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How to Measure without measuring? Are you measuring what’s Not important?

Note: In experiment, testing or evaluation, what is being measured is called dependent variable.

Seth Godin had to say this June 5, 2013 on “Measuring without measuring”

As an organization grows and industrializes, it’s tempting to simplify things for the troops.

Find a goal, make it a number and measure it until it gets better. In most organizations, the thing you measure is the thing that will improve.

Colleges decided that the SAT were a useful shortcut, a way to measure future performance in college.

And nervous parents and competitive kids everywhere embraced the metric, and stick with it, even after seeing (again and again) that all the SAT measures is how well you do on the SAT (Nothing to do with intelligence or effective performance).

It’s easier to focus on one number than it is to focus on a life.

Paypal and Chase and countless other organizations do precisely this: they figure out a metric, decide it’s important and then create a department to improve that metric.

Consider the Chase Fraud Prevention department.

It costs a credit card company (and especially their merchants) a lot of money when fraudulent charges are made, because they often have to eat the cost.

So this department of thousands of people works to make the number of fraudulent charges go down at the same time they keep expenses low.

Which sounds great until you realize that the easiest way to do this is to flag false positives, annoy honest customers and provide little or no fallback when a mistake is made.

Simple example: I regularly get an automated phone call from the bank with an urgent warning. But even when I answer the phone, the system doesn’t let me ring through to an operator.

Instead, I have to write every detail down, then call, wait on hold, prove it’s me, type in all the information, and THEN explain to them that in fact, the charge was mine.

And this department has no incentive to fix this interaction, because ‘annoying’ is not a metric that the bosses have decided to measure.

Someone is busy watching one number, but it’s the wrong one.

Or consider the similar problem at Paypal.

Stories of good (or great) customers being totally shut down, sometimes to the point of bankruptcy, are legion. There may be people at Paypal who care about this, but the security people don’t. That’s because they’re not measuring the right thing.

Measurement is fabulous. Unless you’re busy measuring what’s easy to measure as opposed to what’s important.

 

Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 201

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The deep reason for Brexit was that in the last 2 decades, the British establishment went through deep depression as Germany dominated Europe in economic development and world export market share. England started WWI because Germany became #2 in world export after USA

The rationale of depressed British establishment for quitting EU was: “If there is no way to catch up with Germany, it is better for our sanity to lick our wounds in isolation”

In a complicated night dream, I handed a friend a $5,000 bill (does it exist?). He busted his ass to gather me some change which amounted to $30. My lucid dream got me working 3 minimum jobs to make ends meet.  Woke up relaxed

Suppose Palestinian teenage girl 3ahd Tamimi was Not a white blonde girl? Would a dark skinned girl wearing a veil Not be already handicapped by soldiers at age 10 when she refused to blink first?

“L’Ecume des Jours” by Boris Vian. A beautiful title that I keep forgetting.

Les cannoniéres Israeliennes se sont données a Coeur joie, bombardant le camps Palestinien de Rashidiya en 1982. Elles auraient pu bombarder toute une journée, mais la politique limite le nombre des victims.

The various factions among Shias and Sunnis have always been political in nature: positions according to the power-to-be. The Sunnis sided with the Caliph of Islam, regardless of Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid… The Shias were considered the heretic opposition factions because they opposed the Caliph.

Elle avait des yeux oú il faisait si bon vivre que je n’ ai jamais su oú aller depuis.

Begun in 2005 by the largest trade union federations and organizations in Palestinian society, B.D.S. calls for ending Israel’s 1967 occupation, “recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality,” and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the homes and lands from which they were forcibly dispossessed, displaced and transferred to Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria in 1948.

Since Hezbollah is the most powerful political and social movement in Lebanon in number, organization, military training, and in readiness, it has the potential to either drive Lebanon to a secular democratic system or strengthen the multi-theocratic structure that the Lebanese have been subjugated to since independence in 1943.

Estafeed min zafaraatikat al tawilat wa anta waa3i. Kteer ma bi sorlon yozforo wa2t al abadiyyat, min mashaakel wa tasa2oulaat hal denyyeh

Estejdaa2 colonial powers yastalzem mouwazanat lel Dawlet

Internal security Officer Khashfeh is back among the Mouyamimeen bil kahrabat? Kaal kellon ekhweto wa wlado: a3taked biyodrob wlado bil bayt kamaan

My adventure to secure 3 units of blood AB-negative to mother in a second class hospital

My 90 year-old mother fell for the nth time. This time was serious: for the first time, she volunteered to ask me to be dispatched to the hospital. Every time she fell, this tough and light woman Julia managed Not to have any bone broken. Just serious bruises and black spots in many parts of her body, and pains. For days, I would cook for her and feed her in bed.

This time also, we thought Nothing of the matter. The X-rays were Not confirming 100% of any broken bone, but the  newly installed scanner at Beit Chabab did.

