Monday, April 23, 2012

I Recently Watched a Series on the Brain on PBS, Hosted by Charlie Rose

 The various doctors and scientists added their thoughts on illness, dementia, Alzheimer's in the aged, mental retardation, depression and various other illnesses that healthy folks never think about --- of course until illness strikes them or people close to them.

What I always believed, that scientists are always either finding out how right they are, or on the flip side, how misunderstood the initial data was. Recently, I read in the WSJ, how for years medical researchers misunderstood the data they thought were for particular forms of cancer, people were treated with these misdiagnosed treatments, and many people died because of these serious, honest misreadings. I'm not talking about the charlatans who sell bogus treatments to cancer patients, or people with MS, I'm talking about professionals who erred.

CLICK: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203721704577159280778957336.html

One thing is certain....either the brain is functioning on all cylinders (excuse the street language), or the malfunctioning part of the brain, causes the person to be ill without knowing it, and/or the illness can be discreet, disguising itself as healthy behavior until the body breaks down perhaps - or more importantly, the person lives a long life never knowing how ill they really are, even fooling the people closest to them.

A simple lack of appropriate levels of any brain chemicals, will distort a person's view of what they see, think or feel. Their ability to process information will be distorted; think Charles Manson at one extreme, and think the typical sociopath/psychopath who you probably interact with on a daily basis in one form or another, either knowingly or not.

So when I recently read the protocols issued by the Bais Yaakov of Baltimore how a teacher must interact with their students - I was struck with the depraved society that I knew we live in - but now right in front of me -- in black and white -


 I went numb! A rebbe, morah, or teacher in our yeshivas have to be instructed not to show pornography........ to their students?!!!

CLICK: http://www.baisyaakov.net/scpbs - bais_yaakov_school_conduct_policy[1].pdf

Scapegoating is always used by corrupt people in positions of power as a form of circling the wagons around their devotees as a way of "protecting" their cowboys from the bad-guy Indians. Yesterday it was the bad White Police in Florida; Sharpton & Co. blaming the White Boys across America for the death of a black teenager in Florida. Nothing new here at all....after 45 years of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and hundreds of billions of dollars poured into anti-poverty programs --- the poverty level among the blacks are the same 45% as it was 45 years ago. Of course it's the whiteys...If the entire Senate, House, Supreme Court and government staffers were comprised of black Americans it would still be the slave that Thomas Jefferson had that is at fault for the plight of the Blacks today.

So too is it the Bloggers' fault that today's silent (and not so silent) vast minority of Jewish teenagers are finding Judaism devoid of meaning. Let's ban all New Technology -- the problem gets fixed immediately. More gatherings by imbeciles for imbeciles are needed to spell out the ills of the Social Media, Blogs and Smartphones. Yesterday it was the PC in the house, before that it was the TV in the closet, before that it was the radio, and before that, the telephone....I'm waiting for a ban of kids going to the doctor's office in case they pick up a People's magazine.

Yes, these ghastly ill demented sociopaths among us are the folks calling these gatherings, they can get away with the charade of looking normal, speaking eloquently, and have large followings. But so did every charismatic, demented dictator and televangelist, now and then....

If there are no role models today that we can point our children to -- to emulate, not some nonsense Baal Shem Tov stories that are not only fairy tales, but mock our intelligence; our kids will indeed get lost to the new technology.... and of course we the Bloggers would be at fault. Not the rebbes, not the rosh yeshivas, not the bankrupt Jewish leadership, not our failed educational system, not the horrible parenting, not the misguided value system of our communities,  but "the guy in his underwear in the basement of his house who has nothing else to do......"


Anonymous said...

beis yaacov in miami has had 3 pregnancies in two years
7 girls involved with a hit and run by a boys yeshiva which was captured on tape

one girl at a shabbaton ran off to be with her non jewish lover and was found on friday night at a bar with him

what is going on with our girls school

and a 16 year old girl got married to a 34 y/o man

5 Towns said...


Long Island's Hyatt Regency hotel was the scene of a fundraiser Pesach getaway hosted by Aish Hatorah / Project Inspire & Ohr Naavah. The caterer was Goldwasser from Eden Tours.

