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Fight Stigma, Not the Stigmatized by David Connor / April 11th, 2014 Back in 1945, Dr. Walter Freeman struck out across America on a mission to save the mentally ill by selling his unique prescription door-to-door: transorbital lobotomy. Over his life, he executed some 2,900 of them. The scientific community latched onto his initial success with the procedure – which consisted of an ice pick inserted into the brain through the eye socket and stirred about – deeming it “soul saving”.

Land of Hope and Dreams by Amnon Gutman and Kim Frumin Land of hope and dreams In June 2002, the government of Israel decided to erect a physical barrier to separate Israel and the West Bank in an attempt to minimize the entry of Palestinian terrorists into the country. This has partially solved today's terrorist infiltration problem but has caused grief and pain to innocent Palestinians in every area in which it was constructed, along the 1967 Green Line. Since 2009, I have been documenting the movement and livelihood of Palestinian people, on their way into Israel, via gaps and loopholes in the separation barrier, in the southern region of Mt.

A group of randomly selected citizens, engaged in a new kind of polling developed at Stanford, gathers this weekend to tackle California's problems June 22, 2011 A Deliberative Polling activity organized by a variety of academics and civic organizations is held in Torrance. By Dan Stober Edward Said documentary revisits Oslo period I came across this great documentary called “In Search of Palestine” from a friend that was aired on the BBC in 1998. It is about the return of Edward Said to Palestine for the first time since his exile in 1948. For anyone interested in revisiting the pre-Second Intifada Oslo period, it is a spectacular look at the situation on the ground with the preeminent Palestinian scholar of his time. It also includes interviews with a number of interesting personalities including Israel Shahak, Azmi Bishara, Mahmoud Darwish, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, Daniel Barenboim, and others. For those who don’t know Edward Said, who passed away in 2003, he was a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of several renowned and influential books, including Orientalism.

Adam Green: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t have much to work with. “Come on,” Jillette said.

Book review: ‘In Your Eyes a Sandstorm’ Bedouin citizens of Israel from al-Arakib (Photo: Mya Guarnieri) The Palestinian Authority’s United Nations bid for statehood is, in a word, divisive. It has set America and Israel adrift from the international community—confirming, yet again, the United States’ deep bias towards Israel. The request is also controversial within Palestinian circles. Even if the bid is successful, will it create meaningful change on the ground? Can it end the occupation? What Lying Actually Does to Your Brain and Body Every Day here here! Pathological truth teller here. Its made worse by my attempts at being modest. :/ Oh well.

Co-op boycotts exports from Israel's West Bank settlements The Co-operative Group stresses that its move is not an Israeli boycott and that it will use other suppliers in the country that do not source from illegal settlements. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Observer The Co-operative Group has become the first major European supermarket group to end trade with companies that export produce from illegal Israeli settlements. The UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and its largest mutual business, the Co-op took the step as an extension of its existing policy which had been not to source produce from illegal settlements that have been built on Palestinian territories in the West bank. Now the retail and insurance giant has taken it one step further by “no longer engaging with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”.

SAB, Absurdities Absurdity -All: Genesis - Revelation -Genesis - Deuteronomy -Joshua - 2 Chronicles -Ezra - Isaiah -Jeremiah - Daniel -Hosea - Micah -Nahum - Malachi -Matthew - John -Acts - Ephesians -Colossians - Hebrews -James - Revelation About the Absurdities Dwindling in Unbelief: Absurdity Hundreds Protest in Solidarity with Hunger Striking Prisoners Protests in solidarity with political prisoners in front of Ramle Prison: Oren Ziv/Activestills Hundreds of Palestinian grassroots activists, joined by Israeli and international supporters mobilized today, as the political prisoners Hunger Strike for Dignity enters its 17th day. Some 1500 Palestinian prisoners are in hunger strike since April 17; eight other Palestinian political prisoners are hunger striking for over 50 days and are in critical medical conditions.

100 Incredible Lectures from the World's Top Scientists Posted on Thursday June 18, 2009 by Staff Writers By Sarah Russel Unless you’re enrolled at one of the best online colleges or are an elite member of the science and engineering inner circle, you’re probably left out of most of the exciting research explored by the world’s greatest scientists. But thanks to the Internet and the generosity of many universities and online colleges, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changing the world in this list below. If you’re looking for even more amazing lectures, check out our updated list for 2012 with more talks from great minds. General Rona Sela, Curator The Palestinian Other The Zionist leadership belived that in order to establish its control over a conflict-ridden country and gain the support of international public opinion for the establishment of an independent Jewish state, it must, inter alia, establish an unequivocal self-promotion system. It used the infrastructure created by 19th century European photography as marketed in the western world, employing its perception of the Holy Land as biblical and as linked to the New Testament - a land where very little has changed (destitute and underdeveloped), as well as its attitude toward the “Oriental Other” (as backward, yet symbolizing biblical figures). European photography ‘delivered the goods’: an exotic, magical biblical-primitive Orient. The Zionist establishment used these colonial images, and others, for its own needs, and through the “undeveloped Other” shaped the “modern” identity of the New Jew in his land.