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Things To Do- Week of 11/26

Got the list done a little earlier than normal since I have a friendsgiving to go to this evening, I usually add onto it throughout the week anyways. Something also up my alley, an article from Eater Dallas about 15 Dallas Restaurants With Fireplaces and Fire Pits to Cozy Up To

Top picks from do 214
Editor's Pick from Guide Live
D Magazine Critics Pick

Christmas Spectacular until Dec 22 at The Star Frisco Christmas at the Anatole until Dec 23 at the Anatole MRT Presents: A Christmas Carol until Dec 24 at Downtown McKinney Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker until Dec 24 at Winspear Opera House A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker until Dec 26 at Addison Conference and Theatre Center Enchant Christmas until Dec 30 at Globe Life Park in Arlington Holiday Lights Trolley Ride until Dec 31 at Mockingbird Station. Corner of Worcola St. & E. Mockingbird Ln. The 12 Days of Christmas until Dec 31 at Dallas Arboretum Dallas Zoo Lights until Jan 1 at Dallas Zoo Vitruvian Lights until Jan 1 at Vitruvian Park ICE! - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer until Jan 1 at Gaylord Texan Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929–1936 until Jan 6 at Meadows Museum The Trains at NorthPark until Jan 6 at NorthPark Center Illuminate until Jan 6 at The Perot Museum Skate the Square until Jan 7 at Frisco Square Panther Island Ice at Coyote Drive-In (Fort Worth) Dinosaurs Live until Feb 16 at Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

Nine Inch Nails / The Jesus and Mary Chain / Daniel Avery from Tuesday Nov 27 and Wednesday Nov 28 at Toyota Music Factory Sasheer Zamata from Tuesday Nov 27 to Saturday Dec 1 at Amphibian Stage Productions Anime Dallas 2018 from Friday Nov 30 to Sunday Dec 2 at Hyatt Regency North Dallas Toy Show from Saturday Dec 1 to Sunday Dec 2 at Dallas Events Center Dallas Woman’s Forum Holiday Home Tour from Friday Nov 30 to Sunday Dec 2 at Historic Alexander Mansion Elf: The Musical from Tuesday Nov 27 to Sunday Dec 2 at Music Hall at Fair Park Midnight Madness: Blazing Saddles from Friday Nov 30 and Saturday Dec 1 at Landmark's Inwood Theatre Collin County Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker from Friday Nov 30 to Sunday Dec 2 at Eisemann Center A John Williams Christmas from Friday Nov 30 to Sunday Dec 2 at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Edward Scissorhands from Saturday Dec 1 and Sunday Dec 2 at Texas Theatre Japanese Garden Fall Festival from Saturday Dec 1 and Sunday Dec 2 at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

MONDAY NOVEMBER 26 (High 54 Low 36, Sunny)
Uncommon Ramen with Chef Omar Flores at Uchiba Thunder from Down Under at House of Blues
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27 (High 67 Low 41, Sunny)
Hurst Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa's Workshop at Hurst Conference Center Christmas on the Square at Heritage Square Esperanza Spalding at House of Blues The Story So Far at Bomb Factory 106.1 Kiss FM's 2018 Jingle Ball with Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Alessia Cara at American Airlines Center

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 (High 67 Low 53, Sunny)
Dallas Cowboys Rally Day at AT&T Stadium Christmas with Michael W. Smith at Majestic Theatre Every Time I Die at Canton Hall Manchester Orchestra / The Front Bottoms at Bomb Factory Queen Naija at Granada Theater

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29 (High 72 Low 54, Party Cloudy)
Plano Magazine Beer Walk at Shops at Willow Bend Pitmaster Beer Dinner at Lockhart Smokehouse (Plano) Cupcakes and Community Beer Pairing at Community Beer Co. Cat Power at Granada Theater Saint Jhn at Trees Scotty McCreery at House of Blues The Wood Brothers at Kessler Theater Silverstein at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill A Magical Cirque Christmas at Theatre at Grand Prairie Artini Hour at River Legacy Living Science Center Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30 (High 72 Low 56, PM Thunderstorms)
Disco Kids at It'll Do Adult Night: The Amazing Race at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Broncho / Glove / Valen at Club Dada Seven Lions at South Side Ballroom The Suffers at Kessler Theater Celtic Thunder at Theatre at Grand Prairie Found Footage Festival: Volume 8 at Texas Theatre Denton Holiday Lighting Festival at Downtown Denton Dickens at Historic Downtown Plano A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage at Majestic Theatre Run the Lights 5K and Fun Run at Vitruvian Park Grab a beer, share some love #Movember at The Thirsty Growler

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1 (High 67 Low 46, Mostly Sunny)
***LAST CHANCE*** Cars and Coffee at BMW Plano Cars & Cantina - Holiday Edition at Lava Cantina Dallas Holiday Parade in Downtown Dallas Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade at Rockwall Downtown Square 2nd Annual Light Up Lowest Greenville at Lowest Greenville Collective Waxahachie Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting at Historic Downtown Waxahachie Christmas in the Park at Westlake Park Holiday Show and Tree Lighting at Klyde Warren Park Nash Farm Victorian Christmas Tours at Nash Farm A Very British Christmas Open House with Father Christmas at British Emporium Twinkle Light Parade at Lake Grapevine Paper for Water Community Origami Folding Event at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage at Bass Performance Hall Jingle Bell Run at Downtown Garland Wassail Weekend at Denton Courthouse Square DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market at Dallas Farmers Market Alegre Ballet Folklorico at Majestic Theatre Emo Nite at 2513 Deep Ellum FIGMENT Dallas at Reverchon Park Wylie Arts Festival at First Baptist Church Event Center Dumpling Pop-Up at Four Corners Brewing Co. Gary Clark Jr at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory The Band Perry at Granada Theater Chase Rice at Billy Bob's Reckless Kelly at Kessler Theater 98 Degrees at Christmas at House of Blues Krampus Walk at Nines

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2 (High 64 Low 44, Sunny)
Frisco Community Hanukkah Celebration at Frisco City Hall Northpark Center Menorah Lighting at NorthPark Center Chanukah on Ice: CAT IN the HAT at Dr Pepper StarCenter Plano 8th Holistic Festival of Life and Wellness at Plano Event Center Divas and Dinner at Don't Tell Supper Club Daughtry / The Cast at The Bomb Factory

I do realize that I sometimes use Facebook event links and some Redditors do not use Facebook. If there's any events you'd like more details on that's a Facebook link I'll be happy to help out. I try and avoid using Facebook links and go straight to the source but some venues strictly use Facebook for their events.
If I missed anything or would like to showcase an event, feel free to comment below.
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The New Scriptures, by Jesus/Sananda, Chapter 6

I am Sananda.

Today is a historic time. By today I do not mean this date; I mean this week/month/moment. You are involved in a project which has been unfolding for thousands of years. Many have asked: “But we are just a small planet out here in the Milky Way Galaxy. There are trillions of others. What makes us so special that the whole Universe is paying attention?” This is a good question. It is true we are a small part of the whole in terms of size, but this is not an important measure in cosmic terms. I will tell you why.

All the Multiverse is connected. All is One, therefore anything that happens anywhere, in any dimension, along any timeline, has a ripple effect on all other beings and events, and can change the trajectory of a timeline for other beings and planets as well. We are so interconnected that a decision made on Sagittarius has mental power on Earth, and so on. The reason Earth is so important at this moment on this timeline is many-fold. I will try to give you an idea of the variables which are so important.

Earth-dwelling humans are known for their combination of mind and emotion which gives great power to their ability to create. You are learning about manifesting what you want, and the application of the Universal Law that nothing can be created or destroyed, but only transmuted. You as the I AM Presence, God, have the power to change everything you touch, everything you think about, with the power of your minds, as God has. You have been like toddlers playing with fire - you had no idea of the effect of your actions on your planet and the conscious beings around you.

Now the Veil, which has kept you from seeing your past and your place in the Universe, is lifting for most of you. You are beginning to notice that your knowledge of the world around you is expanding; you may feel yourselves becoming more telepathic, more aware in every way. This is helping you to restore you connections to yourself as the sacred being you are, to your Higher Self, and to Us. Yes, you are sacred beings, because you were created by God. Everyone around you is sacred too. Your planet, your flora and fauna, even the rocks and soil under your feet - all are sacred forms of Life, a part of the whole formed by the Godhead.

You are the creation made in the image of MotheFather God, as the ancient teachings tell you. This is not a whimsical description; it is Truth. The sum total of all beings on Earth is God; every part of that whole is God. I am God, and so are you. It has been decreed throughout the millennia that you would one day rise to fulfill this promise of creative power in Love and Light, for that is God. You have been tested intensively because the training to become a God-in-action is a serious responsibility. This is why the Earth Project was designed. It was to be the proving ground for souls.

Nothing is more important in the training of a soul than to learn to fully accept and acknowledge the power of one’s ability to create and therefore the importance of learning to be in full command of that power. There must be no lapses, no forgetfulness, no denial of the nature of that power to uplift or destroy in the blink of an eye. This lesson is indeed a difficult one. It takes hundreds of lifetimes to truly absorb the deeper meaning of how ones’ actions are felt by others. This has been your path, to learn, to experience all kinds of lifetimes, and to internalize the Truth of your nature and your responsibility to use your power judiciously and only for the Greater Good.

You will know if you are well prepared for the higher dimensions when you carefully examine your response to the words you are reading here. Are you disbelieving? Are you scoffing at the idea that you have great power, listing in your mind all the seeming evidence of your own powerlessness and helplessness to have an impact on your own life? You are showing yourself, Beloved One, that you have not learned the lesson of One. You are not seeing, therefore you cannot see the evidence that is before you.

The remedy to this common ailment, human blindness, is to breathe in the air of Source, feel your own life force coursing through your veins, and shake off the fogginess of sleep. It is time for you to awaken your heartmind, for it is the source of wisdom, Vision, and Truth. You have been trained to think only with your brains, even to ignore the voice of your heartmind in favor of playing with ideas inside your skull. This is blindness.

Those ideas inside your brain were put there by someone in your environment, in your culture, your religion or your family. Many were put there by the cabal to control and enslave you. They are not your own. At this time in your development, and given that you have these new lessons to help you make this transition, it is willful blindness to rely on your brain ideas to guide your life decisions.

