Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Mark Zuckerberg went to Congress and testified

Madame Tussauds has decided to forgo asking Mark Zuckerberg to come in for measurement taking.

Instead, it has asked the Facebook CEO if it would be possible for him to pose inside their wax figure celebs section during office hours. They are confident that he will agree as he’s always advocated working away from the office and it would be very profitable for them.

If you want one solid proof that being too much on social media makes or leaves you socially awkward, look no further.

You can say about President Trump whatever you will, but his hearing will be a whole lot more dramatic and juicy.

The real danger of Facebook, the giant digital elephant on the Senate floor, is not privacy violation but the degrading and soul-destroying virtual and addictive alternative that it claims to give for human interaction, closeness and friendship.

But Zuckerberg was not the only one behaving ridiculously. Look at these photographers giving a picture perfect image of the great advantages of Capitalism’s competition. (Enlarge the pic. Some half a dozen of the photogs are left outside of this frame.)

A ridiculous number of 44 out of 100 Senators spend their five minutes of allotted speaking time with speeches and questions, designed to show their watching constituents that they understand the issues.

And Mr. Facebook repeated faithfully the mantras he trained for:

  1. I’m very polite – Don’t you like me?
  2. Generally (don’t catch me on my words) there will be no problem soon — Viewers, please stay on Facebook. And
  3. We will be happy to work with the Senate to regulate — To prevent the Senate taking matters in its own hands.

Self-regulation had obviously failed. His goal was not to cooperate but rather by seeming very responsible and offering to cooperate to stave off being regulated on. If you can’t fight them, join them.

Despite his awkwardness, Mr. Zuckerberg is a slick communicator. Or actually: non-communicator. Like any seasoned politician, he uses question to foremost say what he wants to get across. Even when asked point-blank to answer “yes or no,” he often comes with a story. When given a speech but asked no question, he provides no answer. He kept stressing how the information leaked was really public and innocent and with consent, never mind that any Facebook beginner cannot have a clue how to keep private on it. For instance: when you make all your “friends” invisible, anyone becoming your “friend” sees all the others anyway. And when they don’t, they still see whose messages are in your account.

As already predicted by Representative Pallone on the second day of his hearing, it was again a toothless circus with only a few exception, like on the first day by Senator Booker.

The Dutch have an expression for such a ceremony:

Ze dronken een glas, en deden een plas en alles bleef zoals het was

In English: They drank a wee, and had a pee and everything stayed as things were to be. What a bloody waste of time!

My criticism of Mr. Zuckerberg does not include the way he manages his wealth.

I had some worry that I’m old-fashioned for not being on Facebook, but a 17-year old who’s neither, just told me “Facebook is for old people.” I’m just in the company I wonna be.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here: