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A Response to Anti-Semitic Videos

Originally written in response to a question about whether the Jewish religion, or Jewish people, are part of a conspiracy to take over the world/subjugate non-Jews, as is claimed in some videos purporting to be scholarly. 
Let me first say that I am not a rabbi nor am I a scholar of Judaism. I wasn't even the most attentive student in religious school. But I was raised in a completely religious Jewish environment, and I was exposed to Jewish beliefs, Jewish culture, and the Jewish community in the New York City area. So I feel pretty confident about the things I am about to say.

Number one, the Jews have no plan to take over the world, either now or at some point in the future. Think about it. If we had a plan to take over the world, what is that plan exactly? We must have it very well hidden, because any time you get two Jews in a room there are about 100 different opinions about any issue under discussion.

Number two, within the Jewish community, the vast majority of people do …

When To Be Vulnerable At Work

"Crying makes me question your judgment," said Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank.

The entrepreneur was sobbing after a harsh dressing-down by "Mr. Wonderful," Kevin O'Leary.

She'd walked with a pitch for her eyelash-extension business, but the "sharks" weren't having it.

The problem was that she had misconceived her strength.

It wasn't in the intellectual property behind the more efficient process she used.

Rather, it was herself, the brand she had developed, the look, the following -- in short, the service model behind the business itself.

The truth is a bitter pill to swallow, and as usual Kevin delivered it brutally.

She broke out in tears, and for that Barbara Corcoran chastised her too.

Lori Greiner, the other female "shark," disagreed with Barbara. She made a show of supporting the contestant's right to express her vulnerability.

But the truth is that Barbara was right. If you're a woman, especially, you do not want to cry i…

We Need Real Journalists On Pizzagate

I attended what the mainstream media called a "sad" Pizzagate march last weekend. That's me, along with the other early arrivals, pictured in someone's tweet standing next to a lady and her elderly mom.

The sign I held was very plain, because for me, this cause is very plain and simple: "STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING."

I stood back a bit and watched as a journalist went up to someone with a far more interesting sign. I could hear her asking questions, and learned later on that her name is Anna Merlan, a reporter at Jezebel.

(How did I learn this? Because she had a Tweet pictured in that Uproxx article, where my photo showed up, very grainy. How did I find that? Because my husband found it first, and said very dryly, "your picture is here.")

Looking at Merlan's Twitter account my first impression was, "Satanist." And maybe even pedo-creep; the header has Winnie the Pooh bowing before Baphomet.

But I'm a pretty good judge of character and…

Appropriate Communication for the Civil Service

When it comes to government communication we have come a long way from ten years ago. For example, as a rule, most people I encounter agree strongly in the concept of “user-centered content” for consumers of government content. The GSA’s 18F has a great online guide applicable to any agency, and plain language is the law.  However, we still seem to lack clarity around what constitutes appropriate civil service communication. I see this periodically in articles about government communication, and in particular in articles that declare our work to be inherently propagandistic.  Just the opposite is true. First, every year, government-wide agency appropriations prohibit lobbying, publicity or propaganda. But of course there are always problems, gray areas, and controversies – see for example this Congressional Research Service white paper from 2005, and this white paper from 2016. (And yes, there are exceptions, when you have to proactively market or communicate about a product or servic…

8 Ways To Stop Opinion "Influencers" In Their Tracks

Be on the lookout for telltale signs that you aren't getting the truth.
The following tips are extracted from the brilliant article by Caitlin Johnstone, "How To Spot A Media Psy-Op." (January 17, 2017).
Slogans are repeated across news outlets (the same word or phrase is to describe a topic in such a way that you form a particular opinion or bias)Words or phrases are slipped into a sentence where they ordinarily don't belong - purpose is to deliver a subconscious message (this is called a non-sequitur and it is a form of neuro-linguistic programming)Two separate ideas or topics are jammed together to make you associate them ("forced association") - e.g. 9/11 and Iraq War - so you'll support invading IraqAn entire mainstream media outlet seems "owned" by opinion manipulatorsOpinions are being expressed online that seem unnatural, because someone has been paid to go there and pretend to express support naturally In her article, Johnstone recomm…

"Kendall"

Originally posted to Voat Here is a good summary of the March 21, 2016 episode of the Dr. Phil Show that featured an alleged victim of an international child sex trafficking ring serving the rich and powerful. It is by Jay Syrmopoulos at thefreethoughtproject.com (March 22, 2017). Key points below, organized by theme. Born into it/Multigenerational "Kendall explains that she was born to be a sex slave, as her parents intentionally had her for the trafficker she calls her 'owner.'" "She says she doesn’t even know her actual age, as she has been a sex slave her entire life." "She describes having birthed 3 children while in captivity, all of which have been taken from her by her owner/trafficker, and are believed by Kendall to now be child sex slaves themselves." An organized ring of traffickers "Kendall says that her parents sold her at birth to an elite pedophile ring" International "Trafficked around the globe" Transportation/Dru…

Negan, Sasha, "Rapey Davey" & the Knife

The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 15 (March 26, 2017) had Sasha in the Sanctuary, about to be raped by Davey, one of the "Saviors."

Negan comes in, gives a short speech about how rape is against the rules, and sticks a knife in Davey's throat.

He then gives the knife to Sasha so that she can stick it in Davey's forehead and prevent him from "turning" (into a zombie).

