Tish James and the GOP…. and then There’s Aron Wieder, Ms. James Have You Ever Spoken to Concerned Rocklanders?

AG James, the video may seem disturbing, but perhaps you have not considered what is REALLY Happening in Rockland County. Allying with Aron Wieder is Almost an Oxymoron, and Supporting his Political Allies in Rockland is Degrading the Views of Those Who Have Legitimate Concerns, Whether GOP or Otherwise…

Just an Opinion

Tish James and GOP Video

It should be noted for the reading public that as far as LM is aware, AG James has NEVER come to Rockland County, New York and sat with the secular and non-Jewish community to get their take on events in Rockland County, which is largely a democratic county many of whom are in agreement with the GOP on these points. She has, however, visited with the ultra-Orthodox, as she was campaigning.

AG James has, most likely, not taken a look at the tax registers in Rockland County to see just how many houses in Rockland County are listed as LLC owned with numerous LLC’s registered to the same addresses, some of which are for-profit and some non-for-profit (church (synagogue) based so reduced reporting requirements and reduced taxes) and how much that situation (reduced taxes paid by those homes) is costing taxpayers in Rockland County.

AG James has NEVER taken a moment to consider the battle between those like Aron Wieder who favor religious education absent secular interference but who still demand funds from the State to pay for that education. To his credit Wieder did allegedly work to get his community vaccinated; but most of that community is still comprised of anti-vaxxers costing County taxpayers thousands if not hundreds of thousands in unnecessary healthcare costs, whether related to the measles outbreak or otherwise.

AG James has oversimplified a problem. If she really wants to benefit the communities of Rockland (everyone, not just the Democrats and more particularly the ultra-Orthodox who funded her campaign), which is a melting pot of many religious (including Jews who are not Hasidic), she should focus on the crime and corruption within Rockland.

The crime, corruption, political scandals and fraud are costing Rocklanders hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars. The payoffs of housing code reviewers, the use of Medicaid cards to buy food at Costco, the under-the-table payments to women who work in families in cash while also collecting Medicaid and foodstamps is an open secret in Rockland. Costco checkout people laugh about it amongst themselves.

Weighing in on this subject does nothing but give credence to those who are wholly ambivalent to the concerns of the greater Rockland County Community. That video may seem inappropriate and was both poorly contemplated, lacking in decorum and wholly fear-mongering; but it stems for somewhere. It should not be written-off as a deplorable political tactic. It should be understood for a deeper concern amongst Rocklanders. It comes from a very real concern, albeit largely unspoken. To write-it-off without considering the factual truths is to forsake those not depicted in that video and not responsible for its writing and dissemination, the voice of the “others” who have legitimate concerns, whether they funded AG James’ campaign or not. 

Defamation Complaint Against LM is Currently Sealed, Judge Just Ruled Against Sealing Sakler/Purdue Company Documents – Please assist our Defense..

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Opioid maker Purdue Pharma fights to prevent documents involving Sackler family from going public

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The Sacklers and members of their company Purdue Pharma have been named in a lawsuit that accuses them of profiting from the opioid crisis by aggressively marketing OxyContin, claims denied by attorneys for the family and Purdue.

(CNN) — Purdue Pharma filed a motion Wednesday to stay a Massachusetts judge’s order that could expose details about one of America’s richest families and their connection to the nation’s opioid crisis.

The Sacklers and some employees of their company, Purdue Pharma, have been named in a lawsuit that accuses them of profiting from the opioid epidemic by aggressively marketing the painkiller OxyContin, claims denied by attorneys for the family and Purdue.

The motion was filed following a Monday decision by Suffolk County Superior Judge Janet Sanders, who ruled that an unredacted amended complaint must be publicly released by February 1.

In the new motion, attorneys for Purdue Pharma say the unredacted copy would disclose company trade secrets and other confidential information.

The Massachusetts attorney general responded in a statement: “This is simply another attempt by Purdue to prevent the release of the results of our investigation. It’s information the public deserves to know.”

In her order, Sanders called the defense’s protests “hardly compelling” enough to keep the information secret, adding that it is not intensely personal or private.

The redacted pages “appear to be discussions of tactics that could be used to promote the sales of OxyContin (particularly in higher doses), to encourage doctors to prescribe the drug over longer periods of time, and to circumvent safeguards put in place to stop illegal prescriptions,” Sanders says in the court filing.

“For many years, Purdue, its executives, and members of the Sackler family have tried to shift the blame and hide their role in creating the opioid epidemic. We are grateful to the court for lifting the impoundment on our complaint so that the public and families so deeply impacted by this crisis can see the allegations of the misconduct that has harmed so many,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

In a previous statement to CNN, Purdue Pharma said, “To distract from these omissions of fact and the other numerous deficiencies of its claims, the attorney general has cherry-picked from among tens of millions of emails and other business documents produced by Purdue.”

