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The Ancient History of Mardi Gras and Karneval

The Early History of Mardi Gras and Karneval

By George Mentz JD MBA CILS

First of all, The Roman Papacy, which paid great attention to converting popular pagan customs for Christianity and is said to have retained the pagan festival Saturnalia under the name of Fasching “English = Fasting Eve” or (Carnival.).

While Mardi Gras is distinctively French, the West German Frankish counterpart is called Fasching Fastnacht or Karneval. Although the exact historical origins of the festivities of Fasching are unclear, the observance of its rites is mentioned in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival (early 13th century). Karneval is a Latin based term that comes from the “carnem levare” (to give up meat).

1234 AD ~ Carnival or Karneval festival originated in the cities such as Mainz and Speyer—and was already established in Koln/Cologne Germany by year 1234 according to Encyclopedia Britannica. As a note, the city of Mainz is the “Designated Holy See (sancta sedes ) North of the Alps” of the Roman Catholic Church. Further, the city of Speyer is an ancient capital city of the Holy Roman Empire which is near the border of France on the Rhineland side of the border.

In Medieval Bavaria and Germany, during Fasching or Fastnacht all people were allowed to be their own masters for the three days before Passion Week. The subjected classes were then allowed to drink to the dregs all pleasures within their reach, to ridicule and parody human and divine laws and ceremonies, without the slightest restraint. The clergy even joined in with the masses. There were generally crazy days “Tolle Tage”, and after that people were tired and ready to repent for lent.

1294 AD ~ The Frankish Carnival or French Mardi Gras dates as far back as year 1294 in places like Nice, Paris and other parts of West Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Mardi Gras is also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday in English. The earliest records in France establish its existence in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles Anjou, wrote that he had passed “the joyous days of carnival.”

Mardi Gras refers to the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.

1699AD ~ According to, The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville landed near present-day New Orleans, Louisiana. They held a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras.

Many people refer to Mardi Gras Day as Pancake Day particularly in the British Empire. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins).

As for today, Carnival appears to be celebrated in many European countries and over 40 nations around the world. To read the history of Louisiana Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, go to:

George Mentz – New Manuscript on Extreme Success Strategies

Title:  The Secret habits of Manifesting Success & Prosperity Subtitle: The Extreme Art of Becoming Highly Effective 

This book takes the philosophy of consciousness to a new level. It analyzes how we think, act and achieve using our mind, body and spirit. The book looks at various cultural beliefs and mythologies and applies these ancient truths to the principles of success and abundance. The definition of success, prosperity and achievement is usually just a person or team that is operating at 1-2% higher level than the others. Read this book to learn how to shift your consciousness and your dominant thinking toward a more productive and peaceful life. This blockbuster books is one of the first to analyze consciousness, mindfulness and success principles and bring it all together into to a coherent path to peace, power and genuine results.

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The Extreme Art of Becoming Highly Effective

Table of Contents

The Secret habits of Manifesting success & prosperity.. 1

Section I.. 6

The 3 Operative Areas of Philosophy and Awareness. 6

1)     The Matrix or Framework Philosophy. 9

2) Reality and the Senses – Perception Philosophy. 9

3) Innovation Philosophy – Changing Mind and Environment. 10

Operative Steps to Success – Moving Toward Your Destiny. 12

20 Philosophical Principles of Personal Progress. 15

Section II – Principle of Success from Various Cultures. 22

1)      Abundant Thoughts on Ancient Wisdom Scripture: 22

2)      Success Secrets and Virtues of Pythagoras – The 12 Fold Path of the Pythagoreans. 26

Twelve Fold Path – With Pythagorean Golden Verse References. 27

Ten of the most representative Pythagorean aphorisms are reproduced below with a brief analysis of their mystical meanings.. 29

3)      The Success Strategies of Caesar Marcus Aurelius. 31

Here are the 33 Principles of Achievement from: Emperor Marcus Aurelius. 31

The Secret Path of Roman Stoicism… 34

4) Taoism and Taoist Eastern Inspiration. 35

Taoist Ideas. 37

5) Vedic Eastern Inspiration.. 39

Hindu Success Principles – Americanized.. 40

Energy Centers and Chakras. 47

6) Native American Inspiration. 49

Native American Spiritual Exercise:. 51

Descriptions of the Directions:. 52

7) Greek, Egyptian, and Hermetic Cosmic Principles of The Kyballion. 53

The Synthesis of the Ancient Greco-Egyptian Hermetic Principles. 58

8)     The New World – A Synthesis of Virtues by: Benjamin Franklin. 61

9)     The Viking Path – Havamal Virtues – 33 Degree Path. 62

The Viking Tree of Life and The 9 Worlds. 64

The following are the Viking Twelve Thews – Twelve Æþeling Þews. 66

10)        Buddhist Eight Fold Path to Success   四圣谛: 67

Summary of The Eightfold Path.. 75

Part III – Achieving Greatness and Peace of Mind.. 76

How to Be Great – Being Your Best for Relationships at Home and Work.. 76

Success Oriented Prayer for Peace – Based on Francis of Assisi. 80


The 12 Steps and the 28 Concepts of Oxford Group. 83

These are the original twelve steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:[10] 88

