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Corporations (usually starting with tax-exempt ones) Coordinate Campaigns named after a Cause, but We (the Public) should Coordinate to Get and STAY Cognizant of the Corporate(and Gov’t Entity) Contexts. [Page added March 28 2018]

This is a page, not a post.  It doesn’t display on “Tables of Contents” or if Archives for this month are searched (which link only to posts), however, a post announcing this (at the time) New post does. It’s packed with relevant information, but will take some time to digest, section by section.

Page Title w/ Short-link added later (Sept. 2018).

Corporations (usually starting with tax-exempt ones) Coordinate Campaigns named after a Cause, but We (the Public) should Coordinate to Get and STAY Cognizant of the Corporate(and Gov’t Entity) Contexts. [Page added March 28 2018] (Page case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8R5.” The word count is about 15,000 which includes an extended footnote (described in opening paragraphs) which I’m considering re-publishing as its own post).


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

This page contains Campaign for Black Male Achievement (“CBMA”) promotions on an Open Society Foundations web page and some charity registration images within a slideshow gallery posted within Introduction/Update section of my Robin Hood Foundation… Disregarded Entities (short-link ends “-7Ym”) post published 3/23/2018, the second post on the well-known New York City charity), but is about much more than that.


AFCC About Us, History screenshot taken March, 2018.

The detailed and documented Footnote “AFCC (and the USA) by the Decades” was a byproduct of the page starting with my comment and <== this image, but contains much FamilyCourtMatters-relevant material — such as, on independent, doctoral-degree granting schools of professional psychology, and (because there is indeed an overlap and connection), also on Timothy Leary’s stint as head of Kaiser Foundation’s “Psychological Research” division in the 1950s, followed by his time at Harvard, speculations whether he was working with or for the CIA (as to the hallucinogenic drug-testing to break down resistance to withstanding interrogation, i.e., in P.O.W. situations) with Leary’s Kaiser Foundation (head of mental health) replacement being Nicholas J. Cummings of, among other things, the much later (2012ff) “Our Broken Courts Initiative” (as a conference sponsor through his foundation).

Cummings is also called the founder of the California School of Professional Psychology, ca. 1969 (now under Alliant University through a series of mergers), while the family court reform nonprofit “CPPA” and friends frequently have been announcing or promoting (as I recall) conferences on child trauma and/or sexual abuse with credits provided via Robert Geffner’s “IVAT,” itself a complicated setup (a nonprofit FVSAI staged at IVAT, the center at a university; searchable on this blog). (Have fun — here’s a link to its PCFS — “Professional Clinical and Forensic Services” with a photo of Geffner which probably hasn’t been updated for a decade — or probably more — but I’ll say for at least the several years since I first saw it in context of this blog, probably five or six years ago). Meanwhile, being curious who was behind it, I recently learned that the “Journal of Child Custody” published by “Taylor & Francis” (an “Informa business,” also referenced on this page under section on “PRNewswire” and global consolidation of telecommunications + other media) is basically under direction of Geffner and/or associates at either “IVAT” or Alliant, as I brought up recently in my Twitter account (i.e., see “Media” there for images).

RightSidebar from IVAT Centers’org re NPEIV, IVAT, FVSAI, etc (Screen Shot2016Nov04 at 3PM)

FVSAI (EIN# 752401334, Geffner, San Diego) Char Details No Founding Dox shown, highest year ca 2001-02 (and RRFs, IRS forms not uploaded for those years)  (FVSAI from my media library, not current images. Click above link (2nd clink on a small page icon to load the pdf) to see California California OAG (Office of Attorney General) Registry of Charitable Trusts record for FVSAI which I ran August 2014 (header shows exact date) It’s relatively small nonprofit.

A recent re-run here shows dramatic increase in last few years (to revenues over $1M), it’s been filing quite late, and didn’t attach a tax return for the next to last year shown.  Tax return for FY2015 isn’t very forthcoming — nearly $900,000 ($894K) “receipts” of which $820K is marked as just “Services Provided” (Pt VIII Ln2), while under Other Expenses (Pt.IX Ln24a) $251,000 was “Contracts” + another $123K under “Outside Services.” Eleven Forms 1096 are reported (i.e., 1 for each independent contractor); since none were over $100K, none were named either. I call that quite the markup for an entity with 3 officers (Geffner signs the return), NO employees and allegedly 200 volunteers. Not main focus of this page, however). Page 2 of the return is supposed to describe what it actually does, specifically (IRS form states how) — but it simply repeats (again) org. purpose with some numbers plugged in.

The blue-green “NPEIV / FVSAI” image to left says that “IVAT” is the fiscal agent of NPEIV; however other detail show that IVAT (written out) is itself simply a dba of the (giant) Alliant University.


(More on Alliant in general will be shown in this page’s footnotes).



I have already posted on many of these things, and am certainly not going to look up and link every single reference for purpose of just an extended footnote summary of “events of the times.” This blog has a search function — and so does Google!**  However, the footnote is here as another reminder to be aware of major directional changes within this country which are going to have impacts on the family court systems, especially on its handling of abuse and violence of women or children, and on the use of public funds to provide ANY type of anti-crime, anti-abuse, anti-poverty, anti-homelessness, anti-drug abuse (etc.) beneficial cause. [**Hint: For previous paragraph, don’t search “IVAT” or you’ll get every usage of the word “private” (!).  Pick another associated term, like the professor’s name, or the “FVSAI” nonprofit instead.]

The footnote concludes in 2009 (sorry, doesn’t extend fully through the Affordable Health Care Act) but does reference the 2008 global recession, conviction of Bernie Madoff in 2009, and (lastly) the Kids for Cash scandal in Pennsylvania.

  • WHY SO MUCH ON MADOFF/PONZI SCHEMEs in an OVERVIEW of USA , basically 1960s – 2009:
  • Re: “Madoff” – Footnotes – 1990s — I’m adding (now) an entry written in 2009 but under 1992, as investigative author Edward Jay Epstein’s WebLog (Aug. 26, 2009), during the Madoff situation, reported how the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) where it appears Madoff had obtained also some influence, apparently missed repeated opportunities to have caught and stopped that (criminal) scam. In other words, it seems red flags were raised — repeatedly — but not followed through. Very interesting article…
  • “Ponzi Scheme” and “Madoff” is is not entirely dissociated from the topics of major progressive (or, if they’d been conservative, conservative) foundations.  For example, as I recall, RHF took at some point funding from a foundation set up in 2011 by Jeffrey Picower’s widow (JPB Foundation); with Picower having been a beneficiary of the scheme.  See (among other places) that Epstein Weblog for October 2009, “Death of a Witness” (after Picower was found face-down in his swimming pool).
  • (Referenced in the main, not footnote, section of this page) It appears also that Alliance for Excellent Education (a nonprofit set up by children of Gerard and Lilo Leeds, who sold a major media firm (CMP Media) in 1999 for $920M must have invested somehow with Madoff-related entities — because tax returns showed one kind of reported revenues were payments from the Madoff settlement.  I’m not saying that Alliance for Excellent Education is involved in anything illicit (though I have blogged it in the context of “education transformation networked nonprofits” within last year or two and noticed, in context of multiple related organizations, some strange filing behaviors and naming/renaming behaviors).  (Search on this blog for further details).

Before the footnote, there is a section on consolidation and global expansion of telecommunications firms (starting with PRNewswire). Gender issues come up with examples from the “Campaign for Black Male Achievement” sponsored by known, huge, progressive foundations because this post began in part in response to a Twitter feed complaining about right-wing influence on the family courts.

The page began as a separate place to adjust the slide-show gallery featuring it, which got me to thinking about relationships between available platforms, types of detail I need to present in this blog, and ownership of those on-line platforms — not to mention how by comparison, major businesses ==> major foundations == multiplied through incubating and spinning off others ==> influencing through donations (though typically % donated is 5% or less of total assets held on major, privately controlled tax-exempt foundation.  It’s the ASSETS which should be watched more carefully, in my opinion) ==>attracting collaborations through ability to pay for major, and so many, independent subcontractors, not to mention pay the investment management professionals, consultants, media (and any other type) of subcontractor upper-middle-class or beyond salaries — ongoing.

Another post from almost exactly one year ago (March 23, 2017) speaks to the political divide as something of a distraction from “the bottom lines.”  Included here because it also covers material with visuals in the Footnote (such as ICF International’s acquisitions over time) and some filings of among the nonprofits (or websites implying there is a related nonprofit somehow) from the “Broken Courts Initiative” and an extended section on the “HMRF” funding.

Cont’d. from 11-28-2016 post-Presidential s/Election times, this post still relevant within “the First 100 days” while news coverage focuses on (a) natural and political disasters and terrorism and (b) depending on the news network or media outlet, a right vs. left  political debate roughly framed around Republican v. Democrat.

Post title Indicators that Both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others? case-sensitive short-link ending “-57T”, post was published 3-23-2017:

(From my earlier (March 2017) post: Benefits to businesses on keeping people distracted from their operations, while listing to the promotions + PR (Sales pitches)

(Recommended reading for after, not before, this page).  I often advise against becoming distracted by cause-based rhetoric (ANY cause) from underlying realities about the context in which they operate — it takes corporations to promote any cause:


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

PAGE TITLE: Corporations (usually starting with tax-exempt ones) Coordinate Campaigns named after a Cause, but We (the Public) should Coordinate to Get and STAY Cognizant of the Corporate(and Gov’t Entity) Contexts. [Page added March 28 2018] Published at about 14,500 words, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8R5.” I worked four five days on it:  WYS now Is WYG. (What You See=What You Get)

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

Page Main Content starts Here

Recommended related reading:  Open Society Foundations posts (<== search link) on this blog.  Top search result, a post almost exactly one year ago (access post through search link; post title shown in first image):

Image from 3/24/2017 FamilyCourtMatters Post

I recently resumed participation in my LetUsGetHonest Twitter account. Responding there to a comment regarding “Christian right-wing” grants via HHS targeting single mothers (with a mention of Wade Horn), obviously referring to marriage/fatherhood promotion  or “HMRF” grants, sites such as Fatherhood.gov (etc.), I said that cause is not restricted to conservative circles, and so posted some progressive ones also, the example on this page of “CBMA” came up.

