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Vital Info: Formerly “Sticky” Posts (pared down from 15) [2/8/2017]

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The post’s former motto, displayed in top-right corner, was obscured by the title once I upgraded the blog. I moved the former motto into the title (Site Identity) area, and changed the motto. It’s still not fully visible, so, for the record, here it is as of “Q1” 2017:

‘A Different Kind of Attention Develops Sound Judgment’ | ‘Suppose I’m Right Here?…’ (posted 3/23 & 3/5/2014).

Over 680 posts, Public-Interest Investigative Blogging On These Matters Since 2009.

Clear references to two posts, NOT marked “Sticky,” but which do demonstrate my practices (“A Different Kind of Attention“) and basic question, based on those practices over now many years, “Suppose I’m Right Here?  What Would You Do When the Lights Go On?”  (Would it change your personal cause-focused social media behavior or “leisure time”?) If I’m right (and I typically link to supporting evidence and coherent connections between the various parts of it; if there is missing evidence or improper connections/assumptions others can see) what logical (even if seemingly impossible at first) changes should be made?

If you (personally) are just not willing or able to make any significant changes to what you repeat, parrot, re-blog or even what you look into on a regular basis — then on what basis are you complaining about government practices?

The second March 2014 post (Suppose I’m Right…)  is FULL of still-relevant information; I suggest using the scroll function to preview it.  It’s a call to identify the presence or absence of “pre-framing” questions vs. using the language of logic, and I call out those groups which are perpetuating incongruous and at times inane statements as part of their basic group identity claims.  You can see this throughout social media, like a brand name without the company name always attached.

I identify group-think: “knee-jerk-responses-solicited” language in by now established advocacy groups. I also look closely at some of the NIJ studies being cited as exciting new proof.  Who EVER does the drill-down and gets the context of the studies before learning the catechism of the movements?

Some entertainment is involved as well as (fair’s fair!) my own versions of some of the basic fables (storytelling) on some very serious subject matter making the rounds.

How many comprehend that part of discovering what TO do includes making sound decisions on what NOT to do before what TO do becomes self-evident, personally? Among the best things I’ve done in the past several years is to say “No” and “No more!” and meaning it when it becomes clear the various conversations are not raising the basic comprehension level of any group, or that group cannot or will not deal with its own cognitive dissonance.

Or censorship of discussion of basic, elemental material which if comprehended, discredits the group’s primary assumptions.

Amazing what you can learn [this blog is partial testament] when the schedule is cleared of talk with the crazies (“crazy” specifically referring to those who do not apply proper filters and fact-checks before sign-up, join-in, and become an unsponsored “affiliate,” using one’s own custody cases, to hucksters and — and this really does apply UNTIL you’ve looked up, read, and comprehended the tax returns, and tax returns of your friend’s friends and recommended resources — strangers] and spent some solitary time seriously scrutinizing available evidence in its specific AND larger contexts.

There’s a major difference between being able to argue the main points of a hypothesis of theory, as opposed to simply outshouting them, in comments fields, “forums,” or social media where dissident or disturbing information can be simply dismissed, and comments deleted before the public gets to read them.

It seems to be human nature to construct narratives of reality, especially about things one has some experience with and wishes to bond with shared experiences by others on. However this need for simplified bonding phrases can also ensnare individuals in self-defeating suppositions.

I have little respect for professionals, trained in mediating and facilitating groups who as professionals hold conflicts-of-interest professional affiliations but do not disclose these to the people they are “helping.”

In the fields of domestic violence, fathers’ rights (“responsible fatherhood”), “child maltreatment” / child abuse, divorce, custody and child support, that field is crowded with conflicts of interests. The ENTIRE family court apparatus itself represents exactly this kind of conflict of interest in its administration, its goals, and its operations — something which can be at least pursued and tracked historically through tracking the behavior of primary nonprofits (plural!) involved.  Speculation about and ongoing suggestions that one can professional cleaning up specific practices within single fields involving the family courts is, in the context, (and in my opinion) ridiculous.  FIRST, handle the conflicts of interest — financial, and close the doors to any money-laundering, and payment of bribes.

It shouldn’t take too long to figure out that this essentially means, closing the doors to court-connected corporations themselves, while welfare law (1996) and other acts of Congress before them (such as the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, “FVPSA,” I came to learn over time) specifically allocate funding for control of the field — coming through HHS.  Meanwhile, “HMRF” funding also comes through HHS.

I believe that individually (and not always organized under a banner, a group name, a nonprofit, or a “movement”) both women and men can make a significant difference by demanding honesty in personal associations (including on-line), and taking enough solitary time to do some basic, (BASIC basic) drill-downs (actually, “look-ups” might be a better word…) on their favorite philanthropies or nonprofits (pick one — it almost doesn’t matter), then look at some more.

Then go learn to look up (USA) some federal agency grants.  Not to mention contracts.  Pick up a LONG document full of numbers and words called the “Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” (CAFR) of SOME government entity you’re interested in — and read the table of contents, the transmittal letter up front, the “MD&A” (Management Discussion & Analysis) and even those “Notes” at the end.  While you’re at it, look at the numbers too. These CAFRs often have organization charts; they tell you what is and what is not being reported on, and often contain startling admissions.

Start to make some sense of the one in your hands.  Then read another — and you have something to compare the first one too.  Learn what are some basic — real basic — tools for looking things up and discover (I did!) in the process just in what condition they are, currently.  Think about that — what does it say about a country which continues taxing its citizens, but cannot and does not account for the receipts and provide functional databases (AND advertise where they are found on federal agency home pages!) so people may do their own lookups?

And then the same government makes a big deal about “public/private partnerships” why — just in case some people might get too close to the truth on the accountability gaps?  What a sure way to make money disappear — redistribute through a diverse set of interconnected nonprofits, blended government with private wealth, and then trademarking the programs, taking them national and international, and selling it as in the public interest.  Really???

In part, this is what I’ve done when curious about something, including on-line websites ending *.org and promoting some cause.  You’ll see it on this blog.  Do you prefer stories?  Do your stories have to have an individual’s name in them, a plot — distressed child, estranged spouse, bad judge, unfair custody evaluator, flawed practices and family courts not stopping child abuse (where they ever set up to do this??) — instead of an organization’s name, or a government entity’s name, or an accounting term describing the report form (Annual Report, Budget, Financial Statement, Tax return, etc.)?

Understandable, but perhaps it’s time to grow up.

(Note:  if that “shoe doesn’t fit,” which it might not for many readers, then the message wasn’t for you; don’t wear it!  IF someone else is writing in similar manner on these things (doing more drill-downs across-the-board, not just in one geography or one field, please submit links on a comment!).

[These paragraphs above added 3/18/2017.  Now, about the “Sticky” stuff:]

(This post is sticky, too!)

 Vital Info, or at least Formerly “Sticky” Posts (pared down from 15) [2/8/2017]

(That title is also an active link; its url is the generated “shortlink.”

It just happens to be yellow because the usual link color wouldn’t display so well.)

This post provides the former (as of its publication) Top 15 Sticky Posts in 15 IMAGEs (Screenshots), and above that in a separate, shorter list (minus the pictures) so I may unstick most of them with confidence the information won’t be lost among the 680+ posts spanning seven years (now almost eight) .

Anything I labeled “sticky,” meaning “stays near top of the blog,” holds concepts and contents I obviously considered vital.  Then again, so are my current posts, but the concepts on the sticky ones remain fundamental.

There are limits to how much re-organizing (“house-keeping”) of any blog is possible while still investigating, writing, and hoping to keep publishing; this move is overdue.  But it’s time to condense the “Sticky” posts — which stayed month after month and year after year at the top of the blog’s central column leading an ongoing parade of post.  With this re-arrangement that list of vital titles now becomes less “in your face” than I’d like, but helps especially people who have been following or know about this blog better scan the main area (not just side-bar “most recent posts” and Table of Contents formatting) for my current research and themes.  For the same reason (scanning for topics and themes) I continue to choose long, more than just “catchy” post titles — getting the topics as close to top-level visibility as possible, although in covering the topics, the posts are going to be long and sometimes, the juicy heart of them, further towards the bottom.

I kept this post “Sticky #1” of now only 7, and removed that “glue” from the others

This post exists to provide the former (as of its publication) Top 15 Sticky Posts in 15 IMAGEs (Screenshots).  The images are simply labeled #1,  #2, etc. and the date and time of the screenshots.

Each image caption will have a link to both the screenshot, and the individual post, so you can access them from this page.  Click “LINK” to go straight to that post, or date & time are to read the screenshot, basically a preview of its contents, full-size.  Post titles are visible in the images:  

[The images + captions are in the dark-green background section, but otherwise, with two links/image caption, look about like this.]

#4 (Screenshot Feb. 7 @ 833.20pm PST)

 LINK Sticky Post #4 (Screenshot Feb. 7 @ 833.20pm PST  


Also for those removed from the “top-of-the-blog” position, they are still listed in proper date order on the various tables of contents (<>2017,  <>2016 only, and <>Sept. 2012 – June 29, 2014)

ALSO, SEPARATELY, and FIRST( if you don’t need the Image to make up your mind), and FOR READER CONVENIENCE, I’m posting both the LINKS and links to screenprints of those images, all together at the top.  For each image, the same two links/each will be provided on their Captions also (except once where I mistakenly included two shots of one post, and another time where I deliberately took one screenshot of two posts).

IF YOU ARE MORE VISUALLY ORIENTED, SKIP THE SHORT SECTION IN LIGHT-GREEN BACKGROUND (It’s all text, 15 bullets divided into 3 groups of 5 each, and two links per item (bullet)) and LOOK FOR THE IMAGES IN DARK-GREEN BACKGROUND LIKE THIS.  Thanks in advance for telling others about my blog.
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2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016.

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Rev. 1/12/2017

For 2017 Link to this post for this year2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes from 2016   I am writing mid-January, 2017, so all posts still display (for now) on “Most Recent Posts” on the sidebar.  The (short, so far) Table for 2017 however, is at the bottom of this page. It will at any point in time be only as updated as I have taken time to make it.  Meanwhile, the “8 most recent posts” is the best indicator of how current this table is.

