Monday, September 30, 2019

Please Stop Plastering Greta Thunberg On Your Facebook Wall

This young lady may be very nice, but she is sadly being exploited by cynical adults hoping to make big bucks off “green” business. 

She did not organically develop a climate change movement. Rather she was brought onboard to fill a role.

Many people do not know that Ms. Thunberg is the child of an actress and is an actress herself. 

On top of all of this, she was interviewed about climate change and could say nothing about it.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

Rosh HaShanah 2019 - Day 1.5

Rosh HaShana 2019 - Day 1.5


Part of the problem is that I think of Rosh HaShanah like “punishment day.” It’s like getting sent to the principal’s office in high school. You sit there and wait to get yelled at for what you did wrong.


Sure enough, in synagogue the sermon was about how God is judging us and He sees everything, we cannot fool him.


Despite this, it was okay in synagogue. My feelings were calm and I was at peace, thank God. 


Maybe this sounds strange. But I think the sense of peace is because, in various ways, I have decided that self-hate does not belong in my life anymore. God loves me, and I love myself. So if I can’t sit there for 3.5 hours perfectly still, it is okay. 


They were nice enough to leave out some hot water today in synagogue. I made about two cups of coffee and one of tea. And I got through it.


Interestingly I used to feel somewhat inferior compared with others in shul. Somehow my hair and makeup and clothes were never just right, or I got tongue-tied and lacked for words to connect with other people. This year I felt just fine, despite looking verifiably horrid — nasty cold and no makeup, plus it was raining all the way to synagogue.


It’s all in your mind. It’s really all in your mind. 


There were other things too. I have gotten past the stage where I am simultaneously angry at rabbis for shitting up Judaism *and* somehow expect them to fix it all. They can’t and they won’t. It’s up to the rest of us, really.


I have become an advocate for children. I thought today in shul that we had a long way to go on that front. But okay. That means someone has to care and get involved. More work for me 🙂


As an advocate I realize that my first job is to advocate for myself. I am taking some time to heal after years of nonstop activism, watching the country descend into civil war. I am meditating regularly and simply giving myself permission to have some peace.


I still write as much as possible. That is healing too.


Also, I am learning to set boundaries with other people, and to use my “No” muscle more. “Why not?” “Because I have decided not to pursue it right now” is a perfectly good answer. Or, if necessary, it is fine also to say “I feel overwhelmed” or “I feel uncomfortable” or simply “I think I need some space right now.”


This is me sending everyone support on their unique journey. Hope you found this interesting/useful.


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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

Ukraine and the Coup (Updated)


On July 18, 2013, Igor Pasternak, CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp., held a reception for Rep. Adam Schiff at Pasternak's home in Washington, DC. 

The electronic version of the invitation, which is still online (and archived here), instructed invitees to "make checks payable to Adam Schiff for Congress." (The paper version is viewable online here.)



The reception is mentioned in a February 5, 2018 article by Alex Christoforou wrote for Duran.com, called "Adam Schiff’s collusion with oligarch, Ukrainian arms dealer, exposed." 

Christoforou mentions that journalist Jack Posobiec had previously called attention to the relationship between Pasternak and Schiff. It read:
“Hi @RepAdamSchiff! Why did Soros-tied Ukraninan Arms Dealer Igor Pasternak hold a fundraiser for you? #ComeyHearing (March 20, 2017)
Here is an archived screenshot of Posobiec's tweet.


Officially, Pasternak's biography states that he is:
"Founder and CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp. (Aeros)....the architect of the Aeroscraft...offering the U.S. military and global industry the most flexible and cost-effective solution for transporting large cargo rapidly and securely across urban, remote, and  ecologically sensitive areas."
However, Christoforou describes Pasternak, "Schiff's patron," as:
“a Ukraine globalist, military industrialist who was curiously spotted in Maidan, Kiev in 2014 for ‘diplomatic reasons’ during the US/CIA sponsored coup.”
He cites another since-deleted Tweet, allegedly by Posobiec (I cannot find an archived copy, but it is circulating widely online) that bluntly states:
Adam Schiff is an owned hatchet man of Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak. Schiff's anti-Russian narrative is carefully orchestrated by his Ukrainian handlers 
Further down in the electronic invitation from Pasternak, Christoforou quotes the part about Pasternak's personal interest in Ukraine politics:
Since political protests broke out across Ukraine in late 2013, Pasternak has worked to personally inform and educate Members of Congress about the geostrategic importance of Ukraine to European and US security.
The NSA "Child Crimes" account (note: no official recognition) tweeted on September 29, 2019: "The Democrats have been using Ukraine as a proxy state for decades."



