"How can anyone who is able to enjoy the beauties of a Virgil, a Tasso, a Shakespeare, who can follow the logical conclusions of a Liebnitz and Kant--how can such a one find pleasure in the Old Testament, so deficient in form and taste, and in the senseless writings of the Talmud?"
-Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Monday, August 14, 2006

I Like Big Butts And I Can Not Lie

you other brothers can't deny
BARICHARA, Colombia (AP) - The first loud crackle tastes and feels like popcorn, but by the time the juices spray wildly in your mouth and the filament-like legs slide down your throat, there's no mistaking this toasted ant queen.

The people of sun-soaked northern Colombia have been eating ants for centuries. They believe the accurately named "hormiga culona" - big-butt queen ant - is everything from a natural form of Viagra to a protein-rich defence against cancer.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Can God Love?

A reoccurring theme and accepted general aspect of basic Jewish Theology is that God Loves the Children of Israel.
Deuteronomy 4:37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt

Deuteronomy 7:6,7,8 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 7:13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deuteronomy 10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

Deuteronomy 33:12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.


There are times when the bible uses terms for God so that humans can understand Him better. For example, "The Hand Of God" doesn't literally mean Gods hand. Regarding God's love for His people, this is not the case. His love is not a metaphor and can not be understood as one. God loves His people, literally.

I can understand God choosing a specific people to be His chosen nation, but loving them is another story.

God, last I recall, doesn't have emotion. If God doesn't have emotion, then God can't love. If God can't love, how can a basic principle of Jewish Theology be that God Loves us?

-Q | 10:59 PM | 7 comments |


Friday, May 19, 2006

Children

After I read angrysoul, I was very angry. I wanted to punch all the bad people in the face and then kick them hard while their down. Repeatedly.

now i just want to cry.

for more information see: DovBear: More Child Abuse Allegations

-Q | 12:28 PM | 0 comments |


Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Power Of Suggestion

LISBON (Reuters) - An illness that medical officials are calling the "Strawberries with Sugar Virus" is sweeping Portuguese schools as children complain of symptoms similar to those suffered by characters in a television soap opera.

More than 300 children have complained of symptoms including rashes, breathing difficulties and dizziness at 14 schools in different parts of the country. Some schools have been forced to close.

The outbreak came a few days after the popular "Strawberries with Sugar" teenage television show aired an episode about a life-threatening virus descending on a school.

Medical officials believe many children, after watching the show, feared their own minor rashes and wheezes were something serious. Others noted the outbreak came at the same time as end-of-year exams.

"What we concretely have is a few children with allergies and apparently a phenomenon of many other children imitating," said doctor Nelson Pereira, director of the national institute of medical emergencies.

"I know of no disease which is so selective that it only attacks school children," doctor Mario Almeida told local daily Correio de Manha.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cow Tipping

I learn something new everyday. Apparently cow tipping isn't real. It makes me sad.
Wiki on Cow Tipping

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Muppets Tisch

A rocking chassidish tisch always reminds me of the muppets.



click below on the picture of the muppets for their video

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Chulent Fart No More


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two strains of bacteria are the key to making beans flatulence-free, Venezuelan researchers reported on Tuesday.

They identified two bacteria, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, which can be added to beans so they cause minimal distress to those who eat them, and to those around the bean-lovers, Marisela Granito of Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela and colleagues reported.

Flatulence is gas released by bacteria that live in the large intestine when they break down food. Fermenting makes food more digestible earlier on.

Writing in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Granito and colleagues found that adding these two gut bacteria to beans before cooking them made them even less likely to cause flatulence.

They tested black beans, known scientifically as Phaseolus vulgaris.

"Legumes, and particularly Phaseolus vulgaris, are an important source of nutrients, especially in developing countries," Granito's team wrote in the report.

"In spite of being part of the staple diets of these populations, their consumption is limited by the flatulence they produce."

Smart cooks know they can ferment beans, and make them less

gas-inducing, by cooking them in the liquor from a previous batch. But Granito's team wanted to find out just which bacteria were responsible for this.

When the researchers fermented black beans with the two bacteria, they found it decreased the soluble fiber content by more than 60 percent and lowered levels of raffinose, a compound known to cause gas, by 88 percent.

