The Flotilla

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Israel Flag | דגל ישראל,originally uploaded by RonAlmog. On May 31, Israeli commandos stopped six ships on an aid mission to Gaza. There were certainly some well-meaning activists aboard these ships, but the flotilla was primarily a deliberate political provocation aimed at breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza and creating anti-Israel publicity – at any…
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A Tragic Delusion

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images-1,originally uploaded by turrido50. When Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, “Son of David, have mercy on us.” … Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it unto you.” And…
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The New Cave Wall

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yet another shot of the old tv in chinook motel, originally uploaded by gothopotam. In conceiving his famous symbolic allegory of humans as slaves chained to their seats, staring forever at images flickering on the wall of a cave, Plato could never have imagined how fantastically real his vision would one day become in a…
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An Eye For An Eye

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Lady Justice, originally uploaded by nyghtowl. The teachings of the Oral Torah have always been clear that the karmic statement, “an eye for an eye”, was never meant to be taken as a literal decree allowing or codifying barbaric forms of punishment. Contrary to persistent misconceptions, it has always been understood as a requirement for…
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An Immense Reality

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Aurora’s Perception or I Schrive When I See Technology, originally uploaded by Wonderlane. The physical make-up of our sense organs determines what we are able to perceive. Amongst the infinite number of electro-magnetic wavelengths, for instance, only a very few find receptor cells inside the retina of a healthy human eye: other creatures have receptor…
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Israel

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Israel Flag | דגל ישראל,originally uploaded by RonAlmog. On Thursday, Israel will be the target of a propaganda assault. A flotilla of nine ships which set sail for Gaza from Cyprus earlier this week is scheduled to arrive. Here are some excerpts from an article you may want to read by Caroline B. Glick, the…
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What Does “Seeing” Mean?

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,originally uploaded by dreamglow pumpkincat210. The answer to this question seems obvious enough. But this is one of those precarious occasions when we casually speak of something spectacularly ineffable as if we knew what it meant. We know a great deal about the many physiological and electrochemical processes that occur concurrently when we see something,…
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Education and Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Hawn – hi res scan,originally uploaded by Alan Light. Goldie Hawn has started a project to get our schools to start paying attention to the emotional and social needs of our kids. This is, of course, exactly what the schools are not interested in as they spend every moment worrying about performance on standardized…
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Postmodernism and Deconstructionism

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postmodernism,originally uploaded by versionz. ‘Postmodernism’ is a reaction against Modernism, brought about by disenchantment with classical science and rationalism, and the kind of civilization that these things have wrought. Postmodernism accepts without question that our perceptions are all we can know of reality. This means that only subjectivity has any actual significance for us, since…
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Education: Cloning Mediocrity

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National Day of Action in Defense of Public Education, originally uploaded by Fibonacci Blue. Millions of Americans have been persuaded that the purpose of education is to prepare our children to score well on standardized tests so that we can have more well-trained workers. As the standards movement gets stronger, we convince ourselves that being…
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Of Zeus and Cronus

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Cronus, the ruler of the Titans, swallowed his children immediately after his wife Rhea gave birth, for Cronus was determined that no child should ever usurp his power: he had heard a prophecy from his parents, Uranus and Gaia, that a son would overthrow him just as he had overthrown his father. Therefore, he stayed…
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A Few Thoughts on Capitalism

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Capitalism,originally uploaded by Lorri37. Wealth is not a static quantity. If it were a static quantity, it would be true that the prosperity of one person can only come at the expense of someone else. But actually, in a capitalist system, new wealth can be created and increased, through entrepreneurial brilliance, innovation, and effort. This…
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