In a February 11, 2018 op-ed published in The Hill, journalist Sharyl Attkisson notes that the Podesta Group (established by Clinton campaign chairman/advisor to President Bill Clinton John Podesta and his brother Tony) served both Russia and Ukraine.
"The Podesta Group...lobbied for Russia’s largest bank, owned by the government (or, as you like, President Putin). 
"John’s brother, Tony, also lobbied for Ukrainian interests (reportedly in partnership with Trump associates Manafort and Gates).
"The Podesta Group also represented Russia-owned Uranium One, which received approval from a federal oversight board that included the State Department under Hillary Clinton to buy about one-fifth of the U.S. production capacity of uranium, a key material for making nuclear weapons. 
"Uranium One interests reportedly contributed $145 million to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable foundation."
Is Ukraine a "proxy state" for the Democrats?

This is Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State under Democrat President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

On February 4, 2014, Nuland was caught interfering with Ukranian politics - specifically, choosing who would lead Ukraine after then-Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by the United States.

Of course, the ouster occurred after Yanukovych decided (citing "pressure from Russia") in late November 2013 to pull out of a deal with the European Union.

Protests immediately ensued: "Some 10,000 demonstrators in Independence Square carried Ukrainian and EU flags late on Friday and chanted "Ukraine is Europe." I question whether those protests were organic or engineered by the CIA.

Yanukovych does blame the U.S., per Iran's Press TV (April 2014) which reports on his appearance on Russian television.
"Ukrainian deposed President Viktor Yanukovych says the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is provoking bloodshed in the country...warned that Ukraine's interim officials have taken the country to the brink of a civil war....noted that CIA Director John Brennan met with Kiev's new leaders in person and 'in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed,' in Ukraine."
Indeed, on her January 28, 2014 phone call with then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Nuland stated:
"I don't think Klitsch [Vitaly Klitschko] should go into the government. I don't think it's necessary, I don't think it's a good idea." 
"I think Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk] is the guy who's got the economic experience, the governing experience. He's the... what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok] on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I just think Klitsch going in... he's going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it's just not going to work."
Certainly as of 2017, Democrat Representatives Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters were comfortable enough with Ukraine to take random calls from people pretending to be their top leaders, and to engage in sensitive discussions with them.

  • Schiff was pranked in April 2017 by a caller pretending to be Andre Parubiy, the Ukranian equivalent of the Speaker of the House and who claimed to have sexually compromising pictures of President Trump. Schiff stated, at the end of the call: “All righty. Good, this is very helpful. I appreciate it. We will try to work with the FBI to figure out, along with your staff, how we can obtain copies.”
  • The same team, also in 2017, successfully posed as Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of the Ukraine, in a call to Rep. Maxine Waters. It is worth listening to the audio of this call, as it is astonishing how she freely discusses economic sanctions, one of the most sensitive foreign policy topics imaginable, with someone who is clearly an un-vetted, complete stranger. 

Meanwhile, back to Adam Schiff.

The attack on Benghazi, Libya occurred September 11-12, 2012. Ambassador Christopher Stevens along with Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed.

But what were we doing there? Under Obama, it was a weapons ratline—running arms to Syria:

“Though it is not often discussed, the fact that the Obama administration channeled Libyan heavy weapons to the Syrian rebels — the existence of a weapons ‘rat-line’— has been openly disclosed.”

Pasternak’s Schiff fundraiser occurred on July 18, 2013.

Here is Pasternak in a photo shared September 29, 2019 by Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit. The caption reads: “Selling Mine Clearing Equipment and Arms in Syria and Iraq in 2015.”

On November 25, 2014, Hillary Clinton’s “Friends and Family Benghazi Roundup” email (news clips) included a statement from Rep. Adam Schiff in his official capacity as member of the House Intelligence Committee and specifically the Benghazi committee:






On September 29, 2019 Yaakov Apelbaum published photo and documentary evidence linking Alexandra Chalupa as a Ukranian “asset” with Andrew McCabe, Linda Sarsour, and Michael Avenatti, all vocal and vicious opponents of President Trump.





What is the connection between Igor Pasternak, Adam Schiff, and Democratic Party leadership more broadly, if any? What about the role of these other individuals in the association?

How is the arms dealing “rat line” connected to all this?

With the plot to overthrow President Trump in obvious progress for nearly three years now, is there an end in sight?



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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain. Photo credit: Norm Bosworth/Pixabay. 

Rosh HaShanah 5780, Day 1

Rosh Hashanah 2019 Day 1. (Hebrew date, 1 Tishrei 5780).

Everyone has been extremely supportive of the fact that this holiday triggers me. As a result I am feeling more calm. Thank you all. I hope you know that I am sitting here, silently supportive of everyone else who is going through the same thing.

Why these feelings? It's not a mystery. I grew up in the typical Orthodox Jewish world of the late '70s and early '80s. It was full of Jewish pride, yes, but also a large helping of guilt, shame, hypocrisy and male domination.

Looking back on it I recall that my grandparents on both sides were more normal and were not like this. I do recall that both of my parents seemed burdened and suffering. Religion was frequently not a joyful experience for them, it was a requirement, they did not feel that they were good enough and I did not feel that I was good enough either. I admire that they did not abandon the faith. Rather, they struggled very hard to measure up.

I do not blame my parents for their suffering or their mistakes, but rather I love them all the more for trying to spare me their pain. They are good people and I am glad to have formed a different relationship with them now, as a middle-aged wife and mom who goes through many of the same things they did.

Our journey with God is a very personal one, but it is a social one as well, and I am grateful.
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Document Fraud and the Ukraine Hoax: A Detailed Document Analysis (9/29/2019, updated 9/30 with a correction)



“Urgent Concern Form”


“Here is something seriously strange. The Disclosure of Urgent Concern Form located earlier today at DNI is only two days old according to its pdf properties.”
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McIntyre links to the form.
I downloaded the form myself at 10:20 a.m. on September 29, 2019.
My PDF editor product is called “PDF Architect.” Please note that I had to purchase an extra module from the software maker to edit PDFs, and do not recall the name of it.
This is a screenshot of the first page in the software environment.



I clicked on the top line from within the software environment (“DISCLOSURE OF URGENT CONCERN FORM – UNCLASSIFIED”), right-clicked, and selected “Properties.” The screenshot below shows the result.
To type it out, it says:
File name: “Urgent Concern Disclosure Form.pdf” (Note that the file name has spaces in it, which is not how an IT-savvy person would name a file.)
The PDF version of the form was created on September 24, 2019 at 16:25:00 p.m. and modified one day later, September 25, 2019, at 14:39:15 p.m.



As a test, I randomly clicked elsewhere in the document to see if the properties might shift depending on what was selected. They were the same.
Then I checked to see if other properties were visible.
I clicked on “Security” and the PDF had a green check mark next to “printing,” “changing the document,” “document assembly,” and “content copying.”
For security reasons, you should not allow the user to change an official form that they are downloading and it is unusual that the settings indicate this is allowed.
The additional screenshots show that all possible permissions are allowed with this PDF, including “content copying for accessibility,” “page extraction,” “commenting,” “filling of form fields,” “signing,” and “creation of template pages.”



Further inspection shows the fonts used in the document. They are: Arial, Calibri, Calibri Light, Helvetica, MS Gothic, Symbol, Times New Roman, and Zapf Dingbats.
We can analyze the most recent alteration of the site.
Here is the link to the form.
I typed this address into the “Internet Archive Wayback Machine.”



It tells me that someone saved the page only 1 time, and that is today (September 29, 2019).



This does not tell me how many times the URL to the form was updated.

