JUDAISM AND ZIONISM ARE NOT THE SAME THING!

In fact, it is even more complicated than that, with Jews, Israelis and Zionists, with subdivisions in each category. However, as the intention is to try to reduce random acts of antisemitism, we might just find that sticking to just the two classifications will suffice.

The following text, and the title above, are taken verbatim from the web page –
http://www.nkusa.org/AboutUs/Zionism/judaism_isnot_zionism.cfm

We would like to take a few minutes of your time to prevent you from making a terrible mistake that may have disastrous results for many.

You have always without a doubt heard and read much about the political crises in the Middle East in which the State of Israel plays a central role. This is, in fact, an ongoing series of crises with potential to bring the greatest misfortune on the entire world. Tragically many believe that Zionism and Judaism are identical. Thus they conclude that the entire Jewish people is responsible for the actions of the Zionist government and the world crises which emanates from it.

This is a Grave Error!

The truth is that the Jewish faith and Zionism are two very different philosophies. They are as opposite as day and night. The Jewish people have existed for thousands of years. In their two thousand years of Divinely decreed exile no Jew ever sought to end this exile and establish independent political sovereignty anywhere. The people’s sole purpose was the study and fulfillment of the Divine commandments of the Torah.

The Zionist movement created the Israeli state. The latter is a persuasion less than one hundred years old. Its essential goal was and is to change the nature of the Jewish people from that of a religious entity to a political movement. From Zionism’s inception the spiritual leaders of the Jewish people stood in staunch opposition to it.

To this day Torah Jewry remains forever loyal to its faith. Zionists want the world to believe that they are the representatives of the entire Jewish people. This is false! The Jewish people never chose them as their leaders.

The Zionists have deceived many well meaning Jewish people via terror, trickery and false propaganda. They have at their disposal the use of a nearly universally subservient media. Whoever attempts to criticize them puts his livelihood and, at times, his very life in danger.

However, despite the media blackout and easy resort to terror the simple truth remains unrefuted and irrefutable:-
ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH FAITH AND TORAH LAW THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE FORBIDDEN TO HAVE THEIR OWN STATE WHILE AWAITING THE MESSIANIC ERA!

The Creator gave us the Holy Land thousands of years ago. Yet, when we sinned, He took it away and sent us into exile. Since that time our task is to wait for Him to send the Messiah. At that time, the Creator alone, without any human being lifting a hand or saying a word, will bring us together and take us out of exile. He will likewise establish universal peace among all mankind and all will serve Him in good will.

Some religious Jews, confused by Zionist propaganda quote Biblical verses that state that God gave the children of Israel the Holy Land. They overlook, unfortunately, those verses which say that He took it away due to our sins. They further ignore those prophecies which explicitly describe the last exile’s conclusion as a Divine, not a human process.

The Creator has commanded every Jew to follow the ways of peace and to be loyal to the country where he lives.

Torah true Jewry waits patiently for the Messianic redemption. They have nothing to do with any kind of pseudo “Jewish State” and its aggressions against other peoples. They have a deep sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians who have suffered the most from Zionism’s false teachings and barbaric actions.

The Zionist state is not a Jewish state. The Zionists alone are the only ones responsible for their actions. Authentic Jewry has and will continue to oppose the very existence of this blasphemous state.

May all mankind witness the true redemption.

Copyright 2003, Neturei Karta International

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Want your own Owl? Here’s how!

I came across a web page entitled “Owl bar is London’s latest ‘just one thing’ hip bar”, which has a picture of a dear little owl on somebody’s shoulder. It really looked so cute, I wanted a copy of the picture myself, but when I did the customary right-click to start the copy sequence, I had a surprise:-

The picture was suddenly enclosed in a ‘light-box’. Its a relatively new device that enables you to sequence through all the pictures on a web page in turn, without being distracted by text.

In this case, however, there was a problem. Although there was a total of 6 pictures of different owls on the page, somebody had screwed up. Only one picture was available in the light-box – and that was the one I wanted.

Well, I didn’t want a copy of a light-box, just the owl; so I did what I usually do under such circumstances – look behind the scenes.

Although I use Opera, other browsers will have the same facility. “Ctrl – U” (View Source) takes you to a new page where you can see the source code that your browser is rendering for you.

