Thursday, April 26, 2018

Honest Feedback Is Not “Being Hurtful."

A few months ago I went back to teaching marketing, and the first thing I did with the class was an exercise.

The students broke out into groups of two, interviewed each other about their personal brands, then returned to sit in front of the room in pairs. One group at a time, each pair had to sit in front of the class, with Participant A describing the personal brand of Participant B and vice versa. (Each person also had to say whether they had been characterized accurately.)

Sitting around the pairs in the audience, the rest of us watched and commented.

Yes, this was a brutal, brutal exercise.

“NO!” I called out, after someone described his partner in a way that came across as vague and inaccurate.

“NO!” I called out, after someone said that her partner was “cheerful,” and her partner readily agreed.

On and on it went. (In a previous post, I’ve talked about how ruinous “personal branding” is to the human psyche; this exercise was a good example of why, although it did help get across the concept of positioning.)

This was a class of adult students, most of them working in a marketing capacity where consumers made hair-trigger choices about whether to buy or not.

Nobody was yelling, or rude. Yet some of the students were shaking. Others blinked. One was clearly angry. And for about fifteen minutes, we talked about how “branding” and “racial profiling” can look, smell, walk and talk very much the same.

If you take a class in branding with me, I will confront you. Some of you will like it. But others will no doubt be shocked, and some will find the whole entire exercise “offensive.”

But that’s too bad. Because as a teacher, my job is to help you. And if you want to be effective at marketing, the first thing to know is that the market does not care about your feelings.

So yesterday, I ran into one of the students from this class at the coffee shop.

“Thank you Professor Blumenthal!”

“What happened?” I asked.

“I got another job, and they asked me my philosophy on branding.”


“I basically told them what you said.”

“And are you earning more money?”


At this, the student beamed, and so did I.

The real test of feedback is not whether it makes you feel good.

The real test of feedback is whether, delivered properly, it helps you make a better life for yourself, as well as those you love.


Copyright 2018 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author’s own. Photo by Tania VdB via Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

UX without biz dev CX sucks eggs.

Here are some common mistakes business development professionals make.
  • Not taking the time to understand the user's business.
  • Impersonal, random, canned approach lines.
  • Too many "follow up" emails without value to the reader.
But the worst mistake of all is one I rarely see talked about: failing to talk UX in the user's language.

If technology marketers do a shitty job talking in the user's language, it's not because they're stupid. Arguably these are some of the smarter people in the room, generally speaking.

So what is the problem? I would argue that the issue has to do with a dysfunctional organizational culture, one that implicitly conveys a kind of classism: We are better than our customers.

Of course, nobody is actually going to say that they think the customer is stupid. But if you listen closely, you can hear this type of thinking in phrases like this:
  • "Their system is in the DARK AGES."
  • "Yeah, they REALLY could use some help."
  • "Talking to those folks was SCARY."
Don't get me wrong: I'm not judging people who develop and sell technology solutions. Just the opposite: I have a pretty low opinion of organizations that fail to take advantage of the latest and greatest technology, especially when it comes to customer service.

But this is just common sense: If you're selling to people who aren't literate at all in the type of product you're offering, and you fail to pay attention to what matters to them, then you are a poor salesperson.

Again, common sense: The only reason I can think of that people would leave money on the table is a psychological flaw that has morphed into a socially acceptable norm. And unfortunately, many technology experts do have that flaw of insecurity, because they're not good at a lot of other things in life but they are extraordinary with a computer.

As a result, when technology experts get together and create a workplace culture, they tend to hold pissing matches about who has the latest and greatest stuff, and who knows more than who, and so on and so forth the one-upmanship goes. All fine and good, maybe -- until they're sitting in front of a prospective customer, who has no idea what any of this is, or why it should matter to them, because at the end of the day they are sitting in front of a pile of problems and they don't have enough people to address them manually.

All fine and good until the technology experts not only fail to land the client, but they also fail to appreciate the kind of employee who can round out their offering and correct their dysfunctional group mentality. Specifically, tech marketers need:
  • Empathic, low-tech salespeople who appreciate the pain that prospective customers feel.
  • Networkers, who can find out what the social scene looks like in terms of who is adopting what technology and where.
  • Researchers, who can develop files on actual and potential competitors, and can assess the effectiveness of the organization itself.
  • Open source intelligence gatherers, who can put their noses to the ground and find out, online and off, who exactly is talking to who.
The most successful organizations, including technology service providers, are those which stay in close touch with the "human factor" while maintaining an unimpeachable edge in proactive, cross-spectrum automation with an equally unimpeachable hard-shell cybersecurity defense line.

Being in touch with people is far from a weakness for these companies.

But prizing their own superiority?

That's a chocolate cake that will never bake up good, no matter how much butter and sugar you mix into it.


Copyright 2018 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. This post is hereby released into the public domain. All opinions are the author's own. CC0 Creative Commons photo via Pixabay.

Monday, April 9, 2018

When '30 Rock' Spoofed the Civil Service

Civil servants have long been the butt of mean jokes and equally nasty headlines, frequently stereotyped as lazy workers in a wasteful, gnarled-up bureaucracy. More recently, for a variety of reasons, concerns have been raised about the hidden power wielded by the administrative state.

But deviance is a fact. What that means, in plain terms, is that every social structure, every institution, every organization, every group, and every team will have its dysfunctional aspects as well as a few extremely bad apples.

Deviance is a fact: It doesn't matter who's in charge.

Unfortunately, the unique dysfunctions of the civil service are very hard to understand unless you actually work there. The following hilarious scene, from Season 2, Episode 15 of the hit NBC show 30 Rock (original air date: May 8, 2008), highlights this perfectly.

Click here to watch: "Jack's First Day In Government"

In it, "Jack" (played by Alec Baldwin) joins the government and finds out pretty quickly from "Cooter (played by Matthew Broderick) that all is not quite what it seems from the outside.

Following is my transcription of the hilarious dialogue, which is about one minute in length.