The Sackler family’s connection

The Sackler family, which Forbes says is worth approximately $13 billion, is well known for its philanthropy around the world. The family name is on museums and galleries including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Sackler Museum in Beijing and the Royal Academy in London. Their company Purdue Pharma sells OxyContin and has been criticized for its aggressive marketing of the opioid painkiller.

There have been previous lawsuits against the company, including one multistate federal suit in 2007 settled for $600 million as part of a plea deal. The federal accusation was “misleading and defrauding physicians and consumers,” referring to how addictive OxyContin is. The Sackler family was not specifically attached to those suits.

Healey filed the complaint, which names eight members of the Sackler family, alleging that they knew OxyContin was causing overdoses and deaths but continued to promote the drug. Nine other people currently or formerly associated with the company are also named in the suit. CNN has reached out to the attorneys for all the defendants for comment but did not immediately hear back.

“They directed deceptive sales and marketing practices deep within Purdue, sending hundreds of orders to executives and line employees. From the money that Purdue collected selling opioids, they paid themselves and their family billions of dollars,” Healey said.

The original suit had been heavily redacted, obscuring specific details related to the Sackler family members and others named in the suit.

A lower court removed some of the redactions this month, but Healey argued that the 189 paragraphs that remained redacted should be unveiled. “Revealing the truth about Purdue’s misconduct is important to achieve justice and make sure deception like Purdue’s never happens again,” she said in the court complaint.

The complaint said the material concealed shows documents that contradict testimony of Sackler family members.

Suit says doctors were deceived about OxyContin

“From the beginning, the Sacklers viewed limits on opioids as an obstacle to greater profits. To make more money, the Sacklers considered whether they could sell OxyContin in some countries as an uncontrolled drug,” the prosecution argues in the sections of the original complaint that were not redacted.

The Sacklers were behind Purdue’s decision to deceive doctors and patients, says the suit. “In 1997, Richard Sackler, Kathe Sackler, and other Purdue executives determined — and recorded in secret internal correspondence — that doctors had the crucial misconception that OxyContin was weaker than morphine, which led them to prescribe OxyContin much more often, even as a substitute for Tylenol.”

Former Purdue Chairman and President Richard Sackler is described as a micromanager who was constantly trying to push profits even as the opioid crisis was well underway, according to the complaint.

Sackler went to doctors’ offices with sales reps at times to push sales, the lawsuit alleges. He also allegedly wanted advertising that was aggressive and positive, even as executives at Purdue were concerned about how he was promoting the drug.

The complaint says that internal documents from 2011 show that Sackler was not satisfied with the number of OxyContin prescriptions. When one week of sales doubled the company’s forecast, he told the sales staff, “‘I had hoped for better results.'”

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Violence Against Journalists – 2018 Worst Year- Attacks on Free Speech Statistics Do Not Include Lawsuits and other Actions

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2018 was the worst year on record for violence against journalists

“The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences.”

Attacks against the media by “unscrupulous” politicians helped make 2018 the worst ever year for violence and abuse against journalists, according to a report released Tuesday.

At least 80 journalists were killed, 348 are in jail and another 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual report from Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based media watchdog.

“Violence against journalists has reached unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical,” the group’s secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

“The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists.”

While the report did not single out specific political figures, attacks on the media have become a hallmark of populist leaders, from Donald Trump to the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

Social media also bore a “heavy responsibility” for amplifying and legitimizing this hateful rhetoric towards the press, Deloire said.

Forty-nine of the journalists killed were deliberately targeted. Yet only a handful of these killings have garnered international media coverage — such as the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, or the shooting of Slovak data journalist Jan Kuciak in his home. Those killings showed “how far some people will go to silence ‘troublesome’ journalists,” the report said,

The remaining 31 killed were caught up in violence, the report states. Afghanistan was the deadliest country for journalists in 2018, with 15 killed, followed by Syria, Mexico, and Yemen, while the United States featured for the first time as one of the most dangerous following the murder of five people in a shooting at the Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Maryland.

The analysis also found the number of journalists detained worldwide had risen to 348, up from 326 last year. More than half were jailed by just five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

READ: The Saudis tried to rip out a security camera after Khashoggi murder

The report follows the release of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual prison census last week, that found the number of journalists jailed on charges of fake news had risen to a record high of 28.

Last week TIME magazine named a group of journalists — including Khashoggi, the slain journalists at the Capital Gazette, the head of Philippine news website Rappler and two imprisoned journalists in Myanmar — as its “person of the year.”