ICIG Hotline Page

On September 28, 2019, David John Weaver posted on Twitter the result of his own research into when the site was updated.
He looked at the master page that houses the form, which is here.
This is what you see when you open up the page today, September 29, 2019.



That’s the top of the page. Below is the middle of the page, which tells the viewer “how to report.”
The viewer is told that they can either:
  • Call
  • Fax
  • Mail the IG
  • Fill out the “Hotline Intake Form”
  • Fill out the “ERP Form” to “request an External Review Panel”
  • Fill out the “Urgent Concern Disclosure Form.”



Weaver found that the website itself was altered  [update 9/30/2019 at 4:37 PM] sometime between July 2, 2019 and    August 15, 2019 to include the “Urgent Concern Disclosure Form” based on his use of the Wayback Machine. In a subsequent Tweet, he says the old form was used up until July 2, 2019 based on his research.
Here is Weaver’s subsequent Tweet.
But here is something very strange.
I went to the Internet Wayback Machine and did a “Compare” on the archive of this page between July 2, 2019 and February 23, 2019. According to the page, there was a significant difference in the page between these two dates.
Items highlighted in blue indicate deletions.
Items highlighted in yellow indicate additions.



This screenshot shows the top of the page. You can clearly see that text was added in July that was not there in February.This is the additional text:
Hotline
Federal Government Employees have an affirmative legal obligation to disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.
Executive Order 12731, § 101(k) (Oct. 17, 1990);
5 C.F.R. § 2635.101(b)(11), Basic Obligations of Public Service
Principles of Professional Ethics for the IC
“We are responsible stewards of the public trust; we use intelligence authorities and resources prudently, protect intelligence sources and methods diligently, report wrongdoing through appropriate channels ; and remain accountable to ourselves, our oversight institutions, and through those institutions, ultimately to the American people.”



This screenshot shows the top-middle of the page.



Middle-bottom (no change, but the added text makes the page longer).



Bottom of the page. You can see that there is a difference between the social media links. In the February 2019 screenshot, ODNI had Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Scribd on the bottom of this page. In July 2019, it had Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube.



Two Different Forms and a New Form – “Urgent Disclosure”

There is a significant difference between the July 2, 2019 archived version of the page and the current version.
The July 2 instructions have only ONE form, the “ICIG Hotline Form,” not the “Disclosure of Urgent Concern Form.” Here is the verbiage cut and pasted from the online archive, followed by a screenshot.
How to Report Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Phone:   1-855-731-3260
Fax:      1-571-204-8088
Mail:     Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,
                 Investigations Division, Reston 3, Washington, D.C. 20511
Online:  Fill out this form (Preferred browser is Internet Explorer)



The current version is much more complex. Now there are two reporting forms, as well as something called an “External Review Panel” which has yet another form called the “ERP Form.” See text below, followed by screenshot.
How to Report Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Phone:   1-855-731-3260
Fax:      1-571-204-8088
Mail:     Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,
                 Investigations Division, Reston 3, Washington, D.C. 20511
Online: Fill out the Hotline Intake Form.
To request an External Review Panel, fill out the ERP Form.
To report a matter of urgent concern, fill out the Urgent Concern Disclosure Form.
Adobe Reader is recommended (supports filling in form fields).



I downloaded the additional forms, both the “Hotline Form” and the “ERP Form.” Below is a screenshot of the Hotline Intake Form from today. It refers to the “Urgent Concern” form and the “External Review” panel requests along with the basis for using each.



The properties show that the Hotline Intake Form was created in PDF format on September 25, 2019 at 12:55:15 p.m. and modified two days later, on September 27, 2019, at 11:25:46 a.m. It was created using Acrobat PDFMaker for Word.



Here is a screenshot of the “ERP Form.”



The properties of the “ERP Form” show it was produced in PDF format, using Acrobat PDFMaker 18 for Word, on September 24, 2019 at 16:24:39 p.m. and modified September 25, 2019 at 11:43:53 a.m.

Update – 12:10 p.m.

