On Purim, Jews read the Megillah, or the Book of Esther. It is customary to make noise every time the name of the villain, Haman, is read, to drown him out. Children use noisemakers called graggers, and adults boo and stomp their feet. Israeli soldiers, however, have a variety of other implements at their disposal. Here we have a unit listening to the Megillah at a shooting range, and firing machine gun volleys whenever Haman is mentioned.
Radio New Zealand reports on the selection, or actually non-selection of a Labour candidate:
The Labour Party has high hopes for a young Maori woman it has chosen to stand in an Auckland electorate.
The party says Arena Williams has great potential and has lined her up to contest either Papakura or Hunua in the general election.
The 24-year-old of Ngai Tahu, Tuhoe and Te Aitanga a Mahaki, has grown up in South Auckland and is the former president of the Auckland University Students’ Association.
She wants to bring a fresh, youthful perspective to her campaign and says young Maori need to be at the table making policy decisions.
Ms Williams says her generation of Maori don’t see a future for themselves under the National government, with cuts to tertiary education and supports for young people transitioning to work.
How is this even a story…the Labour party has high hopes? She might stand in either Papakura where she will get crushed or Hunua, where she will get hammered?
Then there is the claim that she was brought up in South Auckland? Really?Â Read more »
â Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 28, 2014
So Kim likes the Map of the Day? …he might not like this map.
New evidence suggests that domesticated camels haven;t been around for as long as previously thought and certainly not in the time of the kings from the bible.
There are too many camels in the Bible, out of time and out of place.
Camels probably had little or no role in the lives of such early Jewish patriarchs as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph, who lived in the first half of the second millennium B.C., and yet stories about them mention these domesticated pack animals more than 20 times. Genesis 24, for example, tells of Abrahamâs servant going by camel on a mission to find a wife for Isaac.
These anachronisms are telling evidence that the Bible was written or edited long after the events it narrates and is not always reliable as verifiable history. These camel stories âdo not encapsulate memories from the second millennium,â said Noam Mizrahi, an Israeli biblical scholar, âbut should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.âÂ Read more »
Apologists for the terror regime governing Gaza always point out the ‘good’ things Hamas do…like providing schooling and holiday programmes for the under-privileged.
Some Remuera moaner complained about my mate running Mini-Titans at a school because they had army style boot camp. I bet if she lived in Gaza she wouldn’t complain about this holiday programme, because to do so would likely get her dragged behind a motorbike by a baying mob.
The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Tuesday of some 13,000 high school students who spent the last six days learning how to be terrorists.
The Hamas-run training camps, for teens in grades 10-12, provide weapons training, first aid, self-defense and âsecurity awarenessâ classes on identifying Israeli spies, The Times of Israel reported.
About 13,000 teens enrolled over the past week at nearly a dozen sites across the Gaza Strip for the six-day program, called Futuwwa, with trainers from Hamasâ military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.
The number of graduates increased significantly from the 5,000 last year when the program was launched by the ministries of education and interior.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh gave a speech at the graduation celebration Tuesday, blasting Israel and taking note of the female trainers on staff that âoversee the training of the young women to follow in the footsteps of the female suicide operatives,â he said.Â Read more »
While David Cunliffe suns himself on holiday, contemplating how he will hide his rich prick lifestyle from the seething masses, still more economic good news continues to roll in.
Labour and the Greens are going to have a real problem in fighting against this avalanche of good news and government likely to ask voters why they would put everything at risk.
New Zealand has begun an economic boom that could drive its currency past Australia’s for the first time in four decades, HSBC Bank Australia says.
The bank rates the rebuilding of earthquake-damaged Christchurch – one of three things driving the economy – as an economic force as important to New Zealand as the resources boom of the last decade was to Australia’s economy.
“New Zealand is set for a strong 2014, with the economy already firing on all cylinders,” Adam Richardson and Paul Bloxham of HSBC Bank Australia say in a report.
New Zealand is likely to outperform almost all other OECD economies in 2014, except Chile, Israel and Mexico.
HSBC forecasts gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 3.4 per cent in 2014, up from 2.8 per cent in 2013.
The New Zealand dollar will rise to 87 US cents by the end of 2014. It was 82.46 US cents at 5pm on Friday.Â Read more »
There aren’t many people who take on the IDF and survive, so when they give you some advice it is usually sound tactics to take it.
On the IDF Blog they have published a guide to help keep you safe from hackers. It is a good article, and realistic which you don’t see often.
So while the leftwing are all running around trying to protect themselves from the NSA these guys are protecting themselves from people who actually want to kill them. So up to you who you listen to…keyboard warriors or real warriors.
IDF commanders in the fieldÂ use their mobile phones and computers every day to help them in their work. While these tools are often critical to a missionâs success, they are also vulnerable to hacking.Â Israelâs enemiesÂ are constantly trying to gain access to information in order to compromise IDF operations.
Because of the threats it faces, the IDF has developed expert anti-hacking forces, buildingÂ military-wide systems that protect classified data from hackers. But making sure that hackers canât access data on individual commandersâ personal devices is just as important. Thatâs where Sergeant Major Dror steps in. He travels across the country, visiting IDF bases and showing IDF soldiers and officers just how easy it is for terrorists to steal their private data.
Sgt. Maj. Dror takes the soldiersâ personal computers and cellphones, and using free software easily downloaded from the internet, demonstrates how to hack them within a matter of minutes. âIf itâs this easy for me, think of how easy it would be for an organization with the will and the means to hack into your computer or phone,â he says.
We sat down with Sgt Maj. Dror, and asked him to share his top tips for how to keep your data safe: Â Â Read more »
Foreign Policy outlines how the dodgy French ratbags unravelled international attempts to get an accord with Iran over nuclear weapons.
Western and Iranian negotiators were putting the finishing touches on a far-reaching nuclear deal. Then, at virtually the last minute, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius joined in the talks. It didn’t take long for the negotiations to unravel — and for Fabius to publicly declare this round of the talks to be over.
It wasn’t the answer U.S., European or Iranian teams had been expecting. One Western official said Paris hadn’t been particularly involved in the painstaking negotiations that had taken place in the run-up to this weekend’s talks in Geneva. “The French were barely involved in this,” one Western diplomat said. “They didn’t get looped in until a few days ago.” Â Â Read more »