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A Matter of Priorities: to CarverCountyCorruption (MN) on Gov’t Nabbing Kids: Stop Nabbing Others’ Posts!

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This post is basically a little in-house housekeeping.  Well, that didn’t work, so now I decided to go a little public with the matter, after about two months after a simple request wasn’t honored; rather than do the right thing the first time, or the second — phone tag, a flurry of emails, when simply what it called for was a little honesty — a link, and acknowledge the source.

So, this post is just a matter of principle among the ranks (?) of people wishing that the family courts were honest, and active in blogging/writing about it. and among people who actually speak up, look up, and have anything original about the AFCC, which is a far smaller segment.

I see it as a form of “housekeeping” and do not appreciate having to spend even three minutes on this topic for the three minutes blogger didn’t take.  This is regrettable, but simple.  I obviously blog AFCC — a lot — and some of the people I deal with, know that, and also deal with others who, apparently saw fit to steal a segment of my post.  And, for that matter, at least twice, (in the same manner) several paragraphs of someone else’s, without link or acknowledgement.

3,418 words is basically a full post (even if it may be about one-third of some of mine).

And those who are upset about government breaking protocol and stealing children (admittedly a worse problem) shouldn’t be reblogging others’ work (over 3,000 words of it, verbatim, unlinked) without acknowledgment or link (which is stealing, too).


According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.

But can words and ideas really be stolen?

According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

In that post, where I was addressing a situation in Wayne County, MI (county seat is Detroit), not Carver County, MN, I began with a review of the AFCC (setting context).   I was fairly surprised then to find the midsections had been lifted wholesale and posted on the other blog, with links to twitter, email, diggit, press it, facebook it (etc.) and not a hint of whose work it was — mine.  This blog’s.  Do I do that here?

I know at least one contributor to other pages, and understand that person doesn’t care about her name on the work (and has a reason for it not to be, as I understand it), but that’s between them.  I was a complete stranger to this person when she grabbed my material without linking to it.

It disturbs me in the sense of, ‘what was going through the blogger’s thinking, or what wasn’t?

(You want a post, but no time to write it?  So you’re going to take someone else’s instead?  No problem — you highlight (included some scrolling down in this case I’m sure), you hit “copy,” you switch windows to your blog, new post or page, you hit “Paste” and then you go BACK, grab the URL (link) and you put that link on the post where it belongs, not to mention name the blog you got it from might be nice, assuming we are all in this business together…..  

  • highlight (select)
  • CTRL-C
  • change windows, position cursor on blank page/post
  • CTRL-V (maybe CTRL-S, “Save”)
  • GO BACK to where you got it from, click on url address.
  • CTRL-A (select it all) / CTRL-C
  • HIGHLIGHT TITLE, perhaps, or even just paste the raw link on the page
  • CTRL-C
  • Type in “from Let’s Get Honest” or “from FamilyCourtMatters” or perhaps a five-word acknowledgement that might take 10 seconds to one minute to dream up, and type in.
  • EXTRA CREDIT — would be to mention to me (comment on the blog) that you got my post now.
How much time or effort does that take?  I do it every day.  It should be routine, second nature, and automatic for any regular blogger — and CarverCountyCorruption has been up a few months short of a year now.  From seeing the blog, this one has the skillset to do it.  So why not — when it comes to this 3,418 word post?
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March 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

“Three Cities that Rule” Factoids — Bet You Hadn’t thought of This…

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And I was wondering why hunting down Washington, D.C. doings is like chasing the wind – – – – – why more than half the Congressmen in U.S. are millionaires, and they seem to be intent that while their own wealth is NOT from jobs, we must try to get OURs from jobs.

The real reason being, the debt will never get balanced anyhow, not with the interest.

From “Prisonplanet” forum, thread “Empire cities:  Three Cities that Rule The World.”

It’s pretty darned important to figure out whether or not any legal basis exists for anything we (civilians) are trying to get done in the courts, wouldn’t it make sense?

>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City-stateVatican City (A Sovereign City-State)
Main article: Vatican City
Until 1870, the city of Rome had been controlled by the pope as part of his “papal states”. When King Victor Emmanuel II annexed the city in 1870, Pope Pius IX refused to recognize the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. Because he could not travel through a place that he did not admit existed, Pius IX and his successors each claimed to be a “Prisoner in the Vatican”, unable to leave the 0.44 km² (0.17-square mile) papal enclave once they had ascended the papal thrones.
The impasse was resolved in 1929 by the Lateran Treaties negotiated by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini between King Victor Emmanuel III and Pope Pius XI. Under this treaty, the Vatican was recognized as an independent state, with the pope as its head. The Vatican City State has its own citizenship, diplomatic corps, flag, and postal system[clarification needed]. With a population of less than 1,000, it is by far the smallest sovereign country in the world, and widely recognized internationally as such.
“Macro History site”

Nationalism and Empire within Europe, 1850-1900

Romania and Italy; discontent in Ireland; the Austro-Prussian War; Austria-Hungary and nationalism; Franco-Prussian War and German unification;
the Balkans and path toward Europe’s Great War of 1914; Germany seeks alliances

The Papacy Loses Rome and Latium

With the fall of Napoleon III in September 1870, the Pope lost the protection of French troops for his territory of Rome and Latium. On September 20, 1870, troops sent by Italy entered Rome. Pope Pius IX refused to accept Italy’s occupation of the city, and he withdrew to his palace at the Vatican and declared himself a prisoner. Italy annexed Rome on January 18, 1871, and King Victor Emmanuel saw the unification of Italy complete. Addressing Italy’s parliament he said:

The work to which we consecrated our life is accomplished. After long trials of expiation Italy is restored to herself and to Rome.

On May 13, Italy issued its Law of Guarantees, which left papacy with the Vatican and other palaces. On May 15, Pope Pius IX responded with an encyclical, stating:

When We were defeated by Our enemies in accordance with the mysterious design of God, We observed the severely bitter fortunes of Our City and the downfall of the civil rule of the Apostolic See in the face of military invasion …

We are suffering to be established and to thrive to the ruin of all authority and order. May God unite all rulers in agreement of mind and will. By removing all discord, claiming the disturbance of rebellions, and rejecting the ruinous counsels of the sects, may these rulers join in a common effort to have the rights of the Holy See restored. Then tranquility will once again be restored to civil society. [note]

City of London (A Non-Sovereign City-State)
See also: City of London Corporation
Although the City of London (a geographically small city within Greater London) is not commonly considered a city-state, it does have a unique political status (sui generis), a legacy of its uninterrupted integrity as a corporate city since the Anglo-Saxon period and its singular relationship with the Crown. Historically, its system of government was not unusual, but it was not reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835.
It is administered by the City of London Corporation, headed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London (not the same post as the more recent Mayor of London, who presides over Greater London). The City of London is a ceremonial county too, although instead of having its own Lord-Lieutenant, the City of London has a Commission, headed by the Lord Mayor, exercising this function.
(LGH insert here:::)
(hover, to see how many things are situated so close.  “B” is the corporation….)

Washington, D.C. (A Non-Sovereign City-State)

Not being part of any U.S. state, Washington, D.C.’s government operates under authority derived from the U.S. federal government. The city (generally referred to as “the District) is run by an elected mayor and a city council. The council is composed of 13 members: one elected from each of the eight wards and five members, including the chairman, elected at large. The council conducts its work through standing committees and special committees established as needed. District schools are administered by a chancellor, who is appointed by the mayor; in addition, a superintendent of education and a board of education are responsible for setting some educational policies. There are 37 elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners that provide the most direct access for residents to their local government. The commissioners are elected by small neighborhood districts, and their suggestions are given “great weight” by the city council and city agencies. However, the U.S. Congress has the ultimate plenary power over the District. It has the right to review and overrule laws created locally and has often done so. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants to states all rights not belonging to the federal government, does not apply to the District. Residents of the District do not have voting representation in the U.S. Congress.

UNBELIEVABLE.  People who live in washington, D.C. have NO congressional representatives and do not live in any of the 50 united states…

I keep telling women (and men) to think in terms of corporation & business / sales when they want legal reform.  Looks like I should’ve been looking a little higher up myself.   What comes to mind is — what kind of people have the time to unearth and post all this stuff?  (childless singles without a social life? noncustodial parents?  the independently OK, but not actually wealthy?)

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