Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sat Oct 12th Todays News

Child soldiers? Does the UN really believe that they have cool judgement with a rifle and ammo? Does the media really applaud their issue? An article I have linked below gives an example from Syria. It isn't the religion, (I'm told) but the culture that is sick. I guess it isn't good to have a dictator overlord backed by religious authorities. It doesn't build a community. 
Nobel peace prize given to those who accepted the chemical attacks in Syria, having first denied they really existed. A young girl who has become the international spokesperson or female education misses out as the shot that wounded her didn't kill her and some feel she needs to do more. But she wasn't very old when Saddam's chemical weapons passed to Syria .. 
Weather conditions confound AGW scientists. Terror around the world at unseasonal cooling. Sydney temperatures collapsed 12 degrees centigrade in a day. I asked an old lady who said she thought the cold would never leave. Nobody knows why. Modelling doesn't explain it. I asked a model who looked forward to skiing in the Alps. When I asked 'why,' she said she just liked people and felt the world should simply get along. I smiled and she said "Ew, not you!"
Obama seems to have less ability and charm than that model. He believes in global warming, money growing on trees, but nothing of a strongly religious nature. So why is he hitting Jews? Gillard blamed Jews for not having a strong lobby. Maybe Obama feels the same? Abbott has policies that are working. But the press are focused on who will be the next opposition leader. Neither contender has a policy different to what failed at election. But they are beginning to say they want the Libs to ditch an election promise and bring back Work Choices. It would be a responsible, adult thing to do. 
Happy birthday and many happy returns Sam MarjiBorn on the same day, across the years, as
1006 – Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan (d. 1036)
1490 – Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer (d. 1548)
1537 – Edward VI of England (d. 1553)
1855 – Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (d. 1922)
1860 – Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American inventor, co-invented the gyrocompass (d. 1930)
1891 – Edith Stein, German nun, philosopher, and saint (d. 1942)
1910 – Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and critic (d. 1985)
1935 – Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (d. 2007)
1949 – Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan murderer
1955 – Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and poet
1968 – Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and producer
1975 – Marion Jones, American basketball player and runner
1996 – Riechedly Bazoer, Dutch footballer
539 BC – The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.
633 – Battle of Hatfield Chase: King Edwin of Northumbria is defeated and killed by the British under Penda of Mercia and Cadwallon of Gwynedd.
1216 – King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps nearSutton Bridge.
1492 – Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India.
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy,PolandPortugal and Spain.
1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
1773 – America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia.
1799 – Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse was the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute, from an altitude of 900 meters.
1810 – First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
1823 – Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.
1915 – World War IBritish nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
1917 – World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place resulting in the largest single day loss of life in New Zealand history.
1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston
1944 – World War II: The Liberation of Athens from the German invaders.
1960 – Cold WarNikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippineassertion of Soviet Union colonial policy being conducted in Eastern Europe
1960 – Television viewers in Japan unexpectedly witness the assassination of Inejiro Asanuma, leader of the Japan Socialist Party, when he is stabbed and killed during a live broadcast.
1964 – The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight withoutspace suits
1967 – Vietnam War: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives are futile because of North Vietnam's opposition
1979 – The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series byDouglas Adams is published.
1984 – Brighton hotel bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. Thatcher escapes but the bomb kills five people and wounds 31.
1988 – Jaffna University Helidrop: Commandos of Indian Peace Keeping Force raided the Jaffna University campus to capture the LTTEchief and walked into a trap.
1988 – Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down executional style in the Walsh Street police shootingsAustralia.
2000 – The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
2002 – Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in KutaBali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.
632 – Edwin of Northumbria (b. 586)
1870 – Robert E. Lee, American general (b. 1807)
1997 – John Denver, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Chad Mitchell Trio) (b. 1943)
2011 – Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, created the C programming language (b. 1941)

Both are bird lovers, obviously

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (11:33am)

Free speech, The politics of race
So what unites these two men? What is their common bond?

Correct. They are both members of, a bird-lovers’ group?

Ben’s story…

Sean’s not one to talk about cultural identity, because he wasn’t brought up with a story that he was told. I don’t think he was told his totem but since riding with him over the past couple of years, black cockatoos find us wherever we go. I’m pretty sure that’s a big sign for Sean…
Sean’s story…

I met Ben through the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence… I’ve noticed he is pretty connected spiritually to a lot of places we go. When we drove over to WA last year, there were always crows wherever we were. And that’s Ben’s totem. He’s just like a crow ... a pest.
I would like to discuss some matters of public interest raised by this article, but my lawyers advise that our draconian and absurd restrictions on free speech make it too dangerous. 


Why are Leftists so terrified to debate the conservatives whose taxes they hog?

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (9:53am)

Why does the Left repeatedly use taxpayers’ money so the Left can talk to the Left about how awful conservatives are?
Why is the Left not ashamed to be so scared of debate or so uninterested in intellectual engagement?
Gerard Henderson:
Melbourne University runs Rai Gaita’s series titled “The Wednesday Lecture Series”. Dr Gaita (for a doctor he is) is open to all ideas – provided the speakers agree with him. No one else gets a guernsey…
According to last Saturday’s Herald-Sun, the University of Melbourne has just completed its five day Festival of Ideas event… . But it was mainly wall-to-wall leftist luvvies on the program. Featuring the likes of Greg Barns, Julian Burnside (of course), John Doyle, David Karoly, Kathy Lette, Miriam Lyons, Anne Manne, Janet McCalman, Maxine McKew, Julian Morrow (one of the Chaser “Boys”, average age 371/2), Tim (Factless) Soutphomassane, Virginia Trioli and Arnold Zable.
This is London based author’s Kathy Lette’s you-beaut idea, as told to the Melbourne University Festival of Ideas and as reported by Evonne Barry:

“We’re a very sophisticated country, but that’s not how we’re perceived overseas,” said Ms Lette, who is in Australia for the University of Melbourne’s five-day Festival of Ideas, which concludes on Sunday. “Australia is renowned for its misogyny… to still be a country of Les Pattersons and those Foster’s beer ads.”
Ms Lette said the rise of Julia Gillard to prime ministership had helped Australia’s reputation for gender equality. But she said Tony Abbott’s election campaign – including how he praised the “sex appeal” of one female candidate – was embarrassing.
“Oh Lord, he’s so embarrassing, living in Britain, hearing those Neanderthal, misogynist comments from the leader of our country,” Ms Lette said. “The Australian men I know are lovely. They are funny, self-deprecating, warm and witty, but a lot of men in politics, and a lot of men in the media, they are knuckle-draggers.”
How’s that for an idea? The University of Melbourne kicks in lotsa money to bring Kathy Lette to Australia to shed an idea or two. And Ms Lette expresses her concern that in Britain (i) Australia is renowned for its “misogyny”, (ii) Australia’s’ prime minister is a “Neanderthal” and (iii) a lot of male Australian politicians and journalists are “knuckle draggers”.


Stop the boats or build a bridge to Africa. The rest is cant

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (9:46am)

Teary visits and national days of mourning won’t stop the drownings:

A migrant boat carrying more than 200 people sank south of Lampedusa, Italy, the second such tragedy in the area this month…
Last week, at least 310 people died after their ship capsized on its way to Lampedusa, a tragedy that was memorialized by an Oct. 9 visit to the island by Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.


Why is this picture not condemned?

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (9:32am)

An inspiring moment for the Islamic world?:
Note that nowhere in this Jakarta Globe photo essay is there the slightest note of disapproval of the jihadist-linked Free Syrian Army recruiting children to fight, nor any suggestion that they have forced them to:

(Thanks to reader Fern.) 


