Let's Get Honest! Absolutely Uncommon Analysis of Family & Conciliation Courts' Operations, Practices, & History

'A Different Kind of Attention Develops Sound Judgment' | 'Suppose I'm Right Here?' (See March 23 & 5, 2014). More Than 745 posts and 45 pages of Public-Interest Investigative Blogging On These Matters Since 2009.

Archive for July 2019

58 More Essays (Pages) on Essentials** of the Family Court Arena. **IMHO, as expressed 2009-2019.

leave a comment »

ANY post may be further edited (as in, condensed, or expanded, or both) after publishing.  Blogger’s privilege!

58 More Essays (Pages) on Essentials** of the Family Court Arena. **IMHO, as expressed 2009-2019(WordPress-generated, case-sensitive short-link ends -ar9. //LGH July 31, 2019.  About 8,000 words as updated Aug. 4, 2019) [1].

I had fun writing these; hope you enjoy reading them.  Browse their titles, pick somewhere and dive in!

The “58 Essays” referenced in the title came from ‘PAGES’ (widget) from off right sidebar with all the links. The list of those titles with links directly to each one, also a 3X3 (nine total screenshots index) of all titles as seen formerly on the sidebar widget are the only illustrated (images involved) items on this post and are at the bottom. Look for images with some colorful lines and arrows, a bit of side-line commentary like these next two:

4

8

All material is my writing except where quoted, and all 58 pages were previously written across that ten-year time span. Now pinned to the top of the blog (designation “Sticky”), this post features them as basic content (and shortens the sidebar considerably). 

As ever, I voice my concerns about and continue to raise awareness of both current developing and longstanding situations whenever/wherever I have opportunity, including while writing the introduction here.

Having written too much while creating this administrative/index post, I then off-ramped extra introduction text to: Acknowledgements, Executive Summary (Current Projects | Rolling Blackouts) and What Makes This Blog “What You Need to Know” (July 31, 2019). (shortlink ends “-auh”, also marked sticky).

 

That post holds key content on current developments and actors seeking to change family court legislation “locally” (within certain United States) and, I see, the battle pro/con “parental alienation” continuing internationally, with some of the same players on the “opposed” side, regarding publication by WHO of another “ICD-11” nomenclature for diseases. … (July 10 2019, Collective Memo of Concern  to WHO … RE: Inclusion of “Parental Alienation[2]  

I just happened to write the material on my mind while setting up this post.  There are still some opening comments here, though; some navigation, some, just want I want to say: call it my opening spiel.  (That too may be condensed later)…

Cambridge English Dictionary, ‘spiel’ (Cambridge Univ Press)checked Aug 3, 2019.

(It’s a spiel to me because I’ve had to say it so often, was written impromptu and could be an “elevator speech,” depending on for how many floors we were in an elevator.  Not always used in positive sense.  The above link from Cambridge English Dictionary says it’s for “American English” then cites several examples from Wikipedia and “the Hansard archive” (“digitized (parliamentary) debates from 1803), which for some reason, I think is funny.) https://hansard.parliament.uk (see nearby image).


MY SPIEL.

My main concern as a United States citizen and as a human being is that those involved** seem to have little respect for basic concepts of representative government, although plenty of them are lawyers.  It is one thing to exchange ideas on an academic level among universities, or through private networked associations.  It’s another to seek to have those voices drown out and deluge the places where decisions are made as purported “intermediaries” or “the voice of the people” when they clearly aren’t.

**(including but not limited to those both pro AND con on the parental alienation issue (I call it #ArguingPAS), whether or not addressing the World Health Organization’s ICD-11, or whoever determines what does or doesn’t make it into each new version of the DSM  (The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual).[3])


PLACEMENT ON THE BLOG: This post now becomes the top-most post of ten “sticky” posts on my “Current Posts” home page of this blog near the top, on the right sidebar, also known as:

Once I split it, the count is now eleven “sticky” posts pinned to the top of this blog, below which the current posts will show, most recent on top.

This may not be the best first stop on the blog if you’re new to the it (or the fields it covers), but, hey, we all have our different approaches to taking in new information… so whatever works… and those pages hold solid, under-reported information. Over time, exposure and repetition of key concepts, I expect the main ideas will come through on most posts or pages, no matter where you start.  This is not a book or a weekly newsletter: it’s a blog, and an extemporaneous quality will always be present. I have done my best to keep studying and building scope, depth, adding subject matter relating to the main subject matter, and where possible, getting to the origins (creators) not just administrators of the family court systems.


Reviewing exactly what are those top (with this one) ten (soon to be eleven) “sticky” posts, I see that about half are indexes or tables of contents for specific years. I pin these all to the top partly because of their surrounding summary and still-relevant information, also a snapshot in time (of my understanding and/or current related events) [4].

(Footnotes [1-4] are several paragraphs below, not at the very bottom of this post.  My practice: If an explanatory comment is short enough, I’ll often just use “*” or “**” and include it at end of or right below a paragraph) I include cites in the text or with the quote.By contrast, footnotes are more often expansions or commentary, and sometimes become their own separate posts, individually, or as a group.  I have a few posts named “Footnotes to: _____”  I added two footnotes while revising this blog, to expand on a specific topic.

NEED A SHORTCUT?  SCROLL, SWIPE, OR PAGE-DOWN TOWARDS THE BOTTOM UNTIL YOU SEE IMAGES:  (THE FIRST AND ONLY IMAGES THUMBNAIL SCREENSHOTS (3 rows of 3 each), A VISUAL INDEX OF THE PAGE TITLES.  THE PAGE LINKS AND FULL TITLES ARE BELOW THEM.  To break up the links even more, I put in dividing lines and the corresponding screenshot (from where they used to be on the sidebar) with some stars, arrows, and comments (on the images).


Any page or post can take comments.  I don’t do a lot of polls. I do not get a lot of feedback (comments);

JUDGING BLOG BY NUMBER OF VISITORS, FOLLOWERS, COMMENTS:  FAIR ENOUGH IF YOU’RE JUST LOOKING FOR AN EXISTING MOVEMENT TO JOIN, NOT TO BECOME A RESOURCE/LEADER, BUT, BE AWARE

I do notice**  are visiting and repeat visitors, or those with unknown business relationship (but a state geography) who stay on for an hour or sometimes several hours at a time   Over time, this shows the blog is being reguarly watched from certain countries outside the USA, and by a variety of universities or government entities from state level, state agencies, and/or private businesses, as well as some at the federal level (i.e., Dept. of Health and Human Services).  This is to be expected when I’ve been reporting on some of these.  Any university IP might be a student or a faculty or administrator; I’m not tracking which and probably couldn’t.  **(Through embedded “statcounter.com” html; it’s free.  “Statcounter” is based in Ireland) what types of entities — where browsers have proprietary labels identifying them, (unlike the retail or residential common carriers:  Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, etc.). I do notice when I post on something and then a flurry of visitors from that geography or agency suddenly show up on the “recent visitors” log.

