Sample Organizational Chart - Federal Public Affairs Office

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

Globalism, The New World Order, and Devil Worship

The world we live in is soaked in brutality. Paradoxically it is this very evil that prompts people to seek out "shortcuts," ways they can get to power quickly and profitably. One of these is occult practices. 

The "dark arts" are as old as time, and to an extent they work. That's what makes them so tempting. Recognizing this, God warns the Jews again and again to stay far away from them, and their practitioners:
"You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying." (Leviticus 19:26) 
"Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:31) 
"As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people." (Leviticus 20:6) 
"Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.'" (Leviticus 20:27) 
"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer; or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead." Deuteronomy (18:10-11) 
"Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists." (1 Samuel 28:3) 
"But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers who speak to you, saying, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon.'" (Jeremiah 27:9) 
"For they prophesy a lie to you in order to remove you far from your land; and I will drive you out and you will perish." (Jeremiah 27:10)
Who are the practitioners of the "dark arts" in today's times?

I believe they are the people some call "globalists," a.k.a. those who seek a "new world order."

Really we are talking about people who hate God.

They hate the concept of God. 

Because they don't want God to have the power--they want the power.

They want others to serve them.

Their role model (the being they "worship"), of course, is the Devil, who says: "You can have it all - what do you need Him for?"

It is against this backdrop that we can understand the horrific practices associated with child sex trafficking and ritual abuse. 

For people who engage in this type of crime, organized child sex trafficking is perhaps the epitome of their arrogance.

By taking the innocence and even the life of a child in the most warped and bloody and sadistic of ways, they seek to show their power.

By doing so, concealing their crimes, and thumbing their noses at the rest of us, they "prove" that God is meaningless and even "helpless."

Of course--although this is extremely, extremely hard to process--if you believe in God, then you believe He allows bad things to happen in order to give people a meaningful sense of choice.

I used to like astrology a lot. Sometimes I got a free tarot reading online. I've even visited psychics and palm readers.

Not anymore.

I pray only to the One Above.

Intensely and often.
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By Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own. This blog is hereby released into the public domain. Bible verses via Biblehub.com. 