  • Valuable material in addition to the actual list (table) of posts remains on the 2016 post, but I included below on this post some images of the actual TOC 2016 (minus the extra narratives), which copied into a word-processing document, formatted, then “printed to pdf.” Printing to pdf and loading that pdf onto the blog (accessible by a single click on the link I provide) produces a document in which every post in that table can be accessed by clicking on its name.  On every row, the post’s underlined title is an active link to the post, whether viewed here, or viewed on the uploaded pdf (8.5X11) format
    • This sounds more complex than it is.  Anyhow, after those images and the “access” link comes the Table for 2017, which I will add to as I publish each post. In fact it’s towards the end of this (so far, short) post.
  • As before, the right sidebar will display titles and links to only the last few posts.  I have it set to only eight.  The blog as a whole contains about 670 posts.

Here’s a link to the one-page pdf of TOC 2017 in 8.5X11 pdf form.  It includes the last three posts from 2016 too, and an two images (one for each page) of what it will look like:

Click for the 2017 TOC + last 3 of 2016 (with active links). It's just 1 page.

Click for the 2017 TOC + last 3 of 2016 (post titles = active, links). It’s just 1 page and current through Feb. 6 only. UPDATED: TOC through March 21, adds p.2, here. Or see partial table (updated) right on the post, right below here for Posts Feb 9- March 21, 2017)…(After adding new posts to tables on this blog post, I updated, and printed to pdf, added an image for “Page 2” here as you can see, in 8X11.5 format)

<==toc-2017-@ feb-8-2017

<==TOC 2017 @ through March 21, 2017

Posts 6-15; (Image of second page added 3/22/2017). Post titles are active links (clickable) through the TOC 2017 pdf link above image, not on the image itself. The link in this caption is just in case someone wishes to view it better.

 6  Vital Info: Formerly “Sticky” Posts (pared down from 15)       [2/8/2017] Feb. 9, 2017
7 Progressive Language Creep Section from 2012 “Reconceptualize This” post (reviewed and reformatted 2017) Feb. 19, 2017
8 Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two  Feb. 21, 2017
9 OHIO.  My Oh My…  501©3, EIN#34-1376870, ACTION Ohio Coalition for Battered Women, a 1970s, deficit-ridden holdout, Still testifying – NOT, of course, about OHIO.Fatherhood.Gov (1999ff), though… Feb. 28, 2017
10 Understand Statewide “CADV” Funding (CFDAs 93591, 93592, 93671, and 93136 grants to Statewide Orgs) But Also Check Out “Family and Community Violence Prevention” (93910) in all its Male/Minority-focused Wealth — Over $99M to One Recipient under ONE Principal Investigator, Spanning 10 years — and Glory. Mar 6, 2017
11  Don’t know Who or What ~QIC-NRF ~ is?  Looks like neither do the AHA, the NFI, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and HHS/Children’s Bureau (at least as uploaded at UCBerkeley’s School of Social Welfare CalSWEC) who collaborated on IT, then reported IT as a WHO (2010).  File under Fatherhood Engagement Absurdities — or at least, lots of anomalies —  2010 Mar. 7, 2017
12  Should the USA join the Commonwealth of Nations?  And if Not, Why Should We Allow our Elected Federal and State Officials to sponsor Coordination of Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Family Court|Custody Practices, as Ordered (Ordained?) by Appointed (not elected) Experts To Promote Their Personal Beliefs, Practices, and Profits? (A Few Reminders of Who’s Who) Mar. 12, 2017
13 Explaining my Inspirat’n for asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?… Mar. 17, 2017
14  Who is Foundation Press? (Started 1/22/2017, published 3/20/2017) Mar. 20, 2017
15 Dear Readers (2017 Themes and Ongoing Concerns) [started 1/19, published in part 2/19, and the whole enchilada 3/21/17] Mar. 21, 2017

For 2016 ONLY with valuable material before/after:

It (also) is now accessible in two formats — on-line, or a printed pdf (paginated to fit 8.5X11 format), as explained below (pdf completed added post-publication here).

I closed out 2016 with an average of one post a week (52 posts total). 

Link to TOC 2016 & that post’s revised title:  {1}Table of Contents 2016 (52 posts Jan. 23 – Dec. 13, 2016) with {2} Intro on First 5 Years Fund(ing), incl. but not limited to Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement Payouts + Warren Buffett’s “Ounce of Prevention Fund”(IL) and {3} Appendix of Tags from some Critical-to-Understand Posts
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About the Language and Length (Notes on Writing Style from TOC 2014 post) with Work Sample: The Calif Endowment (Publ. 10-13-2016, “Sticky”)

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Some Notes on Length and Writing Style,

and Work Sample (Preview/Postlude)

(Exploring one nonprofit & one of its backing foundations  with financial and filing details sheds light on the organizations’ mutual and relative sizes, revenue sources, and overall purposes, as a counterpoint and “backdrop” to organization’s public-profiles, i.e., their websites)  

Full Post Title & ShortLink:  About the Language and Length (Notes on Writing Style from TOC 2014 post) with Work Sample: The Calif Endowment (Publ. 10-13-2016, “Sticky”)

Including evidence from “The California Endowment” (“TCE”)’s Fiscal year 2004 Form 990PF return; it shows supplemental Statements detailing Direct Charitable Activities (expenses $16M),  and afterwards, showing dollar amounts in expenses, investments, liabilities, etc. as shown on the main IRS form.

The “charitable activities” performed that year were in part in conjunction with The California Healthcare Foundation to develop an Internet “app” to streamline people’s applications for as many social services and healthcare (welfare-type, public-funded) services as possible:

In conjunction with third-party vendor, The California Endowment supervised the development and implementation of the One-e-App technology solution. One-e-App is a Web-based system that is designed to screen and enroll all eligible individuals in California in multiple publicly funded health and social service programs, such as Medi- Cal and Healthy Families…

While paying that same year $11M in investment managers’ fees and holding a variety of investments as the “evidence” link above shows.  Here’s TCE more recently and right underneath it, “The California Healthcare Foundation (also more recent return):

California Endowment CA 2015 990PF 188 $3,768,442,347.00 95-4523232

Check out the close similarity in EIN#s — interesting, huh? 954523232 and 945423231

We are looking at $3.7 billion assets vs. $0.78 billion (or $780M) in total gross assets…

California HealthCare Foundation CA 2015 990O 237 $780,974,997.00 95-4523231

The California Healthcare Foundation (assets a mere “pipsqueak” by TCE standards) with its (2015) $781M of assets, spent also a lot on its 7 independent contractors, i.e., investment managers, including over $2.6M on “Makena Capital Management, LLC.”…
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Get Real(itybloger)! — Call In, Read the Links on CAFRs, Review Regularly. (First posted Jan. 24, 2014)

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The “CAFR” topic is a governmental accounting and reporting practice which affects all people (and particularly in this situation, all US Citizens) because of its impact on the economy and our understanding of the size and scope of government operations. It is an over-arching and underlying issue, but it has been a hidden issue.

For example, as Carl Herman (Harvard Economics grad) put this in 2012, a very good question in my opinion.  Once certain evidence IS posted, it requires an review of reasoning built on “the big picture” (not including that evidence), and that “big picture” includes the hot topic of “DEFICIT.”

This is a “README” article! // Let’s Get Honest

CAFR summary: if $600B ‘fund’ can’t fund $27B pension, $16B budget deficit, why have it?(Posted on June 18, 2012 by Carl Herman in ‘Washington’s Blog”),

. . . Governor Brown is silent about the $600 billion in surplus cash and investments, claiming the $16 billion budget deficit can only be addressed by austerity – massive funding cuts to our essential infrastructure. A 2.8% divestment of the fund would cover the $16 billion deficit.
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ORPHANS: Where The Great Commission meets the Military-Industrial Complex [First Published May 18, 2013]

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NOTE: Intro. section in this background color added [free of charge] Jan. 2016, some years after original publication May 2013. “Nightlight Christian Adoptions” was mentioned in the original post, I’ve just been looking more closely at tax return contents, in the interim. The original post may have been more “inspired,” however…. //LGH….It deals with this topic:

NOTE: this 3,000 word (you’re welcome!) post is out of sequence — belongs back with the “On the Road to Emmaeus” and “”Christian Social Services: Replenishing the Ranks of the Faithful (Bethany Christian Services posts, ca. Eastertime, 2013.

  • 6723 Whittier, McLean, VA (Always Look Up Street Addresses!!!)**

…at one time or another these organizations (at a minimum) shared a street address:


File under, if you notice the details, What’s wrong with this picture?

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While We’re There — the Northern California Mediation Center . . . and ITS corporate records, history, people, etc. (publ. 9/22/2012)

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While We’re There — the Northern California Mediation Center . . . and ITS corporate records, history, people, etc. (publ. 9/22/2012) <==Full Post Title + shortlink.

[ca. 8,000 words.    Significant additions after publishing.NCMC   introduced as to corporate filings, some personnel. Post concludes  showing how “parental alienation” indoctrination happens,is self-perpetuating, and is hostile towards mothers, generally, and is definitely a marketable scheme [yes, scheme] as well. See “train-the-trainers” @ public cost mentality.In midstream, I’m taking (to another post) a basic explanation of what “Corporation” means, FYI]

We might as well talk about the Northern California Mediation Center alongside  The Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition, and right alongside respective corporate and nonprofit filings, fundings, tax returns affiliations and actions.{{The introduction is a little passionate, but it’s about a dozen paragraphs.  Scroll down if you want to skip them!  I added numbers to make it easier!}}
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Another POV on “The Center for the Family in Transition” (and its funders) (Publ. 9/22/2012)

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Another POV on “The Center for the Family in Transition” (and its funders) (Publ. 9/22/2012)
Excerpt pulled to top of post in 2016.  This sticky post (below which are more current ones) originally published 9/22/2012.  It should be put in bold print, large letters and stuck on a refrigerator IF one is stuck in divorce drama at this time, as a reminder of the resonance of the rooms it will be taking place in!

The phrase “Families in Transition” is jargon, and it is virtually trademarked for use in the courts.  The term comes from, it seems, ONE individual with key connections to psychoanalysis (Judith Wallerstein, who was married to Robert S. Wallerstein, also a devoted and highly placed psychoanalyst, at one time President of the International Psychoanalytic Association (“IPA”), essentially the inheritance of Sigmund Freud. 

