Saturday, April 14, 2018

Discouraged

I went to a pro se law clinic at a local law school this morning. As I have not been able to find a lawyer to represent me, it seemed worth the effort. And it was an effort as we are having an all out blizzard today in Minnesota.

Unfortunately the student I met with was not very encouraging. She said it is very difficult to change permanent orders. The facts of the case do not really matter. She said I may have some leverage if my evidence of crime is solid enough (and it could not be more more solid) but strongly recommended I find a lawyer, preferably one with expertise in ethics and professional responsibility.

So I spent some time searching for one. I'll likely meet with a few but I am not sure any will be willing to represent me. Not many lawyers are willing to admit crime is rampant in the legal system and even fewer are willing to fight it.

Part of me thinks I should just file a civil suit against Spring and see what happens. When I am in an optimistic mood, which is less and less common, I see no reason why, given the evidence, this should not return to me all monies I lost due to the crimes committed agaisnt me plus punitive damages.  It should be a slam dunk.

But the likely reality is that I will have no choice but to file a pro se motion to dismiss spousal support in family court. Odds are it not only will be dismissed but will result in further injustices being committed against me. As the court has ruled that spousal support can only be ended by a new court order or my death, that would leave only one option.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sexism In The Marines

It is amazing to me just how persistent sexism can be. The armed forces, to their credit, took the lead on racial integration in 1948 under Harry Truman. Granted it was a long road but the road stated with full integration.

Yet here we are in 2018 and we still debate whether all positions in the military should be open to women. I find it absolutely amazing that the Marine Corps still has gender segregated basic training. Many marines still believe that women are somehow less capable than women.

The training is anything but separate but equal (a phrase that has never been true under any context) so this leads quite naturally to women performing worse than men. And when a commander shows that with proper training female marines are every bit as good as male marines, she is fired. When the Marine Corp only takes the best of half the population the end result is without question a less capable Marine Corps.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Corrupt Systems Are Hard To Change

Corrupt systems are hard to change. From 1880 until 1950 over 4000 lynchings occurred agaisnt blacks in 12 southern states. How did the perpetrators get away with this? Because the legal system was rife with corruption. Police, lawyers and judges all let it happen and often were complicit themselves. In almost all cases, even those who knew it was wrong did nothing to stop the murders from being committed. 

To be clear - I believe that the majority of people, in general and within the legal system, during this time did not participate or condone lynchings. But they did not actively work to stop it. The result is that they let a small group of vile and criminal people define their collective morality.

The reason they did not speak up is that they feared the consequences of doing so. Speaking out would jeopardize not only their and their family's social bonds but also their income and even lives. It was easier and safer to remain silent.

A recent study has demonstrated the downsides to whistleblowers.
"In sum, our findings showed that blowing the whistle had—for a large majority—an adverse effect on life and a very negative impact on the mental health of those who blow the whistle, while society in one way or another benefited from their actions. This apparent misbalance in burden needs to be targeted, not only for current whistleblowers but also for future cases to prevent as much as possible that people no longer blow the whistle because of the negative consequences as shown in our and previous studies."
And the larger the scale of where the corruption exists the greater the risk. Blowing the whistle on accounting practices in a small law firm is a lot less risky than blowing the whistle on common, yet criminal, practices within the legal system. I have had lawyers tell me outright that what happened to me is wrong and criminal but that is just the way the system works. I have had lawyers tell me that they disagree with lawyers associations but cannot speak out agaisnt them as they would be ostracized by their peers.

The corrupt individuals are the cancer that sickens the whole.

This site has provided unquestionable evidence of criminal actions within the legal system. Yet the people who have committed the crimes not only have not been punished but have been greatly rewarded for their actions. And the crime continues.  Every day innocent men, women and children are hurt. Many of those victims become violent or self-destructive. No one knows how many people end up dying but it is pretty clear that not a day goes by without someone dying due to corruption within family court. If you do not believe this you are ignoring reality. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

I Need A Michael Osgood

I need a Michael Osgood.


Although he failed, NYPD’s Special Victims Division's Michael Osgood tried to take down Harvey Weinstein in 2015Why was he unsuccessful? After all he had a victim, Italian model Ambra Battilana and he had solid evidence. What he didn't have was the support of the district attorney. Quite the opposite the DA actively tried to obstruct justice and protect Weinstein. 

In an amazing story, Osgood not only had to put together a case against Weinstein, but had to do so while hiding it from the DA's office as he knew they would dismiss the case given that Weinstein was arguably the most powerful person in Hollywood at the time. 


