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[Published June 29, 2014; Post in edit mode late July-Aug. 2014; expanded to almost double the size,nearly 24,000 words; with background info….In most posts, a lot of the length is simply quotes, my style is not just tell, but “show and tell.”]
Accounting Literacy Matters. Cause-based Literacy Doesn’t. (Spring 2010, Ellen H. Brown tangles with Walter Burien’s info, or at least tries to.)
This blog has been sitting in draft since January. I cleaned it up, fleshed it out and am publishing. Meanwhile, I’ll be over at Cracking the Cult of the Constitution by Clint Richardson, and tell you why when I get back. Particularly on the topic “Corporations Sole.” (3 part series from August 2013).
Look for these two colors in a side-by-side column format to see the conversation that inspired this post. I’ve added material to a middle section one day after publishing this post (added Sun. 5/4/2014) because I think it’s relevant. Alternating color scheme (dark green/light-beige with red fonts) section is more about the particular institute set up AFTER the conversations of 2010.
Some months ago, I also got entangled with the “Web of Debt” conversation; not because of CAFRs, in particular, but because I also live in California and wanted a few answers I wasn’t seeing on the site.
The strange response to a single comment on a blog (from someone I was a complete stranger to) led to my further inquiries about “Inquiring Systems, Inc.” and some of the issues below. What I see is someone trying to sound more intelligent than he or she is (see below), and trying to seem more concerned about the disenfranchised 99% (us poor slobs) than the associations and behaviors would indicate.
Which one was the attorney, well keep reading.
This page will be updated as I can. I realized I am repeating by phone (and sometimes in post) information already blogged. Hopefully these are good browsing, a list of subject matter in addition to the links on the sidebar, pages, and sidebar widgets with some chronological narratives. This represents four-plus years of consistent research driven by an insatiable (so far) desire to know “How could these things be?” and “What are the alternatives?” Please feed the blogger; you will NOT find this information assembled elsewhere, and it should’ve been.
One of the questions I ask on this page (middle) is also, “What alternatives do you, plural, want? Is this really what you want done with your tax dollars?” With some visuals.
Last Dozen Posts Published (In Reverse Chrono Order) (from the sidebar; the sidebar content obviously changes with time).
- Dividing Lines, State of the Union, Scapegoating the Poor for Sport. January 29, 2014
- Who Owns the Basic Asset Infrastructures of the World? Keep It In Mind! January 25, 2014
- How and When to Change, Ditch, (or Track) the Conversations of “Public Interest” Crusades. January 24, 2014
- Why You Should Read, Bookmark and LISTEN, See last (1/23/2014) post. January 24, 2014
- Get Real(itybloger)! — Call In, Read the Links on CAFRs, Review Regularly. January 23, 2014
- How NY’s OTDA [Social Services agency] runs even more fatherhood (and DV) funding through FFFS alternate circuitry January 16, 2014
- How many “governments” are there? What do they do? What’s the Collective Cost? Example, funding of NFLG (Nat’l Fatherhood Leaders Group, in DC) and others January 14, 2014
- The Scam: HOW “Faith-based” HHS Grantees Suck Public Funds into 501(c)3s January 11, 2014
- Johnson & Johnson, Robert Wood Johnson (I, II, III and IV) — This Crowd and JUSTICE Reform??? December 25, 2013
- Bypassing the Legal Process in Baltimore: HOW and for WHOM Maryland got its “Family Divisions” in 1998. December 24, 2013
BELOW, in REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE FORM, picking up from the Dec. 24, 2013 one above:
A table of post titles going so far back to December 2012 (blog dates from 2009), in reverse chrono order, being assembled as of February 2014. I’ll add links as I can, however this has to be done from the Admin. site one post, one paste, one row/hyperlink at a time. Meanwhile, you can look up any post by its date through “Archives” til then. The titles are statements in themselves of a developing understanding of the field.
“Please Feed the Blogger” Notice:
Also, “please feed the blogger.” Any idea how much time it takes to research and put up a post?
