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The post that led to my termination – by Isaac Kriegman

This is the post that I made to Thomson Reuters’ internal social media site, called the Hub, that precipitated a barrage of hateful and racist attacks from BLM supporters within the company. When I contacted Thomson Reuters’ Human Resources department about the harassment, my post was removed, and I was told I was not allowed to use any company communications channels (email, teams, the Hub, etc.) to discuss the harassment I had experienced. Receiving no support from HR, I raised the issue with my colleagues and senior leadership over email, for which I was fired. Below is the Hub post that precipitated this chain of events, in full.

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A PROPOSAL FOR THE HOMELESS PROBLEM
-By Fr. John S. Bakas

A PROPOSAL FOR THE HOMELESS PROBLEM

By Fr. John S. Bakas
Dean Saint Sophia Cathedral

The problem of the homeless in Los Angeles is certainly not new to our time.  Folk singer Woodie Guthrie, a Los Angelino sang and spoke of it in the 1940’s and others before him. “Drastic” solutions are needed to even put a significant dent in the problem.  Otherwise in the 2040’s the problem will still be spoken about in song and “so called skid row poetry”.

A recent L.A. County Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration study found that of the homeless:

– 38% are alcoholics

– 26% are addicted to drugs and other substances

– 25% suffer from Mental illness

89% are combined into these categories.  The fundamental problem seems to lie in the reality of the above figures.  Unless that is addressed first and foremost, no provision for housing alone will solve the problem.  The 89% will just transfer their significant problems from the street to whatever permanent housing is provided. And the cycle will repeat itself.  It is the anecdote of the man who has gangrene in his feet demanding new shoes.  The answer is…healing first the gangrene and the new shoes will follow. If the homeless problem is to be remotely solved, the issues of the 89% must first be addressed and solved and then housing will follow.

The major question of the 89%, that each homeless person must answer is, Do you want to get well and get off the streets”? Do you want to get treatment for your problem? Their answer will determine if any solution can be found.  The following is a proposal based on the Jewish Kibbutz system still in use in Israel.  More than 95 years ago the first Kibbutz (Hebrew word meaning group or community) was established, it was indeed a revolutionary idea of a Voluntary system in which people live in accordance with a specific social contract, based on egalitarian and communal principles in social and economic framework.  Above all program structure, freewill and personal responsibilities are essential.

In Israel today there are about 270 Kibbutzim.  Most of them have between 300-400 adult members.  Today approximately 130,000 or about 25% of the population of Israel live in a Kibbutz.

Generally the structure of a Kibbutz includes:

  • Residential areas
  • Communal Facilities – dining hall, medical clinic, laundry, etc.
  • Work areas for the production or manufacture of various items from agriculture, metal work, plastics and processed foods.  Work and skill development is essential to Kibbutz success and viability.

Based loosely on the Kibbutz model, I propose the following.  The development of Hope Villages; villages for men and separate villages for women.  The Hope Villages would be barrack type and moveable living and work facilities developed on L.A. City and County land holdings in rural settings, away from the cities.  The village would consist of communal type housing, medical, dental and substance abuse rehabilitation facilities communal dining area, communal recreational facilities, vocational job training and mentoring facilities and work areas for the “Villagers”.  Work must be an integrate part of the program.  The encouragement of personal and communal responsibility with rules and discipline is of key importance

Now, how does this apply to L.A.’s city problem?  Select and encourage homeless people, the 89% in separate groups and give them the opportunity to freely choose to participate based on the following conditions:

Participants must accept and sign appropriate documents indicating that through their own free will they will participate for at least one year in the Hope Village program and learn to abide by the rules.  The Hope Villages can start out with a manageable number of residents who would be offered the following:

  1. Medical, dental and mental health care, personal hygiene and self-care
  2. Substance abuse rehabilitation and treatment
  3. Learn to live in context of community sharing and developing people skills and leadership skills.
  4. Common dining area, sharing in chores accordingly
  5. Common recreational and sports area
  6. Job training facility offering vocational training in such areas as carpentry, plumbing, construction, auto mechanics, and other job training vocations.
  7. Work area where special products are made can be sold, and proceeds shared by all in a common fund. Residents must graduate from the Hope Village with a workable and employable skill, otherwise they may return to the street if joblessness sets in. With joblessness, desperation sets in and the 89% cycle begins again.