Mother is the type of people who refuses to piss in a diapercouche” (those Pampers kinds): she’d rather suffer all kinds of pain in order to reach the bathroom and do it properly. Actually, mother barely drinks on account she will have to go to the bathroom more frequently than necessary

The night before taking mother to the hospital, I installed a potty on a chair in her bedroom. I asked her to holler to me when she needs help. I knew that the “couche” she agreed to wear for the night, because she was in great pain, won’t do: she will try to get up herself and do piss on her own.

My hunch turned correct. The next morning she had used the potty out of the bed. With such feats, who would imagine that she has a broken bone? If it were Not for her first-time insistence of checking at the hospital, I wouldn’t have taken seriously that anything was broken. Though, I had suggested to her to have an X-ray taken anyway.

Actually, a couple of years earlier, she burned her arm, hand and chest and part of her face in the 3rd degree, and she managed for 20 minutes to clean up the kitchen before asking for help.

Mother underwent a 5-hour horror check up in the emergency room for a series of tests, X-rays, scanner, blood extraction… while vomiting from a dizzying travel in the Red Cross van. Every time she saw an equipment that she is wheeled to she gets totally upset and frightened. She was sweating, dizzy and her face pretty yellow.

The last equipment was for checking her heart condition before being taken to her room #306. It was already 9:30 pm. And Cedric showed up to give me a ride home

The operation to replace the head of the hip with a prosthetic is Not difficult and does Not require much blood transfusion, but the surgeon demanded 3 units for any eventual emergency.

We were asked to secure 3 units of Blood AB-negative for the surgery. That was news to me that the family has to go around to find these 3 units of a rare blood type: one in 10,000 donors?

And I had to caught up the cost of the prosthetic in the thousands of dollars since the insurance would Not cover these extra materials. And I had to pay in advance before the administration gives the green light for the operation. Otherwise, the operation will Not take place.

The next day, Marie, a US born and raised citizen, gave me a ride to the Red Cross center in Antelias/Rabiyat in order to bring the units. Marie had to drop her toddler to the nursery, Garderie (kindergarten) and then to the nearby center. The center had none of such kinds of blood. We called the main headquarter in Spears (Beirut), and they had none. Not even A-, B- or even O-.

Marie said: “I appreciate Lebanon system. It is an opportunity to gather friends and ask for their contribution”

We called the NGO “Donner sans compter”. They told us they will do their best to call upon their volunteers. We received no feedback from them.

We had to wreck our minds for alternative sources. I called Jeanine who works at B7aness hospital for help. Hanane posted a request on her social platform. I posted this demand on FB and Twitter. Victor also posted this request on his list of retired army officers.

Tony suggested that Victor calls the military hospital because once his late mother Therese needed urgent blood transfusion and the former army officer Victor managed to secure the required quantity from volunteered soldiers.

Jeanine called back and said she secured 2 units and they’ll be delivered at 6 pm. Fact is, Nour, Janine daughter,  who is in the headquarter administration of the Red Cross drove to the hospital and delivered 2 units of blood around 9 pm. One of the unit was dispatched from Saida. 

Meanwhile, mother was fretting and hysteric: she was denied any food and drink in the last 24 hours, on account that the surgery is very soon. Actually, mother has been forgetful in the last couple of years. And keeping her in the dark is Not an excellent method of securing her cooperation.

I went to the administration at 1 pm and told them I am taking a decision to transfer mother to another hospital. An hour later, the surgeon called me and said that the operation is scheduled for 2 pm.

The night before the surgery, she woke up at 3 am, sat up, removed all the tubes and syringes, dangled her feet from the bed and waked to the bathroom. After a while, the night guard saw blood all over the room and the bed. They had to tie her up.

After her surgery and waking up from the local anesthesia, mother did it again, and twice within an hour: her eccentric behavior forced her to remove whatever were attaching her to the bed and dangled her feet, and blood running every-which way. And she did it again after things were cleaned up before the Chieftain called me at home, angrily telling me: “We are unable to manage your mother”. And I am thinking: “If an entire hospital is unable to care for a patient after surgery, how am I to care for her when she is back home?”

My conjecture is that Mother antics of constantly trying to stand up before going to the hospital exacerbated a tiny fissure, and made it “observable” with the scanner. Someone said we should have asked for a second opinion. Sure, he is Not the one doing the calling for the Red Cross ambulance and transferring mother to various hospitals for confirmation.

This time around the nurses figured out to tie her wrist to the bed guards, with about 15 cm leeway for mother to move her arms without being able to remove any tube and sit up, instead of wrapping her hands in a boxing fashion. She kept telling the nurses that she has arthritis and her fingers hurt her when wrapped this fashion. I guess they thought she had lost it and there was no need to take her observations seriously.

I explained to mother: You don’t have to go to the bathroom. anymore or have to suffer a couche. After surgery they insert a tube for pissing in a bag. Your behavior is normal after anesthesia since it take a while to recover your normal reflection. And she said: Why didn’t they explain all that to me?

All that time mother was in a limbo and unaware of what was happening and nobody cared to explain anything to her.

The morning after the surgery, the nurses wheeled her to the ground floor for another X-ray to check on the prosthetic status, then they infused a unit of blood and performed many task on mother, without even caring to explain to her every step of what she should expect and why?

Since no one of her relatives was there, mother felt totally disoriented and abandoned and she cried non stop for hours. A couple of visitors showed up around 9:30 am and found her sleeping out of exhaustion.

Apparently, “second class” hospitals, which don’t have the backing of serious health institutions, delay Non-urgent surgeries so that the family of the patient do “the due diligence” in securing the flow of fresh blood to replenish depleted reserves in blood.

Two main institutions in Lebanon can fresh blood supply to hospitals: The army (if connected) and the hospital of “Rasoul A3zam” of Hezbollah. This is a great means to indirectly financially support the resistance forces.

People think that since you live in a catastrophic environment (and also caring for the eldest members in the family), it is your duty to resume this untenable life.

I spent my birthday in the hospital by mother after her surgery. A few visitors demanded that I sleep over the night there to tend to the “dangerous” eccentricities of mother. I refused. They blamed me.

The last of mother’s visitors in the hospital left at 9:00 pm. He said he no longer lives in Konetra where I live. Those who promised to return and pick me up did’t show up. My calls to a couple of Taxis didn’t respond to my call. I walked home, as usual.

Last night at 9:30 pm, I had to walk home from the hospital, about 70 minutes walking at my slow pace. The weather was fresh, but I managed a sweat after all. Someone asked me what I have in my backpack. I replied “Delivery”.

Someone had asked me: Why you didn’t dispatch your mother to a more professional hospital, such as Bhaness, 12 km away. And I’m thinking: and return walking at home from there?

Why most elder people, reacting to local anesthesia after a surgery, need to take off their hospital gown and every syringes attached to their body? They wouldn’t mind removing their skin too.

On se croit plus intelligent quand on devient malade? Do you think sick people, and the terminally ill, exhibit more reflective opinions that are confused with increased intelligence?

Not when you are 90 and physicians and nurses think they don’t need to explain anything to the hapless patients, since they are the professionals and they treating a disease, Not a person.

Note 1: Mother is schedules to vacate this Tuesday and she will be on my sole care. Trying to convince the surgeon to extend her stay so that mother may get the proper training and some physiotherapy. Mother hates sports, and some sport in the hospital will go a long way.

Note 2: Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The hospital claims it has no vacancies to retain mother for a week in order to rehabilitate her. She barely was made to walk a few steps on a walker. Wish me all the luck on my accelerated training in handling mother at home

Note 3: Things are under control, except at night. Mother wake up totally disoriented and try to go the bathroom around 11 pm. She hobbled around the bed, removed her diaper  and fell on the bed weeping from pain and helplessness. I had to keep the light in her bedroom, change her diaper against her will and let her empty her bag of  bitterness.

Note 4: I don’t want a nurse for mother. or around mother. I want a listening ear to mother’s lucubration and divagation. A person with a genuine smiling face who refrain from constantly trying to comprehend what mother is trying to say. Someone who can recount one of the  “mousalsal Ramadani“. Just for a couple of hours in the morning. And occasionally to change her diaper when mother is fretting.

Note 5: Excellent. Two victories for Julia today, Saturday June 2. She used the walker twice today. Used two versions of potty in the bathroom: The elevated fixed one and the one with a void moving chair. She watched a theater of Fairouz on TV. I handed her a batch of bakdounes (parsley for preparing tabouli) to retrieve. She refused on excuse of her hands. I said what your hands have to do with your hips? She did retrieve some, but felt kind of dizzy.

Comments and Notes posted on FB and Twitter in Arabic/Lebanese slang. Part 5

Note: These are notes and comments in Lebanese dialect written in Latin characters and with numbers (2,3, 5, 7,8) representing vocals and consonants Not available in Latin or Saxon languages.

Hezbollah ghannaj Nabih Berry kteer wa rekeb 3ala ktafhon wa baltaj bi esmihem. Mat dakhlo majaaless mazhabiyyat “shar3iyyat” bi moumarassat al baltajat 

Urgent: ta3yyeen mas2oul fi Hezbollah le temsse7 joukh Nabih. Khallo al Sayyed yehtam bil mashakel al kharijiyyat. Ma 7ada fi ye la7e2 3ala dala3 wa terdayyet khawater Nabih

3am besma3 3am bi yesta3melo Scouts la aghraad intakhabiyyeh? nabsh a7kaad 3a2iliyyeh. Moush min naw3 thakafat siyassiyat le mashakel hal mojtama3. Scouts lazem yeb2o as7aab mada al 3omr.

Kaal shou? wa laww. Houwweh 3allamna 3ala le3bet al boule, wa biye7lelo yebahdel elleh baddo, sa3et elleh baddo?

Ka2anno mawdou3 boule wa moush mouwajehet al zolm.

