Tuesday, 2 July 2013

SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd

This article discusses UK private company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) and its relationship with its "subsidiary" the blogging group Principia Scientific International (PSI). As a "work-in-progress" it will be updated as more information comes to light about PSIA. Relevant items will be transferred as appropriate from the article "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) which discussed the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group.



Acumen Ltd.

incorporating "subsidiary"

Principia Scientific International


now part of a private company promoting

The aim of this article is to publish the facts about PSI Acumen Ltd (PSIA) as far as they are understood and to express opinions based upon a reasonable interpretation of those facts. If any unintentional misrepresentation or misinterpretation is made then notification would be appreciated of where and how so that consideration can be given to what if any changes are needed or apologies warranted.

Updates to this article and supporting posts will be clearly identified as they are made. Most E-mails from which extracts are quoted here can be found at (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html). Quotes from E-mails available elsewhere will be followed by a direct link to the page where the full context can be found.

Latest Updates (See Appendix F - UPDATE RECORD for earlier updates)

2013-11-27 Updated all references to the PSI Acumen Ltd web-site to show that it is no longer available.
2013-12-13 Updated Appendix A, Note 21 with a link tp a cached version of the PSI Acumen Ltd "About" page as it was on 2nd August 2013 and Appendix D2 "I just bet my house".
2013-12-24 Renamed Appendix E to Appendix F and inserted new Appendix E "PSI Acumen Ltd. - Domain Details.
2014-01-27 Updated Appendix D1 "A Plea for Your Urgent Help".

"The struggle for truth continues"
John Anthony O'Sullivan

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill


This article relates closely to (and presently supplements) the information about PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) that has been provided in the article “SpotlightON – PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.” Section 7.6.2 PSI Acumen Ltd. (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html). Much of the information provided here about PSIA and its shareholders (two of them according to the Companies House records) is based upon what is provided in the PSIA “Application to Register a Company” (Appendix B). Some information presented here was from the PSIA web-pages at http://www.psi-acumen.net/ (no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21) and other Internet sources as well as from E-mail exchanges and 'phone conversations with relevant individuals and organisations.

1.1 General Claims

Entries in PSIA and Principia Scientific International (PSI) promotional Web-pages pointed out that the two organisations are inseparably connected. In particular, since the registration of PSIA on the 4th March 2013 there has been added in very small print at the foot of many of the PSI web-pages that “ .. (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. ” (bold added - see Section 2.3 PSI Legal Status).

On 17th March the PSI Acumen Ltd. "About"-page claimed that " .. PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by directors and principal shareholders, Walter J O’Brien and John O’Sullivan. Walt has 33 years’ experience as construction and manufacturing cost estimator and technical writer .. ". A direct link was provided via the name "Walter J O'Brien" to the "W. James O'Brien Associates" web-site (http://industrialcostanalysis.com/) which itself provided cross-links via both PSIA and PSI logos. This cross-linking was mentioned by the owner of W. James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis Services in his E-mail of 15th March 2013 confirming that he was the Walter James O'Brien named as a director of PSIA. He responded with " .. That should be obvious from the cross-linking on the sites .. " (see also Appendix A, Note 16).

In his E-mail of 19th April 2013 (copied to several of the PSI founding members and more recent recruits) Walter James O'Brien indicated that only about 3 weeks after the 4th March 2013 registration of PSIA he had changed his mind about this joint venture. He said " .. I have nothing to do with PSI either, folks. I dropped out around March 25th. I do not know why on earth the link to me is still there at the PSI Acumen site. I formally requested several times for that organisation to pull down my name and reference to my site. There are no signed agreements between me and O'Sullivan, PSI and PSI Acumen .. " - see also Section "2.1.1 Walter James O'Brien"). The PSI and PSIA logos and direct links from the "W. James O'Brien Associates" web-site to the PSIA and PSI web-sites were subsequently removed.

Despite Walter O’Brien’s unambiguous statement on April 2013 about no longer being associated with PSIA there has as yet (26th August 2013) been no update to the UK’s Companies House records about the shareholders and directors, still named as Walter O’Brien and John O’Sullivan. That claim to a connection with Walter O'Brien as principal shareholder was still being made on the PSIA web-site until mid-2013 under the heading "About PSI Acumen".

Although the PSIA "About"-page was updated to say that " .. PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by director and principal shareholder John O’Sullivan .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21)) these changes conflicted with the records available from the UK's Companies House. These continue (at 25th August 2013) to show in the Certificate of Registration that there are two PSIA directors, Walter James O'Brien with 60% (Section 2.1.1) and John Anthony O'Sullivan with 40% (Section 2.1.2). It appears that no updates to the original PSIA registration documents about any changes in ownership or directors have yet been recorded by Companies House. The only change notification which Companies House has provided so far about PSIA concerns its registered office (see Appendix A, Note 20).

The PSIA "About"-page also claimed that " .. PSIA is .. based in London .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21). Although the "Application to register a company" states the " .. Proposed Register Office Address: Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England SW11 3BY .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) it appears that this may simply be a mail forwarding service address shared with nearly 1000 other companies (see Appendix A, Note 2).

PSIA currently appears to be operated from the residence of shareholder John O'Sullivan in Norfolk, (see also Appendix A, Note 20 and http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltd).

On his LinkedIN profile John O'Sullivan refers to himself as “ .. CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a) but makes no mention of PSIA. Surprisingly John O'Sullivan makes no mention in his LinkedIN profile that he is a shareholder and director of PSIA. Further details are provided in the article “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International” Section 3.2 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

1.2 Claimed Competencies

The PSIA "About"-page says that “ .. John is CEO of Principia Scientific International (PSI), a body of more than 200 highly credentialed professional scientists and engineers. PSIA is the business affiliate of PSI and both organizations are inextricably linked in ethos and personnel .. ". The credibility of that claim about PSI membership is questioned in "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" Section 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims".

The PSIA "About"-page also states " .. PSIA draws extensively from PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs. The caliber of PSI’s personnel is second to none with no less than a quarter holding PhD qualifications in various scientific and engineering fields, a select list may be viewed here. Notable among them are engineers who worked on NASA’s Apollo space mission, a Nobel Physics Prize nominee and the immediate past president of one of Britain’s royal colleges. PSI's experts hold literally dozens of U.S. and international patents between them .. ".

That statement was made initially (March 2013) under the heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?", implying that PSI members were employed by PSI Acumen Ltd. Although that heading has now been removed the implication remains because the PSI web-pages still declare that " .. (PSI) .. is a .. subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. ” (see Section 2.2.1).

