Smart Success On “The Best Damn Ship In The Navy”

Smart Success
Seeing opportunities for serendipitous success in people
who are different from you because you understand
that your success is connected to their success

This is post #3 of 5 USS Benfold posts to help you understand
how one type of success sparks other types of success.

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff was smart to see the possibilities for success in every member of his 310 person crew. He recognized his young crew as “smart, talented, and full of good ideas”.

To free those smarts, talents, and good ideas, Captain Abrashoff interviewed all 310 crew members.  He asked everyone:

“Is there a better way to do what you do?”

“What do you like most about the Benfold?”

“What do you like least about the Benfold?”

“What would you change?”

Through these interviews, Captain Abrashoff developed personal relationships with each crew member to link his goals with their goals. For Captain Abrashoff, “the VIPS were my crew.”

Captain Abrashoff also practiced smart success about his own words and actions. When results were not what Captain Abrashoff wanted, he was smart enough to ask himself:

“Did I clearly articulate the goals?”

“Did I give people enough time and resources to accomplish the task?”

“Did I give them enough training?”

He discovered that “90 percent of the time” he had done something that prevented the crew from using their smarts, talents, and good ideas.

The few times his crew members made serious mistakes, Captain Abrashoff was smart enough to still see possibilities for success. After three sailors had been in a fight off the ship, Captain Abrashoff set up mentoring for them to help them succeed. When a chance opportunity arose, Captain Abrashoff showed personal support for two of the sailors by playing cards with them in the mess deck. All three changed their behaviors and turned their Navy careers into successes. (Mentioned in post #2 of this series.)

Captain Abrashoff created smart success where most people would not have seen the possibility for success.

Most of his crew came from single parent homes.

Fifty percent of the crew enlisted because they could not afford college and because they were discouraged from going to college.

Thirty percent of the crew had enlisted to escape bad situations at home — drugs, gangs, and violence.

Because Captain Abrashoff was smart enough to see the possibilities for success in people this society usually ignores, they were free to create unexpected success. When it came time for a “mini-Olympics of Navy training”, the Benfold sailors redesigned the training, making it “more effective than the Navy had ever dreamed.” They “aced” the final challenge with the “highest score ever.” The challenge was expected to last six months, but Benfold completed it in the first six weeks.

Captain Abrashoff saw opportunities for serendipitous success
in his crew because he understand
that his success was connected to their success.

The 4th USS Benfold post will give examples of unforeseen success for Captain Abrashoff and his crew.

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Time Warner Books Group, New York: 2002
Quotes on pages 15, 33, 45, 86, 102

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Serendipitous Success On “The Best Damn Ship In The Navy”

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from someone else’s success

This is post #2 of 5 USS Benfold posts to help you understand
how one type of success sparks other types of success.

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff was commander of the Navy guided missile destroyer USS Benfold for two years. During those two years Benfold set records in combat readiness and effectiveness and invented processes adopted by the entire Navy. Captain Abrashoff’s recipe for serendipitous success included three ingredients:

310 parts respect

310 parts freedom

310 parts support

Respect

Respect the talents of all 310 members of the Benfold crew.

Adjust the respect to the individual when necessary.

Captain Abrashoff showed general respect for his crew daily by:

Going to the end of the food line behind even the lowest sailors.

Seating the Master Chief to his immediate left during meetings.

Listening to ideas from any crew member because “talent knows no rank”.

Freedom

Sprinkle freedom in every section of the ship.

When appropriate, sprinkle freedom at Navy bases and related locations.

Captain Abrashoff gave the crew a variety of freedoms:

Taking responsibility for making decisions and using their own ideas.

Assigning the tasks of senior grade officers to junior grade officers.

Questioning any rule and critiquing any other member of the crew. This included the freedom to tell Captain Abrashoff he hadn’t done his job very well on a particular day.

Acting a little crazy.

Having a life on the Navy’s time.

Captain Abrashoff did put limits on the freedoms he gave the crew. Any decisions with the potential of killing or injuring people, wasting taxes, or damaging the ship were Captain Abrashoff’s responsibility. Every other decision was the responsibility of the crew.

Support

Add support as necessary.

Captain Abrashoff supported his crew in a variety of ways:

Bringing good ideas to the attention of senior Navy officials no matter what the rank.

Protecting crew from abusive senior officers.

Assigning a 20 year old Fireman who had completed the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist training to give a tour of the entire ship to a four star general.

Following up when any sailor asked him to compliment another sailor’s job well done.

Playing cards with two sailors who had created trouble but who had responded well to mentoring.

Walking through the galley frequently to express appreciation for the cooks’ hard work.

Captain Abrashoff added support as he saw the need for support.

The Serendipitous Success Captain Abrashoff’s Recipe
Created for Others

While at its base in San Diego, Benfold with its culinary school graduates became “a lunchtime mecca” for sailors from other ships on base.

During the 1997 Persian Gulf Crisis, Captain Abrashoff’s respectfully listened to Radioman First Class John Rafalko’s idea about ending a communications crisis. A communications backlog meant that “at any given time, as many as 7,000 operational messages might go astray of just stop moving”. Radioman Rafalko was the only person who had read all the technical manuals for a new satellite system for voice communication and rapid data transmission. He figured out how to end the backlog and explained it to Captain Abrashoff.

Captain Abrashoff supported Rafalko by contacting a two star admiral’s chief of staff. When the chief of staff paid no attention, Captain Abrashoff went over the chief of staff straight to the admiral. The admiral paid attention and Rafalko trained personnel on every ship in the gulf. The system “worked perfectly” and the backlog problem disappeared “virtually overnight”.

Captain Abrashoff happened to be on the bridge one day during the 1997 Persian Gulf crisis when all of the other officers on the bridge ignored a suggestion from Fire Controlman Derrick Thomas. The United Nations had ordered inspections of all ships entering or leaving Iraq. The U.N. wanted to prevent embargoed oil from getting out and prohibited materials from getting in. The U.N. required paperwork was “excruciatingly time-consuming and tedious” with more than 100 questions. Communication between ships during inspections had to cope with some cases of “very poor English”.

Petty Officer Thomas suggested a database to speed things up. Captain Abrashoff was the only officer on the bridge who even acknowledged that that Petty Officer Thomas had said anything. Captain Abrashoff asked Thomas to explain. Fifty or sixty of the questions were the same with every inspection, and the answers were always the same. By creating a database, inspection time could be cut in half. Captain Abrashoff told Thomas to create the database for the more than 150 ships that needed inspecting. Commodore Duffy, in charge of the inspections in the Gulf, was impressed. He passed a copy of the database to every ship doing inspections in the Gulf. That database is still in use. The inspections had been tediously going on for six years until Captain Abrashoff respected Petty Officer Thomas by listening to him.

When the Pentagon “imposed strict new requirements for arming and firing” Tomahawk missiles, Benfold sailors read through training manuals (which they did together) to learn how the equipment worked. They knew they had the freedom to take responsibility, so they thought up knew ways to meet the requirements and sent a memo to other ships in the Gulf. The entire Navy adopted the methods devised by Benfold‘s sailors as standard operating procedure.

When one sailor suggested using stainless steel bolts and nuts to replace the ones that left rust streaks, Captain Abrashoff listened. He supported the sailor’s idea by shopping at Home Depot. He then had a civilian company treat all metal susceptible to corrosion to make them last longer (the Navy had begun doing this on a very small scale). The schedule for painting the ship went from every two months to every five years. This process saved taxpayer money and gave the crew more time to become combat ready.

When a teenage sailor told Captain Abrashoff that he would rather help children in foster care have better experiences than he had in foster care, Captain Abrashoff listened. He told the sailor to find an elementary school in San Diego that the crew could adopt. A group of sailors went to the school every time Benfold was in San Diego. First, they painted the school. After school hours, the sailors mentored, coached, and tutored the students. In foreign countries, 40 to 50 sailors would “go off and find an orphanage or hospital that could use a few helping hands.”

A senior officer task on Naval ships is officer of the deck. Captain Abrashoff gave officer of the deck responsibilities to his junior officers. The officer of the deck is in charge of the quarterdeck when the ship is in port. Responsibilities include security, logging in visitors, keeping track of anything leaving or entering the ship, and creating a good impression of the ship. Captain Abrashoff made sure the junior officers were scheduled during the day instead of just at night. Benfold‘s junior officers handled officer of the deck responsibilities so well that other ships began giving officer of the deck responsibilities to junior officers. This freed senior officers to handle other responsibilities on ship.

Crews on other ships,
the entire U.S. Navy,
all U.S. civilians,
schools, orphanages, and hospitals in the U.S. and in other counties
benefited because they were in the right place at the right time
to just by chance benefit from
the Benfold crew’s multiple successes.

The 3rd USS Benfold post will explain how Captain Abrashoff practiced smart success.

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Time Warner Books Group, New York: 2002
Quotes on pages 15, 16, 56, 57, 58, 96, 98, 128, 157, and 158

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Community Banker Risks Freaky Failure Death For Community Residents, Including Children

Freaky Failure
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time to just by chance
suffer a loss because of someone else’s failure

I live next to the village park in a rural village. My house is on a county road, so lots of traffic passes my house. I also live a block from the downtown area of the village, including the post office. Lots of different people drive or walk or bike past my house daily.

On my front lawn near the road, I had a maple tree with three split trunks. One trunk leaned toward my house. One trunk leaned toward the park, though my driveway was between the tree and the park. One trunk leaned over the road. The tree trunks hollowed out because insects had eaten away the inside of the tree. Any trunk falling on its own could kill someone and damage property. All trunks falling together in a severe storm would be devastating.

I had banked at a community bank for more than a decade. The banker  (Community Banker) had gone out of his way more than once to help me keep my house. One year my insurance company sent me a letter informing me that I had to replace my roof or lose my insurance. Before I could call him to ask for a home equity loan, Community Banker called me to offer me a home equity loan. He gave me personal loans, car loans, business loans, and home equity loans. Even though a childhood spinal injury made earning money difficult, I paid back every single loan, some of them late, some of them early.

I didn’t have the money to cut the tree down myself, so I asked Community banker for a third home equity loan to cut down the tree, do some house repairs, and get the back into a professional speaking career. I wanted to protect my house, but I also wanted to protect all the people who drove, biked, and walked past my house. After decades of giving me multiple loans, Community Banker said no. He claimed I had no proof of enough income to pay back the loan. The real reason is that he didn’t want my grandson to be friends with his step-grandson. Read my journal entries for proof of everything I’ve written so far.

Community_Banker_Journal

Other bank customers live within a block or two of my house on that county road. One of those families has children. Community Banker risked freaky failure death for his own customers and their children rather than give me a home equity loan to cut the tree down.

If a falling trunk had killed a bank customer’s child, what would Community Banker have done? Would he have attended the funeral to comfort the grieving parents? Would he have explained  that the tree trunk fell because he refused to give me the home equity loan I wanted to prevent freaky failure death?

I eventually got the tree cut down by sending a letter explaining the situation to 10 of my neighbors. Several of them provided various resources to get the tree cut down.

Community Banker’s excuse for refusing the third home equity loan was that I was too old to be successful.

“The Portage County Housing Authority offers rental
apartments with rent based on income with utilities
included. I recommend Ms. Kramer explore this
affordable option.”

In reality, women over 60 can do quite well as professional speakers. Compared to some of the women on this list, I’m still young.

Community Banker had to ignore all kinds of details in my life to come to the conclusion that I could afford only senior county housing. (He also has no idea how senior county housing works. I am both too young and too healthy to qualify any time soon.)

Community Banker also ignored the possibilities of my planned business directory, Better Planet Business. Since other people saw the possibilities, my directory is now live and attracting members.  Community Banker is now an example of someone who stereotypes senior citizens negatively.

Other community residents are complaining about this bank. When several customers complain about the same community bank, the problem is not with any individual customer. The problem is with the community bank. How many other customers has Community Banker stereotyped? How many other community residents are at risk of freaky failure because of Community Banker’s stereotypes?

Adults and children passing my house would have been in
the wrong place at the wrong time to just by chance
suffer a loss because Community Banker failed
to protect their lives.

“Famous Female Motivational Speakers”
Ranker

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Roman Roads Sparked Serendipitous Success For Early Christian Apostles

For about 40 years after the death of Jesus Christ, Romans did not see any difference between the Jewish religion and the Christian religion. Jews and Christians worshipped the same God. Jews and Christians read the same religious texts. Jews and Christians used the same language. Because of the similarities, Romans did not stop Christians from traveling throughout the Roman world.

The Roman road system satisfied the Roman Empire’s need to move armies, officials, civilians, communications, and trade goods. Those same roads satisfied the early apostles’ desire to spread Christian beliefs throughout the Roman world. The apostles used Rome’s infrastructure success to create religious success.

Secret Lives of the Apostles
National Geographic Documentary
2012

Absence of Toilets Means Presence of Death

Fundamental Failure
Having your physical, mental, and emotional needs in a
particular situation neglected or denied, setting you up
to fail despite your own efforts.

Around the world, 2.3 billion people have no toilets or latrines. Close to 900 million of them defecate in gutters, behind bushes, or in open bodies of water. Open defecation is responsible for the deaths of approximately 361,000 children under age 5 every year.

“Open defecation perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty. The countries where open defection is most widespread have the highest number of deaths of children aged under 5 years as well as the highest levels of malnutrition and poverty, and big disparities of wealth.“

Children die before they get a real chance to live because adults who could make a difference neglect their needs. Preventable deaths are fundamental failure.

Sanitation
World Health Organization

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Norv Turner: From Rookie Coach To Super Bowl Winner By Satisfying Straightforward Needs

 Straightforward Success
Having your physical, mental, and emotional needs
in a particular situation satisfied,
setting you up to succeed through your own efforts

In 1991, Dallas Cowboys owner Jimmie Johnson hired third choice Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. Turner’s only NFL experience was as the wide receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams. Turner helped quarterback Troy Aikman become a legend. Aikman explained how Norv Turner created straightforward success for the entire team:

“His biggest thing for us has been that he does not allow players to do things that they’re not good at doing,” Aikman said during the Super Bowl week. “If there’s something that I throw well, we’ll throw it. If there’s something I don’t throw well, regardless of how much he thinks it’s going to work, we will not throw it during the game. And receivers do not run routes that they don’t run well. And he’s very adamant about that.”

Aikman spoke in more detail about the straightforward success Norv Turner created in his Undeniable with Joe Buck interview:

Joe Buck:

“What does a great offensive coordinator (Norv Turner) do for a quarterback? What did Norv specifically do for you?”

Troy Aikman:

“It sounds simple, but he took what everyone does best and he
had ‘em do what they do best. You know, I didn’t throw this
particular corner route particularly well. Jim Everett of the Rams
did, and they threw a lot of them. And I never got comfortable
with the throw. And we didn’t throw it. He just said, “Forget it.”
You know, what I did throw well, I threw the dig routes well,
20 yard in routes. We threw the comebacks… And that’s what
I did.

And (Michael) Irvin ran those well. You know, that’s what he did.
He wasn’t just gonna blow by the people all the time, so we didn’t
ask him to do it.

Emmitt (Smith) wasn’t a guy who could catch a lot of balls out of
the backfield. He would catch swing passes and that type of thing,
and that’s what we did with him.

It sounds really simple, but for some reason, most offensive
coordinators don’t go about it that way, and it worked for us.
You know, when we talk about the triplets — me, Michael, and
Emmitt — credit Norv for our successes. You know, he was the
right guy at the right place at the right time, and he got us really
where we wanted to go.”

Norv Turner satisfied the players’ physical needs to do what they were good at doing. That straightforward physical success led to the mental and emotional success of winning Super Bowls.

Another Win For People Doing What They’re Good At Doing

Smart teenagers from five countries gave themselves straightforward success in a United Technologies Future of Buildings and Cities Challenge:

“Once the students signed up to participate, they self-selected
into teams based on interests and skills, and developed their
collaborative designs using Launchpad.”

Judges selected their building as the winning design.

“6 Teens designed this wacky green building of the future”
Eillie Anzilotti
Fast Company
July 27, 2018

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“The Norv Turner Story, From Beginning To End Zone”
Dave Sell
The Washington Post
August 30, 1994

“The Story of Norv Turner: Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator”
John Gennaro
Bolts From The Blue
June 26, 2012

Undeniable with Joe Buck
“Troy Aikman”
2015

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Even An Industrial Powerhouse Can Sour When It Stops Doing The Nuts & Bolts Work

Leaving a path of working with others and satisfying others
to focus on satisfying your desire to feel special

General Electric (GE) was formed in 1892, a merger between Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Company. Over the years GE’s research lab would give the world:

x-ray machines
(including portable ones)

electric locomotive

technology for voice radio broadcast

electric kitchen appliances
(including the first air-tight refrigerator,
making microwave oven technology possible)

trans-oceanic radio

LED lights

solid-state lasers

self-cleaning ovens

magnets that were precursors to MRI machines

fluorescent lights

GE also contributed to:

industrial plastics

early electronics

power generation

aviation
(including trips to the moon)

From consumer goods to industrial machinery to commercial airliners and nuclear submarines to radar altimeters to romantic comedies to Nobel Prizes, GE was the elite of corporate capitalism. In the beginning, GE did the nuts and bolts work that made it an industrial powerhouse.