Like in the divorce industry bringing people to justice takes a lot more than evidence, it takes overcoming the inherent and often pervasive corruption within the legal system. We like to believe that all people are equal under the law but in practice that is far, often very far, from the truth. 

I have the best evidence imaginable that Nelly Wince lied in court and committed fraud. The reaction of the county attorney's office was to tell me there is no law in the state agaisnt a lawyer lying in court. Furthermore, they told me that there is no such thing as fraud upon the court in Minnesota statues despite the very first result when searching Google using the phase "fraud upon the court Minnesota" demonstrates otherwise.  The fact they told me both in writing shows just how normal obstruction of justice is for them. 

I need a Michael Osgood because even though he failed in 2015, just look where Harvey Weisntein is today. And that DA that tried to thwart Osgood's investigation? Today he is fighting for his job. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

How Immoral Behavior Becomes Common

Immoral behavior, whether it be killing innocents in war, genocide, discrimination against people of a certain skin color, gender, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation as well lawyers lying in court, institutions acting corruptly, or law enforcement officials protecting criminals has always fascinated me. How are people able to preform such horrible actions?

I remember hearing about an Iraqi-American who was being tortured while detained in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. She said her torturer paused for a bit to take a call from his wife. In a perfectly normal, even touching conversation they discussed plans for their daughter's upcoming birthday party. When he was done with the call, he resumed his torturing. 

Maybe the reason is that behavior is considered more moral the more common it is as a Swedish study has recently found.
Altruistic behaviour was considered more morally right than selfish, but both behaviours were judged to be more moral and less deserving of penalty if the majority exhibited them than if they were uncommon.
I suspect most people like to think that if they lived in 1930s Germany they would not have been an avid supporter of Hitler. They would not be the ones in the death camps killing innocent men, women and children. Maybe everyone should examine their present actions a bit more closely.

The core reason that immoral and criminal actions are so common in family court and why the perpetrators are able to get away with such horrible acts and crimes, is that these actions are common, even normal. They are ubiquitous.  It is just the way the system works as has been stated to me many times. It is time for the system to change.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Critical Thinking And Good Judgement

I have often told my children that the greatest value of education is that it improves judgment.

Yet many people who are educated have poor judgment. How can this be? The key I believe is critical thinking. Especially self-aware critical thinking.

So what is critical thinking? In essence it is thinking rationally in all aspects.  Especially about your own thoughts and actions. Some would call it mindfulness but it is more than that. It is mindfulness grounded in reality. Perhaps it is easier to look at a few examples of not thinking critically.

  • Being convinced an unknown light in the sky is an alien spaceship. 
  • Believing a squeak in your house is ghost/fairy/poltergeist/gremlin/leprechaun.
  • Believing you have superhero powers and if you just concentrate hard enough you can move objects. Like a Jedi.
  • Committing perjury in court like Spring did, yet maintaining that you are a good person and not a criminal. 
  • Blatantly breaking the Lawyers Code of Professional Conduct and the law as Nelly Wince did yet believing that you are moral person and upright lawyer. 
  • Being responsible for disciplining attorneys who break the Lawyers Code of Professional Conduct as the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) is, yet mostly doing the exact opposite - shielding lawyers from the consequences of their unethical and criminal actions. 
  • Knowingly providing false information in order to cover up a crime as County Attorney Bennie Sonsang did. 
Now possibly Spring, Nelly Wince, the LPRB and Bennie Sonsang do think critically and know their actions are abhorrent and criminal but I really doubt it. I think they, like most people who do bad things, mentally avoid thinking critically about their actions. They live delusional lives. 

This delusional thinking is the root cause of nearly all bad things humans do to each other. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Alimony and Child Abandonment

One of the strange consequences of alimony is that it often allows a parent to effectively get away with child abandonment. 

In Minnesota parental rights can be terminated when:
"the parent has substantially, continuously, or repeatedly refused or neglected to comply with the duties imposed upon that parent by the parent and child relationship, including but not limited to providing the child with necessary food, clothing, shelter, education, and other care and control necessary for the child's physical, mental, or emotional health and development, if the parent is physically and financially able"
Now in my case Spring after the divorce (actually before but legally our monies were pooled then) not only never provided a single dime of her income to support the children but actually reduced my ability to provide for them due to her receiving alimony. This despite the substantial amount of money and property she received from her divorce of me and the fact the employment evaluation determined she could make just as much money as me.

If she had done this while single or a widow the court would have taken the children away from her for child abandonment. Now I highly doubt that would have happened because I think, or at least hope, she would have not abandoned the children in such a situation. I think she would have acted in at least a minimally responsible manner. Quite possibly more than minimally.  Indeed, she might have even become a good person not only for the children but for society as a whole.

