Carmel’s Settlers Interpretation of the Jewish “New Year of the Trees day”

The Villages Group: Cooperation in Israel-Palestine

Had the Jewish settlers of Carmel held their Tu Bishvat (the Jewish “New Year of the Trees day”) tree-planting ceremony on January 16, within the borders of their settlement, Carmel, it would have been taken as a fait accompli by whoever has become accustomed to the fact that Carmel inhabits the lands of others. But their “New Year of the Trees” plantings took place on a range that the sheep of the Umm al-Kheir’s Palestinian shepherds pass on their way out to graze, for many years. The planting on this range was no coincidence, it was meant as a declaration – “This is ours, and so is that”.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (17, 18, and 19 of January, respectively) the shepherds came through as is their custom, and the army stationed on the range did not stop them. On Monday, January 20, an incident took place when Umm al-Kheir shepherds…

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An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow –

What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

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Caught On Video: Police Hit, Tie Down, Then Chop Off Possible Rape Victim’s Hair (VIDEO)’

The Last Of The Millenniums

warren michigan police

‘Warren Michigan police officers were caught on camera, strapping a 22-year-old mother into a chair and cutting off her hair’.

‘The officer with the scissors, Bernadette Najor, can be seen hitting the young mother, before having her restrained’.

‘The video shows her grabbing the woman’s hair, repeatedly jerking her head back, while she hacks off the woman’s weave’.

‘Najor has been fired’.

‘All of the male officers, who can be seen helping to restrain this young woman, remain on the police force’.

‘Every one of them stood by while this was done’.

‘None seemed shocked, upset or even concerned about what is happening two feet away from them’.

‘There’s more to the story as well’.

‘The young mother in the video, Chandra Greggory, had been at a party in Detroit earlier in the evening’.

‘When she woke up in a Motel with no idea how she got there, she told…

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Republican Hate, Fear and Loathing as Policies – ‘Montana GOP Candidate Calls Hillary Clinton The ‘Anti-Christ’

The Last Of The Millenniums

Ryan Zinke


US President George W. Bush addresses th

Silence is acceptance.

When your Republican neighbors, friends, co-workers, relatives don’t speak out against this…..then they believe it.

Hate….Fear…..Loathing as Republican policies.

That’s the Country the Founding Father’s wanted.

A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the anti-Christ’.

‘The candidate, state Sen. Ryan Zinke, is one of five Republicans competing for the nomination to succeed Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) who is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)’.

‘At his campaign kickoff event, according to the Bigfork Eagle, Zinke said “we need to focus on the real enemy.” He then went on to criticize Clinton calling her the “anti-Christ.”

‘Actually, Zinke, once a member of the Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden, is not new to partisan bomb-throwing. Two years ago he started an anti-President Barack Obama super PAC’.

“Navy SEALs, Special…

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Me being quietly a part of a tree. | Rebelle Society

How I wish we could be forever young, in that summer light.

With our secret language, and the envy of our older sisters. Although often jealously spying on us, they never did uncover our magic world. The dragons we searched out, the adventures we took, the summer buzzing around us unnoticed. But, I am sure my soul absorbed the essence forever: bumble bees and all shades and nuances of green in that old apple yard. Time lost in joy.

via Me being quietly a part of a tree. | Rebelle Society.

Man loses benefits because he had heart attack during work capability assessment

Can it be true? OMG

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

A man with heart problems who couldn’t complete a work capability assessment because he had a heart attack during the interview had his benefits stopped by the job centre for ‘withdrawing’ from the interview.

I promise you this is not satire. Here’e the story from the Oldham Evening Chronicle:

Heart-attack victim in cash-axe shock

The UK under this government is getting harder and harder to satirise day by day.


Big thanks to Robert Cragg for the heads up on this.

Please feel free to comment.


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New study finds plague may return | Vaccine News Daily

“We know the bacterium Y. pestis has jumped from rodents into humans throughout history and rodent reservoirs of plague still exist today in many parts of the world,” Associate Professor of the Center for microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University Dave Wagner said. “If the Justinian plague could erupt in the human population, cause a massive pandemic, and then die out, it suggest it could happen again. Fortunately we now have antibiotics that could be used to effectively treat plague, which lessens the chances of another large scale human pandemic.”

Other questions were recently raised about the origins of the plague. New research points to the Justinian Y. pestis originating from Asia, not Africa, which could mean the Plague of Athens and the Antonine plague may be caused by a completely separate strain of Y. pestis.

Researchers are still unable to answer why the Justinian Plague suddenly died out during the sixth century after killing an estimated 30 to 50 million people, approximately half the world’s population at the time.

via New study finds plague may return | Vaccine News Daily.

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