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September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Undocumented LA County Parents on Pace to Receive $650M in Welfare Benefits
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has announced that illegal alien parents in the county will collect a projected $650 million in welfare benefits in 2013. The data was collected from the Department of Public Social Services, which also stated that more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps combined were given to illegal alien parents for their native-born children.
Every month roughly $54 million is forthcoming in welfare payments, nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamps. The assistance is given to an estimated 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents in the county.
Antonovich said that the $54 million issued in July 2013, as compared to the $53 million in July 2012, was further evidence of how much illegal immigration is costing the U.S. He said:
When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year. These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.
August 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
After all, how do you know if and/or when you need to evacuate if the utility and government agencies are denying that a nuclear accident even happened? What if they kept claiming that no harm was caused and the amounts released were ‘minor’? Radiation is invisible, so even with a deadly exposure, you would never know. Very few people own Geiger Counters, and that is the ONLY way to verify if these ‘experts’ are telling the truth.
The NRC Rogovin Commission and the Kennedy Commission claimed that all 69 out of 69 control rods were inserted during the emergency cooling effort, (which is called a scram) and that they all worked properly. (This same type of thing happens after every nuclear accident, with assurances from government, utility and regulators, that the accident will not cause any “immediate harm” and that everything is under control.
The authorities said things like:
“There is no danger to public health”
“We have absolutely no information about this accident. The record of the nuclear industry stands for itself”
“The very idea of evacuating a city of that side is absurd”
“We are advising people to stay indoors until further measure”
“There may have been a release of xenon, but it was within acceptable limits, and safe operations”
“We have to get on with our jobs”
“We don’t know if there will be further uncontrolled ’emissions'”
“We don’t know what we are detecting at this point, but we think people should be moved”
“Pregnant women and children should leave in a 5 mile area surrounding TMI until further notice”
The governor eventually called for pregnant women and children to leave within a five mile radius of the plant via a VOLUNTARY evacuation, rather than a mandatory evacuation, which should have been done. But then the nuclear industry would have looked bad, and they could not have that.
Barrett used time averaged plume dispersion (Chi/Q); assumed the center (highest concentration) of the plume hits the detector; and then averaged this amount over many days of radiation gas releases. Time averaged plume dispersion can be wrong on the low side by a factor of 10. Center line Chi/Q can be wrong on the low side by a factor of a 1000. Averaging the data is wrong on the low side by a factor of 3.4.
Barrett recorded the maximum curies released each day; the grand total of each day’s recording adds up to 36,062,000 total curies released at TMI; yet the official record issued by the NRC in their final report, insists that only 10,000 total curies were released.
The lessons learned from TM were applied to either the other TMI reactor or to Fukushima. Thus those lessons will also not be applied if and when a nuclear accident happens near you and your family. You may at this point be feeling like you are concerned, worried and/or angry, and these feelings are entirely normal.
There was much chaos, minimization and miscommunication during the Fukushima crisis, and non action afterwards. The plant operator knew within several hours of the tsunami that the plant was in meltdown, but it took many days to weeks before evacuations happened.)
In case the video gets deleted from Youtube, copy and paste the following title into the Youtube search box and you should be able to find an alternative place to watch it.
NUCLEAR MELTDOWN: Three Mile Island Aftermath – ‘We Almost Lost Detroit’ too… (1982)
Three Mile Island – Podcasts
Find out more about what REALLY happened via these two podcasts;
Fairewinds on Troubling Events During Nuclear Disaster: “Noise that sounds like rain when it’s not raining” — Family had 5 pets die within hours, all found with ‘milky white’ eyes — Woman engulfed in wave of heat, later told kidney ‘died’ (AUDIO)
August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
In honor of our 90th anniversary, we’re counting down the days (83) until our Nov. 7 Annual Luncheon with 90 tidbits about the BGA: http://bit.ly/1cEQYAl
In June 2009, the BGA welcomed new executive director, Andy Shaw,an award-winning Chicago journalist who spent 37 years covering local, state and national politics, business, education and day-to-day news. When he took the helm of the BGA, the organization was in crucial need of revitalization — a limited watchdog group with a staff of two. The BGA has since undergone a remarkable evolution.
WHAT EFFERTS ARE MEASURABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND TO THE ABUSED CHILDREN AND PARENTS BY THIS SYSTEM OF Increase in number of Oklahoma children in DHS custody frustrates reform efforts
August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
The number of Oklahoma children in state custody is soaring.
That number has risen from about 8,000 four years ago to 10,428 today — frustrating Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials in their efforts to meet performance targets agreed upon as part of a settlement agreement to a federal class-action lawsuit.
“We’re not where we want to be,” acknowledged Deborah Smith, DHS’s director of child welfare services.
Smith discussed the agency’s efforts to meet the performance targets of a five-year child welfare reform plan during Wednesday’s inaugural joint meeting of four DHS citizens’ advisory panels.
Progress is being made, Smith assured panel members.
Smith noted that the agency recruited 796 new traditional foster homes in the fiscal year that ended June 30, which were actually 15 more than the agency’s goal of 781 for the year.
But with increasing numbers of children being taken into DHS custody, the state still has a great need for more high quality foster homes, she said.
DHS has had less success in recruiting therapeutic foster homes that are needed to take in children with emotional problems. The agency had a target of 150 new therapeutic foster homes last fiscal year, but was only able to recruit 86, Smith said.
The rising number of children in custody also has contributed to DHS falling short of its targeted goal of eliminating the use of state shelters for children under 2 by last Dec. 31.
Smith said 47 children under age 2 spent at least one night in shelters during the first 6 months of this year.
She said 20 of those children fall under an exemption that allows shelter stays for young children who are part of large sibling groups, medically fragile or babies of teen mothers in custody.
Smith said she chose to let the other 27 spend the night, despite the agreed-upon goal, because workers were not comfortable with alternative family placements or foster homes available at the time.
She lamented that the number of children under 2 spending nights in shelters has risen in recent months and said 17 such children spent 150 nights in shelters in June.
Rising numbers of children in state custody also are hampering DHS in its efforts to reduce caseloads to manageable levels, she indicated.
The agency needs to have been hiring and training about 80 workers a month for the past 9 or 10 months to be on pace to meet the goal, but has only been able to hire about 50 workers a month, she said.
“It’s scary work,” Smith said. “It’s overwhelming.”
Steven Dow offered an informed perspective on Smith’s report, having once served on DHS’s governing commission that was abolished by voters in November before being named as a member of the new DHS advisory panel on children and family issues.
“It sounds like in some areas sort of significant progress has been made,” he said. “In other areas, I think there’s clearly a lot of work still to be done and I think some of what we had in mind has not happened as rapidly as we wanted.”
“The number of increasing kids in care is obviously very disturbing and the fact that we’ve not been able to increase the number of child welfare workers adequately means we haven’t been able to drive down caseloads to numbers that we wanted,” he said. “And the fact that we still have young kids in shelters is in my mind a deep concern.”
Karen Waddell, chairwoman of the new DHS advisory panel on children and family issues, said she is puzzled by the dramatic increase of children in state custody, but looks forward to working with DHS officials, church groups and other organizations to come up with solutions.
“I think the panels are designed to help provide a partnership for our children — not necessarily for the Department of Human Services, but for our children and families,” she said. “I see lots of different groups and people and synagogues and churches and everybody saying, ‘Let’s make this happen.’”
San Diego County, and the social workers for alleged violations of their civil rights. They say Mark Mann is still included on CACI as a substantiated abuser.
August 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
Seizing Spanked Kids May Leave County Liable
(CN) – A couple who once hit their children with a wooden spoon on reality television can seek punitive damages from San Diego County, a federal judge ruled.
Mark and Melissa Mann first made national headlines in 2009 when they appeared on an episode of the now-canceled reality series “Supernanny” to learn new child-discipline techniques.
“At that time, the parents stated their intention to stop using wooden spoons to strike their children as a form a discipline, but apparently resumed using wooden spoons by the time the events giving rise to this action occurred in April 2010,” U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel wrote Thursday. “The parents report they learned to use a wooden spoon in a parenting class offered at their church.”
San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) had become involved after receiving a report from the preschool attended by the Manns’ triplets on April 6, 2010, about possible child abuse.
The school’s director had been concerned with a mark left on one of the triplets, N.E.H.M., by the wooden spoon Mark Mann had used to paddle the child a night earlier.
Mark had been alone with the 4-year-old triplets and their 6-year-old sister that evening when N.E.H.M. began misbehaving.
Mark said N.E.H.M. was splashing soapy water around the bathroom, and that he attempted to spank her with a wooden spoon, but missed and hit her lower back instead. The spoon left a red welt. Mark had also struck another one of the triplets, M.N.A.M., on the buttocks with a wooden spoon for splashing soapy water, also leaving a mark.
Nobody had been home when social worker Andrea Cisneros tried to visit the Mann house on April 6 so Cisneros spent 15 minutes interviewing the 6-year-old sibling, N.G.P.M., at school the next day.
N.G.P.M. denied any abuse at home, and said that her parents discipline her by giving her a “time out or a whoopin’,” which she described as three or four spanks with her clothes on. She said the triplets were not given these “whoopin’s.”
That same day, Cisneros went back to the Mann home where she physically inspected the other children and interviewed them. She took pictures of N.E.H.M.’s lower back, listened to Melissa Mann’s explanation of the father’s “horrible” night with the children, and then left the house.
After consulting with her supervisor, Lisa Quadros, Cisneros immediately went back to the home to have Melissa Mann sign a voluntary safety plan that stated Mark Mann could not be left alone with the children.
Although distressed about it, Melissa Mann signed the paper after Cisneros told her the children could be removed from the home if she didn’t. Melissa Mann later complained to Quadros about Cisneros’ behavior.
Cisneros also interviewed Mark Mann at his job and got him to sign a safety plan in which he agreed not to physically discipline the children. The social worker told Mark that the children could be removed from the home if he did cooperate.
Cisneros then called Melissa Mann the next day to let her know that she needed to take pictures of the mark on M.N.A.M.’s buttocks. Though Melissa Mann asked Quadros to send a different social worker, Quadros refused. Melissa Mann then called someone higher up who agreed to send a more experienced social worker with Cisneros.
Cisneros and Angela Redmond went to the Mann house to take the pictures, but noticed that M.N.A.M. had an additional bruise on his forehead.
Melissa Mann said the boy had bumped his head on the countertop and became upset that the social workers wanted to take a picture of the bump. She let them and then told them to get out of the house. Later that evening, she called Quadros to apologize for not being “courteous,” but said that “it just feels manipulative like you’re making this out to be something that it’s really not.”
The next day, Ms. Mann spoke to Quadros and told her that she wanted to prove that the children were not in danger. She volunteered to take them to their pediatrician, but Quadros asked that they instead undergo an examination at the Chadwik Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.
The physician at the hospital concluded the mark on N.E.H.M.’s lower back was consistent with Mr. Mann’s story and that the bruise on M.N.A.M.’s head was “most likely accidental.”
Around the same time, Cisneros had begun preparing a Detention Report and application for a protective custody warrant to remove the children from the Mann home. Cisneros’ original report was 13 pages long, but Quadros told her to delete approximately two pages of information.
The deleted information included: a report by school officials that they had never seen any other bruises on the children prior to the incident at hand; Ms. Mann’s complaints about Cisneros, including her request to be assigned a new social worker; and Ms. Mann’s offer to take the children to see their pediatrician and her subsequent agreement to take the children to Children’s Hospital.
Cisneros also added a paragraph stating that the Manns had not been cooperative and that the agency had concerns over the safety of the children. Cisneros later testified at her deposition that she could not think of a time where either of the Manns did not comply with a request by HHSA personnel.
Based on Cisneros’ report, the children were removed from the Mann home and sent to Polinsky Children’s Center, where they were examined by a physician without the Manns’ consent.
Based on a report submitted by the HHSA that they had made a “substantiated” finding of physical abuse, Mark Mann was listed as a child abuser on California’s Child Abuse Central Index (CACI).
