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“Family Jewels,” MHVille Insider Tips, “Info Wars” and Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle and Arlington, and DC Connections

November 13th, 2018 Comments off



A well-placed source said from inside the hexagon began by saying something in a series of messages to MHProNews that thousands of manufactured housing (MH) industry professionals know. “MH is a logical solution to the affordable housing crisis in our cities. Does not matter [,]1 they are typically run by liberals owned by unions and nothing will get done. I have personal experience in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.”


The first statement above would be rejected by some, but wouldn’t be controversial for many in our industry.

But the next two messages from that source will start keyboards to click and tongues to wag in locations such as Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle, Arlington – and Washington, DC.

The elite want the masses dependent. They continue the lie through Operation Mockingbird.”

The messages came to our publisher, as a news tip, and a third message from that source read: “I am ready to info war. Very sad what is happening. People living in old [,]1 cold dangerous homes. We [MH]2 are the solution.”



About Operation Mockingbird

MHProNews did what the well-placed source suggested. We researched “Operation Mockingbird.” 

Here is some of what we found. 

Operation Mockingbird was an alleged large-scale program of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that began in the early 1950s and attempted to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. It funded student and cultural organizations and magazines as front organizations.[1],” according to Wikipedia.

Also per to WikipediaAccording to writer Deborah Davis, Operation Mockingbird recruited leading American journalists into a propaganda network and oversaw the operations of front groups. CIA support of front groups was exposed after a 1967 Ramparts magazine article reported that the National Student Association received funding from the CIA. In the 1970s, Congressional investigations and reports also revealed Agency connections with journalists and civic groups. None of these reports, however, mentions an Operation Mockingbird coordinating or supporting these activities. 

A Project Mockingbird is mentioned in the CIA Family Jewels report, compiled in the mid-1970s. According to the declassified version of the report released in 2007, Project Mockingbird involved the wire-tapping of two American journalists for several months in the early 1960s,” says Wikipedia.

Operation Mockingbird was once classified, “eyes only,” is 702 pages of dry-to-stunning, and can be accessed from the linked image, below.



The declassified Family Jewels report is found at this link here.


Declassified CIA Document 0n Operation Mockingbird

The CIA reference for Operation Mockingbird was dubbed the “Family Jewels” report.  It goes without saying that family’s jewels are a prized item, so the name itself has meaning.  The CIA report includes, and is supportive of, the information referenced by Wikipedia.

The Washington Post is among the mainstream media sources that reference the Family Jewels document, so it will be difficult for other media to easily dismiss its credibility or the validity of the reference.


As a relevant aside, the Washington Post is now owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The billionaire Bezos has bounced between the #1 and #2 richest person in the world during the last year.

Bezos is also one of the 7 top billionaires connected with significant donations to the Democratic Party in recent election cycles.  That includes the 2018 midterms, as MHProNews alone reported in MHVille trade media, but a few others in the mainstream media have also reported.

Among the other 6 top American billionaires include Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett.  The top 10, per Forbes at that point in time, is found below.  The way their political contributions lean is from MHProNews, from third-party sources such as Open Secrets.



The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.


The facts above are all support the thrust of prior MHProNews research.  That includes our Daily Business News overview survey from Saturday, which is linked below. It ought to be as no less relevant to MHVille professionals as Smoking Gun 3. ICYMI, see the weekend overview, linked below.



Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples


When you carefully read that report, you’ll see where our MHVille source with the “info wars” comments and tips was coming from.

The challenges are troubling, tragic, but they are correctable.

But there’s more…


New York Times, Rolling Stones, and the Church Committee  

Operation Mockingbird, per some sources, was never discontinued. So, while it may seem like ancient history to some, it is interesting that our “info war” source pointed to this specific operation.

There are other intersections between mainstream media, Silicon Valley, top Democratic backing billionaires, and government agencies.  This is all interrelated with Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and affordable factory-built housing, but goes beyond it.  Our industry and others are a subset to the challenges that “info wars” – significant media influence, or “weaponized news” – has.  It is thus relevant to our manufactured housing professional audience.


