Heinz and Muth Show Why No One Trusts Our Institutions Today
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If you want to understand why no one any longer trusts any of our major institutions one need look no further than Chris Heinz and Katie Muth or explanations.
Two Pennsylvanians you may never heard of before completely explain a phenomena that is dangerously throughout the world today, that being a precipitous decline in trust with respect to all our major institutions. Both are individuals we’ve covered here previously. One is Chris Heinz, the son of former U.S. Senator John Heinz and Teresa Heinz Kerry. The other is Pennsylvania State Senator Katie Muth, who is apparently trying to replace Maya van Rossum as Queen of Fractivists. Both have signed onto fractivism bigly, but in much different ways; one funding it everywhere and the other hoping to ride it to the bank where political fortunes are disbursed. Both seek to profit from what is an increasingly corrupt world.
Before getting into the details, though, let me set the stage with the words of the incomparable Neil Oliver who artfully describes what a world of corruption we now have:
As Oliver says, the truth is ever faster overtaking the lies being perpetuated by our elites. He cites the particular example of Europe screaming against ugly Russia aggression while it feeds the bear itself in payments that will now have to be made in Rubles! Even worse, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to our Secretary of the Treasury) is telling the world he’s busy sanctioning Russia while his wife effectively continues to do business with Putin. And, then, there are all the lies about COVID, the “climate emergency” the World Economic Forum is promoting as a corporatist opportunity, the squelching of free speech and the danger of the digital dollar, which will put us all at the mercy of Trudeau template trust-funders who want to punish us for our views.
Chis Heinz offers us another example. Some readers will recall that we raised the issue of the Heinz family investment in Burisma way back in 2018 (see link above) noting the following:
Chris Heinz, the third son of former Senator John Heinz and Teresa Heinz Kerry. He is John Kerry’s stepson and was partners with Hunter Biden in something called Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC, which included various related Rosemont companies, all named for the Heinz family’s Rosemont estate near Pittsburgh, Chris’s older brother Andre chairs the Heinz Endowments and he and his other brother John, as well as his mother, are directors.
Rosemont Seneca heavily invested in an Ukraine oil and gas company called Burisma. Hunter Biden still serves as a director of the company, which is described by its president as follows:
Burisma Group is a pioneer of Ukraine’s gas industry restoration that provides the country with new technologies and international investments. We demonstrate our potential and set new trends. We run a state-of-the-art fleet of drilling, seismic, and fracking equipment in Ukraine and provide other gas producers with new technologies.
Ukraine has huge shale reserves and Burisma is staking its future and Ukraine’s energy security on hydraulic fracturing and development of those reserves. Burisma, in fact, “operates the largest modern rig and hydraulic fracking fleet…in Ukraine and across the region,” it says.
Meanwhile, the Heinz Endowments was funding fractivism everywhere in Pennsylvania on the other side of the world from Ukraine.
This was three years before Joe Biden occupied the White House, of course, and since then Hunter Biden’s laptop became available, Heinz friend and partner Devon Archer has convicted of criminal activity and Ukraine has become the news of the day. As a result of that post and some testimony I gave to the Pennsylvania Senate, the Heinz Endowments protested, saying Chris had dropped out of the partnership when Hunter and Archer had joined the Burisma Board of Directors.
And, indeed, he apparently did so at some point, writing the Department of State, headed by his-stepfather, in May, 2014 to the effect that he couldn’t accept Hunter and Archer’s decision to join the Board, the former earning $50,000 per month for this even as he was receiving Secret Service protection as Vice-President Biden’s son. But, now we know more.
What we have learned, as usual from the foreign press is this:
Moscow’s claim that Hunter Biden helped finance a US military ‘bioweapons’ research program in Ukraine is at least partially true, according to new emails obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com…
But emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop show he helped secure millions of dollars of funding for Metabiota, a Department of Defense contractor specializing in research on pandemic-causing diseases that could be used as bioweapons.
He also introduced Metabiota to an allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas firm, Burisma, for a ‘science project’ involving high biosecurity level labs in Ukraine.