Another issue I know I face as someone who has been stalked and had safety concerns about speaking too openly, we are mostly aware that submitting a comment to a blog will reveal an email address; while that’s not shown to the public usually (it isn’t here), it could be to any blog administrator. Having been there myself, I know it’s quite possible to read, even study contents of, this blog, without saying a word on a comments field, or tweeting about it.  What I find most interesting — few people are arguing (directly to me, on the blog, or that I’m aware of so far, directly against the key points I raise, elsewhere.  The usual practice seems to be, just ignore them, or try to take credit for a small percentage of them, while continuing “business as usual’ as advocates.

I read many websites (blogs, and at times Twitter feeds) without becoming a direct follower or always even commenting also; so do not take the sidebar “stats” as an absolute indicator of the importance of this blog.  Instead, decide whether I’m “full of it” or “onto something” then start asking sensible questions.  Decide whether it’s worth your time reading more.  That’s where I also started, regarding what I’ve been looking at these many years. If you NEVER review conflicting points of view outside those already “in your face,” then I suspect the issue is short-sightedness.  I try to stay aware of (and recently have begun to talk more about) media sponsorship and again, PAY CLOSER ATTENTION (TO FAMILY COURT EVENTS, ACTORS, MOVEMENTS, AND — MY KEY THEME — HISTORY, PRACTICES, OPERATIONS).   ASK GOOD QUESTIONS:  IT’S a MINDSET AND COULD BE MADE A HABIT.  IT’S ALSO AN ACQUIRED TASTE.


If you are NOT from the USA, I hope you will understand that with our (it seems) radically different tax system, i.e., the IRS (vs. the VAT system, which I don’t pretend to understand, although I understand it seems more incremental, built-in than the income tax on all taxable profits, whether of a corporation or of an individual), USA-domiciled charities must produce — with some types of exceptions — not only audited annual financial statements (depending on their size) but also tax returns and cough ’em up for the public.  People and private businesses must too, but those are not expected to be coughed up for the public.  The tax returns of tax-exempt organizations are — however certain major categories are still exempt, as in the religious.  So at no time is a total financial picture really available.

But those tax returns are full of clues and indicators for any organization and for organizations functioning in a coordinated fashion — which the response to domestic violence, child abuse, preventing them both, not to mention divorce, custody/visitation (whatever it’s called), CRIME (however categorized) and payment of child support, works.

By “charities” we are talking: their exempt-purpose revenues are federal income-tax-exempt, and if they continue to meet standards, a greatly reduced tax on NON-exempt-purpose revenues (from all those assets held, where it applies) is the incentive to form more and more of them, especially the wealthier one is.  I gather the general idea is that by working side-by-side with government to cover services it doesn’t naturally cover, but people need, a tax perk is granted.  Actually producing those services in a neutral and legal manner is another thing.

With this situation it IS possible to look up and look for those tax returns, corporate filings, and to a degree (though convoluted) perceive the flow of money THROUGH some TO another, also TO and FROM government in the forms of grants TO and FROM government entities.

Because of this expectation that some accounts we can read should and by law must be made available, where they’ve been late, missing, absent, or simply not credible, that reflects on any filing entity’s design.  over time it becomes clear that neither the private nor the public sector (i.e., granting and financial-statement-reporting to the public) has a consistent intent, held to and followed through on, of giving the public a legitimate account of its activities, operations, and their costs — as opposed to sales pitches for the same, forever.  {{I am not a certified public accountant (CPA) nor a lawyer and that was not tax or legal advice..It’s an individual thinking about a common situation and expressing an opinion on it!}}



Having spent some (I’m too old now to spend “enough!”) time on various other countries’ databases, while struggling with SLOW internet personally and NOT interconnected reporting databases, in the era of internationally connected HIGH-speed networks for: governments, educational institutions, research institutions, and I gather the military and probably health / medical institutions, I realize also that there may be major differences in the requirement to produce audited financial statements of government entity balances (assets & liabilities | revenues & expenses) and both naming and posting the actual account numbers associated with all legislated use of tax receipts for public benefit.

I believe that if we are living in a country and supporting it with our life energies through productive work, OR supporting/justifying its expenditures for in ANY way needing some help or protection from that country (or, state) we deserve to see the financial trail and be given an account.  I see that the current setup makes that nearly impossible — but the concept still exists.  That it’s nearly impossible works to the advantageous of the criminally minded, and against those seeking to operate legally within the constraints of any government’s laws.

Americans, it seems to me (speaking of those I’ve been around, deal with, or hear of through, for example, major media reporting, work, social networking, school (when I was in it), etc., have been groomed to NOT look for those financials or talk about them, NOT notice which non-profit entity is referenced (to the point of looking it up, identifying: age, size, location, leadership, and filing habits, including frequent name changes, or movement of assets from one to another, disrupting the traceable path).  We ought to be looking at these things and able to talk about them, but have been coached, distracted, discouraged, and — for those who attempt to look — often obstructed from finding out TIMELY things we ought to know.

That’s my spiel.  Now here’s the post:

 The nine-image thumbnail index gallery, and names and links to the 58 Essays (Pages).

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Let's Get Honest

July 31, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Acknowledgements, Executive Summary (Current Projects | Rolling Blackouts) and What Makes This Blog “What You Need to Know” (July 31, 2019).

leave a comment »

ANY post may be further edited (as in, condensed, or expanded, or both) after publishing.  Blogger’s privilege!

You are reading: Acknowledgements, Executive Summary (Current Projects | Rolling Blackouts) and What Makes This Blog “What You Need to Know” (July 31, 2019). (Shortlink ends “-auh”, marked sticky, this is currently 9,900 words.  That includes two lengthy footnotes, one of which I expect to remove to its own post.)

Most of this post’s content has been moved from: 58 More Essays (Pages) on Essentials** of the Family Court Arena. **IMHO, as expressed 2009-2019. (Published July 31, 2019; Short-link ends “-ar9”) after both posts were published “sticky.” Because of that, there’s an element of “patchwork” in the post; but each part I hope communicates.


This post describes current projects in process, re-iterates my rationale for the blog and gives some key examples, “clues,” with links to where more may be found and that such clues have been around for a VERY long time.

My blog in general alerts people (it cannot fully cover, solo) the existence of a major information gap in reporting on family court-related matters which it seems has been maintained by those wishing for global restructuring of family law (nation by nation and apparently under also the UN / WHO standards) to go a certain way without addressing what, in fact, happened in the United States of America, and how we now have an allegedly secular (or at least no-national-religion) government but somehow want to maintain official fatherhood policy — moderated by “family violence services.”

