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Algorithm Determines 'Ideal' VP for Obama, McCain
By IDG News Service
It turns out that the ideal vice presidential candidate for Sen. John McCain, the
presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is the same person as the ideal VP candidate for
Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a sophisticated online
survey by Affinnova Inc.
For both candidates, the best running mate is Colin Powell, a former U.S. Army general
and former secretary of state under President George Bush, according to the survey, which
was powered by an Affinnova algorithm it calls "evolutionary optimization.
IDF: Rocket Fired from Gaza Hits Southern Israel
By VOA News
The Israeli military said Monday that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip has landed in
southern Israel, further straining the fragile cease-fire between Israel and the
Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
Israeli officials did not report any injuries or damage from the rocket. No one has
claimed responsibility for the incident. Hamas has warned it would take action against
anyone who breaks the truce.
On Sunday, Israel re-opened a border crossing with Gaza to allow about 80 truckloads of
commercial goods into the Palestinian territory. Israel closed the crossings after an
Islamic Jihad rocket attack last week. The group said the attack was revenge for Israel's
killing of one of its commanders in the West Bank. The West Bank is not included in a
cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.
Obama Campaign Web Site: Free Islamic Terrorist!
A blog posting on Sen. Barack Obama's official campaign site urged Americans to take
action to secure the release of imprisoned terrorist fundraiser Sami Al-Arian, comparing
the controversial former professor to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
The posting, which has been removed since publication of this story, is just a sampling
of a large volume of racist, anti-Semitic and pro-Palestinian rhetoric published on the
user-friendly MyObama community blog pages. The Obama campaign does not monitor all blog
material, which is posted by registered users, but says it removes offending posts that
are brought to the attention of the administrators.
In a blog post on Obama's site titled, "We are all Palestinians," user Ulf Erlingsson
lamented what he called the "harsh" conditions of Al-Arian's imprisonment
explaining he "lives in segregation
is not allowed any visitors and is given only
two phone calls a month."
The posting quoted Agha Saeed, chair of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights
and Elections, comparing Al-Arian to King and Malcolm X, who "symbolized the struggle for
human rights in the fifties and sixties. Dr. Sami Al-Arian has come to symbolize the
current struggle for human rights."
Al-Arian, a former university professor was arrested in 2003 on multiple charges of
funding terrorists, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization, which
took credit for every suicide bombing in Israel since 2005. In 2006, Al-Arian accepted a
plea bargain resulting in a conviction with conspiracy to aid Islamic Jihad.
He was sentenced to 57 months in prison including time served. He was to serve the
remainder of 19 months and then be deported, but was held in contempt of court for
refusing to testify in other related terrorism cases involving former associates. The
contempt charges were overturned last year, but in March Al-Arian was subpoenaed to
testify in front of another grand jury in a terrorist case, and he has so far refused.
One recently removed posting claims Jews control the media: "Jewish owners and managers
of CNN, FOX NEWS, mainstream media and the press determine which person, which facts,
which version of the facts, and which ideas shall reach the public," read the blog.
Another post referred to Jews as "puppet masters" and "war criminals." Yet another
posting, titled "The Israeli connection to 9/11," claimed Israeli intelligence was
involved in the mega-attack and planted "false flags" to blame Arab countries.
Other MyObama posts have warned of "Judeofacists and their Neocon comrades" who
"already destroyed America ... The entire Congress should be overthrown by revolution for
having sold America to the Israelis."
A popular topic on Obama's site seems to be the so-called Israel Lobby. An Obama site
search under the key words "Israel lobby" brings up a large number of pages with titles
such as "Bush uses Nazi history against Obama to pander to the Jewish lobby" and "The
Israel Lobby: bad for the world."
In one recently removed posting, titled, "How the Jewish Lobby works," the page read,
"No lobby is feared more" and claimed Jews "run the Federal Reserve Bank, US Homeland
Security, and the US State Department. If a politician does not play ball with the Jewish
Lobby, he will not get elected, or re-elected, and he will either be smeared or ignored by
the Jewish-owned major media," read the posting.
Obama's campaign did not return a WND e-mail request for comment before press time, but
Obama spokesmen have previously stated the campaign cannot monitor all content but it
promptly removes content brought to its attention that is deemed inappropriate or
German Sports Expert: Munich Athletes 'Sacrificed Themselves'
By Israel Faxx News Services
A German sports expert has raised hackles for saying that Israeli Olympic athletes
wanted to die to gain sympathy for Israel.
Arnd Krueger, director of the Sport Sciences institute at the University of Goettingen,
said at a recent conference that this was the only way he could explain why the athletes
killed by Palestinian terrorists in the 1972 Munich Olympic Village did not leave the
village, even though they had felt insecure there. He later told Ha'aretz that he had been
at the Munich games as a young reporter, and that one of the Israeli athletes had told him
the village did not seem safe.
Participants at the academic conference were so shocked by Krueger's words that they
demanded the university president take action, according to a June 28 report in Der
Spiegel magazine. The university reportedly was waiting to hear from the German
Association for Sport Sciences.
At the conference, Krueger also suggested that Israelis had a "different concept of the
body" from that in other western countries, which he also linked to their supposed
"self-sacrifice." According to his thesis, Israel tries "with all possible means" to avoid
disabilities and he added that Israel has a higher abortion rate than other western
The comments drew a sharp reaction from Israel's deputy ambassador to Germany, Ilan
Mor. In Der Spiegel, he called Krueger's comments "one of the worst examples of the
dehumanization of the State of Israel, and an example of the new flare-up of anti-Semitism
in Germany, disguised as criticism of Israel."
According to Der Spiegel, Krueger repeated his theories in a written statement to the
university, with the disclaimer that he is not an anti-Semite.
Poll: 76% of Israelis Feel Safer Living as Jews in Israel Than in Diaspora
A vast majority of Israeli Jews - 76 percent - said they believed it is safer to live
as a Jew in Israel than in the Diaspora, with only 10 percent choosing the Diaspora as
being safer, according to a recent survey.
The third annual Survey of Contemporary Israeli Attitudes toward World Jewry was
conducted by the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem June 24-25, among a representative
sample of 500 Jewish Israelis over the age of 18.
Forty percent of Jewish Israelis said they believed that Diaspora Jews should continue
to be allowed to legally fund political campaigns and personally support Israeli
politicians. Half of respondents said such funding should be disallowed.
Israel Prepares for a Major Earthquake
Increased seismic activity in the region has prompted the Health Ministry to advise
hospitals in the north of the country to prepare for a major earthquake.
The prospect didn't seem to faze National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben
Eliezer, who kibitzed Monday on Voice of Israel government radio's midday news program,
saying he's "more afraid of a political earthquake" than of a major natural disaster.
Nonetheless, the issue is one that Ben Eliezer takes seriously, as do others. The
Health Ministry warning came in response to a government report that a major earthquake in
the Galilee may be on the way.
Ben Eliezer noted that literally hundreds of very weak tremors have been registered in
the past decades. The minister also warned cabinet ministers a little over a week ago that
the irregular seismic activity has been affecting southern Lebanon.
According to Rami Hopsteter, director of the Geophysical Institute of Israel, hundreds
of tremors have hit the region since February 15, in a series of four waves that emanated
from southern Lebanon. The tremors were felt in an area some 10 to 15 kilometers west of
Metulla and Kiryat Shmona in Israel, and 20 kilometers east of Tyre, in Lebanon.
In an exclusive interview with Israel National News, Hopsteter said the pattern of the
quakes was unusual, one that had never been seen before in the region. "Had you been
checking the activity in early February you would have seen that the average was one or
two events per year, really low activity," he said. "Then suddenly there was this very
pronounced activity, with the strength going up and down, and this has happened four
times. Such activity, the up and down activity, sometimes ends with a strong event," he
Hopsteter said the pattern is one that is sometimes seen by seismologists in New
Zealand and Japan "and elsewhere, particularly in the Pacific region, where it is much
more active." But along the Dead Sea Fault, where Israel is located, the pattern has never
before been recorded.
So how likely is it that Israel will get hit with a major earthquake? "We cannot say
numbers," Hopsteter stressed. "But it is clear that the probability is now much higher.
It may occur. And different organizations should do what they can to minimize damage in
any event. The Health Ministry decided, look, there is this report and let's just make
sure everything is in order. That was smart."
There is no reason to break out the alarm bells, however, he hastened to emphasize.
"In any case, you have to do it, to prepare for natural disasters. Look, there is a chance
that a strong quake could occur. So do something about it and get ready.
More than 500 tremors have been recorded by seismic registers in the region since
mid-February, and among them have been a number of significant earthquakes in Israel.
Four moderate quakes shook the northern region on June 12, all originating in southern
Lebanon and ranging from 3.9 to 4.2 on the Richter scale. Those were followed by another
wave of more than 70 aftershocks, all within a two or three-day period, according to
Hopsteter. There were also seven tremors since June 13, which were felt by residents of
In March 2008, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale was felt throughout
much of northern and central Israel, the strongest quake to hit the country in years.
Several days prior to it, a temblor measuring 4 on the Richter scale shook the Jewish
State from Kiryat Shmona to Jerusalem, also originating in Lebanon.
On July 11, 1927, an earthquake that registered 6.2 on the Richter scale caused major
havoc on both sides of the Jordan River, in the northern Dead Sea area, said Hopsteter. He
explained that 285 people were killed, 985 others were wounded and thousands of buildings
were damaged and destroyed. "A similar event would affect all neighboring areas," he
Unique Israeli Milk-Bag Container Undergoes Revolutionary Change
Following a new invention by a pair of yeshiva students, Israel's famous milk bags can
be cut by a knife built-in to the plastic container.
Israel has long been famous for its unique approach to milk. Instead of throw-away milk
cartons, milk in Israel - both the 1% and 3% fat varieties - comes in bags. Because they
clearly lack the ability to support themselves upright on a table, plastic containers
specially designed to hold one-liter milk bags are sold widely throughout the country.
Though the system works, as proven by its popularity over the course of decades and
across the width and breadth of the land, it still has one small drawback - namely, the
occasional absence of a handy knife or scissors with which to cut an opening in the bag.
Teeth have been known to be used when people are thought not to be looking, usually
leaving a jagged hole and inaccurate milk-dispensing.
This problem has now been solved. Two yeshiva student brothers, Shimon and Yitzchak
Cohen of Tiberias, have invented Kankomat - an improved version of the milk container in
that it comes complete with its own knife. The name stems from a combination of the words
kankan (container) and automatic.
"Cry over hard-to-spill milk no more," recommend the Cohen brothers, who are selling the
container for ten shekels.
The knife is actually located at the top of the container, corresponding to the spot on
the bag at which the milk is to be poured out. The bag is placed in the container, with
the desired corner sliding into the sharp scissors-like aperture. Safely and cleanly, a
snippet of the bag is removed, leaving a permanent opening via which the milk can be
"Cry over hard-to-spill milk no more," recommend the Cohen brothers, who are selling
the container for 10 shekels. They claim that families that have until now refrained from
buying milk bags and choose the more expensive milk containers instead can save up to 900
shekels a year with the new invention.
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