When I was about sixteen I went into “the city” (that means New York City, to me, because there’s only one NYC!) and took a long walk across midtown.
Along the way I had my palm read, which is not okay to do according to the way that I was raised. But I did it, because I was too curious to wait and find out what my future would bring.
It turns out that spending $5 on a street psychic was overall a dumb thing to do, for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that you end up believing that what they tell you is true. In other words, life becomes a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.
But there was one redeeming part of my mistake, and that was an offhand comment the person made after the reading: “If you can avoid it, don’t gossip. Gossip is bad for the soul.”
My great-grandfather, Reb Dovid Garfinkel, may he rest in peace, is remembered by the family for his frequent admonishments about this. So much so, in fact, that this side of the family avoids prolonged conversation.
(To some who don’t understand, this can seem a little cold, but avoiding the potential for gossip is the reason behind it.)
As a neighborhood acquaintance recently put it, “There are so many things you’re not allowed to say, when it comes to the Jewish laws about lashon hara, (evil speech, Hebrew for ‘gossip’), that basically you’re left only talking about the weather.”
We sort of laughed, ha-ha laughed, like this was a joke, when she said this. But the truth is, Jewish laws about clean speech are really very strict.
So strict, in fact, that you aren’t even supposed to say something good about a person, because praising them might cause someone else to lean in with a jab.
I thought of this the other day, when a friend told me about her experience looking for an event planner.
The person she interviewed seemed good enough, but one of their references highlighted specific areas of concern.
My friend decided not to hire the person after all, based on this report. But I questioned her: Doesn’t the planner deserve the opportunity to make their case? To know what others are saying about them, and to respond?
This concept seems really important in today’s day and age, when the line between fact and opinion is so regularly blurred in conversations and in the news. People are so strongly polarized, that rarely do they spend the time to talk to one another, not to “convince” but to learn.
In organizational development they call the latter kind of talk “appreciative inquiry.”
It’s important in the workplace to have this skill. Because often, flaming disputes can arise where a discussion would have diffused it.
And most of us can probably think of a “family feud” that could have been avoided, but instead dragged on like the Hatfields and the McCoys, over not just decades but generations.
It’s true, we aren’t living in Fantasyland, and sometimes you have to speak about unpleasant things, and that often means human behavior.
But gossip — mindless, hateful, poisonous gossip — is something very different altogether. And if it is at all possible, gossip is a good thing to avoid, because it really is poison. Not just to the other person, but to your own soul as well.
Before you make a snap judgment about another human being, especially one based on what “other people” have said, consider whether it’s possible to just walk up and ask them directly about your concerns.
Posted Jan. 3 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. This post is hereby released into the public domain. All opinions are the author’s own. CC0 Creative Commons photo by Geralt.
So the world did not go up in flames last night, which is a good thing.
But for many people in the world, life is nevertheless suffused with tragedy.
This Sabbath we went to synagogue and learned that someone in the community was stricken on vacation. In one freak accident, he lost his wife, his son, and his mother-in-law. He suffered many broken bones.
I saw the man standing on a cane, but I didn't know who he was, or what had happened to him.
The rabbis' wife walked over to him, and spoke to him in hushed tones.
It was only a few minutes later, during the speech, that I learned the scope and scale of the tragedy.
During his speech, the rabbi spoke to the man before all of us. He said that we are all one family, and that the community grieves with him.
Looking over at him, I saw a human being whose spirit was totally shattered.
I wondered how he got up the strength to come to synagogue at all.
The pain in his being was so strong, so palpable, it was as if the air around him was tinted a different color altogether.
And yet he was there, and he wasn't screaming or tearing out his hair.
He wasn't raging against God, against His unknowable ways.
The rabbi kept his focus on staying in the moment. We needed a minyan for the afternoon prayers. A carpool to visit the family at shiva. Could someone step up and help contribute toward a digital display, to communicate events of interest.
Life is what is happening when you are living in fear. The thing you are afraid of has already happened, it's happening to someone else, it could be in the future, you just never know.
Over the course of my life, and in the past few years particularly, I have become more aware of and sensitive to the suffering that other people go through.
Over and over again, because I think I am unshockable, I find out things that shock me, the depth of the pain, the loneliness of the ordeal, the fact that someone seemingly calm and collected on the outside is literally on fire in the heart and soul and mind.
And I guess what I want to say to you is this.
Whatever it is you're going through in life, know that other people are going through it too, right now, at this very moment.
They will survive, and so can you.
The unpredictability of world events is frightening.
You can still make this the year you ignore all that, and put one foot in front of the other.
