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Israel and Gaza on a summer mind

AxisofLogic - Israel and Gaza on a summer mind, Scott Ewing in New Zealand. Axis of Logic
“The root cause of the conflict between the Zionists and the Palestinians is as follows. Israel is expanding and has done so since it was established by force as a nation state more than 60 years ago. Palestinian House Demolitions + Israeli Settler Colonies = Israeli Border Expansion.  The unfortunate concentration of ownership of commercial news media outlets and the self censorship of the people within those organizations means that consumers of western press are more likely to believe that Hamas & Islam are directly to blame for the conflict. Thanks to the lack of historical context provided, shooting rockets at Israel is not widely understood as a potential downstream effect of occupation and abuse of dominance. Israel's "war" was not about rockets. They served the same role in its narrative as the non-existent weapons of mass destruction did as the pretext for the American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq (and I'm still waiting to be carefully led through a clear explanation for that one).”

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A Question of Appeasement

(tip to Jamie)

Jimmy Carter w/Larry King

Carter defends his meeting with Hamas.

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Carter: Hamas is willing to accept Israel as its neighbor

So there you go Israel, tear down those walls. It will make it easier to leave the territory you've been illegally occupying for years.

Carter: Hamas is willing to accept Israel as its neighbor - Yahoo! News

JERUSALEM - Former President Carter said Monday that Hamas — the Islamic militant group that has called for the destruction of Israel — is prepared to accept the right of the Jewish state to "live as a neighbor next door in peace." But Carter warned that there would not be peace if Israel and the U.S. continue to shut out Hamas and its main backer, Syria. The Democratic former president relayed the message in a speech in Jerusalem after meeting last week with top Hamas leaders in Syria. It capped a nine-day visit to the Mideast aimed at breaking the deadlock between Israel and Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip. "They (Hamas) said that they would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, if approved by Palestinians and that they would accept the right of Israel to live as a neighbor next door in peace," Carter said.

Carter on Hamas

Jimmy Carter explains his reasons for meeting with Hamas, and they are good reasons in my opinion. It's too bad Hillary and Barack are so afraid of the Israel Lobby that they refuse to take a chance for peace. What is it exactly we lose by talking. The Democrats are Tweedledum and Tweedledee on this issue.


What a shame.

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This Week w/George Stephanopoulos

Obama Triangulates

Mr. I'll meet with anyone apparently has his limits, and yes I know Hillary has a similar position, but then she isn't the one making the claim to meet with anyone is she?.

"I said early in this campaign I would meet not just with our friends, but with our enemies. Not just with those we like, but those that we don't...Senator Clinton said, 'oh no, that'd be naive, that'd be irresponsible.' I said, 'remember what John F. Kennedy said, he said 'you should never negotiate out of fear, but you should never fear to negotiate.'" --Barack Obama, Florence, SC, Jan. 25, 2008.

Obama Triangulates and Won't Go Where Other Great Americans Will on Hamas - The Washington Note

Ben Smith of Politico points out that Barack Obama has "drawn a line" regarding which of the world's problematic bad guys should be met by Presidents like himself -- and Jimmy Carter. He thinks Carter should not meet any Hamas leaders. I guess isolation works for some and not others -- but ah, just when does one know in Obama's play book? Apparently, he's OK meeting Israeli leaders because they disavow terrorism -- but still they protect and establish illegal settlements and have installed more roadblocks and inhibitions to Palestinian mobility than was the case since the November 2007 Annapolis Summit. And while knocking Carter's efforts, Obama fails to articulate how any negotiation that does not include in some way a wrestling match and attempt at a negotiation with Hamas will be stable enough to believe in. A leading Knesset Member in Israel who strongly favors Senator Obama if he had the chance to vote in the U.S. elections told me recently that his one fear about Obama is that in his quest for the White House, he will ultimately have to shed his pragmatic approach to problem solving and demonstrate to critics "that he will be more Israeli than the Israelis." To establish a context, look at this roster of great Americans -- all national foreign policy leaders, military leaders, former government officials, and public intellectuals -- who have been able to go where Barack Obama seems unable.

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  • How Baboons Think (Yes, Think) - New York Times
  • Language Log: Shooting down "amateur grammar nazis"
  • Voiceless Iguanas
    Marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands, which sun themselves in rocky crannies and so have trouble spotting the hungry hawks that swoop down on them several times a day, have a secret emergency warning system.
  • Pharyngula: Letter to a non-atheist New Atheist
    You say that using the term "atheism" is a mistake, and that "Attaching a label to something carries real liabilities" … and that atheism is entirely negative. You say that accepting that label means we are agreeing to be "viewed as a cranky sub-culture".

    You say you never thought of yourself as an atheist before. And there, I think, is the major rebuttal to your own thesis. It doesn't matter that you don't call yourself an atheist. Sam, they're going to call you an atheist anyway
  • Logic Puzzles
  • virtual philosopher: Who Says Science and Religion Don't Conflict?
    A professor at London's Institute of Education, Michael Reiss, wants science teachers to handle questions about Creationism sensitively. This seems harmless. But may not be. It depends how this is interpreted. If a pupil from a religious background who believes in Creationism questions Darwinism when it is taught, then of course that pupil needs answers. Science teachers need to answer the student's questions - and no doubt would answer without having read Reiss's book. But there is surely not an obligation to give much time to discussing the ideas or treat them as scientifically respectable in any way. These are science lessons. If we go down this route, then we may end up needing to include some alchemy in Chemistry lessons as a serious alternative to empirical science. The real danger here is that this will be seen as an admission that Creationism (or alchemy) is a theory that merits discussion in a scientific context...something that has proved disastrous in the US educational context.
  • Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Destroying Public Education in Texas: The Texas Taliban Never Rest
  • Ezra Klein: The Chessboard And The Waterboard
  • The Lady is a Tramp
    And another moral leader turns out to be a corrupt hypocrite. How shocking. But this time he's just stealing his University blind while it's the wife who seems to be getting all the perv action:
  • SNL's Marathon "Weekend Update"
  • Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS
    Perspectives on Christian Zionism Bill Moyers talks with Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of TIKKUN, a Jewish journal of politics, culture, and spirituality, and Dr. Timothy P. Weber, author of ON THE ROAD TO ARMAGEDDON: HOW EVANGELICALS BECAME ISRAEL'S BEST FRIEND.
    (tip to Joshua)

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  • France warning of war with Iran
    "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," Mr Kouchner said in an interview on French TV and radio.
  • The Nonbelievers
    An increasing number of young people in America - and adults around the world - don't believe in God. Greg Epstein, who advises fellow atheists and agnostics at Harvard University, wants to create a kind of church for those who reject religion. But he's encountering resistance from some of the very people he wants to unite.
  • Airport bathroom a tourist attraction
    When tourists ask for the bathroom in the Minneapolis airport lately, it’s usually not because they have to go.

    It’s because they want to see the stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in a sex sting.

    “It’s become a tourist attraction,” said Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “People are taking pictures.”
  • Pharyngula: Taking exception to Jake
    First of all, don't try to tell the New Atheists (insert obligatory detestation of the term here) what the New Atheists believe unless you've actually got some understanding of what the New Atheists believe. This is a mistake I'm seeing repeatedly now.

    The New Atheist Camp (for lack of a better term) asserts that science and atheism are one. Religion and science are not internally consistent. Any attempt to recognize religion within a scientific framework is appeasement of superstition and is by extension damaging to the scientific enterprise. We might as well publish statements we know to be lies in scientific journals.

    No. Once again, science is a method. It's a general set of procedures that rest on skepticism, induction, empiricism, and naturalism. Atheism is a conclusion. We look at the universe using the tools of science, and it does not fit any description of the universe derived from religious perspectives: we therefore reject religious dogma. We also see that the nature of the universe does not reflect any of the orthodox conceptions of what a god-ruled universe would look like. We arrive at the conclusion that there is no god.
  • Israel’s cost to the Arabs, by Ghada KarmiAfter nearly 60 years, Israel is still not at peace with most of its neighbours. The Saudi peace plan, first proposed in 2002, is the latest in a series of Arab overtures aiming to end this situation. It offers Israel full normalisation of relations in return for withdrawal from the territories it conquered in 1967, and a negotiated agreement on the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Israel ignored the plan in 2002, but this year the Arabs have re-presented it more forcefully. In July two Arab League envoys visited Jerusalem to press the Arab case, and plans led by the United States are afoot for an Arab-Israeli peace conference in September. Though Israel may still not respond, this is a giant step for the Arabs, reversing decades of hostility.
  • Official prototype of kilogram mysteriously losing weight - (tip to Tony)
  • The Satirical Political Report - An Offbeat Look at the Hot-Button Issues of the Day » NEW O.J. CASE SETS PRECEDENT FOR BUSH: IF YA’ CAN’T GET ‘EM FOR KILLING, THERE’S STILL ARMED ROBBERY
  • Philosophers’ Carnival #53 « Florida Student Philosophy Blog
    The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight -- if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies.
  • YouTube - Familjen - Det snurrar i min skalle Now that's what I call a music video
  • Wired Geekipedia: Faith Smackdown - Gloves of God vs. Punch of Proof
  • The Elder Storytelling Place - A Time Goes By weblog
  • Sick Author Jonathan Cohn's Expert Opinion on HillaryCare 2.0

    I'm a little surprised, Hillary hasn't sold out yet. Certainly Kucinich has the best plan followed by Edwards, Clinton, and Obamma in that order.

    Broadly speaking, the Clinton plan is as ambitious as any plan touted by a major presidential candidate right now. Indeed, the basic structure of the plan--starting with a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance--is strikingly similar to the structure first proposed by former Senator John Edwards, which has rightly won him considerable praise.

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  • Young Muslims begin dangerous fight for the right to abandon faith - Times Online
    A group of young Muslim apostates launches a campaign today, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, to make it easier to renounce Islam.

    The provocative move reflects a growing rift between traditionalists and a younger generation raised on a diet of Dutch tolerance.

    The Committee for Ex-Muslims promises to campaign for freedom of religion but has already upset the Islamic and political Establishments for stirring tensions among the million-strong Muslim community in the Netherlands.
  • Salt Lake Tribune - Rebecca Walsh: For Leavitt, it's business before babies (tip to Nate)
  • Comment is free: Ghettoes of superstition
    So the schools secretary, Ed Balls, and faith group leaders have formed a partnership endorsing faith schools as a force to improve social cohesion in England. This gasp-inducing statement is on a par with "let us build and run more nuclear power stations Chernobyl fashion - oh, and let's put them in city centres". In the face of the failure of multiculturalism, with the awful example of faith-divided schooling in Northern Ireland over decades, with news of Deobandi control of half of British mosques where hostility to the host community is preached, the government is choosing to continue to fly in the face of all reason and experience, and to design and pay for - with our tax money - greater future divisiveness and trouble. It is staggering.
  • The Frontal Cortex : McGinn Does Wittgenstein
    Is it bad if your favorite philosophy comes in aphorism form? This is why I've always enjoyed Wittgenstein: his writing has the density of plutonium, since it's just pre-digested quotes. I can read it without having to remember what anomalous monism is. Now Colin McGinn, who's one of my favorite philosophers of mind, has entered the blogosphere. One of his first posts is a list of 79 meditations on laws, causality and the nature of reality.
  • ScienceDaily: New CPR Promises Better Results By Compressing Abdomen, Not Chest
    A biomedical engineer at Purdue University has developed a new method to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation that promises to be more effective than standard CPR because it increases nourishing blood flow through the heart by 25 percent over the current method.
    In a new book to be published by Wiley-Blackwell, The Daily Show and Philosophy (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) editor and contributor Jason Holt has assembled an impressive team of seventeen fellow philosophers who, in 19 chapters, take a good look at the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “fake news” program, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.
  • Whose Human Rights Matter?
    It's rare that a media outlet's news standards can be tested so directly. The human rights group released separate reports on violations by both Hezbollah and Israel, charging each side with indiscriminate attacks on civilians. When the first report was released, the Times placed an 800-word story (8/31/07) under the headline "Rights Group Accuses Hezbollah of Indiscriminate Attacks on Civilians in Israel War," and accompanied by a photo of Israeli civilians at risk from Hezbollah rockets.

    But when Human Rights Watch's focus turned to Israeli actions, the paper's interest declined considerably; it ran a brief Associated Press report (9/7/07), sans photo, totaling 139 words. The headline: "Israel Criticized Over Lebanon Deaths."
  • Pope: Creation vs. evolution clash an ‘absurdity’ (tip to Tony)

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  • Outposts and peace don't mix - Haaretz - Israel News
    Aside from the legal problem, the expansion of the settlements, particularly the outposts, clearly contradicts the prime minister's talk of peace. What significance could there possibly be to negotiations with the Palestinians on an agreement of principles for ending the occupation if the government is at once holding negotiations with the settlers on legalizing outposts in the very heart of the West Bank?
  • Gen Sir Mike Jackson attacks US over Iraq - Telegraph
    Sir Mike is particularly critical of President Bush's decision to hand control of the post-invasion running of Iraq to the Pentagon, when all the post-war planning had been done by the State Department.

    "All the planning carried out by the State Department went to waste," he writes. For Mr Rumsfeld and his neo-conservative supporters "it was an ideological article of faith that the coalition forces would be accepted as a liberating army.

    "Once you had decapitated Saddam Hussein's regime, a model democratic society would inevitably emerge."

    He and other senior British officers were opposed to the Pentagon's decision to disband the Iraqi army after Saddam's overthrow, a decision he says "was very short-sighted … We should have kept the Iraqi security services in being and put them under the command of the coalition."
  • Point of Inquiry - Dr. Francis Collins - The Language of God
    In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Francis Collins details the potential benefits of recent advances in the field of genetics, explores the question of whether or not religious belief negatively impacts a scientist’s research, and talks about his journey from atheism to devout believer. He talks about the comforts that religion brings to a believer, and how the question of the origins of morality was central to his religious conversion.
  • Romney gets police escort in South Carolina, exceeds speed limits - U.S. Politics - It looks like Miss Tean South Carolina was right. Americans named Romney don't have maps.
    Newberry County Sheriff’s Maj. Todd Johnson said that deputy’s escort was unplanned. Romney’s motorcade became lost and requested help finding the campaign stop, he said. "They didn’t know exactly where they were going," Johnson said. "All he did was guide him to the event.
  • Fallacy Files So go ahead, name that fallacy.
  • xkcd - Commitment
  • The Satirical Political Report - An Offbeat Look at the Hot-Button Issues of the Day » GOP CANDIDATES GANG UP ON MOTHER THERESA

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