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Friday, April 01, 2005
About Dave
Check out this excellent post "Hate in Dubai" from wonderblogger Dave. I wasn't amused by his April Fool's Day prank though, but I'm sure he got a good laugh out of it!

 
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Brilliant quote
Quote of the day comes from Alisa. I think I shall make this quote of the decade as well, because it describes my frustrations concerning... most things that frustrate me!
I sometimes get asked "don't you think you should be more 'open minded'?
To that I answer 'don't you think you should be less of an ass'??
Well here's Alisa's quote:

Certain kinds of open mindedness are only possible among the empty headed.


A virtual tour of the Yad Vashem's New Museum

Take a virtual tour of The New Museum of the Israel Holocaust Museum, that has only just opened: Take the tour here

An ode to my neighbor
I just want to write a fan-post about my neighbor the drummer. Yes, you heard me right. I have a neighbor, and he is a drummer. Not a good one, no, but a very enthusiastic one. He's at it once again now, and I must say that he does deserve a compliment for his persistence when it comes to playing day after day, for hours, sometimes all day long! Also, he must have unusually strong arms to be able to achieve this. But this isn't where my talented neighbor's skills end, no sir. My neighbor the drummer, you see, also plays the guitar! And indeed, he has an electric guitar, and (apparently) one of those thingies to make the sound that comes from the guitar sound much louder. I think it's called a magnifier. Of course he's no Jimmy Page though (to say the least)..
So here's to you, my neighbor of such tremendous talent and persistence. May you continue your inconsiderate, self centered, selfish ways of driving your neighbors to the point of insanity!

 
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Although it's actually called 'football'
This is one of the few times in my life that I can honestly say I've wanted to watch a soccer game, and I really, really, reeeeally want France to LOSE. Oh yes that would be sweeeet.

Update: Ended in draw

Recent thoughts
Lately I have been feeling quite upset. Upset about the enviroment I am in. Feeling kind of "cornered", as I described it to someone. Day after day the media here goes on about the Israel-Arab conflict. It has now reached the point that one will not hear "Israel" mentioned alone. People will normally only refer to "palestine", usually saying "Israelis and palestine". I wouldn't be surprised if soon one will start hearing "the zionists and palestine".
Yesterday I took a quick trip to the grocery store for some milk. By the entrance I saw the cover of one of the newspapers. It had "I was persecuted by settlers in Israel, again" written on it. I just stood there staring, shivering, until a lady behind me started telling me to move over. I read the article. It said that "Iceland should take a stand against Israel's constant violation of human rights against the palestinians". Okay to begin with, Iceland is country with a practically non-existant population, making its political importance a joke. This means that taking such "a stand" wouldn't accomplish anything besides fueling more anti-semitism. And I think Iceland has already taken a stand where anti-semitism is concerned... I won't even bother giving possible reasons for why this Icelandic man was being what he calls "persecuted/chased" by settlers, for example how me had it coming, and how settlers are heroically fighting the last battle for what are rightfully their homes.
Then today I woke up and got this idea that I simply cannot miss any more Hebrew classes. So I went to school. On my way to school however, I nearly passed out. So I decided to go home and go back to bed.. On the bus on the way home, I heard talk about Israel on the radio. Talk, talk and more talk, about how "Israel must be stopped".

I will admit it right now that for me it is far from easy coping with the reality of living under these conditions. It tends to really hurt. How is it for the rest of you? Am I unusually sensitive, do I just need to "toughen up"?
 

Disturbing news from Ethiopia

Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia was found shot and wounded

Israeli envoy found shot in Ethiopia

 

Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia is found at his hotel in critical condition from gunshot wounds and taken to hospital
By Doron Sheffer

 

Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia was found shot and wounded in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, in what the Israeli foreign ministry and local police said was not believed to be a terrorist attack.

 

Ambassador Doron Grossman was taken to hospital and an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said the Israeli government was trying to bring him home to Israel for treatment as soon as possible. 

 

Grossman, 48, had served in the post since 2002 and was close to ending his term. Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to Israel from the Horn of Africa nation since the 1980s.

 

In 1982, Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, was shot and wounded by an assassin sent by late Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal. The incident sparked the start of the Lebanon War.

 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
I am ill.. *sigh*
 

I am ill. Infact, I am "sick as a mushroom", as we say here. I became ill yesterday and have been hoping that I would get better, but this morning I woke up to feeling absolutely horrendous, due to a terrible flu. Normally I wouldn't get a flu, since I take a magically effective vitamin that seems to always prevent it perfectly: See Echinacea 
I am quite annoyed because I hate when things interfere with my work outs, and I don't have time for sickness. Who does?!

A couple of great guys out there
You know if I ever get married (and I hope the day will come, and yes, I'm single! :p), I am gonna make whoever the unlucky bastard will be, read this amazing rabbi's material. He should know he's appreciated.

Also, has everybody here noticed how Hasidic G's website just keeps getting more amazing?

 
Monday, March 28, 2005
Ok just kill me now
I'm so ashamed..
Okay just for the record. Everybody here should know I'm only half Icelandic, and that the only things that distinguishes me as "Icelandic", are Icelandic being my native language, a desire I have to spend about 2 weeks a year in Iceland (more than that drives me nuts, but less makes me homesick), and that I enjoy food that the rest of you might find quite repulsive.
I am not responsible for this shameful event! (or any others). *Sigh*
Will you believe that I got this article from The Washington Post? The Washington Post is criticising Iceland for supporting anti-semites! What does that tell us??


Shame of Iceland

Monday, March 28, 2005

"MR. FISCHER IS a true Icelander now," (oooh give me a break, and a Cambodian citizenship while you're at it. Ya know, so I'll be a "true Cambodian" and all) said Thordur Oskarsson, Iceland's ambassador to Japan, after the tiny island nation's Parliament unanimously voted to confer citizenship upon chess legend Bobby Fischer. The passage of the citizenship act means freedom and sanctuary for Mr. Fischer, who had been detained in Japan for eight months while the United States sought him for violating sanctions against Yugoslavia during the Balkan war. But it also marks a sad day for Iceland, which actively associated itself with a man who has long since left decency behind. Of such true Icelanders we hope there are few.

But the Parliament of a democratic nation ought not to ignore the depths to which he has fallen since he walked away from glory. In his years of reclusiveness Mr. Fischer became a raging anti-Semite. In 1992 he defied international sanctions against Yugoslavia by playing a high-profile match there even as the killing was ongoing in Bosnia. On Sept. 11, 2001, he told a Philippine radio station that the attacks in his native country -- not Iceland -- were "wonderful news." He added that he hoped "the country will be taken over by the military, they'll close down all the synagogues, arrest all the Jews and secure hundreds of thousands of Jewish ringleaders." Mr. Fischer, clearly deeply unbalanced, should perhaps be considered a subject of pity, rather than hatred. But he should certainly not be a subject of legislative honor -- not unless his new countrymen want their nation shamed every time this chessman opens his mouth. 

You know I speak excellent Swedish. I could pass for a Swede.. Now there's an idea!


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