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2018 Blog Post and New Pages (Full List with Titles) in Standard TOC Format [provided March 24, 2019]

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NOTE: This post updates a previously published Table of Contents called 2018: A Year On This Blog | Table of Contents (Posts) | This One is “Sticky” [@ Jan. 5, 2019] (Short-link ends “-9p3”), which is currently the top post on the “Current Posts” page of this blog, through the magic technique called labeling it “sticky.”  I am not sure how publishing another post also labeled sticky will affect which one is in the top position, but will find out in a few minutes when I hit “Publish!” //LGH 3-24-2019.

 

Title of this post: 2018 Blog Post and New Pages (Full List with Titles) in Standard TOC Format [provided March 24, 2019] (Shortlink ends “-9y7” 4,600 words. Also marked “sticky” until incorporated into the earlier version. It may appear either before it (which would be awkward), or below about seven other sticky posts.  WordPress makes the call on which it is.)

Why Update (Re format) Needed:  In the earlier post, under time constraints, I chose two different formats** which provided links, and titles, but in such a way that the titles weren’t searchable on that Table of Contents page. They also weren’t that easy to read.  It’s time to produce a proper list with: Dates, Full Titles (searchable by name because they’re not in the form of images), and the links, too.  As I did for earlier years.

  • ** (1) Dates & links only (Quick-&-Dirty, Neat-&-Incomplete, Version 1), followed by
  • ** (2) Dates & links as captions to images blog admin. dashboard which at least showed the post titles (Not Quite So Quick: More Complete but Visually Messy, or Quick-&-Dirty, Version 2).

Bonus Extras Here (“Neat-&-Complete, Version 3“): This is still a Posts (not Pages) Table of Contents, however this version  includes any new pages added during 2018, entered chronologically as they were published. The blog has a total of only 56 published pages since its start, but nearly 800 posts.

Those extra pages are hard to miss (rows highlit in yellow, labeled “Page”) but here’s a sample of one page, February 22, with table header row.   Clicking on any post or page title in the full table of contents below will bring you right to that post or page.

One benefit of having the pages included is actually seeing they exist.  They would not be found by scrolling down on main part of blog; while listed on the right sidebar, they are listed in a narrow column of ALL published pages since the beginning of the blog. Not so easy to browse, and separated from their immediate contexts, which would be, generally, a nearby post.

FAMILYCOURTMATTERS.org, The Year in Posts,* 2018

(*All posts, interspersed with any new pages when published, highlit yellow)

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Feb. 2, 2018

Consolidated Control of DV Advocacy by Feminist Leadership Refusing to Identify, by Name and Financing, The Opposition Entities. Subtitle: Personal Relevance to a Post-DV-Intervention, Unprosecuted, Child-Stealing Event by Ex-Batterer case in the SF Bay Area:

(Post announcing this page published Feb. 4, short-link ends “-8yW”, next row)

New Page

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I will publish this post (improved Table of Contents) separately and incorporate its more standard-format table into the sticky post also, currently at the very top of this blog’s “Current Posts” home page.  The second project will be completed later than the first.I copied the earlier Version 1 Quick and Dirty (Dates only) here in the process of building the table, and left it here as a quick-list (Archives function, while similar, only lets you view one month at a time; I thought it might still be useful).

I also provided some introduction from my perspective one year later, but below that is indeed a very functional and more traditional-looking table of contents for the whole year.  In 2018, that was only 37 posts, and a few new pages to go with them, or vice versa.

Having reviewed at least post titles and some of the contents in the process of manually creating the table, I’m still proud of the blog and convinced of the timeliness and relevance of its message.
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2018: A Year On This Blog | Table of Contents (Posts) | This One is “Sticky” [@ Jan. 5, 2019].

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2018: A Year On This Blog | Table of Contents (Posts) | This One is “Sticky” [@ Jan. 5, 2019] (Short-link ends “-9p3.” This post is under 4,000 words).

This post lists, links to, and thereby publicizes, one year’s worth of posts.  It’s an informal TOC.

It does this in two different layouts.  Both Layouts follow short Introductions I and  II only because this ended up being the top “sticky” post on the blog.

Layout by Date Only {{Short Form, no titles: Links by date only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4)}} precedes Layout by captioned images displaying full post titles & published dates {{The image captions show only dates published; click on the date wanted to read the associated post}}. 

AGAIN:

Images from my blog administrative dashboard (also organized by quarter) display the post titles (and every image has captions  also with direct, clickable, active links – labeled by post date, not title — to each post title displayed in the corresponding image). These are found below the “Read More” link below.

Therefore, the full post titles are displayed only on the images, not as searchable texts on this post;* that’s the “informal” aspect (due to author’s — i.e., my — time and technology limits)! (*You can of course search any specific title on “Google” or on the blog “Search” at top right, if looking for a specific post; but browsing a year’s worth of titles is recommended.

To read any associated post (to a specific title), click on the link provided for that post’s date.  I’ve provided these links twice for every post, as it says in the preceding paragraph:  First layout, by date only, all together (by quarters, Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4, i.e.  Jan-Feb-March | Apr-May-June | July-Aug-Sept | Oct-Nov-Dec) but with no nearby visual showing full post titles.  My post titles are generally too damn long, so omitting them lets me compress that version of the TOC into a short space.

Second layout, two-up* image galleries (organized by quarters) display the full titles — but you must click on the associated date in the caption to go direct to any single post.  The images are from my blogger admin dashboard, which capture the full titles and dates published. (*side-by-side, two columns)

Some “Vocabulary” (from this post title) since this now is the top post displayed on the “Current Posts” page of the blog: just three phrases, next three bullets:

  • “STICKY?”

This post is one of 7 Top “Sticky” posts on the blog and for reasons unknown to me displays in Position #1.

To instead go first to the post reading “Welcome To My Blog,” now in Position #2, click the preceding link.  I do not directly control (or understand how WordPress decides) “sticky” post priorities or see how they cannot be manually numbered). You’re reading the one most recently added. Its purpose is only to provide links to all posts published in 2018, not to introduce the blog. If you are new to this blog, “Welcome To My Blog” (and/or the Home Page of the blog, for which just type “FamilyCourtMatters.org“) may be a better place to start.

  • WHICH “WELCOME TO MY BLOG” POST? (“I don’t see any post by that title.”)

The post which begins “Welcome To My Blog,” (because I thought it would remain at the very top of the blog but which is now in position #2) is not labeled “Welcome to my Blog,” just starts out with that phrase.  It has a much longer title, reflecting one of my major concerns starting off calendar year 2018:

[FN1] It reads “STILL” because, to tell the truth, this has been a major concern for as many years as I have been blogging and one of the reasons I felt it so urgent to write and publicize this public-interest blog, stay connected where possible with my generation and subsequent generations of people going through it.

If I’d had access to a blog like this, and people willing to address its issues collectively, I likely would have acted differently during my time in family courts which followed quickly upon my having filed for protection from domestic violence with young children still in the home.  I cannot say for sure, because it takes time to recover from years of having been battered and threatened at home, and we all grow with increased experience and understanding over time. But I believe I would’ve known where to hit hard legally, and have obtained the data to back it up, earlier.

Mothers are being sheared like sheep (of ongoing contact with their own children, and of– where some existed — savings, income, and functional work lives) in these systems, many fathers are also being set up (if not incited) to start custody battles beyond those kinds of fathers who might naturally do so to “get even” or just reduce child support obligations.

There are SYSTEM components to why it continues to take place, not only personal or psychological ones.

Speaking of the domestic flock analogies and other things that happen to such animals:

Some people, including at times responding officers, have been literally slaughtered by the other parent in the process of attempting to escape potentially lethal and obviously dangerous relationships, while the family court overseers continue to peddle more mental health-based, “intervention” programming focused on behavioral modification. I call this “roadkill” in part because some incidents literally have occurred and victims been left on the road, and because the press often treats it as accidental, or an opportunity to call for more of the programs which didn’t prevent it in the first place.


  • “POSTS?

I said “posts” because there are also pages and I added some this past year.  Usually, I’ll add a post to call attention to any new page, as I did on March 29, 2018.



I often begin posts explaining what inspired them, showing “angle of approach.” If the posts take long enough to be completed, as I continue researching and interacting with others between, a few different angles of approach often develop.  That happened here, too.

While having a Table of Contents hardly needs an justification, I still have this time (for this post) two parallel introductions/angles of approach, with two different reasons for my working to get this TOC out informally (=quickly). Neither introduction is more important than the other, so I’m delivering them both, after which this TOC gets to the actual links to posts faster than TOCs from other years. Compiled in about a day and a half only.

I may (or, may not: see Introductions I & II for why) come back alter and add “tags” or otherwise embellish this post, but for now, it lists and publicizes and provides links to one year’s worth of posts, with as usual, significant personal time and energy put into on each one.

Again, here’s the layout below:  INTRO I, INTRO II (both brief; Intro II points to the substance of the blog and why I’ve taken the “uncommon” approach, but report on why the typical approaches seem designed to fail, to fall short, and to deprive the public of a fully informed consent to restructuring their own government(s)**), (**phrase added Feb 3, 2019 during brief review) then:

  • First, one chrono listing with each post’s dates & links (12 months worth but still shown by quarters),
  • Then, below the “click-to-read-more” link, four mage galleries with the full titles and same links to every single post shown in the captions, one gallery per quarter.  These are screenshots from the blogger’s admin dashboard with some color annotations (color-coded and labeled in part to help me keep which image went where while posting).  They grab some (not all) of the tags, if any, for each post.  Each image gallery has its own section title. It’s a messier format than you’d find in a book, or annual financial report, but still gets the job done.**
  • Occasionally (so far, twice) a short, fine-print “Blogger Status During This Quarter.“***
**(Most books, even self-published ones, have something I don’t — editors, and publishers, maybe even proofreaders or copyeditors too, and, depending on the business plan, the prospect of sales further down the road justifying the layout of either expense, or time, or both).
***Because I was a blogger in motion (personal relocation) this year, I included brief, fine-print notes in the respective quarters about that. I felt it reasonable to let people know why there are fewer posts this year and may continue to be in the near future as well. I’m “playing it by ear” as to how long to keep writing on this platform.

INTRODUCTION I – Why a TOC Like This?

I’m putting out this informal (image-based + quick-links) Table of Contents now rather than a larger, more thoroughly polished one weeks later because I want to communicate sooner on other platforms, like Twitter, and to a few people who’ve shown an interest in my approach to Family Court Matters, and because the topics I posted on recently keep coming up in that context.  