Also, in passing  in the introduction to the second of two posts published this month dealing with Robin Hood Foundation and various spinoff nonprofits,** The Campaign for Black Male Achievement came up, and I provided a short slide-show gallery on it.

**…some which originated at MIT; most,  like “RHF” stating as the overall cause, reducing poverty. They are named –i.e., J-PAL where “PAL” stands for “poverty action lab” —  and talk in terms of anti-poverty, whether in New York City, or in the USA, or overseas. Spinoff “ImpactMatters” while neither its name nor domain-name literally says “poverty,” its original fiscal agent, with overlapping leader Dean Karlan, “Innovations for Poverty Action” (IPA) did.  Respective domain names:  “povertyactionlab.org”## and “povertyaction.org.”

##Despite its website ending “*.org,” “J-PAL” does not seem to be a corporate entity [at least in Massachusetts] or a nonprofit anywhere in the USA.  A domain name ending “*.org” doesn’t equate to what a website is reporting or promoting or to the associated names being a registered nonprofit  LLC, LP, GP or business anywhere…but for J-PAL, use of the probably more accurate here, “(insert project name here).MIT.edu” would call more attention to its prominent institutional sponsor — MIT). How ironic, given who its benefactor, represented by the single letter “J” only, is, and the conglomerate associated with the benefactor!

abdul latif jameel (Father and conglomerate) Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel (son, and CEO of conglomerate, as well as ex-boyfriend of musician/actor Rihanna):

Wow. I’m sure that Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel’s being a “driver” of programs at MIT (global poverty, water and food security-related) has more to do with his being an alumni than with his being an alumni who is also running a multi-industry family conglomerate in the MENAT region, with titles granted by the Queen of England and Northern Ireland, and the King of Saudi Arabia — or (his obviously being “our kind of guy) being a LIFETIME member of MIT Corporation, which is apparently our way of saying, we don’t grant titles of nobility, but this should help… How many others on there, and who are they?

Anyhow, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as an initiative under the George Soros-based Open Society Foundations (Open Society Institute-Baltimore) — but sponsored by several other foundations — naturally came to mind along with another progressive tax-exempt foundation favoring male-dominance (“patriarchy preservation”) social services programming, throughout the system, as as solution to poverty and for the poor — Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Overall, however, my exhortation and purpose, regardless of the rhetoric or labeling of any campaign or cause, is still and always to compare the purpose claims with the strategic operations at the tax-exempt level as to credibility.

One rhetorical question I have is how many privately controlled assets (i.e., how much, measured for purpose of this blog’s primary intended audience, in U.S. dollars) held under collaborating tax-exempt foundations, some of them “billion-dollar” ones historically (some politically progressive, some conservative), does it take to solve the problem of “poverty”? — and in the process, how much proprietary software, trademarked, working with the rich foundation’s serial spin-off nonprofits and “related entities (i. disregarded (LLCs), ii. tax-exempt, or iii., iv. taxable as corporations partnerships or trusts)” and sponsored centers at private, Ivy League (or other) universities — as my two Robin Hood Foundation posts describe — does this noble cause entail?

How rich should the foundation managers, professionals, and proprietary software owners get (including through sale of them to others for profit, should they chose, or if public, experience a takeover). And how is getting rich measured in either assets controlled, or nice, salaries over ¼, ½, or sometimes $1M dollars for individuals of subcontractors, in the name of solving poverty?

Is solving poverty globally or locally, regionally or nationally even the real purpose of such operations? Or is it perhaps instead a popular selling point (the bait) soliciting the public to consent to further privatization of government services and centralized control (through effective public/private “syndicates”) of:  real estate and RE development | flow of public funds to privately controlled organizations | control of persons to inhabit the real estate and be recipients of social services (justifying the flow of funds), thus effectively trapping them functionally into local communities (limited geographies for work, education, housing and healthcare) while the owners, organizers, investment managers and (so to speak) their investments, operate and can travel nationally and globally, with tax-deductible travel budgets?

Excerpt from 3/24/2017 post (quoting a 3/23/2017 one)

CBMA Images (from slideshow gallery in Intro to RHF post published 3/23/2018)

Pros and Cons of presenting “slide show image galleries” as are often seen with excellent visual clarity in mainstream media, particularly when it comes to headline news, and often on or on organizations websites.  These images, when not of sponsored logos are produced-for-the-purpose photos (Getty images, others), are usually sharp, clear, and easy to read.  They are typically not there to show major fine-print detail, but just as a supporting point of reference some the main story line.

However, on this blog, my focus isn’t on wide, generic story lines, but in showing the fine-print details which I am myself seeing from inspecting, say, tax returns, financial statements, charitable registration filings and some of their registry page details: lots of text, lots of fine print to start with, then more with my even finer-print annotations ON the images, often, to point to specific parts.

Why:  I’m not doing a conference circuit with powerpoint, handouts or other visuals projected on a screen, dynamic /live presentation and so forth.  I am not producing downloadable curricula on my findings and selling it on-line for a high markup (or currently, at all…).

I write with the intent that others willing to pay attention to details and utilize their own basic memory (of organization names, or of types of filings) or to take notes, can read it, on their own timeframe and independently and see what that evidence says to them, when face to face with it.

There is no major entertainment factor here, and although some years ago I had hoped or speculated about utilizing such services as PRNewswire should there become a funding source, I am not using that either.  (PRNewswire is, however, searchable on this blog and has changed hands at least once since I called attention to it — that’s routine in the on-line digital communications field).

How cognizant are you of the process, and some of the various communciations empires?

PRNewswire (mass simultaneous distributions by subscription): Symptom of Telecommunications Companies (each with its Brands) Bought, Sold, Increasingly Consolidated and Specialized, but Global in Scope.

Search term on this blog:  UBM, Gerard and Lilo Leeds, or at FundingUniverse.com (BUT only good through about 2000), PRNewswire. (see next three images: notice the capacity to deliver so much to so many, so fast, and that starting in the 1980s, and before it completed its National (USA) distribution network, it was in the hands of the British (London-based) “UBM” then going by a slightly different name.

What they have in common and how it came up in this blog: The Leeds family (who lived until 2014 & 2016, respectively) in 1999 sold their CMP Media to British media giant United News & Media plc. (for $920M), thus (from the Leeds’ perspective) providing major profit which was, naturally, poured into many philanthropies, continued by heirs, and as you can see at least one of which I blogged.  The British media giant which bought it also underwent its own changes, including name-changes, and as I recall PRNewswire was bought and/or sold at least a few times meanwhile.  I do not recall exact details.

From UBM site map, “About” featuring “SECTORS” array.

UBM home page display

UBM (below the large photos) home page: Global Regions

Looking it up, (<== no “search” function; I got to “History” page only through “Site Map on the footer. Also use of website = consent to its use of cookies), I see UBM has restructured its “About Us/History” page making it almost impossible to view sections more than for a few seconds at a time, or obtaining an overview of even two short columns of “key events” where both columns display actual years.

Looking for purchase & sale of PRNewswire on what is now UBM’s timeline — not designed for prolonged scrutiny! (Sale visible to left)

Looking for purchase & sale of PRNewswire on what is now UBM’s timeline — not designed for prolonged scrutiny!

However, I did reconfirm that it first bought PRNewswire before CMP Media, and afterwards sold PRNewswire to Cision, and at some point changed its name to UBM plc.  Of interest to me on this blog because increasing global centralization of digital media and targeting it to specialty niches can decrease depth coverage outside of those specialties.  UBM as you can see above, has become a major B2B Events stager and is organized by global regions.

UBM itself is currently already (?) an “Informa plc” business, and there has been talk in January 2018 of setting up another one. (Next 8 images include some taken while looking at Taylor & Francis, also “an Informa business” — T&F publishes a Journal of Child Custody, whose chief editor is Robert Geffner of IVAT (“International Violence Abuse and Trauma” at Alliant University, San Diego, CA).  Alliant comes up in Footnote to this post under “independent professional schools of psychology created” timeline, in association with “CSPP” (California’s), which it absorbed. Click any image to enlarge as needed.)

Organized as an eight- image gallery, start anywhere, use navigation keys (or click image again) to move between images; hover over anyone to display part of its caption (all captions here identical except image numbers, and all read:

#[_varies_] of 8 on Informa plc (England & Wales) formed 1998 by a merger involving Lloyds of London Press. Taylor & Francis now under Informa, which also has made a bid for (and got?) UBM plc @ Jan. 2018.

I see a shareholder vote is coming up in April. For more info, go to its website and look around. You will receive a warning about cookies, and for any prospectus, a statement that you are not looking from a “restricted” (country?); I don’t know what that represents, hopefully this doesn’t include the USA.

I included all these images (about PRNewswire, UBM plc, and the image gallery on Informa), not necessarily in order, simply to emphasize that ALL companies tend to buy and sell or spin off others over time, for profit or strategic reasons relating to their owners and, naturally, investors, including decisions when to and not to “go public” or, having done so, “go private” again.  When it comes to ANYTHING we read on line particularly (i.e., telecommunications, digital communications) this is happening fast, and globally.  Something could be based in US one year, and in the UK (“England and Wales”) another or anywhere else, but retain a brand name.  With each transition the publication’s (or publications’ plural) focus obviously could change.

That trend seems to be towards specialization, catering to certain types of business or academia, and it seems, with a focus on giant industry trade shows, as the case with UBM plc shows.

Regarding my blog technical capabilities and limitations: WordPress and Image Quality when it comes to showing fine-print taken from, say, tax returns, or annotated screenshots of an entity’s website.

