September 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
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 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
Federal and State Laws
Below are the main, most comprehensive statutes and regulations in Illinois which relate to the below categories, and are not indicative of the totality of laws regarding the selected categories.
- Illinois School Code – 105 ILCS
- Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 1
- Vocational Education Act – 105 ILCS 435
- Vocational Education Regulations – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 254
- Private Business and Vocational Schools Act – 105 ILCS 425
- Private Business and Vocational Schools Regulations – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 451
- Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act – 115 ILCS 5
- Higher Education Statutes (various) – 110 ILCS 5-1020
- Private College Act – 110 ILCS 1005
- Program Review Regulations (Private Colleges and Universities) – 23 Ill. Admin Code 1030
- Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Programs – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 205
- Alternative Learning Opportunities Program – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 240
- Charter Schools Regulations – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 650
- Federal IDEA Statute – 20 U.S.C. 1400
- Federal IDEA Regulations – 34 C.F.R. 300
- Illinois School Code – special education section – 105 ILCS 5/14
- Illinois Special Education Regulations – 23 Ill. Admin Code 226
- Special Education Facilities Under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 401
- Federal FERPA Statute – 20 U.S.C. 1232g
- Federal FERPA Regulations – 34 C.F.R. 99
- Illinois School Student Records Act – 105 ILCS 10/1
- Student Records Regulations – 23 Ill. Admin. Code 375
Mental Health and Confidentiality:
- Federal HIPAA Statute – 42 U.S.C. 1301
- Federal HIPAA Regulations – 45 CFR 160 and 164
- Federal Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Act – 21 U.S.C. Chapter 16
- Federal Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Records – 42 CFR Part 2
- Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act – 740 ILCS 110/1
- Illinois Alcoholism and other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act – 20 ILCS 301/1
- Illinois Early Intervention Services System Act – 325 ILCS 20/1
- Illinois Early Intervention Confidentiality/Privacy Regulations – 89 Ill. Adm. Code 500.150
- Illinois Hospital Licensing Act – 210 ILCS 85/6.17
- Illinois Hospital Licensing Medical Records Regulations – 77 Ill. Admin Code 250.1510
- Illinois Managed Care Reform and Illinois Patient’s Rights Act – 215 ILCS 134/1
- Illinois Medical Patient Rights Act – 410 ILCS 50
- Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, Physician and Patient Privilege – 735 ILCS 5/8-802
- Community Mental Health Act – 405 ILCS 20
- Protection and Advocacy for Developmentally Disabled Persons Act – 405 ILCS 40
- Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Persons Act – 405 ILCS 45
- Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 – 501 ILCS 49
- Developmental Disability and Mental Disability Services Act – 405 ILCS 80
- Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act – 325 ILCS 5
- Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect Regulations – 89 Ill. Admin. Code 300
- Labor Dispute Act – 820 ILCS 5
- Collective Bargaining Successor Employment Act – 820 ILCS 10
- Employee Arbitration Act – 820 ILCS 35
- Arbitration Policies, Functions and Procedures – 56 Ill. Admin. Code 110
- Personnel Record Review Act – 820 ILCS 40
- Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act – 820 ILCS 55
- Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act Regulations – 56 Ill. Admin. Code 360
- Union Employee Health and Benefits Protection Act – 820 ILCS 60
- School Visitation Rights Act – 820 ILCS 147
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.’”