Exposed: the Judge in the Monsanto-Maui lawsuit is tainted

by Jon Rappoport

November 26, 2014

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In a previous article, I ran down Judge Barry Kurren’s wife’s connections to big biotech in Hawaii.

Now I have more. Much more.

Judge Kurren is overseeing the Monsanto/Dow lawsuit against Maui, where the people recently voted to halt Monsanto/Dow GMO research.

Does the Judge have a conflict of interest?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Until at least the fall of 2011, Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, was a trustee of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (twitter), a 6-billion-dollar environmental group.

TNC specializes in working with mega-corporations, who donate major money, in return for receiving TNC’s “good housekeeping seal of approval” as friends of the environment.

It’s all very cozy.

In 2011, TNC leveraged a blockbuster deal. Dow pledged a $10 million donation. In exchange, Dow could forthwith use the TNC logo on its site and all its products.

That’s like painting a cobra’s hood with Mr. Rogers’ face.

This would be the same Dow whose GMO/pesticide experiments on Maui the voters decided to stop.

The voter stoppage provoked the lawsuit from Dow and Monsanto.

Faye’s husband Barry is the Judge in the case.

Faye was a trustee at TNC, who took $10 million from Dow.

So…what are the chances Faye’s husband will step on Dow’s face in the lawsuit?

Getting the picture?

There’s more.

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TNC’s business council includes luminaries like Monsanto, Coca Cola, and of course, Dow.

Among TNC’s corporate funders: again, Dow; Coke, DuPont, Pepsi.

Could the ban-GMO movement ask for more vicious enemies?

Search the extensive TNC website and try to find one negative mention of GMOs or toxic pesticides in their “championing of the environment.”

And what about the boss at TNC?

The CEO is Mark Tercek, former managing partner at what Matt Taibbi calls the “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”:

Goldman Sachs.

Tercek is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the vampire squid’s brother.

Tercek writes: “We would also be smart to put more focus on making GMO technology available to lower-income farmers, given the potential benefits that climate-resilient GMO crops could bring to the developing world.”

“Climate-resilient.” Sure. What’s wrong with those damn crops that keep demanding decent weather? Fix them with new genes from Dow. Can’t wait for food that doesn’t need water or topsoil.

To repeat: Faye Kurren, Judge Kurren’s wife, was a TNC trustee.

Case closed.

Find a new Judge.

This one’s tainted.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

12 comments on “Exposed: the Judge in the Monsanto-Maui lawsuit is tainted

  1. From Québec says:

    We are not out of the woods yet, and it is important that we continue to fight these criminals who are poisoning us.

    Once we succeed banning GMO, we also have to fight them to ban chemtrails. What is in their chemtrails? These chemicals also fall on the farmer’s fields and surely contaminate the foods and water.

    They are probably the same group of people from the criminal GMO gang, since corruption attracts corruption.

    When all this is done, we will have to fight Big Pharma and their toxic drugs and vaccines.

    And next: Fight corrupted governments.

    Lot’s of fighting ahead for us.
    But we can do it.

    “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
    ― Thomas A. Edison

    • From Québec says:

      On second thought, maybe it would be better to start fighting the corrupted governments first.

      They are the ones who are giving the okay for all that poisoning.

      With good governments, none of the above list would be allowed.

  2. John Hartley says:

    Great job Jon, keep telling the truth. BAN GMO BAN GLYPHOSATE

  3. arcadia11 says:

    actually, the pope is jewish.

    thanks for all the important need-to-know ammo.

    No man survives when freedom fails,
    The best men rot in filthy jails,
    And those who cry ‘appease, appease’
    Are hanged by those they tried to please.
    Hiram Mann

  4. Here’s a page right off the Hawaiian TNC Site describing their relationship with DOW-greenwashed, of course:

    The Science Behind Valuing Nature
    Conservancy Scientists and the Dow Collaboration

    “… what we learn here will have benefits far beyond Dow.”
    — Jennifer Molnar, Conservancy scientist
    By Darci Palmquist

    How might corporations do business differently if they knew the full value nature brings to their bottom line? That’s a question The Nature Conservancy is trying to answer through its collaboration with the Dow Chemical Company.

    And to get to those answers, the Conservancy is doing some groundbreaking science — science that will change the way conservation does business, too.

    The Dow – Nature Conservancy collaboration has already made progress toward a next generation sustainability approach for business.

    “As a scientist, the Dow collaboration is really exciting,” says Jennifer Molnar, director of the Conservancy’s Sustainability Science program. “It requires new thinking and creative problem-solving. And what we learn here will have benefits far beyond Dow — we’ll be able to apply these tools and information to other companies and in other areas around the world.”

    Molnar is leading a small team of scientists and economists — some of the Conservancy’s brightest minds — in tackling the big conservation-related questions the Dow collaboration raises, such as:

    How can a company account for the value of water to its business operations and help find solutions to sustain water flow — not just for the company, but for other water users as well as nature?

    Can corporate investment in large-scale tree planting both help a company meet air-quality compliance standards and provide new incentives for funding forest restoration?
    To protect facilities from natural hazards like hurricanes, when should businesses invest in “green infrastructure” (like a coastal wetland) instead of or in addition to building “grey infrastructure” (like a seawall)?

    Through three analyses at Dow’s installations along the Texas Gulf Coast, Conservancy scientists will explore answers to these questions — and benefit conservation as well as the natural resources Dow depends on, says Molnar.