Now we use the browser’s “Find” facility in this page to look for pictures. Its simple enough; you just put the extension for a picture into the search facility – that would be ‘jpg’, ‘gif’ or ‘png’ usually. In this particular page, the ‘Find’ facility indicated that there were 72 occurrences of ‘jpg’. I was lucky, I only had to step through to the third to find what I wanted:- the url of my chosen owl picture!

When you paste this url into a new tab in your browser, you can download the picture alone – no web page, no light-box – nothing. Then your usual right-click procedure will let you save the picture.

Here is the result:-
owl

I think there is something magic about owls, you might even say wizard?

Whatever, they really are a hoot!

The Best Deal in Town!

You may have noticed a new panel in the right-hand column entitled “Like Music?”

I am a recent convert to the wonders of “Spotify”. Its a never-ending source of free music, as long as you are connected to the Internet. It has been available for some time now, of course, but I have only recently (in the last two weeks) decided to see what it is all about.

Well, I’m completely sold!

What’s not to like?

Stream any song, anywhere. Listen to millions of songs on your mobile phone. Browse for a playlist, create your own playlists, search for an artist or a specific track. Skip a song if you don’t like it. Its really easy to handle the program. And if you don’t want advertisements, go for the Premium version!

Spotify

I love music. I used to have about 12 Gigs of it saved on my hard drive. Unfortunately, when the flood hit the computer, the hard drive died, and my music went with it.

I don’t have problems like that any more with Spotify! I don’t have any storage requirement at all, but have free access to millions of songs. And when I found out that I could hook Spotify into my website, I just had to try it out.

Ok, so you may not like the choice of music. No problem, get your own!

If you would like me to change it to a different tune, just let me know! I only heard this one recently, and I liked it straight away. I don’t know if that has anything to do with having read the books. More of this in another post later, perhaps. It seems that the film “50 Shades of Grey” has become rather controversial, there’s already a campaign to boycott the film. We’ll see how that develops, but in the meantime, we can enjoy the music.

Anyhow, if you are interested in getting the App yourself, just click on the picture above, it will take you straight to their website.

Happy Listening!

Too Important to Miss!

This is a real eye-opener. I just had to re-blog it!

App lets you be eyes for the blind

ByBIGAD SHABAN CBS NEWS

Whether he’s making his way down some stairs, or down the block, Julian Vargas can find his way just about anywhere. The 45-year-old has been blind most of his life and enjoys being independent, but says there are moments when he — and others who are visually impaired — need help.

“When we are trying to get some information or detail that’s only available visually, we’ll joke around and say does anyone have a pair of eyes I can borrow right now?”

A new, free app for smart phones, called Be My Eyes, aims to solve that problem. Using a phone’s already built-in accessibility features, blind users can run their fingers over their phone to pull up the app, which then uses the phone’s camera and microphone to get instantly connected to sighted volunteers.

Vargas spent an afternoon with CBS News correspondent Bigad Shaban to demonstrate how it works.

After entering his local pharmacy, Vargas used his phone to access the app, which then started calling volunteer Elvira Medina.

“How can I help you today?” Medina said over the phone.

“I’m not as familiar with the aisles here, so I was thinking you could maybe be my eyes and help me find some things I need?” Vargas replied.

He then pointed his phone’s camera in front of him, as Medina navigated him through the store.

Since the app launched last month, Medina has helped blind users locate medicine, figure out expiration dates, and even learn about art.

“Just someone curious walking the hall, touching a frame and wondering what the picture is,” Medina said. “A guy called me up to see how his sunglasses looked, one day. So I told him he looked great and he rocked them. So, it’s small things like that.”

The idea for Be My Eyes came from a 50-year-old furniture maker in Denmark who started losing his vision.

The service is available in 80 languages. So far, more than 115,000 volunteers have signed up to help the roughly 10,000 visually-impaired people who have enrolled.

If a sighted volunteer happens to be busy when they get a call from the app, they can simply hit a button on their phone so that another volunteer is contacted instead.

Vargas says it’s making an impact you don’t have to see to believe. And as for the volunteers: “They’re giving us something that we need the most at that given second — a pair of eyes.”

To learn more about the app, you can visit
http://www.BeMyEyes.org

© 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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The Death of a Website!

It is sad to see a website change in such a negative way that it becomes an unpleasant experience to visit it. When this happens to a website that was one of the best in its class, it is even more tragic. Unfortunately, exactly that has happened to my favourite news site:-
The Guardian.
Guardian

This is not only my personal opinion. If you go to
“Welcome to the new Guardian website”
the comment labelled “Guardian Pick” says most of it in a nutshell:-

“As a Grauniad reader for over 40 years and a daily website user/consumer, I agree with many of the negative comments, most of which are much better articulated than I could manage. The new design generally feels awkward, unenticing, and hard to navigate – no longer a newspaper with a front page, headlines, and sections any more. I guess that’s the point, but I’m sad to see it go and will undoubtedly spend a lot less time on it after these awful changes. That said, the first thing I was able to find was the crossword!”

And flicking through the 69 pages of comments which accumulated before commenting was turned off, the above comment is accurate, but very mildly stated compared to some.

Where did it all go wrong?

I have tried to pinpoint some relevant factors, as I see them, and will offer them as clues. But first, I need to clarify one point:-

In my experience, engineers want a full set of documentation for anything they are working on in the smallest format possible. The back of a cigarette packet would be good, the back of a postage stamp would be even better!

How is this relevant to a website?

Well, if we think about the home page, and its function, we realise that it is nothing other than a list of contents. It may look a bit fancy to make it attractive, but its function is to convey in the quickest method possible what is available on the rest of the site.

If we couple that with the requirement for minimum area, we end up with a single page, with everything listed on it. Ok, it might well be a long page that you have to scroll down, but the main thing is there is no need to click on anything, or fiddle around. Apart from the scrolling, it is not interactive – it doesn’t need to be. After all, we are not playing a computer game; we are reading a page of text, for goodness sake, interspersed with pictures!

The old Guardian site was pretty well organised. There were three main columns. I would sweep down the page scanning the first column on the left, looking for topics of interest. If I found something, I would load that in a new tab in the browser, and continue on down. When I reached the bottom of the page, I would scroll upward, checking the centre column for items of interest. The third column I could mostly ignore, as I have no interest in sport, etc.

Often I didn’t need to scroll right down the page. The practice of moving older items further down from the top meant that as soon as I had reached an item that I had already seen I could scroll back up again in the next column.

The whole process was quite quick, unless there was a lot of interesting material at one time. But even so, once I had loaded up my various tabs, I could disconnect from the site altogether, and leave it free for someone else.

So right from the start there is a mismatch:- The Guardian wants me to spend longer on their site, and I want to spend as little time there as possible.

While I appreciate that the requirement to present content to devices of differing size and capability may present some problems, they are by no means insurmountable, as we can see by this blog. The theme is designed to be read equally well on a desktop computer, a tablet, or a mobile phone. I don’t have to take any notice of who is using what at all. I just write the content and post it.

The same should be true of the Guardian website, but unfortunately, with the new version, it is not.

The reason for this is that the new site is slanted in favour of the mobile phone, with its very small display area. Containers may be a perfectly good way of dealing with presentation here, but they are certainly not needed for a desktop display, as we already know that a single page presentation offers the best experience. I have no experience of using a tablet as yet, and so will have to reserve judgement on that.

So we see that the limitations of the mobile phone have dictated the format of the whole site, which means that the advantages of having a desktop computer have been thrown away.

While I appreciate the desire to move everything onto a single code base, this does not mean that the data so stored cannot be presented differently for different types of device. The data just needs to be filtered three different ways:- mobile, tablet and desktop.

Much is made of the new faster download time, which might mean that the data is in your computer a few seconds earlier. It does not mean, however, that you will find what you are looking for quicker – you won’t. The difficulty of finding things with the new layout far outweighs the saving in download time.

Note also that although you can’t see everything that has been downloaded on a single page, as before, the data has already been downloaded – even for the sections that you may have switched off because you have no interest in them. This means that you are consuming more bandwidth than necessary, which may involve a cost penalty.

I could continue to pick out individual aspects that cause irritation, but instead I will just state that while a responsive site may be perfect for a mobile, or even a tablet, it is of no value whatsoever on a desktop computer, where instead of helping it can only hinder.

I sincerely hope that the Guardian will realise that there is an easy fix for desktop computer users –
GO BACK TO THE OLD SITE FORMAT!

At one stroke, you will make more than 41 million people very happy!