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To Reiterate, ‘Read My Lips: Read Their (and USA’s) AUDITED Financial Statements: Follow The Funding, Notice Data Base Degradation/Consolidations, Too!’ (Another @LetUsGetHonest Formerly Pinned Tweet) [Post Begun Sept. 25, 2022].

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This is one of my shortest posts ever — its purpose is just to move a pinned Twitter thread (and while at it, the previous one) from my profile there to a post on this blog. I said a few things in context, but not nearly as much as usual!  Total length on publication only about 1,300 words!//LGH

Well, with this Footnote I had to add (next image gallery), about 1,800 words.  You’ll see why it had to be added on the footnote..

Please also read an important and last-minute “ACFRs, f/k/a CAFRs” Footnote I must add, because (after my promoting this term for about a decade on this blog, on Twitter, and to people individually as I talk with them about family court, domestic violence, fatherhood, child-protection/welfare entities, enterprises, and of course about the philanthropic sector (sic) generally — these all, at some levels, generally file financial statements (audited ones, ideally), the Government Finance Officers Association (“GFOA”) which regulates how (what were formerly called “CAFRs”) should be produced and formatted, awarding “Certificates of Excellence” for doing so as appropriate — to governments, state, county and even the USA, has now changed its policy: they are to be called instead AFRs.  Actually, the policy changed a little over a year ago; I just hadn’t been “cc’d” on the announcement.  Understandable, as most government entities, while they often post such reports, don’t exactly feature them…  GFOA states the basics with a colorful “#EndTheAcronym.” here.

Moving on….

Although the two formerly pinned Twitter threads I’m moving both contain more than just  “US Treasury AFR (Audited Financial Report) FYE June 2021,” that link is a vital one.  Parts of its “report” (more than just the statements) are directed towards the public to explain its own terminology, who and what is reporting by type of entity, and the basic parts of any such AFR (“Audited Financial Report) include tables of contents to both front and back matter (i.e., the Notes and any accompanying schedules).

Of course a whole country’s report for just one year (and usually the prior year’s for comparison) is going to be massive, but it’s also informative.  It will have acronyms — but it defines those acronyms.

An AFR should never be confused with an “Annual Report” (often found instead of such statements and reports that enfold the financial spreadsheets that are the guts of it).  Annual Reports especially of private corporations, including tax-exempt foundations, whether public or private as to their categorization by the IRS (i.e., whether they’ll file a Form 990 or a Form 990PF) who wish to have a public profile and feature their grant-making or philanthropic traits, are sometimes (too often, in my opinion) offered up as a substitute offering — perhaps it’s expected the public will just go away and not ask for more details.

Again, “an Annual Report =/= an Audited Financial Statement” (whether “CAFR” for governments or just “Audited FS” for private businesses.  Then there are the financial reports (with embedded financial statements AND Notes to them, etc.) which may be found on public-traded corporations as provided for the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission), annually.  When I read them, I rarely read 100% of the words, but I do scan by sections and read a lot of them.

Anyhow, essentially “From Twitter to Blog and Back (again).”

Here’s the short-link to this post.


Basic Content: My formerly Pinned Twitter Thread (April 28, 2022) Moved Here Sept. 25.

Title: To Reiterate, ‘Read My Lips: Read Their (and USA’s) AUDITED Financial Statements: Follow The Funding, Notice Data Base Degradation/Consolidations, Too!’ [Sept. 25, 2022]. (short-link ends “-fhq“)

My Twitter Profile (currently) has a short-link to a post which (for now) I’ve embedded into the Twitter Profile: http://wp.me/psBXH-ccQ.  That short-link leads to this post: “One Thread, Many Images, (My) Basic Drill-Down Messages Re: NFJCFJ, AFCC, CAFCASS, “Alienation,” “Domestic Abuse Trainings” (AFCC does, too..), “Arguing PAS, etc.” [Feb. 20, 2020]

I did not know at the time, a global pandemic and lockdown was imminent..

Both times (Feb. 20, 2020 and now, Sept. 27, 2022), move is to declutter Twitter

without losing valuable (basic-principles-) content or a quick way to point to it.

