Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception in Practice: Getting a Greek Hair Cut

Deception comes in many forms.

Today is the Greek vote on austerity mandates from creditors in Europe.

Greece stands as a monument to socialism and government efficiency, and what continual indebtedness looks like, and, perhaps even a warning to Europe and the United States as socialism has gone from a bad word to a good word for many.

Recently, in the Genesis of Human Nature, I addressed one of the two basic beliefs about human nature:

Instability.

This means that man is born with a nature prone to do wrong, that is, selfish, lazy, deceptive, and so on, and must be taught contrary.  Part Two will look at the opposing view, that mankind is born basically good, and only does things that are wrong due to environment, but his general inclination is towards doing good for others, over himself.

What you believe about human nature, itself, guides your opinion on what is happening in Greece, today and your viewpoint on what you "expect" your fellow human to do.

Will he pick up the dropped wallet and keep the cash?
Or will he pick up the wallet and head to the nearest police station; cash in tact.
Once there, will the receiving desk officer, himself, keep the money?
Does the finder think that the cop, himself, will pocket the money, influencing his own judgment?
Does one sing to one self, the child's ditty about "finders keepers, losers weepers"?

Left or right, right or left.

In many cases, making no decision is a decision, itself.

This is from the Daily Mail and is about deception in practice.  It is a deception that not only permeates all of society, but allows you to see what a man might choose, given the same conditions.

The view of "instability", or "self-first", says that given the exact same environment, I would be inclined to not report my father's death, and collect his monthly government check for 30 or more years after his death unless I can overcome my natural inclination to be selfish, deceptive, and so on.

Do you know what a "Greek Haircut" is?

It is a "recapitalization of Greek banks."

"Recapitalization."

This is a term that is technically truthful, but is deceptive.  It is similar to saying that the man who is robbing your house is "re-furnishing" his house with your furniture.

The basis of socialism comes from an opinion on mankind's nature.  Which view point?

By the way, we often identify self honesty as "emotional intelligence" because it includes a healthy dose of self awareness and personal frailities that, once owned, may produce humility.  Humility is prized by some; despised by others.



A whole island pretending to be blind to get benefits, 8,500 pensioners who faked being aged over 100 and lawyers who claim to earn just €12,000: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin

  • James Angelos' book looks at widespread tax evasion and benefit fraud 
  • Includes case of the island where 498 people pretended to be blind 
  • Also reveals how super-rich bought camoflage for pools to avoid tax 
  • Greece is on the brink of collapse as it decides whether to reject EU bailout

Published: 08:44 EST, 3 July 2015 Updated: 10:51 EST, 3 July 2015
Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin - and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves. 
Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse.
James Angelos' The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society - from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families who forgot to register their parents' death and the doctors who 'earn' just €12,000 a year - yet live in Athens' most exclusive neighbourhood. 
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Distress: An elderly man cries outside a bank in northern Greece this morning, after queuing to take out his pension this morning - which has been reduced to 120 euros this week. Some claim Greece is going to run out of cash within days if it does not accept the bailout offered to the country
Distress: An elderly man cries outside a bank in northern Greece this morning, after queuing to take out his pension this morning - which has been reduced to 120 euros this week. Some claim Greece is going to run out of cash within days if it does not accept the bailout offered to the country
Fiddlng the system: But a new book has lifted the lid on widespread benefits fraud, and tax avoidance - both of which contributed to a budget deficit which runs into billions of euros. Pictured: Pensioner at a bank
Fiddlng the system: But a new book has lifted the lid on widespread benefits fraud, and tax avoidance - both of which contributed to a budget deficit which runs into billions of euros. Pictured: Pensioner at a bank
It was the rumours of an 'island of the blind' which first bought Angelos, a journalist, to Greece in 2011.
He had heard that on Zakynthos, something like two per cent of the population were registered blind.
All was not quite how it seemed, however, and it transpired that 61 of the 680 'blind' residents were quite happily driving around the island.
In fact, an astonishing 498 of those 680 were not blind at all - or even partially sighted. 
But being 'blind' had its advantages - in particular, the €724 paid in benefits once every two months, and a reduction in utility bills. 
It was a scam which could be traced back to one ophthalmologist and one official, which was estimated to have cost the country €9 million.
And, as Angelos discovered, it was only the tip of the iceberg.
How big is the problem of disability benefits fraud, Angelos asked the then-deputy health minister Markos Bolaris.
'Very big,' came the accurate, but short, reply.
Indeed, when those claiming disabilities were asked to present themselves at government offices so records could be updated, 36,000 failed to do so.
That translated to an immediate saving for the government of €100m a year. 
Fraud: One of the most famous examples is that of Zakynthos, the holiday island (pictured) where almost 500 people pretended to be blind in order to get benefits and discounts
Fraud: One of the most famous examples is that of Zakynthos, the holiday island (pictured) where almost 500 people pretended to be blind in order to get benefits and discounts
Widespread: When the Greek government took a closer look at those who were claiming disability benefit, they realised as many as 36,000 were claiming the handout, despite not being entitled
Widespread: When the Greek government took a closer look at those who were claiming disability benefit, they realised as many as 36,000 were claiming the handout, despite not being entitled
But the fraud was certainly not confined to just disability benefits.
When the government chose to take a closer look at who they were paying pensions to, they found a slightly suspicious 8,500 pensioners had surpassed the milestone age of 100.
An even closer look revealed, 40,000 pension claims were fraudulent. It seems people were forgetting to register their loved ones' deaths.
It's not that these scams were not known about before, of course. 
A Daily Mail investigation in 2011 revealed the subway system was essentially free for the five million residents of Athens - because, with no barriers, it relied on an honesty system which few were honest enough to use.
It described street after street of opulent mansions and villas, surrounded by high walls and with their own pools, which, on paper, were the homes of virtual paupers.
They were all allowed to declare their own income for tax purposes - and officially, they were only earning €12,000 - or a paltry £8,500 - a year, below the tax threshold. 
Apparently, only 5,000 people admitted to earning more than £90,000 a year - prompting one economist to describe Greece as a ‘poor country full of rich people’.
The lengths these doctors, lawyers and businessmen would go to to hide their wealth from the government was, it has to be said, impressive.
According to official records, just over 300 homes in Athens' most exclusive neighbourhood had swimming pools, and had paid the resulting tax for such a luxury.
Tax evasion: But it is not just people claiming benefits when they shouldn't. Some of the richest people in the country go out of their way to avoid paying tax - claiming they only earn £8,500 a year
Tax evasion: But it is not just people claiming benefits when they shouldn't. Some of the richest people in the country go out of their way to avoid paying tax - claiming they only earn £8,500 a year
Desperate: Indeed, they even bought tarpaulin to hide their swimming pools from tax inspectors
Desperate: Indeed, they even bought tarpaulin to hide their swimming pools from tax inspectors
But when the government decided to have a look on Google Earth, it became clear these residents hadn't been totally honest.
The real figure for swimming pools in the area is believed to be closer to 20,000.
But instead of coming clean, there was a boom in sales of camouflage tarpaulins to conceal their existence from the tax inspectors flying over the gardens. 
And then there are the tales which seem to be more down to incompetence, rather than actual fraud.
In particular, there is the tale of treasury employee Savvas Saltouridis, who used an Uzi submachine gun to murder the mayor of his Greek mountain town in 2009, who remained on the municipal payroll for years afterwards - even though he was languishing in jail.
He was taking advantage of the complex disciplinary system
Angelos, then working for the Wall Street Journal, was told by retired clerk Apostolos Tsiakiris, who took over as mayor after the killing: 'You can't be a murderer and keep getting paid.
'That doesn't happen in any other government.' 
But what do when so many are cheating the system? It is estimated tax evasion alone might be costing the country as much as €20billion a year in lost revenue, while years of benefit fraud will certainly have added up.
But when Angelos suggested punishing those who tried to play the system, he was given a straight forward - if depressing - answer.
'If you start putting people in jail, maybe you'll have to put half of Greece in jail,' an official said.
  • James Angelos' The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins is available to buy on Amazon.




