Day: September 6, 2018

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After Johnny Depp's Court Win, Showbiz Lawyers Question 'Handshake' Deals…


Hollywood talent lawyers get 5 percent of their clients’ pay. Everyone knows this, and virtually no one puts it in writing. But decades of gentlemen’s agreements could haunt industry dealmakers after a California judge ruled Aug. 28 that Johnny Depp’s 1999 oral agreement with his former lawyer Jake Bloom is voidable at the actor’s discretion. Now, as Depp seeks a full refund for the estimated $30 million he paid Bloom, more attorneys are weighing whether to seek a retroactive written agreement from clients.

Depp sued Bloom not long after declaring legal war with his ex-business managers, claiming, among other allegations, that he represented him without a proper contract. A provision in the California Business and Professions Code mandates that lawyers get contingency fee agreements in writing. Section 6147 is well known to litigators who take cases with the expectation that they’ll get paid only if they win or settle, but Hollywood talent lawyers have operated for decades under the assumption that the rule doesn’t apply to them. “There is a culture of informality in this world,” says top talent lawyer Rick Genow, who reps Debra Messing and Henry Golding. “Do people use engagement letters? Most do not. Having fee disputes with clients is extremely rare.”

Lawyers aren’t allowed to have fixed-term contracts with clients, he says, so they’re forced to continually prove their value and foster relationships. Since talent can walk away at any point, many lawyers view a written contract as unnecessary.

“You sign the client and it’s an uncomfortable moment to thrust a legal agreement in front of them when you’re the person who’s supposed to be advising them on whether it’s appropriate to sign legal agreements,” says Genow. “A lot of people make the decision it’s not worth the effort.”

Given the proclivity for verbal agreements, Judge Terry Green’s ruling that Depp can void his deal with Bloom is raising eyebrows across the industry. “Everybody’s concerned because most people have handshake deals,” says an entertainment litigator at a major firm. He, like many attorneys consulted by THR, doesn’t think talent deals are contingency-based. “Usually by the time a transactional lawyer gets called a deal has been made, or is pretty close, and it’s a question of cranking out the paperwork,” he says. “It’s not a question of if they’re going to get paid, it’s when they’re going to get paid.”

But Judge Green found Depp’s deal is a contingency fee agreement because Bloom’s fees were “directly linked” to the actor’s success, which isn’t guaranteed. “That is the very definition of a performance-based incentive,” he wrote in his opinion, which is posted below. “This is a contingency fee agreement. There is nothing else it can be.”

Bloom, one of Hollywood’s top dealmakers, had argued he provided “thousands of hours” of legal services for a variety of matters, not all of which resulted in income. “Some jobs are taken by a client to advance his or her artistic goals, and some jobs are taken to advance commercial goals,” states an Aug. 2 filing. “The amount of an actor’s revenue, viewed with no context, could not, should not, and is not used as the sole determinant of a client’s ‘success’ or ‘failure,’ nor, for that matter, the ‘success’ or ‘failure’ of the attorney who negotiated the deal.”

Matt Galsor, who reps A-list talent including Tom Cruise and James Cameron, agrees with Green’s assessment. “We don’t do a contingent deal ever without an engagement letter,” he says. “It’s just not enforceable.”

Contingency debate aside, Depp’s lawyers also point to Section 6148 of the statute, which mandates that any time an individual client’s legal expenses are expected to exceed $1,000 the contract must be in writing. The section doesn’t apply to corporations, so may be moot if an actor operates through a loan-out corporation, which is common in Hollywood. It also includes a carve out for when “the attorney’s services are of the same general kind as previously rendered to and paid for by the client” and, therefore, may not apply to longstanding relationships. Green didn’t reach this argument.

Although Depp estimates he paid Bloom about $30 million during the course of an 18-year relationship that included mega deals for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and several Tim Burton films, that doesn’t mean Bloom comes out empty-handed. Under the legal concept of quantum meruit, he’ll still likely be able to collect a “reasonable fee” for the services he provided. The big question is whether courts will consider the industry standard 5 percent to be “reasonable.” A trial to determine the remaining issues in the suit, including the quantum meruit claim, is set to begin May 6.

“Lawyers’ hourly fees are extraordinarily high these days,” argues Genow. “In most situations, quantum meruit might actually be worth as much or more than the 5 percent fee arrangement.”

Depp presents a rare case in which someone who has been extremely successful for many years has an ugly falling-out with his longtime lawyer. Few people make Depp money, and few see a business relationship end with such fireworks. For much of Depp’s tenure with Bloom, he routinely earned $20 million up front plus a big share of backend profits — he got $55 million from his profit participation on Alice in Wonderland alone. If a star suspects he or she is paying more than a “reasonable” fee, it’s not cheap to get confirmation from the court. “Even if the client prevails, it’s really the outside litigators who are getting enriched,” says Genow. “You might spend millions trying to prove that you should get an extra couple hundred thousand.”

Lawyers at several top firms say they are debating whether to ask clients to sign a written fee deal under the guidance of an independent attorney. Clients choosing to challenge an oral agreement under Section 6147 could spark litigation, create tax disasters for lawyers and possibly even bankrupt smaller law firms, Galsor says. “Of all of the people who have a percentage arrangement, I would say the absolute majority don’t have anything in writing,” he says. “This puts a spotlight on it. Is it going to explode? I think it might.”

A version of this story also appears in the Sept. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.



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Suicidal Empires



Is the USA going the way of Rome?



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Honor Pat Tillman, Not Colin Kaepernick


Despite Nike’s pompous slogan adorning its new poster child for its corporate insanity and the NFL’s ongoing death wish as both slap our military veterans and the flag and our freedoms in the face, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed nothing compared to those who risked their lives for this country and its freedoms like former Arizona Cardinals star Pat Tillman.

While some who would diminish and denigrate his genuine heroism and patriotism like to point out that Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, the fact remains that he willingly gave up a lucrative Hall  of Fame career to put his life on the line for his country:

Former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for leading his Army Rangers unit to the rescue of comrades caught in an ambush.


Tillman was shot and killed in Afghanistan while fighting “without regard for his personal safety,” the Army said Friday in announcing the award[.] …


The Silver Star, awarded for gallantry on the battlefield, is one of the most distinguished military honors[.] …


Tillman’s group was already safely out of the area, but when the trailing group came under fire he ordered his men to get out of their vehicles and move up a hill toward the enemy.