My “Formerly Pinned Tweet (up since April 28, 2022, moved Sept. 27)” is a thread, the various tweets within including the first one had attachments; I tired of scrolling down below it to read current ones and so moved it here.  Since my post here has both links, to save limited character space on Twitter, I’m just replacing the short-link ending “-ccQ” with this one,  which as you can see, ends “-fhq.”  You getting a “two-for-one” link.  Please use them both, they are public and for public benefit for insight

It talks and exhorts all of us to focus more on talking economics  than “FamilyCourtReform,” “Family Court,” or (preventing) “Domestic (Family) Violence” Jargon, anyway… None of those fields would exist without some economic and accounting infrastructure to the extent they involve ANY government operations, or support. Therefore, literacy on how government (and private) entities account for themselves FINANCIALLY is essential to comprehending much at all about these other fields (or any other fields of personal interest).

I’m seeing more than I can keep up with the need to publicze (blog about) a move away from accountability for tax receipts (country-specific; my focus is of course the U.S.A. as where I live) to “platform” ownership, i.e., proprietary and digital collections, distributions and even ‘decision-making” within and by government.

Sophisticated and FAST movement of funds and information at some level, while increasingly “obfuscatory” (smoke screens, diverting attention, and defusing attempts for defined accountability FOR THE PUBLIC which PROVIDES THE BACKBONE OF THE PROFITS (business and governments both). We are used as a resource, not just serviced.  Burying data further and further away from us, and from formats which enable us to talk individually and collectively about it (I have years of experience witnessing how many layers of extraction and presentation are necessary to even provide a demonstration, a teaching example) while coordinating program dissemination and distribution for those “in on it” accelerates.

There’s not even a pretense of not “incubating, accelerating” or taking control of entire communities by public/private partnerships in which the public is essentially unrepresented, though we live in their buildings, and pay to finance their roads, downtowns, projects, and from time to time, billion-dollar-bailouts.  Why should we not be privileged to see the overview as the planners do?

Nevertheless, goth “formerly pinned Twitter threads” emphasize following the financing of government and private entities, and show ways these are de-emphasized or hidden, legally and at times illegally.  Information still relevant; I just had to realize, it’s not visually inviting.

Don’t know why yet, but Twitter is still claiming my own Tweets aren’t my own, therefore I can no longer view the analytics (i.e., see how many — more often, how few — people are engaging or viewing the Tweets).  Before this, Twitter began marking most (thgouth not all) my tweets as “Warning, May Contain Sensitive Material” and I still wonder how and why after nearly a dozen years and thousands of tweets, some short, some long, many responsive to others’ output, there are not even 500 followers,  or for that matter even 400.

I don’t believe it’s the material — or then, again, perhaps it IS the material:

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Historic Day Today, and Week, Last Week, Globally: Perhaps Now, Cross-Atlantic, Pan-Pacific, We Can Talk Public vs. Private Entity (Accounting For Their Respective) Assets and Liabilities? [Sept. 11, 2022].

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Post-publication update Thu. Sept. 15, 2022.

Sept. 17, I also added some thoughts just before the final quote (which is from my own Sept. 18, 2018 post on housing “community development” issues and “replicable purpose-built models” of the same).  Within the hour, I then realized these thought (my writing) was affected by my current stress levels, and moved most of it off-post.

As the inset introduction shows, despite my theme, “…Perhaps Now, Cross-Atlantic, Pan-Pacific, We Can Talk Public vs. Private Entity (Accounting For Their Respective) Assets and Liabilities? [Sept. 11, 2022]” (<~~not a link), the act of speaking anything at all quickly ran into some technical difficulties.

[This post is missing about 2,000 words as ALL contents were lost during repeated attempts to save right before publishing.

I finally published it 100% empty (except the title), that is, with word-count “0,” which went to Twitter.  On Twitter, I discussed that then (the next day I believe) managed to retrieve a prior saved version.  I also during the trouble saving had grabbed the entire html version and saved it off-platform.

I am still (Sept. 15, Sept. 17) hoping to retrieve and insert the missing section, which (as I recall) featured a law school journal’s article on Former U.S. President George W. Bush’s “Faith-based” agenda which, it said, would probably not stand a Constitutional challenge.

