SelectQuote did not work alone.  The San Francisco police department has had a hand in these matters.  It is hard for some to imagine misconduct from the police, so let me provide some general examples of wrongdoing first.
    Sergeant Ian Furminger (not to be confused with SelectQuote's Director Ian Kirwan) and his cohort provide perhaps the most relevant example.  Some of these cops were working in my neighborhood.    They were caught on tape performing illegal searches stealing and falsifying police reports.  Some of them are also accused of conspiring to sell drugs.
    These San Francisco police officers have finally been indicted by a Federal grand jury.  In a fairly rare move the justice department is seeking criminal charges for their misconduct.  Of course, this sort of thing is not unheard of in vice squad work.  Across the bay in Contra Costa County, their vice squad, and associated private investigators, were engaged in all sorts of misdeeds.
    Then there's the Richard Hastings saga.  He first came into the spotlight after shooting a black teenager who skipped out on bus fare in the Bayview District.  Witness accounts deviated from the official version of that event.  As is usual, the official version one out, and Hastings was decorated by the SFPD for the incident.
    Later, in Concord, Hastings was picked up for having sex with an underaged boy.  Though he was initially released, the investigation continued, and Hastings was additionally facing charges of child porn.  Images of children as young as eight were found on his phone.  Nonetheless, this trial has seemed to have dropped out of the news.
    So when I say my daughter was placed in foster care for a month on fabricated evidence, it shouldn't be that shocking.  You know the evidence was fabricated because it included statements made by my daughter, back when she was only speaking few words, and was not able to string them into sentences.  The 'evidence' never made it into a courtroom.
    After my scheduled visitations were over, Abby would scream and cry as she was taken away by strangers.  This was no minor misconduct, the San Francisco police turned the violence of the State against a two year old girl.  At least she was placed with my than estranged wife after the initial month.  Legal maneuvering in family court would take another four months, before Child Protective Services asked for dismissal without a hearing.
    It is fairly easy to trick someone dealing with big stuff, by setting him up on something smaller.  If nothing else, you can just pile on small stuff until you eventually overwhelm him.  It is even worse when you then turn around and act like the victim has done something wrong.  This is probably what Vice President Biden was getting at when he dropped the slur Shylock to describe bad loans being pushed on servicemen overseas.
    I don't read much Shakespeare, which is the origin of the term.  Well, the world kills Jews fairly often, and as compensation we dropped them in the middle of a desert surrounded by people who want to kill them.  So, its easy to see why they would jump on anything that might be anti-Semitic.  Personally, I've always heard such behavior referred to as shystie (y?), as in acting like a shyster.
     I've never heard that as a reference to Judaism, and the etymologies I've come across suggest the term comes from the German, to defecate.  So, I think any reference to Judaism is archaic, if it ever existed.  Maybe we need a new shorthand term, just in case, as this behavior is rampant.  Kind of like I wouldn't call someone niggardly, even though it isn't actually a racial slur.  Can we contract sneaky, dishonest bastard somehow?
    I suppose Biden probably wouldn't use shyster in front of a bunch of lawyers, either.  The state of law is pathetic these days, and lawyers are the public face.  So you can see how shyster gets affixed to them quite often.  It come down to the rich being able to do almost anything, and everyone else is just waiting to be screwed if they piss someone off.
    When it comes to a legal beating, few are rich enough to stand for long.  Everyone has done something.  So it is pure selective enforcement, giving to much power to prosecutors, cops, and particularly conniving and rich individuals.
    For example, I engaged in cunnilingus multiple times in Missouri before 2003 (when the law was struck down.)  I din't have too many 'victims', but I victimized the ones I had repeatedly.  Some victims were even willing to drive 90 miles to be victimized.  If I had more than two women in any of my Mechanical Engineering classes, I might have offended even more.
    Jong Shyan Lee and Michelle Min Tan may not call every shot, but they are executing the orders.  This is not to say that they are beleagured worker bees, they own four San Francisco area homes. 
    It was Michelle who threatened to kill my daughter.  During the winter and spring of 2010, I was getting an increasingly hostile vibe from her, without explanation.
    Around this time, she began working from home half of the time.  When she did come to work, I began overhearing threatening conversations about my daughter, when she left her desk. It was at the edge of my hearing, and doubted myself at the time.  I had asked if anything was wrong, she was noncommittal.
    Prior to all this, Jong, whom I'd never seen before, came in to SelectQuote.  At the time, I had no idea who he was, but now it appears a deal was made.
    I've covered all this in greater detail previously, but I hope this serves as a reminder that following orders is no excuse.