After a successful minimum of one year as residents of the Hope Village, upon graduation one can be eligible for permanent housing and job placement.

The idea is, that up and down the Southern California counties, a number of Hope Villages can be established starting out with reasonable numbers with adequate professional staff, etc.  The money is available for this, based on funds being allocated by the voters.

This concept has merit and in the long run should be explored and given further study.  If it works to build community and purpose for residents of a Kibbutz, why not try the Hope Village approach in L.A. City and county. Bold and creative action must be taken. As the Greeks say, “We cannot hide behind our little finger” anymore with failed and failing programs and ideas, endless bureaucracies, and committees that talk the problem to death, with no solutions in sight.  The 89% must respond in the affirmative if homelessness can be minimized in our communities.

Facebook whistleblower Haugen says Zuckerberg should step down as CEO

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should step down from the helm of the company, said Frances Haugen, the former Facebook employee who leaked tens of thousands of pages of internal documents from the social media firm after she left.

Haugen initially danced around the question from journalist Laurie Segall at the Web Summit conference on Monday. Haugen pointed to Zuckerberg’s majority of voting shares in the company, saying that shareholders should be able to choose their CEO.

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Facebook Whistleblower Is Leftist Activist Repped By Lawyer For ‘Whistleblower’ Behind Trump Impeachment

The Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, has a record of donations to far-left Democrats and a history of raising issues about purported bias while at previous employers, a Daily Wire review found. She is working with Democrat operatives to roll out her complaint and has the same lawyers as the anonymous Ukraine “whistleblower” whose allegations led to Donald Trump’s impeachment, but who reportedly turned out to be then-Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisor on the country.

In a previous role at Pinterest, Frances Haugen was behind a “recent change to give users the option to filter searches to specific skin tones.” At Gigster, she gave a talk on how “if we don’t build with an eye towards inclusion, we can end up enshrining bias.”

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Three Simple Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class

Policy aimed at promoting economic opportunity for poor children must be framed within three stark realities. First, many poor children come from families that do not give them the kind of support that middle-class children get from their families. Second, as a result, these children enter kindergarten far behind their more advantaged peers and, on average, never catch up and even fall further behind. Third, in addition to the education deficit, poor children are more likely to make bad decisions that lead them to drop out of school, become teen parents, join gangs and break the law.

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“Larry Elder’s 2001 Letter to Rep. Maxine Waters–She Never Responded” –Too busy whipping out race cards

Letter to Maxine Waters from Larry Elder, L.A. talk show host

Dear Congresswoman Waters:

I write this letter directly to you. No one else received copies.

Your power in America, and especially in the black community, is substantial.

I honestly, and sincerely, urge you to rethink your positions on several issues.

I have, so far, kept this letter private. I hope that after you read this letter, you will agree to have a one-on-one, sit-down, private conversation with me about the future and direction of black America.

But given the stakes, our personal feelings towards each other are inconsequential. I reach out in good faith, based on my sincere concern for the black community. I see an erosion of community standards, values, hopes and aspirations.

By the way, despite my acknowledged harsh criticisms of you, I never once attacked you personally. I said, on many occasions: I don’t question her heart, but I question her head. I called you a hardworking, tireless warrior for your views.

I’m not grandstanding, not doing this for ratings. Again, at least, until I hear from you, I am reaching out. I hope to hear from you soon.

I recently received an invitation to an event at a private residence to celebrate the election of Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn.

Frankly, the invitation surprised me, given my harsh criticism of the then-candidate Hahn’s position on several issues. Nevertheless, I accepted, only to receive a phone call, dis-inviting me. I understand that the host received pressure from you, among others, that I be barred from the event.

Again, as I said, the invitation surprised me, and I don’t blame you or others for not wanting me there. After all, this presumably celebrated your hard work in getting Hahn elected.