On re-reading the published version of about 5,500 words) I also see I’d referenced a footnote referencing my current housing search, looking for (Continued on “Footnote ^^Somewhere less blighted” at bottom of this post) which version didn’t get saved.  Of the two sections, the journal was more important. The whole situation “spooked” me some.  It was a WordPress first, and I was concerned that that content (I talked politics, religion AND money all in one post) might have been a trigger to the inability to save the post.  It was more likely a software issue (FYI the browser connection was fine), but I’ll be more re-assured when I find out what any technological cause was.  I work too hard to lose work already done; I save consistently while composing but do not save every 5 or 10 minutes while composing because the process always boots the cursor back up to the top fo the post. //LGH Sept. 15, 2022.

(I also submitted a comment to this effect the other day, comments show at the bottom of any post):

This post may read more like a newsletter, or just a letter with some visuals. It takes “informal” to a new level… It’s an experiment in how fast I can produce a single post with a short, basic message.

You are reading: Historic Day Today, and Week, Last Week, Globally. Perhaps Now, Cross-Atlantic, Pan-Pacific, We Can Talk Public vs. Private Entity (Accounting For Their Respective) Assets and Liabilities? [Sept. 11, 2022]. (short-link ends ‘-ffg’)

It’s personalized to show why I’m so annoyed with “business as usual” in purpose-built communities, place-based philanthropy and basically public-funded/private run & developed enterprises, USA, which business doesn’t really change for global events like, say, the resignation of a British prime minster and his replacement, the death of the world’s longest-reigning and well-respected monarch (just two days later), for wars not on United States soil or for the 21st anniversary of the shocking destruction and mass-murder in the heart of New York City that we simply call “9/11.”

Shock-and-awe, trauma, distraction, and even wars (or threats of them) aren’t necessarily bad for business. It just depends what businesses you, or your recent ancestors, were in and what role they played in operations, facilitations, and getting policy set afterwards to seize greater control of the main resources — the workforce.  People. Where they live, what they can do, and who gets to raise their own children after giving birth to or, I guess you could say for the fathers, “siring” them.

Business models evolve, regulations of them change, but it’s still business.  For every inhabited area that gets bombed, blighted, burnt-out, flooded or gradually become barely or uninhabitable for some reason, there always seem to be more enterprising personalities with their historic political and business connections, who have bright ideas on how to rebuild from scratch: on their home territory (or country) or someone else’s.

I am of course affected by the events of last week and Sunday, September 11th this week, the memory of 9/11 and what changed after it, but I am still in the business of surviving; finding new housing before resources run out, looking for somewhere less blighted.^^

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September 12, 2022 at 4:05 pm

Accounting Literacy (Recognizing RICO and other Deceptive Practices) Is THE Language to Master and of the “Masters”; Cause-Based PolicySpeak is Deliberately Dissociative and Dysfunctional [Most Written Jan., 2020, Current Commentary, Sept. 10, 2022].

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Quickly written the first time, quickly updated the second.  Embeds two recent and one pinned Twitter thread.  References a lookup I did recently based on a phrase circulating on-line. I applied some of basic “find-the-entity” principles and, as often happens, uncovered more nonprofits involved than at first meet the eye. This example was Milwaukee (City and County, as it turns out)’s “Housing First.”

(At first I footnoted that discussion because it takes a while to explain, but on review (of just-published post here), I added an extended Foreword showing how it came up and some images).  So the 2022 comments sandwich the middle section, simply a statement of my position and reasoning on emphasizing basic public/private accounting literacy for the masses, written in January 2020, in the middle.

Post Title and Short-link:

Accounting Literacy (Recognizing RICO and other Deceptive Practices) Is THE Language to Master and of the “Masters”; Cause-Based PolicySpeak is Deliberately Dissociative and Dysfunctional [Most Written Jan., 2020, Current Commentary, Sept. 10, 2022].  (short-link ending ‘-c5h’).  This post is under 6,000 words long.. With post-publication (Foreword) additions, make that under 7,000 words.

Before I get to the main content (which I’ll announce; I’ll re-post the title above when I do):

FOREWORD (How I ran Across and BRIEF (not thorough) summary of why it matters.):

How I ran across it:

A Sept. 2, 2022 long (at least 25-post) Twitter thread by Aaron Carr (@AaronACarr) talked about Venice, California, with a reply Sept. 2 by David Graham-Caso (@dgrahamcaso) referencing the Los Angeles Times and Villanueva and another reply Sept. 3 by Jason Haas (@hazah) referred to Milwaukee.

