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Happy Story From Israel About An African Lion Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:02:05 +0000 This is how we treat an African Lion in Israel.

Staff at the Ramat Gan Safari conducted tumor-removal surgery on Samouni, an eight year-old African lion on Wednesday, in a special operation caught on film.

The lion’s trainers noticed swelling in Samouni’s abdomen recently and was diagnosed after an emergency biopsy.

Safari animal veterinarian Dr. Yigal Horowitz performed the two-hour operation, and the lion is expected to be up and back on his feet by Thursday.

Source: Israeli Vets Remove Tumor from African Lion

As a side note I believe I’ve seen this lion before while taking my kids to the safari park in Ramat Gan. I hope he recovers fully.

h/t to Karen S. for the story.

An African immigrant in Israel. - Photo Credit: Brian of London

An African immigrant in Israel. – Photo Credit: Brian of London

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WATCH: Flying Below Sea Level Above The Dead Sea Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:11:00 +0000 It’s a strange feeling day in Israel: many are fasting in observance of Tishs B’Av when we remember the destruction of both our Temples.

So here’s something beautiful if a little mournful to look at.

h/t Jono.

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WATCH: Stop Iran Rally In NYC Drew Huge Crowds Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:55:49 +0000 Yesterday a huge rally in NYC against the Iran Deal drew plenty of people and some good speeches are now being put up.

Here’s Caroline Glick:

And here is former US Army officer Allen West:


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Labour Pains In The UK Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:04:58 +0000 Jeremy Corbyn with Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Photo: Richard Millett

Jeremy Corbyn with Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Photo: Richard Millett

Following their comprehensive defeat at the general election earlier in May the UK’s Labour party is now trying to select a new leader. The front runner is a Mr Jeremy Corbyn. You may remember the anti Israel Liberal party was almost destroyed in that election: and now it seems the Labour party is rushing to top them in the anti-Israel stakes by electing this guy.

From the blog Guido Fawkes (a very influential political blog with hoards of inside sources):

Jeremy Corbyn has run the risk of appearing to shun the Jewish community by pulling out of an interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Britain’s most widely read Jewish newspaper.

Guido understands that Corbyn’s people approached the JC offering them a clear-the-air interview, realising he was not exactly JC readers’ number one choice given his ‘friendship‘ with Hamas and his support for the anti-Semitic Islamist Raed Salah.

The JC agreed, proposing that Corbyn be interviewed by Oliver Kamm, the neo-Con Times journalist, a Labour supporter but a friend of Israel. Upon being told Kamm would conduct the interview, Corbyn’s team informed the JC he was no longer interested in speaking to them.

Next week’s Labour Friends of Israel hustings, which Corbyn is attending and which is co-hosted by the JC, will certainly be punchy…

The link from ‘friendship‘ with Hamas leads to this video:

As Guido adds:

Read more about Corbyn’s links to various terror organisations hereExplosive…

Good luck to the Labour Friends of Israel if your party chooses this chap.

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Iran Deal Worse Than Repainting The White House Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:15:43 +0000 There’s plenty of serious and useful comment on the web. The only thing worth saying is that Israeli internal politics is uniformly united against what Obama and Kerry have done in the name of the United States of America. Oh and Saudi Arabia are on the same side as all the Israeli politicians. And achieving that kind of unity in Israeli politics and across the middle east is harder than convincing Ali Khamenei to officiate at a gay wedding.

Ben Shapiro yesterday:

Me this morning:

Fun and games a day or two ago kicked off on the hash tag: #IranDealWorseThan

Here are just a few of my favourites, tell me yours in the comments.

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Iran Reacts To First Closeup Images Of Pluto Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:26:31 +0000

First high resolution image of Pluto causes concern:

The Iranian Foreign Minister, : “Well…It is ours but it is only for peaceful purposes…”

Facebook comment by Ronen.

To which I say to Iran: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”  – let’s hope the force is with us here in Israel.

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Startup Dispatches: ThemeGo Theme Park Awesomeness Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:28:49 +0000 ThemeGo-Paper-PresentationHave you ever arrived at a large theme park with a gaggle of excited kids, taken a look at the funny, not quite right looking, perspective skewed map they gave you at the gate (after the 25 minute queue) and looked to the sky for help and guidance? Where do we go first that will quiet the kids down following the drive, the parking, the queuing for the gate?