Bureaucrat: "Hey, you must be Jack Donohue. Cooterburger, Vice Chair of Farm Subsidies, Acting Head of FEMA, Temporary Acting Head of the FBC while the Acting Head Is On Trial."
Jack: "Ah, you've had a lot of shakeups around here lately, huh?"
Bureaucrat (Cooter): "I couldn't disagree with you more. The Administration has been streamlined. And the media are so obsessed by the current election they've completely forgotten that we're here. It's an exciting time."
Jack: "I'm glad to hear it. I don't like to think of this President as a lame duck. I like to think of him as a lame...eagle." (There is a pause as drops of water fall down on the desk in front of him.) "The ceiling appears to be leaking."
Bureaucrat: "It's not. We've looked into it and it's not." (He turns to get some paper and a pen from the desk.) "If you have any questions, I'll write down my extension for you." (Bureaucrat writes with a stub on a small yellow Post-it pad.)
Jack: "Do you need a pen?"
Bureaucrat: "No. I've kind of gotten used to it."
Jack: "You don't have pens?"
Bureaucrat: "We're not in a recession."
Jack: "Boy, we've gotta crack the whip around here Cooter, you don't have pens, the roof is leaking."
Bureaucrat: "It's not, I'll show you the study. Hey, we have a meeting with the Appropriations Committee like now."
Jack: "Oh no, I'm not prepared."
Bureaucrat: "I know, I'm not drunk either. But we'll manage."

Copyright 2018 (not the script text) by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author's own. The author's content is hereby released into the public domain. Photo is a screenshot.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Pre-Benghazi Story The Media Should Cover: "Libyan Orphans Sold As Sex Slaves" (2011)

On May 9, 2011, a year and four months before the death of then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, someone posted this with the headline: “Libyan orphans sold as sex slaves by the European/NATO people.”

We do not have the provenance of this photo, which appeared on another site, one providing alternative news analysis and opinion.

On August 26, 2011 -- just two weeks before then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was murdered in Benghazi -- the alternative news site posted an article that linked to a video (since deleted) purporting to show "rebels" (who were actually directed by the U.S. and other nations) raping young girls.

The author, Paul Joseph Watson, blamed a politicized media for downplaying the crimes of the rebels, who he claimed were backed by the U.S., U.K., and France and supported by Al-Qaeda. He wrote (archived version here):
"The establishment media’s portrayal of the Libyan rebels as freedom-loving liberators fighting to overthrow a dictatorial regime doesn’t quite live up to the hype....The Libyan rebels have proven themselves to be just as if not more brutal than Gaddafi loyalists, which is unsurprising given the fact that they are being commanded by British, French and American Special Forces (link goes to UK's The Guardian and works), along with Al-Qaeda terrorists (Prison Planet)
Four days prior, Watson expressed his concern that the U.S. would, in Libya, back the very same terrorists it was supposedly fighting in Afghanistan:
"While U.S. troops are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq in the supposed fight against terrorists, those same terrorists are now being handed control of an entire country, along with its lucrative resources, as a massive NATO bombardment of Tripoli aids the Al-Qaeda backed rebels in their overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi.
And of empowering these people, ostensibly the target of the expensive "war on terror" instituted in the aftermath of 9/11?
"The United States formally recognized the rebel council as the country’s legitimate government last month, despite the fact that the rebel army was admittedly spearheaded by Al-Qaeda terrorists who are supposedly the target of a multi-decade “war on terror” that is now in its tenth year and has cost the U.S. a staggering $5.4 trillion since 9/11....The Telegraph confirmed that Al-Qaeda fighters had joined with anti-Gaddafi rebels in a story entitled, Libya: the West and al-Qaeda on the same side."
The August 26, 2011 Prison Planet article notes:
"....The UN has acknowledged war crimes have been committed on both sides, but the establishment media has been loathe to report any atrocities other than those allegedly committed by Gaddafi’s forces."
The war crimes very specifically included alleged systematic child rape, but no proof as the links provided below are gone:
"The UN documented cases of rebels torturing migrant workers in rebel-held areas, while allegations of rebels torturing children (link does not work), raping young girls and beating old men have been captured on video (link does not work)."
Just three days later, What Does It Mean filed the following report, which draws on Watson's reporting as well as foreign media sources that I will not click on for obvious reasons. The fact that we can't get any information from the U.S. media makes these claims impossible to verify:
"Though many International reporters have attempted to alert the Western peoples to the atrocities being committed by NATO-led rebels they have nearly all been silenced by orders issued by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron.
Remember, this is 2011, just slightly before Ambassador Stevens was murdered in Benghazi. The article claims that even the international media simply cannot tell anyone what is really going on, and that their lives were in tremendous danger:
"In fact, if not for the forceful intervention by the International Red Cross many of these reporters would have been captured and executed this past week by these NATO-led rebels for exposing their war crimes against humanity." 
The anonymous writer states that the U.S. and U.K. worked together to save little children of as young as five years old from a massive rape wave carried out by the very same rebels whom Watson claimed were directed by the U.S., U.K., and France.

In other words, a military operation gone bad. 
"This report goes on to state that US and British strike teams began to round up Libyan girls and boys (some as young as 5-years-old) after discovering rebels raping hundreds of them after they 'liberated' Misurata from Gaddafi forces."
Here the article describes why the children appear in crates.
"Russian Foreign Ministry sources in this report further state that Sarkozy told Hu that upon the Americans learning about these child rapes by their own rebel forces they began abducting them first and after 'medicating and crating' them put them onto US Air Force transport planes headed towards either America or Great Britain."
The report continues on to raise concerns about the ultimate safety of these children rescued by the U.S. and U.K. Of course it does not make sense that the two governments would first save the children from rape, and then take them into child sex slavery, which is why it's not a great idea to rely uncritically on the alternative media for your news.

Clearly, though, a review of the U.S. Department of State's 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report for Libya shows that it heavily emphasized the role of the Gadhafi government in allowing human trafficking to flourish, stating: 
"The Libyan government took no discernible steps to improve the protection of trafficking victims during the reporting period." (See p. 225.)
President Trump has frequently criticized NATO, perhaps with an eye to its past behavior and not just its funding. Even a cursory review of the Web yields multiple references to the multinational partnership, which includes the United States, having gone "rogue" in Libya.

One reads it and weeps, as one does not want to believe that the United States could be part of any corrupt military-based international child-trafficking ring covered for by dishonorable spooks.

And it's all too easy to blame one scapegoat for everything bad that's gone down in the world. The truth is, everyone reports to someone.

When the military tribunal commences, one of the first things we will establish is: In corruption, what is the true chain of command? I find it implausible that complicated, illicit operations occur without a significant amount of collaboration.

