The up and coming election in Israel is a bit confusing.
The broad make up of the Knesset and diversity of Israeli politics makes finding out exactly what each Israeli political parties stands for, hard.
I am indebted to Lisa, for the list of all 31 political parties taking part and a summary of their policies.
28 March 2006
The up and coming election in Israel is a bit confusing.
24 March 2006
I was very happy to hear of the release of Norman Kember and CPT hostages, but the stories coming out struck me as a bit peculiar.
A casual reader of the news might be forgiven for assuming that the hostages were released by their kidnappers, as a gesture of good will after months of negotiations.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Apparently, the SAS or similar specialists extracted the hostages from a house, which was seemingly contrary to Kember's wishes, “Professor Kember, who had always said that he did not want to be rescued by military force”.
Yet non-violence surely won the day in Iraq? I'll bet the "insurgency" are happy?
Which reminded me of “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/24/2006 01:12:00 pm
23 March 2006
The Guardian's new blogging project "Comment is free" is appealing, and you will find many notables there and my selection is:
oh and Linda Grant, she is entertaining
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/23/2006 12:20:00 pm
21 March 2006
The Israeli Tool Bar has proven enjoyable but not trouble free. Running under Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 the Radio part has problems with ActiveX.
Using the Windows Media Player ActiveX Installation for Firefox seems to result in more crashes (as predicted in the message boards).
Solution: Don't use radio, remove WMP ActiveX Installation for Firefox and re-install everything from scratch.
We'll see what happens.
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/21/2006 02:17:00 pm
20 March 2006
I am not a fan of Noam Chomsky, after his defence of Faurisson and unsavoury associates.
I was indebted to Harry’s Place for their diligence in highlighting the Guardian's kowtowing to Chomsky and Diana Johnstone over Srebrenica.
The letter by Kamm, Wheen and Aaronovitch is a very clear indictment of Chomsky’s shoddy methods and bias.
I have no doubt there will be some counterblast from Chomsky and his cult, which are guaranteed to confuse the issues.
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/20/2006 01:35:00 pm
19 March 2006
From the 1920s onwards anti-Semitism evolved with the aid of the protocols into an all-encompassing ideology.
Rather than seeing anti-Semitism in a crude one-dimensional way, the most obvious manifestation being Hitler's Nazi Germany, we should view it has an evolving pestilence of an ideology. It never remained static and incorporates new myths as events unfold.
An example of this is the story of the five dancing Israelis, which has done the rounds on neo-Nazi, extremist Islamist and conspiratorial web sites since 9/11.
I am indebted to Engage for their coverage of the new film: Protocols of Zion
Even the on-line trailer makes depressing viewing but a lesson that humanity hasn't quiet learnt enough yet?
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/19/2006 09:30:00 pm
18 March 2006
I laughed at this story:
'As a citywide public smoking ban went into effect today in Calabasas, enforcement came from a higher authority: Mother Nature.
A rainstorm sent renegade smokers stubbing out their cigarettes and scurrying for cover as security guards began issuing warnings at the town's main shopping center.
"You are going to get a $500 citation," one guard warned Dannielle Wakely as she sat at an outdoor table at the Calabasas Commons puffing on a cigarette.
A moment earlier, shopper Erit Litvak had bummed a cigarette and a match from Wakely. She listened to the security guard's warning with her mouth agape.
"I am putting it out!" exclaimed Litvak. "Am I in trouble?"
Calabasas, an upscale suburb wedged between the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County, has generated national attention for what appears to be the first ban on smoking in all outdoor public spaces.'
My heart bleeds
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/18/2006 04:35:00 pm
17 March 2006
15 March 2006
I am a great fan of Firefox, the browser, and one of its most useful aspects is extensions, which allows the basic abilities of Firefox to be enhanced and adapted to provide extra functionality.
Israeli Tool Bar is a smart extension, with some great features, it provides direct access to information about Israel: Newspapers, media, radio stations, etc
It is fairly commercial in approach but still very nice.
Israeli Tool Bar appears to contain some minor spyware [doubleclick & advertising.com] but these can be removed by Spybot, and it functions aftewards.
Get it here.
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/15/2006 12:00:00 pm
11 March 2006
The reported fate of Tom Fox should make us reflected on
One of the policemen who found the body said the 54-year-old peace activist, wearing a grey tracksuit, appeared to have beaten by electric cables before his death. He had a single gunshot wound to the head and his hands were tied behind him.
Fox, who had been in Iraq to campaign against the U.S. occupation and to work for the release of Iraqis held by U.S. forces, was taken hostage with Norman Kember and two other colleagues in November by a group calling itself the "Swords of Truth".
The latest video of hostages shows the frightening naivety by Christian Peacemaker Teams in venturing into
The “insurgence” from the bombing of the UN compound in 2003 to the death of Margaret Hassan have shown a conspicuous disregard for humanitarian aid workers, journalists and others.
Yet the CPT and many others seemed to think they would be immune to the beheadings and attacks, simply because they were “anti-war” and decent folks, as shown by their statement:
"the current focus of the team has expanded to include efforts to end occupation and militarization of the country and to foster nonviolent and just alternatives for a free and independent Iraq."
All of which might be trueand very worthy, except do the “insurgences” or their allies really care?
The treatment of these decent CPT activists gives to the lie the notion that the “insurgences” only wish to attack representatives of “imperialism”.
People can choose to believe what they will on their intentions, but the evidence of the “insurgency” list of atrocities grows by the day.
Let’s not kid ourselves about these killers.
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/11/2006 03:52:00 pm
09 March 2006
Political ones web sites can be confusing, what is the message? Who are their backers? What is their aim?
A few years back I remember some Liberals/Lefties sending me a link to nowarforisrael.com ,allegedly as a premier anti-war site.
It just shows how slow people can be at times, when they are fooled by the word 'Zionist' instead of 'Jew'. A bit of a give-away but surprising some people were taken in.
A cursory examination of nowarforisrael.com via the WHOIS record reveals the connection, its Name Server is NS1.DAVIDDUKE.COM.
BINGO! David Duke, ex-Klan Wizard
Recently, I was told that www.nogw.com was interesting, but the ranting on about Zionists and the 'History of the House of Rothschild' link made it all to obvious who was backing that web site: the extreme right.
The spectra of the extreme right masquerading as 'Lefties', 'Anti-Bushie', radicals or 'concerned about peace in the Middle-East' is relatively new but fairly transparent, once the blinkers of 'Anti-Zionism' are removed, hatred of Israel stopped momentarily and an ounce of common sense applied.
The extreme right are happy to play on the gullible or hate driven.
People with savvy shouldn't be taken in, if they apply some of the following:
1. Does the web page say 'Zionist' or 'Zionism' a lot?
2. Is there a conspiratorial theme? New World Order, the Illuminati? Etc
3. What type of other sites does it link to? White Power? Elders of Zion stuff?
4. What keywords in the HTML source does it use? see point 2
5. Does the site mention "the REAL truth"? as if it a 'secret'!
6. Check the site's WHOIS info, etc for backers of the site, look for across linkage from other extreme right web sites
7. Cut and paste some of the site's contentious articles into Google and see who links to them?
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/09/2006 11:52:00 am
08 March 2006
Given the reaction of this film’s extras, then Germany's ban on pro-Nazi propaganda still might be a good idea, as reported in the Times yesterday:
“About 700 extras turned up early yesterday morning. One was Volker Behrens, who had driven 500 miles to be there. He had brought his own coal scuttle helmet and wartime overcoat. “It was worth it,” he said, “I just love the uniforms.”
The making of the film has given many the chance to perform illegal acts. “Where else in
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/08/2006 12:16:00 pm
06 March 2006
Problem: listening to stuff on the web is great but sometimes we’d like to hear it over and over again, without the hassle of connecting to the web again.
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/06/2006 05:21:00 pm
05 March 2006
Not me, honest but our beloved George.
“Speaking on a radio show to be broadcast tomorrow, he says he has found it difficult to "stay on the porch" - a phrase used by Hillary Clinton meaning to remain faithful.
"The point about sin is that you are supposed to repent, learn from it and not repeat it.
"On many personal levels, I have sinned a lot.
"My only hope is that my life as a whole and the totality of my time here will help make up for some of that. But that, of course, is in God's hands."
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/05/2006 01:24:00 pm
04 March 2006
The Nazis have finally been beaten !
Or more accurately the three final Enigma codes, as reported in the Scotsman:
“THE Nazi code which sent thousands of allied sailors to their deaths in the Second World War has been cracked more than 60 years after Britain's best mathematical minds failed to break it.
The Enigma code was the most complex cipher system of its age and virtually foolproof.
All the codes except three were broken. Now, the work of a German amateur cryptographer has led to the solving of one of the three unresolved Enigma puzzles dating from 1942.”
Peace at last, but let's not forget the role of the Poles in breaking the codes.
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/04/2006 11:18:00 pm
03 March 2006
Never let it be said these blog entries are merely an excuse to post ridiculous pictures of George Galloway, however, they do offer the opportunity for a caption contest. Entries to the comment section.
My entries for:
Caption 1: George thinks “...with this wig no one will know me that I’m not Jimmy Saville”
Caption 2: George thinks “I wish I could wax my legs like that”
Posted by ModernityBlog at 3/03/2006 02:33:00 pm