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The Psychology of Problem Avoidance

There is an old story my husband likes to bring up about when we lived in Riverdale, NY many years ago.

I was walking home from work and saw a bunch of kids on the street fighting.

For some reason I can't recall, I actually went up to the kids in the hopes of breaking up the fight. My memory of the events is too hazy to remember specifics. But I remember telling my husband about it and he said, "Are you crazy?!!! Stay away from trouble!!! Are you looking to get beaten up?!!!"

If you aren't familiar with Riverdale, it's a city in the Bronx where there are some good neighborhoods and some bad neighborhoods and even the kids can be scary dudes. We're talking individuals and gangs, whether they're formally known as gangs or not, and you really don't want to be messing with trouble voluntarily.

It came up in my mind because why do I get involved in things that aren't my problem? Why was I so vehement about the election, for example? Why am I so obsessed with promoting awareness about sex trafficking, in the hopes that I can help stop it?

Don't I know that there is a kill list?

Don't I realize how many have been destroyed because they got involved, and tried to do the right thing?

All I can say is that I understand, logically, why it makes sense to focus on self-preservation.

I understand that there is enough trouble in the world, without seemingly going to look for it.

I understand that the people who are really bad, are not like the average person and really will not stop unless and until they get what they want and then some

I understand that there is an inner survival mechanism that operates in a human being. It's like we avoid people who are touched by tragedy because we are afraid the tragedy is somehow contagious.

We do not want to be infected by tragedy.

I pray that G-d should guide everyone who tries to fight injustice the right way, to do the right thing at the right time, and provide the necessary protections. We alone are powerless.

For usually it seems that the evil ones are unstoppable. They are not.

I beg and implore the One Above to help us fight back and end their terrible reign, wherever and whenever it manifests itself.

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Communism Presented To Us As Democracy

Earlier I posted a cryptic message that I wanted to explain a bit more clearly. The question was, what do you call someone who promises to protect you, but beats you when you dissent? I was rushing and did not mean to freak anyone out - the point was to draw a parallel between our human right to live free of abuse -- a subject I care very deeply about, and communism.

Let me explain. When a person is being abused, the person abusing them (whether a parent or a partner or a caregiver) often pretends, at least at first, to be caring for them, when in fact they are manipulating the person to be under their thumb. This is communism in a nutshell. Because under communism, freedom of thought is only acceptable to serve the "interests" of the group. Individual rights are not acceptable, period.

(This was the experience I personally had in yeshiva, where you either believed and were "one of us" or you didn't and were ostracized...fortunately there has been some progress since then.)

Because nobody I know has actually lived under communism, I don't think they really understand it. Moreover, we are always told that we live in a democracy, and that democracy and communism are actually totally opposite in nature. Nevertheless the confusing media world we are living in, where there is apparently only one way to think, is a direct signifier of a communist society. Analysis is fine and good but if you cross the line into ideas that threaten "the group," you are to be silenced.

It is core to my nature to integrate the personal and political. I'm not an original thinker in that regard - feminists have always said and done this. I think about Passover when we celebrate freedom from slavery, but growing up the women slaved to put together a table. That hypocrisy always stuck in my craw.

If you think about it logically, the things we take for granted in our personal relationships with others, are also the things we believe should order our external social world. If a girl grows up thinking she exists to serve her father, her mother, her brothers and then her husband and kids...she is very unlikely to develop an identity of her own. Conversely, if a girl is encouraged to run free, to study and to be creative, guess what as an adult she will seek out relationships, jobs and community activities where she is valued as an equal person at the table - not a slave.

The bottom line is, regardless of your politics, in the United States all of us are free to have our own views regardless of what others think. We can marry who we want. Our status in life is not determined by family or caste or color or religion or anything other than initiative.

This is why, as a democracy, we must be aware of and resist any attempt to overthrow our way of life. And always know, when people try to take away something you have, they will always try to do it in such a way that you don't even know it's happening. Or even, that you happily follow along. They use words like "safe," "free," "together," "love," and so on when the reality is crushing conformity, slavery, roboticism and in fact the terminal end of everything our society is built on.

The link here is a short primer from Stanford University which explains, very simply and succinctly, how this riddle operates. It explains how someone can insist that they're against bigotry and hate, but actually be promulgating those very things, in order to centralize and consolidate full power over the individual.

