Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The daily Jerusalem Post went mini II

I wrote the JPost to protest their decision – see my post of yesterday. My letter was passed on to management but it did not answer. I got a soothing reply from the JPost Letter editor. It’s not working. However, it did stop me for the day from canceling my subscription.

Today TWO FULL PAGES of “entertainment billboard.” I’m not saying, skip the puzzles or reduce the high society column — for some people these are important. But this diversion stuff is verbatim in the Friday supplement!! No one buys a weekday paper, but not the Friday one.

The Letters section is reduced to twice a week? What are they thinking? That journalists must do a better job than the readers? The arrogance!  It’s a most popular section.

The “small reduction” was actually by a third. This untruth has made me suspicious. First cheating and then lying about it? What else did management not tell us? Are salaries reduced and people dismissed and is for that reason my paper trimmed and filled-up with nonsense?

Did managers also accept a “small reduction” in their salaries (by a third)? Or are they failing us with the excuse that there is no money while enjoying their normal pay?

I’m still angry that they sprang this on the readers at the start of the month. No prior notice. It’s like buying stuff online and receiving only two-thirds with a notice that we hopefully understand the “small reduction.” That’s not what we ordered. That’s not what we agreed upon or paid for! What happened to old-fashioned honesty?!

Fuming and appalled, I’m still contemplating ending my subscription. They are cheating and asking for understanding. That’s not how it works. They need to come clean or our relationship has no future.

Poor readers, editors and columnists. The management needs to reverse course (and start a discourse) or I will.

My plan B goes like this: When the JPost can’t pay the bills anymore, it needs to go bankrupt. Then it should be bought by someone else who knows how to run this paper. It’s not the paper, readers, journalists or columnists that need to go — it is the management. Readers, journalists and columnists can then reunite and remarry, happily, for ever after.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * 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. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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