BOTH the “Pro” and the “Con” sides on any issue seem to be profiting from it.  With this type of prolonged conflict an obvious question is, who stands to gain what from refusing to resolve it according to law, or common sense?  How genuine are the causes being put forth as put forth?


I see this as more than just a power struggle for the role and place of women regarding men.  It’s also a power struggle for control of future generations of workers, i.e., population regulation, and it’s a power struggle for economic dominance through infrastructures that continue to supersede and undermine from within (any jurisdiction, including country), the rule of law specific to that country.   So, I’m going to continue testifying in this media, if not allowed another, to what I have not only experienced, but also witnessed and have been documenting for ten years now (and taking historical look-backs by government agency, nonprofit organizations, where available, and also reporting changes “in action” as they occur).


Just two post sections reflected in post title:  

  • Acknowledgements
    • A significant part of the landscape, i.e. “The Problem” is a  “Rolling Blackouts” situation // a sarcastic thank you to those generating a need for this blog. it’s also in part a statement of the problem; could’ve gone under “Executive Summary” where I see the title has it.
  • Executive Summary
    • “Current Projects” just names a few themes (geographies of interest) I’m working on now, of enough significance they got onto this top-ranked (pinned) post.
    • Executive Summary contains quick summaries directed a people who may not “get” the role of the U.S. Congress in the current family court problems, and some exhibits (images).
    • While I might expect that from people who don’t live or work in the USA, it’s a sad testimony that it continues being under-estimated or ignored by so many who do. (See “Rolling Blackouts” reference).
  • Any footnotes to the same (or, they may be integrated into main text, if it flows right).  Right now I have one referring to the State of Pennsylvania only.

These categories were added after the material was written and provided a handy title, not hard and fast rules.

This post despite its beginnings as a placeholder is I feel appropriately still near the top of the blog (right now, in Position #2) because it references currently developing events in different states (USA) and countries, some of which demand urgent attention from people who may not be aware of them, or of what seems like a coordinated strategy across different countries and in different states, frequently involving people and organizations I’ve had to report on, and at times personally deal with regarding those strategic cover-ups.


I have been reaching out (through social media) to specific people, some associated with specific organizations, others may be protesting them, especially in the United Kingdom, to communicate in layperson’s terms about similarities and differences between our systems, as well as an “alternate” report from street level about favored organizations and individuals based here, but oh-so-fascinated with developing (and having already developed) personal ties, connections, and even legislative influence in our respective countries.

I hope some understandings may be reached, despite us often not knowing each other professionally or personally. I believe that looking at other systems often provides a mirror — contrasts and similarities are taken into account, not just ignored — on one’s own and help understand it better.  This is especially true for who or what is the “family law” system, and it has occurred to me recently that one roadblock to international understanding (with people more focused on issues such as womens rights, domestic violence as handled in the family courts in the UK) may just not understand the accountability expected with the US tax system, particularly regarding the IRS, the Internal Revenue Code, and requirements to produce tax returns a public can read.

Our whole government is organized, in fact, around giant economic forces, much of which is organized tax-exempt across several categories — and they are constantly interacting with each other.  I know this to be true also in the UK (Nuffield Foundation,[1] Joseph Rowntree, Leverhulme Trust, come to mind) but what I do NOT know is the level of reporting required.

[1] https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/revisions-uk-government-expenditure-plans [2] Nuffield Family Justice Observatory pilot study 2019-2023 (Just saw / footnoted below); [3]  May 18, 2019 article being published in an August, 2019 Oxford University Press | in “International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (Oxford Academic) (Introducing Social Science Evidence in Family Court Decision-making and Adjudication: Evidence from England and Wales: (also just found; the Abstract shows it was based on a Nuffield-funded scoping study) (etc.).  I see this journal, while editorial board is from the UK (Universities of Oxford and Cambridge), the “Overseas Editorial Board” lists three from the USA (with no affiliation or from which state (or university, if applicable) mentioned — names only, and one each from German, Spain and France).

I’m familiar with companieshouse, some charitable registration places — but nothing the equivalent of what, here, we have, for example, ℅ databases (as imperfect as they may be) such as “FoundationCenter.org/find-funding/990-finder” which link to tax returns.  Or other sources of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports by the UK governments (the GFOA standards are tied to Canada and the USA, not the UK, Mexico, France, etc).  An obvious geographic size applies, not to mention government organization and financing policies. (I reference this on the other top post also).


For example, more specific to these fields:  In 2015, the UK  passed a control criminalizing “Coercive Control” (and seems to already be running into issues with enforcement).  That term comes from a book by that name, and a Rutgers Professor Evan Stark, who I understand has had British ties early in his career (1980s?) through a Fullbright(?) fellowship (excerpts on my massive home page — just type “FamilyCourtMatters.org” to get there).

Like most of the “family” or “domestic” violence prevention movement in the USA, which our federal government basically controls (economically) and has regionalized into specific, higher-paid “resource centers” tying into the state-wide coalitions, there are major things this book — which I have and have begun highlighting, but the introduction, table of contents, and index already confirm, just does not divulge, while people like myself are left scrambling to publicize (not having connections to Oxford University Press (used by many), SAGE (with its social science focus and interesting history/co-founders), Wiley (used by AFCC) or TandFOnline.com (“Taylor & Francis, an Informa plc company”) (a number of different journals in this field), i.e., special societies promoting our cause to the point of publishing journals),  the more realistic/comprehensive account of the field from the street level and cross-sector, USA.

This “street” level has to include the input from our major federal agencies as developed in the last fifty years. Screwing up policies through withholding of key evidence in the USA, then running over to the UK, Canada Australia even more intensely after the word starts to get out here, is not responsible, or ethical behavior.  It’s utter arrogance, and callous indifference, and that’s what we, here, continue to deal with, nationwide.  The closer I look at this, at the earliest phases, the fewer people seem to have been collaborating in key organizations which have been accepted to run several different fields.  Variance from key themes taken for granted is NOT tolerated; these themes have been now embedded into policy such that to address that is to take on all those who’ve made a living in the field(s). (SEE “A QUICK SUMMARY” section near bottom of this post for more explanation).

There seems so little interest in hearing from us except as we** serve to legitimize the collective agenda (behavioral modification, “prevention treatment and services” emphasis) and can be used for PR due to the drama, tragedies, or headline-making destructions we’ve  endured by way of the family courts.

(**”protective parents,” a phrase coined to start a movement possibly; individuals harmed by the family court fiascoes after or while also trying to protect our physical persons, property, lives, and often also minor children, from both the former (or current) abusers/batterers AND the abusive systems in which we found ourselves simply trying to get free).