And although Metabiota is ostensibly a medical data company, its vice president emailed Hunter in 2014 describing how they could ‘assert Ukraine’s cultural and economic independence from Russia’ – an unusual goal for a biotech firm.
Emails and defense contract data reviewed by DailyMail.com suggest that Hunter had a prominent role in making sure Metabiota was able to conduct its pathogen research just a few hundred miles from the border with Russia…
Hunter and his colleagues at his investment firm Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners (RSTP) routinely raised millions of dollars for technology companies, hoping the firms would take off and make them all fortunes…
RSTP was a subsidiary of Rosemont Capital, an investment company founded by Hunter and former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz in 2009.
Metabiota also has close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), suspected to be the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Get the picture? Heinz, although he got out at some point when he sensed Hunter and Archer had taken a step too far, was part of a sprawling corporatist outfit named after his family’s Rosemont estate and the entire focus of the effort was to trade on his stepfather’s and Hunter’s father’s position in the Obama administration. They were in the middle of murky deals between and among the U.S. government, China and Ukraine at a minimum, all designed to profit from the activities of public policies from an inside perspective. And, this was as the public messaging was directed toward supposedly protecting Ukraine from Russian influence and the Heinz Endowments was telling us fracking was dangerous (even as Burisma, the company with whom the Rosemont outfit was doing business, was promoting it).
Nothing, in other words, was as it seemed at the time. It was all a Potemkin Village facade. But it’s just one of many such facades and Katie Muth has erected another.
As we noted recently, Katie, for some peculiar reason, has started worrying about Dimock and showing up in Senator Gene Yaw’s district along with hacks from Attorney General and governor wanna-a-be Josh Shapiro’s office. They’ve been trying to dig up old bones and finding nothing, as has been the pattern time after time. But, that’s not all.
Katie is trying to halt the plans of Eureka Resources, LLC to construct an “Oil and Gas Liquid Waste Treatment Facility.” Because the facility would discharge some treated wastewater it requires a DEP permit and, Katie, who is apparently opposed to treating wastewater and reducing its volume through recycling because she wants to stop all natural gas development is suing to challenge DEP permit issuance. She has filed with the Environmental Hearing Board and you can read all the documents here. Her own affidavit offers the following over-the-top and unserious excuse for suing:
My name is Katie J. Muth, and I live in Montgomery County in Royersford, PA. As a lifelong Pennsylvanian resident, my personal experience with waters of the Commonwealth spans many counties. Pollution to our waterways affects all watersheds and adjacent and downstream ecosystems.
For decades, Pennsylvania has been held hostage by corporate polluters who have exploited our Commonwealth’s constitutionally protected natural resources, all for the sake of increasing their profits, regardless of the impact on the public and their commonly held assets of public natural resources. Legacy pollution left behind by the coal, timber, and extraction industries has left our creeks, streams, rivers and waterways with irreparable damage. The constitutional rights of residents across this state have been suffocated and decimated by corporate polluters that are permitted by the state agencies that exist to protect the public. Oil and gas operators already receive billions in annual state funded subsidies and benefit from loopholes in both state and federal laws. It is unacceptable for our state government to continue to allow any further contamination and constitutional violations. Allowing direct discharge of pollutants from oil and gas waste containing harmful substances such as uranium, radium 226, 228, BTEX, and other toxic constituents used during the cradle to grave cycle of the extraction process is a failure of government.
I make the foregoing statements subject to the penalties of 18 Pa. C.S. § 4904 relating to unsworn falsification to authorities. Each statement made in this Affidavit and Exhibits are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief.
These remarks, which must have been resurrected from her 8th grade essay competition, is utterly laughable, bereft of any meaningful facts or argument and ignorant of the fact the Susquehanna River Basin Commission has repeatedly observed there is no discernible impact on the quality of stream water in the basin as a result of natural gas development. Her affidavit is a complete joke but she knows it will resonate with some of her constituency, of course, and she would appear to have higher political aspirations.
