Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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What were some of the most accurate predictions of all time?

In 1989, the great-grandson of a famous 19th century author sold his ancestor's house. While clearing out the place, he had to get rid of an old, bronze safe, the keys to which had been lost, and which was believed to be empty anyways.

They cracked it with a blowtorch and, to their surprise, found a stack of papers inside. Tucked beneath a few sheets of linen lay an unpublished manuscript and it was time for the world to see it.

Jules Verne's novel Paris in the Twentieth Century, published by Random House, is simultaneously less significant than some publicity has implied, while still a work of inestimable historical importance. Purely as a work of literature, Paris in the Twentieth Century lacks the qualities of the best novels that have insured Verne's reputation for over a century. Nonetheless, Paris in the Twentieth Century will be of interest to readers for two primary reasons, because of its prophecies, but even more because of its early position in the development of dystopian science fiction.

The saga of the discovery of the manuscript of Paris au XXe Siècle, and its publication in France in the fall of 1994, were widely chronicled all over the world. In the United States, at the time, the story was told on network news shows, National Public radio, and periodicals from the New York Times to the National Inquirer, as well as such scholarly journals as Science-Fiction Studies (Arthur B. Evans, "The 'New' Jules Verne," SFS 22:35-46, #65, March 1995). Paris au XXe Siècle was quickly translated and published in many countries in the intervening two years, although the English translation has been one of the slowest to appear.

On the most basic, surface level, Paris in the Twentieth Century is an astonishing book for its depiction of the modern age. Written in 1863, the story is set in the Paris of the 1960s. Paris in the Twentieth Century concerns a 16-year-old, Michel Dufrénoy, who graduates, with a devotion to literature and the classics, but finds they have been forgotten in a futuristic world where only technological writing is favored. The officially sanctioned creativity is government sponsorship of the arts, resulting in lowbrow theater for the masses, composed along the lines of the mass-produced collaborations of the 1930s Hollywood studio system. Dufrénoy's alienation is, in fact, inspired by Verne's own situation; at the time, to support his family, he was writing in the mornings before spending his days working at the Paris Stock Market, which he loathed.

Even before his eerily accurate prediction of the Apollo moon landing, he thought of a Paris in 1960 that could have hardly come any closer to the reality that followed:

  • A circular metro train system would take people through the vastly spread-out city on separate tracks, using a mix of compressed air and magnetic levitation - like a modern subway or even a Hyperloop.
  • Colleges hosted hundreds of thousands of students, mostly with the goal of them pursuing careers in science, business, and technology. Arts were somewhat forgotten.
  • Street lanterns came on automatically at night, thanks to electric light.
  • Gas cabs would run on a pressured mix of air and hydrogen, which was lit to power an engine with a drive shaft, replaced horse-drawn carriages. And you could fill up at gas hydrants at parking spots.
  • Elevators carried clerks at large bookstores up and down through endless aisles of shelves, even relieved people from taking the stairs at home.
  • The mass production of everything has made life comfortable, luxurious, and cheap, if somewhat dull.

Furthermore, he talks about skyscrapers, fax machines, even simple computers and a network that sounds like the internet. He mentions alarm systems, wind energy, weapons of mass destruction and the electric chair. It's a dystopian vision, but a precise one nonetheless.

What's most astonishing is that Verne didn't pull any of these out of his imaginary hat. All he did was to mentally fast forward the best science and technology had to offer at the time. The man was a master extrapolator.

That's why he missed some rather basic things, like the typewriter, invented in 1867. But those are nothing compared to the giant, Copernican mistake his publisher made when Verne showed him his initial draft.

Like many of us, when confronted with the wild dreams of visionaries, he said:

"No one today will believe your prophecy."

A Good Clean Lesson

Rabbi Epstein received a call from a wealthy businessman who was interested in exploring Judaism, but had many questions. He asked if Rabbi Epstein could pay him a visit at the office, which he obliged.

