Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mark of Shame

I just read this story today and thought interesting and what would that mean regarding registration sex offender lists:
Steven Powell was convicted of voyeurism for taking photos of neighbor girls using the bathroom. He argued that being forced to discuss his sexual history violated his constitutional right that protects him against self-incrimination
By The Associated Press
TACOMA — A state Court of Appeals has determined that Steven Powell doesn’t have to disclose his sexual history as part of sex-offender treatment because doing so would violate one of his constitutional rights.
Powell argued in his appeal that being forced to discuss his sexual history violated his Fifth Amendment right that protects him against self-incrimination, the News Tribune reports.
The appeals court sided with him Tuesday, reversing a Superior Court judge’s ruling that ordered him jailed for 40 days.
Powell was convicted of voyeurism in 2012 for taking photos of two neighbor girls using the bathroom. He served 30 months in prison and was ordered to complete sexual-deviancy treatment.
The images were found during an investigation into the disappearance of his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell, a former Puyallup resident. His son, Josh Powell, was being investigated for the disappearance of his wife, who went missing from their Utah home in 2009. Josh Powell killed his two sons and himself in 2012.

The man's family history is quite tragic and he has done the time and served his penitence for the crime.  We can hope that with careful self monitoring and therapy this odd predilection will end. Or if Prostitution was legal he could pay a professional to watch urinate and that would be fine between consenting adults.  Again we are the moral cops here that often lead people to find bizarre ways to satisfy a sexual fetish and in turn do so illegally and inappropriately that brings larger harm to a community.  I would prefer he kept that to his own bathroom with the hired help.

So I do wonder what this decision will do with the larger picture of sex offfender registries and this new law:
Passport mark for sex offenders law challenged in court


Associated Press


A U.S. Passport is pictured in New York, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
© Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
  
— A judge in Northern California is set to hear arguments over whether to block a new federal law that requires sex offenders to have "unique identifiers" in their passports.

U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton has scheduled a hearing Wednesday in Oakland on a nonprofit group's request for a preliminary injunction against the so-called International Megan's Law, which President Barack Obama signed into law in February.

The law requires the government to add a mark to the passports of registered sex offenders and for foreign nations to be notified that some registrants intend to travel there.

The group, California Reform Sex Offender Laws, filed a lawsuit challenging the law a day after Obama's approval.

It says a symbol on a passport identifying people as registered sex offenders violates their constitutional rights and puts them and others traveling with them in danger, including family members and business colleagues.

"For the first time in the history of the United States, American citizens will be forced by the government to label and stigmatize themselves on a document foundational to citizenship," the lawsuit filed Feb. 8 reads.

The Department of Justice says the International Megan's Law builds on existing laws and regulations to communicate with foreign governments when registered sex offenders plan to cross international borders. The law attempts to address cases where people evade such notifications by traveling to an intermediate country before going to their final destination, the DOJ said in court filings.

Additionally, a preliminary injunction would be premature because the State Department has yet to take technical or regulatory steps to implement the passport identifier provision, the DOJ said.

The purpose of the law is to prevent child sex trafficking and child sex tourism. But the lawsuit says the passport provision applies to anyone convicted of a sex offense involving a minor regardless of whether they have engaged in child sex trafficking or child sex tourism.
 
 
I want to point out that I understand the distinct differences between one who partakes in Prostitution, that urinating in public, has sex with someone underage but does so with consent of the partner and understanding that it was consensual sex (as in boy 19 girl 16) and the idea that sex between minors, sexting and other sexually charged exchanges are often repugnant but they do not are are not sexual trafficking offenses.  This idea that we must be permanently scarred, marked or stained for a problem that often simply is not that complex or as distressing as it needs be. 
 
We seem to want all people to serve for life crimes that are committed at times in life when one is struggling with mental health, drug or alcohol addiction or a lack of support to guide and assist those before it becomes too late and when it does occur is not redemption possible? Or is it one strike you're out!  

Google This, Like This.

 Silicon Valley has perfected the contracted work force, from H1B1 Visas to 1099 they get that have "temp" workers is a win-win with regards to salaries, benefits, costs and of course the tax deductions that go with it.

Throw in a free sammie for the quasi white collars they are thrilled like pong for the gig, sure that they will get hired on permanently or that the gig will lead to better opportunities there or elsewhere.  I have no idea on the churn and burn in the tech sector but I suspect it is higher than even education.

Then there are the day laborers or blue collar, the drivers, the cleaners, the stockers of the free coconut water that  those whom they serve they are indispensable and largely invisible.

I often love to embarrass staff at schools by reminding them I am a sub and that is akin to day laborer. I cannot say enough how shamed they feel and that they are sure its because I simply choose to as some type of "side" gig like Real Estate or teaching Yoga being that I am a woman.  If I walked with a cane then I would be retired, if I was 20 I would be new to the field. Rarely does it occur to them that age and gender discrimination is alive and well in this liberal bastion of perfection, just like Silicon Valley.

What we know about the people who clean the floors in Silicon Valley
            And serve the food, mow the lawns, drive the buses, guard the grounds, do the laundry, etc. etc...
 
The Washington Post




. How are the people who drive those shuttles doing, compared to the people riding in them? (Photo by Nick Otto For The Washington Post)
Silicon Valley companies have gotten a lot of heat in recent years for failing to recruit black and Hispanic people into their ranks. But if you factor in contractors and others whose jobs bring them inside those companies, the industry appears bit more inclusive — just perhaps not in the way one might hope. 

At one time in history, the janitors, bus drivers, food service workers, and security guards who staff corporate campuses might have been employed directly by the businesses where they cooked lunches and cleaned floors. That’s become less and less true in recent decades, according to a new analysis of labor data by researchers at the University of California - Santa Cruz — especially in Silicon Valley.

In their study, Everett Program executive director Chris Benner and Kyle Neering designate a category of “potential contract workers,” who work in industries that they’ve determined have a high likelihood of contracting to some extent with the tech industry. Those include menial jobs like landscaping and security, but also white-collar occupations such as consulting and accounting.

Extrapolating from the size of the tech industry in the two counties that make up Silicon Valley, they then estimate that there are between 19,000 and 39,000 people who are contracted to work for tech companies, and 78,000 people in the potential contract workforce more broadly. That’s an increase in contracted employment of 54 percent since 1990, compared to just 18 percent in the private sector workforce writ large.