This association, IPA, was formed shortly AFTER Sigmund Freud’s ex-communication (by colleagues) for ca. 1895 presenting “the Etiology of Hysteria” and saying it related to violent sexual and physical assaults on his patients by their caretakers (often fathers or uncles, etc.) from the early 1900s).   In the 1950s, “The Origins of Psychoanalysis” incl. editor Sigmund’s daughter Anna) apparently included censorship of how Freud viewed his own “about-face” after being cold-shouldered by his colleagues.  In the 1980s a man was given access to the Freud Archives and wrote about this, in the interest of speaking the truth, and was again could-shouldered, and taken off the archives also.

For more, see March 5, 2014 post “Suppose I’m Right Here ….What Would You Do When the Lights go on?” Seeing the Wallerstein-Wallerstein connection, and the consistent practice of re-framing reality (truths about person-to-person violence, including parent to child, man to woman, and vice versa), and the origins of the fields of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, get it? the “Psyche” field in general  having been introduced as the bedrock formula for the conception of “FAMILY” and the “FAMILY COURTS,” a logical deduction is that those courts are also essentially — not “tangentially” —  crooked.

So, how can that “crooked” be cleaned up?  Can it?  Does the propagation of truth versus the propagation of the coverup of the (often ugly) truth matter, or not?  If it does not matter, how can calling something “justice” be applied on top of that foundation?

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A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF)

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A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF) (short-link ends “-573”)

In looking at the 1992 trade of the (previous) century in which $1 billion was made for the fund which bet AGAINST British pound sterling, while billions more were lost by the unfortunate Brits in that deal, I asked (before delving somewhat headfirst — only the heels left above ground-level — into some of these Open Society tax-exempts and how they interact with each other, in this post) —

My question being, given  how the funds are flowing and the profits being made, if someone this smart (with smart advice also, obviously) could bring the Bank of England to its knees, resulting in an entire currency having to go off the ERM (Exchange Rate Mechanism), but still fail anyhow — and thus get devalued costing the British taxpayers billions, then what country, or currency, is next, and from the same source?  Also, do we really think this kind of game is only played on the politically Left or Progressive side of politics?

It’s beyond interesting, and I think should be kept in mind whenever you are hearing rhetoric about the pubic schools, education, transformation, and again, “left v. right.”

This post (as drafted 11/28/2016) began:

We have to open some Forms 990 and comprehend the contents.  Once this becomes habit (and probably not before it does), will the importance of the habit become evident.

Written and stored as draft 11/28/2016 with much detailed research and annotated images of the same.  In publishing it 3/24-25/216 (within the First 100 Days of the Pres. Donald J. Trump Administration, and as (today) the vote to take down “Obamacare” has just officially fizzled when the Republicans refused to support it.  So as to “a nation divided” I think these posts are still relevant.

Because of the level of detail already researched in late Nov. for this post, I am not going to re-immerse myself in the material, but post most of it “as is.”  However here is some transition information, highlights, which may help digest the original posts.  Writing it took me from some generalized awareness that the Open Society/Soros Funds were (1) many and (2) generally, large.  I also already knew that there was a particular hub of fatherhood (male minority-focused) programming in Baltimore and was surprised to learn of one tax-exempt entity characterized as Open Society’s “U.S. Programs” base — and using a “dba” for the actual legal name of the NY based “Open Society Institute-Baltimore.”

You will also find some information in here (not typical in the media) on Betsy DeVos, now our new Secretary of (the U.S. Department of Education), whom the Left is raking over the coals for her support of charter schools and intent to supposedly dismantle the public education system.

While I am no fan of the DeVos Family or ANY of their programming I’ve become aware of over time (nor am I a fan of charter schools, although I’ve taught in some — as well as other kinds of schools over several decades — as a professional musician), I also understood the differences between various school options as a parent (after first escaping the abuse, single parent) of modest means with the goal of making possible for my daughters a four-year college of their choice on scholarships based on each child’s unique abilities.  But what came up here is funding of the “Fund for Educational Excellence” and the “Foundation for Educational Excellence” not to mention Alliance for Excellence in Education.  There are personnel in common you might not expect to be working together for this cause.

https://www.ffee.org/about-us/ (Baltimore-Based) (does it post Form 990s or EIN#?  No.  It does post “Annual Reports” (but only through year 2014).  Since 1984.  List of major sponsors includes Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Says it’s serving as a fiscal agent for the public schools (??).

Founded in 1984, the Fund is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that works to secure the financial, human, and knowledge resources necessary to support innovation that increases student achievement in City Schools.

FundForEducat’lExcellence (ffee’org,Baltimore) 2014 Annual Rept WhatItDoes Excerpt (Screen Shot 2017-03-25)







In the last post “Indicators”* like this one written and stored in draft 11/28/2016 and being published about four months later in late March, 2017, with some additions, I asked a series of pointed questions, after discussing the “Conservative vs. Progressive” (or, Republican v. Democrat, or, [switching the order of labels here..] Left v. Right) and some “shine the light on our political opposites” websites — as the nonprofits they were.

*”Indicators that both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling 

I asked the questions in this format:

…[re:] “Sourcewatch,” a project of The Center for Media and Democracy [“CMD”], also a small progressive nonprofit dedicated to the opposite, and in its own words:

“CMD’s breakthrough investi-gations of the Koch Brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its American City County Exchange (ACCE), the State Policy Network (SPN), and numerous corporations and corporate-front groups).  Like  the David Horowitz Freedom Center, CMD has several projects, which may be reflected in on-line web pages:  PRWatch.org, SourceWatch.org, AlecExposed.org, etc.”

The point being:

Discover the Networks (and similar nonprofits or on-line publications) are going to look at Soros and the Clinton Foundation and report on and condemn groups/activities considered Left or Progressive.  The other side (and similar nonprofits or on-line publications) is of course going to point fingers at the Koch Brothers and others considered Right or Conservative.  Both attempt to identify their own position as best for America (and by association, the world).  Essentially, pointing fingers, mud-slinging, personalizing/demonizing perceived leadership of the other side, and telling one-sided stories while implying they are factual, neutral and objective.

My questions were:

  • Which types of reporting, and in this case which of the above two nonprofits (David Horowitz Freedom Center with its “DTN” above + The Center for Media and Democracy, with Sourcewatch, PRWatch, AlecExposed, etc.), encourages or even helps readers acquire basic nonprofit, Form 990, or otherwise basic accounting and economic literacy on the nonprofit OR the government sector, and in the public interest?
  • And since neither are doing this, why not?    Why, if the originators of this type of reporting are so concerned about the magnitude of the opposite political party’s threat to stability, commonsense, or “America” would these not wish for their audiences a wide public better educated on economic and accounting literacy, instead of maintaining or acquiring the position of chief storyteller?
  • Is the attempt to grab people’s heads and discretionary time to listen to storytelling (which any hearsay information is), and hopefully add to the contributions of said nonprofits doing the reporting, a genuine demonstration of civic interest?  Or is all the reporting (on both sides) justifying the continued proliferation of the nonprofit sector, which is actually profitable for corporate wealth on BOTH sides of the political fence?

[Logically, if any group is so concerned about the public’s lack of awareness of how bad the other side’s nonprofit “shadow governments” as well as their programming (run through the nonprofits), then the same wouldn’t just post the results of their own studies, but point readers to “the tools of the trade” in looking up ANY nonprofit, or foundation, and evaluating it — getting their eyes (and heads) closer to the evidence, versus being spoonfed it from a different nonprofit.

These groups, by and large, are NOT promoting “where to look up a nonprofit” or “how to locate and read your local government financial statements” but “how to follow us and counter the bad guys’ programming….  Apparently they only want a public educated enough to follow — not to act independently and possibly investigate not only those being reported on, but also those doing the reporting — as to what kind of entity, how funded, how small or big, how old, where located, and in particular, how honestly are they reporting to the IRS, and maintaining corporate legitimacy.

Finally (in this list of points from last post “Indicators….”) I referenced my intent, in following education-focused nonprofits, to look more closely at the Open Society ? Soros entities.

  • In the field of education, specifically — these nonprofits I have been currently looking at, although clearly one is more Open Society Foundations / Soros-involved than the other political side — have organizations whose board membership (and in one instance I am talking, an ex-Governor) can be found on both progressive and conservative nonprofit focused on the same subject matter.  Interesting….

Yes, and this did catch my attention, I saw a known right-wing leader and a known progressive-associated leader on the same “make education excellent” foundation (actually two different ones, not including yet another one “Alliance for Excellent Education.”).

A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF) (short-link ends “-573”)

….emerged from this post,

Long post title with shortlink (short enough to tweet): 4th Quarter 2016 Review of Who’s Pushing Things “First 5” (and K12) Public School “Transformation”   (Sticky Post added 11-20-2016)

My long introduction to the Closer Look and a series of tax-return images from Open Society or Soros Foundations (Funds), in its demonstrating why we need to get this fiscal literacy thing down — and start at the top (Macro Economic Players) with some sustained, self-directed study and refusal to buy into the name-calling, finger-pointing, mud-slinging political parties (Progressive OR Conservative in alignment) that the various on-line websites and publications (not to mention mainstream media) encourage, to their nonprofit program purposes (including contribution, and persuasion) — to make those points, of course required more show and tell.  About 8,000 words into that, I booted that information overboard, to THIS post (in draft still):

Indicators that both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others? (shortlink these urls ARE case-sensitive ends “-57T”).

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Indicators that Both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others?

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Cont’d. from 11-28-2016 post-Presidential s/Election times, this post still relevant within “the First 100 days” while news coverage focuses on (a) natural and political disasters and terrorism and (b) depending on the news network or media outlet, a right vs. left  political debate roughly framed around Republican v. Democrat.

The current crisis combo includes but is not limited to London terrorist attack on Parliament (Parliament went on lockdown, pedestrians were mowed down, people arrested within 24 hours) and in what form, if in any form, is the new, improved (or depending on your persuasion, defective) healthcare reform (USA) taking place. For more info, tune into any MSM news station, read the NYT, the WSJ (I do), local papers or news networks.

I admit to being highly stressed out by these situations and by my ongoing observation of the basic citizen’s inability or unwillingness to talk coherently about the things I am seeing fiscally, financially and as to some of the power players.  I continued working over December, January, February and now March (i.e, over the new year, being undistracted by such things as any “family time,” or contact with my own family, or holiday celebrations as is true most years) on this blog, both individual posts and better documenting and organizing the blog itself (as to updating the Table of Contents, removing several “Sticky Posts,” upgrading the platform, reformatting some older posts for inclusion in a 2017 Retrospective — see “most recent posts” for example.  I spent considerable time focused on things “Ohio.”

