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

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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.



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:
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