That trend isn’t unique to Silicon Valley, Benner says. But tech companies pioneered and modeled the systems needed to monitor and coordinate external service providers, allowing them to focus on their core competencies — and scale up or down quickly with a minimum of HR hassle, which is inherent to running a start-up.

There are also some crucial differences between the people who work at Google without working for Google, or work at Facebook without working for Facebook.

Subcontracted workers make about 70 percent of the salary that in-house workers in similar occupations make, or an average of $40,000 a year, compared to $113,300 for directly-hired tech employees — making it incredibly difficult to find an affordable place to live within a reasonable distance from work. According to Census data, they depend more heavily on food stamps, and 30 percent lack health insurance.
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They’re also much more heavily Hispanic. While eight percent of direct-hire workers in the tech industry are Hispanic, the number is 35 percent of workers in potentially contracted industries. The demographic category that shrinks dramatically in the contracted workforce is not white people, but Asians and Asian Pacific Islanders, who are heavily represented in the ranks of developers and engineers at tech companies.


The direct-hire tech workforce in Silicon Valley. (Chris Benner and Kyle Neering, UC Santa Cruz)
The potentially contracted workforce in Silicon Valley. (Chris Benner and Kyle Neering)
Looking at just the blue-collar occupations, however, the picture changes again — white people start to disappear, and Hispanic people constitute a majority. "Maybe 'more diverse' is too loose a term," says Benner. "The key point is that there is strong occupational segregation by race, with Latinos and African-Americans in poorer employment opportunities."

Taking just the blue-collar occupations out of the potentially-contracted industries, the share of white people shrinks markedly. (Working Partnerships USA)
Ben Field is the executive director of the South Bay Labor Council, which has helped launched a campaign to organize workers in those subcontracted industries. He’s come to the conclusion that the tech sector isn’t an engine of middle-class growth in the same way that the auto manufacturers were towards the middle of the 20th century, because increasingly globalized tech companies don't always consider themselves integral to the communities where their headquarters reside.

“Silicon Valley has evolved from a place that saw its responsibilities fairly broadly — not only to its shareholders and customers, but also its workers,” Field says, naming companies like Hewlett-Packard among those that that once demonstrated a commitment to their backyards. “Now it is really a place that has focused primarily on its shareholders, and customers as well, and their workers are not really part of their primary considerations.”

One defender of Silicon Valley, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group was unavailable for comment.

These increasingly prevalent business relationships, which are part of what's come to be known as the "fissured workplace," put workers in a tough position. Companies that have outsourced their non-core functions seek the provider that can offer the same services at the lowest cost, forcing subcontractors to keep wages as low as possible in order to compete.

“You’re at the end of those supply chains, and the employer doesn’t have the money to provide good wages,” says Derecka Mehrens, executive director of Working Partnerships USA, which is also working to raise standards for low-wage workers in Silicon Valley. “So the organizing model has been very difficult, because you’re trying to squeeze water from a rock.”

That might be starting to change. The various campaigns around subcontractors, by contrasting the enormous profits of tech companies with the difficult circumstances of their indirect employees as a parable of the inequality that plagues the rest of the economy, has won some gains: The bus drivers who shuttle employees from San Francisco to work down Valley have rapidly unionized, and negotiated contracts with markedly higher wages. Some companies have stepped up on their own, most notably Facebook, which last year announced a policy requiring all its contractors to pay at least $15 an hour and offer a minimum of 15 paid days off. Apple decided to hire all its security guards as employees. 

In a report accompanying the UC Santa Cruz paper, Working Partnerships outlines a list of actions that could constitute a “responsible contracting” policy, which it hopes companies will embrace as a way of sharing their wealth with workers they depend on, even if they’re not contributing to the product itself.

Meanwhile, some of the direct-hire employees of the tech companies themselves are pushing their own CEOs to take a look at the services they’ve contracted out, to make sure those workers are as well-treated as the ones whom they keep happy with laundry pickup and free lunch.

Paige Panter is the director of product at a company called Unitive, which helps businesses hire more diversely. After hearing about the subcontracting phenomenon from a union organizer, she got involved with a new group called the Tech Workers Coalition, which has begun to gather members and organize events around the question of how the privileged workers at the core of Silicon Valley companies can leverage their positions to help those on the periphery.

“There is a growing attitude of tech workers who are tired of our execs and venture capitalists setting this tone of privilege and being ok with the status quo,” Panter says.

The biggest problem they confront, Panter says, is the perception that Silicon Valley can remedy inequality through hiring people with little formal education who can acquire tech skills and make six-figure salaries, too. That may be possible, but it doesn’t take care of all the service workers who support the technical “talent.”

“One thing we’re really working on is undoing this magical thinking that anyone can go to a dev bootcamp and become a programmer,” Panter says. “That’s a beautiful story, but there’s this other step: Any time a new tech job comes into appearance, four more service or low-wage jobs are created. It’s never going to be the route to fix the system.”

To start out, the Coalition is figuring out how to ask their companies to look at what it would cost to hire their contracted workers directly. That way, tech might become a more effective engine for regrowing the middle class.

The Light is On No One's Home

 When I read the below story I took a look at the Detroit Free Press and their original expose on the issue. I had already wondered why a Detroit Business man had donated a scholarship fund for a local K-8 school here in Seattle after reading about the professional men standing outside the school one day greeting the students.  He was so impressed with that he donated money to fund future educational endeavors for those that went onto college.  How and when this money will actually avail itself is not specified and it was odd given what I knew about Detroit.  Clearly I had no idea how bad it was. 

Where the story begins is not on the Ellen Show but earlier with an "acclaimed" Principal being the first to tumble down the wall. Yes we have them here as well. The story of K.C. Snapp is not one thta is new in any sense of the words and in cities like Detroit, New Orleans and yes Seattle, the history of fraud and corruption with regards to public money is not shocking, nor surprising.  Patronage is always in fashion when it comes to schools and the money in the system.  No wonder ed reformers want a piece of that action it is a 75 Billion dollar industry.

I have many thoughts on the subject and have seen over the years the lack of oversight, the sheer level of idiocy and games played by school Administrators, be they in the head office or directly in the schools. They are accountable to no one, not the board, the public, the city they live in and that is largely why the push to have Mayor's be accountable or States take over schools as a way of circumventing or stopping it; the story of Newark schools shows that no it can in some ways make it worse.

