JERUSALEM — An influential Israeli rabbi has said God should strike the Palestinians and their leader with a plague, calling for their death in a fiery sermon before Middle East peace talks set to begin next week.
"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this earth," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual head of the religious Shas party in Israel's government, said in a sermon late Saturday, using Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's popular name.
"God should strike them and these Palestinians -- evil haters of Israel -- with a plague," the 89-year-old rabbi said in his weekly address to the faithful, excerpts of which were broadcast on Israeli radio Sunday...
I relate to this song. Back when I was 18, I heard Jerry Jeff Walker's version of this song and I knew, then, that this song was me. 30 years later I still believe it is me. I've spent most of my life wandering and there is nothing I love more than solitude and my wanderlust has shown me more of the world than most people will ever see.
I've never been a cowboy, but I think the deeper meaning of this song is wanderlust, solitude, and being one with the universe. It is the choice of adventure and experience over materialism. I regret nothing I've lost.
It might surprise some people that Jerry Jeff Walker is one of my favorite artists. I've been a fan of this guy since 1980.
The above song is one of my favorites by Jerry Jeff because it strikes a chord in my of my feelings when I left California for the last time (in terms of my place of residence. There are many things I like about California, but I love New England much, much more. All things considered, I believe the negatives of California outweigh the positives. Heck, even Texas is a better place to live than California.)
This next song is aimed at pissing off all of the radical feminists out there.
Yeah, I've got some redneck in me.
I'm a New Englander, but I lived a total of 7 or 8 years of my life in Texas and some of it rubbed off on me.
I end with my favorite Jerry Jeff Walker song, Night Rider's Lament. In some ways, this is my song.
I wish my life was still so simple as to have her problems. Taylor really speaks well to what it is like to be an adolescent. When you get to my age and you look back to the feelings she sings about, they seem light years away and it is difficult to resist the nostalgia for such a simpler existence - the existence of youth.
Lettuce, radishes and beets have been planted in a remote Arctic greenhouse, where researchers are learning how to grow crops without human contact in an environment that can't normally support edible plants.
Alain Berinstain, the Canadian Space Agency scientist in charge of the project, said no other greenhouse is designed to operate autonomously like the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse on Devon Island in Nunavut.
"Every greenhouse needs … electrical power, it needs heat and it needs people, to some extent," said Berinstain, director of science and academic development at the space agency. "The way we provide the people is through a remote link."
On the flip side, humans will need greenhouse-grown plants to provide food and clean the air and water if they begin to spend a lot of time on another planet or the moon, Berinstain said
The greenhouse is at the Mars Institute's Haughton-Mars Project research station, which is staffed for just a few weeks each summer. The surrounding environment is a polar desert where temperatures can dip below freezing even in July and there is little annual precipitation.
"There's very little vegetation, [it's] very rocky," Berinstain said. "It's beautifully desolate."
The harsh conditions and rocky, Mars-like landscape make it a popular spot to test robots, space suits and other technology designed for use on other planets.
"Wherever we end up operating greenhouses on other planets, it will be an extreme environment," Berinstain said. "So it's about learning to work with a greenhouse that way."
The project was established in 2002 after the Canadian Space Agency heard the Mars Institute was interested in having a greenhouse at the research station.
The researchers visit every summer to set up a spring crop and a fall crop. They also upgrade the computer systems that let them monitor the plants and keep them watered and warm during the growing seasons.
The greenhouse is heated with propane during the summer, and the computers run on solar power. Water comes from a nearby stream and some of it is saved over the winter. The plants are monitored with webcams and sensors that detect the acidity of the nutrient solution, the water levels and the temperature.
When fall arrives, the propane runs out, the plants freeze and the computers are kept running with wind power during the 24-hour darkness of the Arctic winter...
I recently saw this artist in concert (in a room about the size of your average living room). She is AWESOME.
She has a large lesbian following. I don't know whether she is a lesbian, but I seem to have a thing for women like her. Perhaps I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body? Who knows. She's about 25 years old, definitely too young for me.
Natalia LaFourcade is someone I absolutely must see in concert. Can you believe she is 26 years old? She has such a beautiful voice. Recently, I saw her friend Ximena Sariñana in concert in an extremely small venue. She was an arms length in front of me.
I don't find this very surprising. The same haplogroup is found in Greece, just across the big pond from Egypt and we know that Greeks and Egyptians exchanged DNA. Political "correctness" is the primary motivator of theories dismissing the presence of Europeans in places like Africa, East Asia, and the Americas, but there is solid genetic evidence proving that Europeans spread into North Africa, Asia (what is now called Xinjiang), and North America (the X halpogroup).
While it is true that the first homosapians evolved in Africa, it is not true that we stopped evolving in Africa. Recent evidence proves that Europeans are part Neanderthal and we know that the Neanderthal became Neanderthal in Europe and not in Africa (though there antecedent species came out of Africa). We also know that the color of European skin evolved in Asia and not in Africa.
Despite the refusal of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, to release any DNA results which might indicate the racial ancestry of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, the leaked results reveal that King Tut’s DNA is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y chromosomes.
The DNA test results were inadvertently revealed on a Discovery Channel TV documentary filmed with Hawass’s permission — but it seems as if the Egyptian failed to spot the giveaway part of the documentary which revealed the test results.
Hawass previously announced that he would not release the racial DNA results of Egyptian mummies — obviously because he feared the consequences of such a revelation...