In this Q1, first quarter, 2017, I’m still highly stressed by the resistance of people to doing their own homework instead of finding which bandwagon to jump on, out of what may seem like endless choices, but often boils down to just a few big ones that are playing out their, in my opinion, staged battles in public. I don’t believe this bodes well for so-called “democracy” or for individual freedom in the USA or anywhere else.

In addition, this week:  “The Broken Courts/Safe Child/BMCC” (etc.) crowd, (my label)** as they periodically do, are showing up in San Francisco tomorrow, at the California Judicial Council (bring your T-shirts and your stories, and tell your legislator you support this bill) (NO bill summary or link to it provided….). The call-out has been sounded*** to sell some more HOPE to protective parents — including HOPING to get 2 minutes of air time in a time slot of 30 minutes), while some of the more local among those calling-out, I guess continues to HOPE that my understanding of the same groups doesn’t ever contaminate the “rally, relate, and retell” group unity — or further challenge its existing leadership.  Through documentation of exactly who it is (entity-wise).

**(Under this particular collective — loosely defined but discernible by who refers to whom where, and using the common, group-specific jargon). ***This time, with a more open promotion of groups I have been specifically exposing on this blog (including NCJFCJ, BWJP and others) as a major problem, and as to where they fit on the HHS-CADV and Special-Issue-Resource Center (DV funding), how this neatly blends with the Greenbook Initiative (Wingspread Conference), and so forth.  This situation demands a formal written response to lawmakers (and cc’d to strategic others) from at least my conscience to at a minimum state:  

“I represent the demographics of the people these say they represent.  Given my dozen-years observation of some of the groups, and ten years of others, they do NOT represent me, my kids, or my kids’ best interests — or the public’s.  They operate like a cult, or a racket — and possibly are.  SO:  where, my local and state and federal Congressional (etc.) representatives, senators, [and administrators], where do YOU stand on that enterprise?”

My understanding, obviously, does not include being impressed by group names, or even books sold over the years (particularly books failing to identify the HMRF funding*** until well after I “outed” the situation in 2014, and earlier, on this blog and off it) but does include identifying which among them has been filing tax returns larger than a Form 990-N postcard over the years, and at least one which to my recall has NEVER shown up incorporated in California, although its title includes the word “Inc.” and I know that it is involved in training custody evaluators and mediators as approved by the California Judicial Council. It also claims on the website to be a nonprofit, but isn’t showing up (that I can identify) as itself in places where incorporated nonprofits ought to show up.  And hasn’t EVER (I’ve been aware of that group for nearly 8 years now).

(A review of the well-organized but obviously not quite current website under link the box (link) “Continuing Education Credits” shows the related entities actually approved providers including (next two images), depending on which profession is being trained — the IVAT at Alliant University and CAFI (Child Abuse Forensic Institute).  (website says Pacific Grove & Napa, CA) Again, quality of information and organization is one thing, but “who’s the real entity in this mix of providers?” is another.  IVAT as I’ve explained in other posts, is apparently a dba of Alliant University (now Alliant International University).

This website with a “NoCal” (Berkeley) address is utilizing for the legitimacy of credits at least in part another entity (using a dba or other fiscal agent) representing a San-Diego-based (primarily), i.e., “SoCal” University, with strong ties to a man from Texas, Robert Geffner, Ph.D. in its origins (“FVSAI”) and so forth.  In fact I just looked for “CAFI” as a charity — it’s current, barely, and exists (barely) — see the Charitable Details notice $1K startup in 2001, then NOTHNG for seven more years at which time (FY2008) it starts admitting to its existence somehow — with $0.00 revenues and about $2K assets (unchanging) for several years, and not ONE tax return (why should they — no revenues, right??) shows up.  After two delinquency notices in 2015, they finally clear it (apparently by sending in the annually-required RRFs), and continue, so far as we can tell, to “exist” so far as California is concerned.

1993 Initial 5 Directors of CAFI (from its Founding Dox) are all SF Bay Area (Scrn Shot 2017-03-24 at 5.41PM)

CAFI (on whom, apparently with IVAT) reliance for credits for training attorneys is cited (below images) I’ve seen the website before, realized it wasn’t exactly current, but this time looked a little harder, including locating an EIN#.  The IRS says it IS still active for donations, has never shown a status revoked, but somehow only Form 990-Ns (post-cards) show for years 2008, 2009 and 2012 on the IRS website, while NONE show over a 15-year period at California Charitable Trusts Registry (which, if postcards were being filed, is still legit), but they weren’t sending in the RRS declaring annual revenues and if any of this was from government agencies (and if so, which ones).

Note: Not all From 990-N (e-Postcard) filers qualify for exemption from federal income tax. To confirm an organization’s tax-exempt status, call Customer Account Services at (877) 829-5500.”

1-3 of 3 results Results Per Page (25) « Prev | 1-3 | Next »
EIN Sorted Ascending Legal Name (Doing Business As) Sorted Ascending City Sorted Ascending State Sorted Ascending ZIP/..Code Sorted Ascending Country Sorted Ascending Tax Year Sorted Ascending
68-0328915 CHILD ABUSE FORENSIC INSTITUTE Pacific Grove CA 93950 United States 2008
68-0328915 CHILD ABUSE FORENSIC INSTITUTE Pacific Grove CA 93950 United States 2009
68-0328915 CHILD ABUSE FORENSIC INSTITUTE Pacific Grove CA 93450 United States 2012

CAFI 1993-04 Founding Dox (1st directors all men from SFBayArea) from CalCharTr Registry and, EIN#680328915,  CAFI (ChildAbuseForensicInstitute) a CJC-approved CE provider? REALLY? See CharDetails viewed Mar2017) works alongside ChildAbuseSolutns Inc (BK)

CAFI’s undeveloped website “links” show ONLY two — one for attorneys (DVLeap) and another for psychologists (“the Leadership Council)” and another page shows connections to California NOW 2002 Family Court Report (Helen Grieco, Rachel Allen).  IF they read that, this entity knows about AFCC and the HHS fatherhood grants, as these came up in that report.

Seth L. Goldstein, Esq. (Law Offices of) are showing a historic interest in this area, and which boards or commissions (incl. advisory boards) he’s been on.  I see he was advisory board to the California Chapter of NACC (relevant in that groups work over the years alongside “AFCC”

This “look-it-up” perspective of course estranges me from the personally loyal, emotionally bonded, and who have for years been “telling their stories” in support of the various groups premises and demands.  So yes, I really am stressed out to have seen this develop over more than a decade in my “home turf” (N. California) as well as across the country, over time.  They are ambulance chasers and self-promoters, and again, feature telling stories, seeking media attention, and above all, coaching their followers what is and is not important to notice.   NOT analysis.  And I will get to them shortly — but right now am as I just said, too stressed to compile a post on it for publication today.

The above paragraph does not mean I do not believe the stories of abuse of children, or children going to the custody of abusive parents over time, or needless family-court-related “roadkill.”  But I am in complete earnest that the more fiascoes and disasters occur, the better it is for these professionals who seek to be on the training (T&TA) providers list, as are some of their colleagues whose policies, allegedly they protest and want overturned or I guess “trained” out of existence.

POST-PUBLICATION EXPANSION (SECTION) ON “HMRF” as “explained” through images from HHS.gov pages on the same:  (This background color marks the section)

***Image refers to funding under a specific “CFDA” 93086 started in 2005 only, however plenty existed before.  Unfortunately, Basic Search (TAGGS.HHS.Gov) database no longer goes back selectable before 2007, and Advanced Search by default eliminates the possibility of searching that CFDA# through checking it off where the available #s to select are indicated.  You might try USDASpending.gov (goes back to 2000 only, data officially cited as inaccurate, particularly when it comes to grants…)

EXAMPLES of how even HHS obscures research on the grants and grantees while promoting their activities (5 images (arranged 2, then quotes on grantee “ICF”, then remaining 3) and 4 corresponding links to view them full-size):

(1) ACF’HHS’gov[]ofa[]programs[]healthy-marriage HomePage Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.22AM (2) HMRF Detail level one (from home page) shows it is 5-yr funding, titles the breakdown (artificial as its just one CFDA# here) but NO link to grants database or help researching (Screen S (3) HMRF Hunt ‘n Click Maze, Level3 fineprint bottom link leads to pdf list,SidebarInfo Far Out of Date (Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.55AM) (4) (HHS “download” link to the grantees list is “end of the line” for information on that Hunt’n Click trail.  Going any further would be up to the reader — HHS is not about to help the readers, either see or evaluate these programs or grantees in any further detail.  Apparently this is on a “Need to Know — and Public Doesn’t Really Need to Know” basis.  But what they DO need more education in is healthy marriages, fatherhood.

Also note (from descriptions) that this grants stream is In discretionary, and may go to nonprofits or government units, universities, etc. Some grants obviously dwarf the others in size, so HHS “discretion” must include who are the best representatives.  Further lookups (I’ve done plenty over time) of a 2015 in Oklahoma City (Public Strategies, Inc.) is that it continues to be a PR firm; of “ICF Incorporated, LLC”  [Bloomberg.com on that company shows size of contracts — and HHS is using public funs to give it GRANTS?] [definitely a strange entity name — “Inc.” designates one kind of corporation and typically “LLCs” another, as to the IRS filing.  This one is an “…. Inc., LLC.”] (“National Resource Center”) is that it is a multi-million-dollar global for-profit business who’s built its assets primarily through government contracts, where the “ICF” originally stood for “Inner City Fund.”  The National Fatherhood Initiative (as a 501©3) has also used them or one of the offices (or related entities) as an independent contractor, meaning this entity got money both directly and indirectly for this cause from the public.

An old PRNewswire (see also history of this company) from 1998 when it was “ICF Kaiser” claims contracts dating back to 1982, and advertises a $10M one for the EPA shows what size entity is receiving HMRF GRANTS (gifts not contracts), diverted courtesy TANF Title IV-A (Temporary Aid for Needy Families) once “block grants to States” under this theory went into effect as a result of 1996 Welfare Reform:

ICF Incorporated Awarded $10M to Support EPA’s Office of Solid Waste

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 10 [1998] /PRNewswire/ — ICF Kaiser International, Inc. (NYSE: ICF) today announced that its Consulting Group subsidiary, ICF Incorporated, has been awarded a $10 million contract to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste. Under the four-year
contract, ICF Incorporated will provide a wide range of analytic and technical
support services for planning, implementing, and evaluating the RCRA hazardous
waste minimization and management program.

