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If you don’t have patience to read all this: See interview #1 here, posted May 29, 2018 and interview #2 here, posted June 9, 2018.

May 15, 2018

This is the date that Szemkus recalls attending “a strange party” (the NXIVM mixer) in 2007.

May 21, 2018: Blog Post & Comment

“I recently spoke to a man named Ben Szemkus who attended a mixer in Hamden, CT 2/07. He said that his friend took classes at Yale and she invited him to attend a gathering in the apartment of a young woman.” —  “The Tanster

Below the blog, an individual identifying himself as Szemkus posted several comments, which appear below. They are unedited except for paragraph breaks added for readability. 
“As I am watching the recent news there is the arrests of Allison Mack and Keith Raniere Leaders of the NXIVM Group.
“A sense of intrigue prodded Me to look deeper into what is going on and how the alleged Sex Clut might have gotten to where it is now. Something which gave Me weird senses of Deja Vu looking at photographs of Raniere and Mack, saying to myself, ‘I have seen these people before.”
“It wasn’t any Exposé or Investigation Video that gave Me such a familiar dispostion with them it was something else.
“I have been to Clubs in Vancouver, British Columbia and have seen the NXIVM Business Cards, black glossy cards with white letters ‘NXIVM’ thrown around club floors, tucked into bathroom stalls and molding around the walls of the Clubs in the Gaslight District. Weird but nothing, too crazy I was told it was a cult to stay away from.
“One incident was when my ‘at the time’ Girlfriend and I were in B.C. visiting her friend O — -. After a second of haging at O — -’s apartment We hit the bars around the area. O — - was excited for my Girlfriend and I to meet her best friend who was en route to meet up with us as We sat at a small table near the bars front door.
“Coming into the bar was a pretty blonde flanked by two other blondes all dressed in club attire 5 inch heels and all. O — -’s friend gave a forced monologue about how she had found her calling and was with a group that understood her and that she must cut all ties with O — - for her to progress onward with her new life.
“She abruptly turns and leaves lockstep with the two side blondes. O — - stunned jumps up yelling , ‘What the Fuck!’ Runs out after her friend.
“After a moment O — - came back still stunned and a bit pale. My Girlfriend asked ‘WTF?’ O — - shrugged speechless. She eventually explained how in shock she was, that was her best buddy who, out of nowhere cut ties and was done with their friendship. O — - was visibly devastated.
“This was all very strange but never did I think much of it, it was just a weird out of nowhere experience..
“Fast track to last week. In an Effort to Understand NXIVM I focused on the arrested Co-Leader of the Group, Allison Mack. The mainstay of her career as far as I knew was the TV Show ‘Smallville’ a teen steam show which was aired on the WB Network some years back.
“A former coworker whom I had a mega-crush once mentioned She thought ‘Smallville’ was ‘just so …. ‘ I can’t remember the word She used but it obviously had an inspiriting influence on her, she had such a tranquil look in her eyes giving her brief description of the show.
“These factors considered I torrented every season of the show to check out as more of an investigation than for entertainment (to be honest I had wished Mega-Crush was around to watch it with Me as I felt super lame sitting by Myself watching the show, but it is what it is, and I wanted to do some research).
“Halfway into the 2nd Episode the Deja Vu kicks in. "I’ve seen this before!?" I think to myself, "How the Fuck have I seen this before I would never have just watched this corndog teen steam.
“Then it hits me. Back in College (SCSU) I went to a weird party, that before the guests started showing up the Host put on ‘Smallville’ as a primer to the guests that were about to arrive. As I started remembering flashes of the night like a spell was lifted an ‘OH SHIT’ Moment occured.>>>>That was a Fucking NXIVM Mixer!!!!
“I call it a mixer because at the party I asked, ‘when is this Party going to start?’ The Host said, ‘Oh this isn’t a NXIVM Party, their parties are these epic events with DJs and Festivities.’
“She even mentioned the NXIVM crew had parties on Richard Bransons Island in the located among the British Virgin Islands.
“One Funny thing is that the girls at the Party were a bit miffed that Kristin Kreuk wasn’t going to show up but Allison Mack (who I thought was the prettier of the two) would be showing up.
“The Host did mention a ‘Special Guest’ and said it was an Adult Film Star. I replied like a dick, ‘You mean a pornstar?’ They said, ‘Don’t call her that while She is here!!’
“Let me back up. As the memory chunks fell back into place my recollection of the night, experiences, who was there, who I was with and how I got there all slowly came back to Me over the course of a day of intense recall.
“In February 2007 I was attending SCSU living in the North Dormitories dating a pretty young lady named *** (considering the information I am about to give I am holding any names back for their safety).
“Now *** had a friend named A — -, a pretty african american woman who was approached by a few blondes dressed fashionably as A — - was studying in the Yale Library. They said they liked A — -’s style and wanted to know if She would like to go to a Womens Empowerment Group Meeting/Mixer.
“A — - said she would, they told her to invite a friend if She could. A — - naturally invited ***, as in New Haven, Connecticut being the crazy place it can be, You don’t go to a strange Party alone. New Haven is No Fucking Joke (should be the City Motto)…
“Now the Party/Mixer was supposed to be an all girls event but *** being the badass that she is asked Me to come along because She wanted to hang out with Me and it was around My Birthday Week (My Birthdays were not a one day event back in those days). I thought okay, Yale kids, I can sell some weed, let’s go.
“Fast forward to showing up to the Party/Mixer, located off of Skiff Street in Hamden,Connecticut right behind the Hamden Plaza (not sure if it is even called that anymore) but it was right up the hill from the Popeyes Chicken (def not a product placement mention). ‘Smallville’ is playing then the door opens in comes Allison Mack.
“She is in a green wool overcoat with black leather boots. I am a ‘calf’ man and for whatever reason I noticed she had what my good buddy Matt and I refered to as ‘Fatty Richgirl Ankles’ and seemed a bit more gruff and ‘plain Jane’ in person than I imagined, specifically chubby mechanic hands.
“She surveys the room takes off her overcoat and was in a dark colored corset and a mini skirt giving her the appearance of a sadistic warden from an 80's Womens Prison Movie.
“Mack was accompanied by a quiet man with a Tony Danza ‘Who’s the Boss’ haircut and glasses. He introduced himself as Keith.
“The crowd of females, about a dozen maybe a bakers dozen, were in attendance and as far as I could tell were all Yale Students but would not be surprised if some NHU students were also there.
“At first it was Me and a boyfriend of one of the Yale girls, were the only dudes at the party. *** caught a little shit for bringing me but *** covered maybe saying I was their ride so it was okay, plus *** really didn’t care what a bunch of Yale Girls wanted anyhow.
“Throughout the night thus far I was making trips to the outside deck of the apartment to smoke cigarettes. I went out for another.
“Smoking a cigarette I noticed through the sliding door blind more guests were arriving, I was loosely watching the guests come in and smoking bowls of weed in between pulls from a cigarette *** and I were splitting.
“The sliding door blinds shutter a bit and out comes a big black dude with a dainty blonde wearing a tight seude overcoat and boots.
“She introduced herself, ‘My name is Stormy Daniels.’ I introduced myself to the two and proceded smoking a cigarette.
“Stormy mentioned all the girls in the room and that she was real nervous, something I thought weird her being an adult film star and all but then again I believe there is a great deal of insecurities involved in being in such a trade so I figured I would offer her a bowl of weed.
“She said no thank you that it would make her eyes red and make her ‘all goofy.’ Her bodyguard said he would like to smoke but he was working so he couldn’t. I told them a bunch of sick dead baby joke because cracking jokes was My thing.
“I bummed Stormy another Smoke and Mack poked her head out of the sliding glass door to say, ‘We’re starting.’ She was talking to Stormy.
“Stormy goes in maybe saying ‘wish me luck.’ Mack looked at the bodyguard and I, says ‘This part is Girls only.’ and shuts the sliding glass door walks inside yelling, ‘Okay Bitches…’ words to the effect that the meeting part of the program was startng.
“A few moments later the one other dude, the boyfriend of one of the attendees I mentioned before, comes out onto the deck and I believe I continued to tell some ‘dead baby’ jokes to the bodyguard and the boyfriend because why not.
“Looking inside at the group in the living room, the Yale girls and A — - were all kneeling on the floor in front of Mack, she led a discussion on something. *** was sitting in a chair off to the side of the attentive Yale students with a look on her face that read, ‘Fuck This.’
“They broke off after a few minutes of listening to Mack and Keith speak, some in the front room, the other went to the back bedrooms where there were some other computer consoles.
“I think this is the part were they watched a quick video one at a time as a skinny baldish white dude took notes on a clipboard. The meeting ended after a short bit and Me, the Bodyguard and Boyfriend Man came back in. The Mixer was on.
“Lights went low and some party music came on. I walked around talking to Keith and Baldish Guy, I had no intention of speaking to any of the Yale Girls unless they wanted to buy some weed (I never sold any weed that night).
“A salt and pepper haired man with dark circles around his eyes (almost like a Pakistani or Eastern Indian mans eyes can be sometimes, I hope that doesn’t sound racist but that’s what I thought).
“He scans the room of girls prancing about, sees me, makes a B-Line over and introduces himself. His name was Eric Schneiderman, he spoke with a NYC accent and mentioned the activity in the room.
“Half sarcastic I said, ‘Yeah it’s great’ he mentioned the movement that they were building and asked if I had spoke with Keith, who just before I was talking ‘teleology’ with.
“He wore a sweater and some jeans. Keith mentioned a plan of child caregivers that spoke seven or so different languages to train the children they were looking after.
“Keith was real interested in himself I could tell by his lofty mannerisms, he seemed needy for positive response. I thought’ugh’ and broke off to talk with Schneiderman who was then just walking over.
“Schneiderman was dressed business casual with a 3 button silky short sleeved golf shirt and slacks with leather dress shoes maybe loafers (nice leather I could tell they were probably $300 dollar shoes maybe more).
“I asked Schneiderman if he wanted to go smoke some weed and he declined saying, ‘I don’t think My constituents would be happy with that’ but thanked Me for the offer.
“I said, ‘Oh You’re a Politician?’ ‘I’m a NY State Senator.’ He Replied. I said, ‘Wow a Senator?!’ He said, ‘No a State Senator, that’s something different.’
“Me, not being into politics had no clue nor care, I was an economics major and Political Science seemed dumb to Me, so I went to go have a cigarette.
“Coming back in there were a few more arrivals. A petite arabian woman with a far away stare came in with a few pretty women and then a fast sweaty man entered wearing a white dress shirt no tie.
“The Arabian was a bit ticked off Sweaty Man was running late but he snapped something back about 95 traffic then started working the room introducing himself.
“The Arab Woman had a look of Mystique and locked eyes with Me from across the room almost trance-like. I spoke to White Dress Shirt Sweaty Man he introduced himself as Anthony Weiner.
“He points at Arab woman saying, ‘That’s My Wife Huma.’ *** at this point was coming in from having a smoke and talking to A — , I could tell she wanted to go.
“I said to Anthony, ‘Hey I think we’re gonna take off.’ He stirred and turned to Huma said, ‘Hey Huma, have We got the info on everyone here?’
“She goes around the starting with Me, takes down my info (she asked for my student ID clipped it on the board and copied the info NAME/SCHOOL ATTENDED), and then moves on to *** and A — - getting their info before we left. *** gave Me the car keys which meant I was driving back to SCSU North Campus.
“One the way back to the dorms A — - seemed sad and felt let down saying she thought it would be a cool Womens Movement but it was just a bunch of Sorority Wanna-Be’s. I think I even said it seemed like a Cult. Fortunately *** did not join (I’m pretty sure A — - did not but who knows).
“Getting back to the dorm making Jokes about "Special Guest Stormy Daniels" because Who the Fuck is Stormy Daniels (this was 11 years ago mind You).
“I asked what they were watching and they described to me what was later to be known as the infamous ‘Snuff Video’ *** said it all looked fake but she was used to gore stuff like, because once again, she’s a little badass.
“A — - was a bit put off by the man dressed as a Nazi killing a Black Guy but other than that We didn’t think much else of it except it was a room full of weirdos and it was a goofy Yale Girl Party. Little did I know We were basically in the Belly of the Beast.
“This is most of My recollection of that night.. I know it sounds like I am jumping the Shark but it is what it is.
“I am willing to take a lie detector test and I am more than willing to answer any questions anyone might have.
“Sincerely,
“Benjamin Szemkus