With success came expansion, and with expansion came the need for more leaders. In 1956, GE President Ralph Cordiner opened a management training center in Crotonville, New York. The training instilled “consistent values across its management echelon.”

End of the 20th century CEO Jack Welch kept the focus on leadership training, but cut research and development. One part of Welch’s leadership training was moving young executives to different areas of the corporation for different perspectives and experiences. That focus was part of GE’s success. But Welch’s cuts to research and development stopped the nuts and bolts work crucial for remaining a powerhouse. GE’s success began to sour.

Jack Welch thought his leadership training could create flawlessness. That belief was part of GE’s souring. Flawlessness is impossible, especially when perspective and experience are limited by cuts to research and development. High quality products and manufacturing took a back stage to low quality financial maneuvers. GE wanted to continue the special industrial powerhouse feeling without doing the nuts and bolts work crucial for remaining a powerhouse.

Under CEO Jeff Immelt, GE turned to acquiring financial businesses, assuming GE managers could fix anything. It turns out that GE managers couldn’t fix the multi-billion dollar pension shortfall that was bigger than any other corporation’s pension shortfall.

The 2008 financial crash exposed the souring. The company survived only through emergency stock sales and government loan guarantees. GE did poorly even after much of the rest of the world began recovering. After becoming CEO in August 2017, John Flannery decided to start selling off pieces of GE to reduce its size, debt, and pension deficit.

In 1896, GE became an original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It was a continuous member from 1097 until 2018 when it lost its membership. In 2017, GE was the Dow’s worst performing stock.

None of GE’s leaders at least through Jeffrey Immelt saw the opportunities for near flawlessness that Wisconsin billionaire Ken Hendricks saw. Hendricks saw opportunities in focusing on the perspectives of people most CEOs ignore — workers at the bottom. When Hendricks considered buying a business, he listened to what the people at the top claimed about the business. Then Hendricks visited the people at the bottom. Hendricks would ask,

“If you were running this business, what would you do
differently?”

Hendricks told Inc Magazine the results of his conversations with people at the bottom:

“I guarantee if you fixed what they tell you, 95 percent of
the time that would be a successful business. These guys
hit it on the head all the time. But management never
asks them.”

A 95 percent success rate is nearly flawless success.

If an industrial powerhouse can sour, any business can sour. Ken Hendricks demonstrates how to protect your business — small, medium, or large — from souring. He looked for the nuts and bolts work crucial for creating success, then did the nuts and bolts work crucial for maintaining success. For your business, find and do the nuts and bolts work crucial for making your business a success. Keep looking for the nuts and bolts and keep doing the crucial work. You may even create a powerhouse in your industry.

“From Light Bulb to Industrial Powerhouse: A Brief History of General Electric Company”
Steve Heller
The Motley Fool
July 12, 2015

“General Electric gets booted from the Dow”
Matt Egan
CNN Money
June 19, 2018

“How Do You Make Better Managers?”
Seth Stevenson
Slate
June 9, 2014

“How To Buy A Business”
Inc Magazine
December 1, 2006

“Inside the dismantling of GE”
Matt Egan
CNN Money
June 2018, no specific date on article
http://money.cnn.com/interactive/news/GE-dismantling-interactive/index.html

Paula M. Kramer
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Making An Announcement Without Permission Backfires Into Forced Silence

Blunder Backfire
Your neglect for other people’s needs and passions
backfires onto you as unforeseen blunders

2007
Gawker.com published a story announcing that Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel is gay.

2009
Peter Thiel compared Gawker to al Qaeda, describing them as terrorists.

2012
Gawker published a video of Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) having sex with a friend’s wife. Hogan said he had no knowledge they were being videotaped. He filed a lawsuit against Gawker. Hogan was just one of many people to sue Gawker.

2016
Gawker sells a minority stake to Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg of Columbus Nova Technology Partners. Gawker uses part of the money to pay its legal bills.

Hulk Hogan wins his lawsuit against Gawker. The court awards Hogan $115 million plus another $25 million in punitive damages.

Forbes magazine revealed that Peter Thiel paid Hogan’s legal expenses. Peter Thiel also paid legal fees for other lawsuits against Gawker. Thiel considers this philanthropy.

Gawker files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a judge denies its request for a stay that would have delayed paying Hulk Hogan. The company began an auction supervised by the court.

Univision Media bought Gawker in the bankruptcy auction.

Univision Media and Gawker Media shutdown Gawker.com, silencing the website that made an announcement about Peter Thiel without his permission.

