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A Few FAQs on Major Family Court Programs (NYEve 2012 Reflex on the Gender Gap)

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(Written the last day of 2012) This post is about 10,000 words and was edited supplemented several times after publishing [INCLUDING IN 2014, when I was formatting a Table of Contents] .
FYI, that’s typical of my blogging… Also thanks for patience with formatting, as I deal with a different input device and fewer “buttons.” It’s cumbersome, only lets me compose in HTML mode..) [extra horizontal lines may appear as forced “paragraph breaks” which otherwise, get erased.

I am, to tell the truth, having an awful day, struggling with computer issues, web access, and, apart from the electronic struggles, with grief.

Also the long-term effects of chronic, for lack of a better term, Family Violence — in its ugly, needless, heartless, dishonest, deceitful and extortionist self. People reach a limit, and because I am NOT of the inclination to behave like those who have a conflict with me — i.e., my faith doesn’t endorse the criminal behavior part — I am finding it just this much family violence, all this just too much.

Normally this article wouldn’t be much of my concern — it’s talking about “Wage Gaps in MBA Programs” — I mean, a woman that has got through an MBA program is not likely facing the same issues I have been.

But from my perspective (year after year, there has been a return to literally begging status around the court fiascos, which is hardly unintentional from a systems, or my ex’s part; I’d been promised before separation that he knew how to get out of paying child support (wonder where learned it from….), but well, I just didn’t know at the outset of the program how many other parties profit from this. In fact I didn’t know til I revisited Liz Richards’ NAFCJ.net site and worked through the basics — almost no one else at the time was talking about the grants incentives…..


So what happens when WAGE GAP is multiplied by REPEATED WAGE DISRUPTIONS AND DECREASES (when an employee has to miss too much work, move for safety, return to court to try to contact one’s kids — often — deals with stalking and has to re-arrange work life for protection from it, has to take into account client/employer safety in future business dealings, and word gets around that the individual has “family problems” which interfere with work problems, and that’s chronic? The main concept behind having a sustainable work life is that it’s sustained. Or moves are strategic, or for exploring different options?


So, look at this from SFGATE.com (San Francisco on-line, it was also in the print edition, page A1):

MBA Wage Gap between Men, Women Grows” Dec. 29, 2012

[Alison Damast is a Bloomberg Businessweek reporter. E-mail: adamast@bloomberg.net] Ten years ago, the wage gap between men and women graduating from top MBA programs appeared to have been nearly erased. {{that’s astounding, considering the rest of society..}} That suggested that women would launch their careers on an equal footing with men and then experience a gender-blind sprint up the corporate ranks. A decade later [i.e., NOW], a far more sober picture is emerging: The pay gap among graduates of elite business schools is widening, according to new research from Businessweek’s biennial survey of MBA graduates. On average, female grads from top MBA programs now earn 93 cents for every dollar paid their male classmates.

{{that still didn’t grab my attention. At least they are working!!}}

At about a third of the top 30 U.S. business schools, women earn less than men – sometimes considerably less. Female MBA graduates from the class of 2012 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, for instance, earned 86 percent of male wages, while those at Stanford Graduate School of Business earned 79 percent.

{{Now, that has my attention. (I’m also remembering that Catherine Austin Fitts attended Wharton. Of course she had a lot of other things going for her personally as well, I saw some MIT in the background, time in China — she’s no slouch…)…Two more short sections of this article here:}}

“The gap numbers at the beginning are not very large and can be mostly accounted for by differences in grades, course selection and the fields people are starting in,” says Marianne Bertrand, an economics professor at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, citing results of studies on compensation among female MBA graduates from her school.

What is much more striking is how much that gap grows over time.The pay gap is especially wide for women heading to finance jobs.

A study of 2010 census data by Bloomberg found that among the six categories with the largest gender gap in pay were insurance agents, personal advisers and securities sales agents.

Women in those jobs earned 55 to 62 cents for every $1 men pulled in, the census data showed.

In 2010, research from Catalyst, a nonprofit group that focuses on expanding opportunities for women in business, found that female MBAs were being paid, on average, $4,600 less in their first job than men, a disparity that grows to $30,000 by mid-career, says Anna Beninger, a senior associate in Catalyst’s research department.

{{Add to this the fact that the dollar is hardly stable, you can imagine it makes an increasing difference!}}

Even women placed in high-potential leadership development programs often miss out on what are considered hot jobs, or projects most critical to career advancement, Catalyst found. Says Beninger: “Women’s careers lag behind men from day one.” . . . .

[Alison Damast is a Bloomberg Businessweek reporter. E-mail: adamast@bloomberg.net]

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Year In Review: On Dec. 3rd, a 2011 Post on Unaudited Title IV Incentives Tops the Charts..

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 53,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

The December 3rd post was about financial incentives in custody matters.

In 2012, there were 119 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 512 posts. There were 13 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13 MB. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 3rd with 856 views. The most popular post that day was Mothers in Custody Cases: Please read! Unaudited State Incentives (Title IV-A, IV-D) affect Family Court Decisions.
What’s interesting — that was a July, 2011 post!

Also near the top was the older — but still relevant — “Let’s Get Honest About Kids’ Turn and Judges’ Profits.” (February 27, 2011!!) . . . Which primarily began listing the board of directors for this nonprofit (which is now a national money-making model (psycho-educational classes, required by court order for all divorcing parents, cf. “Kids First” series in various states, including Pennsylvania, as well).

The model of nonprofits formed of public employees (by trade association) forming lobbying groups to change the government (laws) by first changing the practice, then lobbying to say “look, the practices have changed” (as if this was a natural occurrence unrelated to previous strategizing in conferences.

Here’s a brochure to a 2013 “ACFLS” conference with 8 judges, plenty of attorney attendees (no doubt) and I noticed at least ONE prominent AFCC (itself also being a nonprofit, trade-association, “interdisciplinary” of the same general concept)person,Leslie Drozd coming by.*** Plus a few Commissioners… Besides being in nice luxurious locations often outside the jurisdiction of whoever the employees (civil servants, right?) are representing — they are often expensive: (this one is from $450-$525 to attend (cheaper for members, of course) and $450 for the DVDs of the conference — they also follow a common pattern of providing CLE or MCLE (i.e. Continuing Legal Education) credits as another motivator. I’m sure the business angle should be obvious; another question I have is, who pays for the conference, membership, hotel, and air fare fees when the entire association is for people already elected and on a payroll to do their jobs better?

“AFCC” & Minmizing Child Abuse/DV, reframing it as “high-conflict” and/or “Parental Alienation”
BY THE WAY…

Leslie Drozd is a well- known name among AFCC, probably has been on its board of directors, I DNR if is now.
However, WHO attends conferences is important to note, up to a certain point. Here’s that bio blurb (link provided) Protective parents (mothers in particular) should notice immediately the general drift of her studies, and the Harvard background:

Leslie M. Drozd, Ph.D.

Dr. Drozd is the co-author, co-editor or author of several important books, book chapters, and professional articles including Is it Domestic Violence, Alienation, and/or Estrangement: A Decision Tree Safety First: Children in Domestic Violence Cases; Domestic Violence: True of False; and the Missing Piece: Solving the Puzzle of Self. Dr. Drozd is a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology. She also holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. She is a past president of the Orange County Psychological Association and has been honored by that organization with its highest reward, the Orange Psi Award for outstanding contributions to the field of psychology. She is the editor of the peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, the Journal of Child Custody.

Dr. Leslie Drozd is a licensed psychologist. She is a clinician, a forensic expert, a professor, an author, a researcher, and an editor of an international journal, the Journal of Child Custody. She has an independent practice in Newport Beach, California. She has conducted child custody evaluations for over 20 years. She works daily doing forensic work (including expert witness testimony, mainly in Family Law Court), seeing patients, teaching other professionals, or writing.

She conducts post divorce work with families including reunification therapy when a child has rejected a parent. She works as a parenting coordinator and as a co-parenting therapist and she reviews the work of other colleagues and serves as a consultant to attorneys.

Dr. Drozd is a well-known expert on family violence, abuse, and alienation – especially in high conflict divorce cases. She has spoken for** the Association of Family Conciliation Courts (international, national, and state conferences) as well as at conventions held by the American, California, Arizona, Minnesota, Missouri, Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo Psychological Associations, Alliant University and California School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, University of California, Irvine, and Harvard University doctoral program in the School of Public Health. She is the co-author of a bench book for judges in how to deal with domestic violence in child custody cases. She has served on a joint task force and she has spoken at a national convention of the American Bar Association and the American Psychological Association on issues of alleged abuse, neglect, & endangerment, and she helped create the new Model Standards for Conducting Child Custody Evaluations for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

…and we still wonder why children are being given to abusers, or family reunification seems particularly to apply after molestation has been alleged, or even prosecuted?…

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December 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

“Mother Says” — Words to the Wise for Women in Custody Challenges

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[Intro paragraphs — some of underlines below are hyperlinks. Publ. 12/27/2012; Rev. 2-19-2013, split in half 06-06-2013, putting Michigan Material in a separate post.]

NOTE: OVERALL THIS BLOG IS FOR BOTH GENDERS, AND TO THE WIDER PUBLIC WHO MAY NOT EVEN BE STRUNG OUT HANDLING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR SEXUAL ABUSE (OR SIMPLY FINANCIAL DESTRUCTION) CASES IN THE COURT.

Truth, however framed, is offensive, and my blog certainly will offend plenty. However, I am still more interested in systems, and perhaps the mentality of the people that designed them, tolerate them, staff them, and fund them. Society has to have some labels, and designations, to work as do systems. I think different personalities gravitate to certain portions of certain systems — but there are SOME systems which affect almost everyone. So like it or not, their damages have to be discussed; there is no other way to mitigate them.

Overall, it is an appeal for the public to wake up.  To identify and find ways to quit financing institutions within America that undermine justice (as defined in terms of due process, representative government of ANY sort, and oppose over-centralization of power).  Doing this requires identifying and letting go of significant myths on which the economy** — and from there, most social relationships (in fact, from which society) — is based.

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December 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Mystic Emotions, Spirituality, Fables, Bibles — (briefly)

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(Dec. 25th, and ff.)

I have heard today (Christmas Day) from a few people who are absent contact with their kids or in this fight (I am the former today and most holidays).

It is very cold and rainy here, and I am not in a position to assemble a proper post, but for the sake of the day, these passages are from one of my blogs, JesusLordChrist:

I started that blog to honor and speak about the conflict between spirituality (as I experience it, and understand its connection with the written/spoken Bible) and what I see and experienced with the visible institutions, and religions loosely calling themselves “churches” or “Christianity,” and the behaviors promoted and encouraged among those who attend and support. Over the years I have come to the  conclusion that, much as I appreciate the artistic endeavors over the centuries, and who wouldn’t like a nice sense of community — those accoutrements are not worth hanging around places which are both demeaning to women as a whole, AND dangerous to them, plus to children as well.

Add to this the collaboration with abusive and many times fraudulent government programs as I have been documenting herein, and they are just not worth it.  Some are reactionary against women having the vote; and if one balances the soup kitchens and charitable work they do, with the damages, who would weigh it in the balances?  Then, some are simply cults….

To me, understanding the language and its expression is key.

Regarding the next passage, which is held to be a prophesy of the Messiah, a.k.a. to be Jesus, I can understand how people would want these qualities in a leader.


And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” (Isaiah 11:1-5)

 
(For its context: search tools.

http://bible.cc too many crappy versions, but also interlinear etc.
http://blueletterbible.org easier to navigate, fewer options?)

[much of this segment added 12/26, which is now a wet but sunlit day in my area.  Yesterday was nasty as to weather; a good place to stay in your home — which too many people don’t have; or with your family for some social/emotional warmth — which plenty more don’t have either. ]

Unfortunately these days, we do not have those qualities in our leaders, and will be needing to acquire them ourselves.  ….

We could all use a lot more of these qualities in 2013.  Isaiah prophesied that these came from the “spirit of the Lord,” right:

wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

Oh, you don’t like that last one, perhaps?  Would you prefer wisdom and understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, etc. — just without that LORD part?
And yet the scriptures really do say, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and that the fool says in his heart, “there is no God.”  In James, believers are coached to quit backpatting themselves because they actually believe in God with this phrase:
 in James 2 in an extended (harrangue) on not having “respect of persons,” faith & works, etc.  in general, hypocrisy:

14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Back to Isaiah:  It was prophesied that this Branch out of a root of Jesse (Jesse being in the line of David) would have the spirit of the Lord upon him, which was exactly what Jesus declared was the situation in Luke 4:18 in announcing his ministry:  “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me to preach deliverance to the captives,….” (etc.)  It was understood that those qualities were spiritual qualities and they came from the LORD.  Isaiah 11, as above:

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth

To the extent there are social communications, sooner or later, there are going to be what we call “judges” or a council of elders; when there are disputes, someone has to settle them.   What better qualities can one have than understanding, not being swayed by appearances, the ability to tell hearsay from truth, and having seen and heard, know where righteousness actually is in any situation!
Who, longing to see some family members, or to have ongoing destructions in their lives (or familys’ lives) stopped, lacking the ability and force to do so personally — would not want an honest, ethical judge whose word would speak power into the situation and rectify it?
But with no reproof, no consequences, there’s not really judgment.  So no one wants to really take responsibility for this part?

“and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked”

So,  maybe the wicked can be reformed, transformed, or coached into being nice people, so no one will really stand up to them?  As someone who has lived many years with no one even speaking up against (certain activities that are socially — supposedly — condemned, indeed, criminal), I learned that my life, safety, and literally the law itself — were so context-specific as to be meaningless; and definitely not mine-only.  They were there, actually for a semblance of obedience (as are churches today, and all their moral code) for those who feel like obeying them.  It’s basically there for decoration and can be taken down periodically and at will as needed.
Moreover, (while I’m here) is there any question that “rod of his mouth” and “with the breath of his slips shall he slay,” — that this is figurative, dramatic speech, but has an element of reality (truth) to it when a leader speaks whose utterances are literally carried out?  If so, then why can’t the average Christian who carries this book around in a dog-eared version, actually understand when it’s intended to be figurative,  when literal?

Unfortunately these days, we do not have those qualities in our leaders, and will be needing to acquire them ourselves.  ….

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December 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

How It’s Done: Government by Private Nonprofit / ForProfit Alliances:

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PUBLISHED 12/16/12, after the Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, but assembled earlier, ca. 12/12/2011.

(This post is in two major sections, ca. 15,000 words, because I prefaced, in light of  the Connecticut elementary school shootings, a reminder of just who is this government we are dealing with (including some alternate information about the World Trade Center 2011).

The second half, dealing with the title topic, deals with a nonprofit coalition EVERY divorcing mother (or those in custody fights) should know about, but doesn’t — for the same reasons (pretty much) those in government simply “forget” to remind us all that there are things called CAFRs, and that’s called profit.

I thought the PTSD factor around the shooting was less than it was, and am not going to put more work into this post.  I am also angry that anyone should be expected to ship off their children to these schools any more, even though shootings have already happened, and a classroom of children is per se “bait” for either a “lone gunman” with a mental health problem, or a setup for a national media incident staged around a desired outcome, more civil rights violations for everyone.  I also warn us up front that when one is already somewhat disabled by grief, astonishment, trauma, and the internal “why” — that is NOT a good time to think clearly and consistently about maintaining personal boundaries, and paying attention to what else is going on politically and governmentally at this time.

I know this also as a DV survivor — right after the incident, there is a time period when your system tends to shut down.   And many of those incidents are NOT “outbursts of passion”  — they are planned in a cold and calculating manner.

If you rule out the possibility that this Newtown, CT, incident wasn’t either (including the possibility that there wasn’t more than one shooter, the possibility that it was not indeed young Adam who shot his own mother at the home — has anyone produced a witness?  Has the press yet seen any forensic reports or sought them? — then you are simply incapable of reason.  You do NOT know our own government yet, either what it does overseas, what it does at home (including in secret) or in short, what it’s actually about.

As such YOU (as a member of the general public) are part of a serious problem, called, an attitude — a stance that says:  “I’m here and ready to be manipulated to believe virtually anything that most of the rest of the public believes (my social status is more important that truth).  I hereby lay aside all desire to factfind any further, compare this incidents to others in any other than the standard fashion, and grant my faculties of reason to mainstream media.

Feed me something more, and as I don’t know how to find and assess truth (versus falsehood) for myself, I leave it to the experts.  As experts don’t agree with each other, I leave it to the most prominent experts!“)

When, a better approach would be to, in general, know who is funding the experts, and how.  I have this blog and “Cold Hard Facts” and plenty of links to others to figure that out.

Aurora, Colorado theater shooting was only last July.  Here’s some of what surfaced in the Denver Examiner in September, 2012 (although we were focused on elections about that time, right?  Distract, Distract, Distract — this was important information.  Where was the mainstream coverage outside Denver?)

 

A seemingly completely drugged individual alleged to be James Holmes, yet appearing to be someone totally different, is seen barely able to stay awake next to a very quiet defense attorney in a court and case that has been suspect from the very beginning.

Aurora theater shooting court documents blows inside job conspiracy wide open

(examiner.com, 9.7.12, Jeffrey Phelps):

 

 

When the incident is national — watch out.  There is never an absence of an agenda.

Preface re: the Connecticut Situation:

This is a major media and national tragedy incident — timed towards the end of the year when people have already been worked over (i.e., “working the crowd”) regarding fiscal cliffs, to prepare us for higher taxes, prices, and lower services — or else.  If you don’t understand the term “working the crowd” the reference is from performance situations, like stand-up comics, musicians, or as it were certain styles of Protestant or nondenominational evangelistic Christianity.  A result is desired (participation, tithing, applause) hence the audience must be primed.

I will talk in more detail about the Connecticut situation, but am publishing this post now because there is a “mental/behavioral” health situation, a family court (obviously — divorce) system, a violence situation (a young man Adam Lanza allegedly (I wasn’t there) murdered his mother, his mother’s principal, and his mother’s school’s psychologist, plus little kids in two classrooms).

It’s obvious that spin will focus on the young man, his mothers’ ownership of guns, his oddball loner characteristics, his potential mental illness problems, and of course their recent divorce.

Which plays into the hands of practically every special-interest factor in the family court system:  Mental/behavioral health, Responsible Fatherhood (here was a divorced mother whose son murdered her and others — see?  Bad single mothers!) and I’ll bet will NOT be framed as a “violence against women” issue although violence against women, and children, is routine in the world, and this might be in part about that….

(YOU WANT AN EYE-OPENER?  READ THAT LAST LINK…)(in fact here it is, a “one-minute read.”  This was an adult woman in another country being killed on the way to work.  everyone knew she was at risk, no one offered such women (government workers) protection; her predecessor had been killed by a car bomb last July (despite pleas from her son for protection for that mother….) and yet this woman had the guts and courage to go to work in a hostile to woman workers country….)  this is the whole article, a “one-minute read.”:

(from “theweek.co.uk” no author listed…)

Murder of a senior bureaucrat proves that women face spiralling violence in Afghanistan

LAST UPDATED AT 11:37 ON MON 10 DEC 2012

THE MURDER today of the acting head of women’s affairs for the Afghan province of Laghman, just five months after her predecessor was killed in a bomb attack, is stark evidence of rising levels of violence toward women in the war-torn country, says  The Guardian.

No one has yet claimed responsibility, but the Taliban are the obvious culprits and the death of Nadia Sediqqi raises fears about the threat to Afghan women’s rights – and lives – once Nato troops leave the country.

Sediqqi was shot dead as she got into a rickshaw to go to work this morning in the provincial capital, Mehtar Lam. A spokesman for the governor of Laghman province said she travelled and worked without bodyguards – a common situation for female government workers.

Activists and some politicians blame waning interest in women’s rights on the part of the government for a wave of violence against women, says The Guardian.

President Hamid Karzai’s government denies the accusation. But while Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and employment since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001, there are fears that such freedoms could be traded away as Karzai seeks to broker peace with the group.

Sediqqi’s predecessor, Hanifa Safi, was killed in July by a car bomb that her family blamed on the Taliban. Safi’s son said that authorities had ignored repeated requests that his mother should be offered protection, the Guardian reports.

His claim reinforces concerns that the safety of female government workers is not taken seriously in a country where women who pursue careers often face opposition and can be ostracised – or worse – for mixing with male colleagues.

Why — in any country — should women be shot to death for the “crime” of going to work, or standing up for their gender?   Why in America should a mother be shot to death in her home, by her son (allegedly).  (Can’t put her son on the witness stand; he’s dead; so’s she.  Were there any other witnesses to the event whereby Mom was killed?).

Why, for that matter, should the institution of marriage be a place of death and abuse for women either?  Mine was.  As to going to work, my children were kidnapped on a work day.  Some women are killed while exchanging their children with their exes.   Some have been shot to death in beauty salon’s (or witnessed mayhem) because someone else’s ex was angry (and armed, I’m talking Scott DeKrai of Seal Beach, California — a divorce case with eight casualties).

I didn’t even know about Nadia Sediqqi — and wouldn’t have, had it not been for a blog by Anne Stevenson, who also writes on some of the HHS issues (link to right):  This is just a small segment of the blog; she has

Recommendation #1: Facilitate, Encourage The Meaningful Participation Of Women In Education, Business VenturesFresh in everyone’s mind is the fact that this week, senior Afghan government official Nadia Sediqqi, acting head of the women’s affairs department in Laghman province was shot dead on her way to work. Clearly, if Afghanistan wants to attract foreign business partners, Afghanistan’s government will need to do more to ensure all women are safe and capable of doing business within its borders.

Here’s the beginning of the blog, including the co-authorship of the director of foreign relations for “The Municipality of Kabul.” The whole article should be read:

This week, Mustafa Yasa, director of foreign relations for the Municipality of Kabul, has joined me in writing this column. We plan to share with readers our observations on how Afghanistan and the U.S. can work more efficiently and effectively to transform the country from a post-conflict society to an economically independent nation and formidable competitor in the world market.

“Afghanistan must stand on its own feet, and the only foundation that will support this emerging nation is the ground we stand on. Fortunately the ground under our feet is mineral rich,” Sadat Mansoor Naderi, chairman of the Afghan Gold and Minerals Company told participants last week at the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) 8th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference (BMC) held in Washington, D.C.

Now you probably know why the US is so fascinated with Afghanistan also, among other reasons.  Mineral-rich ground. The scramble for Afghanistan….  Most politics is about commerce anyhow, particularly minerals, oil, you name it….

At the present time, Afghanistan remains a donor economy reliant on international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for financial support. While the mineral industry may be Afghanistan’s most promising asset, there are currently no long-term plans in place to facilitate the kind of stable and sustainable infrastructure needed to ensure Afghanistan’s future as an independent, sovereign economy.

In 2014, the U.S. plans to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan from 101,000 in June 2012 to 10,000 U.S. soldiers withdrawing by the end of this year.

Since 2001, the U.S. has invested $1.2 trillion tax dollars in the war in Afghanistan, over 17,644 U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan been injured, and more than 2,000 U.S. Soldiers have been killed. Yet despite the high transaction costs of war, total withdrawal of U.S. troops seems highly unlikely where the Pentagon and the U.S. Geological Survey estimate that Afghanistan, and consequently our U.S. troops, may be sitting on as much as $1 trillion of unmined rare minerals, making it one of the richest mining areas on Earth.

RE: “Connecticut”

And assuming it was Adam Lanza (only), what better way for any young man (or older man) who has been put down or made to feel like an outcast, different, or inferior in society, than to “really” get even than to go kill some women and children, including Mom (or sometimes, it’s spouse, etc.) ….

On the other hand, I am still interested in the potential role any medication may have had on this one.  One thing I know for sure — I do not take anything published in the newspaper, or propounded by my own government at face value any more.  Neither should you past that September 11, 2011.

Ground Zero: September 11, 2001 – September 11, 2011

One of the most indelible memories in the collective psyche of Americans – and the world – comes from the images of the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks on the United States, September 11, 2001. Yesterday, Americans and the world collectively remembered those who lost their lives in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania ten years after that unforgettable day. This post (edited by Leanne Burden) shows the transformation, of what became known as Ground Zero, over the last ten years. A memorial rises from the ashes of that day on September 11, 2011. — Paula Nelson (41 photos total)  (spectacular photos).
Now apart from the affective, how much “cognitive” was going on in the collective psyche of America — and the world — about the insurance liability policy taken out just a few days prior to the attack, because handling the asbestos problem would be too expensive; besides, how else could an Iraq invasion be justified, and other evidence contradicting the popular legend on HOW this happened?
The ability to deny the obvious is (double-think) part of the Orwellian future.  However a group called “Architects & Engineers” hadn’t given up, ten years later, in explaining the physical impossibility of the standard explanations…  HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED in the explosion, how many lives affected – – of the victims alone (including NYFD victims, i.e. rescuers).

 Among references to the contrary:

America’s “War on Terrorism

Author Name: Michel Chossudovsky
ISBN Number: 9780973714715
Year: 2005
Pages: 365 with complete index

waronterrorism.jpgIn this new and expanded edition of Michel Chossudovsky’s 2002 best seller, the author blows away the smokescreen put up by the mainstream media, that 9/11 was an attack on America by “Islamic terrorists”.  Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the cover-up and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

The expanded edition, which includes twelve new chapters focuses on the use of 9/11 as a pretext for the invasion and illegal occupation of Iraq, the militarisation of justice and law enforcement and the repeal of democracy

According to Chossudovsky, the  “war on terrorism” is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus.
The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.

