Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht describe in their travel handbook:

Touching the thumb and index finger to suggest a circle, with the other fingers on the hand fanned out, indicates that everything is okay in the Unites States.

In Brazil, Germany, and Russia, however, it indicates a very private orifice and is an insult.

In Japan, the sign indicates that you want change. Use this gesture if you want the cashier in a store to give your change in coins.

In France, it is an insult. It denotes the number zero or the concept of something being worthless. When placed over the nose, it means “drunk.” 1

After reading about word origins, this author found the following regarding the term O.K.:

O.K. is short for Old Kinderhook, Martin Van Buren’s nickname after the New York city he grew up in. Kinderhook is Dutch for “children’s corner.” Van Buren was a most corrupt president, and popular songs were written about his administration’s willingness to sell anything for a price.

According to Daniel Boone, “ok is a corruption of all correct, used in the American civil war…”

O.K. was used by soldiers during World War Two, but the term didn’t enter the world lexicon until the 1969 Moon Landing as A-OK.

OK game
First they get you poking the hole.
Then they move the hole over their crotch and go from there.

“There’s no darker institution in the history of the state than the O.K. Boys Ranch,” said attorney Richard Kelley, writes Kery Murakami for The Seattle Times.2 “In court papers, former residents described the [O.K.] Boys Ranch as ‘a jungle,’ where older boys beat and molested younger residents,” notes Murakami.3 The boys also “were subjected to physical and sexual abuse from…some staff members,” adds David Postman for The Seattle Times.4 “Some were coerced into having sex, and several boys were found having an orgy at the [O.K. Boys Ranch] in July 1992,” continues Murakami:

In a deposition filed in the first of two civil suits against the state, the [O.K. Boys Ranch,] and the Kiwanis Club,i which oversaw the operation, one abused boy said he asked [the director of the O.K. Boys Ranch] for help. He said he was told to learn how to fight.…

They were forced to fight older boys, with staff members cheering them on and shouting instructions, according to the charging papers. In an initiation rite, described as “night terrorism,” new residents were beaten in their beds.…

According to the attorney general’s charging papers, 10-year-old David was initiated to the [O.K. Boys Ranch] by being thrust into a circle with another boy, and forced to fight until one was knocked out or cried for mercy. Twelve-year-old Chris was welcomed to the [O.K.] Boys Ranch by being thrown in a pit where rocks were thrown at him. Ryan, 11, was subjected to nightly sexual assaults, accompanied by severe beatings.

Human feces were thrown at one resident, according to the attorney general’s investigation. Young boys were routinely beaten by staff and denied basic medical care.

If they complained, they were told to take care of themselves. They were forced to stand with their noses against a wall for as many as four hours; if they blinked, their time started over.…

A number of incidents – like the 1994 orgy and beatings – are not in question. They were recorded in a behavioral log kept by staff at the [O.K. Boys Ranch]. One series of entries, for example, noted attacks on a 13 year old boy, including “Soap in a sock in the shower” and “Night terrorism.”…

[Former director of the O.K. Boys Ranch, Van Woerden, 55, former O.K. Boys Ranch assistant director and one time interim director Colette Queener, and former O.K. Boys Ranch caseworker, Laura Russell, 39] “were the guardians of these boys who were raped for [more than] 15 years,” said attorney David Paul.5

“They have denied any wrongdoing,” writes Postman.6

“They acknowledge there were some incidents,” reports Murakami:

Some boys got into fights, experimented sexually and, in rare cases, were molested, they said…. “I think there would be a lot of parents with behavioral logs like ours,” Russell said.7

Murakami continues:

The state took no serious action until the [O.K. Boys Ranch] was shut down in 1994.…

In 1988, [Art] Cantrell, the DSHS auditor, found financial problems and indications of sexual abuse at the [O.K. Boys Ranch]. The following year, [DSHS’s Steven] Ennett approved its relicensing; however, he never looked at behavioral logs kept by [O.K. Boys R]anch staff, where Cantrell found notations about sexual activity between the boys…. Several co workers and a supervisor had recommended to [DSHS’s Mark] Redal that Ennett be removed because of shoddy work. But Redal brushed aside the complaints – a move that bars the state from taking stronger action now.…

Past State Patrol and DSHS investigations of the ranch found inadequate CPS investigations helped cause the state to keep the [O.K. Boys Ranch] open for more than a decade.… [Kristy] Galt, Olympia area manager for the Division of Children and Family Services, was described in the State Patrol report…as “oblivious to situations.”… [And Cantrell] described her office as “the worst-managed” office in the state.…

“No one in Galt’s office would go to her because they knew Galt would not give them any service or help,” said Diane Cote Smith, who worked for Galt in 1991.… Galt was reprimanded for not ensuring that investigations be done of child abuse complaints, and for not completing required annual performance evaluations of workers.8

Galt retained her supervising position inside Department of Social and Health Services, notes a Seattle Times editorial.9 Murakami continues:

The other two employees reprimanded…were Mark Redal and Steven Ennett…. The one worker fired was George Hartwell, a 26-year CPS veteran, who was accused of giving [O.K.] Boys Ranch staff a confidential police report of orgies that occurred at the [O.K. Boys Ranch] in 1992.10

According to The Seattle Times editorial:

Because some of those directly responsible for the OK Boys Ranch conditions had already been demoted or reprimanded, further action, including dismissal, appears impossible. The state looks as if it is bundled so tight by its own regulations, responsible officials are smothered in bureaucracy. That’s clearly unacceptable.

“These were the maximum sanctions that we could legally use,” Gov. Mike Lowry told a news conference.

But what about the system itself? What about a process where one person is fired but others directly responsible keep their jobs?… Closing the OK Boys Ranch took seven years after the first report of abuse and two years after police concluded boys were being raped. What took so long?…

Instead of acceptance of bureaucracy as its own reward, Lowry should be explaining what a sweeping restructuring of DSHS could accomplish…. Instead, it appears the governor will stroll to the end of his term leaving behind one of the nastiest blemishes on state governance in recent memory.11

In a detailed analysis of the ranch, The Seattle Times notes that:

Media accounts of the O.K. Boys Ranch scandal, disturbing as they have been, have not captured the terror many young residents felt at the facility between about 1980 and its forced closure last year [1994].

It was a place where newcomers were “initiated” with group beatings; where punishment included “open season,” a sanctioned invitation for other kids to pummel an offending child; where the assistant director thought it was “fun” for the boys to scramble for cigarettes tossed from an upstairs window; where the youngest and most vulnerable lay awake expecting to be raped by their housemates; where, after all that, a child so young he needed help to make a phone call could run away and beg – unsuccessfully – to be taken anywhere but back to the O.K. Boys Ranch.

By the time it was shut down in September 1994 – the building still contains a group home but run by a different organization – it was averaging about two egregious “reportable” incidents a week. Twice a week, that is, something happened that should have been reported to criminal investigators or state authorities.

For the adults charged with protecting these children, the specific failures were many.

Much of the Boys Ranch staff was, at best, indifferent to the suffering. At worst, concluded a state investigation, some staff members sodomized and beat the boys themselves.

The Boys Ranch board of directors, whose members included a Thurston County judge and an assistant state attorney general, ignored repeated warnings – even from the Olympia Police chief – that the young residents were in danger.

Child Protective Services officials, including a regional supervisor, effectively condoned sex among boys as young as 11, provided the encounters were deemed “consensual.”

State regulators forgave hundreds of infractions, from unsanitary conditions to fiscal improprieties to documented physical beatings and rampant sex. When auditors discovered and reported the problems, their superiors dismissed the reports. When new regulators were assigned to the Boys Ranch, they didn’t receive its files (and frequently didn’t think to ask for them).12

The Children and the CIA

i Kiwanis is all about making friends—and making an impact—in your local community.… Kiwanis is home to the largest youth service programs in the world.
– www.kiwanis.org

1 Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, The Worst-case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel (San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2001), p. 60.

2 Kery Murakami, “Boys Ranch officials say they’ve become scapegoats for state,” The Seattle Times WEB ARCHIVE, 1 July 1996.

3 Kery Murakami, “DSHS retains reprimanded boss; woman played role in Boys Ranch scandal,” The Seattle Times WEB ARCHIVE, 16 Aug 1996.

4 David Postman, “O.K. Boys Ranch case in doubt; decision undermines state’s charges,” The Seattle Times WEB ARCHIVE, 14 Nov 1996.

5 Murakami, “Boys Ranch officials.”

6 Postman, “O.K. Boys Ranch case in doubt.”

7 Murakami, “Boys Ranch officials.”

8 Murakami, “DSHS retains reprimanded boss.”

9 Editorials, “Boys Ranch demonstrations should not close the file,” The Seattle Times WEB ARCHIVE, 19 Aug 1996.

10 Murakami, “DSHS retains reprimanded boss.”

11 Editorials, “Boys Ranch demonstrations.”

12 Mark Matassa, Kery Murakami, and David Postman, “O.K. Boys Ranch — How A House Of Horrors Stayed Open — System Gets Blame, But People Failed To Heed Warnings,” The Seattle Times, 14 December 1995, at http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19951214&slug=2157707 (retrieved: 9 September 2013).

See also

“Abusers,” SkewsMe.com in Tinfoil Hat, at skewsme.com/tinfoilhat/chapter/abuse-rings/

“Child Sexual Abuse,” SkewsMe.com in Tinfoil Hat, at skewsme.com/tinfoilhat/chapter/child-sexual-abuse/

“Prison,” SkewsMe.com in Tinfoil Hat, at skewsme.com/tinfoilhat/chapter/prison/

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“Charlie Says . Creepy 70s British public information films.,” Neil Matthews video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSSIn55f6ow (retrieved: 10 March 2014). (Show video)

“Dozier School for Boys survivor Captain Bill Nelson speaks out for first time,” ABC Action News video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdteDvQHMJY (retrieved: 13 March 2014). (Show video)

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