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It's official: The religious right is calling it quits via @TheWeek
And now First Things, the intellectually formidable monthly magazine that played a decisively important role in formulating the interdenominational and interreligious ideology that once galvanized the religious right, has decided to pick up its marbles and go home. - WarLord
Maybe I'm overstating the significance of a brief article published on the First Things website earlier this week, but I don't think so. Authored by editor R.R. Reno, "A Time to Rend" appears to put the magazine's moral and intellectual weight (which remains considerable on the religious right) behind a movement that calls on churches to cease administering civil marriages. - WarLord
Pope Francis: 'Ideological Christians' Are a 'Serious Illness' | Alternet
Francis said that ideologies are “rigid.” “When a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought,” Francis said, according to Radio Vatican. - WarLord
Todd Hoff
Self-contained solar PowerCube generates electricity, purifies water, and throws WiFi anywhere on Earth -
Self-contained solar PowerCube generates electricity, purifies water, and throws WiFi anywhere on Earth
"The Ecos PowerCube will be available in three sizes and is designed to fit into 10-foot, 20-foot, and 40-foot shipping containers. The largest models can generate up to 15kW of power, though the implication is that the PowerCube will also use that energy for wireless communications or a mobile water treatment (an energy intensive task). The entire system is designed to be flexible; the PowerCube is listed as being capable of supporting multiple missions, from hospitals and sleeping quarters, to providing water treatment or internet. It’s worth noting that Ecosphere, the company, appears to have previously focused on mobile water treatment, implying that these other features have been integrated into the PowerCube to provide a bit of helpful manufacturing synergy." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
10 Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture -
10 Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture
10 Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture
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"Mosques in Iran are known for having some of the most exquisite architectural designs found throughout the whole world. Since there is so much incredible eye-candy packed inside each place of worship, we decided to make a post entirely dedicated to mosque ceilings. Here are images from some of the most incredible mosques found in Iran, and elsewhere around the world. Prepare to be amazed!" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stunning. Creativity and constraint are deeply related. - Todd Hoff
Paul Otlet, visioning a web in 1934 -
Paul Otlet, visioning a web in 1934
Introduction au Mundaneum - Paul Otlet, visionnaire -
Introduction au Mundaneum - Paul Otlet, visionnaire
Mondoweiss on Friendfeed
Israel lost the British elite after Gaza onslaught, UK ambassador says -
British elite headed for the exit during Gaza slaughter, says Britain's UK ambassador. And even NYT's Roger Cohen seems queasy over the religious Zionist justification for expansion
Amit Patel
o_O That - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
There are too many questions. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Absolutely. No one's coming up smelling of roses from this. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Why just peaches? - miki
Fwd: Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics - (via
"The annual Stoic Week is approaching [1], so it seems like a good time to return to my ongoing exploration of Stoicism as a philosophy of life. I have been practicing Stoicism since 4 October 2014 [2], and so far so good. I have been able to be more mindful about what I do at any particular moment in my day — with consequences ranging from much less time spent on electronic gadgets to more focused sessions at the gym; I have exercised self-control in terms of my eating habits, as well as with my emotional reactions to situations that would have normally been irritating, or even generating anger; and I feel generally better prepared for the day ahead after my morning meditation." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I have also spent some time reading Stoic texts, ancient and modern (indeed, I will probably offer a course on Stoicism “then and now” at City College in the Fall of ’15. Anyone interested?). Which in turn has led to an interest in exploring ways to update Stoicism to modern times not only in terms of its practice (where it’s already doing pretty well), but also its general theory, as far as it is reasonable to do so." - Maitani
Todd Hoff
Searching websites doesn't make any sense anymore. We should be searching the backend databases.
Of the top 50 programming languages, which ones have you written code in? –
These I know well: 1) C, 2) Java, 3) Objective-C, 4) C++, and 8) JavaScript - Heisenberg
Additional languages I've coded in (some of these I knew well at one time): 6) PHP, 7) Python, 19) Pascal, 21) ActionScript, 23) Lisp/Scheme, 25) PostScript, 28) COBOL, 29) Assembly, 32) Fortran, 39) Lua, and 43) Prolog - Heisenberg
I definitely want to learn: 8) R, 9) Swift, and 41) Go - Heisenberg
I might learn: 24) MATLAB, and 31) Scala - Heisenberg
By far the most production quality code I've written has been in C++. Java/JavaScript/C/Assembly round out the top 5. - Heisenberg
What do you think of Lua? It's minimal and flexible -- "good enough" in many cases. - Sean McBride
Old school: PL/I (most of my career), COBOL, Assembly, a little FORTRAN. - Walt Crawford
We used Lua in the 1st prototype of Android (phone OS, the camera OS prototype used Java). We pretty quickly switched to JavaScript (SpiderMonkey), which I prefer, although they are quite similar. The declarative stuff used JSON and then we switched to XML (my mistake). - Heisenberg
Thanks -- what JavaScript features do you prefer over Lua? - Sean McBride
Also: are there any good reasons for using JavaScript over Coffeescript? Coffeescript has a much cleaner syntax -- less syntactic cruft. - Sean McBride
Lua Indexing starts at 1 rather than 0. begin/end instead of { } for blocks, not, and, and or, instead of !, &&, and || for boolean operators. No tertiary operator (i.e. boolean ? doThis : doThat). By definition, manipulating, storing, and communicating with JSON in JavaScript is easier than any other language. - Heisenberg
Coffescript vs JavaScript: 1) Personal preference of syntax. I prefer C syntax to Ruby or Python. One person's "clean syntax" is another person's non-standard, make lots of mistakes moving between C-like languages syntax. In case it's not clear, I'm the 2nd person. :) Also, node.js is natively JavaScript, as are all modern browsers. That's not going to change. What is going to change is... more... - Heisenberg
Interesting: I find 1-based indexing, plain English boolean operators and begin/end to be more intuitive. I need to look into Harmony -- thanks for the pointer. - Sean McBride
