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My New Page 3/28/2018…

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You can be sure the title of this post announcing the new page will be changed soon, and this post announcing it is likely to be fleshed out some.

Meanwhile, here’s the link to the page in question:


Title now encapsulates (although in a large “capsule”) the main points of this page:

PAGE TITLE: Corporations (usually starting with tax-exempt ones) Coordinate Campaigns named after a Cause, but We (the Public) should Coordinate to Get and STAY Cognizant of the Corporate(and Gov’t Entity) Contexts. [Page added March 28 2018] Published at about 14,000 words, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8R5.” I worked four days on it:  WYS now Is WYG. (What You See=What You Get)

My suggestion is to just read and enjoy, especially if you have major involvement in family court fiascos, custody battles, or advocacy, or as a professional.  There is more than one point of view on the whole mess, and this one definitely diverges with mainstream pro / con on most of the identifiable causes.  Or “campaigns.”

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March 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Robin Hood Foundation (“RHF” 1989ff); Its Disregarded Entities incl. Robin Hood Holdings LLC (2001ff) The FBI & FINRA-prosecuted (2015, 2016 news) $1.4M Ponzi Scheme/ Securities Fraud involving a NC Broker Charles Fackrell  — and several “Robin Hood” entities;  RHF’s $11.6M 2008 grant to Single Stop USA (2007ff w/ board members in common)(of which claimed only $8.3M Total Contributions for 2008, “do the math”), not to mention ImpactMatters (2015ff in CT, although fka EvidenceAuditLLC). All this to help the poor, slash poverty and make the world a better place?

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. . . .Take a breath for another LONG post title….
Robin Hood Foundation (“RHF” 1989ff); Its Disregarded Entities incl. Robin Hood Holdings LLC (2001ff) The FBI & FINRA-prosecuted (2015, 2016 news) $1.4M Ponzi Scheme/ Securities Fraud involving a NC Broker Charles Fackrell  — and several “Robin Hood” entities;  RHF’s $11.6M 2008 grant to Single Stop USA (2007ff w/ board members in common)  (which claimed only $8.3M Total for 2008, “do the math”), not to mention ImpactMatters (2015ff in CT, although fka EvidenceAuditLLC).  All this to help the poor, slash poverty and make the world a better place? Shortlink ends: “-7Ym” moved here 11/16/2017 after a day or two of incredulous look-ups…finally published (mostly as-was) March 23, 2018, at only 4,444 words.


At this point, I do not even remember which was the most recent parent post.  I remember making an off-hand reference to the “take from the rich to help the poor” (i.e. the fabled “Robin Hood” reference), already knew this was a significant progressive foundation involved with other foundations, and started looking at it and its tax returns.


~ ~ | | INTRO & 3/23/18 UPDATE STARTS HERE || ~ ~

After a month-long hold, a closely related post was published March 18, 2018. Its intro explains the long pause and includes this commentary:

Two related posts … were on hold for some months in Q1 2018 while I restructured blog home page, added some tables of content posts (for Q4, 2017, actually) and posted on more current events, and how “Community Development” as “expanded Real Estate Development” was expanding government costs and concentration, while placing many assets directly in the hands of private investors who needed low-income populations to test their behavioral modification and social science theories upon, globally. …

Post Title:  NYC’s largest anti-poverty organization (so it says) appropriates for its name a well-known 15th century British legend about a 12th century outlaw of noble character, a name preserved by Hollywood and a parade of famous actors for about a century– a name like many iconic “handles” often translated into business models (incl. “Anti-Poverty” ones) — hoping to absorb some of the glamour, reputed compassion for commoners, and in general, virtue. of this well-known hero. Such names are taken for the PR connotations and ALWAYS deserve A Closer Look, especially in this 21stC. I have been…. (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8NN.” Moved here Dec. 8, 2017, being published March 18, 2018(!), still under 8,000 words)

And, “oh boy!” do these posts elucidate just how globally such demonstrations are, some programs (and software applications) originating (which by now should not be surprising) out of Harvard, MIT, and a new center at Rutgers University, typically with a variety of creatively named and name-changing nonprofits reflecting the global intents, and justification for continued control of major assets under multiple corporate names by anyone BUT the people whose wages help create them, while those subcontracting or otherwise collaborating as employees  with those who have great, innovative ideas (for example, getting MORE people on as many public benefits as fast as possible, digitally) participate in the “fees for friends” and “trickle-down” business of consolidating federal funding across all the various agency “silos.”

Except this intro, post is mostly intact as written. I’ll add tags soon….//LGH March 18, 2018.

Tags were added March 24…


I did add tags and images of a board of directors for “ImpactMatters” (viewed currently), but not much else except this introduction, between last look at this post (Dec. 2017) and today, and after re-reading it. Tags image posted here may help with its key entities and concepts:

LCM~FCMatters Tags for Mar 23 2018 post ‘RHF Disregarded Entities–all this help poor slash poverty make world better place?’