I don’t hold it against WordPress (or my own device) for its “Screenshot” capability of what in the original (especially more recent tax returns provided by the IRS) in somewhat fuzzy, scanned or electronically produced form to start with.  Sometimes the slideshows are still readable, but in the case of the CBMA reference here, they weren’t.  After several tries, I copied it to this fresh page for better visuals, and will link the page (and/or return the images in better format) to that post.

Before posting this (check the blog if you don’t believe it) I had researched extensively off-line, and posted some of it on-line, about the various Open Society Foundations, including one shown here, “Open Society Institute – Baltimore.”  I learned that this was the USA “Programs” base for the Soros-funded (or originated) network of foundations, which also made some sense of the particular focus on Baltimore also for major fatherhood programming.

There are many types of campaigns which consolidate funding of many nonprofits around a cause. I chose this, as the excerpt from the Robin Hood Foundation-focused  3/23/2018 post shows, in the context of progressive causes that (as well as certain right-wing causes) push patriarchy i.e., male dominance.  The two organizations referenced in the Twitter thread I’d brought up were Annie E. Casey and Open Society Foundations, which readily came to mind as:  Large and privately controlled, and connected with other similarly owned organizations (Annie E. Casey, Jim Casey, Casey Family Services(?) — although I see that Casey Family Services(?) has recently (2015?) been shut down, per the AECF tax return), and fatherhood-focused, if not obsessed.

I guess women of all colors should get behind their men and wait in line for the trickle-down theory to work its way to (us), just like the delays in getting the vote (USA), into major colleges whose graduates form relationships which help with businesses and, many of them, regularly rotate in and out of public office, i.e., helping RUN THE COUNTRY…. which for the most part (except in public and certain Protestant, religious-founded universities) had to wait until the 1970s…

..and by the 1980s, and 1990s, we are again experiencing feminist backlash, at least those of us who stand by our parental rights and against partner-violence within marriage, and are having to make this stand AFTER (properly) getting away from such bad relationships, within the psychology/sociology-driven-family courts under the “watchful” domestic violence differential “care” of associations such as AFCC and its few chapters, but strategically placed activist and cult-like, nonprofit-generating, specialty profession-creating and pushing, self-promoting, loyal-to-the-cause, international and of course “interdisciplinary” membership.

AFCC About Us, History screenshot taken March, 2018. See foonote “AFCC (and the USA) by the Decades Summary

Also in the context of communicating on Twitter, as well as here, some parallels between the function of this organization within governmental changes and the increasing professionalization and expanding influence (by design) of psychologists, psychoanalysts, and behavioral health people for expert population manipulation (control) — I have an “AFCC (and the USA) By the Decades Summary” Footnote below.  But before then, here are the CBMA images also shown on the “RHF” posts.  One image refers to “Women in Fatherhood” (or “WIFI,” an entity I searched some years back — it had some crazy 501©3 filings, and with clear connections at the time to both Annie E. Casey Foundation (characterized as “Casey Foundation” only) and “Open Society Foundation” both in Baltimore.  I may show just a sample, below the “CBMA” image gallery. Regarding that:

SFFI Ford Fndtn Google Search Results ~ SShot 2018-03-28 at 1.38PM Notice nonprofits named (NCPL, CFFPP) and think tank Brookings Institution. Blue marks references to child support policy, bottom search result shows Obama continued what Bush started.  “The Future of Children” (other than a grandiose name … may indicate a certain narcissistic attitude) is a joint -publication between Brookings & a center at Princeton University; Ron Haskins, Isabel Sawhill involved; seems to follow ‘MOYNIHAN REPORT” 1965 premises, protocol and still pushing that strategy.  Nationwide. The woman  running the Princeton Center which jointly publishes “The Future of Children” is, “coincidentally, “married to I. Garfinkel at Columbia U (working alongside also Mincy at times).

One of the “WIFI” directors (Jacquelyn Boggess of Madison Wisconsin) also is notably associated with “CFFPP.org” of which this blog has plenty to say, both as to its many funders and its own corporate and 501©3 (IRS) filing habits, too.  What’s more, CFFPP (and, by association Women in Fatherhood given common personnel), self-described as the having started [i.e., incorporated] in 1995 policy arm of the Ford Foundation’s “Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative,” which eventually, following key leadership Ronald Mincy, ended up at Columbia University in New York City.



In my recent (+/- March 21) Tweets, responding to a user who complained about the Christian right’s treatment of women, HHS grants, Wade Horn, etc., I said, OK, but are you aware where progressives stand on the same issues?  I thought not and, with quick lookups, posted some links and images from Annie E. Casey Foundation and Open Society Foundations, referenced the “CBMA” (Campaign for Black Male Achievement) as a 2015 entity in which announcements were made ca. 2014 about how many (I believe the number was 40) major philanthropies were collaborating (i.e., putting heads and funds together). See next image gallery (slideshow format).  Slideshow images are convenient, but quality and clarity varies; “zoom-in” may help. If not I will adjust or reformat post-publication.

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

Women In Fatherhood, Inc.” is searchable on this blog. The above image speaks as though there is a current “women in fatherhood” entity — however, state records in Maryland and DC, and IRS records at “exempt organization select check” show it quickly forfeited its right to do business in those states, and as a tax exempt — for the simple non-act of non-filing.  What few tax returns do show up aren’t exactly intelligible, either.  For three years in a row — what it takes to get status-revoked by the IRS — “WIFI” couldn’t or wouldn’t even file a simple electronic postcard (Form 990-N) declaration that their revenues  that year were under (for the years it should’ve but didn’t) $50,000.  That the entity is aware of this  basic (not that there’s some excuse for claiming tax-exempt status and taking publicity without comprehending such very basic information, or taking advice from someone else who did) may be seen because it DID file a Form 990-N in 2009.

My information, naturally, is subject to whether the four databases I looked at are also accurate.  8 images here presented as a “gallery” (use navigation keys to go from one to another).

You can see the EIN# in last image above.  Here are some excerpts (FY2011, FY2012) from its very few actual filings (for more, search this blog — I probably posted elsewhere too), and a 3 page pdf from State of Maryland, its “Articles of Incorporation” (page 2) description, notice (last para.) specifies that on dissolution whatever’s left after paying debts goes to a specific fatherhood tax-exempt (though in what state, or its EIN#, not mentioned) “Center for Fathers, Families, and Workforce Development.”  A better description would’ve provided an “in ____”, but probably nothing was left.

WomenInFatherhood 11-2007 (3pg) Articles of Inc in MD (now Forfeited @ 2014, IRS status also revoked May 2016 for non-filing) (<==3 pages.  Click 2nd time on the page icon to view).

Wifi’s EIN# can be searched HERE to locate rest of either return annotated to left.

About the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as a distinct entity:

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

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Footnote “AFCC (and the USA) by the Decades Summary” to compare with key events in the “war/relationships” between races (civil rights) and gender (women’s rights, men’s rights, children’s rights) well-known and some not-so-well-known USA history key events and increasing federal dominance of state-level policies.

Note:  Divorce and custody are typically considered under state jurisdiction and notoriously hard to get into the Supreme Court on appeal or at all.  But the Federal Government through its budget acts and in the name of public welfare for which the “Social Security Act” exists still manages to influence, and throw financial and “technical assistance/advisory” policy weight on the state-level family courts.

This summary is very impromptu and in no way complete. I did bring in some fast-search results on topics remembered.  Viewing the AFCC history page simply reminded me, naturally of larger events on the national level which would naturally intersect with family court issues.  Many of these are tied into the Social Security Act, which is administered mostly (or entirely?) through the current federal department of “Health and Human Services.”

Others relate to financial/currency macro-events, and some to origin dates of influential nonprofits (or clusters of nonprofits around certain causes) which revolve around gender-based dominance of family, or economy. I don’t think most of us realize how large, wide and deep is the social science/mental health (etc.) bureaucracy and at what paces it has been increasing reach AND size over time.

Footnote “AFCC (and the USA) by the Decades Summary


Parallels within the USA, by the Decade. Listing within each decade not necessarily in chrono order.

1960s, Civil Rights Acts, Assassinations (MLK Jr, JFK, RFK, Malcolm X), Community Mental Health Act,

1965 The Moynihan Report (“Matriarchy” as main part of a Tangle of Pathology,” federal government urged to establish a national policy on “The Negro Family” to re-assert patriarchy as the norm, for the oppressed class, not just the ruling one) (NOW was formed in direct response to this in 1966);

1963? Mental Health Act passed.

1963 AFCC (featuring collaboration of lawyers, judges and social workers, psychologists/counselors around the act of divorce) claims origins to its first conference in Los Angeles.

Ongoing: Viet Nam War and student protests at universities nationwide.

1965? Origins of Head Start.

1965 President John Kennedy addresses Congress: Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Center Construction Act (found under “NIMH – “Important events.”  Notice some of this started after WWII, in 1946:  1965 was just another turning point.


Impt Events in NIMH History (from NIH’gov) (viewed 3/24/2018)

1965—During the mid-1960s, NIMH launched an extensive attack on special mental health problems. Part of this was a response to President Johnson’s pledge to apply scientific research to social problems. The Institute established centers for research on schizophrenia, child and family mental health, and suicide, as well as crime and delinquency, minority group mental health problems, urban problems, and later, rape, aging, and technical assistance to victims of natural disasters. A provision in the Social Security Amendments of 1965 (P.L. 89-97) provided funds and a framework for a new Joint Commission on the Mental Health of Children to recommend national action for child mental health.

Also in this year, staffing amendments to the CMHC act authorized grants to help pay the salaries of professional and technical personnel in federally funded community mental health centers.

Continued (esp. Post WW II) development and institutionalization of psychoanalysis as central to the US from the 1950s (and earlier).  Cf the Meninger Clinic: This 2003 NYT Article (images attached to note Robert Wallerstein involvement) “Famed Psychiatric Clinic Abandons Prairie Home.”  cf.  “Welcome to Topeka, psychiatric capital of the world” ”

… the intensive psychoanalytic approach that was once the clinic’s specialty has been edged to the perimeter by new drug treatments, brief psychotherapies and advances in neuroscience.