Why do we import so many bikie recruits? Send them back

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (9:20am)

The ethnic link is so pronounced that our immigration laws needs this revision - as a very minimum:
THE mandatory deportation of foreigners with bikie links and criminal convictions is being pushed by the Newman government as part of a raft of proposed state and federal legislative changes to crack down on the gangs.
South Australian Attorney-General John Rau yesterday confirmed he was seeking a ban on members of the US-based Mongols entering Australia for a mooted merger with the local chapter of the Finks, and Queensland has already sought changes to the Commonwealth Migration Act to deport any foreigners convicted of crimes related to bikies.
The moves are aimed at stemming the flow of Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander recruits into the gangs…
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the federal government would consider the proposal.
There should be no argument about this. An immigration system which leaves Australians in more danger from being robbed, bashed, ripped off or otherwise menaced is not just a failure but a betrayal. 


Some expenses interest the ABC more than others

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (9:09am)

Labor’s expense claims don’t seem to excite the ABC half as much:

A 10-day round trip to London which cost almost $45,000 has been described as “expensive” by the politician who made the journey.
Cairns-based Senator Jan McLucas also admitted she could not justify how her airfares to last year’s Paralympic Games cost taxpayers more than $28,000.
“These things on paper, I don’t shy away from the fact it looks very expensive on paper,” she said…
Ms McLucas said she flew first class, as parliamentarians are entitled to, while her chief of staff Braedan Hogan flew business class.
McLucas watched community sport. Tony Abbott participated in it, and raised funds for charity, too.
The difference? 


The misunderestimated Abbott

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (8:44am)

The Australian on how the vain Left misunderestimates Tony Abbott:

Yet when Mr Abbott, to the surprise of most, emerged as the challenger in December 2009, he was immediately dismissed as unelectable. The Australian Financial Review’s Laura Tingle wrote of his ascension as “a disaster of epic proportions.” In an essay last year, David Marr concluded: “Australia doesn’t want Tony Abbott. We never have.” During the election campaign, Mr Abbott was lambasted as out of his depth in economics and as a clumsy neophyte on foreign affairs. Many critics were willing him to fail on his first overseas missions, believing that the energetic man who destroyed an inept Labor government was reckless, lacking the grace and intellect to engage the region’s leaders and argue persuasively for Australia’s interests.
Yet the net effect of Labor’s taunts and progressive critics’ jibes has been a lowering of expectations about the new government—a bar that has not been difficult to leap for a disciplined unit, as the Coalition has, so far, proven to be. Mr Abbott has adopted the example of his esteemed political mentor about presentation and plain language; he is firmly in the mainstream of Australian life, in the way he thinks and behaves. His mandate is to stop the boats, abolish the mining and carbon taxes, end waste, pay down debt and convene an adult administration. Mr Abbott promised to be calm, measured and steady, leading a government that “says what it means and does what it says.” On this standard he will be judged.
Labor and its attendant scribes again face the challenge of 1996: accept the verdict of the popular ballot and listen to the electorate’s judgment on policy, or fight on into oblivion with rejected ideas.


One boat in a week

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (8:36am)

Boat people policy, How the Left hates, Media
Labor claims it also had Indonesia stopping lots of boats - but unaccountably, for that spin-mad government, failed to tell us about it until now:

INDONESIAN police have disrupted 17 people-smuggling operations since the September 7 election, stopping 550 people getting on boats and arresting three “high value” suspects, in a crackdown for which Australian authorities are claiming credit.
After a week in which only one boat arrived in Australian waters, the Australian Federal Police said an Indonesian court had ordered the arrest of an alleged smuggling kingpin…
Former Labor immigration minister Tony Burke insisted the number of disruptions by Indonesian police were “consistent” with those recorded even before he was appointed in July.
Notice how little coverage the ABC and Fairfax have given to the dramatic slow-down in boat arrivals over the past few weeks? Or to the signs of increased Indonesian cooperation?
I described on 2GB last night my astonishment at the ABC’s bias, and Chris Kenny today suggests journalists are again writing what they want to believe, not what they actually see:

The day before last month’s election, Tim Colebatch in The Age said even Abbott’s foreign aid cuts would undermine his ambitions: “This will not help Tony Abbott’s chances of getting the Indonesia co-operation he needs to stop the boats.”
Since the election the tactics, the enmity and the perspectives are familiar…
In Abbott’s first week, Tingle warned about the “clear rejection” of Abbott’s policies by Indonesia, and when that didn’t seem to be matched by reality she urged us not to “get sucked in by the Prime Minister’s weasel words in Jakarta"…
On the ABC’s The Drum website this month, Jonathan Green was one of the commentators who couldn’t reconcile Abbott’s policy consistency with success in Jakarta. So he invented a backdown in Abbott’s asylum-seeker policies.
“Stop The Boats. Turn Them Back When Safe To Do So. Tossed aside now for the best and most practical of reasons.”
Green even pretends Abbott’s tough measures are being jettisoned in favour of a softer, yet more successful, approach…
These are worrying signs for the Left. Rather than see Abbott’s early success, it seeks the comfort of denial. Rather than examine their failed policies and unsustainable positions, they might just deny reality.
Speaking on ABC’s Radio National this month, Paul Bongiorno seemed to retrofit events to meld with the Left’s previous narrative that Abbott’s border protection policies would cause a fracture with Indonesia.
“If anyone had any doubts that this had damaged the relationship,” pontificated Bongiorno, “you just had to see the extent to which Mr Abbott grovelled in Jakarta. This was kowtow on steroids.”
In reality Abbott and the Coalition - and it is early days - have set about doing exactly what they said they would.


Teaching children the business of waffle

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (8:09am)

Professor Judith Sloan on the sanctimonious drivel being taught to children:

Given my background as a trained economist, I thought it would be most useful to look at the Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business. (Note that this covers students aged between 10 and 16). My reaction - oh dear.
In the first paragraph, there is a reference to “exploring the way individuals, families, the community, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources and to consider the effects of these decisions both now and in the future.”
Apart from the unfathomable meaning of this sentence, does anyone seriously think a 10-year-old can understand the concept of resource allocation? ...
There are three priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures; Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia; and sustainability…
Evidently, our young students will be exploring business options for the indigenous community, including “ways of creating consumer and financial opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities”. Given that our politicians have failed in this task, perhaps our young ones will do a better job…
Of course, no course of study is complete without looking at sustainability. Here students will be asked to consider “more sustainable patterns of living and to build capacities for thinking, valuing, designing and taking action that will create a more sustainable future”.
Evidently the students will develop a clear understanding of the “interrelated nature of economic and ecological sustainability”.
It’s a bit unclear what all this has to do with economics and business… The bottom line is that the national curriculum on economics and business for years 5 to 10 is tosh. It is page after page of earnest, largely worthless, drivel…
There is absolutely no case for including economics and business in the curriculum for these year levels. Teaching students some fundamental building blocks - percentages, simple and compound interest, net present value - is a much more useful pursuit than trying to impose half-baked, politically correct concepts on impressionable young people.


