Sunday, May 23, 2010

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A treasure trove of terror

Posted: 23 May 2010 08:10 AM PDT

A few weeks after the Sbarro terror attack, the students at Hamas hotbed Al Najah University prepared a sick tribute to the attack. According to reports in the Israeli media and The Associated Press, the exhibition was comprised of a series of rooms. The Sbarro section of the exhibit was replete with body parts and pizza slices strewn across the room. The walls were painted red to represent spattered blood. Another part of the exhibit glorified the "martyrs" who carry out suicide operations shown with a Koran and Kalishnikov in hand. A third section depicted a Palestinian behind a rock...

My connection to today's nyt crossword puzzle

Posted: 23 May 2010 07:24 AM PDT

Today's New York Times crossword puzzle was authored by Yaakov Ben David. He is my nephew's future father in law. (When I say future, I mean that the chassanah/wedding is this week.) If you live in Baltimore (and perhaps) other American cities, it will probably be in next Sunday's paper. The Baltimore Sun carries the Times crossword puzzle a week later. The Jerusalem Post also carries it....

How to doubt thomas

Posted: 23 May 2010 04:44 AM PDT

Usually, when I critique Thomas Friedman, I don't have fun doing it. I'm frustrated that someone so intellectually lazy has a column. Maryland Conservatarian shows how to do it. Have fun when you slice and dice Friedman! Let's say you think the world needs a parody Tom Friedman column. Dutifully, then, you set out to create one. At a minimum you know you need to throw in the following elements: • A display of a man-crush on Barack Obama, • A gratuitous slap at George W. Bush, • An example of just why the Chinese are awesome, • A painful...

Is "intelligence" the right word for it?

Posted: 23 May 2010 03:44 AM PDT

While written about the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I was thinking that the following could also have been written about another incident in the news last week. (via memeorandum) Joseph Tainter, author of The Collapse of Complex Societies, the seminal work on the fall of entire civilizations, explains that increases in complexity in a society are natural responses to challenges to survival. For a time, sometimes a long time, increased complexity succeeds in aiding the expansion and success of a society. The primary manifestations are the ever greater division of labor (often in the form of...

Recent jewish blogging

Posted: 23 May 2010 02:54 AM PDT

I've fallen way behind on updating links to Haveil Havalim and other Jewish blogging carnivals. First what's current. Here in Highland Park hosted the 54th edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival. And The Rebbetzin's husband hosts today's Haveil Havalim. Last week's, #267, was hosted by Dan Ilouz and featured (at least) two great posts. One was Yaacov Lozowick's on the history of the Rambam's (Maimonides) Torah scroll. The other was another thing that Treppenwitz loves about living in Israel. HH #266 was hosted by Ima on the Bima, appropriately, on Mother's Day. Lady Light has a cute post about some...

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