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We regret any confusion …

We Have Received Some Comments That Indicate To Us That There Is Some Confusion Regarding The Operator Of The RC Teen Activity Center And A Very Popular Teacher At The RCS Middle School.


While we have made it very clear that we are not bashing anyone and that we are simply asking important questions relating to the RC Teen Activity Center, some of our readers have risen to the occasion to defend their “Mr Fisher.” I was very curt and blunt with one commenter who seemed to have been confused and vigorously defended her “Mr Fisher.” I now understand her confusion and I’d like to conditionally apologize for the rough treatment s/he received at my hands.

To be clear: Mr Michael Fisher is the operator of the RC Teen Activity Center in Ravena. Mr William Fisher is a teacher at the RCS Middle School. On this blog we are discussing only the RC Teen Activity Center and Mr Michael Fisher not the RCS Middle School and Mr William Fisher.

dropped the ballMr William Fisher is a very popular and loved teacher at the RCS Middle School and we have that on very reliable authority: some of his students and several parents. So, Mr William Fisher we would like to congratulate you on a very special reputation you have obviously earned at the RCS Middle School. While there may have been some confusion in the names, what ultimately came out in all of this is your fine reputation! So we conditionally apologize to you for any anxiety we may have caused to you!

We do want to emphasize, too, that there is no reason whatsoever to believe that Mr Michael Fisher of the RC Teen Activity Center is not attempting to do good for the community. We support all that is good in this community. Our points made on this blog critique only a number of concerns and inconsistencies that we have noted in the leadership and organization of the RC Teen Activity Center. The leadership and organization is not the product of a single person but is the result of many interrelated factors and interactions of a number of people and agencies. We do not want to make the impression that we are singling out Mr Michael Fisher as an individual nor do we want to distract from his basic intentions.

As always, we want to continue our policy of truth and correctness and we intend always to publicize and own up to any misunderstandings we may inadvertently have caused. That policy is what makes us credible and reliable.

We thank you for your trust and confidence, and your loyalty!

teach peace

The Editor

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A Country of Laws, Not Justice!


With the Elections Past, You May Have Been Thinking About Your “Rights”, About “Justice,” About Where This Country is Heading–You’re Disappointed, Maybe?

Are YOU Going to Vote? The Corporations and Special Interests in Washington Already Have. And Can You Guess Who Wins?

The World Is Your Mirror!

Well, let me help you: Despite what you have been led to believe, this is a country of laws, laws that can be interpreted (bent) by really anyone in power but mostly by judges you have elected, or worse still, who have been appointed by a politician. Yes, elected or appointed! I can’t think of any other country of note that has judges who run for office with the backing of a political party or are political appointments. Can you? Have you ever thought of what that means to you in terms of the justice you get, or how it affects your rights? You may think you elect them but have you chosen them? No! We’ve just gone through another embarassing presidential campaign and have been bombarded on television, radio, print media, even robocalls, all trying to influence the outcome of the presidential election, and in a couple of weeks we’ll be no better off–the politicians and the corporations will still be stealing your rights and running your life to hell! So wake up! Think about taking back your community, your country, your life!

So, back to the topic: A country of laws, not justice. Can you relate to that topic? Well, you’ll have some time to think about it because the article isn’t ready yet…stay tuned and check back later.

The first part of this multipart discussion will be about the myth of democracy and how the 1% suppresses the 99%, and it will be followed by a part on how corporations are running your community, your lives, and why they must be brought under control.

Now with more than 80,000 readers and growing every day both locally, nationally, and internationally, we can now start to make a significant difference. People are reading, people are thinking, people are acting. We are a force in that movement now.


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Clinically Speaking…

When I originally started this blog, I intended to cover a much wider area and range of topics. It seems, though, that in Ravena-Coeymans, I can find all the material I need. I don’t really know if that is a compliment or not. 

Ever try working together?

I may have written that I have no interest in what is playing out in the RCS Board of Education meetings and that might have been a bit of a fib. Once I established that there was a problem, and a problem there is, I began reviewing the videos that are published on the Internet, and I have found them to be a rich source of clinical material, indeed.