“Overly ambitious” actually means bat-crazy impractical

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (7:54am)

“Overly ambitious” actually means grandiose Labor was utterly impractical, and now blames others for the NBN becoming a white elephant:

FORMER communications minister Stephen Conroy has made the rare admission that Labor was “overly ambitious” with its National Broadband Network rollout targets and “clearly underestimated” working with the construction industry…
Senator Conroy said it was “undeniable” that the NBN Co had failed to meet its targets ... [but] any major delays to the NBN would fall squarely on Malcolm Turnbull’s shoulders…
“(The targets) were always ambitious. We wanted to get going,” Senator Conroy said… He said Labor would not have been so aggressive “if we realised how tough it was for the company (NBN Co)”.
“That was an area where we were overly ambitious… I think we underestimated the capacity of the construction industry to respond… I think it’s fair to say the construction model could be legitimately criticised.”
He said the fibre rollout was “significantly lagging due to the failure of the construction industry to mobilise resources”.
Great phrase, “overly ambitious”. It suggests an excess of virtue, rather than of complete know-nothingness and vanity.
The NBN roll out is delayed? “Overly ambitious.”
The NBN costs blow out? “Overly ambitious.”
Subscription numbers are in the toilet? “Overly ambitious.”
Tens of billions of dollars wasted? “Overly ambitious.” 


Palmer’s puppets

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (7:44am)

Do Clive Palmer’s senators have any pride? Any will or thoughts of their own? Or are they happy to be taken around as Palmer’s puppets?

Palmer was due at the nearby ABC studios for a pre-arranged appearance on Lateline… His senators - Glenn Lazarus, Jacqui Lambie and Zhenya Wang - appeared on Lateline in non-speaking roles, sitting in a row in the background of the studio.


No debate about the common inspiration of the world’s worst terrorists

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (7:04am)

CNN says there is something debatable about its list of the world’s 10 worst terrorists:
Any compilation of the world’s most dangerous terrorists is a hazardous undertaking, a shifting list that’s open to endless debate… Some are ideologues and planners, others “operational,” and some are both.
But all are…
Again, spot the only two exceptions in the FBI’s most-wanted list. Yes, only the eco-terrorist and Black Panther racist do not share the faith of the others, including the Fliipinos:
Curious, this overwhelming representation of one faith.
(Thanks to reader Baldrick.) 


Gillard blames Jewish lobby for being too weak

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (6:56am)

Julia Gillard was mortified by her Foreign Minister’s anti-Israel agenda - one she could not resist:
Ms Gillard’s briefing notes for a Jewish community event in Sydney in April included talking points with suggested answers to the question: “Bob Carr is so hostile to Israel what are you doing about it?
The then prime minister’s speaking notes also included a plea for the Jewish community to lobby Labor MPs to bolster support for her position in cabinet and caucus.
“There were not many voices in caucus,” she complained. “This community has work to do… I believed this exposed a weakness in the community’s reach compared with previous years.”
Reader Jonathan:

We can’t win! We’re now accused for not being a strong enough Jewish lobby. Yes. it was our fault Labor dumped on us conveniently.


The Age, whose circulation is falling, whips up a scandal

Andrew Bolt October 12 2013 (1:42pm)

The Age is devoting huge space to beating up the expenses “scandal”, focussing more on the Coalition than on Labor. Lines like this seems to me to give the game away:

Mr Morrison, who opposed the Gillard government flying asylum seekers to the funerals of family members who had drowned at sea, said his claim was an honest mistake.


Books don't hold all the answers. Picture: Thinkstock.            

MOST of life's lessons aren't taught in textbooks or the classroom. Here's a master list of rules to fully love your life.
20 things you won't learn at school
1. You cannot influence the world by trying to be like it.
2. Wisdom comes from life experience, not textbooks.
3. Imagination is more valuable than knowledge.

You can learn at school but if you learn everything there, you have missed out on other opportunities - ed

Israel’s Blind Watchmen By CAROLINE B. GLICK
Israel’s military leadership failure to notice, let alone grasp the strategic implications of, regional and international developments is not new. It has been going on for at least 40 years.



Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a new technique for creating stem cells of the human liver and pancreas – a breakthrough that could significantly transform the future of transplant therapies.
The novel method involves altering the signal pathways of cells specific to the human foregut – the upper portion of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  Through this manipulation, researchers were able to stop the cells from developing fully and push them into a state of constant self-renewal.
As a result, these “foregut stem cells” can then be further amplified by physicians, who can then form them into liver or pancreatic cells.  These cells could potentially be used to treat damaged organs or tissue, in addition to conditions such as type 1 diabetes or metabolic liver disease.
According to the researchers, their technique improves upon existing methods for creating liver or pancreatic stem cells, which sometimes do not yield enough cells for transplantation.

Perhaps we should have the winner of the Nobel Prize for Science determine what the heck in the water in Norway these days. 

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has just been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize? 


They won the...WHAT?

The group was awarded the prize, in the words of the Nobel Committee, "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons." Well, if you ask me -- and the people of Syria- certainly not extensive enough to win a prize!


On October 9, senior Israeli defense official Amos Gilad delivered The Washington Institute's 2013 Zeev Schiff Memorial Lecture, held annually in honor of the esteemed defense correspondent, strategic thinker, and longtime friend of the Institute. The following is a rapporteur's summary of the general's remarks.
Israel's main security concern is Iran, its only potential existential threat at the moment. Yet despite that threat and the continuing turmoil in the Middle East, Israel is more secure than ever.


When Binyamin Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996, he was presented with an intelligence assessment that Iran would become Israel's main enemy because of its vision of developing both a nuclear weapon and a large missile force. At the time, most other countries rejected this assessment, including the United States. Since then, much has changed. All leading intelligence services now agree that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has long been determined to put his country in a position where it could develop nuclear weapons at will. Iran is now at that point -- if Khamenei asked Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, "Can we develop a nuclear weapon whenever we want?," the answer would be "yes."
Yet the past decade has provided another crucial lesson: namely, whenever the Iranian regime has faced an existential threat, it has delayed its nuclear project. In 2003, Iran's leaders believed that the United States would extend its war in Iraq to tackle the Islamic Republic as well, so they froze their nuclear activities. But they resumed the program after that pause and have since produced hundreds of missiles.

This Chapter illuminates, how one person Ayatollah Khomeini changed the world. Revealed Ayatollah Khomeini carefully crafted peaceful deception to gain power, to a bloody purge of tens of thousands of innocent lives across the face of Iran. And how one man forced radical Islam upon a people. Khomeini’s  governmental structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the various governmental directorates, how officials are placed into power and removed, the matrix of Islamic Theocratic Totalitarian state of Tehran.Read Introduction to EBook.
limited time free PDF - ed

Published 21:37 09.10.13
The head of the political wing of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, implicitly called on the Palestinian Authority Wednesday to cease peace negotiations with Israel immediately, claiming that continuing the talks would endanger the status of Jerusalem. Meshal, who is living in Qatar with other Hamas leaders, was in Ankara this week, where spoke by video to a rally in Beirut. Meshal said only armed struggle against Israel could achieve the right of return and protect Jerusalem.


A Salient Example of Hajj Amin el-Husseini’s Canonical Islamic Jew-Hatred — Introduction, Text, and Commentary

October 9th, 2013 by Andrew Bostom | 

The Li Ka Shing Foundation has donated $130 million to the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The funds will be used to strengthen its home campus in Haifa and enable it to meet its commitment to establish the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology, a joint venture with Shantou University in Guangdong Province in southern China. This is the largest ever donation to the Technion and one of the biggest in the history of Israeli higher education.
Guangdong Province and Shantou Municipal Government will set aside an additional RMB 900 million ($147 million) to fund construction and initial operations of the Technion Guangdong Institute, and has allotted 330,000 square meters for the campus.
Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie and Shantou University Provost Prof. Gu Peihua signed the memorandum of understanding between the universities in Tel Aviv today in the presence of Li Ka Shing Foundation and Hutchison Whampoa chairman Li Ka-shing. The agreement will soon be brought for the approval of the Technion’s and Chinese statutory authorities.
The Technion Guangdong Institute will begin offering undergraduate programs in civil and environmental engineering and computer sciences in the 2014 academic year. The establishment of an innovation center, connecting industries in Guangdong with Israel’s technological creativity, will bridge Israeli technology into China and promote joint research and innovation. The institute's language of instruction will be in English and its faculty will be recruited from international researchers and scientists in universities around the world.



