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Tablet mag tackles the controversial subject of Weinstein

I actually thought this was a touching piece, and maybe it was. Though the news of the day for me is extreme hypocrisy — and there’s nothing about that. Also, the author found it necessary to issue an apology.

But what does it mean to suggest that Jews didn’t have access to power? Does that square with the reality of 20th century European history?

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Harvey did something unique—no less odious, but different. Harvey performed. As we now are hearing (whether we want to or not), he allegedly made a woman watch as he masturbated into a potted plant. And if you want to understand this bizarre behavior, don’t look to Roger Ailes, or David Vitter, or Paul Crouch—look to Philip Roth.

Better than perhaps any other author, Roth captured the particular anxiety of the Jewish American man in the twentieth century, finally coming into power but, having not grown up with it, unsure of what he’s supposed to do now. All those years craving unattainable Gentiles, but never before the means to entice them. The result is Alexander Portnoy of Portnoy’s Complaint, a grown man whose emotional and sexual life is still all one big performance piece, just as it had been when he was a teenager and pleasured himself with a piece of liver.

As a boy, Portnoy fantasized about attaining a mythical shiksa goddess whom he nicknamed Thereal McCoy (get it?), who ice-skates “in her blue parka and her red earmuffs and her big white mittens—Miss America, on blades! With her mistletoe and her plum pudding (whatever that may be),” but as a grown-up he graduates to the real woman he nicknames The Monkey. And what does he do to abase her? He has her perform with an Italian whore. Yes, he eventually joins in, but not before they enact a bad movie—not Hollywood, but San Fernando Valley triple-X. And his nickname for her, The Monkey? That comes from an episode in her life, from before Portnoy met her, when a couple swingers picked her up and wanted her to eat a banana while she watched them copulate. For having a past that gets him hot, she gets degraded with an animalistic nickname. Her history as an actor is what he wants her for.

Harvey is cut from the same cloth. Growing up in Queens, he fantasized of fame and fortune, and, once he got them, he struggled to maintain them by building himself into a larger-than-life figure. He yelled at employees like he was a studio boss from the 1920s—the only thing missing was a riding crop. He ran Oscars campaigns like they used to in Old Hollywood. And he harassed women not necessarily to use them as instruments of his pleasure, but to use them as instruments of his power.

It goes without saying that nearly every one of these women—Rose McGowan, Ambra Batillana, Laura Madden, Ashley Judd, etc.—was a Gentile, all the better to feed Weinstein’s revenge-tinged fantasy of having risen above his outer-borough, bridge-and-tunnel Semitic origins. But it turns out there was a Jew(ess) in the bunch, none other than Lauren Sivan, of the potted-plant episode. In that small way, he inadvertently broke out of the Portnoy mold, performing his inadequacies not for the great all-American odeon but for a woman who could be his cousin. Harvey can run from who he is, but he can’t hide.

The apology:

Yesterday I published a piece on Harvey Weinstein that many found offensive. The analysis I offered was hasty and ill-considered, especially in light of the even graver accusations that were published by the New Yorker this morning. I take this as a lesson in the importance of knowing as much as one can about a given story, and in taking the time to think and feel things completely through before opining. I apologize for not doing so in this case.

Editor’s Note: As a matter of policy, Tablet Magazine adheres to the widely-held journalistic policy of never deleting posts—even those for which apologies have been tendered or substantial corrections applied. Here is the New York Times description of the standard—even when a post is wrong, “we still do not believe that we should unpublish it and pretend it never existed”—which is doubly important for online-only sites, which don’t have paper or microfilm archives.

Flashback VIDEO: Barbara Walters Scolds Corey Feldman for Calling Out Hollywood Abuse

The former ’80s child star tried to explain to host Barbara Walters that he, along with his best friend Corey Haim, had been sexually abused by older, powerful men in Hollywood. Feldman added that he believed the abuse led Haim to drug addiction and ultimately his sudden death in 2010.

“Are you saying they are pedophiles and that they are still in this business?” Walters asks incredulously, to which Feldman replies, “Yes.”

