The Apolitical Politico

🇺🇸Shady Optics: When the Going Gets Tough, White House Grifters (w/ “Interim Clearance”) Get Going🇷🇺

Chronicling Schaul Family Ties to Reed CordishMickey Monus & Bud Selig, Including a Twist of Fate at the Nexus of Bureaucracy, Business & Baseball.

I share two nieces and a nephew with a recently departed Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives—Reed Cordish. This BFF to ‘Javanka’ has announced his resignation from a top White House post and with exquisite and unprecedented timeliness.

Albeit flattering press, with no less than a commendation from Jared Kushner, the release may have been purposely scheduled during a week when the public was  indundated with more newsworthy items, like a mass shooting. Indeed, I suspect the strategic savvy of some very expensive corporate public relations expert skilled in crisis publicity management may have come into service with the intention of burying this announcement.

Perhap for me, the optics are under the influence of bias, but I would think a more or less discerning and astute publicist might recognize such an impeccably well-timed press release. And as more luck would have it, the “Russian Probe” indictments and a cursory internal investigation into the FBI’s surveillance mishap regarding the school shooter were announced just days after news of the resignation. Since the the adviser’s departure, there has been a mass exodus of a White House staffers. I suspect few may have benefitted from such a timely announcement as Mr. Cordish has.

And speaking of luck, this ranking member of “The Very Lucky Sperm Club” will be “resuming” his role as a Principal and Vice President of his renowned fourth generation family-owned commercial realestate business The Cordish Companies, following his  sabbatical as a public servant.

The company is most recently known for several new MLB franchise-anchored developments, in partnership with the teams themselves. The Cordish Companies graciously saved a spot for the youngest of three brothers, and son of a third-generation realestate scion at the helm of the company. Reed Cordish is also President of Entertainment Consulting International, which appears to be a subsidiary of The Cordish Companies.

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8EE2E1A2-6C1A-42D3-A2EF-5F4CAB006BB0I was not a political activist until last week. In fact, I didn’t even exercise my right to vote in the last Presidential election, which reflects my inexcusable neglect and irresponsibility as a citizen of the United States. So it is with much regret and dismay, that I extend belated apologies to our distraught citizenry and troubled nation.

While it is our right to ✔️vote, it is our responsibility to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. We are often so cognizant of our constitutional rights, but we sometimes forget our responsibilities. Today, I exercise my responsibilities by “Calling BS” on some of our better and less known domestic enemies.004802C4-0F25-4676-86B1-66E2A6D2057A

A Responsible Citizen’s Tribute to Reed Cordish, Ivanka Trump & Lucky Sperm Club Members Advising Presidents, Monarchs & Heads of State Worldwide.

As with many Trump campaign benefactors appointed to advisory positions, I’m not sure what subject matter, if any, Mr. Cordish was qualified to counsel the President on, or in what, if any, capacity. I’m not sure he is qualified to be an intern in the West Wing, but he was appointed to serve alongside the likes of Stephen Miller and an interesting and eclectic assemblage of American innovators. Under the direction of his close friend Jared Kushner, the Office of American Innovation is tasked with reducing bureaucracy in government.


When a senior White House aide is appointed to advise a sitting POTUS and ostensibly the de-facto leader of the free world, I would hope they passed a background check. I would also hope, at the very least, that they possess marginal academic and experiential credentials, which would be among some of the basic pre-requisites for the job.

Irregardless of overt cronyism (and obvious nepotism) at play in the appointment of White House aides, I’m struck by more than just purported conflicts of interest. Is it simply a lack of self-respect to voluntarily pursue this trajectory into public life? Has he ever watched the news?


For Ivanka or Jared, it is certainly a conundrum. But if you are admittedly just a BFF and campaign donor, how does one reconcile selling their soul in front of a global audience.  It can’t just be greed; I’m convinced he lost a bet.  Mr. Cordish handed in his resignation last week and is returning to the refuge conferred by the family real estate business. I could be mistaken. Perhaps he made all the right career moves?

This is not just a farewell to White House staffer Cordish—the outgoing Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives. This is a retrospective critique of the Trump Administration’s blatant favoritism and its lousy attempt at governing. And in a small way, my apolitical sentiment may hopefully encourage more civilian citizens to render preemptive discourse and rhetoric with the intent of fostering a semblance of integrity in our leaders. And from there I hope we can encourage these public servants to participate in more open and honest dialogue with the populous. We can’t thwart more turmoil and tragedy for a democracy in peril simply by “liking” and sharing FB posts.


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True Heroes: Our Youth

If only I could find and muster the profound courage and poise of these traumatized, but resilient, and (as I see it) triumphant Floridian teenagers. I would say they just “schooled” all of us with their galvanizing and inspiring display of advocacy, adopting the #NeverAgain moniker and movement. This week, they pushed for legislative reform on multiple fronts, challenging government officials and the NRA, and demanding they take accountability in a live “Town Hall” concerning gun control.

Awe-inspired by these heroic high schoolers, I see it as a dereliction of my citizenship, if I don’t take a more proactive stance on behalf of these young people we have so miserably and tragically failed. The least I can do is call “bullshit” on federal officials when and wherever it applies. It is not much, but it is a start and it is not hard to do.


