Thursday, January 03, 2008

The More Israel
Gives Away,
The More
Negative Press
They Get

As Charles says at LGF, "Appeasement doesn't work. Who knew?"

Politicians and pundits all assured us that disengaging from Gaza would improve Israel’s image with the media and the international community. Imagine my surprise that the pullout had exactly the opposite effect.

Researchers Dr. Tamir Sheafer and Itai Gabai tracked representations of Israel in the American and British media and found that, despite temporarily finding favor in the media’s eyes directly following disengagement, Israel was generally represented “in a more negative light after the disengagement in comparison to the period that preceded it.”

“We found that one of the main reasons for this phenomenon is that Israel continues to be viewed by the world as a occupying state,” Sheafer explained. “We also found that the demands from Israel for territorial concessions in the Territories not only were not lessened following the disengagement, but actually became stronger.”

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon, speaking before the plan was carried out, had said that “In the wider view, the Disengagement Plan improves our international standing and promotes the chance of peace in our region.”

Shaefer and Gabai gleaned their data from thousands of on-line articles, and statements made by US and British leaders, ministers and politicians on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

"Global Warming Has Stopped"

When I was in college (back in the 80's), I was assured by my college professors that horrible calamities were set to befall us. There was an ice age coming, and we were going to run out of oil by the early 90's.

I believed them.

When the mid-nineties rolled around, I realized I had been duped.

I've never believed in man-made Global Warming. And now, it looks as if I was right:

… The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased. Temperatures across the world are not increasing as they should according to the fundamental theory behind global warming – the greenhouse effect. Something else is happening and it is vital that we find out what or else we may spend hundreds of billions of pounds needlessly.

… For the past decade the world has not warmed. Global warming has stopped. It’s not a viewpoint or a sceptic’s inaccuracy. It’s an observational fact…. So we are led to the conclusion that either the hypothesis of carbon dioxide induced global warming holds but its effects are being modified in what seems to be an improbable though not impossible way, or, and this really is heresy according to some, the working hypothesis does not stand the test of data.


Sadly, it looks as if another Ice Age is on the way.

Posted Fri Oct 5, 2007 6:26pm AEST Updated Fri Oct 5, 2007 7:00pm AEST

Warming around the Greenland ice sheet may impede a 'conveyor belt' effect in the ocean that is currently keeping Europe out of an ice age (File photo). (Reuters/University of Colorado: Konrad Steffen)

Australia is firming as the destination of choice for what are becoming known as climate change refugees.

A new study from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that this country may not be as severely affected by a new ice age as countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

Alas, the Ice Age to which they refer is caused by Global Warming.

Ice Age - Global Warming - Ice Age

It's all part of the Circle of Life.

Expert Predicts Sex With Robots

I love the title. The Houston Chronicle came up with that.

I predict that, in the future, robots will be used for little other than sex:

If you're younger than 35, you'll probably live long enough to put David Levy's prediction to the test. Levy says that by 2050 we'll be creating robots so lifelike, so imbued with human-seeming intelligence and emotions, as to be nearly indistinguishable from real people. And we'll have sex with these robots. Some of us will even marry them. And it will all be good.

Levy lays out his vision of a Brave New Carnal World in Love and Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, which, despite its extended riffs on sex toys through the ages, is a snigger-free book. Levy's no Al Goldstein. Rather he's a 62-year-old British chess master turned artificial-intelligence expert persuaded that robot sex can brighten the lives of many, many unhappy people. "Great sex on tap for everyone, 24/7,'' he writes on the final page of the book. What's not to like?

Loneliness? Isolation?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Psalm 129

"Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,"
Let Israel now say,
"Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up;
Yet they have not prevailed against me.

"The plowers plowed upon my back;
They lengthened their furrows."

The LORD is righteous;
He has cut in two the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion
Be put to shame and turned backward;
Let them be like grass upon the housetops,
Which withers before it grows up;
With which the reaper does not fill his hand,
Or the binder of sheaves his bosom;

Nor do those who pass by say,
"The blessing of the LORD be upon you;
We bless you in the name of the LORD."

Is Olmert
Willing To
Give Away
His Own Daughter
For Peace?

Does the Israeli President think he has the right to give away Jerusalem? He seems to think so:

Israel needs to internalize that even its supportive friends on the international stage conceive of the country's future on the basis of the 1967 borders and with Jerusalem divided, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has declared to The Jerusalem Post.

At the same time, he made clear that he did not envisage a permanent accord along the '67 lines, describing Ma'aleh Adumim as an "indivisible" part of Jerusalem and Israel.

In an interview at the start of a year that he hopes will yield a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, the prime minister said many rival Israeli political parties remain "detached from the reality" that requires Israel to compromise "on parts of Eretz Yisrael" in order to maintain its Jewish, democratic nature.

If Israel "will have to deal with a reality of one state for two peoples," he said, this "could bring about the end of the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. That is a danger one cannot deny; it exists, and is even realistic."

Yes, but does that mean he has the right to give away Jersualem.

Just say "No", Olmert. What are they going to do, come and take it away by force, you idiot?

Does Olmert really think that if he gives away Jersusalem it will bring peace? When has compromise with Palestinians ever yielded anything that resembled peace?