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More good news on the BDS front. I think the free world is finally waking up to the fact that Israel is a decent country trying to protect its people from Islamic aggression.
 
BDS Backfire: Yogi Tea Severs Ties with Spanish Music Festival that Disinvited Matisyahu
Two can play the boycott game
Yair Rosenberg, +Tablet Magazine 

In recent months, opponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel have begun to turn its tactics against it. In May, the Illinois legislature unanimously approved a bill that barred the state from investing its pension funds in companies that boycott Israel, effectively boycotting the boycotters. The next month, a similar law passed in South Carolina, preventing state agencies from contracting with any business that boycotts others “based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.”

Now, the anti-BDS backlash has begun to spread to individual companies. Last night, Yogi Tea announced that it was ending its association with the Rototom Sunsplash Festival in response to the Spanish reggae gathering’s attempt to disinvite American-Jewish artist Matisyahu unless he made his views known on Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The cancellation of the singer’s performance was widely viewed as anti-Semitic and denounced by the Spanish government. In response to the cavalcade of criticism, the festival apologized for its actions, blamed “coercion and threats employed by the BDS País Valencià,” and reinvited Matisyahu.

But Yogi Tea, a 30-year-old brand based in the U.S. and Europe listed as a “technical partner” by Rototom, apparently had enough, and in response to a query on Twitter, said that it would be severing its ties with the festival.

Yogi’s response to BDS, as in the cases of South Carolina and Illinois, shows that two can play at the boycott game—and that when the broader public is engaged on the issue, the anti-Israel side is often hoisted by its own petard.

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It's interesting that countries with sympathy, and sometimes outright support, for Islamic terrorism are being brought to heel through the banking system.  The effectiveness of this approach is one of the reasons I think we could have gotten a much better deal from Iran, including anytime-anywhere inspections, prohibitions against financing of Hizbollah and other terrorist proxies, and release of US hostages.
 
The settlement was confirmed on Friday by Michael Elsner, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, and a spokesman for Arab Bank. The terms were not disclosed.
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But that would have made too much sense & been too beneficial for the rest of the world.
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Our last stop was Stockholm, where I participated in a summer school, giving lectures on "big-data" algorithms that aren't machine learning.  I was invited by +seif haridi​ whom I got to know decades ago during my "Prolog" period.  Seif was the developer of SICSTUS Prolog (does anyone remember the pun?), which was a free implementation that we used in the NAIL project.  Holly and I stayed in downtown Stockholm, and I commuted out to the school site, a conference center called Bergendal.  As a result, I don't have too many pictures, but here are a few.

Picture 1 is the view from Bergendal, which is on a lake, pretty much like everything else is in Sweden.  Picture 2 is street musicians that came to serenade diners at the restaurant across the street from where we ourselves were having dinner.  For some reason, they wore academic gowns..  Picture 3 is a view of Stockholm from Herman's Vegetarian Restaurant, where we ate the last evening.   The last two pictures were from Skansen, an outdoor museum that has brought in old buildings, mostly rural, such as the farmhouse with a good crop growing on the roof in picture 4, and also some native animals such as the Elk in picture 5
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Thanks for joining us +Jeffrey Ullman. I really enjoyed your lectures
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One other oddity from Oslo.  Several years ago, I was in Stockholm, and found a lovely T-shirt with a cool looking Viking guy (left side of picture).  As you see, it has gotten much wear since then.  In Oslo, I was able to find the identical shirt (right side of picture), which I happily bought.  So now I have two identical shirts.  Oh wait -- they're not exactly identical.  The fonts are different.
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Neither one of them looks like Ragnar Lothbrok.
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From Bergen, we took the train to Oslo.  This train trip is supposed to be one of the most impressive in the world, and that is a fair assessment.  You do, however, spend a lot of time in tunnels, either those bored through mountains or snow tunnels built over the tracks to protect against avalanches.  But I got a few good pictures out the window.  Even though it was the last day of July, the mountains were snow-covered.