Caroline Glick
As a young man finding my way forward in the world of Torah study, I was completely bowled over by the genius of Rav Ovadia Yosef, who died this week. In all the contemporary rabbinic responsas I had read, nothing came near to the phenomenal breadth of his learning, his marshaling of sources, and above all his tolerant, often lenient conclusions.

The great Ashkenazi contemporary authorities I was studying almost invariably came to strict, restrictive conclusions. There was an almost undeclared agenda to constantly raise the bar rather than lower it. And they completely ignored the more recent great Sephardi authorities. It was almost as if they thought Sephardi scholarship ended with Maimonides. 

From the moment I picked up the early volumes of his magisterial response, “Yabia Omer”, in 1957 I was completely won over by Rav Yosef‘s different approach. He brought the widest range of sources. He weighed the body of opinion and allowed the pure law to speak for itself, and most importantly of all, where he could he would find a lenient resolution. It was as if a new, younger, brilliant Chief Justice was suddenly appointed to the Supreme Court, stood head and shoulders above the other justices, and promised to sweep away all the cobwebs and vested interests. Having such a wider vision, he knew the range of options that went well beyond the conventional wisdom. 

During his visit to Israel in March, US President Barack Obama compelled Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to apologize to his Turkish counterpart for the actions of IDF Naval Commandos aboard the Mavi Marmara terror ship in May 2010.

The Mavi Marmara was sent by the IHH, a Turkish- government supported, al-Qaida-aligned group, to try to break Israel's lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza coast. When the lightly armed naval commandos boarded the ship they were attacked by terrorists wielding knives and iron pipes. They were stabbed and bludgeoned. In the violence, nine Turkish terrorists were killed.

By forcing Israel to apologize to Turkey, Obama took the side of the aggressor against the victim.

Netanyahu apologized to Turkey's pro-Hamas Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in a phone call that Obama participated in. Obama promised that Turkey would accept Israel's apology and restore full diplomatic relations.

But nothing of the sort occurred. Last week, Turkish President Abdullah Gul told Yediot Aharonot that the apology came too late. And this week, Erdogan hosted Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal for the third time in the past year. Commentators have raised the prospect that Hamas may be hoping to transfer its headquarters from Qatar to Turkey.

The Egyptian military is now fighting Hamas in Sinai. The military-backed government blames the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood branch for fomenting the Islamist insurgency there. Egyptian forces have destroyed much of the tunnel network linking Gaza with Sinai that had enabled the cross-traffic of terrorists and munitions between the areas. This week, Egypt announced plans to demarcate Egypt's territorial waters along Gaza to prevent the transfer by sea of weapons and terror operatives between them.

Under these circumstances, Erdogan's embrace of Mashaal was a sign not only of support for Hamas and ill will toward Israel. It was a sign of animosity toward Egypt.


In a tragic turn of events, it has been revealed that Colonel (Res.) Shraya (Yaya) Opher, murdered last night in his JordanValley home of Brosh, was killed on the same day as his brother, who died 40 years ago duringthe Yom Kippur War.  
Major Yitzchak Opher, a pilot, was killed on October 11 1973, when his plane was shot down over the Golan Heights.
Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth quoted a senior officer who served with Shraya (Yaya) Opher saying that his fighter pilot brother's death had been a strong influence on his own military career.
Opher enjoyed a distinguished career in the IDF, serving as a Commander in the Givati Brigades, a commander of the Gaza Strip, and a founder of the elite Shaldag air force commando unit.

In the early hours of Friday morning, Opher was brutally murdered by two Palestinian Authority Arabs, who attacked him with axes and iron bars. His wife, Monique Omer, escaped with minor injuries as she fled the scene to call for help.

Five arrested

Security forces have arrested five Palestinian Authority Arab men on suspicion of carrying out the brutal attack. The five were all taken for interrogation by Israel's internal security forces (Shin Bet).
Wife speaks from hospital bed

Opher's wife Monique Omer spoke about her husband from her hospital bed in Afula Friday morning.

"Is there anyone who didn’t know Yaya Opher?" she said in tears, "A soldier for many years, Commander of the Gaza Strip, Givati and Shaldag (air force commandos)." 
"How were they able to do that to Yaya?" she asked.
"A wonderful man, a wonderful father, wonderful grandfather, there are no words," she added. "There was no one who didn't love him who didn't connect to him," Monique wept.

US President Barack Obama (R) and Pakistani advocate Malala Yousafzai

US President Barack Obama has met with 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls' education and the target of a Taliban assassination attempt who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Obama met with Malala on Friday, the same day the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Pakistani teen had been considered a front-runner for the prize and was in Washington to speak at two events.
The teen said in a statement after the meeting that she was honoured to meet with the president, who is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
"I thanked President Obama for the United States' work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact," she said.
She called for greater cooperation between the governments of the United States and Pakistan.

A few years ago Obama hosted a dinner for jailers of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Now he meets with a girl unfairly denied one after those who covered up  Saddam Hussein's WMD got it instead. - ed

Although Friday's fatal attack in the Jordan Valley community of Brosh is unrelated to previous recent acts of terrorism, together they form a disturbing picture, according to Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon.
Danon told interviewers on Israeli radio network Reshet Bet that there was room to weigh up whether or not to continue negotiations withthe Palestinian Authority following the attacks, and the incitement he said lay behind them.
According to the Deputy Defense Minister, "forces trying to undermine" Mahmoud Abbas' leadership could also have been behind the attack.
"Israel expects the Palestinian Authority to react and take actions, but at the moment we are not seeing this," Danon lamented.
Many political figures have rejected claims that the recent spate of terror attacks is not the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its Chaiman, Mahmoud Abbas.
Following the attack in Psagot last week, which saw a nine-year old Israeli girl shot in the neck at close range, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel said: “the same 'Abu' is not denouncing and the same 'Mazen' is not taking action to arrest terrorists but only making gestures.” Abu Mazen is another name for the PA Chairman. 

<... In other words he is a typical egotistical arrogant loud mouth obnoxious bastard with no manners lacking all common courtesy full of bravado and chutzpah hiding his lack of expertise. He'd make a great taxi driver. Of course he would argue that he did not need to turn on his meter. This is why so many Israelis like him. He is like some of them. Sometimes Israelis can be their own worst enemies. It's time to grow up. As they say in the classics you can bullsh!t some people some of the time but not all the people all of the time. I could not imagine a worse qualified politician.>

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Israeli leaders in Samaria were horrified to learn this week that Israeli leftists with the Yesh Din organization took part in an Arabcelebration on the ruins of the Jewish community of Homesh.

During the celebration Jewish symbols at the site werereplaced with PLO flags, and a banner was waved that depicted a man in religious Jewish garb with a spear through his mouth.
Yesh Din was instrumental in causing the celebration as well. The group’slawyers filed the lawsuit that lead the government’s legal adviser to declare that the government would transfer Homesh to Arab hands.
Acting head of the Samaria Council Yossi Dagan - who himself was expelled from Sa-Nur, near Homesh - was appalled to hear that Yesh Din had been at the rally. “The extreme left has hit an unbelievable low,” he said.
There were people at the celebration rally who called to murder Jews, he noted.
“We’re used to incitement and even libel from extreme-left organizations. But even for an extremist group like them, this crosses a red line, and brings them to depths I wouldn’t have dreamed they would reach,” he continued.

<... Always forgive you enemies but never forget who they are.>
<... Those terrible Israelis are at it again. What will it take to stop them terrorising Muslims worldwide ?>
Typical characteristics and patterns of cowardly acquiescence to forecasted fear, seems to guide certain US and even most Western foreign policy.  

Perhaps the roots of such mentality are firmly embedded within failed domestic contexts; ones quite hijacked by PC and fear-inducements, which ultimately serve only to embolden and empower criminally-based prospects. - Allyson

"Experts: Iran on verge of collapse in light of economic sanctions" - Ynet

"While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said to US President Barack Obama and administration officials that the sanctions against Iran must be increased since only an economic collapse will lead it to withdraw its nuclear program, the White House is concerned that increasing economic pressure at this time may weaken Rohani and strengthen hard-liners in Tehran." - Yitzhak Benhorin -,7340,L-4435193,00.html

<... When you have a Kenyan born anti imperialist Communist educated apostate Muslim Anti POTUS who changes his name from Barry to Barack at the helm were you expecting Mother Theresa ?>
Washington is still dreaming

Could it be that today, too, two years after waking up from the dream of the Arab Spring, the American administration is still struggling to see things clearly? Otherwise, how can one possibly explain Washington's decision to withhold aid from Egypt or the upcoming renewal of negotiations with Iran, during which the removal of sanctions will be discussed -- which is certainly a possibility in the Washington of today.

What else needs to happen for the Americans to finally understand what region we live in, and how there are places in the world where the values and rules that they hold so dearly -- they really are positive values by the way -- do not necessarily hold sway? Does some prime minister of some "democratic" country need to be kidnapped by his state security apparatus for the light bulb to go on? This too happened yesterday, in Libya, when an armed militia that supports terrorism, which is supposed to ensure the safety of the new democratic administration which is charged with building a strong and stable government, as well as help the U.S. combat terrorism, kidnaps the prime minister from his hotel room? Does it sound like the plot from a Monty Python movie? Well, the reality in our region is wilder than the imagination.


"Bill Loves Steph"

...can you find the proclamation of adoration?
 — at Mount Lemmon.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog on Friday narrowly voted down an Arab League resolution to single out Israel for criticism over its alleged nuclear arsenal.

Frank Severino
Unwinding...sushi and Sapporo!

The 2-year-old son of NFL star Adrian Peterson died Friday in a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by a man dating the boy's mother, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported.
A release from the Sioux City police department said a toddler died "from injuries sustained during the aggravated assault Wednesday." It said it was witholding the child's name but the Associated Press said a person with knowledge of the situation also had confirmed it was Peterson's son.
The police also said Joseph Robert Patterson had made a court appearance in the case and was being held on $750,000 cash bond.

There might be a reason. But it isn't a good one. - ed

The State Department has confirmed that U.S. troops have captured a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in Afghanistan.
Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Friday that U.S. forces nabbed Taliban terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a recent military operation. Harf said Mehsud served as a senior deputy and trusted confidant of Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.
 The Islamic extremist group claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing in New York’s Times Square in 2010 and has vowed to attack the U.S. again, according to Harf. She went on to say the group has also attacked U.S. diplomats and “countless” civilians in Pakistan.

Another failed Obama negotiation - ed
Obie dog who lost 23kg

A MORBIDLY obese dachshund who once tipped the scales at 35 kilograms has lost 23 kilograms after a year of dieting and exercise
Obie, who lives in Portland, Oregon is showing off his healthy makeover thanks to his new owner Nora Vanatta.
The five-year-old dog became an internet sensation last year when photos of him looking sad and lying on his back, with his massive belly chaffed from dragging on the ground went viral.

Still had plastic surgery - ed
s first baby book, which was read repeatedly! Most of all, thanks to the great folks at C4P for all the wonderful work they do! >


A group of high school freshman in Illinois were reportedly required to determine who would live and who would die in a chilling class assignment that school officials say was nothing more than a lesson in social bias. However, critics argue it sounded more like a lesson in death panels.
The assignment, reportedly administered by the sociology unit at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, involved a fictional group of 10 individuals who are all in desperate need of kidney dialysis. If they don’t get the treatment, “they will die,” the lesson reads.
“But there’s a problem,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports. “The local hospital only has enough machines to support six patients.”
The next part of the assignment is down-right haunting.
“That means four people are not going to live. You must decide from the information below which six will survive,” it states.

Death Panels 101? Chilling High School Assignment Makes Students Decide Who Lives and Who Dies
Death panel training for school kids - ed

Dog, fox, sloth, gecko, lion, tiger, fish, owl, pig, horse, cow, duck, moose, deer, squirrel, penguin, crow, chip munk, python, sheep, hedge hog, turtle, porcupine, chicken, dolphin, donkey, wolf, skunk, possum, crocodile, frog, gerbil, ostrich, tortoise, goose, hippo, rhino, monkey, oxen, mouse, oyster, lobster, Ringo, Me - ed


As far as this writer is concerned, that's about 23 minutes too long. It makes those last 12 scenes of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy seem positively succinct, and it crosses the line between devoting noticeable time and effort to something and wasting half of your soon-to-be fiancee's evening.
Never mind that though. There are bigger problems here.
First, some background. Actor and director Justin Baldoni told his girlfriend, Emily Foxler, to go to the Blu Jam Cafe in Los Angeles, where he planned to unleash a romantic evening of longwinded surprises.
Why the Blu Jam Cafe, you ask? Because that's where the couple shared their first date. Awww.
When Emily arrived at the cafe, Justin was nowhere to be found, but he did organise some tasteful candles to offset the room's dim lighting.

I love her. All of her. But I won't be telling her "I love the shit out of you" - ed

A GERMAN couple's marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway petrol station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.
The couple was heading home to Berlin from their holiday in France, when the man pulled over near the central town of Bad Hersfeld late Thursday to fill up their van, police said.
The woman had been sleeping in the back of the van but got up - unbeknownst to the man - to use the toilets, and her new husband drove off before she returned.
Only after two-and-a-half hours on the road did he notice she was gone and called police, who said she was patiently waiting for him to return.

Honey, let me explain .. ed

A TEENAGER has committed suicide after he faced being put on a sex offenders list for streaking at a high school gridiron game.
Christian Adamek, 15, from Hunstville, Alabama, hanged himself on October 2 and died two days later, reports.
Just one week earlier, he had been arrested by cops after running naked across the field during a high school gridiron game on September 27. Under Alabama law, Christian faced being placed on the sex offenders register if found guilty of indecent exposure.
Video of his streaking was put on YouTube, attracting enthusiastic comments calling him a “legend” from his fellow students at Sparkman High, but has since been removed.
School officials, who were furious over the incident, threatened the teen with expulsion and legal action for indecent exposure - which under Alabama law would put him on the sex offender’s register.
“There’s the legal complications,” principal Michael Campbell told WHNT the day before Christian hanged himself. The streaking was not just a harmless prank, Mr Campbell said.
“Public lewdness and court consequences outside of school with the legal system, as well as the school consequences that the school system has set up,” he said.

While administration were worrying about how things looked, did anyone think to talk to the boy? - ed

Forty years ago Israel blundered disastrously on the eve of the Yom Kippur War because its military leaders had a concept about the circumstances in which it might be attacked, and the concept was wrong.
Twenty years ago, Israel blundered disastrously by signing the Oslo Accord, because its political leaders had a concept about what it would take to get peace, and the concept was wrong.
Beware of policy makers bearing concepts.
That’s worth pondering as the Obama administration peddles another concept— that a deal with Russia will lead to disarmament by Syria—as a reason to call off military strikes. But agreements are not achievements, wishes are not facts, and theory is not reality.