But are charters or private schools and voucher programs the answer? They are just as corrupt and just as idiotic with charters suspending students of color and/or disabilities at equal rates (if not more) than their public counterparts, they too have testing and teaching scandals, and in turn financial improprieties.  Yes welcome to the world of education.  Will the last one out turn out the broken lights.

As Detroit schools went broke, principals allegedly took nearly $1 million in bribes and kickbacks


When Ronald Alexander appeared via video conference on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last month, he was described as “the most amazing man.” Alexander, 60, was the principal of Charles L. Spain Elementary-Middle School, a Detroit public school that became the recipient of a $500,000 donation facilitated by the show.

The episode, which aired in early February, played footage of the school’s crumbling roof and dilapidated gym. Virtually none of the school’s technology worked, DeGeneres told her audience, and the students were forced to take P.E. classes in the hallways. Before a crowd of students and staff in the cafeteria, DeGeneres announced a slate of donations totaling half a million dollars from Lowe’s, the home improvement company, amid raucous cheers.

Then, the grand finale came in the form of Justin Bieber emerging from a box beside DeGeneres. The pop star announced that $1 of every ticket sold for an upcoming concert in the area would be given to Spain Elementary.

“Of all the people in the whole world, I am the happiest principal on Earth,” Alexander said into the camera with a wide grin. “I love you! I love you again! This is the best.” His mood may have since changed, as Alexander was named on Tuesday as one of 12 current and former Detroit principals charged with taking bribes and kickbacks from a school supplies vendor and fabricating invoices from the city’s beleaguered public schools. The alleged scheme began in 2002 and continued until January 2015. “A case like this is a real punch in the gut for those who are trying to do the right thing,” Detroit’s U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said at a press conference. “Public corruption never comes at a good time.”

 A statement from McQuade’s office accuses Norman Shy, the owner of school supplies vendor Allstate Sales, of conspiring with Clara Flowers, the assistant superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Student Services. Shy and Flowers are also charged with tax evasion for failing to report income. Flowers allegedly received $324,785 in kickbacks from Shy in return for using him as the district’s vendor. According to charging documents cited by the Detroit Free Press, these came in the form of cash, gift cards and payments to contractors who renovated Flowers’s house.

 Flowers and Shy allegedly met regularly to discuss the favors that Flowers was owed, amounts which were carefully tabulated on a ledger that Shy maintained.  The arrangements with principals allegedly unfolded in a similar manner, but in return for kickbacks and bribes, the principals submitted fraudulent invoices — claiming costs for auditorium chairs, lined paper and supplemental teaching materials that were never delivered. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the financial compensation received by the principals ranged from a low of $4,000 to a high of $194,000.

In all, the alleged payments from Shy to school officials totaled $908,518. In return, Shy and his company allegedly received approximately $2.7 million from the public school system through payments for fraudulent invoices. Alexander, the principal who appeared on “Ellen,” allegedly took $23,000 in kickbacks and bribes. The charges are not related to donations the school received from the show. Just one lawyer for the officials has thus far offered comment. Doraid Elder, who is representing Stanley Johnson, told the Detroit Free Press that the public should not rush to judgment.

 “These are merely allegations,” Elder said. “I don’t want people to forget that he’s put over two decades of his heart and soul into giving kids the best education possible.” The current principals charged in the scheme have been placed on unpaid leave, the Associated Press reported, and business with Shy and his companies has been suspended.

The conspiracy allegations add insult to injury for the Detroit public school system, which suffers from a debt exceeding $3 billion. The system’s financial troubles have only worsened under a series of state-appointed emergency managers over the last six years, prompting teachers to stage a “sickout” in January in protest of the poor conditions district-wide.

 On the same day the bribery allegations were announced, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding for the ailing schools. “The odorous smell of mold and mildew hits you like a brick wall when you step through the front doors at Spain Elementary-Middle School in Detroit,” school counselor Lakia Wilson wrote on PBS Newshour’s education blog in January. Wilson started working at the school 19 years ago, she said, when it was an institution “any city would be proud to have in its district.”

Things have since changed: Today, it’s the poster child for neglect and indifference to a quality teaching and learning environment for our 500 students. The gym is closed because half of the floor is buckled and the other half suffered so much rainwater damage from the dripping ceiling that it became covered with toxic black mold. […] Exposed wires hang from missing ceiling tiles. Watermarks from leaks abound. Kids sit either in freezing classrooms with coats on or strip layers because of stifling heat. Wilson lamented: “How can you teach or learn in conditions like these?”

Spinning the Tales

Do you know who you're going to, what they are going to do to you? Do you know? Well given the haphazard irregular ways records of Doctor's disciplinary history or if they have ever been mentioned in a Malpractice suit is once again a function of state's. And we know how great that differentiation is between states.  The reality is that even State run boards such as Washington States MQUAC, (perfect name) are highly protective about conventional Doctors and investigating claims.

The reality is that you have no idea who or what you are walking into. It is the same reasoning behind public schools, whatever does or more importantly does not affect you is irrelevant. Well surprise the membership in the greater community does and when this type of inadequate care, education, etc occurs the community suffers. The added costs, the burden it places on already overwhelmed systems pushes people further into the fringe and the medical debt in this case is passed on via bankruptcy. Gee you think you don't pay for that? Wrong. Banks pass on those losses via higher interest rates, reduction in lending and closing of branches.

Doctors Behaving Badly.. makes a great band name.

For doctors behaving badly, which state's the best? Team finds wide variation

March 23, 2016
For doctors behaving badly, which state's the best? U-M team finds wide variation


These maps show states' physician discipline rates by decile, with the states with the lowest rates of discipline in the darkest colors. Credit: University of Michigan
What happens when doctors misbehave? The answer depends a lot on which state they practice in, a new study shows. 
In fact, the percentage of doctors who get disciplined or pay a malpractice claim is four times less in some states than the percentage in other states, the research by a pair of University of Michigan Medical School researchers shows.

And since there probably isn't a fourfold difference in the actual behavior of doctors, the reason for this difference lies in the wide variation between states in their regulations, procedures and resources for punishing doctors who do wrong.

Consumer advocates have noted variation between states' physician discipline rates and standards in the past. But this study, published in BMJ Quality and Safety, is the first nationwide academic evaluation of the topic, and uses statistical techniques to more reliably calculate the actual situation in each state.

