Archive for March 2006
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 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.
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.”
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.
I was indebted to Harry’s Place for their diligence in highlighting the Guardian’s kowtowing to Chomsky and Diana Johnstone over Srebrenica.
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.
Even the on-line trailer makes depressing viewing but a lesson that humanity hasn’t quiet learnt enough yet?
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