waste is a new concept for sure. The consequence of either practice is still a new frontier and combining them won’t be studied in Canada, nor will anyone be informed to care.
This situation is complicated by a few key players. Nuclear behemoth Bruce Power is technically owned by TransCanada Corp, that is better known for the KeystoneXL oil pipeline and tribulations visiting the White House. It’s also owned by Cameco, recently accused of tax evasion related to uranium sales. This partnership is completed by the retirement funds of municipal employees and the Power Workers Union, otherwise known as an affiliate of the left-wing labour movement and CUPE. As these strange bedfellows negotiate long term destruction of the environment for short term gain, the public is none the wiser because every brand of elected official appears to have taken a vow of silence.
In the case of Dundee Energy, it’s a subsidiary of the Dundee Corporation and federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch was implicated in an alleged conflict of interest with this very consortium. While sitting on a board of directors for Dundee (REIT), Leitch was also debating legislation that impacted her environmentally averse tenants. In addition to meeting the needs of numerous oil clients under the Dundee real estate umbrella, this MP’s company position included an asset-based relationship with the National Energy Board (pgs 20-26).
The National Energy Board is Canada’s environmental regulator and the body that oversees public consultation in a situation like the Bruce Power nuclear waste dump. It no longer needs to conduct environmental hearings related to Dundee’s oil pursuits, as a result of the Labour Minister and Conservative government’s plight to de-monitor water and “streamline” approvals.
It’s now come to light that Leitch’s business associate was buying considerable land for oil extraction, with an eye for the riding she continues to represent. Dundee Energy also purchased junior speculators with rights to harvest oil in Ontario, around the same time she was named a trustee to the sister company with shared executives.
For context, the Labour Minister’s family established the Fort McMurray oil sands town in Alberta, before her career was transferred to Ontario where the process may be repeating. This time brings us to Collingwood, Ontario and begins with thousands of acres around Blue Mountain that the oil industry took an interest in.
This location boasts a farming heartland and world class ski resort, with waterside tourism in the summer. It’s unlikely Intrawest realizes the surrounding property is on the fracking horizon. It doesn’t bode well for stable snow formations if earthquakes are indeed caused by fracking. Yacht owners may pull their boats from oil-slicked waters and tourism around the protected Niagara Escarpment Biosphere may soon resemble the tar sands on this deregulated trajectory. The groundwaters sustaining agriculture in the bins at your local grocery store may also become poisonous if the experience of early adopters is any indication.
To manage a complex and conflicting set of developments, here’s a recap to give clarity that illuminates who might have known what.
1857 – 1863: Canada’s first shale gas operation was founded in Collingwood, Ontario. It originally supplied the market in Toronto. This enterprise eventually failed due to competition from Lambton County and this local history would be forgotten, until the present day when it’s repeated.
April 2008: Bruce Power begins drilling boreholes to test Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Georgian Bay and Manitoulin shales, in preparation for the nuclear waste deep geologic repository. A layout of the project is included, depicting the proximity to Lake Huron and a railway passing directly above the proposed radioactive location.
September 2008: Mooncor begins aggressive acquisition of Ontario shale oil assets. They have access to 23,000 acres with the ability to develop Collingwood and Blue Mountain formations.
November 2008: The Ontario Petroleum Institute holds an annual conference. Sponsors include Talisman and Torque Energy, as well as Enbridge, Haliburton and the US Energy Development Corp. Exhibitors include the Government of Newfoundland and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The latter presents “Shale Gas Opportunities in Ontario” during the session dedicated to fracking. The Ontario Power Generation also speaks about the Bruce Power waste site. That seminar is sandwiched between the effect of petrochemicals and how to fight back against eco protesters.
February 2009: A Calgary based oil and gas consultant is hired to conduct seismic testing for the Ontario Bruce Power nuclear site. Data is borrowed from a nearby Texaco well and Shell oil pipeline. Many gas wells are noted in the area and previous studies failed to indicate a seismic fault line. With newer technology however, faults were discovered around the nuclear site and this information will be submitted to the National Energy Board.
May 2009: The federal government finalizes a process of environmental review for the proposed Bruce Power nuclear waste site.
November 2009: The Ontario Petroleum Institute holds an annual conference. Sponsors include Torque Energy, Talisman Energy and Enbridge. Shale gas opportunities are promoted in Ontario and the Minister of Natural Resources is a keynote speaker this year. Numerous reps from the Ontario government provide seminars as well as a report for oil companies, enticing hundreds of new explorations. The Collingwood and Blue Mountain deposits are given special attention, closest to the nuclear waste site. Health Canada is also an exhibitor.
March 2010: Central Ontario oil was predominantly owned by Mooncor and Talisman Energy. The Dundee Corporation purchases “the largest accumulation of oil and natural gas assets in Ontario” for $131 million from Talisman, to overtake their interest in the area.
June 2010: Simcoe and Bruce Counties experience an uncharacteristic earthquake. The area surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump and fracking locale, shakes enough to startle half the province awake.
October 2010: The Ontario Petroleum Institute holds an annual conference. Sponsor information was withheld this year, but exhibitors include the Canadian Consulate General and various members of the Ontario government. Keynote speakers include disgraced Congressman Chris Lee (R-NY) and seminars are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources, in addition to the Ministry of Northern Development. Dundee Energy updated their progress in purchasing Ontario shale assets, as the government updated its list of shale assets for promotion. Additional seminars were offered regarding hydraulic fracturing and the difficulty moving enough sand, water and chemicals to supply the fracking industry.
April 2011: The Bruce Power nuclear site tests for the presence of gas. It’s found in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay formations, among others. Upon detailed analysis, the highest concentration of oil is noted in the Collingwood shale samples (closest to the nuclear repository), while the highest gas concentrations can be found in the Blue Mountain companion. This study and many more were submitted to the National Energy Board.
April 2011: Mooncor creates spinoff company DRGN Resources to handle its Ontario shale oil and gas assets. The long term strategy includes overtaking smaller companies to become a major player in the province.
May 2011: Kellie Leitch is elected Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, after accusations of being parachuted from out of town. This riding consists of Collingwood, Blue Mountain and much of Georgian Bay. She still works with Dundee REIT and will not resign the executive position until the end of the next quarter, representing both the public and a corporation at the same time.
June 2011: Dundee Energy Limited establishes 100 percent ownership of its Ontario oil assets, further retained by the Dundee conglomerate as the parent company. New horizontal wells are planned for extraction.
June 2011: Several fish begin dying in Lake Simcoe. It’s part of the same glacial movement that created the Great Lakes system and it’s a 30 minute drive from the shores of Lake Huron. A magnificent amount of oil and gas tests are occurring at the same time (from government, the fracking and nuclear industries), but this is not considered a possible culprit because the public is unaware.
August 2011: Dundee Energy purchases Torque Energy – a former sponsor of the Ontario Petroleum Institute and a remaining holdout competitor. Torque Energy includes oil assets in Ontario and the acquisition helps to pad Dundee’s dominant market share.
September 2011: Mooncor retains a small amount of stock in Torque Energy, now owned by the Dundee corporation (pg. 12). At the end of this month, Member of Parliament Kellie Leitch resigns from her position with Dundee’s real estate branch as well.
October 2011: The Ontario Petroleum Institute holds an annual conference. Sponsors include Dundee Energy, Torque Energy (under Dundee ownership) and Mooncor (with stock interest in Dundee). Keynote speakers include the Mayor of London and First Nations elders. Seminars are provided by the federal government’s Indian Oil and Gas Canada agency, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Energy Board. Topics covered Aboriginal affairs and fracking, with a hydrofracturing demonstration to close the event.
October 2011: Six thousand dead birds and fish scatter the shores of Wasaga Beach. It’s the longest freshwater beach in the entire world and lines much of Georgian Bay, connecting to Collingwood at Lake Huron. Both shale formations were being tested for oil and gas reserves, but botulism is the suspected culprit with little explanation regarding changes to the lake’s chemistry. The area never saw a die-off like this before and experts were left to guess a reason.
November 2011: Mooncor engages the Dundee conglomerate for help to raise $5 million toward expansion.
November 2011: An executive lawyer for Bruce Power and the nuclear waste site is appointed to the Ontario Centre of Excellence, to guide the provincial economy. This centre is funded by the Ontario government and Bruce Power continues to be owned by the same curious partners.
May 2012: Thousands of dead fish appear on the shores of Lake Simcoe. The second time is worse than the first. The Ministry of Natural Resources waited a number of months before informing the public of a widespread infection and no detailed cause was ever given.
September 2012: The Ontario government promotes shale fuel extraction at a conference in the United States. Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay formations are the focus, with 31 percent oil saturation and 77 percent gas saturation to encourage deeper investment. One of the wells cited is adjacent to the Bruce Power nuclear waste site. (A similar situation between oil wells and nuclear generators occurs in the Pickering location on Lake Ontario.)
September 2012: Dundee Energy invests $13.7 million in Ontario assets. Another $3.4 million is spent to acquire maps with seismic data, needed to plan the next harvesting sites. Inland extraction has become a priority to increase production, that offsets lower gas prices affected by greater American penetration and the Canadian petro dollar. A rig is purchased to assist with new drilling, allowing expansion in the Toronto gas market. In the process, they reserve $3.3 million for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, in anticipation of future environmental costs.
October 2012: The Ontario Petroleum Institute holds an annual conference. The sponsor list is excluded again, but the Ministry of Natural Resources, Conservative MPP Bob Bailey and a National Post editor were mentioned as speakers. Embattled Liberal Energy Minister Chris Bentley was invited to give the keynote address and topics narrowly focused on pipelines, fracking and promoting Ontario’s shale assets for exploration.
November 2012: The Ontario government releases a comprehensive report (490 pages) meant to attract investment, reform applicable laws and assist corporations in negotiating with First Nations. Shale gas and oil in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Georgian Bay, Nottawasaga and Manitoulin areas is given special attention (pgs. 222-240), with specific mention of fuels (pgs. 275-286). Each is promoted as having the best potential for fracking related extraction. At least 360 samples were tested from wells and new boreholes in the years preceding, as part of the larger “shale gas assessment project” the public was never informed about. Groundwater mapping for Simcoe County is thoroughly noted (pgs. 295-306) and includes data from Lake Huron to Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, the Nottawasaga River, Newmarket Till and Oak Ridges Moraine. It is further identified as one of the most significant glacial aquifers, responsible for drinking water obtained from the Great Lakes and every connecting path from Canada to Chicago, Illinois.
November 2012: At the same time Ontario promoted shale extraction, Premier Dalton McGuinty informed the media there was no reason to worry about fracking in the province. He offered this reassurance despite public objection to Dundee Energy and Mooncor buying land for the same purpose. This message was supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources when they confirmed one new shale well was drilled, but denied any knowledge of plans to continue. All political parties responded as if the premise of fracking was hypothetical, but each shared a connection to this series of concrete developments. The Liberal government spent millions to encourage fracking extraction and accepted millions from interested companies. Elected Conservatives spoke at fracking events and/or occupied an executive table with the most aggressive corporation. The NDP also enjoys considerable input from the labour movement, as business partners with an oil giant involved in testing the area.
June 2013: Dundee Energy plans to invest $13.2 million in new Ontario wells and exploration to increase production. Another $2 million will be spent to map 314 kilometers of prospective shale opportunities. The corporation pays an extra $270,000 to the Ministry of Natural Resources in anticipation of future abandonment costs (pgs. 8, 28). This expansion is again reported to offset losses incurred by the American market and complication from the petro dollar (pgs. 10-13).
September 2013: Dundee’s rig is used in Lambton County, Ontario to fracture-stimulate a new well. Additional projects are planned for summer the next year.
October 2013: The Ontario Petroleum Institute holds an annual conference. This time it’s at the Windsor casino and sponsors are dwindling as companies are bought up, but Dundee Energy has attained the gold level. Seminars are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Dundee itself, regarding radial jet drilling and its benefits to the fracking industry. This talk was followed by a presentation regarding the Blue Mountain shale formation and the majority of that day was dedicated to hydraulic fracturing topics. The smaller event was then closed by the Ontario Minister of Rural Affairs. It should be noted that a few days earlier, First Nations made international news with a government standoff against fracking. A Chief close to Bruce Power was also protesting the nuclear waste dump.
In other curious developments, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources defers to the oil industry as its spokesperson. Visiting the government internet page to learn about provincial resources not only misinforms about Ontario’s history (forgetting Collingwood as the first producer), but it also directs readers to the “Discovery Education Centre” as the government’s source for facts.
It just so happens the Discovery Education Centre is owned by Discovery Drilling Funds. They were purchased by LongBow Energy Corp and this business is steeped in the Alberta oil sands. Head office is located in Calgary, Alberta and one of the key executives is a former Koch Petroleum manager (of Koch Industries fame). It’s unclear why a private group of five western oil companies is now speaking for the Government of Ontario.
Regarding competition between fracking and nuclear waste, the town of Walkerton, Ontario is located at the midpoint between them. Driving half an hour west, residents will arrive at Bruce Power and driving half an hour east, they’ll arrive at the heavily promoted Collingwood oil deposits. If they dare to drive south, they’ll arrive at Sarnia’s petrochemical industry and advanced plans for fracking in Lambton County as well.
This tiny hamlet was foisted to world news when the water supply was contaminated and more than 2,300 residents became severely ill. Several died. Criminal charges were laid. The Conservative government of the day was blamed for legislation that privatized the testing of water safety. Now the same families may serve as a test, to see what happens when government policy allows fracking beside nuclear waste, fourteen years later in a repeat performance.
Everyone who obtains drinking water associated with the Great Lakes will also be affected, if any part of this experiment goes wrong. And despite Ontario denying plans to frack, taxpayers footed the bill to produce widespread tests for shale oil, in addition to yearly seminars designed to entice extraction.
These water tables come from one of the most important Precambrian aquifers. It supplies the local area and stretches deep into the United States. This underground water highway also supports Toronto and all the towns branching out along the way. The only thing that doesn’t appear to support 40 million North Americans, is politics north of the border and its friends in the energy industry. If all bureaucracies have skin in the game, who’s left to speak for the water?
(This was previously published by CBC when I was an Occupy Toronto correspondent. All Occupy related articles have since been migrated to the archives section. A live link is no longer accessible and the original would need to be sought by request from the broadcaster.)
It’s a widespread, global phenomenon; the greatest revolution of our time – and yet no one can seem to put their finger on it. The participants haven’t summarized the problem in three weeks’ time and the media isn’t sure where to begin. So what’s this Occupy Movement all about?
On Saturday, October 15th, I will join with citizens from every nation in what is set to be a record breaking event, with the Toronto chapter. Representatives for 99% of the world’s population are intent to be heard, uniting their voices as one. This movement now spans every continent except Antarctica. But is this for teachers, pilots, unionists, the unemployed, middle class, impoverished… or is it a bunch of communists as some corners have suggested?
The first question that begs answering is who are the 99% and how did they get that way. They are you and me and everyone we’ve ever known. Unless you’re part of the 1%, you’re part of the 99 and it’s just that simple. The middle class has a tendency to view themselves separate from the woes of common man, but rest assured the consequences apply to them too – especially them, in fact.
Ultimately the occupation results from “trickle down economics”, to put a very complex set of circumstances in a single nutshell. According to the Conference Board of Canada, the gap has been growing between rich and poor for more than two decades. The disparity grew by the greatest proportion in Canada, where average incomes remain stagnant with levels of the 1970’s. After factoring inflation and debt, our value from wages has actually decreased 10%. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives paints a stark contrast for the top 1%, who happened to increase their value 219 times greater than any of us.
The score is -10 versus +219. This kind of disparity hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression and even then society’s wealthiest only controlled 8% of income growth, whereas they control an entire third today. In response to that historic calamity, governments were forced to respond with public policy that addressed fair taxation and wages. The goal was to redistribute prosperity even-handedly to prevent another collapse of the country. Presently however, they control as much as 42.5% of our wealth and government has insisted on lowering their taxes, again to levels not seen since the Depression. It’s apparent those lessons have been forgotten and astute historians are intent on getting the message out before lines under Salvation Army signs quadruple.
The theory to cut taxes for the 1% says this will result in trickle down benefits for the other 99. It’s supposed to create jobs and cause the market to remunerate us properly based on natural forces. It’s supported by both the IMF and OECD in the global view of financing. Except all data shows the benefactors continue to pocket the overwhelming profits and fail to invest in our workforce. They’reinvesting 40% less in their businesses than they were before the gift of major tax reductions. That means our so-called stimulus is filtered straight to their bank accounts and they’re taking even more from profit margins.
This is like asking us to ignore an elephant in the room. There have been 11,724 foreign takeovers of Canadian companies in the last 25 years and all our jobs are exported with them. It was thought through even distribution of global competition that we could replace these countless industries. But we’ve been forced to reckon with the inability to maintain a system of minimum wage, health or safety regulations and remain competitive with countries that don’t have them. We’ve already cut costs at a detriment to safety and felt the repercussions through Walkerton and Maple Leaf. The utilization of employment agencies and repeated attempts at union busting already serve to decrease our wages or any access we had to benefits. All in the name of shining us up, so we look our best for the 1%.
In another bid to win their favour, our governments are deregulating everything from banking to trade, takeovers, wheat, power, food and pharmaceuticals. Canada has been undergoing a personality makeover to morph into the US and it’s been a harsh battle to keep our social network balanced with the shift toward total capitalism.
The FIAT monetary system also bears mention. At the same time a gap defining rich from poor was allowed to establish, so too was this currency adopted. No longer was money gold-backed and instead it became traded on the stock market based on debt, wars, ability to repay, GDP, employment rates, investment and poverty. Since debt is now factored into dollar value, governments have found themselves printing money without the ability to repay it and as a result cause hyperinflation. The history of FIAT currency has ended in complete failure, without exception, since the beginning of money in 800 AD and bureaucracy only turns to this method of calculating wealth in times of trouble to artificially pad their value.
But the moment of truth has arrived and 99% can no longer afford to live within reason. We’re not making enough to afford inflation, depreciation of wages, or repayment of a deficit to cushion the elite. We can least afford the cuts to public services that are sacrificed to maintain this pretense of funny-money in our time of suffering.
Financial industry employment already outnumbers public sector jobs by 4% to 0.82% respectively. By the year 2023 they are predicted to control the majority of employment across Canada, should present trends continue. For every doctor, teacher, police officer, fire fighter, social worker, EI counselor, garbage collector and soldier – there are four stock brokers, insurance agents and bankers to steer our agendas and speak for our needs.
This is how pressure becomes placed on our governments to accommodate deregulation that increases prices, again in an effort to pad the 1% at our expense. They’re the folks who do the advising, they approve loans for governments in trouble and they fund a majority of major political parties. Talk about a conflict of interest! And yet the current Canadian federal government is making laws to end subsidy based on votes and force every party to embrace financing from the 1%. They also do what they can to prevent unions representing public interests from participating.
When that wasn’t enough, the deregulated markets took up the art of speculating. For those who don’t understand, speculation is the process of buying something (in large quantities) without the need or perhaps intention to sell it. This artificially manufactures shortages and drives up prices for the 99%. You’ve watched the result of this activity unfold at the gas pump increasingly throughout the years. We’re paying the same price per barrel of oil today, as we were when it cost 79 cents at the gas station. The price has only risen to $1.30/litre now, specifically because of speculation.
Since middle class incomes haven’t risen effectively for more than a quarter century and the cost of living has gone through the roof, we also lost our buying power – which is essential to keep a capitalist system functioning. We were thoroughly supported by manufacturing to meet our own demands, but can only need so many TVs, cars or new clothing patterns and our ability to purchase them on a whim has diminished.
So enters the business of speculation and commodities. We still must eat, drive and light up our homes. Again through deregulation and privatization, we’ve seen hydro, insurance and interest only climb and once those avenues were saturated they started tinkering with our food. The 1% is now gambling with our ability to eat, the same way they did with hedge funds and everything else that bubbled over.
Global markets are now speculating on corn, grains, sugar and water – the basis we need to make all else. Like clockwork it’s already doubled our prices at the grocery store, the same as they did with oil. The 1% has run out of things to increase their incomes beyond the 220% benchmark and they haven’t stopped at anything to maintain their status quo.
Further complicating matters is the logistical problem with 1% holding everyone’s wealth. We’re told they’re “too big to fail” and have to cover their tab for unbridled, vicious grabs at even more of the economy. They created the internet bubble, housing bubble, finance bubble, food bubble and oil bubble, but the system is set up so they continue to benefit no matter what they’ve done to the economy while you and I are forced to pay for it – WE, the 99%.
Last but not least this eats into our tax base, as they lobby governments for deeper cuts and fewer regulations still. The bulk of our services like health care, child care, education, pensions, EI and housing are on the chopping block because we can’t afford to provide public services while covering the debts of the rich. The 99%’s debts are forever owed to the 1% and the 1% shift their debts to the 99%. It might be brilliant if it wasn’t so blatant.
The result of these high stakes experiments is the disappearance of a middle class. It’s predicted for 2025 in Toronto and most cities around the world are similar. I don’t think there’s any coincidence between financial markets dominating the workforce by 2023 and the collapse of families on its heels 2 years later.
I hope this explains why we’re the 99% and everyone needs to support this movement, no matter which path they take to get there. Ultimately you’re not protesting the people who work on Bay Street, or the police for that matter (they’re the 99% too)! The financial district was chosen as a symbol of capitalism gone awry, without the courage of governments to control them in the best interests of their people. And make no mistake; while Canadian banking is more regulated than our counterparts, the entire act of trading, speculation, lending and borrowing is still done on the same global playing field, to the same rules and repercussions. The attitude of governments is how to become a bigger player in that game, as opposed to moderating the Billionaires Gone Wild before we’re manipulated to ruin.
The Occupy movement is not asking for “a” program. They’re not asking for “a” tax rebate. What they’re asking for is fundamental change within our system and readdressing priorities like our forefathers had to do in times of disparity past. This is no easy task on a global scale, but it’s precisely why we elect governments and it’s their job to enter an open discussion in favour of solutions. The gig is up and 99% of us are ready to take our balls home – or stare through windows in every financial district until they have the courage to notice.
This isn’t a fringe group of radicals or anyone holding a grudge from the G20. This is Grandma, Grandpa, Mom and Dad; Suzy, Bobby and Rufus too. The most people ever documented in history will be joining together to begin a dialogue with their governments on Saturday. We can’t afford what amounts to trickle down economics to support the 1% anymore. Two thousand new entries were made on the critical housing list in Toronto just last month. 40% of our food bank users are now children. A full third of many communities are already dining there.
When situations were radically unfair and unmanageable in the 1960s, our families united and led the way for reluctant governments then too. Call them hippies, call them whatever you like. But I call them honest and courageous, agents of positive change. No one in history will argue they didn’t do something necessary that shaped our future for the better. The time has come for us to show the same care to our children.
***Added February 13, 2014 for educational value. Please see this fantastic animation that makes the economic situation crystal clear.
Harry Fear Has a Message for Canadians
He graced our television sets with live reports from the most recent conflict between Palestine and Israel. Now that a ceasefire has been reached, British filmmaker and human rights advocate, Harry Fear, has embarked on a world talking tour to share his knowledge about the social, political and economic ramifications from a firsthand perspective.
He arrived in Toronto Monday, amid much ado from Canada Customs the moment he stepped off the plane. That curious greeting will leave a lasting impression; complete with grilling about his political perspective, examination of his website, a list of domestic associates and questions regarding which side he supported. It used to be that a British passport could get you into Canada, but now not so much. Now it depends on where you stand and if your freedom of speech is acceptable to the Harper government.
Thankfully Fear passed the interview and wasn’t turned away like British diplomats before him, due to peaceful and sympathetic views that include the Palestinian people (see MP George Galloway). Sometimes we’re luckier than we know to receive communication from the outside world and in this rare glimpse; Harry provides extensive interview to help us understand what our handlers already had the benefit of gleaning from his experience.
Fear’s lectures, Aggression in Gaza – A Talking Tour, are scheduled for numerous venues across the country. Tonight, he speaks at University of Toronto, followed by engagements at respective universities in Hamilton, London, Windsor and Calgary. Due to the overwhelming response, more dates and locations in various provinces are still being determined and you can keep an eye on the itinerary here.
(photo credit: SPHR McMaster University)
For those who can’t make it, he was kind enough to provide us with two hours of intimate answers to our deepest questions, unedited. Via Skype video recording, Harry Fear compels us to think harder about what we’ve been told. He points to concerns about our current leadership’s role in perpetuating the conflict by taking a hard stance that may not be conducive to a peaceful resolution. In fairness, Fear identifies a North American mindset that falls short of grasping the repercussions or why it is so important for us to sit up and take notice.
