Saturday, October 16, 2010

Toxic Midnight Bloggers Who Spew Hate

One of the most fabulous things about the USA is our freedom of speech. I love that I can come here and write whatever is on my mind. Unfortunately, this can also stir up a lot of controversy. If opinions differ, it indeed can be difficult. Tempers and nostrils may flare. However, the intelligent reader knows they can simply look away, stop reading or chose not to visit my blog at all.

But what about those “burning the midnight oil” toxic bloggers who constantly scour the Web looking for a “story?” These toxic bloggers distort and manipulate truth in order to have something to talk about. In the process, toxic bloggers defame and slander those who veer anywhere near their path.

Toxic bloggers pick targets, most often innocent victims, and spin webs of deception and deceit. They handpick victims who have differing opinions than themselves over politics and social issues. Much like the Tabloids who distort half truths in order to make juicier gossip about celebrities, the toxic blogger continually posts falsehoods and colorful lies. However, once in a while the toxic blogger finds a golden nugget - a real story. And when they do, look out! The toxic blogger takes that nugget of truth, polishes it up into a juicy tabloid and dangles every past victim from it. It is as if all past prevarications are somehow connected to the real story - six degrees of separation, and then some!

Behavior analysts have learned through intensive research that unfavorable behavior is the end result of unmet needs. So what are the toxic bloggers needs? What does this toxic blogger get from spewing such hatred? It is something in which we can only speculate.

For example, the blogger-parent of a differently-abled child can feel empty when the parent has been unable to adjust to the child's differences. Because modern society has not evolved to fully accept or tolerate differences, it can be very difficult for the parents. When life hands you a different card than what your compadrés hold, life can be distressing. Add to this hardship a lacking support system and parents can often feel isolated and bitter.

We can speculate that the venom builds over time and then just bursts into a siege on those who seem to be handling it all in stride. Perhaps we can only see darkness while turning a blind eye to the light from within. Or maybe the toxic blogger is just evil. I'd like to hope that no one is beyond salvation. 

One thing is for sure. The toxic blogger has freedom of speech and we have the choice to ignore them.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's One AM in New York and Midnight in Chicago

Which brings up a great question. What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Or more importantly, what's this got to do with an advocacy blog?

Your guess is as good as mine. In fact, advocacy is far from the word that comes to mind. It does present a dilemma though. Who are the real advocates and who are those who would pose as such to take your hard earned money? And how can you tell the difference?

My personal tips are these:
  • If an organization refuses to share their Federal or State Tax Identification, you can bet they are not legitimate.
  • If an organization is selling something and not divulging exactly how the profits are spent, back away slowly.
  • Check with a local trustworthy organization if in doubt (Better Business Bureau, etc.)
    And speaking of scams...

    Notorious scam artist Michael E. Robinson, Sr. (aka Mike Robinson, Michael Robinson, Jr) is on the move again. While he's buried his tracks from his past fraudulent organizations "" and "The Office of Autism Advocacy", he's created a new venture on Facebook called "The International Voice of Autism". He identifies himself there as "Mike Robinson". We're asked to believe that he is working with other parents on his "new" mission-This time, en Français as well as English.

    Mike, as he's known by at this time, ventures around preying on families affected by Autism and Epilepsy. He posts numerous articles, makes comments under multiple identities and then attempts to take credit for helping on nationally known advocacy issues.

    At face value, he's a pretty believable guy. He seems very knowledgeable about Autism, especially. He claims to be a parent of an Autistic child. But when you dig further, things become less plausible.

    His claims range from being a "Registered United States Lobbyist", working for the US Department of Defense and a retired NASCAR driver. He claims to have helped hundreds of families win special education due process hearings. Wow! He's done an awful lot.

    The problem is, none of the claims are verifiable. A Freedom of Information Act request was put through to the US Lobbyist Registrar. Mike is not and has never been a Lobbyist. Interestingly enough, there is a Michael E. Robinson in Washington DC who is a high powered Civil Rights attorney.

    Mike must not have been a very noteworthy NASCAR driver. Because again, there's no record of him anywhere. Further he claims to have had a serious accident during a NASCAR race - yet another claim that cannot be substantiated. At one time, he was touting his familial relationship to legitimate NASCAR racer Shawna Robinson, claiming to be cousins. When approached, Shawna Robinson refuted this claim.