Some of these topics relate to legislation or (for example) resolutions either just passed, or are under consideration (US, UK, possibly also Canada) due to affect custody, divorce, parenting, child support, and personal safety after domestic violence or child abuse.  
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In 2018, Clamors to Fix, Reform, or Make Kids Safe WITHIN Family Courts STILL (Abusively, Territorially, and Intentionally) Limit Possible Answers by Censoring Terms Admitting Other Historic Evidence — About The Courts (not “Batterers!”) AND Government Itself — while Coaching (even Certifying) Others to Imitate. (Published May 2, 2018)

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Welcome to my blog.

You are on the second from the top** post of the page which displays all posts. 

**Seven posts are permanently (until I change my mind…) like this one, categorized “Sticky” = “Stuck to the Top.”

You probably got here indirectly from the Main Page “FamilyCourtMatters.org” Sidebar “Current Posts”

or having been given the case-sensitive short-link “https://wp.me/psBXH8Ly” from social media (or me).

Let’s talk.


FamilyCourt Matters.org, this WordPress blog, has been available on-line now over nine years and as of today (Dec. 8, 2018) has 785 published posts and 45 pages. By posts, you’ll see quickly, I do not mean a few thousand words and quoting an expert, referencing a problem, and maybe including a link or two.  These posts have (I feel confident to say) as much detail and background links as the average mainstream media journalism reporting on even one aspect of similar issues. The overall purpose of the blog differs from the purpose of mainstream media or even many blogs focused on similar topics.  

I am calling out to concerned people to educate themselves— as I had to — on the structure and operations of the family courts which ties directly into other major topics — the structure and and operation of governments (plural) + the structure and operation of private corporations, especially in the nonprofit (tax-exempt) charitable, advocacy or “philanthropic” sector which has become the extra arm of government, not the altruistic, neutral mediator between government and citizens as it is commonly being characterized.

I keep blogging to name names and report developments (in this field) from an “outsider/consumer” point of view, while continuing to assert there are other places to look for more productive grounds from which to argue for or against specific agenda within and around the family courts


From June 2015 to Jan 2016, I took about one and a half years off from publishing posts, not off researching or writing, to handle urgent personal situations relating to the aftermath of years in the family courts.  I had to focus on other types of writing and explored other ways of presenting this information off-blog, such as into pdf formats and page-length (8X11″) content. 

In January 2018 I restructured the blog to have two static home pages (one introduction which typing in “FamilyCourtMatters.org” accesses, and which, along with the top right sidebar “Current Posts” widget, links to this one, where all posts — sticky ones first —  display), like most blogs, the most recent on top.  

In early 2018 I also worked to update and extend the table of contents pages.  The blog doesn’t generate them automatically, and I feel the Table of Contents with my typically long post titles is good for an overview and browsing material for the field.  

Even if the posts aren’t even read, the titles show I’m talking from a different perspective and about certain dynamically censored topics.  Because such key topics have been censored, for some years, now, I documented and continue to publicize (post, Tweet, talk about and name) organizations, professionals, and blogs who have historical refused to report on, a.k.a., basically attempted to censor public discussion of THE basic infrastructures of either the courts, or the business involving the courts as referral mechanisms to private interests (i.e., in conflict-of-interest style) while simultaneously claiming a basis for nationwide reform.

Refusing to discuss the key elements of the basic infrastructures of the family courts also unnaturally deprives the public (at least the public relying on such sources and not their own investigations or analysis outside the usual population divides: religion, gender, race (of course!), and politics). At least for private organizations and individuals running or associated with them to engage in such coverups is legal, but immoral; individuals, including myself and others like me, who get fed up with coverups must go dig out the information them/ourselves.

Summer/Fall 2018, I relocated out of state but continued posting periodically and re-engaging in social media more and within a few months signed a lease.  I am back here again, working to make the blog more approachable and navigating (finding) its various Tables of Contents easier both from the home page and from Twitter.  Meanwhile, I continue to research – follow leads, investigate, put information together from various sources — and write as much as possible and engage more on social media — while working with new (cellphone) technology, an aging laptop and how to match capacity to handle software updates with device life expectancies, etc. including getting one to share data with the other without either one shutting down.  

EXPANDING SPHERES OF ATTENTION: This past season I have begun looking more at parallels between US and other countries’ historic reforms of the family law system in the late 1900s and early 2000s.  How these laws were passed, reigning paradigms (which differs by country) and how professionals organized (usually) at academic or private society (association) levels cross-collaborate, and in which journals.

{{INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL, about 1,000 words, MOVED Jan. 6, 2019: PLEASE READ IT then return to this post.  Link to return to this post is provided at the bottom of that page.. }}

Welcome to My Blog (Extended Intro moved Jan. 6, 2019 from May 2, 2018, Top Sticky Post on the Blog to this Page).
(That page is under 2,500 words {original 1K + transition text} and has a generated, case-sensitive short-link ending “-9qr”)

Let’s talk, but…

(Connect through Comments, or on Twitter, where I am @LetUsGetHonest)

.. If we are going to converse, let’s start with some solid, identifiable ground, identifiable facts in a common context.  The largest one I find applies to so many is accounting by governments of their own expenditures (not just budgets, but also income-producing assets controlled), and the same goes for the private sector working in partnership with it to constantly correct course, solve problems, consult, and (etc.).

As harsh as it may sound, the common ground for conversation on-line about systems of this scope should not be experiences.  For moral, social support, empathy, or friendships, yes, probably.  But for solutions?  Not in the public sphere.  SOMEONE besides those running “the show” must talk about how that show is being run in terms with some “Lowest Common Denominators” that do not trigger constant debates to the point no conclusions are reached.  WHY:  WHILE the public is battling verbally on-line based on (personal experiences and social bonding) in this manner, the systems complained about continue operating, and generally, expanding.

There HAS to be a different type of language and focus of attention.  I believe there is…I’ve been looking at it for years now…

I PAY ATTENTION TO GOVERNMENTAL  (AND PRIVATE) FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND I LOOK FOR TAX RETURNS OF NONPROFITS AND READ THOSE TOO.  PATTERNS ALWAYS SURFACE, AND THESE PATTERNS OF ACCOUNTABILITY OR (MORE OFTEN, LACK OF IT) SHOW CHARACTER — ORGANIZATIONAL, AND OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATIONS.  IT HELPS CUT THROUGH THE [word deleted].

Screenshot of LGH’s Tags for May 2, 2018 post “In 2018, Clamors to Fix, Reform, or Make Kids Safe WITHIN Family Courts…” a.k.a. “Welcome To My Blog” 2nd to top sticky post (Jan. 13, 2019 revs), Bottom shows also previous and next post titles. NB: Some tag names are quite long.

This blog has about 10,500 words.  The image of its tags is included here to encourage people, as time allows, to keep reading.  I cover current and ongoing relevant topics in this post, too… not just the above complaints about censorship and so forth…See those Tags for terms that will continue to come up on this blog (and often on my Twitter account too).

This intro updated (and background-color changed from light-blue to light-yellow) Jan. 14, 2019: Blog Administrator’s prerogative)

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Q1, 2018 Posts and “You Are Here,” on my Blog. Meanwhile, WE are Here, Collectively. (Or, from ‘Hewers of Wood + Drawers of Water’ To Functionally and Financially Illiterate** Consumers of Information, Products, and Social Services). (Publ. April 19, 2018)

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Full Post Title:  Q1, 2018 Posts and “You Are Here,” on my Blog. Meanwhile, WE are Here, Collectively. (Or, From ‘Hewers of Wood + Drawers of Water’ To Functionally and Financially Illiterate** Consumers of Information, Products, and Social Services). (Publ. April 19, 2018) [Case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink ends “-8X8” and this post ends after about 9,600 11,000 words, sections of which may be moved elsewhere to shorten it!] [The “Read-More” link will also, in time, be moved closer to the top, making for a shorter lead-in section.]

**Explained more below in this post, and in a typical post. No apologies for failing to sugar-coat the news. Or for long sentences in the next few indented paragraphs, summarizing my understanding and explaining that comment. With additional “show-and-tell” relating to the rest of this post (and blog).

In my experience, (far) too many people, as for generations most of us have been conditioned, whether or not holding any number of white-collar professional jobs, whether or not possessing sufficient understanding of running a business to handle themselves, whether employee or self-employed, not only lack the functional vocabulary — financial literacy — to even acquire an understanding of the intersection of public and private finances, or on government and taxation itself — but also are so emotionally and financially invested in what works — at least tolerably — for themselves — they do not really want to (will not to the point of continually “cannot”) understand something different, that is, a different assessment.  Indicators and symptoms that something odd, that an ongoing, major economic “black hole of non-accountability” exists are thus sidelined, dismissed, and/or ignored, as are people who may broach the topic and point to it.  These fainter, less “in your face” indicators in some ways could be called “the canaries in the coal mines.” i.e., ignore at your own risk.

I have of course stood in the “too many people” category above until shocked out of it (in the context of family court), but unlike some, that shock didn’t eradicate all my curiosity, or my healthy respect for the value of ongoing observation and assessment of current surroundings as survival traits (which I also know are best utilized BEFORE in “fight-or-flight” mode).

The literacy and information (including functional vocabulary and its use) on certain economic matters and the operations of government as it is versus as it is portrayed to the public is where “first come + mutually organized = first served” and the rest of the population will be allocated to useful, functional positions within society* as organized by those more aware of just what public resources actually exist [1], and how to access them for private profit [2].  *That these positions may not look exactly like what they did centuries ago doesn’t mean they’re still not symbolically “Hewers of water and drawers of wood.”


[1] Key to understanding this is whether the public has been told the truth regarding the bottom line of (particularly) the federal government, and based on that, the legitimacy of all systems of taxation portrayed as beneficial and necessary for example, to balance that budget.  Bottom lines whether of both government and private sectors are expressed not just in terms of annual or bi-annual budgets — but of financial statements. AUDITED ones. Looking at a single entity or just a few entities within a field (OR at public only or private only) is inadequate because public and private constantly interact with each other. Both sectors frequently change names, consolidate, spin off or (for government departments) set up new offices within existing departments, etc.

[2] There’s far less competition in fields mutually controlled by those who pioneered them.

(Example: See blog search phrase:  Harvard/Bain/Bridgspan (as a business model) and click on the “Why Bother to Unravel” post [2.1] (its concluding paras) on that search result (2nd search result after this post).’ I concocted that phrase during a drill-down involving all three. I had discovered “Bridgespan” as a subcontractor on another foundation’s tax returns.  My fabricated phrase refers generally to commandeering the profits in NONprofit consulting, and as a NONprofit, which takes collaboration with others also so inclined.  Notice “Bain” is associated with well-known public figure from Massachusetts (who also ran for President not too long ago).[3, with two associated images]  Notice that an elite, private university (in that aspect, HBS — Harvard Business School) is integral part of the phrase, as it is of that model. Better yet, spell “Bridgespan” correctly in the search and read (scroll down towards the bottom for that section) what I published last year (March 30, 2017): Omidyar Entities: The Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan Consulting Model (Transform and Help Run — or own — Distressed Assets, LIKE U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS), Rebranded, on Steroids, and Gone Global).