“Peter Thiel’s War On Gawker: A Timeline”
Matt Drange
Forbes Magazine
June 21, 2016

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Introductions Boomerang Back As Beneficial Invitations

Benefit Boomerang
Your respect for other people’s needs and passions
boomerangs back to you as unforeseen benefits

Marie Forleo of Marie Forleo International got her first job after college because of a customer to the bar where she bartended. The customer asked what Marie wanted to do. Marie wanted to work on Wall Street. The customer’s brother-in-law worked on Wall Street. The customer took Marie’s resume to her brother-in-law, and Marie’s first job after college was on Wall Street.

Taking that beginning to heart, Marie began introducing people to each other for their mutual benefit. Those introductions boomeranged back to Marie as invitations to appear with Oprah Winfrey and Anthony Robbins. Marie’s philanthropy brought an invitation from Richard Branson. Branson introduced Marie to a woman he thought could help Marie’s career.

Marie Forleo’s introductions for the benefit of others boomeranged back to her with benefits she never expected.

“Marie Forleo and the High Art of People Pleasing”
Leigh Buchanan
Inc. Magazine
August 20, 2014

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A Family, An Employer, Social Media Companies, Web Host Providers, and A Government Find Fault After Charlottesville

Finding Fault Failure
Other people responding negatively to you
because you create a failure they detest

Several alt-right groups came together in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 “to show a unified front.” The alt-right groups wanted “to move their community from the virtual world into the real one.” The rally was a protest against Charlottesville’s city government plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The protest became violent. James Alex Fields drove his car into a group of counter protesters, killing 32 year old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. @YesYoureRacist identified several of the white supremacists at the rally,

Peter Tefft

Horrified to learn of his son’s involvement, Pearce Tefft wrote an open letter denouncing Peter’s “vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions.” Mr. Tefft went even further:

“Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any
longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs
and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”

Cole White

Torch bearing white supremacist Cole White lost his job at Top Dog, a Berkeley, California restaurant. Top Dog management posted this sign outside the restaurant:

“Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works
at Top Dog.” The actions of those in Charlottesville are not
supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and
voluntary association for everyone.”

The Daily Stormer

The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website. After the rally, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin posted an article disparaging rally murder victim Heather Heyer:

“drain on society”

“the definition of uselessness”

“Most people are glad she is dead.”

GoDaddy gave The Daily Stormer 24 hours to find another web host. Google rejected The Daily Stormer as well, as did a Russian web host, as did DreamHost.

Russian web host Ru-Center suspended Daily Stormer after an official government inquiry. Russia’s government media regulator, Roskomnadzor, wrote Ru-Center asking the company to:

“to look into [the] possibility of register suspension due to
extremist content of this domain.”

Social media companies Facebook and Reddit banned far right extremist groups and removed links to pages posted by far right extremists. Facebook removed all links to The Daily Stormer post attacking the Charlottesville rally murder victim, Heather Heyer.

Extreme words and actions prompt extreme finding fault responses.

“Daily Stormer jumps to dark web while Reddit and Facebook ban hate groups”
Samuel Gibbs
The Guardian
August 16, 2017

“Easy come, easy go Daily Stormer briefly reappears on DreamHost before disappearing again”
Devin Coldeway
TechCrunch
August 24, 2017

“GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim”
Katie Mettler and Avi SelkThe Washington Post
August 14, 2017

“’I Refuse to Let Them Win.’ Meet the Activist Exposing Charlottesville White Supremacists on Twitter”
Melissa Chan
Time Magazine
August 15, 2017

“Letter: Family denounces Tefft’s racist rhetoric and actions”
Pearce Tefft
INFORUM
August 14, 2017

“A man lost his job after a photo of him at the deadly Charlottesville white-supremacist rally went viral”
Hayley Peterson
Business Insider
Aug. 14, 2017

“Russian Web Host Suspends Daily Stormer After Government Inquiry”
Carl Schreck
RadioFreeEurope
RadioLiberty
August 17, 2017

‘”’Unite The Right’: Charlottesville Rally Represented Collection Of Alt-Right Groups”
“All Things Considered” with host Audie Cornish
NPR
August 15, 2017

Paula M. Kramer
Resource Rock Star (See websites below.)

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Choose success instead of failure for yourself.

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A web host transfer made some posts disappear. Luckily, I copied each post and emailed it to myself. Since I alternated success and failure posts, I will have to remove posts and republish them in success and failure order. I will do this as I have time. Apologies.