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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: February 22, 2009, 09:19:06 AM

Rahm Emanuel - Chief of Staff - Jewish

David Axelrod - Senior Advisor to the President - Jewish

Ronald Klain - Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United
States - Jewish

Larry Summers - Economic Advisor to the President - Jewish

Paul Volcker - Economic Advisor to the President, Former Head of Fed
Reserve - Jewish

Tim Geithner - Treasury Secetary - Jewish

Peter Orszag - Head of Budget - Jewish

Am I the only one noticing that Obama and Biden are not so much assembling staff, as gathering a minyan?

On topic but kind of a tiny bit off topic:

Im sorry but reading this threw me back 20 odd years to something Jackie Mason said when he used to be funny



fast forward almost to the end at minute 7:29

Maybe your new president is on to something Smiley
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Music on: February 14, 2009, 12:59:46 PM
Frank Zappa.  Never got a chance to see him perform live  sad





Blue Man Group



opened my eyes & ears that music doesnt just come from conventional instruments, contrary to what my parents always said when I was banging away on the pots and tupperware ... I coulda been a star  cheesy
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Cardboard Cops on: February 14, 2009, 12:29:01 PM
Wow, much of the stuff coming out of the UK inspires some serious head shaking. Work out the math compared to the commercial cost listed at the end of the article.

Police spend £20,000 on cardboard officers
Police forces have spent more than £20,000 on cardboard cut-outs of uniformed officers designed to confuse criminals.
 
By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
Last Updated: 4:25PM GMT 03 Feb 2009

Cardboard cut-out of a policeman used to help deter shoplifters Photo: PA
It was billed as the latest police tactic to combat crime and now the idea has taken off nationwide.
Police figures show that forces across the country have spent more than £20,000 on the flat-pack PCs.
West Midlands police said it had ordered 80 cardboard constables at a cost of just over £10,000. In Derbyshire, £6,650 was spent over the past two years on a "substantial number" of cut-outs.
"The theory is that it creates the impression at first glance of a capable guardian being on site, which hopefully also reduces the perception of fear of crime," said a Derbyshire police spokesman.
A survey using the Freedom of Information Act revealed that 13 forces in England and Wales have used cardboard officers.
Essex police said it spent £760 on eight cut-outs. They have been deployed in petrol stations, to deter drivers from speeding away without paying for their fuel, and also in shops to discourage shoplifting.
The force would not reveal precisely where the cut-outs have been placed because "to release locations is likely to jeopardise the success of the trials".
Cleveland police spent £1,760 on cardboard officers for use in shops, petrol stations and retail parks in Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton-on-Tees.
The other forces which have used cut-outs are North Wales, South Wales, Greater Manchester, Durham, Humberside, Lancashire, Avon and Somerset, Norfolk and Surrey.
Rank-and-file officers, however, questioned the wisdom of spending police funds on fake officers.
Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said: "While I appreciate that money may be tight for policing, this does seems a drastic solution to avoid paying any salary and pension costs.
"Ultimately it will be for local residents to decide if cardboard police officers work for their community and are good use of their taxes."
Several forces admitted to having suffered the theft of cut-outs. Three went missing from filling stations in Derbyshire in the past two years, while two were stolen in Cleveland.
Humberside reported the theft of one cardboard officer, which disappeared from a Tesco supermarket in Grimsby last November.
A spokesman for West Midlands police, which had the highest spending on cut-outs, said that some of the money would be reclaimed from shops which benefited from the scheme, but could not say how much had been recouped so far.
South Wales police created life-size replicas of two of its serving officers, community support officer Helen Ely and neighbourhood constable Dale Weaver.
Surrey produced cardboard replicas of an entire neighbourhood policing team to reassure residents and increase awareness of crime-prevention measures.
Commercially-produced promotional cut-outs can cost from £12 and £30 each.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/4410417/Police-spend-20000-on-cardboard-officers.html


LOL they tried that here also



it doesnt work  wink

4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Parenting Issues on: February 14, 2009, 12:22:04 PM
13 year old father  shocked
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE51C4JR20090213

"LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A school boy of 13 has become one of Britain's youngest dads, underlining concern about the rate of teenage pregnancies in the country.

Four-foot Alfie Patten, who looks considerably younger than his age, was just 12 when his 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle Steadman conceived after a night of unprotected sex."


Im speechless .
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: February 11, 2009, 03:11:55 PM


6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Street Weapons on: February 07, 2009, 02:03:06 PM
One of my previous instructors also taught Silat and worked the Sarong with us on a number of occasions. It could be deceptively effective and actually a lot of fun to train...as long as your the one working the techniques. evil I liked it but at the time treated it more like something good to know but not likely to use.

Here in the frigid New England winter it's much more likely to be useable if you're wearing a good scarf. That's why I still play with it. Just make sure it's a tight knit one where the fabric isn't very stretchy (Did I just use the word "stretchy"?).