Delaware, Kentucky and Ohio came in with the highest adjusted rates for all disciplinary actions. But it's the states with the lowest rates - such as Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania - that should probably look the hardest at their current standards, say the researchers.

"We don't know what the 'right' rate of physician disciplinary action is, but no state should want to be in the extremes," says John A. Harris, M.D., senior author of the new paper. "Patients assume oversight of doctors is well-regulated in all states, that all doctors are held to the same ethical standards and disciplined appropriately when needed. But there's no central governing body, and there's significant variation."

Harris and his co-author Elena Byhoff, M.D., are both Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars at the U-M Medical School and the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
This is the latest study of physician misbehavior by Harris, an obstetrician-gynecologist. He has also studied how the rise in female practitioners in his specialty has affected the rate of allegations of sexual misconduct against Ob/Gyn doctors.

National data reveals state variation

The data for the study came from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' National Practitioner Data Bank, which covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The researchers focused on the most recent data available, for 2010 through 2014.
 
Since 1986, the NPDB has collected data from each state on actions that state medical boards take against doctors who have been shown to have done something wrong, from substance abuse and sexual misconduct to improper prescribing, fraud and negligence
The NPDB includes information about punishments ranging from minor fines or required monitoring, to major actions such as revoking or suspending a doctor's medical license. It also includes information on payments made by doctors in response to malpractice claims, which the researchers used to create a measure of the malpractice climate in each state. It doesn't include actions taken by individual hospitals that don't get reported to the state medical board.

Hospitals, clinics, state medical boards and insurers routinely access the NPDB when making decisions about which physicians to hire, credential, license or include in their networks. Patients can't access it, and public access to state-level information about individual physicians varies greatly by state, Harris says.

Harris and Byhoff combined all this with information on the number of physicians practicing in the state, to calculate a reliability-adjusted yearly state rate of all medical board disciplinary actions per 1,000 physicians.

For the U.S. as a whole, they show that there are 3.75 disciplinary actions each year for every 1,000 physicians practicing - including 1.15 serious disciplinary actions. But the yearly range among was huge, from 7.93 disciplinary actions of any type per 1,000 physicians in Delaware down to 2.13 per 1,000 in Massachusetts, and from 2.71 major actions per 1,000 physicians in Delaware down to 0.64 in New York.

Medical boards make the difference

The researchers note that in each state, the medical board acts as a self-governing body, with wide discretion on what kind of punishment to dole out for violations of different sorts.

"In one state the punishment for a particular violation could be a fine, while in another state you could lose your license for doing the same thing," says Byhoff. "It has implications for the ability of physicians to move from state to state," if their punishment in one state is not enough to keep a hospital or practice in another state from hiring them.

The researchers hope their findings will be heeded by state regulators and medical boards. Factors such as how easy it is to make a complaint to a state board, how many resources a board has to investigate complaints, the actual makeup of the board including how many non-physicians are on it, and the standards for making a judgment and choosing a disciplinary action all play into the variation, they believe.

The U.S. is actually one of few countries that lack a national system for overseeing and punishing physician misbehavior. Australia recently changed over to one, after decades with each state or territory having its own medical board. Studying other countries' systems compared with the state-level systems in the U.S. could yield further information about how to address variation and protect the public, Harris notes.

He asks, "Ultimately, don't we want all operating in the same ethical way, and being disciplined appropriately if they fail to do so?"

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Gas Light

You would never know when you met me how angry I am.

When I read that statement from the author, Jessica Knoll, in the essay about her own story behind her novel, I knew that I believed that too.
Anger is like the gas in your stove, until you light it you don't need it, notice it and then again so is the leak that permeates your home and puts you in danger.  And if you are lucky the gas company comes and shuts it off before it is too late.   That is what anger is like.  Anger is always there and it can take one switch to turn it on and that can be anything that makes you feel unsafe, afraid, alone and vulnerable.  That s was fear and anger do, they work in tandem and can be life saving and in turn life taking.

I recall when Anna, the maid on Downton Abby  was raped,  the actress who played her received numerous letters from women sharing their stories of their own sexual assault(s)  and the actress felt compelled to respond to them all.  That is life and art intersecting in ways that at time can offer the healing, the support or just the relief that in everyday living is non-existent.  

There is not a day I don't feel angry, alone and (rarely) afraid but it only takes a drop in a full glass to make that overflow.  For me recently it was the sub teaching job at the World School when I came in one day to the Vice Principal informing me that on the day I was not there and another sub was in my place, three or four boys shared condoms, a discussion and exchange about their purpose and use.   There was something about this story that rang false and the lack of English speaking witnesses and no adults to corroborate the event as wells as the delay in telling me (2 days later) worried me immensely.  

Three of the boys are Spanish speaking, one reminded me of a Spanish version of Damien in the Omen, a sinister looking child devil spawn that outwardly he seemed adorable, but in the month I was there I observed the most sinister and bizarre behavior that truly disturbed me.  So when I heard about this incident I became overtly concerned, almost obsessively over protective and stressed, not for the other students, as the majority of that class was the 4 males, but that they would in turn say I did something to them,  and in turn the blame laying and odd need to deflect when caught is often what children do.  I, again, was not there but I did not trust them, I had seen too many outbursts and finally was now recording some of them to translate them at home later; they only confirmed and validated my increasing suspicion and loathing of these clearly damaged and disturbed boys.

What made the situation worse is that these are non English speaking boys, ages 11-14 and already in a situation that places them as "in need".   When you are a boy, be you American, not, English speaking or not, and you are highly charged, feeling needy and of course confused about your sexuality with raging hormones this places you and those around you in the equivalent of a tornado.  Frankly the only tornado I ever want to be a part of is the one in the Wizard of Oz, but one in a school where I have no allies, no support system, I wanted out. 

I have seen boys in many schools this past few years act utterly insane, I have heard more and more stories of rape, assault and sexting tales of children to the point I have no faith in our schools to provide safety and security for anyone - be it children or adults.  The story of the Teacher raped and murdered by a 14 year old is enough for me.   So I was relieved that day when they school said they heard I was "yelling" at the students and they wanted me to leave; yes I was yelling and every day hoping someone would come to witness the bizarre antics and relieve me of this...and no one did.  No one wanted to know as then they would have to do something so it is easier to get rid of me and  I left happily. I have never felt better knowing that I would never set foot in that school again.   Those boys are a danger.  How many others are?