May 29, 2018: Video #1 (Interview)

“The Tanster” conducts an informative 15 minute video interview with Szemkus: click here.

May 30, 2018: Reddit AMA Session

Posted by “Thetanster.” Unedited. “Delenecion” is Szemkus. Original discussion topic: “Witness Reveals He Saw James Alefantis At A NXIVM Mixer in 2007.
Atrudedota: “This sounds too good to be true, probably because it is:- Huma, Weiner, Mack, Rainiere, Daniels AND Alefantis all in one spot? Doubt it. - Remembering shirt colors after 10 years? Doubt it. - Is this guy an actor? Is he acting during that interview? - What is his motivation, why come out with the information now? - Why bring through a vitrually unknown channel? Why not take it to a more resonable outlet? This stinks to me. It stinks of Tom Delonge/Podesta/Alefantis disinfo.” 
Babble610: “honestly not agreeing or disagreeing with this dudes claims but can comment on the remembering shirt colors 10+ years ago. My sister is insane about this. can always remember the specifics of what people were wearing long long after the event. even confirmed a few with some obscure picture discoveries. Always made fun of her for it. But its possible.” 
Delenecion: "I have a fantastic memory, it has always been a strongpoint for Me. I remember things from when I was 2 years old. I make little shorts and music videos in My spare time so I recall little details like clothing and styles because it is a great way to remember, for Me. Also I feel the clothing, the manner in which people visually represent themselves is a great indicator of someones character. I used to be very fashion minded so this is why my descriptions of these People are the way they are.” 
namelesssoulless: “My question Delenecion is at what point did you start to put this infromation together, and why didnt you come out earlier. This sure sounds like an odd group of people. If you had seen Abedine w alefantis during pizzgates high point this would have allowed us to make an important connection at the time.Not to mention allowed us to get a head start on stormy daniels connection. Perhaps even gotten the link between reniere and this group brought out sooner” 
Delenecion: “I have answered this, I will try and reiterate, that stupid show ‘Smallville’ sparked My memory. Have You ever remembered something You had nearly forgotten about? Say an old friend brings up a random birthday or a song reminds You of something You hadn’t thought about in a while, My NXIVM experience was like that. This recollection occurred on May 15th 2018. Seeing pictures of Alefantis and Stormy I had an inkling of a thought that I know these people from somewhere but it was My investigation into ‘Smallville’ that sent this memory into urgent recall. Sorry I missed Your deadline.” 
namelesssoulless: “K fair enough man. It’s all good. Good luck getting your story out there. Maybe try contacting your friend to learn more about this group, or what this meeting may have been for” 
Delenecion: “I have no problem if anyone wants to AMA or accompany Me for a lie detector test. I am not a Ward of the State and I have nothing to gain from trying to tell You what happened that night. Honestly during the interview I thought We were just doing a dry run, didn’t realize Tanster was recording until she mentioned so at the end of the interview, I would have at least made my bed…” 
majorvis: “lol!” 
Delenecion: “I realize You see this and think it is a big joke, I am potentially putting My life in danger by People in High Places that may want Me silenced. If You get a kick out of My situation it says a whole lot about You as a person. I’m a Human Being dude, have a little respect or don’t. ‘Show Parent’ cute name, I assume by that dumb name You have kids. Picture for a moment if Your child were in this situation. Would You just respond ‘LOL’ or would You maybe have some compassion. I’m going to assume You would pick the more inane option but honestly who am I to just.” 
majorvis: “I was referring to your line about making your bed if you knew Tanster was recording. I thought that was pretty funny.” 
Delenecion: “My apologies I have been getting major flack from People and after a bit maybe I get a little too touchy. Some people are downright mean while others are rather inane. I am glad You enjoyed any part of this I don’t mean to be such an asshole. Once again, My apologies.” 
majorvis: “No problem at all. There are definitely a lot of, um, aggressive people on here, as well as the rest of the internet. I’m finding your story coherent and logical even if a bit extraordinary.” 
Delenecion: “Definitely extraordinary, but it wouldn’t be My life if there was not some amount of Fantastic. My good friends would Joke I could write a biography but bookstore would choose to file it under fiction. I swear I am a neat person, not messy but I work overnights and I had just woke up and washed my face when The Tanster called.” 
TheRiseofMindhawk: “i agree, this is not convincing. a picture would be interesting to look at but random college party x years ago from random guy? bs alarm going off. now i want to know all the details of the guy who made the video, the people running pizzagate are superdeceptive so those of us onto them need to have super integrity.” 
Delenecion: “I am not a part of any deception, I am not dischordian, I don’t belong to any secret societies and I am on no ones payroll. Also I don’t see how My statement of events would benefit potential Pizzagate debunkers or Pedorings in general, in fact I am making connection as to how Politicians fit into all of this… NXIVM is their ‘Party Machine’ and if anything I would like to see all these assholes in handcuffs.”