In 1973, what Israeli military planners called *Ha’Conceptzia*—the
Concept—was that Egypt would not attack without Syria, Syria would not
attack without Egypt, and Egypt lacked the long-range bombers and ballistic
missiles it would need to retake the Sinai Peninsula. It was a comforting
syllogism that allowed Israel to dismiss accumulating evidence of an
impending attack, including a personal warning from Jordan’s King Hussein,
as nothing more than psychological warfare.

The flaw with the Concept was the Concept: Theory provides vision at the
expense of clarity. It also obstructs thought. Had the Egyptian goal been
to retake the entirety of the Sinai, Anwar Sadat would never have ordered
an attack.

In his forward to this special collection, Professor Bezalel Narkiss, of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explains that Jewish papercuts represent a unique art form, created by mostly anonymous folk artists. At first impression they resemble naive painting or a child's art. But one quickly realizes the complexity of the designs, and the knowledge involved in their composition. Narkiss hopes that Giza Frankel's celebration of this rare and disappearing art form will not only introduce it to the uninitiated and help researchers, but also inspire contemporary artists to revive and continue this rich tradition.
The Jews became familiar with papercuts in Germany of the 17th century, where they were known as "Scherenschnitt" (scissor-runs). Austrian monks and nuns went on to create "Spitzenbilder", splendid "lace-pictures" of cut paper and the art was also known in Holland by the 18th century. But Jewish merchants probably met this form much earlier, in the 14th century, from travels to the Far East. Papercuts became most popular in the 19th century and into the early 20th. They were made exclusively by men: pupils in hederyeshiva students, teachers (melamedim) and their assistants. Sometimes old men made papercuts in their spare time. Below are samples of some of the beautiful, full-color reproductions that appear in the hardcover book

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Meet Israel’s Cutest Attack Animal
October 11, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield Arab Palestinian farmers have alleged that Israeli colonists have released a large numbers of rock hyrax

Allen West
On my usual morning run I like to stop and chat with the brave men and women of the US Capitol Hill Police who safeguard the symbols of American liberty and our Members of the legislative branch. However, this morning our normally cheerful chat was disturbing. It seems these men and women who were standing their posts in the rain, as they always do, have been deemed non-essential and will not be getting paid, but they will continue to man their posts. How can the Members of Congress look these men and women in the eye? The Officer this morning asked me one simple thing, "Please Sir, speak up for us." I can imagine the families of our fallen Warriors who have been denied death gratuity payments from this administration are asking the same. Who are we as a Nation? Where is our sense of character? I implore us all to speak up for the men and women of the US Capitol Hill Police, and all who serve. Call the office of your Members of Congress and ask "where is your sense of character?"


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Let me encourage you. I may not know all the specific challenges you’re facing, but these two things will make all the difference.He is with you and He is for you.If you believe,fear and worry won’t be able to steal your joy. The circumstances of life will not dictate your future. Sickness and financial lack will not have its way in your life. When God is with you and for you, no person, no situation, no circumstance can keep you from the blessings of God. 

The same God who created the heavens and the earth, who spoke the universe into existence, who knows everything that will ever happen in your WITH YOU and FOR YOU. 

When God is for you, nothing can win against you. Not the pain of your past, not the mistakes you’ve made, not a bad economy or ANYTHING else on earth.Think and meditate on it.God bless you.
No matter how alone you feel, no matter how discouraged you might be...God will always be with you and for you. He’s promised it, and God doesn’t break His promises. 
I pray that you will keep this incredible promise front and center in your life every day.
God bless you.
The Apostle Paul knew hardships and he said in the book of (2 Cor. 11:24-27)
"Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned,three times I was shipwrecked.I spent a night and a day in the open sea.I have been in danger from rivers,in danger from bandits, 
in danger from my own countrymen,in danger from Gentiles,in danger in the city, in danger in the country,in danger at sea and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep.I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food.I have been cold and naked."

But in all of these things Paul did not quit.He did not give up.He remained faithful.Compare his suffering with yours? I want you to say,I’m going to live in the faith.I’m going to live in the strength which comes from the help of God.

No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your determination. God sees your faithfulness. And when you do everything you can do,that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.God bless you.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
Philippians 3:13(NKJV)
A “U-turn” in driving means to perform a 180 degree turn to reverse the direction of travel.In life,you need a U-Turn to be who God want you to be.To turn around your personal life so that you have hope, love,joy and peace that God created for you to have through salvation and personal relationship with Christ.

So, How to make a YOU-turn?
I. Be Friendly.“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35.One of the most important things you can do for your spiritual life is to surround yourself with positive,friendly Christian people.Romans 15:7 says Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.
II. Be Fruitful
"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love," Ephesians 3:17.When you feel shut out,broken and alone,just remember that you can never be lost to God’s love.When Christ dwells in your heart by faith,then you are rooted and grounded in fruitfulness.You are in the place God wants you to be. You are in the soil that has the potential to grow anything.It can grow the best you,that you can possibly become.Make a U-Turn.God bless you.
Pastor Rick Warren

"As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find my joy in your commands!" Psalm 119:143 (NLT)
If you send me an Invitation on LinkedIn, I'll be happy to follow YOU on LinkedIn.
Self-righteousness, based on works, condemns us. True righteousness, paid for by Jesus on the cross, frees us.
Jesus is seen in the faces of those around you who are hurting. See Matt.25:45
CAPITALISM says "What's mine is mine, and I will keep it!" COMMUNISM says "What's yours is mine, and I will take it." Christian Love says "What's mine is yours, and I'm eager to share it!" #Generosity





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8 Acts of a Healthy,
Growing Church
B. H. Carroll, a famous Bible scholar, in his commentary, estimates that there were probably a hundred thousand members in the Jerusalem church after 25 years. Peter Wagner and many have agreed. G. Campbell Morgan estimates a minimum of 60,000. In any Bible dictionary it will tell you that in New Testament times that the city of Jerusalem was approximately 200,000 people. What we have here is a church with 100,000 members in a city of 200,000 people. Half the city had come to Christ. No wonder they said, “you’ve filled Jerusalem.”
When you look at the book of Acts, you find at least 8 characteristics of the early church that positioned them for this kind of blessing from God. If we echo the actions of the early church, we can expect God’s blessing on our church as much as those ancient leaders saw a blessing on the church in Jerusalem.
3 Big Lessons from 27 Years
at One Great Church
By Ronnie Floyd
Twenty-seven years ago this month, I left my home state of Texas to follow God’s call to become the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Springdale, Arkansas. When we launched our third campus almost three years ago, our named changed to Cross Church. When the last week of October comes, I will have served here for twenty-seven years.
As the Pastor of this changing and growing church, what are some of the biggest lessons I have learned through the years?

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Demand the United Nations Strongly Pressure the Burmese Government to End Human Rights Violations 

Dear David Daniel,
Demand the United Nations Honestly Recognize Human Rights Abuses in Burma
Join us in demanding that the US Mission to the United Nations lobby for a strong and comprehensive resolution against Burma. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has issued annual resolutions against Burma since 1991 making recommendations to the Burmese government and highlighting areas of human rights concern. Unsurprisingly, the Burmese government has not properly addressed even one of the concerns raised in the 2012 resolution.

But this fall, the European Union (EU) seriously considered not writing a resolution at all, and the US had to pressure the EU to accept a 2013 resolution through a formal diplomatic demarche. We are very concerned that now, when it is all the more crucial that the UN give the Burmese government clear benchmarks for reform, the 2013 resolution will be severely watered down.

We cannot allow the UN to ignore the Burmese government’s perpetuation of systemic impunity, mass atrocities & religious violence; detention of local activists; and refusal to repeal repressive laws. Just last week,President Thein Sein’s political party warned people advocating for the reform of Burma’s constitution that they should expect “bad consequences” and “serious danger”! Demand that the UN make serious recommendations for reform that reflect the situation on the ground, not the doublespeak of Burmese leaders.

The UN’s 2012 resolution called on the Burmese government to address 19 main areas of concern and made 26 calls for action, including ending impunity, stopping blocking humanitarian access to displaced people, and addressing religious violence in Arakan State. But over 2013, human rights violations – including the use of child soldiers, sexual violence, forced displacement, and land confiscation - have continued unabated. The military continues to attack Kachin civilians, and still blocks aid access to the over 250,000 people displaced since 2011. Under Burma’s 2012 protest lawmany peaceful local activists have been violently arrested, with a dramatic escalation of arrests since June 2013.

New human rights violations also include the government's complicity in anti-Muslim violence, which has overflowed from Arakan State and spread throughout Burma. Its victims are forced to live in apartheid-like conditions, and just last week, more coordinated attacks wreaked havoc in Thandwe Township, Arakan State & outside of Rangoon. Police once again disarmed Muslim residents and failed to intervene. Among the Thandwe victims was a 94-year-old Kaman Muslim woman who was stabbed to death because she was unable to flee. Elsewhere in Arakan State, the government has been perpetuating ethnic cleansing & crimes against humanity against Rohingya with international impunity.

Take action - tell the US Mission to the UN that the 2013 resolution must be strong and comprehensive! The UN should acknowledge that the soft language in the 2012 resolution was ineffective, and that recognizing the Burmese government's role in human rights violations is the only way to ensure national reconciliation. The 2013 resolution must set a timeline for the Burmese government to address human rights concerns and highlight the UN's support to use international mechanisms to enforce international law.

In solidarity,

Rachel, USCB

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Israel Alert Newsletter 7 Cheshvan 5774October 11, 2013
Notwithstanding the profound existential challenges facing the Jewish state and the free world and a seeming lack of will on the part of most Western nations to combat these threats, Prime Minister Netanyahu concluded his address at the "Israel Towards 2020 Conference" at Bar-Ilan University with hope and determination. "I believe in the power of the people of Israel and I believe in the power of the State of Israel," Netanyahu declared, noting the country's "wondrous" achievements in all fields since its establishment.
While voicing hope that peace and prosperity will come to the entire region, he warned his audience against taking Iranian President Rouhani's friendly words at face value and urged them to examine the facts behind the Israeli-Arab conflict. "Iran's goal is to take over the entire Middle East and beyond, and to destroy the State of Israel. This is not speculation; this is their goal," the Israeli leader stated.
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We previously reported on treatment of Syrian civilians in IDF field hospitals along the Israeli-Syrian border and in hospitals inside Israel itself.
Israel continues to take these measures, refusing to stand idly by as tens of thousands are massacred. What many don't know is that in addition to assisting Syrians who manage to cross the border into Israel, Israeli doctors are risking their lives by entering into Syria, Jordan, and other places, in order to assist Syrian refugees.

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Spiritual Leader's Funeral Draws One-Tenth of Israeli Population
An estimated 800,000 mourners - approximately one-tenth of Israel's population - attended the funeral in Jerusalem this past Monday evening for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, considered one of the greatest Torah sages of this generation and a leading authority on Jewish law.
Rabbi Yosef served as the Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983 and as the spiritual guide of the Orthodox Shas political movement. The party has been a kingmaker, involved in making and breaking coalition governments.
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“For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” Psalm 62:1 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens."
Lamentations 3:41
The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favours without constraining us to pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human emptiness. The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be, in the very dust. Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labour of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God's young eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of God's warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest pleader cometh out of his closet, even as the sun ariseth from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race. Prayer is that uplifted hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua; it is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to the Syrians. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer cannot do! We thank thee, great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice proof of thy marvellous lovingkindness. Help us to use it aright throughout this day!


"Whom he did predestinate, them he also called."
Romans 8:30
In the second epistle to Timothy, first chapter, and ninth verse, are these words--"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling." Now, here is a touchstone by which we may try our calling. It is "an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace." This calling forbids all trust in our own doings, and conducts us to Christ alone for salvation, but it afterwards purges us from dead works to serve the living and true God. As he that hath called you is holy, so must you be holy. If you are living in sin, you are not called, but if you are truly Christ's, you can say, "Nothing pains me so much as sin; I desire to be rid of it; Lord, help me to be holy." Is this the panting of thy heart? Is this the tenor of thy life towards God, and his divine will? Again, in Philippians, 3:13, 14, we are told of "The high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Is then your calling a high calling? Has it ennobled your heart, and set it upon heavenly things? Has it elevated your hopes, your tastes, your desires? Has it upraised the constant tenor of your life, so that you spend it with God and for God? Another test we find in Hebrews 3:1--"Partakers of the heavenly calling." Heavenly calling means a call from heaven. If man alone call thee, thou art uncalled. Is thy calling of God? Is it a call to heaven as well as from heaven? Unless thou art a stranger here, and heaven thy home, thou hast not been called with a heavenly calling; for those who have been so called, declare that they look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God, and they themselves are strangers and pilgrims upon the earth. Is thy calling thus holy, high, heavenly? Then, beloved, thou hast been called of God, for such is the calling wherewith God doth call his people.

Today's reading: Isaiah 37-38, Colossians 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 37-38

Jerusalem’s Deliverance Foretold
1 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD. 2He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 3 They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. 4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives.”
5 When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Listen! When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.’”

Today's New Testament reading: Colossians 3

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all....

[Pī'late] - one armed with a dartThe surname of the fifth Roman procurator of Judea, who was recalled by Tiberius and banished to Vienna, where tradition says he committed suicide in 41 a.d. (Matt. 27).