    Mr. Robinson is also a very "traveled" man. One week he claimed to be residing in California. The next week, he lived in Hawaii. And during the time of his international moves, he's been photographed in New York City (if we are to believe his outlandish claims) and Paris, France.

    And if this wasn't enough to get your warning bells a-chimin, Mike was once in business with known scam artist and now felon, Raymond G. Parenteau of Arizona. In fact, Mike and Raymond together created the organization. I even had the esteemed pleasure of being "behind the scenes" of some of the initial work as Mike emailed me and asked me to be a part (prior to knowing that either man was a scam artist).
    Meet Ray....we shall be in touch as we get this all coordinated.. we're still in that 'set up' zone and getting ready to pull in corp sponsors and grants will be much after that.. so at this time we do have a 75.00 an hr. charge.. however.. cases are comp'd down to only 20 percent.. or 15.00 an hour if they parents don't qualify.  go to the site and check out the intake process for new parents.. I think you will be impressed by the intensity of the work Ray has done there... he is the Dir. of Advocacy .. so you would be working with both of us and alot with him.. pelase make contact w/each other.     Michael
    Thankfully by the time I received this, I had realized Mike was not legitimate. However, another parent has come forth as the person who signed on to work in the above mentioned capacity. Mike used her as a "case manager" who was assigned the task of finding clients (aka desperate families). She, herself, paid GetaFape and exorbitant amount of money to help on her child's case.

    This mother worked day and night to promote the organization. She found clients who were willing to pay. However, as she would find out personally, Mike failed to provide anything to those families regardless of how much they paid him. In fact, he didn't show to meetings he was scheduled for sighting "more important" matters at a National level. It wasn't long after this mom also broke ties. But that wasn't to be the end of her contact with Mike. Mike stalked her online sending threats.
    Go ahead and post all over, if you degrade my name any further I will come forward in a way you will not like
    He even went as far to send her PayPal bills for more money.
    Money Request Details
    Amount: $100.00 USD
    Note: Since your husband is not going to pay and you have shown no want to pay your balance at all, would you mind terribly going on a payment plan ? I'm putting all those that have getafape contracts and balances due to OSEA on payment plans if they can't pay their balance. Thank you 
    Mike's been laying a bit low since Advocates Against Fraud in Advocacy investigated him. He was asked to state his side of the story and provide credentials, should they actually exist. However, he refused to provide any proof. Additionally, instead of attempting to clear his name, he went on a smearing campaign against the reporter who broke the story.
    I bring this up again because though the authorities have been alerted, he is still in action. Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo and Google groups can all be wonderful places for advocates to meet up. Just remember that it's really easy to fake credentials and talk the proverbial talk.

    Go with your gut and be warned. No matter what time it is in Chicago, it ain't got nothing to do with advocacy!

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Pinned down: Palm Beach County schoolchildren subdued with risky restraint

    Pinned down: Palm Beach County schoolchildren subdued with risky restraint
    Joshua, who also has autism and cerebral palsy, had refused to go to art class and would not move from the school courtyard.

    Joshua was subjected to an especially harsh form of prone restraint, a maneuver in which the child is held face down until he stops struggling.

    So risky that six states have banned it outright in schools, prone restraint remains legal in Florida: Palm Beach County schools have used it on disabled students more than 1,500 times since 2007, according to a Palm Beach Post analysis. Most were elementary schoolchildren. Some were in pre- kindergarten.
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    Monday, October 4, 2010


    Pepsi Refresh Project

    Mercer County PA advocate Olivia Lazor has been able to secure a spot in the Pepsi Refresh Project contest for Circles of Mercer County. You may be familiar with the contest after the Conneaut Lake Park Blue Streak received a $25,000 grant based on votes by community members like yourself.

    Currently, Olivia volunteers much of her time to this extremely worthy cause. The program has become so popular that they find themselves in need of expansion. This grant will help them do, just that.

    It takes very little of your time to vote. Those who have Facebook accounts, can vote simply by logging in with the Facebook Account. For those who do not, it's a very simple form. Pepsi is not spamming those who sign up and vote.

    In order to secure the grant, Circles of Mercer County and Community Action Partnership must place within the top 10 of ideas. There are hundreds of competitors for the funding. For this reason, they need your daily votes! You can vote every day, including weekends. The more votes, the higher up the place.

    Please consider taking a minute of your time each day to vote. It's a really wonderful cause that benefits everyone in Mercer County and beyond.

    Please consider using one of your Pepsi Refresh Votes to help this wonderful cause!