If you want to see how the NBA imagines its future, don’t bother watching the court. Instead, squint into the rafters and try to find the six tiny cameras that are part of the SportVU tracking system being implemented league-wide this season. Derived from Israeli missile-tracking technology, SportVU records a player’s every dribble, pass, and off-ball movement 72,000 times a contest – that’s 25 times per second. The big idea: Motion-capture software sophisticated enough to defend against an incoming Scud should be able to distinguish between a lethal Stephen Curry three-point bomb and just another errant Monta Ellis long-range brick.
What are the odds that Israel will put its foot down and prevent the Iranian nation from continuing to develop their nuclear program? They were able to accomplish that feat against Iraq. Does Israel have another option? The Israelis will have to handle the Iranian nuclear problem. My hope is that this does not start the third World War.
This is not a world we should accept. This is what’s at stake. And that is why, after careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike.
As a traveler I also was not too choosy of my destinations. Israel was on my long list of places to visit. However for Matt Gross, Israel was on his list of places not to visit along with Iraq and Afghanistan.
Being Jewish he was expected to have the Jewish state on his list– an author of “Am I a Jew?–suggested he see Jerusalem. Matt Gross “ended spending six December days in the holiest place on the planet and surrounded by the Old City’s 500-year-old stone walls and legions of Christians, Jews and Moslems, I would be the lone unbeliever, walking a tightrope between belonging and individualism, observing not necessarily my faith but the faithful.”
“The Old city turned to be…,exactly the kind of place where I feel comfortable. A place I never thought I’d visit. Now I didn’t want to leave.”
Leave however I did with the intention to return for a longer sojourn. This time I will perhaps not book sight unseen a hotel on the eastern side of Jerusalem. My introduction to the segregation of Jerusalem into the east and western side was disquieting. With his hand forming a gun and his index the barrel, my riding companion on the bus told me he wouldn’t be caught in that side of the city. I wasn’t aware this was conquered land from Jordan.
New York Times, Sunday January 15 2012.
Lost in Jerusalem while flying at 38,000 feet enroute to Cali, Colombia via Miami.
In his tone, at least, Mr. Obama is working to reassure Israel. In an interview published on
Friday, Mr. Obama reiterated his pledge to prevent Iran from acaquiring a nuclear weapon —
with force, if necessary — and ruled out a policy of accepting but seeking to contain a
nuclear-armed Iran. The Israeli government, he said, recognizes that “as president of the United States, I don’t bluff.”
The White House’s choice of interviewer — Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for
the magazine The Atlantic — was carefully calculated. Mr. Goldberg is closely read among
Jews in America; in 2010, he wrote an article exploring the situations under which Israel would attack Iran.
American Jews are anything but monolithic. More dovish groups, like J Street, are trying to
make a case against a pre-emptive Israeli strike. But for the next few days, Aipac will set the tone for an intense debate over the Iranian nuclear threat.
Israeli women and the Haredim. A controversy in the making that could get ugly. From the New York Times an article….Israeli Women Core of Debate On Orthodoxy, by Ethan Bronner and Isabel Kershner. Jerusalem!
“A fool throws a stone into a well and 1000 sages can’t remove it,” says Rabbi Dror Moshe Cassouto, a 33-year-old Hasidic, whose goal is to spread the light. “God watches over the Jewish nation, as long as it studies Torah.”
He is horrified about the spitting incidents and Nazi talk. He claims hard liners have caused harm to the Haredim. When asked about this he said, a fool throws a stone…and sages can’t retrieve it from a well, quote.
Three months ago the Israeli Health Ministry awarded pediatric professor, Channa Maayan for her book on hereditary deceases common to Jews. She was forbidden to take the stage to receive her prize, she was separated from her husband, and she was instructed that a male colleague would have to accept the award on her behalf. She complied with everything and yet a controversy has arisen.
Other have not taken this affront to women quietly. Maayan’s story is “entering the pantheon of secular anger building as a battle rages in Israel for control of the public space between the strictly religious and everyone else.”
“The place of the ultra-Orthodox Jews, an issue that has been neglected, has erupted into a crisis.”
What follows in the article is about “hadarat nashim, the exclusion of women and the Haredim.
I find it ridiculous that society still pays attention to the ultra-anything. I think it’s time to set the balance so that all can share open spaces without feeling being violated.
“The coexistence between the two is breaking down,” said Arye Carmon, president of the Israeli Democracy Institute. “It is an extreme danger.”
Read more…while flying at 36k feet. Nice ride, a few bumps and a coughing man behind me. NYTimes INTERNATIONAL Sunday, January 15, 2012
And then there is the book review of Karl Marx! No I’m kidding. The Overman. How Friedrich Nietzsche inspired and provoked his American readers, by Alexander Star
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