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Pink Floyd Roger Waters: Divest in Israel

Roger Waters, British rock band Pink Floyd, wrote in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on July 2, 2012 under “Divest in Israel: Presbyterians should support Palestinian aspirations“:

“On Tuesday, I will be visiting Pittsburgh to perform my Pink Floyd hit “The Wall” at Consol Energy Center.

By coincidence, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has gathered this week in Pittsburgh.

One issue the Presbyterians will be debating is whether to take action in support of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, under siege in Gaza and governed as second-class citizens in Israel under the rule of the apartheid government there.

I write in support of those Presbyterians who would like their church to divest its holdings in three U.S. companies — Motorola Solutions, Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar. These companies profit directly from Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and suppression of the Palestinian people in both the West Bank and Israel itself.

Divestment in these companies is supported by Jewish Voice for Peace, which has noted that:

1.  “Caterpillar profits from the destruction of Palestinians’ homes,”

2.  Motorola profits by providing safety equipment to “segregated communities on stolen land”

3. Hewlett-Packard profits by providing “support and maintenance to a biometric ID system installed in Israeli checkpoints in the occupied West Bank which deprive Palestinians of the freedom of movement in their own land.”

When I wrote “The Wall” in 1979, I thought it was about me and the way I walled myself off from others because, for one reason or another, not the least of which was the loss of my father at Anzio in 1944, I saw myself as a victim. Thirty-three years later I have come to realize that “The Wall” has a broader message.

A picture that shocked the world
An Israeli woman protects a Palestinian boy in front of an Israeli Soldier !

The theatrical wall I build each night serves as a metaphor for all the walls erected to separate us, human being from human being: walls between rich and poor, between opposing cultural, political or religious ideologies and particularly between the oppressor and the oppressed.

The Israeli wall in the West Bank is a particularly graphic example. I make reference to that wall every night in my concert, but the injustices faced by Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal occupation and apartheid are not adequately addressed through theater and music alone. They warrant other forms of comment.

Note 1: Roger Waters is a founding member of the British rock band Pink Floyd.
 
Note 2: Rabbi James A. Gibson of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill argues that a decision by Presbyterians to divest in companies doing business in Israel would damage relations between Christians and Jews and set back conciliation efforts between Israelis and Palestinians.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/divest-in-israel-presbyterians-should-support-palestinian-aspirations-642882/#ixzz1zdTtnOv3
Napping Facts: I know
I am a staunch supporter of taking a nap in the middle of a working day, a comfortable nap and no time constraint.
It’s cruel the way adults ease children into life. They got us on board with the whole going to school thing by letting us take naps in pre-school.
Come kindergarten, no more naps! Nothing but 12 more grades of trying to focus all day without a siesta.  Today is a new day, college Day.  
In college you have two-hour chunks of free time between classes, just aching to be filled with some snooze action.
And every now and then, a nap might take priority over going to class. For those times when you can’t decide which road to take, think back on some of these facts about napping, and we’re confident you’ll know what to do.
 
Staff Writers in Stumble posted on February 12, 2012 under “25 Napping Facts Every College Student Should Know

  1. It makes you smarter

    According to Dr. Matthew Walker of the University of California, napping for as little as one hour resets your short-term memory and helps you learn facts more easily after you wake up.

  2. Abandon all-nighters

    Foregoing sleep by cramming all night reduces your ability to retain information by up to 40%. If you can, mix in a nap somewhere to refresh your hippocampus.

  3. It doesn’t mean what you think

    If you know you have to pull an all-nighter, try a “prophylactic nap.” It’s a short nap in advance of expected sleep deprivation that will help you stay alert for up to 10 hours afterwards.

  4. You can’t avoid that down period after lunch by not eating

    Human bodies naturally go through two phases of deep tiredness, one between 2-4 a.m. and between 1-3 p.m. Skipping lunch won’t help this period of diminished alertness and coordination.

    (I recall that my advisor made it a rule to set my appointment immediately after lunch. He kept dozing and closing his eyes…and it was pretty contagious.  I realize that this appointment was done on purpose: A way of going through his unavoidable sleeping phase, and not be “caught dozing in his chair and in his office” by others…)

  5. Pick the right time

    After lunch in the early afternoon your body naturally gets tired. This is the best time to take a brief nap, as it’s early enough to not mess with your nighttime sleep.

  6. Hour naps are great

    A 60-minute nap improves alertness for 10 hours, although with naps over 45 minutes you risk what’s known as “sleep inertia,” that groggy feeling that may last for half an hour or more.