A closer look at " .. PSI's personnel .. " and the claims made about them can be found in "SpotlightON - Principia Scientific International" Sections 3.0 "PSI's Members" and 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

The PSIA "About"-page goes on to say that " .. PSIA is proudly associated with Anderson Materials Evaluation our preferred and highly reputed source for independent materials testing and analysis with whom we have enjoyed several years of successful project collaboration .. ". On 17th March 2013 these claims were drawn to the attention of PSI founding member Dr. Charles Anderson, co-owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation Inc. (http://www.andersonmaterials.com/our-team-2.html). His responses on 18th, 19th and 20th March included " .. I was not aware of this until just now. .. I have no idea who Walter James O'Broen is .. For the record .. I am not an employee of PSI Acumen Ltd.  My laboratory, Anderson Materials Evaluation, Inc., has never worked on a materials analysis project with a client with a connection to PSI Acumen Ltd. or PSI to the best of my knowledge.  I have not worked on a materials analysis project with John O'Sullivan to date.  John recently sent me a note apologizing for the premature posting of a PSI Acumen Ltd. website claiming a relationship with me and my laboratory before discussing it with me.  We have had no such discussion subsequently.  If I do take on any projects with PSI Acumen Ltd. in the future, it will be as an independent contractor .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).

1.3 Impact On PSI Members

PSI founding members and others who were involved in the 2010/2011 "PSI and Due Diligence" exchanges (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html) have been copied in recent E-mail exchanges on the subject of "Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd??!!??" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html). To date (2nd July 2013) only founding member Dr. Anderson has been prepared to comment on this take-over of PSI by PSIA. Of the others - Tim Ball, Alan Siddons, Bob Ashworth, Joe Olson, Oliver Manuel, Philip Foster, Malcolm Roberts, Ken Coffman, Geraldo Luís Lino, Piers Corbyn - only Alan Siddons has commented directly about PSIA. He expressed the opinion that “ .. I just don’t foresee any role for myself or a good chance of success .. ”.

It would be interesting to hear opinions from the others and the rest of that claimed 200+ membership but perhaps they were as surprised by it as Dr. Anderson appears to have been.. It may be no coincidence that very soon after the registration of PSIA PSI founding member Dr. Tim Ball, who was closely associated with the group from the 26th May 2010 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html), relinquished his position as PSI "Chairman" and is no longer listed among the PSI " .. SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) - see also Appendix A, Note 13. Also, the name of Bryan Leyland, recruited to PSI in Nov. 2012, no longer appears among PSI's selection of member biographies. This is discussed in Section 3.18 of "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).
The PSIA - PSI connection is given no mention in the PSIA registration documentation. Another interesting omission is any mention in the PSIA Web-pages of any “good cause” aspirations. PSI's new owner PSIA makes no mention of its "subsidiary" or of any "not for profit" or "community interest" plans for it. On the other hand the PSI promotional pages repeatedly make reference to these as well as making persistent appeals for charitable donations on those pages and elsewhere (e.g see http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). The gofundme appeal (started on 17th January 2011 and still running) claims to be to pay for PSI to “ .. become registered as a charitable association in the U.S. .. and chartered  to operate as a 'not for profit' under the rules of the UK's Community Interest Company (CIC) initiative .. ” (Appendix A, Note 1).

Despite the claim in that Gofundme appeal for charitable donations and the repeated claim in small print in the footer of many of the PSI web-pages that " .. (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary .. " PSI has not yet been registered as a CIC in the UK. On the contrary John O'Sullivan said on 4th Jan. 2011 that " .. The Slayers know we are a team operating a book authoring and publishing business and that I'm running this aspect for profit .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

On the PSI Home-page John O’Sullivan invites others to “ .. join today by signing up here - it's free! .. Join Principia Scientific International Today! It's free throughout 2013! Yes, membership is entirely free .. All we ask, if you can afford it, is a nominal donation of 30 Euros to help us with our overheads... ” (http://principia-scientific.org/). The nature of those "overheads" is not clarified but see Appendix D.
Anyone tempted to take up that offer should consider the merits of doing their own careful “due diligence” exercise on owner PSI Acumen Ltd. its (two?) shareholders and other close associates. It would also be prudent to ascertain the legal status of PSI as a "subsidiary" of PSIA and themselves as members of that "subsidiary" (see Section 2.2.1). It is hoped that this article and "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International" makes a useful contribution to such an exercise.

Are we not often judged by the company that we keep? (Appendix A, Note 17)



Details about PSI Acumen Ltd. provided via the UK's Companies House web-site (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails) and The UK Companies List (http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltd) are given in Appendix B. Significant items include QUOTE: ..

Proposed Register Office Address:
Company Type: Private limited by shares
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
Company directors and board members:
JOHN ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN Director, RETIRED, 2013.03.04 ....GT YARMOUTH ..., NORFOLK Country usually  resident: United Kingdom
Initial Shareholdings: Walter O'Brien - 60, Unpaid 1, Paid 0 John O'Sullivan - 40, Unpaid 1, Paid 0
Memorandum of Association: .. The directors .. may exercise all the powers of the company .. may delegate .. may revoke any delegation .. may make rules of procedure .. may make any rule which they think fit about how they take decisions .. are entitled to such remuneration as the directors determine .. are not accountable to the company for any remuneration which they receive .. ".

PSIA's registration application gives Penhurst House simply as a "proposed register office address". The change of registered office address recorded by Companies House on 9th July 2013 gives the residence of shareholder and director John O'Sullivan. On the other hand the small print at the foot if the PSI Web-pages continues to make the misleading claim " .. PSI Acumen Ltd. Registered Office: Penhurst House .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/). For more information about the "virtual offices" provided by Penhurst House Business Centre see Appendix A, Note 2). As discussed in the Introduction, it appears that PSIA is presently being operated not from London but from Norfolk, UK. The PSIA web-site provides that as the only contact address for its UK operations- see also Appendix D). 

There is no mention in the registration application or associated documents of there being any relationship between PSI Acumen Ltd. and Principia Scientific International. It would be prudent for every member and anyone contemplating becoming a member of PSI to carefully read and understand the implications of PSIA's Memorandum/Articles of Association. This appears to be particularly relevant since PSI has been declared a "subsidiary" of PSIA and  the claim of the original major shareholder Walter James O'Brien to have withdrawn from any involvement with minor sharehoder John o'Sullivan (see also Section 2.2.1 and Section 1.1, para. 3).


2.1 PSIA Shareholders/Directors

“ .. take time to know your business partner before creating a business relationship .. ”
(see also Appendix A, Note 11)

This sub-section looks at the backgrounds of the shareholder/directors of PSI Acumen Ltd. (as recorded at Companies House) with regard to their business activities prior to their joint venture. Attention here focuses on the major shareholder Walter James O'Brien who only appears to have come onto the PSI scene in March 2013, 19 months after PSI was launched and about 3 years since it was conceived (Appendix A, Note 8).