In my recent (+/- March 21) Tweets, responding to a user who complained about the Christian right’s treatment of women, HHS grants, Wade Horn, etc., I said, OK, but are you aware where progressives stand on the same issues?  I thought not and, with quick lookups, posted some links and images from Annie E. Casey Foundation and Open Society Foundations, referenced the “CBMA” (Campaign for Black Male Achievement) as a 2015 entity in which announcements were made ca. 2014 about how many (I believe the number was 40) major philanthropies were collaborating (i.e., putting heads and funds together).  See next six-image gallery.  The fifth (“Practice Network/Women in Fatherhood”) image wasn’t displaying clearly enough so is repeated individually below.  The sixth, a black-and-white table (no pictures) shows Board members, Titles, and (why I showed it) their respective affiliations  — Skillman Foundation, Casey Family Programs (CBMA itself), Harlem Children’s Zone (why I included it), and University of Pennsylvania Law School — at the newly-registered nonprofit, for short, “CBMA.”

However as funders starting in 2014 (at which time it was likely still an initiative of the Open Society Foundations — since 2008 was mentioned), you can see from the second (“Funding Partners”) image, a list of philanthropies/foundations contributing to this campaign shown there is:

  • Casey Family Programs
  • The California Endowment
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Kapor Center for Social Impact**
  • Knight Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Skillman Foundation

**Having social “impact” is obviously a big sound-byte currently.  “Got IMPACT? Want More? Our nonprofit (software, etc.) will help your donations have greater impact / measure impact (etc.).  Case in point, 2015 spinoff* from Robin Hood Foundation in this post, “ImpactMatters, Inc.” [*see that section of this and related post for more details].


**The name “Kapor” here is associated with Mitch Kapor and Freda Klein Kapor; he invented Lotus 1-2-3 (she was working there).  It’s centered in downtown Oakland, California, and as happens, involves a certain property (with space for rent and an auditorium), a related “Kapor Capital” “Institute” (etc.).  A number of other nonprofits plus a Kapor Foundation are referenced in just the co-chairs (of Kapor Capital) bio blurbs.  I should blog separately – after locating the various nonprofits. I see among the projects is working to get users access to redeeming their food stamp benefits online (partnership with USDA), and more. For the record however– are any financials for any of the referenced entities posted under the main website?  (Apparently, No…) I looked up the Form 990PF (and at the 2016 filing) for Kapor Social Investments.  You’d be surprised at its funders, and where it’s holding about half its $35M (yes, Million) “Other Investments”*** assets, with next to no liabilities, and where its $1.9M of grants are — most of them — going. Hint $1.1M went to another named fund underneath another (local, and well-heeled) community foundation. ***Clue: NOT within the USA, or even North America.  And it’s a pooled investments hedge fund.


 


In non-slide-show image, they are all readable except I feel the second one, which is reposted by itself here:

The CBMA launched as a separate NY nonprofit (CharitiesNYS.com shows a tax return claiming NY legal domicile, but other paperwork says DE corporation), and — why it’s mentioned here on a post featuring the RHF (Robin Hood Foundation) — not too surprising, the push was for “Place-based philanthropy” and the initial treasurer was Geoffrey Canada of:  Robin Hood Foundation, Harlem Children’s Zone, and probably others.

Other than my additions of images for “ImpactMatters” Board Members and “People,” and I may also add some for Robin Hood Foundation’s Board (organization website profiles) and a minor update on ImpactMatters’ Form 990-N 2(016’s became available while this post was in draft status), the post is basically “as written.”  Outside of this introduction.

My focus is more on the character of multiple nonprofits and spinoffs of RHF than the NC Fackrell case which I wished to report and which I felt illustrates the problem with multiple entities per nonprofits, and nonprofits coordinated through funders’ networks and, in opaque money trails involving Do-Good Organizations targeting public institutions (which isn’t to include Fackrell in that category — but Robin Hood Foundation has certainly claimed that organizational purpose).

For more information on both ImpactMatters (and Single Stop, Innovations for Poverty Action, J-PAL, and RHF), see also that related post above, publ. 3/18/2018.
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NYC’s largest anti-poverty organization (so it says) appropriates for its name a well-known 15th century British legend about a 12th century outlaw of noble character, a name preserved by Hollywood and a parade of famous actors for about a century– a name, like many iconic “handles,” often translated into business models (incl. “Anti-Poverty” ones) hoping to absorb some of the glamour, reputed compassion for commoners, and, in general, virtue. Such names are for positive PR connotations, and organizations adopting them, like this one, ALWAYS deserve a Closer Look, especially in this 21stC. I have been….

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Two related posts (both named just below) were on hold for some months in Q1 2018 while I restructured blog home page, added some tables of content posts (for Q4, 2017, actually) and posted on more current events, and how “Community Development” as “expanded Real Estate Development” was expanding government costs and concentration, while placing many assets directly in the hands of private investors who needed low-income populations to test their behavioral modification and social science theories upon, globally.