Bala awanta. abel ma jeepaat, ma3 rashash, tektese7 al shaware3 bi amerr min za3eem trio militias, leish ma kaamat al donyia lamma kaal “ideologiyyan ma 3indi khilaaf ma3 Iarael”? Baatiniyyan, ideologiyyat Nabih ma btekhtelef 3an Bass

Bass mou7akaat Red Cross activities, chemical bomb, atomic bomb, white helmet faked videos… yalleh biyet kharraj min Johannam al ard, ma ello jalad tefnissaat johannam al 2akherat

Is Lebanon internal force Officer Khashmi Houshaymeh sleeping well? Saf3at hal 3ameed la mouwaten youtaleb bi 7okkou, min 3awaared 7okm al militia. E3laan kouwa al amen ma bi shaje3 le radd al saf3a

Estafeed min zafaraatikat al tawilat wa anta waa3i. Kteer ma bi sorlon yozforo wa2t al abadiyyat, min mashaakel wa tasa2oulaat hal denyyeh

Estejdaa2 colonial powers yastalzem mouwazanat lel Dawlet

Sexuality, reported actions, and the body: A refutation

What do you call a man who exposes himself to women for pleasure?

A philosophy professor, of course. Why does this joke work?

Because sexual harassment is so common in academic philosophy. But also because of the tension between the image of the lewd “flasher” (a certain type of harasser) and that of the staid professor.

When you think about it, most times that you are naked it’s not even about sex: when you bathe, dress, or are examined by the doctor, for example.

The ancient Greeks used to wrestle naked and artists still use naked models.

Indeed, without the body, human culture would not exist.

So really the body is very respectable and vital to human flourishing. We are a corporeal species.

fauxphilnews,  a guest post of wordpress.com by Clinton McGruff, had this to say in response to recent events on “Sexuality, reported actions, and the body: A refutation”

I have in fact written a whole book about the body, Pretension, in which its ubiquity is noted and celebrated.

I even have a cult centering on the body, described in this blog. I have given a semester-long seminar discussing the body and displays related to it.

I now tend to use nudity in the wide-ranging manner just outlined, sometimes with humorous intent.

Suppose now a professor P, well conversant in the above points, slyly exposes himself to his graduate student, who is conversant. The astute student, suitably primed, responds after a moment by saying: “Um… you’re not trying to proposition me, right?” Professor P replies: “You are clearly a clever student—I can’t trick you. That is exactly the response I was looking for!” They then laugh nervously together. (I don’t see the humor in cliche’ responses)

Academics like mind games.

But suppose a naïve onlooker, seeing this witty display, jumps to the conclusion that the nudity is indicative of something sexual. He then reports the act of Professor P as follows: “Professor P propositioned his student.”

He has failed to see the joke and has no knowledge of the intellectual background of the display he is trying so ineptly to report. He clearly misreports what Professor P did, missing both the content and the humor.

We might accurately describe P’s action as follows: P exposed himself to his student. Completely innocent.

These reflections take care of certain false allegations that have been made about me recently (graduate students are not what they used to be).

One has a duty to take all aspects of the situation into account and not indulge in rash descriptions.

And one should also not underestimate the sophistication of the flasher.

Note 1: Does anyone has a taxonomy for sex offenses?

Note 2: Why most elder people, responding to local anesthesia after a surgery, need to take off their hospital gown and every syringes attached to their body? They wouldn’t mind removing the skin too.

Feedback on the impression of people in various country toward their political system

Que pensent les gens de la gouvernance de leur pays par l’armée, un leader fort, des experts, le peuple ou des élus ? (Art.511) A study and book review

(Ces statistiques de “preference” ne valent pas grand chose. Il faudrait avoir un petit entretien avec la peronne pour connaitre que son opinion n’est pas le meme que sa reponse, et meme contraire)

Note: This is the conclusion of the extensive article, and related to Lebanese feedback.

Bakhos Baalbaki, Feb 18, 2018

Enquête dans 38 pays du monde, dont le Liban, la France, l’Allemagne, la Suède, le Canada, le Royaume-Uni, l’Italie, la Tunisie, la Turquie, Israël, la Russie, l’Australie et les Etats-Unis.

L’appréciation des différents régimes de gouvernance par les Libanais, synthèse complémentaire

– Les Libanais sont dépités par le fonctionnement de leur démocratie et la performance de leurs gouvernements. Mais comme le montre l’étude du Pew Research Center, ils restent très attachés aux formes démocratiques représentative et directe. Ils sont méfiants dans leur majorité des régimes militaire et du dirigeant fort. Une minorité y croit pourtant. Etant donné la qualité de la classe politique qu’ils ont, ils croient massivement qu’un régime d’experts ferait mieux.

– Au total, seuls 18% des Libanais sont des « démocrates engagés » (ils appuient un système dans lequel les représentants élus gouvernent mais ne soutiennent pas un régime guidé par des experts, un chef fort ou l’armée), 68% des « démocrates moins engagés » (qui disent qu’une démocratie représentative est bonne mais qui soutiennent aussi au moins une forme non démocratique de gouvernement) et 13% des « non-démocrates » (qui ne soutiennent pas la démocratie représentative et soutiennent au moins une forme non démocratique, technocratie, autocratie ou régime militaire).

