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Director of Israeli Aerospace Institute Conducts Campaign Disabling My Facebook Account -
You are reading the blog of a dangerous man.  A very dangerous man.  Or so the Israeli pro-war propaganda machine believes.  That’s why yesterday, an Israeli Facebook user named Tal Inbar began a campaign to get my Facebook account removed.  Here is what he published in Hebrew: בואו נדבר לרגע על ריצ’ארד סילברסטיין. היהודי האנטי […]
I think think we should all support Silverstein on this. I just dropped him a note of encouragement. You just know that this is only the beginning of the attacks on facebook. Twitter may be next! - Danaa
Always with the censorship, the attacks on free speech. Mark Zuckerberg should put his weight behind protecting free speech on Facebook, particularly when the pressure is coming from this quarter. - Sean McBride
Fwd: 24 Astonishing Hotels Around The World That You’d Rather Be Sitting In Right Now - (via
Fwd: 24 Astonishing Hotels Around The World That You’d Rather Be Sitting In Right Now - (via
Fwd: 24 Astonishing Hotels Around The World That You’d Rather Be Sitting In Right Now - (via
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New York Times silences Israel’s Palestinian citizens on Gaza war -
There are many significant and systematic problems with The New York Times reporting on Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. These include The Times’ willingness to grant legitimacy to the Israeli military’s incredible claims that first it did not shell an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun where 16 Palestinians were killed by a shell, and then todaythat it did actually shell the school, but that the school was empty. Credulously repeating and granting legitimacy to absurd Israeli military and government claims and denials is a persistent problem at The Times. Another persistent failure, repeated Sunday, is The Times complicity with the Israeli government’s systematic marginalization and even silencing of Palestinian citizens of Israel, 20% of Israel’s population.
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‘Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left’ — Israeli chant -
Two Palestinian youths were beaten unconscious in occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli vigilante groups target Palestinians and leftists, Rania Khalek reports at Electronic Intifada
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How many would be alive today if Obama had not quashed Goldstone Report? -
The Goldstone Report on war crimes by Israel in 2008-2009 called for universal jurisdiction so as to end Israel's sense of "impunity" from any consequences for its actions. The Obama administration pulled out the stops to quash that report. So- another onslaught in Gaza, another 1000 and more dead, most of them civilians.
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Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon -
Was it the poof moment? The apartheid comment? The helluva pinpoint operation moment? Whether or not he had an epiphany on Israel, John Kerry is distancing himself from its demands in his ceasefire talks, leading some to accuse him of a "betrayal."
"This is a blog about the origins of speech, but what began? How can we tell it when we see it? Parents usually say their children have started talking when they have a couple of words. Linguists tend to look for some hint of grammar. Some experts look for a favorite generative procedure. So there is room for argument even before we come up with a single fact about the beginnings." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"...But there is a long list of "design features" that characterize human language. In the 1950s and 60s the linguist Charles Hockett worked out a list of properties that, taken as a whole, were supposedly unique to language, and the list has become one of the commonsense tests of language origins. If your theory ends up with something that includes Hockett's properties, you may be onto... more... - Maitani
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Dr. Kristol’s curriculum: US ‘special responsibilities’ include ‘ancient longings’ of Jewish nationalists -
"The Case for Nationalism" is neocon William Kristol's course in Jerusalem in December, $3000 a head: US nationalism has special responsiblities, evidently including US might to support the "ancient longings" of Jewish nationalists for a homeland in the Middle East
Zionism has opened the door wide for the reemergence of white ethnic and Christian religious nationalism in Western culture -- both in Europe and the United States -- and all other forms of ethnic and religious nationalism as well all around the world. We all have "longings," don't you know. No form of ethnic or religious nationalism enjoys more innate legitimacy than any other -- unless you are an Old Testament cultist. - Sean McBride
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Photo: Message on Israeli shell headed to Gaza, ‘Thats for canceling the Backstreet Boys, you scum!’ -
A photo of an Israeli shell headed to Gaza with the message "Thats for canceling the Backstreet Boys, you scum!" written on it.
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NY Times reports source of UNRWA school attack is unclear even though Israel said they did it -
A New York Times report on yesterday's bombing of an UNRWA school in Gaza that killed at least 15 people says "The source of the blasts was unclear," but the Israeli military has already taken responsibility for the attack.