New Thought – Creative Success Executive Summary. 89

A Short Analysis of the 8 Parts of The Lord’s Prayer. 103

The 12 Characteristics of Prosperous People. 104

How to Get What You Want – The Postulates of Great Thinkers to Consciously Improve Your Life of Abundance.. 105

9 Concepts of Conscious Manifesting and Creation. 112

How to send and embed ideas in the Subconscious from Conscious. A Short List of Methods and Exercises to Increase or Change Belief Structures?. 114

Other Attributes that Affect and Change Belief Structure – Knowledge, Evidence, and Comprehension.. 115

12 Steps to Transformation.. 117

Clear Your Mind – Banishing Negativity for Abundance. 119

Acronyms to Inspire your Subconscious Mind. 120

15 Powerful Tools for Success in Todays Fast Paced World.. 121














An Incomplete Formula for a Higher Faith – Please use a portion of each, mix and achieve certainty. 151

Harmony Gratitude and Contemplative Boldness. 152

Quotes on Prosperity and Abundance. 154

BIO Author/Editor. 159

2020 Influential Educators in Business – George Mentz Colorado Springs


Designing and teaching over 250 online courses over the last 20 years innovating e-learning and legal education  making education available to the disabled, people caring for children or the elderly, working students, and those who can’t go to traditional school

Helping  increase certification programs and scholarships for those in need in over 40 countries.

U.S. Law School graduate who engaged research and education in USA, EU Europe,&  Latin America achieving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in Civil Law, and MBA and International Law Credentials.  

As an avid tennis fan and player for 40 years,  CEO  and Attorney  George Mentz compares the keys to the major sport of tennis to achievement in life.

“You have got to be in the moment and have that heightened awareness to operate at your full potential,” Commissioner George Mentz  says, referring to the micro-seconds between tennis balls moving across the court at 90-100+  miles per hour. “All sound achievement is built on mastery of: analysis, creativity, purpose,  awareness, planning, skills, imagination, ethics, action and innovating/adapting.”

Overall, Mentz’s life has been a slow and steady path to achievement that led him in 1996 to found one of the most successful educational bodies offering micro-credentials to those who take VIP courses and accredited exams and education from top accredited business schools and law schools.

Counselor Mentz served 20+ years as a professor designing and teaching over 300 courses and programs worldwide using the newest technology and tools.   “Most professors never teach more than 150-200 courses in a lifetime, but technology has changed all of that in the last few years.” Mentz spent over 5 years in several different countries, as a graduate student, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence, an Accredited MBA, and a coveted International Law Certificate while later earning law and investment licenses.  Mentz’s education was completed at top law schools and business schools including William and Mary Law School and Loyola Law School and Loyola MBA programs.

Mentz is a global communicator and has worked and traveled to over 40 nations worldwide.  He first met President Trump in New Orleans in 1988 and has remained a loyal fan ever since.  While Mentz had volunteered for the Bush Family and the Obama administration to assist in helping people with job information and economic trends, Mentz had always wanted to do more and serve more.  In October of 2019, Mentz was honored with an appointment to become a Commissioner for the White House Presidential Scholars Program.  “I am deeply grateful to President Trump and the White House directors who have nominated and  allowed me to serve in this capacity.”

As a private educational executive for a certification body, “We are working toward partnerships and alliances with the largest MOOCs and Educational bodies in the world including  the ACBSP, edX, FutureLearn, Coursera, Udemy, New Oriental Education and several others.  While some small colleges struggle, MOOC companies such as Udemy offer over 100,000 course and attendance certificates.  Coursera and edX have hundreds of  university partners and millions of students offering hundreds of certificates, MicroCredentials,  diplomas,  and degree programs into your state and worldwide.   Mentz says, “We are at a pivotal time in history where e-learning and open learning are expanding so fast that we need to make sure technical students and working students have the opportunity for professional: certifications, designations, charters, and other post-nominal credentials to accommodate the courses and exams taken by students.

The world seems so small Mentz says, “I grew up around the Gov. John Bel Edwards family in Louisiana, and I was a classmate of Steve Scalise at LSU Louisiana State University. “” I respect and support both families.” “As my mother was both German and Sicilian – Hispanic from small town Louisiana, I’d like to think that I bring a special type of diversity and culture to Washington.”

Some of Mentz’s core principles are “teaching, excellence, and giving”, which is something Mentz and the IBS International Board of Standards take very seriously.  Mentz has won several nationally based awards for excellence in teaching along with winning an IBA International Book Award for one of his Success Books called Quantum Bliss. “I firmly believe that if you can teach people the perennial wisdom and principles of success, they can master their destiny and serve humanity at greater levels.” Mentz has authored over 40 books and audio books on success related topics.

Mentz has served on boards and advisory boards in the USA and several nations.  Mentz has served as an advisor to the Global Finance Forum Switzerland, The World E-Commence Forum in the UK, DeVry University, The Institute for Credentialing Excellence and for other charities and non-profits.  Mentz and his family have been active in tree farming for decades and Mentz is the titular Seigneur de Fief Blondel in the Crown Dependency Channel Island of Guernsey.  Mentz serves as the CEO of the International Organization for Quality Management

Mentz can be contacted for speaking, training, legal, advisory, and consulting at or

Commissioner George Mentz becomes Associate of St. George House – Windsor Castle


Commissioner George Mentz becomes Associate of St. George House – Windsor Castle

This week, George Mentz was invited to join as an associate of St. George House  – Windsor Castle.  St George’s House was founded in 1966 by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh and the then Dean of Windsor, Robin Woods, as a place where people of influence and responsibility in every area of society can come together to explore and communicate their views and analysis of contemporary issues.

Mentz stated, “As a lifelong teacher and member of the US Commission on Presidential Scholars, I decided to join the St. George House as I am committed to service to humanity and global  leadership issues related to  education, law, ethics, psychology, the arts, and our environment.

St George’s House, the organisation, takes its name from the building of that name in close proximity to and associated with St George’s Chapel within the perimeter of the Castle. It belongs to the College of Canons, founded in 1348 and is where participants are hosted for the duration of consultations on given topics. The organisation brings together international thought leaders from different disciplines and roles in British society with the purpose of investigating means of overcoming some of the major challenges in contemporary society through dialogue.

Counselor Mentz serves on the White House Presidential Scholars Program and is an award winning professor and author of over 40 books and audio books.  Mentz is a historian and analyst of: management and success methodology, mysticism, spirituality,  ethics, and human performance.

Commissioner Mentz holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), an MBA, and an International Law Credential, along with law and other licenses. Mentz teaches wealth management at top law schools, and  founded the Chartered Wealth Manager  ® program in the USA and Asia in 1998.  Mentz has taught over 250 courses in law, ethics and business in the last 25 years.  Mentz has served on advisory boards in the USA, UK, Switzerland, Asia, Arabia, Africa, and India.

Mentz is the titular Seigneur of the Fief de Blondel in the Channel Islands, Guernsey.  Mentz is CEO of the IOQM and GAFM  ® & the owner of the New York Gazette ® Newspaper which is the oldest newspaper brand in New York Est. 1725.

Certification Quality Standards – The Highest Standards include Exams and Courses from Top Business Schools and Law Schools for Higher Standards in Professional Designations.

Certification Quality Standards – The Highest Standards include Exams and Courses from Top Business Schools and Law Schools for Higher Standards in Professional Designations.

Professional Designations in the United States and internationally have a long history. Legal cases such as the IBANEZ decision of the Supreme Court dictate that bone fide “board certifications” or “professional designations” have special criteria which includes:

1)     Accredited Education, 2) Assessment, 3) Degree 4) Continuing Education and 5) Ethics/Professionalism 6) Experience.

2)     The Peel and Ibanez US Supreme Court Decision spell out the rules for proper use of certifications, designations, and qualifications for lawyers and professionals.

3)     Professional designations are not regulated like certificates and degrees because they are not offering post secondary education and fit into the category of “Professional Development”

According to George Mentz, Esq, in the last 50 years, many top certifying bodies have NOT required an accredited degree or diploma to become a member. Many of the top certifying bodies merely require experience and to take a test or quiz at a testing shop at a mall or street location. However, the expansion of business schools, eLearning, and MOOCs Massive Online/Open Courses have changed assessment, exams and course delivery. “As a policy, we have always required an accredited diploma.” Says Counselor Mentz.

The GAFM Global Academy of Finance and Management has been offering professional designations to those who complete Level II “Double Accredited” business schools since 2003. By legal agreements direct with CHEA recognized Accreditation agencies, the GAFM was the first to directly accept and approve top business school exams, courses and degrees for credit toward meeting the educational component for Certification under the Ibanez Supreme court dictates.

Types of Certifications and Accreditation Standards – Level II is the Highest

Certification requiring Level 2 Accredited education and exams. This is the highest form of educational requirements. This education is generally preferred for state licensure and for certifications from organizations such as the Global Academy of Finance and Management since 2003-4. Level 2 means that both the college or university are accredited AND the business school is also separately nationally-accredited by a government recognized body. The ACBSP Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, AACSB and ABA are examples of level 2 accreditation while education from an ABA American Bar Association education would also be level 2. SEE: ACBSP AACSB EQUIS and ABA or graduate law school. The Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes these accreditation agencies.

In this new paradigm of e-Learning, MOOCs, and other non traditional education, we are now demanding higher standards. To earn a certification through Level II education, you must:

1.     Apply and become accepted into a Level II business school.

2.     Take the required courses and exams to achieve certification eligibility.

3.     Successfully complete approved and accepted exams and courses at a Level II business school and institution such as: Yale, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UVA, LSU, University of California, University of Colorado, Louisiana State University etc.

To learn more, read the ACBSP or CHEA agreement. Go to

The GAFM Global Academy of Finance and Management is a charter signatory of the CHEA Quality Standards USA and is TUV Accredited and ISO 29990 Certified for Certification Assessment/Training.

The GAFMs and the IOQM International Organization for Quality Management are part of the International Board of Standards which is a Charter Signatory of the CHEA quality standards Memo. The GAFM and IOQM are recognized by the ACBSP Accreditation Council for Business Schools and programs and directly accepts AACSB education.