The important research of Pedro Israel Orta should be added to this post. I am quoting it verbatim.
Bio (from Twitter): “Former CIA, Dep of State, and ICIG officer with extensive knowledge/experience on IC whistleblowing standards, policies, and procedures. http://conqueryourmountain.org”


  • Quoted from Orta’s thread – Tweet 1): “IC IG ICWPA Form 401 dated 24 May 2018 requires “urgent concerns” to be about an “intelligence activity,” be “reliable first-hand knowledge,” and not be “second-hand knowledge.”
  • 2) If the recent case was of a whistleblower who disclosed “second-hand knowledge,” it failed to meet the IC IG’s own criteria to process ICWPAs. And if it also was about executive privileged information of the president, it was not about “intelligence activities.
  • 3) Again, another IC IG failure in processing an ICWPA. So the real question why is the IC IG still failing to properly address IC whistleblower issues? Proving that IC is against President Trump? IC usurping POTUS Constitutional powers on foreign policy?
  • 4) The IC, IC IG, and CIA failed with the Bakaj case which is essentially the same for the outstanding Kaplan, Reidy, Pars, and Meyer cases. Worse is how Chairman Schiff and other Democrats have politicized this issue, but done nothing for Bakaj, Kaplan, Reidy, Pars, and Meyer.
  • 5) The IC IG and Congress have let it be known that they are cluelesss on IC whistleblower issues and prefer to play politics. We know that IC IG had failed to address legitimate ICWPAs with the Reidy, Meyer, and Pars case.
  • 6) If Chairman Schiff and Democrats are serious about IC whistleblower issues, it is time for them to do something about the Bakaj, Kaplan, Reidy, Pars, and Meyer cases and quit playing politics with IC whistleblowers. Meanwhile, Chairman Burr and Ranking member Warner must act.
  • 7) The IC IG also exceeded its authorities, thus violated the law. An illegal ICWPA and IC IG violation of law is nothing more than a Deep State (IC) attack against President Trump to unseat and as Democrats want, to impeach. https://www.justice.gov/olc/file/1204586/download&ved=2ahUKEwjjnoTjyPHkAhUCDq0KHScZCzkQFjAHegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw3qZInwZKptXa1ZuNBNuvmZ …
  • 8) Correct link to DOJ OLC ruling that IC IG exceeded its authorities: https://justice.gov/olc/file/12045
  • Skipping through 11) Form and language from IC IG is legit, came directly from IC IG. There is something very odd about a hearsay disclosure on information not under the DNI and IC IG legal authorities. And how it was all rolled out, it has indicators of conspiracy to damage Trump.”

Why does any of this matter?

As stated in my thread yesterday: Every form that gets changed in the Federal government goes through a series of drafts, comments, revisions and approvals. That is STANDARD workflow.
Here’s how it works.Somebody in the appropriate department decides to update an existing internal directive, policy, guidance, etc.They discuss this intention at a meeting, and an integrated project team (IPT) is tasked to study the problem (the reason a change is needed) and come up with a recommended update.
This is an update to process, accompanied by a communication.NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF TIME (or at least anytime I have been in a position to see this type of thing discussed, about 5 years across 2 agencies specifically in this line of work) HAS A FORM BEEN CHANGED SO FAST WITH SUCH A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE ABSENT A RECORD OF CONSENSUSSomeone at the SES level would have to say: “I think we should start accepting gossip as whistleblowing now.”
It would be a HUGE, HUGE deal.
All of the emails about this could be FOIAed, no?Let’s imagine this process started June 1, 2018. It would take AT LEAST THREE MONTHS to develop a rationale for this change, a proposed roadmap showing the desired end state, accompanied by goal and objectives; meetings would be held; phone calls, briefings, etc.There is no way that such a dramatic shift would happen without it being discussed at the interagency level, perhaps at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
I would imagine that such a huge change would even involve briefing the media – or Congress – it would be huge news, very controversial, for obvious reasons.
But crickets?
Fast forward to the beginning of the fiscal year, October 1, 2018. I suppose it is possible for a draft to circulate for review and editing, and be finalized by April or May 2019, and then in place by August.
But you would have a MOUNTAIN of paper trail before that occurred.Something here is incredibly fishy, it stinks to high hell, and I do NOT believe that normal processes were followed.
It really seems that someone quietly slipped the change through, without proper clearance.
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.