THE YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY- ONE LAST PITCH FOR HUMAN VIABILITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) By clicking on the following link at: theyearsoflivingdangerously.com, you can see for yourself the first episode of the daunting reality and task we now all face. Since our "creation" G-d has continued to pose the same question to humanity- life or death- while the means of our self-destruction has only gotten greater and greater throughout human history. One has the feeling that HaShem- real or metaphor- might once and for all want humanity to choose whether they want to make heaven or hell out of this planet.

LAUSD'S LATEST SCAM- CLEARLY FALSE ASSERTIONS OF TEACHER OVERPAYMENT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) If you are a current or retired employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) there is yet another assault you might find yourself being subjected to- the clearly false allegation that you were overpaid by LAUSD, when the reality is that there is a greater likelihood and in many cases clear and convincing evidence that you were significantly underpaid. In the last few years, LAUSD has been in the process of going after thousands of teachers for these alleged overpayments without any evidence to substantiate that this ever took place and for the sole motive of lessening its bottom line at any cost. If LAUSD had any real interest in determining the truth, all it would have to do is take your gross salary from any year's last December salary stub and compare it with where you are supposed to be on the LAUSD salary scale to see whether you were either under or overpaid. Rather than do this LAUSD has turned over these false overpayment claims to a collection agency, even though such action is clearly illegal. Worse yet, teachers who have already been targeted for removal from the district on other trumped up charges have found themselves significantly more likely to have LAUSD come after them for these bogus overpayment charges that LAUSD refuses to substantiate with any documentation.

ARE POLICE SOMETIMES THEIR OWN WORST ENEMIES? WHY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Someone once told me that if you dropped a frog into boiling water, it would jump out. But if you put it into a pot and then slowly raise the temperature around it, it would boil to death. Whether this is actually true or not, it seems like a pretty good analogy as to the situation we have now put our police into. Los Angeles, as opposed to New York City's police saturation approach to policing, has always taken the approach to police work that a small elite force of professional police are better able to effectively function, because in the past the vast majority of the public supported and respected the law. Sadly, this is no longer the case, because those in power at the city, state, and federal level have created a present reality where we no longer socialize our population with enough of an education to understand their own key role in maintaining social order. Simply stated, you can never put enough police in the streets to maintain social order, if the citizenry itself does not understand the importance of supporting the police and what they are supposed to be there for.

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04 2014

U.S. SUPREME COURT'S LATEST DECISION IN MCCUTCHEON PURPOSEFULLY MISSTATES WHAT'S AT ISSUE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is virtually impossible to have a vibrant progressive movement in this country and a balanced political debate of the issues when the left continues to relegate itself to merely responding to whatever conservatives do by allowing them to frame all political debate and terms of engagement. The latest incarnation of this formula for continuing to allow the minority conservatives to move the country further to the right took place this Wednesday, when the Supreme Court decided McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536, by a 5-to-4 vote along ideological lines. While the conservatives were allowed to frame the arguments before the court around a supposed 1st Amendment right to free speech, where the ability for the rich to spend disproportionate amounts of money was characterized as merely exercising their right to free speech, the left abdicated its responsibility to raise other more compelling constitutional based arguments that could have shined a light on the clearly disingenuous rhetoric of the conservatives, while showing the actual threat it poses to these same constitutional rights and protections.

LAUSD AND FINALLY BREAKING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE (LAUSD y finalmente rompiendo LA ESCUELA HASTA PRISIÓN TUBERÍA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Students who are purposefully pushed through public education without being taught are merely ignorant. However, the people running these failure factories, despite their advanced degrees of questionable origin and value, are truly stupid because they are acting in a manner that is diametrically opposed to their own real self-interest, if quality of life and not salary was the measure of success. Rupturing the school to prison pipeline starts when the crimes of LAUSD and school districts like it throughout this country are confronted and stopped. It is 46 years since the Latino walkouts from E.L.A. schools and Latino public education at LAUSD is worse today than it was back then. So where is MALDEF...having self-congratulatory dinners with Latino children continue to be socially promoted without the foundational skills necessary to keep them out of gangs and the criminal just us system.