Having worked so hard on this blog, I then visited Twitter after a very long break and saw ongoing questions that a more consistent reading of (at least) this blog with its many links to supporting information on nonprofits and the professionals (attracting parental complaints) who tend to set up and populate them would’ve answered and took some moments to Tweet and reply to some I’d been included in.   Here’s a link to a recent Tweet” (3/18/2018, username there is @LetUsGetHonest) with three attached images re: reunification camps [another December, 2017, blog theme] also my chance to practice that new (to me) technique) with, I think, very well-annotated exhibits on some of the same.  Some deal with equine therapy treatments and the “aftercare” models so the reunification indoctrination sticks better post-experience.  So perhaps it’s appropriate to say regarding the nine-year span this month of investigative blogging and consistent and ongoing acquisition of more in-depth insight through administering (and writing all posts on) this blog  you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him (or her) drink,” of people who just can’t be bothered to personally tangle with this scope of information.

And, “oh boy!” do these posts elucidate just how globally such demonstrations are, some programs (and software applications) originating (which by now should not be surprising) out of Harvard, MIT, and a new center at Rutgers University, typically with a variety of creatively named and name-changing nonprofits reflecting the global intents, and justification for continued control of major assets under multiple corporate names by anyone BUT the people whose wages help create them, while those subcontracting or otherwise collaborating as employees  with those who have great, innovative ideas (for example, getting MORE people on as many public benefits as fast as possible, digitally) participate in the “fees for friends” and “trickle-down” business of consolidating federal funding across all the various agency “silos.”

Except this intro, post is mostly intact as written. I’ll add tags soon….//LGH March 18, 2018.

Post Title: NYC’s largest anti-poverty organization (so it says) appropriates for its name a well-known 15th century British legend about a 12th century outlaw of noble character, a name preserved by Hollywood and a parade of famous actors for about a century– a name like many iconic “handles” often translated into business models (incl. “Anti-Poverty” ones) — hoping to absorb some of the glamour, reputed compassion for commoners, and in general, virtue. of this well-known hero. Such names are taken for the PR connotations and ALWAYS deserve A Closer Look, especially in this 21stC. I have been…. (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8NN.” Moved here Dec. 8, 2017, being published March 18, 2018(!), still under 8,000 words)


Short version of that information?  This post exists to preview my upcoming (but previously written) Robin Hood Foundation post*** which just about wrote itself as I summarized the information and thought about the significance of the situation which had gripped my attention for several days.  Previously written, moved here.

***RHF post title and link, still in draft as of this writing, Dec. 4, 2017 [and at March 18, 2018] refers to:


That long title took some explaining, resulting in this post.

[This “Pep talk” section added after the move, I’ll mark where it ends]:

Please remember when I explain certain levels of detail on single (or single groups of) organization, it is still “show and tell” mode.

Many transferable principles (practices) can be seen in operation across different organizations, including organizations following even vastly different stated purposes.  Seeing these principles (common practices) also builds for the person looking IF he or she consistently fact-checks my statements, as I intend people should, transferable skills which, put into practice, build at least three valuable things:

(1) An growing and ongoing awareness that there are many and significant other places to look for information often not on an organization’s  [or university center’s] on-line advertising website,** and how to access them on-line and many, for free –**which term applies even if it’s a public-supported one and not soliciting donations — the websites still justify the existence and funding of the organization, and promotes the involved personnel (lead staff, boards of directors, etc.), and provide a story line to pull it together, while helping out friendly organizations through mutual referrals and mentions, i.e., “our funders” pages…), which once become familiar, is “communicable.”  And I do hope readers will acquire a “communicable awareness” which becomes contagious –others, by association, might get a case of it too.

(1a) With exposure over time, acknowledgement that the organization and functionality of these various places changes over time, does not easily compare across jurisdictions (when it comes to state-level registries), and


(1b) How flawed (not to mention, how consistently accompanied by disclaimers) and time-limited (how far back it goes) and these various databases are.  By “flaws” I mean both fields available on which to sort, and regarding lack of style consistency (i.e., quality enforcers to) the data input into them.


(1c) Some sites provided pdf images which show what appears to be hand-stamps (i.e., personal handling) and signed or show official seals (Secretary of State, Attorney-General’s Office, or, for example, with tax returns, received by the IRS, at which office), others don’t even show that level of detail, while at the state level, an emphasis on electronic filing occurs, bypassing human interaction and, it seems, screening.  Some websites (such as Arizona’s comes to mind) provided the pdfs in “barely-visible” font, etc.


(1d) given the distance between actual registered document, or an image of it, and user search input forms,  (unless the process is somehow truly automated and flawless) data entry errors or OCR (Optical Character Reading/ scanning process) affecting search accuracy (or flexibility) can occur at any level of search:  first results, second level leading to a summary page (for states or agencies that even have them), or anything which is not actually the document itself, but extracting information from it for display.

1a, b, c and d are important for acknowledging what is NOT there — reliably consistent and functional for the public (not just for grantseekers, grantwriters, or foundations seeking grantees) information about the commerce done (for-profit or not-for-profit) within individual (U.S.A.) states, across state to D.C. to territorial jurisdictions, and of course internationally.