C’est un peu le profil des Hongrois, des Ghanéens et des Philippins. Le profil occidental est totalement différent, respectivement : 34-52% / 34-47% / 5-17%.

– Toutefois, il y a un chiffre qui poussera pas mal de Libanais à bien bomber leur thorax de fierté. Eh bien, figurez-vous, que nous sommes parmi les populations les plus attachées à la démocratie représentative au monde

Certes, on ne donne pas l’air de l’être, mais tel est le cas en théorie. Si on ne s’intéresse qu’à ceux qui estiment que cette forme de gouvernance est « très bonne » (en excluant, les adhérents mous, ceux qui trouvent qu’elle est « plutôt » bonne), les Libanais se hissent à la 5e place, avec un score de 51%juste après les Suédois (54%) et trois populations d’Afrique, les Sénégalais, les Tanzaniens et les Ghanéens (53-62%).
Le Liban, la Suède, le Sénégal, la Tanzanie et le Ghana, sont les seuls pays au monde, de l’étude, où il existe une majorité absolue en faveur de la démocratie représentative, la gouvernance du pays par des élus. Il y a tellement peu de bonnes nouvelles que ce point mérite d’être souligné. Pour mesurer son importance, sachez que les Américains ne sont qu’à 48% ; les Allemands à 46% ; les Anglais, Canadiens, Australiens et Turcs à 43% ;  les Néerlandais à 42% et les Israéliens à 41%.

Les autres populations encore loin derrière: les Italiens à 29% ; les Français c’est à peine à 23% ; les Japonais, Jordaniens et Tunisiens à 22% ; les Mexicains à 9% ; et les Brésiliens, record du monde, juste 8%.

– Peut mieux faire dirait le grec Solon, le père de la démocratie ! La façon de penser des Libanais est globalement rassurante, même s’il y a beaucoup à redire comme je l’ai expliqué dans l’article. Mais alors pourquoi diable le Liban est un pays nase à ce point?

On pourrait même parler de « paradoxe libanais » en politique ! Ce qui fait cruellement défaut au Liban, c’est la présence de la pensée communautaire qui ravage les esprits et le manque d’esprit critique à l’égard de son propre camp, deux tares qui affectent gravement la cohésion nationale et toute notre démocratie. La morosité économique n’arrange pas les choses. Et pour achever tout espoir dans l’avenir, nous avons un paysage politique peuplé de dinosaures, les mêmes dirigeants depuis trop longtemps, qui ne sont vraiment pas à la hauteur et qui ne sont jamais sanctionnés dans les urnes.

– S’il y a deux paramètres qui doivent concentrer tous nos efforts, ce sont ceux portant sur l’amélioration du fonctionnement de notre démocratie et la qualité de l’offre démocratique. Ils se répercuteront forcément et positivement sur les onze autres paramètres. Les périodes électorales constituent d’excellentes occasions pour agir.

Nous n’avons qu’une seule et unique voie. Soyons réalistes, exigeons l’impossible des candidat-e-s aux prochaines élections législatives, même de son propre camp : niveler les débats politiques par le haut, demander des comptes, présenter un programme électoral détaillé et s’engager sur des mesures concrètes et chiffrées. C’est le seul moyen d’améliorer les choses en envoyant au Parlement le moment venu, des représentants plus compétents que ceux que nous avons connus dans le passé.
– A ce propos un exemple parmi tant d’autres, le Liban a vécu près de 900 jours de vacance du pouvoir présidentielrécemment, et pourtant, aucun parti et pas un seul candidat baveux, même indépendant ou de la haute société civile, journaliste reconverti en tête, et Dieu sait qu’il y a des vocations en ce moment, enfin, personne ne propose quoi que ce soit pour en finir avec ce grave dysfonctionnement de notre démocratie. Allons bon, pourquoi faire? C’est pour vous dire!
Seul Bakhos Baalbaki a proposé d’introduire dans la démocratie libanaise le concept du “conclave présidentiel”, l’enfermement des deputés libanais dans le Parlement place de l’Etoile jusqu’à l’élection du président de la République libanaise dans les délais, comme le fait le Vatican depuis des siècles. (Berry a interdit aux deputes de sortir pour faire pipi avant que le budget soit vote’)
Allez pour finir avec une bonne dose de sarcasme, disons maintenant qu’on a du pétrole, il nous manque que les idées et des candidats pour les concrétiser

General Electric  vying to plunder Lebanon water resources?