  
  






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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mother of Missing Leona Wright Speaks

Mother Kiara Sullivan  references missing 1 year old in the past tense HERE

Sadly, enough of these cases the public seems to be catching on.

Mother wants "closure", referencing the child in the past tense which is a verbal indication that mother knows or believes the child is dead.

Question:  Did police let the mother know that the child is likely dead?

If not, it brings mother's own knowledge of the child's death into focus.

Verb tenses, if only the simple past or present tense, are learned early in life, and become instinctive when someone speaks in the free editing process.

Here is the 911 call:  911 CALL

The caller, initially, made the call for Kiara Sullivan and repeated that "the baby can't walk", as to say, the child could not have wandered off by herself.

The flow of information is frustrating, as the 911 operator had to explain the simple need for information.  The neighbor has a reluctance to commit, without any indication of knowledge of the child, but of likely suspicion of the family.  "It don't make sense", she repeated.  Rightly, the 911 operator wanted to speak directly to Kiara Sullivan.

Caller said "I don't know if you need to send an ambulance because the mom is passing out, too, so I don't know what is going on."

The phrase, "I don't know what is going on" may suggest that the neighbor is only reluctantly involved, perhaps due only to the welfare of a child, but likely has many questions about the family.

Finally, the caller admits the negligence, which was likely the cause of the hesitancy when she said, "I'm going to be honest with you", revealing that before this, something, indeed, was on her mind, that she was withholding, and this information was her opinion of the family.  This is why she finally said, "they should have been up with the children";

and said, "it's not the baby's fault; it is the parent's."

The caller does the best she can, with both limited information and frustration, and the 911 operator thanked her appropriately.





Fourth of July Knowledge Video: Deceptive or Real?

Is this video "real" in the sense that the videographer was able to find, amongst a very large crowd, a few samples of ignorance; which would make it 'deceptive' in that it removes the shock value.  Did he interview, for example, 200 people to come up with only 5 ignorant?  This would lessen the shock value.

Or, did he find 5 samples of ignorance, out of 25, which would be 20% of the audience, making it alarming regarding ignorance in our country?



I do not know the answer.
Would you try such a test in your home town?

I did, yesterday, while getting gas and the attendant said, "I'm a fourth year college student and it would be pretty sad if I didn't know who we gained our independence from, and just some basic facts about the date and things."

He named the country, the date, and the major players in the struggle for independence from a large, distant oppressive government.

What do you think?

I have an opinion but it is more based upon reading the writings of college grads, including those with master-level degrees, as to what has happened to education in America, than anything else.  Behind the writings, discussions, including having conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2002, has helped formulate an opinion, but although that which is in writing is far less, it impacted me more.

I recognize nationalized or standardized test scores have dropped consistently the last few decades and the "casey anthony jury" mentality is popular.

In profiling, this can be a 'curve ball' to be aware of.

I find that adults with only high school educations, who graduated high school, for example, prior to 1980, often show better English than today's grads and post-grads.  When profiling, this can be difficult because I have to add:

* "intelligent, educated" with more emphasis upon age, because a 63 year old, for example, graduated high school in 1970, and will often write quite well, not only in spelling and usage, but even in punctuation, rivaling post-grad work today, in just using the semi-colon, itself.

"Relentlessly Gay" analysis showed Julie Baker to be intelligent and the age/education factor would not have been as easy as it was, if not for her other Face Book writing.  Her use of capitalization, which may be presented to a jury after the money is withdrawn, was intentional; not in error, as it spoke to poetic license, which itself, speaks to intelligence.  Recall "Tarantula" and some of Allen Ginsberg's writing and punctuational changes for impact.

Yet, is this video 'authentic', in that it did represent the populace?  Does it alarm you?

I did note that none answered with names sounding like "Mohammad" showing a lack of listening, or belief, in the president's statement regarding our founding fathers.

The Pavlovian response, right to the stomach,  to certain "politically incorrect" topics does show the effectiveness of propaganda, as well as highlighting that truth, or even accuracy, is more complex than simple, rote repetition.

It is difficult to depart from "Lizzie Borden took an ax..." or "The Scarlett Letter", or even the abbreviated Gettysburg Address, from the reality that takes more effort to understand.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Missing: Leona Wright, 1 Year Old

1 year old Leona Wright is missing, last seen on June 8th, 2015.  This adorable little girl was in the hands of her mother, and her mother's boyfriend, and the story is not likely to have a positive ending. Here is why:

video is HERE

No statements for analysis at this point, but given the friend's view, the drug abuse, and the lack of cooperation...


Mother,  Kiara Sullivan, was arrested on separate charges on assault and battery, regarding a Wendy's employee, and the child's father.


Her 3 year old tested positive for cocaine, meth, and marijuana.  She and her boyfriend both tested positive for the same.

The police report that the family is not cooperating with police.