    I've been focusing on other divisions of SelectQuote and other topics for a little while now.  So here's a refresher on the goings on at SelectQuote in San Francisco.  It appears as if I was causing some consternation where I left off, as SelectQuote seems to have been escalating tactics.  This high level view may provide a clue as to the reason:
  • A new attempt to impersonate me on LinkedIn is made, right as I start a new contract with Disney.  Work history is greatly understated.  I assume that something I was writing was becoming uncomfortable, that my story was getting too believable, and SelectQuote was making a last ditch effort to end my career. 
  • I point out Michelle Tan and SelectQuote seemed to be relying on these impersonations, which, if successful, make it easier for her to dismiss my story.
  • I uncovered the impersonation of a second SelectQuote employee, who also didn't leave under happy circumstances.  The owner of the fake account posed as him in an attempt to lure me into a meeting.
  • The revelations about the NSA's ICREACH, used to share data with outside organizations, makes the possible use of federal resources due to SelectQuote's manipulation all the more likely.  Insurance data is used by the NSA, industry bigwigs like Charan Singh may have the know how to bring suspicion on enemies.  Because I ran a Tor server, it wouldn't have taken much.
  • I reported on poor use of Kansas funds to subsidize these miscreants.  
  • SelectQuote tried to use WIPO rulings to silence me.
  • False allegations were made online, which can be shown to be false.  Impersonation was used to discredit me.
  • Jong Shyan Lee and Min Michelle Tan were rewarded handsomely for covering up the threats against my daughter.
  • My daughter's life was threatened at SelectQuote Insurance.  
  • SelectQuote seemed to be aware of some of the problems I faced at home.  The timing of a break-in and subsequent thefts are suspicious, as well.
    It has been nearly two years since I defeated an attempt by SelectQuote to seize this domain.  I was up against lawyers who specialized in reputation management, didn't even know the rules for the fight.  It seemed like every option in the Universal Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy that would help the defendant, could cost in the thousands.
    I've received reports that witnesses to the scandal at SelectQuote Senior are receiving legal threats.  Someone has asked for my advice.  If you can afford a lawyer, get one.  It's what they do for a living.
    While anyone can look up a law governing a situation, a lawyer will more quickly find other laws that may apply, how the courts have interpreted it, and the leanings of the local judiciary. Plus, there are procedural rules about when and how issues can be raised, and if you don't do this right, you're screwed right out of the gate.
    I’ve avoided saying a whole lot about Ferguson simply because I wasn’t there.  On such a contentious issue people are bound to see the same event in different ways.  Without some context, it can be difficult to evaluate everyone’s reactions.  A lot of people are looking in without that context, so maybe my dated experience with the area is better than nothing for some of my readers.
    I grew up in North St. Louis County, first between Florissant and Blackjack, then between Florissant and Hazelwood.  Swimming and cross country in the Suburban North Conference took me all over the area, as did swimming for coach Paul Murphy’s Berkeley swim team.  For several years I worked for Florissant as a lifeguard.
    St. Louis is a fairly segregated city, with relatively few immigrants.  In practice, this means few in the black middle class mix much with Caucasians.  Often, as soon as a few African American families move onto a block, a number of families will move out, depressing property values and bringing in the poverty the upwardly mobile black families moved away from.
    This gives all the problems of poverty, exacerbated by racial tension.   Back when I was working for neighboring Florissant, the cops already were a good ole boys network, and aggressively policed outsiders.  As a white man, it is easy to say it’s other white guys that have the power.
   Imagine if I had dealt with the dirty San Francisco police, but in addition, every one of them was Chinese.  It’d be hard not to see it as racially motivated.  Knowing, as I do, the ease with which the police can pass of even obviously fabricated evidence, I tend to side with the people of Ferguson anywhere the evidence in the cops’ favor is not ironclad.
      The private sphere gives us a good example of relying too much on correlating facts about a person to come up with predictions about behavior.  A study of 18-24 year old women who read 50 Shades of Grey.  The NSA collects reams of data to predict who will be a terrorist, so this is worth a further look.  While I've already discussed some types of errors that machine learning against the NSA’s dataset might produce, this study shows a more fundamental error in logic that has been widely repeated.
    The novel contains sex, including bondage/domination and sadism/masochism. Some contend that power play in a consensual relationship is indicative of equality or abuse issues outside the bedroom.  With a desired conclusion in mind, it can be easy to find some numbers that superficially support it.
    The study notes that these women are more likely to have a partner that yells or swears at them.  However, there is a much stronger correlation between 5 or more sexual partners, a fairly quick pace given the women’s age, and frequent binge drinking.
