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Subject:Weather
Time:12:16 pm
We are having a Winter. It's nowhere near last year's epic week of "WTF is this weather even", but it's pretty cold (on an Israeli scale) and it's steadily rainy. There was even some snow at the Hermon today, but it didn't stick except at the very top; there is no opportunity that the tourist site will be open in the foreseeable future (i.e. days to a week).

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Subject:Well, I'm out of Major Crimes
Time:06:55 pm
I was already 2/3 of the way there given James Duff had forgotten that's not his personal show in the first half of S3 and what used to be an intelligent and sensitive show got pretty horrible about women and non-White people, but now they're going canon with Sharon/Flynn (link), and I'm just... no. Fuck, no. I'm out.

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Subject:Haven 5.11
Time:02:16 pm
So Haven just became about two things: One, mother-daughter relations, specifically with Difficult mothers and the daughters then turning around and trying to save people who remind them of their mothers and occasionally being shitty about it. Two, warrior queens and their chosen warriors desperate for a saviour.

Yeah. I'm kind "..." about it.

But seriously, this entire episode was about mommy issues, and the only man who was part of this story is the one who always gets women's storylines and was in fact directly paralleled to a lesbian girl's girlfriend, if all the lines are followed. And if I'm right about this then the entire fucking show just became about how epic mother-daughter relations can get. Know all the story about the shit men'll do over their fathers? Yeah. Just with immortal sorceresses.

Immortal sorceresses who adopt men to make into their knight-consorts. We presently have three variations on this theme, all tailored precisely, all actually handled with full awareness, all distinct and human and complex.

Just seriously. It was worth it to get through all the shit this show's done just to get to "Immortal sorceresses and their chosen knight-consorts". Now if only the show would not fuck it up.

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Subject:So Dikla is kickass
Time:04:37 pm
Embed under cut.Collapse )

It's not just a damn good cover, with an unusual arrangement that actually works. It's also an epic fuck-you to, oh, everything idiot Ashkenazi people in this country like to snub about Mizrachi performance and accent.

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Time:02:33 pm
Weather forecast said it'll get stormy today afternoon and keep on storming through Monday, so I dragged my ass out of bed today at six-something.

Weather was really pretty. Present were SH, GY and us. I trimmed the elevator by myself, and I'm rather proud of it: a lot of people will either ask for a second pair of hands or ask someone else to do the trimming for them. With that fixed, approaches stopped being a problem.

I got two rounds of approaches, 15min each. For the second one I already had significant wind with a noticeable cross component. I called it off for the day after I made the last landing with only rudder on the final because the cross component got significant enough I didn't dare use the ailerons at such a low speed. It was a gorgeous slow landing, but going up again would've been playing with fire.

So I had fun, and I haven't had straight-up flight time in forever, but I'm also completely exhausted.

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Time:02:24 pm
* So religious leaders from all over the country and from multiple religions came to Har Nof to display sympathy. One of those was Imam Samir Aasi from Akko. His car was vandalized (acid spill) where parked outside his home.

* I called it right and those were Settler girls in J-m yesterday.

* In Hadera a man threatened Arab workers at a restaurant with a knife. The restaurant's owner called the police, one of the workers neutralized the would-be assailant and the police arrested his ass.

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Time:02:15 pm
Dear People who Celebrate Christmas,

You're absolutely welcome to your holiday, but you don't get to belittle, attack or shame in any way people who resent the publicness of your holiday or find it to be oppressive. The public celebrations of your holiday are oppressive and to people who have historically suffered from religious oppression by Christianity, they bring back real bad memories.

If you belittle, attack or shame in any way people who do not celebrate Christmas and resent it, you are continuing that oppression.

Period no exceptions.

Don't fuck it up,

Resident Israeli Jew

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Subject:"Dark clouds in the sky and riots in Jerusalem"
Time:10:03 pm
* In the murderers' neighbourhood, mourners are showing their grief by... tire-burning and rioting. All right then.

* Elsewhere in J-m, four teenaged Jewish girls pepper-sprayed an Arab taxi driver. Given that on the one hand a Jewish 20-something was recently murdered by a perfectly random Arab taxi driver and on the other Right-identified Observant girls are batshit (and there's a very good chance those are Observant girls), that'll be an interesting case of he said/they said.

* The motor vehicle attack in the Bank a couple weeks ago? Yeah, turns out that was terrorism and not an accident after all.

* So an Arab bus driver in J-m committed suicide. Pathology witnessed by a Palestinian doc chosen by the family confirms that. Arab bus drivers in J-m are striking anyway. Jewish co-workers of those say the strikers should be promptly fired, because "Any one of them might is a would-be revenge killer."

There is no profile to attackers in recent weeks, beyond "Arab men in J-m."

