Friday, July 18, 2014

ties that bind

"A giant yellow rubber duck floating on Nanming River in China's south-west Guizhou Province has reportedly been swept away by floodwaters just months after it exploded on display in Taiwan.....The duck has been on tour since 2007, popping up in cities including Sydney, Sao Paulo and Baku as a way of bringing people together."  
The Israelis and Palestinians are at it again, brought together in a conflict that as usual seems to put the body count at something like 20-30-40 or more Palestinians killed for each Israeli. On public television the other night, a long-time negotiator said neither side really wants peace because peace would involve self-sacrifices neither is willing to make.
"MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Move over, pot brownies.
The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn as more states legalize the practice and awareness spreads about the best ways to deliver the drug."

1 comment:

  1. My doctor is an old friend. I knew him before he went to med school. Before med school he was an activist, fighting the good fight. As a doctor he does the same, working with the needle exchange programs, rolling a school bus converted into a clinic into the park on sundays to take care of the homeless.

    He's a good guy, and jewish. He'd ignored his birthright until somebody identified him as such and so decided if he was going to be labeled as jewish he might as well be. He goes to temple, reads the torah, sees god as an abstract experience of being in the universe, and considers himself a zionist in that everybody wants their place in the sun.

    But regarding the way israel and the palestinians behave he says they deserve each other. They've lost the good in their religions and favor the worst in humanity. He's a good guy, and jewish. And i imagine he has a palestinian counterpart. But the good guys are rarely in charge of nations or movements.