“ICF has held contracts with the Office of Solid Waste since 1982,” said James 0. Edwards, Chairman and CEO of ICF Kaiser. … “ICF has won several contracts in the environmental arena over the last 12 months totaling nearly $50 million,” said Edwards.

About the Company

Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ICF Kaiser is one of the United States’ largest engineering, construction, program management, and consulting services companies. Its nearly 5,000 employees, located in 70 offices around the world, provide fully integrated capabilities to clients in four related market areas: environment, infrastructure, industry, and energy. ICF Kaiser reported gross revenue of more than $1.1 billion for the 12 months ended December 31, 1997. All references to ICF Kaiser indicate ICF Kaiser International, Inc. and any of its subsidiaries.

Company website viewed today: https://www.icf.com/who-we-are/about/our-history

…With a focus on solving energy challenges for United States federal agencies and for industry throughout the 1970s, ICF expanded into helping address the world’s environmental concerns in the 1980s and also began to build its engineering capabilities. In 1988, ICF acquired Kaiser Engineers, which had originated as the engineering unit of Henry J. Kaiser’s industrial empire and grew to rank among the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. The following year, the combined company went public and eventually traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange, operating as “ICF Kaiser,” with the consulting unit remaining largely intact.

In 1999, ICF Consulting ended its decade-long affiliation with Kaiser Engineers through a leveraged buyout, financed in part by the CM Equity Partners, LP, a New York City-based equity investment firm.

In 2006, ICF Consulting was renamed ICF International to reflect a growing geographic presence and increased scope of service offerings from advisory services to execution, implementation, and improvement. The firm also pursued an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and now is a publicly traded firm listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol ICFI. Today, the company is known simply as “ICF,” while still retaining its international presence.

(If you think that’s impressive (or wonder, as I do, why the US federal government should be GRANTING to it in addition to all the contracts, you should see its “ACQUISITIONS” page that public funds diverted from TANF, in part, have been (over the hears of HMRF funding involving this company or a subsidiary) in part facilitated.  See next images (from that page), below which you’ll see just how VERY little HHS revealed about the sole grantee ($1.5M in 2015) for the National Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship EDUCATION (not to be confused with also a large grant to the Oklahoma City “Public Strategies, Inc.” for a similar, but not identical resource center on Healthy Marriage….

ICF’com ACQUISITIONS (~In 2002, 2005, 2007, ICF Acquired (n) Companies~) Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.16PM (and) ICF’com ACQUISITNS (~In 2009 (2), 2011(2), 2012 (1), 2014(3), ICF Acquired x Companies~) Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.15PM

Partial Image #1 of 2 from 2-page download of 2015 HMRF grantees from HHS (ACF|OFA) website (“end of the line Hunt ‘n Click” link to both pages)

Partial Image #2 of 2 from 2-page download of 2015 HMRF grantees from HHS (ACF|OFA) website (“end of the line Hunt ‘n Click” link to both pages) showing ICF Incorporated, LLC’s $1.5M grant and New Pathways” (alpha by state) with $2K to one in LA (Southern) and one in (SF Bay Area, Northern) CA [Rubicon programs]


END, Post-Publication Section on “HMRF” and grantee “ICF Inc.”


On the blog, I am continuing to clean-up and publish various draft posts containing hard work and documentation (production of annotated images).

An upcoming theme about “Telling Stories, Selling Hope” is imminent, but I think this “macro” level post makes the point again — those stories will grab anyone’s attention and psyche, but identifying the storytellers in this age is AS important as the material being carried on the airwaves. Putting out this post illustrates the principles as well as being its own story.

By “identifying the storytellers” I mean finding that category — or lack of category, which is significant — under which the publication, the blog-site’s window frame revealing the funders, or some way to identify those funders — is critical, because these funders ARE organized into their own coordinated power blocs, with specific agenda which you will NOT be finding revealed that often on the story-telling websites, including the websites narrating “Who We Are,” company history and so forth.  Sometimes, maybe — but not reliably. I concocted a personal one (it still basically works, although there could be more tags added) many years ago — starting with Public or Private?

From my FamilyCourtMatters.org DRAFT 2014 post, showing my previously-published chart prompting categories any ENTITY may fall under ~ Screen Shot 2017March15 at 5.40PM

Click here to read all that stuff (annotations and chart)! This actual post is still draft, but the chart showed up in prior posts, and this screenprint in a more recent one. It’s a matter of having some functional categories under which to mentally file groups A,B,C,D and to tell the difference between a project (program, initiative, etc.) of one or more ENTITIES and the ENTITIES themselves. Again, the concept is that public funding and private influence in the so-called public interest, should be traceable. Often, they aren’t — and that’s a primary point!

Moving on to the blog drafted last November:  Below here, I won’t add much, except to identify whether related posts are yet published or not, and I see one or two places another screenprint of the website might help.///LGH 3/23/2017.

This post with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink ending “-57T” was basically written last fall:

Indicators that Both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others?

It emerged from an intermediary post on A Closer look at The Trade of the Century the Soros/Open Society Foundations (approximate title, still in draft.)

[Exact title and link, and I expect to publish right after this one:]

This post, which asks basically, “How Soros-Savvy Are You?” (and provides some remedies, if the answer is — we’ve been told who to suspect, but have no other significant details…)

A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF)

(short-link ends “-573”) started 11/28/2016. The post is about 11,400 words (including all words in the many tax return tables shown there, as well as captions of all images). It shed some significant light on events and organizations in Baltimore (including one associated with the National Fatherhood Leaders’ Group I posted on recently) and on some nonprofit affiliations of the new US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. However I think it packs a different kind of punch overall, on what to pay better attention to when discussing politics and major public institutions that need to be “transformed..”

Which itself emerged from  4th Quarter 2016 Review of Who’s Pushing Things “First 5” (and K12) Public School “Transformation”   (Sticky Post added 11-20-2016) (wisas published 12/16/2016 as Pt 1 of 2 (pt. 2 was also published.  See my TOC page under “2017” — the last 3 of 2016, including these two and the “ConnectEd” one below, were included).

Which emerged from another one which for short I’ll call the “ConnectEd | WestEd | US Dept of Ed” post and actually was published 11/18/2016. Exact title here:

ConnectED + MPR Associates Inc. + Gary Hoachlander, WestEd, and the US Dept. of Ed, with help from James Irvine Foundation,.  (It is currently 16,000 words long, and a bit complex! Then again, so are the networks I am discussing and exposing…)   This post was started 10/22/2016

A post on this blog may take at least a week to write.  I do not specialize in just re-blogging, or compiling a pre-existing list of links that others have already reblogged.  When I look things up, and I stay in “teaching” mode with hope that other adults, whether young or old, will understand

This “Indicators” post here actually has more in common with the ConnectEd and 4th Quarter Review subject matter than the “A closer look at …. Soros Open Society Foundations,” one although the Open Society Foundations — and “The Trade of the Century” certainly did come up in connection with the same topics.

At first I just looked at “Open Society Institute” as a single nonprofit.  But that makes no sense when dealing with this phenomena.  There is an obvious difference between billions and millions of dollars held by a single 990PF-filer.  Let alone when there’s a US-based AND an international network of them.  Starting to review the Open Society Institute AND related foundation entities (starting with identifying them as corporate entities and where the assets were being held), the difference in size is immediate — and relevant.

In making the point that we ought to start with distinguishing “monster” size entities from the more colorful, quotable, and organized by political stance smaller nonprofits often funded by the larger ones, I showed one from each side of the fence (as does, in part, the 4th Quarter Review 2016 post) and saw again how the Rightist “Discover the Networks” was doing little more to encourage financial literacy on the left by pointing the public to the tools used to look, than the Left itself was to reveal their own financials on the various websites involved.

Both claim to be exposing the other’s agenda and networks.  My intention is to  drive a wedge down the middle and posted financials from both sides, and do more of it on this post, to support my claim that — in reality– BOTH are “in on it” and playing Good Cop/Bad Cop with the public, to our collective harm.  

I continue to believe that there are — or will be — some “ears to hear” this message although I am not personally conversant with enough to persuade me it will make a political difference.   For one, I see who has been watching this site over time.

Now that that I’ve shown the immediate context, let me get to what inspired this post, especially after a closer look at some of the smaller, reporting nonprofits both left and right, pointing fingers and setting up colorful websites and multiple related organizations to demonize the other side of the aisle, and recommend how to solve the absymal state of the nation’s public schools (allegedly) while withholding accurate reporting on who, collectively, are the self-appointed, mutually fingerpointing or backslapping (in public at least) problem-solvers, the problem to of course involve redesign (with more investments) by the private sector.

No wonder both the Political Left and the Political Right wish to privately control, steer, and direct the public schools and partner with governments and state (and private) universities to recommend more and more investment in the infrastructure, with universal preschool, and attempts to turn schools into health and community centers.

Perhaps over time, we will all be reduced  to the perceptive level of (the adult equivalent) of kindergartners, and not EVER even thinking about getting educated above our appointed station in life which — face it — for most people now is NOT to be challenging the existing elite (whether left, or right politically), or its thinking or operations.

Perhaps over time also, when we aspire to anything, it will be to Pick One from Column A (Republican) or One from Column B (Democrat), or if we wish to be thought somehow more free-thinking, go More Left or More Right.  I mean, for whom to walk, talk, and think like on every major issue (health care, schools, vouchers, charters, prisons …. domestic violence, divorce, custody, the role of religious-exempt institutions in immigration and in running local communities), that when a person is approached on any typical issue, the kneejerk response will be left, or right (to a lesser or greater degree) — and be unable to have a neutral, fact-based discussion with someone on the opposite side of the fence.

Keeping any population illiterate, and language-deprived, except to a caste-level, is a symptom that one is dealing with colonization.  What was illiterate in the 1800s and what is illiterate in the 21st century — including on what just happened in the 20th century — obviously is going to differ.

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Dear Readers (2017 Themes and Ongoing Concerns) [started 1/19, published in part 2/19, and the whole enchilada 3/21/17]

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This post’s title and shortlink: Dear Readers (2017 Themes, Ongoing Concerns)

Or as it’s now going to be published after a detailed review, two months later after writing and being stored in draft, by myself  and an unofficial third-parpic sounding board for its overall coherence, tone, and sanity:  “Dear Readers (2017 Themes and Ongoing Concerns) [started 1/19, published in part 2/19, and the whole enchilada 3/21/17]  with that short-link ending “-5rq”).

