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Toxic spitting in Bet Shemesh (Israel): 8 year-old girl Naama lived
It is becoming common habit for males in this State of Israel to spit on girls who don’t dress or act as the Talmud (or some other Books) demand from them to behave.
A girl is a girl, and it doesn’t matter if the woman is your mother or grandmother.
It cannot be worse if the girl is “goyim”:  Women are women and “unclean” until cleansed by the rabbi or the husband or the brother…
What difference with the Islamist salafists? Salafist at least respect the behavior of girls who didn’t reach the age of puberty (12 year-old?): The Dirty Blood is not seeping out yet!
Let us read this report:
Naama Margolis, an 8-year-old from Bet Shemesh, is the most famous girl in Israel today. In fact, nobody can stop talking about her.

And why is that?

On Friday evening, Naama told her story on the most watched news show in the country.

Interviewed by Channel 2’s Shai Gal, Naama told how she was afraid to go to school, just a few hundred meters from her house in Bet Shemesh, because Haredim Jews cursed and spit on her for being dressed “immodestly.”

The report, translated in full below, has sent Israeli public discourse on relations between secular and religious into a frenzy.

Since the report, the Israeli Prime Minister (Netenyahu?) has spoken!  The Haredi Beit Shemesh Mayor has condemned i! Haredim in Beit Shemesh attacked a Channel 2 news team who came to town again on Sunday, and rioted when municipal workers took down signs calling for segregation between men and women.

Haredim in Beit Shemesh later put the signs back up.

Today, the city announced plans to put up 400 security cameras. (To do what? Filming with no active responses? The right-wing Orthodox Jews are the government! They are the army!)

The rabbis, not a single one said anything,yet.

What do you think they have to say? Women are at the same pedestal as men in front of Yahweh?

That modern Israeli State is a branch of western civilization? That segregation between blacks and white is different from segregating between women and men?..

Apparently, the rabbis don’t care. And why should they? It’s not like they do have to recognize the State or anything, and they don’t have to.

The invalid Haredi (mentally handicapped too?) who spoke from inside his car at the end of the item is actually right. Out of all the ignorance he spewed, he managed to say one correct thing at the end:

“All of Israel will be Haredi, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”  He’s about right with decades in the trend.

The numbers speak for themselves: (the recent surveys and statistics have demonstrated what the vast majority of Israelis stand for…)

Actually, it makes the entire two-State (Palestinian and Israeli),or the alternative one-State discussion seem like a waste of time.

What does it matter when in a few decades, between the river and the sea, secular people of any nationality will be a small minority? Would you just have to choose your theocracy State to transfer to?” End of quote

(I don’t need development of what a Haredi is:  The title is clear in its action…)

Actually, the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are far more secular than the current Israeli social structure: 60 years of resistance against infamy, apartheid, racism, and now segregation between genders have polished their resistance to all kinds of indignities and value civic laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender, color, or religious beliefs…

Do you recall what was the comment of  Malcolm X (the Black US revolutionary of the 60’s) when president Kennedy was assassinated?

Malcolm X was fighting the good fight against this racist capitalist system in the USA, the Protestant Anglo White Capitalist system, and said: “Kennedy came home to roost“.  Meaning, the system corrected the small deviation by electing a Catholic, and a president who alarmed Israel by his frequent and consistent demand to have Israel’s nuclear installations inspected!

Has “Zionism come home to roost“? Do the western “civilization” propaganda media still have any guts to go on proclaiming Israel “The only democratic, liberal, and secular State in the Middle East“?

Note 1: I saw a recent picture of little Naama and her mother walking the street: They were both wearing long (black) pretty shabby coats, but no veils, yet.

Note 2: Read the recent Israel Peace Indicator survey

Do you live amid hard of hearing community?Are you able to bypass social background noise?

As you get hard of hearing, and I am not there yet, but living among hard of hearing parents and people, you discover two distinct types of people:

Those who keep their quiet, and those who keep talking.

The ones who stay silent, on the premises that they are unable to hear questions, or prefer not to submit to the humiliating habit of “What? Would you please repeat your question? Not as loud please. Move your lips more intelligibly…”

The ones who never cease of talking prefer to be constantly on the offensive, in both meaning of offensive. Since they are unable to listen, they decide to describe all the ache and pain of their daily living, blaming everyone around for their nonchalance toward her “few” requests…

Since at this advanced age many people in the larger neighbourhood have passed away, for one reason or other, the talk revolves around reminiscing on the dead ones, how we knew them, how we failed to get intimate with, the kinds of diseases we are afflicted with…

Actually, when the non-stop hard of hearing talker get started, and immediately, they are not in the mood of hearing other people telling their stories:  They cut off the speaker frequently for questions that the storyteller was supposed to fill them in.

For example, when, who, where, how…They want answers to these questions because they have no patience to sit still for the entire story of the other one…

How wonderful it would be if the hard of hearing talker could write their diaries: Everyone would benefit from the extensive details of describing a locality and the hardship of living in old age…reading these exciting and uplifting diaries in the silence of the night…

I am leaning to conjecture that older hard of hearing people revert to their childhood behaviors.

The quiet ones were quiet as kids, on the ground that they had no questions for the stupid adults. Simple because they are smart enough to realize that as kids, they are in the stupid stage and need some growing up before learning to ask the “right questions“…

The breathless talker (and short on breathe too) were kids who never stopped asking questions, on the assumption of the adults that they are, the curious kinds of kids, they want to know everything, even if they refuse to listen to what the answer is, and keep cutting off the adults stories….

You might have read these statements very often: “I’m often stunned by the lack of questions that adults are prepared to ask. When you see kids go on a field trip, the questions pour out of them. Never ending, interesting, deep… even risky. How wonderful…”

I guess it depends of whom is submitting to these questioning and how they think the questions of these turbulent kids are that deep and risky…

“And then the resistance kicks in and we apparently lose the ability to asking questions…” The ability will inevitably kicks in as we get hard of hearing, you can bet on it, though not in the same wide range of the kids’ types of questions, or the ones expected by Seth Godin

For example, “is the weather the only thing you can think to ask about? A great question is one you can ask yourself, one that disturbs your status quo and scares you a little bit…” Like what kinds of scary questions?

Is it like: “I am not interested that people do die. What I need to know is that why me?”, or

“When am I going to die? When am I going to win the lottery ticket, when am I going to have an entire day of rest, when am I going to be able to block background social noises, at what stage of preparation is the next US preemptive war, and launched against which “terrorist State”?

Any “rogue State” whose dictator refused to purchase “sophisticated”, expensive, and useless military hardware weapons from the USA, England or France… Any State with promising raw materials whose penniless dictator has declared his wish to build a nuclear bomb…

Scary question like what?

Like when the US Special Forces nabbed Qadhafi and he asked them “What do you want from me?”.  Qadhafi must have asked the US Administration that question when negotiating the dismantling of Libya nuclear installations in 2001.  Anyhow, nobody believe that any US Administration ever has taken seriously its “written oats“…

Scary question like “What are the proper processes to build an international financial institution, to prepare to run for Congress…?”

Scary question like “How can we pressure the system in the US to start taking seriously the 15% of the population that modern market oriented production system has no use of them, and give them a job to live decently as full citizens, and away from ghetto mentality…”

Scary question like “How to build a reputation that’s worth owning and an audience that cares?”

Have you learned to listen? Are you still in the mood of asking questions?

As Seth Godin wrote: “If we put a number on it, people will try to make the number go up. Now that everyone is a marketer, many people are looking for a louder megaphone, a chance to talk about their work, their career, their product… and social media looks like the ideal soapbox, a free opportunity to shout to the masses.

But first, we’re told to make that number go up.

Increase the number of fans, friends and followers, so your shouts will be heard. The problem of course is that more noise is not better noise. In Corey’s words, the conventional, broken wisdom is:

  • Follow a ton of people to get people to follow back
  • Focus on the number of followers, not the interests of followers or your relationship with them.
  • Pump links through the social platform (take your pick, or do them all!)
  • Offer nothing of value, and no context. This is a megaphone, not a telephone.
  • Think you’re winning, because you’re playing video games (highest follower count wins!)

This looks like winning (the numbers are going up!), but it’s actually a double-edged form of losing.

First, you’re polluting a powerful space, turning signals into noise and bringing down the level of discourse for everyone.

Second, you’re wasting your time when you could be building a “tribe” instead, (tribe?) could be earning permission, could be creating a channel where your voice is actually welcomed.

Leadership and even “idea leadership” scares many people, because it requires you to own your words, to do work that matters. The alternative is to be a junk dealer.

The game theory pushes us into one of two directions:  Either be better at pump and dump than anyone else, get your numbers into the millions, out mass those that choose to use mass, and always dance at the edge of spam (in which the number of those you offend or turn off forever keep increasing), or “Relentlessly focus”.

Prune your message and your list and build a reputation that’s worth owning and an audience that cares.

Only one of these strategies builds an asset of value.” End of quote

Late Steve Jobs position was: “customers have no idea what they want.  It is our duty to train them to like our products and love our design...” This line of thinking…

If you maintain a blog, do you take the time to reedit your posts, and add and comments on the replies you get?

Maintenance is the name of the game of whatever you undertake: This is the other truth of life, beside inevitable death…

Note: Actually I was to comment on Seth Godin post “The trap of social media noise” and  I got carried away in my essay.

Chased out? Changing strategy: Occupy Wall Street occupy Foreclosed residences

US City governments, backed by Israeli trained police forces, have continued to remove Occupy Wall Street protesters from their encampments. Occupy has responded to these ejections by changing its focus from public spaces toward private property: Foreclosed homes. You may get a taste of what’s going on

Never feel sorry: setbacks generate inventive tactics and greater resolutions. Occupying foreclosed residences is the answer to critics who have accused Occupy of lacking a political program.  Occupying foreclosed homes is guiding the Occupy movement to structuring stronger ties with working-class Americans.   Earlier social movements that employed similar tactics fall within this context.