*Most State and Sovereign Governments worldwide prefer Level II Accreditation for the purposes of business school standards, top MBA programs, or becoming a CPA or Chartered Accountant. Further, Government recognized Bar Accredited Education is required for a legal education and licenses. In a Level 2 accreditation, the college or university and the business school are separately accredited, but the accounting program may not be separately accredited. This level applies to a business school that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized or professional accrediting organization, such as the AACSB or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Level II: Accreditation is associated with a business school or college or business; the institution must be accredited by a national accreditation agency recognized by the board

• Note: A degree, MBA, MSc, or credential based on a Level 2 education is more widely accepted globally than qualifications or degrees that do not maintain “Level 2” Status. Further, course credits are more easily transferable with reciprocity from Level 2 business schools and institutions that are double accredited. * A key legal note is that a certification/designation is not a “certificate, diploma or academic qualification”.

President Trump Appoints E-Learning Pioneer George Mentz JD MBA of Colorado Springs to Commission on Presidential Scholars

President Trump Appoints E-Learning Pioneer George Mentz JD MBA to Commission on Presidential Scholars

President Trump Appoints E-Learning Pioneer George Mentz JD MBA to Commission on Presidential Scholars

President Trump has appointed George Mentz, a Louisiana Lawyer, to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Counselor Mentz has been one of the most prolific award winning authors and professors in the last 20 years teaching and developing over 300 courses. Mentz is one of the first in the USA to ever earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), MBA & Graduate International Law Certificate.

The New York Gazette ® says that  ​President Trump has appointed George Mentz, a Louisiana Lawyer, to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Counselor Mentz has been one of the most prolific authors and professors in the last 20 years teaching and developing over  300 courses for colleges, law schools and accredited educational bodies.

Mentz is one of the first in the USA to ever earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), an AACSB Accredited MBA, and an international law graduate certificate with various licenses in law and finance from FINRA/NASD. Mentz studied and engaged research in the USA, Latin America and Europe and Mentz has visited and worked in over 40 countries worldwide.

Mentz is the author of over 50 success related books and audiobooks and is the winner of an IBA Book award for Self Help. Mentz is a historian of human performance, success literature and metaphysics.

George Mentz was a pioneer in credentialing standards as the first education lawyer to negotiate legal deals directly with accreditation agencies and integrate and accept accredited business school exams and courses as a path to board certification and professional designations.

George Mentz JD MBA CILS is an economics expert, journalist and analyst at Newsmax and has been a brain trust member and dream team member of various media expert teams including with the famous National Underwriter group on tax and wealth management issues. Mentz has been a faculty member for some top colleges and law schools including Loyola Business School and the Graduate programs at Texas A&M Law School.

Counselor Mentz is the son of the late Judge Henry Mentz of the US Federal Courts in New Orleans and the late Ann Lamantia Mentz. Mentz has won several awards for teaching and charitable service, and is a proud Sicilian Hispanic with a European background and member of various ethnic & cultural societies.

Prof. Mentz is originally from Louisiana and an LSU classmate of Steve Scalise. Mentz has been a Colorado resident for over a decade. Further, Mentz had met Donald Trump when he was in New Orleans in 1988 at the Bush Convention, and Mentz has been a fan of Mr. Trump ever since. Counselor Mentz graduated from law school after attending Loyola Law School in New Orleans and William & Mary Law School international law programs, and Mentz also holds an MBA from Loyola Business School along with a CILS Graduate Certificate in International Law. Mentz was chairman of the Tax & Estate Planning Law Review while in graduate school.

After volunteering for various administrations without recognition, Mentz earned this present appointment from President Trump. Mentz had offered free advisory services as a lawyer and economist writing for the Department of Labor during the Bush and Obama years helping the most vulnerable in the USA find quality job information.

Mentz is the General Counsel of the Academy’s Board of Standards which is America’s first TUV accredited and ISO 29990 certified educational company. Mentz is an an education executive and e-learning pioneer who has been integrating the highest certification standards from: business schools, online learning, and VIP Training programs for over 15 years.  Mentz’s accredited educational body recognizes  quality educational programs, training, and online programs to offer their proprietary “vendor neutral”  professional certifications.  Mentz’s organizations now also accredit top online course programs and MOOCs “Massive Open Online Courses”  as a certification path including great companies such as courses.  Mentz has  worked in  and visited over 40 countries working with top universities and great global companies such as INFORMA and Thomson Reuters training and events to bring the best education and certification standards worldwide, and his companies are the first in the world to accept education and exams from ACBSP and AACSB business schools which are the greatest accreditation agencies in the world including over one thousand business schools worldwide. Further, these same accreditation standard principles can also be applied also for technical certification programs.”

