Friday! Wyclef Jean- Fortunate Son

A great cover of the old song which *sigh* is still relevant (although this is one of those non video clips just still pics, but hey it don’t matter cos it’s a corker).

And now… because wordpress have added the function, a poll (which in this case you can vote multiple times and make up your own answers, scientific polling at its best!)

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Iran Ostrich Sized?

Cooks in Iran have tried to assemble the world’s largest ostrich sandwich at a food festival in Tehran, as part of a bid to promote healthy eating. The organisers want to promote Iran’s fledgling ostrich farming business. About 1,500 cooks used 1,000kg (2,200lbs) of ostrich meat to make the 1,500m (4,920ft) long sandwich. The organisers hope those world-beating dimensions will be enough to earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest ostrich sandwich ever. It took two days to prepare the sandwich, and a huge measuring tape ran the length of the table on which it was sitting.

Already AIPAC are pressuring the Whitehouse to tighten sanctions on indigestion tablets.

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Zionism Schmionism

Well there’s good news and bad news for zionists.

  • Good News- Israeli historian traces the descendants of the ancient Judaic people.
  • Bad News- It’s the Palestinians. D’oh!

Prof. Shlomo Sand– “No population remains pure over a period of thousands of years. But the chances that the Palestinians are descendants of the ancient Judaic people are much greater than the chances that you or I are its descendents. The first Zionists, up until the Arab Revolt [1936-9], knew that there had been no exiling, and that the Palestinians were descended from the inhabitants of the land. They knew that farmers don’t leave until they are expelled. Even Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the second president of the State of Israel, wrote in 1929 that, ‘the vast majority of the peasant farmers do not have their origins in the Arab conquerors, but rather, before then, in the Jewish farmers who were numerous and a majority in the building of the land.'”

According to Sand, the description of the Jews as a wandering and self-isolating nation of exiles, “who wandered across seas and continents, reached the ends of the earth and finally, with the advent of Zionism, made a U-turn and returned en masse to their orphaned homeland,” is nothing but “national mythology.” Like other national movements in Europe, which sought out a splendid Golden Age, through which they invented a heroic past – for example, classical Greece or the Teutonic tribes – to prove they have existed since the beginnings of history, “so, too, the first buds of Jewish nationalism blossomed in the direction of the strong light that has its source in the mythical Kingdom of David.”

So when, in fact, was the Jewish people invented, in Sand’s view? At a certain stage in the 19th century, intellectuals of Jewish origin in Germany, influenced by the folk character of German nationalism, took upon themselves the task of inventing a people “retrospectively,” out of a thirst to create a modern Jewish people. From historian Heinrich Graetz on, Jewish historians began to draw the history of Judaism as the history of a nation that had been a kingdom, became a wandering people and ultimately turned around and went back to its birthplace.

Also see Jonathan Cook. Then jews sans frontieres on the latest manifestation of the uses of this narrative.

PS. And for more on history used and abused by political movements see (if you haven’t already) Adam Curtis- The Living Dead.

And The Cupboard Was Bare

That was the scene today in Co-op in Llangefni, competition and consolidation were too much in this financial climate. I liked it, not anything special but it was nice to mooch round every so often, less FULL ON than the rather rubbish Asda. It also had some lovely weathered shutters round the back which I planned to photograph with my swanky camera in the right weather & time of day (magic hour!). But now it’s shutting I grabbed a snap with me fone just in case it gets demolished (someone’s car spoiling the shot, dammit). Also the prospect of Aldi opening and with Co-op buying Somerfields (there is one nearby) probably sealed its fate, so commiserations to the staff and farewell.

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