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As I Please

Israel Cannot Survive Without Compromise

over 4 years ago

There have been repeated attempts by activists to deliver desperately needed supplies to Gaza since the Israeli blockade, ably assisted by Egypt, turned this narrow strip of land – one for the most densely populated places on Earth – into an open prison. Few of these attempts to land supplies have ...

Cue the Future

Digital Publishing Workflow Management

over 4 years ago

I have a serious problem with how I find, attend to, curate, add to, and finally, publish information. Here’s my basic flow today: I use Facebook, Twitter, RSS, email and web-browsing to find interesting items. Then I use Google Reader Shared Items, Twitter Starred Items, Facebook Likes ...

Daylight Atheism

Why Atheists Should Do Jury Duty

over 4 years ago

I've never served on a jury, although I've had at least two jury duty notices sent to former addresses after I no longer lived in the area. But I'm certain the courts will catch up with me sooner or later, and truth be told, I'm actually looking forward to it. I know that being on a jury is likely ...

As I Please

Israel's Exercise in "State Terrorism"

over 4 years ago

There was a time, in the now dim and distant past, when Israeli Commando actions were often heralded as brave and awe inspiring. Take for instance the no nonsense approach of the Israelis when it came to the hijacking of civilian aircraft back in the 1970s. Israeli Commandoes simply stormed the Air ...