ER doctor on first national Ebola case named in Dallas Texas as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier

ER doctor on first national Ebola case named in Dallas Texas as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier

The first case of Ebola was seen at Dallas Texas Presbyterian hospital last year. Most of us, inclding me, blamed the ER doctor for not catching the Ebola and thus costing the patient’s life and two nurses contracting the deadly disease.

Add to that it was “election time” which equaled to a be very afraid atmosphere of which party can protect you the best; a frenzy of worry by the public including quarantining a nurse, Kaci Hickox, because she landed in New Jersey at the wrong time.

Presbyterian hospital has now named the ER doctor as Dr. Joseph Howard Meier, someone the hospital had kept secret his name until The Dallas Morning News decided to publish the doctors name. They wanted to give Dr. Meier a chance to answer their questions and give them an interview. That is when things became interesting. Dr. Meier would not give the Dallas Morning News an interview but he did refer them to his attorney, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta Georgia. Go figure!!

Lin Wood told the Dallas Morning News to submit a list of written questions and he would consider which ones his client would answer, you have to love it when someone under the gun comes up with one of the best attorneys in the business. Protective? Yes of all of his clients over the years as we have followed Mr. Wood’s cases since 2007.

Here are some of the more interesting questions and answers but the full transcript can be found on the newspaper’s site.

Erick Duncan, the patient came to the ER and saw Dr. Meier, on the Thursday night before returning on Sunday, being admitted the second visit and then dying. Mr. Duncan was the first Ebola patient to die in the U. S. Eric Duncan complained of a headache and abdominal pain. Dr Meier looked him over, checked his vital signs and ordered tests. After a few hours, Dr Meier diagnosed him with sinusitis, prescribed antibiotics and sent him home. That started the finger pointing, and the hospital kept changing their story of facts on who knew what and when. Since the ER doctor’s identity was kept secret by the hospital, it became very easy for us all to blame that doctor for a total mess. Hospital administrators apologized to Congress for the misdiagnosis after offering shifting explanations. They pointed to a nurse’s actions, then to flawed electronic records, then said the records had no flaw.

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

Question: Was Sept. 25-26 (Thursday-Friday) your regular shift? How long was your shift? When did it begin?

Answer: That is one of several shifts we all work. That particular shifted started at 10 p.m. and ended at 5 a.m.

Question: What training did Presbyterian and/or Texas Medical Resources give you for a potential Ebola patient?

Answer: I was not aware of any specific training for Ebola.

Question: Is there a written policy at Presbyterian or Texas Medical Resources instructing ER physicians to ask about travel history?

Answer: There is now. I am not aware of the existence of any policy prior to this case.

Question:We’re sure you’ve seen the quotes or heard the TV statements from medical experts who criticized your diagnosis and discharge of Mr. Duncan. Since you were in the unprecedented position of being the first American ER doctor to see an Ebola case unannounced in an ER, how would you respond to those experts?

Answer: It’s very easy to make a diagnosis of any condition after the patient’s medical evaluation confirms the final diagnosis. Unfortunately, such 20/20 hindsight is not available to medical professionals caring for patients in real time.

Question: One expert in emergency care told us picking out the nation’s first Ebola case here was like a “needle in a hayfield.” How would you describe the challenge of handling the first unannounced case to come through an American ER?

Answer: It can be a challenge to diagnose disease and illness. As doctors, we are trained to work from a set of differential diagnoses and seek to rule out until we hopefully reach the correct diagnosis. The more rare a disease or condition, the more likely it is that it will not be on an initial differential list. Since this first case, we have better protocols in place, but, even then, it can still be very difficult to diagnose something so rare. We do the best we can to get it right based on our training and experience.

Question: How has dealing with this experience as the first U.S. ER doctor to see an Ebola case unannounced been for you personally and professionally?

Answer: A little bit like getting struck by lightning, but mild in comparison to what Mr. Duncan’s family has gone through in losing a loved one to Ebola

Question: What do you think the public should know, that we don’t already know, about that initial visit of Mr. Duncan or this case in general?

Answer: That the enemies are Ebola and infectious diseases in general not the caregivers who are on the front line of diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The full article and questions and answers can be found at the two links above. I just picked out the ones that jumped out at me.

