When Professor Andre Geim, Langworthy Professor and director of the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Manchester, UK, and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, first appeared on the Goldstein on Gelt show last year, he spoke about graphene, a very versatile material that he developed and for which he won the Nobel Prize. But what has happened since then? Find out why there appears to be a gap between academia and industry by listening to this week’s episode of the Goldstein on Gelt show.
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Title: The Little Book for BIG Worries
Dealing With Serious Illness
Author: Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein
Publisher: Israel Bookshop Publications
Receiving a difficult medical diagnosis can easily spell trauma, anguish, and hopelessness for a patient and his loved ones. Yet even amidst the dark skies of such a situation, Rabbi Y.Y. Rubinstein affectionately known simply as YY assures us that there is still hope.
The Little Book for BIG Worries is a compact guide that offers chizuk and calm to those who have heard worrying news about themselves or someone close to them. The book offers answers to the questions we all ask when bad news arrives. It shows readers how to find the right people who can help them, and how to avoid those who can’t. Additionally, it includes advice from renowned doctors, which can provide direction toward making the often-confusing world of medicine work with and for the patient.
Most of all, The Little Book for BIG Worries will show those going through hard times how they can smile and laugh again… even when they thought they never could.
The Little Book for BIG Worries is informative, engaging and always insightful. Rabbi Rubinstein makes his points quickly and clearly.
Rabbi YY is one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world. Now based in New York, he regularly speaks in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Gibraltar, South Africa and Israel. He is a regular broadcaster on National Radio in the UK and now USA and has written and presented shows for the BBC. The Independent newspaper cited him as among five people in the UK to turn to for advice. Queen Elizabeth has declared herself a fan of Rabbi YY’s broadcasts saying, “He’s awfully good!”
Sometimes the global efforts of the Islamists pay dividends for them. Sometimes they are frustrated by the authorities. Nothing happens very quickly in the battle against them. And no one can seriously claim they are being defeated; on the contrary. Here are some snapshots.
Reuters says one of several Islamists behind a September 19 grenade attack on a Jewish store in the Paris suburbs was shot and killed by police in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg today. Eleven other people were detained in what prosecutors called a “vast anti-terrorist operation”. The dead French man, Jérémie Louis-Sydney, 33, had served prison time for drug-dealing and had been convicted of membership in a radical Islamist movement. When police entered Sidney’s apartment around dawn, he opened fire. He was found to be equipped with a .357 Magnum revolver and reserves of ammunition.
Reuters says that in the course of the round-ups today, the police found Al-Qaeda literature, 27,000 euros in cash, and a list of Jewish organizations in Paris (the French-language reports, according to a friend of ours in Paris, used the archaic term “israélite” leading to most of the news agency reports saying the targets were Israeli, but they were actually French-Jewish) at the homes of the suspects. Among the others taken in by police is a woman described as one of Sidney’s two wives. Three of the others have criminal records for drugs, theft and violence. One of the men was arrested in the Paris region as he returned from morning prayers and was carrying a “ready to fire” 22-caliber pistol.
Melbourne’s Age newspaper has an interview today (it’s the lead story at this hour) with an Islamist preacher, Abdul Rahman Ayub, who acknowledges that he was sent to Australia in 1997 to recruit jihadists at the request of Abu Bakar Bashir, the notorious Indonesian terrorist currently serving a lengthy prison sentence. The Age calls Bashir “Indonesia’s godfather of terrorism”. Ayub co-founded the Australian wing of Jemaah Islamiah and says he personally “indoctrinated” a group of about 100 people in “the ways of violent jihad”. One of them, an Australian Moslem convert called Jack Roche (alias Paul George Holland) was later convicted in 2002 for conspiring to bomb the Israeli embassy in Canberra. In today’s interview he says he has gotten over his terrorism.
There were about 30 active “radicals” in Australia when he left there in 2002, he says, and while ”I don’t know about their recent development, whether they’re still active or not… I believe they are still there.” Ayub says he is no longer in favour of “violent jihad” and thinks Moslems “should fight only as soldiers in a war zone” whatever that means. Elsewhere in today’s Age ["J is for Jihad"], one of its foreign correspondents in Asia points out that “Indonesia’s prisons are a breeding ground for terrorists, and so are some of the Islamic boarding schools. But despite the ever-present threat of terrorism, the Indonesian state shows little interest in tackling this issue.”
