preparing itself for an eighty years period of higher temperatures and drought, and has pinpointed an important health issue: dehydration and heat shock (we in Israel have many soldiers dying each year when training under the sun), and the phenomenon called urban heat islands (I'm living in one). One of the most interesting ideas is to rebuild the streams that currently are flowing within underground culverts and drainage cement pipes, and former - even temporary - water bodies (in Israel שלוליות חורף). They will need well paid water engineers for that. It is true: California's streets are paved with gold. May be all not all environmentalism is sheer bullshit.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Now that the war seems to have ended, stock prices may improve. On the other hand, Europe, China, Russia, Argentina are heading for a serious recession.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
In the last fifty days of the war, Israel has never attacked downtown Gaza City and the Mediterranean Seashore high class neighborhoods. Last night there was a change: Zahal bombed and collapsed two middle class residential high-rise buildings (pic). It worked.
This morning Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on the pre-war status quo conditions. They have not won anything but extensive destruction and death.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Thanks G-d I had the courage to leave Argentina in time. I suspected at the time (1976, military dictatorship) that my name was on some of the lists circulating among the "Servicios". I was so terrified when passing through the Ezeiza airport leaving for the USA that remember nothing. I must have been drunk and slept all the way to New York.
Rapper L Jinny who decapitated or re-enacted the scene with J Foley. Go to the link if you are interested in his art.He meant it all:
"Give me the pride and the honour like my father. I swear the day they came and took my dad, I could have killed a cop or two and I wouldn't look back,"
"Imagine back then I was only six, just picture what I'd do now with a loaded stick. Like boom bang fine, I'd be wishing you were dead. Violate my brothers and I'm filling you with lead."
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Voluntary Compost Program (no, it's not Soylent). In the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament, Stanford ranked 20th out of 332 colleges and universities, and placed sixth in the "Gorilla" category. Complying with Stanford recycling procedures requires more than a diffuse caring for Gaia, it demands a clinical obsession. A few rules:
Imagine yourself in the cafeteria talking up a fable girl and she tests your fitness: "Should I put the compost-grown lettuce plate into the Compostables or the Plastics bin?"
- Put all paper that tears, cardboard packaging (except corrugated cardboard), plastic bags and bubble wrap in the Paper Recycling bin.
- Put all plastic containers – except those made with Plastic #6 – in bins marked "Plastics, Metals & Glass."
- In addition to food waste, put compostable coffee cups, plates, take-out containers and utensils, as well as napkins, paper towels, pizza boxes and doughnut boxes in the Compostables bin.
- Put clean and dry corrugated cardboard into the Corrugated Cardboard bin after it has been emptied of its protective packaging materials and flattened.
- Place items that cannot be recycled in the trash, including products made with Plastic #6; human or animal waste; ceramic or non-recyclable glass; and non-recyclable packaging materials such as potato chip bags and laminate pouches.
Since retail trade was a necessity, and retail involves buying stuff at one price and selling it above its true value, making a despicable parasitical/usurious profit, Plato's Republic would have a resident congregation of Phoenician/Hebrew traders. Those people are incorregible believers of superstition and impermeable to philosophy, yet they must be suffered although taking care to avoid contaminating the Greeks' pederastic habits with their disgusting straightness. Plato strived for extreme equality among the citizens, because everybody was born a tabula rasa ("scraped tablet") to be inscribed by good teachers (Plato was a great believer in education), while Jews wanted only to get rich and thus to accentuate social inequality and injustice. Plato set down the moral foundations of Western civilization, that before him had none.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Israel National Trail, (שביל ישראל, Shvil Yisra'el) which is an "epic" hiking path crossing the entire country (1000 km). As for me, I'll read the Red Book.
“When we look at what they did to Mr Foley, what they threaten to do to all Americans and Europeans, what they are doing now, I don’t know any other way to describe it other than barbaric,” US Secretary of Defense Hagel said. “They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else.”
He does not mean that he is expecting that the Caliphate forces will attack New York Monday at midnight but he is voicing a ritual declaration of war. Wiki defines imminent threat as the standard criterion in international law to justify preemptive self-defense i.e. an unprovoked military aggression.
Having said the secret magical words, the US is engaged in a war with the Caliphate, which is a new state ruling over 200,000 square kilometers and 25 million Sunni Arabs. The place is dirt poor and has no resources except oil. They are selling it at deep discount (25 $ per barrel) to Turkish traders. The key to its survival is in the hands of Erdogan, who has said nothing till now.