The children were released into the custody of their paternal grandmother, with the provision that the Manns could not be left alone with the children. A trial in juvenile court that summer found that the children were not at a substantial risk for future harm, and HHSA’s petition was dismissed.
The Manns then sued HHSA, San Diego County, and the social workers for alleged violations of their civil rights. They say Mark Mann is still included on CACI as a substantiated abuser.
Curiel found Thursday that the defendants deserve qualified immunity only from the Manns’ civil rights claims for interviewing N.G.P.M. at school, the Polinsky examinations, and Mr. Mann’s inclusion on CACI as a child abuser.
The defendants are not entitled to qualified immunity or summary judgment for their actions in obtaining and executing the protective custody warrant, the court found.
“The question remains whether Cisneros and Quadros intentionally or recklessly falsified the Detention Report and Warrant Application,” Curiel wrote. “Plaintiffs assert the social workers were retaliating against the parents for challenging their authority. Plaintiffs support this theory with the fact that, after Ms. Mann’s complaints about Cisneros, HHSA surreptitiously prepared and filed the Detention Report and Warrant Application to remove the children from the home, in addition to the fact that Quadros and Cisneros removed exculpatory evidence from Detention Report and Warrant Application.”
The Manns can also pursue punitive damages, according to the ruling.
“As discussed above, there are disputed issues with regard to plaintiffs’ claim that defendants retaliated against them,” Curiel wrote. “Whether defendants were retaliating against plaintiffs is relevant to whether defendants were motivated by evil motive or intent, or whether they acted in reckless disregard to plaintiffs’ federally protected rights.”
August 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s getting hot at the State Department. Yesterday, 200 people protested outside the agency’s office in DC, with 60 brave activists risking arrest by blocking the front entrance.1
These everyday activists — reported in the Washington DC publication The Hill as a group of “college students, religious leaders and grandmothers”2 — are helping to shine a spotlight on the sham State Department review process that put an oil industry contractor in charge of the environmental analysis of the “game over for the climate” Keystone XL pipeline.
Just before our action, the State Department announced that its Inspector General had in fact launched an investigation into corruption by that contractor, ERM.
We’re making progress, but climate change is more urgent than ever – and yet the Obama Administration is still considering approving Keystone XL.
The signs people held as they sat-in opposing the pipeline were truly moving: “Grandmother” “Veteran” “Farmer” “Rabbi” “Jersey Shore Survivor of Hurricane Sandy.”
Yesterday’s action was a powerful testament to the growing movement against the Keystone XL pipeline, and the growing commitment from Americans across this country to draw a line in the sand and demand that President Obama reject Keystone XL. Just two weeks ago at 350’s SummerHeat action in DC, 55 people were arrested for occupying ERM’s office.
It’s clear that this pressure is being felt by the President. And his recent public statements suggest he may be moving to our side on this issue. But the Tar Sands oil industry is pushing harder than ever for approval of Keystone XL. We can’t let up until President Obama rejects this pipeline once and for all.
While the DC police refused to arrest the protestors sitting in yesterday, these activists powerfully demonstrated that our movement is bigger than ever, with over 75,000 people signing the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance3 and committing to risk arrest if necessary to stop President Obama from approving Keystone XL.
Over 75,000 people pledging to risk arrest if the State Department recommends that this “game over” for climate pipeline is in our national interest — that’s big. And it takes an army of organizers working on the ground with volunteer action leaders across the country to plan hundreds of civil disobedience actions.
CREDO, the Other 98% and Rainforest Action Network have big plans to keep sending a message to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. We’re planning momentum building arrest actions at TransCanada’s headquarters in Houston and in Secretary Kerry’s hometown of Boston. And we’ll be announcing hundreds of activist-organized Pledge of Resistance actions across the country where folks will be ready to risk arrest if President Obama and the State Department recommend approval of Keystone XL.
It’s a huge organizing effort. And it’s what we need to do to win on Keystone XL. Help make it happen.
We believe organizing makes a difference. It’s more powerful than advertising. More true to our values than DC lobbying. And we can’t do it on the massive scale necessary to win this fight without your help.
Thanks for fighting Keystone XL.
Becky Bond and Elijah Zarlin