“My apology that it is not convincing or that I wasn’t snapping pictures of randoms I met at a party. All I can really offer is an AMA and a guarantee I can pass any Lie Detector Test administered to Me about this topic, I stand by My statement , not sure what else I can really do to corroborate it.” 
TheRiseofMindhawk: I appreciate this and this response lends a lot more credibility to what you are saying. I’m always interested in next steps, next questions to infer from a given point. In this case, if I take your account as true, or want to confirm it to a higher degree of certainty, what kindof questions could I ask? -do you remember the name of anyone else at the party? -can you contact anyone else who might have been at the party? -could you provide the address of this event? i’m curious about ranier, any further details about what he was like would interest me. btw, have you seen the series The Girlfriend Experience? Season 2 now seems to be written based on this stuff and pgate in general, very odd to me but really good art i think. Top of the lake season 1 and of course True Detective season 1 also come to mind.” 
Delenecion: “I wonder how much fiction is actually real and creators of it are avoiding blackballing by saying it is fiction. Think ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ ‘the hills have eyes’ Rosemarys Baby,Texas Chainsaw Massacre and American Psycho” 
TheRiseofMindhawk: “yeah that’s what im saying, even with something like the wire, in some societies it would be illegal to write about the dysfunction of the system, but here it’s like if you really study it’s all out there in the open, just maybe in fictional form or at the bottom of a pile of disinformation.” 
thecomplaintregister: “I always wonder this. I honestly believe that they hide things in plain sight to desensitize us for when they surface in reality.” 
Delenecion: “I talked to My ex-girlfriend and She does not remember the Party, understandable We used to hit it pretty hard and I am asking her about a random party from 11 years ago. She is coming to Seattle to visit Me in 6 days maybe a bit of reminiscing can jog her memory, also I will try to get her friends number and try to cold call her. Essentially I am working on it.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzm6JHYvK24&t=715s
“The address is tough I know it is off of Skiff St right behind the Hamden Plaza but don’t remember an exact number. I don’t know or remember anyone else from the party, just random yale girls. It doesn’t matter if You are convinced, it’s happened, take it or leave it. I can make a video of myself talking about that night but what does that Prove it’s just going to be My account, but on video…” 
TheRiseofMindhawk: “try again, this is incoherent what angle are you coming from? do you have anything to do with ‘thetanster’? im confused why we have to this site btw thetan is a big woo woo scientology word, is that anything related the people run the site?” 
majorvis: “The Tanster has nothing to do with Scientology.” 
Delenecion: “I am not a Scientologist I would never affiliate with a cult. I don’t think The Tanster is a play off of Thetan but I am not the one to ask. I am having trouble deciphering what You are trying to say, You may have left some words out of Your questions maybe.” 
majorvis: “That’s how I was approaching him but he seems pretty credible to me. It also seems logical that NXIVM would want to recruit wealthy, educated girls with connections to the elite. The whole region is a liberal stronghold so it makes sense Democrats would be involved. Making political connections for protection is also a normal play for criminal enterprises. I would think Stormy is the wild card but she had already banged Trump at that point so she was moving in political circles. Plus Trump was half a Democrat back in the day. He supported Bill and Hillary at one point.” 
Th3_Admiral: “Why do you always type like this in every comment?” 
majorvis: “You are the most artsy troll ever. Upvote!” 
Encrypt0rj0nes: “This video has the stench of an operation mockingbird cia or even nsa astroturfing campaign written all over it, someone must of recently brought pizzagate out from under the ashes and toes are getting stepped on because someones trying to pull out all the stops now and burn it back down.” 
Delenecion: “never been accused of being CIA. First time for everything I guess. and I am not CIA or a paid actor or an agent of dischord.. I am a private citizen, not a made up entity. You can find details about My life on the internet, for instance I got jumped by a bunch of kids when I was 15, here is a link to that (at least You know I was a little kid at one point) http://articles.courant.com/1995-01-18/news/9501180486_1_charged-hockey-team-police” 
Encrypt0rj0nes: “I’m assuming you’re the author of the video? some of what you say seems a bit off like why blow the whistle now when the appropiate time to of come out was when pizzagate was heavily getting covered, not throwing pot shots or anything but it’s actually concerning that this is happening out of the blue and thats usually associated with operation mockingbird drivel but hopefully im wrong and you’re a legit whistleblower providing invaluable info regarding alafantis and his cronies. You’re the Benjamin individual that gave the testimonial claims in the video correct?” 
Delenecion: “Yes. The memory of the party was ultimately triggered by watching the first two episodes of ‘Smallville’ which occurred around the 15th /16th of May (2018). It was an ‘Oh Shit’ moment that hit Me, the memory of the party took about a day to recall most of the details.”

“The Bronfmans, Salzman and James Alefantis came back to Me after I had written My statement on Github but all the better because; 1. I could use that as a ‘bonus round’ of info for anyone who cared to approach Me with interest about this Party (the Truther/Citizen Journalist Community stayed completely away except for TheTanster), 2. Honestly with that line up of names how the Hell would anyone believe Me…”

“I am surprised No One has asked Me if Bill and Hillary Clinton were there too (they weren’t).. but seriously I realize how fantastic this all is and that it sounds like I am a fan fiction writer ‘jumping the shark,’ but what can I really do. I know I am telling You all the truth, I know I’d be skeptical if someone came to Me with this same statement, therein exists My dilemma.. This is why I am adamant on taking a lie detector test as I know that I will pass it. I will even pay for half of the test I just need a couple of witnesses that will verify the legitimacy of the test and results.”

