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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About that section

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

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

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

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

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

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


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