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Top Ten Plus One of Almost 600 published (Minus Most of the Table Talk)

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[I’m “unsticking” ten posts formerly held near the top of blog, a.k.a., redecorating..for functionality  ..and out of boredom looking at the same thing every day..This post is “sticky” and stays on top.  New posts are beneath the ones marked “This post is sticky.” Also note, I often revise or expand (alas) after (at times long after) publishing. WYSIWYG..]

Below, I chose 10 formerly “sticky” posts to Unstick them, and put actual new posts closer to the top of the blog.  Plus One.  A similar but not identical post (just published) had abstracts.  Do read — but this is just the list.  And almost nothing BUT the list!  To my patient readers….    First, the “Plus One.”  Regarding biotech, pharmaceutical, and gene-tinkering disruptive technology corporations — don’t mistakenly think they have nothing to do with the family courts, or kids in foster care and other vulnerable populations.  SOMEbody has to fund studies, and someone has to become the subject matter of them; we are all interrelated — in our various assigned sectors.

The Plus-One:

Genzyme, BioEnvision, ImPath, Sanofi – New Strains of Fish in the Ocean of Commerce [2013, 07/17]

Yes, it’s disheartening reporting (from the front lines as well) what makes people broke and drives them homeless or close to it (particularly, federal policy and welfare reform with its diversions into Designer Family Curricula)….This is at least an inspiring change of pace researching the corporations that backed the foundations that set policy that came up with the idea of domesticating  and exercising breeding and population control on the rest of us.  Disguised under utopian ideas, like public welfare and benefit, ending poverty, etc.  Disruptive technologies and serial entrepreneurs, mergers and acquisitions, and why Rx needs Gov’t needs people (subject matter) to prosper..  Maybe…..

1.  Look and See, Show and Tell! (Selected Media/Library Exhibits to this blog) [2013, 11/11]

2. My Media/Library Uploads Retrospective– but First, The Context!  [2013, 11/11]

3. Gravatar, Cont’d…. (2013 Oct)  – [2013, 10/27]

4. NAMES: “Center, Council, Judicial, Legislative, Institute…” But WHO they are, and how legit, is in the LABEL – [2013, 08/30]

5. A Testimony for these Times … (hypothetically before an Appropriations Hearing) – [2013, 07/04]

The House Ways and Means Committee should quit funding Welfare Diversions (or child support demonstration programs) to promote “marriage and fatherhood” as an antidote to poverty, when we by now know that’s not its real purpose — at all.     (That’s a link to the CRS [Congressional Research Service) Feb. 2012 on “Fatherhood Initiatives:  Connecting Fathers to their Children.”  (RL31025)

6. Join or Start a Conversation on Family Court Matters. Jump in Somewhere! [2013, 05/16 [had been “pending” recently re-published]

7. A Stunning Validation by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: The Assault on Truth, The Origins of Psychoanalysis [2013, 03/05]  [this one remains a “sticky” post]

This is a must-read, in my opinion.  Whatever kind of person this author was, or wasn’t, I’m with him on this one.

In writing this post, I looked up some personnel. One of them (below), a 2012 AFCC Stanley Cohen awardee, had participated in “The Kinsey Institute.” I looked up one of the other investigators and in a book list ran across: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: “Against Therapy: Emotional Tyranny and the Myth of Psychological Healing.” (2012):   From this author’s “JeffreyMasson.com” site, this is how it goes:

In this ground-breaking and highly controversial book, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson attacks the very foundations of modern psychotherapy from Freud to Jung, from Fritz Perls to Carl Rodgers. With passion and clarity, Against Therapy addresses the profession’s core weaknesses, contending that, since therapy’s aim is to change people, and this is achieved according to therapist’s own notions and prejudices, the psychological process is necessarily corrupt. With a foreword by the eminent British psychologist Dorothy Rowe, this cogent and convincing book has shattering implications.

8. Exposing and Prosecuting Judicial Corruption through Common Law Discovery (1997 Interview) [2013, 01/24] [remains a “sticky” post]

File this Article under “What a Difference One Person can Make, if that person:  Has Guts, Will Obtain Evidence, Look at Evidence, Come to Logical Conclusion regarding Evidence Obtained AND Publicize It! Can you read 7 pages “for the cause”? And think about it? If given a brief pop-quiz of about 10th grade level on what it’s talking about, how much of the vocabulary or ideas could you remember?

9. “Mother Says” — Words to the Wise for Women in Custody Challenges  [2012, 12/27]

[This excerpt is far down the post.  The post is hard reading, in part because at the time I was still clumsy with html color schemes (slightly — not much– better now!).  However I put it in the “Top Ten” because it covers in one post, basic and important themes.

and finally,…

10.  What It’s Still About….(… in Summer 2013)

(Nov. 2013 intro to this post, after re-reading it):

Value of this blog.  Taking the information now known about the CAFRs, and then published (1990s) about the Los Angeles County Judges slush fund, I ask — how might have things played out IF more people knew how to read their government financial statements (CAFRs) and had an active curiosity about their contents?  Might we be better able to hold government in check, and been better citizens?

These are hardly idle questions.   I’m facing things, currently, that were unthinkable in my parents’ generation —

Information that is exposed, but not put in a framework for understanding in some depth, goes away, and is forgotten.  Let’s not forget that we were given some good roadmaps some years ago.  The “Gilding the Gavel” link also leads to a series of similar articles exposing what later (from all I can deduce) became “AFCC” (per also California NOW Family Court Report of 2002, not that California NOW has stayed exactly on course of exposing this, either….).  So that’s one reason I have this in the Top 10 and hope it will be read, and thought about:[From the post, and more commentary on it (from the post in “quotes”)]:
So, re: this information, now over a decade old: GILDING THE GAVEL? SUPERIOR COURT PAYMENTS DEPOSITED IN JUDGES’ PRIVATE ‘COFFEE’ FUND.
From what I can tell, discussion of certain of these “funds” which was a hot topic a decade and a half ago, has (except for certain email lists) been almost dropped from the airwaves, as more and more “coalitions” of advocacy groups who just ignore it — have gained steam.  The BMCC, the DV agencies, and others have contributed to the scenario, one reason I will continue to take this on in future posts.  As has human frailty, social loneliness, or simply fatigue — easier to let someone else lead, than to provide a balanced and appropriately skeptical “check” to existing leaders.  For example, read some of this:

…(excerpt):   

— I recommend that we start understanding who’s funds are being used to set up these courthouses (i.e., the public) and start acting like we own the place, rather than we are hoping to be serviced by the place. This alas, requires acting like people who own things — which is to figure out how they run, and whether the people hired to run them are honest, and all sorts of great transferable b usiness skills.

Like reading tax returns and annual financial statements, looking up corporations, getting a hold of canceled checks, if it applies (front AND back), and in general getting the evidence and making sense of it, while others are outside arguing whose rhetoric (or psychological theories) is the BEST rhetoric (or psychological theory).. I’m just pointing out that, language counts — and so do business skills. If you don’t have them, go get some or hang out with people who have some!

Every generation has its task of what to understand, and what to do, in these fields.  But dropping the thread of vital information like that?  Makes no sense, except in a context of NOT caring enough about the truth — because this is a critical part of the truth.  

Hopefully this blog, and sticky post, will help keep the topics alive.  AND kicking.  I hope they kick some field goals, too.

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November 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

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