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Magic loop (for knitting)

Hi all. I’m a crochet-er but have thrown myself recently into knitting. I can’t do DPNs because I’m just not smooth enough so I found a method called Magic Loop using a circular needle. The problem is I get laddering/wide spaces at the ends. What am I doing wrong???

Re: Belgian law on kosher slaughter.

"Why does there need to be a Jewish state?!?!?!"

I think this development answers your question.

Jews are only ok in the eyes of non-Jews when they aren't being Jewish. So kashrut, how some of our people dress, bris, mikveh, hair covering...All that is out.

Now they call us 'White Jews': A new American antisemitism

Now they call us ‘White Jews’: A new American antisemitism
If you remain silent when you hear the term “white Jews,” you are not doing your part to stop this creeping hatred.
By Seth J. Frantzman
December 26, 2018 22:03

A recent controversy about anti-Jewish views in the Women’s March has lifted the curtain on a new antisemitism that is percolating in American circles.

“Now Women’s March activists are grappling with how they treat Jews, and whether they should be counted as privileged white Americans or ‘marginalized’ minorities,” The New York Times noted in a recent piece. The labeling of Jews as “white” and debates on how to “treat Jews,” as if Jews are packages in a supermarket is a form of dehumanizing rhetoric designed to force Jewish people into a binary of “white/non-white” that is currently trendy in US discussions.

The new toxic discussion taking place primarily in the United States is designed to label Jews as “white supremacists.” For instance, Tamika Mallory, the Women’s March leader, told the Times that this issue was raised at an early meeting of the marchers.

“Since that conversation, we’ve all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it,” she said. Some groups on the far Left have even embraced this concept. Rebecca Vilkomerson tweeted about it on December 24.

“We white Jews especially need to recognize that centering out own status as victims here is a power move, as well as a way to avoid self-reflection on our relative status in a white supremacist world,” Vilkomerson tweeted.

It is particularly interesting, given the history of antisemitism, how Jews are now considered not only recipients of white privilege, due to their often passing as white, but are seen as emblematic of whiteness and a part of white supremacy. The concept of antisemitism was coined by anti-Jewish activist Wilhelm Marr, who objected to the idea that Jews would assimilate into Germany. Antisemitism became entwined with the idea that Jews were a separate “race” from white Europeans, particularly Germans and northern Europeans. Today that has come full circle and Jews are portrayed as not just passing as white, but of being an example of white supremacy.

Link: https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Now-they-call-us-White-Jews-A-new-American-antisemitism-575524?fbclid=IwAR1P7eKOSD6TuZjDFcW_p7iZCHWw8-PxkURBu-RgKx5SDl9A4oHXqVJPo_w

Joke is on them. We are pretty good at coming together when attacked. So trying to divide the Jewish community will not work.

If anyone would like to daven for RBG, here is her Hebrew name:

Yita Ruchel bat Tzirel Leah (per the Jewish Journal https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/community/242009/saying-tehillim-ruth-bader-ginsburg/)

Add her to your shul mesheberach lists. Keep her in mind when taking challah.


Over the weekend, the New York Times Book Review published a full-length interview with Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. The very first question: “What books are on your nightstand?” Walker replied with four, the second of which was:

“And the Truth Shall Set You Free,” by David Icke. In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about. A curious person’s dream come true.

This passed without comment from the New York Times interviewer, and the publication passed it on to readers without qualification. This is rather remarkable because the book is an unhinged anti-Semitic conspiracy tract written by one of Britain’s most notorious anti-Semites.

More here: https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/277273/the-new-york-times-just-published-an-unqualified-recommendation-for-an-insanely-anti-semitic-book

I’m honestly so sick of this shit.

Is the Women's March Melting Down?

Is the Women’s March Melting Down?

Millions of women mobilized against gender inequality and the election of Donald Trump in 2016. But only four of them ended up at the top—and the consequences have been enormous.
By Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegel

On Nov. 12, 2016, a group of seven women held a meeting in New York. They had never worked together before—in fact, most of them had never met—but they were brought together by what felt like the shared vision of an emerging mission.

