Friday, August 22, 2014

Anti-Alzheimer Exercise? And Johnathan Sacks on Hate

All's Well That Ends Well

In his later years, Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein wrote that those situations which initially caused him suffering were ultimately the cause of good fortune.

We can never really be certain that any event will actually be bad for us. Why assess an event as definitely negative, when it can turn out in a way that you will clearly see is for your benefit?

Love Yehuda Lave


 Anti-Alzheimer Exercise?
They call this an Anti-Alzheimer exercise...





Can you tell the difference between a horse and a frog? 
Watch closely...

Send this round' to all your friends, these are really fascinating.



 The hate that starts with Jews never ends there

As antisemitism rises, leaders of the great faiths must unite against the ruthless pursuit of power masquerading as religion 
Written by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Published in The Times (London), 16th August 2014

The novelist Rebecca West once said that Jews, having suffered so much, had an "unsurprisable soul", In 2000 our daughter, then a university student, attended an anti-globalisation rally in London that turned into a tirade against America, then Israel and finally Jews. "Dad, they hate us," she said through her tears. Hearing those words in Britain in the 21st century showed me that I had a surprisable soul.
Jews in Europe have been shaken these past few weeks by the virulence of the demonstrations about the war in Gaza that also turned into something older and darker. More than a century after the Dreyfus trial the cry of "death to the Jews" has been heard again in the streets of Paris. Seventy years after the Holocaust, "gas the Jews" has been heard again in Germany. In Britain last month antisemitic incidents were at almost their highest level in 30 years. These are danger signals not just for Jews but for Europe.
After our daughter's experience I saw events move rapidly. In August 2001 at the UN international conference against racism in Durban, Israel was accused by NGOs of the five cardinal sins against human rights: racism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, attempted genocide and crimes against humanity. A new blood libel was born. Days later came 9/11, and almost immediately an opinion poll found that 40 per cent of Pakistanis believed it was carried out by Mossad, Israel's secret service.
The new antisemitism is different from the old. In the past Jews were hated for their religion, then for their race. Today they are hated for their nation state. But it was not long before I saw how seamlessly the old and new hatreds meshed.
In April 2002 our family was in Italy celebrating Passover, which usually falls close to Easter. In Israel a group of Palestinian terrorists had taken refuge in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Israeli army, not wishing to enter a house of worship, stationed soldiers outside to wait until the terrorists emerged. It took several weeks. One day we opened the Italian newspaper La Stampa and saw a cartoon of the infant Jesus in a crib with an Israeli tank pointing at the child. The caption read: "Surely they don't want to kill me again?!"
Weeks later the Catholic Herald in Britain published an apology about its reporting of the event. Initially it had criticised the Israelis. However, once the terrorists had left, Christians returned to the church to discover they had torn up bibles, stolen all religious artefacts of value and hidden 40 bombs, some booby-trapped, to kill or injure those who had given them refuge. The paper admitted that it had misjudged the situation.
It has been this rush to judgment, the assumption that if people are killed it is Israel's fault, that convinces many of us that something other than the normal passions of politics is at work. In the 12 years since, the situation has become steadily worse. Criticism of Israel is not antisemitism, but demonisation is.
This matters because antisemitism is not really about Jews. It is about how societies treat the Other, the one-not-like-us. For more than 1,000 years Jews were the most conspicuous non-Christian presence in Europe. Today they are the most prominent non-Muslim presence in the Middle East. Jews were hated because they were different. But it is our difference that constitutes our humanity. Because none of us is the same as another, each of us is irreplaceable. A nation that has no room for difference has no room for humanity.
The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews. It was not Jews alone who suffered under Hitler and Stalin, nor is it Jews alone suffering from the ruthless pursuit of power that today masquerades as religion. Christians are under assault in more than a hundred countries: put to flight in Syria, driven out of Mosul, removed from Afghanistan, butchered, beheaded and terrorised elsewhere. Hundreds of Muslims are dying daily, 90 per cent at the hands of fellow Muslims. Bahais, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs have all suffered their own tragedies. Yazidis are on the brink of the abyss. The world is awash with hate across religious divides.
The West misread the 21st century. This is not an age of secular ideologies. It is an era of desecularisation. Our greatest challenge is not political or economic or military. It is in the deepest sense spiritual. No one expected this and we have not been equal to it. What rescued Europe from its last age of religious wars, in the 17th century, was not weapons but ideas: those of Milton, Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke that laid the foundations for religious liberty and the free society. Thus far the 21st century has been marked by an unprecedented series of new technologies, but no new ideas.
That is the challenge of our time and it will take a generation. First, we must stand together in defence of religious liberty and the scandalously neglected Article 18 of the UN universal declaration of human rights. People have the right to practise their faith, or lack of it, without fear. But without determined action on the part of the West it will not happen.
Second, we need a commitment by leaders of all the great faiths to work to ensure the rights of religious minorities in every part of the world where they have an influence. None of us will win if we work alone: not Jews, not Christians, not Muslims. The victim cannot cure the crime.
There is serious spiritual work to be done. The 17th century curbed religious conflict by depriving faith of power. That does not work in an age where religious extremists are seizing power. Here we need theological courage. The historic danger in monotheism has been the willingness of believers to divide humanity into the redeemed against the infidel.
To guard against this, Genesis 1, common to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, says that every human being, regardless of colour, class or creed, is in the image of God. Our shared humanity takes precedence over our religious differences. Until we are prepared to take this seriously, people will continue to kill in the name of the God of life and practise cruelty in the name of the God of compassion. And God himself will weep.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Steps through out the world and Dershowitz on Gazan deaths and Jackie Mason on Jewish guilt