“How stupid would it be for Me to want to take a Lie Detector Test if there were a chance I would fail it. A larp is a larp but that would be quite ridiculous. I have yet to make a video on the subject of the NXIVM mixer although I feel I should just to give a bit of visual presence maybe We can get some Interrogation Professionals Eyes on it maybe they can vouch for Me being honest and truthful about what happened that night.” 
pby1000: “Ok. Confirmed as true.” 
Delenecion: “It does sound too good to be true, assume it is and imagine the difficulty You would be met with trying to tell this account of events to People, what would be the purpose of Me telling people about this if it were bullshit. If anything I probably look dumb enough going around telling People that I was at this event and interacting with these People. Looking ‘dumb’ is not My concern in all of this, My statement is a tiny peek into the inner workings of NXIVM and it seems to Me like an important thing to share with People. I am fine with anyone that wants to doubt or discredit Me, I have nothing to hide.” 
DontTreadOnMe16: “Wait are you the guy from the video? If so, I’d love to ask some questions.” 
Delenecion: “Shoot.” 
DontTreadOnMe16: “Well #1, why come forward with this claim if you have nothing to corroborate the story with? Especially if true, seems like you’d be risking a lot (including your own safety) by speaking out, and not having evidence to support your claim will mean most people won’t believe you anyway. (Sorry if this has been asked elsewhere) Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate people sharing info like this if it’s true, but it can also hurt the overall mission if you’re shown to be lying about anything. Also, how’d you get invited to the event exactly? And how did you learn it was an NXIVM event?” 
Delenecion: “The thought of exposing people to My experience seems important to Me and of interest to others, I think keeping quiet because no one would likely believe Me would be the most pointless option. Let’s say for example, all alone You saw a UFO/flying saucer pass by the nights sky. Would You keep Your mouth shut about that just because no one else would corroborate or possibly believe what You saw? Of Course You would tell People what You saw even at the risk of sounding crazy because what happened was extraordinary in hindsight (How could I keep this Event to myself). 
"Yes, I am risking My safety but I am not going to let Myself be scared into silence, it is not My nature, I know I am speaking the truth, I have done all I can to remember the order of events, the details I can recall and who all was in attendance. I am certainly not lying and have no intention of misleading anybody, all I can give You is My word which in todays terms means nothing to People which is understandable. The idea of ‘lying’ is not a factor to Me I have no reason to lie, nothing to gain but I am using My real name so essentially lying would put My reputation at risk which once again is non-factor as I am absolutely confident in what I am telling You and everyone else. 
"I am not bothered if nobody believes it, My concern is outing the People surrounding this event… whether or not anyone believes Me is neither here nor there because I am saying what I saw You can take it or leave it. People who know Me, know I am an honest person, unfortunately You don’t have this same privilege (but what can I do?). My friend was invited to the party, she invited My girlfriend who invited Me. I got to stay because We convinced the Host that I was their ride. The Host at the party explained that it was a NXIVM Women’s Empowerment Movement Social/Mixer. Aside from that Keith Raniere, and Eric Schneiderman explained a bit of what was going on in this ‘movement’ I wish I had asked more questions but once again none of these People seemed significant at the time it was just a weird party.” 
Afrobean: “Not surprising to hear someone saying this, we know these people all run in similar social circles. I’ve also seen reports of a connection between Alefantis and the Cafritz family who apparently helped fund NXIVM. Apparently Cafritz funds were also instrumental in the establishment of a place owned by Alefantis called Transformer gallery. The same family funding NXIVM funded an art gallery for Alefantis. It’s all one big club.” 
BigBlackMan_: “Dude, posts on voat aren’t “reports” — it’s some guy who has had a bit of a Google of the names together and then made up a wee story to go with it.” 
pjames6: “The article clearly shows that the same foundation money went to NXIVM and Alefantis’ gallery…” 
BigBlackMan_: “It’s hardly clear. Transformer’s 2014/2015 Exhibition Series and programs are supported by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The CrossCurrents Foundation, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities/ NEA, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts’ Access to Artistic Excellence Award, and The Visionary Friends of Transformer — individual donors, members of our Annual Auction Host Committee, and Corporate Sponsors So the 2014/15 exhibition series was supported by 6 organisations including the Cafritz foundation. How much support did they provide? Was it just financial? Was it just that year? The Raniere connection is Out of her six figure annual stipend from her father’s trust, Miss Cafritz paid for all of Mr. Raniere’s personal living expenses for many years. In their domicile, she regarded herself not only Mr. Raniere’s slave, but also a slave to her sister wife and live-in harem member, Mariana Fernandez who was 20 years her junior. Miss Fernandez is rumored to be pregnant with Mr. Raniere’s child. So a wealthy (now deceased) daughter of the Cafritz family used her own money to support Raniere, it wasn’t an official payment by the charity. This isn’t much of a connection, this is 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. Also this image used by your voat reporter https://imgtc.com/i/fZPTcl2.jpg Isn’t damning in anyway. Why is it even included? It’s just a painting and some red circles.” 
Delenecion: “Dude somethings up with You. It’s one thing to try to point out if someone is incorrect or wrong about something but You are toying with semantic details and in a rather crude manner, the article says they were a supporter does the amount of support really make a difference. Why not split hairs with everything? Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping women, Your argument in this case would be ‘Yeah he was raping Women, but how hard was he really raping them?’ You sound like a fake ass shill out to discredit something You have already admitted is true. Check Your comment again genius.” 
BigBlackMan_: “It’s says a bunch of organisations donated money. Why is this one in particular sinister? Harvey Weinstein has specific allegations of rape.” 
Delenecion: “In my opinion all the donators are suspect, perhaps instead of negating peoples comments, look into some of these groups, You may find some interesting things. Don’t take any one article as word either, do a little extra research if the truth is something You would like to uncover…. Water seeks its own level these People don’t just know each other and donate to one another by chance.” 
pjames6: “Living expenses from her father’s trust Its the same goddamm money dude, you are so close to seeing the forest through the trees. You’re literally looking for a technicality when it clearly shows that there’s a paper trail between NXIVM and DC occultists. Yes, they’re occultists, they make it abundantly clear over and over again. Not to mention that this same trust got Charles Manson a new car. Also, they weren’t a mid-level donor, they are one of the main sponsors of the gallery.” 
BigBlackMan_: “Which DC occultists are they connected to? How does a private payment by someone with the same surname + a donation in the year 2014/15 by an art charity imply they are working in concert? What has Manson got to do with this? Can you source your claims about occultists and the proportion of financial assistance the charity provided? To me this is an art charity doing art stuff and the daughter of someone related to the charity spending her money as she liked. The connection in payments is literally just the surname.” 
pjames6: “it’s just a painting and some red circles. Oh, so you’re just lying. Maybe if a guy in a panda mask has a painting in his gallery of a man in a panda mask abusing an amputated child, perhaps it’s worth looking into. Especially if he’s holding a ping pong racket in his portrait.” 
djh315: “Pretty clearly a paddle ball toy, not a ping pong racket.” 
BigBlackMan_: “I’m not lying. It’s just a painting and a guy in a mask. I bet there are lots of people who like both pandas and paintings, I think you have found one. It certainly doesn’t say anything of the occult. I don’t recall the necronomicon mentioning Panda bear masks. Especially if he’s holding a ping pong racquet? Whats the significance of ping pong racquets? I know the Chinese dominate at it. PS there is no abuse occurring in that painting of the panda mask and amputee.” 
DracoDystopia: “Clear enough. There’s a link between the two. That’s all one needs.” 
BigBlackMan_ “What’s the link?” 
Delenecion: “If You donate money to somebody, in essence You are supporting them. That is a link.” 
BigBlackMan_ “His daughter gave the cult money from her stipend because her parents were rich. Its not connected to the charity donations.” 
Delenecion: “If someone writes down events that can be substantiated it can be considered a report, or at least a statement. Why are You so quick to shoot Afrobean down, seems odd.” 
presleyrue “Do you know what ‘reports’ means?” 
BigBlackMan_ : “Yes but I feel using it to refer to an anonymous post on a message board is misleading. Speculation based on avaliable reports perhaps?” 
presleyrue So no. “To give a spoken or written account of something that one has observed, heard, done, or investigated.” 
BigBlackMan_ “Thanks doctor!” 
presleyrue: “Good one.” 
Thetanster SS: “There is a conspiracy theory that there are those in the ruling class who abuse the vulnerable for satanic rituals. This post contains a video with a witness who saw quite a few public figures at a NXIVM mixer. It looks like they were part of the cult’s recruitment efforts. http://www.thetanster.com/blog/2018/5/21/a-witness-connects-eric-schneiderman-stormy-daniels-anthony-weiner-and-huma-abedin-to-nxivm-cult” 
kalakun: “Where’s the video?” 
Thetanster: “He is the guy from the video. I emailed him you have questions.” 
Thetanster: This video? https://youtu.be/O1SOLMspxHI 
bittermanscolon “Make copies, you never know.” 
Justsaguy12345: “So elon musk referenced a member of this group in defense of his tweet (which he deleted later) and in just supposed to believe there all pedos?” 
majorvis: “Very interesting interview. This would have been a few months after Stormy Daniels allegedly had her fun with Donald Trump and there she is at a cult recruitment party with some New York Democrats. All those people have the air of sleaze about them, so it does seem possible they would associate with a sex cult. Anyone else of note there, I wonder?” 
Thetanster: “Ben said the Bronfman sisters, NXIVM cofounder Nancy Salzman and James Alefantis of pizzagate infamy were there. Thank you for your kind words. I plan to continue this story on thetanster.com I’ve been banned from this subreddit three times already — so check there if I disappear again.” 
Thetanster: “That’s their (the politicians) ‘Party Machine’ it provides upper class rich white girl slave service to hypnotize and traffick children they babysit for. These Yale girls are daughters of CEO’s, Exec’s, Grand Daughters of Judges. It is great access for a Cult out for Money, Power and Influence. Stormy is full of crap saying she has no affiliations with NXIVM, but the NYDOJ should already know this as they seized (hopefully) all of NXIVM’s files. If the NYDOJ has all the files I should be on a list of People that attended the Party that night. It will be in Huma’s handwriting.” 
Thetanster: “Ben is taking questions. He welcomes anyone to trip him up. I’ve been talking to him about this event for maybe a week or two and he has not contradicted himself. He has taken countless questions already at thetanster.com”
namelesssoulless: “Hes either unknowingly being used in a disinformation campaign mk ultra style, to distort the truth. Telling the truth, or a damn good actor the latter’s being more probable. All should be considered.” 
Delenecion: “Seattle is Probably the largest human trafficking hub in the country. 100’s of Shipping containers are moved through here each day, no telling what is in them because none of them are inspected. I’m sure there are several.”

“I suspect the Billionaire Canadian Couple found hanged in their Mansion may be some indicator of who the players are. Barry and Honey Sherman had ‘friends’ and they donated money as Philanthropists as well. That would be a good avenue to start with. Who they donated money to, who were the ‘artists’ they would fund, what circles of People did they keep. If any of this stuff were still online it would make for a Great Investigation, don’t think the RCNP are doing any digging You must assume they were on the payroll, like B.C. Police that kept the Pickton Ranch away from any real scrutiny.”
 
“Just because I was at a NXIVM recruitment party doesn’t really give Me extra access to information on Predators, I am using the same internet as You guys, at least as far as I know I am using the same internet. I am also not a Human Trafficking Researcher just a Guy who went to a really weird party." 
“Overall it was weird, but being one of the Party People in the Greater New Haven area (which includes Hamden), I have been to some pretty bizarre functions that why I wasn’t immediately too weirded out when politicians started to arrive. I had bartender buddies that would tell Me about Quinnipiac College Events (thrown by the College itself) that had some scandalous behavior from People in certain areas of Government, stuff You would never hear about because apparently in Connecticut People are good at keeping their Mouths Shut. i.e. Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi, Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro, Waterbury Mayor Philip A. Giordano (particularly F-’d Up case), Gov. John Rowland, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim…. the list goes on and on.”

“There is an organized crime syndicate running Connecticut Politics which is absolutely undeniable. This implicates all sort of People who were involved in letting these criminals operate for as long as they did and covering up as much as they could.”

“But Yeah the Party was a little weird, in regards to the attendees I get a slight chill up My spine thinking about it and probably should have washed My hands after shaking hands with these People.”
 
mosheshalit6773: Lol. Sure. 
Thetanster: Ben is taking questions. My hypothesis is IF he can’t keep his story straight then it’s True. So far he has been able to.

June 9, 2018: Video #2

Szemkus made his own slightly longer (36 minute) video testimonial on his attendance at the NXIVM mixer.

References

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Posted by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal on June 23, 2018. 

Disclaimer: The information presented here is for the purpose of research and analysis by all interested parties, particularly law enforcement. It has not been verified by me and cannot be verified by me. All opinions presented are the authors’ own.

For context: A brief history of the world.

God is generous to Man.

He asks only one thing.
Man disobeys even that.

For committing sin, God punishes Man with suffering.

In an attempt to get out of that suffering, Man hurts other men.
To cope with God’s wrath, Man adopts a strategy of dominance.

All along, Man could have repented, and simply acted nice to the other creatures on the planet.
But no.

In an endless quest for personal safety from the wrath of God, Man decided to conquer and enslave all the people that he could.



Thus for most of history, the result was nonstop war, rape, conquest, stealing and killing.

Somewhere along the way, (fairly recently) the world settled on the concept of keeping existing national borders.



Also the world decided that having a system of law and order, nationally and internationally, would be good for everyone.



Still, some people stubbornly refused to get the message.



For these crafty people, there’s no end to the amount of deception they will carry out. Because there is no end to their greed and lust for power.



Bad people use mind games to get their way. Because in modern times, brute force only makes you unpopular.



A favorite mind game among bad people is “reversal.” They tell you that what’s good is bad, and what’s bad is good, until you’re so mentally confused you are prone to believe anything.



How do bad people perform this astounding kind of mind trick on otherwise thinking people?

Easy: They create a “total environment,” like jail, where all stimuli echo their messages.



In the past you could take a walk, contemplate and journal your thoughts. Today you are tethered to your information-spewing, constantly notifying device.


You are “entertained” by Hollywood.


You are subjected to a state-run environment that indoctrinates you in the dominant values of the state for many hours a day, five days a week.


You can’t get a job without memorizing what they teach you and regurgitating it well.

The machine perpetuates itself. You either play along…or get crushed.



Now let’s think logically.

Let’s try to get away from other people telling us what to think.

A national border functions like a picture frame.



This is a family photo with no frame. Anyone can enter or exit.



This is a family photo with a frame. Now we know who is in the family.



A family normally lives in a home, behind locked doors.

Doors are picture frames.

Doors are borders.



If someone breaks into the family home, God forbid, they have trespassed its borders and hopefully someone can call the police quickly.


Many people who break into private homes are poor and desperate.

Nevertheless, they still get arrested.

In just the same way, people who break into our national borders are caught, detained and sent back.

Sometimes they get far into the country, where employers hire them illegally.

Often they’re deliberately smuggled in for use as sex toys.

Some of them are actually terrorists.

Yet some prominent people attack our nation’s police officers, who protect us against continuous home invasion.

Instead of thanking the people who lay their lives on the line to protect our home, these people reverse reality and redefine good as evil.

It’s hard to see the true intent behind this type of behavior, because mainstream social institutions glorify and reinforce the concept of unlocking our doors.


The funny thing is, the celebrities who continuously brainwash our children about open borders…don’t actually live on the border.

Because celebrities live away from trouble.

And their mansions have gates — not just locks.

Celebrities have bodyguards. Their own private Department of Homeland Security.


Guess what celebrity bodyguards carry, to protect them from the poor, hungry, desperate people who would like to invade their homes in the middle of the night?

So should we abolish ICE?

Maybe the better question is, why don’t celebrities want to protect you, the weak and unarmed, just as they protect themselves?
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Marker drawings by the author. Photos via Pixabay (Creative Commons).