General Electric is trying to do in Lebanon what ARAMCO did in Saudi Arabia in the 1960’s, where they formed a joint mutual interest entity between Saudis & Americans to exploit exclusively Saudi Oil fields at the very early times of the Oil revolution.
And then to commit Saudi Kingdom to sell it only in US dollars for them to keep printing US Dollars of the recurring  inflation.
Lebanon wealth is in its waters for it being a natural basin reservoir in the Near East (Levant States), where GE says we have 3 trillion m3 of renewable waters every year, to exploit it they’d dig at 400 m of altitude and let this underground basin of water burst into waterfalls and lakes, then channel it to the Arabian gulf countries like Saudi and Kuwait and sell them 1 trillion m3/year each.
Our government is asked here to manage  the monetization of our waters as a natural resource and ask market makers in the USA to create future contracts in this resource and price it  same like Oil and float it as a basic commodity before any step or contract is undertaken
If this happens, we’re the wealthiest nation on earth to become!
Lebanon holds all the waters the middle east needs and it is renewable from melting snow and rainfalls every year. (Climate change is reversing this trend: rain fall and snow capping mountains have become rare events in the latest years)
GE runs most of the 23 desalinisation plants in Saudi Kingdom and they consume 287,000 barrels of Oil a day to purify 3 million m3 of sea water each day, representing 60% of water needs. This produced water still lack minerals and many natural component to be drinkable.
The very high cost to get water in the Arabian peninsula has sent GE staring at Lebanon waters as the natural basin of the Middle East.
When this commodity is priced, monetized and floated in the financial markets it can be the major component of Peace in the region, and properly distributed to all, to drink, use it in agriculture and power generation dams. It is as scarce as Oil but more valuable.
Kiwan opinion is “I am for the fact to return other giant companies in the deal to implement competition although I believe sincerely that there need the United States of America in order to conclude an exploitation of our resources in waters, for several reasons.
One, this will be a strategic alliance as the future markets of amenities exist exclusively in the USA, a vital factor has the monetization of our water resources.
Two, our wealth of waters is strategic for Israel and a major component of peace in the region (What kind of peace? “What is ours is ours, and what is yours is still ours”?)
Three most of “our clients” who crave potable water like the Arab Gulf countries are of Allied strategic with the USA, where our re-entry for this convenience and our economic stability based on the sale of the Lebanese waters has abroad”.
Note 1: Turkey has been adopting this strategy of using its vast resources in water to blackmail other regional States like Syria, Iraq and Iran. It has been foolishly building many dams, just to retain water from other countries and be paid for this natural resource.
Note 2: Israel is keeping Syria Golan Heights for its vast sources of water and denying the Palestinians their share in water.

Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 200

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803) revolted against the French troops in the island of Haiti/Dominican and sent Napoleon a respectful letter in 1801 declaring a new Constitution to Haiti and the wish to stay part of French protectorate.  The constitution stated that:

First, “there cannot exist slaves on the territory of Haiti”;

two, “slavery is abolished and all men, regardless of color of skin, are born, live, and die free men”;

third, “Any man is admissible to all kinds of jobs and employment”; and

fourth, “The constitution guarantees liberty and security to all citizens”.

Napoleon didn’t find this declaration funny

In 1802, a lieutenant to Toussaint, Jean-Jacque Dessalines defeated the French troops in “La Verriere” and was appointed Emperor to the Haiti Empire.  The new constitution of 1805 stated that:

First, “The people living in the island decided to live in a free State, sovereign, and independent of any foreign powers”;

two, “Slavery is abolished and no white individual will be permitted to own properties as master”; and

third, “Every citizen will be called Black regardless of the color of his skin and will enjoy the same equal citizenship rights”.  That was the first time that Negro or “negritude” was advanced as a culture.

The fanatic Zionists are running out of excuses Not to establish two separate States and have no recourse but to appealing to mythical divine claims in order to usurp Palestinian rights.

The Palestinian religious extremists had to infuse divine rights to Justice and Humanity, since the successive US government, Congress, and Senate refused legitimate natural and human rights to Palestinians as an identity and as a State.

War against Da3esh (ISIS) will never be over as long as there is this huge pool of young refugees in camps. Actually, Da3esh was created within the vast US camp in Iraq which lasted too long

It turned out that the Koran:
1. Never mentioned an Islamic State
2. Never mentioned al Shari3a
3. Never believed in miracles (How more rational it can be?)
4. Had no punctuation whatsoever: it could be interpreted widely by any educated person

I wish everyone connected to the social netwrok to contribute propagating these news:
1. Israel detains, every day, administratively a dozen Palestinian youth
2. Israel still keeps 400 Palestinian martyrs and refuse to deliver the bodies to their families
3. Israel detains 7,000 Palestinians without trial

USA, Russia and Turkey are doing their best to deviate Syria’s plan to the North (Afrin province), but Syria refuses to fall into that trap. The real battlefield is the re-conquest of the Golan Heights. Entering Galilee by Hezbollah is but the second phase in the next war.

Have you lived so long just to end up believing that all knowledge and wisdom are found in a single book? And you dare look me in the eyes and censure me?

Mind you that England fomented WWI when it realized, 7 years earlier, that Germany over ranked her in world export market, second to USA?

Before Bismark who united Germany, France was the nemesis of England for the simple reason that France could quickly dominate Europe with its vast population, administrative effectiveness, land and mind.

England was always willing to fund European political discord with France that it created in order to keep France short on liquid money.

 

BDS claims ‘massive victory’ after company reports $4m in losses

Versarin is a partner with Israel Aerospace Industries.

Supporters of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement are claiming a major victory following the news that an engineering company reported a loss of over $4 million on the back of a campaign exposing its alleged links with Israel Aerospace Industries.