”I think historically, the time was over,” said Dr. Robert Wallerstein, a former president of the American and International Psychoanalytic Associations who worked at Menninger from 1946 to 1966 and who remains a member of its board of trustees.

Meyer Elkin (AFCC co-founder? if not major early guru) also got some of his start in Topeka, Kansas.

In fact, the institution, which in the years after World War II trained 5 to 7 percent of American psychiatrists and ran one of the nation’s top psychoanalytic institutes, the Topeka Institute of Psychoanalysis, has been a ghost of its former self for nearly a decade. With its budget increasingly pressed, Menninger tried diversifying in the early 1990’s, then sharply downsized several years later, angering many who worked there. There are now only 8 psychiatrists on staff, compared with 80 in the late 1980’s. The psychoanalytic institute closed in 2001


In the decades after World War II, with psychoanalysis in ascendance, the hospitals had waiting lists: in its heyday, Menninger had 280 or more patients in intensive treatment, 70 of them in psychoanalysis.

Once admitted, patients might spend two or three years within the institutions’ sheltering walls, building an identity, a network of friends, a way of living apart from the world outside.

“Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” (LSD) Timothy O’Leary head of mental health at Kaiser.

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop by the Archives: Timothy Leary at the N.Y.P.L. (New Yorker, 6/16/2011, cont’d.)

…Against this eminent backdrop, Leary, who was labeled by Richard Nixon (albeit with some hyperbole) “the most dangerous man in America,” seems an odd fit. His notoriety began with his controversial stewardship of the Harvard Psilocybin Project, which in 1960 commenced a series of experiments into the effects and therapeutic potential of hallucinogens. The increasingly loose and unorthodox methodology of this analysis virtually eliminated the distinction between experimenter and subject, and Leary’s handling of the drugs was cavalier, to say the least. “Would you be willing to meet this guy for a drink, size him up and then if you think he is a swinger, make arrangements to give him mushrooms?” he wrote to a colleague in 1961. “As a pharmacist he might teach us a lot.” Allen Ginsberg took notice, and initiated Leary into the cultural cognoscenti. They gave psilocybin to Robert Lowell (to no great effect), and before long Ginsberg was writing

Leary to ask, “Do you want I should take on Monk or Franz Kline or De Kooning?”


Looking for a reference to Leary’s role at Kaiser, (and in which decade – it was in the 1950s, after which he went to Harvard) I ended up again at http://behavioral.kaiserpapers.org/tleary.html which site makes it clear is “in no way associated with any Kaiser entity” (but rather, reporting on them).  A woman’s father was euthanized at Kaiser.

“The Kaiser Papers” recommended reading, although here I’m focused more specifically on Timothy Leary’s role historically. Link here and shown on image.

#2 of 3 images from “The Kaiser Papers” (behavioral.kaiserpapers.org)

#3 of 3 images on T Leary from Behavioral’KaiserPapers’org | Key Points: Cummings (Leary’s successor at Kaiser) describes how Leary was hired to “triage” patients out of medical care into psychologists, for cheap co-pay of $5 in a prepaid health plan at the time. “one account of why (Leary) was fired.”

There is a section on Leary’s role at Kaiser Oakland (Kaiser was also a ship-builder during the war, and with many women working there also, day care and eventually health care was developed.  It is one of the larger HMOs around now, featured prominently in association at the time (ca. 2010) with President Obama

and passage of the affordable care act.  I have looked up and looked at many of its foundation for other reasons (related to some personal acquaintance formerly involved there), and as showing the for-profit/nonprofit scenarios.

Separately, and reported often on this blog, the entity “ICF International” (Major recipient of HHS HMRF grants, particularly in 2006 — and it’s a multinational, for-profit industry getting large such grants); the entity’s history page mentions Kaiser Engineering (acquired, later spun off, as I recall).  Bottom line?  Spelled “it’s BIG” overall.

I have blogged this.  Unfortunately even their “Acquisition Details” page (a little tricky to find in the first place: Company History isn’t under its “About” main menu link) doesn’t go back before 2006.  It used to, which website detailed the acquisition and later spinoff of Kaiser Engineers / Consulting (I DNR exact details.  Searchable on this blog).

Fortunately, Wikipedia still has some footprints of the activity in the 1980s: (image further below)











**I certainly can’t validate any of the following 4 images taken from a link provided at “Behavioral.Kaiserpapers.org” from a forum (about which I know little) under the title “Was Timothy Leary a CIA Agent?” (posted in 2006), but they are interesting.  My interest especially from the perspective of more and more states legalizing marijuana now, but my main interest here showing Leary’s positions FIRST (in the 1950s) at Kaiser Foundation, and in the capacity of Psychologist — not “psychiatrist,” and the combination of drugs tested to induce the revealing of secrets (breakdown of individuals under interrogation) in the context of war.  (If these images are hard to view, pls. see original for that time period (or, scan it all) and live without my annotations)

What Is Interpersonal Theory?

The circumplex tradition in interpersonal psychology was inspired by the interpersonal theory of Harry Stack Sullivan (1953) and the sociological theory of George Herbert Mead (1934), and made more explicit and accessible to research by Timothy Leary (1957), who introduced the circular ordering of variables known as the interpersonal circumplex. Interpersonal theory comprises three strands of leading ideas: the principle of complementarity, the principle of rigidity, and the principle of circumplex structure.  (etc.)

Leary was followed by Nicholas J. Cummings who (in 2008 interview with Psychtherapy.net, I’ve posted on blog) describes his pushing for more PsyD’s (helping psychologists obtain doctorates through INDEPENDENT professional schools of psychology; works with then-Governor Ronald Reagan to get this going.  see California School of Professional Psychology

Decades later, the CSPP later absorbed into Alliant University.  DNK when MSPP was formed, but in 2012, its name was changed to William James College (AFCC loyalist Robin Deutsch involved).

Timothy Leary from Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (repository): Biographic sketch to go with listing of documents, Image #1 of 2

Timothy Leary from Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (repository): Biographic sketch to go with listing of documents, Image #2 of 2

1969 – California School of Professional Psychology, “Educating Psychologists Since 1969” (now, per Alliant.edu).

CSPP per Wikipedia (though flagged for “needs more cites”):

The school has trained approximately half of the licensed psychologists in California. ….CSPP is one of a handful of APA- accredited schools that also offered a clinical doctoral respecialization in professional psychology.[5] …. | 

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) was founded in 1969 under the auspices of the California Psychological Association. CSPP was the first free-standing school of professional psychology in the nation,[2] and remains the largest non-profit professional psychology school in the nation.

The goal of CSPP is to train doctoral level psychologists in professional practice models and to assure that its students and faculty are as diverse as the State of California. At its founding CSPP, worked out of borrowed or rented space with a volunteer (unpaid) faculty, but had a large number of student applicants who were attracted to the new training model.[2]

The founding president of CSPP was Nick Cummings, PhD, who was succeeded by John O’Neill and subsequently by Judith Albino, PhD. (Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD and Rodney L. Lowman, PhD also served as interim presidents.) During the 2000s, under Albino’s tenure, CSPP was renamed Alliant University and the four separately accredited campuses in Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco were combined into a single WASC-accredited institution. The name was subsequently changed to Alliant International University after Alliant merged with (acquired the assets of) U.S. International University, based in San Diego. USIU was known for their faculty of humanistic psychologist [sic] that included Carl RogersAbraham MaslowVictor Frankl, and Igor Ansoff.[6] Today, CSPP is one of several schools that make up Alliant International University including a school of education, forensic psychology, a school of management and a law school. CSPP remains the largest of the schools.

ALSO IN THE 1960s, Monetarily….

The next paragraph goes with taking the dollar off the gold standard link & image, 1971 and is from it.  Note there is a bibliography and “Written as of November 22, 2013. See disclaimer.” 

Nixon Ends Coveribility of the U.S. Dollar by Sandra Khollen Ghizoni, Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta [Paragraphs from the 1960s section; convertibility ended in the 1970s).

In March 1961, the US Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF), with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York acting as its agent, began to intervene in the foreign-exchange market for the first time since World War II. The ESF buys and sells foreign exchange currency to stabilize conditions in the exchange rate market. While the interventions were successful for a time, the Treasury’s lack of resources limited its ability to mount broad dollar defense.

From 1962 until the closing of the US gold window in August 1971, the Federal Reserve relied on “currency swaps” as its key mechanism for temporarily defending the US gold stock. The Federal Reserve structured the reciprocal currency arrangements, or swap lines, by providing foreign central banks cover for unwanted dollar reserves, limiting the conversion of dollars to gold.

In March 1962, the Federal Reserve established its first swap line with the Bank of France and by the end of that year lines had been set up with nine central banks (Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Canada). Altogether, the lines provided up to $900 million equivalent in foreign exchange. What started as a small, short-term credit facility grew to be a large, intermediate-term facility until the US gold window closed in August 1971. The growth and need for the swap lines signaled that they were not just a temporary fix, but a sign of a fundamental problem in the monetary system.

International efforts were also made to stem a run on gold. A run in the London gold market sent the price to $40 an ounce on October 20, 1960, exacerbating the threat to the system. In response, the London Gold Pool was formed on November 1, 1961. The pool consisted of a group of eight central banks (Great Britain, West Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, and the United States). In order to keep the price of gold at $35 an ounce, the group agreed to pool gold reserves to intervene in the London gold market in order to maintain the Bretton Woods system. The pool was successful for six years until another gold crisis ensued. The British pound sterling devalued and another run on gold occurred, and France withdrew from the pool. The pool collapsed in March 1968.

At that time the seven remaining members of the London Gold Pool (Great Britain, West Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and the United States) agreed to formulate a two-tiered system. The central banks agreed to use their gold only in settling international debts and to not sell monetary gold on the private market. The two-tier system was in place until the US gold window closed in 1971

1970s: No-Fault Divorce starts in California.  Women’s rights groups and DV protections increased (I think…).

1971 – Nixon Ends Convertibility of US Dollar to Gold (from Federal Reserve History) to avoid an international run on gold (see “Bretton Woods System”).  US Dollar was before then exchangeable with gold at a fixed rate ($35/ounce); US Dollars became international rate of exchange.  See next image and quote above in the “1960s” decade.

1972? – Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D. (in psychology) writes Women & Madness.  Has also written “Mothers on Trial,” and blogs currently (last I looked) often on Islamic Gender Apartheid.

1974 “Manpower Research Demonstration Project” (now ‘MRDC”) formed combining Federal agencies + Ford Foundation funding).  These now heavily involved in evaluating sponsored responsible fatherhood programming aimed at influencing custody sharing matters.

1974? CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act), appropriations to HEW (now, HHS).

1974  – “MSPP” ~> William James College founded in Massachusetts, originally (until 2014) as “Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology” (Wiki, “has multiple issues”) Relevance here, in addition to showing another independent such school, its focus on “Experiential Education,” one of its centers (Children, Families and the Law) is being run by Robin Deutsch, the current Editor in Chief of the Family Court Review (Hofstra-AFCC publication) and is a well-known AFCC Board of Directors/activist. And, Cornell University graduate, with some mentoring or training apparently under (while there) Yurie Bronfenbrenner as I posted recently (Surrounding “Family Transitions” “FamiliesChange,” 2018):



1975 Family Support Act Passed to encourage better collection of child support nationwide.

1975 – AFCC incorporates in the State of Illinois, where it is still incorporated (NOT “Wisconsin,” despite its Form 990s)

1979 – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology opens. (<==Wiki. entity website” theChicagoSchool.edu“).  This gets interesting as in the 2000s (2008ff) it opened campuses in California.  Now has campuses in seven metropolitan regions, and is affiliated with “TCS Educational Services.”  As of 2014, re: diversity, 50% Caucasian, and gender: 80% female, 20% male. (Transgender??), average age: 32 yrs old…. Campuses also in DC, New Orleans, Dallas (see second image — Dallas is not shown)

” In September, 2016, this campus settled a lawsuit for 11.2 million dollars.[8] The lawsuit, which was filed by former Chicago School Los Angeles students, alleged that students were misled and deceived by the school into attending a doctoral program that was not accredited by the American Psychological Association.[9]

The 1980s:

1980s:fathers rights groups formed often framed as “children’s rights, domestic violence advocacy groups funded by HHS (and/or DOJ), controlled via just a few statewide coalitions and favored clearinghouses in certain states (larger % of funding).  The former agency HEW is split into HHS & Dept of Education in 1980, under Presidential “Reauthorization Act” which authority expired that year.

1980?  Minnesota Program Development, Inc. (later became? Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, pushing supervised visitation, treatments, batterers intervention, exchange/access centers, etc.) in Duluth, MN (Ellen Pence + Michael Paymar) with government sponsorship.


FRPN.org home page, uses the word “practice” and “practitioner” repeatedly, but admits its an HHS Project (grant# cited) led by (a) a Temple Univ sociologist (Jay Fagan)+ (b) a ca. 1980-founded Colorado 501©3 well known in the HMRF, Access/Visitation, AFCC and fathers’rights fields (Center for Policy Research, Inc.). My related images show I was posting on FRPN probably in August, 2016.

Fine-print annotations on this view of NRFC (fatherhood.gov) explains that NFLG (referenced there) as of that date only ONE tax return found so far, it’s been IRS revoked and re-instated, and other important info. Click Image to Enlarge.

Jessica S Pearson, Jeffrey G Pearson + Nancy A Theonnes incorporate CPR 1981 April27th @ 1720 Emerson Denver

1981 – “Center for Policy Research” in leadership.  Denver incorporated (currently Jessica Pearson, Nancy Thoennes,* Jane Venohr — all PhDs — and a few others) as a research & evaluation nonprofit on matters particularly involving divorcing or separated parents (mediation, fatherhood, access visitation, child support — domestic violence a distant but necessary-to-at-least-admit factor also).  Pearson had already connections with AFCC per Corporate records, and in case where she stands in the mix is unclear in the “gender wars”, see Temple University’s “FRPN.org, a joint university-nonprofit project with steering committee full, naturally, of fatherhood practitioners. *last name was misspelled in pdf filename above (from 2012 corporate lookup).

About 1981 – California makes mediation in custody/visitation (motions) mandatory, statewide.

1984 FVPSA (Search on this blog) passed: Family Violence Prevention AND Services Act, as amendment to (? It’s within) CAPTA. Focus on training,teaching media campaigns to PReVENT violence before it happens, awareness-raising, resource centers, etc.

ca. 1985: (Maryland) Children’s Rights Council, David Levy forms.  Acknowledged to be fathers’ rights org. with a particular attitude towards divorcing mothers (“Disconnected Dads” publication surveying the field later described it), and allegedly (and credibly) with founders connected to the AFCC (Jessica Pearson was mentioned at NAFCJ.net by Liz Richards). This is a strange, but politically influential organization, focusing especially on “Access and visitation centers” and running some of them.  CRCKids.org.

Savings & Loans debacles and bailouts.  “Conspiracy of Silence: The Franklin Coverup” child abuse, trafficking and murder as well as exploitation of children as drug mules (some kidnapped, others taken from foster home:  Omaha Boys Town), and (with photography/Rusty Nelson) to blackmail politicians (associated with also $40M (?) embezzlement from a Franklin County Savings & Loan) reachest highest levels.  Sen. John DeCamp reports / exposes.  Many people die mysteriously during the investigation, including one plane flying home with evidence blown out of the sky (father, Gary Caradori, and son inside).  Later, he stated, by focusing on the child abuse, we missed it – it was about the money.  (I have a page referencing this on  separate blog “Cold,Hard.Fact$.”  The story is scary reading, extremely disturbing, BUT is still part of American history.

Specific link from a page on that blog (1980s, 1990s, 2000s in the USA: “The Boiled Frog“) (Title approximate; link exact. Was published 10/26/2012). I’ve posted a few images (except the header page, look for the light-pink background page color).

Further down it has a more detailed timeline of the Franklin Credit Union events and investigation (1968-1993 at least).  Some of links have naturally since then expired, so I’m glad this much was at least copied here.

John DeCamp obituary (Aug. 2017) #1 of 2

John DeCamp obituary (Aug. 2017) #2 of 2








Looking for this topic (Franklin Credit Union / Conspiracy / Coverup) apart from my own blog, I’m sorry to hear the “controversial former Senator: died last August at age 76.  Article from the Lincoln Journal-Star makes some mention of the above as among the causes for his controversy, and reports (truthfully no doubt) that the grand jury convened over this had concluded it was an “carefully crafted hoax.”  (Not everyone still agrees):

2004-2005 ebook addition was put out with this forward (partial) from DeCamp:


“…When this book first came out, it was the first to open the ugly side of many of these issues-and I was certainly condemned by many for doing so. In fact, I was so threatened because of that first book that I had to move my entire family to a small town of 300 people, Clatonia, Nebraska, where I felt I had more security and neighbors to help watch out for and protect my children. That move has worked out fine for me. And my children are the greatest ever.

I wish I COULD DROP THIS ISSUE ENTIRELY, but I have too many daily, weekly calls from folk all over America asking for help or guidance or information or direction on their particular problems. Hence, I thought the best way to answer them was to make this book available to them with current updates. That is part of what I have tried to do in this 200412005 edition of The Franklin Cover-Up.

I have never spent one penny advertising or promoting this book. However, whatever caused it, it has sold well over 110,000 (One Hundred Ten Thousand) copies. Hopefully, it will do some good for some and give courage to others to Fight Back and Tell the Truth.

John DeCamp
December 2004/January 2005 … May God be with you”

For a real surprise (?) search “Warren Buffett” (who after all is from Nebraska) on that link.  His name comes up 11 times, including twice in the foreword, in association with Larry King, Omaha Boys Town, FirstTier, and a newspaper. (etc.).

Moving on….

(See comments on Kaiser & ICF International from above section, near “KaiserPapers.org” images and links).

In general, if you are not from areas in which Kaiser Permanente (or its health plans operates) and don’t get the connection between Liberty Ships during World War II, the hiring of minorities and women to work in the shipyards, and the development of prepaid medical plans (healthcare) for them, look up Henry J. Kaiser, (1882-1967) Richmond Shipyards, or any other relevant history.

That “Henry J. Kaiser” link, see Para. 1, also it references Dr. Sidney Garfield, mentioned above as firing Timothy Leary after hiring him (in the 1950s) to develop “triage” system of referring MD patients to a staff of psychologists when their problems was “in their heads” or as (Nicholas Cummings) called it, “Somatizing” (as in “Psychosomatic,” presumably).  The professional differentiation between psychologist and psychiatrist is shown in this process, as well as developing that profession at least by referrals from psychiatrists covered in major health plan.  Later, Nicholas J. Cummings (who also worked Kaiser Permanente after Timothy Leary) developed this further by helping professionalize the field of psychology through adding doctorate programs, thus helping preserve future work for his colleagues.  Cummings also apparently involved in psychoanalysis (it comes up elsewhere) and as we known on this blog, the “Our Broken Family Courts Initiative” as late as 2012….


1988 – First (minimal) funding for access and visitation grants.

1989 – Berlin Wall comes down…

1989 — in NY Robin Hood Foundation incorporates … So does (I believe) what’s now called Futures without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), in San Francisco.