Like in that great moment from the movie Annie Hall, when Alvy Singer freaks out and says, "The universe is expanding...some day it will break apart and that will be the end of everything."
Alvy's mother yells at him to get him back on track. "You're here in Brooklyn! Brooklyn is not expanding!"
"The world is a very narrow bridge," as Rabbi Nachman of Breslov once said, "the important thing is not to be afraid."
The truth is there is a lot to be afraid of.
Make this a year to focus on your homework anyway.
Posted January 1, 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. CC0 Creative Commons photo by Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay.
Posted January 1, 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. CC0 Creative Commons photo by Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay.
PurposeThis document was prepared in the spirit of the Victims’ Rights’ Movement, to facilitate a law enforcement system that is focused primarily on ensuring redress for those who have been harmed by crime. The method of doing so is to assist law enforcement in recognizing, classifying, investigating and prosecuting a class of criminals which is all the more dangerous for its organized nature and ability to evade justice.
TimelinessAs did President Obama before him, President Trump has declared January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Five years ago, well before he was a candidate for office, President Trump declared his concern about human trafficking and the need for the death penalty for those proven to be trading in children.
Moved by the President’s clarity and concern, I note that there is a significant lack of serious discussion and debate over the common themes reported by victims of abuse. These include figures commonly either ignored or labeled as “frauds,” “mentally unstable” or “conspiracy theorists.”
Among the many who have written about their experiences, some of the most well-known today include: Cathy O’Brien, Dr. Sue Arrigo, Fiona Barnett, Becki Piercy, and Sarah Ruth Aschcraft and Christopher Cronsell. (In addition, there is an extended interview with “Kendall,” who appeared on the Dr. Phil show early in 2017, that received widespread attention.)
I have also been following reports by and about journalists who have been harassed or silenced after reporting on similar matters, for example: Liz Crokin, Ben Swann, David Seaman, Andrew Breitbart, and Max Spiers. (There are also numerous activists and investigators who have reported harassment for their efforts to learn more.)
I find it hard to believe that all of the victims’ statements, and in particular the consistencies between them, could be manufactured out of whole cloth; I find it hard to believe that anyone would go to the trouble of bothering a journalist unless they wanted to keep them quiet.
Statement of Personal BiasAny investigation of data should contain some sort of statement as to the researcher’s personal motivations or biases, and potential conflicts of interest. Clearly, while I am attempting to be objective here, there is no doubt that this is a form of sociological action research. Following is a list of what I see as my personal limitations in presenting data on this subject:
- Spiritual: I am a deep believer in God, and I believe that God has infused me with the desire and the passion to pursue this subject continuously until children are safe from all forms of abuse and arbitrary harm. I also am a grandchild of Holocaust survivors and honor my own grandfather’s work to achieve redress for Jews massacred, where the perpetrators tried to cover up their crimes.
- Emotional: a strong passion for protecting children and other victims of sexual violence, and an equally strong belief that they are not well-served by the social institutions which could protect them and exact justice from the perpetrators of such crimes. I personally know victims of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and child abuse, and I see the trauma they suffer for a lifetime.
- Qualifications: I am neither a criminal investigator nor a psychologist; I am not even a full-time researcher on this subject, and as such, I do not have the qualifications that others clearly possess to make judgments on the data.
- Resources: I have very limited time within which to conduct this research, and limited funding, and so the type of evidence I am predisposed to share tends toward material that can easily be collected within a self-reinforcing circle of “believers” and professed victims themselves.
DisclaimerIt should also be said that any and all opinions expressed here are, as always, my own and I do not represent any individual, organization, or entity in putting them forward. This is important in particular because I am a civil service employee and a professional lecturer, and my own research and thinking stands apart from the institutions that I serve.
The Law Enforcement DilemmaThe allegation that there is a worldwide network of organized criminals who specialize in cult-based child abuse sounds extreme. But if indeed they do exist, such criminals would necessarily be highly motivated to cover their tracks, and prevent law enforcement from capturing them. Their tactics would necessarily take the form of:
- silencing or eliminating victims and witnesses;
- blackmailing, bribing or eliminating concerned third parties, such as politicians and journalists;
- infiltrating the top ranks of potentially interventionary social institutions, such as institutions of higher education and religion;
- achieving controlling stakes in the basic levers of government, business and the economy as a whole; and
- disrupting the operations of police, judges, the courts, the media, Congress, and even the President of the United States.
Nevertheless, the fact that law enforcement is confronted with a dilemma in prosecuting organized criminals does not mean that they should shy away from taking action. This paper was developed to assist them.