The losses were revealed by the company’s chief executive officer during a bitter Twitter exchange with students from the University of Manchester (UoM) who brought to light a web of connection between UoM, Versarin, which is a commercial partner of UoM, and Israel Aerospace Industries. In their report released last month, campaigners alleged that Versarin made a deal with IAI in 2017.

Neill Ricketts, the chief executive officer of Versarin, who strongly rejected the conclusions of the report throughout the Twitter exchange, threatened to “sue individuals” for the loss of over $4 million which he believed was a consequence of “misinformation and mistruth”.

Activists taking parts in the 'Big Ride' blockade a UK-based Elbit Systems subsidiary. Image taken on August 8, 2016

Activists taking parts in the ‘Big Ride’ blockade, a UK-based Elbit Systems subsidiary [File photo]

Read: UK government seeks to overturn BDS victory in court

“My fear is honest private investors missing out as a result of misinformation and mistruth. I would sue the individuals for my loses which total £3m today. People should not be allowed to just lie and get away with it”. Neill Ricketts@neillricketts

Questioned as to how the company suffered the loss, Ricketts said: “The share price dropped on the back of fake news that caused some shareholders to sell.  As a result those that made up stories are liable for the losses incurred by the other shareholders.”

Ricketts, who was cited in the original report exuding over his company’s relations with the Israeli aerospace industry, reported the losses during a long and bitter Twitter exchange with UoM student and one of the authors of the report, Huda Ammori.

Read: Activists expose UK university’s links to Israel weapons manufacturer

The exchange began after Ammori responded to a tweet by Rickett from February in which he said: “Having a busy time in Israel with long hours and lots of meetings and presentations, did you know that despite not being in Europe they still can access European grants.” Neill Ricketts@neillricketts. 

Ammori replied: “More like, having a busy time creating links with Israel’s arms trade using my university @OfficialUoM as a research hub for your dodgy deals.” Ammori’s response to a three-month-old tweet by Ricketts appears to be a reaction to Israel’s brutal attack on Palestinians in Gaza.

Describing her joy over Versarin’s losses, which in all likelihood would not have been known to the wider public without Ricketts’ admission on Twitter, Ammori said that this was a “massive success” for BDS.

Speaking to MEMO she added that the loss was solely due to Versarin’s deal with Israeli companies and shareholders needed to think twice about working with a country like Israel that is responsible for the longest and most brutal occupation in modern history as well as carrying out dozens of massacres against Palestinians.

Update: A previous version of this report said that campaigners claimed that Versarin developed technology that was sold to Israel which was used by the Israeli military in the Gaza onslaught of 2014. This is not the case.

Christian Zionism: The Heresy of Choice for Neocons

For each Jewish Zionist there are ten wacko Evangelical Christian Zionists.

At least one in four American Christians surveyed recently by Christianity Today magazine said that they believe it is their biblical responsibility to support the nation of Israel.

This view is known as Christian Zionism.

The Pew Research Center put the figure at 63% among white evangelicals.

Christian Zionism is pervasive within mainline American evangelical, charismatic and independent denominations including the Assemblies of God, Pentecostals and Southern Baptists, as well as many of the independent mega-churches.

It is less prevalent within the historic denominations, which show a greater respect for the work of the United Nations, support for human rights, the rule of international law and empathy with the Palestinians.

The origins of the movement can be traced to the early 19th century when a group of eccentric British Christian leaders began to lobby for Jewish restoration to Palestine as a necessary precondition for the return of Christ.

The movement gained traction from the middle of the 19th century when Palestine became strategic to British, French and German colonial interests in the Middle East.

Proto-Christian Zionism therefore preceded Jewish Zionism by more than 50 years. Some of Theodore Herzl’s strongest advocates were Christian clergy.

Christian Zionism as a modern theological and political movement embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism.

It has become deeply detrimental to a just peace between Palestine and Israel. It propagates a worldview in which the Christian message is reduced to an ideology of empire, colonialism and militarism. In its extreme form, it places an emphasis on apocalyptic events leading to the end of history rather than living Christ’s love and justice today.

Followers of Christian Zionism are convinced that the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 and the capture of Jerusalem in 1967 were the miraculous fulfillment of God’s promises made to Abraham that he would establish Israel as a Jewish nation forever in Palestine.

Tim LaHaye’s infamous Left Behind novels, together with other End Times speculations written by authors such as Hal Lindsey, John Hagee and Pat Robertson, have sold well over 100 million copies. These are supplemented by children’s books, videos and even violent computer games.Burgeoning Christian Zionist organizations such as the International Christian Embassy (ICEJ), Christian Friends of Israel (CFI) and Christians United for Israel (CUFI) wield considerable influence on Capitol Hill, claiming a support base in excess of 50 million true believers.

This means there are now at least ten times as many Christian Zionists as Jewish Zionists.

And their European cousins are no less active in the Zionist Hasbarafia, lobbying for Israel, attacking its critics and thwarting the peace process. The United States and Israel are often portrayed as Siamese twins, joined at the heart, sharing common historic, religious and political values.

