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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 109

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The Moon has 20 times more platinum and titanium than anywhere on earth. It has helium 3, a rare isotope estimated to be the future for energy. The Moon is going to be the 8th continent to earth

Il faut devenir trop bon pour l’etre assez.  Et etre accepter par un group de jeunes qui apprennent a avoir le sense de l’humour

It is estimated that many wealthy people are ready to pay $200,000 to observe earth from the stratosphere.

It is expected that the stratosphere, in a reduced gravity environment, will be used for quick transport from New York to Tokyo in just 2 hours.

There is a room in the library where books are stacked on tables and window seals. I like this arrangement. Books displayed at eye level: No ladder to peruse high up.

I counted 160 books stacked on tables and window seals. I read 70 of them. Maybe 10 more are worth my time to read and communicate their content.

Read a thousand books and your sentences will flow like a river

The genetic technology is perfect for rich people. Bebe’ sur- mesure. It does Not guarantee longer life expectancy due to road kills, climate catastrophes, mass shooting, suicide bombing, collateral damages

It is common to have babies from 3 different parents: we replace the mitochondria de la donneuse en le re-transferant a la mere.

In-vitro of spermatozoa and rejuvenated ovaries are available.

The Red-Lines in genetics are constantly shifting as technology evolves and politics are more liberal.

On commence a avoir des malheurs le moment qu’ on a cesse’ de ne penser qu’ a soi

N’ est contraint que qui le veut bien: Et on le veut bien a chaque fois

Maudit soit a jamais le reveur inutile qui mele l’ honnetete’ aux choses de l’ amour

Bemsheh 3ala mahel. Al sha2leh marghoubeh da2iman. Awkaat kteer b7eb ousal

The financial banks in Lebanon want the 2 million Syrian refugees to stay for as long as it is possible: the foreign financial aids keep the currency “stable”. This linkage to the $ is costing us an arm and a leg and hampering our economy.

The delayed, longer-term catalysts of “Arab Spring upheaval”, for comprehending and assimilating the resilient conditions, were generated from the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Toute la superiorite’ qu’a l’education sur l’ instruction: cet ascendant de l’homme du monde

Lebanese women Not being able to travel alone with their children without the father’s permission. Lebanese women not able to pass on their nationality to their children. Lebanese women not getting custody for their children after divorce. Disgusting customs: Personal status laws for different sects instead of one civil law that gives us all the same rights.

C’ est une personne qui desire sentir qu’un gendarme se pointe chaque jour (in dangerous quarters)
Quand on donne des lecon de morale, on a quelque chose a cacher: Tu retourne demain au bled

L’avant dernier checkpoint du camp d’Atmet, pres de la frontiere de Turkie, etait controle’ par L’ISIS. Ces jeunes etaient des etrangers, l’air arrogant, assure’, le verbe haut et se comportaient comme les maitres des lieux. Apres Aout 2013, les objectifs de ISIS semblaient sans limites.

50% of workforce in public sector, eating up a third of our chaotic miserable budget: Lebanon is Not yet ready for any reforms

Israel has military force, but lack necessary power to wage an all out preventive war: the political outcome is uncertain on how the operations and alliances will unfold




Videos and pictures of the intifada in Palestine since December 2 are shown live on channel Al Mayadeen and claiming that the coverage is biased is total nonsense: Israel deny independent reporters to cover its atrocities and violent reactions to a just and fair movement.


Last week, 14 out of 15 member states of the United Nations Security Council condemned the United States for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

This was no surprise, as the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has said Israel has no legal or historical rights anywhere in Jerusalem.

In response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas jointly called for rage and violence.

So the international photojournalist community, which is opposed to Israel’s being in charge of the city, needed to provide their news organizations with pictures crafted to create the impression that Israel was taking Jerusalem by force, brutalizing its non-Jewish residents.(Not impressions: violent facts, 3300 injured and 11 killed by live bullet so far. Scores detained administratively)

As former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman wrote in The Atlantic after the last war in Gaza: “The Western press has become less an observer of this conflict than an actor in it.” (Gaza people would have loved to witness a few acts from the western communities to end Israel savage pre-emptive war)

How is it, you might wonder, that photojournalists are always at the right place at the right time – at “peaceful” Palestinian events that turn into premeditated confrontations – in order to create pictures of aggressive Israeli police officers appearing to attack innocent victims? (Appearing? I saw their cavalry charging)

Since the Jerusalem announcement, far too many photos have been captured showing lines of photojournalists who just happen to be present to photograph the responses of Israeli security forces to “peaceful” protests.

Palestinians and their international supporters have been known to provide news organizations with schedules of where protests and staged confrontations will occur.

Sympathetic journalists play along, taking pictures of “innocent” Palestinians protesting, but not showing them as they deliberately force a violent Israeli response.

The photographs are often of the elderly, meek, or very young, showing expressions of fear and horror in response to the “unprovoked” use of force by Israeli security forces. (Unprovoked? What are the Palestinians to do with this shameful and blatant slap to their integrity and dignity? 

Last week, the official Palestinian Maan News Agency published a series of editorialized pictures, available to international news organizations, of Palestinians looking the part of victims.

Among the more sensational pictures was one of a terrified, elderly woman cowering in fear of an Israeli police officer on horseback. (And many more of these elderly women confronting face-to-face the aggressors and trying to save children being beaten by Israelis)

In another, an elderly, injured Palestinian man was being carried away from a protest, in a photograph that also captured two other photojournalists who just happened to be at that spot to record the event. (What about killing a handicapped in a wheelchair?)

Maan’s photographs were accompanied by an account in which “witnesses said police stormed into the crowd of local activists, students and ordinary citizens who were marching peacefully on the main city street…. Police tossed stun grenades into the crowd as police on horseback reportedly ran over people, including journalists covering the event.”