Although the distance from Bergen to Oslo is only about 150 miles/250 kilometers, the track is about twice as long, and the trip takes about 7 hours.  Incidentally, something they don't tell you: most of the trip is up one river valley and down another, and except for the initial portion out of Bergen, you are on the north side of the valley, so the best views are on the right (south) side of the train.  We were lucky to have booked seats on that side.
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I started using Sodastream for political reasons. But it turns out to be another great Israeli product and instrumental in my losing 40 pounds.
 
At a Congressional hearing on the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), CEO of SodaStream Daniel Birnbaum gave gripping testimony that left no question about the impact of the movement on the people and businesses in Israel and the West Bank. Legal Insurrection collected and posted video Wednesday of Birnbaum's powerful testimony.
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40 lbs ?
Wow, congratulations.
I'm glad you like it.
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It's great to see people standing up to the BDS bullies, even if it took them a while to develop a backbone.
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Another reason Larry Ellison ought to stick to drag racing yachts and stop being such a  * * * *.
 
"The post, which was removed early Tuesday morning, is still available in an archived form and is a long, rambling explanation of Davidson’s views about the practice of customers and researchers reverse engineering Oracle’s code. Davidson, who has been at Oracle for more than 25 years, said in the post that reverse engineering violates Oracle’s license agreement and that the company regularly sends letters to customers and consultants who it believes have violated the EULA. She also said that even when researchers try to report a security vulnerability in an Oracle product, the company often takes issue with how the bug was found and won’t credit researchers."
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So it's a no thinks for pointing out the bugs in our products as you try to make it work for you and we are jerk thing ?
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This article is definitely worth reading, and quite accessible, even to someone like me who doesn't really understand "machine learning."
 
A nice feature about Cynthia Dwork talking about interesting work in fairness and machine learning that she has been doing with, among others,  +Moritz Hardt +Toniann Pitassi +Omer Reingold and Rich Zemel in the NYtimes!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/upshot/algorithms-and-bias-q-and-a-with-cynthia-dwork.html
Preventing discriminatory algorithms is an issue being taken up by computer scientists as well as policy makers, ethicists and legal experts.
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Our next stop was Oslo.  We walked through Frogner Park, which is full of Weigland sculptures.  These are all naked bodies in various contortions, but definitely NOT erotic.  Picture 1 does give me an opportunity to post a nude photo legitimately, however.  Picture 2 is of the new opera house.  Walking on the slanted roof is a must, and we did so shortly after this picture was taken.  A number of the museums are devoted to Norwegian ships and exploration.  Picture 3 is in the Viking museum, and that is the remains of a vessel over 1000 years old.  The last picture is of the original Kon Tiki raft that was used to demonstrate that it was possible to sail from Peru to Tahiti on the ocean currents.  We also went to the "Fram museum."  The Fram (Picture 5) was a wooden sailing ship constructed to stay embedded in ice for years.  It turns out that there are ice flows from east to west around the north pole, which enabled the Fram to get itself embedded in the flow, stay there for several years, thereby reaching places they could not reach by sailing.
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We just got back from a trip to Norway and Sweden, where I participated in a summer school in Stockholm.  Our first stop was Bergen.   We took the fjord tour (first picture).  A feature (picture 2) was when the boat is brought next to a mountain waterfall, and one of the crew captures a bucketful of the water.  We are then given a sample of the water in a cheap plastic glass.  So as far as I can tell, mountain spring water tastes just like plastic.  We took the funicular up to the top of Mt. Stoyen, from which we could see the city below (picture 3).  One of the oddities is that the harbor is full of icebreakers, which are strange ships with long flat ends and all their weight in a superstructure at the front.  They have nothing to do in summer, so they are just docked in Bergen harbor.  The last picture is a street near our hotel, with the hills of Bergen in the background.
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