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throbert in Channel Ж:
Happy Satan's New Year!

Thanks to Frank IBC for the great doggie pic!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Bad Elf, Very Bad Elf and Seriously Bad Elf

Would this label entice your child to drink beer? Connecticut Wants to Ban Beer With Elf Label. I think Connecticut needs to get a grip.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The War on the Border
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Quebec Separatists Will Keep Asking Till They Say “Yes"
Quebec again flirts with independence
MONTREAL — Ten years after a referendum failed to break up Canada, independence advocates of the French-speaking province of Quebec are vowing to try again to win their sovereignty.

With support for Quebec independence climbing as high as 56% this year, according to the polling firm CROP in Montreal, the Parti Quebecois, the principal force behind the separatist movement, hopes to quickly call another referendum if the party regains power in the next provincial election, expected in 2007.

All nine candidates hoping to lead the Parti Quebecois, which has been in opposition since 2003, have declared their support for a new referendum.
I hope for failure once again for the separatists. Canada should stay one country, we don't need a bunch of mini-Canadas and frankly Quebec's story isn't very good as far as claims to nationhood go.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Happy Halloween!
What's your worst costume ever? I once dressed as a pumpkin. I'll just say that it was not one of my most glorious moments and leave it at that.

And speaking of Halloween, here's a good place to be a witch: Dutch Witches Get Tax Break for Studies.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Bias or Conformity?
Some research findings from a survey conducted on 1,201 minority US managers: Not our kind of people
42 percent of minority professional women in large corporations feel constrained by the white male model -- constantly editing themselves, engaged in the hopeless task of trying to look, sound, and act like white male executives. Thirty-four percent of minority men feel the same way.

Nearly a third of minority female executives fear that their speaking style and tone of voice label them as lacking leadership potential. Asians think they speak too softly to be considered CEO material; African-Americans think that they speak too loudly and are therefore seen as trouble-makers.

23 percent of minority female executives are concerned that their animated hand gestures are thought of as inappropriate. ''You can't imagine how often I sit on my hands at team meetings," said one Hispanic woman we interviewed.

19 percent of minority female professionals worry that their clothing (hairstyle or even manicure) stands out as being too ethnic or flamboyant. In the words of one African-American executive, ''Large earrings, the wrong nails -- stuff that wouldn't begin to attract attention on a white colleague -- makes me stand out like a sore thumb."

30 percent of minority professionals feel that promotion in their companies is based on appearance rather than merit.

The bottom line: 19 percent of minority professionals experience hidden biases severe enough to make them consider quitting. This is a wake-up call for companies. Since minorities comprise 30 percent of the highly qualified talent pool, hidden bias is a luxury few employers can afford.
I believe the authors of the study have it all wrong. I don't think it's anything to do with bias, I think it's about conforming to corporate culture. There are many things that I hate about corporate culture myself, especially pantyhose. I hate pantyhose and I believe I should have the right to not have to wear pantyhose at work. Also, if my co-workers can have corn-rows then so can I and I demand the right to wear corn-rows whether I like them or not. On the issue of long nails: I hate long nails and I think they're disgusting, not to mention the bacteria that's hiding in there. Long nails gross me out in general, I don't care who wears them and I don't care what their ethnicity is. On the issue of animated hand gestures: if it wasn't for animated hand gestures, many of us (and our various Italian, Greek, Israeli and Arab bosses) would be mute. No one at work has ever complained about my animated hand gestures but then again, my gestures didn't involve giving anyone the finger. So on this one, I could go either way.

On the matter of ethnic dressing, see above pantyhose statement. I do believe we should have the freedom to wear anything we want at work and not be stuck with the drab suit and pantyhose. I'm not asking to wear a toga fercrissakes, I'm just saying that if evariste doesn't have to wear pantyhose to work, why do I have to?

And about speaking loudly, since when is a loud voice a matter of ethnicity?
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Hotel Tel Aviv
Zuzu will have a laugh when she’ll read this. She’ll know what I’m on about when I say that half the fun of the holiday was telling people around me that I was going to Israel. To give her a glimpse into the gentile world I had her reading some sms that I received….
In so many words? Not one said anything derogatory to its people but everyone expressed concern, surprise, baffle and worry at that idea.
Israel? Are you joking?
Well, I am used to “travel" and I thought this was an excellent opportunity to go to Jerusalem. Via Tel Aviv. Which means the holy and the profane and I never felt unsafe.

Bullshit. I did. When I was on the bus.
Then, again, I thought, “hold on a second Mauro. These people do this 365 days a year, sure you can do it for one week!" and I decided that was that.
Then, from that moment on, I really never felt unsafe again. I adventured with Russian Jews, SA Jews, Jews doing business in Italy and Jews that, immersed and so implicitly happy to be in their own environment, would just exclaim “it’s so nice we’re all Jews here!"
Err, beg you a pardon.
But it was quite an experience I can probably only half explain with the pioneering West?
The place is open for business and there is money. There are infrastructures and a system we all share and understand. It moves. You can tell there is money being invested. You can tell it is there to grow.
The food is absolutely fantastic. The second best ever. (let me guess, after Italian?) It has many different flavours and you can eat Georgian, Lebanese and many other cuisines. I am fussy in food and yet I was totally impressed.

There are dozens upon dozens of bars/cafés/bistros. It’s amazing to see the different humanity (and the women) chatting, waiting, thinking. The place is vibrant. There is plenty of life here. It might somehow remind me of a jolly Amsterdam….somehow….
And there is a superb nightlife but we will bypass that.
No we wont. I must say this. It’s going to get me in trouble left right and centre but I got to say this. Ok. Israel is the place where there is the highest percentage of WTF women against the general female population in all the places I have ever been. (Sorry ladies, I wasn’t looking at the blokes. But if it is of any interest, Zuzu got chatted up in front of me a number of times!)
Tel Aviv is good. I will return.

I will tell you now of what I cannot talk about and that’s the visit to the Holy Sepulchre.
That is something everyone can only live for themselves.

But I can remember the bus trip from the station to the old city. With boys not older that 18 holding rifles like their counterpart hold school-rucksacks in Europe…women with shopping…varied humanity…..crying babies….through quarters bursting with religious Jews….checking a strange long thin leaf….I had never seen these people in their own environment….and whereas they looked strange, I was not intimidated.
Their children all looked happy and maybe too cheeky.
Their women somewhat pretty in their pale skins, grey toned in their well-suited clothing and their version of a head cover (what is it with head covers?)

Then the bus took a turn and Jerusalem becomes Muslim.
Again I had never experienced anything like that.
Muslims in their own environment. Real people up and down going for their errands. Men in more-or-less beards, all women in head covers.
(You must make a fortune in the ME with head covers).
All people whom I felt, maybe partially unfairly, immediately not similar to me in their basic value system…..something I had not felt even with the fishermen in Kop Pan Ghan.

Then Damascus Gate. The Muslim gate. I felt my senses on, yet I wasn’t tense. Yes, if you close your eyes, you can think it’s a thousand years ago but it’s not all bad…it has its own fascination, its own colours and merchants to share a Ramadan meal with, “They’ll never get us out of here! They’re bringing the Russian now but they’ll never get us out of here"…
And I thought No, stay…you are picturesque, you need to be here, you are part of this. We all are, they all are in the town within the wall. (note: the town WITHIN the wall)

Then I walked to the big mosque.
Then they walked me out of it.

Then I walked to The Wailing Wall.
Then I walked away.

Then in my own tour of duty in the small riddled alleyways and roofs of the Jewish quarter, I walked right into what must have been 60 soldiers.
Believe me if I say it didn’t feel uncomfortable.
Those are kids. Kids with a rifle. Kids that will die if necessary. But you just cannot stop seeing what you’re seeing. Those are kids.

A long, invading, tedious, obligatory yet un-necessarily un-courteous airport security check reminded me I was leaving. More kids in uniforms questioning me. I wanted to ask to be treated humanely and at least be interrogated by an adult. I was told again and again in a reprimanding way I was late when I was 2 hours early in European standards. 2 hours and they were stressing me! What am I supposed to do, get there 4 hours early? You are joking aren’t you! My very well looked after European ass gets to the airport half hour before! (and have an espresso at the bar).

Then, like it started it, a plane engine ended the chapter and I was very, very sorry to go.
Now Bigel, amico mio, weather permitting, I’d really like to go back.

Things to do in Israel
Know a person as great as Zulubaby.
Eat out.
Ask and insist for your change at all times.
See the Arabian moon brighten the top of night clouds
Lose a Prada wallet (someone returns it)
Go to the beach.
Take plenty food in for Yom Kippur (non Jews only)
Share your first meal after YK with a Jewish family complete from newborn and deaf granny.
Be an American entrepreneur and sell head-scarves.
Think of something to say to a few e-people that’ll want to read this

Things you will see in Israel
All sorts of Dogs. (great place for dogs)
Not new Israeli flags hanging everywhere
Unlikely Jews claiming to be Jews.
Russian Jews explaining Mussolini to SA Jews.
Women that are not Jews, they are from Mars.
Teen-age, cool looking, somewhat trendy, Street Gangs (the IDF) made up of Kids with rifles

Things not to do in Israel
Assume someone will bring back the change.
Assume anyone (in the street) will be courteous.
Go on Yom Kippur unless you want to starve.
Eat an unimaginable tomato, cream and cucumber soup.
Expect to eat Jewish baked cakes.
Forget that behind those kids with rifles hides a potent machine hell-bent on assuring the survival of that nation.

Humanity is richer as they succeed.
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zorkmidden in Bloggies Of Our Lives:
Strategic Strategizing
In the diner, in an atmosphere full of gloom and doom...
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
'Superman, you don’t think he’s Jewish?'
Look up in the sky: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a minyan of comic book superheroes and their geeky Jewish creators.

From its inception, the modern comic book has been a friendly domain for Jews, from Marvel’s Stan Lee to Maus’ Art Spiegelman. Hawkman, the Flash, Thor, Superman and Batman were all created by overactive Jewish imaginations.
Jewish invention: American comics

(a thimbleful of cognac to Pooh)
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