Just Another Sexist Memo

You see, I got you to click.
Because if the headline had been:
“Maybe There Is An Ideological Echo Chamber At Google After All”
You would have ignored me as just another “contard.”
(In case you were wondering, that word stands for “conservative retard,” a phrase which I picked up just today on Facebook. Funny how liberals, the most tolerant of people, turn absolutely hateful when you disagree with them on principle. So much for caring about people with disabilities.)
And if the headline had been:
“A Disturbing Trend In American Civil Discourse Is That We Cannot Critically Examine Ideas Which Disturb Us Because Of Pervasive Extremism Including Radical Leftist Bias”
…it definitely wouldn’t have gotten any clicks. Too complicated.
I knew you would click on this headline because it’s the same type of phrasing offered by Gizmodo:
And they’ve got 886,000 views as of this writing.
The renowned organizational development researcher Chris Argyris diagnosed the health of a company in part by its ability to critically reflect.
Companies that immediately jumped from impression to conclusion are dysfunctional. On the other hand, organizations which are able to question their own assumptions — what Argyris called “double-loop learning” — are less so.
The problem with getting groups to consider their own biases, wrote Argyris, is that those biases tend to be below the level of consciousness in the first place. This is why any small step forward is so significant. In his words:
“It is not easy to create organizations capable of double loop learning, but it can be done. Even with minimal awareness the results are encouraging.”
The Google memo is important not just for its content, but also for what we learn from the discourse surrounding its publication.
Given that the United States is hyper-partisanright now, it seems much more important for us to step back and reflect about our tendency toward hotheadedness.
Here are some quotes from the internal memo, reprinted in full at Gizmodo. I remain hopeful that we as a society will consider these key points, and not be swayed by the hysteria surrounding them.
  1. “I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes.”
  2. “When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.”
  3. “Google’s political bias has equated the freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is the antithesis of psychological safety.”
  4. “This silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.”
  5. “The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology. Extreme: all disparities in representation are due to oppression. Authoritarian: we should discriminate to correct for this oppression.”
  6. “Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.”
  7. “At Google, we’re regularly told that implicit (unconscious) and explicit biases are holding women back in tech and leadership. Of course, men and women experience bias, tech, and the workplace differently and we should be cognizant of this, but it’s far from the whole story.”
  8. “I’m not saying that all men differ from women in the following ways or that these differences are ‘just.’ I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes.”
  9. “When a man complains about a gender issue issue [sic] affecting men, he’s labelled as a misogynist and whiner.”
  10. “Treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group (tribalism).”
As to the content of the memo, one line of thinking I would like to know more about is the complex relationship between body and culture. The well-studied field of evolutionary biology studies the impact of such things as reproductive differences on gender psychology. But are girls’ genes affected by transgenderational trauma caused by their mothers’ suffering from rape, sexual assault, and/or sexual harassment?
Similarly: Does culture, at least to some extent, shape biology? For as we know, bias persists against girls who study science. And sexual harassment against women in the tech industry is a rampant problem, universally recognized.
Another line of thinking I’d like to see considered is the impact on females of the pressure to be and do it all. There was an article just the other day about all-time-high suicide rates among teen girls: Could the pressure on girls to be hyper-pretty and hyper-muscular and hyper-achievers and hyper-geeks be having an impact?
Studies of anxiety show that when you yell at people, it impairs their ability to think.
Let’s stop yelling at each other.
Time to calm down and use our brains.
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Posted August 7, 2017 by Dannielle Blumenthal. This post is released into the public domain. Public domain photo by geralt via Pixabay.
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By Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own. This blog is hereby released into the public domain.

Blockchain and the Citizen of the Future

Introduction

Blockchain fundamentally changes the way we do business with one another.

In the past we relied on a central point of authority to validate transactions as authentic and secure.

Going forward we will rely instead on an anonymous global network of validators (or a limited group of trustees, in some cases).

If this sounds like gobbledygook, just remember this equation:

Blockchain is to transaction as social media is to Internet.

Just like communication used to be one-way, from authority to masses, so too all transactions will be peer-to-peer.

If you read The Cluetrain Manifesto even briefly you'll get the idea.

The Ultimate Decentralized Authority

In the "olden days," gold and silver coins were a simple and intuitive way to trade.

When currency became paper-based, the intrinsic value became one of faith in the issuing institution.

Meaning - we all had to agree that whichever government (it used to be a local bank, in the United States) was issuing the paper was reliable.

And if that government decided suddenly to make the currency worth more or less artificially (e.g. printing more paper) there was nothing you or I could do about it.

Of course in modern times we don't even look at a piece of paper but rather rely on the exchange of digits electronically. We use debit cards, credit cards, and now we use our iPhones. Cash, as paper, is rapidly becoming obsolete.

The reliance on digital currency creates a huge incentive for criminals to hack the system. They only have to get to the central issuing authority, disrupt the digits, and then what happens to money?

Blockchain, as the underlying technology behind cryptocurrency (crypto- means that it's encrypted digital currency), fundamentally changes that equation and restores the power to the people.

Because it is exactly what it sounds like: A domino effect in which the earliest movement of the chain is validated once and forever worldwide. Future transactions are subject to a network of worldwide validation and value is only created by the people who use computers to do the work of checking.

It will be fascinating to see how various governments coordinate (or don't) to manage a technology that is fundamentally resistant to centralized authority.

Imagine the implications: A world in which nobody controls the money.

Further Reading

Non-Technical Basics  

Relevance

Interesting Specifics

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Posted August 6, 2017 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo credit: geralt/Pixabay (Public Domain). (Note: This post was updated at 12:55 p.m. EST to add the article from Vice.)

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