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Archive for January 3rd, 2015




Do you have to be a cobbler to choose your comfortable durable pair of shoes?

I am Not a cobbler.

… but that doesn’t mean I’m unable to choose well made and comfortable shoes.

You might not be a writer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read.

You might not be a chef, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your dinner.

You might not be a scientist, but that doesn’t mean you’re unable to understand the scientific method and accept a well-discussed thesis.

You might not be a programmer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use Excel or the internet.

You might not be the boss, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about what happens next.

And you might not be a political scientist, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t vote.

Vote tomorrow.

Even if it’s for a person who is sure to lose (especially if it’s for a person who is sure to lose).

If non-voters started voting for outliers who live their morals, our democracy would change completely in less than a decade.

Note: Just deciding to take on your responsibility as a citizen in a “democratic” political system will get you started to comprehend the socio-economic system in your political structure.


Show me in pictures your New Year’s Eve Traditions

Wear brand-new pink underwear to attract love.

Worst-case scenario, you’re wearing nice undies 🙂

2. At exactly 12:00, step forward with your right foot to start the year off with…YOUR RIGHT FOOT!

4. Walk through the streets banging loudly on pots and pans at midnight.

6. Wear white to scare away bad spirits.


7. Jump seven waves for good luck.

One for each day of the week.

8. Give some gifts to goddess Iemanja.

She’s the goddess of water, and she loves gifts, especially flowers.

Throw some into the ocean — if they come back, it means she didn’t accept them. Don’t worry, you can try again next New Year’s Eve.

9. Watch Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, even though it’s awful and everyone hates it.

11. Eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight for a year filled with work and money.

And don’t complain if you hate lentils!

12. Sweep your house inside out to remove bad energy.

Brandon Cripps / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: brandoncripps

13. Walk around your block with an empty suitcase for a year full of travel!

15. Make a doll (more like an effigy) to burn to signify the burning away of the old year and the welcoming of the new one.

Men dress up in drag and pretend to be the “widow” of the doll and beg for coins in the streets “to save my husband from being burned.”

17. Crack an egg in a glass at midnight and leave it on the window sill overnight. Whatever figure it has made in the morning, that’s what your fortune will bring next year.

19. You tell your fortune by throwing melted metal into cold water.

21. At 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day, grab 12 pennies and then go outside your house and you throw the pennies behind you while you face the opposite of the street.

This will bring you money in the new year.

23. Eat oliebollen, which are like big oily balls of dough, deep-fried and covered in icing sugar.

25. Turn on all the lights in the house on New Year’s Eve to ward off evil spirits.

26. Open all the doors, cabinets, and windows and then run around shutting them after it hits midnight.

28. Fill pots and pans with water and throw the water out the front door once the clock strikes midnight.

29. Write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it into a champagne glass, and drink it before 12:01.


Gross but fun!

31. Immediately after the bells, the first-footing begins, which means being the first person across a friend’s or neighbor’s threshold.

The first-foot usually brings several gifts, including a coin, bread, salt, coal, or whisky, which respectively represent financial prosperity, food, flavor, warmth, and good cheer.

32. You must eat a grape with each bell strike at midnight for prosperity.

It’s harder than you’d think to get all 12 done in time.

34. Get pomegranates and throw them from our balcony to the street below.

The more they “burst,” the more plentiful our year is supposed to be.

36. Wear yellow underwear for “good luck.”

Wear yellow underwear for "good luck."



A formal apology is very timely: Haaretz on Palestinian diaspora

Road to reconciliation?

The US again vetoed the Independent Palestinian State. The Palestinians responded by applying to various UN international conventions to prosecute the many war crime Israelites.

The US want to boycott the Palestinians in the West Bank by denying them the necessary and promised financial aids for daring to prosecute the war criminals. The Palestinians have to wait 6 months before the UN “studies” the requests to join the international community.

In the meantime, the Israeli war criminals on the lengthy list are avoiding traveling to Europe where arrest mandates are awaiting them.

What is the most useful is for the Palestinians to press on the Divesting and Boycotting Israeli interests and those companies still intent on investing in the West Bank purely Jewish colonies.