These topics do not shy away from what amounts to controversy in the western world. We do, however, stand alone in our foreign affairs policy toward the situation, as seen by the United Nations vote for Palestine’s observer status and our lonely opinion against them. One hundred and thirty eight countries gave their nod of approval and Canada was amongst the nine to object. We’re also in the minority to label Hamas a terrorist sect, but Harry does a thorough job of explaining international law and how our opinions translate on the streets of Gaza.
Not only was Fear present for the onslaught of bombing in Operation Pillar of Cloud (aka Pillar of Defence), he is also a scholar from Oxford in the discipline of political science. In our personal exchange he goes on to explain the reason for that name change, in that Pillar of Cloud is a religious reference to a children’s playground. It might not have been good optics in a public relations war, that sees them dying and sometimes burnt to the bone by white phosphorus.
From the bombing of kindergarten humanitarian schools on International Children’s Day to the demoralization of depending on foreign aid for food, Harry Fear is not too timid to express in real terms what their day to day reality is like. He is passionate about this suffering and urges us to understand the majority of civilians in Gaza are children. He says the violence and occupation punishes them as if they were responsible for the adults and world politics.
Fear also paints a picture of arbitrary detention, in a system where kids are imprisoned and even tortured for throwing stones. He describes some as having to defend themselves in a foreign court, in a foreign language, all alone. Moreover he amends the terminology of PTSD to say the children are coping with “continuing stress disorder”. This presents with symptoms of bed-wetting, separation anxiety and consistent shell shock that does not have a chance to heal.
The dialogue isn’t nearly confined to children though and broaches topics such as apartheid, “with a small ‘a'”. This involves road systems that Palestinians aren’t allowed to use in their own territory and colour-coded licence plates to alleviate racial profiling by identifying their vehicles for interrogation. In other strange measures, Palestinian males can be guilty of a crime for failing to announce their ethnicity to a prospective sexual partner.
Nearly every aspect of the Israel-Palestine conflict is touched upon in this account, underlining unemployment, education, Hamas and perceived terrorism, as well the dangers to Israeli citizens. But where the West has been led to believe the Jewish people strictly oppose Palestinians, he challenges us with information about their protests in support. Fear outlines the difference between a Zionist, an Israeli and those who practice Judaism, explaining many Jews decry the occupation and complain their religion was hijacked by politics. Contrary to North American beliefs, the truth of the situation is that Rabbis for Human Rights are some of the most active Israelis campaigning against the illegal settlements in search of peace for all (in English and the original in Hebrew).
Fear offers a balanced and honest assessment from both perspectives, right down to the pros and cons of Palestine obtaining observer status. He breaks down the structure of their government, so Canadians are able to understand the nature of each territory, the reasons for disjointed leadership from the West Bank to Gaza Strip and where they’ve been able to work together.
He discusses the different tactics of oppression in each of the areas. In Gaza it’s predominantly violence related and an open air prison, surrounded by the Israeli Defence Forces. In the West Bank it’s entirely occupied and they rely on humiliation, complete with constant control of Palestinian movement.
He brought this message to Canada and the U.S. to draw attention to superpowers that are aiding and abetting the occupation. One example through my research is the Canada Pension Plan. Our citizens are retiring based on our government’s investment in the very companies that supply arms and build the illegal wall (more here, including photographs).
Harry mentions the G4S company, that provides armed security for illegal settlers also contrary to international law. A number of significant entities have already divested to clear themselves of supporting that violation as well as the maltreatment of child prisoners. And yet here is G4S Canada, thriving without an ounce of recognition in the Canadian consciousness.
Our collective CPP investments (domestic companies list and foreign companies list — PDF) include Elbit; responsible for drone smart cars and the newest patrol of Palestinians with the ability to kill by remote control. Whether it’s on the ground or in the air, drones are being used to target citizens 365 days a year regardless of any ceasefire. Our retirement is doubly invested in CAE, which has partnered with Elbit to provide similar technology on Canadian soil.
The University of Alberta partnered with the government in Alma, Quebec, to develop and test Israeli drones for greater human impact and profit. This was accomplished through an Israeli economic mission to Canada last spring, unbeknownst to most Canadians. So not only is our retirement tied to keeping the conflict going, but we’re also developing the unmanned machines to kill Palestinians in our own backyard.
The Canada Pension Plan is heavily invested in construction of the illegal wall. That too was reprimanded by United Nations, but we’re paying for it through Elbit, CHR and Caterpillar. As Fear says, this places blood on all Canadian hands and we are morally compelled to guide our leaders in an ethical direction. For a running list of companies in the divestment campaign, please see Stop the Wall. (PDF)
Finally Fear addresses the Canadian government, asking the Harper Conservatives and federal Liberals to rethink their stance in support of Israeli violence without question. He notes the NDP may have represented our country better under Jack Layton and was surprised to learn even they haven’t condemned the occupation or spoken of divestment under new leadership.
In the video he encourages everyone to visit IfAmericansKnew.org to get a real handle on the numbers and to visually grasp the disparity between them. Fear describes the Israel-Palestine conflict as a case of David and Goliath and asks us to take one minute out of each day to learn more, write a letter or anything we can to make a difference. A solution must be found and 60 years of suffering hasn’t improved by us ignoring it. The rest of the world doesn’t perceive Canada as the good guys anymore and it’s high time we restore our reputation for the benefit of these many children.
Without further explanation, here is the answer to every burning question you’ve ever had about Palestinians and what Fear was able to see for himself. If you would like more information, please visit HarryFear.co.uk or GazaReport.com. You can also follow Fear on Twitter via @HarryFear.
Conspiracy theorists need theorize no more. In pages from a fiction novel brought to life, the strangest twists in popular folklore have been winding through our government corridors. In this case I wouldn’t blame you for being tempted to run it by Snopes.
Fabled as a secret society, Freemasons see themselves as an esoteric fraternity; an ancient brotherhood of initiates who are voted into membership for the purpose of sharing enlightenment through the use of exclusive teachings.
They are not a religious group and yet elevated status can be obtained through invitation to the various esteemed Rites and the legendary Knights Templar. That full proper title is The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta.
It is argued they find their roots in an historical Christian militia, which once upon a time nearly bankrupted the Vatican. Despite an effort to distance themselves from politics and religion in modern times, Scandinavian branches to this day will only permit entry of fellow Christian worshipers. Women remain forbidden although there’s good news for slaves and the disabled — who may have overcome discrimination after a thousand years of human rights progression.
On the Grand Lodge of Canada website, they continue to affirm this illusive aura with statements like the following:
“Freemasonry is a fraternal association of men of good and high ideals but it is not a public association. “Private” is a more appropriate description than “secret” and as with many organizations, certain information is reserved for members only.”
So why then is an exclusive group collecting our children’s DNA, with support of police and the government across the USA and Canada?
You know them as MasoniChip, or perhaps you’ve been led to believe it was a state and provincial endeavor intended to protect your little ones. They set up fairs, forge partnerships with law enforcement and even strive to distribute their services through North American public school systems.
In Massachusetts this Freemason program was promoted by CBS News from the steps of the official State House and included their police dog, coincidentally named Mason. Reporters only failed to mention the private nod to those promoting him or that government had little to do with it.
What is MasoniChip you ask? It begins on the surface as a child identification project, in case your loved ones are ever to be horrendously abducted. Parents are familiar with at-home kits to record their kids’ vital information, for protection against the greatest of all fears to be inflicted on a family. Normally height, weight, hair and eye colour are recorded, along with a set of fingerprints and hopefully a current photograph. It’s just the good folks at your local Masonic Lodge saw fit to take things further.
With advances in technology, they began to offer digital fingerprints, digital imaging, digital video, dental impressions and DNA mouth swabs. This data processing is managed by their proprietary software that’s designed to be compatible with local and national law enforcement. This is after all, a campaign created by police in the brotherhood regardless of its private funding.
A great distinction is made to ensure governments are nothing more than their supporters. Freemasons assert ownership of this project as an integral part of their mission statement:
“We the Freemasons are the sole “sponsor” of the Masonic Safety Identification initiatives as developed in our various Masonic Grand Lodge Jurisdictions. As such we schedule the Events and coordinate the equipment, materials and volunteers necessary to conduct events. All groups and individuals are welcome to work alongside, but they are not referred as sponsors but listed and involved as “supporters”, “supporting partners”, “corporate partners”, “in collaboration with”, or “in cooperation with.”
They claim their services are superior to what a parent could accomplish at home, by recording the children’s data personally and providing their own “health care professionals” to collect their DNA samples.
These are either hired hands who answer to the Freemasons or members of the fraternity whose history and credentials are protected by the organization. There is no way to guarantee what happens behind closed doors and although they claim to delete sensitive information (the Canadian website states “No information is ever stored by the MasoniChIP program”), any computer savvy person knows that clicking an “x” isn’t permanent unless you format the entire system.
Parents are asked to trust an intriguing, private fraternity; to ensure that quality standards are met and family privacy is legally respected without any kind of oversight. Because Freemasons fund 100 per cent of the initiative, there is no opportunity to discuss issues regarding data ownership or how they feel about those technicalities in the privacy of their meetings.
Every Masonic Lodge may “jump on the bandwagon” and choose to run the program differently. None are managed at the national level by an exact set of principles. The only thing they share is an internet portal, where everyone claims to expunge the information that was painstakingly collected.
Let us then consider the function of a DNA sample. If a child goes missing will police swab every glass and rock they come across for a match to find the trail? In the video for Massachusetts they claimed it would help Mason pick up a scent, but in all reality the clothes a child was last wearing will provide stronger notes and this can’t be the intended purpose. DNA has nothing to do with scent and its only use can be harnessed once a child has been located.
With somber scrutiny and if further tragedy struck, authorities would match remains with parental samples for definitive confirmation. It is the parents’ DNA that could aid in matching the unnamed, but only accredited laboratories are permitted to conduct the process. Whether a parent or child, collecting DNA cannot occur at an open park event, run by stranger volunteers and become admissible to the national database. The FBI continually quotes the DNA Identification Act of 1994 in establishing these requirements to be included within CODIS.
It is with great sadness for grieving families that we must note the Freemason project is not supported by government DNA databases. Although the superficial identifiers are surely helpful and Freemasons contribute to charitable acts in their communities, the most controversial component of the MasoniChip undertaking is not recognized for the purpose they advertise and state to parents.
Furthermore, a simple hair sample from children is all that was needed and in the United States only five of these cases are permitted per month, per licenced agency. (Downloadable from the FBI here.)
In Canada the situation is even more colluded, as the federal government won’t consent to a missing persons DNA database whatsoever. They cite privacy law and cost concerns as a barrier to its establishment; so the 50,000 families that already participated have shared their biometric markers with Freemasons for apparently no good reason. It is therefore peculiar the Masonic Grand Lodge of Canada would make bold claims to be working with Canadian law enforcement agencies to gain the trust of parents.
All in all they’ve registered 1.5 million children to date. The push is on to document as many possible, as keenly demonstrated by the event schedule for Ontario. From community halls to grocery stores, fairground booths, libraries and even chartered banks, the private fraternity will be on hand to collect everything about your children whether it’s relevant or not.
When it comes to the little people we’d do anything to protect them, but perhaps their families might give sober second thought to what exactly they’re signing in a contract with Freemasons. This DNA collection program is planned to be extended to the disabled community and seniors, but who benefits when it’s inadmissible to a certified registry of any sort?
And why is the face of government through public schools or police through public events, being placed on an effort from private organizations to mislead parents? Sharing one’s fingerprints and biometrics is a serious decision. For public safety we must insist that brokers of such events become transparent and regulated.
Note from the author: The following is an 8 part series examining Republican Mitt Romney like you’ve never seen him before. His family founded the Mormon religion on the shores of America and he’s a royal figure in this specifically political church. While some have been misled it’s just another form of Christianity or that Mitt is merely a volunteer, may this serve as an eye opener and I highly recommend sitting firmly before reading. Latter Day Saints are a powerful business empire and professional lobby in pursuit of theocratic control. Written in their tenets is the goal of becoming President and it’s one they’ve long sought after, to rule the people in a literal “government of (their) God”. It’s a long read yes, but it’s the only way to look at all the issues that range from blatant racism to anti-Semitism and nuclear warheads championed by the Church that have implications in today’s conflict with Iran. Bank fraud, anti-trust lawsuits, gay rights and control of the food industry are a few more surprises you’ll find along the way. Please be patient as the facts unfold, but if you’re anxious to see where it’s heading – links to parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 can be found at the bottom. In the final entry you’ll see disturbing references to the Holocaust and I forewarn my Jewish friends with heartfelt caution… it will not be easy to absorb. Same with my Indian and African American friends as you’ll observe throughout the entire series. It’s fraught with white supremacy that I do not support or condone. If we don’t speak up about this hatred though, no one will ever know to stop it. Moreover you’ll see how these beliefs translate to Mitt’s policies and that includes the strategy to deny minorities the right to vote. If you thought Republicans had strong support for Israel then you need to read this more than anyone. Once these issues are addressed you’ll observe a pattern of socialism for CEOs. When Mr. Romney was speaking about the 47 percent it was coming straight from a Mormon playbook and his duty to represent their interests is a priority far above the country. I can only summarize so much in a prologue and I hope you’ll stick with it to learn the truth beyond excessive spin in the headlines. If you’re hesitant to believe, then wait till you see what really happened to PBS and other things we never could have imagined. ***Please accept these are rough notes for a greater project and there may be language errors.