 

 

First Amendment Rights and the Blogging Community – Without Appropriate SLAPP in Place, Anyone is Vulnerable

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Libel suit against ex-anonymous Rockland blogger raises 1st Amendment concerns

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 5:08 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 11, 2018 5:10 PM EST


Libel suit against ex-anonymous Rockland blogger raises 1st Amendment concerns

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A libel lawsuit against a formerly anonymous Rockland blogger is now raising some First Amendment concerns after the writer’s identity was outed in court and the case kept sealed.

For two years, Rockland corporate fraud attorney Julie Globus has been writing anonymously about alleged crimes and misdeeds in the Rockland Hasidic community under the blog name “Lost Messiah.”

“I have this weird ability to connect dots and find dots,” she says.

Earlier this year, those “dots” led Globus to the state Supreme Court in a libel lawsuit that outed her identity, filed by Brooklyn based real-estate titans Louis and Joel Kestenbaum, for two articles she wrote about them in 2016.

“There were underlying lawsuits cited and an underlying article cited 0 all of which, at the time, I viewed as credible,” said Globus.

Globus’ attorney calls the case a “triple assault” on the First Amendment, with the “unmasking” of her identity, the alleged failure to prove malicious intent and the court’s sealing of the case.

That last part in particular garnered the attention of UCLA law professor and Washington Post columnist Eugene Volokh.

“In American law, litigation is supposed to be out in the open so the public can monitor what’s going on,” says Volokh.

According to statements made by Kestenbaum’s attorney, unsealing the case would “re-victimize” his clients.

Volokh disagrees, saying, “Secrecy is seen as even more dangerous because it increases the risk that the judicial process won’t go the right way.”

A Supreme Court judge is currently reviewing arguments about whether or not to unseal the case.

The attorney for Louis and Joel Kestenbaum declined to comment for News 12’s story      

Human Rights Versus Kosher Eateries and Kosher Police – Holding Restaurants Hostage – Kosher Certification Mafia

Comic Leah Forster initially scheduled a New Year’s Eve event at Brooklyn’s Garden of Eat-In in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

NYC kosher cops force restaurants to cancel bookings of lesbian Jewish comic

 

It may be kosher — but it’s not right.

 

A popular Jewish comic from Brooklyn was booted from two different eateries because the local kosher police threatened to yank their religious stamp of approval on the food if a lesbian performed there.

 

Leah Forster, 36, whose stand-up schtick features the insular Orthodox world she grew up in, had planned to hold a New Year’s Eve bash in her Brooklyn neighborhood — but both owners canceled once the “Kosher Nostra” put on the squeeze.

 

Forster’s life as a Jewish lesbian isn’t part of her act, but rabbis from the Vaad Harabanim of Flatbush, the kosher certification organization, still decided hosting her event would be a violation of Torah law.

Now the eateries may face pressure from a different front. The city’s Commission on Human Rights told Forster they may probe the alleged discrimination, she said.

Forster, a big hit on Instagram, first booked her New Year’s Eve event at Brooklyn’s Garden of Eat-In in Flatbush.

She sold 20 tickets at $80 a pop last month — and was excited about performing at one of her favorite restaurants, she said.

But two days after she announced the event online, Chaim Kirshner, the restaurant’s owner, said he was forced to back out by the Flatbush Vaad.

“(The rabbi) said that you’re a lesbian, and you represent that, and we can’t let this go on,” Kirshner told Forster in a phone call that she recorded and shared with the Daily News.

Kirshner said that he has nothing against the LGBT community and “doesn’t care” who hosts events at the restaurant.

 

But losing his kosher certification would kill his business, Kirshner added.

 

“They operate like the mafia,” Forster said. “If they pull your hechsher (kosher certification), you are screwed. They tell other places not to give you a hechsher.”

Kirshner was not available when The News visited the Garden of Eat-In on Sunday.

Forster was ready to give up and stick to secular gigs where her sexual orientation would not be an issue.

 

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LostMessiah, It’s Independence from Any Other Blog or Website and the Generations of Thinkers We Follow –

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TO OUR READERS, OUR CONTRIBUTORS, OUR SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND THOSE WHO ARE PAYING ATTENTION:

LostMessiah is not, nor has it ever been, beholden to anyone. This blog is independent, free-thinking, takes its guidance from readers, obtains its information from those who are willing to provide it and does its best to post accurately or not at all.

We try never to get it wrong and if ever we received demonstrable proof that we were wrong, or even that good faith was warranted, we removed or corrected the information.

We are an independent collaboration of efforts of worldwide readership, dozens of vulnerable voices, and an echoing sentiment of the blood that runs through our DNA.

This effort was created, began and has continued as an effort to make the world a better place. We view ourselves as a tribute to those who came before us.

We do not go to synagogue on Saturday while our lawyers are serving fellow Jews at their homes. We are neither judge nor jury, though we do have our opinions.

First and foremost, our belief in what it means to be Jewish, to be a mensch, to be human and decent comes from stock far better than we could ever dream.

To the Jewish thinkers, the survivors or the first generation US citizens. We owe our collective voices to you…

Benjamin Gebiner 

 

Benjamin Gebiner, 98, Servant of Jewish Culture

Benjamin Gebiner, who devoted a multifaceted career to Jewish communal life and the labor movement, died on Friday at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, L.I. He was 98 and had been general secretary of the Workmen’s Circle.

His daughter Laura Landis said that her father, a longtime resident of Bayside, Queens, died of complications of a stroke.

In more than 60 years as a tutor, teacher, lawyer, administrator, journalist, editor, lecturer, radio commentator and college professor, Mr. Gebiner never strayed far from his commitments to Jewish cultural life and the labor movement.

He was the original executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee when it was formed in 1934 to oppose the rise of Nazism in Germany, and later served more than 30 years as an administrator of the Workmen’s Circle, the Jewish fraternal organization that has provided education and other benefits to Jewish immigrants since 1900.

And from the time he arrived in New York from Poland in 1921, when he began tutoring students in Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish, until his retirement in 1984 as a professor of Jewish studies at Queens College, he displayed a continuing passion for education — of himself and others.

Perhaps because his own legal studies in Odessa and Kiev were interrupted by the 1917 Russian revolution, Mr. Gebiner, who was born in a Ukrainian area of Czarist Russia later ceded to Poland, seemed uncommonly grateful for the educational opportunities he found in the United States.

Before he had been in New York City a decade, Mr. Gebiner had learned English, taught at several Workmen’s Circle schools, studied journalism at Columbia University, graduated from the Brooklyn Law School and become so active in Jewish and socialist affairs that he was a member of the national executive committee of the Jewish Socialist Verband (organization).

Mr. Gebiner, who became a full-time administrator of the Workmen’s Circle in 1937, wrote and lectured widely on Jewish political, cultural and community affairs, edited the Workmen’s Circle publication, contributed many articles to The Forward and from 1950 to 1972 provided daily comment on the news for the publication’s radio station, WEVD.

Along the way, Mr. Gebiner became a familiar figure in Jewish organizational circles here and abroad.

Although his youthful devotion to Zionism abated somewhat when he came to the United States, Mr. Gebiner, whose friends included David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir, made many trips to Israel with his high school sweetheart, Sonia Goldfarb, who, he liked to tell friends, was the youngest dentist in Warsaw when they were married there in 1920. She died four years ago.

When he retired from the Workman’s Circle at age 72, in 1970, Mr. Gebiner began his immigrant’s life anew, once again teaching Yiddish, this time to Queens College students looking to re-establish the cultural ties to their own immigrant ancestors.

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GoFundMe – Supporting a Site that relies on its readers for Information, Supporting the Community this Blog Helps and Free Speech

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Dear LostMessiah Readers:

On the few occasions over the last 2 1/2 years that LostMessiah has gone down, either because it was hacked or because we became weary and overworked, we have been greeted by consternation. You, our loyal readers, have claimed that we had to have been  bought out or have abandoned the effort. Somehow you viewed our silence, or a slowdown in coverage to be either a shortcoming on our end or an abandonment of those who need us, presumably you our readers.

We have promised, and remain committed to not being bought out. We remain committed to being an endeavor that looks at darkness for what it is and confronts the demons within. Yet, for the last 2 weeks we have been asking for your assistance in financing a defamation case, and potentially the growth of LostMessiah should that defamation case not require the funding we have been advised may be required and the response has been tepid at best.

We get dozens of emails each day with journalistic contributions from our readers, for which we are so grateful. So many of our articles are dependent upon you, our readers to provide information and sources. Yet, to ask you to show your true support by donating money to the cause of Free Speech, Free Press, the rights to be heard and frankly Due Process and to get  little response is disheartening. We are not trying to profit from this endeavor. We have never put out a request for donorship before now.

The people who have filed suit against LostMessiah are ultimately the leaders of the Satmar community. They are financially well equipped to have this lawsuit go on for years and they are working within a court system that is already weighted in their favor. They have resurrected a Statute of Limitations by claiming that we are someone we are not. They never attempted to contact the site in the years post-publication of the articles allegedly in question, which if demonstrably justified would have resulted in their correction or removal. 

The law firm involved has as much interest in seeing a takedown of this site as its client as the ownership of nursing homes covered in these pages is the warp and woof of some of the partners in that firm. 

Ultimately, you are being asked to support an endeavor to which you are, in large part, contributors. You have asked for loyalty and we have offered it to you wholeheartedly and quite honestly altruistically. We are hoping we can count on you when the chips are down to do the same.

 

LM