Now comes this weeks news on Dallas Presbyterian Hospital and Ebola.

Nina Pham, 26, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian, filed a lawsuit Monday, March 2, 2015, in Dallas against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources.

Pham released a statement to the media after the lawsuit was filed Monday morning saying she had hoped the company would be “more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn’t do that led to me getting infected with Ebola. But that didn’t happen and I felt I was left with no choice but to turn to the courts for help.”

“I’m facing a number of issues with regard to my health and my career and the lawsuit provides a way to address them,” Pham said in the statement. “But more importantly, it will help uncover the truth of what happened, and educate all health care providers and administrators about ways to be better prepared for the next public health emergency.”

Pham’s attorney told the media that Pham continues to suffer from aches and insomnia after she and another nurse, Amber Vinson, contracted the disease from patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Dallas attorney, Charla Aldous, went on with his statement saying; “The nurse manager looked it up on the Internet, printed it out and handed it to Nina and that was the sum total of her training. These were the caregivers who were trying to figure this out on the fly.

It shouldn’t have happened, Healthcare workers in Liberia had better equipment to care for themselves than Nina Pham did the day she started caring for Eric Duncan.”

Aldous said once Pham was diagnosed, Nina was used as a PR pawn.

You can read the full article at the L. A. Times website, they also have a copy of the 37 page filing by Pham for you to read.

Texas state courts are very hard to get filings from most of the districts, if we can get those filings we will bring them to you.

We reached out to Mr. Wood to see if he had a comment but did not hear back from him.

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Cybertraps for Educators by Frederick S. Lane

Cybertraps for Educators by Frederick S. Lane

Make no mistake: The current, “ever-connected” age brings with it a whole new set of challenges and concerns that pose significant legal risks for professionals in multiple vocations. No profession, however, is more seriously challenged than teaching; educators can all too easily can find themselves establishing questionable connections with students, some of which can have disastrous effects on their career and their personal lives.

To help educators understand and avoid the cybertraps they face, author, attorney, and educational consultant announces the release of his new book, Cybertraps for Educators. The early response to the book has been very enthusiastic.

“Educators are not only expected to be experts in content, curriculum, and pedagogy, they are also tasked with meeting the holistic needs of a highly vulnerable population,” said Dr. Troy R. Hutchings, Research Chair for the College of Education and School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. “As a result, the emotional and intellectual interplay that occurs daily between students and educators is laden with professional risks. By utilizing authentic headline-grabbing cases, coupled with expertise leveraged from his vast experience as both an attorney and a computer forensics expert, Frederick Lane communicates an unescapable narrative… the cyber landscape for educators is treacherous, and inattentiveness is indefensible. Provocative… compelling… razor sharp… with solutions that work. This book is a must read.”

Cybertraps for Educators discusses a wide range of potential legal traps for teachers, including: cyberloafing, viewing inappropriate content in schools, mishandling investigations of student misconduct, cyberbaiting, identity theft and fake social media profiles, voyeurism, child pornography, sexting, and sexual assault. The book concludes with both practical tips and policy suggestions for minimizing the risk of cybertraps for educators.

“Cybertraps for Educators is intended to educate teachers, school districts, and parents about the legal risks teachers face through the use and misuse of electronic devices,” commented Lane. “It is a thorough and compelling introduction to one of the most challenging aspects of a teacher’s job today.”

Building on Lane’s skills as an attorney, researcher, and computer forensics expert, Cybertraps for Educators explores these compelling issues by presenting case studies, thoughts and opinions that can provide much needed clarity educators, parents, and policy makers.

Dr. Glenn S. Lipson, a forensic psychologist and program director of the California School of Forensic Science at Alliant International University, recently said: “This book provides the topographic map which teachers need to steer clear of major hazards in the rapidly changing digital landscape. Mr. Lane’s sought after expertise remains both illuminating and accessible.”

Few, if any, other works have so expertly addressed these kinds of issues, leaving educators at the mercy of guesswork as to behavior in a rapidly-changing online environment. Even a quick scan of national news sources will turn up numerous examples of educators who have been tripped up by one or more cybertraps, all of which could have been avoided with proper training and professional development. Cybertraps for Educators will assist educators, schools, and districts around the United States to better understand online risks and strategize how best to mitigate the risks.

