October 27, 2019

*Poll: Nearly a Third of Jews Avoid Identifying Themselves as Jewish Publicly:

Nearly a third of Jewish Americans say they have hidden their religious identity or avoided carrying items that would identify oneself as Jewish in public due to threats of anti-Semitism, according to a poll released Wednesday. A study by the American Jewish Coalition found that 31 percent of the respondents said they had “avoided publicly wearing, carrying, or displaying things that might help people identify [them] as a Jew.  Twenty-five percent of those surveyed also told pollsters that they at least sometimes “avoid certain places, events, or situations out of concern for [their] safety or comfort as a Jew.”

The survey’s results come as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says the rate of anti-Semitic incidents has doubled in the U.S. since 2015. There continues to be “an alarmingly high number of anti-Semitic acts,” ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said in April. “We’ve worked hard to push back against anti-Semitism, and succeeded in improving hate crime laws, and yet we continue to experience an alarmingly high number of anti-Semitic acts,” Greenblatt said at the time.

 *Digital Streams of Michael Jackson Music up Despite Damaging HBO Documentary: Report:

Digital platforms saw an uptick in users listening to Michael Jackson’s music amid renewed interest in child sex abuse charges made against the late singer, a report showed. Music industry magazine Billboard identified the increase while analyzing data from before and after the release of “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary about two men who allege they were abused by Jackson when they were children. The number of on-demand listens garnered by Jackson’s catalog on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music increased by 22.1% in the 31 weeks following the film’s release in March by HBO, slightly outpacing the 21.8% growth experienced by the streaming industry as a whole, Billboard reported.

Radio stations played Jackson’s music 32.1% less following the film’s release, meanwhile, according to the magazine. An analysis of Nielsen Music data suggested Jackson’s songs were played an average of 14,000 per week on radio in the month before HBO first aired the movie, while stations have played his music roughly 11,000 times weekly in the months since, the report said. Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50. Allegations of child molestation had dogged him since the early 1990s, though the release of “Leaving Neverland” called graphic attention to the claims and put the future of his posthumous career in question.

 *P.C. ALERT – Always Caves to Pressure from Transgenders, Drops Feminine Packaging on Sanitary Napkins:

Always has decided to drop the Venus gender symbol from the packaging of its feminine products to accommodate transgender people. Beginning in December, the Venus symbol will no longer be included on the packaging of its sanitary products. The decision was made after transgender activists Ben Saunders and Melly Bloom contacted the company to complain. “Could someone from Always tell me why it is imperative to have the female symbol on their sanitary products? ‘There are non-binary and trans folks who still need to use your products too you know!” transgender activist Melly Bloom tweeted.

‘We listened to you and our marketing team worked a solution. We are glad to inform you that as of December we will use a wrapper design without the feminine symbol,” Always responded. Proctor & Gamble, which owns Always, told Metro UK that it will continue to champion girls and women but are “committed to diversity and inclusion, and after hearing from many people across genders and age groups, we realised that not everyone who has a period and needs to use a pad identifies as female.”

“To ensure that anyone who needs to use a period product feels comfortable in doing so with Always, we updated our pad wrapper design. Our mission remains to ensure no girl loses confidence at puberty because of her gender or period and we do this through our puberty education programs, by providing access to period products with programs such as #EndPeriodPoverty, and by using our brand voice to tackle societal barriers and stigmas like we did with #LikeAGirl,” Proctor & Gamble added. 

 *WOW! – $3.22 Trillion: Federal Programs That ‘Transfer Income’ Projected to Hit Record in FY20:

Federal spending programs that are “designed to transfer income … to individuals or families” are set to hit a record $3,223,943,000,000 in fiscal 2020, according to projections published by the Office of Management and Budget. These so-called “payments for individuals” (as the OMB calls them) are projected to account for 67.9% of all federal spending this fiscal year and consume 14.4% of the nation’s gross domestic product. In its Historical Table 6.1, Composition of Outlays, the OMB reports the annual amounts spent on “payments for individuals” going back to fiscal 1940 in both current year and constant fiscal 2012 dollars. In the same table, it published its estimated totals for fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2024. In 1940, the federal government spent only 2.1% of GDP on “payments for individuals.” As a percentage of GDP, these payments peaked in fiscal 2010 at 15.5%.

But in inflation-adjusted dollars, the total amount the federal government spends on these payments has increased since then. In fiscal 2010, federal “payments for individuals” totaled $2,406,300,000,000 in constant 2012 dollars. But by fiscal 2019, according to the OMB estimate, they had increased to $2,835,300,000,000 in constant fiscal 2012 dollars, and in fiscal 2020, they are projected to hit a record $2,837,500,000,000 in constant 2012 dollars (or $3,223,943,000,000 in current year dollars). What exactly are these “payments to individuals” that will consume 67.9% of all federal spending this year? “These are federal government spending programs designed to transfer income (in cash or in kind) to individuals or families,” the OMB says in the introduction to its historical spending tables. “To the extent feasible,” says the OMB, “this category does not include reimbursements for current services rendered to the Government (e.g., salaries and interest).”

