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A Broadcast Cut Off In Midstream

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This morning I did a short, 5-minute broadcast on Periscope addressing the issue of corruption.

My father texted me afterward to inform me that the broadcast had been cut off in midstream.

The broadcast was prompted by two recent developments that concern me deeply, because they are nothing less than manifestations of corruption covered up by the institutions we depend on for justice:
The denial of a FOIA request to see the records on the Hillary Clinton investigation.The dismissal of the DNC fraud lawsuit.
In my broadcast I urged people to fight back against corruption by getting an education, preferably an advanced education. An advanced education allows you to not only learn specific subject matter, but also — and perhaps more importantly — to think critically and communicate clearly.

I urged people to get a law degree, because the law is written and taught in such a way that it perpetuates a power gulf between the elite few who go to law school, and the rest of the people who can’t und…

Avoiding The Conversations That Matter

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Author’s note: This is a work of fiction.

“I’m not touching it,” he said. “I’m just not. Don’t go on and on about it.”

“But we have to. It’s a huge controversy.”

“No. Absolutely not. Never.”

“Why not?” I asked, knowing the answer in advance.

“Because we report to Headquarters. And they said no. Don’t you get it? The subject is third rail.”

“But if it’s third rail, then that is precisely what we should be talking about.”

“Oh my God. You’re fired! Get out of here!”

“You can’t fire me again. You’ve fired me fifty times already.”

“Just go back to your office, Dannielle. Really!”

“Fine.”

And then, suddenly, I swiveled.

“Then what is the point of communicating anything about anything?”

His face had turned very, very red.

“Because nobody actually even asked about that!”

And then, to himself, “Geez!”

I should have turned back and retreated. But something in me said: No.

“We are, right now, a headline.”

“Not us. We’re not the headline. No, we are not.”

“Yes, absolutely we are. We are, along…

Leadership Lessons From Dr. David Shulkin

The below list is based on this article: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/28/trump-shuklin-veterans-obama-holdover-242047

BLUF: Nobody's perfect, but the praise Secretary Shulkin is receiving for his work is instructive. This is an attempt to deconstruct an article that appeared in the news and extract some key lessons.

Theme I. LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

1. Keep your eye on the prize -- serving the Veteran

2. Work with everyone equally

3. Stay in your lane

4. Understand that your job is to make tough calls and take bold risks at times

Theme II. STRATEGY

5. Offer more choices while building up internal capacity

6. Focus on "core" priority services, defocus on services easily available elsewhere at low cost

7. Cut the red tape

Theme III. CUSTOMER FOCUS

8. Orient your actions toward regaining the customer's trust

9. Organize services around the human beings being served, not vice versa

Theme IV. COMMUNICATION

10. Be honest, open and direct

11. Make yourself avail…

The Jewish Community Has Changed

It is time to shift the definition of "Jewish community." Many if not most are single, divorced and/or widowed. Serve their needs!
The institutions have not evolved to match the reality.

Example 1--Community Shabbos dinner should be standard. A woman in town said to me, "I am single, my Friday night meal is frozen yogurt and matza ball soup from a can." Why does she have to wait for an invitation...this is what Shul is for.

Example 2--Single parents. Nobody can afford tuition, solo mom or dad especially. Need homeschooling solutions that keep kids in the frum culture without sacrificing secular quality education. This is a must!

Example 3--Singles. Being single is not a disease. People who are solo are simply living. They want to meet people without being treated with pressure. Like a piece of beef. Make community events for EVERYONE. Build a house for poor people. Make food for the poor. Oh wait did I say poverty???

Example 4--MOST JEWS ARE NOT RICH. The cost of …

Jailed for the Crime of Being a Jew

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This is a short clip of my Zayde, a"h, Rabbi Shmuel Stroli, talking about an experience he had in Romania during the Holocaust.

A fierce patriot, he served in the Romanian military, but was jailed for being a Jew.

And had to apologize for his very existence.
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By Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own.

Lesson From A Balloon

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Let's face it, work is work.

No matter who you are, getting things done will cost you time, hard work and persistence.

A very well-known person, who was once my boss, responded this way when I complained about doing "menial" work:

"Most of life consists of rolling up your sleeves."

I kept in touch with her and many years later learned that she endured and overcame not one brain tumor but two.

That former boss is my mentor not because she is brilliant, which she is, but because she taught me to have a good attitude.

Unfortunately in the government--just like outside it--some people will always look at life negatively.

To them, it's more realistic to be angry, depressed, and hopeless.

"Why kid yourself?" they say. "If you don't expect anything, you'll never be disappointed."

Over the course of my career I have worked with people who just did not value me.

No matter how hard I tried to make them do so, it just did not work.

But somehow, a …

Just Say No To Civil War

My beautiful country the United States of America. A Nation sowed with the blood of those who died, the tears of those who lost their loved ones. 
I hear their screams of anguish in my heart.
And as I watch the hate-fueled violence happening again in Boston today, my feelings turn into fury. For I know it is the corrupt among us who feed off this civil war, a war they create and manipulate. 
It is a war which has no logical reason and no logical end. 
They want good Americans to fight and die. To distract us from the money they've stolen from our bank accounts, mortgaging our future and compromising our National security. 
They hide behind smoke and mirrors -- nice words.  But the truth is, they spend their lives hiding, in fancy suites on high floors and huge, gated mansions. 
They pretend to be on our side, but their actions show they are not.
For good leaders promote peace, security and prosperity for the people. All the people. No exceptions. 
Last I heard, John Lennon, JFK and MLK--a…

Stop The Rebellion

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They are marketers, and they are way ahead of you.

The question is, what's the game plan after they get what they want?

After they convince you that we have the "craziest, most racist, most sexist, most out-of-control leader/dictator the world has ever seen."

What then?

They're de-monetizing and labeling the independent media: "racists, Russia colluders, alt-right, White Nationalists, neo-Nazis, tinfoil hate fake news..."

Firing and doxing the citizens who dare to speak out, online or IRL. Anywhere.

Tearing down our National monuments - not lawfully, not democratically, not by real consensus. No, they work in violent mobs, with black hoods and flags and baseball bats.

Who adapted this wartime propaganda poster such that a sword is pointed at the heart of our lawfully elected President?

Think about it.

Was Donald J. Trump ever targeted for such personal attacks before this election?

Or was he wildly admired as a philanthropic, brilliant, patriotic billi…

Rules, Millennials, & Gen Z

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Look, I write this blog not as an expert on generations in the workplace but rather as a sociologist, supervisor, college instructor and mom — with nearly fifteen years of experience in government.

First let me say that Millennials and Gen Z are different. I don’t mean to disrespect either by lumping the one in with the other.

I’m also not ignoring the oversimplifications that inevitably come into play when you try to write a post like this.

But I do think it’s important — for society in general, and for government institutions in particular — to share an observation about how these two generations handle rules.
Millennials, born 1977–1994: They want clear and detailed instructions and they want to know exactly what success looks like.
Generation Z, born 1995–2012: They have no patience for detailed rules and prefer the shortest path from Point A to Point B at all times.

For both, handheld technology (e.g. a smartphone that serves to connect and inform) is critical to own, use and be conne…

All of the Things I Can't Do

Everyone can't do something.

Here's my list. (And I note it's just partial.)

1. I can't recognize you in the elevator, even if I know you, because I'm usually lost in my own world.

2. I can't remember what you tell me verbally. I need to write it down.

3. I can't tolerate a lot of noise, or crowds, or smells. Even good ones.

4. I can't remember names. Like if you tell me your name, you'll have to repeat it at least ten times.

5. I can't follow inflation, deflation, or currency conversion, and I never remember which mark is "greater than" or "less than" in an equation.

Before you go off and feel sorry for me, here are some things I feel pretty confident about:

1. I can sit in a coffee shop for eight hours at a time. No problem!

2. I can read Tweets, retweet Tweets, and Tweet some more myself. For hours.

3. I can binge-watch any and all movies, television shows, and music videos produced between 1980-1988.

4. I can get outraged about inj…

Child Sex Trafficking: "It's How Things Are Done In Hollywood'

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What are the statistics, if any, on the number of Hollywood child stars used and abused by “the industry?”
Drew Barrymore: became a substance abuser after being introduced to the “scene” as a child by her father John Barrymore, an actor (and alcoholic), and her mother, Jaid, who “took her to nightclubs up to five times a week”Amanda Bynes: had a public breakdown in which she alleged, then retracted that her father sexually abused her and that he had her “microchipped”; there are unproven allegations that she was a victim of a Nickelodeon producerMiley Cyrus:“I did feel sexualized.”Dakota Fanning: At the age of 12, stars in Hounddog, a movie about a minor who becomes “promiscuous” and is eventually rapedCorey Feldman:“I was molested and passed around.”Shirley Temple:tabloid allegations about “the sexual predators who drove her from showbiz”Macaulay Culkin: Court TV reports — “Cook: I caught Michael Jackson groping” him as a childThey say a picture is worth a thousand words. One journali…

Is Washington, DC A Safe Space To Govern?

I can feel it in the tepid, sticky air.

I sense it in the formerly robust discussions that have long since gone silent.

I can smell it when I watch White House press briefings on YouTube.

And it’s obviously all over Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere online.

We have entered a new civil war.

The “resistance” is not just a movement in name.

There are people, very extreme, and very opposed to President Trump.

Their aim is not to question him.

