From FB/PBS: US nursing homes are chronically understaffed and dangerous

Most nursing homes are not adequately staffed, new federal data says


ITHACA, N.Y. — Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate.

The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst-staffed days at an average facility, the new data show, on-duty personnel cared for nearly twice as many residents as they did when the staffing roster was fullest.

The data, analyzed by Kaiser Health News, come from daily payroll records Medicare only recently began gathering and publishing from more than 14,000 nursing homes, as required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Medicare previously had been rating each facility’s staffing levels based on the homes’ own unverified…

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From YouTube: John Oliver honestly discusses the Criminal Justice System

Youtube often sends related videos on many topics based upon what you have watched in the past.  Since I watch and review a ton of legal videos, this popped up in my feed from youtube.

The sad part is that I cannot tell you in all of this sad story what is false.

Leave a comment below if you disagree with John Oliver on any of these topics.

I have heard from a ton of criminal defendants, and I assure you the poor are the main targets of govt abuses: guardianship, child custody, the criminal “justice” system and many other courts where the mighty dollar reigns supreme.


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Managing your Attorney: the Litigation Process

Managing your attorney: the litigation process.

Okay so you got sued. Maybe it was a slip and fall your property, maybe a dog bite or an auto accident. Whatever happened, even if it’s a crazy lawsuit, you got sued. People can get sued for the right reasons, the wrong reasons or even crazy reasons.

At periodic intervals, look at the online docket, or better yet, go down to court and check on the computer file. Print out anything you don’t understand or didn’t receive from your attorney and take it to your attorney. Get a second opinion if you still have questions. You might not be able to sue for malpractice if you knew your atty was screwing up and you did nothing about it. Do regular file checks, don’t trust your attorney.

1) did you get served, did you get served properly? Go to the court and look for…

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From Netflix: All the Queen’s Horses: how to steal $53 million from the City of Dixon, Illinois

Great documentary on Netflix explains how one public official in Dixon, Illinois stole $53 million over 20 years.  The scary part it, she might have gotten away with it.

The accounts were audited by a top 10 accounting firm who settled for $35 million.

The bank involved, 5th/3rd got away with settling for only $4 million.

Of course, the attorney continued to bilk the Village of Dixon for $10 million in legal fees to recoup $40 million.

One day, while the embezzler was gone from her desk, someone asked a simple question about an accounting discrepancy.

That’s when the “secret account” of horse owner Rita was discovered when she transferred millions every year to her own custody and control for purchases like clothes, jewelry, horses (of course), spa trips, vacations, etc.

The scary part is that many smaller towns and villages across the US could fall into the same…

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From KKD: Chicago Trib: more info on corrupt Dorothy Brown under investigation

How long will this investigation take?  Now she says she is running for Mayor.  That’s insane and she basically challenges the FBI to “do something” about this at ever turn.

In the meantime, it cost fifty to 25 cents a page to get court records and you can only do it at the courthouse IF the printers are working and the employees “allow you” to get your file.

Pacer has been in operation since 2000 and costs 8 cents a page and it’s available to the public on the internet, as it should be.

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From SB/VR: Ten tips on writing appellate briefs in Illinois

Appellate Practice

Ten Tips to Improve Your Case on Appeal

A reviewing court can be an intimidating place, especially for the occasional appellate practitioner. Here are ten practical tips to put you at ease and strengthen your case.

Illinois is home to not only a talented group of reviewing-court judges, but also some procedural quirks that may be unfamiliar to the occasional appellate practitioner. With that in mind, here are 10 practical tips on various issues – some critical and some subtle – to improve one’s chances in an Illinois reviewing court prior to the oral-argument stage.

1. Standard of review is the key

The success of many, if not most, appeals rises and falls on the standard of review. Yet many practitioners fail to adequately develop an argument for the standard that best serves their appeal, while others entirely fail to identify an appropriate…

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From wish list to clean up DCFS/CPS

If you get a chance, please sign this poor woman’s petition for justice:

and look at her wish list to clean up DCFS/CPS:

a.) There needs to be more state workers to take over extra cases so that the children and families cases don’t go longer than they need to and to make sure notes, documents, etc. are all correct and appropriate.

b.) Laws need to be uniform throughout the nation. When interstate cases happen this makes it a harder and the cases take much longer since it is more complex.

c.) Children shouldn’t be taken away until there is a true evidence in a case to make that case true unless there is evidence that is apparent right away for the safety of the children, but…

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From WH: How to sue DCFS for lying and removing children wrongfully

How to Sue Child Protective Services

Each state has its own Child Protective Services (CPS) agency that is responsible for protecting the health and welfare of children. CPS investigations can be traumatic and stressful for both parents and children. However, emotional distress alone does not give you the right to sue CPS. Since CPS social workers are government agents, they cannot act in ways that violate your established civil rights. An overzealous CPS worker may violate your constitutional right to due process, or your protection from unreasonable search and seizure. When that happens, you may be able to sue for monetary damages.[1]


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    Create a chronological outline of events. Beginning with your first encounter with CPS, draft an account of each encounter or communication you’ve had with CPS social workers and other staff members.[2]
    • Write down the names, job titles, and direct contact…

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