Limitations of the DataOthers have pointed out that it’s too easy to “prove” a phenomenon by saying that others have effectively covered it up. In that spirit, and since we are talking about crime and the prosecution of its perpetrators, it is important to acknowledge why many others doubt the existence of organized Luciferian cults dedicated to ritual abuse. (The distinction between Luciferian and satanic is deliberate; the word is used to impute a theological framework dedicated to personal enlightenment outside the context of a deity.)
Indeed, for several decades, allegations related to occult ritual abuse have been investigated, and ultimately widely discredited in mainstream discourse. This is not necessarily because there is a “conspiracy” to disbelieve survivors, but rather because the nature of the claims is so strong that a correspondingly high level of evidence is needed in order to substantiate them.
In the absence of such evidence, the law enforcement community is left with significant concerns:
- Preserving the right to due process of the accused;
- Helping people suffering from psychological conditions, such as dissociative identity disorder, to obtain treatment;
- Disciplining members of the mental health community who may have coached (exploited) individuals into traumatic false memories;
- Calming a public fearful of potential dangers that may not exist.
Meta-Concerns In Evidentiary DiscourseOne would hope that public discourse would winnow out false information and enable investigators to get closer to the truth. However, if indeed such a crime syndicate exists, it would necessarily employ a range of “disinformation” tactics in order to distract investigators from the pursuit of justice. While it is not necessary to get into every specific propaganda tool one could use in such a case, examples might include counter-accusations related to the subject matter (e.g., terming it a “conspiracy theory), the incorporation of political agendas, insults and name-calling, and so on.
Common Themes In Victims’ AllegationsWith all of the above said, and with gratitude for Sarah Ruth Ashcraft's generous contributions here (much of the language comes directly from her on Twitter), what follows is a listing of allegations, themes, characteristics and statements that have emerged from the data. Please note that most of the language is Sarah's; my own, shorter original list appears here.
Regardless of who formulated the specific words, this is really a very rough draft developed by an amateur who cares. I hope that law enforcement (and other interested parties) will take this listing and work with it. This is not necessarily to prove that they are accurate, but rather to examine them critically from the perspective that a large-scale criminal syndicate may in fact exist and a very few victims have escaped intact enough to provide the details.
The immediate goal is to intercept currently operational networks, if they exist, and also to educate the public about those aspects of the criminal networks which are a valid cause for concern.
- Chronic, coordinated and severe abuse physically, sexually, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually throughout childhood
- Leveraging of ego & attachments, motherlessness, delierate abuse through attachments to teach individuals to trust no one, leveraging shame/guilt, isolation
- Separation of consciousness from the body (dissociation)
- Animal sacrifice
- Drinking blood
Child Sexual Abuse
- Child prostitution
- Child pornography
- Child sex trafficking
- Child sex slavery
- Universal blackmail to control members; everyone has to "make their bones" by raping a child or killing an infant on film
- Illegal human experimentation
- Eugenics, genetic engineering
- Stem cell research
- Women as breeders
- Fathers as pimps
- Indoctrination in childhood
- Family patterns of behavior
- Naming conventions
- Forced abortion/miscarriage for any woman who is not voluntarily participating or 100% mind controlled (only those guaranteed to raise their children within cult doctrine are allowed to procreate)
- Strict regulation of who is allowed to marry
- "Keep it in the Family" including bloodlines, money, and power
- Collusion by corrupt law enforcement
- Collusion by corrupt media
- International networks
- Hunting games
- Infanticide, deriving strength from human blood
- Forced killing
- Neuro Linguistic programming
- Mind control programs/names
- Force of WILL over all else.
- Trauma based mind control programming - assassin programs and other militaristic programs like spy, double agent, freedom fighter, etc.
- Weaponized mind-controlled multiples programmed for ritual murder, kidnapping, and other tasks
- Mind control such that multiple personalities are deliberately accessed
- Superior mental abilities as a result of mind control training
- Loyalty games
- Threats/punishment against anyone who tells
- Overturning anything natural
- Murder instead of natural death
- Trans gender
- “Becoming" instead of being
- Truth turned into its opposite, calling the victim the perpetrator, perpetrator claiming victim status, etc.