September 11, 2001 provides a justification for waging a war without borders. Washington’s agenda consists in extending the frontiers of the American Empire to facilitate complete U.S. corporate control, while installing within America the institutions of the Homeland Security State.

+++++++++The Dog and Pony Show for People with Short-Term Memories by Walter Burien – CAFR1.com
11/05/12 (ALSO posted below).

Good morning folks. Again it is the first day of the rest of our lives.

George Bush Sr. (REPUBLICAN) The ex-CIA director who became president. The stage was set for covert wars for the next 30-years and do you remember those interest rate jumps to 21% – 22% kicked off in the Reagan term? What a grand play. The population was screaming at the banks but alas the core reality was held back from the population that the government was the #1 investors with the banks from the profits made. The profit made was massive for government investments and the core deception principle of government investment manipulation was firmly rooted by omission. Then along comes Bill Clinton;

4. George Bush Jr. (Republican) – Large market manipulations in general are outside the scope for cognitive thinking and comprehension of the general population.

{{I wonder WHY!    ….}}

Come the end of 2001, the “planed” events of the new gang in power began to unfold.

The WTC complex was chosen as the “hook and bait” for what was to follow. Being a prior tenant of WTC1 back in 1979-80, I was very aware that the WTC Towers needed to be demolished. They were constructed using thousands of tons of asbestos foam fire insulation sprayed on the internal infrastructure (asbestos use banned after completion of the towers) and the flat surface design of the towers made them very susceptible to collapse in the event of a level 4 or 5 hurricane hitting the flat surfaces of the towers.

A demolition report in 1979 was commissioned by the then owners of the towers the Port Authority of NY and NJ and the cost for demolition the report showed would have been over seven-billion dollars with the report noted not accounting for the billions of dollars of collectively claimed damage suits filed from individuals saying they were exposed to the asbestos due to the demolition.

The Port Authority of NY and NJ took the alternative measure back in 1980 of installing a special air filtration system in the towers at a cost of over 120-million dollars that would filter out asbestos fibers as they deteriorated from the infrastructure coating. A ticking time-bomb was left standing.

George Bush “Sr.” as an ex-CIA director always wanted to takeover the Middle East oil countries for obvious reasons of wealth taken and control exerted. The opportunity now presented itself with George Bush Jr. at the helm. What was needed was the all-encompassing trigger to put his plan into motion. September 11th 2001 that trigger masterfully was pulled, played out, and put into motion.

The stage in all respects was carefully planned in advance and unfolded with the precision of a Swiss clock maker. Trillion dollar short stock index international market derivatives positions taken by the primary government institutional investment accounts months in advance; scripts provided to be read out by the syndicated media; and selected culprits to be blamed. Osama bin Laden’s name, an ex-CIA paid operative from Saudi Arabia during the Afghanistan / Russian war was mentioned as the fronted mastermind “20-minutes” into the event. The script read by the syndicated media out of the UK was a bit untimely when they reported WTC7 collapsed 10-minutes before it did. And then there was Larry Silverstein a dual American / Israeli citizen who took out the 99-year lease from the Port Authority of NY and NJ where for twenty years no one else would take a lease on that ticking time bomb. Larry Silverstein had the WTC complex insured with a double indemnity insurance policy for a terrorism attack just days before the towers went down. Some upper level Government officials say a coincidence, CAFR1 says in a Pig’s eye.

ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS FOR THE TRUTH

…..FAQs: (these are technical reasons, but the most rational reasons (supported by these) is in the row below…..

FAQ #4: Why weren’t the sounds that were heard during the destruction of the WTC skyscrapers on 9/11 as loud as the blasts heard in videos of known controlled demolitions?

Many sounds of explosions were in fact heard at the WTC on 9/11, and their continuous and rapid nature  would make individual explosions very difficult to hear. In addition, thermite incendiary materials, which were identified in the WTC dust, create less noise than conventional explosives. A more detailed answer is available here.

FAQ #5: What caused the isolated high-speed ejections of pulverized dust and debris from the Towers?

Video evidence shows that these ejections were composed of pulverized building materials, and they occurred at isolated, geometrically precise locations, in an engineered pattern which are attributable to explosives – not air pressure from above. In addition, the ejection speeds were too high to have been caused by the pressure of the collapsing structure above.  A more detailed answer is available here.

FAQ #6: Why does AE911Truth represent only a small percentage of architects and engineers?

Most architects and engineers have never been presented with the scientific evidence of controlled demolition. In addition, most of those who take the time to examine this evidence acknowledge that the official story can’t be true. As of the date of this publication, there are almost 1,700 architects and engineers who openly support the findings of AE911Truth vs. only a few dozen who have openly supported the NIST WTC reports. Even so, in the end, the evidence stands on its own, regardless of how many professionals are aware of it.  A more detailed answer is available here.

FAQ #7: Aren’t the red-gray chips identified in the WTC dust merely primer paint from the WTC steel structural elements?

Key ingredients of the primer paint are not present in the chemical composition of the red-gray chips – and vice versa. More importantly, scientific tests have revealed that the red-gray chips ignite at 430º C, creating molten iron as a reaction product – characteristics that confirm they are thermitic material and not primer paint. A more detailed answer is available here.

FAQ #8: What is nanothermite? Could it have been used to demolish the WTC towers?

Thermite is a mixture of a metal and the oxide of another metal that produces temperatures well in excess of 4000° F when ignited, certainly high enough to allow cuts through the structural steel of the Twin Towers. Nanothermite is a nano-engineered variant of thermite that can be formulated to be explosive, intensifying its destructive power. Residues of thermite and nanothermite were discovered in the WTC dust, which indicates they were used to destroy the WTC skyscrapers. A more detailed answer is available here.

FAQ #9: Were the Twin Towers designed to withstand the impact of the airplanes?

Yes. Airplane impact tests that were conducted during the design of the Twin Towers showed that the skyscrapers would withstand the impact of a Boeing 707, which has more energy upon impact than the 767 aircraft that crashed into the Twin Towers on 9/11. In the following years, lead WTC structural engineer John Skilling, WTC structural engineer Leslie Robertson and WTC construction manager Frank Demartini made statements that underscore that analysis. A more detailed answer is available here.

(Now you know about the site).
Perhaps it’s because people don’t know what to do with an acceptance or acknowledgment of this information, assuming it’s true — the ramifications would eradicate life as possible, as opposed to life as becoming impossible (the “boiling frog” encroachment // door-shutting of the Department of Homeland Security measures taken since……)….  But I would think it’s wise to keep in mind that multiple purposes were served by the WTC destruction, one of which was cost-savings (profit?) to the individual (or company) who took out the liability insurance “just in time” for the demolitions…

So, HOW DOES THIS VIOLENCE COMPARE WITH OTHER KINDS, BY OTHERS?

Most violence is about the right to steal something from someone, or the right to exploit a certain population — or retaliation from the same.  Stealing and Lying should be recognized for the forms of violence they actually arethere is no reason to steal or lie, with an exception noted, perhaps to eat, or perhaps to stay alive.

But to eat, or to stay alive, is definitely no excuse for the volume of stealing, lying (pretenses) and violence (killing, whether with high-powered weaponry or pharmaceuticals) done by what is commonly called “government” (and should be more properly understood as corporations that make the rules and exist to raise money, in part by selling debt, and enforce collections with — well, force!).  And let us keep this in mind while in shock and mourning over the children — and adults — killed.

Regarding the Elementary School Shootings:

Let us also be wary about how honest is the reporting, how truthfully was the account of it put together, and make mental notes of who, outside of the responding police, was actually a competent eyewitness of these things, particularly as most of the closest witnesses are dead including the person who opened the door.  Let us keep in mind the effect of sudden shock and trauma and potential fear upon any surviving witnesses IF it did not play out as it is being reported in the media, and let us not forget that there are going to be overlaps between who owns media, and who runs government — they are related.


This post (as drafted) begins dealing with a certain coalition of nonprofits formed to obtain grants and funding from the HHS (primarily) to promote responsible fatherhood.  One of the sponsors of that organization is a prominent fathers’ rights attorney from Chicago, and the other corporation, appears to have been a corporation rounded by one woman with the initials CJH, and this organization was itself set up to help get grants, especially focusing on giving grants to promote marriage, and grants to religious style organizations.

As became clear when I saw Susan Dreyfuss circulating (like many of her leadership level) (and like many judges) in and out of governmental position in a State (as in, one of the 50) executive branch (here, Wisconsin, then Washington) — specifically a state-level equivalent of “HHS” (or a subsidiary of the state-level HHS, i.e., something to do with families and children usually) — and leading nonprofit alliances to fix and heal the nation from all its mental health problems, because they love to protect children and unify families, (etc.) — AND in this case the same individual was sitting (alongside a Texas state attorney general and others) on another nationwide nonprofit called “AHA” (American Humane Association’s) “responsible fatherhood” initiative board of directors — well, it sure does seem that all roads do lead to “Rome” — a.k.a. — the federal funding stream, a whole lot of it spurting off the Social Security Act, or in other words, “welfare.”

This is shown below, and it is indeed a genius of branding to somehow equate “fatherhood” with “prevention of child abuse,” when in truth, it’s actually about simply the profits — not about the children.

In the last post (herein) I talked about what’s been done to children, elderly and disabled, specifically along the line of virtually using them as receptacles for “drug cocktails,” (atypical antipsychotics) to control them, although apparently other restraints were also involved.  These locked up and unable to resist populations were assaulted BOTH chemically AND sexually/physically, at public expense for the actual purpose of pharmaceutical profits.  Our own government is basically a drugs-and-arms dealer, whether inappropriate and excessive FDA style, or simply things like cocaine and heroin.

So where, exactly, in this mix do you think the media emphasis on behavioral health, mental health (and saying lone shooters were probably suffering from a mental health problem) and making sure the public is disarmed, while the government is not — but who is paying to arm our government?  I mean, c’mon !!!  Is there a picture emerging from all this?  Or cannot the dots be connected yet?

More below….

As I began looking into the “School Shooting” Friday 12/14/2012 in Connecticut — I remembered things Connecticut has become well-known for (other than, say, YALE) among mothers attempting to protect their kids, and people investigating family court matters.  These are so many they have to be placed on a different (but collateral) post, and I am talking about what kinds of horrors (not deaths, but specifically child abuse and molestation, accompanied by financial fraud) this state — along with others — covers up.

Let’s keep in mind that as real as the emotion is around the needless death of innocent elementary school children, let us NOT forget that overall our own government, historically, is not about protecting the innocent throughout the world.  Not hardly.  It’s about the profits.  Governments are specialized forms of corporations that then, once in place, form other corporations for the purposes of raising revenue — sometimes by incurring debt (meaning, creating debt for the public to pay off later) and doing this when it already has huge amounts of pooled wealth, and probably doesn’t need to cut services OR raise taxes.

Just stay mentally alert during the time of this horrific tragedy.  The public’s emotions are being ripped one way and another over this issue, and that is NOT a good state in which to make sound decisions.

Remember the basic statements of
Silent Weapons for Silent Wars.

War is merely the act of destroying the creditor, and the politicians are the publicly hired hit men that justify the act to keep the responsibility and blood off the public conscience.
The silent weapon is a type of biological warfare. It attacks the vitality, options and mobility of the individuals of a society.

 

I believe this shooting was avoidable, but was not avoided in part because of its having dramatic and widespread effect through the media.  I am not saying it was a specifically-timed conspiracy, but the conditions and the set-up are all there. These things are going to happen, and they are needless. Why they continue to happen is because the overall game plan is as above — the population needs to be at all times controlled, and exploited, not to mention disarmed. Sooner or later, people are doing to find out to what extent we have been lied to (looking at CAFRs is a good start! — if anything shows dishonesty, and collusion, they do!) When people — or should they ever catch on en masse (meaning, probably those who are not domesticated and tamed under various religious dogma — most religious dogma is basically going to say “submit, submit!” anyhow…) they are going to be angry. As I have continued to show and repeat — government is a revenue-raising corporation with guns, it sees people as a resource to be exploited, a lot of propaganda is necessary (including in the teaching of history), control of the school systems from young to higher (university level) and in general, many people will be kept ignorant of the genocides and concentration camps going on on the other side of the world — or under their noses, but in places and institutions we don’t have a real handle on.

As such — the government is going to want us disarmed, and or institutionalized as mentally ill, at which time we can also be drugged up.  These are ALWAYS on the table, and a clear agenda — see the Rhodes Scholarships and watch what those scholars have been doing in Africa with the Diamond cartel (including in the US) and pay attention to how it was done.  As with Africa, so it will be sooner or later with North America.

The public’s role in this is to be so A-D-D and numbed to insane policies and procedures, they will believe anything, and continue paying tribute (let’s call taxes what they are!).

The two purpose of empire remain: expansion (military exploits) and loot, plunder and murder.  This, in addition to appropriating populations for slave (whether for brute physical labor, or for talented technical labor) who then help build the civic monuments (NOTE:  THIS INCLUDES INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, MUSEUMS, (RAILROADS, ETC.) ….  and develop technology to better control more people.   As part of this agenda, a serious propaganda machine (or national religion) certainly helps make it easier to control the natives.

Am I jaundiced, cold, calloused, and simply don’t care?

No – -on the contrary, I DO care.   I just happened to have received a recent and very effective history lesson regarding certain individuals involved in the colonization (Scramble for) Africa.  Of course I am not academic or professor level in this, but by reading those who are, and chronologies, it’s really not too awfully hard to piece it together.

Of course, the personal experience of having been treated this way both in marriage, and by my own family of origin — as a resource (i.e., a child-bearing one) to be exploited and domesticated, denigrated, lied about and looted from (note:  Many parents, including many mothers, now know this experience well in USA, Inc.) it did make sense.  Particularly vivid was the “Hegelian dialectic” model, which I can see was used on me in the court system (and is being used on the public in many related systems).

_ _ _ _ _ Therefore:

Words and image stir emotions, provoke PTSD extreme in parents — I’m sure — throughout the country, who send their little ones in faith off to schools, expecting them to come back alive.  Now they can’t be assured of that — can they, really?  Oh my God, what kind of new restrictions can we have, what FURTHER civil rights violations can be put on the entire country because anyone — (particularly sons living with single mothers after divorce?) — could become the next mass murderer.  Let’s lock up all the guns — lock up the schools — establish even MORE mental health screening (people forgot TMAP, PennMAP, Teen Screen and all that?) . . . . .

I will just about guarantee that something is amiss with the media portrayal of this shooting, although it’s obvious that the children and adults involved are dead, as well as the shooter.  Just a little reminder — many of us around the issues of CPS and the Courts really do not believe that the late Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband were actually murder/suicide victim.  More like murder/murder, and probably because of what she was investigating at the time (including federal incentives to traffick children through the courts).  (Google Garland Favorito for a good series of articles).

ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE WAS WRITTEN EARLIER.  I TOOK IT UP TO THE POINT OF EXPLAINING HOW ORGANIZATIONS REPRODUCE EACH OTHER, OR FORM UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS, USING THIS EXAMPLE.  ONCE HAVING A CRITTER IN PLACE, THEY CREATE MORE CRITTERS, AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW, “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.”  AS THESE ARE NOT SEEN UNLESS SOMEONE IS PAYING ATTENTION TO CORPORATE GENEALOGY AND ACTIVITIES, IT GETS A LITTLE “HAIR-RAISING.”


But you simply cannot get beyond the basic truths that Walter Burien brought forth and continues to bring forth — like a few decades ago — when he first understood beautifully that what we call government is actually a criminal racket by any other name.

Is that subversive?  Well, I don’t know.

But I sure as hell don’t like walking into what I was led to believe is a court and find it utterly uninterested in the facts of the case it’s allegedly judging.  I don’t know anyone else who does, particularly when children are involved.  WHY IS IT, we may ask, these groups do not view the children that we biologically fathered or mothered — as “ours”?   Heck, some of us even nursed our own children that we gave birth to — and they’re still not ours; what does that make us?  Breeding stock for some institution — like wars?

And we are supposed to sit still while people with considerable wealth, obtained in the public employ (i.e., as judges, attorneys, GALS) show up and talk about situations they’ve privately, and separately from our input (as a class of persons, or individually) pre-determined is “good” for the kids?  And then becomes immune to any feedback that it ain’t good?

At what point is it going to become “just too late” to stand up to this type of widespread abuse of the public?  I said it in a post a long while before running across the CAFR material — because I saw it.  What the CAFR material clearly (also) shows is pre-meditated strategy to do this.  As he points out, services (when they actually happen) are the “bait and hook” to justify more taxation.

And from what I can tell (see some of this blog) ain’t nobody really minding the shop.  No wonder they wanted “welfare reform” block grants to the states — it was a financing setup:  Wealth Diversion to ALL KINDS of nonprofits, and Privatizing Welfare.

(MAKE SURE YOUR PROTEST REAUTHORIZATION OF THIS BEFORE MARCH 2013!!!)

In fact, the HHS would even help finance a corporation to start itself up (“Compassion Capital Funding”) and if that corporation then, well, kind of drops off the face of the map (fails to stay incorporated), who’s to know if it continues to get funds?  Go see Baltimore’s CAFRs if you want a sample, or fatherhood.gov, and related posts.

Then they have conferences, literally, to hook up (I wonder if there are also hookers present) the local nonprofits with the HHS wheelers and dealers to set up the “change agents” for the various court systems.  I’m talking about the “Fathers and Families Coalition of America” (Not Glenn Sacks outfit, but Jeffrey Leving-sponsored outfit), with every emotion-laden appeal in the book.  Every time you visit the site, the graphics are more advanced and flashy.

  • EXECUTIVE MEMBERS
  • James Rodríguez, MSW
  • CEO/President
  • LEGAL COUNSEL
  • Gary Wieser, J.D.,
  • Dr. Ramon Nieves
  • Chicago, IL
  • Patricia Wilson-Coker, MSW, JD
  • Denver, CO
  • Ed Gonzáléz-Santín, MSW
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Charlene Lewis-Meeks
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Carl Chadband
  • Dunbar, WV
  • Dr. Nathan O’Neal
  • Denver, CO
  • Jeffery M. Leving, Esq. LTD
  • Chicago, IL
  • SPONSORS

      (This would be Leving’s Law Firm)

If you click through it leads to a shameless self-promotion of Mr. Leving and his books, and career, including endorsements by a Chicago Cardinal (of the Archdiocese of Chicago) and President Barack Obama (also an attorney, let’s not forget):

ATTORNEY:JEFFERYM.LEVING

Fathers’ Rights Attorney Jeffery M. Leving 

Jeffery M. Leving has been named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio™ and selected by his peers as one of Illinois’ top attorneys. He is the acclaimed author of three groundbreaking books, Fathers’ Rights, Divorce Wars, and How to Be a Good Divorced Dad, a new book that received an endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago and praise from President Barack Obama.

Jeffery Leving received his Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1979. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

His professional associations include the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the McHenry County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the LaSalle County Bar Association, the Federal Trial Bar, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.

Is that enough private nonprofit trade associations, for starters?  Plus Presidential Privileges:

Jeffery M. Leving was chosen by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to provide expert input in the first Town Hall Meeting on Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families in Chicago and recently met with President Obama in Washington, D.C., to discuss critical issues facing the nation.

(Women don’t stand a chance in contested custody matters with this kind of firepower)  Just for the record, that “White House Office,” now Obama’s territory, was established by THE First (two) executive orders issued by George W. Bush, Jr. in 2001 on taking office.  Some say, in a stolen election.  Possibly he was just doing the right thing for people who helped him get into office (not necessarily the public).  So January, 2001, we got that Faith-Based Office set up by Executive Order (why bother running it past the plebians, meaning, the voters, or for that matter, even Congress?  A Bush President Spoke, and It Was So.  Before the year was out, however, about 3,000 people would perish in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, 9/11, changing American government even more than this executive order.).

I should probably mention that the ABA HQ is in Chicago, that (obviously) President Obama hails from there as Senator, and in general this city is known as a great place for politics (See “The Machine,” Blagojevich, Tony Rezko, etc.)

The disclosure of Blagojevich’s {discredited comments that Rezko contributed to Obama campaign, taped by the FBI} comments comes as the president is locked in a tight re-election campaign with Republican Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who has sought to link Obama’s Chicago connections to the city’s culture of political corruption.

Obama’s ties to Rezko were a nagging issue in the 2008 campaign. Rezko and Obama were friends, and Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for Obama for the first three political offices he sought. Obama also acknowledged a lapse in judgment over his involvement with Rezko in private real estate transactions related to the purchase of Obama’s home in the Kenwood neighborhood in 2005.

That was just sarcastic side commentary.  However, this particular nonprofit organization is a problematic one, and seems to symbolize some of the issues.  Wish I’d known about these groups in time for my own custody issues…  

(click link to see CJH Educational Services logo properly arranged…..)

  • Its mission is to address the social and educational needs of citizens in North Carolina through the attainment of federal grant funds. CJH prepares and submits proposals on behalf of academic institutions and experienced nonprofit organizations seeking effective programs and initiatives to serve youth, adults, and/or students who reside in poverty or who have special needs.

Apparently, Healthy Marriage Education is more important than food, transportation, or child support being delivered to the families in which the children reside.  The PUBLIC supported the setup and the Demonstration Projects for this one group to the tune of about $6 million (per “TAGGS”) starting in 2002.    They are definitely “private” taking public funding, and apparently they are Father-friendly because I sure don’t see CJH services in any domestic violence or feminist organizations — just this conferencing group in Arizona (However, those other groups also have their federal funding as well, to keep the conflict going….)

I’m going to show these grants for a demonstration, again — hopefully readers will “get” how this works.  In “getting” FAF nonprofit, it’s also vital to understand how the flip side of the coin (DV etc.) groups, out of professional courtesy (don’t bite the hand that feeds you) make sure NOT to tell their distressed mothers (who provide email contacts and free publicity, show up at rallies and sometimes buy products, too) that FAF exists, or what for.    So, then who are the nice guys — either side? (No, not either side….).

The public continues to be the dupe, funding BOTH sides and wondering why the social problems of fatherlessness and/or child abuse and domestic violence (pick your criminal area:  drug abuse, illiteracy, etc.) “just don’t seem to go away.”  

Like I said, we’ve nearly ALL been raised to be duped in government matters, you name the topic, it probably applies.  

Here we go for CJH services.  This is hardly a “big player,” but it sure seems to come in handy – -and it’s sponsoring those hookup with HHS conferences, per the website (as is our Chicagoland Fathers’ Rights attorney Mr. Leving):

Your guess is as good as mine why this private nonprofit is listed under the federal (HHS) public access database as “welfare department.”  Notice her name shows up in three different styles.

Grantee Name Award Number CFDA Number Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
CJH Educational Grant Services, Inc. 90EJ0018 93647 CYNTHIA J. HARRIS $ 3,339,867
CJH Educational Grant Services, Inc. 90FE0059 93086 CYNTHIA HARRIS $ 550,000
CJH Educational Grant Services, Inc. 90FE0059 93086 CYNTHIA J HARRIS $ 1,100,000
CJH Educational Grant Services, Inc. 90FE0059 93086 CYNTHIA J HARRIS $ 1,100,000
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Recipient: CJH Educational Grant Services, Inc.
Address: P.O. BOX 14264
RALEIGH, NC 27620-4264
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: WAKE
HHS Region: 4
Type: Welfare Department
Class:

AWARD ACTIONS

Showing: 1 – 8 of 8 Award Actions

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2010 90FE0059  HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 5 00 ACF 09-24-2010 124630497 $ 550,000 
Fiscal Year 2010 Total: $ 550,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2009 90FE0059  HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 4 0 ACF 09-18-2009 124630497 $ 550,000 
Fiscal Year 2009 Total: $ 550,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2008 90FE0059  HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 3 0 ACF 09-14-2008 124630497 $ 550,000 
Fiscal Year 2008 Total: $ 550,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2007 90FE0059  HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 2 0 ACF 09-17-2007 124630497 $ 550,000 
Fiscal Year 2007 Total: $ 550,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2006 90FE0059  HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 1 0 ACF 09-25-2006 124630497 $ 550,000 
Fiscal Year 2006 Total: $ 550,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2004 90EJ0018  COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 3 0 ACF 09-07-2004 124630497 $ 1,116,440 
Fiscal Year 2004 Total: $ 1,116,440
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2003 90EJ0018  COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 0 ACF 09-09-2003 124630497 $ 716,440 
Fiscal Year 2003 Total: $ 716,440
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2002 90EJ0018  COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 0 ACF 09-15-2002 124630497 $ 1,506,987 
Fiscal Year 2002 Total: $ 1,506,987
Total of all award actions: $ 6,089,867

Ms. Harris’ blurb, from the site:

 She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville with an M.A., in Counselor Education, Human Services.

A native of Greensboro, Cynthia is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and First Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Currently she serves as President of One Mission Tree, Inc. a non-profit, tax- exempt organization addressing the social and educational needs of underserved adults and youth.  (my link shows an EIN# 317746236, ruling date 8.2011 only with a revenue JUST UNDER the reporting level (I believe) of $25K.  Cute.  However state of NC shows earlier:).

Entity Name Type Status Formed Online Annual Reports
Legal NC Corporate Name One Mission Tree, Inc. NP Current-Active 12/11/2000 N/A

Name changes, and when:

Image Date Document Id Event Document
Download PDF 12/11/2000 203439069 Creation Filing INC – Articles of Incorporation
Download PDF 4/10/2002 220935019 Amendment CROA – Change of Address of Registered Office/Agent
Download PDF 9/19/2003 C200325800439 Name Change DNAM – Corporation Name Change (Domestic)
Download PDF 4/21/2011 C201110500040 Name Change DNAM – Corporation Name Change (Domestic)

(the address change was to a larger and more valuable home with 12 residents listed, African-American, male & female (can you believe the web lists Real Estate resident ethnicity !!!).

