Tuesday, September 26, 2017

933 Update on Karl

*Update on Karl Marx: Jewish Bankers*

Newsletter published on 23 September 2017

*(1) Pdf of the 1856 NY Tribune issue of January 4, featuring "The
Russian Loan"*

*(2) Feedback from Stephen Goodson, who wrote a history of Central Banking*

*(3) Mazin Qumsiyeh expresses doubt*

*(4) A World without Jews? Just a translation with a melodramatic title*

*(5) Jesuits or Jews?*

*(6) Left-wing Billionaires, a consequence of the Rise of the Jewish
Financial Aristocracy *

*(7) Calling the 1% in America the Ruling Class*

*(1) Pdf of the 1856 NY Tribune issue of January 4, featuring "The
Russian Loan"
*

Here is a pdf of the 1856 NY Tribune issue of January 4, featuring "The
Russian Loan" (it's on p.4):

http://mailstar.net/NY-Daily-Tribune-18560104.pdf

*(2) Feedback from Stephen Goodson, who wrote a history of Central Banking*

From: "Stephen Goodson" <abolishusury@sonicmail.co.za>

Subject: Karl Marx: Jewish Bankers decide the destiny of Europe

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:05:04 +0200

Congratulations!Excellent research.

*(3) Mazin Qumsiyeh expresses doubt*

From: Mazin Qumsiyeh <mazin@qumsiyeh.org>

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:42:05 +0300

Subject: Re: Karl Marx: Jewish Bankers decide the destiny of Europe

Do yu have a PDF of the original texts where these things appear. I am
skeptical of their authenticity

Mazin,

Those who doubt that Marx really did write "The Jewish Bankers of
Europe" and "The "The Russian Loan" don't seem to offer the name of an
alternative author.

Who else had the expertise on Capitalism, a knowledge of Jewish
practice, and that style of writing?

Here is a pdf of the 1856 NY Tribune issue including "The Russian Loan":

http://mailstar.net/NY-Daily-Tribune-18560104.pdf

Peter

*(4) A World without Jews? Just a translation with a melodramatic title*

From: "Marek Glogoczowski" <mglogo@poczta.fm>

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:28:00 +0200

Karl Marx wrote alsoa book "The World without Jews". I've read several
times about this "phantom book", and I remember the opinion of Polish
sociologist and psychologist Józef Kozielecki (he died on March 24,
2017) who during the scholarship somewhere in Netherlands, was given
this book (in German) to read, roughly 30 years ago, when Poland was
still socialist. And on the first page of journal "Polityka" (about 100
000 exemplaries weekly at that time) Kozielecki published a report from
his stay in Netherlands, mentionning that "I never red a more
antisemitic book, than this "Das Welt ohne Juden". I tried to find this
title via Google, but with no sucess,

Marek,

"A World without Jews" was just a translation of On The Jewish Question,
by Dagobert Runes.

Marx wrote On The Jewish Question in German, in 1843. The title: An Der
Juden Frage. At that time, he was not writing in English. Later on, he did.

Dagobert Runes' title is melodramatic. It might sound genocidal, but
Marx was saying that Jews should stop being Jewish, i.e. change their
cultural practices - which he saw as arising from their religion.

*(5) Jesuits or Jews?*

From: James Neary <maelkorka@eircom.net>

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:23:26 +0100

Peter,

Do the Jews (Zionist Jews) control the Jesuits or the other way around?

I am reading F. Tupper Saussy's "Masters of Evil" and he puts forward a
compelling thesis that the Jesuits are the real masters. Picking up
where the Knights left off. Going back to the Byzantine empire.

I know that it was a jew that taught at Inglestat who became a Jesuit 
priest!

The Rothschilds were the bankers of the Vatican! So, they had to money!

"Follow the Money"

What is your thoughts?

Trying to keep an open mind till something breaks conclusively one way
or other!

Jim Neary ==

Jim,

Can you name any major US newspaper run by the Jesuits or the Vatican?
Any major TV channel?

This Vatican / Jesuit stuff is just a screen, to hide Jewish power.

Peter

*(6) Left-wing Billionaires, a consequence of the Rise of the Jewish
Financial Aristocracy
*

- by Peter Myers, September 24, 2017

As the Ruling Class (the 1%) has become increasingly Jewish, it has
adopted Jewish ideologies and tastes, and even Yiddish words.

Jews have championed 'Minority' causes - but mainly in the Diaspora,
where they are a minority, not in Israel / Palestine with regard to the
native Palestinians, Bedouin etc.

Our Ruling Class now promote Gender Feminism, Same-Sex Marriage, and
Trans-Sexualism. The old landed aristocracy would never have done so,
but the increasingly dominant Jewish Financial Aristocracy promotes such
'Left' causes.

It's widely called 'Cultural Marxism'; but Karl Marx himself would not
have recognized this as either 'Marxist' or 'Left'. It's his Trotskyist,
largely Jewish, disciples who have foisted these changes on us.

These stances are called 'Left', but this is a Fake Left. The True Left
would abolish Tax Havens, abandon Free Trade Agreements, jail the
Bankers, and tax the 1% so heavily that the National Debt would disappear.

So the Financial Aristocracy promotes the Fake Left; anything but the
real Left.

*(7) Calling the 1% in America the Ruling Class*

    Bill Madden<BMadden@tampabay.rr.com> 24 September 2017 at 00:50

Re:  Your calling the 1% in America the Ruling Class

Most of us don’t know who runs America but we all have our theories.

I had always been confused about the power structure in the USA and the
world until I read: “The Rich and the Super-Rich” by Ferdinand
Lundberg.  His claim is that our country is governed by our richest
families who own most of Corporate America and many other large
companies throughout the world.  These wealthy families hold their stock
and other wealth in *tax-free foundations and secret offshore
accounts*.  They are, for the most part, not visible on any radar.  The
notable exception would be the late David Rockefeller who helped found
the CFR, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderbergers, groups of
important/successful establishment minions used to brainwash and control
us.  These super-rich families are the establishment or the ruling class.

While I’m sure that members of *our wealthiest families* file income tax
returns, because their wealth is mostly insulated from the IRS, I’m also
sure that the *tax returns show only modest income *at best.  The *1%,
on the other hand, are known because they file income tax returns
showing enormous earnings which place them in the top 1%.*  The top 1%
of earners, in my humble opinion, pay very little in taxes relative to
their gigantic earnings but they do, nonetheless, pay quite a bit
relative to the Rockefellers, Fords, du Ponts, Mellons and other old
money families.

Unlike several members of my copy list, I am happy to admit that I could
be wrong.  I would be interested in your thoughts as to who really runs
America.

Bill,

The 1% include the Rockefellers, Fords, du Ponts and the linke. It's not
based on Tax Returns, because we know they are fraudulent.

It's based on real wealth. And very wealthy people want privacy; they
use their money to suppress media scrutiny by, for example, withdrawing
advertising from media that give them unfavorable publicity.

The media has a field day with the Catholic Church, but the holders of
wealth and power are largely exempt from such examination.

Companies keep two sets of books - one for their shareholders, and one
for tax authorities. The shareholders' one declares their true profits,
while the tax one cries poor. But the public has had enough of such
deceptions.

Peter

932 Karl Marx: Jewish Bankers decide the destiny of Europe

Newsletter published on 23 September 2017

Karl Marx: Jewish Bankers decide the destiny of Europe

Three suppressed essays by Karl Marx:

On the Jewish Question

The Jewish Bankers of Europe

The Russian Loan

plus a discussion of the debate surrounding them. (17 09 23)

http://mailstar.net/marx-jewish-finance.html

931 WaPo: neo-communist Antifa thugs attack “No to Marxism” rally. Australian state outlaws Masked Demonstrators

*WaPo: neo-communist Antifa thugs attack “No to Marxism” rally.
Australian state outlaws Masked Demonstrators *

Newsletter published on 20 September 2017

*(1) WaPo: neo-communist Antifa thugs attack “No to Marxism” rally*

*(2) Australian state outlaws Masked Demonstrators*

**

*(1) WaPo: neo-communist Antifa thugs attack “No to Marxism” rally*

**

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/yes-antifa-is-the-moral-equivalent-of-neo-nazis/2017/08/30/9a13b2f6-8d00-11e7-91d5-ab4e4bb76a3a_story.html

Yes, antifa is the moral equivalent of neo-Nazis

Berkeley demonstrations turn violent

By Marc A. ThiessenAugust 30

This column has been updated.

Last weekend in Berkeley, Calif., a group of*neo-communist antifa —
“anti-fascist” — thugs attacked peaceful protesters at a “No to Marxism
in America” rally*, wielding sticks and pepper spray, and beating people
with homemade shields that read (I kid you not) “No Hate.” The Post
reports how one peaceful protester “was attacked by five black-clad
antifa member

Left-wing counterprotesters clashed with right-wing protesters and Trump
supporters on Aug. 27 in Berkeley, Calif. Violence erupted when a small
group of masked antifa and anarchists attacked right-wing demonstrators.
(The Washington Post)

By Marc A. ThiessenAugust 30

This column has been updated.