John Anthony O'Sullivan's background is already well covered in “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html), " (Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html) and related articles but some additional information is provided here regarding previous business ventures.

2.1.1 Walter James O'Brien

An Internet search for - "Walter James O'Brien" "North Dakota" listed "W. James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis Services" (Appendix A, Note 3). The Home-page gives contact details as E-mail: customerservice@industrialcostanalysis.co and address as 307 Main Avenue, Number Five, Fargo, North Dakota, 58103-1976, USA. (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/ but see also.Appendix A, Note 4). The Home-page also says that the company " .. works optimally with growing small to medium sized enterprises in assisting them in accomplishing their goals .. " (see also Appendix A, Note 8).

In March 2013 the head of the Home-page showed the PSI Acumen logo with a link to PSIA's Home-page (http://www.psi-acumen.net/ - no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21) and at the foot of that Home-page was the PSI logo which links to the PSI Home-page. Those links have now been removed (Appendix A, Note 5).

The range of industries served by W. James O'Brien Associates is broad, including electrical power generation (fossil and renewable), Chemical Processes (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/nitrogenfertilizers.htm), food processing and canning (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/food.htm), Textiles, Fabrics and Fashion (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/textiles.htm),

There is a comment at the foot of the W James O’Brien Associates “Consultancy Brochure” page  “ .. Providing specifications compliance, cost-effectiveness and timely delivery support for our clients since 1981 .. ”. It also provides a list of about 20 “ .. major gas .. and steam turbine power plant projects .. ” apparently worked on during 1996-2012, along with a list of selected “ .. past satisfied customers .. ” (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/consultancybrochure.pdf).

The “Sales Support” page provides links to 8 representative projects (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/salessupport.htm). Several of those give useful information about Walter’s working background going back to 1990, e.g. it appears that in Sept. 2009 Walter was managing Director of Applied Studies Centre, Syracuse, New York and in 2006 he was a Technical Writer/Estimator in Binghampton, New York working for PDF Associates Inc. (http://www.bizapedia.com/ny/PDF-ASSOCIATES-INC.html).

He has also described himself in Jan. 2012 as “ .. Power plant construction cost analyst .. e-mail: w_james_obrien@myway.com (http://www.coalblog.org/?p=1960) and in Sept. 2010 as “ .. Power plant cost analyst, 276 Washington Street, P.O. Box 278, Boston, MA 02108, Tel: 315.575.9480 .. ” (http://www.coalblog.org/?p=1505).

A summary of Walter’s educational achievements is given in Appendix A, Note 7) and they lead nicely into another area of activity that Walt has been involved in – journalism. The ZoomInfo site provides a profile for “Mr. Walter James O'Brien” which provides information and links to two online journals that Walt was/is editor for, TransActions Magazine and Israel National News (http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=1252248186&targetid=profile).

The résumé on his Freelancers Union profile (https://www.freelancersunion.org/members/profiles/w-james-obrien/) includes some interesting information about another joint venture he became involved in back in 2003. He describes himself as “Vice President” of BWS Power Plant Corporation of Cedarhurst, New York and gives the contact as Mr. Nelson Behar, president (Appendix A, Note 18).

It is speculated that Walter O'Brien, with his 33 year track record as a successful businessman, would not wish any of his associates or clients to get the impression that he was associated with any company owned by John O’Sullivan. Several web-sites continue to give misleading information linking Walter O’Brien with PSIA, e.g:
- https://www.duedil.com/company/08428391/psi-acumen-ltd
- https://www.duedil.com/director/917630308/walter-james-o-brien
- http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/walter-james-o-brien
- http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails

Those misleading entries linking Walter O’Brien with PSIA ought to be corrected, particularly the penultimate one (see quote below) and of course that Companies House record.
The “Company Director Check” entry continues (at 26th Aug. 2013) to misleadingly refer to Walter O'Brien as a PSIA employee (http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/walter-james-o-brien) QUOTE:

Born: 1949
Nationality: CITIZEN OF U.S.A.
Country: USA
Country of residence: UNITED STATES

Current appointments:
Walter James O'brien has been employed at PSI ACUMEN LTD since 04 March 2013 currently as a Director (INDUSTRIAL COST ESTIMATOR AND TECHNICAL WRITER).
Company address: PSI ACUMEN LTD



See Appendix A, Notes 3), 4), 5). 7), 8) and 18) for more on Walter James O’Brien.

To be updated

2.1.2 John Anthony O'Sullivan

There is a dearth of evidence that PSI Acumen Ltd. director John Anthony O'Sullivan has previously held such a post in any successful private company. The "Employment Record" section of the "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" makes no mention of one, referring only to experience as a " .. school teacher .. Legal Commentator and Advocate .. Freelance Writer and Legal Analyst .. "   (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

On 3rd Jan 2011 during the "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mail exchanges John O'Sullivan made the questionable claims of being " .. the only member of the group qualified in law and with experience of UK corporate law and setting having set up UK businesses in the past .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). On the other hand he made no mention in that 2010 CV of ever having attempted to run his own "Business and management consultancy". That is hardly surprising, as can be seen from the information provided in Appendix C about his company "WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED".

The PSIA Certificate of Registration describes John O'Sullivan as "retired", a status that he also used to describe his situation in Jan. 2010 when boasting about his prowess as an international litigator. He claimed “ .. I am a retired academic .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Section 2.1 The PSI Vision). It appears that a more appropriate description might have been that he had simply not earned a living as a full-time employee since 2003 or even earlier (Appendix A, Note 10).

In his LinkedIN profile of 29th Sept. 2011 he was claiming “ .. Legal Consultant, Pearlman Lindholm, Law Practice industry, April 2011 – Present (6 months). As of April 2011 I have been engaged by Vancouver law firm, Pearlman Lindholm as Legal Consultant to advise on matters relating to libel suits involving prominent international climatologist, Dr Timothy Ball .. ” (see his E-mail of 29 Sep 2011 9:42 in http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html and Appendix A, Note 9 of http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

By 25th Oct. 2011 that entry had been replace by “ .. Legal Consultant, Principia Scientific International, International Affairs industry, April 2011 – Present (7 months) United Kingdom, CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ”. Currently (2nd July 3013) he simply claims “ .. Legal Consultant, Principia Scientific International, April 2011 – Present (2 years 4 months), United Kingdom, CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a) - see also Appendix A, Note 15

In those LinkedIN entries John O’Sullivan appeared to be claiming that he was employed by PSI located in the USA and the UK and in 2011 was employed by a law firm in Canada but in the 4th March 2013 PSIA “Application to register a company” (form IN01) he was claiming that he was “retired”. Perhaps "unemployed" would have been a more appropriate description than "retired".


2.2 Legal Status of "Subsidiary" PSI

It is claimed that " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. " so it is beneficial to consider what the UK's Companies Act 2006 has to say about a "subsidiary" (see also Appendix A, Note 19).

2.2.1 A subsidiary

The UK's Companies Act 2006 defines and clarifies the meaning of a “subsidiary” in 46/Section 1159 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/46/section/1159) as QUOTE: 

Meaning of “subsidiary” etc

(1) A company is a “subsidiary” of another company, its “holding company”, if that other company -

(a) holds a majority of the voting rights in it, or

(b) is a member of it and has the right to appoint or remove a majority of its board of directors, or

(c) is a member of it and controls alone, pursuant to an agreement with other members, a majority of the voting rights in it,or if it is a subsidiary of a company that is itself a subsidiary of that other company.

(2) A company is a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of another company if it has no members except that other and that other's wholly-owned subsidiaries or persons acting on behalf of that other or its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

(3) Schedule 6 contains provisions explaining expressions used in this section and otherwise supplementing this section.

(4)In this section and that Schedule “company” includes any body corporate.


Schedule 6 explains " .. Voting rights in a company 2) In section 1159(1)(a) and (c) the references to the voting rights in a company are to the rights conferred on shareholders in respect of their shares or, in the case of a company not having a share capital, on members, to vote at general meetings of the company on all, or substantially all, matters .. ".

On the basis that PSIA is the "holding company" of which PSI is alleged to be a "subsidiary" this begs several important questions:

1) is PSI a "company"/"body corporate" with a board of directors as defined in UK law?
2) does PSIA hold the majority of voting rights in PSI?
3) is PSIA a member of PSI and have the right to appoint or remove a majority of PSI's board of directors (whoever they might be!)?
4) is PSIA a member of PSI and does PSIA control alone, pursuant to an agreement with other PSI members, a majority of the voting rights in PSI?
5) Is PSI a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of PSIA because PSI has no members except PSIA?
6) Are all PSI members aware of thir relationship with PSIA?

It seems that the answer to all of these questions could be "NO", especially when taking into consideration the statement by PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph Postma (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Section 3.12) who said on 14th October 2012 that QUOTE: .. We (Slayers) generally don’t control each other, and, John wasn’t “hired” by us to do anything. He does what he does. We all let each other do whatever we want. We all just came to like the independence and promotion of free-thought among free-thinking individuals that this group offered .. UNQUOTE..

(See Appendix A, Note 12)


2.2.2 A CIC

(See Appendix A, Note 19)


2.2.3 Legal Status of PSI Members



3.1 Employees

As outlined in Section 1.2 Claimed Competencies, the original PSIA About-page on 17th March 2013 under the heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?" referred to " .. PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs. The caliber of PSI’s personnel is second to none with no less than a quarter holding PhD qualifications in various scientific and engineering fields, a select list may be viewed here. Notable among them are engineers who worked on NASA’s Apollo space mission, a Nobel Physics Prize nominee and the immediate past president of one of Britain’s royal colleges. PSI's experts hold literally dozens of U.S. and international patents between them .. ".

The PSIA promotional material also claims that PSI is " .. a body of more than 200 highly credentialed professional scientists and engineers .. ". This is discussed in "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" Section 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

Of the numerous PSI members who have been asked to comment on their status with respect to PSIA only one , Dr. Charles Anderson, co-owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation, has responded so far (see Section 3.2), saying on 2oth March that " .. I am not an employee of PSI Acumen Ltd. .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html)


3.2 Associates

The PSIA web-site claimed that " .. PSIA is proudly associated with Anderson Materials Evaluation our preferred and highly reputed source for independent materials testing and analysis with whom we have enjoyed several years of successful project collaboration .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21)In his E-mail of 20 Mar 2013 11:21 Charles Anderson, co-owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation,  refuted that claim (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).



1) It is unclear how PSI - now claimed to be a “subsidiary” of private limited company PSI Acumen Ltd. - will:
- live up to John O’Sullivan’s reminder that “ .. because PSI will operate as a 'not for profit' it guarantees to invest every penny it makes back into the society for the benefit of all member subscribers - but more significantly, for the advancement of principled science .. ” (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s/), or 
- start “Serving the community .. a business with enshrined charitable interests .. " and trade
- ".. with a social purpose .. involving activities for the benefit of the community and not only for private profit .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/)
rather than, as most private limited companies do, simply to serve its shareholders (in this case Walter O’Brien and John O’Sullivan according to PSIA's Companies House Certificate of Registration).

Related questions were raised about this in Dec. 2010 when John O'Sullivan first started appealing for funds to set up PSI as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in the UK. On 31st Dec. the issue of potential conflict between PSI's charitable and private gain interests was raised " .. Although there is a plethora of boastful promotion material there are many unanswered questions about PSI’s structure, the relationships between and motivations of the principle individuals involved, its modus operandi and strategies .. PSI appears to have been established by a select group of individuals with the original intention to establish it as a charitable organisation with the inherent protections provided by charitable status. This organisation has now been presented to a larger group of potential supporters and sponsors almost as a “coup d’etat” structure, not as a charity but as a Community Interest Company, where the Executive enjoy far greater control over its activities .. may I respectfully suggest that Charitable status brings with it important protections for all members of the organisation .. although such a structure is not perfect it does ensure as far as possible that those who control the organisation .. derive no financial benefit from executive decisions made. This is a very valuable protection which would be abandoned if moving to CIC status .. giving up such protection would be imprudent because it gives the executive far more power than it would enjoy as a charity .. Executives within organisations change over time and new executives bring with them their own agenda, sometimes not declared at the outset. This can bring about a complete change in the direction of the organisation .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

PSI’s 21st January 2011 Gofundme appeal of “ .. Please join us and commit to donating to a worthy new chapter in modern science - the creation of the world's first open to all, politics-free, generalist science association .. ” has attracted only a trivial response (£450 out of a targeted £15000) before it became a “subsidiary” of a private limited company in March 2013. It appears even less attractive now because it is not yet clear whether PSI Acumen Ltd. having taken over PSI as a “subsidiary”, proposes to support PSI’s aspiration to be “ .. about transparency and truth .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/) and " .. advocates of transparency and accountability .. " as they claimed at one time (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Appendix A, Note 34)

2) The “Companies in the UK” web-site has some interesting things to say about PSI Acumen Ltd’s “Proposed Register Office Address” of Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England “ .. 817 companies also use this postcode, this is probably a mail forwarding service address .. ” (e.g. see http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/saplabs-uk). A Web-search for - "PENHURST HOUSE" "LONDON" "ENGLAND" "SW11 3BY" – brings up page after page after page of those companies.

The Penhurst House, which PSI Acumen Ltd. was using (and its "subsidiary" PSI still shows) as its registered business address is the location of Penhust House Business Centre. It is operated by the Penhurst Group (http://www.penhursthouse.co.uk/about/) and offers office space (3-month license rental), meeting facilities and “virtual Offices” (http://www.penhursthouse.co.uk/business-centre/).

3) Walter refers to himself as “ .. W. James O’Brien, Proprietor, Industrial Cost Analysis Services .. ” (e.g. see http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/WIND-ENERGY-SUBSIDIES.pdf) or “ Chief estimator and Proprietor” (???????). In 2005 he was “ .. Project Management Consultant .. ” (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/T003097%20TARM%20Haiti%20Coalfired%20Powerplant%20Joint%20Venture.pdf).

It appears that he used to run his company as “Walter James O’Brien and Associates”:
- in ???? as a Gas turbine and Diesel controls vendor, 100 West South Street Suite B-1 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA (http://directory.marinelink.com/maritime/company.aspx/Walter-James-O%60Brien-%5band%5d-Associates).

There are numerous interesting items regarding Walter James O’Brien, e.g:
- QUOTE: .. Jan 18, 2008 .. Walter James O'Brien describes how this New World Order works in Israel because it is exactly alike everywhere in the world. Speaking about the same de-industrialization of Israel he wrote, "Israel's industrial development is being further undermined by "green activists" with the intent to cast more Jewish machinists, welders, carpenters and tradesmen out of work. These straight-spined Jewish workers become new vegetables in the leftist social workers' garden patch of helpless client case loads." .. O'Brien said, "Treasonous disinvestment in the workforce of both nations, the USA and Israel, continues apace with yet more manufacturing and technical design capacity deliberately exported to lesser-developed totalitarian states in the vain hope of saving a portion of the 8-10% of the labor component of any manufacturing pro forma (facilities, management overhead, raw materials, and production and tooling equipment all cost more than the labor component in a manufacturing spreadsheet, by any generally-accepted accounting practice standard)." .. UNQUOTE (http://johnburkessociety.blogspot.co.uk/2008_01_01_archive.html).

- “ .. June 27, 2006 11:33 PM .. Israel needs you now. If nothing else, please write editorials again for Arutz Sheva. Where are you, defenders of Zion? Stop showing Israel your backs now that the going is tough. Come out and fight for Israel. Copyright 2006 Walter James O'Brien .. ” (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/6336#.UVN5exdShyA).

- “ ..January 03, 2003 11:55 PM .. With time, luck and perseverance, Israel?s ultimate goal of achieving full status as an industrialized nation will be realized. This hope can only be made a reality through the full democratic participation of each and every Jew worldwide in its progression toward that goal .. Walter James O?Brien is a powerplant construction project manager and manufacturing cost estimator in Everett, Washington (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/1795#.UVN6jxdShyA).

-  “ .. December 02, 2002 11:58 PM  .. Israel soon, I believe, will ratify the Kyoto Protocol and thereafter invest heavily in green power generation options as well as expanding its present conventional power generating capabilities by 30% in the next 5 years. A mandate therefore will be created for the purchase of automotive and industrial emissions controls systems nationwide, to be paid for by the financial and engineering instrument of emissions trading. There is presently not one low-emissions muffler manufacturer in Israel, not one stack gas pollution control manufacturer in Israel, nor a single powerplant manufacturer for the generation of clean power .. Walter James O’Brien writes from Everett, Washington. Copyright 2002 Walter James O’Brien (INN 12/03/02) .. ” (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/1643#.UVN98BdShyA).

- “ .. November 26, 2002 11:51 PM .. How impolite of me to repeat in open, unedited form what all of Islamic media is screaming daily. Are you not overwhelmed by a vision of beauty and peace as it unfolds before your mind's eye, as we contemplate the prospect of a universal Islamic social and economic reality? One can hardly remain coherent in anticipation of the benefits to the individual that will immediately accrue upon forcible conversion of all of civilization to Islam. Personally, I am ecstatic at the very prospect. Perhaps the West should emulate Islam?s past behavior toward Christian and Jewish minorities in their own countries - to show our true gratitude for all the kind words they have bestowed upon us .. So, what do Arabs truly want? Obviously, no friends, supreme command of the earth, all the money, the right to bully whom they choose, and the desire to die horrible deaths, in this life and the next. Alas, I fear the world will only oblige with the satisfaction of the first and last listed wants. However, starting around, oh, February 2003 or so, the decision will be made on the battlefield as to whose G-d is Lord .. Walter James O?Brien writes from Everett, Washington. Copyright 2002 Walter James O?Brien .. ” (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/1615#.UVN-xBdShyA).

4) That address is puzzling because according to Spokeo (http://www.spokeo.com/Main+Ave+Fargo+ND+addresses#) 307 Main Avenue, Fargo, North Dakota is a multi-unit having only 4 units. It appears to be owned by one Brad Bortnem (http://www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com/d/brad-bortnem/892152537 ‘phone (701) 293-0313) who possibly occupies Apartment 2 (http://www.peekyou.com/brad_bortnem/164741598 and appears to own most of the block.

307 Main Avenue is shown as accommodating:
- Ups Supply Chain Solutions, # A (http://www.manta.com/c/mmdhzkr/ups-supply-chain-solutions)
- FM Records Center, Ste B (http://www.superpages.com/bp/Fargo-ND/F-M-Records-Center-L0111606355.htm)
- Fargo Packing & Sausage CO (http://www.yellowpagecity.com/US/ND/Fargo/Meat+Wholesale/Fargo+Packing+%26+Sausage+Co/777257328/)
- Restyled Furnishings
- JIM BORTNEM ENTERPRISES “ .. Jim Bortnem has opened FM Records Center at 307 Main Ave., Suite C Fargo, ND 58103-1976 .. ” (https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=1&article_id=74018) or is it Fred (http://www.corporationwiki.com/North-Dakota/Fargo/fred-bortnem/85355438.aspx).

5) PSIA's major shareholder Walter James O'Brien seemed at first to be eager to publicise his involvement with PSI    It is somewhat surprising that the Web-pages of new start-up PSI Acumen Ltd. provided no such clear links to the established business of the sole PSI Acumen Ltd. shareholder/Director who is able to demonstrate a track record as a successful businessman. On the contrary, it was the successful business that was linking to a virtually unknown start-up and its associated blogging group.

6) In July/Sept. 2006 there were several comments posted on the Israel National News site by a Walt O'Brien, Columbia, MD USA (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/108654 , http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/111701#.UU4A7BdShyA , http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/111701#.UU4C2hdShyA , http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?act=replies&item=44697 ).

7) Few of the web-pages appear to provide much detail about Walter's education. The Freelancers Union “Members Profile” for W. James O'Brien of Syracuse, NY. Provides a “Client’s List” closely matching that given on several pages of the Industrial Cost Analysis Services web-site. The profile includes the following Qualifications and Skills Summary:
Experienced technical writer in support of industrial marketing, export, power plant construction, manufacturing quality assurance, construction and power plant trade journalism, digital archiving and book publishing preprint preparation projects.
Three years ’ studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Programming course completion, USMC Computer Science School, Quantico, VA
Freelance journalism course completion, London School of Journalism, UK
Digital skills:
Adobe PageMaker 6.51, Adobe Photoshop, MS Office 2000 (all programs), Maximizer marketing optimization software, Autodesk QuickCAD 8, various Hewlett Packard and Xerox digital image acquisition suites, Xerox Docutech/Docuprint digital publishing systems for printing of digital books and brochures, digital archiving protocols to SAA standards
Citizenship: U.S.A .. ”.

8) An interesting question is how did an apparently successful US businessman like Walter James O’Brien join forces with an unemployed ex-teacher of art to UK high school students?

9) In the "PSI Acumen Ltd. Due Diligence" exchanges (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html) Slayer" and PSI founding member Alan Siddons asked “ .. What can PSI Acumen advise prospective clients, after all, except that they needn’t worry about implementing carbon capture technologies? .. ” and made the fair point that “..  This doesn’t strike me as a lucrative venture .. ”. It would seem that the two PSI Acumen Ltd. shareholders think differently.

In Feb. 2004 John O'Sullivan is reported to have said “ .. I have been without pay for a year, living on the charity of my family .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). 

Nearly 7 years later when those discussions about setting PSI up as a CIC were taking place back in Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 Kent Clizbe expressed the opinion to John O’Sullivan that “ .. It seems pretty clear that the whole ‘business’ idea springs from the need to provide you with a living .. ”. At that time John acknowledged that:
- he had a “ .. need to make some income for all my efforts .. ” (10th and 28th March 2010),
- he was “ .. barely scraping by financially  .. ” (1st Jan 2011),
- he had “ .. no time to not earn a living ..“ (2nd Jan 2011) and
- “ .. PSI  is going to be set up to earn income .. ” (3rd Jan 2011) -


More recently (12th Dec. 2011) John said “ .. I ran out of money .. I need the money .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). 

What is in this PSI Acumen Ltd. joint venture by John O’Sullivan and Walt O’Brien for if it is not to earn money for them? Another question is how will those claimed 200+ PSI members and the “broader community” that PSI claims to serve (http://principia-scientific.org/) derive benefit from this take-over?

10) It appears that prior to 2003/4 John O'Sullivan was employed as a high-school art teacher, sometimes on "supply". He said on 12th dec. 2011 " .. by then the matter had ruined my teaching/lecturing career .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). More employment details are given in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

In March 2010 while living in Wales he appears to have been actively seeking employment as a journalist (see section 3.2 and "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" Note 1 and  Note 4). At that time he also said " .. I earn from site traffic plus add revenues. Frankly, I need to make some income  for all my efforts .. " and more recently (2nd Jan. 2011) " .. Personally, I have no time to not earn a living .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

“ .. Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1 .. ”
“ .. Believe in yourself, but don’t be full of yourself .. ”
“ .. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours .. ”
“.. Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behavior .. ”

12) According to the PSI web-site " .. Professional scientists, engineers and related professionals have come together to address the need to form Principia Scientific International (PSI). PSI applies its talents to grow a business with enshrined charitable interests for the benefit of the broader community .. We are a non-political body – a new international science association for all scientists and engineers and those non-scientists who support our view that the traditional scientific method is preferable to politicized post-normal science .. PSI is a business trading with a social purpose (“social enterprises”) carrying out projects supportive of robust science founded in empiricism and involving activities for the benefit of the community and not only for private profit. PSI serves its members (shareholders) and operates as per our Articles of Association .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/) " .. Principia Scientific International is a self-sustaining community of impartial scientists from around the world deliberating, debating and publishing cutting-edge thinking on a range of issues without a preconceived idea of outcomes .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/psi-mission-statement.html). " .. (PSI) is a science association and active publisher of science articles, newsletters, compendiums and books both for altruistic and commercial purposes .. PSI is first and foremost a private association carrying on a social activity .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html) and says that " .. Our members have opted to run PSI, in the first instance, as a private association rather than a charitable foundation. This is because PSI chooses to operate with the relative freedom of any start up association that has yet to determine whether it may fulfil its long term purpose as either a business with the private profit motive or a charity .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

13) During the "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mail exchanges in Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html) the proposed "Chairman" for PSI, Dr. Tim Ball, had virtually nothing to say other than to express his support for making donations to set up PSI as a "not for proffit" private company (a CIC in the UK). When "googling" for contributions by Tim Ball to PSI activities during his time as "Chairman" of PSI as a "private association" from July 2011 to March 2013 the second item in the list was a link to a. post on the PSI web-site "CLIMATEGATE: DR. TIM BALL ON THE HACKED CRU EMAILS" (http://principia-scientific.org/media-centre/8-climategate-dr-tim-ball-on-the-hacked-cru-emails.html).
This appears to have been dredged up from an interview on 21st Nov. 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydo2Mwnwpac) for posting on the PSI blog on 7th Jan 2013. It is also interesting that there seems to be no mention of PSI on Tim Ball's own web-site (http://drtimball.com/) or on his CV (http://drtimball.com/_files/dr-tim-ball-CV.pdf).

14) There has been speculation about how John O'Sullivan finances his activities. Dr. Vincent Gray speculated about the CIA and IPCC supporters and Washington school teacher Cathy Henry (AKA Snapple) speculated about a Russian Connection (http://deepclimate.org/2011/04/22/snapple-on-the-russian-connection/#comment-8732 and #comment-8762). She had been on that rant in Feb. 2011 (http://www.desmogblog.com/coming-classroom-climate-conflict) and was at it again nine months later (http://deepclimate.org/2012/03/03/open-thread-for-march-2012/).

15) According to the “ .. 1st affidavit of Andrew Skolnick .. ” submitted on 17th April 2012 to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, his New York County Lawyers Association profile at 25th April 2012 showed his “Company/Firm Information” as “ .. Principia Scientific International .. PO Box 62 .. Delhi .. NY .. 13753 .. ” and his “ .. Home address .. “ as “ .. PO Box 65 .. Delhi .. NY .. ” (see pages 53 and 54 of http://www.desmogblog.com/affidavits-michael-mann-libel-suit-reveal-astonishing-facts-about-tim-ball-associate-john-o-sullivan).

Interestingly, all of those LinkedIn entries and the NYCLA profile state the location as “ .. Albany, New York Area .. ”, which conflict with what is said in “Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan .. ” Notes 2a and 3 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

16) It is noticeable that when confirming his involvement with PSIA the E-mail address used by Walter James O’Brien in his message on 15th March 2013 (see  http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html) was Ccd to his fellow director and shareholder John O’Sullivan using the john@principia-scientific.org address. PSI web-pages are mainly authored by John O’Sullivan and the PSI “contact” E-mail is john@principia-scientific.org. That suggests to me that John O'Sullivan is the principal contributor to both PSI and PSIA, without whom neither would continue in operation.   

Walter James O'Brien started that E-mail with " .. What are the contact coordinates of your attorney, please? For reference purposes, of course .. " and ended " .. In any event, I am not in a position to speak for John. I would advise you contact him. I feel sure he will contact you .. ". About 10 days afterwards Walter J O'Brien had dissociated himself from PSIA and John O'Sullivan.

17) During "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mail exchanges in Dec. 2010-Jan 2011 concerns were raised about people being tarnished by any skeletons hiding in the cupboards of "Slayers"/PSI blogging group members (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). Further discussions took place on Professor Judith Curry's "Letter to the Dragon Slayers" thread about being judged by the company that we keep  (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html).

18) Like John O’Sullivan with his PSI, Mr Behar runs a not-for-profit organisation. “Am Yisroel Chai Foundation Inc.” (http://non-profit-organizations.findthebest.com/l/171917/Am-Yisroel-Chai-Foundation-Inc and http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/NY/Am-Yisroel-Chai-Foundation-Inc.html) “ .. was founded in 2008, and is Privately held .. ” (http://companies.findthecompany.com/l/24021990/Am-Yisroel-Chai-Foundation-Inc-in-Cedarhurst-NY. That start date conflicts with http://charitystat.com/am-yisroel-chai-foundation-inc/~C264894 which shows financial returns for 2006 - 2011). Again like John O’Sullivan, Mr Behar runs the company from his home in Cedarhurst, New York. Nelson Behar also runs NELMAC COMPANY, INC. (formed in 2004) as Chairman/CEO from that same address (http://businessprofiles.com/details/nelmac-company-inc/NY-3085064 and http://www.bizapedia.com/ny/NELMAC-COMPANY-INC.html).

Walt O'Brien references BWSP Corporation and Nelson's name and location in his promotional material (https://www.freelancersunion.org/members/profiles/w-james-obrien/) under the "Resume" tab and mentions under his "Personal Information" tab that he was " .. Formally a 1099 freelance writer and journalist for over 12 years .. " http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/Power_Plant_Paradigm,4April09,WJOBrien.pdf).

I have searched the Internet for anything on the BWSP "corporation" and only found two entries, both linking to O'Brien's promotional pages.

In 2000 a Walt O'Brien USA commented about the competences of US Presidential candidates Bush and Gore (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/1003360.stm). In 2010 a Walt O'Brien commented that “ .. The British and US environmental movements might lift a page from the Pembina organization's standard operating procedure up in Canada. They hire real live registered professional engineers. .. ” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthcomment/geoffrey-lean/7273163/Green-activists-are-losing-their-fire.html#comment-59651169). I wonder???!!!

19) Organisations such as the company registrar and the CIC Regulator have been asked to comment on the requirements concerning a subsidiary of a private limited company and registration as a "Community Interest Company" (CIC).

20) An "AD01 Change of registered office address" was registered with Companies House on 9th July 2013 showing that PSIA'a registered office is located in John O'Sullivan's residence in Norfolk, UK, not in London.

21) Since mid-August everything appears to have changed at the PSIA web-site (http://www.psi-acumen.net/). Using that URL now simply provides a page that lists links to any web-site mentioning "psi", "psia" or "acumen" in the title (courtesy blueHost.com). Detailed information about the domain name psi-acumen.net is provided in Appendix E and includes:
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Registrant Name: JOHN O'SULLIVAN

The Bluehost help-line advised that the search page that now appears when using that http://www.psi-acumen.net/ URL is Bluehost’s default page, displayed because domain name
psi-acumen.net has been moved elsewhere. A search for any possible replacement web-site set up by John O’Sullivan to advertise PSIA revealed none.

Perhaps at last John O’Sullivan has decided to remove the misleading information that he had posted about PSIA and the involvement of others such as Walter O’Brien, Charles Anderson and members of his PSI blogging group as significant participants in his one-man company. Other possibilities are that John O’Sullivan has changed the companies name or better still decided to dissolve PSIA but hasn’t yet notified Companies House. Perhaps PSI members reading this have information that they’d like to share about their “parent
company and employer” PSIA.

A cached version of the PSI Acumen Ltd. "About" Web-page (http://psi-acumen.net/index.php/about) as it appeared on 1st August 2013 is available here.


This appendix gives details posted in the public domain by the UK's Companies House web-site (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails) and The UK Companies List (http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltd).

Company No: 08428391
Situation of Registered Office: England and Wales (but see Appendix A, Note 20)
Proposed Register Office Address:
Company Type: Private limited by shares
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Last Accounts Made Up To:  (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
Next Accounts Due: 04/12/2014
Last Return Made Up To:
Next Return Due: 01/04/2014
UK Establishment Details There are no UK Establishments associated with this company.
Oversea Company Info There are no Oversea Details associated with this company.
Status: Active
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
Company Type: Private Limited Company
Accounting Reference Date: 31/03

Has appointments: Yes
In liquidation: No
Company directors and board members:
JOHN ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN Director, RETIRED, 2013.03.04 ....GT YARMOUTH ..., NORFOLK Country usually  resident: United Kingdom
Initial Shareholdings:
Walter James O'Brien - 60, Unpaid 1, Paid 0
John Anthony O'Sullivan - 40, Unpaid 1, Paid 0

Memorandum of Association:
 .. The directors .. may exercise all the powers of the company .. may delegate .. may revoke any delegation .. may make rules of procedure .. may make any rule which they think fit about how they take decisions .. are entitled to such remuneration as the directors determine .. are not accountable to the company for any remuneration which they receive .. ".




On 24th March 2000 a new private limited company "WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED. was registered under the UK's Companies Act 1985, Company No. 3955750, the proposed registered address being John O'Sullivan's home in Lowestoft, Suffolk. The " .. First directors and secretary .. " were named as a solicitor and a trainee solicitor, both giving their address as that of Nicholsons Solicitors in Lowestoft (http://www.nicholsons-uk.com/practice-areas/corporate-commercial). These two resigned 2 weeks later.