(2) In the process an ongoing mental database and familiarity with/awareness of some of the key influences (translation:  major foundations, significant geographically-focused nonprofits they sponsor, and related government entities — not to mention key universities, private (esp.) and public); and

(3) Better 3D vision  – comprehension — while reading major media headlines, including to what is NOT being reported when the experts are quoted or key policies or organizations featured.

Of course people who never get to “fact-checking” or testing what I’m saying on, for example, some organization of more personal interest to the reader — don’t expect better comprehension. You’re probably content with hearsay mode from both MSM and my blogging and don’t value highly enough getting to the point of understanding if either one is consistently lying, or censoring information, which one it is.  In such case, I’d guess that may indicate satisfaction with the self-declared “thought-leaders” and acceptance of (their) designation of YOU as passive consumer, i.e., thought-follower.  That characterization of course doesn’t apply to people who are already experts in finance, investments, accounting, and helping their friends, colleagues and clients continue to raise funds, build resumes, and publish endlessly, with no real conscience about using everyone not in this class for (a) a financial resource (tax receipts, remember?) and (b) appropriate subject matter for increasingly sophisticated behavioral modification test subjects, individually and en masse.

If that characterization offends you, wait for the next three posts:  One, “The Money Maze” (where I moved this one from) on the Giffords Gun control lobby  incl. four or five “Americans for Responsible Solutions” entities, with the Super PAC started by recently deceased (through suicide, using a gun) megadonor Steven “Hurricane” Mostyn (and some on the much smaller foundation people are encouraged to support for a memorial, “Mostyn Moreno Education Fund” or similar name); Two, this post, and Three, the RHF post identified to just above which this one exists to preview.  In addition, I am finding the “facilitating” nonprofits (GiveWell, GiveDirectly, Good Ventures, Open Philanthropy Project, etc.) and yet more nonprofits (“Ideas42.org” with previous name “Behavioral Lab, Inc.” (or similar –details coming up) and its previous Harvard connection, although the two-cofounders of that MA entity with a NY address are now associated with MIT and Princeton…

So I do not believe readers’ time who may not be particularly interested in a New York anti-poverty organization with Ivy League university connections (when professors’ CVs are also considered, and in this one, a related university “center”) is really wasted time.

[End of “Pep talk” section added after the move]


The title I’m previewing, again:


I’ve split the explanation (of that long post title!) into three parts* (each labeled in blue) (*and this short preview — four more paragraphs [I numbered them <Para.1,2,3,4>] and one quote — leading up to those three named parts labeled in blue). The first part …(“Disregarded Entities…Ponzi Scheme”) raises some questions which aren’t fully answered yet but regardless of Yes/No answers as to RHF involvement, the possibility still demonstrates that the most important information about any organization (especially tax-exempt foundations, including those classified as public charities like RHF) even when truthful still cannot be found on an organization website, or considering even its charitable projects and benefits. Only by actually looking at the other evidence can whether it, or the charitable events and website “About Us/History” is more relevant to WHO the organization is, and what its agenda is individually, or collectively with other like-minded organizations and people!

<Para.1>The picture is always incomplete without an eye to the assets and connections to other wealth-building activities and where/how/if this also relates to the leadership’s outside activities.  RHF dates to (as I recall) about 1989, so it’s had time to develop those, form related entities, and buy and sell investments over time. RHF calls itself the “largest anti-poverty organization in New York City and is consciously looking to export its model practices further abroad (certainly at least nationally), yet they do not even post their own Forms 990 as I recall. The chosen popular folklore name also is associated with radical do-good activities and as though going after the perpetrators (those with stockpiled wealth) to help the exploited victims (the poor).  Whether it fits or not might bear a closer look, and if not, then the name could or should be considered an attempt to throw others off-track when tracking the “macroeconomics”of the organization and whom it networks with.  (Famous actors who have played Robin Hood in film (LA Times 2010 recounts (May 12, 2010, Susan King)* about the time a Russell Crowe version was coming out).  Not counting the animated, musical or comedic versions, also includes:  Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner). Said the LA Times article, though the setting was 12th century, the earliest ballads recounting it weren’t until 15th and 16th centuries:

*The legend of Robin Hood is firmly entrenched in British folklore — an archer and swordsman who, with his band of merry men, robbed from the rich and gave to the poor during the early 12th century in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest. Originally portrayed as a commoner, Robin’s image changed so that he was later thought of as a nobleman who lost his lands and was cast out as an outlaw. …The earliest surviving ballads telling his story are dated to the 15th century or early 16th century.