    Each year, Dow and the Nature Conservancy release a report on the progress of the collaboration:

    2011 Progress Report:

    2012 Progress Report:

    2013 Progress Report:

    In 2013, the collaboration received the Harvard Kennedy School’s Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership.

    “This collaboration gives us a chance to apply conservation science information and tools in new ways in a business context, with Dow pilot sites as laboratories to test these new applications,” she explains.

    “By integrating information about the value of nature into Dow’s decisions, we can identify ways that investing in nature makes business sense,” she adds. “And the methods and tools we develop can then be used by other companies — as well as by conservationists — to better understand the value of nature.”

    “Ultimately, we’re hoping our science can help make a business case for conservation.”

    Continue reading about the questions Conservancy scientists are analyzing as part of the Dow collaboration, keep up with news about their research, and hear them speak at events around the globe.

    Darci Palmquist is a senior science writer with The Nature Conservancy.

    Page Last Modified: April 2014
    Page Originally Posted: January 2012:

    Further, the list of OTHER Companies involved on an Executive Business Council Level is stunning to say the least:

    Focusing on biodiversity preservation, habitat conservation and natural resource management.

    The Nature Conservancy’s overarching Corporate Engagement strategy is to encourage and help companies incorporate the value of nature into their business decisions. The Conservancy believes that embedding nature’s benefits [and accounting for avoided costs] into business practices will lead to substantial conservation outcomes while offering opportunities to achieve improved business performance.

    Protecting the environment and building stronger businesses can be mutually reinforcing. Changing the ways companies value and interact with the natural resources they impact and depend on presents a tremendous opportunity to transform corporate policy and practice for the benefit of both nature and people.

    As part of that effort, the Conservancy created the Business Council as a consultative forum and collaborative platform for action and learning to advance the business case for nature.

    The Council is comprised of industry-leading companies that have the ability to impact the development of best practices. The Council works to advance this vision by sharing in-depth case studies, scientific research, business tools, and economic data with company representatives. The Council also provides opportunities for cross-sector information sharing, setting the stage for significant conservation outcomes and business performance.

    The Business Council provides its member companies the opportunity to:

    Learn about the latest Nature Conservancy science, conservation projects and corresponding implications and opportunities for the private sector
    Develop business tools and economic cases that incorporate the value of nature into business practices
    Connect with cross-sector business leaders, policy experts, and leading scientists
    Collaborate to establish the public policies, best practices, and enabling conditions for a sustainable economic future
    Videos: Hear what companies such as The Dow Chemical Company and The Coca-Cola Company have to say about the importance of sustainability efforts and their engagement with the Conservancy.


    Invitation and continued membership is at the discretion of The Nature Conservancy. By participating in the Council, members are demonstrating an interest in integrating conservation and stewardship into their business strategy while supporting biodiversity, habitat conservation and good environmental practices.

    Bank of America
    Barrick Gold
    The Boeing Company
    BP America, Inc.
    Chevron Corporation
    The Coca-Cola Company
    The Dow Chemical Company
    Duke Energy
    Ecolab, Inc.
    Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Starbucks Coffee Company
    Xerox Corporation Ltd.

    Smoking gun? Not precisely, but in light of your article, JON…as ‘Spock’ would put it, “Interesting…”

    • From Québec says:

      What a bunch of balony!

      Sure, sure! These membership’s agencies are here to help us.

      “Don’t shoot, we are your friends”

      We are not stupid, they cannot fool us anymore, we’ve been down that sorry road before.

      • R Andrew Ohge aka Dr Rex Dexter says:

        THAT was a WHOLE new level of shillery. The Excerpts above were right off the TNC Site, NOT made up-and more trans parent than they intended.

        Like BOTH our “Governments”, these agencies are only here to TELL us they want to help us, do a little lip service here, a token project there, while they enable the Corporate Pirates they serve to give us all a “right good rogering.”

        My ass and wallet have been getting seriously scarred, brother.

    • Quintinn Holi (Kanaka Maoli) says:

      All Lies you people make me sick. Shame on all of you who are part of this. Just because of money your going to put the Hawaiian people in harms way. Shame!!!!!!!

  5. Suzanne Case says:

    We are living in times where the boundaries are blurred because of people who are connected to the industry who have been duped into believing that these mega corporations are benign. It is in all actuality, the good people (who have been duped) who are benign.. and are faced with the inconvenient truth of who signs their paychecks. The truth is often concealed by autocratic systems that grew out of humble beginnings and innocently or unwittingly accepting the ‘generosity’ from these giant companies. At the time it seems fabulous and people rise quickly, but in actuality, those very people have been used to win favor for these companies. In the end, the difficult choice must be made to either continue with the facade or to walk away from the bureaucratic constraints these companies have managed to impose on the rest of society through their vast network of connections in high places both in the judicial system and in the gov’t.. They rely on people to settle their differences from the dilemma this creates. Most of our beloved institutions are infiltrated, now. 4H…conservation, universities, charities…everywhere you look they are there.
    Where do we go from here if people are afraid to lose their cushy jobs? How do we bring them out of the borg?

  6. andrewfitts says:

    Thanks from here on Kauai, on the front lines. It is a travesty that our local governance is being taken away from us and given to the state. And all by fraud and tainted justice. There is so much exotic poison being sprayed on our little island right now. And this is what they willingly report.

    BTW, Omidyar’s dairy on the south side (Poipu) was just voted in. What an insane project in a tourist area near the ocean! Are they trying to make this island uninhabitable?

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