Teddy Bear

announcement

Since this community is becoming spam bait, I am blocking future posts and disallowing people to join it.

I started the community when the U.S. was about the invade Iraq and there was a hue and a cry in the left communities that saw it only in Chomsky terms. I figured that there was a lot of discussion that needed to be made that wasn't in the polarized Left (crazy pacifist) vs. Right (warmonger) factions.

The U.S. has pulled out of Iraq. Afghanistan is still a quagmire. There are other fights and other countries blowing up. And while that would be fun to talk about, I think these debates have moved elsewhere and are less polarized. Besides that, livejournal communities are no longer than interesting.

Anyhow for the three people still reading this community, I apologize for the NSFW spam that just got posted and I hope you all have a great day - oh also - I wrote this - http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-4-goofiest-curses-from-bible/
Move embassy to Jerusalem
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Petition to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem

President Barack Hussein Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1111
president@whitehouse.gov


Dear Mr. President,

On October 23, 1995, the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, requiring that the United States move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999. The law recognized that every nation has the right to designate its own capital and that Israel has so designated Jerusalem as its capital city.

In order to placate Israel’s and America’s enemies abroad, President Bill Clinton signed a national security waiver of the act in June 1999. This injustice has since been replicated by each succeeding President, including you, President Obama, every six months since the waiver was originally signed.

We believe that the time is long overdue for this injustice to be righted. We especially believe this time is important, as Israel’s enemies have been raising the rhetoric regarding Jerusalem.
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Please help to distribute this petition. Thank you.
.אנא עזרו להפיץ את העצומה. תודה
Veuillez nous aider à faire signer cette pétition. Merci.
Пожалуйста помогите рапространить эту петицию. Спасибо.
Serenity

I know this is a dead community but just in case anyone is still reading

Ok. I'm really falling behind in Wednesday Book Promotion. And now I find out that just doing an Amazon search is yielding a whole bunch of copies of Rashi that aren't mine. Including a Kindle edition that uses my (admittedly awful) cover design.

So this Wednesday, I'm going to just promote my own book. The Wednesday Book Promotion book is Rashi by Maurice Liber - this is a 1906 biography originally published by JPS. My version is easier to navigate (I updated formatting) and I include an introduction.

Cross-posted to book_pimp, of course.




What I'm asking you to do:

1. Click on the above links.
2. Add Tags. May I suggest "teddy bear cannibal massacre"?
3. Once you are at that link, hit the helpful or not helpful buttons for the reviews.
4. Hit those lists and guides and click on a few of those links.
5. Write your own List and include this book. Examples.
6. If you've read the book, write a review - both on your blog or on Amazon.
7. If you're interested in buying the book, buy it.
8. Go to Amazon and independently search for the book.
9. Copy this post into your own livejournal.

As usual this is the Wednesday Book Promotion. Help out as much as you can. Especially if I put your book up for Wednesday Book Promotion in the past.

Death And Hedonism

Hedonism is an ideology, one of the 3 rare ideologies (the other 2 being individual autonomism and precisionism). Hedonism is the ideology in which suffering is minimized and pleasure is increased. Hedonism is similar to the far-leftist ideology (called 'liberal' in the United States), which may be called 'equalism', because hedonism includes socialism, foreign aid, and animal welfare. The difference between hedonism and equalism is that hedonism is more efficient, because it acknowledges intrinsic inequalities. Equalists believe that different beliefs are equal, and that different people are equal. It is from the belief in the equality of all people that opposition to the death penalty and war stems. It is from the belief in the equality of beliefs that subjectivist agnosticism stems. Hedonists, in contrast to equalists, are atheists, and support the death penalty and war, because they are necessary to improve quality of life.

Since you are pro-war liberals, I conclude that there are likely to be hedonists among you. I have created a livejournal group for people of hedonist ideology. It is:
http://community.livejournal.com/hed_ideology/profile
life-wasting sluggard

"The question may not be whether America is ready to attack, but whether Israel is."

NOTE: x-posted to my LJ.

Since a couple more articles pertaining to the looming crisis with Israel, Syria and Iran have appeared, I thought I'd post this here in the hopes that it would be of interest and spark more discussion. Thanks!
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The current issue of Newsweek (the 1 October 2007 issue) has an article by Dan Ephron and Mark Hosenball titled "Israel's Raid on Syria: Prelude to a Nuke Crisis?" (the title displays as "The Whispers of War," until you go to print it; once you have the printable view, the title changes to "Israel's Raid on Syria: Prelude to a Nuke Crisis?" -- *Shrug*) that echoes and reinforces the bass-line that we've been hearing about the impending war with Iran.

Ephron and Hosenball use retired U.S. Air Force colonel and professional war gamer/consultant Sam Gardiner as their hook: "In Gardiner's war games, the conduct of Iran's nemesis, Israel, is often the hardest to predict." The authors note that "The simulations have led Gardiner to an ominous conclusion: though the United States is now emphasizing sanctions and diplomacy as the means of compelling Tehran to stop enriching uranium, an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities could end up dragging Washington into a war."

Let's play 'I've Got a Secret'...Collapse )
The supreme space lord who will now DEST

Nuclear families: U.S. backs Israel's attack on North Korean-supplied nuke facility in Syria.

NOTE: x-posted to my LJ.

I'm really hoping for some discussion of the increasing likelihood that the U.S. and/or Israel will attack Iran and/or Syria in the near future; I'm also hoping to be persuaded that Iran and Syria can be convinced to abandon their nuclear weapons programs short of another war that includes, according to a piece by Daniel Ellsberg in the October 2006 issue of Harper's Magazine, a first U.S. nuclear strike against Iran. Thanks!
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Well, looks like it's official:

The Sunday Times (UK) is reporting in their 23 September edition that "sources in Washington and Jerusalem" have confirmed that "Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month" with U.S. approval. The article's ("Snatched: Israeli commandos ‘nuclear’ raid") author, Sarah Baxter, also notes that "Diplomats in North Korea and China said they believed a number of North Koreans were killed in the raid, noting that ballistic missile technicians and military scientists had been working for some time with the Syrians."

The air raid occurred in the wee small hours of Thursday, 6 September: what has given this story legs is the unwonted reticence of Syria, Israel, and even the United States ("Dubya" tersely replied "I'm not going to comment on the matter" no less than three times when asked about the raid at his news conference about the State Children's Health Insurance Program [SCHIP] on Thursday, 20 September) about the affair; and while The Washington Post in an uncredited op-ed on Thursday, 20 September opined that "It nevertheless is beginning to look as if Israel may have carried out the boldest act of nuclear preemption since its own 1981 raid against Iraq's Osirak nuclear complex," nothing even semi-definitive has been published about this story until now.

EDITED: ..because cema pointed out in pro_war_liberal that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of Israel, not Tel Aviv. Duhhh.

And Iran, Iran not so far away...Collapse )

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can someone tell me, just out of curiosity, which of the american newspapers are generally considered conservative and which are considered liberal? i figure the new york times are a fairly middle-of-the-road publication.
Jayne Says

one blond dies, one shaves her head, and then there's this little story...

Taliban Seize Rural District in Southwest as Police Flee

By ABDUL WAHEED WAFA
Published: February 20, 2007
KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 19 — Taliban insurgents seized control of a district in southwestern Afghanistan on Monday as the Afghan police abandoned their post and fled, officials said.

The district is the second to fall into Taliban hands this month, and its capture underlines the precarious hold of the government and NATO troops in the remote districts of southern Afghanistan.

The midmorning attack occurred in the Baqwa district of Farah Province, where few NATO or Afghan troops are deployed. A small number of American soldiers run a reconstruction team in the provincial capital, but the districts are left to the local police, who lack staff and weapons.

The police in Baqwa town warned their provincial headquarters that the Taliban were advancing in such large numbers they could not hold the district office, according to Baryalai Khan, the secretary to the provincial police chief.

“At 11:30, we lost telephone and radio contact with our police in Baqwa district, and it seems the district is in the hands of the Taliban,” he said. “According to the people of the town, our policemen escaped in different directions, and the Taliban are in the district, although not in the center for fear of bombardment.”

“We don’t know if there are any casualties among our police,” he said. “We have no contact with them.” Four policemen were killed and three wounded by a remote-controlled mine in the same district on Sunday, he added.

Taliban forces have often overrun district offices in the past, sacking them and then usually leaving after a few hours. But this year they have seized and held entire regions.

British NATO forces and Afghan troops, however, claimed success in an attack over the weekend on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province, just east of Farah.

The operation unfolded south of Gamsir and concentrated on three major compounds, destroying a tunnel complex linking them.

“We were able to hit them hard in the largest deliberate operation there has been down there, and disrupt their command and control,” Lt. Col. Rory Bruce told Reuters on Monday from the British task force headquarters.

He said that a “significant number” of enemy fighters had been killed, but did not give a precise figure. There were no British casualties.

On Sunday, insurgents fired twice on a Canadian military convoy moving at night through the southern city of Kandahar, a NATO statement said. Two Afghans — a homeless man and a police officer — were killed by the Canadians in the ensuing firefight, the statement said. NATO said both shootings were under investigation.