Truth Vs Lies

Born to believe 
Many writers and historians believe that human beings are conditioned to believe, rather than disbelieve. Their for giving power to the liar, and their versions of the “facts”

Let’s do an experiment:

…you hear a noise in the grass. Is it a predator, or is it the wind? Your next choice could be the most important of your life. If you think that the noise in the grass is a predator and it turns out it’s the wind, you have made an error in cognition, a false positive. But no harm done. You just move away, you are more cautious, more vigilant.

On the other hand, if you believe that the noise in the grass is just the wind, and it turns out to be a predator, you’re done. Life is over.

A false positive in this case makes you more cautious, but it really costs nothing to believe that there maybe danger behind the noise.

In contrast to the false positive not believing in the danger, amd actually having it exist was deadly, and so we choose to believe. But more than just believing in that possible danger we tend to create patterns. That I turn helps us structure our lives. It creates meaning to what could easily be random. It is from there that we develop things like superstition and conspiracy theories. They make sense of what is random.

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If this were all humans had to rely on for cognition — our limited brains making sense of that what we can’t understand — we would be in big trouble. Thankfully, however, we have verifiable facts. They ensure that what is random not just makes sense, but is also true.

And that’s where we get into some even more fascinating research about why people believe outright lies — easy to disprove lies like the kinds Donald Trump tells for example.

According to some, people tend to believe lies when they feel vulnerable. The less control people have over their lives, the more likely they are to try and regain control through mental gymnastics. Feelings of control are so important to people that a lack of control is inherently threatening. While some misperceptions can be bad or lead one astray, they’re extremely common and most likely satisfy a deep and enduring psychological need.

In normal life people find false patterns in data all the time. When they do, it’s usually because they feel a given situation is out of their control. A local example would be the Kennedy School Adition, people didn’t understand the numbers, felt out of control, and believed the lies spread to help ease their fear. It was easier to be angry and believe the false information that the School District was deceiving the community then it was to learn the difficult details and facts.

Fact or fiction
Of course, the more false the pattern, the more vulnerable you have to be to believe it. And of course, the more gymnastics your brain has to do to find the truth. The difficulty of the gymnastics mixed with fear or anger make the lies and falsehoods simply easier. That’s why certain individuals have very little other then tax complaints and fear of who I am to complain about.

Donald Trump, a man who is known for spreading falsehoods. He captured the imaginations of many people who felt vulnerable because of the past, present and future. He resonated in places of high unemployment, where manufacturing jobs have been on the decline for decades. These are places where a rational structure is needed to explain why things got so bad and why they don’t seem to be getting better.

But again this is not “rationality” as we think about it terms of reality. If it were, individuals would seek the truth no matter what their state of distress, because it is only when a problem is truly understood that the truth can be found.

Here is a relevant example. Donald Trump has dumped on China over and over again since he entered the national spotlight. He’s said that we are losing jobs to Chinese manufacturing and that the Trans Pacific Partnership was designed for China to come in, as they always do, through the back door and totally take advantage of everyone.

In the world of facts, however, we know that thousands and thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost to automation, not off-shoring to China. We also know that China is not involved with the TPP in any way. In fact, the country has been upset about TPP since talks for the agreement started.

The human desire to feel in control supersedes all of those facts because they are hard to find or understand, and in turn, pushes us to believe what may be irrational, but is simple, understandable, and gives us a sense of control.

Think about it: Say you believe all the lies  Donald Trump has told about trade, China and the global economy. It’s a comforting notion, ultimately, because it means he also has the solutions. Voting for him, then, is a way to take control of that untruth.

Unfortunately, since it’s a lie, the problem will remain. Lies never solve anything, and the spreading of them by those in this community simply acting on revenge or some unknown agenda just make things worse. Things won’t change until we embrace the truth, and put in the effort to identify who is telling it, and who is not.

Why is Anonymity So Important

Why is anonymity so important?

Has David C Stachura taken it on himself in declaring the US Supreme Court wrong, and the First Amendment invalid? Of course he wouldn’t/couldn’t use those exact words. That is however the image he portrays with his devotion to my spine or lack there of simply based on my perceived anonymity. He has declared my message to be false simply because he and many others do not know me. Simply not knowing the author of a history book does not make it less true. Not knowing who wrote the dictionary doesn’t make its definitions false, or inaccurate.