The part already published on 2/19/2017 was  Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two (<=this post title with case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5wN”)

Sometimes after working hard on some material, it’s in my conscience, it’s also on the blog, and I may forget for a while which part was published and which was stored in draft.  Some of the recent discoveries are as disconcerting as any of the ones in prior years:  they involve at least one private university and its law school, and one public university (specifically in Ohio) and recent publications from the CRS (Congressional Research Service) admitting that the designated funds-tracker USASpending.gov is simply unreliable (as if this wasn’t obvious to people attempting to compare its information with federal agency information).

Many people are in turmoil and distress over the change of administrations this year. As a reminder, Administrations change every four to eight years, and technology races on; public/private partnerships people are NOT watching carefully for the most part, will be continuing anyhow.  While media (left, right, alt-right, international, and otherwise) churns the situation, and leaders watch, and I, too, am disturbed at the short-to-medium-term future for this country, I still live here and must make short-to-medium (about the most that can be made these days) plans for my own life and where to put my primary life energies. Including whether to continue pouring them into this blog.

After re-reading this post from top to bottom, I see one link which doesn’t lead to a published page (which I can handle soon enough if so), and some overlapping visuals.  Maybe some copyediting oversights (not that many).  But it’s still an excellent post.

I have done my best to lay out why people should take the personal actions I’m exhorting them to take, over time and to follow through.  Some anger at my personal situation will show through, but there is also documentation and teaching efforts not typically found outside this blog.  There is a bottom line here, and that bottom line should be identified, considered, and intelligent (not stupid or uninformed) decisions made by people about it.  I cannot hang with the “cognitive dissonance/dissociative” social media groups whose followers refuse to utilize some sort of screening and evaluation for the media they consume and want to discuss, endlessly, much of it leading in circles.

We CAN start to keep others in our immediate circle of associates honest (Start SOMEwhere! Why not there?), or if not, find some honest associates, with courage (not just stubbornness) to handle built-in unresolved dilemmas in the policy solutions being demanded.  Once immediate circle of associates are found to have integrity, be courageous, honest and at least informed, THEN take it to the political leaders.

It has three distinct sections:  I guess the first part I’d have to call

  • 1.  State of the Union | From This Perspective.

But before I even get there is, and this section is important because it is:

  • A Concrete Analogy for Fiscal Reality (When Foundations aren’t on Solid Rock, The Towers May Sink, or Lean, and regardless of the builders, Bottom Line, the Public WILL be paying.

This section is easily found by looking for the photos of skyscrapers followed by images obviously fine-print documents with an occasional logo:  These are from the financial statements of a joint powers authority right next to a significant high-rise in San Francisco which is sinking.  Fast!

Why others didn’t pay better attention or dig deeper to start in this example?  Probably, profits.  Either way, taking our own “core samples” of governmental financial statements reveals the foundations of the financing, and the accounting practices.  In the USA, we are the bottom line, and as such, should know, what’s being developed among us, and whether our “hired hands” are reporting and building appropriately.

This section simply developed as I sought a current analogy for concepts which are, literally, business, operations, financial, and governmental (tax-revenues-based) concepts.  Writing it took my own understanding up a notch, and I’m sure reading it (with attention) also will for others.

That other understanding I did migrate to a separate page (you’ll see the next lime-green reference  again at the very bottom of post).

[**This part may not be published yet, but I’ll look into it shortly.  LGH 3/20/2017]

The page had been published, I corrected the link (using WordPress-generated, not TinyUrl, one).

Don’t you want to understand about V2V meaning “Vehicle to Vehicle Communications” as facilitated by UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and how your taxes are facilitating this through, in part the US Department of Transportation?

Or about how major on-line media communications — as the companies continue to buy and sell each other (for example, PRNewswire), and have gone so large as to name their parts by world regions?  While the profits from at least some of the Americans who sold off their part of this, are channeling the funds into transforming, say, our public school systems through private corporations they mutually control?

But before I even got into looking closer at USDOT.gov and its financial statements and the TIFIA (Infrastructure funds) and related projects, I first looked at some of the partners and players in what looks like a major:  reconstruction or re-alignment of a mid-SF highrise; a major expense no matter HOW you look at it for the public, as one of the parties being sued is the neighboring government entity (TJPA).  And that’s the “Concrete Analogy for Fiscal Reality” section BEFORE “State of the Union”…

Then there’s a entire “Retrospective” section in sky-blue-borders, a reminder of  previous points year by year, i.e., when, and an update.

About that next section  [It was published 2/19/2017, see top of this post].

For the 2014 posts, a follow up, appropriate because it’s typical of the field, and shows by how (by whom, in what fashion, and where (including a specific university)) the ongoing and habitual fiscal misdeeds of two specific and “outstanding in their field” (=”responsible fatherhood”) entities has just been glossed over, ignored, and their at times non-existence compensated for through forming partnerships (as Brother’s Keepers, apparently one doesn’t mention fiscal misdeeds, or long periods of “status-revoked” while the website (not that this one’s domain remained up) and friends talk among each other as though the not-real was in fact real.

NB:  Womens’ and violence-prevention groups also do this, and I have reported over time on both sides, which I feel is only fair. However, I did catch on to the HHS-funded fatherhood entities first because the funding streams seem to be so much larger and the behavior, so blatantly typical.

I also feel it’s important to bring up that centralizing subject-based funding (public & private both) at private OR public universities significantly complicates tracking the funding — and that means, holding our public institutions accountable for how public resources are allocated.

  • 2.  Retrospective: Beginning-of-year Posts, Back to 2009.

[That part already published on 2/19/2017 was  Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two (<=this post title with case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5wN”)]

Then, after that extensive section with its quotes and updates, comes positioned last but written first, Section 3. 

There, I bring it back to my current research (naming names and posting references) and concerns on which I have upcoming posts illustrating the concepts.  This one is called:

  • 3.  A “Letter to Readers,”or something two notches less formal.

About that section

The “Letter to Readers” was actually the first material of the year under this post and came out naturally while I was migrating (a cleaner copy of) the 2016 and 2014 Tables of Post Contents to a different format, and posting them as links + images on my “Table of Contents 2017” page.

This section also has images and links explaining why, regretfully, I find it necessary to take on some of the higher powers individually and collectively, for a problem that has shown top-down origins in the first place.  Here’s a short quote (from that section):

So, how’d YOU like to go up, in public, against that type of power bloc and call it what it is based on what you are seeing, without colleagues or one’s own “nonprofit” standing by to witness the same evidence — as those one might think should be most concerned appear to be still busy telling their stories and speaking about the symptoms in individual blogs, texts, tweets, (still, after all these years) and basically flying in the same formation year after year, and somehow calling it “exposure.”  

Well, I got in the habit of doing just this long ago, 

and don’t see a good reason to stop now.

For example (click to read; the Page* is just a quick preview of what’s below): Extra Narrative, Goes with 2017 “Dear Readers” post (@Jan. 17, 2017) CalSWEC, CFPIC, CWDA (Following where the Facts Lead, No Matter How Daunting the Destination, or How affluent, how well-entrenched, and how well-networked the public institutions or private entities living there).  *Pages don’t seem to generate WordPress-specific “shortlinks” so I created a tinyurl one,  http://tinyurl.com/GoWhereTheFactsLead.  <==Both links in this paragraph are identical and short. It’s a short read.

It is simply where my research and remaining true to the facts requires admitting they exist, and that when laid out together they speak differently than the surface proclamations (paid-for) on primary institutions of common public life.  Some material regarding CFPIC and CWDA also near the bottom of this post, I see.  Among the basic problems there is that one entity cites an EIN# associated with the other one.  The organizations seem related (though not always portrayed that way), but two different organizations canNOT share a single EIN#:  not these two, for sure!
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March 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Who is Foundation Press? (Started 1/22/2017, published 3/20/2017)

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Who is Foundation Press? (Started 1/22/2017, published 3/20/2017) (The WordPress generated, case-sensitive short-link ends “-5yu” and FYI, I include that information for my own help when   quoting one post on another also…).  The post was basically complete in late January, I added mostly just footnote information (two out of three) at the bottom.  Since then, I have been focused deeply on other topics.

The information points out who profits from trademarked information tied into the legal profession case notes, some interesting info about the history of both “West” and LexisNexis, and I hope an appeal to some people I’ve given up attempting to persuade that it actually matters, WHEN they reblog from some funded alternate news (so-called), on-line news (so-called) or Independent Media (so-called) who, really, is behind it.

I’ve also had long and sometimes detailed, and at times impassioned, “communications” with individuals over the issue of whether it’s really helping ANY custody cases, or the overall situation in the family and divorce courts, to “Call attention to” and get some news reporter who has to keep the headlines coming for his (or her) employer, or client (if a freelancer) to produce a dramatic story line over individual cases.  After that, then what?  Who is any better informed about WHAT systems are involved, how they interact, and how they are controlled and financed?

If I get to it (which I intend to, this week), I have two more examples of “storytelling” which do less than help illuminate anything but those who like to engage in story-telling.  THere is ALWAYS a back story and (referring to the two examples upcoming, which tend to show up in my inbox, referenced by tweets, or facebook posts from groups I keep my eye on), you can often learn much more by looking up the organizations associated with the individuals being quoted.  Most of them are, after all, networked.  News reporting gravitates towards the personal quote, but usually it’s not the personal quote, but the person’s connections, one should pay better attention to over time.

Let me put it another way:  If you had three years to spend listening and reading on a major problem to take to a powerful entity (the federal government, or your state government (if that applies), would you rather approach them with their financials relating to the problem, or an anthology of anecdotal evidence (even if true and compelling) and expect that storytelling to apply for the rest of the state (or country) because it has an emotional, heartstring component?

So do many folktales and mythologies.  They have story lines, heroes, antagonists, and at the end usually a moral and an underlying message about “how the world works.”  Generally speaking, if you compile anecdotal evidence from one “cause” and from “another” (to the contrary purpose), they can easily cancel each other out; but the politicians may hear both sides because they are supposed to be “responsive” to all.  You feel heard and get to go tell followers you were heard by a politician as part of building momentum (so do the others).  The politicians or other civil servants get to go tell someone else they listened.  You’ve “bonded” at some level.

All that time, anyone could be, on their own time and individually, looking up the financials and teaching EACH OTHER how to read and analyze them, as it pertains to the cause of interest and at the end of the same few years, you would have something to demand that public attention, more substance and less symbiotic “theater.”

