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Happy Hanukkah (Chanukah)
Beginning December 18, 2022 to December 26, 2022
Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight nights, usually December. This year, it begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 18, and ends Monday, Dec. 26.
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah starts on the 25th of Kislev, a month in the Hebrew calendar that usually falls within November or December. Also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, the holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean revolt against the Syrian-Greek army.
Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabean Revolt against the Syrian-Greek army. According to biblical text, Mattathias the Hasmonean started the revolt by refusing to worship the Greek gods. Hanukkah, in particular, celebrates Judah Maccabee’s victory over the Seleucids. Rabbinic tradition states the victorious Maccabees could only find an amount of oil to keep the commemorative Menorah lit for one night. However, the Menorah miraculously stayed lit for eight nights.
Aside from lighting the menorah, other Hanukkah celebrations have become popular in recent years. Many families will give out presents during Hanukkah, usually with one given each night of the holiday. A game of dreidel, a spinning top inscribed with Hebrew letters, is a common way to celebrate the holiday. Additionally, followers may cook traditional Hanukkah dishes like potato latkes or Sufganiyot, a donut filled with strawberry jelly. Chocolate gelt coins are also given out during the holiday.
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Traditional food and bread. There are around 18 different dishes that are traditionally made for Hanukkah.
The Lonely Highway
Originally posted on Gobblers & Masticadores: by Dawn Pisturino “I should’ve stayed at the university,” Rafe grumbled, gripping the steering-wheel …The Lonely Highway
The Significance of Awareness: Why awareness is necessary for finding our way in life
Awareness is the light that guides us through the darkness. It is what allows us to see the beauty in the world, even when the world is at its …The Significance of Awareness: Why awareness is necessary for finding our way in life
Talking Karma and an Apple
It’s amazing how karma works. This instance represents true karma where someone takes another’s job for his own gratification.
In 1985, Jobs was forced out of Apple after a long power struggle with the company’s board and its then-CEO, John Sculley. That same year, Jobs took a few Apple employees with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company that specialized in computers for higher-education and business markets. In addition, he helped to develop the visual effects industry when he funded the computer graphics division of George Lucas‘s Lucasfilm in 1986. The new company was Pixar, which produced the first 3D computer-animated feature film Toy Story (1995) and went on to become a major animation studio, producing over 25 films since.
In 1997, Jobs returned to Apple as CEO after the company’s acquisition of NeXT. He was largely responsible for reviving Apple, which was on the verge of bankruptcy. He worked closely with English designer Jony Ive to develop a line of products that had larger cultural ramifications, beginning with the “Think different” advertising campaign and leading to the Apple Store, App Store (iOS), iMac, iPad, iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and iTunes Store. In 2001, the original Mac OS was replaced with the completely new Mac OS X (now known as macOS), based on NeXT’s NeXTSTEPplatform, giving the operating system a modern Unix-based foundation for the first time. In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. He died of respiratory arrest related to the tumor on October 5, 2011, at the age of 56. In 2022, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
NOW THATS KARMA…
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Old and Weathered
Relation of the beast to social distancing. Social loneliness is how one of the shooters described their situation.
Truth be told the beast has taken hold of our society. We were warned by those who created the fun of technology. Instant gratification all in a world untouched before.
Truth is we are headed for a world of shit if things don’t change. Technology at our fingertips has turned into a nightmare of gruesome killings. The lack of caring for another. The lack of empathy.
Life is on full kilter
1/09/2021 By: Chad Rhodes
Let’s travel back in time today. Just shy of 1 year ago today Covid showed up in the USA. Unknown at the time and being written off as the seasonal flu. Scary when it’s put like that.
We have been isolated while watching the world pass us by and the death toll rise each day. Some of us had family and friends we shared living arrangements with, but many were left alone. City by city, state by state lockdowns continuing every week, then it became month after month. We’ve taken in a lot of information from the TV and Internet in this time and not all of it was mentally healthy or correct.
They say tough year!!! Beyond tough comes to mind… GEEZE police brutality, COVID-19, unrest around the world, riots and demonstrations for human rights, monuments from history sent crashing to the ground and talk of defunding the police departments rang through news reports.