UK and US
The one-eyed Sunni Islamist cleric with a hook for a hand, Abu Hamza al-Masri (sometimes known as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa), was finally extradited to the United States on Friday after his eight-year legal battle to avoid deportation ended in failure. He was jailed by the British for incitement to murder (of “non-believers”). He became famous for his hate-filled sermons in the years that he was the imam of the Islamist hot-bed, the Finsbury Park Mosque, in north London. He loved the UK, calling it ”a paradise, where you could do anything you wanted” [source], and he meant it.
British taxpayers have contributed several million dollars to the man in the form of welfare payments and government-funded legal services. The Americans have charged the preacher with hostage taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp in the US state of Oregon and calling for holy war in Afghanistan [source]. The British prime minister [source] marked the occasion with a brief appreciation of the man and his achievements:
I’m absolutely delighted that Abu Hamza is now out of this country. Like the rest of the public I’m sick to the back teeth of people who come here, threaten our country, who stay at vast expense to the taxpayer and we can’t get rid of them. I’m delighted on this occasion we’ve managed to send this person off to a country where he will face justice.
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How does the political left win so many arguments? More than any other cause, it seems to be that the political right ends up time and again fighting on terrain which has been set out for them to lose on. Take two recent examples, one from the U.S. and one from the U.K.
In the U.S. last week Sandra Fluke addressed the Democratic Party’s convention. Ms. Fluke, it will be remembered, came to fame earlier this year when Rush Limbaugh criticized her congressional testimony. Ms. Fluke had appeared before the hearing to argue over whether she should pay for her birth control – as a student in her thirties – or whether someone else should pay for it. Being criticised by Limbaugh gave her a certain fame; by the time she stood in front of the Democratic party last week she was able to portray her opponents as not merely opposed to her, but opposed to women as a whole. Indeed worse.
The mandatory references to the idiotically wrong remarks about rape made by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin were used to suggest that the GOP was actually a pro-rape party. Indeed in Fluke’s version it is even worse than that: according to her, the GOP rapes women twice over, seeking to deny them most, if not all, basic rights.
So Fluke’s stand became not over who should pick up the bill for her birth control, but what must be done to keep the Republican party from power. She was cheered to the Democratic party’s rafters for explaining how the Republicans “shut out” and “silence” women, whereas the Democratic party gives them microphones. She had “spoke[n] out,” she said, and suggested that this November “each of us must speak out” by voting for Obama.
It is true that almost any battle between two conflicting political ideologies can be made easier if you can frame the disagreement between you and your opponents as the difference between people who are in favour of rape and those opposed to it. If you do it fulsomely enough, you can even assume the wonderful aura of sanctimony Fluke did as she presented the political divide in this way. But whether originating from left or right, this is the shoddiest way to go about things. The right in America, however, is set on the run by this. So instead of it being the Democratic party which has to answer questions about why anybody but Ms. Fluke should pay for her birth control, or why a serious political party would put her on stage at their convention, the question remains whether Republicans are secretly or not so secretly in favour of rape.
This summer the U.K. saw a similar manoeuvre thanks to one of the most popular victories that the left could hope to achieve. Since the post-war Labour government, one of the main battle-grounds of British politics has been, as with America, the fight between Big State and Small State. For the British left this has been epitomized by not just gratitude for, but a kind of veneration of, the National Health Service (NHS). It doesn’t matter how many times you get bad treatment on the NHS, how many times the service fails you, or how many people you know die from avoidable infections in its hospitals – the British left will continue to tell you that the NHS is “the envy of the world.” It certainly is the envy of the third world, but there are few people from other first world countries who envy the NHS when they experience it. There are many criticisms to be made of the NHS, despite some of the excellent people who work in it. But those criticisms and the necessary corrections can never be performed as long as it is made not into a publicly-funded institution but a religion.
Knowing this, the political left continues to interpret any criticism of the NHS as tantamount to baby-killing: an expression of an obvious desire to see as many people die on the streets as possible. And this summer they got one of their best advertisements for the idea.
In the opening ceremony of the Olympics, directed by the movie director Danny Boyle, the NHS was not simply praised, it was worshipped, albeit in a strange nineteenth century version. Actual nurses played fake nurses in Victorian nursing costumes. There were no slovenly orderlies or people who had never paid into the system pushing their way in the waiting lists past those who had. What there was, instead, were these Mary Poppins-like figures smoothing down the bed-sheets of delighted, happy children.
Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague urged the European Union to place Hizbullah’s military wing on its list of terrorist organizations.
Reuters quoted Hague as saying on Sept. 7 in Cyprus, “I would like to see the EU designate and sanction the military wing of Hizbullah.” Hague was in Paphos for a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Hague said it was time for the EU to revisit the issue.
Earlier last week, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the EU should put Hizbullah on the terror list, a move that would enable the bloc to freeze the group’s assets in Europe. The Netherlands is the only country in the EU to list Hizbullah and its branches as a terror entity. Britain views only the military wing as a terrorist group.
Some EU countries reportedly are resisting the classification, most notably France. But the EU position might change if Bulgaria’s investigation into the Burgas bombing of an Israeli tour bus confirms that Hizbullah was behind the attack with its sponsor, Iran.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint news conference in Jerusalem with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov.
“We know that you stand with us against terror because terror is indivisible and the battle against terrorism must be indivisible, and the victims of terrorism include, as in this case, Israelis and Bulgarians,” Netanyahu told the visiting Bulgarian leader.
“The Heritage and Destiny Channel,” on You Tube, run by Iran, currently features a video with two British subjects: an actress and film producer named Michelle Renouf, whose real name is Michelle Mainwaring, 62, a former Australian television model, now a British citizen, and a barrister named Philip Bree, who lives in London. Both star in mock interviews by Iranian TV, and try to lend an air of rational authority in their interviews as they methodically explain that the Olympic logo being used at this week’s Olympic Games in London is in fact a conspiratorial “subliminal Zion race-supremacy logo,” and part of an international conspiracy conducted by the Jews. According to Lady Renouf, the zigzag design of the logo’s lettering spells out the word “Zion,” and refers to Jews and Israel. The video can be seen in the UK as well as on You Tube.
The Iranians have boycotted the Olympic Games this week; this broadcast is intended to encourage the member states of the European Union to do the same. Citing the names of two New York advertising executives involved in the design and promotion of the logo as proof of her Jewish conspiracy theory, Lady Renouf then yields the floor to Barrister Bree, who explains that the traditional Olympics rings found in the new logo are representative of black witchcraft and Satanism of the bloodthirstiest kind, practiced by Jews.
For those up on British history, Renouf and Bree are reincarnations of World War II’s Lord Haw-Haw. Like the pro-German propagandist who spoke by radio urging British troops to desert the army and blaming the Jews for the war, Lady Renouf (she gives herself the title of “Lady” after having been briefly married to a British aristocrat) speaks in a very posh upper class British accent as she tells her audience that pro-Jewish conspirators, notably even the British founder of the World Olympic Community in the 19th century, “a non-Jew, but a Free Mason,” were involved in creating the Olympics logo “when the Jews under Theodor Herzl were planning to conquer Palestine.”
Free Masons have long been included as part of the world Jewish conspiracy as outlined in the fraudulent Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, responsible for countless pogroms and other attacks worldwide against Jews. The Protocols are part of a successful TV mini-series played all over the Arab world, but in particular in Iran, retitled Horseman Without A Horse, that dramatizes anti-Jewish blood libels. One scene even has religious Jews murdering a gentile child to use his blood to prepare Passover matzoh.
On the surface, to the uninitiated, these two speakers sound like extremely well-educated rational people, but if one visits the You Tube website for the Heritage and Destiny Channel, they are obviously in the service of the anti-Semitic Iranian government.
The website reveals that Lady Renouf is listed as the owner and producer of a company called Telling Films, which produces pro-Khomeinist propaganda videos for the Iranian government, and anti-Semitic trailers for foreign audiences. On the Heritage and Destiny YouTube channel are other videos of her being interviewed, warning the world of a Jewish conspiracy and denying the Holocaust. According to one source, “She has become known in recent years for her defense of Holocaust deniers such as David Irving, Robert Faurisson, Richard Williamson, Germar Rudolf, Ernst Zündel, and Fredrick Töben in both broadcasts and her Telling Films documentaries. Though not a revisionist author or researcher herself, she has been frequently characterized by opponents as a Holocaust denier.”
In her interview, Lady Renouf praises the Iranian government for alerting the European Union to the international Jewish conspiracy that started with the Rothschilds allegedly controlling world banking; she explains that “World Jewry has the greatest outreach in the World,” but that they [Jews] like “to do it by hidden hand.” She urges the rest of Europe to boycott the Olympics as Iran has chosen to do.