I hoped, by accepting, to finally talk with you and other black “leaders” about problems in the black community. My producer called your office on several occasions to get you on my show, but each time you refused. Recently, a caller to my show said that she called your office in hopes that she might convince you to appear on the show. She said your office told her that “you had never heard of Larry Elder.” Again, I think I understand the tactic—the tactic of ignoring me, in hopes to minimize that you perceive what I suspect you perceive as a growing influence. Again, I understand.

I write this letter, however, to issue a call. Your position on major issues affecting the black community is simply, and flat out, wrong. Not only do your positions fail to advance the interests of blacks, but also, in many cases, they actually hurt them. Let’s go over them.

Gun Control

You, the NAACP, and the majority of the “black leadership” routinely call for more gun control legislation. Powerful evidence, however, indicates that restrictive gun laws do nothing to deter bad guys, while making it more and more difficult for good people to defend themselves. Violent crime rates have fallen faster and further, for the most part, in the thirty-two states allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons, vs. non-carry states. Japan and England now see crime rates increasing, despite bans on private ownership of guns.

Washington, D.C., a city with perhaps the nation’s most restrictive gun laws, ranks No. 1 in per capita murders. As former D.C. mayor Marion Barry once incredibly put it, “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest rates in the country.”

Crime in America remains disproportionately an urban affair. Therefore, those who most need protection from bad guys remain—due in large measure to your policies—most vulnerable to crime.

Affirmative Action

In America in Black and White, Stephen and Abigail Thernstrom clearly show that the black middle class preceded affirmative action. Moreover, it insults the hardworking black men and women of this country who, since slavery, built the black middle class, day by day, brick by brick, backache by backache. The first black member of the Federal Reserve Board, Arthur Brimmer, studied affirmative action’s impact. By affirmative action, I mean preferences, the lowering of standards to achieve “diversity” or “multi-culturalism” or “inclusion.” I do not include outreach, or using efforts to inform others, irrespective of race, gender, etc., of available opportunities.

Brimmer concluded, “I would say that most blacks I know did not get [their jobs] because of affirmative action, but it’s impossible [to determine the exact number].”

In 1962, Ebony magazine ran a series of motivational articles called, “If I Were Young Today.” Each month, they asked a black achiever—Federal District Judge Herman Moore, union leader A. Philip Randolph, famed Los Angeles architect Paul Williams—to provide advice to today’s youth. Each spoke of drive, vision, hard work, and preparation. Not one even implied the need or desire for preferential treatment.

In 1963, Whitney Young, then head of the Urban League, proposed a kind of a “Marshall Plan” for blacks. A member of the league, however, objected to what he called “the heart of it–the business of employing Negroes [because they are Negroes].” Moreover, Whitney Young suggested his “Marshall Plan” for a period of ten years. This means, if Young prevailed, affirmative action would have ended in 1973!

The Detroit News recently wrote that, at seven Michigan colleges and universities, blacks within six years graduate at a rate of 40% compared to 61% for whites and 74% for Asians. Blame lowered standards to achieve to achieve campus “diversity.” This mismatching of students—placing someone in a major league school when he or she would have been better at Triple A ball—causes, according to one study a loss of $5 billion a year to the black community. Moreover, affirmative action, in the educational field, masked the real problems, substandard education K-12. Yet you, the Democratic Party, and the unions all resist many changes urban parents want, including vouchers.

Besides, hard work wins. Back in 1901, thirty-six years after slavery, Booker T. Washington said, “When a Negro girl learns to cook, to wash dishes, to sew, to write a book, or a Negro boy learns to groom horses, or to grow sweet potatoes, or to produce butter, or to build a house, or to be able to practise medicine, as well or better than some one else, they will be rewarded regardless of race or colour. In the long run, the world is going to have the best, and any difference in race, religion, or previous history will not long keep the world from what it wants.

“I think that the whole future of my race hinges on the question as to whether or not it can make itself of such indispensable value that the people in the town and the state where we reside will feel that our presence is necessary to the happiness and well-being of the community. No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual, and moral well being of the place in which he lives is long left without proper reward. This is a great human law which cannot be permanently nullified.”