# what makes for a great programming language 1. efficiency 2. elegance 3. flexibility 4. intuitiveness 5. power 6. simplicity. Balancing power and simplicity is the main challenge. - Sean McBride
As I said, some of this is personal preference. I long ago decided I liked C better than Pascal, which has both of the features/syntax you mentioned. Most of the world is built on top of C. The rest of the world is built on JavaScript. (Yes, I know this is an exaggeration, but you get my point) If you were to learn one language, it should be C. Doing work in C requires more effort, so... more... - Heisenberg
Also, 1 based indexing is pure evil. No real engineer would choose it. Did you start your life at 1 years old? - Heisenberg
When I count items, I start at 1, not 0 -- simpleminded, I know, but 0-based indexing feels strange to many novices approaching programming for the first time. - Sean McBride
Being compatible with most of the world is of course an important criterion for an effective programming language -- if your brilliant new programming language never achieves traction and widespread use, it will fade away on the shelf -- an intellectual curiosity to be documented in a footnote on Wikipedia. - Sean McBride
The key word is novice. Different tools have different purposes. Most people wouldn't try to build a house with LEGO. That said, there's nothing wrong with LEGO. But if you want to teach real construction to an apprentice, you will introduce them to professional tools and building materials. - Heisenberg
Or build a large practical system with Logo. - Sean McBride
Okay, I need to go write some node.js code now because I'm already behind schedule. :) - Heisenberg
I just had to go run and errand, and while I was out I was still thinking about 0 vs 1 based indexing and how to explain it intuitively. The example I came up with is a cursor. Let's say you have an empty textfield like the ones we type into on FriendFeed. It has nothing in it. The cursor is at index 0. The character the cursor/index is pointing at is the next character after the cursor. Since there isn't one yet, the 0 index points at a null character. Null characters are what terminate C strings. - Heisenberg
This is how you know the end of a string, because you encounter the null character. Now, let's say you add some text to the comment box. Later you position your cursor at the beginning of the text. The index is 0. The character after the cursor is the first character. The index is a cursor, not the value. So given text = 'Hello', text[0] = 'H', text[1] = 'e', or text[0] = |Hello where | is the cursor, and text[1] = H|ello - Heisenberg
Now in Pascal (and maybe other 1 based indexing languages), an 8-bit character string has the length as the first byte. You reference text[0] as the length of the string. You must skip over the first byte to get to the first character text[1]. That means you can only have 256 characters in a string, unless you use more bytes for the length, in which case you need to know to skip over 2 characters. If this is the case, now we have 2-based indexing, which is even more weird. - Heisenberg
Forgive me if this is inaccurate, because it's been a while since I've had to deal with Pascal strings. But you can see that if text is a large part of your data manipulation (which it is for most things, like the Web), then C strings are easier to deal with. Most modern languages use 0-based indexing. - Heisenberg
This concludes my FriendFeed computer language seminar for today. I hope you've all enjoyed it. I apologize for not weaving lolcats and Taylor Swift into the discussion. - Heisenberg
Good explanation of 0-based indexing. - Sean McBride
Iván Abrego
"Get Ready for the 'Achocolypse': The World Is Running Out of Chocolate"
"Get Ready for the 'Achocolypse': The World Is Running Out of Chocolate"
You'd think it grows on trees. - Ken Morley
I can't Like Ken's comment, but, well, yes. - Walt Crawford
OH NO!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
:( - Alix May
Iván Abrego
Evidence based debunking « Mind Hacks -
"Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: ASOR Resources online -
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: ASOR Resources online
"In preparation for this week's 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research I have pulled together this short list of open access materials from ASOR:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"All of the journals of the American School of Oriental Research, under past and present names, are accessible at JSTOR. Early volumes, for which copyright has expired, are available in open access:" - Maitani
Mondoweiss on Friendfeed
‘Zionism’ is now a dirty word for American opinion elite, Frank Luntz concedes -
41 percent of the American opinion elite look on Zionism as an unfavorable term, compared to just 29 percent of that group who regard it favorably, Israel-lovin pollster Frank Luntz concedes in leaked PowerPoint
Dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty zionism! And by far more dangerous than Iran and Ebola combined. - Taxi
"Zionism" is acquiring the same unpleasant vibe as "Bolshevism," "Communism," "Nazism," etc. -- Zionists themselves are feeling increasingly uncomfortable in being associated with the word. Once a word drifts into this linguistic and cultural territory it's almost impossible to reclaim. - Sean McBride
Political labels acquire the baggage of the deeds committed by the followers of the political movements they describe. - Sean McBride
Some of the by now entrenched associations: apartheid, biblical cultism, collective punishment, crazy-eyed settlers, ethnic extremism, house demolitions, olive tree uprootings, racism, religious extremism, spitting, violence committed against civilians, etc. - Sean McBride
Zionists killed the Zionist brand. - Sean McBride
My personal labels---- Petty, ugly, vile, filthy, evil, dirty, repugnant, repulsive, reprehenisble, pond scum, gutter rats, reptilian, nasty, obscene, comtemptible, debased, depraved, despicable, foul, worthless, abhorrent, spiteful, vicious, heinous , abominable, slimy, loathsome, malign, amoral, revolting, hideous, grotesque, malevolent, hatful,worthless, garbage - American
I would definitely not characterize Israelis collectively or individually with those terms -- most Israelis are human beings, no better or worse than human beings everywhere. But one could use negative terms (not this batch) to describe aspects of contemporary Zionist culture. Raw verbal abuse that is intended to dehumanize and demonize entire human groups doesn't really get us anywhere in solving difficult political problems and conflicts. - Sean McBride
This is what I would say: contemporary Zionist culture (both Jewish and Christian) is suffused and pervaded by racism and religious extremism. Not all Israelis and supporters of Israel are racists or religious extremists. Certainly not all pro-Israel activists are Jews -- in fact, most of them are non-Jews. Antisemites and Judeophobes are unable to make these distinctions -- they have suffered a mental meltdown on a fundamental level. They are beyond the reach of rational argument. - Sean McBride
'' Raw verbal abuse that is intended to dehumanize and demonize entire human groups doesn't really get us anywhere in solving difficult political problems and conflicts. - Sean McBride_.....I beg to differ. A 'group of humans' who dont object to their army regularly spraying skunk juice on Palestine childrens schools and homes should be demonized---and will be. - American
'' in fact, most of them are non-Jews. ''...Hasbara. Most are indeed Jews although to be fair many anti Israel protestors having the most impact are also Jews....but not Israelis. - American
NOT hasbara -- for instance, most pro-Israel activists in the US Congress are non-Jews. - Sean McBride
What *is* true is that the most influential financiers of the Israel lobby are Jews -- Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban are two good examples. - Sean McBride
Should we dehumanize and demonize all the citizens of all nations that are engaged in major human rights abuses? That would comprise a long list of peoples -- extending well beyond Israelis. - Sean McBride
Think of how you and others here reacted to Berthe's abuse of African-Americans and blacks collectively -- you knew in your gut that it was wrong. Think of the anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia expressed by many pro-Israel activists. - Sean McBride
I don't react to Jews collectively, I react to Zionist collectively....there is a difference. As far as I am concerned they should be as demonized as pedophiles. 'Oh I love Israel so I have to support it'' about as good an excuse to me as a child rapist saying he does it cause he loves children. - American
Most pro Israel activist in congress are bought lobby that isnt a good example. - American
So you are saying that non-Jewish Americans in the US Congress are whores and scoundrels, without backbone and character -- that doesn't say much for non-Jewish Americans in American politics, does it? Don't they possess enough money collectively to pursue the American interest? Too lazy? Too stupid? What? Do Jews possess the magical power to fog and control their minds? To force them to bow and scrape and rant on behalf of the Israeli government? - Sean McBride
Members of GFTG use the terms "the Zionists" and "the Jews" interchangeably -- their meaning and intentions couldn't be more clear. - Sean McBride
Your Jewish supremism is showing again Sean. And yea I am saying that non jewish americans in congress are treasonous, immoral fact I say that all the time. I am not obsessed with making non Jews out to be better than Jews ---but you are completely obsessed with trying to make Jews superior to non Jews....what causes that? day you must explain it to us. You are... more... - American
You, not me, are promoting a vision of Jewish supremacism -- you are claiming that Jews (who number around 2% of the American population) are somehow responsible for the bad behavior of non-Jews in the US Congress -- that small minority is supposedly so powerful, so politically skillful, that it can bend non-Jews in the Congress to its will. I am egalitarian in these matters -- I think... more... - Sean McBride
Now you are doing pilpul as well...chasing your tail. - American
'' Zionism" is acquiring the same unpleasant vibe as "Bolshevism," "Communism," "Nazism," etc. -- Zionists themselves are feeling increasingly uncomfortable in being associated with the word. '???????........Acquiring unpleasant vibes ???? ROTFLMAO - American
It is neither hasbara nor pilpul to point out that you keep claiming that hundreds of prominent non-Jewish Zionists in American politics are not responsible for their own beliefs and actions. Your assumption is that Jews possess magical super powers that enable them to bend helpless and hapless goyim to their will. Supposedly John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and other non-Jewish Zionists will be able to get off the hook with the excuse that the Jews made them do it. That strikes me as bunkum. - Sean McBride
No I am not the one that claims non Jews are not responsible for their actions----I claim they are bought political whores fully responsible for their treason. You are the one who claims mystical and brilliant powers for the Jewish tribe who runs circles around the dumb goys. What I claim about Jews in general is they are a sheep like herd culture who keeps going over the cliff by... more... - American
Here is what you have said about me----->''American comes across as chauvinistic and xenophobic about Southern culture -- and intensely hostile towards all Jews and towards anyone who shows the slightest positive feelings towards any Jew -- the very definition of an antisemite and Judeophobe. He is afraid to get into a head-to-head discussion about these issues -- where is that famous... more... - American
"I would definitely not characterize Israelis collectively or individually with those terms -- most Israelis are human beings, no better or worse than human beings everywhere" - Sean McBride. So how do you square that with the fact that 94% of israelis approved of the wanton infanticide and mass murder of Gazans in the last round? How do you square that with the fact that time after... more... - Taxi
American -- do you support or condemn the recent Palestinian terrorist attack on the Israeli synagogue? It reminded me somewhat of Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.'s terrorist attack at the Jewish Community Center -- except the Palestinians actually hit their target. [Wikipedia; Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.] I condemn the attack unreservedly... more... - Sean McBride
Come on pull up that thread and all my remarks that prove what you said about me. Lets see your evidence. Cause it whats its really going to show is your Jewish supremism, your hatred and bigotry toward the south and southerners, you're equating all of them to racist, your ignorance about the "Confederacy", about 'real' history, your ridiculous claim that slavery was inspired by... more... - American
STOP RIGHT THERE SEAN! Frazier Glenn Miller (whom you're now obsessed with) killed for hatred of jews - the Palestinians who attacked the synagogue KILLED FOR THEIR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG FUCKING DIFFERENCE AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT! - Taxi
Sean, asking people whether they condemn or supports acts of Palestinians, such as a hamas rocket or an attack on extremist temples/synagogs is pointless and disingenuous. 500 palestinian children were murdered in gaza by violent thugs, known as the IDF, a modern day equivalent of the Franco or the Pinochet regimes. The vast majority of israelis would be very happy to see every... more... - Danaa
Danaa -- I have repeatedly and forcefully condemned Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians -- have you really failed to notice? I strongly oppose terrorism all across the board, with no exceptions. - Sean McBride