Keep in Mind  

Bear in mind that sources in and working with the Trump Administration have told MHProNews that investigations of Berkshire, Clayton, and related issues to manufactured housing are still ongoing.

Those federal and other sources to the Daily Business News on MHProNews have specifically mentioned Warren Buffett as being of interest in their investigations.  The existence of those investigations have been noted by the Seattle Times too. ICYMI, or need a reminder, see the report linked below.


Seattle Times -Federal Investigations-Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes, GuruFocus Spotlights Buffett’s Clayton’s “Unethical,” Monopolistic Moat


There’s more related to this news tip that will follow in upcoming reports.

But the above on Operation Mockingbird from a well-positioned insider source, and others – including from Buffett brands in manufactured housing – are threads MHProNews will continue to follow and periodically report on. Stay tuned, and make sure you see and digest the related reports, linked below the byline. That’s “News Through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © and “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” © ## (News, Commentary, and analysis.).

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2) The MH in brackets was understood from the context of a string of related messages, but that bracketed [MH] wasn’t in the original. So, it was edited in to clarify the meaning.

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Case-Shiller Numbers Release make Case for Manufactured Housing

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

The latest numbers support the argument that manufactured housing is the answer. Credit: MHProNews.

New numbers released from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index this week, show a 5.8 percent annual gain in March, up from 5.7 percent in February.

The numbers represent a 33-month high.

According to Builder, Seattle, Portland, and Dallas reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities measured. Seattle led the way with a 12.3 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Portland coming in at 9.2 percent, and Dallas finished with an 8.6 percent increase.

Home prices continue rising with the S&P CoreLogic Case -Shiller National Index up 5.8 percent in the year ended March, the fastest pace in almost three years,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

While there is some regional variation, prices are rising across the U.S. Half of the 20 cities tracked by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller indices rose more than 6 percent from March 2016 to March 2017. The smallest gain of 4.1 percent, in New York, was roughly double the rate of inflation.”


Credit: Builder.

Prior to seasonal adjustments, the National Index posted a month-over-month gain of 0.8 percent in March, and after seasonal adjustment, the number showed a 0.3 percent month-over-month increase.

Sales of both new and existing homes, housing starts and the National Association of Home Builders’ sentiment index are all trending higher. Over the last year, analysts suggested that one factor pushing prices higher was the unusually low inventory of homes for sale. People are staying in their homes longer rather than selling and trading up,” said Blitzer.

If mortgage rates, currently near 4 percent, rise further, this could deter more people from selling and keep pressure on inventories and prices. While prices cannot rise indefinitely, there is no way to tell when rising prices and mortgage rates will force a slowdown in housing.”


Credit: Builder.


The Impact… and the Opportunity 

Blitzer’s comment regarding home prices and pressure on inventories presents an interesting scenario.

Numbers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) last week showed existing homes stayed on the market for less time in April than in any month since 2011, but tight inventory drove a decline in existing home sales over March’s record pace.

Demand from buyers is still far exceeding the available supply, leading to both the decline in existing home sales and the fact that homes are flying off the market,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

Demand is easily outstripping supply in most of the country and it’s stymieing many prospective buyers from finding a home to purchase.”

Yun continued, focused on the root of the issue.

Realtors continue to voice the frustration their clients are experiencing because of the insufficient number of homes for sale,” said Yun.

Homes in the lower- and mid-market price range are hard to find in most markets, and when one is listed for sale, interest is immediate and multiple offers are nudging the eventual sales prices higher.”

The challenges referenced by Yun show a site built housing market that is, by all accounts, upside down. Demand for affordable housing is outstripping supply, keeping those who would otherwise be able to realize the dream of home ownership from doing so.

Customers quickly discover that when home shoppers give a good, careful look at today’s residential style manufactured and modular homes, many are saying ‘yes.’

With interest rates rising, and more cities considering or being urged to accept manufactured homes as infill, the manufactured home industry’s opportunities are rising.

As the Daily Business News has covered, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform has made similar points, and is calling for a full implementation of the law – notably the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000) – as a key way to fuel more industry sales to meet the demands of an affordable home-hungry public. ##


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Ex-Amazon Leader Sees Future In Modular

April 12th, 2017 Comments off

A rendering of Blokable Units. Credit: Blokable.