‘I am blessed and honored to be able to provide this public service, especially because of the role that a Presidential Commissioner plays in the development of future leaders, which is the golden key to our nation’s innovation and competitiveness,’ Mentz said. ‘The Wall Street Journal wrote about my efforts to raise standards by integrating and accepting accredited business school programs several times, and we are extremely happy to be able to serve this nation by honoring our most promising scholars.’ George Mentz, Counselor of Law – LA USA

As Robert Frank wrote about Mentz in the Wall Street Journal, all of the certifications require courses, education or licensing that already includes coursework and assessment,  to earn a certification or designation. Author Jason Zweig and the Wall Street Journal emphasized George Mentz’s double accreditation standards where courses are required in 2010 referring to the AACSB and ACBSP accreditation which accredits top business schools in the USA and abroad. The Wall Street Journal simultaneously noted the Academy’s education standards in the WSJ designation guide in 2010 and also referenced the FINRA monitoring. Even today, to be certified, if you already have a qualifying accredited courses and degree, you will not need to take further exams if you have already taken 20-30 exams in an accredited business school program. People who have enrolled for several years and earned a degree after completing various courses & exams at an accredited university or business school may apply directly for Certification.

Attorney Mentz has stressed the importance of accredited business education and exams for over 15 years to achieve graduate certification from the GAFM Global Academy of Finance and Management® International Board of Standards, LLC.  While many organizations allowed applicants in the USA who do not have a college education to be licensed or certified, all of our USA credential applicants must have an accredited diploma education, related government training, assessment, & education. Mentz is the founder of Mentz Law Firm and which fights for consumer protection and against fraud. Mentz is also owner of several newspapers including the Colorado Mountaineer Est. 1875, owner of the oldest New York Newspaper which is the New York Gazette ®  and the Magazine of Wall Street.    Mentz and his educational efforts have been seen in television, radio, press, podcasts and more in places like India, China, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and more.

Mentz says, “Anyone can go online and find that our educational efforts are  TUV-accredited, ISO 29990 certified for training, and we were the first to have a direct legal agreement in 2004 with the ACBSP for certification standards, and we even had mutual public recognition with the AACSB Accreditation Agency since 2003.” Some people are negligent in not understanding these fundamental historical facts. Thus, Mentz said, “Everyone, as per our public credentialing requirements must take accredited program courses and assessment to be certified, along with having the experience, and agree to the ethics and continuing education guidelines.” For example, if anyone enrolls in business schools at Yale, Harvard, LSU, CU or CSU, they can take the exams, business courses and specializations to become “educationally qualified” and ‘assessment qualified’ for certification. Mentz even has negotiated legal trademark agreements with the CFP and CFA organizations and has the original signed contracts for anyone to see. Mentz says that his organizations require express consent for anyone to become an advisor. To become an honorary advisory member of our Global Academy of Finance and Management, everyone submits written consent including Dr. Harvey and Mr. Gold and we have had both Harvey and Gold’s consent letters published in public for several years.

Mentz has said, “Most reporters and educators are confused about the use of accredited institutional courses, exams and degrees as a path to credentialing. Some unwittingly disparage their very own universities by not understanding ACBSP and AACSB policies. While the certification body offers no post-secondary diploma or certificate, it does offer professional development, designations and certifications under various Supreme Court decisions and U.S. ‘professional development rules.’”

George Mentz plans on working further with e-Learning and MOOC leaders such as ACBSP Schools, AACSB Schools, ABA Accredited Law Schools, EdX, Coursera, FutureLearn, Udemy and Google Education to promote accredited courses & diploma programs as a direct path to certification. Mentz plans to help students globally achieve meaningful skills and education.

Mentz was recently member of the month for Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity in the Barristers Brief where he discussed his accidental acquisition of the seignory of an ancient fief at auction. Counselor Mentz, using his civil law and international legal education, registered the 500+-year-old Fief in Guernsey where aspects of feudal law still exist. This fief was registered in the royal courts of Guernsey directly with the crown and enables the owner to be a titular Seigneur and also enables ownership of the foreshore and beaches and other rights. There are only a few legally recognizable fiefs remaining in the world.

New York Gazette ® – “Building the World’s Thought Leaders”  Est. 1725

The New York Gazette ® is The Oldest Newspaper in New York” according to the government of New York State, USA. ​

George Mentz Colorado Springs Professor Named to White House Commission on Presidential Scholars

George Mentz of Colorado Springs Named to Commission on Presidential Scholars by President Trump

Professor and Attorney George Mentz to serve as Commissioner for White House Scholars Program

George Mentz, Colorado Springs, Commission on Presidential Scholars

​​​​​​​​​​​President Donald Trump announced that George Mentz has been named to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a who’s who of distinguished education thought-leaders charged with selecting and honoring the brightest and best youth with an annual award.

George Mentz, Esq. holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), an MBA degree, and an International Law Graduate Certificate and he has been an educational executive, teacher, and eLearning pioneer for almost 20 years. Mentz presently is CEO for the Global Academy of Finance and Management®, which is the first body in the USA to be TUV Accredited and ISO 29990 Certified for education standards, and Mentz also works for Texas A&M Law School Graduate programs as a faculty member.

Mentz is a pioneer in corporate certification training and e-learning. Mentz has been one of the most prolific professors who has taught well over 250 college and graduate business and law courses in  last 20 years at accredited institutions. He has worked in a variety of civilian, charitable, and professorial capacities, and he has been an advisor to:  CEO’s, companies, institutions, NGO’s, officials & charities.

“I am blessed and honored to be able to provide this public service  because of the role that Presidential Commissioners play in the development of future leaders, which is the golden key to our nation’s innovation and competitiveness,” Mentz said.

