Literally each day since the latest attacks began, the Obama administration has expressed its unqualified support for Israel’s behavior. Just two days before the latest Israeli air attacks began, Obama told Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas “that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN”. Both the US Senate and House have already passed resolutions unequivocally supporting Israel, thus earning the ultimate DC reward: the head-pat from Aipac, which “praised the extraordinary show of support by the Senate for Israel’s struggle against terrorist attacks on its citizens”. More bipartisan Congressional cheerleading is certain to come as the attacks continue, no matter how much more brutal they become.

In reflexive defense of Israel, the US government thus once again put itself squarely at odds with key nations such as Turkey (whose prime minister accused Israel of being motivated by elections and demanded that Israel be “held to account” for mounting civilians deaths), Egypt (which denounced Israeli attacks as “aggression against humanity”), and Tunisia (which called on the world to “stop the blatant aggression” of Israel).

By rather stark contrast, Obama continues to defend Israel’s free hand in Gaza, causing commentators like Jeffrey Goldberg to gloat, not inaccurately: “Barack Obama hasn’t turned against Israel. This is a big surprise to everyone who has not paid attention for the last four years” (indeed, there are few more compelling signs of how dumb and misleading US elections are than the fact that the only criticism of Obama on Israel heard over the last year in the two-party debate was the grievance that Obama evinces insufficient fealty - rather than excessive fealty - to the Israeli government). That the Netanyahu government knows that any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the US is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer.

Glenn Greenwald - Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza

And of course the two major contenders for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, are either going out of their way to highlight their support for Israel, or literally fleeing questions on the topic.

Another instance where the two-party system amounts to the illusion of choice. Don’t want your tax dollars subsidizing the slaughter of innocents in Gaza? There just isn’t a political party for you. Quit being isolationist.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

Valentin van der Meulen

PaintingsThe work of French artist Valentin van der Meulen has recently caught our eye. His blurred and torn paintings are full of emotion and tension that transport the viewer to a dark place. Recently, Meulen did a collaboration with fellow French artist David Mesguich. The collaborative piece, seen in the gallery, features a 3-headed geometric sculpture, reveals a new dimension to Meulen’s already impresssive work.

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Questions About Books and Reading

  • 1: What was the last book you read?
  • 2: Was it a good one?
  • 3: What made it good?
  • 4: Would you recommend it to other people?
  • 5: How often do you read?
  • 6: Do you like to read?
  • 7: What was the last bad book you read?
  • 8: What made you dislike it?
  • 9: Do you wish to be a writer?
  • 10: Has any book every influenced you greatly?
  • 11: Do you read fanfiction?
  • 12: Do you write fanfiction?
  • 13: What's your favorite book?
  • 14: What's your least favorite book?
  • 15: Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
  • 16: When did you learn to read?
  • 17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
  • 18: What is your favorite book series?
  • 19: Who is your favorite author?
  • 20: What is your favorite genre?
  • 21: Who is your favorite character in a book series?
  • 22: Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
  • 23: Which book do you wish had a sequel?
  • 24: Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?
  • 25: How long does it take you to read a book?
  • 26: Do you like when books become movies?
  • 27: Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
  • 28: Which movie has done a book justice?
  • 29: Do you read newspapers?
  • 30: Do you read magazines?
  • 31: Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
  • 32: Do you read while in bed?
  • 33: Do you read while on the toilet?
  • 34: Do you read while in the car?
  • 35: Do you read while in the bath?
  • 36: Are you a fast reader?
  • 37: Are you a slow reader?
  • 38: Where is your favorite place to read?
  • 39: Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
  • 40: Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
  • 41: Who gave you your love for reading?
  • 42: What book is next on your list to read?
  • 43: When did you start to read chapter books?
  • 44: Who is your favorite children's book author?
  • 45: Which author would you most want to interview?
  • 46: Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
  • 47: What book have you reread the most?
  • 48: Which books do you consider "classics"?
  • 49: Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
  • 50: Which books should be banned from all schools?

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Sam Weber illustration

Born in Alaska, Sam grew up in Deep River Ontario, Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, he moved to New York to pursue illustration and attend graduate school at The School of Visual Arts. In addition to drawing, Sam works part time as assistant art director of the OpEd page at the New York Times, with senior art director Brian Rea. Current likes include Italian and Japanese comics, David Lynch movies, and hanging out with Jillian

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