- Cult patterns with respect to naming convention and birth order to signal an individual's status/role within the cult
- Initiation rituals at certain ages for children
- Initiation rituals for active/aware members
- Occult ritual, satanic/Luciferian/goddess worship ritual, human sacrifice
- Pretense of normal outer life
- Pretense of elite social status
- Elite social networks
- Fostering a belief in superiority
- Group rituals, robes
- Pyramid hierarchy, for group as a whole and for all individual sects within larger group. Everyone has an "owner" or "handler" higher up who controls them
- Entire system designed for and around top-down power & control
- Social engineering, handlers, orchestration of all relationships and jobs to keep someone under watch and controlled by a handler
- Gang stalking, surveillance, coordination among the bad actors
- Gaslighting, denial, dismiss and discredit victims, hospitalize victim in bogus psych ward and misdiagnose dissociation as schizophrenia or bipolar to discredit victim
Symbols, Signs and Code Words
- Trigger words
- Hand/clothing signs
- Ritual practices
- Symbols and codes
- Ancient Egyptian cult symbols, Phoenician alphabet
- Writing backwards and forwards
- Seals of Solomon
- Hand signals
- Clothing/accessory codes
- Secret passwords
- Theosophy - the justification for evil in the world as "God's will"
- Claim to divinity / non-human origin and DNA
- Copying real religion as though to mock/reverse
- Dualism, false dichotomies (good/evil, black/white, positive/negative, male/female, etc). Intentional employment of logical fallacies to confuse and obfuscate
- Psychopathic manipulation and deception tactics.
- Power and control tactics
Posted December 31, 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. With gratitude to Sarah Ruth Ashcraft and the many others who have gone public to describe the horrifying crimes perpetrated against them, in detail. That said, descriptions of alleged cult tactics are derived from statements made online by people not personally known to the author, and their comments have not been verified in a court of law, to the author's knowledge. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty. This post is hereby released into the public domain. CC0 Creative Commons photo via Pixabay. Please repost and share.
It doesn’t matter why, and everyone’s okay, but we had to go to the emergency room last night.
It was not pretty.
There was a man bent over himself, his face not visible at all. He was crouched over and sleeping. His shoes were nothing but rags.
A few feet away, through the looking glass that is the barrier between the first entryway and the second, a beautiful woman in her mid-twenties sat glassy-eyed on a chair. A man who looked like he could be her father sat next to her. She was wearing her clothes, but covered as well in a white cover-like sheet.
He was patting her upper shoulder, over and over and over, it was meant to be soothing.
But in that way that a woman can tell when another woman has been raped, I knew exactly what I was looking at.
And I turned to my husband and he nodded.
Back in the late 1980s I tried to be a rape crisis volunteer.
They sent me to the hospital to handle my first case, and I saw the victim in the hospital bed, and I turned green and ran very quickly out the door.
I am still ashamed of how babyish I was back then, how weak and unsupportive and selfish.
But the truth of the matter is, I couldn’t do it.
Last night I got a taste of what true suffering is. And again, in my cold and rational way, I perceived it, while another part of me felt desperate to simply cut and run.
A man was moaning at the nurses. It got louder and louder and finally turned into a scream, and at that part, everyone sat up.
“HELP ME!” screamed the man. “HELP ME! GET ME OUT OF HERE! SOMEBODY PLEASE! HELP ME!”
I am a bad person, I think, because at a certain point I stopped caring. All I wanted was to get the hell into bed and go back to sleep.
On the television they were showing CNN’s series, “The 80s.” An extended series of interviews about former President Ronald Reagan flickered across the screen.
“Ohhhhh,” I said with pleasure, and elbowed my husband to look. (He is less distractible.) “What a great president Reagan was.”
And even as I said it, I said to myself, I wonder how much of that era was true.
Leslie Stahl was there, up on the screen, and all the great journalists of the time, and she was telling how she broke a story about the budget, and David Stockman, and the numbers didn’t make sense.
“Ohhhhh,” I said, “How I loved the eighties.”
When everything still made sense.
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” said President Reagan. “Grenada, we are making it safe for democracy.”
Who knows what propaganda we’ve been fed all these years. I don’t know what to believe anymore. I don’t know if CNN, or the Reagan speeches, or the other screen playing TMZ has any reality at all.
The nurses treated us pretty well, thank God. All the people in fact, were kind to us. Businesslike and yet compassionate. (There is something about that combination that moves me. I need to work harder to balance the two, rationality and humanity.)
One guy even offered to share his staff coffeepot, and bring us a cup of Starbucks to help us stay awake.
I wound up sleeping with my head leaned against the side of a chair at about 1:30 a.m.
And fortunately at some point, they decided all was well and sent us home.
We left and the man who had escaped the cold to sleep was still crouched over in the chair.
Other than that, the entryway to the hospital was empty, for just a few minutes of the wee morning hours.
I left there and I fairly danced with relief. “Oh God, thank you God,” I repeated over and over again. Realizing that we have no, absolutely no idea how close we are to disaster every freaking minute of the day.
Like children, we have no idea how much our Father’s mercy rains upon us daily.
It is something to think about, when we feel like everything is bad.
Posted December 30, 2017 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo credit: paulbr/Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons).