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The newest sidewalk in DC has already been victimized

Monday morning, I had to walk around the southeast corner of 19th & N while construction workers poured the newest sidewalk in DC.

By Tuesday morning, their work was mostly complete, yet I couldn’t help but notice that someone had — rather than avoiding the new pavement, like I did — taken the opportunity to share his or her personal opinion with everyone who walks by for the next ~decade:

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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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How freaking stupid do headline writers think we are?

Check out these headlines about the $349 million wasted building a 300-foot-high, steel-frame tower that would have been used to test rockets had it not been shut down immediately upon completion:

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The whole world needs to relax about the new North Korean rocket-launch site

The first headline I saw this morning informed me that North Korea recently upgraded its rocket-launch facilities to accommodate, as you might expect, bigger rockets. The Wall Street Journal has more:

Should a decision be made soon to do so in Pyongyang—and we have no evidence that one has—a rocket could be launched by the end of 2014.

Many similar reports focused on the possibility that the site is now better-equipped to attack the United States, as North Korea has expressed interest in doing before:

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South Korea took exactly the opposite lesson from Israel and Gaza

I wrote last week about the South Koreans who occasionally float Choco Pies over the Korean Demilitarized Zone (“My delicious vision for Israel’s border looks a lot like North & South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone“), and expressed the wish that Israelis and Palestinians might follow the nonviolent example set in that other seemingly-intractable conflict:

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My delicious vision for Israel’s border looks a lot like North & South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone

The Qassam rockets were neutralized by Iron Dome. The (known) tunnels have been destroyed, and Israel is busy developing the technology necessary to detect them in the future (or is at the very least now more attuned to the threat). So what fun fruit roll ups diabolical plan will Hamas roll up with next?

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Draconian Facebook censorship may have saved Israelis from themselves

[Update: Part II can be found here.*]

Israel’s “Facebook generation” is at war in Gaza, or so we are told. And indeed, Israeli soldiers have landed in hot water in the past based on what they chose to upload to the social media site from their bases.

But this time around, it’s not just members of the IDF who are under scrutiny. That much became apparent after the infamous “Sderot cinema” controversy portrayed the residents of the embattled border town like the residents of Washington, D.C. at the Battle of Bull Run. This time, the entire country is fair game not just to Hamas rockets but to the forces of political correctness and the accompanying battle for international hearts and minds.

So I am happy to report Facebook might have just saved the entire country from some embarrassment.

Last week at work, I came across an article on The Times of Israel titled “Israeli women do Gaza strip for IDF”. The headline doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but I was interested enough to learn more that I saved the link for later (remember, I was at work and had no intention of actually investigating while there).

This evening, I attempted to revisit the page and was surprised to discover that while its text remains available, the source material is not:

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Finally, a golden opportunity for Hamas to retaliate against Israel with my full support

Amidst the rubble that is the current conflict between Israel and Gaza, the combatants did manage to unearth one tiny gem — in the form of an internet exchange, of course, because where else?

Elizabeth Tsurkov, who works for the Israeli NGO Hotline for Refugees and Migrant Workers, made headlines last week when she tweeted at Hamas in order to correct the terrorist organization’s Hebrew grammar — and found herself in something of a dialogue:

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