ThemeGo is an Israeli startup I’ve came across during my own startup nation journey which helps with this problem. It’s like Trip Advisor for Theme Parks and allows people to help out with detailed reviews and tips for getting the most out of specific attractions in parks. It’s got maps, ride reviews that help you decide if a queue of 50 minutes for a 3 minute ride is worth it, details of restaurants in the parks and more.

You can add each individual ride or attraction you find to a personal itinerary and then (and I know this may seem a little backward) print it out on that new fangled thing called “paper”. “Paper” is an amazing invention that displays bright, colour images all day without a battery which can even be read in direct overhead sunlight. It’s amazingly light, can be folded and unfolded without damage for easy, portable storage and the best part is it can be (responsibly) discarded or recycled at the end of the day. Amazing! Alternatively you can also use a smart phone, though you’ll loose many of the benefits of “Paper”.

I was in Euro Disney or (Disneyland Park on this site) a couple of years ago with the kids, and, I would have loved this back then. It has more details on the US parks for now but I really hope this catches on and picks up more content. And best of all, of course, it’s yet another creative use of new technology by Israeli entrepreneurs.

ThemeGo   My Plans ThemeGo-Paper-Presentation ThemeGo-showcase-presentation ThemeGo

You might also like these other posts about cool Israeli startups and tech:

App Of The Day: Via Is Not Just A Road In Rome

App Of The Day: Parking Polly Electrified Me

Startup Dispatches: Crowdmii And MyMDband

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Tech Talk: Applescript From Mac Mail To OmniFocus With Link To Original Mail Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:10:45 +0000 Propeller Beanie hatWARNING!!!! On a geek-scale of 1 to 10, this post is pushing past 11. This is coding. Not very advanced coding, but coding nonetheless. So if you’re looking for the usual Israellycool greatness about Israel, try almost any other post.

Good, you’re still here, and I hope you’ve put on your propeller hat so we can continue.

To manage my increasingly hectic life I use a program called OmniFocus by OmniGroup which allows me to manage the various things I have to do according to the philosophy laid out in the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It may not be an exaggeration to say this changed my life. OmniFocus runs on my Mac and syncs with my iPhone. This is not free software, I’ve paid for it but it’s essential to me.

I’m not going into the details of these things but here’s what I wanted to do: when some emails come into any of my multiple inboxes (I have 5  separate google mail accounts that are in regular use) I wanted to be able to flag (manually) any of these on any of the many devices I check mail for later action in OmniFocus.

I also wanted to maintain a link to the original email that would work on both my Mac and my iPhone. This is incredibly useful so if I need to reply later, I can click and get straight to the correct email thread.

I came up with a system that works for me and may work for other so, in the interests of being a good netzion I’m putting it out there.

Here’s my system:

  1. Mail arrives: Gmail runs some automatic filters and automatically labels some mail.
  2. I read it: if I need it to be dealt with in a more comprehensive way (and the automatic rules didn’t catch it) I label it or move it to a special folder called [flag-omni]. The square brackets are in the label name. I can do this on ANY device and ANY mail app I’ve tried across mac, web and iPhone.
  3. I run an applescript on my Mac: I could automate this but I prefer to run it from the keyboard (via QuickSilver) when I’m sitting at my Mac.
  4. The Script goes through all the [flag-omin] folders in all my mailboxes, moves items into OmniFocus including (and this was a hard part) a direct link to the original email that works in Apple’s Mail system including back over on the iPhone. It makes sure it won’t double move the same item to OmniFocus by flagging (in blue) messages it’s dealt with.
  5. Infrequently I go into the web gmail interface and remove the [flag-omni] label: there doesn’t seem to be a way to do this properly on Mac Mail via applescript so it’s best to do this manually every so often. If you know different, let me know!

So here’s the things you need to do:

Set up a label in gmail or a folder in Mac mail and call it [flag-omni] with the square brackets.

Download this AppleScript (right click download linked file): Move Actions and send to Omni v003 or run the Applescript editor copy and paste into a new Applescript.

There’s one bit you should look at and change near the end of the script:move to omnifocus applescript screenshot

This bit lets me add a project, context and due date to certain messages so they bypass the OmniFocus Inbox. If you’re still here, you’ll understand what that bit is useful for!

Good luck and please let me know in the comments if this works for you and you find it helpful!

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MUST WATCH: Who’s Your Favourite Political Prisoner? Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:09:25 +0000 David Keyes is back with a great new video: Punking Iran’s Nuclear Negotiators in Vienna.


MUST WATCH: Punking the Iranian Foreign Minister

MUST WATCH: Punking The Saudis, Gaylord Style

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