Welfare

You fight any attempt to roll back the welfare state, and voted against the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. This act caused a 50% reduction in the welfare rolls, without a corresponding increase in abortion. It reduced teen pregnancy, without a corresponding increase in abortion.

Census records from 100 years ago found blacks, in some cases, more likely than whites to marry and have children within a traditional family structure. As recently as 1960, 22% of black children were born to unwed parents. Today, the figure stands at 70%, with 85% spending at least some time living without a father in the house, at least for part of their lives. Racism? Blame Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, coupled with a “you-owe-me” victicrat mindset that creates dependency and fosters irresponsibility.

In 1985, the Los Angeles Times polled poor people and asked conducted a poll, asking poor people whether poor young women “often,” or “seldom,” have children in order to get on welfare. More poor people (64 percent) than non-poor (44 percent) agreed that welfare recipients “often” have children to get additional benefits. More poor people than non-poor people agreed that welfare fosters dependency.

War on Drugs

You recently condemned the CIA for its alleged role in the creation of urban America’s drug problem, bellowing at a Town Hall meeting: “If I never do anything else in this career as a member of Congress–I’m gonna make somebody pay for what they’ve done to my community and to my people.”

Never mind that the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times all wrote stories debunking the notion that the CIA had played anything other than an incidental role in the creation of a drug war.

Furthermore, what about personal responsibility? Did some strange mystical racist force cause black people to ingest or inject drugs?

Many young blacks, convicted of drug-related offenses, waste away in jail.

Many never committed violent crimes. Yet, you do not call for the end of the War on Drugs.
You claim you condemn drugs, but you wrote a letter to Janet Reno to back off of a joint federal joint Justice Department local DEA probe. The probe centered on James A. Prince, a childhood friend of your husband’s. The authorities suspected him of drug trafficking, and some DEA agents working on the probe suddenly got yanked off. Some, on the record, accused you of interfering with a legitimate probe. For all these reasons, I suspect that you question the legitimacy of the government’s War on Drugs. Why not, then, publicly call for an end to this expensive, unfair, corrupting War on Drugs?

In 1979, former Black Panther, Joanne Chesimard, gunned down a New Jersey State Highway Patrol Officer. A jury convicted her of murder, and sentenced her to life in prison. In a daring breakout, Chesimard escaped from prison and fled to Cuba. Congress passed a unanimous resolution urging Castro to send Chesimard back to America and face charges. You, however, wrote Castro a letter, urging him to let her stay, stating “she was persecuted as a result of her political beliefs and affiliations.” You further likened her to Martin Luther King!

The War on Drugs requires a growing use of informants, thus compromising the integrity of our criminal justice system. Under the guise of fighting the War on Drugs, President Clinton authorized more wiretaps and asset forfeitures than under the Bush and Reagan administrations combined. Economist Milton Friedman said, “Today in this country, we incarcerate 3,109 black men for every 100,000 of them in the population. Just to give you an idea of the drama in this number, our closest competitor for incarcerating black men is South Africa. South Africa—and this is pre-Nelson Mandela and under an overt public policy of apartheid—incarcerated 729 black men for every 100,000.”

Janet Reno estimates that nearly half of all street crime is directly related to criminals seeking money to support drug habits. I urge you to take a courageous stand and publicly pressure the government to end this war.

Racism

Black leaders refuse to acknowledge the good news: Racism no longer remains a potent threat in American life. Most blacks remain solidly middle class, with blacks forming businesses at a faster rate than whites. The black domestic product, were it a separate country, makes it one of the fifteen wealthiest nations in the world.

Harvard’s Orlando Patterson, a liberal Democrat, said, “The sociological truths are that America, while still flawed in its race relations…is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa…”
In one recent year, three out of four blacks, with SAT scores between 1250 and 1300 received admissions into the nation’s 28 most elite colleges. Only one in four whites with comparable SAT scores received admission.

SAG, the Screen Actors Guild, reports roles going to blacks equal the percentage of our population in the nation. Unemployment rates for married black men just about equal those for married white men.
Yes, black net worth remains but a fraction of white net worth, but government programs cannot close that gap without forcibly taking money away from somebody and giving it to someone else. Instead, hard work, personal responsibility, avoiding slovenly behavior, getting an education, and focus create growth and opportunity. You display precisely these qualities in your life and career, and form the basis for your success.