Sympathetic European editors are delighted when they receive such pictures, as they represent their narrative of the Israeli “occupier” tormenting the “helpless” Palestinian.

Last week, a Palestinian plunged a knife into an Israeli security guard at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. (They have been doing it for months now, courage in the face of heavily armed Israelis)

The security video caught it all. The still frames of the attack are just the type of sensational material that today’s media generally love to print. But do you remember seeing a photo or the video on BBC, CNN, or on the front page of the New York Times? (How come BBC, Euronews and CNN barely cover the Palestinian every day intifada?)

This is another form of editorialized photojournalism – editorializing by omission. Not publishing a photograph that contradicts a news organization’s party line is a more subtle, but equally biased form of slanted reporting, such as suppressing a news story or burying it deep in a newspaper.

Another infamous case of editorialization by omission was the AP’s refusal to publish a photograph of an Islamic Jihad rally at the flagship Al-Quds University, claiming it was not newsworthy. The event was organized by a “moderate” Palestinian professor and included en masse Nazi salutes, which made for a riveting image, but not one that fit AP’s narrative.

It is not that editorialized photojournalism is new. It began during the First Intifada, continued into the Second Intifada, then through all three Gaza wars, and continues right up until today in Jerusalem.

What is new, is that we now seem to have become dulled by the longevity of the practice, failing to notice or respond as we once did to its insidious effects. (The longer the intifada, the more of them “editorialized photojournalism”)

So, going forward, become reengaged in scrutinizing the news.

Be an educated consumer of the news, especially photojournalism, and ask yourself if you can really believe your own eyes.

The writer is director of MEPIN™, the Middle East Political and Information Network™. Dr. Mandel regularly briefs members of Congress and think tanks on the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post.

Palestinian Journalists Union blasts PA for banning websites

Al Jazeera blasts Israel for trying to silence independent journalism

An investigation by the Israeli military into the death of a paraplegic Palestinian man cleared Israeli troops of wrongdoing on Monday, saying it found “no moral or professional failures” in the incident.

Ibrahim Abu Thraya, 29, was shot in the head while demonstrating last week along Gaza’s border with Israel.

(I watched live this event on the channel Al Mayadeen. And this channel had an interview with Ibrahim the day before his assassination)

Abu Thraya, who had previously worked as a fisherman, lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike during a 2008 war between Israel and Hamas. According to relatives, he was assisting in the evacuation of people after an earlier airstrike when he was struck.

He had since used a wheelchair. #Gaza#Children #Ramallah #Netanyahu #Muslims #EndTheOccupation #Nakba#Silence #Wall #FreePalestine #GazaUnderAttack #Ibrahim #Palestine#Hypocrisy #IDF #USA #PalestinianLand #Trump #NoaGolan #Jews#Hebron #UK #Israel #Zionist #Jerusalem #AndiVincent

The Israeli military says an investigation into the fatal shooting of a paraplegic Palestinian man has determined there were no “moral or professional failures” in his death

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 108

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Allen Dulles, chief of the “CIA Agency” from 1953 to 61, confirm the doctrine that the “CIA is to execute what the President authorizes it in the wide gamut of political assassinations and destabilization of countries.

The CIA main job is to cover for the President; all plausible denials should be extended to cover the involvement of the President in the decision process.  Thus, the President can securely admit that he ignored any failed operations overseas.”

Ancient Egypt civilization started in North Sudan because Egypt was under water 10,000 years ago. Sudan hold 10 folds more pyramids than Egypt.

Mes lendemains ne sont que des hiers? Il est temps de changer.

I don’t mind this slight pain in my right knee: Keeps me Conscious on how I walk

Je lui ai montre’ que la femme n’est pas condamnee a la pudeur. Il ne s’en ai jamais remis.

When there is nowhere to go, nowhere is home. Screening of “Human Flow”, a film by Ai Weiwei.

Plausible conjecture: Nations are unwilling to treat the capitalist fundamental of retaining 20% of the population slaves to Capital. Thus, a newer influx of refugees toward the developed nations.

Les nouveaux immigres ressemblent pour les “patriotes” a une category d’adolescents: le bonnet d’ane et au coin.

Comment savoir si notre phrase est entendue comme bonne (grammaticalement) si on n’a pas navigué dans des cercles cultives? Ou avoir lu des livres de valeur?

A person is authentic when he is consistent, act the same way whether or not someone is looking. Acting in alignment with what he promise.

Al shata2em (vile insults) la makana laha fi al ta3beer al 7orr. Innaha 3okom fil fekr

Mousser intafed 3ala moumarassat khaati2at kay la akhssar insaniyyati

The new taxes in Lebanon are meant to borrow at interest rate lower than 6%? So that banks resume making additional profit from transaction on T-Bills?

The financial “stability” in Lebanon is to sustain borrowing every year

“Ta3weem” al khazinat lel intikhabaat masdarouhou tajyyeer ba3d arbaa7 banks min mou3amalaat al istidanat al moustadamat

Some stories claim the Che was arrested and assassinated by order of Bolivia president. Another story that a US sniper killed him and then committed suicide when he realized it was the Che. What’s your story?

This “Et Menschen” job? Quand les Francais occuperent a nouveau l’ Alsace et Lorraine, apres un demi siecle d’occupation Allemande, ils assignerent une fonction precise a tous les Francais qui enseignaient L’Allemand: ajouter les accents aux documents que les machine a ecrire Allemande produisaient.

La mission des fonctionnaires publiques est d’empeche’ toute reforme: ils ne se sentent pas obliger de changer leurs routines

Les Francais ont invente’ la guerre qui ne coute rien: la bourgeoisie donne ses fils, mais pas son argent

Earth outer-space crowded with 17,000 space manned debris and increasing madly





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