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An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details

...........................a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.

But everywhere one looks, among the speeches and the desperate diplomacy, there is no real way forward. A just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible, but it…

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Added by The_Traveler on September 18, 2013 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

Myanmar, as we knew it, is disappearing

Myanmar, as we knew it, is disappearing

I have been to Myanmar three times, first in 2005, next in 2010 and just lately, in February of 2013. It is startling, and depressing at the same time, to see how the country, as it changes, is being distorted by the influx of tourists. Of course I understand that most of the changes are good for…

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Added by The_Traveler on March 7, 2013 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Article from the Palestinian News Agency on their website 'Ma'an. -posted Nov. 18, 2012,

Ma'an News Agency, "an integral part of Ma'an Network," "was launched with generous funding from the Danish Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority 



Some of the donors with whom Ma'an Network partners are The European Commission (the EU), UNDP, UNESCO, the Government of Denmark, the Government of the Netherlands, UKaid.
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"Israel is…
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Added by The_Traveler on February 1, 2013 at 2:07pm — 2 Comments

Jewish Riots Erupt Following Netanyahu Cartoon

The following is a snip from an article at The Tablet written by Adan Chandler published Jan 29, 2013
I encourage you to follow the link and read the entire article there.…
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Added by The_Traveler on January 29, 2013 at 10:20am — 8 Comments

Hello, Parents; email from a toddler

Dear Mom and Dad,

Undoubtedly you are surprised, even incredulous, to get this email and you wonder how a 16 month old could create it. Well, with the help of an almost miraculous app on your smart phone and some judicious spell checking, my vocalizations and limb wavings have been turned into the text you see before you now.

(Please ignore any punctuation mistakes. Punctuation, along with long term memory retention, is clearly a weak spot for me.)

I am writing today…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 20, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

What We are Missing From the Aunt Jemima Post

OK, I know this is mean .... but it is funny.

First, according to SBA putting up posters is the same as child rape and now Aunt Jemima and Sicilians are black, as KS said, 'one couldn't make this stuff up.'

There are…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 25 Comments

Confessions of a Normal Man-Child

This is not so much a confession, because I don't think I did anything wrong, but more an open letter to that part of the world that may be unaware of the situation. My situation is not unique, an outlier, a detestable minority, far from it. I am the norm.

While that trope that men think about sex constantly, every 7 seconds according to one canard, is clearly wrong and a calumny, men do…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 16, 2012 at 5:00am — 23 Comments

Jonathan Pollard – slightly wacky spy

Those who slaver over any scrap of evidence that Israel is not a friend of the US will be taken aback by newly unclassified documents released by the CIA and posted yesterday by the…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 15, 2012 at 4:30am — 12 Comments

Open Salon is down

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Added by The_Traveler on December 14, 2012 at 2:18pm — 29 Comments

Old Uncle George, the Pedophile

Suppose your family was quite large and encompassed a surprising variety of kinds of people.

That would be interesting and fun and, necessarily more tolerant.

Yes there would be some friction but in an effort to get along, concessions…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 10, 2012 at 6:30am — 128 Comments

Taking pictures that are more than what the camera captures.

Taking good pictures is a triumph of mind and intent and has very little need to be concerned about technique or equipment. That follows when you need it. Technique or equipment doesn't make good pictures, people's minds and creativity do.

There are all sorts of 'Rules' of photography or 'Guidelines' if you prefer but they are, in general, sort of silly reductions of what physiologists and…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

A letter to A D Coleman, Critic

Of course, most or all photographers know, or should know, who A D Coleman is.  For those who are still kept under the stairs, Mr Coleman is, according to Wikipedia, an unimpeachable source, Coleman was the first photo critic for the New York Times, authoring 120 articles during his tenure.…

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Added by The_Traveler on December 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Truth of my 'Two Truths, One Lie'

1) I lived for some time in a Taoist vegetarian commune on the side of Pikes Peak.



2) For several years I was the absolute world expert in one very narrow field and am now unknown in that field except for the name on the process I discovered.



3) I have been married three times, twice to the same person.

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2) As a result of some related epidemiologic research work, I developed a way to catalog… Continue

Added by The_Traveler on November 27, 2012 at 7:10pm — 8 Comments

Two Truths, One Lie

1) I lived for some time in a Taoist vegetarian commune on the side of Pikes Peak.

2) For several years I was the absolute world expert in one very narrow field and am now unknown in that field except for the name on the process I discovered.

3) I have been married three times, twice to the same person.

Added by The_Traveler on November 27, 2012 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

Aligning the head, the eye and the heart - the spirit of street photography .

Most people recognize the name 'Henri Cartier Bresson.'

He said '"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. ' What he meant, I think, was that a photo must incorporate a meaning (the head), to do that it muse present the vital elements for the viewer to understand in a coherent way (the eye) and the viewer must be…

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Added by The_Traveler on October 29, 2012 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

TIGER, tiger, burning bright    

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye    

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?



...........William Blake



I don't usually take pictures of flowers, trees, shrubs, birds, etc but the light through my wife's orchids was just so beautiful this morning that I had to try one shot.





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Added by The_Traveler on October 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Art Photography - a few roses, a lot of thorns

This post appeared originally on my own photo blog  here but may be of more general interest

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Added by The_Traveler on October 3, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

V{IV} or VIV - A new New York Thai restaurant

There are 178 Thai restaurants out of a total of 7,664 in New York City listed in Tripadvisor. I was staying in Murray Hill, a semi-sedate area on the East Side, known for its solid living and not so much for its restaurants.

Saturday evening, I set out looking for a decent pre-theater meal somewhere hoping to find a little quiet place without much pretension but expecting unhappily to end up at one of the too loud, too noisy restaurants along Lex or 3d ave.

And there it was, a…

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Added by The_Traveler on September 18, 2012 at 10:54am — 4 Comments

No New Years's Services in Alexandria THis Year

For the first time in 2000 years, the Jewish community in Alexandria will not have a service for either the Day of Atonement or New Years (Yon Kippur and Rosh Hashono).

 The Jewish community, that has existed in Alexandria since Alexander the Great founded the city in 320 BCE, numbered about 80,000 in 1948 but now has shrunk down to four men and eighteen women.

Ritually correct services require a minimum of ten men, and preferably a rabbi and cantor,  and young Jewish men had…

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Added by The_Traveler on September 12, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

A test of inserting images

Lew Lorton Photography: Oct 6 Demonstration &emdash; WCW-Oct16--0791342efexprosecond try

Added by The_Traveler on September 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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