As Tillman crested the hill he returned fire with his M249 automatic weapon, a lightweight machine gun.


“Through the firing Tillman’s voice was heard issuing fire commands to take the fight to the enemy on the dominating high ground,” the award announcement said.  “Only after his team engaged the well-armed enemy did it appear their fires diminished.


“As a result of his leadership and his team’s efforts, the platoon trail section was able to maneuver through the ambush to positions of safety without a single casualty.” …


Tillman, 27, walked away from a three-year, $3.6-million contract offer from the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army in 2002.

Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends.  Kaepernick was last seen running to the bank to deposit his Nike checks while muttering something about oppression, racism, and social injustice.  Yet, like many of the social justice warriors now prevalent in the NFL, Kaepernick never took a knee as young black men were being slaughtered with impunity on the streets of Chicago and other inner cities under President Obama.  Now he and his ilk conjure up imaginary conspiracies of police to murder as many black men as they can.  As Fox News host Sean Hannity rightly observed:

“‘Sacrificing everything’ is not a multimillionaire social justice warrior whose greatest feat of bravery [is] kneeling on a football field[.]” …


[Hannity] said soldiers, law enforcement officers and firefighters are the ones who truly sacrifice everything.


“There are millions of men and women who have really sacrificed everything for strangers they didn’t even know, so the world, this country, could be a better, safer, freer place[,]” Hannity said.


“There are plenty of heroes in this country that Nike could feature, but [a] Castro-loving … cop-hating, ex-three-year-backup quarterback is not one of them.”

Everybody is free to pick his own heroes, but Kaepernick complains about oppression and social injustice as he once defended Cuban oppression while sporting t-shirts honoring Cuba’s Communist murderer Che Guevara, dictator Fidel Castro’s right-hand man:

When the reporter, who hasn’t been named, pressed Kaepernick specifically on Castro’s history of oppression, he replied: ‘One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.’


The reporter replied: ‘He also did something that we do not do here: he broke up families, he took over a country without any justice and without any election’.

Excusing the oppression and tyranny of a communist dictator who denied his people freedom of speech, press, religion, and movement as thousands languished in Cuban jails is on par with Kaepernick’s ignoring that most of the injustice he bemoans happens in cities run by progressive liberal Democrats like the Chicago of Barack Obama and the soon to be former mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, who abandoned his re-election campaign after Chicago blacks told him to get lost.

Whenever I hear NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem, I am reminded of the double amputees who have returned from America’s wars and the fact that while, because of their sacrifice over centuries, we are entitled to speak freely, none of us is entitled to a particular forum.

NFL players are employees of a larger organization, just like Curt Schilling was when ESPN fired him for what he thought was protected speech.  The speech is protected.  Your access to a particular forum is not.  They are teammates in a sport that pays these allegedly oppressed spoiled brats millions.  Their teammates may share a different view, so does the locker room become a game prep area or a debating society?  Does the field remain a sporting arena or a campaign rally?  Those who take a knee were indeed given that right by many who no longer have knees and are privileged to take a knee in a sport paid for by millions of fans who may disagree with them and who paid to see a game, not a protest.  Players who take a knee think they are being patriotic, when they are merely being self-indulgent and selfish.  Go rent out a stadium and invite people to pay just to see you take a knee, and see if anybody shows up.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell whines that President Trump’s remarks about respecting the flag and the National Anthem are disrespectful of NFL players:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that President Trump’s recent comments about players kneeling during the national anthem are “divisive” and show a “lack of respect” for the pro football league and its players.


“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” he said in a statement.  “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Millionaires taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest alleged social injustice do not build unity and are not a force for good.  Look up in the stands, players, and see the diversity and equality of those, including veterans, who came to see you shut up and play.

Those who would take a knee to protest the American flag likely have never been handed a folded one.  NFL players who want to take a knee should talk to the wounded warriors who no longer can.

Honor the likes of Pat Tillman, not Colin Kaepernick, whose idea of a social justice warrior is Che Guevara.

Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

Despite Nike’s pompous slogan adorning its new poster child for its corporate insanity and the NFL’s ongoing death wish as both slap our military veterans and the flag and our freedoms in the face, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed nothing compared to those who risked their lives for this country and its freedoms like former Arizona Cardinals star Pat Tillman.

While some who would diminish and denigrate his genuine heroism and patriotism like to point out that Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, the fact remains that he willingly gave up a lucrative Hall  of Fame career to put his life on the line for his country:

Former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for leading his Army Rangers unit to the rescue of comrades caught in an ambush.


Tillman was shot and killed in Afghanistan while fighting “without regard for his personal safety,” the Army said Friday in announcing the award[.] …


The Silver Star, awarded for gallantry on the battlefield, is one of the most distinguished military honors[.] …


Tillman’s group was already safely out of the area, but when the trailing group came under fire he ordered his men to get out of their vehicles and move up a hill toward the enemy.


As Tillman crested the hill he returned fire with his M249 automatic weapon, a lightweight machine gun.


“Through the firing Tillman’s voice was heard issuing fire commands to take the fight to the enemy on the dominating high ground,” the award announcement said.  “Only after his team engaged the well-armed enemy did it appear their fires diminished.


“As a result of his leadership and his team’s efforts, the platoon trail section was able to maneuver through the ambush to positions of safety without a single casualty.” …


Tillman, 27, walked away from a three-year, $3.6-million contract offer from the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army in 2002.

Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends.  Kaepernick was last seen running to the bank to deposit his Nike checks while muttering something about oppression, racism, and social injustice.  Yet, like many of the social justice warriors now prevalent in the NFL, Kaepernick never took a knee as young black men were being slaughtered with impunity on the streets of Chicago and other inner cities under President Obama.  Now he and his ilk conjure up imaginary conspiracies of police to murder as many black men as they can.  As Fox News host Sean Hannity rightly observed:

“‘Sacrificing everything’ is not a multimillionaire social justice warrior whose greatest feat of bravery [is] kneeling on a football field[.]” …


[Hannity] said soldiers, law enforcement officers and firefighters are the ones who truly sacrifice everything.


“There are millions of men and women who have really sacrificed everything for strangers they didn’t even know, so the world, this country, could be a better, safer, freer place[,]” Hannity said.


“There are plenty of heroes in this country that Nike could feature, but [a] Castro-loving … cop-hating, ex-three-year-backup quarterback is not one of them.”

