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extraordinary crime: The killing of 700 elk in Minnesota
By Marti Oakley
Posted at 4:15 pm cst
read that a prized herd of 700 elk in southeastern Minnesota
was being destroyed by sharpshooters under the employ of the
USDA, I just couldn’t help but wonder what was really going
on. Supposedly, from all published accounts, a dead cow had
tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. This
supposedly occurred in January of 2009 and the herd has been
quarantined since that time. In my opinion, this is what
the elk herd really suffered from:
Chronic, “These elk are in the way of our new investment and
building plans; help us get rid of them” disease.
INVESTMENTS UNVEILS PLANS FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER AT ELK
from this publication: (excerpted)
Pine Island, Minn. – (June 18, 2008)
Investments, LLC announced today at
the Bio2008 International Convention in San Diego, Calif.,
plans for the Biotechnology Center at Elk Run (BCER)
research, development and manufacturing facility. The center
is a nonprofit organization committed to the development of
biotechnology firms, technologies and services. Its first
home—part of the 200-acre BioBusiness Park at Elk Run—is the
first building slated for construction as part of the
2,325-acre master planned Elk Run development. (end
Unfortunately for Tower Investments, a herd of 700 elk stood
in the way of their grand scheme. Actually, the herd
represented a minor nuisance as Tower Investments
immediately began working with local Representative, (D) Tim
Waltz which proved quite beneficial.
Run project (BCER) was to break ground in the last quarter
of 2008 but there was that problem with the elk herd
residing on an estimated 1800 acres of what had now been
re-designated as a development site encompassing a total of
2,325 acres. What’s a billion dollar investor to do? Who
would help him protect his new biotechnology development
plans (like we need more facilities like this); where could
he turn for help in ridding himself and his investment firm
from those stupid elk which had the misfortune of getting in
the cavalry trumpets: In rides the USDA and the rest is
history; along with that herd of elk.
Supposedly, a dead elk cow is tested positive for chronic
wasting disease. The herd is immediately quarantined by the
USDA while other necessary arrangements and provisions are
secured by Tower Investments. My goodness! This was a truly
convenient event. Who could have possibly predicted
The Worthington Globe, a small southeastern Minnesota
Reported that Steven Burrill,
A venture capitalist would invest $1 billion in Pine
Island's Elk Run. Of course, I wondered just who Mr.
Burrill was. I found my answers here.
July 30, 2009
article appeared in the NashvillePost.com
Nashville firm involved in
$1B Minn. Project
By Walker Duncan – NashvillePost.com
This week, the
project took a major step forward when the Minnesota
Department of Transportation awarded $14.6 million for an
interchange next to the property. MnDOT’s investment is the
state’s first official pledge for the interchange and the
result of extensive advocacy by Tower, Pine Island
officials, state representatives and U.S. legislators.
announcement about the project, it was noted that the U.S.
Congressman for the area, Democrat Tim Walz, has recommended
that federal stimulus funds be considered for infrastructure
and road improvements that are key to the development
I think it’s safe
to presume that Tower Investments turned to Rep. Tim Waltz
(D) and from all accounts, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R), and
several others to help facilitate this new “investment”.
the planned slaughter of this prize herd of Elk commenced,
water and sewer lines are being laid at the development and
the state is expected to advertise for bids for a Hwy. 52
interchange, so that building can begin in early 2010.
September 21, 2009
The killing of the Elk herd commences.
USDA announces it
will store the dead animals in cold storage until testing
can be completed. Then the animals will be disposed of
using a digestive bacteria which will leave no evidence of
the animal…..and no evidence of their fowl deed.
September 23, 2009
The killing of the Elk herd continues.
the USDA’s proclivity for pandering to giant bio-piracy
corporations, and their assaults on private and independent
producers to help pave the way for the seizure of food
production and supply here in the US, it surprises me not at
all to see their participation in this event. After all,
this gives their “sharpshooters” much needed experience in
how to drop an entire herd in one of their “stamping out”
those who might not be familiar with “stamping out”; This
comes from UN Agenda 21 wherein they claim the need to
return to a totally disease free environment (which has
never at any time existed) once a disease is identified
which renders that region undesirable by human beings;
unless of course you are planning a big bio-piracy center in
which case you can just pile up the supposed contaminated
topsoil behind a five foot fence; then everything will be
no one mentioned the same method of stamping out being
reflected in the new authority being granted to USDA/FDA
written into the recently passed HR 2749 Fake Food Safety
So what is this
new Center they are planning?, ..you might ask yourself.
Here in Towers own words, is what they have planned:
state-of-the-art BCER facility will not only promote
important progress in the
field, it will also create jobs and opportunities for
professionals in this
Alex Marks, senior vice president of Tower Investments. “We
have 40 total
operational staff with technical, scientific and engineering
experience, and we have already forged invaluable
collaborative relationships with biotech experts throughout
The PR spin
aside, I think we all can safely conclude that what is about
to be erected in southeastern Minnesota is another
bio-piracy corporation dedicated to altering natural
biodiversity, or, ending it altogether. This new BCER site
is not good news for family and independent agricultural
producers in the state.
And it certainly
isn’t good news for the 700 Elk being used as a practice run
in downing herds, by the USDA for the benefit of
international policies and private biotech investors.
The really bad
news here is: the obvious planning and staging of events
and political considerations and facilitation that allowed
this to happen in the first place.
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