Below is a section from the sidebar explaining why this blog, and that I’ve been exploring pretty much new and original material/territory* — including what has happened since those who first “dropped the ball” on reporting the HHS grants factor (around 1999-2002) as it affects the courts, and who, specifically dropped it. This blog is far from book format or indexed, but it’s a very good set of footprints, and with basic commonsense tools plus “show and tell” on lookups, involved. The information has been picked up and is being brought up, from what I can tell, in re: mid-term Congressional election platforms in two different states.
* (with exception of the CAFR material, which has good teachers already explaining it well, although I also blogged and continue to tie its huge significance into the family court matters. CAFRs speak to who is government. Courts are part of government).
I am also seeking to get some specific “consciousness-raising” funds eliminated in my own state of California, after having seen just what programs they go to, and having been an eyewitness long term of what “help” consists of (i.e., PR campaigns, technical assistance and training, website constructions, and tax writeoffs, etc.) This is definitely a real “public interest blog”
These tasks are guaranteed not to make one friends in high places, or among those in authority over the various programs I believe should be defunded. Much of my blog is politically incorrect, including among the arrogant (in my opinion) “save the world” Baby Boomers expert at promoting world utopia (along with “Pay no attention to our operating structures” which I do anyhow, and report on). Some of these, it seems, learned in the 1960s, somehow, that being able to change laws then, they are apparently beyond and above the law now. I disagree, and talk about the consequences of being distracted by “cause” rhetoric.
The same people and their multi-faceted, not-quite-filing nonprofit groups already have their eyes on desired system changes, and the parts slated for elimination are THE parts protecting due process, fiscal accountability to government, and despite all the talks of equality, simply fair play, financially. All people should learn how to understand the basic operating systems of (1) government and (2) self-appointed systems change agent and figure out how these are funded.
Pls. Feed the Blogger in re: About to go Public notice
FYI, I’m about to go public (not on this forum) with my case, naming names, putting it in chronological order, for protection of certain family members, because I am not in safe situation currently. I am in solidarity with anyone who has been put homeless, or nearly homeless year after year by this system WITHOUT having abused others or perpetrated crimes on others, and with people who have lost their children (but not their minds) through the courts, without due process and without legitimate cause. (Obviously, there are still legitimate reasons for being prevented from contact with one’s children. Unfortunately the most obvious ones in human terms don’t seem to hold much weight in “conciliation” courts with a mind of their own and purposes of their own, like ordering services and centralizing operations).
As I tend to combine “reflect and investigate,” this process helped me distill basic language and themes, which are being parsed out to different posts. I also aim to shorten posts to 5,000-6,000 words (including quotes). As I was a novice blogger (starting pretty much with this one!) the earlier ones, with so much cut and paste, font-changes and just too much to say (essentially I was learning and posting notes on the entire field, at once) can be hard to handle!
But Summary, First!
I have a lot to say, it has some complexity, and after spending several days on this post (not sure if that meant improving it!) including consistent formatting code issues and revisions, I’m just splitting it in two. This section’s “show and tell” segments on the economic matters really sets the context for the other links, which are subsidiary. Each segment is probably about 5,500 words.
However this post still outlines, from better teachers than myself, how anyone can see, and prove from understanding those “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports”, the accumulated-wealth of our federal AND state governments, the practice of crying “broke” when they aren’t, which then highlights that we have been massively deluded, redirected, and deceived into the process have been believing major lies about the nature, and with this the purpose, of our own government, for decades. With the exception of those who have been diligently exposing it, which hardly attracts major funding and approval from the engines of commerce that depend on those lies.
Every government (or religion) is going to use propaganda to consolidate and unify people under its umbrella and for its cause. However some are worse than others, and this one needs to be recognized, and spat out.
ALSO, Unlike many who report, in general on the CAFRs and accumulated wealth factor, I’m also a woman, a mother, an individual — who was dragged with children, then without children, through the court system that’s the subject of this blog.