Everybody is free to pick his own heroes, but Kaepernick complains about oppression and social injustice as he once defended Cuban oppression while sporting t-shirts honoring Cuba’s Communist murderer Che Guevara, dictator Fidel Castro’s right-hand man:

When the reporter, who hasn’t been named, pressed Kaepernick specifically on Castro’s history of oppression, he replied: ‘One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.’


The reporter replied: ‘He also did something that we do not do here: he broke up families, he took over a country without any justice and without any election’.

Excusing the oppression and tyranny of a communist dictator who denied his people freedom of speech, press, religion, and movement as thousands languished in Cuban jails is on par with Kaepernick’s ignoring that most of the injustice he bemoans happens in cities run by progressive liberal Democrats like the Chicago of Barack Obama and the soon to be former mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, who abandoned his re-election campaign after Chicago blacks told him to get lost.

Whenever I hear NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem, I am reminded of the double amputees who have returned from America’s wars and the fact that while, because of their sacrifice over centuries, we are entitled to speak freely, none of us is entitled to a particular forum.

NFL players are employees of a larger organization, just like Curt Schilling was when ESPN fired him for what he thought was protected speech.  The speech is protected.  Your access to a particular forum is not.  They are teammates in a sport that pays these allegedly oppressed spoiled brats millions.  Their teammates may share a different view, so does the locker room become a game prep area or a debating society?  Does the field remain a sporting arena or a campaign rally?  Those who take a knee were indeed given that right by many who no longer have knees and are privileged to take a knee in a sport paid for by millions of fans who may disagree with them and who paid to see a game, not a protest.  Players who take a knee think they are being patriotic, when they are merely being self-indulgent and selfish.  Go rent out a stadium and invite people to pay just to see you take a knee, and see if anybody shows up.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell whines that President Trump’s remarks about respecting the flag and the National Anthem are disrespectful of NFL players:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that President Trump’s recent comments about players kneeling during the national anthem are “divisive” and show a “lack of respect” for the pro football league and its players.


“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” he said in a statement.  “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Millionaires taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest alleged social injustice do not build unity and are not a force for good.  Look up in the stands, players, and see the diversity and equality of those, including veterans, who came to see you shut up and play.

Those who would take a knee to protest the American flag likely have never been handed a folded one.  NFL players who want to take a knee should talk to the wounded warriors who no longer can.

Honor the likes of Pat Tillman, not Colin Kaepernick, whose idea of a social justice warrior is Che Guevara.

Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.



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The Awful Unintended Consequences of Virtue-Signaling Liberals


Doing good for those less fortunate is a positive thing; however, doing good for the purpose of virtue-signaling can have hugely devastating unintended consequences.  An example of this can be found in the various liberal pure water initiatives, which strive to save lives by providing unfettered access to potable drinking water in isolated African villages and other locations where pure water for all has not been previously available.

Organizations such as the William and Melinda Gates Foundation have become well known for their work in this area, and a common claim by these groups is the number of lives that are – or, if they’re in a fundraising mode, can be – saved by universal access to safe drinking water.  People can feel good about themselves by donating to these causes without considering the consequences.

And why not?  On the face of it, who can question the benefits of pure water?  However, this brings us to the issue of unintended consequences, and they can be awful.

Let’s take, for example, a single hypothetical village in sub-Saharan Africa.  It has a stable population of about 1,000 people, with live births roughly balancing natural deaths.  Local agriculture produces sufficient food to support this population.  The local education infrastructure is sufficient to train those children who survive the high infant and early childhood mortality rates.  Finally, sufficient medical care exists to maintain a mortality rate equal to the birth rate.  Life in this egalitarian village is hard but stable.

Then along comes a group of outsiders from one of these liberal foundations.  They create the technology to provide sustainable, potable water for the entire population.  This is clearly a good thing.  But it also has grievous unintended consequences stemming from enhanced life expectancy.

Since impure water has a disproportionate impact on infants and young children, the child mortality rate plummets – another good thing.  The vulnerable elderly population also tends to suffer from impure water, so life expectancy increases.  This is also a good thing.  There can be no virtue in the deaths of the youngest, the oldest, and the most vulnerable in society.  However, there are three problems that – if not also addressed at the same time – can shatter the village.

As the population grows dramatically, three critical problems will emerge.  And the population will grow – not only from enhanced mortality rates, but also because – absent a balancing achieved by the parallel implementation of widespread birth control – parents who had previously suffered the loss of young children will be motivated to bring to life children who will survive. 

With that inevitable and seemingly positive population growth comes a fast-growing demand for food, a demand that will quickly outstrip the village’s long established ability to provide for its population.  Hunger becomes a problem.  Eventually – and this won’t take long – food will become a commodity whose price is determined by the inexorable law of supply and demand. The rich will continue to eat well; the middle class will continue to eat, but not well; and the poor will be forced to make do with the gleanings left by a society with too many mouths to feed.

Education becomes another problem.  Within five years, the need for education exceeds the village’s established ability to educate its population.  At first, classes grow in size, while fixed resources are stretched thin.  Within ten years, education, like food, will become a supply-and-demand commodity.  The rich will be better educated.  The middle class will become educated, though not so well, and the poor will be lucky to have any education for their children. This will reinforce a class division that can have short-term divisive impacts and long-term stratification that will make permanent the class differences – with all the potential for strife that exists between have and have-not societies.

Perhaps most painfully, the fixed infrastructure for providing health care services will quickly be stretched to the maximum and beyond.  At first, the opposite will occur.  As the elderly and infants survive in larger numbers because of pure water, the demand for health care services will relax, which may or may not result in a reduced supply.  However, either way, once hunger becomes an increasingly prevalent issue, new diseases – ones that prey on those whose immune systems are compromised by chronic starvation – will become endemic.  Here, too, the law of supply and demand will kick in.  Those who can afford lifesaving health care will have it; those who can’t will suffer the inevitable consequences.

Once these three factors begin tearing apart the long established stable and egalitarian structure of the village, second-order problems will arise.  This comes from the rapid transformation of a stable village society into one where there are haves and have-nots, with the difference between the two literally being the difference between life and death.  The turmoil this leads to can be found in South Sudan and other areas where access to limited supplies of food has created powerful warlords and starving masses.

What conclusions can we draw from this?  Clearly, providing potable water to those who don’t have it is a desirable goal.  However, providing potable water without addressing the inevitable impact of increased life expectancy on food supplies, medical care, and education is akin to treating the broken arm of a man who broke it while collapsing from a heart attack.  Of course the broken arm should be treated, but so, too, should the potentially deadly heart attack. 

Virtue-signaling do-gooder liberals don’t think this way.  They find some unassailable cause, such as pure water; they give their contribution; and they don’t think about the unintended consequences of their largesse.  Conservatives – a good example here are Christian missionaries, but there are many others – tend to look at the larger society of the community they serve, striving to balance the consequences of doing good to create a healthier and more viable society.

Ned Barnett, founder of Barnett Marketing Communications, has been a professor at Middle Tennessee State and UNLV in Las Vegas.  He is a widely published author, a consultant, and a political campaign strategist.

Doing good for those less fortunate is a positive thing; however, doing good for the purpose of virtue-signaling can have hugely devastating unintended consequences.  An example of this can be found in the various liberal pure water initiatives, which strive to save lives by providing unfettered access to potable drinking water in isolated African villages and other locations where pure water for all has not been previously available.

Organizations such as the William and Melinda Gates Foundation have become well known for their work in this area, and a common claim by these groups is the number of lives that are – or, if they’re in a fundraising mode, can be – saved by universal access to safe drinking water.  People can feel good about themselves by donating to these causes without considering the consequences.

And why not?  On the face of it, who can question the benefits of pure water?  However, this brings us to the issue of unintended consequences, and they can be awful.

Let’s take, for example, a single hypothetical village in sub-Saharan Africa.  It has a stable population of about 1,000 people, with live births roughly balancing natural deaths.  Local agriculture produces sufficient food to support this population.  The local education infrastructure is sufficient to train those children who survive the high infant and early childhood mortality rates.  Finally, sufficient medical care exists to maintain a mortality rate equal to the birth rate.  Life in this egalitarian village is hard but stable.

Then along comes a group of outsiders from one of these liberal foundations.  They create the technology to provide sustainable, potable water for the entire population.  This is clearly a good thing.  But it also has grievous unintended consequences stemming from enhanced life expectancy.

Since impure water has a disproportionate impact on infants and young children, the child mortality rate plummets – another good thing.  The vulnerable elderly population also tends to suffer from impure water, so life expectancy increases.  This is also a good thing.  There can be no virtue in the deaths of the youngest, the oldest, and the most vulnerable in society.  However, there are three problems that – if not also addressed at the same time – can shatter the village.

As the population grows dramatically, three critical problems will emerge.  And the population will grow – not only from enhanced mortality rates, but also because – absent a balancing achieved by the parallel implementation of widespread birth control – parents who had previously suffered the loss of young children will be motivated to bring to life children who will survive. 

With that inevitable and seemingly positive population growth comes a fast-growing demand for food, a demand that will quickly outstrip the village’s long established ability to provide for its population.  Hunger becomes a problem.  Eventually – and this won’t take long – food will become a commodity whose price is determined by the inexorable law of supply and demand. The rich will continue to eat well; the middle class will continue to eat, but not well; and the poor will be forced to make do with the gleanings left by a society with too many mouths to feed.

Education becomes another problem.  Within five years, the need for education exceeds the village’s established ability to educate its population.  At first, classes grow in size, while fixed resources are stretched thin.  Within ten years, education, like food, will become a supply-and-demand commodity.  The rich will be better educated.  The middle class will become educated, though not so well, and the poor will be lucky to have any education for their children. This will reinforce a class division that can have short-term divisive impacts and long-term stratification that will make permanent the class differences – with all the potential for strife that exists between have and have-not societies.

Perhaps most painfully, the fixed infrastructure for providing health care services will quickly be stretched to the maximum and beyond.  At first, the opposite will occur.  As the elderly and infants survive in larger numbers because of pure water, the demand for health care services will relax, which may or may not result in a reduced supply.  However, either way, once hunger becomes an increasingly prevalent issue, new diseases – ones that prey on those whose immune systems are compromised by chronic starvation – will become endemic.  Here, too, the law of supply and demand will kick in.  Those who can afford lifesaving health care will have it; those who can’t will suffer the inevitable consequences.

Once these three factors begin tearing apart the long established stable and egalitarian structure of the village, second-order problems will arise.  This comes from the rapid transformation of a stable village society into one where there are haves and have-nots, with the difference between the two literally being the difference between life and death.  The turmoil this leads to can be found in South Sudan and other areas where access to limited supplies of food has created powerful warlords and starving masses.

What conclusions can we draw from this?  Clearly, providing potable water to those who don’t have it is a desirable goal.  However, providing potable water without addressing the inevitable impact of increased life expectancy on food supplies, medical care, and education is akin to treating the broken arm of a man who broke it while collapsing from a heart attack.  Of course the broken arm should be treated, but so, too, should the potentially deadly heart attack. 

Virtue-signaling do-gooder liberals don’t think this way.  They find some unassailable cause, such as pure water; they give their contribution; and they don’t think about the unintended consequences of their largesse.  Conservatives – a good example here are Christian missionaries, but there are many others – tend to look at the larger society of the community they serve, striving to balance the consequences of doing good to create a healthier and more viable society.

Ned Barnett, founder of Barnett Marketing Communications, has been a professor at Middle Tennessee State and UNLV in Las Vegas.  He is a widely published author, a consultant, and a political campaign strategist.



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Mindfulness and Mindless Liberals


We are told that Trump-haters are seeking solace in mindfulness meditation, using faddish apps of dubious efficacy.  They may bring fleeting respite from anti-Trump hysteria, but upon returning to reality, they’re again seized by cognitive convulsions, uncontrollable outbursts, and perseveration. 

Meditation and mindfulness apps are popular.  “Calm,” described in the Apple app store as “the perfect mindfulness app for beginners,” was the 2017 App of the Year.  The co-CEO of the company that makes it observed that downloads doubled in the months following president Trump’s election.  Nevertheless, Trump Derangement Syndrome remains pervasive, plowing a pernicious path through liberals’ precious psyches.

The faddish mindfulness programs predominating in app stores are more oriented toward meditation methods that induce temporary rapture but not lasting enlightenment.  In general, they seek to make the mind calmer and encourage focusing on the present moment.  The goal is to achieve heightened states of concentration that lead to tranquility – the effects are temporary.  After focusing on automatic banalities like breathing, they generally encourage expanding awareness of sounds, sensations, and ideas.  Very disturbing ideas, indeed.