Venice (Beach), California has some connections with my family history (and re: making lots of people suddenly homeless in the process of redevelopment). I didn’t hang out in Venice, but that’s why the thread caught my attention at first.

Regarding other geographies (cities across the country) and some years ago on this blog, I have looked at the housing and redevelopment models targeting specific cities, and how models in one place can migrate cross-country to another.  In some of these, I also did “drill-downs” just in the process of satisfying my own questions on what I was looking at.  One case originated out of Atlanta, but made it to Oakland, California (that’s in Northern California), and a civil grand jury had sued those running it.  Youth Outreach (of course) was also involved.  I’m not looking the posts up now, but estimate (my write-ups) were 2018 or earlier.

(Well, a search on ‘Atlanta’ brought up a Sept. 18, 2018, detailed post and reminded me that the phrase “purpose-built” might be a better searchable term on this blog next time I want to locate it): Replicable Models like ~Purpose Built Communities~ Already Have Their (public/private-sponsored) positive PR, but what are the Aftershocks of “Shaking Up Your City” and What, Really, is OUR Bedrock Bottom Line? (started March 14, 2018, edited for about a month; published Sept. 8, 2018) (shortlink ends “-8OV” and the middle digit is a capital “o”, not the symbol for “zero”) About 7,200 words, some of which are in the impromptu “EndNotes” added because of the long delay in publishing. [[In hindsight — check out the tags at the bottom of that post! Such as LISC and more//LGH Sept. 2022]]
(Incidental:  You see where  I said “started March, 2018″ but not published until Sept., 2018.”  Look at my Twitter profile. Between those two times, I had to flee California; was already pushed out of stable housing and into expensive LONG-term hotels; had I stayed I’d have to open an elder abuse lawsuit (on my own behalf) there but being mentally and physically competent and not (yet) institutionalized for alleged mental or physical incompetence, resources generally were not available. It was truly frightening the last month, but I decided the best decision at the time was to just go, and start over in more privacy and with it, sense of safety.  The levels and indicators of abuse were escalating.  Four years later, I still say it was one of the best decisions I’d made this century; the other one (right at the turn of the century) was to file for domestic violence restraining order with kick-out before it was too late. I’d been wanting and planning to leave for some time (my original purposes for being in California, and for staying there, no longer existed.  My children (now adults) weren’t there…they’d escaped, in different ways (turning 18 certainly helped!)… It was my turn.

(Back to the Sept. 2-3, 2022 Twitter thread):

There were several replies but at the time I was just browsing and chose Milwaukee’s example.  Carr’s 25th post (re: Venice, not Milwaukee) read:

While this thread mostly deals with chronic homelessness, the majority of homeless people in America don’t have mental health or drug issues (and keep in mind there’s some overlap between the two) – they just need housing: 25/

Another individual located the entity “HousingFirstInitiativeNY.org” where Carr was (still is presumably) an Executive Director. Revisiting this now (I always revisit my posts right after publishing them), I remember looking into that nonprofit also under “CharitiesNYS” (it’s undergone some name and website changes since, i.e., now HousingFirstUS.org, but it’s legal-domiciled on the East Coast (NY), not in California. I am not writing it up (or the Milwaukee one, which isn’t its own entity) for this post, but I did notice and wonder, how such a small (financially) organization formed only in 2016 expected to take something national.

Haas (for Milwaukee’s version) replied:

Housing First has made a tremendous positive impact here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It really works! https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/DHHS/Housing/Housing-First

As you can see, that link leads straight to a county website, Dept. of Health and Human Services, but a quote says it was soliciting to donate to the Housing First Endowment ℅ “Keys to Change.”


Your contribution to the Housing First Endowment through the Key to Change program helps house the chronically homeless. It also ensures that the people we help won’t suddenly find themselves back outside due to political decisions made hundreds of miles away.

I looked for “Key to Change” and noticed that donations were ℅ Milwaukee Downtown, Inc., which I then looked for.  Solicitation is definitely creative (retracing some of the steps — looks different on different devices) I see that repurposed parking meters in certain areas (where’s a map) can take donations, which may be tried in other cities also. Hence the name “Key to Change” (double-meaning).

(Next images are from bottom of the same page as the map image, but expanded to show detail). For post spacing reasons, I’m showing them above, not below, the map:

2. Same page, bottom, notice it’s © 2022 Key To Change (which doesn’t show entity name)

3. Detail of bottom page shows the parking meter has been transformed into a giant Key, with solicitations (from the public) stating what purpose donations are for, but not (on its front at least) to whom they go. It also mentions “Flux Design” as the designer.