Friday, June 22, 2018




Political parties are a thing of the past.

Already we are “gender-fluid,” right?

“I think I will name my child...Brie.”

“Oh, how beautiful.”

“Yes, I love that kind of cheese.”

If you have been to an American college for any length of time you have already been taught that the most fundamental aspect of life, meaning reality itself, is basically fluid. 

“You have your truth and I have mine.”

Race is fluid, partly because people physically couple with those who look different, and partly (I would argue primarily) because race is fundamentally a social construction.

Are Jewish people White?

More and more, people are coming to reject the binary definitions we have grown used to in the past and embracing “50 shades of gray” when it comes to just about everything.

There is an old saying: “Two Jews, three synagogues.”

As a Jew I am familiar with the frequent debates we have over right behavior and the consequent difficulty in establishing binary distinctions.

Even though in Jewish law there are clear distinctions between what is allowed and what is not, the rabbis have a lot of leeway either way, based on communal customs and the changing social definitions of what is “acceptable” and what’s not.

So it is thoroughly possible to assemble an auditorium of Jewish people and even though the group is technically Jewish, the variations in appearance & tradition & language and culture and observance make it almost impossible to nail down exactly what a “typical Jew” is like.

The fact that Jews are forever questioning and forever debating and forever at odds with each other, combined with the odd relationship between our faith and the surrounding cultures we’ve lived in, plus endless persecution...lends itself to observing society from the outside.

As a sociologist I also see that American political groups have disintegrated in terms of having clear defining boundaries.

I don’t believe most people know the difference between Republican and Democrat or liberal and conservative at all. Because there isn’t one.

The only real difference that exists anymore, in my mind, is the moral filter that lives in the mind of the voter.

That mortal filter is dependent on two things.

#1 is there a person I believe in strongly (a candidate)

#2 is the information I get from trusted sources guiding me to a particular set of operating beliefs.

#1 and #2 guide people to fall in love regardless of race, class, gender, or any other identifying characteristic because people today are atomistic (a “category of one”) and independent minded. They (we) are not sheep, not at all.

#1 and #2 also determine how you vote and party affiliation means nothing.

The reason why President Trump is so popular, both overtly and covertly (meaning many people still can’t admit for social reasons that they support him) is because he is genuinely a #Patriot and the real news about him conforms w a set of operating norms people agree with.

You see we don’t need @realDonaldTrump @POTUS to be a perfect human being. Not at all. 

Far from it.

What we need, right now, is a leader who is on our side (who also genuinely cares about the welfare of the world), who can accurately diagnose the problems that face us, who has a good answer, who is willing to take bold and swift action, and who knows how to destroy swamp.

I had this discussion with my friend the other day.

She’s like, I hate Trump, I hate how he demeans women, I hate how he lies.

And I said, I get it but he has to mislead the killers who are totally out of control and who were well on their way to completely destroying our country. TRAITORS.

Believe me I know how you feel and this isn’t an optimal way for a democracy to run but do you really believe he ever wanted to subject himself and his family to this job in the first place?

I don’t!

There are times in a Nation’s history when things are so bad, so incredibly and dangerously bad, that even the most virulently squabbling bunch have to unite around one flawed leader, pick up their pens and their swords, and fight a common enemy together.

Though most of us, myself included, will never understand exactly how bad things were getting, I think we perceive enough.

And that is why, for the past two years, this former brainwashed Obam and Hillary supporter has slowly and gradually shed her fear of coming out as an anti-swamp activist. 

There is no other choice.

I am grateful to all the good people out there who have inspired me with their honesty, their patriotism and their total belief in God.

I have learned that God speaks through sinners and He works through platforms reviled by the elite as “beneath them”—like Twitter.

I truly do believe tomorrow will be better than today if we look into the soul of the matter and find God’s light.

Make America Great Again — this is a Godly task. Bring faith back to our Nation. 

Where We Go One We Go All — this is our core belief, not just a motto.

I remember when I was a very little girl and the Rebbe (this is the Lubavitcher Rebbe, may he Rest In Peace) emphasized how important it is to light candles on Friday night for Sabbath. The candles light up the darkness. The flame of the believing soul.

Here’s wishing you a good day, a safe day, a day that brings you closer to the reason God put you on this planet in the first place.

A day when you join a good cause, because there is only one binary that matters: Good vs. Evil.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Creative Commons photo via Pixabay.
I don't know how old you are, but when I was a kid the public schools had this teen pregnancy campaign where you had to carry an egg for a week to see if you could avoid breaking it like the careless "doof" most teenagers actually are.

Of course in Bruriah we never had such a campaign because we were so busy coming up with substitute cursewords like "Oh Fudge!" for "f***." We thought that was very clever.

Also we were busy playing pranks in high school like staging a "mock kidnapping" (this is the seniors, pranking the principal) with the ransom being a falafel.

Or wearing a red Moroccan fez to the science fair and getting kicked out because of it. Or smashing a watermelon whole at the student council elections.

All of the above involved me, and you are probably asking yourself why they didn't kick me out, but this was the early 80s and the only way you could get kicked out was being too good looking. (Because then the boys would stare at you on the bus and get "distracted.")

In any case the closest we got to teenage pregnancy in Bruriah was watching a lot of "afterschool specials" and even if a raft of sexual and physical abuse was getting shoved under the rug, the net effect on my psyche was and still is to believe that we lived in more innocent times.

One of the nice things about being innocent is that you don't have to overthink really basic things. Like marriage, we didn't overthink.

When we graduated high school there were three options. You could go to Israel and get brainwashed/party for a year (not for me) or you could go to college and "explore" (most of us did not do that) or you could go to Stern or Touro.

At that time I knew exactly what I wanted to do, which was to go to the Parsons School of Art and Design and the New School for Social Research and do the combination B.A./B.F.A. program in fashion design and (whatever else, the New School is very cool).

However I did not end up doing that, and the details aren't important.

So I went to Touro College, which lasted for a year, and stayed in the dorm on the Upper West Side. It was maybe not the best school in the entire world, but the feeling was one of being in a family, and the students quickly paired off and married.

In fact I continue to know my first roommate, who quickly evacuated our studio because I had a habit of taking her ice cream out of the freezer and never replacing it. You see how HaShem works, she moved to the same town as me many years later and I am forever apologizing.

We didn't really think about it much in those days. You got married.

That was what you did.

Then again, in high school and college, you also got grades in a much different way than you do nowadays.

The teacher would read your paper and take out a red pen and mark it with a letter. There was no "rubric." There was no "arguing for a 98." There was no calling the teacher to threaten their job, because so-and-so needs a 4.0 GPA.

In fact, you were lucky if the teacher did not make you stand up in front of the whole class as he or she berated you.

In the good old days the Chumash teacher would call on you to read the posuk and the Rashi and God help you if you couldn't do it quickly and right. If you were unprepared.

They also had no qualms about pulling you out of class if the slit in your skirt was more than 1 or 2 inches high.

And as for your parents? They worked during the week, they ran around on Sundays doing errands, and you did homework and watched TV and maybe went to the pizza shop on Saturday nights with your friends.

It was a much simpler world, simpler times.

There were a few of us in Bruriah who got married at a very, very young age. They were the outliers.

Most of the girls went on and paired off. I see them sometimes on Facebook now, kids I remember as being 16 and now they're 49 and 50 years old, around my age, and they've got families and they're mowing lawns in Teaneck. Their kids are going to birthday parties, graduating high school, joining the IDF.

Sometimes I see things that make me cry, like when a terrorist murdered my friend's nephew in Israel. That one still makes me pause, even to remember it.

But we never questioned the concept of getting married. We didn't look especially good, to be honest with you -- most of us somewhat overweight, a little pimply, maybe not the brightest bulb, maybe not the job of our parents' dreams.

