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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.
http://boohoo.wikispaces.com

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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

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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.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/16/opinion/16teicholz.html

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April 19, 2006 at 2:33 am

Posted in food, health, McDonnalds