Last weekend in Berkeley, Calif., a group of neo-communist antifa —
“anti-fascist” — thugs attacked peaceful protesters at a “No to Marxism
in America” rally, wielding sticks and pepper spray, and beating people
with homemade shields that read (I kid you not) “No Hate.” The Post
reports how one peaceful protester “was attacked by five black-clad
antifa members, each windmilling*kicks and punches* into a man
desperately trying to protect himself.” Members of the Berkeley College
Republicans were then stalked by antifa goons who followed them to a gas
station and demanded they “get the [expletive] out” of their car,
warning, “We are real hungry for supremacists and there is more of us.”

The *organizer of the anti-Marxism protest is not a white supremacist*.
Amber Cummings is a self-described *“transsexual female who embraces
diversity”* and had announced on Facebook that “any racist groups like
the KKK [and] Neo Nazis . . . are not welcome.” The protest was needed,
Cummings said, because “Berkeley is a ground zero for the Marxist Movement.”

As if to prove Cummings’s point, the *antifa movement responded with
jackboots and clubs* — because their definition of “fascist” includes
not just neo-Nazis but also anyone who opposes their totalitarian worldview.

And let’s be clear: Totalitarian is precisely what they are. Mark Bray,
a Dartmouth lecturer who has defended antifa’s violent tactics, recently
explained in The Post, “Its adherents are predominantly communists,
socialists and anarchists” who believe that physical violence “is both
ethically justifiable and strategically effective.” In other words, they
are no different from neo-Nazis. Neo-Nazis are the violent advocates of
a murderous ideology that killed 25 million people last century. Antifa
members are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that,
according to “The Black Book of Communism,” killed between 85 million
and 100 million people last century. Both practice violence and preach
hate. They are morally indistinguishable. There is no difference between
those who beat innocent people in the name of the ideology that gave us
Hitler and Himmler and those who beat innocent people in the name of the
ideology that gave us Stalin and Dzerzhinsky.

The United States defeated two murderous ideologies in the 20th century.
So we should all be repulsed by the sight of our fellow Americans
carrying the banners of either movement, whether they are waving the red
flags of communism or black flags of Nazism. Yet we are not. Communism
is not viewed as an evil comparable to Nazism today. As Alex Griswold
recently pointed out, the New York Times has published no fewer than six
opinion pieces this year defending communism, including essays praising
Lenin as a conservationist, explaining why Stalinism inspired Americans,
and arguing that the Bolsheviks were romantics at heart and that women
had better sex under communism. Can one imagine the Times running
similar pieces about the Nazis?

*My mother and grandfather fought the Nazis in Poland during World War
II, and her family then endured the Stalinist terror*that followed, when
Nazi occupation was replaced by Soviet domination. So forgive me if I
see little moral distinction between the swastika and the hammer and
sickle. Both are evil, and their modern adherents need to be condemned —
especially when they dare to commit acts of violence in our midst to
advance their hateful visions.

Both the left and the right have a responsibility to police their own
movements. In the 1960s, *William F. Buckley excommunicated the John
Birch Society*, widely believed then to be anti-Semitic and a proponent
of nutty conspiracy theories, from the respectable right, and today,
conservatives have a responsibility to do the same with the white
nationalists of the alt-right.

Those on the left have responsibilities as well — responsibilities few
are meeting. On Monday I asked the office of House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her statement of condemnation. To her credit,
Pelosi issued a strong statement Tuesday, declaring, “The violent
actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend
deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be
arrested and prosecuted. In California, as across all of our great
nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful
dissent and free speech. Non-violence is fundamental to that right.”

Good for her. So why haven’t more leading Democrats done the same? After
Charlottesville, the media rightly demanded that President Trump and all
Republicans condemn the neo-Nazis and the KKK. So where are the calls
for Democrats to condemn antifa — and the brutal public condemnation for
those who fail to do so? If black-clad neo-Nazis had attacked peaceful
protesters at a “No to Racism in America” march in Berkeley, politicians
in Washington would be falling over themselves to express their disgust
— and any who failed to do so would be vilified. But *when
neo-communists commit this kind of violence, they get a pass from the left.*

That cannot be allowed to stand.

*(2) Australian state outlaws Masked Demonstrators*
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-17/rival-groups-stand-off-in-melbourne-as-anti-mask-laws-tested/8954486

Rival groups face off in Melbourne as police test new anti-mask laws

By James Oaten and Andie Noonan

Updated about an hour ago

Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central
Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders.

Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a
Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least
three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier.

Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one
protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for
wearing a mask.

The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to
drown each other out.

Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.

"We all deserve the right to own our own businesses without groups of
thugs coming in and robbing us," he said.

"We want minimum sentencing for violent offenders … we demand no bail
for violent offenders."

He led a chant "black, white, straight or queer, we refuse to live in fear."

Mr Yemeni said he organised a peaceful protest.

"I may not agree with everyone's opinion that's standing here supporting
this cause," he said.

"There may be people here from the right, there may be people here from
the left.

"But that doesn't change the fact that we all deserve to live without
fear in Victoria."

Noelene Nolan, who lives in Melbourne's south-east, said she joined the
Make Victoria Safe rally because she had been the victim of two home
invasions in four months.

"I don't feel safe … I've got an obvious vulnerability with my
disability walker and I want my streets to be safe, she said.

"They may take my items but they won't be taking my peace of mind."

But left-wing group the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism accused Mr
Yemini of promoting a "message of hate".

Kieran Bennett who described himself as an anarchist from the Campaign
Against Racism and Fascism said his group did not plan for any violence
at the rally.

"The rally that we are opposing here today is targeting, in particular,
African migrant youth and other migrant communities," he said.

"The organiser has made very clear on Facebook and in his other public
communications that he sees the issue of crime in terms of African youth
that he wants to see deported."

Far left and far right groups have violently clashed in the past in
Melbourne, including *attacks by masked anarchists*, prompting new laws
that allow Victoria Police to arrest anyone covering their face at a
protest and break up rallies.

The laws came into effect on September 13.

930 Australia votes: Ex-Gay Activist explains why we should vote against Same-Sex Marriage

*Australia votes: Ex-Gay Activist explains why we should vote against
Same-Sex Marriage*

Newsletter published on 12 September 2017

*(1) Ex-Gay Activist explains why we should vote against Same-Sex Marriage*

*(2) What we're really voting for: Gender Theory being forced on our
kids in schools*

*(1) Ex-Gay Activist explains why we should vote against Same-Sex Marriage*

http://australianmarriage.org/silent-majority-silent-no/

Australian Marriage Think of the Child

{visit the above link and watch the videos}

THE SILENT MAJORITY ARE SILENT NO MORE

Today, voting forms are starting to arrive in homes across Australia.
It’s finally our chance to have our say on what marriage means to us.

{Australians of all races defend Marriage}
https://www.youtube.com/embed/a-n7lKwTySc

Many in the gay community don’t support a change to the Marriage Act.
You can hear the thoughts of an ex-gay Activist here:

And *two gay men from Ireland explains why he voted ‘no’* in the Irish
referendum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6HD8KLQBvA

Note: These gay men have all been accused of Homophobia for supporting
traditional marriage!

And this poor guy was told to ‘go back to where he came from’ for
supporting a current definition of marriage:

Redefining marriage means redefining ‘tolerance.’

Their hypocrisy is astounding!

A message from Anonymous reveals the true agenda driving the same-sex
marriage campaign:

And to understand the frightening history of Safe Schools and how it’s
directly related to the push to enshrine Gender Theory into the Marriage
Act, take the time to watch this video:

These are all great resources to share with your family and friends to
help them understand why you’re voting ‘no’ and why they should too.

WRITTEN BY AJ

Many in the gay community don’t support a change to the Marriage Act.
You can hear the thoughts of an ex-gay Activist here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6HD8KLQBvA

message from Anonymous reveals the true agenda driving the same-sex
marriage campaign:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/14EBlIeld5o

*(2) What we're really voting for: Gender Theory being forced on our
kids in schools*


http://australianmarriage.org/bait-switch-really-voting/

BAIT AND SWITCH – WHAT WE’RE REALLY VOTING FOR

In September, Australians are going to be asked a seemingly simple
question. Something like ‘Should marriage be redefined to include
same-sex marriage.’

But that’s not what we’re really being asked.

You can read the wording of Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Amendment
Bill, the most recent one of about 18 to be presented to Parliament over
the last dozen years, here.

But here’s the bit they hope you won’t notice:

“The term ‘same-sex marriage’ should be read to include a marriage of
two people regardless of their sex or gender, where the union is not
that of a man and a woman.”

(emphasis added)

If you haven’t been subjected to the highly controversial Safe Schools
Coalition program, you may not be aware that dangerous *gender theory is
being taught to our kids in schools*. It’s the belief that ‘Sex’ is
determined by your genitals but ‘Gender’ is determined by how you feel.