many times I described israelis as members of a violent cult and you agreed Sean. You agree tIsrael is an ethnocentric, xenophobic, supremacist state. MOST citizens support that posture and MOST want MORE gaza killings not less. Why are you defending an evil cult? sure they are normal people. So were most Nazis - perfectly normal at home and to their neighbors. - Danaa
Danaa -- I am not defending Israel. My argument is that acts like this terrorist attack on an Israeli synagogue are not only wrong morally and ethically, but guaranteed to provide Israel with even greater political leverage against the Palestinians. Anyone who is defending this attack is doing the Palestinians no favors. - Sean McBride
I am not saying you defend Israeli's murderous actions. But at what point would you say enough if they killed your own? Do you want to sound like jen Psaki who "strongly disapproves" ciclian killings ion all sides? and are israeli rabbis - those guardians and promoters of the worst excesses of Israel - are they civilians or extremists? asking for support or condemnation in israel is... more... - Danaa
Most of us would rather see far fewer Jews in israel because to be a jew in Israel is to be a brute and a thug. There is no way out. Yes, exception is granted to those meager 10 or 100 thousand decent souls in Israel, who don't number much more than 1%. - Danaa
Sean, do you condemn the Gaza slaughter? Do you condemn the Jewish and Zionist Lobby that has worked to pervert US policy on Palestine. Do you condemn the racism of Israel? Do you condemn the Isr gov policy of allowing their IDF to shoot children and anyone else for the fun of it. Do you condemn the US gov support of israel. Do you condemn the Isr and zionist belief and 'demand' that... more... - American
Why were you not asking for condemnation on civilian killings of children in Israel? and are rabbis really civilians? did you look into what kind of synagog it was and whatkind of preachings were going there? - Danaa
Also, let me ask you this - do you Sean support the complete and total shunning of Israel, any product that comes from there and any individual who lives there? I do. That is the ONE AND ONLY way to put a break on the national psychosis that took over that murderous little country that's sucking the blood out of the American political system (and I don't mind if the imagery is repu;sive. What israel does every day, kicking America and the whole world in the teeth is repulsive). - Danaa
American and Danaa -- I have posted thousands of comments on Mondoweiss and here that have strongly condemned Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians -- but there is no way that I am going to express support for this terrorist attack on a synagogue. Is that the position of American, Danaa and Taxi here -- that you support the attack? - Sean McBride
If someone took away from you Sean everything you hold dear would you be going around asking for "polite condemnations"? would a tsek-tsek do? You have no right to ask for condemning the people who are condemned by Israeli brutality (which nearly ALL Israelis support) to the horrors of life under perpetual occupation. You should really look sometime into the actions of the vaunted French resistance for historical precendents on what people will do to oppose occupation. - Danaa
Danaa -- again, I have repeatedly argued that the West should keep ratcheting up political and financial pressure on Israel until it changes its behavior towards the Palestinians and accepts a fair and just solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. That is the only strategy that has the slightest chance of working. - Sean McBride
Nobody says you support Israel. But I am taking a serious issue with you asking people to "condemn" ANY act of resistance by palestinians. It is simply not for you to promote a high and mighty view whereby ALL "civilian" deaths are "Unfortunate". I repeat - what is an israeli civilian? a soldier who committed heinous crimes against humanity, say in Gaza, and goes home to his loving family at night. Is he a civilian? - Danaa
Sean, the problem is that you keep giving mixed messages. One day you're down on the israelis and the next you're defending them like there's no tomorrow. I've seen this syndrome before - it's called PC extremism. Utterly out of touch with reality and garners no intellectual respect. - Taxi
Danaa -- the main issue here is *PRACTICAL POLITICS* -- how does one achieve one's political goal? The application of physical violence against Israeli civilians and synagogues will only further tighten Israel's grip on the occupied territories (and Greater Israel) -- and undermine support for Palestinians among the American and European political mainstream. - Sean McBride
It's not about ratcheting up - it's about COMPLETE shunning of anything from and by Israel and complete withdrawal of any support from jewish people who support the murderous behavior by that thuggish entity. One must demonstrate that israel, and ALL the jews who support their heinous crimes against humanity, are not fit to be welcome in the company of other humans. I am not asking for BDS as much as for complete and total shunning. An expulsion from the ranks of humans. What else would you like to know? - Danaa
If not violence at this stage, Sean, what the heck do you suggest Palestinians do? - Taxi
'' I strongly oppose terrorism all across the board, with no exceptions. - Sean McBride'')....Obviously you do not oppose terrorism. What the Zio orgs do in the US is a form political terrorism --that has killed 1000's of Palestines and done untold damage to others interest-----AND yet you always present this terrorism as ' brilliant, as outsmarting lazy dumb goys, as a 'success' of the... more... - American
It is very PRACTICAL for each of us to refuse to keep company with anything from or by Israel or from or by any jewish individual who expresses support of the killers actions AND attitudes. When israel withdraws from the west bank and agrees to pay restitution of 100's of Biliions of $'s to the 48 refugees then we can start talking. I won't even speak hebrew to any Israeli or shake... more... - Danaa
What is terrorism, Sean? again what was preached in that synagog exactly/ did you look into that? - Danaa
American -- you have misread me every step of the way. I have simply pointed out that the Israel lobby has outplayed and dominated the opposition in American politics since the 1940s to the present day. I keep asking -- how can one practically and effectively change this dynamic? Verbal abuse, trash talk and angry posturing are not going to do the job. The lobby will continue to roll... more... - Sean McBride
Terrorism is physical violence committed against civilians and non-combatants in political conflicts -- it's really quite simple. - Sean McBride
And what is 'resistance', Sean? - Taxi
You do know that resistance is self-defense, right? - Taxi
Taxi -- do you support committing terrorist acts against pro-Israel and Zionist synagogues in the United States and Europe? Would you characterize that activity as legitimate resistance and self-defense? - Sean McBride
No I haven't misread you. I have nailed you and you wont admit it and come clean about yourself and your real motivations for even being in the Israel-I/P- USA issue. - American
Terrorism is also incitement and the calling for physical and cultural violence against a people. That's what's done in lots of israeli institutes including the cult collectives known as "synagogs". Some of those synagogs are cesspools of hatred and putrid bigotry. What they preach is terrorism. So if you can't arrest them all what do you do? why is ISIS bombed and not israel? can you tell us that, Sean? - Danaa
Sean, stfu with your insanely vain questions! - Taxi
American -- how can you "nail" anyone when you are unable to engage with the substance of points and arguments? To my main point -- that the Israel lobby has consistently rolled over and dominated the opposition in American politics -- you have no reply and no practical solution. Do you really think that venting angry words against "the Zionists" (or "the Jews") will have the slightest impact on the situation? - Sean McBride
'' Taxi -- do you support committing terrorist acts against pro-Israel and Zionist synagogues in the United States and Europe? Would you characterize that activity as legitimate resistance and self-defense? - Sean McBride)......Why do you ask these stupid questions? - American
If any acts are committed against the murderous thugs who sit and play nice in israeli embassies while the palestinians burn, it is not for the rest of us to condemn or praise. IF a chain saww wielding serial killer is killed while sipping coffee pretending to be a "civilian" and if he resists arrest, would you call in the swat team or not? - Danaa
Danaa -- what synagogues around the world do you think should be legitimate targets of physical attack? - Sean McBride
I support American and Taxis's questions - who and what are we to ask for "condemnations" of anyone who hits at a criminal, brutal state? I can ask you Sean, what would you have supported that the Alegrien libration movement did against the French? you do know that no occupier, ever, left any place anytime, because someone asked them nicely to do so. - Danaa
Another dumb-fuck mosad question from Sean! - Taxi
One could easily get the impression that several people here support committing terrorist violence against synagogues -- is this in fact the case? - Sean McBride
I could care less about any synagog anywhere if they support murder. same with churches - if they call for murder and mayhem by supporting a torrid little place like Israel, I don't care what the heck they do in their little synagogs. You are asking questions of me but not answering mine. So, again, if you were Algerina back in the 50's what would you have done to help free Algeria? well, the resistance brought the war to France, didn't they? and it worked, didn't it? when nothing else did. - Danaa
Sean none of us here on this board cares a hoot about your requests for "condemnations". Also you did not answer me about what was preached in the sult's synagog that was attacked? may be they were the sweetest little synagog ever, in which case, I would say it's unfortunate they got caught on the front line. BTW< are you or are you not condemning the kiev nazi Junta of what they have... more... - Danaa
Danaa wrote: "I could care less about any synagog anywhere if they support murder." I hear you loud and clear. - Sean McBride
Sean, all of us commenting on this blog are against the cult of death known as israel, AND all their supporters. You won't get anything else out of us. If you want to take the view that some israelis are nice and therefore all should be spared, that's like playing god who urged Abraham to find 10 just people in Sodom. Playing god, is not something the rest of us care to do. We are with... more... - Danaa
Do you Sean support a synagog that preaches murder? or terrorism by Israeli storm troopers (misleadingly named I"D"F)? if you do, then you are with them who are murderers. Why do those synagogs even have licences/ why aren't they treated like the KKK? you tell me that, Sean, what's the difference between Addelson and a KKK member? if a gathering of KKK types was bombed by some black... more... - Danaa
FYI< Sean I don't track with any synagog or church or mosque. But I do care what they preach in those places of religion to young people - Danaa
The key question for me is this: does one condemn or support terrorist attacks on civilians at synagogues, churches and mosques in political conflicts. This is a no-brainer for me, as it is for most Americans and Europeans. If you want to support such attacks, that is your choice. But I can guarantee you that they will backfire and play right into the hands of Likud Zionists, Greater... more... - Sean McBride
More questions to Sean, do you condemn the rocket firings by Hamas? if Hezbollah was attacked and countered by raining rockets on israeli population centers, would you condemn them? I am just saying that this business of asking for "condemnations" is silly. It's a game for kindergartners at the state department, cf. "we condemn all loss of life" (ie, we care a bit more about the cult members life than their victims, but hey who's quibbling as long as we get our "condemnation"). - Danaa
Asking for condemnations of terrorist attacks directed specifically at civilians in synagogues, churches and mosques is "silly"? Really? We will have to disagree. - Sean McBride
'' Do you really think that venting angry words against "the Zionists" (or "the Jews") will have the slightest impact on the situation? - Sean McBride).....Yes indeed I do. Stay tuned. I am going to tell you this eternal and universal fact one more time-----'traitor' trumps 'anti semite' every day of the week in every country in the universe.....the last time I called a politician a... more... - American
Sean, again, you can have any opinion you want about the I/P conflict and what is and isn't practical. What you can't do is ask for this or that individual to condemn anything done by people who are brutally oppressed because personally you know nothing about and have not experienced oppression. If and when you do, we can talk. I listen to those who suffer not to those oceans and... more... - Danaa
American -- that you would accuse a fourth-generation American of not being American -- and someone who largely agrees with you on Israel, Zionism and the Israel lobby -- speaks to how ineffective you will be in building an effective political alliance to counter AIPAC and its friends. Despite all your angry words over the last decade, the Israel lobby is more powerful in American politics than ever -- and you don't seem to understand why this is the case. - Sean McBride
You are just like so called liberal zionist ,Jerry Slater Sean ..just like him in your convoluted pilpul on Jews, Israel, US politics and etc.. - American
Actually, American, I strongly criticized Jerry Slater on Mondoweiss and bested him in argument (from my perspective). And I led the charge in deconstructing and ridiculing liberal Zionism. But I strongly oppose terrorist attacks on civilians in houses of worship. You, Taxi and Danaa support such attacks -- and duly noted. The three of you are going to find yourself in a very tiny and... more... - Sean McBride
Oh I fully understand the case Sean..its political money and corruption. And i fully understand your case want all of us to think you are smart and others are dumb and unrealistic. That most here arent buying your bs should tell you exactly how smart you are. - American
American -- I am smart enough to make accurate political predictions on a regular basis. I am making a political prediction right now -- Palestinians are going to pay a heavy political price in the West for this latest attack. From the standpoint of political chess, it's a no-brainer. Watch closely and see how many influential Americans and Europeans fall behind *your* position on this issue -- you are going to be more marginalized than ever. You simply don't know how to play the game. - Sean McBride are so stupid danaa and me support terrorist attacks and are going to be in your 'marginalized minorities' again and damage the Palestine - American
Sean, you are twisting everything. Neither me notr taxi nor America said they supported attacks on synagogs one way or another. We are all, I believe, just saying that it is not for us to condemn what extremely oppressed and persecuted people do over there. And it is also not for you to ask for condemnations. Whether such attacks are good or bad tactics for palestinians to use, that's... more... - Danaa
American -- Martin Dempsey, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently came out in strong support of Operation Protective Edge -- was that all about political money and corruption? How precisely? I recall, by the way, that Pat Lang on Sic Semper Tyrannis was rather a Dempsey fan. - Sean McBride
Dempsey is a totally corrupt individual. yes, money and power corrupt everythiing and everyone. What he said about operation "Hard Rock" (which israel sold to the world as protective Edge) was idiotic. he should have been fired pronto. If he wasn't then yes, money corrupts everything and he was influenced by the fifth column that's doing quite well in the US> - Danaa
Has Dempsey taken money from the Israel lobby? What are the facts? - Sean McBride
Pat lang is no longer a Dempsey fan. People change. Dempsey may have once been upstanding but if he supports heinous atrocities committed by a cult of madmen and mad women then he is a goner. How was he brought to his knees is the only valid question here. - Danaa
Do you have any links to Lang's anti-Dempsey comments? I'd love to read them, but don't have time to browse his site. - Sean McBride
You have no clue how the Lobby operates. They have surrounded Obama, you know. and they are making inroads through the military officer ranks. Demsey is a man with a career to protect. Threaten that career and it's likely no money needs to change hands. happened to many. I urge you to look at one of your lsist to find the names. To me, it's not the ones we know that's an issue. It's the ones we don't know about. Dempsey did what he had to do to keep his position, that's all. - Danaa
I have no links to lang since I am not a daily or even weekly reader there. Sometimes it's not by pronouncements that one recognizes a position change but by silence. For lang to come outright against Dempsey would be foolhardy. But he can stop praising him, can't he? - Danaa
Danaa -- I think one has a moral responsibility to condemn all terrorist attacks on civilians in houses of worship without hesitation or qualification. Being evasive about whether such attacks are right or wrong will be interpreted as support for such attacks in many quarters. It's a losing political position in Western politics. - Sean McBride
It is not for me to condemn what palestinian do and neither it is for you. It's the height of arrogance to say otherwise. You can go ahead and condemn whatever you want, just don't ask the rest of us. - Danaa
Danna -- I do in fact have a plan to help the Palestinians -- try to influence American and European political elites to apply effective pressure on Israel to stop violating Palestinian human rights and agree to a just solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It's the only plan that has a slim chance of working -- and it doesn't include terrorist attacks on synagogues. Obama and... more... - Sean McBride
BTW, I condemn meat eaters everywhere all the time. Just so you know. They eat the flesh or real living and breathing creatures just because they feel like it. So, does my condemnation change anything for anyone? also I support Peta. Does that make me an extremist? - Danaa
'' American -- I am smart enough to make accurate political predictions on a regular basis'....Sean).....Oh really? Give us one. And not what some political whore for the zio lobby is gonna say about Palestine aqttacks ----thats not a political prediction. ..thats sop for lobby whores. My prediction is that the Palestine revenge attacks will increase the calls by the EU and others for there to be a settlement of I/P - American
Quick Sean whose your got 3 seconds to answer. - American
Your 3 seconds are up. - American
American -- I challenge you over the coming days to find a single American politician or pundit (mainstream or alternative media) who expresses support for the terrorist attack on the synagogue. And this has nothing to do with Zionism -- these kinds of attacks provoke revulsion all across the political spectrum. - Sean McBride
Here is Rand Paul weighing in: - Sean McBride
Senator Rand Paul: Prayers sent to ppl of Israel. This horrific & violent act should be universally condemned. I vow to #StandWithIsrael - Sean McBride
I challenge you to make one comment that isnt twisted and unrelated to what taxi,danaa or I have said. And seriously how STUPID STUPID STUPID is this question......" to find a single American politician or pundit (mainstream or alternative media) who expresses support for the terrorist attack on the synagogue''''..Can you get any more STUPID STUPID STUPID than to suggest anyone is going to make a statement supporting it? - American
Twitter, per usual, is a reliable guide to how opinion is trending on particular issues among thought leaders: I haven't seen a single tweet yet trying to defend or justify the attack. Zip. - Sean McBride
'' the Israel lobby is more powerful in American politics than ever -- and you don't seem to understand why this is the case. - Sean McBride)......Why dont you explain to us why this the case Sean....come on we wanna hear your explanation. - American
American -- I've provided you with the explanation many times -- but your mind is closed and you don't want to listen. Many non-Jewish Americans support Israel and Zionism for a wide variety of reasons -- ideological, religious, cultural, financial, etc. The military-industrial complex is an especially powerful player in this game -- it has profited to the tune of hundreds of billions... more... - Sean McBride
Sean, your plan for Palestine sucks and is utterly unrealistic - it's been tried and tried again: pressure and reasoning with the zionist state does NOT work, evidently. But you seem to think it can so you go ahead and start that ball rolling and see where that gets you. Also, politicians DO NOT represent the will of the people in our democracies, they represent the funds and wills of corporations. - Taxi
