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Aerial view of Tel Meggido, Israel, the place that many evangelical Christians believe will host a horrific war (Courtesy: Avram Gracier/Wikipedia)

On the eve of the 2020 Presidential election, I wanted to share my views on the conventional wisdom that Trump has been the “best President for Israel.”

Spoiler alert. He wasn’t.

I’ll lay out my five arguments in italics below, but first I think it’s important to note that if you’re an American citizen voting in the United States in this election solely or primarily because you have a view on how an American president will behave towards Israel, I would encourage you to recuse yourself from voting in the US, give up your American citizenship, and make aliyah ASAP. You clearly do not have dual loyalty, but rather only have single loyalty — — to Israel. If you choose to live in the U.S., enjoy its benefits, and participate in its democracy, you should vote for how a President will affect the lives of his/her constituents, not Israel. Isn’t that the definition of America first ? Please don’t mess up the United States because you believe that an American president is going to better serve the interests of a foreign country. …


Donald Trump has vilified just about every group under the sun. As president, he referred to Mexicans as “drug dealers and rapists, Central American migrants as “criminals,” Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries”, and the media as the “enemy of the people,” to name just a few of his unfair and damaging generalizations.

The one group he seems unwilling to demonize, or even condemn, are white supremacists.

The question I keep wondering is, why?

The more important question is: Has our President actually emboldened the most dangerous white supremacist, hate groups in the United States ?

Based on the facts on the ground today, I believe the answer is clearly, yes. …


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(Photo: Jaron Gilinsky/Nameless Northern California hiking trail)

When I started Storyhunter I imagined one buzzing office in NYC with employees chatting, meeting, and plotting to dent the universe around some hipper version of a water cooler, perhaps an iced latte cooler. As it turned out, we now drink what we want when we want since we’re made up of several remote teams spread across various cities; NYC, San Francisco, Austin, and London, with no central headquarters or beverage station. We did this to be closer to key markets, take advantage of economic incentives, and cater to the lifestyles of our employees who wanted to maximize their own personal fulfillment. …


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We’re in the middle of a public health crisis. Schools are closed. Major sports have been postponed. This is unprecedented in modern human history. We’ve been reaching out to members of our community to make sure that they and their loved ones have been able to stay healthy while COVID-19 has been spreading. We’ve also provided guidelines for our freelancer community to remain safe. This is a time when all of us need to prioritize health above all else.

That being said, Storyhunter will continue to operate and be a resource for our clients and community members. Here’s why: media companies have an urgent obligation to provide the latest news about COVID-19, there is burgeoning demand for informational content as more people get quarantined, and of course freelance media professionals need to feed their families. We’re now all working with smaller budgets, travel restrictions and anxiety about our loved ones. But even during crazy viral outbreaks like the one were going through, for the sake of humanity, storytelling and Storyhunter must go on. …


“Even the words that we are speaking now, thieving time has stolen away, and nothing can return” — Carlo Rovelli

“Such is the passage of time too fast to fold” — Eddie Vedder’s “Rise”

“It’s too late to turn back now, I believe, I believe, I believe I’m falling in love.” — The Cornelius Brothers

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Ori solo hiking in San Bruno


If Trump and the GOP really cared about the security and safety of our children, they would be asking for $5B for a federal gun safety program, not an ostentatious, steel wall that will not make our country safer or fix a broken immigration system.

There are more than 300 million guns in the hands of Americans. These guns are killing on average 100 people per day in this country. Is this not the real crisis ? So instead of another gaudy, flashy Trump construction project, let’s work on solving an issue that is actually killing and wounding tens of thousands of innocent Americans every year. …


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The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after the worst anti-semitic attack in U.S. history (AP photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, and neo-Nazi propagandist Andrew Anglin, endorsed Donald Trump for President of the United States in 2016. I described their reasoning for doing so in an essay I wrote to my unborn son exactly two years ago. Sadly, on the eve of another general election, it is clear that Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies, as President of the United States, have emboldened his most hateful constituents and are a contributing factor for the recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.

Donald Trump’s words are like tinder in the twisted, fiery mind of a hateful racist. He regularly stereotypes Mexican migrants, calling them “rapists and drug dealers and criminals.” His false allegation that Middle Easterners are among those trying to get across the Southern border implies that there is something inherently bad about people from the Middle East. His blanket travel ban on majority Muslim countries backed up the statements he made as a candidate advocating for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the United States. …


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Fred Guttenberg holding a photo of his daughter, Jaime.

One person that I have been following on Twitter since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day this year, is Fred Guttenberg. As a new dad, I can’t begin to imagine what his life has been like since his daughter, Jaime, was murdered in her school. What kind of society cannot protect students from being massacred inside their own classrooms ? What kind of society doesn’t change after 38,658 citizens lost their lives from a bullet in 2016?

Back in the year 2000, as a college sophomore, I was held up at gun point outside a popular bar in Miami Beach, Florida. I was one split second away from getting my brains blown out in the sand for 5 bucks. Countless friends and family across this country have shared similar experiences with me. We are all so incredibly lucky that we didn’t end up in the statistic above. …


For the last 21 months, I have blissfully enjoyed life as a new father. I have not spent much time sharing updates on social media to focus on the things that matter most, my family and my business. This has undoubtedly been the most challenging, interesting and joyous period of my life. I have of course followed politics and world affairs as closely as ever without getting emotionally consumed by it. My family and I did make sure to march in California for women’s rights, gun control, and Dreamers. At this critical juncture with the midterms approaching and so much on the line, I feel like it is my responsibility to speak out. To me, this election is not about the so-called caravan or Kavanaugh. This election is about gun control, the rise of hate crimes, cruel and unusual policy decisions, climate change, and Jamal Khashoggi. …


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Every week at Storyhunter, we have a little company tradition called “Storytime.” It is undoubtedly my favorite part of the work week. The concept is simple: Everyone in the company at 4:30 pm ET, regardless of where they are in the world, how busy they are, how stressful the week was, how they’re feeling that day, stops what they’re doing to get on a video chat. We say hello, catch up quickly, and then finally kick back and watch some videos. It is Storytime.

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Jaron Gilinsky

Video Journalist, Optimist, Founder @Storyhunter

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