Previous names:

Corporation Names

NameName TypeLegal NC Corporate Name  ONE MISSION TREE, INC.LEGALPrevious Legal NC Corporate Name HARRIS EDUCATORS & ASSOCIATES: RESEARCH, TRAINING, SERVICEPREV LEGALPrevious Legal NC Corporate Name MAINTAINING INTER-FAITH AND SOCIAL SERVICES THROUGH INTENSE ORGANIZED NETWORKS: TRAINING, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, EVALUATION, INC.PREV LEGAL

“She has served as a Field Reader for the U.S. Department of Education, rating and scoring federal applications for competitive grants”

One of CJH’s  compassion-capital award sub-grantees ($20,500)it’s called “re-entry” award:  Clara D. Bain is a Substance Abuse Counselor.  It says 15 people live in the single-family 3BR 2Ba home at the address.

BAIN’S COMMUNITY COUNSELING & CARE MANAGEMENT CENTER
Unknown 09/12/2002
General Business 0645268
North Carolina (NC)
10 Years, 3 Months
600 Whitetail Lane
Clayton, NC 27520

(Low-cost temporary housing?)

Although as far as the state of NC is concerned, this organization didn’t exist until 2012, it somehow got a $20K subgrant from CJH Educational services for re-entry help, in 2004-2005.

Entity Name Type Status Formed Online Annual Reports
Legal NC Corporate Name Bain’s Community Counseling & Care Management Center NP Current-Active 9/12/2002 N/A

More Board of Directors of FAF.  You can see they come from a variety of states and include some “Revs.”

  • Richard Claytor
  • Boston, MA
  • Charley Taylor
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Rev. Deborah Taylor
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Kevin Poleyumptewa
  • Ahwatukee, AZ
  •  
  • Ted Dance
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  •  
  • Rev. Terry Weston
  • Plano, IL
  • Nellie Reina
  • Salt River Pima Maricopa Community
  • Rev. Bevann  Garnes
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Lynn Wieser, MS
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • EMERITUS STATUS MEMBERS
  • Dr. Sherry Ulmer
  • Coolidge, AZ
  • Dr. Gene C. Blue
  • Treasurer Phoenix, AZ
  • Domingo Rodríguez
  • Phoenix, AZ

HOW MUCH OF THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS AS USUAL, THEN, IS ACCEPTABLE?

I think you can see the issues it raises when a private organization sponsored in part by one well-known attorney and another group the HHS helped fund (with $6 million no less) whose sole purpose is helping people get grants, and then this organization’s primary purpose appears to be establishing a new field of practice FIRMLY, and getting grants to fund it.  So who wants the job of tracking where that money went — do YOU?  THE ENTIRE FAF GROUP ORIGINATED IN CONSOLIDATING STATEWIDE GRANTS RECIPIENTS (ARIZONA) Ca. 1994 TO START WITH ANYHOW, AS I RECALL.

What is the whole operation — some kind of bad joke?  When is it over?  Or if it’s a very long, bad dream, when do we get to wake up?

Look — here it is plain and simple.  I told us re: the family court nonprofits.  He’s talking re:  Financial Organizations that head up nonprofits.  I also showed a while back, after Carl Hermann (who now reports on CAFRs in California, at least) attempted to engage in a conversation with some public officials on how come they feel it proper to just “not mention” how much private assets are being held? And we got a nice example (as I looked up a District Attorney who failed to respond to his written questions, and found out that the same district attorney didn’t see fit to restrain some strange corporation-propagation behavior within the “City of Industry, California.”) . . .. Sooner or later this picture comes into focus well enough;

1.  GOVERNMENTS, generally, ARE CORPORATIONS THAT, ONCE IN PLACE, SET UP MORE CORPORATIONS, FOR THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF RAISING MORE MONEY, I.E., ISSUING BONDS (SELLING OFF ASSETS) AND RAISING TAXES.

Once you see this — your worldview will be vastly expanded, and your relationship to it, radically changed.   For example, how about a person’s work life?

The United States of America1. What is Taxation?ANSWER: A revenue source.2. What is Investment Return?ANSWER: A revenue Source.3. What Enterprise operations do?ANSWER: Generate a revenue Source.
From 11/5/2012 “The Dog and Pony Show“Government and the private associations developed around government for the last century were driven by the lure of access to easy money of massive proportions.  The “front” of public service has always been the first-line “bait and hook” of presentation with the core reality being that of the massive control of the wealth involved. It would be rather refreshing to hear straight talk from those running for public office qualifying the core reality clearly and up-front don’t you think?

Note — I HIGHLY recommend a re-read of this short post, above — he talks about stolen election, world trade towers, two Bushes, invasions, etc.  And the year 2001 as a turning point in this country.  I also know the year 2001 as having created an office of faith-based initiatives by Executive Order.  It is now almost taken for granted that the World Trade Towers (9/11) was a foreign plot, and not a way of avoiding a billion-dollar reconstruction (asbestos removal) project, and had nothing to do with a double-indemnity liability policy taken out TWO DAYS before 9/11. Sure, you right.    Well how easily we are distracted, and get behind whatever war the administration wants next, right?  (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.).

Apart from that, here’s a nice reminder from W.B. about what CAFRs represent.  These FAQs should be memorized:

Per understanding CAFRs [ Google CAFR ], people have been intentionally kept in the dark so long they forget the basics:1. A “Budget Report” is a selective funding of x accounts from x resources (set up to be primarily funded with taxation and it is for “the year”)2. An “Annual Financial Report” is the showing of “all” income: Investment; taxation; and Enterprise, plus the “accumulated wealth over decades. Budgets are for the year, an AFR is for it all since creation of the entity. There is a big difference between the two. A correct analogy would be: The budget to operate your house vs. your statement of net worth.The public has been played with the biggest shell game of selective presentation there is allowing for massive fortunes to be made by the inside players over the last several decades..Every investment fund large and small is a power base. Where that money is invested determines what country; company; real-estate venture, etc., is made or broken. Thus in line with that, never a mention of the 184,000 AFRs of the corresponding local governments..nor the many thousands of specialty investment funds they contain.I note gov pension funds facilitate the same. Paying employee benefits from the return on the funds is an after thought for the government players. The head communists back in the 30’s and 40’s said they could take over America without firming a shot. The undercurrents of that statement were that they could depend on the greed and opportunity of the players to accomplish that goal and it did. US Collective government since 2000 brings in more gross income than the entire gross income of the population of the United States. Taxation is rammed down the public’s throat (1/3rd of the gross income) and Investment / Enterprise income (2/3rd of the gross income) the “silence is golden” rule is strictly enforced with the full symbiotic cooperation of the syndicated media; controlled education; and both political parties as applies over the last century.
NOTE:Up until 1999 the CAFR showed the “gross” standing balances of income and investment fund balances. Then with onset of disclosure by CAFR1 and the public now looking for the first time http://GASB.org (a 100% private association) who oversees the accounting guidelines of the CAFR, changes were made starting with transmittal letter-31 (up to 90 now) changing the showing in the CAFR from that of gross balances to a showing of “net” balances. Many games are played there so it is very important now to look through the “notes to the financial section” to spot or be directed to many of the specialty advance liability actual fund balances.

Government was NOT supposed to operate at a profit.
 How did they get around this restriction?ANSWER: If for example a city had a 100-million dollar profit for the year from any of its operations, at a stroke of a pen they create a “liability fund” and poof, there goes the profit re-designated now as a liability.

It absolutely is not optional to get busy — this means YOU — and find out at least where you live (take it from state level on down, why not?) how many government entities of those 184,000 or so are actually functioning — DOWNLOAD (don’t just link to) as many of their CAFRs as you can get your paws on, and start looking up funds, and thinking about what you see. CAFRman.com gives a quick guide on how to; you can do this!

Please also consider this post, he is talking about government by “consult” with private organizations to (intentionally) bypass monopoly laws.

2.  

WHILE MONOPOLIES ARE USUALLY UNDERSTOOD TO BE “BAD” (cf.  tyranny, cartel, dictatorship, etc.) OUR OWN GOVERNMENT HAS NEATLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO BYPASS ITS LAWS AGAINST THIS BY SIMPLY HAVING PRIVATE (OFTEN NONPROFIT) CORPORATIONS DO THE WORK OF GOVERNMENT.    

Government, how to bypass its own monopoly laws
by Walter Burien – CAFR1.com
04/18/12CLICK HERE
Government, how to bypass its own monopoly laws
by Walter Burien – CAFR1.com
04/18/12
The feds mandated (by strong suggestion) to local governments back in 1977 at the risk of those local governments loosing federal funding, to comply with preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) or in the alternative if a small local government an Annual Financial Report or Statement (AFR).All local state governments that were not already doing so complied. Then the states passed statute regulations to all of the thousands of local governments in the state to comply also if not already doing so. Back in 1977, at least 50% of all locals were doing so already. (the program started in 1946)The monopoly takeover structure started in 1946 with the creation of http://GFOA.org(Government Financial Officers Association) who started the CAFR promotion project to local governments in the US and Canada, and now since the end of the 70’shttp://GASB.org (Government Accounting Standards Board) oversees the accounting policy and guidelines of the CAFR preparation. Both are 100% private associations with almost 100% government accountant / financial management membership.This gives both GFOA and GASB a clear monopoly by consult over massive equity (tens of trillions of dollars) without being called a government operation. if a government operation HAVING TO BE IN COMPLIANCE  with standing monopoly regulations that government bodies were subject to, they would have been shut down a long time ago as a clear monopoly.You see, being established as private associations directing government by organized and absolute consult, that got around the in place local government and federal monopoly laws effecting government bodies even though both Private Associations having almost 100% government membership.On the Federal level the counterpart federal “one looks after all” private association overseeing accounting and financial management over enterprise; private; and consult to the other associations was called http://FASB.org

CONTROL OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, BY “PRIVATE CONSULT.”  HERE’S (YET ANOTHER) EXAMPLE.   I’M AGAIN MENTIONING WASHINGTON STATE ACTIVITIES WITH JUDGE BOBBE BRIDGE, BECAUSE THE PARTICULAR GROUPS BELOW (STARTING WITH THE NONPROFIT SHE FORMED ON RETIREMENT) HELPED ME “SEE” HOW THIS WORKS:  NONPROFITS FORMED BY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, WEALTHY FOUNDATIONS PROVIDE THE BACKING (IN MANY CASES) AND FROM THERE, THEY SEE TO TOP-DOWN FORCE LEGISLATIVE CHANGE (FOR PREVIOUSLY CHOSEN MODELS) ON AN ENTIRE STATE AT A TIME.

THAT’S HARDLY REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT — IT’S THE SHELL OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT; IT’S ACTUALLY GOVERNMENT BY CORPORATION.  INDIVIDUALS WHO AREN’ IN ON THIS DON’T STAND A CHANCE — WHETHER THEY ARE TARGETED AS CLIENTS TO BE PUT IN SOME OF THE SYSTEMS — OR WHETHER THEY ARE SIMPLY NORMAL WORKING PEOPLE UNAWARE OF THE SYSTEM OPERATIONS, AND STILL UNDER THE DELUSION THAT THE REAL PURPOSE IS PROVIDING SERVICES.

Another one to seriously watch is Bush’s New Freedom Mental Health Commission, etc.   Again, a private nonprofit, “NAMI” is publicizing it.

This exhaustive report from President Bush’s

New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

emphasizes the need to transform our nation’s mental health system.

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America

also provides recommendations for steps that can be taken at national, state and local levels to improve mental health services and supports for people of all ages with mental illnesses.

Will the report of this Commission result in the wholesale transformation called for by the Commissioners? Or, will it prove just to be another Washington report gathering dust on shelves?

I’m telling us, unless we can get a grip on “Government by Private Consult” it’s a full-time job keeping track of who’s up to what next.  I called this one on the “Broken Family Courts” Initiative and the Cummings Foundation last April.  Another “Crisis in the Courts” group (Center for Judicial Excellence) is now in the mix, and promoting the rhetoric.  You PROBABLY heard it first here:  The Family Courts are NOT broken, but doing exactly what they were designed to do!

APR
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Why Watching Conference Agenda is Crucial: Cummings Foundation, Behavioral Health Promotion &”Our” “Broken” Family Law System

Our Broken Family Court” isn’t. It ain’t “Ours” and it ain’t “Broken.” That phrase is a “tell.” I’ll tell you why

….

And last August (8/30/2012) I just took a sample of a single day of contracts from the Federal Government — the amount was $156 million — from the database FEDMINE.com (a good place to track them).  A sample of the top dozen or show revealed several (not just one) well-versed in promoting marriage and fatherhood, particularly “The Lewin Group.”  This is a Consulting Group — and they were consulted about Responsible Fatherhood, although later, apparently more into pharmaceutical stuff:

HHS — Contracts Awarded 8/30/2012 = $156 million. Just for today, August 30, 2012, that is.

197325277  –  LEWIN GROUP, INC., THE**(link is to someone from this group presenting at a 2007 AFCC conference.  Since 1970, they are Health and Human Services consultant; you can look it up). 630,811 4,396,810
127687093  –  CHILD TRENDS INC 1,011,927 1,686,523
072648579  –  ICF INCORPORATED, L.L.C. {{see below}} 500,000 13,942,449

Would you like to see where this Archipelago of Mental Health Treatment Facilities (and privatizing government) is heading?  Check out some of the whistleblower lawsuits cropping up.  While this article doesn’t say “PENNMAPP” (Modeled on Texas’ — under Bush — “TMAPP”) Whistleblower, the person who below the whistle is mentioned in the article.

Read it carefully — and see where the atypical antipsychotics are being prescribed, and how.  Keep in mind that pharmaceutical companies are among the largest on the planet — and running a good deal of the United States (see ‘ALEC’).      The place and way to handle these things — I believe — is by getting a grasp on the economics of (abuse) — the economics of government.   This is a 2007 article.  Look at what’s it’s also costing the government to investigate and sue over these issues:

Makers of Zyprexa Risperdal and Seroquel Under Fire

March 9, 2007, 12:00:00AM. By
Washington, DC:Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca, are all named defendants in a new lawsuit filed by the state of Pennsylvania on February 26, 2007, to recover money paid through public health care programs to purchase Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel, and the costs of medical care for the people injured by these drugs.
You did catch that about “through public health care programs,” right?Pennsylvania is the 5th state to sue Lilly over its illegal marketing of Zyprexa. And according to SEC filings, Lilly was served with four Canadian lawsuits in 2005, with claims “similar to those in the litigation pending in the United States.”
So far, two states have sued Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal, but Pennsylvania is the first state to file a lawsuit against Seroquel-maker AstraZeneca.
The drugs belong to a class known as “atypical” antipsychotics, FDA approved only to treat adults with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and yet they are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world.
In 2006, Zyprexa sales were $4.3 billion, Seroquel’s earned $3.4 billion, and Risperdal had sales of $4.1 billion, according to SEC filings.
A July 2006, report by Decision Resources, a leading advisory firm on healthcare issues, listed antipsychotics in 2005, as the fourth-highest-ranking class of drugs, and said two of the top ten drugs in worldwide sales were atypicals.
According to the lawsuit, the defendant drug makers concealed the risks of atypicals and exaggerated their benefits while persuading doctors to prescribe the drugs off-label for dementia, attention deficit disorders, and mood and behavior disorders.
When the FDA approves a drug it also approves the label, which lists the indications for which the drug can be prescribed, along with instructions for use and warnings about the risks associated with the drug. Once a drug is approved to treat one condition, doctors may prescribe it for others if they think it will be effective, but by law drug companies are not allowed to influence physicians to prescribe a drug for indications other than those listed on the label.
On March 1, 2007, four days after the Pennsylvania lawsuit was filed, two of the three drug companies became the target of another investigation, when Representative, Henry Waxman (D-Cal), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters to Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca, requesting information related to the exact same charges alleged in lawsuits filed by individual states.
. . . According to the New York Times, some of these documents reveal that Lilly knew about Zyprexa’s link to high blood sugar and extreme weight gain that often leads to diabetes, and others show the details of off-label marketing scheme called “Viva Zyprexa.”
This next section of the same article is so RELEVANT I am going to post it here.  What is being done with federal HHS-based funds:  Medicaid, Medicare, promotion and incentives to put kids into foster care (needlessly, many times), or setting up “special court systems”  for “high-conflict” (another word for “dissident?”) divorces?  How many DV deaths were possibly related to someone being on such an atypical antipsychotic.   Can we see how it drive some parents rather nutty to have their children be inappropriately hauled off into the care of strangers?  If this is then used to justify cracking down on the general population — we are in for some very, very rough times (and, FYI, it already has been so used. )
(CONTINUED from Above):

The Pennsylvania case comes on the heels of lawsuits by two Pennsylvania whistleblowers, Allen Jones and Stefan Kruszewski, who say, drug companies are making a fortune from the off-label sale of drugs to patients whose care is funded by Medicaid and Medicare.At the heart of the off-label scheme, they say, are the preferred drug lists, or medication formularies, maintained in many states. Once drugs are added to the list, they must be prescribed as a first line of treatment for all patients in state run institutions and patients in the general population who are covered by public health care programs.In the summer of 2002, psychiatrist, Dr Kruszewski, was employed with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and charged with reviewing psychiatric care provided by state-funded agencies to identify waste, fraud, and abuse. He was also responsible for reviewing the deaths of individuals in state care who died under suspicious circumstances in facilities inside and outside of Pennsylvania.

Early in his investigation, Dr Kruszewski noticed that almost all of the patients under state care were on drug cocktails consisting of antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. The populations he found drugged most often, he said, were children in state care, the disabled, people in state prisons, and children in the juvenile justice system.

For instance, he says, Neurontin was only approved for controlling seizures, but “was being prescribed for anxiety, social phobia, PTSD, oppositional defiant behavior, and attention deficit disorder with no evidence to support these uses.”

When he informed his superiors about the high rate of off-label prescribing and warned about the risk of liability to the state of Pennsylvania if it continued, he was told, “it is none of your business.”

In June 2003, Dr Kruszewski inspected a facility in Oklahoma that housed children from Pennsylvania after an unexpected death of a child, and found children were being overmedicated and housed in deplorable living conditions, in addition to being sexually and physically abused by staff and kept in unnecessary restraints and seclusion.

In a report, Dr Kruszewski recommended removing the children from the facility, “in order to protect other innocent individuals from morbid and mortal consequences of severe over-medication, including chemical restraints; emotional, physical and sexual abuse; seclusion; and dirty and inadequate living conditions.”

A day later, Dr Kruszewski was accused of “trying to dig up dirt,” and was subsequently fired in July 2004, because he refused to keep quiet and accept that it was none of his business, he says.

A year later, Dr Kruszewski filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that patients under state care were being drugged for profit and prescribed as many as 5 psychiatric drugs at the same time, and that four children and one adult had died

From below, I have shown how the nonprofit/for-profit alliances can work:

Allen Jones (mentioned above) showed some real courage and tenacity in this one. notice that the drug involved was “Risperdal” and that there’d been a plan to administer a plan from Texas in Pennsylvania, in one fell swoop.  This is absolutely outrageous behavior, particularly by state officials (not all of them, obviously) and it is hurting people, and cheating others.   Poor people and people of color are being targeted, but it could be almost anyone.  They also mentioned nursing homes.

I hope this illustration explains how multi-country, multi-state nonprofit alliances acquire power (this does include assets, wealth, and influence) and then affect policy, or definitely try to.

This example arose when I found out about a retiring Washington State Judge (Bobbe Bridge) who formed a major nonprofit around the children and youth justice system.  For her to do this, someone favorable to the idea had to be running the state-level HHS (in other scenarios, it might require, for example, someone favorable on the state Supreme Court, or otherwise in the Governor’s Office, in order to bypass the legislature and the awareness of the residents what this really represents).

In that situation, the super-achiever Judge (with a family background in the jewelry trade), the Hon. Bobbe Bridge, and a super-achiever in-and-out of government, Susan Dreyfus (below) were involved in setting up a certain nonprofit within Washington State.

Judge Bobbe Bridge is also now involved with another group since 2006, “CITA”  Court Improvement Training Academy” also taking federal funding.  You can read about that by following its links:

WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW COURT IMPROVEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY (“CITA”)

About CITA

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The Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) was established at the University of Washington School of Law in 2006 by Professor Lisa Kelly.Funded by a contract with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts using federal Court Improvement Program training money, CITA began serving the legal community in Washington State in September 2007.


THE AOC’S (Administrative Office of the Courts) are major policy-setting places, and where many time grants come through.  They are also coming, at least in California, under serious scrutiny for their practices, making headlines for major projects overbilled, retaliation against whistleblowers, and changing-of-the-guard on heading it up.  The AOC in ANY state should be monitored for their policies, unless it’s OK to have justice-by-administrative-offices throughout the land.   Some of the AOC leadership in these courts are AFCC;  AFCC has a particular agenda regarding women, and regarding the handling of abuse (violence, child molestation, etc.) within family lines, which is why blogs like this, and/or people (mothers specifically) marching on Washington to plead for mercy!

As this is within a school of law, it doesn’t sound like a nonprofit (is it?  Maybe).  And it wasn’t founded by Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret. (below) who also had been working with Ms. Dreyfus on another project.   However the professor who DID found the ‘CITA” was in a professorship endowed by this same judge!  (click on the link):

Lisa Kelly

Photo of Lisa  Kelly

Director, Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic
Bobbe and Jon Bridge Endowed Professorship in Child Advocacy

Phone: (206) 685-1826
Email: lisak2@uw.edu

Curriculum Vitae |

You get what you pay for.  This professorship in Child Advocacy was obviously paid for (endowed). A look at the curriculum vitae here shows Professor Kelly has been teaching family law up here in NW united states (Washington)but hails from West Virginia and Arkansas, rather the other side of the country, and in some of these fields:

1996–2002West Virginia UniversityMorgantown, WV
Professor and Deputy Director of Clinical Program

Deputy director, general civil clinic with domestic violence, family law and public benefits focus
•Family Law
•Trial Advocacy
•Education Law
•Provided interdisciplinary training to law students for certification as GALs under a Court Improvement Project Grant

Interesting resume.  This theme comes up several times:

  • Conceiving Father’ Rights, International Society of Family Law, Brisbane, Australia, July 2000
  • Conceiving Nonmarital Fathers’ Rights, Family Law in the Year 2000
  • Domestic Violence and Child Welfare: Two Worlds Collide, Domestic Violence Summit, Seattle Washington, 2004.

The whole development of child welfare law — as a specialty — has a corporation background I probably blogged more over at Scranton Political Times (activeboard forum) under family law topics, and groups such as the “NACC,” which got a $600,000 HHS grant to develop certification in this area of law.  The NACC conferences alongside AFCC (etc.), however of interest is one of its primary advocates and leaderships actually has a British background; I DNR his name, but he now works for the Juvenile Law Society.

The area of “GALs” has historically been a major problem area for mothers of contested custody cases where abuse has been an issue, and was in mine also.  The practices of the NACC member (who presented alongside a parent coordinator and the then-presiding family law judge) from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, eventually ended in reports of financial fraud, overbilling, double-billing and an FBI raid on the offices (AFTER an individual got some of the receipts and posted them, as I understand the situation).   To narrate much more would be off-topic of this post, but the people and the nonprofit organizations DO interact, influence each other, network — and it DOES count to look up some of the “genealogy” of some of the major leadership within an area.

Right here, in Washington State, we have a powerful judge (bio below) from a wealthy family and an acknowledged philanthropist who has founded both a NONPROFIT (2006, mentioned in blue font below) and apparently endowed a PROfeSSORSHIP at Washington Law named after herself, the professor holding this position then (who pays the piper calls the tune) founded the “CITA” Court Improvement Training Academy, which is going to be taking federal funds to change the justice system according to what definitely looks like a model.

Here’s the indicator from professor Kelly’s vita, I believe, that Justice Bridge was on the same information stream — a workshop in London which I recall also was mentioned in the (Colorado-based?) “Juvenile Law Center.”

July 19, 2007, Once Upon a Legal Time: Developing the Skill of Storytelling in the Law, London, England,Telling Children’s Stories.

and next thing you know, here it is in Washington State, after a stopover in Arizona:

October 19, 2007, Celebrating the Decade Past, the Decade Ahead, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Right Around the Corner: Emerging Rights Theories for Children in State Care

January 31, 2008, Bobbe & Jon Bridge Professorship Installation, Telling Children’s Stories: Legal Advocacy for Children and Youth.

And here is the Juvenile Law Society (founded in 2009) book on the same basic material, by Marvin Ventrell:

The program is based on a new book, Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer: Telling the Story of the Family, written by JLS Director Marvin Ventrell and published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and LexisNexis Publishing © 2011.

The book and the training are comprehensive treatments of the trial, from case analysis and opening statement through closing argument. A courtroom ethics and professionalism segment is included. The book and training represent a blending of the general art of trial practice with the particulars of child welfare / custody court practice.

Historically, child welfare lawyers have lacked adequate training and mentorship in trial practice, a privilege reserved for more traditional and better-resourced areas of litigation. Additionally, the less formal nature of child welfare and custody proceedings fostered a view that the traditional art of trial practice did not belong in child welfare court. Times have changed, child welfare law is now a legitimate legal specialty, and courts and clients demand well-trained child welfare litigators. JLS trial skills training meets that demand.