What a fun photo assignment.....STEPS
1. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco

2. Valparaíso, Chile
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3.  Philadelphia Museum of Art
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4. Valparaíso, Chile

5. Seoul, South Korea
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6. Wuppertal, Germany
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7. Sicily, Italy
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8. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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9. Stairs of Peace in Syria
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10. Beirut, Lebanon
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11. Stairs to the musical theater in Seoul, South Korea
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12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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13. Angers, France

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14. Istanbul, Turkey
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15. Morlaix, France
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16. Beirut, Lebanon


Reliable sources say half of those killed were combatants.
by Alan M. Dershowitz

Hamas' Phony Statistics on Civilian Deaths

Reliable sources say half of those killed were combatants.

It's a mystery why so many in the media accept as gospel Hamas-supplied figures on the number of civilians killed in the recent war. Hamas claims that of the more than 1800 Palestinians killed close to 90% were civilians. Israel, on the other hand, says that close to half of them were combatants. The objective facts support a number much closer to Israel's than to Hamas'.

Even human rights group antagonistic to Israel acknowledge, according to a New York Times report, that Hamas probably counts among the "civilians killed by Israel" the following groups: Palestinians killed by Hamas as collaborators; Palestinians killed through domestic violence; Palestinians killed by errant Hamas rockets or mortars; and Palestinians who died naturally during the conflict. I wonder if Hamas also included the reported 162 children who died while performing child slave labor in building their terror tunnels. Hamas also defines combatants to include only armed fighters who were killed while fighting Israelis. They exclude Hamas supporters who build tunnels, who allow their homes to be used to store and fire rockets, Hamas policemen, members of the Hamas political wing and others who work hand in hand with the armed terrorists.

Several years ago I came up with a concept which I call, the "continuum of civilianality" – an inelegant phrase that is intended to convey the reality that who is a civilian and who is a combatant is often a matter of degree. Clearly every child below the age in which he or she is capable of assisting Hamas is a civilian. Clearly every Hamas fighter who fires rockets, bears arms, or operates in the tunnels is a combatant. Between these extremes lie a wide range of people, some of whom are closer to the civilian end, many of whom who are closer to the combatant end. The law of war has not established a clear line between combatants and civilians, especially in the context of urban warfare where people carry guns at night and bake bread during the day, or fire rockets during the day and go back home to sleep with their families at night. (Interestingly the Israeli Supreme Court has tried to devise a functional definition of combatants in the murky context of urban guerrilla warfare.)

Data published by the New York Times strongly suggest that a very large number – perhaps a majority – of those killed are closer to the combatant end of the continuum than to the civilian end. First of all, the vast majority of those killed have been male rather than female. In an Islamic society, males are far more likely to be combatants than females. Second, most of those killed are within the age range (15-40) that are likely to be combatants. The vast majority of these are male as well. The number of people over 60 who have been killed is infinitesimal. The number of children below the age of 15 is also relatively small, although their pictures have been shown more frequently than others. In other words, the genders and ages of those killed are not representative of the general population of Gaza. It is far more representative of the genders and ages of combatants. These data strongly suggest that a very large percentage of Palestinians killed are on the combatant side of the continuum.

They also prove, as if any proof were necessary to unbiased eyes, that Israel did not target civilians randomly. If it had, the dead would be representative of the Gaza population in general, rather than of the subgroups most closely identified with combatants.

