Tag Archives: Hebrew

Now I’m not typically one to question your choice of cover photo…

… but if you’ve been charged by the SEC with playing “a key role in an alleged scheme that allowed a ring of brokers, investment advisers and their clients to profit from the deaths of terminally ill patients“, then you may not want to think twice before you select one that both touts the position that enabled you to play this exact role, and effectively summarizes the nature of said scheme:

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The failing New York Times may be taking this whole “post-truth” thing a little too seriously

The New York Times reported Tuesday on the installation of a cross at the St. Nicholas National Shrine beneath the World Trade  Center. The Times’ article included a most curious assertion:

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Just what is Haaretz desperately trying to hide in Elisheva Goldberg’s murky past?

Last week, Haaretz published a report about a minor trend that sees some Birthright students who become more critical of Israel’s policies after visiting. The piece devotes extensive coverage to notorious anti-Israel advocate Elisheva Goldberg* (who did not come to Israel through Birthright, but does volunteer with Extend, an organization that takes Birthright participants on follow-up tours of the West Bank). The article even refers to the incident that the first link in this paragraph is about (this one, if that’s confusing).

*If you don’t know why, you should probably read the link.

Though on the surface, the piece goes into great detail concerning Ms. Goldberg’s interests and activities — listing pretty much every trip she has taken abroad over the past decade or so — Haaretz appears to have gone to great lengths to actually obscure the true nature of Elisheva’s past. Because this blog has devoted a great deal of space (that’s three separate links) to the task of thoroughly exposing that past, it shall continue to do so now.

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Understanding why Jon Stewart is so sad about how How I Met Your Mother ended

People were so unhappy with the way Ted met Your Mother that the DVD box set was forced to include a more palatable “alternate” ending. But even that edition’s addition has not helped everyone come to grips with the fact that the neverending show finally ended.

For instance, Jon Stewart.

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Giving Facebook some credit where it’s due

I’ve repeatedly picked on Facebook, and partner-in-crime Bing, for their repeated failure to translate the most basic elements of Hebrew (e.g. holidays, numerals, slam dunk transliteration, negatives, religious figures, and proper names) into English. But after I posted that last example, a friend sent me another, and forced me to alter the usual narrative. Here’s her damning screenshot: Continue reading Giving Facebook some credit where it’s due

Facebook translation does it again: Israeli elections edition

I’ll keep this post brief because it’s almost 4AM and this isn’t so important in the grand scheme of things.

I’m writing to present the latest failure of Facebook and Bing’s effort to facilitate mutual understanding across language barriers. Here’s one reaction to Bibi’s reelection, shared via Facebook comment:

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What’s the real takeaway from Bibi’s fearmongering on ISIS?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extended campaign ad — filmed before the United States Congress — has been grabbing all the headlines, but on Last Week Tonight last night, John Oliver drew viewers’ attention to an earlier piece in support of his reelection:

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Facebook could really use some Hebrew schooling

Back when I spent several months in Nepal with a bunch of Israelis, I wrote a post poking fun at said Israelis for not knowing the difference between Halloween and Christmas. I now understand that this was wrong. It is unreasonable to expect people to accurately tell holidays apart when they are celebrated primarily on the other side of the world. I know this because, well, check out the latest example of poor translation, courtesy of Facebook (but really Bing; click to embiggen):

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Facebook might have an outsize impact on the Israeli election

Some Israelis have recently expressed concern over the fact that an organization that received funding from the U.S. State Department (among others) is seeking to affect the outcome of their country’s upcoming election. But there has been far less attention paid to the potential for interference of another sort by an arguably less-shadowy American organization: Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg’s company announced yesterday that on the coming election day, users who list their location as Israel will see an “I Voted” button encouraging them to vote. The button was first introduced during the 2010 midterm elections in the United States, and a 2012 study published in Nature found that it induced more than 300,000 people to vote who might otherwise not have. Sounds great: More votes means more democracy and we like democracy.

Well, not necessarily.

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Who’s wiping Israel off the map now?: Middle East tech sector edition

Those articles that appear on the front page of LinkedIn don’t always catch my eye, but when they do, they’re probably titled something like, “The Story Behind the Largest Internet Acquisition in Middle East History.” So it was that I found myself reading an article bearing precisely that title when I came across a rather remarkable claim:

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