The White House Commission is a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to honor national scholarship. Commissioners are selected from across the country, representing the fields of education, medicine, law, social services, & business.

Mentz is originally from Louisiana and has been a Colorado resident for over 10 years. Counselor Mentz graduated from law school after attending Loyola Law School in New Orleans and William & Mary Law School international law programs, and Mentz also holds an MBA from Loyola Business School along with a CILS Graduate Certificate in International Legal Studies. Mentz was chairman and founder of the Tax and Estate Planning Law Review.

In the past, Mentz engaged: research, study, law and MBA programs in Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. Mentz served as an Economic Advisor to the Trump Campaign Colorado and served as a volunteer economist for the Department of Labor BLS  to help workers find job information during the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations.

Mentz is an international IBA award winning author and two-time award-winning professor for excellence in teaching and the first lawyer in the USA to be credentialed in international law, financial consulting, investment advisor law, and management consulting.

Mentz has authored and edited over 50 books, manuals, and audiobooks and  has provided educational opportunities and scholarships to the least fortunate people in the USA, and worldwide.  Mentz is also a proud American of European, Sicilian, Hispanic, and various other ancestry.

Counselor Mentz has served on advisory boards of the Global Finance Forum in Switzerland, Royal Society of Fellows,  World E-Commerce Forum UK, ICE Institute for Credentialing Excellence, various educational bodies, universities, & addiction treatment centers. Mentz and his educational efforts have been quoted or seen in The Wall Street Journal, El Norte Mexico, The Hindu India, Financial Times in Asia, China Daily, Arab Times, The Denver Post and others.

The Wall Street Journal in 2004 featured Mentz’s work with educational certification standards and, in 2010, the WSJ luminary Jason Zweig quoted George Mentz and his work with the nation’s top double-accredited business schools. Justin Wingerter at The Denver Post recently noted that Mentz advocates the integration of accredited degree college exams and courses as a path to certification and professional designations. Mentz has said, “Most reporters and some educators are confused about integrating accredited institutional courses, exams and degrees as a path to credentialing. While the certification body offers no post-secondary diploma or certificate, it does offer professional development, designations and certifications under various Supreme Court decisions and U.S. ‘professional development rules.’”

“Mentz says, “Anyone can go online and find that our educational efforts are  TUV-accredited & ISO 29990 certified for training. Our Academy was the first to have direct legal agreements in 2004 with the ACBSP for certification standards, and we even had mutual public recognition with the AACSB Accreditation Agency since 2003.” Thus, Mentz said, “Everyone, as per our public credentialing requirements, must take accredited program courses and assessment to be certified, along with having the experience, and agree to ethics and continuing education guidelines.” Thus, only the most deserving applicants can achieve recognition. For example, if anyone enrolls in business schools at Yale, Harvard, CU or CSU, they can take the exams, business courses and specializations to become “educationally qualified” and “assessment qualified” for certification.  Mentz negotiated legal agreements with the CFA and CFP organizations. Mentz says that his organizations requires express consent before anyone can be listed as a global advisor.

George Mentz plans on working further with universities, schools, e-Learning and MOOC leaders such as ACBSP programs, AACSB programs, EdX, Coursera, FutureLearn, Udemy and Google Education to promote accredited courses & diploma programs as a direct path to certification. Mentz plans to continue helping students globally to achieve meaningful skills and education.

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The Last American Fief Seigneur – From Phi Delta Phi International Fraternity


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“The Last American Seigneur” George Mentz, JD MBA – Seigneur of Fief Blondel

I wanted to share an amusing and interesting legal story which is a lesson in ancient international civil law. Every few years, I had discovered there may be a sale of the rights of Ancient Fiefs (Feudal Lordships). At an obscure auction, I accidently won the bidding and was able to secure ancient Seigniorial Fief Rights. A Noble Count recently transferred his Ancient Feudal Title over to me in the Royal Courts of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. By acquisition of the heritable title, you then have a registered property right to style yourself as a Dame or Seigneur under the laws of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The Fief de Thomas Blondel of the “Norman Channel Island of Guernsey” is somewhere between 840 years old and 577 years old depending on how you date the grant of the Ancient Norman Fief. The Seigneury of the Fief Blondel is a small feudal-fiefdom of noble history originally included in the grants to “Rollo the Famous Viking and 1st Duke of Normandy” by Grant of “Charles I” of France to prevent further invasions and sacking of France. The Fiefs territorial boundaries are located in the Southwest portion of Guernsey Island. The island of Guernsey is still controlled by “Crown” or presently the Queen of England. Guernsey is not a part of the UK nor the EU; however, Guernsey is a Crown Dependency maintaining its own ancient feudal laws which have a great Viking, English, and French history. Much like Louisiana in the USA where I attended law school, Guernsey has a multifaceted mix of French and English Law. The Fief is composed of a scattered territory on the island including several beach areas that constitutes a tiny feudal “baronnie“ or fiefdom. To acquire the Ancient Feudal Norman Fief, a buyer’s lawyers must go to Royal Court and pay the fees of: Treizième duty to the Crown or Conge payment to Her Majesty while paying other fees to the HM Greffier /Greffe (Clerk’s) fees, and Jurats fees. This is done to obtain (HM) Her Majesty’s Royal Court’s conveyance permit and registration.