The media should immediately stop using Hamas-approved statistics, which in the past have proved to be extremely unreliable. Instead, they should try to document, independently, the nature of each person killed and describe their age, gender, occupation, affiliation with Hamas and other objective factors relevant to their status as a combatant, non-combatant or someone in the middle. It is lazy and dangerous for the media to rely on Hamas-approved propaganda figures. In fact, when the infamous Goldstone Report falsely stated that the vast majority of people killed in Operation Cast Lead were civilians and not Hamas fighters, many in Gaza complained to Hamas. They accused Hamas of cowardice for allowing so many civilians to be killed while protecting their own fighters. As a result of these complaints, Hamas was forced to tell the truth: namely that many more of those killed were actually Hamas fighters or armed policemen. It is likely that Hamas will make a similar "correction" with regard to this conflict. But that correction will not be covered by the media, as the prior correction was not.

The headline – "Most of those killed by Israel were children, women and the elderly" – will continue to be the conventional wisdom, despite its factual falsity. Unless it is corrected, Hamas will continue with its "dead baby strategy" and more people on both sides will die.

This article originally appeared on Gatestone Institute

Author Biography:

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard Law School, served as an attorney in several high-profile court cases, and is a sought-after commentator on the Arab–Israeli conflict. He is the author of some 25 books, including The Case for Israel.

Thank God for the Republican gentiles

08/18/2014 21:49

Every Jew is raised to think it's his moral obligation to help and love the weak and the underdog.

Iron dome
Thank God that the fighting in Gaza has stopped for the moment. If Israel sneezes, Hamas and the others may start the fireworks again and Israel will again be forced to defend itself.

If that happens, I'll say thank God for the Republican gentiles.

If the Evangelicals didn't fight for the Jews, you would never know that the Jews even have a right to defend themselves. Historically, Jews have always been too helpless and guilt-ridden to fight back when attacked. If you attack a Muslim, you will be pleading for your life in a flash; insult a black person and your foot will stop working for a month. But if you attack a Jew, he will be so busy wondering what the Jews did to make you so violent, that he won't even notice that he is still bleeding.

The fact that Jews have always been so helpless is the reason that Diaspora Jews are so amazed by the military power of Israel and the unbelievable heroism of its troops. It is amazing that while Hamas rains rockets on the State of Israel, the guilt-ridden liberal Jews of America can't find any reason to condemn it: They can't feel comfortable unless they see the Palestinians as victims of Israeli oppression. To create the idea that a Hamas terrorist is a victim is as much a fantasy as saying that Adolf Hitler was a victim of the Jews.

Every Jew is raised to think it's his moral obligation to help and love the weak and the underdog.

And if he can't find one, he needs to invent one.

Palestinian rockets can be storming all over Israel and liberal American Jews are convinced if Israel didn't persecute them, this never would've happened. Only a pathetically perverted sick Jewish mind could believe this. The Jewish guilt trip knows no limit. That is why we face the insanity of watching Hamas send rockets to Israel determined to kill innocent civilians while Israel sends leaflets, emails and makes phone calls pleading with Palestinians to flee out of the way of rockets so that innocents won't be harmed. It is unbelievable that while the charter of Hamas calls for the total destruction of Israel, the Jews of America somehow manage never to have heard about it, although Hamas makes it obvious by its behavior each and every day.

When three Jewish teenagers were murdered in June, Palestinians were jumping, dancing and celebrating in the streets; but when a Palestinian teen was killed, all of Israel expressed their national sorrow and they were begging for forgiveness.

The contrast between the mentality of Israel and the mentality of Hamas was never so loudly expressed as when the Arab killers became heroes and the Jewish killers became prisoners.

Every militant knows that if you are caught trying to kill Jews and happen to get wounded, the Jews are the only people in the history of warfare who will provide the best medical attention in order to save your life. Isn't it a weird irony that while a Hamas terrorist is trying to destroy Israeli lives, Israelis decide to save his life? Palestinian sympathizers have chosen to avoid the simple fact that the rockets raining on Israel are no different than the bombs that struck America on 9-11: just as America did nothing to deserve it, neither has the State of Israel.

What could we do that would stop Hamas from its determination to destroy the State of Israel? The answer is nothing. But the Israelis have always wanted peace so desperately that they kept imagining that anything is possible.

Israelis have constantly negotiated with the powerless Palestinian Authority, while Hamas's pledge to destroy Israel remains. We are now listening to the 12th secretary of state and the 14th president trying to accomplish a negotiated settlement.