The next day, Rabbi Epstein pulled up to an enormous manufacturing facility which produced soaps and other household cleaners. The company president, Aaron Miller was there to greet him.

"Thank you for coming rabbi," Mr. Miller said. "Let's go for a walk, shall we?"

After some small talk Mr. Miller said, "Rabbi, please help me answer this question that I've been thinking about: what good is religion, really? Look at all the trouble and misery in the world! Even after thousands of years of religions teaching about goodness and truth and love and peace, there's still war and deceit and so many terrible things. If Judaism is true, why should this be?"

Rabbi Epstein just stroked his beard in thought.

They continued walking until he noticed a child playing in the gutter. Rabbi Epstein said, "Look at that child. You say that soap makes people clean, but see the dirt on that youngster. Of what good is soap? With all the soap in the world, over all these years, the child is still filthy. I wonder how effective soap is, after all!"

Mr. Miller, president of a soap company protested, "But Rabbi, soap can't do any good unless it is used!"

"Exactly," replied the Rabbi. "Exactly."

Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement. Now also a Blogger on the Times of Israel. Look for my column

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Dutch Government Issues Shocking Announcement About COVID Masks

By Johnathan Jones
Published August 1, 2020 at 10:30

Government officials in the Netherlands will not ask citizens to wear masks, as they say there is no clear evidence that doing so would slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Reuters reported the decision was made Wednesday and announced by Dutch Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.

The policy was also reviewed by the country's National Institute for Health, which said it could not support advising residents to wear masks whenever they are out in public, despite a surge of cases in the country.

Instead of mandating facial coverings, the country will seek a solution that includes more physical distancing.

"Because from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks," van Ark said at a news conference.

Jaap van Dissel, chief of the Dutch National Institute for Health, also spoke about the country's view of the efficacy of facial coverings, which are only required on public transportation and at airports in the Netherlands.

The health official said studies which show masks can slow the spread of the coronavirus have not convinced Dutch health experts.

"He argued wearing masks incorrectly, together with worse adherence to social distancing rules, could increase the risk of transmitting the disease," Reuters reported.

"So we think that if you're going to use masks [in a public setting] … then you must give good training for it," van Dissel said.

The Netherlands announced July 1 it would be lifting lockdown restrictions, and has seen an increase in cases since then, according to Reuters.

Dutch officials are not alone in their skepticism of facial coverings.

Swedish officials, who did not shut down the country amid the coronavirus pandemic and chose to instead seek an approach that relies on citizens gaining herd immunity, have been critical of masks.

When it comes to racism and anti-Semitism, the left and right are different

By Andrea Widburg

Probably the most potent attack leftists can hurl at Trump is that he's a white supremacist. However, after you prove that Trump did not support white supremacists at Charlottesville, they'll fall back on saying that "Nazis support Trump." Perhaps it's true that a handful of white supremacists do support him, but they are in the outer darkness of the Republican party and universally reviled and rejected.

Meantime, overt, ugly, eliminationist rhetoric lives at the heart of the Democrat party, which has gathered to it people who are openly anti-Semitic and anti-white. This post gathers together myriad examples of highly-placed, celebrated people who support Biden or Bernie and who are open in their contempt and even hatred for Jews and white people.

Nick Cannon: Cannon's hosted America's Got Talent, one of the U.S.'s most popular television shows. This guy is no fringe figure, lurking in some seedy bar in a small town in the middle of nowhere. He's also an open racist and anti-Semite. Cannon espouses Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's crackpot theory that the Biblical Jews were black and that whites and Jews are people who become deracinated and morally corrupted when they left Africa:

"When they were sent to the Mountains of Caucasus, they didn't have the power of the sun. The sun started to deteriorate them. So, they're acting out of fear, they're acting out of low self-esteem, they're acting out of deficiency, so therefore the only way they can act is evil," Cannon continued.


