Archive for ◊ March, 2006 ◊

New Israeli Government
Friday, March 31st, 2006 | Author:

I can deal with the reality of having Hamas leading these wayward Moslems known as Palestinians (see my previous posting on the value of having the Palestinian hatred out in the open).  However, I’m very concerned about the prospects of an Israeli Government led by Ehud Olmert and the Kadima party… I care less for self-hating Liberal Jews than I do for radical Moslems. This article in WordNetDaily highlights some of my concerns…

…After Olmert forges a coalition, he is expected to push ahead with his plan of withdrawing from most of the West Bank, which is within rocket-firing range of Jerusalem and which military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain to defend its borders from any ground invasion.

Last week, just days before the elections, the Kadima Party revealed it would divide Jerusalem and allow a Palestinian state to be established in parts of Israel’s “eternal capital.”

“The Old City, Mount Scopus, the Mount of Olives, the City of David, Sheikh Jarra will remain in our hands, but [regarding] Kafr Akeb, Abu-Ram, Shuafat, Hizma, Abu-Zaim, Abu-Tur, Abu Dis, in the future, when the Palestinian state is established, they will become its capital,” said Otniel Schneller, a Kadima member who represented the party at an official debate last week on dividing Jerusalem.

The revelation followed months of denials by top Kadima officials that the party would advocate withdrawing from Jerusalem. The neighborhoods Schneller listed are located on Jerusalem’s periphery, near the city’s border with the West Bank.

Kadima’s claims last week of “only” withdrawing from peripheral sections of Jerusalem worry many here. The Israeli government has denied previous withdrawal plans only to carry them out later, followed by announcements of more withdrawals in larger magnitudes from areas it pledged not to vacate.

Since the Jews are unilaterally giving up residency just about everywhere in the holy land, I suppose they could relocate to Uganda…

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Words to Live By at Work
Thursday, March 30th, 2006 | Author:

 

1. A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt. 

2. If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done. 

3. The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong. 

4. I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me. 

5. I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter. 

6. I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce. 

7. The authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying. 

 

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The Eve of World War III?
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 | Author:

According to Meir Amit, a former director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, global civilization is on the verge of “World War III,” a massive conflict in which the Islamic world will attempt to impose its ideology on Western nations.  Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the international defense establishment, warned that Islamic nations and global Islamist groups will continue launching “all kinds of attacks” against Western states. He urged the international community to immediately unite and coordinate a strategy to fight against the “Islamic war.”

Amit said, “We are on the eve of war with the Islamic world, which will wage a war and all kinds of actions and attacks against the Western world. We already noticed the terrorists in the world hit Spain, England, France. I call it World War III. You must look at it from this angle and treat it wider, not as a problem of terrorism here and there,”

Now, overlay that viewpoint with that espoused in an editorial from Dennis Prager where he proclaims, “The Islamic threat is greater than German and Soviet threats… A far larger number of people believe in Islamic authoritarianism than ever believed in Marxism… there is yet a second difference that is at least as significant and at least as frightening: Nazis and Communists wanted to live and feared death; Islamic authoritarians love death and loathe life…The existence of an unprecedentedly large number of people wishing to destroy decent civilization as we know it — and who celebrate their own deaths — poses a threat the likes of which no civilization in history has had to confront.”

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Technology, Marketplaces, & Wealth
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 | Author:

I’ve been looking for a decent treatise for my sons, which explains the interrelationships of technology, marketplaces, and wealth.  I recently found a book by Andy Kessler called, “How We Got Here”, that does an admirable job providing a pragmatic view of these seemingly complex relationships.  Kessler sums up his five lessons learned as follows:
1) Lower prices drive wealth
2) Intelligence moves out to the edge of the network
3) Horizontal beats vertical
4) Capital sloshes around seeking its highest return
5) The military drives commerce and vice versa

Best Skylines in the World
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 | Author:

All urban “life” begins and ends each day and night under the watch of the city’s tallest skyscrapers and most grand architectural structures…  I found an interesting web site that shows photos of the top 15 skylines from around the world.

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US Auto Industry and the UAW
Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Author:

In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, Thomas Bray discusses the high cost of corporate welfare for the auto unions… “Even now many UAW members consider a job in the auto industry a sort of property right. And the belief is still strong that what is good for the union is good for the country.”

It’s difficult to be optimistic about the US auto industry…  I have friends that work in management at Ford, Delphi, and GM, and they are incredulous that the union folks “just don’t get it”.

Marriage is for White People
Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Author:

A recent article in the Washington Post discusses the disturbing trend concerning marriage in black culture…  The author writes: “And then some 12-year-olds enlightened me. ‘Marriage is for white people.’  That’s what one of my students told me some years back when I taught a career exploration class for sixth-graders at an elementary school in Southeast Washington.”   The author further states, “The marriage rate for African Americans has been dropping since the 1960s, and today, we have the lowest marriage rate of any racial group in the United States. In 2001, according to the U.S. Census, 43.3 percent of black men and 41.9 percent of black women in America had never been married.”

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Gator Humor
Saturday, March 25th, 2006 | Author:

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Dog Humor
Saturday, March 25th, 2006 | Author:

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Software Licenses … and Buggy Whips?
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 | Author:

In the article, “Will Oracle Ditch Licenses”, eWeek examines the move to Sotware as a Service (SAAS). 

At a recent conference, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison stoked speculation that the company is looking toward becoming a software subscription business…

“Industry contacts state that the wheels have been set in motion from the highest level at Oracle to ‘do away with license sales’ within roughly 18 to 36 months, if possible.”

…Oracle’s biggest job would be to convince customers that a subscription model is the right way to go. “I would like to see Oracle come up with a fair model—not Larry’s model—to take customers like us who are paying a boatload of fees and migrate us into the on-demand world,” said a CIO from a midsize manufacturer in the Southeast, who requested anonymity. “But every time Larry has changed his business model, it’s to his benefit.”

Read the whole story…

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