    Is it possible that getting drunk and sleeping around causes your significant other to yell at you?   Are the women any worse off for reading 50 Shades of Grey?  The study does not attempt to address whether the books provide an outlet, leading to less drunken promiscuity and yelling.
As there are signs that my story is seeping into the rest of America, I'd like to provide some examples of common ground.  I'm sure it may look like I'm already behind enemy lines to some.  Why I remain in this position is a valid question.  Perhaps in the middle of the country I'd just lead people astray.
First, diversity doesn't mean you can kill my kid just because I'm white.  I do not doubt that many people have had it tougher than me.  Rather than the 'bundle of goods' theory of race relations, I think of being White as a suit of armor.  Where an African American could be successfully framed (or shot), or at best be called a criminal who got out on a technicality, I can remain standing for a time.
To me, this implies a sort of duty to speak up.  SelectQuote and others like them may have succeeded a number of times, and done so in a way that is invisible to outsiders.  I do not expect that I alone can stop them.  However, I can try to leave a long trail, that when taken with others' stories, can be ignored only intentionally.
Secondly, while I'm more hawkish than most around here, I'd like to challenge the idea that the best way to show love for troops is to send them halfway around the world to get shot at.  We're happy to buy new boats and planes, how much do we spend on VA hospitals?
Many of you have probably not seen Taxi to the Dark Side, but it illustrates how some of these young men are affected by the things they did to defend America.  At best they have to adjust to normal society after they've been tuned for life and death.
    I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus yesterday with my family.  It was quite a show, most of the time I avoided taking pictures so I could catch more of the action.  One of the more impressive aspects was a close up look at the animals.
    The protesters outside tell us about the poor conditions these animals are kept in.  I don't doubt that a circus is not really a place for wild animals.  During the intermission Ringling Brothers gives their side, speaking about their donations to wildlife charities, and the possibility of reintroduction of endangered species.
    It looked like the lion tamer almost had a rebellion on his hands.  I'm sure much is scripted, but it looks like he referred to two different tigers as India.  It appears one thought about turning on him when being put away.  It makes you wonder what is done behind the scenes to maintain control of such a dangerous animal.

    It has been a little over a week since SelectQuote received the first batch of discrimination complaints.  It has been reveal to watch their reactions against people already wise to their tactics.  Also, I'm told that some bigger things are coming down the pipeline.  I'm hopeful that the victims have managed to get out ahead of SelectQuote's countermeasures, and hope that they will see justice done.
    SelectQuote Senior's Medicare supplement business will experience increased demand come enrollment in October, so at the very least this should be a distraction.  Brookside Equity Partners announced their investment in SelectQuote on July 29th, the timing of these allegations may cause friction among owners.  While SelectQuote has weathered class action before,  now they are facing more allegations and better prepared victims.
    I've noticed the usual strategy from SelectQuote - an attempt to take advantage of people's natural tendency for reciprocity.  Employees deal fairly with SelectQuote when they offer their labor for a wage.  So they are naturally inclined to believe that they will receive a fair hearing when they raise concerns through official channels.
    But SelectQuote does not look for truth in such cases.  They look to see which side has an information advantage, and then move to isolate the other side.  So we see that they quickly move to isolate the victim.  I've seen that they also use influence outside the company, to further discredit the victims.
    In combination with a strict no-reference policy, this creates a cloud around the former employee once they find a pretext to terminate.  Many people unfamiliar with the situation simply won't take the time to dig for truth.  They may just assume the worst, to be on the 'safe' side.  This makes it easier to intimidate the victim into silence.
One of 4 complaints, with 4 more said
 to be on the way.
    I'm getting out a quick status as to what's going on with SelectQuote Senior in Kansas City.  The picture of shows one of the complaints filed with the state of Kansas's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  I have these for multiple complainants, last I heard SelectQuote Senior has received four of these with at least four more in process.
    Most of the aggrieved parties are women but the complaints also take SelectQuote to task over illness, pregnancy, minorities, and disabilities.  Also, I have received word that after interrogations were not effective in causing employees to give up their personal cellphone data, that attempts at unauthorized access through a Bluetooth exploit tool were made.
    In addition to Charan Singh and Bob Edwards, the head honchos on SelectQuote's San Francisco executive team, there have been reports that Brookside Equity Partners has also been involved in some of these Kansas City meetings.  This is significant in that this firm just announced earlier this month their investment in SelectQuote.  If they feel that SelectQuote misrepresented the risks associated with their various cover-ups, it could spell trouble for SelectQuote.