* In New York, a judge denied the defenders' motion for summary judgment on a case in which the families of US citizens murdered in terror attacks in Israel are suing the PLO; name, the Palestinian Authority. This will be a public trial, with a jury. It's slotted to begin in January. (PDF, English; Ynet, Hebrew.)

* The title of this post is a line from a song. It came out in... 1997? 1994? Something like that. I think of it whenever J-m blows up. עננים שחורים בשמיים ומהומות בירושלים.

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Subject:Go ahead and give a good enough reason why not
Time:09:18 pm
The mayor of Ashkelon decided he doesn't want Arab workers anywhere near where children are at, and where those workers can't be fired then extra security should be put in place. He's not the only person in the country with this sentiment, just the most visible and the loudest. (In Quiryat Ono they flat-out forbade Bank Palestinians from entering the city but, well, it's Bank Palestinians, not Israeli citizens.) Public attorneys across the country are having apoplexies; even Netanyahu spoke sharply against it.

Meanwhile, concerned parents point out that if random Arab men in what's ordinarily considered to be fighting age (mid-teens to early 50s) are going to be randomly running people over and attacking them with cleavers about once a week, then you're telling them those fears are unjust on what basis?

Consider that parents of small children are my age or a little older. We all grew up into looking for snipers and scanning for suicide bombers. All of us. People up to their mid-40s came of age into the Intifadas. We all grew up not always being allowed on the streets, because suicide bombers. We all grew up wondering if this club, this mall, this theatre will get bombed.

What do you think people who grew up like that are going to be about their children?

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Subject:Under "So sad it's funny."
Time:05:39 pm
So this Palestinian guy from the Bank, he has a problem: his family ran out of money in the middle of renovations. In order to win a stipend for his family from the Palestinian Authority, he bought a gun and went to shoot at Israeli buses. He was very careful to aim at the lower part of the bus and only at visibly armored buses, so as to minimize the chances of actually hurting anybody. After failing to be caught two times, he did the third shooting in broad daylight, standing in the middle of the road. He did not resist arrest.

The Shin-Beit interrogators were kinda "..." at this story - apparently it was a new one even for them - but when they brought him in front of a judge they said "We're pretty sure he's actually telling the truth."

The judge, in complete exasperation, set a record-breaking low sentence, because what the fucking fuck, guys.

(Haaretz, Hebrew.)

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Subject:Person of Interest 4.08
Time:01:10 pm
* Following on last week's pretty boys, this week we got a very very pretty woman, who is also totally kickass and another entrant on the list of "Can we keep her please?"

* This show has now given us a person who supposedly used to work for the International Criminal Court (assuming that's what's meant by "the Hague") and who uses what may be most accurately described as Shin-Beit tactics.

* Our newest criminal mastermind is raising a freakin' suicide cult.

* Goodness but next episode is going to be a tension and shoot-out fest.

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Subject:State of things
Time:09:13 pm
* Thousands attend funerals (photo). The British ambassador in Israel, Matthew Gold, was present a the funeral of Abraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, was was a British double national. The other murdered (Moshe Twersky, 59, father of five; Arie Kufinsky, 43, second death in the family - 2.5yr ago a 9yr old daughter daughter died suddenly; Calman Ze'ev Levine, 55, father of nine) were US double national.

* 07:03, four Jews murdered in a synagogue in J-m Shall we count Palestinian violence since? Because we got a nice pile of injuries and a couple of arsons.Collapse )

Hi, assholes, it's your people who got up in the morning today and decided to murder people in a house of prayer. Since evidently none of y'all have the basic decency to say "Not in my name" and in fact half your number were out in the streets handing out candies, why don't the rest of you sit down and shut up.

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Time:04:14 pm
Dear Yitzhaq Aharonovitz,

Fuck you.

The reason personnel who carry arms as part of their occupation were forbidden from being in possession of said guns outside of work is because those guns end up being used to murder women.

Re-allowing those men to carry those guns will not improve the safety of Israeli citizens. It will merely introduce a gender bias into the equation.

Fuck you by the sexist horse you rode in on,

An Israeli Jewish Woman

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Time:03:47 pm
So recently, Palestinian "demonstrators" have taken to using fireworks as weapons. Those are potentially deadly, so the options are to permit shoot-to-kill or outlaw fireworks.

They're outlawing fireworks.

Meanwhile in Gaza, sweets are being handed out in the streets on the occasion of the murder of Jews.

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Subject:That is not an apology
Time:03:36 pm
Dear Mahmoud Abbas,

When in the same breath in which you say that people ought not to be murdered in places of worship you also express distaste with Israeli "aggression" in the Temple Mount and accuse it of the fire and devestation there recently - when it's your people setting off the firebombs, your apology is worth nothing. Your people are idiots, but they are not that stupid.

In distaste,

The neighbour

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Subject:Yo, idiot cousins-mine
Time:01:22 pm
Yo, idiot cousins-mine,

The last time you tried dancing this dance with us and passing hateful murder as freedom-fighting, we built the fucking Wall. Which we were completely justified in building, it and every last one roadblock, because you were blowing up buses and coffee shops and teenagers queues outside dance clubs within our borders.

Is this now a tool of oppression? I'm sorry, what's going to happen the second we take it down? In Jerusalem there's relatively free passage, and in Jerusalem people get murdered regularly, four just this morning during prayer. You're making the argument that the Wall and the Roadblocks are not instruments of unjustified oppression, but rather necessary and proportional means of self-defence against a people who are indeed also living under occupation, but who also launch illegitimate murder campaigns whenever not actively blocked from it.

What happened today in J-m was a crime of war, too. When you make a campaign of it, it becomes a crime against humanity. Remember that before the next time to threaten to take us to the Court in Hague.

When it comes to the deliberate targeting of civilians with intent to kill, that's you, not us.

Too pissed off for this shit,

A survivor of the Second Intifada

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Subject:Nothing like slaughter in the morning
Time:10:20 am
Y'all know I consider attacks against adult Settlers to fall under "legitimate targets" rather than "terrorism", right?

The exception is when that takes place in a syngagogue.


This morning two, maybe three Palestinian men walked into a syngagogue in Har Homa (a neighbourhood in J-m behind the '67 line) with a gun and a butcher's knife, and proceeded to murder four and injure eight.

Edit: Har Nof, not Har Homa. Har Nof is inside the 1967 line. That's undisputed Israeli territory unless you're an antisemite. /Edit

Meanwhile in Israel, the soldier who shot and killed that Palestinian teenager and who lied about it will likely be charged with manslaughter.

Dear Palestinians,

Any rights you deserve are in spite of the hateful, willfully murderous actions of your so-called freedom fighters, not because of them.

When they turn on you, I will have no sympathy. (And they will, make no mistake: just like any Israeli who is not a Far Rightist knows that the Far Rightists will turn on the rest of us one day. We've been to this shitshow before.)

Regards.

The Neighbour

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Subject:...did y'all mean to do that?
Time:10:32 am
Dear Haaretz,

I don't think this photo belongs with headlines about the current escalating coalition crisis:



Even if Netanyahu photobombed it. However, if you did this did this accidentally on purpose, I hope someone gets y'all a box of nice chocolates,

Regards,

A Reader

*~*

In other news the government is trying to fall apart. The only states of an Israeli government are "falling apart", "trying to fall apart" and "threatening to fall apart", though, so we could be doing worse.

Edit.

LC: I think they did it on purpose. Inspired, really.
Me: Somebody buy them chocolates.
LC: And I can echo the sentiment on the coalition.
Me: Really, it's a case of לא מאיימים על זונה עם זין. [Er, "It's pointless to threaten a worker with the tools of their trade", just... more colourful.] He-llo, it's Israel.
LC: Indeed.

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Time:05:11 pm
In which I realize I'm an idiot who forgot how to read timetables, and the bus is at 17:40 and not 17:10. Also it's a lot colder than it was on Thursday and all my warm stuff is at RG. Thankfully my mom and I share size and sensibilities, so you really wouldn't know the white knitted zipped-up thing I'm wearing wasn't bought by me or for me.

It was apparently one hell of a rainstorm overnight; I went to look at the photos on Ynet. Some massive floodings, train shut down, people rescued from cars, the works.

But I got shrimps for lunch and bonus falafel, so hey. (Or, my dad looked at me, declared that he wants falafel and would I like a few balls, and then once I actually had two balls and realized I'm hungry handed me the bun he was idly working on with a very clear "Oh my god shut up and eat" face. Usually I do this to him - "Daaaaaad make food" "I didn't even realize I was hungry!" "...it's ten hours since the last time you ate, I'm aware" - so.)

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Subject:Still a dangerous falsehood: "One person's terrorism is another person's freedom fighter"
Time:01:05 pm
* A Lebanese person of Canadian citizenship (he was a sociology professor for close to two decades in Canada) is finally to be handed over to France, where he's suspect of having murdered four Jewish persons by a synagogue in 1980. He was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Front - that's Jibril's organization iirc. (I can't be arsed to check on wikipedia right now.)

* Murderer of an Israeli woman in the very-definitely-within-Israel's-borders city of Petach Tiswa back in 1999 apprehended. In Qualquilya, in Palestinian Authority territory.

Just in case anybody needed a fucking reminded that when Israel demands the PA keeps a lid on terrorism, it means keep a lid on terrorism and it isn't an oppressor's sanctimonious demand.

Check your haters; if you don't deal with those of your people who want to murder all of us just for existing then we will, and our responsibility isn't to you; plus, you just waived any claims based on neighbourly behavior by... right, failing to check your hater.

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