For many women we are not always going to be lucky to be alive frankly.  I am and not one person helped me then when I needed it and I get it, I really do (and no that is not about the school this was about what happened to me on 2/8/12).  To actually do something takes effort, and few want to do the heavy lifting until the gas explodes and by then it is too late.
By every conventional measure, Jessica Knoll’s thriller, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” was a wildly successful literary debut. It sold more than 450,000 copies and spent four months on the best-seller lists. Foreign rights sold in more than 30 countries. The actress Reese Witherspoon optioned the film rights, and Ms. Knoll wrote the screenplay.

Still, Ms. Knoll couldn’t escape the nagging feeling that she had let her readers down. Even though her book was fiction, she felt she hadn’t fully told the truth.

The white lie she told over and over, at readings and book signings and in interviews, was complicated and hard to untangle. She assured fans that some of the darker elements of her novel, which centers on a successful young woman who struggles with the lingering trauma of a sexual assault, were purely fiction. She deflected questions from readers who wanted to know how she had managed to portray a rape and its aftermath so vividly and realistically, saying she had heard stories from friends and classmates.

She is no longer dodging those questions. On Tuesday, Ms. Knoll published a raw and chilling essay describing how the gang rape depicted in her novel was drawn from her own experience in high school, when she was sexually assaulted by three boys at a party, and then tormented by classmates who labeled her a slut.

“I was so conditioned to not talk about it that it didn’t even occur to me to be forthcoming,” Ms. Knoll said during a recent interview at her publisher’s office in Midtown Manhattan. “I want to make people feel like they can talk about it, like they don’t have to be ashamed of it.”

In the essay, published on Lenny, a newsletter and website for young women, Ms. Knoll described how some of the most harrowing and horrific scenes in her novel came from her fragmented memories of a party that went devastatingly wrong: blacking out and then regaining consciousness when a boy was assaulting her; waking up later in a bathroom, seeing a toilet bowl of blood-tinged water, and not understanding where it came from; finding herself in a strange bed the next morning beside a different boy, who laughed it off as a wild night; going to a clinic for emergency contraception and asking the doctor if what happened to her counted as rape, and feeling stunned when the doctor said she wasn’t qualified to answer the question.

The essay sparked a flood of supportive messages on social media from readers who thanked Ms. Knoll for coming forward.

It wasn’t until she was in her early 20s and in counseling that her therapist helped define what had happened. “I was so young that it was very hard to make sense of it,’’ she said, adding: “I didn’t want to talk about it. I didn’t want to deal with it.’’

Ms. Knoll, 32, grew up in a Roman Catholic family in the Philadelphia suburbs, and attended the Shipley School, a prestigious prep institution. She read Sylvia Plath and Flannery O’Connor and dreamed of becoming a writer.

Before she was assaulted, Ms. Knoll was a happy, social 15-year-old who played sports and was on the dance team. Afterward, she said, she shut down and felt crushingly isolated, unable to connect even with friends. Some classmates taunted her and scrawled “trash slut” inside her locker.

“No one was treating me like a victim; they were treating me like I was a perpetrator, like I was getting what I deserved,” she said.

She added: “The message I internalized was that nothing bad happened; you did something wrong.”
Ms. Knoll said that she took no action against her attackers, who never suffered any consequences. She does not name them in the essay. Shaming them is not the point, she said.

“It’s not directed at them,” she said. “It’s more like, ‘I’m going to tell the story this time.’ This is a very empowering thing for me to be able to say, actually, this is what happened to me, and to take ownership of my own narrative.”

In college, as an English major at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., she tried to reinvent herself. Still, she could never bring herself to let loose at parties the way her friends and classmates did. She was too scared.

After graduating, she moved to New York City and took an internship at Parenting magazine, then worked as an editorial assistant at Popular Science. From there, she moved to Cosmopolitan, where she rose through the ranks to become a senior editor.

While at Cosmo, Ms. Knoll began writing “Luckiest Girl Alive.” She decided to use fiction to address her high school trauma.

“I knew I wanted to write about that in some way, because it was such a visceral experience that stayed with me my whole life,” she said.

“Luckiest Girl Alive” is narrated by TifAni FaNelli, an ambitious 28-year-old editor at a women’s magazine who writes sex columns and is obsessed with projecting a perfect image. Her life is derailed when she participates in a documentary about her high school, and is forced to confront the rage she has carried with her since she was raped as a teenager. The novel toggles between past and present, and takes a shocking, violent turn in the middle when a second crime devastates the school.

After Simon & Schuster published “Luckiest Girl Alive” last May, Ms. Knoll was flooded with messages from women who said they had endured traumas similar to TifAni’s. Many said they were comforted by the dedication page of the book, which reads: “To all the TifAni FaNellis of the world. I know.”

Those messages prompted Ms. Knoll to wonder why she had kept silent.

With another big book tour on the horizon — she is traveling to 16 cities to promote the paperback this spring — she decided to stop hiding behind her fictional creation. In January, she contacted Jessica Grose, editor of Lenny, the email newsletter and website started by the actress and writer Lena Dunham and “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner, and pitched an essay about how she drew on her experience for her novel.

In an email, Ms. Dunham said that she was “honored” to publish the essay. “This word is overused but the piece is the definition of brave,” she said.

There have been hard moments for Ms. Knoll, both in reliving that awful night and in the painful conversations with friends and family that have followed. Her younger brother never knew what happened to her until he read about it in her novel, she said.

In her professional life, Ms. Knoll had been discreet about the autobiographical threads of her novel.
“We were all shocked and moved by what we read,” Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in response to the essay. “It’s a little bit like finding out something about a friend that you never knew, and it makes you respect them even more for their strength and their character.”

There is also relief. A few months ago, Ms. Knoll attended a book event in New Jersey, where a woman asked her if she had interviewed rape victims while researching the novel. For the first time, Ms. Knoll answered honestly.

“I said, ‘Yeah, that happened to me,’” Ms. Knoll said. “It was kind of like, ‘Why have I waited so long to say that? What was so hard about that?’”

Candid Camera

When I read this I had to immediately look at the age of the Nurse.  Had she been 55 or so I might excuse her as well as one gets older you need to fill the spank bank, but no she was 27.  Ah yes a MEllinneal, why I am not surprised. 

