Translate me


Allegedly Anti-Semitic Billboard Torn Down, Left Behind Next To West Side Highway : Gothamist

Allegedly Anti-Semitic Billboard Torn Down, Left Behind Next To West Side Highway

(Courtesy ABC 7)

Earlier this week, the Wodka Vodka company slapped up a billboard along the West Side Highway featuring two dogs—one wearing a yarmulke and another in a Santa hat—with the copy "Christmas quality, Hanukkah pricing." The "joke," as if you needed it spelled out for you, is that the Jews like cheap crap while the Goys like paying through the nose for luxury. Immediately after Gawker reported on the billboard's existence, controversy ensued, surprising no one. And that's why you're reading about Wodka Vodka today, even after the billboard was removed. Whoever does their marketing is getting a nice Hanukkah bonus this year!

Ron Meier, the New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, promptly fired off a statement calling the ad "crude and offensive. Particularly with the long history of anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money, with the age-old notion that Jews are cheap, to use the Jewish holiday in dealing with issues of money is clearly insensitive and inappropriate."

After the predictable backlash and media exposure , Wodka Vodka Tweeted an apology yesterday saying: "Although rarely serious, we apologize to anyone we may have offended, and are removing our billboard immediately." City Councilwoman Gale Brewer praised the billboard placement company's decision to yank the ad, "The lesson here is simple: messages occupying public space cannot become platforms for vulgarity and invidious stereotypes."

The Times notes that Wodka is known for "shock advertising" intended to draw attention and generate controversy. A previous ad carried the text “Hamptons quality. Newark pricing." (We don't see what's so shocking about that, but anyway.) Brian Gordon, who runs the company that designed the campaign, denied the billboard was shock advertising, and told the Times, "We thought people would perceive it as 'ha ha quirky.' But people perceived it as offensive, and because of that, we pulled it." The billboard was taken down yesterday, and the Times reports they left it in a "crumpled heap near the road." Which, coincidentally, is how every experience with Wodka Vodka comes to an end.

Contact the author of this article or email with further questions, comments or tips.

Allegedly Anti-Semitic Billboard Torn Down, Left Behind Next To West Side Highway : Gothamist
Read More... Allegedly Anti-Semitic Billboard Torn Down, Left Behind Next To West Side Highway : Gothamist

Footage of Scott Olsen being shot by Police at Occupy Oakland

Read More... Footage of Scott Olsen being shot by Police at Occupy Oakland

Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves

Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves 
November 20, 2011 1:31 PM 

A child's grave site, normally at least 20 to 30 feet underwater, has joined other remnants of old Bluffton, Texas, resurfacing as the drought shrinks the state's largest inland lake. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
(AP)  BLUFFTON, Texas - Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later.
Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas' largest lakes.
Across the state, receding lakes have revealed a prehistoric skull, ancient tools, fossils and a small cemetery that appears to contain the graves of freed slaves. Some of the discoveries have attracted interest from local historians, and looters also have scavenged for pieces of history. More than two dozen looters have been arrested at one site.
"In an odd way, this drought has provided an opportunity to view and document, where appropriate, some of these finds and understand what they consist of," said Pat Mercado-Allinger, the Texas Historical Commission's archeological division director. "Most people in Texas probably didn't realize what was under these lakes."

Tour guide Tim Mohan stands on the concrete foundation of an old cotton gin in the old town of Bluffton, Texas.
(Credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas finished its driest 12 months ever with an average of 8.5 inches of rain through September, nearly 13 inches below normal. Water levels in the region's lakes, most of which were man made, have dropped by more than a dozen feet in many cases. The vanishing water has revealed the long-submerged building foundations of Woodville, Okla., which was flooded in 1944 when the Red River was dammed to form Lake Texoma. A century-old church has emerged at Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas-Mexico border on the Rio Grande.
Steven Standke and his wife, Carol, drove to the old Bluffton site on a sandy rutted path that GPS devices designate not as a road but the middle of the 22,335-acre lake, normally almost 31 miles long and five miles wide.
"If you don't see it now, you might never see it again," said Carol Standke, of Center Point, as she and her husband inspected the ruins a mile from where concrete seawalls ordinarily would keep the lake from waterfront homes.
Old Bluffton has been exposed occasionally during times of drought. The receding waters have revealed concrete foundations of a two-story hotel, scales of an old cotton gin, a rusting tank and concrete slabs from a Texaco station that also served as a general store. The tallest structure is what's left of the town well, an open-topped concrete cube about 4 feet high. Johnny Parks' tombstone is among a few burial sites.