<Para.2> When, and what cost, will we learn that corporate names can be mis-leading, and that there’s always more than one angle to what’s considered charitable organizations?  Even the best of them operate in a field which is vast, uncharted, and fast-growing, and whose collective economic impact is unknown and cannot be fathomed even in legitimate cross-sections within slice of time. One reason why: the potential for so many related entities per 501©3 (or ©4 or © 6 — that is, per entity), and lack of shareholder oversight because a nonprofit is by definition non-stock issuing.  But any nonprofit with assets can invest them in a variety of other companies (Public traded, private-traded, other investments, other assets are all categories shown in a standard IRS Form 990 Pt X Balance Sheet), and it can contract independently with all types of companies (private, public, or other tax-exempts, and corporations or LLCs  — and/or overseas companies according to their home country’s regulations), donate to other tax-exempts and government, take government grants (in essence, redistributing public funds), and likewise donate to a variety of other organizations (although most often it’s other tax-exempt private entities and/or government entities).  And, let’s talk universities — these donations to, investments in, subcontracting with university to serve the organization or vice versa, often come with professors or associate professors (whose careers have many times involved major grants from public, and/or private foundations; and universities in the USA also span the public and private sectors, and when private mostly as nonprofits often with their own companion or attached foundations(!!).  Some are organized at the state level and supported by people within the state, and typically commandeer significant institutional funds which can (“Go back to Square One”) be invested in a variety of vehicles both domestic AND off-shore, and employ many. … Also, leadership (board of directors, etc.) any public charity (501©3-filing corporation) leadership must declare “interested persons transactions” and business or family relationships — but simply having them is not prohibited.
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Seven Posts from December, 2017 (Informal TOC Update @ March 14, 2018)

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You are reading:Seven Posts from DECEMBER, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 14, 2018)(with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-8MD”).

This post is about 7,000 words and will remain, being a Table of Contents (for a single month in 2017 only), near the top of this blog.  I’m repeating the olive-background section reminding new readers where to start the blog or to find Tables of Contents covering a larger time span — and in more condensed (titles-only) form — near the top of each Q4 2017 (Oct., Nov. and this one, Dec. 2017) sticky post listing that month’s published titles (with some intro text to each). If you’ve read one of them you can skip past the next post’s section in that color; December’s here is two paragraphs (olive-background segments) longer than the other two.


Are you a first time visitor?  Then realize that “2017 continues themes from 2016…Tables of Contents” may be a better place to start.  That full post title: 2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ

Click to enlarge. Excerpt from Jan. 9, 2017 post explaining TOC navigation. If you don’t want to mess with uploaded pdfs or anything complex, find this part of the [“2017 continues themes from 2016…“] post and browse at least the last three posts of 2016 and all of 2017‘s posts. Other years (and links to them) are also discussed [on that “2017 continues themes from 2016…” post].

It presents the TOCs in orderly, structured tables with dozens of rows, viewable directly on the blog, or in uploaded 8X11 page formats, which will look like the image to your right (only in better focus). It also better introduces the blog themes with examples of typical research within it.
Here,  instead, I am quickly creating three “informal TOC update” posts for the last quarter of 2017 (one each for Oct, Nov, & Dec.), which will all display above/before, instead of underneath/after (preferred) that “2017 Tables of Contents” page only because I don’t see how to force them to display underneath it.*
[*that is, the blog’s (WordPress platform) technical capacity for posts, such as it does show for “pages,” to force a certain presentation order within posts labeled, as these will be, “sticky.” (Sticky functions like a magnet + note on a refrigerator, or a thumbtack on a bulletin board near the door, checked regularly.  The designation keeps any post “in your face visible,” on top of all others in the “Current Posts” viewing area.  (See right sidebar “Go To” widget).
The above segment/s with olive background will be repeated on all three Q4 2017 posts for blog navigation, but the next two in the same color theme will not. Read them here or forget it!
I used to have many sticky posts, representing key themes (these are now available in a list format — see sidebar “Go To Widget”).  In early 2018, I restructured FamilyCourtMatters.org somewhat (to have one Static Home Page, and another where all posts display) and got rid of most sticky posts. The only reason a few more are here now (for Q3, 2017 and possibly another blog description with  more current examples post, which will bring the number of such sticky posts up to five) is that I’ve been behind on filling out the more formal table of contents (as seen above), knowing that the formats is cumbersome and time-consuming to produce AND to explain to users.  I’m considering how to handle this and confident that a better table of contents format will be found … like I’m also (strangely) still confident that a better way of handling PEOPLE will be found in this country than running them through the family court, child support, violence-prevention, marriage/fatherhood-promotion  (etc.)  systems as entwined with as many other expanding and consolidating mental health, behavioral health, social science and (trademarked) “treatment” programs as the public will tolerate (or can be sold) … and until enough people figure out that, whatever the cause (problem) is, more public/private partnerships, that is, reducing government by outsourcing it to the private sector operating (mostly) “tax-exempt” only to reduce their own taxes, undermining the sense of financial accountability | and of political jurisdictions (which is to say, representative government!) and all the while channeling public funds into private hands (through subcontractors, boards of directors, employees, related entities) anyhow is NOT the solution — THEREFORE a better one must exist.
which is one reason I intend to continue as much as possible to produce at least one new post a week presenting evidence on exactly how and why the current setup is unsustainable. And I’m not talking about climate change, reducing carbon footprints in that regard. I’m talking about policies now almost “set in stone” which have paved ruts down the road of no return.  That is, for MOST people, not for SOME currently in power and deciding with whom and how exactly – -and under what conditions — to share it.  Thanks for listening and taking time to browse not just these post titles, but also their opening, summarizing texts.  The topics are different, but overall the themes are similar.