This gift comes with another short speech about how she can choose to stay with them and live pretty well, considering the times they're in. How she will be better off in the end for doing so.

The writers of the show are not just telling a story, when they bring us the character of Negan.

They are constantly presenting us with a moral dilemma: What if the crazy man who goes off and throws people into ovens (think about the Holocaust symbolism here), is actually good for the people?

Of course Negan is not presented that way. He is presented as a terrible villain, in counterpoint to Rick an…

George Soros Once Called Nazi Support "Best Year Of His Life"; Is He Secretly Funding "If Not Now?"

George Soros once said that assisting the Nazis was "the best time of my life."
At that time, he was a 14 year old and not in control of his fate. It is not clear why, as an elderly individual with billions of dollars to his name, he would want to continue supporting such evil.
It is even more inexplicable why he would secretly fund, to such a significant extent, an anti-Semitic hate group that uses propaganda as its tool, and Jews as its face. That group is If Not Now.
Is George Soros behind If Not Now? "According to its website, “If Not Now is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.” However, as of May 11, 2016, the organization has not published its 990 forms, an annual budget, donors or donation amounts, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability." -NGO Monitor"If Not Now....postures as an independent volunteer grass roots anti-Israel group. In fact it's a group of J Street U …

Lena Dunham Asks: Are You An "American Bitch"?

This blog is about an episode on HBO's television show "Girls" - Season 6, Episode 3, called "American Bitch." Get the episode recap here.

The difference between an artist and most people is that most people try to make themselves look good.
Lena Dunham is an artist, and her gift shows up in the unparalleled honesty she brings to HBO's "Girls."
Yesterday I watched an episode of "Girls" called "American Bitch." It aired on television February 26, 2017. 
The episode shows an interchange between the lead character on the show, Hannah (played by Lena Dunham, in a way that feels autobiographical) and her literary idol, Chuck Palmer. 
Hannah has written a blog post about several women's accounts of their treatment by Palmer. 
The women claim that he manipulated them into sexual activity. 
Palmer is incensed by this blog and he invites Hannah to his apartment.
Right away the viewer finds herself wondering why Hannah would accept t…

When Your Career Just Isn't Good For You

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As it happened I was dragged into the Federal civil service, pretty much kicking and screaming.

"I'LL NEVER BE A BORING BUREAUCRAT," I wailed, as we sat there considering my future.

What I wanted, in my head, was that image: the glamorous brand consultant, glamorously traveling the world.

But it wasn't good for me. It wasn't good for us.
"How are you going to do all that traveling?""What about the kids?""You know how unstable consulting is.""This is where the jobs are - you're in Washington, D.C.""Think about the hours they keep over there." I did it, and it hurt me to do it, because I wanted what I wanted so much.

In the end it turned out right...working for the government changed me.

Yes, for the better.

Government workers are in the end a group of decent people. They give back to the community.

They are rationally oriented, focused on the details, extremely knowledgeable, stable, and committed to what can …

A Personal Report from the #Pedogate March

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This is me. 
Today I attended the first part of the #Pedogate / #Pizzagate march. 
Here is my poster.

I chose to focus on human trafficking (#humantrafficking), the broader problem. Others are focused on the underreported and unexplained phenomenon of missing African American girls in Washington, D.C. (#missingdcgirls)
The march organizers took a middle course, emphasizing community concerns that law enforcement is dragging its feet about investigating child sex trafficking by influential people connected to Washington, D.C. elites. (The term "elites" covers anyone with money, political power and influence.)
The social media icons used to advertise the march used the hashtags #pizzagate and #pedogate. This has been made fun of repeatedly in coverage by The Washington Post and others who repeatedly suggest that concerned citizens are victims of a conspiracy theory "which falsely linked Hillary Clinton to an alleged child-sex-trafficking ring operating out of a D.C. pizz…

Today I Saw The Bomb Squad

Went out for lunch and the area is covered in police cars. I see them gathered around one person who has "Bomb Squad" written on the back of his jacket. Briefly I consider, is it my turn to die today? (God forbid) Then I proceed forward, march on, just be normal.

In the park there is a guy trying to look homeless, but he is obviously not homeless, and I wonder at the fact that I may have just seen my first spy going "undercover."

Forward, forward, forward. I get my usual falafel wrap, and sit down to eat in silence, scanning the news headlines on my phone.

There is a story about the DC police telling kids they should "stay home" if they don't want to get trafficked.

I stare at that headline in disbelief, and share it without any comment. What can one possibly say?

And on.

I go to Starbucks and sit down to write, to contemplate, to stare at the people coming through this great city. All of them different, all the time.

I think to myself about what the Reb…

Should I Add My Beer-Focused Instagram Account To My LinkedIn profile?

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This is my response to a question originally posed on Quora.

The answer, like lawyers tend to say, is: “It depends.”

Not knowing what you do for a living, let’s assume that your LinkedIn profile is typical, meaning that it reflects the image of a corporate professional.

Would your boss, or a prospective employer, think badly of you for promoting your passion for beer?

Traditional product branding says that you should focus on your unique selling proposition fairly single-mindedly. Your goal is to create a space in the customer’s mind dedicated to your brand so that when they want to purchase something like it, they shortcut all alternatives and go straight to you.

So from a product branding point of view, putting a personal beer account on your professional profile is distracting. It tells an employer that you’re not totally focused on the encyclopedic and ever-evolving knowledge, skills and abilities required to do your valuable type of job.

However, people are not products, and appl…