This Marriage Bill seeks to enshrine Gender Theory into the Marriage
Act. *You may think there are two genders but actually, there are around
112.*

Here are a few (list available at Tumblr):

Amaregender: a gender that changes depending on who you’re in love with

Biogender: a gender that feels connected to nature in some way

Cendgender: when your gender changes between one and its opposite

Condigender: a gender that is only felt during certain circumstances

Demiflux: the feeling of having multiple genders, some static and some
fluctuating

Espigender: a gender that is related to being a spirit or exists on a
higher or extradimensional plane

Genderwitched: a gender in which one is intrigued or entranced by the
idea of a particular gender, but is not certain that they are actually
feeling it

Once gender is enshrined in law as mutually exclusive to 'Sex,' it opens
the door to a range of legal issues. Since marriage was ‘degendered’ in
the USA and Canada, ‘Misgendering’ is now considered ‘Psychological
abuse’ and will potentially earn you jail time in California and it’s
illegal in Canada too, where SSM has been legal for a decade.

In London, the home of *‘Ladies and Gentlemen,’ this greeting is now
considered offensive* since marriage was redefined.

*‘Heteronormative’ terms are removed from Marriage Certificates, Birth
Certificates, Drivers Licenses* and more when ‘gender’ is enshrined in
the Marriage Act.

Terms like*‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ are now ‘Hate Speech’ a*nd you can
forget forget terms like *‘Mother and ‘Father.’*

And Sexuality/Gender Theory are now compulsory in these countries.
Because once Gender Theory is enshrined in Law, it must be taught as
normal. It means handing your children over to schools to be
indoctrinated to believe their gender is their own choice, that it is
fluid, and teachers are encouraged assist your child to choose and
transition to their preferred gender and gender pronouns without your
knowledge and consent.

Redefining marriage isn’t quite as simple as it seems, and the
repercussions are far greater than they may appear.

But Aussies are smart. Smart enough to see through the *Marxist Agenda*
playing out before us.

In September, Vote ‘No’ to stop the ‘Gender Madness.’

929 USS Gerald Ford has no Urinals - to suit Trans minority rather than Hetero majority

USS Gerald Ford has no Urinals - to suit Trans minority rather than
Hetero majority

Newsletter published on 13 August 2017

(1) USS Gerald Ford has no Urinals - to suit Trans minority rather than
Hetero majority
(2) No urinals on the new Navy aircraft carrier
(3) Military scrambles for transgender policy after Trump tweets
(4) Arizona School blockades urinals after girls squat to urinate in
front of the boys
(5) Arizona leftists perverting the school system - Michael Reagan {son
of Ronald Reagan}
(6) Gay mag  boss says Transwomen who use female change rooms should be
charged with "indecent exposure"
(7) Comments on Trumop Trans Ban from Army Times Facebook

(1) USS Gerald Ford has no Urinals - to suit Trans minority rather than
Hetero majority

http://m.newstimes.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-Navy-s-newest-most-sophisticated-aircraft-11339139.php

The Navy's newest, most sophisticated aircraft carrier doesn't have urinals

July 29, 2017

Military & Defense Team

Amid all its upgrades and advances, the US Navy's newest aircraft
carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is lacking one feature: urinals.

Every bathroom on the Ford is, for the first time, gender-neutral,
equipped with flush toilets and stalls, according to Navy Times.

Bathroom-design experts have said sit-down toilets are less sanitary and
take up more space, and most of the Ford's crew members are men. (Women
are only about 18% of the Navy.)

But the Navy has said getting rid of urinals has advantages for current
and future operations.

Making every bathroom accessible to all of the ship's sailors will make
things more convenient for sailors, the Navy has said. And bathrooms
that can be used by either gender mean the Navy can reassign them
without making any design changes, should the crew's makeup change.

"This is designed to give the ship flexibility because there aren’t any
berthing areas that are dedicated to one sex or the other," Operations
Specialist 1st Class Kaylea Motsenbocker told Navy Times. "So if this
space was needed for males, we could shift the females to other berthing
areas and make this all male without any modification being necessary."

Other changes include redesigned sleeping areas with fewer beds in each
room, different spaces for sleeping and recreation, wider passageways,
better gyms, better air conditioning, and more efficient light bulbs.
USB ports have been installed to make it easier for sailors to charge
cellphones and other devices.

Beyond the bathrooms, the Ford — which is the first Ford-class aircraft
carrier — has 23 new or modified technologies.

The ship's island is smaller and farther back on the flight deck,
allowing more space for air operations. Inside, the traditional throttle
system has been switched out for an updated, one-of-a-kind touch-screen
display. "This ship can basically drive itself," Petty Officer 1st Class
Jose Triana told CNN.

In addition to carrying more aircraft, the Ford will also use the
Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System rather than steam power used on
Nimitz-class ships. The EMALS system is designed to offer more control
and precision when launching aircraft and will be used despite President
Donald Trump's vocal objection earlier this year.

The EMALS system is also part of the Ford's switch to electrical power.
The ship will be able to produce three times as much power as
Nimitz-class ships, and the Navy has said replacing steam-powered
systems with electrical ones will open space for future technologies.

USS Gerald FordUS Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aidan P.
Campbell

Flight operations will also use the Advanced Arresting Gear system to
recover aircraft. The AAG system will allow Ford-class ships to work
with air systems that Nimitz-class ships are not interoperable with.

(2) No urinals on the new Navy aircraft carrier

http://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/07/21/no-urinals-on-the-new-navy-aircraft-carrier/

By: Peter Rathmell    July 21

170408-N-WZ792-198 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 8, 2017) The future USS
Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) underway on its own power for the first time.
The first-of-class ship -- the first new U.S. aircraft carrier design in
40 years -- will spend several days conducting builder's sea trials, a
comprehensive test of many of the ship's key systems and technologies.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge
Leoni/Released) The new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford has all sorts of
high-tech gear equipped for 21st century naval warfare. But there is one
thing that male sailors will notice is no longer available: Urinals.

For the first time, every bathroom on the Ford — known throughout
military circles as a head — is designed to be "gender-neutral," meaning
all of the urinals have been replaced with flush toilets and stalls,
Navy officials say.

The vast majority of the 5,000-plus sailors who will deploy aboard the
carrier Ford are men, as women account for only about 18 percent of
sailors in the Navy.

Bathroom design experts say water closets with seated toilets are less
sanitary and take up far more space than wall-mounted urinals.

Nevertheless, the Navy says there are advantages to eliminating urinals.

It will allow the Navy to quickly and efficiently change a head’s
assigned gender, so depending on the ship’s demographics at the time,
berthing areas can be switched between male and female to accommodate
the crew’s needs.

"This is designed to give the ship flexibility because there aren’t any
berthing areas that are dedicated to one sex or the other," Operations
Specialist 1st Class Kaylea Motsenbocker told Navy Times recently.

Every head on the Ford is being integrated into a berthing, she said.

(3) Military scrambles for transgender policy after Trump tweets

http://www.navytimes.com/news/your-military/2017/08/04/military-scrambles-for-transgender-policy-after-trump-tweets/

By: Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s tweets declaring transgender
people unwelcome in the armed forces have plunged the Pentagon into a
legal and moral quagmire, sparking a flurry of meetings to devise a new
policy that could lead to hundreds of service members being discharged.

Months after officially allowing transgender troops to serve openly in
the military, the department may be forced to throw out those who
willingly came forward after being promised they’d be protected.

A team of military lawyers has been pulled together to deal with the
matter, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast Guard commandant, said at the
Center For Strategic and International Studies this week. These lawyers
are working with the White House to flesh out some of the issues, and
they’re bolstered by a Pentagon working group that had initially been
set up to advance the implementation of the Obama administration’s
year-old repeal of a transgender ban.

Now, they must deal with whatever new post-tweet policy emerges,
according to the officials, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly on
the matter and requested anonymity.

Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White confirmed that talks between the
White House and the Pentagon to work out the details of a new
transgender policy have begun. Although it’s unclear what the result
will be, the discussions illustrate that Trump’s aides aren’t writing
off his three-tweet salvo last week as an isolated outburst but as
guidance for an upheaval in one of the military’s most sensitive equal
rights questions.

Whatever the final policy, court challenges are likely. And the
personnel, health care and fairness issues sure to ensue may compel some
soldiers, sailors and others to hide their identities and live a lie to
remain in the military.

It’s a scenario that raises the specter of the now-defunct "don’t ask,
don’t tell" policy that once governed gays in the military. While the
1993 compromise banned gay men and women from serving, it essentially
safeguarded their places in the ranks as long as they kept their
homosexuality hidden. More than 13,000 were discharged after the policy
was enacted. While many others remained, they were forced to keep their
sexuality in the closet.

Now, asks Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign,
"Are they going to go on a witch hunt?"

The Pentagon working group had been studying health care questions and
how and when transgender people might be allowed to enlist. Now its
members and the military’s legal experts must contemplate forcing out
transgender troops, including many who have served multiple combat tours.

If Trump stands by his tweet and the Pentagon is told to beginning
discharging transgender service members, officials must address several
questions: Who would be thrown out? What type of discharge would they
receive? How long of a grace period would they have before leaving?