It’s an actual human right to be treated equal. We have been acting like savages to each other and it’s time the bus stops at our front doors.
Who have we become?
People as a whole had more respect for one another before the powers at hand expressed we were all prejudice and enemies. The division of color started a war on innocent people caught up in the haters hate revenge movement. Yes I will not deny the existence of bigots’ and haters. We have a sub-culture in all cultures that love to hate others for no reason other than so and so did this to so and so. A lot of so and so’s are making life a living hell for the rest of us people loving people, people.
Harboring ill will and willfully harming others for no reason. I think every human has a right to live in peace.
If we do not take kindness back and let it penetrate our hearts I am afraid we will never see a world that is not divided in some way.
We must look to the future for our children. What are we leaving them with? Hatred and Lawlessness or Kindness and Caring? Not a hard decision.
We now have a “spoken” divide between political parties we have never seen until now. Actual hatred has rolled over into our streets. Neighbors who once enjoyed the comradery of each other on 4th of July at the neighborhood block party with are now our enemies because we are on the “other side”. Family and friends strangers alike all hating in the streets.
You may be asking yourself which side is the right side to be on. Hard to really decide. We are surrounded by crooked politicians everyday.
It seems its getting harder to find anyone to stand up for the people without the corrupt padding of the politicians pockets. Its always for giving or doing some other unlawful deed on the sly for that small token of appreciation. Just ask the long term politicians.
Now we have to endure another 4 years of new terms, taxes and the mystery of it all from the Powers at hand.
Remember 2 words, love and care for everyone goes a lot further then you think!!!
BUY USA.. KEEP AMERICA ALIVE
RITA MAE BROWN
BY: Chad Rhodes
Rita Mae Brown is an outstanding writer.
In 1973 I had the opportunity to read Ruby Fruit Jungle at the tender age of 13 years old. What an eye opening adventure. I laughed, I cried, but mainly I wondered what it was like to be these characters. Every day after school I would rush home and shut my door and dive into the book. I would read until my mom called us for dinner. I thank Rita Mae Brown for opening my mind and giving me the opportunity to read and experience this book.
- Born: Nov 28, 1944 (age 75) · Hanover, PA
- Romance: Fannie Flagg · Martina Navratilova
- Education: Union Institute & University · University of Florida · School of Visual Arts · New York University · Broward College
- Nominations: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing – Variety Series (1982) · Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction (1988)
Computer dating is fine, if you’re a computer.
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.
“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. Show more
|1968:||In 1968, she received a certificate in cinematography from the New York School of Visual Arts.|
|1970:||She played a leading role in the “Lavender Menace” zap of the Second Congress to Unite Women on 1 May 1970, which protested Friedan’s remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women’s movement.|
|1973:||Starting in 1973, Brown lived in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.|
|1976:||Brown received a Ph.D. in literature from Union Institute & University in 1976 and holds a doctorate in political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.|
|1978:||In 1978, she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lived briefly with American author, screenwriter and actor Fannie Flagg, whom she met at a party hosted by Marlo Thomas.|
|1982:||In 1982, Brown wrote a screenplay parodying the slasher genre titled Sleepless Nights; retitled The Slumber Party Massacre, the producers decided to play it seriously, and it was given a limited release theatrically.|
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A Profile of the Child Molester
This Article is written by Rosemary Webb and Jennifer Mitchell, National Child Safety Experts and Co-Presidents of Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures Prevention. https://childluresprevention.com/resources/molester-profile/
For over three decades, Child Lures Prevention has analyzed data on the methods child molesters use for luring children and teens into abuse and worse. Our original research, based on hundreds of interviews with convicted sex offenders and in-depth case studies, reveals 16 specific “Child Lures” — including Affection, Authority, Bribery and Games — which constitute the foundation of the Think First & Stay Safe and Teen Lures TV Newscast school curricula.
Child molesters come from all economic backgrounds, geographic areas and include every ethnicity, race and creed. The sole characteristic all child molesters share is having thoughts about being sexual with children, and acting on those thoughts. These individuals actively seek access to children and the opportunity to be alone with them. Also, contrary to common “Stranger Danger” warnings, child molesters are rarely strangers; at least 90% of sexually abused children are exploited by someone in the child’s immediate or extended family, or by someone close to the family.
Who can be a child molester?
- All genders (88% are male; 9% are female; 3% are unknown)*
- All ages (including kids, teens and seniors)
- All socioeconomic groups (wealthy, middle class & disadvantaged)
- All races & ethnicity
- Diverse occupations
What percentage of child sexual abuse is committed by family members?
Family members abuse:
- 49% of victims under age 6.
- 42% of victims ages 7-11.
- 24% of victims ages 12 – 17.
The younger the child, the more likely their abuser is a family member. Keep in mind that family members include parents, guardians, step-parents, siblings, step-siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts and grandparents.
Do kids and teens ever sexually abuse other children?
Yes. Based on substantiated state-by-state reports, at least 1/3rd of all childhood sexual abuse is peer-to-peer. Juveniles who commit sexual offenses are usually an older, stronger youngster. The average onset of child sexual assault behavior is 12-14 years old.
A U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics report* found that 23% of all sex offenders were under the age of 18. There are two very important distinctions to make about juveniles with sexual offending behaviors:
- Of children who are sexually abused, the majority DO NOT go on to become sexual offenders.
- The subset of juveniles who do sexually offend other children often have histories of being victimized themselves.
Do females ever molest children?
Yes. Female offenders make up approximately 9% of all reported child sexual abuse. The most recent statistical report by the US Department of Justice found that female offenders victimized:
- 12% of victims under the age of 6
- 6% of victims ages 6 – 12
- 3% of victims ages 12 – 17
What is the most common lure used by child molesters?
The Affection Lure is used both offline and online to exploit unsuspecting youngsters in need of love and attention. (See Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide.) Most victims of abuse are befriended and “groomed” over a period of hours, days, weeks, months, or years. Child molesters have repeatedly admitted: When there’s a physically or emotionally absent parent in the picture, it makes the child more vulnerable to grooming and abuse.
How many sex offenders, including child molesters, live in the U.S.?
Currently, there are 904,011 registered sex offenders living in the United States, according to registry data from 50 states and 6 U.S. territories (May, 2018), which has increased from 847,725 in Nov, 2017*. These are offenders who have been caught, convicted, served their time and are now living among us. This number does not include child molesters who are currently serving time in prison. Also, the FBI estimates that only 10-40% of sex crimes are ever reported, which means there are millions of sex offenders living in the United States, many of whom have never been reported – or caught, or convicted.
*Source: Map of Registered Sex Offenders living in the United States and its territories, Prepared by the Records and Access Unit, May 30, 2018, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
How do child molesters gain access to their victims?
While some sexual abuse is purely opportunistic, most children are groomed and lured into situations where they are vulnerable to abuse. Common grooming strategies include:
- Befriending parents, particularly single parents, to gain access to their children.
- Offering babysitting services to busy parents or guardians.
- Taking jobs and participating in community events that involve children.
- Becoming a guardian or foster parent.
- Attending sporting events for children.
- Offering to coach children’s sports.
- Volunteering in youth organizations.
- Offering to chaperone overnight trips.
- Loitering in places children frequent – playgrounds, parks, malls, game arcades, sports fields, etc.
- Befriending youngsters on social media (Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) and online gaming platforms.
How do sex offenders lure kids online?
Internet predators use the same Lures online that are used offline. They typically target uninformed and unsuspecting youngsters to engage in virtual relationships by luring them with flattery, attention and feelings of being close to an online friend. In essence, the Affection Lure, Friendship Lure and Ego Lure are being used online. Lonely, neglected, confused and risk-taking adolescents are most vulnerable. The risk increases if they share intimate images of themselves or have inappropriate conversations.
The internet predator becomes a more serious threat when they obtain a youngster’s personal information (i.e. full name, phone number, address, school, sports team), convinces them to send inappropriate images, or manages to arrange a private, in-person meeting. Youth who have shared too much personal information or agreed to in-person meetings without adult supervision have been robbed, assaulted and sexually abused. Cyber predators who convince youngsters to share intimate pictures or video often use blackmail to get more images. This is known as sextortion, which is increasingly being uncovered by law enforcement.