[2.1] Full title and image from top of “Why Bother to Unravel” post (publ. June 16, 2018):

Why Bother to Unravel…Link provided nearby or see blog “Archives” for 6/16/2018. Bottom section of this post also summarizes key concerns in a few paragraphs, regarding social service delivery in the private sector, and the tax-exempt sector in general (from an accountability standpoint — not from a “service-delivery” standpoint).

[3] Bain Execs Spent Nearly $5M on Romney’s White House Run, Records Show (Anne Faris-Rosen in Center for Public Integrity, 2/7/2012 (let’s call this “about six years ago.)  Mitt Romney and John Kerry both referenced, in the article, but the image (excerpt shown here) mentions  Bain Capital LLC and Bain & Co., the latter being a consulting company. Note the timeframes and that Bain & Co. formed in 1984, a decade which is ON my radar below as to LBOs and major Tax Reform, and within the following decade (1986-1996) and with (Tax Reform Act of 1986) organizing personnel and nonprofits in common, welfare reform, which brings up right up to “the elephant in the room” when discussing why family courts are so conflict-ridden and economically, socially and psychologically devastating for so many. Romney, it says below, had continuing passive income after the fourteen years he spent at Bain & Co.  Note Bain & Co. LLC also did those leveraged buyouts which (for some of the bought-out companies’ employees) resulted in job loss through the heavy (i.e., “leveraged” with debt) burden the resulting setup provided.

Image #2 of 2, excerpted from Bain Execs Spend Nearly $5M on Romney White House Runs (2/7/2012 in Center for Public Integrity)”Click image to enlarge

Image #1 of 2, excerpted from Bain Execs Spend Nearly $5M on Romney White House Runs (2/7/2012 in Center for Public Integrity)”Click image to enlarge

 

Along the way (and on most posts on this blog), you’ll see that I continue to name and profile (economically) many organizations directly associated with and set up to affect custody proceedings, child support decision-making, and of course, defining what is and (especially) is not “domestic violence” or “child abuse” and is better described instead as, “high-conflict.”  Most of these address how to problem-solve any assessed condition  — typically through more trainings (some qualified under CEU or for lawyers CLE credits), certifications, and guidelines for those in the (existing and as we speak, more being created) professions involved. MOST of which will be supported, up front, or once in operation long-term, by public funds.  

This time (not most times) the image is the link to article. Click to access. It’s a short read — Please Do! (from Atlanta Business Chronicle originally).

McKinsey & Company copies Bain (2014)

This section/illustration may be moved (or may not) later! I added to it where McKinsey, already a global consulting company (for decades) connects also to the US-based National Governors’ Association., and the significance of the NGA among other similar associations in setting policies which obviously will affect US citizens due to size, scope and major corporations involved. //LGH.

While I’m on “Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan (The Bridgespan Group)” — it’s no secret that Bridgespan was a spinoff of Bain and involves consulting for nonprofits with positive spin on the social impact (benefits of course are featured) of doing so.  


On basic Google search again, among plenty of results on the first page, one is Nonprofit Quarterly reporting that the big consulting firm (multi-national) McKinsey & Co. (which I featured as a “Corporate Fellow” to “National Governors Association Center for Best Practices,” a pay-to-play status), reported in March 2015 that it has copied the model and spun off its own nonprofit.


Click nearby image to read more (see esp. para.3), however this next quote from it specifically acknowledges the “Bain’s Bridgespan” model being circulated — obviously among powerful corporations whose profits, otherwise, would be taxed — considerably if they weren’t moving revenues from nonprofit to nonprofit for better “social impact” and to help economic mobility of retail-level entry workers (!).

If you explore this example further, that’s exactly what they’re talking about.

Someone has to work for all the corporations who have so many profits they have to pour excess into tax-exempt foundations.

If you read further (on this post) for example, on the background of people like Grover Norquist (active in pushing for Tax Reform Act of 1986, and after that, “Contract with America,” which so dramatically (but in the “background operating systems”) impacted judicial decision-making in America’s (meaning here, the USA’s) family courts, it becomes clear that businesses organize in response to tax laws so as to reduce their corporate taxes.

There seems to be a connection between Tax Reform Act of 1986 and “Welfare Reform” (major restructuring) of 1996.

McKinsey & Co. Starts its own version of Bain’s Bridgespan Rick Cohen, March 27, 2015 in Nonprofit Quarterly.

…Some portion of McKinsey’s thinking on nonprofits is contained in the McKinsey on Society website, where there are essays and research summaries addressing topics such as how poor school systems can become good school systems and, not surprisingly, extolling the potential of social impact bonds. In other words, as a global management consulting firm, McKinsey has had a nonprofit practice carried out by some of its 19,000 staff in over 100 offices in 61 countries.

This looks a little like Bain & Company’s creation of the Bridgespan Group in 1999. Bridgespan started out strongly with a $1 million grant from Bain plus several loaned staff. Like McKinsey, Bain & Company is a wealthy parent for its nonprofit consulting spinoff, with sales of around $2.1 billion.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests that the McKinsey Social Initiative will start life with a $70 million capital infusion from McKinsey & Company plus access to 25 of its consultants to work on MSI projects and advice from 10 McKinsey partners …

Well, I just looked up the Form 990s and found it’s already (since 2014 origins) changed its name AND its website, and the one linked to on the 2015 report (which is neither) isn’t what the 2016 tax return shows (latest year shown on a separate database — NONE are shown on the website) (EIN# is 471073442).
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Seven Posts from December, 2017 (Informal TOC Update @ March 14, 2018)

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You are reading:Seven Posts from DECEMBER, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 14, 2018)(with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-8MD”).

This post is about 7,000 words and will remain, being a Table of Contents (for a single month in 2017 only), near the top of this blog.  I’m repeating the olive-background section reminding new readers where to start the blog or to find Tables of Contents covering a larger time span — and in more condensed (titles-only) form — near the top of each Q4 2017 (Oct., Nov. and this one, Dec. 2017) sticky post listing that month’s published titles (with some intro text to each). If you’ve read one of them you can skip past the next post’s section in that color; December’s here is two paragraphs (olive-background segments) longer than the other two.


Are you a first time visitor?  Then realize that “2017 continues themes from 2016…Tables of Contents” may be a better place to start.  That full post title: 2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ

Click to enlarge. Excerpt from Jan. 9, 2017 post explaining TOC navigation. If you don’t want to mess with uploaded pdfs or anything complex, find this part of the [“2017 continues themes from 2016…“] post and browse at least the last three posts of 2016 and all of 2017‘s posts. Other years (and links to them) are also discussed [on that “2017 continues themes from 2016…” post].

It presents the TOCs in orderly, structured tables with dozens of rows, viewable directly on the blog, or in uploaded 8X11 page formats, which will look like the image to your right (only in better focus). It also better introduces the blog themes with examples of typical research within it.
Here,  instead, I am quickly creating three “informal TOC update” posts for the last quarter of 2017 (one each for Oct, Nov, & Dec.), which will all display above/before, instead of underneath/after (preferred) that “2017 Tables of Contents” page only because I don’t see how to force them to display underneath it.*
[*that is, the blog’s (WordPress platform) technical capacity for posts, such as it does show for “pages,” to force a certain presentation order within posts labeled, as these will be, “sticky.” (Sticky functions like a magnet + note on a refrigerator, or a thumbtack on a bulletin board near the door, checked regularly.  The designation keeps any post “in your face visible,” on top of all others in the “Current Posts” viewing area.  (See right sidebar “Go To” widget).
The above segment/s with olive background will be repeated on all three Q4 2017 posts for blog navigation, but the next two in the same color theme will not. Read them here or forget it!
I used to have many sticky posts, representing key themes (these are now available in a list format — see sidebar “Go To Widget”).  In early 2018, I restructured FamilyCourtMatters.org somewhat (to have one Static Home Page, and another where all posts display) and got rid of most sticky posts. The only reason a few more are here now (for Q3, 2017 and possibly another blog description with  more current examples post, which will bring the number of such sticky posts up to five) is that I’ve been behind on filling out the more formal table of contents (as seen above), knowing that the formats is cumbersome and time-consuming to produce AND to explain to users.  I’m considering how to handle this and confident that a better table of contents format will be found … like I’m also (strangely) still confident that a better way of handling PEOPLE will be found in this country than running them through the family court, child support, violence-prevention, marriage/fatherhood-promotion  (etc.)  systems as entwined with as many other expanding and consolidating mental health, behavioral health, social science and (trademarked) “treatment” programs as the public will tolerate (or can be sold) … and until enough people figure out that, whatever the cause (problem) is, more public/private partnerships, that is, reducing government by outsourcing it to the private sector operating (mostly) “tax-exempt” only to reduce their own taxes, undermining the sense of financial accountability | and of political jurisdictions (which is to say, representative government!) and all the while channeling public funds into private hands (through subcontractors, boards of directors, employees, related entities) anyhow is NOT the solution — THEREFORE a better one must exist.
which is one reason I intend to continue as much as possible to produce at least one new post a week presenting evidence on exactly how and why the current setup is unsustainable. And I’m not talking about climate change, reducing carbon footprints in that regard. I’m talking about policies now almost “set in stone” which have paved ruts down the road of no return.  That is, for MOST people, not for SOME currently in power and deciding with whom and how exactly – -and under what conditions — to share it.  Thanks for listening and taking time to browse not just these post titles, but also their opening, summarizing texts.  The topics are different, but overall the themes are similar.

2017 Dates shown in this post:December 3, 14, 15, 17, 21, 23, and 24.

This post provides access in full post titles with links in, in this format,

Image (links shown not active, of “7 Dec 2017 Post titles by LGH@FamilyCourtMatters (see Pg+Post~>2018Mar14)

and access to a page with the list in that format and with descriptive texts (quasi-“abstracts” actually just copied from the post intro, or other summary parts within a post — hence its’ an INformal TOC update) and, for this month I also posted screenprints (4 images) from my blog dashboard which simply lists them –but being images, they are not interactive (clickable to get to the post).

Again, the extended abstracts to accompany these post titles (informal TOC) are published on a new page, which I’ve been working on separately from this one.  It is far longer.  Its full title and link:7 Posts from December 2017 (Intro, Links, + Extended Post ‘Abstracts’ + Images @March 14, 2018) This page has a short-link with case-sensitive ending “-8NJ” and is published at 22.5K words long.  New pages also display automatically on the menu “Vital Info/Chrono-Alpha Links” on the right blog sidebar.  Unless I move them to the top, they show at the bottom of that menu (list of links).