There also is no uniform method of tracking transgender troops across
the services. That raises another challenge. Will the Pentagon target
service members who have already asked to have their sex changed in the
personnel system? Or would the crackdown expand to anyone who simply
sought counseling on the issue?

Warbelow questioned where the effort would end. People could be
scrutinized for how they look or dress. For example, she suggested,
could female troops be suspect for wearing clothing considered "too
masculine?"

Trump’s tweets last week were direct. He said the government won’t
accept or allow transgender individuals to serve "in any capacity" in
the military. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming
victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and
disruption that transgender in the military would entail," he wrote.

Estimates of the number of transgender troops in the service vary
widely. A Rand Corp. study said roughly 2,500 transgender personnel may
be serving in the active duty military, and 1,500 in the reserves. It
estimated only 30 to 130 active duty troops out of a force of 1.3
million would seek transition-related health care each year. Costs could
be $2.4 million to $8.4 million, it estimated.

The study found 18 other countries allow transgender people to serve
openly in the military. "In no case was there any evidence of an effect
on the operational effectiveness, operational readiness, or cohesion of
the force," Rand said.

After Trump’s tweets, Zukunft the commandant said, "the first thing we
did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come
out." But any reassurance Pentagon officials offered may prove hollow
under a new policy.

Since last year, transgender service members have been able to serve
openly in the military, receive medical care and start formally changing
their gender identifications in the Pentagon’s personnel system. About
five weeks ago, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave military chiefs more
time to determine if allowing transgender people to enlist would affect
force readiness or effectiveness.

Trump’s pronouncement triggered bipartisan denunciations. Military and
other officials described it as the latest example of Trump’s
administration struggling to translate the commander-in-chief’s Twitter
proclamations into actual policy. Until the Pentagon gets a new policy
directive in writing, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
chairman, and other military leaders have said nothing will change.

(4) Arizona School blockades urinals after girls squat to urinate in
front of the boys


https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/tag/urinals/

GenderTrender

Arizona Elementary School blockades all urinals in boy’s bathrooms after
multiple incidents involving female "transgender" children

March 28, 2014

Tucson Unified School District officials held a meeting for parents
Wednesday – closed to media cameras and recorders- in response to
ongoing issues surrounding elementary school restroom use by children
classified as transgender, KOLD Tucson News Now reports.

Anna Henry Elementary in Tucson has blocked off all urinals in boys
restrooms for the time being, following multiple incidents of girls who
identify as male reportedly squatting over the urinals to void, pulling
down their underwear in front of boys, and causing privacy issues with
boys who were upset by girls watching them urinate. Closing the urinals
to all students of both sexes has been the district’s immediate solution
until privacy partitions are installed between all the urinals so that
the girls can continue to use them in expression of their personal
identification with male reproductive biology.

 From KOLD :

"Susan Wright said her 10-year old son was using the urinal when a
student he identified as a female walked in on him.  Concerned parent
Danya Ayers said she knew of another incident where a boy was very
uncomfortable after a child he knew as a girl removed her underpants in
front of him.

"My son won’t even let me go in the bathroom with him, he won’t let a
female teacher go in with him, this did not make him comfortable," said
Wright.

TUSD officials held a meeting at Anna Henry Elementary to discuss
transgender student issues.  The district spent over $1,000 to hire
national experts to discuss what being a transgender meant.  The experts
would also train staff members and act as consultants."

Parents of the transgender children said that boys who did not want to
share urinals with girls should use "alternative bathrooms". From KVOA:
"One parent said "If your child is not comfortable using the bathroom,
ask them to use the alternative bathroom."

Anna Henry Elementary has roughly 400 students. Between one to two
percent are officially classified as "transgender’ according to a KVOA
report.

Several parents quoted in the news reports make clear that they are not
at all bigoted or "anti-LGBT". Comments on the news articles from
parents and family of students (see screen-caps below) seem to indicate
the main upset is caused by girls actually squatting over the now closed
urinals to void in full view of the boys.

The "National expert" hired by the district is paid speaker Kim Pearson
of the fringe group Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA), which she
co-founded with male transsexual Jen Burleton, who was ejected from the
org after the suicide of TYFA teen Ian Benson. Pearson has been charged
with falsifying data on gender-nonconforming children. TYFA is funded by
adult crossdressers and transgenders who support Pearson’s philosophy
that gender nonconforming children should be used to "take the sex out"
of the public face of the transgender movement. TYFA president Andrea
James famously posted pictures of sexologist Michael Bailey’s elementary
school aged daughter with captions calling the child a "cocksucker".

Carol Grimsby, executive director of Arizona’s Wingspan LGBT  also made
an appearance, although a radio interview following up the meeting gave
the impression that she was confused and ill-equipped to answer parent’s
concerns on either side of the issue.

KVOA reports that "Many parents left the meeting feeling uneasy and
unsatisfied with TUSD’s response to the issue.  School officials said
they were still discussing how they would handle matters for the
district as a whole."

(5) Arizona leftists perverting the school system - Michael Reagan {son
of Ronald Reagan}


http://www.newsmax.com/Reagan/bathrooms-arizona-school/2014/05/26/id/573349/

Unisex School Bathrooms in Ariz. Miss the Point

By Michael Reagan {son of Ronald Reagan}

Monday, 26 May 2014 10:51 AM

Maybe one reason Americans are so concerned about the quality of the
education their children are receiving, is they are constantly bombarded
with news stories that call into real question the quality of the
educators in charge of the education.

The latest example comes to us from Tucson, Ariz. There Tucson Unified
School District lawyers have ruled the school system must allow young
students to use any bathroom they choose regardless of the sexual
equipment God gave them.

At first I thought that maybe Tucson education was so bad and the
pressure to enhance "self–esteem" so high that the school district
didn’t want to stigmatize those students who didn’t possess enough
reading comprehension to distinguish between "Boys" and "Girls."

But that’s not the case after all. It’s just another example of leftists
perverting the school system and using it to indoctrinate defenseless
young people. It would seem to me that before changing a policy as basic
as who gets to use the boys room, the administration would ask a simple
question: How will this contribute to educating our children?

Short answer for this policy: It won’t. In fact the change will confuse
and distract school children in an effort to appease the sexual far
left. One really must question the inner motivation of these sexual
fanatics. In Tucson they want to make bathrooms a free–fire zone and in
other areas of the U.S., they are working to ban the overwhelmingly
successful — and optional — boys–only and girls–only classroom.

In fact the only same–sex arrangements the left supports are found in
marriage.

Jonathan Scruggs of the Alliance Defending Freedom points out the legal
reasoning the Tucson lawyers used is both faulty and ignorant. In a 2009
ruling the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — normally the left’s favorite
black–robed potentates — ruled that public schools can use common sense
and separate bathrooms by sex "for safety reasons" without violating
Title IX.

Scruggs comment was, "No court has held that schools or other
institutions must allow students to access opposite-sex restrooms or
changing areas."

Naturally parents who support the natural order are enraged and appalled
by the policy change. They packed a school meeting to protest the
unnecessary change. There they learned that at least at one elementary
school the great minds in the administration had blocked all urinals in
the boys and told the customers to use only the stalls.

The final goal, unless sanity prevails, will be for all the urinals to
have there own little fenced in area. Your tax dollars at work.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of
The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters.

(6) Gay mag  boss says Transwomen who use female change rooms should be
charged with "indecent exposure"


https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/gay-magazine-boss-says-transwomen-who-use-female-change-rooms-should-be-charged-with-indecent-exposure/

Gay magazine boss says transwomen who use female change rooms should be
charged with "indecent exposure"

July 25, 2017

Benjamin Cohen, CEO of Pink News, announced on Twitter that he believes
any transwomen who has visible facial hair – even those who are legally
"female"- should be charged and prosecuted as sex offenders if they use
female change rooms.

The surprise announcement took place in an exchange with NewStatesman
editor Helen Lewis, in response to her op-ed in The Times titled "A Man
Can’t Just Say He Has Turned Into A Woman". Lewis wrote the piece
addressing the feminist backlash against UK’s proposed "self
identification" Gender Identity process, which would allow any man at
the stroke of a pen to be legally regarded as "female" to access women’s
change rooms, scholarships, hospital wards, sports competitions, abuse
shelters, jail cells, etc.

You can read her piece here (paywall):
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/a-man-can-t-just-say-he-has-turned-into-a-woman-m5lltcgv7

Benjamin Cohen, a gay anti-feminist activist who has used his platform
to lobby against the rights of lesbians to hold female-only events on
the grounds that they discriminate against the sexual rights of
heterosexual males, initiated the exchange after publishing the
following article on his Pink News site:

Cohen then tweeted at Helen Lewis from his @benjamincohen account,
asking "Why do people like @helenlewis always turn trans rights into
"someone with a beard exposing their penis in the women’s changing
room?" He included a screen cap with the following quote from her article:

"What the government proposes is a radical rewriting of our
understanding of identity: now it’s a question of an internal essence- a
soul, if you will. Being a woman or a man is now entirely in your head.
In this climate, who would challenge someone with a beard exposing their
penis in a women’s changing room?