Mr. Ventrell’s background shows that prior to the NONPROFIT “JLS” (Juvenile Law Society) he was head of “NACC” (National Association of Counsel for Children), and in general the extent of his influence and prestige in this field. It is likely, and seems obvious, that Justice Bridge is favorable to the continued installation of children’s law offices (and trainings for them) in Washington, and probably elsewhere. For one, it also implies government-funded work for attorneys, keying off the HUGE dependency system in the USA (foster care, adoptions) and overlapping with custody fields. I hate to put it this bluntly, but for non-abusive parents fighting for custody with an abusive one, which are often the bread and butter of the courts, this is a motherlode — to set up shop for more GALs and Child Welfare offices throughout the land. They will NEVER lack for customers….

THE TRAINER AND AUTHOR

Marvin Ventrell founded the Juvenile Law Society in 2009 following 15 years as the chief executive officer of the National Association of Counsel for Children. In his 26-year legal career, Mr. Ventrell has been a litigation firm associate and partner, a public defender, an association director, a policy advocate, a teacher, and a trial skills instructor. He
is a recipient of the ABA Child Advocacy Award and the Kempe Award, and is a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation. Mr. Ventrell co-directed the national program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of HHS Children’s Bureau that established Child Welfare Law as a formal legal specialty and created the Child Welfare Attorney Certification Program. He co-edited the national treatise, Child Welfare Law and Practice, and compiled the national examination for child welfare law proficiency. He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters including, The Evolution of the Dependency Component of the Juvenile Court. Mr. Ventrell is responsible for the creation of the National Children’s Law Office Project that supports the creation and maintenance of model children’s law offices through the project publication, Children’s Law Office Guidebook. Together with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Mr. Ventrell established the annual NITA Rocky Mountain Child Advocacy Training Institute, now in its 17th year. He serves as a faculty trial skills trainer for NITA’s National, Regional, and Specialty Programs.


Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret.

Return to Introduction.Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret., is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) which she founded in 2006.

She served on the Washington State Supreme Court from 1999 to 2007 before retiring to lead CCYJ fulltime in January 2008.

If you finish reading this, we have obviously a retiring judge, wealthy enough family to be philanthropists, founding a nonprofit one year before retiring to stay involved.  In short, not that probably the income (if any) from this group was needed, it was (as “San Diego Family Justice Center” probably was for retiring City Attorney, Casey Gwinn) what we might call, public employee retirement plan nonprofit projects.

The prior governmental connections are great for getting grants, or getting these things up and running which continue to influence the justice (etc.) systems.

She was a King County Superior Court judge from 1989 to 1999, served as Presiding Judge of the 51-member Superior Court for two years, and was the Chief Judge of King County Juvenile Court from 1994 to 1997. Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the Seattle law firm Garvey Schubert Barer.

Recognized statewide and nationally as a leading advocate for foster care reform, domestic violence victims, truancy prevention, juvenile justice reform, and a host of other issues, JusticeBridge also serves the community as a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist.

She has been a member of the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including YouthCare and the YWCA. In 1999, she helped establish and fund the Pacific Northwest’s first court-based child care center at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, offering a safe place for parents and guardians with business before the court to leave young children . . .

A look at that nonprofit’s tax returns showed clearly (clear as a bell) where it’s funding was coming from, by individual (wealthy) foundation — the type of foundation that runs demonstration projects on an entire state:  something which can be done from the top down, and is rarely a grassroots effort.

As I looked up Ms. Dreyfus’ very interesting background from Wisconsin, it became immediately clear that she was involved with the “DCFS” component in Wisconsin under Gov. Tommy Thompson, near the beginning of welfare reform.

She then went apparently into (or back into) the private field of behavioral health (as below) and from there, to head up a multi-million$$ HHS budget in Washington.   Her real allegiance wasn’t to the people of Washington, I’d have to surmise, but to the program material.  Ms. Dreyfus also is currently on an advisory board run by? the American Humane Association on “NQI-NRF” or something like that — the “fatherhood” component of the United States Department of HHS’ child welfare administration.

In fact, here is that biography; you can see the components plain and clear.  Below that, I have simply chosen to use the Alliance of Children and Families as an example of privatization of government services, and alliances which set policies among themselves and with their own related interest organizations.  When this comes to the matter of something so broad-based (and poorly defined) as ‘BEHAVIORAL HEALTH” –all of us need to wake up and pay better attention.

This is a teaching post along those lines.  Please communicate if it’s been helpful information!


HomeSusan Dreyfus Background

On Jan. 2, 2012, Susan Dreyfus willassume leadership of Families International as president and CEO. In addition, she will be president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families, CEO of Ways to Work, CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America, and will serve on the FEI Behavioral Health Board of Directors.

Currently, she is secretary for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire and unanimously approved by the state senate in May 2009.

Since that time, Dreyfus led the largest Washington state agency, with an $11 billion budget and more than 16,000 employees. The department is responsible for programs and systems including child welfare, juvenile justice, aging and disability services, substance abuse and mental health, vocational rehabilitation, deaf and hard of hearing, and economic services. The department directly administers programs and institutions and works closely with the nonprofit and for-profit sectors throughout the state of Washington.

Yes it does, and that’s what I’m talking about:  This Department is the largest state agency (HHS is the largest federal, I believe, or among the largest) and handles programs relating to — basically, PEOPLE from child through aged.  Is there another sector of humanity it does NOT have influence over?  People just don’t see how much of government is indeed stuffed with “HHS” or “DSHS” programs, and what they do.

She is a member of numerous task forces and other working groups, such as the governor’s health cabinet on health care reform, governors subcabinet on WorkFirst, and the Legislative Task Force on WorkFirst. Dreyfus also engaged staff and external partners, stakeholders, and tribes to develop the strategic framework for the future for the department.

People get into position of power and influence in the EXECUTIVE branch of state governments, either the governor’s office (she as an appointee, though obviously approved by the legislature), often at the top of HHS, and from the top DOWN, “reform” government.  Often such people have prior background experience in government reform, and that is their agenda; increase profits, reduce expenses, streamline services, centralize policymaking, and call in the private nonprofit/forprofit pinch hitters.   Groups that don’t play according to the game plan will find themselves out in the cold.

Another person who did this in Oklahoma, ca. 1999ff, which I profiled (and who carries a religious banner, as Ms. Dreyfuss carries the behavioral health banner) — was Jerry Regier.  However, it’s the structure of government and the “asleep at the switch” population which tolerates this to start with.

Before joining the State of Washington, Dreyfus was executive vice president for strategy at Rogers Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. She was responsible for developing, implementing, and providing for a dynamic and ongoing strategic planning and positioning process for the system and its key corporations. She also facilitated the evaluation, implementation, and integration of new business opportunities for the system.

In January 2003, Dreyfus was appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Alliance for Children and Families. She provided vision, leadership and management to develop and successfully implement the strategic plan and ensure the day to day operations of the organizations and its staff. In addition to member recruitment and retention activities, she worked to increase the national presence of the Alliance with states, national operations, federal officials, and Congress.

If Ms. Dreyfus’ interest had been religious sphere, and not behavioral health, she’d probably be an evangelist and working through government as well for privileges and influence.  That said, the religious sphere is not so power-friendly when it comes to women running things.

Notice:  While at Alliance, as part of her job, she sought to increase it’s “national presence” with — in short state level, nationwide, federal officials, and lawmakers, a.k.a. “Congress.”  Do we believe that back in government these alliances and allegiances were forgotten, or were they part of why she was appointed to start with?  Where really is the loyalty — to the behavioral health system, or the law and due process, etc., of government with significant input by the people who live IN the states affected?

In addition to her duties with the Alliance, Dreyfus was named senior vice president and COO of the Alliance’s parent organization, Families International. She partnered with and supported all the affiliated organizations of Families International on initiatives, leveraging opportunities and day-to-day administration.

Many nonprofits — “AFCC” (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) running American, or USA (or individual state) institutions and programs (i.e., government, people who are public employees) — are international and do not have primary allegiance to the governmental structure of this particular country, the USA.  Which is probably why it’s becoming more and more “collectivist’ and individual rights, due process (etc.) have hitched-a-ride, if they exist somewhere, elsewhere.  That at least is how I understand and experience my own country now, although I most definitely did not understand it so before being hauled improperly (and on a frivolous lawsuit), through case consolidation (ex parte) into the family court (conciliation court) system in a northern California urban and supposedly progressive area.

This next paragraph counts — a lot:

Prior to joining the Alliance and Families International, Dreyfus was administrator of Wisconsin’s Division of Children and Family Services for more than six years. Appointed by Gov. Tommy Thompson, she helped design the Division of Children and Family Services, which was created in 1996 to provide a major focus on issues and policies affecting children, families, and communities. The agency responsibilities included child welfare, regulation and licensing of child caring facilities, youth development, and a broad range of community programs.

Dreyfus currently and previously has served on numerous boards and committees. Currently, she is on the board of Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and is vice president of the board of the American Public Human Services Association

Anyone here ever even HEARD of the “APHSA” before? I hadn’t, and looked it up (naturally). You can too.

HOW IS IT that a single person (looks like someone you might meet at the local PTA) can have such extreme influence in so many places, while people affected by these programs, some of them, have their kids ripped out of their care, are driven homeless or close to it while trying prevent or remedy that, and are basically brought into permanent trauma, for the rest of their lives, over the issue — let alone what happens to the children?

Why is our country obsessed with programs of this nature and re-arranging families to transplant kids based on accusations, and yet when there has been identified abuse of some sort, switch them back INTO the home where the abuse was?

And why are there so many individuals like this one, in positions of such power and influence? Was Ms. Dreyfus groomed for this career, is she unnaturally smart and talented, did it relate to marriage (I seem to recall marriage to a Wisconsin judge) — WHY would people even accept jobs like this? Do they really believe all the poor, mentally ill, and distressed people need superior organizational oversight and bunches of them to be placed in group homes? What’s causing all the behavioral illnesses around this place?


Assuming this bio is accurate (it seems to be), Ms. Dreyfus got some work done for people who wanted government rearranged according to a certain plan. I definitely do not accept it came from just one person’s unique concepts — because this concept is similar to what’s going on in other circles.

Anyhow, below here is an example this “Alliance for Children and Families” whose acronym “ACF” just happens at match a major program div. within the federal HHS:

AN EXAMPLE:

Some of the larger ones around (these days) seem to be in the behavioral health or mental health fields, longtime a great province of government control.  Here’s one:

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Our MISSION is to fuse intellectual capital with superior membership services in order to strengthen the capacities of North America’s nonprofit child- and family-serving organizations to serve and to advocate for children, families, and communities so that together we may pursue a VISION of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families.

Regardless of the front pages, mottos, etc., remember, nonprofits are not there not to profit.  They are for a purpose, and have an agenda, and are corporations.  Corporations have income (from various categories), expenses, distributions, writeoffs, a net cash flow for that year, and assets.  It gets pretty interesting, because one thing nonprofits are very good at, some of them, is consolidating assets (or cash) and having investment income.  Or, “Program Service Income,” plus at times, government income.  Naturally, they want to set government policy too….

If you read some of the tax returns, it shows the activities, including salaries of officers (many work 0.5 hrs week, a few are earning, though from two or three columns of compensation, totalling over $1,000,000 — that’s board compensation, collective.  The organization below is also giving grants to other nonprofits, (members?) ca. $9K or $18k, and then another schedule shows transactions with related organizations — large (in this case) very large (several hundred thousand) of transactions.  SO under this one nonprofit, a lot of money moves around between organizations and people, and is labeled, valued and assessed, etc.

ORGANIZATION NAME STATE YEAR FORM PAGES TOTAL ASSETS EIN
 
Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. WI 2006 990 64 $4,204,062 39-1709925
Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. WI 2007 990 37 $6,072,497 39-1709925
Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. WI 2008 990 42 $6,031,718 39-1709925
Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. WI 2009 990 40 $5,244,040 39-1709925
Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. WI 2010 990 45 $5,163,415 39-1709925

Usually close to a nonprofit is the related “For-Profit” so remember to look for them (AND THEIR CUTE LOGOS/ACRONYMS) when you land a big one, which it seems ACF, above, is (FROM THEIR “ABOUT” PAGE)

The Alliance also bolsters its impact through Families International, an impact-generating vehicle created by the Alliance to strengthen its efforts to realize the shared vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children and families.

impact-generating vehicle“??  Like these?

Families International leverages the unique strengths of its affiliates—the Alliance, United Neighborhood Centers of AmericaWays to Work, andFEI Behavioral Health—by promoting collaboration, synergy, and growth, creativity, and innovation.

Actually, in this situation, the “IMPACT-GENERATING VEHICLE” ( Families International) is a Milwaukee-based holding company for two nonprofits and one for-profit.  So the NONProfit “ACF” (see logo above) then incorporated the umbrella parent company “FI” under which was sheltered some more.  It took me a while to get the process, but after I saw it happening often enough, I began to catch on.  It’s kind of like the beginning of the book of Numbers — or, say Matthew, only  maybe a little less linear, and definitely not limited by the human reproductive cycle — these are simply corporate entities:

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7And Solomon begat Roboam;** and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

(**it appears that Solomon, and most of these, begat a good deal more than one!!)

The Alliance for Children and Families is the sole incorporator of Families International (FI), a nonprofit holding company based in Milwaukee.

 SO, although “ACF” may now be an “affiliate” of FI, it sounds like ACF “begat” FI, and then whoever incorporated the other little grandbabies, or cousins, pulled them in under that family “holding company” or “impact vehicle leveraging the strength of its affiliates” if you will.

FI serves as the parent organization for three nonprofit organizations—the Alliance for Children and FamiliesUnited Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), and Ways to Work—and one for-profit company, FEI Behavioral Health.

Visually, by logo, something like this: “NP”=nonprofit, “P” = Profit

NP Home begat…  under which 2 more NPs, and the incorporating NP +  & 1P, I have their logos now below; each serves a different function in the “family” tree:

Home  (this incorporated the Parent CompanyFI, then took its place as an “Affiliate” under it.

The Alliance shares office space in its Milwaukee headquarters withFamilies International (FI) and the three other FI companies. The office also houses the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, which is managed under a partnership agreement with the Alliance.  

The kicker is the bottom one, “FEI,” “one of the largest behavioral health companies in the United States

Where this gets interesting, typically, is when you look at the flesh and blood (and their corporate affiliations) on “board” these companies.  I have looked at hundreds (probably thousands) of these over years, and the string of allegiances is, literally a web.

And, I have to be honest — they generally have anchor hooks into government, one way or another — if not right while the person is on a board, they will rotate in and out of government (HHS, DOJ, DOE, DOL — but typically the first two, in these family-related fields) inbetween serving as nonprofits on corporations and preaching to everyone else that the way out of poverty is NOT to “do what we do” but “do what we want you-all to do,” which is focus on having a single-source of income from one of our corporations, keep contributing taxes to fund the centralized wealth from which OUR corporations provide services….. and will over time, morph, and change to make sure that the market for this type of services never runs dry.

From ACF above, (interesting, eh, how the acronym “ACF” matches the Federal “HHS/ACF” department, is it not?)

This timeline from what in 2005 was “the Family Conservancy

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In the early days of our founding as The Provident Association in 1880, we helped families overcome joblessness, floods and epidemics.

Over the decades, we responded to the impact of wars, poverty and societal changes to support families and children in pursuit of stability and happy lives.

View a timeline with details of our 130-year history.

(Please read the timeline, fine print, and notice the morphing of the original purpose towards parent education and creating bright futures with healthy families, etc.)

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December 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Kickbacks Push Atypical Antipsychotics to Drug Locked up Kids, Elderly and Disabled, Using Public Money

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I took the following extremely disturbing and emotionally draining documentation off my other post, a

Nothing Complicated Here:  Want to See Real Change?  Read, and Enact This!

And moved it here.  The above post talks about how the government gets and keeps this extra wealth (centralized accumulations) and briefly references that it’s being used for pushing drugs (both FDA-approved and Narcotics, etc.)

 

This one illustrates graphically what happens when our centralized institutions and departments of welfare channel that extra money into profits for their friends, various pharmaceutical companies — including such things as:

“Severe over-medication, including chemical restraints; emotional, physical and sexual abuse; seclusion; and dirty and inadequate living conditions”

“Patients under state care were being drugged for profit and prescribed as many as 5 psychiatric drugs at the same time, and that four children and one adult had died.”

…almost all of the patients under state care were on drug cocktails consisting of antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants.

The populations he found drugged most often, he said, were children in state care, the disabled, people in state prisons, and children in the juvenile justice system.”

Do you understand what this is telling us?  How Private Pharmaceutical Giants pay off Top-level State Officials Kickbacks to get Doctors to recommend dangerous drugs (in fact, using people for drug receptacles, sounds like) at public expense (Using Public Funds (Medicaid, Medicare, Welfare….)

The Texas lawsuit alleges that J&J concealed Risperdal’s link to hyperglycemia, stroke, and renal {{that’s KIDNEY}} failure, to qualify for reimbursement under Medicaid, and that Texas seeks to recover money paid to purchase the drug for off-label uses and the cost of medical care for the people injured by Risperdal.

In 2005 alone, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas paid for approximately 308,000 Risperdal prescriptions at a cost of $73.5 million.

What would you do with an adolescent you were giving, personally,  a regular allowance, and who went out and started using it to bribe the neighborhood drug-dealer, who happened to be a public employee, which then, resulting in deaths and injuries to people in nursing homes, children’s institutions, foster care, and the disabled, and some of them were also getting assaulted and raped in those institutions and in general a major hazard and expense to you — AND your neighbors, and neighborhoods?

Would you continue the allowance? And say, well, I know my child has the family’s best interests at heart, and we believe in this practice.

Well, pat yourself on the back — of course you wouldn’t, unless your adolescent child was armed and running your life.  I’m so glad you’ve figured this ethical thing out.

Now what about if the “adolescent child” was actually what you commonly call “Government” and it’s taking money every other week from a paycheck, with every purchase at a store involving sales tax, and when, moreover, elected officials were voting into existence other fund-raising entities (special districts, etc.) to raise money through selling off parts of YOUR neighborhood, home, life — to strangers, and then coming back at you talking about fiscal cliffs and wanting more money to pay off the debts they created?

Here’s the link affirming that this has happened and suggested at least a way to stop it:

Are You Ready for a Real Change?
by Walter Burien – CAFR1.com
01/22/12 Here is the 200 Megaton Nuclear Bomb put into the hands of the “intelligent” American Taxpayer.  Want to see how wealthy your local government really is and break through the “selective presentation” game?

Government has built their internal empires by and through selective presentation and utilizing taxpayer revenue systematically separated from the general purpose operating budgets to build power-bases of standing wealth outside of the “general purpose” operating funds.

The general purpose accounting is primarily where tax revenues are brought in and allocated for “general purpose” services government provides.

The investment fund financial power bases both domestic and international and government enterprise operations that have been built up over the decades though have been segregated outside of the general purpose operating funds.

However my post here is simply to prick your consciences into understanding what this excess wealth is being used for now, as it has habitually been used for over the centuries.  Controlling and exploiting captive populations, particularly those hid away from the public eye, while demanding more tribute.

As I said, quoting a biblical archaeology article, the two purposes of the ASSYRIAN empire (and other governments/by/corporation) were military exploits and building public monuments.  Part of the loot from the exploits helped fund the public monuments.

Although it’s still a practice to trade human bodies (slaves, human trafficking, child trafficking) another form of exploitation is simply stealing the assets, or controlling the markets such that sheer survival for most costs more, needlessly.  I say ‘NEEDLESSLY” because it doesn’t take that much wealth to operate a government.  however, until someone starts calling out the accumulated central wealth (the investment platforms) — particularly starting with LOOKING at them and thinking about it — there’s not much hope for the poor, the elderly, or the disabled in state care.  And just think what the risk is to the rest of us if someone decides to start drugging up more than those in institutions!!!

Setting up systems allegedly for the criminal, the disabled or the insane, but using them against the competent, the dissident, and those reporting governmental abuse, fraud, etc.

I do know a woman who claims she was tossed into a 72-hour lockup against her will, and only not medicated because she was an RN.   I know some of the family and have looked up at the case (not in my home state).  She is called “Munchhausen’s by Proxy” (many are) and was a DV survivor from a wealthy family, she filed for protection and ended up thrown  out of her own home, put on supervised visitation and not able to see her own children, after having been a homemaker and caretaker during their childhoods.

HOW MANY OF US have had an elderly parent, perhaps ,on some of these medications listed at the bottom of this post?

In case people are not willing to handle this topic, just too much mental “heavy lifting,” then be informed you are turning your back on the following activities.  Deaf, Dumb and Blind as a lifestyle — this is where some of the extra profits are going, if we do NOT put a leash on our own local government corporations sooner– not later.

And do it in an informed and logical manner.  I will continue reminding us of this “hot” (too hot to think of regularly) information parallel to “Cold Hard Facts” so that people who can’t stomach this truth will have to realize — sooner or later, people who haven’t had a choice in stomaching it, might be gone, or completely saturated to the point that only you are left to face it.

And it’s ugly, it’s long-standing, it was needless, and it came from some truly amoral (“sick”) brains whose origins date back to colonialism, apartheid, the scramble for Africa, eugenics, racism (of course), sexism (yep) and have endorsed using technology to get better and better at managing, exploiting, hiding away, (drugging into compliance) and eventually, exterminating — more people than we want to know about.

In order to do this, for many years, a middle class was needed to accumulate the wealth and invent the technologies, also to mind the lower-class population, run the state-schools (dual-system), and in general maintain the status quo of centralized accumulation of wealth.

Just as the bottom layer was used ,the middle layer ALSO was used.  What do you think is going to happen when the bottom layer (which the middle is so neatly managing, while helping fund the top layer) — is no longer needed to produce the world’s crops, infrastructure, weaponry, communications systems, serve as domestics, child-caretakers, valets, and chauffeurs, etc?

I’m pretty sure the ones serving as prostitutes will be maintained, generally speaking — and the younger the better (both sexes) — but what about the hard-working middle class who believes in the pension system, the rtirement system, social security, income taxes, giving to charities, and propping up institutions that don’t work on their onw in their free time?  Who buy up newspapers and leisure activities, and maintain a politically correct stance towards all things immoral and humane (while funding it simply by virtue of maintaining steady work in corporation and/or government arenas?).

Let’s talk about turning ALL family courts into specialized “Treatment” courts (Drug, dependency, juvenile, child support, fathering, you name it, a court can be devised for it) — and what then?

Are you willing to think long and hard about what Allen Jones found in Pennsylvania?

Allen Jones, Exposer of Fraudulent Antipsychotic Drug Marketing Named Whistleblower of the Year

Houston Press—September 18, 2012
by Craig Malisow

Allen Jones named whistleblower of the year

The man who exposed a drug maker’s fraudulent marketing of an antipsychotic drug that is still given to Texas’s foster care children has won the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund’s Whistleblower of the Year Award.

Allen Jones was forced out of his job at the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General’s Office after he questioned how the state adopted a Medicaid protocol that gave preferential treatment to Janssen Pharmaceutical’s drug Risperdal. The protocol, used in many states, was based on the Texas Medicaid Algorithm Project, which state investigations later revealed to be riddled with kickbacks, conflicts of interest, and bad science.  Janssen ultimately settled a lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for $158 million.

Or what Mary Ann Godboldo went through in Michigan ?
 
Some may be familiar with a Detroit area, black, single mother who on a doctor’s advice took her young daughter OFF Risperdal due to the negative effects.  This is the “Mary Ann Godboldo” case and you ought to look at it; it was well investigated; reporting and a long fight to get her daughter back was involved.  The same social worker had already been sued by another (married) family for separating their four children into different homes, the same year.

Or look into this?

Knowing how unstable (and insecure) the internet in general is, I am really concerned about this content, and am posting the entire article here — for educational purposes.  You will see quickly which segments may pertain more directly to “family court” issues, but  my main point is — so long as uncontrolled and unmonitored wealth is made available to our federal government (at a minimum) and distributed out to the states (primarily we are talking HHS programs) — you can be assured some of this will be used to profit the pharmaceutical companies, and in the process, drug up people who cannot subsequently protect themselves from either “deplorable conditions,” suspicious deaths, or routine and repeated sexual assaults (or other abuse) by caretakers.

The only solution I can think of is, deplete the power of those currently abusing to do it in the future.  As I am continuing to say, the primary source of this power, right now, is economic force.  Money is extracted from most people, centralized, redistributed to SOME people according to the purposes of SOME people, and representative government just is not on the map any more.

While the best descriptive model may lie in the CAFRs and in other’s reporting (and on my other blog), this one will continue to show — that imbalance of power is flat-out dangerous to most of us.  And we need to teach each other WELL who is, and who is not our friend.  Generally speaking, government is Not our friend unless (and perhaps even then) it’s also our employer.  If it’s your employer, then you ought to be looking at what this is enabling and re-evaluate your role in it, I say.

Don’t forget, this goes with the other blog post, linked above:

Posted under “LawyersandSettlements.com”:

Washington, DC:

Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca, are all named defendants in a new lawsuit filed by the state of Pennsylvania on February 26, 2007, to recover money paid through public health care programs to purchase Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel, and the costs of medical care for the people injured by these drugs.

Pennsylvania is the 5th state to sue Lilly over its illegal marketing of Zyprexa. And according to SEC filings, Lilly was served with four Canadian lawsuits in 2005, with claims “similar to those in the litigation pending in the United States.”