The level of betrayal of trust, in my opinion, is far greater by those promising help, but withholding information which might lead to understanding those help SYSTEMS, than it ever was to men, or in some cases women, who simply behaved like animals in their home domains — and observers were either cowed into, or already groomed into “it’s someone else’s problem” non-reporting assent.  Another level of betrayal of trust, for women in particular, is to live here, and see so-called feminist leadership, or seeming to be “feminist” simply roll-over… or summons/invite in, open season… any and all male leadership to run the field of “stopping violence against women.”   They may do this in a very nice, verbally civil, friendly “we support women” voice — but it’s still attempting to dominate the field and frame it to protect vested interests.

One of my particular “beefs” complaints is why “batterers’ intervention services” must be integrated into a “coordinated community response.”  Along with supervised visitation services, I think these two created professions have done much harm — while supporting the conferencing and publishing careers of some.  Probing deeper, many (not all) have a religious basis originally, which concerns me as having experienced the battering while married in a Christian-rationalized context. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Let's Get Honest

July 31, 2019 at 6:12 pm

The “C” in “Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” Doesn’t Mean “For Nerds Only”! Short Preview/Review Sampler (July 27, 2019).

leave a comment »

This post will be further edited after publishing.  I made a decision to “just publish” July 27, 2019. It has enough content for relevant reading. Links are all present, not all quotes have been included or smoothly formatted towards the end.  Bonus material keeps surfacing…and I am reporting in part on short-term (half-year) Workgroups on Custody (in one state) and trying to encourage all to, if necessary, take crash-courses on CAFRs and how government works, in part because of how it’s been working up til now!

This post came from More, Some Earlier, Sidebar Widgets Now Live Here (+ See Related July 9 post) [This one, Published July 19, 2019](shortlink ends “-ahh”) but you certainly don’t need that excuse to read it.  The terms CAFR, GFOA, GASB are searchable on this blog; look for posts with some of those acronyms in a title.


This Post is:  The “C” in “Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” Doesn’t Mean “For Nerds Only”! Short Pre-|Review Sampler. (Published July 27, 2019) (short-link ends “-ajs”) (about 8,500 words)

No, it certainly doesn’t.  CAFRs are not just for nerds!


I’ve been working some of these topics long enough that it’s second nature to know where to look and how to find illustrations; I have a labeling syntax, stored folders with date and time (for most), try to save all originating links.  Wrestling text (alone) or text and images into pleasant-looking blog posts is another matter; doing so with a nice, friendly tone and voice isn’t going to happen. Being sweet and friendly, long-suffering and above all patient seems just inappropriate to the situations developing right now in family courts inside and outside the USA.  Some mental lights need to start going on outside the assigned, typically given more “take-it-on-faith” leeway standard experts canvassing the country for recruits and trying to, as ever, federalize and internationalize their pet perspectives on “what happened?!?” when kids are getting hurt by virtue of decisions made within the family court system and NOT made regarding some of the same actions in the criminal system.

Private court divisions and sytems which have only been set up “just in time” for welfare reform are now embedded, so the debate about DIS-embedding them would affect existing political powers in, probably, every state.

Lack of understanding of other countries’ systems or innovators (i.e., private associations featuring civil servants), similar-sounding but different-meaning terms (like “family courts”!) and differences in levels of public accountability (theoretical at least) for private associations a.k.a. foundations/charities/societies), is an issue.

Similarly lack of understanding differences in systems of taxation — i.e., government itself — particularly when it comes to federal vs. state or (Canada) provinces or (UK) the various countries involved blurs the significance of what is taking place now, but which has been set in process decades earlier.  In other words, people who were thinking beyond their own generation of what they wanted the world (and I can speak for, the United States) to look like, are getting what they wanted now — chaos, division, exploitation, and, generally, a population which doesn’t bother or cannot read its own country’s financials, and know when it’s been lied to through withholding, or told the truth.  THAT’s a gullible population which can be prodded into voting against its own best interests nearly any time of day or night. What I’m saying — “it’s a massive cattle drive.”

“News Flash” Businesses charge fees and may charge enough to pay their own taxes (and still make a profit) but it’s governments who have the power to tax.  So businesses will ALWAYS be interested in keeping a hand in and on government affairs.  Businesses are always also interested in profits, which means workers remaining employees — not competitors; so population control, breeding, domestication, and education, are of course going to be key interests.

We can’t (logically) just “bail” on all skills involved in finding and reading financial statements (either public or private) and understanding where one intersects with the other (i.e., organizing principles) and expect to have some form of “justice” long-term.

CAFRs represent the government part.  They have a message to tell; they are not just for nerds.*

* UrbanDictionary definition * Wikipedia

nerd is a person seen as overly intellectual, obsessive, introverted or lacking social skills. Such a person may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, little known, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical, abstract, or relating to topics of science fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities.[1][2][3] Additionally, many so-called nerds are described as being shy, quirky, pedantic, and unattractive.[4]

Originally derogatory, the term “nerd” was a stereotype, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity. ..

Some of the stereotypical behaviors associated with the “nerd” stereotype have correlations with the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome or other autism-spectrum disorders.[25]

Looking up Hans Asperger (Austrian pediatrician active during Nazi era, his paper on Asperger’s pre-dated another’s on Autism):  “Hans Asperger, National Socialism, and ‘race hygiene’ in Nazi-era Vienna” by Herwig Czech in Molecular Autism 9: article 29 (2018):  Wow… Read the Abstract! and (not too surprising).
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Let's Get Honest

July 27, 2019 at 7:09 pm

More, Some Earlier, Sidebar Widgets Now Live Here (+ See Related July 9 post) [This one, Published July 19, 2019]

leave a comment »

More, Some Earlier, Sidebar Widgets Now Live Here (+ See Related July 9 post) [This one, Published July 19, 2019]* Published short (shortlink ends “-ahh”) Likely to be expanded or revised later. For any widget contents added later, I’ll also add a thumbnail image to the index.  Last updated 7/20 to add the final widget listed in the Index which’d missed inclusion when first published. With that and comments (marked clearly) on top, approximately 6,300 words.

*Many of My Sidebar Widgets, Some Mostly Text, Others Mostly Links, Now Live Here! [Published July 9, 2019] (shortlink ending “-abt”)

In a continued effort to be nicer to readers — not nice enough to shut up on the subject matter, but nice enough to continue to shorten and spruce up the front pages and sidebar — and Whether New to You or Just a Helpful Review, here’s a second post containing widget contents (with an Index/Image Thumbnail Gallery) laced with links and language providing an overview and some timeline of blog contents. (See the first one at the “*” just above. I included its Thumbnail Index, clearly labeled, on this post too).


I am blogging in an enormous gap/blindspot of source information on the nature and character of major causes and movements. I am not the first explorer here, but explorers are hard to hear, sometimes, over the din of sponsored/professionally-affiliated experts with a narrow, easier-to-sell agenda.  I don’t know what became of all previous explorers (many of them); I do know there is the burn-out factor AND the sell-out factor; and none of them are likely to live to be 100 and still reporting.  

