I love TJ so it's painful to read this- but thanks for forcing us to look clearly at our stores and force them to be accountable.
Actually, the Philistines were not what is today. The Palestinians today, Palestinians are Arabs who moved in later. The Philistines were more closely related to what used to be the Lebanese, which were the Phoenicians, the to be the Lebanese, which were the Phoenicians, the ancient Phoenician Empire of traders, and they were actually more closely related to Hiram, King of Tyre, and some of them, although Hiram was more of a friend of Israel at that time, the time of David.
So the Philistines and their five famous cities used to occupy the coastal plain of Israel. Gaza was one of the major cities--the Arabs still live there-- of course Israel has now incorporated the Gaza Strip into Israel. It's now a part of the occupied territories, and they've just stolen away the whole country! It was called Palestine by the Romans, in Latin, & came from "Philistia," which was the name of the country way back under the Philistines. It was the name of the country for thousands of years till the Jews came along.
Ted Rudow III
Also playing in Santa Cruz, Sunday the 19th, should be great!!
I know Bohemians. I grew up in a Bohemian neighborhood and I hung out with many real Bohemians. You sir, are not a Bohemian :)
The checkpoints were established by a treaty- Oslo- and are in compliance with International law. (A treaty is the highest level of international law, until it is superceeded by another treaty) Before the checkpoints, over 10,000 Israelis were maimed and killed in an outbreak of violence known as the second intifada. Before the onset of suicide bombings directed towards Israeli civilians, the borders were wide open. Want them open again? Encourage the Palestinians to sit down and negotate with the Israelis, with no pre-conditions. As inconvienent as the checkpoints are, attacks against Israelis have decreased by over 90% since they were instituted. They are a non-violent way to save lives until there is a real and lasting peace. It is an extremely hard thing to balance- protecting the lives and security of one group of people and the freedom of another. The answer is peace- and peace will not come with finger pointing and pressure on one side alone. Both sides must work together to accomplish this goal. That is why I, as a progressive activist stand firmly against this one sided pressure campaign . Peace is a two way street, and the Palestinians (and their Sonoma County enablers) MUST take responsibilities for their side in this equation.
Veolia's busses aren't for "Jews only", however, they are instrumental and complicent in Israel's system of apartheid and segregation. It's system of permits, checkpoints, walls, barriers and transportation of settlers (that is against article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention) onto settlements that are considered illegal internationally and within the United States. Veolia obviously does not care about the welfare of a people under a MILITARY occupation who have little rights to exercise and no freedom of movement (one of many "freedoms" not had). It is insulting to hear that many believe signs in three languages is enough to prove that a country is morally competant and does no harm. The fact that there were signs in English and Xhosa did not prove my experience with residents of Khaylitsha Camp, South Africa (2008) to be a joyous and celebrated occation. Veolia runs its busses on roads that cut into the occupied territories and cater to Israeli settlers and certain Arabs who may be lucky enough to attain the proper permit that is made most difficult in order to keep them oppressed (http://www.btselem.org/press_releases/2004…). You, Robin Cantor, can also take a look at a Wall Street Journal article this year that focuses on the resistance of women in Israel who have been forced to the back of the bus (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405…). Your statement that public transportation is Israel is not segregated...think again. In Veolia's case, however, although they may not directly segregate their own buses, they run their business that is supports a racist, heinous, disgusting, unfathomable system oppressing the native Palestinian population.
It wasn't just that Arabs and Jews rode the buses together- half the engineers employed by Veolia were Palestinians- and half their bus stops were in palestinian areas. I can't imagine anything less segregated. A heavily edited an biased video is meaningless- can you show me a sign that says "Jews only"? I have not seen a single sign like this anywhere on line- if there were one, surely some one would have photographed it by now. If these facilities were Jews only, are you saying all the photos of a fully integrated system al over the web are fake? At the hearing, they showed exactly the opposite of what you claim- a company and a country going out of their way to provide essential transportion to all segments of the society.
There is no segregation on public transportation in Israel, and Veolia is simply be using as a pawn to give you a venue to bash on Israel. I cant believe youd be willing to have 80 neighboors lose their jobs to push your bigoted one sided agenda
If you'd like to see what I saw you can see the video I shot here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pbEN6lNkZ0… .
To learn more about the segregated roads you can read from Israeli Human Rights group B'Tselem here: http://www.btselem.org/maps
I was at the hearing. Photos were shown of Jews and Muslims crowded together on public transportation. Photos were shown of signs and schedules in English Arabic and Hebrew. Frankly, its hard to pretend that these facilities are segregated when all the evidence indicated that they weren't.
But a small group of vulture funds have been trying to divert that money into their own pocket. How Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, and others have used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. "It’s just a scheme to take a cash-rich company and move all that cash to a few actors — typically it’s the executives of the target company and the executives in the private equity firm — and then you force everybody else to pay."