A rusting tank and concrete slabs from a Texaco service station, normally at least 20 to 30 feet underwater.
(Credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Local historian Alfred Hallmark, whose great-great-great grandfather helped establish Bluffton, said his research showed 389 graves were moved starting in 1931 when dam construction began. That's the same year Bluffton's 40 or 50 residents started moving several miles west to the current Bluffton, which today amounts to a convenience store and post office at a lonely highway intersection serving 200 residents. Residents had to leave their ranches and abandon precious pecan trees, some of which produced more than 1,000 pounds of nuts each year. "It was devastating," said Hallmark, 70, a retired teacher, of the move. "They had no choice."
Other depleted lakes across Texas are revealing much older artifacts. More than two dozen looters have been arrested at Lake Whitney, about 50 miles south of Fort Worth, for removing Native American tools and fossils that experts believe could be thousands of years old.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees Lake Whitney, is patrolling a number of areas that contain artifacts, including some rock shelters once filled with water, said Abraham Phillips, natural resources specialist with the agency.
At Lake Georgetown near Austin, fishermen discovered what experts determined was the skull of an American Indian buried for hundreds or thousands of years. It's not clear what will become of the skull, said Kate Spradley, a Texas State University assistant anthropology professor who is keeping it temporarily in a lab. Strict federal laws governing American Indian burial sites bar excavations to search for other remains.
No such restrictions exist for the nearly two dozen unmarked graves discovered this summer in a dried-up section of a Navarro County reservoir. Some coffin lids are visible just under the dirt. Crews plan to excavate the site about 50 miles south of Dallas and move the remains to a cemetery, said Bruce McManus, chairman of the county's historical commission. He said the area of Richland-Chambers Lake is on property formerly owned by a slave owner.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime find ... and maybe the only silver lining in the ongoing drought," McManus said.
© 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. 
For more information go to:
The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or
Phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as
Criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for
Classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
Read More... Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves

Nikola Tesla unlimited free energy forever

Nikola Tesla unlimited free energy forever

From Google Videos.
Lightworks Video&Audio
Hosted by Bill Jenkins, formerly of ABC Radio, this comprehensive documentary features physicists and inventors who are challenging orthodox science to bring this non-polluting technology forward despite ridicule and suppression. See actual working prototypes that defy classical physics including phenomenal experiments in anti-gravity and the transmutation of metals.
Read More... Nikola Tesla unlimited free energy forever

Israel Social Services abandon raped and abused youth

Channel 1, at the news, August 2010 
IAD filed charges against three police officers from the police station in Carmiel about a boy was beaten unjustly. A child in Carmiel was abused in the Carmiel police station and raped and tortured the Kishon Detention Center . Carmiel Social Services Administration did not help the child even after all the traumatic events that he will bear all his life. The childs older brother who had served in a combat unit in the IDF, after this event the family has decided to to leave Israel.
It began with the police beating S., a 17 year old from Carmiel, a public urination call was made. The police charged him for attempted burglary. He was sent to the Kishon detention center for youth. There he was raped, abused they cut the boy's ear and tortured him for 4 more days, all this under the guard's noses.

The case is currently being studied in the Department of Internal Affairs Ministry of Justice. Menahem Hadar brings hard documentation on abandonment of a nightmares that will last all of his life. The boy's father turned  to Carmiel Municipality in order to receive assistance but only received evasive answers.
The boy says: "It hurts, I can not sleep, I get flashbacks, and I can not talk to people. I just can not get through the day without thinking about what happened to me, what they did to me".

The original,
לשכת הרווחה כרמיאל הפקירה ילד לאונס והתעללות

FAIR USE NOTICE: These Videos may contain copyrighted (© ) material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available to advance understanding of ecological, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc. It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior general interest in receiving similar information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:
Read More... Israel Social Services abandon raped and abused youth

Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison endures 15-hour photo shoots to capture stunning night images of star trails | Mail Online

Extremely long exposure: Photographer endures 15-hour shoots in the wintry Australian outback to snare stunning images of star trails in the night sky

By Stephen Hull

Last updated at 1:26 PM on 30th August 2011

At first glance these spectacular swirls of colour may look like clever computer graphics or the result of faulty camera work.

They are, in fact, the product of hour after hour of painstaking night-time shooting by photographer Lincoln Harrison.

His stunning pictures of star trails across the Australian night sky were taken over periods of up to 15 hours.

Shooting stars: Photographer Lincoln Harrison spent up to 15 hours taking these long exposure pictures over Lake Eppalock near Bendigo in Victoria, Australia

Shooting stars: Photographer Lincoln Harrison spent up to 15 hours taking these long exposure pictures over Lake Eppalock near Bendigo in Victoria, Australia

Ghostly: A gnarled old tree comes alive with the swirl of stars

Ghostly: A gnarled old tree comes alive with the swirl of stars

He said: ‘It was a gruelling night with a total shooting time was 15 hours in freezing conditions, sunset to sunrise.’

He had to spend entire nights outside, braving freezing temperatures in the depths of the Australian winter near Bendigo over the scenic Lake Eppalock.

Captured using a long exposure lens, the trails are created as the Earth rotates, giving the impression of the stars moving across the sky.

Mr Harrison, 36, bought his first camera last year to take pictures of clothes he wanted to sell on eBay.

He added: ‘My favourite shot is the star trail with the purple and yellow background that I've called Dawn Fire.

‘I even left my torch in my other camera bag, so I had to climb down a steep rocky cliff in the dark to get this picture. But it was worth it. It's a personal favourite.’

Stunning pattern: Lincoln created these remarkable pictures of stars moving across the night sky

Stunning pattern: Lincoln created these remarkable pictures of stars moving across the night sky

Light over the lake: Sun starts to rise over Lake Eppalock in Australia

Light over the lake: Sun starts to rise over Lake Eppalock in Australia

Lincoln added: ‘I bought my first camera in October 2010, a Nikon D3100.

‘I wanted something decent for general picture taking and for taking pictures of stuff I wanted to sell on ebay items.

‘I wasn't planning on getting into photography as a hobby but a week later I had about eight lenses and all the other goodies.

‘I've been shooting at least two or three times a week ever since, mainly landscapes, star trails when the conditions are just right.'

Reflection: Light from stars darts off the calm waters

Reflection: Light from stars darts off the calm waters

Mirror image: Colour spills over a rock as sun sets across the lake

Mirror image: Colour spills over a rock as sun sets across the lake

Read More... Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison endures 15-hour photo shoots to capture stunning night images of star trails | Mail Online

Nano Chemtrails

Nano Chemtrails

"It is potentially relatively inexpensive to do," Hall clarified. "About the same price per pound as potatoes."
Why so cheap? Because nano particles can be potentially self-replicating. That is, they can be made to reproduce themselves until programmed to stop.

Owning The Weather goes on to say that the USAF will "manage and employ a weather-modification capability by the Weather Force Support Element." These weather forces will use real-time updates from swarms of the nano-size "smart sensors" to model developing weather patterns with a super-duper computer.

Based on continually updated forecast, the weather warriors will fly follow-on missions as needed to tweak the storm. It's perfect, crows the air force. "The total weather-modification process becomes "a real-time loop of continuous, appropriate, measured interventions, and feedback capable of producing desired weather behavior."

