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Facebook Re-Opens My Account After Israeli Fraud Campaign -
Tal Inbar is mad at me.  Really, really mad at me.  He’s called me names.  They. Hurt. So. Much!  In fact, I may never be the same again after his fraudulent campaign to report my Facebook account as fake.  The Pied Piper of Herzliya has enough Facebook Friends that they all collaborated in the hoax […]
Smart move by Facebook. - Sean McBride
Leading Internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter can't afford to give the impression that they under the thumb of any government, nation, special interest group, intelligence agency, etc. -- otherwise they will destroy their businesses. They will lose the public trust. - Sean McBride
On Mideast political issues, Facebook needs to establish that it is absolutely impartial -- that it possesses no editorial biases. It is a global company. - Sean McBride
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If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says leader of NY board of rabbis -
Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, an exec of the NY Board of Rabbis, said at a rally yesterday that Palestinians who are "part of an election process" that brought Hamas to power "are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty."
The boundaries between Zionism and mainstream Judaism have completely dissolved and collapsed over the last half century -- they now comprise a single ideology and culture. One can't imagine a greater disaster for Judaism. The reputation and fate of Judaism now rest in the hands of a single nation -- Israel -- and whatever possibly mad regime is running it at the moment. - Sean McBride
These people, especially the rabbis, are so patently dishonest, and use the hive mind tactic to convey their lies. Israel is killing women and children en masse, but to this rabbi no responsibility for the 'Israelites'. It's alway the 'others'. - Chu_
I wish I knew this rally was going on, so I could go there and photograph the fifth columnists of NYC. The Rabbi says at min 6:20 'Israel is the most moral army in the history of civilization' to roaring applause. - Chu_
whenever I watch these rallies, I’m in awe of the patent dishonesty that they use to demonize the dispossessed Palestinians that have been put in the Gazan prison camps. Since Israel has no solution to this dilemma they are destroying the Gaza refugee camp from land, air and sea. But ‘Hamas’ is using civilians as shields is the weakest lie that they all seem to yell at the highest... more... - Chu_
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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: Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic (via Demetrios the Traveller
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
Pathfinding on isometric grids -
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.
Andrew C (✔)
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 (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
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
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