 Tonnie Ch posted on FB

Read this from @Gideon Levy on the first day of the year

“….We should apologize for the innumerable dead killed for no reason, for the endless lies and deception. For tyranny in the territories and for apartheid.

For trampling a nation’s dignity, for suffocating its freedom and for separating it and breaking it up into tiny nations. For erasing its heritage and disdaining its culture (…)”.

Here comes the new Israeli, a man’s man; with a tiny skullcap, service in an elite army unit, high-tech, English and a swimming pool, with the coolest and most up-to-date message: “Stop apologizing, we love Israel” (rhymes in Hebrew); the poster is already in evidence on several balconies.

On Monday night, at a meeting convened by Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), the most successful politician in Israel at present explained: “This election is between those who apologize and those who are proud … those who are objective and those who are in favor of the State of Israel.” Drum roll.

Palestinian refugees leaving a village near Haifa, June 1948

Palestinian refugees leaving a village near Haifa, June 1948. Photo by Corbis

Well, [Habayit Hayehudi chairman] Naftali Bennett, I apologize and I love Israel (of course not your Israel and not the present Israel); I’m objective and I’m in favor of (a just) State of Israel; I apologize and I’m proud.

You’re going to stop apologizing? Israel never even started doing so. If only it had apologized a long time ago. If only it would acknowledge its sins, if only it would accept moral responsibility for them.

It’s no shame to apologize – it’s far more embarrassing not to do so. Apologizing is a strength, not a weakness, and on the way to reconciliation (with the Palestinians) we have to stop at the first station – an apology.

It’s true that in the elite unit of Bennett and Yinon Magal they don’t apologize for anything, not even for acts of murder, assassinations and abductions (the murder of Abu Jihad, for example, or the abduction of Sheikh Obeid). In the settlements they don’t apologize for anything either – not for the exploitation, not for the disinheritance and not for the theft.

As a rule, in Israel people don’t apologize for anything, not in the occupation nor on the road.  (They just commit suicide to relieve their heavily burdened conscious)

Here only nerds apologize. Guilt feelings are an embarrassment, and apologizing is for those with no backbone. That’s why Bennett’s election slogan: “Stop Apologizing. Be Proud” will become so catchy and popular: the “apologizers” vs. “the proud,” the “objective ones” vs. “lovers of the country.” I’m proud to belong to the former group.

I would like to apologize, if that would be of any significance, to the entire Palestinian people, throughout the generations.

For 1948, for 1967 and for everything that happened in their wake. An apology for 1948 would not have made the state that was established less just – it would have become more just.

For the mass expulsion and for preventing the return, for the ethnic cleansing in several districts and for several acts of slaughter, which may be part of every war – we can and should apologize.

We can and should apologize for the fact that what happened in 1948 has never ended. That the spirit of 1948 has not passed, and continues to this very day in the State of Israel’s basic attitude toward the Palestinian inhabitants of the land, in its sense of ownership and superiority, in its aggressiveness and violence, in its ultranationalism and racism.

Nor has anything changed in the policy of dispossession: Take what you can – then as now, when the State of Israel is already a regional power. We should apologize for that. We should apologize for the innumerable dead killed for no reason, for the endless lies and deception. For tyranny in the territories and for apartheid.

For trampling a nation’s dignity, for suffocating its freedom and for separating it and breaking it up into tiny nations. For erasing its heritage and disdaining its culture. For short-changing Israeli Arabs and for demonstrations of racism against them. For the “price tag” crimes and the Operation Protective Edge crimes. For all of them we should apologize.

Apologizing would not solve anything or atone for anything, but it could signal a genuine intention to turn a new leaf. Apologizing would broadcast moral strength and self-confidence, which the country so badly lacks, convinced as it is that it can live forever on its sword, even if there is not a single historical precedent for that.

For all these things (and more) Israel will have to apologize some day.

Anyone who believes that even if the reconciliation is delayed, it will eventually come, understands that it must include an apology.

That’s how it was in South Africa and that’s how it will be in Israel, after the days of the Bennetts, if it’s not too late.

(It is never too late, as long as the Palestyinians never desist from demanding their due rights)




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