You will hear a friend defending her with the following:

"In my gut I think  that everyone involved, as far as from what I can see, is innocent because you are innocent until proven guilty. "

The friend has a strong suspicion but even defended the drug use.

from the news:

Baby Leaona went missing from the Edgewood Square apartment complex in Pendleton on June 8th.
Detective Garland Major says Sullivan and Jones gave them misinformation about the circumstances of the baby’s disappearance and hindered their investigation.
Anderson deputies say Sullivan and Leaona’s father, Richard Wright, have also been charged with assault and battery 3rd degree for a threatening to hurt a Wendy’s employee.
Deputies say the victim, an employee at the Wendy’s, was told by her manager, Wright, to do a floor sweep.  When the victim did not complete the sweep immediately, she overhead Wright talking about her with another employee.
She told police she confronted Wright and he became angry and began to yell at her.  He began shaking his finger in her face, removed his shirt, and told her “she could come get some.”
The victim says Wright told her “he was going to get his baby mama to come up there and beat her up.”
A short time later, Sullivan arrived outside the restaurant and began yelling for Reese to come outside.  Reese remained locked in the office because she was “afraid that they were going to assault her.”
Authorities are awaiting the video recording from the location.
During Wednesday’s bond hearing, Wright says that “other person involved in the argument, a girl and her father, should be charged too because they started the fight.”
Wright was given a $1,092.50 fine or 30 days in jail for his 3rd degree assault and battery charge.
Sullivan also received a $1,092.50 set bond for a 3rd degree assault and battery charge and a $5,000 bond for her unlawful child neglect charge. She faces a court fine or up to 10 years in jail or both if she misses here next bond hearing in August.
Travis Jones, Sullivan’s boyfriend, also had a bond hearing Wednesday.  He was charged with unlawful child neglect and has a bond set at $15,000.  His next bond hearing is in August and he will also be released from jail in August for a previous crime.

Kiara Sullivan
Kiara Sullivan
Travis Jones
Travis Jones
Richard Wright

Understanding the Genesis of Human Behavior: Our Propensity


Rick Jones made several false police reports and raised more than $20,000 in donations before he was caught and returned the money.  The locale expended resources investigating the crime, and searching for the perpetrator or perpetrators.  People from around the country showed their support of him in their donations.

Should he be prosecuted for the various crimes he has committed, including fraud, and filing a false police report?

Is this the right thing to do for the sake of justice, as well as to discourage others who will do the same?

Or, is this, as his attorneys said, a "cry for help", for someone who is living in one standardized environment, while being different from that environment, and should be given help, instead?

How you answer this question can reveal to you your personal philosophy about human nature, itself.  


There are two basic viewpoints on human nature (as well as a myriad of off-shoots) that each of us comes to where we embrace one or the other.

One is that mankind, that is, human nature is basically good, and bad comes from negative environment, while the other says that human nature is basically bent towards wrong doing, and needs no lessons on wrong doing, but instead needs lessons on doing right.

You very likely, even if unbeknown to you, believe one or the other.

This is a Statement Analysis view of Creationism, that we might consider what people believe about human nature.

 These are the two basic beliefs:

One is that a child is born with a nature that is naturally bent to do wrong while the other says that the nature of the child has a natural bent to do right.

This is also called "unstable" in some older writings.  It is an inherent selfishness in human nature, that must be countered by instruction.

Often people may say "I hold to neither view", but when they describe the view they do hold to, they confirm one or the other basic view point.  This "neutral" viewpoint, falls to the wayside, generally, in the sentences following, "I don't think either..." as the initial objection.  The "neutral" argument is difficult to maintain.

This, however, is for another day.

Neither holds that the child is guilty of having done anything wrong at birth, nor as an infant,  yet one says his nature, human nature, that is, has a tendency to the wrong, while the other believes that the human nature the child carries into this life is naturally inclined to doing good.

This which is brought to the child, with either propensity embraced  is nurture.

Nurturing is the development and culturing of the child's nature, based upon what one believes the child is born with.

                          Your viewpoint on which a child is born with impacts:

Analysis, specifically in "The Expected Versus The Unexpected", as well as in profiling.

The decision you make also impacts:

How you raise your children.
Whether you embrace traditional religion or statism.
How you treat your spouse.
How you view yourself.
How you cast your vote.
How you conduct yourself at a restaurant, mall, school, library, or anywhere else life carries you.  In general, we all hold to one view or the other.

In other words, whether or not you have conscious awareness of your view or not, it impacts how you think, how you see the world, how you behave, and how you interpret the behavior of others.

At any given time, in any given location, there is an exception to all of us, but principle is not established on exception, no different than a culture is observed as to the majority.

Let us begin with the first:  That human nature is basically "unstable" or "naturally inclined to do wrong" and that restraint and instruction are, therefore, necessary.

Then, we will look at the second:  That human nature is basically "inclined to do good" and that people turn "bad" due to circumstances or poor choices, which is "nurturing."

The first, or "propensity to do wrong" nature is often associated with religious belief, the inherited sin of Adam, brining to humanity a nature that is inclined to do wrong.

The child is not "guilty" of having done anything wrong, but carries the nature of wrong doing.  This will also show itself in non-religious language, including that a child is naturally narcissistic, and must be, therefore, taught human empathy.

The other believes that children are born inherently good, and only become narcissistic through negative exposure, or nurturing (including the lack thereof).

As you work through statements, you will begin to strengthen in your opinion of human nature, one way or another; including changing your view point.

Here, I  begin with the view of the former, that a child is born prone to do wrong, and must be taught to tell the truth and have empathy for his fellow man.  This is the view most people of faith hold and I will show you its genesis, or beginning, and let you decide if this is something that you believe, or are interested in, or if you think it is incorrect.

Since this view point is often associated with religion, specifically "western thought", that is Judeo-Christian, we need to learn why this view developed in mankind.

I am "reading" "Linguistic Archeology:  Unearthing the Secrets of Genesis Using SCAN" by Avinoam Sapir.  It is not something to read, per se, but to study.  It is an amazing work that will make no sense unless you understand Statement Analysis.  As a Jew, he writes by his faith.  It is not my faith, but I am learning from it each time I "tackle" it.  (it's the best word I can find to describe what it is like to learn from this 'manual').  I am enjoying the orthodox Jewish perspective in an entirely new manner, though I am not Jewish.

Let's look at the faith/creation account of human nature to see if this ancient story has relevancy upon life today, especially in analysis. This viewpoint, though no limited to religious view, has its root in ancient Scripture.

As a caution for readers unfamiliar with Statement Analysis, I encourage you to read through some of the "101" articles and look at some of the more famous cases for examples.  As I refer to principle, it would become too lengthy to stop and explain each principle.

Also, I frequently use generalizations in my writing, just as it is used in analysis.  This is because a generalization is established by majority, and not by exception.  Cultures are evidenced also by majority, and not by departures from the standard.

"Men are stronger than women" is a good example. Yet, there will always be, somewhere, a woman who has more physical strength than a man.

The two view points:

I.  Mankind is naturally inclined to do wrong.
II. Mankind is naturally inclined to do good.

I.  Mankind is naturally inclined to do wrong, and must be taught not to lie, and to have empathy for his fellow man, otherwise, this nature will bring much destruction upon the human race.

Where did this come from?

  This is what people of faith (Judaeo Christian) hold to and it is interesting to find out where this belief system came from.

They believe that the origin of mankind is explained in Genesis, and this is truth.
(Truth, by definition, cannot change.)

 Truth is unchanging.  This is both religious and non religious.