Look inward, Dear Ones, to activate and energize the Source which is within you. These bodies you have been given for this journey are the expression in the flesh of God’s wisdom, compassion and Love. You do feel pain; it is the corrective response which stops you in your tracks to alert you that you must protect your sacred self. You feel great joy, exhilaration and fulfillment when you move into the Light. You are capable of great Love, and when you allow that blessed emotion to guide your every moment, you will feel the bliss of being One with me and with our Creator. No external difficulty or challenge can break that bond once you have taken it as your own.

You have free will. You can turn your back on the dawning wonder of Ascension. You can clutch your belongings and the ideas and concepts you were taught, holding onto the past because it is supposedly all you know. Yes, in your brain, it may be all you know, but in your body, in your heart, in the chakras which make up your complex system of responses to this lifetime, you carry the wisdom of the Ages. Open your mind (the eternal knowing which transcends this present brain), and allow the flow of Light and Love to wash over you. The Source of All That Is is Love. You only need to allow yourself to open to it, and it will sooth and heal your sore heart, and mend the body which has been so damaged by the toxins of a life steeped in Darkness.

Many of you are aware of the healing sessions which we have asked our channel, Kathryn, to conduct through the internet. Many have come to be healed, and many more have offered to join in the offering of healing energy to heal their brothers and sisters. Look, Beloved Ones. Just look at the numbers, since you enjoy statistics so much. There are nearly two healers for every healing request. Every day someone contacts Kathryn to say, “Put me down further on the list so you can attend to someone else’s needs. I am feeling better.” You see, day by day we are proving “the power of intention.” If your intention is to heal and be healed, it will be done. In the process, you have proven to the doubters that humankind is indeed a generous and caring race.

Our team of healers includes MotheFather God, St. Germain, Archangels Michael and Raphael, Mother Mary, the blessed team of Arcturian healers, and I, Sananda. Many others from higher dimensions come to assist each individual, including of course their Higher Self. Kathryn serves as one of the healers and also as the narrator who describes the healing process and the importance of the mental/heartmind connection which makes the healing possible. We focus on one individual at a time, but as that person is being healed, others listening who may have symptoms are also receiving the powerful energies. In this way, the healers as well as the patients are being healed.

We have recorded the healings on for all the world to listen, learn and be healed along with us. We recommend especially the last three sessions in which Kathryn explains the effect of emotion on the body. They were held on August 8, 9 and13, 2013. It is our hope that doctors of all modalities, and those who are healers will come to expand their knowledge and skills. We will change the world, one healing at a time. At the same time, we are demonstrating that there is really no such thing as one healing, because as each healing takes place, the “sickness” that individual carried loses its power, and others learn to shake off the ideas and feelings which served to feed and maintain the illness they have been carrying.

The Arcturians, for those who are not familiar with this name, are a highly evolved and extremely skilled group of beings from the planet Arcturus who have studied humankind closely. They have been fascinated with the heartmind organization in this species of humans and have worked hard to understand the complex interactions between emotion and thinking. They have developed very advanced and effective technologies to eliminate disease and to balance all the systems of the body. They are completely dedicated to their work, and they give themselves wholeheartedly in service. We work in cooperation with them, directing the healing energies of Love and Light to increase the healing and to seal it in place. Each one who receives a healing or who listens to it being done will feel the powerful effect of our combined energies on all the systems of the body.

Our numbers are growing. As each person joins the group, the power of One increases, giving us access to an increasing flow of Light which we then focus to activate the healing. A large part of this process is to stimulate and awaken the powerful human immune system, which has been asleep and suppressed by the owners of these bodies who are entirely unaware of their own abilities to heal themselves. This, of course, has been a part of the control mechanism of the Dark Hats. The medical establishment has unwittingly played into this by encouraging people to think they are at the mercy of illness and disease and need a professional to do something external to themselves to “cure” them.

As we have emphasized on the call, no one can cure you but yourself. We can guide, support and focus the energy needed to change the body from disease to health, but without the conscious awareness and cooperation of the one being healed, it will not ”take.” You can restore the feelings of sickness and helplessness and can defeat the healing process if you are not aware of this tendency in yourself to slide back into a state of Darkness. Healing requires that you raise your vibration into the 5th dimension. Ascended Masters, Gods and Goddesses, angels and Enlightened Beings of all kinds do not get sick because they are vibrating at a level which does not allow for any foreign influence to enter the Lightbody. You can do the same.

You know me as the one who went out among the people to heal. I am that same person, the one you knew as Jesus. I am now able to teach, through the wide reach of the internet and through Kathryn’s narration, the healing principles which made my healing efforts so effective in my days on Earth. I invite all to join us in this historic process. Our intention is to heal all of humankind, immediately.

The energies have risen on the planet to allow a higher level of conscious awareness and a complete communication through the Golden Christ Grid around the planet which now connects us all. There is no limit to the number of people who can listen to the programs through their computers, and the knowledge which is presented here can be carried to every corner of the planet.

You can listen to the programs and join in without announcing yourself (you will be counted by the BlogTalkRadio website), or you can go to and SIGN UP to be included in mailings and updates to alert you when our sessions are being held. Please do not send 10,000 personal email questions asking Kathryn how to do this. The instructions, schedules and explanations are there for you to read and explore. I am not able to help her answer them all. We vary the days and times to accommodate people in all countries and time zones, although as yet we have only the English version of the programs.

Translations of these messages are now being done in most of the major languages of the world. I only ask that all translators ask for my individual approval. I will work with each translator I have personally approved to insure the accuracy of meaning and intent of each message, so that all can enjoy being a member of the community of souls in service to the Greater Good.

Now, this brings me to the question of false divisions which have been created by the rigid practice of dogma as it is passed down by individuals over the ages. They have often misinterpreted and changed the teachings of the Enlightened Ones whose words were originally intended to illuminate and expand the hearts and minds of their followers. This is the difficulty we have always seen in giving written teachings to humankind.

Words that were intended to uplift in a given situation, in a given time and place become over time hardened into a set of rules which suffocate and oppress all.

The example of the teachings of Mohammed, the great prophet, are another example of this tendency. His words have been taken as permanent Law. This was not his intention. In his Earth incarnation, he had no idea of the power his words would carry centuries later. Every nuance, every suggestion has been taken as the Final Word. This was not his intention, nor was it the spirit of his work here.

Mohammed came to Earth at a time of terrible oppression and abuse. It was his wish to begin to free his followers from the suffocating practices of his time. Chief among these were the abuse of women and the lack of attention to spiritual practice. It was not his intention to institutionalize practices which would denigrate or disenfranchise women. In his day, the idea that women could have at least half the value of men in legal terms was a tremendous leap, but it was not intended to be the end of progress. By freezing his teachings in time, the Dark Ones have used his words to oppress and destroy, as many of the Christian teachings about the Devil and sin have been used.

Mohammed was the human incarnation of my beloved brother, the Master Lord El Morya. His incarnation was fully overlighted by me and by others of the Legions of Light. Like me, he did not see himself as the exclusive Messenger of God, and he did not wish to be worshiped. He is as dismayed as I was to see his words used to foment hatred, divisiveness and war, against the followers of his brother Jesus or any other Masters. We are One in our wish to bring change, to open hearts and minds to the New Scriptures which are the work of All, channeled through my voice to the entire world.

My dear brother Mohammed is here working with me, and he too approves the message of Love and LIght we present to you now.

The great success of Mohammed/El Morya’s teachings was his ability to refocus the attention of the people to include spiritual practices into their daily lives. The institution of the ritual of prayer five times a day broke the materialistic, self-centered focus of the people of the time and helped to raise their consciousness in preparation for the events we are experiencing now. Muslims who fully understand the expansiveness and the message of Love which Mohammed intended to express will find no conflict in the words you read here. The same is true for all Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian and Pagan followers. We who are at One with the GodHead are One in our hearts as well. We all wish the same thing: the successful and glorious Ascension of humankind, together.

As you can see if you have read these messages well, we are not specifying any particular rules, practices or customs (religion) to reach the intended goal of Ascension. The time for those time- and culture-specific practices is past. We are now a global community, and we need an open and inclusive approach to lifting our vibration to achieve the goal of peace for every being on Earth, regardless of what religious affiliation they may have adopted, or even what species they may be. All are welcome, all are included. There are no exceptions; there are no exclusions. All souls must be enfolded into the family of One, as the sacred Beings they are.

I send you Love and LIght, the adoration of your Creators, and the hope of all the Masters in Heaven when I say to you: Awaken Dear Ones, and take your places as the Creator Race, the promise of all Goodness in the image of your Creator.

I am Sananda, the one you knew as Jesus.
Channeled by Kathryn E. May
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Derek Jeter is the mastermind responsible for Kevin Durant joining the Warriors

Kevin Durant’s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 4 of last year left many in wide-eyed disbelief and scratching their heads in confusion. Why leave a team that was only one win, and really only one quarter away from an NBA Finals appearance for the team that just beat you in that very same series? We have absolutely every reason to trust him on The Bill Simmons Podcast a few months ago when he said that basketball wasn’t really a significant factor in his decision and that he hadn’t even discussed it with his agent. This begs the question: Why did Kevin Durant leave if it wasn’t to join a dynasty in the making? The simple answer is Derek Jeter.
As all of us know by now, Kevin Durant announced his decision to join the Golden State Warriors through The Players’ Tribune, a media platform founded by Jeter that was created to give sports fans a unique perspective of the athletes that they support. Players no longer need to speak to the media about what’s going on in their lives off the court or field. Now they can address the fans directly. It’s fairly obvious that this publication is quite literally the most important creation of the 21st Century, as well as recorded human history, but I digress. Over the past year and half, Derek Jeter has demonstrated an interest in investing in and acquiring Silicon Valley startups, most of which are headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is where Kevin Durant comes in. Because Jeter doesn’t quite have the same clout now that his playing career is over, he needs a fresh face and popular athlete to assist him when it comes to negotiations. We all know how important a managing editor, especially one as skilled as Kevin Durant, is to the success of a publication. Jeter hoped that Durant could channel those skills in the business sector, but The Players’ Tribune was just the beginning. As well all know from watching the highly-acclaimed and soon-to-be award-winning series Most Valuable Partner, Durant has an eye for billion-dollar ideas.
How would Jeter accomplish this without making it painfully obvious to Durant that he needs him? It all started when Jeter attended a Warriors-Clippers game on November 19, 2015. Also in attendance was Jay Z, the founder and CEO of Roc Nation Sports, the agency that represents, among other athletes, Kevin Durant. Derek made the trip to Los Angeles to scout the two teams. It wouldn’t have been awful for Durant to live and play in Hollywood, but Oakland was certainly the more preferable of the two. Jeter was blown away by the Clippers, but out of respect for his close friend Kobe Bryant he decided against allowing another superteam in Los Angeles to cannibalize the struggling Lakers’ fanbase, and their cap situation would have required him to take a fairly significant paycut. I’m no lip-reader, but in this 6-second clip, you can clearly see him mouth, “How’s Kevin been doing? Has he thought about where he’s gonna play next season? Isn’t this Warriors team something to behold? Just imagine how insane a team like this would be if they added another all-time great shooter like Kevin. Has he ever been to San Francisco? It’s a lovely town full of incredible people. He’d fit right in. Anyhow, enjoy your night and say hi to Bee for me.” I could be wrong, but that’s how I interpreted their exchange.
Kevin Durant’s interest in photography proved to be the catalyst that planted the idea in Jeter’s head. The Player’s Tribune was able to acquire a press pass to Super Bowl 50, allowing one of their own photographers to attend. Those credentials were obviously given to Durant. Jeter knew that Curry, being a Panthers fan, would also be in attendance and was hoping to spark, or at least strengthen a relationship between the two. Durant was undoubtedly thunderstruck by Curry’s ability to bang the ceremonial “Keep Pounding” drum. He took several photos of Curry banging that drum, but kept those for himself. The game was being held at Levi’s Stadium. It’s no coincidence that if you switch around “Levi,” you get “I leave.” The name of the Denver Broncos’ mascot just so happens to be Thunder. I think you know where I’m going with all of this. Durant even wrote in his piece, “Coach Donovan … Thanks for not leaving without me.” This quote would foreshadow his decision in five months. The signs were all there. We just missed them. Adrian Wojonowski of The Vertical, is widely known for dropping information bombshells, commonly referred to as “Woj bombs,” on the basketball world. On February 2, 2016, less than a week before Super Bowl 50, Woj published an article detailing the Warriors’ pursuit of Durant in the upcoming offseason, at which point he would be an unrestricted free agent. Many questioned the legitimacy of this source, as the Warriors were on a record-setting pace for wins and seemingly had no interest in adding a player of Durant’s caliber, especially if it meant that they wouldn’t be able to resign some of their important role players, but Jeter swiftly brought that party to an unsatisfying conclusion. He even gave OKC fans a glimmer of hope to make the NBA Finals after being up 3-1, making Durant’s departure even more heartbreaking. Dunkin Donuts’ affiliation with the Yankees added to Jeter’s motivation, as the person directly responsible for the relocation of the Thunder was Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks. Both the Warriors and the Thunder blew 3-1 leads in their respective playoff runs. 3-1=2, Derek Jeter’s number during his time with the Yankees.
One of the primary reasons that the Warriors were unsuccessful in their attempt to repeat as champions was forward Harrison Barnes. Barnes had his own motivations for derailing Curry’s spectacular season and sent this out just two days before Super Bowl 50. This tweet perfectly captured his frustration being second-fiddle (probably more like fourth-fiddle behind Klay and Draymond) to Curry and seemingly justified his departure from the Warriors in the eyes of many NBA fans. Barnes’s notoriously poor shooting performances in Games 5 through 7 appeared downright inexplicable. While he’s no superstar, most of these shot attempts were uncontested. What he’ll never tell you is that he was explicitly told by Jeter to throw the series. Barnes enrolled at and played college basketball for the University of North Carolina, Michael Jordan’s alma mater. Although Michael has far too much integrity and respect for the game to ask a fellow Tar Heel to intentionally underperform in the biggest games of his career, Derek Jeter does not hold such principles. Harrison Barnes was assured by Jeter that his max contract would remain available regardless of his performance in the Finals, which will be explained a little later.
It’s also no coincidence that Derek Jeter’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony was on the same day as Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. This was obviously the game that featured the shameless and deliberate attack on our lord and savior Kawhi Leonard. I strongly believe that Jeter was the one behind this attack, as he strongly hates what robots have become capable of. As we know, Kawhi Leonard is a Jordan athlete. Because of his partnership with Jordan, Jeter had unprecedented access to Kawhi’s medical records after Leonard underwent a number of health and conditioning tests (or diagnostics), which Jeter used to investigate what parts of Kawhi might be susceptible to injury (or malfunction). He even doubles down by saying “I’m not a robot. Neither are the other athletes who at times might seem unapproachable” in his introductory article for The Player’s Tribune. He published this article only a few months after Kawhi won Finals MVP and started to raise suspicions about his origins. Jeter was subtly hoping to dispel the notion that Kawhi was a robot, knowing full-well that it wasn’t true. Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams, but Jeter’s fuel can impair steel spurs. Zaza Pachulia was the ideal candidate for such a discreet attack. After all, it was Zaza who used his unparalleled programming skills to manipulate All-Star votes in hopes of placing himself in the starting lineup. Jeter’s retirement ceremony was also the perfect alibi. As a reward, Jeter promised Zaza that he would invest millions of dollars into research and development to create a hat large enough to fit Zaza’s head. JaVale McGee even introduced the hat on Instagram to avoid any connection. Furthermore, no one would dare make the connection or even suspect such mischief for fear that they would be crucified by the New York media.
Another motivating factor for Jeter was to severely hamper LeBron’s claim to the throne of greatest basketball player of all time. Some of you might be asking why Derek Jeter would want to harm LeBron’s chances at adding more championships to his resume. It all boils down to Jeter’s relationship and partnership with Michael Jordan. It’s no secret that Jordan has begun to feel threatened by LeBron’s rise to all-time greatness. This 2016 Finals proved to be a no-win situation for Jordan. Either the Warriors win the championship and make a strong argument for the greatest team of all time, or the Cavaliers win and LeBron’s remarkable achievement inches him even closer to Michael for the title of G.O.A.T.. MJ opted for the latter and the difference is now much thinner than it was before. However, Jordan understood that a Warriors team with Durant could very likely eliminate any future opportunities for LeBron to win more championships, as it did this past season. With no end in sight, the Warriors will likely win several more championships over LeBron. Like Jordan, Jeter is also interested in preserving his own legacy, particularly in New York where his worldwide superstardom has been unrivaled for decades. During LeBron’s free agency in 2010, one of the teams on his radar were the New York Knicks. They would go on to create their own superteam six years down the line, but this gave them an opportunity to win sooner. It’s no secret that Jeter and Jay-Z had no interest in recruiting LeBron to join the Knicks. Jeter went as far as to say, “It wouldn’t make sense” when asked about it. It made perfect sense. Jeter just didn’t want to endanger his own popularity within the city, as a championship with the Knicks would have made LeBron a god in New York.
Tom Brady, still furious at Jeter for orchestrating deflategate, nearly foiled his plans by accompanying the Celtics as a pitchman during their meeting with Durant. Kevin has long expressed his admiration for Brady, and his bonds were about to be tested. In regards to other concerns Jeter might have about LeBron, the King’s ventures off the court has “The Captain” shaking in his cleats. One of Lebron’s startup companies UNINTERRUPTED, aims to compete with The Players’ Tribune. Being a Michigan University fan, Jeter’s distaste for LeBron also stems from his hatred of the Buckeyes and the state of Ohio as a whole. Mark my words; Jabrill Peppers will either be a bust and further contribute to the organizational failure of the Cleveland Browns, or a stud that will continually remind everyone in Ohio that the Browns are only successful because of a Wolverine. Either way, it’s a win-win for Jeter.
Furthermore, 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament played a significant role in Durant’s decision. The Warriors would draft Washington State guard Klay Thompson with the 11th pick. Despite only playing there for one season, Durant still has a strong bond with the city of Seattle, and more broadly speaking the state of Washington. However, with the emergence of the Seahawks, his popularity within the city and state began to wane, significantly impacting his ability to acquire marijuana once it became decriminalized. He was so desperate he even begged a few Broncos players for some cannabis at Super Bowl 50, but Peyton only offered him Budweiser and Papa John’s. Klay, through the connections he built during his three years at Washington State, promised Durant exclusive access to the best and most sought after marijuana if he were to join the Warriors.
In regards to the rest of the draft, the 9th and 10th pick were Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette, respectively. Kemba Walker would lead his team to the National Championship and go on to be drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats, owned by Michael Jordan. Jordan, being the marvelous talent evaluator that he is, only passed on Jimmer so the Kings would draft him and return to the playoffs, in the process losing their Top-10 protected first round pick to his Bulls. Unbeknownst to Jordan, Jimmer would never be the same scorer her was in college after the broadway debut of The Book of Mormon, which took place on the same day as Jimmer’s final college game. The smash-hit musical would, in due time, expose the basketball world to Jimmer’s weaknesses and deficiencies. He hat to play in China just to escape the ubiquitousness popularity of the play. Jordan promised Kemba that he would be drafted by the Bobcats if he were to defeat Butler in the national championship. Michael wanted Butler to suffer for losing the title game to his alma-mater’s rival Duke in the previous year.
Future Celtics head coach Brad Stevens made a second consecutive run to the Final Four before his team shot an appalling 18% from the field in the title game. This atrocity would motivate Brad Stevens to create a superteam of his own and dominate the NBA using any means necessary, including nefarious acts to steal picks from the Billy King and the Brooklyn Nets. Surely King was under the influence of a foreign substance, as it’s inconceivable that any GM in their right mind would accept such a trade. In response to Stevens’s tactics and cognizant to the fact that this trade would derail the Nets for the foreseeable future, Jay-Z sold his share in the team and started a talent agency in hopes of recruiting KD. Kawhi Leonard was also knocked out on the same day as Jimmer, almost certainly due to a cyberattack that also plagued the European Commission.
Much of this ties back to Mavericks owner and business mogul Mark Cuban. Zaza’s previous team, the Dallas Mavericks, are of course owned by Mark Cuban, a dear friend of Jeter. Mark Cuban was the one who promised Harrison Barnes all that money to lure him away from Golden State. Mark Cuban was the one who accepted the trade for Andrew Bogut to make room for Durant. Isn’t it also strange that the closest NHL team to Oakland (and the San Francisco Bay Area for that matter) geographically is the San Jose Sharks, which shares its name with Shark Tank, Cuban’s reality television series that shamelessly rips off the wildly superior and significantly more popular Most Valuable Partner. What Mark doesn’t know is that he’s being taken advantage of by Jeter, whose long-term goal is to rekindle the Lakers-Celtics rivalry once Durant & Co. are out of the picture and no longer relevant. Jeter is only interesting in obtaining Mark’s business expertise and couldn’t care less about the success or failure of the Mavericks.
Jeter had a hand in manipulating the draft lottery and All-NBA team selections to ensure that both the Celtics and Lakers would have better chances at signing Gordon Hayward and Paul George, respectively, in addition to their high picks, which would of course be used to draft Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball before Danny Ainge recovered from his amnesia to remember that he was Danny Ainge. Jeter also channeled his awe-inspiring charisma in convincing Jeanie Buss to fire her own brother Jim as well as General Manager Mitch Kupchak and replace them both with Magic Johnson, just to ensure that everything goes according to master plan, which is to purchase an equity stake in Big Baller Brand, a company currently valued at a whopping $3 billion, one billion for each “B.” Magic Johnson and Derek Jeter are on a mission to find a cure for sexually transmitted diseases (or infections), and plan to use the profits from Big Baller Brand to financially support their costly endeavour, one which could cost trillions of dollars. Jeter and Magic both have the foresight to see that robots will soon replace men as the preferable sex objects for women, even more so once they are able to contribute to procreation. Their time as eligible bachelors is quickly running out. Following the discovery that Derek Jeter was diagnosed with Herpes a few years ago, he has found it much more difficult to attract women. Fruit baskets are no longer viable options. He recently married a supermodel to narrowly satisfy his most basic needs, but Jeter would certainly prefer to still be an eligible bachelor in the streets of New York.
Jeter only purchased the Miami Marlins as a way of punishing Jeb Bush for losing the Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. With billions of dollars at his disposal, and control of the White House, Jeter would have been able to postpone robotic research until he is no longer capable of pleasuring women. These plans to take over the presidency were of course thwarted by Donald Trump, who saw through Jeter’s deception and was ultimately motivated to run for president after Derek betrayed him and sold his apartment at Trump Tower. Although Trump shares Jeter’s distaste for aliens, he is far too unpredictable for Jeter to support. Hillary planned on expediting robotic development in hopes of empowering and entitling women to be sexually independent from their male counterparts, making it a no-win for Jeter regardless of the outcome of the election. Following Trump’s stunning victory, Jeter was hoping to mend his relationship with Donald by saying “You move on and you hope that everyone can unite … We’re all Americans.” Bush was only recently able to free himself from the control of Jeter and withdrew from the Marlins acquisition. It is impossible to know when Jeter will be cured of his illness, but until then he will do everything in his power to assure it. Though none of the parties involved will ever acknowledge what happened, it’s important to remember that Kevin Durant’s next chapter was not written by him. His hardest road will come when he wishes to break free of Jeter’s control and become his own man.
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I can't face my mom despite being one of the last things she trusts

