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Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So (Josh Marshall) - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog...
Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So (Josh Marshall)
"Then yesterday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made this startling statement, breaking even more clearly with Netanyahu. Lieberman says Netanyahu's 'status quo' approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a failure and that Israel faces a diplomatic "tsunami" if it doesn't achieve a diplomatic settlement with the Palestinians and also a regional settlement with its Arab neighbors." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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'Offended' Israel not to support publicly the US-Cuba breakthrough - report — RT USA - http://rt.com/usa...
'Offended' Israel not to support publicly the US-Cuba breakthrough - report — RT USA
"Left in the dark over Washington’s reunification plans with Havana, while not wanting to alienate key Republican allies, Israel has opted not to publicly support the Obama administration’s Cuban initiative, Israeli officials say. Last week’s announcement that the US and Cuba had laid the groundwork for a historic reconciliation came as an apparent surprise for Israel, whose government ministers first heard the news from media reports. “They didn’t even give us a few minutes’ notice,” a senior Israeli official was quoted by Haaretz as saying. Despite a formal request from the Obama administration, Israel has decided to withhold public support of the US-Cuba breakthrough, top Israeli officials said on Wednesday." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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"Santa only collects metadata. Live a little." — pourmecoffee
Satan? - Sean McBride
of course not, "The devil is in the details." :) - Greg GuitarBuster
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Effective Internet communications in a nutshell: make your remarks crisp and clean and packed with high-quality facts and insights.
# distracting noise in Internet communications 1. circumlocutions 2. factual errors 3. grammatical errors 4. heavy sarcasm 5. hyperbole 6. insults 7. moral outrage 8. obscenities 9. personal attacks 10. preaching to the choir 11. repetition 12. righteous indignation 13. shouting 14. sloppy formatting 15. spelling errors 16. stridency 17. verbal abuse 18. verbosity - Sean McBride
It's about aesthetics more than anything else. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Effective Internet communications in a nutshell: make your remarks crisp and clean and packed with high-quality facts and insights.
# distracting noise in Internet communications 1. circumlocutions 2. factual errors 3. grammatical errors 4. heavy sarcasm 5. hyperbole 6. insults 7. moral outrage 8. obscenities 9. personal attacks 10. preaching to the choir 11. repetition 12. righteous indignation 13. shouting 14. sloppy formatting 15. spelling errors 16. stridency 17. verbal abuse 18. verbosity - Sean McBride
It's about aesthetics more than anything else. - Sean McBride
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John Mearsheimer: What Mondoweiss Means To Me - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
John Mearsheimer writes the latest message in our series What Mondoweiss Means To Me: “Criticizing Israel or its American lobby is mortal combat for intellectuals, journalists, and policymakers. We have all paid a serious price for doing so. Mondoweiss has been one of the few places where one could speak the truth despite the professional risks. Academic freedom, journalistic freedom and fact-based policy analysis are fundamentally intertwined. If you value the pursuit of truth as a tool in developing rational, humane policy, please join me in supporting Mondoweiss.” We are asking Mondoweiss readers to help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Please donate and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.
Cant believe they let this comment appear on that thread---->'' slandau December 24, 2014, 1:21 pm......" The most serious danger to Israel is not from their neighbors in the Mid East, but from the growing army of outraged Americans and Europeans who have been silenced in exactly the way Prof. Mearsheimer has outlined. The practice of shaming and defaming truth-tellers is traditional in... more... - American
Here is the permanent link for that comment: http://mondoweiss.net/2014... - Sean McBride
slandau seems to be arguing that the authortarian/totalitarian strains in Zionism are grounded in the authoritarian/totalitarian strains in Judaism. - Sean McBride
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Analyzing Mondoweiss commenters
# sort Mondoweiss commenters by * 1. affiliations 2. Arab affiliations 3. Christian affiliations 4. city 5. email addresses 6. employers 7. ethnicity+* 8. fame 9. famous family members 10. gender+* 11. Google PageRank 12. government affiliations 13. highest degree 14. highest security clearance 15. intelligence affiliations 16. Internet aliases 17. IP numbers 18. Israeli affiliations 19. Jewish affiliations 20. lexicon size 21. military affiliations 22. Muslim affiliations 23. nation of citizenship 24. nation of residence 25. net worth 26. number of accusations of antisemitism 27. number of anti-* comments 28. number of comments 29. number of comments on * 30. number of links posted 31. number of links to * 32. number of mentions of * 33. number of pro-* comments 34. oldest 35. real first name 36. real last name 37. religion+* 38. strategic importance 39. total donations to Mondoweiss 40. university affiliations 41. youngest - Sean McBride
Can Unit 8200 already do this? -- probably. - Sean McBride
And just the tip of the iceberg. - Sean McBride
One can perform these data mining operations on any and every organization or group in the world. - Sean McBride
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MJ Rosenberg: Israel objects 2 US decision to recognize Cuba, coming close 2 achieving its goal of being on the wrong side of every issue on the planet. https://twitter.com/MJayRos...
Haaretz.com: Israel spurns U.S. request to publicly support lifting of Cuba blockade http://dlvr.it/7wMhQt https://twitter.com/haaretz... - Sean McBride
Trita Parsi: Israel nixes Obama's request to back US-#Cuba thaw, fearing backlash from pro-Israel Republican lawmakers http://www.haaretz.com/mobile... … @BarakRavid https://twitter.com/tparsi... - Sean McBride
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Israel, a Jewish Republic? - NYTimes.com (Kai Bird) - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
"Israel has an identity problem. Is it a Jewish state that provides legal and material preferences for citizens of Jewish ancestry? Or is it a secular nation-state, but one that happens to be rooted in Jewish culture and the Hebrew language? For more than six decades Israeli politicians have maintained a useful ambiguity about this deeply existential question. But no longer." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Comment: "Kai Bird rightly contends a transmogrification of Zionism has occurred, all shreds of idealism and progressive thought (as among many early kibbutz supporters) have dropped away. What is left in modern Israel is an overwhelming ethos of militarism, only partly disguised by secular-religious differences. Militarism is the infectious disease which has destroyed the beauty of... more... - Sean McBride
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Elijah J. Magnier: Exclusive:Read 2morrow how #israel Mossad allowed Burgas Bulgaria attack 2take place 2protect #Hezbollah most senior agent @AlraiMediaGroup https://twitter.com/EjmAlra...
True or false? (Check out the comments.) - Sean McBride
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Hillary Clinton’s decision to support Iraq war was driven by Israel concern, Chris Matthews says - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
It used to be verboten to suggest that the Israel lobby helped drive the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. Now James Mann says as much of the neoconservatives. And Chris Matthews says the same of Hillary Clinton.
Phil Weiss: "So the neoconservative road to peace in Jerusalem went through burning Baghdad to the ground…" - Sean McBride
Phil Weiss: "A few years ago, the idea that support for the disastrous Iraq war was driven in any way by concern for Israel’s security was verboten. Walt and Mearsheimer were accused of being anti-Semites for saying that the Israel lobby pushed the war. Jeffrey Goldberg went in for the casual smear that they were saying that Jews started all American wars. But we’ve gone 12 years since... more... - Sean McBride
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Opinion: Nova Spivack on a New Era in Semantic Web History - Semanticweb.com - http://semanticweb.com/nova-sp...
Opinion: Nova Spivack on a New Era in Semantic Web History - Semanticweb.com
"Google is moving away from hand-made ontologies — they were never a fan of them. From the early days, Google’s philosophy has been biased towards big data over manually constructed knowledge. The end of Freebase, and the rise of Knowledge Vault, are just examples of this bias. However, Schema.org‘s impressive growth and adoption can’t be ignored either, and the jury is still out as to whether decentralized ecosystems can ultimately out-scale more centralized data-mining approaches like Knowledge Vault to reach Semantic Web dominance. Although Freebase is being handed off, it is not necessarily over — it is going into the Wikidata project — which could be an increasingly important repository of open knowledge in the future. The war for the Semantic Web is not over." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Stop Babying Israel at the U.N. Security Council – Forward Thinking – Forward.com - http://blogs.forward.com/forward...
Stop Babying Israel at the U.N. Security Council – Forward Thinking – Forward.com
"America’s policy on Israel-Palestine ought to be principled, rather than influenced by the electoral cycle in a country that has been going to the polls for general elections on average every 2.8 years since 1990. For those who insist on viewing U.S. actions as linked to Israeli elections, consider this: a U.N. Security Council two-state vote in the months leading up to national elections with historic importance and implications would focus the Israeli electorate on Israel’s key existential challenge. Indeed, as Israeli analysts Shimon Stein and Shlomo Brom recently wrote, “…a U.S. refusal to veto a resolution formulated through dialogue between the United States and the European nations could have a positive effect on the Israeli election campaign…”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"As true friends of Israel, President Obama and Secretary Kerry — and Israel’s other friends on the U.N. Security Council — must recognize that they would be doing Israelis no favor by holding U.N. action hostage to Israeli elections. The last thing Israelis need today is enablers of their leaders’ suicidal tendencies. What Israelis need is a dose of reality — like the action being... more... - Sean McBride
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Next Big Future: Google Deep Mind is taking Artificial Intelligence to a new level and hope to accelerate scientific progress and truly useful robotics - http://nextbigfuture.com/2014...
Next Big Future: Google Deep Mind is taking Artificial Intelligence to a new level and hope to accelerate scientific progress and truly useful robotics
"DeepMind has combined deep learning with a technique called reinforcement learning, which is inspired by the work of animal psychologists such as B.F. Skinner. This led to software that learns by taking actions and receiving feedback on their effects, as humans or animals often do. In 2013, DeepMind researchers showed off software that had learned to play three classic Atari games - Pong, Breakout and Enduro - better than an expert human. The software wasn’t programmed with any information on how to play; it was equipped only with access to the controls and the display, knowledge of the score, and an instinct to make that score as high as possible. The program became an expert gamer through trial and error. No one had ever demonstrated software that could learn to master such a complex task from scratch." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"It was the first deep learning model to successfully learn control policies directly from high-dimensional sensory input using reinforcement learning. The model is a convolutional neural network, trained with a variant of Q-learning, whose input is raw pixels and whose output is a value function estimating future rewards. They applied their method to seven Atari 2600 games from the... more... - Sean McBride
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One Giant Leap for Artificial Intelligence? MIT Model Seeks to Make Computers Think Like Humans - http://www.business2community.com/tech-ga...
"Since their invention, computers have always done what the human brain can’t. That’s why computers are best at handling massive sets of data and information and categorizing them into huge clusters. When it comes to picking apart minute details and looking at small sets of data, however, the human brain is more adept than a computer. However, that could soon change with a new machine-learning algorithm that recently came out of MIT. According to a December 8 Popular Science article, the MIT Model allows computers to group data points together based upon the data’s similarities to one another. The algorithm then creates a “prototype” from the different categories of data that includes features that are similar among all the pieces of data." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Future robots will creatively combine every useful trait of natural predators among animals and plants.
Which means that some of them will be absolutely terrifying -- beyond the stuff of traditional nightmares. - Sean McBride
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# sort communications among *(communicators) by importance for the past 24 hours
1. CIA 2. DARPA 3. DHS 4. DIA 5. FBI 6. GCHQ 7. MI6 8. MIT CSAIL 9. MIT Lincoln Lab 10. MIT Media Lab 11. MITRE 12. Mossad 13. NSA 14. ONI 15. Unit 8200 - Sean McBride
# c; communicator type; * 1. address 2. city 3. email address 4. government agency 5. nation 6. organization 7. person 8. phone number 9. research center 10. vehicle - Sean McBride
# c; vehicle type 1. airplane 2. boat 3. bus 4. cab 5. car 6. helicopter 7. limousine 8. ship 9. subway car 10. train 11. truck 12. yacht - Sean McBride
sort communications among *communicators by importance for the past *time-period - Sean McBride
sort communications at *organization by importance for the past *time-period - Sean McBride
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Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu at heart of major corruption scandal - Israel News, Ynetnews - http://www.ynetnews.com/article...
"Major corruption scandal involving over 30 public officials, top politicians uncovered in Israel, investigation centers on Deputy Minister Faina Kirschenbaum; Yisrael Beiteinu: Police trying to shame party ahead of elections." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Benjamin Netanyahu working with Republican strategist ahead of elections - Israel Elections - Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com/Israel-...
"Republican strategist John McLaughlin will advise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign ahead of the March 17 election." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"For more than 30 years McLaughlin has worked successfully for candidates across the United States and internationally. His past clients include six sitting Republican US Senators and 22 Congressmen, including Lee Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, He also has had successes with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Canadian... more... - Sean McBride
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# selected Mondoweiss commenters: sorted by total number of comments as of December 23, 2014
1. Annie: 25,584 2. Mooser: 19,747 3. Hostage: 10,158 4. Walid: 6,946 5. hophmi: 6,654 6. Taxi: 6,455 7. lysias: 4,630 8. Krauss: 1,991 - Sean McBride
Annie and Mooser combined: 45,331 comments. - Sean McBride
wow....thats like over 5000 comments a year for annie or 14 a day. I berated myself for wasting so much time commenting and mine only come to about 3 a day over a 5 year period and a lot of those are one liners. That is a Lot of time. - American
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The Real Threat to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb - NYTimes.com (Jacob Heilbrunn) - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
"The conventional wisdom is that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be almost impossible to dislodge from the Democratic presidential nomination and that even if she does encounter some hiccups, they will come from her left flank on economic policy. But if Mrs. Clinton runs, she may face a serious and very different threat: her own foreign policy record. While she can pretty much split the difference with any primary opponents on economic policy, the divisions over foreign affairs could be a lot harder to paper over for Mrs. Clinton, who has been tacking to the right on Iran, Syria and Russia in anticipation of Republican assaults during the general election." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Mr. Webb’s attacks on free trade and economic elites, coupled with a call for America to come home again, might well prove a potent combination in the early primaries, attracting antiwar progressives as well as conservative-minded Southern white men whom he believes the party can win back. His credo is as simple as it is persuasive: Rather than squander its power and resources abroad, America should rebuild." - Sean McBride
"Mr. Webb, who prides himself on his Scotch-Irish ancestry, has long been something of a renegade, a persona that vividly manifested itself after Sept. 11, 2001, when he began denouncing what he saw as the transformation of the American presidency into a European-style monarchy that could capriciously pursue wars whenever and wherever it chose. Unlike Mrs. Clinton, who continues to... more... - Sean McBride
"In contrast to Mrs. Clinton, who has gotten into hot water for trying to retroactively amend her views and record, Mr. Webb did not arrive at these beliefs casually or opportunistically. As his recent memoir, “I Heard My Country Calling,” makes clear, his opposition to ventures abroad is as much viscerally emotional as intellectual. Growing up as a self-described military brat, he... more... - Sean McBride
It's annoying that NYT Picks is the default tab for comments since I go out of my way now not to open it. - Sean McBride
Among Readers' Picks one detects a generalized disgust for Hillary Clinton, which is precisely what one would expect. - Sean McBride
# the buzz on Hillary Clinton is nearly all bad 1. AIPAC tool 2. belligerent 3. blatting 4. bloodthirsty 5. boring 6. corrupt 7. crude 8. Haim Saban tool 9. mediocre 10. neocon 11. not very bright 12. past her shelf life 13. stale 14. tired 15. too old 16. Wall Street tool 17. warmonger - Sean McBride
The short version: Hillary Clinton is a tool of the Israeli government, Wall Street billionaires and the military-industrial-intelligence complex. She's George W. Bush in a pantsuit. - Sean McBride
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17,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamisation - Breitbart - http://www.breitbart.com/london...