Parts of this story are still located in Minnesota.  If the shoe fits, wear it, on paying attention to active corporations in your home state affecting key issues of interest to some of the “justice” or ‘Injustice” blogs around the family court theme. And on paying attention, given any report, news (breaking or otherwise) as to who published it.  That’s all I did to learn what’s in this post.  It’s just a personal habit.  ANYONE with access to a cell phone or other device accessing the internet can develop that personal habit, but which ones they are (and aren’t) over time make a huge difference.

I looked up the publisher of a single author whose cause I knew about in a summary of a conference I’d written about, and I learned again that the publications are most interested in their profit, and typically that’s advertising revenue not subscriptions, that newspapers in the USA are increasingly consolidated, and not necessarily even run or operated by people with the USA’s best interests at heart.

On the other hand if the material is trademarked or controlled by licensing, and the information flow NEEDED for (say, the legal or financial, health or science) professions to function, subscriptions (with licensing fees) are a VBD (Very Big Deal).

While that shouldn’t be ALL news, it sure does shine some light on the situation about who became the richest man (in Canada) and how (as of year 2000) his family controlled 73% of the stock of an entity which helped him get there.

Other than that intro and the second and third footnotes below, I didn’t do much to this post:  WYSIWYG (What You See (as written two months ago and held as a draft) is What You Get.

Who is “Foundation Press”?

(Whatever it was, now it’s an owned imprint, used by license from a strange corporation registered only Feb. 2013 in Minnesota (Jan. 2013 Delaware legal domicile), from another one, also in Minnesota, which at one point was bought-out by major Canadian publisher Thomson Corporation (despite an antitrust movement by the US Department of Justice), which then bought Reuters as in (later) Thomson Reuters, significant in the financial and news market and “the rest is history,” then and now.   Another corporation, still active (and it says since 1982) in Minnesota seems to be the licensor, the 2013 one the licensee, but my trip to USPTO.gov (U.S. Patents and Trademark Office) seems to say, the 2013 entity owns most of those trademarks. And the one in Minnesota has an assumed name.  What I don’t know yet is, why the assumed name, and what’s with that exact entity in 2017.

Before looking at how my asking Who (and looks like I should’ve added “or what”) is Foundation Press? led to this much broader realization (see post titles):

As of a very well-written 2008 article by Erin Carlyle, writing for a TwinCities (MN)-based weekly, I’ll be quoting below — but not before I take readers through the filing history lookups, trademark lookups which led me eventually to the article, after I had sorted out “who was who” among the entities, publishers, trademarks, and “imprints.” At least I think (and I still have unanswered questions about the current owner — or licensor of the trademarks):

…Competition between the two companies was fierce. In 1995, West’s management decided to put the company up for sale. Thomson Corporation, a Canadian information mega-firm, purchased West for $3.45 billion.[###] Though the Department of Justice antitrust division got involved, Thomson West came out controlling about 40 percent of the legal publishing market.

[Thomson Corporation, later Thomson West, no longer exists.  It’s Thomson Reuters.  From their website company history 2008:  “The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group PLC combine to form Thomson Reuters.”]

At the time, people said Thomson paid too much. They doubted that Thomson would be able to squeeze more profit out of West, which was already posting 25 percent returns. But since its takeover, Thomson has consistently managed to attain 30 percent or higher profit margins. Legal information seems to be the sponge that won’t dry.

Last year (2007), Thomson acquired Reuters, the financial information and news firm. In its first year as a single entity, the combined company earned $11.7 billion in total revenue—more than any American-held printing and publishing company, including Gannett, McGraw Hill, and the New York Times.

[Yes, Thomson Reuters, as I said just above, from website viewed in 2017]

Westlaw is one of the great successes of the information age. At a time when major newspapers are falling into bankruptcy, it’s worth paying attention to what worked.##

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March 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Explaining my Inspirat’n for Asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?..

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Published @ 16,800 wds (approximate, and NOT including annotations on its many images); post may be split in half or otherwise revised after publication.  {with addition of an extended section on Canada as relating to the first head of the Commonwealth Secretariat (in 1965), also a recipient of “the Order of Canada” (title of nobility) and the character of continued monarchy (the only one in North America) and the partition of North America among Great Britain, France, Spain, and the U.S. Colonies in rebellion… now 20,500  22,275 words. 

Tags likely to be added after publication.  This one covers a lot of territory and has many quotes (incl. an entire section on Cecil Rhodes (re: background and original purpose  and means to that purpose of the Rhodes Scholarships), another on the Order of Canada (with images), a section on a Malcolm-X oriented organization I just discovered (although not its registration/incorporation, or — if any — returns), “MXGM.org” with chapters in major well-known cities (Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, NYC & Phillie I believe, Oakland,CA). I posted again links on “Functionalism” & David Mitrany and in general contrast the options of ongoing colonialism (which I think it’s fair to say — I speak as a woman — is still the current basic operating plan within the USA) with “socialism & communism”(which I cannot and do not endorse) I’ve worked on it long enough.  Enjoy! // “Let’s Get Honest.”

 I think there has to be another way, but if people REFUSE to educate themselves to the point of reading their own local, state, and federal “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports” and take a look at how money is moved inappropriately and illegally through and to/from the tax-exempt sector (as has historically been true), connect this with why we are STILL being taxed given all that — I just don’t at this point, know what it might be, for the self-promoting, self-deprecating, and hypocritical nation — with its national leaders — going by the United States of America, to make a serious commitment to practice what it preaches in substance, not just in appearance.

On writing this, I’d also like to know if anyone else noticed (during the Presidential inauguration this past January) that allegiance was NOT pledged, nor any oath sworn to uphold the Constitution of  “The United States of America” but to simply “The United States.”  Check your videos — what’s with THAT?

This post title is taken from a screenshot below:  Explaining my Inspirat’n for asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?… (The WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-6bm”)

This segment came from my just-published post with (otherwise identical) case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5VC.” It is closer to the original sentiment, but after four more days of my detailing and posting the proof in annotated- images, discovering new (hot) leads on the “show me the money” trail, this earlier section ended up, typically, at the bottom of a very long post.  In the process of moving, there have been “add-on” sections to build some documentation and depth onto the originally expressed premise, which you’ll find in its most basic form closer to the bottom of this post.

I am deeply concerned about this situation as expressed in the longer title (published March 12),…

Should the USA join the Commonwealth of Nations?  And if not, Why Should We Allow our Elected Federal and State Officials to sponsor Coordination of Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Family Court|Custody Practices, as Ordered (Ordained?) by Appointed (not elected) Experts To Promote Their Personal Beliefs, Practices, and Profits? (A Few Reminders of Who’s Who) [Started 2-17-2017, published 3-12-2017, with case-sensitive short-link ending “-5VC”].

…THIS one is a reminder of who and what the Commonwealth of Nations is, when it started, the first holder of the title “Secretary-General” of that Commonwealth and of some parallel developments during the same timeframe in the USA, roughly paralleling the push for civil rights, and women’s rights (to prevent discrimination on the basis of race or gender), several assassinations of high-profile leaders in those areas (including two Kennedy brothers, one a President, the other Attorney-General, which I’m going to assume a general awareness of and not document further here) and Martin Luther King, Jr. [more links below on MLK, Jr.] and Malcolm X (From history.com –at the time of his death, after returning from a trip to Mecca and one year founding the Organization of Afro-American Unity, “El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz”) after these movements met the national attention through both marches –including a march on Washington D.C.–and televised coverage, and around all this, and these times, the expansion of children’s/fathers’ rights organizations as coached by nonprofits and public officials, into realms where the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and accompanying movements, would, could, and did not reach — and still do not.

I’m inclined to believe based on my research so far (which includes a gut-instinct response to readings over so many years), it’s “would not” (intention seems built into the design) vs. a “could not.”  At this point, the “did not” is not really debatable. (Those Civil Rights Acts and accompanying movements including “affirmative action,” establishment of various Commissions and Councils on Equal Employment / Civil Rights, and corresponding presidential executive orders + memos to department heads) left major gaps and loopholes to allow discrimination (both racist and sexist) to continue.  What’s more that progress occurred in a context of countering movements in other venues to “turn back the clock” particularly on women, particularly mothers.

(Image of a 1995 Briefing found on a Purdue.edu/HHS website with apparently upload date June 2015, that is, twenty years later.  I’ve posted on this before).

Policy Institute – Family Impact Seminars (p1, cover page), “Disconnected Dads — Strategies for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood” (Purdue being in Indiana)

http://tinyurl.com/2002HandbkFathrInvolvmt-MultiD = condensed link for this and next 2 images (cover page is 3rd image) from a Google Book published originally 2002, authors two women one NYU, the other NICHHD, updated 2008, in both NJ and London. Get used to some of the author names; and the jargon of the field; their careers have been helped by expounding and publishing in the “fatherhood” field. THIS book cited “DisconnectedDads” (above) on p.588 (=how I found it).




…As I learned this century, seeking protection and a safe exit from a dangerous marriage, and Not Without the Children.  Current HHS/ACF/OFA leadership Susan Golonka had prior associations with Theodora Ooms, as I blogged recently.  Now (well, at least up until the Donald J. Trump White House Administration, after which HHS leadership status is “tba” and might get “drained” along with several dozen US Attorneys….) providing guidance to the very Program Office which is administering the “Federal Family Values” (HMRF) funding into state, local, tribal governments as well as into private, nonprofit (often) hands, basically for public propaganda on the patriotically correct and not-so-correct (translation:  single-mother-headed) family + household composition and hierarchy of controls) (I posted some recently; this is a reminder of the chain of events and entities associated with what you see just above):

(not much room on the image to make notes; see link above for full-sized!) This shows the Golonka/Ooms connection; next image shows where Golonka is today (unless new Pres. Trump has already appointed someone new).