Our old friend Larry Gordon likes to fress every Pesach at the "in" hotel in yehupitz and report to us all about it from the front page of his 5 Towns Jewish Times but had to stay local this year at the Hyatt so his grandchild could be born at North Shore University Hospital.


Click on the small image of a 5TJT front page on the left. That produces a javascript pop up of the virtual newspaper. Larry's front page biofressography is headlined "Passover Reflections". Already in the first paragraph he attacks Goldwasser's catering as "sloppy & inadequate". Then you flip pages to continue his rant on page 18 where he informs you that while other Pesach hotels have been a fresser's delight, Goldwasser was disappointing. He claims that the whole guest roster was kvetching about it a gantz Pesach and wanted to leave but were stuck. Larry did not mention anything about the rumored outbreak of food poisoning or a virus that got many guests sick but I suspect it may have had something to do with it. Larry continues that Goldwasser was bickering the whole time with the kiruv org hosts which spilled out in public. Larry can't let go and blurts out that Goldwasser's food is "inedible" and calls the breakfast area both "small" & "overcrowded".

Now a real juicy story. A fresser was complaining by breakfast to Goldwasser about a certain food item that ran out. Goldwasser thought the guest was a nudnik so he ignored him. When the guest demanded to know why he was being ignored, Goldwasser offered that he thinks of him as something from the bais hakeesay. The guest then threw his coffee in Goldwasser's face. Goldwasser called 911. Before Suffolk County Police arrived the guest complained of chest pains and was transported to hospital.

Now Larry gets back to bashing Goldwasser for being "significantly understaffed", not setting tables for the Sedorim and even running out of dishes, glasses & cutlery.

While turning the page, Larry even sets his sights on the Bikur Cholim org in charge of the chessed room at North Shore for not leaving enough Pesachdik food for his kids.

In case anyone has forgotten, Larry's paper has tried to eviscerate anyone saying lashon horah about Rubashkin and is rewarded with a syndication of Shafran's column because they follow Agudah's orders to not report lashon horah on child molesters like another 5 Towns paper did which then had Shafran's column yanked away from them. It's not clear what the value of Shafran's column is but azoy iz ess.

Leopold Margulies said...

Feh! UOJ should back on vacation vit closed comments. Vee don't need you!

Anonymous said...

Margo, shut the Hell up!

We heard enough from you today from the bimah of Stamford yeshiva, where you should never have been allowed to be maspid R' Simcha Schustal at his levaya.

Yossi said...

It was takka revolting to see Margo get up as a maspid.

What does R' Simcha owe that scumbag just because he employs Shloyma Feivel? Shloyma Feivel could get a job anywhere.

They also let that old crackpot Moishe Green from Monsey be maspid. Is he an old friend from YTV or BME? Moishe Green was last seen taking money to possel a get in violation of cherem d'Rabbeinu Tam and publicly saying that rabbonim not siding with Margo's employee Weingarten (who raped his own daughter) was the gorem of the Leiby Kletzky murder.

It was a "triple header". The Novominsker was maspid at JFK.

Anonymous said...

The only time Larry Gordon will trash a caterer is when the caterer doesn't advertise in 5 Towns Jewish Times or advertised but didn't pay the bill.

Or maybe Larry tried to cut a deal that his whole mishpuche gets a freebie 9 day stay if he writes a glowing review but Goldwasser turned him down.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to this Bais Yakov for being explicit about their conduct expectations. Nebach that we live in such a messed up (frum) world, but that doesnt mean we have to be silent.

Anonymous said...

Bais Yaakov of Baltimore is required by Maryland state law to post the noted text on their website. All staff are required to sign it. All parents are provided the material.

itchiemayer said...

We must remember that we are dealing with children when we refer to B"Y, Miami. We're all to blame for how our world has become so crazy. I am not familiar with the story and I hope it was exaggerated.
UOJ - what happened to the video regarding Rabbi Kadouri? It was on for a few days, and then vanished.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...


Try the Kaduri video now - and let me know.