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Clearing out some of my presidential election news chum. Much of this has been posted on FB, but not to the other forums.
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As the High Holy Days are approaching, it is time for my annual New Years message.
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Last night, we saw an excellent production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" that incorporated the poetry of American Sign Language​ into the darker version of the story (this is on-stage for adults -- it isn't Disney). Here's my writeup -- I encourage everyone to go see this -- it will blow you away. Kudos to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts​ and McCoy Rigby Entertainment​ for an excellent production, the director Glenn Casale​, and the leads -- particularly John McGinty​, Dino Nicandros​, Mark Jacoby, and Cassie Simone.
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In which reading a headline over lunch prompted a musing that attempted to explain why the recent police shootings are so significant, and why #BlackLivesMatter is really much larger than black lives, and why it is specifically not #AllLivesMatter (and, it seems to me, seems to be similar to why I write antisemitism, not anti-Semitism).
As I sit here eating lunch and reading the headlines on Google News, I see the following: Charlotte police shooting victim was armed with a gun, chief says after night of violent protests. Washington Post – 6 minutes ago CHARLOTTE – The morning after violent protests erupted over the fatal ...
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Time to clear out the links: In this installment, we have: (a) a 3-D printed model of the clitoris (which pairs very well with the recent Science Vs​ podcast on the "G Spot"), (b) the best lubricants to choose for the job; (c) the most popular birthdays; (d) how knitting can illustrate math concepts; (e) when to get a flu shot; (f) the Navy getting in trouble for how it names ships; (g) a synagogue in Westlake Village going to the no-dues model; and (h) a timeline of the heating of the earth.
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Over lunch, I wrote up a musing about some articles I'd seen, and podcasts I'd heard, that all deal with size. The group of items coalesced into a musing about how sizes are determined in this country, how the average is no longer average, the difficulties of not being the average, and the notion of average privilege and size discrimination.
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On Oct. 9, Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom (MoTAS)​ will be seeing the new movie Denial The Movie​, based on Deborah E. Lipstadt​'s book History on Trial. In preparation for the discussion after the movie, I've reread the book and developed an initial set of discussion questions. I welcome your review of the questions, as well as suggestions about additional questions.
On Sunday, October 9th, the Men of TAS (in lieu of our usual meeting) are going to see the new movie Denial, based on Dr. Deborah Lipstadt's book, “History on Trial” [Note that this particular meeting is open to everyone]. This book is about Dr. Lipstadt's trial in the UK when the Holocaust ...
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An always timely reminder about Facebook and similar social venues....
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So true. 
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Today's lesson of the day, based on a recent vague-booked experience. I miss Ed Littlehazy. I wonder whatever happened to him.
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Last night we saw a very cute musical out in Burbank. Here's the writeup of I Love You Because - A Modern Day Musical Love Story​ from The Red Brick Road Theatre Company​ at the Grove Theater Center​ in Burbank.
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Here's another news chum post, this time about various places in LA that are going, gone, or possibly on the verge of a comeback, including Lucy and Desi's ranch in Chatsworth, the Dutch Chocolate shop, LAX, the  Sports Arena, and two 1950s style diners: Twains, and the Penguin.
This collection of news chum has coalesced around the theme of Los Angeles — in particular, some well-known (or somewhat well-known) Los Angeles landmarks that are either gone or seemingly threatened… or coming back in different incarnations. The Lucy / Desi Ranch. Lucille Ball and Desilu have ...
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This is a thought that was rambling around my head this morning on the van ride into work, and wouldn't let my mind do other things until it got out and was expressed. It turned into a short essay on understanding where the folks who support Trump are coming from, which is the first step in having a dialogue.
It has oft been said that in order to win an argument with someone, you need to understand where they are coming from. Some recent interactions have prompted some thoughts and insights that I think are applicable in understanding where those who are support Trump — namely, the white male ...
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I have a fair number of friends who support Trump. And while I think there's some truth to your reasoning, I think it misses a lot. I know a number of people who are "weak supporters" for lack of a better term. While Trump makes them uncomfortable they are FIRMLY convinced that Clinton is unethical and self-serving to such an extent that she's dangerous - not to mention general disagreement with her policies. They simply will never vote for her and see Trump as the only real alternative. (I disagree, but I do understand that they haven't got their heads around the fact that the Libertarians can be an alternative in this weird reality we find ourselves in.)
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Daniel is a mild-mannered computer security specialist with interests in a wide variety of things, especially live theatre, highways, Judaism, history, and off-beat news. His primary home is on Livejournal, but you can also find him on Facebook and G+.
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