“I know that the Holocaust was not an exclusive Jewish experience and I did not say that it was. I have no idea why you would be so defensive. I've never heard any Jewish people making sole claim to the Holocaust but Jewish people have a tendency to see it as a Jewish experience because 2/3 of all Jews in Europe were killed during the Holocaust. Poland, which had the biggest population of Jewish people in the world at that time (over 3 million) lost 95% of their Jews and Lithuania lost 85% of their Jews. So naturally Jewish people are more focused on their losses. The Jewish population was so decimated that it took over a half a century to grow to what it was pre Holocaust. This focus does not deny other victims and while we are quibbling over this, your statement could be interpreted as denying the impact on the Jews;”
Populuxe1 on May 17, 2014 at 19:09:03
“So why on earth should people in Asia and Africa be aware of it when they have their own bloody histories to concentrate on?”
elke3344 on May 16, 2014 at 08:48:07
“I did not hear one single word about the 5 million non-Jewish victims in Israel's recent "Holocaust" day. It was really a "Shoah" day, devoted exclusively to Jewish victims.
No one denies the tragedy for the Jews, but they were not the first or only target.
Here's a number for you: 6 million POLISH CITIZENS died in the Holocaust, half of them Christian, half Jewish. Yet you don't see Poland looking back in anger, much less justifying behavior on the basis of what happened 70 years ago. Also, in terms of percentages, Roma, also included in the Nuremberg Laws, came closer to extermination,”
“I think your statement is a very silly one. The Holocaust has direct impact on everyone because it was carried out by a country who in terms of news, modern communication, etc. was not isolated. It was carried out by a country whose culture by Western standards was considered advanced yet the majority of the world is not aware that it happened and so many other horrific genocides happened almost unnoticed. If people are not educated about these genocides and how they happened, they will continue to happen. There are so many sad things about the Holocaust but one of the saddest is that it happened in a well known, powerful, supposedly culturally advance country on a huge scale, and that did not serve as a deterrent and millions and millions more people were killed in following decades.”
Populuxe1 on May 15, 2014 at 01:45:20
“Sort of overlooking that Asia and Africa have their own genocidal histories to think about.”
robehfd on May 14, 2014 at 18:09:41
“Hazel, the Holocaust was not an exclusive Jewish experience. That countries government carried out a Holocaust on Gays, Catholics, Persons of Special needs, Slavic..etc.
There were millions of Russian and Slavic peoples who never made it to a camp but, were exterminated right where they stood with children in their arms.
Jews making sole claim to the Holocaust is denying the other victims.”
“the point of the article is not to compare genocides but to point out how few people know about this particular Holocaust in relation to anti-Semitism and the study was done by a Jewish organization. Genocide is horrific and to start comparing the horror of the genocides the world experience in the 20th century seems to me an attempt to make incomprehensible acts comprehensible. Murder is murder.”
ArepoSator on May 14, 2014 at 12:14:56
“And the point of my comment is that FAR more people are familiar with the Shoah than are familiar with even the most recent genocides (Cambodia and Rwanda). Of course a Jewish organization did the study. I'm aware of that. I read and understand the article. I'm just appalled that this is the genocide that the West continues to vociferate over while ignoring so many others (including the ones committed by the U.S.)”
“Why are so many killjoy people commenting? I'm reading stuff about heart attacks, white people's food, etc. etc. It's just a fun piece reminiscing about childhood meals and what kid really loved healthy food? My dad was a chemical engineer and worked in the food industry and there were so many things we didn't have in our house because according to him, they weren't real food. We didn't have white bread, American cheese, most kinds of luncheon meats, and a lot of preservative laden snacks like Little Debbies. I'm a baby boomer so he was ahead of his time! That being said, I craved all these things whenever I was at someone else's house and nothing beats grilled American cheese on white bread with some pimento cheese spread melted with it. It's a rare treat but it is my favorite sandwich! I also like Oscar Mayer liver sausage on white bread w/mayo...once again I hardly have it but believe me, that food was not in my house growing up. We did have peanut butter tho!”
“I went there in February and loved it. On the same trip I went to Guanajuato which is about an hour away and that was more beautiful but if I were to retire to Mexico, San Miguel would be more liveable.”
“I love the technology changes that have taken place in the past couple of decades. I love that cell phone calls and long distance calls are not prohibitively expensive. I love my DVR and l love getting my music when I want it. What I don't like are the social, cultural, and economic changes that have taken place.”