Former Amazon manager Andy Holm sees the future as “Blokable” with modular housing.

Holm, who led the build out of Amazon’s physical locations, including work on the Amazon Go convenience store concept, discovered his pain during that process was actually a viable business. Finding and working with the firms that would design and build the stores, permitting projects and doing site work to get ready to build were all potential roadblocks.

We built and launched Amazon Books in something like nine months,” said Holm. “There was a ton of innovation that was done in a short period, and all of our constraints were architecture and construction. All of our time bottlenecks were based on those two parts of the process.”


Andy Holm. Credit: Geek Wire.

According to Geek Wire, Holm also observed thousands of new people coming to Seattle each year, and developers struggling to keep up with housing demand. Combined with an interest in shipping container construction, it was enough for Holm to know it was time to move forward – his company, Blokable, was born.

The startup is focused on manufactured and modular housing, with the goal of speeding up production, cutting costs for builders and making a dent in housing affordability.

I was really deeply involved in the scaling out of building physical space (for Amazon),” said Holm.

And I just saw how inefficient the industry was, and it all just sort of made sense to me in a moment, and from that point when it all came together, there was nothing else that I wanted to do.”

Holm says that Blokable will build everything from single-family homes, to accessory dwelling units that share property with existing homes, to market-rate apartment buildings, to affordable housing.

Each Blok will be furnished with a suite of smart home technology, including lighting, temperature control and the ability to chat with property managers via the messaging app, Slack.

Instead of starting from scratch, we had designs in place in a week,” he said. “We’re looking at a one-third reduction in total project time in a difficult-to-build location at a price below the cost of traditional construction,” said Jeff Werbelow, head of development for Eden, Utah, based Summit Powder Mountain, where Blokable is working on a market rate project.


A View From the Industry


Credit: Metro.

The Daily Business News has covered the rapid innovations of technology in the manufactured and modular industries, including a Russian company’s claims of producing a printed home for $10k.
As with 3D housing, this is an example of an emerging technology that could – in a few years – supplant HUD Code manufactured housing’s market potential,” said consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.


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We know that with the proper education and promotion and enforcement of the law, the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 gives our side of the housing industry a huge potential advantage.  But so long as we fail to see the proper PEP – Protection, Education and Promotion – of manufactured homes at the local market level, the industry may be growing short term, but longer term is insecure With proper PEP, amazing manufactured housing growth is proven possible.” ##


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Seattle has Tiny Homes, but without Prices to Match

July 18th, 2016 Comments off

Seattle_Tiny_Home_Redfin_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAccording to government and industry figures, the median size of single-family, U. S. homes in 2015 was 2,521 sq ft. Anything less than 400 sq. ft. is considered “tiny”, and in general anything under 1,000 sq ft is considered small.

In Seattle, where the median price of a single-family home rose 16 percent last year to $666,500 today, affordable housing is at a premium.

As seattlepi tells MHProNews, a search of Redfin on July 12 turned up 73 homes in Seattle for under $400,000. What they discovered ranged from a two-car garage in poor condition on 10,500 sq ft of land, with water and electric meter, for $159,000 (paying for the land, basically); to a 980 sq ft Cape Cod built in 1950, three bedroom, one bath, master bedroom opens onto private deck, wood floors, attached one car garage, for $295,000.

A tiny home of 364 sq ft at the back of a private lot is listed for $300,000, $833 per sq ft. It’s cute and in good shape, but a condo double the size would be $85,000 less.

A 1,230 sq ft home in the North Rainier Beach area with two bedrooms, a bath and private backyard is priced at $379,000. Built in 1923, it has been restored and the kitchen updated.

The condo market has not been spared the uptick: Last year a median-priced condo in King County went for $287,00, but has now increased 22 percent to $350,000. ##

(Photo credit: Redfin-1,230 sq ft home priced at $379,000)

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Victoria BC Plans Modular Homes for the Homeless

January 29th, 2016 Comments off

tiny_homes__oregonlive_com__techdwell_the_builderSeattle opened its Tiny Home village for homeless people with 14 homes, each 96 square feet with heat, electricity and insulation, as informs MHProNews.. Communal washrooms and showers provide running water, and the homes are sited on donated church land. Each home cost $2,200, donated funds, and residents pay $90/mth for electricity.

