I've been writing that I don't understand why Israel isn't following elementary counterinsurgency as espoused by David Kilcullen ("The Accidental Guerilla") and General Petraeus and proven in Iraq. The key: get the people on your side with minimum force and maximum exposure and trust-building. I recognize it's a more complicated dynamic with Israel/Palestine, yet Israel is literally doing the exact opposite. Creating more insurgents through heavy force. What do you think?
If someone is doing the exact opposite of the only strategy that is known to work, what is the most reasonable conclusion to draw? … that they don’t want to achieve that which they claim to want to achieve?
How do I make friends in a new city? I'm moving in a couple of months and all the friends I make are usually through college. Now that I'm out of school, I'm kind of lost.
this is one of those things that seem hard, and a lot of people struggle with it, but i think we can find an answer thru your question here
before, you made friends “through college”
what is college!
college is dorms, classes, extracurricular activities, library, dining halls, parties; structured social things, all centered in one place
when you leave college, there are still things like that all around you, just not in one place
out of college, i have met people through:
classes [i took improv, acting, voice classes, but there are many kinds of classes, many ways to continue your education; look at the listings for the nearby community colleges, YMCAs, parks and recreation depts, etc]
couchsurfing [i’ve done this in a couple of cities. one of the people that i couchsurfed with said that they signed up to couchsurf in their own city (chicago) when they first moved there, and/or did couchsurfing meetups, as a way to meet new people. also, i have a lot of musician friends who couchsurf through cities as they tour, and they end up with a lot of friends throughout the country. i think that’s really cool]
bookstores and book clubs
the internet :> there always ends up being cool people who are using the same platform you’re using — i’ve met people from livejournal, myspace, tumblr, even facebook. usually it works out well!
"extracurricular activities" — concerts, museum events, karaoke, gay pride picnics, film screenings
okcupid … weirdly enough, there are people who DO use that site just to meet friends … and, from personal experience, a couple of girls that i dated from OKC ended up being friends
here’s a lifehack — if you change your location on facebook, then click on Events, it will show you “nearby events,” which may include everything from movies at a dollar theatre to house shows, painting excursions to marathons
i am a big anxious shut-in who prefers my bed to everything but my trick is to just say yes to everything, then i have Things to attend. you can meet a lot of people that way
lastly — my mom went from being a complete introvert with no friends to a happy bright lady with tons of friends. she goes to parties and hiking trips every single weekend. now, i don’t know if this is an “older people” thing, but i know that she met a great deal of these people through “meetups,” most of which started with meetup.com. you might be able to limit the search to people your age and activities you like to do… my mom’s hiking groups are like, mostly women between the ages of 35-50. so i’m sure there’s got to be some kind of search trick you can do there
"pro-israeli stakeholders (often with tons of money involved) are in charge of the news that makes it to your ears and eyes." isn't this dangerously close to 'jews control the media'
i hesitated to put this on my blog. i said “pro-israeli” supporters dictate what makes it to the media. but this anonymous comment actually illustrates my next point excellently.
someone that understood the israeli-palestinian conflict (and wasn’t trying to make a stab at being a cheap, willfully ignorant troll) would understand that israel is a self proclaimed capital-Z Zionist state, founded by the World Zionist Organization, and means to advance Zionist ideology.
Zionism is not Judaism. Here, let someone else educate you:
Zionism is effectively Jewish radical nationalism. Centuries of Jewish oppression - the faithful millions exiled and murdered throughout history - are constantly invoked and exploited as justification for Israeli abuses of international law. The injustices suffered by Jewish people for centuries now serve as vindication for injustices perpetrated by the Israeli state, in plain view of the international community. Because Jews have suffered, Israel argues, Israel is obliged to inflict suffering upon others, and it is imperative that Israel should become an aggressive world power “in its own defense.” http://dissidentvoice.org/2008/05/zionist-ideology-and-propaganda-in-israel-america-and-germany/
This is largely unquestioned by international peacekeeping organizations, and has been allowed for longer than many Tumblr users have been alive, thanks to the heavy support of Christian Zionists in America. Because of this, American media outlets have to spin their reporting to appeal to their base. If you don’t tow the line and side with the Holy Land, your ratings will drop because your viewers will think you’re blasphemous and insensitive.
This anonymous comment actually illustrates this effect perfectly. I’m perceived to be an anti-Semite because the typically world-ignorant American sentiment towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be summed up by the average thought process used to approach it:
Americans look to Bibical prophesy, and the book says Jews should inherit Israel so God can come to Earth, so that’s capital-G Good;
Jerusalem is there, and that’s where Jesus lived, so even if you aren’t a Jew, Israel is Good as well;
Palestinians (Muslims) live there, and The Muslim Islamist Terrorists did 9/11 to America, so clearly they’re capital-B Bad.