On May 23, 2014, DC Clothesline published an article by Dave Hodges, of The Common Sense Show, titled: "If Ambassador Stevens Had Lived, the Benghazi Child Trafficking Practices Would’ve Been Revealed." Hodges writes:
"My sources tell me that this same CIA pattern, that was in play in Libya at the time of Stevens death, was followed and perfected with the Fast and Furious Drug and Gun running operation ....Drugs are still used to fund clandestine, regime change operations. Increasingly, as I am being told, a portion of child sex trafficking profits are being funneled into funding these same operations."
Think about the word "collusion." We heard it from who?

Amid this truism about sociopaths: They always accuse others of doing that which they themselves are guilty of.

Where have we heard about children in cages?

Question: Is Jeffrey Epstein just a sick, deviant, sex-crazed "pedophile" -- he didn't get much of a sentence -- or is he an international child sex trafficker who deliberately videotaped and/or photographed powerful men having sex with children? Why? For whom? Why would he have a dentist's chair?

Some things are very hard to understand.  Have you ever asked yourself how our former Vice President, Joseph Biden, a politician with a storied career, the father of Beau Biden, who himself prosecuted a monstrous pedophile vigorously, became known as "Creepy Joe Biden?"

We would like the media to do their jobs, but unfortunately they do not. We can only surmise that there is intimidation involved.

As we can still see online the February 2017 video of reporter Liz Crokin telling the world she was threatened for her investigation of the Clintons and "pizzagate."
Copyright by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are those of the original author. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo is a screenshot.

Friday, April 6, 2018

An Audacious Dream For The Independent Media

Let's get Vice News to do an objective segment on child sex trafficking, in America and around the world.

Here is my dream: Elle Reeves confronting John Podesta.

I have a dream that we prepare Elle Reeves for the interview. We start with John's weird pizza emails.

We start with John's relationship to a controversial artist who paints with sperm and blood.

We keep going with a line of inquiry about John's whereabouts when Madeline McCann disappeared.

We ask her to listen to an audiotape which may or may not be John Podesta screaming "I am your father" at a child who is screaming in fear.

We give her an article where John's alter ego "Skippy" (an angry alter ego) is explored, in the Huffington Post back in 2008. 

We ask her to ask John what he meant when he used the term "wet work."

We ask Elle to ask John to clarify what he meant when he said, "I'm definitely for making an example of a suspected leaker whether or not we have any real basis for it."

We ask Elle to ask John what he thinks of his brother Tony's art collection.

We ask her to ask John about the significance of the cannibal painting in his office.

In light of the many allegations out there that he could be a serial pedophile, we ask her to ask him about his childhood, and about the impact on him of his mother adopting 25 children.

We ask her to ask him if he was Chester Bennington's father. Just clear that up.

We ask her to ask him about his relationship with the Clintons.

We ask her to ask him about his dealings with Russia.

We ask her to ask him anything else she thinks might be relevant.

And then we go home.
Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How To Serve A President You Don't Like

The worst bosses I ever had taught me the most important lessons I ever learned about work. For example, they tended to be Myers-Briggs type ISTJ, which is atrocious for me as an off-the-charts "P" ENFP. Like there is zero, zero chance the zigzagging I do is going to make sense to them, and worse yet, it literally triggers their OCD to be in the room with me.

The best bosses I ever had taught me the most important lessons I ever learned about work, too. For example, I learned that other people can see you extraordinarily accurately, no matter what kind of bullshit facade you put on, and so when your boss likes you and gives you feedback, it's best to take that lesson to heart.

It is no secret that the vast majority of Washingtonians dislike our current President. Maybe there's some secret poll going about and the proportion is less than awful, you know, perhaps it's 75-25 instead of 98-2. But here's a quick newsflash, in case this fact isn't clear: By default in every administration, some federal employees will be "yuge"proponents of the winning candidate, and others will truly dislike them. They may even think the President is the worst thing ever to happen to the country, does not deserve to be in office, etc. etc. etc.

But you do not have to like the President to serve well, to make your agency more functional, and to deliver great service to the American public. Granted, when President Obama took office in 2009, it was a very happy moment for me as a citizen, at the time. But even when my feelings changed -- and over time they did change sharply -- I was still able to serve, and serve well. Because whatever program I was working on, it had nothing to do with the President and everything to do with the citizen. The more effectively and efficiently I contributed, and helped others to contribute, the better we were serving the taxpayer, who unfortunately tends to get forgotten in all the fighting that goes down.

And there is a lot of fighting, though this does not mean all of D.C. is "the swamp." Many conflicts here really are about ideological differences, beliefs that are fervently held, not because of the money but because of very strongly held beliefs about right and wrong. Others, quite frankly, are about personality differences. Still others have to do with money, status, and power. Many are a mixture of all of these.

But most people aren't having these power struggles. Quite honestly, they're just getting by, maybe trying to learn something along the way, maybe trying to contribute what they can. Their health is not great, and they can't take the stress; they simply want to take care of themselves and their kids; they want to hang out with their friends and live normally, in an ever-more-insanely unstable world.

All civil servants, at least, can serve a President they don't like. But there are some things we have to get out of the way first.

Most obviously, if someone is truly convinced that doing their job "the President's way" is a violation of their personal beliefs and principles, and they can't find anything redeeming about the new Administration, then I would argue it's incumbent upon them to find another place to work besides the government. To me, there is a seditious quality to the civil servant who decides to remain in the employ of the Federal government overtly, while covertly waving the flag of "resistance" and doing whatever they can to thwart the Administration.

The other thing to consider is whether you can work in a fast-moving, unpredictable environment in which there is chronic understaffing but a much higher bar for performance. When I joined the federal government back in 2003, the civil service was a much quieter place, the pace was slower, and my frantic New York energy and talk of "results" and "the taxpayer" really did not go over. We did what we did the way we did it, and I was last in seniority and should understand that as such my words meant little. When I tried to make improvements, I quickly learned that anything outside the box was suspicious, that we certainly did not confront people "to make them feel bad," and that a hyper-focus on technical communication was preferable to a "big picture" simplified approach.

I was totally a fish out of water, and with each Administration the situation shifted slightly. In the Obama years, the emphasis was on centralized branding, and the sophistication level of the communication was much, much higher than anything I'd seen in the past. What that meant, for me, as a civil service communicator, was frustration as I felt left out of key decisions that were made. I could support the mission, but only to some extent, because the most important conversations about what we were doing were not being held in my orbit.

So I focused on improving the process of communication. I focused on working across federal agencies to import social media to a bureaucracy that knew nothing about it. Even as I was extremely troubled by the things the Administration was doing, by the discrepancy between word and deed, I focused on highlighting the most positive aspects of the mission that I could. And for me, that was truly satisfying.

But the pace remained fairly slow and steady, and even if I did not know what was happening behind the scenes, there was a sense of order to the world that has fundamentally shifted as of today. The civil service now is rapidly moving toward a private-sector mindset, the emphasis is on accountability and oversight and making much more with less, and the expectation is that results will be delivered without delay or apology. Even if you do not like President Trump, and you do not agree with his policies or understand his approach to things, you can function well in this brave new world if you continue to focus on the taxpayer.

What can you do to explain what's going on, respond to their questions, make it easier to access the information and services they are entitled to, and decipher the byzantine ways of Washington, D.C.?

What can you do to make it easier to work with your agency?

What can you do to increase your agency's accountability, its adherence to process, its reputation for genuinely adhering to the promises its mission stands for?

Who can you partner with in other agencies in order to do a better job? Where are the free resources for leadership training? Who are the experts in subjects you need to know about? How can you access technology support without having to use a vendor? What kind of social media campaigns can you build without any charge to your agency, to educate the public about the benefits your agency brings nationwide and to local communities?

What can you do to make your agency's data available in such a way that private citizens can access, reuse and remix it, helping the media to provide accurate information; researchers to generate scholarships; and private businesses to develop products they in turn sell to customers for revenue?

How can you work to rebrand programs that were a "signature" program of a prior Administration, and which are therefore overlooked or minimized today? Can you perhaps reach out and educate the powers that be about the importance of what you are doing, and the opportunity for them to leverage your work as a pillar of their own success?

Seriously, let's be a little entrepreneurial here! Times change!

Even if you do not like the current Administration, times do change. Who knows, you may serve a President you like better at some point down the road -- or you may find the next one is someone you "love to hate" even more. The point is, the civil service isn't about your like of a person. It's not about your politics, whether you prefer to paint things red or blue or any shade in between.

The purpose of the civil service is the effective, disinterested oversight and management of the bureaucracies that deliver service to the taxpayer. No matter how Feds are portrayed online -- as heroes or zeroes, selfless or stupid, fat cats or lazy Garfields who sit around and "do nothing" all day -- if you are working here, you have an opportunity to make things better.

And if you get good at serving a President you don't like today, just imagine the great things you can do when you're laboring for a President you personally respect as a private citizen.

Just as an FYI -- as always, I write on my own time and in my own personal capacity, NOT as a representative of the government -- you may want to know that the U.S. Digital Service recruits technologists on an ongoing basis. For more information, click here.

Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo credit: klimkin/Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

When Did Thinking Become A Crime?

March 20, 2018: We have now reached the height of lunacy, as CNN bleats: “TRUMP HIRES CONSPIRACY THEORIST TO HIS LEGAL TEAM.”

First of all, Donald Trump is the 45th POTUS. Even if you don’t like him, you should call the President by his proper title. Otherwise you’re trying to rewrite current events instead of reporting on them. 

Secondly, it was the CIA which invented the term “conspiracy theory” to discredit people who questioned the official narrative. The agency also started Operation Mockingbird (see also here), which to this day tarnishes media credibility.

The way to read CNN’s reporting – as encapsulated by a chyron, that little headline running across the screen – clearly is not as descriptive of fact. Rather, it smells a lot like desperation.

What does the CIA say to do when confronting a “conspiracy theorist?” First, know how to identify one.

Per CIA Doc #1035-960, this is someone who:
  • Reads gov publications critically
  • Questions the official story
  • Surmises that coordinated corruption is involved
  • Believes those writing the report may be guilty
Of course, reading critically and questioning the official story with an eye toward possible corruption and the collusion of officials is also known as...journalism!

The CIA, in stating why so-called conspiracy theorists must be discredited, explains that questioning their official narrative is bad for their reputation. (Also, they worked hard.)

Here's their plan for handling such people.
  • Seek “friendly elite contacts (especially politicians & editors)”
  • Say the critics are mistaken
  • Invoke the enemy
  • Blame “Communist propagandists.”
Does any of this sound like it could be happening today? 

 Let me be clear, this isn’t about taking political sides. It’s about recognizing that, number one, a thinking citizen is not a dangerous citizen. Number two, the media isn’t credible. And number three, the CIA desperately needs investigating.

To silence critics of the Warren Commission (which could be any official inquiry), the CIA urges action:

“Employ propaganda assets to negate and refute the attacks of the critics."

First, appropriated funds may not be used for propaganda.

And second, people aren’t things.

We now learn also that the CIA actually provides content to people in a position to put them where you’ll read it. In other words, they’re like the PR agency you can’t refuse. 

Do you know how hard it is to pitch a story?

When Ben Rhodes talked about selling the horrible Iran "deal" and termed millennial journalists an “echo chamber," he must have read this first:
“The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets.”
Remember how viciously they went after David Seaman and Liz Crokin for reporting on child sex trafficking by elites? All of these tactics are a documented "ploy."

When you use ploys like this, "democracy dies in the darkness," Jeff Bezos!

Using the media as an agent of the state is an incredibly powerful and insidious way to destroy democracy. Especially when:
  • They commit crimes and silence the victims.
  • They commit crimes and hide or destroy the evidence.
  • They commit crimes and attack anyone who questions them.
If you want to squash legitimate inquiry, there is no better way to do it than to call your critics “conspiracy theorists,” and imply they’re either stupid or crazy.

Right, Barack Obama?

Alinsky Rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

Here’s what makes me really sad.

In any institution, at the lower levels, good and bad people compete to climb the ladder.
  • “Good” = well-intentioned, they have the mission at heart.
  • “Bad” = self-serving, they only want to to promote themselves.
That’s why it’s not fair to attack an organization wholly.

At the top level, represented by a single individual, you have people who have risen to the elite ranks over time. Nobody gets up there without getting their hands dirty. Everybody knows the other players. It is here that the worst power struggles take place.

It seems everybody now knows what "brownstoning" is: a kind of blackmail in which someone in power is photographed in a sexual situation with a child. That person is now beholden to whoever has the evidence.

Sibel Edmonds is an FBI whistleblower. She is widely respected; a patriot and not a rabid partisan as far as I can tell.
She has spoken out about a variety of matters, including the disgraced Dennis Hastert, and the possibility that he was being blackmailed due to his “not maybe morally well activities.”

