Wednesday, September 23, 2009



Jewish date:  5 Tishri 5770.

Today’s holidays:  Ten Days of Repentance (Judaism), Conception of the Forerunner (Greek Orthodox Christianity), Feast Day of Paracelsus (Thelema).

Worthy cause of the day:  THAT Big Book Sale 2009 (a book sale of the Charleston County Public Library System; the need volunteers), “American Jaguars Need Your Help to Survive”, and “Health Care for America NOW!

Today’s topic:  “Demonization From Down Under” and “Respectable Anti Semites”:  Anti-Semitism, like paranoia in general, involves sloppy thinking.  These articles document uncritical acceptance of common false assumptions, omitting context, loaded language, weasel words, double-standards, hatred of one’s own people, one-sidedness, and the madness of expecting something to work which has repeatedly failed to work.  And the cartoon cited in the second article does a good job of demonstrating some of this.