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Archive for March 2006

Israel Election I

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The up and coming election in Israel is a bit confusing.

The broad make up of the Knesset and diversity of Israeli politics makes finding out exactly what each Israeli political parties stands for, hard.

I am indebted to Lisa, for the list of all 31 political parties taking part and a summary of their policies.

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28/03/2006 at 22:41

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Kidnap the Truth

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I was very happy to hear of the release of Norman Kember and CPT hostages, but the stories coming out struck me as a bit peculiar.

A casual reader of the news might be forgiven for assuming that the hostages were released by their kidnappers, as a gesture of good will after months of negotiations.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Apparently, the SAS or similar specialists extracted the hostages from a house, which was seemingly contrary to Kember’s wishes, “Professor Kember, who had always said that he did not want to be rescued by military force”.

Yet non-violence surely won the day in Iraq? I’ll bet the “insurgency” are happy?

Which reminded me of “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

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24/03/2006 at 13:12

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Comments and Blog

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The Guardian’s new blogging project “Comment is free” is appealing, and you will find many notables there and my selection is:


David Hirsh
DD Guttenplan
Jon Pike
Steven Rose
Peter Tatchell
Salma Yaqoob
Brian Whitaker

oh and Linda Grant, she is entertaining

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23/03/2006 at 12:20

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Tool Bar Update I

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The Israeli Tool Bar has proven enjoyable but not trouble free. Running under Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 the Radio part has problems with ActiveX.

Using the Windows Media Player ActiveX Installation for Firefox seems to result in more crashes (as predicted in the message boards).

Solution: Don’t use radio, remove WMP ActiveX Installation for Firefox and re-install everything from scratch.

We’ll see what happens.

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21/03/2006 at 14:17

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Chomsky & Co: Nailed

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I am not a fan of Noam Chomsky, after his defence of Faurisson and unsavoury associates.

I was indebted to Harry’s Place for their diligence in highlighting the Guardian’s kowtowing to Chomsky and Diana Johnstone over Srebrenica.

The letter by Kamm, Wheen and Aaronovitch is a very clear indictment of Chomsky’s shoddy methods and bias.

I have no doubt there will be some counterblast from Chomsky and his cult, which are guaranteed to confuse the issues.

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20/03/2006 at 13:35

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Film Lovers?

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From the 1920s onwards anti-Semitism evolved with the aid of the protocols into an all-encompassing ideology.

Rather than seeing anti-Semitism in a crude one-dimensional way, the most obvious manifestation being Hitler’s Nazi Germany, we should view it has an evolving pestilence of an ideology. It never remained static and incorporates new myths as events unfold.

An example of this is the story of the five dancing Israelis, which has done the rounds on neo-Nazi, extremist Islamist and conspiratorial web sites since 9/11.

I am indebted to Engage for their coverage of the new film: Protocols of Zion

Even the on-line trailer makes depressing viewing but a lesson that humanity hasn’t quiet learnt enough yet?

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19/03/2006 at 21:30

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Tolerance and Smoking

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I laughed at this story:
‘As a citywide public smoking ban went into effect today in Calabasas, enforcement came from a higher authority: Mother Nature.

A rainstorm sent renegade smokers stubbing out their cigarettes and scurrying for cover as security guards began issuing warnings at the town’s main shopping center.
“You are going to get a $500 citation,” one guard warned Dannielle Wakely as she sat at an outdoor table at the Calabasas Commons puffing on a cigarette.

A moment earlier, shopper Erit Litvak had bummed a cigarette and a match from Wakely. She listened to the security guard’s warning with her mouth agape.

“I am putting it out!” exclaimed Litvak. “Am I in trouble?”

Calabasas, an upscale suburb wedged between the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County, has generated national attention for what appears to be the first ban on smoking in all outdoor public spaces.’

My heart bleeds

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18/03/2006 at 16:35

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