We got married, because getting married is what people do. And we went on and had kids and put them in yeshiva, don't ask me how we paid for it, and wiped the snot off the kids' noses and took them to doctor's appointments and playdates, playdates, playdates galore.

This is life...this isn't some kind of TV fantasy we're supposed to live, and the life is in the living and none of us are perfect.

I think we need to get away from the "superman" and "superwoman" model we've been teaching our kids. It's just not helpful.

People need each other. This is how we live, this is how we create a community, this is how we build the future, through a Bayis Ne'eman beYisrael.

Kids. Don't be so hard on yourselves, or on each other.

Am Yisrael Chai.
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Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Creative Commons photo by Amanda Catherine via Pixabay.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2014 photos of Border Patrol detention facilities, via The Daily Caller
“Photos of border detention facilities from the Obama-era, taken during 2014, look nearly identical to the ones taken during the Trump era.” — Benny Johnson, “Here Are The Photos Of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You,” The Daily Caller, 6/19/2018

A friend tells me she is very troubled by the “dictatorship” the Trump presidency represents.

I have no doubt she is completely sincere and honest.

And it’s not only her.

All over town, all over my Facebook feed, and even all over LinkedIn…all over the government-oriented news publications and all over CNN, we get one narrative and one narrative only.

This is hate speech and of course it results in violence. Last night the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kierstjen Nielsen was eating dinner in a Mexican restaurant when a mob started screaming “SHAME! SHAME!”

The pretext for this verbal assault was the “plight” of children held at the border for their safety as adults try to bring them into the US illegally.

The group that attacked Secretary Nielsen is not your usual protest group, but rather the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America.

Guess how they feel about capitalism?

Secretary Nielsen is sitting against a wall of the restaurant as the attack begins.

You can hear a woman saying: “That’s her.” Another one says: “I’m gonna go around the corner.”

Until now it’s not clear whether this was a spontaneous or a planned verbal attack. But the next thing you hear seems to confirm that this was planned. 

“MIC CHECK!” someone calls out. 

"MIC CHECK!” is the response. 

This is repeated.

Unless this group normally walks around with microphones at the ready in case a protest opportunity comes up, this seems like a planned verbal assault on a sitting Cabinet member of the United States Government.

A man then launches into a tirade against her (I find myself thinking: Does he have a gun? Where is her security?) Because that restaurant is DARK.
“YOU’RE COMPLICIT IN THE SEPARATION AND DEPORTATION OF OVER 10,000 CHILDREN!”
I find myself wanting to scream because my guess is that none of these protesters actually knows anything about human trafficking. They just repeat the same mindless garbage over and over.

These domestic terrorists, because that is what they are, are in my opinion only interested in intimidating Secretary Nielsen into resigning and intimidating the rest of us into quieting down when we support the government carrying out our laws. (Terrorist: “a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”)

I would be curious who pays the bills for this group, who encourages them, who does the advance intelligence work that enables them to know in advance where a sitting cabinet member is going to have dinner so they can spring up on her and assault her verbally.

How bad was it? The Secretary had to leave.

You see, to me there is a difference between surprising a public figure and asking them a question — which is relatively common nowadays — and gathering a group to scream at them in a confined space.

I know for a fact that these people are, to put it politely, misinformed. And their lack of information is causing others to believe misinformation. As The Washington Post reported: The people that “heckled” a sitting member of the President’s Cabinet got applauded by the other diners there.

The misinformation, of course, is that minors arriving illegally from Mexico have for ten years been detained for their own protection (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) pending removal proceedings.

Why would somebody want you to believe that President Trump is a tyrant who rips babies from the loving arms of their parents?

This one doesn’t take a rocket scientist. 

The “somebody” is trying to protect a political system that benefits them.

Part of it is to distract from the awful fact that our very own FBI conducted a sham “investigation” (can we call it that if the subject was never actually under investigation?) regarding a sitting Secretary of State using private email for classified material. 

Part of it is to distract from the true agenda socialists have, which is open borders, which means they wish to end the existence of our Nation, because a Nation is defined by its borders. 

And part of it is more sinister.

Much more sinister.

Since they don’t want you asking about that, they have to practice the art of deception and attack President Trump, who has given his life to our service.

Trafficked, starring “nasty woman” Ashley Judd, makes the sinister agenda crystal clear. The motive for terrorizing the woman who defends our border is to protect “a system of making money” which depends on porous borders.

“Those [good] who know cannot sleep.Those [good] who know cannot find peace. Those[good] who know will not rest until those responsible are held accountable. Nobody can possibly imagine the pure evil and corruption out there. Those you trust are the most guilty of sin.” — #QAnon
The movie clearly and explicitly states, regarding Mexico: “They give us drugs and girls. We give them money and guns.”

The corrupt public official running the international cross-border sex trafficking scheme in the movie clearly and explicitly states: “I control the border agents.”

The movie shows how girls are kidnapped, drugged, raped and moved from northern California Nigeria and India to Amsterdam then Mexico to Texas where they are locked in a house and told after 500 men they can leave, except they can’t.

The police show up and smirk and one of them traces his hand along a girl’s breast before walking out.

The child protection worker tells a girl she’s too old to stay with the nun in the group home and tricks her into leaving. On the road a bunch of guys come out of a truck, punch her and drag her away with them.

In the “brothel” a customer comes in, looks at her bruised face, asks if she is alright then rapes her (except to him it is not rape).

All along you see how ordinary people are caught up in this trafficking underworld. Scared for their lives, financially desperate, opportunists, or simply trying to avoid the gunfire.

At one point the Mexican cartel representatives come across the border and dump out a bunch of dead girls on the ground. At another point one girl says to another that if you run away the cartel will skin your father alive.

In the past, the Border Patrol used to simply return the kids they caught to Mexico. Just turned them around to go back.

But there was a growing recognition that these kids are frequently being smuggled over as bodily revenue centers. (Most are not coming with their parents.)

This is not a partisan political issue as the officials representing the border states do not only belong to one political party, obviously.

It is a matter of certain corrupt elements in the Establishment, powerful and well funded, who are simply doing everything they can to hold onto their system of making money.

But to borrow a phrase from Sarah Ashcraft — “We see you. We hear you.” And we know exactly who you are.

As my husband said: “I can’t believe they aren’t stopping this.”

Well in the movie (spoiler) the FBI did.

That’s what “certain people” don’t want in real life.

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Posted June 20, 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released into the public domain.

Monday, June 18, 2018


I believe that "#QAnon" is getting paid by the government to carry out a communication campaign on behalf of the White House. The communication is far too complex, comprehensive and synchronized with the President’s own actions and statements. (See QAnon.pub, QMap.pub, and Qproofs.com).

I am not alone in taking this phenomenon seriously. Writes Martin Geddes:
  • “#QAnon will destroy the mainstream media as follows. Obama’s cabinet were all provably using private emails to communicate, and OIG report already factually demonstrates that Obama lied. The data from Google will provide irrefutable evidence. MSM complicit in cover-up of treason.”
  • “What many people don’t grasp is that 8chan is filled with highly professional information gatherers and analysts working anonymously on their own dime; this isn’t a bunch of rabid teens. If you get your data from MSM and ignore “autist army”, prepare for humility training. #QAnon
  • “For those actually paying attention and engaging their critical thinking, #QAnon has gone WAY past proving beyond reasonable doubt that it is the Trump administration building a back door to communicate with the public (and scare #DeepState), bypassing the corrupt & criminal MSM.”
If that’s true, the campaign costs nothing but the salary of #QAnon, because untold numbers of people are reading the cryptic posts on free message boards and then sharing them through secondary websites such as qanon.pub, qmap.pub, qproofs.com & more. (Unless somehow the communicator, individually or as part of a team, is creating these sites anonymously.)