Marriage/Fatherhood programming is now being run through (at a minimum) HHS. The several images above (and one below) trace some of the background (incl. specific personnel, working typically for Nonprofits which can get an audience with the nation’s governors that few individuals could get around THEIR private causes…)

|~Annotated Image 1 of 2| HHS OFA About=Ldrship (pgLastRevwdApr19’2016) shows DeputyDir Susan Golonka came nonprofit NGA CtrBestPrax since 2010 and was representing it during 1996WelfareReform’B4which Famil |~Annotated Image 2 of 2| Golonka (Susan) pre-NGACBP referenced w Theodora Ooms (publ1991) shows prior FamilyImpactSeminar involvmt (GoogleBk on HeadStart, p90) ~ScrnShot March9 2017@4.44PM (annotated Mar17)














Malcolm X Legacy, Several References, including to “MXGM.org” (small section with more big questions, added right before publication):

mxgm-cooperation-jackson-showing-2014-2011-un-the-decade-for-people-of-african-descent-initiative (<=Click to read. Filename typo has “2011” for 2024 as on image)

Among the MXGM.org projects, it’s clear the concept to counter colonialism and acquire economic autonomy is also an attempt to install socialism and communism.

Q: Is Socialism/Communism really the only alternative to Colonization along the continued “Commonwealth” model [which I also believe remains racist and sexist both] (further discussed below)??  

Anyone else want more socialism and communism — as seems to be happening progressively and gradually anyhow in this country, eroding “sovereignty” of the USA as different from the country it fought a war against to stop being “colonized” (and then went on to finish colonizing the continent, but at least controlled from D.C. mostly, not the usual trans-Atlantic-Ocean empires)?  I certainly don’t!
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March 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Should the USA join the Commonwealth of Nations? And If Not, Why Should We Allow our Elected Federal and State Officials to sponsor Coordination of Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Family Court|Custody Practices, as Ordered (Ordained?) by Appointed (not elected) Experts To Promote Their Personal Beliefs, Practices, and Profits? (A Few Reminders of Who’s Who)

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Post title:    Should the USA join the Commonwealth of Nations?  And if Not, Why Should We Allow our Elected Federal and State Officials to sponsor Coordination of Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Family Court|Custody Practices, as Ordered (Ordained?) by Appointed (not elected) Experts To Promote Their Personal Beliefs, Practices, and Profits? (A Few Reminders of Who’s Who) [Started 2-17-2017, with case-sensitive short-link ending “-5VC”].

This post, I originally called “Offspring #2” from:

Progressive Language Creep Section from 2012 “Reconceptualize This” post (reviewed and reformatted 2017)“] Completed Feb 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day 🙂 ) but being one of perhaps 3 updates to the “Reconceptualize” post, there is a natural sequence in which should be published first, so I may delay another day or so. [With short-link ending “-5SR, ” was posted 2/19/2017]
…(and with two or three of its own 2017 offspring)   

Two main themes (one regarding a program, another regarding one person/ality* and his related organizations under similar but not identical names) developed in this post have also been siphoned off to further develop them.

[“Offspring #1” on the programming labeled “QIC-NRF” was just published].


In the arena of FATHERS and their FAMILIES, and CHILDREN’s ORGANIZATIONS, I cannot but help notice practitioners’ consistent interest sharing the gospel (excuse me) best, evidence-based practices (often in trademarked form) in Commonwealth countries.

And, as it turns out recently, also with Russian universities and nonprofits, which I posted on recently (if you read the entire posts!).

A note on reading my posts since I started posting all those annotated images, of websites and/or tax returns (or printouts of federal grants). I typically incorporate summary, and sometimes more detailed, elements to the main message on the images. They are supportive illustrations AND an essential part of the message.  For a more complete — or often a concise, distilled — summary of any single element shown in an image, read both its underlying (“screen-printed”) content and my annotations. Some viewing devices may not allow full-sized viewing (I noticed my cell-phone does), so I typically after annotating an image print it to pdf, upload both image and pdf to the blog (creating a link for full-sized viewing+ image both), and post the link either in image caption, or (obvious by their descriptive filenames) nearby, or in both places.

In this post, and as to a certain collaborative I’ve taken an interest in, the situation is complicated not through its basic pattern (public/private, pick a curriculum, promote and run the curriculum, and take sponsorship for running it from multiple sources), but through the number or participants and because several of those participants have opted to shift business names, or (at least one case) acquire a trade name (then change the trade name) and do corresponding face-lifts to their respective websites.  I’ve been looking at it (at least) a month, and those images are selected from representative findings. I am writing about what I have seen in various findings; to understand, make sure to look (at the many images in this post), not just “listen” (read the main text), and so get a taste of the kinds of information and comprehension available to anyone who will look for it.  //LGH


I could probably do more or better with this post (which has already been split — see bottom), but at this point (3/12/2017 Sunday evening) I am simply going to publish it.  No question, there is plenty of valuable information, laid out as best I can, with supporting evidence.  There will be some repetition, but I doubt any single part of it will be anything but fascinating — unless you already know this material?

And if so, why haven’t I found your blog (or book) on it yet?

The split-off part of the post (which is about where it originally started) has more actual information on the Commonwealth of Nations (generally, historically, and specific points of interest connecting to key issues in U.S. history (like the role of universities, the place of religion and religious leaders, what about the women?); it also points out that focusing on cause (not accounting) has been an intentional, planned inwriting method for breaking down national boundaries (jurisdictions) to make way — piece by piece — for global government.  When published, this link will become active and accurate (til then WordPress may do a “best guess” within the blog). Repeated at the bottom of this post, with corresponding image:

This post title is taken from a screenshot below:  Explaining my Inspirat’n for asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?… (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-6bm”)


This post, dealing with the “nitty-gritty-details” explains why I’m concerned about the lack of boundaries and accountability in this programming area.  If you have something (relevant, useful for the public) to say on this material, the comments field still works.

I’m deeply concerned about the proliferation and means of proliferation of this particular example also.  The man (and two others in the LLC) in question is working the conference/training circuits (utilizing on-line registration, webinars, of course) in at least three created fields of practice supposedly on behalf of children and domestic violence victims, from a fatherhood perspective, involving (in some of the symposia) at least one known fathers’ rights activist with public connections, and in general, in an unoriginal manner, taking a basic boilerplate developed with NCJFCJ, BWJP, and associated interests (including within the “DV cartel”), called it unique, trademarked it (controlling the “competition”). Like, and with others, he’s been working the child welfare, domestic violence, batterers’ intervention/supervised visitation fields in several states, and abroad.

I’m not only concerned about the subject matter and cause, but about what appears to be several unethical (a.k.a. corrupt) practices involved in setting up the coordinated trainings.

One “personality” which inspired this specific “Offspring #2” post was David Mandel, who has taken his “SAFE and TOGETHER(™)” programming international at some point, leaving a trail of “annual reports not filed” and at least one “IRS status revoked” entity from Connecticut in the path, while riding the waves of the “Ohio IPV Collaborative” which stops just a single noun (“collaborative”) short of admitting to being an actual “partnership” as in, “Public/Private Partnership” that our simultaneously developed, prosperous but at the same time deficit-ridden (go figure THAT one out) USA has become such an expert at promoting.  As are its philanthropic friends.  Here’s an annotated image to practice on, link both separate and in caption:

DMA LLC © 2014 describing its US (names states) and Overseas (naming countries) + Model Suite of Tools & Interventns (etc) (2017-03-09 at 8.22PM

from “endingviolence.com” © 2014 DMA LLC <==Click to see full-sized image.

Below, from a 2014 pdf (not that 2014 was the start of this), if the concept is unfamiliar, still.  The website is “nationalservice.gov” which brings one to the Corporation for National & Community Service.  I see that even the CNCS itself now (or at least as of May 2014 from this document) has the motto “Finding what works.  Making it work for more people.” Its “Social Innovation Fund” and the “evidence-based investment model” is described:


The Social Innovation Fund: Corporation for National & Community ServicePioneering an Evidence-Based Investment Model (May, 2014, from the Office of Research & Evaluation),
Authors: Christopher Spera, Ph.D. Adrienne DiTommaso, M.P.A. Mary Morris Hyde, Ph.D. Lily Zandniapour, Ph.D. (with acknowledgements also to others for their comments, incl. “They would also like to thank JBS International*** for their support of the SIF evaluation work under the direction of CNCS.”)

“…The SIF represents a new way of doing business with the federal government.”

“…Intermediaries selected through a competitive process must match federal grants, dollar for dollar, by raising additional private funds. The intermediaries, in turn, re-grant SIF funding to subgrantees in one of the SIF’s three focus areas: economic opportunity, youth development (from early childhood through transitions to adulthood), and healthy futures. Subgrantees also are required to match the federal investment, one-to-one, creating a powerful multiplier effect.”

“JBS International” sounded familiar, although I see the website has changed dramatically (more graphics, less information provided, plus thumbnail photos of their leadership and experts: MISSION: “Create sustainable change – in health care, social services, and education – that improves people’s lives.”

Founded 1985, in Maryland, a few screenprints….”JB” must refer to the two co-founders (women) and I see that they are really concerned about domestic violence and women’s rights (“Gender”) — in other countries, but in this country their concern for “women” (as a named area in this panorama) must be under “Children, Youth and Families.”  (A pdf of their “work” page shows interactive photographic grid by topics: JBS International, Inc. (MD, 1985) Work page by topic | interactive photo grid (the pdf may not display as a grid, but links will be active. Or see from main company site under “work.”).

JBS International home page (MD company was acknowledged in the front of a May 2014 CNCS publication “Pioneering an Evidence-Based Investment Model”  Serving vulnerable populations (and contracting with federal governments, state, commercial, and non-profit sectors).



Those CNCS/SIF focus areas have been a REAL economic opportunity for the investors….

(The work areas JBS International is showing parallel existing federal agency programming and named areas,  Click on the “sector” or “view clients” to (a) see and (b) see that not much information on when, how, for how much (etc.) is divulged, but it does list the agencies.  They also have offices in California and Georgia.  I looked up the California Registration, found  (which may or may not be all related, but I’ll bet at least two are) and see two out of three were forfeited, and which years registered), Not much interest in the MidWest, I see…

CNCS/Social Innovation Fund: More to the point, all this money is delivered to and through, circulating among tax-exempt entities, and this document explains in a glossary, while the specializations OF the tax-exempts is aimed at three focus areas, the delivery system is organized in sequential “cohorts,” by year, with a “cohort” having an “intermediary/subgrantee” hierarchy for several functional purposes.

By the time one is talking “cohorts,” vocabulary borrowed from the military campaign, strategy, I think the “opposing sides” have already been identified — and on one side, the good guys (public/private-partnering investors), the problem-solvers, and on the other side, non-personified, the “problems” in the communities, which have names (violence, poverty, hunger, ignorance — generic nouns, that is, causes).  Notice:  Problem-solvers vs. the problems.
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