Weather modification did not work too well with Katrina.
If the notion of inserting Autonomous Intelligence nanobots into weather systems to monitor, steer and mess with them seems risky, just wait. Around the next cloud corner are coming swarms of airborne nano-bots to optimize wind dispersal patterns for germ warfare. Or chemtrails.
But there's one small hitch. Nobody knows how Earth's atmosphere works. It is so big, so complex and so unpredictable, even real-time nano-snapshots are ancient history as soon as they are taken.
This is why the air force said, "Advances in the science of chaos are critical to this endeavor."
Good luck. After a decade of trying, not even a 48-hour weather forecast can be made without constant surprises.
Because they cannot be graphed in a cause-and-effect straight line, chaotic "non-linear" weather processes can morph unexpectedly, defying predicted weather modification inputs. Just ask Beijing.
Then there's the matter of accidental genocide. I mean human health.


The chemtrails we are too familiar with after a decade-long dose continue to inflict eye infections, nosebleeds, skin sores, muscle pain, chronic exhaustion, weakened immunity, acute asthma and allergies, short-term memory loss and heart attacks on people in more than a dozen countries. [; Chemtrails Confirmed 2008 by William Thomas]
Small particulates like the aluminum oxide found in chemtrails also kill.
Dr. Dan Woodard calls aluminum oxide a "nuisance dust". This MD says that prolonged exposures to very high concentrations of particulates that are visible in the air "can produce pulmonary fibrosis, somewhat like the silicosis formerly seen in miners."
"At one time it was thought to precipitate Alzheimer's disease, but more recent research has shown it is almost certainly unrelated," Dr. Woodward adds.
It's the tiny size of chemtrail fallout - one-tenth the width of the human hair - that make people very ill. The EPA warns that there is a strong link between all tiny particles and thousands of premature deaths each year.
Two key studies from the early 1990's by the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Cancer Society found strong links between high levels of small particles and a rise in death rates. In an article headlined, "Tiny Particles Can Kill" the August 5, 2000 issue of New Scientist pointed to findings in six cities over 16 years showing that "city-dwellers in Europe and the U.S. are dying young because of microscopic particles in the air."

According to the New York Times, "microscopic motes… are able to infiltrate the tiniest compartments in the lungs and pass readily into the bloodstream." Particles in the size range called for by the Welsbach Patent describing chemtrails are "most strongly tied to illness and early death, particularly in people who are already susceptible to respiratory problems." [New York Times Oct 14/06]

The Welsbach Patent calls for megatons of 10 micron-size aluminum oxide particles to be spread in the atmosphere. The EPA calls particles this small "an extreme human health hazard" leading to 5% increased death rate within 24 hrs.

"Hearts as well as lungs can be damaged by ultra-fine particles small enough to get into the bloodstream and inflame tissues and cells," reports the LA Times. "After they reach the heart, the particles are thought to cause a stress reaction in cells, producing inflammation that contributes to heart disease. The particles also may cause blood clots." [Los Angeles Times Dec 29/03]

The Neurotoxicology (brain poisoning) division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that exposure to airborne Particulate Matter "is an environmental health risk of global proportions." [Health Risks Of Aerosoled Particulates PubMed Abstract]

The EPA explains that by penetrating deep into the lungs and circulatory system, these dust-size particles "are implicated in tens of thousands of deaths annually from both respiratory and coronary disease."

POP QUIZ: What do you think will happen when nano-size machines tens of thousands of times smaller than this are sprayed into the open air?

Nanoparticles might better be called Nastyparticles because they make a beeline for the brain as soon as they are inhaled. Not surprisingly, they tend to accumulate and clump in the area of the brain that deals with smell. Too big to pass back through the blood-brain barrier, they become trapped there. [ Jan 5/04]

Dr. Celine Filippi also observed that nanoparticles inhaled into the lungs are so mall they easily cross the lung barrier and enter the blood. "Particles in the blood can reach the liver, amongst other organs." [ Oct 21/07]

So are we being sprayed with nano-chemtrails?
Owning The Weather 2025 was published in 1995 and discussed only non-classified military weather modification projects. Hall's Overview of Nanotechnology also appeared in 1995, when nanotech was in its Frankenstein infancy. Since then, many sources tell us, nanotech has gone exponential. []

The term "nano-chemtrails" on my homepage prompted my trusted military informant I've dubbed "Hank" to call.
"They have them," he confirmed. The U.S. Air Force has occasionally added nanoparticles to the chemtrail mix to demonstrate proof of concept.
"We're way beyond science fiction," Hank confirmed. "You can hide just about anything you want in a chemtrail - including nanotubes. Chemtrails are being altered for whatever spectrum of wavelength they're trying to bounce off of them.

