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Every moment of life is precious and can never happen again and therefore is a reason to appreciate, be grateful for and celebrate the fact that you are alive.
A master of happiness will appreciate what he or she has while they have them and the moment any specific thing is gone or lost, the focus will be on other things to appreciate and be grateful for. At times, this could be gratitude for the memories that remain. Material and physical objects are temporary, memories are forever
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MERKEL'S GOV'T SAYS IRAN'S CALL TO 'WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP' NOT ANTISEMITIC
Wiesenthal Center and NGO Monitor slam Germany for ignoring Iran's genocidal antisemitism.BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government declared the Iranian regime's call to obliterate the Jewish state is not an expression of antisemitism in an eye-popping statement to The Jerusalem Post on Friday.
On October 1, Merkel's Foreign Ministry merely labeled the call to destroy Israel by commander-in-chief of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Hossein Salami "anti-Israel rhetoric."
When the Post asked the Merkel administration if it agrees with the statement of its foreign ministry, a spokesman told the Post: "We have nothing to add to the reply of the foreign office."
The Post specifically asked if Salami's statements are antisemitic.
In late September, Salami delivered his call to exterminate the Jewish state before an audience of IRGC leaders that was publicized by the state-funded IRNA agency, as well as other Iranian regime-controlled outlets.
Salami said that "This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer… a dream [but] it is an achievable goal."
He added that his country has "managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime" 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Germany's Foreign Ministry issued the following statement in German and English: "We condemn the recent threats by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps against Israel in the strongest possible terms. Such anti-Israel rhetoric is completely unacceptable. Israel's right to exist is not negotiable. We urge Iran to commit to maintaining peaceful relations with all states in the region and to take practical steps to de-escalate tensions."
When asked on Twitter why German Ambassador to Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold did not tweet the statement in Persian and why the German Foreign Ministry did not translate the comment into Persian, both the Foreign Ministry and Klor-Berchtold declined to answer.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi-hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post on Monday that "The condemnation by the German foreign ministry of the recent threats to destroy Israel by Hossein Salami, commander of the IRGC, seems to ignore the starkly antisemitic dimensions of his comments. To reduce them to 'anti-Israel rhetoric' is to ignore the obvious antisemitic component and their genocidal intent."
Zuroff, a widely acknowledged expert on antisemitism who oversees the Wiesenthal Center's Jerusalem office, added that "The verbal condemnation of the German Foreign Ministry should be accompanied by practical steps to expel Iran from UN and to boycott all commerce with the fanatic fundamentalist Islamic regime, instead of [Germany] promoting business with Iran and seeking ways to circumvent sanctions against a terrorist regime in Tehran."
The United States classifies Iran's clerical regime as the leading international state-sponsor of terrorism.
Prof. Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told the Post that "The Germans, and Merkel in particular, should be the first to condemn Iran's genocidal threats against the Jewish state as antisemitism. Instead, by taking refuge behind the canard that 'anti-Israel' language can be distinguished from antisemitism, they undermine the international consensus behind the IHRA [The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance] working definition."
Steinberg, an expert on contemporary antisemitism, added "Every aspect of Iran's campaign to destroy Israel is anchored in hatred of Jews and Jewish national self-determination, including many of the images that echo Nazi propaganda. In the time she remains in office, Merkel should give high priority to undoing the damage she has done by failing to confront Iran."
In February, the German Foreign Ministry participated in a celebration of Iran's Islamic revolution at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he went into politics "because of Auschwitz."
Also in February, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sent a telegram to the mullah regime in Tehran that praised Iran's revolution.
Do not touch': Warnings as deadly fungus hits Australia
A deadly fungus that can shrink a person's brain and cause multiple organ failure has been discovered growing in rainforest in Far North Queensland.
The bright red Poison Fire Coral fungus was found growing on tree roots by Redlynch fungus photographer Ray Palmer while exploring near Cairns.
The bright red hornlike fungus, regarded as one of the deadliest species in the world, is traditionally found in the mountains of Japan and Korea.
James Cook University confirmed it was the first record of the species found in Australia.
University mycologist Dr Matt Barrett warned people to avoid touching the eye-catching fungus.
"If found, the fungus should not be touched, and definitely not eaten," he said.
The deadly fungus can shrink a person's brain and cause multiple organ failure. Source: AAP
"Of the hundred or so toxic mushrooms that are known to researchers, this is the only one in which the toxins can be absorbed through the skin."
Several people have died in Japan and Korea after mistaking the deadly fungus for edible varieties and brewing it in tea used for traditional medicine.
The Poison Fire Coral produces at least eight toxic compounds and just touching the fungus can cause reddening or swelling of the skin.
"If eaten, it causes a horrifying array of symptoms: initially stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and numbness, followed over hours or days by delamination of skin on face, hands and feet," Dr Barrett said.
The red hornlike fungus is one of the deadliest in the world and traditionally found in Japan and Korea, this is the first record of Poison Fire Coral fungus in Australia. Source: AAP
He added it can cause "shrinking of the brain, which, in turn, causes altered perception, motion difficulties and speech impediments."
If left untreated, death can occur from multiple organ failure or brain nerve dysfunction.
Dr Barrett said there had been reports of the fungus growing in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, but it had never before been found in Australia.
The Poison Fire Coral is just one of more than 20 fungi species Dr Barrett has identified that were not previously documented in northern Queensland.
"The fact that we can find such a distinctive and medically important fungus like Poison Coral Fire Coral right in our backyard shows we have much to learn about fungi in northern Australia," Dr Barrett said.
Watch: Arabs dump waste on Temple Mount
A group of Jews visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Monday morning filmed an Arab-operated street cleaner vehicle dumping waste on the holy site.
The Jewish visitors spotted the Arab street cleaner vehicle unloading waste it had collected onto an area of the Temple Mount which had served as the Ezrat Nashim (Women's Section) in the Jewish Temple.
"This morning, Jews filmed an incident which occurred on the Temple Mount during a routine visit: a garbage truck operated by the Waqf dumped its contents intentionally on the place where the Temple stood," said Arnon Segal, a member of the Temple Heritage Foundation.
"It has become so common for them to disrespect that which is most holy to us that we don't even protest it. Needless to say, this also violates numerous laws, which Israel doesn't even enforce on the Temple Mount, because it is too busy following Jews who want to pray on the Mount. This year the time has come to put an end to this desecration of this holy place."