2017 Dates shown in this post:December 3, 14, 15, 17, 21, 23, and 24.

This post provides access in full post titles with links in, in this format,

Image (links shown not active, of “7 Dec 2017 Post titles by LGH@FamilyCourtMatters (see Pg+Post~>2018Mar14)

and access to a page with the list in that format and with descriptive texts (quasi-“abstracts” actually just copied from the post intro, or other summary parts within a post — hence its’ an INformal TOC update) and, for this month I also posted screenprints (4 images) from my blog dashboard which simply lists them –but being images, they are not interactive (clickable to get to the post).

Again, the extended abstracts to accompany these post titles (informal TOC) are published on a new page, which I’ve been working on separately from this one.  It is far longer.  Its full title and link:7 Posts from December 2017 (Intro, Links, + Extended Post ‘Abstracts’ + Images @March 14, 2018) This page has a short-link with case-sensitive ending “-8NJ” and is published at 22.5K words long.  New pages also display automatically on the menu “Vital Info/Chrono-Alpha Links” on the right blog sidebar.  Unless I move them to the top, they show at the bottom of that menu (list of links).

Look for a block of bright yellow highlit titles (with dates in red) below on this post or the above related page. It’s found in that format, i.e., with active links, in both places.
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March 14, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Eight Posts from November, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 9, 2018)

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You are reading:  Eight Posts from November, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 9, 2018) (with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-8KE”). This post is about 10,000 words and will remain, being a Table of Contents (for a single month), near the top of this blog.

Are you a first time visitor?  Then realize that “2017 continues themes from 2016…Tables of Contents” may be a better place to start.  That full post title: 2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ

Click to enlarge. Excerpt from Jan. 9, 2017 post explaining TOC navigation. If you don’t want to mess with uploaded pdfs or anything complex, find this part of the [“2017 continues themes from 2016…“] post and browse at least the last three posts of 2016 and all of 2017‘s posts. Other years (and links to them) are also discussed [on that “2017 continues themes from 2016…” post].

It presents the TOCs in orderly, structured tables with dozens of rows, viewable directly on the blog, or in uploaded 8X11 page formats, which will look like the image to your right (only in better focus). It also better introduces the blog themes with examples of typical research within it.
 Here,  instead, I am quickly creating three “informal TOC update” posts for the last quarter of 2017 (one each for Oct, Nov, & Dec.), which will all display above/before, instead of underneath/after (preferred) that “2017 Tables of Contents” page only because I don’t see how to force them to display underneath it.*
[*that is, the blog’s (WordPress platform) technical capacity for posts, such as it does show for “pages,” to force a certain presentation order within posts labeled, as these will be, “sticky.” (Sticky functions like a magnet + note on a refrigerator, or a thumbtack on a bulletin board near the door, checked regularly.  The designation keeps any post “in your face visible,” on top of all others in the “Current Posts” viewing area.  (See right sidebar “Go To” widget).

2017 Dates shown in this post:  November 5, 18 (with links to a new page Nov. 11), 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 29.

Formats follows what’s seen in the first listing below — Dates are in red, followed by post titles (with links to them) highlit in bright yellow, followed by opening or summary texts (copied & pasted, not re-written, these are not formal “abstracts”) in light-green backgrounds inside dark green lines.  Some of the opening text sections contain images and subsections to give a flavor of each post.

Here’s a list of titles only.  Below, a list of titles (in the same format) with the surrounding (summary) texts inbetween.  This added to conform better to the December, 2017 post and for reader convenience. Also, in doing this I noticed that in the main post (titles + “surrounding texts” section) the title for Nov. 28 had omitted; its surrounding (summary) text mistakenly had been credited to November 24. This has now been corrected adding it here, and switching the 11/24 duplicate with the 11/28 title applicable to its surrounding abstract.

That title references some significant “fatherhood” organizations in Baltimore and in South Carolina (and NY) and is a relevant read focused on an original main topic of this blog.  4/12/2018…//LGH.


NOVEMBER 5, 2017Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as  ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) ~ Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published   Nov. 5)


NOVEMBER 18 (referencing also a Nov. 11 new page)About MRFP, Inc. (NAAG/NASCO’s “Single Portal Initiative” for MultiState Registration and Filing by Charities — except, apparently, for MRFP, Inc, NAAG, and NASCO). Also See my New Page (publ. 11/11/17) on SimpleCharityRegistration.com [This post Publ. 11/18/2017](shortlink here ends “-7X8”).