The first tiny home village was built in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Dignity Village, originally the site of a tent city for the homeless, was assembled by volunteers, non-profit groups with cooperation from the Portland City Council. Similar to Seattle, residents share bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Tiny home villages have sprung up in Fresno, CA; River Haven in Ventura, CA; Eugene, Oregon; Olympia, Washington, and now in Seattle.

Victoria (British Columbia) City Council has studied these housing options for the homeless with a $25,000 grant to the Micro-housing Victoria committee. The committee was leery of a solution that separates potential occupants from the rest of the community. Additionally, tiny home villages are supposed to be stop-gap until residents achieve more stable housing, but if affordable housing does not become available, the tine homes remain.

With this in mind, theVictoria committee designed a six unit modular home with six private bedrooms, two baths, two sinks and a full kitchen with seating for six.

Victoria City Councillor Marianne Alto said, “The city is involved with the region to create a huge amount of permanent housing available within a very short time. That’s still a couple of years away. And so the question becomes, what do you do in the meantime? And so microhousing becomes an important part of that solution.”

With a goal of five sites and ten houses by this summer, the city of Victoria has offered assistance with zoning and utilities. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 10 -Jan. 17, 2016

January 17th, 2016 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Bad and Good – Two Sides – Manufactured Home Living and News Reporting

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Ishbel Dickens refuses debate with Carla Burr over PBS NewsHour report. Part of MHC to close. Jurisdiction ready to impose master meter on MHC. Dems want Justice to Investigate Clayton. Manufactured homes go to pot. MH Reits return over 25 percent. Some protest, some accept modular homes in Dublin, Ireland. New tax law will only minimally contribute to affordable housing. New First Nations modular homes uninhabitable, while Green modular designed to last 300 years. Indiana city relaxes tough stance on MH siting. And much, much more in news and views for you to peruse.

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

Carlyle Group is one Resident Away from Updating Coastal MHC in CA

Friday, Jan. 15

Township Set to Impose Master Meter System on Manufactured Home Community

Cost of Extensive Utility Upgrades to MHCs will be Borne by all Ratepayers

Dow Plunges Nearly 400 Points; MHCV Drops Two Percent

New Tax Law will only Increase Affordable Housing Units Tepidly

Skyline Reports Earnings Per Share Increase

Manufactured Home Retailer Allegedly Absconds with Customers’ Funds

Thursday, Jan. 14

Government Sponsored Enterprises Grew Multifamily Loans in 2015

Skyline Gained Sharply, while the Dow reclaimed +227.64 points

Existing Home Sales Fall, perhaps due to New Disclosure Rules

Why did Ishbel Dickens/NMHOA decline a Debate with Carla Burr about PBS NewsHour’s Manufactured Housing Report?

Unique Homes may be Tough to Finance

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Portion of Manufactured Home Community to Close

UMH to Release Financials in March

Nobility Spikes, Patrick Falls, the Dow Plummets again

Manufactured Homes have Gone to Pot

Democratic Lawmakers want DOJ to Investigate Clayton Homes, lenders in wake of Seattle Times/BuzzFeed report

Balbriggan Neighbors Okay with Modulars in Neighborhood

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Aussie 578 Site Manufactured Home Community Iced

Problems with New Modular Homes Wreaking Havoc on First Nations Land

Skyline, Cavco, UFPI Gain in Three Figures; Dow Moves Up

Indiana City Relaxes Restrictions on Replacing Manufactured Homes

NW City Addressing Community Closures Proactively

Monday, Jan. 11

Plans for Modular Home Production did not Materialize

Green Modular Home Designed to last 300 Years

Dow Changes Direction; Several MH-related Stocks Look Up

Protests Mount against Modular Homes for the Homeless in Dublin

Manufactured Housing REITs Return Over 25 Percent

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 3 -Jan. 10, 2016 ##

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Washington Honors Six Affordable Housing Advocates