On October 5, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (@USGAO) released a report, "Public Relations Spending: Reported Data on Related Federal Activities," stating that the federal government spent, on average, $1 billion on advertising & public relations contracts per year for a decade and $430 million for government communicators' salaries:

GAO notes its data undercounts:
“We used data on employees in the Public Affairs occupational series to describe public relations employment & salaries. It is likely that employees classified under other occupational series also perform public relations activities.” (p.9)
To translate, in the government every job is part of a “series.” Public Affairs specialists are in Series 1035. Those are the salaries GAO counted.

Who did they leave out?
  • Series 1082, “Writer-Editor” was left out of GAO’s calculations. Even though writer-editors are normally hired to write things on behalf of the government for public consumption.
  • They also left out the entire Senior Executive Service. Even though the SES is the top leadership cadre of the Federal government and normally communication on behalf of an agency (internally or externally) is a major part of executives’ jobs.
  • They left out the Technical Writing Series, 1083. Technical writers produce some very important stuff, like: “research findings; scientific or technical articles, news releases, & periodicals; regulations in technical areas; technical manuals, specifications, brochures, & pamphlets; or speeches or scripts on scientific or technical subjects.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal government spent $215 billion on 2.2 million civil service personnel alone in fiscal year 2016. Meanwhile about 25% of the DoD budget, or $1.75 billion, goes to its employees, which include ~750K civilian personnel (See here, here and here).

What do all these people do?

Someone from another country, who recently moved to D.C., said to me: “I never saw a desk job before.”

I didn’t quite understand, and had to ask: “What do you mean?”

The person literally didn’t know what a desk job is.
Meanwhile, I couldn’t comprehend the question because all we have in D.C. are desk jobs!

How much money does the Federal government really spend on communication?

To get the true figure, add up the official figure of $1.5 billion, and then add everything that got left out of the GAO report. This includes —
  • Salaries for all the Federal employees who were hired to write, but who aren’t called “Public Affairs Specialists” plus figure 1/2–3/4 of all the salaries for the civil servants who do nothing but “push paper” (i.e. develop knowledge and communicate it) all day.
  • All the money that goes to communication at the state and local levels. In all job series.
  • All the money spent on Federal grants to people who also basically generate paper.
  • All the money spent on Federal contracts that were not counted in the GAO report because they didn’t exactly fit the methodology.
  • And of course, any contract that is essentially about communication should be counted.
You don’t think “pushing paper” is communication? Well - what is an Inspector General Report? What is a Special Counsel investigation if not an effort to find facts and communicate them to law enforcement and the public? (Politifact: ~$8.2 million price tag.)

According to the Census Bureau, as of 2016 about 18% of children, or nearly 1 in 5, lived in poverty.

What if we took all the money that the government wastes on communication…and used it to plant gardens to feed them?

To be clear, I work for the government (all opinions are my own), I am active in the federal communication community, and I respect my peers tremendously. They are not the problem.

In fact, the government runs its own communication school (the Defense Information School) and the General Services Administration has for many years been teaching feds best practices — free. Civil servants are an overeducated group.

The problem, unfortunately, is that the Federal government does not enforce any across-the-board quality standards for its own communication products.

In England, government communication is evaluated according to specific criteria. In England, there is also an annual Government Communications Plan.

It’s not rocket science.

The problem, of course, is occurring at the glacial layer of organizational culture that nobody can really see, but everybody can feel the effects of. Meaning, if the government does not plan or evaluate its communications — it’s intentional and dysfunctional. See graphic by Gothamculture.com:


And please don’t tell me that Google Analytics, e.g. measuring the number of visits to a website, or how long someone stayed on a page, is the same thing as actually measuring effectiveness.

Don’t tell me that we should count the number of followers or retweets, or even (God help me) the number of “positive comments.”

The absence of a will-to-plan (because people in power want to say what they want to say, unfettered) results in a colossal amount of not just wasted money but also enormous amounts of money wasted trying to correct the results of the poor communication.

The hilarious series Yes, Prime Minister out of England highlights the dilemma. Lots of clips on YouTube.

Perhaps the biggest misperception when it comes to Federal communications is that communicators are hired to “tell a good news story.”

NO!

Federal communication is fundamentally an accountability mechanism. “Information should be recorded and communicated…to carry out…internal control and other responsibilities.” (GAO.gov, 1999)

Information in and of itself is not political and should not be political. It should not be politicized. It also should not be shared or omitted to make an agency look good.

But absent a champion for nonpartisan, excellent communication, federal communicators are left to focus primarily on the “how,” not the “what” or the “why.”

And that they’ve done a good job at. In 2017, the Center for Plain Language gave Federal agencies an average “report card” score of a “B” for writing and information design, based on their implementation of the Plain Writing Act of 2010. 

Meanwhile, the government’s Digital Government Strategy has resulted in powerful research showing how difficult citizens find it to get what they need online. 

The following principles, or “plays,” guide digital service delivery:
“Understand what people need; address the whole experience, from start to finish; make it simple and intuitive; build the service using agile and iterative practices; structure budgets and contracts to support delivery; assign one leader and hold that person accountable; bring in experienced teams; choose a modern technology stack; deploy in a flexible hosting environment; automate testing and deployments; manage security and privacy through reusable processes; use data to drive decisions; default to open.”
The principles have led directly to valuable open-source communication tools that anyone can use, such as a web design toolkit complete with code and page templates.

The fact that the “what” of government communication is normally so poor, or lacking nowadays (meaning, lacking in a "big picture" that includes context, history, and a respectful analysis of all sides of a decision) means that people are ripe for all sorts of “fake news.”

Even more dangerously, the corporate-owned and consolidated media, which was never objective to begin with and has historically been manipulated by the CIA, is universally mistrusted by the public. Yet things seem worse now; someone recently remarked to me about her constant disappointment trying to find the kind of disinterested reporting that used to seem commonplace.

It is into this vacuum that the phenomenon called #Qanon has stepped — and delivered arguably the single most (or one of the most) valuable government communication campaign of all time — the most informative, the most engaging, the most impactful.

A handful of clues are issued, a bit at a time, and citizens do all the work, analyzing, researching, and cross-checking what is in the end a highly coherent narrative.

But here’s a problem: #QAnon is a ghost. A totally unaccountable ghost. Who, at this point, could say just about anything and some people would believe it. Turning the messenger into some kind of false god.

And the messenger is political in nature. Even though we are told to unite around truth (“where we go one we go all,” or #WWG1WGA), we are also told that certain people are evil, while others should be trusted without question.

A fundamental issue that arises from this type of communication campaign, if it is one, is that reality is complex and two seemingly contradictory things can be true at the same time. For example, even as one can criticize the lack of transparency in the “what” of the previous Administration’s communication (and even go further than that)— it did in fact deliver vastly improved communication methods to the American people (the “how”).

Government communication that is nonpartisan in nature allows the American people to have access to content that they themselves can draw conclusions from. And while such content has historically been offered, there is a worrisome trend, on all sides of the political aisle, toward hiding or failing to preserve information vital to helping us understand how decisions have been made and who made them. (Again, this is true both of the previous Administration and this one.) And the prevalence of “leaks,” of course, only increases political officials’ paranoia.

Obviously, all of this isn’t a way to do business: A transformation (or perhaps “restoration” is the better word) is necessary: We must bring back President Woodrow Wilson’s vision of a highly functioning civil service. This includes establishing a framework where essential matters are communicated well, such that government content is uniformly nonpartisan, high-level, accurate, comprehensive and accountable.

In his words:
“The question for us is, how shall our series of governments within governments be so administered that it shall always be to the interest of the public officer to serve, not his superior alone but the community also, with the best efforts of his talents and the soberest service of his conscience?

“How shall such service be made to his commonest interest by contributing abundantly to his sustenance, to his dearest interest by furthering his ambition, and to his highest interest by advancing his honor and establishing his character?

“And how shall this be done alike for the local part and for the national whole?
"If we solve this problem we shall again pilot the world."
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