Trustees and Provost promote learning technology that benefits trustee clients and is stolen from OSU alums
The topic of sexual assault has exploded onto the national scene in the mainstream media in recent weeks. After all, who can argue that it is not a worthy topic at any time, anywhere? However, the overemphasis appears to be yet another distraction from analysis of the Obama Administration's mounting policy failures. The fact that OSU's Drake is playing that hand triggered AFI researchers to investigate his past. The skeletons were not hard to find.
Drake's arrogant disregard for the public outcry against this decision will likely get him run out of Ohio on rails, according to sources close to the situation. Photo: Ohio State.
(Aug. 13, 2014)—A regular AFI commenter provided a heads up about the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative. That investigation has opened Pandora’s Box. Readers will be surprised at the path those facts have taken. Strap on your seatbelts.
MOOC is a heavily promoted education initiative of The Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse is also the source of the theft of Leader Technologies’ source code as AFI has only recently discovered. Eclipse illegally gave Leader’s code to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, among others. See previous post.
Eclipse was founded by IBM in late 2001 while Leader was perfecting its invention and sharing the progress with their attorneys. Hindsight shows those attorneys were untrustworthy. IBM’s attorneys included Leader’s attorney, James P. Chandler, III, and David J. Kappos, later Obama’s Patent Office director. According to Leader, Chandler did not disclose his conflict of interest which now appears to be the genesis of Eclipse… and therefore, MOOC.
As a parting act, Kappos secretly ordered Leader’s patent invalidated last year, even though Leader proved in federal court that Facebook is guilty of infringing this patent on 11 of 11 counts. Kappos was obviously under orders from his former employer. See previous post.
As we reported in the previous post, Eclipse promotes “The Internet of Things” whereby Eclipse members control all digital communications globally, right down to your toaster.
Eclipse wants control of global education via MOOC
MOOC surrogates have been moved into prominent academic positions to facilitate Eclipse hegemony.
Take Ohio State University for example. MOOC advocates have targeted Ohio State and Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute. Battelle has $6.2 billion in annual revenue, much of it from government contracts. Ohio State’s budget for 2014 is $5.2 billion.
Ohio State’s Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz pitches MOOC
In May 2013, Ohio State’s current Provost, Joseph E. Steinmetz, heavily promoted MOOC in his farewell Observer article as outgoing President of the Association for Psychological Science.
In the article Steinmetz sang the praises of “Big Data” and Internet-based education. He wrote “The Internet is changing this world” and singled out MOOCS. Four months later, Google announced its commitment to MOOC. Oracle followed in lockstep.
Jeffrey Wadsworth, OSU Trustee President, gives contracts to Google and Oracle, who are clients of his Battelle lobbyist, McBee Strategic
The President of the Ohio State Board of Trustees is Jeffrey Wadsworth. Wadsworth has been the CEO and President of Battelle since December 2008, and an OSU trustee since June 2010. Between 1992 to 2002 Wadsworth was Deputy Director of Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) managed by the University of California trustees.
One of Wadsworth/Battelle’s Washington DC lobbyists is McBee Strategic LLC. McBee lists at least twelve (12) current clients with Ohio State contracts and relationships, including Oracle and Google. Other relationships include Alcoa, Babcock & Wilcox, Boeing, Charter Communications, Enterprise Community Partners, GE Energy, Honeywell, JPMorgan, Praxair and Time Warner Cable.
OSU decisions that benefit Google, Oracle and 10 other firms also benefit McBee Strategic, Wadsworth's lobbyist—classic conflicts of interest
By promoting MOOC and McBee’s dozen Ohio State clients, Steinmetz and Wadsworth are benefiting Wadsworth personally. Such conduct is a classical conflict of interest.
As AFI readers know, McBee Strategic plays prominently in the Leader v. Facebook judicial corruption. Facebook’s trial attorney in Leader v. Facebook, Cooley Godward LLP, is partners with McBee, and those two firms are believed to have directed much of the cronyism of the failed energy stimulus in which tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars were shuffled to political hacks of the current Administration.
Irony: Ohio State steals valuable intellectual property from an Ohio State grad—Michael McKibben
Ironically, since MOOC relies on Eclipse source code originally stolen from Columbus, Ohio-based Leader Technologies, Inc., Ohio State is promoting the stolen property of one of its own—Leader’s inventor, Michael McKibben, who is a ‘73 Ohio State civil engineering graduate and 4-year member as well as squad leader of the famed OSU band. We asked him for his reaction to these new developments regarding MOOC and OSU. He said, "I am not surprised, but I am saddened that the ethical standards among the OSU leadership are simply following the herd."