To clarify the problem, these same banks, which received billions in bailouts showered on them by a federal government, have brazenly abused foreclosure procedures through practices like robo-signing. As numerous State courts have observed, abuse of the foreclosure process has been the rule rather than the exception. The bankers’ claims to foreclosed properties are morally suspect, and occupation of those properties directly confronts this illegitimacy.

Sonia K. Katyal and Eduardo M. Peñalver wrote (I edited slightly and re-arranged paragraphs):

“The sit-down strike movement began January 27, 1936, when workers at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, sat down on the job to protest the company’s suspension of an official in the workers’ union. Fifty-five hours later, the company capitulated, reinstating the union official with back pay and even compensating the strikers (at half-pay) for the time during which they occupied the plant. Successful imitation strikes were soon launched at other tire factories.

Workers were willing to use nonlethal force to defend their occupations, and they managed to repel attempts to forcibly remove them. The number of strikes mushroomed. In 1937 alone, roughly 400,000 workers participated in nearly 500 sit-down strikes. The GM sit-down strike in Flint involved tens of thousands of workers and was resolved just as the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in a pivotal case concerning the constitutionality of federal labor laws. Indeed, several legal historians attribute the court’s famous “switch in time” — upholding the National Labor Relations Act in the case of NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. — to the sit-down strikes.

A straight line runs from the 1930’s sit-down strikes in Flint, Michigan, to the 196o lunch-counter sit-ins, to the occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists,  to Occupy Wall Street. Occupations employ physical possession to communicate intense dissent, exhibited by a willingness to break the power-to-be law and order of the oligarchic class and to suffer the violent of its “armed forces”.

Effective occupations, however, have managed to do more than convey intensity. They have crafted visible signs of the reality protesters hope to create, in order to spurring legal change. The sit-down strikes in Flint laid the groundwork for the enforcement of federal labor laws; the lunch counter sit-ins led to the enactment of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the Alcatraz occupation paved the way for a milestone reversal in Federal Indian policy: President Nixon was to support tribal self-determination.

Sonia K. Katyal

Sonia K. Katyal
Eduardo Peñalver

Eduardo Peñalver

A generation later, the 1960 sit-ins began as seemingly spontaneous lunch-counter occupations by college students in Greensboro, North Carolina. They quickly spread to dozens of cities throughout the South.  The extremely controversial lunch-counter occupations are currently “canonized”, even among African-American civil-rights veterans. For example, Supreme judge Thurgood Marshall was furious with the students for violating private property rights in a way that he opposed in principle and he feared that this civil disobedience might generate a backlash.

Despite Marshall’s worries, the students were more successful than anyone could have hoped. They were well-organized and committed to nonviolence, and their quiet discipline was only made more visible by the hoodlums who frequently assaulted them. Their actions smoothed the road for the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which also prohibits racial discrimination at lunch counters.

Although political theorists typically make room in their accounts of democratic politics for principled disobedience, most distinguish conscientious lawbreaking from disobedience motivated by self-interest. But the categories of self-interested and conscientious lawbreaking are not easily separated. Moreover, far from discrediting acts of disobedience, an intermingling of the strategy of principled lawbreaking with a degree of self-interest can actually render a protest more intelligible to non participants.

Many observers lamented that the Occupy Wall Street protests is lacking of an obvious connection between their disobedience (the occupation of parks and streets) and their political and economic complaints. This is why Occupy’s turn toward foreclosed housing is so important.

While it takes heroic acts of imagination to connect the dots between the occupation of Zuccotti Park and worries about economic inequality, political corruption and the excessive power of banks, the connection between these issues and the occupation of foreclosed housing is obvious:  A great deal of America’s vacant housing sits in the hands of the very financial institutions whose profiteering brought us the current Great Recession.

Not content with the billions in bailouts showered on them by a federal government that seems beholden to their interests, those institutions have resisted efforts to get them to restructure underwater mortgages.

The ejection of the Occupy Wall Street protesters from public spaces may, in the long run, work to the movement’s benefit. In shifting their efforts away from public parks and toward foreclosed homes, Occupy is forging a tighter link between its acts of occupation and its political objections.

This unforeseen good alternative will ultimately enhance the effectiveness of its message. It also brings Occupy Wall Street more closely into line with the most effective occupation movements of the past century”. End of quote

What do you think? How about occupying fancy residences not inhabited by the filthy rich and let the supreme court decide on the justice and fairness of vacant homes prohibited to be dwelt in by homeless citizens…

In around 1880, Chicago witnessed a monster demonstration by workers demanding an 8-hour work day.  A home-made bomb exploded and injured a few police men.  The authority condemned 5 innocent workers and hung them.  Many years later, the innocent martyred workers Albert Parsons, Adolf Fisher, George Engel, August Spies, and Louis Lingz (23 years) were deemed innocent and a monument was erected for them called “The Martyrs Grave” or Martyrs Tomb?  Most probably, the State government wanted urgently to set an example to the growing workers’ activism.

Note 1: Sonia K. Katyal is the Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Eduardo M. Peñalver is a professor of law at Cornell Law School. Their book, “Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership,” was published last year by Yale University Press.

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