American -- classical Western imperialist interests (*not* Jewish) have used Zionism as a convenient cover for running roughshod over the Middle East. Jewish Zionists have done all the heavy lifting for them in terms of churning out endless streams of self-justifying propaganda for their policies. It's a sweet deal especially from the standpoint of the military-industrial complex. These factors may be in play with regard to Martin Dempsey, who sits near the top of that particular power elite. - Sean McBride
Taxi -- if political pressure from the West won't rein in Israel (and that is a likely scenario), then I fear that Palestinians are facing a future that will be even more horrifing than their past. They can engage in military resistance, but I doubt that it will work. The track record since the 1940s suggests that it won't. But I don't think we should give up in firing up political pressure on Israel in the United States and Europe -- it *might* work. - Sean McBride
American -- make that supports, provides apologetics for, hems and haws about, equivocates about, etc. the attack on the synagogue -- I haven't seen any of that among the usual thought leaders among critics of Israel. Maybe you will turn up something. Be sure to post it if you do. - Sean McBride
Sean, if the global jewish collective was innocent and not going to hell and high water to support the war crimes of the racist state of israel, then I would find any attacks against them unacceptable. But the fact is that the jewish collective are in total, whole-hearted alignment with israel's ethnic cleansing, incremental genocide and infanticide. So it doesn't bother me to hear... more... - Taxi
I seem to recall the FBI trying really hard to reason with David Koresh and followers. Now, why, oh why did the whole place have to go up in flames? is there some truth to the assertion that reasoning with cult followers and leaders is like reasoning with the insane who claims to be napoleon? now what is practical? I believe the FBI thought they were being quite practical when they laid... more... - Danaa
If palestinians end up driven out and herded into bantustans like Gaza, there to slowly suffocate as the people in Gaza do, then perhaps, perhaps some reaction can be expected. be it upon upon houses of cult worship (cf. synagogs) or houses of education (cf. preaching) or any other place where jewish people and friends run about frolicking while others are burning. I am sure that when... more... - Danaa
For your own sake, Sean you need to take a stand on which side you are. I know you understand Big Data but I don't think you (or I, for that matter) are experts at tactics available to those who are too weak to defend themselves. - Danaa
What taxi said above about the global jewish collective - hear, hear. - Danaa
My thoughts on "the global Jewish collective": don't try to harangue and bully Jews into a corner but give them every conceivable opportunity to revise their views and to modify the policies of the collective. Try to create openings and situations for positive change. Any anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rhetoric that has the look and feel of classical antisemitism and Judeophobia will just... more... - Sean McBride
'' Sean, if the global jewish collective was innocent and not going to hell and high water to support the war crimes of the racist state of israel, then I would find any attacks against them unacceptable. But the fact is that the jewish collective are in total, whole-hearted alignment with israel's ethnic cleansing, incremental genocide and infanticide. So it doesn't bother me to hear... more... - American
Why don't you put your intellectual meat on the table and rebut the points, jkk asshole! - Taxi
Sean, do we really have to suffer more zionists who only have four words in their vocab: hitler, kkk, nazi and antisemite? The fucker has no tolerance for honest goy intellectual activity. - Taxi
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Anne Bouey
Taiwanese Company Creates Goldfish Shaped Teabags, And They Look Amazing -
Taiwanese Company Creates Goldfish Shaped Teabags, And They Look Amazing
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"Charm Villa is a Taiwanese company that has created something we are surprised hasn’t been done before – a goldfish shaped teabag. While these delightful teabags may not look like much at first glance, once they are submerged in a glass or bowl of hot water, they bear a striking resemblence to the real thing." - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
Ooooh! - Kirsten
Oh, wow. - Jennifer Dittrich
I adore this but I swear I saw 'cat' in the second photo (back to me, tail is the string) long before I saw 'fish' - Shannon - GlassMistress
mee too Shannon, cat before fish - djangol judas
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This App Will Train You How To Read A 120,000-Word Novel In 2 Hours - Business Insider -
This App Will Train You How To Read A 120,000-Word Novel In 2 Hours - Business Insider
"In real life, the Boston tech startup Spritz makes a speed-reading app that allows you to do just that. After a small amount of practice reading with the Spritz app, you should be able to read at 1,000 words per minute — a speed fast enough to let you take in a 120,000 word novel in just two hours. (The company also had a promotional integration on the Lucy web site.)" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I wonder how fast your emotional system can react. If you are reading for pleasure it seems that speed doesn't allow empathy to ripple through your body which means you aren't really experiencing what you are reading. - Todd Hoff
One could fast forward through, say, The Godfather trilogy or Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in a few minutes -- you might, however, miss a bit of the essential experience. <heavy irony> - Sean McBride
Francis Bacon: "Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly." Speed reading makes sense for tasting -- or for merely acquiring facts. - Sean McBride
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Recommendation theory | MIT News -
Recommendation theory | MIT News
"In their new paper, the MIT researchers show that so long as the number of clusters required to describe the variation in a population is low, collaborative filtering yields nearly optimal predictions. But in practice, how low is that number? To answer that question, the researchers examined data on 10 million users of a movie-streaming site and identified 200 who had rated the same 500 movies. They found that, in fact, just five clusters — five probabilistic models — were enough to account for most of the variation in the population." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government -
A professor of physics at Caltech says that an Israeli scientist at the school shared secrets from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, with Israeli government rocket scientists in violation of federal law, but that when she reported the matter to Caltech authorities, she was punished for the disclosure.