McKibben continued, "That's probably why they are attacking the band. The OSU band is where I first encountered a culture that worked hard, strived for excellence, knew how to have fun in working hard, and took the high ground. The Animal House innuendo is so not who we were, or who the current band is. It's an insulting, nasty smear campaign."
Michael V. Drake’s conflicts of interest
OSU Trustee President Wadsworth’s University of California ties to Ohio State’s new president, Dr. Michael V. Drake, have come under scrutiny in recent weeks. Drake was director of policy for the UC medical schools and was chancellor at UC Irvine. Wadsworth worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which was managed by the UC Trustees. Neither man had prior ties to Ohio or Ohio State.
Drake fired Ohio State’s beloved marching band director, Jonathan Waters, during his first week on the job. The charges now appear to be fabricated. The purpose of the Waters’ mistreatment is unclear.
Waters is the creator of the animated marching formations that went viral last year on YouTube, and were then featured on an Apple iPad commercial. The iPad commercial generated $30 million to the University, according to Yahoo News.
Undisclosed financial ties have been discovered between Drake and former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery. Those ties involve a Stanford medical colleague, Woodrow A. Myers, and a fellow Black Community Services award winner and officer of Wellpoint, Inc. Wellpoint made a political donation in 2006 to Montgomery.
Michael Drake “knew or should have known” about a political donation made to Betty Montgomery by his Stanford colleague, Woodrow A. Myers
Using Drake’s argument for firing OSU Marching Band Director Jon Waters, Drake “knew or should have known” that Betty Montgomery had taken political money from his Stanford colleague Woodrow A. Myers.
Michael Drake “knew or should have known” that his friend Woodrow A. Myers’ association with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is in conflict with OSU Trustee Erin P. Hoeflinger, on all matters she advocates
Myers was also corporate medical director at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. OSU Trustee Erin P. Hoeflinger is the current president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Ohio. This conflict of interest casts a cloud of bias over Drake’s and Hoeflinger’s association on the OSU Trustees, especially on healthcare-related matters.
Michael Drake “knew or should have known” that Arent Fox LLP represents at least four clients of the OSU Trustee President Jeff Wadsworth’s lobbyist, McBee Strategic
Drake selected the Arent Fox LLP law firm to conduct further investigations into the OSU band. However, he failed to disclose that Arent represents at least four of McBee Strategic’s Ohio State clients (Google, Oracle, Honeywell, Time Warner), and therefore cannot be impartial.
Vaughn's bio says he graduated from UC Berkeley, then attended UC Hastings law school, then received an MPA from Harvard. His pedigree fits the now familiar profile of the corrupt Facebook Cartel. Photo: ZoomInfo.
Michael Drake “knew or should have known” that David Vaughn Consulting Group was formed less than two weeks before he hired Vaughn
A criminal lawyer, David Vaughn Consulting Group, was hired for the Waters investigation. Vaughn’s website is only one page and was created less than two weeks before he was hired by Drake. This gives the impression that the website was created just for the OSU affair. The site is poorly implemented, which further supports the notion that it was thrown up hurriedly for his friend, Michael V. Drake, and Betty Montgomery .
Since Jon Waters was fired on July 24, 2014, Michael Drake has dodged questions from reporters.
Bizarre Linkage—Culture of Undisclosed Conflicts
The conflicts of interest among Drake, Steinmetz, MOOC, Oracle, Google, The Eclipse Foundation, Myers, Montgomery, Vaughn, Arent Fox, UC, Stanford, McBee Strategic, Wadsworth and Battelle, and this bizarre set of linkages among the Jon Waters affair, the theft of Leader Technologies’ code, and the global MOOC initiative, are puzzling facts.
MOOC certainly figures prominently into the misconduct of the OSU leadership. But, how did Director Jon Waters and the OSU Marching Band threaten that collusion?
Regardless of the marching band connection, OSU's leaders have much to answer for regarding their "Culture of Undisclosed Conflicts."
Perhaps it is all just coincidental. However, the coincidences in the Leader v. Facebook matter are now piled so high and deep that they are starting to block out the sun… can anyone say “eclipse?”
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OSU Marching Band 2014 Trailer, Jon Waters, director
Source: YouTube — http://youtu.be/1NJDV_BmXb8
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