Responsibility is one of the things that tends to build on itself. If you do the right thing, even if  only because you have little choice, it tends to  build over time. Responsibility is really a learned self-reinforcing behavior. Sadly so is irresponsibility. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Real Reason I Loath Corruption

Spring's divorce of me has taught me many things. I learned that she has no problem committing perjury and fraud. I learned that receiving  money from me is worth more than her self-dignity or relationship with the children.

Even more distributing I learned that lawyers such as Nelly Wince commit crimes, crimes which devastate innocent people including many children, as a normal part of their careers.

I leaned that institutions such as the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, whose very existence is designed to ensure lawyers not only act within the law but in accordance with the Lawyers Code of Professional Conduct operate in a way which is nearly exactly the opposite. They protect lawyers from the consequences of their inappropriate and illegal actions. Indeed, according to their own published statistics they virtually never discipline a lawyer unless the lawyer has already been convinced of a crime. Amazingly they have not been able to provide me a single example where they disciplined a divorce lawyer for lying in court. Ever. As a consequence, it is widely known that many divorce lawyers encourage their clients to commit perjury as well as regularly lie and commit fraud themselves. In practice many lawyers seem to use ethical oath as a reverse guide to figure out the best strategies for illegal and unethical behavior.

I learned that many judges, county attorneys, mediators and others regularly act in ways which are quite simply abhorrent.

The consequences of all this are enormous. Innocents are hurt and die. Our economy is negatively affected. And probably worst of all humanity itself is tarnished.  It is depressing that we as humans can act like this. If evil exists, this is it.

Yet ironically, despite all this, I am an optimist. It is absolutely irritating to me that I have to be the person who has to point all this out. This is not what I want to do. What I want is to focus on much bigger issues. I am most interested in the long future of humanity.

I do not really want to write about corruption in the divorce industry. I want to write about how humanity is going to survive and prosper. How we will evolve as a species. How we will expand beyond our home planet. I have had letters published in both Wired and Scientific American on this subject.

I imagine all those corrupt people operating in the divorce industry can't even imagine why this would be important because they have an inability to care about anything but themselves. They have no vision because they care only for themselves. They have lost their souls.

I hope really hope that there are enough people who do care, care for more than just themselves, for our species to survive.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

No One is All Good or Bad

On a long flight the other week, I watched the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which is up for an Oscar and I can see why.  It is an amazing film.

What strikes me most is that all the main characters are bad. They do terrible, sometimes horrendous things. But event the worst of them is also at times and in some ways good. Exploring this dichotomy is what makes the movie so great. And the ending, which I won't give away, is not some trite it all works out in the end if we just love each other feel good message.

Given all the unethical and criminal actions committed against me and my children it is easy to view the perpetrators not as people who did bad things but as as bad people. And not just bad but wholly evil. I know that is not the case. Spring, Nelly Wince, Judge Mearly,  and others who committed such horrible acts against me and almost without question agaisnt many others as well, are not 100% evil. No doubt they have family and friends that they like and who like them. No doubt they have done good things as well.

It is good remember sometimes that people are complicated. Good and evil are a range, with no one sitting entirely at one end all the time. Even Jeffery Dahmer had friends who liked him.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Robin Williams Suicide Led To 1,841 Additional Deaths

Robin Williams suicide in 2014 led to an temporary increase in the suicide rate of almost 10%. That's 1,841 additional deaths, of which 1,398 were men.

There has been a lot of speculation as to what caused Williams to hang himself. His wife said it was Lewy body dementia. Others have pointed out that the crippling alimony payments he was making combined with his increasing inability to work due to his illness was the real reason he took his own life.

Alimony, more often than not, is awarded not for need but as a result of successful criminal fraud. Often, as with my case, blatant criminal fraud. People become trapped by it. They work and work and then one day, due to the economy or illness, like in Robin Williams case, or even just old age, they cannot make as much money as before. So they kill themselves so that their loved ones at least get something before they die. You could not design a better program to promote suicide.

The unfortunate thing is that there is a cascading effect with suicides. The more famous you are the larger the effect tends to be but in aggregate the effect is greater with suicides of the non-famous because there are so many more.

