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I need to practice big, long, impressive words so I remember them when I present my work in professional settings:

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Damn, don't even know such words to begin with...

#Fail #Ridicule #SecondLangugae #PoorExcuse

If a white hair falls off my head, does it mean I'm getting younger?

#ReverseLogic #BornAgain

When a Professor you look up to says she was impressed by your work....

Damn, where are those fucking emojis???


+Hagar Even Danan​: "I don't like school, they don't let me wear makeup!"

+רומי אבן דנן​. +ברורית אלוני+Orly Levi
Proud aunts?

Three failed attempts to post something on #Facebook.
Can't figure out how to tag peole, include hashtags or add photos. And the works of all, everytime I try something it deletes my post.
Go #Google!

#fail #whydoesithavetobesocomplicated?

I take issue with the ongoing call among the left to reach out and to understand what brought so many ppl to vote for Trump.

The assumption that underlies this call is that many people voted for Trump not as support for everything he said but as the lesser of two evils. I do not agree with this assumption.

Republicans had 16 other candidates to choose from in the party's primaries. Trump was not forced upon them and they knew very well who he is and what he stands for. Yet they chose him. Even after Trump clinched the nomination, Republican voters could have chosen not to vote for him and to focus their power on creating a strong oppositional Senate and Congress. They could have followed the footsteps of prominent Republicans such as Bush, Powell, Reese, Romney and McCain who, at a certain point, refused to trade morality for power. None of which could be accused of being too liberal or of being disloyal to the Republican party.

A vote for Trump is, therefore, a vote in favor of the candidate. It is true that we need to do a better job of understanding the worries and concerns that plague rural, middle-class white America, just as we should do with any fellow human being. But the idea that we can understand why someone voted for Trump angers me.
How am I, a woman, is supposed to extend a peaceful hand to a person who supports a sexual abuser? why should an African-American reach out to a voter who aligned him/herself with the KKK? How can an undocumented immigrant engage in a respectful conversation with a person who voted her rights to be ripped from her?

Whatever their hardships might be, Trump supporters were willing to throw African-American, Mexicans, Immigrants, Women, Arabs, Muslim and people with disability under the bus. In doing so they crossed a moral line between protecting their rights and sacrificing others.
I can understand why people did not want to vote for Hillary, but I cannot and will not rationalize and legitimize the choice to vote for a misogynist, xenophobic, racist, hate mongering candidate.

In my mind, it is not understanding that we need now but honesty. A vote for Trump is a racist, sexist vote. People who voted for Trump, some unknowingly or unconsciously, engaged in a racist, violent and sexist act and they should acknowledge it. The Republican party, who until the day of the election was frantic over what it had become, should not use this victory as an excuse to avoid serious soul searching.
Only when the underlying racism, sexism and all the other isms of American society are openly discussed by everyone can the healing process begin. "Understanding" will only cover them up.

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The tearing apart of all things good is already happening. We cannot afford to mourn without action.
Please consider signing and distributing this petition.

I suspect most of you are aware that Donald Trump has selected Myron Ebell from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (and prominent climate skeptic) to head up the EPA Transition team (and potentially become EPA Administrator).

This petition to block that move requires 96,000 signatures within a month, so please disseminate to your networks. This move is so blatant, that a strong and immediate response is warranted.

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I agree with every word

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My attempt of #lego improvisation.

It's a peacock.


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This is just scary and depressing. These people lost all distinction between safety and commercial lure, yet they stick to the ludicrous bad guy good guy dichotomy. And I have a pretty good sense of what the bad guys look like in their mind.

Many Americans ask me about guns in Israel and I always answer that we have plenty of guns on our streets and public transportation, but we do not have a violent gun problem  (at least not in its civil context). ManyJewish Israeli men and women had, at some point in their life, held and shot a gun. Yet we do it in the military were the realization that guns are a personal, intimate way of taking lives is very real. there, we are trained to think of guns as a dangerous tool that should be dealt with responsibly and following rules of engagement. We are taught to treat guns as the deadly use they truly are and gun recklessness is punished harshly. My generation was raised to know that guns can strengthen you but could just as easily weaken you by making you a target, or by changing the dynamic of a dispute.
Living in the U.S and having my young girls practice an "active shooter" scenario in their schools, I have come to appreciate this lesson. I think it protects Israel from an epidemic of civic gun violence and I wish it would be taught in the U.S. as well.

(Just another word. If I were a Palestinian woman from the Occupied Territories I will probably have had a very different take on Israel's gun use. Yet, when I compare Isreal to the U.S I think of gun use in Israel's civil context. While Israeli military uses exaggerated force on civil population in the OT, it does so in a context of what it believes is a militant dispute.)
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