They want to block him at every turn.

They want him out of office.

Preferably, now.

They will use false accusations of collusion with Russia.

They will oppose legislation they would normally support.

They will weaponize the media to create a firestorm where none really exists.

And they are ruthless.

A Nation watches as the President we elected, lawfully, seems helpless in the face of open sedition.

I watch with fear, trying to keep my faith, as the democracy I love is at risk.

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Posted August 4, 2017 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author’s…

The Seth Rich Investigation: Independent Research & The Search For Justice

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“Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.” — Deuteronomy 16:20 (New International Version of the Bible translation) It seems sort of sad that one has to begin an article about justice by quoting from the Bible about the commandment to pursue justice.

Nevertheless we seem to have reached a fairly low point in American history when even an objective statement of the facts has become a partisan exercise.

I have been following the Seth Rich case for a few months now. I’ll admit I have a bias here, in that I am outraged about the flagrant lack of justice (and that is putting it very mildly) in matters related to the Clintons and their colleagues at the Democratic National Committee.

(As of today, you can actually take bets on whether they’ll file federal criminal charges against Hillary Clinton this year; right now the odds are against it.)

At the same time, even a cursory comparison of the reported facts in this case as vers…

Who Will Be There For Sophia?

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I am proud to call Sophia — Dr. Sophia Marjanovic — my friend.

Sophia holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology. She is also a protester who educates the public about the dangers posed by the Dakota Access Pipeline. In a recent interview, she explained why: “My tribe had an oil boom in the 1980s. Ever since I can remember, water has come out of the faucet red, yellow, orange and smelling of petroleum and having oil droplets on top of it. The number-one killer of our women is cancer." You may have seen my friend in the news.

There was that time she crashed a hearing, with other protesters, to call on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to oppose Administration policies which may harm women. In her words: “I am concerned that under the Trump administration, women will be treated badly and you’re not going to stand up for us.” Sophia is not an ideologue. She will openly criticize her own political partywhen it falls short of its ideals. In an interview with The Atlantic, she said: “The D…

A Reflection On The Use of Communication Plans

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The Situation A long time ago, in a company somewhere far away, the CIO decided to buy a certain kind of software.

The program would replace a legacy system. One that was reliable, if clunky and sometimes slow.

A small but powerful faction hated the idea altogether. And every time the subject came up, they would shout the concept down. "Who needs this? We're used to what we have!!!"

But in meetings too low-level for the executives to attend, other voices could be heard. Complaining loudly and often. "Everybody else uses this already! What the heck is taking us so freaking long???" The Choice The CIO decided to implement the software, but wasn't sure how to introduce it. 
So the head of communications provided her with two choices.
Implementation Plan Option #1: "Don't Ask So Many Questions"Send an email to all employees, informing them of the update.Push the software to all computers on the network.Prompt employees on boot-up to take an aut…

Sample Organizational Chart - Federal Public Affairs Office

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Sharing a theoretical "best practice" organizational chart I developed & shared with the Federal Communicators Network. What's new?
Open data is its own "line of business" Operations ensures accountability Communications establishes a dedicated in-house creative shop, saving money Stakeholder relations is its own category and adds employees as a stakeholder Customer service adds an ombudsman function and reconceives the executive secretariat as part of this grouping.   An overall change is to enhance the function to maximize effectiveness in managing the flow of information. 
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By Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own. This blog is hereby released into the public domain.

Globalism, The New World Order, and Devil Worship

The world we live in is soaked in brutality. Paradoxically it is this very evil that prompts people to seek out "shortcuts," ways they can get to power quickly and profitably. One of these is occult practices. 
The "dark arts" are as old as time, and to an extent they work. That's what makes them so tempting. Recognizing this, God warns the Jews again and again to stay far away from them, and their practitioners: "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying." (Leviticus 19:26)  "Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:31)  "As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people." (Leviticus 20:6)  "Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall …

Just Another Sexist Memo

You see, I got you to click. Because if the headline had been: “Maybe There Is An Ideological Echo Chamber At Google After All” You would have ignored me as just another “contard.” (In case you were wondering, that word stands for “conservative retard,” a phrase which I picked up just today on Facebook. Funny how liberals, the most tolerant of people, turn absolutely hateful when you disagree with them on principle. So much for caring about people with disabilities.) And if the headline had been: “A Disturbing Trend In American Civil Discourse Is That We Cannot Critically Examine Ideas Which Disturb Us Because Of Pervasive Extremism Including Radical Leftist Bias” …it definitely wouldn’t have gotten any clicks. Too complicated. I knew you would click on this headline because it’s the same type of phrasing offered by Gizmodo: “Exclusive: Here’s The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally At Google [Updated]” And they’ve got 886,000 views as of this writing. The renowned…