1. Meter Locations on a map of (downtown) Milwaukee; see fine print description to the right.

On the website KeytoChangeMKE.com the fine print doesn’t reveal this; only the Pledge Form does, and even that form, only at the bottom is Payee named.  I notice the pledge form url contains domain name “Shopify.” I’ll post two imore mages for the single page (top and bottom) to magnify the words.

KeyToChange. Pledge Form (TOP) Accessed Sept. 10, 2022 (for post I published today) from Milwaukee County DHHS website on Housing First)

KeyToChange. Pledge Form (BOTTOM, see “Make Check Payable To”; notice “I (we) would like our donation to go toward: with option to check “Housing First Endowment Fund,” i.e., within Milwaukee Downtown, Inc.) Accessed Sept. 10, 2022 (for post I published today) from Milwaukee County DHHS website on Housing First)


[END OF “FOREWORD” section.]

(MAIN CONTENT HERE; FOREWORD image overlaps some):

I often wonder whether if there were fewer nonprofits (effective, ineffective, warring, and or just “there” below the surface), there might be more tax revenues, more justice, and fewer people held artificially too long on the margins of society: many times on main street, but still living marginally.

Let me re-state that:  I often wonder whether if “non-profit” (i.e., tax-exempt) status for private entities — ALL of them — was removed– including for religious groups or other ones exempt from even having to file tax returns, not only churches — this sector wouldn’t attract so many unethical sorts and so effectively hide the money trails.

I know nonprofits also attract truly sincere volunteers (not that sincerity means diligence in exploring and considering the financials, the reports and statements in the appropriate forms)  we might be better off, over all.  Is it really necessary for a nonprofit executive to make, as some really do, salaries over $1,000,000 (or, even over $500,000 or $750,000) to outsource someone else to decide who gets the grants and who manages the investments, and how wide to spread the individual enterprise.  Sometimes that high-salaried person isn’t the chairman of the board, but an executive director.  Others don’t always make much — but what would these make in fair competition with people NOT working for well-endowed nonprofits backed by corporate wealth, government wealth, or a combination of the same?

I say this after a dozen years of diligently looking for and reading (thousands of!) tax returns, and probably thousands of audited financial statements, connecting the dots (where feasible) between and among nonprofit after nonprofit with an emotionally and financially closer relationship to government than to the people they are supposed to be helping.  I have a basis for saying:  “it’s NUTS out there!” and “you have NO idea” how many entities exist within the average state or county program, which may have been organized and promoted nationally to start with. //LGH.

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Accounting Literacy (Recognizing RICO and other Deceptive Practices) Is THE Language to Master and of the “Masters”; Cause-Based PolicySpeak is Deliberately Dissociative and Dysfunctional [Most Written Jan., 2020, Current Commentary, Sept. 10, 2022].  (short-link ending ‘-c5h’).  This post is under 6,000 words long.. With post-publication (Foreword) additions, make that under 7,000 words.

This post doesn’t show how to “recognize RICO” — there are sites that do outline it, define it, give examples, by lawyers who’ve prosecuted for it.  There are official descriptions of what it is.  I’m just here pointing out how ripe the field is for racketeering within and across government and private sectors when the public doesn’t become aware and maintain that awareness AND talk about (and in terms of) entities and in accounting terms besides the occasional word “budget” or, more often “budget deficit,” without reference to assets and liabilities.

Understanding what RICO is and can look like I believe is helpful in understanding what an UNcorrupt — or at least far less corrupt — system or enterprise would look like, and how we might recognize and correct when it goes off-course.

It’s a matter of basic awareness of operating terms, concepts, vocabulary and (as it were) “moving pieces.”

What is the bottom-line? What’s the lowest common denominator of government and of our lives in relationship to our governments?

It’s not just “government service effectiveness” by subject area.  

To understand the condition of any major public (i.e., government) cause, sooner or later you must understand that the involved actors (entities), at any point in time, are going to come from different sectors, and when these have names that are other than individual human beings’ names, these actors must link at some point, generally, to some recorded business (= private)* or some recorded government (=public) “entity.”  Private and public regulations differ.

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