OH LOOK! “WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW“
Adding to the Workers’ Compensation National Discussion, shall we?
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
“Assignment: Give us a few thoughts on how you would have gone about re-imagining and executing a project we did last year about the demolition of worker’s comp protections around the country. Again, how could we have connected to the people actually impacted by the story, and how could they have contributed to the project?”
“Here’s that [AWARD WINNING AND INDUSTRY SHAKING] investigation:
APPLY? https://www.propublica.org/atpropublica/item/propublica-is-hiring-an-engagement-reporter/ via @propublica
“We are hiring an engagement reporter to work on investigative projects in collaboration with traditional reporters throughout the full life-cycle of projects. That means you’ll be involved from the very beginning of story conception to think about what communities and audiences we need to reach and how we reach them, all the way through to story publication and beyond. You’ll help find and reach an audience for the story, and most importantly you’ll be responsible for conceiving and executing a plan to pull our readers into the reporting of the story itself….”
“…So what exactly are we talking about? Take a look at a project we’ve been doing about Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange. [*] Unlike traditional investigations, we didn’t start with a story. We announced that we were doing an investigation with a callout to the community. We asked vets to tell us their stories, and we’ve now heard from more than 5,800 of them. This community has fueled our reporting, and it’s already getting results.”
“We also plan to do more projects where we work openly with and help foster communities of journalists.”
APPLY by the 5th of September! READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: https://www.propublica.org/atpropublica/item/propublica-is-hiring-an-engagement-reporter/
[*] Speaking of Veterans and Agent Orange, might be wise for ProPublica to include this information, too.
BRAVO PROPUBLICA!!! THANK YOU!!!
IS NPR WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS NEW GIG?!
Encore time for #WorkersCompensation continued investigations of further INSULTS TO INJURIES and The Demolition of Workers’ Comp, including what happens post settlement … to 8.9 million Americans on #SSA disability…? And who knows how many millions denied SSA disability –more than 40 million more?
SIDE BAR: And why would a congressional representative suggest taking constituent complaints to legal aid vs DOJ and fail to get involved and get straight answers to a simply inquiry for a statement of income used by SSA to mis-calculate retro-active pay benefits for over 15 months, with wildly fluctuating misrepresentation of monies due vs overpaid from an initial award amount of $25,591 to false allegations of overpayments calculated multiple times, ranging from the first being $27,078.00 sliding down to low $20k’s, to $11,767, then $9,964, then $5,555.10, then $22,869, then $21,066.20 ad infinitum.
Multiple Illegal interruptions and further threats of interruptions of benefits during “appeals” process were corrected, but the benefits due, when paid from arrears, WE ALSO THEN ADDED TO THE MIS-CALCULATION AMOUNT OF OVER-PAYMENT. Figure that one out. Do they drug test at SSA?
Those SSA miscalculations also subject the Injured Worker to litigation from the Long Term Disability carrier, based on the initial retro-pay award, with the LTD demands for repayment of approximately $22,000, which they boast “the Courts routinely find in our favor.” All these crazy numbers are based on SSA falsely stating that income from date of injury paid by the WC carrier was $4,177.00 —- They won’t prove it and they simply ignore repeatedly provided evidence of the actual WC and EDD payments. MAGIC MATH– SSA MAKES THINGS UP WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS….
The refusal of SSA to even provide such information in a Congressional inquiry is very suspicious, and the months and months of clear obfuscation of facts and obstruction of justice are really sad, wouldn’t you agree? This is another known national dilemma, scandal and shame…!! SSA was called out for paying Nazi War criminals over 20 million dollars, illegally, last year. Apparently, their practices of MAGIC MATH, with a splash of ‘abracadabra’ with facts and evidence, are known to most anybody touched by THAT system.
Word from the Ten Congressional Representatives who signed the October 2015 letter is hopefully anticipated soon, as they each received a copy of case evidence in the issue references above. Acting SSA Commissioner has also received a complete package, and certain Media influencers have also been provided with copies of same. It’s been less than 30 days… Word is expected soon. Hopefully, a good word of correction and accuracy so that piece can be settled and closed. [See earlier blogs for more details if SSA is on your bucket list of fixes needed.]
Another Injured Worker recently connected with an apparently “similar story” that has been being fought for over 12 years.
“SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION – ISN’T IT?”
O SAY CAN YOU SEE, #AMERICANS?!?
AUSTRALIANS, CANADIAN, UK and other INJURED WORKERS FACE VERY SIMILAR LIFE-THREATENING and DESTROYING INSULTS AND INJURIES that Americans face with the current Workers’ Compensation and Disability mega billion dollar PROFITS BEFORE LIVES systems, agencies and carriers….WITHOUT REPRESENTATION by enough elected officials.