So I am seeking, and finding, how to apply that knowledge to THIS problem of the courts. Knowledge of government financing (and how to understand it) is valuable. It is also leverage with legislators and taxpayers, with policymakers (who set budgets) regarding the courts, and adds credibility to any discussion — even if the person speaking doesn’t work in the academic elite dedicated to these matters.
In investigating these courts, for a change with some better signals and clues (than the DV agencies or “Mothers of Lost Children” “No Way Out But One” and/or Lundy Bancroft [The Batterer as Parent”] and friends crowd was providing) it was immediately obvious the elephant in the family law system was the conciliation courts, who with the related nonprofits, were focused on the were federal incentives, and demands, to states driving the welfare system. Finding this material also sheds lights on how come, if I could (and reported), these individuals didn’t (or didn’t report).
This factor, and the slush fund factors HAS been reported right along — but not well enough publicized or explained enough; apparently the understanding didn’t catch fire and start some appropriate fires to burn up the falsehoods coming from groups who want a piece of the training pie. One reason it didn’t “catch fire” is so much distracting, less relevant and intentionally de-railing publicity DID catch fire took its place, with a different focus and intent — a focus on the precisely those things which sell causes and get coverage; the story line; the human tragedies, and the victims. And that’s not the type of reporting that leads to focused understanding of the situation — it’s situational, it’s personal, and it’s transient.
I am in the process of clearing up and cleaning up (which may mean simply POSTING) information on my blog. the format is often largely Soundoff, but will at least show that I’ve looked up before I laughed out loud, and have taken time to come to my own conclusions, over the years — and as a person meanwhile dealing with both the aftereffects of and various other forms of ongoing trauma, and some threats (such as stalking) such as happens to people who are bounced from DV protection into Custody Battles (which, FYI, is the business plan)…..
This text used to be on the sidebar, meaning it was written in one long chain of paragraphs, viewed three vertical inches at a time. It has now been replaced by almost as much sidebar material (oh well). It does cover significant topics of the blog, as a boat trip down a river will reveal many aspects of the countryside as you pass by — for an overview. However it’s only when someone gets off (reads in the links, considers, or processes) the information, that it will start to make some sense). I am intentionally covering plenty of territory, with periodic links — to introduce the concepts. While this may seem like a meandering trip down a river, in fact, it should demonstrate which Creek we are up, and without a paddle, either. Or should I say, with not enough people paddling forcefully in the direction of land, or even against the current.
Jump in somewhere, or consider it a two-inch wallpaper border to the posts. I write on (and on, and on), am opinionated, but post links to some basis for those opinons, and am consistently sowing certain information on-line that certain groups chose (and I also can back up that evaluation) to cover up. Reason demanded a reason for (and a short history of) how these courts came to be, and from under which rock did they crawl?
Most of us don’t have $139 to spare for an ebook of “Problem-Solving Courts, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Mainstreaming,” (preview of the 13 chapters here) apparently this wasn’t intended for the parents, themselves, many of who are struggling in the courts, or to feed and raise kids, or continue to house themselves simultaneous with family court cases which refuse to close until all the family and extended family assets are drained, and enough problem-solvers have got a piece of the pie… They publish while we perish…
The book grows out of a live conference where legal, social science, and philosophical dimensions of problem-solving courts—and of the ‘new judging’—were grappled with by an impressive and accomplished group of scholars. [published by two from UNL dept. of psychology/Sept. 2012, Puerto Rico].
Back up 20 years, and hear Meyer Elkin (interviewed Feb. 1994) (short version: obituary 1994) describe how he got involved with the Conciliation Court model in Los Angeles, after time doing group therapy modeled in Alcoholics Anonymous in a Tucson? or at least Arizona prison. Or quoted by the organization he helped (it wasn’t a solo job) found saying in 1975 that the language of criminal law needed to go, and be replaced by the language of behavioral health; after all, aren’t we all on the same page?).