So far, two states have sued Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal, but Pennsylvania is the first state to file a lawsuit against Seroquel-maker AstraZeneca.

The drugs belong to a class known as “atypical” antipsychotics, FDA approved only to treat adults with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and yet they are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In 2006, Zyprexa sales were $4.3 billion, Seroquel’s earned $3.4 billion, and Risperdal had sales of $4.1 billion, according to SEC filings.

A July 2006, report by Decision Resources, a leading advisory firm on healthcare issues, listed antipsychotics in 2005, as the fourth-highest-ranking class of drugs, and said two of the top ten drugs in worldwide sales were atypicals.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant drug makers concealed the risks of atypicals and exaggerated their benefits while persuading doctors to prescribe the drugs off-label for dementia, attention deficit disorders, and mood and behavior disorders.

When the FDA approves a drug it also approves the label, which lists the indications for which the drug can be prescribed, along with instructions for use and warnings about the risks associated with the drug. Once a drug is approved to treat one condition, doctors may prescribe it for others if they think it will be effective, but by law drug companies are not allowed to influence physicians to prescribe a drug for indications other than those listed on the label.

On March 1, 2007, four days after the Pennsylvania lawsuit was filed, two of the three drug companies became the target of another investigation, when Representative, Henry Waxman (D-Cal), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent letters to Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca, requesting information related to the exact same charges alleged in lawsuits filed by individual states.

The letter sent to Lilly states in part, “Allegations have been raised that Eli Lilly misled physicians and inappropriately promoted off-label uses of Zyprexa,” and requests information relevant to these allegations.

The letter asks for a list of all Zyprexa trials, studies, or reports; all presentations given to employees who promoted Zyprexa; information shown to physicians; presentations related to physician prescribing patterns, continuing medical education, and off-label use; and all documents and correspondence related to funding for nonprofit professional organizations or consumer patient groups.

In addition, Rep Waxman wants Lilly to turn over all internal company documents that were kept under seal for years with a court order, but were provided to him by Attorney, James Gottstein, in December 2006, which Rep Waxman subsequently returned to Lilly on December 21, 2006, to honor the court order.zyprexa diabetes

According to the New York Times, some of these documents reveal that Lilly knew about Zyprexa’s link to high blood sugar and extreme weight gain that often leads to diabetes, and others show the details of off-label marketing scheme called “Viva Zyprexa.”

Rep Waxman’s letter to AstraZeneca basically asks for the same documents requested from Lilly except that he requests more information related to the physicians and authors involved in company sponsored studies and writing the reports.

Late last year, the atypical makers also received subpoenas from the attorney general of California seeking much of the same information.

 

In pursuing the Pennsylvania lawsuit, Governor Edward Rendell, has hired private attorneys. According to the complaint, the defendants cost Pennsylvania millions of dollars “for non-medically accepted indications and non-medically necessary uses of Zyprexa, Seroquel and Risperdal,” as well as “significant sums of money for the care and treatment” of patients injured by the drugs.

{{See also comments near bottom of article, I think, stating that Rendell already knew about these things, but was concerned about political status when it was outed.}}

The Pennsylvania case comes on the heels of lawsuits by two Pennsylvania whistleblowers, Allen Jones and Stefan Kruszewski, who say, drug companies are making a fortune from the off-label sale of drugs to patients whose care is funded by Medicaid and Medicare.

{{OK below here in this pink-background box, it’s all quote unless enclosed in my brackets, regardless of indent level….}}

At the heart of the off-label scheme, they say, are the preferred drug lists, or medication formularies, maintained in many states. Once drugs are added to the list, they must be prescribed as a first line of treatment for all patients in state run institutions and patients in the general population who are covered by public health care programs.
In the summer of 2002, psychiatrist, Dr Kruszewski, was employed with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, {{“DPW”}} and charged with reviewing psychiatric care provided by state-funded agencies to identify waste, fraud, and abuse. He was also responsible for reviewing the deaths of individuals in state care who died under suspicious circumstances in facilities inside and outside of Pennsylvania.

Early in his investigation, Dr Kruszewski noticed that almost all of the patients under state care were on drug cocktails consisting of antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. The populations he found drugged most often, he said, were children in state care, the disabled, people in state prisons, and children in the juvenile justice system.

For instance, he says, Neurontin was only approved for controlling seizures, but “was being prescribed for anxiety, social phobia, PTSD, oppositional defiant behavior, and attention deficit disorder {{“ADD”}} with no evidence to support these uses.”

When he informed his superiors about the high rate of off-label prescribing and warned about the risk of liability to the state of Pennsylvania if it continued, he was told, “it is none of your business.”

In June 2003, Dr Kruszewski inspected a facility in Oklahoma that housed children from Pennsylvania after an unexpected death of a child, and found children were being overmedicated and housed in deplorable living conditions, in addition to being sexually and physically abused by staff and kept in unnecessary restraints and seclusion.

In a report, Dr Kruszewski recommended removing the children from the facility, “in order to protect other innocent individuals from morbid and mortal consequences of severe over-medication, including chemical restraints; emotional, physical and sexual abuse; seclusion; and dirty and inadequate living conditions.”

A day later, Dr Kruszewski was accused of “trying to dig up dirt,” and was subsequently fired in July 2004, because he refused to keep quiet and accept that it was none of his business, he says.

A year later, Dr Kruszewski filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that patients under state care were being drugged for profit and prescribed as many as 5 psychiatric drugs at the same time, and that four children and one adult had died.

In his action, Dr Kruszewski alleged that his superiors violated his right to free speech by firing him because he made statements about the abuses in the state system, which were a matter of public concern.

Dr Kruszewski is represented by attorneys from Government Accountability Project, Thad Guyer, Stephania Ayers, Tom Devine, and Mark Cohen, in Federal Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania with Chief Judge Yvette Kane presiding.

Defendant, Christopher Gorton, is the Chief Medical Officer for DPW, who fired Dr Kruszewski. He filed a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the First Amendment claim on the basis that the law does not protect whistleblowers if they are fired for making comments they would be expected to make in the context of their employment.

{{To repeat:  An underling reports some horrific abuses of vulnerable populations and is fired by the “CMO of the DPW, who then tries to get the whistleblower lawsuit dismissed on WHAT irrational basis?}}

In reading the Court’s March 2, 2007, Decision denying Mr Gorton’s motion, it appears that Mr Gorton tried to have it both ways. When Dr Kruszewski was employed and tried to report the harm to people under state care, he was told it was none of his business and to quit digging up dirt. Under oath in a deposition, Dr Kruszewski stated that he was told that the subjects of his statements were not part of his job duties.

However, in his motion, Mr Gorton now claims that Dr Kruszewski’s comments were made pursuant to his official employment duties. In her written opinion, Judge Kane, quoted relevant case law to describe comments that are protected:

“A public employee’s statement is protected activity when (1) in making it, the employee spoke as a citizen, (2) the statement involved a matter of public concern, and (3) the government employer did not have an adequate justification for treating the employee different from any other member of the general public as a result of the statement he made.”

“The statements in question can be categorized,” Judge Kane wrote, “as: (1) reports regarding poor quality of care, including abuse of patients by staff at treatment facilities; (2) complaints about the lack of qualifications of another private contract doctor; and (3) statements about use and costs of medications.”

In order to grant a motion for summary judgment, a judge has to find that there are no genuine disputes of material fact that would require a jury to resolve. In this case, Judge Kane found there were disputes regarding Dr Kruszewski’s job duties and whether his statements were substantial and motivating factors in his termination.

In his motion, Mr Gorton claims the statements were not protected speech, but then says, even if they were, they were not a factor in his decision to terminate Dr Kruszewski, because he was unaware of the statements when he decided to fire Dr Kruszewski.

However, Judge Kane found evidence in the record that, “if credited by a fact-finder,” she wrote, “would support Plaintiff’s claim that Gorton knew of at least some of Plaintiff’s protected statements.”

“Because there remain genuine disputes of material fact,” she states, “regarding Plaintiff’s job duties and whether Plaintiff’s statements were substantial and motivating factors in his termination, the Court cannot grant summary judgment for Defendant Gorton.”

According to Dr Kruszewski, apart from all the legal wrangling, his focus remains on trying to protect Pennsylvania citizens against unwarranted drugging, sexual and physical abuse, and unnecessary restraint and seclusion.

His original lawsuit alleges that drug companies used “political friendships, money, and other emoluments” to achieve “a level of influence with Pennsylvania’s state government” to promote “the use of their products.”

These charges echo those previously made by the other Pennsylvania whistleblower, Allen Jones, who was also a fraud investigator in the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Special Investigations, and was fired after he informed his superiors that drug companies were funneling money to state officials and policy makers in positions of influence over the state’s preferred drug formulary known as PennMap.

Last year, Mr Jones settled a whistleblower lawsuit in Pennsylvania, also with the assistance of the Government Accountability Project. While he did not agree to a gag order regarding his concerns, he did agree not to discuss the terms of the settlement.

During his investigation, Mr Jones found collusion between drug companies and several state officials and specifically, Steven Fiorello, Pennsylvania’s chief pharmacist, a valuable player because he monitored pharmacy operations at 9 state hospitals and served on the committee that determined which drugs would be prescribed to patients in state hospitals.

On November 21, 2006, Mr Fiorello was arraigned on two felony counts of conflict of interest and misdemeanor counts of accepting money and failing to disclose the income on his yearly financial interest statements.

A year and a half earlier, the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission had determined that Mr Fiorello had repeatedly violated state ethic laws by using his position to earn money from drug companies. To settle the charges with the Ethics Commission, Mr Fiorello paid fines totaling $27,269, before the case was referred for criminal prosecution.

Down in Texas, another state official, Dr Steven Shon was fired from his job in October 2006, after the state’s attorney general, Greg Abbot, found J&J had improperly influenced Dr Shon to list Risperdal in a state formulary called the “Texas Medication Algorithm Project,” or TMAP, while receiving money from J&J.

In December 2006, Mr Abbott joined another whistleblower lawsuit filed by Mr Jones, against J&J, alleging in part, that the company misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of Risperdal and unduly influenced Dr Shon and others, to make it a drug of choice for persons covered by public health care programs in Texas.

TMAP required doctors to prescribe atypicals rather than the older, less expensive antipsychotics. “c.

The lawsuit says, J&J promoted Risperdal by influencing policymakers with trips, perks, travel expenses, speaking fees and other payments and that Risperdal was recommended as the drug of choice for children, even though it was not approved for use with children.

TMAP was highly successful in getting doctors to prescribe atypicals to kids. According to an investigation of psychiatric drug use by Texas children on Medicaid, ACS-Heritage, a medical consulting firm, found 19,404 teens were prescribed an antipsychotic in July or August of 2004, with nearly 98% being atypicals.

ACS also found that more than half of the doses were inappropriately high, almost half of the prescriptions did not appear to have diagnoses warranting their use, and one-third of the children were on two or more drugs.

The Texas lawsuit alleges that J&J concealed Risperdal’s link to hyperglycemia, stroke, and renal failure, to qualify for reimbursement under Medicaid, and that Texas seeks to recover money paid to purchase the drug for off-label uses and the cost of medical care for the people injured by Risperdal.

In 2005 alone, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas paid for approximately 308,000 Risperdal prescriptions at a cost of $73.5 million.

Critics say, the Governor of Pennsylvania is suing atypicals makers now to portray a hard stance against the pharmaceutical industry because he wants to run for higher office, when in reality, he has known about the PennMap off-label scheme for years.

The consensus is that Mr Rendell believes he missed a chance for national prominence by allowing the two whistleblowers to be fired and sweeping the results of their investigations under the rug. Critics point out that PennMap is still in place even though TMAP has been discredited in Texas and other states.

In November 2005, USA Today quoted FDA Drug Safety Officer, Dr David Graham’s estimate that 62,000 Americans die each year from the off-label prescribing of atypicals. According to Mr Jones, this translates into nearly 10,000 deaths occurring in Pennsylvania during Governor Rendell’s first term.

During a congressional hearing last month, Dr Graham testified that the off-label use of atypicals to sedate people in nursing home kills roughly 15,000 people a year. Based on this estimate, Mr Jones says, about 2,400 Pennsylvania senior citizens died in the Governor’s first term.

“During this time,” Mr Jones reports, “Pennsylvania citizens, insurers and taxpayers paid in the neighborhood of one billion dollars for drugs proven to be no more effective, and far more deadly, than the older antipsychotic medications.”

As I believe I pointed out, “American Legislative Executive Commission” or whatever ALEC’s acronym stands for — is highly advised by pharmaceutical corporations.  I’m pretty sure it’s on this blog, probably an October (or Nov.) 2012 post.

Or look into some of these drugs themselves?  How’s your stomach doing so far.  Anyone have a family member in foster care, in an institution (being a minor), in a nursing home?  I’m listing some of the Rx names at the bottom of this post…?

The side effects of Atypical antipsychotics, even described in clinically antiseptic terms, are hair-raising.  (A 2010 article. See?)

Psych Central

(essentially the whole article, to catch the flavor….)

Atypical antipsychotics are widely believed to be better tolerated in adults than first-generation, or typical antipsychotics, and more likely to be taken long-term. They are less likely to cause tremors and other serious movement disorders that affect users of typical antipsychotics.

In contrast to the earlier drugs, atypicals usually work onserotoninreceptors in addition to dopamine receptors. Drugs in this group include olanzapine (Zyprexa), clozapine (Clozaril), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), ziprasidone (Geodon), aripiprazole (Abilify) and paliperidone (Invega).

The drugs are prescribed for conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and may also be given for agitation,anxiety, psychotic episodes and obsessive behaviors. Their off-label use is increasing, and the Food and Drug Administration has now approved Abilify for use in adults who do not respond to antidepressants alone.

The most common side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation, dizziness or lightheadedness, and weight gain. Sometimes atypical antipsychotics can cause problems sleeping, extreme tiredness and weakness.

With long-term use, atypical antipsychotics can also carry a risk of tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving repetitive, involuntary movements often of the mouth, tongue, facial muscles and upper limbs. Physicians aim to prevent its development by using the lowest effective dose of antipsychotics for the shortest time.

When possible the medication should be stopped, or reduced, if tardive dyskinesia is diagnosed. But the condition may remain for months, years, or even permanently. Its symptoms may be reduced with the drug tetrabenazine (Xenazine), but this drug has been linked with its own side effects, includingdepression, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, fatigue and nervousness.

Othermedicationsmay also help tardive dyskinesia, including ondansetron (Zofran) and several anti-Parkinsonian drugs. Benzodiazepines have been tried, but a 2006 review found this treatment “did not result in any clear changes” so routine clinical use is not recommended. Changing to a newer form of atypicalantipsychoticmight be beneficial.

Associate Professor Thomas Schwartz from the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York says that the lower-potency atypical antipsychotics, Seroquel, Abilify and Geodon, “are probably associated with the smallest risk for tardive dyskinesia.”

Another possible side effect of atypical antipsychotics is Parkinsonism, a neurological condition involving tremors, hypokinesia (decreased bodily movement), rigidity, and unsteadiness. The risk is lower on Abilify than Geodon, due to their mechanisms of action.

These drugs are also linked with a common neurological movement disorder called dystonia. It involves involuntary and uncontrollable muscle spasms which can force affected parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements or postures. Dystonia can be generalized throughout the body, or occur in one place such as the neck muscles, the muscles around the eyes, the face, jaw or tongue, or the vocal cords.

There is currently no cure for dystonia, but there are several popular treatments depending on the type of dystonia and age of onset. As dystonia is a complex and personal condition, the effectiveness of treatment options can vary widely between patients.

One common treatment is regular injections of botulinum toxin, usually repeated every three months. Some oral drugs are also available, including anticholinergic drugs such as trihexyphenidyl which helps control muscle spasms and the tremor by blocking the effect of a chemical messenger in the brain called acetylcholine.

Benzodiazepines are frequently used in the treatment of dystonia. They work by boosting levels of a chemical which inhibits nerve signals in the brain, so act as muscle relaxants. They may trigger sleepiness and sedation if the medication is stopped too rapidly. The GABA agonist baclofen is another muscle relaxant which may ease the muscular spasms and cramps of dystonia, but may cause lethargy, upset stomach, dizziness and dry mouth.

Akathisia, another possible side effect of atypical antipsychotics, is often described as an “inner restlessness” that makes it difficult to sit still or remain motionless. Unfortunately it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, sometimes leading to patients reducing or stopping their medication without advice from the physician.

I had a friend with this.  Do you know what it’s called?  Restless Leg Syndrome.  She was also diabetic.  “Symptoms may be worse during stress or emotional upset.”

It may be reduced by decreasing the dose or by changing drugs, but this should always take place under medical supervision. Treatment may include beta-blockers such as propranolol or metoprolol, or benzodiazepines such as clonazepam.

A 2010 review concluded that, “Effective and well-tolerated treatment is a major unmet need in akathisia.” But author Michael Poyurovsky, of the Tirat Carmel Mental Health Center in Israel, added, “Accumulating evidence indicates that agents with marked serotonin-2A receptor antagonism may represent a new class of potential anti-akathisia treatment.” These drugs include cyproheptadine, ketanserin, mirtazapine, nefazodone, pizotifen and trazodone, although none are yet specifically indicated for akathisia.

Rarely {??}}, atypical antipsychotics may trigger diabetes. The cause seems to involve an increase in insulin resistance and changes to insulin secretion. Metabolic syndrome can also be produced by the drugs. The FDA requires all manufacturers of atypical antipsychotics to include a warning about the risks of diabetes and hyperglycemia (high blood pressure).

The risk appears to be highest with Zyprexa and Clozaril. Geodon and Abilify are thought to have the smallest risk. Experts from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Dallas, say that “periodic monitoring of glucose should be considered” for all patients on atypical antipsychotics.

References

Bhoopathi, P. S. S. and Soares-Weiser, K. Benzodiazepines for neuroleptic-induced tardive dyskinesia.Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2006, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD000205

Schwartz, T. and Raza, S. Aripiprazole (Abilify) and Tardive Dyskinesia.Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Vol. 33, January 2008, pp. 32-34.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atypical_antipsychotic

www.dystonia.org.uk

Poyurovsky M. Acute antipsychotic-induced akathisia revisited.The British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 196, February 2010, pp. 89-91.

Mathys, M., Blaszczyk, A. and Busti, A. Incidence of abnormal metabolic parameters and weight gain induced by atypical antipsychotics in elderly patients with dementia.The Consultant Pharmacist, Vol. 24, March 2009, pp. 201-9.


Drugging the Vulnerable:  Atypical Antipsychotics in Children and the Elderly (May 2011):

What disturbs me — a LOT — about this prescription is that some of the effects they are prescribed for may be normal responses to severe family abuse:  molestation, violence, and seems related to trauma.  So kids come in with trauma, or unable to concentrate in school (ADHD carefully examined often relates to school situations) — and they are being drugged, instead of stopping whatever violence may have caused their distress to start with, thus (when it’s so), there is a profit to violence in the drug industry.   I wouldn’t say this, except I have been a teacher, and also had experience with long-term domestic violence, and stalking afterwards, and yes, it does result in PTSD, just as war often does.

In a presentation this week at an American Psychiatric Association meeting, Dr. John Goethe, director of the BurlingameCenter for Psychiatric Researchin Connecticut, reported that over the last 10 years, more than half of all children aged 5 to 12 in psychiatric hospitals were prescribed antipsychotics — and 95% of these prescriptions were for second-generation antipsychotics.

First of all, let’s look at that center, at least briefly:

http://www.harthosp.org/InstituteOfLiving/Research/BurlingameCenter/default.aspx

Current Staff
Director:  John W. Goethe, M.D.
Charles Caley, Pharm.D. (UConn)
Bonnie Szarek, R.N.
Alex Cardoni, M.S. Pharm.
Charles Wilber, M.Ed.
Luisa Chmielecki, CCRP
Andrew Winokur, M.D., Ph.D.
Megan Ehret, Pharm.D. (UConn)
Stephen Woolley, D.Sc., M.P.H.
Adam Jaffe, Ph.D.
Brenda Woznicki, B.A.
Sherri Post, B.A.

Investigational Therapies Service
This service, directed by Drs. John Goethe and Andrew Winokur, offers access to psychiatric medications that are currently in development but not yet approved for use in routine clinical care. These medications can only be administered to individuals who participate in a formal research studyClick here for information about current studies.

Mood Disorders Consultation Service
The Mood Disorders Consultation Service at The Institute of Living is designed to help people whose mood disorders have so far been resistant to therapy. The behavioral health community increasingly recognizes that recovery—not just response—must be the ultimate goal of therapy. Full recovery is the overarching goal of our program. We continue to work with each patient until we have identified the optimal treatment and outcome. (more)

(Back to the original article):

Many of these children didn’t have a condition for which the drugs have been shown to be helpful: 44% of youngsters with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 45% of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were treated with them. (More on TIME.com:SPECIAL: Kids and Mental Health)

Pharmacologically, the ADHD prescriptions make no sense: FDA-approved drugs for the condition raise levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, while antipsychotics do the opposite, lowering them.

Goethe also noted another study that showed that the number of office visits by children and teens that included antipsychotic drug prescriptions rose 600% from 1993 to 2002. “The obvious second-generation bias is very apparent in these data, as is the irrational use of antipsychotics for indications such as PTSD and ADHD for which there is no controlled evidence whatsoever that these are safe or effective treatments,

Here’s a 2001 article from NYU School of Medicine (from PubMed) showing how they knew the atypicals lead to diabetes:

J Clin Psychiatry. 2001;62 Suppl 23:30-8.

Hyperglycemia associated with the use of atypical antipsychotics.

Source New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA.

Abstract

The available literature suggests that patients with schizophrenia are at risk for diabetes mellitus and taking antipsychotic medication further increases the chance of developing non-insulin-dependent hyperglycemia. {{HIGH BLOOD GLUCOSE; cf. DIABETES, potential risks if untreated, unmanaged: diabetic coma and death… }}

Case reports, chart reviews, and some results from clinical drug trials implicate a relationship between glucose levels and treatment with clozapine or olanzapine in patients with schizophrenia, although a few cases of hyperglycemia have also been reported in patients taking risperidone (RISPERDAL) and quetiapine (SEROQUEL). These studies indicate that hyperglycemia is not dose dependent, is reversible on cessation of treatment with clozapine or olanzapine, and reappears on reintroduction of these therapies

A Wikipedia Article on a Texas HMR site, shows many FDA-approved atypical antipsychotics, and the dates approved by FDA.  It also verifies that the main thing they were concerned about treating in the 1950s was Schizophrenia (Split Mind / Dissociation, etc.)

Atypical Antipsychotic Medication

Wikipedia

The atypical antipsychotics (also known as second generation antipsychotics) are a class of prescription medications used to treat psychiatric conditions. All atypical antipsychotics are FDA approved for use in the treatment of schizophrenia. Some carry FDA approved indications for acute mania, bipolar mania, psychotic agitation, bipolar maintenance, and other indications.

History

The first atypical antipsychotic medication, clozapine, was discovered in the 1950s, and introduced in clinical practice in the 1970s. Clozapine fell out of popularity due to concerns over drug-induced agranulocytosis. With research indicating its effectiveness in treatment-resistant schizophrenia and the development of an adverse event monitoring system, clozapine reemerged as a viable antipsychotic.

. . .{{note’  Granulocytes are a type of white blood cell filled with little sacs of enzymes that digest micro-organisms.  In plain English, part of the infection-fighting immune system.   To have Agranulocytosis means increased risk of infections…   “Agranulocytosis results in a syndrome of frequent chronic bacterial infections of the skin, lungs, throat, etc. ” from “MedTerms.com“}}

The issue of metabolic side effects such as hyperglycemia with these medications is somewhat clouded by the fact that drug-naïve schizophrenics also appear to have an increased incidence of impaired glucose metabolism. The question is whether the increased risk for diabetes and hyperglycemia is a function of the disease state of schizophrenia, or whether these metabolic effects are the result of adverse medication side effects. It is probably an interaction involving both of these factors that is responsible for the observations of increased adverse metabolic events in patients taking atypical antipsychotics.

  • Atypical antipsychotic medications
  • Clozapine (Clozaril®) (FDA-approval: 1990) Available only in oral tablets.
  • Risperidone (Risperdal®) (FDA-approval: 1993) Available in oral tablets, dissolving tablets, and
  • extended release intramusclar injection.
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa®) (FDA-approval: 1996) Available in oral tablets, dissolving tablets, and intramuscular injection.
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel®) (FDA-approval: 1997) Available only in oral tablets.
  • Ziprasidone (Geodon®) (FDA-approval: 2001) Available in oral capsules and intramuscular injection.
  • Aripiprazole (Abilify®) (FDA-approval: 2002) Available only in oral tablets.
  • Sertindole (Serlect®, Serdolect®) (Not approved by the FDA for use in the USA).
  • Zotepine (Not approved by the FDA for use in the USA).
  • Amisulpride (Not approved by the FDA for use in the USA).

Hopefully I have made my point.  let’s get real about that “fiscal cliff” and take a closer look at the investments of our own government.  Remember Mary Anne Godboldo, the PennMAPP and TMAP situations, and what they did to whistleblowers.   These are the times to NOT go with “business as usual” and just hope it doesn’t blow up in your lifetime.

I’ve spent 20 yrs standing up to and against abuse, force, and being dehumanized, treated as a domestic breeding, cleaning, or scapegoat stock by people I as married to (one) or related to.  In return I’ve bseen stripped of income and children, but come out smarter for the next round, and NOT silent about this assault on sanity — and society.

