December 10th, 2006

Chris Keeley

an independent Palestinian state, which involves Israel withdrawing to its 1967 border and all neigh

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," the latest book from the former president and Habitat for Humanity booster, has triggered angry reactions in some quarters for the title alone. (By Michael Williamson -- The Washington Post)

Peace Provocateur
Jimmy Carter's New Hammer? It Looks an Awful Lot Like a Book.

By Bob Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 10, 2006; D01

It's not your run-of-the-mill author event, this post-Thanksgiving gathering at Bailey's Crossroads.

Top PR honchos from Simon & Schuster and Borders don't fly in from New York and Ann Arbor, Mich., for the average book signing, but here they are, standing by their man.

Ordinary authors don't get Secret Service protection, but as this one approaches the lectern, the dark-suit-and-earpiece boys take up positions on either side.

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iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and H

Yesterday, I took a long look at the new book by Steve Wozniak, iWoz. Personally, I'm intrigued by the science-based creativity that led to early Apple products, and also the psychologically-savvy thinking that went into making computers user-friendly.

The book will be interesting to a specialized audience. You need to be interested in the early history of personal computers (e.g., the legendary Homebrew Computer Club). You need to get a kick out of the amusing but sometimes unflattering lore that defined Apple's history and culture. You need to want to know about Wozniak's remarkably innovative engineering as well as Apple's entrepreneurship. You have to dig the views and personality of a successful but unusual and reclusive countercultural person. It probably helps if you resonate with Wozniak's personal style, and dream about making innovative contributions somewhere, somehow.

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WOZ interview on RU Sirius' show

Here is the full transcript of the radio interview discussing Steve Wozniak's book (iWOZ) with RU Sirius. It's long, but it's funny.

RU SIRIUS: “iWoz” is not a conventional biography where you might expect some pathos, some childhood trauma, or whatever. It’s totally an engineer’s biography. The major scenes are the ones where he figures out how something works.

GINA SMITH: One of the first things he told me in our interviews was that he had never understood what his dad did for a living. Around the house, it was this big secret. And what dad did was — he was designing the Polaris missile. It was super high-tech, top-secret stuff that he couldn’t talk about at home. In a way, that’s what drove Steve to be an engineer. He wanted to understand the stuff that his father couldn’t talk about. In his childhood, he became fascinated with this world of transistors and resistors and diodes and putting together little projects. He was this little 200 IQ geek in 1960 California.

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the edge of Victoria Falls and riverfront chalets where you can watch hippos from the comfort of you

luxury means waking up to the far-off call of the ground hornbills and the crimson sky of an African dawn

Luangwa Safari House has four bedrooms, a plunge pool and a second-floor deck.
Luxury Destination of the Year

In Zambia, Safaris With a Penthouse Touch

GO on a safari in Kenya or South Africa and you’ll likely encounter rows of tourist buses armed with shiny zoom lenses all aiming at the same sleeping lion. It’s a different world in Zambia, and not only because its game reserves are as yet unspoiled by mass tourism. This is the home of Africa’s best walking safaris, and instead of driving for hours in search of the big five, you explore the bush on foot.

And those feet are as likely to be in Gucci shoes as Teva sandals.

In recent years, Zambia has transformed itself from one of the world’s poorest countries into Africa’s newest luxury destination. There are private “safari houses” with designer décors and individual guides, luxury-filled islands at the edge of Victoria Falls and riverfront chalets where you can watch hippos from the comfort of your own sunken tub.

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Leopard left for dead by baboon troop

Leopard left for dead by baboon troop

05 December 2006
Leopard left for dead by baboon troop

Sighting: Leopard left for dead by baboon troop
Location: Linyanti Concession
Date: October 2006
Observers: Thuto Moutloatse & Iris Pfeiffer

While on an afternoon game drive in the north eastern parts of the Linyanti Concession during a Migration Routes Exploration, guide Thuto Moutloatse spotted a female leopard moving through the dry mopane. As they watched her she proceeded to stalk and unsuccessfully chase a tree squirrel. She was lactating - indicating cubs left in a lair somewhere - and was clearly hungry (from the obviously gaunt appearance and her behaviour in opportunistically stalking small prey).

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Tibetan Buddhism, the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, hundreds of pilgrims fall on the ground spread-eagled

Monks at the Drigung Monastery in central Tibet, a country whose ancient Buddhist culture seems increasingly threatened by rapidly increasing tourism and development sponsored by the Chinese government.

Preserving TibetAudio Slide Show

Preserving Tibet

Tibet, Now

IN front of one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism, the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, hundreds of pilgrims fall on the ground spread-eagled, prostrating themselves so forcefully their hands bleed from being smacked on the earth. Some have traveled on foot for months from hundreds of miles away, bowing toward Lhasa after every few steps. Several seem so overcome to have arrived at the Jokhang that they sob uncontrollably or stare into the temple as if entranced.

