Stand against racism

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The wave of violence spreading across the United States is shocking, even as the growing protests are understandable. It boggles my mind that this country, the “land of the free”, is still mired in deeply routed racism, and inequality. Every society has its challenges, certainly. Israel is no different. We have divides of our own.…… Continue reading Stand against racism

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Our outing to Park Canada on Election Day.

We live in challenging times. Here in Israel we have the dual challenges of this new coronavirus, and having just had our third elections in the hope that our leaders will grow up, place Israel first, and form a sustainable government. Larger forces, and uncomfortable spaces The recent elections had been coming, so we knew…… Continue reading Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Highest Israeli voter turnout since 1999

Regardless of the results of yesterday’s Israeli elections (the 3rd in a year), we saw the highest voter turnout since 1999, according to The Times of Israel: The Central Elections Committee said that 65.5 percent of registered voters cast their ballots by 8 p.m. — the highest figure for the hour since 1999. Although I…… Continue reading Highest Israeli voter turnout since 1999

The greatest propaganda machine in history

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Sacha Baron Cohen recently spoke about how social media services have become the “greatest propaganda machine in history”. Much of the media’s focus, when reporting on his remarks, was on his attack on Facebook. While he certainly targeted Facebook, he also spoke about how Google, YouTube, and Twitter shape online discourse, and how they help…… Continue reading The greatest propaganda machine in history

Tragedy and Inspiration in Jerusalem

My friend visited me recently, and I took some time off to spend with him. One of our day trips was to Jerusalem, primarily to visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. We started off by taking a relatively new train to Jerusalem from the Ben Gurion Airport. This train takes about half an…… Continue reading Tragedy and Inspiration in Jerusalem

Growing up in an Israeli settlement

I enjoyed Iris Zaki’s documentary titled “What It’s Like to Grow Up in an Israeli Settlement”. The interviews seem to be part of Zaki’s documentary film titled “Unsettling”. I especially like how it was an interview with Israelis living in Tekoa, a settlement town, by an Israeli. If you’re interested in what seems to be…… Continue reading Growing up in an Israeli settlement

Grainy Moon photos were a ruse!

First View of Earth from Moon

Those grainy Moon photos the public saw back in the early days of NASA’s Moon missions were a ruse! No, not that ruse. Humans really went to the Moon. The ruse is that NASA actually captured much higher resolution images, but didn’t disclose them publicly because they didn’t want the Soviets to know how good…… Continue reading Grainy Moon photos were a ruse!