Edmonds says
“the same tactics used against activist networks and movements have been put into action targeting the new alternative information mediums: from luring with money and blackmail to entrapment via sheep-dipped operatives.”
She talks about:
“the state’s utilization of reporters as traps to detect, stop and catch sources and whistleblowers and the lie called ‘honoring confidentiality.’….when money as lure is not sufficient…the good-ole blackmail tactic is used.”
When the history of this time is written, it will be about a silent war fomented by paid propagandists, installed to cover up the crimes of the corrupt, committed by those at the top of the social pyramid.

When the history of this time is written, we will look back from our rocking chairs and not know how we got through such a piled-high mountain of crap.

When the history of this time is written, we will look back and wonder how it was that we had to spend our time fighting back against a caricature of actual humanity, perhaps best typified by the clueless Ph.D. in the Dilbert cartoon.

God help us.

God Bless America.

Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. This article began as a Twitter thread, later published by American Digital News. Contents slightly edited for brevity and readability in post form. Photo by iAmMrRob (Creative Commons CC0) via Pixabay.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Trust The Plan

Think. Step Back. 

We need to talk about The Plan.
Trust the Plan.
It can be hard to have faith amid the crazy world we live in. There's just no other word for it.

Example After Example

We learn that the times before the Messiah will involve a kind of reversal of the normal order of things, and we see this over and over today.

Stormy Daniels As A Heroine

For example, I was talking to my mother the other day about Stormy Daniels. "Stormy Daniels?" she said. "I'm so over it. It's like, really?" 

But I continue to marvel at the spectacle. Like, now Chelsea "pee on my face from a sailboat" Handler is defending her.

Terrorists As Folk Heroes

Terrorists plant bombs in schools and hospitals, hide behind children, try to storm Israel's border, then make it a human rights issue when they are killed. 

Adults Bowing Down To Children

In the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, taking 17 beautiful young souls out of this world for absolutely no reason, a number of things occurred. And few in the mainstream media dare to talk about them, lest they be deemed a "Russian bot" and swiftly attacked.

Indeed, Laura Ingraham, a devout Christian, kind adoptive mother and cancer survivor, is tossed off the air as a result of offending a high school "activist" claiming to represent those affected by this shooting.

To make matters worse, said "activist" has a lot of issues that could use journalistic review, most notably his father's job as a defense contractor, which stinks to high heaven.  (You'll see if you read the alternative media that some of the speculation is pretty nasty to Jews. But we can either investigate or censor; hopefully we will never get to the point where all reporters have to pass a political correctness test, although maybe that horse has already left the barn.)

In fact, whoever planned the D.C. rally that to all appearances was held in response to the shootings, actually did so in advance, per FOIA -- months in advance. And when a whistleblower came out to state that the students were coached to speak -- that person promptly got fired. 

"Blame Russia"

To the entire Russia, Russia narrative that has snarled our government's operations for more than a year now: Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Harry Reid, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page. Did they literally plant the whole "Russia, Russia, Russia" story? At Hillary Clinton's behest? At Obama's? 

"Confused" Roseanne

Meanwhile, if you didn't catch the drift yet, the 4 a.m. talking points have gone out. Roseanne - YEAH, WE LOVE US OUR ROSEANNE, RIGHT JIMMY? - is somehow just "confused," you know, like an elderly aunt, for thanking President Trump for fighting child sex trafficking

Or maybe she's brainwashed into believing "conspiracy theory?" (Washington Post, reprinted in the Chicago Tribune, mainstream talking points all the way on this one.) Who knows? literally uses the word "explain" in its headline to gently break it to the readers that they're not quite sure what she is, maybe we're all just like that, duh!
"The politics of Roseanne — and maybe Roseanne — are confused and incoherent, but so are a lot of our politics.
You have to trust the plan, because common sense is dead.

Look Beyond The Hypocrites

Sadly, the people who grab headlines as "progressive" are actually obscuring a lot of really good people. People who many of us know, and respect, and believe in.

"Dan Quinn was relieved of his Special Forces command after a fight with a U.S.-backed militia leader who had a boy as a sex slave chained to his bed." - The New York Times
What about the "dancing boys," Obama? You bowed before the Arabs and then looked away as their children were raped. You made our Arab allies look away, too. 

By your actions, you disgrace Islam. You are a disgusting hypocrite.

Of course, before Obama, on Bill Clinton's watch, there was Dyncorp, Bosnia, and war. 
"DynCorp was involved in a sex slavery scandal in Bosnia in 1999, with its employees accused of rape and the buying and selling of girls as young as 12." - Huffington Post

Faith Leads You To Truth

You have to trust The Plan. Because you have to know that despite all the lies people tell and the evil things they do thinking they -- a very small group full of very bad people -- can fool us forever, this simply is not true.

For one thing, you are animated by a Godly soul. (As are they.)

Your soul is your highway to the Lord. And the Lord loves you, no matter what and always. The Lord is your rock and my rock. He is our salvation.

Faith Means Listening To God

So what is The Plan, in the broadest sense? We'll get to that in a minute. But first we need to cover the significance of the weekly Torah reading yesterday. 

Where the sons of Aaron, the High Priest, were literally consumed by fire as a punishment.
The rabbis debate a lot about the meaning of what happened. But the consensus seems to be that they inserted themselves into the narrative without having authorization. "Strange fire" - they acted on their own, without permission. 

The Torah tells us over and over again, to simply do what God wants of us.

Egotistical Evil

The supplemental reading for this week drives home the point. 

David's wife was Michal. Michael was the daughter of Saul. Saul disobeyed the Lord by acting independently -- on his own calculations, refusing to wipe out the Amalekites. 

Michal was like her father -- not in tune with what God wanted, all about what she thought. She chided David for singing before God like a commoner, and for that she was punished by God with an early death (dying in childbirth).

This trip into the Bible reading isn't a diversion from real life. It is an illumination. In order to make the world better for people, you have to follow along with God's plan. Trust the plan, and act in accordance with it. 

Please oh please do not make stuff up.

"Illuminati" Is Ego

When we talk about the Illuminati, the occult, the wizards and the warlocks and the witches, what are we talking about? It's people who try to bring a strange fire to the Lord - literally. They SAY that what they're doing is good. But their ACTIONS show it's all about ego.