Israel has long demanded that Hamas give up its terrorist goals, which won't happen; and it was right and necessary to destroy all its arms and the tunnels built to terrorize and kill Israelis.

But the guilt-trip of the liberal American Jew has made him into a walking mess of insanity, inventing the idea of Hamas as victims when they are really a mob of would-be mass murderers. It is amazing that only American Jews are deranged enough to believe this.

Even the other Arab countries surrounding the State of Israel are secretly hiding from Hamas (The New York Times, July 30, "Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent," David D. Kirkpatrick), fleeing from any connection to them. Only the insane thinking of the liberal Jews in America can manage to find an excuse for it. That's why, as I said before, thank God for the Republican gentiles. Without them, nobody in America would think Israel should defend itself from Hamas.

The writer is stand-up comedian who has had several well-received one-man Broadway stage shows.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HAMAS TUNNELS and the eccentric people of Dubai

  Potential Thoughts 

People with self-confidence are free to speak and act in ways that enable them to reach their potential. On the other hand, people who feel insecure and lack self-confidence might limit themselves greatly.

No human being can know the full potential of another person. Nor can any human being know his own full potential. You don't need to know your full potential before starting to speak and act in ways that will enable you to reach more of your potential. You only need to take the next step forward.

You don't need to know your potential self-confidence before you begin to think, speak, and act with self-confidence. You only need enough self-confidence to take another small step. That makes the process sound much easier, doesn't it?

Love YehudaLave


Important to forward this. Israel seems to be our only really loyal ally and our Secretary of State acts like their enemy. Kerry most likely could not have proposed his recent stupid anti-Israel acts without higher authority. We done our best to alienate most other allies. And to cause animosities in America between religions, political parties, young and old segments, races… on and on.
   This would seem unbelievable .  Thank God Israel learned of the plot.  They talk about the tunnels on the news but haven't shown the level of sophistication or the complicated world below ground.  There was a lot of time, money and foreign collaboration put into this.    Yet Israel is able to control themselves from just leveling the whole area given these facts, plus the thousands of rockets they receive. Help make this enlighten Americans. Make it go viral. Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel's Kindergartens 9:16 AM 07/27/20144By Mordechai Ben-Menachem Multiple media outlets report that Hamas's offensive tunnel network – now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels dug underneath Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip – was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays (September 24th) as a mass terror attack. The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives.  Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these "institutions" would be the first struck, even before any thing else.
  The IDF recently published the below map showing that tunnels were created in pairs, to empty out on both sides of nearby communities.  The known cost of the infrastructure – each tunnel costs upward of some $1 million – clearly shows that Hamas was planning a coordinated mega-attack.  It must be understood that use of even one tunnel would inevitably trigger Israeli retaliation against the entire network. A map of a small portion of the tunnels meant to be used 9 weeks from now. Revelations regarding the planned tunnel attack magnitude played a decisive role in the Israeli government's rejection of a ceasefire proposed late Friday by Secretary of State John Kerry. Unbelievably, Kerry actually proposed in his latest "cease-fire proposal" – none of which have been honored by Hamas so far – that Israel refrains from degrading remaining attack tunnels.  This mind-boggling concept would necessarily be rejected by any sane government, of any country. Israeli security sources, citing information acquired in interrogations of captured brigands, described a scenario under which hundreds of heavily armed Hamas fighters would have spilled out into Israel in the dead of night and within 10 minutes been positioned to infiltrate essentially all Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.  Waiting then in hiding until schools and kindergartens were occupied, the terrorists would then attempt to kill the children first, and then kill and kidnap as many Israelis as possible.  The plot was set to take place during Jewish New Year, on September Taboola "It's like the Underground, the Metro or the Subway," Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. "These tunnels are all connected. I would describe it as Lower Gaza." Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said, "A whole city of terror tunnels has been found.
  Without the ground operation, we would have woken up one day to an Israeli 9/11." Except, the actual objective was to be five times 9/11. This picture shows clearly the width of one of the tunnels, sufficient for wheeled vehicles to transverse it.  Hamas did not build a "subway" system for Gaza residents.  They built an infrastructure for one purpose, and one only, an industry of death.  Israeli military officials reported that the tunnels are stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes and other materials used for subduing abductees, civilians and soldiers.  The tunnels also had fantastic quantities of explosives and additional military materiel meant to be used in the up-coming mega attack.  Much of these explosives had already been placed underneath Israeli kindergartens.  Some of these tunnels were as deep as 30 meters underground. Fantastic quantities of explosives were stored in every tunnel, meant to be used in a mega-attack on civilian communities and infrastructure. Sources say the Gaza Strip war, Operation Protective Edge, could serve as a prelude for a more extensive underground war with the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah.  Perhaps, not 'just' in the Middle East. The tunnels inside Gaza and under the Israeli border are not a secret project Hamas ran under the noses of Israel and the Palestinian public. Everyone in Gaza, knew that beneath Gaza, the City and all of its environs, a network of tunnels was being dug over the past five years, with an investment of tens of millions of dollars.  Yet no one in Israel, public or military, was prepared for the scope of the tunnels – the danger that became clear in the past week or two. Senior Hamas operatives show off their offensive tunnels to their spouses.
  Unbelievably, this is actually a picture of a Marriage taking place in the 'place of death'. In order to create this monstrosity, Hamas needed significant professional help; and this help had to have come from a large organization or state entity.  This is not just the monetary aid it received from Qatar, America's ally.  This is professional guidance for the performance of such an underground feat.  Perhaps Hamas could have used experts from the tunnels dug at Rafah under the Gaza-Egypt border, but those were significantly simpler, and did not demand any extraordinary investment or effort. A Hamas operative climbing upward in a pier of one of the major tunnels.  Notice the work on the sides of the tunnel. Who supplied these quantities of material?  Who planned what would be needed?  How did Hamas acquire thousands of ampoules of tranquilizer, syringes and other, additional drugs to be used?  These are far beyond the quantities and variety of what is needed by any civilian medical service. How was all this brought in to the Gaza Strip?  The logistics of this planned attack are the work of a well-organised military, not that of a militia or club.  This was no amateur plan. Observers note that attack scenarios lined up with recently revealed data about the sophistication, scope and nature of the offensive tunnel network.
 As previously reported here, this sophistication and know-how is being copied right now by Mexico-based Hezbollah agents along the Southern US border.  Tunnels in Southern Lebanon, as in South US, are significantly more difficult to detect than those in the sandy terrain of the Gaza Strip. "Hamas planned these tunnels for years, and planned to use them to kidnap soldiers," Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mordechai Almoz said. "[Now] they see the tunnels collapsing one after the other."  For the last two years, the Israeli army has sought to develop skills and equipment to fight in enemy tunnels and bunkers.  Hamas and Islamic Jihad have used tunnels to operate command and control, to infiltrate Israel and abduct soldiers, to fire rockets and to conceal fighters amid invasion of the Gaza Strip. ———- Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and an author of 30 book ranging from engineering to poetry. He is also an ordained clergyman and a former soldier. Read more: Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel's Kindergartens Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Ta...By Mordechai Ben-Menachem Multiple media outlets report that Hamas's offensive tunnel network – now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels du... View on dailycaller.comPreview by Yahoo    This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.   This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.                             

