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Published: 2014-09-18T14:37:07+02:00


Mundia & Modia: The two worlds in which we live


We humans live in two worlds. One world, I call Mundia, is the world of immutable laws, e.g. gravity, electromagnetism, and supply and demand - it is the world that we see when we look out at the natural...

Sovevos bugs & suggestions


This is a post for listing any bugs you find or suggestions you have for Sovevos. Thank you....



You might notice that my blog has a new commenting system. Actually, it's more than a commenting system, it's a social network. At this point, a primitive social network, but I hope it's enough for you to imagine how...

I'm back!


I stopped posting in 2006 pretty much because I ran out of things to say. Since then, a lot of new thoughts have come to me, and I hope to post some of them here. But, there is a...

Learn to read Hebrew


A friend of mine just asked me for a good link for learning to read Hebrew. Well, here's a good link. But if it were up to me, I'd provide some context which would both help learn to read, and...

Where breakthoughs happen


An interesting promotional video for Israel. Of course, it is an advertisement, but everything in it is true. My only (mild) criticism is that it focuses too much on big, international companies. Israel is not Finland or Switzerland, playgrounds...

The Israeli economic "miracle"


We can thank Netanyahu's much-vilified reforms for this: It is also becoming clear that Israel's economy is growing faster than all Western economies. Even the war did not slow the pace. The mirror of growth is employment, which has improved...

It is possible to annihilate the Jewish people


Caroline Glick (via Solomonia, my transcription):  I found, when I was here in 1998 through 2000 after having been in Israel for seven years, I found it disturbing in many ways to see how Holocaust memorials were springing up like...

An Israeli view of Borat


Borat looks different to an Israeli audience than it does to any other, for a number of reasons. Here's one Israeli review: I had heard that Sacha Baron Cohen - he of the grandmother in Haifa and the youth education...

Do Israelis speak Hebrew?


You might think that a subject like linguistics would have little to do with politics. Unfortunately, you'd be mistaken. Ghil'ad Zuckermann claims that in Israel we don't really speak Hebrew: Ghil'ad Zuckermann, a 35-year-old graduate of Tel Aviv University with...

Is this what I sound like?


I did spend four years in Philadelphia, but I don't think anyone there would think that I sound like one of them... In any case, you can take the test here (via Razib). I took an test like this once before,...

Israeli/Lebanese peace/war songs


In September, my old friend, Richard Isaac, co-hosted a radio show on KBCS 91.3 FM Seattle/Bellevue devoted to Israeli and Lebanese songs about peace and war. It is being re-broadcast Sunday evening, 26 November 2006, at 7:00 p.m. PST. (10...

Iraq was building an atom bomb!


According to the New York Times, Iraq was a year away from building an atom bomb: The Web site, “Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal,” was a constantly expanding portrait of prewar Iraq. Its many thousands of documents included everything from...

Live free or Die


Sean's comment on this post echos my sentiments: For myself I do believe that I would prefer daily chaos and surviving by my wits to being tended to like a lamb by my government (lambs can be led to...

Derb & God


John Derbyshire has a very interesting "Faith FAQ" online, in which, among other things, he declares himself a Mysterian. One of the things that I find interesting is that he continually refers to his Mysterian beliefs as a loss...