In Israel, soon, bottles of 1.5+ liter will also enter the deposit scheme. Good news for the environment, politics, and drinkers of junk beverages. The result of two decades of political struggle (or slumber).
Yet, glass bottles of 1.5 liters are not included.
But currently, it all doesn’t matter anyway. Why? Because there is no recycling going on. My small grocery store didn’t take back glass bottles before Purim, it said. Then it wouldn’t do it before Pesach. And now, it can’t do it during corona (a more-modern festival): they’re not collected.
Piles and piles of bottles arose in my store and … next to my front door.
Can someone tell someone that bottle collectors are essential workers?
Don’t blame the messenger
I find the following Reuters’ headline unforgivable: “New Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire jeopardised by shelling reports.” The Jerusalem Post copied it verbatim (but changed the spelling) as if it’s the greatest wisdom.
Ceasefires are not torpedoed by reporting on them.
Decency Comes Before Obeying the Law
A penny thief has recently apologized while robbing a small grocery store. (It doesn’t go like that. First you steal, then you regret, and then you pay back with extra.) If you’re really starving, just ask for a hand-out.
If the largest electoral block in the US are seniors, Biden should say: “Listen, the Sages of the Talmud said it already: ‘Decency Comes Before Obeying the Law.’ Why should we ever have put our trust in someone who is vulgar, hateful, and dishonest all the time?”
This quote will not only get him even more of the senior vote. It will also ‘help’ rile up and expose QAnon loonies’ anti-Semitism. Trump will then not condemn it and that should give Biden even more of the Jewish vote.
Words can Hurt too
Palestinian Patients in Israel
Over a dozen articles in the news about the hospitalization in Israel of a ranking PA member. Some Palestinians are upset at the ‘betrayal.’ Some Jewish Israelis say that a mass murderer’s life should not be saved, or, at least, treatment should have been made conditional on the release of kidnapped Israelis. Some say that he’s beyond the pale. Others argue that for us Jews, he’s our fellow human (really?). But, Ecclesiastes tells us: hakol havel (It’s all idle talk). As I pointed out before, medical professionals should not be and are not interested in political arguments from any side.
Sadly, “the important” or those with more cash will get better treatment. In healthcare, protectionism of the wealthy is a bit neutralized (in Israel, everyone is helped) but some still are just more equal than others.
The Very Shameful Coming out of Bennett
De facto opposition leader Bennett has clarified: gays deserve to marry and adopt but they will get those rights over his politically dead body.
Reminds me of this working-class dialogue: How much money do you make? About a million a week but I won’t get it.
There is no worse than being more conservative than the Pope, yes!
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going
Seems I was right predicting that after his loss, Trump will leave the USA. Mr. Loose Lips can never keep a thought in. Those who wonder to where he would flee (“Not Europe; he owns the banks a lot of money there. Not to Africa, which he insulted. Not to Mexico, because the border wall will stop him.”), read my vlog. He will come to Israel.
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Just read my blog post every day and all your problems are solved!
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The only problem may still be that I can only post one blog post per day. Sometimes, I need a full blog post to comment on one subject. And if that happens a lot, my comments may come 2 weeks after the news broke. Like now. I have 12 blog posts ready for publication. But they will come.