I suggest you get this while at least some of us are still alive, because that gap continues to widen.  If only you could (or would dare to) see the connectivity in the underground caverns here, and knew first-hand through viewing it, how vastly different it is than surface reports are indicating.


Of this next batch of Sidebar Widgets whose contents are here (but may not stay on the sidebar for much longer):

One of them is from only four years into the blog; others, more recent.

One of them links to pages on another of my blogs (“Cold, Hard Facts”) which document my discovery of the CAFR factor and increasing interest in the larger history of major tax-exempt foundations (both of) which have driven international (and domestic) development for a century now.  The pages also reference the origins and beliefs behind the USA’s “TANF” (“Temporary Aid to Needy Families, a term applied only 1996ff) and welfare policies today.  There’s a connection by way of the former Arkansas Governor and U.S. President Bill Clinton to private influence beyond the reach of “White House Staffers” (as a consultant), to Rhodes Scholars. The Rhodes Trust (and Cecil Rhodes) is directly tied into colonization and exploitation of South Africa.

MINI-P/REVIEW of the “CAFR” ISSUE, in case it’s new territory — why you get to know that territory hands-on [your eyes on several types of ‘CAFRs’), not from second-hand summaries talking about them.  Each CAFR also has its own summary and Notes!

FOR MORE INFORMATION on CAFRs (basics, significance), see:  

 The “C” in “Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” Doesn’t Mean “For Nerds Only”! Short Preview/Review Sampler. (July 21, 2019) (short-link ends “-ajs”post in process, active when published)

No, it certainly doesn’t.  CAFRs are not just for nerds!

One of the earlier widgets hits on the Welfare Reform issue** quoting from the Clinton Library (an era that is more important and has more signals as to restructuring of government itself (US federal forcing the change at the State level through the force field of Social Services (Social Security Act of 1934) than most realize, especially when it comes to family court and domestic violence/child-abuse-related issues.  Keywords from that short widget will lead to more source information (i.e., READ the documents available in that Presidential library to get a better understanding of some key people and organizations involved in it.).


**SPEAKING OF WHICH…. I am only in last few years realizing how parallel movements in this huge sector of US Government (when the former HEW split off its Education Department leaving “Health and Human Services” (HHS) administering “Welfare” now the largest grantmaking agency around), for the timing (1980s, 1990s) matches some major changes in the UK education system (Education Reform Act of 1988 was the first major one since 1944, and impacted higher education too, not just for the schooling of minors) and thereafter the Children’s Act of 1989.   Both acts deal with levels of government control and subsidy affecting people locally, and social mobility, etc.  Looking at how another country handles similar issues is helpful for an outsider’s view of our own — but only also taking into account key differences, too.

There are structural differences in education terminology, how government is run, the role of religion in state-sponsored education (i.e., see The Church of England), and, I think, transparency in financing, as well as it seems significantly, the way government obtains its tax revenues.

 


MOVING ON: BASIC BLOG NAVIGATION and STRUCTURAL TERMS

Pardon me for talking the medium (context: on-line platform/plural of “medium” is “media“;basic terms like “sidebar” or “widget”)  before the message (widgets’ content), but I know understanding this — the basic parts and function of the parts on any website — also helps navigate other, far more complex websites, and quickly detect intentional obfuscation — roadblocks to self-identification by the funding entity.

I maintain an awareness of this basic knowledge when I investigating what is presented and reported on-line. First, I want to know who owns a particular website (or who pays whom to run it), and, if it applies, as part of which conglomerate. This gives it a geographic (jurisdiction), age (new name of previous organization, spin-off organization, or collaboration housed at organization A, B, or C on a cause:
Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Let's Get Honest

July 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

CENIC!! (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). And National LambdaRail + the New Owner of the Los Angeles Times: My 2019 {{~~ CENIC Notes and Updates.

leave a comment »

Published July 13, 2019, minor revs. July 14, (including correcting the typo in the title which called my 2019 updates my 2018 updates!).  Post title, with my update year now corrected: CENIC!! (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). And National LambdaRail + the New Owner of the Los Angeles Times: My 2019 {{~~ CENIC Notes and Updates.  (case-sensitive short-link still ends “-aed”) (about 10,600 words)


As dramatic in scope and scale of operations as the subject matter here is, writing it up or developing the full plot outline and sequence is not my main priority this season, or on this blog. If I do write or reorganize more, it’s in the process of getting answers I myself would like about collective the bottom lines for customers of CENIC and similar networks which universities and research institutions already depend upon, including hospitals, and what it means for the future, including the future envisioned by some of the controlling personalities with whom CENIC has had to deal over the years. Otherwise I’d wait and finish major revisions, or a follow-up post.

Parts of this situation caught my attention a few years ago when I looked up an unknown (to me) browser name, discovered it was tied to a nonprofit tied to statewide, high-bandwidth, high-capacity communications — something every university, research scientist (in almost any field) and, as it turns out here, doctor with a patented potential cure for cancer, might want, and does.  (Point-of Delivery genetically individually targeted assessment and treatments).


People with actual leisure time and a mind (and the ability) to investigate could write it up in the style of (for example), Edward Jay Epstein’s “The Diamond Invention(<~on-line book: 22 chapters, prologue and endnotes; I’ve read it and posted on it in the context of the history of the Rhodes scholars/trust; chronology of Namibia, and too-close-for-comfort parallels between the administration of South African apartheid and intentions and policies in the current ‘Welfare Reform’ and Social Services scenarios today.) pulling the narrative together to show agents, actors, promoters, and of course time and place, further illuminating national and global governments in action until this day as pertains to the key subject matter.  Even in The Diamond Invention’s prologue paragraphs, I see parallels to the situation here, although diamonds aren’t drugs.

It’s a short prologue, he’s a good writer — check it out! ).  From that prologue:

In Japan, the matrimonial custom had survived feudal revolutions, world wars, industrialization and even the American occupation …. The ceremony was then consummated, according to Shinto law, by the bride and groom both drinking rice wine from the same wooden bowl. This simple arrangement had persisted for more than a millennium. There was no tradition for romance, courtship, seduction and prenuptial love in Japan; and no tradition that required the gift of a diamond engagement ring.

Then, in 1967, halfway around the world, a South African diamond company decided to change the Japanese courtship ritual. It retained J. Walter Thompson, the largest advertising agency in the world, to embark on a campaign to popularize diamond engagement rings in Japan. It was not an easy task. Even the quartering of millions of American soldiers in Japan for a decade had not resulted in any substantial Japanese interest in giving diamonds as a token of love.

The diamond company already had the product. It perceived an untapped mass market and getting there first, then maintaining control and value indefinitely, which required major persuasion of the popular mindset (at the consumer end), when as it says, quartering millions of American soldiers in Japan for a decade hadn’t.