As mentioned before, 70% of today’s black children are born outside of wedlock. Nearly 25% of young black men possess criminal records. In many urban schools, the dropout rate exceeds 50%. Because of these problems, there are only 100 eligible, marriageable black men for every 111 eligible, marriageable black women. Nearly three-quarters of inner-city kids at the elementary school level fail to read, write, and compute at grade level.

In America, we see two black Americas. The majority black world reflects increased prosperity, growing homeownership, and steady asset accumulation. The other, the so-called black underclass, remains disturbing. Quite simply, we see too many children having children. It stands, far and away, as America’s No. 1 problem. Whatever role racism played, the complete abolition of white racism would leave these problems unresolved.

I await your response.

Sincerely yours,

Larry Elder
LAE/ph

1.25 million uses of guns for self-defense every year

But even after years of study, there is little clarify on how, exactly, Americans use guns to protect themselves in a moment of jeopardy–or how often. Geller then goes on to explain that with dropping violent crime rates, the need for having a gun in the first place may be gone anyway. He cites Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck’s contention that crime has dropped because more and more people have chosen to arm themselves. With crime down, Kleck says armed citizens have gone from using guns for self-defense approximately 2.5 million times a year 20 years ago to approximately 1.25 million times a year now.

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Sheriffs: Up to 50% of migrants captured have COVID, want border secured

Growing border insecurity and concerns that illegal immigrants are infected with coronavirus are prompting the nation’s sheriffs to urge the Biden administration to take action to tighten controls.

At its virtual winter meeting this week, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s board of directors discussed the threat to the United States by the latest migrant surge and OK’d a detailed warning call to the president.

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Larry Elder, Herschel Walker Destroy Arguments in Favor of Reparations at Congressional Hearing‬

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, met virtually Wednesday to discuss legislation that would establish a commission looking into reparations for black Americans. First introduced in 1989 by the late Rep. John Conyers, H.R. 40 was reintroduced in January by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee with the support of 162 Democrats. Republicans chose two black witnesses to speak against the bill, Salem radio host Larry Elder and former NFL legend Herschel Walker. Larry Elder used his five minutes to completely dismantle the arguments presented in the hearing and focused on how black people have historically survived and thrived despite difficult circumstances of racism, slavery, and Jim Crow.

Biden White House Silently Nixes Trump Initiative Tracking Chinese Influence in US Education System

Well, if you’re Beijing, this is welcome news. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but any Trump policy aimed at curbing Chinese influence in America would probably be a breath of fresh air now that the Biden administration has taken over, right? Consider this a 2020 election dividend from the Biden White House? They quietly nixed a Trump rule that aimed to track and root out potential Chinese Communist propaganda influence within our education system.

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Record retail spending expected in 2021

Consumer spending is on its way to reaching record levels in 2021. Retail sales will grow by 8.1 percent this year — the fastest pace this century — to a record $4.3 trillion, according to retail consulting firm Customer Growth Partners, which tracks government data and its own proprietary research.

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Neera Tanden deletes more than 1,000 incendiary tweets in preparation for confirmation

The first order of business for Neera Tanden, Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the federal Office of Management and Budget, appears to be deleting more than a thousand tweets, some of which contain criticisms of the senators who will vote to confirm her. Ms Tanden is the president of the Centre for American Progress. Like many people involved in national politics, she spends a lot of time online, especially on Twitter. Also like many Americans, Ms Tanden gets into fights on social media and makes incendiary posts.

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DNI Declassifies Handwritten Notes From John Brennan, 2016 CIA Referral On Clinton Campaign’s Collusion Operation

Top U.S. intelligence officials were so concerned heading into the 2016 election that the Russians were aware of and potentially manipulating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plans to smear Donald Trump as a Russian agent that they personally briefed President Barack Obama on the matter, newly declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents show. CIA officials also requested that the FBI investigate Russian knowledge of the Clinton campaign’s collusion smear operation.

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