Lane is the author of seven previous books, including “Cybertraps for the Young”, “American Privacy”, “The Court and the Cross”, “The Decency Wars” and “The Naked Employee.” He has also lectured extensively to teachers, parents, students, and school districts over the past two decades. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Dr. Amy Werbel.

Cybertraps for Educators is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle download ($9.99). Additional information can be found on the author’s Web site at http://www.FrederickLane.com/cybertraps-for-educators.

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Kaci Hickox quarantine tent with no heat for cold nights

Kaci Hickox quarantine tent with no heat for cold nights

Kaci Hickox landed in New Jersey after 30 grueling days of working with Doctors without Borders in western Africa on the Ebola epidemic. Through all of her protective gear she had comforted a child who died, alone without family, the night before coming home.

All Hickox wanted was a shower and to crawl into her cozy bed and get some much needed sleep. That was NOT to be though.

She watched at the airport as her luggage was carried off in Hazmet barrels. Kaci Hickox remained at the airport for almost 7 hours before being transferred by ambulance equipped with medical personnel from University Hospital in full protective gear. Hickox was put in an unheated tent, set up as the “isolation facility” that Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie had announced Friday was being built. Hickox has no shower, no flushable toilet and no television or any reading material, to make it worse she was given paper scrubs to wear. I wonder what the temperature in an unheated tent this time of year gets down to at night in New Jersey? She is being provided with “food and water and basic human needs” a spokesperson for University Hospital in Newark stated in a email this afternoon.

The best part is that SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE HER LAWYER THROUGH THE SAME WINDOW WHERE DOCTORS AND NURSES LOOK IN ON HER IN THEIR NORMAL HOSPITAL CLOTHES. You know the ones you wear when you are seeing “patients”, a multitude of patients. She’s twice tested negative for Ebola, including a test at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Hickox is alone and doesn’t know what decisions are being made about her, she was provided a copy of the quarantine order which has an open ended date on it.

WHOA folks, when the government can gathered up American citizens and put them in “tent” cities it is time to be very afraid, very very afraid. If they would do this to a well trained professional imagine what they would do to you and me. I remember a few years ago when a president wanted to issue pandemic orders for the flu, which kills between 4,000 to 49,000 U. S. citizens yearly, and have the military land and knock on all of our doors to see if anyone in the house had the flu. Lucky for us the military explained they could not be used in that fashion against U. S. citizens. I still shutter to think if we would all have had a huge black X on our doors or worse, end up in tent camps without due process, for the health of all of us.

Why would politicians say you can’t trust doctors and health care specialists to be “honest” BUT we can trust politicians to be honest? How many politicians do any of you trust?

Remember this is just not health care workers this is ANYONE that has had direct contact with Ebola patients, you know like the Missionaries and Ministers and the doctors from charities can’t be trusted. We already know the news can’t be trusted look at the NBC cameraman that is in the hospital with Ebola??? How about Samantha Power, our UN ambassador, she is coming home this next week, is she going to a tent city?

Part 2 will be how we know our health care providers can be trusted to be honest with the ever changing rules that causes them headaches.

UPDATE: BTW Governor Cuomo just back down to only home isolation instead of tent city, now how does the state that Hickox live in negotiate for her freedom, since she is not a New Jersey resident. What will we need to do, send a special envoy, like we do in hostile countries to try and get out citizens freed.

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L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L Lin Wood Atlanta Georgia Attorney

L. Lin Wood, attorney in Atlanta Georgia, came full circle as of September 1, 2014 going back to a solo practice. When I came across this article I felt this was time to highlight another lawyer who took an unfortunate route in life before becoming the best at what he does.

Lin Wood describes his success in part as having a “resilient character”. This was never more evident then when he returned from a dance during high school when he was 16 and found his father covered with blood standing over his mother’s bludgeoned to death body. He left home that night to think and found himself in a park realizing he had to make decisions right then as to which direction he wanted his life to take and what he wanted to do with his life.

Lin Wood, attorney, playing Men's Senior Baseball in 1998

Lin Wood, attorney, playing Men’s Senior Baseball in 1998

Can you imagine that at 16? Wood was an achiever in high school, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and a pitcher on the baseball team. Wood forgave his father, saying; “It could have just as easily been the other way around that night”. Wood worked and stayed with friends throughout the rest of high school and raised the funds for his father’s defense lawyers. It was interacting with those lawyers he often says is what cemented his career path into the practice of law.