After a few paragraphs describing the vastly successful results, the prologue assesses the accomplishment:

..The diamond invention was an ingenious scheme for sustaining the value of diamonds in an uncertain world. To begin with, it involved gaining control over the production of all the important diamond mines in the world. Next, a system was devised for allocating this controlled supply of gems to a select number of diamond cutters who all agreed to abide by certain rules intended to assure that the quantity of finished diamonds available at any given time never exceeded the public’s demand for them. Finally, a set of subtle, but effective, incentives were devised for regulating the behavior of all the people who served and ultimately profited from the system.

This example came to mind after writing this post and the most recent lookups (not all posted here yet), some are referenced though. I hadn’t realized at first that both originated, in different ways, in South Africa and with the vision of just a few dominant men intent on success as measured by their personal visions and willing to do whatever it took to get to that point, and maintain it.

HOW MUCH and WHAT ASPECTS of both Africa, Europe, and the USA today has been impacted by diamonds as signs of engagement and true love, whether or not they be ‘blood diamonds’ and regardless of what happened to the people in the mines?  Will we ever acknowledge that this was a scheme, or undue its effects? Has it just maybe affected politics and national economies?

The invention had a wide array of diverse parts: these included a huge stockpile of uncut diamonds in a vault in London; a billion-dollar cash hoard deposited in banks in Europe; and private intelligence network operating out of Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg and London; a global network of advertising agencies, brokers and distributors; corporate fronts in Africa for concealing massive diamond purchases; and private treaties with nations establishing quotas for annual production.

The invention is far more than merely a monopoly for fixing diamond prices…

Different times, different products and infrastructure development, but still mega profits, and what seems to me, clear intent to monopolize them.  Here, it’s about research advances, and especially cures for cancer. Billions have already been made with a few proprietary drugs; those billions being invested to developing more AND keeping the money coming in through control of a high-speed, high-capacity (dark fibre?) network where others have failed.

Success builds upon success: here we can see intents to build health hubs in specific cities, a literal internet paradise metropolis (with multiple interlocking nonprofits by founders to keep taxes down).   As the timing here was leading up to 2010, I can only assume there was anticipation that the Affordable Health Care Act might contribute to the coffers.  However, even without it, control of the conduits and access to them guarantees ongoing revenues.

So I think this story could be written equally well as a nonfiction novel, covering about a 50 to 70-year timespan.  The events in this novel are occurring now, but who’s reading the screenplay?


CENIC Network overview (@2019July2). If the map looks unfamiliar (see state outlines), it may because California here is horizontal; in an upright (N/S) alignment it covers a good deal of the USA’s Pacific Coast. Guess it fit the blog page better horizontally! (Notice San Francisco left, Los Angeles, San Diego further right).//LGH

Post Title: CENIC!! (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). And National LambdaRail + the New Owner of the Los Angeles Times. My 2019<~~ CENIC Notes and Updates. (shortlink ends “-aed”).  About 9,500 words on publishing.  Might be shortened post-publication with a spin-off post, but as the top of this one says, that also just might not be my calling at the moment.   (Post was originally published with a typo.  Said updates (additions) were as of this week ending Saturday July 13,  2019, not 2018!//LGH).


2011 Businesswire: Change of CENIC leadership.  Current CEO, Louis Fox, took the helm in 2012, succeeding a Jim Dolgonas (running CENIC since 2002), per this Dec, 2011 BusinessWire.  Think “Fibre-optic wire” (then, 3,000 miles, now closer to 8,000 miles):

New CEO for CENIC, California’s High-Performance Research and Education Network Corporation (Dec. 16, 2011, La Mirada, California).  Louis Fox to Lead Non-profit Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) Serving Virtually All of the Golden State’s Public Education System

CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities. CalREN consists of a [then!-] 3,000-mile fiber-optic CENIC-operated backbone to which schools and other institutions in all 58 of California’s counties connect via leased circuits obtained from telecom carriers or via CENIC owned fiber-optic cable.

(There are many Louis Fox’s around; The CENIC CEO Louis Fox’s LinkedIn (#9716404) shows he’d spent about 23 years at the University of Washington in a variety of positions (increasingly more responsible), has a B.A. from Kenyon (Kenyon College is in Ohio) and  notations about (WU and) “Harvard” on the LinkedIn, but in what, not shown… (J. Ronald Fox at Harvard Business School) (<~just kidding, maybe a relative?)(probably much more current Louis Fox photo, at IeBroadband.com (apparently Oct. 2018, or upload that date). Even Bloomberg.com, (person profile #17502032), quite clear on his last three jobs, with big headings for “Career” “Education,” and “About” (CENIC, brief statement), lists the same three (well, one college and two universities) but the whole “Degrees” column is blank.

I don’t see any “Dr.” address throughout, so I’m going to assume that the highest level of graduate education Mr. (Louis) Fox MIGHT have reached would be a masters’ degree.  I hope that working 23 years in increasingly responsible positions (so it seems) at  major university in Seattle might require at least some proof of academia beyond a 4-year bachelor’s degree with no specific major (i.e., B.A. not B.S. or such)…

Right before CENIC he was simultaneously on PacificNorthwest GigaPOP (also a nonprofit, doesn’t post its financials), clearly international, and simultaneously (Mr. Fox was working for) what sounds like a US-based “JPA” | WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, a trans-state governmental higher-education authority, like ‘WestEd’ I’ve blogged (this blog) earlier, particularly because its CAFRs are basically, hidden (if there are any being produced). WICHE operates as a nonprofit, lists is HQ as in Boulder, Colorado, includes both states and territories, has been around since 1953 (administering an education compact of the 1950s), and like the others, doesn’t post its financials, or any clear link to them, on a very informative and busy, brightly-formatted (black, white and blue mostly) website. It started at first in Eugene Oregon:

…WICHE began operations in 1953 in Eugene, OR, moving to its present location in Boulder, CO, in 1955. WICHE is governed by three gubernatorially appointed commissioners from each member. Under terms of the compact, each member commits to support WICHE’s basic operations through annual dues established by the full commission.

WICHE’s members include 15 Western states and member U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States (which currently include the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam).

(Next three images pertain to LinkedIn Louis Fox,  but not WICHE I was also interested to see among PacificNorthwestGigaPOP’s Members, top of the list was EDUCAUSE which (I kid you not) was on my “To-Do” list, some of which is reflected on which windows I choose to keep open (see image gallery, showing some of my (alpha arranged by default) open browser windows, although none of the “NOYB” sort…).


CalREN is the product, CENIC operates it.  CENIC is California only, what about interstate and international? What about networks in other states?  There’s a definite story line here.


I’ve been cleaning up blog formats, and in the process, saw a full post of material on CENIC published, but submerged, as a sort of footnote to a Table of Contents page.  It seemed like its own topic, and “CENIC!!” a natural title.   A look through my saved files on this situation shows the interest went back to about January 2017, getting more serious in Sept. 2017, although it was obviously not the primary topic of this blog.