Robin Williams suicide, which likely would never have happened if the court and not awarded alimony to his ex-wives, led to an additional 1,841 deaths. But suicides due to the burden of alimony happen every day.  And those suicides likewise lead to other suicides. Every day. This will go on a long as family courts rule unjustly and with impunity.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fighting Judicial Corruption

I ran across an very interesting article on how to fight judicial and government corruption. It is basically a game plan for dealing with corruption in the courtroom.
  • Part 1 in this series is "Go in with Your Eyes Open."
  • Part 2 in this series is "Fire Your Attorney." 
  • Part 3 in this series is "Establish a Support Network."Always abide by the Rules
  • Part 4 in this series is "Know How Judges Commit Crimes."
  • Part 5 in this series is "Document Everything -- Take Notes -- Put it in Writing."
  • Part 6 in this series is "Always abide by the Rules." 
  • Part 7 in this series is "Prepare Everything Very Carefully."
  • Part 8 in this series is "Get Your Facts and Evidence Together."
  • Part 9 in this series is "Get Help from Others."
  • Part 10 in this series is "Take Advantage of Every Opportunity to Generate Proof of Corruption."
  • Part 11 in this series is "File Motions for Conferences and Hearings"
  • Part 12 in this series is "Always have Witnesses at Hearings"
  • Part 13 in this series is "Check the Orders in Your Case"
  • Part 14 in this series is "Put your Proof on a Website"
  • Part 15 in this series is "Appeal Early and Often"
  • Part 16 in this series is "File Criminal Charges with the District Attorney and U.S. Attorney"
  • Part 17 in this series is "File Motions for Recusal"

Great advice. There really isn't anything I disagree with but unfortunately my life is so busy I have not done all the steps. For example, rather than filing criminal charges I have simply mailed complaints to the FBI.

It is good to know I am not alone.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Larry Nassar

The former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life in jail. A whopping 156 of his victims told excruciating stories about how he penetrated their vaginas with his fingers and felt them out with his bare hands. Many were under 16 at the time the abuse took place. Some were under 13.

Nassar was able to get away with his crimes for decades.

Nassar's story should serve as warning to the perpetrators of crime within the family court system. I do not know if people like Nelly Wince believe what they do isn't really that bad or simply believe they will never get caught. But the reality is that their actions harm many innocents including children and cause numerous deaths and the day will come where criminal and unethical actions within the family court system are no more tolerated that the abuse of children is by Olympic doctors.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Elle - Is Alimony the Last Feminist Taboo?

In an incredible article Elle Magazine asks, Is Alimony the Last Feminist Taboo? It is the story of good people going through a difficult divorce and their struggle and ultimate success in make the best of the situation. It makes me so sad that Spring's divorce of me ended up so horrible for all parties, especially the kids.

The most difficult obstacle the couple in the article had to deal with was alimony. As the wife made far more money than the husband, he could have asked for alimony from her. But in the end he came to his senses and decided not to pursue it.
“He has a lot of pride, and he’s not a jerk,” Andrea said. “To his credit, he saw how off the rails it was getting.”
It is painful that Spring, rather than acting decently took the exact opposite approach. She not only demanded alimony but she committed perjury and fraud in order to get as much as she possibly could.  Worse our legal system, despite overwhelming evidence that she did not deserved any alimony (the custody evaluator having ruled she was not the primary parent and the vocational evaluator ruling she could make just as much money as me), ignored the unquestionable evidence or her crimes. 

The sad reality is that unless both people in a divorce  act with integrity, the family law system operates in a way that rewards the bad and hurts the good.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Update: Alimony Reform in Alabama and Vermont

Alimony reform has often been dishearteningly slow and measured across the country but progress is being made. Rehabilitative alimony has now become the default in Alabama and a Spousal Support and Maintenance Task Force has been created in Vermont.

The biggest problem with alimony is that the way it is awarded is often not just unfair but clearly unfair. More often than not it hurts the responsible parent and rewards the irresponsible one. And often it is working that way because crime, even blatant crime, is not just ignored but often rewarded in family court. It doesn't take litigants much time to understand how the system works. And you are kidding yourself if you do not think the children involved, indeed anyone with knowledge of how it works, are not impacted in a very negative way.

I will never cease to be amazed by how easily people sacrifice their dignity for money and power. It is never worth it.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Salary History

In 2016 Massachusetts was the first state to pass a law barring employees from asking job applicants what their current salary was. The law was designed to reduce inequities in pay. The idea is to prevent underpayment at one job moving with a person to a new job.  The law was pushed for mostly by women and women's groups but if helps everyone. And it makes sense. After all what does your current salary have to do with what you are worth to a different company?

Several states have followed Massachusetts's lead and passed similar laws, most recently California.

Massachusetts was also the first state to pass alimony reform, a move several states have emulated as well. Hopefully Minnesota will one day as well.

I am not sure what it is about Massachusetts that makes them more concerned with justice and fairness than other states but it is good for all of us when they lead the way.