  7. But short naps are best

    For healthy young adults, naps as short as 20, 10, or even 2 minutes can be all you need to get the mental benefits of sleep, without risking grogginess.

  8. Drink coffee first

    The way this works is you drink a cup of coffee right before taking your 20-minute or half-hour nap, which is precisely how long caffeine takes to kick in. That way when you wake up, you’re not only refreshed, but ready to go.

  9. (I beg to differ. I drink coffee if I decided not to go into deep sleep and just relax my back and joints stretched on the bed. Only a good dream refreshes your cognitive potentials.) 
  10. The NASA nap

    A little group called NASA discovered that just a 26-minute nap increases performance by 34% and alertness by 54%. Pilots take advantage of NASA naps while planes are on autopilot.

  11. Can’t sleep? Don’t stress

    Even if you can’t fall asleep for a nap, just laying down and resting has benefits. Studies have found resting results in lowered blood pressure, which even some college kids have to worry about if they are genetically predisposed to high blood pressure.

  12. Napping may save your life

    A multi-year Greek study found napping at least three times per week for at least 30 minutes resulted in a 37% lower death rate due to heart problems.

  13. More nap benefits for the brain

    Not only will napping improve your alertness, it will also help your decision-making, creativity, and sensory perception.

  14. But wait, there’s more

    Studies have found napping raises your stamina 11%, increases ability to stay asleep all night by 12%, and lowers the time required to fall asleep by 14%.

  15. The ultimate nap

    According to Dr. Sara Mednick, the best nap occurs when REM sleep is in proportion to slow-wave sleep. Use her patented Take A Nap, Nap Wheel to calculate what time of day you can nap to the max.

  16. Fight the Freshman 15

    Research shows that women who sleep five hours at night are 32% more likely to experience major weight gain than those sleeping seven hours. A two-hour nap isn’t feasible for many, but napping is a good way to make up for at least some lost night sleep.

  1. If it was good enough for them…

    Presidents JFK and Bill Clinton used to nap every day to help ease the heavy burden of ruling the free world. Of course, they also had other relaxation methods, but we won’t get into those.

  2. Do like the Romans do

    In ancient Rome, everyone, including children, retreated for a 2 or 3-hour nap after lunch. No doubt this is the reason the Roman empire lasted over 1,000 years.

  3. Don’t wait too long

    The latest you want to wake up from a nap is five hours before bedtime, otherwise you risk not being able to fall asleep at night.

  4. Sugar is not a good substitute for a nap

    When we are tired, we instinctively reach for foods with a high glycemic index, but after the initial energy wears off, we’re left more tired than we were before.

  5. It’s a good way to catch up

    If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep at night, you are sleep deprived. If you never can seem to get to bed earlier at night, a mid-day nap is a great way to catch up on sleep.

  6. Underclassmen need more sleep

    Freshmen and sophomores who are still in their teens: you need up to 10 hours of sleep to feel rested. So odds are, you are sleep-deprived.

  7. You’ll have to leave the party sooner

    After one school-week of not getting enough sleep, three alcoholic drinks will affect you the same way six would when you are fully rested.

  8. Don’t drive drowsy

    Don’t be afraid to take advantage of an “emergency nap” on the side of the road in your car. Every year, as many as 100,000 traffic fatalities are caused by sleepy people behind the wheel.

  9. The Einstein Method

    If you are concerned about sleeping too long, do what Albert Einstein regularly did: hold a pencil while you’re drifting off, so when you fall asleep, the pencil dropping will wake you up. (We do not guarantee you will wake up with a 180 IQ.)

  10. Missing sleep is worse at your age

    For people ages 18 to 24, sleep deprivation impairs performance more significantly than in other age brackets.” End of facts

    I have a few more facts:

    26. Napping is great for the musculoskeletal conditioning: The disorders in pains and suffering of the spinal column are due to compressed cartilages, which cannot be regenerated since no blood vessels pass through.  Taking several short breaks lying down are great for your back

  11. 27.  Napping is great for the much smaller muscles meant to stabilize the body in standing and sitting positions. Mind you that mankind was not initially programmed to walk mainly on two… Most of the aches and pains resulting from inflamed muscles and tendons are from the smaller muscles that received a lot of beating from extended sitting postures. Each time, you have to suffer for an entire week and feel crippled when trying to sit down or getting up or getting out of bed…
  12. Try napping: It is never too late to acquiring this productive habit

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