1990 – Nelson Mandela freed from prison.  Former German Colony Namibia gains independence  From South Africa under de Klerk. Why listed here:

I have noticed similarities of educational focuses (and disparities) as well as developments of tactics to suppress targeted parts of a population developed over the decades, from S. Africa and Namibia (formerly German SW Africa) over time.  Searchable on this blog, see also my “Cold Hard Facts” (link on this page near Franklin Coverup) blog for some posts. I have also been thinking about the separate and unequal forms of education (in the USA) in re: the Bantu education system in South Africa, and what is the 21st century equivalent — and I do mean in the US public education system — of “hewers of wood and drawers of water” in the information age…

In The New York Times, 3/21/1990 Namibia Achieves Independence After 75 years of Pretoria’s Rule by Christopher S. Wren and “Special to the New York Times” w/ image from halfway down the article:

Relates in major part also to Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust (and scholarships) as to purposes, and how/whether the USA is to differentiate itself from either BEING an indentured economic colony still, to other powers (specifically, the Commonwealth), or itself adopt practices (including patriarchy and a quasi-national religion, functional caste / nobility systems of transmitting controlled international wealth along class lines ONLY, etc.) from former empires which colonized North America and which eventually wars were fought to get one Coast-to-Coast (and Alaska, and Hawaii, and other Territories/possession) collectively, the United States of America. A major part of this is taxation.  Recent challenges in South Africa (legal independence vs. economic) are also of interest.

A lot of this (and my general interest), again, tracking back something as basic as the Rhodes Scholarships, relates to colonization of South Africa and the former “German Southwest Africa” surrounding the discovery of diamond mines in 1870, as described in a book published in the 1980s by Edward Jay Epstein (searchable also on this blog), with implications when it comes to cartels and vertical control of international trade.  Prologue:  The Diamond Invention  This is well-written and clear. (Oppenheimer, De Beers, an (Chapter 1) Namibia as a diamond-producing territory. Oppenheimer not worried — any government would need the tax revenues on diamonds, what’s more, what easier product to smuggle? (the whole book is on-line, read in context)… Here are a few images from that book. It’s informative also on how such cartels can be (and are) created; diamonds is just one example:

1991 – HHS adds new Operating Division:  Administration for Children and Families.

1992 – President William J. Clinton elected.   Elsewhere, George Soros bets against the British pound -and wins, to the tune of about a billion dollars.  See my post from about March 24, 2017 (link at top of this page).

1992 – In hindsight (see “Bernie Madoff convicted in Ponzi Scheme,” 2009 [final entry in this extended “Footnote” and on this page; it has images and many links), per Edward Jay Epstein’s 8/26/2009 weblog, the SEC (which itself is named AFTER the company Ponzi in 1920s set up in the first place!) opted out of following through on complaints about a Madoff-affiliated (?) company, thus missing several opportunities to catch and stop it.  Below this I also quote The New Republic (quoting apparently another Epstein article).

Wed. August 29, 2009 The Madoff Exception (by dates, this post must’ve been updated later…)

“On September 4th, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Inspector General revealed that Wall Street’s watchdog agency failed to adequately investigate six “detailed and substantive complaints” that, if properly pursued, could have exposed Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. ”

The Madoff Exception |EdJayEpstein’s Weblog Aug 26 2009 accessed @ 2018Mar29. (post has no para. breaks).

||++||(quote continued from 2nd annotated image, below-left.  Between images and this quote, it’s the entire, short post.  Posted in full because of the importance (shows principles broken, personal incentives of regulators) of its contents//LGH) ||++||

To prove no money was missing, Avellino provided the SEC examiners with the most recent statements he received from Madoff. The New York Enforcement Staff Attorney handling the case did not find “Avellino and Bienes’ testimony altogether convincing.” The next step was to verify the statements with Madoff. When on November 16, 1992, SEC examiners conducted an examination of Madoff’s firm “to verify certain security positions carried for the accounts of Avellino & Bienes,” Madoff was well prepared for their visit/ He provided them with putative copies of records from the Depository Trust Corporation (DTC) showing that he had made the trades listed in the Avellino and Bienes accounts. Madoff’s stock record exactly matched the DTC statement. The examiners did not go any further. They concluded that there was no Ponzi scheme, and merely fined Avellino and Bienes $500,000 for their illegal brokerage business, which they closed down.
What the SEC did not do was to go to the DTC and verify that the records Madoff gave them were authentic. If its investigators had merely made a phone call to the DTC, they would have discovered in 1992 that those records were hastily forged and that the Avellino and Bienes accounts were only a small part of Madoff’s much larger Ponzi scheme.. As we now know from the testimony of Frank DiPascali, Jr , Madoff somehow knew the SEC examiners were about to descend on his office and demand these records. In his 2009 debriefing by the SEC, Dipascali specifically identified the SEC’s Avellino & Bienes investigation as an occurrence when “Madoff scrambled to … fabricate credible account records to corroborate the purported trading in the accounts.” The rush to fake the records described by DiPascalini suggests that Madoff might have had advance knowledge as to the SEC’s actions.
Here’s a later article on DiPascalini from “TheDailyBeast” Madoff Henchman Rats Out Co-Workers. (Dec. 3, 2013).
In any case, the SEC’s failure to verify Madoff’s records is difficult to explain in light of Madoff’s long-term relationship with Avellino’s firm. Madoff and Avellino had both worked together in the small accounting office of Madoff’s father-in-law Sol Alpern, who was deeply involved, if not the organizer, of the money-raising operation. Alpern also helped set up Madoff’s brokerage operation in 1960 by providing him with $50,000 to finance it and then funneling into it the guaranteed investments his firm sold. When Alpern retired, Avellino and his junior partner, Michael Bienes, took over the business and changed its name to Avellino and Bienes.
That Madoff’s name is not even mentioned by the SEC actions against Avellino and Bienes, even though his records were central to the quashing of the case, may be some indication of the influence he had developed at the SEC.
Such influence would also explain why six subsequent complaints against Madoff himself were not fully investigated and why the SEC consistently neglected to verify Madoff’s accounts against the readily-available DTC records. But how could Madoff have such influence over his regulators? As Madoff’s dealing with the Fairfield Greenwich Group in 2006 demonstrates, he had advanced knowledge about the SEC’s moves. In that investigation, the SEC was dealing with an allegation that he was hiding his role as a money-manager for its funds. According to phone records that came to light in a lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts, Madoff called two of Fairfield Greenwich’s top executives in Bermuda, and informed them of the question that SEC investigators would ask them about their relation with him. He then furnished the answers that would satisfy them without revealing Madoff’s true role. As for the SEC investigators themselves, he pointed out, “They work for 5 years for the [SEC] Commission and then become a compliance manager at a hedge fund.” The implication here was that SEC officials had a powerful incentive to be cooperative in this matter since their future lay with hedge funds, not the SEC.
He clearly had one or more reliable sources. The SEC kept to the Madoff script and, when it got the answered he provided, it did not pursue the investigation. Such high-value feed-back, which could have come from unwitting sources or from someone cooperating with him. In either case, it would explain how Madoff evaded SEC scrutiny. ***
[UPDATE 9/5/2009]

…Reminds me of commentary by (as I recall, but not exactly where…) Walter Burien (of CAFR1.com) that if the SEC also regulated government entities’ [trades, investments, exchanges, etc.] it’d be a new day, or perhaps the comment was that if you or I did what the government entities HAVE been doing (without similar regulation), the SEC would come after us.  However, the Weblog, re: Madoff is saying that the regulators possibly weren’t about to risk their own future employment by reporting too much.

Note also: Below, Epstein also points out that it wasn’t just the Ponzi scheme, but also the money laundering.  As quoted (in 2009) in The New Republic which as I recall (and gather from the casual use of the word “satanic” as normal for readers in opening paragraph (see image with title) may be  conservative-oriented publication.  The quote however, is from author/investigative journalist? Mr. Epstein.  Notice in opening image, TNR says he had the nerve to donate to charities he stole from.

In the image, notice the awkward title (how can laundry “know” anything? Bernie Madoff certainly wasn’t “unknowing”as he pled guilty to it, so who else — in the title — was then “unknowing”? Only JP Morgan Chase, which implies JP Morgan Chase was not in on it.  Although this isn’t stated directly.   Source of the New Republic quote under a simpler title seems to also be from Epstein’s weblog, July 2009, and called Madoff’s Incredible Money Laundry; neither title or content makes any reference to JP Morgan Chase knowing or not knowing..


July 24, 2009, in The New Republic by Martin Peretz (teal-colored background is how the publication shows highlighting. I just highlit the intro; excerpt below it is shown on WordPress bog (my new page, 3/28/2018) as a straight quote. TNR’s link to actual [EdJayEpts’n] quote source is now understandably (almost 9 yrs later) expired//LGH

Bernard Madoff did not merely plead guilty to running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi Scheme. He’ also pleaded guilty to multiple counts of “international money laundering.” This latter criminal enterprise has not fully come to light because while Madoff talked freely to prosecutors about the mechanics of the swindle itself, he stonewalled the court-appointed Trustee Irving Picard’s effort to unravel his tangle of money laundering to the extent that his counsel, David Sheehan, wrote the court just before his sentencing that Madoff has “not provided meaningful cooperation or assistance to the trustee since his arrest.” So even looking at a 150 year prison sentence, his money laundering operation therefore remains a crucial missing piece in the puzzle. …  As far as the actual money went, Madoff shuffled between two different bank accounts, siphoning off some of it to pay the clients who withdrew their money. He also wrote checks to pay for his life style and operating expenses (both licit and illicit). These banking records as well as the checks he wrote and credit card bills are now in the hands of the Trustee’s forensic accountants. Their analysis shows that all the money that Madoff withdrew for himself and family members, including everything from his expenditures on yachts, country clubs, real estate, plane and travel to loans to his children, gifts, and capital calls on his wife’s private equity investments, amount {sic, s/be “amounts”} to less than one percent of the stolen money. The money Madoff withdrew from all his bank accounts to run his scam, including rent for his offices in the Lipstick building in Manhattan, his payroll (which included his boat crew), commercial taxes, accounting, legal bills, and even the surreptitious kickbacks to fund managers through his London subsidiary amounts to, at most, another 4 percent. He paid these expenses by wiring money to his London subsidiary which then wired it back to his account at Bank Of New York Mellon.