But, her own affidavit is not even the worst part of her lawsuit. That would be the collection of affidavits from the usual suspects (Ray Kemble, Scott Ely, et al). And, what was most amazing was one from an individual we haven’t heard from in quite some time by the name of Rebecca Roter who moved fro Georgia in 2015 and now says this (after, no less, admitting the Department of Health said her water was safe to drink):
I lost my home in my native PA as I could not live my house with no usable water and care for my late/then 83 year old father who had sever osteoporosis and alzheimers…
I lost my home to oil and gas development impacts to my “commonwealth” well water and I am concerned that others will to.
Roter twice says she lost her home. Now, before I tell you the truth, think about the fact this is the testimony a Pennsylvania State Senator is offering to a court to advance her own career, while pretending to be a warrior for water quality. Think about that as you read this from a 2016 post where I addressed what really happened with Rebecca Roter’s property, because the truth is that she split her estate, separating mineral rights from the land so she could maximize returns from both:
Was that really the reason Roter left? Who knows? One thing we can be sure of, though, is that this fractivist saw a very nice increase in property values as a result of shale gas activity in her neighborhood.
Following the publication of my post Saturday, a reader who regularly monitors Susquehanna County real estate transactions wrote to send me four public documents. They included a 2008 gas lease, a 2010 gas lease ratification, a 2014 mineral rights deed and a 2015 deed for surface rights to real estate; all four documents executed by Rebecca Roter…
All four documents relate to a 65.74 acre property in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania; a property apparently purchased for $86,500 in the late 1980’s that generated a minimum of $750,000 in revenue related to the gas underneath the land and another $300,000 for the surface rights to the land and the structures. She and her former husband received over $11,400 per acre for their mineral rights and were still able to sell the land and 3,500 square feet house for $300,000. I don’t know how much the Roters received as a lease bonus payment in 2008, but you can be sure it was also significant if standard payments at that time (as much as $2,500 per acre) are any indication.
Yet, despite this hard evidence, Roter lists herself as a “PA Shale Gas Refugee” in this piece of Food & Water Watch propaganda issued less than six months ago. Do a couple who walk away with a minimum of $11,400 per acre for land still salable as $300,000 of real estate constitute “refugees” as she puts it?
The website Broadly also reported this about Roter in June of this year:
Unlike some residents, she could afford to leave the area without selling her house, but felt an “additional moral obligation” to remain.
Curiously, Broadly never tells its readers Roter had, in fact, sold her house and her mineral rights and left Susquehanna County. She had not “remained” and had already sold her property more than a year before either the PublicSource or the Broadly article appeared. Her motives, of course, are only known to her. Nonetheless, one thing is crystal clear. Her property went way up in value. That is a simple fact. And, it’s gone up further since with only the home and 10.41 acres of the property selling for $329,000 earlier this year.
Amazing isn’t it? Rebecca Roter didn’t lose her property. Rather, she sold a property she had purchased for $86,500 in pieces for over $1 million after using it as a second home over most of the intervening period. And, her water was drinkable according to the Department of Health. Katie Muth’s case to support her ridiculous claims is built on such as this.
What we see in Muth’s case, as in the matter of Chris Heinz, is someone who has been intent on manipulating our institutions to achieve some sort of personal gain. It has become endemic and these two examples are just a tiny bit of the evidence. Everything is corrupted and as another commenter on Neil Oliver’s video notes, “once we have seen it we can’t unsee it.” Are we seeing a great awakening, though? Once we learn we cannot believe anything we’re told, we are driven to create something in which we can believe and so I have hope.
Postscript: There’s something very curious about Katie Muth’s case. She is using a comparatively unknown attorney by the mame of Lisa Ann Johnson from Wexford, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh) to represent her. Johnson uses a Post Office address for her law office and, based on the phone number given in the lawsuit, apparently has also formerly used the name of Lisa A. Pampena in connection with an entity called Phoenix Law & Consulting Group. Why would a State Senator from Southeast PA use an obscure attorney from the other side of the state in Southwest PA to represent her in a case in Northeast PA? There is something very strange about this.
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