This means that if your dear grannie took 2 eggs and whisked them up, and put them on a frying pan, they are "scrambled eggs."  This is truth.  If her mother did the same thing, 40 years earlier, they were still scrambled eggs.  If her great, great, great great great grammie did it 1,000 years ago, truth is not changed by the passage of time:  they were "scrambled eggs."

Should your own grandchildren take the 2 eggs and whisk them onto a pan, they will be "scrambled eggs."

Should you be in a distant culture, past or future, the 2 eggs whisked will be scrambled eggs, as truth is unchanged by the passage of time, nor by the culture around it. Even if the name, "scrambled eggs" is changed, the reality remains the same.

The Judeo-Christian has  two basic "presuppositions" that they hold to.

Genesis record tells them about how people (1) came into existence, and how  (2) they should  live.

Let's examine what they believe are the origins of human nature.

They refer to the Creation account of Adam and Eve.

Is this a silly child's story from thousands of years ago that is now called "truth"?

Or is it true?


"In the beginning...God created...." is how it begins.  This process was over the course of six days, and on the 7th day, the text says "God rested."

A.  How God made man according to Creation:

God took the earth (ground) and formed man from it, and breathed into the dirt a living soul and the dirt became man.  When man dies, he returns to the dirt.

God took man from the ground, and then he took man to "the garden" (the ground)  to work it.

For their belief:

Man has a sexual (or gender)  affinity with work.  His nature came from the earth, and it was to the earth that he was told to work.  Part of his "man-ness" or "being" is to work.  If he does not work, they teach, he does not fulfill his innate calling and lives empty.   Therefore, man must be taught to work as a child, and to find it rewarding, not as a punishment or chore to be avoided.

They say that man was created to work, to build, to do things, to accomplish and when he does, he feels a "sexual or gender satisfaction", that is, a satisfaction deliberately linked to being a male.  Later, this became known as "the Protestant work ethic in America", though it was not limited to Protestants but became known as a distinctly American theme, with "Yankee Ingenuity" and "American know how" and "American exceptionalism."  It was shared by Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews and non-religious people in America.  (Its origin came in the Protestant Reformation which contrasted Roman Catholicism's "holy orders" with the notion that whatever ma did to provide for his family, if it was lawful, it was "holy", that is "consecrated" to God.  The English tinker, for example, did work as holy as a Bishop, in this view.


  Woman's turn

So, if God took man from the ground, and had him work the ground, what about woman?  Where did she come in to this according to the account?

It says that God made them "male and female" and that they were made in "the Image of God", that is, as "Image bearers."  This is why they teach that sexual assault on a baby is particularly hideous:  it is an assault on the Divine Image within a child.  Even if the infant is not physically hurt, the suffering that may come later tells us that this child is not just a random blast of protoplasm but bears the scars of damage.

The text goes back and gives us a "parenthetical view", that is, out of sequence to move back and fill in specific details.  Once understood, it is no longer "out of sequence" for us.

In working the ground, the text tells us that God gave various duties to the first man, "Adam" and it does not inform us  how much time passed in this way but one duty in particular, is mentioned.  We know that he did lots of things, but remember in analysis:  no one can tell us everything that was done, so what is reported is always sensitive information, that is, important information.

Question:  What was this "work" assigned to Adam?

Remember, he was brought to the garden to "dress and keep it" but without any work given in specific detail.  The statement is alive to us, and it is the statement that guides us.

The account continues:

The creation in six days caused Author to pronounce, "it was good."  The sun, stars, oceans, mountains, birds, animals, and so on, "and it was good."  This is repeated for emphasis. The repetition has called our attention to things being "good" which naturally causes the reader/analyst to then ask, "Well, is there something that is not good?"

Statement Analysis:  Repetition indicates sensitivity.

Statement Analysis:  Order indicates priority.

After repetition of what is "good", we now ask, "What is not good, therefore?"

                                             We are not made to wait long.

God said, "It is not good for man to be alone."

Thus we have the entrance of "not good" in Creation.

God does not, however, create woman here.  This is critical in analysis. Time is going to pass over, and we must learn what the missing information from the text is.

Answer:  Naming and classifying animals.


The text tells us next that God brought animals to Adam of which Adam then gave them scientific names.  This was likely a most lengthy process even before cross breeding, and we are not told how much time passed but we do find some very interesting information in this temporal lacunae:

Adam saw that there was a horse, with a male organ, and then another horse, with a receptacle.  It fit perfectly and the two went together.
He saw this same thing with the dogs, cats, cattle, and all the other animals in this lengthy scientific process.

Let's look at the  order as it speaks to priority:

1.  Man is created from dirt and brought to dirt to work it.
2.  Man is told that it is not good to be alone.  No help mate given.
3.  Man is then given the scientific task of naming and classifying all the animals.  Adam specifically notes that male animals are different than female animals, and compares them to himself but finds no "match" for himself.

In noting the order, man created and told it was not good to be alone, but then he is given the lengthy task of animals, with him concluding that there was no mate for him.

This appears out of order to us.  Causing us to conclude in analysis:  "Out of sequence statements are only out of sequence for us.  Once understood, we can learn why it was placed there."

Why is this inserted in the statement?

By spending a great deal of time (months?) carefully noting the animals' characteristics in order to name and study them, (with the names having specific meanings) Judeo-Christian belief taught that:

God created a deep void within Adam that he saw that all of creation had the "right fit" mate, all, that is, except him.  "Not good" was because it was "incomplete."

Deep within the nature of the male was a deliberately created void that the earth and all the labor could not fill.

This provoked a deep loneliness within Adam which confirmed the first "not good" declaration.

Adam did not express discontent prior to his study of animals.  He was then given this awareness that he was incomplete.

This sets the stage for the creation of woman.

Would woman be also created from the ground, as was man?

The text tells us that God caused a sleep to come over Adam and took a rib and created Eve.

Adam named her, "woman", the scientific name showing how she came to be, that is, "taken from man."

Man was made from the ground.  Woman was not made from the ground, but  made from the man, who's nature was connected with the ground.  This distinction is a dramatic change of language that must represent a change in reality in order for it to be true.

Let's look at the change.

Woman did not come from the ground, but man did.  This gave man a "sexual or gender affinity", that is, his "masculinity" has a deep embedded connection with "the ground", which is, "work."

Woman did not come directly from the ground but from the man, who has "ground" within him. This is an "indirect connection" of her gender (femininity) to the earth, which represents work.  To see this even more fully, we then read:

God did not take her to the earth to work, but to Adam, to help him in work.

 Is this a psychological difference?  Judeo-Christian thought says it is.

 She not only received some of the affinity of work from him, but also an element of humanity from him.

Adam got humanity and dirt (work)
Eve got more humanity and indirect or lessened dirt (work)

 In other words, she got a "double dose" of "humanity" as coming from Adam.

