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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_UwGgLdmdI&eurl=http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8KwUSQL9zc&eurl=http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/&feature=player_embedded No doubt, I’ll be accused of being an anti-Semitic Jew or something, but the two videos of a 60 Minutes segment (posted below) are worth watching:

A Post-Hamas Gaza: It Can Get Worse

A few days ago, I noted that, if history is any guide, a post-Hamas Gaza could wind up under the sway of even more radical factions. Sadly, I’m not the only one who thinks this (italics mine):

The Gaza War: Answering the Wrong Question

Gideon Lichfield has an excellent op-ed which gets at the core of why Israel doesn’t seem to be winning the PR war–Israel hasbara* is answering the wrong question (italics mine):

In the midst of all of the talk about hitting Hamas hard (or even eliminating them as a political entity), no one is asking what will happen if they are so weak that they have to relinquish power.

If you thought this post was about is more wrong, the Israelis or the Palestinians, you’ve come to the wrong place. What I want to talk about is something that, in the early 1980s, I called Reaganite Judaism.

Some Thoughts About STAP

Jonathan Eisen has a paper in PLoS One describing software that he’s developed for analyzing 16S rRNA sequence data. Rather than walk through everything, I’ve decided this post will be different: I’m going to treat this as a manuscript that I’m reviewing (there will be some differences, and it won’t be as formally written as…

…stop rapists over here. Because fighting them over there isn’t working out so well. If DHS, which was supposed to protect us from terrorism, can go after intellectual property theft, certainly rape falls under its purview.

Wolfrum at Shakesville alerts us to The New Right’s attempt to lay our failed energy policies every but at the feet of Republicans: Take the post “How did the GOP get stuck “Defending Big Oil” again?” Now, this post could have been just five words long: “Because that’s what they do.” But the post is…

Israel’s ‘America Problem’….

…or more accurately, Israel’s ‘self-appointed leadership of the American Jewish community’ problem. From Jeffrey Goldberg (italics mine):

Last week, Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2001-2005, came out in support of Sen. Obama. In light of the Republican propaganda about how Obama would be ‘anti-Israel’ or some other hooey, it’s worth noting why Kurtzer supports Obama (italics mine):