What the article does not state is why she felt compelled to take the pic, then share it with co-workers. Really? No, really?  As for the clot being cleaned perhaps that was an education informative pic.  Again, really?  Takes on new meaning of informed consent or in this case not.

This is your modern health care.  Were the patients billed for that service? I hope they stiffed the joint.  (My god I love puns!)


Nurse who texted photo of unconscious patient’s penis surrenders license
 By Peter Holley
 The Washington Post
 March 29 2016

A former nurse who admitted to using her smartphone to snap illicit photos of unconscious patients’ body parts has turned in her nursing license. Kristen Johnson “did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice,” the New York State Board of Regents announced.

The 27-year-old was arrested in May after a nine-month investigation revealed she’d used her smartphone to snap a photo of an unconscious patient’s penis, which she texted to coworkers at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., according to court documents cited by the Post-Standard.

 On a separate occasion, Johnson used the phone to take a video of a nurse cleaning an incapacitated female patient’s gastrointestinal blood clot, the paper reported.

The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation after the nurse’s co-workers complained about Johnson’s texts. Police later discovered both the photo and the video on the nurse’s laptop. Authorities initially charged Johnson with two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance and one count of second-degree disseminating unlawful surveillance, according to CBS affiliate WRGB.

 As part of a plea deal, Johnson pleaded guilty in November to disseminating an unlawful surveillance photo, a misdemeanor. The deal reduced felony charges against her but required her to give up her nursing license and spend three years on probation, according to the Post-Standard.

 “Despite what certain people seem to think, it is a crime in the state of New York to view, broadcast or record images of another person’s intimate body parts, surreptitiously,” Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a statement last year, according to the Post-Standard.

Calling Bart Simpson

This is a big duh. Other than the Judge who actually called out by name the Prosecutors who skirted the law  this is the what immunity brings, misconduct.

Report: Prosecutors rarely disciplined for misconduct
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Prosecutors are rarely held accountable for misconduct and mistakes that have left innocent people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit, according to report Tuesday by a nonprofit group that investigates possible wrongful convictions.

The Innocence Project’s report coincides with the fifth anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a $14 million judgment to a former death row inmate who was convicted of murder after New Orleans prosecutors withheld evidence from his defense lawyers.

In response to the ruling, researchers examined 660 criminal cases in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas where courts ruled there had been prosecutorial misconduct. Their report found only one prosecutor had been disciplined in any of those cases between 2004 and 2008. Convictions were reversed in 133 of those 660 cases, the report said.

“There are almost no adequate systems in place to keep prosecutorial error and misconduct in check and, in fact, prosecutors are rarely held accountable even for intentional misconduct,” the report says.

John Thompson was convicted in 1985 of killing hotel executive Raymond Liuzza Jr. but exonerated after 14 years on death row. He successfully sued the New Orleans district attorney’s office, which had withheld blood test results that excluded Thompson as the perpetrator in an attempted robbery. Prosecutors used Thompson’s conviction in the robbery case to help secure the death penalty in the murder case.

Thompson’s attorneys argued there was ample evidence that former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick’s office was deliberately indifferent to the need for properly training, monitoring and supervising prosecutors.

But a divided Supreme Court overturned Thompson’s $14 million award in 2011, ruling that the New Orleans district attorney’s office shouldn’t be punished for not specifically training prosecutors on their obligations to share evidence that could prove a defendant’s innocence.

The Innocence Project’s report says the court’s decision means prosecutors “enjoy almost complete immunity from civil liability.”

“Given their broad powers, it is critical that effective systems of accountability are implemented to incentivize prosecutors to act within their ethical and legal bound,” the report adds.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Highway Robbery is Back

I am not surprised as once again the lobby is full when it comes to free money. This hideous program is one of the many fallouts from the drug wars. I can see that the war has not ended and the truce will have to wait until after the election. I cannot wait to see whomever takes the gig what will come of some of the most horrendous programs that the Obama team just rubber stamped.

 The feds have resumed a controversial program that lets cops take stuff and keep it

Washington Post
By Christopher Ingraham
March 28 2016

 The Justice Department today announced that it is resuming a controversial practice that allows local police departments to funnel a large portion of assets seized from citizens into their own coffers under federal law.

The "equitable-sharing" program gives police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. The Justice Department had suspended payments under this program back in December, due to budget cuts included in last year's spending bill.

 "In the months since we made the difficult decision to defer equitable sharing payments because of the $1.2 billion rescinded from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, the financial solvency of the fund has improved to the point where it is no longer necessary to continue deferring Equitable Sharing payments," spokesman Peter J. Carr said.

Asset forfeiture is a contentious practice that lets police seize and keep cash and property from people who are never convicted — and in many cases, never charged — with wrongdoing. Recent reports have found that the use of the practice has exploded in recent years, prompting concern that, in some cases, police are motivated more by profit and less by justice.

 The Justice Department's equitable sharing program allowed state and local authorities to pursue asset forfeiture under federal, rather than state law. Federal forfeiture policies are more permissive than many state policies, allowing police to keep up to 80 percent of assets they seize.

Asset forfeiture is fast growing -- in 2014, for instance, federal authorities seized over $5 billion in assets. That's more than the amount of money lost in every single burglary that year. Reformers had hoped that the suspension of the program back in December was a signal that the Justice Department was looking for ways to rein in the practice. But that no longer appears to be the case.

"This really was about funding, not a genuine concern about the abuses rampant in the equitable sharing system," said Scott Bullock, president of the Institute for Justice, in an interview. The institute is a civil liberties law firm that researches asset forfeiture and advocates on behalf of forfeiture defendants. It has reported extensively on what it calls the "profit motive" created by the equitable sharing program -- because police get to keep a share of the items they seize, they have an incentive to take more stuff. Bullock says the suspension and return of equitable sharing demonstrate the need for Congress to act on the issue. "Changes to forfeiture policy can be swept away by the stroke of a pen," he said. But the suspension of the program had outraged law enforcement groups.

In a statement last December, the heads of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National District Attorney's Association and other groups said in a joint statement that the changes would have "a significant and immediate impact on the ability of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to protect their communities." "We are seeing a lot more pushback from law enforcement," Bullock said. "Even to the point where they are ... making budgetary appeals saying, 'we need this for our bottom line.' And that's something that's been unusual to see and it goes to our point about what this is really about -- raising the revenue. " he added.

  Law enforcement groups appear to have had some successes at rallying members of Congress to their side. In January, New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen called on the Justice Department to restore the payments.

Churn Baby Churn

This is the bouncy bounce that for flex workers who either work seasonally or have contract work that leads their income to bounce and change annually.   I am one such worker; as a substitute teacher I have two months of off work which I receive no income.  I had for years learned to adjust, plan and save accordingly but the last few years it has become utterly impossible thanks to rising rents, medical bills and then a strike that pushed income out to October.  And I am not alone and this also may be why many more are being placed on the Medicaid rolls than anticipated and that fewer are buying coverage through the marketplace

So when I went to the DSHS offices in November to say that I could not make my ACA payments and perhaps a payment plan was possible or change of plans was another alternative, I found out that I no longer qualified for subsidies and would be placed on Medicaid.  What I found out was that frankly the plan I had been paying over $200 a month for was not much better when the advisor actually showed me the comparisons.   So I took it with the realization that quality care was out of my reach and walk in clinics would have to do from this point on. I am lucky that I have had only minor health crisis that led me to find decent walk in care affiliated with a good privately held hospital. But I am lucky.

This is the same with food stamps which for single people is utterly useless as is any other aid or service, so anyone thinking government handouts enable one to live large need to actually just live on them and find out how utterly useless they are.

Obamacare is so fraught with problems and issues that I cannot wait for some new President to come in and revise the damn thing, its garbage. And for those not insured via our employer we are double stuffed.

How to Stop the Bouncing Between Insurance Plans Under Obamacare


Millions of Americans are finding Obamacare to be unstable ground.

Consider a young construction worker, a patient of mine, whose hours are cut during the winter. His income drops slightly, and now his family no longer qualifies for financial assistance through marketplace subsidies and must sign up for Medicaid. He had finally managed to control his diabetes with his primary care doctor, but when scheduling his next appointment, he is told his doctor doesn’t accept Medicaid.

When the summer rolls around, he picks up more hours, and starts making too much for Medicaid. He has to go back on a marketplace plan, a different one from before. Meanwhile, providers and insurance plans rack up administrative costs as they accommodate these changes.

Because of fluctuations in income, millions of Americans move back and forth between Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace, leading to significant health and financial costs for individuals, states and insurance companies.

This cycling across different forms of insurance is called “churning.” Churning is not a new phenomenon. In the past, people who rolled off Medicaid simply became uninsured. But now many who become ineligible for Medicaid become eligible for marketplace subsidies, and vice versa.

The Affordable Care Act sets the eligibility divide between Medicaid and the insurance marketplace at 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $33,000 for a family of four — a threshold at which many people experience substantial income fluctuation. Up to 28 million people may move between plans annually, according to a 2011 study by Benjamin Sommers at Harvard and Sara Rosenbaum at George Washington University. Over the course of four years, only 19 percent of adults will remain continuously eligible for Medicaid and 31 percent continuously eligible for marketplace subsidies. Almost 40 percent will have churned more than four times during this period.

Churning is also costly for taxpayers. Research suggests that average monthly spending on individuals continuously enrolled in Medicaid is two-thirds what it is for those enrolled for just half the year. And the administrative costs can be considerable; one study found that it costs $280 to enroll a child in Medicaid.

What can be done? One option is to require states to guarantee 12 months of continuous eligibility when people sign up for Medicaid. Currently fewer than half of states do this for children and pregnant women, and only New York does it for all adults. An analysis by the Commonwealth Fund found that offering 12 months of continuous Medicaid eligibility would reduce churning by 30 percent. Guaranteeing coverage through the end of the calendar year would reduce churning by nearly 80 percent.

Last year, the Texas representatives Gene Green, a Democrat, and Joe Barton, a Republican, introduced a bill to require states to provide 12-month continuous coverage, a rare demonstration of bipartisanship in the current political climate. Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat from Ohio, recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Neither bill has seen much movement.

Another approach is to smooth the transition between Medicaid and the marketplace plans by aligning plans, benefits and networks of providers. States are increasingly relying on managed-care companies to provide Medicaid benefits; in 2015, the number of Medicaid beneficiaries using private insurance plans reached 46 million. Making sure people can use similar providers and services — regardless of which insurance they technically qualify for at that time — could help.

Nevada, for example, will require Medicaid managed-care companies to sell similar plans in the marketplace. Washington is helping insurers in the marketplaces develop Medicaid managed-care plans. A more direct path is simply to allow Medicaid-eligible populations to buy private plans on the marketplaces. Arkansas is pursuing this strategy, and it has lowered uninsured rates, reduced missed medications and improved regular access to care.

While the patchwork of health care in the United States may make some amount of churning unavoidable, it is possible to create a less wasteful, more unified system that works better for patients and providers.




Just Coming

I am unclear what the problem is with Prostitution when it is between two consenting adults of legal age who are willing to negotiate a price for sexual service.

Now I get the idea of human trafficking and of course exploiting and damaging minors but what was the point of tax payer dollars being spent to rent a luxury yacht and condo, what was the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons booked?  Then put ads on backpage, which were taken down by backpage so it shows they are following through with that agreement about sex ads.  And of this  to "lure" men to have sex with a woman.  Really this is a priority?  Were any high level wanted criminals caught?  What is a "handful" of men? That brings a interesting visual image that borders on nasty.. oh wait I made a pun or is that an oxymoron, heavy on the moron part.

I can understand the dance club with violence and drug selling but what is the real problem with Prostitution other than the sex for money part?   I remember the days of the porn theaters and that "scandal" that killed Pee Wee Herman's career. Yes those were the good ole days!

This is just another moral cop parade where there are far more important crimes and issues that need attention, men getting their willies wet not a priority in my book.  But the men will be I am sure charged with Human Trafficking now as that was made into law, yet the paper neglects to mention that,  and of course the plea bargaining the fees and fines and the required "Bad man who loves whores" class that is both utterly useless if not absurd.

Seattle where the idiocy lives. Can't wait to leave. 

On yacht, in dingy strip club: How police are clamping down on Seattle sex trade

The street entrance to Dancing Bare on Aurora Avenue North is marked with the neon image of a woman in high heels reclining in a cocktail glass.