Children and teens are still more likely to be sexually exploited (in person or virtually) by someone they know, including a peer, than by an Internet Predator. This is why it’s important to remind kids to limit how much personal information they share with everyone, to keep passwords PRIVATE (even from friends) and to never send inappropriate images to anyone.
How else do child molesters use the Internet?
Since the dawn of the Internet, child molesters around the globe have used it to share beliefs and experiences, even descriptions, names and images of children they have abused. Now, the Dark Web is where they “socialize,” as well as share and sell child pornography, easily produced with cell phone cameras and sometimes even shown in real time.
It is essential for parents to teach children and teens that they must not ask for, nor provide, nude or semi-nude photos. Ever. Many sexted images children and teens have been pressured into sending (or send “to be funny”) end up in the child porn collections of American and International sexual predators. Despite law enforcement’s best efforts, it is next to impossible to get child pornography images out of circulation on the web.
How do child molesters target their victims?
Early grooming efforts by sexual predators seek to determine if the child has a stable home life, or if the family is facing challenges like poverty, divorce, illness, drugs, homelessness, etc. Children lacking stability at home are at higher risk for sexual abuse, as there is usually more access to the child and opportunities to abuse the child.
Child molesters will also target kids who are loners, or who look troubled or neglected. Youngsters who smoke, vape or use drugs and alcohol are seen as risk-seekers lacking adequate supervision, and therefore easy targets. Single moms are often targeted, as they are more likely to be overwhelmed by parenting duties and vulnerable to offers to babysit and/or drive kids to school, practices, lessons and other activities.
Which age group is most often targeted by child molesters?
While all children are vulnerable, approximately 20% of child sexual abuse occurs with children under 5 years of age; 50% with kids between 5-12 years old; and 30% occurs with teens between 13-17 years of age. Parents and guardians can help keep their children safe by talking frankly and often to their children about “the birds and the bees.” At the very least, teach your child, preferably beginning at birth, anatomically-correct names for their private body parts (buttocks, anus, chest, breasts, vulva, vagina, penis and scrotum). Child molesters have admitted they are less likely to abuse children who have a basic understanding of sex education, including knowledge of the proper names for private body parts.
Some child molesters cite a preference for children on the brink of puberty. This is the age of sexual awakening, making it easy for molesters to prey on the sexual ignorance and curiosity of youngsters. To quote one sex offender, “Give me a kid who knows nothing about sex, and you’ve given me my next victim.”
When and where do most sexual assaults usually happen?
With incidents involving juvenile offenders, 1 in 7 sexual assaults occurs on schooldays between 3pm-7pm, with a peak from 3-4pm, right after school. This speaks to the importance of safe after-school care and close supervision of multi-age groups of youngsters.
Most child sexual abuse occurs in the home of the victim, the home of the offender, or another residence.** 81% of all child sexual abuse occurs in one-on-one situations: one-offender/one-child. Wherever youth are physically or virtually alone with someone is a potential place where they can be subjected to sexual misconduct or abuse.
Wouldn’t a vigilant parent be able to detect a child molester, just by their actions?
Not necessarily. Most child molesters are expert at getting children and families to trust them. Many target their victims and attempt to involve themselves in the child’s life, including their family, school, house of worship, sports, and hobbies. They are often the first to offer to babysit or drive your child to activities. Child molesters will smile at you, look you right in the eye and make you believe they are trustworthy.
Why is it that most victims do NOT tell someone about their abuse, or attempted abuse?
There are many reasons why 9 in 10 children do not tell about being sexually abused. Because the abuser is often a family member, the child may be dependent on their abuser for basics like food and shelter. They may still love the abuser and not want to get them in trouble, or they may fear breaking up the family. They may have been threatened not to tell, so they are afraid.
Many survivors of sexual abuse feel embarrassment, shame and a sense of guilt over what happened. They may mistakenly believe they are somehow responsible, that they did something to make the abuse happen. Other kids, especially boys, are afraid parents will over-react or restrict their freedom, so they keep quiet. However, child sexual abuse is NEVER a child’s fault. Think First & Stay Safe and Teen Lures TV Newscast curricula teach children and teens that All Secrets Can Be Told. Program evaluations document that children are more willing to tell about grooming behaviors, attempted abuse and sexual abuse after learning either or both curricula in school.
How then, do we protect our children?
Starting at birth, teach children the medical terms for private body parts. (Chest, breasts, buttocks or butt, vulva, vagina, penis and testicles.) Teach children that private parts are just that – private. Assure children of their own rights, that they are the boss of their own body, and they get to choose whether or not anyone can hug, kiss or touch them. Respect children’s privacy and personal space, and teach them to respect the privacy and personal space of others.
Children need to learn that no one has the right to touch, look at or photograph the private parts of their body, nor ask them to look at or touch the private parts of another. Anyone who tries is breaking the law. Tell your children that all secrets can be told, especially secrets they have been told to keep or have been keeping for a long time. Help your child choose two trusted adults, one at home and one at school, to whom they can tell anything.
If a person or situation gives you or your child a funny feeling in the belly, act upon those feelings. Don’t allow your child to be alone with such persons or go alone into such situations. Gut feelings are rarely wrong.
The VIP (Very Important Person) Factor
While there are many reasons victims don’t tell, the “VIP Factor” is a significant reason why sexual crimes against children have continued for generations. These “Very Important Persons” (VIPs) are well-known local leaders in our schools, athletic and civic organizations, houses of worship, healthcare and business communities. Some are VIPs on the state or national level, in the educational, legal, military, corporate, media, higher education and political worlds. They have power and money, and they have imposed a culture of silence that few dare attempt to confront.
For example, at Penn State University, Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky (who ran a non-profit organization for disadvantaged youth) used nine of the 16 Child Lures to entrap and sexually exploit his many young victims: 1. Affection, 2. Assistance, 3. Authority, 4. Bribery, 5. Games, 6. Hero, 7. Job, 8. Threats & Weapons and 9. Drugs.
Four of the victims were assaulted during sleepovers with Sandusky, a common tactic of sex offenders. As in many cases of child sexual abuse, the children were threatened not to disclose and were told, “No one will believe you.” As is usually the case, the child victims believed their offender.
Other VIPs within Penn State University were aware of inappropriate behaviors by Sandusky, but did nothing to stop, report or prevent his crimes against vulnerable children.
And now, 8 years later, gleaned from the complaint: Jane Doe v. Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn, in their capacities as the executors of the estate of Jeffrey E. Epstein, Jane Doe specifically outlines how Jeffrey Epstein and his recruiters/handlers allegedly used the identical Child/Teen Lures of 1. Affection, 2. Assistance, 3. Authority, 4. Bribery, 5. Games, 6. Hero, 7. Job and 8. Threats/Fear to carry out years of child sexual exploitation. And like Sandusky/Penn State University, why did no one in Jeffrey Epstein’s orbit speak up or step up to stop, report or prevent these crimes against children?
May all victims and survivors of sexual abuse/assault find the safety and justice they need so healing can begin.
Child molesters are family members, relatives, neighbors, coaches, teachers, preachers, friends and our children’s peers. Knowing this – and knowing that adults cannot be with children every moment of every day – it is essential to talk openly with children about personal boundaries and personal safety. Teach children, age-appropriately, how to recognize and evade the lures used for generations by sexual predators of every kind.
Thankfully, both children and adults are beginning to more readily report sexual abuse and harassment, saying boldly and loudly that these crimes are no longer acceptable. This long-overdue cultural shift to intolerance of sexual assault and harassment will hopefully shift attention to the dire need to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness and education.
By teaching positive health-promoting norms, attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors, beginning in Pre-Kindergarten and continuing through high school and beyond, a culture of kindness, mutual respect and personal safety can be cultivated and maintained.
Please check out the additional information at this website. https://childluresprevention.com/resources/molester-profile/
HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD. PREDATORS ARE OUT THERE, WAITING TO TAKE YOUR CHILD’S INNOCENSE AWAY…
Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving — MakeItUltra™ Psychology
Written by Dr. Perry, PhD Image Credit: Pixabay “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward I love Thanksgiving. I see Thanksgiving as a reminder to pause and show gratitude for my blessings. Life is not always easy and at times we may spend too […]
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