September 29, 2005

Spilling the beans where my silence is concerned

Yesterday afternoon, as I sat with a friend during a break at university, she suddenly said: I've been visiting your website repeatedly, but you never write anything anymore. Are you suffering from writer's block?
The truth is that writer's block is the last thing that I am experiencing right now. Infact, I am feeling more inspired and happier than I can remember ever having felt before. But the reasons for my newfound happiness is indeed what is taking up all my extra time, including that which would normally (or at least sometimes) have been spent on blogging.
Well flashing a secret is a bad habit, so I better just spill the beans!
The fact of the matter is, that the impossible has occured in my life on this isolated little island in the Arctic.
You see.. One afternoon at work, not too long ago, I was experiencing another gray, eventless day in Reykjavik. Then for some miracle of a reason, the sweetest person I've ever known happened to roam into my shop. This person happened to be an Israeli, who had somehow found himself lost "here in this desert", as he likes to call Iceland. And well, my life hasn't been the same since.
It is quite the coincidence that I should find this guy. He once told me how his co workers like to tell the joke about how "there are three Jews in Iceland: Bobby Fischer, the president's wife, and him".
So I guess I'm in love. How weird is that?

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More on fabricated news

By Torbjörn Yehoshua's request (who deserves thanks and appreciation for his work), here's a recommended video about how News are fabricated by palestinians.

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September 21, 2005

Simon Wiesenthal's death

Simon Wiesenthal, a truly admirable individual whose actions deserve to be remembered, has passed away. I saw a short but heart warming article in the Jerusalem Post discussing the life of this man, hero and lifelong nazi hunter. Here are bits:

Wiesenthal's war

Simon Wiesenthal's death is not just the Jewish people's loss. He should be sincerely mourned by the entire civilized world – by anyone still dedicated to justice, unafraid to acknowledge humanity's dark past and determined to learn its lessons.

Today, 60 years after history's single greatest premeditated crime, it's not only the inexorable march of time that dims universal memories but concerted efforts to diminish or altogether deny the Holocaust. Even immediately after the wholesale industrialized slaughter, the world wasn't in a mood to remember, much less punish. Indeed the great powers, embroiled in their Cold War, facilitated the escape of prominent henchmen.

It was this indifference that Wiesenthal took on, almost quixotically. He was alone, without money or power, himself the surviving inmate of several concentration camps, who lost 89 members of his own family. The Galician-born architect could have understandably, like many survivors, devoted his energies to rebuilding his personal life.

Read rest of article..

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With the British cancellation of holocaust day being joined by an 'Hamas museum', I am beginning to feel as though "the celebration of slaughtering the innocent" is about to gain public recognition.

I myself should make an attempt to ignore what these brainless monkeys are doing! But the fact still remains, that there are a lot of people there who have a personal attachment to the places that are now being turned into what is nothing short of farse.
Give them an inch, and they will take that inch, the mile it lies on, the land it lies on, and spread dirt all over it.

I'm sorry for the negativity, but I am angry.

Synagogue to become Hamas museum

Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, plans to set up exhibit of the terror group’s ‘military industry’ in synagogue of evacuated settlement of Netzarim. On display: Suicide attack apparatus, missiles stones used to ‘abolish the Gaza occupation’

The destroyed synagogue in the evacuated Gaza settlement of Netzarim is expected to be converted into a temporary Hamas museum in the next few days.

On Saturday members of Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades , Hamas’ military wing, plan to set up an exhibit of the terror group’s “military industry” in what used to be a synagogue.

The exhibit is set to be on display for three days, and will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Pullout Aftermath

Hamas leader prays in Gaza synagogue

Hours after thousands of Palestinians desecrated synagogues in Gaza, setting them on fire and taking buildings apart by hand, members of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, headed by senior Hamas chief Mahmoud Zahar, arrived at the synagogue in Kfar Darom and held a Muslim prayer session at the site
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The group said in a statement that “all of the tools used by Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades to abolish the Gaza occupation will be on display.”

Hamas promises that visitors will be able to see all of the weapons, “from stones to instruments used in suicide attacks and the ‘tunnel war.’” Missiles and rockets will also be on display, the groups said.