The Fief Blondel is held directly from the Crown historically as a free and noble fief and actually contains within it a dependency Fief called the Fief a Eperon. The territory of the Fief lies in both St Peter-in-the-Wood and Torteval Counties or Parishes of the Island of Guernsey The Fief of Blondel has a special history as the legend states that King Richard I was jailed in Germany at the old Castle Dürnstein and held for ransom in 1192AD. A Troubadour named Blondel found and helped release King Richard to freedom. To this day, the legend stands that the King awarded the Blondel family the Island’s Blondel Fief. Other interesting history is that the citizen’s and Seigneurs of the Fiefs of Guernsey hold the privilege of neutrality from the Vatican Papal Bull by Pope Sixtus from about the year 1483. The Papal Bull may still be effective today. The Papal Bull says that anyone who harms an islander would be excommunicated. Further, Guernsey is one of the few UK crown possessions occupied and fortified by Germany during WWII and later liberated by the Allies. The other fascinating aspect of the “Fief de Blondel” is that it contains a few areas of beachhead and foreshore. To this day, international law states that the Feudal Lord of the Fief or “The Seigneur” still has ownership rights to shorelines, sea-sted, accretion, fishing, treasure, shipwrecks adjacent to their fiefs, and even seaweed rights. One recent case paid the Seigneur and investors 10 Million pounds for foreshore and development rights. The Fief also comes with the ancient customary right to conduct feudal courts on small disputes. The Fief also comes also with a dinner to be provided by the rulers of a neighboring and famous Fief of Lihou. Since the status of Seigneur has been abolished in France for over 200 years, The Crown Dependency of Guernsey is one of the few places in the world where the legal status of a Fief & the legal rights to be Styled a Dame or Seigneur still exists.

The Feudal Dues Law of 1980 Guernsey still allows by law an owner of a Fief to be Styled a Seigneur. See Law:

When acquiring a feudal title, it is always best to hire great lawyers who have skills in various languages as this Fief was registered in the French language under the ancient customs of local lawyers and of Normandy.

To view the Historical Fiefs of Guernsey on a Map, there was a digital map created recently:

To this day, when regular Guernsey property is registered, the description of the transfer would still contain the Fief name in which the property resides.


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Commissioner / Counselor of Law, Lawyer, Titular Seigneur of Fief Blondel Est. 1440

Bio of Member of the Month

George Mentz JD MBA CILS – is a licensed attorney and CEO of GAFM ® global finance and management education, which is the first USA based: ISO 29990 Certified professional development company operating in over 50 nations. Mentz is a a former investment banker and wealth manager for a Wall Street Firm, an award winning author and advisory board member to several companies around the world involved in education, charity, and Fintech. Mentz studied civil and international law at Loyola Law in New Orleans and with William and Mary Law School and holds a Cert. of International Legal Studies and an MBA in International Business.  Mentz holds the prestigious CILS Certification in International Legal Studies from Loyola Law School. Only 1 in 1000 graduates receives a JD/MBA and CILS credentials.

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TUV Accreditation 2019-2020 – GAFM Re-Accredited Again for ISO 9001 and ISO 29990 – CEO George Mentz

The GAFM IBS International Board of Standards remains the first USA Certifying Body to achieve the ISO 9001 and ISO 29990 Training Accreditation.

George Mentz JD MBA is the first person on the USA to have educational companies accredited by the TUV in Europe along with securing ISO 29990 Training and Professional Development Accreditation.   This recognition from the International Organization for Standardization is global.

The TUV reaccredited the GAFM IBS Board of Standards through 2020. CEO George Mentz said, “The GAFM and IBS International Board of Standards has accomplished the biggest international accreditation recognition of any USA company operating worldwide. The TUV is a EU recognized Accreditation Agency that is over 140 years old.

George Mentz and the Mentz Law Firm handled the management consulting on this ISO Certification process.  ISO 29990 is the first training standards accreditation credited by the ISO.

The GAFM and AAPM thanks Dr. Enrico Salvagni and the TUV team for their help in the recertification and reaccreditation processes.

George Mentz has stated that his educational company has consulted with governments, NGOs, colleges, universities and business schools worldwide.  “We are able to provide certification training in over 100 nations around the world for governments, Fortune 500 Companies, and event the Department of State in the USA.  Since we are accredited for certification training, we have the edge.”

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Bio:  Counselor George Mentz has been an e-learning and education pioneer since the 1990s.  Mentz is the first person in the USA to achieve quad-certification as a Lawyer, MBA, and to be accredited/registered as a management consultant and financial planner.


We are the 1st USA ISO 29990 Certified and TUV Accredited Body for Training and Certification.  GAFM ® Certifications are globally recognized and structured on accredited standards. The GAFM confers Board Certifications in Management Consulting, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Human Resources, Management Accounting, Risk Management, Project Management, Trust and Estates, Taxation, Leadership, and Economics. The GAFM ® Board of Standards or Related Accreditation, Education, and Diplomatic Agreements have been recognized listed, disclosed, or in alliances with the following institutions, governmental organizations or agencies.

