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Topline Summary of the Mueller Report

I. KEY CONCLUSIONS

A. Russia Did Try To Interfere
Russia used covert propaganda to sow discord among the American public and undermine the election process. Their tools included included social media, advertising, and political rallies.Russia stole proprietary information from the Democrats and released it through several phantom social media accounts as well as Wikileaks. B. No Wrongdoing By Candidate Trump
There is no evidence of collusion.There is no evidence of obstruction of justice. C. Trump Campaign Activity That Is Not Collusion
Because the Russian actors concealed their identity as paid trolls, Trump supporters and the Trump campaign unknowingly used their social media posts at times to advance campaign positions.The Trump campaign expressed its interest in Wikileaks releasing information hacked from Democratic campaign officials that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign (and expressed doubt that Russia was responsible for hacking Democratic Party emails).Trump sarca…

Help The Organization Make A Rational Decision

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In the era of "fake news," people are prone to make decisions according to mob consciousness. Those who succeed in such an environment pull themselves away from the emotional craze of the moment using what Chris Argyris called "double-loop learning," questioning their own assumptions even as they consider the topic at hand.Core Group Theory: The fundamental unit of the organization is not the person, but the decision.I believe there is a market out there for professionals who can serve as the rational brain of an organization. Such individuals do not need to have an advanced degree, because what we are talking about here is common sense and a strong commitment to rational critical thinking. That said, here are some areas of study that may prove beneficial if you're interested in playing this role:• Sociology, organizational development, organizational behavior, psychology, psychoanalysis, learning theory, leadership, and business. • Collaboration in theory and p…

Realizing The Value Of A Skill Set I Overlooked

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In a fit of whiteboard, it became clear that my deeper skill lies in using social tech platforms to connect people. Structuring research and collaboration. Moving the group toward a rational decision.

To have studied sociology, organizational development, communication. To have built knowledge-sharing platforms on Yahoo! and Google Groups, Google Sites, Ning, Sharepoint, Salesforce, Jive and Yammer. And to not have realized this skill set existed as a distinct value-add for 15 years.

This is totally mind-boggling
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By Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo by the author.

When Someone Is Upset, Be Quiet

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As part of this weekend's lecture on "Why Bad Things Happen To Good People," Rabbi Friedman talked about our natural response to grief, which is to scream:  WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! Why did this happen? Why me? Why them? Why now? Why this? He pointed out that when someone is screaming out in grief like this, the question of "why" is not really a question but more like a request. It can be paraphrased something like: "Please help me, I am in anguish." When someone is in anguish, you do not attempt to reason with them. You simply sit there quietly. The rabbi brought up the connection to Jewish mourning ritual. When a loved one passes away, our tradition is to mourn for seven days straight. "Some people try to cut it short," the rabbi said. "But you have to see it throug…

So We Are Hypocrites. Now What?

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Was The United States "Founded By Genocide," As Ilhan Omar Says?

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August 2017: "Founded by Genocide" On August 17, 2017, then-Minnesota State House Representative Ilhan Omar made the following statement on Twitter: "We must confront that our nation was founded by genocide and we maintain global power through neocolonialism." April 2019: "Founded On The Ideas of Justice, Of Liberty, Of The Pursuit Of Happiness" Nearly two years later, on April 13, 2019, the same individual, now a member of the United States House of Representatives (serving Minnesota's 5th Congressional District), stated, also on Twitter:
"This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass comprehensive immigration reform." Contradictory Statements Logically, motives lead to outcomes. As such, to say that our country was "founded by genocide" (2017) sta…