“The payments may be in the form of cash paid directly to individuals or they may take the form of the provision of services or the payment of bills for activities generally financed from personal income,” the OMB says. “They include outlays for the provision of medical care (in veterans’ hospitals, for example) and for the payment of medical bills (e.g., Medicare),” says the OMB. “They also include subsidies to reduce the cost of housing below market rates and food and nutrition assistance (such as SNAP — formerly food stamps),” the OMB says. In Table 11.3, Outlays for Payments for Individuals by Category and Major Program, the OMB breaks down the total outlays for “spending programs designed to transfer income” by the programs through which the income is transferred. The most expensive set of these programs deals with medical care. In fiscal 2020, the OMB estimates, federal medical care programs will spend a total of $1,434,169,000,000.

Within this category, Medicare will spend $808,340,000,000, and Medicaid will spend $418,151,000,000. Social Security and the railroad retirement program will spend another $1,110,989,000,000. The civil service retirement program will spend $89,524,000,000. The earned income tax credit will spend $62,551,000,000. The Supplemental Security Income program will spend $53,440,000,000. Housing assistance programs will spend $48,928,000,000. (food stamps) will spend $48,603,000,000. Non-veteran student assistance will spend $44,654,000,000.

 *Another Brutal Gang Slaying In Sanctuary City Seattle, Yet Police Still Won’t Work With ICE:

Another person has been murdered in the Seattle area due to gang violence committed by illegal immigrants, yet the city still refuses to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega, a member of the MS-13 gang, was arrested and accused of the brutal slaying of his teenage friend, Juan Carlos Con Guzman. Iraheta-Vega, who entered the country illegally, is accused of bashing Guzman to death with a baseball bat, and then working with another gang member to chop the body into pieces using a machete. One of Guzman’s arms and legs had been severed. Marks on his neck suggested the perpetrators attempted to cut his head off.

The Washington Times reported that Iraheta-Vega, 20, “admitted to the killing, saying he’d arranged to fight Juan Carlos but somewhere along the way he and a fellow MS-13 confederate, nicknamed ‘Inferno,’ decided to kill him instead.” The Times also reported that Iraheta-Vega would have been deported about a year ago had Seattle cooperated with ICE at the time. “But King County refused to notify ICE that Mr. Iraheta-Vega was being released from jail, and instead freed him into the community. He would have more run-ins with the law, each time escaping ICE’s clutches, until his arrest last week on suspicion of murder,” the outlet reported.

Iraheta-Vega’s arrest on suspicion of murder came just one week after Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez was arrested on charges of participating in the murder of a teen boy with fellow gang members. The boy was targeted because his girlfriend had posted a photo of herself online making the hand sign of a rival gang. Carillo-Lopez was a member of the Surenos gang and was prepared to fight a boy who was previously his friend. But after the boy’s girlfriend posted photos of herself making the hand sign of the 18th Street gang, Carillo-Lopez joined others in killing him, the Times reported.

 *Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils Bill That Would Give Federal Benefits To Illegal Aliens:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has found yet another way to spend your money. The 29-year-old former bartender Congresswoman has unveiled a new six-bill package of legislation titled “A Just Society.”

“A just society provides a living wage, safe working conditions, and healthcare. A just society acknowledges the value of immigrants to our communities. A just society guarantees safe, comfortable, and affordable housing,” says a page on her House website dedicated to the package. “By strengthening our social and economic foundations, we are preparing ourselves to embark on the journey to save our planet by rebuilding our economy and cultivate a just society.” The package has six parts:

•     “The Place to Prosper Act” would prevent year-over-year rent increases of more than 3%.

•  “The Uplift Workers Act” would mandate that the Department of Labor to create a “worker-friendly score” considering factors such as paid-family leave, a $15 minimum wage and union membership.

•    “The Mercy in Re-entry Act” would grant public benefits to those convicted of criminal offenses.

•    The “Guarantees the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for All Act” does, well, just that.

•    “The Recognizing Poverty Act” orders the Department of Health and Human Services “to adjust the federal poverty line” based on location.

•    “The Embrace Act” would allow illegal aliens to claim the same welfare benefits as all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.


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Marty Brounstein, Acclaimed Author, Kicks Off New York City Area Speaking Series Fall 2019 for Inspiring Holocaust Book

Marty Brounstein, acclaimed author, keynote speaker, and recent winner of the Best of Los Angeles Award– “Best Holocaust Book – 2019”, has certainly had a busy year so far. He first received the prestigious honor of the Jefferson Award on August 26, 2019, which recognizes those who perform acts of public service and good in America.

Now, Marty is ready to kick off his New York City Area Speaking Series Fall 2019, where he will be returning to the greater New York City area for a speaking series of four public storytelling presentation events to keep sharing his inspirational story of courage, compassion, and rescue related to his book. There are two book discussion events happening with schools in addition.

The four events will be running from Sunday, October 27, 2019 through November 6, 2019. Two of the events will be in Manhattan, one just over the border in New Jersey, and the other in Long Island.


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