More of a rant, just felt the need to make something like this to unscramble my thoughts after googling her name and seeing what she has done. I also decided to write down my past since I've never done it before.
I understand my life is still better than most people on this planet. What I view as scarring and horrific is only a scratch for many of the people I see. That being said, it still is taking a constant beating on my own thoughts that continues to get worse. Hopefully this text could serve as a make-shift remedy if it serves to relieve the bottled up thoughts that continue to beat down on my psyche.
I've done fuck all at this fork in the road for the past few years despite it probably playing a large part in how I'll think of myself when my mom is gone. I'm 16 and have always hid behind my youth for not taking action, but I think at this point I need to do something if I want to find my own sense of self during this time of identity vs role confusion.
I had a pretty normal childhood up until probably 6 or 7 when everything started to turn gradually strange. Before hand we had a pretty normal family, doing well in school, spending quality time with my parents, and generally everything that goes along with your typical suburban household. My mom held a PhD in International and Intercultural Communication while my dad held a major in both Economics and English.
I still don't have a clear memory of what exactly happened and changed from my point of view, but I just remember many one off weird situations that started to occur in quicker succession as time progressed in my town up north. While writing this suddenly numerous snapshots of the house flooded into my mind at once like I opened up a door I locked up. (repression?) The earliest I remember is my mom coming into my room and then arguing with my dad non stop for hours on end about details I have no recollection about. I remember sometimes going into my sister's bed for company until my mom freaked out one night when finding my bed empty. This seems pretty normal from what I've heard, but the actual argument wasn't over money or spending time together or sex drive. It was always over my dad's alleged affairs. I remember her yammering about how my dad cheated on her with a lady, often repeating how she was white and already had a family (It's really funny because my dad isn't attracted to white women, and often jokes how they age the worst :P) I remember her saying something about them meeting on an online dating site and more. I think at some point I believed my mom without any evidence, but my dad always acted normal around my sister and I like a great father would.
It got worse though. The arguments started occurring every single day. I remember my dad asking her not to on my birthday while I sat out on the front porch, but she would never stop bickering about something. It kept progressing until the apex of anxiety when listening to her body thud down the stairs following a shrill scream. She returned back to the room, only remembering her hands bleeding telling us to come with her. I don't remember what happened after that. At some point, it started affecting relationships outside the house. Slowly but surely, others started to play brief roles in the on going conflicts. At first, it was just neighbors complaining, but after a while real shit started to occur. She was taken home after being seen by police practicing takewondoe at 3AM in a parking lot, (she had an interest with the activity and had a belt of some kind) crashing into a stop sign at an intersection, blowing up the engine of my dad's 67 Firebird, accusing my dad of crushing on and flirting with every women he glanced at. He's said to me recently that she burned bridges with all of their friends, and that they couldn't go outside much anymore because of her disfunctionalism. This continued for months until a welcomed fall. She was finally checked into (I may have the details wrong, I'm not sure exactly how this works) a psych facility of some kind to be examined and treated, missing both her and my birthday.
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (I was told manic depression) and paranoid schizophrenia.
It seemed like everything would improve from there. She was given medicine that at first mended her back to a normal mood and mental state. As long as she would take her medicine we would be able to act as a normal family. The thing is, she didn't want to take her meds. My dad reminds me that while taking them, everything would feel numb and senseless, and the only way she would experience the full spectrum of her sensations would be to go off of her medicine. And so she did. As time progressed, she again continued to ruin all connections and ties, now even severely lesioning the ligaments of family bonds. She would start to act irrationally around her brother and sisters, something that I got to see firsthand when maturing.
This started to affect me, but not my resilient sister. Being two years older than me, she always left a reputation and legacy of unique social positivisty, friendliness, and leadership, while also having a noteable intelligence. I would follow in her foot steps in an equally notable but different way. My only friend my age was David from a block over that would eventually stop seeing me as a result of my dad yelling at him one time for being overly demanding. (It's a pretty funny story about waffles) As a result, I had unhealthy relationships with older Jared across the block and my neighbor Joe in the future. I had one large issue. I would cry over everything. If I got hurt, if I struck out in baseball, if I even got politely asked to refrain from something (like a teacher asking me to be a bit more quiet) then I would begin to bawl. Understandably, no one wanted to talk to me, and as a result, I did some pretty strange things. I remember one day pushing over all of Joe's flower pots on their porch because I felt like it. I would tackle myself in the street playing imaginary football until a police man came over one day to ask me if I've witnessed someone tripping themselves in the general area. I would play sports with myself all day long commentating everything. The two people that I got to hang out with regularly in healthy ways was my dad, who loved to play and watch football with me, and my sister, who I never fought with. Despite the social hardships, I was able to build relationships with my teachers. I remember my second grade teacher would let me stay after class to watch his snake eat mice since I didn't scream and just liked to watch (plus he already had a spectacular experience with my sister when she was in his class). I was praised for my intelligence in the classroom and learned to love my school in the cold city as a result.
However, my dad wanted to start something new. He told me to tell others we moved down south for the weather and to not bring up the issues about my mother. I know that he wanted to achieve his dream of having friends again and living a normal life, and that he would be determined with the help of my now 12 year old mature sister to keep my mom on medicine. I would get a chance to start new relations at school, and my sister would get to spread her social legacy in a much larger middle and high school.
It was just a dream. My mom quickly fizzled out of any attempt to live a healthy life, and would clearly demonstrate the vicious cycle of bipolar disorder. She would be in bed all day, everyday. That's all I remember her doing for years at a time in the new house. My dad would get frustrated at trying to live with her and began to talk to no avail. It was too much for them to handle as I idlely sat by, doing nothing but attempting to socialize.
That didn't go well. I remember on the first day in my new elementary school going to the basketball court during recess and just pretending to meditate until my teacher asked if I was alright. I made two friends that I would later stop talking to as a result of one having a strange step father, and the other for flashing me while I was still innocent to the idea of other's nudity (I was and still am very avoidant of anything affiliated with grossness, even with words like butt and poop perhaps because of this) I would start to cultivate a distinct identity of intelligence but social inconvenience. I was aging up to the double digits and continuing to cry during baseball everytime I got out or made an error. I remember crying when the person I ran against in StuCo brought lolipops for votes, and when I would get knocked about in basketball. I was still the asocial weirdo that everyone was friendly to but attempted to distance themselves from whenever possible. I wouldn't get better for quite a while, probably until the end of middle school where I stopped talking to most students beyond school work almost entirely, and would continue to only interact regularly with my teachers. I remember the absolute most despicable thing I did during this time of unsocialised behavior was sexually violating my sister. It wasn't done out of spite. I just wanted to wake her up, and after being convinced she was pretending to be asleep, I tried to make her give up the act by pulling down her pants, which for some reason continued to her underwear, at which point she woke up and instantly starting screaming. She never treated me differently and I'm partly convinced she repressed the memory, but I will never forgive myself for doing such an atrocious act, even if it was done without malicious intent, or even intent at all. At this point, I was developing an unseperated love with computers, getting into the realm of video games and making my first best friend that I've still talked to for 5 or 6 years. This would be both a blessing and a curse, I would finally develop my passion for computers, the internet, and later programming that are all paying off right now, but I would also worry my father isolating myself in my room all day. I believe I saw his full free association with the relationship, where when seeing melted ice bags on the laptop to prevent it from overheating he repeated scolding me, calling me insane over and over again. "You're insane. You're fucking insane." has been singed into the basililar membrane of my cochleas, only masked by one other audio snippet occurring in a few years.
My sister would develop a sense of social greatness, becoming known by seemingly every student and teacher simply on her blend of intelligence with relentless positivty and friendliness. My dad would continue to live a quiet hell with no one to escape to while trying his most to have unconditional support for his children. I would develop an identity of strange behavior but exemplary academic achievement. I went through a brief time of suicidal thought that was thankfully answered with my dad letting me see a therapist and was later treated for my social anxiety. My mom became a souless container of accusations that would follow a viscous cycle of days on end in bed only to be met with nearly sleepless weeks, continung to keep awake my father. In our city up north, she was put on a special program at the university she taught at because of her mental health, and now would make the ambitious move of working in a university in China. It would bring great relief but mark what I consider to be the second part in my life so far. As a result of her moving for most months of the year, a divorce was filed, though even I at that age could see it clearly onset. Briefly they would remarry when a brief instance of good mental health occurred, but would quickly be tarnished again, never to be mended again.
In this second part, life took a diverged path for me, with having tremendous success in my personal life within the city, but a relationship that would dive into the unknown with my mother. She would return over the summers to the house, to again cause the same problems that at this point have been occuring for 6 or 7 years. At some point she was forced to leave (I'm not sure how all the mental health works with universities and stuff, it all seems confusing) and find a new job at a new university. Every since getting this job, she has only visited twice. But the first time she visited is what caused me to hate her.
She already started the visit with relentless questions about my father. We were determined to keep her separated from him, as he knew she only caused trouble. We all had one family breakfest in a resturant, which of course ended in her accusing him of flirting with the waitress. It was already a horrific start, that would peak on the second to last day of her occupation. She decided to visit the next town over to hang out with a few of her strange friends. After spending the time probably spent doing nothing, she called me asking for a ride. I was only 14 and suggested a taxi service, but was told she attempted to call every one in the area. She suggested my dad pick her up. Again, and again she pleaded for him to drive her home. I would reply in gritted teeth that he was not there knowing what was to come, and sure enough she started spatting out how all he does is fuck his girlfriend at her place and how he does nothing for us and is never home. I ignored all of her hurtful comments, thinking I was immune to all words at this moment, and found a taxi service that would pick her up, which was the second one I attempted, confirming my speculation that it was just a ploy to speak to my father. After telling her I got a cab called, she continued the tangent about my "unsupportive" father. And then she said it. The sentence I hear everytime I think about her.
I wish he would just die.
After years of my father giving all of his free time and sanity to help me and my sister live a functioning life in the chaos of her breakouts. After years of him being the only figurehead to support me. After making every meal for me, after waking up sleep deprived for me, after doing everything in his power to make sure I have the best future possible, she wants him to die. She wants him to leave the miracle of this planet leaving my sister and I stranded with a psychotic maniac. A maniac that did all she could for a decade to ruin my father's life, successfully doing so twice. He has no friends, he has damaged family relations without him being remotely at fault, he has had to do everything in this god damn family for who knows how fucking long and you want him to die. FUCK YOU. FUCK OFF. HOW ABOUT YOU DIE YOU UNHELPFUL BURNING PILE OF UNMITIGATED DESTRUCTION. YOU DESTROY EVERYTHING IN HIS LIFE AND WANT HIM TO SUFFER AFTER HES DONE ALL HE CAN TO RECOVER FROM THE MESS YOU'VE MADE.
At this point she's cut off all relations except for my sister, which is growing more difficult, and me, who she loves with all of her heart. After a lot of trouble we were able to put her on a special position at her job since she is insane, and the future is left for the next page.
My sister now is in university and studying abroad, away from the stress that is her mother. My father has a girlfriend and now has a lot healthier life, being able to do yoga, exercise, while still making dinner and taking care of all my needs.
I've somehow grown into a normal human of society. I don't cry over almost anything anymore, and most people treat me normally, but I still haven't got over my social anxiety and have no school mate friends at school. I have become very close with many of my teachers and get to talk to them as if they're my peers. I've done well in school, being in the top 1% of my class, maintaining all the work needed for ivy college admission. I've finished first in regional computer science events, developing large personal projects of software and hardware right now. I've developed a love of public speaking despite all my troubles, and have a STEM-like youtube channel with tens of thousands of subscribers. I hope I'm on track for MIT, and will consider my life a success if I manage to be admitted in.
I've taken an AP class in psychology that covered both of my mother's illnesses and have learned to respect what she has gone through. I know it's a burning hell in her mind and admire her ability to continue living despite what she faces. My dad often tells me it's not her fault that she has these mental problems and how he wishes everything was back to normal and how we never had to move. I still talk to her whenever she calls and pretend to be fine around her even though I still admit I hate her. She's visiting soon in the fall which I dread and I hope is over or cancelled. Currently she's fallen for that army scam where some army dude who's really from an undeveloped country says that they need money for a plane to come over and how they'll marry one they're back. There's no convincing her that he's not real, and at this point the damage has been done with her giving him all of her money. I don't know how she'll make it, and hope she didn't scrape money out of her retirement plans. Shes asked many family that she has tarnished before for thousands of dollars, even asking me for my sister's credit card. I hope the scammer stops.
I still can't face my mother and don't know what will happen in the fall. This last Christmas Eve my dad, sister, and I were playing a board game when the subject of having to visit my mother came up. My sister, being the responsible woman she is, said she will go to help her. Then when asking if I would be willing to go, I freaked out and had a major emotional breakdown, where I started freakishly grabbing my pants and screaming non-stop "I hate her" over and over again. This is the first time they even knew I had a big problem with my mother since they already had enough to deal with, and who was I to talk when I've just been the bystander in the chaos that has occurred this whole time.
I don't know what I'll do at this point. I don't know if my hatred for her which she doesn't know about is ever going to unravel in front of her. I'm scared what she'll do. She has never resulted to drastic actions in the past physically, but I'm scared she may commit suicide if the last thing she loves shows their real colors for her.
I keep having this vivid memory for some reason where she is the person in front of an ISIS clip and then quickly shoot her before she falls to the ground lifeless. I'm not sure why it keeps occurring or why it occurred in the first place. Despite hating her, every time I remember it I feel horrible and my throat chokes up like I'm about to cry, just thinking about her body hit the ground lifeless.
My mental state is getting worse. Starting from a while ago, every time I remember something embarrassing from my past I need to do something to get my mind out of it. At first it would be something like a soft mouth noise, but now it's physical doing weird things like making really strange mouse sounds, moving my arms rapidly, slapping myself, or screaming that I was so stupid. My relationships online have started to decay too. Online, I get to be an over-reactionary buff with my friends, the stark opposite of what I'm like in real life. At this point I believe I'm over doing it, with people not wanting to hang out anymore, perhaps even my own friend I've gotten really close with. Whenever I try to be more timid, people get bored of me and I feel the need to become again the large attention whore that reacts loudly to everything, with some of my friends mocking me for it seriously hurting me, but I don't want to admit it since they're teenagers and teenagers do teenager things. I think I should see a therapist about this, but I don't like how much it costs my dad for one session, even if he says he wants me to get any help I need.
I'm not sure what is to come. I have swaying perceptions of myself, noting my academic achievement and feeling on top of the world, but at other times I remember all the horrible stuff I have done and currently refuse to do. I have a fear that I may develop my mother's conditions and ruin the lives of my family that have worked so hard to give me a bright future.
I think this is good enough. Sadly I don't feel healed and instead just feel like weight in my stomach that occurs whenever my mom is over. Again I know I'm very lucky to be in my current position and I'm very thankful for all that has come, but I feel there's a large problem that I need to address, but I also don't want to.
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Is Turkey Using Jailed Foreigners as Bargaining Chips?