Wood went on to college on scholarships, student loans and working a variety of part-time jobs. He always kept his focus on where he was going and what he wanted to achieve. He graduated with honors, cum laude, at Mercer University in his home town of Macon Georgia and went to the same university to gain his law degree.

Wood says, “I took 25 cases to a jury verdict in my first six years of practicing law. You won’t find a lot of true trial lawyers among young partners in large law firms today.” Wood says he was fortunate to obtain experience of “trial and error”, in a time when young lawyers had the opportunity to do that.

“The art is in taking and defending depositions because so few cases get to trial these days. If you follow a script rather than a checklist, you will miss answers that can lead to better questions. Start with a blank pad, listen and have a conversation with a curious mind.”

Wood limits the number of cases he takes because he devotes a slice of his life to each one, many of which last years. His clients are special to him. He keeps up with them after the case is over and is there as a friend to many of them.

For much of his first 19 years practicing law, Wood handled primarily medical malpractice cases. Wood often muses about one of his first cases when the jury was still out and his client thank him and wanted him to know whichever way the verdict came down, he knew Wood believed in him. Something Wood tries not to forget with all of his success today.

Lin Wood Richard Jewell

Lin Wood with client turned friend Richard Jewell

Little did Wood know that in 1996 his life and his career path would take a significant turn, one that propelled Wood into the high profile cases he is known for today. In 1996, he received a call from a fellow attorney to meet with and represent in civil matters, Richard Jewell, the security guard who was named a suspect by law enforcement and the media in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. Wood’s decision to take on Jewell’s case would change his career and set him on a course to become one of the most successful and high profile libel and defamation lawyers in the country. Wood recounts that he felt Jewell was guilty from the media reports he had seen, but agreed to meet with Jewell. At the end of the meeting Wood told Jewell he would take his case on one condition, that Jewell forgave Wood for prejudging him based on the media. Although, Jewell was cleared by the FBI of any involvement in the bombing, he never recovered from the treatment he received by the media. Wood handled numerous cases on behalf of Jewell spanning almost two decades. Libel settlements were reached with CNN, NBC and Tom Brokaw, Piedmont College and the New York Post. Wood and Jewell remained close until Jewell’s death in 2007.

This blog had began to follow Wood and some of his cases in 2007. We remember well when Jewell’s death came out in the media that Wood cancelled the rest of his depositions in New York and flew back to Atlanta to be with Jewell’s family. He gave the eulogy at Jewell’s funeral in which he shared a story that Jewell had never told anyone before. Richard Jewell with all that was done to him still every year on the anniversary of that horrible bombing went to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta and placed a single rose at the spot where a woman died that Jewell had not been able to save.

Atlanta Attorney Lin Wood urges to woo public opinion for clients

Atlanta Attorney Lin Wood urges to woo public opinion for clients

Wood and Jewell had the opportunity to give some joint lectures at colleges on the responsibility of the media and sensational stories before Jewell’s death. Today Wood still misses his friend, Richard Jewell, and is the first to say “Jewell made me what I am today”.

In an age of 24/7 news channels, the Internet and social networking, the case remains a lesson in caution for the media almost 20 years later. “I’ve heard people say, ‘Let’s not Richard Jewell this person,’ says Wood. “So I think Richard continues to stand for caution. His case created a yellow light that says slow down, take care before you go to the intersection of accusation.” Wood has expressed that he is happy that Jewell’s name still comes up as what not to do to someone. When he talks about Jewell you will notice his voice becomes softer and there is a look about Wood that you just know he is thinking back to those days twenty years ago.

In a November 2000 article in Editor & Publisher Magazine, editor Jim Moscou described Wood as the man responsible for “taking Jewell’s reputation from ‘the 1996 Olympic Bomber’ to ‘the man who didn’t do it’,” adding that “while the world sees a lone bomber, Wood sees a victim of an overzealous, unprofessional media – then uses that media to ‘win’ his case.”

Rather than thinking of himself as a First Amendment or defamation lawyer, Wood describes himself as a lawyer who handles civil litigation representing clients who he believes are victims or underdogs. I have always wondered when hearing or reading that statement about Wood if it is based on a memory of how lawyers, when he was 16, treated him that way, as a victim and underdog with a long mountain to climb.

L. Lin Wood has been the lead attorney in many national high-profile cases, representing clients like Howard K Stern, Beth Holloway, former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, John and the late Patsy Ramsey. When Patsy Ramsey died, again Wood flew home to be with the family and to be a pall bearer at Patsy’s funeral. See a pattern here about how Wood feels about the clients he represents? They are real people to him, not just another case, but a victim that he has the special talents to help.

Lin Wood defending Herman Cain

Lin Wood defending Herman Cain

Wood has represented presidential candidates Rick Perry and Herman Cain against allegations of impropriety in the media, suggesting there is an appetite among high-profile campaigns for a more aggressive response to damaging stories. Wood is there for them to call and will fly to where they need him to take the reigns of their media needs so any damage is dealt with before it becomes a 24/7 story lasting for weeks. A letter from Lin Wood will make most media rethink their positions and decide to recheck their facts. A bull dog for his clients that looks more like a movie star then a tough, take no prisoners attorney, who has been known to make another attorney cry during depositions.

Wood maintains he is a supporter of the First Amendment. “I think that a First Amendment without accountability for wrongdoing weakens the system as a whole, because it fosters bad reporting and poor journalism. I can make a strong case that, when I seek accountability for genuine wrongdoing, it ultimately strengthens the First Amendment.”

Attorney Lin Wood plays hard even when it with a dolphin

Attorney Lin Wood plays hard even when it with a dolphin

Wood works hard and plays hard. Outside of the courtroom, he played for and managed a senior league baseball team for 15 years that he loaded with former minor league players. He plays golf, boxes and has entered horse jumping competitions.

One of the greatest ways to judge Wood’s success if through his children, two of which are attorneys, practicing different types of law, one even giving time to legal aide for criminal clients. If you say your family is a reflection of who you are, Wood must be very pleased with his life.

Lin Wood Attorney, giving one of his infrequent interviews

Lin Wood Attorney, giving one of his infrequent interviews

As someone who has set across from Wood in a deposition I will attest that Wood will treat you fairly and with kindness as long as you don’t lie or try to pull the wool over his eyes. Try to lie to him in a deposition or mislead him and he will eat you up and never bat an eye.

For Wood, the conversation never ends.

You can read much more about L. Lin Wood on his Wiki page and by Googling his ESPN 20 minutes tape on Richard Jewell. You can also find a couple of interviews to newspapers he has given over the years. He does not give many interviews, perhaps that is because when he does, he wants those who interview him to listen and know the conversation never ends.

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Judge Charles A Pannell Jr.

A federal judge that asks for answers after case pending for 7 years.

We have been following DiVata kidney dialysis services, in a whistle­-blower case that accuses the company of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of hundreds of millions of dollars.

U.S. District Senior Judge Charles A Pannell Jr. issued an order signed last month sanctioning DaVita for “unacceptable” litigation conduct that could force the company to reimburse whistle-­blower lawyers for as much as $2 million in fees and expenses. Pannell held that the company demonstrated “enough of a showing of bad faith” to warrant reopening discovery. Whistle-blower lawyers had sought the sanctions, claiming that key witnesses either had given false testimony in depositions or recanted statements made under oath.

The case was filed in 2007 by Dr. Alon J. Vainer, a board-certified nephrologist who was medical director for several of DaVita’s clinics, and Daniel Barbir, a registered nurse who worked as a Cumming clinic director. The two former DaVita employees claimed in their suit that, for years, DaVita systematically defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and civilian medical programs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department. They claimed DaVita boosted profits by prescribing—and billing the federal government—for vials of drugs that were larger than the smaller doses actually administered to patients.

In September of this year, Pannell ordered the hearing that occurred last Friday, September 12, 2014, after reviewing a growing number of documents and court records that DaVita lawyers were filing under seal.

In his Order for the hearing Judge Pannell, said;

“The documents at issue in all the motions are documents which the defendants seek to conceal from public view. Undoubtedly, these documents contain business information that the defendants would prefer to keep secret,” however, the majority of the documents are more than 10 years old. The court questions the need to file these documents under seal. While health information that identifies patients is confidential under federal regulations and will be maintained under seal, the remaining categories are less certain. This is particularly true in the context of information as old as the documents at issue here. In other words, information that, if current, would be commercially sensitive information likely loses that status after some time passes.”

Judge Pennell went on to say

“that DaVita lawyers had offered “general explanations for the types of documents that they contend should be sealed, including contract terms, wastage and dosing information, financial analyses and health information.”

In a motion seeking permission to file more documents under seal or redact them before they are made available to the public, DaVita lawyers said the documents in question “have already been sealed or are subject to pending motion to seal because they reference confidential and commercially sensitive [prescription drug] dosing and wastage.” DaVita cited a 2007 case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ( Romero v. Drummond Co., 480 F.3d 1234).

Not to be out done in the hearing L. Lin Wood, one of the lawyers representing the two whistleblowers, argued that many of the documents DaVita lawyers are filing under seal “in essence show the amount of waste” the company allegedly relied on to boost profits. Wood said that issue is at the heart of his clients’ case and should not be sealed.

Wood suggested that the public has a right to know about a case involving potentially millions of taxpayer dollars and that the courts have a duty to make the information available. “There ought to be sunshine on these documents,” he said. “They want to keep this information in the dark. They don’t want the public to know.”

Last May, in a motion citing former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous remark—”Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant”—the lawyers including L Lin Wood, Atlanta firms Wilbanks & Bridges and Krevolin & Horst, petitioned the court to determine whether statements they had quoted in their own pleadings had to be redacted before they were made accessible to the public.

This next part is one of my favorite part of DaVita questioning this federal judge saying.

DaVita lawyer Randi Schnell of Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, noted that a number of the sealed documents Judge Pannell questioned had already been sealed by a magistrate judge. Pannell replied: “Just because we sealed something before doesn’t mean we didn’t make a mistake.”

You have to love a federal judge that calls a hearing and is prepared to ask some tough questions of a company that has potentially robbed us tax payers of more than $2 billion.

I say let’s open those documents to the sunshine and see what DaVita is up to, so we can better address other companies that might owe the government, especially Medicare, Medicaid and the VA hospitals millions back.

If the judge issues an order on this case that opens up the records we will begin to cover this case with the documents. I can’t imagine anything more important as baby boomers began to collect Medicare and our veterans are entitled to solid care that does not rob the VA.

There is a much longer article you can read at the Daily Report

Let us know if you have an interest in this case now that the federal government has allowed whistle-blowers and their attorneys to take a lead in suing for fraud of government funds.

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The idea that the fight for gender equality has swung 'too far' is ludicrous.

The idea that the fight for gender equality has swung ‘too far’ is ludicrous.

ABC international on their Australia site target both Paul Elam and Dean Esmay as the main haters and she spared no words for their site “A Voice for Men” (AVfM). In an article by Clementine Ford, a free lance writer was picked up by ABC International calling a spade a spade in her article A lesson for men’s rights activists on real oppression. She starts with this, Any time a disparate system of power is equalised, one side must surrender some privileges – that may upset men’s rights activists, but it certainly doesn’t mean feminism is subjugating men.

I highly reccomend the article after it was found that one of the shooters in California that killed and wounded others was on the fridge of men’s rights activists (MRA) I am going to quote some of her article that hits home here with my comments.

In a couple of weeks, an ‘International Conference on Men’s Issues’ will be held in Detroit, Michigan. In an ideal world, such a thing would be an opportunity to discuss how dominant ideas of masculinity translates to limited opportunities for boys and men to express themselves; it might broach the subject of rates of male incarceration and recidivism, and how socioeconomic factors influence these things; it could look at how the reductive idea of male stoicism has a detrimental effect on mental health.

Unfortunately, as it’s being hosted by A Voice for Men – a motley crew who espouse hatred and fear of women – it promises to be about as useful to the advancement of men’s issues as a condom made out of sticky tape. (Condoms are very important to the Men’s Rights movement, because MRAs are convinced paternity fraud is a thing. They even have a “nationally recognised expert” speaking on the matter. You guys, it’s not a thing.)