October 17th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured homes for washington fruit pickers   Dan Wheat capital press com  creditThe Housing Finance Commission (HFC) of Washington State has announced the winners of the 2014 Friend of Housing awards, including Ishbel Dickens, who was awarded the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with manufactured housing, according to


MHProNews recalls a story posted Feb. 8, 2012 regarding a hearing called by the House Financial Services Committee to hear testimony about HUD’s implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act and the unintended consequences of the SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank on manufactured housing (MH). At the hearing, Ms. Dickens, who is executive director of the Manufactured Homeowners Association of America (MHOAA), used her testimony to criticize manufactured housing community owners.

Dickens is also a member of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC).

Other Friend of Housing Award winners were: Stephen Buxbaum, Mayor of Olympia; Chris Venne, senior housing developer at Community Frameworks in Bremerton; Jayne Auld, who recently retired from Spokane Housing Ventures; Adrienne Quinn, formerly of Seattle Office of Housing and now with King County Community and Human Services; Beacon Development Group, a Seattle-based affordable housing developer; and Harry Hoffman, former executive director of Housing Development Consortium.

MHProNews has been advised that the HFC is a state agency targeted to increasing housing access and affordability. Certainly, from a number of manufactured housing community owner’s perspective, whom Ms Dicken’s has referred to as ‘the enemy,’ this award will be seen as ironic. ##

Editor’s note: related story, National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA) -linked here.

(Photo credit: Dan Wheat/–manufactured homes for Washington fruit pickers)

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FHFA Director Watt Favors FHLB Mergers

September 11th, 2014 Comments off

mel watt  jacquelyn martin  associated pressFederal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt told a gathering of the American Mortgage Conference he supports the merger of Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLB) but wants to gather more information before giving required approval, and is currently offering a consultative role to FHLBs in Seattle and Des Moines that want to merge. According to, he said, “We believe the merger will make a stronger Federal Home Loan Bank, which will make for a stronger FHLB system. It is conceivable that we will be setting the benchmarks and precedents for potential future mergers of Federal Home Loan banks,” Watt added. “We are very much involved in the process. We are watching them, but we’re not dictating the terms…. We are very protective of the system because it serves a very useful purpose.” MHProNews understands the FHLB is the largest collective source of home mortgage and community credit in the United States. Divided into 12 regions, it offers low-cost lending, but only for institutions who provide loans for mortgages, small business, rural, agricultural, and economic development. ##

(Photo credit: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press–Mel Watt.)

CollinsWoerman Readies Patented Modular Housing Components for Market

September 5th, 2014 Comments off

modular apartment  in belltown area of seattle  charter construction  credit  crosscutcomNoted Seattle architectural firm CollinsWoerman, which MHProNews last covered April 22, 2011 as it developed plans for a multifamily modular unit in Seattle, has teamed up with Intellectual Ventures to strengthen its intellectual property regarding component parts of its modular system. The joint venture, called Innovative Building Technologies, LLC (IBT) and based in Seattle, WA, will own the patent portfolio as it aims for markets in China, Japan and Vietnam. According to, CollinsWoerman and its affiliate, Sustainable Living Innovations, LLC will market the technology in North America. Arlan Collins, Principal of CollinsWoerman, commented: “We believe everyone can live and/or work in buildings that support human health, build community, and are easy on the environment. Buildings assembled from component parts can deliver these extraordinary results – that’s why we developed this technology.” ##

(Photo credit: Charter Construction–modular apartment building in Belltown area of Seattle)

Sales Staff for Titanium Company Works from Manufactured Home

May 30th, 2014 Comments off

A Delaware-based titanium company plans to move 75 percent of its manufacturing from China to a facility in Sequim, Washington, northwest of Seattle, according to The 5.5 acre site contains a warehouse and a manufactured home where the sales staff of Allied Titanium, Inc. is currently operating. The company manufactures nuts, bolts, washers, pipe fittings, kitchen utensils, jewelry and marine products. has learned Allied intends to build a facility that will employ up to 150 people. ##

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