There were effectively two different cohorts that day. The first one included Breanne Butler, Karen Waltuch, Vanessa Wruble and Mari Lynn Foulger—a fashion designer turned entrepreneur with a sideline in activist politics, who had assumed the nom de guerre Bob Bland. These four were new acquaintances who had connected in the days since Donald Trump’s election, through political networking on social media. Most of them had filtered through the Pantsuit Nation Facebook group, where a woman in Hawaii named Teresa Shook had days before floated the idea of a female-centered march to protest the incoming administration.
Soon after, Wruble—a Washington, D.C., native who founded OkayAfrica, a digital media platform dedicated to new African music, culture, and politics, with The Roots’ Questlove—reached out to a man she knew named Michael Skolnik. The subject of a New York Times profile the previous year as an “influencer” at the nexus of social activism and celebrity, Skolnik held a powerful though not easily defined role in the world of high-profile activist politics. “It’s very rare to have one person who everyone respects in entertainment, or in politics, or among the grass roots,” said Van Jones, in a 2015 New York Times piece. “But to have one person who’s respected by all three? There isn’t anyone but Michael Skolnik.”

When Wruble relayed her concern that the nascent women’s movement had to substantively include women of color, Skolnik told her he had just the women for her to meet: Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory. These were recommendations Skolnik could vouch for personally. In effect, he was connecting Wruble to the leadership committee of his own nonprofit—a group called The Gathering for Justice, where he and Mallory sat on the board of directors, and Perez served as the executive director.

In an email to Tablet, Skolnik confirmed this account of the group’s origins. “A few days after the election, I was contacted by Vanessa Wruble, who I have known for many years, asking for help with The Women’s March and specifically with including women of color in leadership,” he wrote. “I recommended that she speak with Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, also who I have known for years.”

Linda Sarsour, another colleague from The Gathering for Justice network, was not present for these initial meetings but joined the Women’s March as a co-chair a short time later.


According to several sources, it was there—in the first hours of the first meeting for what would become the Women’s March—that something happened that was so shameful to many of those who witnessed it, they chose to bury it like a family secret. Almost two years would pass before anyone present would speak about it.

It was there that, as the women were opening up about their backgrounds and personal investments in creating a resistance movement to Trump, Perez and Mallory allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people—and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade. These are canards popularized by The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, a book published by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam—“the bible of the new anti-Semitism,” according to Henry Louis Gates Jr., who noted in 1992: “Among significant sectors of the black community, this brief has become a credo of a new philosophy of black self-affirmation.”


That march can down in flames for all I care anymore. They took something that could have been beautiful and turned it into an "intersectional" and anti-semitic trash heap.

Texts from the giant talking yam????

Someone in a group I am in on FB said she received a text about defeating the liberal mob. I FB searched "POTUS texts" and it seems a few people got them. Isn't that a misuse of the system????

Saudi Arabia to freeze new trade with Canada, recalls ambassador

Saudi Arabia said Sunday it is ordering Canada's ambassador to leave the country and freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada in a spat over human rights.

"We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours," Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Twitter. Saudi Arabia is one of Canada's largest export markets in the region.

More at link:



How is it interference to point out what is already known??? SA is not exactly a human rights paradise.

Toronto members please check in!

Per CBC shootigvin Toronto, shooter dead: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/danforth-logan-shooting-1.4757409

Any DUers there or DUers with family members there, let us know you and they are ok!

DEA assisting B.C. police with investigation into deaths of 2 men near Ucluelet

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have joined the investigation into the homicides of two men near Ucluelet, officials have confirmed.

Daniel Archbald and Ryan Daley went missing in May after returning from an eight-week sailing trip from Panama. Their remains were discovered last month and investigators say they are treating the deaths as homicides.

More at link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/dea-assisting-b-c-police-with-investigation-into-deaths-of-2-men-near-ucluelet-1.4739429

This is not shocking but sad. They were living in the same small town as me though they were newer to the town (we've had a large influx from Vancouver) and most people were whispering this was a drug deal gone bad. 😞
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