Wall Street scandals — including a decade-long Wall Street scandal that drained money from every county and state in the United States — and notes not a single bank executive has faced individual consequences. In Libor, it was 16 banks acting in concert to rig the international interest rates. What this one was was a number of the world’s biggest banks colluding to artificially suppress the amount of money that cities and towns earned on their municipal bond service.
The Libor, scandals trillions of dollars, and not a single person has had to have any individual consequence. So you talk about all those settlements. Those are all paid by the company and by the shareholders. Not a single person since 2008 has gone to—has been indicted, has gone to jail, has spent a day in jail, or has paid any kind of money out of his own pocket. And until there’s any individual consequence, it’s really a license to steal. If you can’t go to jail for rigging an $800 trillion market, what can you go to jail for? This is the result of a selfish, greed-driven society. They've hardened their hearts for so long and are so blinded by greed and hypocrisy that they don't even hear the pitiful pleas of these poor suffering ones.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Not telling people it's $25 to register, huh?
Great to see more people using WeGo Sonoma — there's certainly a lot of potential in our community and Avego's system makes ridesharing more flexible than ever before.
Marin and conservative in the same description??
Called Libor, which that stands for London Interbank Offered Rate and it involves a group of bankers who set a daily interest rate affecting trillions of dollars of transactions around the world. Your home mortgage, your college debt, your credit card fees - these could have been affected by Libor.
20 other megabanks are now under investigation, including Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. Open collusion with other banks to lowball or highball the rates to profit. "The New York Times" reporting, "As unemployment climbed and tax revenue fell the city of Baltimore laid off employees and cut services in the midst of the financial crisis. Its leaders now say the city's troubles were aggravated by bankers' manipulation of this key interest rate linked to hundreds of millions of dollars the city had borrowed."
What you’ve just seen is a cartel in operation, which -- not maybe -- did distort Libor for the benefits of the largest banks in the cartel. It is the largest rigging of prices in the history of the world, by many orders of magnitude. Libor is one example where we left it to banks to themselves to set important benchmarks. Many in the West are naïve about the real plight of the world. There are many who live a life of ease‚ unaware of the hurt that ravishes the world on a daily basis through man's bad choices.
Ted Rudow III
I enjoyed reading your blog post. It has been a few weeks now since I visited a Bohemian, a local one.
To the friends of BOHO, use discount code "boho12" when purchasing online and get $20 off per $45 ticket until this Friday, July 20. Here's the link: http://rootstockfestival.com/rootstock/Tic…
Joel Quigley, co-executive producer
If people grow their own Cannabis hemp -- a dietary essential -- then medical supplies are less needed. The best "medicine" is essential nutrition that keeps you from getting sick in the first place.
Dr. William Courtney and Kristen Courtney: Cannabis, children and pregnancy
The simple, polar shift in values that is necessary for avoiding systemic collapse, will serve us only if it is achieved in time to have an effect: Cannabis is essential, not illegal.
There aren't enough positive adjectives to describe the job that Gabe did coordinating all the contest. It was great fun!
The 24-hour band contest was a risk, but it definitely paid off. It was amazing to see what the musicians pulled together on such short notice. Well done.
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The Olympics are the worship of man, the worship of his body. But sports are the worship of man's body; war is the ultimate that all of these lead to. The ultimate manifestation of all of these is War.--His physical prowess, his mechanical ingenuity, his tactical genius and his indomitable spirit! The Olympics are the worship of man, the worship of his body. But sports are the worship of man's body; war is the ultimate that all of these lead to. The ultimate manifestation of all of these is War.--His physical prowess, his mechanical ingenuity, his tactical genius and his indomitable spirit!War is the ultimate combination. Man at his best, which is his worst!--WAR! His most destructive worst, his greatest strength, his greatest genius, his greatest inventive power and his greatest spirit, patriotism or whatever you want to call it, is used for war and a competitive spirit against others who are doing the same.
See how this competitive sports thing has been the final stages of every great civilisation and empire!--The worship of the body. It's very sexual too, as you notice, all these things are very sexy. So sex is included as a part, but in some ways a very minor part.Sports glorifies sex, but at the same time belittles it and pretends to dislike it.
Did you know that the Nicaragua-El Salvador War, in which 20,000 people were killed, started over a football game? In fact, Ernest Hemingway, the world famous writer, who spent so much of his time in Latin America and Spain, said you could eliminate most Latin American wars and their causes by simply banning football or soccer! Those games get them so worked up into a frenzy against each other that nothing but a total all-out war can truly satisfy the spirit of it! The whole thing is a worship of the flesh and the worship of man with a competitive spirit of war, the very essence of contention and competition and struggle: warfare, and the perfect preparation for it! Sports is war in disguise, and the Olympics disguised all this under the totally false and contrary theme song of "Peace"! That's their theme!--Isn't that something. So they speak peace while war is in their hearts, and they talk peace while they prepare for war--prepare their bodies for war!
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