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Thursday, November 12, 2009

I was going to celebrate Israel's fantastic October, during which the country attracted a phenomenal $1.25 billion in new foreign investment (not bad during an economic downturn).

And given that those pikers peddling their boycott, divestment and sanctions wares were able to convince themselves that TIAA-CREF selling a measly $250,000 in Israeli real-estate stock was a major vindication of their cause (even though CREF let it be known that their sale had nothing to do with politics), by following the BDS rulebook I guess I can claim that support for Israel (as demonstrated by investment levels) has outstripped hostility towards the Jewish state (as demonstrated by divestment "success" - even if only imagined) by a factor of 500,000%.

But why quibble with these statistics when anecdotes can suffice to demonstrate divestment's track record as an L-O-S-E-R of late?

After all, as I describe here and here, the BDS "juggernaut" can't even pull off tricking an LA teacher's union into swallowing their poison. And given that the only institution in America that rivals Evangelical Christians in their deep attachment to the Jewish state is the US Labor movement (which would explain why they keep that giant bronze statue of Golda Meir in the lobby of AFL-CIO headquarters), I'm not quite sure where all the excitement about "divestment ascendant" is coming from.

But I guess my favorite recent tale was about the failure of the usual suspects to get the New York Mets to cancel a fund raiser for the Jewish denizens of Hebron. I mean come on! A fund-raiser for the dreaded Settlers (Bogga! Bogga! Booga!) in the heart the most blue and green city in America, and the BDSniks can't even get the Mets to lend their cause anything beyond a "F*ck y*u very much for your concern" letter?! (Oh, for an interrobang.)

I've heard that aptly named "movement" (i.e., the divestment brigade) will be gathering at the scene of last February's hoax: Hampshire College for a weekend celebration of their wonderfulness. So what better time to highlight the failures of said movement over the next week here at my favoritist of all Web sites, Solomonia.

Stay tuned...



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I boycott any and all things british, londonistanish, progressively deranged "art" - michael moore crap - if only mikey would boycott candy bars.

http://www.boycottscotland.com

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FYI. To create an interrobang in MSOffice, type ALT+8253 (you actually have to type the plus sign there). AWESOME!!

(Oh, for an interrobang.)

Interrobang was new to Nappy. Thank you, Jon, but Nappy suggests you RTFM. At the link you provided, 'tis scribbled:

The interrobang is not a standard punctuation mark. Few modern typefaces or fonts include a glyph for the interrobang character. It is at Unicode code point U+203D. It can be used in HTML and XML documents with ‽ or ‽.
Works like a charm in FF3, even if you have to zoom in (Control-+) quite a bit to see it clearly‽ (Nappy tried to set in a larger size, but Solomon controls the horizontal‽ Solomon controls the vertical‽ All your font are belong to us‽)

This just in: Norway university won't boycott Israel

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1258027275931&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Unanimous vote rejects proposal to boycott Israel academically; staff still critical of "occupation."

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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