The Man Who Sinned Against Conscience

What a different story we would have had if Pilate had obeyed his own conscience and also had followed his wife's intuition and advice. Pilate held office for some twelve years, and by his covetous and cruel government caused himself to be hated both by the Jews and Samaritans. His first name, Pontius, means, "belonging to the sea."
What a man he was for shirking responsibilities! He turned Christ over to the Jewish authorities (John 18:31), and then to Herod (Luke 23:7). When Christ was returned to him, he proposed to inflict a minor penalty ( Luke 23:22). When he could not silence the cry of the mob for the blood of Christ, he directed attention to Barabbas (Matt. 27:17), and when the die was cast, engaged in a hypocritical ceremony (Matt. 27:24).
Some authorities affirm that the name Pilate is from "Pilus," a felt cap which was worn by a slave as an emblem of liberty.
The "Now it's Your Turn" section in yesterday's devotional was sent without the following two scriptures. We apologize for the oversight:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, NIV).
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9, NIV).
October 11, 2011
Trusting God No Matter What
Today's Truth
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).
Friend to Friend
There is nothing wrong with us trying to understand why bad things happen. However, the Bible clearly tells us not to depend on or lean on our ability to answer the tough question...why. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart," the writer of Proverbs tells us, "and do not lean on your own understanding," (Proverbs 3:5).
Ultimately, God is in control and His ways are higher than our ways. God reminds us, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'" (Isaiah 55:8-9). Dr. James Dobson, in his book,When God Doesn't Make Sense says "trying to analyze His (God's) omnipotence is like an amoeba attempting to comprehend the behavior of man." It is simply not possible.
But one thing we can be sure of, "all the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful," whether we understand them or not (Psalm 25:10). "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). It may not be until we cross over from the temporal to the eternal that we understand the many "whys" of life. Until then, we must trust in the sovereignty of God.
No matter what you have gone through or what you will go through in the future, God promises: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand," (Isaiah 41:10).
God wants to know if you will trust Him no matter what your outward circumstances may be. Will you say with Job, "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him," (Job 13:15)?
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, I thank You that Your ways are higher than my ways. I make a poor god even on my best days. I thank You for being an all-knowing, all-seeing, ever-present God who knows what's best for me. Forgive me for questioning You and help me to trust you more.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
What area do you have the most difficulty trusting God? Your marriage? Your children? Your finances?
Do you believe that God understands that area of your life better than you do?
Are you willing to trust God even though you do not understand His ways?
Meditate on the Scriptures that are mentioned in today's devotional.
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October 11, 2011
Calming the Mama Drama
Lynn Cowell
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2 (NIV 1984)
Oversleeping on picture day is not a great way to start the morning. I ran to my daughters' rooms, blurting out words of panic. At first there were groans, "Oh no! Not today!"
I braced myself, sure that the drama would start any moment. Yet minutes later, I heard silliness and singing downstairs. I was shocked to hear kindness instead of quarreling. They were choosing not to take the stress they felt out on each other, and I for one, was happy!
I wish I could say my girls learned this from me, but that is not the case. In fact, God has been working on me about my own mama drama, challenging me with truths like today's key verse that instructs me to "be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
Too often, when my expectations aren't met or I'm faced with things I can't control, my emotions and thoughts spin out of control. Before I know it, I start talking before I even think about what I'm about to say. And all that wise instruction about being humble, gentle and patient is quickly forgotten.
What about you? Do you ever yell at your kids or let frustrations mount when plans and expectations spin out of control? Do you suffer from a little of your own mama drama?
That morning God gave me another "opportunity" to choose humility, gentleness and patience with my girls. As we were walking out the door, I realized I had not filled out the picture order forms. Scrambling to find the papers, my check book and a pen, I felt the pressure mounting again.
I had a choice: let my emotions explode under the strain into mama drama or diffuse the drama by choosing humility before God, which would lead to patience and love with my daughters.
Thankfully I can say, that morning, I paused and gave way to the Holy Spirit's leading. And my desire for peace to become my new norm and to leave mama drama behind was successful!
So, how do we do this on an ongoing basis? How do we choose to be humble, patient and bear with our kids in love?
If time allows, I have found it's really good to pull away from the situation and give myself a time out. Removing myself, if even for just a moment, affords me the opportunity to humble myself before God and ask Him to help me regroup my runaway emotions and submit my thoughts to the control of the Holy Spirit. Pulling away also shows my kids the benefits, like patience and gentleness, that result when I don't allow my emotions to rule over me.
If there isn't time to physically remove myself from the situation, there is always enough time to take a deep breath and invite the Holy Spirit to bring me wisdom and self-control.
When we surrender our emotions, our actions and our reactions to God, peace can become our new norm as we choose to leave mama drama behind!
Dear Lord, today help me to leave behind mama drama and use me to be a peace maker in my home. I want to learn to give myself a time out and ask the Holy Spirit to enter each situation I find myself in. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Looking for a way that you can connect to your girl and work through girl drama together? His Revolutionary Love: Jesus' Radical Pursuit of You by Lynn Cowell is a study for girls ages 13-18. It is a great resource for moms and their girls to do together!
A free small group guide for His Revolutionary Love can be found on Lynn's website www.LynnCowell.comfor you to use with your girl or a group of girls.
Visit Lynn's website where she is sharing additional ways to make peace the new norm! She's also giving away a copy of her CD Building a Bridge to Your Child's Heartand a Starbucks gift card for you and your child to enjoy together!
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Application Steps:
In the next 24 hours, you'll probably have the opportunity to display some mama drama. When this situation arises, if you have time, give yourself a time out!
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of mama drama triggers. When you sense your heart and mind being pulled in the direction of frustration, offer a quick prayer for the power to choose humility, patience, gentleness and peace.
When we want our home to be a place of peace and unity, we can do that by choosing discipline over drama.
Power Verses:
James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (NIV)
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Everything New - A Weeekly Devotional


God is great;God is good;and we thank him for our food.Amen.
I must have spoken those simple words hundreds of times at the dinner table when I was a child, but I most certainly did not understand what they meant. Not really.
I liked the certainty in the cadence of the words. They marched out of my mouth, and as I ended with a pointed "A-men!" the deed was done, the prayer complete. Time to eat. If I wasn't troubling over the fact that "good" and "food" only rhymed with my eye, not my ear, I think I took some satisfaction in having said something that seemed very important about God. Often the most important things you can say about God come in a single word.
Great. And Good. That is what God is like. That is who God is.
The so-called attributes of God are a way of gathering and synthesizing the biblical descriptions of God in the interest of knowing God as he really is. One way to summarize the attributes of God is to use the two categories of greatness (attributes of God's being) and goodness (attributes of God's morality). The difference between these two lies in describing who someone is, and describing what he does because of who he is. God's greatness is about his ascendancy over this world, over the universe, over all reality. Greatness is about his being eternal, absolutely powerful, all-knowing, and other qualities that we will never fully comprehend. His goodness, on the other hand, is about his relational qualities, which we know by revelations such as "God is love" and "God is holy" and "God is right." They also tend to be the qualities that were imprinted on the spiritual DNA of our lives when he created us. This is how God wants us to be, because we were made in his image.
So it should come as no surprise that the revelation of God that comes to us through the Bible is wrapped in the history and real life stories of hundreds of people across a span of thousands of years, written in three different languages, and from several cultures. The diversity of the Bible is not contradiction, but a gallery of God-encounters. It took all that for us to get enough portraits of God so that we could begin to know him appropriately.
God, the divine person, discloses himself to mortal persons. His descriptions are voice-to-ear, epiphany after thunder, and heaven to earth, as when God disclosed himself to Moses who was hiding in the cleft of a rock:
"The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin" (Exodus 34:5-7).
Psalm 95:3 says, "The LORD is the great God, the great king above all gods."
God is not merely greater than other powers. His is a difference of kind, not degree. He defines greatness and majesty. [More next time on the greatness of God.]
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Why does God harden some people's hearts?

This week's reading: Exodus 11:10
God seems to treat people very differently. Though he made many of the Egyptians favorably disposed toward Moses and the people of Israel (Ex 11:3), God "hardened Pharaoh's heart" (Ex 10:2711:10).
Why the difference? In one sense, only God knows. As Paul says in Romans 9:18, "God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden" (see also Exo 33:19).
From a human point of view, however, we see many factors that may account for the differences. Pharaoh saw the Israelites as free labor-a tool necessary for him to achieve his ambitions. The Egyptian people, on the other hand, were more likely to sympathize with Israel's slavery.
We know very little about where our deepest feelings come from. How do motivations, desires, prejudices and preferences begin to form? Are they the result of genetics, environment or biochemistry? Or are they consciously chosen? What we do know, however, is that to some degree sin affects everything about us-who we are as well as what we know and do.
The Bible teaches that God controls the universe. It also teaches that people can obey or disobey God's commands. How does God's control relate to and affect people's capacity to choose? If people are free to choose their own attitudes and biases, it appears to diminish God's absolute power. If, on the other hand, God causes certain individuals to harden their hearts against him, it appears that God is unfair, even bringing about events and attitudes that clearly oppose his nature.
Though the connection between God's sovereignty and human freedom is mysterious from our perspective, we must remember that God is, by definition, completely good in his actions. Our responsibility is to trust him in his work and live according to his will. We are never called to solve the difficulties that only God understands.

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