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How Israel militarized social media -
Is Israel losing the media war? In the last few days, as Israel continues its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian death tools continues to mount, this question has consumed the global media. And most have agreed: in the age of social media, with abundant mobile technologies in the hands of Gaza Palestinians and their global supporters, the Israeli state-sponsored media strategy has failed. What’s been lost in this coverage – in this story of surprise -- is the history of the Israel’s army presence on social media.
The more that pro-Israel activists try to propagandize their cause -- a narrow ethnic and religious nationalist cause -- the more enemies they make. That is the social dynamic in play here. - Sean McBride
I am surprised that more people haven't noticed this. The other guy's ethnic and religious nationalism is usually a turnoff for most people. - Sean McBride
What Israel (and Zionists) desperately need is a much lower profile on the world stage. But they keep raising their profile in the most negative ways possible -- self-destructive behavior at its finest. - Sean McBride
Switzerland is not aggressively trying to push a narrow ethnic nationalist agenda on the world. Smart. - Sean McBride
All the money and effort that the Israel lobby has invested in promoting its cause will eventually torpedo its cause -- it is drawing unwelcome attention to itself that it should have sought to avoid by all means. - Sean McBride
Is Sheldon Adelson good for Israel? "Good for the Jews?" - Sean McBride
The last thing I care about is what is good for the Jews. They've had 3000 and 65 years to change their ways and learn something, and havent. But now the world sees what they are about. Every tiime they have had a choice between enlightenment and democracy or following their leaders of hostile tribalism, they chose that tribalism and ethnic nationalism. - American
By supporting and embracing the latest massacres in Gaza, certainly the Jewish *establishment* has undercut its moral authority and damaged its relations with most of the world. The more it tries to defend its positions on these events, the deeper the hole into which it sinks. - Sean McBride
Many Jewish establishment leaders have decided that Jewish nationalism takes precedence over every other issue. They will probably come to regret that decision. Why they have chosen to stride boldly down this path is a matter for psychologists to investigate. - Sean McBride
Amit Patel
Edwin Khodabakchian
RT @Jason: 4/ your age, background, hometown, gender, preference, race & religion don't matter -- what you build matters. World needs great builders.
Edwin Khodabakchian
Google BigQuery is transformative. The promise of real-time feedback loops delivered, at scale. #happycustomer
Fwd: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is still coincidence, although somewhat less probable. (via
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On ‘Death to Arabs’ in Jerusalem & Tel Aviv -
Arpen Roy writes about the surge of racist and xenophobia he has witnesses in Jerusalem from Jewish gangs roaming the city: "Because of these events I’ve been witnessing in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, I have been reading on fascism. I want to clarify here that the word ‘fascism’ is often misused, but such a thing actually exists and its implication should taken seriously. It has an ideology and a political program. In my readings, I came across a curious little document called The Doctrine of Fascism, co-written by Mussolini in 1932. I urge everyone to read it. Its points line up with the views of Jewish nationalists exactly. It is spiritual, anti-individualistic, and race-based. With minor changes, it can easily be adopted as the manifesto of the Israeli right. Fascism is here."
"The progression of the Web of documents, applications, services, and interfaces." #apiDesign
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Meet the Billionaire Funders of the Anti-Diplomacy Lobby -
by Eli Clifton My colleague Ali Gharib and I just published an article in The Nation in which we explore how hawkish, deep-pocketed organizations hold disproportionate influence in shaping the discussion about Iran-policy on Capitol Hill. These groups, in no small part due to their outsize budgets, shape sanctions legislation, dominate witness lists at congressional hearings, and help lead
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Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media -
The patently brutal and disastrous Israeli policy in Gaza is at last opening space inside the US mainstream media to express criticism of Israel. The conflict is repulsing the mainstream much as the massacres of Cast Lead five years ago forever alienated the US left.