"They have to rob, steal, rape, kill and fight in order to survive. So these people who didn't have what we have, and when I say 'we,' I speak of the melinated people, they had to be savages, they had to be barbaric because they're in these Nordic mountains, they're in these rough torrential environments, so they're acting as animals, so they're the ones closer to animals, they're the ones that are actually the true savages," Cannon said in the video.

"So I say all that to say the context when we speak of 'Jewish people,' white people, Europeans, the Illuminati — they were doing that as survival tactics to stay on this planet," Cannon added.

DeSean Jackson: Jackson is a Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver, worth $20 million. He's also a raging anti-Semite. In a grotesque Instagram post, Jackson repeated a fake Hitler quote to the effect that Jews know that blacks are the real Biblical Children of Israel and therefore "extort America" as part of a plan for "world domination" that depends on keeping "Negroes" ignorant of their true identity. He also worships Farrakhan.

Stephen Jackson: Jackson is a former NBA player who has a gig on Showtime and is worth $25 million. He supported DeSean by saying, "NFL owners are racist. Just the facts. U speak on anything involving Jews or Whites is hate." When he tried to explain away what he said, he accused Jews of being racist against blacks.

Yusra Khogali: Admittedly, Khogali is from Toronto, but because she's a Black Lives Matter co-founder there, she gets thrown in the same group as the others. In 2016, she wrote on Facebook that "white people are a genetic defect of blackness." She added that they're not "humxness," but are, instead, "sub-humxn." They use white supremacy, she explained, to protect their survival as an inferior race and reminded her followers that blacks, with their "dominant genes can literally wipe out the white race if we had the power to."

Ilhan Omar: Omar, a Democrat congresswoman, is a media darling and sits at the heart of the new Democrat movement that exercises tremendous power in Congress. She's also a raging anti-Semite, frequently trafficking in classic anti-Semitic canards. She tried to get congress to approve an anti-Israel boycott, comparing it to boycotting Nazi Germany. She has suggested that Israel should not be a Jewish state, and has tweeted that it's "hypnotized the world" and that Allah needs to help people see Israel's "evil doings." She also repeated the "dual loyalty" canard, accused Jews of buying American politicians, and supported the boycott, divest, and sanction movement.

Louis Farrakhan: Much of the anti-Semitism the people above spout comes from Farrakhan. Obama hid a photograph of himself with Farrakhan because he worried that it would harm him politically. He shouldn't have bothered. By the time Aretha Franklin died, Farrakhan had a front-row seat at her funeral, along with Al Sharpton (anti-Semite), Jessie Jackson (anti-Semite), and Bill Clinton (morally bankrupt).

Black Lives Matter: The Black Lives Matter movement has as a central plank in its platform the statement that Israel is an "apartheid state" involved in "genocide . . . against the Palestinian people." When Black Lives Matter moved through Los Angeles, it specifically detoured into and destroyed large sections of the Jewish community in the Fairfax neighborhood. This was an unnerving echo of the way the Muslims responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack made a special detour from their prime locations to torture a rabbi and his wife to death. Or the way the Charlie Hebdo attackers made time for a murderous attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Sadly, I could do this for hours. Because America is a two-party system, the haters will have to choose one party or another if they want to be part of our political discussion. It's noteworthy, though, that the haters who've chosen the Republicans are marginalized and despised, while the haters who've chosen the Democrats are feted, enriched and, sometimes, seated at the right hand of political power.

sunset over Kinneret

the elephant will never forget 1953-The last London Trams close down after 42 years

Helen Blakemore
6 months ago😥😥😥 Fabulous video, I watched it after it was mentioned in 'Seats of London', a fantastic book about moquette on London transport over the years. So sad that the trams were long gone before I arrived in London

Mordecai was the one Jew who refused to bow down to Haman. Everyone else was bowing down and telling him that he was endangering the Jewish people by not doing so. Yet he refused. We all have an inner Mordecai, a part of us which has this strength. We strengthen this part of ourselves when we refuse to bow give in to the negative urges and habits which we all possess.

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