People through anonymity can express themselves without fear of reprisal. In Schiller Park specifically there has always been a trend among the “Wrong Doers” (Description used based off of my point of view) to attack and harass those who speak up against them, they would metaphorically beat them into silence by attacking and harassing them, and their families. We saw it on a regular basis with the old, School Board leadership of David Stachura and Patricia Godziszewski. It has always been my opinion that in most cases they perpetrated those harassment campaigns through, and with the help of Roy F McCampbell. I do however feel that their once close group has been disrupted by parts of their group not being able to perform their assigned task, but it was the situation none the less. The smear campaign against the School District, its staff, and supporters became harassment on an epic scale. That is in fact why this blog was created in the first place. We wanted to give a voice to the majority of the community that could be safe from the onslaught of harassment intended to silence that voice. We wanted to have a voice that disarmed them of their only form of attack. You can not harass into silence that witch you can not identify.

The former group of troublemakers has for the most part devolved into one final voice spewing nothing but anger and hate. There is very little coherence left in what once was a consistent and unified all be it very negative voice, but that sole survivor seems hell bent on discrediting me simply based off of my perceived anonymity. In all actuality he does not even known for sure if his thoughts are true. I can only imagine the frustration caused by having someone tirelessly call you out on your lies, and not be able to specifically target their name with a smear campaign as has been their past practices, but none the less he continues with his school yard name calling.

Anonymity is the tool I chose to embrace to defend and protect my children and grand children. To protect my name I lessened my message, and by keeping the details of my identity secret I made more work for myself. This had a positive effect of forcing me to be more diligent in offering as much proof of my claims and opinions as possible. I feel for the most part I have succeeded. Of course I have my detractors, the people that obviously despise my very existence. They need no introduction but they hate none the less, and attempt to discredit my information as lies simply by declaring my secrets to be the key proof of my dishonesty. This is of course not true, and simply just another vain attempt at strengthening their position among the very harshly divided political portion of this community. For every hater there is at least one supporter, and if my hate mail to support mail ratio is an indicator, these is by far more for my information then against.

Anonymity has been a heated topic for far longer then any of us have been involved. It’s clear to me that anonymity is both good and bad. Anonymity has its place, and has always had a place in society. But the Internet is something new. Does anonymity have a right to exist as such on this new medium even if the risk is great? Twenty years ago, there was no Internet and we were doing fine with the issue of pre-Internet anonymity, so would technologically ending internet anonymity once and for all be a disaster? What changed that makes anonymity on the internet so important? And what would things be like if the internet had evolved to this day with anonymity being an impossibility? Ask yourself if we would be demanding anonymity on the Internet if we never had it in the first place.

Curiously, and in most cases with some exceptions like those I face with the aforementioned individual, those for and against anonymity seem to often have the same motivation—protecting democracy and freedom. The pro folks say that taking political debate to the highest level of discussion is not possible without some anonymity. Whistle blowers are a good example of why anonymity is necessary. Once they are discovered, they are fired and ruined. The anonymity folks will cite examples from law enforcement showing how attacking organized crime in particular and crime in general would be impossible without the use of anonymous sources. As I said before, I have chosen anonymity for my families freedom from persecution. Those honest individuals against anonymity would argue that in crime-fighting, anonymous sources are not reliable and can be abused, leading to the ruin of innocent people. Furthermore, anonymity is often used to illegally move secret information. People and corporations are often libeled by those who spread false information. In fact, a Schiller Park resident attempted to challenge my anonymity in court not to long ago, and did not succeed. This if nothing else was one of this blogs greatest success stories as it added validation to my message, and goals. It does not in any way prove what I have said as truth, that still remains in the hands of my readers, but it protected my freedom of speech by declaring I was not acting out of malice.
The United States Supreme Court has declared that protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical, minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.

I have included at the end of this post a small gallery of examples to my point. The individual mentioned above still resorts to personal attacks, of me and my family despite not even knowing who we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face Value

As we are all very aware, American culture has taken a turn towards believing in none-truth more than truth. We believe what we read almost completely because someone simply wrote it, and that is taken advantage of regularly. We take things at face value, and Americans as individuals simply do not fact check. However this is not a new situation , but it has gotten worse in the last few years. Most notably during the recent presidential campaign, and election. I believe it’s a side effect of our current culture, not so much that the American people are lazy, but just simply do not have the time. It is in most cases simply not possible for one person to dig through the thousands of fake media posts. Believing something simply because it was written even bleeds down to our local level, but we have an advantage.

Our local political process, and more importantly the process of filtering out the “BS” from the truth is in no way as daunting of an endeavor as it is on the national or even state level. Just like the bigger national stories there is truth and lies all over our local news and stories. We have an election season starting, and with that comes all the “stories”. Now the advantage we have is that many of the groups or people being accused are also local, and this gives us more of an opportunity to approach them, and to simply get their side of the story. Please do not think I advocate their side of the story be taken as fact, but it is one piece in the bigger picture. Many times these stories have other ways of coming to factual conclusions, and often the system of choice at our level is the Freedom of Information Act. At least when the stories are directed at a person who holds a public position, or a public body of government like the School Board, or Village Trustees. At our local level the F.O.I.A. System is not bogged down by overworked underfunded departments who struggle to keep their head above water, and we can get results in a much more timely manner. Private organizations are a little different, but I feel that their own past actions and I’ll be honest good deeds speak for them.

Look at the bigger picture when evaluating a story or accusation posted online. Did the person accusing, or telling the story share what they call facts? Did they back up those facts with sources, and are those sources legally bound to tell the truth? Some red flags should be obvious to spot, but to clarify does the person accusing or telling the story have a less than questionable past themselves? Do they have something to gain from attacking someone’s character or actions? Do they suddenly fall silent when confronted, and even if they join the debate do they still lack details, and sources to their accusations? Do they refuse to help you find the facts to back up their commemts? If they can not or do not the chances are pretty good there is lies in what they are saying.

You have many examples of local people who love to share their nonsense and false information claiming that other parties are simply liars, bad people, or bad organizations because they said so. When asked to clarify they never respond, when asked to validate their allegation they can not. They respond by shutting out the people who challenge them for fear of being caught with nothing, because they have nothing.

David C Stachura is one such individual. He relies on his perceived image to verify the truth of his accusations, and counts on his past and his history of service to the country and community to strengthen his position. He has yet to ever back up one accusation with a fact, and expects everyone to believe him simply because of his past. In fact he has spent thousands in tax payer funds searching for the facts after he has made the accusations, and has every single time come up empty handed. I want to add to this example that their is in fact much for him to be proud of when you look at his history of service, and his past devotion to country. Many years of service to Schiller Park, and his country in the Air National Guard does not mean he is truthful or honest. He has been touted as a local war hero (rightfully so), but that is all anyone wants to see, again people give validity to what he says simply because he was “a war hero”. People change, and what they stand for changes, maybe they never stood for what they portray at all. When you look at his recent activity you will see gaps that don’t add up to the past image he tries to maintain. You should also take those gaps into consideration when evaluating what he has to say as truth or fiction, and don’t judge his statement simply based off of his fabricated image.

David C Stachura was a self admitted close personal friend to another of Schiller Parks most notable who was under indictment and recently settled his case and admitted to theft while fulfilling his role in public office. He learned his manipulation from that same friend. His other friends include a disgraced ex-school teacher, a private investigator who is also The Godfather to one of the admitted thief’s children, and a who’s who of people that have had their own integrity questioned more than a few times. From washed up politicians to questionable mayors, but forget all of those opinions and unprovable comments. The facts are as follows, David C Stachura has yet to share a single thing to back up what he says, he has yet to offer any information as to his source, or to the reasons for his accusations. He has never presented facts to anyone about anything. David Stachura will not engage in open dialogue with anyone he accuses. He abandoned his Role on the School Board of Schiller Park School District 81 only to resign more then eight months later, and continues to ignore the truth as presented. The sources to back up what I saw are in hundreds of blog posts discussing the exact subject, read them, follow the links to the sources in each post.