Pastor John Hagee is one of the leaders of the Christian Zionist movement. He is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church, a 19,000-member evangelical church in San Antonio, Texas. His weekly programs are broadcast on 160 TV stations, 50 radio stations and eight networks into an estimated 99 million homes in 200 countries.

In 2006 he founded Christians United for Israel admitting, “For 25 almost 26 years now, I have been pounding the evangelical community over television. The Bible is a very pro-Israel book. If a Christian admits ‘I believe the Bible,’ I can make him a pro-Israel supporter or they will have to denounce their faith. So I have the Christians over a barrel, you might say.”

In March 2007, Hagee spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference. He began by saying: “The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened. There are 50 million Christians standing up and applauding the State of Israel…”

As the Jerusalem Post pointed out, his speech did not lack clarity. He went on to warn: “It is 1938. Iran is Germany, and Ahmadinejad is the new Hitler. We must stop Iran’s nuclear threat and stand boldly with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East… Think of our potential future together: 50 million evangelicals joining in common cause with 5 million Jewish people in America on behalf of Israel is a match made in heaven.”Christian Zionists have shown varying degrees of enthusiasm for implementing 6 basic political convictions that arise from their ultra-literal and fundamentalist theology:

  1. The belief that the Jews remain God’s chosen people leads Christian Zionists to seek to bless Israel in material ways. However, this also invariably results in the uncritical endorsement of and justification of Israel’s racist and apartheid policies, in the media, among politicians and through solidarity tours to Israel.
  2. As God’s chosen people, the final restoration of the Jews to Israel is therefore actively encouraged, funded and facilitated through partnerships with the Jewish Agency.
  3. Eretz Israel, as delineated in scripture, from the Nile to the Euphrates, belongs exclusively to the Jewish people, therefore the land must be annexed, and Palestinians driven from their homes and the illegal Jewish settlements expanded and consolidated.
  4. Jerusalem is regarded as the eternal and exclusive capital of the Jews, and cannot be shared with the Palestinians. Therefore, strategically, Christian Zionists have lobbied the US Administration to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and thereby ensure that Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel.
  5. Christian Zionists offer varying degrees of support for organizations such as the Jewish Temple Mount Faithful who are committed to destroying the Dome of the Rock and rebuilding the Jewish Temple on the Haram Al-Sharif (Noble sanctuary of Al-Aqsa).
  6. Christian Zionists invariably have a pessimistic view of the future, convinced that there will be an apocalyptic war of Armageddon in the imminent future. They are deeply skeptical of the possibility of a lasting peace between Jews and Arabs and therefore oppose the peace process. Indeed, to advocate an Israeli compromise of “land for peace” with the Palestinians is seen as a rejection of God’s promises to Israel and therefore to support her enemies.

Within the Christian Zionist worldview, Palestinians are regarded as alien residents in Israel.

Many Christian Zionists are reluctant even to acknowledge Palestinians exist as a distinct people, claiming that they emigrated to Israel from surrounding Arab nations for economic reasons after Israel had become prosperous.

A fear and deep-seated hatred of Islam also pervades their dualistic Manichean theology. Christian Zionists have little or no interest in the existence of indigenous Arab Christians despite their continuity with the early church. (And the foundation of the civilization in the Near-East)

In 2006, I drafted what became known as the Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism signed by 4 of the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem: His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch, Jerusalem; Archbishop Swerios Malki Mourad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem; Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East; and Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. In it they insisted:

“We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.

We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations with elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently imposing their unilateral pre-emptive borders and domination over Palestine.

This inevitably leads to unending cycles of violence that undermine the security of all peoples of the Middle East and the rest of world.

We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war rather than the gospel of universal love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ.

Rather than condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon everyone to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and occupation.

Instead, let them pursue the healing of the nations!We call upon Christians in Churches on every continent to pray for the Palestinian and Israeli people, both of whom are suffering as victims of occupation and militarism. These discriminative actions are turning Palestine into impoverished ghettos surrounded by exclusive Israeli settlements.

The establishment of the illegal settlements and the construction of the Separation Wall (Wall of Shame) on confiscated Palestinian land undermines the viability of a Palestinian state and peace and security in the entire region.”

The patriarchs concluded, “God demands that justice be done. No enduring peace, security or reconciliation is possible without the foundation of justice. The demands of justice will not disappear. The struggle for justice must be pursued diligently and persistently but non-violently.”

The prophet Micah asks, “What does the Lord require of you, to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8).

It is my contention after more than 10 years of postgraduate research that Christian Zionism is the largest, most controversial and most destructive lobby within Christianity. It bears primary responsibility for perpetuating tensions in the Middle East, justifying Israel’s apartheid colonialist agenda and for undermining the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

The closing chapter of the New Testament takes us back to the imagery of the Garden of Eden and the removal of the curse arising from the Fall:

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb… On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1-2)

Surely this is what Jesus had in mind when he instructed his followers to act as Ambassadors of peace and reconciliation, to work and pray that God’s kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven.


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