Is Turkey Using Jailed Foreigners as Bargaining Chips?
by Henri J. Barkey via Master Feed : The Atlantic
A foreign journalist representing a reputable German newspaper is picked up and accused of supporting a terrorist organization. A German human-rights organizer is also detained on charges of supporting a yet-to-be-defined terrorist organization. Is this happening in North Korea? Iran? No—this is occurring in Turkey, where the arrests of Deniz Yüksel, a Turkish-German dual national working for the German daily, Die Welt, and Peter Steudtner, a human-rights worker, have provoked an unprecedented crisis between Germany and Turkey that could soon roil relations with the rest of the European Union.
Ever since last July’s failed coup attempt, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, has engaged in an orgy of arrests, dismissals, purges of judges, journalists, academics, public servants, and military officers. Some 100,000 people have been removed from the government service, often on the mere suspicion of affiliation with the cleric Fethullah Gülen, a onetime ally of Erdogan who he accuses of plotting the coup; some 50,000 people have been arrested in connection with the failed coup, still awaiting their day in court a year later.
The purges are designed to rid the state of any opponents, real or imagined, and to replace them with cadres totally loyal to the leader, ready and willing to intimidate other Turks. People are arrested for the most mundane of reasons, from wearing tee shirts emblazoned with the word “Hero,” to any criticism of the president deemed offensive. Of course, what is offensive is in the eye of a single beholder—in this case, the Erdogan-dominated state apparatus.
The real victims of the purges are the thousands of Turks who have been detained for almost a year on what are, more often than not, spurious charges. Among the detained are the Altan brothers, Ahmet and Mehmet, one a renowned novelist and journalist, the other an economist and professor. One of the crimes they are accused of: sending subliminal messages on the eve of last year’s coup through a television program encouraging the overthrow of the government.
The Erdogan government’s efforts to blame foreigners for the coup attempt is a cynical effort to shore up support at home. Some 10 German or German-Turkish dual nationals are currently being detained by Turkey. Ankara most likely wants Berlin to extradite some Turkish generals purged after the coup attempt who have sought asylum in Germany.
But Germans are not the only ones being targeted. Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, found his life inexplicably upended when he was arrested in early October 2016, also for supposedly supporting a terrorist organization. He has been kept in jail since, and the pro-Erdogan Turkish press has had a field day conjuring up ludicrous stories about him. One such story: that Brunson is a CIA employee who helped the Gülen organization and the Kurdish insurgency. There is also Serkan Göle, a 37-year-old Turkish American NASA scientist who went to Turkey to visit family with his wife and two young sons, but was picked up by Turkish authorities on his way home. He has been in jail for a year. He, too, stands accused of being a CIA agent and, because he had a $1 bill in his possession—not unusual for someone who lives in America—a member of a terrorist organization. In his youth, he attended Gülen-linked schools, including one university where he benefitted from a Turkish state scholarship.
One particularly absurd case is that of Hamza Uluçay, a 37-year employee of the U.S. consulate in Adana, who was picked up on “terrorism” charges. He is a foreign service national, a local hire who helps U.S. diplomats arrange meetings and navigate the local political and social scene. I have known Hamza for 25 years—I first met him in the 1990s in Adana during a research trip. When I saw him last in March 2016, I joked with him that he ought to never retire because Consulate Adana, notwithstanding his American colleagues, could not function without him. These audacious charges amount to nothing less than sticking a thumb in America’s eye.
The Turkish leadership is playing hardball: It has gone after the Americans because the United States has yet to positively respond to Ankara’s request to extradite Gülen. Ankara has supplied reams of material that supposedly support the case for his extradition that the Justice Department has found to be inconclusive and well below the evidentiary threshold needed to take away someone’s green card. In addition, the Turkish government is seeking the release of Reza Zarab from a detention center in Manhattan. Zarab is the Iranian-Turkish vice president of a bank in Turkey suspected by the U.S. government of masterminding illegal trade schemes designed to help Iran circumvent nuclear-weapons sanctions while financially benefiting Turkish officials.
Turkey’s international reputation has suffered immensely from all this. Only this week, Turkish judicial authorities withdrew their formal accusation lodged with Interpol against almost 700 German firms, including the giants Daimler and BASF, of colluding with terrorists. Turkish officials often accuse the Europeans, be they Dutch or Germans, of being Nazis. At a rally in March, Erdogan, angry at the Europeans’ refusal to allow Turkish politicians to campaign on their soil, said, “I thought Nazism was dead but I was wrong. … The West has shown its true face.” The Erdogan government has done a great deal of damage to Turkey’s relationship with Europe, and it will take a very long time for it to be mended.
This type of heavy-handed Pyongyangian behavior from a NATO member has backfired in Europe. Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, is frustrated at the continuous detention of her citizens, and has made it clear to Ankara that it will pay a price—Germany, Turkey’s largest trading partner, is also home to 2.5 to 3 million Germans of Turkish descent. Uncharacteristically, it has announced a wide-ranging set of measures, including a travel warning to its citizens contemplating visiting Turkey. It has also called for a review of European Union aid contributions to Ankara—totaling some $650 million—to support the country’s Customs Union agreement with the EU, and of export credit guarantees for German companies investing in Turkey.
These measures will not change the current trajectory of Turkish politics, which seem set on a path to autocracy. If anything, the world ought not be surprised if it continues to detain and sentence foreigners as Iran does. Erdogan is intent on reshaping the Turkish system into one anchored by his personality. While he cannot completely jettison the legacy of Atatürk, the country’s founder, he is doing everything he can to expand his ideological influence at his expense. In order to succeed, however, he must quash rival narratives—hence his obsession with jailing academics, journalists, think tankers, and intellectuals.
The Turkish press, controlled almost entirely by Erdogan either directly or indirectly, engages daily in foreigner bashing. The targets are almost exclusively Western. On the eve of the 2016 coup attempt, many of my colleagues with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program and I were gathered on Büyükada, an island near Istanbul, for a workshop on Iran. We were made the object of outlandish accusations of coup-plotting and (poor) execution. Accusing us was a convenient way of connecting the U.S. government to the failed coup, especially because I am a former U.S. official. In fact, recently, the Turks have even claimed that Pastor Brunson was on the island with us.
While the non-Turks had left Turkey by the time the “revelations” surfaced, our Turkish partners did not fare so well. Some lost their jobs, others their passports. It seems as if the island of Büyükada is cursed: recently, a number of human rights activists both Turkish and foreign, including Peter Stuedner, who made the unfortunate decision to gather on the same island, were arrested and remanded to custody by the anti-terrorism police on the grounds that they were engaged with terrorist organizations. Yet, during their court hearing, no such organization was mentioned.
Turkey is in for a hard period ahead. Not everyone agrees with Erdogan, but the fear factor and the government’s domination of the news cycle and of the daily narrative should not be underestimated. There are only two factors the government cannot completely control: economics and events in neighboring countries. Ultimately, what happens in these domains and a much-diminished decision-making apparatus in Ankara whose talents have been depleted by purges will determine whether Erdogan’s reign will endure.
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What to do in [MARCH]!

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Happy March!
Tennis at the Palace / Mar 12 to Mar 14, 2015
Location: Emirates Palace
The world’s tennis elite comes together in Abu Dhabi for the first edition of Tennis at The Palace from March 12 to March 14, 2015. Set in the lavish surroundings of the Emirates Palace Hotel, Tennis at The Palace will be a quintessentially British garden party featuring tennis from grand slam legends.
Richard Krajicek, Pat Cash, and Younes El Aynaoui will be amongst the legends who will roll back the years and remind guests of a golden era of tennis, showcasing why they are so deserving of their titles. Guests will be treated to first class hospitality and outstanding cuisine courtesy of Emirates Palace.
Link to Event
UAE WOODEN POWERBOAT RACE (Al Shawaheef) (Heat 2) / Mar 20, 2015
Location: Abu Dhabi Corniche- BreakWater
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Health & Fitness Fun Festival 2015 / Mar 11 to Mar 13, 2015
Location: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
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10km Marathon Swimming World cup / Mar 13, 2015
Location: Corniche BreakWater
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Othello: The Remix / Mar 05, 2015
Location: Abu Dhabi Theatre
The Abu Dhabi Festival brings you the Chicago Shakespeare theatre with the Othello: The Remix. Hip-hop sensations Q Brothers from Chicago, USA, take their inspiration from the genius of William Shakespeare.
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AlMarsam Al Hor / Oct 01, 2014 to Sep 30, 2015
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[Table] IAmA: We are curators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ask Us Anything!

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With the ever aging generation of survivors, it seems very likely that in the near future there won't be any survivors left to tell the stories themselves. Is the museum undergoing any preservation efforts capturing modern day stories or the like? Do you see this causing any challenges or changes to the museum? We have a huge collection of oral histories: ones we have done, ones from other organizations, and ones from the Spielberg Shoah collection. These testimonies are going to be increasingly important as the witness generation passes away. There are definitely going to be changes and we've been talking for a long time about what will happen when the survivors aren't with us anymore. We are doing our best for now to capture as many stories and collections as possible while the survivors are still with us (hence the National Tour) and are grateful for the number of people willing to share their stories. We also work with a lot of children and grandchildren, and I think that will definitely increase in the future.
I ask these questions in good faith and out of genuine curiosity towards your opinion on them, so please don't take it the wrong way. Why do you feel a holocaust memorial museum, on the other side of the ocean from where the holocaust happened, opened nearly 50 years after the end of the holocaust, is necessary? Do you feel it is more necessary than one for any of the more recent similar atrocities (Khmer Rouge, Rwanda, etc.)? If so, why? Why do you think there are no museums to these other atrocities despite there being many for the holocaust? The Holocaust was a worldwide event--we have over 100 countries represented in our collection (either from refugees who fled the Holocaust to these countries or about the Holocaust in these countries). We are Congressionally mandated to focus on the Holocaust (1933-1945) rather than on other genocides, but part of our mandate is also to draw attention to contemporary genocide. We have a Committee on Conscience which works to educate and raise awareness on more modern genocides. We try to raise questions in our exhibitions about medical ethics, propaganda, the fragility of democracy--all questions which are also relevant in studying contemporary genocide and are important for any citizen of a democracy to think about. You can see the Museum's mandate here: Link to and here is a link to learn more about the Committee on Conscience: Link to
I thank you for the answer, however I was hoping to get your opinions on the subject rather than a description of your mandate. Why, for instance, do you feel there are no museums to other, more recent, and equally world-shaking genocides? There are museums in the countries in which the genocides occurred, but to be honest, this is our specialty and we (Kyra and Becky) don't know as much about the commemoration of other genocides. Our colleagues in the Committee on Conscience would be much more familiar and if you have specific questions about the commemoration of different genocides, you can ask them.
Were you working when this this happened? Kyra was on the 5th floor of the Museum in her office. Becky was on travel for the Museum giving a talk in Boston. We loved Officer Johns. He was a really great guy and that day changed all of us.
What, if any, changes took place to museum policy following the shooting? What do you think the general response of museum goers was following the shooting? The public outpouring of support was incredible--we got to greet our visitors at the door the day we reopened and there were lots of people who came specifically to show support. We're not privy to specific security changes, but we had metal detectors and that sort of thing in place years before the shooting. There is a memorial to Officer Johns right inside the door with his picture and we now have a student leadership program named after him.
As a history major who aspires to eventually get a doctorate to research/teach others about the Second World War and the Holocaust, I want to thank you for all you've done to spread knowledge on these events. I've been to your museum twice, most recently in July. I had the honor to meet and speak with three survivors: Bob Behr, Erika Eckstut, and Henry Greenbaum while I was there. Hearing their stories from before and after the Holocaust was fascinating. I am ecstatic that your museum allows ordinary citizens an opportunity to speak with survivors so they can share stories from their entire lifetime. It really adds a much more personal feel to the exhibits. Rather than simply looking at pictures, your exhibits come alive in the lobby and in the Wexner Center. After I listened to Mr. Behr speak to an intimate group of people in the Wexner Center, I approached him and thanked him for spending some time with us. He thanked me for listening and asked what I do with my life. I told him about my education and what I want to study. I'll never forget what happened next. His eyes lit up, he grabbed my hands, held them tight, and quietly said "Thank you." again. He followed with something like: "I'm old; I'm not going to be here forever. We need people like you to teach future generations about what happened to us to it never happens again." He thanked me once more and went on his way. When I tell people I'm a history major, I usually get the "History is so boring." speech and I try to justify my dream as best I can. That conversation vindicated my desire to teach and gave me a tangible story that I can tell to others. My apologies for not having a question in that wall of text. Considering this is an AMA, I might as well ask a few questions. 1. I would love to have your job. If I'm not teaching in a classroom, I'd love to teach the public through a museum. How does one become the curator of a museum? 2. What is your favorite artifact or exhibit in the museum? 3. What is your favorite book(s) on the Holocaust, particularly survivoliberator testimonies? Thank YOU! This is so great to hear, and good teachers are incredibly important in teaching this history. (And aren't Bob, Erika, and Henry great?) Everyone who works here seems to come from different backgrounds, which is definitely an asset. Kyra's background is in art and Holocaust studies, and Becky's working on a PhD in History. We have colleagues who went to school for Museum Studies, Library school, Public History, Education, etc.
I think we answered this elsewhere, so I don't want to repeat, but you can see some of our favorites here: Link to
Becky's "favorite" Holocaust book is "The Lost" by Daniel Mendelsohn. Kyra's not sure of what her favorite is.
How many deniers do you get in an average week? Personally, we don't encounter very many deniers (not really any, honestly), but we can't speak for other Museum departments.
Do you have an FAQ or other online resource you recommend for dealing with deniers (particularly in online forums?) I don't think we have anything specifically about online forums, but you should look here and see if this will help: Link to
On the Museum's tour, the curator of our permanent exhibition, Steve Luckert, is doing a program called "Technology in the Hands of Haters: Imagine"
I just want to say the USHMM is by far one of the greatest educational experiences of my life. I first went when I was 14 and again when I was 20. The way the exhibits are presented is simple but overwhelming to the human emotion and I appreciate your work tremendously. My question is how did you become the curators? What are some things about the job most people might not know? Kyra began working for the Collections department managing the Museum's collections database and eventually became the curatorial assistant and worked her way up. Becky was an intern at the Museum after her junior year of college and then joined the archives staff after she graduated. We both really wanted to work in museums, and this one in particular. (Becky actually came to the Museum as a Girl Scout when she was 12 and decided then that that was where she wanted to work.) We both feel very lucky and honored.
Regarding what people might not know--there much more paperwork and much less Indiana Jones type adventure than you might expect, but there is some crawling around in attics and storage units. Just not as much as we'd like.
What question do you wish Reddit asks you that hasnt been asked yet? Please answer it.. Ooh, that's the best question yet.
Since there's two of us, we will both answer the question of what is the strangest artifact we have been offered. If you ever get into a conversation with us about this, it will be a long conversation. We have been offered a wind tunnel; Hermann Goering's yacht; Hitler's bathroom tile (green, by the way); a live US Army issued grenade; leaves from the tree outside the building where Anne Frank was in hiding; and a stone someone picked up while visiting Auschwitz on vacation.
I hope most of those artifacts were given with good intentions, I have an old copy (1990s) of the Anne Frank diary. Will you take my donation? lol We have almost a shelf of books about Anne Frank in our Library. So thanks, but...
Is your museum about Jews only or are the exhibitions also about Poles and Soviet civilians? We present about all victims of Nazi persecution regardless of race, religion, home country, or sexual orientation. We also collect materials, memoirs, and testimony from all victim groups, so if you know of any collections from Polish or Soviet civilians who were targeted by the Nazis, we would definitely be interested.
Do you find that there are mostly Jewish people who visit the museum? I myself am Jewish, but I am well-aware that there are other groups of people who died in the Holocaust. It seems, to me, that it's only the Jews who get mentioned. Is this the case? The majority of our visitors (almost 2 million a year!) are not Jewish. The staff is split pretty evenly--Kyra is Jewish, Becky is not. We really see it as a human story rather than a Jewish one. It's really important to us that all the stories are told. When you go through the exhibit, we discuss and display artifacts related to all the different victim groups. Demographically, Jews and Roma were targeted in larger numbers and for ethnic reasons, which is why there is sometimes more of a focus on these groups.
Is that job as depressing as it seems? I visited the museum when I went to DC and it was incredibly depressing as someone with both German and Jewish heritage. Kyra says she does not find her job depressing since she meets the most amazing people and gets to learn about their incredible stories. Becky seconds that, and adds it makes her feel so lucky--it's hard to be depressed or upset about your own life when you have seen what other people have been through and experienced.
How do I get more involved with your museum? You can look here for volunteer opportunities: Link to
Hope to see you soon!
I've been to Yad Veshem with my grandmother who is a survivor. She had a very hard time going through the exhibits. Is this Museum gruesome? is is suitable for children? We generally recommend the main exhibit for ages 12 and up (though it's at the discretion of the parents). We also have a children's exhibition called "Remember the Children: Daniel's Story" which is suitable for 8 and up. We also try to mask the more gruesome film footage behind safety walls so people can choose whether or not they want to see it.
How many artifacts are currently on display, and how much is in storage? What kind of conservation concerns do you face with Holocaust-era artifacts and archives? Probably only about 2% of our collection is currently on display and the rest, while it is technically in "storage" is housed in a conservation facility with a full staff. Unless there is a conservation concern or it is being prepped for exhibition, we make all our material available to the public in our archives and reading room. We're really proud of that--our collections are so historically important and we (and the people who donate them to us) want to make sure these stories are told as widely as possible.
As far as conservation goes, everything is reviewed upon arrival, and we have textile, book, paper, artifact, and photograph conservators on staff. They work to preserve the material, but we don't restore it to the way it looked originally. For example, if there is a tear in a piece of clothing, they will stabilize it, but not mend it.
Do you rotate artifacts then? How "permanent" is the permanent exhibition? We rotate artifact on a regular schedule depending on the needs of the specific object. Paper is rotated more frequently than clothing which is rotated more frequently than 3-D objects.
I have heard that of all the collections that the museum has, one of the largest is Nazi flags. If this is true, what have you done with said flags and how have you collected so many? Also, what was done with all the hair that was originally displayed in the museum and then removed? First--the hair: We never had it on display (though we have a photo mural of hair). The decision was made not to display any hair out of respect for the survivors and victims, and the family members who visit.
As for Nazi flags, they are one of the top items we get offered on a weekly basis because so many soldiers brought them home as souvenirs. We are offered them the most, but we don't think it's what we have the most of. Since we only have two Nazi flags on display, we are only able to accept flags of a specific size range for our exhibition needs. Exceptions are flags that are not currently represented in our holdings (unusual ones, or flags signed by liberators, etc). If we're not able to accept a flag for our collection, we try to help the owner find an appropriate repository for it, since it does have historic value.
Would you please tell us a story from someone who survived the camps and visited the museum? That happens almost every day. We have a great group of survivors who volunteer with us. They greet the public, do a speaking series in the summer, travel out to schools, and help us translate documents. Kyra and I work with Fritz Gluckstein (Link to whose father was Jewish and mother was Christian. He survived doing forced labor in Berlin. He's awesome.
What do you think is the most unique artifact that you have in your collections either on display or in storage? Regarding the textile part of your question, the textiles are kept the way they are when they arrived to us, just stabilized and de-infested if necessary.
Also, since I sew and am a costumer I'm wondering about garment preservation, are textiles that are being restored and preserved sewn and patched to try to replicate their original look or are they kept the way that they are just cleaned or preserved in the condition in which you receive them? As for the most unique artifact, we do have one of the Ringelblum milk cans on display (though it is on loan to us). We have such a wide variety of material, and every item has a story behind it that's unique. We have the only known photographs of Josef Mengele while he was at Auschwitz, a diary kept by a Mexican-American Catholic Holocaust survivor, Martin Niemoeller's typewriter--we could go on and on.
How close are you guys to the Yad Vashem organization in Israel? Since its been over 60 years since the Holocaust, how many new artifacts does the museum still receive? We work very closely with Yad Vashem and share information (though our collecting mandates--what we collect--are slightly different, so we complement each other too). We are still receiving nearly 400 new collections a year. We kept thinking it would slow down at some point, but we're pleased that we are still very busy!
What are the differences in your collection mandates? Our collecting focus is broader, and we also collect materials that relate to the American perspective of the Holocaust.
