Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database

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The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were part of an interment ground that is now on residential property.

Volunteers recording in Lacovia Jewish cemetery. (Photo: JJCPF)

I was fortunate enough to meet up with the volunteers during some of their annual trips, and wrote about it.I felt quite inspired by the Jewish volunteers’ dedication and their sheer enjoyment of the work, which was nevertheless quite taxing. They were mostly from New York (some with Jamaican heritage) and other parts of the United States, as well as from Jamaica. It was a fascinating experience for me, personally.

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Do Better: 3nd draft comment hanger, Chapters 2, 3, and 4

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

For those interested in helping to begin this project, I have finally finished the third draft of DoBetter, formerly known as BabyAcres, or Baby Floors, and am out of spoons. So, I am requesting volunteers to help with the work of providing feedback for this book, and preparing to send it out into the world, as yours, Intrepid Volunteers.

I’m still posting the rough draft sections on Wednesdays as a reminder and rallying point, until someone offers to build a site or portal for the set of communities to be built around this project. I offer Do Better as a starting point for guidelines over the next 70 years, with the understanding that the project must be shaped by those who come after me. Thus Do Better, while written by my hand, must be released into other hands to continue the journey. I prepare…

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Voter Fraud: Members of Trump-Loving Community Nabbed for Voting Twice – Rolling Stone

Authorities have arrested and charged three residents of a Florida retirement community for allegedly casting more than one ballot in the 2020 election, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday. Joan Halstead, Jay Ketcik, and John Rider all face a third-degree felony charge for their votes, which could land them in prison for up to five years.

It’s unknown which candidate they favored, but Halstead and Ketcik are both registered Republicans, The Orlando Sentinel reported (Rider does not have a register party affiliation). The retirement community where the trio lived, The Villages, is also a well-known MAGA hub, and pro-Trump material has reportedly appeared on Facebook pages appearing to belong to Ketcik, Halstead, and Rider.

Source: Voter Fraud: Members of Trump-Loving Community Nabbed for Voting Twice – Rolling Stone

The Nile Delta’s Disappearing Farmland

During the time of the pharaohs, the fertile soils along the Nile River likely supported a civilization of roughly 3 million people. Now there are 30 times that number of people living in Egypt, with 95 percent of them clustered in towns and cities in the Nile’s floodplain. Much of the growth has come in recent decades, with the Egyptian population soaring from 45 million in the 1980s to more than 100 million now.

Just 4 percent of Egypt’s land is suitable for agriculture, and that number is shrinking quickly due to a wave of urban and suburban development accompanying the population growth. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that this is a crisis,” said Nasem Badreldin, a digital agronomist at the University of Manitoba. “Satellite data shows us that Egypt is losing about 2 percent of its arable land per decade due to urbanization, and the process is accelerating. If this continues, Egypt will face serious food security problems.”

The pair of Landsat images below shows how much farmland has been lost to development around the city of Alexandria between the 1980s and 2021. Cultivated areas appear green; towns and cities are gray. According to one analysis of Landsat observations, the amount of land near Alexandria devoted to agriculture dropped by 11 percent between 1987 and 2019, while urban areas increased by 11 percent. The images above show urbanization eating into farmland around the cities of Tanta and El Mahalla El Kubra and between the Rosetta and Damietta branches of the Nile.

Source: The Nile Delta’s Disappearing Farmland

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” Depois…depois querida, queimaremos o mundo, porque só é verdadeiramente senhor do mundo quem está acima das suas glórias fofas e das suas ambições estéreis “.

Machado de Assis. Várias Histórias ( VIDA & OBRA). Série Bom Livro. Editora Ática. São Paulo. 1997

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Try Try Again

You Lil Dickens

I detest the fact that try the harder I try, the worse it gets

Nothing changes, not really

People come, then people go away

This is how my world works anyway


These people that feign sincerity

Only feed the deep mistrust I have within me

Life is like a chessboard, formations galore

People using me, flattening me to the floor


They wonder why I don’t want to try

Why I fear to make my move

Who do YOU think YOU are?

Judge, Jury, Executioner?


What do I want? What do I need?

Someone who is an umbrella in a rainstorm

A shoulder to cry on

One that could bring peace and calm

By merely holding you, welcomed sedation


Learning to let go and finally realize:

Vulnerability is strength, my friends

So —Try Try Again!

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