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To what extent is Barry Zimmerman personally responsible for the death of the little Alaina Stockdill?

September 22, 2010 By: admin Category: Judicial, Local Politics, Politics, Societal

One week before she was killed by her mother, the little 8 years old Alaina was complaining to her neighbors that mom was trying to strangle her.  Neighbors reported to Barry Zimmerman’s office. He himself acknowledged this communication in the TV interview.  His office did nothing to protect the little girl.

Barry Zimmerman from the Ventura County Human services has to be held personally accountable for the death of 8 years old Alaina Stockdill. His smug lawyering comments on the KCBS news tonight were disgusting. His services were warned before. See the LA Times article from April 22, 2010 http://articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/22/local/la-me-molest-20100422 below. This girl’s death is HIS responsibility. When are we going to start holding government employees accountable for their stupidity, negligence or incompetence, Jerry Brown? You want to be governor? Do your job as AG first!


Autopsy Results Delayed For Dead Ventura Girl

September 21, 2010 5:49 PM

VENTURA (AP) — The Ventura County Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy of an 8-year-old girl who authorities suspect was slain by her mother, but officials have not immediately released a cause of death.

Chief Deputy Medical Examiner James Baroni said Tuesday that the autopsy results would likely be released a day later, after further investigative work is completed.

Twenty-five-year-old Blair Stockdill was arrested Monday after police responded to reports of a knife fight between a man and woman.

At an apartment, officers found a man with stab wounds on his arm and inside the home, police found the body of Stockdill’s daughter, Alaina, who had been dead for several days.

Stockdill was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.


Ventura County to review handling of child abuse complaints

Supervisors raise concerns after a local school district board member pleads guilty to sexually molesting a young girl over a five-year period and fathering her child.

April 22, 2010|By Steve Chawkins

The young girl told classmates, who told school employees, who told county social workers.

But her sexual abuse by a school board member continued for years and some of the school officials who worked with him want to know why.

Last week, Brian E. Martin, 49, a member of Ventura County’s Rio School District board since 2006, pleaded guilty to continuous sexual molestation of a girl under age 15 and inflicting “great bodily harm” — by impregnating her.

The girl, now 15, is among four children who Martin and his wife, Cristina Carreño Martin, took in after a relative of hers with drug problems abandoned them six years ago. The girl’s baby boy, born in December, has been placed with an adoptive family.

In the wake of Martin’s guilty plea, Ventura County supervisors have ordered a review of the county’s procedures for dealing with child abuse complaints.

Officials with the Rio district, which covers parts of the Oxnard area, say county social workers did not investigate thoroughly even after receiving reports at least six times over two years.

“We’re pushing for higher standards by Child Protective Services,” said Tim Blaylock, the board’s president. “There are steps they could have taken to validate our concerns.”

Barry Zimmerman, head of the county’s Human Services Agency, declined to comment on the case or his department’s procedures, citing legal requirements for confidentiality.

Martin entered his plea in a brief, somber court appearance last week. At times, his wife held his hand and quietly sobbed. Under his plea agreement, he faces 17 years in prison.

A special election will be set for November to replace him on the district’s board.

Blaylock said the abuse emerged after the girl “confided to some of her classmates.”

“They were very concerned and wanted to help her,” he said. “These kids don’t just make up this stuff. Most of the time, it’s true.”

In interviews with social workers, the girl denied any sexual relationship with Martin, Blaylock said.

But, he said, the investigators should have anticipated that she would be fearful and asked a judge to order a physical exam. They also failed, he said, to interview district Supt. Sherianne Cotterell, who contacted the child protection agency after Martin’s wife shared her suspicions with her.

Reached by The Times on Wednesday, Cristina Carreño Martin, who said she is planning to file for divorce, was not quite as critical of county social workers.

Follow up to Soviet Active Measures

September 17, 2010 By: admin Category: Economy, History, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Societal

Just posted the following on the Linkedin.com discussion on Systems Thinking:

1. Haven’t I brought up few weeks ago (in this very thread) the tendency to ever changing “fad” or “crisis” of the day? We’ve got a new one!!!

Yesterday ( http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/16/white-house-global-warming-global-climate-disruption/ )  Quote:
From the administration that brought you “man-caused disaster” and “overseas contingency operation,” another terminology change is in the pipeline.

The White House wants the public to start using the term “global climate disruption” in place of “global warming” — fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is.

White House science adviser John Holdren urged people to start using the phrase during a speech last week in Oslo, echoing a plea he made three years earlier. Holdren said global warming is a “dangerous misnomer” for a problem far more complicated than a rise in temperature.  Unquote

2. Thought it might be of interest to see what positions are / were held by the scientific adviser to Barack Obama:

Overpopulation was an early concern and interest. In a 1969 article, Holdren and co-author Paul R. Ehrlich  argued that, “if the population control measures are not initiated immediately, and effectively, all the technology man can bring to bear will not fend off the misery to come.”[19]  In 1973 Holdren encouraged a decline in fertility to well below replacement in the United States, because “210 million now is too many and 280 million in 2040 is likely to be much too many.”[20] In 1977, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, and Holdren co-authored the textbook Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment; they discussed the possible role of a wide variety of solutions to overpopulation, from voluntary family planning to enforced population controls, including forced sterilization  for women after they gave birth to a designated number of children, and recommended “the use of milder methods of influencing family size preferences” such as access to birth control and abortion.[10][21]

Other early publications include Energy (1971), Human Ecology (1973), Energy in Transition (1980), Earth and the Human Future (1986), Strategic Defenses and the Future of the Arms Race (1987), Building Global Security Through Cooperation (1990), and Conversion of Military R&D (1998).[12]
from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holdren

3. In the same Wikipedia summary on J Holden, we find the following references (under Awards):
# Nobel Peace Prize acceptance lecture on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, December 1995
# Chair of the Executive Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, 1987-1997
It should be duly noted that the Pugwash Conference was known for decades as being manipulated, if not outright controlled by the KGB:
http://www.speak-up-now.com/wp-content/uploads/sovietactivemeasures.pdf    paragraph 77, page 17. (See also the mentions of KGB using the environmentalist societies in the same document)

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