…Paul Elam, is (worryingly) a former mental health service provider who has, among other egregious revelations, openly stated that if he ever sits on a jury of a rape trial, he’ll vote to acquit on principle – even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true. This is because he believes America is overrun by a swathe of false rape accusations and that the legal system is “patently untrustworthy when it comes to the offense of rape”. Not because only 3 per cent of those accused of rape will ever be convicted – no, because not only is a guilty vote “simply an enabling capitulation to systemic legal corruption” but also, “in this, the age of misandry, not one aspect of a rape case can be trusted … the accuser cannot be trusted.” Meanwhile, AVfM’s managing editor, Dean Esmay, believes that “domestic violence is not a gendered issue” and that his oppression is real because some women make more money than him.

This might be the right place to show again Paul Elam and Dean Esmay laughing and saying female college rape victims should do “Let them take rapies” with their cell phones to prove it.

When you look at what constitutes ‘female privilege’ in the eyes of MRAs and MRAs-in-training, you see exactly how ignorant most of them are to real discrimination and fear. In the MRA handbook, female privilege is being able to speak to men without being considered predatory; it’s being able to decide whether or not to continue with a pregnancy (as opposed to having a child forced on you so that a scheming bitch can rob you blind for the next 18 years); it’s being able to have sex with a man and then later change your mind while accusing him of rape; it’s having the right to leave a marriage because the courts will favour you in a custody dispute; it’s receiving the ‘coveted status’ of being a rape survivor on a college campus and all the advantages that come with that.

With the exception of that last one, which is so despicably offensive that it’s almost impossible to believe it was not only printed in the Washington Post but that it was written by a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, all of these examples of ‘female privilege’ seem less indicative of a rising gynarchy poised to crush whimpering men with a gigantic, comfortably shod foot than they do just basic rights that women are entitled to have even though they prevent men from being able to behave exactly as they like.

…I’ll let you in on a little secret. The Feminist Mafia is trying to erode men’s rights, and we’ve had some success over the years. Like the right for a man to legally rape his wife. Destroyed that. Or the right of men to determine who rises to political leadership. We nailed that one too. Or how about the right that said women became the physical property of their husbands, husbands who then had the right to commit these women to mental asylums (and frequently did) as a means of securing a divorce, leaving him free to marry another (often younger) woman? Yep, got rid of that.

Peggy Orenstein’s 1994 text ‘Schoolgirls’ included an anecdote which observed that, for many men and boys, equality is perceived as a loss. And it technically is, because any time a disparate system of power is equalised, one side must surrender some privileges. Referring to ‘female privilege’ (particularly in a world where, in some places, it is considered a privilege that girls even be allowed to live) as some kind of nefarious threat to the psychic wellbeing of men isn’t just offensive, it’s also dangerous. It provides a focal point of blame for the frustrations of men who feel they’ve somehow been denied all that was promised to them, and it can have terrifying and often violent ramifications for the women in their lives.

That being “dangerous” we have seen first hand with a MRA influenced mentally ill you man going on a shooting rage wanting to kill blonde sorority girls near Santa Barbara just last month.

The men who frequent A Voice For Men and similar MRA communities are not interested in equality between humans as they claim. Their agenda is not to restore ‘human rights’ for all but to re-establish the dominance that has historically been enjoyed by men both legally and socially.

Be sure you read the whole article by Clementine Ford Keep it handed for the next shooting spree to kill women because of these fringe groups, it is a terrific map into how that happens when someone mentally unstable believes the hatred being spewed. You can follow Clementine Ford on Twitter . As you read her article she has a lot of great additional links on both the haters and the real statistics out there.

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By Rose Turner
June 19, 2014
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Micheal Trope Top Los Angeles attorney

Micheal Trope Top Los Angeles attorney

I came across an article on one of the attorneys that Rose Speaks.com follows, the one that one the biggest divorce settlement ever in the Lisa and Kirk Kerkorian Trope however had a very interesting life leading up to this win and being a Michael Trope went from a child in Beverly Hills, to change the way professional football players negotiate contracts, back to law school, a top lawyer and an author of two books. WOW most people only do one of those things!