Look for a block of bright yellow highlit titles (with dates in red) below on this post or the above related page. It’s found in that format, i.e., with active links, in both places.
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March 14, 2018 at 4:57 pm

Eight Posts from November, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 9, 2018)

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You are reading:  Eight Posts from November, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 9, 2018) (with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-8KE”). This post is about 10,000 words and will remain, being a Table of Contents (for a single month), near the top of this blog.

Are you a first time visitor?  Then realize that “2017 continues themes from 2016…Tables of Contents” may be a better place to start.  That full post title: 2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ

Click to enlarge. Excerpt from Jan. 9, 2017 post explaining TOC navigation. If you don’t want to mess with uploaded pdfs or anything complex, find this part of the [“2017 continues themes from 2016…“] post and browse at least the last three posts of 2016 and all of 2017‘s posts. Other years (and links to them) are also discussed [on that “2017 continues themes from 2016…” post].

It presents the TOCs in orderly, structured tables with dozens of rows, viewable directly on the blog, or in uploaded 8X11 page formats, which will look like the image to your right (only in better focus). It also better introduces the blog themes with examples of typical research within it.
 Here,  instead, I am quickly creating three “informal TOC update” posts for the last quarter of 2017 (one each for Oct, Nov, & Dec.), which will all display above/before, instead of underneath/after (preferred) that “2017 Tables of Contents” page only because I don’t see how to force them to display underneath it.*
[*that is, the blog’s (WordPress platform) technical capacity for posts, such as it does show for “pages,” to force a certain presentation order within posts labeled, as these will be, “sticky.” (Sticky functions like a magnet + note on a refrigerator, or a thumbtack on a bulletin board near the door, checked regularly.  The designation keeps any post “in your face visible,” on top of all others in the “Current Posts” viewing area.  (See right sidebar “Go To” widget).

2017 Dates shown in this post:  November 5, 18 (with links to a new page Nov. 11), 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 29.

Formats follows what’s seen in the first listing below — Dates are in red, followed by post titles (with links to them) highlit in bright yellow, followed by opening or summary texts (copied & pasted, not re-written, these are not formal “abstracts”) in light-green backgrounds inside dark green lines.  Some of the opening text sections contain images and subsections to give a flavor of each post.

Here’s a list of titles only.  Below, a list of titles (in the same format) with the surrounding (summary) texts inbetween.  This added to conform better to the December, 2017 post and for reader convenience. Also, in doing this I noticed that in the main post (titles + “surrounding texts” section) the title for Nov. 28 had omitted; its surrounding (summary) text mistakenly had been credited to November 24. This has now been corrected adding it here, and switching the 11/24 duplicate with the 11/28 title applicable to its surrounding abstract.

That title references some significant “fatherhood” organizations in Baltimore and in South Carolina (and NY) and is a relevant read focused on an original main topic of this blog.  4/12/2018…//LGH.


NOVEMBER 5, 2017Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as  ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) ~ Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published   Nov. 5)


NOVEMBER 18 (referencing also a Nov. 11 new page)About MRFP, Inc. (NAAG/NASCO’s “Single Portal Initiative” for MultiState Registration and Filing by Charities — except, apparently, for MRFP, Inc, NAAG, and NASCO). Also See my New Page (publ. 11/11/17) on SimpleCharityRegistration.com [This post Publ. 11/18/2017](shortlink here ends “-7X8”).


NOVEMBER 21Six Posts (at least) in the Pipeline, Pre-Thanksgiving 2017 (looking back, looking forward…), Yet I See I’d Outlined Nearly the Same Basics One Year Ago (Nov. 2016) [Published 11/21/2017]. (short-link ends “-7ZH”).  


NOVEMBER 22Post Footnotes for “Before WHO’s HiAP… A Closer Look at ICLEI-Local Gov’ts for Sustainability…” post, starting with “NYT Activists Fight Green Projects” (short-link ending “-7T1” started Nov. 2, 2017, published Nov. 22.) 


NOVEMBER 23Happening NOW: Locally and within the USA, Matching Nonprofits to Legal Entities and Tracking Them Remains at Best (for Most) a Messy, Expensive and Unreliable Process, but Internationally — More Streamlined, Monitored, and Standardized for Faster, Easier, and More Profitable Trade. See FSF, FSB (G20-formed, 2009), LEI Legal Entity Identifier [global database + system], GLEIF (Swiss Foundation), LOUs (who issue LEIs) and ‘KYC’ (Know Your Customer) [Publ. Nov. 23, 2017]. (case-sensitive short-link ending “-7To”; moved here Nov. 3, 2017, publ. Thanksgiving Day). (About 8,000 words with some post-publication revisions).


NOVEMBER 24Changing (the) World, Changing (the) Words: Sovereignty, Circumscribing Sovereignty versus Global ‘Citizenship’ (the Unmentionable: then who is the Global ‘Sovereign’?). (case-sensitive short-link ends “-7MB” started Oct. 14, 2017, published Nov. 24),

References: came from  HiAP (HEALTH, not LAW*, in All Policies) Coordinated from Afar, Applied Locally, including throughout the USA (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-7LY”, published Oct. 24, 2017).

NOVEMBER 28Why are Famous PRIVATE Foundations (Ford, Mott, Public Welfare and others) and On-line Mass Solicitation, DAF-collecting Companies (like JustGive.org) so Fond of Funky, “Failed-to-File” 501©3s — like Wisconsin’s barely-still-there CFFPP (Center for Families and Public Policy) and Its Board of 1hr/week Unpaid Father-Focused Networks (some entities, some not) Speakers, Conference-circuit Experts?. (shortlink ends “-7So” and length is about 10,000 words). Started Oct. 29, published Nov. 28


NOVEMBER 29The Dark Sides (Bottom Lines) of Web-based Donor-Advised Funding: Donor Disclaimers, Buyouts, Emigration (JustGive [US]–>JustGiving [UK]). And Interesting Related Ops (IronPlanet: ZOPB Highway ByPass J.V.) and Bank Bailouts. [A July 26, 2016 section repost]. (shortlink ends “-83s” and length is just under 7,000 words).


Surrounding texts aren’t abstracts, but summarize content, and usually from the very top of a post.  Click any title to access it.  Titles are obviously in bold font and highlight bright yellow..).

~ ~ | | THIS BEGINS THE EIGHT POSTS & THEIR OPENING TEXT || ~ ~

NOVEMBER 5, 2017Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as  ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) ~ Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published   Nov. 5)

Post abstract/opening shown in this background-color, marked inside green lines (box):  Other post abstracts for November 2017 informal Table of Contents update here follow the same color scheme, to distinguish them from post titles. … Some of these “abstracts” are long enough to include sub-sections, which might be in different color schemes.  On-location (actual posts) rarely will follow the same color schemes; this [light-green inside dark green lines] color scheme is just an added visual marker for purposes of this post.  Look for the yellow-highlit post titles.

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March 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Eight Posts Published in October, 2017 (Informal TOC Update @ March 6, 2018).

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First published March 6, updated March 16, 2018 with this intro from insight (“hindsight”) gained while producing subsequent, similar posts:

The format on the “Table of Contents” page is cumbersome to produce and explain; this is a “quick-and-dirty, copy-and-paste” compilation. Well, not exactly quick to produce… but being at least restricted to a single month here, quicker than updating the complex inter-relationships between list, post image, underlying post page printed to pdf for viewing (etc.) as shown on the “2017 Table of Contents” (which incorporates other, earlier tables in multiple forms, with different viewing options).

Life, common sense (and blogging, not to mention years of producing documents in variety of business settings each with its different software and corresponding limits or character traits, including certain flaws) also tells me that any set-up so complicated is probably not the best one, especially for a lone blogger without administrative staff, paid or volunteer.   It’s inefficient and any error at one level could be reproduced at others. A blog, and specifically a WordPress blog here, is no different.  It’s great for certain purposes; for others, not so much.

Realizing this, I hadn’t worked on the Table of Contents for some months while continuing to work hard on writing posts and pages on current content, some of it directly responsive to current headlines and developing, ongoing social and economic policy situations I felt should be flagged in the public interest.

Adding these Oct, Nov, Dec “Informal TOC Updates” starts to make the more recent posts more visible in closer to a list format. I opted for a separate post for each of  those Q4 2017 months.

Title: Eight Posts Published in October, 2017 (Informal TOC Update) @ March 6, 2018. (shortlink ends “-8Kh”). This post is only about 3,150 words.

Two similar posts, like this one also marked “sticky” for November and December,* 2017 (*holds access to another new page with more extended “abstracts” (post excerpts, summaries) for December 2017 only) were published subsequently this month and now display above this one on the main content area (“Current Posts, Most Recent on Top”).

Together with the main Table of Contents “2017 [TOC] continues themes from 2016” post, link shown immediately below, that makes four separate ones held in the top position on the blog
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2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; and (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. [First published Jan. 9 2017, last updated 9/30/2017]

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Rev. 09/24/2017 (format/appearance changes, adding TOC entries since March 2017) ~ | ~  (FYI, on Jan. 27, 2018, I just “unstuck” ALL other posts except this one.  This post is also readily available through a new “Current Posts” Home Page which lists the Top Ten Posts (this being one of them because it’s a Table of Contents). The “unsticking” process moves ongoing current posts closer to the top of the blog. Let me know (℅ comments field) if this works better for you.  

For posts before about Sept 21 or 24, 2012 (i.e., March 2009 – 2010-2011 & almost ¾ of 2012), you must use Archives function by month or search individually if you’re aware of a post title or keywords…Earlier posts are in rougher format (I am a self-taught blogger and there is a technical, not just subject matter, learning curve!) but I believe the basic principles repoprted that far back still apply. I discovered the radical significance of “CAFRs” about March 2012 and began reporting on them here about then, and on a separate, but not regularly added to, WordPress blog, Cold,Hard.Fact$ – “Experts are Nice but Economic Comprehension Better. Find and Start Reading Gov’t Entity CAFRs.”

Click to enlarge image or click this link: economicbrain.wordpress.com, blog name “Cold,Hard.Fact$,” started 2012. Page titles across the top, sample CAFRs by states (and a few cities) also shown as posts, along with other more narrative posts, on its sidebar. This blog is only added to sporadically since about 2013; I’d attempted to extract the “economic” considerations from “family court” issues. In fact, they are intertwined and inseparable, with economic drivers I believe primary and “cause-based rhetoric” secondary  — policy-promoting terms (“domestic violence prevention” “child protection” “fatherhood engagement” “community solutions” “closing the gap” etc.) just  keep driving the underlying “public/private partnership” economy and justifying more “social science R&D” (Population Control Tactics) upon the poor, who are coached to believe this is in their best interests.  Citizens ought to understand, conceptually frame in its operating entities, their own governments (plural!) and at least be able to locate them (as multiplying, or unifying, crossing jurisdictional boundaries, etc.) and their financials, which [we/citizens & residents ESPECIALLY in the USA, which taxes overseas-generated income from US individuals and corporate “persons” also] are taxed to support. It’s mostly a matter of terminology and exposure to the reporting forms — NOT “rocket science”…[This image + caption only added to FamilyCourtMatters.org TOC page Oct. 21, 2018]

Some subject matter overlaps (for example, it deals also with historic roots of USA’s 1990s welfare reform in (Apartheid) South Africa and what is now Namibia.  It also references historic major tax-exempt foundations, connections of globalist corporations’ social policy, which naturally deals with issues under FamilyCourtMatters such as “low-income families” and gender roles; look for post “From Oxford to Harvard to DC {feeding, fueling — and vaccinating — the world}” and more. Never underestimate the power & reach of pharmaceutical companies and interests (expressed in well-funded professional nonprofit associations) upon governments (near and far).  See nearby image of w|two-tall-towers in a city skyline. Thanks. //LGH.  

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For 2017 Link to this post for this year2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ, first published Jan. 9, 2017, second half of post title and substantial updates added in late September, 2017).  About 9,800 words.

Here’s a link to the five-page pdf of TOC 2017 in 8.5X11 pdf form (current through Sept. 21, 2017, Row 53).  It includes the last three posts from 2016 too.  (<~~ this phrase & link repeated lower down also). Clicking on any single post title should load that post directly from the pdf’s Table of Contents. In other words, pdf contents displaying as links are usually still active/click-able. Here, I (painstakingly!) made sure each post title had its underlying short-link so you can browse & click through to any post from that five-page TOC 2017 in 8.5X11 pdf format).  Unlike pdfs, plain “images” (often “png” files) — and my blog is full of them, also — may show links, but they are not directly accessible because it’s just a snapshot. In those cases, the caption will usually tell how to access the original doc’t.


FYI — at the bottom of this post is also some information on the $89M Assets (FY2014) nonprofit called “CENIC” (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). (Here’s Tax Return for FY2015). I talk about it here also as a bit of “show and tell” for some processes I use repeatedly in the blog, whether on family-court-connected corporations, federal grants, or lookups of tax returns.

(2018Oct comment: I’ve run across similar organizations out of state and bet that most states, given their state (public) + private universities, extensive K-12 public school systems/districts and several states, major research institutions at private or other universities, have similar organizations for subscription-based access to high-speed, high-quality and interlinked Internet beyond what the average individual can access).

Blog Preview (Some comments added March 2018 — seven numbered paragraphs — but I may take them out later.  I’m feeling conversational today….) After that, a section (in this background-color) on my state’s (California) provider of high-speed, multi-function internet for those fortunate enough to be involved in certain types of universities or institutions within the state (and for which we all pay, indirectly through those funded institutions, increasing “membership fees/assessments”).  The times we live in….

1. This blog is not typical journalism, anecdotal reporting with references to the standard “expert,” the standard “injured parties” for a story line and some promotion of whatever advocacy group or foundation might be associated with fixing the problem.  I believe the situations we face run much deeper (and higher up the decision-making ladder), and I believe that journalism reporting symptoms, while important, is a major distraction from our [the public’s] collectively comprehending and observing over time (in transition), systems — and developing a functional vocabulary (as opposed to the one in standard use for “PR” reasons).

2. Beyond “system failures” (or successes!) of varying types, I found it necessary to start looking more at the macro level of how government and the philanthropic (nonprofit) sectors interact, and  report themselves, as contrasted (often) with what their economic footprints tell over time. In the USA, there’s a public sector, and a private sector.  The word “public” by implication means a government entity and as such, its revenues are NOT taxed, although as an employer it will pay taxes for its employees.  The word “private” means that which is NOT a government entity, for which different reporting rules apply.

3. When within the private sector there is the major tax-exempt portion, and the blending of leadership (for example, on boards of directors) or revolving doors (government service // nonprofits in sequence –or simultaneously) that action itself, given only government — not private corporations — can tax people, the power bloc is consolidated.  As typically consolidated, what next to do but talk about how to help “low-income” families or people — while taking advantage of the same through tax-exemption and — some of these foundations or nonprofits — unbelievably high salaries for some of the leadership, and major profits for the subcontractors.

4. A major difference between them is where any rights exist, and alternatives when those rights are violated.  I’ve looked at thousands of websites and organizations (and tax returns) over the years, and it doesn’t take too long to start recognizing which websites advertise big, and report small (fail to show their financials), or which may look like they’ve been around forever — but it turns out, they were incubated elsewhere, flew (sometimes “under the radar”) as far as reporting their existence through normal means, then are suddenly “spun off” as their own entities (with great graphics and colorful logos, complex websites sometimes).  Patterns emerge.

5. I told you in the blog motto, this is “Uncommon Analysis,” but it’s not “unnecessary” analysis!

6. Over the years, I would’ve appreciated more personal conversations along these lines — there have been some — but when faced whether to hang out with people who prefer anecdotal reporting with a sprinkling of “financial facts,” and those willing to look seriously evaluate where financial facts are to be found — and where they are NOT being found but should be — I’ll choose the latter, who also appear to be fewer.

7. This process is also subject to personal limits and the necessity periodically to deal with events stemming from the original matters surrounding (speaking personally) the reporting of domestic violence and seeking legal intervention to stop it. As I recall, I originally started blogging when it seemed that endless comments on others blogs buried information, delivering it in short burst only, across multiple threads.  When I found many people just re-posting others’ work which was being fed to them –and among advocacy groups for any cause, that can be risky (or, just plain distracting)….. The other thing I remember as starting it was watching websites  — and my hard-worked, researched, linked, and “public-interest” comments — go down suddenly.  The blog serves to preserve at least much of the information.

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“The Family Court Franchise System” (Blogspot.com, 2012 only, 40 posts and 7 Pages) Is Now Grafted into FamilyCourtMatters.org here (WordPress.com) as of April 7, 2019

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THIS POST IS: “The Family Court Franchise System” (Blogspot.com, 2012 only, 40 posts and 7 Pages) Is Now Grafted into FamilyCourtMatters.org here (WordPress.com) as of April 7, 2019.

(Case-sensitive shortlink ends “-9Aj” Published April 19, 2019, approx. 10,000 words including the index (table of contents), Updated and copyedited April 21 for clarity.  Check back here periodically for which of those 47 indexed reports (post & pages) have been published (as a re-post, some with updates or reiterations of relevance to current context) on this blog. 

This post provides an index of (40) saved posts and (7) pages from my Google-based blog “The Family Court Franchise System” (domain name “thefamilycourtmoneymachine”) which have been merged into this WordPress blog (domain name FamilyCourtMatters).  On The Family Court Franchise System I posted under username “Liberty,” with the gravatar bumpersticker “There’s No Excuse for Abuse,” a gravatar used here before I changed to the blue jay taking flight image.

That index (table of contents) of my writing (posts and pages) previously published-off-site is this post’s main payload.  Secondary payload is the post’s extended introduction explaining why I bothered with this project now. To answer that question I explain how my reporting (primarily, investigative blogging) differs from mainstream reporting on the same subject matter.  It addresses a gap in standard mainstream media (“MSM”) styles of reporting and among most sponsored nonprofit advocacy group reporting across several vehicles (websites, group emails, Twitter accounts, Facebook, when quoted periodically in MSM..

This “Why bother?” multi-section** introduction provides some perspective and overview of my writing to date on the background context of topics which are still making the news. If I didn’t believe this, I certainly wouldn’t have bothered integrating the two blogs rather than just saving my private copy of the less active post spanning only two seasons of the year 2012. Even as stated seven years ago, this is still valuable, basic, and typically overlooked in MSM and advocacy group insight.

**Look for sections labeled “Why that blog then, in 2012?  Why integrate it here now, seven years later, in 2019?,” another section, “Notice, Know, and Make a Note of who’s specifically funding which media on any key articles in subject matter of interest” and (coming soon) yet another section I wrote, then “off-ramped,”  “More about those perspectives and key concepts (and actors),”  leaving its footprint and follow-up link here. Then there are a few fine-print descriptions on the mechanics of the move, or under the “Why bother?” topic, such as: “A KEY PROBLEM: UNPROVEN ASSUMPTIONS SNUCK IN THE FRONT DOOR”

I may mark this post “sticky” (still deciding), which if I do, would make it the  9th “sticky” post.

All this takes a while to explain, but people short on time should be sure to scroll down far enough to at least view the index and (in future weeks, months) see which of them have been published here. All migrated posts are, as in all my blogging, my writing and my voice except where quoting other sources.  Thank you.//LGH

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Running the Maze, Triathlon-Style, Continuing To Leave a Broad Trail of Breadcrumbs, Field Guides, Consumer Alerts etc. (Published April 10, 2019)

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I’ve not posted anything since late March in part because I’ve been working intensely on the project this post introduces.  Actually, this post introduces another, upcoming post which diagrams (indexes) the project. The project, ideally, will continue over the next weeks/months as I gradually blend one of my blogs into this main one and update the index with each new post.

I have to say “ideally” because my available time isn’t predictable from month to month or year to year. Hence sometimes the best I can leave is a broad trail of breadcrumbs, distributed wherever I am at any point in time while still running what seems like an endless maze, with daunting obstacles at every apparent “Exit” sign. We all know human, physical life itself has a certain exit — I’m just trying to get into a different place before that final exit.  Anyhow, right now,…


You are reading: Running the Maze, Triathlon-Style, Continuing To Leave a Broad Trail of Breadcrumbs, Field Guides, Consumer Alerts etc. (short-link ends “-9IU,” published April 10, 2019).  It’s about 7,000 words long, in conversational tone and reflects my opinion and perspective.

If you cannot read it all, please scroll down to near the bottom, where this post began and where I explain what is meant by the “triathlon” reference in the title.

After a decade of blogging and other writing, my opinion and perspective still seem to be the minority, if not outlawed set of concepts when it comes to easier to digest (less analytical!) catch-phrases to organize demands to improve or enhance the family courts vis-a-vis better protecting children from abuse, stopping domestic violence, etc.  I cannot swallow, and do not endorse swallowing the level of compromise I see promoted, but at least explain why — which is my “broad trail of breadcrumbs.”

I remain utterly “recalcitrant” (unrepentant about failure to conform to an observable status quo in certain movements, based on what I’ve seen throughout the system infrastructure — at least so far as I’ve been able to see it from public-access sources).


This post is to gently warn readers of another upcoming, heavily-loaded one, with its own Table of Contents and some of its own intro complete with images and references to things that don’t typically make mainstream media in association with reports about family courts, reunification camp survivors and operators, and domestic-violence-, about-to-divorce, or custody-exchange related murders (see below).