NOVEMBER 21Six Posts (at least) in the Pipeline, Pre-Thanksgiving 2017 (looking back, looking forward…), Yet I See I’d Outlined Nearly the Same Basics One Year Ago (Nov. 2016) [Published 11/21/2017]. (short-link ends “-7ZH”).  


NOVEMBER 22Post Footnotes for “Before WHO’s HiAP… A Closer Look at ICLEI-Local Gov’ts for Sustainability…” post, starting with “NYT Activists Fight Green Projects” (short-link ending “-7T1” started Nov. 2, 2017, published Nov. 22.) 


NOVEMBER 23Happening NOW: Locally and within the USA, Matching Nonprofits to Legal Entities and Tracking Them Remains at Best (for Most) a Messy, Expensive and Unreliable Process, but Internationally — More Streamlined, Monitored, and Standardized for Faster, Easier, and More Profitable Trade. See FSF, FSB (G20-formed, 2009), LEI Legal Entity Identifier [global database + system], GLEIF (Swiss Foundation), LOUs (who issue LEIs) and ‘KYC’ (Know Your Customer) [Publ. Nov. 23, 2017]. (case-sensitive short-link ending “-7To”; moved here Nov. 3, 2017, publ. Thanksgiving Day). (About 8,000 words with some post-publication revisions).


NOVEMBER 24Changing (the) World, Changing (the) Words: Sovereignty, Circumscribing Sovereignty versus Global ‘Citizenship’ (the Unmentionable: then who is the Global ‘Sovereign’?). (case-sensitive short-link ends “-7MB” started Oct. 14, 2017, published Nov. 24),

References: came from  HiAP (HEALTH, not LAW*, in All Policies) Coordinated from Afar, Applied Locally, including throughout the USA (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-7LY”, published Oct. 24, 2017).

NOVEMBER 28Why are Famous PRIVATE Foundations (Ford, Mott, Public Welfare and others) and On-line Mass Solicitation, DAF-collecting Companies (like JustGive.org) so Fond of Funky, “Failed-to-File” 501©3s — like Wisconsin’s barely-still-there CFFPP (Center for Families and Public Policy) and Its Board of 1hr/week Unpaid Father-Focused Networks (some entities, some not) Speakers, Conference-circuit Experts?. (shortlink ends “-7So” and length is about 10,000 words). Started Oct. 29, published Nov. 28


NOVEMBER 29The Dark Sides (Bottom Lines) of Web-based Donor-Advised Funding: Donor Disclaimers, Buyouts, Emigration (JustGive [US]–&gt;JustGiving [UK]). And Interesting Related Ops (IronPlanet: ZOPB Highway ByPass J.V.) and Bank Bailouts. [A July 26, 2016 section repost]. (shortlink ends “-83s” and length is just under 7,000 words).


Surrounding texts aren’t abstracts, but summarize content, and usually from the very top of a post.  Click any title to access it.  Titles are obviously in bold font and highlight bright yellow..).

~ ~ | | THIS BEGINS THE EIGHT POSTS & THEIR OPENING TEXT || ~ ~

NOVEMBER 5, 2017Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as  ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) ~ Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published   Nov. 5)

Post abstract/opening shown in this background-color, marked inside green lines (box):  Other post abstracts for November 2017 informal Table of Contents update here follow the same color scheme, to distinguish them from post titles. … Some of these “abstracts” are long enough to include sub-sections, which might be in different color schemes.  On-location (actual posts) rarely will follow the same color schemes; this [light-green inside dark green lines] color scheme is just an added visual marker for purposes of this post.  Look for the yellow-highlit post titles.

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March 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Eight Posts Published in October, 2017 (Informal TOC Update @ March 6, 2018).

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First published March 6, updated March 16, 2018 with this intro from insight (“hindsight”) gained while producing subsequent, similar posts:

The format on the “Table of Contents” page is cumbersome to produce and explain; this is a “quick-and-dirty, copy-and-paste” compilation. Well, not exactly quick to produce… but being at least restricted to a single month here, quicker than updating the complex inter-relationships between list, post image, underlying post page printed to pdf for viewing (etc.) as shown on the “2017 Table of Contents” (which incorporates other, earlier tables in multiple forms, with different viewing options).

Life, common sense (and blogging, not to mention years of producing documents in variety of business settings each with its different software and corresponding limits or character traits, including certain flaws) also tells me that any set-up so complicated is probably not the best one, especially for a lone blogger without administrative staff, paid or volunteer.   It’s inefficient and any error at one level could be reproduced at others. A blog, and specifically a WordPress blog here, is no different.  It’s great for certain purposes; for others, not so much.

Realizing this, I hadn’t worked on the Table of Contents for some months while continuing to work hard on writing posts and pages on current content, some of it directly responsive to current headlines and developing, ongoing social and economic policy situations I felt should be flagged in the public interest.

Adding these Oct, Nov, Dec “Informal TOC Updates” starts to make the more recent posts more visible in closer to a list format. I opted for a separate post for each of  those Q4 2017 months.