# category; Israeli op+Caltech *; * 1. affiliate 2. board member 3. donor 4. employee 5. graduate 6. graduate student 7. official 8. organization 9. professor 10. student - Sean McBride
# another way to go about this with semantic triples -- {o; *object; *property; *value}: 1. o; Israel lobby; Caltech affiliate; * 2. o; Israel lobby; Caltech board member; * 3. o; Israel lobby; Caltech donor; * 4. o; Israel lobby; Caltech employee; * 5. o; Israel lobby; Caltech graduate student; * 6. o; Israel lobby; Caltech graduate; * 7. o; Israel lobby; Caltech official; * 8. o; Israel lobby; Caltech organization; * 9. o; Israel lobby; Caltech professor; * 10. o; Israel lobby; Caltech student; * - Sean McBride
One can use Big Data mining to X-ray Caltech (or any domain) for the activities of any lobby or special interest group -- in exquisitely minute detail and from every conceivable angle. See what is really going on. - Sean McBride
For Caltech in the above statements, substitute Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, etc. Run the data. - Sean McBride
Mondoweiss is not thinking at anywhere near the level of, say, Unit 8200 -- far behind the analytical curve -- sloshing around in the fog. - Sean McBride
# sort Caltech *items by *criterion 0. items 1. affiliates 2. board members 3. donors 4. employees 5. graduate students 6. graduates 7. officials 8. organizations 9. professors 10. students 0. criterion 1. number of pro-Israel remarks 2. pro-Israel activism 3. pro-Israel funding - Sean McBride
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Great music for a feast. - Todd Hoff
"Soon after the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it became evident that the publication was far too big a project for the local institutions. It was logical that other scholars were invited to join the researchers. From the beginning, Qumranology was an international and multidisciplinary affair." - Maitani
"Still, the publication of the scrolls proceeded slowly. There is nothing strange about this. A parallel is the non-publication of the tens of thousands of unpublished cuneiform tablets in the British Museum, some of which have been waiting for more than a century. The finds in the Dead Sea caves were not different: thousands of fragments belonging to some 970 scrolls." - Maitani
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Earth has warmest October on record as ocean temperatures top charts -
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"Multiple datasets have confirmed it was the warmest October on record for the globe, keeping the planet on a course towards its toastiest year. The Japan Meteorological Agency, NASA, and the University of Alabama’s temperature records all showed October temperatures at the top of charts." - Todd Hoff
But since there's more ice somewhere I guess this is all illusion. - Todd Hoff
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Last 3 years in the Western US have been the hottest AND driest since systematic records began in 1895. [@NOAANCDC]
Mondoweiss on Friendfeed
US Jewish voters have more favorable feelings about Netanyahu than Obama -
J Street published a poll of 800 Jewish voters on November 4 that is scary. When asked to “rate your feelings,” warm versus cold, they favor Benjamin Netanyahu by 53-24 percent but fewer warm up to Obama– 48-44. Notice the unfavorables for Obama are nearly twice Netanyahu’s. Hillary Clinton they favor, 61-31. And only Sheldon Adelson is
I am not surprised. I tried to explain why the Jews are like this in my true monkey story. - American
"The data from a liberal Jewish organization shows staunch support for the rightwing Israeli government. Jewish voters supported the Gaza slaughter 80-20 and are against pressuring Israel to stop settlements in the West Bank, or pressure Israel to accept a peace deal. This poll exposes the attitudes that are the basis of my statement that the Jewish community is reactionary on the Israel/Palestine issue." - Sean McBride
"These numbers help explain the Israel lobby. It’s older Jews. And they’re Democrats. Let’s not blame John Hagee and the Christian Zionists, they have little influence over the Democratic Party. These folks are the reason Obama isn’t pressuring Israel on the unending settlements, let alone saying anything strong about the crushing of Palestinian life in Jerusalem. They don’t care about Palestinian life. They approve the Gaza slaughter and think Netanyahu is doing a helluva job." - Sean McBride
Ancient World Image Bank — Institute for the Study of the Ancient World -
Ancient World Image Bank — Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
"The Ancient World Image Bank is a collaborative effort to distribute and encourage the sharing of free digital imagery for the study of the ancient world. ISAW started AWIB by distributing imagery donated by its faculty, staff, and students via Flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution (cc-by) license. You can view and download those images via the isawnyu flickr account. That means that all you have to do to reuse one of our images is cite it in the manner indicated below. The effort has now expanded to include everyone interested in improving the free availability of ancient world imagery by way of the Ancient World Image Bank Flickr Group." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Work in Progress at the Ancient World Image Bank - Maitani
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