We’re about to embark on a journey to discover the makings of Mitt Romney, unlike any opportunity presented to us before. This is a backstage pass to view the presidential hopeful; unscripted, unedited and intimate as the utterings one might only whisper to the family dog. To facilitate the explanation of a tremendously complex businessman, this process must be patient and broken into segments.
Some material you may have seen before but most has managed to thrive in obscurity and few have sought to connect the myriad of loose ends with Mitt’s unwavering “no comment”. You’ll have to trust it’s all relevant until the eureka moments have a chance to percolate and by the end, no one can say this is simply a critique of faith.
The legend of Mitt is steeped in polygamy, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, corporatocracy, government and war. It is no easy task to explain these things and I caution against making assumptions until the repercussions can make themselves fully known.
To begin we must accept the arduous task of illuminating Mitt’s religious royalty. While constitutional rights ensure freedom of religion that is not the issue, nor would I try to make it one. What’s at stake is a conflict of interest between corporate tables of a global nature, a caveat regarding theo-democracy and the public’s equal right to be separated between church and state.
Republicans will accuse, “Oppression! Discrimination!” but I assure you this is not. The term religious royalty is just a good publicist’s way of cleansing plenty the campaign couldn’t otherwise dilute. If the Pope, Muhammad or Jesus was running to be the President of America, it would surely present an ethical conundrum. Therefore when the equivalent of a Mormon faith attempts the same, we’re tasked with answering a slew of questions they would rather pay millions to suppress.
In a calculated act of deceit, the prodigy downplayed his place in the church as simple and kind-hearted volunteerism. Upon examining the Romney legacy as Prophets, Apostles and founders of this religion though, it becomes clear Mitt the King-God is ascending exactly as the family instructed.
It may not be common knowledge but both his maternal and paternal makers partnered as architects of the new religion. It was the first unique doctrine to be patented in America or the western hemisphere for that matter; throughout the 1830’s between New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and finally Utah. It has no ancient roots and although any campaigner will tell you it’s Christian oriented, there is no religion like it and Christians who understand the tenets are some of the most vocal dissenters of Mormonism.
Recognized churches have denounced the practice as blasphemy and others teach it is a cult. That kind of in-depth knowledge is only shared by worshipers who attend Bible study and may explain why Republicans have been successful in equating Mormonism with Christianity. (Even if you’re not religious, the importance of this information will become apparent as the series transitions to business deals.)
With that said, Mormon creation begins with a fellow by the name of Joseph Smith Jr receiving a vision in the burnt out boroughs of New York at the age of seventeen. It was a time of religious excitement where revivals were commonplace and so was the practice of religious folk magic. In that regard Joseph earned extra income as a treasure hunter, by divining with seer stones he claimed to be sacred and powerful. The skill in using them comes from placing the stone in a top hat, sticking your face inside and waiting to receive the rock’s prophecy. Don’t forget this is the early days of pioneers and his whole family was employed by the same craft.
Among the fervor Smith claimed to receive a revelation from an angel named Moroni, to unearth a set of golden plates that had long been hidden near his home in Cumorah, NY. In September 1827 at the age of twenty-one, he reported to finally locate these relics along with a pair of holy seer stones that were needed to decode the inscriptions. In official Mormon collections, it is also said he employed a necromancer to aid in pinpointing the treasure’s location. (LDS Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young 1855, The Priesthood and Satan, pgs. 180-181, includes access to the church’s original scanned document). Necromancers are known today by those who play video games as the undead, those who talk to the dead and that hasn’t changed much since the time of Joseph Smith.
In any event these plates would become what is known as the Book of Mormon and young Joseph was directed as God’s newest Prophet to translate and deliver this substantially amended update to the more commonly accepted Bible. Although Latter Day Saints (LDS) still support his assertion the plates were written in Reformed Egyptian, there are no scholars in the world who will confirm the existence of what has become a Mormon concocted language. It was only known to Smith and is believed only by Mormon followers. According to the Bible it is also sacrilege to add new pages, but Mormons claim they’re the chosen few with divinity enough to change it. Right or wrong, here or there; this presents a sticking point in identifying oneself as Christian.
Despite popular resistance, Mr. Smith would continue translating the plates by harnessing magical stones left behind by the angels. As he would see the words they would immediately disappear, so no one could steal or share in the gift of prophecy. He kept the project secret and only business colleagues like the necromancer would provide testament to the plates’ existence. Nevertheless this work would be promoted as a sister to the Bible and depicted brave new examples like setting the real Garden of Eden in the heart of Jackson County, Missouri.
Signing on early was Mitt’s great-great grandfather Parley P. Pratt, as the founder and first editor of the faith’s official newspaper, Millennial Star. In this position he would devise marketing and communications to establish the new church in both England and America. Parley was quickly endowed as one of the first twelve Apostles and wrote many of the hymns still sung by congregations today.
Mitt’s great-great uncle Orson Pratt would also take the helm of communications. His most celebrated contributions came from editing the Book of Mormon and as a settler of the State of Utah. He created what became the modern day odometer, to measure wagon wheel revolutions upon mapping the Mormon Trail. His plotting was integral to avoid the army’s Oregon path, since this family of Mormon was attempting to flee the country.
The United States was only partially settled and mostly to the east. Both men on the Romney maternal side would play leading roles in the Vanguard Company, which was known to most as a Mormon militia intent on claiming new lands, so they could be left alone to rule their own theocracy. The only problem was they believed in violence to overthrow rules of the federal government and forced their beliefs on inhabitants whether they liked it or not.
First these Saints along with young Joseph Smith, settled in Kirtland, Ohio to colonize new towns for Mormon followers and their special beliefs. One of the greatest bones of contention with neighbours that drove the founding group from New York, was the doctrine of polygamy dearly held as a condition of reaching God-dom. Great-great grandpa Parley kept 12 wives and great-great uncle Orson kept 10 wives, as leaders within the church and affirmation of their Apostle duties. According to the University of Utah, it was Orson who promoted the practice so vigorously that he took to editing polygamy into sermons and the official covenant.
Amid the early hubbub, Mitt’s maternal ancestors visited England and converted great-great grandpa Miles Romney on the paternal side as well. Orson was the mission president, Parley fulfilled a similar calling and they found value in Romney’s devout skills as a carpenter. He was quickly absorbed into the hierarchy and brought to America with the other half of the family, where he would go on to build the first Mormon temples and a sacred residence for the church president.
What the founding family taught defies all logical explanation. Controversial highlights from Latter Day Saints include revelations that hinge on establishing America as a parallel Holy Land to that of Israel. Independence, Missouri is considered the new Jerusalem and if Bishop Mitt Romney was your teacher, you’d learn that Jesus is the brother of Satan (second entry, official LDS church) and the Archangel Michael is really Adam, the creator of all Christian humans. Adam and Eve were sent by Elohim from the planet Kolob to purposely eat the forbidden fruit, so they could transform into humans and give birth to men-Gods of which the Romney family occupies the upper echelon.
They believe Jews murdered Jesus rather than the Romans and not only that, but Jews are condemned to Lucifer’s minions if they don’t convert to Mormonism to repent for the greatest sin. (LDS Journal of Discourses by Brigham Young 1854, Spiritual Gifts & Hell, pgs. 142-143, includes access to church’s original scanned document.) Furthermore Jews are considered so vile, they’re believed to shed their sinfully marked colour to become “a white and delightsome people” if successfully rescued from Judaism.
Should they not accept Joseph Smith as the Prophet and fully absorb his American scripture, Mormons continue to preach that non converted Jews will receive the harshest punishment come the day of reckoning. At that time Saints in the Romney clan will build the new temple for Christ’s Second Coming, at the contested Temple Mount in Jerusalem while usurping it from both Jews and Muslims to become the righteous rulers.
Mitt’s founding Apostle/Uncle Orson elaborates more in a famous sermon that became part of the church’s official study guide to support the cornerstones of scripture. He prophesized Mormons will build that temple as the pure seed of God and inherit their desert Eden back from the evil rulers of Israel. This will complement the more bountiful Eden already bestowed to them in America, which they also address as their gift of milk and honey meted straight from the hand of Jesus. Essentially all the world will belong to Mormons as the only ones worthy of wielding God’s power. (Journal of Discourses by Uncle Orson Pratt 1877, pgs. 18-20, Revelation Gradual, Volume 19.)
I can safely say no other religion believes these things and my confusion was warranted when Netanyahu endorsed his modern day Mormon ruler for President of America.
In the second installment we’ll look at the founding of a truly theo-democratic state and why so many Mormons are compelled to seek this office, as ingrained by certified doctrine and the example set by Joseph Smith. The tenets of Mormon theocracy will be explored and how far the Romneys would go to protect their place will reveal itself throughout history.
In the meantime great strides were made in linguistics and this award winning documentary that debunks the translation of Mormon, took number one at a great many film festivals. Behold, the Lost Book of Abraham:
By now you’re asking what all that preamble has to do with the here and now. Mitt’s faith is protected by the Constitution and proudly so, but there are still political commandments to be fulfilled that could sacrifice everyone else’s rights in favour of a literal priesthood possessing the whole kit and caboodle.
To soothe doubts that compel us to minimize, we’re investigating how far the apple falls from the tree. We’ve already seen what patriarchs Parley, Helaman, Rey, Miles Sr., Miles Jr., Gaskell, George S., Marion, Vernon, Henry and Spencer have managed to accomplish in the spirit of Mormonism. Next is George W. Romney of more modern times, in his role as High Priest and Governor; similar to what Brigham Young achieved while in the process of establishing Utah. This is the example set by good ole dad, for his progeny Mitt to aspire and continue.
In tying the past to the present it would be an injustice to overlook the “W” in George Romney’s name. It hails from Charles Heinrich Wilcken, who shared the head of family on the maternal side along with Grandpa Parley (see family tree). At first the German connection appeared to be an anomaly, but research revealed why he would rank so high as to warrant a namesake in the formidable Romney clan.
Charles Wilcken was raised in Holstein and joined the German army when rebellion struck to decide if the area would break away from Denmark. It was a brutal, uncivil war that resulted in great atrocities; including mass graves and hand to hand combat where even women would need to fight for their lives. Grandpa Charles discovered heroism and found the idea of battle suited his personality quite well, so when the war ended he was disheartened and eventually immigrated to New York.
Speaking very little English, he joined the American army for employment and received orders to march on Utah almost immediately after arriving. The Saints refused to back down on polygamy in spite of federal law and the government was taking heavy losses in light of the Mormon’s scorched earth policy. They continued to set everything around the troops ablaze so they’d have no food, supplies or livestock to carry them through the winter.
The goal was to remove Brigham Young as theocratic governor and Grandpa Charles began on the side of the US President. It was not long that he found himself at odds with American culture and upon reaching Salt Lake he defected to the Saints’ militia.
The next bit comes to us from the Juvenile Instructor, published as the first American children’s magazine designed for teaching future leaders of the LDS religion. This was written as a series by none other than Charles Wilcken and circulated amongst Bishops for use in Mormon Sunday School,
“They acted hostile toward us and as punishment we were permitted to sack the town, or in other words allowed to do what we liked for three hours. During these three hours the people suffered terribly…. The saloons and whisky shops were visited first and in a short time almost every man was drunk or under the influence of liquor. This of course, made them (us)more wild and cruel. Houses and furniture were demolished, valuables taken, women ravaged and all manner of cruelties and wickedness were committed. If anyone interfered he was simply cut down. A scene like this beggars description and the people upon whom such a fate falls are indeed to be pitied.”