This is why people of faith (especially long ago) said that man was physically stronger due to the necessity of working the ground, but the female, with the greater gender or 'sexual' affinity with another human (the man) has superior emotions to the man.  He may be physically stronger but she is emotionally stronger which is given because to give birth and nurture a child takes a greater affinity or bond with humanity.

Historically, this is why courts often awarded mothers custody over fathers unless she was unfit.  A man, no matter how good a parent he was, was not a mother and does not posses the greater capability of emotion and affection for the child, who is in need of this very thing.  This is why motherhood was considered "indispensable" to child raising and held in high esteem in such things as, "women and children first" philosophies.

If you were to generalize which parent would most likely abandon a child, most would conclude that a man would before a woman.

They of faith say that this is why men and women think and subsequently speak differently.

Remember the book "Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus"?  I think most people did not read it but remember the title and laughed a bit.  The premise was that we do, in fact, think, speak and hear differently from one another and growth comes from accepting the difference and celebrating it, rather than struggling for uniformity.

The idea that men and women "hear" things differently and speak things differently comes from the Genesis account.

One was not superior, in total, to the other, but were "one" when as a union, complementing each other.  Where a man may lack in emotion, he gets from his wife, and where she lacks in strength, she gets from her husband. The creation account shows that "not good" is in incompletion.  Neither was declared superior, in total, to the other, but different.

In the United States, statistics  found that children that came from a home where both father and mother were present, were more likely to:

have better grades;
higher income;
less alcoholism;
less crime, etc.
less incarceration...and so on.

This is why, historically, western civilization (with its Judea Christian roots) gave special benefits for married couples; they knew it was good for society.  This was its basis for doing so.

This was the generalization in history.  Remember, principle is not established on exceptions.  Good citizens have arisen from single parent homes.  We look at the larger picture.

This view of Creation is how religious organizations often conducted themselves and even in choosing roles for man and woman, the arguments are based upon creation, and not upon changing cultures.  In ordination and assigning of roles in the New Testament, for example, the authority referred to is not culture, but creation.  There are some places where culture is cited, but not in the roles of men and women, nor even in the places where clothing, hair length, and military duty is addressed.

Masculinity became defined as "the sacrifice of strength for right purposes."  A man who was "masculine", therefore, put women and children first, and learned to corral his strength, rather than use it to exploit.  This was, in this philosophy, something that needed to be taught, otherwise, nature would take over, and women would suffer because of it.  This was the basis for childhood lessons such as "a real man never hits a woman, son."  The appeal to be a "real man" was distinctly gender specific.


                              Man, Woman and their Natural Inclination  

The account continues with "the fall", that is, the entrance of death.

The two were put to work, now as "one person", together, and were given everything in the garden to eat,  but one thing which was prohibited to them.  They were permitted all but one.

Guess which "one" they wanted more than anything else?

This reminds me of children choosing a toy, or two dogs choosing a bone.

Question:  "Which one is better?"

Answer:   "The other one."

                                                       Death at the doorstep?

In fact, Adam and Eve were warned that "in the day you eat of it (the only tree forbidden them) you will surely die."

We note that "die" is made sensitive by "surely", which is not necessary.

Since it is not necessary, it is to be deemed "doubly important."  Let's remember that in the day they eat of the forbidden tree, they would not "die" but "surely die" to see why this is "doubly important" to analysis.

"Surely" is to "make certain."

What is it about death that one would have to make certain?  It seems on the surface that a dead body is not going to debate whether or not he is dead.  Why would "dead" be sensitive to the subject?

Evil, as personified by the serpent, who approached Eve.

Now remember, Eve as a "double dose" of humanity, or human emotions.  Adam has a percentage, but Eve was created not directly from the ground, but from him, which increased the capacity of emotions, that is, superior emotions.

We say that those who love much risk much hurt.  Some say, "better to love and lost than not to love at all" while others disagree.

The serpent approached Eve and sought to bring her into treason against her Creator.

Q.  What technique did he use?

A.  Deception via words.

This is the introduction of deception to people of faith, in history.  From this, we learn such things as "reduced stress through parroting" and the sensitivity of answering a question with a question.

The serpent approached Eve and asked her about the tree, which was really good to look at, which provoked desire for its fruit.

She answered evil and said, "God said not to eat it or touch it."

That is not what God said.  She has misquoted her Creator, changing words that, according to the definition of God, has altered perfection.

Evil then said, 'Did He really say this?

His reply was to question reality of what was said, that is, to create doubt upon, not the words, but the Character of He Who spoke the words.  This is to bring doubt into the mind of the listener, not healthy scientific skepticism.

'Did He really say this?', and evil went on:

'It isn't so, but when you take it, you'll no longer be subordinate to Him, but will be His equal', which was of his own invention.  This was to fabricate reality with a direct lie.  This is the form of deception that less than 10% of liars use.

In essence, evil not only questioned what God said, first, but then declared it to be a lie, which is a false accusation.

Eve thought things over...it would be good to be the king, said Mel Brooks, and besides, this fruit looks delicious...

The appeal was both in status in life (15 minutes of fame) , and in the simple base element of human appetite, from the eyes to the stomach.

                                                         She ate it.

This was not mere disobedience, but something far deeper than a single act. The judgment that fell came because of the motivation behind the crime:  it was more than a moment of weakness, it was to:

A.   Call God a liar
B.   Betray the King's commandment
C.   It was high-handed treason.

This was done because the lie told by the evil entity, "in that day you shall be like gods, knowing good and evil", that is, no longer subordinate but to grab the spotlight and overthrow the rule of God, Who had created them, and given them a marvelous life, with but one prohibition; everything else, including dominion over all of creation, was there's.

It is like having all the food in the world, free of charge, yet still wanting the single candy bar that you were told not to have.

This reminds me of a funny story.

I was out to dinner one night with a large, extended family.  The matriarch was talking about how, with the children all grown, she wanted to get rid of the old furniture.  The children were not only all grown with families of their own, but were, in their own right, quiet wealthy.  Sisters, Susie and Joanie were close in age.

One of the two sisters said, "Mom, what are you going do to with that old night table?"

This caused a chuckle from the family.  It was an old worthless item, made of particle board or something as cheap.

"Susie, why in the world would you want that?

Before she had a chance to answer her mother, Joanie's husband said,

"Oh, Susie just wants it so Joanie can't have it!" and everyone roared with laughter.

Human nature, once again, in its marvelous display.  This is why teaching to share is necessary:  without it, selfishness would reign, according to this philosophy.

Back to Adam and Eve.

Eve had:

a.  listened to the lie told her;
b.  incorrectly quoted the Creator
c.  reasoned within herself that she would like to be as in charge; all knowing, and powerful, and wanted to de-throne God;
d.  that the fruit looked really good to eat.

So, upon consideration of all these things, in whatever human nature she had (recall the 'double dose'), she was deceived and she ate it.

The day continued.

 She did not die.