They fed the beans to rats and then analyzed the rats' droppings to ensure that the beans were digested and kept their nutritional value.

When pre-soaked in the L. casei, the beans stayed nutritious and produced few gas-causing compounds, they reported.

"Therefore, the lactic acid bacteria involved in the bean fermentation, which include L. casei as a probiotic, could be used as functional starter cultures in the food industry," the researchers wrote.

"Likewise, the cooking applied after induced fermentation produced an additional diminution of the compounds related to flatulence."

-Q | 3:29 PM | 1 comments |


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Drilled Teeth Found 3000 Years Before Man Invented

These teeth are from about 3,000 years before Adam. More proof that teeth and drill bits where around before God created humans.
LONDON (Reuters) - Long before the invention of electric drills and anesthesia early humans drilled teeth to treat decay, according to research published Wednesday.

But in the absence of modern metal tools the Neolithic drill of choice 9,000 years ago was a flint head, according to Roberto Macchiarelli, of the University of Poitiers in France.

While excavating in Pakistan, Macchiarelli and a team of international scientists found drilled molars from nine adults discovered in a grave that date from 7,500 to 9,000 years ago.

"These findings provide evidence for a long tradition of a type of proto-dentistry in an early farming culture," Macchiarelli said in a report in the journal Nature.

The four females, two males and three people whose gender was unknown had a total of 11 drilled teeth. One had three drilled teeth and another had a tooth that had been drilled twice.

"Four teeth show signs of decay associated with the hole, indicating that the intervention in some cases could have been therapeutic or palliative," he added.

Some type of filling may have been used but the researchers said there is no remaining evidence to confirm it. Drilling teeth seems to have continued for 1,500 years in the area before stopping, according to the scientists.

"Presumably, the know-how originally developed by skilled artisans for bead production was successfully transferred to drilling teeth in a form of proto-dentistry," said Macchiarelli.

-Q | 1:03 PM | 0 comments |


Mets Opening Day 2009

The Mets Are Getting A New Stadium!

Pictures of planned stadium

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Simpsons Movie: July 27 2007

A cartoon of epic proportion

Click Here To See The Trailer

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Microsoft's Sephardic Pronunciation

What the hell, man? I speak with a different nusach. Microsoft sucks.

(click to enlarge)

-Q | 11:00 AM | 17 comments |


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Join The Club

I don't support this site, I just thought the picture was very funny.
From: http://www.beataseal.com/

-Q | 3:17 PM | 1 comments |


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Man Sues Himself

LODI, Calif. (March 15) - When a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car, he decided to sue the city for damages. Only thing is, he was the one driving the dump truck.

But that minor detail didn't stop Gokey, a Lodi city employee, from filing a $3,600 claim for the December accident, even after admitting the crash was his fault.

After the city denied that claim because Gokey was, in essence, suing himself, he and his wife, Rhonda, decided to file a new claim under her name.

City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said this one also lacks merit because Rhonda Gokey can't sue her own husband.

"You can sue your spouse for divorce, but you can't sue your spouse for negligence," Schwabauer said. "They're a married couple under California law. They're one entity. It's damage to community property."

But Rhonda Gokey insisted she has "the right to sue the city because a city's vehicle damaged my private vehicle."

In fact, her claim, currently pending at Lodi City Hall, is for an even larger amount - $4,800.

"I'm not as nice as my husband is," she said.

-Q | 9:48 AM | 1 comments |


Friday, March 03, 2006

Stone Me. I Can Think Of A Reason For It.

Not The Godol Hadors (click for post) post got me thinking. He said the Rambam held that if something happens to you- hey, that's life. NotTheGodolHador then points out that Chazal say to look at your midos if something bad happens. It would appear that one doesn't agree with the other. In my world, they do.

My take: Perhaps Chazal knew that if something happens to you: hey that's life. Our Sages wanted to use a mechanism to help people better themselves. By looking at yourself when something befalls you, you can analyze your actions. The cause doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that an occurrence happened and there is what to learn from it. It is very easy practice to think of reasons for bad occurrences related to your midos and what not.

Example-
Occurrence: I stubbed my toe.
Real reason for occurrence: I wasn't paying attention to were I was going.
Lesson to be learned: 1- I don't go to shul fast enough. 2- I don't go to as many shiurim as I should. 3- I kicked somebody. 4- (for my mystical readers)I dumped my toenails on the floor instead of burning them. 5- etc.etc.
The Point: I can think of a million reasons for stubbing my toe. The reasoning's I choose will be different then yours. I will choose my reasons based on, inside, what I feel I did wrong. It doesn't even matter if in the heavenly court I really did do something wrong!

I think chazal, in step with The Bam, agree that life is hashgacha klalis for the most part. They feel that you should use your daily occurrences as lessons to better yourself and the lighting that strikes people is just real bad luck.

May we all be strong enough to better ourselves so that The Creator will see our efforts and bring the Messiah.

-Q | 1:24 PM | 0 comments |


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Painting Gum

A boy stuck this:

on to this:
DETROIT (Reuters) - Painter Helen Frankenthaler's landmark abstract work "The Bay" just got a little more abstract -- to the dismay of Detroit museum officials.

A 12-year-old boy visiting the Detroit Institute of Arts with his school group on Friday stuck a wad of chewing gum on the painting, which is worth an estimated $1.5 million, the Detroit Free Press said.

The barely chewed Wrigley's Extra Polar Ice gum left a residue stain about the size of a quarter in the lower left-hand corner of the painting, the newspaper said.

The boy was suspended from Holly Academy, a Detroit-area charter school he attends, the newspaper reported.

Neither museum nor school officials could be immediately reached for comment.

The 1963 painting, which remains on display, is considered one of the most important modern works in the Detroit museum's collection, the newspaper said.

Museum curators expect to be able to remove the gum residue with a solvent once they have researched the chemicals contained in the gum, assistant contemporary art curator Becky Hart said.

"In the scheme of things, this is upsetting, and it will make us review our policies. But we're confident that the painting will be OK," Hart told the Free Press.
I side with the 12 year old boy. He is on a trip to a boring museum and needed to ditch his gum. Along comes a big painting that looks like a big wad of gum. Why not stick his gum to the painting of gum. Obviously the boy was completely ignorant to the value of the painting. Why in the WORLD was he suspended? If he put gum on the wall, would that warrant being suspended? He was being innocent. Grownups suck.

-Q | 12:38 PM | 2 comments |


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Jewish Words

The word Yahrezeit was not used until the 16th century and is from the German word Jahrzeit which is a word used by the Christian Church for honoring the deceased. (from here)

Ahh, those yiddishe roots are so givaldik.

-Q | 4:51 PM | 0 comments |


Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Bugles

They've added Bugles* to the vending machine at work! WOOOOOOOO!

HatTip: The Pregnant lady who sits around the corner from my office.





* The food, not the instrument. Having the instrument in a vending machine would be weird. I would still pay 55 cents for it

-Q | 11:47 AM | 1 comments |


Friday, February 24, 2006

Chassidish Giraffes

JERUSALEM (AP) - Vets at the Biblical Zoo have a tall order - stopping a baby boom among giraffes.

After the giraffe population tripled to nine in recent years, outgrowing the zoo on the edge of Jerusalem, the most fertile female - Shavit - has been put on birth control. The 5-year-old has been injected with birth control hormones, delivered by dart, after giving birth twice in four years.

Zoo spokeswoman Sigalit Dzir said Thursday that while the babies are cute and female giraffes make good mothers, there isn't enough room for more. Zoo keepers are also worried about inbreeding.

The zoo recently moved two giraffes to a zoo in Singapore, but American and European zoos don't want animals from Israel because of the risk of foot-and-mouth disease, Dzir said, adding that it's also difficult to transport giraffes overseas.

Shavit has received an injection of hormones that will prevent her from getting pregnant for at least a year. During the year, Shavit will be monitored, and the Biblical Zoo will share its information with other zoos around the world, including those in Berlin and San Diego.

Other zoos also administer birth control, but dart delivery is unique, said Dr. Nili Avnimagen, the zoo's head vet.

-Q | 11:33 AM | 0 comments |


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Emily Hughes

needs to grow lips.

-Q | 3:07 PM | 1 comments |


Evil Eye Warded Off

There is no difference between:
Sasha Cohen and the Power of Kabbalah (DovBear)
and
NEW DELHI (AP) - A 7-year-old girl wed a stray dog as part of a ritual to ward off the "evil eye" on her and her family in eastern India, a news agency reported Wednesday.

Shivam Munda's upper teeth appeared before her lower teeth - considered a bad omen by members of the Santhal ethnic group to which she belongs, the Press Trust of India said in a report from Dhanbad, a coal mining town in the eastern state of Bihar.

Kundan Munda, a coal mine worker, said his daughter married the dog only to "remove the evil eye," a superstitious belief that some misfortune could befall her and the family, and that she would be free to marry a man later.

Friends and family participated in three days of traditional ceremonies and festivities that are part of a Santhal tribal marriage, Munda said, according to the report.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Am I Addicted To Coffee?


I think I might be addicted to coffee. I am not sure. I've never been really addicted to anything. I started drinking a cup of coffee in the morning about a month ago because I've been very tired (It's my own fault, I know, but that's not the point here. Yell at me later). So anyway, last night I got more sleep then I usually do. Today I didn't have any coffee. Yet, I feel more tired then ever and my head feels like it is filled with cotton balls. Am I addicted to coffee? Is coffee, or lack of, causing my head to hurt?

TGIF.

-Q | 12:44 PM | 1 comments |


Inexcusable

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani cleric announced Friday a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad

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Monday, February 13, 2006

He's Baaaaack!!!

Let the hilarity ensue.

Heshy's House

In my recent trip last week to Israel I would startle Isralis when shopping if they wanted me to pay with kosher money or non kosher money. Some said we would take any money. Others thought I was offering counterfeit bills. But most wanted to know what I meant by non kosher money. I explained that American currency was kosher as it had the words In G-d we trust. Israeli bills had pictures of their secular non believing leadership and made no mention of G-d.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

Bloomberg Is An A-Hole

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't playing games - after he saw a game of solitaire on a city employee's computer screen, he fired him.

The Republican mayor stopped by the city's legislative office in Albany a few weeks ago when he was visiting the state Capitol to hear the governor's State of the State address.

Office assistant Edward Greenwood IX was going over some papers at his desk as Bloomberg made the rounds with his photographer, greeting workers and posing for pictures. When the mayor reached him, Greenwood stood, they shook hands and the photographer snapped a photo.

But the eagle-eyed mayor - a billionaire former businessman with a certain idea of how offices should be run - noticed Greenwood's game of solitaire glowing on his screen. He said nothing about it to Greenwood but later told an aide to give him the ax.

The story was reported by the New York Post on Thursday, and Bloomberg defended his no-tolerance decision.

"The workplace is not an appropriate place for games," Bloomberg said. "It's a place where you've got to do the job that you're getting paid for."

Greenwood, who earned $27,000 a year and had worked in the office for six years, said in a telephone interview that he limited his play time to his one-hour lunch or during quick breaks when he needed a moment of distraction.

"It wasn't like I spent hours and hours a day playing, because I had plenty to do," Greenwood said. "If I had been working at something exhaustively for two hours, I might get a cup of coffee and play for a minute but then go right back to my work."

The mayor's office said its records show that in 2004 Greenwood reviewed the policy that prohibits "inappropriate" use of city computers.

Greenwood said he doesn't recall doing so but probably did. He suggested that other workers in the office play solitaire and similarly stretch the rules.

"It's not like I'm the only one that ever did this," said the 39-year-old father of a toddler.

Greenwood said he wasn't angry with the mayor but wished he had been warned or reprimanded for what he called a first offense.

"I admire the guy - he's a great financial success, and he has a definite management style," Greenwood said. "I just think he could have seen my situation and weighed the harshness of his final decision."

Bloomberg, who left his financial information company for politics in 2001, managed Bloomberg LP with a style that has become his signature. He created an office setup, which he repeated at City Hall, where everyone sits together in an open-air environment - an arrangement that facilitates communication and eliminates fooling around.

"I expect all city workers, including myself, to work hard," the mayor said. "There's nothing wrong with taking a break, but during the business day, at your desk, that's not appropriate behavior."

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Monday, February 06, 2006

2006 Olympics

First off- Curling is not a sport and should not be in the Olympics.

Now, lets start the olympic fever! AAEEEIIII!!!
http://www.usolympicteam.com/

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