This post contains more personal/anecdotal perspective as opinion, while the upcoming one is oriented more towards data and documentation. To keep the two writing styles and types of content separate and for easier access to that index I segregated my value-laden labels and commentary here (see title: Maze, Marathon, Marking the Trail, Consumer alerts, etc.) from the upcoming post designed to function like a Table of Contents to the merged-in, migrating blog posts and pages only, a subset of this larger and older blog FamilyCourtMatters.org. The upcoming post has its own illustrated overview naming specific and influential people, organizations and institutions behind the policies I protest.  The blog being blended in is also, like most of my writing, opinionated, but it at least shows the data on which I base those opinions, and where it comes from.


That imminent (to be published tomorrow or the day after) post, representing a recent blog migration project, is:

“The Family Court Franchise System” (Blogspot.com, 2012 only, 40 posts and 7 Pages) Is Now Grafted into FamilyCourtMatters.org here (WordPress.com) as of April 9, 2019” (Case-sensitive shortlink ends “-9Aj”)

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April 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Interlocking, Dysfunctional Definitions, Cont’d: “NJII, a NJIT Company,” and (how, exactly, NJ became) “the State of Innovation.” [“Incorporated” March 17, 2019]

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Interlocking, Dysfunctional Definitions, Cont’d: “NJII, a NJIT Company,” and (how, exactly, NJ became) “the State of Innovation.” [“Incorporated” March 17, 2019] Published March 20, 8,600 words, including some repetition.  Shortlink ends “-9wS

This post is not a business entity or doing commerce, so technically speaking it’s not “incorporated” in any state for doing commerce (tax-exempt or not) within the state. However, if you consider my “body of work” in this blog, and that I just injected another post into it, with its separate page and personality (so to speak), in the generic, broader sense, I did “incorporate” it. (Corpus, habeas corpus, corporation, corpse, “corps,” corporal, corporeal, corpuscle: common roots):

This post was inspired first, by a recent Bloomberg.com co-sponsored Tweet, leading to a sponsored article, When Innovation is a State’s Main Industry, March 5, 2019: that’s where I started looking.

Second, and within just a few days, having read the article and begun looking at websites, I also picked up on one of its projects launched under “HealRWorld,” announced in May, 2018 (This link drops many involved names See nearby link with NJII logo, “New Jersey Innovation Institute and HealRWorld® Form Sustainability Accelerator”).”

Among those names dropped is an easily searched name (because it belongs to a Greek Orthodox priest; the Greek connection had already surfaced via maternal family line of HealRWorld CEO/Founder (Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni).

May 14, 2018, NJIT announces the launch.

Sept., 2018, Institutional Investor article, “Priest, Hedge Fund Manager Charged with Fraudulent Short-Selling (of “Ligand Pharmaceuticals” based in San Diego, CA). The SEC charged, said priest vows to challenge and said it’s retaliatory for whistleblowing on accounting fraud at Ligand.  RECENT news as you can see.  Related, under SEC, reads (also Sept., 2018), “SEC Charges Hedge Fund Advisor with Short-and-Distort Scheme

{He charges SEC fell down on its duties. Went looking, 3/21/2019; this is from Lemelson’s Amvona blog; posts a letter to the SEC cc’d to various authorities, warnings in 2016, etc. (TheLanternFoundation (<=FY2014) is a 990PF with small amount of investments in the Amvona Fund, EIN# 461737666 in Massachusetts}}

http://njii.com/sdgaccelerate/. Oct. 1, 2018, shortly after “Priest, Hedge Fund Manager Charged with fraudulent Short-Selling Scheme (Charged by the SEC). Click link and read agenda to see that only 5-15 minutes time was allotted to the many, well-connected individuals. Entire event only 3hrs long.

Also referenced (a different presentation, similar theme) at NJII.com/SDGaccelerate/, featuring a video message from NJ Governor Murphy, here, mentioning yet another involved nonprofit and more clues, though no direct links, to Who’s Who).  (See nearby image, “The Global GOALS”).


RE: NJII + HealRWorld + the UN Summit on SME’s to further the UN’s 17 SDG’s 

That image & link, (“New Jersey Innovation Institute and HealRWorld® Form Sustainability Accelerator“) was the first NJII project beyond the usual and overall Public/Private Incubator Accelerator situation which caught my attention as having too many unanswered questions about who was (ownership) and what  is/are (type of business entity and/or product) was this “SME”and why was it chosen.

The situation and concurrence of people and organizations with disturbing lack of transparency even without the SEC report above had set off several of my observational alarms, from the start.


ALSO involved is the ICSB (International Council for Small Businesses) whose editorial offices are housed at and whose current Executive Director is at George Washington University (MBA and PhD) but originally from Egypt: Dr. Aymen El Tarabishy. He is popular, by having been voted “Outstanding Faculty Member” by the students, every year from 2010-2015, and:

Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty member in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally-ranked programs. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students throughout the GW School of Business.

Dr. El Tarabishy is the originator of the United Nations International Day for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs Day) that will always be celebrated on June 27th. MSMEs Day recognizes the important of entrepreneurs and small businesses worldwide.

MSMEs: Micro-, Small, Medium Enterprises.

(Link to that April 11, 2017 UN resolution”A/RES/71/279  reaffirming prior resolutions also, as to 2030 Agenda:

…Reaffirming also its resolution 69/313 of 27 July 2015 on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supports and complements it, helps to contextualize its means of implementation targets with concrete policies and actions, and reaffirms the strong political commitment to address the challenge of financing and creating an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development in the spirit of global partnership and solidarity,

“sustainable development in the spirit of global partnership and solidarity”.. such a thrilling call to action, especially if one is in the business of providing finances or software platforms from which to unify the planet.

Compare with ICSB’s stated purpose (on its tax return):

TO PROVIDE EDUCATION, RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, CONFERENCES AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL & TRAINING FORUMS FOR ITS MEMBERS AND OTHERS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT SKILLS & UNDERSTANDING OF SMALL BUSINESS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

and, under its third category of “Program Service Accomplishments” (shown below as an image and link to tax return also provided), you can see where the UN might come in.  Incidentally, this doesn’t show that year’s accomplishments, as the IRS form directs.  It talks about purpose:

SPECIAL PROJECTS ICSB, FOUNDED IN 1955, BRINGS TOGETHER MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE WORLD BANK, THE UNITED NATIONS, AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) WITH PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES LIKE VISA INC ,SAMSUNG, DELL INC ,GALLUP INC ,CAPITAL ONE AND WITH UNIVERSITIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (70 PLUS COUNTRIES) THIS KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND COMMUNITY BUILDING PLATFORM IS BASED ON THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SME DEVELOPMENT WORLDWIDE THE NOTION OF DOING WELL IN BUSINESS IS ALSO TIED TO DOING GOOD FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, NATION, AND THE WORLD TOPICS LIKE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND CREATING SHARED VALUES ARE EXPLORED WITH AN EYE TO CREATING A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR THE FUTURE ICSB CURRENTLY WORKS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE VISA INC SMALL BUSINESS TO SUPPORT A GROWING NETWORK OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO MOVING THEIR BUSINESSES FORWARD BY GAINING NEW KNOWLEDGE ICSB HOSTED EVENTS, FOUND SPEAKERS, AND CONDUCTED RESEARCH FOR VISA INC

 

It was tough locating the ICSB’s actual EIN# (it’s not posted on their colorful website), however that EIN# is 941698897.  On FY2016, the latest return shown at my usual provider — which I learned has recently merged? with or bought the trademark Guidestar® and/or its data and now is labeled “Candid“– there are internal financial inconsistencies which would affect the expenses and as a result, net assets balance, as well as missing paperwork (Schedule R, which should list George Washington University as a “related” organization but does not.  It does aknowledge separately (Schedule O) that GWU pays ICSB Exec Director’s salary, which ICSB then reimburses).  Link and some description in next paragraph.

{{March 21, 2019 — I kept looking. That’s only the beginning of the anomalies for this CALIFORNIA legal domicile entity calling itself (though not registered there as a corporation) a legal domicile District of Columbia entity, on tax return header pages…}}

(ICSB Tax Return FY2016, YE March, 2017 claims “0” employees, but about $167K salaries for them.  The only paid officer, Dr. Tarabishy, received “$40,000” (even for 25 hours a week, with his qualifications, not much!) under “Received from Related Orgs” per Part VIIA, but then credited as from the entity (Part IX, Expenses).  No page for Sched R (which would identify any “related entity” paying the only paid officer here) is uploaded.  I haven’t checked other years yet).  Lists “California” as another state it must file in.

The main assets are listed as “intangible.” If you’ll notice that Page 2 (Program Service Accomplishments) is artificially shortened (not a full 8X11 showing; it says “See additional data” but shows the numbers (Expenses, any grants, Revenues) for Lines 4 a, b, and c.  Obviously by those numbers (whether Revs are greater or less than Expenses), Line 4a and 4c activities help support line 4b.  Then go to “Schedule O” and read the description for Line 4c, “Special Projects” which ties in directly to the UN projects referenced above.

See 3rd image (explanation for “Program Service Accomplishments” labeled Special Projects, Line 4c; I also quoted it above in normal-sized print.

This membership organization’s name came up with another presentation featuring (Guess who: again, — HealRWorld®) which is why I looked it up.  The images will not upload, but here are similar and searchable links:

etc.  Bahamian business registry not searchable without a valid credit or debit card (Not going to provide, so I DNK whether it’s free to just look).  Brief history of Bahamas with map shows history of enslavement dating back centuries, prosperity (because near shipping lanes) during American civil war, later American Prohibition (i.e., rum-running), final independence not until 1973, and it’s currently a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, i.e., recognizing Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and the Governor-General as her representative.  That’s where “Unify Earth Systems Ltd” seems to be registered, although its ownership because of the level of privacy here isn’t exactly known.

Basic (simple statements) at US Dept. of State regarding the Bahamas also points out that the main trade is tourism and financial services, as well as concerns due to its proximity to Florida.  Diplomatic relations with the US were only established in 1973 when it became independent from the UK.  Here is also the CIA’s “WorldFactbook” (probably one on every country). See “telephone, Telecom, internet, broadcast” sections.  Also “Transnational” only mentions two items: one, a dispute about the maritime border; two,  “transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for US and Europe; offshore financial center”

 


Too many red flags there also, but I start below with the recent Bloomberg article. I have already Tweeted some of this () (@LetUsGetHonest, Twitter thread, March19, 2019, three tweets and one reply with attached “media” (images), and some links to more information) , but do not expect a discussion to make this post. It should be a separate post.  Feel free...to pay attention and cut through the PR to concrete, declarative statements about what is taking place among how many individuals with what collective vested interests.
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Don’t like long, convoluted post titles? Don’t shoot the messenger: Did I conceive, gestate, give birth to, nurture and L.A.U.N.C.H. these “Great Ideas” ? (Started mid-Dec., 2018; Publ. “WYSIWYGG” March 15, 2019).

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Post Title:Don’t like long, convoluted post titles? Don’t shoot the messenger: Did I conceive, gestate, give birth to, nurture and L.A.U.N.C.H. these “Great Ideas” ? (Started mid-Dec., 2018; Publ. “WYSIWYGG” March 15, 2019). (Short-link ending “-9md.”)

(Started mid-Dec. 2018, worked on periodically in January and February, 2019, and parts split off into another post, “Simply Parent” still also in draft.  Published as-is (WYSIWYGG) March 15, 2019 and just under 12,000 words including the WYSIWYGG intro.  Note:  This post has many images.  If your viewing device doesn’t allow manual expansion by some form of a finger-swipe, a double-click on image may have the same effect.  Not really recommended for viewing on cell-phone or other small screens).

“WYSIWYGG”  — “What You See (so far) Is What You’re Gonna Get.”

Its sections are far from seamless, but each section on its own makes points worth pondering with the usual links to think (read) some more. Within the section, Show-and-Tell alternates with conversational mode, my responses, on each topic. For me, “conversational mode” means longer sentences which is how I think.

The post ends a bit abruptly.  Like I said, WYSIWYGG.

This post most directly connects to this topic’s subject matter through a parent education non-profit business run out of Cuyahoga County, Ohio (with obvious AFCC influence and personnel) which continues to post its “NREPP” credential.

I begin showing how NREPP has been shut down or frozen for replacement by a new acronym, EBPRC, which (to locate) requires showing several more archeological/archival digs, most residing somewhere under the umbrella of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  The basis of pushing parent education comes, generally, from social science theories related to welfare (administered ℅ HHS/ACF/OFA) and mental health prevention and services (incl. but not limited to under HHS/SAMHSA), so a rapid expansion, that is “LAUNCH,”comes under that very large conceptual tent under SAMHSA — all of which connects to departmental budget requests…. some of which I link to.  I unearthed “LAUNCH” looking up the NREPP credentials of the parent education course.

For an AFCC-conference sponsor, that is, the owner/s of “Center for Divorce Education” to have figured out where to tap into HHS-budgeted funding streams about to go national (or having already done so) should by now be no surprise — but it should also be shown.  Incorporating a reference to “LAUNCH,” once I understood it in the SAMHSA context in what was intended to be more focused on the “Family-Court-Fixers” who ignore another part of HHS administering welfare services (i.e., primarily the OFA) was probably too much payload for one post.

This post achieved my WYSIWYGG status officially March 12, 2019, after I admitted I’ve run out of time to keep my head into this material and wrangle the formatting  into a better place. Having so categorized it, I’m going to also publish it this day.  Well (as you can see), Friday, March 15.

WHY PUBLISHING “As-is”:  As of today, it’s “evident” (speaking of “things “evidence-based”) personally that I am moving into another season of self-defense of housing and privacy in the form of litigation, as occurred June 2014 — Jan. 2016.  I do not know how long it will last, or whether it’ll be the intended “Pyrrhic Victory” (look it up)** if I win, or a rout, if I do not, closure from further dealings of this kind in a way which does not “kick the can down the curb” further.  I have reached out (that’s been part of the delay on this post also) to qualified sources (both legal, and dealing with/aware of elder abuse situations), which requires also ongoing time and focus.


**Phrases.uk.org but “JSTOR Daily” says maybe we’re reading it wrong, and anyhow most of that battle was told from the Roman point of view (to save face).  (How “Pyrrhic Victory became a “Go-To” Metaphor Feb. 7, 2019 by Farah Mohammed, and referring to  how long Brexit is taking, Bloomberg’s use of that metaphor and, at the end of the day, “there’s still a continent of people to govern.”  Apparently Pyhrrus was a despot, and his battles didn’t better the people’s condition.  Certainly could be said of those I’ve been battling (not winning much) over the past decades, that is, if the banners (causes) they were initiated under were ever stated in good faith, i.e., sincere and genuine.))

To comment on this, I’ll bet, common situation: Ever heard of the cycles of domestic violence (escalate, explode, plateau until the next incident) within personal relationships?  They do not go away with separation automatically.  After one leaves abuse, depending on the level of other invested parties wanting to engage, target, continue to control, and/or stalk a separating, domestic-violence-protection-seeking spouse or intimate partner with children in the family courts,  the cycle becomes wider in scope, maybe longer in time, but identifiable “seasons” continue to show up with cumulative impact.

To outsiders and most of the public, the separation is assumed to be complete and violence and coercion with potential to go imminently violent (life- and health-threatening, sudden) at any point to have subsided 100% if it’s less overtly dramatic.** It may not have.  Abusers may obtain sufficient influence to engage in a relay race; they get time-off, or just (as seems to have happened here) drop out of the race, while others carry the “baton” of destruction, but the target does not, turning life into a basic marathon — in order to stay, ALMOST in place. When it doe continue and expand, lawyers and their mental health counterparts taking court referrals want their piece of any visible resource, too, regularly, until that source is dry, or about to run dry, at which point they’ll seek to jump/dump to other associates (good to maintain those business networks, trade favors, etc….).  My case in point THIS time…

**In my experience, not so — the coercion and pressure did not subside and has not subsided; it is just less “in your face“! We’re already multi-generational over just my ONE decision years ago to get legal intervention, and insist on as many proper legal boundaries as I could at any point in time, ever since.  I sent this message clearly, and did not make exceptions for my immediate family members who showed (early on) they were not going to even respect the initial DVRO.  Until just a few months ago, everything I did was within close driving distance of at least a few of those individuals.  Putting some geographic space inbetween, while not the complete solution was a major accomplishment, and I had to do it without advance notice to almost anyone, and like a fugitive.

In reviewing my own post-separation timeline, which is getting longer on the back end, and frighteningly shorter looking forward if the practice continues, the cycle seems to be about every two years; whether in family court or now, as it happens, probate. I’d like to see ANYONE sustain a living with 15-20 years of that (it’s pushing 20 years for me  after about 10 years of the more overt, direct, assault-and-battery, garden-variety serious domestic violence  that was the real substance of my own “marriage,” as I know it is and was for many.

As these things tend to go, now again I’m in dealing with both PTSD and “Pissed-Off” modes, neither of which is conducive to best writing, or help-seeking. No matter how righteous my cause for maintaining distance, separation, and privacy, the timing of (very recent development) pending open litigation back in California to maintain it could not be worse, or should I say, could not have been targeted bettter to prevent that distance, separation, and privacy long enough to generate new lines of work greater than even the recently greatly (by about two-thirds) reduced living expenses.  See my sporadic comments on this blog, or Twitter (@LetUsGetHonest) about a recent interstate re-location into better (and less expensive) living circumstances with real hope for a personally sustainable future, away from the Gold-Digging, excuse me, Golden State. //LGH 3/12/2019.

Published:  March 15, 2019.  Below this line, most content written between Dec. 2018, Jan. and Feb. 2019; some in early March.

Again, the question is: “Don’t like long, convoluted post titles? Don’t shoot the messenger: Did I conceive, gestate, give birth to, nurture and L.A.U.N.C.H. these “Great Ideas” ? (Started mid-Dec., 2018; Publ. “WYSIWYGG” March 15, 2019).

No I did not, but if you want a list of who did, look through this blog’s Table of Contents, follow me on Twitter and watch the hashtags used, or survey the landscape yourself. Meanwhile, for now, it’s long, convoluted post titles to tag several elements of each longstanding convoluted situation I’m taking a core sample of for that post…  (How do you think I keep my own posts straight after nine years and almost 800 of them — by total recall and three-word reminders?)

A nearby post (mid-December, I did not know whether I would publish first this one or that one.  On Dec. 25, I published “that one”):

Checking out just one foot-noted claim on the home page of just one of the (entities/web pages) led me down another rabbit hole (with new ones being dug) at SAMHSA and involving Mental Health – State Prevention Grants (“MH-SPG” in budget justifications shorthand), with the point of reference cited as proof of being an “Evidence-Based Practice” having just been moved in 2018, by SAMHSA from “NREPP” to simply EBPR (or similar name) …

on which website I got to hunt and dig for ANY reference to the program being pushed (and having been developed) by the private owner/s of “Family Works, Inc.” at 92 Van Ness Avenue, Ashland, Oregon — with no corresponding “Inc.” showing as currently registered in Oregon to do business under that name at the state department’s database recording such things…. “Go figure…”  {{My post-publication follow-up back in Ohio showed there was one in Ohio** — but the entity’s address is still shown as Oregon. So are we to presume that there is no revenue exchange (commerce) taking place IN Oregon still? And if I, with NO comparable source of ongoing revenue from any public source for my private enjoyment, take time to follow-up with a BLOG post stating this, why hasn’t the other entity’s owner (it turns out to be one person on the record as I recall) taken a few minutes to update company web pages referencing a government entity which no longer exists, the NREPP, and re-directing readers to the updated evidence?}}   (**I’ve now added links and images to the OHIO corporate filings for Family Works, Inc., to my “Assembling the Pieces” post (intro), as I was the one saying I couldn’t find its incorporation…]  

But it was “illuminating” to find out under what rationale such programs are encouraged —  Mental/Behavioral Health — and how rarely they are independently evaluated.  An ever-expanding, increasingly centralized Mental Health Archipelago as a Public Service, i.e., as U.S. Federal Government (Executive Branch-administered) policy has become a Personal Private Bonanza for those who got in on it early.

WHY I MENTIONED “L.A.U.N.C.H.” IN THIS CONTEXT:

(This extended section is in a different background color to distinguish from the rest of the post.  Its complexity comes from tangling with the US Government’s HHS “OpDiv” called “SAMHSA” (which came into being 1992) and its budget justifications, funding streams, and “data repositories” as in “NREPP” (National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices), essentially a website/electronic library, which only came into being 1997).

I used the word “L.A.U.N.C.H.” because it’s an acronym, however you’ll find “Project LAUNCH” (without the extra periods) in SAMHSA’s FY2012 Budget Appropriations Committees Justifications as planned to be continued ($25M) this year, then submerged under MH-SPGs and “launched” this construct nationwide, total grants $90M.  (Click on that link and use the search function for 10 occurrences:  Here’s an image from the page dedicated to it (not including the chart at top with the $$ amounts):

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Got your Acronyms straight yet? The above link’s main domain name on its url is simply “SAMHSA.gov.”

The url to an article about the suspension of the NREPP domain name alone has four acronyms ( in reverse order, NIH, NLM, NCBI | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6013894/), + the final portion of the url, “PMC,” each of which part of (HHS) has a history, as does the article itself, which holds an opinion on the suspension of NREPP (in 2018) and replacement of it by, it seems, an EBPRC…

Good Grief. Talk about a major, over-arching infrastructure in HHS!!

