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Provocation

Israeli forces fired into al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan prayers. Israel is an aggressor and oppressor. Israel is wrong.

What is happening in Gaza is not a conflict between two opposing states. What is happening in Gaza are war crimes committed by Israel against a people who have been suffering under Israeli occupation for 73 years. Nakba continues.

Israel is looking a lot like Nazi Germany, like apartheid South Africa.

Israel is wrong.

Building Contractor Scam · Criminal Organizations · Health and wellness · Homeownership · Insurance Claims · Insurance Scam · Paralegal Studies

Where Do I Report This Travesty?

Bathroom Floor

Several weeks ago I reported to Los Angeles County Building and Safety that there was a structural support problem in this bathroom that is part of the rescinded Certificate of Occupancy the inspector supervisor told me had a typo on it. The document was issued when there was no structure standing on the property because the contractor who is suing me for defamation demolished my home without my authorization, without any documentation that superceded the engineering report that was prepared before he destroyed undamaged property.

What’s underneath?

After nearly stepping all the way through the linoleum, I wanted to know what was underneath. The floor has been feeling mushy, even underneath the shower. Creeping mush cannot be good.

Particle Board!

If not for the fact that fiberglass should not be handled without proper equipment, I would have continued digging because I want to know if there is a foundation beneath. I do not understand how this structure passed final inspection except that the inspectors are in on the scam. Else why have I received no response to my report of environmental and safety hazards?

It was the contractor from Protech that pulled the permits for this job, therefore, according to the deputy director of Building and Safety, that contractor should respond to them with plans and new permit requests because the permits pulled previously are invalid. There are outstanding correction notices, a rescinded Certificate of Occupancy, and this hole in the bathroom floor because it was not properly constructed or finished. Protech was given more than $260K for this destruction two years ago. Where is the warranty that Protech said was in effect? Where are the building plans? Why do I not have them as they were paid for?

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Structural Integrity is Nil

Just stepped out of the shower and nearly went through the floor. I reported the questionable support structure under the bathroom floor to Los Angeles County Public Works, Building and Safety department several weeks ago. Because they are involved with the scam, they are ignoring my requests for service and leaving me in an unsafe condition because they do not want to require the contractor, who allegedly pulled the permits, to make the necessary corrections to this unfinished job.

I am now certain this scam involves Building and Safety inspectors and administrators. Had I not persisted in demanding reinspection of this mess that somehow passed final inspection, only to have the Certificate of Occupancy rescinded and a list of the same corrections that needed to be made when the first corrections notice was issued in 2017. Another was issued in 2018, but it was set aside for 18 months with a hope that I would just go away or would be intimidated into silence by the contractor.

The contractor is suing me for defamation, claiming I have cost him one million dollars in damages. I have filed an anti-SLAAP in response. I guess he has been designated to handle me while Building and Safety, Department of Insurance, Safeco/Liberty Mutual close off communication and ignore me.

I experienced similar treatment in the military. I reported sexual harassment to an officer. Next thing I know, he is transferred. I was prevented from getting to the Inspector General, so I stayed a one-woman protest, refusing to do anything except go to class until I was allowed to report what women were suffering at the hands of the Sargent Major in charge of the trainees. We were short-timers. It was easier to stop the behavior while we remained rather than let me report a lifer. Might mess up his retirement.

I now know with certainty that this structure was built without plans, with second-rate materials, and improperly with the blessings of LA County Building and Safety. The project manager who actually worked on this unsafe structure is dead. I think the dead have no rights, so it is safe to name him: Steve Willsey. I never would have known he died had not the contractor who is suing me called to tell me. He also told me I would never get the money he was given by the insurance adjuster. I think I was told about Willsey and was supposed to be afraid. I was threatened. I felt the contractor was attempting to intimidate me, just as he is doing by filing this frivolous lawsuit that violates my right to free speech.

I may not be able to sue this gaslighting crew, but I can let as many as can and will read this know that they need to be wary about insurance claims adjusters, building contractors, insurance companies, and public agencies that are supposed to stand for the consumer but don’t.

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Inadequate Prosecution

White-collar crime is not prosecuted with any adequacy in this country. Racketeers, money launderers, high-class thieves are allowed to defraud the country; the state, local government, individuals, corporations, everyone is fair game. If caught, at most there is a fine, generally a slap on the wrist. Don’t get caught next time is what that fine says.

I am being sued for defamation by a white-collar criminal who has destroyed my property in collaboration with state and local government agencies and an insurance company. Prior to this shakedown, I was being ripped off by a bank in Texas!

To whom does one report white-collar crime? How many people have to know of the occurrence before taking action to end it?

Corporate totalitarianism is making me very ill.

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Pearl S. Buck Style, Daina Ramey Berry and Context of the Cadaver Trade

I have been reading too many books simultaneously. I have become mesmerized by Pearl Buck’s writing style. It seems long , detailed, almost like a conversation. The style has drawn me in, as well as the historical context of 19th C China.

I began reading Buck to try an unpack some of my biases against China. I first read Imperial Woman, that dramatizes some elements of the life of the Emperor Dowager Cixi (Shu-she). Now I have settled on reading alone The Pavilion of Women, to be followed by Peony, a story about the Jews in China. I began reading the last two books simultaneously, but have become captivated by the mind of Madame Wu. I recommend reading any of the many Pearl S. Buck books. I used to take for granted that everyone knew of The Good Earth, but no longer. If you are completely unfamiliar with Buck, start with that book. I you have a passing interest in China, her fiction is verisimilar. There are several good documentaries, and films, about various elements of Chinese history on YouTube.

Completing The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry was difficult because of the conflicting nature of her study. For me, the story was jaw-dropping. Long interested in the study and practice of forensic pathological science, this study fleshed out the development of medical school organization and practice among, generally speaking, elite white men. That body snatching thing was real, but the victims in this country were the enslaved and poor. Don’t be one of the executed, incarcerated and executed, or unclaimed; battles could possible be wage over the right to your body. This early cadaver trade is the lead-in to our current underground trade in “red flesh” or body parts.

Black Resurrectionists procured, prepared, and presented cadavers, body parts, fetuses, infants, and severed limbs and heads to further anatomical study in the early institutions of medicine. Medical students, poor whites, and any other interested in making some money also participated in this work.

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Two takes on whiteness

Notes on Colorism

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Some decades ago on a daytime TV talk show – I’ll never find it – the African-American public intellectual, Cornel West, was seated next to some Ku Klux Klan members, and the host said something about the KKK representing white people. West gestured at the white supremacists next to him on the stage and replied, “These people don’t represent white people; they represent morons.” That encapsulated the norm in anti-racist discourse in the post-1960s trajectory (post-MLK/post-hippies). It was not black vs white but, as Dr. King called it, a “coalition of conscience” on one side and racists on the other, “for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny . . . that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom” (“I Have a Dream,” 1963).

How times have changed. Many in the…

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