Mid-summer lull

For the next few days Adam Horowitz will be moving and Phil Weiss will be traveling, so the site will be in a bit of a lull. Read a good book. We should catch up some by the weekend. In the meantime the A Team of Alex Kane, Allison Deger and Annie Robbins will be posting from time to time. Thanks for visiting us, thanks for making our issue important. We’re not going away.

Posted in Israel/Palestine

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  1. joec says:

    Enjoy your lull! Can the A Team post other people’s stuff, if any of us hit on something really good?

  2. GJB says:

    Being given a few days away from obsessively checking the Mondoweiss site will perhaps allow me to finish my current “good book”, Saree Makdisi’s “Palestine Inside Out”, which I highly recommend. On my “recently read” list, which I also recommend for anyone else who needs reading material to fill this partial Mondoweiss “hiatus” is Karl Sabbagh’s “Palestine: A Personal History”, a great basic history from the Palestinian perspective, including the involvement and roles of the author’s own family. Also don’t miss Miko Peled’s, “The General’s Son”. It’s a great book to cite when arguing with your Zionist friends and relatives, given that Miko comes from an impeccable Zionist background and eloquently describes how his misgivings developed. In fact, it’s a good book to actually give to your Zionist friends and relatives, if you dare. And grab the ebook version of Pamela Olson’s “Fast Times in Palestine” before it goes temporarily off line at the end of the month in preparation for her “Mainstream” publication. Also a great gift – my 22 year old daughter is absolutely in awe of her and of the book.

    • Citizen says:

      Thanks for the book-reading suggestions, GJB. I’m still reading the very scholarly Esau’s Tears, which I recommend to better understand the wider historical milieu within which European anti-semitism arose–I don’t understand why it’s hardly ever referenced on MW except by me. Harvey Pekar’s Not The Israel My Parents Promised is a hoot and digs pretty deep for a comic book. It should be billed as the sequel to Maus? I’m also waiting for a sign that 200 Years Together will actually be published in English. More later…

  3. Mooser says:

    Ah yes, the old midsummer lull, when posts get a little thin on the ground. Hey but maybe you could get some second rate stuff to fill in. You know, tell some commenter he’s a good expresser or something, and he’ll turn himself inside out to write something for the site.
    Another possibility; since the posts at Mondoweiss are so timely, so attached to the events happening when they are written, it might be interesting to re-post something (the first post, posts over time on one subject, something like that) and see how it looks today.

    • The fiction contest was fun. It’d be nice to see more solicitations from readers. Maybe even challenge the sensibilities of the proprietors a bit.

      Maybe also examine the anti-Zionist movement before it became “our issue”.

      • Citizen says:

        Barwin, do you know who won the fiction contest? Last I saw was an article saying the results would be given to us in three days–that was a couple of weeks ago, if memory serves.

      • Mooser says:

        “Maybe even challenge the sensibilities of the proprietors a bit.”

        I didn’t know they have any. Almost all my comments get printed.

  4. RE: “For the next few days Adam Horowitz will be moving and Phil Weiss will be traveling, so the site will be in a bit of a lull.” ~ Weiss & Horowitz

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  5. FreddyV says:

    I like times like this. It’s kind of like when Mom and Dad go away for the weekend and the kids throw a party and trash the house. Ha!

    With a post like this, you’re just asking for a massive influx of Hasbara trolls and plenty of fisticuffs.

    Should be fun!

    • Citizen says:

      Has an Israeli settler from Brooklyn or Long Island written a book on why they left the USA to be more free and protected by the government? Or would that be only a list of Government freebies they got from Israel, paid for by US taxpayers? How many of them ever carried a machine gun for the USA before they moved to Israel? They love them so much, you’d think that would be a whole chapter.

      • Mooser says:

        “Has an Israeli settler from Brooklyn or Long Island written a book…”

        Please don’t talk about this. When I think that one of those people from Brooklyn or Longuyland might have prevented Silman from finding a useful and respected place in Israeli society, I get very angry.

  6. Bumblebye says:

    My attention might be elsewhere – on the half-starved heavily pregnant little cat who demanded help late last week. She looks fit to burst, can’t get comfy and constantly wants either a fuss or a fish. So now I’m also constantly washing my hands and making sure there’s no fluff near my eyes because I’m very allergic – if I can keep the reaction down, we’ll be ok.

    • Citizen says:

      Bumblebye, I got a little black cat from the Shelter; a black one as those rarely get picked to be save by customers. He was 3 months old. As soon as I brought him home he developed a serious upper respiratory bug. He couldn’t eat or drink, constantly sneezed all over me, sat on my head or my shoulder like a little lead bag–I fed him with a paste I got from the vet, forcing it down, and gave him water through a syringe–had to do both delicately or he could have choked to death, etc. This went on for a month; then he also caught some kind of conjunctivitis in his eye. Anyway, it was a full-time job to nurse him. Now he’s a year old. All my past cats were kept inside, declawed. But this guy I chose to be free; he’s not declawed. He’s like a teen-ager who goes out at night and you hope and pray he will come back OK. So far, so good.

      • Bumblebye says:

        I love cats. I didn’t develop the allergy until I was 17, and left home a couple years later, leaving behind Tommy, the half-Burmese black cat I’d got thru a teacher at school Mrs (Ma) Wolff just before I turned 13. At the time, the next door neighbors were the Fox family. Our yellow lab would pick up this tiny kitten and carry him around like a proud papa! Late at night, my embarassing mother would stand on the back doorstep calling the cat in – “Tom, dat you dere Tom?” – horrifying us kids! He lived to be well over 17, and my son thought of him as a feline brother when he was small – his school was near so he spent a lot of time there. (Tom was quite vocal, the pair of them even argued – especially when the cat came in thru the window and trampled all over a picture Alan brought home from school) He loved hunting in the orchard at the bottom of the garden (while it was still there) and brought home many “gifts”.
        This little tortoiseshell (calico?) is restless tonight, and a bit off her food – maybe kittens are soon to arrive.
        edit – how did declawing develop? I don’t think it’s ever done here, wouldn’t even be legal.

        • Kathleen says:

          I am still dealing with the most putrid cat piss smells in the wooden floor of a rental. The renters had four cats and clearly allowed the cats to piss in the same spot hundreds of times. Scrubbing over and over again, sanding and now painting over the floor with Kilz stain and odor blocking paint. Hope it works. Next step rip up the floor. Extremely expensive

        • kathleen, i find it helps, after the sanding phase, to liberally rub baking soda on it and let it breath for a few days before painting. rubbing alcohol is effective too.

        • Kathleen says:

          Thanks. Too late. After scrubbing with anti odor cleaners, bleach etc about 10 times. Have put down the first layer of Kilz. Hoping that several layers of Kilz works before first layer paint. Really did not like having to paint over wood floors. Good to know about the baking soda and rubbing alcohol.
          link to radionz.co.nz

          This is an amazing and disturbing interview with Tom Friedman. Not able to even admit that times in the U.S. were better when more workers were in unions. This man is a sociopath. Seems to pretend to care about Americans but clearly never cared about Iraqi lives. Friedman is a creep

        • thanks kathleen. will check out friedman, saw you just linked to that on another thread. appreciated as always.

        • Bumblebye says:

          Kathleen
          Sounds like the kind of place this little cat abandoned. 8 cats (doubled within a year), 2 lhasas (both pregnant, supposedly the younger “accidentally” by her own father when they took them both along for older dog’s remating), rented house a total tip, curtains hanging off rails, garden knee high with weeds, etc. Obviously not taking proper care of animals whose young they intend to sell for good money (lhasas = £300 per pup, or around $470ish?) Totally irresponsible bunch. This cat wants clean – she watched me set up the litter box and uses it faithfully.

        • Citizen says:

          Kathleen, that’s a lot hard work for a rental–is it the location that’s prime for you? Some combo of that and monthly budget? Tom Friedman really is a good example of what’s wrong with our Establishment. He has no clue re average Americans. The whole point of our current Establishment is to avoid rubbing elbows with average Americans, let alone rural or ghetto Americans.
          Both Obama and Mitt fit right in The Establishment.

        • Kathleen says:

          Own some student rentals. Trouble trouble. Sometimes goes smoothly…sometimes not. This pair of gals ended up being trouble., Five coats of kilz and then painted the wooden floor. Ouch.

  7. Pamela Olson says:

    You guys deserve more than a lull! Enjoy the down time. Politics is ugly but life is beautiful. :)

  8. Kathleen says:

    “Read a good book.”

    Or read
    link to raceforiran.com
    link to salon.com
    The value of Tom Friedman.
    His status among American elites is the single most potent fact for understanding the nation’s imperial decline
    In The New York Times today, Tom Friedman argues that the only thing that could save Syria is if that country is lucky enough to have the U.S. do to it what the U.S. did to Iraq, and in the process, says this:

    And, for me, the lesson of Iraq is quite simple: You can’t go from Saddam to Switzerland without getting stuck in Hobbes — a war of all against all — unless you have a well-armed external midwife, whom everyone on the ground both fears and trusts to manage the transition. In Iraq, that was America.

    Just on the level of basic cogency, this makes absolutely no sense. Friedman says that a country will be “stuck in Hobbes — a war of all against all — unless” it has America there. But Iraq did have America there, and — as Friedman himself points out just a few paragraphs later — it got “stuck in Hobbes,” precisely because America was there (“Because of both U.S. incompetence and the nature of Iraq, this U.S. intervention triggered a civil war in which all the parties in Iraq — Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds — tested the new balance of power, inflicting enormous casualties on each other and leading, tragically, to ethnic cleansing that rearranged the country into more homogeneous blocks of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds”). He literally negates his own principal claim — a country that overthrows its dictator can only avoid Hobbes if it has a U.S.-like force occupying and controlling it — in the very same column in which he advances it.

    Listen to this interview
    link to radionz.co.nz

  9. Bumblebye says:

    Watching Olympic teams parade thru stadium. Israeli flagbearer has shaved his flag into the sides of his head. First and only that I’ve seen so far. They got a crowd roar, but less than the Irish!