When this is all you think you need to understand about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, it’s all very simple to understand: “Bad People doing Bad Things to Good People at the Good Place. The Poor Jews in Israel Where Jesus Lived are getting Jihad-ed by Terrorist Islamist Muslim Terror Rebel Fighters.” Take out a few words and there’s a real news headline in there.
If you don’t agree, clearly you’re an anti-Semetic America-hating Islamist sun worshiper, or something just as heinous. This is the power that Zionist Israel commands over the world: the ability to bend any dispute (valid or not) in their favor by turning it into one of worldwide moral obligation. By presenting their own aggression as self-defense against violent persecution, the world’s leaders are forced to take the “moral high road.” Nobody wants another Holocaust to happen on their watch, so allowing Israel to “defend itself” gets a free pass, without question.
Don’t get me wrong, Israel is within its rights to defend itself from attacks against its people and its territories, against any aggressor. But when the aggressor is Palestine, a nation crippled by 50+ years of Israeli occupation, severe economic and social restrictions, and literal barriers designed to keep people penned up in destitute warzones - who is the aggressor?
Notice how Palestinian rebels are called “terrorists” in nightly news reporting, and Israeli forces are called by their full military designation: Israeli Defense Forces. The words “terrorists” and “defense forces” are carefully selected by the PR teams on both sides of the conflict, because the implicit connotation of “defense = good” and “terrorist = bad” tells readers and viewers how they ought to interpret this conflict.
Orthodox Jews do not believe the actions of the Zionist state of Israel represents people of the Jewish faith, so no, “jews don’t control the media.” However I would challenge my anonymous friend, and anyone that would like to defend Israeli aggression, to find me a mainstream media outlet that gives as much credence to the Palestinian side of this conflict as other major outlets happily bend over backwards to give to the Israeli side.
Because of the stigma behind Muslim support in America, and the significant influence of Christian Zionism, there is an empty vacuum where there ought to be fair coverage of the Palestinian side. Not surprisingly, Israel is happy, and generously equipped, to fill in that gap - in its own self-defense, of course.
I saw your comment about pro israeli or neutral... Tell me one thing though, I'm not trying to start a fight or anything, do you know that Hamas fires rockets each month, even during ceasefires, at Israeli and Palestinian civilians? Now I'm not condoning the killing of children, or anyone for that matter, but do you really think that it is ok for Hamas to target civilians each and every time they fire their rockets into Israel?
you definitely are trying to start a fight.
israeli deaths from hamas rockets during the entire history of the conflict, as of 2012: 26 individuals [citation, Modoweiss]
palestinian casualties in the past ten days: 291 individuals, most of them civilians [citation, Reuters]
hamas rockets, which are usually one of the several “qassam” models, are crude projectiles assembled by hand in backyards and garages, aren’t very accurate (although newer models are moreso) and while they are capable of killing people (at a success rate of <0.217% [citation: Mondoweiss]), they are in no way comparable to israel and the IDF, which are fed an IV drip of cash and armament from the United States military industrial complex, at a much-touted rate of around 8 million us dollars per day [citation, PolitiFact, skeptical/fact-checking website—considers this an “accurate estimate”].
firing trash rockets indiscriminately into Israel is definitely a shitty thing to do. it is also not the apocalyptic threat that israel and pro-israel propaganda (most of it headed by evangelical christians in the USA, who have a vested interest in getting Israel squared away so the Rapture can happen. i’m not making this up, although, hilariously, israel’s behavior is starting to alienate even these die-hards) say it is.
israel is so far up its own ass at this point that far-right Israeli protesters in Tel-Aviv are showing up in white supremacist/nazi t-shirts with stars of david replacing the iron cross motifs [Haaretz]. this particular gang of winners beat up some peace demonstrators, sending one guy to the hospital, before calling it a night.
I have several done years of RPing, and this has taken me to countless different forums and, if you are at all familiar with RP forums, let me tell you, they were the lowest of the low some six or seven years ago.
In one of these forums, a legendary tale happened, a tale that, if I can ever recommend one thing to you, it is this:
A story that happened to an anonymous RPer years ago.
Anyone will be able to appreciate it (and trust me, you will), but if you are kinsmen or kinswomen to me, if you ever had to experience the shittiest of RP forums and their terrible userbases, particularly that one guy that does whatever he wants and is an asshole that clearly godmods but gets away with it because the actual mods don’t give a damn, you will find the beauty behind the ballad that much brighter.
Just trust me on this one. It’s not a particularly long read, either.