Commercialization of mindfulness has even infiltrated the halls of Congress and is especially popular among Democrats.  Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan, one of the leading proponents of the mindfulness sessions, stated, “There is value in having some quiet time before votes – it can help anyone make better decisions.”  Oh, dear!  It doesn’t seem to be working: recent voting patterns reflect more of a vegetative state of oppressive orthodoxy than a meditative state of awareness.

Instead of quick, convenient sessions in search of instant emotional well-being, the Dems might be better off by cultivating Vipassana meditation in order to apprehend ultimate reality.

Vipassana, with its emphasis on noble silence, is a more gradual process that seeks insight into the inherent nature of things by changing the way we perceive and understand our wondrous universe.  Its purpose is permanent change, transforming a haze of illusion into brilliant clarity and oneness with nature’s ways.  A wise 35-year practitioner recently convinced me that the resultant illumination into inner truths of reality is liberating and can free one from the insidious, self-imposed anguish resulting from muddled musings and impaired perceptions.

Rather than being misguided by popular implementations of modern mindfulness, TDS-sufferers might achieve lasting relief by patiently pursuing Vipassana meditation.  It would help them eradicate their mental impurities and resist obsequious obedience to obstructionist orthodoxy.  They might even refrain from mindless utterances like “America was never that great.”  Tell that to the downtrodden masses from the wretched areas around the globe who continually seek the American Dream.  One who harbors, or supports, similar thoughts is mindlessly currying favor with seething socialists and intolerant insurrectionists rummaging for relevance in the scrapyard of history.

Not acceptance, but recalibration of their warped perceptions would be constructive.  Nevertheless, some meditation practitioners assert that Trump’s detractors need mindfulness more than ever, even if it reinforces their views that the world is against them.  However, misapplied meditation methods magnify their neuroses; despite all their mindfulness downloads, their downward spiral into anti-American mania irrevocably accelerates.

But don’t fret: Vipassana provides a promising path for liberal obstructionists to attain lasting calmness rather than madness.  First, they need to quiet their minds, second, to quell their inner demons.  As the old adage advises, achieving anything worthwhile in life takes time and effort.

As this article points out, some of the studies that promote the benefits of mindfulness are less than robust; some don’t even control for placebo effects.  Indeed, recent studies indicate that quick-fix, Westernized forms of Buddhism promote selfishness rather than selflessness.  It seems that impatient and less trained mindfulness patrons are “full of it.”  Indeed, many tend towards egocentrism – a trait that’s pervasive among the disaffected liberals who have twisted themselves into emotional pretzels by ruminating on their feeble collusion concoctions.

Perhaps one reason why the less rigorous methods offer only temporary respite from stress and anxiety is that they have to contend with our natural proclivities.  For example, two recent research papers examine the way we perceive the world.  It turns out that our minds are more naturally “silent” than they are persistently in tune with our environment; instead of a steady stream of consciousness, our conscious thoughts constantly fluctuate between on and off.  The recent research, published in Neuron, shows that it’s hard for our “distractible” brains to consistently focus.  No wonder the benefits of samatha-style meditation are temporary – once focus on superficial sensations is inevitably lost, anti-Trump zealots revert to their malevolent mayhem.  The step-by-step thoroughness of Vipassana is more suitable to the way we are wired.

One thing is empirically demonstrable: modern mindfulness applications aren’t quelling the burgeoning ranks of tormented liberals.  But a carefully cultivated regimen of Vipassana meditation might soothe them by opening their imprisoned minds, riddled as they are with peculiar thoughts more suitable to a mental asylum than a vibrant public square.

Fashionable mindfulness encourages illiberal malcontents to hyper-focus on their doctrinaire thoughts and subversive sensations – without judgment.  Their egos prevail as they accept their ideas and feelings unquestionably.  They need to let go; they should embrace the noble silence of Vipassana.  Voice silence would also be nice until they are decent enough to repudiate intolerant instigators of mob rule like Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and their impudent ilk among the nasty Demon-crats.

We are told that Trump-haters are seeking solace in mindfulness meditation, using faddish apps of dubious efficacy.  They may bring fleeting respite from anti-Trump hysteria, but upon returning to reality, they’re again seized by cognitive convulsions, uncontrollable outbursts, and perseveration. 

Meditation and mindfulness apps are popular.  “Calm,” described in the Apple app store as “the perfect mindfulness app for beginners,” was the 2017 App of the Year.  The co-CEO of the company that makes it observed that downloads doubled in the months following president Trump’s election.  Nevertheless, Trump Derangement Syndrome remains pervasive, plowing a pernicious path through liberals’ precious psyches.

The faddish mindfulness programs predominating in app stores are more oriented toward meditation methods that induce temporary rapture but not lasting enlightenment.  In general, they seek to make the mind calmer and encourage focusing on the present moment.  The goal is to achieve heightened states of concentration that lead to tranquility – the effects are temporary.  After focusing on automatic banalities like breathing, they generally encourage expanding awareness of sounds, sensations, and ideas.  Very disturbing ideas, indeed.

Commercialization of mindfulness has even infiltrated the halls of Congress and is especially popular among Democrats.  Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan, one of the leading proponents of the mindfulness sessions, stated, “There is value in having some quiet time before votes – it can help anyone make better decisions.”  Oh, dear!  It doesn’t seem to be working: recent voting patterns reflect more of a vegetative state of oppressive orthodoxy than a meditative state of awareness.

Instead of quick, convenient sessions in search of instant emotional well-being, the Dems might be better off by cultivating Vipassana meditation in order to apprehend ultimate reality.

Vipassana, with its emphasis on noble silence, is a more gradual process that seeks insight into the inherent nature of things by changing the way we perceive and understand our wondrous universe.  Its purpose is permanent change, transforming a haze of illusion into brilliant clarity and oneness with nature’s ways.  A wise 35-year practitioner recently convinced me that the resultant illumination into inner truths of reality is liberating and can free one from the insidious, self-imposed anguish resulting from muddled musings and impaired perceptions.

Rather than being misguided by popular implementations of modern mindfulness, TDS-sufferers might achieve lasting relief by patiently pursuing Vipassana meditation.  It would help them eradicate their mental impurities and resist obsequious obedience to obstructionist orthodoxy.  They might even refrain from mindless utterances like “America was never that great.”  Tell that to the downtrodden masses from the wretched areas around the globe who continually seek the American Dream.  One who harbors, or supports, similar thoughts is mindlessly currying favor with seething socialists and intolerant insurrectionists rummaging for relevance in the scrapyard of history.