Philip Bree, the London barrister then follows up in a similar interview, in which he explains that the Olympic symbol for 2012, displaying a pentagram and the five rings emblem for the Committee, represents the black arts of Satanism. Bree’s background is more nebulous than that of Lady Renouf, who appears to be an actress and socialite who found attention and easy money working for the Iranians. Bree appears to be just a garden variety anti-Semite. It makes sense, however, that the Iranian mullahs would see his ranting about Jews and Satanism credible to disseminate as they do the same in their sermons in Iran. Bree even suggests that the Masonic emblem of a compass is based on the Jewish Star of David.
Ever since the case of the offensive ceramic pigs in 1998, the British have been assiduously refining their methods for dealing with offenses to Islam. Earlier this year, Bruce Bawer at Frontpage recounted the tale of David Jones, who was going through security at Gatwick Airport when he made a stray comment that brought down the full force of the Speech Police on his head (emphasis added):
[A]ccording to the Telegraph, “he spotted a Muslim woman in hijab pass through the area without showing her face” and, in a “light-hearted aside to a security official who had been assisting him,” said: “If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.”
Kapow! Poor Mr. Jones spent the next hour or so being lectured about what he was and was not allowed to say by an airline official, a police officer, and several security guards, one of whom identified herself as a Muslim and told him she was “deeply distressed” by his comment. Of course it was Jones who was being unjustly harassed and who had every right to feel “deeply distressed,” but, as he later pointed out, “Something like George Orwell’s 1984 now seems to have arrived in Gatwick airport,” so that it is now considered reasonable for individuals in positions of power to claim that they are being caused “distress” by the very people whom they, in an outrageous abuse of power, are in the very process of tormenting. The cop on the scene even instructed Jones “that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said.”
It now turns out that not only are things not to be said, but no one else is to be allowed to know what was said when someone is jailed for saying them.
A Mr. Darren Conway of Gainsborough, Leicestershire, was sentenced in March to 12 months in prison for the crime of posting “offensive” posters about Mohammed and Islam on the window of his apartment. According to the Gainsborough Standard, Conway said he printed the posters from images at Facebook, which suggests he found them online through his connection with the British National Party (BNP). Presumably the images are no longer available, or there is no way to verify which ones he printed out. At any rate, the British authorities and the media offered no details about the posters after the police removed them.
A number of British citizens were naturally interested in what was on the posters, since they got a man convicted and sent to prison. It does seem reasonable for the people to know what will get them locked up. “Offensive to Islam” could mean a lot of things, and no one should have to guess what’s considered actionably offensive. One report (cited at the Frontpage link, previous paragraph) indicated that one of the posters depicted a rally of the English Defence League, but it offered no particulars about any of the other posters and how they were offensive to Islam.
So Edgar Davidson, a British blogger, made a Freedom of Information request to the crown prosecutor for details about the offensive posters displayed by Conway. The prosecutor declined his request last week, offering this explanation:
There is a substantial public interest in many circumstances in protecting from disclosure information gathered for the purposes of a criminal case. The defendant in this case was prosecuted as he publically displayed the offensive posters referred to in your request. As displaying this material was proven to be a criminal offence in a criminal court, and the graphic and violent images depicted in these posters caused offence in the neighbourhood in which they were displayed, there is a very strong public interest in these articles not being distributed any further.
Davidson invokes the adjective “Kafkaesque” in describing this interaction. Bruce Bawer cites a public statement by Ms. Judith Walker of the crown prosecutor’s organization, and parses it as follows:
We all owe Walker a debt of gratitude, for in this statement she takes us right to the heart of the matter, giving us a crystal-clear picture of how these people think. To place in the window of your home slogans and pictures that add up to a criticism of Islamic ideology is not to exercise your freedom of speech; it is to commit an act of “harassment” that has no place “in a tolerant society” and that must therefore be punished.
Turkey, seeking to cement its role as an indispensable regional power, has called for the immediate resumption of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking at a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi, said that Turkey was willing to host and “make any other kind of contribution” to negotiations between Iran and the six global powers — the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.
Salehi, for his part, encouraged the six powers to sit at the table with Iran without preconditions. “If there are excuses, it is a sign that they oppose and do not approve of the negotiations,” he said.