Signs of Our Times

Here’s the sign above a shop in Herzliya:

Here’s how I imagine the conversation going:

Shopper: “Do you do home design?”

Shop Assistant: “That’s what it says on the sign. Of course we do.”

Shopper: “Do you design children? How does that work?”

Shop Assistant: “I’ll get back to you…”

Note that I am exercising restraint and not really commenting on the “House In” part of the crime scene.

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Guardian’s up to its usual tricks again

Check out this article.

Note the headline. What is the message that the headline conveys?

Then read the article. Look carefully at what was discussed: aid for Syrian refugees.

It appears the Guardian is trying to put the boot in because it’s Israel, and only because it’s Israel. That twisted headline would never appear for coverage of another country’s affairs. It also appears – actually, not so much ‘appears’, more like ‘is pretty damn certain’ – that the Guardian is more interested in bashing Israel, any friend of Israel, or any potential friend of Israel, than it is in securing help for Syrian refugees. How’s that behavior for a so called liberal newspaper?

I tweeted about this. Not that it will make a difference, but somebody has to call out this dreadful narrative.

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September goes out (with a) fast

I haven’t felt like blogging for the last couple of months. My head has been elsewhere, mostly because of the extended birthday tour and celebrations – thanks Susan! – which I do need to cover at some point. Gaming has also suffered. Too many things to do, not enough time. Maybe the situation will improve after Yom Kippur. Certainly, Sukkot should be a good break and another chance to recharge my batteries.

To those fasting, may it be meaningful and easy.

Gmar chatima tovah – גמר חתימה טובה

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Radiohead Report

As you may have heard, Radiohead‘s Tel Aviv concert went ahead. By all accounts (locally) it was a great success.

This is how the Guardian chose to headline its report:

This is how the Guardian, had it been a bit more frank, should have headlined its report:

And this is how the Guardian, had it been completely honest, should have headlined its report:

The Guardian’s (rarely seen) honest face

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Speechless

For a society flush with hi-tech successes, and ever increasing numbers of hi-tech startups, there are aspects which lag somewhat behind other mainly western countries. For example, much of the bureaucracy refuses to accept email and insists on fax messages. (An MK proposed legislation to fix that, but whether it becomes law is still open to question.) As another example, official websites can be a bit clunky, are often ugly, and have not quite grasped the concept of the need to refresh and maintain content. And there’s also the issue of blindly following a website template, even when it’s patently not suitable. The last category is amply illustrated by the following web page, as pointed out to me by Sarah-Lee.

As of writing this link generates:

A world first? An FAQ with no questions?

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Quote of the Week

“After decades of being able to attack Israel with no opposition, the PLO has no idea how to handle someone who actually shows that the emperor has no clothes.”

The Elder of Ziyon on target. There’s lots more to enjoy, so read the whole piece, here.

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What Israel needs…

Parked? Abandoned? (Yes, that’s the pavement.) Who cares about pedestrians anyway?

…more traffic police!

I have this fantasy that as part of an improved diplomatic relationship between Israel and the Scottish National Party, there would be a winning exchange. Israel would send some sunshine, and in exchange Scotland would send some traffic police. Now, wouldn’t that be good?

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Chag Sameach!

Shavuout starts tonight. Have fun, however you celebrate the chag. As the Coca Cola crew say: Chag sameach!

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Guess who’s paying for Gaza’s electricity?

You cannot have failed to see the angst in the media about the poor Gazans due to have their electricity cut off because Hamas refused to pay for it, and the PA wasn’t going to either. You cannot have failed to notice that, with some honorable exceptions, Israel was blamed. If you ever wanted another fine example of how the West (in particular) treats the Palestinian people and their leadership as immature and unable to determine their own way in life, the electricity supply narrative is as good as any. Hamas isn’t responsible for the electricity supply. The PA isn’t responsible for the electricity supply. Neither of them has any obligation to look after their people, or pay for the electricity they consume. Or so they say. What nonsense. Would any other group of people be treated in such a manner? Of course not. It only works when you can blame the damn Jews Zionists.

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the crisis. The electricity supply wasn’t turned off. Why? Because, as the Elder reports, Israel is paying for it.

Think about it for a moment: a people who hate us, who are incited daily to hate us more, and kill us at every opportunity, and yet we supply electricity to them when we have no obligation, moral or otherwise. And, since the situation does not fit the narrative, this is not reported. Arguably, that failure to report by bastions of anti-Israel hate like the Guardian, the BBC and – of course – Haaretz – is as much incitement against Israel as anything Hamas and the PA get up to. But it is a guilt and trouble free incitement with no downside. By their actions, these media outlets are complicit in stoking the fires of anti-Israel feeling. They are, indeed, the enemy.

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