In the next home-made, that is blogger’s table, not one quoted from another website,** the first five rows (LAUNCH, NREPP, EBRC, PMC®) are not parts of HHS by division, but (as best I can understand it as a layperson), its PROJECTS.  Below these first five rows,  I’ve listed rows for NCBI, NLM, NIH and SAMHSA) To better distinguish a project which may have a web page also named (in part) after it from an official subdivision of HHS, see its webpages!   (This page, “Appendix B” is dated 2015.  (i.e., pre-Trump but still up!) Websites change, so I recommend just searching for HHS Organizational Chart, Operational Divisions (OpDivs) or similar term.  Program Offices are underneath “OpDivs” in the nomenclature, last I looked.  SAMHSA is at the same heirarchical level as ACF and NIH; there are eleven (11) OpDivs listed currently.  {{**If such a table were made prominently available throughout HHS pages, or its OpDiv pages, I wouldn’t need to construct one just to keep it straight, and to be able to talk about the programs versus the parts of HHS!}}

LAUNCH, as in SAMHSA’s
“Project LAUNCH”
Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health” (2008ff)
NREPP National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (suspended in 2018, has a certain history since 1997)
EBPRC Evidence-Based Practices Resources Center (replaces NREPP?)
PMC® PubMedCentral® = a digital archive launched in 2000(see nearby images “PMC Overview” & “Disclaimer”; managed by NLM’s NCBI.  (There is also a PMC International)
NCBI National Center on Biotechnology Information
NLM National Libraries of Medicine (under NIH)
NIH National Institutes of Health
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (under HHS) started in 1992?

(Click image to enlarge) ##1 of 3: HHS 11 Operating Divisions (“OpDivs”) shown on the right column. These OpDivs are listed (as are Program Offices) as optional filters (select) or fields to display (column heads for search results to check that category off or on)  at “TAGGS.HHS.Gov” (Advanced search). ACF (top), NIH and SAMHSA (near the bottom) are all at the same organizational level.

##2 of 3: HHS Agencies & Offices, showing the first OpDiv (they’re listed alphabetically) “ACF” with its logo. ACF administers Social Security Act (“Welfare”) funds, as I understand it; it has smaller “Program Offices” underneath).

##3 of 3: HHS OpDivs NIH and SAMHSA described briefly from HHS website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, ….

This “PMC” article  (same url here as shown immediately above the table of acronyms), Suspension of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: the importance of adhering to the evidence” also talks about 1997, 2007 and 2015 standards, and expresses disagreement with the suspension  (4-image gallery below contains the citation reference and Abstract).

The author Sharon G. Hennessy (“SGH”) discloses that she is the former collaborator and widow of the person who developed the NREPP:  “SGH is the former collaborator and widow of the late Dr. Kevin Hennessy, the developer of the 2007 version of NREPP.”  Footnotes to this article may be helpful; I noticed one of them refers to “ActiveParenting.com”.  Also, looking for “Dr. Kevin Hennessy, NREPP, 2007” I found him quoted in a full page of a Sept/Oct. 2008 SAMHSA Newsletter (found on a wordpress website).  Just a reminder:  “evidence” means different things to different people” and “

NREPP is a voluntary, self- nominating system, and developers choose to present their programs for review

Therefore I have to assume that the developer/s of “ParentingWisely®” also submitted their program for review, rather than had grassroots (or other NIH employees) knocking on their doors to submit their program.  If unaware of this, the implication otherwise is that SAMHSA sought them out as obviously appropriate for the listing.  Apparently, SAMSHA did not; it’s SELF-NOMINATING process.

This (published online 2011) Brief Review by both Hennessy Ph.D.s reiterates that the proprietary (i.e., trademarked) programs show as lower quality in research, but more prepared for dissemination, and more aimed at younger people (especially) youth.  “A Review of Mental Health Interventions in SAMHSA’s [NREPP]” (published on Psychiatry Online.  I think it’s well-written and informative).
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How 501©3 “The Next American City,” with help from at least Five BIG Foundations, lost its “American,” while Devastated Detroit’s DESIGN is Anointed by UNESCO (Written Sept. 2016, but Published Mar. 2019).

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I have been looking** at the Port Authority of NY/NJ (some articles, some self-description, some considerations) and among those articles — this was also a basic search result — the article recommending splitting it up between the two states, by the organization “NEXT CITY.”

The history of this Philadelphia-based New York Legal Domicile (?) organization “Next City, Inc.”) reporting on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows why the coordinated tax-exempt foundations must NEED the smaller, or desperate (unable to make ends meet without sponsorship) 501©3s to conceal the handover of control to those who had it all along from previous decades of corporate monopolies, wealth storage, and with the financial clout, that political influence, too.

** “..have been looking” here means in August/September, 2016.  

The following post was fully written in 2016 as you see below (except this update in this background-color) but, through my oversight, was not published until now, 2019.  


It’s a lot of work to remain in draft, and I see no good reason not to post it now, although this is not my main project. [See Footnote “Update 2019” “Not my main Project” at bottom of this post] This type of content remains rarely covered on social media, still, although it’s basic, critical information for the public to become aware of. Especially in the United States.

This is in part about publishers and small (like this) publishing nonprofits backed by some of the billion-dollar tax-exempt foundations, most of whose names most readers will I hope recognize, in deciding how cities should look and be run, and keeping this information close to the top of people’s consciousness.

Along with the multi-national corporations which tend to have such billion-dollar tax exempts (even if owned and legally domiciled in the US), the focus is keeping the workers in the cities, globalization, and controlling the infrastructure and workforce OF those cities.


How I discovered the “still in draft” oversight” From Twitter point of reference (MarketUrbanizationReport.com, #Yimby) citing a “CityLab.com” article, looking for my older posts on Detroit’s “Creative Corridor Center” (“Detroitc3.com, UNESCO Cities, etc.) recently (2019). I also have a continuing interest in the erosion of political jurisdiction (State/Federal/National especially), private organizations taking over planning of government operations, and, with this, the progressive undermining of representative government — and accountability for tax receipts — when tax-exempts aggressively coordinate to take over basic infrastructures and what to do with them.

ESPECIALLY when it comes to planning and in urban areas, where I have spent much of my adult working life, married and had children, and through lack of basic representative government, had a profession destroyed needlessly and am now (2019) a senior, still seeking to establish a personal safety zone (including housing) long enough to get back to the work life or A work life after my participating profession (perfectly viable, even post-separation from domestic violence, and 100% legal) was destroyed (now) a decade ago, that is (in my case) by about 2008, despite all efforts to prevent this from happening.

ALL nonprofits are reliable upon and basically more accountable to their funders than those they “serve.”  As such, it seems the only recourse if one’s particular concerns are NOT being addressed (see previous paragraph) is to go create another nonprofit and compete for funding.  Certainly legal and governmental systems aren’t particularly big on listening to individuals about mass violations of basic legal and civil rights..

Two of them, from Fall, 2016:  http://wp.me/psBXH-4Ie and http://wp.me/psBXH-4hX (Links are case-sensitive after the “wp.me/” )

Specifics change with time, but this post illustrates basic, ongoing principles and visuals (including of those billion-dollar backing tax-exempt foundations).  The only update is posting the subject organization’s later tax returns (FYE 2014-2016, versus 2012-2014 on the original) and adding the usual “Post Title with Shortlink” formula I made standard practice, apparently, later on in this blog. Some links or graphics may have expired; however, plenty remain. Read with nearby (Sept/Oct. 2016) blog posts for better understanding!


Post Title and Shortlink: How 501©3 “The Next American City,” with help from at least Five BIG Foundations, lost its “American,” while Devastated Detroit’s DESIGN is Anointed by UNESCO (Written Sept. 2016, but Published Mar. 2019). (short-link ends “-4iT” and this post is about 8,600 words)

Filename: “LGH FCM NewPost|NEXTCITY’org EIN#223886351 (2002ff, NY org with Phillie address) FY2014 Form 990, Line 4a “Program Service Accomplishmts” is MissionStatemt, so Line4a “WhatU Did” Q DODGED on IRS Form ~~ SShot 2019Mar04 PST @ 2.46.22 PM”
Next City buries its only TWO (2) program service ACTIVITIES (not “ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR EACH OF ITS 3 LARGEST PROGRAM SERVICES (i.e., tax-exempt function-related activities) AFTER 3 lines of prose about its mission and vision, then fails to break out corresponding expenses (out of the $1.1M shown) for each!
What a cop-out!

Read this next annotated image (from page 2 of an IRS Form 990 2014 tax return the full page where organizations are supposed to break out DETAILS in what they are, in fact, doing as tax-exempts (Line 1 Mission, Line 4 Program Service Accomplishments) not only shows what it does, but how it tells the IRS what it does. I see this a lot on Form 990s, BUT it’s still disregarding the key instructions on the page — and withholding this information from any public who might be curious about it.Link to five years of “NEXT CITY” tax returns (minus my comments) in two tables right below.  Click on organization name for any year to read its whole tax return for that year.

UPDATED “Last Three Tax Returns”(note, not ‘up to date’ from this source at least; I’m writing in early 2019, so FYE 2017 should show by now).

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Next City PA 2016 990 31 $1,303,810.00 22-3886361
Next City PA 2015 990 26 $1,177,534.00 22-3886361
Next American City PA 2014 990 26 $1,692,233.00 22-3886361

And as shown in the post below, these are its FYE 2012-2013 (click on any organization name through to the related tax return).  Not a very large entity, obviously.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Next American City PA 2014 990 26 $1,692,233.00 22-3886361
Next American City PA 2013 990 24 $952,911.00 22-3886361
Next American City PA 2012 990 26 $706,372.00 22-3886361

(“See also…FORD, ROCKEFELLER, SURDNA, KNIGHT, and JOHN D. & CATHERINE T. MacARTHUR FOUNDATIONS, BACKERS”)


Cover photo as viewed 9/6/2016 (lead story 9/5).  Motto at top:  “Inspiring Better Cities” – appeal at bottom: “Support Independent Journalism for Stronger Cities” next to a “Donate” button.

NextCity.org story NextCity.org story “How Voting Laws Squelch Urban America’s Vote”  “Millions have been denied the right to cast a ballot after getting out of prison, but now they’re organizing a return to the polls.”  Photo William Widner; Story Katie Reckdahl. 


 

From That Article, and mainly for a sense of the writing and focus of the journal:

Disproportionately concentrated in the country’s urban centers, America’s disenfranchised felons number 5.85 million, according to a report from The Sentencing Project. But a burgeoning get-back-the-vote movement is gaining strength, with ex-offenders like Finney and Johnston at its center. …

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