Arabs vs. Hamas & teen brain dysfunction

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News with a side of Satire

This is Israel Apartheid week on many college campuses. *SIGH* So check out the opinion piece below explaining that, while Israel has its problems, racist rule is not one of them.

For parents, particularly those of pre-teens and teens, a story how the pace of brain development explains frustrating teen behavior.

The last piece is one y’all may have seen me refer to in a pulse/status message earlier this week. It outraged me. Now, it seems it was a joke for Purim, much like the fake news we see on April Fool’s Day.

Hamas suspects the security forces of an Arab state were behind the assassination of a senior group operative in Dubai earlier this year, the Al-Quds Al-Araby daily reported on Tuesday. Mahmoud Nasser, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, told the newspaper that slain commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was likely being tracked by agents from Jordan and Egypt prior to the January 19 killing. According to Nasser, Mabhouh was in possession of “dangerous” information seen as dangerous to particular Arab elements seeking to topple Islamist resistance. — REUTERS

[tags: news, israel, hamas, jordan, egypt]

When Nisan and Gilan Gertz stepped off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport with their children last August, they were seven of almost 4,000 North Americans to make aliyah in 2009 – the largest number to do so in a single year since 1983.

There were a lot of reasons that the Gertzes chose to move their new home in Beit Shemesh, some 25 miles west of Jerusalem, from their home in Passaic, N.J. There was “inspiration and spirituality,” as Nisan describes it. “For the first time in 2,000 years, we can live in a sovereign nation that’s Jewish.”

But money was also an issue. Four of the Gertzes’ five children – the oldest is 15, the youngest is 3 – were enrolled at Jewish day schools, which together cost the family upward of $50,000 per year in tuition.

“All of our money was being dumped into the increasing cost of education and the increasing cost of health care,” said Nisan, who is an architect specializing in the development of hospitals while his wife is a clinical social worker. “I describe it as being on a treadmill.” The summer home they’d always wanted, the yearly vacations to nice places, all seemed less and less attainable as tuition bills mounted. “We were running and running and running, and never going anywhere.”

With unemployment rates hovering at around 10 percent (more than double what they were two years ago), one ripple effect of America’s recession is increased immigration to Israel. It is no panacea. But unemployment there is hovering at around 8 percent, while the economy overall has contracted less than in the United States and now appears on the way back to growth. “Israel has proved to be resilient to this particular global shock,” the International Monetary Fund noted admiringly in a January report. –

[tags: news, israel, united states, economy]

Israel and the United States have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) increasing intelligence-sharing on aviation terror, the Transportation Ministry announced Tuesday. The MOU was signed Tuesday by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz in Jerusalem and US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in Washington. It was finalized following talks the two held in the US in July. Under the MOU, the two countries will establish a mechanism to enable the effective flow of intelligence on potential aviation terror attacks between the US Transportation Security Agency and the Transportation Ministry’s Security Department, which works in conjunction with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). – JERUSALEM

[tags: israel, united states]

OPINION — Google “Israel and apartheid” and you will see that the two are linked in cyberspace. The meaning is clear: Israel is a state where political and civil rights are withheld on the basis of race and race alone. This is not the case.

The Israel of today and the South Africa of yesterday have almost nothing in common. In South Africa, the minority white population harshly ruled the majority black population. Nonwhites were denied civil rights, and in 1958, they were even deprived of citizenship. In contrast, Israeli Arabs, about one-fifth of the country, have the same civil and political rights as do Israeli Jews. Arabs sit in the Knesset and serve in the military, although most are exempt from the draft. Whatever this is — and it looks suspiciously like a liberal democracy — it cannot be apartheid.

This is “Israeli Apartheid Week” on campuses across the world, and it is clear that what furiously animates many of the protesters are not legitimate grievances but imaginary ones. Israel is not above criticism and the Palestinians have their case, but when that case is constructed out of lies about the Jewish state, it not only represents a wholly unoriginal cover of some old anti-Semitic ditties but also denigrates the Palestinian cause. It does not need lies. — WASHINGTON

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Scientists used to think teenage brains are just like those of adults — with fewer miles on them. But they’re not. One neurologist mother decided to get to the roots of her son’s maddening behavior. “I watched my child morph into another being, and yet I knew deep down inside it was the same Andrew,” Dr. Francis Jensen says. Suddenly her own children seemed like an alien species.

Teens’ brains are developmentally different. To begin with, she says, a crucial part of the brain — the frontal lobes — are not fully connected. Really.

“It’s the part of the brain that says: ‘Is this a good idea? What is the consequence of this action?’ ” Jensen says. “It’s not that they don’t have a frontal lobe. And they can use it. But they’re going to access it more slowly.” —

[tags: health, teens, medicine]

SATIRE — The cabinet has approved a plan that would allow for sponsorship messages to be beamed onto the Western Wall, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told Haaretz Monday. According to the plan, any company will be able to project the image, logo or slogan of its choice on the ancient stones, for a price.

The proposal, drawn up by MK Mordechai Hidud, will take advantage of technology being developed by Kfar Sava-based start-up Kotelad. The company – the brainchild of U.S.-born Joe King – has come up with an innovative laser projector capable of beaming high-quality images onto walls, domes, minarets and steeples.

“After thousands of years of just being there, the Western Wall will finally be able to fulfill its commercial potential,” King said. “The religious and spiritual center of the Jewish people should reflect Jewish heritage – and thus be dedicated to bringing in a healthy profit.”

When no advertising is running, the wall will have the message “What are you waiting for? The Third Temple? Advertise now!” a source in the Western Wall Heritage Center said.

Some companies that have already expressed an interest in the project, including Bank Discount (“Feel like you’re talking to a brick wall? Talk to us instead”) and Netvision (“If God didn’t get your note, why not send an e-mail?”).

According to Hidud, the money raised will be used to replace the paper skullcaps that are stolen by the thousands by visitors to Judaism’s holiest site, to set up a searchable online database of the notes that people place between the stones of the Wall, and to build a 14-foot high partition between sections reserved for men and women. —

[tags: news, israel, advertising]

2 thoughts on “Arabs vs. Hamas & teen brain dysfunction

  1. Glad the last is a spoof, that would be awful.  The teenage piece was interesting.  Always trying to understand the youth I work with.  I read another article that said the hours of play (usually computer games) that teenage males are involved in has caused their brains to not finish off…so then we have all these twenty somethings acting like teens.  That article said that hard cognitive work, like studying helps the brain to “finish off”.  I always tell my students that those hard math, science, and literature assignments are good for them!  

  2. Once again CP ~ packed with loads of information for all of us.  A one-stop news post for me!  I don’t have to go anywhere else!

    Si, ‘while Israel has its problems, racist rule is not one of them.’  Silly peeps. 

    I’m glad that Israel is no longer the suspect in the Dubai hit. 

    Lousy economy pushes more U.S. Jews to move to Israel‘ ~ amazing how God is using this to bring his people back to Israel.

    The Teen Brain: It’s Just Not Grown Up Yet‘ ~ LOL, yeah, as I said…..some Lobe Transplanting should be done…..  I actually told Trace and Maria about this and told them I was going to send them the link.  Did it help my understanding of teenagers…..maybe….but I would still like their lobes to grow faster

    Advertising space for sale on Western Wall – NOT ~ good!!

    Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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