How about investigations into the plights and gruesome illness and death of America’s #Nuclear Workers? Relate them to the plights and gruesome illness and deaths, with quite little ‘plausible deniability,’ of Fukushima’s nuclear workers and relate that to the issues of Your Radiation This Week, Americans. “Radiation in the US Soars”
Count – 44 Cities Reporting Radiation Above 1,000 CPM
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM 
In addition to the 10 Congressional representatives who signed the letter of October 2015, incited by INSULT TO INJURY investigative reports to the Department of Labor about the state of Workers’ Compensation and the offer to provide law enforcement and protection, if needed, was quite a gift to the American people, but follow up is absolutely required.
There is also a small group of Congressional representatives who are also concerned and outraged about the treatment of sick Nuclear Workers in the USA, and denials of medical care and benefits. Time to get these Congressional representatives talking together and working with one another, and also taking some hard looks into the Social Security Administrations mis-handling of millions of claims and dollars, causing further egregious harm to America’s class.
SHARE THE JOB POST WITH YOUR SMART #FRIENDS, #NEIGHBORS, #VETERANS, #TBI SURVIVORS, #WORKcomp SURVIVORS AND #SSA MALFEASANCE SURVIVORS …..and others ITK about #FUKUSHIMA, #YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK, ELE etc.
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A POOL OF LEGIT TRUTH SEEKERS TO DRAW FROM….
Remember Remember… “Without a blog and a growing database, Injured Workers are Unarmed and Unprotected in the War on Workers.”
For a little more perspective from and about some citizens IMPACTED by the need for The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation:
Ask About Workers Comp Gravy Trains – list of posts since Summer 2013 [update: The parties in the initial WorkComp case “reached resolution subject to confidentiality agreement” in less than 5 years, without benefit of competent legal counsel and other significant obstacles, by winter 2015. The blog now addresses more national and international issues, and is not case-specific.
My WorkComp Coach is a natural result of an in pro per/in pro se (unrepresented) Injured Worker Survivor’s need to GIVE BACK to the Injured Worker Community to share strategies and tactics to survive and escape the WorkComp system of PROFITS BEFORE LIVES.
Personal rebranding efforts are somewhat hindered by the magnitude and reach of the insurance industry propaganda machinery, and it’s approximately “Top 22 Blogger” mouth-pieces skewing public opinions in further efforts to protect profits and recover from the initial investigative reports by ProPublica and NPR.
“Something is terribly wrong with Worker’s Compensation – isn’t it?”
I would love to apply for the position at ProPublica, but alas, as a Survivor of Workers’ Compensation, the doctors say I can never work again, due to the challenges of the traumatic brain injury sustained at work in 2012, same year as Hillary. I study online business and education practices in hopes to prove those doctors wrong!!! So far, not so good, but I keep trying! My, what a difference private doctors vs. workcomp doctors can make in recovery outcomes, huh?
How many injured American workers may have had better and faster outcomes if WorkComp did not exist, but employee benefits with a State disability as ‘first responders’ was employed as a first line of defense against permanent disabilities, and having WorkComp insurance as a secondary insurer, in the event of catastrophic and irreparable injuries?? WorkComp is NOT an employee benefit. ANYWHERE.
My blogging is a public service activity. I can do more a la Arianna Huffington’s ideas that include the importance of NAPPING AT WORK.
(Arianna didn’t really say that Three Mile Island and Chernobyl Nuclear Disasters were due to ‘sleep deprivation’ as I read in Success magazine, did she? “Fatigue –related.” [WTH!!!]
“Mar 10, 2015 – It’s fitting, then, that Arianna Huffington’s latest book is a discourse on achievement and health. … and the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? … According to Harvard Medical School, sleep deprivation costs U.S. … Time magazine had just named her one of the 100 most influential people …”
Heck, if Hillary can run for President with suspected Brain Injury, Radiation poisoning and Seizures, maybe I actually could apply for the ProPublica Engagement Reporter position…. if they could make an ADA accommodation and let me be of some help …. VIRTUALLY, FROM THE LEFT COAST…. High Desert, anyway.
I would love to see continuing investigations into the national hyper-corruption issues of Workers Compensation. 2015 reports were stellar, but just the tip of the iceberg. More importantly is to find ways to get people quickly out of the system, and on to real doctors and medical care, healing and recovery and the path to return to work.
I would also love to some immediate investigations of the appearance of serious mis-deeds by the Social Security Administration when it comes to benefits for Injured Workers. In most cases, MAKING STUFF UP and refusing to correct errors in income calculations, in order to deny benefits to injured workers and deploy profits to who knows whom, is generally referred to with the f-word. FRAUD and MALFEASANCE. Injured Workers call it “MAGIC MATH” of Social Security; SSA workers call it ‘too confusing and hard’ and apparently Congressional Representatives call it ‘too hot to touch.’ Hmmmmm.
I would would also like to see that small group of “22 Top Bloggers” held accountable for speaking the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If a CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION is required to facilitate that, then, Congress knows what they must do.