SOME OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE RE-WRITING OF HISTORY TO JUSTIFY CERTAIN ETHNIC AND CULTURAL SUPERIORITY.

ALSO THAT NASTY “HEGELIAN DIALECTIC” WHICH, IN PRACTICE (AND THEORY) HAS ANCIENT ROOTS, AND I WOULD HAVE TO SIMPLY CALL, “EVIL.”  (NOT THAT’S JUST “A” LINK, I DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO THE WEBSITE).

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December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Unsafe for Human Consumption? The Leftovers of Government-by-the-People [a.k.a. The Day After Thanksgiving]

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This post is about  13,000 words, and I see is lacking some paragraphing (WYS=/=WYG edit
I am putting up post after post circling around the same topic:
Who is Government, Really, and What should be our (yours, my) relationship with it?
Does this relationship need a Makeover?
Look at  Now, Look at Then, etc.]
In this Post, after reminding us coming and going what goverablnments do (basically empire expansion and monument construction) and how they do it (by force, combined with propaganda and slave labor, displacement of various populations, and occasionally genocides, followed by coverup of the same) and consequences to us (pervasive throughout any society, from top to bottom),
I end with another paragraph or so from the same blogger talking about our “Strawman” — which is the legal fiction (“person”) we as individuals — and corporations, which also become in effect “persons” by contract — become when we do business with this enterprise.
Having looked at some of how Great Britain and Germany (having some royal blood in common at the time) began to colonize South and Southwest Africa, I have to admit — it began with forming a corporation, supplying ammunition, and sallying forth to conquer.  The conquered populations doubled as slave labor.  Despite the conquerors always talking paternalistic, and how incompetent the vanquished truly were, as PEOPLE, the fact is they have not only utilized their labor many times (hard labor in those camps) but also their talent, inventions and ingenuity.
I also feel the same way about the individuals (not named here) who decided to “appropriate” my children after they were half-way raised, and have done nothing before, during, and since this appropriation than try to run me down, demoralize, break the spirit, and spread propaganda at who did what.
May my style of advocacy (called telling the truth) somehow result in making the world a less safe place for them and their kind. 
Empire expansion in miniature (family- and local-community oriented) has outlived its their usefulness, and is like a virus.  So have institutions whose supporters who put up with it, and cooperate  through fear, or simple lack of the human spirit (as opposed to the “world spirit” of Hegel), in exterminating those who don’t feel like putting up with it.
These things and this mentality are “leftovers” I can no longer stomach.  I hope some day, you won’t be able to, either.  However, if you can’t even stomach reading about it (I admit, it’s a bitter taste in the mouth, and nauseating if swallowed), that day probably won’t come until your life and household are involved.

From:  Wordpress blog by “Clint Richardson,” who is another interesting thinker, and who also discovered the radically under-reported information that “CAFRs” report what, actually, the collective governments (corporations) in our country — and overseas has collected, and how they like to report their holdings, when forced to.

January, 2012 — Social Security Trust Fund tops $2.6 Trillion.

Although it’s really in a $46 billion Deficit.

You may download this CAFR here:
http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TR/2011/

Yes… for those of you who don’t know, the Social Security program has a massive investment trust fund that hoards your hard earned money into it every single year, and uses that money to invest in such things as war and occupation of other countries, junk bonds and federal securities – including mortgage-backed securities – and of course national and international banks and investments.

Remember, the main function of government’s taxation program is not to support government operations, but rather to increase the fund balances of governmental funds in order to create and support a massive investment based pool, which is then used for all of the non-taxpayer legal criminal activities that government participates in.

You see, your corporate government figures that any gains it is able to collect from investing your taxpayer money is there’s to keep and play around with at its leisure.


Editor, H. S. (2002;2002). BAR 17:01 (Jan/Feb 1991). Biblical Archaeology Society.

Grisly Assyrian Record of Torture and Death 

(website URL is “University of Massachusetts/ Lowell” and from a faculty site (faculty.uml.edu) By Erika Belibtreu

The two principal tasks of an Assyrian king were to engage in military exploits and to erect public buildings. Both of these tasks were regarded as religious duties. They were, in effect, acts of obedience toward the principal gods of Assyria.
. . .So — who do you worship?  No one?  OK, prove it.  Stop sacrificing to those two principal purposes of the “king,” today.

The annals of the kings describe not only their military exploits, but also their building activities. This suggests that the spoil and booty taken during the military campaigns formed the financial foundation for the building activities of palaces, temples, canals and other public structures. The booty—property and people—probably provided not only precious building materials, but also artists and workmen deported from conquered territories. . . .

For those who didn’t submit properly, in those days (as opposed to now, when it’s not “Politically correct” to admit), the terrorizing and humiliation were proudly detailed:

In one case when a city resisted as long as possible instead of immediately submitting, Ashurnasirpal proudly records his punishment:

“I flayed as many nobles as had rebelled against me [and] draped their skins over the pile [of corpses]; some I spread out within the pile, some I erected on stakes upon the pile … I flayed many right through my land [and] draped their skins over the walls.” †

The account was probably intended not only to describe what had happened, but also to frighten anyone who might dare to resist. To suppress his enemies was the king’s divine task. Supported by the gods, he always had to be victorious in battle and to punish disobedient people:

(Ashurbanipal II:  883-859 BC)

This stuff was “nasty,”
But so is this:

Inside this block quotes, alternate from either: ezakwantu.com (actually an African art gallery) on the pre-World War I Herero and Namaqua genocide (by the Germans, specifically) in South & Southwest Africa

or they are from Words Cannot Be Found: German Colonial Rule in Namibia: An Annotated Reprint of the 1918 Blue Book

a 2004 book on its centenary, discussing the “Blue Book” in which details of these horrors were kept, and further details of how this same politically inexpedient Blue Book was later covered up when the British and Germans were united to rule the (colonized) area together, after World War I.)

In these we can see that clothes of the conquerors, technology, and SOME of the tactics in HOW they kill them and spread terror has changed — but if the essential activities have changed, I’m failing to see how!

Quotes from the latter reference have a light-brown background, from the former (first section), plain background.
(Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow, Kaiser Wilhelm II)

With the use of 1625 modern rifles, 14 machine guns and 30 artillery pieces, General Lothar von Trotha slaughtered the Herero at the battle of Waterberg. … This death agent from Germany, with instructions from the highest level of German government (Chancellor Bernhard Heinrich Karl Martin von Bülow and German Emperor Wilhelm II – ‘Prince Frederick William Victor Albert’), the Kaisers Army and some of Germanys biggest companies (Deutsche Bank – Terex Corporation (formerly Orenstein-Koppel Co.) – Deutsche Afrika Linie (Woermann Linie), put in motion the first genocide of the 20th century.


Jeremy Silvester, Jan-Bart Gewald, eds.Words Cannot Be Found: German Colonial Rule in Namibia: An Annotated Reprint of the 1918 Blue Book. Leiden: Brill, 2003. xxxvii + 366 pp. $49.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-04-12981-8.

Reviewed by Meredith McKittrick (Department of History, Georgetown University)
Published on H-SAfrica (July, 2007)

This famous report was republished in honor of the 2004 centenary of the 1904-08 Namibian War–in which Herero and Nama fought, and were defeated by, German colonial occupiers at a horrific cost.

German authorities {{Like Ashurbanipal II in 883-859 B.C.??}} had left a detailed archive of their time in Namibia, complete with the use of “concentration camps” after the 1904-08 uprising, and photographs of hanging and flogging victims. These were featured prominently in the Blue Book. So were African voices. A major feature of the report is statements by Africans complaining of mistreatment by German employers and officials.

The editors argue that this African testimony constitutes a valuable source on “the particular features of colonial genocide,” and they are right. The Blue Book is also “a key text in the production of colonial discourse” (p. xxxiii) in which “German” vs. “British” identities were constructed alongside a white supremacist, paternalist ideology (in the form of derogatory terms for Africans, among other things).

That has NOT really changed in many minds, today (USA)…  See Congressional testimony leading up to welfare reform, talking about the problem with welfare mothers…

FROM ezakwantu.com on this genocide (I blogged from this source, but not this part, recently).  After the extermination order went out from “von Trotha” and was in operation, ….

Shark Island at Luderitz would become the blue print for the death camps of the 20th century. The idea of collecting people from far away locations – shipping them by rail in cattle cars to a remote location beyond the public gaze – then systematically killing them – originated there.


Soldiers began to trade in the skulls of dead Herero and Nama people. They sold them to scientists, museums and universities back in Germany who advertized for them. The practice was so widespread that this postcard was made showing soldiers packing skulls – as normal colonial life. ….Part of the postcard (BELOW) was reproduced in book form. The text above more or less reads: Herero skulls were packed into boxes by German South-West-Africa troops, to be sent to the pathologic institute in Berlin, so that they might be used for scientific measurements

. …  Von Trotha didn’t stop there, but even turned on Henrik Witbooi, and his Nama people who had fought WITH the Germans against the Herero, and sent out the exterminate or submit order for them, too!  The language of challenge, followed on by action, parallels the language of Ashurbanipal II:

The Nama led by Hendrick Witbooi, had fought with the Germans against the Herero. Regardless, von Trotha turned his murderous attention to him, sending Witbooi, Cornelius Fredericks and other chiefs the following message; The Nama who choose not to surrender and lets himself be seen in the German area will be shot until all are exterminated. Those who at the start of the rebellion committed murder against whites, or have commanded that whites be murdered have by law, forfeited their lives. As for the few not defeated, it will fare with them as it fared with the Herero, who in their blindness also believed that they could make successful war against the powerful German Emperor and the great German people. I ask you, where are the Herero today? Approximately ten thousand Nama were annihilated during the ensuing battles while 9000 were confined to concentration camps.


But the German-British opposition was to some extent a temporary one, a product of a particular historical moment. Britain never investigated any of the Blue Book’s allegations. Once South Africa was awarded Namibia as a mandated territory in 1920, a new agenda came to the fore: unifying the divided white settler community of Germans and recent, mostly Afrikaner, immigrants from South Africa. The Blue Book very nearly did not survive this process of reconciliation. In 1926, orders were given for its destruction. All known copies of the Blue Book in Namibia were destroyed by 1935; the circulation of those copies that remained in British hands was tightly controlled.

Another account of the Shark Island camp read:
(Is that the human condition?)

Casper W. Erichsen. The Angel of Death Has Descended Violently among Them”: Concentration Camps and Prisoners-of-War in Namibia, 1904-1908. Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2005. xvi + 170 pp. EUR 10.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-5448-064-8.

Reviewed by Rob Gordon (Department of Anthropology, University of Vermont)
Published on H-Genocide (September, 2007)

Namibia’s Forgotten Victims

Reader be forewarned. Do not dismiss this monograph because of the sloppy typographical and editing errors that abound in this account. This study, the product of more than four years research, is based on the first Masters thesis in History presented at the University of Namibia. Its author, a Dane, is a long-time resident of the country who has been heavily involved in promoting “activist history” and this monograph reflects that concern well.


After describing the history of Luderitzbucht, Erichsen describes the make-up of the camp, which was used to house both Herero, and increasingly, Nama prisoners. A discussion on mortality rates precedes an analysis of the “anatomy of evil.” Much use is made of photographic evidence to establish the author’s case. The third chapter, only around eight pages, deals with the issue of responsibility. It attempts to discuss who was to blame for setting up the camps and points out that some officials were deeply offended by the institutions. A brief four-page conclusion suggests that prisoners were kept on the island despite soaring mortality rates “because they might otherwise go and tell others of German trickery.”

Erichsen deduces that there is much validity in the conclusions reached in the controversial South African government’s 1918 Report on the Natives of South-West Africa and Their Treatment by Germany.  {{is that “the Blue Book”}}

The famous British Soviet spy, Kim Philby, once claimed that the most important activity he undertook was cruising the diplomatic cocktail circuit because that allowed him to interpret the documents he photographed. Already in 1909, Governor Leutwein’s brother, Paul Leutwein, noted that there was a world of difference between what was claimed in government documents and what was happening in the colonizer-colonized interface. By actually visiting the area–the scenes of the crimes, as it were–and critically examining what remains of photographs, newspaper reports, and other arcane, Erichsen offers a monograph with a solid sense of place and credibility.

Writing with passion but without sentimentality, Erichsen provides the reader with a renewed sense of sorrow, anger, and pity for Namibia’s “forgotten” victims. With a motion dealing with German genocide in Namibia currently wending its way through the German parliament, this is a very timely contribution to the study of genocide.

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SO, IT SEEMS THAT:

Essentially, governments are functioning like, and think of themselves essentially, like gods to their contemporaries.  If you don’t cooperate and pay tribute (with talent, labor, and actual belongings), you are likely to be terrorized and made an example of.
This was happening in the millenium before Christ, it happened in the millenium since Christ; it happened in the late 1800s (European Scramble for Africa) and it is happening now (the “Diamonds are Forever” lie, and all that represents) through these court systems which sell children and adults into the system, and then ransom them back, a ransom which can never be fully paid — through the “courts.”  The word “court” is associated with royalty and temples, although we have come to think of them as somewhere to get, possibly (hope never dies in the human breast) “justice.”
However, to think it relates to “justice” just shows you haven’t done your homework yet.  So after this homework is done (the quiz is called “life,”) then I would like to know if someone else has a better idea than to be comply with this international extortionist war of the worlds and the priest-kings, etc.
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December 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Holy Giant Squid! (Our Govt’s Amazing Anatomy and Habits) or is it, Rodin’s “The Thinker (Sitting Over the Gates of Hell)”?

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This post is out of sequence,* but perhaps somewhat timeless.

*(unrelated to the Rhodes empire, Diamonds, or the Scramble for Africa, etc.).  it also happens to be about 10,680 words (much of it quotes as usual) and have some choice insets from the US GAO report on the state of our fiscal affairs.  After you wade through the discussions on symbols, and a few descriptions of the ones I picked.)

I’m considering various symbols (and symbols deal with the affective/emotion more than only cognitive/intellect).  Originally just three, but in the revisions, I added a fourth…

Again, being a woman, mother, and having to deal with my own emotional response to some cold,hard.fact$, and knowing many, many other women who have gone through this also — perhaps it may help some of them.  Hopefully it also alerts “neutrals” to what time of day it is — your income taxes are getting lost in the system and feeding a very dangerous “beast.”  “Think” about whether you wish to preside over these “gates to hell.”

Whether it’s the creature from the depths, or time to think about “the Gates of Hell,” we need symbols as tools to grasp — really — our present situations.  In the USA, is it a “fiscal cliff” and a huge national debt?

We also need tools to assess the symbols being shoved in our face as the collective social consciousness we are supposed to adopt (or else…..) 

“We audited and expressed an unqualified opinion on the Schedules of Federal Debt managed by Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.(fn26)

For these 2 fiscal years, the Schedules reported (1) approximately $10.1 trillion (2011) and $9.0 trillion (2010) of federal debt held by the public;(fn27)”  [link below, this inset is repeated….]

An UNqualified opinion that the public (2010, 2011) — who are they? — held $1.1 trillion MORE debt in 2011 than in 2010. Although, this is certain (an “unqualified opinion”) that someone is going to, someday, go after that public for the trillions, they cannot express ANY opinion on the following, including (on closer examination, and in many categories) sometimes several hundred billions. This being from the USGAO’s Audit Report to The President (Currently President Obama) and the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. That’s who gets these reports. We can get them too, if we know that reports like this exist and might be worth looking at. GAO stands for “Government Accountability Office” and what they are auditing is described in the next inset.

The fine print gets real interesting if you pay attention to the adjectives and think about some of the noun phrases:

[To:] The President ~ The President of the Senate ~ The Speaker of the House of Representatives


The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget {{“OMB”}}, is required to annually submit financial statements for the U.S. government to the President and the Congress. GAO is required to audit these statements.1


[[OK, two parties submit the statement and the GAO audits their submissions. We are now looking at the cover letter to that audit for the years referenced below…]]


This is (1) our report on the accompanying U.S. government’s accrual-based consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 [ONLY]; the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 Statements of Social Insurance [[Why 5 yrs’ worth in a row? Not done annually for the other years?]] ; and the 2011 {{only?? why??}} Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts; and (2) our associated reports on internal control over financial reporting and on compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations. As used in this report, accrual-based financial statements refer to all of the consolidated financial statements  {{CAFRs to us}} and notes, except for those related to the Statements of Social Insurance and the Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts.2

OK, now they are SURE about the $10.1 trillion dollar debt (up $1.1 trillion in one year….), but read what comes next (actually, the above quote on the public debt was from later in the report), starting on page 1.  It’s several statements — just diagram the grammar (subject|verb|object) — what are they saying, literally?

Management of the federal government is responsible for (1) preparing annual consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); (2) establishing, maintaining, and evaluating internal control to provide reasonable assurance that the control objectives of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA)3 are met; and (3) complying with laws and regulations.Also, the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies are responsible for implementing and maintaining financial management systems that substantially comply with the requirements of the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA).4 Appendix I discusses the objective, scope, and methodology of our work.


{{what they just said — “Mgmt of the Federal Gov’t” (who runs/manages this place anyhow?) is to: 1, 2, 3.  They are to: 1.  Prepare the statemts; 2. establish internal controls to reasonably convince (assure) someone {the GAO?}  that the [1996?] FMFIA Act control objectives are met and 3.  Comply with laws and regs.}}
Re: the 24 Chief Financial Officers Act (the act dates to 1990; <=<=that’s it’s link), that’s another topic (<=<=<= that’s a 20yr review).  Among several findings, in 1990, Congress found, #3, that “Billions of dollars are lost each year through fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement among the hundreds of programs in the Federal Government.”   As we can see, in general, this is still true, only make it probably HUNDREDS of billions, if not trillions (when it comes to Dept. of Defense.  You name the agency — it’s not balancing its books.  HHS especially)…

“I think it an object of great importance…to simplify our system of finance, and to bring it within the comprehension of every member of Congress…the whole system [has been] involved in impenetrable fog. [T]here is a point…on which I should wish to keep my eye…a simplification of the form of accounts…so as to bring everything to a single centre[;] we might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant’s books, so that every member of Congress, and every man of any mind in the Union, should be able to comprehend them to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.”

Thomas Jefferson April 1802

(cited up front the 20yr [=2011] review of that “Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990)

But here’s the (2011) list of which agencies are meant:

he current CFO Act agencies include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services [HHS], Homeland Security [DHS], Housing and Urban Development [HUD], Interior, Justice [DOJ], Labor, State [the State Department] , Transportation [DOT], the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; Environment Protection Agency [EPA]; General Services Administration; National Aeronautics and Space Administration [“NASA,” right?]; National Science Foundation; Office of Personnel Management; Small Business Administration; Social Security Administration; U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID]; and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Homeland Security Financial Accountability Act of 2004 included the Department of Homeland Security to the list of CFO Act agencies in place of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


In summary, we found the following:
Certain material weaknesses5 in internal control over financial reporting and other limitations on the scope of our work6 resulted in conditions that continued to prevent us from expressing an opinion on the accompanying accrual-based consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.7  {{i.e., on the collective net worth (assets/liabilities, etc.) of USA, Inc.!!!
Significant uncertainties (discussed in Note 26 to the consolidated financial statements), primarily related to the achievement of projected reductions in Medicare cost growth reflected in the 2011 and 2010 Statements of Social Insurance, prevented us from expressing an opinion on those statements as well as on the 2011 Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts. The Statements of Social Insurance for 2009, 2008, and 20078 are presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with GAAP .
• Material weaknesses resulted in ineffective internal control over financial reporting (including safeguarding of assets).
• Our work to test compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations in fiscal year 2011 was limited by the material weaknesses and other scope limitations discussed in this report.

Nevertheless, despite being completely unable to even express an opinion (that’s the US GAO talking) on the state of our federal government’s fiscal affairs because of (this, that and the other) OR for that matter on the Statements of Social Insurance (Social Security?) — we DEFINITELY (we, the public) are in the hock to the tune of — as of 2011 — $10.1 trillion.

Would you voluntarily “get into bed with” (contract) or continue partnering (continue to contract with and advance money to) with a HUGE business that admits it can’t tell you where it stands?

Suppose this were about sexual relations and not commerce:  How about if it was already a sexual partner and you got back a report even close to the quality of this report on the fiscal status of the US — “It sucks, and we’re raising taxes to correct the situation.  However, no, I don’t really know how many prior partners we were in business (bed) with, or the state of commerce (intercourse) among them.  Pending our figuring it out, please continue business as usual, and give us our cut of your profits…”

(No seriously, how different is it, really, from:   Current partner: “Do you have STDs?”  Answer: “Well, due to certain material weaknesses and lack of internal controls, I can’t express an opinion on that..my other partners I’m doing business with can’t tell me if they’re STD-free.”)  What would be the normal response:  “let’s have some more sex and make some more babies together?” or “Let me know when you can, til then, count me out — and by the way, I may be presenting you with some health bills.…”

Having found this out, would you then want this partner in charge of teaching your children about safe sex, abstinence, or for that matter marriage, family, fatherhood (motherhood), in fact anything?

SO…???

See, that’s what comes of swimming around in an ocean and not knowing the ocean.  That’s what comes from not understanding what “citizenship” means — from not knowing who we are doing business with — because it’s just too d@mn big and powerful, too “pervasive” and because “everyone else is doing it.” (contracting to do business with this federal government).

OK, looks like, after showing the statements, I pulled in a fourth category of symbol:  Having sex with someone.  Well, both engaging in unsafe sex and engaging in unconscious business relationships with this federal government are unwise.

Moreover, if you want to take a history of the past partners of this particular entity, continue the “long and winding rhodes” series; that’s who it is, and basically what government is about.  Government is a form of corporation..that not only makes rules it doesn’t play by itself, it makes different rules for you than for itself.

And when it has the (unidentified — because it can’t express an opinion on how those statements, right) assets, and you have the debt — plus it has the enforcement power, and controls “commerce” {{other than black market commerce, and possibly even that:  narco-dollars}} then perhaps this is not much like being controlled by a very powerful pimp.  RIGHT???  How would the benefits (going with the flow, keeping some of your take, handing over the rest, and hoping not to get into too much trouble while “working,” and hoping to dear God you also don’t lose the ability to attract business (cf. hold a job) in a culture that’s obsessed with youth — or try to break free, at possibly greater risk?

Period.

Socially and emotionally, who should a person align with, when it comes to sheer survival and hope for a future?  how about for preserving and protecting one’s kids?  Or ARE they really (legally) our kids — in the huge state system called “Social Security’ where each of us is numbered (etc.).   Should the courts be reformed?  Who the heck are the courts anyhow — what are they there for?  What are the police there for, also — when they are tossing parents into jail for protesting inappropriate removal of their (alleged) children from their (alleged) homes when a piece of paper said, “no can do”?  How about when a piece of paper says someone else owes you some money?  Should  you hire a lawyer, or an expensive law firm (called “the big guns” to shoot at the other side, verbally that is?  if you pay an attorney a whole lotta moulah — is that attorney on your side?

Bottom line, what’s the best description of the (current) landscape, for someone who is wanting to know, which way next?    What if you’re a family court refugee, or displaced person?  What if the beast just kidnapped one of your kids, but if you go after that kid, by the time you return, home (and job) will be gone?       What emotional/social/ and intellectual stance should be taken?

(note:  I don’t have YOUR answers, but am giving a few analogies that seem right to me.  Try them on for size — maybe one will seem to fit the scenario)….

Diagrammed, nice and neat:

Giant squid have eight arms but use their two long feeding tentacles to seize prey.

Around Veteran’s Day, 11/12/2012 (we had already voted as a nation), I was starting to comprehend just how large and how grossly inaccurate (and dangerous) the system of centralized accumulation of unmonitored and unrestrained wealth — by repeat shearing of the many, to be domesticated by the few –the whole operation has become.

At the time, I was looking at the US GAO report on the United States of America (Financial Statements, that is), including the parts mentioning where it can’t issue an opinion because the component parts are discrepant by, oh, a few hundred billion here and there…   Seeing this produced an (affect) emotion in me, when compared to what I personally endured, and know so many, many others also have, in prolonged distress and disruption to basic functions of life.

Automatically, I again thought of “The Giant Squid,” which I still say is a great analogy for even the family court system alone (let alone for government itself as a whole).  The image works for me because it’s a predator – -it’s a live; there are many aspects in which the image speaks to me.

However Google also that day had as its display the image of Rodin’s The Thinker” (one of the best-known status in the world, we are told).  On learning it was designed to sit over a larger ensemble, namely “the Gates of Hell,” I figured, time to talk about these symbols, before applying them.

Finally, I brought up again the inappropriate phrase (which is a symbol) “Our Broken Family Courts.”  Every part of that phrase is inappropriate except, they are “courts” (and corporations).  So here it is.

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December 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Proof that Governments are Essentially Commerce, with Guns

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This is subject matter I’m currently working through, which is why it’s being posted in two of my blogs

 

When something grips one’s soul like this, answers (logical ones) are demanded. Also, in writing about how callous and cold the pure, economic, rationale is (in operation), I find the opposite part of my own self being stirred to empathize and seek to understand the situation, and what meaning does it attach now (personally).

Because there are many similarities of experience — though not quality.  I am coming to the conclusion that the reason WHY it “feels” similar is that the same forces of colonization originating from England, Germany, and the Netherlands specifically (referring to three major forces in the gold and diamond industry have been focusing on) — are running governments in more than one continent.