The bottom half (approximate) of this post, except any footnote, is what I understood on an initial drill-down, as originally published on my 2017 Table of Contents post (completed in early 2018), still one of the top sticky posts on the blog. (There are nine total: It’s ninth from the top, 2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. (case-sensitive short-link ending “-5qz”. Until I publish again, it’s the one right above this post on “Current Posts” page.)

The top half (approximate) here holds my updates made while moving the earlier material.  It’s a fascinating topic. I decided to share it (and take a break from blog administrative cleanup). There’s some repetition between top and bottom halves of the post and I’ve not re-arranged it as one piece with a timeline of news articles and key events by key players, though while reading I keep the general timeframe as attached to individual or entities A, B, or C in mind (a good practice in any reading; wish more people did this when it came to problem-solving the family courts, domestic violence and child abuse issues and causes).

CENIC had captured my attention back then as:

(1) a private nonprofit providing critical communications infrastructure for all levels (K-12 and universities, including some private and all? public ones in the state) and

(2) holding a strategically powerful position (“Connecting California to the World..” and interconnectivity among research institutions and universities within California: this state has several of famous ones, AND the public school systems K-12).

(3) I’d looked at the tax returns and, it being a California entity, its Charitable Registry annual filings, and quickly noticed failure to follow basic instructions and what appeared to be jacking up the access prices.

It’s obvious that when public institutions pay membership/access fees, the public is footing the bill, but probably unaware how unless actually involved.  CENIC as a nonprofit controlled access to the network and its tax returns (see below) entailed some subsidiary (reported “Schedule-R” related organizations) one of which was “National LambdaRail” whether as an LLC or in acronym (NLR).  etc.

As part of the communications infrastructure, it’s also part of the economic infrastructure of the country (and global communications).  For CENIC’s “CalREN” (Research Education Network) no doubt there are others.  (membership of “NLR” shows in its Wiki, below). The history of the fibre-optics network and “the need for speed” (and high-capacity info-crunching) comes with an economic corporate history also, and is an essential part of the 21st and last half of the 20th century.

[Considered explaining this further; decided “not here.”  “Stay tuned…”]

Meanwhile men and women like myself have at times struggled to even retain access to slow-speed internet access, and at times, even a functional telephone or cell phone (and by “like myself” I mean those whose income depletion stretches over a decade or more in the family courts, especially those dealing with prior or current domestic violence (or should I call it “coercive control” and not violence or abuse?) issues, including stalking). Read the rest of this entry »

Many of My Sidebar Widgets, Some Mostly Text, Others Mostly Links, Now Live Here [Published July 9, 2019].

leave a comment »

Whether New to You or Just a Helpful Review, Many of My Sidebar Widgets Now Live Here

Post title:  Many of My Sidebar Widgets, Some Mostly Text, Others Mostly Links, Now Live Here! [Published July 9, 2019].. (Case-sensitive short-link ends “-abt“).  Was started June 27.   This post may be revised (as may also be that sidebar) after first published. Current wordcount, almost 12,000 words (incl. those sidebar text widget contents).

Do I need to explain “Widget”?

I say “Widget” because WordPress Admin Dashboard does.  Reviewing this may explain why the post looks the way it does.

This link describes the difference between (<~~cool website) “Widgets” and “Apps” — in reference more to cell phones but still helpful. The word “widget” in general seems to mean a “sort of thingie which can be interchanged with other thingies in our manufacturing or assembly process.”

Read the rest of this entry »

FamilyCourtMatters.org Blog Previews, In Hindsight: Short(ish) Summaries (Collected July 1, 2019ff)

leave a comment »

Post Title ~~>FamilyCourtMatters.org Blog Previews, In Hindsight: Short(ish) Summaries (Collected July 1, 2019ff) (Shortlink ends “-adQ”).<~~


I may add some “Taken From/Because” info for each, but in general the reasons are 1) No longer applicable except as a time capsule; life moves on… 2) Too damn long & 3) Embarrassing for other reasons also.  I’m also curious what this personal “Wayback Machine” process may reveal about whether my current writing is just repeating with newer examples or is covering new ground.


~ ~ | (ca. 6,500 wds total) | ~ ~

While reading this blog (in other words, elsewhere on this blog now that I’ve started this process), you may see something resembling the top few lines here (post title + purpose inside an orange border) where I removed some extra paragraphs about this blog, why I blog, or the overall situation I blog (see blog motto!) from the top of some post or page to this post. The connecting label here will be originating post title and date published. I’m also adding tags showing only the originating post’s first-published date that’ll read like this: “About My Blog | taken from 2019March24 post.”  Tags display as usual at the bottom of any post.

I already know that as a blogger I’m digging into deeper layers on various subjects and/or entities, spiraling back into them over time, or if connections surface.

I don’t want to keep re-writing, at significant effort, things I’ve forgotten because, once something is written up well enough, it’s no longer the leading edge of my focus.  The drill bit here, the edge, let’s not forget, is the inquiry itself; my curiosity and desire to know, NOT just to show, perhaps the force behind it.  Like any drill bits, focus helps efficiency. (<~~That link is to a “Wiki,” with examples).

Drill bits come in so many shapes, sizes, and materials, depending the substance to be penetrated and how fast they’re going to be spun. They also wear out at different rates depending on their composition, what they’re drilling into (i.e., which surface may be tougher) and how fast rotated (where speed generates heat). I’m no mechanical engineer

I’m saying, it’s more effective to look at certain aspects than other when trying to get through the topsoil of this whole situation involving the family courts and why families are being destroyed, not particularly helped, through them. In some ways, our own ignorance functions as a substance, an opaque mask which needs to be penetrated, aired out, and seen through; but that’s an individual responsibility.


I’m most effective when highly focused without forgetting the overall direction and roadmap, and it’d help communications if there weren’t a need to re-iterate what that roadmap is every time, or every third time, as there’s not a whole team involved here.  This post along with some others summarizing or keeping track of results as I find them (i.e., tables of contents, newly off-ramped sidebars, key posts, etc.) help me worry less about losing the chronology, better access parts of it not still residing just in my own internal “RAM” (or “cache”), etc.

They may also clear out (excess text summaries) prior drill-down sites for anyone who chooses to follow this type of inquiry and start doing (and ideally, posting, too) their own. Or even just to know the material, whether or not it’s written out, when it comes to on-line discussions with others aghast at the situation in public institutions, or what’s driving the ideology/ideologies behind them.

Is it really just beliefs, or a combination of beliefs and incentives, or mostly “incentives”?  Wouldn’t it good be to have extra information on what’s on the menu of possibilities before deciding which meal to order, I’m talking, advocacy-wise?