“Sterling's comments are going to impact the performance of his players, the reactions of the fans and the NBA and fellow team owners. He will suffer repercussions from all these sources. Bill Kristol and Donald Stirling are both Jewish. I'd be willing to bet that people are having private discussions on their phones and some of them are making anti-Semitic comments that are critical of Jews in general as opposed to one or both of these men. I'll bet some of the people reading this blog have made a few. What if those conversations were somehow publicized? My point is there are a lot of people hold on to stereotypes and have prejudices they might not be aware of. Once they are known to other people there are consequences. Even if no "hysteria" ensures, a slip of the tongue has ruined many a career and business. If you are going to criticize these men, your criticism will have a lot more validity if your own "house is clean".”
“Yes, we do have random senseless violence all over the country. School and mall shootings are a prime example of violence committed by sociopaths.These acts of violence are smaller in number but bigger in scope. I don't mean that other factors did not lead to senseless acts of violence. I think cleaning up neighborhoods is a great idea but the idea that it is going to have much if any effect on violent gang crimes is absolutely laughable. I don't know what the solution is. I do believe we need more jobs, better schools,more opportunities for youth, and a different way of dealing with drugs as far as legislation and law enforcement. I don't think there is such a thing as equal opportunity for all nor do I think our justice system is fair and I do think these things need to be changed. I also believe that there are internal problems in many communities that are wracked with violence and that leaders in the community need so take a lead role in working out many of these problems. I'm not a parent raising a young son in a gang ridden area and I would not presume to tell a parent or a group of parents what to do because I have not walked in their shoes; however, there have been many successful people coming out of deprived and violent environments and I hope they ar offering their insights and expertise to people dealing with issues that they have overcome.”
“I think you might be the one with the cop out. Societal and economic conditions, racial discrimination, and the legacy of slavery are responsible for a lot of things but they do not explain random, wonton seemingly conscious violence where innocent bystanders are gunned down. All of these together combined with changes in mainstream culture, family culture, etc. have created an environment that is just an incubator for sociopaths.”
corn1971 on Apr 24, 2014 at 03:43:32
“If changes in mainstream culture are to blame why is most of this violence happening repeatedly in the same limited neighborhoods? The whole country is experiencing the culture changes. Lincoln Park experiences the same mainstream culture as Engelwood? The changes to family culture in these neighborhoods can be tied a lot to the way govt has targeted the people in these areas and has been destructive to the family.
And what is the repeated response, once more being called for in these neighborhoods? More cops, more prison. Not improved city services which impact quality of life. Not more jobs or attempts to lure businesses into the area which most every other community has. The city could employ people in the neighborhood to clean up empty lots and charge the absentee owners for the work instead of letting them be wedded over garbage strewn eyesores dragging down neighborhoods. Employing and maintaining instead of letting decay continue. Instead it's just send more cops into the sociopath neighborhoods and expect repeating what hasn't worked in decades will have a different result. Someone famously called that the definition of insanity.”
“What you state helps explain crime and violence to some degree but not the bloodless killers. There have been gangs and violence for centuries in poor areas but not this kind of murder. Sociopathy is to me the only explanation.”
corn1971 on Apr 22, 2014 at 15:49:13
“20 yrs ago there were twice as many murders a year in Chicago. A hundred years ago Italian and Irish mobs were shooting machine guns from cars on Chicago's streets.
We're failing the kids in these communities locking them into a cycle we can't seem to figure out how to break. The justice system is quick to punish and label the men in these areas who become missing fathers to their kids who are left with role models that come from the street. The kids follow in their fathers footsteps succumbing to the peer pressure of their area. The laws which destroy families in these areas isn't the intent but is a result. Yes there is great blame on the people who make certain choices but bad decisions in ones youth far to often for the men in these areas leave them locked out of a better world. Gone are the days where a person with low education, with a checkered past could still get a job that paid a good enough wage to support a family. America is a two income minimum mostly just to be working class. We leave the best option for people trapped by their mistakes or where they live to turn to illegal choices sadly and they get further buried. Calling them sociopaths is an easy cop out that makes it easy to keep writing off the people in the area.”
“I do not think it is whiny to want: (1) a living wage (2) paid vacation and sick time and (3) health insurance coverage. Do we need to have 5 weeks vacation like in some European countries...no we don't but everyone would benefit by having some time off. I'm a baby boomer. My dad worked as a chemical engineer. He traveled a lot, worked late sometimes, and brought work home, and never took a sick day. To be fair, I never remember his being sick but he took every vacation day he qualified for. He loved taking the family on vacation and never once worried that he would lose his job for doing so...but things have changed a lot in the past 30 years.”