Reading further explains how Grandpa Charles was disgusted with the un-regimented nature of American forces, especially when he arrived in Utah to see the uniformity of Mormons in battle. Along with their military cohesion he was wooed by theo-democracy and now his story is shared with children to teach Mormon pride and their superiority over Israel,
“As a rule, the American army is made up of the scum of the nation – a lot of men that are worthless to society. The drunkard, the loafer and the depraved find, when they are at their rope’s end, an asylum in the army and become the “defenders of their country”…. Everything was so unlike German – no discipline, no care of dress, no punctuality, no order – it seemed to me more like a mob than a regular army and I soon became disgusted with my situation.
(Upon meeting the Saints of Salt Lake)
I pitied them because I thought…. they were under a religious spell…. Little did I think that I should soon change my mind and become as zealous a defender of the power as they were…. I had made up my mind to cast my lot with the Latter Day Saints….
I frequently compare our position as Latter Day Saints to a well organized army. We have our commander in chief, our generals, colonels, majors, captains, lieutenants…. All of us have enlisted under the banner of Jehovah and made a covenant with Him, to serve Him with all our might, mind and strength. As good soldiers we should love our officers, have implicit confidence in them and yield obedience to their wishes and commands. They receive their orders from the great Captain of our salvation (Jesus) for our good, for our benefit and for our safety….
A Latter Day Saint should train himself to be blind to the faults and failings of his superiors…. Our only safety and deliverance from our enemies is based upon the condition of obedience…. But if we are disobedient and instead of keeping His laws break them, we must suffer the consequences…. My opinion is there will be no deliverance until Israel will humble themselves, repent of their sins and do as they are told.”
Before joining the Mormon militia and seeding the Romney family, Charles Wilcken received the Iron Cross for his bravely mentioned works on behalf of the German Reich. This is the same medal that was notoriously adorned by the chest of Adolph Hitler and I hesitantly emphasize their similar feelings toward a certain ethnic people.
Moving on, the heir to this name was deemed a moderate Republican. George Wilcken Romney claimed to support human rights and won his place as Governor of Michigan. During that time he declined political business on Sundays, in keeping with the Mormon holy day. This also allowed him to decline a march with Martin Luther King, in contrast to professing his support of the civil rights movement. In public life he rode the middle ground between electoral speeches made to gain support and conflicts with faith regarding the perception of African-Americans’ sinful origin. For this reason it is prudent to look at a politician’s actions in comparison to their words.
Under Romney’s watch the Detroit Riots occurred and police brutality against Blacks resulted in the beating of men, women and children. Others met a harsher fate and many were shot dead. Caucasian residents had previously erected a wall to bar them from entering their communities along Eight Mile Road. This is the same place Eminem tried to revive in our memories with an album and Oscar winning movie of the same title.
Events precipitating the riot included matters of housing, as Blacks were forced to pay much higher rent for much shabbier accommodation than their counterparts. Governor Romney oversaw the bulldozing of their neighbourhoods to make space for freeways that would better provide for his white and delightsome constituents. Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh had been making painstaking progress on the issue of race relations, but Romney fostered an arbitrary relationship with him as well.
On July 24 Romney overrode the mayor’s wishes, not to mention strong arming a reluctant President Lyndon B. Johnson by declaring a state of insurrection. Having already ordered Michigan State Police to take part, he now obligated federal troops to descend upon the Black and sympathetic masses. This violence spawned the type of mayhem that lives on in the darkest of infamy, to become a subject of study in most public schools.
From there, the governor attempted a run to replace Johnson as president. He was favoured to beat Nixon in the Republican primaries but bowed out before questions of his Mormon faith could become a factor. Richard Nixon of “I am not a crook” and Watergate fame succeeded in winning the White House.
Before his subsequent and scandalous resignation, he named George Romney as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Part of the mandate instructed HUD to desegregate Black housing and he was said to embrace this task with passion. However, implementation of the Fair Housing Act was lacking and George failed to meet with the NAACP or any legislative supporters to see it through.
He did get around to inventing the Ginnie Mae program though, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as integral parts of the working whole. It ushered in government-backed mortgages for low income families, to help pave the way to home ownership for the poor. On the surface it was a great triumph but in two short years and under George’s command, it became entirely defunct. Numerous lawyers and real estate agents were indicted for fraud, as the value of inner city properties was inflated and loans were made to black families who could never afford them. This resulted in massive default and left the government on the hook for every cent they owed, due to lacking oversight on the part of HUD. This other scandal was enough to end desegregation efforts and resembles the subprime crash that Obama inherited from Republicans years later.
George Romney also formed the National Recovery Administration. Again it contained a few good principles like putting an end to child labour, but it was deemed unconstitutional for industry price fixing and issues of anti-trust. The NRA placed powers of regulation directly into corporate hands, greater than even congress possessed. This led to increasing costs by a whopping 40 percent, to be borne by customers and played precisely into Romney’s Mormon ideal of “competitive cooperative capitalism”.
Despite the federal government dismantling the organization it continued rebelliously after the fact. In the campaign, if a business failed to support the platform by placing a poster in their storefront, they were punished with calls for boycott. This poster is particularly famous and served as inspiration for the Philadelphia Eagles logo (NFL), but it also inspired the Second New Deal giving unions greater purpose. In essence, this socialism for CEOs resulted in so much backlash that it propelled more democratic minds to enshrine the rights of the workforce.
Looking deeper into the mind of dearest dad we must visit the National Center for Voluntary Action, created by his hand as well. It acted as a clearinghouse of volunteer information to liaise between the private sector and government; as a privately funded entity established by executive order of the president (Nixon). Throughout some ups and downs and replication by George W. Bush, it was eventually merged and translated into the Points of Light foundation with his.
As thanks for conceding to the newer president, George Romney was honoured with the first Lenore and George Romney Award, in celebration of his lifetime achievement. Some may find it odd to win your own blessing, but we’ll leave that as it is. Lenore then became the Points of Light director after her failed Republican bid for senate. The NY Times described her as a faithful, Mormon, stay-at-home mom, who thought the ride to government would be easy with a royal (prophetic) name like Romney to support her ambitions.
Behind the scenes was a different story and one that is yet unknown. This explanation is shared by a Canadian-Korean war veteran, in the official newsletter circulated by the military organization (please see September’s PDF version or non PDF version). The gentleman provides a thorough background, stating he is the true creator of this Romney legacy (Points of Light) and he never received payment, thanks or credit for his work. George accepted the glory and this soldier was never to be mentioned.
Since George was the Governor of Michigan and LDS stake president for Detroit, both political and religious affairs put the Romneys in touch with Canada. Part of his boundary included Ontario, where the famous vacation property is located that managed to spark negative headlines. First was the dog sadly strapped to the roof and then came the irony that Mitt celebrates every Fourth of July at this very cottage across the border.
Americans may not be familiar with the significance of this campaign blunder, but their Canadian cousins attach notoriety to the Beach O’ Pines property as a matter of racial discrimination. The real story hinges on a terrible smudge in their past that resulted in a Supreme Court decision and legislative amendments.
It was 1948 when Mrs. Noble tried to sell her property in the gated community. Upon closing the transaction however, the purchaser’s attorney discovered a socially outdated and pre-existing covenant that would serve to cause him trouble.
“The lands and premises herein described shall never be sold, assigned, transferred, leased, rented or in any manner whatsoever alienated to, and shall never be occupied or used in any manner whatsoever by any person of the Jewish, Hebrew, Semitic, Negro or coloured race or blood, it being the intention and purpose of the Grantor, to restrict the ownership, use, occupation and enjoyment of the said recreational development, including the lands and premises herein described, to persons of the white or Caucasian race not excluded by this clause.”
Mr. Wolf, the purchaser, was of Russian-Jewish descent and Mrs. Noble wasn’t happy with the covenant against him either. At the height of the appeal, Beach O’ Pines residents hired their own attorney to protect these oppressive rights on behalf of the exclusive community that favoured them. It was then George Romney moved the family in and considering the high profile nature for Canadian human rights, he could not have missed knowing about the bitter fight against them. In fact, he would have purchased his home with the identical covenant on it.
As property owners the Romneys were covered by the legal umbrella arguing in favour of maintaining the race restrictions. They bought at the very moment in Canadian history, when a gated establishment was trying to prevent progress from happening. The case wasn’t settled until November 1950 and well after the Fourth of July Mitt would have spent there. It’s a battle the group doesn’t wish to speak about and a victory the Law Times calls Ontario’s dark legal past.
One of George’s last major contributions came through Brigham Young University. It was established by the first Saints of Utah and continues to be a Mormon facility, where all the Romneys graduated and then administrated or provided seminars. It contains the Marriot School of Management thanks to J. Willard Marriott, for whom Mitt Romney is named after. It also houses the Romney Institute of Public Management to instruct religious degrees in political science, as Brigham Young would have wanted.
In the next installment we’ll examine the empire of lucrative Church Business; followed by Insider Trading and finally what it means to the ultimate Church Power that Mitt wields on behalf of the Mormon Party of America. There’s a reason he won’t open the books and you’re on the cusp of understanding why.
In the last edition we observed the Mormon Church unite in matters of competitive-cooperative capitalism. Now we’ll look at LDS (Latter Day Saints) cronyism, to further the mission of material gain and secular governance. The first item on the agenda is strategy because without enough money, hands and unquestioning minds there isn’t much an apostle can accomplish. Even Joseph Smith knew thissince the days of Kirtland Bank in Ohio.
Enter Brigham Young University (BYU), a Church covenant to educate a Mormon battalion of financiers, legal giants and defense personnel. Classes commenced in 1875 with the nod of Romney prophets in support of the theocratic governor. They say less than two percent of Americans subscribe to the Mormon faith and yet they account for a formidable concentration of power in the country.
Amid business fodder, today’s leaders explain,
“The reason for this superb organization is not that LDS Church (school) is run on sound business principles, but because it is led according to revealed truths directly from God.”
A BYU education is not to be mixed with pernicious atheistic influences or alternate religious doctrines. The Book of Mormon laid the foundation for the Romney Institute of Public Management to teachsecular degrees in politics. A secular judge, secular legislator, secular police and secular president pose a mountain of challenges in separating church from state.
These scriptures also shape the BYU Military Science program. But what can God Nephi or King Nebuchadnezzar teach to those in the Chemical Corps and Air Defense Artillery? Isn’t that more killing in the name of _____ and what anti-terrorism is trying to stop? They acknowledge taking human life with the righteousness of their Lord as a means of recruitment to the program.
Ninety-eight percent of BYU students subscribe to the Mormon way and the remainder have beensurveilled by administration to rid the unfaithful from their university troops. Tuition is heavily subsidized by the amounts collected from tithes, so it’s the cheapest place to earn a degree if you’re willing to accept it’s based on the vision of a 23-year-old, his business partners and the unrecognized languages of Reformed Egyptian or Deseret.
Since the days of Grandpa Parley every Romney has graduated from BYU. The University of Utah is part of the establishment and focuses on Mormon Studies, with Church apostles occupying their various boards of directors too. Currently they’re looking at the Word of Wisdom and foodways, in keeping with Church industry pursuits. This is the reason Mitt can’t drink coffee because he practices the fundamentalist tenets of his religion by the book.
Another item in the recent fellowship newsletter fetes a professor of History for editing text about their supernatural roots. Planet Kolob was by no means a joke, nor is the belief there are three layers of Heaven that a prophet or lesser people could inherit through their works on earth (see additional information). More challenging to absorb is a project about Samuel the Lamanite and cases involving the “literal whitening of dark skin”. We’ve been over the theology enough to let it go, but it lays relevant foundation for the kinship shared between higher ranking Mormons like Mitt Romney and his alumni from the Church or BYU.
Meet Robert C. Gay, a Mormon General Authority and managing director of Bain Capital for sixteen years. He co-founded the Brigham Young University’s Center for Economic Self Reliance. Recently he formed Huntsman Gay Global Capital but was called to the first Quorum, in which case he resigns his newly created company to dedicate himself to the Church. Mr. Gay has become an apostle, revelator, seer and spokesperson of God. Instead of earning income from his own ventures, he will now receive a percentage of all LDS corporate ventures as an executive Saint. In this way the Mormon faith operates similar to a pyramid. All General Authorities profit from Church holdings and the higher your rank, the better you earn. It’s a de facto stockholder’s bonus of sorts.
Next is Gary Crittenden who is set to take Robert’s place. He’s been an LDS bishop, stake president and sits on the Quorum of the Seventy (which grew from the original fifty explained earlier in the series). Gary has also been the CFO of Monsanto and CFO for Citigroup. At the latter he was fined $100,000 for making false statements in SEC filings that related to subprime mortgages. It’s water under the bridge now that he’s been given a new lease on life and rewarded with promotion to CEO of Huntsman Gay Global Capital.