That’s why feminists have raised the alarm over the move to
self-identification, along with some older trans people who fear that
"trendsters" will erode the goodwill they have worked hard to aquire."

Helen Lewis responded, "Hi Ben, as a man I don’t expect you to get how
much women value single-sex spaces for safety reasons. But I would
expect you to listen."

The Twitter exchange

Benjamin Cohen responded in no uncertain terms: he believes transwomen
with visible facial hair should be prosecuted as sex offenders. He
stated: "Your example" [of a male with facial hair disrobing in women’s
change rooms] would still be indecent exposure, so why link it to trans
rights?"

(7) Comments on Trumop Trans Ban from Army Times Facebook

https://www.armytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2017/07/26/trump-says-transgender-troops-cant-serve-in-the-military/

A sample of comments form Army Times Facebook,

He was advised by his top generals. Have served myself. I believe it is
the right decision. And no one is taking their rights away from being
transsexual. They can still be transsexual just not in the military.

The point of the article is that Trump is correct, these people are not
fit for duty. They have to take constant hormone injections to keep
themselves in the manner of which they want to be. If they can’t get
those injections, hormonal imbalances could become a threat to the
forces. If they become suicidal that is a mission problem and they could
become dangerous to others like the rest of the insane people who go on
mass shootings. This is not Obamas military anymore.

He did not come to this conclusion on his own. Many military leaders
that have protected this country came to this conclusion and there
right! Even if we say it is not a mental health issue! The medications
they are in should make them non deployable! Last time I checked if your
non deployable your not joining!

Even if that were true! Which it is not! Pill form for trans people is
least effective way. So that leaves what treatment? You think that’s
gonna be available in the back of striker? Your nuts.

Liam Strausbaugh They’re are typically on heavier doses of either
testosterone or estrogen. These are hormones that have a huge impact on
the brains chemistry and effect everything from muscle and fat
distribution to moods and behavior. Even if they’re allowed to be
deployed, just like soldiers with certain levels of ptsd, doesn’t mean
they should.

Excellent decision. The taxpayers should not be burdened with a mental
patient who wants to have a sexual identity change surgery.

Women in the military do not want to shower next to men and men do not
want to shower next to what was once a woman who thinks she’s a man
because she’s a mental case

Praise the leaders….If you actually read the article Trump isn’t the
only one who decided this, a lot of high ranking officers and leaders
also came to this conclusion and they all agreed. It costs the
government a lot of money and if you haven’t been in the military before
don’t act like you know anything about what goes on behind close doors.
More to it than you think.

https://www.facebook.com/armytimes/

Gallus, sorry for straying off topic. It’s rare to see Trump doing
something right for once.

Hecate Says:

July 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm

I’ve been involved with the military in one form or another all my life.
My father was 20 plus years Navy. A sailor with a Vietnam deployment. My
ex hubby was 20 plus years Army. Cavalry officer that served on the
east/west german border during the cold war and a 2005 Iraq deployment.

The military is not a social experiment ground. The military is not
where you seek your individuality. It is not there to validate you. Hold
you up as special and unique. It is not the place you flaunt your
‘differentness’. These things, as a matter of fact, detract from the
cohesiveness that is required for the military to operate successfully.
Espirit de corps, the fuel that powers our military members to such a
great degree, comes from unity, brotherhood, and a sense of inherent
knowing that all are equal.

The military is not Walmart. Special concessions for employment are not
made. The policy has always been strict physical/mental wellbeing as
these issues impact readiness.

You want to know how this type of social contagion impacts your
military? Stop listening to the talking heads on your tv and twitter
feeds spouting their bullshit rhetoric, and start listening to your
military.

Your service members tell you loud and clear what destroys readiness,
tears down espirit de corps, and makes units dysfunctional.

Listen to them.

928 Climate of fear: Google sacks employee who blamed lack of gender diversity on 'biological causes'

Climate of fear: Google sacks employee who blamed lack of gender
diversity on  'biological causes'

Newsletter published on 13 August 2017

(1) Climate of fear at Google - employees who challenge leftist
narratives on diversity
(2) Google fires employee who blamed lack of gender diversity on
'biological causes'
(3) Google "inclusive environment" has no room for Traditionalists
(4) Google Anti-Diversity Manifesto Author Identified And Fired
(5) James Damore: "This Is Why I Was Fired By Google"
(6) Why I Was Fired by Google - James Damore
(7) It may be illegal for Google to punish James Damore
(8) Text of  James Damore's Anti-Diversity screed at Google

(1) Climate of fear at Google - employees who challenge leftist
narratives on diversity


http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/07/the-google-rebels-diversity-first-technology-second/

Rebels of Google: ‘Senior Leaders Focus on Diversity First and
Technology Second’

by ALLUM BOKHARI7 Aug 20174,984

Over the weekend, Google was rocked by the publication of an internal
manifesto that alleged wide-ranging political bias within the company.
In exclusive interviews with Breitbart News, more Google employees are
now speaking out.

The 10-page manifesto, which was met by an immediate backlash, described
a climate of fear at the company, in which employees who challenged
prevailing leftist narratives on diversity were faced with immediate
threats to their career.

Breitbart News is now exclusively publishing a series of interviews with
Google employees who contacted us in the wake of the manifesto’s
publication to confirm its allegations.

The interview series, entitled "Rebels of Google," will be published in
full over the coming days. Because every employee who spoke to us fears
for their job if their identities were made public, we have provided
aliases in place of their real names.

In the first interview of the series, a Google employee (alias "Hal")
speaks of witch-hunts and intolerance at Google, as well as dysfunction
at the company’s upper echelons.

Hal began the interview with a statement about Google:

Hal: Witch hunts are a well-known cultural problem at Google. The
company is currently facing a Federal complaint filed by the National
Labor Relations Board in April for interfering with employees’ legal
right to discuss "workplace diversity and social justice initiatives."
The complaint alleges that Senior Vice President Urs Holzle and numerous
managers in his organization actively stoked up witch hunts in 2015 and
2016 intended to muzzle low-level employees who raised concerns about
the company’s practices. The trial is set for November.

Several managers have openly admitted to keeping blacklists of the
employees in question, and preventing them from seeking work at other
companies. There have been numerous cases in which social justice
activists coordinated attempts to sabotage other employees’ performance
reviews for expressing a different opinion. These have been raised to
the Senior VP level, with no action taken whatsoever.

Allum Bokhari: What’s it like to work in such an environment? Do you
think it damages employee output?

Hal: A lot of social justice activists essentially spend all day
fighting the culture war, and get nothing done. The company has made it
a point to hire more people like this. The diversity gospel has been
woven into nearly everything the company does, to the point where senior
leaders focus on diversity first and technology second. The companywide
"Google Insider" emails used to talk about cool new tech, but now
they’re entirely about social justice initiatives. Likewise, the weekly
all-hands "TGIF" meetings used to focus on tech, but now they’re split
about 50/50 between tech and identity politics signaling.

For conservative employees, this is obviously demoralizing, but it is
also dangerous. Several have been driven out of the company or fired
outright for sharing a dissenting view. Others have had their promotions
denied or suffered other forms of deniable retaliation. Most of us just
keep our heads down because we can’t afford to lose our jobs.

AB: Have there been any stand-out moments of intolerance at Google?
Anything that particularly sticks in your memory?

Hal: There have been a number of massive witch hunts where hundreds of
SJWs mobilize across the corporate intranet to punish somebody who
defied the Narrative. The first one I remember is when Kelly Ellis made
unfounded allegations of sexual harassment against her former manager,
and Google terminated the manager in response to the internal SJW
outrage. This was similar in intensity to the current witch hunt. Anyone
who sympathized with the manager’s plight or asked for any sort of due
process was "counseled" by HR and told that they were creating a hostile
workplace for women and minorities by sticking up for a harasser.

In another witch hunt, an employee raised concerns that the affirmative
action policy (which gives strong preference to women and minorities)
could be seen as discriminating against white males. SJWs trawled
through his ancient posting history from four years prior, found a stray
comment to take out of context, and burned him at the stake for it.

AB: Have you heard similar stories from people in other tech companies?

Hal: I have heard two similar stories from Facebook.

AB: Do you fear for your job?

Hal: I didn’t even write the document, but I always fear for my job and
operate with the expectation that I will be purged unless something
changes. Talking to reporters is incredibly dangerous on its own, much
less talking to Breitbart. And the tolerance for "microaggressions"
keeps getting lower, to the point where everybody is walking on
eggshells because they don’t want to be publicly shamed in next week’s
Yes-At-Google.

AB: Your concerns about intolerance towards employees at Google mirror
the concerns of ordinary web users about intolerance towards them. Many
people now fear that Google, Facebook, and other companies are moving to
control and censor their content. Are these fears justified?

Hal: That is absolutely what Google is trying to do. The pro-censorship
voices are very loud, and they have the management’s ear. The
anti-censorship people are afraid of retaliation, and people are afraid
to openly support them because everyone in their management chain is
constantly signaling their allegiance to far-left ideology. Our
leadership (Sundar in particular) is weak, so he capitulates to the
meanest bullies on the block.

This article is part of the "Rebels of Google" series.

(2) Google fires employee who blamed lack of gender diversity on
'biological causes'


http://mashable.com/2017/08/11/james-damore-google-rebuttal

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-08/google-employee-behind-anti-diversity-memo-fired/8785596

Google fires employee who blamed lack of gender diversity on 'biological
causes' Posted about 2 hours ago

Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo that ascribed
gender inequality in the technology industry to biological differences.

Male engineer James Damore's widely shared memo, titled Google's
Ideological Echo Chamber, criticised Google for pushing mentoring and
diversity programs and for "alienating conservatives".

"Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in
part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why
we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership," he
wrote last week.

He also wrote women "prefer jobs in social and artistic areas" while
more men "may like coding because it requires systemising", in the the
memo which gained attention online over the weekend and was shared on
the tech blog Gizmodo.

Google's leadership responded by slamming the statement.

"Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in
their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make
them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK."
-Sundar Pichai

"Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in
their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make
them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK."
-Sundar Pichai

Chief executive officer Sundar Pichai said he was cutting short a
holiday to hold a town hall meeting with staff and denounced the memo in
an email, saying portions of it "violate our code of conduct and cross
the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

In a note to staff, he said: "Our job is to build great products for
users that make a difference in their lives".

"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less
biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK," he wrote. And
Google's just-hired head of diversity, Danielle Brown, responded with
her own memo, saying Google is "unequivocal in our belief that diversity
and inclusion are critical to our success".

She said the engineer's essay "advanced incorrect assumptions about
gender", and added that change was hard and "often uncomfortable".

In an email to Reuters this week, Mr Damore confirmed he had been
dismissed, saying he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".

He said he was exploring legal options.

Google said it could not talk about individual employee cases.

Silicon Valley suffering gender divide glitch

The battling messages come as Silicon Valley grapples with accusations
of sexism and discrimination.

Google is also in the midst of a Department of Labor investigation into
whether it pays women less than men, while Uber's chief executive
officer recently lost his job amid accusations of widespread sexual
harassment and discrimination.

Leading tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Uber, have said
they are trying to improve hiring and working conditions for women, but
diversity numbers are barely changing.

(3) Google "inclusive environment" has no room for Traditionalists
http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-google-memo-and-the-new-blacklisting/20179

The Google memo and the new blacklisting

Sean Collins

When did it become acceptable to sack someone for expressing an opinion?

9 August 2017

Google’s campus is a playground: employees ride multicoloured bikes,
play volleyball and walk dogs in the bright California sunshine. But
this week we learned it’s not all fun and games at Google.

In an internal memo that went viral, software engineer James Damore
accused Google of being an ‘ideological echo chamber’, a place where you
cannot openly discuss issues such as the company’s approach to
diversity. ‘As soon as we start to moralise an issue’ like diversity, he
wrote, we ‘dismiss anyone that disagrees as immoral, and harshly punish
those we see as villains to protect the "victims"’. And as if determined
to prove his point, Google fired him for saying so.

Google’s sacking of Damore matters not only because the tech giant is so
well-known, and has been accused of sexist hiring practices (31 percent
of its employees are women). It resonates with wider society because it
suggests that there is only one ‘correct’ view on certain topics, like
diversity, and that if you dare to question the ‘correct’ line you
should be punished. Indeed, it has been striking to see that so many,
including self-described progressives, rushed to denounce Damore’s memo
and applaud Google for wielding the axe.

The memo, which has been described as an ‘anti-diversity screed’, is
neither anti-diversity nor a screed. ‘I value diversity and inclusion,
am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes’,
Damore writes. His tone is measured, and he references academic
research. But he goes on to reach two conclusions that some find
disagreeable, if not offensive. First, that ‘differences in
distributions of traits between men and women may in part explain why we
don’t have 50 per cent representation of women in tech and leadership’.
And second, that ‘discrimination to reach equal representation is
unfair, divisive, and bad for business’.

Since the news of the memo broke, much media space has been devoted to
disputing Damore’s arguments, and calling him a biological determinist
and a sexist. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, justified the firing on the
grounds that he advanced ‘harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace’.
Maybe some of these criticisms are valid. Maybe Damore’s
amateur-psychology ponderings miss the mark. But whether his theories
are right or wrong is really beside the point. The real question is:
must such views be silenced, and must someone lose their livelihood for
uttering them?

It seems that Damore naively took Google at its word when the company
said it welcomed discussion. Many accounts, including Dave Eggers’
Google-inspired novel The Circle, suggest that employees view the
company as an extension of university life, a place where ideas can be
debated (even the office park is called a ‘campus’). Movies like The
Internship would have us believe that Google hires quirky misfits, even
older dude-bros (like the characters played by Vince Vaughn and Owen
Wilson), who think differently.

The reality, as we are now glimpsing, is that Google is just like other
companies: it doesn’t really welcome free expression, and it doesn’t
like to be criticised. That doesn’t mean that Google is ready to discard
its claims to openness. In the midst of explaining to employees why he
fired Damore, Pichai asserted that ‘we strongly support the right of
Googlers to express themselves’. But presumably only if they express
agreement with Google.

Damore was also naïve in not realising that challenging diversity could
get him sacked. It is an especially sensitive issue at Google, at a time
when its pay practices are under investigation by the US government.
American companies like Google are also subject to the Justice
Department’s broad definition of sexual harassment as ‘activity which
creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment for
members of one sex’, which encourages them to tread carefully in this area.

But the thought restrictions around diversity are driven by more than
the legal environment. Corporations have embraced diversity – usually
now referred to as ‘diversity and inclusion’ – as central to their
missions and values. It is how many companies claim to define ‘who they
are’. They struggle to find intrinsic purpose related to the products or
services they provide, and so have promoted diversity goals with the
hope of gaining some moral authority by reference to wider social
objectives.

Therefore, by poking at diversity, Damore was questioning corporates’
self-definition, something they really don’t want examined too closely.
Diversity is not a matter up for intellectual debate in Google and
elsewhere, and that’s why it is embedded in codes of conduct – note how
Google fired Damore specifically for violating its code of conduct.

The response to the Google memo – from both Google itself and the many
who have praised the sacking – has turned traditional notions upside
down. We see an overreaction to the memo, and an underreaction to the
punishment of its author.

A solitary software engineer finds the time to muse about diversity
policies (and I thought Googlers worked around the clock, eating and
sleeping in the office), and everyone freaks out. His loudest critics
have engaged in bad faith: they have distorted what Damore said, given
him no benefit of the doubt, and assumed the worst about him as a
person. It really takes a jaundiced eye to view him as some kind of
fanatic, based on what he wrote. Moreover, it is a huge stretch to say
that this employee constitutes a one-man hostile work environment. No
evidence has been provided that he acts in a discriminatory way towards
his co-workers.

Damore is called out for being a sexist, yet what is really insulting is
how women employees at Google are assumed to be too weak to handle his
10 pages of scribblings. Google’s female workers ‘are hurting and feel
judged based on their gender’, says Picahi. You know what the real
‘harmful gender stereotype’ is here? The idea that women are vulnerable,
and in need of protection (which can only come from firing fellow
employees). That expresses a lower opinion of women than anything in
that memo.

The demands to fire Damore – and anyone else who shares his views – are
casually made, as if it’s no big deal to deprive someone of a job. ‘How
can women expect to work with Damore?’, they ask, again presenting women
as too pathetic to cope with his presence. It used to be considered
deeply problematic to punish workers for the political views they held –
even today, the Hollywood blacklists of the 1950s are viewed as a black
mark in American history. And yet, we now see Google managers on Twitter
talking of compiling blacklists to weed out Damore’s fellow wrong-thinkers.

Companies are not universities, even those that have a ‘campus’.
Employees shouldn’t be spending hours debating social and political
ideas – they should be getting on with their work. With the uproar over
the Google memo, some claim that we’re seeing the campus culture wars
coming to the corporate world. In fact, you could argue it is the other
way around: universities have adopted longstanding corporate codes of
conduct regarding diversity and other restrictions, which makes
wide-ranging interrogation of these ideas verboten, and undermines the
true purpose of a university.

That said, while work isn’t college, we do need the freedom in our
workplaces and society generally to express ourselves – to our
co-workers, neighbours and others – without fear of retribution. We
should not feel like we are going to be punished for expressing
unpopular thoughts, nor should we worry for our jobs if someone takes
offence. But the over-the-top reaction to the Google memo suggests we
may be heading in that direction.

Sean Collins is a writer based in New York. Visit his blog, The American
Situation.