MEANWHILE, A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE FACEBOOK INJURED WORKER KAMPS AND GHETTOS is being organized for the LinkedIn interested parties, and other parties apparently not in the know about the atrocities of America’s WorkComp programs. Watch for it. It was derailed temporarily while some Injured Workers were under national ‘attack’ by some industry spokes people starting in May. It seems to have simmered down, or is in another calm before another storm.
Maybe I COULD provide some ideas to the ProPublica team as they come together? Maybe they will just read my blogs and get some ideas; a few industry training department people have been regular views on LinkedIn and a few are subscribers. ‘STREET TALK’ they prefer to call hyperbole or ‘angry injured workers with an ax to grind’ rather than deal with the harsh realities of a predatory and dangerous system politely called WORKERS COMPENSATION.
I’m getting a little professional help to update and “rebrand” to better represent “The New Me” [post TBI] my social media presence, so, we’ll see what happens between now and the deadline, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 — LABOR DAY IN THE USA.
While the late David DePaolo said this about me in his article Work Comp and Baseball (October 2, 2014)
“These cases, though, are real. There are real people behind these cases. People get hurt. People get toyed with. People don’t get what is needed, what is promised in the Grand Bargain, and set aside as disturbed and having unrealistic expectations.
Some contact me because of this blog, seeking answers, help and remedies.
I have met some – like Linda Ayers. I won’t get into Linda’s case here – that’s not the point.
Linda is vocal, like a few other injured workers. She has a blog, she is active in social media, she posts comments to this blog.
And she probably drives the defense crazy as she is prolifically passionate about making sure the system works for her and for other injured workers.
It’s easy to dismiss Linda’s activities as the rantings of an unstable person, but she is not an unstable person. She is a person who’s case spiraled out of control from the beginning, and we know that the early stages of a claim are the most critical…”
In 2015, at the commencement of the national diatribes attacking Injured Workers, in ASSUME RESPONSIBLITY by David, we were called “Vociferous Militants” and just complainers, amongst other choice words.
Draft one of that blog, ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY, actually was sent to me as a personal email, and it was not till a while later that I realized that many of the several little blue links linked directly to my little blogs! Was he really trying to tell YOU something by linking to MY BLOGS?
“However, there’s a vociferous militant minority of the injured worker population who have made it their mission to inform the world of the injustices imparted on them by “the system” and all its nefarious participants.
They have ridiculed most all work comp sectors named above, but have spared me for the most part. “
No apparent respect for the fact that I survived and that the parties in my personal case ‘reached resolution’ miraculously in less than 5 years, that even wrapped up with a nice ‘best wishes’ note from one of the defense attorneys involved. David’s death leaves a gap in the industry discussions about the Pro’s, Cons and WorkCompsters of the Industry. The fight for his role as ‘Top Dog’ is… pitiful to watch. David actually care about Injured Workers and let his readers know that, and he walked a very fine line. The other ‘top bloggers’ with just a very exceptions… not so much.
Earlier this year there was what appeared to be a full scale, organized national disparaging attack on a small segment of the vocal Injured Workers in the USA, very few who blog. It’s unclear who directed it, but Injured Workers have their suspicions. Industry peeps probably know for sure. The above blogs were included in several of the diatribes, directly and indirectly.
IF YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE A PERFECT FIT FOR THAT PRO-PUBLICA POSITION, LET THEM KNOW. IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S IN NEW YORK CITY….. I lived there in a ‘former life’ on 72nd between Park and Madison, working as a secretary to a powerful … ‘real estate mogul.’
Leading experts on brain injury encourage TBI Survivors to ‘EMBRACE THE NEW YOU.’
The “new me” would never trade rural living today for anything like NYC and all it’s nuke plants nearby… because ALL NUCLEAR REACTORS LEAK ALL OF THE TIME.
How close is YOUR Home to a Nuclear Power Plant? This CNN interactive is not complete, and doesn’t include the dumps, but it will give you an idea of what you are reading about in YOUR RADIATION THIS WEEK, won’t it? Be sure to read the numbered “Notes and Sources” in #YRTW before you, like some of the paid industry-trolls, start whining that it’s too hard to understand and too confusing and doesn’t match their $200 baggie covered Geiger counter readings. D’oh!
Take a look at the 24-hour animation on Netc.com. The free version gives you plenty to watch and think about. Others who want more info, can easily and inexpensively access the members information. Watch it, if you live in the #USA. If you have friends in the #USA, also watch it, and read more about the radiation alarms in progress here. See EPA charts for additional information, and do the math. Beta + Gamma.
WATCH THIS, AT LEAST ONE SHORT CYCLE. YOU WERE WARNED.
“Something is terribly wrong with the anti-nuclear movement – isn’t it?”
The NETC.com animation may help you better comprehend the data shared in Your Radiation This Week and may encourage you to change your HEPA filters, kick off your shoes before you walk in doors and slip on less-contaminated indoor-shoes and take all other available precautions to #DodgeTheRads.
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW — WE DO NOT…FORGET
#DodgeTheRads and Have A Nice Shortened Life-Span
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