He is just one of the many examples of the smoke and mirrors his lack of integrity actually portrays.

As usual don’t take anything I write as fact until you have verified it yourself, get the facts for yourself.

Truth, Lies, Rumors, and Anniversaries

Today is the two year anniversary of this blog, well at least this version of this blog. On this wonderful anniversary I want to remind everyone that the internet is generally full of crap, and often so are people. For every piece of reputable information there is countless rumors, misinformation, and downright falsehoods. Separating truth from fiction is equal parts a mental battle and diligent research. These truths are in fact why this blog started in the first place. People like McCampbell, Stachura, and Godziszewski gave us that lesson for years. Endlessly having their misinformation called out and proven to be lies.

As long as words are hitting the page, news and facts are filtered through someone. Sometimes this is a ludicrous rumor that somehow morphs into a fact. Filtering out the junk from the actual facts is hard, but it’s not impossible.

We should also quickly talk about how and why misinformation travels so quickly. A number of reasons for this exist, but two are more prevalent than others. First off, we have belief perseverance, which is described as:

Belief perseverance: maintaining your original opinions in the face of overwhelming data that contradicts your beliefs. Everyone does it, but we are especially vulnerable when invalidated beliefs form a key part of how we narrate our lives.

Essentially, once an idea becomes a “fact” in our head, we have a hard time believing that the opposite is true even when it’s disproven. This is how myths and rumors gain steam.

Belief perserverance also plays well with cognitive bias: flaws in judgement where we make statistical or attribution errors based on patterns. These biases include confirmation bias, where we tend to ignore information we don’t agree with, and the bandwagon effect, where we tend to go along with what other members of a group are doing.

Essentially, both make spotting misinformation difficult because we believe just about anything if we want it to be true. The only fix is to acknowledge that we all do this. Once we do, it’s time to start digging for truly reliable information.

Misinformation is everywhere, and although it’s tough to find the truth, it’s not impossible.

Happy Anniversary to all those that have contributed to the spreading of the truth through this blog. Looking forward to many more.

 

Hail, Hail,the Gang’s All Here

Or should we say “Well, Well, the Gang’s All Here”?

The typical cast of characters seem to be connecting in such a happy way with others of like minds. Is this a sign of things to come? Are we seeing the beginning of a political power house (I joke)? Did they find a new person to follow, or has it always been this way?

On the 17th of June 2016 a fund raiser was held at the 4 Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare. It was posted as “A Fundraising Event for Mayor Barbara Piltaver” – Loosely translated it means ~ the early start of the next campaign season.

This event has brought the return of someone we have not heard from in a while, and a few that finally just left after many months of not fulfilling elected duties. Although many have made guesses that Patricia Godziszewski would return this election cycle no one knows for sure, now thanks to KGK we have a little more information pointing in that direction. I do not have confirmation that Kathie Janis was in attendance, even if she was I am starting to believe we will be seeing more of her as we get closer to the voting booths.

Things are very soon going to start getting interesting.

Disclaimer – all images posted above were found publicly, and shared publicly..

Congratulations Schiller Park, You Made a Difference.

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I can not deny how unsurmountable the obstacles felt that had been blocking educational progress in Schiller Park’s Public Schools, and that there has been true progress over the past few years. Not only for the betterment of the children of Schiller Park, but for the entire community.

September 26th 2014 at 3:16 pm two hundred and twenty posts ago we made the first installment of the current blog. With the help of a community that was sick of the destruction we stood up, and spoke out against those who would do our kids harm. The first post was titled “In the beginning there was a comptroller! well almost the beginning” and it set the tone for all that followed. “The ‘Robin Hood of potholes’ or ‘The pothole Vigilante’“, and “Pre-career change job training? Getting ready for the work crew in the big house?” followed shortly after. Some times I look back at these posts, and think of how much simpler this blog was. There was so much to share, and everything was new news to many of us. There had been such a destructive and dark blanket of negativity surrounding everything, that I didn’t have to look very hard to find something new to share.

Back then we were talking about harassment “Is it a pattern of harassment? Someone should contact the authorities!” and  connections between a small few board members, and one family in the community. We talked about how these connections so blatantly produced bad, and biased choices on the part of David Stachura, and Patricia Godziszewski. (Example). We talked about abuse of the staff and one persons past job titles in “The many jobs of McCampbell! Job (Jobs) well done!” There was topics that have carried through to recent posts. Like “Pension fund scoundrel!“,  and more recently “21,000 a month!“.

Yet some things have remained the same. We are still waiting on a resolution to the indictment of our local infamous “Accused” criminal, and some of the McToxics still feel the need to spread bad information.

Through all the negative aspects of the last two years the quality of educators our children have in Schiller Park School District 81 has only grown, and there has been many good changes. A pretty big one is the recent swearing in of two new School Board members that have replaced the cowardly lion David Stachura, and Mr. talkative John Kowalski. The expansion of Kennedy School, and an Ipad initiative both helping to keep the Schools technologically and educationally current. Schiller Park School district 81 has an award winning Superintendent, School Board, and staff that cares about the children and community that they serve. These talented professionals are now free to do their jobs unhindered by bad, self-serving personal agendas, and can focus on educating the children that will make our future great.

Are the McToxics gone? No, but we will continue to fight the good fight, and with the continued contributions of so many of you there is nothing but good times on the horizon for a long time to come.

Congratulations Schiller Park, you made a difference.

 

I Will Scratch Your Back If You Scratch Mine

I want to start by saying that this may all just be one incredible coincidence, and mean nothing. Political campaign contributions on their own are not a sign of wrong doing no matter how shady they look, Enginnering, and Acounting firms that do substantial amounts of government business should not be allowed to donate to any campaigns let alone ones they intend to do business with, but should not be allowed does not equal illegal.

Let’s recap

So we have the Wally Park property re-assessed in 2015 and recieved a tax break with the help of Joseph Kotlarz of the Carlisle Group of Illinois that is possibly the same company as Carlisle Group Action Committee of Schiller Park, who donated 10s of thousands to An MWRD campaign.

We have Top Quality Hardwood Flooring (incidentally also a contributor to the vision for the village party )  re-assessed and receiving a property tax break with the help of Joseph Kotlarz of the Carlisle Group of Illinois that is possibly the same company as Carlisle Group Action Committee of Schiller Park, who donated 10s of thousands to An MWRD campaign.

The Carlisle Group of Illinois aka Joseph Kotlarz (also maybe aka Carlisle Group Action Committee) donated mostly to the Mayor of Chicago Heights who is also the owner of Schiller Parks Auditor firm GW & Associates.

Then we have the donations of at least mailers to the New vision village Party by Frank B Avila son of Frank M Avila of the MWRD through the Illinois Committee for Honest Government.

Now let’s just move over to Thomas Grusecki. Could it be the same Thomas D. Grusecki, President & Chief Executive Officer of Northern Builders of Schiller Park, and campaign Contributer to the new village vision party. The same construction company that lost their bid for the Kennedy expansion bid package #1.

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Received through a F.O.I.A. Request

The Village/MWRD permit issues that stopped construction and continue to stop construction seems to be coincidentally close in timing to Northern builders loss of bid package #1.

Now let’s enter Christian Roge onto the interesting coincidence list, this was an engineering firm who was at one time appointed by Mayor Barb Piltaver to perform engineering duties for Schiller Park? (They have since quit). The company’s owner is still to the best of my knowledge Heather Starsiak. The daughter of Drew Starsiak once superintendent of School District 81 ( interesting side not this was also during Mr McCampbell’s time on the Board of the same School District). Wait I believe I got her name wrong same person but it’s now Heather Kotlarz wife of Joseph Kotlarz disgraced politician and campaign contributor, yes that guy again.

So on one hand you have a village or Mayor that seems to be drowning in questionable connections to questionable people who in some cases have considerable ties to the MWRD. In the other hand you have a local contractor with a possible “relationship” with the village or Mayor who lost a bid for a construction project that is now being stopped/delayed by the MWRD.

What does it mean when both of your hands are dirty and it isn’t from the cookie jar?