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Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic? - Middle East - World - The Independent -
Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic? - Middle East - World - The Independent
"Gideon Levy is the most hated man in Israel – and perhaps the most heroic. This “good Tel Aviv boy” – a sober, serious child of the Jewish state – has been shot at repeatedly by the Israeli Defence Force, been threatened with being “beaten to a pulp” on the country’s streets, and faced demands from government ministers that he be tightly monitored as “a security risk.” This is because he has done something very simple, and something that almost no other Israeli has done. Nearly every week for three decades, he has travelled to the Occupied Territories and described what he sees, plainly and without propaganda." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"How did Gideon Levy become so different to his countrymen? Why does he offer empathy to the Palestinians while so many others offer only bullets and bombs? At first, he was just like them: his argument with other Israelis is an argument with his younger self. [...] But can that be all? Plenty of Israelis go to the territories – not least the occupying troops and settlers – without... more... - Andrew C (✔)
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RT @Techmeme: How to fake flawless predictions for any sports event or election using social media
Web-based variant on the old con: make a few private accounts, post all possible predictions, then when the event occurs, delete wrong predictions and make the account un-private. - Andrew C (✔)
"The FIFA hoax last weekend took a conspiracy bent, alleging that the governing body overseeing the World Cup was corrupt. The account, @FifNdhs, posted four flawless predictions of the final World Cup match between Germany and Argentina, implying that Argentinian players took a dive." - Andrew C (✔)
"But the would-be leaker made a fatal mistake: they forgot to make the account private before deleting their wrong predictions. Multiple people were able to grab screenshots, instantly debunking the hoax." - Andrew C (✔)
"But for everyone else: never trust a prediction revealed after its outcome." - Andrew C (✔)
RT @the_intercept: Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block via @JuliaAngwin @ProPublica
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Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original -
###GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/07/20: Palestinian medics carry the body of a child killed in Shijaiyah east of Gaza City, after Israel expanded its ground offensive on the Gaza Strip (Photo by Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, on CNN, addressing worldwide sympathy for the civilian victims of Israeli violence in Gaza: They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better. Joseph Goebbels, November 16, 1941, essay in Das Reich, addressing Germany Read more The post Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original appeared first on The Intercept.
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Democrat Eliot Engel appears at pro-Israel rally featuring anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller -
Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller spoke at a pro-Israel rally Sunday in New York City. Appearing at the same event was Eliot Engel, a Congressional Democrat. While Geller is a far-right anti-Muslim blogger who has said that President Obama is a Muslim and Engel is a liberal Democrat, those political differences melt away when it comes to showing up to support Israel’s assault on Gaza.
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes -
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
"Here are two wonderful essays I found in the archives of Prospect Magazine. The first essay, from 1999, is by Ray Monk, British philosopher and biographer of Wittgenstein, who Monk calls "the greatest philosopher of [the 20th] century". In it, Monk explores why "At a time like this, when the humanities are institutionally obliged to pretend to be sciences, we need more than ever the lessons about understanding that Wittgenstein—and the arts—have to teach us." (Also check out Wittgenstein, a quirky-brilliant film by Derek Jarman.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The second essay, from 2003, is by British philosopher Simon Blackburn, and is an extraordinary exposition of the life and mind of Richard Rorty, a pragmatist philosopher who Blackburn calls "arguably the most influential philosopher of our time."" - Maitani
Todd Hoff
Simplicity at the expense of feature richness is not a virtue. Dear google, what kind of "mapping" software doesn't allow you to save a custom route?
In general I think software has gotten worse, not better with this cult of simplicity and A/B testing. There's a drive to release new versions constantly instead of making software better and more reliable. We used to have user stories and some attention to the tasks, even complex tasks, people want to accomplish with software. That seems to have gone away. Simple things on the road, like wanting to interrupt a trip to get coffee (or even find coffee) and then return are not supported. Do PMs actually use their software in situ? - Todd Hoff
I love simplicity, minimalism and exhaustive A/B testing on the one hand, and powerful and sophisticated features on the other -- the trick is to find the optimal balancing point between these two demands. One thing is for certain: you can't please everyone. - Sean McBride
If I have to be displeased I'd rather be displeased with real features. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind -
Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind
"The SolarMill is a new distributed energy technology which involves Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and proprietary "smart" electronics. The on-board electronics have temperature sensors that prevent the system from over voltage. The system is designed to be a solution for more consistent energy generation than would be possible with a wind-only or solar-only design. Daily and seasonal trends of wind and solar resources are all mitigated, said the company, by capturing both at any time of the day or year. The SolarMill incorporates three vertical axis wind turbines with P.V. technology within a compact footprint." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Jewish group calls on NBC to let Mohyeldin report on Gaza -
Gaza conflict is producing memorable moments in self-censorship. CNN's Diana Magnay removes a tweet describing Israelis who threatened her as "scum" and the network has sent her to Moscow. Dwight Howard removed his #FreePalestine tweet. Jewish Voice for Peace wants NBC to reinstate Ayman Mohyeldin
Diss Israelis, Get sent to Siberia. - WJones
There is an American movie about the army where someone screws up and gets sent to a post in Alaska. I think that it shows them in the snow. - WJones
Zionists are gradually establishing a Stalinist-style authoritarian and totalitarian regime in the United States -- most Americans haven't yet noticed. This is why neoconservatives have been the ringleaders in the drive to build a total mass surveillance state in the United States and to militarize local police departments. They are seeking absolute control over every aspect of American life. - Sean McBride
The real religion of America is now Zionism. - Sean McBride
Tenet wrote in his book that the day after 911 he was told that Iraq did it and we are now going after Iraq for that, and Tenet said that he opposed that in 2001 because there was no intel about it. Does that mean Tenet and his org are not the ones setting policy? If so, then who? - WJones
Logistically speaking, how could Israeli nationalists be the ones calling the shots in the govt? They are not most officials. Are we supposed to think that somewhere around WWII they took over? That sounds much too "out there." - WJones
The entire American national security community has largely become an arm of the Israeli government and the Israel lobby -- and this is a truth that Noam Chomsky and his disciples have worked very hard to suppress. - Sean McBride
This assertion is not "out there" at all. Look at what happened when James Forrestal, J. William Fulbright, George W. Bush and James Baker tried to challenge the Israel lobby. - Sean McBride
One acquires this kind of power through financial leverage and control of the leading media outlets and policy centers. Look at the roles of Haim Saban in the Democratic Party and Sheldon Adelson in the Republican Party. - Sean McBride
Im not talking about the I Lobby, but about changing the US into totalitarianism. - WJones
Simply identify the top 100 individuals who have been promoting the creation of an American police state and look into their backgrounds and affiliations. Most of them are neoconservatives or neoliberals with strong ties to the Israel lobby. These facts can be objectively graphed. - Sean McBride
Snowden and Greenwald revealed that Israel has a direct pipeline into NSA data on Americans. - Sean McBride
@ WJones, re "Are we supposed to think that somewhere around WWII they took over? That sounds much too "out there." " Actually, World War I, not WWII. Louis Brandeis and later Felix Frankfurter exerted enormous influence over first, Woodrow Wilson, then FDR. Brandeis was among the most powerful forces inducing Wilson to take USA into WWI. Brandeis was an ardent zionist by this time, and... more... - ChasMark
@ WJones, cont'd: Frankfurter was the only person who discussed with FDR whether he should run for a third term (see Richard Moe, Roosevelt's Second Act). Frankfurter was also a major force drawing Wendell Willkie into Republican politics, presidential campaign, and on an interventionist platform, contrary to the wishes of the majority of Republicans. Further, Frankfurter had direct,... more... - ChasMark
ChasMark -- you are more preoccupied with the affairs of early 20th century Germany than of the contemporary United States -- I can't think of a less effective and more self-destructive method for discussing these issues. You will never succeed in reaching American minds with this line of argument -- in fact, you will only succeed in turning them off. Why you don't understand this is a great mystery. Your facts may be in order but they are not facts that resonate with contemporary Americans. - Sean McBride
@ WJones -- Also consider the influence of the Warburgs, Rothschilds, and Rockefellers in establishing the Federal Reserve system in 1913. Perpetual war for perpetual profit is not an innovation of the neoconservatives; the wealthiest banking houses in Europe created their fortunes by lending to monarchs/states that engaged in war. War is the ultimate profit center for bankers. - ChasMark
Most Americans don't know who Louis Brandeis is but many of them are quite familiar with Sheldon Adelson. You need to take this material to GFTG -- it's not appropriate for this group. - Sean McBride
If Mondoweiss ever started veering into your areas of interest, it would be utterly ruined as an influential blog. It would lose most of its readership and engaged commenters overnight. - Sean McBride
Sean. WJones asked the question; I supplied a few scant threads, with references, in suggestion of an answer. The answer to the question, ""Are we supposed to think that somewhere around WWII they took over?" is yes. - ChasMark
So you endorse Mondoweiss in banning Jeff Blankfort, Sean? - ChasMark
You need to anchor your analysis firmly in contemporary reality -- but you don't know how to do that. - Sean McBride
The vast majority of Jeff Blankfort's writings are anchored firmly in contemporary reality and events. - Sean McBride
Interesting juxtaposition, "Anchor" and "contemporary" : Anchors go deep; synonymous with "roots" that go deep. History is the "anchor" or root system of the "contemporary" tree of of reality that we confront. "Contemporary reality" makes no sense without understanding the "anchor" of history. What USA is doing in the ME today is a repeat of what zionists did with respect to England, France, Russia, Germany one hundred years ago. I'm surprised you can't see those patterns. - ChasMark
@ Sean: "Most Americans don't know who Louis Brandeis is but many of them are quite familiar with Sheldon Adelson." --- Most Americans haven't a clue who Sheldon Adelson is but many of them are quite familiar with Kim Kardashian. You said yourself the other day that most Americans have no concept of what zionism is. Why are you so terrified of discussing the roots of zionism? - ChasMark
I know more about those patterns than you do, but I can guarantee you that most Americans will never understand them. And those opinion leaders and experts who do understand these patterns are not going to waste much time arguing over them -- they are focusing on current situations. - Sean McBride
ChasMark -- you are very close to being banned once again. Drop it. Smart people quickly figure out that it is a waste of time complaining about the editorial policies of any particular group, forum or publication -- either respect those policies or move on. Nothing is preventing you from pursuing your line of analysis in your own feed. - Sean McBride
Sean, my life's ambition is to be as "smart" as someone like you. I admire, for example, your commitment to open debate --- " I do think that all historical issues should be open for free and open investigation and discussion for anyone who chooses to pursue them. I am close to being a free speech absolutist. -Sean McBride", and "Well, I think all acts of major genocide throughout... more... - ChasMark
PLUS, Sean, who could help but aspire to be as "smart" as someone who rubs elbows with Harvard, MIT, etc., and "BTW, were you educated in the Ivy League? Your thinking strikes me as quite elite. - toykyobk Yes. - Sean McBride " - ChasMark
There is a time and a place and a situation for the discussion of any particular topic. Some people have good judgment about how to sort out these matters; some don't. It's all about focus, tempo, allocation of resources, development of a narrative, etc. Ask yourself why Mondoweiss is having a much greater impact on the world than GFTG. - Sean McBride
We already found that he is a sockpuppet based on his contradictions. - WJones
@ Sean -- "There is a time and a place and a situation for the discussion of any particular topic. Some people have good judgment about how to sort out these matters; some don't. It's all about focus, tempo, allocation of resources, development of a narrative, etc. - Sean McBride" not to mention backpedaling. - ChasMark
Last chance to get back on track, ChasMark. - Sean McBride
O.K. lets not get into threatening to ban people. While I agree, and have told Chas previously, that his going back into the Jews WWI and Jews-Germany and WWI history is useless as a argument against the zionist today because people dont care about that history, he does have the right to post whatever info he wants and its no different than Jones posting all his bible discsssion stuff that most people arent interested in either. So lets be fair. - American
Jones's discussion about *current* debates in the Christian world about supersessionism and replacement theology is highly relevant and important -- especially with regard to understanding the weird ideology that is driving Christian Zionism. Presbyterians in particular are thrashing out these issues as we speak. The debate matters greatly from the standpoint of influencing American Mideast policies going forward. - Sean McBride
'' Jones's discussion about *current* debates in the Christian world about supersessionism and replacement theology is highly relevant and important..Sean) No it isnt to we non die hard religious---we already understand what drives the secular Zionist and what drives the religious zionist. "How' the presbyterians arrive at their decisions re israel thru their religion might be 'midly... more... - American
One changes policies by changing the ideas and belief systems that drive them -- it is very difficult work -- and nothing could be more important from the standpoint of efficiently applying leverage to politics. The Israel lobby and the neocons possess a firm mastery of these methods -- they get it. And they have been mowing over the opposition for decades now. Whether or not you are personally interested in theology is not germane to the situation. - Sean McBride
We are talking about advanced propaganda here -- not a subject in which most political activists are well-versed. - Sean McBride
Sure. Religion can be indirectly subverted into brainwashing about politics. - WJones
Politics is often an expression of religion. Certainly Zionism is an expression of Judaism (or certain important strains within Judaism). - Sean McBride
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And now a word from our Democratic Party standard bearer -
Video: Elizabeth Warren runs from a question about the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
The brave left. Never backs down. She follows the lion Ted Kennedy standard of excellence. - Chu_ from Android
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