In another blog** I know I’ve described the business entity (ensconced within public/private financial arrangements) drill-down process as going down a rabbit hole.

[Comments inside this blue-box added July 12, remembering the context and point of reference..]  


**That blog was inspired (I began it) as a mother by a recent family outrage upon a (by then) young adult [son or daughter] and its significance in the larger context of court-connected events at the time), but in the process also deals extensively with family justice centers, who can be identified both organizationally (which parts public, which private, how they blend and where they tend to be housed — i.e., who rents to whom (Private to public, public to private, public to public, etc.) ) and who pays the staff/employees) and, if you’ve been to a few, by typical responses.  I’ve been down a lot of rabbit holes in my time, looking to nail down who or what is the involved entity, and where nonprofits or government grants (i.e., potentially from either the US DHHS or the US DOJ ℅ the Violence Against Women (&/or “Victims of Crime”) Act to address things related to things this blog deals with (the issues coursing through the program-producing/maintaining veins of family court systems throughout the country, and internationally)), which ones — and how much father-engagement/marriage-mongering is taking place in the name of domestic (or “family”) violence prevention and — oh yes, why not also some — services.

Have done more types of investigations since I wrote that blog about six years ago but its topic covers a classic example (being replicated) endorsed by former U.S. President Bush in the early 2000s. It took me a while to understand how fiscally advantageous it was (due to tax-exemption) not to mention due to public/private blending, to co-locate “fragmented” services at “One-Stop Justice Shops” funded by the public, but often controlled or administered by a private tax-exempt foundation, making sure to encourage faith-based leadership (i.e., pastors et al.) to get involved.


Not all buildings labeled “Family Justice Center” seem to be necessarily aligned with “Alliance for Hope International, Inc.” fka the “National Family Justice Center Alliance,” (EIN#113692035<~FY2017 Form 990 in San Diego; also highly active in promoting batterers’ intervention and supervised visitation, etc.  Someone ought to start a blog on this network.  I’ve not posted all I have, but called them out long ago; visible on this post and the one linked just above this text box.  An attempt was made to pass a law designating this model as THE model for co-locating DV and CA services throughout the state.  It gained support from Former President Bush.  SanDiego Union-Tribune Nov. 24, 2017, under “Watchdog” by Jeff McDonald (City Attorney just hired someone (Gael Strack) that refused to cooperate with a 2013 audit of the nonprofit.  She’ll keep both jobs while City Attorney)<~~!!!  Multiple name-changes of this filing entity and of its various “related” (or not) “Camps Hope,” i.e., let us get at those vulnerable kids (and some of their Moms) for nice vacation healing times — let us do the conference circuits and trainings; provide government grants (of course), but no (see their Form 990) we will NOT post our audited financial statements, (for the most part) file on time at the State level (as required by law) or even answer direct questions on short forms when submitting them months late — and all for a budget under $5M, involving government grants AND contracts, too..  

Other search results** show that this (Ms. Strack, along with Mr. Gwinn also likely true) double-paid professional made a career in NOT talking about things like AFCC or “Fatherhood.gov” (at least on public websites) and taking advantage of Survivors as Volunteers (“VOICES”), has been making over $100K a year for a while.  VOLUNTEERS can do something about this by insisting their supported organization file its tax returns on time, post independently audited financial statements voluntarily (Good Grief:  Are former or current victims still concerned about stalking going to want to always provide address in exchange for information?) or go find some other volunteers — and report the organization meanwhile.

City Attorney position in any distinct from District Attorneys, in charge of prosecuting crime (or, under discretionary decision-making it seems, or practical matters, not doing so). Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer.  **(Dec. 2017 (per url) sublinked through Bio posted at Strangulation Institute, an Alliance for Hope program (see footer © detail)   // [End, comments added post-publication, on July 12].


Down those rabbit holes:  With experience, it’s less overwhelming, but what often shows up is in essence corruption and hypocrisy which leads to an increasing personal awareness of just how powerfully placed the most corrupt manifestations of overall and even individual public sectors are.

The actual harm shows up more on the surface (and often dramatically so, along with long term erosion of basic living conditions).  But below surface, it’s those previously-laid pipelines (whether electric, fiber-optic, water, plumbing & sewage, etc. — and I’m saying that metaphorically**) which show evidence of intent, planning and experienced planning at that.   The infrastructure, the design, itself isn’t “flawed,” it’s predatory.

Divisive and conflicting theories of cause are set up, disseminated, and at certain boiling points, the “resolution” committees (already prepared for this) move into “help.”  It’s disgusting in both quality and quantity.

**While some of those utilities are involved, I’m using those terms to refer to lines of communication, business entities, cross-border societies which provide expense-writeoffs for conferences to plan each new language or theory to drive government-backed commerce to (perpetrate) upon the unawares through basic judicial or other institutions

I cannot live down there mentally; I need to come up for air and food and more casual, normal human being communications.  Condensing summaries here should help my own sense of the need to keep inserting them into posts, or just re-writing which was written OK the first time, although probably in different terms.

Format here is straightforward, just be aware a new heading represents a new summary added:  Block copy & Block Paste. I’ll keep the same color scheme as originating post, and link back to it. If the  material contains new or significant subject matter I’ve also posted on elsewhere, i.e., some show & tell images or links, I’ll try to tag those topics by content.  My second entry below has some content tags already.

Either way (with or without new or significant subject matter), I’ll also tag them by date of where they came from in this format:

“About My Blog | taken from 2019March24 post”

On this post, to get to more than one summary, you must page-down past the ones on top: there are no drop-down-menus or fancy “see more at” linkages.  (If you’re a WordPress user,  so far I compose in “Classic Edit” mode not the newer “Block” mode which might facilitate this, but seems to complicate basic formatting access).I say this because browsing or skimming more than one will not be straight repetition (I’m fairly sure) and will include other material.

Thanks in advance for your time reading on such an important topic for our times, and all times: How we understand our own governments, how to put some back light on backstage operations of advocacy groups, cross-country and cross-jurisdiction database differences, and the vital importance of identifying WHO is speaking when ANY reference is cited.  

Look up those references! whether you see them as footnotes to some publication (academic or otherwise) OR in casual or credential-building reference within a paragraph in some news article.  I try to and, mostly, do!

And was it ever necessary for governments A,B,C, and/or D to make it that hard to follow the money and thus (so hard to) help put the brakes on mis-appropriation of it in the name of public services?


So far (starting list of contents), previews from posts published ~> Jan. 9, 2017# ~> March 24, 2018# ~> July 9, 2019 ~> (tba with each new addition)

#at that time post marked “sticky”


TAKEN FROM POST:

||”Many of My Sidebar Widgets,…Now Live Here!”

Published July 9, 2019,  shortlink ending “-abt” (full title included below).

The following preview is about: 2,151 words.  There is some overlap.


Read the rest of this entry »

%d bloggers like this: