In September 1999, the Palestinian West Bank was on daylight saving time while Israel had just switched back to standard time. West Bank Palestinians prepared time bombs and smuggled them to Arab Israelis, who misunderstood the time on the bombs. As the bombs were being planted, they exploded—one hour too early—killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims—two busloads of people.
Close call... Thank God!
And yeah - they discuss what happens when Amtrak loses an hour. As you suspected, nothing intelligent.
Just wanted to update you all on what is really going on in this part of the hemisphere... I mean, you can't always trust the CNN (Certainly Not News) channel!
I guess the only word to describe this situation is W-A-R. As you probably have realized, the Hizbollah is a front for greater threats—Syria and Iran.
My sons D (now a captain in Givati) and A (in Golani) are in Gaza. S (Border Police) was brought to our area with the reinforcement troops. And T, who is a combat rescue and biological warfare officer, is guarding a "sensitive" location "somewhere" in the Haifa vicinity.
I left my home yesterday (that was still standing as I pulled out) and drove by myself to B's. I had never driven this far by myself before, but terror and fear can do wonders for all those little phobias I seemingly developed over the years. Did you know that Mazda 3's really do go up to 140 kmh??? :-) Especially when I drove past Karmiel and Meron... With one eye on the road. and the other fixed on the sky, I felt like I was in some science fiction movie during an alien invasion. :-0 Beam me up, Scottie and Warp 10 me outta here!!!
I had stayed home in Avivim until yesterday, despite everything, until it became really too dangerous to do so. I mean, I thought it would be over - or at least a bit better - in a few days, like always. Was I ever wrong. The Bad Guys shoot over mortars, anti-aircraft, and katyusha rockets. Most miss but they come close enough to shake you up a bit! And then we retaliate by shooting from tanks (the ones next to my house!!!), and live fire from Blackhawk helicopters (thrilling), and more. You get to be an expert after a while and can distinguish the different types of fire, but you still can't catch much sleep even with the TV turned way up!
But, I HAD to leave beacuse the electronic fence that guarded the border was down and the attempted infiltrator (and we know what his intentions were) were shot dead opposite my house, before my eyes. The terrorist was wearing a UN uniform and drove a UN vehicle. I performed the actions I had drilled so many times with the kids, in case of an infiltration. The next morning (was it really only yesterday???), a katyusha landed almost in my back yard. It was time to go! I can take a hint!
It is so nice to be with B and G during times like this. (I am writing this email from Bev's computer.) I feel as though I am on a different planet. People work, sleep, take showers, etc. I am so lucky to have such a great family. S and C have called several times, and B and D have sent encouraging email letters. We appreciate them!!! Thank you!!!
In the meantime, let's continue to pray that this will be over soon and not escalate into something even larger Let us pray for all the soldiers' safety, and for the state and nation of Israel.
So what do you think? Should I turn off anonymous commenting? Or turn on Captcha (the thing where you have to enter the letters from a picture - although I'm not sure how secure that is anyway)? Or both?
The other result would be that any new internet technology anyone comes up with will have to pay protection money to the telephone companies first. The entry costs to get a business on the internet would go way up. And once again, the telephone companies will have killed innovation***.
*** From link: "Although electronic switches based on solid-state components had been developed by 1959, AT&T didn't introduce the first digital switch into the Bell System until 1976. And electronic switching was still being gradually rolled out well into the 1980s, when AT&T's monopoly on telephone service came to an abrupt end. The much more rapid introduction of digital switches by MCI and Sprint probably contributed to AT&T's downfall."
p.s. Googling for "AT&T innovation" gives you all sorts of obnoxious corpo-babble results. "AT&T innovation monopoly"... not so much ;-)
p.s. The graph is dynamic - it's the last 60 days of trading for A Scanner Darkly. So it may not look the same when you read this...
This is a MUST do thing not only for every Indian but everyone on my
list who believes terrorism is not a solution to anything.
Kindly follow the link. An Indian media house has officially declared
to donate one rupee per entry on following link to the funds for
support to Mumbai tragedy victims.
I'm not sure I would go this route for supporting victims in India... I'd rather donate something directly than give my e-mail address to a third party for them to donate a rupee. There's just something fishy about that. Does anyone know of any charities helping out in India? Does the Indian government provide financial support to the victims?
It's good to see he's not afraid to dive right into controversial subjects (and of course has a "[Controversial]" qualifier), and it should be interesting to hear what he has to say on a lot of different topics.
So [Welcome] to Blogland, Mihai! That will be $50 dollars for the link. What?
p.s. This post's title brought to you by a combination of Google Translator and high school French.
And speaking of Google, here's a more "backwards" version. Guess what I'm searching for!
I guess that means it's too low-tech to cover your head with a brown paper bag these days... Shame just got a lot more expensive!
p.s. Not to mention their hideous use of table-based layouts and image maps, which violate basic usability concepts. Ugh! It's the 21st century, people! Although to be fair, "New Usability.gov Design to be Launched in June 2006" (from the homepage).
p.p.s. Saying "Your tax dollars at work" would be such a cliche, no?
Is your baby a nerd? Of course not, there's no such thing as a nerd baby and everyone knows that labeling children is bad and wrong. But if you're a nerd or a geek or heaven forbid a chemical engineer, there's a good chance that your baby will grow up to be at least a little bit nerdy. I mean, the genetics are there.. so why fight it?
And what baby doesn't need to know that "K is for Kepler's Third Law"?
A word of warning, though: in some "cool" households, this is considered to be child abuse.
A Qassam rocket landed at the center of the southern coastal city of Ashkelon for the first time on Tuesday evening, hitting the ORT Ronson High School building, causing light damage to the structure but no injuries.
Hamas - via its military wing, the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades - later claimed credit for the rocket attack, the deepest ever a Qassam has reached into Israeli territory.
In response to the strike, Defense Minister Amir Peretz on Tuesday ordered the Israel Defense Forces to step up the pace and force of its operation in the Gaza Strip.
"This is a major escalation in the war of terror that the Hamas organization is responsible for," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a speech at the home of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones, marking the American Fourth of July holiday.
The attack was an "attempt meant to harm Israeli civilians that live within the sovereign borders of Israel, and it will have far-reaching consequences," the prime minister continued. "The Hamas organization will be the first to feel this."
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If you go to this site, and you aren't yet a member, you type in a username and password into the login fields, and viola! you are now a member. Zero-step sign-up .. i likes. Why don't all sites work like this?? utterly brilliant.
Well, there are probably good reasons, like... ummmm... I'll get back to you ;-)