In the green-background (extended) quote below here, a person involved in the Parliament of Namibia during its first years of independence (1990s) writes a chronology. He is a “Dr. Klaus Dierks.”  He asks these questions (Year:  2003) in preface to a long, and detailed narrative, I think he has tried to make it an honest and thorough one (from what I can tell).  This whole chronology appears to be available on-line also in both German and English (ISBNs and mailing address on the link):

 

Chronology of Namibian History
From Pre-Historical Times To Independent Namibia

Klaus Dierks

. . .  (from the PREFACE):

African society is little understood and under evaluated. Who are the Africans, where are they coming from? Which are the moving forces of Namibian history?

I would like to argue that the moving forces are not ethnic or racial in nature but social and economic. As implied above, one major shortcoming of Namibia’s historical records has to be borne in mind: the indigenes were considered to be nothing but objects of European intervention. They do not turn up as makers of history, and the impression is created that they lived “outside” the country’s history. The chronology before you makes an honest attempt to rectify this bias, but it has to be understood that this effort is merely an additional stepping stone in the cumulative effort to write up the very complex history of this young nation state.

Another major shortcoming of the records is that references to the role of Namibian women in the making of their country’s history, and in bringing about its liberation, are all too rare, and this topic is deserving of much additional research in the future. Women’s oppressed status in Namibian history is clearly manifested in the fact that they are not mentioned in most of the historical sources. Their work is not valued according to its scope, importance, or degree of skill.

 

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Handing over of the two Books to H.E., Dr. Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, the President of the Republic Namibia, at State House, Windhoek, on 18.08.2003″ (It says he passed away on 3/5/2005)

See also Dierks’ page on “Reflections on Donor Aid” — very informative!  Read his account of the liberation of Ecuador,(hover cursor, or click!)  and how Great Britain was calling in the debt (it takes money to wage a war; that money for freedom from Spain was fronted by British bankers (and Great Britain) — early 1800s.  Not resolved til 1937….   (Similar deal, in the US…. by the way …!!!!!)

 

 

 

{{in a piece of the chronology, I noted that part of this comes from missionary law early on.}}

While I cannot communicate, perhaps, in words only — or by assembling others’ writings — I am still trusting that, over time it will start to communicate that, if we want freedom (badly enough) and not to be witnesses AND participants (whether of technology, or of resources, i.e., dollars and labor, brains, and time) to the next round of outrageous genocides — which seems to be habit-forming — then we have to compile a good understanding of how to view things.

And, of WHO we are dealing with.

(See last post….)

This also one is a mouthful and an eyeful.  However, I believe unless we get an in-depth view of where our own (meaning, the United States of America, and individual states’) origins were — ideological AND practical/tactical — we’re headed on the wrong side of the railroad tracks, so to speak (after building them).

Financial

Commerce

Legal

Social

Educational Institutions

Some off-the-beaten-track books and information I’ve picked up over the years (some of us are truly hunter-gatherers upstairs, not farmers) are coming to fruit now, and making more sense.  Perhaps this is just age, perhaps it’s the times.

I also am personally having to re-work where I stand on Christianity in general, even given what I do know about the matters of what we now call ca.  200 or 300 AD when the Monotheism & State was pretty well sealed into a catechism.

Among things that came up (in the last few posts over yonder) were Africans writing about the history of apartheid, diamond or gold mines, Rhodes, De Beers, Oppenheimers, German (genocides) and colonialism — was my own reminder about the great library of Alexandria, Egypt — which had a series of fires and destructions, and may (or may not) have been mostly lost to history.

In fact I am beginning to think about things Alexander the Great had in common with this Cecil Rhodes:  leaving no heirs, conquering fast and furious, and empire split up between his four generals at the time of his (premature) death.   (Alexandria and the Hellenistic world, library, etc.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

How current is all this now, how relevant?  Oh, I don’t know — YOU judge!  Here’s some more data:

Year 2000 (I also have this on “Long and Winding Rhodes#4”)

  1. Diamond Con – Edward Jay Epstein

    edwardjayepstein.com/archived/diamond.htm

    WALL STREET JOURNAL August 3, 2000 by Edward Jay Epstein But the diamond cartel, while modifying its tactics, has not changed its basic strategy.  and human-rights communities, it has convinced theU.N. Security Council to impose 

 

The righthand column is the entire article.  (As he has it posted, I’m assuming he wants the information out, with credits!) which sheds lights on the left-hand column, and I take it from there up to 2012…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_diamond

American policy

On January 18, 2001, President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 13194 which prohibited the importation of rough diamonds from Sierra Leone into the United States in accordance with the UN resolutions.[36]

Commentary from “a noncustodial mother”  affected by the first Executive Orders of GWBush, less than two weeks later, on taking office — the office of “The President of the United States.”

George W. Bush won (or stole, anyhow, was eventually named) the Presidential Term starting 2001.  His FIRST TWO executive orders were to set in place the office of faith-based initiatives, dated January 29, 2001.

Therefore, in the chronology, it looks like before leaving office then-President Clinton got his last set of favors in for some of his career sponsors, who were running the diamond industry and a whole lot of international politics — by issuing that Executive Order.   This wasn’t going to stop conflict diamonds, from what I’ve been reading — it was going to further help a certain cartel better control the trade, only using more UN help, in addition to its already considerable private enforcement measures, including guns (as from the beginning of the business).

On May 22, 2001, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13213 which banned rough diamond importation from Liberia into the United States. Liberia had been recognized by the United Nations as acting as a pipeline for conflict diamonds from Sierra Leone.[37]

United States enacted the Clean Diamond Trade Act (CDTA) on April 25, 2003,[38] and implemented on July 29, 2003 by Executive Order 13312.[39][40]

The CDTA installed the legislation to implement the KPCS in law in the United States. The implementation of this legislation was key to the success of the KPCS, as the United States is the largest consumer of diamonds. The CDTA states: ‘As the consumer of a majority of the world’s supply of diamonds, the United States has an obligation to help sever the link between diamonds and conflict and press for implementation of an effective solution.[38]

{{The US is the major consumer of the world’s supply of diamonds because of a superb ad campaign by De Beers // Oppenheimer.  Right now they’ve been already implementing the same policy in Asia (Japan).  Diamonds are Forever…}}

Canadian policy

During the 1990s diamond-rich areas were discovered in Northern Canada. Canada is one of the key players in the diamond industry. Partnership Africa Canada was created in 1986 to help with the crisis in Africa. This organization is also part of the Diamond Development Initiative. The Diamond Development Initiative helps improve and regulate the legal diamond industry.

The Kimberley Process was initiated in May 2000 by South Africa  (etc…..).

The New Diamond Con

WALL STREET JOURNAL

August 3, 2000

by Edward Jay Epstein

De Beers announced with great fanfare in July (2000) that it was abandoning its policy of buying diamonds in African conflict zones, occasioning both applause and predictions of De Beers’ demise. But the diamond cartel, while modifying its tactics, has not changed its basic strategy.

Almost since its inception at the end of the 19th century, the diamond cartel has had a singular strategy: stifling, by any means necessary, the flow of gem diamonds from sources not under its ownership or control.***

The problem with diamonds isn’t their scarcity, but their abundance. They are found not only in geological formations like volcanic pipes that can be fenced off and mined, but also in vast alluvial areas like river beds or beaches, places that can’t be restricted. When Europe ruled Africa, the cartel had little problem making arrangements with colonial administrators to police or close down freelance diamond gathering. After African colonies got their independence, the cartel came to terms with dictators like Mobutu Sese Seko, whose police kept out — and occasionally massacred — suspected smugglers.

Where governments were less cooperative or capable, the cartel commissioned mercenaries to suppress, often by maiming or killing, prospective diamond hunters.

At one point in the 1960s, the cartel gave bounties to remnants of the Katanga gendarmerie to hunt down “smugglers” in Angola. It also paid a Lebanese mercenary named Fred Kamil in Sierra Leone to arrange ambushes that would persuade Mandago tribesman to quit the diamond trade. Since these measures didn’t fully eliminate the “leakage” to diamond-cutting centers in Belgium, Israel and India, it also acted as a buyer of last resort to keep prices from falling.

But that is history. The cartel now has found an ingenious new mechanism for achieving its ends: the United Nations. After spending months laying the conceptual groundwork in the media, as well as working through the Clinton administration and human-rights communities, it has convinced the U.N. Security Council to impose a global ban on “undocumented” gem diamonds from “conflict zones.” Undocumented diamonds are, of course, just those diamonds picked out of river beds that De Beers wants eliminated. The “conflict zones,” Angola and Sierra Leone, are the alluvial areas in which De Beers previously depended on paid guns.

Instead of using colonial administrations, dictators or mercenary gangs to stop Africans from gathering and selling stones, the U.N. will use its resources (backed, no doubt, by the cartel’s own contingent of lawyers and detectives) to accomplish that task.

The cartel managed this favorable outcome by playing on the guilt of the West. The idea that “blood diamonds” were responsible for ferocious civil wars in Africa was too much for altruists and activists in developed nations.

Mr. Clinton, meanwhile, saw diamonds as an opportunity to enhance his own standing among these groups.

On July 21, he called for “an international conference to consider practical approaches to breaking the link between the illicit trade in diamonds and armed conflict . . .” Mr. Clinton’s press release made no secret of the liaison with the diamond cartel, noting that at a May conference in South Africa, the U.S., Britain and Belgium, among others, had agreed with De Beers upon the importance of establishing a global certification scheme for diamonds.

Like all persuasive ideas, the concept of blood diamonds is not without a basis in reality. Diamonds, like any resource, can be converted to money. Money can be used to buy arms and ammunition. What the concept neglects, however, is that governments are the principal means by which warriors get funded and armed. Countries such as the Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and Liberia have managed to sustain ferocious civil wars for years without having or selling diamonds. Even countries rich in diamonds have found alternative ways to finance their warfare: In Angola, Unita rebels were armed by the Central Intelligence Agency, South Africa’s intelligence service and Zaire. In the Congo, at least seven African governments are presently intervening in the civil war with arms and troops.

A regime backed by the U.N. and U.S. that inhibits the sale of uncertified diamonds, diamonds that in practice come from fields the cartel doesn’t control, probably won’t stop civil wars, then. It will, however, make it far less costly for De Beers to control the diamond market. Another brilliant coup for the cartel.

***Mr. Epstein is an American investigative journalist, and his book on the Diamond industry is as far back as 1982, and well-documented.  Beyond that, there is prior documentation — a lot of it — on the history of these various groups. It’s just extremely hard truth to accept, and kind of shows a lot of press, politics (and governance) for what it basically is — greed, colonialism, and pre-meditated monopolies.  Two sets of laws:  Some for Us, Another for Them.  This affects almost ALL business done in the United States.

Without tracing some of the ‘genealogy’ of ideas — and of the basic players — one just can’t grasp the reality.  And while working (or unemployed) Americans are constantly being fed guilt about almost everything (including things we are actually guilty of), the fact is, we still at some level identify with our own government as “the good guys.”

Big mistake, I say.

The “good guy” is somewhere inside each of us, waiting to wake up, perhaps — or already in action.  But of all the causes I can think which would be a PRIMARY cause — it would be to do something about the extreme centralization of wealth, power, and control of not just individual countries’ — but international — institutions designed to deceive, control, and extort the view (to varying degrees of cruelty depending on the various sector’s usefulness to the overall purpose, for now anyhow, basically, “the world.”

There is a paradigm for this in one of the books of the Bible, incidentally, and it is talking specifically about this same topic:  merchandising, blood, human trafficking, etc.  Of course, being the Bible, the culprit is called “Babylon, the great whore.”  ( Babylon being one of the first world dominators familiar to these prophets?).  No matter what gender (including both genders) are involved, the bad guy is often a woman, a “whore.”  However, look:

  Revelation 18: 1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

It mentions Nations, Kings of the Earth, and Merchants.   After much vivid and gory detail, it concludes (that chapter, at least), and listing what type of goods and merchandise was sold in this Great City…

Notice it mentions gold, precious stones, and pearls — in addition the merchants wailing that the source of their merchandise (or where it was being sold) was destroyed, suddenly and violently (it’s in the form of a prophetic curse, basically)

 15The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,16And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, [[WHo PAYS FOR THEM?]] shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

There are many references to shipmasters and trade routes.  A lot of the colonialism of South Africa and Southwest Africa was basically to open and protect TRADE ROUTES (and migrate, settle, and sell more stuff), right?    Dutch East India, British South Africa, German Southwest Africa, and various international ones also — then, and now.

While looking up the corporation “DKG” (D for “Deutsche,” i.e., German) — that was the Protectorate (supposedly) of the property this Bremen tobacco merchant and failed farmer (Luderitz) sold his stuff to, I ran across a very detailed narrative — a chronicle, really — of Namibia (German Southwest Africa then, Namibia now, complete with the “Forbidden Zone” now become a national park, etc.) which shows clearly, again and again, how things go:

NAMIBIA obtained independence in 1990.  The person who wrote this chronology (well-indexed) was also a member of parliament and an engineer.  I found it in looking up the DKG.  You can see that before the actual sale and colonization began, missionaries and traders were involved, and began weakening and interfering with existing trading structures.

Then the bargaining begins (see last post, “Luderitz” inset), and you can see how the process works.  It BEGINS with getting a treaty of some sort (public or private) and usually mining rights (the year 1885; year is in European style — day, month; not month,day).  These were pastoral (and/or hunting and raiding) tribes, and here come the missionaries with guns (and some epidemics), and others trying to buy their land and mining rights. One tribe was supported against another, etc.

These histories parallel United States and World histories, both in and out of Wars, and in that there is significant evidence (in my opinion, observation) that the US is also being treated like a British colony.  So if we want to see “how that goes,” this is a great example.

Also the centralization, regionalization following World War I still perpetuated colonial rule.  The Germans got control at first, however, with WWI, and after, then control was (though under a mandate) more with the British.  None of it was good for the original residents.…  All this time, diamonds and gold were being mined, cut, sold, promoted, and the (diamond, etc.) cartel in existence pretty well running things.

The indexed format was helpful for me.  Below this segment, we fast-forward to the year about 2000, but keep in mind — Namibia didn’t become “Namibia” until 1990.   And I DNR when “NAMDEB” (Namibia + De Beers) came into being, whether 1994, or another time.  By any other name, it’s the similar types of activities.

I will mark this segment with horizontal lines and different background color (rather than the “box” format some of my quotes have).

I am very thankful someone has taken time to put this together (although I live on another continent!) as I myself try to assemble a consistent and coherent understanding of my own country (and the world I have to continue navigating in, though now much more as a nomad than a farmer, being female, being a mother, having raised children, and experienced extreme alienation and sense of “displacement,” I have no extended family.  Many women in my position are experiencing this in our own “homeland” (so to speak) — and to the extent we are (as women are so often alleged to be) “relational” and “social” beings, not to mention, we have instinct, emotion, empathy and compassion — for our own and for others —

How can I put this?   — the clear sense (to me) is that this place has been violently ravaged, or raped, somehow.  Maybe it always was, however, UNTIL I married, I never experienced this country, or life, as  a place where I would be functioning as, literally — not figuratively only  — half-fugitive, to this day.    

It is more than personal — it’s social, and it’s a collective experience of misappropriation.  I believe it’s possibly the continuation of what HEGEL called the “world-spirit.” It is violent, too.

I have never (ever) gone through anything like what the Herero or Namaqua did, or any of these populations.   But I know there is something seriously wrong with my “tribe” – that’s in the nearby and in the wider sense (in case it’s not obvious, I’m Caucasian).   Trying to connect one’s awareness (spiritually also) absent people I have a human community with (most are so wrapped up in this system that funds the destructions) — well, it’s just tough.   Pretty much what we might call “abuse” — the listing of characteristics — is epitomized in “Colonizing.”

It’s really an attitude, and the attitude leads to practice, and the practices enable institutions.  Please listen to this account not of ALL of the southern part of Africa, just Namibia (See map!)  This is the country where a German Commissioner practiced and refined “concentration camp” and genocide, afterwards coverup of the material, and much more…


This was written in January 2003 by a Dr. Klaus Dierks (acknowledgements at the bottom of this page)

“The early history of Namibia cannot be distinguished from the period of the early European explorers, adventurers, traders and missionaries who opened this country up to the outside world in the 19th and early 20th centuries and who, in doing so, created the basis for Namibia’s colonial status which lasted all the way up to 1990.

An evaluation of the manifold records of the German colonial period from the 1890s to 1915, as well as some secondary literature, was carried out with a view to documenting the colonial character of Namibia’s history, whose grim consequences for Namibian indigenes were their being dispossessed of land and assets and deprived of human rights.

The mandatory rule of the Union of South Africa and later the Republic of South Africa in many respects perpetuated the objectives of the German colonial power. “

PREFACE

An updated and well-researched chronology of Namibian history is long overdue.

In particular, a chronological and properly indexed delineation of the pre-colonial and mandate periods following World War I, and of the period leading up to Namibia’s independence, has long been lacking. This chronology depicts “Namibia’s Road to Freedom“; the country’s striving for freedom and independence is the red thread woven through the rich tapestry of its history since long before the onset of formal colonialism in 1884.

The advent of colonialism in the last quarter of the 19th century serves as the starting point for this research, and the seemingly endless yarn of facts and figures that flowed from the colonial presence is followed to its logical conclusion – the birth of the Republic of Namibia on 21 March 1990.

Community awareness of ancient historical roots, associated with oral traditions about the origins and migrations of many Namibian communities play an important role in the revival of their cultures in post-independent Namibia and is reflected in this chronology.

The author, being an engineer by profession as well as a historian, has applied an “engineering approach” to this chronicle, which serves to advance its accuracy.

. . .This formal colonial period is divided into four sub-periods:

  • the initial period of occupation from 1884 to 1889,
  • the period from 1890 to 1903 which saw the initiation of active resistance against the German administration (nineteen uprisings by various Namibian communities against the Germans during this period, all in all there have been thirty uprisings against the German/South African colonial authorities between 1890 and 1959),

My point being, someone got a foothold in earlier; specifically Luderitz and Germany (DKG).   they were resisting from quite near the beginning, but were overcome.  Let’s understand why, because resistance is still required, to the same trends, only in different form perhaps…. and I don’t want to be part of a genocide, particularly… or enabling one, either!

  • the period from 1904 to 1906 when the resistance culminated in central and southern Namibia, and
  • finally the period from 1906 to World War I when the Germans consolidated their power.

The next section chronicles the period of South African rule in Namibia, and this period is divided into five sub-periods:  

  • the period of South African military rule from 1915 to 1918,
  • the period from 1918 to 1945 when Namibia became a Mandate of the League of Nations,
  • the period from 1946 to 1956 when the United Nations endeavoured to make Namibia a UN Trusteeship Area,
  • the period from 1956 to 1974 when the struggle against South Africa commenced, and finally
  • the period from 1975 to 1987 which saw a succession of South African interim administrations and the start of the attenuated process leading to independence.

The next section covers the period immediately preceding independence in 1990.

The Chronology is continued for the first ten years after independence until the year 2000. Due to the fact that the author as an elected Member of Parliament and Minister of the Government was directly involved in the founding years of the new emerging state, his projects use up a relatively wide room. They have not only to be regarded as part of Namibian history but also his personal memoirs.

The early history of Namibia cannot be distinguished from the period of the early European explorers, adventurers, traders and missionaries who opened this country up to the outside world in the 19th and early 20th centuries and who, in doing so, created the basis for Namibia’s colonial status which lasted all the way up to 1990.An evaluation of the manifold records of the German colonial period from the 1890s to 1915, as well as some secondary literature, was carried out with a view to documenting the colonial character of Namibia’s history, whose grim consequences for Namibian indigenes were their being dispossessed of land and assets and deprived of human rights.The mandatory rule of the Union of South Africa and later the Republic of South Africa in many respects perpetuated the objectives of the German colonial power

3.1 THE MISSIONARIES ARRIVE IN THE TERRITORY 1805–1840
3.2 THE MISSIONARIES INTERFERE IN LOCAL POLITICS 1842–1883
4. THE COLONIAL PERIOD: GERMAN RULE
4.1 INITIAL PERIOD OF GERMAN SOUTH WEST AFRICA (SWA) 1884–1889
4.2 THE ACTIVE RESISTANCE STRUGGLE BEGINS 1890–1903
4.3 THE RESISTANCE STRUGGLE CULMINATES IN GENOCIDE 1904–1906
4.4 GERMAN SOUTH WEST AFRICA CONSOLIDATES 1907–1914
5. THE COLONIAL PERIOD: SOUTH AFRICAN RULE
5.1 SOUTH WEST AFRICA UNDER SOUTH AFRICAN MILITARY RULE 1915–1918
5.2 SOUTH WEST AFRICA BECOMES A LEAGUE OF NATIONS MANDATE 1919–1945
5.3 SOUTH WEST AFRICA BECOMES A UNITED NATIONS TRUSTEESHIP AREA 1946–1956
5.4 THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA BEGINS 1957–1974
5.5 THE INDEPENDENCE PROCESS: PERIOD OF INTERIM ADMINISTRATIONS 1975–1987
6. THE INDEPENDENCE PROCESS LEADS TO NAMIBIA’S FREEDOM 1988–1990
7. THE PERIOD AFTER NAMIBIA’S INDEPENDENCE
7.1 THE FIRST TEN YEARS 1990-2000

CLINTON’s Diamond Industry connections are CLEAR, (not that I’m a Bush fan, either) — see next box:

Here’s, unbelievably, a 2003 “CRS” (Congressional Research Service) report from the US Congress on this matter of “Conflict Diamonds.”  (It seems to me that ALL such diamonds, at least from the discovery of diamonds in South Africa, and Southwest Africa, are “conflict” diamonds and signIficant bloodshed was involved.  Not just “some” diamonds….)

OrderCode RL30751

DIAMONDS AND CONFLICT:  BACKGROUND, POLICY, AND LEGISLATION

Updated July 16, 2003

Nicolas Cook

Analyst in African Affairs Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade

Summary

Diamonds and Conflict: Background and Policy Responses

In several diamond-rich countries affected by armed conflict, notably in Africa, belligerents have funded their military activities by mining and selling diamonds, and competition over the use and control of diamond wealth has contributed significantly to the depth and extended duration of these conflicts. Diamonds used in this fashion, labeled “conflict diamonds,” were estimated to have comprised an estimated 3.7 % to 15% of the value of the global diamond trade in 2000. The present volume of such trade appears is difficult to estimate. Several diamond-related conflicts have ended, but others have burgeoned. Policy makers’ attention has also increasingly focused on the possible role that diamonds may play in the financing of terrorist operations.

In response to public pressure to halt trade in conflict diamonds, and due to the persistence of several diamond-related conflicts, governments and multilateral organizations have pursued efforts to end such trade. Several international policy forums, national legislatures, and diverse private parties have proposed various reforms and legislation to achieve such goals. Effective regulation of the diamond trade is difficult. Diamonds are a highly fungible, concentrated form of wealth, and the global diamond industry is historically insular and self-regulating. The illicit diamond trade exploits these factors. Proposals to end illicit trading generally center on legally identifying the origin of diamonds and requiring the registration, identification, and monitoring of cross-border trade in diamond, as is common for trade in other goods. Methods for achieving such ends include the cataloging of unique physical diamond features; the “tagging” of diamonds with minute markings; and the creation of certification-of-origin laws to document the origin of diamonds.

The Clinton Administration worked to create a certificates of origin-based international diamond trade regime, but sought to ensure that such efforts would not negatively affect the legitimate industry. It also backed marketing reforms and regulatory capacity building in diamond-rich African countries, consulted with the diamond industry, pushed for U.N. sanctions to end the conflict diamond trade, and created an inter-agency group on conflict diamonds. The Bush Administration has pursued policies that broadly mirror those of its predecessor.

Pause for a few moments of incredulity.  We are too credulous!

What’s “legitimate” about the diamond industry — whatsoever? ANY of it!!! Look at its history!!!

However we do have to mention that Clinton was highly influenced by at least a few Rhodes Scholars in his youth, Senator Fullbright of Arkansas (the first Rhodes Scholar to become a US Senator); one at Georgetown (I believe Professor Carroll Quigley was one, and credited by Clinton in his 1992 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, as its candidate for President; in signing “welfare reform,” he was influenced by (yet another) Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas (Dick Morris) as consultant (which I documented in a few prior posts, here and on “The Family Court Franchise System“, he was himself a Rhodes Scholar, and “Hegel” (see my first post above, which quotes (it seems) an Indian source on how central a Eurocentric viewpoint was to Hegel’s (who lived through part of Napoleonic wars/early 1800s) philosophy, particularly regarding Africa and Asia)– 

Rhodes = De Beers /Kimberly / BSAC / South Africa — shortly afterwards, taken over by the Oppenheimers; if nothing else this one person literally “personifies” British Imperialism, the Great Scramble, and complete lack of scruples, except pursuit of his amoral goal — to “Make War Impossible” (and ensure British interests were at the top of the heap).

OK, that’s enough for now:

The United States participates in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a global diamond trade regulation framework. The Administration began implementing the Scheme in the United States with voluntary interim compliance measures, prior to the passage of H.R. 1584 (see below). Several congressional hearings have addressed trade in conflict diamonds. Potential links between terrorism financing and trade in diamonds have garnered increasing congressional attention. The 106th and 107th Congresses considered several diamond-related bills. The 108th Congress passed H.J.Res. 2 in February 2003; it contained several conflict diamond-related provisions. Other conflict diamond bills introduced in the 108th Congress include H.Con.Res. 239 (Watson); S. 760 (Grassley), H.R. 1415 (Houghton), and H.R. 1584 (Houghton). The latter three bills shared many goals in common with H.R. 1584, an amended version of which was passed by both chambers and signed into law by President Bush, becoming P.L. 108-19.