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04 2014

LAUSD'S TREACHEROUS ROAD FROM REED TO VERGARA- IT'S NEVER BEEN ABOUT STUDENTS, JUST MONEY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Contrary to what was asserted in 2010 with the Reed vs. State of California case, and now with the Vergara vs. State of California case, cutting the budget by attacking teachers at the top of the salary scale is the real motive of both the plaintiffs and the defendants in these put up cases that are anything but adversarial as actually required by law. The well-being of students and their constitutional right to an education has nothing to do with why teacher seniority is under attack. Corporate interests have gotten behind these two cases with collusive lawsuits against the State of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District as defendants, when these defendants actually share the plaintiffs desire to destroy a professional and fairly compensated teaching force solely for the motive of profit to more and more hedge fund run charters and the further dumbing down of our future electorate, so the average citizen will not have enough of an education to meaningfully comprehend just how badly they are being screwed.

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04 2014

LAUSD and UTLA Collude to End Collective Bargaining and Civil RIghts for Teachers Part 1

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) If you are a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) you have no civil rights and no union rights. LAUSD may target you for removal, because you either refuse to go along with the longstanding and highly profitable financial scam they have been running for generations now called public education, aka minority daycare. It is being played against predominantly students of color in a school district that Whites abandon long ago (only 6% left in LAUSD), making it more segregated that it was prior to Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. Or if you are just "guilty" of having a great deal of seniority, which puts you high on the salary scale, you can be removed from teaching with no collective bargaining rights and especially no arbitration as guaranteed by the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is now systematically ignored, even if UTLA voted for it. By merely adding a gratuitous morals charge under California Education Code 44939.odt, a teacher can even be stripped of their Collective Bargaining rights to grievance and arbitration. This war against teachers started in 2006 when present chief LAUSD attorney David Holmquist was director of the LAUSD Office of Risk Management and Insurance Services. With 2006 Retiree Health Actuarial info.pdf, it became open season on older high-seniority and better paid teachers who either suffer from good teaching or honesty in the face of endemic LAUSD/UTLA corruption.

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03 2014

LAUSD and UTLA Collude to End Collective Bargaining and Civil RIghts for Teachers Part 2 ( LAUSD y UTLA coluden para poner fin a la negociación colectiva y los derechos civiles de los profesores parte 2 )

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) As somebody who went to law school and taught constitutional law at both the secondary and university levels, I had always operated under the delusion that one was innocent until proven guilty by a preponderance of the evidence in a civil case and beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal case. In the corrupt world created by the Los Angeles Unifed School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), nothing could be further from the truth. From the moment you are targeted for removal from teaching for what quickly becomes a never ending sequence of fabricated charges based on reasons mentioned in Part 1 of this article, you are presumed guilty by virtually everybody you deal with. And even those few people who see clearly that you are being railroaded by LAUSD and UTLA do nothing to intervene on your behalf, because they are terrified of losing their own jobs...or privileges While there are some pretty awful teachers within LAUSD, ironically, they will be the last to be harassed, attacked, and removed, because they play ball with corrupt LAUSD or UTLA administrations. None of this could take place if UTLA did its job and the law firm of Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad didn't help in facilitating your removal from teaching by LAUSD. Here is the way it is done:

HAS UTLA RANK-AND-FILE BEEN TOLD THAT I'M SUING UTLA? WHY NOT?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) As the pro forma United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) elections move into their final round of insider trading, why is it that the teachers these jokers have already failed to represent for the last 3 years aren't demanding their heads...or at the very least, some answers? With a voter turnout of less that 25% of those eligible to vote, the answer is simple: LAUSD teachers are so demoralized from past tolerated abuse by LAUSD and UTLA that they don't think anything else is possible and don't believe that the corruption in UTLA can ever be turned around. Hopefully what I have to say might change their minds and get them behind the legal action necessary to finally compel their union to act on their behalf. Clearly, this is a sine qua non to being an effective teacher at LAUSD- knowing your union's got your back.

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03 2014

HAVE REPORTERS BECOME POLI-TICKS- THE MEDIA PARASITES OF THE BODY POLITIC?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Whenever I start to believe there is no rhyme or reason to anything I experience in my daily life, serendipity pops up its coincidental head and throws me for a loop. I mean at first examination, what does fundraising at national public radio station KPCC have to do with George Orwell of 1984 fame and an essay he wrote entitled Politics and the English Language? In Orwell's essay, he clearly describes how "political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible." What occurred to me is that the only thing that has changed since he originally published this essay in 1946 is that those in the government and the media have only become more adept at obfuscating reality. Thank G-d for an occasional Ed Snowden to let us know what time it is.

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03 2014

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