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The Al-Durah hoax is the incident in which the Palestinians claimed that Mohammed al-Durah was killed – deliberately – by the IDF in 2000. I would recommend having a look at The Al Durah Project which has been following the lies, libels and court cases almost from the beginning.  (Here is their facebook page, and here is their Twitter account).

The incident ignited the deadly Second Intifada and Mohammed al-Durah became an icon of Palestinian victimhood.   A French media analyst, Philippe Karsenty, has analysed the videos and conducted many interviews over the years and came to the conclusion that Charles Enderlin of France 2 TV station staged the event. For a long time he was a lone voice in the wilderness, backed up by Richard Landes of The Second Draft and The Augean Stables.

Despite a few early wins, and Israel weighing in only 13 years too late

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Why World War Z should have been made into a video game, not a movie

Financial Post | Business

Like a lot of people, I like to imagine how the books I read might translate to film.

I envision famous actors in the roles of characters, picture action sequences as cinematic spectacle, and – if I’m feeling particularly ambitious – try to figure out how the text could be edited and cajoled to become a two-hour multimedia event capable of being absorbed in a single sitting.

I completely failed with this last exercise while reading Max Brooks’ World War Z.

Written as a series of distinct accounts collected by a kind of post-zombie war historian, it doesn’t possess a conventional overarching narrative. It’s just a collection of dozens of separate tales cinched together by some meaty philosophical and geopolitical themes that sneakily serve as insightful commentary on real-world mindsets, governments, and even religions.

I just didn’t see how such an unusually structured and multifaceted piece of prose could…

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Faster Please

West Bank Mama

There will be a new air defense system to compliment the Iron Dome that Israel has deployed against the kassam and Grad rockets fired from Gaza. This system, sometimes called Magic Wand, is supposed to be ready for deployment within two years, and was unveiled at the Paris Air Show rcently.

This system will be very much needed if Hizballah decides to start firing rockets at us from Lebanon. The craziness in Syria has its affect in the other countries surrounding Israel – as this interesting analysis of last night’s rocket fire from Gaza points out.

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Palestinian PM resigns, un-resigns, re-resigns

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Back in April Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, tendered his resignation.

The resignation comes following major disagreements over government policy in the Palestinian Authority and rumors that Abbas would fire Fayyad, who also serves as finance minister.

The world was aghast at this “blow to the peace process”, but Khaled Abu Toameh skewered this ridiculous opinion:

How can Salam Fayyad’s resignation as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority be considered a setback for the peace process when he had never been involved in the negotiations with Israel in the first place?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas never consulted with Fayyad about the peace process with Israel. Over the past five years, the two men hardly even spoken to one other.

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The only people Abbas consulted with were PLO and Fatah loyalists. Decisions regarding the peace talks with Israel were always taken either by Abbas alone or in…

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Quebec language police target frozen yogurt spoons

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Global News

Watch: Quebec language police target spoons

MONTREAL – A frozen yogurt company in the Montreal area has been asked by Quebec’s language police to stop using its disposable spoons.

According to a post on Menchie’s Facebook page, in response to a complaint, the The Office quebecois de la langue francaise  (OQLF) have asked the spoons to be replaced because of the words “Sweet Moosic” molded into the handle.

“We were visited by Office Quebec de La Langue Francaise and they cited us for having English molded in the spoons, apparently responding to a complaint,” Menchie’s said in the post.

“We are working as fast as we can to get new spoons made just for our Quebec stores, at a large expense to us.”

The incident, which follows on the heels of other language watchdog controversies like “pastagate” and “caffegate,” has caused a stir on social media.

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Florida photographer wants to change perception of breastfeeding

NBC Latino

A Lakeland photographer is on a mission to change perceptions of breastfeeding.

Christine Santos has put together a series of images called “Nursing is Natural” and she’s trying to win an online campaign to raise money to market her exhibit and raise awareness.

Santos chose nature to create artistic photos of breastfeeding. This exhibit is a personal journey for the 29-year-old photographer.

“When my youngest daughter was 5 weeks old, we went to my oldest daughter’s school for a spelling bee and she was little so I turned around faced the wall and covered up and nursed,” Santos recalled. “The very next day I got a phone call saying that, had the AP (assistant principal) seen me nursing I would have been kicked out of the auditorium.”

Santos said they told her it made other parents uncomfortable. The anger she felt about that phone call was enough to motivate her…

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Barbara Kay: Four rabbis walk into a bar

National Post | Full Comment

When I was young, our Toronto family – like most Jews who could afford to do so – occasionally spent holiday time in the Catskill mountains’ “Borscht Belt.” Grossingers and its arch-rival, The Concord, were the area’s two most lavishly endowed resorts. But there were countless others. Even the most modest of the Borscht Belt hotels guaranteed excellence in two pastimes: Feasting and entertainment.

The eating was strictly kosher, and the entertainment was – well, not always kosher, but definitely Jewish.

By day, poolside, we laughed through games of Simon Says, led by one of the resort’s many staff “tummlers” — “tuml” means “noise” in Yiddish — all aspiring entertainers (Jerry Lewis, amongst innumerable other Jewish comedians, started as a Catskills waiter). By night, we laughed at established stand-up comics, including Myron Cohen, Buddy Hackett and Joey Bishop.

Wherever European-descended Jews have lived in modern times, their humour has penetrated…

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Breakthrough anti-cancer drug takes direct aim at tumours, Canadian, U.S. researchers say

National Post | Life

TORONTO — A team of Canadian and U.S. researchers has developed a new “sharp-shooter” drug they hope may be a breakthrough in treating several types of aggressive cancer.

The drug, known for now as CFI-400945, is a new class of cancer agent that targets an enzyme involved in some malignancies, among them certain types of breast cancer, and ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

In tests on specially bred lab mice with human breast and ovarian cancers, CFI-400945 “responded spectacularly,” significantly shrinking the tumours, said co-principal investigator Dr. Tak Mak of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

‘To find a cure is our shared dream; our nightmare is that it is not yet within our reach’

But the world-renowned researcher cautioned these results occurred in mice — and human cancers can be far more complex.

“To find a cure is our shared dream; our nightmare is that it is not yet within…

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IRS Plays Favorites With Hamas-Tied, Democrat-backed CAIR

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Misfeasance: While the IRS was hassling any nonprofit group with the word “patriot” in its name, it was rubberstamping exemptions for “Islamic” groups, even organizations that violate disclosure laws.

Worse, it was even finding favor with nonprofits tied to terrorism — namely, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which not coincidentally is yoked to the Democratic Party.

Despite being blackballed by the FBI, which still suspects it’s fronting for Hamas, and despite failing to file annual tax reports as required by federal law, CAIR apparently has found friends in high places at the nation’s powerful taxing authority.

Last year, in the middle of the national election season, the IRS quietly agreed to reinstate CAIR’s tax-exempt status, allowing it to resume raising tax-free donations just in time for Ramadan, a key time for Muslim charitable giving.

According to the Religion News Service, the IRS in June 2012 sent CAIR’s national office…

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Google’s Project Loon and Aharon the High Priest

Community of Readers

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By Yonatan Gordon

We are much happier when Google seems to start projects that don’t make strict monetary sense at first. So when we heard that some Googlers went deep into the remote regions of New Zealand, in order to give a handful of people internet, our interest perked up.

We are not saying that the balloons of Project Loon won’t eventually be the method of choice that delivers internet to the masses; or that launching prototype projects doesn’t make sound business sense. Instead, the reason we like the story so much is not because of these very valid practical considerations.

Finding the Signal

The reason we found Project Loon so compelling is because it gives hope for those who have felt that their internet use has long since landed. We go to the same five sites, or get distracted by the assorted 500. Much like the dream of taking…

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