Jon Huntsman Sr. is the other namesake and co-founder. His wife is the daughter of David B. Haight, who was the oldest living apostle in the Quorum. He assumed this position after Mitt’s founding family passed away and vacancies opened in the highest level of the Church executive. Haight also worked in the president’s office of BYU and moved to become the mayor of Palo Alto, California.
Jon Sr. was in the Mormon Seventy and president of packaging at Dow Chemical. He departed from Dow to found Huntsman Chemical with diverse applications including aspirin and pharmaceutical bases. They manufactured food containers for Burger King, McDonalds, Sara Lee and egg companies, in addition to casings for General Electric products like telephones and televisions. Factories were purchased in a cooperative effort with Monsanto, in a move that added ownership of Texaco to expand the fuel additive market with increased output of benzene. The Huntsman headquarters are located in the World Trade Center Utah (Church owned and operated) and his family was amongst the Mormon pioneers who followed behind the Romneys. The COO for Huntsman Chemical is also a General Authority within the Church. Ronald Rasband doubles as a friendly partner and President of the Seventy with seniority over Huntsman.
A prominent Mormon lawyer recommended Jon Sr. to the Nixon White House, where he worked under Haldeman who spent 18 months in prison for Watergate. His job was to monitor documents passing through the Oval Office while George Romney served as Secretary of Housing, whose office was also rocked by scandal resulting in criminal charges. Both men departed before investigations could include them. Jon Huntsman Sr. then ran in the primaries as a Republican candidate for governor, but conceded to a higher ranking Mormon and accepted a token place as Ambassador of Economic Development for stepping down.
In contrast, Jon Huntsman Jr was successful in his bid for Governor of Utah in addition to serving four presidential administrations. He is the grandson of a high ranking apostle. He is also a descendant of Grandpa Parley (founding apostle) and technically Mitt Romney’s cousin through polygamous relations. Although the practice eventually ceased it still makes for awkward family reunions.
The two have shared an everlasting rivalry and Mitt always comes out on top as the official heir and orthodox example of Mormon. Jon Jr. tried to distance himself from the religion and is considered moreliberal than his counterpart by the clan. It was his downfall in losing the Olympic bid to Mitt and a source of controversy when he switched teams to support McCain in 2008.
There is so much bad blood between the boys that it nearly damaged the Republican brand. It did however succeed in giving the party no choice about selecting a Latter Day Saint to represent their interests. In frustration and fallout, Jon Jr. went on record suggesting there should be a third party and by the looks of things Mitt’s ecclesiastic powers have trumped his ambitions completely. Jon wasdisinvited from a Republican event where he was scheduled to be the guest speaker. This who-is-more-Mormon battle had consequences for his father’s new finance company as well. The Church intervened and elevated Robert Gay, causing him to abdicate his working partnership in Huntsman Gay Global Capital. In LDS you either support the plan or move out of the way.
In lieu the younger Huntsman was appointed to the board of directors of Ford Motor Company and Caterpillar Inc. He also accepted the Chairman position from Jon Sr., to oversee operations at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
A similar situation played out with the Udall family. David King Udall was ordained a bishop and stake president by Brigham Young, to settle Arizona as a Mormon state akin to Utah. These were polygamous times and he had children with two wives as well, all of whom became career politicians. On one side of the family the Udalls ran as Republicans and on the other they were Democrats. Altogether the family accounted for 3 senators, 2 congressmen, 2 mayors of Phoenix (father and son), 3 Supreme Court Justices, 2 Chief Justices and 1 Secretary of the Interior. Sometimes they ran against each other for the same position.
David himself did a few months in prison for committing perjury on behalf of Grandpa Miles Romney, over his disputed land claim. Fellow patriarch Levi attended the School of Prophets under the guidance of Grandpa Parley and through marriage the Udalls are related to an original apostle. Much of the family became LDS bishops and stake presidents and all are registered Mormons.
In an effort to protect the next prophetic heir, Mitt’s son Tagg Romney benefitted from the old boys’ club true to form. He’s a BYU graduate, served his Mormon mission in France and sponsors the National Advisory Council for the university to earn his rewards. The up and coming son used his family’s Mormon connections to establish Solamere Capital, named after the location of their Utah winter home.
While campaigning with his father Tagg partnered with Spencer Zwick, himself a fellow Mormon of the hierarchy and Romney-for-President coordinator. Zwick’s father Craig sits in the Quorum of Seventy and acts as a General Authority for the Church, as the underling of a current ruling prophet. I’m compelled to reiterate an apostle is little different than a disciple of Jesus from back in the day. It’s expected they may receive visions that form new religious canon because the Mormon faith sees the Bible as continually being written as demonstrated by the Book of Mormon (see third entry). They’re the chosen ones and middle management from Heaven, who receive updates whenever God has something important to append.
The third partner and founder of Solamere Capital is John R. Miller. He was mentored by Mormon guruStephen Covey at the Jon Huntsman School of Business within the University of Utah. His family was a major part of the LDS beef empire since the beginning, setting the stage for Miller to form the National Beef company and become a top supplier to Walmart. He registered the Black Angus brand and this corporation is celebrated as the number one supplier to Japan.
In a final boost for Tagg Romney, they invited Karl Rove to flirt with campaign legislation by hosting a fundraiser for Solamere that went largely unreported. In one moment he was organizing for Mitt and in the next he was prying funds from party supporters to help the next in line get a foothold. Now the CEO from Ebay plays a major role with investments.
The National Advisory Council (NAC) is a staple for Brigham Young University. It’s a rolodex of the who’s who in the Mormon business kingdom and is designed to keep the family helping one another. You must pay to be involved and vetted by the Mormon committee to participate. Every name on the list has either graduated from BYU, is employed by the Church or shares an LDS connection. Curiously, most have only earned a bachelor degree to obtain these positions in the ever growing network.
A good example is the COO for Deutsche Bank UK. Mitch Mason possesses a Bachelor of Computer Science and departed on spiritual mission for the Church to Tokyo, where he assumed a position in the LDS stake presidency (see pg. 3). While visiting Japan he became an executive with the bank, so missionary destinations are not solely for the purpose of winning church converts. Coincidentally the institution was convicted of irresponsible mortgage lending and was hit with a substantial fine. It was then implicated in the LIBOR scandal in the UK and Japan.
The next gentleman is president of Dell Computers, Kevin Rollins. A fellow graduate of BYU, he got his start as partner and vice president of Bain and Company. This is not the same organization as Bain Capital, although Mitt Romney served as CEO and founded his investment firm with partners from the former. Rollins has a Mormon business school named in his honour and he sits on the United States Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation.
There are numerous Mormon family partners with titles ranging from Chairman to CEO, CFO, COO, President, VP and Director; but the company list is even more impressive. The Church is keenly represented in Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Zions Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte and Touche, Ernst and Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Express, Walmart, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Kimberley-Clarke, General Mills, Procter and Gamble, Fisher Price, Eastman Kodak, Caterpillar, Alcoa, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, American Airlines, Black and Decker, Honeywell, Huntsman, Solamere, Bain and Company, Bain Capital, IBM, AOL Time Warner and Nortel. There are many more in gas, oil, chemicals, real estate, minerals, food, banks, investment and hospitals; as well as judges, legislators, governors and city controllers. Even Mitt Romney sits on the board of directors when he’s not busy with political pursuits.
The NAC spring and fall reunions are invaluable to Latter Day Saints. To keep their end of the bargain, Mormon executives at Goldman Sachs hired 31 BYU students in relation to the agreement but this only represents a single partner on the list. Greater still is the roster of well placed members who may be called upon for a helping hand despite the lack of binding contract. Their service rotates through these councils and they’re obligated by the Church through the Doctrine and Covenants to stand side by side, everywhere including the business world. Currently 15 hold government positions but the goal continues with every passing election. In the meantime they’re dominating markets integral to everyone’s daily life.
Don’t expect to get the whole story from the Church though. In a directive to BYU instructors the apostles make it crystal clear there will be no disloyalty to General Authorities and no such thing as academic freedom. Orthodox material is the only truth they need to tell and intellectual prowess is the enemy. In fact it was Grandpa Parley who played a great role in deciding when truth was appropriate, as he taught the ranks to believe you do not bring questions upon the Church (see fourth entry) and fibbing, even under oath, is necessary to protect the mission (see additional fourth section). This famous Romney progenitor then declared there would be no Democratic president promoting truth so long as the Saints shall live.
Mormons built on this doctrine by deciding no ill would be spoken, no matter how true, if any living Saint could be negatively affected. Dallin Oaks became a ruling apostle in 1984 and relinquished his position as a Utah Supreme Court Justice to accept the honour of exaltation. Before giving speeches about the subjectivity of truth, downplaying its importance to the Church and Brigham Young University (PDF actual document or non PDF transcript), he penned important opinions about constitutional rights and attempted to change parameters for the exclusionary rule pertaining to search and seizure. Now Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights may not hold up if the ends justifies the means.
No one would know the repercussions of Mormon truth better than an LDS teacher of 27 years. Hewrote of this great epiphany upon severing himself from the organization. So too did a faithful Mormon blogger who faced excommunication for studying the historical basis of his religion.
Perhaps this is what led to the Boy Scouts scandal, when the public learned of sexual abuse allegations and their private, extensive catalogue of unsavoury suspects. Still they kept the data hidden, because the subjects of complaint may well be members of the Church. Many are familiar with this heartbreaking revelation, but most do not realize that Latter Day Saints are the predominant sponsor of the program, equally responsible and named foremost in associated litigation (including multiple suits). The national president is from the Mormon Church, the LDS president is the longest serving executive and Mitt Romney has served on the board of directors with them.
In so far as Boy Scouts and gay rights are concerned, Mitt professed his support for equality to GLAADand other associations along the campaign trail. The groups were excited to hear they could count on Republicans in addition to Democrats, but Mitt had the power to vote and the organization reaffirmed their prejudice to the contrary. Instead Scout executives have gone all the way to the Supreme Court to uphold the tenets of Mormon. No gays, no atheists and the Church continues to control the vast majority of satellites. The organization offered,
“Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is ‘reviewing’ a policy or signal a change in direction…. The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”
It just goes to show the importance of actions and the subjectivity of truth when matters could damage the Church. Furthermore LDS considers the program a stepping stone for their lay, Aaronic Priesthood and a pathway into the Church for children they strive to convert. In no uncertain terms, Mormons operate the program as a religious recruitment center. The current Church president offered his official sentiments and sent them out via newsletter as recently as this month, October 2012 (PDF or non PDF).
Joining the concept of truth with corporate matters, the Latter Day Saints have legal teams studying constitutional arguments to keep their books sealed. A number of lawsuits have been settled to avoid discovering the Church’s assets but they’re preparing for additional injured parties to come forward. This necessitated thorough study by Rutgers in an effort to help them maintain privacy on the issue of profits and payability (see conclusion PDF or non PDF).
In the final installment Church Power, we’ll look at the bigger picture from their highest office and absorb what it means if Mitt Romney becomes the president. The military industrial complex will set a reoccurring theme.
In the final chapter we’re exploring the Church’s real power. It’s the same power Mitt Romney serves and equally wields on their behalf. It’s the power behind the man that will not cease whether he’s elected the president or not. The real question is, do you want this particular finger pressing the country’s buttons and calling all the shots?
Before we address the larger issues let us see if LDS (Latter Day Saints) can really influence a prophet’s policies. Take for example PBS. Sesame Street planned a protest in response to Mitt’s threat to cut their budget in an effort to save tax dollars. How odd when we consider Dallin Oaks (the Supreme Court apostle mentioned in Part 7) was also the Chairman of precisely this cornerstone.
Not only do puppets parade around the broadcaster. PBS is a wonderful source of documentaries and serves as a conduit of education. One of the things they tried to teach was the history and controversy of Mormonism! Always fair in their coverage they invited Dallin Oaks to participate, but the transcript begins with descriptions of yore that chasten the Saints for their history. They further address the issue of government and how far the religion has come to be nominating Mitt for president.
Numerous authorities provided their side of the story and it makes for animated reading. Some of the most interesting comments arrive from Tal Bachman (musician and son of rock star Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive). He was a faithful Mormon but fell away from the Church in conflict with their teachings. Tal affirms the strength of his earlier faith while on a mission for LDS and then laments about the insight it provided throughout the years of retrospect,
“I hit Argentina with the force of a hurricane, being 19 and absolutely convinced that you’re on the Lord’s errand fueled with these fantasies and aspirations. I ended up with my companions baptizing entire congregations of aboriginal people in the mud. Living conditions were frequently harsh. You don’t have fresh water to bathe in, so you’re bathing in this rancid, algae-ridden, green, slimy water. You drink it. You’re dying of thirst.
