I use Getaway Seminars for CE credits and took our first post-pandemic flight to
Colorado Springs as a trial run for travel to Israel. The flight was difficult.
They CEs were at the Broadmore Hotel and Resort. Some of our Pharmacists had
The Likelyhood of Global War
It looks very bad right now for the Ukraine and this is the closest
in my lifetime that the world is near global conflict. 20 years of
failed pacifist foreign policy is pushing the planet to the brink -
even to nuclear war, with hot spots in the Ukraine, China, Yemen,
The South China Sea, Lebanon, Iran, Kurdistan, Pakistan, North Korea.
The UN has been shown to be totally morally bankrupt and politically
Our inter-dependence without regard for political or moral consideration
has proven to be our weak point and the world is now a powder keg as the
West has preserved and strengthened genocidal despots all across the
globe from China, Russia, and the Middle East. Events are overtaking
us and spinning out of control. We are entering a very dark time and
humanity itself is threatened at every turn, socially, economically
I would like to look back a year from now and see that I was mistaken
about this, and that as the world comes into 2023 that it enters a safer
and freer place where individual rights and peace reign about the world.
But I see nothing in the present to cement that as a likely outcome
from a society that is increasingly accepting of being under surveillance
by government and private conglomerates, and truly ruthless tyrants
who are willing to throw the dice and bet that through violence that
they can fulfil their fantasies of global conquest and personal glory.
That would include China, Iran, and Russia, but not only.
Entering Fall and Winter in Post-Pandemic COVID-19 Brooklyn
This is the private Domain of Ruben Safir. It is a nearly 25 year old
compendium of living experience, family experience, story telling,
and shared culture. I have six children (Talyah Leah, Shoshan Rivka,
Dovid Shimon, Itka Shira, Aviva Rochel, and Schmuel-Lieb Eliezar),
and 3 grandchildren. The site contains many thousands of photographs,
images, a resource section of archived news articles, many of which have
otherwise disappeared from the internet, and many kids pictures sprinkled
throughout. Due to my personal interestest you will find here substantial
information here on Brooklyn, Free Software, Linux, Jewish information,
history, the fine arts, Israel, events, and more. Take a look at the
site map menu for categories that I've added to most of these pages
Over the last few years, I've been slowly reorganizing this site according
to the site map. In the process, I've done a lot of recent writing
and trying to get more of the images into organized compartments and
onto webpages. I hope you find some of this material useful.
I've recently been struggling, as a web designer, in finding a compromise
between making pages cellphone/tablet compatable or making use of
the full desktop screen. The problem, of course, is that people have
moved away from desktops to the small devices. Truthfully that sucks.
Just as the technology for video and photography is finally reaching the
capacity to produce truly analogue quality, even museum quality, images,
video and sound, people are being stripped of the full experience, and
jettisoned to the their tablets. That not only limits their experience,
but also prevents them from owning their own data. Ideally, your
desktop systems are running your home and offices, and your phone is
just a satellite to your home and office servers. We have a situation
where the tail is wagging the dog. Partly out of frustration, I have
decided (actually starting with the post of that above image of my desk), to
stop robbing viewers of the full depth of media which I can produce,
and to expand image sizes and videos. Fuck it. Nobody visits anyway
and google refuses to list my considerable writings in a strange form of censorship.
So I think I will start to display images and videos at their most effective size
for full desktop display. Anyway, I almost always have Easter egg images
all about the site, so don't be afraid to click on things.
Basic Contact Information:
Everything here, at least what has been produced by me, has been written
with VIM, and the graphics have been created with the GIMP and other Free Software.
EMBPERL, modperl, Perl and Python are used for development. I try to keep all graphics as PNG or JPG files.
It seems this past couple
of years has been a banner years for political newspeak. We are reaching
a dangerous time for Democracy and Individual Freedom
There has been an effort of late to rehabilitate
the image of David Dinkins. David Dinkins was an extemist and racist dispite his
veneer of gentility. After the Crown Heights Riots he was quoted in the
NY Times as saying:
This statement, quoted in the NY Times, has so many levels of deep racism and
misconceptions that it is impossible to go through them on this webpage. But on the top the list
is his idea that somehow the Jews who were attacked and in the violent riots by the Black community who lived in
Crown Heights, Brownsville and East New York, somehow
complained to coreligionists from "Park Avenue", because in Dinkins mind there is some kind of conspiracy there.
Did he really think that the people who live on Park Avenue could care less about Jews living in the ghetto of
Crown Heights? If they did, we would have a much better city.
Secondly, what does that have to do with the fact that he created the race baiting environment
that allowed for the riots in the first place, and then tied the hands of the police force when the
riots started. And then left Bill de Blasio to handle the riots while he went to see the US Open
Barak Obama -
The "broader point we need to stay focused on," he added, "is what we have is
a disaffected Sunni minority in the case of Iraq, a majority in the case of
Syria, stretching from essentially Baghdad to Damascus. ... Unless we can give
them a formula that speaks to the aspirations of that population, we are
inevitably going to have problems. ...
...This President has been sniffing too much glue...
OK, more to the point, you have to have ignored 5,000 years of human
history to believe any sort of capitulation can resolve the violent social and
political upheaval of political Islam.
Obama again ..
"If people can't trust not only the executive branch
but also don't trust Congress, and don't trust federal judges, to make sure
that we're abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law,
then we're going to have some problems here."
...where is Dan Quayle when you need him. It is the very premise
of any sane political constitution and democratic body of law that first and
foremost, you can not trust the government. Therefor government must be
LIMITED and never trusted.
On Michael Bloomberg
"She noted that police made 4.4 million stops between 2004 and 2012, and frisked over 2 million people. "In 98.5% of the 2.3 million frisks, no weapon was found," she wrote"
Why does our mayor need to be told that he can not stop and
frisk MILLIONS of people? He is gone now, but his replacement comes with his
own troubles, starting with a fundamental lack of desire to pick up the trash.
I feel like NYC is living on a yoyo, bouncing from one form of insanity to the
Now on to matters of interest
There are a lot of images buried in this webserver. I never thought of myself as a photographer, and I make no claim, but here we are. Starting with my Cannon AE-1 on film, until today, with my Cannon T3I rebel and my new G9X, I've managed to rack up thousands of images, and many of them are worth seeing, just for artistic purposes. I think I will start posting a few of them here, just to exhibit them and to give regular viewers something to enjoy from month to month.