Not acceptance, but recalibration of their warped perceptions would be constructive.  Nevertheless, some meditation practitioners assert that Trump’s detractors need mindfulness more than ever, even if it reinforces their views that the world is against them.  However, misapplied meditation methods magnify their neuroses; despite all their mindfulness downloads, their downward spiral into anti-American mania irrevocably accelerates.

But don’t fret: Vipassana provides a promising path for liberal obstructionists to attain lasting calmness rather than madness.  First, they need to quiet their minds, second, to quell their inner demons.  As the old adage advises, achieving anything worthwhile in life takes time and effort.

As this article points out, some of the studies that promote the benefits of mindfulness are less than robust; some don’t even control for placebo effects.  Indeed, recent studies indicate that quick-fix, Westernized forms of Buddhism promote selfishness rather than selflessness.  It seems that impatient and less trained mindfulness patrons are “full of it.”  Indeed, many tend towards egocentrism – a trait that’s pervasive among the disaffected liberals who have twisted themselves into emotional pretzels by ruminating on their feeble collusion concoctions.

Perhaps one reason why the less rigorous methods offer only temporary respite from stress and anxiety is that they have to contend with our natural proclivities.  For example, two recent research papers examine the way we perceive the world.  It turns out that our minds are more naturally “silent” than they are persistently in tune with our environment; instead of a steady stream of consciousness, our conscious thoughts constantly fluctuate between on and off.  The recent research, published in Neuron, shows that it’s hard for our “distractible” brains to consistently focus.  No wonder the benefits of samatha-style meditation are temporary – once focus on superficial sensations is inevitably lost, anti-Trump zealots revert to their malevolent mayhem.  The step-by-step thoroughness of Vipassana is more suitable to the way we are wired.

One thing is empirically demonstrable: modern mindfulness applications aren’t quelling the burgeoning ranks of tormented liberals.  But a carefully cultivated regimen of Vipassana meditation might soothe them by opening their imprisoned minds, riddled as they are with peculiar thoughts more suitable to a mental asylum than a vibrant public square.

Fashionable mindfulness encourages illiberal malcontents to hyper-focus on their doctrinaire thoughts and subversive sensations – without judgment.  Their egos prevail as they accept their ideas and feelings unquestionably.  They need to let go; they should embrace the noble silence of Vipassana.  Voice silence would also be nice until they are decent enough to repudiate intolerant instigators of mob rule like Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and their impudent ilk among the nasty Demon-crats.



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Is the Queer Reckoning upon Us?



LGBT oppression against the American majority may finally have hit its peak. Hopefully, we will soon see sanity restored.



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Are Feminists Aiding Muslim Domination?


“What do you think about … creating an awesome festival where only non-men are welcome until ALL men learn how to behave?”  This comes from the article titled “Women Cheer as Sweden’s Man-Free Music Festival Kicks Off.”  Initiated as a response to the wave of sexual assaults at Swedish festivals in recent years, only female bands are performing, and “neither male security guards nor journalists are allowed to enter.”  However, “transgender women [sic] born as men are allowed to attend.  Only men who identify with the sex they were born with, also called cis men, are banned.”

Such a radical view balkanizes and scapegoats men while applauding transgender behavior.

In fact, the misandry has led the Swedish Equality Ombudsman, a government agency that promotes equal rights, to “examine whether the festival is compatible with discrimination laws.”

It appears that the left-wing feminist movement has become the perpetrator of man-hatred, all in the name of protecting women.  Yet overlooked by the advocates of the man-free festival is that it was a plethora of Muslim migrants who perpetrated the dreadful assaults and rapes.  These migrants come from societies where this is considered an acceptable way to treat women.  In fact, “no issue is taken with toxic Islamic masculinity.  This thinly-veiled excuse-making may be considered an attempt at dispelling anti-Islamic bigotry.  Yet, holding woefully low standards for men based on their background is an equally poor form of bigotry.” 

Thus, the elephant in the room is being deliberately ignored.  Accusations of bigotry must be avoided at all costs.  It is easier to inflict collective blame than to deal with the actual guilty parties.

By scapegoating all men, ignored is the fact that Sweden is not providing the proper security to protect its women from sexual assaults.  At the same time, the country is spending vast sums of money to support more migrants from the Muslim world.  They bring their culture and religion to bear, and it is decidedly anti-female.

No one in authority dares question why there has been an increase in sexual assaults.  No one dares wonder why the Islamic world does nothing to assist its own brethren while the West is expected to pick up the tab.

Reason and logic are vanquished as all men are targeted as sexual predators.  Instead of connecting the increase of sexual assaults that has occurred since the mostly Muslim migrants were invited into the country, left-wing ideology takes hold, and innocent men are denigrated, sexes are separated, and biology is ignored.

Some background: “FKP Scorpio, organizers for Sweden’s Bråvalla Festival officially announced the end of the country’s largest and most popular music festival.  Following last year’s event, organizers said the festival would be canceled for 2018 after an excess of sexual assaults.”

First question: Why now?  What accounts for the sudden increase of sexual assaults since this festival first began in 2013?  It is true that rapes had been reported at Swedish music festivals at Arvika in 2006 and 2010. 

But “after the nation’s parliament decided to transform Sweden with mass immigration into a multicultural society, violent crime has increased by 300 per cent and rapes by 1,472 per cent.  Now, Sweden has the worst rates of physical and sexual violence committed against women in the European Union (EU), according to a survey by the EU’s rights agency.”

Swedish authorities have been repeatedly slammed for their inaction.  In an effort to look proactive they handed out wristbands with ‘don’t grope’ written on them at the Bråvalla festival.  Several girls who were assaulted were wearing the wristband, which did not offer them much protection.


Last month, an official report by Swedish police into the migrant sex attack phenomenon blamed ‘Nordic alcohol culture’ and the ‘non-traditional gender roles’ of European women for the growing problem.


Migrants, the police said, might not be able to ‘handle the alcohol’, simply feel ‘horny’, have ‘ignorance of the consequences for the girls’, ‘have misplaced feelings’, be ‘expressing anger in this way’, or be acting due to ‘peer pressure’.

Meanwhile, “Sweden has a critical shortage of police officers, which means that it is easy to commit crimes and get away with them.  If one would, against all expectations, get caught, the punishment in Sweden is not harsh.  If someone is convicted of rape, he would be incarcerated from two to six years.  In 2015, the proportion of rapes where the police actually found the suspect was 14%.  This means that in 86% of the rapes, the rapist got away.  The police could simply not do their job because of lack of resources and poor leadership.”