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House of Shambhala

House of Shambhala

House of Shambhala merges boutique hotel escape, yoga-spa center, fine dining and teahouse all linked through dedication to Tibetan ethnicity, architectural heritage preservation and culturally sustainable development.

Begin your experience by emptying your mind......

The philosophy of Tibetan Secret Spa is contained in the Tibetan “mandala” disc, which depicts the universe beyond us as a microcosm within our physical body or subconscious mind. Tibetans believe there universe are inter-related.

Tibetan Spa applies massage techniques to different stress points to release there universal elements and bring our physical body back into contact with the non-physical universe around us. Traditional “mandala” element of wind, fire, earth and water are revealed during the experience in forms of incense, herbal oils, tea and caring human touch.

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Mr. Tartaglione underscored the idea that it takes people with different skills to keep the family s

Money flows into organized-crime families from almost as many sources as there are schemes in the heads of mobsters, from traditional staples like loan sharking, gambling, labor racketeering, cargo theft and bank robbery to skimming from industries that the mob once controlled and still influences in some cases: garbage hauling, construction, the piers, the garment district and the commercial linen business. Modern innovations include stock manipulation, Internet fraud, identity theft, health care schemes and everything from importing contaminated fish to counterfeiting designer blue jeans.

Mr. Tartaglione underscored the idea that it takes people with different skills to keep the family strong. “You need a lot of different things in the pot to make a good soup,” he said.

Some Made Men Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Richard Martino, a slender 47-year-old, favors Prada shoes and until recently drove a sleek black Mercedes-Benz. He has owned multimillion-dollar homes in Harrison and Southampton, N.Y. He spent much of the last decade running a telecommunications and Internet business to which his expertise helped bring in hundreds of millions of dollars. By one accounting, he made tens of millions for himself.

John Setaro, 57, did not finish high school, and has worked recently managing a fast-food restaurant in Seaford on Long Island. He generally wears neat but casual clothes, and lives in a modest, vinyl-sided, colonial-style house in Franklin Square. During a difficult period several years ago, according to his lawyer, he was making $2,400 a month.

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Say 'Mission Accomplished' and Go Home" (COUNTERPUNCH)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

The rumination which I circulated on Friday has been published in the
weekend edition of COUNTERPUNCH.

That publication (suitable for further circulation) is transmitted below.

*December 9 / 10, 2006*

 /Say "Mission Accomplished" and Go Home/

 Recommendation No. 80


While almost the entire world other than President George W. Bush now
views the American invasion and occupation of Iraq as a catastrophic
failure, there is one notable exception.

During a visit to Washington last month, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, while affirming his categorical support for Mr. Bush's Iraq war
policy and his confrontational strategy toward Iran, said, according to/
Ha'aretz/ (Nov. 14), that "the Iraq war had a dramatic positive effect
on security and stability in the Middle East as well as strategic
importance from Israel's perspective." (Ominously for the future, Mr.
Olmert added with respect to his meeting with Mr. Bush, "Iran's role in
the conversation was quite clear, very serious and very significant, and
I left the meeting with an outstanding feeling.")
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Uri Avnery on Baker-Hamilton--12/9/06

Comment: It tells us something that the best commentary I have heard
or read on this subject comes from  an Israeli analyst who understands
us, Israelis, Palestinians, and the real world better than anyone else.
Read on.

Uri Avnery

               Baker's Cake

NO ONE likes to admit a mistake. Me neither. But honesty leaves me no

A few days after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001,
I happened to go on a lecture tour in the US.

My message was optimistic. I expected some good to come out of the
tragedy. I reasoned that the atrocity had exposed the intensity of the
hatred for the US that is spreading throughout the world, and especially
the Muslim world. It would be logical not only to fight against the
mosquitoes, but to drain the swamp. Since the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict was one of the breeding grounds of the hatred - if not the main
one - the US would make a major effort to achieve peace between the two

That was what cold logic indicated. But this is not what happened. What
happened was the very opposite.
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LATimes - Jimmy Carter on Speaking frankly about Israel and

LATimes - Jimmy Carter on Speaking frankly about Israel and

 Speaking frankly about Israel and Palestine

Jimmy Carter says his recent book is drawing knee-jerk accusations of
anti-Israel bias.

By Jimmy Carter the 39th president of the United States.

His newest book is "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," published last
month. He is scheduled to sign books Monday at Vroman's in Pasadena.

December 8, 2006

I signed a contract with Simon & Schuster two years ago to write a book
about the Middle East, based on my personal observations as the Carter
Center monitored three elections in Palestine and on my consultations
with Israeli political leaders and peace activists.

We covered every Palestinian community in 1996, 2005 and 2006, when
Yasser Arafat and later Mahmoud Abbas were elected president and members
of parliament were chosen. The elections were almost flawless, and
turnout was very high — except in East Jerusalem, where, under severe
Israeli restraints, only about 2% of registered voters managed to cast
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