Three Steps To The Light

Religious Jews learn not to trivialize, bastardize and pervert the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) through popular dissemination to people who aren't ready. But we can talk about this. The ultimate Plan of Creation: We start with "ein sof"(infinite light), progress to the world of material things (ego/evil), and return again to the light.

How does this work?

It all started with God. Infinity. All was good and peaceful. We then progressed to the "Shattering of the Vessels," which is how the material world and its associated evil was fabricated from a world of infinite good.

To be clear: The root of all evil is ego. Ego means substituting self for God.

For said "shattering" to occur God had to restrain Himself from overflowing the world with His goodness. We call this action "tzimtzum," which means constriction. Constrict the Light - to hide the goodness - let ego flourish - evil. Why? 

It was an act of Love on God's part to restrain Himself from making things to easy. The only way to let us learn about Him was to allow us the illusion that the world exists independently. He holds us lightly, we walk, we fall.

But God's plan succeeded all too well. We had so much choice, we chose to kill each other. (Good book: Satan, An Autobiography. )

The last stage in the plan, the transition we are in right now, involves begging for the Lord's salvation from the depths of the pit we now find ourselves in. And we are in a pit. With a lot of enemies bound very deeply to their egos.

In the end -- don't doubt it -- we will have world peace, and we'll all kind of look at each other and say, "Of course!"

Getting Through The Second Stage

Because we are not yet redeemed, we are stuck listening to a lot of perverted people, bad people, egotistical people, the ones who pose as God's messengers but wear black robes, the ones try to sell us dirty wars as the path to the ultimate salvation of all.

What they're "saving," though, is only their money and power.

The way you stop bad people, is, first, to fortify your capabilities - visibly. 

The way you stop bad people, second, is to put all traitors on trial. Military trial.

The way you stop bad people is, at the very least, to put them in jail. Preferably you take their blood money as well, and use it to pay restitution to their victims.

The Power of Prayer

Material actions can only go so far. To really reach the third stage, the way you stop bad people is to pray and encourage others to pray, deeply, truly and sincerely.

Prayer is spiritual warfare. Prayer unlocks the door to God's light. Prayer lets the "ein sof" - the "never ending" - reveal itself. Prayer is the magic spell. 

"There's no place like home."

When we cry out to God like infants, we create the new world in which God is revealed to us, in full. We bond God to us. The world is flooded with truth.

For God's light is the truth. The evil was only a tool, to enable us to run away from it.

This Is What Redemption Looks Like

Do you see it now? Do you see the way forward, so that we can all go back to the Infinite Light, and be reunited with our loved ones?

Future proves past.

Future is past.

This is what redemption looks like: This is where we're going, now. All of us.  Black - white - brown - Jewish - Muslim - Christian - Buddhist - old - young - female - male - and gender identification in between. 

The truth is only Ein Sof. 

We = soul = God = 1.

Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo by wfeco77 via Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons).

Roseanne Barr Is A Truth-Telling Hero

What Happened

On March 30, 2018, U.S. celebrity Roseanne Barr, speaking from her Twitter account (@therealroseanne), stated:
“President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now.”

Why This Matters: Breaking The Cult Narrative Of Trump-Haters

Of course, haters of President Trump rapidly turned apoplectic. Criticism of rained down from all corners, including The Hollywood Reporterwhich blasted the actress for “a series of bizarre new tweets” in which Barr (inconceivably!) “continued to showcase her support for the President.”
Reading this, one has to wonder if THR can even take itself seriously, considering that Hollywood itself is known for child sex trafficking, and if you don’t believe that by now, then watch “An Open Secret”, read up on Corey Feldman (or maybe he’s just making all of it up, right?), or listen to “Judge Jeannine” Pirro, ask the journalist Thomas Wictor, research the enormous, multi-state West Coast child sex trafficking ring broken up in 2017.

Nickelodeon’s Notorious Dan Schneider, Long-Rumored To Have A Perverse Interest In Children

One could contact Nickelodeon about this disturbing Tweet by Jennette McCurdy, who worked as an actress on iCarly and Sam & Cat, two youth-oriented television shows produced by Dan Schneider, who recently resigned, as Deadline said it, “under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some of the younger stars on his shows.” (He’s not the only one.)
In any case, this is what McCurdy looked like four years ago.
This is what she looks like today, or at least what she looked like in a Vine she recently released publicly. (Warning: This content is disturbing.)
Many of us are asking the same question: “What did Dan Schneider do to Jannette McCurdy?”
This is a picture of McCurdy with Schneider.

An Excerpt From The “Blind Item”

Some are wondering if the below “blind item” on the “Crazy Days and Nights” blog, about Hollywood, has anything to do with Dan Schneider’s firing:
“Tick tock, tick tock. That clock is ticking loudly as a chain of events and a metaphorical deal with the devil can bring down this entire media corporation and their now-struggling studio within the coming year.
“This one has been a long time coming, and is thankfully about to come to an end for the perpetrators of some of the modern entertainment industry’s worst long-time institutional abuses of underage actresses….Many people in Hollywood and out have been waiting to see when this Producer at this cable network is going to be called out, publicly accused, or charged for his many years of abuse behind the scenes.
“Many have wondered why — with so many others being brought down — he’s managed to escape almost unscathed?
“It’s because of his Protector. His Protector is the mega-wealthy big boss of the studio and corporate parent, and he wields a lot of power over many types of media, in both Hollywood and New York.
“Many years ago the Producer got himself in serious trouble over his perverted abuses of several of his actresses. Not just those he abused himself, but those he encouraged his writers, directors, and co-producers to sexually abuse.
“This was not a one-time thing, but an ongoing constant pattern which led those actresses to drugs, self-destruction, self-abuse, mutilation, destroyed dreams, wasted careers, damaged families, and even insanity. Made more disgusting by the complicity and apathy of the parents, “momagers”, and guardians who just wanted fame and money. All so that some jolly perverts could get their rocks off living out their sick unfulfilled tweenage dreams.
“At that time, the Protector still had most of his marbles and was going to live forever. Many believe he still may, although he’s now alive in name only and the flames are lapping at his legs daily.
“Back then he still had his iron grip on his business and he’s never been afraid to sue, threaten, harass, or destroy others as his favorite sport. Back when the abuses emerged as whispers at the corporation, the executives and The Protector sat down with his corporate bean counters and realized the massive cash cow this Producer was for them. Huge. Very huge and big in every way.
“In fact, probably one of the three biggest revenue generators in the corporate parent’s entire history (especially in the coveted target demographic for ads, merch, and licensing).
“When that much is at stake, they don’t want to rock the boat or kill the golden goose (Or cow. Or even a giant pig.).
“Anyway, on the other hand? It is a public corporation, and that means things can get leaked and revealed just through statements and financial reports. What then evolved was a corporate game of chess that nobody could imagine.
“The Producer was no dummy, so he personally hired investigators to provide ammo for his case. He then hired top financial experts to lay out the revenue he and his cronies represented to the corporation both in the past and in future revenues.
“So when the Protector summoned him? The Producer showed the Protector a huge financial report to validate his power and worth to the bottom line. Then he showed a massive dossier of files going back 50 years of the powerful Protector’s own misdeeds.
“From New York, to Hollywood, to Boston, to London — a trail of abuses, perversions, thefts from his company, abuse, stealing from his own family, and even outright felonies. By the time he got down the list to mention offshore banking, the Protector knew he’d met someone on his level.
“Thus the two twisted men forged a strategy and agreement to protect each other and the corporation. The Producer surrendered his very expensive background report — and the Protector agreed to make all those ‘pesky’ abuse whispers go away.
“…None of this was simple, instant, and was NOT cheap or easy. But the perverted Producer was smart enough to have limited potential witnesses by keeping his rapes/abuses down to he said/she said. And for more than a decade in the pre-Cosby & pre-Harvey days a reporter, lawyer, or cop wouldn’t accuse in such instances without hard proof.
“Parents were paid off in huge amounts. As in ‘never have to work again ever’ amounts that cover cars, college tuition, homes and all they want for now….They were well rewarded. Not just with big payoffs, but production deals, television shows, feature films, even music careers. Many of the adults were even bribed with corporate stock.
“The victims were told they “had no choice” and had to accept the deals, or they themselves could get in trouble. So all that those actresses and their people had to do? Keep quiet, keep smiling and doing photo ops, and support the brands/shows/projects with positive PR.
“The best part for the Producer & Protector? They managed to make even more money off of even those cover-up deals by making new shows starring once-unknown backing players who had been abused. Like two shows that starred the same actress. And on, and on, it went. Leaving a trail of money and destroyed lives in their wake.
“Some of the young girls were just in their tweens when sexually abused and raped by the Producer or his team members. One very damaged victim says she was even a virgin when the Producer went from hugging her in her trailer, to physically laying on her and forcing himself in her. She turned to alcohol, drugs, running away, and anything that would allow her to numb the pain as her parents refused to give her money to live and refused to let her quit the business. Eventually it became too much for her, and she had an epic meltdown.
“Some of the victims were so exasperated by parents, managers, and even tutors refusing to believe or help them that they did quit the business altogether. Still others tipped off gossip bloggers, industry insiders, online Reddit threads, anonymous Myspace chats, and anyone they could find just to try and warn others and get the story out there any way they could. It worked to a small degree at least as people began to whisper.
“Meanwhile, the Protector still enjoyed his own perversions with barely-legal escorts and their escort mothers; escorts who were paid by trading sex for production deals at the studio; actresses who skipped over the casting couches and went straight to his house to trade sex for jobs on his TV shows; and yacht girls whom he moved into his houses as his girlfriends/sugar babies.
“All the while the Producer continued his abuses/crimes and even got bold enough to allude to them in his own shows.”

Case #2: Seth Rogen’s “It Doesn’t Mean Anything, It’s Just A Movie” Rape Scene

Hollywood loves Seth Rogen. He is a top actor, has a “nice guy” image and is frequently cast in leading roles.
The problem is, Hollywood portrayals of life actually influence how we think about our real-world interactions.
One of Rogen’s more forgettable roles, back in 2009, is of the character “Ronnie,” in the movie Observe and ReportThe film prominently features Rogen’s character, a pathetic “mall cop,” raping Anna Faris, under the pretense that they are both too drunk for it to be rape.
Faris, who plays his “dream girl,” Brandi, is unconscious when we first see Rogen raping her. She is drunk to the point of vomiting (we literally see her vomit on the bed). The rape is explained away by her briefly “waking up” and telling Rogen, nastily, to continue.
This by way of saying, if THR is attacking Roseanne Barr, I’m pretty sure she’s hit the nail squarely on the head.
So what has President Trump done for victims of child sex trafficking?

Tightening The Noose: Framework For Permanent Elimination Of Child Sex Trafficking In America

Number one, President Trump has gone far further than other Presidents in establishing a long-term approach toward ending this plague.
Admittedly, in doing so, he follows in the footsteps of others. Most notably, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 was signed by President Clinton and was reauthorized both under President Bush and Obama. (President Trump signaled his support of the Act through a Presidential Determination in September 2017 denying non-humanitarian, non-trade related aid to countries that were out of compliance.)

Why Does The Long-Term Approach Matter?

Individual arrests only matter in the short term. To get a sense of the trend, one has to look at the framework within which law enforcement takes place. Also, President Trump has only been in office a short time, making apples-to-apples comparisons weak. When more data is available we can more fruitfully compare numbers of arrests under Presidents Trump versus Obama, or numbers of people arrested (for example a large sweep in California, in which 500 people were arrested).

Executive Orders Targeting Human Rights Abuses and Corruption Take Direct Aim At Human Traffickers

In looking at the big picture, it is helpful to consider a list of Executive Orders (EOs) and related information, compiled by Mackie Oria Morris. Below is my adaptation of her list with source links.
First, Morris notes that with an Executive Order (EO) issued December 21, 2017, President Trump put the United States under a state of emergency.
A state of national emergency means that martial law can be imposed if necessary. In 2006, President Bush made it easier to impose.
The reason for our current national emergency, according to President Trump, is “serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.” I read this as “human trafficking and other crimes that affect Americans seriously.”