Paul Denver on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:37:14
“They haven't changed as much as you think. There are still many millions with good jobs and benefits. However, we do not hear much about them, because they don't make good cannon fodder for left-wing doomsayers.”
“I know the policy varies from company to company and companies do have some serious absenteeism issues but I think those companies need good managers. I don't know what industry you worked in but that is really a tough policy.”
megwright on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:59:18
“We were a manufacturing company - I don't want to give more detail because I'm so often critical of their policies on HP.”
“Something that I didn't read here and in most threads I see following similar topics is the prevalence of workforce management/no fault absentee work policies in many workplaces. There are various configurations of these policies but basically a determination is made about staffing levels and all absences must be pre-approved. This means that if you wake up sick one morning and can't go to work, you are given an occurrence which is kind of like a demerit. A certain amount of occurrences lead to certain types of disciplinary action depending on the company's HR policy. If you request time off in advance and a certain percentage of the staff got time off approved before you made your request, you get an occurrence even if it is time off for a hard to obtain doctor's appointment. Vacation time during the times most people want to be off is almost impossible to obtain. You want a long weekend in summer time? Forget it. These policies are another explanation of why vacation goes unused and why people come to work sick.”
megwright on Apr 19, 2014 at 16:31:19
“I'm a retired HR manager. In my company even 20 years ago, 3 "occurrences" was a firing offense. A single day is an occurrence, although consecutive days are also a single occurrence, which allows for an absence for surgery or a major illness. But miss only 3 days a year and you can lose your job. Of course no one takes days off if they can help it. They come to work sick and spread the germs or virus to co-workers, some of whom will get sicker and HAVE to miss days.”
“I agree with you. I find the program very helpful. I did my taxes by hand when I had just a w-2 but times and finances become more complicated. I share ownership of a family rental property that is in a flood zone that loses money every year. Need I say more?”
“I'm so mad at myself for wasting the time to read such a stupid article about the obvious. I thought (wrongly) that perhaps it would have been witty or would have an unusual take on the differences.”
aha njirimara on Mar 6, 2014 at 19:54:22
“Don't be so down on yourself, Hazel. The Huffington Post has done that to all of us at some time or another.
It's not anything to worry about unless you find that you agree with most of the people who hang out here and that they agree with you. Anybody with more than 62 fans is considered by the experts to be in danger of needing professional help. You're still in relatively good shape.”
“I consider it managing to the "lowest common denominator" and it hurts good employees. There are always people who play the system and do all sorts of bogus things and the hard working employees suffer for their sins.”
ChivBlackadder on Feb 10, 2014 at 22:29:42
“Agreed. It's always a problem when you become too policy-driven and the policies are set by people in some office that's not connected with the 100 or so stores. The on-site managers get to see the real difference between two employees, and have their hands tied.
It's a very similar problem to "three strikes" laws that disallow judges from actually doing their jobs (i.e. making judgments).”
“Many companies and many different types of companies have similar policies including schools and colleges. It's basically a "no fault attendance policy which means that any absence that is not pre-approved is counted as an unauthorized absence even if the person is making legitimate use of earned sick leave or emergency personal leave. Waking up with a 103 fever and staying home even if you have banked 5 sick days means an unauthorized absence. What polices like this do is relieve managers of managing their employees and relieves them from making decisions about who might be abusing their sick and emergency time. Sometimes companies may give everyone a "snow day" but not always and certainly retailers would not do so. This is not a family friendly family. It is not so hard to accumulate 6 unauthorized absences in a six month period. Throw in some school closings for bad weather, a couple of kids with flu at different times, and the employee getting sick...and that is how 6 unexcused absences can happen.”
“So sad that so many people reading this are probably thinking the same thing that I am...."so what else is new?' I have no problem with CEO's and senior execs being well compensated but when they are receiving millions and millions of dollars, it affects the quality and the size of their companies' labor forces, money available for R&D and expansion, as well as profits. I am very curious to see a study as to how much money would be freed up if the compensation of CEO's were limited to something like one million or two million? I have no idea what would be reasonable. I'm just speculation because I'm wondering if reducing their compensation would amount to just a drop in the bucket or if it would improve the performance of their companies. Has anyone seen any studies on this?”
“Sorry...I didn't think so. I've seen some strange questions and strange answers on this site particularly when it comes to discussing for profit education. I work in education and my personal feeling is that for profit and non profit education are both composed of good players and bad players. Students are graduating high schools with skills at so low a level that so many of them are set up for failure no matter where they go to school.”