1993 – ongoing welfare reform task forces formed.

1993 – (According to its self-description years later) the IDVAAC at UMinnesota under College of Human Ecology (which has probably changed name since) under School of Social Work is started.

1994 — Not exactly breaking news, but in Cuyahoga County (contains Cleveland) Ohio Domestic Relations Court, a “Rule 34” is passed mandating — what else? — forced consumption of parenting (“Divorce”) education seminars — for Spanish-speaking and out of state parents (i.e., available on-line), to “Center for Divorce Education” which “coincidentally” happens to be run by AFCC-friendly PhD Don Gordon (small nonprofit with Oregon address still Ohio Legal Domicile).

~ Meyer Elkin, a founder of AFCC, dies, having been recently interviewed (1992) by David Kuroda.  Link was on my right sidebar but source may have expired.

1994 – VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) passed — and nonprofit “National Fatherhood Initiative, Inc.” formed while National Governors’ Association review the various “fatherhood initiatives” for scope and efficacy.  To implement it, the U.S. Department of Justice starts its Office of Violence Against Women.

{{The country Rwanda experiences a genocide; international community reluctant, however, to call it that}}

1995 – President Clinton issues a memo to Executive Branch only to review all operations within 90 days (as I recall) to assess levels of father-involvement and figure out how to adjust where it falls short.

1995 – CFFPP.org formed in Illinois (later moved to Wisconsin) (Searchable on this blog) and see re: SFFI (Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative) above, on-line, or on this blog. (Fathers’ rights group, essentially).

1996  – Presidential administration reboot – Welfare Reform (radical restructuring of the Social Security Act f 1934) passed a Republican-controlled Congress and a Democrat White House President/Administration.  “PRWORA”

1996 (States) Master Settlement Agreement against big tobacco produces billions of dollars of payments to the states.  Featured on this blog in 2017 especially.

1996 – a Soros-affiliated (Open Society Institute – Baltimore, if I have the name right) foundation chooses Baltimore for its operations base.

1998, 1999 – as nation and various states adjust to restructuring their financing, their child support enforcement administration  (SDUs — Statewide Distribution Units demanded), Congress passes more Fatherhood resolutions.

1998 – State of Maryland Courts (general reference; see blog for specific references) under well-known civil rights Administrative Judge manages to get a Family Court Division established, after it failed a number of times to pass the legislature.  California continues centralization of control of its trial courts (search “Lockyer-Isenberg” on this blog or off it.)

1999 State of Oklahoma begins its “Oklahoma Marriage Initiative” statewide policy, grabbing TANF contingency funds.

1999 – NCJFCJ publishes “the Greenbook” co-authored by Jeffrey Edleson & Susan Schechter.  the Greenbook INitiative starts the next year, to implement its recommendations on custody decisions at the intersection of “child maltreatment and domestic violence.”

2000s, at least the first few years:*

*Meaning (@ 3/27/2018) I’ve had enough of this for now, and have done similar “timelines by the decades” elsewhere on this blog, no doubt. My original purpose here was to provide some rough parallels to the ‘AFCC” “by the decades” self-description, only, with something of a focus on things psychological (Cummings) and/or Psychoanalytical. The subtitle of this blog (should display on window frame on main page) after all references to two posts in March 2014 (“A Different Kind of Judgment” and “Suppose I’m Right Here”) which cover some of the same material.

2000 — “Y2K” disaster didn’t happen.  President G.W. Bush elected (results challenged; he stays in office).

2000 — AFCC conference entertains both progressive Senator Paul and his wife Sheila Wellstone (pushing supervised visitation funding) as well as Ronald D. Mincy, Ph.D. not to mention plenty of references to Parental Alienation institutes, workshops, or etc. (newsletter should be on my sidebar under “vital links Alpha/Chrono” or similar widget — far down on the right side).

2001 – JANUARY 29, first two Executive Orders deal with Faith-Based Initiatives (creating an Office of).

2001 – SEPTEMBER 11, NYC Enough Said.  Who doesn’t remember?!!  In the aftermath, 1st two executive orders fade into the background, but produce continuing impact, and are mirrored in some states (such as Ohio) at the state level also.

1999-2001 (approximately) – California Judicial Council /AOC combines two statewide services under the “CFCC” — Center for Children and Families in the Courts, part of ongoing merger and consolidation of the judiciary within the state.  Also in Maryland (UBaltimore School of Law, under Barbara Babb, AFCC activitist and Cornell University (PhD?) grad) a therapeutic-jurisprudence oriented “CFCC” (Center for Families and Children in the Courts) is established, later adding major donor names, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff to its name.

2000 — Marriage Movement Convention, mutual commitments made: A conference is held at U Chicago Div School (three sponsoring entities, one, a foundation from Louisville, Kentucky) where a decision is reached to start a marriage movement, involving, among others, David Blankehorn (Institute for American Values) and Dianne Sollee (as I recall) who subsequently, through a D.C.-based “LLC” begins to run annual conferences under “SmartMarriages” trademark, whereby those with marriage/relationship curricula to peddle can hook up with those wishing to start initiatives to peddle the same in their home locals (or statewide), i.e., coaching and certification helping (a) start such initiatives — set up the nonprofits to go with  — and (b) get the HHS grants to run them (and/or “Compassion Capital grants” to help set it up). This continues for TEN YEARS.

Relevance to “FamilyCourtMatters”? — Mo Hannah, Ph.D. (see 2003, “BMCC”) knew about these — but the topic was NOT under discussion for apparently the next TEN YEARS at BMCC, keeping the distressed, traumatized and under-attack mothers typically attending the conference — ignorant of the movement as much as possible, while plugging alternate solutions [[i.e., use OUR experts for consultants in individual cases, move for specialized training on DV and custody courts) which existence of the movement would counterindicate.

2002 or -03 — Wellstones’ (small) plane crashes, killing Senator, his wife, his daughter, and staff (and the pilot).

2003? – Family Justice Center Alliance receives blessing of the Bush Administration via Dept. of Justice Funding. Still ongoing, (“alas” — seems to be yet another racket).

2003 – Battered Mothers Custody Conferences start (Mo Hannah, Liliane Heller? organizers) in New York, shortly after organizing bringing in the traditional DV advocacy groups — who by this time are WELL centralized and (owned, basically) by their funders, mostly US DHHS (which is simultaneously running marriage/fatherhood programs and has been for years now).

2004 –  Elected for a second term, Pres. George W. Bush….

2005 – Major Budget Appropriations (Congress passes another version of PRWORA). (Deficit Reduction Act? I don’t even remember its name…). HHS and DOJ continue funding both sides of what on the surface looks like a “gender war”… (Fathers’ rights vs. Women’s rights.  There is no “mothers’ rights,” as “fathers’ rights” is framed as opposing single mothers and fathers as victims, particularly of social service programming..Meanwhile, the word “mother” with or without ANY positive adjectives noticeably disappearing from rhetoric describing families, children, or parents (although the word “fathers,” with a variety of positive-value adjectives, isn’t…), factor of major promotions / nonprofits started back in the 1980s and helped in part by HHS labels also.


2006 – $150M/year Marriage/Fatherhood Funding grants appropriation and (it seems) CFDA 93.086 for its category, official.  What’s not spent each year isn’t returned to taxpayers, but funneled into overhead / administration/research.

2007 – The AFCC and NCJFCJ make much of their collaborative conference. (Searchable on this blog; warning try search term “collaborative” or “2007 conference” as both organizations will pull up MANY results on just a word-search).

2007  – (Late) Women in Fatherhood Incorporates.  2008 (per Open Society Foundations page above), CBMA campaign begins and continues until spun off into separate nonprofit ca. 2015, address in NYC.

I believe 2007 or 2008 also dates another Wingspread Conference (invitation-only, at famous Frank Lloyd Wright conference center run by S.C. Johnson family & heirs, in Racine, WI). Involving AFCC and/or Family Violence Prevention Fund (I DNR specifically the other participant; may have been instead NCJFCJ).  See “Family Court Enhancement Project” to begin soon after…

2008 — Significant recession about to start, or already started (2007-2009) — pick your source.  This one’s “history.com” (next quote) or “Britannica.com” (second, longer quote w/ 2-3 images):

The Great Recession was a global economic downturn that devastated world financial markets as well as the banking and real estate industries. The crisis led to increases in home mortgage foreclosures worldwide and caused millions of people to lose their life savings, their jobs and their homes. It’s generally considered to be the longest period of economic decline since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Although its effects were definitely global in nature, the Great Recession was most pronounced in the United States—where it originated as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis—and in Western Europe.

Wow.  (Read Britannica article, including “International Repercussions”).  In shortened format, it’s more dramatic, listing who bailed out whom (investment banks, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac — also in the UK government was bailing out big investment banks.  One declined government aid instead taking help from “wealthy investors in Qatar and the U.A.E.”  Cute.

The Financial Crisis of 2008 from Britannica.com by Joel Haverman (author credits at bottom)Mortgage lenders did not merely hold the loans, content to receive a monthly check from the mortgage holder. Frequently they sold these loans to a bank or to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, two government-chartered institutions created to buy up mortgages and provide mortgage lenders with more money to lend. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might then sell the mortgages to investment banks that would bundle them with hundreds or thousands of others into a “mortgage-backed security” that would provide an income stream comprising the sum of all of the monthly mortgage payments. Then the security would be sliced into perhaps 1,000 smaller pieces that would be sold to investors, often misidentified as low-risk investments.The insurance industry got into the game by trading in “credit default swaps”—in effect, insurance policies stipulating that, in return for a fee, the insurers would assume any losses caused by mortgage-holderdefaults. What began as insurance, however, turned quickly into speculation as financial institutions bought or sold credit default swaps on assets that they did not own. As early as 2003, Warren Buffett, the renowned American investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, called them “financial weapons of mass destruction.About $900 billion in credit was insured by these derivatives in 2001, but the total soared to an astounding $62 trillion by the beginning of 2008.
And as I showed in a chart, in a post discussing State of California’s CAFR as illustrated by Ellen Brown, with quotations as I recall from Walter Burien (this was more detailed than earlier ones featuring both Burien & Brown in debate; I actually did the drill-down on these) — turns out J.P. Morgan was one of the most heavily invested in the derivatives, compared to others.

