Friday, September 5, 2014

Argentina and the Captain's Parrot

  It Takes Strength to Keep Silent

Why don't people like to remain silent when others insult them? Because they're afraid that others might think they're weak and unable to answer back.
The truth is, it takes much greater strength to remain silent when someone insults you. Revenge, on the other hand, is a sign of weakness. A revenger lacks the necessary strength of character to forgive.

Love Yehuda Lave

Subject: Magician On a cruise ship

A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week so the magician did the same tricks over and over again.
There was only one problem: The captain's parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick.
Once he understood, he started shouting in the middle of the show,
"Look, it's not the same hat!" or, "Look, he's hiding the flowers under the table!" or "Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?"
The magician was furious but couldn't do anything. It was, after all, the captain's parrot.
Then one stormy night on the Pacific, the ship unfortunately sank! , drowning almost all who were on board.
The magician luckily found himself on a piece of wood floating in the middle of the sea, as fate would have it ... with the parrot. They stared at each other with hatred, but did not utter a word.
This went on for a day... and then 2 days and then 3 days ..
Finally on the 4th day, the parrot could not hold back any longer and said .....
"OK, I give up. Where's the damn ship?"

Speaking of strange birds here is a Penguin going shopping

8. Prof Suggests Automatic Counter-Missile for Every Hamas Rocket
by Gil Ronen Automatic Counter-Missile for Every Hamas Rocket

Nobel laureate Professor Yisrael (Robert) Aumann has an idea that could turn the tables on Hamas's rocket terror against Israel.

In a recent lecture, he described his vision for a fully automatic system that would fire a rocket back at Gaza immediately, whenever Gaza terrorists fired a missile at Israel. Presumably, these missiles would be randomly or automatically aimed in a way that would inflict civilian casualties on the Arab side, just as Hamas seeks to cause civilian casualties on the Israeli side.

Asked about the idea in an interview by NRG, Aumann said: "I'm working on it. The goal is truly that the system will be without any human involvement, no human control. This is very important, because if there is control, they will tell us that we are criminals and murderers and cruel."

However, he explained, if there is no control of the system on the Israeli side, the responsibility for civilian deaths caused on the Arab side falls on the people who fired the missiles that set off the Israeli system. Prof. Aumann compared this to a situation in which the Arabs "take their women and children and force them to walk through a dangerous minefield."

Would the system keep the world from blaming Israel? Prof. Aumann says that there will probably be criticism in any case, "but at least then we will feel more at ease with ourselves. If the response fire is automatic, the [Israeli] threat is convincing: when Hamas fires a rocket at Israel, it also fires a missile at Gaza."

Hamas has terrorized Israel with rocket fire for 14 years. The rockets are effective at disrupting and traumatizing the lives of millions, even though they cause relatively few deaths. They have become even less effective since the advent of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, but now reach longer ranges with larger warheads, and are still dangerous enough to terrorize most of Israel's civilian population. Three times in the last 4.5 years, Israel has launched military campaigns against Gaza terrorists, but these always involve the inadvertent killing of a large number civilians, for which other countries are quick to blame Israel, despite proof that Hamas deliberately uses its civilians as human shields.

Prof. Aumann, a mathematician, is a professor at the Center for the Study of Rationality in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. He received the Nobel prize for economics in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis. 

The Executive Committee of the University of Haifa recently refused to award an honorary doctorate to Professor Aumann, due to his pro-Israel politics. He responded sarcastically, saying "I'm very disappointed. I've prayed and aspired to getting an honorary doctorate from Haifa University for my whole life."

My two attachments today were again too big...let me know if you want them!!