A couple of weeks ago I presented a presentation on crisis intervention and conflict management to a group of graduate students at a local college, and one of the topics in my lecture was the emotional element involved in conflict, specifically the unconscious emotional contagion that can occur. As I watch, study, and analyze the speakers in the videos, I sure wish I had known of them when I was preparing my lecture. They are must-see’s for a clinical course in crisis intervention and conflict management.

You see, the speakers are in crisis and there is a major conflict that needs managing or it’s going to tear you all apart. But do you realize it? I wonder.

Problem is, most people in conflict enter into a phase called “simplification” where the issues are either too unwieldy or there are too many issues, so you simplify things down to what you can handle. It’s natural but not very helpful. Simplification is followed by polarization, where, in order to more easily pigeon-hole things, you turn the issues into black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. That requires minimal mind work and you don’t have to get involved with details. That, too, is natural but not very helpful.

What I also see in those videos is a bunch of people who are emotionally flooded and have lost control of themselves, the issues, and the conflict; they’re spinning their wheels down to the axles.


I observed one woman who speaks at almost every meeting, always choked up, always befuddled, always with a neurotic squeal and breathlessness to her voice; we’ll call her Ms H. At the March 27 meeting she opens her remarks with, “I’ll try not to cry this time.” Well, you try hard, honey.  Thank you! Ms H. No emotional histrionics? Would the spectators find that boring? I think Ms H. welcomes the attention, needs it in some sociopathic way.  Ms H., the choked up and weeping performance means only that you are unsure of your intellectual presentation so you need to move people with something more primitive. What you got? Emotion. No-brainer! But not very helpful.

Scared and Lonely

What about the guy, we’ll call him Mr J., again at the March 27 meeting. His bag was:  ‘Look at me! I’m a patriot!’ “I’m going to Afghanistan.” (We understand he’s Nat’l Guard and clerical, not combat.) Again, he’s not appealing to issues, he’s parading himself, probalby hoping it will give him credibility, authenticity. Maybe. But he would have been more convincing if self-control were part of the preformance. This became even more obvious when he spent a good deal of his 3 minute slot to chiding someone on the board for…NOT MAKING EYE CONTACT! Do you think you’re that pretty or interesting Mr J? One wonders if Mr J. were in love or something. But that revealed a lot about Mr J’s need for attention and recognition. I don’t believe that Mr J’s self-esteem issues were before the board that evening.

 The main performers of the evening–they appear to be regular features in many of the videos–were Ms Amy Bartlett and Mr Gerald “Jerry” Deluca, who were joined with  the cameo  guest performance by Ms Cathy Deluca. (Hear the fanfare? NOT!)

There’s definitely a good deal of narcissism going on in these perps, to be sure.

This is how you come across. Really!

 These performances are regularly characterized by toxic aggression in the form of unbridled criticism, insult, accusation, and brimming with Guess what? Emotional flooding!
As I have said, the videos are classic material for a clinical colloquium on conflict, but regardless of whether the performances are clinically interesting, they are being played out in a public forum and that is dangerous, indeed. For all the notoriety the performers are deriving from their public self-pleasuring, they are infecting others with their irrationality. I mentioned emotional contagion and that’s what’s happening: these irresponsible braggards are infecting others with their negative contagion. This happens, really, and it’s happening almost every time Ms. H., Ms Bartlett and Mr Deluca take the floor–and you don’t even know it’s happening because it’s happening in your unconscious minds.

Not very pretty, but it's you!

There’s also a phenomenon known as triangling. This happens when two parties are in conflict and one of the parties involves a third party. A two-party system, like Deluca and a boardmember, is unstable because it tolerates little tension before involving a third person. But a three-party system, a triangle can contain much more tension without involving yet another party because the tension can shift around three relationships. If the tension is too high for one triangle to contain, it spreads to a series of “interlocking” triangles. Spreading the tension can stabilize a system, but nothing gets resolved. That’s what I see happening.

People’s actions in a triangle reflect their efforts to ensure their emotional attachments to important others, their reactions take on too much intensity in those attachments, and the result is their taking sides in the conflicts of others. This complicates the conflict enormously. That’s exactly what’s happening in your meetings but none of you seem to care. That’s why I’m departing somewhat from my satirizing or parodying you to trying to help you with a different approach.

Actually, if I genuinely thought you wanted to resolve your conflicts or reframe your issues, I’d offer to sit down with you and mediate or intervene, but from what I can see, a couple of you are really thriving on destructiveness and would probably reject any attempt to transform your destructiveness to constructive or functional conflict. That’s really too bad, because in most systems functional or constructive conflict has a great number of positive outcomes, and serves very effectively in problem solving.

Patience is the Companion of Wisdom

But on a positive note: I am amazed at the boardmember’s patience and fortitude in the face of your aggressions, and I have to commend them all for their patience, dignity, and courtesy to you when you probably should be banned from speaking. It takes a lot of self-control to be able to say Thank you! after being unceremoneously abused by the very people you are giving up time and resources to help.

As I frequently tell clients, “It takes two to make a marriage but only one to destroy it.” It’s obvious to me that some of you are trying your damnedest to break up the party.

I’ll continue monitoring your cases and reporting back. In the meantime, thanks for the material.

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Angry!? Disgusted!? You have some nerve!

A reader raised my curiosity, so I reviewed the RCS BoE video of the April 3, 2012, session, and was amazed at the arrogance of two of the speakers, two whose conduct has been addressed on this blog.

Don't Swallow Your Pride! You'll choke on it.

You’ve commented publicly; We are exercising that same right.

But this has really nothing to do with the RCS BoE, so don’t get the impression I have any interest whatsoever in its members or its operation. I don’t. And as for the players, I don’t know them, I have little or no interest in them except for what they represent, and if some of them were on fire on Main Street, I probably wouldn’t pee on them to put it out. So don’t let your imaginations get the best of you. This is solely about principles.

That having been said, I am amazed at the speakers who expressed indignity at having been the subject of questions on this blog but never once responded to the questions, or left a comment or an explanation, or even claimed that the allegations are untrue! It’s much easier to respond to these posts here than it is for a victim to respond in the Times Union.

Ladies and gentlemen. (Ms Bartlett and Mr Deluca, too) this is the forum where this is playing out. Here. Right here. Nowhere else. We’re at a loss why it’s being paraded at, of all places, a school board meeting! That’s inappropriate, idiotic! And you should be ashamed and embarrassed for your displays there. I know I was and I wasn’t even there!

It seems one of Bartlett’s and Deluca’s  main concerns is not their conduct but the fact that they don’t know who is posting the questions. They’re not protesting the truth or falsity of  the allegations, nor have they responded to them; they’re interested only in the fact that they don’t know where they’re coming from. The reason, if we may guess: They need a physical person to attack–hence their continuing personal attacks on the persons on the school board; they can’t cope with dealing with abstracts and concepts like morality, ethics, principles. (You’d think a “properly trained” and “qualified” lector in the Roman Catholic Church would be able to do so; does he even have a clue what metanoia means? Ask Fr Kane.)

Ms Bartlett, Mr Deluca: Truth doesn’t need a name or a face.

Contrary to what you might think or say, when you put yourself in the public’s face you become a public figure, and you should be held to a higher standard than most but you’re not even meeting the minimum; your morals and values DO count and we DO notice! No matter what you might say in your scripted remarks, your morals and ethics speak louder, especially when you are a public figure. But public figures do have rights, too. If you’re elected you are accountable for your actions on behalf of the public and, yes, you do have to answer for and to them. But everyone, EVERYONE, has a right to his or her own beliefs and political affiliation–as long as it’s not harming others. When you intrude into that unpublic sphere, you are trespassing. We have enough recent examples of such trespassing in our government’s recent antics. Learn from it.

And when your own example, the example of your conduct, morally, ethically, socially is substandard, unacceptable, we would caution you to think twice and very seriously about “fighting for what’s right” –your sense of ‘right’ might be grossly perverse–and proselytizing about “our children’s education” –the education you are providing by example may not be the best.

Rather than go into the numerous contradictions in the scripted remarks that the two addressed to the Board in a public meeting, we’d like to say that everyone reading this blog has the opportunity to comment on the posts. In fact, we actually request anyone who finds the information incorrect or misleading to let us know so that we can either further check the facts or make corrections. Mr and Ms Bartlett and Mr or Ms Deluca have refused to do so. 

In law there is a concept: Qui tacet consentire videtur

(One who remains silent admits)

The speakers may or may not have read the posts on this blog but they do continue to chant their tired and boring refrains. So for their benefit, we are including the links to the relevant postings on this blog. The first one of interest and one with which you should be familiar is Coeymans, New York: A Nest of Hypocrisy, and the other is The Times Union Newspaper: Print Bullyism. Visit those posts, read or re-read them as appropriate. Think about what’s being said and examine your consciences.

Print bullyism and the comments in public media such as the Times Useless speak for themselves. Little or nothing in the concerned article had anything to do with the board of education; but a couple of big- mouths made it their business to make certain the world knew their opinions, while they and the idiot reporter exposed personal details and irrelevant connections with no good purpose. And what recourse did the victim have? Yes! The victim. Predators!

If we had no sense of dignity or ethics we would put in print here what we think of your tactics and tell you in the clearest of terms where you could stick them. But you manage to continue to embarrass yourselves by stepping back into the spotlight, so hungry and starving to be noticed, the predators-turned-victim. You save us the trouble of embarrassing you; you do it yourselves. Give us a break and take one.

No! Mr Deluca and Ms Bartlett, you are flat wrong!  The people of the RCS community are not intimidated by a blog, they are intimidated by neighbors and predators who may live just down the street or in the community. They are intimidated and scandalously misled by unscrupulous and scurilous reporters and editors who have no ethics. They are intimidated by ignorant, incompetent, and disrespectful  judges and officials; the are intimidated by corrupt police and law enforcement; they’re indimidated by a system of incomprehensible laws, fictional justice, and greedy lawyers. And they are intimidated by a gaggle of destructive, angry, self-loathing destructive lemmings that waste pubic time with their nonproductive whining!  They are intimidated and fearful of speaking out because they live in a mini police state called Ravena-Coeymans, populated by a handful of Gestapo, Gestapo who are not beneath retaliation and ambush, reading Scripture now and shooting you down minutes later (Good church-going Christians that you are), and what harm and damage those Gestapo can do when given a podium. You’ve already proved that.

Talk about fighting for what’s right; talk about community! Cannibals!

Amy Bartlett herself mentions her remarks at the March 27, 2012, session. I reviewed that tape and was flabbergasted at Bartlett’s vitriolic and threatening accusatory public remarks; Next came “Cathy” Deluca, still persisting in obstructing democratic process and stutteringly demanding the removal of a board member for no good cause–except for the no-good cause she and her minions advocate and pursue with a vengeance. It’s an egregious embarrassment. I have never heard such nastiness from locals! Such self-loathing, anger…You’ll have to see and hear it to believe it. View the streaming video of March 27, 2012.

So, you don’t want to be noticed? You don’t like it when the shoe is on the other foot? The solution is simple: Shut up! Leave others alone. Stop trying to destroy and try to be constructive. Because if you think you’re “disgusted” and “angry,” you obviously  have no clue how the rest of the community feels.

Finally, one of you in your overall  insulting diatribes to the board mentioned “board members” with poor commands of English. Well, let me remind you that plenty of hard-working individuals with poor English were instrumental in building this country, its infrastructure, its bridges, dams, neighborhoods, economy, and plenty of individuals with poor English are continuing to do so–what’s more, they have higher standards of morality and ethics, and values than many of the loudmouths I’ve been hearing lately. If the shoe fits, please wear it.

P.s. To the 8th grade school teacher having difficulty explaining to her children what is going on re: the Times Useless article: If you find it that difficult to explain to your children what’s going on, I wonder what you’re doing teaching 8th grade! Or teaching at all! Try telling them the truth…give them a lesson in life 101.

Truth stands steadfastly on its own; it’s bright and beautiful, and  has no need of a name; Pride and arrogance is an ugly troll that needs to have its name on every lip saying how pretty it is.

Share a link to this blog or e-mail it to a friend! They’ll be grateful for it.

View the streaming video of the BoE session of  Arpil 3, 2012 (Deluca starts at 16.02 min.; Bartlett at 19.45 min.)

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!