William

 grin found these
http://martialmatrix.ning.com/video/tuhon-ray-dionaldo-teaching
http://martialmatrix.ning.com/video/tuhon-ray-dionaldo-teaching-1

7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Street Weapons on: February 05, 2009, 12:47:19 PM
in a recent seminar I attended with Tuhon Ray Dionaldo here in Jerusalem, he showed us the Sarong and how to use it. Of course non of us here usually walk around wearing one - so we used the next best thing... literaly the shirt off our back  shocked
we didnt video the seminar , but I did find this  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3sO6k6ywk that kind of gives you an idea
the torque generated from just a little twist in the wrist was enough to pull a big guy down

and of course the ever present beer/coke/wine bottle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHGy-0MXf5g

8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizens defend themselves/others. on: February 01, 2009, 06:08:29 AM


this one in hebrew starts with an animated re-enactment - then some actual footage that is kind of graphic on the American PC scale , so be warned before the click 




I dont know who has the bigger balls, the ones who helped people get out of harms way, the ones who stop to help the injured & scared, the ones who run toward the danger and put an end to it? I hope that with all my preparing and training that if & when... at the very least I dont just freeze up
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movie Fights on: February 01, 2009, 04:46:15 AM
The first few Steven Segal movies are what finally got me into a dojo and kept me there for six or seven years training in Aikikai Aikido.
I even found the Dog Brothers because of the SS stick fight scene in the bar (anybody seen ritchie ) - ended up purchasing every stick fighting video Panther Production had to offer  cheesy

Also any of the Tony Jaa fight scenes! Acrobatic almost to the point of absurd but his knee & elbow work .... mama mia
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 31, 2009, 11:59:07 PM
AT PRESENT that may be true, but over time the trend line is unfavorable.

Youd think they'd take the time to lick their wounds & reload....
but nooooo
Its been 6 rockets so far in the last few days, including this morning as people are taking kids to school

keep your eyes on CNN... round # 37243 seems inevitable

11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 29, 2009, 11:57:04 AM
@ NKD:

I fear I have not succeeded in conveying my point-- I supported and support the Osirak operation.  My concern is that by placing missiles and rockets of ever greater efficacy on Israel's northern and southwestern borders that Iran is creating a situation wherein if Israel goes Osirak on Iran that Iran will be in a position to blow up Israel's reactor and contaminate Israel.

OK I get it now  embarassed
As far as we've seen so far these rockets/missiles dont have very big payloads and arent accurate in any sense of the word - they are wonderful to lob into a highly populated areas for terrors effect but I (and this is just my otherwise uniformed opinion) doubt they would have any real damaging ability even if they somehow scored a direct hit on any reactor that Israel may or may not have  cool

12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 29, 2009, 06:29:37 AM
Fair enough cheesy

The point I am trying to raise though, and lets use the Lebanese invasion of a year or so ago as an example, is the possibility that this approach simply innoculates/immunizes the enemy.

When Israel went into Lebanon it had as green a light as I can remember from the US govt.  I was praying for Israel to go all the way through the Bekkaa Valley (sp?) and clean out that nest of vipers for once and for all.  Instead, having triggered the regretable civilian casualites, you guys quit before you finished.

Net result: Hez gets bragging rights AND doubles/triples the number of missiles it has.

Arguably a similar dynamic in play now with Gaza-- except that Iran now has fronts on both your north and south borders.  As soon as they can reach your nuclear reactor, what happens to your Osirak option for Iran's incipient nukes?

PS:  My apologies for President Bush vetoing your request to go after Iran.  I fear this was a historic error.

The last Lebanon battle was carried out in haste and with a defense minister that had no place being a minister of any kind (and isnt anymore)

Regarding the Iranians, many foreign governments, including the United States, condemned the Osirak operation, and the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed UN Resolution 487, which “strongly condemns the military attack by Israel in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international conduct."  So I have a feeling that we may have to fend for ourselves yet again  wink
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: January 29, 2009, 04:46:58 AM
I can fully understand an Arab spewing forth such hate & twisting facts for their own reasons, it almost seems reasonable - but when I hear anti-jew remarks from "westerners" thats when it frustrates the most.
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 28, 2009, 02:57:41 PM
LOL we're still here!
and like I said before Hizbolla Jordan Syria Lebanon Egypt Libya Saudi Arabia the Emirates Bahrain Iraq & Iran all just stood aside and watched.



15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 28, 2009, 01:56:25 PM
Before I go into the fact that, including such groups as Hizbolla, none of the neighbors offered any help to their brothers during this last conflict: Jordan Syria Lebanon Egypt Libya Saudi Arabia the Emirates Bahrain Iraq & Iran all just stood aside and watched

I finally found on-line what we here have been seeing nonstop on the news with barely a mention elsewhere on the web;
that as soon as the ceasefire was official they just couldn't help themselves


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5601165.ece


And yes - there are many Israelis that say that if we are "damned if you do damned if you don't" ... if the world opinion is against us anyway for anything we do then why don't we finish it once and for all. We obviously have (and have had for a long time) the weaponry & technology to do just that.
But there seems to be something "higher" in us that we would rather endure the hatred & hostilities and keep a with a clear conscience. So instead we end up retaliating just enough to remind our everybody in the neighborhood that when you mess with us we will f@$# you up.





16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: January 28, 2009, 12:59:35 AM
First Id like to say Shalom from Israel , new here and hope be here a while
I am truly amazed of the depth of thought & the seriousness in this forum and hope to somehow contribute

So, speaking of Holocaust denial - this guy leaves me speechless



Ive always known there were fanatics talking anti semitism & hate , but I never would have guessed that somebody of this position would be so outspoken about it

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