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[#] Sun Dec 08 2019 18:36:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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With the Advent season now upon us, and some of us involved with teaching the Nativity story to little kids in Sunday school, I was wondering ... are Christians allowed in Bethlehem these days? I seem to remember hearing that the answer was 'no' but a DDG search produces ambiguous results.

[#] Wed Dec 25 2019 18:23:59 EST from triLcat

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to visit? yes. I don't think they can safely live there, though.



[#] Tue Mar 03 2020 18:11:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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MAKE ISRAEL GREAT AGAIN!

[#] Tue Mar 03 2020 18:31:45 EST from zooer

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You want to send Trump to lead Israel? 



[#] Wed Mar 04 2020 12:46:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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No. Bibi won re-election. He's the local Trump-alike over there.

[#] Wed Mar 04 2020 18:13:33 EST from wizard of aahz

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Bibi's party managed to win more seats in Parliament. But that's not enough to form a government. Israeli politics are sort of interesting.

[#] Fri Aug 21 2020 10:19:26 EDT from LoanShark

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some deeply disturbing events on the far left this past week -

* The DSA voted, at DSACon, to officially endorse BDS.
* DSA circulating a questionairre to NY City Council candidates, asking them whether they support BDS, and to pledge not to travel to Israel.

Taken together, indications are that the DSA has crossed a line. They're just fine with becoming an institutionally racist, Corbynite party.

Of course, there are some people here who will say "LoanShark you idiot, it's been that way all long, they were just better at hiding it." Go ahead, say it.

Anyway, still some individually good people in there if you ask me, but as a party the dumpster fire just got more gasoline poured on it.

[#] Fri Aug 21 2020 11:00:11 EDT from zooer

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LoanShark, it's been that way all long, they were never hiding it.



[#] Fri Aug 21 2020 11:14:18 EDT from LoanShark

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lulz

[#] Sun Aug 23 2020 19:53:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hmm. Being who they are, I would have guessed that was already their official position.

[#] Mon Aug 24 2020 07:58:45 EDT from LoanShark

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"Except for Rashida Tlaib, they've been fairly careful - even Omar (who is nothing but a spokesmodel, utterly unsuited for politics) called BDS "unhelpful." Even AOC sorta splits the difference by opposing anti-BDS laws on free-speech
grounds, but stopping short of outright endorsement.

But there's a long list of well known conspiracy-lefties who are DSA members, including Chomsky (of course), Sarsour, and so on. With everything else that's been going on, they may have decided that now is their moment. (It isn't.
They're dumb.)

[#] Thu Aug 27 2020 10:02:18 EDT from triLcat

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I can't take sarsour seriously because sarsour means pimp in hebrew.

 



[#] Wed Sep 02 2020 10:13:48 EDT from LoanShark

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lulz

[#] Wed Sep 02 2020 10:14:12 EDT from LoanShark

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she has an arranged marriage and she purports to lecture others on what feminism is. just stop right there.

[#] Sun Sep 20 2020 17:42:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Today I changed the oil and all of the filters on my John Deere D110 tractor mower. The fuel filter was made in Israel.

[#] Thu Sep 24 2020 19:36:25 EDT from LoanShark

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Did I post this yet?

https://law.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/1681169/Bracka.pdf

Kind of lays bare the ignorance of the far-left crowd when they talk about international law.

[#] Fri Apr 16 2021 08:46:41 EDT from LoanShark

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I'm thinking a bit about consequences and cancel culture in the tech industry and in open-source circles. There's been a lot of changes lately, some of it good like a new emphasis on basic politeness, some of it bad like kowtowing to the woke crowd.

Then there's guys like Poul-Henning Kamp, author of the Varnish cache and FreeBSD contributor, who has seen zero fallout for a pretty transparently antisemitic comment:

https://twitter.com/bsdphk/status/1126199508449341440
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[#] Fri Apr 16 2021 08:57:40 EDT from LoanShark

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Wait, maybe it has something to do with double-standards in the woke crowd?


REALIZATION HAS DAWNED AND MY MIND IS BLOWN.

[#] Fri Apr 16 2021 11:07:10 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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See... I don't think it is *transparently antisemitic*. 

It may be a badly constructed thought - but I can decipher the gist of what he is trying to convey - and it isn't that ALL JEWS suck. 

This is the problem with wokeness. It becomes super-sensitive to people using imprecise language like, "You people"... or "those people" and trying to make statements that include those kind of statements have "consequences". 

And once it gets started, it doesn't start until they start eating their own for using clumsy and/or lazy language. So people end up getting crucified, and having their careers ruined, not for the INTENT of what they said or the reality of how they live their lives (Roseanne Barr being a good example of this in action...) but instead, for something CARELESS they said that hyper-sensitive people misinterpreted, and any attempt to EXPLAIN only digs your hole deeper. 

Ig is RIGHT - when we say, "Those people," regardless of if we're talking about the State of Israel, or inner city poor brown youth between 13 and 35, or white trash living in a mobile home park, or the super affluent shopping in Harrods in London buying $10,000 clutches and flying to Paris later that evening for a quick bite to eat on their G5... 

We know who we mean. 

I see nothing inherently wrong with what Kamp has said - but then again I'm among the growing minority able to decipher a broad generalization in context to assume correctly what the author means. 


Certainly Saul Rubenstein, cart peanut vendor in New York city who lives in a flat in Brooklyn isn't the "Jews" he means are responsible for Apartheid. 

 

Fri Apr 16 2021 08:46:41 EDT from LoanShark

I'm thinking a bit about consequences and cancel culture in the tech industry and in open-source circles. There's been a lot of changes lately, some of it good like a new emphasis on basic politeness, some of it bad like kowtowing to the woke crowd.

Then there's guys like Poul-Henning Kamp, author of the Varnish cache and FreeBSD contributor, who has seen zero fallout for a pretty transparently antisemitic comment:

https://twitter.com/bsdphk/status/1126199508449341440
'

 



[#] Sat Apr 17 2021 13:41:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I've noticed that anti-semitism is generally a pretty good litmus test for detecting *actual* bigots.

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