What about Morgellons? Is there any connection between this bizarre and frightening malady and nano experiments?

"You're not going to like this," Hank said. "Morgellons is one unintended manifestation of nano spray experiments."
Morgellons manifests - or presents" - as intolerable itching in the skin followed by alien eruptions of thin hairs or tendrils through the skin. "It's basically the same as excreting something through a hair follicle," Hank said.
He meant a toxin - something foreign to the body.
"If you manufacture a liquid super-cyrstalline structure, vibrate it a little and give it an electrical charge - it will form into a chain."
These nanotubes will be invisible to the eye, of course. But their tendency to clump together could eventually make them big enough to be photographed and posted on the web.

How much nanocrap has been sprayed so far?
"Tens of tons," he replied.
Tens of tons of molecules?
"Much of it is still up there," Hank went on to explain. This is because nanoparticles are so light and small they tend bind to bind with oxygen molecules. And piggybacking on oxygen particles makes them buoyant.

"It travels worldwide," Hank continued. "Some of it comes down. Whatever it's exposed to up there it brings down here. We get exposed to it. We breathe it in, we ingest it. It accrues in the same spot every time. And attracts more of it… "In the liver. And brain.
"The fallout would look like a prion disease," Hank said.

"Fallout from nanoparticles would eat holes in our brains?
"Pretty much. Nano particles are ionized particles that go to what attracts them…. Because of their electro-chemical properties, they are attracted to the potassium-calcium channel in the brain."

Think about it, he said. "If they are capable of withstanding the corrosive upper atmosphere - corrosive sunlight and all those (industrial) chemicals - what would they have to be manufactured out of? Does the body manufacture anything that can deal with that? Who will come forward and say these are good?

A person shall not discharge from any source whatsoever such quantities of air contaminants or other material which cause injury, detriment, nuisance, or annoyance to any considerable number of persons or to the public, or which endanger the comfort, repose, health or safety of any such persons or the public, or which cause, or have a natural tendency to cause, injury or damage to business or property.
-EPA Air Quality Management Rule 402.

Read More... Nano Chemtrails

Tom Waits - Hang down your head

Read More... Tom Waits - Hang down your head

The Bomb Squad Episode 1

The Bomb Squad Episode 1
Episode 1 of 2 Duration: 1 hour 
Episode image for Episode 1For the first time ever, the Ministry of Defense has allowed the work of specialist bomb disposal teams in Afghanistan to be shown.
Adam is halfway through his tour of Afghanistan as a bomb disposal operator. Captured on helmet camera, we see what Adam sees as he is standing over the bomb which could kill him if he makes one wrong move.Over the past weeks, Adam and his team have cleared 17 IEDs from a compound, so that it can be used as an army base. When they're called out to the compound one final time, they take a casualty. The Bomb Squad is full of revelations - what an IED looks like, what it's like to risk your life as a highly trained operator or as a young searcher, and what it's like to be the family left behind, wondering if their loved ones will come home

The Bomb Squad E01 by Mazanga_Von_Badman

FAIR USE NOTICE: These Videos may contain copyrighted (© ) material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available to advance understanding of ecological, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc. It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior general interest in receiving similar information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:
Read More... The Bomb Squad Episode 1

Aborted Fetus Foods.wmv

It has come to my attention if you use products created by Nestle, Kraft, Cadbury, Starbucks, PepsiCo, and until recently Campbells and Solae, you are using products created in part by aborted fetuses. That's right, aborted fetuses are used under the name of “artificial flavors” in these products.


Read More... Aborted Fetus Foods.wmv

Moster Track 2011 - Shiba Inu - Itay Ben Yossef

Monster Track 2011

Shiba Inu - Itay Ben Yossef
Read More... Moster Track 2011 - Shiba Inu - Itay Ben Yossef

"?" Who am I

"?" Who am I

Mazanga Von Badman

Terra Incognita
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

Welcome all to my Blog. read on and enjoy a work in progress.
Included were medical abstracts I gathered and gleaned for their enlightenment and the furthering of their medical knowledge. Needless to say they didn't like or appreciate it at all

My story
Today my life and I, are nothing to compare with how we once were, my body and mind have often betrayed me. As with many others that I had learned to trust, value and rely upon, I have been cheated, lied to, abused and let down by them all.

I am a disabled veteran, I was drafted in to the Israel Defense Force during the 80's and have served 20+ years in various qualifications and skill levels. During my many years of service in a special unit of the combat engineers. I was involved in many aspects of firearms, ballistics, explosives and demolition, to name just a few fortes among a repertoire of aquatic and dynamic entry skills.

Discovered after many years (15 +/-) of incompetent doctor visits and hundreds if not thousands of uncaring, self righteous doctors and $. I suffer from a body full of Fibromyalgia among other pain inducing conditions caused and aggravated by 20 years military service above and beyond all possible call.

The story is longer and gets more sinister as the plot thickens, but for that u will all need to wait until I can do more writing about what I have been through and where I want to go. I also have a ton of pages to load on my sniper section and this blog.

Hope u all enjoy what I have put down, for more check out my pages.

Mazanga Von Badman

Read More... "?" Who am I

Parent's Nightmare Question..

It is every parent's nightmare question, "What will happen if I cannot provide for my children?" A disabled father gives a snapshot of his experience and how you helped his children. 
The article is available online at:
The updates are designed to easily print, fold and mail to whomever you think should read them.
-R. David Weisskopf, Chairman
p.s. Check out Love for Israel Relief Fund's latest videos and updates.

Israel P.O. Box 33050 ~ Jerusalem 91330
U.S.A. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW ~ Suite 190-610 ~ Washington, DC 20004
Phone +1-847-230-4756

Read More... Parent's Nightmare Question..

THRU YOU | Kutiman mixes YouTube

Read More... THRU YOU | Kutiman mixes YouTube

Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes

Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes
by R. D. Weisskopf, founder of the UnPromised Land channel

Despite the widespread outcry against the Ministry of Welfare, senior management refused this week to fight corruption which has been deeply-entrenched in the Ministry of Welfare for over 30 years.  One of the communities that has suffered most at the hands of the Ministry of Welfare are Ethiopian immigrants.  According to the Jewish Agency, Ethiopians are less than 3% of Israel’s  immigrant population while Ethiopian children represent 50% of the immigrant population under the Ministry of Welfare’s control.

One of the many testimonies linked to the UnPromisedLand channel is the story of a divorced Ethiopian mother whose children were taken from her when she went to the corner shop and left them unattended at her home.  ( ).  This is a classic example of the Ministry of Welfare’s “divide and conquer” strategy. 

Firstly, court-appointed social workers pushed the Ethiopian father of this family out of the picture from the beginning of the divorce.  If they were to allow him access to his children, it would have only been under the “supervision” of an 18 year-old girl working as a volunteer in a supervised visitation center.  This first step rapes the patriarchal Ethiopian culture – as evidenced by the suicide rate among Ethiopian fathers which is 7 times higher than anyone else. 

Once these social workers had this mother and children under their control – they took away three of the children to the dismay of Knesset Member Shlomo Mollah.  Nobody even considered reuniting the children with their biological father when the social workers placed them with strangers for over 4 years.  Instead of trying to defuse this family’s crisis – court-appointed social workers actually amplified devastation in each of their decisions.  Multiply this family’s story by over 84,000 Ethiopian immigrants and that is a very serious social disaster which the Ministry of Welfare refuses to address.

My experience fundraising among American Zionists is the percentage of income which Black Americans donate to Israel is twice the percentage which White Americans donate to Israel.  Black Americans like Pastor Glenn Plummer are four times more active in helping the Jewish community than White Americans.  If channel 1 would have broadcasted this story in the American media, the outrage among the 60 million Black Americans would have been entirely justifiable.

Not only does this violate the mutual trust and respect between Black Americans and the Jewish community, it violates international human rights treaties which Israel signed; and the American civil rights codes.  Every tax-deductible dollar raised in the USA and spent in Israel must comply with American civil rights codes. 

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Welfare claims Ethiopians come with “many problems” to Israel.  What this spokeswomen calls “many problems”, anthropologists call a “rich heritage” which Ethiopians trace back to King Solomon and even Moses.  Civil rights codes and international treaties define this spokeswoman’s claim as “intolerance and racism”. Both American non-profits and their Israeli partners who receive donated funds could find themselves in deep trouble if any American donor were to prove their donations were being used to violate the civil and human rights of Ethiopians in Israel.

Read More... Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes





Crime Scene - Should police have shot Parrot?

Crime Scene - Should police have shot Parrot?

Should police have shot Parrot?

Matt Zapotosky

I’ve gotten several e-mails and phone calls about my story on the dog that was shot during the Adams Morgan festival Sunday afternoon.

Most are from witnesses supporting the dog owner’s version of events, though none yet have been able to say what happened down in the stairwell where the dog was ultimately shot.

From Adams Morgan Day. (Courtesy Dylan Singleton)

Sherita Ala’i, for example, wrote to say her daughter, 9-year-old Neda Changuit, was the one mentioned at the bottom of the story, watching in horror as the shooting unfolded.

She said the dog was “subdued/contained” and there was “no need” for the police to shoot it. Though she did not see the dog after it was down the steps, she said she watched "with shock and total disbelief" as the officer fired.

( On Post Now: Owner of dog that was attacked talks about incident. )

“I thought initially that it couldn't possibly be a real gun,” she said.

Conor Healy, Neda’s father, said he, too, saw the officer draw his gun and fire. He said the officer did so calmly, after it appeared the situation had been resolved.

“Thankfully we didn’t see the bloody mess that was created," he said. "It just seemed completely out of proportion and just shocking that somebody would fire a gun on the street.”

Their accounts highlight the two main points of dispute here. First, was the dog under control before the officer threw him down the stairwell, or even before the officer got involved? And second, did the dog charge the officer before he shot?

Jacob Kishter, commander of the police's third district, said the officer remains on full duty status while investigators probe what happened. He said while he has no information to contradict what he said Sunday -- essentially, that Officer Scott Fike was justified in shooting the dog -- the investigation is ongoing. Police have received e-mails about the case, he said, and are reviewing pictures and other materials that have surfaced on neighborhood listservs.

A picture is circulating online that seems to show the dog, a 2-year-old Shar-Pei mix named Parrot, being controlled by the officer in the way his owner has described. The owner, Aaron Block, said even before this, he himself had the dog under control, and then an officer took him away.

Sushi, the dog that was attacked. (Courtesy Sheila Martins Silva)

Other witnesses have said the situation was more chaotic. Soleiman Askarinam, the owner of Spaghetti Garden, said several officers had to get the dog under control, and he felt police “did a good job” in controlling a volatile situation.

Tony De Pass, 67, a former D.C. police officer who lives in Northwest, said the dog snapped at the officer as the officer was holding it down, which prompted the officer to toss it down the stairwell. De Pass also said the dog charged at the officer before the shooting.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, the group that was trying to adopt out Parrot, has released a copy of the police report in the incident.

The report is nearly identical to Fike's and De Pass's accounts.

It’s important to note that police do not dispute that the officer had the dog pinned before the shooting. They simply dispute that the situation was totally under control at that moment in time.

Did you see the dog charge up the stairwell or act aggressively after he was pinned? Better yet, do you have photo or video of what happened? E-mail me at if so.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky | September 13, 2010; 7:19 PM ET
Read More... Crime Scene - Should police have shot Parrot?