List of Accreditations and Alliances with GAFM


  1. GAFM Certification Board  & National Business School Accredited Programs – Over 800 USA Accredited Business schools offer courses, programs and exams that count for GAFM certificatons. [LINK]
  2. GAFM has: TUV Europe & Italy Accreditation –  The GAFM/AAPM International Board of Standards has accreditation from the TUV in Europe
  3. TUV Reaccreditation – European Accreditation Not Subject to BREXIT – TUV 2019 Certification Document
  4. GAFM  Body is  ISO 29990 Certified –  GAFM/AAPM are ISO Certified for Training. The First USA Certification body to achieve this Accreditation
  5. GAFM is ISO 9001 Certified – GAFM IBS Board of Standards is ISO Certified for Quality Standards.
  6. GAFM is in Alliance with the CHEA Council of Higher Education Quality Group – The GAFM ® Board of Standards is a founding member of the quality assurance standards memorandum of the CHEA International Quality Group.
  7. GAFM/AAPM is in alliance with the Society of Professional Engineers Europe.   SPE Society of Professional Engineers
  8. GAFM – Arab League & Academy Recognition – The Arab Academy belonging to the Arab League directly recognizes the Certifications of GAFM and AAPM in a diplomatic agreement.  2018 – Updated Arab Academy GAFM
  9. GAFM Certification Body has dedicated USA Accredited Law School Programs – Wealth Management Certification – ABA Recognized Law School
  10. UAE Accredited – Certifications Registered and accredited through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) of the UAE.
  11. 2004 – ACBSP Accreditation Certification Agreement with AAFM International Board of Standards, now GAFM owns the AAFM Programs.
  12. EU Accredited through ACCREDIA in Italy by virtue of TUV Accreditation.

10 Reasons Trump Economy Is Best in 50 Years

After many years of unemployment and war, the U.S. economy has made a dramatic comeback. The credit can only be given to President Donald Trump’s promised rollback of the tax and regulatory schemes implemented from 1993 until he was elected.

Here are 10 facts since Trump was elected that prove this is the best overall economy in more than 50 years:

  1. Employment: PBS News Hour confirmed that this is the best labor market since 1969 with low unemployment, more jobs and rising wages.
  2. GDP: Trump is the first president to have GDP consistently higher than 3%, President Barack Obama was only the president to fail to achieve one year of 3% GDP growth.
  3. Wages: The Washington Post even surrenders to the fact that Trump is the first president to improve wages in a generation where income is at an all-time high.
  4. Stock Market: CNN says the stock market has roared more than 40% since Trump’s election.
  5. Gas and Fuel Prices: Gas prices are low in most U.S. states that don’t over-tax fuel with local and state taxes. Many states have $2.15 per gallon gasoline right now. Gas prices may fall this summer according to the latest news.
  6. Ethnic Employment Success: The employment success for all ethnicities is at record high. Obama had difficulty creating jobs and many people gave up looking for work.
  7. Manufacturing Jobs: Manufacturing jobs are back in the U.S. for the first time in a generation. Trump created 284,000 manufacturing jobs in 2018. Forbes implied that millions of manufacturing jobs were lost during Obama’s first 2 years in office. Some 1 in 6 were lost between January 2008 and March 2010 and Obama never got those jobs back.
  8. Taxes and Regulatory: Corporate taxes were cut from 35% to 21%. America moved from worst tax system up to one of the most competitive in the world under Trump’s first 2 years in office. Lower tax rates allow U.S. companies to spend more money, buy more assets, pay more employee benefits, buy stock back to put money on Main Street and into state coffers, and even help pay better dividends to seniors who live paycheck to paycheck.
  9. Nasdaq: The Nasdaq stock market value finally exceeded the 1999 prices under Trump. This implies that companies were stagnant for 18 years until Trump took office.
  10. Level the Playing Field: With a mixed bag of tax-code improvements, removal of red tape, new trade agreements, and competitive tariffs, the U.S. economy is more insulated from failure. Even the Federal Reserve is willing to lower rates if other countries harm the U.S. trading environment.

With lower taxes, more jobs, no war, and a strong stock market, the U.S. may be poised to maintain the economic boom started by Trump. After a generation of war and unemployment problems, it is possible that the U.S. can have lasting prosperity if it continues to utilize common-sense economic strategies; however, the youth of our country must pay the $10 trillion of new debt created by Obama.

Because of technology and other efficient systems, inflation is remaining low. What is strange is that the Federal Reserve in this new era seems to unilaterally create artificial inflation rather than slow it down. Thus, we are in a new paradigm of the Trump Era and we are now competing with the other 180+ countries around the world to remain the most business friendly super power.

Can the economy blow up again? The answer is yes if there is a combination of forces of debt, lower productivity, higher taxes, higher interest rates, lower foreign investment, and less spending. The biggest problem is paying unfunded liabilities and the debt created by Obama. Thus, the only way out of this mess is to continue to create jobs, get people off of public assistance by allowing great jobs to be created, create more government revenue through lower taxes on a larger group of new producers, and lower the costs of running government.

George Mentz JD MBA CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ® is a licensed attorney and CEO of GAFM ® global education, which is an ISO 29990 Certified professional development company operating in over 50 nations. Mentz is an award winning author and advisory board member to several companies around the world in education, charities, and FinTech.