The decision to use the synagogue for the display was not coincidental. Immediately following the IDF’s withdrawal from Gaza senior Hamas members said, “The synagogues are not religious structures, as they were built illegally."

Marching to West Bank settlements

The exhibit is part of Hamas’ show of strength, which is aimed a celebrating the army’s pullout, raising the group’s profile ahead of the upcoming Palestinian elections and warning all those who are considering to disqualify Hamas from participating in the general elections in accordance with Israel’s demand.

Palestinian Authority officials say Hamas is also trying to present itself as an alternative to the Authority with organized political and military branches.

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September 19, 2005

Why must I always name these posts??

Lately my life has reminded me a little of a painting by Salvador Dali, the master of surrealism.
I guess I'll write a post that makes sense to the human brain, as soon as I snap out of this condition, and find myself back in the "realm of naturalism".

"Table" by Salvador Dali

*For fun, definition of the word "surreal":

adj 1: characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous
juxtapositions; "a great concourse of phantasmagoric
shadows"--J.C.Powys; "the incongruous imagery in
surreal art and literature" [syn: phantasmagoric, phantasmagorical,
2: resembling a dream; "night invested the lake with a
dreamlike quality"; "as irrational and surreal as a dream"
[syn: dreamlike]

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September 11, 2005

Why don't they just call it "Arafat-day", while they're at it

Like it just never happened?

Tony Blair is apparently being urged to cancel Holocaust Day in England.

Committee recommends canceling British Holocaust Day, says it offends Muslims

Advisors appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair after the London bombings have proposed to cancel Holocaust Memorial Day, claiming it is offensive to the Muslim community, The Sunday Times reports.

While Blair has yet to respond to the proposal, the idea prompted a harsh response from the Jewish community.

According to the proposal, Holocaust Day would be replaced with Genocide Day, which would recognize the mass murder of Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya and Bosnia as well as people of other faiths, the Times said.

The committee of advisors said the special status of Holocaust Day encourages a sense of alienation among extremists, as the day "excludes" Muslims.

I certainly have thoughts on this, but instead of commenting personally I've decided to post some of the comments that other readers wrote on Ynet's newssite:

Holocaust days does not exclude Moslems

They are as much part of Holocaust day as the Germans

Ilan , Ariel
Abu Mazen's Paper on the Holocaust

Didn't Abu Mazen (Mahmood Abbas) once write a thesis that the Holocaust never happened, and is a hoax to gain sympathy for Jews? Apparently, Prime Minister Tony Blair agrees with that.

Johnny Weintraub , Sugar Land, Texas

Does the history offend people when it's only to stating facts?

I don't care if some people feel sad or guilty. We have our own history, and we shouldn't rewrite it just because it's not convenient for some (extremist) muslims.
Yes, some Muslims were collaborators with Hitler, like Jerusalem's Imam Husseini... Others were strong opponents and refused to sacrify its own jewish citizens, like Morrocan King Mohammed 5th z"l who was under french (collaborator ) occupation.

Why don't they ask for a new remembering day? There were many other genocides, in Rwanda, Armenia, but NOT based on religious, but ethnical parameters.

These people are just interested by cancelling the Jewish comemoration, and have hatred motivations. This means it's just a racist objective; it should and must be condemned for that.
yoel , Switzerland (Maria's comment: PJ, is this your Joel??)

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September 09, 2005

Surprise! Not...

Can anyone guess why this picture is unrealistic?

Shalom: Arafat wasn’t poisoned

Foreign minister slams reports suggesting Israel may have been behind death of late Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat; reports are baseless, meant to slander Israel, Shalom charges

The time has come to put an end to the conspiracy theories against Israel, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Thursday following the release of test results suggesting former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat may have died of AIDS.

Mystery remains

Ten months after Arafat died in a Paris hospital, the cause of death remains shrouded in mystery. The official hospital report written at the time is jealously guarded; only Arafat's widow Suha and senior PLO officials have been allowed access.

Palestinians: he was poisoned

Accoriding to "The Seventh War," Arafat's private physician, Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, who was pushed to the sidelines during the last weeks of Arafat's life, said he knows that French doctors found the AIDS virus in Arafat's blood.

Without specifying how he got this information, al-Kurdi said the germs were injected into Arafat in order to cover up signs of intentional poisoning.

Al-Kurdi is not the only Palestinian who believes Arafat was poisoned. Senior PA officials such as Mohammed Dahlan, Jibril Rajoub, and current PA Foreign Minister – and Arafat's nephew - Nasser al-Kidwa have all accused Israel of killing the longtime Palestinian symbol.

Well yeah, that's soooo likely. Especially since everything he every said and stood for was a pile of shit. Lets just face it. The dude was gay, liked little boys (not that I am putting homosexuals and child molesters in the same category), and had AIDS:

Ion Pacepa, who was deputy chief of Romanian foreign intelligence under the Ceaucescu regime and who defected to the West in 1978, says in his memoirs the Romania government bugged Arafat and had recordings of the Arab leader in orgies with his security detail.

Various Israeli security sources have in the past suggested publicly Arafat might be homosexual. They've claimed Arafat's former personal driver – a Mossad double agent – used to find teenage boys to bring back to the PLO leader. His wife, Suha, mostly lived abroad and rarely saw her husband.

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September 04, 2005

Ai ai ai

Yemenite art. Don't these look amazing?

I'm a bad person for spending a lot of money on my obsession... Decorative, large ear rings, especially from other continents. This website has become my new online hangout place.
But hey, I'm supporting Israeli economy. Israel gets money, I get ear rings (and thus become a happier person, despite being broke). So it's a win win situation!

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September 02, 2005

I am going to be on American television!

I got over the fact that I failed statistics. It just mean I'll stay an additional term at university, instead of working fulltime while writing my thesis. It also means I can drop one course this term, which is extremely helpful cause I've promised my boss to work 3 days a week, and I've signed up for belly dancing lessons.
I confess I felt better when I saw that most of the students who took the exam with me failed, meaning that it was just an exceptionally difficult exam (as opposed to be meaning hopeless).
Where my paycheck is concerned, I felt really stupid when I realised that there had actually not been any mix up with my paycheck. My boss (who is educated in business, and obsessed with everything concerned with business & profit), patiently explained to me every little detail of how "when I'm making so much money, I will pay an awful lot of tax, and therefore not get much money paid" (Icelanders have to pay 39% tax). I told my boss that in that case, he should pay me more money. But he just laughed and said "but the tax will take it away anyway!".

Yesterday a funny incident took place.
An American entered the shop where I work, and the following dialogue took place:

American: Excuse me, we are making a documentary about Iceland, Icelandic designs, etc (and yara yara). Would it be all right with you if we filmed in here?
Me: How long will it take?
American: About 10 minutes
Me: Well, okay
American: And would it be all right if we asked a few questions?
Me: Ehrm.. Who is going to be seeing this?
American: It's for the American market
Me: Well nobody I know then. So why not!
American: Great, so we'll be here in 5 minutes!

Okay, so 5-10 minutes later he and 2 other guys came with a huge camera, all kinds of equipment and stuff, and spent ages on finding the right background for interviewing me! They went like "do you feel ready?". And I went "well I'm just supposed to answer a few questions, right?"
Then they made me stand right in front of the camera, and asked me a MILLION questions about wool, lava, runes, tourists, what tourists think of Icelanders, etc etc, and I just talked and talked.
Then they filmed everything I had talked about, went by everything I said literally (which is funny, cause I'm no expert). I am not used to cameras in my face, but they assured me I had done "wonderful". I know they say that to everyone, of course, but it still made me feel better! They took my name, and said they were going to put it on the screen while I was being interviewed.
After they were gone I thought to myself that it's funny that I was ready to say no if the documentary would be filmed in Iceland, or even just anywhere in Scandinavia, where I know people. But in the United States, where hundreds of millions reside.. that didn't bother me!
So anyway, if you live in the US, keep your eyes open for documentaries about Iceland. Cause I might be in it! Oh and.. remember that the camera always adds 10 pounds. I'm thinner in real life! :p

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