Title: Eight Posts Published in October, 2017 (Informal TOC Update) @ March 6, 2018. (shortlink ends “-8Kh”). This post is only about 3,150 words.

Two similar posts, like this one also marked “sticky” for November and December,* 2017 (*holds access to another new page with more extended “abstracts” (post excerpts, summaries) for December 2017 only) were published subsequently this month and now display above this one on the main content area (“Current Posts, Most Recent on Top”).

Together with the main Table of Contents “2017 [TOC] continues themes from 2016” post, link shown immediately below, that makes four separate ones held in the top position on the blog
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March 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm

‘Human Ecology’ (Colleges of), Psychology, and Cornell. Why The History of the American University System Still Matters.

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Post title with shortlink, started Feb. 17, 2018, published March 4:

‘Human Ecology’ (Colleges of), Psychology, and Cornell. Why The History of the American University System Still Matters. (shortlink ending “-8F5”)   Post is short (about 6,100 words — can you believe it?!)

Subtitle: Some Historic Problems Design Flaws — or Inherent Design Genius, depending on one’s perspective — with The American University System.


Post Viewing/Navigation: Images which may extend beyond the right margin are probably part of an image gallery.  Click on any one and use the navigation keys.  Unless otherwise notated in a caption and unless your viewing device does this better (as might an iPad or cell phone with touch/swipe functions), outside the galleries, click individual images to enlarge. Content notes: I show some images or sets of images in more than one section of this post.  Related links: This post came from “Where ‘First Five Years’ and the Manic Push for  ever more: Universal Preschool/EARLY Head Start meets the National Fatherhood Initiative’s purposes within TANF …” (a LONG post) and a separate SHORT”preface” page “Understanding University Models…”. Those references will be posted again as they come up in their context.

Here, I discuss where “Colleges of Human Ecology and the intent to “develop” human beings from the start,” based on theories from high-profile psychologists such as the late Urie Bronfenbrenner (whom Cornell University’s center named in his honor credits for having founded, or inspired the massive “Head Start” programming itself), funded through their faculty positions meets “the imported university models” meets the “current US size and tax system” (university financing).


Tags:  I added labels (“tags”) for topics in this post, and included this one — though it’s not discussed below — because the post discussing it is related: “FAF Financial Accounting Foundation (estab. by AICPA ca.1971 Norwalk CT set up GASB+FASB who set the guidelines=acctg rules)(see also “CAFRs”)


Regardless of one’s perspective, the American universities both private and public still have a basic design. That design for each has been historically based on a certain model espoused by their founders, reflecting their values and what kind of economic infrastructure those founders wanted for the country.

MORRILL LAND-GRANT ACTS

(Reference added March 5, 2018): Why the Morrill Act Still Matters, July 16, 2012 by Christopher P. Loss in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Added here because it’s a short narrative and for the 19 comments below arguing pro/con the whole situation.  The comments are generally well-written and interesting.

Basics: Please read (for review, or if it’s not review) Wikipedia on the Morrill Land-Grant Acts.  These involved federal lands to establish state college right about the time of the Civil War (!) and after the Confederate states had seceded (although they later got theirs, too).  On that article, Cornell’s situation is in paragraphs 7 and 10.  Paras. 6, 7 and 10 quoted here.  Relates to Cornell and MIT.

Under the act, each eligible state received a total of 30,000 acres (120 km2) of federal land, either within or contiguous to its boundaries, for each member of congress the state had as of the census of 1860. This land, or the proceeds from its sale, was to be used toward establishing and funding the educational institutions described above. Under provision six of the Act, “No State while in a condition of rebellion or insurrection against the government of the United States shall be entitled to the benefit of this act,” in reference to the recent secession of several Southern states and the contemporaneously raging American Civil War.

After the war, however, the 1862 Act was extended to the former Confederate states; it was eventually extended to every state and territory, including those created after 1862. If the federal land within a state was insufficient to meet that state’s land grant, the state was issued “scrip” which authorized the state to select federal lands in other states to fund its institution.[7] For example, New York carefully selected valuable timber land in Wisconsin to fund Cornell University.[8]p. 9 The resulting management of this scrip by the university yielded one third of the total grant revenues generated by all the states, even though New York received only one-tenth of the 1862 land grant.[8]p. 10 Overall, the 1862 Morrill Act allocated 17,400,000 acres (70,000 km2) of land, which when sold yielded a collective endowment of $7.55 million.[8]p. 8

…With a few exceptions (including Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), nearly all of the land-grant colleges are public. (Cornell University, while private, administers several state-supported contract colleges that fulfill its public land-grant mission to the state of New York.)

To maintain their status as land-grant colleges, a number of programs are required to be maintained by the college. These include programs in agriculture and engineering, as well as a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program

This situation, as Wikipedia tells it, also supplanted a more egalitarian (among the states) and earlier “Turner Act,” giving preference for the then more populous eastern states.  Overall, the federal lands represent land grabs from Native Americans originally, anyhow, so a case could be made that the entire situation is based on theft and land-grabs.  Anyhow….
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