The Annual Returns for 2001, 2002 and 2003 show the Registered Address as John's home in Lowestoft and the Financial Returns for 2000/1 and 2001/2 show a declining position. The Companies House " .. Current Appointments Report Created: 01/04/2013 .. " states that on 4th April 2000 John Anthony O'Sullivan was appointed Director and his second wife Barbara Jean O'Sullivan was appointed Secretary. It also states that on 21st Dec. 2004 the company was " .. STRUCK OFF AND DISSOLVED .. ".

A GAZ1 warning notice had been sent to the Registered Office on 7th Sept. 2004 advising that " .. unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of three months from the above date the name of WEBANGLIACOM LIMITED will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved .. ". The GAZ2 "DISSOLVED" notice states that " .. This company was struck off .. on 14th DECEMBER 2004 and dissolved by notice in the London Gazette dated 21st DECEMBER 2004 .. ".


D1 "A Plea for Your Urgent Help"

Less than two months after PSIA was registered as an UK private limited company the major shareholder, successful US businessman Walter James O'Brien, declared " .. I have nothing to do with PSI .. I dropped out around March 25th .. I formally requested several times for that organisation to pull down my name and reference to my site. There are no signed agreements between me and O'Sullivan, PSI and PSI Acumen .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).

Shortly afterwards his fellow share-holder in PSI Acumen Ltd. found it necessary to issue a "Plea for your urgent help" to several of the PSI blogging group members and others.

meanwhile see "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) sub-section 7.2 "Income".

D2 "I just bet my house"!!

On 7th Dec. 2011 John O’Sullivan boasted " .. I Just Bet My House on the Outcome of Science Trial of the Century. No truer headline will you read .. this author literally wagered his home, life savings, and all his possessions on the outcome of a crucial global warming lawsuit currently ongoing in Canada. .. " (http://johnosullivan.livejournal.com/42475.html).

He talked about the defamation claim made in Canada by Dr. Michael Mann against Dr. Tim Ball (Note 1). Apparently selfless John O'Sullivan went on to say " .. So what is it that drove me to such apparent recklessness endangering not only my own well-being but that of my family? Well, to me this pivotal lawsuit encapsulates the archetypal 'good versus evil' battle no conscientious parent can ignore .. ".

He mentioned how his close associate Dr. Ball " .. has already used up his meager life savings .. the same stench of self-serving financial sleaze .. ", boasting that " .. last night I signed a contract in favor of Dr. Ball to forsake my worldly goods in the event the B.C. court ruled in favor of his adversary, Dr. Michael Mann .. a binding legal agreement providing my full financial indemnity to Tim in case Mann wins his claim .. ". He included a link to "Tim Ball’s Libel Case and Legal Defence Fund" appeal for charitable donations and made the questionable claim that over $100,000 had been raised.

It seems that several individuals imprudently accepted John O'Sullivan's boast on face value - a brave gamble in support of a worthy cause, another of those "noble causes" or "good causes" such as he was claiming for PSI back in Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html and http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). Joanna Nova posted an article praising this act with “ .. John O’Sullivan is putting in above and beyond what any single skeptical soul ought to .. (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/01/john-osullivan-puts-his-house-on-the-line-more-than-any-skeptic-ought-to-be-asked-to-do/).

In reality, twelve months earlier John O'Sullivan had said " .. I've staked my reputation, sweat and own money on beating the AGW fraud in the courts .. I'm barely scraping by financially as I've spent the last year working on skeptic advocacy full-time, unpaid. I cannot maintain my current level of commitment without some kind of financial remuneration .. ". A couple of months later he admitted that “ .. I've willingly staked my own reputation and resources on the book project and PSI as CEO .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

On 5th Dec. 2012 Dr. Vincent Gray (co-founder of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition), commented “ .. It is evident that John OSullivan is a menace to those who dispute the arguments of the IPCC. I wonder where his money comes from or who has financed his website and his operations. Is it the CIA, or some wealthy supporter of the IPCC? .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). Dr. Gray was way off the mark but he's not the only one (Appendix A, Note 14).

Until October 2011 John O'Sullivan had been making the questionable claim that he “ .. is currently litigating in two high-profile climate science lawsuits .. ” and “ .. Legal Consultant Pearlman Lindholm Law Practice industry April 2011 – Present (6 months). As of April 2011 .. engaged by Vancouver law firm, Pearlman Lindholm as Legal Consultant to advise on matters relating to libel suits involving prominent international climatologist, Dr Timothy Ball .. ” (http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/JohnO'Sullivan.pdf). This claim was challenged by semi-retired USA investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick (e.g. see http://rankexploits.com/musings/2011/do-industrial-countries-absorb-co2/#comment-85787).

On 29 Sept. 2011 John O’Sullivan rejected that challenge, saying " .. Andrew Skolnick .. began his personal tirade against me around May 2011 on the LinkedIn website when I mentioned .. that I was appointed as a consultant to Canadian Law firm, Pearlman Lindholm. I was appointed to assist Dr. Tim Ball in his defense of two high profile libel suits (the first, versus Dr Andrew Weaver, the second versus Dr. Michael Mann) .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html) .

A month later that claim had been removed. John O'Sullivan's LinkedIN entry had been changed to more accurately state “ .. Legal Consultant Principia Scientific International International Affairs industry April 2011 – Present (7 months) United Kingdom CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ”.

Also on 29th Sept. 2011 John O'Sullivan complained that " .. In none of Skolnick’s slurs does he provide any web links for verification of his claims. Readers are asked to take his invective at face value.  I do not see any need  to repeatedly deign to reply to such unsubstantiated smears .. ". Within 8 months Andrew Skolnick had gone much further, submitting two affidavits to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in support of Dr. Michael Mann's defamation action against Dr. Tim  Ball et al (19th April 2012 http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/2012%2004%2019%20-%20Affidavit%201%20of%20Skolnick.pdf and 29th May http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/2012%2005%2029%20-%20Affidavit%202%20of%20A%20Skolnick.pdf).

An article "SpotlightON - Michael Mann v Tim Ball et al." is available (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/spotlighton-michael-mann-v-tim-ball-et.html) 

Appendix E - PSI Acumen Ltd. Domain Details

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2013-07-06 Added Appendix D "PSIA "Operations Centre"?, with related items from elsewhere within the article incorporated. One of these, (Appendix A, Note 14) has been replaced with a note about rather wild speculation by others about how PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd. might be funded.
2013-07-12 Added Appendix A, Note 20 about PSIA'a Registered Office being formally recorded by Companies House on 9th July 2013 as located in Norfolk, not London, UK. Updated related entries elsewhere in the article.
2013-08-24 to 27 Updated Section 2.1.2 John Anthony O'Sullivan; any sections making reference to the PSIA web-site http://www.psi-acumen.net/ (no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21)Section 2.1.1 Walter James O'Brien and Appendix A, Note 20.


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