Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday roundup (brought to you by my ER visit)

Israel has no business making things difficult for asylum seekers.
As public opinion has turned against asylum-seekers and Israel has become more insular, many Israelis believe their country is losing touch with its founding values. Anat Ovadia-Rosner, the former spokesperson for the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, a Tel Aviv-based legal advocacy group, told me the situation makes her think of her grandparents. “They were both in Auschwitz, survivors of the Holocaust. When I hear the story of the asylum-seekers … it reminds me exactly of the stories that I heard of my grandparents.” She said she understands why some Israelis are hesitant to open the borders to large numbers of refugees from outside the Jewish faith, but believes “we have a moral obligation” to do so.
Dudes have to speak up for women, etc. If you let casual misogyny slide, you're part of the problem.

Localities want sovereignty in governance but they're not getting it. And utilities are winning the fight against clean energy. Don't let them; vote in local and state elections.

What kind of ignoramus takes issue with the Declaration of Independence?

How exhorbitant is DC, by metro station?

This disruptive passenger story is amazing. Here's an excerpt from the NYT version:
Then a flight attendant, wielding two large bottles of wine, struck Mr. Hudek with both, breaking one, the complaint said. Mr. Hudek “did not seem impacted by the breaking of a full liter red wine bottle over his head, and instead shouted, ‘Do you know who I am?’ or something to that extent.” The altercation ended when flight attendants, with help from passengers, restrained Mr. Hudek with zip ties.

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