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Archive for April 2006

More than he bargained for?

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Following Sharon's disengagement, president of the Jerusalem District Court Boaz Okon on Sunday issued a verdict stipulating that the Palestinian Authority fulfills the criterions to be legally considered as a state.

"One sovereign state does not rule over another sovereign state and does not put it on trial," Okon said in the verdict. "Even if one state does not recognize the other entity as a sovereign state it is not exempt from respecting the rights of that entity by force of international law."

 I'm no legal expert, but my logic says this is a major event. For example, it would appear to undermine any claim Israel may have to the legitimacy of assassinations in the Palestinian territories. In effect, Israel has the same freedom of action in the Palestinian territories as it has, say, in the Netherlands.

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April 23, 2006 at 2:18 pm

An article on web2.0 worth reading? really?

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Well, at least it doesn’t say Web2.0 until the middle of the 2nd page. But it has them all, and even a few valid arguments about the economic implications. Besides, it’s always worth piking up a Bruce Sterling quote:

“They stole our revolution and now we’re stealing it back and selling it to Yahoo”

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April 21, 2006 at 12:55 pm

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Feel the pain

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I wonder who devised this cute little quirk. Was it Intel’s training dept, or was it an IT manager, hungry for some sympathy? Play it once, and you’ll never bitch at your IT dude again!

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April 21, 2006 at 12:41 pm

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say it in Telugu

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This little gizmo lets you type in any language from any computer, using a virtual keyboard. Just in case you need that sort of thing.

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April 20, 2006 at 11:19 pm

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Use yahoo. help jail chinese dissidents.

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“Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of the verdict in the case of Jiang Lijun, sentenced to four years in prison in November 2003 for his online pro-democracy articles, showing that Yahoo ! helped Chinese police to identify him.”

time to act.

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April 20, 2006 at 4:04 pm

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uh, green garlic soup? did you say garlic soup?

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Pim brings back warm memories of green garlic

Just about this time of year the market in Jerusalem would be full of fresh garlic. Not exactly the kind in your picture – just the plain, good old taste (and bad breath) bomb, straight out of the mud.

We would buy it by the kilo. First, we would plait a few strands to hang on the courtyard walls, to safeguard our house from daemons and bad luck. Then, we would plait another one or two and hand in the kitchen so that the precious bulb would never be more than a hands length away. Finally, I would chop up a few stalks, and make some quiche or soup. Nothing to it, just use any odd leek recipe you mum gave you. Needs a bit longer to cook, but the taste and fragrance is worth it – and far from what you would expect.

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April 19, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Posted in food, Israel

weapons of mass destruction

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Shall we call them McDeath?

What astonishes me is that McDonnalds in the US is even deadlier:

Trans fats are worrisome, however, because more than any other macronutrient in the diet they not only raise L.D.L., the so-called bad cholesterol, but also lower H.D.L., the good. (Saturated fat, in contrast, raises both kinds.) A daily intake of five grams of trans fats increases the risk of contracting heart disease 4 percent to 28 percent, various studies have shown.

Consuming that much trans fat is far too easy. The Danish study found that a large order of McDonald's French fries in the United States contains almost six grams of trans fats, while a large portion (10 pieces) of Chicken McNuggets serves up almost four grams. Eaten together, they deliver nearly 10 grams of a substance considered so unhealthy that the National Academy of Sciences concluded, in 2002, that the only safe amount of trans fats in the diet is zero.

In Denmark, that same combination of McDonald's fries and chicken contains less than one gram of trans fats. That is because, since 2004, the Danes have limited trans fats to no more than 2 percent of a food's fat content, by weight. Now, even the famous Danish pastry is virtually free of trans fats.


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April 19, 2006 at 2:33 am

Posted in food, health, McDonnalds

Appologies to Goscinny and Uderzo

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I Ask You

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April 12, 2006 at 3:35 am

Posted in LOL, news and politics

Occupation Refuser Aviv Sela sentenced to 21 days imprisonment

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Occupation Refuser Aviv Sela was sentenced Wednesday, April 5 2006, to 21 days imprisonment in a military jail #4 after he announced his refusal to be enlisted for regular mandatory service in the IDF. Dozens of friends, family members and supporters demonstrated in support of Aviv Wednesday morning at the gate of the national conscription center.

In his letter to the Minister of Defence Aviv wrote:

"I, Aviv Sela, hereby present you with my request to be exempted from military service on grounds of conscience, according to section 36 of the 1986 law of military service (meshulav version). I would like to ask you to refer this request to the authorized exemption committee.

…Though I did not grow up in an activist or political family, my family believed in  humane values and in human equality and respect. My parents are not active in  peace or

human rights organizations: their one political activity is going to the ballot box.

…The more I saw of the occupied territories, the more clearly could I see the complexity of Palestinian society. When you are inside Israeli society you get the impression that Palestinian society is an extremist terrorist society. Once you are able to put aside these simplifications, you discover a complex society, with various factions and different ideas, and a variety of modes of struggle. This is how I got to know about non-violent protest, Palestinian protest, conducted either indirectly or directly, which has gained widespread publicity in Israel and internationally.

…These visits I made to the occupied territories gave me a better insight into what was happening on the other side of the Green Line and they are a major part of how I have come to understand the Israeli government's policy in the territories as illegitimate and something I cannot be part of".


Write letters to Aviv Sela

military ID 6883615, POB 02507 Zahal (IDF).


Write letters to the Authorities
It is recommended to send letters of protest on behalf of the imprisoned refusers, preferably by fax, to:

Mr. Shaul Mofaz, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence,
37 Kaplan St.,

Tel-Aviv 61909, Israel      E-mail: sar@mod.gov.il or pniot@mod.gov.il
Fax: ++972-3-696-27-57 / ++972-3-691-69-40 / ++972-3-691-79-15

Another useful address for sending copies isthe Military Attorney General:

Chief Military Attorney, Military postal code 9605, IDF, Israel

Fax: ++972-3-569-43-70

Write letters to your local Israeli embassy
It is very effective to send protests to your local Israeli embassy. You can find the address of your local embassy on the web.

(from the Yesh Gvul mailing list) 

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April 12, 2006 at 3:33 am

new from google labs

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April 12, 2006 at 2:51 am

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