Many might say that it is racist to associate migrants with sexual crimes.  The Swedish police published a report in June 2016 which gave a status report of sexual abuse.  In the report, one can read the following quote: ‘In cases where the crimes were carried out by offenders in a larger group in public places and in public swimming pools the perpetrators have been mainly youngsters who have applied for or have recently received asylum in Sweden.’

In February 2016, “mass immigration continued to claim victims in Sweden.  Murder, assaults and rape have become everyday occurrences in this small country, with a population just short of ten million, which in 2015 opened its doors to almost 163,000 immigrants.  The latest victim is 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher.  She was stabbed to death last week by a so-called unaccompanied refugee child at the asylum house where she worked.”

Moreover, “[m]igrant sex attacks at music festivals are not limited to Sweden.  Breitbart London reported in June on a similar attack at the Schlossgrabenfest music festival in Darmstadt, Germany, which was likened to the Cologne attacks in which over 1,000 men and women were assaulted and robbed.”

It is important to factor in the Islamic belief that if a woman is uncovered, it is acceptable to assault her.  This idea can be directly linked to “a senior Muslim cleric in Australia, Shek Taj Aldin al-Hilali who compares women who do not wear a headscarf to ‘uncovered meat’, implying that they invited sexual assault.”

In addition, the British Abduljalil Sajid, a senior figure in the Muslim Council of Britain,  offered support for Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali’s views, saying “loose women like prostitutes encourage men to be immoral.”

Moreover, the Karbala in Iraq imposes its version of modest dress on female visitors. Thus, “the council agreed not to allow visitors to enter without the hijab.  [It also took] the decision to ban music in the holy city, as well as dancing and tight clothes, with God’s permission.  And women will not be able to go out without an abaya or whilst wearing makeup.”

There is an undeniable truth that two diametrically opposed societies are on a major collision course, and the accommodating group is being destroyed because of its consideration and respect, which is being met with violence and destruction.  There is also the insertion of radical feminism in the mix, which basically promotes its own agenda and uses the opportunity to co-opt impressionable young women.

That all this is being ignored and replaced with men-free spaces is an invitation to disregard the real problem.  Until immigrants are properly assimilated into Western culture and taught genuine respect of women, the violence will not be curtailed. 

In many cases, male-only and female-only venues have served people well – that is, until radical left-wing militant ideology is promoted.  Boy Scouts are no longer just for boys.  It is important to question the underlying reason for the left’s advocating such events.  Is it to scapegoat or to safeguard?  Does such expression of discrimination against all men aid and abet the Muslim agenda of destroying the Western civilization from within?  Are left-wing radicals and the Muslim world helping each other’s causes while promoting their own?

Instead of Swedish officials dealing realistically with the issue, they offer an opening to what I call ideological abuse – now these young women accept that all men are sexual predators except those men who claim they are women.

Confusing and dangerous at best.  

The jihadist world repeatedly claims that it will infiltrate the West to destroy it.  Extremist feminists have publicly acknowledged that the traditional family structure is to be utterly restructured.  What clever deception by the red-green axis as they exploit these young impressionable girls who do not understand how they are being used and who do not have the information or critical thinking skills to refute these destructive ideas.

Perhaps the worst culprits are the Western countries who allow it to happen.  A country is supposed to protect its young.  When it fails that, it has doomed itself.  If a country stops honoring the inviolable promise to protect its children, it will surely lose them in the long run to one ideology or another.

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.

“What do you think about … creating an awesome festival where only non-men are welcome until ALL men learn how to behave?”  This comes from the article titled “Women Cheer as Sweden’s Man-Free Music Festival Kicks Off.”  Initiated as a response to the wave of sexual assaults at Swedish festivals in recent years, only female bands are performing, and “neither male security guards nor journalists are allowed to enter.”  However, “transgender women [sic] born as men are allowed to attend.  Only men who identify with the sex they were born with, also called cis men, are banned.”

Such a radical view balkanizes and scapegoats men while applauding transgender behavior.

In fact, the misandry has led the Swedish Equality Ombudsman, a government agency that promotes equal rights, to “examine whether the festival is compatible with discrimination laws.”

It appears that the left-wing feminist movement has become the perpetrator of man-hatred, all in the name of protecting women.  Yet overlooked by the advocates of the man-free festival is that it was a plethora of Muslim migrants who perpetrated the dreadful assaults and rapes.  These migrants come from societies where this is considered an acceptable way to treat women.  In fact, “no issue is taken with toxic Islamic masculinity.  This thinly-veiled excuse-making may be considered an attempt at dispelling anti-Islamic bigotry.  Yet, holding woefully low standards for men based on their background is an equally poor form of bigotry.” 

Thus, the elephant in the room is being deliberately ignored.  Accusations of bigotry must be avoided at all costs.  It is easier to inflict collective blame than to deal with the actual guilty parties.

By scapegoating all men, ignored is the fact that Sweden is not providing the proper security to protect its women from sexual assaults.  At the same time, the country is spending vast sums of money to support more migrants from the Muslim world.  They bring their culture and religion to bear, and it is decidedly anti-female.

No one in authority dares question why there has been an increase in sexual assaults.  No one dares wonder why the Islamic world does nothing to assist its own brethren while the West is expected to pick up the tab.

Reason and logic are vanquished as all men are targeted as sexual predators.  Instead of connecting the increase of sexual assaults that has occurred since the mostly Muslim migrants were invited into the country, left-wing ideology takes hold, and innocent men are denigrated, sexes are separated, and biology is ignored.

Some background: “FKP Scorpio, organizers for Sweden’s Bråvalla Festival officially announced the end of the country’s largest and most popular music festival.  Following last year’s event, organizers said the festival would be canceled for 2018 after an excess of sexual assaults.”

First question: Why now?  What accounts for the sudden increase of sexual assaults since this festival first began in 2013?  It is true that rapes had been reported at Swedish music festivals at Arvika in 2006 and 2010. 

But “after the nation’s parliament decided to transform Sweden with mass immigration into a multicultural society, violent crime has increased by 300 per cent and rapes by 1,472 per cent.  Now, Sweden has the worst rates of physical and sexual violence committed against women in the European Union (EU), according to a survey by the EU’s rights agency.”

Swedish authorities have been repeatedly slammed for their inaction.  In an effort to look proactive they handed out wristbands with ‘don’t grope’ written on them at the Bråvalla festival.  Several girls who were assaulted were wearing the wristband, which did not offer them much protection.


Last month, an official report by Swedish police into the migrant sex attack phenomenon blamed ‘Nordic alcohol culture’ and the ‘non-traditional gender roles’ of European women for the growing problem.


Migrants, the police said, might not be able to ‘handle the alcohol’, simply feel ‘horny’, have ‘ignorance of the consequences for the girls’, ‘have misplaced feelings’, be ‘expressing anger in this way’, or be acting due to ‘peer pressure’.

Meanwhile, “Sweden has a critical shortage of police officers, which means that it is easy to commit crimes and get away with them.  If one would, against all expectations, get caught, the punishment in Sweden is not harsh.  If someone is convicted of rape, he would be incarcerated from two to six years.  In 2015, the proportion of rapes where the police actually found the suspect was 14%.  This means that in 86% of the rapes, the rapist got away.  The police could simply not do their job because of lack of resources and poor leadership.”

Many might say that it is racist to associate migrants with sexual crimes.  The Swedish police published a report in June 2016 which gave a status report of sexual abuse.  In the report, one can read the following quote: ‘In cases where the crimes were carried out by offenders in a larger group in public places and in public swimming pools the perpetrators have been mainly youngsters who have applied for or have recently received asylum in Sweden.’

In February 2016, “mass immigration continued to claim victims in Sweden.  Murder, assaults and rape have become everyday occurrences in this small country, with a population just short of ten million, which in 2015 opened its doors to almost 163,000 immigrants.  The latest victim is 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher.  She was stabbed to death last week by a so-called unaccompanied refugee child at the asylum house where she worked.”

Moreover, “[m]igrant sex attacks at music festivals are not limited to Sweden.  Breitbart London reported in June on a similar attack at the Schlossgrabenfest music festival in Darmstadt, Germany, which was likened to the Cologne attacks in which over 1,000 men and women were assaulted and robbed.”

It is important to factor in the Islamic belief that if a woman is uncovered, it is acceptable to assault her.  This idea can be directly linked to “a senior Muslim cleric in Australia, Shek Taj Aldin al-Hilali who compares women who do not wear a headscarf to ‘uncovered meat’, implying that they invited sexual assault.”

In addition, the British Abduljalil Sajid, a senior figure in the Muslim Council of Britain,  offered support for Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali’s views, saying “loose women like prostitutes encourage men to be immoral.”

Moreover, the Karbala in Iraq imposes its version of modest dress on female visitors. Thus, “the council agreed not to allow visitors to enter without the hijab.  [It also took] the decision to ban music in the holy city, as well as dancing and tight clothes, with God’s permission.  And women will not be able to go out without an abaya or whilst wearing makeup.”

There is an undeniable truth that two diametrically opposed societies are on a major collision course, and the accommodating group is being destroyed because of its consideration and respect, which is being met with violence and destruction.  There is also the insertion of radical feminism in the mix, which basically promotes its own agenda and uses the opportunity to co-opt impressionable young women.

That all this is being ignored and replaced with men-free spaces is an invitation to disregard the real problem.  Until immigrants are properly assimilated into Western culture and taught genuine respect of women, the violence will not be curtailed. 

In many cases, male-only and female-only venues have served people well – that is, until radical left-wing militant ideology is promoted.  Boy Scouts are no longer just for boys.  It is important to question the underlying reason for the left’s advocating such events.  Is it to scapegoat or to safeguard?  Does such expression of discrimination against all men aid and abet the Muslim agenda of destroying the Western civilization from within?  Are left-wing radicals and the Muslim world helping each other’s causes while promoting their own?

Instead of Swedish officials dealing realistically with the issue, they offer an opening to what I call ideological abuse – now these young women accept that all men are sexual predators except those men who claim they are women.

Confusing and dangerous at best.  

The jihadist world repeatedly claims that it will infiltrate the West to destroy it.  Extremist feminists have publicly acknowledged that the traditional family structure is to be utterly restructured.  What clever deception by the red-green axis as they exploit these young impressionable girls who do not understand how they are being used and who do not have the information or critical thinking skills to refute these destructive ideas.

Perhaps the worst culprits are the Western countries who allow it to happen.  A country is supposed to protect its young.  When it fails that, it has doomed itself.  If a country stops honoring the inviolable promise to protect its children, it will surely lose them in the long run to one ideology or another.

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.



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BUST: San Fran launching high-tech tracking of homeless…



Not too long ago, San Francisco’s homeless tracking system consisted of a pile of papers in cardboard boxes. Now the city is launching a high-tech platform to identify every homeless resident and his or her level of need.

The launch represents a growing effort, led by newly elected Mayor London Breed, to crack down on the city’s very visible homeless crisis. San Francisco is one of the top-ranking cities for homelessness in the US, with an estimated homeless population of 7,500.

The new system intends to track the health, housing, jail, and counseling history of every homeless person in the city. It’s a far cry from the old method, which spanned 15 different databases across multiple agencies. This allowed homeless residents to slip through the cracks, with people who might be registered in one system left out of others.

The new solution — known as ONE System (Online Navigation and Entry System) — aggregates this data into a single platform. As part of the test process, the city solicited feedback from volunteer consultants at Google and other tech companies. The final product allows homeless outreach professionals to log in to an app and view the state of homelessness in the city in real time. But first it requires individuals to be registered at shelters or one of the city’s two walk-in centers, which are run by the Episcopal Community Services.

Upon registration, homeless residents are asked 17 questions that relate to their history of care and future needs. This helps determine which residents are in dire need of housing, and which can have their concerns met relatively quickly. By next year, the database is expected to have collected enough names to begin the housing-placement process for individual residents.

As of late last year, the system has already begun to track homeless families throughout the city. According to Jeff Kositsky, the head of the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the platform has slashed wait times for families at local shelters from one week to just two days. “I know it’s going to make a difference,” he t old The San Francisco Chronicle. “Maybe not right away, but it will happen.”

If the systems in other cities are any indication, Kositsky could be right. In Salt Lake City, where a program records every time a homeless person receives shelter, counseling, or another service, the city managed to reduce chronic homelessness by 91% in a single decade. That’s a big challenge for San Francisco, but one the city may now be more equipped to handle.



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