In response to dysfunction in the organizational behavior of my own family system, this coincidental resignation of a relation (through marriage) was a timely, but not at all surprising. Announcement of this departure was widely circulated and picked up by numerous news outlets, as is all White House news. But the the press is remarkable if you condsider it served as more of an introduction than a farewell to Mr. Cordish for most people news consumers. But for me, it prompted consideration of bigger concerns facing myself and so many other Americans and lead me to share these evidence-based suppositions, which in science we call formulating a hypothesis.

This critique may inflict some collateral damage, warranting future curation of familial relations and “crisis PR” via some tactical triage. But other than the FB image below of my family at the White House, nothing I divulge here is private or confidential.  As a former zoo curator and celebrity publicist, I may just be up to the task.

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When English majors advise the POTUS on intergovernmental affairs and tech…

We all know it would behoove the President to recruit a proxy to tweet on his behalf. A seasoned grammarian or English major might be a good choice, but selecting someone on policy issues requires a different skill set. Appointing a commercial real estate scion and Trump family crony with a lofty title of “Principal” of his multi-generation family business, perplexes me. While family business leadership skills may offer something to North Korea, I can’t imagine how Mr. Cordish has  served the vast majority of Americans. Furthermore, how has he improved upon the organizational behavior and infrastructure of our complex merit-based bureaucracy.    

I surmise that no one, including Mr. Cordish, will disassociate or extricate themselves from the Trump administration unscathed. I suspect all of these charlatans will be held accountable or be cited on with honorable mention for a multitude of ethics violations. But any subsequent punitive actions taken will pale in comparison to negative exposure, which can’t be erased or forgotten.

Arguably, joining the Trump regime in the first place, speaks of compromised character and questionable integrity. I don’t work for my dad, as Mr. Cordish does for his. But judgement aside, the last person I’d choose to advise on reform for bureaucratic agencies, is someone who works for daddy.

Our democracy has devolved because of Presidential advisers as much as the Presidentb himself. These aides can’t improve upon bureaucratic organizational behavior because they don’t understand it.

Attempting to advance one’s own economic interests with blatant disregard for the welfare of the rest of us is obviously the work of the greediest among us and is nothing new.  This culture defines the ethos for a revolving door of unqualified White House aides. Relevant to others, the transgressions of the likes of Mr. Cordish, get lost in the noise and the announcement of his departure was perfectly timed to get lost in the news.

The Business of Baseball—Another Twist of Fate: The Little Known & Inconsequential Connection Between Mickey Monus and Bud Selig

The Cordish Companies partnership with the Saint Louis Cardinals on Ballpark Village, a mixed-use development next to Busch Stadium. A newer project—Texas Live—is a new mixed use MLB franchise-anchored development in partnership with the Texas Rangers in Arlington. This connection to baseball reminded me of my cousin Mickey Monus and his foray into the business of baseball, which is both alluring and dangerous.

Michael I. “Mickey” Monus, a first cousin of my mom (the late Dana Lee Monus Schaul), in many ways revitalized my grandparent’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. In the early 90s Mickey was at the helm of the booming big box retailer Phar-Mor, a discount drug chain with stores in more than 30 states. He was also an avid sports fan. He owned three franchises in the World Basketball League, which he founded and brought the LPGA tour to the Mahoning Valley. Most notably, he won a bid as a principal investor of an ownership group poised to bring a new Major League Baseball franchise to Colorado. Excitement brewed in Denver over the Colorado Rockies inaugural season. But by opening day, then-commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig, would announce new ownership of the team. By coincidence, Mrs. Bud Selig (AKA Suzanne Lappin Selig) is a first cousin on my father’s side of the family. My 99 year-old grandmother Ruth Lappin Schaul is a first cousin to Suzanne Selig. While Bud and Mickey represent opposing figures in the business of baseball, the  interesting degree of separation through my family is noteworthy. At the time, Monus relinquished ties to the Rockies, and served more than 10 years in federal prison on charges of fraud and embezzlement surrounding a Phar-Mor scandal. Compared to what are federal government seems to be up to, it ain’t nothin’ but a thing.

It makes sense that greed and capitalism go hand in hand. As an evolutionary biologist and psychologist, I appreciate the drive and ambition and self-interest of corporate tycoons. They flourish and thrive in a  business culture founded on free enterprise. I say this with selfish disregard for those impacted by Phar-Mor scandal.  But ethical and legal boundaries were breached and the penalty was fierce.

I see ethical misconduct and criminal actions differently when it comes to an abuse of power by public servants. The kind of Schmoozing of business leaders by Mr. Cordish under the guise of advising our President on bureaucratic infrastructure and social reform initiatives is unacceptable.  Forget about clearance status and working uncompensated. Crime or not, this is the work of a domestic enemy crime. Conflict of interest or not, it is some of the best hoodwinking I’ve ever seen and it was conducted with an  arrogant indifference and pomposity and it is our responsibility as citizens to call this bullshit what it is.

Neither Bud Selig nor Mickey Monus are known for an on-camera charisma and media presence, but they both understood and inspired and related to everyday people and galvanized communities. Bud reformed baseball to the dismay of some fans, He was the first living commissioner to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in decades and arguably the most accomplished. And while Mickey served his time, the punitive actions taken against him were for offenses he committed as a private citizen. He paid his dues.

Phar-Mor offered prices you couldn’t beat. The retailer’s epic growth, was on the radar of the late Sam Walton—owner of the world’s largest retail corporation. Walmart’s chief was impressed, if not alarmed by the fast expansion of the discount drug chain.

And as for my cousin Mickey, he was still very much an innovative and enterprising entrepreneur.  Suggested to have been inspired by then 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., Mickey had provided the residents of a struggling old steel town between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, much hope. DeBartolo Jr., a shopping center scion much like Reed Cordish, left town to support his NFL franchise, But Monus stuck around and built Phar-Mor’s headquarters right in Youngstown, revitalizing the city and restoring pride among its residents.

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When a Tennis Pro & a Corporate Leader Share an Office in the White House…
Compare the credentials of these two White House aides who shared an office. Chris Liddell came from humble beginnings, holds a graduate degree, and has a vast amount of leadership experience having been a c-suite executive for several publicly held companies.  He is not only philanthropic, but active in environmental conservation. He may be the most qualified White House aide, if not an over-qualified one.

Contrast his CV with the 4th generation heir to a real estate company, holding a college degree and listed on the family business website as a world class athlete (tennis player). He had donated substantially to the Trump campaign before his appointment as an adviser.

“Reed S. Cordish is a Vice President for The Cordish Companies, and President of Entertainment Consulting International (ECI).

Mr. Cordish is responsible for the development and management of the company’s Live! districts, and takes the lead in seeking opportunities for growth in the entertainment market. As President of ECI, Mr. Cordish has grown the business from a start-up to a conglomerate with food, beverage, and entertainment locations across the country, over 8,000 employees, and revenues exceeding $150M annually.

Prior to joining The Cordish Companies, he was a world-class professional athlete on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour (ATP). Mr. Cordish graduated from Princeton University, where he was awarded the prestigious William Roper Award for scholastic and athletic excellence. Mr. Cordish is involved in fundraising for numerous charitable agencies and non-profit institutions.” – Http://CordishCares.Com

The Tales (Tails?) Behind Very Lucky Sperm Club Members…


Bureaucrats don’t like following rules and adhering to regulation either, but they respect and recognize how Americans are served by this “administrative infrastructure”. A young academic or novice agency official is more poised to navigate and negotiate intergovernmental affairs, but knowing the system, few would even contemplate assuming such an audacious role. But Mr. Cordish was so eager, he did’t take a salary.

Apparently, those born into fortune have profound deficits. They don’t know what they don’t know and they don’t care. This profound ignorance and arrogance, and an inability to relate makes them unfit for government.

When it comes to these very lucky sperm club members-turned-public servants, their ignorance is our biggest loss. The plight of the privileged and entitled like Cordish, Kushner and the Ivanka Trump can’t be understated. It would never occur to these pretentious, posh and pampered “impostors” to consider their own qualifications or lack thereof. Nor would they selflessly admit to the ethical conundrum of benefiting from such nepotism and cronyism by furthering their own financial gain as public servants. It is all they know.


Here is the good news and it relates to “interim clearance” and access to highly classified information. These charlatans may be reckless, and they may find themselves in compromised positions, but unless they somehow get remedial assistance interpreting classified information, they wouldn’t know what to make of it or do with it.

Soon after the inauguration, I took pause in the way of a near anaphylactic reaction. I could not and still can’t wrap my head around real news, as it was reported in the 24-hour cycle. Processing the notion that rich and moderately educated Americans, including Presidential offspring and their BFFs, willfully exercised their own judgement and volition and voluntarily agreed to serve the newly elected “Reality TV Star-In-Chief” was incredulous!

True uber elitists couldn’t imagine leveraging career advancement opportunities without some kind of favoritism. In their world view, which I’m quite familiar with, it is absolutely uncouth to be appointed or promoted to anything on the basis of merit. I’m not sure they could handle it, as a sense of entitlement may be the only sense they have.

The vast majority of these novice public officials like Mr. Cordish are under-credentialed, undereducated and far too inexperienced to work for anyone but their parents and respective corporate family businesses. But if guilt by choice and voluntary association wasn’t enough, to audaciously claim, as news reports have, that these charlatans actually accomplished anything this past year, is as asinine as it is insulting to the public.

The dubious suggestion that they have done us a favor, serving our country uncompensated is just as insulting.  Many Americans who aren’t members of the lucky sperm club would give their tax-qualified pensions just for just one opportunity conferred to White House officials in regard to exposure, publicity, contacts. And they would do it I. good faith for the benefit of others less fortunate.

Instead, Mr. Cordish hosted a fundraiser and donated substantially to the Trump campaign. He then capitalized on every single possible opportunity to meet with those poised to help him and the special business interestsof his family company. He leveraged a position created specifically for him and for which he was completely unqualified for. Are you kidding me!? While he probably doesn’t come close to recognizing this as a conflict of interest. Usually when positions are created for people they are tailored to their qualifications.

Perhaps, what is most egregious, but not at all surprising, is this.  Mr. Cordish seemed to hang around until, we can only presume, his reputation was under question and assault.  I have no way to know this, but I would imagine that the possibility of becoming the next official implicated in another ethics violation or even criminal activity is a motivating enough reason to bail.

I could show more restraint and could be ashamed of exploiting such an easy target. But it is very low-hanging fruit.  I’ve worked for and with local, state and federal agencies, but this circus makes rejoining a bureaucratic government organization more enticing than ever.

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Case Study: Prison Reform


Here is just more of the ridiculousness. Apparently, Mr. Cordish—an English major—had been an instrumental figure  tasked with advancing prison reform initiatives, according to a statement from his “supervisor”  Jared Kushner. After a cursory evidence-based review, the data seems to show that Mr. Cordish left the Trump Administration after having not improved the fate of a single inmate or parolee. At least his replacement as appropriate credentials.

Years ago, on behalf of The Ohio State University extension, a small team of us provided contractual preventive herd health and wellness services to the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s now defunct prison farm program.  At the time, the program served at least 10 medium and maximum security prisons housing food animal populations.  We moved freely among prison staff and inmates careful to secure any potential contraband. Their help restraining or corralling animals was much appreciated. I was touched by the compassion many of these convicted felons, including onetime perpetrators of violent crimes, had for these domestic animals.

In addition, I conducted basic research on the neurobiology of aggression in conjunction with studies examining neurodiversity among inmates in New York State’s prison system. While I do know a little bit about prisoners and their plight I can only begin to appreciate what Mr. Cordish doesn’t know about prisons and prison reform needs and initiatives.

And there are all kinds of experiential credentials! I spent three days in “general population” while in the custody of the LA County Sheriff’s Department (Twin Towers). Known for my candor and perhaps “pathological” honesty, I must call “bullshit” when i learn about it as a service to my fellow Americans.

While my understanding of prison culture, rehab and reform is more extensive than that of Mr. Cordish, it does not remotely qualify me to advise a sitting US President on any scale of prison reform. And yet, inexperience Mr. Cordish armed with an undergraduate liberal arts degree, graciously assumed a role advising the POTUS on prisons, veterans affairs, environmental regulation and technology and tech policy among other things.

I applaud Mr. Kushner for launching any initiative on behalf of the American Office of Innovation, which can help with much needed prison reform. I understand that interest in the plight of prisoners was inspired by his father’s incarceration. However, there is a stark contrast between the re-entry experience of a white collar inmate at a federal correction’s facility and a convicted felon out on parole after serving a lengthy sentence at a state penitentary.

Citing personal experience in general population at LA Sherrif County’s Twin Towers—the largest county jail in the world—I would offer that metro-center county jails are much more similar to state penitentaries than a federal “minimum security” facility housing white collar criminals or local suburban detention centers

If and when Mr. Cordish reads this and I’m sure he will, I encourage him to give me a phone call on the topic of prison reform. I’m not certain, but my guess is that Mr. Cordish has barely seen the inside of a detention hall at a college prep school.

And despite his selfless and noble return from this sabbatical to resume his role with his Baltimore-based fourth-generation, family-owned commercial realestate development company, I’m sure he will still remain active in pressing social issues. Whether he chooses to financially contribute to nonprofit and veterans affairs and prison reform or serve in an advisory capacities to to government and nongovernment organizations, I hope he puts grace and gratitude before greed. In fact, I respectfully invite him to come out for a visit to Pelican Bay or San Quentin.  I’ll gladly introduce him to some inmates who have been upstate and inside for more than a minute.

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Easter at the White House…

I’m not a big fan of White House receptions, but apparently my family (see below) now celebrates Easter on the South Lawn with ‘The Donald’ et al. While the event does not seem to cater to a particularly diverse gathering, representative of a country of immigrants, it does look like it was fun and festive enough for government affairs.


I do commend these ambitious, exuberant, meagerly credentialed, and inexperienced advisors. It is exceedingly gracious of Cordish, Kushner and his wife to serve their country without financial compensation, at least in the way of a salary. But I surmise that when the going gets tough, those unrelated with interim clearance get going fast.

Schooled in biomedical and natural science, which surprisingly is fairly helpful training for a publicist and burgeoning investigative journalist, I’m always inclined to operate with best evidence-based practices in mind. Vetting sources and analyzing data is a lifestyle for science types as much as a profession. Hence, I’m eager to learn just what  Cordish and his team of innovative “tech experts” have accomplished after a year in office.

Reading this report and others suggests the original source of fake news in the way of unsubstantiated claims was generated by the White House. With that said, announcement of the departure, while not surprising, is probably a good career move.

Additional References:

“Pending a full security clearance an applicant may be granted a temporary security clearance of indefinite duration, which gives the applicant access to classified information while the original application is being vetted.”

“The White House Office of American Charlatans”

Presidential Memorandum on The White House Office of American Innovation

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This is a tribute to the brave young people who recently attempted to recalibrate moral and ethical compasses for the Trump Administration. With much courage, these teens offered a free, live and nationally televised “clinic” on class, character, and integrity for all of us. Hopefully not futile, it was certainly a valiant effort.

While commemorative of their selfless peers, teachers and coaches who sacrificed and tragically lost their lives, this is also a poignant reminder for me, as much as anyone of what is and isn’t courage. We all need to adopt more tolerance and compassion and less judgement for those struggling and less fortunate.

As a black sheep, if not a scapegoat (ungulate pun unintended), I recognize and dearly appreciate those who have taken the time to help any lost and broken souls. Offering a moment to connect and listen and reach out with some peace and love is all you really need. Perhaps cliché in suggestion, proactive actions can change the life trajectory and fate of so many in need, one person at a time.

Last Saturday’s powerful proclamation, shared eloquently with fervor and fight by impassioned and determined highschool students (sans press corps, teleprompters, and years of media training), will hopefully foster pro-action in the wake of dysfunctional societal reactionary behavior and policy.

I was astounded and impressed by the progressive wisdom, ethos and poignant and compelling words of these South Florida high schoolers. But their infectious passion, conviction, poise, and strength, and most importantly, their empathy, should be something we all strive to emulate. The resilience of traumatized kids is not so remarkable, but their ability to galvanize a devastated community and nation is very much so..

While these heroic young scholars from South Florida may be more proficient at influencer marketing than our POTUS, we can’t dismiss the originality of Donald’s lifelong pursuit of commercial eponymous branding. While he may secretly wish to be a descendent of Russian Jewish immigrants like me, we can’t even credit him for changing his name from the likes of “Trumpinski” to Trump.

But seriously, I’m a bit concerned that the reverberating “We Call BS” rhetoric may intensify the weekend ranting displayed in Donald’s narcissistic tantrums and may be deleterious to his cardiovascular health.  His latest tweet storm following the “Russian Probe” indictments, in addition to public official harassment by teenagers, may place him at great risk for a cardiac event. Can someone connected to the President, please check his pulse every hour.

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Unconfirmed Report: ‘Zoo Keeper Emeritus’ Jordan Schaul May Lead an Exploratory Legacy Commission for Trump Presidential Library Dedication After Administration Called “a Zoo”

From the Office of the Publicist for Dr. Jordan Carlton Schaul

December 8, 2017 (Los Angeles, California) 

Press Statement/Release: Developments concerning proposed Trump Presidential Library and Country Club in Atlantic City. The news was possibly leaked by unidentified archivist intern with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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An unsubstantiated claim from an unverified intern’s Twitter account in Washington D.C. supposedly associated (albeit unofficially) with The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA), has possibly recommended or leaked plans regarding the next presidential museum and library site selection. In addition information concerning its architectural design and archival team assemblage has surfaced. The selected commission chair will have to be approved by President’s Chief of Staff and the First Family.

While unconfirmed as a nominee, Dr. Jordan Carlton Schaul, a former zoo animal keeper may lead an independent exploratory commission concerning development of Trump’s Presidential Library and his presidential legacy. If selected, Schaul will work with the Trump family and some of the President’s advisors.

Schaul, who proclaims to be an “over-credentialed” animal trainer and former zoo animal keeper, was a zoological park curator and courtesy professor. He also consults as a celebrity publicist through his boutique digital firm Starstruck Online. The burgeoning comedian and possible subject of fake news was initially unavailable for comment.

When tracked down this evening at a Playa Vista dog park by a presumed communication department intern from an unidentified federal agency who was escorted by an off-duty LA County Sherrifs Department deputy, he extended his appreciation and commented:

“While I’m grateful and humbled to have been recommended to advance the celebratory interests of the President’s career as a public figure and his legacy, in particular, I’m not sure that I’m the best fit for this post. However, I’m most honored to be considered. It is an important endeavor celebrating the leader of the free world.”

Schaul added that without question he thinks the Trump library should be commissioned for a ground breaking in Atlantic City, and if possible include a golf resort.

The intern, suspected to be a proxy for a senior archivist at the Library of Congress, explained that the Schaul was nominated because of his zoo experience. She indicated that because many political news journalists have made metaphorical references likening the current White House administration to a zoo, Schaul’s name was mentioned.

When asked for further comment,  he said, “Zoos are conservation centers and home to vanishing imperiled species. But just the status of being endangered is probably the extent to which the idiomatic expression from the 1800’s may be applicable to the current White House administration.”

He said, “Accredited zoos are exceedingly progressive organizations committed to the sustainability of nature and natural resources and have long been at the forefront of wildlife conservation. They are also increasingly recognized as the most progressive organizations poised to facilitate the most sophisticated behavioral health and welfare provisions for any animal populations in need. This would include wildlife, companion and/or other domestic populations.”

Schaul recommended in the event the First Family has not yet visited the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, they should, and shared that it is located in Washington D.C., should they not be aware.

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Pat Harris is running for US Senate in 2018: “Bye” to the Feinsteins & “No” to the ‘Frumps’…

Political ’labels’ never insulted me. I was wholly unaware of what my ideological views really signified, much less what my values constituted.

I have been ‘apolitical’ my whole adult life. I almost most considered adopting Centrism because it sounded good.  But a cursory exploration into the ‘Bloomberg’ political ideology with the help of Wikipedia no less, encouraged me to revisit my options on a political front.

Undoubtedly, polling data will show that I’ve never even voted for any public servant, but that is about to change….

This is my third stint in California and I intend to vote. For better or worse, it has taken crazy, chaotic and deconstructive acts from an emotionally and intellectually unfit presidential leader and no paucity of self-absorbed congressional representatives to finally get me to the polls. So thank you Mr. Frump and in DC.

Please visit the official Facebook campaign page for Progressive Democrat Pat Harris (Elect Pat Harris for US Senate-CA 2018) to learn more about the progressive political ideologies of the critically acclaimed author and attorney…..

Pat is poised to replace California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein sooner than later. Feinstein has been in Congress for enough consecutive terms to exceeds my natural adult life span to date. Without as much as benign judgement, I think she and the citizens of California need a break from each other.


Some thoughts on the tragedy in Nevada…

I extend my condolences to Las Vegas residents, including my my father, and visitors to the dazzling and intentionally ostentatious ‘urban center’ in the desert. And I can’t help but reflect along with every other FB user on what permitted or encouraged this unprecedented tragedy to unfold to the dismay of the Free World.

At the juncture of so many societal issues, which are continually dismissed or deflected daily with asinine tweet storms from our inarticulate ‘Tweeter and Thief’, we are indeed a nation torn and in trouble.

The POTUS offers us nothing but chaos to thwart drawing attention to his inability to lead us or even manage the White House culinary team.

At best, “Frump” is a reality show host and former beauty pageant owner. Sadly for all of us, his legacy may be that of America’s most accomplished Twitter account user and/or the most widely recognized political buffoon ever to hold any office as a public servant.


We need to elect smart and effective congressional leaders like Pat Harris. Pat can see through the fog in Washington DC and the smog in LA and help us move beyond the damage to Americans by some seasoned but mostly ineffective congressional leaders and a miserably failing POTUS.

While our “Tweeter and Thief” is perhaps best described as ‘Crazy Like a Fox’, he is not remotely interested in “Making America Great Again.” It was never his intention and he would have no clue where to begin…

TPTB will continue to blame and scapegoat innocent targets beyond our borders as soon as they can.

With an obvious and disproportionate number of Americans calling California home, we are always poised to lead by example with anticipated and wide-reaching implications nationally and internationally.

While environmental issues are so much part of my professional life as a wildlife conservationist and applied animal welfarist, social issues that were once selfishly of little importance to me, are increasingly significant and relevant.

Having interfaced informally with congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle and been afforded the opportunity to converse with candor, I found that in meeting Pat, he is exceptionally capable of listening and understanding.

Not not only did he encourage me speak casually, freely and candidly, but he entertained my discourse on topics as disparate as conserving vanishing species overseas and here in CA to celebrity endorsements to health care for underserved Angelenos.

Harris is not just gracious and grounded, he is exceedingly approachable and accessible and it was appreciated and inspirational. Thank you again, Pat Harris.


My “Natural” Response to Being Labeled An “Unnaturalist” By Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society”

My “Natural” Response to Being Labeled An “Unnaturalist” By Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society” –Dr. Jordan Carlton Schaul
“Unnaturalist” or “Unscientist”?


New ‘Housewife’ Eden Sassoon Discusses Life with her Iconic Father & her Evolving Brand

picture-8Ten years ago, Eden Sassoon was probably most known as the daughter of iconic hair styling pioneer Vidal Sassoon. Her father may have revolutionized the beauty industry, but Eden has diversified beyond beauty as an enterprising serial entrepreneur. She is extraordinarily humble, dismissing the moniker, and questioning it vehemently.

“Serial entrepreneur! I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur, even early on. I was just someone who wanted to offer services I am passionate about, including a business built around my lifelong passion. I’ve learned so much and over the years realized that becoming entrepreneurial was just part of who I am. Initially, I was afraid to own the title of entrepreneur, but now I’m not. It is safe for me and I embrace it. If you had asked me this a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer. But, yeah, I’m OK with you saying that now.”

Today, Eden is a bona fide public figure in her own right and known simply as “Eden Sassoon”. Thinking of her as the daughter of Vidal Sassoon is now more or less an afterthought, if anything. As much as her father’s notoriety and influence may have helped her in business, his clout has also inadvertently created some challenges.

I’ve had the pleasure of following Eden’s exciting career as she has developed her own brand. I suspect that it may be hard to gain credibility and secure one’s own legitimacy when your name was popularized in cosmopolitan culture around the globe before you were even born. However, Eden has navigated brand development and management in a cunning and strategic way, cultivating a following from the perspective of passion and not ego.

As a businessperson, she is known for not permitting ego to dictate how she does business. In fact, for someone of such prominence, Eden is void of excessive introspection and self-absorption. She is genuinely secure with who she is and it is reflective in her parenting and relationships with friends and clientele. It may be natural to think that as the daughter of Vidal Sassoon, she stepped out from under the shadow of her father, but she doesn’t see it that way.

Eden said, “The irony is that my father was caught up in his own shadow of being the “Hair God”. However, she says, “He was spiritually grounded, incredibly astute and very intelligent.” She said his relationship with nature kept him balanced and allowed him to live with a healthy perspective and a world view that was unusually progressive, if not ahead of his time.

She said, “For me, I grew up knowing health and beauty. As we grow, we learn more about ourselves. We become individuals, and we find out who we really are without our parents. The person who I was getting to know was very much like my father. I had no premeditated plan to be like my father or follow in his footsteps. I just evolved organically. It was natural for me to take this course. I follow my heart and intuition. I do only what feels right by me and what seems to make a positive impact on others. “

picture-9There are a lot of successful children of notable people, but when your parent is an icon, it may be much more difficult to break away from recognition by familial association and emerge as a distinct entity, either publicly or in private. In some ways Eden did not fall far from the tree but she has fallen.

I suggested that she must be exhausted as a mom and businessperson and people often ask and assume that her lifestyle must lead to a tiring existence. But Eden looks very much refreshed and relaxed more often than not. I wondered if she had an extensive support network to help advance or diverse business interests.

“I get asked this question a lot. I couldn’t do any of these things on my own nor would I want to do these things on my own. I’m grateful for my team who I love and respect and honor. Together we create and move forward collectively. Each business has its own sort of dance and flow. I learned that with respect to each of my businesses, I have to wear a different hat and for a while, I was wearing multiple hats all at once. My life was not just hectic, it was emotionally “decapitating”. Each business drew from different parts of me. I had to check in with myself mentally and emotionally and approach each role as a business owner strategically, yet mindful of my passion for these industries.

Vidal Sassoon grew up impoverished and spent time in an orphanage. Eden, however, grew up in Beverly Hills, but her father’s early life experiences had great influence on the worldviews of his children. His work ethic certainly rubbed off on Eden and her siblings. Vidal is famous for having said, “The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary.” Eden takes this to heart and walks the talk. She has carved out a niche for herself as lifestyle coach extending her brand to include fitness and healthcare, which help people far beyond the services that are synonymous with her last name.

When I first met Eden, she made it very clear to me that she doesn’t consider herself an expert. She doesn’t see herself that way at all.

Hollywood is obviously not recognized as a Mecca for the humble and authentic, but Eden is an exception. She is open about her struggles and simply comfortable in her own skin. Growing up in the public eye comes with its own stressors. It can hinder the cultivation of a healthy sense of self. And this is considering that growing up is difficult enough for those unused to public scrutiny. She’s quite unscathed for offspring of the rich and famous. Independent, self-aware and grateful, she is known today as “Eden Sassoon” who happens to be the daughter of Vidal.

Her father would be proud, but not surprised that Eden is so enterprising. She owns a very popular salon and a Pilates studio. You could say that she is validated by her success.

Eden said, “I grew up without a voice and literally hid in my father’s shadow or behind his leg. As a child I was exceedingly shy. It took me years to find my own voice and the journey was very painful. It hurt to speak, but when I finally discovered my own voice, it was on. I was determined to take my own path, and nothing was going to get in my way. I realized that the louder I became, the more I could achieve and the more I could heal.

Undoubtedly, genetics and rearing should dictate that Eden knows something about hair styling and hair products, but I wanted to know if her father’s intellect, creativity and drive had more influence on her success than her own passion and experience.

She said, “Initially, my father shaped my development as a child. I saw him as a visionary who was both creative and driven, but also a relentless and powerful force. He was very funny, but also the epitome of constant energy in motion. A child can’t really appreciate or make sense of this dynamic, non-stop energy, which was boundless and pervasive. But I soaked it up like a sponge and it began to take on a life of its own. At the same time, as I grew older I would contemplate my own purpose on this planet and how his unbridled energy would manifest within me. I began to search for my own independent identity.”

Some people never experience success because they are afraid to fail. Eden has experienced success and is certainly not afraid to fail.

picture-10She said, “In the beginning I used to be afraid to fail and very much so. But that is not the case anymore. I finally learned that in failing you discover your greatest strengths. Failing is our teacher. It’s our life lesson and it’s our friend. What does failing even mean? It just means learning. Evolving. Next level shit.”

Curious about the competitive nature of the industries she promotes, I was curious about the egos that influence the world of aesthetics and fitness. She said, “When your ego gets involved, you are regressing and putting yourself in the small box we were born in. Our society permits this and it is something that some people try to break out of on a daily basis.”

I also asked Eden about her mantra. She said, “Have no ego. Look, if you are going to come from a place of ego, you are not going to get what you are looking for. At least I’m not going to. There are a lot of people out there operating off of ego. In my case, I have done a lot of work to let go of it. If anything, I have made a concerted effort to be more self-loving and nurturing and giving of myself. My mantra is F- your ego! Be selfless!! It does take a lot of work. It is a daily practice. Life is hard and I believe, in fact, that we are in a living hell. But it is how we choose to live. We need to accept what is and choose to make the best of it. We can choose our destiny!”

Eden just joined the cast of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I can’t congratulate her enough and look forward to following this new chapter in her life.

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-3-17-46-pmDr. Jordan Carlton Schaul is an American zoologist, exotic animal trainer and professional writer based in Southern California. In recent years, he has combined his interest in celebrity and wildlife conservation for the benefit of endangered species around the globe.