Financial Crisis of 2008/Britannica.com

As long as housing prices kept rising, everyone profited. Mortgage holders with inadequate sources of regular income could borrow against their rising home equity. The agencies that rank securities according to their safety (which are paid by the issuers of those securities, not by the buyers) generally rated mortgage-backed securities relatively safe—they were not. When the housing bubble burst, more and more mortgage holders defaulted on their loans. At the end of September, about 3% of home loans were in the foreclosure process, an increase of 76% in just a year. Another 7% of homeowners with a mortgage were at least one month past due on their payments, up from 5.6% a year earlier. By 2008 the mild slump in housing prices that had begun in 2006 had become a free fall in some places. What ensued was a crisis in confidence: a classic case of what happens in a market economy when the players—from giant companies to individual investors—do not trust one another or the institutions that they have built.

One by one (per Britannica article):  <>Jan. 2008, Largest American mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. (California-based), bought (the rest of it besides $2B already in there) by Bank of America in 2008 for $4B.  <>Bear Stearns rescued by J.P. Morgan Chase for about $1.2B …. and the Federal Reserve, for up to $30B of its “declining assets.”  <> Sept. 2008, (“private mortgage companies, congressionally chartered, “holding or guaranteeing about HALF the country’s mortgages” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . — The U.S. Department of the Treasury, seized control of them on September 7, replaced their CEOs, and promised each up to $100 billion in capital if necessary to balance their books.
<>Sept. 2008, more: Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. Bank of America bought by Bank of America for $50 billion (Half its value the year before), but Lehman Brothers not so lucky (US gov’t declined to bail it out) and declared bankruptcy.

<> Big independent investment banks. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were the only two left standing, and their big investors, worried that they might be the markets’ next targets, began moving their billions to safer havens. Rather than proclaim their innocence all the way to bankruptcy court, the two investment banks chose to transform themselves into ordinary bank holding companies. That put them under the respected regulatory umbrella of the Fed and gave them access to the Fed’s various kinds of credit for the institutions that it regulates.  <> On September 25, climaxing a frenetic month, federal regulators seized the country’s largest savings and loan, Seattle-based Washington Mutual (WaMu), and brokered its sale to JPMorgan Chase for $1.9 billion. JPMorgan also agreed to absorb at least $31 billion in WaMu’s losses. <>Finally, in October, the Fed gave regulatory approval to the purchase of Wachovia Corp., a giant North Carolina-based bank that was crippled by the subprime-mortgage fiasco, by California-based Wells Fargo. …<> In November the Treasury shored up Citigroup by guaranteeing $250 billion of its risky assets and pumping $20 billion directly into the bank.

Some claimed that deregulation played a major role. In the late 1990s, Congress demolished the barriers between commercial and investment banking, a change that encouraged risky investments with borrowed money. Deregulation also ruled out most federal oversight of “derivatives”—credit default swaps and other financial instruments that derive their value from underlying securities. Congress also rejected proposals to curb “predatory loans” to home buyers at unfavourable terms to the borrowers.

Deregulators scoffed at the notion that more federal regulation would have alleviated the crisis. Phil Gramm, the former senator who championed much of the deregulatory legislation, blamed “predatory borrowers” who shopped for a mortgage when they were in no position to buy a house. Gramm and other opponents of regulation traced the troubles to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, an antiredlining law that directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make sure that the mortgages that they bought included some from poor neighbourhoods. That, Gramm and his allies argued, was a license for mortgage companies to lend to unqualified borrowers.

….After the plan’s enactment, Paulson, acknowledging that his approach would not encourage sufficient new bank lending, did a U-turn. The Treasury would instead invest most of the newly authorized bailout fund directly into the banks that held the toxic securities (thus giving the government an ownership stake in private banks). This, Paulson and others argued, would enable the banks to resume lending. By the end of 2008, the government owned stock in 206 banks. The Treasury’s new stance appeared to open access to the bailout money to anyone suffering from the frozen credit markets. This was the basis for the auto manufacturers’ plea for a piece of the pie.

Financial Crisis of 2008/Britannica.com

[Many paragraphs in between omitted describing the fallout internationally] Measured by its impact on global economic output, the recession that had engulfed the world by the end of 2008 figured to be sharper than any other since the Great Depression. The two periods of hard times had little else in common, however; the Depression started in the manufacturing sector, while the current crisis had its origins in the financial sector. Perhaps a more apt comparison could be found in the Panic of 1873. Then, as in 2008, a real estate boom (in Paris, Berlin, and Vienna, rather than in the U.S.) went sour, loosing a cascade of misfortune. The ensuing collapse lasted four years.

Joel Havemann is a former editor and national and European economics correspondent for the Washington, D.C., and Brussels bureaus of the Los Angeles Times.


2009 – President Obama starts his first term…

2009 – (USA) Bernie Madoff convicted of multiple felony counts on money laundering and his famous Ponzi Scheme (Investopedia) and sentenced to 150 years in jail.  “The Big Four” go along (Shapiro, Chais, Picower, and Levy) and so does what later became J.P. Morgan, which made nearly ½ billion ($483M) in the process acc. to Investopedia.

2009 – “Kids for Cash” scandal (indictments, class action lawsuits, etc.) in Luzerne County Pennsylvania. Summarized at “Business & Human Rights Resource Centre” under ‘PA Child Care lawsuits (re: “kids for cash” scandal).

This link contains access to many of the doc’ts. and updates (brief summaries). Be aware (notice in black at bottom of image) that by using the site, you consent to use of cookies.

[continued from image to left…] In June 2009, Robert Powell was criminally charged in the Scranton District Court with failing to report a felony and being accessory to a conspiracy, and in July he pleaded guilty to both charges. In September 2009, Robert Mericle, pleaded guilty to failing to disclose to the grand jury that he paid $2.15 million to the judges to secure their backing for the PA Child Care facilities. In April 2014, Robert Mericle was sentenced to one year in prison, received a $250,000 fine and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

The children and the parents impacted by this “kids-for-cash” scheme filed a class action lawsuit in June 2009 against the judges, Powel, Mericle, PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care seeking monetary damages for the abuses they suffered. In December 2011, the parties announced a partial settlement in this class action when Mericle agreed to pay $17.7 million to the plaintiffs. In August 2015, the plaintiffs and Powell agreed on a settlement of $4.75 million. The class actions against Ciavarella and Conahan are ongoing.

Pennsylvania Seeks to Close Books on “Kids for Cash” Scandal“, 12 Aug 2015, Jon Schuppe, NBC News (USA)
– “Robert Mericle Sentenced To Prison For Role In “Kids For Cash” Scandal“, 25 Apr 2014
– “Mericle agrees to $17M settlement“, Dave Janoski, Times-Tribune [USA], 17 Dec 2011
– ““Kids for cash” judge sentenced to 28 years in prison“, Global Post, 11 Aug 2011
– “Ciavarella Found Guilty on 12 of 39 Counts“, Times Leader, 19 February 2011
– “Ex-jurists plea, still free“, Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Times Leader, 16 Sep 2011
– “Ex-US judge pleads guilty to child prison scam“, BBC News, 23 Jul 2010
– “Mericle pleads guilty in kids-for-cash scandal“, Dave Janoski, Citizens Voice, 2 Sep 2009
– “Judges withdraw guilty pleas, Terrie Morgan-Besecker“, Times Leader, 25 Aug 2009
– “Plea Agreement by 2 Judges Is Rejected in Pennsylvania“, Ian Urbina, New York Times, 31 Jul 2009
– “Powell pleads guilty“, Michael Sisak, Times Tribune, 1 Jul 2009
– Juvenile Law Center [counsel for victims]: Luzerne Kids-For-Cash Scandal(includes links to legal documents for class action)

Of note: This nonprofit, Juvenile Law Center, was / is chosen as Pennsylvania’s “lead agency” in the multi-state, MacArthur Foundation-sponsored “Models for Change.” A good part of that model includes encouraging diversionary services for juveniles. I often wonder how/whether that policy in effect helps facilitate, rather than protect against RICO as disclosed above, although — only when parents identified it first — it participated here in filing to stop it. “MacFound” is a large tax-exempt, and Models for Change is (obviously) huge in scope.

Stopping RICO and closing doors to facilitate FINANCIAL corruption would go a long way, I believe, towards lessening child abuse, sex trafficking of children via foster care (or otherwise) and in general crime. Crime, after all, is typically about illicit BUSINESS PROFITs — which then have to be laundered also. See the 1980s, John DeCamp, Omaha Boys Town, etc. (references exist under the 1980s, above)….Being by definition criminal in the first place, any criminal enterprise is not about to pay full taxes on its profits…. Maybe what we all REALLY need is a system with fewer tax-exempt entities to reduce the avenues for diverting public funds, to simplify reporting of the existing public funds left after that.   Under a stricter arrangement, there might even be less poverty for wage-earners, employees, and (etc.) !!! But then, if the USA did this, and its global partners and allies didn’t, we’d REALLY be out of step with the whole process…

– [PDF] USA v Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella US District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania, 9 Sep 2009 [Indictment]
– [PDF] USA v Robert K.Mericle, US District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania, 9 June 2009, 31 Jul 2009 [Plea agreement]
– [PDF] USA v Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella, US District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania, 30 Jul 2009 [Memorandum and Order]
– [PDF] USA v Robert J.Powell, US District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania, 9 Jun 2009 [Information]
– [PDF] USA v Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella, US District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania, 26 Jan 2009 [Information]

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