Please recall, "In that day you shall surely die" was pronounced to them, with death being seen, in the language, as "sensitive."

She then went to Adam with her arguments about:

1.  We can be like God and no longer subject to Him;
2.  I ate it and I didn't die (God lied).  There's been no punishment.  That whole thing about dying just is not true.
3.  It is really good to eat, too.

Adam's resistance did not hold up.

He ate of it, and the text says "immediately his eyes were open" and he saw his nakedness and went and tied some fig leaves together for a pair of boxers.

They did not die.

Recall, "in that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die."

To "die" has been made sensitive with "surely" and death did not come.

Or, so it appeared.

God then rebuked them, banished them and told them that they would suffer many things:

1.  The earth (ground) was now cursed and fruit would come, but through toil and with lots of weeds. Adam's brow would now produce a great deal of sweat (hard work, anxiety) to produce food (presupposing how easily things used to be).

2.  Eve would give birth to children, but the process would be painful.

"Death" now entered their lives and although the description of the natural environment was described like a green house, they would eventually return to the ground from which they came.

Death came into their souls that die, and would eventually wear down their bodies, but this rebellion was now part of their nature, and would come to every offspring from there on in.

The people of faith teach that the "Adamic nature has been passed to all generations", that is, a propensity towards treason (transgression, sin, lying, etc) as their 'spiritual father' was now the serpent (evil) as they chose his words over God's words.

Thus the need to teach children "thou shalt not" and human empathy because it is no longer natural.  Although born without having committed any wrong doings, they teach, children are born with a propensity towards selfishness, naturally, and if not taught, will naturally lie, steal, and even kill his fellow man, all to obtain something that has come from the ground.  (all things in life come from the ground, from food, to my house, to my guitar).

Thus, human nature is bent towards doing wrong and unless well taught, when tested, will choose self over good.

This is theory number one, and it impacts everything you do, believe, and think and especially, what you feel about people you analyze who may be lying to you.

It is the theory behind the words of "Amazing Grace", where the author, a slave trader, called himself a vulgar name (for that time) when he wrote, "saved a wretch like me."

It is fascinating to look at your children, and consider the difference between your sons and your daughters and may explain why, for example, my sons always said, "Mom!  Dad!  Watch me hit this ball!" (doing something) while my daughters held a different view and would say, "Mom! Dad!  Watch me!", with the emphasis upon the attention to the person, rather than to what was accomplished.

It does not mean that they did not want to be seen accomplishing things; they did.  It does not mean the boys did not want to be noticed for themselves, as they did, too.  Yet, the priority was different.

This is very far from the philosophy that there is no difference in how men and women think, hear and speak.

This is why it is your belief on human nature will impact everything in life, from how you relate to your spouse, to who you vote for, and how you think, or expect someone to respond in analysis.

It is also why people of faith believe that since male and female are created differently, the role of the parent includes cultivating this "maleness" or "femaleness" in life, judging what child has been given to them, and raising them according to the assignment of organs, differing one from another.  We may seek to compliment the "maleness or femaleness", or we can ignore it, or we can choose to go "cross grain" and deliberately raise our children to the opposite should we wish to do.  We are free to do so, but this allows us to understand what a large group of people in history have done, for better or worse.

Anonymous Threatening Letters 

When we write, we reveal our:

Background
Experiences
Priorities
Personality

This means that when analyzing an anonymous threatening letter, we seek to learn the identity of the author, which is to say the gender, age, race, education, background and experiences of the writer, but also the priority.

Is this threat for real?

In a perfect world, all threats are taken with the upmost delegation of resources, but this is not the reality of limited budgets, and by reducing the exterior to a more measurable form, we can properly discern how to answer the threat.

Imagine having a very frightening threatening letter and saying, "we cannot know if this is written by a man, or by a woman, since there is no difference between the two!", but saying this due to fear of offending someone?

When we viewed the Baby Ayla case, we began with 300 million suspects.  We can do a nationwide search for the missing toddler.

Yet, when the father spoke and said that someone might not like the way he parented Ayla, the number went from the entire population of the United States, all the way down to a handful of people who knew him.  (His words and failed polygraph, along with the life insurance policy taken out by him, against her,  limited the number down as well).  This is why we heard his supporters wanting ads taken out across the country, broadening, rather than narrowing the scope of the search.

This philosophy of human nature believes that lying, for example, is natural to a child, and the child must be taught not to, and that he must resist, that is, build up a will against lying because lying  is easier than telling the truth.

The other philosophy, which is up next, teaches that a child will only lie because he has seen an example of lying (negative nurture) and must now be taught that it is wrong.

Therefore, how you see the criminal justice system comes from how you view human nature.

When a man made a false police report and raised money from it, he was seen as deceptive.

Some call for justice saying he made a false report as a thief and returned the money because he got caught.

Others, his attorneys in particular, said, he is not a criminal but did this as a cry for help.

The two philosophies about human nature are displayed here, in this one example.  The former says to prosecute so not only is justice realized, but others will be warned.

The other says not to prosecute, there is no need to dissuade others, but concentrate on helping him, instead.

It may seem like a small difference when we speak in philosophical terms, especially about babies,  yet when it comes to its outworking, the gulf between the two philosophies is not reconcilable.

You may choose to disregard the story in Genesis as fable, or you may embrace as eternal truth, but in either case, it is fascinating to read of an account that has been repeated for more than 4,000 years of history, and has endured for some.  People of faith hold to its Divine origin, making it immovable.  For them, "good" is not subjective, nor is "evil" subjective.  The subjectivity only comes when truth, itself, is attacked.

For example, to kill your neighbor for the motive of taking what is in his house, is considered "evil" or "wrong" and is addressed in the Ten Commandments.  This is, according to those of faith, an absolute that does not change.  Therefore, the elements of both greed and of violence must be addressed in early childhood, lest the refusal to share, for example, become a strengthened position, which then leads to theft, and possible violence, should the theft be opposed.

In objective truth, for another example, racism is condemned as "wrong" or "evil."  For people of faith, this is "truth" that is not changed due to time or culture.  The same believe that it must be taught to children, at a very young age, lest racism take root, and trouble society.

Should a young boy be uncorrected in hitting his sister, might he become involved in Domestic Violence later in life?  If so, the parents must consider:

"Love thy neighbor as thyself" in thinking, "by not correcting little Johnny, who is so very cute, am I setting up his future wife for heartbreak and assault?  If so, I am not "loving" my neighbor, my future daughter-in-law."


                                                      What do you believe?

Do you believe that human nature has this bent towards wrong doing and must be taught accordingly?

Or, do you believe that mankind is basically good, and that the natural bent is towards doing right, and only fails to do so when given improper example?

Or...

do you wish to wait until the next article to answer?


What you believe will impact your life, and specifically, how you discern truth from deception.

As I always seek to learn:

Are you open to changing your view point?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rick Jones Confesses "Fake Hate"

                               Rick Jones isn''t the only deceptive person in this story.


The report that someone had struck Rick Jones over the head, cut "die fag" into his arms, stole $1800, and then threw a molotov cocktail through his home window, was a very serious report, one requiring intense investigation, as a drain upon resources. 

Statement Analysis of the few statements Mr. Jones made showed that his words did not proceed from experiential memory. 

This is the value of formal training in Statement Analysis.  From the very beginning, not only would a good deal of money and resources be saved, but a criminal would be brought to justice.  

The value of formal training in analysis is without estimate.  It provides justice, clears the innocent, saves money and resources, and provides great traction for the careers of dedicated law enforcement professionals, just as it does in Human Resources, and other professions where communication is essential.  

Rick Jones used the politically explosive environment to steal money from the public, and he almost got away with it as his "Go Fund Me" account was on the rise.  

When someone uses a politically correct electric environment in order to steal money, what would you call it?

A "hate crime"?

Few crimes are of contrary emotion, but when an innocent man could, potentially, lose his freedom due to a false report, it is not a crime of 'civility.'   Even more so, when a false report is made of a crime and the public responds with animosity towards a specific group of people, assuming that a person of faith "must have" committed the crime, it takes upon itself a new level of civic animosity, as the divide of the nation continues.  

But what would you call a false report of a crime that causes not only animosity and upset in a community, but also costs a small locale much expense and time in investigating that which never took place?

Here we couple theft with a waste of law enforcement resources.  

What would you now call it?

Next, what would you call it if you were a defense attorney?

Attorney Paul Burke, who is representing Rick Jones, says his client has “acknowledged his responsibility for what has happened.”
“This was a cry for help,” he said. Rick told the attorney today that he staged his attacks, the graffiti and the Molotov cocktail.
Next, look at the propagandizing the defense attorney does for his client, pushing the "victim status" buttons:
The attorneys asked the Millard County Sheriff’s Department to terminate the investigation of the incidents. What right does any defense attorney have in asking law enforcement to terminate an investigation?  
He is clever and uses flattery:  
“We should all be impressed and heartened by the response from the governor on down in support of what looked like a crime of hate. The lieutenant governor and county law officials were all sensitive to the needs of this young man and the rest of the community,” Burke said.
Next, he broadens his appeal to the nation's LGBT community.  This is the exact same technique used by Jones in his scam.  
“Young LGBT people and others in small communities should feel heartened that their government and citizens will rally around them in a time of need.  We need to understand that it is still difficult in our state, especially in rural areas, to get acceptance for our sexual orientation from our churches and our families.”
There was no "time of need" as a thief was caught, clever as he was, yet the defense attorney is seeking to use an insanity defense before his client is arrested.
Burke, of the Utah law firm Ray Quinney & Nebeker, offered to assist Rick when this story first went public.
Burke said he doesn’t see this as a hoax. He sees it more as a genuine cry for help.  This is no different than Rachel Dolezal  "seeing" herself as black, or a 65 year old grandfather "seeing" himself as a young chic woman, or a dangerously thin woman seeing herself as grossly obese, or the "transabled" seeing themselves in need of amputation because they "see" that they are disabled when others see that they are not. 
It is "subjectivity" in language.  
This was a 911 call that was misdirected, but real,” he said.
What Rick and the family did not know, was how the story would spread so far and wide. It became overwhelming.
Next, they use a subtle indictment of "conservatives" in the community. This is also the same technique used to scam for money.  
He’s a troubled young man that has gone through a lot in his life,” attorney Brett Tolman told Ben Winslow of Fox 13 News. “He’s a 21-year-old gay man living in Delta, Utah. In a very conservative community, in a conservative family, who love him very much but may have some issues to work through.”
Rick Jones is not the only deceptive person in this story.  

Will the attorneys successfully use animosity towards conservatives and empathy towards homosexuality as a successful defense of a thief?

If so, it will send a strong signal to other scammers of "defense by reason of sex" is a card to be played and will set yet another precedent against justice.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2013 Grandmother Receives Anonymous Letter About Autistic Grandson

From Daily Mail 2013

The grandmother of autistic child received anonymous letter:

'I wish people would be more understanding': Mother of autistic boy who received hate-filled letter from angry neighbor telling her to 'euthanize' her son issues touching response

  • Karla Begley, 44, was interviewed by a blog about special needs children 
  • On August 16, Max Begley's grandmother got a vile letter complaining about the noise the 13-year-old autistic boy was making 
  • The self-described 'pissed off mother' who penned the letter suggested that Max be euthanized

A Toronto mother who had received a shocking anonymous letter last week urging her to have her 13-year-old autistic son euthanized has issued a forceful response, highlighting the importance of tolerance. 
Karla Begley and her family were left reeling after receiving a disturbing, hate-filled missive from a neighbor in Newcastle, Canada, informing her that the noise her special needs son, Max, was making while playing outside terrified her 'normal' children. 
On Wednesday, Miss Begley, whose 15-year-old son, Jack, is also on the autistic spectrum, and she herself is wheelchair-bound due to multiple sclerosis, gave an interview to a blog about special needs children called Love That Max to address the controversy in a constructive way. 
Eloquent answer; Karla Begley, pictured here with her son Max in 2010, took to a blog about special needs children to deliver a response to a vile letter a neighbor had sent her complaining about the boy's sounds
Eloquent answer: Karla Begley, pictured here with her son Max in 2010, took to a blog about special needs children to deliver a response to a vile letter a neighbor had sent her complaining about the boy's sounds 
Begley
Begley
Words of wisdom: Mrs Begley (left) urged people to be more understanding towards special needs children like her son (right), whom she called a blessing 

‘I will not stoop to an insulting level,’ she said. ‘What I have to say is about tolerance, acceptance and respect for kids with special needs.’
Begley addressed the noise complaints cited in the callous letter she had received, saying that all children make noise, not just ones with special needs. In the case of her son, the sounds he emits is the only way he can express himself. 

‘If Max's sounds bother someone, I'd hope that person would let us know in a respectful way,’ Begley said. ‘Give us a chance to handle it instead of being cowardly about it.’

The 44-year-old mother went on to say that she prefers when people openly address her son’s disability, like kids in the neighborhood who come up to her and ask why Max talks ‘funny.’ 
‘The parents are embarrassed. But if the mom isn't going to talk properly to a child, or teach him that kids with autism are not contagious, I will!’ she told the blog. ‘It's important to help kids understand and not be fearful from a young age.
‘I'll tell children, "He has autism and he has trouble with speech, but you can say 'hi' to him." And then I'll have Max say 'hi' back and it's OK. I'd rather kids ask than grow up to be the sort of people who write nasty letters about autism!’
The mother further explained that just because her son cannot express himself in words like most people, or take part in activities like other children his age, he still understands everything and enjoys life.
Nothing good to say: An anonymous neighborhood mother wrote this letter to the grandmother of a severely autistic teen in Newcastle, Canada
Nothing good to say: An anonymous neighborhood mother wrote this letter to the grandmother of a severely autistic teen in Newcastle, Canada
Sadness and anger: Max's mother Karla Begley was in tears as she read the hateful letter directed at her son
Sadness and anger: Max's mother Karla Begley was in tears as she read the hateful letter directed at her son
‘People with special needs are people first. They have every right others do,’ she argued. ‘Instead of glares, I wish people would give smiles. Instead of anger toward parents, I wish people would be more understanding. 
‘Trust me, if there's behavior ruining someone else's day, it's ruining mine and I want to deal with it!’
In the disgusting missive the Begleys had received, the cowardly author called Max a useless burden to his family. But his mother has insisted that in fact her son has been a blessing to her.
‘I think I'm lucky: How many mothers still have their 13-year-old son wanting to sit on the couch, have mommy time and cuddles, and not be afraid to show love and affection?’ Karla Begley said. 
The mother added that while her son’s future is uncertain due to his disability, she and the rest of the family are unfazed by the possibility that Max may never have a wife or a job.  
‘Everyone has a place in the world,’ she said in her eloquent response. ‘Some people are meant to hold big jobs. Some people make you happy and smile.’
During the summer, 13-year-old Max spends his mornings with his grandmother Brenda Millson in Newcastle. 
She says she was shaking after receiving a letter August 16 from an anonymous neighbor complaining that the noise Max makes outside is 'DREADFUL!'  and that it 'scares the hell out of my normal children!'Mrs Millson shared the whole letter with CityNewsToronto
The woman's anonymous letter went beyond the offensive noise complaint into even more repugnant territory, writing that Max is a 'hindrance'.
'Who the hell is going to care for him? No employer will ever hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever!'
Then she recommended something truly atrocious.  
'Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!'
'Do the right thing and move or euthanize him! Either way, we are ALL better off.' 
'Who says that about a child?' Max's mother Karla Begley asked City News.
She started to cry as she explained that her secondary progressive multiple sclerosis keeps her from walking and running with her son. 
13-year-old Max was diagnosed with severe autism when he was two and he spends his summer mornings at his grandmother's house, usually playing in the backyard
13-year-old Max was diagnosed with severe autism when he was two and he spends his summer mornings at his grandmother's house, usually playing in the backyard
13-year-old Max was diagnosed with severe autism when he was two and he spends his summer mornings at his grandmother's house, usually playing in the backyard 
On his side: The neighborhood came out in support of Max after hearing about the abhorrent letter
On his side: The neighborhood came out in support of Max after hearing about the abhorrent letter
Since learning about the letter, neighbors of Max's grandmother have come out in a public display of support for the boy in an attempt to out the letter's author. 
Max's father is worried that the letter might lead to violence against his son. 
'A person that's that crazy or demented who would fabricate something like that...it leads me to believe that they're very dangerous,' Jim Begley said, 'and right now I'm scared for my son's safety. 
If the writer is identified, Max's family plans to press charges. 
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An interview with the mother:

Kerry Magro: Hi Karla. We appreciate your time today to help answer a few questions. So Karla, can you tell us a little about your son?

Karla Begley: Oh Max. Well, he’s 13, has autism and loves life. He’s my little angel. He’s very smart. We always kind of joke around. Our oldest son Jackson, he’s 15 and he has high functioning autism. Max has a lot more common sense about the world but loves to have fun. He can be so silly at times and he loves physical activity. He’s just always moving around; it’s hard to keep up with him at times.

KM: Can you tell us a bit more about what happened?

KBAbout two-and a-half weeks ago, Max was at my Mom’s house about two towns over from where we live. My mom was checking her mail and found the letter and was completely disgusted by what she saw.
She was completely mortified and disgusted by the wording of the letter. She didn’t like the wording especially the term “euthanize”. Max I would say spends about 20 percent of his time at my mother’s house and this was a complete and total shock.

KM: Do you have any idea who wrote the letter?

KB: We don’t but the police are looking into it, and taking my mom’s fingerprints to see if they can see any other prints on the letter. A detective was just at our house the other day. From what they said, it seems to me that they are on the right track. One thing they are doing is sending forms to everyone in the neighborhood to get more information from them if they know of anything.

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KM: What was your immediate reaction to the letter?

KBOne thing many people don’t talk about is that the incident didn’t happen at my house. Although it happened at my mother’s house it was targeted at Max because he’s always the one there and going around the neighborhood. So I finally found out about it that day from my husband. He said that there was a nasty letter written about Max. The neighbors in my mom’s neighborhood got a hold of it and started posting it.

My immediate reaction was that it made me sick, sick to my stomach. I didn’t know what to think about what would happen next until it got posted online. Even though I’m disgusted about it, there’s been so much support from everyone both locally and nationally. It’s made things good from getting it out there but also a little overwhelming with all the attention our family has been receiving.

KM: What was the reaction from your neighbors?

KBMy Mom’s neighbors have been up in arms and proactive about the entire situation. They have stood behind Max and what’s going on.
My neighbors have also been really good about it. We moved to our neighborhood in Oshawa, Canada in March 2000 and Max was born in April 2000 so he’s spent his entire life here. Our community has been very warm towards him and all of his transitioning to this point. I can remember times when Max would throw clothes and CDs into other people’s yards but all the neighbors would always collect them and bring them back. And they were very understanding.  

KM: Has life changed for you since your mother received the letter?

KB: My life hasn’t that much but Max’s absolutely has. People have been so warm to Max, saying hi to him when he’s out. For me, I haven’t had that much time to get out but friends have been visiting and sending their best wishes.

KM: What do you think is the most importation lesson to be learned?

KB: It’s all about acceptance. There are a lot of us (families affected by autism) out there in the world. People stare and give off rude expressions. I just think it’s important to treat people as people. There’s always going to be that one person that is going to be ignorant but hopefully they can change because we aren’t going anywhere. Our voices are just getting louder and louder.

KM: If there was one message you could share with our community about the incident what would it be?

KB: We have to keep pushing out there and have a thick skin towards our community. We’ve fought for everything we’ve done for Max. We won’t give up and we hope these types of people get quieter as we get louder and spread acceptance and awareness. Life is short. Anything can happen. Be careful how you treat people because it can happen to you. Max is a blessing. Don’t get me wrong but ignorant people need a dose of reality. They need a day in our shoes.

KM: How is your son doing now?

KB: Well, my son doesn’t know about the letter but he’s been more vibrant and more sure of himself because people have been coming up to him and saying hi.  His positivity has skyrocketed. He’s actually smiling at me right now.

KM: Karla, thank you so much for speaking with us! We send our support and stand with you on this and look forward to speaking with you again soon!