Really? I thought all the Holocaust Museums were affiliated. Interesting. So you guys each have your own collections? So all the Holocaust museums are competing for the some objects? I always thought the D.C. museum was the main one and the other museums were like branches or franchises. We are the national museum but there are museums and educational centers all around the country. There is an Association of Holocaust Organizations, but it's made up of independent organizations. Sometimes we borrow objects from each other, but we all have our own collections. We all have different collecting needs, mandates, and audiences, so we're rarely in competition with each other. We all have the same end goal of Holocaust education and remembrance.
Is there any artifact (or artifact related story) that has particular meaning for you or that had a strong effect on you personally? It's so hard to pick just one or two, which is a cop-out answer. We just had a discussion about it after reading your question. Kyra thinks that her favorite artifact is Kiki the monkey puppet, which was used by an American liberator in France (we actually have film footage of him entertaining newly-liberated children with the puppet). Becky's favorite is a little diary written by Selma Engel in the weeks and months after she and her boyfriend Chaim escaped during the Sobibor uprising. They met and fell in love at Sobibor and escaped together (even though they didn't speak the same language). We made Curators Corner videos about these stories (because they were favorites) which you can see in the link above. Otherwise, it's hard to pick because our relationships with the survivors and veterans are special to us apart from the collections themselves, so it's hard to separate.
How much does it cost to maintain annually? We are partially funded by the federal government and partially by private donations. If you want the full breakdown, you can see our annual report on our website: Link to
Needless to say, we're grateful to all our supporters.
How do you feel on a human emotional level seeing , what is in essence pure evil everyday ? ( i mean the holocaust and the killings) I guess it would be similar to being a curator of a Deathcamp museum? To some extent, you get used to working with the subject matter--not unlike a doctor or a police officer. You don't ever forget what you're doing but it's your job and it gets easier. We're also seeing the subject through materials donated by survivors, liberators, and rescuers which is easier than seeing it through the eyes of perpetrators. That being said, we do collect material related to Nazi perpetrators, which is a growing area of Holocaust scholarship. That is a little more difficult to work with.
Can you explain more about that aspect of perpetrator research? I would imagine it would be a unique yet disturbing point of view. Do you buy the " I was only doing what i was instructed to " excuse?. And thank you for what you do BTW :) We have a photograph album in our collection which was the personal photograph album of the adjutant to the final commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp. I (Becky) have done a lot of work with the album, and it seems like there is a lot more scholarship coming out about perpetrators. There's an understanding that we can commemorate the Holocaust, remember the victims and honor the survivors, but if we really want to PREVENT future genocides, we need to look at the people who did it and see how they and their societies got to that point. We are also doing oral histories with perpetrators, witnesses, and bystanders in Eastern Europe. Our upcoming exhibit, which opens in April 2013, is called "Some Were Neighbors" and is about bystanders and witnesses.
Thank you for doing this, this is great! I wanted to ask what the demographics are of the USHMM. I ask because I work in a Holocaust museum in northeast Philadelphia and we have a very sizable non-Jewish volunteer base (I would say about 30% are not Jewish). What percentage of the staff and volunteers at the USHMM are Jewish vs. non-Jewish? EDIT: I'm not Jewish myself. I'm not sure in terms of volunteers, but the staff is probably pretty evenly divided between Jews and non-Jews.
That's fantastic. I think that really speaks to the universality of the lessons that are learned from the Holocaust and for whom those lessons apply. Agreed!
I went there last year when I was on a school trip to Washington from Ottawa and our teachers gave us a strict warning before to be as respectful as possible because of the nature of the museum, so my question is what's the most disrespectful thing you've ever seen someone say/do while in the museum? It always gets loud in the spring when we have an increase in school groups. We (and the other visitors) are always grateful when teachers have properly prepared their students.
Why does the museum hardly carry any Nazi "memorabilia" (weapons, uniforms, documents, etc)? Is it harder to obtain pieces like that, or do you restrict certain items from the exhibit? The primary focus of our collection is to educate people about the Holocaust. While some pieces of Nazi memorabilia, such as documentation and propaganda, certainly help us do this, other pieces such as weapons and uniforms are more peripheral. These items relate much more to the military history of WWII. We do have some examples of these items in our collection, and get offered them quite frequently, and in fact we do have a couple pieces included in our permanent exhibition.
How do you feel about the fact that it's 2012 and we still don't have a museum on the national mall dedicated to the genocide of the Native Americans? How do other museums/curators feel about this sad fact? Or is it simply never talked about? Several people asked about why the Museum is located on the National Mall, so we’ll try to answer that. Obviously, Kyra and I are not the decision-makers in our location, but we feel strongly that having our Museum on the National Mall is important. You can read the comments here about how much the Museum has meant to people, and we feel strongly that citizens of democracies should ask difficult questions, which we think we do here at the Museum. We use the history of the Holocaust to encourage people to question how we (as individuals and as a society) act in the world and how we deal with hatred and prejudice.
The National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall, a few blocks from the Capitol, and if you have questions about how they present their history, I would encourage you to contact them. We really don’t feel as though the two museums are mutually exclusive, but both are important enough to be on the National Mall.
What's the best story of a visitor you've heard? Kyra got a phone call from our information desk to come meet with visitors and it turned out be two sisters who were two Holocaust survivors who were visiting us from Canada. They brought with them their little brother's violin. He didn't survive, but the violin did (with one of the sisters in hiding). That was a more unexpected day.
I have a big interest in the composers and music included in (and related to) what the Nazi's termed "Entartete Musik" ("Degenerate Music") -- and on a related note, I've always meant to follow up and learn more about the visual artists considered "Entartete Kunst" ("Degenerate Art"). For us, the majority of the artwork in our collection was created during the time period of the Holocaust in camps, ghettos, in hiding, and in response to what was happening. We have a lot of books about degenerate art and looted art here in our library. Please come and take a look! We also have an online exhibit about our music collection.
I moved to the Washington DC area fairly recently, and intend to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum -- and wondered if there were any materials I might want to specifically look for related to either of these? Has the museum ever done any special exhibits related to either of these topics? - or are there any planned for the future? There are no immediate plans to do a special exhibit on either of these topics, but we do have an extensive collection of art and music. There was a great exhibit on Degenerate Art in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s. It looks like that exhibit’s catalog is online if you do a search.
I am incredibly interested in the holocaust and always have been, and I try to go to the USHMM every time I'm in DC. Can we hear some of the best stories you guys have? Greatest stories, best reactions, most touching moments? Thanks for the AMA! There are so many to choose from! It’s always rewarding when we can reconnect people with their family’s history. In 2004 at a survivor gathering in Las Vegas, Kyra received an autograph book that someone’s wife had saved in which her childhood friend Anne Frank had signed an entry. There were photos of the two girls (Anne and Eva) together along with a third girl (Susanne). Turned out that Susanne was someone we were already very familiar with. Although Susanne did not survive the Holocaust, her sister Barbara did, and in 1990 Barbara had donated her family’s collection of photos. We were able to send Barbara these newly discovered photos of her sister, and needless to say she was completely floored.
Why are non-Jewish victims and survivors of the Holocaust always so under represented in today's memorials? There are two main reasons for why it might seem as though there is more focus on Jewish victims and survivors than on other victim groups. First, demographically, Jews were targeted in much larger numbers and for specific ethnic reasons (the Nazis believed Jews were a distinct, degenerate race). To be honest, in one's representation of the period, the larger numbers mean more attention should be paid.
Second, historians rely on the source material available to them. Many Jewish survivors came to the United States or went to Israel, and brought evidence of their experiences with them. In contrast, the majority of handicapped victims were killed, Soviet POWs were targeted within the Soviet Union at the end of the war, and homosexuality was still a crime in Germany after the war. Roma survivors continued to be persecuted after the war. Many Polish survivors returned to Poland and were living behind the Iron Curtain. So these victims and survivors did not always have the opportunity to keep their materials or tell their stories. We would very much like to increase our ability to tell their stories through documents, testimony, and artifacts, so if you know of any materials that could help, please do contact us at curator (at)
This museum holds the most powerful exhibition I have ever seen. Whenever I go, I am most particularly struck by the train cart that Jewish people where transported in to death camps. Do you have any information as to how the museum acquired that artifact? Or any story behind it? The railcar is the largest artifact we have in our collection. The Museum received it in 1989 with a fresh coat of paint on it. We had it restored back to its original state and it was installed in the building in 1991. The building is actually built around the railcar.
There are some really neat photos on our website of the day it was installed, and a story was just posted yesterday on our 20th anniversary website about the installation.
Hi, not a question about the museum but about curating. I'm a college student and although my field is in education, my concentration is in history and I've always been interested in how museums operate and all the stuff involved with it to potentially one day open my own museum. What's the day to day life of being a curator, what degrees do you hold, how do you decide that you wanted to be a curator, and what advice can you give for anyone that is interested in curating? We answer lots of emails and phone calls--we receive on average 2500 offers of collections per year and we accept about 400 of them, but we respond to everyone and try to help people find repositories for their collections if we're not to take them. We meet with people who have material and talk about their family's experiences. We make sure the collections are housed properly, do research and catalog them, and write the legal paperwork to complete the donation. Sometimes we give presentations and answer reference questions about our collections. And today, we're on Reddit!
When is the LA event? I'm only a few hours away! On Feb. 17th at the Skirball. It's a free event. Look here for more: Link to
Do you have any veterans whether they were in the United States Army or the Red Army that helped liberate a concentration camp come in and talk about what it was like? Also do you have any artifacts from any of the G.I. camps? We do a lot of work with WWII veterans, primarily American, but also on occasion British & Canadian as well. Unfortunately, we have very little from Soviet liberators as most of that material is still in Russia.
Kyra has been doing a lot of work with a group of 350 American GIs who were captured as POWs and sent to Berga, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, where they had to perform forced labor. But we don’t tend to collect material from soldiers who were kept strictly in German POW camps under the Geneva Convention--but we do for soldiers (like at Berga) who were then targeted for racial or religious reasons.
Another question, what kinds of things is the museum doing to really get across the message of the holocaust and get it to stick with people? We have an enormous website that we're translating into multiple languages. It's our most important portal to people who might not be able to come to Washington, and we get many more online visitors than visitors who go through the permanent exhibit. We also have a teacher training program nationwide, have traveling exhibits, and do as much outreach as we can to communities outside the DC area.
Hi, thank you for doing this IAMA. One of the most moving documentaries I have ever seen on TV was done a while ago on the BBC called 'Hitler's Children'. It was about the descendents of those who were high up in the Nazi chain of command and how they tried to deal with the guilt of having such close ties with those responsible. Have you ever had experience of people visiting your museum from the perpetrators side rather than the victims? (As in relatives/descendents trying to comprehend the scale and reasoning behind what happened) Do you think such people would be welcomed? I (Becky) haven’t seen Hitler’s Children yet, but I’m excited to see it. I know several of the people featured in the film, and I am friends with several descendants of perpetrators. As long as people come to the Museum with a sincere desire to learn about the past in the hopes of never repeating it, we welcome anyone to the Museum.
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guilherme and rafael mendes were born in rio claro, a city in the state of sao paulo, brazil and were introduced to jiu-jitsu by a family member when they were 12 and 11 years old.they picked up the sport very quickly and soon began to take a more serious approach with their training. this decision… The Mendes Brothers Lyrics - All the great songs and their lyrics from The Mendes Brothers on they have an amazing fundamentals program to, and they have lots of guys who compete. (source: i train at the Canadian affiliate and have visited twice) level 1. 2 points · 6 years ago. The Mendes brothers are to grappling what LeBron James is to hoops. They are (arguably) the best there is, or at least top 5 in the world. I would Looser forms also apply, for example, Gracie Humaita Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools only allow white and blue gis while the Mendes brothers’ Art of Jiu-Jitsu academy only allows white ones. Make sure you know your academy’s uniform policy, if any, before making a purchase. The 10 Best BJJ Gi Options in 2020: Though he's always been at the front of the show, Sergio Mendes has often gotten by with the help of his friends. As in 1965, so in 2008. The newest update of Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- feel free

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