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    Rhetoric and Reality by Ralph Nader
  • Israel 'cuts Palestinian water'
    Israel is denying Palestinians access to even the basic minimum of clean, safe water, Amnesty International says. In a report, the human rights group says Israeli water restrictions discriminate against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. It says that in Gaza, Israel's blockade has brought the water and sewage system to "crisis point". Israel says the report is flawed and the Palestinians get more water than was agreed under the 1990s peace deal. 'Basic need' In the 112-page report, Amnesty says that on average Palestinian daily water consumption reaches 70 litres a day, compared with 300 litres for the Israelis. It says that some Palestinians barely get 20 litres a day - the minimum recommended even in humanitarian emergencies. Amnesty says that Israel denies West Bank Palestinians to dig wells, and has even destroyed cisterns and impounded water tankers. At the same time, the report claims, Israeli settlers are enjoying swimming pools and green gardens.
  • Rabbinical ruling causes havoc on elevators
    JERUSALEM – The Jewish day of rest has become a bit more labor-intensive for Yosef Ball. The Orthodox Jew and his wife are no longer using elevators custom-built for the Jewish Sabbath, ever since a rabbinical ruling last month outlawed them. Instead, they have been hiking up seven flights of stairs to get home each Saturday, lugging with them their five young children and a double stroller.

    I won't even pretend to understand. But I do remember directing a chess tournament and a Jewish fellow needing to have an assistant to make the moves becuase it was the Jewish Sabbath, but as Becker will tell you batshit crazy is a small price to pay for the 'good stuff' that goes along with it. (tip to Erick)

  • Science Based Blog about GMO
    Much time, money, and ink is spent in our culture obsessing over what foods are “good” or “bad” for health. Oftentimes such claims are out of proportion with available evidence, perhaps based on reasonable-sounding theories but not so much on convincing data.

 

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Sorry Norm, but the link 'Science Based Blog about GMO' doesn't work for me.

It looks like a problem at their site. I can't get anything to come up there. Try it later.

Yup! Working OK now.

Thanks.

trying to get my goat, norm, with that slanderous bbc article about how the palestinians are dying of thirst left and right? amnesty didn't even consult the israeli water authority- worse than goldstone, who at least tried to talk to the idf.

yeah, i have a horse in the race, if you were hoping for something personal i won't disappoint.

from my living room window i have a lovely view of the arab village where judas iscariot was legendarally born. down in the wadi (valley) is the spring where the jews drew water for their water libations for 369 years while the tabernacle stood in one place (among others over it's history). that spring is capped with cement and set up to be tapped by water tankers, which supply the village to augment their (apparantly sporadic)plumbing. all this- the plumbing, the capping and infrastructure at the spring- is payed for by israel and our taxes.

this spring- not a well, not a cistern, but the only source of "living waters" in the whole area- is for the exclusive use of the neighboring arabs. the historical source of water for the jewish tabernacle for 369 years. the idf enforces this, to the point of chasing away jewish hikers.

when my water gets cut off for one reason or another (it happens out here in the wild west, our water is piped in from israel proper), the neighboring arabs also lose pressure (they're on the same grid) but they have our historical spring to fall back on. we don't. the jews where i live make a "pilgrimage" to the spring once a year, on rosh hashana, with army security preventing trouble with the "villagers", who gather on the surroundng hillsides and throw things, hoot and holler and generally make a stink. occasionally there are confrontations between our kids and theirs. the army breaks them up.

once a year.

that article is complete, antisemitic, blood-libel, well-poisoning libel- politically timed to coincide with a general "world propaganda"offensive against israel. their stats are just wrong and could have easily been gotten right, and the view from my living room window tells me no arabs are dying of thirst, or getting sick from the inability to wash, or even feeling particularly "opressed", at least in terms of how that's defined in the world today as a whole. you want oppression, starvation, thirst...look elsewhere. the palestinians have plenty of problems, mostly self inflicted, but lack of water isn't one of them. they are, in any case, much better off with regard to water access than pre-'67. this is all bullshit.

Rhetoric and Reality by Ralph Nader is so funny.

He complains about how as the democratic part's biggest pain in the ass he somehow can't get a letter correspondence going with the president.

Then he responds point by point to a fundraising letter from the DNC.

THey need to let that guy out of the house more often.

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