(4) Google Anti-Diversity Manifesto Author Identified And Fired

http://www.ibtimes.com/google-anti-diversity-manifesto-author-identified-fired-2575617

Google Anti-Diversity Manifesto Author Identified And Fired

BY FIONNA AGOMUOH

ON 08/07/17 AT 11:43 PM

The author of a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto, titled "Google’s
Ideological Echo Chamber," has been fired from the company as of Monday
evening, according to Bloomberg. The ex-Google software engineer has
been named as James Damore by Motherboard, who originally broke the
story Saturday.

The 3,300-word document has prompted comment from Google CEO, Sundar
Pichai, who has cut his family vacation short to address the issue,
according to CNN Money.

Read: Google Anti-Diversity Manifesto Sparks Response From Company's VP
Of Diversity

"Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in
their lives," Pichai wrote in a statement obtained by Recode. "To
suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less
biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK."

The manifesto primarily detailed Damore’s opinions on biological
differences between the genders being the reason for disparities in the
number of women working in technology related professions, as well as
for the gender pay gap.  Motherboard has now obtained a version of the
manifesto, which was originally shared as a Google Doc file, and
includes links and citations from publications and sources including the
Wall Street Journal, Quillette, and Wikipedia.

The document has stirred comments from present and former Google
employees, who have spoken out both against and in favor of Damore’s
opinions. In particular, the ex-Googler stressed that Google employees
with conservative viewpoints are not given the freedom to express their
opinions. However, Pichai stated in his memo that with his manifesto,
the engineer violated Google’s code of conduct.

Google’s newly appointed Vice President of Diversity, Integrity &
Governance, Danielle Brown issued a statement Saturday addressing the
manifesto and also citing Google’s code of conduct.

Google’s latest diversity report indicates the company is comprised of
69 percent men and 31 percent women, with its tech related roles being
performed by 80 percent of men and 20 percent of women.

(5) James Damore: "This Is Why I Was Fired By Google"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-11/james-damore-explains-why-i-was-fired-google

James Damore: "This Is Why I Was Fired By Google"

by Tyler Durden Aug 11, 2017 6:55 PM

Fired Google engineer Jame Damore has penned an op-ed for The Wall
Street Journal explaining how his good-faith effort to discuss
differences between men and women in tech couldn’t be tolerated in the
company’s "ideological echo chamber," adding that self-segregation with
similar-minded people has grown in recent decades as we spend more time
in digital worlds "personalized to fit our views."

     I was fired by Google this past Monday for a document that I wrote
and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and
how they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in
the wider tech sector. I suggested that at least some of the male-female
disparity in tech could be attributed to biological differences (and,
yes, I said that bias against women was a factor too). Google Chief
Executive Sundar Pichai declared that portions of my statement violated
the company’s code of conduct and "cross the line by advancing harmful
gender stereotypes in our workplace."

     My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned,
well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I
was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the
company’s "ideological echo chamber." My firing neatly confirms that point.

     How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the
world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific
debate and reasoned argument?

     We all have moral preferences and beliefs about how the world is
and should be. Having these views challenged can be painful, so we tend
to avoid people with differing values and to associate with those who
share our values. This self-segregation has become much more potent in
recent decades. We are more mobile and can sort ourselves into different
communities; we wait longer to find and choose just the right mate; and
we spend much of our time in a digital world personalized to fit our views.

     Google is a particularly intense echo chamber because it is in the
middle of Silicon Valley and is so life-encompassing as a place to work.
With free food, internal meme boards and weekly companywide meetings,
Google becomes a huge part of its employees’ lives. Some even live on
campus. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of
their identity, almost like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all
believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don’t be evil."

     Echo chambers maintain themselves by creating a shared spirit and
keeping discussion confined within certain limits. As Noam Chomsky once
observed, "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to
strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively
debate within that spectrum."

     But echo chambers also have to guard against dissent and
opposition. Whether it’s in our homes, online or in our workplaces, a
consensus is maintained by shaming people into conformity or
excommunicating them if they persist in violating taboos. Public shaming
serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but
also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don’t
conform.

     In my document, I committed heresy against the Google creed by
stating that not all disparities between men and women that we see in
the world are the result of discriminatory treatment.

     When I first circulated the document about a month ago to our
diversity groups and individuals at Google, there was no outcry or
charge of misogyny. I engaged in reasoned discussion with some of my
peers on these issues, but mostly I was ignored.

     Everything changed when the document went viral within the company
and the wider tech world. Those most zealously committed to the
diversity creed—that all differences in outcome are due to differential
treatment and all people are inherently the same—could not let this
public offense go unpunished. They sent angry emails to Google’s
human-resources department and everyone up my management chain,
demanding censorship, retaliation and atonement.

     Upper management tried to placate this surge of outrage by shaming
me and misrepresenting my document, but they couldn’t really do
otherwise: The mob would have set upon anyone who openly agreed with me
or even tolerated my views. When the whole episode finally became a
giant media controversy, thanks to external leaks, Google had to solve
the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto,
and the whole company came under heated and sometimes threatening scrutiny.

     It saddens me to leave Google and to see the company silence open
and honest discussion. If Google continues to ignore the very real
issues raised by its diversity policies and corporate culture, it will
be walking blind into the future—unable to meet the needs of its
remarkable employees and sure to disappoint its billions of users.

As a reminder, a survey of Google employees reflected the company's
divisions.

     Of 440 Google employees who responded to a Blind survey on Tuesday
and Wednesday, 56% said they disagreed with Google’s decision to fire
Mr. Damore.

(6) Why I Was Fired by Google - James Damore

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-i-was-fired-by-google-1502481290?mg=prod/accounts-wsj

Why I Was Fired by Google

James Damore says his good-faith effort to discuss differences between
men and women in tech couldn’t be tolerated in the company’s
‘ideological echo chamber’

By James Damore

Aug. 11, 2017 3:54 p.m. ET

I was fired by Google this past Monday for a document that I wrote and
circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how
they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in the
wider tech sector. I suggested that at least some of the male-female
disparity in tech could be attributed to biological differences (and,
yes, I said that bias against women was a factor too). Google Chief
Executive Sundar Pichai declared that portions of my statement violated
the company’s code of conduct and "cross...

(7) It may be illegal for Google to punish James Damore

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/07/it-may-be-illegal-for-google-to-punish-engineer-over-anti-diversity-memo-commentary.html

Why it may be illegal for Google to punish that engineer over his now
viral anti-diversity memo

An unnamed male software engineer at Google sent an internal memo to
co-workers on Friday challenging some of the tech giant's diversity efforts.

There have been a lot of calls for the man's dismissal from both inside
and outside the company.

However, it could be illegal for Google to fire — or discipline — the
employee.

Many inside and outside of Google have called for the man's dismissal.
However, there are at least three ways the law may keep the company from
imposing any discipline.

First, federal labor law bars even non-union employers like Google from
punishing an employee for communicating with fellow employees about
improving working conditions. The purpose of the memo was to persuade
Google to abandon certain diversity-related practices the engineer found
objectionable and to convince co-workers to join his cause, or at least
discuss the points he raised.

In a reply to the initial outcry over his memo, the engineer added to
his memo: "Despite what the public response seems to have been, I've
gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their
gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree
with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our
shaming culture and the possibility of being fired." The law protects
that kind of "concerted activity."

Second, the engineer's memo largely is a statement of his political
views as they apply to workplace policies. The memo is styled as a
lament to "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." California law prohibits
employers from threatening to fire employees to get them to adopt or
refrain from adopting a particular political course of action.

Danielle Brown, Google's newly installed vice president of Diversity,
Integrity, & Governance, made it clear that the engineer's memo does not
reflect "a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or
encourages."

An employee does not have free reign to engage in political speech that
disrupts the workplace, but punishing an employee for deviating from
company orthodoxy on a political issue is not allowed either. Brown
acknowledged that when she wrote that "an open, inclusive environment
means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views,
including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions."

Third, the engineer complained in parts of his memo about company
policies that he believes violate employment discrimination laws. Those
policies include support programs limited by race or gender and
promotional and hiring scoring policies that consider race and gender.
It is unlawful for an employer to discipline an employee for challenging
conduct that the employee reasonably believed to be discriminatory, even
when a court later determines the conduct was not actually prohibited by
the discrimination laws. In other words, the engineer doesn't have to be
right that some of Google's diversity initiatives are unlawful, only
that he reasonably believes that they are.

Brown is correct that an employee has no right to engage in workplace
discourse that offends anti-discrimination laws; employees may not
engage in unlawful harassment under the guise of protected concerted
activity or political grievances.

The lawful response to this software engineer's memo, however, appears
to be continuation of the dialogue he started rather than termination of
his employment.

Commentary by Dan Eaton, a partner with the San Diego law firm of
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, where his practice focuses on defending
and advising employers. He also is a professor at the San Diego State
University College of Business Administration where he teaches classes
in business ethics and employment law. Follow him on Twitter

@DanEatonlaw.

(8) Text of  James Damore's Anti-Diversity screed at Google

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-circulating-internally-at-google/

Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating
Internally At Google

Kate Conger

Aug 6, 2017, 8:00am

A software engineer's 10-page screed against Google's diversity
initiatives is going viral inside the company, being shared on an
internal meme network and Google+. The document's existence was first
reported by Motherboard and Gizmodo has obtained it in full.

In the memo, which is the personal opinion of a male Google employee and
is titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber", the author argues that
women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and
discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological
differences between men and women.

"We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism", he writes,
going on to argue that Google's educational programs for young women may
be misguided. ==

{quote}

On average, men and women biologically differ in many ways. These
differences aren't just socially constructed because:

They're universal across human cultures [...] I'm simply stating that
the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in
part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why
we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership. [...]

Women, on average, have more:

Openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas.

Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than
things, relative to men (also interpreted as empathizing vs. systemizing).

These two differences in part explain why women relatively prefer jobs
in social or artistic areas. More men may like coding because it
requires systemizing and even within SWEs, comparatively more women work
on front end, which deals with both people and aesthetics. [...]

We always ask why we don't see women in top leadership positions, but we
never ask why we see so many men in these jobs. These positions often
require long, stressful hours that may not be worth it if you want a
balanced and fulfilling life.

Status is the primary metric that men are judged on[4], pushing many men
into these higher paying, less satisfying jobs for the status that they
entail. Note, the same forces that lead men into high pay/high stress
jobs in tech and leadership cause men to take undesirable and dangerous
jobs like coal mining, garbage collection, and firefighting, and suffer
93% of work-related deaths. [...]

The Harm of Google's biases

I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should
strive for more. However, to achieve a more equal gender and race
representation, Google has created several discriminatory practices:

Programs, mentoring, and classes only for people with a certain gender
or race [5]

A high priority queue and special treatment for "diversity" candidates

Hiring practices which can effectively lower the bar for "diversity"
candidates by decreasing the false negative rate

Reconsidering any set of people if it's not "diverse" enough, but not
showing that same scrutiny in the reverse direction (clear confirmation
bias)

Setting org level OKRs for increased representation which can
incentivise illegal discrimination [6]

These practices are based on false assumptions generated by our biases
and can actually increase race and gender tensions. We're told by senior
leadership that what we're doing is both the morally and economically
correct thing to do, but without evidence this is just veiled left
ideology[7] that can irreparably harm Google.

Why we're blind

We all have biases and use motivated reasoning to dismiss ideas that run
counter to our internal values. Just as some on the Right deny science
that runs counter to the "God > humans > environment" hierarchy (e.g.,
evolution and climate change) the Left tends to deny science concerning
biological differences between people (e.g., IQ[8] and sex differences).
Thankfully, climate scientists and evolutionary biologists generally
aren't on the right. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of
humanities and social scientists learn left (about 95%), which creates
enormous confirmation bias, changes what's being studied, and maintains
myths like social constructionism and the gender wage gap[9]. Google's
left leaning makes us blind to this bias and uncritical of its results,
which we're using to justify highly politicized programs. [...]

My concrete suggestions are to:

De-moralize diversity.

As soon as we start to moralize an issue, we stop thinking about it in
terms of costs and benefits, dismiss anyone that disagrees as immoral,
and harshly punish those we see as villains to protect the "victims."

Stop alienating conservatives.

Viewpoint diversity is arguably the most important type of diversity and
political orientation is one of the most fundamental and significant
ways in which people view things differently.

In highly progressive environments, conservatives are a minority that
feel like they need to stay in the closet to avoid open hostility. We
should empower those with different ideologies to be able to express
themselves.

Alienating conservatives is both non-inclusive and generally bad
business because conservatives tend to be higher in conscientiousness,
which is require for much of the drudgery and maintenance work
characteristic of a mature company. [...]

  Deloitte drops workplace diversity groups for women, minorities

http://www.newspapers2day.com/news/deloitte-drops-workplace-diversity-groups-for-women-minorities

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/07/31/deloitte-drops-workplace-diversity-groups-for.html

Deloitte is doing away with employee groups focused on women and
minorities, a new diversity approach one scholar says must be
accompanied by serious and intelligent discussions.

Tuesday 08 August 2017 - 06:45:44

The New York-based financial advisory firm has the right idea, because
employee affinity groups marginalize people, said Christina Hoff
Sommers, a gender politics and feminism scholar.

A recent Bloomberg report detailed Deloitte's plans for replacing
affinity groups for women and minorities with "inclusion councils" that
include people who used to be in different single-identity groups. They
also will include white men…. Many large U.S. companies have had
single-identity workplace groups for years…. For instance, Target Corp.
says on its corporate website that it has more than 100 networks for
employees with common interests, plus six councils that represent
African-American, Asian-American, LGBT, Hispanic, military and female
employees. The councils provide networking and professional development
opportunities…. But Deloitte decided to dismantle those types of groups
after learning that many millennial employees don't like to be labeled
by a single part of their identity. About 57 percent of Deloitte
employees are millennials.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/deloitte-thinks-diversity-groups-are-pass

Deloitte Thinks Diversity Groups Are Passé

The firm is nixing employee affinity groups for women and
minorities—fixtures at many large companies—and replacing them with
inclusion councils that have white men.

By Jeff Green

July 19, 2017, 8:00 PM GMT+10

[...] With diversity progress stalling in parts of corporate America,
Deloitte is beginning to shift away from traditional approaches built
around gender, race, or sexual orientation and instead working to get a
broader buy-in, particularly from white males. After 24 years, WIN, the
women’s initiative at Deloitte, will end. Over the next 18 months the
company will also phase out Globe, which supports gay employees, and
groups focused solely on veterans or minority employees. In their place
will be so-called inclusion councils that bring together a variety of
viewpoints to work on diversity issues.

"We are turning it on its head for our people," says Deepa
Purushothaman, who’s led the WIN group since 2015 and is also the
company’s managing principal for inclusion. Deloitte will still focus on
gender parity and underrepresented groups, she says, but not in the same
way it has for the past quarter-century, in part because millennial
employees—who make up 57 percent of Deloitte’s workforce—don’t like
demographic pigeonholes.

"By having everyone in the room, you get more allies, advocates, and
sponsors," Purushothaman says. "A lot of our leaders are still older
white men, and they need to be part of the conversation and advocate for
women. But they’re not going to do that as much if they don’t hear the
stories and understand what that means."

Xerox Corp. is often credited with creating in the late 1960s the first
employee resource group (ERG), based on race, after riots shook major
U.S. cities. Since then, groups focused on gender, sexual orientation,
disability, and veteran status have emerged. According to a 2014 report
by the Society for Human Resource Management, which offers the most
recent data from the organization, only 15 percent of large companies
had ERGs for women or minorities. But they’re fixtures at lots of
high-profile companies, from Citigroup’s Pride organization for LGBT
employees to General Motors’ GM African Ancestry Network to Apple’s
Women@Apple.

No company in recent memory has been as vocal as Deloitte about the need
to turn the page, surprising some diversity advocates. "I have to say
that is really unusual," says Jennifer Brown, a consultant who helps
companies create employee programs focused on racial or gender identity.
"I have not heard of a single company doing that." [...]

Deloitte says its diversity shift is leading to enhanced inclusion of a
key constituency: men. Brent Bachus, a 21-year veteran who’s now
managing director for talent inclusion and engagement, says that before
he was assigned to the inclusion effort a few years ago, he sometimes
didn’t see a direct connection between himself and the firm’s women or
minority business resource groups because he didn’t fit any of the
criteria for joining one. "I don’t know that I necessarily felt like I
knew what role I was being expected to play, or if I even had a role,"
he says. With the inclusion council, he adds, he and other managers are
expected to have a direct role in creating an environment that will keep
employees of all backgrounds from leaving the company and help attract
new talent. [...]

BOTTOM LINE - Diversity groups for specific genders or races have been
around since the 1960s. Deloitte thinks it’s time to move beyond them.

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/deloitte-replacing-diversity-groups-for-minority-employees-2017-7?r=US&IR=T

Deloitte has decided diversity groups for minority employees are a relic
of the past

RICHARD FELONI

JUL 21, 2017, 1:25 AM

Deloitte US has decided that it’s time to move past diversity groups
focused on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or even veteranship,
Bloomberg reported.

Over the next 18 months, the accounting and consulting firm will phase
out groups like the Women’s Initiative (WIN) and LGBT group Globe, and
replacing them with "inclusion councils" where all employees are
welcome. It’s primarily an attempt to bring the majority — white men —
into the conversation.

It’s not an abandonment of any progressive principles, WIN’s national
director Deepa Purushothaman told Bloomberg. "By having everyone in the
room, you get more allies, advocates, and sponsors. A lot of our leaders
are still older white men, and they need to be part of the conversation
and advocate for women. But they’re not going to do that as much if they
don’t hear the stories and understand what that means."

Bloomberg reported that leadership at Deloitte is associating ERGs
(employee resource groups), which emerged in the US in the civil rights
movement of the 1960s, with Baby Boomers and Generation X, and
associating total inclusion movements with millennials.

In June, Deloitte US CEO Cathy Engelbert announced that she was a
steering committee member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion
initiative, where 175 senior executives across the US publicly committed
to shared diversity goals.