17,500 Germans Gather to Sing Christmas Carols Against Islamisation - Breitbart
"PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’ movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’, it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week, to more than 17,500 last night." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
German Zionism on the rise. - Sean McBride
# terms to be thinking about 1. Arab Zionism 2. black Zionism 3. Celtic Zionism 4. Chinese Zionism 5. Danish Zionism 6. English Zionism 7. European Zionism 8. French Zionism 9. German Zionism 10. Irish Zionism 11. Italian Zionism 12. Japanese Zionism 13. Nordic Zionism 14. Norwegian Zionism 15. Russian Zionism 16. Scottish Zionism 17. Swedish Zionism 18. white Zionism - Sean McBride
Israel and Jewish Zionists are letting the genie out of the bottle -- they don't have a leg to stand on in objecting to the full-bore pursuit of ethnic nationalist self-interest by *all* groups. - Sean McBride
The previous iteration of German Zionism (Nazism, German nationalism) *succeeded* the development of Jewish Zionism. - Sean McBride
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Anger simmers as EU Parliament shoots down anti-­Semitism task-force - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com/Diaspor...
Anger simmers as EU Parliament shoots down anti-­Semitism task-force - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post
"Jewish organizations reacted harshly to last week’s failure by the European Parliament to establish a task force on anti-Semitism despite initial support by a significant number of legislators. Last week the Jewish Chronicle reported that over 100 MEPs had expressed their support for such a body, which would deal with the precipitous rise in Jew-hatred across the continent in recent years. While a task force dealing with racism and diversity in a general sense was established, Jewish leaders this week indicated that they believe it will prove insufficient in dealing with Europe’s rise in anti-Semitism." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"“Anti-Semitism is an abomination which has been around for a very long time. It has its specific roots and specific driving forces, not to mention the horrible results it produced in Europe – more so than anywhere else,” said Stephan Kramer of the American Jewish Committee’s European Office on anti-Semitism." - Sean McBride
Top comment: "EU doesn't care for European Jews and doesn't care for Israeli Jews. Their favourite scenario is to make them both disappear! That's their policy!" - Sean McBride
Comment: "It only takes one european nation to fall to islam for the rest to radicalize, allowing the right to win and cleanse Europe in civil war. What the current left wing EU regime thinks or says about Jews or Israel is inconsequential for us. The EU will fall. The only relevant question for us is what the coming right wing nationalists think of us. I say we had better start working with them, because once they clean the continent of Islam, they will remember which side we stood on." - Sean McBride
Comment: "I think we should stop to try to be Europeans and be what we are, Jews! Europe has many achievements, in all fields of human knowledge, they are great but we are not and never were part of it. After so many expulsions, pogroms, and the Holocaust shouldn't we have already learned that ? Let Europe to the Europeans and let's all leave it to them." - Sean McBride
Comment: "You're losing Europe. You want to blame it on the Europeans and ignore the MORAL REVULSION caused by Israel's slaughter of over 1,400 Palestinian civilians, including 500 children in the 49 days of Operation Protective Edge. Israel is its own worst enemy." - Sean McBride
Comment: "The time has come for Jews to get out of the shit hole called europe. Israel should develop closer economic ties to India and Asia, especially when it becomes an exporter of natural gas and oil." - Sean McBride
A few sets of interest: [# set; anti-European * by Jews since 1800 1. articles 2. books 3. quotes 4. remarks 5. themes 6. works] - Sean McBride
Among these comments: 1. "Eurotrash" 2. "the shit hole called Europe" 3. "A European commission to fight anti- Semitism? It would be like having a snake having a commission against venom." 4. "Let Europe drown!" - Sean McBride
Two cultural attitudes: 1. European anti-Semitism. 2. Jewish anti-Europeanism. A highly volatile and violent chemistry -- perhaps never destined to settle down into harmony and amity. Certainly Zionism has done nothing to improve this situation -- it has only exacerbated it. The term "irreconcilable differences" comes to mind -- it's usually the reason why married couples choose to divorce -- to separate completely. - Sean McBride
We need to be thinking in depth about the roots of primal wars among ethnic and religious cultures. What drives these conflicts at the deepest (and often unconscious) levels? What are the core archetypes? What are the origins of those archetypes? Why do we behave the way we behave -- especially in groups? Why do the same behavioral patterns keep coming up again and again? - Sean McBride
We may eventually uncover the genetic basis of obsessive-compulsive and narcissistic ethnocentrism and its associated verbal and behavioral tics. It may be a biology-based mental illness -- quite heavily deterministic. - Sean McBride
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Hillel Int’l doubles down, smearing campus critics of Israel as anti-semites - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
Facing a breakaway movement of idealistic Jews who are open to criticism of Israel, Hillel International announces a smartphone app that equates statements against Israel with anti-Semitism and hate speech
set; accusations of antisemitism by pro-Israel activists - Sean McBride
Sort the set items by time, accuser and accused. Graph the data. - Sean McBride
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"What Editor Do Rubyists Use?" http://prsm.tc/cLKPrV
"What Editor Do Rubyists Use?" http://prsm.tc/cLKPrV
Vim ranks 1. - Sean McBride
The Kool Kids are using Vim, Sublime Text and Emacs. - Sean McBride
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Yonah Fredman: "Spinoza was sociologically and biologically a Jew until the day that he died." http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
Biologically? - Sean McBride
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IDFSpokesperson: "He operates drones during the day, and lights #Hanukkah candles at night. #HappyHanukkah from the IDF!" - http://pbs.twimg.com/media...