It’s like 110-112 degrees. Poison spitting toads getting into the apartment, crocodiles running all over the place. I mean, I was completely into it…. I was so completely wound up that if my mission president had asked me to blow myself up like a suicide bomber, I would have said sure, where should I go.
I left the Church because…. I was forced to conclude that for whatever else it might be – it wasn’t what it claimed to be…. We risked our lives for the Church in Argentina. I don’t think I can delude myself into thinking, or to making it okay for my children to put their lives on the line for this thing – if it’s not what it claims to be. It might be the best thing ever invented, but if it’s invented it’s not worth dying for.”
It’s a particularly naked look from each commentator’s perspective. The segment covers riveting issues from their indifference to Christianity to the importance of a missionary program. Students contribute their frustrations while describing two years without an iota of privacy. When a young person goes on mission they are led by an LDS official, who monitors personal progress by sticking with them 24-7. As other 20-something young adults are getting comfortable with dorm life, these worshippers are regimented and only know individualism upon a scheduled trip to the bathroom. They’re being molded and must remember the payoff comes when they return to Brigham Young University to access its wealth of connections. One must first build the ranks before sitting atop a castle.
Another matter of controversy is LDS posthumous baptisms. They especially seek to cleanse Jews after death in a special ceremony to make them Mormon. A Holocaust survivor contributes her offense and pain toward the Church during interview. She’s aghast that any group would attempt to erase her faith after all the Jewish people have been through. This is the reason for the Mormons’ elaborate genealogical study, so they can “save” those who didn’t have a chance to accept the gospel while still living.
PBS set their sights on Latter Day Saints earlier in 2011. On this occasion they questioned the Church’s influence and how it pressured Mormon senators to pass immigration laws impacting the State of Utah. The episode reveals apostles’ free roaming access to the back corridors of power and how adamantly they seek to control politicians, including their successes and self-serving reasons for these regularly scheduled lobbying initiatives. In the Mormons’ own words they continue to explain that 91 of 104 senators are from the LDS Church and serve as members of the Republican Party.
It may be pertinent to ask what instructions they offered Mitt in regard to PBS or how admitted lobbyists still qualify as a charity. Only now that a prophet is running for president has the institution paused meeting with legislators before each and every session. Normally apostles sit with Republicans followed by Democrats separately, to voice their concerns in a private venue where they benefit from special access to express their wishes directly. Not only is this lobbying but the Church holds fiduciary power over the senators with whom they speak. At any time the prophets can excommunicate their members and this puts elected Mormons at a distinct disadvantage to be able to act independently.
Senator Curt Bramble speaks openly about these pressures, as if it’s a normal occurrence and something to be expected. He’s also a Mormon and chairs the BYU-Marriot School of Management finance department. In another interesting turn he sits on the board of directors for ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is best described as a shadow government, comprised of all Republican senators and their industry tycoon partners. Together they negotiate Bills and vote equal to one another. The legislators in turn take their messages to the state and they boast of a 20 percent success rate influencing regulations to their benefit.
Currently ALEC is a registered charity, but the Center for Media and Democracy teamed up with Common Cause to call for government inquiry. As a result of investigation they claim the group manipulates charitable status, to funnel more than $4 million in corporate gifts to senators as incentive to do their bidding. Luxury trips and accommodations are said to be covered by a tax free “scholarship fund” and some states may have figured a way to make taxpayers foot the bill for additional contributions. To elaborate, these scholarships have nothing to do with learning beyond what a company wants from government and a few items they take credit for include voter restrictions, anti-union measures and the agricultural gag laws. (See full report in PDF.)
We’ve covered almost every industry and the time has come to address the last one. The Military-Industrial Complex is a topic for which we have a duty to remain vigilant. Dwight Eisenhower spoke cautiously in his Farewell Address and in the same spirit we’ll attempt to examine just the facts.
The economy of Utah depends on the defense industry more than any other. Without it they can’t survive and according to their past financial authority Randy Rogers, the state is so reliant on armament manufacturing that it was nicknamed “an unhallowed gathering” (see pgs. 218-225). Other sources of profit are derived from oil, gas, coal and agriculture. The entire state has a population of 2.8 million, 80 percent is Caucasian (down from 91 percent in previous years) and more than half adhere to the Mormon Church. The land is vastly uninhabited beyond LDS settlements, established by Brigham Young, Romney ancestors and the apostles. Most businesses are the result of Mormon and/or military endeavors. In that regard, the LDS network is so efficient in helping members prosper that Newsweek described Utah as “the new economic Zion”. Due to religious domination, the state prohibits gambling of any sort and strictly controls the use of liquor. It is against the Mormon health code to consume alcoholic beverages so any accessibility to spirits has more to do with tourism. It is also home to the IRS.
Jonathan Browning of Browning rifle fame is another settler who followed behind the Romneys. He was a judge, legislator, arms developer and manufacturer, LDS bishop and president of the High Priests’ council. (These titles mirror the approximate and current stature of Mitt within the Church.) Upon his death, son John Moses Browning stepped in to become the prolific gunsmith. It is he who registered hundreds of patents and invented the automatic rifle, along with higher powered gas versions. The Browning family remained true to Mormonism and their legacies still support the economy of Utah today. Val Browning also split his time between weapons and the Church’s Amalgamated Sugar Co.
The next mention goes to Thiokol Chemical Company (now Morton-Thiokol); also known as a prominent Utah employer, headquarters to countless Mormons in the hierarchy and recipient of continuous contracts from the United States Armed Forces. They also conduct rocket research on behalf of the Department of Defense, with Saints leading in the development of Tomahawk technologies.
Henry Eyring led the chemistry and physics world to major advances that included solid fuels used to launch weapons of mass destruction. Much of this testing occurred in the countryside of Utah, on lands mass purchased by the government. Henry was born in Mexico when his family fled with the Romneys to avoid persecution for polygamy and he is Mitt’s cousin, however many times removed. He grew up with George Romney and upon gaining industry experience; Mr. Eyring became president of the American Chemical Society. This is a position his son Henry B. Erying inherited, as well as assumingapostleship and second-in-command of all Latter Day Saints.
In 1958 Henry Senior’s research led to Thiokol winning the contract to build the motor for Minuteman nuclear missiles. The Air Force now possesses 450 of these warheads made by Mormons.
(Minuteman missile launch, credit US Air Force)
George Alford was another Mormon in charge of top secret operations at Thiokol, as indicated by declassified records linked above. Not only did he help to produce armaments, but the company was also responsible for the engines used to launch space shuttles through NASA. A tight group of Latter Day Saints worked together designing and manufacturing the ill fated O-ring that caused the shuttleChallenger to crash, killing everyone on board including school teacher Christa McAuliffe. This is the same incident Mitt Romney refers to when speaking of the Boy Scouts flag that survived the wreckage.
Following government inquiry a book was released alleging Mormon apostles pressured officials into awarding this lucrative contract (see entry #39). It may have complicated matters that immediate Church employees were working for this company in unison. LDS Bishop Frank Lund was a prime example, additionally conducting business with Saudis in the Middle East for a quarter century. Sterling John Bennett Junior shares a similar story, but in his case it involves the development of chemical advances for the Korean War.
In the aftermath of the Challenger catastrophe Thiokol executives were then demoted. Sadly no one heeded devout Mormon Roger Boisjoly’s warnings. He was an underling and time and money were deemed more important in high profile projects. Three years later the Church’s Jon Hunstman was elected to Thiokol’s board of directors in Utah. A short time later the company purchased the Air Force Plant 78, to expand their operations in the manufacturing of ballistic missiles. Now that NASA is winding down the space shuttle program, there is much ground the company is looking to recover and if history repeats, the Mormon Church would be looking to Mitt for a helping hand.
In true LDS fashion they did not let the crash keep their entrepreneurial spirits down. The Saints were intent to diversify and through Thiokol they formed the Management and Training Corporation. We know MTC better by its private prison functions, but it is also the largest recipient of government contracts to provide training through Job Corps centers across the country.
Mormon bishop and president of the Los Angeles stake Rodney Brady, sat on the MTC board of directorsto help the company get its start. An ardent Republican, he also headed the Church’s Deseret Management Corporation while serving the Department of Health. In the company of fellow Saints, Brady also transitioned from Thiokol and served a term in the Air Force.
Bishop Craig Sudbury assumed the position of vice president at MTC (see bottom), but he owed his good fortunes to the likes of Bernie Diamond who was himself a Mormon and a man of many talents. He put up the money to purchase Management and Training Corp after working on rockets and was rewarded with a government appointment to become the national director of poverty initiatives. Even that wasn’t enough to keep Mr. Diamond busy, for he began an acting career through LDS once the company was established. You’ll best remember him from his starring role on Touched By An Angel, along with many other television shows and moves filmed by the Mormon Church. As he said upon passing, “I did it my way”.
Unfortunately those he left behind ran into trouble with the private prison enterprise. MTC was awarded a $430 million contract to operate correctional facilities in Mississippi. They now controlled 22 different locations and new legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants made the venture widely profitable, but there was still a matter of inadequate security. In Arizona 3 inmates managed to escapeand they murdered a couple from Oklahoma while on their rampage. The state conducted an inquiry and threatened to cancel business with MTC unless they brought the operation up to par by meeting a number of stipulations.
With Bernie already embarking on a different career path, he didn’t return to MTC and instead teamed up with LDS filmmaker Daryn Tufts. The latter was also spokesperson for the Questar Corporation, which amalgamated several gas and coal companies around Utah and surrounding states (PDF). It is here the fellows would connect with R.D. Cash who acted as Chairman, and Mr. Cash in turn sits amongst higher ranking Mormons on the board of Zion Bancorporation. Before we venture into the world of finance it’s only proper to mention Clarence Sargent, as the other Mormon apostle who looked after all the pipelines and attained the rank of army Captain just like most of his brothers before him.
Now the military doesn’t seem to be a prerequisite for advancing in the Church. Money managers hold the newest keys to accessing global markets and Eric Varvel is still a welcome part of the prospering Mormon family. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Finance to become the CEO of Credit Suisse Investment Bank, Securities, Group, International, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This is the same Credit Suisse that was fined $536 million for breaking US sanctions against Iran. The bank is alleged to funnel money for Iranian Atomic Energy and Aerospace organizations, to facilitate their acquisition of nuclear and missile related weapons. Some of those material purchases were made from companies in the United States. Mr. Varvel’s name came up in a Romney fundraising controversythat originated at Credit Suisse as well. Finally, he sponsors employment through his position on the BYU National Advisory Council.
Nolan Archibald was the Executive Chairman of Black and Decker before assuming the position ofDirector at Huntsman Corp. Here he presides with Jon Senior and Jon Junior, as well as commanding the post of Director at Lockheed Martin. Within the Church he’s been a bishop, stake president of Washington, DC and now sits on the Quorum of Seventy.
Albert E. Haines has been a bishop, stake president and mission president to Germany. He grew up an army brat and became the first CAO of Salt Lake City. Albert graduated from BYU and continues to siton the school’s National Advisory Council in the company of Mitt and Tagg Romney. He’s also employed as a government contractor, setting up the infrastructure for major cities in Iraq.
Mr. Boyd K. Packer is currently the highest ranking apostle in the Quorum of Twelve. Only the Church president and two councillors hold superior positions. He’s headed the Mormon education system and graduated from BYU. Boyd also joined the Air Force in WWII and flew bombing missions against Japan.
Speaking of bombs, the name of apostle Dallin Oaks is brought to our attention once more. In the mid 1980s the Church enjoyed a business partnership with what would turn out to be a master forger and convicted murderer, Mark Hoffman. LDS spent copious amounts of the Mormon faithful’s dollars in purchase of many documents from Hoffman. They were important to the Church because they were intended to settle points of dispute regarding their history and the language of Reformed Egyptian. One work was the famous Salamander Letter that resulted in two bombings to prevent dissenters from speaking out. Hoffman confessed to these crimes when a third bomb exploded by accident in his car on the way to do another job. Dallin Oaks explained the Church was duped in these business dealings, but suggested some of the purchased artifacts are not necessarily forgeries like the Salamander Letter. These events were so serious they garnered global attention and forced the Mormon Church into a PR campaign to repair their reputation. He compared the trickery against LDS with the Hitler Diary forgeries and distanced Latter Day Saints as far as possible from their former supplier. The matter persists as an urban legend, so great that Law and Order based an episode on this material.