The bottom line is, in a communist regime, freedom of expression is deeply desired - as long as you will go along with the program. Otherwise you are considered a danger to the state, and marginalized, punished, censored, exiled or otherwise punished by any means necessary.

We live in a democracy. Not a communist regime.

http://stanford.io/2ccFA5O

There Are Many Ways To Lie

I have worked for the federal government since 2003 across half a dozen agencies and not once has anyone ever instructed me to lie.

Not once.

But there are many ways to lie. What used to be merely disingenuous on the government's part -- a way to avoid controversy, maintain credibility, and try to look good -- has now become downright dangerous.

For in the space of just a few short years, all of us have developed an incredibly sophisticated vocabulary when it comes to decoding the signals and symbols of communication.

In the past, we woke up in the morning and we read the newspaper on the train. Some of us watched the morning news or listened to the news highlights on the radio, driving to work or school.

Not anymore.

The ubiquity and power of social media means that people consumes information continuously. It used to be shocking that people check Facebook in the morning before they brush their teeth. Now there are some who actually do this while having intercourse.

Times have changed.

It used to be that there was an absolute Berlin Wall between fact and opinion. As the presidential election made absolutely clear, that reliable construct has clearly fallen to the grown.

Hollywood used to be a stalwart defender of free speech, too. Not politically unpopular speech, but simply the joy of a well-reasoned thought battle. I remember The McLaughlin Group in particular as the exemplar of a panel with different points of view, even radically different points of view, where the participants had a fundamental respect for intellectual diversity.

Again, not anymore.

Branding has been with us for many, many years, too. It is of course the construction of a common fantasy, and for the dream you pay a very specific price premium.

But in the past I think we all knew, or at least had a certain respect for, the belief that there are some things which are "image" and some that are real. For example, President John F. Kennedy had many mistresses while maintaining the image of a marriage. But as a President we admired him, and still do, for his very real humanity, patriotism and vision.

Today branding proliferates to such a crazy extent that we ourselves sometimes forget when we're "being the personal brand" and when we're being real.

It is against this backdrop of a blurry, propagandistic information landscape that the President enters with his or her agenda and political appointees. They must explain their policies to the public, and they must also provide data that the public can rely on.

In essence this is a contradictory mission. For it will inevitably occur that data contradicts the message.

While of course there are many safeguards built in to prevent the politicization of the civil service, the mental block persists among "civils" and "politicals" alike against sharing information that "will make the government look bad."

As we say in D.C., "you don't want to find yourself on the cover of the Washington Post."

Often this means that it takes agencies a long time to respond to issues, get data out unless they feel it's totally impossible to misinterpret, or simply just to enter into dialogue with dogged critics.

All of this is a terrible mistake and leads to the politicization of what should be a very vanilla, neutral repository for information that everyone trusts, regardless of their political persuasion.

We should re-examine the communication function within government, and establish a cadre of professionals who operate according to recognized standards independent of whatever agency they serve. Their work should be evaluated every year against published standards, not for "return on investment" but for the extent to which it passes the "smell test," is factually accurate, and is trusted by the public, not government officials.

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All opinions my own.

Become a Brand-Driven Organization - Without Breaking The Bank

Applying the principles of branding can help any organization increase its effectiveness, whether it operates on its own or as part of a larger corporate brand. Moreover, by involving employees in such a way that they are empowered to act, leadership is freed to focus on policy and process requiring attention.

What Is “Brand-Driven” and Why Is This Concept Relevant?

Brand-driven organizations are uniquely effective at aligning strategic direction with implementation. This requires business savvy to increase value while optimizing efficiency and cutting costs. To be effective, they focus on creating a customer (stakeholder) experience that is well-defined and consistent across all touch points. These individuals include everyone who deals with the organization.

What Is The Connection Between Branding and Corporate Culture?


When an organization operates according to the principles of branding, the employees are empowered to make decisions based on the values associated with the brand. This means that in the everyday course of business, supervisors spend less time making decisions and more time enabling and facilitating collaboration between colleagues. Such collaboration creates a “safe space” for employees to do good work and be valued for it, which in turn lifts morale and increases employee engagement.

What Can You Do In The Short Term To Promote A Brand-Driven Organization?

1. Form a working group charged with leading the brand transformation effort.

Normally there is an Executive Sponsor, an Implementing Officer, and a small team of assistants from throughout the organization (3-4), working part time.

2. Conduct a self-assessment of the brand. 
  • List all the stakeholders. 
  • Conduct a “gap analysis” (this is the difference between how leadership perceives itself, and how customers perceive it) around 4 focus areas: vision, mission, core values, and service delivery. 
  • Use primary evidence, such as focus groups, along with secondary research, such as newspaper articles about the company. 
3. Have the working group present its findings.

This meeting is a facilitated workshop where:
  • Individual findings are presented to leadership. 
  • Leadership has a free-flowing discussion of their reactions to what they heard. 
  • Leadership brainstorms ideas for next steps in each area, followed by a discussion of “what should we do about this?” 
  • The ideas are distilled into a set of notes and distributed to leadership for review. 
4. Re-convene executives to discuss next steps.

Again, this meeting is a facilitated workshop where:
  • The brainstorming results are presented to senior leadership. 
  • Action steps are narrowed into 3-5 specific areas for implementation. Typically this would consist of such things as: policies creating perception problems, process improvement needs, and identification of gaps between values articulation and delivery. 
Branding is not very hard to do, nor does it need to be expensive. Mostly what's required is the will to be honest, and then to do what it takes to succeed.

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5 Impressions From Talking To An Arab Muslim Woman

This morning I had the opportunity to speak with a woman from overseas, an Arab Muslim. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions, and then she asked me a few.

The conversation itself was not all that enlightening in terms of the Q&A. But what did strike me were the unspoken things.
  • First and foremost, and I know this is obvious, ignorance is a tremendous barrier to intercultural understanding. It is simply not possible to form all of your opinions from reading or watching the news, movies or TV. You have to talk to people to really understand and you probably also have to study history to an extent. Whatever I know, I don't know enough.
  • Second, I know there is this idea that Muslim women are oppressed. Clearly many are. But I think there is a large and silent middle, don't know how secular, that simply is not. True this lady wore the hijab (but many religious Jewish women wear wigs or total head coverings too, so what does that prove?). She spoke in a way that said confidence, not fear. I did note the gender separation and formality between her and her companion; it was clear that when I asked her for permission to ask questions (and said I was a blogger) that she was immediately designated to talk to me, woman to woman.
  • Third, she allowed me to be honest and was direct with her questions in return (not fake polite). I wasn't afraid to ask - there was no sense of intimidation like I could say the wrong thing and be offensive. So I came right out, since we know that most Muslims are not the radicals that are portrayed on TV, why don't more speak out against it? She simply said: "I agree with you. We don't do nearly enough."
  • Fourth, I hate to say it, but I could tell she was uncomfortable when I said - in the spirit of disclosure - that I am a Jew and a Zionist. I felt it, although I will also say that she tried to be polite. I wasn't that I felt hated, per se, but more like the word "Zionist" is a real hot potato.
  • Fifth, and finally, as she left she asked me what I thought was an odd question: I had been recording her? It was odd because even before I said one word to her, I pointed to my computer, said I was a blogger, and said I'd share some things with my readers from her perspective if she didn't mind. Maybe she thought I was a Mossad spy? Who knows - I think I should be glad that she actually took the time to speak to me.
Overall, and this may be my Orthodox Jewish upbringing, I felt like I instinctively understood her communication style and method of comporting herself in a way that I think Western feminists cannot.

As she and her companion got up to leave, another person sitting a few feet away said, "I couldn't help but overhear" and then said something to them that seemed positive.

Washington, DC is a good place to learn about getting along with other cultures. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to move here.

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All opinions my own.

Who Is George Soros? Judge For Yourself


"George Soros is the most dangerous man in the world because, just like the crazy megalomaniacs in old fifties movies, he is deceiving everybody into believing that he is altruistic, when in fact, he is using his Open Society/Shadow Party to undermine the very fabric of American society." - Human Events, "George Soros: Demagoat"

Key Points 

  • His ultimate goal is to end the concept of national sovereignty in favor of a global economic system characterized by open borders and central regulation.
  • He has spent billions of dollars promoting this agenda through various proxy organizations in the United States.
  • He has brought about the downfall of foreign governments through various means including currency manipulation and propaganda.
  • Soros contributed substantially to get President Obama elected and to Hillary Clinton's campaign.
  • He prefers to work invisibly.

60 Minutes Interview (1998)

Here are some key points from an interview #GeorgeSoros did with 60 Minutes' Jim Croft in 1998.
  1. "I am basically there to make money. I cannot and do not look at the social consequences of what I do." "As a competitor I've got to compete to win."
  2. Despite his amoral attitude toward making money, has a "tremendous sense of responsibility." He said: "As a human being I am concerned about the society in which I live."
  3. Admits he helped "confiscate property from the Jews." Does he feel guilty? Was it difficult? "Not at all....no problem at all." "Of course I could be on the other side, I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn't be there, because that was - it's just like in markets, if I weren't there, of course I wasn't doing it, somebody else would be taking it away anyhow...no sense of guilt."
  4. Are you religious? "No." Do you believe in God? "No."
  5. Wants to save the world through regulation of the global economy, but admits he keeps his hedge fund accounts offshore so that they are not subject to regulation.

CNN Interview (2014)

The below is from the transcript of Soros' interview with Fareed Zakaria in 2014:
ZAKARIA: George Soros has made one of world's great fortunes betting on global trends, and he is deeply troubled by events and political trends in Ukraine, specifically, but Europe more broadly. He's just back from the region and he joins me to talk about what he saw, what he thinks and where he's putting his money.
George Soros, pleasure to have you on.
GEORGE SOROS, AUTHOR, "THE TRAGEDY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION": Same here.
ZAKARIA: First on Ukraine, one of the things that many people recognized about you was that you during the revolutions of 1989 funded a lot of dissident activities, civil society groups in eastern Europe and Poland, the Czech Republic. Are you doing similar things in Ukraine? 
SOROS: Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now. 

Other Quotes

Further Reading


  1. 2016 - "Soros bands with donors to resist Trump, 'take back power'" (Politico)
  2. 2016 - "Here's Proof That Soros Money Is Funding The Anti-Trump Leftist Protest Riots" (Gateway Pundit)
  3. 2016 - "Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding To Manipulate Federal Elections" (PJ Media)
  4. 2016 - "George Soros Declares War On Trump As Ex-Soros Employee Prepares To (Maybe) Join His Cabinet" (Vanity Fair)
  5. 2016 - "Clintons and Soros Launch America's Purple Revolution" (ZeroHedge)
  6. 2016 - "Black Lives Matter Activists, George Soros Sued Over Slain Dallas Cop" (RT.com)
  7. 2016 - "Make Soros Happy: Inside Clinton Team's Mission To Please Billionaire VIP" (Fox News)
  8. 2016 - "It Looks Like George Soros Is Funding The Trump Protests Just Like He Funded The Ferguson Riots" (Activist Post)
  9. 2016 - "Leaked Memo Exposes George Soros' Plan To Overthrow Putin & Destabilize Russia" (ZeroHedge)
  10. 2016 - "George Soros and Voting Machine Company Deny Alt-Right Conspiracy" (BuzzFeed)
  11. 2014 "George Soros and the Shadow Party Behind Crises to Take Down America" (InfoWars.com)
  12. 2014 - CNN's Fareed Zakaria Interviews George Soros (transcript)
  13. 2011 - "Are George Soros' Billions Compromising U.S. Foreign Policy?" (Forbes)
  14. 2011 - "George Soros: Demagoat"
  15. 2011 - "Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous" (Human Events)
  16. 2007 - "Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism Reconsidered" (by George Soros)
  17. 2005 - "George Soros on Globalization" (by George Soros)
  18. 2004 - "George Soros: The 'God" Who Carries Around Some Dangerous Demons" (LA Times)
  19. 1998 - "The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered" (by George Soros)
  20. 1993 - "The Billionaire Who Built On Chaos" (UK's The Independent)


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The Day I Decided To Just Be Myself

There's really no point to this blog post other than to share a single thought that seems important to me.


Ever since I was a little girl I always got the message that I was a fairly repulsive person to be around unless I was a) smiling b) performing and c) cute.


It's not like anyone ever said those things to me, but certainly I could see which behaviors got me attention of the positive kind and which behaviors didn't.


I learned that when I was angry, nobody wanted to talk to me.


When I was depressed, I was like a cancer that others didn't want to catch.


But when I was up there on stage -- and I do mean literally, on stage, playing piano or performing in a play or even giving a speech at the tender age of 10 to a national audience -- well for those occasions I was well worth paying attention to.


I learned that when I posed for photographs, I was immediately transformed into an interesting person.


I dreamed of being a fashion model, which I'm sure comes as no surprise to those of you who know me and my preoccupation with image. The only problem was that I was too short, and too fat, and one of my feet is actually longer than the other. (Scoliosis.)


My scoliosis is not a subject people like to discuss.


I lost my baby teeth and for some reason they came in crooked, and a bit yellow.


At some point they said I needed glasses.


And my hair got cut relatively short, if stylishly, in a Dorothy-Hamill type style. (If you were around in the '70s you remember her, she was a skater.)


All of the messages I got. They told me not to sit there with a RBF ("resting b**** face").


Instead they wanted me to smile.


I smiled and smiled and smiled some more.


All my life I smiled, even when I didn't have a single smile in me.


I remember many times crying my head off, but only when I was driving and the music was on. I remember putting on concealer so that nobody would know I had been crying.


Nobody wants to be around a sad, intense person.


Was it this year that I decided to just be myself?


Certainly online there is no chance of getting anyone to read your stuff if it's presented in a brown manila wrapper of misery.


But in person, and at work, and yes, even online, something has broken in me.


And though you might say I'm not as composed as I've tried to be in the past, I think I like myself a lot better.


I laugh more and when I do it's in a real way. It's actually really, really loud.


I don't feel compelled to smile when I'm not smiling, although yes I do still put on the concealer and some makeup. Because let's face it, we can't just let go of everything...can we?


Someone said to me today that I should "smile" and it felt like an accusation. "Smile, you aren't smiling" and I guess I felt like I didn't have very much to smile about today.


It's OK.


I'm getting older, and the things that matter are less and less what other people think, and more and more whether I can look myself in the mirror.


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All opinions my own.







Dayenu

Sing along with me..."Dayenu" (translation: "it's enough")
  • If Hillary would blame the FBI for the fact that she committed crimes requiring FBI involvement...Dayenu.
  • If the DNC, the Clinton Foundation and George Soros were funding and organizing anti-Trump riots in secret...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary pretended to make a concession speech while signaling with her outfit the "purple revolution" against Trump's presidency, with George Soros...Dayenu.
  • If HIllary would have colluded with the mainstream media and the pollsters to portray herself the winner...Dayenu.
  • If the Democrats would have stolen the primaries from Bernie Sanders...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would have conspired to portray Donald Trump as a serial sexual abuser while concealing her own husband's history of rape and sexual abuse, and intimidating the women who accused him...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would have conspired to conceal her life-threatening health problems with a "note from the doctor" citing that she is fit to run...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary's campaign chair would have been found out to be involved with pedophiles and satanic devil worshiping artists...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary herself would be accused of sexual assault against minor girls, including sex slaves...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would give only 6 percent of every dollar donated to her "charitable foundation" to actual charity...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would be involved with child traffickers in Haiti, and deny funding to Haiti, while claiming to take money for the poorest people in the world, whose lives were destroyed by natural disaster...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary's "foundation" would take money from the women-abusing Saudis and then giving them the largest arms deal in history on behalf of the State Department...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would send Ambassador Chris Stephens on a suicide mission to cover up a screwup related to gun-running arms to radical militias...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would subvert Freedom of Information Act laws and administer the Department of State's most important secret discussions from a bathroom closet...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary would send classified emails to her maid to print...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary's closest aide, raised by radical Islamic fundamentalists, would have access to send email on her behalf...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary colluded with President Obama to pretend that Assad used chemical weapons on the Syrians when in fact they wanted to build a pipeline through Syria and needed an excuse to invade...Dayenu.
  • If Hillary in effect, by creating the Syria crisis, also created the refugee crisis that has nearly collapsed Germany, Sweden, the UK and Italy...Dayenu.
For all of this and more...for laughing at the vicious rape of a 12 year old and getting the pedophile rapist off...for viciously threatening women, cursing Jews and Black people, and name-calling her own Secret Service agents...for putting her own employees in danger...for using the State Department as a campaign prop...Dayenu.

Dayenu. Stop the phony riots and the fake protestations over how glorious a President she would have been.
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