IDFSpokesperson: "He operates drones during the day, and lights #Hanukkah candles at night. #HappyHanukkah from the IDF!"
/topic Judaism and Zionism - Sean McBride
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Global Warming Threshold: What 2 Degrees Celsius (3.6 F) Looks Like | The New Republic - http://www.newrepublic.com/article...
Global Warming Threshold: What 2 Degrees Celsius (3.6 F) Looks Like | The New Republic
"In starker language than what scientists normally use, the report described the impacts at 7.2 degrees as "devastating," stating, "given that uncertainty remains about the full nature and scale of impacts, there is also no certainty that adaptation to a 4°C world is possible. This world means "communities, cities and countries would experience severe disruptions, damage, and dislocation, with many of these risks spread unequally."" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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‘Israel is becoming an isolated ghetto,’ says Amos Oz - http://mondoweiss.net/2014...
In his effort to revive Zionism as a liberal ideology, NYT's Roger Cohen says Labor candidate Isaac Herzog is surging in the polls and can oust Netanyahu, who is leading the country into an abyss.
Zionism, like Judaism, is a self-ghettoizing ideology in its essential nature -- as are all forms of ethnic and religious nationalism. - Sean McBride
Phil Weiss: "Zionists have created a political structure that cannot separate religion and state." Which is why we need a full discussion about the ideological connections between Judaism and Zionism. - Sean McBride
Regarding comparing the NYT Picks of comments vs. Readers' Picks: I've been commenting on the discrepancy there for quite a few months now. Also people are beginning to notice that the comments at publications like the New York Times are often superior to the lead articles on which they comment. - Sean McBride
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As anti-Semitism heats up, so does Fuel For Truth | The Times of Israel - http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-anti...
As anti-Semitism heats up, so does Fuel For Truth | The Times of Israel
"“Being pro-Israel today is a scary thing,” says Ron Wasserman, 35, who runs the boot camp. “Young Jews are afraid to be pro-Israel. That’s one of the biggest problems we face. Why are they afraid? Part of it is they don’t have the facts. Also, the other side seems very confident and is intimidating. Unless you have a baseline of knowledge you won’t have the backbone to come out in support of Israel. We do role-play; it’s live-action fire so people will be prepared.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Muldoon said she’s naturally persuasive but wanted to learn more history about Israel and sharpen her skills. A key of the boot camp was to learn how to speak in a calm and conversational tone, as opposed to screaming, which can often undermine an argument, she said." - Sean McBride
"Richards said that some of the graduates join the organization, which has about 260 members and hundreds of other volunteers. Others fan out to join UJA, AIPAC, AJC, FIDF and other Jewish organizations." - Sean McBride
c; Israeli op; Fuel for Truth - Sean McBride
c; World op; another century, another jewish problem. - American
Jewish nationalists haven't yet figured out that that any form of lobbying for Israel and Zionism in the Diaspora, no matter how low-key and diplomatic, is a losing proposition -- one guaranteed to create friction and conflict between Jews and non-Jews over the long run. Certainly most citizens of modern Western democratic nations are not mired down in the politics of cultural warfare... more... - Sean McBride
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