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Antisocial Personality Disorder, Autism/Apserger's Syndrome, Parenting

Spectranomics & Why I liken your Autistic Child to a Zoo Animal

Dr. Jordan Schaul


(that is just to get your attention and hopefully get you to read this, whether your life has been a breeze or a struggle)

I’ll preface this by saying, I’m on the Autistic Spectrum and I don’t really think your child is like a zoo animal, God Forbid. He or she will grow up and they may face the same challenges I have and so this is worth sharing with people as part of an awareness campaign because it doesn’t get easier, it gets harder.
There comes a time when you have to pry open people’s mouths and force feed them information because it is not getting to their brain. That is what advocacy in this “genre” has been like for me.

People aren’t listening or are not interested.
So I’m hoping that if I extend myself begrudgingly that perhaps it will reach their cognitive faculties through their mouths and their stomachs.

Who knows, stranger things have happened. I had a recent discussion with a prominent and distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry and an MD/PhD at UCLA.
He said I should share this construct I described with him because clinicians much less the general public have trouble wrapping their heads around a relatively simple notion, which I write about in a blog here.

Since several people in my family have been affected by autism and they don’t even understand it, this may be a futile exercise but here it goes.

People have asked me why I was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age 40? What they really meant is that you seem really “normal”, so why did you bother? Well obviously there was a problem. I somehow managed to get into graduate and professional school and contrary to what people think it was a huge struggle for me because I have executive function problems. The PhD was a cake walk, but doing it at the same time as veterinary school was a challenge.

Difficulties with executive functioning are common with ADHD and high-functioning autism, which I have both of. This does not mean that I drool all over my shirt or otherwise bang my head against a wall incessantly. In fact, I’m told I have an abundance of sex appeal!! What it does means is that I process certain information faster and slower and differently than other people.

There are a lot of highly educated people on the Autism Spectrum holding Masters’ degrees and PhD’s and professional degrees. Some of them are aware they are on the Spectrum and some aren’t.

Regardless, nearly 90 percent of people with high-functioning autism are unemployed or underemployed. In this economy the number can only be increasing.
Working as a zoo keeper was not particularly challenging because you don’t really exchange words extensively with zoo animals even when training them. So you don’t have to flawlessly navigate any conversation or read their minds as they react fairly well to routinized structure. In other words, their lives for better or worse are extremely predictable.

This is not to say that anyone with reduced emotional intelligence can work as a zoo keeper, but you certainly don’t have to be close to a skilled social butterfly to clean up after the animals and tend to other zoo keeping duties.

Even zoo managers, and not all of them, are not known for their social acumen and people skills. Hence, the column in one well -known trade magazine to industry people was entitled “People Skills for Animal People”.
Go to a zoo conference and you will see what I mean. The people who move up in the zoo world are neither the most credentialed nor those with greatest animal sense (for the most part). The one’s who move up the ranks from zoo keeper to curator to director are usually those with the best people skills. Although some could probably handle any social environment, the ones in zoos are just the best of their industry and zoos are not reservoirs for those harboring etiquette and social graces compared to the general population. I may offend my colleagues, but I’m telling it like it is.
I certainly wouldn’t excel as a corporate executive, but some how I managed to move my way up to some degree in zoo settings.

As much as they aren’t working venues for the socially gifted, they also are not particularly sensitive to the neurodiverse. As we know, they are focused on animal care and not people care. So for better or worse, I had great difficulty managing people in a zoo, which is not my best skill set by any stretch of the imagination.
Example: I had left my position in Alaska to take another curatorial role at a facility in California. I politely asked my staff to come out and help me on one rainy day to rake leaves as I had done at other facilities where I had also shoveled snow and to my dismay they responded saying they don’t work outside in the rain via a radio correspondence/transmission. To say that I almost had a mini-stroke and lost my shit, or at least my patience, would be putting it mildly. Someone neurotypical may have been able to regain their composure, but I was so angry, they are very lucky no one on my staff perished that day. So without further ado….

I have seen in the psychiatric/psychological and popular literature, discussion of autistics and sociopaths and the presumed commonalities they share.  The reason I mention this is because contrasting both conditions, which are both spectrum disorders helps me explain to people unfamiliar with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism, what it is exactly. If one day I write a book about this, I hope to be credited with introducing the subject matter having coined the term “Spectrumnomics” because I consider my construct to be a give and take of two emotional currencies (i.e. compassion and empathy) across two spectra.

Fundamentally, and remember I’m a zoologist and neither a comparative or cognitive psychologist, but the sociopath is someone who can turn on and off empathy, but really has  no compassion (no feeling). This discussion is largely about semantics and the use of the terms “empathy” and “compassion”.

Sociopaths perceive how others may feel but have no feelings themselves. That is why they make great con-artists and professional felons. The autistic on the other hand is someone with plausibly a lot of compassion and no empathy. This can lead to a heightened sensitivity with an inability to seemingly modify extreme behavior or react in a way that is commensurate with the inciting stimulus. That is why these people can be highly emotional even though they can’t read the intentions of others. -Jordan Schaul, PhD

Recommended Reading:

Look Me In the Eye

The Sociopath Nextdoor (Review)

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