Michael Trope with Mother Gloria Trope

Michael Trope with Mother Gloria Trope

Born in 1951 to another top lawyer Sorrell Trope and Gloria Trope, Trope grew up in Beverly Hills, graduated from Palisades Charter High School in 1969 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC with a major in history in 1973. Trope later graduated from Loyola Law School in 1983 and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987. 1951 After graduating from Loyola Law School in 1983 Trope retired as an NFL agent in 1985. Trope was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987, which is also the year Trope wrote the book “Necessary Roughness” a very blunt book about life as an NFL agent.

In 1971, 20 year old USC junior, Trope, decided he wanted to be an agent after watching Johnny Rodgers complete a punt return for 72 yards and a touchdown against the University of Oklahoma, thus leading the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the NCAA national football championship. Rodgers won the Heisman Trophy and Trope, at age 21 signed Rodgers as his first client and became the youngest agent in history to represent NFL players.

Over the next 12 years, between 1973–1985, Trope represented more NFL first round draft picks than any other agent, including six Heisman Trophy winners; numerous collegiate all Americans and over 200 total contracts.

Micheal Trope signing foot ball great Earl Campbell with then owner Bud Adams of the Houston Oilers

Micheal Trope signing foot ball great Earl Campbell with then owner Bud Adams of the Houston Oilers

Michael Trope’s client list included, in addition to 1972 Heisman Winner Johnny Rodgers, 1975 Heisman winner Archie Griffin Cincinnati Bengals’ first round draft pick; the 1977 Heisman winner Tony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys first round draft pick; 1978 Heisman winner and number one over all NFL draft pick Earl Campbell Houston Oilers; 1980 Heisman winner and first round draft pick Charles White (American football) Cleveland Browns; 1983 Heisman winner and first overall draft pick in the United States Football League Mike Rozier Pittsburgh Maulers; Heisman Trophy runner up Chuck Muncie, first round draft pick to New Orleans Saints; Ricky Bell first overall NFL draft pick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Marvin Powell first round draft pick New York Jets; Lawrence Taylor, first round draft pick New York Giants; W. Clay Matthews, Jr., first round draft pick Cleveland Browns; Wes Chandler, first round draft pick New Orleans Saints; Anthony Munoz, first round draft pick Cincinnati Bengals; Russell Erxleben, first round draft pick New Orleans Saints.; Lindsey Scott first round draft pick Atlanta Falcons; James Lofton, first round draft pick Green Bay packers; Chris Ward, first round draft pick New York Jets; Al Harris, first round draft pick Chicago Bears; Charles Alexander first round draft pick Cincinnati Bengals; Dave Wilson supplemental first round draft pick New Orleans Saints; Warren Bryant first round draft pick Atlanta Falcons; Mike Quick first round draft pick Philadelphia Eagles; Johnnie Cooks first round draft pick Baltimore Colts; Kellen Winslow first round draft pick San Diego Chargers; Kevin Brooks first round draft pick Dallas Cowboys; Johnny “Lam” Jones first round draft pick New York Jets; Mike Kenn first round draft pick Atlanta Falcons; Ricky Sanford first round draft pick New England Patriots; Dennis Smith first round draft pick Denver Broncos and many other notable players.

Lawrence Taylor signed a secret deal with Donald Trump and the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, which he later regretted. He asked Trope to attempt to extricate himself from the deal. Trope met with General’s owner Donald Trump and the owners of the New York Giants and negotiated [a] a release for Taylor from the General’s contract; and [b] a new $6 million multi-year deal for Taylor with the Giants. The negotiated deal resulted in Taylor’s receiving a new $6 million plus deal with the Giants, and with Trump receiving full repayment of the $1 million interest-free loan he made to Taylor, plus a handsome profit.

Micheal Trope did all of that by the age of 32. As an attorney he has represented some of the whose who of the rich and famous, landing the settlement for,Lisa Bonder Kerkorian in 2010, the largest ever won.

While doing all of this Trope wrote “Once Upon a Time in Los Angeles: The Trials of Earl Rogers” in 2001.

I have the book Necessary Roughness about how Trope changed major football contracts forever and laid the groundwork for today’s mega million dollar contracts. Again I say, WOW, more in his lifetime then a lot of people would have to do in one lifetime.

The next attorney we will be highlighting is another favorite of this site, L. Lin Wood, another amazing life.

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By Rose Turner
June 16, 2014
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