The dingy strip club may seem a world away from the pricey yachts moored on Lake Union or a swanky Belltown condo, but the three sites have all been a part of recent police operations aimed at tamping down the local market for commercial sex.

While women once walked the track on Aurora from Seattle Center to Shoreline, prostitution activity over the past several years largely has been contained to a two-mile stretch between North 85th and North 130th streets. But the proliferation of online sites advertising a host of sexual services has forced police to get creative, even as pimps have grown savvier and customers more cagey in a time of increased enforcement.

“It’s a whole new game now … It’s move and countermove,” said Sgt. Tom Umporowicz, who supervises a squad of detectives assigned to the Seattle Police Department’s Vice & High Risk Victims Unit. “Back in the day, it was harder to hide.”

At Dancing Bare, customers pass dusty racks of sex toys, adult movies and well-worn Playboy magazines to move into the club, a dark and dirty space where a small stage is ringed in red Christmas lights. Tucked in a back corner is a private lounge area, where worn leather love seats face mirrored walls.

Until about a year ago, Dancing Bare didn’t rank as a high priority for Umporowicz and his squad. But after a reported shooting in the club and one in the alley behind it, Umporowicz said, he began receiving tips and complaints that nude dancing wasn’t all that was being offered there.

Umporowicz sent in an undercover detective who ended up working occasional shifts as a manager and DJ. Umporowicz and other detectives also posed as customers.

Their investigation led to the arrests of the club’s owner and manager in early March, and both have since been charged with promoting prostitution. A dancer also was charged, accused of selling heroin to one of the detectives, according to Umporowicz and court records.

“That’s what I like about Tom — he has a lot of creative ideas and some other things up his sleeve,” said Umporowicz’s boss, Lt. Jim Fitzgerald. “On top of it, we’re trying to hit the johns from different places, different angles, in different precincts when they ask for help.”

Umporowicz said his squad needs to constantly change up tactics to attack both the demand side of prostitution and businesses that act as magnets for prostitution, such as Dancing Bare.

“I haven’t seen a lot of people who are not damaged in this life,” said Umporowicz. “If you’ve got prostitution, you’ve got drug dealing. And if you’ve got those two things, you’ve definitely got gang activity, and that fuels other crimes. It’s all connected.”

On a January morning, Umporowicz drove to a Lake Union marina, unsure whether his idea of setting up a floating sting op on a borrowed 60-foot yacht would even work. His hope: That a luxury setting would attract wealthy sex buyers who would be less suspicious of a sting at the unusual location.

“If something doesn’t pan out, you feel like crap because you’ve spent time and money and nothing happened,” Umporowicz said. “That’s police work.”

As Umporowicz, Fitzgerald and a team of detectives gathered on the boat, a couple of other detectives were back in the vice unit’s offices, preparing to go live with online ads offering the sexual services of an undercover female officer aboard the yacht.

“It looks like something out of a ‘Scarface’ movie in here,” one detective commented, taking in the light wood interior of the 1980s-era vessel, with a large leather sofa, flat-screen TV, and liquor bottles lined up on the built-in credenza.

Over the next several hours, the squad made a handful of arrests, including a 34-year-old California man who was about to be married.

Meanwhile, the detectives back in the office were dealing with technical problems: Their ads kept getting removed from one site, and they struggled with a new payment system — using gift cards and bitcoins, a virtual currency — to post ads on backpage.com, since American Express, Visa and MasterCard no longer allow use of their credit cards on the site.

“It’s a nightmare, trying to figure out how to keep our ads up and running,” Umporowicz said. He explained that on backpage.com, in particular, “you have to pay to play,” spending more money to keep ads refreshed so they don’t get lost in the sheer volume of posts.

In the early evening, the undercover officer’s cellphone fell silent, so Umporowicz went online to scope the competition — and decided to shut down the sting operation hours earlier than he’d planned.

“We just noticed a stable of stunning blondes from Las Vegas are in town,” Umporowicz said. “They’re each charging $1,500 an hour. They’re dominating backpage right now.”

A couple of weeks later, the squad conducted another sting operation, this time in a seventh-floor condo of a contemporary brick-and-stucco building on Second Avenue.

Umporowicz and his team arrested 30 men who came to the condo over four days in February.
But Umporowicz estimated arrests are down 50 percent compared with hotel stings last year. That doesn’t mean demand has decreased, he said.

“A lot of hobbyists are going to regulars,” said Umporowicz, using a term for frequent sex buyers who are increasingly returning for sex with women they’ve already vetted. “They’re being more careful now, cagier.”

At Dancing Bare, Umporowicz sent in an undercover detective, who had the task of befriending the club’s owner and manager, brothers Jerry and Michael “Mickey” Woodhead, both in their 60s. Soon, the detective was working sporadic shifts as a sometime manager and DJ.

“The environment and vibe inside (the strip club) was desperate, dirty, sad and soulless,” the detective recently said in an email, though he declined to discuss details of his assignment.

In early March, word also leaked to the media that an off-duty Seattle police officer had been placed on paid administrative leave while police and the FBI investigated his alleged association with Dancing Bare. Umporowicz said he cannot discuss a separate investigation being conducted by a different unit.

The Woodhead brothers have been charged with second-degree promoting prostitution, accused of encouraging and coercing dancers into performing sex acts in the back lounge and taking a portion of their earnings, charging documents say.

The brothers each spent a night in jail before Jerry Woodhead posted $20,000 bail and Mickey Woodhead was released with conditions.

Jerry Woodhead, who according to public records also owns porn shops in Lakewood and Bremerton, declined an interview request.

Umporowicz said at least a couple of women at Dancing Bare didn’t even bother with the pretense of dancing and simply moved off Aurora and into the club to continue working as prostitutes.

Some of the Woodheads’ employees were also involved in narcotics dealing, Umporowicz said. King County prosecutors have filed three felony drug charges against a 31-year-old woman who is accused of selling the undercover detective $1,200 worth of heroin, charging papers say.

Though Dancing Bare shut down for the night, the business remains open.

“Our stuff is undercover and covert and it takes time to build a case, so people think nothing is being done,” Umporowicz said.

But he said he feels a duty to the public to target those who benefit from prostitution as well as “dirty businesses” that help prostitution.

“We want to be compassionate to the people who are sucked into the life,” he said. “If you’re not enforcing it all, you’re just shoveling sand against the tide.”