The Silent Import of the New UCMJ

This consists of 467 pages of changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the basic code of U.S. military law. (It should be noted that any change this drastic would have to begin under the prior Administration at least; it should also be noted that under the Obama administration, the UCMJ was updated in ways that supported victims of sex crimes, for example providing them with a special counsel to advise them of their rights.)
Why is it so hard to find a good news analysis of these updates? What are they, and why do they matter?
Over at CAAFlog, a blog dedicated to all things UCMJ (Tagline: “Military justice blogs are to blogs as military music is to music”), the change gets only a headline with a vague, “More to Follow.”
This comment alone offers a frightening level of sarcastic insight: “Watch No Way Out With Kevin Costner.”
The frustrated blogger is left reading the text of the EO itself, which suggests, as this anonymous blogger writes, that we have silently transitioned into martial law, with all the ramifications this entails:
“Pay close attention to the last paragraph, as it alludes to a significant and unprecedented change in the relation between Domestic Rule of Constitutional Law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (sic). It certainly has within the legitimacy of providing lawful grounds for the US military under guidance & assistance of the Departments of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to pursue indict arrest prosecute and sentence foreign and national non military, non government, corporate, and political actors & entities, i.e. enemies foreign & domestic, under United States Code (Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Courts — Martial.”
Indeed, this reading is borne out in the EO. See screenshot below:

U.S. Marshals To Enforce Martial Law

If President Trump intends to make mass arrests under the rubric of a national emergency related to human rights abuses, he will need significant support, of the type provided by a U.S. Marshal, which:
performs the essential functions of protecting the Federal judiciary, apprehending fugitives, transporting prisoners, and protecting witnesses.”
You can learn more about what the Marshals do at, but the bottom line is that President Trump appears to be gearing up for something big. In the absence of some explanation to the contrary, this would explain the many successive “waves” of Marshals he has nominated just since September 2017.
Of course, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions; maybe our default assumption should be that all the nomination activity is normal.
But there is something else.

The Sealed Indictments

Since the EO was released, there have been more than 18,000 (researchers are sharing through Google Drive; this is not my research work; an attempt to double-verify this information was thwarted as the Twitter account which offered it was “mysteriously” suspended, another challenge for researchers trying to obtain valid information).
In any case, the indictments are concentrated in certain states. See “heat map” last updated February 2018.
All of these are publicly available through PACER, which stands for “Public Access to Court Electronic Records.” Should you wish to do so, here is a guide to searching PACER yourself.
To get a sense of how astronomically high this past year’s figures are, see a 2009 study (link goes to Google Drive) conducted by the Federal Judicial Center, a research agency within the U.S. judiciary, which found that there were slightly fewer than 1,100 sealed criminal cases in 2006, or 1.6% of all criminal cases filed. (See screenshot.)
While the mainstream media has ignored the unusual quantity of sealed indictments, these are a frequent topic of discussion on social media, where there is much speculation as to their contents.

Taking Their Money

The assets of human traffickers and other corrupt actors (as we know from the FBI, organized criminals tend to commit multiple types of crime) are being targeted as well.
The “Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption,” issued December 21, 2017, targeted criminals’ assets. Accordingly, the same day the EO was released, the U.S. Treasury Department released an 1100-page list containing the names of those whose assets were seized.

A Place To House All Those Criminals

Nobody likes to talk about it, but it appears fairly clear that in this state of national emergency, those accused of certain crimes (such as treason) can be taken to the notorious Guantanamo Bay (“GITMO”) prison, which is a military prison, to undergo a military trial. The preparation for a large-scale processing endeavor would explain why Guantanamo is undergoing a significant expansion costing hundreds of millions of dollarsThe Arizona National Guard was deployed there in December 2017.

Funding The Government With Legislation To Fight Human Trafficking

The Omnibus Bill that President Trump signed on March 23, 2018, apparently begrudgingly, signed has a longer title which indicates that it is anti-human-trafficking legislation.
“An Act to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State, and for other purposes.”
Key word: “severe” — this means, among other things, that the perpetrator enslaved minors (children) for sex.
Key words: “for other purposes.”
The text of the legislation, H.R. 1625, is important in stopping the flow of child sex trafficking because, notes GovTrack, it:
amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize the State Department and law enforcement agencies to target international human traffickers by offering financial rewards for their arrest or conviction.”

Funding The Cost of Trials

The appropriations bill also includes significant funding for the costs associated with trials requiring significant security. For example, there is $270,000,000 set aside for “fees and expenses of witnesses,” another $16,000,000 for “construction of buildings for protected witness safesites,” another $3,000,000 for “witness security caravans,” and so on.
One anonymous commenter on Reddit asks, “Did the democrats just fund the tribunals?
It may be that these tribunals are going to adjudicate financial crimes only, but this scenario seems unlikely given all the other contextual factors listed above.

Noteworthy Resignations

Over roughly the same time period that President Trump nominated five successive waves of U.S. Marshals, many well-known corporate figures and politicians have stepped down, such as Google’s Eric Schmidt. In an interview with Russia’s “propaganda network” — it is a propaganda network — Sputnik News, tech entrepreneur Trent Lapinski noted (as did many others) that the action occurred within hours of the December 2017 EO:
“According to Lapinski, it is notable that Schmidt’s resignation was announced mere hours after US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that blocks transactions of the property of persons involved in human rights abuses, human trafficking and corruption. During the 2016 US presidential race, Schmidt played an instrumental role in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, acting as what Lapinski called a ‘CTO’ of the campaign. This became known when Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails were shared on WikiLeaks. The emails revealed Schmidt secretly funded the Groundwork Foundation, a top technology provider for Clinton.”
This GoogleDoc has a running list of the resignations, their dates, given reasons and various statistics. (The information has been contributed by a variety of anonymous researchers and cannot be confirmed by me officially.) Highlights:
  • 1642 people
  • 1283 companies or organizations
  • 97 countries resignations as of this writing
Here is another visualization of the information that appears to be current as of March 20, 2018.
Among these “notables” are dozens of U.S. politicians who either stepped down or announced they’re not seeking re-election.
We are also seeing significant arrests of state leaders, such as in Saudi Arabia, a well-known destination for sex trafficking, since November 2017.

Major Child Sex Trafficking Arrests Since President Trump Took Office

While more documentation is always helpful, what follows are a few examples of significant child sex trafficking arrests that have occurred since President Trump took office.
Time did not permit me to do the kind of research that would do this effort justice, and a selected list of arrests under the Administration of one President does not imply that previous Presidents were inactive in this regard. (Really, we are talking about the end of child rape: It’s not about who gets more credit.)


While I may not have all the facts, I do believe — based on the quantity, quality and fervor of his statements — that thanks to President Trump, a sea change is occurring in the way human trafficking is treated in this country.
Those who sell children for sex are the enemy.
Our President has declared war.
Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. This post has been updated with additional information 4:53 PM EST, March 31, 2018.