Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

"The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research." How vague is that? Joke name, or is this an actual organization whose activities and goals are somewhat secret? Apparently it's the latter (yes, it's been mentioned at this web site in the past). Patricia Evans shares the dirt. I hope your right-click buttons are working, since each link tells more of the story:

"The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Pittsylvania County was built to advance United Nations Agenda 21, Sustainability. We were told the Institute would "create jobs" but it has been a dismal failure, proving once again that fascism doesn't create prosperity. The Institute highlights the failures of United Nations Agenda 21 policies and reminds us that government doesn't create businesses or jobs, but will waste huge amounts of money trying.  Million's are being wasted and after 11 years we get  "Dan River Plants" with the hope of 40 seed germinating jobs!

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research http://www.ialr.org/  has announced  its first ( possibly ) successful commercial venture, Dan River Plants may hire up to 40 "propagation" technicians ( to produce more plants by seeds, cuttings, grafting etc.) in the next few years. 

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research receives grant money from:

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission
Take a look at how this Commission spends money!  http://www.tic.virginia.gov/recentgrantawards.shtml  Please note, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research received $5 million in 2011 for Development of Renewable Energy R&D. They received $5 million in 2010 in Partnership with HELIOS to develop Renewable Photovoltaic Energy Technology in SWVA.  And In 2009, they received $750,000 for "operating funds for Sustainable Energy Technology."
And The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission seems to be a driving force behind the "Advanced Manufacturing" scheme. They have a section of future expenditures devoted to "Advanced Manufacturing" here:  http://www.tic.virginia.gov/pdfs/grantfunding/Education/FY13/5%2023%2013%20-%20Education%20Approvals.pdf    Our government bureaucracy has decided we need more welders, but what about other skills?  We have a dangerous shortage of electricians, plumbers, farmers, etc. while young adults with college degrees are unemployed and drowning in debt. Our education system is producing welfare recipients, a lost generation.

In 1998, the Attorneys General of 46 states signed the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the four largest tobacco companies in the United States to settle state suits to recover billions of dollars in costs associated with treating smoking-related illnesses. Virginia’s share will be $4.1 billion...

That's how we got The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission's seven grant programs intended to accomplish the economic revitalization and diversification of Virginia’s tobacco-growing region, Southern and Southwest Virginia. The grant programs provide project funding to implement economic development activities that are consistent with the Commission’s mission, Strategic Plan and each program’s guidelines. To date, the Commission has awarded 1,602 grants totaling more than $962 million."    

Mission: to: (i) provide payments to tobacco farmers as compensation for the adverse economic effects resulting from loss of investment in specialized tobacco equipment and barns and lost tobacco production opportunities associated with a decline in quota; and (ii) revitalize tobacco dependent communities. The Commission shall have only those powers enumerated in § 3.2-3103 
Strategic Plan, Vision: "Commission seeks to accelerate regional transformation..."

If Southern and Southwest Virginians don't feel revitalized,  just look at how the money is being spent on United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainability. We may not be revitalized, but we are certainly being transformed: http://www.tic.virginia.gov/recentgrantawards.shtml

And we need to understand the purpose, "the Original intent" of The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research:

From Agenda 21, Chapter 34: Transfer Of Environmentally Sound Technology, Cooperation And Capacity-building  http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-34.htm
                                                                                                   Establishment of a collaborative network of research centres:

...establish demonstration centres which are linked with the national institutions, in close cooperation with the private sector...through the involvement of both public and private enterprises and research facilities, as well as funding for technical cooperation among programmes... This should include developing links among these facilities to maximize their efficiency in understanding, disseminating and implementing technologies for sustainable development. Support should be provided for programmes of cooperation and assistance, including those provided by United Nations agencies, international organizations, and other appropriate public and private organizations.
Danville Regional Foundation President and CEO Karl Stauber said the struggle to marry science and business and produce employment offspring has played out over the country at similar institutions...
“It’s very hard for research-based institutions to spin out successful businesses..."
But Gov. Bob McDonnell is still trying to sell the United Nations "Advanced Manufacturing" scheme stating “Dan River Plants’ project highlights the high-level of cooperation in the commonwealth between our research universities, the private sector, and our local and regional economic development allies. It also underscores the economic transformation taking place in Southern Virginia as the region leverages its agricultural and manufacturing heritage to create employment opportunities using modern technology.”

The failures of fascism and Agenda 21... But don't worry, they are not going to give up. They will continue to waste huge amounts of money trying to "create jobs" and controlling our property and our lives.

"That "original intent" — to develop a research facility that created jobs in our community — was and is the only reason to keep the Institute open. If it can’t do that, then the efforts of local, state and federal elected representatives, economic developers and key business leaders will have been a waste." Read more below....

This is a good editorial from The Danville Register & Bee Editorial Board:

Thursday’s job announcement was more than a decade in the making. It marks the first commercial venture to be spun off from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

The new company, Dan River Plants, has developed commercial relationships with nurseries that want plants grown just for them. Dan River Plants may eventually employ as many as 40 plant propagation technicians during its own growth phase.
That’s great news for the Dan River Region.
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research was sold to this community as a way to turn laboratory research into commercial ventures that could employ local people. That was the only reason to support the Institute’s development, construction and ongoing operations.
The Institute’s side businesses — conferences and higher education classes — could have been done anywhere. But the people of the Dan River Region put their trust — and millions of dollars — in a core concept that was eventually tossed aside.
To say that the Institute "lost its way" is galling, as was the revelation earlier this year that the Institute’s conference business was actually losing money. You can’t reinvent the economy of this or any other community by losing money hosting wedding receptions and high school reunions.
The Dan River Plant Propagation Center was just another money-losing venture with a flawed business plan — a few plants selling at high prices.
Eventually, the Danville Regional Foundation suspended funding.
"I think when we pulled the money and said, ‘you sold yourself as a business enterprise,’ that was kind a wake-up call," said Karl Stauber, the president and CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation. "Then they demonstrated they could make it happen."
That started the Dan River Plant Propagation Center back on the road to recovery, and that meant the hard work of developing plants that companies would buy.
"Dan River Plants is a realization of that key goal, that original intent," the Institute’s deputy director, Michael Duncan, said recently.
That "original intent" — to develop a research facility that created jobs in our community — was and is the only reason to keep the Institute open. If it can’t do that, then the efforts of local, state and federal elected representatives, economic developers and key business leaders will have been a waste.
Dan River Plants is a success, and this is a good time to celebrate how far the company has come.
But the leaders of the Institute must realize that the people who have paid the bills need more of these announcements.

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson"