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HHS Grants Database (TAGGS.HHS.gov) isn’t “Close enough for Jazz.” [Publ. Sept. 30, 2012; Formatted Aug. 2, 2022]

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Post updated (for clarity and to add title link and a few borders, not much more) 8/2/2022…

[About 9,500 words.  Like most of my posts, that includes many quotations…  Because I’m also discussing a federal database, it also includes blocks of text (tables) which show definitions of various fields or pieces of data in it.

What I have to say, the “tell” in “Show and Tell,” isn’t the largest part of this post.  Look at what’s shown, much of it become self-evident, (I believe!)

I’m showing (and telling) how HHS, the US agency in place to help Humans be Healthy, isn’t Helping us Track its Grants well enough. [“TAGGS.HHS.gov” ]

Data elements that the users should be able to sort on aren’t even menu choices... and of the fields they CAN sort on, those aren’t always even entered filled in.

I pick on a few examples, including an abstinence/healthy marriage grantee, of course]

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HHS Grants Database (TAGGS.HHS.gov) isn’t “Close enough for Jazz.” [Publ. Sept. 30, 2012; Formatted Aug. 2, 2022] (short-link ends “-19Y”)


HHS Data Quality in the TAGGS Database

Accessible Data for the Public

Business is Business — and some VERY sophisticated software is available to those doing business with the US Government and those whose functional engineering projects, or fundraising, depends on excellent and relevant, reliable software. At the bottom of the last post, I also clearly showed how fortunes are being made in the field of software platforms to government (and elsewhere), i.e., a prosperous Private Equity Firm in SF investing in several software companies (sometimes, at once) is doing VERY well; they also became the majority shareholder in BlackBaud, Inc. — which provides software Cloudfund raising to nonprofits, including our Minnesota Technical Assistance and Training provider to OVW Grantees (and if anyone else can afford to attend, like a battered woman), Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Inc.(“DAIP”)

[2022 Correction.  I used to get what the “D” stood for in “DAIP” (website, “TheDuluthModel.org”) mixed up.
The correct word is “Domestic” as in “Domestic Abuse” — but it was and is in Duluth, Minnesota.
Blackbaud is an international company whose founder was from the United Kingdom and answered an ad from a New York City school for a software design.  Tony Bakker is majority owner of a Charleston South Carolina soccer team, a real estate investor and “restaurateur,” after buying and restoring a 1760 property in Charleston, sold it for $7.6 million, having found a $5 million property on the waterfront they just couldn’t turn down.
And think about it — HHS and DOJ (Department of Justice) funding to train people how to work with people that batter, people that are being battered, and how to provide supervised visitation services, and to an organization promoting that Community Collective Response (“Coordinated Community Response”) will help stop evil behavior in a community.
In studying further how to do this, one of its sub-projects, the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) also chose to “collectively” associate with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (“AFCC”), an organization of dubious origins in Southern Los Angeles (according to some), which has sought to UNdo the concept of criminal law and replace it with the language of behavioral science, and which promotes a psychological terminology as a legal technique to re-frame children saying “no” to abuse as parental alienation, and which believes that “CONFLICT,” if high, is bad.
They have no conflict, however, with centralized control if it includes them, or includes taking grants to expand their technical capacities or web presence.
MEANWHILE — if the public is expecting representative government still, at this late date — this is what they get:
A database of HHS grants which is incomplete, inaccurate, where entries are inconsistently entered below the level of what basic support staff [in most clerical positions or offices] would accept — and in which one CANNOT sort on the most relevant fields in Advanced Search format.
I have almost never run across someone even LOOKING at this database as a layperson because they were curious about the Department of Health and Human Services’ (US HHS’s) use of its funds (and I’ve talked and corresponded with hundreds of heads of households involved in the courts; funds to the courts are recorded in here! ) who even looks at TAGGS.HHS.GOV unless they got this habit from my blog, or people who associate with Liz Richards’ “national association for family court justice” (website NAFCJ.net) from which I got the idea to look it up (and just kept going….).

Some of these fields are below.  Fiscal Year is shown — but
Appropriation Fiscal Year Fiscal Year of the appropriation used to fund this action. Note: An appropriation is a statute made available by Congress that provides the authority to incur financial obligations and to make payments associated with DHHS grant programs.
Appropriation Number Treasury account code identifying the appropriation used to fund this action. Note: An appropriation is a statute made available by Congress that provides the authority to incur financial obligations and to make payments associated with DHHS grant programs.
Appropriation Title Full title of an appropriation. Note: An appropriation is a statute made available by Congress that provides the authority to incur financial obligations and to make payments associated with DHHS grant programs.
Authorization Legal authority cited in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) upon which an HHS program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the US Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

The matters in blue remind us that spending isn’t supposed to happen without authorization and appropriation.  Yet look at the “Advanced Search” page and see if you can find those fields.

There’s one link to “Advanced Search” (explore on your own time), and several shortcuts to other menu items, and some pre-planned reports. Yet I found in a general search, there are plenty of grants missing codes — DUNS code, some missing a CFDA Code (plenty missing a principal investigator; do not yet know if these are specifically block grants only).  Of the principal investigators there really ought to be a first name, last name designation [as a separate field] and no title entered unless there’s a designated field “Title.”  that’s BASIC data design, omitted here..

Therefore Principal Investigator’s given names who happen to be M.D. or Ph.D. and could be called “Doctor” properly, would show up alphabetized under “D” not their names. In addition, that could be entered before or after a given name.
Any feedback on how someone may get to this data via the public access site?

I see many fields described which do not show up on “Advanced Search” options — please let me know.  For example, nothing should be paid out which Congress, Executive Order, or some other authority has no

awarded, right?  But we cannot search on it.  You can do only these types of searches & run some pre-formatted reports:”
[[I am re-reading this post and plan to re-publicize it, however, the content — those fields listed — date to 2012, not 2022]]

OVW Funding and eCommerce @ Duluth Abuse Intervention Programs = In WHOSE Best Interest?

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(By the end of this post, I look at one of the (multiple) trainings offered, in some more detail, and notice the software provider.  Along the way, a great way to get a snapshot of any organization is the financial pictures provided by grants and tax returns.

An over view of one year of a DAIP tax return, and by the end of this, a nice look at the software provider (which is now traded on the NYSE and had salesperson making $1 million/year) — makes you kinda think about why are we setting up these marketing sites anyhow?


 Be more effective. Learn new skills!

 There are many options for getting the training you want and need:





“Coordinating Community Response” is a policy of “Duluth Abuse Intervention Programs” (formerly Minnesota Program Development Inc., CURRENTLY receiving nice fat HHS grants to do technical assistance and training, right? Some publish, while others simply try to survive….

So, how did we get from here (1980s, retrospective of 1999 by Ellen Pence & Melanie Shepard)

Coordinating community responses to domestic violence: Lessons from Duluth and beyond

MF Shepard, EL Pence – 1999 – books.google.com
 Successful intervention projects require a com- mon philosophical framework that will provide
the basis  will examine how the DAIP looks at the causes of domestic violence and how  Chapter
3 will explicate the underlying assumptions that guide Duluth’s reform efforts and 
(Interesting, Pence described herself as the daughter of a salesman father and Catholic mother, and good at peddling guilt!  Battered women’s advocates admit they don’t have the resources, and chose Duluth as a manageable area to attempt to model an “interagency response,” etc….)
To, for example HERE


Development of a Framework for Identifying and Explicating the Context of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases and its Implications for Custody Determinations

BWJP and its project partner, Praxis International, are expanding recent multidisciplinary efforts to more effectively protect the safety and wellbeing of children and their parents in the family court system by crafting a more practical framework for identifying, understanding and accounting for the contexts and implications of domestic violence in custody arrangements and parenting plans.

BWJP and Praxis staff  have formed a National Workgroup with representatives from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts(AFCC).  In consultation with leading researchers and practitioners, they have begun to examine the institutional processes by which family courts commonly reach and/or facilitate crucial parenting decisions, including the use of auxiliary advisors such as custody evaluators, guardians ad litem and court appointed special advocates.  The intent is to identify the ways in which current institutional practices produce both problematic and helpful results for children and their parents.  The goal of this analysis, which draws heavily from the Praxis Audit Process of institutional ethnography, is to develop concrete recommendations for producing safer, healthier outcomes for children and their battered and battering parents.


(Grant related to this particular collaboration with AFCC…):

This really goes with the last post — but shows a $600,000 award to DAIP for “explicating and developing a framework to “explicate” domestic violence, among about 53 other things they are explicating and developing frameworks for.

Where public dollars are going, in part.  How it looks on “usaspending.gov” USASPENDING.GOV (I KEYED IN THE DAIP DUNS# AND BEGAN LOOKING AT THE GRANTS..

Transaction # 22
Federal Award ID: 2009TAAXK025: 01 (Grant) Although the award reads 2009, it’s actually showing up as a 2011 action.   Notice where it’s coming from — DOJ/OJP.   This gets interesting, because BWJP, being a project of DAIP, gets funding from DAIP… just maintains its own website.
Recipient: Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs 
202 E. Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota
Program Source: 15-0409 “Violence against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs”
Department/Agency: Department of JusticeOffice of Justice Programs
CFDA Program: 16.526: OVW Technical Assistance Initiative
Description: Development of a Framework for Identifying and Exp … (More)
Obligation Date:
Obligation Amount:
” and Explicating the Context of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases and Its Implications for Custody Determination.”
Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards

  (that’s HHS only, grants only — from taggs.hhs.gov.  the name “Duluth Abuse Intervention Programs” (its current name) has not been updated by TAGGS and will produce a zero results search.  the DUNS# IS AN INDENTIFIER, THOUGH. Although plenty of HHS database entries lack DUNS# anyway…

This shows it sorted by (left column) which program office the money was drawn from; compare also year.  I.e., it started out 1995 from OCS AND CDC both, about 1998, added grants from NCIPC, about 2004 picked up FYSB. Keeping in mind that this database doesn’t include anything before 1995…
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September 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Technical Assistance and Training = Silencing Mothers’ Voices, Taking their Money…

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[post is about 11,000 words long.
I am showing many TA&T [Technical Assistance and Training] programs and their relationships, although my interest in Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) stems from their recent collaborations with (instead of confrontation of) “AFCC” and drawing upon public funding (HHS grants) to do their analyses.  It’s pretty obvious that the organizations writing up the projects/situation/subject matter are not going to BE the subject matter — and if so, it will be self-description.
My takeaway is, the better way to describe “the situation” is corporate economic viewpoint.   I use corporate lookups, tax return lookups, sometimes grants lookups to describe (and compare to) any organization’s self-description on its colorful, hyperlinked, “Donate Here” websites.  
I also  try to remember which nonprofits have spun off earlier ones that made a name and got the grants.
In that regard, Technical Assistance =  Propaganda Promotion, even if the topic they are writing about is or was indeed legitimate; to dominate the field by the internet, conferences, training, federal funding, and nonprofit status — is to exclude the clientele’s voices as an equally relevant viewpoint.
It should be remembered that several of these organizations got their start in the 1980s, before (really) the Internet Revolution got underway.  However now that it is, business just got easier, and for individual victims of (for example) battering or abusive control — who are often fighting for sheer access to an internet (i.e., isolation is a factor in controlling others) — to expect to keep up with the rapid expansion of certain viewpoints (which are good for sales, if not necessarily good for actually stopping violence against women, or promoting responsible fatherhood EITHER) — is, well unreal.
The only way to even the playing field (being outnumbered and out financed, and less well organized) is to, I hope others also will, EXPOSE the circumstances, and then demand that certain programs be DEFUNDED (they are not reducing “roadkill” they are simply spawning more proselytes and building professional conferencer-careers) –and the organizations pay their own way through life.
When it comes to ECONOMIC control, the United States (obviously) has collective wealth beyond individuals — but I suggest addressing this issue sooner rather than later, anyhow.  TAKE A LOOK!  No matter where one digs in, similar behaviors will prevail; this is as good an entry point as any….]



This website has changed, and no longer openly lists certain projects that are underneath it (an older version may be on my blog)…  Which I seem to recall included groups like PRAXIS International:  “integrating theory & practice,” which like DAIP, had close ties to Ellen Pence (who actually was Praxis “founding director.”  Their home page still holds a eulogy, as Ellen Pence died recently:

Praxis believes in social change through advocacy & training “since 1996”.

  •  “Since 1996, we have worked with advocacy organizations, intervention agencies, and inter-agency collaborations to create a clear and cooperative agenda for social change in their communities.

Like others, they endorsed the “SUPERVISED VISITATION & EXCHANGE” (USDOJ Safe-Havens grant series support):

 Since 1996, we have worked with advocacy organizations, intervention agencies, and inter-agency collaborations to create a clear and cooperative agenda for social change in their communities.

Interesting year — startup year coincided with welfare reform…  Like OH SO MANY helpful nonprofit groups getting significant HHS and/or DOJ grants (although I DNR what Praxis got) — they are really “into” technical assistance and training” and quite willing to help grantees — from a safe distance from ongoing, shall we say, volatile, situations at the street level.  Maybe the founders had this experience initially but after all, people age out, and it’s safer to teach than to confront in a group setting — or dispense studies on-line.

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Certain things, in Life, in America, are simply “Foundational”….Central(ized)..

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[Post is about 7,700 words.

On Centralization & Foundations;

plus  (yet another) California-modeled Mandatory $50 class,
Parent Information Program run out of the Arizona Justice System (Maricopa County)
Center for Families in Transition“/founded & run by a family law attorney/mediator/psychologist Pepperdine & other AFCC-style trainings (groupie) with a BA in psychology and a single J.D.)

Also notes a 2007 AFCC Conference in Washington, D.C.,
where a domestic violence organization spokesperson  (BWJP/L. Frederick) collaborates with AFCC (“hey, a grant’s a grant, a job’s a job!”)..

alongside every kind of alienation, marriage/promotion, fatherhood, etc. professional (as ever).

And, a chart you won’t usually run acrossfrom Bentley Systems (who provides serious software support to seriously major world infrastructure (engineering/architecture) projects, details WHO owns most of the GLOBAL world’s infrastructure. Scroll down to see who’s #1, and what does this mean for us seeking justice in the courts?

BUT PRIMARILY:  READ on the development of Foundations/Trusts;

CONSIDER Certain reporters/writers who ended up incarcerated for speaking out.

We should at least consider the life-and-death implications for our grandchildren, our neighbors’ grandchildren, or (depending on one’s age), our own old age.

Next Year (2013) equals 100 years of debt-based currency control & centralized banking, With computer-aided multiplication of “change-agent” corps & data modeling,

the acceleration of technology & nonstop war,

& the ever more blatant state-religion blend,

I sense the pace is picking up… 

I’m still in touch with people who think that by convincing at least SOME legislators about serious problems with Welfare Reform (TANF) matterscausing custodial mothers serious issues in the courts (and pouring money down a black hole of non-accountability — we can fix it.

However, I simply do not associate any more with those who talk about fixing the family court system without addressing, say, welfare reform & fraud, and the religious-state amalgam where right (Republican) and left (Democrat) seem actually to agree on all the critical issues, in other words, creeping fascism.  or Socialism (same basic difference –> state centralized control//oligarchy)

I don’t speak with these because one way to go nuts is to associate and engage in long dialogues (or attempt to reason) with those who already are — the logic and observation have been detached for a chosen cause.   In fact, we are on a spiral going a certain direction, and that direction has been predetermined, globally managed, and most of the variations on the way there are minor in scope.

There are many, many “Change agent” systems around.  In this blog, the primary ones I’ve shown are the development of the family court system, and the largesse to some, deprivation to others, from switching Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) to TANF /Welfare Block Grants to states.

I’ve been speaking about the types of issues that I saw dismantle my (and others) rights (or what I though were my rights, and may have previously been), to simply LIVE, including to work, and engage in private relationships without being threatened by someone I offended (by leaving them), or being exploited by those who profit off family conflict.   


…barring divine intervention, or sudden mass enlightenment about these things, …

“Simply living” is about to become an extinct species, for more & larger groups of people than those stuck in the court systems…..or stuck in a lifestyle that, to pay their housing, food & basic bills, requires them to (though income taxes & other taxes) continue to support these abusive institutions, as well as of course the large prison population with its slave labor force, and stock dividends for shareholders, i.e., the CCAs and Maximus, UNICOR etc., corporations of the world.

SO —

I have to talk about some essentials of “Centralization” and not how it’s done, but apparently why it’s done, although the narrower topic is actually:

How Families are KEPT “in Transition” through “Centers for the Family in Transition

Certain people protesting legal/judicial/governmental corruption (in the US, I’m talking) were incarcerated without cause, particularly in institutions for the criminally insane, particularly when some of these have been outspoken critics of certain systems of power, which certainly would be “insane” on the face of it — to go up & speak up against the primary powers of a country, or a globe!

Their stories speak to us…

One that comes to my mind in this century is, of course, Richard Fine (18 months in solitary coercive confinement in Los Angeles County Men’s jail, having been led away from the courtroom in handcuffs.)  Fine — whose story has been almost systematically ignored by certain groups that ought to be a LOT more thankful or his work, not to mention suffering — also got disbarred, and financially injured of course — for speaking out against one of the more corrupt court systems around, that based in Southern California, and in part for its practice of withholding COLLECTED child support from the families and children it was owed to.

And the fact remains that, if arrest records are falsified anyhow, we really don’t know the headcount in the prisons, which point Joseph Zernik (who also brought to light the dual-docketing issue with the electronic court databases, for which HE got rounded up also, I heard — though later released) . . . wrote up…. (here, in tiny print because it’s not main topic today….)

Conditions in Los Angeles County are a Human Rights disgrace of historic proportions, and direct extension of false imprisonments of thousands, documented in the Rampart scandal (1998-2000), which were never reversed ever since. Most published reports regarding the false hospitalization of Richard Fine failed to provide the fundamental facts.  Less than two weeks later, Atty Richard Fine was taken into false hospitalization by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. However, there was no warrant ever issued for the arrest of Mr. Fine. Likewise, there was neither a valid and effectual conviction, nor was there a valid and effectual sentencing. The March 4, 2009 proceeding, at the end of which Mr. Fine was abducted, never appeared as part of the respective litigation (Marina v Los Angeles County – BS109420) chronology – it was – from court’s perspective – an “off the record” proceeding

Then there was the 180 days of Elizabeth Sassower for 26 words she spoke, requesting permission to speak, at an “open” judicial confirmation hearing.  She was born into a dissident family; her mother Doris Sassower also got disbarred in New York, particularly after exposing other illegal activity (party-planned advance trading of judgeships) — which eventually led to the Center for Judicial Accountability, and to my increased understanding of why there is, literally, no real remedy for judicial corruption.  (See Elizabeth (daughter, 2004, six months incarcerated), Doris (mother/disbarred ca. 1991) and George (father)*’s problematic behavior of attempting to use the courts to report on judicial payoffs.  Needless to say, this is not appreciated by the same.)  I guess Richard Fine just did it in 2009, or at least got nabbed in 2009.

*To the Gulag: 
Courthouse Leper George Sassower Takes On Every Judge in Town
Village Voice, June 6, 1989

BUT — Today,  I’m thinking about an earlier institutionalized dissident, one, Ezra Pound,  how he contacted a young man & writer, Eustace Mullins and gave him a job assignment which — lucky for us — Mullins did.  From Wikipedia: (for more active links, see URL):

In his Foreword to The Secrets of the Federal Reserve Mullins explains the circumstances by which he came to write his now famous investigation into the origins of the Federal Reserve System:

In 1949, while I was visiting Ezra Pound who was a political prisoner at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. (a Federal institution for the insane), Dr. Pound asked me if I had ever heard of the Federal Reserve System. I replied that I had not, as of the age of 25. He then showed me a ten dollar bill marked “Federal Reserve Note” and asked me if I would do some research at the Library of Congress on the Federal Reserve System which had issued this bill. Pound was unable to go to the Library himself, as he was being held without trial as a political prisoner by the United States government. After he was denied broadcasting time in the U.S., Dr. Pound broadcast from Italy in an effort to persuade people of the United States not to enter World War II. Franklin D. Roosevelt had personally ordered Pound’s indictment…[15]

After telling Pound that he had little interest in such a research project because he was working on a novel,

Pound offered to supplement my income by ten dollars a week for a few weeks. My initial research** revealed evidence of an international banking group which had secretly planned the writing of the Federal Reserve Act and Congress’ enactment of the plan into law. These findings confirmed what Pound had long suspected. He said, “You must work on it as a detective story.”[16]

Mullins completed the manuscript during the course of 1950 when he began to seek a publisher. Eighteen publishers turned the book down without comment before the President of the Devin-Adair Publishing Company, Devin Garrett, told him, “I like your book but we can’t print it…Neither can anybody else in New York. You may as well forget about getting the […] book published.”[17]

Eventually the book was published by two of Pound’s disciples, John Kasper and David Horton, under the title Mullins on the Federal Reserve.

**it should be noted Mullins worked at the Library of Congress at this time, and had some help. . .

 Near the end of the book, he said of the Federal Reserve:

The Federal Reserve System is not Federal; it has no reserves; and it is not a system, but rather, a criminal syndicate. It is the product of criminal syndicalist activity of an international consortium of dynastic families comprising what the author terms “The World Order”.

The Federal Reserve system is a central bank operating in the United States. Although the student will find no such definition of a central bank in the textbooks of any university, the author has defined a central bank as follows: It is the dominant financial power of the country which harbors it. It is entirely private-owned, although it seeks to give the appearance of a governmental institution. It has the right to print and issue money, the traditional prerogative of monarchs.

He proposed that Nations were not really governing powers, but rather, that the world was parasitically controlled by this interlock of banks, foundations, and corporations, which acted as a unified force, tending towards World monopoly. He furthermore proposed that this oligarchical apparatus was controlled by corrupt, dynastic families that had accumulated their wealth through trade in gold, slaves, and drugs.

He claimed that as this consortium furthered its monopolistic ambitions, it would seek the establishment of a World Culture, eradicate nationalism, impoverish everyone except themselves, and progressively turn the world into a police state.

This is about 65 years later, right.  Is there serious argument, now, with this worldview?  Or have you been too busy fighting for the favorite cause . . . . or on facebook?  ….

I can’t buy everything the guy wrote (it was the 1950s, there’s some racist stuff in here — but there has been some serious legwork, and (thanks to public access internet, at least), I”m pretty darn thankful Mullins put together at least this much, in a later book, which I hope readers will scan. Or read 7.1 up through “Origins of the Foundation system” and then go to Summary and Appendix I”:

CHAPTER 7: The Foundations

Syndicates for financial, educational and political control

7.1: Rockefeller Foundation
Origins of the foundation system, the Rockefeller Foundation
Syndicates of Control 
Origins of the Foundation System 
The Rockefeller Foundation
7.2: Brookings and Carnegie Foundations
Brookings Institution, Russell Sage Foundation, Carnegie Corp, German Marshall Fund
The Brookings Institution
The Russell Sage Foundation 
The Carnegie Foundations 
The German Marshall Fund
Gatekeepers and Think Tanks 
7.3: The Hoover Institution
Herbert Hoover, wartime documents, and the Hoover Institution
The Career of Herbert Hoover 
The Hoover Library of Wartime Documents
Hoover Institution and Stanford University 
Liberal Fellows of Hoover Institution 
7.4: Mont Pelerin, Ford Foundation and Tavistock
The Mont Pelerin Society, Ford Foundation and Tavistock Institute
The Mont Pelerin Society 
The Ford Foundation 
The Tavistock Institute 
Appendix I

As of 2012, and in the course of looking up — things — about the grants system, the courts system, the marriage/fatherhood movement (and its advocates) and having a heck of a self-education in politics & economics, and in the concept of “change-agent” organizations — I have (so far) run across and confirmed connections of the PUSH PSYCHOLOGY//TEST BREAKING POINTS // RUN SOCIAL SCIENCE DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE POPULATION . . . . I’ll call it a “syndicate” . . . and connections to, of the above:   Tavistock (see Nicholas Cummings, Cummings Foundation, American Biodyne, etc.), Ford Foundation (see “MDRC”), Rockefeller Foundation (all over the place), Brookings Institution (see Ron Haskins, fatherhood mentor), and all kinds of think-tanks.  I have confirmed along with all kinds of carving up the United States into functional Regions (Regionalism):  (4/11/1978, from Transcript of an “Illinois Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Regional Government;” state legislators were questioning a “T. David Horton”)

State legislators today, as far as we can ascertain, are totally ignorant of the dangers of Regional Governance, and we have yet to meet one who has read, studied and understands our Constitution. Mr. Horton tells plainly why we should all be making an exhaustive effort to take documentation to our State legislators and convince them of the fact that States are quickly becoming obsolete because of their careless practice of voting for bills which they have never read, let alone written. . .

For example, Figure One, which is a map of these United States combined into ten regions, where state boundaries are deleted but governmental functions are to be performed within these regions – this is a basic violation of the intent and of the express language of this agreement called the Constitution of the United States.

Damage is already being done to our local representative institutions through efforts of intimidation and bribery to take over governmental functions: The stated plan is to intensify the process that is already going on to establish contact directly with local officials and local entities, by-passing state and county government and, in the process, using tax funds, public funds, for the basic purpose of defeating one of the principle objects of all law.

The purpose of law can be summarized this way – to prevent coercion, either by bribery or by force – and the effort that is being made now by the federal agencies defeats this purpose when they say, “you must do what we say or you won’t get this money”.

 HHS divides the US up into regions.  OCSE does also.  Fathers and Families Coalition of America (which corresponds closely with HHS grants) also does. 

A centralized, vicariously-governed system such as they have in Soviet Russia can convert the bread basket of Europe into a starvation nightmare because they are not adopting this basic principle that we have in our free enterprise system, and the reason why local control of local affairs works best is the same reason that the free enterprise system works best – namely, that our local county commissioners or supervisors, when they make decisions and make mistakes, have to look eyeball to eyeball at the people who are adversely affected by those mistakes.  If they can find a solution, they are much more likely to be responsive and put that solution into effect.

Now, …(re:), the Office of Management and Budget Form A-95, we find that if we’re dealing with the federal bureaucracy in any area, they are not solution oriented. If you talk to people, even in LEAA, where I have a certain amount of experience as a District Attorney for eight years in my county, we have had our noses rubbed in that sort of thing too; but if you talk to them with regard to a solution of one of their problems, you might just as well talk to a post.

They are not interested in solutions, and the reason is that they are funded on the basis of having the problem. If you solve the problem, they are out of their funding, and you can’t expect a government official – any more than you can expect a businessman – to go against his own pecuniary interest. And we find that they don’t. That’s one reason why we have a $300 billion-plus federal budget.

FACTS (as I see them….)

Look — half our workforce, at least, and the creative talents and productive energies of the population are being drained — literally — through the system of constant “churning” through an infinite series of program ideas & trade concepts pushed (literally) on us from a centralized, well-funded, and well-organized group of individuals.  MOST of these individuals’ lives circulate around the court system, as judges, lawyers, mediators, GALs, parent coordinators, and the entire supportive bureaucracy to go with them.  GUESS WHO pays for that?

“Infinite” is accurate:   (While there is a finite number of these, on a given day, almost no one counts them, few track them, and no one is preventing the unending creation of MORE of them, which is close enough to “infinite” (literally, without end,) for my purposes.

Next post, if I get there, I’m going to show some more “Centers for the Family in Transition” and suggest that a number of parents (either gender will do) go through all 50 states, county by county, and see what you find.  I bet what you’ll find will be pretty darned uniform in character, and have people who have networked nationally on the character of these outfits…

The Judicial Branch of Arizona / Maricopa County (Parent Information Program Providers page) . . .

Pursuant to Arizona law (ARS§ 25-351: “Domestic Relations Education on Children’s Issues”) the Superior Court in Maricopa County has implemented a Parent Information Program to provide information to divorcing parents, or parents involved in other domestic relations actions, concerning what their children may be experiencing during this emotionally difficult period.

Completion of the Parent Information Program is a requirement for all parents involved in a divorce, legal separation, or paternity case in which a party requests that the Court determine custody, specific visitation, or child support. Parties involved in other types of domestic relations actions, such as modification or enforcement of custody or parenting time, as well as child support matters, may also be ordered to attend the Parent Information Program at the Court’s discretion.

The fee for the Parent Information Program Classes is $50.00 per person payable to the Provider.

Arizona Priority Education and Counseling– [view class list]

Phoenix Interfaith Counseling– [view class list]

Center for Families in Transition– [view class list]

Gee. I wonder where the idea for “Center for Families in Transition” came from …. (Arizona “Starpas.azcc.gov” corporations search results):

File Number Corporation Name Name Type

Street address of Georgelyn Rosenfeld, President was for 4-bedroom home on Scottsdale listed for-rent, but taken off rental.  Oh, it’s a nonprofit, too.  And another Director added 2007 in an address  just sold this past month (8/24/2012)  …House for Rent:

2634 N 87th Terrace is no longer listed. It is shown for comparison and does not appear when searching available listings on HotPads. 
This snapshot of the listing was taken when it was removed from HotPads on Nov 01, 2011.

Originally incorporated (ca. 2002) by An Elizabeth Winter:  Yelp shows same address for her, and it:

Category: Divorce and Family Law[Edit]8655 E Via De Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85258

What a “Surprise” that a family lawyer/judge pro tem/psychologist-sociologist/mediator should’ve formed a PIP under this name….

Elizabeth A. Winter

(click on logo):
She’s got a B.A. (Psychology/Sociology from AZ State Univ.) and a J.D. out of Tennessee, and other than that, apparently has been sitting through whatever type of training (including at Pepperdine) she could.  Oh yes — and has function as a Judge pro tem, which is “reassuring.”

Attorney, Mediator, Parent Educator with a focus on family transitions

ELIZABETH A. WINTER has been actively involved in the practice of law since 1975 with an emphasis in Bankruptcy and Appropriate{{“appropriate”??}} Dispute Resolution. It is her philosophy that positive change occurs more readily and productively in a supportive and confidential environment. ELIZABETH is a Judge Pro Tempore for the Family Court Division of the Trial Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. ELIZABETH is the only licensed attorney in the state of Arizona who is an approved presenter of the Parent Information Program.  She has presented the Parent Information Program since the program inception. ELIZABETH is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of the District of Arizona and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. ELIZABETH was recognized in the publication Outstanding Young Women of America for two consecutive years and was quoted on her definition of “success” in the publication Who’s Who of American Women.  

(just SOME of the trainings):

Advanced Divorce Mediation!!!:

13 Hour training in 1996 with Allison Quattrocchi, J.D.

(hover for details/quattrochi’s 1981 Family Mediation Center; she trained with John Haynes, J.D. — see below)

Advanced Divorce Mediation:

7 Hour training in 1997 with Joy Borum, J. D.* and Marlene Joy, Ph.D. (*works with Quattrocchi, above)

Advanced Family Mediation:

20 Hour training in 1997 The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, CA

Arbitration in Superior Court:

16 Hour training in 1997 with Cochise County Superior Court

Advanced Divorce Mediation:

4 Hour training in 1998 with John Haynes, Ph.D.*

(*whoever he is, Quatrocchi, above, trained with him, too).**


**John Haynes, for whom the award is named, was a pioneer in the field of family mediation, a respected author and practitioner, an international trainer, and the first president of the Academy of Family Mediators.

…This must go seriously back in time, as the link is to an AFCC principal (Peter Salem) getting a “John Haynes” award in 2008.  Peter Salem is an AFCC leader, and get this:

Salem’s recent work has revolved around spearheading organizational collaborations to create reform in family law and dispute resolution processes and systems to benefit children and families. Specifically, he spearheaded (with Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson),** a North American collaboration between family court professionals, researchers and domestic violence professionals. He co-chaired the Family Law Education Reform Project (with Andrew Schepard), a national project promoting the incorporation of ADR and skills building into the family law curriculum. He also directed a project implementing triage systems in Connecticut’s family courts

**who is over at NCJFCJ (Nevada) which is a conference of family & juvenile court judges, and is considered one of four “Special Resource Centers” onviolence prevention by HHS, meaning they get big grants.

2007 AFCC WDC conference — a look at who’s involved tells me they are drinking out of the same trough/s…. and need to diminish and explain away as much “domestic violence” as possible:

Differential Assessment and Intervention in Domestic Violence CasesFamilies who experience domestic violence are not all alike. This simple idea has profound practical, policymaking and political implications. For example, how should professionals who work with families experiencing domestic violence identify significant differences and how can differential assessment be translated into appropriate intervention? Are changes in substantive law and court process advisable? What are the views of various professional com munities and how can all of the stakeholders be incorporated into the ongoing discussion? Join this lively discussion of these important issues.

Hon. Susan B. Carbon, President Elect, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Plymouth, NH

After this, the Hon. Susan Carbon headed over to OVAW where she helps dispense grants to prevent violence from the DOJ.  Understandably, then when a nice AFCC/BWJP collaboration (BWJP representing, supposedly, battered women… as part of ANOTHER of the four special resource centers to prevent violence, as I recall MPDI (HHS grantee).  Contact me if you’re lost (or see taggs.hhs.gov).

(Actually — Loretta Frederick of BWJP is presenting at this same 2007 conference…)

Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson, J.D., Co-Director, Domestic Violence Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno, NV

Hon. William G. Jones (ret.), Charlotte, NC

Nancy Ver Steegh, J.D., M.S.W., William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN

COLLABORATIONS with this AFCC conference listed as:
  • American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
  • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association Section of Family Law
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office
  • Maryland Department of Family Administration
  • Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable
  • Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division, Washington D.C. Superior Court
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • National Association of Council for Children
  • Supreme Court of Virginia Division of Dispute Resolution Services
  • University of Baltimore Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC)
People who don’t monitor this organization’s conferences are just going to be, well, “ignorant.”  It has Ron Haskins, Ronald Mincy (Fatherhood/Ford Founation/Columbia), it has Sanford Braver, all kinds of parental alienation proponents (Nicholas Bala of Canada, you name it….), movement to Unify the Courts (CFCC’s), and in general is where a whole lot of strategy appears to take place.   It’s like a record of an engine in motion…  The only people not really presenting are some serious feminists and those aware that children are, indeed, being transferred from fit parents to batterers, and willing to do anything about it — like shut down this organization and it’s networking/marketing/franchise operations that just happen to work through the US Court system!!

Pre-Conference Institute (separate registration fees), May 30, 2007:


1. Judicial Officers Institute: Domestic Violence and Differentiation

Recent research identifies different types of domestic violence with different characteristics, risks and outcomes. There is a lack of consensus, however, on how to characterize the differences and the implications of doing so.

ALTERNATELY to all these private (victims & perps not present, nor their voices heard (although the AFCC fairly well speaks for the perps POV) conferences, the “Conciliation Courts” could instead recognize the criminal definitions of domestic violence, and agree to abide by them, simplifying life for the rest of us!  Instead of trying to slice off as much “domestic violence” into the “high-conflict” cateogory as possible and start ordering treatment for high-conflict and parent alienation!)

The morning portion of this institute will describe the current research and focus on the parenting plans and specialized services that may be appropriate for a range of post- separation family situations. The afternoon will be an interactive session that examines the potential implications of differentiating among types of domestic violence perpetrators for adult domestic violence victims and their children. Presented in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

  • Loretta Frederick, J.D., Battered Women’s Justice Project, Winona, MN
  • Janet R. Johnston, Ph.D., San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D., Corte Madera, CA
  • Hon.Victor Reyes, Pueblo, CO

Recognize Johnston (Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition) & Joan B. Kelly (Northern California Mediation Center) from any of my recent posts?**  {{not that they aren’t also AFCC, in fact Johnston was on the Board I believe..}}I hope so!  The BWJP (hover — that’s an HHS site link) deals with “CIVIL & CRIMINAL” justice systems, ignoring the “FAMILY LAW” issues while conferencing with those who run the family law system.  I get so sick of the same personnel, showing up everywhere, and without spokespeople for what’s happening to noncustodial, law-abiding, nonabusive mothers in this extortionist system!

Here’s the other provider linked to on her site (and listed as a director on the Corp) @2007.  By the way, so far I can’t find any record of it as a nonprofit, although corporate record says it is one.  Not earning anything, like the Judith Wallenstein Centers for the Family in Transition?

My faith is a gift that I received from God in midlife during a time of great emotional pain. After receiving that gift, He led me to His Word, the Bible, to learn about Him and His plan for my life. This statement of faith is some of what I have learned so far.

God created the universe and everything in it. He loves His creation, including man, whom He created in His image, and to whom He gave His son, Jesus Christ, so we can have a relationship with Him. God wants us to love Him and each other. This love includes feelings of love, but His focus is not on feelings, but on attitudes and actions.

Three things are important to Him: 1) how we respond to Him, 2) how we take care of ourselves, and 3) how we treat others. If we are not doing these three things well, He wants us to change. We don’t have to do it alone.

My Mission is to help people do the three things important to God.  (Interesting Bio — see link//addictions, ADHD ) ..

(Doesn’t mention where his M.A. is from, though)  So nice that he’s responsible for funning required classes for all sorts of parents coming through the Maricopa County Court system, regardless of their personal believes….

Then there’s “CONCILIATION SERVICES” after a law passed in Arizona ca. 1962…. I wonder whose idea THAT was….  California did this around 1955, as I recall, but it wasn’t really wanted, so AFCC had to try a little harder to ram it through….

Conciliation Services of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County was established in 1962 after the Arizona Legislature enacted Conciliation Services law (ARS 25-381).
Conciliation Services offers:

  • Conciliation Counseling for parties contemplating divorce.
  • Mediation of child custody and parenting time plans for families of divorce, post-divorce or in paternity actions.
  • Evaluation Services to the court when parents are unable to agree upon a parenting plan.
  • Parent Information Program provides information to divorcing parents, or parents involved in other domestic relations actions, concerning what their children may be experiencing during this emotionally difficult period.
  • High Conflict Resolution Class designed specifically for high conflict parents.**
    • (=from the hyperlink:   “Because research has shown that parental conflict is harmful to children, the class will address specific strategies that parents can use to reduce their conflict and the negative impact it has on their children along with research [psychoanalysis-style…] on what is behind these conflicts.The HCR class differs from the standard “parent education” classes in that there must be an order from the court directing one or both of the parties to attend. With that order, each parent is automatically sent a notice to appear for a class at a specific date, time, and location. Parents are required to attend separate classes. If there are questions about the class or a need to reschedule the class the number to call is 602-506-6124.A $50.00 fee is required to attend the class.”  [[$100/court order, not bad!]]
  • Premarital Underage Counseling for persons under the age of sixteen contemplating marriage

Wonder where that idea for “high-conflict” classes came from, it being Arizona & all….

OK — Let’s ask — WHO would be heavily invested (and why) in keeping a population in constant turmoil, and transferring its energies, wealth (in many forms) to a lot of organizations that don’t even themselves pay taxes, are supported by the public (who dos) and  this includes real estate when people lose their housing through this process also — or elderly parents’ assets are drained supporting adult children’s attempts to keep themselves of their kids safe?   

Well — not only the clients and not only the taxes —  because, in truth the United States of America is one of the largest owners of the world’s (you heard that right) infrastructure, globally speaking.  That’s real estate, resources (energy, food production), minerals, etc. etc.



Introducing the Bentley Infrastructure 500

The Bentley Infrastructure 500 is a ranking of the top owners of infrastructure around the world from both the public and private sectors that is published annually. The rankings make it possible to readily compare investment levels across types of infrastructure, regions of the world, and public and private organizations.

Bentley Systems has compiled the Bentley Infrastructure 500 to help global constituents appreciate and explore the magnitude of investment in infrastructure and the potential to continually increase the return on that investment. The infrastructure value represented is over US$14 trillion, which is close to the U.S. annual GDP and to the combined annual GDPs of China, Japan, and Germany. Bentley itself is committed to enhancing ROIs through leveraging information modeling in integrated projects to create more intelligent infrastructure on behalf of owner organizations.

Data Results for 2011

Top 10 Owners in the Bentley Infrastructure 500

Rank Organization Headquarters Country Infrastructure Value*
(millions USD)
1 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT United States 308,800
3 EXXON MOBIL CORP United States 199,548
8 KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS Netherlands 117,060
9 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC Netherlands 116,851
10 WAL MART STORES INC United States 107,878

*As measured by reported net tangible fixed assets.

Top Owners’ Infrastructure
Value by Country
Top Owners’ Infrastructure
Value by Sector
Top Owners (Count)
by Country
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by Sector
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The Bentley Infrastructure 500 ranks owners according to their reported tangible fixed assets (or other comparable noncurrent physical assets such as buildings or fixed structures, land, and machinery).  Included in the rankings are public- and private-sector entities with financials reported in the past three years (to allow flexibility in varying reporting schedules). The values presented are assessed net of depreciation and amortization and calculated to exclude, where data is available, assets not representative of infrastructure, such as equipment, furniture, and software.

 Here are some more — and note that Catherine Austin Fitts has cited the major port states as major drug traffickers as major also HUD Default Mortgage states (in probably Narco-Dollars for Dummies).  While these are REPORTED assets (not unreported), still notice which states are showing up if I continue the list, and then ask — how did these states accumulate so many assets — and if they have all these assets, then why are they always crying, “we’re broke?” and trying to raise taxes on the public?
12 BP P.L.C. United Kingdom 105,887
13 CHEVRON CORPORATION United States 104,504
14 ENEL SPA Italy 104,349
15 GDF SUEZ France 104,317
16 STATE OF CALIFORNIA United States 104,107
17 FERROVIE DELLO STATO S.P.A. Italy 103,903
18 AT&T INC. United States 103,196
19 STATE OF TEXAS United States 92,214
20 ENI SPA Italy 90,065
21 STATE OF NEW YORK United States 89,583
28 PETROLEOS DE VENEZUELA S A Venezuela 83,457
29 CONOCOPHILLIPS United States 82,554
30 E.ON AG Germany 81,334
31 VALE S.A. Brazil 78,116
32 TOTAL S.A. France 73,443
37 STATE OF FLORIDA United States 67,521

. . .

81 CITY OF NEW YORK United States 41,495
 . . .

(just to remind us that an “authority” is a type of governmental entity; and like a government, produces — or shows up somewhere — on a “Comprehensive Audited Financial Report” which has to show CUMULATIVE assets….

87 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY United States 39,934

. (What’s in NC — research triangle international?? )

97 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA United States 36,861
116 STATE OF WASHINGTON United States 31,997
117 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE United States 31,868
118 PG&E CORP United States 31,449

122 CITY OF LOS ANGELES United States 29,880
123 STATE OF MISSOURI United States 29,748

etc.   Just a reminder, the numbers are in US$ millions.  City of Los Angeles (where we got this court system from basically)  ASSETS:  $29,880,000,000….

FYI, How “BENTLEY” would know all this is because of what business they are in:

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.Video: Bentley is Sustaining Infrastructure
From buildings to bridges, transit to utilities, clean energy to clean water,
Bentley is Sustaining Infrastructure. Find out more in this inspiring video


Another way of saying this is — if we’re as mothers, or fathers, or families, or individual workers, or . . . .     going up against “The United States of America” in (its own) courts about “our” “constitutional rights” and due process — or trying to go UP through the court system, or DOWN from the child support enforcement system (a nice asset collector and population controller if I ever saw one) — and get JUSTICE — who, really, are we going up against?  (The largest owner of infrastructure & assets on the planet).  It gets down to, seriously, a matter of leverage — not ethics… 
Really, it’s a commercial question.  Jurisdiction is also a commercial question.
I find it REAL interesting today to learn that Steve Wozniak has decided to become an Australian citizen (dual citizenship) and call himself an “Aussie.”
Next question, who owns and who runs the USA?  And that’s, again, “Foundational.”

…..In this scenario, we live, and do our business, and MOST of us exchange US Currency (whatever bits of it we have access too) which isn’t real money, but “legal tender” for debt.  Hopefully I don’t have to explain this, it’s not a new concept, it’s just one we don’t think about enough.   Ezra Pound figured it out from a mental institution where he was (improperly) incarcerated long ago, and got a certain Eustace Mullins to go to the Library of Congress and do some research on this.

I have looked at things long enough to decide that this is essentially true, and while I can’t go with every single thesis from Eustace Mullins, enough of it at 2012 makes “hecka” sense, and I say that having read a LOT of rhetoric (as well as been exposed to it), a LOT of tax returns, and seen my own family destroyed in a war over who gets to educate them, based on profiling.  Basically, trying to convince anyone in a struggle or conflict (sometimes a life-or-death conflict, or a conflict against independence in working to feed themselves and their families, without signing away privileges privacy, and eventually offspring) — that it’s in OUR best interest to look at the largest possible systems influencing the basics of our lives, and then to take a HISTORIC look at who developed these institutions and policies.   

It’s like talking to compartmentalized fools (sorry) and I get tired of it, because it’s only these fools (filled up with whichever rhetoric) that are the multitude and enough to make a power differential in the ongoing centralization of life.   One lesson of evolution should be kept in mind — species that were too specialized in function, became extinct when their climate or ecological niche changed….Right now, this includes people who think only in terms of certain work niches, or in certain terms about income, jobs, and the basics of life. We’ve been told to let other masters take care of these issues and no matter how despotic or incompetent these (education, law enforcement, judicial, legislative, medical, etc.) various masters are, or how many deaths they cause — we still don’t conceive (really) of any other way to do this.

I saw a LONG time ago that the family & education systems were joined at the hip by virtue of workforce paradigms, and had vowed to pick ONE of the two to radically change, if possible.  I may have been wrong in choosing the family courts (of the two), but that’s the one I was most affected by and stuck in.   Basically, though, all of this boils down to the economic system.  

By eliminating me from the workforce and from contact with my kids (improperly) this system revealed itself, and — while it made eating, transportation, and personal identity (either as worker, or parent, obviously) a hard thing to maintain, a daily issue — it freed my time up to study this (once I got internet access & a used laptop so that wasn’t stuck fighting librarians for an extra 10 minutes, etc….)

Now my issue is communicating this with people who are already in some form of cult based on language, and/or without starting one either.    

None of the charters of the foundations indicate their real purpose.  They are replete with such phrases as “the well-being of mankind” “the elimination of poverty”, the “elimination of disease, “the promotion of world brotherhood”.  Compassion, caring, charity, these are the watchwords of the foundations.  There is no hint to the unwary of the despotic instincts which drive these “caring” people to promote world wars and world slavery, nor is there any warning to the menials of the foundations that if they falter at any time in their dedication to the goals of the World Order, the penalty is sudden death.

The World Order adopted the Hegelian dialectic, the dialectic of materialism, which regards the World as Power, and the World as Reality.  It denies all other powers and all other realities.  It functions on the principle of thesis, antithesis and a synthesis which results when the thesis and antithesis are thrown against each other for a predetermined outcome.

If you can’t see this in the “unified court systems” and “therapeutic jurisprudence” and in the AFCC “collaborations” of marriage/fatherhood & domestic violence (battered women’s advocates formerly) conferences – then you are simply blind. Men are pitted against women, and leadership organized & funded for both of them from the same source! (HHS). Religions is also pitted against secular — but like it’s about to say — the bottom line is, materialism.

At my other blog (The Family Court Franchise System) the links & several article track the prevalence of psychology back through Nicholas Cummings (just look it up) who also brought over a “Balint” family from Tavistock, and worked to mainstream mental health at the primary care level (not that these things weren’t already here….) — meanwhile other forces were working to replace the language of criminal law with the language of behavioral science – to do this (see “technical resource & training” centers set up FIRST at HHS level) someone had to co-opt the communications.  Because most churches are basically (sorry, folks) STUPID and have access to more stupid followers, they apparently didn’t notice, or didn’t care sufficiently (self-preservation of any institution is built-in, basically) that there was a nice Rev Sun Myung Moon behind a lot of this marriage/fatherhood movement (i.e., the Unification Church).  Well, maybe they cared — but not enough to turn down the fantastic resources available through this HHS TANF diversionary largesse (ca. 1996).

There was definitely an “UNFREEZE — CHANGE — REFREEZE” going on, or as Lewin put it, “these – antithesis — synthesis.”   In our lifetimes, too.

Thus the World Order organizes and finances Jewish groups;  it then organizes and finances anti-Jewish groups;  it organizes Communist groups;  it then organizes and finances anti-Communist groups.  It is not necessary for the Order to throw these groups against each other;  they seek each other out like heat-seeking missiles, and try to destroy each other.  By controlling the size and resources of each group, the World Order can always predetermine the outcome.

In this technique, members of the World Order are often identified with one side or the other.  John Foster Dulles arranged financing for Hitler, but he was never a Nazi.  David Rockefeller may be cheered in Moscow, but he is not a Communist.  However, the Order always turns up on the winning side.  A distinguishing trait of a member of the World Order, although it may not be admitted, is that he does not believe in anything but the World Order.  Another distinguishing trait is his absolute contempt for anyone who actually believes in the tenets of Communism, Zionism, Christianity, or any national, religious or fraternal group, although the Order has members in controlling positions in all of these groups.  If you are a sincere Christian, Zionist or Moslem, the World Order regards you as a moron unworthy of respect.  You can and will be used, but you will never be respected.

Please go through the contents I put above (same color background) for Chapter 7 on Foundations.  Understand that among the people best qualified to understand this are people who have (as I and I know others have) watched over time antagonistic parties strategize to cause ongoing “conflict” in one’s life (such as any true-blue-abuser already knows how to do, and it so happens, my family cult/clan/gang, was absolutely expert at – they practice on three generations of MY family line, blasting out of recognizable connections.    If we understand it on a local level like that — we have the wherewithal (although may need to learn some technology, or new language to comprehend the HOW) — to understand it on a system level.
Primary to grasp is the utter ruthlessness, total disregard for law, ethics, consequences, or human life, and political purpose behind this.   I’ve seen it, like I said, in my family.  This doesn’t provide the complete antidote — but it sure saves the wasted energy trying to appeal to some ethics or morality that simply isn’t there!!!
And I suggest that EVERYONE walking into ANY courtroom figure this out real fast.   Two things that are (actually) utterly terrorizing me as we speak are the knowledge that I’ve pretty well outlived my usefulness to my family line (i.e., children are now adults) and the only remaining motive is to silence reporting on the prior outrage/s (and plenty of criminal activity).  
As my normal means of paying my living expenses were constantly disrupted and knocked down while they were being built up, after they were built up, or on the way to getting something going — this is basically economic battering through the courts (and outside them) every bit as much as the physical (and with it, economic) battering of some marriages (including mine) — — I found myself desperately attempting to set up something that the collective family-battering-rams couldn’t demolish before it was sustainable.    It was next to NOTHING to get up to speed after I had a simple restraining order and no physical assaults or imminent lethality IN THE HOME….  It took a mere few years.
When the family law system got jurisdiction (which happened quickly, and as I recall, ex-parte consolidation) — and not having the true political and legal temperature of the times (a little hard to have when one is living with domestic abuse and religiously tight control of one’s schedule, goings & comings, time, transportation and access to finances, right?) (like this includes internet) . . . like so many, I was completely blindsided by the corruption of these courts.  Most people STILL don’t “get it” (or want to).  Behind that utter corruption lies the utter corruption of what’s left of the US Government — as I’m saying (see that Bentley chart, above) the largest owner of assets and infrastructures on the planet.
Eustace Mullins (and the writings from that Foundations chapter are Co. Eustace Mullins) did us a big favor writing much of this up.  I’m not saying I go with everything when he gets off on religious heritage & racism, but the things documented within the last two centuries (1800s/1900s) seem clear enough.
Let me know please if this post was helpful…. And read through that Chapter 7 top to bottom, many names will be familiar!  And they will come up again later, too.

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September 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

How Mandatory Mediation in Family Law “Emerged” from 35 ADR Pioneers (incl. Dir of Dispute Resolution @ Pepperdine U.)

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Time to talk about this organization, and how business is done in the mediation/dispute/conflict-resolution field, among attorneys at least….

Pay Attention to Incorporation/Nonprofit Status & Status changes…

California Dispute Resolution  Council (CDRC)

Fortunately, for almost 20 years, the California Dispute ResolutionCouncil [ CDRC] has been the effective voice for all aspects of the ADR industry in Sacramento 

  •  CDRC has proven to be an effective voice for ADR in Sacramento. Darrell Steinberg Senate President pro Tem  
  • I call on CDRC for its expertise and suggestions regarding ADR legislation.
    Martha Escutia Former Chair CA  Senate Judiciary Committee
There’s a conference coming up in about one month (Nov. 2012) and the details are not posted yet!

Speakers who will provide introspection and inspiration regarding the new opportunities and serious challenges relating to ADR include:

  • Justice Anthony Kline, Presiding Justice of the California 1st District Court of Appeal, will speak about The Dark Side of ADR
  • Douglas Noll, author of Elusive Peace will speak about Restorative Justice
  • Dana Curtis, ADR pioneer and distinguished mediator, will speak about Mediation and the Elderly
  • Donne Brownsey, CDRC’s Sacramento lobbyist, will speak aboutWhat’s Up in Sacramento and the upcoming legislative challenges to the integrity and economic stability of ADR
  • Jon Sylvester, Professor of Law and international arbitrator, will speak about Current Arbitration Issues
  • Claudia Viera, who conducts seminars for an Understanding Based Model of mediation, will speak about Mediator Bias

and there will be MORE, MUCH More!  “Details, including information  about registration and accommodation, will be available shortly.”  (Can’t the public know in advance about this?  we don’t all have travel budgets or time off....)


The California Dispute Resolution Council is unquestionably the most influential ADR organization in the State of California – perhaps in the nation – when it comes to politics and the judiciary. …

Over the course of nearly two decades, our influence and impact have grown so that CDRC now weighs in on virtually every ADR related bill in Sacramento, writes amicus briefs for important cases (even some outside California), and regularly educates legislators, judges, and bureaucrats on ADR related issues.

The CDRC can be proactive as well as reactive.  We have sought additional funding for community organizations, have initiated dialogs on threats and issues, and have used our position of legitimacy to collectively present the interests of our individual constituents.  Our CDRC Principles serve as the efficacy model for numerous ADR organizations.

California sure is an interesting state.  Here’s Justice Kline (above) swearing in the Nation’s (not the state’s) first openly transgender Trial Judge, January 2011.    (hover cursor over pink, or photo, for summary/click for article.)(“Prolonged applause broke out from the crowd as Victoria Kolakowski, the first openly transgender trial judge in the United States, took her oath of office on Tuesday evening at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Oakland’s Chinatown. The special session of the California Superior Court drew more than 100 people, including some LGBT community leaders and council members from several cities within Alameda County. …While most court activities are entirely solemn, the event Tuesday kicked off with laughter. Presiding Judge Jon R. Rolefson, while making introductions of the guests, said he didn’t have a complete list until he realized that there was a second page. Kolakowski, on the other hand, failed more than once to repeat the exact words of the oath.”


Guess we ought to find out how ONE organization founded in 1992 got so much influence so quickly!
Not this one:

Not this one ending with the words “Institute“– it’s “dissolved” & was formed in 1996…

There are so many that it’s easy to get  “blurred vision” — but not this one either (see date of incorporation, and that it’s still active unlike many):
I guess disputes and conflicts need to be resolved. (Or is it Mediated?) A  lot.  Because there are fully sixty (60) results that come when I searched “California Dispute Resolution” and most of them are suspended or dissolved….  When, it doesn’t say….
This next one appears to be a fund-raising “foundation” for the cause?
No, the primary one I mean, that the yellow-blocked quote is from, is THIS one (I’m pretty sure…) (from same chart despite size difference. 1994 — close enough for jazz to “1992” when it says it started….
Entity Number: C1832983
Date Filed: 03/10/1994
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 1430 S GRAND AVE STE 256
Entity City, State, Zip: GLENDORA CA 91740**(*Address==Southern California Mediation Association Nonprofits can join for only $450/yr.)
Agent for Service of Process: PAUL DUBOW
Agent Address: 88 KING ST STE 318**
Agent City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94107
Get this:  Having looked up the street address of this “entity” and found it’s actually the Administration address for the SCMA –now (2012) having its “24th annual conference”) do the math:  2012-24 years = it should’ve formed in 1988.  So, this is what California Sec. of State shows for the registration of “Southern California Mediation Association” (and at a different address….)
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
However, there is indeed a current “Southern California Mediation Association” (at least as a charity), EIN# 945365018 at the Glendora Address, and I’m looking at its 2006 return, with a stunning number of Directors — and showing a Town Hall and an “ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE” both at Pepperdine; a former (past) President being from LA Dependency Court (which I hope just caught your attention if you read my blog) and L. Randolph Lowry @ Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
The Treasurer (this partic. year, see URL) is “MYER J. SANKARY OF “”Advanced Mediation Services” in Sherman Oaks… — should I go chasing after THAT organization too, then?  (I just did — not a trace of it as corporation or charity — it MAY be a “dba” of one of the other groups, of course…
But here’s the website(note “mediate.com/sankary”).  Would you buy a used car from this man?
(Actually, he has an amazing background – (HOVER cursor over URL to read) but I’m still left with the question– what’s with the shifting corporation names in this field?)
This Mediator is Mediate.com Certified
As so many of these are attorneys, I have some concerns about the “catch us if you can” aspect here….
How many possible organizational names is it possible to squeeze in on each (promotional) website — and of all those, how many exist legitimately as a:  corporation, and if applicable, a nonprofit, and if so, a non-deliquent and non-suspended nonprofit?  Mr. Sankary, among many other credits, lists the omipresent Pepperdine training, and it says he began in mediation with FAMILY law ca. 1985:

ADR Experience (at “ADR Services, Inc.”)


“Since 2007, Mr. Sankary has been on the distinguished panel of mediators at ADR Services, Inc. in Century City, headed by Lucie Baron”

But where is — or even WAS — “Advanced Mediation Services”?? as a corporation or partnership?

Mr. Sankary’s career in ADR is extensive, starting with family law mediation as early as 1985.

Dispute Resolution Training And Teaching
  • Pepperdine Law School Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute,
  • Pepperdine Law School Mediation Masters Forum, Straus Institute,
  • Pepperdine Law School, Negotiating Techniques in Mediation, Professor Randy Lowry

Experience includes:

Background and Experience

  • Excellent communication skills, both listening and explaining complex issues
  • Trained in the science of influence by internationally recognized social scientist, Dr. Robert Cialdini of Arizona State
  • (hover over compass-circular logo or click it to read….)

 =Another Certified Trainer Program there.  They seem to NEVER end….


Education: — Harvard, Pepperdine,

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Malibu,Dipute Resolution Training programs 1996 to present
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., Cambridge, Mass., 1965, [Admitted in State Bar of California in 1966]
  • Texas Christian University, BA, Philosophy and Metaphysics, Ft. worth, Texas, 1962 [summa cum laude]
Entity Number: C1832983
Date Filed: 03/10/1994
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 1430 S GRAND AVE STE 256
Entity City, State, Zip: GLENDORA CA 91740**(*Address==Southern California Mediation Association Nonprofits can join for only $450/yr.)
Agent for Service of Process: PAUL DUBOW
Agent Address: 88 KING ST STE 318**
Agent City, State, Zip: SAN FRANCISCO CA 94107
Paul Dubow is currently on the CDRC board as well; so is a person highly placed in the Family Law Arena,

Mickey Katz

Phone: 310.xxx.xxxx

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Michelle (“Mickey”) Katz is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in family law.  After years of advocacy work, she now devotes her practice exclusively to non-litigation conflict resolution services in family law, including mediation, consulting services in mediation and collaborative law, and unbundled legal services.  A frequent speaker on mediation and collaborative law, Ms. Katz is a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and is the Section’s Membership Chair. Until this year she co-chaired the Family Committee of that Section.  She is a Past President of the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC), and has been a member of the Board of Directors of that organization for over nine years.  She is a former chair of the California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution and a former member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Family Law Section.  Ms. Katz also served as a member of the ADR Consulting Group to the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  She is one of the founders of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (FYI, that’s an AFCC “tell” and business networking setup)….

http://arc4adr.com/michellekatzesq.html   “Family Law specialist Mickey Katz has tailored her fulltime ADR practice to cases in which parties choose to resolve their divorce outside of the court system.”  While it talks extensively about settling things outside the courtroom, a look at their panelists is a VERY long list of retired judges and justices!  These justice probably already have their pensions (retirement pay), so I’d have to say that their interest in this field would be supplemental income from one of the cushiest retirement plans around?   

*** King Street SF street address leads to the NADN..
Mediation training: Academy of Attorney Mediators 1994.” “Paul was also a member of the Judicial Council appointed working group that promulgated the rules for mediators in court annexed mediations.  RATES:  $400 per hour plus fixed fee of $800 for preparation. Normally, no charge for travel time within California but there is a charge for travel expenses. No cancellation fee. Fees are normally split between the parties.”
Searching the same street address (88 King St #318, SF) it’s? home to (yet) another nonprofit called The Mediation Society, which:
The Mediation Society is a non-profit organization based in Northern California that is composed of trained and experienced mediators who meet regularly to share information, develop mediation skills and techniques, and enjoy an atmosphere of fellowship among peers. To this end, the Society sponsors dinners, round tables and workshops in San Francisco featuring leading local, national and international speakers and subjects in the field of mediation.
HOW NICE….although corp. registration 1999 shows diff’t address:
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
THE MEDIATION SOCIETY EX550332 Charity Exempt – Active SAN MATEO CA Charity Registration Charity
A “mutual benefit” society formed not in 1999, but it says 12/31/1990 and no EIN# listed here, but one does exist; it’s a “business league” and not for public benefit.  In fact, the Charity Research Tool (which only searches IRS forms, not the state database necessarily) shows 36 organizations (choose “contains” not “begins with” option) in California) with the word “MEDIATION” in their title, and if these are looked at, their 990s (if any) and aliases will also show.  Clearly, it’s a favorite field for forming nonprofits, centers, academies, institutes, councils, and societies:  MEDIATION.
MEDIATION SOC (941205338)
Interesting, an alias of #24 (san Mateo, and formed as a Corporation in 1999) IS the name of the one in #23…  I wonder how that works.   I notice all the IRS forms of #23 are under $25,000 (not by much, most of them)….  And (2010) most income from membership fees; “program accomplishments” provided three educational dinners “at or below cost” with about 45 mediators/lawyer at each; an educational PROGRAM for about 65 mediators/lawyers “from the public”??, and five informal educational workshops for mediator/lawyer MEMBErS and the public with about 30 mediators/lawyers attending each. ..  The #23 (San Francisco) has filed only one return, the year 2007…for the year 2005 , address 41 Sutter Street #1812, San Francisco, and shows their costs $16,294 of expenses, with several categories including “Administrator” “reported elsewhere”  and the board coming from 4 different cities in the general area…

Here’s for “The California Academy of Mediation Professionals” in Encino, CA; highest income year here was 2003 (EIN# 931177540) shows incorporation date was 1996 and earnings close to $500K– MOST from “Mediation Services ($340,349) but “Fees and Contracts from Government Agencies” ($153,066).  Exactly $153,066 is also listed as PROGAM EXPENSES:  “Dispute Resolution Services:  Intake problem assessment, information and referral, initiating (huh?) and resolving disputes, follow-up surveys and public presentations.” while $332,142 was quality training and mentoring interested volunteers.  Its principal earned about $60K….  

Organization Name Registr Number Record Type Registr Status City State Registr Type Record Type
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF MEDIATION PROFESSIONALS 108150 Charity Delinquent ENCINO CA Charity Registration Charity
Related Documents
00309CC9 Founding Documents
00309CCE RRF-1 2001

INTERESTING — BECAUSE THE 990 I JUST PROFILED, ABOVE, WAS FOR A LATER YEAR AND THIS GROUP ONLY FILED ONE RRF — EVER, HERE, APPARENTLY.   Look at the Founding Documents (or look them up if link has expired) because on page 6 of 10, the “Yes” is checked on, did you receive any government funding? (“During this reporting period, did the organization receive any governmental funding? If so, provide an attachment listing the name of the agency, mailing address, contact person, and telephone number.“) And the California Academy of Mediation Professionals (on its own letterhead) showed here,

Part B, #6:

DRPA, Dispute Resolution Program Act
Community and Senior Services of Los Angeles County
Ester Soriano, LA County Coordinator
3175 W. 6th Steet, 5th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90020

Telephone 213-738-2621

….Prior to today, I never heard of DRPA — but look at the next chunk of yellow-background from CDRC, which says that DRPA funding helps support the field (and above, I just showed us a nice nonprofit that’s delinquent — it stopped filing tax returns ca. 2001 — and is still pulling in money from DRPA anyhow…  AND THAT THIS DRPA FUNDING COMES FROM COURT FILING FEES!!!

The President’s page says:

If you are a community mediator, your work is probably supported by DRPA funding. This is a state-mandated program paid for by part of the court filing fees. Because of the severe downsizing of the state government, each year DRPA funding comes under intense scrutiny. There are plenty of interests that would like to see DRPA eliminated and the funding returned to the state or at least re-directed to basic court costs. CDRC was instrumental in getting DRPA funding passed into law. It continues as the only organized advocate for continued DRPA funding in SacramentoWithout CDRC, there would be no DRPA. This is why CDRC is asking each DRPA contractor to consider supporting CDRC with 2% of its budget.

I searched “DRPA funding” and came up with this group:

DRPA Funding – Center for Conflict Resolution

Which I would like to make a note of — in blending non-religious and religious “Conflict Resolution.”  Because DRPA funding enables this group to keep going, it says clearly (in re: Small Claims)

DRPA Funding

The Center for Conflict Resolution is committed to serving the community through its work in bringing peace and creating peacemakers.

The work that is provided in the Small Claims Court mediation program is funded by a grant from the County of Los Angeles under the State of California’s Dispute Resolution Program’s Act of 1986.  This major funding to our operation has allowed the Center for Conflict Resolution to provide continous services to various courthouses around Los Angeles County since 1988.

Look at the links on the left column:  Carefully!

The Center for Conflict Resolution is a premier provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and conflict management resources, attending to the needs of the larger community. Specifically through court-annexed mediation programs, community mediation initiatives, peer mediation programs and Christian faith-based mediation.  CCR provides services of the highest professional quality at the lowest possible cost to all that seek assistance in the interest of bringing peace and creating peacemakers.


CCR is a, non-profit organization, founded in 1983, with roots in the Christian Legal Society.  CCR operates under a Board of Directors, Executive Director, Office Staff and Vounteer and Community Mediators.

For one, under “Divorce Mediation Articles,” they have a blatant promo for (AFCC author) Bill Eddy’s book “Splitting,” and talking “High Conflict Persons” (and I have literally  blogged this, i.e., “another AFCC wet dream” — the High-Conflict Institute (Arizona, I think).   There’s also an article from a Mediator/Judge recommending mediation for family law cases (NOTE:  This is a volatile area, and mediation also has federal support through TANF diversions // Access Visitation funds and all kinds of complex conflicts of interest.  The fact that this CCR institute (which is funded — it says above — in part by DRPA funds) is pushing this shows they are AFCC friendly which = Parental Alienation friendly = child-abuse& molestation (& DV) reporting UNfriendly!    But that’s the least of my concerns here:


“Our purpose is to serve Jesus Christ by helping all people resolve their disputes and make peace with one another.”




The purpose of CCR is to glorify God by helping people to resolve disputes in a conciliatory rather than an adversarial manner.***  In addition to facilitating the resolution of substantive issues, CCR seeks to reconcile those who have been alienated by conflict and to help them learn how to change their attitude and behavior to avoid similar conflicts in the future. 




*       Seek and capitalize on opportunities to train leaders and lay people in personal peacemaking skills.


*       Extend the influence of Biblical mediation within the Church and Christian     Organizations.


*       Exemplify the highest caliber of services associated with Biblical Conciliation


*       Stand as a financially independent, non-profit ministry

**That’s really interesting concept.  Listen to what Jesus (is quoted as having) said:

NCRC: National Conflict Resolution Center

There is a Solution. The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) is a full service alternative dispute resolution provider, based in San Diego, California since 

  • YESTERDAY I connected a single conservative Christian, Southern-California university — acknowledged to be run by ONLY members in good standing with the Churches of Christ — with both its own Straus Dispute Resolution Institute & Boone Family Center with the Fatherhood Movement, and DIRECTLY with the “Healthy Marriage” grants system set up by welfare reform (1996) initially.
  • Contributions to this Boone Family Center’s “Friends of” (the center)’s League are run through Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Psychology & Education.
  • TODAY I am connecting posting this Straus Institute’s role with the centralized development of Mediation/Dispute Resolution systems throughout at least California, which development is bad, not good.  The money is made at the training-the-trainers level and NO ONE tracks it thoroughly, or the corporations formed to profit from this.
  • The moral of this post  is to see how the “CDRC” (California Dispute Resolution Council) coordinated and centralized its voice, sought to become the point-organization for lobbying to legislate and control this field — and that among the only 35 ADR specialists, they chose one from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
  • However, first I am going to again function as an iconoclast — again, experience and the record shows that faith & what we might call basic ethical behavior & morality are not particularly related, either at the personal (pastor/priest etc.) level — and are DEFINItely not related at the corporate/religious institution (whether church, or religious university) level either.    (If anything, it seems the converse is true)…..   Both Religion & Politics have in common is a patronizing attitude towards outsiders & others, and expertise at setting up cult-like systems of monitoring (called “mentoring”) and “training” (Disciplining) basically everyone possible.  For God (if one is a religious group), or “for their own // the public good” if one is a governmental group.  Same effects, same behaviors, same narcissicism.
  • Moreover, the track record of men, and with them, women in positions of power over others often includes exploiting that power, AND molesting (that’s called raping) boys and girls, not to mention women, not to mention pillaging, cronyism, engaging in slave trade, profiting from slave labor, attempting to maintain separate but unequal information & education systems (which is why men that translated the scriptures into the common language sometimes ended up burned at the stake), and in general, mastering the technology of power, retarding knowledge, and treating certain profiled sectors of human beings made “in the image of God” (religious term) or “with unalienable rights” (the political term) — like so many farm animals, which they are not.   Both government and religion love to label and categorize people by arbitrary designations which have more to do with class membership than character.
  • That said, I appreciate the Bible’s history & language as a frame of reference (and window into history), and still affirm that “the love of money is the root of all evil” and “ye cannot serve God and mammon” (materialism) still apply.  Why?  Because society cannot exist where “lie, steal, cheat, murder, and covet” to the point of (lying, stealing and cheating) are the norm.

In this situation, it’s morally WRONG for followers and supporters of EITHER church OR state to continue feeding it victims and paying for its crimes!  We cannot afford as a society to project upon others a sense of morality or conscience which does not exist, and need to focus — sooner, not later — on restoring a balance of power.  This CANNOT be done while continuing to feed the same outfits that are robbing and extorting us and our neighbors!

Regarding Mediation, California Dispute Resolution Council, (JAMS), and Straus Institute, Pepperdine, the family law fields of practice (educators, psychologists, therapists — hooked up with the law) —
In a word, it looks like in the CDRC corporation, these attorneys, lawyers, judges, mediators, psychiatrists (whoever they were that joined the various nonprofits that eventually centralized themselves into some larger key players) got their act together, accepted a single voice and submitted their own self-interests to the most powerful organization around.
That this undermined individual rights, had roadkill, eroded any remaining church/state separation, and was essentially dictatorial in intent (i.e., a Power Grab) didn’t seem to concern them at all.  this is simply how such groups operate.  What I’m telling the public is — that’s how the majority of religious institutions have always operated, and with their exploitation and dominance in the internet age, those who don’t stay up on the strategies are on the receiving end of this plan to dominate others by undermining any remaining due process protections.  It’s setting up a para-legal (beside-the-law) system which then pre-empts the legal process.   It’s also in my opinion despicable, and makes the world a far more dangerous place for honest people willing to mind their own business, primarily working and caring for their families.
and NO ONE that works a job in which income is withheld is immune from supporting this system.  Your income-withholding contributes to an abusive, fascist, church/state blend (include all religions, but Christianity seems central here) run by public employees for private profits.   That many of these public employees are decent people with their own mortgages doesn’t change the facts — the system endangers children, separating parents, people trying to flee violence or protect their kids from molestation, people trying to get the other parent to support (versus abandon) their children so as not to become themselves a public burden, and in general – p.e.o.p.l.e.     


However, there are major issues, and there have been major fights, when it comes to DoMESTIC VIOLENCE for advocates — against allowing mediation to play into decisions made after separation.  Rose Garrity 1998 spells it out very well — we are talking in this case about forms (multiple forms) of terrorism — not “disputes” or “conflicts.”  Terrorism!    This is a very good description, and I am well acquainted with every thing she mentions here, particularly the pets, smashing things, and how it doesn’t take ongoing overt damages to control a person AFTER that pattern has begun in a relationship:  (Paragraphs A, B & C below are now 12 YEARS OLD!   )

© by Rose Garrity
What Domestic Violence Looks Like

[A]… Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior  in a relationship, as perpetrated by one partner against the other; it includes physical violence as well as emotional abuse, economic coercion, isolation, sexual abuse, threats and intimidation, use of the children, verbal abuse, damaging or destroying property, killing and abusing pets, and other forms of terrorism. Domestic violence is, therefore, not any particular, discrete incident or incidents, nor is it a dispute or conflict. It is never not present as a factor, once a partner has been intimidated, terrified, threatened, coerced, beaten, slapped or otherwise put on notice by the abuser of his intent and capability to control her.

{B.] The actual use of force or threat to get what the abuser wants is needed far less often than others might imagine. A simple look or gesture, usually imperceptible to others, is often all it takes when the pattern is present to alert the target/victim that the abuser is exerting a demand or signaling a warning, or “anger”. Actual physical abuse is often but a small part of the pattern of control and domination. Some abusers never use physical violence directly against the victim, or use violence only once, relying on that threat to control their partner thereafter (but all physical abusers use many, many other tactics.)

[C.] The victim of abuse walks in fear through every day, even when appearing to be calm and safe. The continual threat of the repetition of abuse functions to keep a  victim controlled, as do “reminder” incidents, such as smashing a wall, threatening a relative or child, breaking a victim’s possessions or talking about suicide, all while invalidating the victim in dozens of subtle and overt ways. An abuser’s behavior is, despite common misunderstandings to the contrary, very controlled and calculated to get him exactly the results he wants. Abusers are very different in their intimate relationship from how they appear to others, and we cannot safely deal with them based upon appearances; they lie, deny, minimize and hide their abusive behavior very creatively.

The primary organization pushing MEDIATION (Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, etc.) as the standard, and themselves as “the voice” since the early 1990s, seems to be (in California) the “California Dispute Resolution Council,” which is a mutual benefit LOBBYING organization, and whose origins includes the director of a dispute resolution institute from a conservative Christian University in Malibu, California, “Pepperdine.”

(see last post for just HOW Conservative and How closely linked Boone Family Institute is with Straus Dispute Resolution Institute (both at the same place) and how they “Family Institute” was once headed up by a Fatherhood executive (Dr. Ken Canfield).  AND, how (as we speak) the Boone Family Institute’s website under “Family Resources” links DIRECTLY to HHS-grantee-funded “National Healthy Marriage Resource Center” and several other groups which would not exist — or be so wealthy, most likely — had they not drunk the Kool-Aid and determined it’s OK to take public funds and nonprofit status to support a lifestyle of running conferences, writing off expenses, and paying onesself (in one case) as a couple a nice collective $300K salary for the privilege of indoctrinating others into the benefits of staying together.

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September 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

Mandatory Mediation, Marriage-Mongering, Faith-based Fatherhood Mentoring, @ Malibu (Pepperdine U)

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Religion and Therapy are world-views which have in common the use of language to frame problems.  With the framing of problems comes the framing of solutions.  With the framing of solutions USUALLY comes marketing.
I personally do not look forward to a one-world religion or a one-world government, because most people I know (including myself) are not qualified to either run the world, or set up a single system to run the world.
I just learned — again by being still curious, still nosy, and still paying attention to strands of reasoning where they coincide in single knots of power, influence, and money are tied together included a Southern California University, I believe “Church of Christ” style, which is a particularly controlling brand of Protestantism — called Pepperdine.   (note:  one often finds judges & attorneys near this, and since the development of psychology & psychiatry as significant professions of influence — their “ilk” also — near the center), one also finds near the center of this religion.
I have EVERY right to speak on this topic from any number of angles, both the intellection, the experiential, the religious, and also as to study.   I have been both helped, hated, and hit by religious people belonging to various flocks — but not ONE of them has stood up to their own system and, witnessing this, spoken out against it and potentially sacrificing a local social support system that — if the shoe fits — gives what may be otherwise meaningless, or menial low-income (or middle-income) wage jobs which do NOT provide a sense of meaning, or community — sense.  But I do not think the way to handle this situation is by saying, I’m tolerant, I just don’t want to talk about it!  or by demonizing one point of view or another.
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Where we CAN talk about it (godless, religious, nonattending spiritual, and others) IF we will — is around some objective identifiers — one of which is corporate status and economic — and the other of which is systems of expanding centralized control which — face it — churches are REAL good at, and tend towards.  So if my bringing this up makes me a “feminist asshole” or “anathema” it won’t be the first time, and quite honestly, I don’t care.
In my “insiders” and “outsiders” point of view, I have to warn that the fields of EDUCATION, PSYCHOLOGY & THERAPY  & LANGUAGE DOMINANCE are where you are going to find religious groups specializing in, after all, isn’t religion already in the same fields?
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In the development of mediation & its connection with the conservative (Church of Christ) Pepperdine University (Malibu California) and Pepperdine’s habit of promoting fatherhood (see this post) AND spitting out practitioners for the family law system — with disastrous consequences for females standing up to RELIGIOUS based domestic violence (translation:  nowhere to go for a support system — as the family law system has basically defanged and/or bought out the earlier battered women’s movement, including the shelter system) — there’s ample evidence that this is just TOO INBRED.
I don’t have a problem with the existence of conservative Christian Universities.  I just am warning of the particularly dangerous beliefs which translate into practice among certain (religious) groups — and that they are strategically encouraging their students and (flocks) to enter the fields of EDUCATION and PSYCHOLOGY and FAMILY PRACTICES (whether therapy, dispute resolution, or at times law) as “carriers” of this controlling, patriarchal, and abuse-minimizing mindset.
This has specifically done more than almost anything to turn yours truly into a “card-carrying” feminist (I don’t FYI carry a card and have never been a member of NOW.  In fact, I don’t like joining anything at all, these days; have had enough exposure to groupthink for three lifetimes…!)
I will continue speaking from the perspective that most atheists/agonistics and etc.’s just don’t care — or don’t know enough — about how dangerous this is, to allow this system to continue taking our money — and dominating our private relationships.  We are talking, a Latina mom whose 3 children were murdered when police refused to respond to a violation of a court order in the context of violence and threats (Castle Rock v. Gonzales).  We are talking, a woman from Kansas who was arrested and eventually lost her daughter by virtue of from being assaulted and bleeding in the wrong district, i.e., Claudine Dombrowski — and while I don’t blog along the same lines, I DID read her court docket, and it’s on here somewhere also. I’ve read a LOT of court dockets over the past few years. She really was ordered NOT to report (as I recall) further assaults in a certain county.  She drove to ANOTHER county for treatment, and they were court-mandated to report, so contacted the first one, and eventually this caused loss of her child.  C’mon now!  How angry would you be?
I split advocacy/activism paths with Claudine and a few mothers’ groups a while back,
for a number of reasons (including strategy, and I don’t like cult-like behavior)
but that still doesn’t eradicate this photo and the fact that the man who did this
got their child, and the lawyers and courts had a heyday with it.
Kansas, moreover, is a central outpost of Fatherhood organizations
and recently had some nice confabulations with David Blankenhorn’s group,
the “Institute for American Values.”
I guess this is an American Value, then …. beating up on women, racial profiling & sexism.
and power-grabs in closed-door conferences involving public money, and setting ‘Public” programs
for Private Profit
Expanding the poverty & population of the poor in the name of helping them.
I have PARTICULAR objections to setting up centralized systems which let any religious zealot (whether fundie, Opus Dei, touchy-feely, New Age, or Satanic — which I get to mention particularly after I noticed a fairly prominent San Francisco Law Firm and polemicist organization (which housed and promoted Kids Turn) at one point (same street address — and someone related to the firm’s owners owned the building, too) defending the high priestess of “the church of satan” in a palimony suit long ago!
I “kid” you not!

Kids’ Turn – Civic Center/Tenderloin – San FranciscoCA

 Rating: 2.5 – 3 reviews

1242 Market St (between Hyde St & Grove St) San FranciscoCA94102. Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin. (415) 777-9977. http://kidsturn.org

~2011 “YELP” comment: Yes, this organization is automated to take your payment online but somehow not automated to tell you where the location is after you have paid. I have registered, paid the night before and still today waiting for location to attend our workshop. 

They just want to take the money and run!!!!

They should not continue to received funding for operating as such.

~ 2010″YELP” comment:  A non-profit run just like you think.  They keep the location secret until you give them $650.00 then they wait until the day before the workshop to tell you where it will be held.  When you finally receive the information–oops! it’s the wrong location.  Instead of Oakland it’s Dublin you have to drive to.  The girl on the phone got it wrong.  When you called to confirm they received your fax they say, yeah, but not your spouses.  When you call your spouse who says she sent her $650.00 too, you call back & they say, ‘oh yeah, here it is‘ Separation and divorce is hard enough without these clowns.  PS the phone number from the court services is a Ladie’s Talk Chat Line.
  1. satanismcentral.com/lvcrt05.html

    File: LVCrt-05. 6114 California Street San FranciscoCA 94121 6 June 1990. Ms. Elizabeth Benford 1242 Market Street, Second FloorSan FranciscoCA 94102 

  2. http://www.gsanetwork.org/directory/community-organizations

    1242 Market St., 3rd floor. San FranciscoCA 94102 (415) 487-5777. Provides resources and training for young people about health and wellness, including 


As my LAST post states, …. the primary organization setting it up as the standard, and themselves as “the voice” since the early 1990s, seems to be (in California) the “California Dispute Resolution Council,” which is a mutual benefit LOBBYING organization, and whose origins includes the director of a dispute resolution institute from a conservative Christian University in Malibu, California, “Pepperdine.”

I cannot emphasize this enough — the church/state inbreeding has ALWAYS (historically) been a major part of worlds problems — not solutions! !!!    !!! — and about the only solution I can think to DETHRONING the national inbreeding of “education and psychology” indoctrinated individuals (and with them you get — pro bono — whatever religious viewpoints they were indoctrinated in, usually conservative, but sometimes new-age) — is somehow continuing to publicize the HISTORY OF THE SPREAD OF THIS MENTORING MOVEMENT —

Before I get into this Malibu-based University right off the Pacific Coast Highway, (a spectacular scenic drive up California’s Coast) — let’s look at some custody-case roadkill in a hair salon that occurred RECENTLY in Seal Beach (also off the same highway) in Fall 2011, and this is NOT the first carnage associated with a hair salon and custody cases in California — there was a “triple-header” in Northern California back in 2008.

The Huffington Post saw fit to make a note of this as did many others.  I just trying to figure out why LMFT’s, AFCC’s, and others choose to ignore what is clearly “carnage.”


Scott Dekraai, Seal Beach Shooting Suspect, Was Constantly Being Bailed Out

. . .Dekraai, 41, showed no emotion Friday at his first court appearance hours after prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty. He postponed entering pleas on eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the rampage at Salon Meritage.

The beauty parlor was packed with customers just after lunch Wednesday when Dekraai, clad in a bulletproof vest, opened fire with at least two handguns, killing his ex-wife Michelle Fournier and seven others, including a man in his car outside the shop, authorities said. An elderly woman having her hair styled by her daughter, who died in the carnage, remains in critical condition. . . .

In 1991, Dekraai went to work at Catalina Channel Express, working his way up to captain piloting ferries between the mainland and the picturesque haven of Catalina Island. The company accused him of using heroin and illegal drugs to lose weight and he was fired in 2000. His breach of contract and defamation lawsuit were dismissed, according to court papers.

Dekraai, who was divorced from his first wife, married Fournier in 2003 in Nevada after a whirlwind romance. She gave birth to a son seven months later.

The relationship soured almost immediately. Fournier told White – who was also her friend – that Dekraai held a gun to her head shortly after their wedding.

Fournier left Dekraai in December 2006 because he wasn’t stable, said Tim Terbush, a friend of Fournier’s and a former neighbor who knew Dekraai for years. “His violence started to escalate, escalate, escalate and she was scared to death of him,” Terbush said.

Maybe someone should pass a law that once divorced, men don’t get to remarry — as there seem to be always an unending supply of women who can be swept off their feet and believe that the first one didn’t know what a nice guy she’d ditched…   Or women from marrying men 30 or 40 years older than themselves…. they seem to become public problems.   Check out the footer on this one about the Alameda County Family Justice Center itself another centralization of power — for convenience, of course.  Its first E.D. as the woman who recently had to resign from county supervisor first link, this paragraph) under multiple issues around drugs, domestic violence (as a victim), child endangerment, and substance abuse, all of which supposedly this justice center she headed (while being on the D.A.’s office payroll) supposedly HELPED people with:

By placing tax payer funded public services (law enforcement, criminal prosecution, health clinics) in the same building as non-profit agencies offering legal services, counseling, and childcare, we effectively ensure collaborative efficiency on behalf of victims, thereby maximizing every source of funding.

The Alameda County Family Justice Center

Core services provided on-site include: crisis intervention; law enforcement investigation and prosecution of offenders; temporary restraining orders; victim/witness support and advocacy; case management; individual and family counseling; support groups; medical clinics; emergency and transitional housing; childcare; transportation; faith-based services; multilingual capabilities; and many others.

Back to the dangers of working in a hair salon while in a custody battle — or patronizing one where someone — ANYONE — potentially is in a custody battle // DeKrai:

Some felt Dekraai’s grandparents set the stage for his problems later in life by spoiling him and stepping in to save him when he got into trouble. His step grandfather loaned him money several times when he ran up gambling debts and would buy him anything he wanted as a child, Hinmon said.

He’s never been held accountable and he’s always been bailed out of everything,” he said. “He had gambling problems with bookies and I know the last check his grandfather wrote him was for $5,000 – and he wrote on the check, `This is the last one.'”

In this context, the Mediation Model & the Church/State blend will help further decriminalize all kinds of family violence (see “parental alienation” as well).

When the step-grandfather died in 2005, Dekraai was devastated to discover he had willed half his estate to a biological daughter.  {{Sounds like he couldn’t share wealth OR kids…}}

Dekraai and his mother filed a claim against the estate, but it was dropped after their attorney determined they had no standing to challenge the will, said Howard Brief, an attorney who represented the estate and gave a deposition in the case. Dekraai and his mom split their half and received roughly $400,000 each, Brief said.

(then comes a very bad boating accident, PTSD, medications, and more drama…)

By the time he got out of the hospital, his (2nd) wife had filed for divorce. He couldn’t find work and had to move in with this mother. When his stepfather, Leroy Hinmon, asked him for rent, Dekraai attacked him in front of his mother and 4-year-old son.”He was beating him up, slapping him around,” Max Hinmon said. “He worked my brother over pretty good.”

The police were called and Leroy Hinmon got a temporary restraining order in August 2007. Dekraai, who didn’t dispute the claim that he cut and bruised the older man, was ordered to surrender any firearms and attend a year-long program for batterers.

{{why not JAIL the guy, and give the ex-wife sole custody?? then she might be alive, and their son might have a live mother — and that’s the question the Mediators and fatherhood practitioners, and Promisekeeprs are Not going to answer honestly, but if they do — it will be reframed as fatherlessness anyhow….  }}

While Dekraai and his ex-wife shared custody of their son, he was pushing for more time with him and more control over his rearing in what was becoming a more acrimonious situation.

The two traded accusations in court papers even as Dekraai settled into a suburban life in nearby Huntington Beach with a third wife, the woman who had been hired to care for him after his tugboat accident.

see $400K settlement from his stepfather…

I cannot keep doing this (esp. for free) so I hope some viewers are catching on:

AFCC — Lawyers Judges & Psychologists (mental health field).  Plus educators.

What else does a country need (besides slave labor to produce the goods and products to house the same, tend their real estate, raise their children, clean their homes, do the landscaping, assemble the (offshore-produced) cars and work in their oil refineries — or live in neighborhoods where oil refineries’ screwups cause environmental & health disasters?

Pepperdine School of Law & United Church of Christ ties:

About Pepperdine School of Law


A Place of Faith, Guided by Christian Values {{such as they be,...}}

As part of a Christian university, Pepperdine University School of Law expresses its Christian principles through all aspects of academic life and administrative policy. Pepperdine draws no separations between the “sacred and the secular” in daily life and conduct. There are many ways in which the school encourages and accentuates the Christian way of life in the Pepperdine community.

While all major social events and official ceremonies are opened in prayer, it is not unusual that business meetings will likewise be convened with a request to God for prudence, understanding, and guidance. Many of Pepperdine’s professors and administrators take the time to spiritually encourage and pray with students and others who need the care that those who profess faith are called to give.

Affiliation with Churches of Christ

Pepperdine keeps a vital affiliation with Churches of Christ of which its founder, George Pepperdine, was an elder and lifelong member. That affiliation is maintained today through policy and government (a majority of the Board of Regents must be Church of Christ members in good standing), through regular recruitment of students, faculty, and staff from within Church of Christ fellowships, and through the office and activities of Church Relations.

Respect for All Faiths

Students, faculty, and staff members of all faith traditions are welcome to become part of the Pepperdine community. God’s truth as revealed in both the observable and invisible worlds is universal and nonnegotiable, and an individual’s pursuit of that truth is respected and honored.

{{“revealed” implies observable/visible; while the language of the Bible does talk about spiritual (invisible) matters — it is still LANGUAGE.  And in language, revealed mens, shown — literally!   …which surely these guys must know (conservative Christian == anti-gay, right?  This is a primary section for Bible toters that maintain “anti-gay” (antihomosexual) stances…

Romans 1 (this is within 5 verses of “men….burning in their lust one towards another…”)

 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

however the word “nonegotiable” seems pretty ironic in a place that has specialized centers for negotiation — one, a school of law, and two, a dispute resolution institute. Doesn’t that involve “negotiation“???  So what’s the “nonnegotiable” part — who gets to be on the Board of Regents?   Or, no separation between sacred and secular in daily life for students, and by the time they graduate from these programs, they too will be indoctrinated into no separation between sacred and secular in their professional practices, too?  ??}}

I also notice Pepperdine’s wealth was in the auto industry, his business pre-dates the creation of the Federal Reserve and the income tax with it, and being at the time wealthy enough to do this, opened (funded) Pepperdine College between the world wars, specifically because young people getting college educations were “leaving their faith.”

..it prospered after WWII from the G.I. Bill (obviously) . . . . .

…During this period the faculty grew from 67 (regular and adjunct) in 1946 to 116 in 1947. Number of degrees awarded annually at this time also swelled, with majors in business and education-psychology in the lead, topping out at 406 in 1950, eventually declining and stabilizing to approximately 200 a year through the mid-50s.

…then it got a donation of 138 acres of undeveloped ranchland in Malibu …

 In October 1968, the college received a remarkable donation of 138 acres of undeveloped ranch land in Malibu, given by Merritt H. Adamson, Sylvia Rindge Adamson Neville, and Rhoda-May Adamson Dallas, for the construction of a new campus.

OK — so, I looked up “Merritt H. Adamson” (this is clearly family wealth, right?  It turns out, from an 1990 LA Times Article, this upstanding man (who died of cancer in 1959) signed over control of his estate to his sisters, screwing (so to speak) his wife and children in the process.  Wonder if he was United Church of Christ too…

Family Feud : Sisters of Merritt Adamson Jr., above, are locked in a   (dark-green background) this is the heirs of who provided the acreage for the Malibu campus, and their “family disputes” – which, as they were wealthy, are played large and affect things like $43 million sewage systems, hotel redevelopment, real estate value


May 17, 1990 – When Merritt Adamson died of cancer in 1986 at the age of 59, he left behind more than just his one-third share of a $75-million family fortune.Shortly before he died, the real estate scion signed an agreement making his two sisters the sole guardians of a once-mighty Malibu land empire and leaving his widow, Sharon, with little say in the affairs of the Adamson Cos., the family firm.
[[One might also wonders, was he taken advantage of in his cancerous state..]] But beyond settling a feud among wealthy heirs, the outcome may also play a key role in shaping Malibu’s future.  In its rush to install a sewer system in the seaside community, Los Angeles County has struck a private deal with the sisters, Sylvia R. A. Neville and Rhoda-May Dallas, to surrender six acres they own near Pepperdine University for the site of a sewage treatment plant.

In exchange, the county offered to help expedite approval of a 300-room, $65-million hotel the sisters want to build in Malibu. The hotel, and Pepperdine’s plans to double the size of its campus, depend on the sewer system.

In her lawsuit against Neville and Dallas, in which she is seeking a third of the family fortune that some observers say may now have appreciated to $100 million or more,**{{the sisters-in-law want her to accept $200K}} Adamson has asked that the partnership agreement her husband signed be nullified. She claims that Neville and Dallas exerted undue influence on her husband to sign, knowing that he was too ill to understand it.

The agreement replaced one drawn up 18 years earlier that had provided that, upon the death of any of the siblings, his or her heirs would have the right to sell their one-third share of the Adamson Cos.’ assets at full market value.

Under the new arrangement, however, the sisters became sole general partners in the family firm when their brother died, and Sharon Adamson, as a limited partner, was left with little say over what she claims should have been her inheritance. Neville and Dallas, meanwhile, say the agreement gave them the right to buy out their brother’s entire share of the family fortune for $200,000.

I’d be interested (if I had a personal assistant to look up such things) to know whether the sisters-in-law had their own offspring, and whether their husbands — note that Mrs. Adamson was now a widow; she’d prematurely lost a husband to cancer (59 is young!!) as well — were pressuring the women (or, had married them for their money, etc.)….

In a countersuit against Adamson, the sisters have asked that the agreement be enforced and that Adamson accept the $200,000 and relinquish any further claims.  Although none of the women would agree to be interviewed, friends and former business associates, as well as court documents, reveal a rift between Merritt Adamson’s widow and his sisters that has become intensely personal.

For example, one of the first things Neville and Dallas did after their brother’s death was to dismiss his son, Grant, from the company job he had held for seven years. They also quickly moved to exclude Sharon Adamson from participating in any company decisions, according to court documents.

Notice that when THESE parties get to fighting, they don’t go to a dispute resolution expert to settle their problems.   “At play in the fields of the Lord + the future of Pepperdine’s Plumbing?”

The property has become tangled in the nasty legal battle between Adamson and her former sisters-in-law. Adamson [the WIFE], who doesn’t want the sewer plant built there, claims a one-third ownership of the six acres and insists that the two sisters have no right to give it away.

She is said to be sympathetic to about 100 homeowners whose houses are uphill–and, they say, downwind–of the site. They say that if the plant is built under their noses, it could wreck the resale value of their million-dollar homes.

“We’re pawns caught in a war between major landowners, with the county wanting to sacrifice us,” said Bob Briskin, a member of the Malibu Country Estates Homeowners Assn. The group has hired well-known public interest attorney Carlyle Hall Jr., and is threatening a lawsuit to try to block the plant.

OK, I just took a look at the Pepperdine Board of Regents (who all must be members in standing of the Church of Christ (I apologize if I’ get COC mixed up with United COC above).  And after getting a general scope, and looking up just ONE of them, I feel nauseous.  Please read, and it’s just possible that this is what is meant by “Christian values,” and is one reason I’m reluctant to call myself a Christian anymore, regardless of my personal beliefs…

Banowsky Has Had Erratic Career : Ranged From Pulpit to Classroom and Politics to Business

March 15, 1989|JESUS SANCHEZ | Times Staff Writer

William S. Banowsky has zigged and zagged from the pulpit to the classroom to the board room.

On Tuesday, the life of the 53-year-old former teen-age preacher and one-time president of Pepperdine University took another sharp turn. It was officially disclosed that Banowsky, now a vice president at National Medical Enterprises, agreed to pay $754,000 in fines and penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle insider trading charges.

While serving on the board of directors at Thrifty Corp. in 1986, Banowsky passed along confidential information concerning an upcoming takeover to friends and relatives, according to his settlement agreement with the SEC. Banowsky himself did not trade any stock, but the people he informed did and made an estimated $442,837 in profit.

It was a humiliating development for a deeply religious man whose charisma and ambition had catapulted him into positions of power and prominence at a young age. As a young man, Banowsky was the minister at a Lubbock, Tex., church where his sermons increased attendance 50%. “It was a very thrilling kind of an ego thing,” Banowsky said in a 1975 Times interview.

Impressed by his religious fervor and speaking ability, the Church of Christ enlisted Banowsky to debate moral issues against liberal thinkers, such as Rev. James A. Pike, as well as the religion editor of Playboy magazine.

In 1971, Banowsky, at age 34, became president of Pepperdine University and developed a reputation as a determined, even zealous, leader. Under his direction, the university raised more than $40 million and moved from South Central Los Angeles to a stunning campus by the ocean in Malibu. Enrollment jumped from 1,000 students to 8,000.

Political Conservative

He also met with controversy. In 1975, The Times revealed that Banowsky was one of four top university officials who received money from a secret fund to supplement their income. No civil or criminal actions were ever filed.

Besides his role as an educator, Banowsky was also prominent in conservative political circles. Once considered a young rising star in the Republican Party, Banowsky was a major fund-raiser for then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan and a candidate for a top job at the Interior Department under President Gerald R. Ford. He was approached about making a run for governor himself in 1973, but he declined.

In 1978, Banowsky left Pepperdine to head the University of Oklahoma. A few years later, Banowsky returned to Southern California to head the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. But after only six weeks, Banowsky returned to Oklahoma, saying he had made a major mistake.

Despite his short stay, chamber officials say Banowsky made quite an impression with the staff and with community groups. “He was an incredible speaker,” said chamber Vice President Michael J. Colton. “He spoke without notes and he never failed to get a standing ovation.”

(yet he’s still on the Board of Regents, along with 4 new ones in 2010 and other scions of industry, banking, aerospace, etc.– Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grunman, a Colorado Rancher (Sterling — formerly Coors), and — a bit odd – a former SVP of “eharmony” (Christian on-line dating site) and Sheila K. Bost, a marital & child therapist… and a Dr. Susan Rice, woman from SFR Consulting, a nonprofit fundraising group, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1100:   “Dr. Rice earned her doctorate in education from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She holds an MPA degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame.”

Sheila K. Bost, beside living in a nice million-$$ neighborhood in Santa Monica with her husband, was very active in BOTH the Straus Dispute Resolution Institute, and the Boone Family Center (at Pepperdine) which I already know as a basic Healthy Marriages -outpost.)  But first, a little more background on Pepperdine, at least from some MSM:

 A 1977 “Sports Illustrated Vault” article talks about the pull of Malibu, and desertion of the Los Angeles campus (almost):   School of Soft Knocks: Overlooking Malibu’s movie colony, Pepperdine University

It is true that the school is visually stimulating to the point of making one forget hard realities. Everything is clean and vivid. The students are the embodiment of good taste. There are no campus guerrillas, no wild-eyed poets, no Indian headbands, no unbuttoned shirts. “I would say the basic Pepperdine student is a middle- to upper-middle-class white who is not too intellectual, owns his own car and is sort of wanting to bust out,” says student newspaper editor Don Risolo. “The males are about six feet tall, tan, with blond hair and mustaches. The girls are fashion-conscious, good-looking, chic and tend to wear tight slacks.” Because everyone lives, eats and socializes with everyone else, and because most Pepperdine students are active in intramural and beach sports, the appearance of the student body is one of decided healthiness.

. . . perhaps they have relaxed their no drinking and no dancing rules within the last 30 years (1977-2007 or so)??

Pepperdine also has fine facilities—the sparkling field house, a 50-meter outdoor pool (not to mention the beach), and playing fields as immaculate as putting greens. In addition, it is near a vast recruiting area and has the funds—$600,000 spent annually on sports, without the need to support a high-budget football program. “We had a football team until 1961,” says Athletic Director Wayne Wright, “but I doubt if we’ll ever have one again. We don’t need one.”

The seed for this tiny athletic powerhouse was planted in the social tumult of the ’60s. When Watts exploded in race riots in 1965, the bordering Los Angeles campus of Pepperdine was adversely affected. “We never got over the shock of having been in the middle of things during the riots.” says Banowsky. “The area changed, and the brethren in Bakersfield were just not going to send their children to that campus.” Clearly, a new campus was in order, and when a donor offered 138 free acres of prime Malibu property. Pepperdine snapped it up.

The new campus, now named Seaver College after philanthropist Frank R. Seaver, opened to much fanfare and not a little criticism. Environmentalists were angry because three million cubic yards of dirt had been moved to provide the setting; hills were leveled and ravines rerouted. Local residents were upset by the 125-foot tower featuring an illuminated cross that shone over the entire coast. Critics managed to get most of the lights toned down. Black civic leaders were indignant because they felt the school was bailing out of its social commitment to the community around the original L.A. campus. Indeed, since the move the L.A. campus has deteriorated even further. Students have complained of rats in the cafeteria, and there have been reports of prostitution and drug sales on the campus.

In contrast, the Malibu campus shines like a jewel. Further acquisitions have brought the land holdings to 623 acres, and total university assets are up from $7.8 million in 1967 to $70 million today. Construction is just getting started on the new Pepperdine law school, and tennis courts, parking lots and other amenities are being built. “The conservative religious angle,” says Bob Rose in a not-too-reverent tone, “it’s great for getting money.”

It is less great in getting satisfied students. Only 15% to 20% of the Pepperdine students are Church of Christ members, but everyone must follow certain church-oriented rules, and these have a tendency to chafe. No dancing is permitted on campus, and smoking is allowed only in bedrooms and rest rooms. Drinking is taboo, and even empty liquor bottles are forbidden in dorm rooms. (Rose spent one December afternoon cutting the last page out of every one of this season’s basketball programs when the administration discovered it carried an ad from aCalifornia winemaker.) A dress code that does not allow halter tops, bare feet or beach wear in the academic area is strictly enforced. There are no coed dorms, and a 1 a.m. curfew (2 a.m. on weekends) is strongly suggested for the 1,000 students who live on campus. Further, all students, athletes included, are required to take two religion courses and to attend chapel twice a week. Combined with the natural surroundings, the warm weather and the elegant Mediterranean-style architecture, the atmosphere at Pepperdine is a somewhat paradoxical one. “It is strange,” says newspaper editor Risolo, “but in all my columns I always end up referring to this place as a ‘resort monastery. ‘ “

Pepperdine is also home to the “Boone Family Institute” (as in, Pat Boone) — c’mon now! !!!

Board of Regents member Sheila K. Rost was “co-advisor” of the Boone Center (i.e., established with help from Pat Boone & wife’s wealth to start with, and basically a HHS & SmartMarriages (Diane Sollee’s group) marketplace, apparently — well,:

After graduating from George Peabody College, I was awarded a Fellowship to study atVanderbilt University where I graduated with a Masters in Speech Pathology. I worked in Hollywood with Crippled Children’s Society (now AbilityFirst) where I directed an experiential preschool program with children who experienced delayed language.

My interest in the emotional side of speech therapy led me to return to school to receive my second Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary’s School of Psychology.

I am a member of the Marriage Friendly Therapists movement — therapists who value marriage and life-long commitment, and are dedicated to helping marriages succeed if at all possible. I also am available to present interactive presentations and workshops with concepts gleaned from my training with other top-notch therapists.

A certified premarital counselor with {{CLICK — it’s a HEALTHY MARRIAGES CURRICULUM}} Prepare/Enrich and with FOCCUS,** I am also listed as a premarital counselor on The First Dance. For my therapeutic focus, I remain a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

**((same idea, Nebraska nonprofit, Pre-marriage training and train-the-trainers certification, copyrighted.  Creighton (Omaha) is I believe a Jesuit university.Click on it — you’ll see.  Same idea, different copyright, different target market.))

I have studied with and received additional training with some of the country’s expert couples’ therapists {{probably at a SMARTMARRIAGES conference}} and believe in fostering and fortifying relationships before and after marriage. {{speaking of which…}}  I have taken professional mediation courses offered by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. I also hold advanced training in Grief Counseling working with adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss. I published an article entitled Spirituality and Chronic Illness: A Personal Narrative in the Journal Leaven. (PDF Download)

I have directed programs and taught classes for all age groups working with numerous community groups, schools, and churches. For over a decade I co-chaired the Advisory Board for Pepperdine’s Boone Center for the Family and volunteered my time in various capacities. I currently serve as a Regent on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents.

For FOCCUS — can you spell “Archdiocese of Omaha”?


FOCCUS, Inc. USA is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Omaha Family Life Office. Dedicated to offering cost-effective resources that support quality marriage preparation, and marriage and family enrichment, FOCCUS, Inc. USA is best known for the development of the FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory. First developed in 1985, the FOCCUS Inventory is used around the world with a variety editions and translations available for use by certified FOCCUS facilitators. Our commitment to supporting today’s couples, as well as the facilitators and organizations who serve them, is reflected through the FOCCUS, Inc. USA website, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are interested in becoming a certified FOCCUS facilitator or discussing how your organization can integrate the FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory into your marriage education process, please contact us today!

Marriage Preparation Process in the Archdiocese of Omaha
2012 Archdiocese of Omaha, Marriage Prep Brochure

(Who is the ARCHDIOCESE of OMAHA? (just in case you thought the primary political designations were, say, states, counties, etc. . . here’s the corresponding religious authorities, by region — for example:

The Diocese of Omaha, which included Nebraska and Wyoming, was created on October 2, 1885, while James O’Connor was bishop. The diocese was split on August 2, 1887, and reduced to all counties in Nebraska north of the Platte River. At that time the Dioceses of Lincoln and Cheyenne were created. The Omaha Diocese again was split in March, 1912, as the Diocese of Kearney was created. On April 11, 1917, that diocesan see was transferred to Grand Island as previously disputed counties were transferred to that western Nebraska diocese. The Omaha Diocese became an Archdiocese on August 10, 1945.

The Archdiocese of Omaha now comprises 14,051 square miles which includes the counties of Boyd, Holt, Merrick, Nance, Boone, Antelope, Knox, Pierce, Madison, Platte, Colfax, Stanton, Wayne, Cedar, Dixon, Dakota, Thurston, Cuming, Dodge, Burt, Washington, Douglas, and Sarpy. There are more than 220,000 Catholics in the 149 parishes and missions.

the word “ARCH” stands for ruling over / authority, got it?The Virgin Mary in Prayer  While in many areas, some evangelical protestants show up anti-Catholic, and are the “true Christians” because (allegedly) they read and value the  Bible more than church hierarchy, #1.  I doubt it, and #2. These are laid aside when it comes to mutual agreement on taking HHS funds to push marriage curricula on the poor, and make it hard for women & children who NEED to flee domestic terrorism (that’s IPV, a.k.a. DV) to do so — because it’s just not “godly” for a single mother, well, to have authority over her children and a voice in society. . . .  This doesn’t, apparently, include Mary, the mother of Jesus or, as it were, God (which Protestants also protest, although they still say Jesus is God.  If Jesus IS indeed God, then who was his mother?)  …. and if someone can’t argue that theory sensibly, would you want the same arguing your family law case based on the merits?  (Mea culpa, I just got into some theology there, but I see it more as sociology.  Again, if there is to be reason involved in our primary institutions, then I don’t want those institutions ruled by force, indoctrination, or excommunication for dissidents!!!…)

You should read this FOCCUS organization agreement and understand how very much it constitutes a franchised marketing agreement, only with religious/family terms, i.e., instead of “upline” or “downline” it’s Parent or Child organization.

Found at this website:   http://www.johnpaul2center.org/JohnPaulIICenter/NazarethProject/EngagedEnrichment1/FOCCUS-OrganizationRegistratio.pdf

Please designate a FOCCUS “Organization Administrator” for your organization (the person who will manage any of the following functions for your organization on the new FOCCUS website. Please do not list priest/pastor as the organization administrator):

• • •

Approve FOCCUS Facilitators Create, Order and/or Transfer FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory Sessions Generate, Print and/or Email FOCCUS© Couple Reports.

If my organization is functioning without a parent organization over it AND without any child organizations under it: I understand that all trained facilitators within my organization will need to register on the FOCCUS website at http://www.foccusinc.com and that is it my responsibility to approve or deny requests by facilitators, to provide FOCCUS facilitation within my organization, and to do so in a timely manner.I understand that my organization may be eligible to have ‘child’ organizations under it.If my organization has such child organization(s) operating under it, I will have the ability to view, manage and transfer their FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory session credits and reports.I will respect the privacy of the couples and will treat all parties with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. If my organization is functioning under a parent organization (such as a diocese or national body), I understand that my parent organization has the ability to view, manage and transfer my organization’s FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory session credits and reports within the auspices of the parent organization, and I will respect the privacy of the couples and will treat all parties with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. If my organization is functioning as a parent organization with other organizations functioning under it (such as a parish, church, chapter or local branch), I understand that it is my responsibility to either approve or deny child organization requests in a timely manner.I understand that I have the option to extend any contract pricing discounts on products or inventory session credits agreed to by FOCCUS, Inc. USA to my child organization(s). I understand that I have the ability to view, manage and transfer FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory Sessions and FOCCUS© Couple Reports of my child organization(s).I will respect the privacy of the couples and will treat all parties with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

….found under the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Marriage (Nazareth) Project:

John Paul II Center - Milwaukee

The Nazareth Project for Marriage and Family Formation is an office of The John Paul II Center for Lifelong Faith and Ministry Formation. The Nazareth Project exists to build up the Body of Christ in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by providing an authentic, Catholic vision of Sacramental Marriage as an icon of the love between Christ and His Bride, the Church.

…..That “lifelong faith and ministry formation” Center is an “initiative” of the archdiocese of Milwaukee….  Just in case we are not clear on this, the head of the Catholic Church resides in the Vatican, a separate country with its own ambassador, stamps, etc. — and which has been referred to in recent times as one of ‘THREE CITIES THAT RULE THE WORLD,” all of them as having within these cities designated areas that are not actually part of the areas they rule, in London (banking), Washington, D.C. (military), and of course Rome (religious).

(from this Milwaukee site)….

The evangelization of America is not only a gift from the Lord; it is also a source of new responsibilities”.
John Paul II, Ecclesia in America.

General Statistics

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee was established on November 28, 1843, and was created an archbishopric on February 12, 1875.

The archdiocese covers 4,758 square miles in southeast Wisconsin and includes the following counties: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha.


Total number of parishes: 208 (current as of October 2010)
Registered Catholics: 633,739 (current as of October 2010)
Total population in southeastern Wisconsin: 2,302,272 (current as of October 2010)

Isn’t it a little odd that on the Board of Regents of a “Church of Christ” university, Pepperdine/Malibu, California, there in Malibu part because of urban flight and fears of dark-skinned people and their urban blight (like they caused it?) — a marital therapist has no problem promoting something like FOCCUS to help evangelize America through the family, for God, the Pope and the Vatican? and anyone want to place a bet whether this program (like so man of the others) got any HHS support?


The Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University was established in 1996 through the inspiration and foundation of M. Norvel and Helen Young and endowed by Pat and Shirley Boone in 2006. The Center has become an active, vital extension of Pepperdine’s Christian mission. Created to provide a supportive force to help strengthen families, it provides practical seminars for marriage enrichment and parenting, as well as trainings for churches, professionals, and lay leaders who reach wider audiences in their communities. The Center is headquartered in M. Norvel and Helen Young Center on the Gradizio Graduate Campus.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE — RIGHT WITH , in WELFARE REFORM AND TANF BLOCK GRANTS TO THE STATES FOR FATHERHOOD/MARRIAGE PROMOTION (WAS IT ABOUT $150 MILLION BACK THEN, TOO??)  and by coincidence in 2006, when the same grants series got another nice boost (i.e., funding, grants reauthorized in DRA of 2005), here comes more help from the Boones.  And they’re in the marketing marriage training business. Fancy that….  Coincidence.

A Fundraising branch of the Boone Center for the Family

The purpose of the Friends of the Family League is to enrich the work of the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University by raising annual and endowment funds, thus sustaining the Center’s educational and training programs. The goal of the Friends of the Family League is to raise the greatest amount of money at the least expense.  Founding and MembershipCreated in the fall of 2003, the League is composed of dedicated women working to enhance the resources of the Center and its outreach services. The League invites those committed to furthering the Center’s work to join and become involved, and to support its annual and endowment campaigns through tax-deductible gifts and event participation.

{{another feature of churches is their grrrreat ability to train and domesticate women into raising money and donate services for them, while often forbidding them to preach, get ordained, and obstructing them obtaining legal restraint and protection when it’s a dominant male, or deacon/pastor doing the abuse…}}

Membership Responsibilities Annual dues are $150 per member, which defrays the cost of meeting luncheons      please note — the Boone Family Center takes donations through the School of Education and Psychology, not as a separate EIN# I guess.  

support the center
Donations can be made to the Boone Center for the Family through our connection with Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  To make an online donation:





Many of these Web sites and organizations provide helpful information and resources for fathers and families, but this listing should not be considered an endorsement by the Boone Center for the Family of anything you might find on these sites.

Click a category name to expand/collapse the list of links.  (LGH will put photos all at the bottom):

Family Life
  • Love & Respect   (grand rapids Michigan couple’s for-profit? business running conferences…)
  • Marriage Alive
  • National Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment
  • National Healthy Marriage Resource Center    (simply the HHS-grants-supported website run by the group from Oklahoma, click and read the fine print at the bottom.  why mess around — why not just connect HHS to a conservative Christian University and be done with it?)
  • Real Relationships   (this is actually “Les and Leslie Parrott” who I profiled recently — they’re from washington (state) but show up as third-gen Olivet Nazarene church/college leadership and buying up real estate in Arizona — don’t quote me on that, but I put up the links.    Again, isn’t it nice to have TANF diversions from poor people to help already-rich people expand their real estate holdings and religion too?  Mainline Christianity IN ACTION, right here ….)
  • Smart Marriages   (that’s the conference held 2000-2010 again, it’s a for-profit LLC based in washington, D.C. that ran these conferences.   CLOSE CONNECTION to welfare reform & religion. Click and see).
  • Between Two Trees ** (see “the master’s program” paras. below; they were trained by this guy… and are under its nonprofit auspices– which currently I can’t find!!)

Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs

the couple on the right do bed and breakfasts, are SmartMarriage, Prep/Enrich, PREP, Imago and if you have ANOTHER fad certification course, they will take it.  Did I mention…

“Kurt & Rhonda Hamner, a husband and wife team, developed Bed and Breakfast with a Purpose Retreats ten years ago. Their vision was to bring together effective marriage communication tools and genuine romance. They are Certified Marriage and Relationship Coaches and have been trained under the PREP, Imago, Prepare/Enrich, Mastering the Mysteries of Love programs and have thirty years experience as pastoral counselors. Curt directs Between Two Trees Ministries and is a professional marriage and family education consultant, serving clients including Pepperdine Unversity, Center for the Family, Love and Respect Conference” (see Eggeriches, below).

Did I mention, that includes one they’re already trained under to “maximize kingdom impact”? And — just how much is ENOUGH of this stuff?!?!?

Between Two Trees Ministry is a 501 (c)(3) non profit ministry under the authority of Priority Living, www.mastersprogram.org… these programs are big on MALE leadership (female is OK if they’re part of a couple, or on track with the programs….). I’m still looking for the corporate status on this one, but membership is a $3,000/year pledge:

The Master’s Program Prepares Christian Leaders
The Master’s Program (TMP) brings together area [male only?] Christian leaders led by one of our leadership coaches to help you learn to leverage yourself for Kingdom work. We advocate leadership coaching from a Christ-centered perspective to prepare Christ followers to change their world and build God’s Kingdom.

Kingdom Building Lifestyle — Life Mastery

Created by Chief Mentoring Officer Bob Shank, this Kingdom building lifestyle program will change your outlook from business success to Kingdom significance. The Master’s Program will help you lead by learning to live an irresistible lifestyle accompanied by influential works of service. TMP provides the direction and tools necessary to create balance, margin, and focus.

If you want to take the next step to creating greater value for Christ Jesus (the Master), join TMP and let us serve you.

Gift of stocks or securities allows The Master’s Program to have additional resources necessary to fullfill our mission to prepare Christian leaders to change their world and build God’s kingdom. To make a non-cash donation such as securities, real estate, or other assets, please contact Steve Esser or Brent Caldwell at:
Steve, 1•714•xxx.xxxx., steve@mastersprogram.org
Brent, 1•949•xxx.xxxx, brent@mastersprogram.org

By supporting the work of The Master’s Program, your tax-deductible donation is preparing Christian leaders. The Master’s Program is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS. Although most donations are considered tax-deductible, we do not render legal, tax, or investment advice. Please consult professional counsel for individual financial planning choices.


Bob Shank


Bob Shank

Leadership Mentor for various US city sessions.


Steve Stenstrom

 Steve StenstromLeadership Mentor for San Francisco area sessions. 


Chris Hornibrook

 Chris HornibrookLeadership Mentor for Canadian Sessions. 

Iron Sharpening iron


Brian Dowd

 Brian DowdLeadership Mentor for East Bay area sessions. 


Peter Henderson

 Peter HendersonLeadership Mentor for Roseville area sessions. 


Curt Hamner

 Curt HamnerLeadership Mentor for Inland Empire area sessions. 

[[See photos from Boone Family Center references — this is the “Love and Respect” link]]

Dr. Eggerichs has authored several books, including the national bestseller Love and Respect, which is a Platinum and Book of the Year award winner, selling over 1.3 million copies.   Incorporated 2000 in Michigan as a nonprofit.  The street address seems to house several marriage counselors…  

Entity Name ID Number Type









Love and Respect Ministries MI 2010 $3,953,114 990 41 38-3555199
Love and Respect Ministries MI 2009 $3,778,495 990 31 38-3555199
Love and Respect Ministries MI 2008 $3,372,611 990 40 38-3555199
Love and Respect Ministries MI 2007 $2,684,661 990 22 38-3555199
Love and Respect Ministries Inc. MI 2006 $1,781,665 990 24 38-3555199


that’s a pretty good tax return for a NONprofit with this purpose:


**(i.e., submit, husbands are the head, etc.)

(5) DR EMERSON EGGERICHS PRESIDENT  (salary — this year anyhow):   $105.8K (70 hr week listed) & $82K from “other/related orgs”;  (6) SARAH EGGERICHS VICE PRESIDENT ($14oK) (& $7K from “other.”)  Yes they are registered as a Charity too in MI

Link (Boone Family Center) to “Marriage Alive” refers to a nonprofit as old as 1983, TN, in the same business — let’s cut to the chase (the 990s):








Marriage Alive International TN 2011 $73,083 990EZ 11 58-1574418
Marriage Alive International TN 2010 $100,699 990EZ 12 58-1574418
Marriage Alive International TN 2009 $136,583 990EZ 11 58-1574418
Marriage Alive International TN 2008 $153,962 990 26 58-1574418
Marriage Alive International Inc. TN 2007 $107,783 990 24 58-1574418
Marriage Alive International Inc. TN 2006 $93,032 990 23 58-1574418

The board consists of three married couples, Claudia (Mrs. Arp) earns a modest $39K, their profit is from sales of inventory:  About $63K sales – $29 costs of inventory = profits.  that doesn’t quite make her salary, so there are also contributions, which ends up with a nice budget also for travel and conference, all of which can be written off.  Their curriculum helps (it says) communities launch ThEIR marriage initiatives. As this is great income, I can see why people might want to get into this business.

The Track Record Gets Worse, on Pepperdine, Marriage-Mongering, and Fatherhood promotion. You ain’t seen nuttin’ yet…  Keep reading about how the guy on staff of the “National Center on Fathering” (Midwestern power base) Ken Canfield, also used to (for three years) head up  Boone Center for Family @ Pepperdine U..

  1. About | Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University


    about the center. About the Boone Center for the Family. Mission. To strengthen and promote healthy relationships as we honor God’s essential foundation – the 

  2. family.pepperdine.edu/faith/church-resources/

    Marriage and Family Resources · Request a Speaker · Articles  What is Family of Faith Network? Boone Center for the Family |Pepperdine University Home 

Children’s Institute, Inc.: Event Details: 14th Annual Partnerships 


Children’s Institute, Inc.: Event Details: 14th Annual Partnerships Conference  executive director of Pepperdine University’s BooneCenter for the Family

The Children’s Institute is a major fatherhood grants recipient — well, take a look:
HHS only, GRANTS only…  Click on it and see what types of programs (107 different grants).
CII announced the release of Fatherhood: Insights and Perspectives from Leaders in the Fatherhood Movement**, at the 14th annual conference: A New Beginning for Partnerships for Children & Families in Los Angeles County. The book, published through CII’s Leadership Center, is a collection of essays from noted experts in psychology, social work, criminal justice, education and other related fields who focus on the critical issue of father absence in the early development of children. The issue was highlighted at a conference plenary presented by keynote speaker Dr. Ken Canfield, executive director of Pepperdine University’s Boone Center for the Family. More than 1,000 participants attended the event which was hosted by California State University Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Superior Court, and co-sponsored by Children’s Institute.
I provided a Google Search link on that “release” announcement (i.e., of the $50 million, how much goes towards supporting publications to promote more of the same rhetoric?).  LOOK who’s using and quoting that publication (i.e., people on the same network, which absolutely includes conservative religious circles, some of the most dangerous places for women — including the Southern Baptists that ex-President (of the United States) Jimmy Carter actually “divorced” himself from, citing as his basis their views towards women! —
This is just one example of what happens when you blend church and state — without restraint.  BOTH are systems of control and abuse, and both are hierarchy based; both have a history of bloodshed, violence, and at times, genocide & the slave trade.  In order for this level of violence, abuse and extortion to continue on the national level, SOMEONE is going to have to dominate us mothers, because we do not have and raise children in order to “donate” them to the above causes!  I mean — seriously analyze this opening statement:

Family Ministry Today

The Modern Fatherhood Movement and Ministry to Fathers in the Faith Community

by DR. KEN CANFIELD – OCT 18  (I guess this would be 2012 — but from 2008-2011 he was heading up that “Boone Family Center” at Pepperdine….)

Beginning in the mid-1960s, practices and perspectives on fathering garnered new attention. In practice, it was a major development when fathers were invited to be active participants in the birth room. Related to perspectives, researchers demonstrated that children reared in a home with a father present faced fewer psychological and social challenges compared to children who were “fatherless.” Such findings helped to shape the rationale and basis of the modern fatherhood movement. Soon health care professionals, social-scientific researchers, and community organizers tuned into the need for responsible fathering and did so with earnestness.

Continue reading and get a nice rundown on the fatherhood movement (wade through the language), including positive references to “Warren Farrell’ (author of the Penthouse article often debated by mothers, called “Positive Incest,” but often referenced because he was “NOW.”) And positive references to Promise Keepers.
(I had a “promise keeper” help my ex-batterer, the guy had a problem stealing drugs, and was put in our home to help monitor and stalk me, even at work, when my work was supporting the family!  I survived one stint with this man freeloading, and when he was scheduled to come back again, managed to exit the household until he was gone.  This man (in combination with my ex) was responsible for so escalating the domestic terrorism that I lost a full-time NIGHT job which was at the time our primary household income.  While I was MARRIED!! The first time, this man talked about me to my spouse, in front of both children (then young) in third person — and tried hard to get me to shut down my bank account — but continue working full-time and just give the check to my abusive husband!  He was a complete jerk, and as I said also had an issue with stealing drugs.   Guess what name was invoked for this type of stalking and harassment –at home, coming to and from work, and the final straw AT WORK (about the only safe & assault/stalking-free place available for me during those years)?  —  “God,” and though I don’t remember, most likely Jesus too.   This man didn’t have a work ethic himself, either — apparently something in common with my ex.)
Canfield goes on:
The Realities of Natural Father Closeness in the Church
Although being spiritually fathered can minimize and displace the negative effects of natural fathering, it is necessary for the church to wrestle with the impact of closeness to a natural father. If men have a healthy sense of father closeness while growing up, it gives them a decisive advantage in regulating non-marital sexual behaviors and in being more satisfied in their family relationships. In a data set from the Promise Keepers movement (n=993), men who described a close relationship with their natural father reported significantly lower usage of pornography, fewer struggles with masturbation, and less fantasizing about non-marital sexual relationships. In addition, men who experienced deeper father closeness with their father growing up were more satisfied in their current fathering role and marriage.

Is that self-reported?  Who were the lab assistants?  Does the word “data set” make it some how scientific?  At what point does it not count as masturbation and does it count?  Good (effin’) grief!!   Is it wrong for a woman or a married man to masturbate?  (wanna place any bets about how Canfield and crowd would vote on that issue?)

I guess in this world view, masturbation is bad for both men and women?  Note, however, while using the words “data set” (from Promise Keepers!) that there’s no reference to it — although the propaganda piece here does have 19 footnotes (including some to the author’s work), with #18 being to that book by the (late) leader of the $50-million HHS grantee (thats’ even larger than “California Healthy Marriage Coalition” which I believe topped out somewhere around $15 million — of grants) Hershel K. Swinger, ” (18) H. Swinger, Fatherhood: Insights and Perspectives (Los Angeles: Children’s Institute, 2009), 31-40.

And while “Dr. Canfield” is on the staff of the Midwest based “NCOF” (above), they live near Pepperdine:

He and his wife, Dee, have been married for over thirty years and have five grown children, several grandchildren, and live in Malibu, California.

So, why not just write it like this? which at least would be more honest:

The Modern Fatherhood Movement and Ministry Money to Fathers in the Faith Community

So — we see that the courts, the grants system, PEPPERDINE, and with it, religion — are well-connected.  This Children’s institute’s 14th Annual Conference with plenary speaker, Ken Canfield, was ALSO
Co-hosted by the Los Angeles County Superior Court

Ken R. Canfield, Ph.D.


Dr. Ken R. Canfield is founder of the National Center for Fathering, and served as NCF’s president and CEO from 1990 through 2005. From 2008 until 2011, he served as Executive Director of the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University. In 2011 Dr. Canfield accepted the call to build the Urban Center for the Family at World Impact in Los Angeles.  {{“don’t even go there…”}}


His work has been recognized in a variety of ways: He has been a consultant to state and community officials on ways to engage and equip fathers in local programming; served as one of the founding members of former Vice President Al Gore’s private-sector “Father to Father” Initiative; and was awarded the 1993 Father of theYear by the National Congress for Men and i.

This NCOF is closely connected to the White House — which is more than any woman suffering from ongoing religious abuse, including domestic violence and other forms of terroristic personal shut-downs in marriage, is ever likely to be — as such women are going to be engaged in a years-long fight for their kids and economic viability and independence.  the church does NOT confront but rather ENDORSES domestic violence within its ranks.
Another “NCOF member, same page.”

Carey serves on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He is also a member of the executive committee of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, which promotes responsible fatherhood policy, research, advocacy and practice. In June 2012, Carey was honored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships as a “Champion of Change” in the field of fatherhood.

  • Pepperdine’s Boone Center for the Family is not the only out-reach program, it also has the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, and its practitioners reach out across the nation, after they get qualified as LMFTs. One reason I know is (in part) when mothers contact me about various Pepperdine graduates they are struggling with, i.e., to prevent losing contact with their sons or daughters.



    Kevin R. Foss is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of  Child Development Institute, and the Boone Center for theFamily at Pepperdine 

    Who is Kevin Foss?

    Kevin R. Foss is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, emphasizing Marriage and Family Therapy. He is currently earning hours toward his MFT license under the supervision of Trevor Reynolds, MA. (see below).*** Kevin’s primary areas of interest and expertise for adolescent and adult psychotherapy are with anxiety spectrum disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, and Panic Disorder. He also has experience with spirituality, life stage transitions, stress management, interpersonal communication, and the performing arts population.

    Throughout his clinical experience, Kevin has worked to meet the individual at their current state of functioning while working to push them toward personal improvement with an empathic and motivating character. Kevin believes that everyone has the capacity to improve, but, more importantly, we are stronger and more powerful than we can imagine. Combining faith in one’s self, directing our power toward our goals, and employing empirically based therapeutic techniques will help us achieve that which we desire, and free us from that which hinders us.

    Kevin is currently a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with the California Board of Behavioral Science. His previous clinical training include the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, the Child Development Institute, and the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine UniversityKevin Foss

    His mentor, “Trevor Reynolds,”



    Trevor Reynolds is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with adolescents and families in the Conejo Valley for more than eleven years. He is a founding partner of Engage Psychological Services, Inc. His areas of focus are working with adolescents and family issues, anxiety and depression and chemical dependency.

    In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist,[[??]] Trevor is currently an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and he supervises MFT interns.

    Also working in the same firm is another intern of T. Reynold & Pepperdine:

    Evan Simmons is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern currently completing his post-graduate hours, while being supervised by Trevor Reynolds, MFT. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University with an emphasis in sports psychology and received his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

  • New Vintage Leadership | Tag Archive | Pepperdine University


    Aug 8, 2012 – We then grazed on lunch, and listened to some of the good things Pepperdine is doing (the Boone Center for the Family, the Straus Institute for 

  • The Hideaway Experience: Staff


     the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  Ginny has been in private practice with the Amarillo Family Institute for over . . . .

This group has only been incorporated for two years:
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
(Baranov’s address is “Avenue of the Stars,” — isn’t this an interesting choice of registered agents for such a family-oriented practice as “engage”??  Or do the stars have greater than average problems with addictions etc. (or pay more for treatment, or what?)
A struggling actor has withdrawn his claim that he is Sonny Bono’s son and an heir to the late singer-turned-congressman’s estate. Sean Machu, 35, was not listed as an heir in court documents filed in Riverside County (Calif.) proposing how Bono’s $1.72 million estate and other assets would be divided. (Bono died in January 1998.) “I can confirm that we are no longer pursuing the claim,” Machu’s attorney, Michael Baranov, said Tuesday. He declined further comment.
(any relationship to William S. Baranov, on the board of regents of Pepperdine? and President Emeritus?)
CHURCHES OF CHRIST (did you know this — about the no musical instruments in worship?  I’ve heard some of this (actually, nice singing…..).  Wikipedia — not exactly the best authority, but for a flavor of the concepts behind it:

Branches developed within the church between those who used musical instruments in worship (now usually known as Christian churches and churches of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)) and those who chose to singa cappella, because the use of instruments in church worship is not mentioned in the New Testament.

The latter branch, called Churches of Christ, is the subject of this article. Though officially recognized as distinct movements since 1906, the separation between the Churches of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)had been taking place gradually for decades.

Modern Churches of Christ have their historical roots in the Restoration Movement, which was a converging of Christians across denominational lines in search of a return to a hypothesized original, “pre-denominational” Christianity.[1][2]:108 Participants in this movement sought to base doctrine and practice on the Bible alone, rather than recognizing the traditional councils and denominational hierarchies that had come to define Christianity since the 1st century AD

Of course, the leadership has to be male, though — so they are a “natural” for the CFDA 93.086, marriage/fatherhood funding.  this is obviously God’s will…

They believe that they are recreating the New Testament church as established by Christ.[6][7][8]:106 Churches of Christ generally share the following theological beliefs and practices:[1]

  • Rely on the Bible alone for doctrine and practice, and do not have any formalized doctrine;[8]:103[9]:238,240[10]:123
  • Autonomous, congregational church organization without denominational oversight;[9]:238[10]:124
  • Local governance[9]:238 by a plurality of male elders;[10]:124[11]:47–54
  • Baptism by immersion of consenting believers[9]:238[10]:124 for the forgiveness of sins;[1][8]:103[10]:124
  • Weekly observance of Communion[10]:124 on Sunday[8]:107[9]:238 (also referred to as “The Lord’s Supper” or, in British congregations, the “breaking of bread”; all but “a very small segment” use unfermented grape juice instead of wine[12]:491); and
  • Practice of a cappella singing in worship
I am doing this as a  “public service announcement” for those as yet unaware of how very religious this whole THING is, and what it signifies when bred into the family courts & mediation movement.  better to know than not, something about what one is dealing with — and a LOT of psychologists do come out of Pepperdine and head straight for access to youth, children & family.  After all, they are called to evangelize the world, right?  Kingdom Impact, economic dominance, etc.
In the overall picture, the “Access/Visitation” funds (only $10 million per year, since 1996) may seem nominal (certainly alongside the $4 billion per year administrative/enforcement costs for Child Support Enforcement) but — trust me — the mandatory mediation was vigorously (but not vigorously enough, and not involving enough actual victims of domestic violence in the process) opposed by battered women’s advocates — until they basically cratered and cut some deals (for the sake of grants and continuing their organizations).
This eventually set up the scenario to enlarge the authority of the family court venue to undo protections for violence against women and children, and also abuses fathers in that it takes federal money and dumps it into fatherhood programs which play one side of every custody dispute AGAINST the other.  Some men don’t take to this well, and react violently on the local level.
By and large, women’s movements to address the situation have been organized around pre-set dialogues which then set up programs — and allegedly the programs help address the problem. But they don’t!  The original problem is the total breakdown of the language of criminal law by diverting MOST crimes against women and children into the category of “family” and reframe them as “disputes” to be mediated.
I want to show (everyone, basically — although those in on these planning processes already know what they are — they just didn’t care enough to think of the consequences upon the prosecution of criminal and lethal behavior within families….  they were self-referential, self-promoting, and self-advocating — and organized to do this from initial positions of power, to further increase that power.
This includes economic and legislative power also — lobbying.

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September 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

(Working page) Straightening out the Various California Dispute Resolution groups… (9/23/2012)

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(only makes sense from context of last post, and is simply explanatory note on my part, here).


In the middle of last published post, I began talking about what is a “Founder and Executive Director” of (fill in the blank with corporation name)  and the concept of Corporation / obtaining Nonprofit status for readers like, myself, who simply may not be thinking very much about this while struggling, for example, in life — or in the courts.  Even though every single day of our lives we do business with SOMEONE or SOMETHING by virtue of living her.


Lawyers and others think about this and know it innately — or should anyhow — because to practice they first have to pass the bar and usually then set up a business (or become an associate, partner, or contract attorney) and hence do business under a firm name, or LLP.  They then also often for back-end accessory corporations, and JOIN associations, which are themselves (business-wise) usually nonprofits.  The AFCC is a nonprofit.  The APA is a nonprofit.  etc.

Because of time constraints just now, I wanted to post the different designations of CDRC & CDR — which I just found out has lost its corporate status as of, now (California Secretary of State).  However the database doesn’t say WHEN.  But I note that as of 2003, it was doing business and this is an explanatory inset from the 2003 conference I linked to on the last post.

That’s the context.  Just deal with it, OK?



Every November since 1994, CDRC has hosted a fall conference to provide a venue for neutrals, program administrators, and policy-makers to discuss key ADR topics, such as confidentiality, disclosure of conflicts of interest, compensation of neutrals, fairness of mandatory processes, and standards and ethics. CDRI began to help plan and support the conference in 1998, which has since been expanded to a full day. Now with CDRI’s move to the University of San Francisco, the conference is being expanded again, to more than double the number of sessions devoted to arbitration, mediation, and the use of ADR by corporations and public agencies. This has been made possible by two USF organizations, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the USF Law Review. Here are brief descriptions about each of these organizations.


The California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC) was organized in 1994 to provide a unified voice for those in the conflict resolution field in policymaking settings throughout the state.Through the expertise of its diverse membership and a registered lobbyist, CDRC provides informed opinions on proposed legislation and develops principles and standards that shape dispute resolution policy in the state.

CDRI (@ 2003)

The California Dispute Resolution Institute (CDRI) is a nonprofit organization** dedicated to understanding and improving alternative or appropriate dispute resolution (ADR) processes through research, educational programs, and information dissemination for the benefit of policymakers, administrators, providers, and consumers of ADR services. CDRI was founded in 1996 and joined the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco in April of 2003 as a distinct program within the Center.


USF Law Review

The School of Law publishes the University of San Francisco Law Review, which has an extensive circulation among attorneys and libraries throughout the nation. Student members conduct independent research, prepare notes and comments for publication, and edit both the work of their fellow students and articles and book reviews submitted by faculty members, other scholars and attorneys. Members are elected by the student Board of Editors on the basis of academic achievement and a writing competition conducted by the Review.

McCarthy Center, University of San Francisco

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good (McCarthy Center) was founded at USF in September of 2002. The McCarthy Center’s mission is to inspire and prepare USF students and citizens to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service through education, service and research in public policy-making and programs for the common good.


***to be checked out ASAP.  WAIT A MINUTE– it was formed in 1996 — and dissolved in 2008?  What about tax returns?  None required, no real income — what’s the deal (no membership fees???)….

I just quickly checked the ein# — and nothing shows under the OAG site or “990finder” which usually does. Til further notice, information solicited — did this group every sell services, trainings, conferences — and was any public billed for membership fees?  Or did they exist as a non-income earning (above $25K etc.) or otherwise completely exempt nonprofit


Or did we just not notice.  Feedback welcome.  Do some lookups, OK?  thanks. Til further notice, a definite red flag.  Also, FYI, this habit is Not unknown among the same circles in California!

The Hewlett Foundation gave this group $300K in the year 2000 — where is its tax return?

http://www.hewlett.org/grants/1300   weBSITE from that donation is “Error not found.” but now shows the logo with the fine print ‘California Dispute Resolution COUNCIL”  Check it out.


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HISTORY of the

(A more detailed history is available from the CDRC.)




In November, 1992, thirty-five ADR pioneers from all over California attended a retreat to brainstorm and address future needs in the emerging field. This group included Bob Barrett, Randy Lowry (director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University), Ron Kelly, Ramon Raugust, and the late Don Weckstein of the University of San Diego.  These and others represented court-connected and other established ADR programs in a variety of arenas, including family, environmental, public policy, commercial, and civil.

Brainstorming resulted in listing more than forty needs in the dispute resolution field, including the area of legislation.  On the one hand, there was an identified need for a “cohesive voice for legislation, research about proposals, updating developments as they move through the legislation process, and education of legislators and staffs about the implications of different formulations of laws.” On the other hand, the group saw the need to keep practitioners informed regarding legislation that had the potential to impact their practices and programs.


1992-1993: Early Visions

After the retreat, the number of interested participants expanded.  Organizations such as the American Arbitration Association, the California Judicial Council, the State Bar Association’s staff on Consumer Affairs, the three local chapters of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the Southern California Mediation Association, the Northern California Mediation Association, county bar associations, and a number of community-based mediation programs joined the effort.

During a series of meetings that followed, the notion emerged that some of the needs would require a statewide organization with a focused purpose and mission if there were to be effective legislative advocacy for ADR. Legislative monitoring would require a day-to-day presence in Sacramento. In addition an organization was necessary to act quickly and draw ideas and views from a broad cross-section of the dispute resolution field in the state.

Key principles emerged:

  • The new organization would be inclusive, reaching out to all providers of dispute resolution services in all parts of the state;
  • The organization would concern itself with arbitration as well as mediation and other forms of ADR; and,
  • It would promote the interests of consumers as well as providers of dispute resolution services.

As the group had begun to track bills, there were many with important implications for ADR practice in the state. Several bills required close attention, focusing on mandatory mediation (SB 401) and proposing to set standards for these programs, encouraging mediation directed at reducing racial and ethnic tensions, and increasing funding for community mediation programs.


1994: Organizing, Electing Leaders, and Seeking Members

At the first meeting of the new CDRC on March 20, 1994, in Sacramento, the group elected board members and officers and began planning how to implement a membership program. Bob Barrett was elected as the first president. In response to Ron Kelly’s suggestion, the group also adopted five brief “Consensus Points” to guide its lobbying:


1.   Definition. The mediation process should be clearly defined in substantially the form that follows: ”Mediation” means a process in which a neutral person or persons facilitate communication between the disputants to assist them in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.”

2.   Funding. Mediation should be available to all parties in all types of cases, regardless of the parties’ ability to pay.

3.   Education. The courts, public agencies, and dispute resolution providers should share responsibility for furnishing information to the public, the bar, judges, court and government personnel, and others concerning dispute resolution processes, the availability of programs, the differences among various processes, the possibility of savings in cost and time, and the consequences of participation in such processes.

4.   Declarations and Findings. No mediator should be required to submit, and no court should consider, any declaration or finding of any kind by a mediator regarding a case, beyond a required statement of agreement or non-agreement, unless all parties in the mediation expressly agree in writing.

5.   Qualifications for Dispute Resolution Providers. Qualification criteria should be based on training, experience, and performance, not on the attainment of any particular academic degree or professional license.

CDRC began to track 12 bills, dealing with both mediation and arbitration. The board decided to support two, one encouraging the use of mediation in land use cases, which passed and was signed by the governor, and the other to enlarge funding for community mediation programs, which was passed, but vetoed by the governor.

At a strategic planning retreat in San Diego on September 11-12, 1994, the CDRC board set as a goal that CDRC should become the primary contact for legislators on dispute resolution topics. The board hoped that CDRC would be routinely consulted by legislative staff and others around the state on policy topics.  The board clarified procedures and policies, and resolved that only the president or the president’s designee could speak for the organization.

In November, the board clarified the procedures for studying and rapidly coming to positions on bills, either by vote of the full board or the executive committee. The year ended with about 200 active members and plans for implementing the vision for an effective advocacy organization.



1995: Establishing Procedures and Hiring a Lobbyist

Lauren Burton, then Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services, began her term as president on January 1, 1995. The first order of business was the hiring of a lobbyist for the organization. Fortunately, an excellent candidate was available, Donne Brownsey, who was just beginning a new lobbying firm and looking for “anchor” clients. She was an experienced legislative staffer who had excellent relationships with members on both sides of the aisle. It was also important that she had taken mediation training, which helped assure that she knew and shared the values underlying the practice of mediation and arbitration. She was an outstanding choice, and the relationship continues with a contract that is renewed annually by mutual agreement.

With a headline announcing: “Bill Tsunami Hits ADR Shores,” CDRC’s March 1995 Newsletterreported there were 74 measures that mentioned the words “mediation” or “arbitration”.

Among the bills were arbitration measures extending judicial immunity for arbitrators and defining the scope of appeal for arbitration awards. In addition, Dennis Sharp, a vice president of the American Arbitration Association and Jim Madison, a well-known arbitrator, developed language for a bill that CDRC could sponsor to “clean up” the arbitrator disclosure legislation that had been passed the year before.

Also included among the flood of bills were proposals to establish a mandatory mediation program for selected counties and to create a voluntary credentialing program. That proposal raised many concerns among some in the dispute resolution field.

The CDRC “Consensus Points” were expanded by the Committee on Qualifications and Standards, chaired by Don Weckstein, into a comprehensive listing of CDRC Principles on topics expected to come up sooner or later in the legislature. These principles poised CDRC to react rapidly when new legislative proposals came to its attention, and firmly established CDRC as a “principle driven” organization.

It was important to CDRC that its approach to the proposed credentialing legislation would be seen as deliberative and principled. A special committee, chaired by Bob Barrett, held meetings around the state and prepared detailed recommendations for the CDRC board regarding the measure.

CDRC also, for the first time weighed in on a case, Engalla v. Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (1995) 43 Cal.Rptr.2d 621. CDRC requested review by the California Supreme Court of the appellate decision that had approved a one-sided, but mandatory and binding arbitration system in the health care field. The Supreme Court granted review and reversed the decision in Engalla v. Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (1997) 15 Cal.4th 951.


1996: Enhancing CDRC’s Reputation and Building Capacity

Ken Bryant, a commercial mediator and arbitrator from San Jose, took over as president in 1996. Membership had grown to nearly 500, and the budget had risen to $46,000, most of which was used to retain Donne Brownsey.

The most pressing legislative challenges included the review of more than 85 bills mentioning mediation or arbitration and the development of positions on the three bills introduced by Senator Russell in 1995 and held over as “two-year” bills.

The three bills proposed a voluntary mediator certification program, suggested a requirement that attorneys advise clients about ADR in all civil litigations, and required judges to hold early status conferences in all civil cases to consider mediation. Senator Russell wanted to promote greater use of dispute resolution, but many concerns had been identified with specific provisions of the bills. CDRC carefully studied each proposal and sought extensive input from its members, especially on the certification bill. Positions were prepared in order to describe the implications of the bills at legislative hearings. In the end, none of the three bills passed.

CDRC, however, was successful in sponsoring its first bill seeking to increase funding for mediation programs under the Dispute Resolution Programs Act. Lauren Burton drafted the bill’s language, working closely with Los Angeles County’s legislative staff, and it was introduced by Assemblyman Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. With extensive efforts by Donne Brownsey and DRPA-supported organizations throughout the state, the bill passed and was signed by the Governor.

Inspired by Dennis Sharp, president-elect, CDRC also began its first annual statewide dialogue programs, held during March in four locations: Sacramento, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Diego. More than 300 dispute resolution practitioners participated, with lively facilitated discussions on such issues as mediator certification, court-referred mediation, arbitrator immunity, arbitration vacatur grounds, DRPA funding, lawyer obligations to clients concerning advising about ADR, and arbitrator disclosure requirements.


1997: Expanding Membership and Developing Infrastructure

Dennis Sharp became president in 1997 and devoted much attention to building the membership of CDRC and improving CDRC’s administrative capacity. Membership grew to 600 individual members and 150 organizational members. The budget increased again, to $60,000 and special contributions were also received to supplement membership dues revenues.

A key benefit of membership was the publication of CDRC’s first Directory, which also included a copy of the CDRC Principles and a list of committee rosters and CDRC accomplishments.

CDRC became very involved in two key legislative projects. The first involved the efforts of the California Law Revision Commission to modify and clarify the law applying to mediator confidentiality in the state. Ron Kelly, on behalf of CDRC, closely followed the development of this comprehensive new statute, which successfully codified strong protections for confidentiality of the mediation process, explicitly protecting mediators from compelled disclosure of mediation communications, the substance of mediation participation, or efforts to set up a mediation in later civil litigation. CDRC played an active role in commenting on the specific legislative language that evolved. The second key proposal concerned arbitrator disclosures and CDRC successfully sponsored arbitrator disclosure cleanup legislation.

Finally, in the wake of the defeat of mediator certification in 1996, CDRC began an effort to develop a comprehensive set of standards that could govern mediation practice and that would be a model for courts, counties, and mediation programs to adopt. It was believed that the “model standards” approach would be preferable to legislation that would be difficult to enact and even more difficult to amend or modify as needed in later years. Lee Jay Berman, a Los Angeles mediator, chaired a special committee to prepare a draft set of standards. The committee’s drafts were widely circulated within the state and improved through such consultation, and attracted a substantial list of endorsers.


1998: Lobbying Effectively and Looking Beyond Legislation

In 1998 Norm Brand, an arbitrator and mediator from San Francisco, began his term as president. A prominent legislative concern was whether disclosure requirements for mediators should be similar to those enacted earlier for arbitrators. CDRC representatives met several times during the fall of 1998 with the staff of the Assembly Judiciary Committee to discuss this complicated area. Due in part to the success of CDRC in articulating the difficulty of crafting appropriate language, no legislation emerged from the Committee.

The most important development during the year was the California Supreme Court’s decision inBirbrower, Montalbano, Condon & Frank v. Superior Court (1998) 17 Cal.4th 119, holding that representation of a party in arbitration constituted the practice of law. CDRC advocated the standard of the international arbitration statute, permitting representation of a party in arbitration by anyone that party chooses. Despite those efforts, Birbrower remains the California rule.

CDRC also produced a widely endorsed draft of Standards of Practice for California Mediators, which were circulated for use by courts, counties, and mediation programs. They have since been adopted by two programs, have served as a model for several more programs, and are under consideration for adoption in many more locations throughout the state.


1999: Increasing Administrative Support

Liz O’Brien, executive director of the San Diego Mediation Center, became president of CDRC in 1999. One of the key issues during the year was the emergence of a series of proposed drafts of a Uniform Mediation Act being produced by committees of the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The early drafts of that proposal included language that, if enacted in California, would weaken the protections for mediation confidentiality. John Seitman, an arbitrator and mediator from San Diego and formerly president of the state bar, chaired a committee that studied the draft proposal and prepared formal comments on it. Several CDRC representatives also met with the ABA/NCCUSL drafting committees in December in Monterey. In addition, CDRC sponsored well-attended dialogue sessions in May to focus on the Uniform Mediation Act draft.

On October 15, 1999, CDRC held its annual conference in the San Francisco area featuring discussions about where mediation and arbitration were going, dispute resolution research needs, and the Judicial Council’s Task Force report on ADR and its implications for the courts, litigants, and the public. The conference also highlighted legislative developments, and sought membership input on priorities for attention in the upcoming year.



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September 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

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, Point Of View, 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) (WordPress- generated shortlink ends in “-190” which is all numbers, no alpha character for the “0” which otherwise would look like this:  “O”).

Excerpt from this post pulled to top, in the form of a screenprint (image) in 2016.  This sticky post 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!


This image is simply a quote in image form from my own post, Another POV on “The Center for the Family in Transition” (and its funders) (Publ. 9/22/2012) (shortlink ends in “-190,” all numbers)

(The text in the image is repeated below in the post.  Link from the image/quote):  For more, see March 5, 2014 post “Suppose I’m Right Here ….What Would You Do When the Lights go on?”   Read the rest of this entry »

Hermitage Capital, Hamilton Securities, and Time to Speak Up… [Publ. Sept. 20, 2012. See Also “Comments”]

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Post title Hermitage Capital, Hamilton Securities, and Time to Speak Up… [Publ. Sept. 20, 2012. See Also “Comments'”]. ** (short-link ends “-18o”)

HERMITAGE CAPITAL refers to the Bill Browder/Edmund J. Safra hedge funds (not located in, or for use by “U.S. Persons” but relating to the Magnitsky Act.  “Hamilton Securities” is my reference (in 2012, I was just discovering these entire concepts) Catherine Austin Fitts and (though not from her), the concept of C.A.F.R.’s.

Summer 2022 Blogger INTRO/UPDATE

(This UPDATE has sections and ends where I’ve marked it, followed by the title & link again, then the post as (unless marked otherwise) as written and published Sept. 2012.  The “10,800” word count above doesn’t include about 2,000 words in “Summer 2022 Blogger Intro/Update” (I quoted, rather than linked to, Wiki, and some testimony by Bill Browder from June 2009 relating to this post).

In this post I contrast the wide public shock and outrage about what a U.S. ex-pat (William Felix Browder, “Bill Browder”) discussed and wanted the U.S. Congress to address and correct what Russia had done to his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in an Act of Congress (although Browder had by then long since abandoned his U.S. Citizenship for British, in 1998-199) with my own — and not mine only — shock and outrage about what’s already going on HERE, in the U.S.A. (in some of the same years:  1980s, 1990s, early 2000s) (and, still is) both economically and regarding the human rights abuses exercised within and around our primary government institutions, especially the courts.

It was appropriate to say ten years ago, and I believe still is.  Meanwhile, this is a fascinating and historically relevant story line about national priorities and international connections/investments.

Browder’s extraordinary family history, talent and connections:  His paternal grandfather Earl was leader of the American Communist Party 1930-1945, and with his wife, married in Russia, had three essentially genius (mathematics, physics) sons (See the Wiki!), including math prodigy (Bill’s father FELIX, who suffered from McCarthyism — until Eleanor Roosevelt, then Chairman of the board of Brandeis University, championed him. Names like MIT, Princeton, University of Chicago, Bell Labs, University of Boulder, Colorado; Stanford MBA, Boston Consulting Group (London), particle physics, throughout the wiki….  No sisters or daughters are mentioned…

William Felix Browder (b. 1964) Wikipedia, see the Magnitsky Act (for my post, Sept.20, 2012)

William Felix Browder (born April 23, 1964)[1] is an American-born British financier and political activist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management, the investment advisor to the Hermitage Fund, which at one time was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia.[3][4][5] … …

William Felix Browder was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and he grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of mathematician Felix Browder, and the grandson of Earl Browder. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, before transferring to the University of Chicago, from which he graduated with a degree in economics. He earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business[18] in 1989 and entered the financial sector.[19]

And (also from that Wiki):

Browder’s paternal grandfather Earl Browder was born in Kansas in 1891.[1] He was a radical and had lived in the Soviet Union for several years from 1927 and married Raisa Berkman, a Jewish Russian woman while living there.[1] After his return to the United States in 1931,[1] Earl Browder became the leader of the Communist Party USA from 1930 to 1945 and ran for U.S. president in 1936 and 1940.[9] After World War II, Browder lost favor with Moscow and was expelled from the U.S. Communist Party.[1]

Earl and his wife Raisa had three children, all sons, and all three became mathematicians who headed the mathematics departments of top American universities[1] including Bill Browder’s father Felix Browder who married Eva (Tislowitz). Felix was a mathematics prodigy who had entered MIT at 16, acquired his bachelor’s degree in two years, and by the age of 20 received a Ph.D. from Princeton.[1] But during the McCarthy era, he could not find work because he was the son of the onetime head of the Communist Party USA.[20][21] After a series of job rejections in the 1950s, he was championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady who was then chairman of the board of Brandeis University; she overrode the rest of the board who were afraid to hire him, and he gained a position at Brandeis.[1] Felix went on to chair the mathematics department at the University of Chicago, and in 1999 became the president of the American Mathematical Society.[1]

Felix Browder was renowned in the field of nonlinear functional analysis—a branch of mathematics with wide applications to such fields as physics, engineering, and finance. He was instrumental in establishing a science and technology center in conjunction with Princeton University and Bell Labs. In 1999, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton, for his “key role in the explosive growth of nonlinear functional analysis and its applications to partial differential equations in recent years”.[1]

Bill Browder has one sibling, Tom Browder, who entered the University of Chicago at 15, and became a leading particle physicist.[1] Bill Browder’s son Joshua is the founder of DoNotPay, a startup that helps to automate certain legal services.[22]

In case the opening phrases and points of reference in my title are not familiar: William Browder’s voice and testimony before the U.S. Helsinki Commission, in 2009.  I’ll quote it again below, but added some font emphases (bold, highlighting, underline etc.) here:

I trust most readers will remember some major-shockwave “economic events” of 2008//LGH:

Testimony of William Browder. Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe the U.S. Helsinki Commission. June 23, 2009

Her­mitage Cap­i­tal and Share­holder Activism

Speak­ing before you today car­ries on a fam­ily tra­di­tion of sorts. My grand­fa­ther, Earl Brow­der, was the head of the Amer­i­can Com­mu­nist Party and appeared before his fair share of Con­gres­sional com­mit­tees over the course of his life­time. He had met my grand­mother dur­ing his trav­els in the Soviet Union, so you could say that Rus­sia and pop­ulist pol­i­tics were in my blood. As the fam­ily rebel, how­ever, I decided to go to an Amer­i­can busi­ness school and ulti­mately went back to Rus­sia fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the Soviet Union to build a business.

I founded Her­mitage in 1996 in part­ner­ship with the late Edmond Safra as a way for west­ern investors to invest in the Russ­ian stock mar­ket. The firm ulti­mately grew to become the sin­gle largest for­eign port­fo­lio investor in Rus­sia, with some $4 bil­lion under man­age­ment in 2006, a sub­stan­tial por­tion of which came from U.S. insti­tu­tional and indi­vid­ual investors. One of the big rea­sons for the firm’s suc­cess was our strat­egy of invest­ing in the stocks of com­pa­nies that were out of favor due to bad man­age­ment, cor­rup­tion, share­holder rights abuses or out­right theft. We would then work to change man­age­ment, stop fraud and defend the inter­ests of minor­ity share­hold­ers through share­holder activism. If we were suc­cess­ful in improv­ing cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, the mar­ket would ulti­mately rec­og­nize this. As the com­pany came back into favor, its stock price would rise, our investors would profit and the Russ­ian econ­omy would be bet­ter off for hav­ing a more pro­duc­tive, trans­par­ent econ­omy. For sev­eral years it was a win-win sit­u­a­tion for every­one except cor­rupt cor­po­rate man­age­ment and their part­ners in government.

Due to weak courts and legal pro­tec­tions, our biggest lever­age was often the bully pul­pit of the press. Since 1996 we waged dozens of high-profile pub­lic activist cam­paigns tar­get­ing mis­man­age­ment and cor­rup­tion at some of the largest com­pa­nies in Rus­sia. These included Gazprom (the state-controlled nat­ural gas monop­oly), Uni­fied Energy Sys­tems (the national elec­tric­ity util­ity), Sber­bank (the largest bank in Rus­sia) and Surgut­nefte­gas (the fourth-largest oil com­pany in Russia).

Most of the com­pa­nies we sought to reform were con­trolled by the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment, …

(Next comments are still my Summer 2022 Blogger Intro/Update):

In July/Aug. 2022 I had reason to republish (Twitter) two posts from Feb. 2013.  One of them referred to a post (My POV on the Center for Family in Transition) from Sept. 2012; another referred internally to a post called “Stunning Validation of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson” (Re:  The origins of psychoanalysis/Freud’s archives, a.k.a. “The Assault on Truth.”

In writing those, I documented direct connections with these developed fields of practice to the current (US) family court system which attempts to internationalize (alongside fatherhood promotion and domestic violence/child abuse prevention) continue. I’m not sure that anyone else has made these connections — of family court professionals and their associations to individuals helping propound and propagate two MAJOR fields of practice in the USA, and schools to provide PhDs in those fields, and government-sponsored major careers in the same fields.

Looking to reformat (for easier reading) “My POV on the Center for Family In Transition” Searching on my Admin Dashboard for another Sept. 2012 post to clean up its formatting, I saw what an ACTIVE month it was.

This Hermitage Capital/Hamilton Securities post and one other had the most tags.  In 2022 (that is, nearly ten years after I composed this piece, a time I remember well in my life, as well as I remember writing most of it), Russia is making war on the Ukraine, we’ve come through a “game-changing” pandemic and strife-filled/contested change of U.S. Presidency, and major price increases nationwide, i.e., inflation, and the Family Court Reform coalitions have coalesced even more (closed ranks) to continue the same kinds of censorship of public-private entity collaboration to (on the surface) fund BOTH sides of a gender war — while now the usage of the word “woman” itself is under strategic attack for redefinition as not particularly exclusive to human beings born with an XX (i.e., no “Y”) chromosome.

And alleged feminists, who ought to be as concerned about the corrupt (not “flawed” or slightly broken) family courts as about deprivation of abortion privileges (although that’s NO small deal), and journalists covering such stories, still fail to show the larger contexts, the financial incentives, and attempt to keep the public puzzled, under-informed, fiscally illiterate, and without vocabulary to distinguish (let alone recognize) and ENTITY from a NON-ENTITY, especially when so many of the latter are facilitated (and their websites and publications, and sponsorships) within major universities, public and private, to perpetuate their beliefs — not necessarily ours.

THIS post will shed some light on THAT practice.  Just take your time reading it, or read it in sections.  

I  am no longer as tuned in to some of the points of reference (individuals here, but I certainly am to basic principles raised in the post).  Not counting my formatting (lack of) expertise , especially around quotes, from what I can see a decade later on a quick review, I stand by this post and still recommend reading it, both for points raised and for how I expressed them (the phrasing, and questions asked).

That said, it’s a dense 10,800 words, not a quick read!  From the edits below, and because it’d already been reformatted (to add white background, borders, title link, etc.) I can see I thought enough of the work on this post to update it and refer to it again in (at least) 2014 and in 2019.  And now, 2022.    I have not changed any content, just this time, expanded the “tags” image and reminded people they can see both tags and comments below the bottom of this post.

If it makes sense to you, or to rebut any parts of it, please link, tweet, refer others let me know. I will probably respond faster on Twitter (@LetUsGetHonest) than to a comment here (I only get email alerts & don’t check email as often). Thanks for your consideration.  //LGH.  Aug. 1, 2022.

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Again:Post title Hermitage Capital, Hamilton Securities, and Time to Speak Up… [Publ. Sept. 20, 2012. See Also “Comments'”]. ** (short-link ends “-18o”)

**(With case-sensitive short-link ending “-18o” and about 10,800 words. Tweaked for format 1/1/2019 (yes, New Year’s Day) in response to Bill Browder in the news again.  Most tweaks were to the quotes, and I added some tags, including a few which were phrases summarizing key points as I saw them then (and still do). The background-color and font schemes (for quotes) are ‘all over the place.’ I made no attempt to redeem them or apply classic style consistency…Check out the next image of post tags, and two of the four comments (mine) with more data.  Some of the length is from long quotes…. //LGH.)

Next image: these tags indicate some, not all, the content. Two tags are complete sentences, a few refer to books about empires past.  Screenshot was taken 1/1/2019 after I tweaked this post in anticipation of posting excerpts on Twitter, or adding a new post on current events relating to The Magnitsky Act passed in 2012 at the urging of ex-pat U.S. Citizen (see “taxes”) now British hedge fund investor/manager (see Hermitage Capital), Bill Browder.

Tags as active links (clickable) are available below the bottom of post content. While I was enthusiastically adding these tags, I’m not sure how many were used elsewhere in the blog…

Tags to my Sept 20, 2012 post (some added Jan 1, 2019) on Hermitage, Hamilton Securities, Bill Browder, Magnitsky Law, and more generally, on the landscape of control. Bottom of image reflects previous & next post titles, showing some of my subject matter focus at that time.

How valuable is life? Does it depend on whose life?  Where’s your outrage and action?

I apologize for my inability (so far) to say this in a concise, trademarkable format.  I tend to the conversational:  “Consider this!”

I caught a hair-raising fragment of a Charlie Rose show; however, this horror story from Russia is NOT unique to Russia, IF we have ears to hear the Hamilton Securities and other similar stories.

Please learn with me….I know my blog isn’t good enough to communicate, but who else is explaining that what they say is unique to Russia isn’t — or isn’t yet — here. It could be anywhere, and is in parts, here.

Charlie Rose Hears Businessman’s Horrific Russian Nightmare That Has Enraged The U.S. Congress

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Brent Lambert

William Browder (born 1964) is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management.  The other night he sat down with Charlie Rose and proceeded to share his shocking and devastating story about his experience in Moscow that led to the imprisonment, torture, and eventual death of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Although Browder was a supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in 2006, after ten years doing business in the country, he was blacklisted by the Russian government as a “threat to national security” and denied entry to the country.  The Economist has accused the Russian government of blacklisting Browder because he interfered with the flow of money to “corrupt bureaucrats and their businessmen accomplices”.  And when you interfere with the corrupt Russian government your life instantly becomes a living hell.  The story that Bill Browder shares with Charlie Rose is so unbelievable it’s hard to imagine that something like this is still possible in 2012.

Is it?…. Not for me…

As Browder explains, his experience has enraged members of the U.S. Congress who are pushing through The Magnitsky Law, named in honor Sergei, which would impose a visa ban and asset freeze against the officials responsible not only for Magnitsky’s murder but also for other human rights abuses, including against individuals who “expose illegal activity” carried out by Russian officials or who seek to “defend or promote internationally recognized human rights and freedoms.” This includes journalists who have been murdered when they have dug too close to powerful officials or oligarchs. It includes human rights activists who have been beaten and crippled or killed for exposing the mistreatment of their fellow Russians.

To learn more about how organized crime has permeated every facet of the Russian Government be sure to visit Russian-Untouchables.com.  You can also read Bill Browder’s full story in his own words by reading his gut-wrenching personal story which he wrote for The Financial Times in 2009 entitled “They Killed My Lawyer.”

It is gut-wrenching.  But, by comparison, what would you call “The Franklin Coverup“** — that also was gut-wrenching, involved the unconscionable, and resulted in several people involved in exposing it meeting their deaths by violent means.

(**Link & this paragraph added 2019, but I’d been posting on it here and on another blog by 2012. Key info! If nothing else, Read foreword, table of contents, epilogue)One father and son investigator were, apparently, blown out of the sky returning from an interview with evidence, in a small plane (Gary Caradori).  The man who’d been hired to investigate their deaths then died under suspicious circumstances (Bill Colby, whom author says he knew well).

(From a diff’t site, regarding Private Investigator Gary Caradori; the year is 1991; after his plane was blown out of the sky, with father, 8-year-old son [and evidence he had just phoned this Senator about before the flight home] on board):

Senator Schmit submitted an affidavit stating that he had been warned that Caradori’s life was in danger. He also wrote a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the missing backseats of Caradori’s plane: “… I do not know anything about sabotage, but I have been told that a phosphorous type bomb would, in fact, vaporize metal and any other material with which it came in contact and that unless someone knew what they were looking for, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to detect…. I am sure there will be those who will scoff at such a suggestion, but there have been entirely too many violent deaths associated with this investigation….” http://franklinscandal.com/franklinscandal_caradoriinfo3.html (see also “info2” & “info1” urls for previous pages).

[This section + next four annotated (2X2) black-background images from FranklinScandal.com added 1/2019 and deal specifically with Gary Caradori’s evidence and sudden violent death with his son. DeCamp (Wm.Colby longtime friend) in The FranklinCoverup wrote that Colby, assigned to investigate Caradori’s death, also died in completely out-of-character circumstances.]

[Resuming the Sept. 2012 blog text..]

How invested are you, really — in the belief that that’s THERE but HERE it’s much better and significantly different; in the belief that THAT would NOT take place here (or that it has not).  In other words, do you still believe in US sovereignty?

Congress is outraged and ready to pass a law – but this is NOT a U.S. Corporation — the company headquartered in Guernsey and has an office in the Cayman Islands and Moscow. Yet the US Congress inherently moral about human rights abuses, is so enraged about the pilfering of its assets, and torture and murder of its attorney(s)  . . .  not that human rights abuses aren’t outrageous, but . . . . .

But I have to still ask the hard question — why is Congress protecting a non-US firm, while at the same time — and let’s quit pretending, OK? — selling off the assets of its own people who reside here, also treating horribly those who expose local corruption, and running (very profitably) a prison population which is not only a virtual slave labor force, but also a great investment for those who have no conscience about ongoing rapes and sexual assaults of minors in its cages (Correction Corporation of America)? (Read how Alex Friedman, Prison Legal News, an ex-CCA prisoner and now CCA shareholder, obtained 20% of shares to do something about the situation)

Bear with me if it’s a language or concept stretch; but we all ought to know stuff like this.


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