Richard G. Scott is another member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He’s a nuclear engineer and the man who designed the nuclear reactor used by the Nautilus – the first US Navy nuclear powered submarine. He continued with classified work for the Armed Forces and then contributed to the development of the first land based nuclear power plant.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf is an apostle in the highest office of the Church. He’s second in line to become president of the religion entirely. Dieter was Senior Vice President of Lufthansa German Airlines and prior to that he flew for the German air force, as well as the American military.
His story is noteworthy and begins with father Karl serving in Hitler’s army throughout WWII. Althoughsome explanations may have been shortened, the family was part of the Sudeten Germans who voted overwhelmingly to support the dictator. They were attempting to claim land located within the bounds of Czechoslovakia and when the war struck, most of these men became members of the infamous Gestapo. As atrocities finally concluded the Czechs evicted Germans bitterly, causing Dieter’s family to take refuge and relocate to communist East Germany. He’s noted by the annals of history as one of these exceptional individuals and others in his company include the developer of Volkswagen and Porche.
Upon reaching adulthood Dieter ambitiously joined the German’s air forces and after transitioning to Lufthansa a terrifying situation befell the company. A jet was hijacked by terrorists in 1973 and it was his job to follow the plane and negotiate for it and the hostages’ release. There is no mention of his duties with US forces, but this apostle resettled and took up life in America. Uchtdorf is further credited with negotiating in Germany, to have the Mormon Church accepted and built in a communist regime. Upon giving his name and bearing testimony to officials, the Latter Day Saints were no longer questioned andenjoyed free reign as those around them were being persecuted.
This raises the issue of Saints during WWII and a surprising collection that was put together by Church history staff at Brigham Young University. According to missionary letters most of LDS was in favour of Hitler. They even took part in helping the regime trace genealogy used to weed out Jewish families. This suited their own purpose as the Church was attempting to do the same. The government was horrendously gassing them to death and the Mormons were graciously performing posthumous baptisms. Moreover they admired Hitler’s command, causing everyone to behave according to their shared principles.
The Mormons had direct contact with Hitler and missionaries reported belief he had adopted their religion. They shared their admiration that the Reich was mimicking different processes established by Latter Day Saints (begin at #3 and continue),
“In fact, during the Hitler regime the Church received some favourable press…. We didn’t see anything wrong with what they were doing. We liked Hitler. We would just eat up articles…. Other LDS Americans were impressed by Hitler and his ability to speak and motivate the people…. I’m afraid if I stayed here a few more years I would become completely Natzified myself…. You may hate Hitler but you have to acknowledge he is doing things. She praised his work with the youth and his attempts to make them a superior race….. whatever the Germans did to Jews they did not lynch them like America does the Negro…. Americans should not be too hard on the Germans…. Some missionaries talked about the positive things that Hitler did for Germany…. one government, one people, one leader.
Usually the positive comments about Hitler involved what many missionaries saw as similarities between Hitler’s plans and Church programs…. The missionaries had the impression that we were the favoured church in Germany, because the missionaries had conversed with Hitler and his buddy in the First World War was LDS…. The missionaries believed that elements of Church practices started appearing in the Nazi government…. Others said that top German officials had received copies of the Book of Mormon…. and believed Hitler had read (it)…. The new Germany (is) creating more of a feeling of unity and brotherhood through voluntary mutual help.
With Hitler’s attempts to create a superior race, Church members for the first time were encouraged in their genealogy work in Germany…. Mr. Hitler…. Is helping…. to prove that (they are) a pure blood German for at least four generations…. is the desire of each resident…. With this new emphasis records were opened up for the first time and members were encouraged…. to use them. Some even received letters…. complementing the Saints for their patriotism. (He) recalled his pleasant surprise when Church members were asked to do a radio broadcast on genealogy…. We were shocked with…. such an opportunity…. since the government regulates the radio…. We are in happy anticipation.”
What negative views are offered took little issue with Jews being carted away. Most were complaints about restrictions to minister amongst the youth who were occupied by the government. Finally they worried the German people may worship Hitler more than their God.
These views did not cease with the end of WWII and a professor of German Studies at BYU delivered a troublesome seminar assessing humans as a warlike people. At one point he sympathizes that Mormons were misled by mass hysteria, but continues to defend all the good things Hitler accomplished and describes these instances as Nazi romanticism. University staff under guidance of the Church, maintain LDS suspicions that he may have been baptized into Mormon. Before drawing parallels to George W. Bush and September 9/11 the professor concedes,
“I think everyone now experiences deep embarrassment and sadness at such statements. But the passage of time has the power to make fools of all of us if we too end up on the wrong side of history.”
Ultimately he provides reason for Mormons to reconsider their political actions as they pertain to the current war on terror. There are professional LDS apologetics whose job may be more sympathetic, but we haven’t come across a condemnation of any sort without including their mystifying support toward the purifying goals of this hideous war criminal.
Finally we meet the highest ranking Mormon patriarch. He too is an apostle and emeritus above the Quorum. Eldred G. Smith is a direct descendant of Joseph, who divined this new religion on a hilltop in New York. During WWII and from 1944-46, Eldred lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and presided over the area for the Church. He also worked on the top secret Manhattan Project and built the first atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima.
Although the Latter Day Saints vow they are not a political body, it seems Craig Zwick used the Church email account to solicit funds for Romney’s presidential campaign. They also excommunicated a Mormon for posting an article addressing questions about Mitt’s religion in comparison to Christianity. In a rare Salt Lake article dated from 2005, the paper describes integral political relationships between the Church and Washington, DC.
They address a special bond Mormons share with the CIA, as well as the network of political power players that Saints have at their disposal. In congress they continue to occupy key positions in the Treasury Department and they’re advisors on matters of international affairs, land and torture intelligence. It was a Mormon who provided President Bush with the false weapons of mass destruction memo and another who monitored Libya’s weapons plus the Chinese embargo.
In an excited moment Karl Rove is celebrated for selling the Church to the Bush White House, “as a strong ally if treated well”. Omar Kader is well known as the Palestinian Mormon who also founded theUnited Palestinian Appeal, served as administrator of BYU and acts as a government contractor in the Middle East. He is credited with using his connections to get the Church accepted into Jordan.
When Republicans control the Oval Office there are countless opportunities for Saints, including Secretary of State offices in departments like African Affairs, Domestic Affairs, National Security, Health, Education and with the Attorney General. Mormon politicians proudly admit to funding Utah infrastructure projects because of obligations to their faith and doing government business within the Church. They say “everybody does it” and this is completely normal. If connections within the CIA appeared to be one track minded, then worry not for Mormon icon David Eccles was used as a bridge tothe FBI as well.
In a world of subjective truth we can see the reason for Mitt’s “no comments” when it comes to inquiries about his relationship with the Church and in what capacity he serves their agenda. In the meantime the Mormon Legion reports to be forming a lobby to push their family values on the network at Capitol Hill. It’s unclear how Romney can profess to be separate when his cohorts are already celebrating, but perhaps America will ask deeper questions before heading to the ballot box. Placing a theocratic-military-industrial complex in charge of the country has been cautioned against by a great many men, women and youths. It’s little wonder why Mitt speaks the way he does about the 47 percent and don’t forget about Big Bird if you were counting on free speech after the election and a Mormon-Republican win.
(US President George W. Bush with Latter Day Saints/apostle executive, 2006)
If you arrived here out of succession, below are links to previous entries in the series:
Part 1: Religious Royalty – The history of Mitt’s family founding, writing and establishing the Mormon faith, literally in 1830. Describes his claim to royalty within the organization, akin to assuming the position of a Pope. He’s hardly just a volunteer and Latter Day Saints are not Christian as advertised by the Republican campaign team. In fact, they harbor many odd beliefs that include their superiority over Christians and Jews. Also explains their assertion that America is the real Garden of Eden and Zion – replacing both the Bible and Israel as God’s covenant people on earth. Last but not least you’ll learn how Mitt is a modern day apostle, able to receive revelations from the heavens as God’s right hand man and a living man-god himself. Mormon is a specifically political and corporate entity, crafted behind the veils of charity and this history is important to know since all his policies are built upon it.
Part 2: Warring for President – Describes the many wars Mitt’s family pursued to establish a theocratic (religious) government. Also depicts their hand in creating the first banks that printed funny money and what it’s like to live under Mormon rule.
Part 3: Theo-democracy – Mitt Romney’s mandated and true goal is creating the “government of God” on earth. This segment offers a good look at the first theocratic state legislature they were able to found in Utah and what murders were associated with keeping it that way. ”There was no separation of church and state because the Latter Day Saints considered all the affairs of the kingdom of God to be one, whether spiritual, economic or political”.
Part 4: Blacks, Jews, Indians & Christians – The most racist entry of the series describes Mitt Romney’s beliefs about Blacks, Jews and Indians. They’re considered “vile” and “dark skinned” as a mark of sin and a way for Mormons to identify and keep them from their midst. It’s troublesome and daunting to read, but true of Mormons none the less. Mentions Mark Twain’s real meeting with Mitt’s grandparents and his scathing review of their doctrine. Also discusses Latter Day Saints’ belief they are “white and delightsome” while everyone else is lesser than their kind. Further insults toward Jews and Christians say they must repent and become Mormon or else suffer the Church’s consequences. Blacks are seen as their servants and Indian children were taken away only to be abused in Mormon foster homes. Closes with a video from Mitt’s son Tagg Romney, addressing the importance of Mormon fundamentals taking higher priority than matters of business and government. Offers a good picture of what an LDS theocratic presidency would look like today.
Part 5: Good Ole Dad – Shows the vicious and violent material Mitt teaches to his Sunday School students. Focuses largely on George W. Romney (his father) and the family’s personal support of racism and anti-Semitism. Then describes the Romney Institute of Public Management that offers religious degrees in political science to help them overtake the government.
Part 6: Church Business – Introduces the Mormon concept of “competitive cooperative capitalism” and how it clashes repeatedly with anti trust convictions (think socialism for CEOs and the battles that rage across today’s headlines). Brings the faith’s relationship with prolific, illegal arms dealers into focus and every business the Church owns. As Mormon executives they control current American banking. They are the largest commercial food manufacturers, largest American land owners, largest private producer of dirty coal energy and yet they’re a charity so they don’t pay associated tax. Mormons are so protective of their empire that they created a spy ring to keep whistle blowers equally controlled.
Part 7: Insider trading – Who does Mitt Romney owe? Some of the most powerful men in America who also happen to be Mormons, made by their own network. Also looks at religious degrees to head combat for the military and actual training to kill in the name of a Mormon God (as devised by Mitt and his family, in defiance of the plan to counter terrorism). Truly bizarre, unsettling and current; not to mention Mitt sits on the board of directors to keep it so. Segment investigates the way this Mormon network is set up to control most powerful businesses in America and what anti trust convictions resulted nearly every time. They pursue “competitive cooperative capitalism” no matter the consequence and these actions contribute to market meltdowns repeatedly – including now. Surprising revelations include the strategy to run Mormons against Mormons in the political arena, to ensure they operate the country no matter who wins. This is precisely the way Mitt was selected as the Republican candidate for President. They even have a major hand in illegally manipulating LIBOR and if you thought Mitt agreed to support gays in the Boy Scouts please think again. Most don’t know the Church operates the Boy Scouts program and are responsible for the sexual offenders secret files involved in lawsuits.
Part 8: Church Power – Located above on this page. Deals with Mormons illegally helping Iran acquire nuclear weapons in defiance of US sanctions. Looks at their direct hand in the Holocaust and sympathy for Hitler, exploding the space shuttle Challenger and the Mormon empire built on nuclear weapons. Also explains the truth behind PBS and why Mitt is gunning to shut them down. From Mormon control of private prisons to developing the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Manhattan Project), the Romneys are connect to the whole kit and caboodle. They are after all, the creators of Mormon and have every base covered from CIA spies to Supreme Court Justices who alter the law to the network’s benefit.
(Please forgive any typos or grammatical nightmares! Unfortunately due to the timing of US elections, it wasn’t possible to edit before publishing. This research took longer to assemble than anticipated and enlightened more issues than I expected at the onset. Expedience became more important than polishing and I ask for your patience after writing non-stop. The information is well-sourced and I invite you visit the many hyperlinks provided. It’s there you’ll find every detail I couldn’t manage to squeeze in. Thank you.)