1. Guys texting and driving with their pets.

Guys                                                            texting and                                                            driving with                                                            their pets.

2. Strange cats hanging out of windows.

Strange                                                            dogs hanging                                                            out of                                                            windows.

3. People getting taken for walks by their pets.

People                                                            getting taken                                                            for walks by                                                            their pets.

4. Pets getting exotic snacks.

Pets                                                            getting exotic                                                            snacks.

5. Supercar traffic jams.

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6. Smart solutions to traffic jams.

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7. Pets on boats.

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8. Parked camels.

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9. Car park attendants you don't want to mess with.

Car park                                                            attendants you                                                            don't want to                                                            mess with.

10. Backseat drivers you back away from.

35 Things                                                            You See Every                                                            Day In Dubai

11. Bikes with a serious amount of horsepower.

Bikes                                                            with a serious                                                            amount of                                                            horsepower.

12. Lamborghini cop cars.

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13. Seriously, don't mess.

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14. Cops busting themselves.

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15. Road hogs.

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16. Reeeeeeeaaallllly double-wides.

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17. Stand-up paddle boarders.

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18. People walking their camels.

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19. Bizarre balancing acts :-(

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20. Cell phones worth more than your house.

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21. ATMs spitting out gold.

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22. Bathrooms that look like this.

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23. Bedrooms that looks like this.

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24. Grooms wanted.

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25. Exotic cuisine.

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26. Free food for the poor.

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27. Modest Starbucks outlets.

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28. Must-buy fashions.

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29. Strict rules.

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30. Culture clashes.

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31. Unorthodox marriage counseling.

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32. High-rise tennis courts.

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33. Just insane views, generally.

Just                                                            insane views,                                                            generally.

34. Seriously Dubai?!

Seriously                                                            Dubai?!

35. YOU CRAZY!!!

YOU                                                            CRAZY!!!