“INDUSTRY POLICY INITIATIVES” (pp.15-16):

Industry Policy Initiatives

Diamond High Council. The Diamond High Council (HRD) is a formal trade organization representing the Belgian diamond industry. Antwerp, Belgium, where the HRD is headquartered, is one of the leading international diamond cutting centers, and is a major destination for exports of rough diamonds from Africa. The HRD has close working ties with the Belgian government.

Beginning in late 1999, it assisted the Angolan government in designing a forgery-proof certificate of origin documentation system, and later entered into a joint export control regime and technical assistance agreement with the Angolan government. It later pursued similar efforts with the Sierra Leonean government , and has provided several other African governments with similar certificate of origin-related advice.

In addition to the Angola and Sierra Leone arrangements, the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs has since February 2, 2000, according to the HRD, required that diamond imports from Liberia, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Central African Republic, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Congo (Brazzaville), Mali, and Zambia be licenced under the name of individual diamond dealers. Government certificate of origin systems of varying sophistication exists in several of these countries, according to the HRD and other sources.45

The HRD has stated that if probable cause exists indicating that diamonds imported to Belgium do not originate in the country of export, Belgian government officials will attempt to determine the source of such stones.

World Diamond Council. In July 2000, during the World Diamond Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, the two largest international diamond trade organizations, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), jointly issued a resolution calling for:

! A uniform, global export certification system, underpinned by national legislation in participating countries, establishing a range of export control mechanisms aimed at ensuring the legitimate origin of internationally traded diamonds. Such legislation would require a system of seals and registration for the export of diamond parcels, controlled and maintained by national, internationally accredited export agencies; criminal penalties for illicit diamond trading; and a system for monitoring compliance with the system.

! The mandatory establishment by diamond trade organizations of ethical codes of business practice aimed at ensuring transparency and adherence to legal requirements in diamond commerce; and cooperation in monitoring compliance with such codes and germane trade law.

Acting under the Antwerp Resolution, which called for the creation of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the WFDB and IDMA chartered this organization.

In September 2000 in Tel Aviv, Israel, the WDC held an inaugural policy planning meeting. According to testimony by Matthew A. Runci, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewelers of America, Inc., speaking on behalf of World Diamond Council before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing on Trade in African Diamonds, September 13, 2000,46 outlined a plan based on government regulation of diamond trading, an international rough diamond import/export certification system, and industry-wide ethical codes of conduct and trade standards that prohibit the trade in conflict diamonds.

The WDC called upon governments of diamond exporting and importing countries to enact legislation that would support the WDC’s goals. Many elements contained in WDC policy proposals are reflected in the recently negotiated Kimberley Process system. The WDC also attempted to influence the course of proposed legislation in Congress.

In November 2000, the WDC reportedly hired a law and lobbying firm, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, to draft model legislation on behalf of the WDC.47 The WDC has since continued to be active in seeking to influence proposed congressional legislation in Congress.

De Beers. As of March 27, 2000, under the trademark initials DTC (for the Diamond Trading Company Limited, the gem-quality diamond sales arm of the De Beers group of companies), De Beers guarantees that it does not purchase or sell conflict diamonds (see above).48 DTC also introduced formal rules for its 125 “sight” holders, the trade term for its wholesale rough diamond buyers, replacing a reported system of informal, unwritten criteria with which sight holders were previously required to comply.

The system reportedly includes provisions requiring that sight holders who are discovered to be purchasing diamonds not guaranteed as being “conflict-free” lose their right to purchase from De Beers, which reportedly controls a large proportion of the world rough diamond market. In 2000, a De Beers representative reportedly stated that its efforts and those of the industry at large had caused an approximate 30% price drop for conflict stones.49

Conflict Diamonds and the U.N. General Assembly

On December 12, 2000, the 55th Session of the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution titled “The role of diamonds in fueling conflict: breaking the link between the illicit transaction of rough diamonds and armed conflict as a contribution to prevention and settlement of conflicts.”50 It was sponsored by 50 countries, including the United States. It called for measures to end the conflict diamond trade. The resolution recommended that a simple and workable international certification scheme for rough diamonds be created.

 

One thing I learned from the history is that commerce, really, has no religion, no national borders, and always has an agenda.  Those in charge are generally many steps ahead of any civil protest or unrest and equally able (see institutional controls), usually, to deflect, or even posture on one side or another of a war — or of a human rights violation.

June 2012, “The Bloody Truth About Conflict-Free Diamonds

(guest post/Courtney E. Miller, summarizes with links).

 In 2007, global diamond jewelry sales reached more than US $70 billion. But this symbol of eternal love has been tainted by the existence of bloody conflicts in African countries fueled by the global diamond trade. In 2002, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) was established to reduce such conflicts, and to ensure that globally traded diamonds come strictly from “conflict-free” areas. Recently, significant criticisms of the KPCS have brought its effectiveness into question.

Diamonds were first mined in India about 3,000 years ago, which was thought to be the world’s only source until the 18th century. Due to their rarity, only royalty and elites were permitted to wear them. Over time, the Indian mines were depleted, and diamonds became increasingly rare and inaccessible, even to elites. It wasn’t until the late 19thcentury, with the discovery of several large diamonds on the De Beers property in South Africa, that a massive supply of diamonds was uncovered. English-born South African businessman Cecil Rhodes soon formed the company De Beers Consolidated Mines, and by 1887, the company owned all diamond mining operations in South Africa.

 

And as the records (and several of my posts, including the one up top here, also show) — by 1889 he had a charter from Queen Victoria in England to form the BSAC — British South Africa Company — and was quickly on his way to mowing down the natives with machine-guns (the world’s first), courtesy an American-born inventor, Hiram Maxim.  And when the word “mowing down” is used, the term is appropriate — the Africans (see Matabele, King Lobengula, etc.) resisted, and were well-trained, well-organized, and courageous.  They just didn’t have this technology.  Not to mention, there had been prior incursions, concessions, trickery and dismantling of their own social organizations, by missionaries and traders.

Continuing, from same post…..

The discovery of this massive supply significantly increased the availability and affordability of diamonds to the public. By the late 1930’s, however, De Beers board member Harry Oppenheimer was concerned with the drop in demand for diamond jewelry that followed theGreat Depression.

How concerned was he about the Great Depression itself??

According to investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, Oppenheimer endeavored to make diamond jewelry an inseparable part of romance and marriage to increase demand for diamonds and keep prices high. To do this, De Beers launched an advertising and publicity campaign in 1939 that prominently featured images and discussion of diamond jewelry in movies, magazines, newspapers, and radio talk shows. By 1941, diamond sales in the US had risen by 55 percent.

Question:  Where’d De Beers get the money to control that much publicity FROM?

In 1948, a copywriter came up with De Beers’ trademark slogan: “A diamond is forever.” Today, De Beers remains the world’s largest diamond company, producing and marketing about 35 percent of the world’s rough diamond supply. Over 50 percent of global diamond sales take place in the US, and about 65 percent of the supply comes from African nations. Other major producers include Russia, Canada, and Australia.

(from the same post):

Member nations of the KPCS agree not to import or export any diamonds unless they are certified as conflict-free by the organization. The United Nations defines “conflict diamonds” as those “that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.”

Thus, the objective of the KPCS is to prevent militant groups from receiving diamond revenues. According to the UN, because revenues from rough diamond caches are often used by such groups to finance arms purchases and other illegal activities, cutting off these funds should shorten wars and prevent them from recurring. In 2006, the release of the feature filmBlood Diamond brought significant public attention to the issue of conflict diamonds. Publicity from the movie along with a WDC advertising campaign seemed to be effective; by 2007, the WDC announced that nearly 100 percent of rough diamonds in the market were certified conflict-free.

But, external sources indicated the problem was far from solved. The international NGO Human Rights Watch revealed in a report that serious human rights abuses were occurring in the Marange diamond fields of Zimbabwe.

Documented abuses included forced labor, torture, sexual assault, and murder of villagers. Yet because the Zimbabwean governments were deemed “legitimate” by the KPCS, and because the abuses were committed by state sanctioned armed forces, the Kimberley Process monitoring body did not address the matter.

{{IN OTHER WORDS, BUSINESS AS USUAL, FROM THE LATE 1800S TIL NOW, HAS NOT CHANGED MUCH.  WHAT’S NOW ZIMBABWE USED TO BE RHODESIA, RIGHT?  SO WHY WOULD A RHODES-FOUNDED COMPANY CONFRONT ABUSES IN THE SAME GEOGRAPHIC AREA?}}

{{the lesson in here — government/private alliances}}

In light of these revelations, Martin Rapaport, a key figure in the development of the KPCS,resigned from the World Diamond Council in February 2010, calling the KPCS and the WDC a “sham.” Subsequently, on December 5, 2011, Global Witness announced it would no longer support the Kimberley Process.

{[well, why did they support it to start with?  none of this information was available?? none of this understanding?}}

In a press statement,Founding Director of the organizationCharmian Gooch stated that member governments in diamond exporting countries were not holding themselves accountable in preventing conflict diamonds from entering the market. Gooch wrote, “The fact is that most consumers still cannot be sure where their diamonds come from, or whether they are financing armed violence or abusive regimes.”

But despite the blood diamond controversy, diamond sales in the US have continued to rise. Kimberley Process-certified diamonds are still marketed as conflict-free, and many consumers are likely to be unaware of the recent criticisms of the KPCS, and mistakenly believe that diamonds labeled “conflict-free” were extracted under peaceful, just circumstances.

Regarding that last paragraph:

Many people simply do not know.  Their lives are not focused on, or involved in politically correct, or humanist causes.  They are struggling to survive, some under serious odds against survival.  Moreover, we have been subjected to psychological barrage by the media to the point of information overload and sometimes confusion — not having real tools to sort through trash from truth.    MOST OF US have been raised in the MIDDLE or LOW-income Educational System, in which the Middle are supposed to work in government (or professions) and follow policy set by the TOP (elites) to control themselves, and the larger, lower mass; write up policy matters for think-tanks, etc.   The Middle are simultaneously taught to feel guilty for not being the low-income, while also responsible to help them (not knowing, for example, that reading CAFRs will show just how much w have been lied to, and having geared entire lives around pursuing conditional goals set for them by — the elite.  Including buy diamonds for engagement rings and accept higher taxes and lower services.  Believe that Republican vs. Democrat is a significant and THE major choices we have to make, and in general — stay distracted, and confused.

You’ve probably heard of “Silent Weapons for Silent Wars” and labeling it as some sort of paranoid conspiracy theory. I think we have to just continue paying attention to the evidence and see what patterns it fits into.  For example, why wouldn’t indignant Americans “rise up en masse and boycott the purchasing of ALL diamond rings after they learn that they are blood diamonds?”  Except that we’re being kind of herded and manipulated….

I’m bringing up the “SILENT WEAPONS FOR SILENT WARS” theme just now, because it seems they are still in operation, and I have just been reading about operations from pre-World War I, before the world’s first machine gun, genocide (know of, anyhow), concentration camps, income tax and Social Security Act in the US A (1935, right? Between the wars?), computers to measure people and transactions, and things like hydrogen bombs  . . . .  the same types of people were thinking several sociopathic steps ahead on how to pull these things off.

War is merely the act of destroying the creditor, and the politicians are the publicly hired hit men that justify the act to keep the responsibility and blood off the public conscience.
The silent weapon is a type of biological warfare. It attacks the vitality, options and mobility of the individuals of a society.

Apparently someone had something to say about the document source of this, only he was sitting in a federal prison around 2003 (see above CRS on the Kimberly Process, etc.)…  Kinda reminds me of Ezra Pound around the time of another war….

In the spring of 2003 (issue 33), Paranoia excerpted a pamphlet entitled Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, asking readers for any information they might have on the author of the work, which claimed to have been originally found in a surplus copy machine purchased in 1986 at McChord Air Force Base by a Boeing employee.

The following December, Paranoia received a letter, mailed from a federal prison, from one Hartford Van Dyke, claiming to be the author of the work.

Being confident that he is the true author of Silent Weapons (SWFQW), we wish to share letters from Hartford Van Dyke wherein he exposes the circumstances surrounding his authorship of this infamous pamphlet. Click HERE

Hartford Van Dyke, author of

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

(picture taken in federal prison in 2004)

Click photo to read report

the person (Hartford Van Dyke, above) goes on (I’m skipping references to “paranoia” magazine, which I have no interest in, and Wm. Cooper’s 1991 book claiming to have found the “SWFQW” material (he also wrote, I believe “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” in re: some of this stuff)…  Let’s talk economics  So this person writes from federal prison in 2004, anyhow):

SWFQW is not a “paranoid manifesto;” it is politically biased technical instruction manual on how to justify, and how to selectively survive, human animal husbandry before the need for animal husbandry becomes unstably critical.

(Note: Historical Introduction – SWFQW, page five, states that a “system was necessary which could race ahead of society and predict when society would arrive for capitulation.”

…if there’s anything to be learned from Colonization (The Scramble for Africa) is that certain people’s minds were racing ahead to figure out how to extort the next population, after getting agreements of some sort with them to start with, or finding out who the local rivals/enemies were, and supporting the enemy.  After that was used to weaken the target population (or, tribe) then the collaborators could or would be exterminated also.

“Also #74-1120 is an anagram of the date of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 41-12-07. {{It is — move the 7 from “41-12-07 to the front of the string and it reads 74-1120.  I don’t have the book in front of me so don’t know where “74-1120” showed up, though}}

The forerunner of SWFQW, complete with sources, equations, my signature, and my address, was published on or about 74-12-07. My book on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was published at the end of August 1973.

Your analysis of Cooper’s capacity to understand economics and present economic arguments is an interesting piece of detective work. It is important to note that the references to the “patriot movement,” to “patriot leanings,” or to the “Illuminati” blueprint have absolutely no significance in reference to SWFQW as a scientific textbook of mathematical and economic warfare. Every past method of human conquest by mere physical warfare has been made obsolete by the Silent Weapons technology, except for the mechanics of implementing the use of the Silent Weapons technology.

So, guns and bloodshed are important to look at, obviously, but he’s saying look at the psychological, economic (“Silent”) warfare for how it saps energy and will to resist.

Once it becomes recognized that every problem, especially every mathematical problem, contains its own sufficient solution, it also becomes clear that “an error uncovered is two-thirds destroyed,” and the remaining one-third is destroyed by division of the house from within. Therefore, SWFQW states the problem and the solution, which gives it an “ambiguous” character. It is not a “hoax” any more than any other presentation of a scientific process could be deemed a hoax merely because it was not presented with the endorsement of its original discoverer. SWFQWhas many authors.War is “sociopathic” from the viewpoint of the prey. If the predator is victorious, then the war “is” and “beneficial” and “self-nobling” as the predator chooses to politically justify it

If certain people would get it through their heads about this regarding the family court system, it’d be a whole different history — with a lot better activists.  They don’t understand who has been paid (federally) to defuse their attention, AND activism.  This is part of “silent wars,” with real effects….  psychological manipulation by people posing as “helpers” “practitioners” and “Advocates.”

Classic colonialism….He continues writing, and is quoting the (sociopathic) viewpoint of people assembling the policy, the SWFQW manual:

ENERGY

“…a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such a people are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent.”

The last paragraph of the book is an echo of this premise under the heading FACTOR VI – CATTLE  (page 56 SWFQW)

“Those who will not use their brains are no better off than those who have no brains, and so this mindless school of jellyfish, father, mother, son, and daughter, become useful beasts of burden or trainers of the same.”

“Useful beasts of burden or trainers of the same.”  That’s the three-level (tripartite) educational system:  Professional/clerks, etc. class (skilled useful trades, including SOCIOLOGIST, PSYCHOLOGIST, EDUCATORS, get it????) “trainers of the same.”

Training is for dogs and circus animals.  Learning is for people, except by consent, for example, when someone is seeking training to acquire a desired skill — gymnast, athlete, dancer, musician, etc.

FORCIble training is indoctrination and treating people like animals.  Our society is basically run on this model, from the top down. It’s also where a lot of federal money is put, in setting up systems.  “Technical assistance and training” centers are often, in certain fields, simply indoctrination centers.

It has been said that the fundamental principle of hypnosis is “in the battle between logic and imagination, imagination always wins.” Imagination is often closely connected with emotion.

SWFQW starts out as a very logical sociopathic work and ends as an emotional sociopathic work. But being about war, and especially an ongoing war, the subject matter never ceases to be sociopathic, and neither does our nation’s current system of foreign or domestic political behavior.

Important to remember, and I agree.

The book SWFQW is like a gold mining operation. With the gold at one end of the process, and the tailings (refuse or dross) at the other end of the process.

SWFQW is a collage, an overlay and paste-up of the works and words of many authors. I was the author only in the sense that I compiled and linked the gems of other writers. The book is not a hoaxWassily W. Leontief proved the content of SWFQW by his article in the September 1980 issue of Scientific American, entitled “the world Economy in the Year 2000.” Leontief was the father of the Silent Weapons System, and was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize in Economics long after his creation (1948) became recognized by the elite to be a weapon (1965).

Years passing do not change the invariant truths of science, not even of economic science.The elite were never fully named in SWFQWIt was not necessary to name them specifically. They are always among us, and they always will be among us.

SWFQW was a study in human nature; of motivation, psychological impulse and momentum, and force of habit; of control of social energy by influence, suggestion, and hypnosis; of the use of sociopathic processes to induce paranoid behavior; and so on. That is enough description of the theme and conceptual content of SWFQW. We now move on to a presentation of information sources.

Notice:  “Sociopathic processes.”  Can you think of any?  (Don’t need to look far, do you!)

END OF QUOTE FROM THIS LETTER — BACK TO THE MATTER OF De BEERS and DIAMONDS,  and protests, i.e., attempting to make this a “Jewish” issue when, I’ve got to point out — who drove the Jews, as a people, into the diamond and money-trading trades back when?  (Chapter Eight of the E.J. Epstein book details; the Inquisition was involved.   Other trades were closed to them also in medieval times; talking, about 16th century if I recall).

Here are some Londoners protesting the display of a certain diamond at the tower of London, given an Israeli human rights violation in 2009, the bombing of an extended Samouni family.

Londoners Reject De Beers Forevermark Israeli Blood Diamond.”  (Check out site for vivid photographs, including of the De Beers storefront in London).

Boycott Israel News: Massacre Survivors Cry Out for Justice” (Tower of London Protests, site by “Inminds.com”)  (see photos):  “The Samouni Family are asking the Queen and the People of UK on their behalf to reject the Steinmetz Blood Diamond.”

During Operation Cast Lead in 2009, the Israeli Army’s Givati Brigade rounded up 100 members of the Samouni family, and ordered them into the house of Wa’el Samouni.  The house was then bombed, and the ruined area cordoned off four four days during which time rescue services were prevented from coming, with ambulances being shot at.   When rescue workers were finally allowed in, they found 29 bodies with traumatised children under the rubble with dead family members.  They also found daubed on the walls in Hebrew racist graffiti, “the only good Arab is a dead Arab.”

Closure of the Investigation of Palestinian Family Killed by the Israeli Military (May, 2012 article; the bombing was in 2009)

Amid dust and death, the Samouni family’s story speaks for the terror of war: (graphic detail from survivors of this “Zeitoun incident,” dated January, 2009.  48 members of their family were killed in one day when Israel’s battle with Hamas suddenly centered on their home)

Why aren’t the same Londoners boycotting the colonization of the world from the center of their own City? Yes, this is horrific bombing and coverup — but is it unusual in the history of the same people?

Does lack of concern about violence going the other direction have anything to do with who is funding some of the Said Business School at Oxford these days?

Why not boycott the practice of training up American legislators and Presidents at Oxford?  They do not exactly have the cleanest slate on the planet.  Or quit trying to vaccinate and educate the planet from a small plot of land in the center of London, while extorting an entire continent from the Capitol of the United States of America, and then taking on more direction from another very small plot in the center of the City of Rome?

It sounds like a horrible thing to say– but I didn’t choose my country of birth either, however it wasn’t in one with at monarch and a state religion, or at least I think not.  

Who was creating the first corporations of the world, which then raised capital and went forth to conquer other countries for use as a human resource — labor, building railways, digging in mines, etc.

And consuming things they didn’t even need.

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December 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Governments are for the Corporations: As Then, So Now

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You may think I’m nuts focusing on the creation of the diamond and gold empire from South Africa, and its connections to the United States government, higher (and lower) institutions of learning, in fact the colonial tripartite educational system (elite // middle // lower) and ITS history, why so much emphasis on social science and psychology in (America, today), and the tax code — which, with it, has implications for whether or not we even own ourselves, or our own offspring.

Then we want the legal system that really came with the corporation, to somehow protect us, when in fact the primary legal — social — educational — and media — SYSTEMS are spinoffs of colonialism.

And some of the corporations established in this manner (colonialism, displacing people, stripping the land of assets, concentration camps, labor camps, slave labor, if necessary, genocides, splitting up families for “the cause,” etc.) — are still around being run by the descendants.  A lot of the wealth (not all, but a lot) was made before the United States degraded its currency and set up the income tax (and all that).  It’s also fascinating to see how they were started.

Because the basic DNA hasn’t changed that much, I believe.

However we cannot deny there are international connections and historical connections between South Africa, Southwest Africa and the British and German Corporations that settled them, and some International ones — and how things are going now, internationally.

There is also a connection between how the Prussians/Germans responded to rebellions against being colonized and displaced — and education systems (then and now) and in general, some things have changed– but it sure don’t look like strategies or polices have.

I can then show in how state governments (as in, for example, the state of Massachusetts, or California, or Maryland, etc.) are treating state citizens — essentially lying to them about their own assets (one rule for us, another for you) while attempting to consolidate control, exploit the human population as a resource, and of course raise taxes.

But no one wants to believe it — because the United States isn’t all THAT bad, is it?

  • So in order to discuss some of the courts — we have to face the finances.  For example:
  • And who we’re dealing with, that would put forth some whoppers like this, and so entrench everyone into the system that, to pull the rug out wouldn’t be in their own best interests.
  • So the “CAFR” stuff NOW has to be shown in perspective of how these things were set up to work.

TODAY’S SUBJECT MATTER IS JUST PART “BRITISH IN SOUTH AFRICA” (RHODES/BSAC) BUT MORESO, GERMANS IN SOUTHWEST AFRICA(Luderitz, Wilhelm II, Von Trotha/DKG) and at times both combined (BSAC).    ALL ELEMENTS ARE STILL IN PLAY TODAY, BOTH IN SOUTHWEST AFRICA (“NAMIBIA” — SEE FIRM “NAMDEB”) AND ZIMBABWE (FORMERLY “RHODESIA,” AND, LIKE I SHARED ON ONE POST, THE MAYOR OF BULAWAYO WANTS RHODES’ BONES SENT BACK TO ENGLAND WHERE THEY BELONG. CAN’T SAY AS I  BLAME HIM….).

THE DUTCH WEREN’T APPARENTLY MUCH BETTER (THEY WANTED THAT SLAVERY, SET UP APARTHEID (ONE OF THEM DID, ANYHOW) AND OF COURSE A NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM.  (Henrik Frensch Verwoerd).  Our American Education system is modeled on the Prussian one, for that matter. We are talking late 1800s, Great Scramble mentality.

Some day this material will sink in, I’ll bet.   For divorcing or separating people now who want Family Court Reform, personal protection, child support enforced or child support reduced, and ethical individuals in the courtroom; they want to be treated like real people and not an exploitable resource (either for a former spouse, or for the local county’s courts) Let’s Get More Honest about what time of day it is.  That court exists as part of a very, very large commercial operation, funded by the public/private enterprises (which our government now is), which you gave jurisdiction to (not your fault, our population was trained) in form of consent, somewhere along the line:   I “consent” to do commerce by seeking some service from this very large corporation (USA, Inc.) — either get a license, get a marriage certificate, birth certificate, and face it — social security (trust) number.  Moreover, I “consent” to working for a wage and given central HQ a cut in advance for investment “for my benefit,”; moreover in order to keep the hours required for this wage sufficient to pay (rent, mortgage debt, survive, etc.), whether subsistence or middle class, I “consent” to send my kids off to the local schools to be trained up in the right way to live, the dominant politically correct value systems, and not how to run businesses, invest, or learn a true version of history.

It was not too many generations ago that people fought the issuance of SS#s for children — it’s not ALWAYS been here, you know…  Obviously.  So overall, we have consented (regardless of how good or bad the alternatives – -not consenting — seemed at any stage) to many things which have contributed to no real ethics or justice in government any longer.

Well, once we get into the charters, it’s clear that the indigenous people made some mistakes when they consented to give the future colonizers something — either mineral rights (King Lobengula of the Matabele), or something…

CAFR: If $600B ‘fund’ can’t fund $27B pension, $16B deficit, why have it?

Carl Herman
Washington’s Blog
June 18, 2012

RELATED: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2011
RELATED: 2011 CalPERS Comprehensive Annual Financial Ended June 30, 2011
RELATED: CA CAFR shows $600 billion tax surplus, 1% demand ‘austerity’

(I’m getting there — not to day on the above topic…)

So consider this post another “core sample” of the history of Diamonds, and Gold (both discovered in Sub-saharan Africa) and how the Germans and British (who are related through their monarchies anyhow) handled things, and learned from each other, and the nastier and less honest the things they learned (sometimes using American technology), the greater the profits and wider the empire.

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