“They don’t want me here right now. They want me dead,” he added.

After Feldman advised parents who want their kids to enter show business not to go into it blindly, Walters cuts him off, saying, “You’re damaging an entire industry!”

“I’m sorry,” Feldman replied.

Social media users immediately chimed in after Feldman tweeted the 2013 clip on Thursday, acknowledging a problem that Walters ignored.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/10/14/flashback-video-barbara-walters-scolds-corey-feldman-calling-hollywood-abuse/

Tower Hamlets: Girl, 17, Suffers Three Sex Attacks in One Hour on Walk Home

A 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on three separate occasions by up to five men in the space of an hour on her walk home, Metropolitan Police have said.

The Met believes the victim was attacked three times between around 23:55 hrs on Friday, September 29th, up to around 00:55 hrs on Saturday, September 30th, after she became separated from her friends after visiting a nightclub in Tower Hamlets, East London.

Two of the three assaults are considered “very serious sexual assaults”. Detectives said it is possible she was drugged, and investigators are carrying out toxicology tests.

She was trying to get home to central London when she was attacked in quick succession by suspects designated by police as 1, 2, and 3. So far, police have only been able to obtain clear CCTV footage of suspects 2 and 3; footage of suspect 1 is of too poor quality to be released, but he was described as wearing dark clothing.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/10/13/17-year-old-girl-suffers-three-sex-attacks-one-hour-walk-home-east-london/

Letter from Conservatives to the left

I don’t speak for all conservatives, but I speak for at least some of them:

We reject your observations. We reject your logic. We reject your conclusions. And most importantly, we reject your demands. We have no common ground to build on. We have no common vision to work toward. No amount of shaming and pearl-clutching outrage will change my mind – you’ve exhausted your credibility. If you want cooperation, show me what is in it for me, my family, and my extended family.

(For the record, I regard it as a bit of a tragedy that Universalism is dead. But you killed it. I spent a lot of time trying to preserve it, but your demands for parasitic relations, your lies, your violence, your hypocrisy has made it impossible. I don’t wish you any harm, only separation. I cannot help you. My hope is that forcing you to live with the consequences of your parasitic ideology will change you, because I cannot.)

Poorest White Area vs Richest Black Area

I hope this isn’t true. I have not verified it. This blog is a collection. Not necessarily news.

In the US:

POOREST white area, Beattyville, KY
Median income: $14,871
Violent crime rate: 158 per 100k people.

RICHEST black area, View Park-Windsor Hills, CA
Median income: $159,168
Violent crime rate: 196 per 100k people. Is crime due to poverty, or race?

Jewish Groups Join Call To Mayors To Denounce ‘Anti-Sharia’ Marches

An array of liberal Jewish groups has signed on to letters to 29 mayors urging them to denounce planned “anti-sharia” marches this weekend.

“Timed during the Islamic month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world fast during the daylight hours, these protests have been disingenuously branded ‘March Against Sharia’ and explicitly target Muslims at a time when hatred and bigotry has swept the nation,” said the letters, which went out Thursday to the mayors of cities including Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Indianapolis, New York and Orlando.

Sharia refers to Muslim religious law.

Read more: http://forward.com/fast-forward/374295/jewish-groups-join-call-to-mayors-to-denounce-anti-sharia-marches/

No racial bias in police shootings, study by Harvard professor shows

A study by a Harvard professor released this month found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings even though officers were more likely to interact physically with non-whites than whites.

The paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, which examined thousands of incidents at 10 large police departments in California, Florida and Texas, concluded that police were no more likely to shoot non-whites than whites after factoring in extenuating circumstances.

“On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account,” said Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. in the abstract of the July 2016 paper.

Mr. Fryer, who is black, told The New York Times that the finding of no racial discrimination in police shootings was “the most surprising result of my career.”

At the same time, the study found blacks and Hispanics were more than 50 percent more likely to experience physical interactions with police, including touching, pushing, handcuffing, drawing a weapon, and using a baton or pepper spray.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/11/no-racial-bias-police-shootings-study-harvard-prof/